Thursday, August 13 2009


LAST-TO-FIRST UNCLE T SEVEN TAKES CAB CALLOWAY


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Jockey Julien Leparoux rallied Uncle T Seven from the back of the pack and onto a 2¾-length victory Wednesday afternoon in the $150,000 Cab Calloway Division of the New York Stallion Series at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by John Morrison for Thomas Mina, Suzann Bobley, MFRG Racing Stable and Dennis Brida, Uncle T Seven trailed the field of eight through fractions of 24.06 and 48.42, then came charging between horses in deep stretch to hit the wire in 1:42.51 for the 1 1/16th mile race over a turf course rated firm.





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JOCKEYS RON TURCOTTE AND CALVIN BOREL SIGNING AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Although history would place them a generation apart, jockeys Ron Turcotte and Calvin Borel will be meeting new and old fans alike in public autograph appearances at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16th. Both riders will be appearing at the Secretariat.com booth set up for the weekend adjacent to the jockey silks display.

Hall of Fame Jockey Ron Turcotte, best known for piloting Meadow Stable's 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat, will meet fans and sign autographs beginning at 11:00 a.m. both Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16th. Joining Mr. Turcotte will be Secretariat's exercise rider Jim Gaffney who worked the champion colt early in his career.





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Wednesday, August 12, 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Looking ahead to a possible start on the grass in the fall, trainer Tim Ice had Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird gallop this morning over the Oklahoma turf course as part of his preparations for the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers on Saturday, August 29 at Saratoga Race Course.

“I’m going to keep him on the dirt right now; I didn’t like the way he looked over the turf,” said Ice. “He didn’t look comfortable. He doesn’t look like the same horse going on the turf than going over the dirt. I wanted to see what his reaction would be. Some horses don’t like it; some horses do.”





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INCENTIVE PROGRAM BOOSTS THIRTY PERCENT OF RACES THROUGH WEEK TWO AT SARATOGA


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Twelve more races qualified under the purse incentive program created to increase field size during Week Two of the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meet, according to The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA). Purse increases from incentives during the meet’s second week totaled $74,750, a 16.5 percent advance over the original purse values.

Thirty percent of races (36 of 120) have been enhanced by the purse incentive program through Week Two, for a total purse increase of $249,020, a 16.4 percent advance over the original purse values.





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Tuesday, August 11 2009


SARATOGA RACE COURSE TO HONOR 2009 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES WITH VINTAGE CAR PARADE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Saratoga Race Course will honor the 2009 class of inductees to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, as well as returning members, with an antique car parade, an autograph session and a featured stakes on Racing Hall of Fame Day, Friday, August 14.

The class of 2009 will be officially inaugurated at the 54th annual induction ceremony at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion at 10:30 a.m., a free event open to the public. The 2009 class includes trainers Bob Baffert and Janet Elliot, jockey Eddie Maple and horses Ben Nevis II, Silverbulletday and Tiznow.





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RACHEL ALEXANDRA BREEZES AT SPA; NEXT START STILL UP IN AIR


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Preakness-winning filly Rachel Alexandra put in her first work at Saratoga Race Course this morning in preparation for her as-yet-to-be-determined next start, covering a half-mile in 50.72 under exercise rider Dominic Terry.

With trainer Steve Asmussen, Barbara Banke (wife of Stonestreet Stable owner Jess Jackson), and a host of onlookers watching, the 3-year-old filly stepped onto the Oklahoma training track at about 6 a.m. for her first serious move since beating the boys again in the Haskell Invitational on August 2. Clockers for The New York Racing Association, Inc. caught Rachel Alexandra in splits of 13.50 and 26.22, galloping out in 1:04.44.





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POSITIVE TRENDS CONTINUE THROUGH WEEK TWO AT THE SPA


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Attendance is up 4.8 percent, on-track handle up 8.3 percent, and all-sources handle marginally down 1.7 percent from 2008 totals through Week Two of the 2009 Saratoga Race Course Meet.

· Attendance for the first 12 days of the 2009 meet was 280,843, up from 267,895 in 2008, for a daily average of 23,403 compared to 22,325. (*See note on attendance below.)





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LONGTIME NYRA EMPLOYEE BILL JOHNSON DIES AT 76


Bill Johnson, a lifelong racetracker and longtime employee of The New York Racing Association, Inc., died August 7 of pancreatitis at age 76.

Johnson was widely known and liked throughout the racing industry. He worked as an assistant to track announcer Fred “Cappy” Capossela early in his career in the 1950s and later was director of radio and television for NYRA. He co-hosted the radio show “Breakfast at the Track” with the late Harry Downey on WGY in Schenectady, N.Y., and also worked on various handicapping television shows in the 1980s in the Albany area.





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Monday, August 10 2009


BUDDING TURF STARS VIE IN HALL OF FAME STAKES


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – After trainer Alan Goldberg watched the results of last Saturday’s Grade 1 Secretariat for 3-year-olds at Arlington Park, he knew he’d made the right decision to skip the race in Chicago with Straight Story.

In the Virginia Derby on July 18, Straight Story finished in front of the eventual Secretariat winner, Take the Points, beaten a head by rising turf star Battle of Hastings. Now, Goldberg heads into Friday’s Grade 2, $150,000 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga Race Course with the morning-line favorite at 7-2 for the 1 1/8th mile race on the turf.





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Monday, August 10, 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird had his first serious move for the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers at Saratoga Race Course this morning, zipping a half-mile over the main track in 48.22.

The move, with Jamie Theriot aboard, was the seventh-fastest of 27 at the distance and admittedly faster than trainer Chip Woolley had planned.





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QUEEN OF HEARTS PREVAILS IN SIGNATURE STALLIONS STAKES


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – When Queen of Hearts broke her maiden going 1 1/8th miles at Belmont Park on July 22, trainer Jimmy Jerkens suspected from the way the filly galloped out that she wanted to go longer.

On Monday, the 4-year-old filly owned by Susan Moore and M and M Thoroughbred Partners got her chance in the 1½-mile Signature Stallions Series stakes, formerly the Waya. Positioned well behind front-running Zaskar through most of the race, Queen of Hearts closed an eight-length gap and dueled with the pacesetter through the stretch to prevail by a nose at the wire in the $73,500 turf contest at Saratoga Race Course.





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WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE


WHAT: Week # 3 at the Saratoga Race Course

WHEN: Wednesday, August 12 - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

WHERE: Various locations in Saratoga Springs





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