Saturday, August 22 2009

SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Saturday, August 22, 2009

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird breezed five furlongs over the main track at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday morning at 5:30 a.m. with Hall of Fame rider Kent Desormeaux up.

The time for the move, seventh best of nine at the distance was 1:00.91 over a muddy track.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Three lucky fans won the opportunity today in Saratoga Race Course’s “Triple Crown Connection” contest to have a meet-and-greet with this year’s Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes winners on Wednesday, August 26.

Bob Anthony of Hamden, Conn. will get to meet Derby winner Mine That Bird, Elizabeth Lis of Amsterdam, N.Y. will get to meet Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra, and Wanda Powell of Tannersville, N.Y. will get to meet Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird. In addition to spending time with the superstar thoroughbreds and their trainers, the winners will also receive breakfast for four on the porch and a Clubhouse box for four.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Off two easy wins at Laurel Park to start her career, Shared Account had trainer H. Graham Motion believing he was in possession of a very good horse.

Motion took the 3-year-old Pleasantly Perfect filly, owned by the famed Sagamore Farm, to Florida for the winter and lost back-to-back Grade 2 stakes races on the dirt by a combined 46½ lengths. Yet, Motion never lost his faith and on Friday was rewarded when Shared Account held off a determined Keertana under a light rain to win the 26th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Lake Placid at Saratoga Race Course.

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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Friday, August 21, 2009

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Chip Woolley sent Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird back to the main track at Saratoga Race Course Friday morning following a clean endoscopic examination performed by Dr. James Hunt.

“In Doc’s words, he was perfect,” Woolley said. “You couldn’t tell [he had anything done] and there’s not even any inflammation around the epiglottis, everything looks just smooth, laid out flat, real pretty. So we [sent him to the track], he played all the way around there, looked like he was happy and felt good, came off the track bouncing and playing, so I would say we’re on track right now. We don’t have any excuses, the horse looks really good. Never coughed, never anything like that, so real happy with where we’re at.”

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will offer a $1 Million Guaranteed Pick 4 on Shadwell Travers Day, Saturday, August 29, consisting of the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers, the Grade 1, $300,000 NetJets King’s Bishop, the Grade 1, $300,000 Ballerina, and the Grade 2, $200,000 Ballston Spa.

The Pick 4 is a $1 minimum wager in which the bettor must correctly pick the winners of four consecutive races. By guaranteeing the wager for $1 million, NYRA will supplement the difference if the total wagering pool is less than $1 million.

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Friday, August 21 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Two years ago at Saratoga Race Course, owner Paul Pompa, Jr. and trainer Rick Dutrow unveiled a strapping bay son of Boundary who sped to an eye-popping 11¼-length win in a maiden turf race at odds of 14-1. The colt, of course, was Big Brown, who the following year would go on to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.

Thursday afternoon at the Spa, it looked like old times as the pair teamed up for another impressive win with a 2-year-old, this time sending out D’ Funnybone to a 10½-length upset in the 104th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Saratoga Special.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – In last year’s Yaddo at Saratoga Race Course, You Go West Girl was beaten a neck by defending winner Latitude Forty.

This year, You Go West Girl is back for a second shot at the $100,000-added nine furlong turf race for New York-bred fillies and mares to be run for the 30th time on Sunday with a field of 10 and four also eligible.

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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Thursday, August 20, 2009

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird, one of the leading candidates for the 140th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers Stakes, galloped 1½ miles on the Saratoga Race Course main track Thursday morning.

Trainer Tim Ice said the strapping chestnut son of Birdstone continues told hold good form after a five-furlong breeze August 15 in 1:01.97.

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Thursday, August 20 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A 13-1 longshot coming out of an off-the-turf maiden victory at Belmont Park, Worstcasescenario proved Wednesday in the Grade 2, $150,000 Adirondack that her owners can now start thinking positively about the 2-year-old’s future.

Sitting just off blistering early fractions of 21.49 and 44.32 set by favored Dashing Debby, Worstcasescenario took over the lead in upper stretch and drew off to win by 4¼ lengths with a final time of 1:16.72 for the 6½ furlongs. Sassy Image closed late for second and Magic Appeal was third.

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Wednesday, August 19 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Alabama Day is the day to “Think Pink” at Saratoga Race Course as The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) joins forces Saturday with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to help the fight against breast cancer.

As well as donating $10,000 to the BCRF for breast cancer research and awareness programs, NYRA has named the eighth race on the undercard of the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama Stakes for 3-year-old fillies in recognition of the BCRF’s work, following which organization president Myra Biblowitz will make the trophy presentation to the winning connections.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Careless Jewel won two races at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto by a combined 10¾ lengths, yet her entry into the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks didn’t raise much interest. When she won with ease by 7½ lengths, plenty of people took notice.

Milwaukee Appeal won the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks in June with such command, trainer Scott Fairlie decided to race her two weeks later against males in the prestigious $1 million Queen’s Plate and then the $500,000 Prince of Wales after that. She wound up beaten by only a neck and a nose in the two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Mine That Bird returned to Saratoga Race Course at approximately 5 p.m. on Tuesday evening after shipping back from the Ruffian Equine Medical Center in Elmont, N.Y., where he underwent successful surgery earlier that morning for an entrapped epiglottis.

“It was smooth as silk, the whole thing,” trainer Chip Woolley said Wednesday morning. “We hit a little traffic around Albany on the trip back, but we got him here, he ate all his feed last night, you can see him eating there now; he looks great.”

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