SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Major Force's victory by a nose in Race 11 prompted a triple Pick 6 carryover of $577,107 heading into Monday's nine-race card at Saratoga Race Course. Monday's Pick 6 starts with Race 4, with an approximate post time of 2:40 p.m. and includes the $200,000 Caress Stakes in Race 8. Sunday's Pick 6 sequence also included wins by Thrice ($7.70) in Race 6, Tainted Angel ($13.20) in Race 7, Somerset Sandy ($43.80) in Race 8, Ginger N Rye ($24) in Race 9, and multiple-graded stakes winner Abel Tasman ($3.60) in the Grade 1, $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks in Race 10. The consolation payout for five of six was $2,510.
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - This year's Grade 1, $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for three year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on Saratoga Race Course's hallowed main track will feature the 101st winning filly in its history at its conclusion. She will top a list of champions such as Shuvee, Ruffian, Sky Beauty, Songbird and many others who left their mark over the century-long race that began back at Belmont Park in 1917. China Horse Club and Clearsky Farm's Abel Tasman is set to continue the winning form displayed in her late-closing kick to win the Grade 1 Acorn by a length under a heady ride by Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith on the Belmont Stakes Day undercard. It was her second victory since her six-wide late run in the slop to win the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Never worse than second with the exception of her debut through five starts, the daughter of Quality Road won the Grade 1 Starlet, and finished second in the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes before being transferred to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's care in early March. The Coaching Club American will be her fourth start for Baffert. "She shipped well, everything is good," Baffert said. "She's been to the track a couple of days now. She's just got a really great mind. She's a real sweet horse to be around, just a lot of class." After a slow start where she finished a distant second to runaway winner Paradise Woods in the Santa Anita Derby, Abel Tasman returned with blinkers in the Kentucky Oaks. She has yet to be beaten since the change. "They made a big difference, and she's been training really well since. We ran her once, and I didn't want to change a thing. Mike said she really needs blinkers after the race, and he confirmed it when he worked her after, he said she changed. She was pretty good before that." Abel Tasman, named after a 1600s Dutch explorer, is eligible to sweep the Triple Tiara - a win in the Acorn, Coaching Club American Oaks and Grade 1 Alabama Stakes on August 19 at the Spa. No filly has won the Triple Tiara since the series was reconfigured in 2010. Abel Tasman's ninth career start will be from post 2, where she will be joined by Smith. Salty, representing owners Gary Barber, Baccari Racing and Chester Prince will face Abel Tasman for the third time after finishing a length behind as the runner-up in the Acorn. It was the second time Abel Tasman got the upper hand on Salty after a rough, wide trip put the Quality Road filly out of contention in the Kentucky Oaks. The Mark Casse trainee settled for a fifth-place performance over the sloppy Churchill Downs oval. "She's doing great," Casse said. "We're excited. She's doing better than ever, had a nice work over the track. It's a rematch. We definitely want another chance, and it looks like we're going to get it. If Abel Tasman beats us, then I tip my cap to her and Bob. We talk a lot, and I have the utmost respect for Bob. I think the more respect you have for somebody the more you want to beat them." Salty will be one of three Casse will saddle as Bobby Flay's Corporate Queen, third in the Grade 2 Black Eyed Susan, and sixth in the Grade 3 Wonder Again will join Gary Barber's Summer Luck, who enters off a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes. "If it gets a little wet, it will help Corporate Queen, and I think Summer Luck will enjoy the mile and an eighth. There's not a lot of speed in the race, but it looks like both Abel Tasman and Salty will go at it early. It might be a lot like this year's Preakness." Salty will run from post 7, and gets Joel Rosario in the saddle. Corporate Queen drew post 4 with jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., and Summer Luck will race from post 5 with Javier Castellano getting the call. Normandy Farm's Daddy's Lil Darling returns off her fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational, and was another who had been unable to match Abel Tasman in the Kentucky Oaks after a game second-place finish in the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland. The Scat Daddy filly will make her sixth Grade 1 start for trainer Ken McPeek, and is in search of her first Grade 1 victory. Daddy's Lil Darling will break from post 3 with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard. Adele Dilschneider's Elate drew the rail for trainer Bill Mott and jockey Jose Ortiz, and West Point Thoroughbred's Berned, for trainer Graham Motion and jockey Rajiv Maragh, will break from post 6.
By Jeremy Plonk
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By Frank Carulli
Odds-on favorites Huntsville and Fear the Dragon overcame troubled trips to win in their elimination heats of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and set the stage for a showdown between the respective Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup winners in this Saturday's $400,000 Adios final at the The Meadows. Huntsville (Tim Tetrick) was parked from post 7 through a sizzling :53 half before he won in 1:49.3. Fear the Dragon (David Miller) awaited room in third before he prevailed by a neck in 1:50.3 on a sloppy track. The 3-year-olds pacers have already combined for more than $2 million in earnings. The Adios will be the featured of six Grand Circuit races on the Meadows card that begins at noon. BARTLETT DRIVES 7,000 WINNER Jason Bartlett, the top money-earning driver in North America this year, snapped out of a recent 3-for-35 slump with his 7,000th career victory behind I C Caviar in an $11,000 trot race Sunday at Yonkers Raceway. "Longest three days of my life," said Bartlett, the track's perennial leading driver, "I’m so happy it’s over, and the kids are, too. They were asking me, ‘Daddy, do we have to go to the track again?’" Bartlett, 36, ranks third in North America this year with 332 wins, good for $6.65 million in purses. 'LEGEND' UPHOLDS STATUS IN GERRITY STAKES Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton) rallied 3-wide on the final turn en route to a 15-1 upset in the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel last Saturday, upstaging a runner-up finish behind Wiggle It Jiggleit in last year's race. Bit Of A Legend, patiently handled off a fast pace, moved from fifth at the head of the stretch to a 2-length victory in 1:503. He triggered a $1,037 exacta payout with late-running Mach It So (34-1) finishing second.
By Al Cimaglia
Hawthorne closes out the weekend with a .50 Late Pick 4 which has a $20,000 guaranteed pool and begins in Race 8. Every night seems to be good night for leading drive Casey Leonard, but on Saturday he had an exceptional performance. Leonard visited the winner's circle in six of the 11 races. Trainer Tom Simmons captured two races, which was best among his peers. Sometimes it is best to look deeper into the highlighted horses, beyond only playing a Pick 4 ticket. On Thursday night, my posted Pick 4 ticket at Hawthorne was good in only three of four legs. But contained in the selections were some nice exactas and trifectas. In Race 7, the highlighted horses were 1-3-5-10 and the .20 trifecta (5-3-10) paid $111.36. The (5-3) exacta paid $203.80 on a $2 bet. In Race 8, the selected horses were 1-8-5 and the $2 exacta (1-8) paid $70.40 while the .20 trifecta hit for $12.88 on a .20 bet. In the final leg only two horse were highlighted, and the (9-7) exacta paid $28.60. It was a very nice payout considering the #9 went off at 3/5. Tonight, my focus will be on the Late Pick 4, comments and selections below are based on a fast track. Race 8 2-Libby's Idea-Has been racing well and now gets post relief. Leonard's choice over two others is a major player. 3-Hope Hotspur-Drops out of stakes company and tries lasix for the 2nd time, might be overlooked at the windows. 7-Roll To Glory-Raced evenly in last but if repeats the 7-9 performance, it could be good enough for a picture. Race 9 2-Rousey Randa-Beaten favorite made a break in last but can knock-off this field if minds manners. 5-Do You Dare-3/2 program favorite is looking for third straight and gets post relief. Major threat, will be a very short price. 10-C Far-Trip dependent 3-year old takes a meaningful drop and if race sets-up could surprise at a square price. Race 10 2-Windian-Will respect off a sharp effort from 8 hole in last. Best effort puts her in the hunt and is 11-1 in the ML. 3-Dune Dame-Leonard couldn't get into the mix in a slow pace in last from the 8 hole...Watch out tonight. 4-Fox Valley Charliz-Came out of same race as #3, slow pace also hurt her. Can improve and Oosting is back in the bike. Race 11 3-Lotta Richess-Doesn't win much but does pass horses in the lane. Should be a big price, and if pace is swift chances go up. 5-Citizen Kane-Oosting takes a seat for Willis and gets a good starting spot. Could be ready for a big try. .50 Late Pick 4 2,3,7,/2,5,10/2,3,4/3,5 Total bet=$27 You can follow me on Twitter @AlCimaglia