Wednesday, July 28 2010


MASN RETURNS SATURDAYS AT SARATOGA STARTING JULY 31ST


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) have announced a partnership to air the series “Saturdays at Saratoga” on MASN, expanding the distribution of the program to a seven-state region that extends from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Charlotte, North Carolina, and reaches more than 5.5 million households.

MASN will carry live coverage of six Saturdays, from 5-6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, beginning Saturday, July 31 with the Grade 1 Diana and Grade 2 Jim Dandy. Jason Blewitt, Eric Donovan and Andy Serling will provide commentary for the telecasts, which are jointly produced by MSG Plus and NYRA.





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Wednesday, July 28, 2010


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – When Classofsixtythree goes to the post in Sunday’s Grade 1 Ruffian, she’ll have her own cheering section – former classmates of her owner, Lee Pokoik, who was graduated from Tabor Academy in 1963.

“I am a trustee of the school, and what I have done in the past is name horses for people that are involved in the school,” said Pokoik of Tabor, a 9-12 prep school located in Marion, Mass. “I’ve named some for teachers, including Hoyle, Stroud, and Stokes, and this horse was named for the year I graduated.”





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Tuesday, July 27 2010


WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK AT SARATOGA


WHAT: Week #2 at Saratoga Race Course

WHEN: Wednesday, July 28 – Tuesday, August 3

WHERE: Saratoga Race Course and various locations in Saratoga Springs





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GUARANTEED $100,000 PICK 6 DEBUTS THURSDAY AT SPA


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will offer three different guaranteed wagers during the 2010 Saratoga Meet: a $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 on Thursdays, a $500,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 on Saturdays, and a $1 Million All-Graded Stakes Late Pick 4 on Travers Day, Saturday, August 28.

The $100,000 Guaranteed Thursday Pick 6 will be offered for the first time in 2010. This is a $2 minimum wager in which the bettor must correctly select the winners of six consecutive races. By guaranteeing the wager, NYRA will supplement the net difference if the total pool is less than $100,000.





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FAVORABLE ATTENDANCE AND HANDLE FROM EXPANDED FOUR DAYS AT SARATOGA


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Attendance and handle for the opening four days of the expanded Saratoga Race Course meeting matched expectations and decidedly outperformed the final weekend at Belmont Park in 2009, according to the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA).

Daily average attendance was 18,113 with a total of 72,452. Daily average on-track handle equaled $2,520,715 with a total of $10,082,861. Average all-sources handle, which combines wagers on Saratoga races both on-track and from simulcast outlets nationwide, came to $12,834,190 with a total of $51,336,758.





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Monday, July 26 2010


MAYBESOMAYBENOT PROVIDES INSPIRING WIN IN SANFORD


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Maybesomaybenot may have provided the best medicine possible on Sunday when he ran off to a 1 ½-length victory in the 96th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Sanford at Saratoga Race Course.

Hustled from post position one, Maybesomaybenot led through fractions of 22.21 and 45.65 as he was pressed by Another Silver Oak. Put to a drive at the top of the stretch, Maybesomaybenot opened on that opponent and was kept to task to hold off the late rally of Nacho Saint, who collared Another Silver Oak in the final sixteenth to get up for second.





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CASTELLANO WINS FIVE IN A ROW SUNDAY AT SARATOGA


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Jockey Javier Castellano got off to a blazing start Sunday at Saratoga Race Course, sweeping the early Pick 4 en route to five consecutive wins on the card, and catapulting himself to the top of the Spa jockey standings with six victories through the first three days of the meet.

After starting the day with a third-place finish in Race 1 aboard Frivolous Buck, Castellano kicked off his winning streak in Race 2, guiding New York-bred juvenile filly Yawkey Way ($7.60) to a 5 ½-length debut victory. He went on to capture the final three legs of the early Pick 4 sequence with Cody Samora ($3.80), Desert Key ($8.80) and Fiddler’s Chaparito ($5.10), then piloted another first-time starter, 3-year-old Stand Proud, to a thrilling upset in Race 6 ($27).





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Sunday, July 25, 2010


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The question of who is the top 3-year-old filly in the country could be resolved at Saratoga Race Course on August 21.

Devil May Care, who scored her second Grade 1 victory of the year in Saturday’s Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks, will be pointed to the Grade 1 Betfair TVG Alabama on that day, a race that already been mentioned as a likely next start for the nation’s other top sophomore filly, Blind Luck, also a two-time Grade 1 winner this year.





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NEW YORK WATCH: WINE POLICE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Wine Police delivered the first eye-catching performance by a 2-year-old debuter during the 2010 Saratoga Race Course meet – which has served as a launching pad for many of history’s best thoroughbreds – on Saturday when he romped home a 7 ¾-length winner.

The juvenile is the first maiden winner at the Spa to be featured in the New York Watch series, which profiles up-and-comers that have recently cleared the maiden ranks at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga. His page is located at http://www.nyra.com/nywatch/winepolice.html.





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Saturday, July 24 2010


‘DEVIL’ DRAWS CLEAR IN BETFAIR TVG COACHING CLUB


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Devil May Care opened up in the stretch to win the 94th running of the Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course for her third career Grade 1 score.

Well-held on the outside by jockey John Velazquez through early fractions of 24.54 and 48.21, Devil May Care advanced turning for home and drew off to cross the wire four lengths in front of Biofuel. Her final time for the 1 1/8th-mile second jewel of the Betfair TVG Triple Tiara was 1:49.42.





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MAYBESOMAYBENOT RUNNING FOR MORE THAN MONEY IN SANFORD


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Winning a graded stakes – particularly one at Saratoga Race Course – is always special, but a victory by homebred Maybesomaybenot in tomorrow’s Grade 2 Sanford would carry particular significance for his owners Arthellor and Carolyn Scisney.

The Scisney’s daughter-in-law, Karen, is battling lupus and has frequently been in and out of the hospital. To perk up her spirits, the retired couple from Louisville, Ky. gave her a 25 percent interest in Maybesomaybenot.





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FULL FIELD OF FILLIES MAKE SPLASH IN LAKE GEORGE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Wednesday’s 16th renewal of the Grade 2, $150,000 Lake George, a 1 1/16th-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies, has attracted a full field for what looks to be a wide-open contest.

In the previous 15 runnings of the race, trainer Christophe Clement has saddled three winners, more than any other trainer, and will send 7-2 morning-line favorite Strike It Rich postward on Wednesday.





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