Saratoga

Saratoga Report #3

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Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Moreno (KY) – Is there a horse out there that loves Saratoga more than Moreno?  After running the race of his life and almost winning the Travers last year, Moreno found the winners circle on Saturday as he pulled the upset at 10-1 to win the Whitney Handicap.  He used his tactical advantage to the fullest as the field let him get away with slow opening fractions, and he was able to put away everyone down the stretch with plenty left in the tank.  The Woodward Stakes on closing weekend will most likely be next.

– 2nd Star: Palace (NY) – In his 20th start Palace finally became a Grade 1 winner, running huge in the Vanderbilt Handicap this Saturday.  The win was his third Graded Stakes win overall, and puts him at the very least in the mix as one of the top sprinters in the country.  Trainer Linda Rice has done an excellent job with him, and probably does not get enough credit for what she has accomplished with him.

– 3rd Star: Sweet Reason (KY) – Saturday’s Test Stakes victory gave Sweet Reason her second straight Grade 1 victory, and stamps her as one of the best three year old filly’s in the country.  Going long might not be her thing, but when going a mile or less she’s going to be awfully tough to beat.  This year the filly crop is definitely short on talent, but it’s nice to see a consistent horse emerge from the pack.

Flop of the Week

Palace Malice (KY) – The top horse in the country was set up for a huge “statement day” in the Whitney last Saturday, but instead turned in a very flat performance.  After stalking the front runner and seemingly having the perfect trip, Palace Malice came up completely empty at the top of the stretch.  He seems to be sound after the race, so this performance is really a mystery.  Hopefully he can bounce back next time out.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Todd A. Pletcher 51 15 10 6 $1,232,259 29% 31 61%
2 Chad C. Brown 35 7 6 8 $650,960 20% 21 60%
2 H. Graham Motion 27 7 2 2 $536,793 26% 11 41%
4 William I. Mott 30 6 5 3 $469,554 20% 14 47%
5 Linda Rice 23 5 0 3 $495,193 22% 8 35%
6 Christophe Clement 28 4 6 5 $486,737 14% 15 54%
6 Anthony W. Dutrow 14 4 2 1 $389,718 29% 7 50%
6 Claude R. McGaughey III 18 4 1 4 $316,256 22% 9 50%
6 Rudy R. Rodriguez 33 4 4 7 $268,382 12% 15 45%
6 Michael J. Maker 24 4 5 1 $254,966 17% 10 42%
6 Gary C. Contessa 33 4 4 5 $248,581 12% 13 39%
6 George Weaver 20 4 2 5 $231,774 20% 11 55%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Javier Castellano 93 22 16 15 $1,753,679 24% 53 57%
2 John R. Velazquez 89 17 12 12 $1,346,449 19% 41 46%
3 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 99 15 19 13 $1,757,433 15% 47 47%
4 Jose L. Ortiz 91 14 7 15 $924,421 15% 36 40%
5 Joel Rosario 84 13 12 12 $1,203,695 15% 37 44%
6 Cornelio H. Velasquez 43 10 3 3 $652,340 23% 16 37%
7 Luis Saez 69 9 12 7 $1,113,589 13% 28 41%
8 Jose Lezcano 55 8 8 11 $648,888 15% 27 49%
9 Junior Alvarado 54 7 11 4 $1,244,801 13% 22 41%
9 Rajiv Maragh 54 7 5 8 $808,112 13% 20 37%

Preview to Next Week

Wed., Aug. 6 John’s Call $100,000 3&UP 1 5/8 (Turf)
Thu., Aug. 7 Birdstone* $100,000 3&UP 1 3/4 (Dirt)
Fri., Aug. 8 National Museum of Racing Hall Of Fame II $200,000 3YO 1 1/16 (Turf)
Sat., Aug. 9 Fourstardave Handicap II $500,000 3&UP 1 Mile (Turf)
Sun., Aug. 10 Adirondack II $200,000 F2YO 6 1/2 Furlongs (Dirt)
Sun., Aug. 10 Toyota Saratoga Special II $200,000 2YO 6 1/2 Furlongs (Dirt)
Mon., Aug. 11 Tenski $100,000 F3YO 1 Mile (Turf)
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