Saratoga

Saratoga Report #5

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Stopchargingmaria (KY) – Let’s face it…they aren’t going to be talking about this Alabama Stakes winner for years to come like some of the other historic winners, but Stopchargingmaria was better than the rest on Saturday and earned a Grade 1 victory.  The 3 year old filly division is extremely weak this year, but perhaps Stopchargingmaria has found her stride enough to test Untapable in a race next time out.  Either way Stopchargingmaria has dominated her rivals at the Spa.

– 2nd Star: Main Sequence (KY) – Two race in the United Stats, two grade 1 wins!  Sunday’s dramatic come from behind victory in the Sword Dancer was just the latest flash of brilliance out of Main Sequence, who is quickly shooting up the ranks of turf horses in America.  The consistent running he has shown most likely will earn him a trip to the Breeders Cup, where he will test his game against the best in the world.

– 3rd Star: Farhaan (KY) – Even though it was only an ungraded Stakes win for him on Sunday in the Alydar, it kind of had a man against boys type of feel to it.  Farhaan’s level of improvement is starting to really show, and you would think a shot against graded company is next.  He’s bred to run all day, and has now won three out of his last four races.

Flop of the Week

Alpha (KY) – Going into Sunday Alpha had won four out of five at the Spa, winning some of the biggest races the track runs each year, but he  faded badly to finish third in the Alydar Stakes this time out.  The long layoff could have been part of the reason for the dull performance, or perhaps the older horse is starting to lose a step or two.  He’ll have to run much better next time out to be competitive at the level he needs to be.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Todd A. Pletcher 95 22 20 10 $2,193,127 23% 52 55%
2 Chad C. Brown 65 14 11 11 $1,191,553 22% 36 55%
3 William I. Mott 53 10 6 7 $1,173,207 19% 23 43%
4 H. Graham Motion 46 9 6 7 $1,037,227 20% 22 48%
5 Bruce R. Brown 42 8 2 13 $467,660 19% 23 55%
5 Michael J. Maker 33 8 5 4 $441,696 24% 17 52%
7 Rudy R. Rodriguez 51 7 7 10 $428,557 14% 24 47%
7 George Weaver 30 7 3 7 $420,580 23% 17 57%
7 Bruce N. Levine 31 7 4 4 $342,951 23% 15 48%
10 Anthony W. Dutrow 22 6 3 2 $698,617 27% 11 50%
10 James A. Jerkens 16 6 1 2 $658,104 38% 9 56%
10 Linda Rice 39 6 3 4 $588,313 15% 13 33%
10 Claude R. McGaughey III 31 6 3 6 $573,249 19% 15 48%
10 Thomas Albertrani 37 6 7 3 $566,893 16% 16 43%
10 David Jacobson 53 6 11 9 $458,361 11% 26 49%
10 Gary C. Contessa 57 6 6 8 $439,607 11% 20 35%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Javier Castellano 154 43 27 20 $3,101,198 28% 90 58%
2 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 171 35 33 22 $3,135,437 20% 90 53%
3 John R. Velazquez 153 27 27 18 $2,643,069 18% 72 47%
4 Jose L. Ortiz 144 22 13 20 $1,492,621 15% 55 38%
5 Joel Rosario 138 21 19 24 $2,172,334 15% 64 46%
6 Rajiv Maragh 94 17 9 14 $1,628,206 18% 40 43%
7 Cornelio H. Velasquez 83 14 9 9 $955,591 17% 32 39%
8 Junior Alvarado 97 13 19 9 $1,680,873 13% 41 42%
9 Luis Saez 114 12 15 12 $1,325,637 11% 39 34%
10 Jose Lezcano 94 11 14 17 $1,068,230 12% 42 45%

Preview to Next Week

Wed., Aug. 20 Better Talk Now $100,000 3YO 1 Mile (Turf)
Thu., Aug. 21 Union Avenue (NYB) $100,000 F&M 3&UP 6 1/2 Furlongs (Dirt)
Thu., Aug. 21 New York Turf Writers Cup (Steeplechase) I $150,000 4&UP 2 3/8 (Turf)
Fri., Aug. 22 Personal Ensign Invitational I $500,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Fri., Aug. 22 Lord & Taylor Tale of the Cat $100,000 3&UP 6 Furlongs (Dirt)
Sat., Aug. 23 Travers Stakes I $1,250,000 3YO 1 1/4 (Dirt)
Sat., Aug. 23 Ketel One King’s Bishop I $500,000 3YO 7 Furlongs (Dirt)
Sat., Aug. 23 Ballerina I $500,000 F&M 3&UP 7 Furlongs (Dirt)
Sat., Aug. 23 Ballston Spa II $250,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/16 (Turf)
Sun., Aug. 24 Albany (NYB) $250,000 3YO 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Sun., Aug. 24 West Point presented by Trustco Bank (NYB) $150,000 3&UP 1 1/16 (Turf)
Sun., Aug. 24 Yaddo (NYB) $150,000 F&M 3&UP 1 1/16 (Turf)
Sun., Aug. 24 Fleet Indian (NYB) $200,000 F3YO 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Sun., Aug. 24 Funny Cide (NYB) $200,000 2YO 6 1/2 Furlongs (Dirt)
Sun., Aug. 24 Seeking the Ante (NYB) $200,000 F2YO 6 1/2 Furlongs (Dirt)
Mon., Aug. 25 Smart N Fancy $100,000 F&M 3&UP 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)
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