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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 12:00 AM

(Monday 8/29 – Thursday 9/1)

NOTE: As the final week of the meet approach a number of these horses will not race back at Saratoga. However, a large percentage of them will run at Belmont. You should also check the Monmouth entries as well as the likes of Delaware. We will mention in the TRIP NOTES below if we believe a horsed will be possible at multiple locations.

Monday, August 29
(Turf Firm – Main Track Fast Throughout)

ENCHANTERESSE – The 4-year old filly made just her fourth career start and first since early November at laurel. She showed enough in two turn races at laurel to indicate the 5 ½ furlong entry level allowance she ran in Monday was a prep. None the less, she bumped a bit early on, began to move on the turn and continued to rally for the place behind the winning favorite. Eclipses the level at 7 – 8 ½ furlongs on grass.

SHIRAZ – The juvenile MSW colt showed enough in his debut against a trio of more experienced runners in the turf sprint to warrant following. He chased 3-4 wide from his outside post and in mid-pack made a mild bid 5 wide into upper stretch and ran even in the final stages to just missed show money behind the 8-5 favorite in third. Graduates soon.

Wednesday, August 31
(Turf Firm – Main Track Fast Throughout)

COLONEL ANDY – The NSYSB 40K maiden claiming turf sprinter was full of run from dead last at the top of the lane after being checked out of position soon after the break and passed all but one running first time off the Tom Morley 40K claim in his prior. Will love 6-7 furlongs on grass at Belmont.

LATIGO TRAIL – Horror show from start to finish in 5 ½ furlong turf sprint at 25K claim level. Smashed its shoulder into the left side of gate, was steadied twice settling into stride, had to go 5 wide into lane and eventually said no mas. Was 7 for 11 first or second on turf prior and was likely a good claim by Ralph Nicks. Price next time.

ARAQEEL – 40K turf claimer was handled a little conservatively in the early going of the mile and a sixteenth test. Broke 3-4 wide near the rear, began running at the three-eighths marker, had to go 5 wide entering the stretch and rallied mildly. Was haltered by Steve Asmussen, so worth following first out for the new conditioner.

Thursday, September 1
(Turf Firm – Main Track Fast Throughout)  

MORE THAN A LEGEND – Off a 6 week break and a pair of sharp half mile drills the 75K maiden claiming turf filly showed strong improvement. Broke sharply and attended the pace in the mile and a sixteenth test, moved 3 wide at the 5/16ths pole, was bumped between rivals in mid-stretch but kept on to get the place. Finally graduates vs 75K-50K maidens in next.

AUSSIE AWAKENING – Made just her second career start, first since late March and first at two turns in 49K maiden turf test. AUSSIE She was bumped and squeezed at the start, wide into the first turn, went five wide to upper stretch, rallied to lead at furlong marker before getting passed in late stages while strongly holding lace. Breaks maiden vs these next time.  


Monday 8/29
WIN $5.40 – Only thing that kept him from winning his entry level turf sprint two back was 6 wide trip. Just needed clear sailing to get it and he should have been odds-on.

Wednesday 8/31
– NYSB 25K turf claimer closed a ton at 5 furlongs at Suffolk three back. Two back here he just missed with sluggish start and 4 wide trip to get second. Right back vs the same he broke better, saved ground and the public ignored him…John did not.

Wednesday 8/31
– Before this win there were two straight compromised trips. Got going too late but picked up ground vs MSW rivals at Monmouth going 5 panels and in next to last was pocketed for a quarter before moving out for place vs 40K NYSB Maidens at 5 ½ on turf. Here he got good outside post and Jose Ortiz for Victor Lebron. Nice price for logical contender.

Wednesday 8/29
– After a number of tries on dirt the conditioner put him on turf and added blinkers two back and he made all the pace before finhing a neck back in second. Back at the same 1 1/16th mile distance on grass vs same 40K NYSB maidens he whistled.



Monday 8/29
– Right back vs same allowance turf foes and with the perfect rail trip showed class to sweep to easy win.

Thursday 9/1
TALE OF MIST – Second – PLACE $5.00
- Nosed at wire after a bit slow start. Stay with this runner.

ORZOOut – Had chance when broke alertly but retreated when challenged and dropped out. Looks to be going wrong way.


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