Saratoga Race Course essentials: Sept. 3, 2022

ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE Malathaat, (outside) trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, (past Search Results trained by Chad Brown ridden by Flavien Prat) wins the 75th running of Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 27, 2022.
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ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE Malathaat, (outside) trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, (past Search Results trained by Chad Brown ridden by Flavien Prat) wins the 75th running of Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 27, 2022.

Today is Day 38 of the Saratoga Race Course meet. Racing starts at 12:05 p.m.

RECENT STORIES FROM THE DAILY GAZETTE AT THE TRACK

“As Spa meet winds down, Pletcher has four shots at Jockey Club Gold Cup,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

Four horses, four different angles, but all coming from the same barn.

Trainer Todd Pletcher will send Americanrevolution, Dynamic One, Keepmeinmind and Untreated to the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday as the 154th meet begins to wind down with a loaded stakes weekend.

The Jockey Club Gold Cup and Grade II Flower Bowl will serve as “Win and You’re In” qualifiers for the Breeders’ Cup Classic and BC Filly and Mare Turf, respectively.

~ Read More At The Track ~ 

“A look back at Affirmed Success,” by Mike MacAdam

The first time he raced, he broke slow, then made up his own mind to simply bull his way through the horses in front of him as jockey Jorge Chavez screamed at his fellow riders in warning: “Get out of the way, I ain’t got him!”

Toward the end of his career, five long years later, the horse needed some amount of urging from his jockey to get through the hole this time, “but he went all in. Man,” Richard Migliore marveled in recollection two weeks ago.

“And it turned out it was slightly premature, but it also secured my position, I was able to get through, and he kicked clear.

“The last 70 yards he was on fumes. But the race was won.”

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“TAG at the Track: The runaway filly and her guardian goat,” by Teresa A. Genaro with photos from Erica Miller

Based on her first start, 2-year-old filly Be Your Best has learned her racing lessons well. She made her debut at Saratoga Race Course on July 31, winning by 3 1/4 lengths under jockey José Ortiz for owner/breeder Mike Ryan and trainer Horacio De Paz.

She’s still got to work on her barn manners, though.

In De Paz’s barn in Clare Court, she’s one of the few, maybe the only, horse whose stall is guarded by a gate instead of webbing. De Paz says that she’s pretty friendly and rather kind, but she developed an unfortunate habit of escaping.

~ Read More At The Track ~ 

“As Travers showed, Epicenter has retained his best form,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

Steve Asmussen fielded a question Sunday morning asking for an example of a 3-year-old he’s trained who experienced aftereffects later in the season from having weathered the grueling Kentucky Derby prep season and Triple Crown series.

He laughed and said, “Every single one of them that wasn’t Curlin or Gun Runner.”

Judging from how Epicenter won the 153rd Travers on Saturday, you can probably keep him off that long list.

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“At 81, Bill Parcells still flashes the old intensity, but as a racehorse owner,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

The 2-year-old Thoroughbred – a baby, really, a rookie – won the first start of his career on Aug. 19 at Saratoga Race Course, and a member of the media asked the owner about the colt’s name.

The owner smiled a familiar smile, and there was also a telltale gruff needling to his voice, the kind of tone that would put an NFL rookie – or a reporter, for that matter – in his place back in the day. And quick. You’ve heard it before.

“I’ve been a Giants fan for 70 years.”

Then the owner walked out of the winner’s circle and signed autographs for a bunch of happy people who had been New York Giants fans for considerably less time.

Let’s Go Big Blue.

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“Ten years later, dead heat in Travers alive and well for those who were there,” by Mike MacAdam

To revise Roy Scheider’s iconic line from “Jaws”: You’re gonna need another boat.

One of the traditions at tradition-rich Saratoga Race Course is the canoe that has floated in the infield lake since at least 1926 and has been painted in the colors of the Travers winner’s silks since 1962.

Then Aug. 25, 2012 happened, and one canoe wasn’t enough.

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“Saratoga Race Course spectators on why they make summer trips to the track,” story and photos by Stan Hudy

Thousands of people head to Saratoga Race Course throughout the summer, as horses run five days a week at the “summer place to be.”

Watching — and betting on — the races is a summer staple in the Capital Region, but the time between races and circumstances around venturing to the Spa City can be the most memorable part of the experience for many track-goers.

More than 780,00 fans have attended races this summer through last weekend, a figure that represents a 10% increase from last year at the same point. More than 44,500 people attended last year’s Travers Stakes day, and that number could grow higher Saturday for this year’s edition of the meet’s biggest race.

Throughout this summer, The Gazette asked fans at the historic race course why they made the trip to Saratoga Race Course.

~ Read More At The Track ~ 

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