Friday, August 14 2009


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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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Wednesday, August 12, 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Looking ahead to a possible start on the grass in the fall, trainer Tim Ice had Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird gallop this morning over the Oklahoma turf course as part of his preparations for the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers on Saturday, August 29 at Saratoga Race Course.

“I’m going to keep him on the dirt right now; I didn’t like the way he looked over the turf,” said Ice. “He didn’t look comfortable. He doesn’t look like the same horse going on the turf than going over the dirt. I wanted to see what his reaction would be. Some horses don’t like it; some horses do.”





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INCENTIVE PROGRAM BOOSTS THIRTY PERCENT OF RACES THROUGH WEEK TWO AT SARATOGA


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Twelve more races qualified under the purse incentive program created to increase field size during Week Two of the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meet, according to The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA). Purse increases from incentives during the meet’s second week totaled $74,750, a 16.5 percent advance over the original purse values.

Thirty percent of races (36 of 120) have been enhanced by the purse incentive program through Week Two, for a total purse increase of $249,020, a 16.4 percent advance over the original purse values.





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Tuesday, August 11 2009


SARATOGA RACE COURSE TO HONOR 2009 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES WITH VINTAGE CAR PARADE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Saratoga Race Course will honor the 2009 class of inductees to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, as well as returning members, with an antique car parade, an autograph session and a featured stakes on Racing Hall of Fame Day, Friday, August 14.

The class of 2009 will be officially inaugurated at the 54th annual induction ceremony at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion at 10:30 a.m., a free event open to the public. The 2009 class includes trainers Bob Baffert and Janet Elliot, jockey Eddie Maple and horses Ben Nevis II, Silverbulletday and Tiznow.





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RACHEL ALEXANDRA BREEZES AT SPA; NEXT START STILL UP IN AIR


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Preakness-winning filly Rachel Alexandra put in her first work at Saratoga Race Course this morning in preparation for her as-yet-to-be-determined next start, covering a half-mile in 50.72 under exercise rider Dominic Terry.

With trainer Steve Asmussen, Barbara Banke (wife of Stonestreet Stable owner Jess Jackson), and a host of onlookers watching, the 3-year-old filly stepped onto the Oklahoma training track at about 6 a.m. for her first serious move since beating the boys again in the Haskell Invitational on August 2. Clockers for The New York Racing Association, Inc. caught Rachel Alexandra in splits of 13.50 and 26.22, galloping out in 1:04.44.





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