Tuesday, September 04 2012


PLETCHER’S SHANGHAI BOBBY WINS THREE CHIMNEYS HOPEFUL, TRIP TO BREEDERS’ CUP AND $100,000 BONUS


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – With the way Todd Pletcher’s 2-year-olds have been performing this summer at Saratoga Race Course, it was only fitting for his charge Shanghai Bobby to close out the meet with a rousing victory over favored Fortify and six other juveniles in Monday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful.

“We felt like this summer the 2-year-olds were training very well, and we were coming in holding a strong hand,” said Pletcher, who saddled 23 juvenile winners among his meet-leading 36 victories. “When some of them start to win and their workmates come up to run, you kind of get a good feel for it. We’re not surprised, but we’re happy.”





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STRONG WAGERING. NEW FAN INITIATIVES, TOP QUALITY RACING, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The 144th meet at Saratoga Race Course was a rousing success, highlighted by strong wagering gains, robust attendance, top quality racing, a number of new and innovative fan initiatives, continued television coverage from the NBC Sports Group and the MSG Networks, and an unprecedented level of community involvement.

“This year’s Saratoga meet was extremely successful on so many fronts,” said NYRA President and Chief Operating Officer Ellen McClain. “The quality of our racing product was unparalleled, with 35 graded stakes races highlighted by the exhilarating dead heat between Alpha and Golden Ticket in the Travers. Our customers responded to our racing with great enthusiasm, resulting in handle increases on track and around the country. Additionally, we introduced a number of new fan initiatives that were very well received and we hosted the industry’s first ever social media day. We were also proud to continue our role as a dedicated partner to the local community and many important charities.”





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McGAUGHEY HITS IT RICH IN G3 GLEN FALLS


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Coming off a two-month rest, Stuart Janney, III’s Hit It Rich showed up for her only start of the Saratoga Race Course meet fresh and ready Monday and led gate-to-wire to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Glen Falls turf stakes for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

Trained by Hall of Famer Claude “Shug” McGaughey, the 5-year-old light gray daughter of Smart Strike had been out of action since finishing a close-up third in the Grade 2 New York on June 30 at Belmont Park.





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NEW YORK WATCH: MICROMANAGE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – On the final Saturday of the 2011 Saratoga Race Course meet, a 2-year-old colt named Alpha joined the New York Watch after posting a debut score in a seven-furlong maiden special weight, and 51 weeks later he was in Saratoga’s winner’s circle after dead heating for the win in the Grade 1 Travers.

This year, Micromanage, a Todd Pletcher trainee, posted a five-length debut win in a seven-furlong race on the last Saturday of the meet, and his owner, Mike Repole, hopes history will repeat.





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Monday, September 03 2012


TONY DUTROW FINDS SO MANY WAYS TO WIN G1 SPINAWAY


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Tony Dutrow stood in the winner’s circle opening day after the first stakes race of the 2012 Saratoga Race Course meet, accepting the trophy for the Grade 3 Schuylerville won by a promising 2-year-old filly named So Many Ways.

With summer fading, and just one day left before the seven-week Spa show comes to an end, Dutrow and So Many Ways returned for an encore Sunday, this time after securing an even more prestigious prize – the 121st running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Spinaway.





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DOMINGUEZ WINS 6, INCLUDING G3 SARANAC; ESTABLISHES SARATOGA MEET VICTORY RECORD


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Jockey Ramon Dominguez won six races on Sunday, including a 10-1 upset in the Grade 3, $150,000 Saranac aboard Unbridled Command, establishing a Saratoga Race Course meet record in the process.

With one day remaining in the 40-day meet, Dominguez, the two-time reigning Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Jockey, has won 66 races. The previous record for wins by a jockey during the Saratoga meet was set by Hall of Famer John Velazquez in 2004. That year, Velazquez won 65 races during the meet, but one of his winners, Tales of Glory, trained by Todd Pletcher, was disqualified after the meet concluded upon testing positive for a banned substance. Velazquez’s official win total for 2004 stands at 64.





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Sunday, September 2, 2012


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was all smiles Sunday morning as he reported that To Honor and Serve emerged from his victory in the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward in excellent shape.

“He looks great,” said Mott of To Honor and Serve, who won for the eighth time in 15 career starts, with six of those victories coming in graded stakes. “It was nice to see him come back.”





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Sunday, September 02 2012


TO HONOR AND SERVE REPULSES MUCHO MACHO MAN TO WIN G1 WOODWARD


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – With nearly two months off to prepare and get acclimated to the upstate New York climate, To Honor and Serve returned to top form Saturday and won the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward for 3-year-olds and up at Saratoga Race Course.

In his prior start, the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap on July 7 at Belmont Park, To Honor and Serve reacted poorly to the 97-degree heat and finished a dull fourth behind Mucho Macho Man. On a picture-perfect late summer day at Saratoga, To Honor and Serve turned the tables on his rival, holding off Mucho Macho Man’s testing stretch challenge to win the Woodward by a neck.





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DOMINUS DOMINATES G2 BERNARD BARUCH IN TURF DEBUT


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Making his first start on turf, Dominus led every step under a measured ride from Julien Leparoux and rolled to a 1 ¼-length victory over even-money favorite Data Link in Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.

The 4-year-old Smart Strike ridgling, who got an eight-pound break in the weights from the favorite, went to the lead a few strides out of the gate and galloped through unpressured fractions of 24.29, 48.63 and 1:12.26 over the firm turf. Accelerating as he came out of the far turn, Dominus quickly opened up on his five rivals and was never seriously threatened by Data Link’s late run.





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SHACKLEFORD SCRATCHED FROM FOREGO


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Shackleford, the 2-1 morning-line favorite for today’s Grade 1 Forego, $500,000 at Saratoga Race Course, has been scratched.

“He had a little cough last week and a little cough this morning, so we’re going to play it safe,” said Dale Romans, who trains the 4-year-old for Michael Lauffer, W.D. Cubbedge, and Phillips Racing Partnership.





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Saturday, September 01 2012


NEW YORK WATCH: MY HAPPY FACE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – My Happy Face might have come up second-best in her debut, but she gave her connections reason to smile with a 21 ¼-length victory in Friday’s first race.

Owned by Michael Dubb and piloted by Ramon Dominguez, the Rudy Rodriguez trainee was away like a shot to quickly assume a three-length lead. Nearing the half-mile pole her four rivals began to edge closer, but she opened up again on the turn and came into the stretch with a commanding lead, drawing away under no encouragement from her jockey. She completed 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.55 and rewarded her backers with a $2.40 win payoff as the 1-5 favorite.





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HOPING FOR BIGGER THINGS TO COME IN G2 THREE CHIMNEYS HOPEFUL; HIT IT RICH FAVORED IN G3 GLENS FALLS


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Todd Pletcher is looking to cap an extraordinary meet at Saratoga Race Course when he sends out a trio of talented 2-year-olds in Monday’s 108th running of the Grade 2, $300,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful.

A “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park on November 3, the seven-furlong Three Chimneys Hopeful is joined on the 11-race Labor Day card by the Grade 3, $150,000 Glens Falls.





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