This is Horse Racing
Sunday morning, Tom Bush described what he and the rest of the world had seen Saturday evening.
The big weekend in the books and a shade more than a week to go before Saratoga 2014 wraps for the season.
One year removed from bidding for a sweep of the Big Apple Triple and its big bonus, Mike Hushion is back with another big chance in the $250,000 Albany Stakes that headlines today’s inaugural Saratoga Showcase program for New York-breds.
Racing has been in Robert Falcone Jr.’s blood since day one.
If you ever wondered, the disappointment of losing outweighs the euphoria of winning. At least it did on an overcast Saturday in Saratoga when Jimmy Jerkens finished 1-2 in the 145th running of the Travers Stakes.
Irad Ortiz Jr. took back. Close Hatches took over.
The Travers is still the Travers. If you need proof after feeling the energy around town this week and after looking at the field for today’s 145th edition of the signature event of the Saratoga Race Course season, then consider a few factors.
It was that time of day. Metal rakes began to cover the morning’s hoof beats. Trainers opened condition books. Exercise riders fled for breakfast. Bill Mott leaned off his pony, snapped a shank on the loose ring snaffle bit of a big bay filly and began a long slow walk to the main track. Exercise rider Neil Poznansky adjusted his left iron, sliding it down, then adjusted his right iron, sliding it down to match.
John Guerrera deferred to his trainer but always thought Uncle Southern would follow her father and be more effective on the dirt than the turf.
Brian Lynch was one of the last people out of the Saratoga Race Course paddock a few minutes before Wednesday’s inaugural running of the $100,000 Better Talk Now Stakes.
The atmosphere in the stable area during the next-to-last dark day of the Saratoga Race Course meeting Tuesday morning was its usual low-key scene.
Week 5 comes to a close Monday with the first running of a stakes named for one of the most dominating winners in Saratoga history and a rescheduled steeplechase race from last week.
Last year at Pimlico, right about when Shug McGuaghey was answering is 6,129th question about Orb, a chestnut ball of fast-twitch muscles bounced out of a stall next to the Kentucky Derby winner to train.
Todd Pletcher leaned like a sapling in a thunderstorm, hanging over the ledge of the box at the top of the clubhouse stairs as Stopchargingmaria churned through the final furlong of the Grade 1 stakes, reeling in Miss Besilu and staving off Joint Return. After an arduous stretch run that lasted longer than a root canal, Pletcher raised both fists, high-fived an assistant and regained his composure.
Want a runner in a Grade 1 at Saratoga? You could do worse than troll for prospects at Tampa Bay Downs in December. Fortune Pearl, 8-1 in today’s Alabama, could have been claimed for $32,000 in her career debut a day after Christmas last year.
Weekend Hideaway didn’t slip through the cracks when he sold as a yearling at a dispersal sale in 2011, though he didn’t exactly stand out, either.
The trainer of the winner – and the second-place finisher for that matter – was nowhere to be found in the immediate minutes after Thursday’s $100,000 Saratoga Dew Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Before he opened the meeting with a 2-for-2 record, trainer Jeremiah Englehart bore the ignominy of a perfect goose egg here at Saratoga Race Course, 0 wins in 59 starts. It was a blotch on Englehart’s otherwise successful resume that includes a victory in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and graded stakes victories with King Kreesa and Tamarind Hall.
Nothing was going to keep Anthony McCarthy from getting his dress shoes dirty Wednesday afternoon.
Jason Servis heard the words from one of the game’s legendary trainers in his head as he talked about getting Tightend Touchdown ready for today’s $100,000 Troy Stakes at Saratoga.