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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Monday, August 24 2015


Quotes from Jess’s Dream’s debut win at Saratoga


Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of Jess's Dream: "It wasn't easy to get him to the races. We've had him for a year but it's taken a year to get him here. It was like a Grade 1. It was pretty special because of who it is and listening to the fans clap. It's great to win here at Saratoga with this horse because they appreciate him."
"He showed his potential today. He's never had any issues, other than the pharyngitis. It was because of who he was that we kept trying to get specialists involved and figure it out. It worked out and he's a very talented horse. [Stonestreet Stables] is great to train for and it's a privilege to have him in the barn; it's a lot of fun."





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Saturday, August 22 2015


Troy Stakes Quotes


Joe Sharp, winning trainer of Shore Runner (No. 2): "He got a great trip, Kendrick did a good job. The pace was pretty slow and the guys tried to make it as hard on him as they could, rightfully so. He was the horse to beat. I had a lot of confidence in the horse, a lot of confidence in the jockey and they combined to get the outcome. I'm just grateful to have a nice horse like that and good owners. It's been a lot of fun."





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Alabama (G1) Quotes


Tony Dutrow, winning trainer of Embellish the Lace (No. 5): "I always hoped of winning a race like that, and when it comes, it's just so gratifying, so humbling, so magical. And special is a great word which sums up all that."





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Thursday, August 20 2015


Saratoga Race Course Notes - 8/20


Weaver considering recent maiden winner Mid Ocean for G1 Travers
Lovely Maria, 'Chatterbox' gallop, school for G1 Alabama
Wildcat Red arrives at the Spa to prep for G1 Forego
Hall of Fame trainer Sheppard relieved to extend streak
Top Billing tries turf for the first time on Saturday
Familiar foes set to battle in Tale of the Cat





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Promising 2-year-olds ready for black type in Schenectady


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Friday's $100,000 Schenectady Stakes at Saratoga Race Couse, for 2-year-olds at 5 ½ furlongs on the Mellon turf course, features a field of five males and two fillies ready to add black type to their resume.

Entering for trainer Wesley Ward and Hat Creek Racing following a start at the prestigious Royal Ascot meet, is Bruised Orange. A daughter of City Zip, Bruised Orange began her career winning a 4 ½-furlong sprint at Keeneland on April 8 and followed that performance with a start in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot, where she finished 12th in a field of 20.





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Jones bringing formidable pair for G1 Alabama


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - When trainer Larry Jones last brought a Kentucky Oaks winner to Saratoga Race Course, Proud Spell captured the Grade 1 Alabama en route to 3-year-old filly championship honors.

Seven years later, Jones will try again with Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks heroine Lovely Maria as well as her multiple graded stakes-winning stablemate I'm a Chatterbox in Saturday's 135th running of the $600,000 Alabama.





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