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Glimmerglass
Feb. 8, 2013, 12:07 PM
Jumping the gun in the summer-time place to be but this year will be special with the big anniversary. 150 years of Saratoga

In honor of that Marylou Whitney and her husband John Hendricks have put up their own money ($75,000) for a contest. Details and the free entry at the link below. The quick summary being:


One person will be selected at random for the chance to place a $15,000 win bet on the Whitney Handicap Aug. 3, the date of the first thoroughbred race in Saratoga 150 years ago.

The same will happen on the following four Saturdays’ major races. The other designated races are: Fourstardave Handicap, Aug. 10; Alabama Stakes, Aug. 17; Travers Stakes, Aug. 24; and Woodward Stakes, Aug. 31.

http://www.saratoga150.com/experience/saratoga150-contest/

jbonifas
Feb. 8, 2013, 04:15 PM
Wouldn't that be fun and I'd love to meet Ms Whitney.

Glimmerglass
Jun. 25, 2013, 03:44 PM
Likely its just as easy to add Spa related items here for now ...

Per Rick Porter (6/23) Normandy Invasion (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/theraces/2013/06/normandy-invasion-to-start-next-at-saratoga) will be running next in either the July 26 Curlin Stakes or the July 27 Jim Dandy Stakes. Regardless of the finish (winning or not) the true goal is running in the Travers Stakes.

That looks to be potentially one heck of a race showdown as NYRA indicated (6/24) that Orb, Oxbow and Palace Malice are all to be based at Spa (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nyra-orb-oxbow-palace-malice-headed-saratoga) this summer and all three may be entered in the $1 million Travers Stakes on Aug. 24. They're expected to be stabled on the track grounds by opening day. They also ran at Saratoga last year as two-year-olds.


NYRA said the season will feature nearly $15 million in purse money. Among the other top races, the $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap will be run on Aug. 3, the 150th anniversary of the first organized thoroughbred races in Saratoga.

The $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes is set for July 27 and the Alabama Stakes for Aug. 24, also a $600,000 race.

NYRA will also be offering 45-minute paid walking tours of the track. The cost will be $3 for individuals and $10 for groups of four. There will be no tours on Travers Day, or on Tuesdays when the track is closed.

As for television coverage - in addition to MSG+, TVG, HRTV, NYRA free replays - NBC Sports will again have their Summer at Saratoga series. (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/nbc-and-nyra-to-host-summer-at-saratoga-series/)


The schedule for the NBC’s live coverage of the 2013 Saratoga meet is as follows (All Times ET):

July 27: Grade 1, $600,000 Diana and Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy (5-6pm on NBC Sports Network)
August 3: Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap (5-6pm on NBC)
August 10: Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (5-6pm on NBC)
August 11: Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack and Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special (5-6pm on NBC Sports Network)
August 17: Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama and Grade 1, $600,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (5-6pm on NBC Sports Network)
August 24: Grade 1, $500,000 Foxwoods King’s Bishop and Grade 1, $1 million Travers (5-6pm on NBC)
August 31: Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap, G1 $500,000 Forego and Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward (4-6pm on NBC Sports Network)

Glimmerglass
Jun. 25, 2013, 03:52 PM
In case it was missed - but now resolved - NYRA initially dropped a couple of very important steeplechase races from the 2013 Saratoga Meet but reinstated them. This was back in April of this year. No explanation why it occured. (http://www.drf.com/news/nyra-reinstates-two-steeplechase-stakes-saratoga)


The $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial and the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase will be part of the usual nine-race steeplechase program to be run during the Saratoga meet, which runs from July 19 thru Sept. 2. As was the case last summer, steeplechase races will be run each Thursday, with two run every other Thursday.

The Smithwick (Grade 1-NSA) will be run on Aug. 1 while the Turf Writers Cup (Grade 1-NSA) will be run on Aug. 22.

CVPeg
Jun. 26, 2013, 12:13 AM
Does anyone know if you can slip in to watch works now at the Oklahoma track? No owner's card this year, and I know they prevent you from doing so during the meet unless you have ID.

Glimmerglass
Jun. 26, 2013, 08:52 AM
Does anyone know if you can slip in to watch works now at the Oklahoma track? No owner's card this year, and I know they prevent you from doing so during the meet unless you have ID.

CVPeg I couldn't find on line any confirmation of loosening up of the semi-recent access rules put into place. Which bites as I don't see why fans (w/o ownership) shouldn't have the ability to watch works in the morning. Keeneland has no issue with it, et al.

Maybe I've missed this offering before but I didn't know that the Racing Museum (for a fee) (http://www.racingmuseum.org/education/oklahoma-tours.asp) has exclusive tours of the Oklahoma Training Track. That is obviously less on the morning works and more on the stabling and historical context.

CVPeg
Jun. 27, 2013, 01:41 PM
Yes - having had a piece of a horse and an owner's card, I was able to get in to watch the works up until 2 years ago. In years prior, almost anyone could walk on over and watch. And you'd see the groups coming on over from the Racing Museum. But security was increased during the past several years, so I wondered if it was less restrictive before the meet opened.

Of course, I can't just call and ask for security. I'll have to speak to someone at Belmont first! LOL

Glimmerglass
Jun. 27, 2013, 03:37 PM
Yes - having had a piece of a horse and an owner's card, I was able to get in to watch the works up until 2 years ago.

Ah those unrealistic fears of Al-Qaeda interfering. Please! Anyhow I guess I was wrong (partially) in the future status of the public being again able to watch the works.

NYRA has proposed giving the public more access, but only if it limited people from getting into the barn areas. (Kinda odd if you ask me as they have people park on the edge of the stabling area then effectively walk along side the sables. I easily broke off the road and took a photo of Rachel Alexandra at a slight distance lookout of her stall.)

This is now dated but Daily Gazette April 30, 2013: "Viewing stand put on hold at Spa track Plan spurs safety concerns at training oval" (http://www.dailygazette.net/standard/ShowStoryTemplate.asp?Path=SCH/2013/04/30&ID=Ar00902&Section=Local_News)


The New York Racing Association had started clearing and preparing the area for the public viewing stand at the end of the Oklahoma training track closest to East Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

But horse trainers and owners complained about the location of the multilevel viewing stand, saying that horses, especially 2-yearolds, would be “spooked” by the structure and people moving up and down inside the stand.

“NYRA is in the process of reviewing plans for the Oklahoma viewing stand in light of concerns recently raised by Saratoga horsemen,” said Ashley Herriman, a NYRA spokeswoman.

For many years, members of the public were allowed to enter the backstretch area near the Oklahoma track and watch the workouts. This all changed with increased track security measures after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. These measures required proper credentials for all people entering the backstretch areas of the main Saratoga Race Course on Union Avenue and the Oklahoma training track across Union Avenue from the main track.

The Saratoga 150 committee, the group planning many special events this year to celebrate the 150th birthday of thoroughbred horse racing in Saratoga Springs, wanted to have a place where the public could again watch the morning workouts.

The spectators would access the proposed viewing stand from East Avenue and wouldn’t need to enter the backstretch areas.

It doesn't look like a resolution was reached as just today this was tweeted. Unless they are going to magically get the stands up in 30-days which I'd give odds of 40-1 happening.

Barbara Livingston - "Public viewing stand under construction" (https://twitter.com/DRFLivingston/status/350329353994915840/photo/1) (6/27), Oklahoma Training Track.

CVPeg
Jun. 27, 2013, 05:56 PM
Great - thanks for all the information. Not sure I had seen that proposal, but can understand how the riders and trainers wouldn't want it near the turn. Can just see the youngin's barreling down and seeing that at the end!:eek:

Glimmerglass
Jul. 1, 2013, 11:34 AM
I like the sporting enthusiasm and the Ramsey's stock is so deep that its hard to envision Mike will take the title again ...

Brisnet June 30, 2013: Ramsey sets sights on Saratoga (http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/editorial/news/article.cgi?id=37782)


Ken and Sarah Ramsey collected their record 19th owners' title at the Louisville, Kentucky, racetrack when closing out the spring meet at Churchill with a single-season record 32 wins. The Nicholasville, Kentucky, couple now have set their sights on collecting their third leading-owners title at Saratoga.

"You can tell them to look out at Saratoga," Ken Ramsey said. "It's the 150th anniversary and I'm bringing enough horses up there to win the owners' title. I know I'm going to have some competition up there, but I think you might be talking to the leading owner at Saratoga for the 150th anniversary meet."

The Ramseys won the owners title at Saratoga in 2008 and '09, but Mike Repole's Repole Stable took home the trophy in '10-12.

"Repole's reign is getting ready to come to a screeching halt," Ramsey said with a grin.

The Ramseys, the all-time leading owners at Churchill Downs with 362, won 25 races at Keeneland's spring meet and shattered the previous record of 12 wins by an owner during a single meet.

One of the few holes in the resume of the Ramseys is the absence of a victory in the Kentucky Derby. That is something they hope to change soon.

"Next year, I'm changing my focus completely and going for quality over quantity," Ramsey said. "We've got to win this Kentucky Derby. We've got to get our picture taken on the other side of the track (in the Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle).

"I've sent seven horses to Todd Pletcher and we actually think five of them are Derby material. They're working right now and they'll be running at Saratoga. We also think we got the best two-year-old colt out of the OBS sale a few weeks ago (Hip 176). We named him Ichiban Warrior. Ichiban means No. 1 in Japanese."

As for Mike Repole just after the Belmont Stakes he sold off his majority ownership of Pirates Booty snack company for $195 million (http://www.bevnet.com/news/2013/no-belmont-but-plenty-of-bucks-for-repole-as-pirates-booty-sells-for-195-million)


Repole declined to reveal the amount of his initial investment but told BevNET in an e-mail “if you were an investor in Pirate’s Booty, today is a great day.”

After the $4.2 billion Vitaminwater sale, Repole dedicated himself to building a slate of companies that had the potential to be turned into long-term successes. He bought a majority stake in Pirate’s Booty in 2009, keeping founder Rob Ehrlich on board as CEO but stocking the kiddie favorite with many old friends from the Glaceau days.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 2, 2013, 03:33 PM
By the way if you're interested in the how Saratoga's racing came about ....

Video: (ABC/ESPN) Saratoga's John Morrissey (aka "Old Smoke") profile from 2008 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vpD-Im8iHU) (3min 41sec)

Also part of the 150th Anniversary promos

Video: Tom Durkin hosting 'The Saratoga Racecourse Experience' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nWHm-1F0qE) (7min 35sec)

Glimmerglass
Jul. 2, 2013, 03:54 PM
By the way this property at 37 Nelson Ave remains on the market (http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-853-4441836/whiskey-city-farms-saratoga-springs-ny-12866) :D Almost 2 acres and adjacent to the Clare Court training track - just think you could walk you horse over to the track.

Denied stalls? Hey you are in luck! As it already has an eight stall barn with city approvals for a new twelve stall barn. It has been on the market for at least 798 days with that hefty $1.3 million price tag.

Timex
Jul. 2, 2013, 04:14 PM
Great - thanks for all the information. Not sure I had seen that proposal, but can understand how the riders and trainers wouldn't want it near the turn. Can just see the youngin's barreling down and seeing that at the end!:eek:

not to mention, depending on where they wanted to put it, the gate is right there too. can you imagine horses coming out of the gate and getting spooked by some well-intentioned but ignorant spectator? traffic at that point on the track is busy and hectic under the best of conditions.

Timex
Jul. 2, 2013, 04:18 PM
By the way this property at 37 Nelson Ave remains on the market (http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-853-4441836/whiskey-city-farms-saratoga-springs-ny-12866) :D Almost 2 acres and adjacent to the Clare Court training track - just think you could walk you horse over to the track.

Denied stalls? Hey you are in luck! As it already has an eight stall barn with city approvals for a new twelve stall barn. It has been on the market for at least 798 days with that hefty $1.3 million price tag.

so c'mon glimmer, cough up the $1.3 mil, you can always rent out the stalls for a grand a month like everyone else who has a private barn in the area. ;)

Glimmerglass
Jul. 2, 2013, 04:46 PM
not to mention, depending on where they wanted to put it, the gate is right there too. can you imagine horses coming out of the gate and getting spooked by some well-intentioned but ignorant spectator? traffic at that point on the track is busy and hectic under the best of conditions.

Although for now - based upon that photo - there is a distracting pile of construction debris and orange fencing there. There were two key objections (http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2013/04/19/sports/doc5171c867b9220922348955.txt)


The first is its nearness to the outside rail of the training track.
The second concern is the stand’s proximity to the starting gate.

There is often a backup of horses waiting behind the gate for their turn at learning how to handle the confines of the stalls and the opening of the doors at the start of a race. Their handlers like to walk them in that area before they are called to the gate. They are worried about a potential incident, however innocent, resulting from a fan doing something to scare the horse.

That concern is heightened with inexperienced 2-year-old thoroughbreds, which can be nervous in the early stages of their careers, particularly when it comes to gate schooling.

Honestly I don't know why a stand would be built as opposed to simply allowing the public as rail birds with a secondary fence line keeping them back a ways.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 2, 2013, 05:15 PM
so c'mon glimmer, cough up the $1.3 mil, you can always rent out the stalls for a grand a month like everyone else who has a private barn in the area. ;)

Ha! Lets see $1k x 8 stalls x 6-months a year = $48k/year (ignoring property taxes, insurance, upkeep) that means in 27 years you'd be approaching $1.3 million in revenue :D

I'd rather buy this place and have a party every night of the meet (http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/73-Union-Ave-Saratoga-Springs-NY-12866/32405166_zpid/) ...

Timex
Jul. 2, 2013, 05:45 PM
it is definitely a ZOO behind the gate, wouldn't want to make it any worse! (for those who haven't seen the oklahoma, the waiting area behind the gate, backs right up to the fenceline on East Ave - was once on a 2 yr old when a firetruck went flying past, complete with sirens going - didn't make the poor colt any happier about having to wait his turn! ironically, the firetruck was on it's way to the Oklahoma, accompanying an ambulance, whose driver had the good sense to keep the sirens OFF!!! to take a rider to the hospital.) at least the construction site doesn't seem to be giving the horses any trouble as it is. i haven't seen anyone give it more than a sideways glance. and glimmer, that house is lovely! i didn't realize it was for sale. but i wouldn't want to have to worry about the upkeep, landscaping, etc. so i'll save my lunch money and just keep my little place outside of town, TYVM! ;)

CVPeg
Jul. 3, 2013, 01:15 AM
By the way this property at 37 Nelson Ave remains on the market (http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-853-4441836/whiskey-city-farms-saratoga-springs-ny-12866) :D Almost 2 acres and adjacent to the Clare Court training track - just think you could walk you horse over to the track.

Denied stalls? Hey you are in luck! As it already has an eight stall barn with city approvals for a new twelve stall barn. It has been on the market for at least 798 days with that hefty $1.3 million price tag.

Well, if it ever did sell, I'd think that house would be coming down...

Oh, but don't forget what you could charge for parking!! :D

CVPeg
Jul. 3, 2013, 01:20 AM
Many moons ago, I sold real estate in Saratoga - lived in the western part of the county. A lovely small house came on the market just behind the Oklahoma track - actually maybe a little bit kitty-corner, but it had a flagstone porch you could still catch a glimpse from. Fell in love with it, but our house wasn't on the market, and ex wouldn't budge - he was overseas at the time.

To this day kicking myself that I didn't use that power of attorney...:no:

CVPeg
Jul. 3, 2013, 08:14 AM
Interesting article this morning about horses flying in to Saratoga. Only too bad they never bothered to note the horses' names, other than "a Thoroughbred".

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Like-Pegasus-but-jets-do-the-work-4644210.php#photo-4870731

Glimmerglass
Jul. 3, 2013, 10:23 AM
Interesting article this morning about horses flying in to Saratoga. Only too bad they never bothered to note the horses' names, other than "a Thoroughbred".

Maybe they are in the equine protection program aboard Air Horse One :) My guess is the photographer snapped many photos and didn't keep the notes straight.

Just me but the headroom looks rather rather cramped. Perhaps only applicable for global shipping but (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-R6HrnIyEPf8/UBNn5q8zPcI/AAAAAAAAViQ/-F-LPBPQzqQ/s1600/olympic+horses.jpg) the Olympic transporting planes allow for much more potential head motion. If I was packing in my horse I'd fit on the head bumper just in case.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 3, 2013, 10:59 AM
Looks like one less venue to stay at for the meet which I'm sure the owner's aren't happy about missing out on the 150th crowds: Saratogian 7/3/2013: "Adelphi Hotel may remain closed for next year" (http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2013/07/03/news/doc51d243a3723e2097298565.txt)


While many city residents will miss the presence of the hotel’s patio bar this summer as they celebrate the 150th anniversary of racing in Saratoga, Mildé and his team saved them from losing the hotel permanently.

The hotel is in such poor condition namely because of a poor maintenance program, but also because sometime in the early ’80s, the hotel was renovated and shifted from an 80-room hotel into a 44-room hotel. Before that, guests only had sinks in their rooms and had to share bathrooms.

When this renovation was carried out, its project managers simply cut king trusses they considered intrusive to the eye. The hotel, which Ranieri says is built like an Amish barn, relied on those trusses for stability and was damaged when they were removed.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 10, 2013, 11:25 PM
DRF 7-10-13 "Travers showdown looms for Oxbow, Orb, Palace Malice" (http://www.drf.com/news/travers-showdown-looms-oxbow-orb-palace-malice)


The three winners of this year’s Triple Crown races won’t meet again until the $1 million Travers at Saratoga on Aug. 24.

Preakness winner Oxbow, who arrived in Saratoga on Tuesday, will make his next start in the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 28, trainer D. Wayne Lukas confirmed Wednesday.

If Orb, Oxbow, and Palace Malice all do make it to the race it will be the first time three separate winners of the Triple Crown races have met in the Travers since 1982 when Gato del Sol, Aloma’s Ruler, and Conquistador Cielo were upset by Runaway Groom. In 1991, Strike the Gold (Derby) and Hansel (Preakness and Belmont) each ran in the Travers, upset by the Lukas-trained Corporate Report.

Lukas said Wednesday morning the Grade 1 status and the $1 million purse of the Haskell influenced his decision to run Oxbow in that race as opposed to the Jim Dandy. As a winner of a Triple Crown race, both Lukas and the owner, Brad Kelley, each receive $25,000 simply for running in the Haskell.

That's quite the $$ incentive bonus ;)

The aforementioned 1982 Travers Stakes: video replay - flashback Aug 21, 1982 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdBzg-B_1Ms)

Glimmerglass
Jul. 11, 2013, 02:03 PM
Regarding the viewing stand - June 10, 2013 - source: Daily Gazette (http://www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/around-saratoga/2013/jun/10/whitney-viewing-stand/?print)


A viewing stand at Saratoga's Oklahoma Track will be named after the Whitney family.

The New York Racing Association Board approved a proposal today to name the viewing stand after the historic family, which continues to work for the city and racing through the efforts of philanthropist Marylou Whitney and husband John Hendrickson, an adviser to the board.

NYRA spokesman Eric Wing said the viewing stand is scheduled to be completed this summer. He said they discussed the concerns of the horsemen and have moved the viewing stand location to the eighth pole.

From this pdf presentation file the design is a far cry from what might be expected (http://www.nyra.com/assets/1/7/Saratoga_150_Presentation.pdf)

Glimmerglass
Jul. 11, 2013, 02:27 PM
Off topic but in all the years going to Saratoga I've driven by (depending upon the route) these gates just outside of Saratoga (http://www.saratogian.com/content/articles/2010/08/19/bspalife/doc4c6d901054ef43949785911.jpg) towards Ballston Spa and always wondered what's back there.

Saratogian Aug 2010 'Restaurant was once Ballston Spa magnate Floyd Shutts' mansion' (http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2010/08/19/bspalife/doc4c6d901054ef4394978591.txt?viewmode=fullstory)


Many people driving past the gated driveway for the Villa Balsamo restaurant on Route 50 probably wonder why a dining establishment has such a fancy entrance. ...

The house was built in 1929 and 1930 as the home of local knitting magnate, Floyd J. Shutts, but it has taken on various identities through the years.

Shutts, in the woolen business in Amsterdam, New York, had been stymied by city officials there when seeking to make an addition to the F. J. Shutts Co. plant, an addition he needed to fulfill a government contract. ....

The estate was sold to Gerard King, a local restaurateur, known for his involvement with Newman’s Lake House on Saratoga Lake. A story in the Daily Gazette in 1966 stated that Bing Crosby was among the celebrities who had stayed at the house during King’s ownership.

King, encountering legal problems and was convicted on gambling charges, and, later, income tax evasion. He sold the property in 1951, most likely at a great loss. It was sold to real estate developer Willard J. Grande.

In the 1960s the house was known as Excelsior House, and management seminars were conducted there by Lew B. Harris. Harris lost the property due to a foreclosure. .... (article continues)

These Trip Advisor reviews are amusing (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g48562-d413798-Reviews-Villa_Balsamo_Restaurant-Saratoga_Springs_New_York.html) ("buyer beware" says it all) but more kind than most other comments elsewhere.

In case you missed that opportunity to get in with the Entourage folks and buy Siro's you could just buy Villa Balsamo for $5.25M (http://www.homes.com/listing/191375889/2255_Route_50_SARATOGA_SPRINGS_NY_12866) and then charge an arm and a leg for steaks and drinks to the big winners (or losers) from the track during the meet :D

Glimmerglass
Jul. 11, 2013, 02:37 PM
Unlike the last several years there will be no exhibition steeplechasing for 33rd edition of the Annual Open House at Saratoga Race Course this Sunday.

As folks may sadly recall three chasers had to be euthanized (http://blog.timesunion.com/saratogaseen/track-open-house-ends-with-three-dead-horses/14662/) in separate incidents: Autumn Riches, Twice the Price, and Plattsburgh.

Timex
Jul. 11, 2013, 02:48 PM
Is the open house sat or sun? Either way, it looks like we'll probably miss it this year.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 12, 2013, 10:02 AM
Is the open house sat or sun? Either way, it looks like we'll probably miss it this year.

Yep - Sunday July 14th - Sunday, July 14, the 33rd annual open house (http://saratogian.com/articles/2013/07/06/news/doc51d8c820a9fb3729296851.txt); includes a family-focused live concert.

Tonight - Friday 12th with matches begining at 5:30 pm - the 115th Saratoga Polo tournament (http://www.saratogapolo.com) season kicks off. Running Fridays and Sundays through Sept. 1, with play for the Celebrate Saratoga Cup Friday, July 12, and Sunday, July 14, at the Saratoga Polo Fields.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 12, 2013, 10:20 AM
An interesting read ...

DRF 7-12-13: "In 150th year, track remains racing institution" (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-150th-year-track-remains-racing-institution)

excerpt


The racing fans who came to the Spa in the 60’s to see a redesigned landscape were also treated to stellar performances on the track. Kelso, Horse of the Year from 1960-1964, raced at Saratoga in four of those years, winning the Whitney in 1963 and 1965. The 1962 Travers between Jaipur and Ridan is among the most thrilling races ever contested at Saratoga, and five years later, Damascus won the 1967 Travers by 22 lengths.

The decade came to a close with Arts and Letters winning the 100th Travers. He was voted that year’s 3-year-old champion and Horse of the Year, a fitting way to end a decade in which every Horse of the Year raced, and won, at Saratoga.


Stall requests this summer exceeded stall space by a nearly 2-1 margin, with 120 trainers requesting space for 3,000 horses, according to P.J. Campo, NYRA’s vice president and director of racing. The stall capacity at Saratoga, including the Oklahoma, is 1,850.

Trainers based outside of the state who are expected at Saratoga this summer include Tom Amoss and Charles LoPresti, along with recent New York arrival John Shirreffs. Spa regulars D. Wayne Lukas, Eddie Kenneally, Ian Wilkes, Dale Romans, and Graham Motion will also be based at Saratoga.

I've always wondered if Yaddo has been approached by a trainer to use the former carriage barn they have on their property :) Not even the former Greentree facility has a better proximity to the track.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 12, 2013, 04:04 PM
For those who have been following Zenyatta's half-sister, Eblouissante, she will make her next start at Saratoga.

The DRF suggested this last week, but it was confirmed today (7/12) by John Shirreffs (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/theraces/2013/07/eblouissante-will-return-to-action-in-saratoga-undefeated-half-sister-to-zenyatta)


The 4-year-old will either start next in the Grade 3 $200,000 Shuvee Handicap on July 20 or a second-level allowance race on July 22.

Eblouissante will carry the colors of the late Eric Kronfeld.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 12, 2013, 04:15 PM
Well this news bites :(

DRF 7-12-13: "Normandy Invasion will miss Saratoga meet while damaged hoof heals" (http://www.drf.com/news/normandy-invasion-will-miss-saratoga-meet-while-damaged-hoof-heals)


But there’s an old axiom in racing that goes “If you want to make God laugh, make a plan.”

An abscess in his right front foot will prevent Normandy Invasion from running at Saratoga this summer. However, if all goes well, Normandy Invasion could train up to the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on Sept. 21, Porter said Friday.

On Friday morning, noted equine hoof specialist Ian McKinlay examined Normandy Invasion at Saratoga. According to Porter, McKinlay’s prognosis was pretty positive, though Normandy Invasion would have to be taken out of training for two to three weeks.

“After Chad and Ian looked things over this morning they would be shocked that he wouldn’t be ready,” Porter said. “[Brown] thinks he could have him back in training in a couple of weeks. They think the Pennsylvania Derby will be a very reasonable target to shoot for at this point.”

McKinlay had to cut off a piece of Normandy Invasion’s right front hoof, which will have to grow back naturally. McKinlay will likely build a supportive wall around the area he removed to facilitate growth.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 15, 2013, 11:42 AM
The DRF lists their 10 Most Memorable Races at Saratoga (http://www.drf.com/news/saratogas-10-most-memorable-races) - complete with the race charts. e.g.;

#2 1919 Sanford: Upset stuns Man o' War

In regards to things that could happen in the forthcoming Saratoga meet: the Times Union puts Odds that a Sharknado will hit the Spa @ 100-1. (http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/Odds-are-it-will-be-a-really-big-show-4665179.php)

Folks better bring their Saratoga umbrellas just in case it rains great white sharks (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/thumbnail_570x321/2013/07/sharknado_3.jpg) :D And the folks at Del Mar for their Wed opening (7/17) have better odds of such a threat.

Far better is their Odds that the Fourstardave bobblehead will prove to be the most popular giveaway this summer @ 2-1. The "spinners" already are pre-selling it at $20! (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Saratoga-Race-Track-2013-Bobblehead-Fourstardave-PRESELL-/281126702988?plt=US_Solo_Sports_Fan_Shop&hash=item4174750f8c)

From the NSA they are expecting a solid turnout of jumpers for the meet (http://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/news-cat/large-strong-fields-are-likely-for-saratoga-jump-season/#more-5935):


“Going in, we’re in a strong position to provide large, competitive fields for Saratoga’s bettors and NYRA’s full-card simulcasting network,” said Bill Gallo Jr., the National Steeplechase Association’s director of racing. “We have roughly 80 winners eligible and planning to run.”

With nine rich races over the six Thursdays, more and more steeplechase owners are pointing their accomplished runners toward Saratoga’s contests. Last year’s fields averaged more than nine starters per race.

The first jump race will be Thursdays July 25 with the $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes, one of two Saratoga races for steeplechasing’s rising-star division.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 16, 2013, 10:31 AM
More on the viewing stand at least with pictures ;) Photographer Tod Marks (Thisishorseracing) took this image of the tower in progress (http://thisishorseracing.com/news/images/easyblog_images/576/1000_20130715-033625_1.jpg) (July 15)

From the Clancy Bros site they also had this (the theme of which was already mentioned earlier):

7/15/13: "Spa Stars: Ramsey fires warning shot" (http://thisishorseracing.com/news/index.php/this-is-horse-racing/2148-spa-stars-ramsey-fires-warning-shot) (snip)


The reality is Ramsey, who campaigns his horses with his wife Sarah, is trying to add to his future racing stable while he rips apart the record books at some of the best and toughest meetings with wins by the dozens. One hundred and twenty one of them in fact, through Sunday, but that is certain to change before this story cycles off the home page of this website.

The Ramseys were the leading owners at the 2012-13 Gulfstream Park winter meeting with a record 43 wins. The record comes with an asterisk, according to Ramsey, “because we started in December and the meet didn’t used to start then.” They followed that up with a record 25 wins at the Keeneland spring meet and then added another Churchill spring-summer title—an unprecedented 19th in Louisville—with a record 32 wins.

So what’s next?

Saratoga, of course.

“I’ve been reassessing some things,” Ramsey said. “After I talked to you at the Belmont, I thought Repole would be my chief competition but now it’s looking like David Jacobson and his guys [Drawing Away Stable] are having a huge, huge run, so it looks like they could be going for it.

“It should be interesting. I think 18 wins is a record up there, at least that’s what I found out. We’re shooting for 20. I don’t know if that will win the title, but I’ll go on record and say we’ll win 20 races at Saratoga.”


The Ramsey horses for Saratoga are with Chad Brown, Todd Pletcher, Wayne Catalano, Mike Maker, Wesley Ward and “even a few steeplechase horses with Tom Voss.”

I do really like the fact that they've also been involved in steeplechasing when it used to be that big outfits also had chasers, but seemingly no more.

Unless someone is really not paying attention its damn hard not to have noticed all the 'Kitten' horses running over the last several years and on top of that the white and red silks with the big R on just about every track of note.

What really blew me away was just this past Saturday July 13th with the number of Ramsey runners in big races and yes, a terrible case of runner-ups ruling the day:
Virginia Derby (G2) - 2nd with Charming Kitten; American Oaks (G1) - 2nd with Emotional Kitten; Modesty Handicap (G3) - 2nd with Artemus Kitten; American Derby (G3) - 2nd with Admiral Kitten; Stars & Stripes (G3) - 1st with Dark Cove; Lady Canterbury Stakes (ungraded) - 1st with Awesome Flower; Tippet Stakes (ungraded) - 1st with Thank you Marylou; Kittens Joy Stakes (ungraded) - 3rd with Amen Kitten;

The only big Saturday race that a Ramsey runner had a real clunker was the American Handicap (G3) when 'Beer Garden' finished 8th/last

Amazing. Like him or not he brings zeal to the game, invests in it, wagers heavily, always promotes the sport, is a sportsman about his effort, and always gives the media a good clip. The guy knows the business in and out unlike a lot of other owners who just smile.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 16, 2013, 08:29 PM
A flashback ...

Video replay: 1981 Grade 1 $175,500 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SDQqwpWqsk)

Note the assistant starter's very nice catch (and outfit!) with the premature breakthrough!

The line-up included horses from Paul Mellon's Rokeby, Calumet Farms, and Ogden Phipps among others. The winner was a shocker from Rochester, NY ;)

From the NYT's Aug 2, 1981 edition by none other that Steve Crist (http://www.nytimes.com/1981/08/02/sports/10-1-fio-rito-scores-upset-in-whitney.html): which is a wild tale


To win today, Fio Rito had to overcome more than the disdain of the horsey set, which considers New York-breds akin to donkeys. Even before Fio Rito delayed the start of the Whitney by dragging an assistant starter through the stall doors, he barely made it to the gate. Series of Mishaps

Two days ago, it was less than even-money that Fio Rito would start today. Wednesday night, he was sent here by van from Finger Lakes Race Track and was bedded down in Barn 36. But there was a filly in the next stall who perked his eager libido and he caused such a ruckus he was moved to another stall. Fio Rito was so upset by this forced separation that he dug a hole in the bottom of the dirt floor, uncovering a rock and bruising his left front foot.

This morning, Raymond LeCesse, who owns Fio Rito, nine other statebreds and a 56-lane bowling alley, waited outside the stall impatiently waiting for Ferraro and a veterinarian to make a final decision.

''He always does this to me,'' LeCesse said of Ferraro. ''Whenever we take a plane I tell him the flight's an hour later than it really is and he still barely makes it.''

Ferraro finally arrived at about 11:45 with Dr. Robert Carr, who looked at Fio Rito's foot and told them to go ahead and run him. ''He said the worst that could happen is that he'd come back a little sore,'' LeCesse said. He and Ferraro had been saying this week that they thought Fio Rito deserved a chance to run in open company.

''If he gets beat five or six lengths by horses this good,'' Ferraro said Thursday, ''I wouldn't be disgraced.'' Aquisition by Accident

LeCesse ended up with Fio Rito six years ago by accident. A friend was running an auction at his farm near Rochester, and a broodmare named Seagret was on the block.

''I thought I'd do him a favor and bid on the mare, who was in foal,'' he recalled. ''I got her for $2,300.'' Seagret's foal was Fio Rito, who raced almost exclusively at Finger Lakes except for a yearly trip to Saratoga. He won statebred races the opening week of the meeting each of the last three years. Last year, Ferraro and LeCesse began coming to Aqueduct and Belmont regularly for the statebred races, and winning them most of the time.

LeCesse and Ferraro say they honestly never thought they'd win a race like the Whitney. ''But when I saw him staying on the lead, and knowing how tough he is, I began to get excited,'' Ferraro said after the race. ''I can't believe how dry my mouth is,'' LeCesse said. ''Let's get some champagne.''

Has Sour Disposition

Fio Rito is not as sweet as his success. He is unpleasant and badly behaved, eager to take a bite out of anyone who gets too close. ''One time last year when he ruined one my sport jackets, which he's done several times,'' LeCesse recalled, ''I said to him, that's O.K., pal, you paid for it.''

Raymond LeCesse, the first owner to win a grade I stakes with a New York-bred with Fio Rito, (http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/63562/raymond-lecesse-raced-fio-rito-dies) died June 5, 2011 in Rochester, N.Y.

Fio Rito is buried along side Tin Cup Chalice (co-owned by LeCesse's son) in the in field of Finger Lakes Track - the only two horses to have such an honor.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 16, 2013, 09:22 PM
Friday's opening day could be a wee bit miserable with this oppressive heat - a high of 93° and possible thunderstorms is not the best of combinations :(

Stakes races


(ungraded) $100,000 On the Bus Stakes
Race 4, post time 2:36 p.m. EST
3YO and up F&Ms going 1 1/16 mi

PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer
1. Shesabronxbomber, Javier Castellano, Jason Servis
2. Lady On the Run, Alex O. Solis, John Morrison
3. Hessonite, John R. Velazquez, David G. Donk
4. Inimitable Romanee, Edgar S. Prado, H. Graham Motion
5. Shakeira, Rajiv Maragh, Chad Brown
6. Mystic City, Pedro A. Rodriguez, M. Anthony Ferraro
7. Dreaming of Cara, Joel Rosario, Mitchell E. Friedman
8. Princess Mara, Emma-Jayne Wilson, Gary C. Contessa
9. Wholelottashakin, Jose Lezcano, Thomas M. Bush


Grade 3 $100,000 James Marvin Stakes
Race 8, post time 4:47 p.m. EST
3YO and up going seven furlongs

PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer
1. Politicallycorrect, Joel Rosario, Wesley Ward
2. Hello Lover, Irad Ortiz, Jr., Robert Reid, Jr.
3. Souper Speedy , Lezcano Jose, Thomas Albertrani
4. Sage Valley, Cornelio Velasquez, Rudy Rodriguez Rudy
5. Jaguar Paw, Castellano , Chad Brown
6. Willyconker (IRE), Ortiz Jose L., Eric Guillot
7. Right To Vote, David Cohen, Ron Moquett
8. Laurie's Rocket, Saez Luis Lukas D. Wayne
9. Strapping Groom, John Velazquez, David Jacobson


Grade 3 $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes
Race 9, post time 5:20 p.m. EST
2YO fillies going six furlongs on dirt

PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer
1. Jonesin for Jerry, W. Ho, J J Robb
2. Elena Strikes, J. Castellano, T A Pletcher
3. Silver Valley, J. Rosario, R Moquett
4. Brazen Persuasion, R. Napravnik, S M Asmussen
5. Bahnah, C.J. Lanerie, W B Calhoun (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-schuylerville-contender-bahnah-has-big-talent-inside-small-package)
6. Yes Liz, J.R. Velazquez, T A Pletcher
7. True Blue Nation, J. Lezcano, T Albertrani

Coupled Entries - Elena Strikes, Yes Liz

Regarding Bahnah in the Schuylerville (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-schuylerville-contender-bahnah-has-big-talent-inside-small-package) ... an interesting runner as she's little but tough:


If you visit the paddock for the Schuylerville, you will have to look hard to find Bahnah, a daughter of Elusive Quality. She is quite small and Calhoun estimates she weighs around 750 pounds, though he said he has never weighed her.

“She is very small and she is very fast,” said Calhoun, who has taken two stalls this summer at Saratoga and will ship horses in and out from Kentucky. “She’s just kind of a miniature version. She looks like a racehorse. She’s an athletic looking filly. There’s length to her body. She’s just small.”

CVPeg
Jul. 17, 2013, 07:55 AM
Thanks for continuing the updates once again, GG. Busier than usual summer, and doubt I'll get more than a couple trips up to The Spa. :sigh:

Today's Albany TU also has an article on Onion's defeat over Secretariat, who had had a temp on the day of The Whitney. http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/When-Big-Red-just-couldn-t-go-on-4669271.php

Great article on Fio Rito!

Shudder to think of David Jacobson's crew and the Ramseys in the same breath. Would much prefer a kitten convention than a pile of Jacobson claimers holding up the former to a trophy. Case in point, consistent graded stakes placed Convocation (sadly the horse who clipped heels in January with Dominguez aboard, for Pletcher and Repole - the accident that caused Dominguez's retirement) now dumped into a $4000 claimer at Suffolk by new owner Jacobson. Still can never figure out how he stays afloat by claiming expensive horses and dropping them way down. Would be a sad day if he ever won either the leading owner's or trainer's award.

Hope the weather from the week dies down, and spares everyone - especially the horses!!

But if Eblouisante is entered for Saturday, may be able to run up there and see her at least -

Glimmerglass
Jul. 17, 2013, 10:27 AM
CVPeg, a trip to Spa for myself will almost be impossible this season too. Instead I have to do a Cali trip around Travers time :(

I think the Ramsey's have little to worry about with Jacobson - save for any Kitten's running for a tag.

Right now the caution is 'Don't Drink the Water' at the track (http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2013/07/17/news/doc51e5f0a896c6a822463616.txt)


Tests have so far turned up no bacteria, city and New York Racing Association officials said, but water is being trucked in to keep track employees and the 1,850 horses hydrated in temperatures that are expected to soar through the week.

NYRA spokesman Eric Wing said concerns over water may be allayed by Wednesday if the amount of chlorine levels out and no bacteria is detected.

“If that’s the case, we won’t have any issues whatsoever,” he said. “We’d like this to be squared away by Friday,” opening day of the Saratoga meet.

At this point, Wing said track personnel have been advised to not drink the water, which means trucking it in from outside the area. He didn’t know exactly how much water was being trucked in or how much it was costing the track, but said “we’re a big draw on the water supply.”

He said the water can still be used for irrigation and washing horses.

That was an interesting article in the Times Union on Onion v. Secretariat; I loved this line from Penny


"Yes, he had a low-grade fever, but we thought that he was good enough to win anyway," Chenery said this past week, 40 years after the race. "Pride goeth before the fall."

Glimmerglass
Jul. 17, 2013, 10:34 AM
Anther Saratoga flashback

Video: CBS Sports - 1979, Grade 1, 110th running of the Travers Stakes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxC-Sd7kT4g) (remains the track/stakes record despite the sloppy track)

CVPeg
Jul. 17, 2013, 11:00 AM
Anther Saratoga flashback

Video: CBS Sports - 1979, Grade 1, 110th running of the Travers Stakes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxC-Sd7kT4g) (remains the track/stakes record despite the sloppy track)

Was there for that race! And surprised - earlier article this week about greatest moments at Saratoga didn't include this. Was a bit reminiscent of his Daddy's Belmont. :)

Glimmerglass
Jul. 18, 2013, 11:05 AM
As of Thursday it's safe to drink the water again (http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2013/07/18/news/doc51e6e80e3f471624143749.txt) at the track.

If anyone thought the heat might delay or cancel opening day - think again (http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2013/07/18/news/doc51e6ffbabf711144500099.txt).


There is no threat that sweltering conditions will force the cancellation of Friday’s Opening Day program, New York Racing Association’s new President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Kay said Wednesday.

Since 1955 when NYRA took over, hot weather has canceled racing at Saratoga only once, on Aug. 2, 2006.

“There is no intention to cancel Opening Day,” Kay told the media during a press conference at the track’s clubhouse porch. “It’s warm, but we’ve had warm days here in the past. We’re prepared for it. Our intention is to have a full day of racing.”

Two years ago, thermometers soared to 97 degrees on Opening Day.

Friday’s forecast calls for a high of 94. However, because of high humidity, the heat index indicates that it will feel like 101 degrees.

It's doubtful that opening day will triumph Del Mar's record opener crowd yesterday (Wed 7/17) with 43,030. That made it the largest crowd to attend a horse race in California this year. (http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-del-mar-20130718-8,0,3591497.story)

Joel Rosario was just "dropping by" Del Mar before heading to the East Coast to ride at Saratoga for the opener. He went from 9 starts: 4-1-0 putting him atop the jockey standings at that track ;)

Glimmerglass
Jul. 18, 2013, 12:00 PM
CVPeg either fire up the DVR or plan on driving to Spa Saturday as Eblouissante is entered for the Grade 3 $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (Race 9) (http://www.equibase.com/static/entry/SAR072013USA-EQB.html#RACE9)

She'll face 6 others and will break from PP 3 with Junior Alvarado up.

Full fields Saturday (although the weather may result in scratches) save for the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) [race 10] with a California racing like thin field of just 5. I'm surprised that the Ramseys don't have a runner in there for the money ;)

foundationmare
Jul. 19, 2013, 09:07 AM
Yay! I'm heading out for opening day at the Spa in a few minutes. DD's bf is riding a 2 y.o. filly. It's going to be a scorcher but the NYRA website says that there will be multiple hoses and vets posted throughout the path to and from the paddock. Hope everyone is safe, horses and people alike.

CVPeg
Jul. 19, 2013, 09:26 AM
Have fun, FM! I also read on Bloodhorse of the additional provisions provided. Had to get to a forecast of 98-over 100 to close Belmont last year.

Good luck to your DD's bf and filly!

Glimmerglass
Jul. 19, 2013, 09:58 AM
Ditto on the good luck today and staying as cool as possible :)

First issue of the 2013 meet with the Saratoga Special (pdf) (http://thisishorseracing.com/news/2013special/07-19-13.pdf)

You can also read-online their July 15, 2013 edition of the ST Times via Issuu (http://issuu.com/stpublishing/docs/07-15-11)

Coming up this weekend, if you are looking for a Marylou Whitney runner, you'll find one on Sunday the 21st, Race 4 with Pow Wow Wow (http://www.equibase.com/static/entry/SAR072113USA-EQB.html#RACE4) trained by Nick Zito. Compared to the visible success of Lukas this year you'd think Nick has fallen off the face of the earth.

ETA - if you haven't seen the Sakatoga Stables silks in a long time you will again in today's 10th race with Barclay Tagg again as trainer (http://www.equibase.com/static/entry/SAR071913USA-EQB.html#RACE10) with Sunbio in a rather rich $75k maiden NYState bred race. The gelding is 4 starts 0-2-0 thus far.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 19, 2013, 11:52 AM
With "Eby", as tweeted today by the DRF: "though Shirreffs still plans to enter Eblouissante in allowance for Monday he said "more than likely she's going to run in Shuvee" Saturday."

DRF - "All systems go for 150th anniversary meet" (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-all-systems-go-150th-anniversary-meet)


Unlike the first race meet in 1863, which lasted only four days and had a total of eight races, the 144th Saratoga season is set for 40 days through Labor Day and likely will consist of approximately 400 races.

Eight of the country’s top 10 riders by mount earnings will be part of the jockey colony. Twenty-one of the country’s top 25 trainers in purse money won have stalls at Saratoga this summer.

There will be 53 traditional stakes – 18 of which are Grade 1s – offered this summer, highlighted by the $1 million Travers. That Aug. 24 card also will include the Test, King’s Bishop, and Ballston Spa.

The Alabama on Aug. 17 could go a long way in determining the 3-year-old filly championship if Close Hatches, Dreaming of Julia, Princess of Sylmar, and Fiftyshadesofhay make it to the race.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 19, 2013, 01:29 PM
Race 1 of the open, a turf race, is in the books with the Augustin Stables runner, "Will Call", just nipped by "Hardest Core" a couple strides from the wire.

A 9/2 over a 4-1 over a 5-1 over a 5-1.

Care to watch a replay? NYRA has them all - including head-on views - free, no registration required, no hassles. Click here (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/videos/race-replay/STD/2013/20130719/1/pan/)

With Race 2 it's nice to see a Steeplechaser taking a win :) Multiple National Steeplechase Association’s trainer of the year (http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/steeplechasing-horseman-year-jack-fisher) Jack Fisher trained the winner - Short Shrift with Alex Solis up.

From a Chronicle of the Horse article in (Feb 9, 2009) on Jack:


A champion rider (best known for his unmatched success over timber with Saluter) as well as trainer, Fisher still spends plenty of time in the tack. He typically doesn’t wear a helmet when mounted, but when he does put one on, you’d better watch out, said Dowling.

“When you see him put on his hat, you know it’s a serious ride. We’re going cross-country, and we’re in trouble,” said Dowling. “You’ll be jumping stuff you wonder if they’re going to jump. You could do anything, but you know it’s going to be fast and you’re going to be jumping fast.”

Glimmerglass
Jul. 19, 2013, 03:39 PM
Talk about a wild photo capture and being in the right place at the right time - wow: Barbara Livingston posted on Twitter 7/18/13 of (https://twitter.com/DRFLivingston/status/357972079305445376/photo/1) an errant runner - Associate (http://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=Horse&refno=8305499&registry=T) hurdling on the loose July 16th.

As Barbara said he "tried steeplechasing" :D

I think it was more like "You want me to practice? Hell no! I'm outtahere suckers!"

Glimmerglass
Jul. 19, 2013, 08:11 PM
Video replay 2013 $150k Schuylerville (G3) 7-19-2013 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgv_DQo1mj4&feature=youtube_gdata)

Race 9 - photo (dead heat) (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/photo-finish/20130719/race9/win/)


Rosie Napravnik, the rider of Brazen Persuasion, looked over at Corey Lanerie, the rider of Bahnah and said, “You got it.”

Napravnik was right and wrong.

When the numbers were posted on the tote-board, both Napravnik and Lanerie got it as Brazen Persuasion and Bahnah dead-heated for win.

The heat didn't help the opener from a business perspective (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-attendance-handle-down-opening-day) ....


With temperatures in the mid-90s and a heat index near 100, the on-track attendance was 21,935, down 15 percent from last year’s figure of 25,676.

On-track handle was $3,338,203, down 18 percent from last year’s total of $4,075,817. All-sources handle was $15,591,240, down 7 percent from last year’s total of $16,690,234.

Despite the heat, there were few problems on opening day, with no reported incidents of horses being adversely affected by the heat.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 20, 2013, 03:43 PM
Fast change - because Junior Alvarado was injured and taken off his mounts Rosie is now named to ride Eblouissante

He dislocated his shoulder (Junior A) and was taken off his mounts - although the shoulder was popped into place before the hospital - yet too late. Rosie gets Zenyatta's half sister in the Grade 3 $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (Race 9)

CVPeg
Jul. 20, 2013, 06:56 PM
Didn't make it to the track, but scheduled other matters around watching the Shuvee Handicap on HRTV.

Got all settled in, the horses began loading, and "poof", the satellite signal went out. Which, frankly, almost never happens here - not even during the worst snow & ice storms, and the nearest thunder storm was quite a distance.

Caught the replay finally on Blood Horse, but missed all the excitement at the gate. Guess it was not her day. So what an odd experience all around, beginning with Junior Alvarado first being taken off.

Absolut Equestrian
Jul. 20, 2013, 07:22 PM
After a warm start, a few passing showers and incoming cold front made for beautiful weather for the last few races this afternoon!

I got to watch Eblouissante in the paddock today, and it was absolutely eerie how she would stop, hold her head up and look around... exactly like Zenyatta. After some very scary moments in the gate, and she broke poorly never really seemed to settle. She's very pretty though, and I for one would be happy to take her off of their hands if the racing thing doesn't work out for her. :D

Glimmerglass
Jul. 21, 2013, 12:28 PM
Sunday's big race the 99th running of the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes. Per the DRF " nearly flawless field lined up" (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-sanford-has-nearly-flawless-field-lined)


With a combined record of 9 victories in 10 starts, the field for Sunday's $200,000 Sanford Stakes here is not only a precocious one, it also is indisputable evidence of why it is so difficult to win a graded stakes for 2-year-olds during the Saratoga meeting.


Race 9 Post time 5:20 p.m. EDT
2YOs, six furlongs (dirt)

PP, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, Odds
1. All in Blue (KY), J. Castellano, 120, T A Pletcher, 2-1
2. Southern Blessing (KY), R. Napravnik, 120, S M Asmussen, 15-1
3. Debt Ceiling (KY), E. Camacho, 122, J J Robb, 5-2
4. Wired Bryan (NY), S. Bridgmohan, 120, M Dilger, 5-1
5. Jake's Magic Hat (VA), J. Lezcano, 120, E Kenneally, 8-1
6. Hollywood Talent (PA), J. Rosario, 120, W A Ward, 6-1
7. Yes Liz (FL), J.R. Velazquez, 117, T A Pletcher, 6-1

Glimmerglass
Jul. 21, 2013, 12:30 PM
Quick video of Eblouissante before being saddled for Saturday's (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLLPnybU5cg) Shuvee Handicap. Clearly the gate problems killed whatever chance she had in the race.

Per this morning's tweet from DDRF's David Grening (https://twitter.com/DRFGrening/status/358966428080152577)


Eblouissante had a cracked tooth and some cuts on stifles, Shirreffs said. He praised asst starter from keeping her from going under gate.

The race itself (sans gate antics) - video replay: $200,000 84 Lumber Shuvee Handicap (G3) 7/20/13 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADbdQuVmgTQ)

Glimmerglass
Jul. 22, 2013, 12:09 AM
Video replay: 99th edition of the Grade 2 2013 Sanford Stakes for 2-yr olds (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvzxhFNssFE)


Wired Bryan, the only New York-bred in the field, gave trainer Michael Dilger the first graded stakes winner and the first stakes victory of any kind in his brief career when drawing off to a convincing 5 1/4-length decision over the 22-1 Southern Blessing in Sunday’s $200,000 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga.

Image Jan 1938 Stephen 'Laddie' Sanford at a Gulfstream FL polo match (http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2689/4419624931_d7a94c13b2.jpg); he was born in Amsterdam, New York, September 15, 1899 and died May 31, 1977

Glimmerglass
Jul. 22, 2013, 08:25 PM
Monday's big race - the $100,000 Evan Shipman Stakes - was thriller to the finish. Race replay here (R9) July 22, 2013 - John Imbriale calling the race (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fziIR4CjYP0)

(Bigger is Better wins but I thought Awesome Vision on the outside nipped him initially)

Who was Evan Shipman?


In the Twenties he lived in Paris and became a lifelong friend of Ernest Hemingway. Gertrude Stein's "You are all a lost generation," was directed at Shipman and Hemingway. In the Thirties he fought in the Spanish Civil War. During World War II he served in a tank battalion. In the late Forties and Fifties he established himself as our foremost turf journalist in the revival of harness and thoroughbred racing that followed World War II.

Entries (12) for Thursdays 1st steeplechase race of the meet (http://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/wp-content/files_mf/saratoga_72513.pdf) $75,000, Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes. Race 1, post time 1pm EST

Barbara Livingston on Friday (7/19) had this interesting column entry (http://www.drf.com/blogs/exercise-riders-racings-behind-scenes-stars-expanded-stories-photos) - "Exercise riders: Racing's behind-the-scenes stars (expanded stories, with photos)"

Orb, stationed at Fair Hill (MD) continues to prep for the Travers Stakes (https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/79582/derby-winner-orb-progresses-at-fair-hill)


Orb has breezed three times since his Fair Hill arrival, including a half-mile in :49 1/5 seconds July 20, as he trains up to the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.

McGaughey hopes to get in at least two more works before bringing Orb to Saratoga in mid-August.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 23, 2013, 10:51 AM
Maybe Johnny V is just trying to get in the heads of his competitors, but currently he is #2 in the jockey standings (by $$) and in a threeway tied for wins @ 5.

JV's had 33 starters whereas Javier Castellano has had 32 and Joel Rosario is in (for him) a slump with with 37 mounts and going just 5-6-6.

Yet in this article on the eve of the Spa start (http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/Velazquez-won-t-talk-title-4673868.php) he suggested he only wants the big races ....


With the personable Dominguez gone, the title is vacant. Many who follow this game would think Velazquez would be a logical jockey to win the title.

"These young kids are riding eight, nine horses a day," Velazquez said while standing outside his car on the Oklahoma Training Track. "That's not my thing."

Johnny V said he hopes to ride six horses — tops — during the meet. He said he will be more than happy to step aside and let other riders slug it out for the top spot. If Dominguez was still riding, Velazquez said he would not finish in the top three this summer.

"Look, I'm coming here to win races, that is for sure," Velazquez said. "You can't win the title riding six a day. I'm not coming here to win the title, but if it happens, it happens. It would be great. I want to ride my good horses and win big races. And I want to be in the mix."

The Times Union has their collection of photos thus far (http://www.timesunion.com/saratoga/article/Photos-Saratoga-Season-2013-4677488.php) with some very neat shots in there.

With the Jacobson - Ramsey - Repole duel for owners title, where does it stand after the first break? (as ranked by $$$)

Ramsey Stables: 13 starters 1-3-3 and $111,644
Drawing Away Stable / David Jacobson: 9 starters 2-0-1 and $83,750
Repole Stables: 5 starters 1-1-0 and $70,517

Glimmerglass
Jul. 23, 2013, 04:46 PM
Look for a Finger Lakes shipper - no, not Lisa's Booby Trap - to make some noise at Saratoga with a fat bonus on the line: Amberjack needs to win the last leg of the Big Apple Triple (http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20130720/SPORTS/307200048/Amberjack-horse-racing-New-York-Derby?nclick_check=1) to get a $250k bonus check.


He won Saturday the 41st New York Derby $160,800 New York Derby at Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack.

Amberjack will try to become just the second horse to sweep the Big Apple Triple when he runs in the $150,000 Albany Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 21. There’s a $250,000 bonus if he wins the third and final leg of the series. Only Tin Cup Chalice swept the series in 2008 for Finger Lakes-based trainer Mike LeCesse.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 24, 2013, 09:54 AM
Going back to Friday's race with the very small (in size) Bahnah dead heating in the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes G3 (replay) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD-E6KqWqPo), this quote was in Saratoga Special (http://www.thisishorseracing.com/news/2013special/07-24-13.pdf):


"She’s half our size, she’s some kind of fierce and tough.”

.... Napravnik about Bahnah, who finished in a dead heat with Napravnik’s mount Brazen Persuasion in the Schuylerville

A small, 700-lb, but fierce filly :)

Best quote I've seen:


"One more second and I’ll have a minute."
... Jockey Edgar Prado after collecting four seconds on Opening Day

Classic!

One of the best races on tap for Wed isn't perhaps the feature Grade 2, $200,000 Lake George Stakes for 3-yr old fillies, but rather race 6 (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-notes-allowance-looks-top-grade-turallure-beau-choix) which was summed up best here:


Trainer Barclay Tagg called Wednesday’s sixth race at Saratoga “a Grade 1 allowance race,” and it’s likely the majority of his colleagues who also may have been looking for a soft spot for their stakes-caliber turf horses would agree with that assessment.

Tagg will send out his Grade 1-placed grass specialist Beau Choix against a field that also includes Grade 1 winner Turallure, the multiple Grade 1-placed Mr. Commons, South American Group 1 winner Vitoria Olimpica, and a strong supporting cast of Bim Bam, Paris Vegas, Pants On Fire, Seal Cove, Hoofit, Sleepless Knight, and Abilio.

Now that's one heck of a line-up!

Bit of trivia with the steeplechasing (Thurs: Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes) and Jonathan Sheppard. He was the entry Martini Brother (owned by William Pape; formerly a Zito trained flat runner for Barnes & Noble founder & CEO Len Riggio) ... he's has won at least one race at each Saratoga meet since 1969 (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-martini-brother-excelling-over-jumps). Sheppard also saddles a horse he owns, Barnstorming, in the same race.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 25, 2013, 10:14 AM
Replay of Wed's feature race: Grade 2 Lake George Stakes on the turf (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af6O99atiSI) with an inadvertent 'rabbit' setting an insane pace.

The win puts the Ramsey Stable at the top of the owners standings with 15 starters yielding 2-4-3 and $240,844. It also vaulted Joel Rosario into 1st place for the jockey standings.

For comparison purposes (at the Saratoga meet) to show how much money is concentrated at the top - Joel Rosario (1st) has $684,640 earnings where as Rosie Napravnik (4th) has half as much with $335,803.

Be on the lookout for a promotional item tied to the 150th Anniversary with trading cards - 10,000 total per pack - sold on Mondays only (http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2013/07/23/news/doc51ede1168b6d5205067876.txt)


Four separate 10-card packs, totaling 40 cards, will be available for $2 each on four different Mondays — July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 19 and Sept. 2 — in the grandstand near the Saratoga Styles Gift Shop.

Proceeds will benefit Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing care and service to maintain the health and well-being of employees in the backstretch.

Also, throghout the meet the NYRA Tumblr site will feature different horses over the decades who have left an impression at the Spa:

http://thenyra.tumblr.com/

Glimmerglass
Jul. 25, 2013, 12:42 PM
This weekend (Sat) will be the 50th running of the Jim Dandy Stakes which is considered a prep for the Travers - although some would argue the Haskell Invitations (held Sun) down by the Jersey shore is more telling ;)

The Jim Dandy will be aired live on NBC Sports Network as part of their Summer at Saratoga coverage.


$600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes, Grade 2
Race 10 with post time of 5:45 EST
Distance of 1 1/8 miles (dirt)

PP, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, ML Odds
1. Bashaar, J. Castellano, 117, D C Peitz, 15-1
2. Code West, J. Rosario, 119, B Baffert, 6-1
3. Will Take Charge, J. Alvarado, 121, D W Lukas, 12-1
4. Moreno, J.L. Ortiz, 121, E J Guillot, 10-1
5. Palace Malice, M.E. Smith, 123, T A Pletcher, 5-2
6. Perfect Title, S. Bridgmohan, 117, D Stewart, 20-1
7. Freedom Child, L. Saez, 121, T Albertrani, 4-1
8. Mylute, R. Napravnik, 117, T M Amoss, 7-2
9. Looking Cool, E.S. Prado, 119, C A Nafzger, 15-1
10. Vyjack, J.R. Velazquez, 121, R R Rodriguez, 12-1

Equipment Changes: 3—Will Take Charge—Blinkers Off

Looking Cool will have the same colors as Street Sense did as he's owned by Jim Tafel. He's coming off a victory in the Grade 3 Iowa Derby. This will be the first start back for Tom Amos trained Mylute since his modest defeats by just 3 ¾ lengths in the Kentucky Derby and 2 ¼ lengths in the Preakness.

A flashback - (video) of Affirmed's furious finish in the Jim Dandy in 1978 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfb9aJQXZMA)

Glimmerglass
Jul. 25, 2013, 03:38 PM
While Vyjack is entered in the Jim Dandy he's cross entered in Sunday's Monmouth Park $1M showcase race - Haskell Invitation - and his connections have said he'll most likely run at the Jersey shore over the Spa.


$1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (Grade 1)
Race 13, Post Time 6:20 EST
1 1/8 miles

PP, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, ML Odds
1.Vyjack, Paco Lopez, 118, R R Rodriguez, 12-1
2. Pick of the Litter, J. Castanon, 118, D Romans, 15-1
3. Golden Soul, R. Albarado, 118, D Stewart, 8-1
4. Power Broker, R Napravnik, 118, B Baffert, 3-1
5. Oxbow, G.L. Stevens, 122, D W Lukas, 2-1
6. Micromanage, J. Bravo, 118, T A Pletcher, 6-1
7. Verrazano, J.R. Velazquez, 120, T A Pletcher, 9-5

First steeplechase of the meet in the books a good race!

Video replay (Race 1) 7/25/13 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/videos/20130725/1/)

With that race history notched again with Jonathan Sheppard training the winner of today's debut steeplechase race at Saratoga. Last year his trainee History Boy win the Michael G. Walsh Novice Stakes over the hurdles. Today its Martini Brother and Barnstorming, both trained by him and the latter owned by him, finish 1st and 2nd. Martini Brother, a horse that went 0-4 in his last 4 flat races is now 3-0 over hurdles. Nice to see :)

Sheppard has saddled at least one winner at Saratoga since 1969. This a record for a trainer's streak at the Spa.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 25, 2013, 05:50 PM
A $675,000 2-yr old (Barretts March, 2013 sale) - Corfu - owned by Coolmore's Tabor/Magnier/Smith with John Velazquez up made his debut at Saratoga, but had to run lights out ;)

Evidently Pure Sensation (5-1) and Crescent (15-1) didn't get the memo to yield to a runner going off at 3-5 in an $80,000 maiden special weight race!

It looked like a quarter-horse race from start to finish: 5-furlongs in 0:58.27 seconds. Had it been 6-furlongs I'd give the nod to a fast closing Crescent. Look for him next time out.

Video replay - Race 2 - Thur July 25, 2013; maiden special weight for 2-yr olds (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/videos/20130725/2/)

Glimmerglass
Jul. 25, 2013, 10:27 PM
Unfortunately the ying and yang of this sport :( Black Rhino marks the first death at Saratoga this meet (http://blog.timesunion.com/saratogaseen/black-rhino-euthanized/19153/)


A four-year-old gelding named Black Rhino broke down while training at Saratoga Race Course last Thursday and was euthanized Saturday after X-rays revealed a slab fracture of his right knee was inoperable, according to the New York Racing Association.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 26, 2013, 08:33 AM
And what did Sheppard have to say about the streak? (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-sheppard-continues-streak)


It was the 45th consecutive year that Sheppard, a 72-year-old Hall of Famer, has won at least one race at a Saratoga meet.

"Now the pressure's off," Sheppard said. "Regardless of that, this was our first runner of the meet, and that was not foremost in my mind. But it was pretty exciting when after they jumped the last fence my two horses were coming down the stretch together."

July 29, 2013 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse for their Living Legend profile (on Jonathan) by Jennifer Calder [readable here] (http://read.uberflip.com/i/145701/15) quite the feature. I had no idea about much of his personal life and just how tragic it has been. When you see him in person he's so even keel, pleasant, and yet a relatively tough life.

In case it was missed on Thursday.... John Velazquez notched his 693rd career victory at Saratoga, tying Jerry Bailey (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-velazquez-ties-bailey-victory-mark) for the most wins at this historic track. Angel Cordero is 3rd with 649 wins.

JV's 693 wins come from 4,200 mounts at the Spa.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 26, 2013, 04:39 PM
A three year gap ... today Mike Smith won aboard Posse Attack (Race 6) in a $56k purse, Maiden Claiming race for 3-yr olds and up.

The last time he won at Spa was 2010 in the 72nd edition of the Grade 1 Diana Stakes, aboard Proviso (GB) - where I happened to take this picture of him, Bo Derek, and Bill Mott at the trophy presentation (https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4098/4854945984_c23e74970b_z.jpg)

Glimmerglass
Jul. 27, 2013, 02:53 PM
And John Velazquez sits alone atop the all-time winner's at Saratoga with his victory aboard Unitarian in the 4th race - Sat 7/27 - notching # 694!

Unitarian: Pletcher trained, Robert S. Evans bred/owned (brother of the late Ned Evans)

Glimmerglass
Jul. 27, 2013, 03:02 PM
Satuday 7/27/12 edition of the Saratoga Special (paper) (http://thisishorseracing.com/news/2013special/07-27-13.pdf) - highlighting the big day of racing - Prioress, Diana, and Jim Dandy Stakes!

Today will kick-off NBC Sports live coverage of Spa -

Saturday, July 27: $600,000 Diana (GI) and $600,000 Jim Dandy (G II) 5-6 p.m. Eastern on NBC Sports Network

skydy
Jul. 27, 2013, 06:35 PM
Congrats to John Velazquez! :applause:

Glimmerglass
Jul. 27, 2013, 10:10 PM
Videos ...

Replay: JV wins #694 at Spa (race & post race interview) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TIwYhCBFJ0)

Saturday's big graded stakes races

Replay: Grade 1 $600k Diana Stakes (turf) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkVEvgqqnMs)

Replay: Grade 2 $600k Jim Dandy Stakes (dirt) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC2RnovCgJ4)

Palace Malice ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.37, making this the second-fastest of 42 Jim Dandy's run at that distance. Only Louis Quatorze (1:47.26) ran faster. Preliminary Beyer of 107 for Palace Malice's Jim Dandy win.

Replay: Grade 1 $300k Prioress Stakes (dirt) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USe2Ds9LK4Q)

And not a stake race but an old warrior now: Race 1 with Caixa Eletronica gets his career win #22 in start #65! Video replay of that victory! (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/videos/20130727/1/)

His career, with no signs of stopping: 65 starts 22-8-11, earnings: $1,762,505

I'm sure someone may howl that he should retired "just because" he's made over $1M or he's a multiple Graded Stakes Winner. Yet he looks fit, happy and wasn't in a $5k claiming (although it was a $25k optional claim) but rather a $70,000 purse race today and won.

skydy
Jul. 28, 2013, 08:48 PM
Mike Smith having a great weekend! 2 Grade 1s!

Glimmerglass
Jul. 28, 2013, 08:51 PM
Worth putting here is the replay of today's $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (Grade 1) at Monmouth Park (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdJqyevnFJQ)

I didn't think he was going to win it but Verrazano completely crushed the field - winning by the largest margin in all the running's of the Haskell at 9 3/4 lengths. Although the time for the 1 1/8 mi race isn't exactly jaw dropping.

Next will be the Travers Stakes against Palace Malice, Orb, etc.

Don't expect Oxbow has he was slightly injured in the race - NJ state vet Deb Lamparter said X-rays were taken of Oxbow's right ankle. "No fractures ... likely a soft tissue injury."

Other race action at Spa today:

Replay - Grade 2 $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlHciwJj6OE)

Replay - (ungraded) $100,000 Sir Cat Stakes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgYE_s2NpDw)

Another 4-wins today by Joel Rosario!

Unfortunately a fire today (off course) has displaced 9 NYRA employees (http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Fire-guts-townhouses-in-Saratoga-Springs-4691745.php)


A pre-dawn blaze destroyed four historic townhouses on Woodlawn Avenue early Sunday, forcing 15 occupants from four homes and closing off city streets.

No injuries were reported from the fire, whose victims included many residents who had only moved to Saratoga Springs from downstate within the last 10 days to work as NYRA clerks for the summer track season.

Nine NYRA employees were displaced, fire officials said.

A great section to check out with multiple Saratoga stories:

http://www.timesunion.com/saratoga150/

Example - New York racing's Ruthless legacy (http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/New-York-racing-s-Ruthless-legacy-4684507.php)


Ruthless was the first — and best — of five daughters of the dam-stallion combination Barbarity and Eclipse. Her sisters carried the names Relentless, Remorseless, Regardless and Merciless. Nicknamed the Barbarous Battalion, they ruled racing for a decade.

Ruthless won seven of 11 races and finished second in the other four. She probably would have won two more if her owner, Francis Morris, had not "declared" her stablemate, a colt named Monday, the winner before two of their four meetings.

It was a customary practice at the time, as unsavory as it seems today, that an owner with multiple entrants in a race could declare beforehand the one with which he planned on winning.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 28, 2013, 09:01 PM
Mike Smith having a great weekend! 2 Grade 1s!

Like a top notch hired gun - Mike rides just two horses Friday at Spa wins both races; rides just one horse at Saratoga Saturday and that is Palace Malice in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy. Wins solidly.

Then he and Julien Leparoux fly out of the Albany Airport at 5:30 am Sunday morning to ride at Del Mar ... and Smith wins the Grade 1 $300k Bing Crosby Stakes aboard Points Offthebench, upsetting Golden Cents.

Quite the tidy weekend. Mike now will stay in Calif to race at Del Mar.

skydy
Jul. 28, 2013, 09:15 PM
He'll be riding Royal Delta at Saratoga in August. Gee, wonder what the odds will be? ;)

CVPeg
Jul. 29, 2013, 09:26 AM
Worth putting here is the replay of today's $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (Grade 1) at Monmouth Park (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdJqyevnFJQ)

I didn't think he was going to win it but Verrazano completely crushed the field - winning by the largest margin in all the running's of the Haskell at 9 3/4 lengths. Although the time for the 1 1/8 mi race isn't exactly jaw dropping.

Next will be the Travers Stakes against Palace Malice, Orb, etc.

Don't expect Oxbow has he was slightly injured in the race - NJ state vet Deb Lamparter said X-rays were taken of Oxbow's right ankle. "No fractures ... likely a soft tissue injury."



Agree about Verrazano - maybe he "just don't get no respect" from me ;), but I see now Verrazano earned at 116 Beyer and Palace Malice a 107?!? When it was the 2nd fastest Jim Dandy ever?

Sorry to hear about Oxbow. :(

Am really looking forward to The Travers - my summer swamped with other commitments that end the day before! :D

Glimmerglass
Jul. 29, 2013, 09:50 AM
Am really looking forward to The Travers - my summer swamped with other commitments that end the day before! :D

Agreed, although we all know the racing gods are fickle so I suspect there will be 'some event' that results in one of the big three runners not making it. Hopefully I'm wrong. Certainly Saratoga could use a huge day with attendance as the numbers are down and not just a little.

I still have my own doubts about Verrazano and 1 1/4 mi vs. say Orb or Palace Malice but I'll give him props on that win yesterday. No reason for Mylute, for example, to do so poorly.

A pity that Gary Stevens had such a lousy day at Jersey yesterday - first Indy then Oxbow both injured with him aboard. Evidently Oxbow never felt good the whole time (http://www.nj.com/horse-racing/index.ssf/2013/07/haskell_2013_gary_stevens_has_tough_day_as_oxbow_t ake_charge_indy_hurt.html):


"I wasn’t comfortable. I looked over at (Verrazano’s rider) Johnny (Velazquez) at the half-mile pole and said ‘I’m in trouble.’"

"I wasn’t going well and (Oxbow) was just going through the motions," Stevens said.

Oxbow’s fourth place was the worst showing by a Preakness winner in the 46 runnings of the Haskell. Three such champions finished third: Curlin, 2007; Funny Cide, ’03 and Hansel in ’91.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 29, 2013, 11:00 AM
Eh, really? A tweet on Oxbow from DRF's David Grening (https://twitter.com/DRFGrening/status/361859544822972416)


Wayne said Oxbow has a wrenched ankle. Said he's comfortable this morning. Not ruling out anything, including Travers. He's back in Saratoga.

WhiteCamry
Jul. 29, 2013, 12:02 PM
Didn't make it to the track, but scheduled other matters around watching the Shuvee Handicap on HRTV.

Got all settled in, the horses began loading, and "poof", the satellite signal went out. Which, frankly, almost never happens here - not even during the worst snow & ice storms, and the nearest thunder storm was quite a distance.


Sounds like my memory of the '73 Belmont. Just as Big Red II stepped onto the track for the post parade ... nothing! :confused: (@#$%& LILCO heatwave blackouts!:mad:) My father and I listed on his portable Sony radio as Chick Andersen counted 'em off :applause:.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 29, 2013, 08:11 PM
With the Tuesday dark day upon us, lets see who is in the owner's lead (by wins):

(1) Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H.; 10 starters 4-1-2
tied for 2nd is ....
Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K.; 26 starters 3-5-7; and
Repole Stable; 11 starters 3-3-1

Tied for 4th with 2 winners are over 7 different stables

Jockey standing has two tight contenders and then a big gap to all the rest:
> Joel Rosario with 77-mounts, yielding 15-14-11
> Javier Castellano with 73-mounts, yielding 13-12-12

In third is John R. Velazquez with 53-mounts, yielding 9-5-8

A "New York Triple": Should Palace Malice win Travers Stakes on Aug. 24, he would join 1969 Horse of the Year Arts and Letters as the only horse to sweep the Belmont Stakes, Jim Dandy, and Travers.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 29, 2013, 11:31 PM
The Bill Mott birthday win streak continues! Bill Mott turned 60 years old on Monday, and in 14 of the last 19 meets when racing has fallen on his birthday he has won a race here. And viola ... 7-years in a row of a win on July 29th.

It came down to the last of his 5 starters, but Revenue (race 9th) circled wide to victory. Next year Mott's birthday falls on Tuesday next year - a Spa dark day.

Today's feature race was the $200,000 Honorable Miss Stakes (replay here) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uji-JQwThFg)

Dance to Bristol, a mere $42,000 purchase at 2, had won her last three starts by a combined 16 1/2 lengths. She has now finished first or second in 16 of her 17 career starts.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 30, 2013, 09:31 AM
Where are the fans? Seemingly not at the track which isn't good for Saratoga Springs, NY et al

Times Union 7/30: "Attendance stumbles out of starting gate" (http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Attendance-stumbles-out-of-starting-gate-4694551.php)


... there was widespread optimism that the sesquicentennial would set attendance records right out of the gate. But the turnout at the track so far is far below that of last year's meet.

Attendance for the season so far (% vs 2012):

July 19: 21,935, down 15 percent
July 20: 19,138, down 13 percent
July 21: 20,281, up 10 percent
July 22: 9,036, down 3 percent
July 24: 10,119, down 21 percent
July 25: 12,818, up 25 percent
July 26: 16,862, down 11 percent
July 27: 25,375, up 3 percent
July 28: 47,132, down 7 percent <-- giveaway t-shirt day; inflated via "spinners"
July 29: 10,539, down 5 percent

Glimmerglass
Jul. 31, 2013, 06:22 PM
It looked like a beautiful mid-week, 'hump day' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWBhP0EQ1lA) to go to the track but evidently not so much for the fans - what's wrong with folks! Today's (7/31/13) attendance 13,029. Last year same day was 13,991

Well anyhow some fine racing took place - feature: (video replay) $100,000 John's Call Stakes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u96YvKwpdI)

The winner was bred (and is owned by) the Ramsey's although shockingly is not sired by Kitten's Joy :D

Tomorrow's feature is the 3rd steeplechase race of the meet - Race 2 THU 8-1-13 $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial (http://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/wp-content/files_mf/saratoga_8113.pdf). Jonathan Sheppard (6 times a winning trainer of that race) is loaded with old and new for the race: he sends out Hunt Ball for his United States debut, along with the old pro 10-yr old Divine Fortune, a two-time winner of this event, and Italian Wedding.

A great remark by Sheppard was that he thinks with Irish-bred and formerly based Hunt Ball that 2 -1/16 miles is "too short". Now that's a m a r a t h o n runner!

Glimmerglass
Jul. 31, 2013, 10:15 PM
Times Union story on the Spa infield goose - yes another happy critter making the track home (http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/Honk-if-you-like-this-Spa-double-4696912.php?cmpid=twitter): "Veteran scratch board operator and goose are best pals for life"


White works in the infield at Saratoga Race Course. For 33 years he has operated the scratch boards — the two tall, slender, guillotine-looking contraptions that display scratches and jockey changes for each race.

Once they were critical to bettors. Now, with TV monitors throughout the track displaying betting information, they're merely a slice of Saratoga tradition.

As White posts the changes, the goose follows him like a dog. They've known one another for 25 or 26 years, White says, ever since the track brought her in as a baby to live at the infield pond during the race meet.

She honks or rather tweets too (https://twitter.com/SaratogaGoose) - example from yesterday (https://twitter.com/SaratogaGoose/status/362204374933569539):


It's Tuesday so the Spa is dark. Taking suggestions for dark day shenanigans. #troublemakergoose

Field set for the 86th $750,000 Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap to be run Saturday Aug. 3rd - will be aired on NBC from 5-6 pm EST


$750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap (G1)
Post time 5:45 p.m. EDT
For 3-yrs & up, Distance at 1 1/8 miles (dirt)

PP, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, ML Odds
1. Successful Dan, J. Leparoux, 118, C LoPresti, 12-1
2. Mucho Macho Man, E. Prado, 119, K Ritvo, 6-1
3. Fort Larned, B.J. Hernandez, 122, I Wilkes, 7-5
4. Cross Traffic, J.R. Velazquez, 117, T A Pletcher, 5-2
5. Ron the Greek, J. Lezcano, 118, W I Mott, 6-1
6. Alpha, J. Rosario, 115, K P McLaughlin, 10-1
7. Csaba, L. Saez, 114, P Gleaves, 20-1
8. Fast Falcon, J. Alvarado, 114, N P Zito, 15-1

The Whitney is a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" event for the BC Classic

Glimmerglass
Aug. 1, 2013, 10:30 AM
For those who haven't recently visited Funny Cide in Lexington, KY you can see him at the Old Friend's NY location next Tuesday - Aug 6th: he's back for a luncheon visit along with the Derby-Preakness winning gang (http://poststar.com/sports/lunch-with-funny-cide-scheduled/article_8fe179d6-f672-11e2-8cda-0019bb2963f4.html):


Old Friends at Cabin Creek will hold a lunch with Funny Cide, the 2003 winner of the Kentucky Derby, at the farm on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 12:30-3 p.m. On hand for a meet and greet along with Funny Cide will be his owner, Jack Knowlton, jockey Jose Santo, trainer Barkley Tagg and assistant trainer Robin Smullen.

Lunch will be catered by Five Points Deli with a suggested donation of $20 per person. Proceeds go to benefit the retired thoroughbred race horses who call Old Friends at Cabin Creek their home.

www.oldfriendsatcabincreek.com

Glimmerglass
Aug. 1, 2013, 10:38 AM
I don't think he was a potential for being wheeled back for the Travers but per a tweet this morning (8/1/13): (https://twitter.com/DRFGrening/status/362924510137163777)


Vyjack has been sent to New Bolton for evaluation after showing signs of colic following 6th place finish in Haskell, per owner Wilkenfeld

Thursday 8-1-13's Saratoga Special (http://thisishorseracing.com/news/2013special/08-01-13.pdf) with a lovely cover shot of Hyper by Tod Marks

Interesting tid bit from the Special and Jonathan Sheppard's choice of exercise rider for chaser 10-yr old Divine Fortune :D DF, by the way, made his racing career debut on the flat at Delaware Park back in 2006 and finished sixth.


Sheppard called on flat jockey Edgar Prado for the horse’s final work for the Smithwick, which Divine Fortune won in 2010 and 2011. The reasoning was relatively practical as Prado was there to work another horse Monday and Sheppard had seven on his breeze list.

In case it didn't get mentioned also in the AP Smithwick Memorial today will be Mr. Hot Stuff.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 1, 2013, 03:08 PM
Maybe the magic is back - of sorts - for Barclay Tagg who has been ice cold at Saratoga: (as noted by another) his barn went 0 for 24 at Spa in 2012 and who was 0 for 8 to start this meet, takes Spa 3rd as 1ster Confrontation goes gate to wire.

What about the Viewing Stand overlooking Oaklahoma you ask? Well you missed the ceremony Thursday Aug 1, 2013 (https://twitter.com/DRFGrening/status/362968746911993857)


Rain held off til after dedication of Whitney Viewing Stand at Oklahoma. Starting Sat (8/3) it'll be open 5:30-10:30 a.m. 7 days/wk thru end of meet.

NYRA Press release - with photo of it done (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/nyra-and-saratoga-150-committee-unveil-whitney-viewing-stand-at-oklahoma-training-track-in-celebration-of-150th-anniversary/)


In 1902, Whitney purchased a substantial tract of land stretching east of East Avenue and to the north of Horse Haven which became known as Oklahoma, where today’s training track currently sits.

The Whitney Viewing Stand is designed to model the original 1892 Judges’ Stand, which stood before the Grandstand. The timber-framed, three-story building is set upon a newly landscaped section of the grounds and has a steeply-pitched roof capped by a weather vane finial.

Overseen by Saratoga historian Paul Roberts of Turnberry Consulting, the design was handled by Saratoga Springs architecture firm Phinney Design Group.

The public can access the stand from the East Avenue gate of the Oklahoma Training Track where free parking is available.

Today's two steeplechase races ...

Race 1: $65k Optional Allowance Claiming (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/videos/20130801/1/) - with Network News & Pleasant Woodman thinking its a 1 1/2 mi race :)

Second place was determined in a photo - it went to #4 by a fat nose (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/photo-finish/20130801/race1/place/)

Race 2 - the Group 1 AP Smithwick Memorial video (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-mr-hot-stuff-wins-smithwick-memorial-steeplechase) - it was the full brother to Colonel John - Mr. Hot Stuff winning the race.

Flashback - Steeplechase champion Zaccio (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-ig0LeQCbw)

Glimmerglass
Aug. 1, 2013, 11:18 PM
On Saturday - with the big feature $750k Grade 1 Whitney Handicap - there will be a Marylou Whitney Stables runner but not in the big race .... instead look for Race 7, Post Position 1, in an $80,000 maiden race for 2yr olds (http://www.equibase.com/static/entry/SAR080313USA-EQB.html#RACE7): Bird Now (bred in Whitney in KY), trained by Nick Zito, and to be ridden by jockey Luis Saez.

Mr. Hot Stuff, formerly owned by the late Arthur "Nick" Arundel but now competes for Mrs. S. K. Johnson Jr, is now 4-0-1 in eight starts over jumps. Having won today's Grade 1-NSA AP Smithwick took a $60,000 winner’s purse and increased his steeplechase earnings to $147,500. Mr. Hot Stuff paid $12 to win as the 5-1 third choice in the wagering.

Not bad for a horse that finished 3rd in the Santa Anita Derby (2009) - his full brother won it - 15th in the Kentucky Derby and 8th in the Belmont Stakes.

His career (flat and hurdle): Starts: 27 going 5-2-6

Glimmerglass
Aug. 2, 2013, 09:35 AM
Mr Hot Stuff makes the cover of the (Fri) Saratoga Special (http://thisishorseracing.com/news/2013special/08-02-13.pdf)

Great quip in the Special :D


"I feel like Jonathan Sheppard.”
- Trainer Jack Fisher, after winning two jump races Thursday

More photos and details on Funny Cide's visit back to NY (http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2013/08/02/sports/doc51fb0b765f99b684715460.txt):


Funny Cide is scheduled to lead the post parade for the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday as part of the track’s first Equine Retirement Day.

Saskatoonian
Aug. 2, 2013, 11:58 AM
Tomorrow definitely looks like the big anniversary festivities - wonder if there's any chance of actually seeing any horses except from afar. I'm bummed that I missed the chasing on Thursday, but guess there's still time - and thrilled to know that it's possible to watch them train at the OK track again!

Thanks for all of the news, Glimmer!

Glimmerglass
Aug. 4, 2013, 10:44 AM
Thanks, Saskatoonian.

Luckily a large crowd - 33,148 - showed for the Whitney and a good day of racing.

Video replay: 86th Whitney Invitational Handicap (G1) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO2bQZsfDFg)

Video replay: $100,000 De La Rose Stakes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNperNqpkxM)

Assateague, trained by Michael Matz, is owned by the partnership of Helen Alexander, Dorothy Matz, and Helen Groves.

Worth showing in case it was missed ... even an old timer can win at Saratoga: Replay: Race 6, Aug 3, 2013; Gimme Credit wins (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/videos/20130803/6/) .... at the age of 10, Gimme Credit, just earned his 15th career win. It was also his third win in eight career starts at Saratoga.

Some bits post-Saturday on twitter David Grening (DRF) (https://twitter.com/DRFGrening)

Cross Traffic earned a 108 Beyer Speed Fig for the Whitney

Trainer Charlie LoPresti said Successful Dan came out of the Whitney "really good." Said "good possibility" he runs back in Woodward.

Trainer Ian Wilkes said Fort Larned looks fine this morning. "If my horse trains the way I expect him to out of the race he'll run" in Woodward.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 4, 2013, 06:31 PM
In case anyone missed it in NBC, TVG, or HRTV the awkward flip of Successful Dan leaving the saddling paddock to the track (video) (http://www.hrtv.com/videos/successful-dan-flips-in-paddock-before-whitney/) here it is. Neither Julien Leparoux or Dan were injured and finished 2nd in the race.

Just one of those freaky things with getting spooked - maybe he looked over at The Post (bar) just feet away (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/information/the-post/) and saw the prices for a Bloody Mary - whoa! :D

Today (Sunday) it was nice that Ramon was there signing for a fundraiser.

skydy
Aug. 4, 2013, 07:36 PM
I did miss it! TVG wasn't showing the paddock.
Thanks! Glad everyone was OK. He's a great horse. So how much are the Bloody Marys?

Sad to see that Nipissing had to be euthanized at Woodbine.

skydy
Aug. 4, 2013, 10:39 PM
I'm looking forward to the Select sale tomorrow. I hope one day to be there "in person".

Fasig Tipton has some videos up, but not many.
I like the look of the Indian Charlie filly! #20.

The Arch filly is nice as well, but I have always liked the look of his babies (the ones at auction that can be seen on the web anyway, I know it is but a small sampling).

Actually there aren't any yearlings that look bad on the videos, but there seldom are at this sale.

One or two just had some big time updates to their pages today!

Glimmerglass, Laurie B, do you have any favorites?

Glimmerglass
Aug. 5, 2013, 09:22 AM
Sad to see that Nipissing had to be euthanized at Woodbine.

Sad to hear as I watched the race when Nipissing was pulled up on the backstretch but didn't know of the outcome.

Video replay - Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1) with a small old warrior field (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUE_4yudMeI)

I didn't get to see the F-T offering book although I saw the few Virginia breds that will go through the sale on another site.

Times Union 8-5-13 "Party time at Fasig-Tipton horse sale" (http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Party-time-at-Fasig-Tipton-horse-sale-4706634.php)


The average sale price per horse over the two-day sale last year was $299,065. That amount is $20,275 lower than the $319,340 average in 2011. Sales over the two days totaled $32 million, down $892,000 from 2011. Thoroughbred trainer Todd Pletcher bought the sale's top dollar horse, a colt by Medaglia D'Oro out of Wait a While for $1.57 million.

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga site - pdf cat; live video link; results; etc (http://www.fasigtipton.com/catalogues/2013/The-Saratoga-Sale/The-Saratoga-Sale-new.asp)

Glimmerglass
Aug. 5, 2013, 09:44 AM
These are the Virginia-bred horses in the sale (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151577689277098.1073741828.137096742097&type=1) - just a few horses. Which in the grand scheme of what Virginia used to contribute to this sale is thin.

Glenn Petty, formerly the executive director at Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA), created/launched VARacingNews. He gives a great account of the history of VA bred horses in this sale (http://vahorseracingnews.com/2013/08/03/four-va-breds-entered-in-saratoga-sale/) - example:


In 1980, Virginia breeders and consignors sold 50 (21%) of the 233 yearlings sold. Consignors included Newstead, Camp, Keswick, Stokes, Peggy Augustus, Tyson Gilpin, Sally and Verne Hosta, Morven, North Cliff, Orange Hill, Pine Brook, Smith, Stokes, White Oak and Wolver Hill.

skydy
Aug. 5, 2013, 05:02 PM
Saratoga Sale catalog here http://www.fasigtipton.com/ci/catalogues/view/2013/Saratoga-Selected-Yearlings

skydy
Aug. 5, 2013, 09:46 PM
Dynaformer filly out of the dam of Optimizer sells for $1,150,000.

A kicker. Looks like she inherited the Dynaformer attitude!

Eta She sold for $1,225,00.

CVPeg
Aug. 6, 2013, 12:55 PM
Thought I had seen this posted here, but guess it was on FB, so I'll share. Ramon interviewed by Richie Migliore at Saratoga. 13 minutes. So hard not to see him back up here.

But, what a great man.

http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/videos/ramon-dominguez-interview-080413/

Glimmerglass
Aug. 6, 2013, 01:36 PM
Thought I had seen this posted here, but guess it was on FB, so I'll share. Ramon interviewed by Richie Migliore at Saratoga. 13 minutes. So hard not to see him back up here.

I saw that on youtube (NYRA's page) ... he looks good and not being able to ride must be tough on him (it is on the fan for certain); seeing how Mig does very well post-riding I hope Ramon can see there is life after being in the saddle.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 6, 2013, 04:40 PM
DRF 8-6-13: After 16-days - business/attendance at Spa (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-all-sources-handle-gives-back-gains-now-even-last-year)


All-sources handle, which had been up 2.8 percent following the first 10 days of the meet, is now flat, or down 0.2 percent compared to last year. A total of $232,737,975 has been wagered at Saratoga compared with $233,343,246 wagered last year.

Ontrack handle is $46,034,119, down 4.5 percent compared to $48,208,876 wagered last year.

Attendance is 310,318, down 3 percent compared to 319,806 last year.

This, despite an excellent Whitney Day business-wise when attendance was 33,148, up 7 percent from 2012, and all-sources handle was $25,558,044, up 2 percent over last year. Sunday, saw a 22-percent increase in attendance and 4-percent increase in all-sources handle over 2012.

There have been 1,394 betting interests this year, compared with 1,413 last year.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 6, 2013, 04:43 PM
Times Union 8/5/13: Zenyatta’s half-sister will run again at Saratoga (http://blog.timesunion.com/horseracing/zenyattas-half-sister-will-run-again-at-saratoga/10040/)


... will run again during this meet, but no race had been targeted as of yet.

She finished last in the Shuvee after having a gate issue and ended up with two chipped teeth and some scrapes on her legs.

She has yet to return to the track.

“She is getting much better,” Shirreffs said at his barn on the Oklahoma on Monday. “We will breeze her in the next few days and then we will see.”

The rare Tuesday edition of the Saratoga Special (8/6/13) with auction results; racing Monday recaps and Wed preview (http://thisishorseracing.com/news/2013special/08-06-13.pdf)

Auction results of the VA-bred horses (http://vahorseracingnews.com/2013/08/06/three-va-bred-yearlings-sell-at-saratoga-one-more-cataloged-tonight/)

Barry Irwin/Team Valor paid $600,000 for a dark bay filly by Indian Charlie (http://inthemoneypost.com/barry-irwin-tabs-top-prospects-from-first-night-of-fasig-tipton-saratoga/)

Glimmerglass
Aug. 6, 2013, 05:54 PM
As expected - no magical Traver's match-up of the separate individual Derby, Preakness, and Belmont winners: Oxbow (Preakness winner) will skip and continue his recovery (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-oxbow%E2%80%99s-injury-eliminates-travers-bid)


"I pretty much resolved that we're not going to try and make the Travers," Lukas said. "We may look at the Pennsylvania Derby [on Sept. 21] or something like that. That's more realistic."

That leaves - Orb, Palace Malice, Will Take Charge, Verrazano, Moreno, Transparent, Romansh, and Java's War.

With a crack of the whip - expect Fiftyshadesofhay to appear in the Grade 1 Alabama (http://www.drf.com/news/del-mar-notes-fiftyshadesofhay-heading-saratoga-alabama) at Saratoga on Aug. 17

Glimmerglass
Aug. 7, 2013, 12:16 PM
The owners standings, through and including Monday 8/5/13, by wins, [earnings]:

X. Name: *Starts* W-P-S $$$
1. Ken & Sarah Ramsey: *37* 8-7-8 [$584,510]
2t. Darley Stable: *30* 5-7-2 [$422,583]
2t. Drawing Away/& David Jacobson: *23* 5-0-2 [$230,278]
3. Klaravich/Lawrence Stables: *15* 4-3-2 [270,444]
4t. Zayat Stables: *4* 3-0-0 [$312,900]
4t. Repole Stable: *13* 3-4-1 [$214,467]
4t. Paul Pompa JR: *6* 3-1-0 [$130,040]
4t. Jim and Susan Hill: *4* 3-0-1 [$129,100]

Glimmerglass
Aug. 7, 2013, 03:39 PM
By the way if you stopped off at Dunkin' Donuts on South Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY, on Monday, August 5 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6jDtM3-H-c) - you may have noticed a different people working the window!

Yep - in that video its John Velazquez (along with Javier Castellano and Irad Ortiz, Jr.) who surprised guests with their order .. plus Clubhouse tickets to Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Race Course-themed Dunkin’ Donuts cards, and T-shirts.

The jockeys appeared as part of an ongoing program to promote the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, a beneficiary of the Travers Celebration which Dunkin’ Donuts helps to support.

Nice!

With Wednesday racing it was a bummer for H. James Bond in Race 5 - New York Stallion Series Stakes (which used to be the Cab Calloway) as the initial order was an upset with Orino (12-1) going gate to wire under Luis Saez for Bond and his wife, Tina, the owner. Heavy favorite West Hills Giant (3-5) finished 2nd .. but not so fast.

Inquiry in the stretch run - Review - Review - Replay - Replay - DQ - and replacing the finish: West Hills Giant winner and Orino placed second. (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/results/20130807/#Race_5) That would've been James Bond's first win of the meet but alas he's still winless.

Video replay - Race 5: $100,000, New York Stallion Series S. (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/videos/20130807/5/)

Joanne
Aug. 7, 2013, 03:44 PM
Is Eblouissante still at Saratoga? Any rumors when she might run again?

Glimmerglass
Aug. 7, 2013, 04:09 PM
Is Eblouissante still at Saratoga? Any rumors when she might run again?

Yes, as noted a couple days ago (http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?393013-2013-Saratoga-Meet-celebrating-150th-Anniversary&p=7109361#post7109361). However no recorded works yet and Shirreffs is keeping tight lipped on her next race - but it will be at Saratoga unless there is an unexpected setback. I don't expect her to appear in a graded stakes race in her return.

SportArab
Aug. 7, 2013, 06:01 PM
Anyone know of any good books (travel, perhaps) that describe both the city and the track? Something with photos would be a big plus.

CVPeg
Aug. 7, 2013, 08:38 PM
Is Eblouissante still at Saratoga? Any rumors when she might run again?

And Barbara Livingston posted a photo today on FB with Ebby & her exercise rider....:)

Glimmerglass
Aug. 8, 2013, 01:12 PM
An ugly fall in the first race - the steeplechase for the gals the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps Stakes for mares 4-yrs old and up (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/entries/20130808/) ...

Jockey Archibald Kingsley Jr., on Hunter Forward, fell and was not moving.

The field was waved around the fence when he was not moved in time. Per tweets "[Kingsley] (https://twitter.com/DRFGrening/status/365519841521696770) was strapped to board and placed in ambulance. Horse appears fine. Watching the head-on replay, it looks like Kingsley landed on head and/or left shoulder."

The race was won by the stalker "Taker Her Tothe Top" with Xavier Aizpuru up for trainer Jack Fisher. (https://twitter.com/NYRAnews/status/365520523536519168/photo/1)

Arch Kingsley, 41, trains Hunter Forward and only because the jockey he wanted was not available did he decide to ride his own mount. Per a tweet from Sean Clancy (https://twitter.com/SaratogaSpecial/status/365523100374274050) - "Sounds like Arch Kingsley is OK."

Good to hear.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 8, 2013, 01:34 PM
Off topic but good news ... From Matt Hegarty/DRF (https://twitter.com/DRFHegarty/status/365517351480860675)


BC spokesperson Jim Gluckson says that BC Ladies Classic will be restored to BC Distaff "for the foreseeable future."

Thankfully! To me using the moniker of "Ladies Classic" just sounded so patronizing and chucked out the history of the sport ...

WhiteCamry
Aug. 8, 2013, 03:18 PM
Anyone know of any good books (travel, perhaps) that describe both the city and the track? Something with photos would be a big plus.

Have you checked Amazon or eBay?

Glimmerglass
Aug. 8, 2013, 04:01 PM
Have you checked Amazon or eBay?

There is also from Saratoga Living the Official "Saratoga 150th" Commemorative Book and Guide (http://saratogaliving.com/saratoga150). I don't have a copy so I'm not endorsing it but worth a look at just $7.95 and effectively a glossy historic look. If you're in Saratoga its available just about anywhere.


For 176 pages of great history and horses, beautiful photography and in-depth information on the Saratoga Race Course’s Sesquicentennial Celebration ... a high-quality keepsake published by Saratoga Living.

Or you could buy this not-inexpensive book I purchased this spring: on Racecourse Architecture - including Saratoga (https://www.acanthuspress.com/details/racecourse-architecture) ;)

Glimmerglass
Aug. 8, 2013, 04:05 PM
NYRA News tweet update mid-day (https://twitter.com/NYRAnews/status/365555282966872064)


Archibald Kingsley Jr alert & conscious. "Appears to have no injury other than a possible concussion," says Gallo of N. #Steeplechase Assoc.

Good to hear all things considered.

Toadie's mom
Aug. 8, 2013, 07:11 PM
Is Eblouissante still at Saratoga? Any rumors when she might run again?

I got a work for her yesterday. 4 furlongs :52.44

CVPeg
Aug. 8, 2013, 07:53 PM
An ugly fall in the first race - the steeplechase for the gals the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps Stakes for mares 4-yrs old and up (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/entries/20130808/) ...

Jockey Archibald Kingsley Jr., on Hunter Forward, fell and was not moving.

The field was waved around the fence when he was not moved in time. Per tweets "[Kingsley] (https://twitter.com/DRFGrening/status/365519841521696770) was strapped to board and placed in ambulance. Horse appears fine. Watching the head-on replay, it looks like Kingsley landed on head and/or left shoulder."

The race was won by the stalker "Taker Her Tothe Top" with Xavier Aizpuru up for trainer Jack Fisher. (https://twitter.com/NYRAnews/status/365520523536519168/photo/1)

Arch Kingsley, 41, trains Hunter Forward and only because the jockey he wanted was not available did he decide to ride his own mount. Per a tweet from Sean Clancy (https://twitter.com/SaratogaSpecial/status/365523100374274050) - "Sounds like Arch Kingsley is OK."

Good to hear.

And here is Take Her tothe Top in another fabulous (and a bit scary!) picture from Barbara Livingston - note her front end! Posted on FB - hope it's available to all...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151752606499798&set=o.118073991540624&type=1&ref=nf

Glimmerglass
Aug. 12, 2013, 11:15 AM
And here is Take Her tothe Top in another fabulous (and a bit scary!) picture from Barbara Livingston - note her front end! Posted on FB - hope it's available to all...

BL photo at NSA fence - doing the twist (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151752606499798&set=o.118073991540624&type=1&ref=nf)

What a wild picture and great positioning by Barbara to capture it!

Per NYRA at the half-way point, business is improving (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/total-handle-up-attendance-down-through-first-half-of-2013-saratoga-race-course-meeting/)


Total wagering on races at Saratoga Race Course increased compared to 2012 levels through the first half (20 days) of the meet, according to The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA).

All-sources handle, which includes wagers on Saratoga races both on-track and from simulcast outlets nationwide, was $286,598,192, up 0.5 percent from $285,295,757 last year.

On-track handle on Saratoga races totaled $68,809,989, off 2.9 percent from $70,892,924 last year.

Attendance for the first half of the meet was 388,607, a 2.2 percent decrease from 397,330 in 2012. Attendance figures were negatively impacted by less-than-ideal weather on the July 19 opening day program and on Saratoga's lone Giveaway Day during the first 20 racing dates, July 28.

A bit bizarre that TVG and HRTV both opted to (or were denied access with broadcasting) the Hall of Fame inductions on Friday. What's wrong with this sport when you have someone like Calvin inducted and that isn't shared to a wider audience than the attendees?

Some really great racing over the weekend ....

Replay: Fri Aug 9, 2013 National Museum of Racing Hall Of Fame Stakes (Grade 2) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LgGnExj8JY)

Replay: Sat Aug 10, 2013: $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (Grade 2) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaPwYbPhOkw) - stakes record


Wise Dan not only won the Fourstardave for the second straight year, but he did it carrying 129 pounds, conceding 12 pounds apiece to King Kreesa and third-place finisher Lea.

He also came within 0.58 seconds of the course record, completing a mile in 1:34.00 despite running over a surface softened by heavy rains the previous day and officially rated “good.”

Note - the Sunday's ( Aug 11, 2013) $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (Grade 2) race contained a fatal breakdown. Hence I won't link the video here. Charmed Hour broke down and had to be euthanized after the race. Additionally the winner across the wire was DQ'd. Just an ugly race all in all :(

Video replay: Sunday Aug 11, 2013 - $200,000 Saratoga Special (Grade 2) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=extXCPJ4P-Q) - might be the start of something really interesting.

The winner, Corfu, by a nose just broke his maiden 17 days ago and his owners Magnier/Smith/Tabor are likely to race him in the Grade 1 Hopeful on closing day, Sept. 2.

nutmeg
Aug. 12, 2013, 01:28 PM
Y'all are very lucky that I have no idea how to post pictures, or else I'd have one up of the most beautiful face ever to look through a bridle-- Charmed Hour in the paddock before her second (and last race). Lovely pricked ears, beautiful intelligent expression. I always swore I would never watch two year olds run, but a friend wanted to go to see another friend's entry. If any of you know this filly's connections, tell them how horribly sad (even traumatized) we both are.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 12, 2013, 03:08 PM
Y'all are very lucky that I have no idea how to post pictures, or else I'd have one up of the most beautiful face ever to look through a bridle-- Charmed Hour in the paddock before her second (and last race). Lovely pricked ears, beautiful intelligent expression.

I always swore I would never watch two year olds run, but a friend wanted to go to see another friend's entry. If any of you know this filly's connections, tell them how horribly sad (even traumatized) we both are.

Her owners were rather smitten with her last year (2012) and she was a looker (http://rshorse.com/Charmed_Hour.html) - an entry from their farm website: 8/20/12


Charmed Hour is an easy going filly who is very fond of dinner time. She whinnies excitedly when dinner is being served. She is not as curious as Rosalind or Picolata, but she'll stand for as much attention as one will give to her. She has sweet habit of lightly pawing at the ground when she is happy and being stroked.

This filly was Jerry's - Magdalena's farm manager - pick of the 2012 FT Sale. Her coat and feet look great, she is very relaxed, so all looks good for a nice fall for her on the farm.

This video was of her last October working on the farm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km4Rrd2ITnI) - only the 7th day on the turf.

As I said before a very sad turn of events for any owner, the trainer, the staff behind the scenes, the fans ...

BigBayHanoMare
Aug. 12, 2013, 07:13 PM
I was at the track and Charmed Hour was euth'd in front of the section I was sitting in. I never, ever want to see that sight again; I was honestly hysterical when I saw her leg. You have my utmost respect, racing folks; I don't think I can go back to the track (any track) ever again. ETA: Traumatized is a good way to put it, nutmeg, I am still seeing her and her injury in my head.

She had so much heart, though; she would have crossed the finish line if they hadn't stopped her.

Tha Ridge
Aug. 12, 2013, 07:53 PM
When did this happen? I was there on Saturday and didn't hear/see anything. So sad.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 12, 2013, 08:04 PM
When did this happen? I was there on Saturday and didn't hear/see anything. So sad.

It was Sunday. Race 9, Adirondack Stakes.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 12, 2013, 11:14 PM
In case it was missed one of the $15,000 wagers (courtesy Marylou Whitney and hubby John Hendrickson) offered to a lucky bettor plunked down the cash on Wise Dan in the Fourstardave Handicap.

A Saratoga Springs resident bet on the 1-4 (http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2013/08/11/sports/doc5206bcb4cc56d649688583.txt) favorite Wise Dan and walked away with $21,000.


Saturday’s promotion was the second of five $15,000 win-bet promotions this summer as part of the Saratoga 150 celebrations. Last week, Kevin Brockley of Gansevoort also put his $15,000 wager on the favorite in the Whitney Handicap, but Fort Larned struggled to a fifth place finish.

CVPeg
Aug. 13, 2013, 09:08 AM
I was at the track and Charmed Hour was euth'd in front of the section I was sitting in. I never, ever want to see that sight again; I was honestly hysterical when I saw her leg. You have my utmost respect, racing folks; I don't think I can go back to the track (any track) ever again. ETA: Traumatized is a good way to put it, nutmeg, I am still seeing her and her injury in my head.

She had so much heart, though; she would have crossed the finish line if they hadn't stopped her.

So sorry you had that experience, BBHM. Wish you could offset it by having a wealth of better racing memories. Been there during breakdowns, but never close enough to see the injury, and always a screen was in place, or they were trailered away. Have witnessed more serious injuries in day to day experiences at barns (non-racing).

Hope you had someone there who understood what you were feeling as well.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 13, 2013, 05:01 PM
Interesting NYRA compilation of the track records at Saratoga. Worth citing that it isn't you computer when you first load the video it appears to have been uploaded in error for the first few seconds.

Video (youtube) Saratoga 150 Feature: Notable Track Records (2 min 35 sec) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1C_zvJyfF0)

If you ever wanted to ride along on the Oklahoma turf course - here you go (7 min) with a helmet cam during an exercise on the course (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FcGQ2z2qOs)

Glimmerglass
Aug. 13, 2013, 09:07 PM
An extended teaser video: Summer At Saratoga (1min41sec) (http://vimeopro.com/carrhughes/carr-hughes-productions-portfolio/video/72301367)

This was to be the Travers teaser with the 3 separate winners of the 2013 TC legs (http://vimeopro.com/carrhughes/carr-hughes-productions-portfolio/video/72301144)

BigBayHanoMare
Aug. 13, 2013, 10:03 PM
So sorry you had that experience, BBHM. Wish you could offset it by having a wealth of better racing memories. Been there during breakdowns, but never close enough to see the injury, and always a screen was in place, or they were trailered away. Have witnessed more serious injuries in day to day experiences at barns (non-racing).

Hope you had someone there who understood what you were feeling as well.

Thank you, CVPeg. I was up in Saratoga for work and a coworker was with me (she's not a horse person, but is a racing fan). I was pretty much inconsolable, and knew what was going on behind the curtain (I explained to her after I calmed a few hours), but it was seeing the actual injury that sent me over the edge. I can't describe it without going into graphic detail…

I think if I'd witnessed a catastrophic injury in my daily barn routines, I'd probably stop riding forever.

I've seen 2 other breakdowns on TV, but it's different in person. It's more real, if that makes sense. And this was really graphic; if she'd been caught and euth'd on the back stretch I probably wouldn't have posted what I did. The first one I watched I must have been 8 or 9; I saw the horse fall and when the curtain went up I just knew, I guess, what was going on. My parents wouldn't let me watch racing for years after that. It certainly pulls you back in, but I don't know if I can take another heartbreak like that.

Do they know when it happened? I haven't been able to watch a replay, it's not something I want to look for but my view from my seat was obstructed by the infield trees.

If you can believe it, I did a brief hot walking stint at Suffolk Downs. Track life wasn't for me, but I have so much respect for the people in it. I loved going to the track, but I can't take the risk of seeing that. I'm still not over it, it's been hard to type this and not well up. I wish things had gone differently. :(

Glimmerglass
Aug. 14, 2013, 10:24 AM
In terms of HRTV's coverage of the Adirondack with the fatal breakdown (I DVR'ed the race while I was away at a wedding) I only watched it last night. Typically I watch TVG with races because of the better broadcast quality and graphics.

Anyhow I have to say their treatment of the occurrence [Charmed Hour] was surprising and certainly disappointing. The announcers (I believe Kurt Hoover at the mic) mentioned the breakdown and euthanization in the most fleeting remark and only well after the stewards determined who the winner was. It was as if it was akin to citing a scratch in the last race of the day ... just a moments blip in the broadcast and right back to the DQ that occurred with the winner. More than a bit cold with their treatment in my view.

I cannot speak to what NBC Sports or TVG's broadcasters said and won't surmise they did as poor of a job giving mention to the tragic events.

Unfortunately even with heart break the show does continue. John Velazquez was aboard Charmed Hour and then Corfu in the next race (http://www.dailygazette.net/standard/ShowStoryTemplate.asp?Path=SCH/2013/08/12&ID=Ar01602&Section=Sports):


In a span of 37 minutes, John Velazquez experienced the worst of racing and then the best.

He was thrown to the track and landed on his back when the filly Charmed Hour snapped her right front leg during the Adirondack.

Just over a half-hour later, he was in the saddle leading the colt Corfu into the winner’s circle after having endured an excruciatingly close photo finish in the Grade II Saratoga Special at Saratoga Race Course.

Asked when he lasted experienced such an incredibly compressed series of opposing events in one day, Velazquez said, “That doesn’t surprise me. I’ve been on the very, very highs and very, very lows on the same day, so. . . it doesn’t surprise me.”

You could see in the post race of the Saratoga Special he was a still a bit dazed trying to be jubilant over Corfu's effort but that breakdown had to be weighing him down.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 14, 2013, 10:42 AM
Wed 8-14-13 Saratoga Special (http://thisishorseracing.com/news/2013special/08-14-13.pdf) - with the three at the wire photo in the Special.

Going back to Wise Dan:


$94: What Wise Dan earned in his career debut, a fifth at Turfway Park on Feb. 26, 2010.
$4,463,976: How much Wise Dan has earned since

Ever wonder how old the lead ponies can be at Saratoga? I doubt you'd guess the age of 'Frosty' (http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/Where-he-leads-she-follows-4730424.php):


Frosty is 28, and he has been Tilbury's since he was 6 months old. She bought him for $370 at an auction of quarter horses in Maryland.

Her idea was to develop him as a lead pony and then work with him at the track. Relationships come and go, but theirs just gets stronger.

They work at Saratoga doing what lead ponies do, accompanying racehorses to and from the track for morning workouts. Sometimes the racehorses don't want to go. Sometimes they're nuts. Sometimes they're dangerous.

"Horses are herd animals, so they're more comfortable going with another horse," Tilbury says. "But they have to learn that there's a certain level of respect."

As the elder statesman of ponies — the next oldest at Saratoga, Tilbury says, is 21 — Frosty knows his job, likes it and puts up with a lot of nonsense from younger horses — biting, kicking, explosive behavior. In the process, he teaches them manners.

Video flash back - ABC Sports 1991 Travers Stakes (complete 16 min) - with Dave Johnson calling (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apkdB41yo7I). This race had Jerry Bailey on Hansel going off as the favorite at 9-5, but losing in an upset with D. Wayne Lukas trained Corporate Report.

When I visited Hansel last year he was happy as a lark in Upperville, VA so it all worked out.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 14, 2013, 02:25 PM
Today's $100,000 Stroll Stakes was to include Java's War (winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes) but he was scratched. A lot of scratches due to the weather creating issues with the turf, however this might be different.

Java’s War is 2 for 3 on turf and at one point was being considered for the Travers. However per this tweet today from David Grening (DRF) (https://twitter.com/DRFGrening/status/367688869900058624)


Blue Grass winner Java's War, scratched from today's Stroll Stakes, has been transferred by owner Charles Fipke to trainer Barclay Tagg.

He had been trained by Kenny McPeek.

Video of Orb's arrival at Spa (Sun 8/11) from Fair Hill (MD) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nhltTj7X2I)

He worked this morning (Wed) in the slop at Oklahoma (http://twitter.yfrog.com/odlftcuj?sa=0)

Glimmerglass
Aug. 14, 2013, 03:09 PM
For those who watch HRTV you'll know the on-air host of Nancy Ury.

Her horse Friends Pro (2yr old) (http://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=Horse&refno=9095341&registry=T) makes her 2nd lifetime start in the 5th at Spa in a Maiden Special Weight. She finished 2nd in the debut effort on July 25th at Spa ...

saratoga
Aug. 14, 2013, 03:29 PM
I was watching the adirondack on tvg...charmed hour never looked comfortable and dropped way back early and was not in the tv screen at all after the first eighth or so. Tom Durkin did not mention it at all. At the end of the race I saw the outrider galloping up the track so I figured she had broken down but it was never mentioned at all on tv.

danceronice
Aug. 14, 2013, 08:47 PM
In terms of HRTV's coverage of the Adirondack with the fatal breakdown (I DVR'ed the race while I was away at a wedding) I only watched it last night. Typically I watch TVG with races because of the better broadcast quality and graphics.

Anyhow I have to say their treatment of the occurrence [Charmed Hour] was surprising and certainly disappointing. The announcers (I believe Kurt Hoover at the mic) mentioned the breakdown and euthanization in the most fleeting remark and only well after the stewards determined who the winner was. It was as if it was akin to citing a scratch in the last race of the day ... just a moments blip in the broadcast and right back to the DQ that occurred with the winner. More than a bit cold with their treatment in my view.

I cannot speak to what NBC Sports or TVG's broadcasters said and won't surmise they did as poor of a job giving mention to the tragic events.


I wasn't watching (I'm at work for the later races) but TVG's general rule is to hold off speculating until it's announced what happened, and then give a quick and pretty low-key update (with condolences to the connections if it's a fatality and good wishes for injuries) and their network policy is not to replay accidents if there's a fatality, human or equine. Which I think is the tasteful way to go.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 15, 2013, 10:48 AM
Last week's ceremony for the 2013 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Inductees included a couple steeplechasers. The background video produced for all-time earner - McDynamo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKvh9oI9u7o)

Also the two inductees as "Pillar of the Turf"

(video) August Belmont II (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blGDBye1Vd0)

(video) Paul Mellon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFn-wtP7O40)

Glimmerglass
Aug. 15, 2013, 12:45 PM
Horses running on a quick turnaround of a week isn't new but you have to pause when you hear of a plan of just three-days. Although that plan for Teaks North maybe dashed due to one of the races field size (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-sword-dancer-could-be-teaks-norths-second-race-three-days)


Teaks North, a multiple Grade 1 winner, was entered in an optional claiming race on Thursday - with a $100,000 claiming price. [Teaks North] was also entered on Thursday, was cross-entered in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Sword Dancer Invitational as well.

Sandy Robbins, who purchased Teaks North privately following his victory in the Good Reward Stakes at Belmont in May, initially was planning to run the 6-year-old gelding in both races – provided he didn’t get claimed on Thursday.

Teaks North trainer is Michelle Nevin.


Nevin is a former assistant and exercise rider for Richard Dutrow Jr., who had a history of success wheeling horses back on short rest. Last year, with Willy Beamin, Dutrow – who is currently serving a 10-year suspension for a history of rules violations – won the Albany on a Wednesday and the Grade 1 King’s Bishop three days later.

“I’m sure that’s where she learned it,” Robbins said. “He was very successful with it.”

Don't forget that Dutrow in addition to Willy Beamin also ran in 2011 the filly Indian Tale four times at Spa in 12-days (http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/dutrow-filly-placed-on-stewards-list-after-four-races-in-12-days/) and then also had in 2010 El Real Madrid, who raced twice in four days and actually a 3rd time in 8 days with an outcome of two wins and losing the third by a nose.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 15, 2013, 02:56 PM
The two steeplechase races at Spa are in the books with the first race a bit of a cluster. A spill, loose horse, scattered field, Ramsey Stables runner leaving the field for the first half of the race.

Race 1 $65k Allowance - won by Sean Clancy's Riverdee Stable "Apse" (http://riverdeestable.com/cms/index.php/riverdee-racehorses)

Race 2 $75k Michael G. Walsh Novice Stakes - won by Barnstorning (trained and owned by Jonathan Sheppard)

Glimmerglass
Aug. 15, 2013, 03:17 PM
Recently there was a "mega day" with Ken/Sarah Ramsey's stable whereby the had runners from Saratoga to Colonial Downs to the rare DelMar starter in almost all cases a graded stakes race.

Another such day (ok, 24 hour period) is upon us with Sat Aug 17 and starters Aug 18th, these just the graded stakes entires!


Arlington Park (for Millions Day): Secretariat Stakes - Gr. 1, Beverly D. - Gr. 1, Arlington Million - Gr. 1; Saratoga Race Course: Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes - Gr. 1; Del Mar Race Course: Del Mar Oaks - Gr. 1

On Sunday at the Quarter Horse futurity races at Arapahoe they'll have runners in two races including the Gold Rush.

Ramsey is the current leading owner at Saratoga with 11 wins and next closest at 7 wins (tied)

Glimmerglass
Aug. 15, 2013, 09:21 PM
The Albany Business Journal 8-15-13 notes the big money owners with runners this weekend (http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/news/2013/08/15/billions-in-revenue-on-the-line-in.html?ana=twt&s=newsletter&ed=2013-08-15&u=scietyswco2lgyqr7b9wzhm1oap&t=1376568539):

Saturday's $600,000 Grade 1 Sword Dance Invitational, owners include:


• Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, Kentuckians who draw their wealth from their horse farm, real estate and past careers in trucking and owning cell phone franchises. They're the leading owners so far at Saratoga. Their horse: Big Blue Kitten
• Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, French brothers who own the luxury brand Chanel (started by their grandfather). Their horse: Nutello
• Richard Santulli, who created NetJets (now part of Warren Buffett's portfolio). His horse: Tannery
• Odgen Mills Phipps, whose family owns Bessemer Trust, which manages high-net-worth accounts. His horse: Boisterous

Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama Stakes, owners include:


• Kevin Plank, a college football player who went on to create the UnderArmour brand. His horse: Tell a Great Story
• Mike Repole, co-founder of Vitaminwater, and winner of more race money at Saratoga than any other owner each of the last three summers. His horse: Galloping Giraffe
• The ruler of Dubai and vice president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Enough said. His horse: Carnival Court
• Frank Stronach, Austrian founder of Magna International who also owns race tracks in the U.S. His horse: Montana Native
• Ed Stanco, who is CEO of Toa Reinsurance Co. of America, based in New Jersey. His horse is the early favorite: Princess of Sylmar.

Both races will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network from 5-6 p.m. Eastern.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 15, 2013, 09:56 PM
No idea why there is such a pronounced delay but the steeplechase races aren't posted onto the NYRA replay section until after all the races are done for the day. Race 3, for example, was up 10-min after the race was over. Anyhow here are the replays of today's double-header over hurdles

Replay: 8-15-2013 Race 1 $65k Allowance at 2 3/8 mi (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/videos/20130815/1/)

Replay: 8-15-2013 Race 2 $75k Michael G. Walsh Novice S. at 2 3/8 mi (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/videos/20130815/2/)

I have to strongly agree with the basic premise by Steve Crist (DRF) when he poses this question in his blog: "Are there too many races at Saratoga?" (http://www.drf.com/news/steven-crist-are-there-too-many-races-saratoga)

As much as I am a fan of Spa its simply toooo many races per day. 11 races on a Thursday? There will be 12 for this Saturday and 11 for Sunday. You can only squeeze a sponge so much and fan can only watch for so long.

CVPeg
Aug. 15, 2013, 10:27 PM
I don't disagree, GG. Especially on those days when the program is full of $20k claiming races. And when they throw them in on the big stakes days!

Glimmerglass
Aug. 15, 2013, 11:40 PM
Horses running on a quick turnaround of a week isn't new but you have to pause when you hear of a plan of just three-days. Although that plan for Teaks North maybe dashed due to one of the races field size (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-sword-dancer-could-be-teaks-norths-second-race-three-days)

... and most certainly dashed when in today's $95k Allowance optional claiming (Race 9) he finished dead last (http://www.drf.com/race-results/SAR/USA/2013-08-15/D/8) .. and someone did claim him for $100k: Eric J. Guillot (Southern Equine Stable LLC)

Glimmerglass
Aug. 16, 2013, 03:04 PM
How can you not like on Friday's card race 5 with chef Bobby Flay's entry: Sweet Potato (http://www.equibase.com/static/entry/SAR081613USA-EQB.html#RACE5) :D

Glimmerglass
Aug. 18, 2013, 10:05 PM
Sweet Potato faded in the stretch by the way ...

Nice to see that Rosie Napravnik takes two graded stakes within 24-hours albeit one in Chicago (Arlington Park) with the Grade 1 Secretariat and then back at Spa today for the Grade 2, $200,000 Lake Placid Stakes - via a DQ

Video (complete) Sun 8-18-13 Lake Placid Stakes (G2-T) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I552Yw5tw3A)

Glimmerglass
Aug. 18, 2013, 10:25 PM
... at least the weekend didn't have any intoxicated fan shenanigans like Del Mar (http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/aug/17/del-mar-bizarre-fan-history-/): nothing like a DUI for taking a vet van for spin on the track. Weird.

Although some idiot folks (for lack of a more profane descriptive) did break a fountain from 1870 in Congress Park Thur the 15th (http://saratogian.com/articles/2013/08/15/news/doc520d73a4e8554576961775.txt). That fountain was put in by John Morrissey, the man who made the track what it is today.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 19, 2013, 11:03 AM
The claim of last-place finisher in the allowance race ($100k claim tag) Teaks North was by Eric Guillot who plans to take him to California to start in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita in November. (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-notes-guillot-claims-teaks-north-100k)


"I think he likes firm going, I'm going to be stabled at Santa Anita. If the mile-and-a-half Breeders' Cup Turf comes up easy, I might just stick him in there. That was the whole plan."

No only will Oxbow not run in the Travers nor the Penn Derby (http://www.drf.com/news/oxbow-will-not-race-again-2013), but it appears with the required time off the decision could be he's sent off to stud.


Lukas said that Oxbow would be vanned this week from Saratoga to Calumet Farm in Kentucky and would be re-evaluated by Dr. Larry Bramlage in approximately 30 days.

“This year, we’re not thinking of running him,” said Lukas, echoing comments he made to HRTV last Friday. “Bramlage told me there’s no sense in pushing him, just give him the time he needs.”

Lukas said that Kelley, the proprietor of Calumet Farm, would have the final say on whether Oxbow would return to race at age 4. But Lukas, understanding the economics of the sport, said he wouldn’t be surprised if Kelley opted to stand him at stud.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 21, 2013, 04:33 PM
Looks like the postings from yesterday were zapped by the board. Oh well.

Saturday is the big day at Saratoga:

The Travers highlights a 14-race card that kicks off with a special first-race post time of 11:35 a.m. EST and also features the Grade 1, $500,000 Foxwoods King’s Bishop, the Grade 1, $500,000 Test and the Grade 2, $250,000 Ketel One Ballston Spa.

NBC will provide live coverage of just the Foxwoods King’s Bishop and Travers from 4:30 to 6 p.m. EST The Travers has a post time of 5:46 p.m.

The field for the Travers is deep - even without Oxbow able to race. Currently Verrazano is the ML favorite.


$1 million Grade 1 144th Travers Stakes @ 1 1/4 miles

PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer, Morning Line Odds
1. Romansh, J. Castellano, T Albertrani, 12-1
2. Orb, J. Rosario, C R McGaughey, 4-1
3. Verrazano, J.R. Velazquez, T A Pletcher, 2-1
4. Golden Soul, R. Albarado, D Stewart, 20-1
5. Will Take Charge, L. Saez, D W Lukas, 10-1
6. Moreno, J. Ortiz, E Guillot, 12-1
7. War Dancer, A. Garcia, K McPeek, 15-1
8. Palace Malice, M. Smith, T A Pletcher, 5-2
9. Transparent, I. Ortiz, Jr., K McLaughlin, 10-1
All carry 126 pounds.

Neat article from the Times Union - Hooves and history: Saratoga Race Course marks 150th year (http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Hooves-and-history-4684755.php) as the biggest game in a fun-loving town


Journalist Nellie Bly in the New York World on Aug. 19, 1894: "Saratoga is the wickedest spot in the United States. Crime is holding a convention there and vice is enjoying a festival such as it never dared approach before."

It's what drew the likes of John "Bet-a-Million" Gates to the Spa. A Gilded Age industrialist who made a fortune in the oil industry and marketing barbed wire, Gates was a compulsive gambler who bet heavily in all-night poker games.

In one marathon gambling session at Canfield Casino, according to lore, he was down about $500,000 (roughly $9 million today) but he rallied after many hours at the table and returned to his Broadway hotel as the sun was rising with a mere $125,000 lost.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 21, 2013, 07:54 PM
Bummers ...

No Apple $250k bonus to the Finger Lakes shipper. Took 2nd in the Albany Stakes today

A possible Felony DUI for singer/actor David Cassidy, a Saratoga regular with stakes horses over the years ... At least some humor with the arresting officer's name

http://m.timesunion.com/tu/db_40503/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=1sQDjC04

Odie222
Aug. 21, 2013, 08:51 PM
No Apple $250k bonus to the Finger Lakes shipper.]

Can someone explain to me why Amberjack is being called a "Finger Lakes shipper?" Other than running his last race at finger lakes (like Smooth Burt and Go Get the Basil who ran in the NY Derby and then today in the Albany) he has run at Belmont, and aqueduct, for NYRA/Belmont based trainers in Romans and Hushion; and has all his workouts in the past 2 months at Belmont and Saratoga. Am I missing something in what this term means?

CVPeg
Aug. 22, 2013, 10:11 AM
Curious - anyone heading out for The Travers? Was planning on trying, but now on the fence about it. Tomorrow a lonnnng day for me.

But truly still on the fence. It is such a great race. Good weather forecast! :yes:

lizathenag
Aug. 23, 2013, 10:49 AM
http://www.drf.com/news/affirmed-and-alydars-travers-showdown-still-rouses-emotions

a great read. seems like it was yesterday....

CVPeg
Aug. 23, 2013, 04:43 PM
http://www.drf.com/news/affirmed-and-alydars-travers-showdown-still-rouses-emotions

a great read. seems like it was yesterday....

Thanks for bringing this up. If you blew up the finish line photos, I'd be a speck somewhere right there. ;) My mother and I stood there in the heat at the finish line for several hours to hold our spot. Was a great memory together. She is 98 and has some dementia. Think I'll print the article, as she would probably remember doing this. :yes:

I remember the hush that fell over the crowd, and so many of us being in tears.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 23, 2013, 09:52 PM
Liza, big thanks with posting the article on Affirmed v. Alydar at the Travers. Well done retelling of the tale. Cvpeg, wish I had been there like you.

The Travers will be interesting tomorrow as there is no lack of drama: Joel might be off Orb - with a broken foot from a spill today. Saturday morning the decision of ride or not will be made. He has a lot of great mounts this weekend in Spa and Del Mar

http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-rosario-breaks-bone-foot-after-being-unseated

Glimmerglass
Aug. 23, 2013, 10:30 PM
Per Dinny Phipps if Joel is not able to ride Orb then they might seek Jose Lezcano or Rosie Napravnik. However they are crossing fingers his Dr will give the ok during the 8:45 am appt.

No idea what Bob Baffert will do with Game On Dude at DelMar Sunday if Joel is off his mounts.

grits
Aug. 24, 2013, 10:46 AM
Joel is out for six weeks, and Lezcano will ride Orb today in the Travers.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80249/rosario-out-six-weeks-with-fractured-foot

Glimmerglass
Aug. 24, 2013, 11:04 AM
Joel is out for six weeks, and Lezcano will ride Orb today in the Travers.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80249/rosario-out-six-weeks-with-fractured-foot

Reminds me of GoGo with the broken heel right when he was in the grove with winning. He's never been the same since. A lot money lost for Joel over these next six plus weeks. Hopefully he'll come back as strong as before.

Chad Brown named Mike Smith on My Happy Face in the Grade 1 Test Stakes, no named replacement for Forty Tales in the Grade 1 Kings Bishop. Baffert hasn't named anyone on Game on Dude yet.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 24, 2013, 11:16 AM
Jeez, no 'Sam the Bugler' at Spa for the Travers. Like singer/actor David Cassidy earlier thus week there has been a DUI charge.

http://m.saratogian.com/saratogian/db_280617/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=tOelDyKO

Toadie's mom
Aug. 24, 2013, 12:10 PM
Wow, I guess if I ever make to Saratoga I'll be sure to make my DH do all the driving:lol:

Can't really make up my mind who to root for today, but leaning toward Palace Malice.

Larksmom
Aug. 24, 2013, 01:05 PM
DRF sez Baffert will move Martin Garcia to Game on Dude, and scratch Liaison. Aren't there any more good jocks in So Cal to ride?

This has to be one of the best weeks in racing. Good stuff from coast to coast,

danceronice
Aug. 24, 2013, 02:12 PM
I keep hearing a quiet but persistent buzz about War Dancer. I admit to being swayed by the Verazzano hype and I'm sticking with Palace Malice in the exotics toobut I admit to using him.

And an all-stakes Pick 4 at Saratoga today..how often does that happen?

Glimmerglass
Aug. 24, 2013, 04:41 PM
Dear NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C. You bite.

Instead of travers coverage they have pre empted it with redskins football. Just great.

Calico
Aug. 24, 2013, 06:01 PM
Photo finish:

Will Take Charge
Moreno
Orb
Palace Malice

grits
Aug. 24, 2013, 07:22 PM
Dear NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C. You bite.

Instead of travers coverage they have pre empted it with redskins football. Just great.

I had to resort to Twinspires to watch. Even my horse was banging her head against the wall. (Seriously.)

Zevida
Aug. 24, 2013, 10:26 PM
Woooooo!!!!

I've been a fan of Will Take Charge all spring and he finally won a big one! Loved his momma and love his red coat and big white face. Woohoo!

dani0303
Aug. 24, 2013, 10:42 PM
Woooooo!!!!

I've been a fan of Will Take Charge all spring and he finally won a big one! Loved his momma and love his red coat and big white face. Woohoo!

Isn't she also the dam of Take Charge Indy??

He ran a great race and it seems like those big ones take a while to mature. I hope he stays sound because I bet he'll be a stellar 4yo.

I still love Orb. I love his running style, his grit, and his connections. I hope that he picks his form back up from before his time off. He seems so talented but things haven't quite gone his way since the Derby.

Plumcreek
Aug. 25, 2013, 02:38 AM
For those of you who have noticed the pretty blonde SO of D. Wayne Lukas, she is Laurie Krause, long-time horsewoman/ AQHA judge and show event trainer from Colorado. She has a place near you, Dani0303. I have known her for 30 years and she is pure class. DWL is lucky.

CVPeg
Aug. 25, 2013, 07:09 AM
Dear NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C. You bite.

Instead of travers coverage they have pre empted it with redskins football. Just great.

Oh, brother, GG... :no:

CVPeg
Aug. 25, 2013, 07:27 AM
Got up there - and glad I went - the weather so beautiful decided it would be worth it - but not doing it the same way any longer. Winged it without a seat, and no owners card this year so had to flow with the mob - otherwise would have camped out in the backstretch. Club house was packed like a full elevator near the winner's circle. Two gals had two small babies in a double stroller right in the middle of the pathway - can't believe they let it in there fire/security wise. At least we could kind of move back and forth between the finish and the paddock, but it took half of the time between the races to get there and back. :lol:

Didn't have Will Take Charge, but he did look really good in the paddock - my usual gauge for betting - from what I could see! Of course he's so tall, he does stand out! ;) Must get Smartphone to bet from the paddock rail!

But the most irritating part are all the guys with cigars, who at 6'4" are in front of the mob, bragging to their girlfriends that they know there's at least one KD entrant in the Travers, can't read a program, and loudly speculate about what's going on. Usually there's one in every location you push through. Yesterday they were everywhere!! :eek:

On the ground in Saratoga at The Travers is no longer a good place for horse people. I could ID a few of them shaking their heads. But, even in lovely weather, better to stay home from now on - unless there's an Affirmed/Alydar type showdown, or other star that makes it a "must go" situation.

Or, I'm getting old!! :lol:

Now to go watch the playback. I have Dish, with NYC/LA channels, and it did get recorded. Will be able to ID where I was by the tall guy behind the winner's circle holding the camera up - he was right in front of me! :lol:

dani0303
Aug. 25, 2013, 09:29 AM
For those of you who have noticed the pretty blonde SO of D. Wayne Lukas, she is Laurie Krause, long-time horsewoman/ AQHA judge and show event trainer from Colorado. She has a place near you, Dani0303. I have known her for 30 years and she is pure class. DWL is lucky.

Wow I've never heard of her before! But I'm also new to the area and know nothing of AQHA.

Rubyfree
Aug. 25, 2013, 10:27 AM
On the ground in Saratoga at The Travers is no longer a good place for horse people. I could ID a few of them shaking their heads. But, even in lovely weather, better to stay home from now on - unless there's an Affirmed/Alydar type showdown, or other star that makes it a "must go" situation.

Or, I'm getting old!! :lol:


I love getting up there for the Travers but I do feel your pain. It's a necessary evil, I know, but I also find the crowd insufferable. Same thing at the Derby.

The last several years, I have much preferred going up for the Woodward. Better crowd for the claustrophobic & the horse folk, and usually just as good of a field.

MomToFour
Aug. 25, 2013, 06:50 PM
CVPeg, I almost lost a foot because of one of those double strollers in the clubhouse.

Like you, I could not BELIEVE they allowed it in there!!! (not to mention, I can't imagine the infants were loving the crowds/shouting/etc!)

skydy
Aug. 26, 2013, 12:58 AM
DRF sez Baffert will move Martin Garcia to Game on Dude, and scratch Liaison. Aren't there any more good jocks in So Cal to ride?

This has to be one of the best weeks in racing. Good stuff from coast to coast,

Not a jock shortage, they didn't like his post position.

It has been quite the week! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9A27xyJJiU

CVPeg
Aug. 26, 2013, 10:40 AM
It has been quite the week! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9A27xyJJiU

Yikes! Nice work by the gate crew!!

Glimmerglass
Aug. 26, 2013, 12:34 PM
Thankfully in 2013 graded stakes races at Spa are either put up on youtube (user partymanners2, in particular (http://www.youtube.com/user/Partymanners2) posted the four big ones about 20-min after they were done) or on the NYRA site.

So luckily I was able to see the racing despite WRC-TV NBC in Washington, DC having little interest in adhering to NBC's programing. Oddly they are owned by NBC/Universal (now Comcast) so you'd think they could air it on another channel. Nada. Oh well.

I'm not a big fan of wading into large congested crowds either. Been there many times on a Travers Day with sweaty fat men far too close, blowhard pretenders at the bar announcing how much they've wagered, the Don Juan types trying to impress the ladies but looking like they missed the turn to go to Del Mar, and so forth. Sometimes hearing the dumbest comments out of people can be amusing - such as guy who kept remarking to his girl while looking into the saddling paddock "what a stud, look how he's hung" .. even though it was a distaff race ;)

Its all part of the racing experience I suppose and adds to the event/carnival atmosphere as absent any fans and you could just as well be at any old track.

The old gal did on her 150th bring in the crowds: Per NYRA the largest since 2004 when Birdstone won (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/record-breaking-day-at-saratoga-for-144th-travers/):


On a beautiful, sunny afternoon, 47,597 fans - the biggest Travers crowd since 48,894 in 2004 - turned out to watch Will Take Charge nose out Moreno at the wire to capture the "Mid-Summer Derby" in a thrilling finish.

They wagered a record $9,672,249 on the card, an 11 percent increase over last year's record $8,741,773.

All-sources handle on Saratoga's Travers-day races was up 13 percent, year over year, to $41,363,760. Last year's tally of $36,597,173 was eclipsed after yesterday's 12th race.

Downstate wagering also posted significant increases, with $612,864 wagered at the Belmont Café, up 13 percent, year over year, and $695,266 wagered at Aqueduct Racetrack, an increase of 7 percent.

The pool for the Guaranteed $1 Million Pick 4 topped $2 million for the first time, with $2,016,700

Image - the photo finish for the 144th Travers Stakes (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/photo-finish/20130824/race12/win/)

Video replay: $1 M Travers Stakes (7min) as sourced from TVG (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr97Rr9lXCM)

I have to say that the Daily Racing Form's Steve Crist certainly did look into the crystal ball before the Travers and nailed it. He predicted a win by Will Take Charge in the Travers on Thursday at 3pm (http://www.drf.com/news/steven-crist-need-travers-longshot-here-you-go):


It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if Verrazano, Palace Malice, and Orb all exited this Travers with those races [Jockey Club Gold Cup and Breeders’ Cup Classic] as their fall goals and with something more to prove – preferably because Will Take Charge upsets them all on Saturday.

Now that's a 'Big Bambino' moment with pointing into the outfield just before cracking a home run if ever there was.

It appears that Will Take Charge and Moreno (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-will-take-charge-moreno-eye-pennsylvania-derby-division-remains-wide-open) (1,2 by a head) are apt to appear in the Grade 2 $1M Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 21 at Parx. Will Take Charge get's a $50k bonus - for having won the Travers - if he wins that race.

If you want to watch all the Saratoga races from Saturday - condensed in a series- here you go (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qATzohHjaF8) - about 35 min long.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 26, 2013, 07:18 PM
Monday racing isn't often overly thrilling but today was pronounced with trainer "The Chief" - H. Allen Jerkins - making his way to winner's circle: Go Unbridled won the Saratoga Dew Stakes, again!

A standing O for Allen Jerkens as he enters the winner's circle. (https://twitter.com/DRFGrening/status/372108132282929152)

This gave Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/go-unbridled-repeats-in-saratoga-dew-for-trainer-allen-jerkens/) his first victory of the 2013 Saratoga Race Course meet.


"It takes a good horse," said Jerkens, 84, who entered the winner's circle to a round of applause. "They have to be doing good at the time. I know you say the jockey wins for you, but he really rode her good. She was just where she needed to be all the time. She had to be up there closer with the slower pace today. It was right. It was great."

It was the 3,845th career victory for Jerkens, who began his training career in 1950. Jerkens won the Saratoga training title for three straight years from 1971-73 and tied for a fourth title in 1978. In 1973, he saddled Onion for a stunning upset of Secretariat in the Whitney Handicap at the Spa. Last year, he won the Grade 1 Prioress with Emma's Encore in addition to his Saratoga Dew score with Go Unbridled.

"It means a lot more [to win] at Saratoga," said Jerkens. "Every place you win and anytime you win a stake, it's just great. I've always been that way [emotional in the winner's circle]. You think of all the times when you didn't do nothing, you know? Well, we've had our bad days [but] we've come around, and that's what counts. This is the first one we've won here [this year], so we're off the duck."

Video replay: Race 9, Saratoga Dew Stakes (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/videos/20130826/9/)

ETA: As noted by the DRF (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-go-unbridled-repeats-saratoga-dew-jerkens):


But arguably the most heartwarming outpouring from the fans during the 2013 Saratoga meet came late Monday afternoon when Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens walked into the winner's circle after his Go Unbridled had successfully defended her title in the $100,000 Saratoga Dew Stakes.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 27, 2013, 11:31 AM
One of the few articles citing the three breakdowns on turf: Aug. 25 there was a teleconference by the New York Racing Association Equine Safety Committee. (http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80304/nyra-committee-discusses-turf-breakdowns) - Note even a member lost a horse


Committee chair Anthony Bonomo Sr., whose homebred Heading to Toga was euthanized on the outer turf course earlier in August, said he spoke with P. J. Campo, NYRA's vice president and director of racing, and Glen Kozak, vice president of facilities and racing surfaces, after the latest fatalities.

Kris Royale and Sarava's Dancer broke down in separate incidents in the allowance/optional claiming race on the inner turf Aug. 24 and were euthanized.

Bonomo said that walking the course revealed nothing that would lead to the conclusion the surface was at fault in either horse's injury.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 27, 2013, 01:17 PM
More bad news unfortunately :(

Exercise rider Raymond Bulgado in critical condition; his mount, Ricochet Court, euthanized (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-exercise-rider-critical-after-morning-spill) due to a spill on the training track Monday.


Bulgado was working a horse, Ricochet Court, in company with another horse on the Oklahoma turf course when Bulgado's horse broke down badly in his forelegs approaching the quarter pole.

"I love the kid. He's getting the best care possible thanks to John [Hendrickson] and Marylou [Whitney] and the wonderful people at Albany Med," Nick Zito said at his barn. "I have to respect the family's privacy. His mom's in Puerto Rico."

Ricochet Court (not owned by Whitney) last race at Spa on 7/29 and finished 2nd with Rosie Napravnik up.

This tweet this morning from David Grening/DRF (https://twitter.com/DRFGrening/status/372396987678601216)


According to co-worker of his, exercise rider Raymond Bulgado has fractured neck but no severe head trauma as a result of Monday spill.

On top of that Jose Lezcano, from a spill Sunday, has broken bone in left wrist, per agent Jason Beides. Will have surgery to insert screw. Will be out 4 weeks. Not unlike Joel Rosario there is now a scramble for his mounts: In light of Lezcano's injury, some updated rider assignments. Javier on Ron the Greek in Woodward. Leparoux on Turallure in Bernard Baruch

Glimmerglass
Aug. 27, 2013, 02:43 PM
Sam the bugler - plead guilty this morning to a lesser charge (http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Track-bugler-in-quick-plea-deal-4764168.php) and per NYRA "He is our bugler and we fully anticipate that he will continue in that capacity".


The conditions of the plea bargain call for the Long Island man to enroll in a alcohol treatment program and lose his driver's license for the next six months.

Grossman, who has no prior criminal history, must attend a 3-hour long victim impact panel discussion, where people talk about the horrors of drunken driving on them or family members.

From Monday's public forum with NYRA and improvements to the Saratoga track (http://saratogian.com/articles/2013/08/27/news/doc521bf9fbaca17895215408.txt): (excerpts)


Friday is the only day this year when the track will have a later post time — 2:30 p.m. — to accommodate late-arriving downstate fans for the holiday weekend.

However, Kay hinted that such efforts might be expanded in 2014.

“It might be something to look at,” he said.

But local restaurant owners have complained, in the past, saying that a later post time cuts into their business by reducing the number of dinner seatings.

::> One fan said there are too many races each day, causing “bettor fatigue.”

While that might be true for some on-track fans, wagering on NYRA races is strong throughout the country, particularly in places such as Las Vegas and Los Angeles, which is three hours behind Saratoga, said Patrick Mahony, senior vice president for pari-mutuel operations.

::> Whitney Viewing Stand — A fan wanted to know if the new Whitney Viewing Stand at the Oklahoma Training Track would be open after the meet. Since opening, people have only been using it on weekends, Kay said.

“These things are not free,” he said.

Keeping the stand open requires security guards to keep fans out of the barn area. If the stand is kept open, it will probably be on weekends, he said.

::> Infield viewing — Another fan asked if the Saratoga’s infield could be open to fans on Travers Day. Kozak said that unlike Churchill Downs, Saratoga doesn’t have a tunnel for people to reach the infield. Also fans would have to cross two turf courses to get there.

“We’re not set up for it for that one day,” he said.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 28, 2013, 01:28 PM
Another frivolous suit ... Food truck sues NYRA over being rejected for name (http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Food-truck-rejected-over-name-sues-state-4765908.php)


Snooks and Loguidice insist they intended the truck's name to be a tribute to the hardworking Italian-Americans of previous generations who toiled as day laborers. A recent online poll they conducted found clear majority support for retaining the name. Their critics, however, see "dago" as an unreconstructed ethnic slur.

The suit seeks monetary damages for lost business at the two sites — estimated by court documents at $300,000 at Saratoga and $42,900 for the time it would have spent at the Capitol — as well as punitive damages and attorney's fees, plus an injunction preventing government officials from taking similar action against the Wandering Dago in the future.

Urban dictionary: "dago" (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dago)

If anyone thinks the name is a one-off see their menu of items (http://www.wanderingdago.com/menu.html), including the Mic and Polack sandwiches.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 28, 2013, 02:05 PM
Who knew this year's Travers Stakes runner (up by a nose) was fighting an oral abscess (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-travers-runner-moreno%E2%80%99s-mouth-abscess-improves):


Trainer Eric Guillot said the mouth abscess that nearly forced him to scratch Moreno from last Saturday’s Travers finally popped open on Tuesday morning, which should allow him to send his 3-year-old star back to the track by the end of the week.

Guillot said he is still feeling the disappointment of having suffered such a narrow loss in a race as prestigious as the Travers.

“If we’d have finished fourth, beaten seven lengths, I probably wouldn’t have felt as bad as I do having gotten so close and just missed like that,” he said. “All of us were crying back at the barn after the race. I’m not in this business for the money, I’m here to win races like the Travers, and it’s heart-breaking to come that close because you never know when you’ll get an opportunity like that again.”

MomToFour
Aug. 28, 2013, 07:29 PM
Aw :( I was gunning for Moreno. Great horse and very nice owner. I too was sad that he lost by a nose.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 28, 2013, 09:34 PM
Leading owner for the meet breaks the most wins in a meet (with 19) and is still loaded with horses! Wed 8-28-2013 "Granny Mc’s Kitten gives Ramseys meet record for wins with P. G. Johnson victory" (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-granny-mc%E2%80%99s-kitten-gives-ramseys-meet-record-wins-p-g-johnson-victory)


[Mr/Mrs Ken Ramsey] established a single-meet record for wins by an owner with 19 when Granny Mc’s Kitten won Wednesday’s $100,000 P. G. Johnson Stakes.

“I don’t want to brag or anything, but I think if you execute and do it, it’s considered not boasting about it,” Ken Ramsey said. “We won it in 2008 and ‘09 and [Mike] Repole won it in ’10, ’11 and ’12, so I thought it was our turn again. I found out the record was 18, so I geared up and brought enough horses and claimed enough horses I thought I could make it to 20. So it’s 19 down and 1 to go.”

Ramsey will have to wait for win number 20, as his stable finished second in the ninth race with Sneaky Kitten and second in the 10th race with Present Course.


Having won owner titles at Gulfstream, Keeneland, and Churchill Downs, Ramsey said he is setting his sights on Kentucky Downs.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 28, 2013, 09:51 PM
Who fights with a shovel vs. pitchfork? (http://saratogian.com/articles/2013/08/28/news/doc521d3e1a5a3e7469954787.txt) Some of the strange bits that seems to transpire on the backstretch.


Saratoga Springs Police Lt. John Catone said the two men, who work for the same horse trainer, got into a fight in one of the stables. Benitez allegedly had a pitchfork nearby while Sanchez-Aguilar grabbed a nearby flat shovel. The two dueled with the implements, according to Catone, during which time Benitez made contact with his pitchfork.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 29, 2013, 03:09 PM
No Fort Larned in the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes this weekend (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-fort-larned-be-scratched-woodward-stakes). That race will be aired on NBC Sports Channel Saturday. That leaves (for now) a field of six for the Woodward including Paynter and Mucho Macho Man among others.

Today was the final two steeplechase races for the meet. Worth mentioning is that in Race 2 the Walter M. Jeffords Jr. Stakes (fillies/mares) going 2 and 1/16 miles for a $65,000 purse (http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbPDFChart.cfm?tid=SAR&dt=08/29/2013&ctry=USA&day=D&STYLE=SAR&RACE=2&BorP=B) the winner, The Grey Express (GB), toting 147-lbs did so without lasix. The brit import wasn't bothered in the least and gave a really nice kick over the final fence for trainer Janet Elliot.

Video replay: Race 2, hurdles, Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords Stakes - August 29, 2013 (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/videos/20130829/2/)

The first race video is not yet available

Glimmerglass
Aug. 29, 2013, 03:49 PM
In case anyone thinks that NYRA is rolling dough with the injections from the VLT at the Big A .. nope. In fact Aqueduct could even be shut down to stem losses (http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Facing-up-to-red-ink-at-NYRA-4769867.php):


Finance Committee Chairman Stuart Subotnick said that because of years of losses, NYRA has $19 million to carry over in accumulated income tax exemptions. He said VLT revenues and such tax loss adjustments don't prove NYRA can run "on its own."

NYRA received $54.3 million in racino proceeds from Genting New York LLC's Resorts World Casino at the Aqueduct track. Of that money, $27 million was earmarked for purses and stakes races, $15.6 million for capital projects and $11.7 million to help cover NYRA's operating expenses.

NYRA Chief Financial Officer Susanne Stover said NYRA lost $1.7 million in its second quarter, compared with a $1.05 million loss in the same quarter of 2012. Operating expenses continue to rise, she said, because of labor costs and increased marketing and promotions.

Subotnick indicated that saving money by closing Aqueduct, which is used for racing in the cold months, is a possibility. He said funds earmarked for upgrades at the Queens track should be spent prudently in case assets are eventually transferred to Belmont Park or Saratoga Race Course should Aqueduct be shut down. He said no such decision has been made, but the future of Aqueduct is unclear.

CVPeg
Aug. 29, 2013, 05:44 PM
No Fort Larned in the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes this weekend (http://www.drf.com/news/saratoga-fort-larned-be-scratched-woodward-stakes). That race will be aired on NBC Sports Channel Saturday. That leaves (for now) a field of six for the Woodward including Paynter and Mucho Macho Man among others.

Today was the final two steeplechase races for the meet. Worth mentioning is that in Race 2 the Walter M. Jeffords Jr. Stakes (fillies/mares) going 2 and 1/16 miles for a $65,000 purse (http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbPDFChart.cfm?tid=SAR&dt=08/29/2013&ctry=USA&day=D&STYLE=SAR&RACE=2&BorP=B) the winner, The Grey Express (GB), toting 147-lbs did so without lasix. The brit import wasn't bothered in the least and gave a really nice kick over the final fence for trainer Janet Elliot.

Video replay: Race 2, hurdles, Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords Stakes - August 29, 2013 (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/results/20130829/#Race_2)

The first race video is not yet available

Too bad about Fort Larned. Looking at pictures of, and comments about, his works, he looked great...

Regarding the steeplechase, per The Saratoga Special's FB page...


A script made in Hollywood. Hall of Fame trainer Janet Elliot, sidelined by a fractured vertebrae, treks back up to Saratoga via the Woodville Express a week after undergoing surgery to saddle underdog The Grey Express in the final steeplechase of the Spa season. The horse wins and the fairytale is complete. The whole story can be seen in photos at www.todmarks.photoshelter.com - tod marks

(Pictured: Janet Elliot pats The Grey Express after the Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords Stakes) accompanied by lots of Todd Marks photos.
http://todmarks.photoshelter.com/gallery/August-29-Day-36/G0000wf42EeRaJtI/

:)

Glimmerglass
Aug. 29, 2013, 05:54 PM
CVPeg - thanks, that explains why she was in a neck brace as Jimmy Dugan on TVG wasn't explaining nor did Zoe on HRTV. I'm glad she got a win at Spa as its a nice feather in the cap, even for a Hall of Fame trainer like her.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 29, 2013, 10:49 PM
The Saratoga meet almost over and sadly I'm leaving on a trip overseas so I'll miss Friday through the close. Hopefully my DVD will be able to store the last big races ...

Friday: Riskaverse Stakes;
Saturday: Forgo Stakes, Grade 1 Woodward;
Sunday: Grade 3 Saranac, Grade 1 Spinaway;
Monday (closing day) Grade 3 Glens Falls, Grade 1 Hopeful

Today (Thur) when Rosie Napravnik was nipped aboard 4-5 favorite Brandys Secret in the 11th race today I wasn't paying attention to the odds of the winner; try 34-1 long shot Hunter Forward.

That resulted, in the vernacular of TVG hosts, "big balloons" for the Pick 6. You have to be amazed in the size of the return for a $2 wager picking the winner of six consecutive races at a single track - theoretically a fairly straight forward wager. In this case even with largely favorites winning the payoff for each of two tickets picking the sequence correct: $424,936

Not bad :D

CVPeg
Aug. 30, 2013, 08:27 AM
Watching from home tomorrow. Going Monday! :yes: Always loved watching The Hopeful, and the crowds are reasonable as well, as everyone is packing up.

Even though the meet is longer, and there is "more of" a lot of things, the summer is never long enough, and end of Saratoga truly means it. :sigh:

Glimmerglass
Aug. 30, 2013, 09:21 AM
Even though the meet is longer, and there is "more of" a lot of things, the summer is never long enough, and end of Saratoga truly means it. :sigh:

I'm sure you watched this already off the Paulick site but I think it's a nice video giving anyone a glimpse into what the Saratoga track feels like:

Video: 'Easy to Love This Place': A Video Postcard From Saratoga (4M 44sec) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGeYuLmoum8)

The closing day of Spa tends to be rather empty which always makes for an easy decision to attend, if the weather cooperates ;)

CVPeg
Aug. 30, 2013, 10:03 AM
I'm sure you watched this already off the Paulick site but I think it's a nice video giving anyone a glimpse into what the Saratoga track feels like:

Video: 'Easy to Love This Place': A Video Postcard From Saratoga (4M 44sec) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGeYuLmoum8)

The closing day of Spa tends to be rather empty which always makes for an easy decision to attend, if the weather cooperates ;)

Hadn't caught it, GG, thanks! (I've been a bit put off by Paulick for sometime- only go there if no news anywhere else! ;) )

Always regret not having gone more/done things differently each year. Haven't had an owners card now for a couple of years, and miss being able to observe from a quieter spot on the crazy days, let alone the stuff you see in the backstretch.

And you do take it for granted if it's nearby... Truly best when living nearby! :yes:

Madeline
Aug. 30, 2013, 02:52 PM
After watching the jump races yesterday, I wondered if I had strayed into a time warp. First race to Jonathan Sheppard, second to Janet Elliot. Was this 1983 or 2013? Great job , conditioners now/formerly from Unionville.
When these two horses retire from racing they'l make a pretty flashy pair...

keepthelegend
Aug. 30, 2013, 06:42 PM
Sad day today with Saginaw breaking down and being euthanized. What a great record he had.

saratoga
Aug. 31, 2013, 07:15 AM
Sad day today with Saginaw breaking down and being euthanized. What a great record he had.

So sad when I read this in the paper today. A terrible year..I never remember this many fatalities at Saratoga. I am going today and tomorrow..praying everyone comes home safe.

CVPeg
Aug. 31, 2013, 09:42 AM
So sad when I read this in the paper today. A terrible year..I never remember this many fatalities at Saratoga. I am going today and tomorrow..praying everyone comes home safe.

Don't know what's been happening of late! Have they changed the groundskeeping routine? Was it the result of the heavy rains in June doing something to the underlayment? Although there have been breakdowns on both turf and the dirt course.

Probably just coincidental, considering the number of races/horses. But frankly, with all the multiple factors previously discussed, maybe more of a surprise that everyone was doing so well at the beginning.

Going on Monday, and hoping the same. Love The Hopeful. May all have a safe journey to the finish, and then home.

saratoga
Aug. 31, 2013, 10:30 AM
Actually, I read that there were 4 fatalities at the meet last year (assuming that is just during the races) so I guess it isn't that much worse..just seems like it.
I've enjoyed the Woodward since its been here...I
was there when Rachel Alexandra won and that was my most favorite day at the track ever. Hope today is good and I am enjoying the cool weather..a nice break from AZ!

danceronice
Aug. 31, 2013, 02:20 PM
Got a couple wagers in the Woodward...with Fort Larned out Paynter might have the pace all his way but then there's Successful Dan and Mucho Macho Man (used almost everyone in various exotics...) Should be an exciting race.

My lord, it's wet today.

skydy
Aug. 31, 2013, 04:01 PM
Wow, I hope this isn't found to be true. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80398/jockey-saez-accused-of-buzzer-use-in-travers

Drvmb1ggl3
Aug. 31, 2013, 11:06 PM
I don't usually get excited about, or even pay much attention to, 2yo races..... but did anyone see Honor Code in the 3rd race (MSW) at Toga today?? :eek::eek::eek:

That's a whole lot of horse, and look at the pedigree :eek::eek: ...... http://www.pedigreequery.com/honor+code3

Toadie's mom
Sep. 1, 2013, 10:22 AM
Wow, I hope this isn't found to be true. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80398/jockey-saez-accused-of-buzzer-use-in-travers

You should definitely "consider the source" on this accusation.

danceronice
Sep. 1, 2013, 10:54 AM
Yeah, somehow I doubt they're going to hold that one up...

skydy
Sep. 1, 2013, 02:44 PM
You should definitely "consider the source" on this accusation.

I've read that. I don't see how the accusation could be proven at this late date. Not cool to accuse someone this far after the fact, when you can't prove it.

CVPeg
Sep. 1, 2013, 03:27 PM
Watched the replay of The Travers. Seemed to me that WTC ramped it up as he glanced to the right and saw Palace Malice coming on. Plus he has quite a stride, and didn't need to do much to get it going when needed. Also, during the Woodward coverage, Jerry Bailey played close-ups of Saez switching the stick, with each hand being wide open at times, and nothing "hidden". :rolleyes:

That was some Woodward! Loved Alpha's drive to the finish, but also love Flat Out.

Really interesting to watch some horses' effortless movement across the slop.

Madeline
Sep. 1, 2013, 04:01 PM
Watched the replay of The Travers. Seemed to me that WTC ramped it up as he glanced to the right and saw Palace Malice coming on. Plus he has quite a stride, and didn't need to do much to get it going when needed. Also, during the Woodward coverage, Jerry Bailey played close-ups of Saez switching the stick, with each hand being wide open at times, and nothing "hidden". :rolleyes:



Looked to me that WTC took off when Saez stopped with the whip...

danceronice
Sep. 2, 2013, 02:56 PM
Holy cow, double dead heat in the fifth! Indian Splendor and Bobby Jo over Bird House and Original Kitten!

Madeline
Sep. 2, 2013, 05:38 PM
Sniff. And Saratoga is all done for the year.

Glimmerglass
Sep. 13, 2013, 02:05 PM
Back from Italy and once again I have to ask WTF is wrong with people?

Times Union, 9-13-13 "Trophies stolen from National Racing Museum" (http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Trophies-stolen-from-racing-museum-4812342.php)


Five trophies were stolen from the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame late Thursday by a thief or thieves who made off with items that commemorate races from more than 100 years ago.

The trophies were taken after intruders smashed their way into the Union Street museum.

Taken were:
• 1903 Belmont Stakes Trophy, won by Africander
• 1903 Brighton Cup Trophy, won by Hermis
• 1905 Saratoga Special Trophy, won by Mohawk II
• 1914 Brook Cup Handicap Steeplechase Trophy, won by Compliment
• 1923 Grand National Steeplechase Trophy, won by Sergeant Murphy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzoRkZXN8bE)

DRF 9-13-13, "Trophies stolen in burglary at National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame" (http://www.drf.com/news/trophies-stolen-burglary-national-museum-racing-and-hall-fame)


.. were stolen late Thursday night from the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in a “smash-and-grab” burglary ..

The trophies, which are made of gold and silver, had not been recently appraised, but the museum is consulting with its insurers and appraisal experts to determine the value, according to Brian Bouyea, a spokesman for the museum.

The burglary follows a similar theft at the Harness Racing Hall of Fame last December in Goshen, N.Y. In that burglary, 14 trophies worth an estimated $300,000 were stolen. Bouyea said police are attempting to determine if there is a connection between the two crimes.

The Grand National trophy is not the Maryland Race but instead the the Aintree race in England. Sergent Murphy was owned by Stephen Sanford of Amsterdam NY. His son John would continue on very successfully in racing and the Sanford Stakes was created in their honor in 1913, the year of Stephen Sanford's death.

Compliment (winner of the Brook Cup Handicap Steeplechase Trophy) was owned by the legendary Joseph E. Widener.

:(

CVPeg
Sep. 13, 2013, 02:32 PM
Thanks for posting. Didn't catch this. That's horrible. :no:

Glimmerglass
Sep. 17, 2013, 10:05 AM
I don't usually get excited about, or even pay much attention to, 2yo races..... but did anyone see Honor Code in the 3rd race (MSW) at Toga today?

Worth bumping this up and giving the video link -

Video replay (here) of that maiden race (R3, Aug 31st) (http://www.nyra.com/saratoga/videos/race-replay/STD/2013/20130831/3/pan/) - screaming up along the rail in the slop.

His 2014 Kentucky Derby future wager odds (yes, already started!) dropped (http://blogs.courier-journal.com/racing/2013/09/13/kentucky-derby-2014-wynn-las-vegas-opens-futures-book/) to 35-1 down from 45-1.

Also in regards to the claim of cheating with a buzzer in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes (completely utter garbage IMHO) we'll see a rematch of the 1-2 finishers. Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing (http://www.drf.com/news/pennsylvania-derby-will-take-charge-start-outside) on Sat Sep 21 will see Will Take Charge and Moreno again. As for the inquiry:


The New York State Gaming Commission is investigating the accusations and has enlisted the help of the New York State Police due to their expertise in video analysis. It is unclear when the Gaming Commission will announce the results of the investigation.

Glimmerglass
Sep. 18, 2013, 09:56 AM
Honestly I would've thought that Eric Guillot would've given up pressing the whole buzzer claim and just differed it to the NYS Police to give their final report. Yet he isn't - New York Daily News - "Trainer sticks to story" (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/trainer-sticks-charge-jockey-article-1.1456994).


trainer Eric Guillot believes Moreno will turn the tables on Will Take Charge in Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx in Philadelphia for one simple reason.

“They won’t use the machine on him in back-to-back races,” Guillot told the Daily News by phone from his barn at Santa Anita in Southern California. “We have nothing to worry about.”

“We’re still waiting,” Guillot said of the investigation. “They’re taking their sweet old time but that’s good for us. Otherwise, they would have already made an opinion.”

Former jockey Jerry Bailey, who’s a commentator now for NBC, went over video evidence on the network’s “Summer at Saratoga” program, concluding that it was impossible for the 21-year-old Saez to have held a buzzer.

Guillot also said he would not be in Philadelphia on Saturday but would watch the race in California, while Lukas said he intended to be on hand.

Toadie's mom
Sep. 18, 2013, 11:23 PM
I don't even care if Will Take Charge wins, as long as he crosses the line in front of Moreno:mad:

CVPeg
Sep. 19, 2013, 09:28 AM
What a lack of class - unlike his horse. That's the problem with racing. They don't require good character on the licensing applications. :mad:

Glimmerglass
Sep. 20, 2013, 02:03 PM
Back from Italy and once again I have to ask WTF is wrong with people?

Times Union, 9-13-13 "Trophies stolen from National Racing Museum" (http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Trophies-stolen-from-racing-museum-4812342.php)

DRF 9-13-13, "Trophies stolen in burglary at National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame" (http://www.drf.com/news/trophies-stolen-burglary-national-museum-racing-and-hall-fame)

Additional: 9/20/13, Saratogian, "Police: Racing trophy burglar likely struck in Goshen case" (http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2013/09/20/news/doc523b925bc8586207421115.txt?viewmode=fullstory)


Police now believe the National Racing Museum burglary was done by the same person who broke into the National Harness Racing Hall of Fame & Museum in Goshen last December.

The two crimes have extremely close characteristics, city police Lt. John Catone said.

“We believe it is the same person or persons,” he said Thursday. “It fits to a ‘T.’ Everything that was done there was done here. Right now, we have no reason to believe it was done by other than one person. Will that change? When video comes back from state police, it’s possible.”

In May, someone also broke into and stole artifacts from the U.S. Golf Association Museum in Bernardsville Township, N.J., only several days after a burglary at the upscale Somerset Hills Country Club, just 10 minutes away. Trophies were stolen from the clubhouse in that incident, too.

It’s uncertain if the golf and racing museum burglaries bear close similarities, but police up and down the East Coast have been alerted about museum-type crimes, Catone said.

Not the first significant racing trophy stolen in the Northeast either: back in 1988 in the Four Seasons in Boston, the 1924 Ascot Gold Cup trophy (http://articles.latimes.com/1988-06-01/news/mn-3729_1_ascot-cup) was taken in a smash/grab. two-foot high trophy was made of 98 ounces of 18-karat solid gold and was worth $88k for its gold content alone back then.

The Saratoga Special trophy's gold content, by comparison, with today's rates is juts over $100,000. Snatching it was easier and more lucrative than robbing any bank.

HunterJumper<3
Sep. 20, 2013, 02:15 PM
Ooh, I love Saratoga! :) I'm 20 minutes from there right now!

Linny
Sep. 20, 2013, 09:52 PM
Ooh, I love Saratoga! :) I'm 20 minutes from there right now!

Me too! Of course, I live here. What brings you to town? My MIL lives in WA. I hope to visit her there soon.

Glimmerglass
Sep. 24, 2013, 03:38 PM
Dropping this here: 3rd place Travers Stakes finisher Orb put in his last work before the Jockey Club Gold Cup (Monday 9/23) (http://www.drf.com/news/belmont-park-orb-puts-final-work-jockey-club-gold-cup) -


Orb will try to become the first Kentucky Derby winner to win the Jockey Club Gold Cup in the same year since Ponder did it in 1949 when he runs in Saturday’s 95th renewal of the $1 million race. Funny Cide and Affirmed are both Derby winners who won the Jockey Club Gold Cup as 4-year-olds.

Glimmerglass
Sep. 24, 2013, 07:37 PM
Insurance company (StarNet Insurance Co.) offers $20,0000 reward in Museum trophy theft (http://saratogian.com/articles/2013/09/24/news/doc52420029e9b2d341224749.txt?viewmode=fullstory)


State police are reviewing surveillance video tapes from the Saratoga museum in an attempt to identify the thief. City police Lt. John Catone said Tuesday he’s unsure when that part of the investigation will be complete.

“We haven’t gotten anything back yet,” he said.

Oh come on is this the same NYSP video expert division that STILL is looking into the charges of jockey Luis Saez carrying a battery to victory aboard Will Take Charge in the Travers?? Four weeks + later and still not a peep.

NBC Sports publicly refuted the claim quickly after the allegation was made by Eric Guillot.

Per the DRF not all the trophies belonged to the Museum (http://www.drf.com/news/reward-offered-information-about-racing-museum-burglary) ...


The insurance company has performed an appraisal to determine the value of the trophies, but the company does not want the value to be publicly released because two of the stolen trophies were on loan, including the 1903 Belmont trophy, which is the property of the New York Racing Association, Bouyea said.

Glimmerglass
Sep. 27, 2013, 12:12 PM
From 'thisishorseracing.com' f/k/a Steeplechase Times and likely to appear in the next issue of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred -

Joe Clancy - Behind the Trophies: History harmed by museum theft (http://www.thisishorseracing.com/news/index.php/this-is-horse-racing/2294-behind-the-trophies-history-harmed-by-museum-theft)


“Laddie” Sanford became a high-ranked polo player and was just 24 years old when he accepted that Grand National trophy for Sergeant Murphy, a horse purchased to be a foxhunter with the Leicestershire Hunts. The Irish-bred made seven starts in the National between 1918 and 1925 and finished fourth for Sanford in 1922. The next year, at 13, Sergeant Murphy won by 3 lengths under Capt. G.N. “Tuppy” Bennet. George Blackwell, who also won an English Derby, trained the winner.

Fifteen years after the historic win, the Sergeant Murphy story became the (loose) basis for a movie starring future President Ronald Reagan. A painting called “Sergeant Murphy and Things,” by Sir William Orpen, brought $213,000 at a Christie’s auction. A land preservation group in Maryland annually presents the Sergeant Murphy Cup for exceptional efforts toward the preservation of land in northern Baltimore and Harford counties.

And that’s just one trophy.

.... history lost to greed and most likely melted down.

Video - TCM trailer for Sergeant Murphy (1938) with a very young Reagan (http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/99735/Sergeant-Murphy-Original-Trailer-.html)

Linny
Sep. 27, 2013, 07:22 PM
Several pieces of silver were reported stolen from a Cambridge NY antiques center last week. I imagine that their could be a connection, or possibly a copycat situation since the Museum caper has been all over the news locally. Sadly, it is likely that the pieces were sold for melt value very soon after they were stolen and probably NOT to reputable place.

Glimmerglass
Oct. 4, 2013, 03:09 PM
Finally ... as tweeted Oct 4, 2013 by Matt Hegarty/DRF (https://twitter.com/DRFHegarty/status/386202232284123136)


NY Gaming Comm. has concluded "Luis Saez was not carrying any sort of electrical device" when winning on Will Take Charge in Travers.

Times Union 10-4-13: State: No cheating in Travers (http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/State-No-cheating-in-Travers-4869558.php)


The Gaming Commission, after more than a month of investigation, ruled that Saez was nout carrying any kind of of device. The Commision also ruled that Guillot's allegation was "wholly unsubstantiated."

The latter point mixed with the comments by Eric could open the door to a slander lawsuit although the pockets aren't deep (vs. Miami Herald and the Funny Cide claims a decade ago)

ETA - fascinating documents from the State:

PDF - Gaming Commission: Eric Guillot's written complaint (http://www.gaming.ny.gov/pdf/GuillotComplaintEmail.pdf)

Gaming Commissions' video evidence (http://www.gaming.ny.gov/travers_investigation.php)

PDF - Gaming Commission: final report Travers Investigation (http://www.gaming.ny.gov/pdf/10.04.13.TraversInvestigation.pdf)

CVPeg
Oct. 6, 2013, 01:46 AM
What they should do is charge Guillot with the cost of the investigation. :yes:

Of course, perhaps he thought all they needed to do was sit down and watch the replay on his brother's plasma TV... :rolleyes:

Glimmerglass
Oct. 6, 2013, 11:20 AM
What they should do is charge Guillot with the cost of the investigation. :yes:

Of course, perhaps he thought all they needed to do was sit down and watch the replay on his brother's plasma TV... :rolleyes:

That is a replay on his mobile device that was of taped video on his brother's plasma. From the NY Daily News, Eric wants this to go away now (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/evidence-jockey-illegal-device-saratoga-article-1.1476620):


"Oh well, I’ve got to live with the consequences,” Guillot told the Daily News by phone from Santa Anita, where he is now based. “I’m disappointed but I’d do it all over again. . . . It’s been five weeks and I’ve moved on just like everyone else should. They did a thorough investigation for five weeks and I have to live with the fact that nothing was there.”

Guillot made the complaint after his brother Chip saw several replays of the race and thought he saw something.

“I’m not the Lone Ranger," Guillot said. “"They said there was nothing there. That’s good enough for me. I’ve moved on and everyone else should.”

One can only hope the amount of time and effort poured into this red herring has been a fraction of that invested into the real crime of the stolen trophies across the street.

Glimmerglass
Oct. 29, 2013, 02:55 PM
BloodHorse Oct 29, 2013: "Guillot Apologizes to Lukas, Who Accepts" (http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/81670/guillot-apologizes-to-lukas-who-accepts)


Guillot and Lukas were among the trainers that attended a late-afternoon press conference after the second Breeders' Cup post-position draw at Santa Anita Park. They sat on opposite ends of the table, with trainers Richard Mandella and Kathy Ritvo between them; trainer Bob Baffert arrived a bit late and sat next to Lukas.

"Mr. Lukas, I'd like to formally apologize on national TV," Guillot said. "My emotions got the best of me. I looked it over; it was a bad video. But I'd do it all over again. I thought that's what the complaint department was for."

"I accept (the apology)," Lukas said. "We just need to turn the page."

Guillot indicated that his complaint was based on the initial video he saw of the stretch run. He credited the NYGC with a thorough investigation, which took into account many other video angles.

Guillot said he reached out to Saez' agent to apologize, but was rebuffed.

CVPeg
Oct. 30, 2013, 01:07 AM
Well, good thing he's learning a little tact. I keep seeing his horse's name mentioned in the BC coverage, and all I can think of is that annoying trainer, rather than how nice the horse is. Maybe the attention will now go to where it is supposed to. ;)