Despite wide move, Naughty Gal gives Lukas seventh Adirondack

Despite wide move, Naughty Gal gives Lukas seventh Adirondack

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Naughty Gal had never set foot on the Saratoga Race Course main track until the Adirondack on Sunday.She got her money’s worth out of the first tour.Fanning 10 paths away from the inside rail coming off the turn, she and jockey Luis Saez ran over ground that seldom sees footfall during a race, but she was still plenty good enough to overcome that super-wide move to win the $200,000 Grade III race for 2-year-old fillies by 2 1/2 lengths.It was the seventh Adirondack win for 86-year-old Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who first won this race…
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Everybody chasing Life Is Good in Whitney

Everybody chasing Life Is Good in Whitney

SARATOGA SPRINGS — It was a conclusion, or an observation. But it also came across like a warning, perhaps.A scenario was proposed on Wednesday morning to trainer Todd Pletcher in which a horse might attempt to put pressure on Life Is Good around the first turn in Saturday’s 95th running of the Whitney at Saratoga Race Course.Pletcher’s dry response amounted to, “Yeah, I would say that anybody who wants to go with Life Is Good early on is probably going to be compromised in the end.”So, maybe don’t do that.The 4-year-old son of Into Mischief is 6-5 on the morning line…
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Well-traveled Hot Rod Charlie revving up for Saturday’s Whitney

Well-traveled Hot Rod Charlie revving up for Saturday’s Whitney

SARATOGA SPRINGS – His name suggests short bursts of travel at high speed.His resume suggests the opposite.Hot Rod Charlie’s rollicking long-distance tour continues on Saturday with his first-ever appearance at Saratoga Race Course, in the $1 million Grade I Whitney.This will be Hot Rod Charlie’s 10th different track in 17 career starts, and as an indication that he can run well anywhere, the 4-year-old son of 2013 Preakness winner Oxbow had an easy gallop on the Saratoga main track on Thursday morning with regular exercise rider C.J. Legette and did so without getting winded.“I love it,” trainer Doug O’Neill’s assistant…
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Life Is Good 6-5 favorite in six-horse Whitney field

Life Is Good 6-5 favorite in six-horse Whitney field

SARATOGA SPRINGS — What does a horse with a five-race winning streak, the last four of which were graded stakes, have to do to be a favorite?Well, don’t run in the Whitney against Life Is Good, for one thing.Life Is Good is the 6-5 morning-line favorite for the 95th running of the nine-furlong Grade I $1 million Whitney at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, after a six-horse field was drawn on Wednesday morning.His top challenger is 2-1 Olympiad, who is 5-for-5 in 2022 and is coming off a strong performance at Churchill Downs on July 2 in the Grade II Stephen…
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Off second-place finishes in Derby, Preakness, Epicenter favored in Jim Dandy

Off second-place finishes in Derby, Preakness, Epicenter favored in Jim Dandy

SARATOGA SPRINGS — It’s finally time for Epicenter to take a step forward.Trainer Steve Asmussen may have been stewing on May 21 after his talented colt came up just short in the Preakness to Early Voting, especially as it came on the heels of another gut-wrenching second in the Kentucky Derby two weeks earlier.But with the Triple Crown season over, the 3-year-old male division is cranking up again for the second half of the year, starting with the Haskell last weekend and continuing with the $600,000 Grade II Jim Dandy at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday.And Asmussen expects Epicenter, who…
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‘It all worked out’ for Kimari in stretch-running Honorable Miss win at Saratoga Race Course

‘It all worked out’ for Kimari in stretch-running Honorable Miss win at Saratoga Race Course

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kimari’s third stakes outing of 2022 finally gave trainer Wesley Ward the set-up and outcome he was looking for.In the Grade I Madison on April 9 at Keeneland, Kimari ran a bit too close to the pace and didn’t have her typical closing kick.Four weeks later in the Grade I Derby City Distaff at Churchill Downs, Ward said it was a bit too quick of a turnaround on a track Kimari didn’t particularly favor.But in Wednesday’s Grade II, $200,000 Honorable Miss at Saratoga Race Course, everything set up just right, and Kimari delivered, topping a four-horse field…
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