Jim Dandy S.

Spa Notebook: Essential Quality Tunes Up for Jim Dandy

Champion Essential Quality (Tapit) drilled five furlongs over the Saratoga main track in 1:01.81 (7/13) Saturday morning, two weeks out from his expected start in the GII Jim Dandy S. at the Spa. Last seen outgaming Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow) in the GI Belmont S. June 5, the Godolphin-owned 'TDN Rising Star' worked in the company of New York-bred maiden winner Bingo John (Oxbow) and was caught in sectional times of :25 flate and :48.3 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.2 and seven-eighths in 1:28.3. "It was a solid...

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Spa Notebook: Maxfield Breezes Towards Whitney

Godolphin's once-beaten Maxfield (Street Sense), the impressive 3 1/4-length winner of Churchill's GII Stephen Foster S. when last seen June 26, tuned up for his next appearance in the Aug. 7 GI Whitney S. with a half-mile breeze over the Oklahoma training track Friday morning that was timed in :49.09 (14/46). Working in the company of stablemate Longpants Required (New Year's Day), the son of Velvety (Bernardini) covered his first two furlongs in :25.3 and was out five-eighths of a mile in 1:01.1 according to NYRA clockers. "I just wanted...

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'Rising Star' Mystic Guide Gets It Done in Jim Dandy

'TDN Rising Star' Mystic Guide, sporting first-time blinkers, sat much handier to the pace than when last seen in the GIII Peter Pan S. on opening day of the Saratoga meet July 16, weaved his way through traffic to be within striking distance turning for home and kicked on gamely in the stretch for a career high. A bit hesitant to load, the Godolphin homebred dropped out to the tail of the field, but trailed the dueling pacesetters by just about a half-dozen lengths down the backstretch. Rallying underneath odds-on...

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NYRA Cross Country Pick 5 Closes Summer Season

The New York Racing Association, Inc. will host the final Cross Country Pick 5 of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course Saturday, Sept. 5, while teaming up with Monmouth Park, Woodbine Racetrack and Delaware Park. The Cross Country Pick 5 is comprised of: Leg 1 - Saratoga, Race 9: GII Jim Dandy S. (4:21 p.m.) Leg 2 - Monmouth, Race 9: (4:40 p.m.) Leg 3 - Delaware Park, Race 8: (4:45 p.m.) Leg 4 - Saratoga, Race 10: GII Prioress S. (4:57 p.m.) Leg 5 - Woodbine, Race 9:...

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Solid Opener to F-T New York-Bred Sale

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY--The Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearling Sale opened Sunday evening with a session of steady action capped by a son of Constitution who sold for $340,000 to trainer John Terranova. "It was a solid opening session to the New York-Bred sale," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, Jr. "There was lots of interest across the board. We continue to see the strength of the New York-bred market. It was on display again tonight." The two-day auction has a slightly different format this year, with Sunday evening's somewhat abbreviated session of...

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