Friday, August 21 2009


D’FUNNYBONE TAKES SARATOGA SPECIAL IN A LAUGHER


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Two years ago at Saratoga Race Course, owner Paul Pompa, Jr. and trainer Rick Dutrow unveiled a strapping bay son of Boundary who sped to an eye-popping 11¼-length win in a maiden turf race at odds of 14-1. The colt, of course, was Big Brown, who the following year would go on to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.

Thursday afternoon at the Spa, it looked like old times as the pair teamed up for another impressive win with a 2-year-old, this time sending out D’ Funnybone to a 10½-length upset in the 104th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Saratoga Special.





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‘WEST’ COMES EAST FOR YADDO


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – In last year’s Yaddo at Saratoga Race Course, You Go West Girl was beaten a neck by defending winner Latitude Forty.

This year, You Go West Girl is back for a second shot at the $100,000-added nine furlong turf race for New York-bred fillies and mares to be run for the 30th time on Sunday with a field of 10 and four also eligible.





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Thursday, August 20, 2009


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird, one of the leading candidates for the 140th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers Stakes, galloped 1½ miles on the Saratoga Race Course main track Thursday morning.

Trainer Tim Ice said the strapping chestnut son of Birdstone continues told hold good form after a five-furlong breeze August 15 in 1:01.97.





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Thursday, August 20 2009


BEST CASE SCENARIO FOR WORSTCASESCENARIO IN ADIRONDACK


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A 13-1 longshot coming out of an off-the-turf maiden victory at Belmont Park, Worstcasescenario proved Wednesday in the Grade 2, $150,000 Adirondack that her owners can now start thinking positively about the 2-year-old’s future.

Sitting just off blistering early fractions of 21.49 and 44.32 set by favored Dashing Debby, Worstcasescenario took over the lead in upper stretch and drew off to win by 4¼ lengths with a final time of 1:16.72 for the 6½ furlongs. Sassy Image closed late for second and Magic Appeal was third.





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Wednesday, August 19 2009


“THINK PINK” ON ALABAMA DAY AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Alabama Day is the day to “Think Pink” at Saratoga Race Course as The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) joins forces Saturday with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to help the fight against breast cancer.

As well as donating $10,000 to the BCRF for breast cancer research and awareness programs, NYRA has named the eighth race on the undercard of the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama Stakes for 3-year-old fillies in recognition of the BCRF’s work, following which organization president Myra Biblowitz will make the trophy presentation to the winning connections.





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CANADIAN INVADERS SPICE WELL-MATCHED ALABAMA


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Careless Jewel won two races at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto by a combined 10¾ lengths, yet her entry into the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks didn’t raise much interest. When she won with ease by 7½ lengths, plenty of people took notice.

Milwaukee Appeal won the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks in June with such command, trainer Scott Fairlie decided to race her two weeks later against males in the prestigious $1 million Queen’s Plate and then the $500,000 Prince of Wales after that. She wound up beaten by only a neck and a nose in the two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown.





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Mine That Bird returned to Saratoga Race Course at approximately 5 p.m. on Tuesday evening after shipping back from the Ruffian Equine Medical Center in Elmont, N.Y., where he underwent successful surgery earlier that morning for an entrapped epiglottis.

“It was smooth as silk, the whole thing,” trainer Chip Woolley said Wednesday morning. “We hit a little traffic around Albany on the trip back, but we got him here, he ate all his feed last night, you can see him eating there now; he looks great.”





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Saratoga Hails the Return of the Mid-Summer Derby with 14th Annual Travers Festival


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – For nine days surrounding the season’s most anticipated event, the Saratoga and Greater Capital Region will celebrate with dozens of family events and live entertainment as the Spa City prepares to host one of North America’s oldest stakes races, the Shadwell Travers Stakes on Saturday, August 29.

The Travers Festival, presented by the New York Lottery and the New York Racing Association, will get underway on Saturday, August 22 and concludes on Sunday, August 30.





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Tuesday, August 18 2009


RICE POUNCES AGAIN WITH AWAKINO CAT


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Linda Rice continued her summer rampage at Saratoga Race Course on Monday, when her lone entry of the day, Awakino Cat, ran down a blazing pace-setter to win the $70,000 Troy turf sprint stakes for 4-year-olds and up.

Ridden by meet-leading jockey Alan Garcia, Awakino Cat caught Sixthirteen inside the eighth pole and pulled away to win the 5½-furlong race by 1¼ lengths in a fast time of 1:01.39. As the 2.55-to-1 favorite, he paid $7.10 for a $2 win bet.





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STEADY GAINS AT SARATOGA MEET MIDPOINT


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Attendance is up 8.4 percent, on-track handle up 12.3 percent, and all-sources handle up 4.8 percent from 2008 totals midway through the 2009 meet at Saratoga Race Course following spectacular summer weather and more of the full, competitive fields seen here since opening day.

· Attendance for the first 18 days of the 2009 meet is 439,713, up from 405,616 in 2008, for a daily average of 24,429 compared to 22,534. (*See Note 1 on attendance below.)





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Monday, August 17 2009


Zenyatta: Destiny’s Child for Mosses, Shirreffs and Team


As if Zenyatta's spectacular deeds didn't already speak volumes, the words coming from those closest to her really define her.

"Amazing," "sweetest," "smart," "classy," "best thing I've ever sat on" are just a few of the accolades that describe the 5-year-old mare who's working on a perfect 12-0 career record for owners Jerry and Ann Moss.





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SCRAMBLE IN THE LAKE PLACID


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – With the imposing Grade I winner Gozzip Girl remaining on the sidelines, the Grade 2, $150,000 Lake Placid now has a talented and evenly matched group of eight fillies for the 1 1/8-mile grass race.

Heading the field are Barbara Hunter’s Keertana, winner of the Indiana Downs Distaff last month and the Grade 3 Regret at Churchill Downs in June for trainer Thomas Proctor; Paul Pompa Jr.’s Mary’s Follies, who won the Grade 3 Boiling Spring on June 27 at Monmouth; and Phipps Stable’s Consequence, winner of the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas in May at Arlington Park.





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