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Saratoga Race Course essentials: Aug. 13, 2022

Regal Glory, trained by Chad Brown, before breezing on the Oklahoma Training Track in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, July 24, 2022.
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Regal Glory, trained by Chad Brown, before breezing on the Oklahoma Training Track in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, July 24, 2022.

Today is Day 23 of the Saratoga Race Course meet. Racing starts at 1:05 p.m.

RECENT STORIES FROM THE DAILY GAZETTE AT THE TRACK

“Regal Glory takes aim at Fourstardave,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

Much will be made of the fact that Regal Glory will be facing males for the first time in her career as the 6-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday’s Fourstardave at Saratoga, but perhaps more remarkable is not only her longevity, but the fact that, at 6, she’s having by far the best season of her career.

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“Wudda U Think Now ends long slump for Rodriguez,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

An oh-for-44 slump through the first 21 days of a 40-day meet could wear you out.

Spending four months patching and re-patching a persistent quarter crack in a horse’s hoof could wear you out.

So patience was doubly rewarded when the Rudy Rodriguez-trained Wudda U Think Now re-rallied to pass Saint Selby at the sixteenth pole and win the $125,000 John Morrissey sprint stakes for New York-breds at Saratoga Race Course on Friday.

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Cyberknife, trained by Brad Cox, is bathed after breezing at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 13, 2022. ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE

“After shot at Vanderbilt, Ny Traffic back to New York-breds,” by Mike MacAdam

Ny Traffic has spent plenty of time on the open road.

That is, he’s run in way more open graded stakes, including the 2020 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, than he has in stakes restricted to New York-breds.

Most recently, Ny Traffic took on the best sprinter in the country, Jackie’s Warrior, in the Grade I Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga Race Course.

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“Chatting at the track with … Najja Thompson,” by Will Springstead with photos from Erica Miller

Najja Thompson, the executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, brings an eclectic background to the position. He worked for the New York Racing Association in a variety of departments, including communications, marketing and even human resources, where he had the important job of recruitment and employee engagement right after the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a three-month shutdown of racing in 2020.

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“At 8, New York-bred gelding My Boy Tate keeps on running,” by Teresa A. Genaro with photos from Erica Miller

Following the monumental success of the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale earlier this week, a sale that saw gains in gross sales and in average and median sales price, and at which 14 horses sold for more than $1 million, a record for this sale, attention will now turn to the company’s sale of preferred New York-bred yearlings, set for this coming Sunday and Monday.

On Friday night, New York Thoroughbred Breeders will host its annual awards event, for the first time during the racing season. That afternoon, Saratoga Race Course will run three stakes races for New York-bred horses, each of them worth $125,000. Among those competing is My Boy Tate, an 8-year-old gelding running in the John Morrissey Stakes.

Tate, as he’s called in the barn, has earned nearly $720,000. He’s run 32 times, winning 10 times, finishing second nine times, and finishing third twice. He was bred and is trained by Michelle Nevin, who co-owns him with Little Red Feather Racing.

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“Gun Runner colt sells for $2.3 million at Fasig-Tipton auction,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

Gun Runner produced the highest price for a single sale, but Curlin’s overall performance at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale couldn’t be topped on Monday and Tuesday.

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Bank on Anna, trained by Philip Serpe and ridden by Jose Lezcano, wins the 19th running of the Union Ave Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Friday, August 12, 2022. (ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE)

“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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“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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Jockey Joel Rosario after winning the 40th running of the Evan Shipman Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Friday, August 12, 2022. (ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE)

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