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Update 2276: Hall of Fame ceremonies were held today at Saratoga. Among the inductees were recently retired jockey Jose Santos, and Kentucky steward John Veitch: Eight Inducted into Hall Of Fame Aug. 6.
Update 2275: Today's update from Timwoolleyracing.com (which also highlights the advantage of the Tapeta track, something we don't have at Penn National, and the track was a bit of a mess):
Not such a bad morning weather wise. We had some rain in the night and the main track was a bit sloppy. The Tapeta track was fine. Meghan took Luke to the track this morning with another Two Year Old (Kitty) . All the girls love Luke and she went nicely. Whip Smart also went back to the track this morning and the exercise rider reports that she is moving great after her 2nd place finish last week. Tim decided it was best to take Quick Quest back to the gate with his blinkers on. In order to get approved to start with his blinkers he will have to break from the gate with his blinkers on for a gate card. He should have no problem doing this.
Fortuna is in this Wednesday at Delaware Park in race 3. Hopefully we can get to the winnner's circle.
Update 2274: I left the Fair Hill area at 3:30 this morning to drive to Penn National. My plan (which of course may be fluid) is to gallop at Penn National for a few weeks. Chuck, a Fair Hill vet, also does work at Penn National and contacted Murray Rojas and got me a start. I arrived a little before six ... and once things got going rode seven at the track, and then one at a nearby farm. It was strange being the stranger at the track having been at one track for so long (nearly 20 years at Fair Hill) and also knowing every horse I ride is new to me. That being said, everyone was super nice, those who work for Murray Rojas as well as their freelancers who took me with them to get on a couple more horses at another barn. I have to admit to being a little edgy driving up to Penn National, but for a first day things went smoothly enough. It was a muggy, humid morning though ...
An update from timwoolleyracing.com: perhaps yesterday:
It was a cooler morning this morning and the horses appreciated the slight break in the weather. Meghan came in to ride Luke this morning. He escorted one of the Two Year Olds (Two of Wands) to the race track. She was fine but it is always a good idea to make sure they are use to a pony before they get to the races. Luke is very colorful as most of you know by his picture and if they are ok with Luke then almost no other color pony will scare them. This sounds like a funny thing but to some racehorses a paint horse can be scary. Nautical Agent trained today. She was very happy to go to the track and seemed to enjoy herself. Fortuna also trained today. She had an easy gallop and hopefully will get into a race on Wednesday at Delaware Park. She is a beautiful gray filly and loves to eat. We have to feed her first most days to keep her happy.
Update 2273: Racing media coverage of The Haskell:
Any Given Saturday Romps in Haskell, excerpt:
"The way he ran today, the Breeders' Cup Classic at Monmouth is our goal," said Pletcher. "We'll work out his schedule to get to the Breeders' Cup. Right now we're going to enjoy this one. We'll see how he comes out of it and go from there. Using Curlin and Hard Spun, the Preakness winner and the Derby second, as how you judge the 3-year-olds, he beat them convincingly today. Obviously, he's as good as any 3-year-old in this crop."
Any Given Saturday flashes Sunday best in Haskell
Any Given Saturday wins Haskell
Later today, another leading three year makes his debut on the turf: Nobiz Like Shobiz Tries Turf on Hall of Fame Day. Looking at Any Given Saturday's facile win yesterday, NoBiz's last effort in the Dwyer looks pretty good. Lets hope he enjoys the turf.