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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, September 5, 2016 at 12:00 AM

(Friday 9/2– Monday 9/5)

NOTE: This is the final TRIP NOTES edition unique to 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 horses will be possible at multiple locations.

Friday, September 2
(Turf Firm – Main Track Fast Throughout)

DUJAC – A winner of two of five lifetime the Chad Brown trainee made his first start in almost 13 months in NW3L two turn turf 50K claimer. The gelding was caught 3 wide on both turns, made his move approaching the quarter pole, closed in readily on the front runners, challenged the winner for the final furlong, and dropped a nose decision. Gets career win number 3 in next whether in open claimers or allowance for new conditioner Ian Wilkes who haltered him.

BELLAVAIS – Trainer James Toner rarely if ever has them ready at first asking so the solid works and late rally in 5 ½ furlong turf MSW test for juvenile fillies tells us all we need to know. The daughter of Tapit settled along the rail moved out at the head of the stretch, was steadied late and closed willingly to secure the show. Bloodlines say she’ll love two turns on grass.

Saturday, September 3
(Turf Firm – Main Track Fast Throughout)

STONE – In first start since breaking maiden vs 40K claimers the 3-year old gelding faced 50K start allowance rivals in 7 furlong test. He was set back off the early pace, was urged approaching the stretch, was in a bit tight while waiting on room and rallied mildly in the final furlong. He’ll get win number two with a more alert start vs the same. 

ALTITO – With addition of Lasix and extra furlong this Shug McGaughey trained juvenile son of Bernardini improved enough to indicate the patient conditioner has him primed to run a mile or longer at Belmont or move to two-turns on turf. The colt has run even with slight late gain in each so the next is the winning move.      

ICE CUTTER – Christophe Clement turf horse continues to hold good form following step up effort vs second level allowance/optional 62.5K claimers in last. He was under a strong hold early and on the far turn, waited along the inside behind some traffic in upper stretch, moved strongly at the furlong marker and improved late to get the show. He’ll eclipse the level soon.

Sunday, September 4
(Turf Firm – Main Track Fast Throughout)

BEST CASE – Despite racing greenly throughout the debuting juvenile MSW colt still did well to finish third. The Steve Asmussen trainee was slow into stride then began to move at the 3/8ths pole in the 6 furlong event. When off the rail inside the quarter pole he drifted, shied from a rival and drifted further while continuing on. Should improve off the effort.       

STEAMBOAT BILL – In  50k starter at 1 1/16ths on the turf this hard trying colt engaged the pace while three wide on both turns, swung three wide into the lane moved to the leaders, took a clear lead at the eighth pole, got caught inside the final sixteenth after all his early effort but continued on for place honors. Just needs a better post vs the same.

Monday, September 5
(Turf Firm – Main Track Fast Throughout)

DATA ROOM – In mile and a sixteenth juvenile turf MSW the Chad Brown debut colt was last to start, ran greenly towards the field under restraint, was reserved in mid-pack, caught 4 wide on the far turn and was 5 wide into the lane yet still closed for the place. Won’t be a maiden long.


NEW MONEY HONEY – The juvenile daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was sent off as the 8-5 favorite in the 8 ½ furlong turf MSW. She was urged leaving the gate, but settled on the outside near the back. When keyed in the three path on the far turn she willingly moved four wide into the stretch and finished willingly to take runner-up honors. She will win soon but definitely needed the experience.  



Friday 9/2
Could not have dominated this maiden field any better. Won off for fun.

Saturday 9/3
– Out – raced well above comfortable level. Worth staying with vs mid-level open claimers.
HARLAN PUNCH – Another who stepped up too second level allowance/80K optional claimers. After hesitating at the start still rallied from 13th to 5th. Just needs proper level. Bet back.

Sunday 9/4
– 4th – was under pressure throughout from rail post and dug in until final furlong in two-turn turf 40K maiden claimer. Stay with the gelding for one more vs the same.

Monday 9/5
- After breaking her maiden three back vs 40K claimers the turf filly had to wait for room in first vs winners two back and when she found room rallied for the place. Back vs the same in here she got the perfect trip and ran away from the field late.

PRACTICAL JOKE – WIN $6.20 - NOTE: This what was written in these TRIP NOTES in early August…”Debut run by juvenile MSW Into Mischief colt turned out as many of that sire’s runners have, with a dominant, measured stalking trip and clear margin through the lane in 6 furlong dash. Expect this one in the Hopeful Stakes and don’t be surprised if he wins it.” And that is exactly here he ran next and what he did.

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