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Purse Record Set at Saratoga

In a press release dated Sept. 19, the New York Racing Association declares that Saratoga Race Course paid out its highest daily average purses and average overnight purses during the 2002 meeting that ran 36 days, from July 24th-Sept. 2.

Saratoga Enjoys Another Successful Summer Run

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Lousy weather on key days, and for that matter, much of the rest of the meeting, and a virus that infected dozens of horses couldn't keep the New York Racing Association from calling the 134th summer at Saratoga a success.

Awesome Humor Takes Spinaway

WinStar Farm's Awesome Humor kept her record perfect and her place among the leaders of the 2-year-old filly division intact Friday afternoon, holding off favored Forever Partners to win the 111th running of the $200,000 Spinaway (gr. I) by 2-3/4 lengths.

Zavata the Heavy in 98th Hopeful

Zavata established himself as the horse to beat in the Hopeful with powerful victories in Belmont's Tremont (gr. III) and the Saratoga Special (gr. II). He will seek to become the fourth consecutive favorite to win Saratoga's most prized race for 2-year-olds.

NYRA Raises Purses for New York-Bred Races

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As a result of strong wagering at New York Racing Association tracks this year, purses for New York-bred races will be raised by $2,000 during the upcoming Belmont Park fall meet.

Frankel a Factor in Travers' Day Pick 4

The Bobby Frankel-trained Medaglia d'Oro, based on his 13 1/2-length romp in the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) on Aug. 4th, deserves to be the Travers favorite. Frankel will also be well represented in earlier stakes races on Saturday.

The Bottom Line: Saratoga Meet on Record Pace

Stretches of hot, humid weather and a cool economy haven't hurt business at Saratoga Race Course. At the middle of the 2002 season, the New York Racing Association is on course to break the Saratoga records set last year.

Stuck Market

By Ray Paulick -- What has happened to the top of the yearling market, the sector that outpaced all others during the boom years of the late 1990s and into the first year of the new millennium?

Stallion Access Sale Averages $29,197

After a year's hiatus, Stallion Access' Champagne Sale of Selected Seasons and Shares returned the evening of Aug. 9. Held at Fasig-Tipton's Humphrey S. Finney pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the sale saw 33 of the 44 no-guarantee seasons for 2003 sell for $963,500. In addition, two stallion shares sold for $182,000. The auction, a bellwether sale for next year's stud fees, averaged $29,197.

E Dubai Suffers Bruised Hoof

Godolphin Stable's E Dubai, winner of the Suburban Handicap (gr. I) over Lido Palace and Macho Uno, is questionable for the grade II, Saratoga Breeders' Cup Aug. 17. The Mr. Prospector colt suffered a bruised hoof at Belmont Park.

Hall of Fame Hosts Trainers

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The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be hosting the 2nd seminar of its "Guests in the Gallery" program on Wednesday August 14th at 11:00 a.m.

Museum Hosts Second Guests Panel

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be hosting
the second seminar of its "Guests in the Gallery" program on
Aug. 14th at 11 am. Participants scheduled to attend the panel
discussion are trainers H. James Bond, Leah Gyarmati, Kiaran McLaughlin, Ken McPeek, and Tom Voss.

Sheppard Rooting for Day to Break Record

Trainer Jonathan Sheppard would be doubly happy if Hall of Fame rider Pat Day became racing's all-time leader in purse earnings. First, Sheppard considers Day a good friend, and secondly, Day has a chance break the record while piloting the Sheppard-trained With Anticipation to back-to-back wins in the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT), which will be contested Saturday at Saratoga.

On-Track Numbers Improve at Saratoga

Through the first two weeks of the Saratoga season, total handle is up 6.8 percent, while on-track attendance and on-track handle are slightly down from last year's record-setting meet.

Street Cry Draws Outside in Tough Whitney Field

Street Cry, who ranks as the top Thoroughbred in training on the NTRA poll, drew the outside post as a field of six was entered today for Saturday's grade I Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. Street Cry will carry highweight of 123 pounds including Jerry Bailey.

Museum to Host Guest Series

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The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be holding its second annual "Guests in the Gallery" program at 11 a.m. on Aug. 7. The 3-part panel program is designed to give fans and other interested observers an inside view of racing and the opportunity to meet key people involved in the sport.

No Stakes But Lots of Action Wednesday at Saratoga

Although no stakes events are scheduled for Wednesday at Saratoga, the 10-race card will still feature top-quality racing. Headlining the Wednesday card is the eighth race, a third-level allowance at 1 1/16-miles on the Mellon (outer) Turf course. A field of six older horses is expected to contest the race.

Del Mar Show Takes Bernard Baruch

Del Mar Show, attending the pace for the entire trip, moved smartly to the lead and proved best in a long stretch battle to take the $150,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) over the Saratoga turf Friday.

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