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Wednesday, July 31 2013

Saratoga Race Course Notes July 31

• Romans points Silver Max to G2 Bernard Baruch
• Successful Dan has strong gallop for G1 Whitney
• Contessa confirms Rydilluc for G2 Hall of Fame
• Dance to Bristol to return to Spa for G1 Ballerina
• Sportech Caress draws well-matched field

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Whitney Invitational Handicap (G1) Draw Quotes

Ian Wilkes, trainer of defending Whitney champion Fort Larned (No. 3, 7-5 morning-line odds): “That’s why I’ve got [jockey] Brian [Hernandez, Jr.]. He’s tactical; he can sit behind. Don’t forget Mucho Macho Man is a fast horse, as well. All three speed horses drew on the inside here. It’ll be up to Brian. He can sit; that’s not a problem.

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Monday, July 29 2013

Saratoga Race Course Notes July 29

• Pletcher has Palace Malice, Verrazano for G1 Travers; Forty Tales, Winning Cause emerge from stakes wins in good shape; Shanghai Bobby returns to worktab
• Orb progressing well toward Travers; McGaughey impressed with weekend stakes results
• Oxbow recuperating after suffering soft-tissue injury in Haskell; Travers still possible but unlikely
• Fort Larned turns in final breeze for G1 Whitney
• Csaba re-routed to Whitney
• Zito taking a shot with Fast Falcon in G1 Whitney, pointing Declan's Warrior to G1 Foxwoods King's Bishop
• McGaughey, Sciacca, to be guests of Parcells at NFL Hall of Fame induction Saturday
• Demonstrative, Divine Fortune meet in G1 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase
• August 6 "Lunch with Funny Cide" at Old Friends at Cabin Creek

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Saratoga Race Course Notes

• Pletcher confirms G1 Travers plans for Jim Dandy winner Palace Malice, breezes Cross Traffic & Dreaming of Julia, says Kauai Katie lost shoe in Prioress, departs for Haskell
• G1 Test 'the logical thing' for Prioress heroine Lighthouse Bay
• Laughing doing well following G1 Diana win
• Veterans Jerkens, Solis partner with G2 Honorable Miss long shot Classic Point
• Chilean G1 winner Quick Casablanca seeks first U.S. win in Wednesday's John's Call
• Stall looking at stakes with juvenile winners Twang and Best Case Scenario
• Albertrani puzzled by Freedom Child's dull Jim Dandy performance
• DiPrima to give optional claimer victor Plainview another stakes try

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Thursday, July 25 2013

A Triad for Chad in G1 Diana

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Chad Brown, who won his first Grade 1 race two years ago when he captured the 2011 Diana with Zagora, could have as many as three starters when he attempts to add another victory in the 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

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Saturday, July 20 2013

Schuylerville (G3) Quotes

Steve Asmussen, winning trainer (DH) of Brazen Persuasion (No. 4): “She broke sharp, was away real cleanly. The entry tackled her immediately. Coming into the stretch, I thought she got a little separation, and then you saw the other filly coming, but they fought really well to the wire.”

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Wednesday, July 17 2013

Pletcher Sends Stonestreet duo in G3 Schuylerville as Spa Opens

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saratoga Race Course opens for its 150th anniversary season Friday with a pair of stakes races highlighting two of the historic track’s long-standing traditions – 2-year-olds and classy sprinters.

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Sunday, September 09 2012


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Chad Brown initially thought Noble Tune was destined for the dirt before the colt posted a pair of “exceptional” breezes on the Oklahoma turf course, and on Labor Day at Saratoga Race Course the great-grandson of Serena’s Song made it clear that he prefers the grass by unleashing a strong turn of foot to take his debut by 3 ½-lengths.

Noble Tune raced behind cover in sixth along the inside before ranging up between horses on the final turn, finding a wide opening turning for home when the pacesetter drifted outwards, and blowing away his opponents once set down by Ramon Dominguez.

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Tuesday, September 04 2012


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher won their third consecutive Saratoga Race Course titles, and Ramon Dominguez set a meet record for wins by a jockey en route to his second career Spa riding crown.

Repole won 13 races, seven with Pletcher, five with Bruce Levine, and one with Michael Miceli. Second-place owner Michael Dubb took 12 races, while Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence finished third with 10.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – With the way Todd Pletcher’s 2-year-olds have been performing this summer at Saratoga Race Course, it was only fitting for his charge Shanghai Bobby to close out the meet with a rousing victory over favored Fortify and six other juveniles in Monday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful.

“We felt like this summer the 2-year-olds were training very well, and we were coming in holding a strong hand,” said Pletcher, who saddled 23 juvenile winners among his meet-leading 36 victories. “When some of them start to win and their workmates come up to run, you kind of get a good feel for it. We’re not surprised, but we’re happy.”

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The 144th meet at Saratoga Race Course was a rousing success, highlighted by strong wagering gains, robust attendance, top quality racing, a number of new and innovative fan initiatives, continued television coverage from the NBC Sports Group and the MSG Networks, and an unprecedented level of community involvement.

“This year’s Saratoga meet was extremely successful on so many fronts,” said NYRA President and Chief Operating Officer Ellen McClain. “The quality of our racing product was unparalleled, with 35 graded stakes races highlighted by the exhilarating dead heat between Alpha and Golden Ticket in the Travers. Our customers responded to our racing with great enthusiasm, resulting in handle increases on track and around the country. Additionally, we introduced a number of new fan initiatives that were very well received and we hosted the industry’s first ever social media day. We were also proud to continue our role as a dedicated partner to the local community and many important charities.”

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Coming off a two-month rest, Stuart Janney, III’s Hit It Rich showed up for her only start of the Saratoga Race Course meet fresh and ready Monday and led gate-to-wire to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Glen Falls turf stakes for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

Trained by Hall of Famer Claude “Shug” McGaughey, the 5-year-old light gray daughter of Smart Strike had been out of action since finishing a close-up third in the Grade 2 New York on June 30 at Belmont Park.

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