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Jerry Bossert’s Saratoga Selections: Saturday, July 29

Jerry Bossert is providing handicapping selections for each day of the 2017 Saratoga Thoroughbred meet. Racing writer and handicapper for the New York Daily News from 1994-2014, Bossert is a manager for Darby Development, owners of Monmouth Park, at their Favorites at Hillsborough off-track wagering facility in New Jersey. Follow Jerry on Twitter @JerryBossert SARATOGA SELECTIONS […]

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Weekend Lineup: Trio Of Breeders’ Cup Berths On The Line

There are three “Win and You’re In” contests on this weekend’s loaded graded stakes schedule, two are on Sunday: the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park offers a Breeders’ Cup berth to the Classic, while the G1 Clement Hirsch at Del Mar offers the same to the Distaff. The G1 Bing Crosby on Saturday […]

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Opinion: Make The Jim Dandy ‘A Good Old-Fashioned Match Race’

Though a small field is already expected for Saturday’s G2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga, Michael Spector of racingdudes.com suggests taking the contest one step further: why not make the Jim Dandy “a good old-fashioned match race” between Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness victor Cloud Computing? Spector admits that certain logistical problems likely stand in […]

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Always Dreaming ‘Solid,’ Cloud Computing ‘Great’ In Final Preps For Jim Dandy

Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming turned in a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.71 over the Oklahoma training track Saturday morning at Saratoga Race Course in preparation for the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy at 1 1/8 miles on July 29. Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez guided the Bodemeister colt through splits of 13.93 […]

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Always Dreaming ‘Relaxed,’ Cloud Computing Fires A Bullet In Works Toward Jim Dandy

Always Dreaming put in his final breeze at Belmont before shipping to Saratoga on Monday, going 49.45 seconds on the training track, according to trainer Pletcher. The Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner is scheduled to work two more times at the Spa before the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy on July 29. “It was a good, relaxed work,” […]

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Always Dreaming, Cloud Computing Breeze Toward Jim Dandy

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming hit the worktab Saturday morning with a four-furlong breeze over the Belmont Park training track, his first work since his eighth-place finish in the Preakness on May 20. The Todd Pletcher-trained Bodemeister colt covered a solo half-mile in 49.96 seconds under exercise rider Hector Ramos. “I thought he went great,” […]

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‘All About Taking Chances’: Laoban Available For Pegasus, Says Guillot

Laoban, the 27-1 upset maiden winner of this year’s Jim Dandy (G2), posted a five-furlong move in 1:00.41 at Gulfstream Park Sunday morning. It was his latest move on his comeback trail from ankle surgery this past summer. Jockey Paco Lopez was aboard for the work which was the second-fastest of 22 at the distance. […]

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Laoban Fires Bullet In ‘Incredible’ Final Travers Prep

Maiden-cum-Grade 2 Jim Dandy winner Laoban earned the bullet for his five-furlong breeze on Saratoga’s main track early Saturday morning as the colt wrapped up his major preparations for the Grade 1 Travers under the watchful eye of trainer Eric Guillot. “He worked like a beaver with an overactive thyroid trying to dam the mouth […]

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The Friday Show: Sophomores Clash, Zayat Seeks Cash

The cream of this year’s 3-year-old Thoroughbred crop isn’t ducking each other — just take a look at the fields for this weekend’s premiere sophomore races. But in the bigger picture, how important are the Haskell and Jim Dandy? In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss that topic and […]

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