Friday, August 19 2016


Saratoga Race Course Notes, Friday, August 19


Mohaymen under radar, on target for G1 Travers
• Baffert back for G1 Travers with American Freedom, Arrogate
• Sheer Drama's final work before Ballerina
• Destin puts in "good, steady breeze" in last work before G1 Travers
• Governor Malibu puts in breeze for Travers
• Stewart looks to be well-represented on Travers Day
• Brown has more live runners
• Mo Tom works with Travers still a possibility
• Summer Colony draws six
• Fields coming together for Travers Day stakes

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
-Shadwell Stables' Mohaymen, looking to rebound from his fourth-place finish as the favorite in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 30, zipped a bullet half-mile on the main track this morning in his final serious move before the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 27.





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Wednesday, August 17 2016


Grand Arch tries for repeat in rescheduled G1 Fourstardave


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jim and Susan Hill's millionaire Grand Arch will take on a salty field of turf specialists as he looks to defend his title on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in the rescheduled Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap, which has been awarded Grade 1 status for the first time this year for its 32nd renewal.

Grand Arch has shown a penchant for the Saratoga grass in the last two editions of the one-mile Fourstardave, which was postponed after severe storms forced the cancellation of the final six races on last Saturday's card.





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Songbird looks to soar in Grade 1 Alabama


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Bird is the word for Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama at Saratoga Race Course, where Fox Hill Farm's stellar Songbird will continue her pursuit of perfection in the meet's marquee race for 3-year-old fillies.

First run in 1872 when Woodbine earned $2,650 for August Belmont, the Alabama has been won by 21 Eclipse Award winners. The stakes record of 2:00 4/5 is held by the immortal Go for Wand, who rests beneath the stars and stripes in the Saratoga infield.





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Saratoga Race Course Notes, Wednesday, August 17


Porter recounts Songbird's journey ahead of G1 Alabama
• Travers-nominated Destin to work on Friday
• Summer Revolution works half-mile for Travers Day assignment
• Saturday's Troy draws nine for turf

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
- Everyone is looking forward to watching Fox Hill Farm's Songbird in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama Stakes - no one more so than owner Rick Porter.

"I'm getting excited," said Porter by telephone from his home in Delaware. "I'll come up Saturday and go back the same day."





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Tuesday, August 16 2016


Saratoga Race Course Notes, Monday, August 15


Creator and Gun Runner work in company ahead of G1 Travers
• Baffert confirms American Freedom, Arrogate for Travers, Hoppertunity possible for G1 Woodward
• Songbird breezes 'smooth' half-mile ahead of G1 Alabama
• Haveyougoneaway on target for G1 Ballerina
• My Man Sam pointing to Travers; Brown's Arlington contingent returns in good order
• Big City Dreamin, Lull head Bolton Landing field
• Gowans takes top spot in Sunday's Low-Roller Challenge, presented by NYRA Bets

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
- Creator and Gun Runner breezed in company on the Saratoga main track on Monday morning, working five furlongs in 1:00.60. Gun Runner, ridden by jockey Florent Geroux, and Creator, with exercise rider Abel Flores aboard, put in what trainer Steve Asmussen said were great efforts as they prepare for possible starts in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 27.





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Saturday, August 13 2016


Severe storms force cancellation of racing at Saratoga


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A series of severe summer thunderstorms, complete with heavy rain and lightning, forced the cancellation of racing at Saratoga Race Course after the fifth race on Saturday, August 13.

Six races were cancelled, including the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap and the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack for 2-year-old fillies.






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Saratoga Race Course Notes, Saturday, August 13


Exaggerator taking 'fresh approach' to G1 Travers
• Lady Eli gets 'A+' from Brown after Sunday morning breeze
• Laoban keeping it cool
• Destin on track for Travers; Pletcher eyes other assignments for stable
• Amoss keeps Mo Tom in consideration for Travers
• Fish Trappe Road impressive in breeze; targets G1 King's Bishop
• Effinex in good order; next start to be determined
• Mott, Campbell to be honored on Friday, August 26 at Walk of Fame

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
- Initially concerned about rain forecasted in the Saratoga area over the weekend, trainer Keith Desormeaux called an audible with Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers hopeful Exaggerator and decided to pass over the Curlin colt's penultimate work scheduled for Saturday morning.





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Saturday, August 06 2016


Frosted ices foes in G1 Whitney


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Returning from his historic win in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, Godolphin Racing's Frosted did not disappoint as the 1-2 favorite with an equally remarkable victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney at Saratoga Race Course.

Frosted, with jockey Joel Rosario aboard, broke with determination and seized early control of the six-horse field. With Upstart positioned along the rail and Noble Bird an ominous presence to his outside, Frosted swept through an opening quarter-mile in 23.11 seconds and a half in 46.42.





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Thursday, August 04 2016


Saratoga Race Course Notes, Thursday August 4,


Songbird breezes 'nice and smooth' for G1 Alabama
• Brooklyn Bobby will be first American starter for Frankel
• Romans not ruling out G1 Alabama for Go Maggie Go
• Santana Jr. making impact in first full meet at the Spa

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
- Fox Hill Farm's undefeated champion Songbird took to Saratoga Race Course's main track early Thursday morning for a five-furlong breeze, her first timed move since her dominating victory in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 24.





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Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney to headline Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The 89th running of the prestigious Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney, one of North America's premier races, will headline a day of world class thoroughbred racing and special events at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 6.

The 1 1/8-mile Whitney will top the card of a blockbuster day of racing that includes five stakes as part of the Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing. The prestigious Whitney will pair with the Grade 1 Test for 3-year-old fillies, the Grade 3 Fasig-Tipton Waya for turf fillies and mares, the Fasig-Tipton Lure at 1 1/16 miles and the Fasig-Tipton De La Rose at a mile.





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Sunday, July 31 2016


Flintshire delivers in G2 Bowling Green


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Making his first start since capturing the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan on June 11 at Belmont Park, Juddmonte Farms' multiple stakes winner Flintshire did not disappoint, rallying late to win the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

Leaving the gate from post position 2 as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite with Javier Castellano aboard, the 6-year-old Chad Brown trainee broke alertly and moved to third position tucked along the rail as Grand Tito and Can'thelpbelieving set tepid fractions of 26.53 seconds for the opening quarter-mile with a half-mile going in 53.14.





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Mind Your Biscuits gives Falcone, Jr. first graded stakes win in Amsterdam


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Mind Your Biscuits looked strong in his graded stakes debut, overtaking Maniacal in the stretch for a 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course.

Under jockey Joel Rosario, Mind Your Biscuits hit the wire in 1:15.25 over 6 ½ furlongs on the main track. Trained by Robert Falcone, Jr., the chestnut colt won his second consecutive race after beating allowance company on July 4 at Belmont Park.





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