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Life is Good, trained by Todd Pletcher, breezes on the track at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, July 30, 2022.
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Life is Good, trained by Todd Pletcher, breezes on the track at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, July 30, 2022.

Today is Day 18 of the Saratoga Race Course meet. Racing starts at 12:35 p.m.

RECENT STORIES FROM THE DAILY GAZETTE AT THE TRACK

“Everybody chasing Life Is Good in Whitney,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

It was a conclusion, or an observation. But it also came across like a warning, perhaps.

A scenario was proposed on Wednesday morning to trainer Todd Pletcher in which a horse might attempt to put pressure on Life Is Good around the first turn in Saturday’s 95th running of the Whitney at Saratoga Race Course.

Pletcher’s dry response amounted to, “Yeah, I would say that anybody who wants to go with Life Is Good early on is probably going to be compromised in the end.”

~ Read More At The Track ~ 

“National Racing Hall of Fame inducts the mares Tepin, Beholder,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

Her name didn’t appear in the 2012 Saratoga sales catalogue, but only because she didn’t have a name yet.

It has appeared on T-shirts hand-printed by fans. And according to one woman’s Twitter account, the name wound up on her baby’s birth certificate.

On Friday, it finally appeared on a plaque at the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.

The popular Tepin joined Beholder as the only inductees in the contemporary category as the Hall of Fame celebrated the Class of 2022 at Fasig-Tipton’s Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion.

~ Read More At The Track ~ 

Golden Pal, trained by Wesley Ward, in the paddock for the 19th running of the Grade III Troy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Friday, August 5, 2022. (ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE)

“Turf sprint star Golden Pal shakes off awkward step to win Troy,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

Royal Ascot was a major disaster for Golden Pal.

Fortunately for him and jockey Irad Ortiz, they were able to avoid a minor one in the Grade III Troy at Saratoga Race Course, helped in part by a recent shift in training approach.

And the fact that Golden Pal is just really fast.

Leaving behind a last-place finish on the international stage in June, when Golden Pal missed the break and was essentially eased by Ortiz in the Group 1 King’s Stand, Golden Pal shook off an awkward start in the Troy and edged ahead of True Valour late, while also holding off a charge from long shot Thin White Duke, to win.

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“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.

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“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.

~ Read More At The Track ~ 

Start of the 38th running of the Grade II National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Friday, August 5, 2022. (ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE)

“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.

~ Read More At The Track ~

“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.

~ Read More At The Track ~ 

“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.

~ Read More At The Track

Patrons look into the paddock before the Grade III Troy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Friday, August 5, 2022. (ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE)

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