NYRA generates second highest all-sources handle in history during rain-filled 2018 meet at Saratoga Race Course

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The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today concluded its 2018 season at Saratoga Race Course with the second highest all-sources handle in history, despite a summer meet that was inundated with more than 10 inches of rain.

Total all-sources handle generated during the meet was $659,083,459, in spite of the fact that 50 races were forced to be taken off the turf, nearly double the number from 2017 and almost as many as the prior two years combined. A total of 27 races were taken off the turf in 2017 and 25 in 2016.

The 2018 season also witnessed the largest all-sources handle in Travers Day and Woodward Day history, and the second largest wagering ever on Opening Day.

Klaravich Stables was the meet’s leading owner with 21 wins. Chad Brown captured the H. Allen Jerkens training title, breaking his own Saratoga record for wins with 46 victories. Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. clinched his second Angel Cordero, Jr. riding title with 52 wins.

The season featured the successful debut of The Stretch, where guests in the Grandstand enjoyed exclusive access to new and modern boxes, a two-tiered dining section, premium reserved seats and state-of-the-art technology within a casual setting. The opening of The Stretch took place as NYRA prepares to break ground on a new, three-story building called the 1863 Club to replace the current At the Rail Pavilion and temporary trailers at the end of the Clubhouse.

“Each year we try to introduce new and unique experiences for our guests in order to provide something for everyone to enjoy at Saratoga Race Course. This summer, we reinvented the far end of the Grandstand with the opening of The Stretch. Just as significant, our recent addition of copper to the roofline of the Grandstand and Clubhouse created a more uniform appearance, improved the experience for guests, and will help preserve this grand, historic building for future generations,” said NYRA CEO & President Chris Kay. “Our nationally acclaimed Saratoga Live broadcast remains second to none, reaching new heights among viewers. At the same time, we are seeing increasing adoption of NYRA Bets, the most user-friendly wagering platform available anywhere. All of these elements combined to deliver the second largest all-sources handle in Saratoga history. On behalf of the men and women of NYRA, I thank the owners, trainers, jockeys, horseplayers and our fans, the best and most passionate in racing.”

Ratings soared in the third season of NYRA’s award-winning flagship television show Saratoga Live, increasing by 62 percent over last summer on FOX Sports 2 (FS2) as well as FOX Sports Regional Networks. Saratoga Live, presented by Claiborne Farm, is available to viewers in more than 75 million homes every race day. The ratings spike led to the decision by FOX Sports and MSG+ to add additional hours to the broadcasts on the final three weekends of the meet. Combined with telecasts on NBC and NBCSN this represented an unprecedented amount of live television coverage for the historic track. This season also marked the first of a three-year extension for the broadcast.

The summer included the return of one of the most popular bets in the nation – the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5, which covers the last five races of every card of live racing at Saratoga and is available exclusively to NYRA Bets members. On the Monday before Travers Day, the multi-race wager was taken down by a single-winning ticket, triggering a $150,000 payout to a lucky NYRA Bets member and marking the first time a NYRA Bets account holder has been able to take advantage of the guaranteed minimum payout.

Among the 69 stakes run during the meet, the highlight occurred on Travers Day when a near-capacity paid crowd of 49,418 witnessed Catholic Boy put away the competition with a four-length victory in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers, giving Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano his record sixth victory in the race.The blockbuster Travers Day card generated a record-breaking all-sources handle of $52,086,597 – marking the first time all-sources wagering on Travers Day topped $50 million – and surpassing the previous record set in 2015 by 4.9 percent.

On the final Saturday of the season, NYRA set another record for handle when $31,030,034 from all sources was wagered on Woodward Day, easily eclipsing the previous Woodward Day record set in 2017 by 11.3 percent.

Earlier in the summer, the strength of the state’s breeding program was on display when New York-bred Diversify registered a 3 ½-length victory over fellow New York-bred Mind Your Biscuits in the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney.

Throughout the season, NYRA welcomed 40 local and regional non-profit organizations to the Community Outreach Booth, where each group received the exclusive opportunity to share information about its mission and raise funds. On two occasions, fans who visited the Community Booth had the opportunity to have their photo taken with the new Triple Crown trophy, with proceeds to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Toys holiday toy campaign.

The sterling silver and 14-karat gold Triple Crown trophy, which was commissioned by NYRA on behalf of Triple Crown Productions, was on display during a memorable ceremony welcoming four-time Eclipse Award-winning and two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert to the Walk of Fame. Baffert, who was introduced by his mentor and fellow Walk of Fame honoree D. Wayne Lukas, received his emblematic red jacket and unveiled his commemorative plaque on Travers Eve. The plaque is displayed at the Walk of Fame, which honors industry leaders who have made a lasting contribution to the sport of thoroughbred racing.

Younger guests and families enjoyed the Berkshire Bank Family Zone, which included new amenities such as a complimentary phone charging station and a giant Adirondack-style chair for photo opportunities. At the start of the season, NYRA welcomed Berkshire Bank as the official partner of the smoke- and alcohol-free interactive play area.

Adjacent to the Berkshire Bank Family Zone, fans gathered at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion to experience a number of special events, including Berkshire Bank Family Mondays; Fashion Saturdays; the Taste NY at Saratoga series, highlighting local beer, wine, spirits and food in partnership with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets; and a litany of other special events throughout the meet.

In 2018, NYRA launched an online portal called SaratogaVisit.com, designed as a one-stop shop for guests and tourists to learn about the world-class arts, entertainment and lifestyle attractions available in Saratoga Springs, led by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The objective is to inform and educate potential visitors about the city’s diverse array of offerings and to convince travelers to not only book their trip to Saratoga, but to stay for a longer duration.

At the conclusion of the season, NYRA provided a look ahead to 2019 and its next major capital improvement project by introducing the 1863 Club, the official name of the new building to be located at the site of the current At the Rail Pavilion at Saratoga Race Course. The 1863 Club will replace the seasonal tent and trailers, located at the end of the Clubhouse, with a 36,000-square foot, three-story, climate-controlled building featuring differentiated hospitality options and modern amenities. In addition to the three floors of usable space for guests, the building will include a fully appointed kitchen.

On track handle for the 2018 Saratoga meet was $148,826,388.

Total paid attendance for the 2018 Saratoga meet was 1,124,149, marking the third consecutive season that paid attendance has exceeded 1.1 million fans.

Figures for all-sources handle (not including international settlements) at Saratoga dating back to 2010, the start of the 40-day meet, are as follows:

All-Sources Handle

2010 $551,660,724

2011* $526,251,819

2012 $588,351,964

2013 $586,617,240

2014 $571,163,485

2015 $648,272,805

2016 $647,322,503

2017 $676,709,490

2018 $659,083,459

*39 race days, due to weather cancellation

Live racing returns Friday, September 7 to Belmont Park. Belmont Park’s Fall Championship Meet will feature seven Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifiers held over two outstanding weekends of thoroughbred racing. In all, 44 stakes worth more than $10 million and fan-friendly activities are among the highlights as live racing returns to downstate New York for Belmont’s 36-day meet, which runs through Sunday, October 28.

For more information, visit NYRA.com.

Saratoga Daily Results and Activity

Results

Monday, September 3
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $40,000 $48,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $85,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $25,000 $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $40,000 $48,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $85,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance $77,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Waiver Claiming – $40,000 $48,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Bernard Baruch H. $250,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Hopeful S. $350,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $45,000 Overnight Overnight

 

G1 Woodward hero Yoshida exits successful dirt debut in good order

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  • G1 Woodward hero Yoshida exits successful dirt debut in good order
  • Brown ‘so proud of the horses’ that led to barn’s record Saratoga meet
  • Sippican Harbor resting for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies after G1 Spinaway victory
  • Lady Montdore calm, cool, collected following G2 Glens Falls win

Yoshida came out of his win in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward in good order, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said from his barn Sunday morning. Making his debut on dirt after his first 10 races came on turf, Yoshida rallied from 10th at the half-mile mark before gaining ground and surging in the stretch to defeat Gunnevera by two lengths.

“He looked pretty good this morning,” Mott said. “I wouldn’t say I was confident at [that point] but I thought he was travelling well and then, once he left the half-mile pole, you could see he was starting to go in the right direction. It was a good sign.”

In his 4-year-old campaign, Yoshida has already registered Grade 1 wins on both turf and dirt, posting a three-quarter length score in the Old Forester Turf Classic on May 5 at Churchill Downs. The Japanese-bred Heart’s Cry colt, who ran fifth in the Group 1 Queen Anne on June 19 at Royal Ascot before running fifth in the Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap at one mile on August 11 at the Spa, had been training at Saratoga since May with seven of his last nine breezes coming on the Oklahoma dirt training track near his stable.

“We just trained him normally, we didn’t do anything special,” Mott said. “He trains on the dirt every day. Maybe some people might know [about switching surfaces], but [you have to] prove it. You have to see it in the afternoons under race conditions. That’s what really counts. You can always think that he’s handling it well with training, but race conditions are a different story.”

Mott said he did not have any definitive plans for Yoshida’s next start. The colt earned a 102 Beyer Speed Figure for besting the 14-horse Woodward field at 1 1/8 miles, marking the second time he’s recorded a triple-digit Beyer and his second-highest figure after his 106 in the Turf Classic.

Mott said the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November at Del Mar could be a possibility, but said Yoshida’s next stop has yet to be determined.

Yoshida is owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International, Head of Plains Partners and SF Racing.

Mucho remains all systems go for the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful on Monday, Closing Day, Mott said. The Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider homebred has already won during the Saratoga meet, registering a maiden-breaking 9 ¾-length victory on August 4.

The 8-5 morning-line favorite drew post 7 in the eight-horse field with Jose Ortiz set to ride.

“He’s good and he’s all set for tomorrow,” Mott said.

Elate is back in training after running second to Abel Tasman by a head in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Travers Day, August 25, at Saratoga. Mott said he is undecided if the 4-year-old Medaglia d’Oro filly could be pointing towards in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on November 3 or instead challenge males in the Classic at 1 ¼ miles later that same day.

“She’s been back on the track and training,” Mott said. “We’d be ready for both. We wouldn’t change our training for either race.”

Entering Sunday, Mott’s 13 wins during the current meet tied him with fellow Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen for third on the trainer’s standings, trailing only Todd Pletcher’s 18 wins and Chad Brown’s record-setting 43 victories.

“It means if I want to go to the races, I’ll have to go on the road,” said Mott with a laugh when asked about New York racing moving to Belmont for the start of the fall meet on Friday.

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Brown ‘so proud of the horses’ that led to barn’s record Saratoga meet

Two days after matching his 2016 record for wins by a trainer at Saratoga with 40, Chad Brown picked up three more victories on Saturday, highlighted by a win in the Grade 3 Saranac. The Mechanicville, New York native, with 43 victories heading into Sunday’s card, has firmly secured his second Saratoga training title in history-making fashion.

“It’s been an outstanding meet,” said Brown. “We’re just thankful for all the good fortune we’ve had. Saratoga always holds a special place in my heart being from the area. Being so up close with all the fans, friends, and family, all meet on a daily basis, makes it extra special to win here. I’m just so proud of the horses that have shown up and ran so well for us. My staff, of course, they deserve all the credit. They’re in here working 24/7 and making sure everything’s checked and prepared, which makes it easy for me coming to the barn every day.”

Notching his sixth graded stakes victory of the summer when Raging Bull charged late to win the Saranac, Brown said he would most likely point the talented colt to the Grade 2, $500,000 Hill Prince on October 6 at Belmont Park.

“The horse ran terrific,” said Brown of Raging Bull. “He’s an easy horse to fall in love with. He’s so consistent and gives it his all every time. He ran another great race with that strong terrific late kick and Joel [Rosario], in particular, gave him an outstanding ride. I was so impressed and relived with the trip he got as it was unfolding. The horse responded every time Joel wanted him to do something, and every time there was a decision to be made, Joel made the right one. For now, I think we’ll point him to the Hill Prince as that looks to be the next logical spot for him.”

Santa Monica and Onthemoonagain exited their respective second- and fourth-place finishes in the Grade 2 Glens Falls in good order, as did as Woodward runner Kurilov, who finished 11th.

“I’m not sure yet where we’ll go next for each of them,” said Brown. “I’m going to see how they train, before we start making any decisions.”

Looking to close the Saratoga meet with a final stakes victory in Monday’s Grade 2 Bernard Baruch with graded stakes winner Projected, Brown is hoping to see the 6-year-old gelding improve off his second-place finish in the Fasig-Tipton Lure on August 11.

“This horse is training particularly well as of late,” said Brown. “I’m excited to run him in this race. He’s been a real consistent horse and his last work impressed me. We know Voodoo Song is an outstanding horse and in great form, so he’ll be tough to beat, but I like our chances.”

With the Belmont Park Fall Championship meet on the horizon, Brown is hoping to take the good momentum downstate when the meet begins Friday.

“We’re just going to keep training each horse in our barn and place them in the best race where we can develop our young horses and develop our older horses,” said Brown. “Our first option is to always run in New York. Following this meet, Belmont is our focus and if there’s a race that fits our program, we’re going to enter. I’m really excited for the fall meet. There’s a fantastic schedule of races NYRA has on tap for Belmont, and it looks good.”

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Sippican Harbor resting for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies after G1 Spinaway victory

Lee Pokoik’s Sippican Harbor is in good shape following her impressive last-to-first, two-length win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga, trainer Gary Contessa said Sunday morning.

The 2-year-old filly by Orb won her second straight start after breaking her maiden by 17 lengths on August 12 at Saratoga. The victory came after placing fifth in her debut on grass on July 22 at the Spa.

“She’s good. I’d say a little tired,” Contessa said. “We’re not going back to the turf anytime soon, but I do believe she’s just as good on the grass as she is on the dirt.  So, the time may come where she does double duty.”

Sippican Harbor will head to the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 4 at Churchill Downs and will train right up to the race.

“We’re just going to work, I’m not going to run her again [until Churchill],” said Contessa. “She deserves a break. I ran her 20 days apart to get her ready. Two months to get her to the Breeders’ Cup? Piece of cake.

“I’m definitely excited. I was crushed when she lost on the turf, I didn’t think she could possibly lose, that’s how much I loved her,” he added. “I thought she was phenomenal. Everything she’s ever done, she’s done like a super horse. There’s a little bit of a stigma attached to Orb that he’s throwing grass horses, so I just went with it, and thought ‘oh we got a turf horse here,’ but her dirt works and her turf works were sensational. It’s thrilling to be in this position. It makes getting up in the morning a lot easier.”

The performance by Sippican Harbor was exactly what Contessa said he was hoping to see from his young filly. Now, with two impressive victories from three starts, the questions about her talent have been answered.

“We went to the champagne room and it [race replay] just kept playing and playing and playing. I love the call where he [race-caller Larry Collmus] said ‘and she’s the real deal!’ I love that because that’s exactly what I was thinking at that point. She’s the real deal because going in, I wasn’t positive. You could take a really good boxer and he beats up a chump and he looks really good doing it, but when you throw him in with Mike Tyson and he’s knocked out in the first round. We had to see this to believe it.”

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Lady Montdore calm, cool, collected following G2 Glens Falls win

Godolphin Stable’s Lady Montdore exited her 2 ¼-length win in Saturday’s Grade 2 Glens Falls in fine fettle and will join Tom Albertrani’s Belmont string next week, said the trainer Sunday morning.

The 4-year-old Medaglio d’Oro filly is now undefeated in two starts on American grass, both at 1 3/8 miles on the Saratoga inner turf course. Albertrani reported that Lady Montdore cooled out well following the race, showing no signs of the heat exhaustion that afflicted her following her 4 ½-length score in a turf allowance on August 6.

“She came out of the race fine. We had no issues at all yesterday thanks to the cooler weather. The circumstances were much better,” he said.

Lady Montdore made her first five starts in France, including a third-place finish in the Group 3 Prix Minerve at Deauville under the care of Andre Fabre, before moving to Albertrani’s barn in May.

She is scheduled to ship to Belmont late next week, where she’ll train for a possible start in the October 7 Grade 1, $500,000 Flower Bowl at 1 ¼ miles on the turf, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Filly & Mare Turf November 3 at Churchill Downs.

“She was very impressive [in the Glens Falls],” said Albertrani. “I’ll let her get over this race and then ship her down. Obviously, depending on how she’s looking ahead of that race, the Flower Bowl will probably be her most likely spot.”

Saratoga Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, September 2
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $16,000 $32,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Allowance $87,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $85,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $40,000 $48,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $85,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Claiming – $40,000 $64,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $87,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Prioress S. $250,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Allowance $87,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 12 Claiming – $25,000 $50,000 Overnight Overnight

 

Saratoga Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, September 1
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $85,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $25,000 $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $85,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $92,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance $87,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $85,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $92,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $87,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Saranac S. $300,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Spinaway S. $350,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Woodward S. Presented by NYRA Bets $750,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 12 Glens Falls S. $250,000 Overnight Overnight



Final Entries

Monday, September 3
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $50,000
Race 2 Claiming – $40,000 $48,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 4 Claiming – $25,000 $50,000
Race 5 Claiming – $40,000 $48,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 7 Allowance $77,000
Race 8 Claiming – $40,000 $48,000
Race 9 Bernard Baruch H. $250,000
Race 10 Hopeful S. $350,000
Race 11 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $45,000

Eight Aspire to Successful Careers in G1 Hopeful

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A field of eight 2-year-old colts hope to graduate and earn their first career Grade 1 victory in Monday’s $350,000 Hopeful at seven furlongs on the main track.

Carded as Race 10, with a local post time of 5:38 p.m. ET, the 114th running of the Hopeful will be shown on Saratoga Live, presented by Claiborne Farm, airing nationally on FS2 from 4-6:30 p.m. Regional coverage of Monday’s Saratoga Live can be found on MSG+, FOX Sports Prime Ticket and Altitude from 4-6:30 p.m.

Calumet Farm’s Derby Date, the lone maiden in the field will look to win his first race in his third start at Saratoga after debuting at six furlongs and tiring to seventh on July 28. The colt by Will Take Charge, returned exactly two weeks later at seven furlongs and was caught late in the stretch settling for second. A trip to the winners’ circle would add to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas’s record eight career Hopeful victories and would give the 82-year-old horseman his second straight after he saddled Sporting Chance to victory last year. Lukas believes the best is yet to come for the laid-back, but talented Kentucky-bred.

“I just think he’s a pretty talented horse,” said Lukas. “He’s a real laid-back horse, a really quiet horse. He’s so laid back you almost worry about him. You can bring him out here, drop the shank, let him graze a little while and go get him a half an hour later. He doesn’t care about nothing. When the gates open he’s got it on the mind. He’ll be a little more focused, but he’s awfully laid back, almost to worry.

“I expect a real big effort, I really do. He had two outs. One that I don’t count, one that was very good, but just a bad trainer job. He got tired. You look at the replay, he did everything right except he got tired and that’s my fault not the horses fault. I do that a lot, run the horses, then I come back and run a little better. He got tired which is correctable, and it will. He won’t be tired.”

Derby Date will break from post 8 and will be ridden by Luis Saez.

Adele Dilschneider’s colt Mucho enters after two strong performances since he first broke from the gate on an early Sunday afternoon on June 10 at Belmont Park. The colt by Blame was bumped at the start, but recovered quickly to finish second to Whiskey Echo then returned less than a week shy of two months where he was forwardly placed, running clear to best a field of seven by 9 3/4 lengths over the Saratoga main track for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.

“Mucho is doing good,” said Mott. “He was quite impressive. I think he was kind of the buzz horse for a few days around here after winning. People were commenting on how nice he looked. I mean visually he looked impressive.”

Drawing post 7, Mucho will again have Jose Ortiz in the saddle.

Owner John Oxley will be represented by his Tapit colt Dream Maker who enters off his lone start where he was sent off as the even money favorite and responded like it by circling the field of five others with a strong last to first run in route to a three length win under Julien Leparoux on June 7 at Churchill Downs for trainer Mark Casse.

“We hope to go out with a boom,” said Casse. “He’s training real well.”

Dream Maker draws post 5, and will be rejoined by Julien Leparoux in the saddle.

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Starlight Racing’s Sombeyay will be the veteran among the group bringing three starts into the race, and in doing so holds an extra trip to the winners’ circle over the others. The colt by Into Mischief broke his maiden by 6 ¼ lengths at first asking on April 27 at Gulfstream Park, then closed strong despite stumbling at the break and finished second three-quarters short to Our Braintrust in the $150,000 Tremont on June 8 at Belmont Park.

The Todd Pletcher trained colt returned to win the Grade 3 Sanford by a neck over Strike Silver on July 21 at Saratoga.

Sombeyay draws the rail as he did in the Sanford and will be ridden by Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano.

Red Oak Stable’s Mind Control will ship north to Saratoga from Monmouth Park for trainer Gregory Sacco, and will make his third start after finishing second behind Call Paul in his debut at Delaware Park. The colt by Stay Thirsty returned to break his maiden by three lengths on August 12 at Monmouth Park.

Mind Control will break from post 2 and be ridden by Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez.

Three others set to start are Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Nitrous for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. from post 3; Steven Newby’s Thatwouldbegreat for trainer Dale Capuano and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. from post 4 and Gatsas Stable’s Backtohisroots for trainer John Terranova and jockey Dylan Davis from post 6.

Saratoga Daily Results and Activity

Results

Friday, August 31
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $16,000 $32,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $39,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $95,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $85,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $16,000 $32,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $85,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance $87,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Lucky Coin S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Claiming – $25,000 $44,000 Overnight Overnight



Final Entries

Sunday, September 2
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $16,000 $32,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 3 Allowance $87,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 5 Claiming – $40,000 $48,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 8 Claiming – $40,000 $64,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $87,000
Race 10 Prioress S. $250,000
Race 11 Allowance $87,000
Race 12 Claiming – $25,000 $50,000

Saratoga Daily Results and Activity

Results

Thursday, August 30
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $25,000 $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $85,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $62,500 $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $50,000 $67,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $45,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $25,000 $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance $77,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 P. G. Johnson S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $75,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Sunday, September 2 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $16,000 $32,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 3 Allowance $87,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 5 Claiming – $40,000 $48,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $75,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 8 Claiming – $40,000 $64,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $87,000
Race 10 Prioress S. $250,000
Race 11 Allowance $87,000
Race 12 Claiming – $25,000 $50,000
Monday, September 3 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $50,000
Race 2 Claiming – $40,000 $48,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 4 Claiming – $25,000 $50,000
Race 5 Claiming – $40,000 $48,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 7 Allowance $77,000
Race 8 Claiming – $40,000 $48,000
Race 9 Bernard Baruch H. $250,000
Race 10 Hopeful S. $350,000
Race 11 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $45,000

Final Entries

Saturday, September 1
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 2 Claiming – $25,000 $50,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $92,000
Race 5 Allowance $87,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $85,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $92,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $87,000
Race 9 Saranac S. $300,000
Race 10 Spinaway S. $350,000
Race 11 Woodward S. Presented by NYRA Bets $750,000
Race 12 Glens Falls S. $250,000

Tapwrit Aims to Get Back on Track in Woodward Stakes

Tapwrit wins the 2017 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park

Tapwrit Aims to Get Back on Track in Woodward Stakes

With the heavy hitters in the handicap division sitting out the Sept. 1 $750,000 Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets at Saratoga Race Course, Tapwrit has a prime opportunity to both look and act the part of the proven talent he is.

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G2 Glens Falls offers plenty of intrigue on Saturday’s stacked card

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Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Glens Falls will feature a wide-open affair with eight fillies and mares set to contest the 1 3/8 miles over Saratoga Race Course’s inner turf.

One of four stakes races on the day highlighted by the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward presented by NYRA Bets, the 23rd running of the Glens Falls will be joined by the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway for juvenile fillies and the Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac for 3-year-olds.

Televised coverage of Woodward Day will be nationally broadcast on NBCSN from 5:30-7p.m. Additionally, Saratoga Live will air nationally on FS2 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. and regionally on MSG+, FOX Sports Prime Ticket and FOX Sports San Diego and Altitude.

The 23rd running of the Glens Falls will see Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey saddle Allen Stable’s filly Danceland, with the hope that she will remain perfect through two starts at the Spa and capture her first graded stakes victory. The 4-year-old Tapit filly closed strong last out, posting a half-length win against optional claimers earlier in the meet on August 2.

She will now make her fourth start of the year after beginning the year by beating only three in an 11-horse field at Keeneland in an allowance level start. She then returned against conditional claimers to win by a nose on June 16 at Belmont Park.

“She’s doing really well,” McGaughey said. “Obviously her two races are good this year. This is a big step up for her, I like the distance, I think she’ll settle in behind horses and go from there. Right now, I’m looking forward to running her. She needed time off then, so we gave her time off, then she had a horrid trip at Keeneland. We brought her back, and she ran really well at Belmont. So far, so good.”

Danceland will be joined by Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez from post 4.

Among the three starters trainer Chad Brown will send to the post is Klaravich Stables’ Homeland Security, the one-length winner of the 1 1/2 mile, $100,000 River Memories on July 8 at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old by Smart Strike is a Kentucky bred who has displayed a strong closing kick and thrives as the distance increases. She will look to add her first graded stakes victory in breaking from post 6.

Mrs. John Magnier’s multiple graded stakes winner Santa Monica will make her fourth start in the United States after 21 career starts in Ireland. The 5-year-old English-bred Mastercraftsman mare ended her European tour in the 32red E.B.F Stallion River Eden Stakes at Lingfield in England with a ninth-place finish.

She is the only to boast more than one graded or group stakes win in the Glens Falls field, capturing last year’s Group 3 Munster Oaks by a neck in June 2017 at Cork. In her last race, she earned a graded stakes win with a front-running half-length score in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly on June 30 at Woodbine.

Santa Monica began the current campaign at Keeneland while debuting for Brown’s barn and drew away to a four-length victory against allowance foes at 1 1/2 miles over a turf course labeled good. She then shipped north and missed to settle for a close third behind Holy Helena and Lottie in the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Stakes on May 5 at Belmont Park before the mare trekked to Canada for her last start. She drew post 5 with meet-leading rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard.

Martin S. Schwartz’s Onthemoonagain is entry from Brown’s contingent with overseas experience, finishing third in her U.S. debut after a rough start where she was impeded late against conditional claimers on August 2 at Saratoga. The French-bred 4-year-old filly by Cape Cross owns eight starts in France, with five of those in against graded stakes company.

“They’re coming into the Glens Falls the right way,” Brown said. “Both horses have been training particularly well.”

Onthemoonagain will run from post 3 and be ridden by Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano.

Lady Montdore will carry Godolphin Racing’s blue around the inner turf while making her second start in the country following five starts in France for trainer Andre Fabre. The 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Medaglia d’ Oro won her first race in the U.S. on August 6 at Saratoga, registering a 4 ½-length victory, stalking the leaders from off the pace.

Lady Montdore will start from post 8 and be ridden by Manuel Franco.

Blackstone River Stable’s La Manta Gris, a Lemon Drop Kid filly, will run from post 7 with Ricardo Santana, Jr. in the irons.

Savannah Belle will make her 18th career start for trainer Brian Lynch and returns after finishing fourth in the 1 1/4 mile Waya Stakes on August 12. The 4-year-old filly by Discreetly Mine drew post 2 and gets Luis Saez in the saddle.

Graded stakes-winner Summersault, third in the River Memories and seventh in the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay, owns the most experience in the fray with 33 starts heading into the Glens Falls. The 6-year-old mare by Rock Hard Ten drew the rail and Jose Lezcano.

Land Mine is entered to run on the main track only.