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Tuesday, August 14 2012


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will celebrate women and their contributions to the thoroughbred industry while raising funds to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) at Fabulous Fillies Day on Friday, August 17 at Saratoga Race Course.

All fans who wear pink will receive free grandstand and clubhouse admission. Saratoga Race Course will also feature a pink NYRA flag in flight overhead.

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Monday, August 13 2012


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Spurious Precision made it 2-for-2 at Saratoga Race Course and stamped himself a leader in the 2-year-old division with a front-running five-length victory in Sunday’s 107th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special.

An impressive maiden winner at the Spa on July 21, the son of High Cotton came back on short notice and under jockey Alan Garcia simply outran his five rivals in the 6 ½-furlong race. Bounding to the lead out of the gate, Spurious Precision zipped through an opening quarter-mile in 21.35 seconds and a half in 44.02 while under pressure from Southern Honor and Drum Roll, then shook clear in the stretch and cruised under the wire in 1:16.53.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Kauai Katie gave Stonestreet Stables their second straight Grade 2 Adirondack victory Sunday at Saratoga Race Course with a front-running score on Sunday in the $200,000 race for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course.

The daughter of Malibu Moon – a sharp 12-length debut winner on July 20, opening day at the Spa – was third out of the gate but grabbed the lead by the time the field had left the chute in the 6 ½-furlong race. In front by 1 ½ lengths following an opening quarter-mile in 21.77 seconds, Kauai Katie dismissed a pair of bids through a half-mile in 44.93, and stretched her lead while being driven home by jockey Rosie Napravnik to register a 2 ¾-length victory over Salamera.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Compliance Officer will mount a title defense Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course when he takes on seven other New York-bred turf specialists in the $150,000, 1 1/16-mile West Point presented by Trustco Bank.

The 6-year-old son of Officer was named New York-bred male turf champion in 2011 after reeling off five consecutive victories including a sweep of the summer and fall New York-bred turf route stakes: the West Point, the Ashley T. Cole, and the Mohawk. The gelding captured the Kingston Stakes at Belmont Park over fellow statebreds on May 27 in his 2012 debut, and then was second to Clear Attempt in the Grade 3 Poker on July 4.

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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Sunday, August 12, 2012

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Wise Dan emerged in good order from his five-length victory Saturday in the Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 108 for completing the mile in 1:37.30 over yielding turf.

“He was pretty awesome,” said trainer Charles Lopresti of the 5-year-old gelded son of Wiseman’s Ferry. “On the backstretch, I wasn’t sure if he was going to get there, or get bogged down in the inside. But Johnny [Velazquez] said he was never worried.”

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Saturday, August 11 2012


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – After several disappointing starts in stakes races on dirt, Quick Wit began to turn around his career when trainer Dale Romans put the Sharp Humor colt on the turf.

Yet, when the 28th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame for 3-year-olds came off the grass at Saratoga Race Course on Friday, Romans had a feeling Quick Wit might have an even better chance to win.

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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Friday, August 10, 2012

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Grade 1 Travers candidate Paynter arrived at Belmont Park this morning from New Jersey and will be monitored to see if he can make the $1 million “Mid-Summer Derby” on August 25 at Saratoga Race Course.

Two days after winning the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational by 3 ¾ lengths on July 29, the Zayat Stables-owned son of Awesome Again spiked a fever. After spending time in the barn of trainer Kelly Breen at Monmouth Park, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent Paynter to the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, N.J.

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Friday, August 10 2012


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – With a $40 wager on a 29-1 shot in the final race at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday, Emad Himaya of Lindenhurst, N.Y., vaulted into first place and took home the $100,000 grand prize in the “Battle of Saratoga” handicapping contest.

Himaya, 53, finished the two-day contest with a mythical bankroll of $1,050, edging Paul Caltagirone of Whiting, N.J., who won the $30,000 second prize with a bankroll of $1,032. Ross Gallo of Jupiter, Fla., came in third with a bankroll of $934 and won $20,000 in prize money.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A year ago at Saratoga Race Course, fans caught a glimpse of the future when eventual 2-Year-Old Filly champion My Miss Aurelia captured the Grade 2 Adirondack and 2011 Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags powered to a 7 ¼-length victory in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special.

On Sunday, six juvenile fillies and seven juvenile colts will try to take the next steps in their young careers and perhaps go on to greater glory in the 96th running of the $200,000 Adirondack and the 107th edition of the $200,000 Saratoga Special.

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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Thursday, August 9, 2012

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin adjusted Alpha’s training schedule to have the Grade 2 Jim Dandy winner breeze four furlongs on the main track on Thursday.

In his first workout since the Jim Dandy on July 28, Alpha was clocked in 48.33 seconds. The Godolphin Racing representative is targeting the Grade 1, $1 million Travers on August 25.

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Thursday, August 09 2012


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Undefeated champion My Miss Aurelia made a triumphant return to the races Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course, overcoming a stumbling start and going on to a three-length victory over Delightful Quality in the $100,000 Mandys Gold overnight stakes.

Making her first start since winning the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last November at Churchill Downs, My Miss Aurelia spotted her five 3-year-old rivals a couple of lengths after bobbling at the start, but quickly made up ground as they traveled down the backstretch. Asked for run on the turn by jockey Julien Leparoux, the bay Smart Strike filly powered to the fore at the head of the lane and drew clear without being urged.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The 2012 edition of the Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga Race Course attracted eight well-matched entrants, plus one entered for the main track only, with the group headed by Grade 1 winners Wise Dan, Data Link, and Get Stormy.

The Fourstardave, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up, was carded as the 11th and final race with a scheduled post time of 6:45 p.m. It will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network from 6-7 p.m.

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