2-12. Nice start - slow finish. Winners in R1 [$4.00] and R3 [$3.70]. Also - well, not much - R1 AB x 16.60; R2 DE x 32.20; R3 ABDE x 6.50 t 39.80 s 299.00.
38,048 reported attendance - spinners grabbed the giveaway T-shirt yesterday. Weather was - dicey. Overcast with sprinkles early - became showery. Eventually downpouring prior and during the R10 Spinaway. However, the racing gods looked kindly on Tom Durkin with the rain stopping after the feature race - in time for Durkin's retirement ceremony in the winner's circle.
The savvy Saratoga crowd gave Tom a rousing ovation when he finished his Spinaway call - again as he walked through the box seat section to the winner's circle - and, of course, multiple times as he entered the winner's circle and was honored during the ceremony.
The crowd chanted his name and "One more year!".
Horsemen, jockeys and racing officials all saluted Tom and Durkin himself gave a heartfelt response - thanking all, including the fans, before concluding, "Long live Saratoga!
Meet Tom Durkin: The celebration of Tom Durkin's career will continue when Durkin returns to Saratoga Race Course to greet fans, sign autographs and take pictures in the backyard beginning at noon.
Low Rollers Handicapping Contest: Saratoga Race Course will host a live-money Low Rollers Handicapping Contest each Monday of the 2014 summer season. The tournament allows guests the opportunity to experience the thrill of tournament play for $40, with $30 going towards live money and $10 to the prize pool. Participants must select five races on which to place live $2 win, place and show wagers on five different horses in five different races. Only Saratoga races are accepted for contest play. Guests are invited to register on the first floor of the grandstand before post time for the day's fifth race.
Clearbrook...Seems to have a numbers edge.
Cushion...Might appreciate the cutback - which might also allow a return to a more favorable running style.
Ramsey entry...Bold Kitten threw good numbers when last seen on turf. Kitten's Queen also fits on numbers.
Lady of Gold.
Moonlight Fantasy...By Malibu Moon, a win-early sire. Sib Old Guys Rule was third in debut, then won.
Joshans Giant...Cutback and turf-to-dirt angles are interesting.
Sweet Sweet Afleet...Intriguing F'Lakes invading firster. Sib Bob E took five to win but was second in debut.
Fleeting...Trainer and sire are win-early.
Banana Thief...AE list. Worked 10.2 prior to sale. Sib Itsreigningkittens won debut. Second try on turf.
Buddy the Elf...Might prove interesting in debut for Repole.
FOURTH RACE - G1 $350K Hopeful
Competitive Edge...A WOW of a debut.
I Spent It...Trying to pair up SAR 2YO stakes wins.
Requite...Will need to step it up a little - but wouldn't be a surprise.
Live Oak entry...Shimba showed nice improvement in start #2. Readyheartandsoul ran well when last seen on dirt.
Freudex...Has one to build on.
Hidden Warrior...Improving numbers.
Live in Joy...Looks like a Ramsey drop-down searching for a SAR win.
Monument Hill...Also dropping.
Which Market...And yet another finiding class relief.
One King's Man.
NINTH RACE - G3 $300K Saranac
Carpe Diem...Pletcher firster attracted $1.6 mil at auction. Worked 10.1 prior. Sib JBs Thunder won first two including 2010 Breeders Futurity at KEE.
Whateveryouwant...Sib Xareni went 4,4,WON in first three starts.
Artemusmailcarrier...Might be live at first asking.
CJs Awesome...Seems to be improved over last couple.
Box Office...Solid numbers this season.
Successful Runner...Also sold last three.
Beyond Smart...The last Sheppard Special of the meet?
Storm...On a 3-race streak for Pletcher.
Wallyanna...Nice win here on 8/8 in G2 Hall of Fame.
Moe Man...Looking back to the 7/6 race which was the last time at one-turn.
My Tee Time...Drops for Ramsey/Maker.
Socialsaul...If ready - he fits.
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NINTH RACE - G3 $300K Saranac