Saratoga

Saratoga Report #4

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Seek Again (KY) – How much the best was this horse on Saturday in the Fourstardave?  He was trapped on the inside the entire stretch with nowhere to go, was check hard, then somehow finally found a way through on the rail to win by a neck.  It was one of the most relentless stretch runs I’ve seen in some time, and give him his second graded stakes win this year.  Obviously the question now is can he beat Wise Dan…the gap may be narrowing.

– 2nd Star: Cavorting (KY) – I Spent It probably got more post race hype, but lets be clear to point out that Cavorting ran the Adirondack in a faster time than I Spent It ran the Saratoga Special.  You could tell after her maiden win that she was going to be something special, but her Adirondack win was even better considering the star filled field she beat.  Look for her to go straight to Grade 1 company next time out, as she’s well on her way to the Breeders Cup.

– 3rd Star: I Spent It (KY) – What a huge effort it was for I Spent It in the Saratoga Special.  While looking completely trapped on the inside he was finally able to make his way through on the rail and run away to an easy victory.  Perhaps the second place finisher Mr. Z never saw him come through on the inside, but you have to give credit to the young horse for having the guts to go inside horses in only his second start.  The sky could be the limit as this horse will stretch out well.

Flop of the Week

Silver Max (KY) – After a huge 2014 debut race from him, he regressed big time on Saturday in the Fourstardave.  Like normal, Silver Max went right to the front only this time he quickly faded to sixth in the stretch instead of going wire to wire for the win.  His opening fractions were solid and he did have some pressure on the turn, but still you expected him to have a little left down the stretch  This was clearly a bounce.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Todd A. Pletcher 71 19 14 8 $1,573,862 27% 41 58%
2 Chad C. Brown 49 10 10 10 $906,120 20% 30 61%
3 William I. Mott 39 8 5 5 $853,328 21% 18 46%
4 H. Graham Motion 41 7 6 6 $663,897 17% 19 46%
4 Michael J. Maker 30 7 5 3 $403,956 23% 15 50%
6 Linda Rice 34 6 3 3 $576,893 18% 12 35%
6 George Weaver 27 6 3 6 $365,948 22% 15 56%
6 Rudy R. Rodriguez 40 6 6 8 $356,572 15% 20 50%
9 Anthony W. Dutrow 17 5 2 1 $614,583 29% 8 47%
9 James A. Jerkens 15 5 1 2 $607,104 33% 8 53%
9 Claude R. McGaughey III 25 5 2 5 $409,183 20% 12 48%
9 Wesley A. Ward 28 5 4 2 $310,357 18% 11 39%
9 Michael E. Hushion 22 5 3 1 $307,085 23% 9 41%
9 Gary C. Contessa 46 5 4 7 $300,097 11% 16 35%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Javier Castellano 131 35 22 18 $2,652,516 27% 75 57%
2 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 134 23 27 17 $2,467,467 17% 67 50%
3 John R. Velazquez 122 20 22 16 $1,734,552 16% 58 48%
4 Joel Rosario 109 18 13 18 $1,795,754 17% 49 45%
4 Jose L. Ortiz 114 18 11 17 $1,186,864 16% 46 40%
6 Cornelio H. Velasquez 60 12 5 6 $760,570 20% 23 38%
7 Luis Saez 96 11 14 12 $1,238,756 11% 37 39%
8 Junior Alvarado 67 10 13 5 $1,428,463 15% 28 42%
8 Rajiv Maragh 75 10 8 12 $1,048,099 13% 30 40%
10 Jose Lezcano 77 9 11 13 $759,792 12% 33 43%

Preview to Next Week

Wed., Aug. 13 Troy $100,000 3&UP 5 1/2 (Turf)
Thu., Aug. 14 Saratoga Dew (NYB) $100,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Fri., Aug. 15 John Morrissey (NYB) $100,000 3&UP 6 1/2 Furlongs (Dirt)
Sat., Aug. 16 Knob Creek Lake Placid II $300,000 F3YO 1 1/8 (Turf)
Sat., Aug. 16 Alabama I $600,000 F3YO 1 1/4 (Dirt)
Sun., Aug. 17 Sword Dancer Invitational I $500,000 3&UP 1 1/2 (Turf)
Sun., Aug. 17 Alydar* $100,000 4&UP 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Mon., Aug. 18 Summer Colony $100,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/8 (Dirt)
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