Thursday, September 03 2009


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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SARATOGA NUMBERS DIP SLIGHTLY THROUGH WEEK FIVE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Attendance and handle turned fractionally down for the first time during the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meet after two inches of rain Friday night and Saturday lowered attendance on Shadwell Travers Day and forced seven of the weekend’s 11 carded turf races off the turf. Attendance is down 1.6 percent, on-track handle down 1.6 percent, and all-sources handle down 2.8 percent from 2008 totals through Week Five.

Saturday’s inclement conditions created a 19.2 percent reduction in betting interests compared to Shadwell Travers Saturday in 2008, resulting in declines of 17.3 percent in on-track and 18.0 percent in all-sources handle.





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Monday, August 31, 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Just before sunrise Monday morning, Rachel Alexandra worked a half-mile in 49.09 in preparation for her attempt to rewrite racing history in Saturday’s 56th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Clockers for The New York Racing Association, Inc. caught the 3-year-old filly going the first quarter in 25.53 and galloping out five furlongs in 1:02.23 in her final serious move before taking on older males for the first time in the 1 1/8th mile Woodward. Regular exercise rider Dominic Terry was aboard for the breeze, the 15th fastest of 44 at the distance, over the Oklahoma training track.





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THE “RACHEL ALEXANDRA SHOW” COMES TO SARATOGA


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Audience participation will take on a new meaning this week as “The Rachel Alexandra Show” comes to Saratoga Race Course for Saturday’s 56th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes.

With gates at the historic racetrack opening early at 7 a.m., just as they did on Shadwell Travers Day, the first 25,000 fans will receive a commemorative Rachel Alexandra button with paid admission in recognition of her attempt to make history again in the 1 1/8th mile race against older males.





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Monday, August 31 2009


ICON PROJECT ROLLS IN GRADE 1 PERSONAL ENSIGN


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A little more than two months ago, in her first race on dirt, Andrew Rosen’s Icon Project ran off to a 13¼ length victory on the off-the-turf Grade 3 New York Stakes at Belmont Park. Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course, Icon Project became a Grade 1 winner on dirt as she drew away to an equally impressive 13½-length victory in the 62nd running of the $400,000 Personal Ensign Stakes.

Sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the field of eight fillies and mares, the 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker stayed just off early fractions of 23.81 and 47.62 set by longshot Weathered, then moved up willingly on the turn to take command at the head of the stretch, pulling clear to hit the wire in 2:02.37 for the 1¼ miles over a “good” track.





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