Friday, August 14 2009


COURAGEOUS CAT GIVES MOTT HALL OF FAME VICTORY NO. 6


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Marty and Pam Wygod’s Courageous Cat gave Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his sixth victory in the Grade 2, $160,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes Friday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course, surging to the front as the field turned for home and going on to a 1¾-length victory over Sal the Barber.

A brother to 2006 Hall of Fame Stakes winner After Market, Courageous Cat stayed just off early fractions of 23.32 and 47.19 set by favored Straight Story over the firm turf course, then grabbed the lead from the tiring pacesetter in the stretch and held off the late surge from Sal the Barber to hit the wire in 1:45.90 for the 1 1/8th miles.





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Friday, August 14, 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – With Mother Russia’s victory in Thursday’s Statue of Liberty Division of the New York Stallion Series, Linda Rice moved into the lead among trainers at Saratoga Race Course with nine victories entering Friday’s card, one race ahead of Todd Pletcher.

Even more impressive is Rice’s winning percentage: Having saddled just 21 starters, it’s an astounding 42.8 percent, with all nine victories coming on the turf.





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WIN A TRIP FROM NEW YORK TO OLD YORK AT WWW.NYRA.COM


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Can’t get enough of the racing from England in NYRA’s UK Racing Tent at Saratoga Race Course? Enter for a chance to win a trip to see the action live at historic York Racecourse in May 2010.

Beginning August 19, racing fans can enter for a chance to win a trip for two including roundtrip airfare from John F. Kennedy Airport, four nights at the Marriott York adjacent to the racetrack, and three days of racing with hospitality, during the May Dante Festival at York Racecourse in 2010 by submitting their free entry at http://www.nyra.com.





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE TO HONOR COMMENTATOR


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will pay tribute to one of the fastest and most popular horses in racing when the recently-retired Commentator is honored Sunday, September 6, at Saratoga Race Course.

The 8-year-old chestnut gelding, owned by Tracy Farmer and trained by Hall of Famer Nick Zito, retired August 9, a day after finishing third in the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Handicap. He was attempting to join legends Discovery and Kelso as the only three-time winners of the race in its 82-year history.





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MAKE A TRIPLE CROWN CONNECTION AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saratoga is already the only racetrack in the country where fans can catch a glimpse of all three 2009 Classic winners, and on Friday, August 21, three lucky individuals will win a chance to meet one of these great horses face-to-face.

Saratoga Race Course patrons may enter the “Triple Crown Connection” drawing to win a meeting with Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra, or Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird, as well as breakfast for four on the Porch and a Clubhouse box for four on Wednesday, August 26.





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MOTHER RUSSIA CAPTURES STATUE OF LIBERTY


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – With a perfectly controlled ride on the pace by jockey Ramon Dominguez, Obviously NY Stable’s Mother Russia opened up a three-length lead turning for home and held off a late rush by Es Mia to win the $150,000 Statue of Liberty Division of the New York Stallion Series for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies.

The winner, sent out by current meet-leading trainer, Linda Rice, ran the 1 1/16-mile turf race in 1:44.44 on a course labeled firm. Mother Russia, the 2-1 second choice, paid $6 for a $2 win bet.





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BANROCK BACK IN WEST POINT


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Turf takes over this weekend at Saratoga Race Course with graded races on the grass Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, New York-breds get their chance in the 30th running of the $100,000 West Point handicap for horses 3-years-old and up.

Headlining the field for the nine-furlong race is fan-favorite and 2008 winner Banrock, who enters the race with a 1-1-0 record from three starts in 2009.





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Thursday, August 13 2009


LADIES TAKE CENTER STAGE AT THE ANNUAL WOMEN’S DAY EXPO AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association invites female racing fans to the summer home of this season’s leading lady, Rachel Alexandra, for the fourth annual Women’s Day Expo on Wednesday, August 19.

Ladies, who comprise nearly half the fan base at Saratoga Race Course, will have the opportunity to peruse health and lifestyle-related products and also learn more about the racing industry, while enjoying live musical entertainment from the Saratoga Soundtrack Women’s Chorus, as they make their way through the grounds.





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Thursday, August 13, 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Steve Asmussen said that Stonestreet Stables and Gulf Coast Farms’ Kensei, winner of the Grade 1, $500,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga Race Course August 1, is doing fine and remains on target for his next workout Monday morning over the Oklahoma training track.

Stablemate Rachel Alexandra, unbeaten in seven starts so far this year, including four straight Grade 1 victories in the Kentucky Oaks, Preakness, Mother Goose and Haskell Invitational, also is expected to work Monday in preparation for a start in one of five upcoming races, four of them Grade 1 contests at Saratoga.





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BAFFERT READY FOR HALL OF FAME INDUCTION


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has seen just about everything in his long and distinguished racing career, and he knew exactly how Bob Baffert would feel upon his induction to the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame.

“It’s a special moment, the top of the mountain,” Lukas said. “Our thoughts drift back to how we got there and why, who supported us. That’s a common theme for us all.”





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LAST-TO-FIRST UNCLE T SEVEN TAKES CAB CALLOWAY


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Jockey Julien Leparoux rallied Uncle T Seven from the back of the pack and onto a 2¾-length victory Wednesday afternoon in the $150,000 Cab Calloway Division of the New York Stallion Series at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by John Morrison for Thomas Mina, Suzann Bobley, MFRG Racing Stable and Dennis Brida, Uncle T Seven trailed the field of eight through fractions of 24.06 and 48.42, then came charging between horses in deep stretch to hit the wire in 1:42.51 for the 1 1/16th mile race over a turf course rated firm.





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JOCKEYS RON TURCOTTE AND CALVIN BOREL SIGNING AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Although history would place them a generation apart, jockeys Ron Turcotte and Calvin Borel will be meeting new and old fans alike in public autograph appearances at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16th. Both riders will be appearing at the Secretariat.com booth set up for the weekend adjacent to the jockey silks display.

Hall of Fame Jockey Ron Turcotte, best known for piloting Meadow Stable's 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat, will meet fans and sign autographs beginning at 11:00 a.m. both Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16th. Joining Mr. Turcotte will be Secretariat's exercise rider Jim Gaffney who worked the champion colt early in his career.





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