Merriebelle Stable's Makari, who won the A. P. Smithwick Memorial on July 31 in his first North American start, is the 2-1 favorite to win Thursday's Grade 1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup.
Although it only featured four starters, the Shine Again restricted dirt stakes on July 21 looked about as tough as a race can get, with Grade 1 winners Better Lucky, Grace Hall and 2011 Juvenile Filly Champion My Miss Aurelia hooking up in an epic battle
Grade 1 winner Centre Court will look to get her career back on track in the Grade 2, $250,000 Ballston Spa for older fillies and mares on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
Grade 1 winner Bayern, 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, arrived at Saratoga Race Course around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Coup de Grace, a comfortable winner of the Grade 2 Amsterdam on July 26, will return to Saratoga Race Course to compete as the favorite on Saturday in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ketel One King's Bishop.
Grade 1 winners Tonalist and Wicked Strong will renew their budding rivalry on racing's biggest summer stage, joined by fellow Grade 1 heroes Bayern and Mr Speaker among 10 horses set to gather for the 145th Grade 1 Travers.
Close Hatches will face a contentious contingent of challengers when she attempts to extend her winning streak to four on Friday in the Grade 1, $500,000 Personal Ensign Invitational at Saratoga Race Course.
wo days before she looks to become the first female to win the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, trainer Linda Rice will send out the pair of Champagne Ruby and Uncle Southern in the $100,000 Union Avenue on Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.
Grade 3 Dwyer winner Kid Cruz hit Saratoga Race Course's main track at approximately at 7:15 a.m. on Monday before turning in his final breeze for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers.
Monday, August 18
Races: 4, 5, 6, 8, 10
Sunday, August 17
Races: 1, 2, 3, 6, 10, 11
Saturday, August 16
Races: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Friday, August 15
Races: 1, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10
Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, August 18, 2014
Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ furlongs, turf, 2:08 p.m.
Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 17, 2014
Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 17, 2014; Race 5, 2-year-old fillies, 6 ½ furlongs, dirt, 3:10 p.m.
SARATOGA THURSDAY 8/21 UPDATE
Race 1 (original post time 12:25 pm EDT) at Saratoga has been cancelled due to heavy overnight rain. All other turf races will be run on the main track.
Wagering on today’s Saratoga card will begin with Race 2 at 1:00 pm.
Excluding Race 1, today’s wagering menu will remain the same:
Rolling Doubles and Pick 3’s begin with Race 2, Pick 5 Races 2-6, Pick 4 races 3-6, Pick 6 races 5-10, Late Pick 4 races 7-10.
The G1 New York Turfwriters Cup Steeplechase has been re-scheduled for Monday, August 25 and will be carded as Race 1, post time 1:00 pm.
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