In honor of the final edition of The Saratoga Special for 2015, we were proud to bring readers the "Little Guy" Stable Tour. We scoured the grounds, searching Horse Haven, Oklahoma, the main track, the harness track, the stakes barn and Gridley Street to bring you the trainers and horses who might not have made headlines this summer, but certainly earned recognition and respect. We even scaled a cyclone fence to track down a trainer flying below the radar. Unfortunately, we weren't able to find the likes of Desmond Farrell, Lars Becdelamotte, Bill Allyn, Bill Hickey, Bill Heffner, Eddie Miller and we only found Joe Parker's golf cart. Next year!
Peter Pugh (Vulcan's Forge): "He's a 2-year-old Giant's Causeway out of a Seeking the Gold mare. He's big, 16.2, two-turn type of horse that should run at Belmont in September if we're lucky. He breezes on the grass Monday with one of Jimmy Jerkens' and if that goes well we'll be pretty close."
Peter Pugh (Zoot Suit): "He's by High Cotton out of a Yes It's True mare. He's ready to run, I put him in for a race Monday and the race didn't go. He's going to have to run at Belmont. He's quick, had a black-type work the other day, just real nice on the main track, went in :47. He also worked with one of Jimmy Jerkens' horses."
Glenn DiSanto (Where's Danny): "He tries all the time. We claimed him for 20 and he's made about 120 for us, he's a neat old horse, right Danny Boy? He almost died on us, he came in one day with an infection that went all the way up his leg. I took him to Stowe Burke's place, it's a miracle, he's coming back. We train for nice people who love their horses."
Richard Lugovich Jr. (Get Even Here): "She's a 3-year-old filly by Stephen Got Even out of Cherished Trick, she's a half to eight winners including Saytono Daytona, earner of almost a million dollars in Japan. I bred her and raised her on my farm right here near Saratoga Lake. We probably would have sold her but she cut a big chunk of her foot off when she was a baby. She might run in a month. My father trains at Fair Hill, I've got all the mares and foals up here, she stayed with me, I thought I'd give it a go. It's the first one I've trained on my own. It's been a fun and educational summer. My main man, Rudy (Wolfendale) helps me, I've learned a lot."
Robbie Davis (Susie's A Cowgirl): "She's pretty rapid, she's a free runner. She could have been in the money the other day with a better trip, it's not what I wanted to see. I didn't get much sleep that night, I was pulling weight in my sleep, that's not a good a thing for a 54-year-old man, I was having flashbacks. You work so hard, she performed, she got beat 5 lengths, it wasn't what we were looking for, but we'll live to fight another day."
Mike Shevy (La Dama De Hierro): "She was fourth Thursday (Sept. 3). That was her 20th start and she's finished third twice (and fourth five times). I'll try and find something for her later this month. The next three days I'll be shuffled over to the Oklahoma and then I'll start planning what we're going to do as far as running at Belmont."
Mike Shevy (Colonel Jessup): "He just ran yesterday (Friday, Sept. 4). He led quite a bit of the race, took off and led. Got tired, only beat a couple. He went 22, 46 and hung on for a mile, so if I could use my melon and put him in a 7-furlong race, or a mile race, guess what? He might get a check. It sounds real simple to a lot of people. He's started 10 times and only gotten a third. Yesterday people said, 'he only beat a couple horses,' but if you saw the race he was brilliant for a little bit. It was my un-brilliance that didn't put him in the right race."
James Nicol (Principle Equation): "She's in the last race of the meet, a-other-than on the turf (finished eighth of 12). She hasn't run at the meet, ran at Belmont but that was a disaster. It's one of those things, you ship over from England and you've got that little window of opportunity when you first get here and I ran her after that and it didn't work out. Now it's taken a bit of time to get her back and get over that hump. She raced sort of level. She probably needs to be going further. It's a mile and three-sixteenths, but she probably needs to go mile and three-eighths."
Mike Lauer (Iced Over): "I wish he was in these next few days but we didn't get in. We tried a two other than New York-bred. There's a two-other-than at Belmont. He'll run there hopefully. He ran at Belmont, he's a Yorkie (New York-bred). He's been going good since he's been here. They all do good here. If they do bad here they need a vet."
Anthony Quartarolo (Autumn Squall): "Nice filly. She's run four times, has a win and two seconds. She runs on the dirt and she runs on the grass. Very useful. She was on the grass (Friday) and just got beat a (head). I'll try and run her back at Belmont on the 24th, there's a race for her, I believe a starter. She's got a big heart."
Anthony Quartarolo (Onecats Chance): "He ran here Wednesday (Sept. 2), ran good, just starting to get good. He finished fourth, two-other-than New York-bred. He won here last year. He had a win and a third last year. This meet he ran twice, two fourths, but right close."
Eddie Barker (Lucky Lotto): "We claimed him for $12,500 back in February. He's turned out OK. He won for $32,000 and he's been second twice and third twice. We backed off him a little bit, didn't run him here, because he ran some really hard races. He's made $75,000 or so for us."
Eddie Barker (Wantach Queen): "She just got beat (Wednesday) by that horse of Jimmy Bond's that paid $40. She's a nice, hard-trying New York-bred filly. She ran a perfect race the other day, just got beat. She's sitting on a win."
Eddie Barker (Run For Logistics): "The owner wanted to run in the Forego (he finised 10th in the Grade 1), but he's going to run in an a-other-than back at Belmont. He'll run real good. He's a nice little horse."
Leon Blusiewicz (Admiral Blue): "He's a 2-year-old by Admiral Alex (a Saratoga winner and Travers starter in 2010). He's worked as good as anybody here on this racetrack, but he bucked shins. I was going to run him Travers Day but we're back to the drawing board a little bit. He'll be OK."
Leon Blusiewicz (unnamed 2-year-old): "He's by Giant's Causeway out of Madam Lagonza, a Kingmambo mare, so he's a half-brother to Admiral Alex, Woodlander, Miss Ocean City who had a winner the other day (Azar in the With Anticipation). It's a great family and he's a grand-looking horse. He just got a little behind schedule."
Peter Pugh (Gin Tiz): "He's going to be later, by Tizway. He's also a big, two-turn type of horse. He's going to be a bit later. He's out of a pretty nice mare, has some siblings that are stakes winners."