Saratoga Race Course essentials: Aug. 10, 2022

Life is Good, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., receives a flower blanket after winning the 95th running of the Grade I Whitney Stakes on Whitney Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
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Life is Good, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., receives a flower blanket after winning the 95th running of the Grade I Whitney Stakes on Whitney Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

Today is Day 20 of the Saratoga Race Course meet. Racing starts at 1:05 p.m.

RECENT STORIES FROM THE DAILY GAZETTE AT THE TRACK

“Whitney winner Life Is Good pointing toward Breeders’ Cup Classic,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

Life Is Good has only run longer than a mile four times in his career and has run a mile and a quarter just once, but after he won the mile-and-an-eighth Whitney at Saratoga Race Course Saturday, trainer Todd Pletcher said they’re leaning toward the longer of two races at the Breeders’ Cup.

That would be the mile-and-a-quarter BC Classic at Keeneland on Nov. 5, instead of the BC Dirt Mile, which Life Is Good won last year.

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“Naughty Gal gives Lukas seventh Adirondack,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

Naughty Gal had never set foot on the Saratoga Race Course main track until the Adirondack on Sunday.

She got her money’s worth out of the first tour.

Fanning 10 paths away from the inside rail coming off the turn, she and jockey Luis Saez ran over ground that seldom sees footfall during a race, but she was still plenty good enough to overcome that super-wide move to win the $200,000 Grade III race for 2-year-old fillies by 2 1/2 lengths.

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“Long shot Chi Town Lady knocks off Matareya in Test,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

Live by the 1-5 shot, die by the 1-5 shot.

Trainer Wesley Ward’s excellent weekend at Saratoga Race Course started on Friday, when his turf sprint star Golden Pal won the Grade III Troy by a head, having been bet down from 1-2 on the morning line to 1-5.

Matareya, riding a four-race winning streak by a combined 22 1/4 lengths, went off at identical odds in the Grade I Test for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday.

But she finished third, and it was Ward’s 17-1 long shot, Chi Town Lady, who pulled off the huge upset while ridden by the red-hot Joel Rosario.

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“Remembering Allan Carter, a trusted friend and treasure trove of horse racing history,” by Teresa A. Genaro

Paula Curtis-Carter stood in front of the dozens of people assembled at the Principessa Elena Society in Saratoga Springs on Thursday. She held aloft a cup containing a couple of fingers of Guinness, preparing to lead a toast to her husband Allan Carter, who died in April.

Before spending 15 years as the historian at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, before spending 30 years as a law librarian at the New York State Library in Albany, Carter had joined the U.S. Army, learning Russian in a nine-month intensive language program before being posted to Japan.

“Nostrovia!” cried Curtis-Carter, anglicizing a Russian term commonly interpreted as “cheers” before offering a similar toast in Japanese. “Kanpai!”

A man from Glens Falls, toasted in Russian and Japanese, with an Irish beer. And that just begins to tell the multifarious story of a man whose name became locally synonymous with racing history.

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“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.

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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.

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“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.

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