Saratoga Race Track
July 22, 2011 by staff
Saratoga Race Track, In most years recently, the Saratoga race course has started meeting in the middle of the big questions about New York racing was going to win every major race held on the historic circuit in the Union Avenue between late July and Labor Day. First, the question arises whether the New York Racing Association or any new entity would operate in the state three main runways. Then there was the question of whether a long-awaited racino at Aqueduct downstate would never be built to supply the operator – whoever – with funds to keep the place and run the races. It was just a year ago that track officials were trying to finalize a loan agreement with the state and warned that without it there could be a meeting in Saratoga at all.
On the eve of the 2011 meeting, however, there was no such confusion in the skyline. The NYRA franchise is locked in more than 25 years, and the Aqueduct racino is time to open later this year. When track officials scheduled a news conference the morning before Opening Day, there was only one item on the agenda: the dissemination of price reductions for beer, popcorn and lemonade in the award of the track is in the 40 days racing ahead.
Any year is good for the Saratoga meet to be more about careers and popcorn politics and dismissal letters, but is particularly appropriate in 2011. The scene of the national competition has been particularly chaotic during the first half of the racing season, with a different horse to win virtually every major race on the calendar from coast to coast and leadership of almost all divisions in the sport game. More than in recent seasons, many, one dominant performance in a major event in Saratoga could vault a horse from obscurity to national prominence and define a clear leader for the championship races in the fall.
Glamorous racing division, male 3 years old, has been particularly democratic this year, with a colt or gelding different win each of the eight grade 1 races so far this year. Animal Kingdom, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, is considered the leader in the clubhouse, but will spend the rest of the year, recovering from an injury suffered in the Belmont Stakes, and it seems likely that someone will get over by year’s end. This casts a particularly strong in the Travers on Aug. 27, which is expected to draw the winners of the Preakness and Belmont, Shackleford and Governor on the ice.
There’s even a stretch, but the fascinating scenario in which a star fall from last year could join the fight for the title: Uncle Mo, who won last year’s dazzling two years old, was off the track by the disease Derby but is expected to return to careers in the Travers Stakes undercard king’s bishop. Obviously, he would have to do much after this fall to run for another Eclipse Award, but a successful return at least raise the possibility.
The fillies 3 years old, have been as competitive a group as males, with every big race in the division to go to a competitor, including Zazu, lilacs and lace, plum pretty complicated, Royal Delta Buster and Ready. Two races at Saratoga should one of them the leader of the pack: the Coaching Club American Oaks on 23 July and the Alabama Stakes on Aug. 20.
By a happy coincidence, these four Grade 1 races 3 years of age will be televised nationally on NBC for the first time. Other transmissions of five stakes weekend doubleheaders four of them, will be held in front of NBC-owned network: Diana and Jim Dandy Whitney July 30 and test on August 6, Vanderbilt and the Honorable Miss August 7, the Sword Dancer August 13 and September Woodward and give up 3.
The Whitney and Woodward are races especially important because the nation is way higher for males have been like three years in the carving of the biggest events so far this year. Two of them, in the Metropolitan Mile Tizway and tirelessly in the Suburban, became the highest rating wins out of control, but everyone wants to see do so again. The Whitney and Woodward could well determine the early favorite for Breeders’ Cup Classic and Horse of the Year title, which are completely in the air. The Woodward could also attract Havre de Grace, I could try to change men after a pair of decisions this year with blind luck as the two have separated themselves from the competition attractive to organize a competition among the older fillies nation. There is another scenario in Havre de Grace and Blind Luck could connect in the Personal Ensign on Aug. 28.
There is much hope and much to talk about – and for once not going to be about 30 miles south machinations of the state capital Albany, but what happens on the track at Saratoga.
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