Tony Dutrow enjoyed an excellent meet at Saratoga Race Course in 2015. He sent out 20 starters and 17 finished first, second or third. Seven of the 20 starters were winners, none bigger than Embellish The Lace's front-running score in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes. She shipped out shortly after the Alabama and was back at Dutrow's base at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland as the meet wound down.
When asked if he'd be interested in hosting a stable tour late in the meet, Dutrow said, "drop by any time." The Special's Brandon Valvo showed up two days after the Alabama and Dutrow squeezed 20 minutes out of his day to go stall-to-stall.
The Big Beast:"He's in the Forego Saturday. He's doing great. He won the King's Bishop here last year and he just got beat in the Vanderbilt. He's doing terrific. We've given him two workouts and he's been sensational in both of them. Just getting him to race four weeks later is really just hoping everything goes well. It's not like he needed any preparation. We're just cruising along with him."
I Spent It: "He won the Saratoga Special here last year as a 2-year-old. He's had a break. He had a small injury, no big deal. He's almost ready to run. He won't run at Saratoga, but he's almost ready and we're really looking forward to him. He's a very good horse."
Mo For The Money: "This is an unraced 2-year-old by Uncle Mo. I consider him a very good colt. I've got three of them (Uncle Mo colts). All three of them are runners. I see lots of other Uncle Mos doing fantastic. He's a very good stallion. He's going to be six weeks (from a start)."
Set The Trappe: "Another good colt, by Trappe Shot. He ran up here in his first start and finished second (Aug. 8). He ran a very, very good race and I do hope to run him back here at Saratoga on the 5th. Very happy with him. You hope that they come out of the race well mentally. You hope that they get better. Not all of them do. This boy has led us to believe that he's getting better."
Big World: "Big World is a 2-year-old. She's run twice. She finished third at Belmont. Then she came to Saratoga and finished third to Rachel Alexandra's daughter (Rachel's Valentina Aug. 2). We really like this filly. She is (pretty laid back). She's a nice horse to have in the barn. We hope to run her again up here on the 6th."
Get Jets: "This is another very good 2-year-old (by Scat Daddy). He did run here one time and he won (Aug. 19). He came from last and won very easily and I think you have to be a good colt to do that. We're just preparing him for the Belmont fall meet. Very good colt, appears to have a very good future."
Play Big: "He's a 2-year-old colt that has not run yet. He's probably three weeks away. He'll run at Belmont. Leads me to believe he's a very good colt. He's by Twirling Candy. We bought him at the OBS March 2-year-old in training sale (for $500,000). The owner Alex Lieblong picked him out."
The Big Mo:"He's also a son of Uncle Mo. He's probably six weeks from the races. We feel super about him. Alex Lieblong picked him out (and bought him for $275,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida) 2-year-olds in training sale."
Kibble: "Kibble is a 3-year-old filly that broke her maiden in a claiming race last winter at Aqueduct and she's preparing for her 3-year-old debut. She had an injury, but it's a safe injury and she's completely healed. She's going to be a while. She had a condylar fracture in her right hind. She's had plenty of time and she's all good."
Burndines: "He raced here at Saratoga early in the meet and he won (maiden claiming, Aug. 9). There's a race for him Closing Day. We're excited about him, very good horse that's improving. He's got plenty of energy, but he's a good boy about everything. Still learning, lots of energy, has a good time."
Bankers Holiday: "He's a 3-year-old (by Harlan's Holiday) that has not raced yet. We're trying to get him there. He is probably 75 percent there. We think that, if everything goes the way it is now, we like the horse. He can run. One thing after another. Little stuff. This happens, that happens. Time consuming, but he seems matured now and through all of it. Hopefully all that stuff is behind him."
Main Road: "This is an Alex and Jo Ann Lieblong 2-year-old that they bought up here (for $350,000 at last year's Saratoga yearling sale). He's a talented 2-year-old son of Quality Road. Not ready, going to be a little bit, but we like him. I like everything about him. You'd never know he was around. He does everything right. Good boy all the way."
Pep The Champ: "He ran up here at Saratoga one time. He finished third (in $50,000 claiming race on the grass). He ran a very good race. We hope to run him back on the 7th. Once they've run up here you're just on cruise control to run them again. Just maintenance workouts. Just hopefully things go well for them and they continue to do well."
Tap Less: "Nice 2-year-old filly by Tapit. She's going very good, very close to being ready to run. I don't know if she'll get to run here or not, but she's almost ready to run. Big Tapit filly. That's why I haven't run her. She's not a turf horse and they just haven't given us any distance races here on the dirt."