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by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, August 9, 2013
Meet Total ... 47-186

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3-10. Winners in the 1st [7.90], 4th [11.20] and 10th [13.20]. Plenty of gimmicks throughout the day using the selections: R3... Bc-Cd-A x 21.20 no tri no super only four ran; R4 ... Ab-Cf-x "A" "C" "D" scr x 48.80; R5... CAx x 20.00; R6 ... DBx x 93.50; R9 ... CDA x 68.50 t 199.00; R10 ... ABx x 58.00.

14997 attended. Weather was partly cloudy, warm and humid through most of the afternoon - but prior to R8 the skies opened up and it rained buckets for awhile. Horses remained in the paddock a little longer than usual - eventually heading straight to the gate for R8 as the rain let up some. And things cleared up somewhat for the remaining two races.


National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame: Saratoga’s feature race is the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame for 3-year-olds on the turf. The stakes will follow the induction ceremony for the class of 2013 into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are jockey Calvin Borel; industry leaders August Belmont II and Paul Mellon; and thoroughbreds Housebuster, Invasor, Lure, McDynamo and Tuscalee. The ceremony will be held at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Saratoga 150 Horse Name Announcement: Friday marks the day that the winning name in the “Name the Saratoga 150 Horse” contest will be announced. Designed and painted by internationally-known equine artist Robert Clark, the three-dimensional fiberglass horse features approximately 100 hand-painted images which provide an illustrative history of Saratoga Race Course over the past 150 years. The art piece is on display for the public immediately inside the Clubhouse gates across from The Post. The winning name was chosen in a public vote on timesunion.com. The individual who submits the winning name will receive lunch for two at Saratoga Race Course, plus will be recognized on the video boards and will receive a front side tour of the track.

Family Friday: Noon to 4 p.m. in the Event Tent, family-friendly activities for all ages, including a bounce inflatable and the Tiny Tots Tea Room arts and crafts table.

Uncle Southern...Dangerous on the class relief.
Wellspring Legacy...Slight drop off an OK third here last time.
Dissension...Won a similar race in latest.
Ideal Place.
Princess Millie.
Dirt: Talent N Passion, Wellspring Legacy, Acrobatic Tactic, Dissension.

Ramsey entry...Artemus Paperboy OK third in debut vs MSW company. Optionality a 10-time loser but should fit here.
Start Jumping...Drops off the claim. Bullet work.
Slick Daddy...Firster has some win-early breeding.
Like a Boss.

Jacobson entry...Ea has marathon credentials. So Scott has numbers that fit here.
State Flag...Likely to compete here if he takes to the dirt.
Regal Warrior...Numbers say he'll contend with these.
Kings Village.

Forbidden Talent...Worked 10.1 before 2YO sale. Sib Pyriteville was second in debut and then won a stake at Thistledown in 2007.
Fancy Boss...Some breeding and a bullet work for the debut.
L'S Escalator...Offers some intrigue.
Johnny Meatballs.

Best Friends...Sire has win-early potential. Dam's first foal. Rosario rides.
Boom Boom Vroom...AE list. Trainer typically has them ready.
Reign...Nature and nuture.
Miss Lech.
Lemon Point.
Sweet Reason.
Dirt: Same plus Sky Crew.

Deceived...Sib to Naughty New Yorker could be interesting in debut. Another sib, Unavenged, was a first-out winner in Japan last year.
Fox Rox...Good second in first try.
Empire Dreams...Behind Fox Rox last time - should benefit from that effort.
Thug Daddy.

Ramsey entry...Both halves look potent in career debuts.
Courtesan...Also likely to be live in first start.
Duff One...OK first start to build on.
Manda Moo.
Dirt: Same plus Aldara.

EIGHTH RACE - Hall of Fame G2 $200K
Charming Kitten...Interesting match-up between the top two. Slight nod here if Va Derby effort signalled top form.
Rydilluc...Expect a rebound today.
Natacatbutallama...Hits the exacta far more often than not.
Balance the Books.
Dirt: Battier, then same as above.

NINTH RACE - Alada $100K
Flashy American...Good effort last time to finish just behind the talented Authenticity.
Sea Island...Might benefit from a stalking trip today.
Lady Cohiba...In the hunt more often than not - on a steady diet of stakes.
Moon Philly.

El Season...Sheppard trainee could be primed off of the last two at DEL.
Sam's Buck...Ran 6th last time - but fired a number that fits here.
Verne...Interesting returning to the flat.
Dirt: Same plus Matt and Jesse.

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