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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A. P. Indian digs in for G1 glory in Vanderbilt


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Arnaud Delacour earned the first Grade 1 victory of his training career Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course, saddling Green Lantern Stable's homebred A.P. Indian to a 1 ¼-length score over Holy Boss in the, $350,00 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.

A. P. Indian, ridden by Joe Bravo, tracked the pace from second, following Delta Bluesman through an opening quarter-mile in 22.26 seconds and a half in 44.63. In the stretch, A. P. Indian hooked up with Holy Boss, the tepid 3-1 favorite who gained ground on the outside nearing the three-furlong pole and, after dispatching Delta Bluesman at the top of the lane, prevailed in a hard-fought stretch battle.





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The Alfred G. Vanderbilt G1 Quotes


Arnaud Delacour, winning trainer of A.P. Indian (No. 4): "I thought he fitted well with these horses. It was a little tricky, but knowing he's in good form right now, we thought we had a shot. I had a lot of faith in the horse."

"If you like at his career, he's had some minor setbacks. But all the time he comes back. He seems to come back even stronger. It's worth giving him time for that."





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Bowling Green (G2) Quotes


Chad Brown, winning trainer of Flintshire (No. 2): "He likes to run and cover and Javier has a really good feel for him, so I wasn't too worried. When Twilight Eclipse finally made the move and they all went, it was a pretty easy decision to steer him outside for home."

"Javier showed a lot of poise. He didn't panic. The horse ran terrific. He's a true champion. They're a great team."





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Friday, July 29 2016


Saratoga Race Course Notes, Friday July 29


G1 CCA Oaks winner Songbird returns to track
• Tepin to skip G1 Fourstardave and target G2 Ballston Spa
• Frosted puts in final breeze Friday for G1 Whitney
• Upstarts works for Whitney; Violette mulls options with Samraat
• Guillot talks up maiden Laoban
• Bradester to race in Monmouth Cup, targets Woodward later in meet
• Quijote steps up in G2 Amsterdam, Mo Tom could be Travers bound
• Monday's Coronation Cup wraps up first full week at Spa
• Bankroll Builder returns for Saratoga
• G1 Whitney highlights Week 3 stakes action

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
- Fox Hill Farm's undefeated champion Songbird stretched out her legs over Saratoga's main track Friday morning, her first visit to the track since her dominating 5 ¼-length victory in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks.





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