Thursday, August 13 2015


Hall of Fame trainer John Nerud passes away at 102


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Hall of Fame trainer John Nerud, an influential figure in the thoroughbred racing industry, who for more than four decades trained a multitude of legendary stakes winners on the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit, passed this morning. He was 102.





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Sunday, August 09 2015


Alydar Quotes


Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Bay of Plenty (No. 1): "Excellent effort. He got wiped out in his last race, so it was nice to see him have a nice, clean trip, and he ran a big race. He hopefully has a bright future back in graded stakes."
"He went to the lead and opened up and kept going. It was a fast time and he was impressive today. He wants a clean face, so one way or the other we were going to be forwardly placed. We'll have to see where we go from here, but hopefully graded stakes. It's a tough spot, but we would consider [the Woodward]. Obviously timing-wise we'd be o.k. and he won on this track, but it's a tough, tough race."





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Saturday, August 08 2015


Longines Test (G1) Quotes


Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Cavorting (No. 2): "I thought it would be a faster pace early, but it worked out well. I knew she was running and was hoping she would get space to run. She normally doesn't like a lot of dirt in her face but she was covered in dirt today. Irad [Ortiz, Jr.] rode a great race and she ran huge. She deserves a Grade 1 win and she got it. She's a very nice filly."





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Friday, August 07 2015


Palace Malice set to make return in Alydar


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Set to make his first start since May, multiple Grade 1 winner Palace Malice will headline the $100,000 Alydar at 1 1/8 miles for older horses on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.


Trained by Todd Pletcher for Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys Farm, the 5-year-old son of Curlin makes his return to the races after finishing third in the Diablo Stakes on May 10 at Belmont Park. He was scheduled to enter the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile Handicap on June 10 before being sidelined with a bone bruise to his left hind cannon bone.







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Hall of Fame (G2) Quotes


Chad Brown, winning trainer of Takeover Target (No. 2): "It just wasn't quite his trip in the [Grade 1] Belmont Derby going a mile and quarter. We got a nice cutback in distance today and a little class relief back into a Grade 2, and it did the trick for this horse. He only had one start as a two-year-old and now he finally seems to be maturing, and Irad [Ortiz,Jr.] knows the horse well. He's the only rider that's ridden him and he gave him a great ride today. I'll see if he can get a mile and an eighth in the [Grade 3] Saranac [September 5]. It's a big purse at the end of the meet. I'll have to evaluate it. I think an extra sixteenth [of a mile] would be O.K., but we'll have to just evaluate it."






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Saratoga Race Course Notes - Friday, August 7


Casse looking for elusive Spa stakes win with Noble Bird in G1 Whitney
New millionaire Wildcat Red targeting G1 Forego
Jess's Dream could be nearing Spa debut
Former Spa riding champion Antley inducted in Racing Hall of Fame
Seven New York-breds line up for Cab Calloway





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Tuesday, August 04 2015


Whitney likely to bring clarity to contentious older male division


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A monstrously talented field has lined up for the co-richest race of the 147th Saratoga Race Course meet - the Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney - including seven Grade 1 winners and a pair of up-and-comers from the barn of the Spa's leading trainer, Todd Pletcher.




The 88th edition of the 1 1/8-mile Whitney for 3-year-olds and up is part of an action-packed Saturday at Saratoga that also includes the Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Test, the Grade 2, $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya, the $100,000 Lure and the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose.







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Sunday, August 02 2015


Rock Fall tames The Big Beast in G1 Vanderbilt


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Stonestreet Stables' Rock Fall solidified his standing as one of the top sprinters in the country with a thrilling nose victory over The Big Beast in Saturday's Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga Race Course.






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Jim Dandy (G2) Quotes


Julie Clark, assistant to winning trainer Keith Desormeaux, of Texas Red (No. 3): "He's been doing really well [at Saratoga]. We got a lot out of that bullet work last weekend. He has been training really well. Kent basically said the ride he gave him was the trip he was planning, so we went with him. We trust him. I'm sure proud of him [Texas Red]."





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Tuesday, June 23 2015


Guaranteed Pick 4 Wagers to be featured at The Spa


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced that it will offer at least a $500,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 on Saturdays at Saratoga Race Course, with increased guarantees on Travers Day (August 29, $1 million), Whitney Day (August 8, $750,000) and Woodward Day (September 5, $750,000).





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Enhanced Travers Day, Whitney Festival top Saratoga race schedule


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Two of the biggest days in North American racing will highlight the historic 147th meet at Saratoga Race Course, with the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers the centerpiece of a supercharged Travers Day and the Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney anchoring five stakes on Whitney Festival Day, Saturday, August 8.





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Tuesday, September 02 2014


2014 meet at Saratoga Race Course


Enhanced guest experience, improved quality of racing highlight
2014 meet at Saratoga Race Course

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.- The New York Racing Association, Inc. yesteday concluded its 146th season at Saratoga Race Course, which featured an enhanced guest experience and improved quality of racing at the venerable track.





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