Neal Galvin is officially in the doghouse.
His horse, Bug Juice, won the sixth race at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, a cause for much celebration in the winner’s circle and beyond for the Saratoga Springs High School and Siena College graduate.
The victory came three years to the day since Bug Juice broke his maiden at Saratoga on his way to winning the 2010 New York-bred 2-year-old male championship as awarded by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders.
Bug Juice was claimed out of the race, though, after having made 23 starts and banked almost a half-million dollars. He was a $2,700 purchase out of the New York-bred sale who looked so awkward — short-limbed with a big head — that he was nicknamed the Crocodile.
Galvin was shedding crocodile tears, because he and trainer Larry Rivelli, who also co-owns the Mingun gelding, expect to claim him back in the near future.
“That was wild,” Galvin said. “It was a great ride, and now he’s gone. I really didn’t think he would be claimed, off the last couple.
“My $2,700 investment is now gone. Sure, it’s bittersweet. I will be in the doghouse for probably a month, because I assured my wife, ‘Don’t worry.’ She picked him out.”
Bug Juice won the race on the front end with Joel Rosario in the saddle.
He was 10-1 on the morning line and 5-1 at post time after winning his first three starts of 2013, then finishing third in two straight at Arlington Park, where Rivelli is based.
“Larry’s my trainer at Arlington, and this is where he fit,” Galvin said. “Take a shot and see what you can do. He’s had some issues lately, and we got him going. Just like my son said, he’s the only horse who likes it when you hit him. He appreciates a hard ride.”
Galvin owns the Latham-based fence company AFSCO. His Our Blue Streaks Stable races in white silks with a blue lightning bolt modeled after the logo used by the Saratoga High Blue Streaks sports teams.
Jockey Ramon Dominguez, forced to retire with a head injury, gave a 13-minute interview with Richard Migliore on Sunday.
The clip can be found at the top of the video list on the www.nyra.-com home page.
AROUND THE TRACK
Mechanicville native Chad Brown saddled three winners on Sunday and has 10 for the meet, second behind Todd Pletcher (14). ...
Kentucky Oaks and Coaching Club American Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar breezed four furlongs in 49.60 on the main track on Sunday in preparation for the Aug. 17 Alabama.
She’s owned by Schenectady native Ed Stanco, who also bred her.
“Princess of Sylmar worked dynamite this morning,” Pletcher said. “I’m really, really happy with her. We’re hoping she maintains form for a couple more weeks.” ...
Trainer Shug McGaughey said that Kentucky Derby winner Orb remains on target for the $1 million Travers on Aug. 24.
On Saturday, Orb breezed five furlongs in 1:00.00 on the dirt at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland.
“Everything is a ‘go,’ ” McGaughey said.
McGaughey was not in Maryland for the work, but traveled to Canton, Ohio, as a guest of Bill Parcells for the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Gary Sciacca, who trains Parcells’ Saratoga Snacks, also made the trip.
“It’s one of the most exciting and impressive things I’ve ever gone to,” McGaughey said. “To see all of those great players and coaches — not only those who were inducted yesterday — was an absolute thrill.”