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Saratoga Report #6

Will Take Charges Wins the Travers

Will Take Charges Wins the Travers

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Will Take Charge (KY) – Much to the delight of the Racing Dudes and Oaklawn fans everywhere, Will Take Charge waited to get on the big stage at Saratoga before finally breaking through with two big races in a row.  After struggling through the Triple Crown, the 17 hand chestnut was a solid second in the Jim Dandy, before running the race of his life and winning the Travers last Saturday.  He sat the perfect trip with rider Luis Saez aboard, and was able to make up three to four lengths in the stretch to nip Moreno right on the wire.  The win also made Will Take Charge a millionaire, and puts him into the mix for three-year old of the year.  The Pennsylvania  Derby or Jockey Club Gold Cup will be next for him, with the long-term goal being the Breeders Cup Classic.

– 2nd Star: Royal Delta (KY) – While Will Take Charge won the tracks biggest race, the biggest performance of the weekend may have come from two-time defending Breeders Cup Ladies champion Royal Delta.  After struggling a bit to start the year, Royal Delta has returned to her flawless form, winning the last two races with no trouble whatsoever.  It’s interesting to note that her last two races have been without Lasix, a move that must be credited to trainer Bill Mott.  She is without a doubt the number one older mare in the country, and should be heading into the Breeders Cup in perfect shape.

– 3rd Star: Capo Bastone (KY) – The OTHER Pletcher horse got the job done in the King’s Bishop!  The race came up as one of the stronger races of the year, and as expected the pace up front was very hot.  It was expected that Forty Tales or Declan’s Warrior would be the faster of the closing horses, but it was Capo Bastone that made the strongest of the late charges, and he easily passed Mentor Cane to win by two lengths.  Since shortening up to sprint races Capo Bastone has improved tremendously, but still he paid $58.50 for a $2 win bet on Saturday.  No plans are set in stone for him yet, but he may have tossed his hat into the Breeders Cup Sprint discussion with this solid effort.

Flop of the Week

Verrazano (KY) – When you are a heavy favorite and you get a trip like Verrazano got, you are supposed to win.  It’s obvious the mile and one-quarter just isn’t up his alley, although there is still plenty of value with him.  Shortening him up to a mile is probably the next step, and you would have to think he will be awfully tough to beat at that distance as long as he’s healthy.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Todd A. Pletcher 106 32 14 15 $3,881,667 30% 61 58%
2 Chad C. Brown 75 21 14 16 $2,077,018 28% 51 68%
3 Kiaran P. McLaughlin 51 13 7 5 $1,005,136 25% 25 49%
3 David Jacobson 64 13 8 7 $701,543 20% 28 44%
5 William I. Mott 74 11 9 6 $1,198,764 15% 26 35%
5 Steven M. Asmussen 49 11 10 9 $897,569 22% 30 61%
5 Michael J. Maker 72 11 10 11 $662,074 15% 32 44%
8 George Weaver 38 9 4 6 $664,054 24% 19 50%
8 Dominic G. Galluscio 35 9 8 3 $417,353 26% 20 57%
10 Rudy R. Rodriguez 67 8 11 9 $520,080 12% 28 42%
11 Bruce N. Levine 45 6 9 5 $424,407 13% 20 44%
11 Anthony W. Dutrow 24 6 4 3 $357,008 25% 13 54%
13 Claude R. McGaughey III 30 5 2 9 $529,380 17% 16 53%
13 Christophe Clement 44 5 9 13 $526,705 11% 27 61%
13 Dominick Schettino 36 5 5 2 $395,181 14% 12 33%
13 Bruce R. Brown 43 5 5 7 $390,615 12% 17 40%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Javier Castellano 269 54 45 53 $4,360,374 20% 152 57%
2 Joel Rosario 221 41 41 32 $3,209,172 19% 114 52%
3 John R. Velazquez 202 39 29 29 $4,058,223 19% 97 48%
4 Jose Lezcano 170 24 25 26 $2,454,093 14% 75 44%
5 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 210 22 19 33 $2,071,290 10% 74 35%
6 Junior Alvarado 140 21 12 10 $1,440,062 15% 43 31%
7 Jose L. Ortiz 164 19 16 21 $1,510,926 12% 56 34%
7 Cornelio H. Velasquez 145 19 15 15 $1,215,521 13% 49 34%
9 Rosie Napravnik 140 15 21 16 $1,259,989 11% 52 37%
9 Joseph Rocco, Jr. 113 15 11 2 $1,090,709 13% 28 25%
11 Luis Saez 192 14 19 21 $1,920,623 7% 54 28%
12 Rajiv Maragh 137 10 15 24 $854,866 7% 49 36%
13 Edgar S. Prado 98 7 15 11 $950,662 7% 33 34%
14 Mike E. Smith 26 6 1 3 $1,096,114 23% 10 38%
14 Alex O. Solis 77 6 11 11 $603,116 8% 28 36%
14 Jose L. Espinoza 61 6 4 4 $331,309 10% 14 23%

Preview to Next Week

– Wednesday: The P.G. Johnson Stakes – Two Year Old Fillies – 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) – Purse: $100,000

– Thursday: The With Anticipation Stakes (Grade 2) – Two Year Olds – 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) – Purse: $200,000

– Friday: The Riskaverse Stakes – Three Year Old Fillies – One Mile (Turf) – Purse: $100,000

– Saturday: The Bernard Branch Handicap (Grade 2) – Three Year Olds and Upward – 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) – Purse: $250,000

– Saturday: The Forego Stakes (Grade 1) – Three Year Olds and Upward – Seven Furlongs – Purse: $500,000

– Saturday: The Woodward Stakes (Grade 1) – Three Year Olds and Upward – 1 1/8 Miles – Purse: $750,000

– Sunday: The Saranac Stakes (Grade 3) – Three Year Olds – 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) – Purse: $150,000

– Sunday: The Spinaway Stakes (Grade 1) – Two Year Old Fillies – Seven Furlongs – Purse: $300,000

– Monday: The Glen Falls Stakes (Grade 3) – Fillies and Mares Three Year Olds and Upward – 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) – Purse: $150,000

– Monday: The Hopeful Stakes (Grade 1) – Two Year Olds – Seven Furlongs – Purse: $300,000

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