Saratoga Race Course essentials: Aug. 25, 2022

A rainbow appears during the 8th race after a quick rainfall at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, July 21.
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A rainbow appears during the 8th race after a quick rainfall at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, July 21.

Today is Day 31 of the Saratoga Race Course meet. Racing starts at 1:05 p.m.

RECENT STORIES FROM THE DAILY GAZETTE AT THE TRACK

“Jim Dandy winner Epicenter is 7-5 Travers favorite,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Stan Hudy

The 153rd Travers drew a field of eight on Tuesday that includes four Grade I winners, but the morning-line favorite isn’t one of them.

That distinction belongs to Epicenter, who suffered disappointing close losses in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but is 7-5 for Saturday’s $1.25 million Grade I Travers at Saratoga Race Course off a commanding victory in the Grade II Jim Dandy.

The Steve Asmussen-trained Epicenter will break from post No. 6 under Joel Rosario, after the field was drawn at the Adelphi Hotel on Tuesday.

~ Read More At The Track ~ 

New York-breds get their time in the spotlight,” by Teresa A. Genaro with photos from Erica Miller

This Friday at Saratoga Race Course will see the last of the 13 stakes races carded this summer for horses bred or sired in New York. Saratoga Showcase Day was added to the racing calendar in 2014 and scheduled for Travers weekend, increasing the visibility of the state’s breeding program on the biggest racing weekend of the summer.

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“Nest dominates again, this time in the 147th Alabama,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

The people — and there had to be 100 of them — couldn’t take their eyes off Nest.

Nestled in the middle of the crowd, trainer Todd Pletcher couldn’t take his eyes off her replay.

Pletcher, one of the most visible people at Saratoga Race Course, got swallowed up in one of the biggest winner’s circle mobs you’re going to see after his 3-year-old filly put together a second dominating Saratoga performance, this time in the 147th running of the Grade I Alabama on Saturday.

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“State gaming commission has learned from project attempting to locate New York-bred horses after their racing careers,” by Teresa A. Genaro with photos from Erica Miller

Seven years ago, the New York State Gaming Commission undertook a daunting mission: to locate every New York-bred Thoroughbred that raced between 2010 and 2012 and didn’t race after 2012.

A year later, in 2016, the Commission released its findings. The number of horses that fit the criteria was 3,894. The Commission was able to locate 1,871, or 48% of them. The other 2,023 couldn’t be located.

One of the motivations for beginning the project was to determine how money the New York Thoroughbred industry needs to support its retired racehorses.

~ Read More At The Track

“At the Track: Chatting with Amelia Green,” by Will Springstead with photos from Erica Miller

Exercise rider and former professional jockey Amelia Green, 29, is from Nottingham, England. Her grandfather trained National Hunt horses, and she rode show jumpers there, but decided she wanted to up her game. And a nine-week stint at the British Racing School did just that.

“Then I learned I like to go fast, so it seemed like a good fit,” she said recently.

She stayed in England for her apprenticeship and journeywoman days before going to California.

After a stint there, she landed a job with Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher. Naturally, she has ridden many good horses while working for him, but she has been the exercise rider for Life Is Good – winner of this year’s Whitney, Pegasus World Cup Invitational and 2021 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile – since the horse was transferred from Bob Baffert to Pletcher shortly over a year ago.

She talked about her life and career with The Daily Gazette recently.

~ Read More At The Track ~ 

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