Thursday, July 26 2012

SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Next week’s graded stakes get underway on Friday, August 3, with the Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap, a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares. Gleaming and Winning Image, the respective top-two finishers from Delaware Park’s Sweet and Sassy Stakes on June 23, are probable for the Honorable Miss, as are Grade 2 Vagrancy winner C C’s Pal, Grade 3 Winning Colors victress Island Band, and Chaldea Stakes heroine Roman Treasure, according to NYRA stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes. Beat the Blues and Bold Affair are questionable.

On Saturday, August 4, the $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap headlines a card that also boasts the Grade 1, $300,000 Prioress. Expected for the Whitney, a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, are Grade 1 winners Flat Out, Hymn Book, Ron the Greek, along with Endorsement, Fort Larned, Hunters Bay, Rule, Successful Dan and Trickmeister. Mucho Macho Man and To Honor and Serve were listed as possible.

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