Saratoga Notebook: Frankel Optimistic; Stronach Buys Into Carson Hollow; Workouts

Saratoga Notebook: Tuesday, July 23

Frankel Enthusiastic, Optimistic

Bobby Frankel is entering the Saratoga season enthusiastic, optimistic and realistic.

With a barn full of high-quality horses, many of them graded stakes winners, Frankel is aiming for another strong summer at Saratoga. He acknowledges he cannot top last year's performance, when his stable won 10 of 21 starts, six of them graded stakes, finished in the money 67 percent of the time and earned $1.8 million in purses.

"Hopefully, I can get close to what I did," Frankel said Tuesday morning as he sat in a golf cart next to his barn.

"You just keep on doing the same thing and hopefully you do as good as you can," Frankel said. "I've got the right horses. You need some luck. Things have got to break your way. The weather has got to break for you. you can come into these races and it rains or something and your horses can't handle the slop. Or vice versa, you might have a great slop horse and hot a race that you normally wouldn't have won and win it in the slop.

"There are more elements out here than there are in California, as far as getting lucky, as far as track conditions, turf and

Stronach Buys Majority Interest in Carson Hollow

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said Tuesday that Frank Stronach has purchased a 60 ownership stake in the unbeaten 3-year-old filly Carson Hollow, winner of the Prioress (gr. I) Dutrow will continue to train the New York-bred daughter of Carson City, who is scheduled to run in the Test (gr. I) Saturday.

The filly had been owned by a partnership of Dutrow, Hemlock Hills Farm, Sanford Goldfarb, and Gabrielle Farm.

"Mr. Stronach bought Lite the Fuse from my mom and we sold him a couple of mares in the past," Dutrow said.

Due to the timing of the sale, the first horse Dutrow will saddle for Stronach will be in a grade I at Saratoga. "I don't feel any pressure because she's doing so good," Dutrow said. "It's a very good deal for me. I was guaranteed to train her for the rest of her career. The other owners wore looking out for me when they made the deal. They wouldn't have considered selling unless I stayed on as trainer."

Holiday Runner Works; Puzzlement Returns

Unbeaten stakes winner Holiday Runner worked five furlongs in 1:01.13 Tuesday over the Oklahoma training track. Holday Runner, owned by S J Bee Stable, has recovered from a illness that forced her to miss the Schuylerville (gr.II) on Saratoga's opening day card. Her next start may be in the Adirondack (gr.II) for 2-year-old fillies on Aug. 12...Joseph Shield's Puzzlement will make his first start Wednesday since the finishing second in the Peter Pan on May 25. Puzzlement was scratched two days before the Belmont Stakes with a bruised right front foot.