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Pletcher, Ortiz, Jr., Klaravich Stables lead the way at Saratoga summer meet

by Keith McCalmont

Todd Pletcher, Irad Ortiz, Jr. and Klaravich Stables finished atop their respective standings with the trio finishing as the leading trainer, jockey and owner for the 40-day summer meet at Saratoga Race Course that concluded on Labor Day Monday.

“It doesn’t get old and it doesn’t get easier,” said Pletcher. “I’ve been fortunate to have won it that many times, but I still have a tremendous appreciation for how hard it is to do. I have a lot of great owners and I’m grateful for the opportunities with so many good horses.”

Pletcher returned to familiar territory, finishing as the leading trainer for the Saratoga summer meet for the 14th time in his illustrious career, tallying 32 wins.

Pletcher, who won his first Saratoga crown in 1998, won the H. Allen Jerkens award as the meet’s top conditioner for the first time since 2017, registering a record of 32-23-15 with 142 starters. His success ended reigning four-time Eclipse Award-winner Chad Brown’s run of two consecutive meet titles and three in four years. Brown finished second with 28 wins.

Pletcher expressed his gratitude for the team effort in securing the title.

“It means a lot to the whole team,” said Pletcher. “A lot of people put in a lot of hard work. We were understaffed coming in and a lot of guys and girls put in a lot of work for this. I’m grateful for that and happy to be a part of the achievement.”

Among Pletcher’s highlights was saddling Halladay for his Grade 1 Fourstardave triumph on August 22 while racking up stakes wins with Spinoff [Alydar], Nonna Madeline [Summer Colony] and Moretti [Birdstone].

“Halladay winning the Fourstardave stands out for me,” said Pletcher. “Grade 1 wins are hard to come by and that was a big win.”

The 53-year-old Pletcher won six Saratoga training titles consecutively from 2010-15 and tallied his most wins in a summer meet with 40 in 2017.

“Someone said to me this morning if I won that it would be the fourth different decade I’ve won a training title and I thought that was kind of cool,” said Pletcher. “I’d say aside from the first one in 1998, this was the next most rewarding.”

Irad Ortiz, Jr. earned the Angel Cordero, Jr. Award for the third time overall and first since 2018, finishing with 59 wins to top younger brother Jose Ortiz [58 wins] and Joel Rosario [48] in third. Ortiz, Jr. won his first crown in 2015.

“It’s very special. My agent [Steve Rushing] did a great job and I’m very thankful for all the trainers and owners, without them I would not be here,” said Ortiz, Jr., who missed three days of racing late in the meet with a wrist injury. “After my injury, I had to take off a few days and they still named me on their horses and gave me the confidence and the opportunity.”

The 28-year-old native of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico compiled a 59-47-43 record in 282 mounts, totaling earnings of more than $4.4 million with a winning percentage of better than 20 percent.

A memorable meet was highlighted by his winning ride aboard Improbable in the Grade 1 Whitney on August 1, part of a day in which he registered four wins in total. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Improbable marked the second Whitney winner in three years for Ortiz, Jr., who also was victorious with Diversify in 2018.

Ortiz, Jr. won 10 stakes at the meet including graded scores in the Grade 3 Peter Pan aboard Country Grammer on Opening Day; the Grade 3 With Anticipation on Fire At Will; and the Grade 2 Honorable Miss with Come Dancing on Sunday.

The veteran rider won with 5-of-8 mounts on July 23rd during a 10-race card at the Spa, led by a victory aboard Fresco in the NYSSS Statue of Liberty.

Ortiz, Jr. said he enjoyed the daily competition with his brother.

“We have fun,” said Ortiz, Jr. “He wants the best for me and I want the best for him.”

Klaravich Stables was once again the top Saratoga owner, recording 13 wins, 11 runner-up finishes and 17 third-place efforts from 58 starts. The win total was three more than the next-closest competitors in Repole Stable. Headed by Seth Klarman, the stable again teamed with Brown for its meet highlights, which included the stakes scores of Selflessly in the Grade 3 Lake George and Domestic Spending in the Saratoga Derby Invitational.

Live racing will now shift to Belmont Park for the 27-day fall meet, featuring 38 stakes worth $5.58 million in purse money, that will kick off on Friday, September 18 and run through Sunday, November 1.

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Results

Monday, September 7
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Handicap $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $67,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $72,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $16,000 $33,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance $74,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $25,000 $49,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $72,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Lure S. $85,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $72,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Allowance $74,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $55,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 12 Allowance $74,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 13 Runhappy Hopeful S. $250,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 14 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $45,000 Overnight Overnight

 

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF 2020 SARATOGA LIVE MEET

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Vequist breaks maiden in G1 Spinaway

Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Swilcan Stables’ Vequist tracked the pace in between horses in second, launched a bid around the far turn and powered home an emphatic 9 ½-length winner in making her first ever trip to the winner’s circle in the 129th running of Sunday’s Grade 1, $250,000 Spinaway at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by Robert ‘Butch’ Reid, Jr., Vequist arrived at the historic seven-furlong event for juvenile fillies off a narrow runner-up finish in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight event on July 29 at Parx, where Reid is primarily stabled.

Vequist hopped in the air at the break but recovered quickly under jockey Luis Saez, who angled her one path to the outside and into position as two-time Ohio-bred stakes winner Esplanade commanded the compact six-horse field through an opening quarter-mile of 22.41 seconds over the fast main track.

Around the far turn, Saez nudged his filly lightly and she moved her way up to even terms with the frontrunner through a half-mile in 44.87 seconds. By the quarter pole, Vequist was under an all out drive by Saez and she displayed an efficient response to his urging and opened up on the rest of field. Alone at the wire, Vequist powered home in a final time of 1:22.29 seconds. Esplanande held on for second, finishing 1 ½ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Lady Lilly.

Irish Constitution, Guana Cay and post time favorite Beautiful Memories completed the order of finish.

“The plan today was to try and follow the speed,” Saez said. “There was a lot of speed in the race, so I wanted to break from there and find a good spot. Everything went so well, we broke, and we were right there. When we got to the three-eighths I had a lot of horse and when we came to the stretch she took off.”

The win marked the ninth stakes victory of the meet for Saez.

“I feel lucky and glad to be here,” said Saez, who piloted Global Campaign to a victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodward. “The horses have been running pretty well and I’m riding with a lot of confidence. I just try to do my best always.”

The triumph gave 2016 Kentucky Derby winner and freshman sire Nyquist his first Grade 1 victory as a stallion. Bred in Kentucky by co-owner Swilican Stables, Vequist is out of the graded stakes placed Mineshaft mare Vero Amore.

Reid, Jr., who picked up his first Grade 1 victory since Poseidon’s Warrior won the 2012 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at the Spa, said the decision to take a big leap up in class was based off of her forward training.

“It was more about the morning training than it was her first race,” Reid, Jr. said. “We breezed her out of the gate one time and she was only supposed to go a half-mile but she went in 48 and just kept going 1:01, 1:13 and 1:26. Even though we ran her in that four and a half furlong race, it was more just getting a race under her belt. She was going to be looking for longer things down the road. You don’t expect to win a Grade 1 with a maiden, but I knew the distance wasn’t a problem.”

Returning $15.20 for a $2 win bet, Vequist increased her earnings to $145,500 with a record of 2-1-1-0.

Live racing returns Monday with a 14-race card to close out the 40-day Saratoga summer meet highlighted by the Grade 1, $250,000 Runhappy Hopeful at seven furlongs for 2-year-olds; and the $85,000 Lure, a 1 1/16-mile turf test for older horses. First post is 11:30 a.m.

Live racing will then move to Belmont Park for the 27-day fall meet, featuring 38 stakes worth $5.58 million in purse money, that will kick off on Friday, September 18 and run through Sunday, November 1.

 

Saratoga Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, September 6
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $72,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $35,000 $47,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $55,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $72,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $72,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Allowance $74,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $62,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Claiming – $40,000 $62,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Spinaway S. $250,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Honorable Miss H. $150,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Lucky Coin S. $85,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 12 Claiming – $40,000 $49,000 Overnight Overnight

 

Global Campaign goes wire-to-wire in Woodward (G1)

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Sagamore Farm and WinStar Farm’s Global Campaign made his Grade 1 debut a winning one in when breaking alertly, setting a pressured pace upfront and shaking off a confrontation from heavy favorite Tacitus to score a 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s 67th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Woodward going 1 ¼ miles over the main track at Saratoga Race Course.

The 4-year-old Curlin bay entered the Woodward off a 1 ½-length triumph in the Grade 3 Monmouth Cup on July 18, a race combined with his win in the Grade 3 Peter Pan last May at Belmont Park, that gave trainer Stanley Hough confidence that his colt would pass the classic distance test.

“I gained a lot of confidence in his last race when he took a couple challenges and drew off a bit,” said Hough, who earned his first Grade 1 win since Request for Parole won the 2004 United Nations at Monmouth Park. “I thought that was a good sign. His mile-and-an-eighth races were pretty good between the Peter Pan and the last race. One thing about this horse: if he’s ever got to lead at some point or another, he’s won the race. The only time he hasn’t won, he never got the lead.”

Breaking from post 4 under Luis Saez, Global Campaign broke alertly and took command with Tacitus one length off to his outside through an opening quarter mile in an 24.65 seconds and the half-mile in 48.89 seconds over the fast main track.

Approaching the far turn, the field became more strung out as Tacitus inched his way to even terms with the pacesetter through three-quarters in 1:11.90. Saez was all out aboard Global Campaign approaching the quarter pole while jockey Jose Ortiz gave Tacitus his cue.

Down the stretch, Global Campaign extended his advantage with Tacitus still putting in a furious bid to the outside. Global Campaign kept Tacitus at bay hitting the wire in a final time of 2:01.40. Tacitus held off a late charge from Prioritize, who was another 1 ¼ lengths back in third.

Spinoff and Math Wizard completed the order of finish. Moretti was scratched.

Saez, who notched his eighth stakes win of the Saratoga meet, was unfazed by the pressure applied by Tacitus around the far turn.

“He has a lot of speed,” Saez said. “He broke pretty good from the gate today and was right there. He controlled the pace. I had a lot of pressure, but I wasn’t worried about it. He kept fighting and he never gave up.”

The Woodward was Saez’s first time climbing aboard Global Campaign since his third-place effort in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy last July. He piloted the horse in his first five starts, three of which were victories, including the Peter Pan.

“He’s grown a lot. He feels stronger [and] he’s better,” Saez said.

Hough was highly pleased with the effort and said that Global Campaign will one day make a good stallion, given his immaculate pedigree.

“I’m more than satisfied,” Hough said. “He beat a good horse. We’re all excited. It’s a great win. That’s what the game is all about. You try to develop horses that will go on and be a sire and I believe he’ll make a good one.”

Global Campaign, a now three-time graded stakes winner over that many tracks, earned his sixth victory in nine lifetime starts in the Woodward, while increasing his career earnings to $781,080.

Bred in Kentucky by co-owner WinStar Farm, Global Campaign is out of the A.P. Indy mare Globe Trot, who also produced Grade 1-winner Bolt d’Oro as well as multiple stakes winner Sonic Mule. He was purchased for $250,000 from the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where he was consigned by Select Sales.

Live racing resumes Sunday at Saratoga with a 12-race card that features the Grade 1, $250,000 Spinaway in Race 9; the Grade 2, $150,000 Honorable Miss in Race 10; and the $85,000 Lucky Coin in Race 11. First post is 12:45 p.m.

Saratoga Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, September 5
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $62,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $16,000 $36,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Allowance $64,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Glens Falls S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $72,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Allowance $74,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $72,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance $64,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Jim Dandy S. $150,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Prioress S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Woodward H. $500,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 12 Claiming – $40,000 $49,000 Overnight Overnight



Final Entries

Monday, September 7
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Handicap $50,000
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $67,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $72,000
Race 4 Claiming – $16,000 $33,000
Race 5 Allowance $74,000
Race 6 Claiming – $25,000 $49,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $72,000
Race 8 Lure S. $85,000
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $72,000
Race 10 Allowance $74,000
Race 11 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $55,000
Race 12 Allowance $74,000
Race 13 Runhappy Hopeful S. $250,000
Race 14 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $45,000

Seven juveniles attempt to rise to the occasion in Runhappy Hopeful (G1)

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Seven juvenile colts will face off in a quest to garner their first respective Grade 1 victories in the 116th running of the Grade 1, $250,000 Runhappy Hopeful on Closing Day Monday, September 7 going seven furlongs over the main track at Saratoga Race Course.

The historic test is the first Grade 1 event for juvenile colts on the East Coast and has been used as a stepping stone to Hall of Fame worthy campaigns for all time greats Regret (1914), Man o’ War (1919), Whirlaway (1940), Native Dancer (1952), Nashua (1954), Needles (1955), Buckpasser (1965), Secretariat (1972), Foolish Pleasure (1974), and Affirmed (1978), while solidifying Eclipse Award honors for Champion 2-Year-Olds Chief’s Crown (1984), Dehere (1993), Favorite Trick (1997), and Shanghai Bobby (2012).

Shadwell Stables’ Mutasaabeq arrives at the Hopeful off a stylish maiden special weight victory on August 8 at Saratoga, where he drew off in the stretch to win by 4 ½ lengths on debut, garnering an 84 Beyer Speed Figure.

Trainer Todd Pletcher, who saddled Circular Quay (2006), Shanghai Bobby (2012) and Competitive Edge (2014) to Hopeful triumphs, said that has been particularly impressed by the son of Into Mischief’s works from the gate. Prior to his maiden win, he worked a half-mile in a swift 46.53 seconds over the Saratoga main track.

“He had trained extremely well leading into that race,” Pletcher said. “His gate works were very impressive although his first step is not lightning quick. After that, he really gets going. I’m happy with everything he did prior to his debut, we were excited about the way he ran, we’ve been pointing for the Hopeful since then. He’s trained accordingly.”

Pletcher said that Mutasaabeq’s natural speed allows him to recover quickly.

“Once he got going, he put in an impressive run around the turn and it seemed like he had a lot in reserve,” Pletcher said. “This will be a step up in class and a stretch out in distance. There are some quality horses in there as one would imagine in a race like this, but we’re excited about giving him the opportunity.

“Hopefully he jumps a little better second time out, but we’ll play it by ear,” Pletcher added. “I liked the way he finished the other day, so seven-eighths should be within his range.

Bred in Kentucky by BlackRidge Stables, Mutasaabeq is out of the Scat Daddy mare Downside Scenario and was purchased for $425,000 from the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where he was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

Jockey Luis Saez, who rode 2017 Hopeful winner Sporting Chance, will ride from post 3.

After saddling last year’s winner Basin, Steve Asmussen will send out J. Kirk Robison’s Jackie’s Warrior as he attempts to become the first trainer to score back-to-back Hopeful wins since fellow Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas sent out High Yield (1999) and Yonaguska (2000).

The son of Maclean’s Music was an impressive winner of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special presented by Miller Lite on August 7, which garnered an 88 Beyer. He will look to become the first horse to sweep the Saratoga Special-Hopeful double since City Zip won the 2000 Saratoga Special before dead-heating for victory with Yonaguska that year.

Following a victory on debut at Churchill Downs over impressive next out winner Therideofalifetime, Jackie’s Warrior bested the same foe once more in the Saratoga Special in wire-to-wire fashion, crossing the wire under a hand ride by Joel Rosario.

“It’s good timing back, and he’s had a race over the track,” said Asmussen’s chief assistant Scott Blasi. “He’s done everything right for us in the mornings and we’re looking forward to running him. Seven-eighths of a mile is not going to be an issue for him.”

Rosario, the leading rider in stakes victories this meet, will return to the saddle from post 6.

Trainer Chad Brown sent out Practical Joke to a victory in the Hopeful for Klaravich Stables, who also won the 2011 Hopeful with Currency Swap. This year Brown and Klaravich will team up with Reinvestment Risk.

The son of freshman stallion Upstart won on debut and was geared down at the wire to a 7 ¾-length victory on August 1 at Saratoga, where he registered a 90 Beyer.

Bred in Kentucky by Aschinger Bloodstock Holdings, Reinvestment Risk was purchased for $280,000 from the OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, where he was consigned by DeMeric Sales. He is out of the Candy Ride mare Ridingwiththedevil.

Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be back aboard Reinvestment Risk from post 5.

Rounding out the field are Fearless Fly [post 1, Dylan Davis], Papetu [post 2, Jose Ortiz], Nutsie [post 4, Kendrick Carmouche], and Ampersand [post 7, Jose Lezcano].

The Runhappy Hopeful is slated as Race 13 on Monday’s Closing Day 14-race card, which will feature a mandatory payout of the Empire 6 beginning in Race 8 at 3:39 p.m. ET. The program also will feature the $85,000 Lure for older horses going 1 1/16 miles over the Mellon turf.

Monday’s card offers a first post of 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Saratoga Live will present daily television coverage of the 40-day summer meet on FOX Sports and MSG Networks. For the complete Saratoga Live broadcast schedule, and additional programming information, visit https://www.nyra.com/saratoga/racing/tv-schedule.

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Saratoga Daily Results and Activity

Results

Friday, September 4
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Seeking the Ante S. $150,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $62,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Albany S. $150,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $62,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Yaddo S. $150,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $62,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Funny Cide S. $150,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance $64,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance $64,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Fleet Indian S. $150,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 West Point S. $150,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 12 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $45,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Monday, September 7 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Handicap $50,000
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $67,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $72,000
Race 4 Claiming – $16,000 $33,000
Race 5 Allowance $74,000
Race 6 Claiming – $25,000 $49,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $72,000
Race 8 Lure S. $85,000
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $72,000
Race 10 Allowance $74,000
Race 11 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $55,000
Race 12 Allowance $74,000
Race 13 Runhappy Hopeful S. $250,000
Race 14 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $45,000

Final Entries

Sunday, September 6
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $72,000
Race 2 Claiming – $35,000 $47,000
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $55,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $72,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $72,000
Race 6 Allowance $74,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $62,000
Race 8 Claiming – $40,000 $62,000
Race 9 Spinaway S. $250,000
Race 10 Honorable Miss H. $150,000
Race 11 Lucky Coin S. $85,000
Race 12 Claiming – $40,000 $49,000

Esplanande brings perfect 3-for-3 record into Spinaway (G1)

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A field of six juvenile fillies will seek Grade 1 black type in Sunday’s 129th running of the Grade 1, $250,000 Spinaway going seven furlongs over the main track at Saratoga Race Course.

The historic event, which is the first Grade 1 event for 2-year-old fillies on the East Coast, has been won by Eclipse Award winning debutantes Before Dawn (1981), Family Style (1985), Meadow Star (1990), Flanders (1994), Golden Attraction (1995) and Countess Diana (1997). In its earlier years, the Spinaway was won by all-time great fillies Miss Woodford (1883), Maskette (1908), Top Flight (1930), Affectionately (1962), Numbered Account (1971), La Prevoyante (1972) and Ruffian (1974).

The prestigious race is named in honor of George Lorillard’s talented chestnut who won seven of her nine starts, including stakes wins at the defunct Jerome Park and Sheepshead Bay Park. Successful in her career as a broodmare, Spinaway was the granddam of Tanya, who won her grandmother’s namesake race in 1904 before defeating colts in the Belmont Stakes the following year. Other prominent descendants of Spinaway include multiple champion producing stallion Giant’s Causeway, prolific broodmare Hasili and European Champion Gleneagles.

Trainer Tim Hamm shipped Dayoutoftheoffice for a victory in the Grade 3 Schuylerville on Opening Day at the Spa and will invade for another stakes engagement for juvenile fillies with Esplanande, who is unbeaten in three starts all against Ohio-breds.

Owned and bred by Hamm’s Blazing Meadows Farm and WinStar Farm, the dark bay daughter of Daredevil won her debut by 6 ¼ lengths at Belterra Park in Cincinnati, Ohio before defeating Buckeye State native colts in the Hoover on July 3 at Belterra and the Cleveland Kindergarten on August 8 at Thistledown.

“This horse has dominated state bred competition. She’s beaten the boys in Ohio, but she’ll get a test this time, and we’ll see how she handles the step up in competition,” Hamm said. “She’s done nothing wrong and her Beyer and Thoro-Graph numbers put her to where she deserves a chance.”

Because he knows how tough it can be to win at Saratoga, Hamm doesn’t bring just any horse to the Spa and said that a horse has to prove themselves worthy of the engagement.

“They have to show that they have some class and can handle themselves under some stress,” Hamm said. “They got to go out there and perform. If they’re on their ‘A’ game, you feel like you have a shot. The horses we’re bringing up there have shown that.”

Esplanande will stretch out to seven furlongs for the first time, with her longest race taking place last out at six furlongs.

“It looks like she’ll carry her speed seven eighths and I’m not convinced she can’t get a mile. She’s been a classy filly,” Hamm said.

Hamm boasts three graded stakes victories on his resume, but a Spinaway triumph would give him his first at the Grade 1 level.

“It would be outstanding especially with a homebred filly like that,” Hamm said. “I’m still looking for that first Grade 1. It would be super. We have the mare and Daredevil is a WinStar stallion so it would mean a whole lot to the whole operation.”

Hamm conditions numerous horses for WinStar, including dual stakes winner Alexandria, who also is unbeaten in three starts.

“We have a great relationship with WinStar,” Hamm said. “We have about 20 yearlings which will be 2-year-olds next year with WinStar, and we have about a dozen in training. The relationship started about 10 years ago and it’s grown each year. We breed together and we do some training together on certain horses.”

Jockey Junior Alvarado, who piloted Dayoutoftheoffice to victory in the Schuylerville for Hamm, has the mount from post 4.

Trainer Mark Casse will attempt a third triumph in the Spinaway with Beautiful Memories.

A John C Oxley Kentucky homebred, the chestnut daughter of Hard Spun was an emphatic 10-length runaway winner of her debut on May 28 at Churchill Downs before being pulled up in the last out Grade 3 Schuylerville on July 16.

In her first work since being eased, Beautiful Memories drilled through a bullet half-mile in 46.20 seconds on August 5 over the Saratoga main track. She has continued to train forwardly and worked a half-mile in 49.40 on August 28.

Beautiful Memories is out of the stakes-placed Sky Mesa mare Sky Dreamer, who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Dream Dancing. Her fourth dam is 1999 Champion Older Female Beautiful Pleasure, who was a six-time Grade 1-winner.

Jockey Jose Ortiz was aboard for both of her two starts and will be back aboard from post 5.

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen earned his first Grade 1 at the Spa when Cashier’s Dream strolled home to a six-length triumph in the 2001 Spinaway. This year, he will send out Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ Lady Lilly.

The bay daughter of freshman sire and 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist was a narrow winner on debut going six furlongs over the main track on August 2 at Saratoga.

Bred in Kentucky by Mueller Thoroughbred Stable, Lady Lilly is the fourth progeny out of the Pulpit mare Miss Inclined, whose previous three offspring are all winners. She was bought for $280,000 at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where she was consigned by Elm Tree Farm.

Jockey Joel Rosario will have the return engagement as he seeks an 11th stakes victory this meet from post 3.

Rounding out the field are Irish Constitution [post 1, Dylan Davis], Vequist [post 2, Luis Saez], and Guana Cay [post 6, Irad Ortiz, Jr].

The Spinaway is slated as Race 9 on Sunday’s 12-race program, which offers a first post of 12:45 p.m. Eastern. Saratoga Live will present daily television coverage of the 40-day summer meet on FOX Sports and MSG Networks. For the complete Saratoga Live broadcast schedule, and additional programming information, visit https://www.nyra.com/saratoga/racing/tv-schedule.

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Saratoga Daily Results and Activity

Results

Thursday, September 3
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $75,000 $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $38,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 P. G. Johnson S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $12,500 $32,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $62,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 New York Stallion Series S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $35,000 $47,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $76,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $76,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $72,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Sunday, September 6 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $72,000
Race 2 Claiming – $35,000 $47,000
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $55,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $72,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $72,000
Race 6 Allowance $74,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $62,000
Race 8 Claiming – $40,000 $62,000
Race 9 Spinaway S. $250,000
Race 10 Honorable Miss H. $150,000
Race 11 Lucky Coin S. $85,000
Race 12 Claiming – $40,000 $49,000

Final Entries

Saturday, September 5
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $62,000
Race 2 Claiming – $16,000 $36,000
Race 3 Allowance $64,000
Race 4 Glens Falls S. $200,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $72,000
Race 6 Allowance $74,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $72,000
Race 8 Allowance $64,000
Race 9 Jim Dandy S. $150,000
Race 10 Prioress S. $200,000
Race 11 Woodward H. $500,000
Race 12 Claiming – $40,000 $49,000