When Main Sequence charged down the stretch to win the Sword Dancer at Saratoga in mid-August, everybody present saw his chestnut tail flying up and down as he edged past Imagining in the final strides. Well, everybody except Rajiv Maragh
It rained. And steeplechase trainers breathed. The annual question about turf conditions came up again last week and horsemen made their September plans and a short dry spell had some wondering whether racing this weekend was the right decision.
One year removed from making the bullish decision to stay home and take on older females for the first time with a filly coming off two strong races at Saratoga, Todd Pletcher found himself in a nearly identical situation last week as he assessed the best spot to run Stopchargingmaria.
The voodoo dolls are nowhere to be seen outside Barn 72 on the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course. The famous gumbo pot, stirring paddle and makeshift picnic tables and chairs are all packed away for next summer, the next season, the next racetrack.
Jimmy Barnes, Kaleem Shah and Martin Garcia sat at a table in the Parx East Room and talked about the 2014 Pennsylvania Derby Saturday evening. Moments earlier, their horse Bayern set a track record in winning the $1 million Grade 2 stakes for 3-year-olds.
When Demonstrative runs the way he did Thursday, you almost have to ask – What's going to beat him?
Choices. A Saturday full of choices. Think about all the choices the horsemen made and now think about all the choices you’ll make. Parx to see California Chrome? Charles Town for a stakes-packed card? The Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park? Or stay at home and play remote-control-racing? Here is your Saturday Special from Newbury to Charles Town for September 20.
Mike Repole thrives on being the underdog. He was an underdog when he co-founded Glaceau, maker of Vitaminwater and Smartwater, in his 30s and he was an underdog when he started Repole Stables less than 10 years ago. He’s in the midst of starting another sports drink, Body Armor, which has some of the sport’s worlds biggest names on board and his Repole Stable is clicking right along.