Saturday, August 13 2016

Saratoga Race Course Notes, Saturday, August 13

Exaggerator taking 'fresh approach' to G1 Travers
• Lady Eli gets 'A+' from Brown after Sunday morning breeze
• Laoban keeping it cool
• Destin on track for Travers; Pletcher eyes other assignments for stable
• Amoss keeps Mo Tom in consideration for Travers
• Fish Trappe Road impressive in breeze; targets G1 King's Bishop
• Effinex in good order; next start to be determined
• Mott, Campbell to be honored on Friday, August 26 at Walk of Fame

- Initially concerned about rain forecasted in the Saratoga area over the weekend, trainer Keith Desormeaux called an audible with Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers hopeful Exaggerator and decided to pass over the Curlin colt's penultimate work scheduled for Saturday morning.

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Saturday, August 06 2016

Cajun Delta Dawn Rises to Desert Vixen Victory

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL — Curtis Mikkelsen’s Cajun Delta Dawn ($8.60) rose to the occasion once more with a surging score in the $200,000 Desert Vixen Division of the Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park. After setting the pace in her June 10 debut for trainer David Fawkes, the 2-year-old filly closed strongly up the rail to post a 17-1 upset in the $75,000 Cassidy Stakes on July 2. Those efforts earned Cajun Delta Dawn more consideration from the wagering public this time and she went postward as the 3-1 second choice.

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Undefeated Three Rules Captures $200,000 Dr. Fager in a Romp

Pinchin-Trained Colt Strong Candidate for Florida Sire Stakes Sweep

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Shade Tree Thoroughbreds’ Three Rules overwhelmed eight rivals Saturday at Gulfstream Park, running off to a seven-length victory in the $200,000 Dr. Fager Division of the Florida Sire Stakes while needing little encouragement from his confident jockey, Cornelio Velasquez.

The undefeated 2-year-old son of Gone Astray has now won his three races, including two stakes, by a combined 15 ½ lengths without exerting himself , distinguishing himself as a rising star and a strong candidate to sweep the 2016 Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds sired by nominated stallions standing in Florida.

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Frosted ices foes in G1 Whitney

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Returning from his historic win in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, Godolphin Racing's Frosted did not disappoint as the 1-2 favorite with an equally remarkable victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney at Saratoga Race Course.

Frosted, with jockey Joel Rosario aboard, broke with determination and seized early control of the six-horse field. With Upstart positioned along the rail and Noble Bird an ominous presence to his outside, Frosted swept through an opening quarter-mile in 23.11 seconds and a half in 46.42.

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Thursday, August 04 2016

Friday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Rises to $298,058

She's Got the Look Has Look of Future Stakes Star
We're All Set, Yourdreamsormine Renew Rivalry in Friday Feature
Camacho Expected to Be Back Riding Next Week

-- The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 20th consecutive racing day Thursday at Gulfstream Park, producing a $298,058.78 carryover jackpot for Friday's 10-race program.

Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $299.24 Thursday.

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Awesome Banner, Ballet Diva Heavily Favored for Saturday Stakes

Casse Trainees Sharp for Florida Sire Stakes 3-Year-Old Engagements

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – During a break in training at Gulfstream Park Thursday morning, Mark Casse’s assistant trainer Jamie Begg booted up his office laptop in Barn 2 to view video of Wednesday night’s Canadian Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony, specifically interested in the footage starring his boss.

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Daring Kathy Gets the Right Distance in Saturday’s Soaring Softly

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- Graded-stakes winner Daring Kathy will stretch back out in distance when she headlines an eight-horse field in the $75,000 Soaring Softly Stakes on the undercard of Saturday’s Florida Sire Stakes program at Gulfstream Park.

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Saratoga Race Course Notes, Thursday August 4,

Songbird breezes 'nice and smooth' for G1 Alabama
• Brooklyn Bobby will be first American starter for Frankel
• Romans not ruling out G1 Alabama for Go Maggie Go
• Santana Jr. making impact in first full meet at the Spa

- Fox Hill Farm's undefeated champion Songbird took to Saratoga Race Course's main track early Thursday morning for a five-furlong breeze, her first timed move since her dominating victory in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 24.

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Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney to headline Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The 89th running of the prestigious Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney, one of North America's premier races, will headline a day of world class thoroughbred racing and special events at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 6.

The 1 1/8-mile Whitney will top the card of a blockbuster day of racing that includes five stakes as part of the Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing. The prestigious Whitney will pair with the Grade 1 Test for 3-year-old fillies, the Grade 3 Fasig-Tipton Waya for turf fillies and mares, the Fasig-Tipton Lure at 1 1/16 miles and the Fasig-Tipton De La Rose at a mile.

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Sunday, July 31 2016

Flintshire delivers in G2 Bowling Green

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Making his first start since capturing the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan on June 11 at Belmont Park, Juddmonte Farms' multiple stakes winner Flintshire did not disappoint, rallying late to win the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

Leaving the gate from post position 2 as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite with Javier Castellano aboard, the 6-year-old Chad Brown trainee broke alertly and moved to third position tucked along the rail as Grand Tito and Can'thelpbelieving set tepid fractions of 26.53 seconds for the opening quarter-mile with a half-mile going in 53.14.

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Mind Your Biscuits gives Falcone, Jr. first graded stakes win in Amsterdam

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Mind Your Biscuits looked strong in his graded stakes debut, overtaking Maniacal in the stretch for a 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course.

Under jockey Joel Rosario, Mind Your Biscuits hit the wire in 1:15.25 over 6 ½ furlongs on the main track. Trained by Robert Falcone, Jr., the chestnut colt won his second consecutive race after beating allowance company on July 4 at Belmont Park.

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A. P. Indian digs in for G1 glory in Vanderbilt

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Arnaud Delacour earned the first Grade 1 victory of his training career Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course, saddling Green Lantern Stable's homebred A.P. Indian to a 1 ¼-length score over Holy Boss in the, $350,00 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.

A. P. Indian, ridden by Joe Bravo, tracked the pace from second, following Delta Bluesman through an opening quarter-mile in 22.26 seconds and a half in 44.63. In the stretch, A. P. Indian hooked up with Holy Boss, the tepid 3-1 favorite who gained ground on the outside nearing the three-furlong pole and, after dispatching Delta Bluesman at the top of the lane, prevailed in a hard-fought stretch battle.

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