Thursday, September 03 2009


AMERICA’S RACETRACK TOPS OFF THE MEET WITH ALL-AMERICAN LABOR DAY BARBEQUE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – As horseracing fans prepare for the final call to the post, Saratoga Race Course will host a traditional Labor Day barbeque to bring the 141st meet to a close in true American style on Monday, September 7.

Saratoga Race Course will provide fans with the chance to indulge in all-American barbeque favorites while enjoying the greatest thoroughbred racing in the world as part of Final Stretch festivities.





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Thursday, September 3, 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – As the meet draws to a close, trainers Todd Pletcher and Linda Rice are tied for first in the trainer standings with 16 wins each going into Thursday’s card.

All 16 of Rice’s victories have come on races carded for the turf, although two of those wins – Shot Gun Gal on August 23 and Hook Me Up on August 24, both maiden special weight contests – were in races taken off the turf.





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RACHEL ALEXANDRA TACKLES HISTORY IN WOODWARD


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – What a gal!

She’s soundly beaten the boys (twice), completely overwhelmed her peers, and Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, 3-year-old Rachel Alexandra lines up against the older fellas for the first time as she looks to re-write racing history yet again and stake her claim to Horse of the Year honors in the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes.





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FIERCE FOREGO DRAWS EVEN DOZEN


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – While Saturday’s Woodward Stakes featuring Rachel Alexandra is drawing much attention, the day’s exceptional card at Saratoga Race Course also includes a fierce 30th renewal of the Grade 1, $300,000 Forego Stakes for 3-year-olds and up.

Forego, a three-time horse of the year (1974-1976) won four consecutive editions of the Woodward (1974-1977) himself, in a career that found him in the money 50 of the 54 times he took to the track.





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PURSES JUMP NEARLY 20 PERCENT FROM INCENTIVE PROGRAM THROUGH SPA WEEK FIVE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Purse hikes from the incentive program created to increase field size during the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meet total $553,990 through Week Five, a 19.5 percent advance over original purse values, according to The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA). Purses have increased in 65 of the 302 races (21.5 percent) run through Monday, August 31.

Nine races qualified during Week Five, including two races which benefited from all three of the incentive program’s conditions, the meet’s first such instances. Purse increases from incentives during the week totaled $148,300, a 30.5 percent boost from original purse values.





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THE STRETCH RUN AT SARATOGA IS ONE FOR THE AGES


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The “Rachel Alexandra Show” will anchor an unprecedented series of special events and activities to mark the concluding days of the 141st meet at Saratoga Race Course.

The highlight of the final stretch at Saratoga will be Rachel’s run for the record books as the 3-year-old filly seeks to make history, again, by becoming the first female to beat older males in the 56th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward on Saturday, September 5.





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Wednesday, September 02 2009


SUPER FILLY RACHEL ALEXANDRA RUNS for history on msg plus this saturday


New York, NY, Sept. 1, 2009 – Super filly Rachel Alexandra runs for history this Saturday, Sept. 5 at 5:00 p.m. as she attempts to be the first female to win the $750,000 Woodward Stakes. The Preakness and Haskell winner will be featured on MSG Plus this Saturday during the network’s last installment of “Saturdays at Saratoga”. In partnership with New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), MSG Plus has been telecasting top stakes races at Saratoga each Saturday in August (with the exception of the Shadwell Travers Stakes). MSG Plus will also provide live coverage of the $300,000 Forego (Grade I) following the Woodward. Jason Blewitt, Eric Donovan and Andy Serling will provide commentary for the telecasts.

Rachel Alexandra is the leading candidate for Horse of the Year honors with an eight-race win streak, and has already defeated 3-year-old colts in the Preakness and the Haskell Invitational. MSG Plus aired Rachel's runaway win in the Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park on June 27.





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COLLEGE STUDENTS TO KICK OFF NEW SCHOOL YEAR AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saratoga Race Course will welcome college students back to their favorite course this fall with the first ever College Day on Friday, September 4, featuring a host of great prizes, giveaways and $1,000 scholarships to be awarded after each race by The New York Racing Association (NYRA).

All students will receive free grandstand admission with a valid college ID.





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SARATOGA SALUTES THE TROOPS, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2


WHAT: Proud to be an American Day at Saratoga Race Course

WHEN: Wednesday, September 2:

· 11 a.m. Gates open
· 11:30 a.m. Former Miss America Kate Shindle will sing the National Anthem, which will precede a special ceremony in the Winner’s Circle to honor as many as 100 NYRA employees who have served in the military. Immediately following the anthem, the Music Studio kids will sing “Thank You for being Our Heroes.”





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Tuesday, September 01 2009


Rachel Alexandra Poised to Make History in the Woodward


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – With her scheduled start against older males in the Woodward Stakes on Saturday, September 5, Rachel Alexandra is taking a path seldom traveled by 3-year-old fillies.

According to research done by National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame historian Allan Carter, Summer Guest is the only 3-year-old filly who has competed in the Woodward, which was run for the first time in 1954. Summer Guest, trained by J. Elliott Burch and ridden by Laffit Pincay, Jr. both members of the Hall of Fame, finished second to entrymate Key to the Mint in 1972, but was disqualified and placed third. The Woodward, then contested at Belmont Park, was a mile and half race. The Woodward is now run at a mile and a eighth at Saratoga Race Course.





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‘TIGER’ CONTINUES UPWARD CLIMB IN WITH ANTICIPATION


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Earlier this spring, anyone could have gotten a deal if they had claimed Strike the Tiger for $30,000 from co-owner, co-breeder, and trainer Wesley Ward.

Now, it seems that opportunity will not likely happen again as the two-time stakes-winning colt tries to remain unbeaten in Friday’s Grade 3, $100,000-added With Anticipation for 10 2-year-olds running 1 1/16 miles at Saratoga Race Course.





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THOUSAND DOLLAR THURSDAY TO USHER IN A BLOCKBUSTER FINAL WEEK AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association (NYRA) will award 15 pari-mutuel wagering vouchers worth $1,000 each to fans on Thousand Dollar Thursday, September 3, to celebrate the final week of the 2009 meet. The 15 winners will have the opportunity to utilize the vouchers beginning Thursday through Monday, September 7, Saratoga’s closing day.

Saratoga will host a blockbuster final weekend that features six graded stakes races, including four Grade 1 affairs: The Woodward, Forego, Spinaway and Three Chimneys Hopeful.





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