Friday, August 11 2017


Saratoga Race Course Notes 8/11


Pletcher happy with potential G1 Travers starters after Friday breezes
• Stakes winner No Dozing targets elusive graded win in G1 Jerkens
• Fayeq posts bullet work ahead of likely Travers bid
• Next start uncertain for G1 winner Mind Your Biscuits following breeze
• Unchained Melody turns in 'good little work' for G1 Alabama
• G1 Woodward-bound Tom's d'Etat returns to work tab Friday
• Thundering Sky pointing towards the Noble Damsel
• Week 5 stakes probables

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -Trainer Todd Pletcher said the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented by NYRA Bets remains a possibility for Always Dreaming, Outplay and Tapwrit after all three breezed Friday morning.

Always Dreaming and Outplay worked in company on the Oklahoma training track, going four furlongs in 48.83 seconds. Clockers recorded the duo galloping out five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 with the first quarter-mile going in :25 1/5.





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Thursday, August 10 2017


Saratoga Race Course Notes 8/10


Haskell runner-up McCraken on work tab for possible G1 Travers bid
• Salty 'super' ahead of G1 Alabama; World Approval 'on top of his game'
• Lookin At Lee eyeing start in Travers
• Travers contender Girvin 'perfect' since Haskell victory
• Free Drop Bill targets G1 Hopeful
• G1 Woodward contender Shaman Ghost works five furlongs
• Unchained Melody to breeze Friday for Alabama

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -Whitham Thoroughbred's Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented by NYRA Bets candidate McCraken turned in a four-furlong "maintenance work" on Thursday morning over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course, his first serious bit of training since finishing a close second in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational.

Hitting the track shortly after 6 a.m., the multiple graded stakes winner breezed a solo half-mile under regular exercise rider Yoni Orantes in 49.03 seconds, the fastest of 31 at the distance.





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Friday’s Twilight Card Offers $80,343 Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot


French Quarter Seeks Breakthrough in Saturday’s Trinniberg
Zayas, Rios Closing in on Milestones; Gaffalione Wins Four

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL –The 20-cent Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot rose to $80,343.55 for Friday’s twilight program at Gulfstream Park when the popular multi-race wager went unsolved Thursday.

Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $936.30.

The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket sold, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.





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Wednesday, August 09 2017


Saratoga Race Course Notes 8/9


Practical Joke on point for G1 H. Allen Jerkens; Brown still pondering Travers contingent
• Good Samaritan, Always Dreaming among G1 Travers contenders on target to breeze this weekend
• Mind Your Biscuits expected to breeze on Friday, could target G1 Forego
• Frostmourne out of Secretariat; Best Performance likely for repeat Spa appearance
• Rice readies runners for second half of meet


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Atop the Saratoga leader board with 17 wins heading into Wednesday's card, trainer Chad Brown remained focused on capturing his second consecutive meet title while beginning to finalize plans for his stakes contenders heading into Travers week.



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Tuesday, August 08 2017


Arrogate Drills Seven Furlongs in 1:25.20 Tuesday at Del Mar


Working on his own with jockey Martin Garcia in the tack, superstar Arrogate clipped off a solid seven-furlong drill in 1:25.20 Tuesday at Del Mar as trainer Bob Baffert and regular rider Mike Smith looked on from the track’s grandstand.

The big, gray colt broke off from the five-furlong pole at 7:55 on an overcast morning and worked about five lanes out from the rail. Track clockers caught him in splits of :25.20, :37.20, :48.40, 1:00.60 and 1:12.60 along the way. He was timed on the gallop out in 1:38.20. The son of Unbridle’s Song easily moved past a pair of unrelated workers down on the rail in the stretch and kept to his business. Garcia gave him a bit of encouragement toward the end of the work.





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Saturday, July 22 2017


Lady Eli returns to Saratoga winner’s circle in G1 Diana finish


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Sheep Pond Partners' Lady Eli produced another memorable effort at historic Saratoga Race Course, running down Quidura in the final strides to win the 79th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Diana for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up on Saturday.

Lady Eli outlasted Quidura by a head, completing 1 1/8 miles on the Mellon turf course in 1:46.17 to win her second consecutive Grade 1 start - building on her Gamely effort on May 27 at Santa Anita - and her fourth overall.





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Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Swells to $321,979


Gunnevera Fires Another Bullet in Gulfstream Park West Work
Vasquez Rides Four Consecutive Winners

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 14h straight racing day at Gulfstream Park Saturday, leaving a $321,979.03 carryover jackpot for Sunday’s 11-race program (First-race post is set for 1:15 p.m.).

Multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $9,671.34.





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Monday, July 17 2017


Gulfstream Park - Thursday Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Stands at $251,865


Silks Open Wednesday for Full-Card Simulcasting
Jaramillo, Zayas Both Visit Winner’s Circle Three Times

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 11th straight racing day at Gulfstream Park Sunday, producing a $251,865.44 carryover jackpot for Thursday’s program.

Multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $815.18.





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Saturday, July 15 2017


Top Australian Horse Racing Coming Up in 2017


Australian Horse Racing: a National Pastime

Australia’s oldest sporting activity is horse racing. Since the early days of this former British colony, racing has been enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Today Australia boasts over 400 tracks –more than any other nation.

It is estimated that fixed-odds betting on Australian horse racing has grown significantly over the last few years -- from $14.3 billion wagered in 2009 to $22 billion today, according to TAB. Racing is responsible for the permanent employment of tens of thousands of Australians both directly and in associated industries.

Furthermore, almost every Australian adult (99.9%) has participated in the third most attended spectator sport in the country., even if they only bought a ticket for a small bet in the office round-up for the Melbourne Cup.






 

Thursday, July 13 2017


Dancer Memorial next for award-winning Walner


If Walner’s six rivals last week felt as though they were run over when the returning Dan Patch Award winner made his seasonal debut with a 7-1/2 length victory in 1:51.1, it’s no wonder.

“You sit behind him and it feels like you’re driving a Corvette with a Mack truck engine,” Walner’s driver, Tim Tetrick, said after the win. “He’s ready to rock.”

Walner’s time, which came in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands, equaled filly Ariana G’s mark for the fastest mile by a 3-year-old trotter this year. Walner returns to action Saturday when he competes in the first of two divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters at the Meadowlands.





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Friday, July 07 2017


Multiple Stakes Winners Among $100,000 Stormy Blues Nominees


Richest Race of Laurel Summer One of Three Turf Stakes Saturday July 15
G3 Pimlico Special Winner Shaman Ghost Returns Saturday at Belmont

LAUREL, MD – Multiple turf stakes winner Morticia and Madam Dancealot, a Group 3 grass winner in England last fall, are among 10 stakes winners from 25 horses nominated to the $100,000 Stormy Blues Saturday, July 15 at Laurel Park.

The 5 ½-furlong Stormy Blues for 3-year-old fillies is the richest event on Laurel’s summer stakes calendar and one of three stakes on the day to be run over its world-class turf course. It is joined by the $75,000 Caveat for 3-year-olds and the $75,000 Pearl Necklace for 3-year-old fillies, both at 1 1/16 miles and restricted to Maryland-bred/sired horses.





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Belmont Park Notes 7/7


Maturing Seymourdini eyes G1 Forego at the Spa; Matt King Coal ready for Saturday's G2 Suburban
• Unified, Shaman Ghost all set for Stars & Stripes assignments
• Versatile Called To The Bar fully stocked for G1 Belmont Derby
• Apple Betty, Summersault square off in River Memories
• Tumbler giveaway for Stars & Stripes Day

ELMONT, N.Y. - Iris Smith's Seymourdini is doing well after his impressive victory in Monday's State Dinner at Belmont Park, trainer Linda Rice said.

The son of Bernardini, who was purchased at auction as a 2-year-old for $900,000, won by an impressive 10 ½ lengths to improve to 3-for-3 in his 4-year-old campaign, including back-to-back wins against allowance company at Laurel Park.





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