Tuesday, September 08 2015

NYRA concludes record-setting 2015 meet at Saratoga Race Course

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) yesterday concluded its 147th season at Saratoga Race Course highlighted by record handle of $648,272,805 that reflects a 13.5 percent increase in corresponding all-source wagering activity over last year.

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Monday, September 07 2015

Hopeful (G1) Quotes

Javier Castellano, winning jockey aboard Ralis (No.6): "He broke well out of the gate today. I thought he was going to be a little too far back. He broke sharp from the gate. He had a great post outside to take a bit of a nice hold and to see how the race developed in the first quarter. He had a great position outside. It was perfect. It was a perfect trip. I'm very blessed to ride that horse."

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Pletcher, Ortiz take Spa meet titles; Dubb top owner

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Todd Pletcher won his sixth straight training title at Saratoga Race Course and 12th overall, while jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. won his first ever title at the Spa and Michael Dubb repeated as leading owner.

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Bernard Baruch (G2) Quotes

Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Ironicus (No. 1): "I thought we were laying a little bit closer; he was a little bit off the pace. Javier said he felt like he was sitting on the best horse and he said he wasn't going to go wide today and took a chance and hung out. I thought he rode another great race and a great horse. It was a little bit of a throw away because after the Fourstardave I didn't plan on running him here again, but he came out of his race good and he hasn't really been running that much, so I thought we might as well give him a chance. I'm very proud of the track record, any time you can do something like that it goes on the horse's record and you can get somebody to maybe take a look at it."

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Sunday, September 06 2015

Prioress (G2) Quotes

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Cavorting (No. 10): "Great trip. She broke so sharp and Irad rode her great. She loves it up here at Saratoga, as we all do, but she's 3-for-3 up here so this was great. She was sitting close from the start and there was enough speed up front so it worked out well. We'll train her up to the Breeders' Cup from here because she likes a little more space between races."

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Mandatory Pick 6 payout Monday at Saratoga with $448,912

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - There will be a mandatory payout of a two-day Pick 6 carryover of $448,912 when live racing resumes on Monday, the final day of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course.

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Saturday, September 05 2015

Woodward (G1) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, trainer of winner Liam's Map (No. 2) and runner-up Coach Inge (No. 6): "The Whitney was as tough a loss as you'll experience. He ran an unbelievable race that day and everything he indicated to us from that time until today was that he was ready to come back over and put forth another big effort. I'm just happy to see him get that Grade 1 that he deserves so much."

"The opening fractions were very much in his favor, and he has that style where he can get into a cruising speed and just keep carrying it. The thing that he did after he went that 47 and 1 is he came back with another 23 and change to go 1:10 and change and then 1:34 and change. He just gets into that rhythm and he just runs horses off their feet."

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Spinaway (G1) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Rachel's Valentina (No. 2): "I thought she ran fantastic. Actually, she put herself into the race a little more than I thought she would, but she seemed to be handling tracking those horses well, and getting a little dirt well. I felt like turning for home, knowing her style and watching her train, that she was going to keep coming. I've always felt like the farther she goes, the better she gets. And I think that's proven to be true. I haven't really thought about [what's next]. I'll talk to the Stonestreet people and see. The options will be pretty straightforward; it would either be the [Grade 1] Frizette [October 3, Belmont Park] or the [Grade 1] Alcibiades [October 2, Keeneland]. I think she'll have one more race if she's doing good."

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Friday, September 04 2015

Eight juveniles reach for the stars in G1 Hopeful

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A field of eight promising 2-year-old colts, ranging from an undefeated stakes winner to a second-time out maiden, will file into the starting gate on Monday for the 111th edition of the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful, the final stakes race of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course.

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Saratoga Race Course Notes - Friday, September 4

Weaver enjoying dream ending to Spa meet
Kimmel looking to strike 'Gold' in G2 Prioress
Tap to It faces winners for the first time in G1 Spinaway
Promise Me Silver set for Saratoga debut in Prioress
Sunday's sixth race draws field of regally-bred juveniles

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P.G. Johnson Quotes

Bill Mott, winning trainer of Harmonize (No. 1): "She went into the first turn on the lead but there was a horse that was a little rank down the backside and she was willing to let that horse go on. It worked out good; we tipped to the outside of her and had a target turning for home. She was very green her first time out. She just got lost on the lead last time and she's ready now."

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Friday, August 28 2015

Albany (NYB) Quotes

Rudy Rodriguez, winning trainer of Good Luck Gus (No. 1): "He was coming into the race very good. He's been training very good. We've been pointing him to this race all along. He won at Saratoga a year ago, I had entered him for [main track only] on the grass to see if we could get a race before this one because it's a long race, but he's been working super over here. I'm glad to see him win here, that's for sure."

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