Spendthrift Farm's freshman sire Liaison, the grade 1-winning son of Indian Charlie, had his first winner June 18, when Vicente's Shadow rallied strongly to win a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight by a length at Emerald Downs.
Danzing Candy was sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the five-horse field of the $200,000 Lone Star Handicap (G3), leading at every call in the 1 1/16-mile test and crossing the wire 4 3/4 lengths in front.
- By Steve Haskin
Since last year's Travers Stakes, the racing world has been trying to place Arrogate's astounding feats in historical perspective.
Kept out of competition for 10 weeks between the Travers and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Arrogate fought every step of the way and passed California Chrome late to win the Classic and cement his place as champion 3-year-old male of 2016.
V. E. Day, winner of the 2014 Travers Stakes (gr. I), has been retired and will enter stud at Waldorf Farm near North Chatham, N. Y. He will stand for an introductory price of $6,500 in 2017.
Stud fees for Medaglia d'Oro and Bernardini unchanged at $150,000 and $100,000, respectively.
A filly from the first crop of Hill ‘n’ Dale stallion Violence bought in July for $25,000 returned a quick substantial profit for her owner when sold for $190,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale.
Led by a $150,000 Street Cry mare, Fasig-Tipton kicked off the mixed auction season Oct. 17 with figures on nearly even terms with the 2015 edition of the Saratoga fall sale at the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
- By Steve Haskin
All you had to do was replace the sandy loam of Saratoga Racetrack with the lush green grass of Europe's finest racecourses
On the morning following Arrogate's record-smashing performance in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had nothing but accolades for his new stable star.
Arrogate blew apart the 3-year-old division with the fastest Travers (gr. I) performance in history, and a new track record for 1 1/4 miles Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course. The Unbridled's Song colt blazed under the wire in a final time of 1:59.36.
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- By Steve Haskin
Todd Pletcher's once seemingly powerful army of 3-year-olds has pretty much disbanded, with some of the troops retreating from the battlefield, others spending time in sick bay, and two transferred to another outfit.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen will pass on the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course and instead run in the $700,000 Ketel One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) on the same program.
Exaggerator, winner of the Preakness and Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (both gr. I), put in his final workout ahead of the Travers (gr. I), breezing five furlongs in 1:00.95 on Saratoga Race Course's main track Aug. 20.
Shadwell Stables' Mohaymen, looking to rebound from his fourth-place finish as the favorite in the July 30 Jim Dandy (gr. II), post a bullet half-mile breeze at Saratoga Aug. 19 in his final serious move before Travers (gr. I) Aug. 27.
The New York Racing Association will cap paid attendance for Travers Stakes (gr. I) day at 50,000, and also said Aug. 17 that all reserved seats, dining, and hospitality are sold out for the Aug. 27 program at Saratoga Race Course.
Creator and Gun Runner breezed in company on the Saratoga main track on Aug. 14, working five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 ahead of possible starts in the $1.25 million Travers (gr. I),
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate cruised to his third straight victory in Southern California Aug. 4 at Del Mar and may be heading east for the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I).
McCormick Racing and Southern Equine Stable's Laoban, who earned his first career victory with a 27-1 upset in the July 30 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), will be pointed to the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Shadwell Stable's multiple grade II winner Mohaymen returned to the worktab June 23 with a three-furlong breeze at the Greentree Training Center adjacent to Saratoga Race Course.
Shaman Ghost bided his time down on the inside and then easily flew past frontrunners Doyouknowsomething and Waymond Boyd to take the Brooklyn Invitational June 11 at Belmont Park.
Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds and Black Swan Stable's Kid Cruz will look to win his third straight stakes June 11 in the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (gr. II).
W. S. Farish's homebred Eagle broke through for his first graded stakes win April 16 and kept an unbeaten record at Keeneland intact in the $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III).
The first reported foal by Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Alpha was born Jan. 28 at Sequel Stallions near Hudson, N.Y.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Alpha||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Atigun||James A. Jerkens||
|Fast Falcon||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Five Sixteen||Dominick A. Schettino||
|Golden Ticket||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Neck 'n Neck||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Speightscity||Stephen R. Mick||
|Stealcase||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Street Life||Chad C. Brown||
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