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August 24, 2014
The $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup, postponed due to inclement weather last Thursday, jumpstarts the Monday card as the penultimate week at the Spa comes to a close.
For a brief moment, it appeared it would more of the same old, same old at Saratoga in Sunday’s Seeking the Ante Stakes.
Upstart won for the second time in nine days when surging late to run down the loose-on-the-lead Bustin It to register a one-length victory in the $200,000 Funny Cide Stakes for 2-year-old New York-breds Sunday at Saratoga.
King Kreesa was last year's New York-bred champion older male and champion turf horse, and he showed why by returning from a more than eight-month layoff Sunday to win the $150,000 West Point Stakes at Saratoga.
Part of the purse of a $12,500 claiming race May 1 at Santa Anita has been redistributed after the runner-up Luckbox Sam was disqualified after testing positive for two class 3 medications, the Del Mar stewards announced Saturday.
Jockeys Martin Garcia and Jorge Vargas Jr. have been given three-day suspensions for riding infractions last week.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday Palace Malice will bypass the Grade 1 Woodward here Saturday to await the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Sept. 27.
Big John B earned a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 after his win in the $200,250 Del Mar Handicap on Saturday and may not start in the interim.
Masochistic, the easy winner of an optional claimer over seven furlongs Saturday likely will make his stakes debut in the $200,000 Los Alamitos Mile on Sept. 6, trainer A.C. Avila said.
Skyway has been the star of trainer Mark Casse’s stable in California this year, highlighted by a win Aug. 3 in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar. He could be the circuit’s star 2-year-old after the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 3.