Three Stars of the Week
– 1st Star: HONOR CODE – There is no doubting it now…Honor Code is the number one older horse in American after a thrilling come from behind win in the Whitney Handicap. Several pundits (including me) felt this horse might not be at his best going two turns, but he proved us wrong as he ran down Liam’s Map late to prevail this weekend. The ride on Liam’s Map was questionable, however it doesn’t at all discount what Honor Code accomplished. From here on out the big challenge will be to keep Honor Code healthy, and to get him to the Breeders Cup in the best shape possible.
– 2nd Star: CAVORTING – Cavorting loves Saratoga! Last year she captured a Grade 2 Stakes victory at Saratoga, and now this year she returned to win the Grade 1 Test Stakes. It’s obvious that one turn races are her thing now, and she’s proving to be very classy at this distance. Her win in the Test couldn’t have looked much easier as she coasted by horses in mid-stretch to win going away. In the past they’ve had trouble keeping her healthy, but if they can get her to the Breeders Cup she might fit in well with Filly and Mare Sprint Division.
– 3rd Star: BAY OF PLENTY – The Alydar Stakes on Sunday was supposed to be all about the return of Palace Malice, but Bay of Plenty was able to steal the show in front running fashion. He basically dominated this field of tough older horses on the front end and never looked back. This was his fifth win in nine stats, and his first stakes win as well. After a performance like this you would have to think a race like the Woodward will now be on the schedule for this talented individual.
Flop of the Week
– TAKE CHARGE BRANDI – The 2 Year Old filly of the year returned for the first time since January in the Test Stakes on Saturday and looked good for the first half of the race, but faded badly to finish dead last. The good news is she’s perfectly healthy, but the bad new is she didn’t look anywhere near the same as she did last year. Her second start off the layoff will tell us a lot as she could have just been short this time out.
|Rank||Trainer Name||Starts||1st||2nd||3rd||Earnings||Win %||Top 3||Top 3%|
|1||Todd A. Pletcher||62||19||9||5||$1,936,818||31%||33||53%|
|2||Chad C. Brown||58||14||6||8||$1,135,118||24%||28||48%|
|3||William I. Mott||44||8||12||6||$797,683||18%||26||59%|
|4||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||19||7||5||2||$811,034||37%||14||74%|
|5||John P. Terranova, II||13||5||1||1||$252,110||38%||7||54%|
|7||Michael J. Maker||29||4||3||4||$214,897||14%||11||38%|
|7||Claude R. McGaughey III||17||4||3||2||$925,690||24%||9||53%|
|10||Rudy R. Rodriguez||27||3||5||7||$235,416||11%||15||56%|
|10||Gary C. Contessa||34||3||7||3||$213,692||9%||13||38%|
|10||Steven M. Asmussen||22||3||4||2||$358,885||14%||9||41%|
|10||H. Graham Motion||26||3||4||2||$293,641||12%||9||35%|
|Rank||Jockey Name||Starts||1st||2nd||3rd||Earnings||Win %||Top 3||Top 3%|
|1||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||112||25||10||19||$1,811,303||22%||54||48%|
|2||John R. Velazquez||92||22||13||5||$2,061,900||24%||40||43%|
|5||Jose L. Ortiz||97||10||10||11||$937,201||10%||31||32%|
Preview to Next Week
|Wed., Aug. 12||Birdstone*||$100,000||3&UP||1 3/4 (Dirt)|
|Thu., Aug. 13||NYSS Statue of Liberty Division||$100,000||F3YO||1 Mile (Turf)|
|Fri., Aug. 14||Maker’s Mark Lake Placid||II||$300,000||F3YO||1 1/8 (Turf)|
|Sat., Aug. 15||Fourstardave Handicap||II||$500,000||3&UP||1 Mile (Turf)|
|Sat., Aug. 15||Adirondack||II||$200,000||F2YO||6 1/2 Furlongs (Dirt)|
|Mon., Aug. 17||Saratoga Dew (NYB)||$100,000||F&M 3&UP||1 1/8 (Dirt)|