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Plan for Saratoga Stakes Fees Announced

Fasig-Tipton will pay the nomination and entry fees for any of the six 2009 graded stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course on horses sold at its upcoming Saratoga select yearling sale, it was jointly announced Aug. 2 by the sales company and the New York Racing Association.

Majestic Warrior Roars to Hopeful Win

Majestic Warrior Roars to Hopeful Win

When highly-touted 2-year-olds Ready's Image and Maimonides hooked up at the top of the Saratoga stretch, it seemed that a memorable duel was in the making, one that could vault one of them to the top of the juvenile standings. But like a blur, the picture changed, as Majestic Warrior came from the clouds, roaring down the middle of the racetrack to capture the $250,000 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) in electrifying fashion.

Maimonides Tops Short but Enticing Hopeful Field

Normally, a Grade I event with only four entries would be a bit of a letdown for horse racing fans. In the case of the $250,000 Hopeful Stakes, nothing could be further from the truth, as a terrific showdown between top-flight 2-year-olds is set for Saratoga's main track Sept. 3.

Pletcher Juveniles Formidable in Hopeful

Trainer Todd Pletcher has claimed his fifth consecutive Saratoga training title in 2006 and his sixth over the last eight years. But even with a wealth of top juveniles, he has yet to win the Hopeful (gr. I). Pletcher is hoping to end that streak Monday with Michael Tabor's Circular Quay or James Scatuorchio's Scat Daddy.

'Toddlers' Scat Daddy, Circular Quay Breeze

Scat Daddy and Circular Quay, a pair of trainer Todd Pletcher's "Toddlers," slated to run in Monday's $250,000 Hopeful (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs, both worked on the main track at Saratoga Thursday morning.

Scat Daddy Nabs Teuflesberg at Wire of Sanford

Scat Daddy pushed his backers to the brink but delivered an impressive performance late to run down Teuflesberg in the final strides of the $147,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga July 27. Scat Daddy was the 3-10 favorite in the five-horse field of 2-year-olds while Teuflesberg went off at 13-1 odds.

Roman Ruler Drills Bullet Half

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.

Afleet Alex Solid Favorite in Hopeful Stakes

Afleet Alex, who has won his three lifetime starts by a combined 28 1/2 lengths, heads a field of seven juveniles in Saturday's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. It is the 100th running of the historic stakes.

Silver Wagon Pulls Away in Hopeful

Buckram Oak Farm's Silver Wagon and jockey Jerry Bailey kicked into gear near the eighth pole and pulled away to register a four-length upset over 2/5 favorite Chapel Royal in the $200,000 Hopeful (gr. I) at Saratoga Saturday.

Hopeful Kicks Off Bessemer Challenge

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Saturday's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga kicks off the Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge, which offers bonus monies of up to $1.3 million.

Lane's End Purchases Interest in Came Home

John Toffan and Trudy McCaffery's undefeated 2-year-old Came Home will stand at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., when he retires from racing, the nursery announced Friday. Came Home has won all three of his starts, including the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, where he recorded the fastest time since the race was changed to seven furlongs in 1994.

Came Home Ships In and Wins Hopeful

Trainer Juan "Paco" Gonzalez shipped Came Home to Saratoga to avoid running against Officer and the gambit proved successful Saturday when Came Home drew off to a two-length victory in the $200,000 Hopeful Stakes. The winning time of 1:21.94 marks the fastest running of the Hopeful at its present distance of seven furlongs.

City Zip Heads Hopeful Field

City Zip will attempt to become the first horse since Dehere in 1993 to sweep Saratoga's juvenile stakes when he faces 11 rivals in Saturday's $200,000 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). The Hopeful is also the first leg in a new bonus series offered by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

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