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YESTERDAY August 21, 2014
Due to heavy rain that hit the area on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Thursday’s Grade 1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers’ Cup Steeplechase Stakes was postponed until Monday.
It is said that horses do not have particularly acute vision. Fair enough. But after what he has experienced this season, even an ocularly challenged Toast of New York must be looking around this week wondering where the tour bus has taken him now.
Ask trainer Anthony Dutrow to talk about The Big Beast and his eyes start to widen at the mere mention of his talented 3-year-old prospect, who will share top billing Saturday at Saratoga with Coup de Grace in the $500,000 King’s Bishop.
The 11 turf horses in the $75,000 Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Handicap at Remington Park on Saturday night win often.
My strategy for wagering on Saturday’s stakes at Saratoga is simple: Go against the grain by betting against horses widely deemed to hold a pace advantage.
The question on everybody’s mind is if Bayern can carry his speed the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles in the 145h running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers. The answer likely won’t be known until the final furlong.
What a difference a week makes. Last Saturday Northlands ran 13 races including three stakes headed by the Grade 3, $195,720 Canadian Derby. This Saturday the feature is a $17,500 claiming race that drew five horses and headlines a nine-race card that ...
The Grade 2 Ballston Spa on Saturday at Saratoga is a bit light on field size, but that doesn’t make it an easy race.
Champion sprinter Benny the Bull will relocate to stand the 2015 breeding season at John and Leslie Malone’s Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla. His fee has not yet been determined.
In the eight weeks since Quick Casablanca finished second in the Grade 2 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita, he has been a busy horse.