Empire Maker, Peace Rules and Sky Mesa all worked Saturday morning on the main track at Saratoga Race Course in preparation for their scheduled starts in stakes races on Aug. 3.
Riva Ridge (gr .II) and Dwyer (gr .II) winner Gygistar is a on course for the King's Bishop that is on the Travers Day program on Aug. 24.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who sent out Yougottawin to upset Officer in the California Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park, hopes to make more noise in the 2-year-old division this weekend at Hollywood Park.
A group of Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) hopefuls slugged it out in allowance company Wednesday at Belmont and heavily favored Heavyweight Champ scored a TKO.
When racing resumes at Belmont Park on Wednesday after five days of cancellations due to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the stakes schedule will continue as published, according to the New York Racing Association. However, because of conflicts with other stakes races during the fall meet, four of the five graded stakes cancelled last weekend--the Ruffian, Belmont Breeders' Cup, Matron and Futurity--will not be rescheduled.
Who said size doesn't matter? All you had to do is go to the paddock for The Saratoga Special and see that size matters most.
Overbrook Farm's homebred Jump Start, the 8-5 favorite in the Saratoga Special (gr. II), ran down a tiring Heavyweight Champ in the final 100 yards to win the $150,000 race by three-quarters of a length. It was 5 1/2-lengths back to third-place finisher Booklet.
Seven colts are scheduled to head postward Wednesday in the grade II Saratoga Special. Lunar Bounty, who is undefeated in two starts, is the 2-1 morning line favorite.
Buster's Daydream made Saratoga's Sanford Stakes (gr. II) his fourth win in a row with an impressive 5 1/2-length win over a muddy track. The 4-1 third choice in the field, Buster's Daydream and jockey John Velazquez had the jump on the field at the break and never let a rival get a nose in front.