Horse Watch

Saratoga Report #5

3 Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Questing (GB) – Not much needs to be said here, Questing was just incredible in winning the Alabama on Saturday.  She is now the top three-year filly in the country, and with the health of Bodemeister and Paynter being in question, she might be the top three-year old period right now.  There is no doubt in my mind she’d win the Travers this weekend.  Her beyer number came back as a 106, which is a faster number than I’ll Have Another ran when going a mile and one-quarter.  The sky is the limit for Questing, lets all hope she’s stays happy and healthy.

– 2nd Star: Point of Entry (KY) – I feel a little sorry for Point of Entry because his performance in the Sword Dancer was overshadowed by Questing, but it should not be.  Talk about a dominating effort against a field that most thought to be fairly balanced.  Point of Entry won the Sword Dancer by four lengths.  He basically stalked the pace, and crushed them all down the stretch.  His win earned a speed figure of 103, which is right on line with Little Mikes winning number in the Arlington Million.  The win was his fourth in a row, and second Grade 1 victory.

– 3rd Star: Stephanie’s Kitten (KY) – Stephanie’s Kitten showed tremendous class when winning the Lake Placid (Grade 2) Stakes on Sunday.  She hadn’t raced in almost a year, but still was able to fire a brilliant return as she found room to run late in the race and barreled home to a convincing half-length victory.  She’s now won five out of nine races, with three of those wins coming against graded company.  It’s safe to say she’s back in full force, so look for to have a big fall campaign.  Perhaps a trip to the Breeders Cup will be in the cards.

Flop of the Week

Grace Hall (KY) – It would have taken a stellar performance to beat Questing, but Grace Hall gave us nothing.  She chased a fast pace throughout the race, and had nothing left in the stretch fading badly and finishing fifth.  It was clearly not her best performance, but it’s also clear that she’s not in the same league with Questing.  Maybe the mile and one-quarter distance was too much for her, or maybe it was an error keeping her so close to the pace.  Either way, she’s was easily the biggest flop of the week.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Todd A. Pletcher 102 25 16 10 $1,843,258 25% 51 50%
2 Chad C. Brown 60 17 14 9 $1,093,232 28% 40 67%
3 Steven M. Asmussen 47 10 8 4 $679,218 21% 22 47%
4 George Weaver 42 8 0 6 $386,639 19% 14 33%
4 Gary C. Contessa 50 8 6 4 $351,099 16% 18 36%
6 William I. Mott 60 7 11 8 $1,009,008 12% 26 43%
6 Christophe Clement 34 7 5 6 $491,399 21% 18 53%
6 Rudy R. Rodriguez 49 7 6 10 $443,293 14% 23 47%
6 Bruce N. Levine 31 7 8 2 $362,258 23% 17 55%
10 Anthony W. Dutrow 30 6 6 3 $372,399 20% 15 50%
10 Dominic G. Galluscio 37 6 5 3 $322,446 16% 14 38%
10 Philip M. Serpe 24 6 2 4 $298,368 25% 12 50%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ramon A. Dominguez 199 47 35 31 $3,132,320 24% 113 57%
2 Javier Castellano 184 32 27 26 $2,578,315 17% 85 46%
3 Jose Lezcano 146 26 27 19 $1,845,077 18% 72 49%
4 John R. Velazquez 88 22 8 9 $2,190,724 25% 39 44%
5 Joel Rosario 156 19 21 25 $1,505,208 12% 65 42%
6 Junior Alvarado 139 18 19 20 $1,564,939 13% 57 41%
7 Julien R. Leparoux 134 17 23 8 $1,444,658 13% 48 36%
8 Rajiv Maragh 150 14 16 17 $1,180,057 9% 47 31%
9 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 151 12 20 18 $1,453,787 8% 50 33%
10 Rosie Napravnik 152 11 16 16 $1,238,760 7% 43 28%
11 Cornelio H. Velasquez 110 10 13 18 $763,851 9% 41 37%
12 Wilmer A. Garcia 107 9 8 8 $523,209 8% 25 23%

Preview to Next Week

– The Albany Stakes – Wednesday – 3-year-old NY breds – 1 1/8th mile – $150,000

– The Ballerina (Grade 1) – Friday – Fillies and Mares 3 year olds and upward – Seven Furlongs – $500,000

– The Travers Stakes (Grade 1) – Saturday – 3 year olds – 1 1/4th miles – $1,000,000

– The King’s Bishop (Grade 1) – Saturday – 3 year olds – Seven Furlongs – $500,000

– The Test (Grade 1) – Saturday – 3-year-old fillies – Seven Furlongs – $500,000

– The Ballston Spa (Grade 2) – Saturday – Filly and Mares 3 years old and upward – 1 1/16th mile (turf) – $250,000

– The Personal Ensign (Grade 1) – Sunday – Filly and Mares 3 years old and upward – 1 1/8th miles – $600,000

– The Saratoga Dew Stakes – Monday – NY bred Filly and Mares 3 years old and upward – 1 1/8th miles – $100,000

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