Mr Amore Stables' homebred Firenze Fire rolled past the frontrunner and fended off a late challenge in the stretch to upset the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (G3) at Saratoga Race Course July 22
It's a fitting spot on the racing calendar since the promise of freshman runners earning their oats at the Spa captures the fancy of breeders, owners, trainers, and of course, racing fans.
Seven colts and one gelding are slated to start in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (G3) for 2-year-olds as racing heats up at Saratoga Race Course July 22, the day after opening day.
Joseph Sutton's Bitumen ran the way a favorite should July 23 , closing with a powerful rally to take the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course.
Saratoga's 2016 meet will begin by featuring 2-year-olds and turf races.
The $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) kicks off the annual battle for 2-year-old superiority July 23 at Saratoga Race Course.
Bern Identity, a grade II-winning son of Bernstein, has been retired from racing and will stand at stud at Bombay Stud Farm in Jamaica.
Uncle Vinny and Magna Light, respective first-and third-place finishers in the Sanford Stakes (gr. III) July 25 emerged in good shape from a contentious running of the six-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds at Saratoga.
A late move into second place by Uncle Vinny paid off when the son of Uncle Mo was placed first in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) July 25 at Saratoga Race Course after Magna Light was disqualified from first.
Tremont Stakes winner Cocked and Loaded will try for a second straight stakes victory when he starts in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday, July 25 at Saratoga Race Course.
Zayat Stables' Mr. Z, runner-up by a neck last time out to Big Trouble in the Sanford Stakes (gr. III), gets a second chance at his first graded stakes win Aug. 10 in the $200,000 Toyota Saratoga Special (gr. II).
Team D's Big Trouble, an easy 4 1/2-length debut maiden winner at Belmont Park, won the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) July 19 at Saratoga Race Course by a neck over Mr. Z.
Claire Novak and Frank Angst preview the Diana Stakes and the Sanford Stakes, both July 19 at Saratoga. Watch Video
Claire Novak and Frank Angst preview the Diana Stakes and the Sanford Stakes, both July 19 at Saratoga. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Diana.
The $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) July 19 at Saratoga Race Course pits two undefeated stakes winners in Bessie's Boy, six-length winner of the Tremont at Belmont, and impressive Bashford Manor victor Cinco Charlie.
New York-bred Wired Bryan upset the $300,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at odds of 7-1 July 21 at Saratoga Race Course, running away from his rivals through the stretch by 5 1/4 lengths.
Bashford Manor (gr. III) winner Debt Ceiling, undefeated in three starts for Maryland-based trainer John Robb, faces six others in the 99th running of the $200,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) July 21 at Saratoga.
Repole Stable's Overdriven, an undefeated 2-year-old in 2011 and dominant winner of the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2013 breeding season at Ocala Stud.
Favored Bern Identity stalked a hot pace before sweeping to victory over front-running Handsome Jack in the $200,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course July 22.
Among Todd Pletcher's top 2-year-olds this year are Rose Junction and Onetwentyeight, who headline the $200,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) going six furlongs July 22 at Saratoga.
Newly crowned juvenile champion Hansen breezed five furlongs at Gulfstream Park Jan. 22, completing the main preparation for his 3-year-old seasonal debut in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III).
A well-matched stakes undercard featuring a pair of grade III events and two other races worth $100,000 apiece supports the WinStar Kentucky Cup in its return to Turfway Park Sept. 24 after a one-year absence.
Overdriven follows Uncle Mo as a standout 2-year-old for owner Mike Repole. The Tale of the Cat colt's pedigree offers many clues to how he'll develop as a runner.
Trainer Todd Pletcher says he's not comparing new stable star Overdriven to last year's champion 2-year-old colt Uncle Mo. But he may have trouble keeping others from doing so after an easy win in the Sanford Stakes July 24.
Todd Pletcher, who has won three of the last seven editions of the Sanford (gr. II), will have another strong chance when he sends out impressive maiden winner Overdriven July 24 at Saratoga.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Another Silver Oak||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Bail Out the Cat||Richard A. Violette, Jr.||
|Blue Right By||Christopher W. Grove||
|Chipshot||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Commonwealth Rush||Tim A. Ice||
|Lou Brissie||Michael J. Maker||
|Maybesomaybenot||Michael J. Maker||
|Nacho Saint||Kelly J. Breen||
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