Thursday, August 25 2016

Chantal Sutherland Named to Ride in Sunday’s Added Elegance

Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Soars over $100,000
Huasca Set for Friday Feature off 11-Month Layoff

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Chantal Sutherland is scheduled to make a return to Gulfstream Park Sunday to ride Grade 1 stakes-placed Kiss to Remember in the $75,000 Added Elegance Stakes.

The 40-year-old jockey, who once served as a spokesperson for Gulfstream while riding at the Hallandale Beach track in 2006, came out of retirement this year to resume her highly successful career.

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Saratoga Race Course Notes, Thursday, August 25

Baffert squad has arrived from California for Travers Day
• "There's only one Travers" for Asmussen's duo
• Delgado pleased with Majesto's progress heading into G1 Travers, hoping for good things from Grand Tito in G1 Sword Dancer
• With Travers nearing, Guillot (oh, and Laoban, too) in top form
• Governor Malibu on target heading into Travers
• Rodriguez hoping Summer Revolution steps up in G1 King's Bishop
• Rated R Superstar figures to be running late in G1 King's Bishop
• Stallwalkin' Dude seeks elusive graded stakes win in G1 Forego
• Frosted breezes half-mile in advance of potential G1 Woodward start
• Travers Day card to receive 4 ½ hours of live national television coverage

- The contingent from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert arrived on the Saratoga grounds Wednesday evening after an uneventful trip from southern California and all was in good order on Thursday morning. The scene was significantly more subdued than last year at this time when Triple Crown champion and Travers Stakes favorite American Pharoah arrived at the Spa.

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New York Turf Writers Cup (G1 Steeplechase) Quotes

Gustav Dahl, winning jockey of Portrade (No. 5): "The idea was to have an easy pace. He likes to be on the front end and settles away once he can't hear pressure behind him. That's why he wears the hood as well; to dampen some of that noise. But here's there when you ask him. He jumps phenomenally and he just kept his forward momentum going, stayed on and dug in."

On winning a Grade 1 at Saratoga Race Course: "It's a dream come true."

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Wednesday, August 24 2016

Mr Maybe leaves no doubt in John’s Call, gives Brown win No. 1,000

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Prohibitive favorite Mr Maybe came charging through the stretch and powered to a 2 ¼-length victory in Wednesday's $100,000 John's Call at Saratoga Race Course, giving meet-leading trainer Chad Brown his 1,000th career victory.

Patiently handled by Irad Ortiz, Jr., who tucked the 5-year-old gelding along the rail, Mr Maybe ran in fifth behind My Afleet, who took the field of eight through an opening half-mile in 49.78 seconds, with the mile going in 1:39.42 and 1 ¼ miles in 2:03.64. Moving up eagerly when given his cue on the turn, Mr Maybe took aim on the pacesetter once straightened away in the stretch and galloped past a furlong out to hit the wire in 2:39.21 for the 1 5/8-mile turf race.

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Flintshire looks to repeat in G1 Sword Dancer

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Juddmonte Farms' intrepid Flintshire will look to bolster his case as the top male turf horse in the U.S. as he heads a field of seven in the Grade 1, $1 million Longines Sword Dancer Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

A perfect 2-for-2 in 2016, Flintshire has established himself as a towering presence in the division since joining Chad Brown's training outfit in the spring. The British-bred son of Dansili returned from a nearly six month layoff when he debuted for his new trainer in the Grade 1 Manhattan on Belmont Stakes Day, winning by 1 ¾ lengths.

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Wavell Avenue headlines Grade 1 Ballerina on Travers Day undercard

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Reigning Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Wavell Avenue headlines a stellar cast of 10 set to contest the 38th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina on Saturday as she looks for her second straight graded stakes victory at Saratoga Race Course.

With the prestigious win, Wavell Avenue would achieve millionaire status and at the same time secure her spot in the starting gate for this year's edition of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. The Ballerina is a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the event to be held at Santa Anita Park November 4.

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Cavorting gets two-turn test in Grade 1, $750,000 Personal Ensign

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Cavorting, undefeated in three graded stakes around one turn at Saratoga Race Course, seeks her first two-turn victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Personal Ensign.

The five-horse field features four Grade 1 winners, each with earnings in excess of $1 million. The 1 1/8-mile main track race serves as a designated Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" event for the Longines Distaff at Santa Anita in November.

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Field for the 147th running of the Grade 1 $1.25 million Travers

Grade 1
Distance - 1 1/4 miles
Track and Stakes Record - General Assembly (1979) 2:00
Last year's winner - Keen Ice

Purse: $1.25 million
Winner: $670,000
Second: $230,000
Third: $125,000
Fourth: $ 85,000
Fifth: $ 50,000
Sixth: $ 35,000
Seventh: $ 30,000
Eighth: $ 25,000

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Quotes from the post position draw for the Travers

Quotes from the post position draw for the 147th running of the
Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers

Bob Baffert, trainer of Arrogate (No. 1, 10-1) and American Freedom (No. 2, 6-1): "What are the chances of drawing Nos. 1 and 2 in a 14-horse field? I'm not doing backflips. But there's nothing you can do. We'll be there."

Chad Brown, trainer of My Man Sam (No. 3, 20-1), Gift Box (No. 9, 12-1) and Connect (No. 10, 4-1): "I'm happy with all the posts. I wanted the inside for My Man Sam, and the other two horses are in the clear.

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Sunday, August 21 2016

UPDATED QUOTES California Chrome Romps in Pacific Classic

JOCKEY VICTOR ESPINOZA – “Before the race, no matter what strategy I have, everything changes when the gate opens. So, right when I was behind the gate I thought ‘You know what, I’m going to send out of here. I’m going to send hard out of the gate and then move out just a little toward the middle of the track. I tapped California Chrome a couple of times and I was surprised I opened up two or three lengths right away. By that time I was very confident and happy. That’s where I won. The fractions weren’t that slow, the pace was pretty good. But he was doing it comfortable and I didn’t want to take him out of the race after I sent him out of the gate.


Saratoga Race Course Notes, Sunday, August 21

Mohaymen to skip G1 Travers, re-routed to G1 King's Bishop
• Creator in final breeze for Travers; Gun Runner on deck for work
• Songbird lands softly after G1 Alabama romp
• Brown thinking "big" with maiden winner Favorable Outcome
• Majesto is G1 Travers-bound
• Mott collects bicoastal Grade 1's Saturday; Carina Mia on target for G1 Ballerina
• Laoban in good order following G1 Travers breeze
• Anaximandros and Applicator set to work Monday

-After a top-level discussion, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin revealed this morning a decision has been made to enter Shadwell Stable star Mohaymen in the Grade 1, $700,000 Ketel One King's Bishop at seven furlongs instead of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers at 1 ¼ miles on Saturday.


Alabama (G1) Quotes

Jerry Hollendorfer, winning trainer of Songbird (No. 6): "I was just happy to see her out there and rating nicely, Mike looked pretty confident on her. I thought she would run well down the lane and she did. I never like to say it's easy but she's just got a lot of talent. She makes it looks easy but it's not easy. I just take every race as it comes up and do my best and she does her best."

"I think Mr. Rick [Porter] is looking at the Cotillion in his home state of Delaware so we'll look at that."

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