Abby Adsit is always on the go. She talks fast, walks fast and it’s easy to see she likes the action of the racetrack.
A majority of the horses that were in Adsit’s barn on the Saratoga Race Course backstretch this past meet near the three-quarter pole were claimers, along with her personal favorite and turf allowance mare Flamingo Lane.
Adsit and her owners, who include Matthew Schera, Blue Stork Stable and Drawing Away Stable, have been busy at the claim box at the meet. She’s hoping for a few more claims and some additional wins before heading back downstate to Belmont Park for the fall.
Adsit took out her license in April 2013 after a stint as an assistant with Linda Rice. A local who went to Saratoga Springs High and graduated from Union College, Adsit didn’t win a race her first year at Saratoga with just four starters. She won once last year, from six starters, and she’s won three races this year from 24 starters (including $92.50 winner Macher Monday).
Adsit wrapped up training early Aug. 29 – along with everyone else because the track closed at 8 a.m. for Travers Day – and went down the shedrow with The Special’s Annise Montplaisir.
Ave’s Halo: “She was my first win at the meet (Aug. 6 in $25,000 claimer) and I had added blinkers and cut her back, I was sprinting her on the grass. And she was my first win with Joel Rosario, ran very nicely.” Finished third Monday in a $25,000 claimer.
Lightning Buzz: “He’s going to be a first-time starter, probably claiming ranks. He’s a 3-year-old by Stephen Got Even, and he’s just a funny, funny, cool personality horse. He’s kind of like a barn pet. Everyone loves him. He’s pretty cute.”
Finding Candy: “He’s a horse that I claimed for Blue Stork, my owner Rick Brenko, and we claimed him for $50,000 going a mile-and-an-eighth (Aug. 10). But he was going a little bit longer, I think he needs to be cut back.”
Uncle Gio: “He’s a Gio Ponti 2-year-old who is going to be long on the grass all day. He’s this big colt and had to grow into himself, so hopefully I can get him on the grass (in the fall) before we don’t have any more (grass races for the year) in New York.”
Lady Daphne: “This is a filly I claimed for Matt Schera off of Chad Brown. She’s a New York-bred, put her in for maiden 40 and I claimed her. She won and ran at a respectable number. So I look forward to getting her to the track. I think she’s going to be a nice Aqueduct horse, you know, when a lot of the horses shift (south for the winter). She might be a claiming-level horse, but I think she’s got that edge to at least win her one x, a New York-bred one x allowance. And she is by Harlan’s Holiday. It’s his last crop this year, so for me I think there’s a little bit of an edge. I like that they run different surfaces, different distances.”
Here Sir: “I’m going to break his maiden, he’s going to run at the end of the meet in a claiming race. We’ve dabbled at higher levels and he runs good. It’s so tough here, it’s not like you can get away with anything. The name of the game is to win.”
Congenial: “He’s a horse I claimed for $32,000 off of Rudy Rodriguez. Super nice, great owners.” Finished third Monday in $40,000 claiming race.
Jersey Jules: “I just claimed her (for $40,000 Aug. 21). She’s a 3-year-old filly. She actually ran second to Tony Dutrow’s big filly Embellish The Lace that won the Alabama. Granted, she got trounced on, but she still ran a big number and was second. So that’s her little claim to fame.”
Jeter: “He’s a hard-knocking New York-bred. He’s been in the claiming, New York-bred levels. He’s just a warrior.”
Flamingo Lane: “This is my princess. I pretty much owe a lot of where I am now to her, she was one of my first original horses when I had eight horses. And we made a surface change from dirt to turf, and took off on the grass and she’s won over 250 grand now. She took me to the Claiming Crown. And she came back and she ran third in her one x, and then came back and won it at Belmont, and then she just ran third in a two x here (Sunday). She’s my one nice allowance horse. She’s so special to me. Every time you bring her over there you know she’s trying, and you can’t say that about every horse. She never cheats you. She never ever cheats you. It’s just the best feeling, you almost get emotional when you talk about it, because horses will run good, or horses will have good days or bad days. But even if you don’t win, you know she’s running her eyeballs out. Few and far between, horses like that.”
Desert Bliss: “She’s a New York-bred filly I claimed for $25,000 for Blue Stork Stables off the dirt that I plan to run on the grass.”