Saratoga Race Course.......Summer 2012
5 Replies | 472 ViewsOn 07/16/2012 10:50 AM in General
For the first time ever the money from the Video Slot machines will be used to increase purses at the Old Spa this summer.
When purses go up you attact more horses, better horses with better breeding. I read in the paper that the averags purse is going from $670,000 a day to $930,000 a day. That is almost $1 million a day to be earned by horse owners, trainers and jockeys. This is by far the most lucrative track in the country now to run your horse. They have also put a limit on maiden 2 year old entries. I believe the field is limited to 8 where you used to get more than that. This may limit your chances on a long shot pay out, but it will increase your odds to pick a winner. Maiden races comes down to breeding. Look at who the sire and dams are.
I have written about Saratoga before, this is the oldest track in the country. It is the most hystorical, beautiful track in the country and if you have not seen it you are missing out. The level of competition is second to none because winning a race at Saratoga for any syndicate, or owner is like winning the Superbowl or Stanley Cup for athletes. To be in the winners circle with your horse is such an honor. They come from all over the WORLD to run here and that is what makes winning here so difficult. The best of the best. The NYRA and the people of Saratoga have made the track experience family friendly. You can literally do anything from shop, listen to a live band, picnic, breakfast and of course serious gamble. You can have shorts and flip flops to full suit and just blend in with the crowd. The jockeys changing room is in the middle of the picnic area. They actually walk through the crowd to get to the mounts and walk through after the mounts. Most are escorted with security but they walk rite next you. Trainers hang out just the same as do celebrities....buy a beer and hotdog on line with you.
The turf at Saratoga is the place to make your money. More long shots come in on the turf then the dirt. The turf here is softer then most tracks in the country. Some horses love it, some do not. The main track is all natural and it too is known to be softer/deeper than most. They groom this track like it is a cathedral; water, raked, primped after every race. Some tracks across the country are called "speed favored tracks". I personally think Saratoga is one of the truest tracks there is.
I prefer turf races with a few jockeys to follow. I will have a jockey write up tomorrow, but I like Javier Costellano on the turf, but Jose Lezcano has been getting much much better. Should interesting to see. I always look for Kent Desormoux on the turf. He has his personal demons to deal with, but he knows how to ride especially on the turf. Keep that in mind.
I always keep an eye out for James Toner (trainer) he does not run them often, but when he does they are usually at a price. Use them in exotics.
I will have a trainer write up as well, but Todd Pletcher is the ace at teh Spa, if you went by percentages he is not the best, but by wins yes. Throw out horses left and right and you are bound to win. He always has plenty of ponies. Bill Mott is good on turf and Linda Rice with turf sprints.
I will have more the next two days and then a I will try to make a few picks each day to post and hopefully make money on at the Spa.