Choices. A Saturday full of choices. Think about all the choices the horsemen made and now think about all the choices you’ll make. Parx to see California Chrome? Charles Town for a stakes-packed card? The Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park? Or stay at home and play remote-control-racing? Here is your Saturday Special from Newbury to Charles Town for September 20.
Mike Repole thrives on being the underdog. He was an underdog when he co-founded Glaceau, maker of Vitaminwater and Smartwater, in his 30s and he was an underdog when he started Repole Stables less than 10 years ago. He’s in the midst of starting another sports drink, Body Armor, which has some of the sport’s worlds biggest names on board and his Repole Stable is clicking right along.
Two years ago, Demonstrative was in the paddock for the Grade 1 Lonesome Glory steeplechase stakes at Belmont Park. Coming off two wins at Saratoga, the 5-year-old was odds-on to run his winning streak to three and take a stranglehold on the Eclipse Award.
The horses go jumping at Belmont Park today with two races to kick off the card at 1 p.m. The big menu item is the $150,000 Lonesome Glory for open stakes horses. The Grade 1 lured title contenders Demonstrative and Divine Fortune, plus the in-form Barnstorming in a field of eight.
To help celebrate next year’s 100-year anniversary of the incorporation of Saratoga Springs, Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson will donate Centennial Park and a statue of the legendary Native Dancer to the city. The park will be located where Union Avenue meets Circular Street at the edge of Congress Park. The site will feature a life-size statue of Native Dancer, and the artist selected is just as fascinating and impressive as the Thoroughbred she’ll recreate.
Plenty of action here in the U.S. and most definitely abroad Saturday, with the prestigious Ladbrokes St. Leger and QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes leading the way overseas.
There were rising artists on the backside of Saratoga Race Course during the recently concluded 2014 meeting. No they don’t use paint brushes, stencils or sponges, all they need to create a piece of art is paint, canvas paper and their nose … whiskers add a nice effect as well.