Saturday, August 12 2017

Saratoga Race Course Notes 8/12

Cloud Computing's work impresses Brown, G1 Travers still possibility
• Haskell winner Girvin puts in 'maintenance half' for Travers
• Graded stakes-placed Petrov on target for G1 H. Allen Jerkens
• Travers-bound Good Samaritan has 'good energy' following breeze
• Forever Unbridled working towards G1 Personal Ensign
• Diodoro gets first win, looking for more success this summer

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -Preakness winner Cloud Computing breezed Friday morning, logging four furlongs in 49.09 seconds on the fast main track, remaining a possibility for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented by NYRA Bets on August 26.

Cloud Computing breezed for the first time since finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy July 29. Ridden by Javier Castellano, the 3-year-old Maclean's Music colt impressed trainer Chad Brown.

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Friday, August 11 2017

Saturday Pick 6 carryover of $56,542 at Saratoga Race Course

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Bettors will be greeted with a Pick 6 carryover of $56,542 on Saturday's card at Saratoga Race Course, which features the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave in the tenth race.

A Pick 6 carryover seemed inevitable when 38-1 longshot Romantic Babe hit the wire first in Race 5 on Friday's card at the Spa. The 2-year-old filly paid $78.50 on a $2 win bet and was followed in sequence by D'funnything ($8.90) in Race 6, Uncle Chester ($8) in Race 7, Stallwalkin' Dude ($3.80) in the Tale of the Cat in Race 8, High Jingo ($19) in Race 9 and Cashless Society ($6) in the finale.

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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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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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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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Tuesday, September 06 2016

Practical Joke gets serious in G1 Hopeful

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Chad Brown and jockey Jose Ortiz put the finishing touches on their championship summers on closing day at Saratoga Race Course, teaming up to win the 112 th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful with the late-running Practical Joke.

Practical Joke's half-length win over Royal Copy gave Brown his record 40th victory of the meet and Ortiz his 65th winner during the 40-day span, with both having clinched their respective titles earlier.

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Ring Weekend sets course record in winning G2 Bernard Baruch

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Ring Weekend overtook Take the Stand in deep stretch en route to setting a course record in Monday's Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by Graham Motion, Ring Weekend hit the wire in 1:38.29 over 1 1/16 miles on the firm Mellon turf, breaking Ironicus' previous mark of 1:38.54 set in last year's edition of the Bernard Baruch.

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Sunday, September 04 2016

Shaman Ghost conjures up G1 Woodward upset in blanket finish

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The 63rd edition of the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward came down to the final exciting yards as Stronach Stable's Shaman Ghost prevailed in a four-horse dash to the wire Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course.

Bradester led the field of nine through an opening quarter-mile in 24.38 seconds and the half in 48.43 as Shaman Ghost saved ground early along the rail in fifth, about three lengths behind the leader and two lengths ahead of 2-5 favorite Frosted on the backstretch.

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Friday, September 02 2016

Hope springs eternal in first Grade 1 for juvenile males

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Man o' War, Buckpasser, Nashua, Secretariat and Affirmed are among the roster of winners, so it's fair to say the Hopeful has long been a showcase for thoroughbred immortals.

Monday's $350,000 Hopeful - the 16th and final Grade 1 flat race at Saratoga Race Course, and the first of the season for 2-year-old males - attracted a field of seven juveniles looking to see how they measure up to fabled footprints.

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Sunday, August 28 2016

Saratoga Race Course Notes, Sunday, August 28

Baffert eyes future for G1 Travers hero Arrogate, runner-up American Freedom, G1 King's Bishop star Drefong
• Brown looks ahead with Flintshire, Lady Eli and Sea Calisi
• Cavorting to Breeders' Cup, Mohaymen to get extended vacation
• Ballerina star Haveyougoneaway sticking around for Breeders' Cup
• Delacour considering G1 Vosburgh for G1 Forego winner A. P. Indian
• Gun Runner in fine fettle after finishing third in G1 Travers, Creator to get vacation
• Strike Charmer could use G2 Ballston Spa victory as springboard to G1 Flower Bowl
• Former McLaughlin assistant Magnuson making name for himself
• Six turf sophomores vie in Better Talk Now
• Fields coming together for closing weekend stakes

- On the morning following Arrogate's stakes record-smashing performance in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented by NYRA Bets at Saratoga Race Course, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had nothing but accolades for his new stable star.

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Saturday, August 27 2016

Travers (G1) Quotes

Rafael Bejarano, rider of runner-up American Freedom (No. 2): "I had to go for it. I was really comfortable the whole race. It was a good second for my horse. The winner, he was just the best. The winner, he went for it and he was still holding. I knew this horse [Arrogate] could run all day; it was the best I could get from my horse.

"I would say my horse didn't really want to go more than a mile-and-an-eighth. A mile-and-a-quarter might have been too much for him, but he tried really hard today."

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