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Saratoga Report #6

3 Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Willy Beamin (NY) – You win two stakes in the same week, how can you NOT be the number one star of the week?  On Wednesday Willy Beamin won a New York bred stakes with ease, then TWO DAYS later comes back to win the Grade 1 King’s Bishop.  Now that is spectacular!  I’m sure there will be lots of speculation about how he did considering Rick Dutrow is his trainer, but Willy Beamin still deserves credit.  He was claimed for $25,000 and now he’s a Grade 1 winner!  It’s an incredible story, and one that’s being overlooked because of all the big races that happened this weekend.  I, however, will not over look this accomplishment.  He’s the number one horse of the week, and I don’t consider there to be a close second.  Seriously, TWO STAKES WINS in the same week!  Unheard of in today’s racing.

– 2nd Star: Love and Pride (KY) – This is not a horse I expected to be one of the stars of the week, but the winner of Sunday’s Personal Ensign certainly deserves it.  I never considered Love and Pride to be honest, but she ran a great race winning in front running fashion.  She got a little help when It’s Tricky stumbled HORRIBLY out of the gate, and also was helped when Royal Delta didn’t fire her best race.  Regardless, it was a Grade 1 victory for Love and Pride, and also a free pass to the Breeders Cup Ladies Classic.  Also, she earned a solid beyer number of 100, which puts her in the same realm as some of the top females.  Love and Pride won’t be a favorite to win the Ladies Classic, but she’s certainly worthy of running in the race.

– 3rd Star: Alpha (KY) and Golden Ticket (KY) – The mile and one-quarter distance of the Travers couldn’t separate them, so how can I?  The race that had lost so much steam because of injuries, fevers, and defections sure did provided us with a thrilling race after all.  Golden Ticket ran the race of his life and looked to be the winner until the very end.  Alpha ran solid once again, and I think his name is one that can be considered among the top five three-year olds.  He’s been great in New York, and showed a lot of heart in catching up to Golden Ticket in the final strides.  I’m not sold on either one of these two as “elite” horses, but they’ve both proved to be solid when running their best races.  I hope both these horses remain sound, and move forward to face each other again.

– Honorable Mentions: Turbulent Descent, Sign, Contested, Optimizer, and Zagora

Flop of the Week

Trinniberg (KY) – Big time flop from Trinniberg in the King’s Bishop.  As expected he set the pace, and while the fractions were fast, they weren’t blazing.  Entering the stretch you could tell he was done, as he faded to finish ninth out of ten horses.  Also flopping in this race was Currency Swap, who was the favorite and finished off the board.  Both deserve the “Flop of the Week” but I chose Trinniberg because he finished worse than Currency Swap.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Todd A. Pletcher 117 30 18 11 $2,710,528 26% 59 50%
2 Chad C. Brown 78 22 19 11 $1,511,122 28% 52 67%
3 Steven M. Asmussen 56 11 9 9 $816,668 20% 29 52%
4 George Weaver 51 10 1 7 $503,773 20% 18 35%
5 Anthony W. Dutrow 35 9 6 3 $459,991 26% 18 51%
5 Bruce N. Levine 41 9 10 3 $439,418 22% 22 54%
7 William I. Mott 72 8 14 11 $1,242,430 11% 33 46%
7 Christophe Clement 41 8 7 7 $606,179 20% 22 54%
7 Rudy R. Rodriguez 54 8 6 12 $489,993 15% 26 48%
7 Gary C. Contessa 64 8 7 7 $395,787 13% 22 34%
11 Kiaran P. McLaughlin 39 7 5 5 $1,636,732 18% 17 44%
11 Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. 50 7 12 9 $960,993 14% 28 56%
11 Eddie Kenneally 34 7 10 3 $490,796 21% 20 59%
11 David Jacobson 39 7 6 4 $404,656 18% 17 44%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ramon A. Dominguez 241 57 46 36 $4,206,890 24% 139 58%
2 Javier Castellano 224 40 34 31 $3,006,568 18% 105 47%
3 Jose Lezcano 175 29 31 24 $2,077,447 17% 84 48%
4 John R. Velazquez 118 26 13 11 $3,195,410 22% 50 42%
5 Joel Rosario 185 23 24 29 $1,839,547 12% 76 41%
6 Junior Alvarado 170 21 23 25 $2,038,956 12% 69 41%
6 Julien R. Leparoux 160 21 25 16 $1,771,102 13% 62 39%
8 Rosie Napravnik 178 17 18 18 $1,552,624 10% 53 30%
9 Rajiv Maragh 182 15 20 19 $1,291,086 8% 54 30%
10 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 183 14 21 21 $1,608,629 8% 56 31%
11 Cornelio H. Velasquez 130 12 16 19 $874,025 9% 47 36%
12 Alan Garcia 81 11 7 11 $1,143,948 14% 29 36%
12 Eddie Castro 107 11 9 11 $880,444 10% 31 29%

Preview to Next Week

– The P.G. Johnson Stakes – Wednesday – Two year old fillies – 1 1/16th miles (Turf) – $100,000

– The With Anticipation Stakes (Grade 2) – Thursday – Two year olds – 1 1/16th miles (Turf) – $200,000

– The Riskaverse Stakes – Friday – Three year old fillies – One Mile (Turf) – $100,000

– The Woodward Stakes (Grade 1) – Saturday – Three year olds and upward – 1 1/8th miles – $750,000

– The Forego Stakes (Grade 1) – Saturday – Three year olds and upward – Seven Furlongs – $500,000

– The Bernard Branch Stakes (Grade 2) – Saturday – Three year olds and upward – 1 1/16th miles (Turf) – $250,000

– The Spinaway Stakes (Grade 1) – Sunday – Two year old fillies – Seven Furlongs – $300,000

– The Saranac Stakes (Grade 3) – Sunday – Three year olds – 1 1/8th miles (Turf) – $150,000

– The Hopeful Stakes (Grade 2) – Monday – Two year olds – Seven Furlongs – $300,000

– The Glens Falls (Grade 3) – Monday – Fillies and Mares three-year olds and upward – 1 3/8th miles (Turf) – $150,000

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