Today is Day 24 of the Saratoga Race Course meet. Racing starts at 1:05 p.m.
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“Casa Creed excels at a mile to win Fourstardave,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller
He traveled 6,500 miles to run two races that were each less than a mile long.
He stayed home to run longer.
Having absorbed what turned out to be a not-so-taxing trip to Saudi Arabia and Dubai to start the 2022 season, Casa Creed got the perfect trip under jockey Luis Saez to win the Grade I Fourstardave at a mile on the inner turf course before an announced paid admission crowd of 38,629 at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday.
“Next step for Sausville is prestigious Flying Start program,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller
Alex Sausville is up for a game of horse.
As a senior guard on the Scotia-Glenville boys’ basketball team in 2014, he went 8 for 13 from 3-point range as the undefeated Tartans beat East High to win the Class A state championship in Glens Falls.
But to say he’s “up” for a game of horse these days has nothing to do with making creative shots and everything to do with the night shift – 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. – watching pregnant mares.
He recently completed the six-month Thoroughbred Breeding Management Course at the Irish National Stud (INS) in County Kildare, Ireland, during which one of his responsibilities was to keep an eye out for any mares going into labor and helping with the delivery.
His eight 3-pointers in the 2014 championship game was a tournament record; his eight “assists” on foal patrol at INS was a one-night personal record.
“Damon’s Mound gives Lovell first Spa win, in Saratoga Special,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller
Trainer Michelle Lovell picked a good spot for her first starter at Saratoga Race Course.
And it may not have happened at all if her owners hadn’t resisted a wave of purchase offers after Damon’s Mound won his first career start by 12 1/2 lengths six weeks ago.
The offers are sure to continue.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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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