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CORRECTION OF THE DAY It never pays to get ahead. Yesterday’s stable tour photo was of Rick Violette’s shedrow not Al Stall’s. Sorry. We know the difference, just not when we’re in a hurry.

NAMES OF THE DAY – By Nolan Clancy Gem, fifth race. The filly is by Elusive Quality, out of Skipstone. Nice job owner/breeder Morgans Ford Farm. Regardez, ninth race. The bay filly is by Champs Elysees, out of Look So. It sure helps to pay attention in French class.

WORTH REPEATING “Melissa loves him and she was mad at him.” Trainer Rick Violette on his assistant Melissa Cohen and stable star Upstart after a dull effort in the Kentucky Derby

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WORTH REPEATING

“Good pots around here. If you’re running one-other-thans, two-other-thans, those are like stakes where I come from that’s for sure.” Trainer Al Stall Jr. “Jesus Christ Dominguez is the only guy who always got through on the turf.” Trainer Pat Reynolds, about retired jockey Ramon Dominguez “We’re coming the last week. We’re saving our money. Hold all your expertise until then.” Joe Clancy Sr., the father of The Special, on his travel plans “We had to get going. The owners are here, they like to win at Saratoga. You don’t want to get two weeks into the meet with a zero next to your name.” Trainer Wesley Ward on getting his first win of the meet with Ice Wine Stable’s Bessie’s Boy, who won Sunday and was claimed for $25,000 “Good luck.”

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here&there... at Saratoga WORTH REPEATING “We need a mayor that cares about horse racing here in Saratoga.” Suzie O’Cain introducing Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Hay, Oats and Spaghetti event Monday night “That’s way above my pay grade.”

Assistant Alice Clapham when The Special asked if she would be handling Graham Motion’s Stable Tour

“What a sire he is. They do everything. Turf, dirt, slop, long, short. He really is incredible.” Trainer Phil Serpe on Speightstown, sire of defending Morrissey winner Weekend Hideaway “He left his mother way too soon.” Trainer Steve Klesaris, with a kitten on his lap as he watched training Wednesday morning “How’s your mom?”

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“He had so many of us that we became part of his stories. Without his stories…that’s who he was. We were part of it. He loved that.” Leah Gyarmati, about Allen Jerkens and his disciples “He’d say, ‘He’s bringing that damn machine.’ ” Gyarmati, about what Allen Jerkens would say when The Special’s Sean Clancy would sit down for a chat

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Stable Tour: Rick Violette called his Saratoga barn near the 6-furlong gap on the main track “as close to a home as you could have.” He’s been there for, as he put it, 50 years. It’s probably not quite that long, but he did work there for David Whiteley and Angel Penna before becoming a trainer. Tuesday morning, the place was settling down at the end of training. Two-year-olds cooled out under the trees, a gray horse got dirty – really dirty – in the round pen, Dino the dog made his visits and Violette made plans. The squad includes 30 in the main barn, and another 20 in a rental barn at the harness track. He used to leave some horses downstate, but gave up a few years ago. “I bring everything up, because you never get back down to Belmont or Aqueduct,” he said. “You think you have time, but you don’t. It rains three days here, everything gets backed up and you have 20 horses to breeze in one day, or you have owners coming and the horses you left down there become strangers.” Known first for its work with 2-year-olds, the Violette barn struck early at Saratoga with an Opening Day win by first-time starter Lemon Liqueur for My Meadowview Farm. Early success by 2-year-olds at Saratoga can help a trainer gauge the depth of his barn, and Violette has plenty more juveniles behind his webbings. Coming off a $3 million year in terms of purses, Violette talked about a few of his horses with The Special’s Joe Clancy.

Upstart: In the midst of this conversation, Violette was mulling the Jim Dandy and the Haskell. Wednesday, it sounded like the latter. “I still don’t know what happened in the

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Stock Selection: “Stone-cold grass. He looks like he has serious talent. He’ll be end of the meet, maybe.” Nolo Contendere: “I ran her on dirt (at Belmont), she was a little disappointing. I think she’ll be a pretty nice turf filly and her pedigree says that.”

(Kentucky) Derby. He cooled out in 10 minutes. Jose (Ortiz) swore that he didn’t handle the racetrack, but I hate to blame the racetrack and usually when they can’t handle the racetrack they come back blowing and are tired. He wasn’t blowing, he wasn’t tired, wasn’t anything. He will run in the Jim Dandy or the Haskell this weekend, depending on where Competitive Edge goes. He’s doing great.”

Lemon Liqueur: “She was well-

meant. I love when 2-year-olds run like older horses. They get covered up, take dirt, come out around horses. The best compliment for me is when a jock comes back after riding a 2-year-old for us, especially a first time starter, and says ‘She acts like an older horse.’ That means we did our job.”

Silky Girl: “She was fourth here

(Opening Day). I had to try her on the dirt because she breezed well enough, but she’s pretty stone-cold turf. We’ll

run her back on the grass, she’s got a pretty nice pedigree, by Scat Daddy out of a Military mare (Beau Dare) who did some nice things. She ran well, had a pretty eventful trip, and was a good fourth. It’s not a stretch she could run on the dirt, but I’m not going to push the issue. I’d rather find out now before it’s November and we’ve got no place to go.”

Made In Detroit: “He’s an a-other-than, turf, who is stakes-placed. He will probably run back in an allowance race, but he’s nominated for the Hall of Fame and if that ended up coming up light we’d go in there. He’s a cool horse. He’s fun. Sometimes the stakes for horses like that are the same as allowance races. He’s pretty speedy, and if we look at the race and there’s no speed in there we’ll take a shot at the Hall of Fame. If it doesn’t come up that way, an 80-some-thousand-dollar pot for an allowance race is not a smack in the face.”

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Dave’s Gone Bananas: “The owner (Stuart Grant of The Elkstone Group) is an attorney and he had a case where he was interrogating a guy and the guy’s name was Dave and he got under his skin on the stand and the guy blurted out ‘You’re driving me bananas,’ so he named the horse after that guy. He’s a New York-bred, by Summer Bird, and he can run a little bit. He’s all right.” Noble And A Beauty: “She won her first start (last fall at Aqueduct) and then won a little stake. She got herself in a knot in her last race at Belmont. I almost wish they had scratched her. She half went over and just acted badly. I gave her an easy month and I’m not sure what I’ll do with her. She’s got some talent, she’s worth a little bit of money already because she’s out of a half-sister to Tapit.” Apostrophe: “He’s a pretty nice horse, third his first time out (in June) and he’ll run here. He tried to get a tendon on me last year so we stopped on him. I think he’s got a future.”

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HONORABLE MISS STAKES RECAP

Truth Hurts

La Verdad runs away from sprint champ Judy The Beauty BY TOM LAW Sheila Rosenblum couldn’t stop shaking. She’d already seen and celebrated graded stakes victories by La Verdad, two Grade 2 and one Grade 3, along with five other state-bred stakes scores. This one was different. This one came at the expense of a champion and Breeders’ Cup winner. See HONORABLE MISS page 12

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La Verdad draws away late in the Honorable Miss, her first win at Saratoga and fourth consecutive stakes score this year.

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Honorable Miss – Continued from page 10 This one came at Saratoga. “It was challenging, but she never turned her back. We just won the Honorable Miss at Saratoga,” Rosenblum said, summing up the basic facts before delving into more detail of what transpired minutes earlier. “She’s won a couple Grade 2s, but this one, with Judy The Beauty and the speed, it was a brilliant race. I’m pretty darn proud of her. It’s been a joy. She’s now 4-for4 in 2015. She’s won every race. It’s unbelievable. She’s proving that she’s an incredible, incredible mare. La Verdad was pretty incredible in the Honorable Miss right from the start. The 5-year-old daughter of Yes It’s True broke cleanly under Jose Ortiz and went right to the lead. Judy The Beauty, who locked up champion female sprinter honors with a win in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, also broke well and tried to keep up. Joel Rosario, riding Judy The Beauty for the first time in the afternoon,

Owner Sheila Rosenblum hugs Jose Ortiz after the stakes win.

nudged on the Ghostzapper mare a bit as La Verdad cruised through the opening quarter-mile in :22.47. Rosario stayed busy on Judy The Beauty as Ortiz’s hands stayed still past the half in :45.03.

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Once the field turned into the stretch La Verdad was gone, the only real race was to settle the placings. Judy The Beauty didn’t respond the way she did when running down the field on the outside in last fall’s Breed-

ers’ Cup and couldn’t hold second from Street Story. La Verdad was 4 lengths clear at the finish in 1:09.14, easily the best 6 furlongs of the young meeting and one of the best races of her 20-start career. Rosenblum, who campaigns La Verdad in the name of her Lady Sheila Stable and is in the midst of launching female-only ownership syndicates under similar names, didn’t hesitate to go on the racetrack in her high heels and red dress when it came time to catch her mare and lead her into the winner’s circle. The former ballerina handled the footing with aplomb, just like La Verdad did for her 14th victory and first at Saratoga from three tries. She’d already greeted La Verdad, whose name means “the truth” in Spanish, and given her plenty of affection and pats on the neck in the paddock. Before that she and trainer Linda Rice sized up the competition with a long look at Judy The Beauty, who stayed in the shade in the back corner of the paddock. “La Verdad is just awesome,” Rosenblum said. “She’s more than a See HONORABLE MISS page 13

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Honorable Miss – Continued from page 12 horse to me and this was not an easy race. I mean, she just beat Judy The Beauty.” Rice knew Judy The Beauty was the one to beat and she also knew that La Verdad’s natural speed might play to her advantage when the field of five lined up for the $196,000 Honorable Miss. The scenario was different than a year ago, when heavy rains made the track sloppy and La Verdad, breaking from the rail, got caught inside. She never got on track and finished fifth behind front-running winner R Free Roll. Rice conceded that the wet track and the inside trip played a role in the defeat, but also said this week that La Verdad might have been over the top by the time she ran at Saratoga last summer. She’d been going strong for more than a year and ran in eight races in about eight months’ time. “Listen, you can give yourself all the reasons and excuses in the world but you have to prove it,” Rice said. “She does that, repeatedly, on a regular basis. “She’s such a champ. She walks around the paddock, doesn’t turn a hair and shows no signs of nerves. She’s just in her best form right now. She did that for a long time and I finally gave her a break. She certainly has come back well since the vacation. I think she’s shown improvement since she got the break. We’ll see, we’ve got one more race ahead of us.” That race is the Grade 1 Ballerina Aug. 29, where La Verdad finished fifth last year. Wesley Ward wasn’t completely dissatisfied with Judy The Beauty’s race, her second straight defeat after last year’s Breeders’ Cup. She finished second in Churchill Downs’ Grade 1 Humana Distaff on the Kentucky Derby undercard in her 2015 debut. “(Joel) thinks as she’s getting older she wants to run a little further,” Ward said. “She kind of broke and that other filly was out there on what was going to be a real easy lead unless he went a little bit. She doesn’t like to be rushed the first part and he said he had to nudge at her to keep her close. “I thought it was a good race. Saratoga, it’s tough here. Everybody is bringing their A game to the party. She ran good and I’m proud of her.”

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SARATOGA RESULTS Wednesday July 29. FIRST $65,000, ALLOWANCE, 4 YO’S & UP, 2 1/16M 6 Overwhelming S. McDermott $6.40 $3.60 $2.40 3 Perfect Union B. Crowley $5.90 $3.30 8 Kwacha J. Doyle $3.00 B Gelding 2010, by Hard Spun - Oh What a Windfall by Seeking the Gold Owner: Woodslane Farm. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Breeder: Phipps Stable (KY). Late Scratches: Verne, Alwaary. Time: 3:47.76 Exacta (6-3), $29.20; Superfecta (6-3-8-5), $554.00; Trifecta (6-3-8), $124.00 SECOND $50,000, CLAIMING $25,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 6F 3 Bet the Power J. Ortiz $4.60 $2.70 $2.10 1 Hannibal Lecter J. Castellano $4.70 $2.90 2 American Progress I. Ortiz, Jr. $2.50 Ch Gelding 2008, by Albert the Great - Power of Pride by Dixie Brass Owner: Island Wind Racing. Trainer: Chris Englehart. Breeder: Glenn Montgomery (KY). Claimed: Bet the Power claimed by Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K. for $25,000, American Progress claimed by Weiss, Jeremy for $25,000, Saint Finian claimed by Castle Village Farm for $25,000 Time: 1:09.71 Daily Double (6-3), $21.60; Exacta (3-1), $19.00; Quinella (1-3), $12.20; Superfecta (3-1-2-4), $85.40; Trifecta (3-1-2), $41.40 THIRD $45,000, MAIDEN CLAIMING $40,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 5 1/2F 9 Tuneintobow P. Lopez $9.40 $4.60 $3.20 7 Finalize M. Franco $6.60 $4.80 5 Tax Deduction J. Leparoux $3.80 Gr/ro Gelding 2011, by Concorde’s Tune - Clara Bow by Way West (FR) Owner: Bommarito, Marco. Trainer: Bobby Dibona. Breeder: Shadybrook Farm Inc & William Lussky (FL). Late Scratches: Horsetailspeedster, Reason to Believe Claimed: Finalize claimed by Miuccio, Antonino for $40,000 Time: 1:02.80 Daily Double (3-9), $28.60; Exacta (9-7), $64.50; Superfecta (9-7-54), $2,690.00; Trifecta (9-7-5), $235.00; Consolation Double (3-2), $5.10; Pic 3 (6-3-9), $130.50; (6-3-2), $19.40 FOURTH $200,000, STAKES - HONORABLE MISS H., 3 YO’S & UP, 6F 3 La Verdad J. Ortiz $4.60 $2.70 $2.10 5 Street Story J. Castellano $4.30 $2.10 4 Judy the Beauty J. Rosario $2.10 B Mare 2010, by Yes It’s True - Noble Fire by Hook and Ladder Owner: Lady Sheila Stable. Trainer: Linda Rice. Breeder: Eklektikos Stable LLC (NY). Time: 1:09.14 Daily Double (9-3), $24.00; Exacta (3-5), $15.20; Quinella (3-5), $9.30; Superfecta (3-5-4-1), $47.80; Trifecta (3-5-4), $17.60; Pic 3 (3-9-3), $65.50; (3-2-3), $12.00 FIFTH $55,000, STARTERS ALLOWANCE $50,000, 3 & UP, 1 1/16M 9 Gotachancetodance L. Saez $9.00 $5.10 $3.40 10 Morethanawarning J. Castellano $11.40 $7.40 7 Sylvia T C. Velasquez $4.70 B Filly 2011, by English Channel - Chance Dance by American Chance Owner: Pletcher, Joan and Scatuorchio, Terry. Trainer: Todd Pletcher. Breeder: Bellevue Farm (KY). Late Scratches: Where’s the Risk, Oaks (BRZ), Rachel’s Temper. Time: 1:41.36 Daily Double (3-9), $17.40; Exacta (9-10), $104.00; Superfecta (910-7-5), $4,666.00; Trifecta (9-10-7), $559.00; Pic 3 (9-3-9), $80.00 SIXTH $42,000, CLAIMING $25,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 6 1/2F 4 Well Lawyered K. Carmouche $9.40 $4.20 1 Successful Runner P. Lopez $3.60 6 Sidearm J. Castellano B Gelding 2010, by Lawyer Ron - Cat Dancer by Storm Cat

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Owner: Newtown Anner Stud. Trainer: David Cannizzo. Breeder: Stonewall Farm Stallions (KY). Late Scratches: Cloverdale Nine, Indiana Stones, Deficit Hawk, Regal Soldier Claimed: Successful Runner claimed by Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K. for $25,000, Sidearm claimed by Fortuna Mia Stable for $25,000, Wynhurst claimed by Carl Lizza Racing Stables, LLC for $25,000, Rich ‘n’ Tuck claimed by Rice, Linda for $25,000. Time: 1:16.20 Daily Double (9-4), $57.00; Exacta (4-1), $41.20; Superfecta (4-1-67), $386.50; Trifecta (4-1-6), $172.50; Pic 3 (3-9-4), $153.50; Pic 4 (9-3-2/9/13/14-4), $729.00; Pic 5 (3-9-3-2/9/13/14-4), $2,117.00 SEVENTH $73,000, NY-BRED MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT, 3 & UP, 1M 1 Style Drift I. Ortiz, Jr. $5.40 $3.60 $3.20 3 Broken Border C. Velasquez $14.80 $7.20 5 Madison Blues C. Lanerie $14.60 B Filly 2012, by English Channel - Nikki Tootsie by Waquoit Owner: Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H.. Trainer: Chad Brown. Breeder: Phil O’Neill (NY). Late Scratches: Bebop Raindrop, Summersault, Esther the Queen, La Dama de Hierro. Time: 1:35.76 Daily Double (4-1), $29.40; Exacta (1-3), $111.00; Superfecta (1-35-8), $15,275.00; Trifecta (1-3-5), $1,973.00; Pic 3 (9-4-1), $154.00 EIGHTH $75,000, NY-BRED ALLOWANCE, 3 YO’S & UP, 1 1/8M 10 Birchwood Road S. Bridgmohan $30.00 $15.00 $9.40 13 East Bay Lodge K. Carmouche $42.80 $22.20 1 Jax Heritage J. Leparoux $4.80 Gr/ro Gelding 2010, by Pure Prize - Isabel Away by Skip Away Owner: Trinity Farm. Trainer: Michelle Nihei. Breeder: Trinity Farm, LLC (NY). Late Scratches: H Man, Zabaione, Ex Ex Ex. Time: 1:46.79 Daily Double (1-10), $95.50; Exacta (10-13), $1,152.00; Superfecta (10-13-1-2), $34,745.50; Trifecta (10-13-1), $8,038.00; Pic 3 (4-110), $430.00 NINTH $93,000, AOC $80,000, 3 YO’S & UP, 1M 10 All Included J. Velazquez $4.60 $3.40 $2.50 4 Slip By R. Hernandez $7.60 $5.20 2 Mr. Online K. Carmouche $5.00 Ch Colt 2011, by Include - Eximius (GB) by Atticus Owner: Wertheimer and Frere. Trainer: Todd Pletcher. Breeder: Wertheimer Et Frere (KY). Late Scratches: Lucky Lotto, Integrity, Doubledown Again Time: 1:34.85 Daily Double (10-10), $79.50; Exacta (10-4), $34.80; Superfecta (104-2-1), $757.00; Trifecta (10-4-2), $202.50; Pic 3 (1-10-10), $283.00; Place Pix Nine (1/4/6-1/3/5-1/10/13-10), $87.00 TENTH $25,000, CLAIMING $12,500, 3 YO’S & UP, 7F 10 Tug of War I. Ortiz, Jr. $31.00 $14.00 $9.10 9 Highroller Dave L. Saez $9.40 $8.40 8 Backwater Blues K. Carmouche $10.40 B Gelding 2009, by Smarty Jones - Lake Champlain by War Chant Owner: Five C’s Stable. Trainer: Patricia Farro. Breeder: Jeffrey Raine & Elisabeth Raine (NY). Claimed: Spa City Fever claimed by Madkour, Adam for $12,500, Native Gold claimed by Jacobson, David for $12,500, Real Estate Rich claimed by Eleven Stars Racing Stables for $12,500. Time: 1:23.77 Daily Double (10-10), $88.00; Exacta (10-9), $287.00; Superfecta (109-8-4), $22,212.00; Trifecta (10-9-8), $2,858.00; Pic 3 (10-10-10), $994.00; Pic 4 (1,13,14,15,16/10/5,9,10,12/10), $4,811.00; Pic 6 (2,9 ,13,14/4/1,13,14,15,16/10/5), $711.00 On Track Handle: 2,296,710 Inter-State Handle: 8,103,143 Copyright 2015 EQUIBASE Company LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Overwhelming delivers for Woodslane, Fisher

Lauren and Rene Woolcott bought Oh What A Windfall at Keeneland November in 2010 because of her potential as a broodmare. Little did they know, they’d someday own her foal born that year. “She’s in our broodmare band, so it was a natural to buy her son, too,” said Lauren with a bit of a laugh after Overwhelming ran away from six others to take Wednesday’s first race, a $65,000 allowance hurdle and the first steeplechase of the 2015 meeting. Owned by the Woolcotts’ Woodslane Farm and trained by Jack Fisher, the 5-year-old shadowed pacemaker Street Fight most of the way and took See WEDNESDAY page 17

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Overwhelming (right) leads Cul Baire and Perfect Union in Wednesday’s first race.

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Birchwood Road leads late in Wednesday’s eighth race.

Continued from page 16 command midway on the final turn. Sent off as the favorite, Overwhelming rolled to the last in front by a length, braced for a challenge from second-choice Cul Baire but wound up winning by 8 1/4 lengths when the latter fell. Perfect Union rallied late for second with Kwacha third after 2 1/16 miles in 3:47.76. Sean McDermott rode the winner, who improved to 2-for-8 (with three seconds) over jumps after a two-win flat career. Like his dam, a half-sister to champion Heavenly Prize, Overwhelming started out racing for Phipps Stable and trainer Shug McGaughey. The son of Hard Spun lost his first six tries, including a Saratoga debut, before winning for a $65,000 claiming price as a 3-year-old. He added a Monmouth Park allowance later that year, but had reached a ceiling and was on the cull list by autumn 2013. Fisher made the purchase, and unveiled a steeplechaser in 2014. Overwhelming needed six tries to break his maiden, finally coming through on the season’s final day. “Shug called me about him, he used to live out in the stall by himself because he was such a bad stall walker. We ran him, he was horrible, I ran him back on the flat and that was bad, so I ran him at Middleburg in the fall and he was second. Before

the race, Rene said, ‘what made you decide to run this horse here?’ I said, ‘This is it, we have nowhere else to go,’ ” Fisher said. “I don’t know if his feet bothered him or what, but he used to be an easy ride in the morning and now he’s gotten to be full of himself. We used to call him Underwhelming. Some of these horses just need to get their confidence up.” The Kentucky-bred started 2015 by finishing second in a four-horse restricted handicap in April, then waited for Saratoga. The move paid off

Wednesday, giving the Woolcotts – better known as the breeders of 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist – their second win at the Spa as owners. “We weren’t here for the first one, so this is pretty special,” said Lauren, whose introduction to jump racing came when they moved to Middleburg, Va., years ago and got involved in some ownership groups. “John Fisher (Jack’s father) trained flat horses for us, so when the syndicates unwound See WEDNESDAY page 18

Sunrise Stallions Sheets Big Brown • Frost Giant • Heavy Breathing

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Wednesday – Continued from page 17 one thing led to the next and we went with Jack. We love watching them, and having horses in it.” As for Oh What A Windfall, she’s on the farm in Virginia. Her foals for the Woolcotts include Distorted Windfall, a 3-year-old colt by Distorted Humor in training with Arnaud Delacour and a 2-year-old filly by Arch named Arch d’Or. – Joe Clancy • A scary incident marred the stretch run of the fifth race as jockey Manuel Franco went down in a spill inside the 3/16 pole of the 1 1/16-mile starter allowance on the Mellon Turf. Franco was aboard The Ghost Bride when she poked her head in front, but that’s when everything unraveled. Franco fell to the ground and appeared to be stepped on by three trailing horses. “She drifted in and Manny corrected her face,” said trainer Abby Adsit, who watched the race on the big screen in the clubhouse. “Maybe he lost balance. I just hope that he’s okay.” Franco escaped serious injuries. He talked to paramedics as they tended to him on the track before being loaded onto the ambulance and taken to first aid at the track. Franco was taken to Saratoga Hospital for further evaluation. Friend and fellow rider Jose Ortiz tweeted a photo of a smiling Fran-

co and wrote that he was going to be released. The Ghost Bride, a 3-year-old filly by Ghostzapper who won her last start July 3 at Belmont, was uninjured in the incident. – Billy Blake • Trinity Farm’s Jaye and Tom Egan realized the joy of winning with a homebred when Birchwood Road won the eighth race, a 1 1/8-mile state-bred allowance on the turf. “This is a homebred horse, we raced his mother,” Jaye said of the Skip Away mare Isabel Away. “(She) was the first horse we ever bought. And she unfortunately never had a win here at Saratoga, but she’s a nice mare and we really like this horse. We’re very happy that he won today.” Tom Egan became involved in horse racing back in the 1970s when he worked as a hot walker for the Phipps family. He went on to law school before he and Jaye became involved in racehorse ownership years later. Trinity Farm purchased Isabel Away as a yearling at 2003 Keeneland September sale and raced her for three years before she became their foundation broodmare. Birchwood Road, a 5-year-old gelding by Pure Prize, finished third in a 7-furlong starter allowance on the turf June 25 at Belmont in his last start for trainer Michelle Nihei. “We love Michelle Nihei, we think she does a fabulous job,” Tom said. “She’s totally committed to the horses and she’s a very bright lady.”

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Jaye agreed with her husband. “She loves the horses and you can tell that the horses just love her,” Jaye said. “They are so relaxed and happy.” Trinity Farm and Nihei will try to win again when they send out Macagone, the 4-year-old half-brother to Birchwood Road, to run in a 1 3/16 mile allowance race Saturday. “It’s certainly a thrill when your homebred wins a race at Saratoga,” Tom said. – Annise Montplaisir • All Included is perfect at Saratoga. The 4-yearold Include colt stalked the pace and prevailed in the ninth race, a $93,000 allowance-optional going 1 mile on turf. “He is a graded stakes-caliber horse,” said Todd Pletcher, who trains All Included for Alain and Gerard Wertheimer. “We just took advantage of being eligible for a three-other-than.” All Included broke his maiden last June at Belmont Park then won again in a 1 1/16-mile allowance the second day of last year’s Saratoga meet. He was off until this May and came into Wednesday’s race off a fourth in the Grade 3 Poker June 13 at Belmont. “It was a strangely run race,” Pletcher said of the Poker. “Johnny (Velazquez) felt that he had some horse at the end, but he was a little intimidated to go inside a tight spot, so it didn’t bother us too much when we had an outside post for this one.” – Billy Blake

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All Included (left) battles to the finish of Wednesday’s ninth race.

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Stakes Return Noble Cornerstone takes on Palace, Weekend Hideaway

BY ANNISE MONTPLAISIR Listening to and paying attention to the cues given by Noble Cornerstone has produced positive results for trainer Tom Morley in 2015. The gelding needed time to grow up at the end of his 3-year-old season, Morley gave it to him and he returned to the races even more successful this year. Noble Cornerstone will try to continue his strong 4-year-old season in today’s $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes for New York-breds at Saratoga Race Course. He faces a strong group in the 6 1/2-furlong Morrissey, including Grade 1 winner Palace and defending champion Weekend Hideaway. “He had a long year of racing for us last year,” Morley said Wednesday morning. “He’s a very big horse and he’s a gelding, so we decided to give him a bit of time off through the winter. We gave him a real chance to grow and fill out, and he did both . . . and he’s a very imposing individual now.” The Morrissey marks Noble Cornerstone’s third start at Saratoga after winning a 6 1/2-furlong allowance-optional last summer and finishing sixth in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop. Noble Cornerstone won his only start of 2015 – a 6-furlong allowance-optional June 26 at Belmont. “He ran very creditably (in the

JOHN MORRISSEY PREVIEW King’s Bishop), he was beaten 4 lengths,” Morley said. “It was his first start in a graded stakes for me, and he didn’t get the best setup that he really wanted in the race. He got caught very wide on the turn and he ran fine, he ran very creditably in there. So we know he fits with those sorts of horses.” Noble Cornerstone put in a bullet half-mile work in :46.02 July 24 at Saratoga. “He’s a wonderful horse when you get to know him because he tells you when he’s ready to run again,” Morley said. “And he boils up for a fight, so if you look at his work patterns going into a lot of his big efforts, he starts with an easier work and then he’ll do a really solid piece of work and normally his third piece of work into a race is normally explosive.” Palace is the deserving 6-5 favorite on the morning line. The 6-year-old son of City Zip is 3-for-5 in his career at Saratoga, including victories in both of the Grade 1 sprints at last year’s meet in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt and Forego for owner Antonino Miuccio and trainer Linda Rice. Rice will try to win back-to-back stakes after taking the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Wednesday with another New York-bred La Verdad. Regular

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Noble Cornerstone and trainer Tom Morley (right) return for today’s John Morrissey.

rider Cornelio Velasquez will ride Palace, third in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational at Belmont and sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Park after his Saratoga successes last year and fifth in his seasonal debut in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap in early April at Aqueduct. Weekend Hideaway won last year’s Morrissey and his connections hope a return to Saratoga will get the 5-year-old son of Speightstown back on track. He’s lost six of seven since that race, although three of those starts came in graded stakes. Weekend Hideaway won Gulfstream Park’s Sunshine Millions Sprint, which The Stronach Group opened up to other state-bred programs for the first time, in his 2015 debut and

comes into today on a three-race losing streak. The most recent defeat was a bizarre allowance-optional at Monmouth Park, when he jumped a shadow near the chute that leads to the main track and was pulled up immediately by Jose Lezcano. “Things started out well, he runs this blowout number starting out that we’re all scratching our heads about still,” said Phil Serpe, who trains Weekend Hideaway for Michael Hoffman’s Red and Black Stable. “He came back and ran kind of a lackluster fifth (in the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint) and then was off the board in the Affirmed Success, so we gave him a little time. See MORRISSEY page 21

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Morrissey – Continued from page 20 “We thought we were bringing him to this race that he can’t lose at Monmouth and he crosses the chute and jumps a shadow. Fortunately nothing happened to him. Jose Lezcano probably did the right thing. He wasn’t sure what happened when he landed after he jumped . . . so he pulled the horse up.” Serpe said thorough examinations of Weekend Hideaway showed nothing and he signaled his readiness with a strong half-mile breeze last Friday at Saratoga. Weekend Hideaway is 3-for-5 with a second at Saratoga and he breaks from the rail in the Morrissey with Javier Castellano. “We went over him with a finetooth comb. Even the state vet, after the race she said, ‘I don’t think there’s anything wrong with him,’ ” Serpe said. “We thought he got hurt. He’s 3-5 and we’re watching him go down the backside and all of a sudden the jock stands up and starts pulling him up. Ninety nine out of 100 times your horse is hurt when something like that happens. We were relieved.” Moonlight Song won his last start in October of 2014 – the Hudson Handicap at Belmont – proving that he’s another member of the Morrissey field that thrives on long layoffs. “He was supposed to run a month ago, but he came up with a foot abscess and we had to skip that race,” trainer Charlton Baker said. “But he’s been training good and it’s been awhile since he’s run. He’s always run good fresh, so we’re hoping he does this time around.”

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Favored in the John Morrissey, Palace looks for his fourth Saratoga win for trainer Linda Rice.

The 8-year-old Unbridled’s Song gelding ran at Saratoga last year in the Morrissey, finishing fifth after a troubled trip. “He ran last year in the same,” Baker said. “He ran a good race. He didn’t get beaten that far, but he lost his hind shoe early out from the gate. When you watch the replay you can see he got rapped from behind and it took a hind shoe off. “I’m expecting him to run good, because he’s been training great. He’s doing everything coming towards the race good, so I expect him to run a good race.” Others in the field are Smooth Bert, dominating winner of a statebred claiming race last time for Leah Gyarmati, and longshots John’s Island, Ostrolenka and Readthebyline.

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McDermott................... J. Fisher........................ 5-1 8 ..... 8.............African Oil (FR)............... B. Dalton........................... K. Dalton....................... 7-2 9 ..... 9.............Mandola.......................... K. Norris........................... J. Sheppard................... 6-1 2ND (1:33PM). $32,000, CLM $16,000, 3 YO’S & UP, F & M , 1 1/8M Exacta, Quinella, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Pic 5, Daily Double 1 ..... 1.............Harlans Belle................... S. Bridgmohan................. B. Cox........................... 4-5 2 ..... 2.............Kitten’s Top Cat............... R. Hernandez.................... W. Ward........................ 7-2 3 ..... 3.............Weekend Score............... E. Cancel........................... G. Contessa................. 20-1 4 ..... 4.............Backwater....................... F. Jara............................... A. Adsit......................... 8-1 5 ..... 5.............Stolen Victory................. J. Castellano..................... G. Contessa................... 4-1 6 ..... 6.............Pushme Pullyou.............. A. Cruz.............................. M. Vitali....................... 12-1 3RD (2:06PM). $73,000, MSW, 2 YO, 5 1/2F Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Pic 4, Daily Double 1 ..... 1.............Giggy Smooth................. J. Lezcano........................ C. Englehart................. 20-1 2 ..... 2.............Ordinaire......................... J. Alvarado....................... J. Jerkens.................... 12-1 3 ..... 3.............Fish Trappe Road............ L. Saez.............................. W. Calhoun.................... 3-1 4 ..... 4.............Threeskills....................... J. Rosario......................... S. Asmussen................. 8-1 5 ..... 5.............Dearie.............................. J. Leparoux....................... L. O’Brien.................... 20-1 6 ..... 6.............Stormin Stephen............. I. Ortiz, Jr.......................... C. Clement.................... 7-2 7 ..... 7.............Sudden Surprise............. J. Velazquez...................... T. Pletcher..................... 6-1 8 ..... 8.............Inside Straight................. J. Castellano..................... T. Pletcher..................... 4-1 9 ..... 9.............Linkappleyard.................. J. Ortiz.............................. M. Nevin...................... 10-1 10..... 10...........Go Go Lucky................... J. Bravo............................ C. Clement.................. 12-1 4TH (2:39PM). $100,000, STK - THE JOHN MORRISSEY, 3 YO’S & UP, 6 1/2F Exacta, Quinella, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Daily Double 1 ..... 1.............Weekend Hideaway......... J. Castellano..................... P. Serpe......................... 8-1 2 ..... 2.............John’s Island................... A. Arroyo.......................... J. Jerkens.................... 15-1 3 ..... 3.............Ostrolenka....................... J. Velazquez...................... T. Pletcher................... 12-1 4 ..... 4.............Palace............................. C. Velasquez..................... L. Rice........................... 6-5 5 ..... 5.............Readthebyline................. P. Lopez............................ M. Vitali....................... 20-1 6 ..... 6.............Smooth Bert.................... L. Saez.............................. L. Gyarmati................... 8-1 7 ..... 7.............Moonlight Song.............. J. Ortiz.............................. C. Baker......................... 5-1 8 ..... 8.............Noble Cornerstone.......... J. Rosario......................... T. Morley....................... 4-1 5TH (3:12PM). $93,000, MSW, 2 YO, F , 5 1/2F (TURF) Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Pic 6, Daily Double 1 ..... 1.............Creative Thought............. J. Leparoux....................... G. Arnold, II................ 15-1 2 ..... 2.............Tin Type Gal.................... A. Cintron......................... H. Motion...................... 5-1 3 ..... 3.............She’s Worth It................. J. Ortiz.............................. J. Sharp......................... 6-1 4 ..... 4.............Gem................................ C. Lanerie......................... E. Kenneally................. 12-1 5 ..... 5.............Kentucky Road................ J. Castellano..................... T. Pletcher..................... 3-1 6 ..... 6.............Conquest Sarahstar......... S. Bridgmohan................. M. Casse....................... 4-1 7 ..... 7.............La Nina............................ T. McCarthy...................... J. Lawrence, II............. 10-1 8 ..... 8.............Forever Plus.................... L. Saez.............................. N. Zito......................... 30-1 9 ..... 9.............Country Muse................. I. Ortiz, Jr.......................... M. Maker....................... 8-1 10..... 10...........Catch a Glimpse.............. J. Lezcano........................ M. Casse....................... 6-1 11..... AE..........Double Dose................... J. Velazquez...................... T. Pletcher..................... 6-1 12..... AE..........Big Thrill......................... J. Ortiz.............................. L. Rice........................... 5-1 13..... MTO.......Island Saint..................... J. Velazquez...................... T. Pletcher..................... 5-2 14..... MTO.......True Pleasure.................. J. Lezcano........................ W. Mott....................... 10-1 15..... MTO.......Scatoosh......................... L. Saez.............................. L. Gyarmati................. 15-1 16..... MTO.......All About My Girls........... . ....................................... 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6TH (3:45PM). $67,000, CLM $50,000, 3 YO, F , 1 1/16M (INNER TURF) Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Daily Double 1 ..... 1.............Right On Kitten................ J. Leparoux....................... M. Maker....................... 4-1 2 ..... 2.............Tizsational....................... J. Rosario......................... R. Moquett.................. 15-1 3 ..... 3.............Arctic Ocean.................... R. Hernandez.................... G. Contessa................... 6-1 4 ..... MTO.......Jules N Rome.................. . ....................................... D. Schettino.................. 2-1 5 ..... 5.............Wealth Creation............... I. Ortiz, Jr.......................... C. Brown....................... 8-5 6 ..... 6.............Corsa Veloce................... C. Lanerie......................... M. Lauer...................... 20-1 7 ..... 7.............La Inesperada................. E. Cancel........................... P. Serpe....................... 10-1 8 ..... 8.............Rock Me Again................ J. Castellano..................... T. Pletcher..................... 5-2 7TH (4:18PM). $47,000, CLM $40,000, 3 YO’S & UP, F & M , 5 1/2F (TURF) Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Pic 4, Daily Double 1 ..... 1.............Songbook........................ J. Bravo............................ C. Clement.................... 6-1 2 ..... 2.............Eta Carinae...................... I. Ortiz, Jr.......................... C. Domino................... 12-1 3 ..... 3.............Moondance Joy............... L. Saez.............................. T. Albertrani................. 30-1 4 ..... 4.............Pop of Color.................... J. Rosario......................... T. Morley..................... 20-1 5 ..... 5.............Comet Sixty Two............. J. Lezcano........................ D. Gargan...................... 6-1 6 ..... 6.............Awesome Quick.............. J. Castellano..................... N. Saville....................... 8-1 7 ..... 7.............On a Star......................... J. Velazquez...................... R. Vega....................... 10-1 8 ..... 8.............Justlookatmenow............ M. Franco......................... G. Weaver..................... 5-1 9 ..... 9.............Lovely Elle....................... J. Ortiz.............................. A. Iwinski.................... 20-1 10..... 10...........Pret Say Eye.................... J. Toledo........................... P. Schoenthal................ 8-1 11..... 11...........Cool Comfort.................. R. Hernandez.................... W. Ward........................ 4-1 12..... 12...........Henry’s Song.................. E. Cancel........................... C. Clement.................... 6-1 13..... MTO.......Rachel’s Temper.............. . ....................................... D. Cannizzo................... 8-1 8TH (4:52PM). $83,000, MSW, 3 YO’S & UP, F & M , 1 1/8M Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pic 3, Daily Double 1 ..... 1.............Fast Retailing.................. E. Cancel........................... C. McGaughey III.......... 8-1 2 ..... 2.............Regia Marina................... J. Castellano..................... T. Albertrani................... 9-5 3 ..... 3.............Arana.............................. A. Cintron......................... J. Kimmel.................... 20-1 4 ..... 4.............Killer Bird........................ J. Alvarado....................... C. Simon..................... 12-1 5 ..... 5.............Il Mulino.......................... J. Lezcano........................ W. Mott......................... 2-1 6 ..... 6.............A Few Good Friends........ C. Lanerie......................... D. Carroll..................... 20-1 7 ..... 7.............Miss Hollywood.............. P. Lopez............................ G. Delgado.................... 5-1 8 ..... 8.............Say Cin Cin...................... J. Leparoux....................... H. Bond....................... 10-1 9TH (5:26PM). $90,000, AOC $62,500, 3 YO’S & UP, F & M , 1 3/16M (TURF) Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Daily Double 1 ..... 1.............Al’s Gal............................ J. Ortiz.............................. M. Maker..................... 15-1 2 ..... 2.............Sabbatical....................... J. Velazquez...................... C. McGaughey III.......... 8-1 3 ..... 3.............Regardez (GB)................. I. Ortiz, Jr.......................... C. Brown....................... 8-1 4 ..... 4.............Fresh Feline..................... J. Alvarado....................... J. Shirreffs.................... 5-1 5 ..... 5.............Graceful Grit (IRE).......... J. Bravo............................ C. Clement.................. 12-1 6 ..... 6.............Radiator (GB).................. J. Rosario......................... W. Mott......................... 4-1 7 ..... 7.............Lady of Gold.................... T. McCarthy...................... H. Motion...................... 3-1 8 ..... 8.............Is She Hot....................... G. Rodriguez..................... R. Breed, Jr................. 50-1 9 ..... 9.............Bugle............................... C. Lanerie......................... E. Kenneally................... 5-1 10..... 10...........Chocolatier (FR).............. J. Castellano..................... C. Brown..................... 10-1 10TH (6:00PM). $39,000, MCL $25,000, 3 YO’S & UP, F & M , 6F Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta 1 ..... 1.............Sweet Pursuit.................. I. Rodriguez...................... C. O’Brien.................... 50-1 2 ..... 2.............Hint of Sarcasm.............. J. Lezcano........................ J. Servis........................ 8-1 3 ..... 3.............Shotgun Love.................. M. Franco......................... D. Schettino.................. 5-2 4 ..... 4.............Miss Rickles.................... S. Bridgmohan................. B. Brown..................... 12-1 5 ..... 5.............Go Babe.......................... C. Velasquez..................... C. Englehart................. 10-1 6 ..... 6.............Devil’s Silent................... E. Cancel........................... R. Rodriguez................. 5-1 7 ..... 7.............Wycombe Abbey............. A. Cintron......................... M. Gorham.................. 20-1 8 ..... 8.............Phocea............................ E. Trujillo.......................... J. Mazza...................... 20-1 9 ..... 9.............She’s All Even.................. J. Castellano..................... G. Contessa................... 6-1 10..... 10...........Winter Wish.................... L. Saez.............................. G. Weaver..................... 7-2 11..... 11...........Offlee Good..................... C. Lanerie......................... L. 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They say the little things matter, right? I hope so, because the big things can be pretty heavy to carry around. Work, school, stress, money, life, time, age . . . you know the stuff. I’ve been in Saratoga about 10 days, and a handful of little things are way up on my list of highlights (including a hilarious trip to see Minions Tuesday night). A whole lot of big things are at the other end of the list. • Trainer Todd Pletcher won a Grade 1 stakes at Saratoga, hustled to the paddock to saddle a runner in the next race and walked to the clubhouse to watch when a young girl approached. “Excuse me,” she said. “Yes,” Pletcher replied. “You’re Todd Pletcher, right?” “Yes.” “I know you’re not a jockey, but could you sign my autograph book?” “Sure.” Pletcher signed the girl’s book, and those of her two pals. One tried to leave without his pen. Pletcher stopped him with a “Hey buddy…,” chatted with

them all and helped make the days of three racing fans. When they left, he said he’d once been them. “I used to have a book like that,” he said, then went into a short story about a winner’s circle photo from many years ago. Pletcher was the groom. Hall of Famer Charlie Whittingham was the trainer. Hall of Famer Willie Shoemaker was the jockey. “I wish I’d gotten them to sign it,” he said. • Jeremy Wood and Mike Desourdy had parked their white NYRA work truck in the middle of the two-lane road that splits the Oklahoma stable area. Cars, trucks, horses and people zipped by in both directions but the two men kept working. “We’ve got two more to do and then we’re off to other projects,” said Desourdy as he tightened a nut. “It would have been better if we’d done this two weeks ago, but here we are,” said Wood. “That’s how things get done sometimes.” Together, they were putting the finishing touches on new signs honoring Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown winners that line the grass median. The signs used to be wooden, and hand-painted, and

once ran chronologically (Sir Barton to Affirmed) from East Avenue to Henning Road. When American Pharoah halted a 37-year drought to become the sport’s 12th Triple Crown winner this spring, Wood and Desourdy hatched a new plan. “The old way, American Pharoah would have been all the way out by the back entrance and that didn’t seem right,” said Wood. So the signs now start with the 2015 hero just off East Avenue and work their way through Affirmed, Seattle Slew, Secretariat, Citation, Assault, Count Fleet, Whirlaway, War Admiral, Omaha, Gallant Fox and Sir Barton to Henning Road. Wood and Desourdy take down the signs every year for storage through the winter, and put them back every summer. This year, the wooden classics stayed in storage as NYRA unveiled new metal signs. The moment was not lost on the two men, both roughly 10-year employees. “This is the first time we’ve had to think about it,” Wood said of the ordering and making space See SMALL STUFF page 25

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Texts. Calls. Yells. Facebook messages. Part requests, part suggestions, part demands, they came quickly and they came often after the last race Sunday. All from racetrackers. And I use the term endearingly. My racetracker friends wanted me to write about Nick Esler, who sent out Cuppa Joe to win Sunday’s finale. It was Esler’s first Saratoga win, they informed me. Esler is a good guy, they said. Esler is an up-and-coming trainer, they typed. Sounds good to me. I knew Esler’s name, knew his black saddle towels with diagonal initials, met him two summers ago when he had a mare for sale and that’s about it. Registered in Barn 71 on the barn list, I went to see him Monday but couldn’t find him among Joe Sharp’s stall plaques on the Oklahoma side. I tried again Tuesday, but Esler was at Belmont Park, checking on his horses there. After a few texts of my own, I found him Wednesday morning, on the backside of Linda Rice’s barn, across from the receiving barn on the other side of Nelson Avenue. Eight stalls, in a row, all in the same place. Two years ago, Esler had horses stabled on three tracks – harness, Oklahoma, main. His tack was in the back of his car more than it was on the back of a horse. He didn’t win a race. Last summer wasn’t much better, Esler’s horses were spread out like tin cans on the shoulder of the road. He didn’t win a race. This year, eight horses in eight stalls, under one roof and a winner on the third day of the meet. For a 32-year-old trainer who has been on the go since buying a one-way ticket to Dubai when he was 17 – paradise. “It’s definitely different. The first year, I didn’t have the horses to be here, I probably only ran five or six. Last year, I was running around everywhere. This year, I came up here with eight horses, ones

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Trainer Nick Esler and Cuppa Joe after their win Sunday.

that I pointed for Saratoga,” Esler said. “You’ve got to go through the motions and learn from your experiences and get better from them. That’s why we all do it. There isn’t any shame in that. It’s been a learning curve, they don’t give away anything up here.” Esler claimed Cuppa Joe for $50,000 for owner Robert Murray at Belmont Park, ran the horse once and then aimed for the first $50,000 starter allowance in the book. It worked. Trainers need supporters, Esler finally has a few loyal clients who will step up. “On paper, he looked very, very solid. He jumped off the page to me. He’s a very good character, he’s been straightforward, very honest, tries hard,” Elser said. “We skipped the last one at Belmont to try to get off the bat here. When you plan something out and it comes to fruition, it’s all the more sweeter. People notice. If I come up here with eight and walk out with at least two winners, maybe three, and a

couple of seconds and thirds, that’s a damn good meet.” Esler learned horses in the center of Newmarket, England, working at his uncle Bill O’Gorman’s yard and then for veteran trainer Clive Brittain. Esler rode races for two seasons, before beginning a world tour, bouncing between Dubai, England, California, Godolphin, Wally Dollase, David Fawkes and a few other ports in between. Esler went out on his own in 2012, after Fawkes kicked him out of the nest. Esler appreciated the push. “He gave me a kick to go out by myself, which is never a bad thing,” Esler said. “Otherwise you’re always wondering when’s the right time to do it.” Esler started with one horse at Monmouth Park. He helped run Bruce Levine’s string at the New Jersey track, then moved to New York and began adding bullets to his holster. Well, he thought they were bullets. “I rolled along, got up to 24 horses in two years but I wasn’t vetting the horses that were sent to me, so I accumulated horses that didn’t fit in New York,” Esler said. “I weeded out horses that didn’t fit, got it down to 10 horses I wanted to keep and now I have horses that I’m really happy with, that fit in New York. Hopefully I can make it count at this meet and build it up again, this time with the right clients and the quality.” Esler doesn’t see training and galloping eight horses as work. After what he’s seen, it’s play. “I love this and I love the challenge of it. My grandfather trained horses, he dropped down dead of a heart attack galloping his strongest horse that nobody else could ride,” Esler said. “He was 45. He had 80 horses at the time. My uncle, Bill O’Gorman, he was 21 at the time, took on all the horses, he had to take care four brothers and sisters, my grandmother and provide for everybody.” Makes training eight horses at Saratoga sound easy.

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