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Monday, August 29, 2011

New Day Dawns Bright

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, August 29,2011--There's racing today at Saratoga!

Naturally, the turf races have been rescheduled, with only a handful carded for Wednesday. Expect a drying-out wet racetrack but don't be terribly surprised if the surface gets upgraded to fast just in time for the Late Pick 4.

Johnny Velazquez is one winner ahead of Javier Castellano for the most coveted riding title in America: Saratoga's leading rider.

The edge uner most circumstances would go to Velazquez due to his close association with todd Pletcher. But Castellano does a good deal of riding for Pletcher, too, and Todd has fired many winning juvenile debut bullets already, so this figures to be a battle right to the end.

There will be no drama in the trainer category, obviously, but Chad Brown already has more winners than he saddled all last season here. Following closely in his mentor's footsteps, not surprising that a majority of those scores have come on turf.

Long range forecast: Mostly sunny skies through Saturday. Last chance to beat the other couples!

Written by John Pricci

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