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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, September 2, 2013
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6 5 5 16
02OLDLADY 9 5 2 16
03CARRIAGE 5 2 4 11
04DEADMAN 4 6 4 14
05 PARSONMAN 4 2 4 10
15 SICKWOMAN 3 9 4 16
18 WATERBOAT 4 8 4 15
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 9 7 20
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUMMAN 8 4 10 21
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 6 6 5 17
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to August 31
12 (King) 10.30 am
27 (Little Snake) 1 pm
25 (Morocoy) 6.30 pm
30 (House Cat) 10 .30 am
24 (Queen) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
35 (Big Snake)
5 (Parson Man) 1 pm
SARATOGA SPRINGS---Returning to the site
of his greatest triumph, Alpha dug in through
the final yards to hold off a game Flat Out in
a furious finish and win the Grade 1, $750,000
Woodward at Saratoga Race Course by a head.
Ridden for the first time by Hall of Fame jockey
John Velazquez, Alpha---who dead-heated with
Golden Ticket to win last year s Grade 1 Travers
-popped out of the gate on top and took the
field of five through an opening quarter-mile in
24.26 seconds over the sloppy track. With 3-2
favorite Paynter and Flat Out tracking him intent-
ly, two lengths back, the 4-year-old son of
Bernardini got a half-mile in 48.20 and three-
quarters in 1:11.57.
As Paynter began to fade, Alpha turned for
home with a one-length advantage that increased
marginally when Flat Out went wide coming off
the turn. Straightened out by Junior Alvarado,
Flat Out bore down on the front-runner and the
two went saddlecloth to saddlecloth through the
final yards with Alpha putting his head down
on the wire first.
"We waited until the quarter-pole when the
other horse [Flat Out] came to me," said
Velazquez. "Once that other horse didn t pass
me at the three-sixteenths pole, I knew my horse
was going to put up a good fight. Obviously, he
did and kicked ahead."
Said Flat Out s Hall of Fame trainer, Bill Mott:
"He did everything but catch him. I can t com-
Alpha, a front-running winner of last year s
Grade 2 Jim Dandy at the Spa over a similarly
sloppy track, completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.28
for his first victory in seven starts since the
historic dead-heat in the "Mid-Summer Derby."
"The stretch run was more nerve-wracking
than the Travers, because we were there, trying
to hold him off," said Kiaran McLaughlin, who
outfitted Alpha with blinkers for the Woodward.
"But it was great. When Flat Out came to us,
Johnny said he kind of looked at the tire tracks
[on the track] late, but we re here in the winner s
circle, so it was a great win, one of our biggest,
probably. I told Johnny if he breaks well and he
can throw mud on the rest of them, please do.
He agreed with me. He s a great rider and you
hope things go like planned, and they did."
Made the longest shot on the board at 7-1 by
the crowd of 20,068, Alpha returned $17.40 for
a $2 win wager. Having broken his maiden at
Saratoga in 2011, Alpha is now 4-for-5 at the
track, with his only loss coming when sixth in
the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap on
August 3 in his most recent start.
Alpha, 6-2-0 from 16 career starts, has earned
$1,772,500 for Godolphin Stable.
Finishing third, 6 ¾ lengths behind Flat Out,
was Successful Dan. Ron the Greek was fourth,
with Paynter checking in fifth.
"He broke a little slow but I found my position
right away," said Rafael Bejarano, aboard beaten
favorite Paytner. "We had a good trip, but I was
out of horse by the half-mile. I think he didn t
feel comfortable on the surface, he never felt
Fort Larned and Mucho Macho Man were
Genuine Quality has not lived up to her
name but this thrice-raced juvenile should
end a vexing sequence of seconds by going
one better in the five-runner Maiden Stakes
over six furlongs of "good to firm" Brighton
this afternoon, one of three turf-flat meet-
Jamie Spencer adopted "blood n thunder"
tactics over the minimum trip at Ripon just
over six weeks ago out, but this Genuine
Quality was just collared in the final strides;
perhaps she over-raced but it represented
a "career-best" effort and, significantly,
trainer Ed Vaughan has allowed plenty of
time for recovery.
That form reads well because in third was
subsequent dual winner, Northern Water.
William Haggas runs two, Amnesia and
Laughing Dove; preference is for the latter
but I ll be surprised if we don t witness a
winning "Quality" performance.
Another short-priced "special" should
be Dance King in the eight-runner Maiden
Stakes over ten furlongs; find one to beat
David Lanigan s charge and you will have
a good-priced winner.
Following close scrutiny and combing it
wasn t possible and therefore, Dance King
looks set to rule and make it fifth time lucky.
Given his useful time-handicap marks
and official rating of 80 it s surprising Dance
King is indeed still a maiden; Lanigan has
endured a moderate season, a far cry from
last year when saddling the Epsom Derby
runner-up, Main Sequence. Tough game
Six go to post for the nursery over six
furlongs and in all probability thrice-raced
Maysville might just cause a surprise; trainer
Charles Hill will certainly be taken aback
if that s the case but, like so many races
today, it s an extremely moderate race.
On my time-handicap Maysville has a
chance; hopefully William Carson will "drop
in" and attempt a late surge which often
proves successful at this unique course.
Hope springs eternal.
What irks me is the fact racegoers have
to pay entrance fee for such rubbish and it
SARATOGA SPRINGS---Earlier this week,
trainer Dale Romans said he believed his
4-year-old turf ace Silver Max not only
could recapture his top form but become
one of the leading runners in the country.
After a sharp gate-to-wire score in the
Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap
on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course,
Romans knew his confidence was well-
"I still feel the same way," Romans said
in the winner s circle after Silver Max ran
the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:42.31. "Last year,
I might have overdone it with him. I ran
him a lot of times in those 3-year-old races.
He was a little tired at the end of the year.
He s coming into the summer and fall a lot
more fresh, and I think he could be by the
end of the year one of the best turf horses
In a field of five over yielding turf for the
Bernard Baruch, Silver Max faced far more
pace pressure than Romans expected, as
Tetradrachm chased through an opening
quarter-mile in 23.88 seconds and a half in
After six furlongs, Tetradrachm was fin-
ished, and Silver Max had a two-length lead
at the top of the stretch. Saving ground
throughout, jockey Rosie Napravnik turned
loose long shot Paris Vegas for a stern drive,
but they could never cut into the margin.
Silver Max won by two lengths, while
Paris Vegas was 6 ¼ lengths clear of third-
place finisher Tetradrachm. Turallure and
So Long George completed the order of fin-
"They made him work a lot more today
than I thought he would," Romans said. "If
you had told me he was going to go that
fast for the first [half-mile], I d say he d be
15 [lengths] in front. They made him run
Jockey Robby Albarado said Silver Max
doesn t need a lot of coaxing to get going.
"I try to be a quiet and patient passenger
on him and let him do all the work," Albarado
said. "They came to me a little earlier than
I anticipated, at about the half-mile pole.
But he s just got such a high cruising speed,
and he holds it."
Silver Max proved himself one of the top
3-year-old turf horses in the country last
year, ringing up a six-race winning streak
that included victories in the Grade 3 Tran-
sylvania at Keeneland, the Grade 2 American
Turf at Churchill Downs and the Grade 2
Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs.
After a slow start to his 4-year-old season,
Silver Max has gotten hot, taking three of
his past four starts. Before the Bernard
Baruch, he went gate-to-wire in the Grade
3 Oceanport at Monmouth Park.
With the victory, Silver Max, owned by
Mark Bacon and Dana Wells, improved his
lifetime record to 10 wins from 21 starts,
with five seconds and a third. The $150,000
winner s purse increased his lifetime earnings
Silver Max proves solid gold
Silver Max could be the leading runner in
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