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Saratoga notes: McGaughey, Sciacca headed to Parcells Hall induction
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Bill Parcells, whose horse Saratoga Snacks was to run in Thursday’s John Morrissey Stakes, has invited trainers Shug McGaughey and Gary Sciacca to be his guests Saturday when the two-time Super Bowl winning coach gets inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Parcells, who has a home in Saratoga, is a daily visitor to the Saratoga backside, making McGaughey’s barn one of his first stops.
“The main reason I’m going is he was polite enough to ask me, and I’ll never get the opportunity again to be able to do something like that, I wouldn’t think,” McGaughey said.
McGaughey, who said he trained a horse for Parcells a long time ago, has developed a close friendship with the coach during his time with the Patriots, Jets, and Dolphins.
“He’s an interesting guy to me, and I think in a way I’m a little interesting to him,” McGaughey said. “I’m interested in the logistics of football – college and pro. I think he’s trying to learn as much as he can about this business.”
Sciacca has trained for Parcells for the last few years, with horses including Saratoga Snacks and Big Deluxe, a recent winner who was claimed.
“I’m his good friend, I bust his chops all the time,” Sciacca said. “He invited me, and when are you going to get invited to do something like that again?”
Shug to be patient with Norumbega
McGaughey is not in any rush to get Norumbega into stakes company after the 3-year-old won a first-level allowance race here on Sunday.
“I think he’s coming, I think he’s a horse that racing’s going to help and time is going to help,” McGaughey said. “He’s a Tiznow, he’s a big horse. I’d sure like to run him back here in a two-other-than allowance race around two turns. I think that helps him.”
Norumbega is now 2 for 2 at Saratoga at 1 1/8 miles, having won a maiden race under those conditions last summer.
Meanwhile, McGaughey said Boisterous, the Man o’ War winner, arrived in Saratoga from Fair Hill on Monday. He is being pointed to the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational here on Aug. 17.
Who’s In Town works for Adirondack
Who’s In Town, who won her debut by four lengths at Delaware Park on July 15, will make her next start in the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack Stakes here on Aug. 11, trainer Michael Matz said Wednesday.
Who’s In Town, a daughter of Speightstown, breezed three furlongs in 38.79 seconds Wednesday morning in company over the Oklahoma training track.
“I don’t know what she beat or what kind of number she got, but she did it nicely,” Matz said of the filly’s maiden victory. “She has a nice way of going and a nice disposition. She should improve a little bit from the race.”
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