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2012 Saratoga Summer thread!

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  • #81
    First lot Bernardini colt $550,000.00

    and DNR..
    Last edited by skydy; Aug. 6, 2012, 08:51 PM.


    • Original Poster

      Wagering and attendance thus far in the meet is doing well but on-site wagering is considered "flat" - as of 8-6-12

      All-sources handle, which includes wagers placed on-track from simulcast outlets, is $233,380,247, a daily average of $14,586,265, up 7.6 percent from 2011.

      Ontrack handle totaled $48,208,874, an average of $3,013,055, up 0.7 percent from what was wagered last year.

      Attendance through the first 16 days of the meet is 319,806, an average of 19,988 that is a 1.9 percent decrease from 2011.

      Saratoga has conducted six more races (166 to 160) this year than it did during the first 16 days in 2011. The average betting interests per race is 8.5 compared with 8.6 in 2011.
      Last edited by Glimmerglass; Aug. 7, 2012, 04:20 PM.


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        I'd be remiss to not go back and cite the success of the "Giant Killer" at Saratoga over the weekend .... 83-yr old trainer Allen Jerkens enjoyed his first Grade 1 win in five years following Emma’s Encore’s nipping victory in Saturday’s Prioress Stakes.

        The legendary Jerkens was cheered loudly by a legion of adoring fans after registering his first Grade 1 win since Miss Shop won the Personal Engisn five years earlier. The victory was also the second in succession for Emma’s Encore, a daughter of Congrats, who captured the Grade 3 Victory Ride at odds of 39-1 at Belmont Park on July 7. Video - Allen Jerkens post race

        Jerkens admitted to getting a little emotional after the race.

        "The support of the fans, that’s nice. That’s what breaks me up," said Jerkens. "It goes back to the days of Onion, Beau Purple, Admiral Vee.”
        Video here: Grade 1 Prioress Stakes SAT 8-4-12

        (That race is generally held at Belmont and in case anyone is wondering the mare Prioress never raced at Saratoga, rather in 1858 she became the first American Thoroughbred ever to win in England.)

        The Saratoga Special in each daily issue has some words from The Chief (his other nickname) which are rather interesting to read. Case in point on the uber legendary Sonny Fitzsimmons: Aug 6, 2012 edition of the Special - The Chief... Day 14

        “Fitzsimmons would always say, ‘Don’t knock yourself, because there’s plenty of people out there who will do it for you.’ He used to tell jocks, even when they (screwed) up, ‘Well, you rode him better than I would have.’ He was a great trainer. A great trainer. He was the first guy who knew you had to kowtow to the owners, he’d say, ‘Well, I’m going to ask Mr. Woodward, if we should put the blinkers on him…’ He covered all the bases. He was good with the press. He told Mr. Woodward, we might over-do it with these horses trying to get to all the distance races. Woodward said, ‘Only you and I would know it.’ I felt bad so bad in that Seabiscuit movie, they made him out to be a gruff old man, he was anything but that. They all used to say, he wasn’t the best paying job, but first thing I noticed, when they had a horse come back from running, they would have six guys ready to wash him.” - Trainer Allen Jerkens


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          The coverage I watched of the first night of the Saratoga Fasig-Tipton auction just seemed like amateur hour with some of the bidders. A lot of confusion with bids, who was up, who was signaling, etc.

          Just two nights of F-T auctioning and the 2nd night will be seen here LIVE video coverage (via DRF) here starting at 7pm EST

          Results from night 1? Not great. The press deemed it a "soft market" opening night. The highlight sales:

          Maktoum’s crowd-pleasing $1 million bid was for the eventual session-topper, a colt by Maktoum’s stallion Street Cry and out of Canadian champion Serenading. Bidding paused when the crowd roared, then forged ahead until Maktoum landed the Hill ’n’ Dale-consigned colt for $1.2 million. That equaled last year’s highest price and was one of two seven-figure colts on Monday. The other, the Denali Stud agency’s Empire Maker-Sluice colt, brought $1.1 million from Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton. The bay colt is a full brother to Grade 1 winner and millionaire Mushka, who topped this sale in 2006 at $1.6 million.


          • Original Poster

            An interesting read - Barclay Tagg talks with Joe Clancy about his days working for the legendary trainer Frank Whitely (Damascus, Tom Rolfe, Forego, Ruffian, et al): "Stories about a legend"

            On another occasion, after one of Forego’s classic wins, Tagg and Whiteley were watching old Ben hose the old horse and Whiteley took a deep, philosophical breath.

            “I did something I never did in my life, Barclay.”

            “What’s that, Frank?”

            “Gave that old (so-and-so) a shot of Bute.”

            Tagg spent a year working for Whiteley, watched him for decades. The Hall of Famer didn’t have much use for needles, veterinarians, anything other than pure horsemanship.

            “Before the race? Frank, you can’t do that.”

            “Hell no,” Whiteley retorted. “After the race. I wanted to make him comfortable. I felt sorry for him.”

            Forego was a champion that year too.


            • Original Poster

              Times Union 8/8/12 "Goats brighten Spa dark day"

              B.G. is the second goat that Ritvo has had around the barn. They have a calming effect on horses, and it's not uncommon to see them on the backstretch.

              Ritvo has had nervous horses, and the goats have helped. But now, she said, none of her horses pay much attention to B.G. Mucho Macho Man doesn't want anything to do with him. If B.G. gets too close, Mucho Macho Man bites him and sends him packing.
              Day 2 of the Fasig Tipton yearing sales rebounded last night

              A Medaglia d’Oro filly out of 2006 champion Wait a While brought $1,575,000 from Todd Pletcher Tuesday night to top the two-night auction, but the sale ended its run with a 6.3 percent loss in average price and a 10-percent decline in median price.
              Pletcher declined to identify his client after signing for the sale-topper, whose current name is Wait No More.

              In case anyone didn't match up the names, the death of noted film critic Judith Crist, "a Blunt and Influential Film Critic", age 90 - she is the Daily Racing Form's Steve Crist's mother.


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                Further doubt on Baffert trained Paynter being up for the Travers: (DRF) "went to The Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center July 31" - current whereabouts unknown.

                The current condition of Paynter, and his whereabouts, have been difficult to ascertain in recent days, because his connections have refused to disclose detailed information.

                On Tuesday, in response to inquiries regarding Paynter to both Justin Zayat and owner Ahmed Zayat, Justin Zayat, who works closely with his father, Ahmed, said on Twitter that Paynter “is not dying or retiring.” Justin Zayat also said Paynter “is healthy and sound” and added that the colt would be “training at Belmont this weekend,” but would not divulge his current whereabouts.
                Speaking of the Travers Stakes (G1) on August 25th the security measures are increasing although not as onerous as the Belmont Stakes.

                The rules will require all horses participating in the Aug. 25 race to be on the track grounds by Aug. 22. On that day, the horses will undergo out-of-competition drug testing.

                Unlike the Belmont security procedures, which required horses to stay in a separate "stakes'' barn, horses in the Travers will remain in their trainers' current barns and stalls, but will be monitored 24 hours a day by additional security personnel.

                The racing board will also be provided details on veterinarians' medications and treatments for all horses in the Travers beginning noon Aug. 22. The racing board will then post that information daily on its agency website.

                Besides the disappearance of a separate stakes barn, the new rules, compared to the Belmont security protocols, also do not limit the types of people who can enter a barn area and do not require logs of people who might enter a barn area of a horse running in the Travers. The Belmont rule also required veterinarians to be escorted onto the grounds.


                • Original Poster

                  Wednesday Aug 8th feature race had My Miss Aurelia, the unbeaten champion 2-year-old filly of 2011, making her race return ....

                  Video replay: $100k ungraded Mandy's Gold Stakes @ 6 1/2 furlongs


                  • Original Poster

                    This afternoon at Saratoga (8-9-12) the rains are pouring down on the last few races but it was actually rather nice at the start of the day.

                    The first race, the steeplechase for the ladies as the Mrs. Ogden Phipps Stakes featured a grand old lady in her own right - the 12-yr old Sweet Shani who has been around forever.

                    Even Tom Durkin was pulling for the "old gray mare" but she was carrying 155-lbs to the very lightly raced 4-yr old winner with just 136-lbs. You do the math and guess what impact that has in a 2 & 1/16 mile race. Sad to see the old gal robbed.

                    Video replay: Ogden Phipps Stakes, Steeplechase, SPA 8-9-12


                    • Original Poster

                      By the way, for those who thought because Hansen didn't hit the board in the West Virginia Derby he won't go to Saratoga - think again "Hansen is a go for the Travers"

                      Dr. Kendall Hansen, owner of last year’s 2-year-old champ Hansen, said the colt would be pointed to the Midsummer Derby here on Aug. 25.

                      Hansen, the all-white horse, finished a disappointing fourth in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park Sunday as the 3-5 favorite.

                      When he does come to the Spa, Dr. Hansen said that Hansen the horse will likely have a new jockey. He was ridden in the West Virginia Derby by Mike Smith.

                      “I just talked to (trainer) Mike (Maker) and he thinks we got a very bad ride,” Hansen said by cellphone from his home in Cincinnati Sunday. “He sounded pretty upset. I like Mike Smith a lot, personally, I like the way he rides. I would ride him back, but I don’t think Mike (Maker) wants him.”
                      Ramon got Hansen to rate comfortably off the lead in the Iowa Derby, which is exactly what Mike Maker wanted again, yet that plan was tossed out the window by Mike Smith.


                      • Original Poster

                        As spied by Equidaily .... Assorted photos from the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

                        A flashback to 1954 and the same auction with a mega purchase by famed Boston sportswoman Eleo Sears owned what is now Hickory Tree Farm in Middleburg, VA. (She burned the mansion to the ground in the 1960's out of spite for the high property taxes.)

                        Sports Illustrated, August 23, 1954: "The $75,000 Nod"

                        The lady gave a faint nod. Instantly, Finney bellowed out: "$75,000!" Swinebroad, getting set for the important last pitch, squirmed on his stool. The pitch was made to Jim Ryan, but Jim stood pat. As he gave a last imploring look around, Swinebroad heard one other noise. It was Hip No. 284, letting go with a long whinny.

                        The whinny broke the tension. Formally, Auctioneer Swinebroad addressed the colt: "Shut up, you. I'm doing all I can for you." Then the hammer came down. The new owner, at $75,000, was Miss Eleonora R. Sears, of Prides Crossing, Mass. She had paid the highest price of the sale, second highest in U.S. yearling history.


                        For all of her athletic loves and talents, Eleo Sears is primarily a horsewoman. She has ridden for years with the Myopia Hunt ( Hamilton, Mass.), owned hunters and steeplechasers which have played important roles in the Madison Square Garden show. Now, as a septuagenarian, she is happily entering a new field with Hip No. 284: flat racing. Of her new baby, she said: "I hope he can run, but I don't know yet."

                        The $75,000 paid for Hip No. 284 by Miss Sears equaled a Saratoga record established in 1928, when C.V.B. Cushman, bidding for a syndicate, paid that amount for a colt later named New Broom (which earned only $275 in its racing career). The highest U.S. yearling auction price on record is the $86,000 paid this July by F. J. Adams, Houston oil man, for a colt by Nasrullah out of a stakes-winning daughter of Alibhai named Lurline B. New Owner Adams, like New Owner Sears, was entering flat racing for the first time. There was one difference: Adams said, "I don't know much about horses."
                        For those wondering, $75,000 in 1954 would cost $601,294.76 in 2010. It is unknown what became of the colt Ms. Sears purchased.


                        • Original Poster

                          National Racing and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are Friday - LIVE on line

                          LIVE LINK HERE starting at 10:30 a.m. EST

                          Inductees: jockey John Velazquez, trainers Roger Attfield and Robert Wheeler and Thoroughbreds Ghostzapper and (via the Historic Review Committee) Planet. Also Anthony Hamilton, who rode from 1881-1904 will also go in, having been elected by the Historic Review Committee.

                          Tom Durkin will emcee the ceremonies, but Daily Racing Form's Steven Crist will not deliver the keynote speech due the death earlier in the week of his mother, Judith. No replacement was named.

                          The big race coinciding with the induction is the 9th race off at 5:30pm EST

                          Grade 2, $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame
                          3-year-olds on the turf.

                          PP., Horse, Jockey, Weight, Odds
                          1. Shkspeare Shaliyah (FL), I. Ortiz, Jr., 119, D Shivmangal, 20-1
                          2. Yari (KY), R. Napravnik, 119, C C Brown, 7-2
                          3. Csaba (KY), J.R. Leparoux, 115, P A Gleaves, 4-1
                          4. Skyring (KY), J. Rosario, 119, D W Lukas, 3-1
                          5. Optimizer (KY), J. Alvarado, 115, D W Lukas, 3-1
                          6. Spring to the Sky (KY), J. Castellano, 115, B R Brown, 12-1
                          7. Quick Wit (KY), C.J. Lanerie, 115, D L Romans, 8-1
                          8. Daddy Nose Best (KY), R.A. Dominguez, 115, S M Asmussen, 2-1
                          9. Raconteur (KY) (MTO), TBA, 122, T A Pletcher, 5-1
                          Skyring and Optimizer will run as a coupled entry


                          • #93
                            Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post
                            As spied by Equidaily .... Assorted photos from the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

                            A flashback to 1954 and the same auction with a mega purchase by famed Boston sportswoman Eleo Sears owned what is now Hickory Tree Farm in Middleburg, VA. (She burned the mansion to the ground in the 1960's out of spite for the high property taxes.)

                            Sports Illustrated, August 23, 1954: "The $75,000 Nod"

                            For those wondering, $75,000 in 1954 would cost $601,294.76 in 2010. It is unknown what became of the colt Ms. Sears purchased.
                            Pedigreequery - I know, not the best authority - lists Neocracy's sole foal by Tudor Minstrel as Tudorka (1953).

                            Equibase has sparse info on just about any horse foaled before 1990. It's surprising they have any racing record on him.
                            Starts with an 'S,' ends with a 'T.' You figure it out.

                            "Houston, Tranquility Base here, picking up where we left off ..."


                            • Original Poster

                              Originally posted by WhiteCamry View Post
                              Pedigreequery - I know, not the best authority - lists Neocracy's sole foal by Tudor Minstrel as Tudorka (1953).
                              Cool for chasing that down!

                              With the horse's name I found these follow ups

                              Sports Illustrated Aug 22, 1955 "Events & Discoveries"

                              AUCTIONS REVISITED

                              Back at the latest Saratoga thoroughbred auctions—and once more actively bidding in likely yearlings (see page 42)—was trim and white-haired Eleonora R. Sears of Prides Crossing, Mass., who started assembling a racing stable at Saratoga last year at the age of 72. Since then she has spent approximately $800,000 for an assortment of both foreign and home-bred thoroughbreds.

                              One of these was a $75,000 colt by Tudor Minstrel out of Neocracy which Miss Sears has named Tudorka. It would be pleasant to report that Tudorka looks like the current 2-year-old champion; instead, it must be announced that this $75,000 package has never started a race. At present he has bucked shins, but may be ready for some fall racing.

                              Miss Sears, it seems, has had singularly bad luck in her first year in the game. "Bad luck?" she said the other afternoon at the races, "I've had stinking luck. But I have really no complaints. I knew what racing was when I got into it, and I admit I've had a lot of fun. Just because you lose a match [when Miss Sears, in her youth, wasn't walking, riding or swimming, she was collecting tennis and squash titles] doesn't mean you quit playing the game. I've had a couple of winners, but I guess I'd like a few more—just like anybody else in racing. Yes, I bought some more yearlings this week; I got one filly by Pavot for $4,000. Who knows, she may turn out to be much better than my $75,000 colt or the Blue Peter colt I've just paid $43,000 for. Buying yearlings is a gamble-all racing is a gamble—and I suppose you've got to be something of a gambler to have fun in it. I'm having fun."
                              Additionally: Sports Illustrated - June 17, 1957 - "Scoreboard"

                              [Jockey Eddie] Arcaro also helped patience pay off for Miss Eleonora Sears, who waited three long years for winning dividend on $75,000 nod which brought her Tudorka, half-brother of famed stallion Tulyar, at Saratoga yearling sales (SI, Aug. 23, 1954). In fourth start, Tudorka was rushed to front by Arcaro, stayed there long enough to win first race and $2,730 purse.
                              Ultimately he had just 5 starts (1 - 2 - 1) and $4,580 earned at the track.


                              • Original Poster

                                From the Middleburg, Virginia article on Sports Illustrated (which is an interesting read): SI February 11, 1963 - "A Rampart Of Pedigree"

                                Geographically, Middleburg has existed since 1787, when one Leven Powell, a politician and Revolutionary War officer who fell sick at Valley Forge and went home, founded and subdivided the town and named its streets after every Federalist he could think of. Middleburg still hews to Powell's politics, going Republican in the last four presidential elections, but Miss Eleonora Sears is allowed to raise racehorses with impunity on a Middleburg farm despite the fact she is a great-great-granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson, whom Powell could not abide.
                                Aside --
                                The largest—and, oddly, the most exclusive—of the three Middleburg hunts is the Orange County. It is sometimes known as the Toothbrush Hunt, because of a rule that limits guest riders to those who are visiting the homes of bona fide members (who incidentally must own at least 200 acres within the limits of the hunt's territory).
                                Ah the old days


                                • Original Poster

                                  Friday's card because of the pouring rains is completely off the turf - even the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame S. (Grade II) - which may lose its graded status for this one edition. A few scratches but it allows a MTO entry to draw in and with it Jonny V. - freshly inducted today - to ride in the namesake race aboard Raconteur.

                                  Optimizer and Daddy Nose Best both are still in the race.


                                  • Original Poster

                                    The National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes being off the turf - and bit longer - and on the very sloppy main track didn't help the D. Wayne Lukas trained Blue Grass Hall runners of Optimizer & Skyring.

                                    It was Rajiv Maragh pulling the upset with Quick Wit and Julien Leparoux aboard Csaba (having given up the mount on Daddy Nose Best - who finished a distant third) took a tight 2nd ... missing victory by about a head.

                                    Saturday kicks off the NBC Sports coverage of the Saratoga Season!

                                    Saturday, August 11 - 6:00-7:00 PM ET
                                    NBC Sports Network
                                    Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap

                                    The Fourstardave - unfortunately no longer lead in the post parade by 'Dave' himself since his passing - looks to be cracker of a fine race! It's been shortened up in distance this year but the talent poured in. It's certainly a race to watch!

                                    PP. Horse. A/S Jockey Trainer Wgt
                                    1. Data Link. 4/C Alex O. Solis Claude R. McGaughey III 121-lbs
                                    2. Wise Dan. 5/G John R. Velazquez Charles Lopestri 119-lbs
                                    3. Get Stormy. 6/H Eddie Castro Thomas M. Bush 120-lbs
                                    4. Guys Reward. 5/H Corey J. Lanerie Dale L. Romans 118-lbs
                                    5. Right One (Fr). 6/G Julien R. Leparoux Christophe Clement 116-lbs
                                    6. Surfrider (Ire). 4/C Jose Lezcano Eddie Kenneally 115-lbs
                                    7. Corporate Jungle. 4/C Javier J. Castellano Chad C. Brown 116-lbs
                                    8. Upgrade. 5/G Joel Rosario Michelle Nihei 116-lbs
                                    9. Yield Bogie. 8/G Edgar S. Prado Patrick J. Kelly 114-lbs

                                    Main Track Only
                                    10. Crossbow. 4/C Ramon A. Dominguez Kiaran P. McLaughlin 120-lbs


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Video replay: SPA 8-10-12 "National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes

                                      As noted, the race was listed a Grade 2 if it was held on the turf - but it was taken off and run main track which puts the grade in doubt


                                      • Original Poster

                                        (pdf version) Saratoga Special 8-11-12: "Turf Thunder" - with my fav Get Stormy! And yes he does look like his nickname

                                        With a wide, long blaze that stretches from his forelock to the tip of his nose and four tall white socks on his legs, Get Stormy oddly resembles a Clydesdale. In fact, that’s just how the 6-year-old got his nickname.

                                        “His nickname is Clyde because when he came off the van as a 2-year-old he had these white feet and white legs and the reddish brown color, and I said, ‘Hell, he looks like a Clydesdale yearling,’ ” said trainer Tom Bush. “If we grew fetlock hairs on him, he’d look exactly like one.”

                                        By now, the 6-year-old is a familiar face – and body – to Saratoga fans. He makes his seventh career start on the inner turf today – looking for win number five as the 4-1 third choice in the Fourstardave, a race he won in 2010 and missed last year.

                                        Since his maiden win in December 2008 on a cold day at Aqueduct, Bush’s superstar horse has won seven graded stakes including the three Grade 1 races ...
                                        I took this pic of Clyde in the paddock of Keeneland last fall


                                        • This isn't something you see very often.
                                          Saratoga has carded a 2mile race... on the DIRT, next Monday.

                                          RACE 8
                                          (Post Time: 4:55) Surface: Dirt
                                          2 Miles | Open | 3 Year Olds And Up | ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING ( $35,000 ) | Purse: $87,000

                                          Race has 9 horses entered at the moment.