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Ride a Horse to Water. . . Maybe you can make them drink. Kentucky Derby winner Orb gets a sip after training Saturday, and makes Jenn Patterson smile.

WORTH REPEATING The Special’s quotes from Saratoga “He was a steward at the races there way, way, way back when. He would think Fair Hill has come a long way.” Owner Stuart Janney III, on what his father would think of Fair Hill “She has no clue that for 4 minutes, 34 and 2/5 seconds, I had no idea what she was going on about.” Reader Bill Kimok, who watched Thursday’s first race while allegedly listening to an English professor recite library call numbers for a list of books

“If Princess Of Sylmar does win, we better haul ass out of here. They are going to take over in here.” Trainer Chad Brown, in the Trustees Room, after winning the Sword Dancer and before Princess Of Sylmar won the Alabama “I’m thankful I got the ride back. That’s it, you’ve got to get the ride, the rest she does.” Jockey Javier Castellano, about the key to riding Princess Of Sylmar “It’s the good thing about the Saratoga Special, they handicap the race for me. I love the way they handicap the race. That was on my mind.” Castellano, about his strategy for the Alabama

“Nobody but me got to see it, or it feels that way sometimes. You learn something new every day, but some things you don’t want to learn. It’s not supposed to be that way, but what can you say? They were some good old days.” Racetracker Charlie Vogt, dispensing wisdom about life on (and off) the track

“A lot of nerves, a lot of nerves. It’s a lot more than when I watched the allowance race at Aqueduct, there wasn’t that many people there that day.” Owner Ed Stanco, on what it’s like to run Princess Of Sylmar

“If you’ve been around here as long as I was you can’t stay away. You’ve got to come back and see what’s going on. It’s in your blood. That’s it. You miss it.” Vogt, on why he returns to the barn every summer at Saratoga

“You’ve got some real race fans at Aqueduct, you have to respect that, they’re the best, I think we should do more to build that up. I love that inner dirt. I love this too.” Stanco, about going to Aqueduct

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Connie Bush

Go Deep. A backside football game broke out Friday afternoon. The kid on the right is open on the crossing route.

NAMES OF THE DAY Doyouseeme, Sunday’s second race. Vision.

The 5-year-old first-time starter is by Pollard’s

Madam I’m Adam, Sunday’s fourth race. The running palindrome is back. Concise, Sunday’s eighth race. The 3-year-old filly is out of Cut Short. Hardrocker, Monday’s sixth race.

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“My father came from Austria, the way I understand it, his father had a big farm, my father decided he didn’t want to go back home and got a job milking cows. He never told me how he wound up working for H.T. Peter, he was a pretty prominent man in the show horse and hunting, he worked for him for over 20 years and then he and his friend opened a riding academy, in ’37, ’38, he was broke from then on. “Somehow, I don’t know where the hell he got them, but people would send old bowed horses and we would walk them in the bay, walk them back and forth and give them a whole year. There was a pretty famous veterinarian would come out and fire them, we always fired horses in those days, we got them back to the races, some of them, a couple of them won.”

The 5-year-old gelding is by Rock Hard Ten out of

Absolute Paradise, Monday’s 10th race. The 3-year-old filly is by Any Given Saturday

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LICENSE PLATES OF THE DAY HERE, New York. Do they have another car sporting THERE? TRYFECTA, New York. 007BONDJ, New York. No, it’s not the trainer, but it is on a BMW Z3.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “You hate to stop with one who’s absolutely perfectly healthy, but sometimes you’ve got to look at the big picture way down the road. We’ll sit back and give it a couple of weeks, it’s never smart to make a decision right after a race.” Trainer Todd Pletcher, on what was next for Princess Of Sylmar

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ALABAMA STAKES RECAP

Loud & Clear

Princess Of Sylmar shines in Grade 1 score BY SEAN CLANCY Ed Stanco heard it and loved it. “And there she goes…” Tom Durkin lobbed the perfect line as favorite Princess Of Sylmar rolled to the lead in the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga Saturday. Indeed, there she went. Princess Of Sylmar rallied four wide on the turn and sauntered to another Grade 1 score at Saratoga. Owned and bred by Stanco’s King of Prussia Stable and trained by Todd Pletcher, Princess Of Sylmar earned her seventh career victory, her third consecutive Grade 1 stakes win and clinched championship honors in the 3-year-old filly division. For Stanco, Durkin’s call summed it up. “How cool was that?” Stanco said from the porch of the Trustees Room after the $600,000 stakes. “She’s starting to show her personality to all the racing fans and that’s what racing needs.” See ALABAMA page 7

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Alabama – Continued from page 6 Personality and performance. Breaking from the middle of the fivehorse field, Princess Of Sylmar eased to fourth in a matter of strides as Carnival Court, Montana Native and Fiftyshadesofhay took the initiative. Carnival Court angled to the rail to assume the lead as John Velazquez kept second choice Fiftyshadesofhay outside Montana Native. Javier Castellano settled Princess Of Sylmar in fourth, alone and poised. Through a half in 48.16, Carnival Court led by a half-length over Montana Native and Fiftyshadesofhay who stacked behind the leader’s heels. All the while, Princess Of Sylmar galloped and Castellano waited, like they were going to the pole to work an easy half-mile in the morning. After three quarters in 1:12.77, Castellano eased out of the kickback. Seeing daylight for the first time since the CCA Oaks a month earlier, the favorite swept four wide and blew past her three rivals. “And there she goes . . .” Castellano said it was her decision. “I never did decide, she pulled me there, right to the heels of Johnny,” Castellano said. “I just wanted to give her daylight, then she took off.” By the quarter pole, Princess Of Sylmar was long gone, accelerating off the turn to draw off with precision. Castellano hit her once and waved his whip, he could have thrown it in the infield. She won by 2 ½ lengths over Fiftyshadesofhay and Carnival Court, finishing 10 furlongs in 2:03.21.

Tic, tac, toe. Princess Of Sylmar completed an audacious triple, winning the Kentucky Oaks in May, the Coaching Club American Oaks in July and the Alabama in August. Pletcher was confident going into the race and even more confident watching it. “You feel like you’ve got the best horse, the horse is training great, you don’t want to take anything for granted, but it all unfolded how we hoped it would,” Pletcher said. “Everything was going great, the fractions were fast enough, she was right in behind them in a comfortable rhythm, out of trouble, in the clear, pretty much how we drew it up.” “It worked out perfect,” Castellano said. “Small field, get behind horses, the three horses come together, I just covered her up, get her to relax, she’s a push-button horse, anything you want, she does. I was just the pilot.” After Princess Of Sylmar won the Kentucky Oaks, Stanco and Pletcher made a decision to aim for the two big stakes at Saratoga, using the CCA Oaks as a prep for the Alabama. When Princess Of Sylmar won the 9-furlong prep with aplomb, Pletcher knew all he had to do was keep the ball on the court. Best horse, simple task. Princess Of Sylmar breezed a quiet half-mile two weeks after the CCA Oaks, then returned for another routine half six days before the Alabama. “In some ways, it’s a very complicated game. In other ways, it’s a very simple game,” Pletcher said. “You try not to overthink it, sometimes you’ve See ALABAMA page 8

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Princess Of Sylmar takes some dirt early in the Alabama.

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Alabama – Continued from page 7 got to be careful when you’re in a situation like that, you’ll out-think yourself. Try not to get cute, keep doing what’s working for her, it felt like everything went perfectly in between, you feel like you’re coming to it in top, top shape but they still have to run the race.” With her customary cotton in her ears, Princess Of Sylmar walked around the paddock quieter than usual. She’s never been high strung, but she was languid as she circled in front of a big crowd and didn’t raise an ear when fans clapped for her leaving the paddock. “She was a tick quiet. She’s always been quiet, but when you’re a big favorite, you worry about everything, I was a tick worried that she was a little more quiet than usual,” Pletcher said. “Once I got up to the grandstand and saw her get a little prance to her step when she got on the track, I felt better about it, but yeah I was a tick concerned.” The concern faded completely about the time Durkin made that call. With three Grade 1 scores tucked squarely away, Princess Of Sylmar could be finished for the year. Before the Alabama, Pletcher and Stanco had discussed that option. She’s not nominated to the Breeders’ Cup, she might not be as effective against older mares going around one turn at Belmont and the Sept. 21 Cotillion for 3-year-old fillies at Parx would be her third race in two months, veering from the plan that has worked with precision thus far.

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Owner Ed Stanco congratulates Javier Castellano after the Alabama win.

Stanco will let Pletcher decide. “If she’s done, she’s done. I’m not looking to score points. This is not NASCAR. I just want to keep her sound,” Stanco said. “He’ll check her out in a couple of days and we’ll see how she

is, if she’s good and she wants to do it, well, it’s up to Todd.” Stanco manages his insurance business and his racing business the same way, allowing who he hires to do their jobs.

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“I had a boss many years ago say, ‘Let the brokers do the brokering.’ You get people who are very good and you let them do their job,” Stanco said. “I know the filly has four legs, Todd knows how they feel.”

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SWORD DANCER INVITATIONAL RECAP

Late Reward

Big Blue Kitten gives Bravo Grade 1 score a year after wrong choice BY TOM LAW Joe Bravo and Danny Nied faced a difficult decision a year ago. Jockeys and jockey’s agents face choices like this all the time, ride one horse over another, stay good with a certain owner or trainer and pass up another mount, stay closer to home or go out of town. Some choices go the right way, while others go the wrong way. The decision before last year’s Sword Dancer Invitational went the wrong way when they opted to ride Turbo Compressor in the Grade 1 fixture at Saratoga instead of traveling to Chicago to ride Little Mike in the Arlington Million. You know the rest of the story, even if you don’t. Turbo Compressor wilts on the lead, finishes last of nine. Little Mike dominates on the lead, wins the Million and two starts later the Breeders’ Cup Turf with another rider. A year later Bravo returned to Saratoga and re-

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Big Blue Kitten roars past Twilight Eclipse late in the Sword Dancer.

warded the continued faith of trainer Chad Brown and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey with a flawless ride to win the 39th edition of the $600,000 Sword Dancer aboard Big Blue Kitten. “It was kind of funny, winning this race this year,” Bravo said, signing hats, T-shirts and programs as he walked back to the jockey’s room. “It was just the wrong situation. Eh, welcome to the world of horse

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racing. One day you’re on top, one day you’re not. It’s all about zigging and zagging.” Bravo didn’t zig or zag too much in the Sword Dancer. Didn’t really need to. He did save ground, plenty of it around the three turns of the 1 ½-mile journey. Big Blue Kitten raced at See SWORD DANCER page 12

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Sword Dancer – Continued from page 10 the back of the pack through the first 6 furlongs, moved up a bit with about a half-mile to run, and weaved through some seams in the stretch. Bravo and Big Blue Kitten didn’t get the lead until deep stretch, wearing down Twilight Eclipse and French import Nutello inside the final sixteenth to add the Sword Dancer to their victory in last month’s Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth. “What a ride; three turns and he barely needs to get off the rail,” said Brown, who gave the call to Bravo first in the June 9 Monmouth Stakes, where he finished second to beaten Sword Dancer favorite Boisterous. “He fit the horse so well. Even in his first start, when he got beat he came back and was so positive on the horse. He told me, ‘Consider running this horse in the United Nations. If he comes out of the race and you can have him back, because I know this horse now, early in the race I was too far out of position, now I now what this horse can do.’ I said OK, talked to Mr. Ramsey, pointed him in the United Nations and put Joe back on and it worked out great.” Using Bravo at Monmouth is always an easy call; he’s won 13 riding titles there. Using him for the Sword Dancer was “a no brainer” too, Brown said. “Joe is a world-class rider,” Brown said. “He happens to make Monmouth his home. I’ve never had any hesitations about riding him anywhere. I’ve used him in Florida quite a bit. He’s a great decision maker and obviously he’s

got a ton of experience. He’s a veteran and he gave me a Grade 1 ride today.” Big Blue Kitten’s victory was part of a Grade 1 smorgasbord for the Ramseys, who won the 2013 Million with Real Solution, also trained by Brown, after the disqualification of The Apache, and the Grade 1 Secretariat with Admiral Kitten, trained by Mike Maker. Big Blue Kitten and Real Solution work together, although it usually looks like the younger of the two sons of Kitten’s Joy, the Million winner, uses his elder stablemate as a punching bag. The two breezed together for their last three workouts before the Grade 1 engagements Saturday, with Real Solution getting the better each time. Halfmile on dirt July 27, 5 furlongs on turf Aug. 3, and 5 furlongs again on the turf Aug. 11. Morning workouts are what they are, morning workouts. Money is on the line in the afternoons and that’s when Big Blue Kitten puts it together. He put it together in a big way Saturday. “The horse did everything today,” Bravo said. “He’s going to do all the talking. Just look at what he did against good horses. It was pretty fun. That’s why I love riding, horses like that.” The Sword Dancer was Big Blue Kitten’s 10th win from 17 starts, to go with two seconds and four thirds. The only time he was off the board was a 10th in the Group 1 Prince of Wales during the 2012 Royal Ascot meet. The winner’s share of the purse pushed him into seven figures, with a bankroll of See SWORD DANCER page 13

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Joe Bravo smiles broadly after winning the Sword Dancer on Big Blue Kitten for trainer Chad Brown.

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Sword Dancer – Continued from page 12 $1,058,530. For the record, a bit more than the $671,175 earned by Real Solution, not that anyone’s counting. Big Blue Kitten certainly started humbly, winning two of his first three in claiming company, then a starter allowance and an allowance before taking the Grade 2 Hall of Fame at Saratoga as a 3-year-old. The claiming races were essentially dictated by the horse’s poor efforts in the morning. “He started out in the claiming ranks this horse, way back,” Brown said. “I ran him three times for a tag. He never trains good. This horse, if anybody watched his works the last two weeks, if you watch him compared to the horse running in the Million, the horse in the Million has been crushing this horse. I don’t think this horse has ever won a workout. “The first time I ran him maiden claiming, he got beat. Ran him back maiden claiming and he won. Ran him for 50 at Keeneland and he won easy and then Mr. Ramsey said ‘Don’t run him for a tag anymore.’ I said he runs in the afternoon but he never runs a workout. Just works, eh. Now with Real Solution, I guess that will be a big play later, everybody will say, ‘oh, this horse won,’ but the other horse is generally a good breeze horse, and a good horse. But this horse is not a good breeze horse. But he runs in the afternoon.” Twilight Eclipse and Nutello, the second- and third-place finishers, re-

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Big Blue Kitten (1) finds a spot just after the break in the Sword Dancer.

spectively, fared pretty well after being up close early Twilight Eclipse, second in the Man o’ War last time and a world-record setter earlier this year at Gulfstream, sat just off the leaders and looked like a winner until Big Blue Kitten uncorked his late rally. He finished a length behind the winner on the wire and 1 ¾ lengths in front of Nutello. Tannery, the

lone filly in the field, also closed from well back and missed third by a head. “We’ll just have to regroup and try again next time,” trainer Tom Albertrani said. “Great trip, in the right spot the whole race. He was just one little bit better than us today. Very, very, very happy with the race. We’ll regroup down to Belmont.” Nutello, third in the 2012 French

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Derby as a 3-year-old and making his first start in the U.S., looked equally good in the stretch even after being rank, checking and steadying at the top of the stretch. “He’s not used to running that way and I had to check a couple times in the stretch,” jockey Jose Lezcano said. “I got free in the stretch and he kicked, but they finished a little faster.”

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SATURDAY’S SARATOGA RESULTS Saturday August 17. FIRST $37,000, CLAIMING $20,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 5 1/2F 10 Fantastic Eyes C. Velasquez $10.40 $5.50 $3.70 6 Ideal Place J. Castellano $5.80 $4.10 3 Dissension J. Ortiz $3.30 Dk B/ Br Filly 2010, by Midas Eyes - Alytazm by Alydeed Owner: D Marleigh Stable and Bell, Peter E.. Trainer: Joseph Aquilino. Breeder: Maspeth Stables (NY). Late Scratches: Sharon Spagetti Claimed: Fantastic Eyes claimed by Perri, Anthony M. for $20,000, Colorme Kitten claimed by Gullo, Gary P. for $20,000 Time: 1:03.06 Exacta (10-6), $67.00; Superfecta (10-6-3-8), $1,724.00; Trifecta (10-6-3), $230.00 SECOND $80,000, MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT, 2 YO, 6 1/2F 2 Strong Mandate J. Ortiz $34.00 $15.00 3 Tapiture J. Lezcano $6.50 1 Rebranded J. Velazquez B Colt 2011, by Tiznow - Clear Mandate by Deputy Minister Owner: Baker, Robert C. and Mack, William L.. Trainer: D. Lukas. Breeder: G. Watts Humphrey Jr. (KY). Late Scratches: First Bid Time: 1:16.23 Daily Double (10-2), $194.50; Exacta (2-3), $152.50; Quinella $94.50; Superfecta (2-3-1-6), $5,124.00; Trifecta (2-3-1), $404.00

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THIRD $37,000, NY-BRED MAIDEN CLAIMING $20,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 6F 9 G W’s Hammer L. Saez $11.60 $4.70 $3.30 6 Ocala Jim J. Castellano $3.30 $2.70 7 My Teddy Bear I. Ortiz, Jr. $5.30 B Gelding 2010, by Bustin Stones - Glifter by Glitterman Owner: Butler, William, J.. Trainer: John Hertler. Breeder: William Butler (NY). Claimed: Ocala Jim claimed by Funky Munky Stable LLC for $20,000 Time: 1:12.57 Daily Double (2-9), $196.00; Exacta (9-6), $34.80; Superfecta (9-6-7-4), $915.00; Trifecta (9-6-7), $237.50; Pic 3 (10-2-9), $1,366.00 FOURTH $87,000, AOC $25,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 1 1/8M 9 Midnight Taboo J. Velazquez $8.70 $4.30 $3.50 3 Golden Lad J. Castellano $7.30 $5.00 4 Kid Sidney L. Saez $5.30 Ch Colt 2010, by Langfuhr - Hot Red by Thunder Gulch Owner: Repole Stable. Trainer: Todd Pletcher. Breeder: Upson Downs Farm & EICO Stable (KY). Late Scratches: Ea Claimed: The Best Glacier claimed by Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K. for $25,000 Time: 1:50.74 Daily Double (9-9), $63.50; Exacta (9-3), $61.00; Quinella (3-9), $32.80; Superfecta (9-3-4-7), $3,084.00; Trifecta (9-3-4), $480.50; Pic 3 (2-9-9), $1,492.00 FIFTH $40,000, CLAIMING $20,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 1 1/16M 9 Westside Corral J. Castellano $12.40 $7.00 $5.00 10 Annawon J. Lezcano $8.20 $5.70 2 Wayward Sailor J. Ortiz $7.40 Dk B/ Br Gelding 2007, by Bernstein - Booly by Apalachee Owner: Winning Move Stable, Bob Petersons Stables, LLC and Class Personified Stable. Trainer: Dominic Galluscio. Breeder: Delehanty Stock Farm Inc. (NY). Late Scratches: Unaccountable, Sky Blue Pink, St Liams Halo, Yankee Fourtune Claimed: Wayward Sailor claimed by Drawing Away Stable for $20,000, Fizzano claimed by Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K. for $20,000, Livingston Street claimed by Rigobello, Robert for $20,000 Time: 1:42.06 Daily Double (9-9), $55.50; Exacta (9-10), $84.50; Superfecta (9-10-2-1), $5,305.00; Trifecta (9-10-2), $950.00; Pic 3 (9-9-9), $315.50; Pic 4 (2-99-9), $8,434.00

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SIXTH $72,000, NY-BRED ALLOWANCE, 3 YO’S & UP, 5 1/2F 1 Sandy’z Slew C. Velasquez $31.80 $15.80 $10.40 5 River Tune J. Castellano $7.60 $4.90 8 Lord of Love I. Ortiz, Jr. $6.60 B Gelding 2010, by Limehouse - Charleston Springs by Capote Owner: Team Clear Stars Stable. Trainer: Richard Schosberg. Breeder: Robert Hahn (NY). Late Scratches: Dr Figawi, Half Wildcat, Sirtori, Luxury Appeal Time: 1:02.21 Daily Double (9-1), $173.00; Exacta (1-5), $218.50; Superfecta (1-5-84), $20,441.00; Trifecta (1-5-8), $1,211.00; Consolation Double (9-11), $11.80; Pic 3 (9-9-1), $884.00; (9-9-11), $48.60

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SEVENTH $70,000, SOC $35,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 1 1/16M 5 Lawyer Jim J. Lezcano $13.20 $6.30 $4.20 12 Tater Downs R. Maragh $6.00 $4.50 2 Vinny Goodtimes I. Ortiz, Jr. $5.20 Ch Gelding 2009, by Lawyer Ron - Picnic Theme by Northern Idol Owner: Schettine, William, C.. Trainer: Lisa Lewis. Breeder: Steel Your Face Stables, LLC (NY). Late Scratches: Jasper Lake, Liquidity Trap Time: 1:42.01 Daily Double (1-5), $298.50; Exacta (5-12), $79.00; Superfecta (5-12-2-8), $2,661.00; Trifecta (5-12-2), $654.00; Pic 3 (9-1-5), $1,690.00; (9-11-5), $93.00 EIGHTH $87,000, AOC $35,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 1 3/16M 4 Sandyinthesun J. Alvarado $49.20 $19.60 $8.70 3 Lure of the South C. Velasquez $17.60 $7.40 2 Ampersand J. Lezcano $3.90 B Gelding 2007, by Say Florida Sandy - In the Sun by Alleged Owner: Ponterella, Thomas and Davis, Robbie, G.. Trainer: Robbie Davis. Breeder: Tea Party Stable (NY). Late Scratches: Now and Then, Hailstone Time: 1:56.44 Daily Double (5-4), $418.50; Exacta (4-3), $705.00; Superfecta (4-3-2-6), $9,786.00; Trifecta (4-3-2), $3,546.00; Pic 3 (1-5-4), $7,197.00 NINTH $600,000, STAKES - SWORD DANCER INVITATIONAL S., 3 YO’S & UP, 1 1/2M 1 Big Blue Kitten J. Bravo $7.90 $4.30 $3.50 4 Twilight Eclipse J. Castellano $4.70 $4.10 5 Nutello J. Lezcano $6.40 B Horse 2008, by Kitten’s Joy - Spent Gold by Unaccounted For Owner: Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey. Trainer: Chad Brown. Breeder: Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey (KY). Late Scratches: Teaks North Time: 2:26.46 Daily Double (4-1), $292.50; Exacta (1-4), $36.20; Trifecta (1-4-5), $289.50; Pic 3 (5-4-1), $1,510.00 TENTH $600,000, STAKES - ALABAMA S., 3 YO, 1 1/4M 4 Princess of Sylmar J. Castellano $3.00 $2.10 6 Fiftyshadesofhay J. Velazquez $2.50 5 Carnival Court I. Ortiz, Jr. Ch Filly 2010, by Majestic Warrior - Storm Dixie by Catienus Owner: King of Prussia Stable. Trainer: Todd Pletcher. Breeder: Ed Stanco (PA). Late Scratches: Tell a Great Story Time: 2:03.21 Daily Double (1-4), $11.20; Exacta (4-6), $5.80; Trifecta (4-6-5), Pic 3 (4-1-4), $657.00

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Upset Special Ex-jockey Davis sends Sandyinthesun to surprise score in eighth at 23-1 The scene in front of the winner’s circle after Saturday’s eighth race was enough to send chills all over. Robbie Davis jumped, hugged, high-fived and welled up with a few tears from the time Sandyinthesun crossed the finish line a nose in front of Lure Of The South in the eighth race until the 6-year-old gelding made his way back to the winner’s circle. Davis is no stranger to the winner’s circle. He won 3,382 races during his career, including 254 in 1984, and was well known and loved during his career on the New York circuit. Saturday’s win by Sandyinthesun at odds of more than 23-1 brought a new kind of victory to the retired jockey and his family. “It’s just unimaginable,” Davis said. “You would think it was the dang Travers or something. I’m just playing around with this little horse and we are having fun. The whole family is in on it. You never really expect to win a major race in New York and it’s just awesome to be here.” Davis stayed in the winner’s circle after the victory, taking in the replay on the infield big screen. You could see the in him riding the race right along with

SATURDAY’S RACING RECAP Junior Alvarado, who placed the son of Say Florida Sandy mid-pack early. He looked to be flattening at the top of the stretch, but exploded the final sixteenth to just catch Ampersand and Lure Of The South on the wire by a short nose. Sandyinthesun hadn’t hit the board since last October when he won an allowance race at Belmont, Davis’ second win as a trainer. Saturday’s victory was his third. “Sandy is like one of our kids,” Davis said. “We bought him as a yearling. He is part of the family and we just kind of taught him along the way and he’s just really responded well.” – Catlyn Spivey • A start in the Belmont Stakes proved disastrous for 3-year-old Midnight Taboo, as the colt finished 12th. “This was quite a bit of an easier spot,” said trainer Todd Pletcher after Midnight Taboo picked up a narrow victory in Saturday’s fourth race, a first-level optional claimer at 1 1/8 miles. The colt broke from the outside

Sandyinthesun (4) digs in late to win Saturday’s eighth for trainer Robbie Davis.

post, a position his owner found favorable. “Last time we he had the one post, and he didn’t like. You could tell that,” said Mike Repole. “So having the ninth post, I was just real happy. They went a little bit of the scenic route, but I think Johnny (Velazquez) moved at the perfect time. I think he was the best horse in the race and Johnny rode him perfect.” Pletcher agreed, saying “We got a perfect trip. Even though we were out-

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Recap – Continued from page 16 ling Palace Malice and the rest in the Belmont. The $240,000 Keeneland September purchase returned at Saratoga to finish fourth behind Norumbega July 28. Pletcher and Repole were thinking about a return to stakes company for the Kentucky-bred. “I think he is a stakes-caliber horse,” the trainer said. “That’s why we took a shot at the Belmont. After that we wanted to take a step back into some easier races. That’s what we’ve done, and now he’s stepped back up, and maybe we’ll go to bigger and better things from here.” – Dan McDonough • His first victory of the meet finally in hand, trainer D. Wayne Lukas strode into the winner’s circle, two young boys in tow. Grandchildren, right? Nope. “Just two strangers I took to the winner’s circle,” said the trainer. It turns out this is something of a tradition for Lukas, who was in a celebratory mood following the triumph of Strong Mandate in Saturday’s second race a 6 1/2-furlong maiden for 2-year-olds. “Every time I win I get a couple of kids to take to the winner’s circle,” said Lukas. “I do it all the time, all over the country. Then I send them over to meet me for a picture.” Sure enough, Lukas delivered the boys back to their father with instructions to meet him for a photo. First, Lukas spoke on the colt’s strong performance in shedding 16-1 odds to win by 4 ½ lengths in his second career start for jockey Jose Ortiz. Strong Mandate had previously finished fifth here July 22 in his debut. “I put blinkers on him the second out,” said the trainer. “A lot of my colts will run better the second out. I thought he’d run big. It was a very, very tough field but the way he handled it I was pretty pleased See RECAP page 20

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Recap – Continued from page 18 with him. I think he’s got a great future.” Lukas declined to go into specifics on that future just yet, saying only that he would speak with owners Robert Baker and William Mack. “I love this colt. He’s got a great pedigree and he’s quite a man, if you saw him in the winner’s circle,” said Lukas.

Bred by G. Watts Humphrey, the winner is a $200,000 Keeneland September graduate by Tiznow out of Grade 1 winner Clear Mandate. The victory was a relief for Lukas, who up until Saturday had not won in 31 starts here this summer. “I’ve had a rough meet, but it’ll get better,” he said. Should Lukas strike gold again here, remember this, kids: stand by the winner’s circle. – Dan McDonough

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G W’s Hammer accelerates to the line to win Saturday’s third race for trainer John Hertler.

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• John Hertler was happy to pick up his first win of the meet with G W’s Hammer in the third race, yet his immediate concern was the condition of the jockey originally named to ride the Bustin Stones gelding. Jose Espinoza was replaced on G W’s Hammer after he was injured in an incident after the first race. Espinoza finished fifth aboard Heading to Toga and was thrown hard to the ground when the filly fell after the wire and was euthanized. Espinoza was motionless for several minutes before he was taken off the track on a backboard and in an ambulance to the hospital. He was transported to the Albany Medical Center with a

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Tall Order Abbott challenges Spa’s big names with longshot shipper Nellie Cashman BY TOM LAW Tres Abbott knows he’s in tough if he stacks his career resume against the other horsemen with entries in today’s $200,000 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid. He’s got plenty of pedigree and background though, as the son of bloodstock agent Franny Abbott and the grandson of Brushwood Stable’s Betty Moran. The younger Abbott worked for Todd Pletcher, Aidan O’Brien and Michael Stoute before striking out on his own in 2010. Pedigree and background are one thing, results are another, and that fact isn’t lost on Abbott as he brings longshot Nellie Cashman into the Lake Placid as the 15-1 outside in a tough field of seven.

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Lake Placid– Continued from page 22 Lukas with the yeoman’s share at 14— and 39 Breeders’ Cup races. To make matters even more difficult for Abbott, 30, is the fact that each of those trainers bring fillies to the 1 1/8mile Lake Placid either on the upside of their form cycle, with an excuse for their last race, or both. Only two come off wins, Pletcher’s Silsita, who took the My Princess Jess here the first Saturday, and Abbott’s filly. Nellie Cashman, a Mineshaft filly Abbott trains for the Sycamore Racing syndicate of about 25 owners headed by his father, won the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks last time out to give the younger Abbott his first stakes win of any variety. She won that day at nearly 20-1, rating off the pace under Forest Boyce to win by a half-length over Praia with fillies trained by Hall of Famers Jonathan Sheppard and Roger Attfield, Motion, Mike Maker and Rick Mettee in the beaten field. The Lake Placid will be a tougher assignment. Abbott planned to ship Nellie Cashman north Saturday afternoon to arrive in the evening, decreasing the amount of time the filly will be exposed to the busy atmosphere at the racetrack compared to the tranquil setting at Fair Hill. He’s made the trip before, with a state-bred filly who hit the board in maiden races, and doesn’t take it lightly. “I try not to come up there unless my horse is doing well,” Abbott said. “It’s a long way to go to just go out

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Silsita (left) and Broken Spell return to action today after finishing a nose apart in the My Pricess Jess July 20..

for a run. It’s mentally and emotionally taxing, to go all the way up there if you’re not good enough. This filly’s doing well, and like I said, I wouldn’t drag her up there if I didn’t think she was.”

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Lake Placid – Continued from page 24 The Virginia Oaks was her third start on grass and Abbott says he saw a difference in Nellie Cashman after her first win on turf June 21 heading into the mid-July race at Colonial Downs. “Her biggest thing is mentally putting it together,” Abbott said. “She was mentally improved for that race. The last time she was coming off a win and I think she improved mentally from winning. So last time I was confident because she was doing well and that she would not disgrace herself, hopefully finish in the first three get some prize money, black type, increase her value. “The fact that she’s won, that’s just icing on the cake for the rest of the year. Now we’ve got the opportunity to get some more black type. Of course it’s a big step to go from a Grade 3 to a Grade 2. Going from a Grade 3 at Colonial to Saratoga is not just a step but a whole bunch of steps.” Watsdachances and Tapicat will not be making a similar step up after finishing second and third, respectively, in the Grade 2 Lake George at the meet. Tapicat is the 9-5 morning-line favorite, just ahead of Watsdachances at 2-1. The two finished a neck apart and a half-length behind Kittens Dumplings in the 1 1/16-mile Lake George. Watsdachances won the P. G. Johnson on the turf here last summer in her American debut after racing twice in Ireland. The Diamond Green filly followed that with a win in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo and runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She’s lost her three starts this season, all improving races as she catches up physically. “She’s filled out a little bit since we got her,” Brown said. “To be honest, when she came over here she looked good and trained good. She had no bad habits, so training wise she hasn’t really changed much. She’s grown a little bit, she’s filled out a little bit. She’s always been a pretty reliable horse for me. She’s been consistently good. Just a touch bigger and a touch more weight than when she was younger.” Concise finished second, beaten less than a length to the promising Mott filly White Rose in an optional claiming race the day after the Lake George in

her American debut and first start for Motion. She added Lasix for that start and adds blinkers today. Joel Rosario has the return call on the 5-1 third choice. “She was second in an a-other-than but came running late,” Motion said. “It was her first time running over here. It seems like she’s improving, so we’ll take a shot.” Silsita, Broken Spell and Caroline Thomas all come out of the same race, the restricted My Princess Jess the second day of the meeting. Silsita, from Pletcher’s barn, won by a nose over Lukas’ Broken Spell. Caroline Thomas raced down on the inside most of the way and was bumped in the stretch making a run. She’s breezed three times on the Oklahoma Training Track turf since for Tagg, including a quick half Thursday. Watsdachances exits a runner-up effort in the Grade 3 Lake George July 24.

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Saratoga Leaders TRAINERS..........................1ST Todd Pletcher................................27 Chad Brown..................................17 David Jacobson.............................11 Steve Asmussen.............................9 Dominic Galluscio...........................8 Mike Maker.....................................8 Bill Mott..........................................8 George Weaver...............................8 Kiaran McLaughlin..........................7 Rudy Rodriguez..............................6 Christophe Clement.........................5 Jack Fisher......................................5 JOCKEYS...........................1ST Javier Castellano...........................40 Joel Rosario..................................35 John Velazquez.............................32 Jose Lezcano................................19 Irad Ortiz Jr...................................16 Jose Ortiz......................................15 Cornelio Velasquez........................14 Junior Alvarado.............................13 Joe Rocco Jr.................................12 Luis Saez.......................................10 Rosie Napravnik..............................9 Rajiv Maragh...................................7 Jose Espinoza.................................6 OWNERS...........................1ST Ken and Sarah Ramsey.................12 Drawing Away Stable......................7 Klaravich & Wm. Lawrence.............7 Repole Stable..................................6 Darley Stable...................................5 Jim and Susan Hill..........................4 Winning Move Stable......................4 Through Saturday

SUNDAY’S SARATOGA ENTRIES Sunday, August 18. 1ST (1:00PM). $80,000, MSW, 2 YO, F , 6 1/2F Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Daily Double 1 1 Le Plume R. Albarado 2 2 Magsamelia J. Castellano 3 3 Art of the Game M. Smith 4 4 Predicate J. Lezcano 5 5 Cosi Celeste A. Solis 6 6 Ma Billet Doux J. Rosario

D. Lukas G. Contessa N. Zito M. Hennig H. Jerkens W. Mott

10-1 9-5 5-2 5-1 9-2 6-1

2ND (1:30PM). $37,000, MCL $20,000, 3 YO’S & UP, F & M , 6F Exacta, Quinella, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Pic 4, Daily Double 1 1 Alexa J. Castellano B. Brown 2 2 Broadway Music Gal C. Velasquez C. Englehart 3 3 Transit Express A. Lezcano G. Contessa 4 4 Scienziato J. Alvarado A. Kingsley, Jr. 5 5 Doyouseeme S. Bridgmohan P. Reynolds 6 6 You Take the Cake R. Maragh J. Lostritto 7 7 Mini Muffin S. Jimenez J. Polanco 8 8 Rt. Sixty Seven J. Espinoza F. Multari, Jr.

5-1 8-1 6-1 2-1 15-1 5-2 8-1 20-1

3RD (2:00PM). $45,000, CLM $35,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 7F Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Daily Double 1 1 Meeker Avenue J. Espinoza D. Schettino 2 2 Comandante I. Ortiz, Jr. M. Trombetta 3 3 Grey Oak J. Castellano D. Romans 4 4 Boston Proper R. Napravnik R. Moquett 5 5 Flying Bird L. Saez N. Zito 6 6 Invocation J. Rocco, Jr. J. Kimmel 7 7 Escape Artist J. Velazquez W. Catalano

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4TH (2:31PM). $38,000, CLM $20,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 1M (INNER TURF) Exacta, Quinella, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Daily Double 1 1 Knock Quietly J. Ortiz S. Schwartz 20-1 2 2 Spirit of Peace I. Ortiz, Jr. M. Miceli 20-1 3 3 My Pal of Pals J. Alvarado G. Sciacca 20-1 4 4 Madam I’m Adam C. Velasquez L. Rice 8-5 5 5 Nelson Avenue J. Espinoza A. Quartarolo 30-1 6 6 Freud’s Debut J. Castellano R. Rodriguez 3-1 7 7 Life’s a Roar J. Lezcano J. Fisher 4-1 8 8 Turn Up the Music L. Saez H. Bond 8-1 9 9 Song of Aspen J. Alvarado R. Persaud 20-1 10 10 El Corriente A. Lezcano P. Reynolds 15-1 M. Maker 5-2 11 MTO Poppa Loves Mambo . J. Alvarado A. Adsit 2-1 12 MTO Tape It 5TH (3:03PM). $85,000, MSW, 2 YO, 1 1/16M (TURF) Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Daily Double 1 1 Texas Zip J. Alvarado C. Brown 2 2 Arctic Slope J. Rosario K. McPeek 3 3 High Ransom J. Ortiz D. Lukas 4 4 Branded Hand J. Lezcano W. Mott 5 5 Waco R. Maragh H. Bond 6 6 Bashart J. Velazquez T. Pletcher 7 7 Storming Inti J. Castellano C. Brown

4-1 8-1 12-1 3-1 6-1 5-2 4-1

6TH (3:35PM). $77,000, AOC $14,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 1 1/8M Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Pic 6, Daily Double 1 1 Saturday Appeal C. Velasquez R. Schosberg 2 2 Read the Proposal J. Rosario R. Violette, Jr. 3 3 Street Lord J. Alvarado C. Baker 4 4 Ego Friendly J. Rocco, Jr. J. Kimmel 5 5 Beat of the Drum R. Maragh J. Jerkens 6 6 Ghostly Vision I. Ortiz, Jr. D. Schettino 7 7 Artie Luvsto Party J. Ortiz J. Imperio 8 8 Alcolite A. Solis J. Antonucci 9 9 Smokin Candy J. Castellano D. Galluscio

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7TH (4:07PM). $72,000, ALW, 3 YO’S & UP, F & M , 5 1/2F (TURF) Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Daily Double 1 1 Ave’s Halo J. Rosario L. Rice 6-1 2 2 White Crane C. Velasquez L. Rice 4-1 3 3 White Sangria J. Rocco, Jr. T. Bush 10-1 4 4 With Honorandgrace J. Velazquez M. Trombetta 15-1 5 5 Sweet Maxine J. Navarro M. Gorham 20-1 6 6 My Uptown Gal L. Saez K. Feron 9-2 7 7 Therapy J. Ortiz K. Feron 10-1 8 8 Desert Bliss J. Lezcano J. Englehart 5-1 9 9 Neck of the Moon J. Castellano C. Brown 3-1 10 10 Nonnie Connie I. Ortiz, Jr. D. Galluscio 20-1 11 AE Pop Pop’s Smyle R. Maragh R. Persaud 30-1 12 AE Miracleonbroadway E. Prado W. Turner, Jr. 20-1 13 MTO Absolute Beauty J. Castellano R. Rodriguez 5-2 14 MTO Run a Dubb Dubb . R. Persaud 15-1 8TH (4:39PM). $200,000, STK - THE WOODFORD RESERVE LAKE PLACID, 3 YO, F , 1 1/8M (INNER TURF) Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Pic 4, Daily Double 1 1 Concise (GB) J. Rosario H. Motion 5-1 2 2 Tapicat M. Smith W. Mott 9-5 3 3 Watsdachances (IRE) J. Castellano C. Brown 2-1 4 4 Nellie Cashman F. Boyce F. Abbott, III 15-1 5 5 Broken Spell R. Albarado D. Lukas 8-1 6 6 Silsita J. Velazquez T. Pletcher 6-1 7 7 Caroline Thomas R. Napravnik B. Tagg 12-1 8 MTO Skyfall . T. Pletcher 5-2 9 MTO Flash Forward . D. Schettino 2-1 9TH (5:12PM). $82,000, AOC $25,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 5 1/2F (TURF) Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Daily Double 1 1 Shadow Rock J. Rosario D. Carroll 6-1 2 2 Never the End J. Lezcano E. Kenneally 5-1 3 3 Richmond County J. Velazquez S. Asmussen 12-1 4 4 Channel Marker S. Bridgmohan A. Stall, Jr. 5-2 5 5 Skylander J. Ortiz W. Ward 15-1 6 6 Partly Mocha J. Rocco, Jr. G. Weaver 6-1 7 7 Thomas Hill J. Castellano M. Friedman 8-1 8 8 Joe Can Gallop C. Velasquez G. Weaver 7-2 9 MTO Irish Lion . D. Jacobson 2-1 10 MTO Mr Rodriguez . R. Rodriguez 8-1 10TH (5:45PM). $85,000, MSW, 3 YO’S & UP, 1 3/8M (INNER TURF) Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Daily Double 1 1 Eu Bandolero J. Rocco, Jr. E. Caramori 20-1 2 2 Aflutter R. Napravnik J. Sheppard 6-1 3 3 Smart Power L. Saez P. Fout 20-1 4 4 Bank Float J. Alvarado W. Mott 12-1 5 5 Runs Like a Kitten J. Castellano C. Brown 7-2 6 6 Giacometti C. Velasquez T. Voss 15-1 7 7 Professor Midnight S. Bridgmohan G. Arnold, II 4-1 8 8 Fastinov A. Lezcano W. Magee 50-1 9 9 Three Streets (IRE) J. Ortiz K. McLaughlin 6-1 10 10 Viva Lad J. Lezcano M. Trombetta 15-1 11 11 Bramley J. Rosario M. Matz 3-1 11TH (6:18PM). $85,000, MSW, 2 YO, F , 1 1/16M (TURF) Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta 1 1 Al’s Gal E. Prado G. Contessa 2 2 Red Constitution C. Velasquez R. Rodriguez 3 3 Rachel’s Temper L. Saez D. Cannizzo 4 4 Coronette J. Rocco, Jr. M. Matz 5 5 America M. Smith W. Mott 6 6 Jazil’s Dream J. Lezcano T. Albertrani 7 7 Kitten Kaboodle J. Rosario W. Catalano 8 8 Seeking Her Glory J. Alvarado T. Pletcher 9 9 Zloty J. Castellano C. Brown 10 10 Candy Kitty J. Velazquez T. Pletcher 11 AE Good Catholic Girl J. Rosario K. McPeek 12 AE Spangled Banner J. Alvarado E. Harty 13 AE Paulownia R. Albarado D. Lukas

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Ma Billet Doux Art of the Game Predicate Scienziato You Take the Cake Transit Express Escape Artist Invocation Grey Oak Freud’s Debut Madam I’m Adam Life’s a Roar Bashart Storming Inti Branded Hand Smokin Candy Street Lord Read the Proposal Neck of the Moon My Uptown Gal Desert Bliss Watsdachances Tapicat Concise Channel Marker Partly Mocha Joe Can Gallop Bramley Aflutter Three Streets Kitten Kaboodle Candy Kitty Coronette

Magsamelia Art of the Game Ma Billet Doux Scienziato Broadway Music Gal Alexa Boston Proper Escape Artist Invocation Madam I’m Adam Life’s a Roar Freud’s Debut Bashart Branded Hand Texas Zip Smokin Candy Ghostly Vision Read the Proposal Neck of the Moon Desert Bliss My Uptown Gal Tapicat Watsdachances Concise Channel Marker Joe Can Gallop Thomas Hill Professor Midnight Aflutter Runs Like a Kitten Kitten Kaboodle Candy Kitty Zloty

Magsamelia Art Of the Game Cosi Celeste You Take the Cake Scienziato Transit Express Boston Proper Invocation Comandante Madam I’m Adam Freud’s Debut My Pal Of Pals Texas Zip Bashart High Ransom Read the Proposal Ghostly Vision Smokin Candy White Crane Therapy Neck of the Moon Watsdachances Caroline Thomas Tapicat Never The End Partly Mocha Joe Can Gallop Three Streets Bank Float Professor Midnight Kitten Kaboodle Zloty Jazil’s Dream

Magsamelia Art of the Game Predicate Broadway Music Gal Doyouseeme You Take the Cake Flying Bird Comandante Meeker Avenue Madam I’m Adam Spirit of Peace Nelson Avenue Branded Hand Texas Zip Bashart Read the Proposal Saturday Appeal Ghostly Vision White Crane Neck of the Moon Therapy Caroline Thomas Watsdachances Tapicat Never the End Channel Marker Shadow Rock Three Streets Bank Float Runs Like a Kitten Kitten Kaboodle Rachel’s Temper Candy Kitty

Predicate Cosi Celeste Ma Billet Doux Broadway Music Gal Scienziato Transit Express Invocation Escape Artist Boston Proper Madam I’m Adam Freud’s Debut Turn Up the Music Bashart Branded Hand Storming Inti Read the Proposal Smokin Candy Ego Friendly Neck of the Moon Desert Bliss My Uptown Gal Tapicat Watsdachances Silsita Channel Marker Partly Mocha Thomas Hill Aflutter Runs Like a Kitten Three Streets Kitten Kaboodle Candy Kitty Zloty

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UNION AVENUE STAKES PREVIEW

Upset Parlay Delaware trainer Romero, longshot filly Galiana seek first stakes win Monday BY RYAN MARTIN Rodolfo Romero hosed off his muddy filly Galiana after her victory in a state-bred optional claiming race one of the rare muddy days so far at Saratoga. The win was the 3-year-old Stonesider filly’s second start and second win of the meet and Romero made it clear he wanted to try for at least one more race for the rising star of his 23-horse stable. “She’s coming back [to Saratoga],” said Romero, a former assistant to Tim Ritchey based in Delaware. “I don’t know [where] yet, it’s hard to say.” Nine days later Romero made good on his promise and entered Galiana for Monday’s $100,000 Union Avenue Stakes. She’ll face five other state-bred fillies that last raced in the Lotsa Talc Stakes and will be See UNION AVE page 32

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Union Ave– Continued from page 30 reunited with the same jockeys in Monday’s 6-furlong Union Avenue. Galiana will make her stakes debut, four months removed from running for a $7,500 tag in a maiden-claiming race at Delaware Park. Not exactly the place to spot future stakes competitors, but Galiana is an obvious exception. She won that maiden claiming race, then finished eighth in a $30,000 claimer on grass 18 days later. Romero cited the filly’s pedigree, by the Giant’s Causeway stallion Stonesider out of the unraced Argentinian-bred Interprete mare Baby Jess as the motive for putting her on grass. “Everybody said that she had a grass pedigree, but she just never liked the grass,” Romero said. So how did she wind up at Saratoga for an optional claimer July 21, where she won at nearly 70-1? Romero offered a simple reason. “She tried so good,” he said. His filly backed up that performance with another state-bred optional claiming win Aug. 8 (at a more modest 8-1). She will certainly need to try even harder against this group. Four of her five foes, all older, are stakes winners. Romero wants his horse to have the chance to run against stakes competitors at a track she clearly likes. “She’s a really, really hard filly,” he said, “I want to give her the opportunity to run in a stake here. She loves Saratoga.” Galiana is 8-1 and breaks from post five under Abel Lezcano. The race favorite is Willet, who comes off a close second in the Lotsa Talc. She lost by a nose to Clear Pasaj, also entered in the Union Ave, and trainer Jimmy Iselin was beyond pleased with the 5-year-old Jump Start mare’s effort. “I wasn’t happy, I was over the moon,” Iselin said from his barn at Aqueduct Saturday morning.

Lotsa Talc rivals (from left) Willet, Clear Pasaj and Miss Valentine return for Monday’s Union Avenue.

Second in all three starts at Saratoga, Willet aims for her fifth career win. Iselin hopes the “second-itis” goes away Monday. “Hopefully she’ll be number one in this race,” he said. “It’s a great field. Clear Pasaj has already beaten her. Miss Valentine is very consistent. Whether she can run at three-quarters, we’ll find out. But we think she’s in good shape so why not give it a shot?” Joel Rosario rode Willet last time and gets the return call on the 8-5 morning-line choice. “We’re very fortunate to have the services of Joel Rosario again,” Iselin said. “Last time was his first time riding her, and even though we didn’t win the ride was perfect.”

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Willet came into the Lotsa Talc off back-to-back graded stakes races, the Grade 2 Go For Wand to end her 2012 campaign and Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses to start her 2013 season. Iselin said a good run in the Union Avenue could set up a possible start in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Sept. 21 at Belmont Park. “That’s what the plan is,” he said. “But everything has to go well, this is only her third start back. The horse has to show us that she can do it. We nominated for the Ballerina, but the timing of this race was much better.” The Union Avenue field is rounded out by Miss Valentine, third by just a head in the Lotsa Talc, Cape Cod Carol, fourth in the Lotsa Talc, and Beautiful But Blue, eased in the Lotsa Talc.

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MONDAY’S SARATOGA ENTRIES 1ST (1:00PM). $70,000, MSW, 2 YO, 6 1/2F Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Daily Double 1 1 Slew’s Brew J. Falk 2 2 Testosterstone A. Solis 3 3 Thug Daddy R. Maragh 4 4 Social Rebellion J. Ortiz 5 5 So Lonesome J. Castellano 6 6 Blue Collar Cat J. Lezcano

J. Falk P. Kelly G. Contessa R. Cash D. Capuano J. Lawrence, II

10-1 15-1 6-5 12-1 4-1 2-1

2ND (1:32PM). $85,000, MSW, 3 YO’S & UP, F & M , 1 1/8M Exacta, Quinella, Trifecta, Pic 3, Pic 4, Daily Double 1 1 Tapitinsilver J. Alvarado W. Mott 2 2 Flores Island J. Rosario W. Mott 3 3 Lunar Surge J. Velazquez G. Weaver 4 4 Sheer Drama R. Napravnik A. Dutrow 5 5 Keri Belle L. Saez J. Shirreffs

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3RD (2:04PM). $72,000, AOC $14,000, 3 YO’S & UP, F & M , 6F Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Daily Double 1 1 Sweet Maxine R. Napravnik M. Gorham 2 2 Absolute Beauty C. Velasquez R. Rodriguez 3 3 Hot Stones J. Rosario B. Levine 4 4 L B’s Expression J. Rocco, Jr. T. Amoss 5 5 Little Gabby Girl I. Ortiz, Jr. R. Schosberg 6 6 Run a Dubb Dubb R. Maragh R. Persaud 7 7 Make the Moment J. Ortiz C. Baker 8 8 Maxana J. Castellano C. Martin

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4TH (2:36PM). $46,000, CLM $35,000, 3 YO’S & UP, F & M , 1M (INNER TURF) Exacta, Quinella, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Daily Double 1 1 Insolvent J. Castellano T. Pompay 2 2 Tie Dye E. Prado J. Kimmel 3 3 Waltzing Cat J. Rocco, Jr. G. Weaver 4 4 Corinthianna R. Napravnik S. Asmussen 5 5 Bozique L. Saez P. Quick 6 6 Flattermewithroses M. Franco J. Antonucci 7 7 Chloe Bear A. Solis P. Kelly 8 8 Lemon Song J. Espinoza L. Jolley, Jr. 9 9 Hot Tempo J. Rosario B. Tagg 10 10 Lady Utopia A. Lezcano G. Goodwin 11 MTO Liz Lemon . G. DiPrima

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5TH (3:08PM). $100,000, STK - THE UNION AVENUE, 3&UP, F & M , 6F Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Pic 6, Daily Double 1 1 Cape Cod Carol J. Velazquez J. Ryerson 10-1 2 2 Beautiful But Blue J. Lezcano T. Bush 6-1 3 3 Willet J. Rosario J. Iselin 8-5 4 4 Clear Pasaj J. Ortiz B. Levine 5-2 5 5 Galiana A. Lezcano R. Romero 8-1 6 6 Miss Valentine I. Ortiz, Jr. C. Clement 7-2 6TH (3:41PM). $46,000, CLM $35,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 1 1/16M (TURF) Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Daily Double 1 1 Ruthless Alley M. Franco R. Ubillo 6-1 2 2 Flowing Mane J. Ortiz L. Miranda 5-1 3 3 Professor Chaos A. Lezcano R. Metivier 30-1 4 4 Uncle Mitcho J. Castellano J. Antonucci 12-1 5 5 Coach A. J. C. Velasquez L. Rice 15-1 6 6 Summer Sands R. Maragh R. Persaud 12-1 7 7 Logan Street A. Solis L. Lewis 3-1 8 8 An Imaginary Road L. Saez T. Hills 6-1 9 9 Ricochet Court R. Napravnik N. Zito 7-2 10 10 Hardrocker I. Ortiz, Jr. C. Englehart 8-1 11 AE Eriugena (IRE) J. Rosario M. Maker 6-1 12 AE Trainingforsuccess J. Lezcano M. Friedman 15-1 13 MTO Two Comma Guy . M. Trombetta 7-2

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Life Changer Special staffer says goodbye to summer of stories at Saratoga BY RYAN MARTIN “Geez Martin, we’ve really changed your life, haven’t we? What would you be doing back in Kentucky on a night like this, scooping ice cream? But here you are watching Wise Dan win the Fourstardave.” These were words Sean Clancy said to me last Saturday night at the office, which got me to really think, “You know what? This really has changed my life.” If you know me, met me or are familiar with me, then you know that horse racing is, and always has been, a big part of my life. When I was a young boy my father took me to Churchill Downs and it was there and then that I started to form a love and appreciation for the sport. If you know me, you also know that Saratoga has always been one of those places in the world, yes the world, that I have always wanted to go. Every summer I look forward to watching the quality racing that Saratoga offers, from the Grade 1s to the stars of tomorrow in the baby races. Saratoga is one of those places that I believe every racing fan should experience at least once. There’s a long list of those places: Royal Ascot, Meydan, Longchamp, Keeneland, Del Mar, but Saratoga is definitely on that list. This summer I was lucky to make it happen for a whole month. It all started with an email. I’d never heard the name Sean Clancy before, until I found out that, like me, he was a Lambda Chi Alpha in his college years. So I dropped him an email asking for guidance. What should a guy like me be doing right now if I want to make it big in the racing world, which I definitely do? I didn’t get so much a straight answer, but something better: a chance to prove myself here at Saratoga. The rest is history. I was looking forward to this all summer long. Those days when I was sitting in my boring calculus class, all that I could think was, “Is it time to go to Saratoga yet?” Next thing I knew I was stepping off an airplane at the Albany International Airport. I did it blind, not knowing what to expect. When Ryan Clancy drove me from the airport and across the Thaddeus Kosciuszko bridge, I still didn’t know what to expect. Even when I walked into the office and met Sean, Joe and Tom face-to-face for the first time, I was still very unsure of what to expect. Now that my scheduled month here is at an end and I’m headed home Tuesday, I’ve learned a few things. I’ve learned that the racing industry is like a fraternity. My time with The Saratoga Special was like my pledging, my chance to really earn my way into the industry. Those of you that have been in fraternities know what pledging is like. It’s not easy, sometimes it’s anything but. There is a lot hard work involved and there definitely was in this case.

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One might even have to go through a bit of hazing during pledging. (Chad Brown still hasn’t hazed me yet, but he tried Saturday). I’d be lying to you if I told you that it was easy, because for me, it wasn’t like Wise Dan’s effortless performance in the Fourstardave. It was more like Corfu having to fight to hold off Wired Bryan in the Saratoga Special. Pledging is hard. Being a newbie in racing is hard. But you have to start somewhere. For me, that somewhere was here, and when it was all said and done, it was worth it. My time here has been phenomenal. No, I didn’t get to experience the great nightlife on Caroline Street since I’m 10 months shy of being 21. But I’ll tell what I did get to do. I got to know a whole lot of people up here at Saratoga, from the guys at The Special and everyone who gave me props for my American flag sunglasses and bowties. I got to see the likes of Wise Dan, Princess of Sylmar, Palace Malice, Corfu, Cross Traffic, Fort Larned and my personal favorite, Fiftyshadesofhay, in racing action. I got to work with great people who have shown me the ways of working in the industry. I got real hands-on experience in the racing world, dealing with the worldclass jockeys, trainers and owners who come here every meet. I’ve been through it all up here, the fun times and the frustrating times. I can honestly say that I have learned quite a bit about the industry and have really improved as a writer. This will certainly be a summer to remember, and yes Sean, this definitely changed my life. Thank you. Ryan Martin is a student at the University of Louisville’s College of Equine Business. His enthusiasm and passion for the game, and of course his pastel morning outfits, shades and bowties will be missed by The Special editors, writers and readers. Thanks Ryan.

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The Fairest of Them All?

Racecourse design consultant puts Saratoga, Ascot in coupled entry BY REBECCA FEDLER Paul Roberts discussed the issue of greatness and its relevance to racetracks on Tuesday night. The lecture, titled Saratoga at 150 – World’s Greatest Racecourse? was held at the National Museum of Racing. People gathered in the Hall of Fame to hear what NYRA’s strategic development consultant had to say, and to laugh at his wit. He said it was difficult to determine greatness. Go back a few years, and it’s clear that Rachel Alexandra was the greatest horse to ever play the game. Pick up a book, and your swayed to Man o’ War, he’s a legend after all. Ask the Irish, and it’s Shergar. No, it’s obvious Black Caviar was the best. But Frankel was unquestionably the greatest horse ever to race. “You see how this all goes. Racecourses are so complex, the system of racing is complex, and how you race is complex,” said Roberts as he showed slides demonstrating the range of tracks – towering buildings to beaches. Like horses, there’s variety in the tracks on which they compete. He decided to assess the issue of greatness on four components: the quality of racing, the facilities, the experience, and the atmosphere and history. Using this system, he methodically went from one track to another using slides to show pictures of the tracks as he pointed out the high and low points of each. “Some of the most attractive racecourses in the world are in South America,” he said, but they don’t have the best racing. “It is unusual for a racetrack to be great without a great

race. Every time you look at a great racetrack, you can usually trace it to a very famous race or activity of that nature. So the quality of racing is fundamental to the quality of a track.” In Australia, they have that great race, the Melbourne Cup. It’s called, “the race that stops a nation.” Roberts called it “without parallel.” Singapore and Hong Kong have betting dominated systems, whereas Saratoga takes a festival approach. Keeneland is beautifully branded, said Roberts, but it doesn’t have the big race like Churchill Downs. Roberts progressed through Del Mar, Santa Anita, Longchamp, and Flemington until there were only two tracks left in the race for greatness: Ascot and Saratoga. That’s assuming, he said, “there will not be a big rush toward me if I suggest that I think Saratoga is a superior track to Aqueduct. “When you talk about racing, and the quality of races, neither Saratoga nor Ascot has what you might call the standout race of its nation,” said Roberts. However, Ascot has five of the best races in the world. “If you say we’re going to assess this on racing alone, Saratoga loses to Ascot, but everybody loses to Ascot on racing alone.” Ascot has the best equine facilities in the world, said Roberts. But Saratoga has an iconic building and an outdoor experience. “[Saratoga] has a good end, a bad end, and perhaps seats that might need a little bit of paint...” But as Roberts pointed out, Ascot has its

Paul Roberts has produced two books about racecourse architecture.

new clothes, Saratoga doesn’t. Ascot already spent its money, but Saratoga’s renovations are yet to come. Roberts hopes the needs of escape issues are handled, as well as renovations to the structures around the track to secure longevity. “They’re wooden buildings and were not designed to put that number of people through them,” Roberts said. “Historically, Ascot is a racetrack that has some history, and Saratoga is a laboratory of racing history,” said Roberts. He found the backstretch to be of particular interest because barn layout went from the private design of Clare Court to the more structured set-up at the Oklahoma training track. Yet the old barns weren’t torn down, but kept as they were. “Sometimes labels are important, this is not called Horse Haven because they are pointed at branding, it’s called Horse Haven because that’s what it is – a haven for horses,” he said of the group of barns on the Oklahoma side. “[Saratoga] has this iconic nature and branding which you really don’t find anywhere else in the world.” And there’s much for the public, from the horse walk of fame, to the painted horses about town, to the

posters given out about Saratoga. “These are for the public, this is for the city, this is for the people,” said Roberts, and it creates an experience no other racetrack can duplicate. All sport is good, it’s just different. The same with racetracks, it’s very hard to rank.” In terms of racing, fashion, and equine facilities – England’s famed Ascot wins. In terms of history, experience, and environment – Saratoga is like no other. “So I came to a conclusion through this long debate,” said Roberts, “the two greatest racecourses in the world are Ascot and Saratoga.” And he’s not about to rank them. Roberts is a director of London-based Turnberry Consulting, and is a strategic consultant to Ascot and York racecourses in the United Kingdom, Flemington in Australia, Leopardstown in Ireland and Saratoga and Belmont Park. He and Isabelle Taylor have recently published an extensive book Racecourse Architecture, which chronicles the history of the world’s racecourses. Their 2011 book The Spa, Saratoga’s Legendary Race Course, chronicles the history of Saratoga Race Course’s design.

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Forgive me, but when a racetracker starts to talk about all the places the sport can take you my mental checklist starts small: Timonium, Aqueduct, the vet, the back of a truck, the manure pit, the track kitchen, a nap under a fly sheet in a bad director’s chair while waiting for the blacksmith. Yeah, yeah, yeah, but it’s OK to dream a little. Just ask Charlie Vogt. The 35-year veteran of the backside went to England with Topsider, France with Noble Dancer. He met Jack Klugman, rubbed champion Plugged Nickle, was there when an immature gray horse named Evening Attire walked into the barn in Florida. It’s all a long way from Holly Hill, S.C., where Vogt grew up and learned the horses at Lucien Laurin’s training center alongside Secretariat’s groom Eddie Sweat and so many others. The 61-year-old is semi-retired and lives in Gloversville with his wife Darlene. Besides Holly Hill and a short stint with Laurin’s son Roger, Vogt’s only job has been with the Kelly family. He rubbed horses for Hall of Famer Tommy “T.J.” Kelly, worked for Tim, Larry, Pat and now is a summer hotwalker and sage of racing history at Pat’s barn in the back of the maintrack stable area. Friday, Vogt held a horse for a bath, handed it to a co-worker and started talking. In the mid-1970s, Danny Vogt (a longtime NYRA whitecap and now retired downstate) galloped horses at Belmont Park, and told his brother that Kelly was a

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“nice guy to work for” and so it began. Charlie never left. Kelly died in April at 93, but not before imparting his horsemanship and wisdom on a long list of family members, employees, acquaintances, writers and anyone else who crossed his path. “It’s different here without Mr. Kelly,” said Vogt. “He’s going to be missed. A lot of people like that are going to be missed. I learned a whole lot from him, about horses, about everything.” Kelly’s horses could run a little too, and Vogt was associated with some of the best. He cared for Topsider, who set the 6 ½-furlong track record at Saratoga in 1979 and held it for 30 years until Quality Road came along. “He was a handful, he was a handful, yes he was,” said Vogt. “If you didn’t know him, you couldn’t deal with him. A mind of his own. You had to do things his way, but he could run. He could really run.” Turf star Noble Dancer, who made $900,000 and won the United Nations and San Luis Rey twice each, could run too. Vogt was his groom, and accompanied the English-bred to France for the 1979 Arc de Triomphe. They finished 11th behind Three Troikas in a huge field. “When I got him, he had done most of his running so he was pretty easy to work with,” Vogt said. “I didn’t have him too long, but the owner wanted to try the Arc so over we went. What an experience. They really take care of you over there. They didn’t let you need for nothing.” The trip gave Vogt a lasting memory of Kelly’s simplistic approach and calm demeanor. Before training, Noble Dancer would walk out of the stable and stare at a flock of sheep on the move at about the same time. They came from a nearby “castle” as Vogt put it

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and were tended by a woman with orange hair. America’s hope in the international race would ponder those sheep and their shepherd until they moved out of sight. “Every morning that lady would come out with those sheep and he would stop and look – you couldn’t get him to move,” Vogt said. “It was funny. He’d just stand there and look at those sheep. Mr. Kelly would want to train, and we’d just have to wait.” Kelly studied the situation and gave his groom a simple solution, “You know what we’ve got to do? We’ve got to get this horse out early in the morning so he can’t see that woman and those sheep.” So they did. Plugged Nickle was champion sprinter of 1980 for Kelly and Vogt, but was also one of the year’s top 3-year-olds at any distance. He won the Florida Derby, the Wood Memorial, the Jim Dandy, finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Travers. In the Vosburgh, Plugged Nickle won a slugfest with Jaklin Klugman, scoring by a half-length in the 7-furlong Grade 1 at Belmont Park. Owned by and named for the actor, the runner-up was a pretty good horse too with a third in the Derby and a victory over Plugged Nickle in the Jerome. The California-bred couldn’t handle Plugged Nickle in the Vosburgh, however, and Klugman (who famously played Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple) wanted to talk about it. One day, the groom looked down the shedrow and here came Klugman, looking just like the disheveled, disorganized Madison. “That can’t be,” Vogt said then. Klugman walked up, shook Vogt’s hand and said, “This is the horse that beat me?” See OUTSIDE RAIL page 37

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Outside Rail – Continued from page 36 Vogt smiled and said, “Yes it is. Yes it is.” The smile was back Friday. “That made my day,” he said. In his final start of that championship campaign, Plugged Nickle took on veteran Dr. Patches in the 1 1/8-mile Stuyvesant at Aqueduct in November. Vogt led up his horse, watched as Cash Asmussen settled into the saddle in the paddock and walked to the track. The groom turned them loose, and found a spot by the rail. The other grooms moved along for better viewing spots, something eat or drink, what have you. Vogt never moved, just waited for his horse to return. Plugged Nickle led from start to finish and romped by 6 lengths. “Those other guys all said to me ‘You must have known he was coming back

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here, you didn’t move,’ ” Vogt recalled. “Yes, I had a feeling he was going to be back. Dr. Patches couldn’t handle our horse.” Vogt watched plenty of good horses he didn’t rub. He was there when Ruffian broke down in the match race. Champion mare Shuvee was “about the best” he ever saw. More recently, Vogt remembers Evening Attire as a 2-year-old and remembers him getting cast in the stall. The future Grade 1 winner had enough sense to be still against the wall, and wait for help. “He was that smart,” Vogt said. “They get hurt trying to fight their way off the wall.” Now, Vogt walks Ranger’s Girl. The 2-year-old half-sister to Evening Attire has yet to race, but the gray daughter of U S Ranger looks the part to Vogt. “I like her, I think she’s going to be a nice horse. She’s going to be all right.” So is her hotwalker.

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cupofcoffee by Sean Clancy If I were Chris Kay for a day…OK, God of Saratoga for a day… I’d buy new TVs, with interfaces on the screens to be able to bet, order a drink and pay for it all without standing up. Better yet, make it available through the NYRA app. I’d power-wash the place – gently. I’d re-grade the backstretch, adding dirt and creating natural swales for water to drain, I’d add some grass seed too. I’d build new dorms that look old. I’d recruit the youth. I’d build shedrows on the open barns, build them like they were here from the start, so horses could walk without getting wet when rain falls or hot when the sun shines. I’d plant trees for the next generation. I’d race five days a week, nine races a day and card the stakes as the eighth – every day, no matter the field size. I’d design a hacking path for the horses, through the woods, down past the trailers, up the hill, past Lukas’ barn and around the whole place. I’d build a recycling center near the recreation center, so the boys wouldn’t have to balance cans on their bikes and ride downtown to the closest Price Chopper. Might even be a way to raise some money, donate to the Racetrack Chaplaincy or Anna House or B.E.S.T.

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I’d push the manure back. I’d bring back a mile-and-five-eighths on the turf and the mile chute while we’re at it. I’d ban watering the macadam. I’d give away collared shirts to the grooms, if they’d wear them to the paddock. I’d buy every private barn when it came up for sale, heck I’m God, I’d buy the show grounds between Horse Haven and Union Avenue, Greentree and the harness track too. Night racing across the street…! I’d recruit international competitors, brag about the purse structure, pay airfares, create a bonus, open the doors and enjoy the show. I’d bring back the old grooms who taught us how to make a mash and roll a bandage, just to listen to them talk about the horses. On the days we have to write about Princess Of Sylmar for the fourth time, we’d skip Pletcher, Stanco and Velazquez and walk back to the test barn with her old groom named Boot or Shaky or Carolina Slim. I’d convince Mike Repole to give Andrew Lakeman a couple of horses. I’d welcome fans to sit by their cars under the trees in the parking lot but I’d ask them to turn down the music. I’d give the Chief a big, fast colt who can carry his speed and needs to see the world through another set of eyes. I’d build a permanent office for The Special, somewhere near the stakes barn, close enough where we could write a story, go to the paddock, lay out a page, watch a race, design an ad, go to the winner’s circle and finish the paper. I’d re-build the jockey’s board in the infield. I’d keep the jocks’ room right where it is, so the fans meet the jockeys, every race, every day. I’d add some dirt to the old pony track in Horse Haven and open it for training, wrong way galloping every day. I’d find a place for a synthetic training track. I guess if I

bought Greentree that’s covered. I’d build a raised platform and indent the chain-link fence on East Avenue and Union Avenue so pedestrians and tourists could see the horses. I’d make the horses take a full turn of the paddock for Grade 1 stakes. Yes, I’m still on this kick, people come out to see the horses, show them the horses. I’d bring back Ashley Herriman. I’d know every member of the gate crew, by name and by face. I’d never lengthen the meet. I’d offer free train rides from the city. I’d make the horse ambulance go down the backside instead of the stretch, whenever possible. I’d have a leaderboard, like they do in golf, updating the trainers, jockeys and owners’ standings after every race. I’d bring back Sunny Jim, Mike Freeman and Frank Whiteley. I’d give every fan a chance to meet a horse, though the tour guides do a great job with this. I’d shake the hand or have someone shake the hand of the winning owner, every race, every day. Better yet, every owner in the paddock before the race, “Hey, thanks for being here.” I’d lay rubber bricks on the chute from the paddock to the track, or at the least, cover the pavement crossings with stone dust. I’d hand a copy of The Special to every person who walks in the gate. I’d figure out a way to get owners to send horses to different trainers. I’d make the Travers worth $2 million. And, yes, I’ve mentioned a few of these in the past 13 years of writing The Special, sorry for the repetition but God can use a to-do list as well.

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