From the Porch at Saratoga

    So we closed out the 2016 Saratoga meet with two close finishes, two tough losses, too late to run back and too darn bad that the meet is almost over. It’s that time of the year when barns start to empty out, vans are going to and fro, and people are either counting their winnings or trying to figure out how they're going to get even. I’ve got to admit it’s pretty depressing. Tuesday it'll be a ghost town and that’s even more depressing. Now I start commuting to Beautiful Belmont Park to see our horses get back on a winning track! Not that our record was bad up here with two wins, a 4th and an also ran for 4 starts not counting the 2nd and the 4th yesterday for the other horses I manage for other stables. Speaking of the two yesterday; Aussie Awakening ran a huge second almost getting to the wire first before getting collared by the favorite at the wire. I was jumping up and down ready to sprint to the Winner’s Circle and then from out of the clouds we got nipped at the wire. It was a huge improvement for her and moved the filly way up.

    Khaleesi Kat got left in the gate all the way out in left field (the 10 hole) but still rallied for a close 4th getting beat 2 noses for 2nd (photo finish above) this poor filly has had some hard luck rides the last two starts and deserves to win this condition so keep your eyes on her when she runs back at Belmont Park.  We'll be seeing Alabama Bound, Cliffs of Dover, Sanctify and I Love You Still in the entries as well as some of our new 2yo’s. So get ready for more exciting action this fall at the Belmont Fall Championship meet.

    As for Saratoga, it’s always a rush to get ready, a rush to get in the entries, run as many as you can squeeze in, win some, lose some then wonder where the time went and why it has to end so soon. And how the heck with all the running around, the waking at the crack of dawn andthen staying out late did I gain 10lbs when I should've lost 20? That’s another whole story! It's been a great meet and thanks to all of our enthusiastic and patient owners for enjoying the highs and getting through the lows with a smile! Like I always say: Saratoga has been around for 156 years it will be back for 157!

    So be there or be square and imagine yourself in this Winner’s Circle next year!