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Tourist, winner of the Sir Cat Stakes on Saratoga Opening Day 2014

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The fittingly-named Beautyinthepulpit

#1 Sol the Freud and John Velazquez surge past #5 Handy Stan and Irad Ortiz Jr to bag the second race on Sanford Saturday.

#1 Sol the Freud and John Velazquez surge past #5 Handy Stan and Irad Ortiz Jr to bag the second race on Sanford Saturday.

Sunrise at the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga.

Sunrise at the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga.

Ready for Saratoga!

It’s on like Donkey Kong! Got my season pass photo on with a fresh haircut (I think it’s too short… before it was too long… I think I’m firing my stylist, no one seems to know how to do a good job with short girl cuts). And a special thanks to the fabulous human being morningline who sent me one of her photos which is now on display at my nest:

So yes, if you’re going to be at Saratoga tomorrow (Friday opening day), Saturday, or Sunday feel free to hunt me down and say hi. I wear glasses, a camera backpack, and usually a cap.

I’ll be shooting the ponies all weekend and will have an editorial of all the cool racing up next week. It should be a good excursion, as this is my first ever opening day and my first time at ‘Toga with a companion, as fourfurlongs will accompanying me just about the whole time I’m there and I’m hoping to reunite with a-lamb-to-the-darkness for the first time since Union Rags won the Belmont. Woooooo! 

Summer Stakes Schedule

I’m trying to catch Dayatthespa and Wise Dan for the first time this summer, so help me god!

Here are my tabbed trips to Belmont Park and Saratoga from now until September as I currently see it. Asterisks indicate I’m only a possible for that day:

  • June 7 - Belmont Stakes Day and holy crap is this day looking like the first half of the year’s Breeders’ Cup  (done)
  • July 5 - The Stars and Stripes Festival: Suburban, Belmont Oaks, Belmont Derby, etc.
  • July 18-20 - Saratoga’s opening weekend with the Diana Handicap, Sanford Stakes, Coaching Club American Oaks, Lucky Coin Stakes
  • August 2 - Whitney Handicap & many other major stakes
  • ***August 9 - Fourstardave (if Wise Dan shows)
  • August 14-17 - Alabama/Sword Dancer weekend aka Dawna’s 25th birthday extravaganza at Saratoga
  • ***August 22-24 - Travers & New York-bred weekend
  • ***August 30 & 31 - Woodward weekend

Get. Excite. Yes it’ll probably be somewhat of an expensive summer, but I’m drinking it up while I can! Feel free to message me if you’re coming to any of those days!

Video still of Travers & Whitney winner Will’s Way, who showed a surprising docile side to me and my camera. From his earlier antics, I feared he would grab either me or my camera from my position on the fence!

Video still of Travers & Whitney winner Will’s Way, who showed a surprising docile side to me and my camera. From his earlier antics, I feared he would grab either me or my camera from my position on the fence!

Going to Saratoga Springs this weekend

Yay Ponyland! My documentary crew and I will be filming at some special places in Saratoga to show off some special horses. I’ll let you guys wonder about which ones. I even bought a book to help my crew out:

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I didn’t have much time this week to do a full-out handicap, but you guys can assume that I think very highly of Bayern and hope he wins the Arkansas Derby (I) tomorrow. Tapiture and Strong Mandate follow that pick in order.

For the Blue Grass, it gets harder in a way. I do not think Bobby’s Kitten will handle the poly as well as he does turf (*thinks about Stephanie’s Kitten in the Ashland*)… I thought very very highly of him last year and still do, but very forwardly-placed horses like him do not fare well at Keeneland. He is definitely one to bet against. I’ve always liked Casiguapo, but will be most keen on Coastline and Dance With Fate to work their magic, the latter of which has the best shot to do well in the Derby should he win. Third choice is probably Medal Count, who turns back after a week break to try to win again on Keeneland’s main (*thinks about Brilliant Speed some years ago*).

Julia Tutweiler (Pulpit x Caroline’s Gold, by Touch Gold) before and after her debut race at Saratoga Race Course. Joel Rosario up for Bill Mott.

Going to the Thoroughbred races, keeping "track" of the memories. Obsessively providing a comprehensive and personal glance at the sport of kings through original photography, handicapping analysis, editorials, and much more.

Tracks visited: Calder, Saratoga, Belmont, Suffolk, Aqueduct.


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