Today is Day 17 of the Saratoga Race Course meet. Racing starts at 1:05 p.m.
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“Golden Pal heavy favorite in Troy on busy weekend of stakes,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller
Trainer Wesley Ward likes to give his horses a shot at winning big races in England, which hasn’t worked out all that well for the horse he’s called the best he’s ever trained.
Golden Pal wins everywhere else, though, including Saratoga Race Course, and, at 1-2 on the morning line for Friday’s Grade III Troy, he’s almost the heaviest favorite on a weekend heavy with stakes.
It’s Whitney Week, and besides the $1 million main event on Saturday, the New York Racing Association will offer seven other graded stakes worth a total of $3.15 million Friday through Sunday, as well as two ungraded stakes each worth $135,000.
“Well-traveled Hot Rod Charlie revving up for Saturday’s Whitney,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller
His name suggests short bursts of travel at high speed.
His resume suggests the opposite.
Hot Rod Charlie’s rollicking long-distance tour continues on Saturday with his first-ever appearance at Saratoga Race Course, in the $1 million Grade I Whitney.
“Chatting at the track with … David Aragona,” by Will Springstead with photos from Erica Miller
David Aragona is what one might call a numbers and rhythm guy.
As a dual major in computer science and music at New York University, Aragona found a way to work in both music – Carnegie Hall, specifically – and horse racing before settling on horse racing.
“I use very little of either one these days,” Aragona said, chuckling, about his two majors.
He currently works for the Daily Racing Form as a TimeformUS analyst, in which he basically analyzes races to suggest horses and things to watch to the public. He’s also the linemaker for the New York Racing Association tracks.
“Life Is Good 6-5 favorite in six-horse Whitney field,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller
What does a horse with a five-race winning streak, the last four of which were graded stakes, have to do to be a favorite?
Well, don’t run in the Whitney against Life Is Good, for one thing.
Life Is Good is the 6-5 morning-line favorite for the 95th running of the nine-furlong Grade I $1 million Whitney at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, after a six-horse field was drawn on Wednesday morning.
“Borisenok, Brown Road Racing encouraging women to get involved with thoroughbred ownership,” by Teresa A. Genaro with photos from Erica Miller
Michelle Borisenok may have raised a few eyebrows with her comments at a conference for new and existing racehorse owners last week.
“It’s not so much about winning,” she said of Brown Road Racing, a partnership that she founded in 2018. “For us, it’s about education and it’s about the experience.”
A week later, talking at her farm overlooking Saratoga Lake, she elaborated on that mission.
She created Brown Road Racing to attract and educate women about the experience of thoroughbred ownership, a natural progression from the women’s leadership work she’s been doing for decades. A graduate of the College of Saint Rose in Albany, she is an honorary member of the college’s Women’s Leadership Institute, to which she and her husband Walt donated $1.2 million to renovate the Institute’s Albany headquarters, which is now named the Michelle Cuozzo Borisenok ’80 House. Among the building’s uses is as housing for BOLD Women’s Leadership Network Scholars. Through centers at six Northeast institutes of higher education, BOLD “cultivates courageous leadership” for students and graduates of the member institutions.
“Sneak peeks: Young trainer O’Brien, three weeks at the Spa, and what’s to come,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller
The future has arrived.
The past will be here shortly.
A promising long career as a trainer is in the making for Joseph Patrick O’Brien, the apple-cheeked 29-year-old from Ireland whose last name invokes the decades of success enjoyed by his father, Aidan.
Joseph O’Brien was an interesting presence at Saratoga Race Course on the second Friday of the meet, as he flew across the Atlantic Ocean to saddle two maidens.
We’re not expecting to see his father, the long-time head trainer for one of the most powerful racing operations in the world, this weekend, but he does have a horse in Saturday’s $1 million Saratoga Derby Invitational, Stone Age, who arrived on Sunday.
“A convicted felon, an old racehorse, and a Second Chance for both,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller
“Look at that dig,” Tyler Frame gushed last Sunday morning, admiring how a Thoroughbred vigorously reached out and pulled its forelegs through the dirt surface during training hours on the main track at Saratoga Race Course.
The subject of the “powerhouse” hindquarters, the engine of muscle pushing the horse’s forward momentum, came up more than a few times, too.
And if a gray walked by, forget it. Frame all but swooned.
In December of 2013, Frame, then known as Tyler William Murray, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of second-degree arson in Washington County (Maryland) Circuit Court. He was sentenced a month later to 15 years at the Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville for his role in a three-week arson spree that caused almost a half-million dollars in damage.
Little did he know, but somewhere out there was an old retired Thoroughbred, also with 13 “counts” against him, who Frame, now 30, says turned his turbulent life around.
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