08/29/2016 3:04PM

The week that was in racing, August 22-28, 2016

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Justin Lane
Arrogate wins the Grade 1 Travers Stakes

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Arrogate wins Travers by 13 1/2 lengths – and a star is born

Prior to the Grade 1 Travers on Saturday at Saratoga, the conventional wisdom was that this year’s race was wide open, an evenly matched race with no real standout. That wisdom changed 1:59.36 after the gates opened. Arrogate demolished his 12 rivals, winning by more than 13 lengths, breaking the track record, earning the highest Beyer Speed Figure at longer than a mile in more than 10 years, and stamping himself a big player in the Breeders’ Cup Classic as well as contender for champion 3-year-old male.

Flintshire repeats in Sword Dancer

Flintshire combined his own brilliance and an assist from a stablemate to record his second straight victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga. As far as 13 1/2 lengths back at one stage, Flintshire rode the rail to victory, exploding through the final three-sixteenths of a mile. He got a big assist from Aaron Gryder on the pacemaker Inordinate, who moved off the inside, creating room for Flintshire to explode through in the final quarter-mile.

A. P. Indian sweeps major sprint stakes at Spa

A. P. Indian stayed perfect on the year and completed a sweep of the major sprint stakes at Saratoga on Saturday by setting a stakes record in the Grade 1 Forego. The win also solidified A. P. Indian’s status as one of the likely favorites for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Cavorting saves best for last in Personal Ensign

Earlier in her career, there were some who doubted that Cavorting wanted to go a route of ground. If any of those doubters remained following her wins in the Grade 2 Ruffian and Grade 1 Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park, they have surely disappeared after her win in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Saturday at Saratoga.

Lady Eli settles for second behind Strike Charmer in Ballston Spa

What everybody hoped would be a storybook ending to an incredible day of racing Saturday at Saratoga didn’t quite turn out as most had expected, with Lady Eli’s comeback in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa spoiled by an unlikely nemesis, 27-1 Strike Charmer.

Horses to watch

Del Mar:
FREEDOM JOURNEY
Trainer: Hector Palma
Last race: Aug. 28, 5th
Finish: 4th by 13 1/4
Beyer: 53
A 2-year-old filly making her debut with sharp works, she lost her chance early. Off slowly, chased, and tired. It was a better-than-looked debut. She fits in a similar Cal-bred special-weight.

DRF Plus subscribers can see the rest of Brad Free’s horses to watch from last week by clicking here.

reporting by Brad Free, David Grening, Mike Hogan, and Mike Watchmaker

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