Saratoga

Saratoga Report #6

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: V. E. Day (KY) – I was there in person when V. E. Day won the Curlin Stakes, and I really didn’t give him much of a thought after that race.  It was a three way photo that day with none of three running what I’d call a great race.  Fast forward four weeks later and he’s winning the Travers…that’s horse racing!  It’s obvious this horse has a nose for the wire as he’s won four straight races by a total of 3 lengths!  If he can keep to his recent winning ways he’ll have a shot to become the best 3 year old on the east coast.

– 2nd Star: Artemis Agrotera (NY) – This was an eye catching performance and on any other weekend she would be the number one star.  She made the Ballerina Stakes her second grade 1 win, and you would think she’d be one of the few favorites for the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint now.  It was nice to see former champion My Miss Aurelia run well in this one, but she was absolutely no match for Artemis Agrotera.

– 3rd Star: The Big Beast (MD) – The big horse with the giant strides was just able to get up in time to win the King’s Bishop.  As well as he ran in that race, he actually could have taken a step backwards off his last huge effort last time out and STILL won the race.  He’s certainly moving up the ranks as on of the top sprinters in America, and could get even better with each race.

Flop of the Week

Bayern (KY) – Once again a Haskell winner came to the Spa as the favorite, and once again they failed badly.  Bayern folded up shop early in the stretch, and faded to finish last in Travers on Saturday.  The rumors have been flying about whether it was the distance or the 72 hour security that made Bayern bounce over the moon…I guess we’ll never know.  The “Bayern horse” twitter account has been quiet since the loss, which is probably a welcoming to all that follow him.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Todd A. Pletcher 109 22 23 12 $2,390,688 20% 57 52%
2 Chad C. Brown 80 18 12 13 $1,473,484 23% 43 54%
3 William I. Mott 68 12 11 9 $1,664,659 18% 32 47%
4 H. Graham Motion 58 10 7 7 $1,132,687 17% 24 41%
5 James A. Jerkens 23 9 4 2 $1,805,454 39% 15 65%
5 Rudy R. Rodriguez 60 9 8 11 $527,769 15% 28 47%
5 Bruce R. Brown 53 9 2 14 $514,720 17% 25 47%
5 Bruce N. Levine 35 9 5 4 $463,003 26% 18 51%
9 Kiaran P. McLaughlin 39 8 8 4 $920,467 21% 20 51%
9 Claude R. McGaughey III 39 8 4 6 $854,531 21% 18 46%
9 Gary C. Contessa 74 8 11 8 $603,863 11% 27 36%
9 George Weaver 41 8 4 8 $507,750 20% 20 49%
9 Michael J. Maker 40 8 6 5 $458,812 20% 19 48%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Javier Castellano 197 50 32 28 $4,556,361 25% 110 56%
2 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 214 45 37 27 $3,943,924 21% 109 51%
3 John R. Velazquez 181 30 37 21 $3,301,679 17% 88 49%
3 Joel Rosario 171 30 22 29 $3,085,985 18% 81 47%
5 Jose L. Ortiz 179 28 16 24 $2,148,225 16% 68 38%
6 Rajiv Maragh 125 19 18 19 $2,544,768 15% 56 45%
7 Cornelio H. Velasquez 100 16 11 10 $1,181,741 16% 37 37%
8 Junior Alvarado 117 15 23 13 $1,944,727 13% 51 44%
9 Luis Saez 137 14 20 12 $1,540,426 10% 46 34%
10 Jose Lezcano 112 13 16 18 $1,378,610 12% 47 42%
10 Rosie Napravnik 81 13 8 15 $1,084,904 16% 36 44%
10 Manuel Franco 119 13 13 13 $841,685 11% 39 33%

Preview to Next Week

Wed., Aug. 27 P. G. Johnson $100,000 F2YO 1 1/16 (Turf)
Thu., Aug. 28 With Anticipation II $200,000 2YO 1 1/16 (Turf)
Fri., Aug. 29 Riskaverse $100,000 F3YO 1 Mile (Turf)
Sat., Aug. 30 Prioress II $300,000 F3YO 6 Furlongs (Dirt)
Sat., Aug. 30 Bernard Baruch Handicap II $250,000 3&UP 1 1/16 (Turf)
Sat., Aug. 30 Forego I $500,000 3&UP 7 Furlongs (Dirt)
Sat., Aug. 30 Woodward I $600,000 3&UP 1 1/8 (Dirt)
Sun., Aug. 31 Spinaway I $350,000 F2YO 7 Furlongs (Dirt)
Sun., Aug. 31 Glens Falls III $150,000 F&M 3&UP 1 3/8 (Turf)
Mon., Sep. 1 Saranac III $300,000 3YO 1 1/8 (Turf)
Mon., Sep. 1 Hopeful I $350,000 2YO 7 Furlongs (Dirt)
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