Saturday, July 24 2010


SARATOGA RACE COURSE INVOKES LUCK O’ THE IRISH WITH MID-SUMMER ST. PATRICK’S CELEBRATION


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saratoga Race Course is hoping to bring horseracing fans a double-dose of charm during the second annual Mid-Summer St. Patrick's Day on Thursday, July 29. Presented by Bailey's, the day-long celebration of Irish culture and heritage will feature traditional Irish food and drink as well as Irish music, dance and entertainment.

Fans will double their luck with the first giveaway of the season, a special Irish-themed, short-sleeve t-shirt, free with paid admission, while supplies last.





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TOP JOCKEYS FLOCK TO SARATOGA


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – It should be no surprise that Saratoga Race Course, which boasts a strong daily purse distribution and the finest stakes program in North America, has attracted a deep colony of jockeys.

Ramon Dominguez has won the last nine riding titles at NYRA racetracks, and the native of Venezuela is vying for his second consecutive Saratoga championship. Currently the leading jockey in North America in both wins and earnings, Dominguez has ample competition this year at the Spa.





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Friday, July 23, 2010


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Todd Pletcher has already won six Saratoga training titles, and a deep barn will help his chances of garnering his seventh crown in 2010. Saratoga will offer six graded stakes between July 28 and August 2, and Pletcher will have leading contenders in five of those races.

Pletcher will get things started on Wednesday, July 28 in the Grade 3 Lake George, a turf test for 3-year-old fillies, with Caminadora, who upset the Grade 3 Regret at Churchill Downs at 32-1.





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Friday, July 23 2010


BAIL OUT THE CAT PREPARES TO POUNCE IN SANFORD


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Bail Out the Cat will attempt to reward his backers with some liquid assets when he takes on seven other 2-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course in Sunday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Sanford.

The odds-on favorite in his lone previous effort, Bail Out the Cat dueled for early supremacy and took command in the stretch to win by 2 ¼ lengths under a hand ride in the mud at Belmont Park June 10.





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Thursday, July 22, 2010


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Lael Stables’ My Princess Jess, beaten less than a length by Proviso when third in the Grade 1 Just a Game on June 5, is targeting the Grade 1 Diana on Saturday, July 21, a race in which she finished fifth last year. The 5-year-old mare, 5-3-4 from 17 lifetime starts, will be seeking her first victory since taking the Grade 3 Beaugay at Belmont Park last May.

“She is doing very well,” said trainer Barclay Tagg of My Princess Jess, who worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:01 over the Belmont Park turf before shipping north. “She’ll work again here before the race, hopefully this weekend.”





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Thursday, July 22 2010


DEVIL MAY CARE HEADS FIELD IN BETFAIR TVG COACHING CLUB


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A full field of eight will line up for Saturday’s 94th running of the Grade 1, $250,000 Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks as the race takes its new place on the just-expanded 40-day calendar at Saratoga Race Course.

Heading the group is Glencrest Farm’s dual Grade 1 winner Devil May Care, who most recently prevailed by 1 ¼ lengths in the Mother Goose at Belmont Park on June 26. After an impressive score in the Bonnie Miss at Gulfstream Park in March, trainer Todd Pletcher opted to run the daughter of Malibu Moon against colts in the Kentucky Derby, in which she finished 10th. Given time after the Derby to prepare for the Mother Goose, she turned in a sharp effort for her second career Grade 1 win and Pletcher is pleased with her progress since.





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VINEYARD HAVEN RETURNS IN JAMES MARVIN


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Vineyard Haven, unraced since finishing a close third in Grade 1 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack in November, will make his 2010 debut this Friday, Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course, in the $75,000 James Marvin, which attracted six graded stakes winners among 10 total entrants.

After closing his juvenile season with victories in the Grade 1 Three Chimneys Hopeful and Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont, Vineyard Haven was acquired by Godolphin Stable and shipped to Dubai where he finished fourth in the 2009 Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas. Sent back to North America, the gray was first under the finish line in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga but was placed second for interference. He made one more start prior to the Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile, closing furiously along the rail to win the Grade 1 De Francis Dash at Laurel.





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MINE THAT BIRD WORKS FOR WHITNEY


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby, worked a mile Wednesday morning at Saratoga Race Course in preparation for his next start, the Grade 1 Whitney on Saturday, August 7.

With Calvin Borel aboard, the 4-year-old gelded son of Birdstone covered the mile in 1:40.14 over the Oklahoma Training Track.





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Wednesday, July 21 2010


SCHUYLERVILLE KICKS OFF STAKES ACTION IN SPA OPENER


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The gates open at Saratoga Race Course for the 142nd time on Friday, and in keeping with tradition, 2-year-old fillies take center stage in the Grade 3, $100,000 Schuylerville, the first of 52 stakes scheduled for the meet.

Trainer Todd Pletcher, a six-time winner of the Saratoga training title, looks to get things off to a flying start as he sends out Repole Stable’s Stopspendingmaria in the six-furlong Schuylerville, which drew a field of seven for its 92nd running.





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Wednesday, July 14 2010


NYRA EXPANDS IN-HOUSE DRUG TESTING PROGRAM, CLOSES SECURITY BARN


ELMONT, N.Y. -- The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced plans today to expand and enhance its in-house drug testing program to detect illegal performance-enhancing substances in thoroughbred race horses utilizing state-of-the-art science, technology, and procedural processes. As a result, NYRA’s backstretch security barn, initiated in May 2005, will become obsolete and will cease operations as of opening day at Saratoga Race Course, Friday, July 23.

The expanded program includes random out-of-competition testing designed to effectively deter the use of blood doping agents such as Erythropoietin (EPO), bronchial dilators, and other emerging threats. Out-of-competition testing will focus primarily on claimed horses, horses shipping in and out of NYRA tracks, horses running in stakes races, and other random occurrences.





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Tuesday, July 13 2010


Gates Swing Open Early at Saratoga Race Course for the 30th Annual Open House


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The familiar gates of Saratoga Race Course will open five days early as the Spa prepares to host its annual pre-season preview party, the 30th annual Open House. A Saratoga tradition held prior to the start of racing season at North America’s most historic thoroughbred racetrack, Open House returns to offer a full day of attractions, games and activities on Sunday, July 18.

Presented by the New York Racing Association (NYRA), the 30th annual Open House at Saratoga Race Course will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature carnival games, lively music, giant inflatables, circus shows, handicapping seminars and an array of food and beverages - all to benefit local charities. Admission and parking are free.





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Thursday, June 24 2010


MSG PLUS CONTINUES LIVE RACING FROM THE SPA; “SATURDAYS AT SARATOGA,”


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - MSG Plus, in partnership with The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), presents “Saturdays at Saratoga” on six Saturdays in July, August, and September. Beginning Saturday, July 31 at 5 p.m. EDT, MSG Plus will telecast live from historic Saratoga Race Course for ten championship caliber races. Jason Blewitt, Eric Donovan and Andy Serling will provide commentary for the telecasts.

MSG Plus' “Saturdays at Saratoga” telecasts will include live coverage of ten graded stakes races, including the Travers, Jim Dandy, Whitney, Betfair TVG Alabama and Woodward, races won by the likes of War Admiral, Kelso, Dr. Fager, Easy Goer, 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year Curlin, and 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. Below is the schedule for “Saturdays at Saratoga” live on MSG Plus:





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