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Proof or Consequences

By Ray Paulick -- Let's not get carried away with the idea that the only honest people in this game are the ones who aren't winning.

Travers Taking Shape; Curule Breezes

The field is taking shape for the Aug. 26 Travers Stakes (gr. I), with two of this year's spring classic winners possible starters in the "Midsummer Derby." According to racing secretary Mike Lakow, Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Commendable is a confirmed Travers contender, with Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Red Bullet questionable.

American Century Breezes Toward Special

Peachtree Stable's American Century breezed five furlongs for trainer Todd Pletcher Sunday morning, completing the distance in 1:02 2/5 over a muddy track at Saratoga. The 2-year-old, who won a Sartoga maiden race by 7 1/4 lengths, will run next in the $150,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) on Wednesday at Saratoga.

I'm Indy Mood Wins Sloppy Glens Falls

With all scheduled turf races after the fourth race switched to the main track due to rain, I'm Indy Mood rallied from off the pace to win the $110,200 Glens Falls Handicap by a neck over 1999 Glens Falls (gr. IIIT) winner Idle Rich Friday at Saratoga. The race, originally scheduled as a 1 3/8-mile event on the inner turf course, was run at 1 1/4 miles on a sloppy main track.

$4.2 Million Colt Buoys Record Spa Sale

Fasig-Tipton's annual Saratoga yearling auction ended with plenty of fireworks Thursday night: a Seattle Slew colt whose $4.2 million hammer price was the second-highest in the sale's history; a filly by Hennessy selling for $1.8 million, the highest filly price since the high-flying 1980s; and a final session average of almost $400,000.

State of Mind

By Victor E. Zast -- Saratoga is a state of mind. It can cause intoxication or delirium. Nowhere, not even in the Bluegrass where horses are a business, is the sport of racing so elevated and the desire for being part of history so exalted.

Personal First Upsets Trippi

Recent Ellis Park allowance winner Personal First, sent off at 11-1, saved ground while pressing the early pace set by Disco Rico and Trippi before drawing off through the stretch to win the $110,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. III) by three lengths Friday at Saratoga.

Whitney Starters Work

Suburban Handicap (gr. II) winner Lemon Drop Kid and Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. II) winner Golden Missile were on the track at Saratoga Thursday morning preparing for Sunday's $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I).

Millie's Quest Conquers Lake George

Robert Frankel and 3 Plus U Stable spread their influence to Saratoga Monday in the form of Millie’s Quest. The 3-year-old filly upset 11-10 favorite Solvig to win the Lake George Handicap (gr. IIIT) two days after the trainer and owners teamed up to take the Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT).

Saratoga, Del Mar Open to Large Crowds

Sporting $8-million in capital improvements, New York's Saratoga Racecourse began its 2000 season Wednesday with 27,810 patrons, a record for a July opening at the upstate oval.

On the West Coast, Del Mar kicked off its seaside meet with a crowd of 31,494, third-largest in track history.

Technology To Be Focus of Round Table

Technology and its potential to revolutionize the Thoroughbred industry will be a major focus of presentations when The Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing convenes on Sunday, August 13.

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