Saturday, August 29 2009


SARA LOUISE ROLLS IN VICTORY RIDE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Sara Louise, the last horse to beat Rachel Alexandra, made her first start of 2009 a winning one, powering past the pacesetters in the stretch and going on to a two-length victory over Bold Union to take Saturday’s Grade 3, $110,000 Victory Ride Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, the 3-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon sat not far behind pressured fractions of 21.95 and 44.81 set by Bold Union, then moved into striking position on the turn before launching her late run and hitting the wire in 1:09.66 for six furlongs over a sloppy track.





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SHADWELL TRAVERS JOCKEYS WILL DONATE PERCENTAGE OF PURSE EARNINGS TO HELP INJURED RIDER


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Jockeys riding in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers Stakes have pledged 10 percent of their purse earnings from the race to establish a fund for 23-year-old apprentice jockey Michael Straight, who was critically injured in a fall at Arlington Park on Wednesday.

The fund will be set up through the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in Encino, Calif., whose mission is to assist injured and disabled riders.





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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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