Saturday, August 29 2009


JUSTENUFFHUMOR HAS PLENTY IN BERNARD BARUCH


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Justenuffhumor scored his sixth straight victory Friday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course, closing with a furious late rush to catch Cowboy Cal at the wire in the 51st running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap.

Ridden by Alan Garcia, the 4-year-old son of Distorted Humor sat well off early fractions of 23.22, 46.94, and 1:11.85 set by Cowboy Cal, and then launched his bid down the middle of the stretch to collar the front-runner in the shadow of the wire for a half-length victory.





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SHADWELL TO SPONSOR BEST-TURNED-OUT HORSE FOR SHADWELL TRAVERS


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. –Shadwell Farm, title sponsor of Saturday’s 140th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, will again award a cash prize of $500 to the groom of the “Best Turned Out” horse in the race.

The award will be determined by a Shadwell representative in the paddock prior to the Shadwell Travers and presented in the winner’s circle before the race.





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RACHEL’S RUN AND FINAL WEEK FESTIVITIES, MONDAY NEWS CONFERENCE


MEDIA AVAILABILITY WITH RACHEL’S CONNECTIONS FOLLOWING MORNING WORK

WHEN: Monday, August 31
11 a.m.

WHERE: Saratoga Race Course
Winner’s Circle



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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Friday, August 28, 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – With rain in the forecast overnight and into Saturday, an off-track appears likely for tomorrow’s 140th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers at Saratoga Race Course.

Of the 139 previous runnings of the Travers, 92 were run over a fast track and 47 on an off-track. Most recently, in 2004, when Birdstone won, 0.6 inches of rain fell, and in 2002, Medaglia d’Oro’s year, 1.6 inches of rain fell.





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Friday, August 28 2009


MISS ISELLA LOOKS TO REBOUND IN PERSONAL ENSIGN


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – When Miss Isella finished second as the betting favorite in the Grade 1 Go For Wand Handicap here earlier in the meet, trainer Ian Wilkes had every right to be disappointed.

He wasn’t.

“The seconds are better than thirds,” Wilkes said. “If you start complaining about finishing second and you start finishing third, those second-place finishes look great. I never complain. It will turn around. That’s the fun thing about this game. You have to enjoy it.”





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Thursday, August 27 2009


SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Thursday, August 27, 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – As he heads toward Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers with longshot Our Edge, Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito can’t help but reflect back on the 2004 Travers, which he won with Birdstone.

“The interesting thing is, Our Edge is by the Cliff’s Edge, who we trained, and he was second to Birdstone in that race,” said Zito. “So we have a lot of footprints in this race. You have a Birdstone in there (Summer Bird), there were almost two Birdstones (before Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird declared), and a Cliff’s Edge, trained by us. This horse looks a lot like his dad, so I’m kind of happy about that. He’s going to represent his dad as well as he can.”





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AMERICA’S RACETRACK SALUTES OUR ARMED FORCES WITH “PROUD TO BE AMERICAN” DAY AT SARATOGA RACE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saratoga Race Course will pay tribute to our armed forces, both past and present, with the return of Proud to be an American Day at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, September 2.

Presented by the New York Racing Association (NYRA), the day will feature free grandstand admission for all United States active military and veterans with a military ID, courtesy of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. All patrons are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.





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GODOLPHIN IS WELL-REPRESENTED ON TRAVERS DAY UNDERCARD


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – At the end of the Belmont Park Spring Meet, Godolphin had just one winner from 13 starters: Tam Lin in an overnight stakes.

But when Rick Mettee, Godolphin’s North American racing manager and assistant to trainer Saeed bin Suroor, brought the stable north on the 190-mile trek to Saratoga Race Course, all that changed dramatically.





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FIDDLERS AFLEET SETS SAIL IN ALBANY


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Odds-on favorite Fiddlers Afleet held off a determined late charge from Slevin Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course to take the 32nd running of the Albany Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-olds by a head.

Ridden by Saratoga’s leading jockey, Ramon Dominguez, the son of Northern Afleet grabbed the lead coming out of the gate and zipped through fractions of 22.83, 46.02 and 1:10.36 while being shadowed by Pocket Cowboys, and then had enough left to turn back Slevin while hitting the wire in 1:49.78.





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MUNNINGS, BIG DRAMA CUT BACK IN NETJETS KING’S BISHOP


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The last time Munnings faced the starter, the brilliant sprinter attempted to stretch his speed 1 1/8th miles in an attempt to topple star filly Rachel Alexandra and Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. One day earlier, another blazing sprinter, Big Drama, took on a remarkably similar challenge, facing Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the West Virginia Derby on August 1.

Neither colt won, but both turned in big efforts and proved they rank among the best in the 3-year-old division. On Saturday the two will clash at what is likely their favorite distance — seven furlongs — in the Grade 1, $300,000 NetJets King’s Bishop at Saratoga Race Course.





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TRIPLE CROWN CONNECTION WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT SARATOGA


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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SIX FILLIES READY TO DANCE IN BALLERINA


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saturday’s 31st running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Ballerina has attracted some of the top sprinting talent in the country, with six 4-year-old fillies going postward in the seven-furlong contest.

At the head of the field is Augustin Stables’ Informed Decision, undefeated in her last five starts, all at seven furlongs. With a lifetime record of 8-0-1 from 10 races, the daughter of Monarchos has turned in two bullet works since her last win, an easy 4¾-length score in the Grade 3 Chicago Handicap at Arlington Park.





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