Saturday, July 24 2010


SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES; Saturday, July 24


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Le Mi Geaux came out of her surprise Opening Day victory in the Grade 3 Schuylerville in fine form, reported trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr., and most likely will make her next start in the Grade 1 Spinaway on September 5.

“I spoke with her owner [Lansdon B. Robbins, III] in Kentucky after the race, and yes, he said, ‘I told you so’,” said Dutrow, who entered the race only at Robbins’ behest. “I guess [the Spinaway] should be [her next start]. She’ll meet much tougher fillies in the Spinaway.”





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CONNIE AND MICHAEL SCRATCHED FROM BETFAIR TVG CCA OAKS


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Connie and Michael, the 5-1 morning-line co-second choice in today’s Grade 1 Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga Race Course, has been scratched with an abscess on her right front foot, her trainer Dominick Schettino revealed.

“It started yesterday and we’ve been working on it,” said Schettino. “We’ll need a couple of days before we can put her back into training. The plan right now is to make the [Grade 1 Betfair TVG] Alabama [on August 21].





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NY-BREDS GET THEIR TURN IN EVAN SHIPMAN


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – New York-breds get their chance to shine on Saratoga Race Course’s main stage in Monday’s $70,000 Evan Shipman for 3-year-olds and up.

Included in a field of seven state-breds for the 1 1/8th mile race is Mighty Morris, who has been first or second in all but one of his six starts this year. Recently returned to trainer John Kimmel’s barn after spending the winter with Tom Bush in New York, the 5-year-old gelded son of Wheelaway was a model of consistency while stretching out at Aqueduct, winning an allowance, an optional claimer and the Packett’s Landing Stakes and fashioning runner-up finishes in the Kings Point Handicap and another allowance.





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Saratoga Drenched but All-Sources Handle Down Only 6.1 Percent Over 2009 Opener


SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Steady rain starting mid-morning produced declines in handle and attendance on Opening Day of the expanded Saratoga Race Course meet over the 2009 opener but today’s totals still overwhelmed last year’s corresponding final Friday card at Belmont Park.

On-track handle totaled 3,130,756, a 14.3 percent decrease over $3,651,222 on Opening Day 2009 but a 289 percent increase over $804,869 for the 2009 Belmont Park Friday.





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LE MI GEAUX SHAKES LOOSE IN SCHUYLERVILLE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Le Mi Geaux and apprentice jockey Frederic Lenclud pulled off an upset Friday afternoon in the first graded stakes race at Saratoga Race Course, splashing to a 1 1/2-length victory over favored Stopspendingmaria to win the Grade 3, $100,000 Schuylerville on Opening Day.

After breaking awkwardly, the daughter of First Samurai settled in fourth as Stopspendingmaria was hounded through fractions of 21.81 and 45.87 by Let’s Get Fiscal and Show Me the Bling. Rounding the turn, Lenclud kept Le Mi Geaux well off the rail and she closed willingly through the stretch to pass the embattled leaders, hitting the wire in 1:13.67 over a sloppy track.





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VINEYARD HAVEN SHARP IN RETURN EFFORT AT SARATOGA


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Vineyard Haven returned from a seven-month absence to post an emphatic victory in a deep renewal of the $75,000 James Marvin, the first stakes race of the 40-day meet at Saratoga Race Course.

Making his first start since finishing third in the Grade 1 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap on Thanksgiving weekend, Vineyard Haven broke well from post position 3 and ran an opening quarter in 22.41 while receiving pressure from Flat Bold. Following a half in 45.03, the gray put away Flat Bold and was hand-urged in the stretch to score by 1 ¾ lengths as Half Metal Jacket rallied to finish second.





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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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