Escapefromreality set the pace and turned back a challenge from favored Amberjack to win the $150,000 Albany for New York-bred 3-year-olds by two lengths on Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course.
To trainer George Weaver, there are races and then there are races. When his fleet 3-year-old filly Lighthouse Bay won the Prioress on July 27, it gave the former assistant to Todd Pletcher the first North American Grade 1 win of his career.
Forty Tales, one of three entrants for trainer Todd Pletcher, will attempt to extend his winning streak to four and earn his first Grade 1 victory when he competes in the $500,000 Foxwoods King's Bishop on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb makes his return to racing on Saturday, when he will face Belmont Stakes hero Palace Malice, multiple Grade 1 winning Verrazano and six others in the 144th renewal of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Peachtree Stable's Amberjack's attempt to sweep the Big Apple Triple series Wednesday in the $150,000 Albany for New York-bred 3-year-olds spotlights the enormous rise in success of the state's breeding program in recent years.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb, who arrived at Saratoga Race Course on August 11, turned in a four-furlong breeze over the Oklahoma training track on Monday for Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Travers.
The fourth time was the charm for Willet, who came from off the pace to win the $100,000 Union Avenue presented by Northeastern Fine Jewelry and BALL Watch Co. on Monday at Saratoga Race Course.
If Aaron Ditch of Saratoga Springs, N.Y, chooses the winning horse in the $1 million Travers Stakes on August 24, he will get to take home the full on-track winnings from a $15,000 wager, not having spent a penny of his own cash.
Saratoga Race Course will honor the three winningest jockeys in the track's history on Friday morning, August 23, at 11:30 a.m. just outside the paddock.
Beaten a nose to the wire, Caroline Thomas was declared the winner of the Grade 2, $200,000 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid when the first-place finisher, Nellie Cashman, was disqualified to third for interfering with Watsdachances in the stretch on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.
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