Saratoga Notebook: Travers Day has 170 in 14 races
SARATOGA SPRINGS The Travers Day card was drawn Wednesday, with a whopping 170 horses entered in 14 races at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday.
Besides the $1 million feature, there will be three other graded stakes, the Grade I King’s Bishop and Test, and the Grade II Ballston Spa for fillies and mares on the turf.
The King’s Bishop has drawn a full field of 14, led by 5-2 morning-line favorite Forty Tales, who is coming off a win in a Grade III, his third straight win, and has been training impressively.
“I couldn’t be happier about the way he’s run in his last three races,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “I think we have found his niche, and he certainly would be a worthy winner after the resume he has put together.”
Besides Forty Tales, Pletcher also has Capo Bastone and Arkansas Derby winner Overanalyze, who was 11th in the Kentucky Derby and seventh in the Belmont Stakes, entered in the King’s Bishop.
Undefeated Sweet Lulu, trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, is the 5-2 favorite in the seven-furlong Test off a 43⁄4-length win in an allowance optional claiming race at Del Mar.
The nine-horse field of 3-year-old fillies also includes Grade I Prioress winner Lighthouse Bay, who was 21-1 when she won that race on July 27, and So Many Ways, who won the Schuylerville and Spinaway last year.
She was fourth in the Prioress.
Mechanicville native Chad Brown will saddle the 5-1 fourth choice in the Ballston Spa, Pianist, who won the Grade III Gallorette at Pimlico two starts back.
Laughing, who won the Grade I Diana by a head over Dream Peace, is entered back in the Ballston Spa, and the slight favorite is Hungry Island (5-2) off a third in the Grade I Just A Game at Belmont.
She was fifth to Winter Memories in the Diana and second to Zagora in the Ballston Spa last year.
Grade I Jelly Wiley winner Centre Court is trying to get back on the winning track after finishing off the board in the Just A Game and Diana.
Shadwell Stable’s Sayaad almost broke a track record while winning the $100,000 Dance of Life, a one-mile race on the inner turf course, on Wednesday.
Ridden by Jose Lezcano, the son of Street Sense led gate to wire to beat Miceli by 41⁄2 lengths.
His final time was 1:33.77 just off the 1:33.42 run by L’Oiseau d’Argent on Aug. 5, 2004.
Sayaad was fifth to Notacatbutallama in the Grade III Hill Prince at Belmont Park on June 15, then was second to Hear the Footsteps going seven furlongs at Belmont on July 12.
Among those he beat in the Dance of Life was Winning Cause, who won the Grade III Lexington at Keeneland in April.
Javier Castellano won on Point Taken and Escapefromreality to increase his lead by a little bit over Joel Rosario in the race for the jockey title with 11 racing days left.
Castellano has never won a Saratoga riding title, and this is the second year that Rosario has been here full-time.
Rosario led the entire meet, until Castellano passed him on Aug. 14.
John Velazquez isn’t far behind, with 35 winners.
TRF 5K RUN
Humans will get a chance to put their money where their feet are on Saturday, Aug. 31, in the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s fourth annual 5K Run for the Horses at Saratoga Spa State Park.
Registration will be from 7-8 a.m. at the Orenda Pavilion.
All proceeds from the Run for the Horses will benefit the TRF, now in its 30th year of finding homes and safe haven for former racehorses, many of whom competed at Saratoga. The TRF has helped rescue, re-home and re-train more than 4,000 thoroughbreds since it began in 1983. The current TRF herd is 950.
There will be a half-mile Kids’ Fun Run that will begin at 8.
Pre registration is $20, and day-of-race registration is $25.
For more information, call the TRF at 226-0028 or register at www.trfinc.org/5K.
JERKENS, BAILEY AT ‘POST’
The guests for tonight’s “At The Post Live” show with Andy Serling at The Parting Glass will be Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey.
The show will be held from 9-10 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN radio 104.5 “The Team.”
Also on the show will be TimeformUS’ Doug Salvatore.
‘LEGENDS’ GUEST PRADO
Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado will be featured in the National Museum of Racing’s final “Hall of Fame Legends” program of the summer at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
Produced in conjunction with the Capital OTB television network, the program is free to attend with a paid museum admission.
The “Legends” program will be held in the Hall of Fame Gallery, and will be hosted by former jockey Jeff Carle.