09/14/2012 9:01PM

A look back at Saratoga 2012 - part 2


Many more photographs, and moments, from early in the 2012 Saratoga meet.  Enjoy!

Above/below:  The brilliant sprint specialist Trinniberg stood tall in the Saratoga morning, but ran an uncharacteristically dull race in the King's Bishop toward meet's end.

Above: Ramon Dominguez won six races on the July 22nd card, including this one - his sixth win for the day - aboard Wet One.

Above:  Speaking of wet ones....here's a morning scene from July 27.

Above:  Kelly Breen lunges at, I mean goes to hug, Rosie Napravnik after Bern Identity's win in the Sanford.  

Above:  Three days later, Rosie was much less comfortable (although, technically, she was standing in the winner's circle in this photo) after breaking a toe in a starting gate incident.

Above:  Two-horse power and two-people power.

Above: Tom Voss (left) and his morning set on a foggy morning.

Above: Tom Voss runner Ballet Boy (left) and Brave Prospect, trained by Jack Fisher, exchange hellos.

Above/below:  Dancinginherdreams (Rodolphe Brisset) sure is eye-catching!

Above:  Gary Contessa (right) and assistant Marcelo Arenas.  Got time?

Above:  Some seriously big guns...  Bill Mott (center) and Paintball flanked by G1 winners To Honor and Serve (left, Kristen Lindsay) and Royal Delta (Rodolphe Brisset).

Above:  The multiple stakes-winning Lady On the Run didn't do her best running at Saratoga this year...but the John Morrison filly sure looked good kicking up her heels!

Above:  The Ian Wilkes' trainee Cape Glory enjoys a snooze.

Above: 2011 Florida Derby winner Dialed In (Maxine Correa up) is back in training for Nick Zito.

Above:  And speaking of Nick Zito...hey!  Surprise!  He has a golf cart!  (to see how funny I think this is, check out the first blog in this series)

Above:  Dominic Galluscio's golf cart includes an adorable furry friend.

Above:  And I'll be doggone...  Chad Brown and Javier Castellano can apparently move around without a golf cart...although I'd guess one of them is about to hop in that thing.

Above:  And Tony Dutrow's wife Kim uses a team of dogs to get around, instead of a golf cart.

Above:  The rumored next coming of Secretariat, Archwarrior (left), and 2011 Travers winner Stay Thirsty see eye-to-eye - sort of - during a workout.

Above:  Trainers Bruce Levine and John Parisella apparently don't see eye-to-eye.

Above:  A beautiful backdrop for G1 winner Flat Out.

Above:  B.G., the Ritvo stable goat, stops to smell the petunias (at least I think those are petunias.  I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong!) ;-).

Above:  Everybody say, "Awwwwwww..."  Bucky, the wonder pony, offers comfort to McGaughey fillies Abaco (left) and Decoder.  Abaco broke her maiden at the meet.

Above/below:  Another Davis family member gets on-track.  Dylan Davis, 18-year-old son of Robbie Davis, finished fourth in his first career mount, aboard Black Rhino on August 6.


Above:  An older-timer in the saddle, Hall of Famer Wayne Lukas strikes a reflective pose.

Above:  A slightly more active - chaotic, even - scene played out before turf training on July 29.

Above:  Speaking of turf workers, could a shedrow be more impressive than this?  Get Stormy and Winter Memories circle the same row after solo workouts.

Above:  And speaking of good company, Winter Memories (left) and Zagora zoom by the first time in the Diana.  Winter Memories emerged victorious and Zagora, who won the 2011 Diana, scored in the Ballston Spa toward meet's end.

Above:  Stylin' track pony.

Above:  Stylish maiden performer - Dreaming of Julia romps home 10 1/2 lengths in front in her first start.

Above: Stylish older performer - 5-year-old Demonstrative (green saddlecloth) on his way to victory in the Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes.  He later added the New York Turf Writers Cup.

Above:  From ups to downs....  Ken Ramsey takes a dive while leading his Charming (really?) Kitten in the winner's circle.  

Ever upbeat, Ramsey dusted himself off and got his win photo.Ramsey said that when his time comes, he hopes to have just cashed a bet - but he didn't want to die with the tickets still in his pocket. 

Above:  Saratoga native Terri Pompay greets Currency Swap and Rajiv Maragh after their win in the Amsterdam (G2).

Above:  Hey, Javier, why so glum?  Mud baths are chic in spa towns....

Above:  ...and, geesh, Jose Lezcano doesn't seem to enjoy his, either.

Above:  Maybe they could use a bath, like the Jim Dandy runner-up Neck 'n Neck....

...or Lunar Victory (above), getting a hosing from Bill Mott after winning the Evan Shipman.  Lunar Victory added another win later in the meet.

Above:  This sudsy neck belongs to a returning champion....

...My Miss Aurelia, whose return to the races was excellent.  The 2011 juvenile filly champion scored in the Mandys Gold Stakes (shown above) on August 8.

Above:  Horse tail and straw.

Above:  Three's company!  Bill Mott stakes winners Ron the Greek (left) and Clear Attempt (right), with Todd Pletcher's 2011 Travers winner, Stay Thirsty, in the middle.  

Above:  In a quiet moment, Mott shares time - and, judging from her expression, a peppermint - with 2011 champion Royal Delta.

Above/below:  Oh, sure, Royal Delta (previous photo) may be worth $8.5 million - but can she do tricks?  David Jacobson's stable pony, Riva, can! (or does it not count as a "trick" if he does it without prompting?)

Above:  And here's a trick no one wants repeated.  I Bet Toni Knows reared in the gate before the Statue of Liberty S. on August 9, and the would-have-been-post-time-favorite was scratched.

Above:  Just another muddy day here at 'the Spaaaaaaa.....'

Above:  A yellow-and-black umbrella is reflected in a puddle on the Sea Hero statue, Saratoga paddock.

Above:  In one of the meet's highlights, Fort Larned, trained by Ian Wilkes, won the Whitney in a powerful performance.

Above:  Alan Garcia is all smiles after a win, while his fan club doesn't seem entirely impressed.

Above:  Irish 1000 Guineas' winner Samitar, tended here by trainer Mick Channon's son Jack, came to the US and ran third in her US debut, the Lake George.  Now trained by Chad Brown, she's running Saturday in the Garden City at Belmont.

Above:  Bullseye!  The turf course finish line pole.

Above:  Mucho Macho Man, before sunrise, foggy morning on the Oklahoma track.

Above:  Also before sunrise on the Oklahoma track, a flock of geese take wing on July 28.  They were just shifting around, undoubtedly noisily, as geese tend to do.  It would be quite a few weeks before they'd begin to take wing again in earnest.

The first part in this series: http://www.drf.com/blogs/look-back-saratoga-2012-part-1