Friday, July 29, 2016

July 30-31 - THE HASKELL

Let's Go To The Races - July 30-31, 2016
This is a non-commercial blog - Started as a convenience to organize my race viewing



One Year Ago - Triple Crown winner American Pharoah
and the 2015 Haskell

American Pharoah: Finally! The One!

With Sunday's Haskell and the upcoming Travers, it is appropriate to celebrate one of the greatest to put a nose through a bridle, HOLY BULL. Mike Smith and Tom Durkin recall the magic of the Bull!  As a 3 year old he did everything you could ask of a horse as a sophomore: He won the Travers S.(G1), Florida Derby (G1), Metropolitan H. (G1), Haskell Invitational H. (G1), Woodward S. (G1). Although he did not win the Kentucky Derby, he did sire a Kentucky Derby winner - Giacomo, ridden by the Bull's jockey, Mike Smith.


When horses achieve greatness, or accomplish particularly memorable feats, it is customary for stakes races to be named in their honor. Across the country, there are races the bear the names of legends like Man o' War, Secretariat, Kelso, and Cigar; even more recent greats like Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra, and Wise Dan are remembered with stakes races.
Every summer, Saratoga Race Course in New York hosts the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), a major prep for the prestigious Travers Stakes (gr. I) later in the Saratoga meet. It is only fitting that the Jim Dandy Stakes is a prep for the Travers, since it was in the 1930 Travers that an unassuming 3-year-old chestnut colt pulled off one of the most astonishing upsets in the history of horse racing to ensure that his name would never be forgotten. Read more at source

WAYS TO WATCH THE RACES  Jeff Siegel, Aaron Vercruysse, Millie Ball
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New TV show will broadcast racing Saratogba Live across America
“The launch of Saratoga Live on July 22 means that, for the first time, the best racing in America from the most historic venue will be broadcast to a national audience of more than 65 million homes. The prospect of reaching experienced horseplayers where they live, while expanding our ability to develop new fans, is something about which everyone at NYRA is extremely excited.”

While FS2 and Altitude will air only the Saratoga show, MSG+ will carry Belmont Park Live from Sept. 9 through Oct. 2 with a special presentation added on Oct. 22 for the track’s New York Showcase Day. Allevato is hopeful of adding more shows in 2017, and while Belmont Park Live and Saratoga Live might be television shows, they are also a hub for NYRA to make use of its other platforms, such as its HD mobile app.

NYRA races are also shown on Roku and in the fall there are plans to launch new apps for IOS and Android, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. In 2017, apps for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be added.


Is Aidan O'Brien now the world's leading Group 1 trainer?
The Gurkha nips Galileo Gold in Sussex at Goodwood
Del Mar Horses to Watch, next time
Little Mike retired to Old Friends
Dave Litfin handicaps the Jim Dandy and other races at Saratoga Saturday
Will Frankel's success boost F-T Yearlings?
Frankel big in Japan as he notches yet another winner
Soul Stirring is a typically well-bred daughter of the late Sir Henry Cecil's unbeaten superstar, being out of six-time Group 1-winner Stacelita, and she joins Cunco, Fair Eva, Frankuus, Queen Kindley, Majoris, Seven Heavens, Senator and Toulifaut by finding her way to the winner's enclosure.



Watchmaker: Stellar Wind upsets Beholder - includes replay
Sadler savors special win in Clement Hirsch with Stellar Wind
BloodHorse on Hirsch upset in Hirsch
A.P.Indian outduels Holy Boss in Vanderbilt - incl. replay
Flintshire scores in eventful  Bowling Green
Lexie Lou goes wiere to wire in Victoriana

2:41 ET  Amsterdam S G2  Sar  $200,000   3yo  6f  R4  CARD
4:25 ET  Bowling Green H G2 Sar  $250,000   4+  11f T R7  CARD
4:47 ET  Victoriana S WO $125,000  3+ f/m S  8.5f T R8  CARD
5:40 ET  Alfred G. Vanderbilt H G1  Sar  $350,000   3+  6f  R9  CARD
6:18 ET  Jim Dandy S G2  Sar  $600,000   3yo  9f  R10  CARD
8:40 ET  Clement L. Hirsch S G1 BC  Dmr  $300,000   3+ f/m  8.5f  R8  CARD

Jim Dandy Cheat Sheet
Jim Dandy features match between Creator, Destin, Mohaymen
Lexie Lou headlines Victoriana Stakes
Belmont winner Creator returns in Jim Dandy; Destin
Stellar Wind to challenge Beholder again

4:04 ET  Oceanport S G3  Mth   $150,000   3+  8.5f T R9  CARD
4:35 ET  Molly Pitcher S G3  Mth   $100,000   3+ f/m  8.5f R10  CARD
4:47 ET  Royal North S G3 WO   $150,000   3+ f/m  6f T R8  CARD
5:05 ET  Matchmaker S G3 Mth   $100,000   3+ f/m  9f T R11  CARD
5:47 ET  Haskell Invitational G1 BC  Mth   $1,000,000   3yo  9f  R12  CARD
6:10 ET  Maiden Special Weight, Dlmr , $63,000, 2yo f/m, R3 CARD American Cleopatra
6:18 ET  Caress S  Sar   $100,000   4+ f/m  5.5f T R10  CARD
8:40 ET Bing Crosby S G1 BC  Dmr   $300,000   3+  6f  R8  CARD

Corrections were made to the above times. All times are ET.

Playing probable track bias in Haskell
American Cleopatra entered in Maiden at Del Mar
Alsvid takes on Lord Nelson in Bing Crosby
American Cleopatra, full sister to American Pharoah debuts July 31
Exaggerator, Nyquist will have Derby winners rematch
Gun Runner arrives at Monmouth for Haskell


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