Thursday, July 30 2009


FOREVER TOGETHER LOOKS TO DEFEND DIANA TITLE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Will trainer Jonathan Sheppard experience déjà vu with Augustin Stable’s Forever Together?

Saturday, the 5-year-old roan mare seeks to become only the fifth horse to put together back-to-back victories in the Grade 1, $500,000 Diana, a feat that only Glowing Honor (1988-89), Shuvee (1970-71), Tempted (1959-60) and Miss Grillo (1946-47) have been able to accomplish in the 71 previous editions of the 1 1/8th mile turf race.





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ANOTHER HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR MOTT AT THE SPA


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott had a happy birthday on Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course – again.

Mott, who turned 56 on Wednesday, saddled Gerald W. Crawford’s 2-year-old Come From Behind ($17.20) in the fifth race, the ninth time since 1994 he has won a race at Saratoga on his birthday.





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Wednesday, July 29 2009


SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Wednesday, July 29, 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Edward P. Evan’s Quality Road signaled his readiness for Monday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Amsterdam this morning with a five-furlong work in 59.38 on the main track.

Jockey John Velazquez was aboard for the move, the fastest of 32 at the distance.





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JIM DANDY NEXT STEP IN RACING’S “SECOND SEASON”


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Horse racing’s second season hits a high point on August 29 with the 140th running of the $1 million Shadwell Travers, and this Saturday at Saratoga Race Course seven 3-year-olds will assemble for the 46th edition of the Grade 2, $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes hoping to earn a shot at the Mid-Summer Derby.

As usual, the nine-furlong Jim Dandy, named for the 100-1 shot that scored one of racing's memorable upsets, the defeat of Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox in the 1930 Travers, has attracted some familiar faces from the Triple Crown trail as well as a handful of later-developing colts looking to make their mark in the division this summer, and with good reason: Of the 14 Travers winners to prep in the Jim Dandy since 1964, eight have completed the double, most recently Flower Alley (2005), Bernardini (2006) and Street Sense (2007).





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NYRA RESTORES IN-HOME RACING SIGNAL TO NASSAU OTB


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has authorized the restoration of its televised signal of thoroughbred racing to the in-home distribution network of the Nassau Regional Off Track Betting Corporation, effective today, Wednesday, July 29, opening day of the 141st season of racing at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York.

NYRA agreed to take this action this morning at the request of New York State Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John D. Sabini.





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“JUVENILE JACKPOT” BONUS OFFERED TO FASIG-TIPTON SELECT GRADS


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. and Fasig-Tipton Company, Inc. today announced the establishment of a $100,000 Saratoga “Juvenile Jackpot” to be awarded to the first graduate of the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings Sale to win a graded stakes race during the 2010 Saratoga meet.

Should no juvenile qualify for the prize in 2010, the award doubles to $200,000 for Fasig-Tipton juveniles purchased that year who run at Saratoga in 2011.





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Tuesday, July 28 2009


NY RACING BOARD AND NYRA ANNOUNCE NEW LIMITS ON OXYGEN TREATMENTS


The New York State Racing and Wagering Board announced a new medication directive today clarifying that horses are banned from being entered into races if they have received hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment within one week of post time. The new directive, clarifying existing state rules, is endorsed by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA).

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers are accessed by some trainers to accelerate healing in a horse that has been injured or has an infection.





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McGAUGHEY HOPING TO MAKE A SPLASH IN LAKE GEORGE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Last August, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey watched with satisfaction as a 2-year-old chestnut daughter of El Prado named Consequence made an inside move to win her debut by three lengths at Saratoga Race Course.

Just under a year later, McGaughey is back at the Spa with Consequence and Friday, he is hoping she will earn her first graded stakes victory as she faces eight other 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 2, $150,000 Lake George Stakes at 1 1/16th miles on the turf.





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MSG PLUS PREMIERS LIVE HORSE RACING FROM SARATOGA


New York, NY, July 27, 2009 – MSG Plus, in partnership with The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), presents “Saturdays at Saratoga” on five Saturdays in August and September, beginning Saturday, August 1. Jason Blewitt, Eric Donovan and Andy Serling will provide commentary for the telecasts.

MSG Plus' “Saturdays at Saratoga” telecasts will provide live coverage of eight championship caliber stakes races, including the Jim Dandy, Whitney Handicap, Alabama and Woodward, races won by the likes of War Admiral, Kelso, Dr. Fager, Easy Goer and 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year, Curlin. Below is the schedule for “Saturdays at Saratoga” live on MSG Plus:





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WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK


WHAT: Opening Week of Saratoga Race Course presented by the New York Lottery

WHEN: Wednesday, July 29 – Monday, August 3, 2009

WHERE: Saratoga Race Course and various locations in Saratoga Springs





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Monday, July 27 2009


RACHEL ALEXANDRA BREEZES ON SARATOGA’S OKLAHOMA TRACK


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Rachel Alexandra put in her final workout Monday morning over the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course in preparation for her next start.

The three-year-old filly, owned by Jess Jackson and Harold McCormick, breezed four furlongs in 49.26 seconds with exercise rider Dominic Terry aboard. Trainer Steve Asmussen said she will remain at his Saratoga barn until Thursday night or Friday morning when she will be shipped to Monmouth Park for a start in Sunday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Haskell Invitational.





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COLLEGE DAY STAKES INCREASED, RACE TRACK INDUSTRY PROGRAM


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) is teaming up with the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to offer students the opportunity to learn about the business of track management at the inaugural College Day at Saratoga Race Course. On Friday, September 4, the RTIP at the University of Arizona will triple the $1,000 college scholarships NYRA will award after each race for future RTIP students.

NYRA will welcome college students back to school this fall with the first ever College Day, featuring activities and giveaways geared toward the younger crowd. The highlight of the day will be a drawing for college students only, featuring giveaways such as a $250 airline gift card, iPods, digital cameras, iTunes gift cards and the grand prize, $1,000 toward college tuition to be awarded after each race, courtesy of NYRA.





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