Ken and Sarah Ramsey set a record for victories by an owner at Saratoga Race Course, with trainer Todd Pletcher taking his fourth consecutive training title and Javier Castellano earning his first riding title.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas celebrated his 78th birthday in style on Monday, watching Strong Mandate stroll to a 9 ¾-length victory in the Grade 1, $300,000 Hopeful, the featured race on closing day at Saratoga Race Course.
Confidently ridden by Junior Alvarado, favored Lady Cohiba took the lead coming out of the gate and held on for a half-length victory over White Rose in the $150,000 Glens Falls, one of two stakes on Monday's closing-day card at Saratoga Race Course.
Sweet Reason may have won an off-the-turf maiden race to begin her career August 11, but the performance was impressive enough for her to open at odds of 8-5
Five Iron took the lead coming out of the gate and was never threatened as he rolled to a 2 ½-length victory in the Grade 3, $150,000 Saranac for 3-year-old turf horses on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.
Returning to the site of his greatest triumph, Alpha dug in through the final yards to hold off a game Flat Out in a furious finish and win the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward at Saratoga Race Course by a head.
Strapping Groom, claimed for $35,000 in May by his current connections, stepped up in class to win the 34th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego for sprinters 3-years-old and up on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
Earlier this week, trainer Dale Romans said he believed his 4-year-old turf ace Silver Max not only could recapture his top form but become one of the leading runners in the country.
Monday, September 2
Sunday, September 1
Races: 3, 8, 10, 11, 12
Saturday, August 31
Races: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10
Friday, August 30
Races: 1, 5, 7
Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, September 2, 2013
Race 6, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 4:06 p.m.
Forbes' Firsters for Sunday, September 1, 2013
Race 2, 2-year-olds Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 1:30 p.m.
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