The 85-year-old "white cap" - which is the term by which red-vested ushers such as Jake Schmidt used to be called - has handled this assignment for several years now. And what he likes best about it is that he gets to be on television so his grandsons in California can see him.
Prohibitive favorite Henny Hughes took command of Saturday's King Bishop (gr. I) on the bend and turned the seven-furlong test for 3-year-olds into a romp on an overcast day at Saratoga Race Course.
Henny Hughes returns to Saratoga Saturday as the horse to beat among the 11 entered in the seven-furlong King's Bishop (gr. I) for 3-year-olds.
Trainer Tom Albertrani sent out Songster for a brisk half-mile breeze Friday morning at Saratoga as the colt prepares for the $250,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) at seven furlongs to be run Aug. 26. Henny Hughes, looking for his first grade I win in the same race, also breezed.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin had Shadwell Stable's Invasor and Zabeel Racing International's Henny Hughes on the Saratoga main track Friday morning for four-furlong workouts.
Making a triumphant return to the races, Henny Hughes put on a show at Monmouth Park Saturday with a 10-length victory in the $150,000 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds.
Henny Hughes, who broke his maiden at Monmouth Park in his first start one year ago, returns to the track to kick off his 3-year-old campaign in the $150,000 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at six furlongs on Saturday.
Discreet Cat, purchased privately by Godolphin late last year, is set to make his first start for that stable Thursday evening at Nad Al Sheba in the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, it would appear increasingly unlikely that Henny Hughes, runner-up in last year's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), will be ready in time to contest the UAE Derby (UAE-II).
Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. 1) runner-up Henny Hughes has resumed training in Dubai but has missed so much time following his travel from the United States that it is not clear when he will return to racing.
With the exception of Horse of the Year, three finalists in each category for Eclipse Awards were announced Thursday by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers Association, and Daily Racing Form, the three organizations that vote for year-end honors.
After jockey Edgar Prado got his first Breeders' Cup win in the $1.59 million Alberto VO5 Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) the $1.6 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) provided the first Breeders' Cup win for trainer Doug O'Neill and rider Garrett Gomez.
So far, Darley Stable's Henny Hughes has been the best man to First Samurai's groom. But Henny Hughes' new trainer, Kiaran McLauglin, thinks it's possible to move his colt into the No. 1 spot in Saturday's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
In his first serious workout since finishing second to First Samurai in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I), Darley Stable's Henny Hughes sizzled a half-mile in :47 Friday at Belmont Park as he continues to work toward the Oct 29 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
One of the most exciting horses scheduled to run in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 29 is First Samurai. Undefeated in four races, the son of Giant's Causeway is his division's leader heading into the Bessemer Trust Juvenile (gr. I).
This may sound like an outrageous question in October, but could it be that we finally are going to see a Triple Crown winner next year? It just very well may be that the stars finally are aligned for it to happen.
Trainer Patrick Biancone said today he was informed by Darley Stable on Monday that they are transferring Champagne (gr. I) and Hopeful (gr. I) runner-up Henny Hughes to the barn of Kiaran McLaughlin.
Top juveniles First Samurai and Henny Hughes will go at it again, this time in Saturday's $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at a mile at Belmont Park against six others.
First Samurai, trainer Frank Brothers' undefeated winner of Saratoga's Hopeful (gr. I), worked five furlongs over Belmont Park's main track handily Saturday morning in :58 2/5. It was the fastest of 42 works at the distance.
Trainer Patrick Biancone will stable 24 of his charges at Turfway Park through October to train over the track's Polytrack surface. The horses are expected on the grounds Oct. 2. Among them are Stream Cat, Angara, Henny Hughes, Luas Line, Pomeroy, Ball Four, and Asi Siempre.
An anticipated stretch battle between the unbeaten colts First Samurai and Henny Hughes never materialized when prohibitive choice Henny Hughes offered no response in the $245,000 Hopeful (gr. I) for 2-year-olds Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
A field of five juveniles has drawn in for Saturday's 101st running of the prestigious Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Annexed last year by dual classic winner Afleet Alex, undefeated Henny Hughes and First Samurai lead this year's cast postward.
Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler, winner of the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), breezed a half-mile in a bullet :45 4/5 at Saratoga Tuesday in preparation for the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27.
The public saw it as a two-horse race but the masses were off by one, as Henny Hughes made the $150,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) all about himself Thursday.
Master of Disaster, a very impressive maiden winner, heads a field of seven Thursday at Saratoga in the grade II Saratoga Special.
Henny Hughes, the 3-5 favorite, buried his rivals in the $107,700 Tremont for 2-year-olds at 5 1/2 furlongs by 15 lengths Monday at Belmont Park.
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