Saratoga Notes: Week 3
By: Tom Bellhouse
Before you know it, it's here and gone. The Saratoga meet of 2009 is officially more than halfway over. I know we are all in the same boat. For months we anxiously look forward to a summer of fast horses, good restaurants, great friends, and fun at the Spa. I am looking forward to the weekend. Saratoga Russell looked great this morning and I hope he gives us the same thrill tomorrow he did on opening day. My nephew Andrew will be spending the weekend with me, and I'm ready to get him into the winner's circle.
Monday was a great day for the West Point crew. Although the weather was scorching hot (a disadvantage of having to wear a suit), we were thrilled to stand in the winner's circle again with our two-year-old Successful Appeal colt, Successful Score. Everybody was really excited and I think this horse has a bright future. Trainer Dale Romans could not have been happier with the effort. Good things to come.
We are poised to break our single season win record at the Spa. Heading into the weekend, we have three winners. In 2007 we had four winners for the entire meet. Looking ahead to the rest of the week, we have Prince Teton going out for Dale Romans on Monday and the ever classy veteran campaigner RJ's Brigade looking to make it two in a row on Thursday. We are considering running the talented Flat Bold next Saturday in the Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes. Next weekend will be an exciting few days for West Point, as we are holding our annual Travers barbeque on the backside. We look forward to an afternoon of racing, food, and drinks with our partners and friends of West Point. It is always neat to watch the races from a completely different vantage point.
As the meet winds down, we look forward to the debut of the beautiful filly Sheryl's Melody for Dallas Stewart and the second race of the meet for our New York bred filly Speed Dating. You may also see us in the paddock with Successful Score for the Hopeful Stakes on closing day (it will be a bittersweet day I must say.) There will be a few other horses that jump up and start before the end of the meet, so watch our upcoming races page.
Macho Again is settled back home at Churchill Downs. We decided to skip the Woodward at Saratoga and instead shoot for the October 3 Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont. We know our colt runs well fresh and we think he will be a force to be reckoned with in that race. If he runs well, the Breeder's Cup Classic at Santa Anita may be on the horizon.
I'm going to enjoy the last few weeks of the meet. Life will go back to normal in Saratoga Springs after Labor Day. I sure am going to miss my daily coffee at the main track coffee stand and picking up the Kiaran McLaughlin set list every morning to see when each of the black and gold carriers will be making their way to the track. The beauty of it though; we get to do it all again next year.