08/16/2013 6:29PM

Saratoga: Tell a Great Story to scratch from Alabama

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Tell a Great Story (3), under Forest Boyce, wins the Go for Wand Stakes at Delaware Park

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Tell a Great Story will be scratched out of Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga after breaking out in hives Friday morning, according to a press release on the website of Sagamore Farm, which owns the 3-year-old filly.

“Tell a Great Story broke out in hives this morning at Saratoga, where she has been since Monday and had been doing well,” the statement read. “Since she was to race [Saturday], we could not medicate her, and instead tried several measures, including changing out her bedding, in the hopes the hives would dissipate. Unfortunately, the hives have gotten worse, so we will treat her and she will be scratched from the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga this weekend.

“This is very disappointing for the entire Sagamore Racing team after putting in so much hard work over the past few months to get us to this point. We were very excited about the opportunity to have our homebred filly in such a prestigious race.”

Tell a Great Story, trained by Ignacio Correas IV, won the Go for Wand Stakes at Delaware Park in June before finishing third with a wide trip in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks on July 13.

The scratch of Tell a Great Story leaves a field of five for the Alabama, topped by Princess of Sylmar, the Kentucky Oaks and Coaching Club American Oaks winner.

David Robinson More than 1 year ago
down to five horses now in a 600k race. all of the money Saratoga has given away this year and look at the size of their fields for their grade 1 races thus far. saratogas biggest races and purses this meet. coaching club American oaks- 300k- five horses Diana- 600k- five horses prioress- 300k - six horses whitney- 750k - eight horses!!! whoopee!! Vanderbilt- 400k - 5 horses fourstardave (grade 2)- 500k - seven horses Alabama - 600k - five horses scheduled sword dancer - 600k - 13 horses scheduled on turf, but who knows? on top of that they ran 10 races today with a total of 69 horses= 6.9 per race del mar tonight has 65 horses in 7 races= 9.2 per race. yet del mar and west coast racing get bashed? amyone else see the hypocrisy here?
martymar . More than 1 year ago
selective analysis? you failed to do the complete picture. Saratoga runs a race from wednseday to monday with 10-12 race card whereas delmar runs wednesday to sunday with 7-9 race card.
Al More than 1 year ago
last race today, a 5 1/2 furlong turf sprint on a firm course had thirteen entered and only five went to the post. you are not missing anything if you don't watch/bet the weekday cards, they have been for the most part horrific this meet.