August 6, 2022 – The Daily Gazette

Today is day 18 of the Saratoga Racetrack meet. The race starts at 12:35 p.m.


“Everyone is chasing Life Is Good in Whitney” by Mike MacAdam with photos by Erica Miller

It was a conclusion, or an observation. But it also came across as a warning, maybe.

A scenario was offered Wednesday morning to trainer Todd Pletcher in which a horse could attempt to pressure Life Is Good around the first corner of Saturday’s 95th race from the Whitney to Saratoga Race Course.

Pletcher’s dry response boiled down to, “Yeah, I’d say anyone who wants to go with Life Is Good at the start is probably going to be compromised by the end.”

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“National Racing Hall of Fame Inducts Mares Tepin, Beholder,” by Mike MacAdam with photos by Erica Miller

Her name did not appear in the 2012 Saratoga sale catalog, but only because she did not yet have a name.

He appeared on hand-printed T-shirts by fans. And according to one woman’s Twitter account, the name ended up on her baby’s birth certificate.

On Friday, he finally appeared on a plaque at the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.

The popular Tepin joined Beholder as the only inductees in the contemporary category as the Hall of Fame celebrated the class of 2022 at Fasig-Tipton’s Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion.

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Golden Pal, trained by Wesley Ward, in the paddock for the 19th Annual Grade III Troy Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse in Saratoga Springs on Friday, August 5, 2022. (ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE)

“Grass sprint star Golden Pal shrugs off awkward stage to win Troy”, by Mike MacAdam with photos by Erica Miller

Royal Ascot was a major disaster for Golden Pal.

Luckily for him and jockey Irad Ortiz, they were able to avoid a minor one in Grade III Troy at Saratoga Racecourse, helped in part by a recent change in training approach.

And the fact that Golden Pal is really really fast.

Leaving behind a final spot on the international stage in June, when Golden Pal missed the break and was essentially eased by Ortiz in Group 1 King’s Stand, Golden Pal shook off a tough start in Troy and edged out True Valor late , while holding a charge from Thin White Duke, to win.

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“Well Traveled Hot Rod Charlie Prepares for Saturday’s Whitney”, by Mike MacAdam with photos by Erica Miller

Its name suggests short bursts of high-speed movement.

His resume suggests otherwise.

Hot Rod Charlie’s long-distance tour continues Saturday with its first-ever appearance at Saratoga Racecourse in the $1 Million Whitney.

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“Chat on the track with… David Aragona,” by Will Springstead with photos by Erica Miller

David Aragona is what you might call a numbers and rhythm guy.

As a double major in computer science and music at New York University, Aragona found a way to work in both music – Carnegie Hall, in particular – and horse racing before settling in the horse races.

“I use one or the other very little these days,” Aragona said, laughing, of his two majors.

He currently works for the Daily Racing Form as an analyst for TimeformUS, where he basically analyzes races to suggest horses and things for the public to watch. He is also the lineman for New York Racing Association tracks.

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The 38th Annual National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Tier II Stakes begins at Saratoga Racetrack in Saratoga Springs on Friday, August 5, 2022. (ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE)

“Borisenok, Brown Road Racing encourages women to get involved in Thoroughbred ownership,” by Teresa A. Genaro with photos by Erica Miller

Michelle Borisenok may have raised a few eyebrows with her comments at a conference for new and existing racehorse owners last week.

“It’s not so much about winning,” she said of Brown Road Racing, a partnership she founded in 2018. “For us, it’s about education and experience.”

A week later, speaking on her farm overlooking Lake Saratoga, she elaborated on that mission.

She created Brown Road Racing to attract and educate women about the experience of Thoroughbred ownership, a natural progression from the women’s leadership work she has been doing for decades. A graduate of the College of Saint Rose in Albany, she is an honorary member of the college’s Women’s Leadership Institute, to which she and her husband Walt donated $1.2 million to renovate the Institute’s headquarters in Albany, which bears now the name of Michelle Cuozzo Borisenok ’80. Accommodation. Among the building’s uses is housing for BOLD Women’s Leadership Network Fellows. Through centers located at six Northeast colleges, BOLD “cultivates courageous leadership” for students and graduates at member institutions.

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“Preview: young coach O’Brien, three weeks at the Spa, and what’s to come.” by Mike MacAdam with photos by Erica Miller

The future has arrived.

The past will soon be here.

A long and promising coaching career is in the works for Joseph Patrick O’Brien, the apple-cheeked 29-year-old Irishman whose surname evokes the decades of success of his father, Aidan.

Joseph O’Brien was an interesting presence at the Saratoga Racecourse on the second Friday of the competition, as he crossed the Atlantic Ocean to saddle two young ladies.

We don’t expect to see his father, the longtime head trainer of one of the world’s most powerful racing operations, this weekend, but he has a horse in the $1million Saratoga Derby Invitational. dollars from Saturday, Stone Age, which happened on Sunday.

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“A convicted felon, an old racehorse and a second chance for both” by Mike MacAdam with photos by Erica Miller

“Look at this dig,” gushed Tyler Frame last Sunday morning, admiring the way a thoroughbred vigorously reached out and pulled its front legs across the dirt surface during practice hours on the main track of the Saratoga Racetrack.

The subject of the “powerful” hindquarters, the motor of the muscle pushing the horse’s forward momentum, has also come up more than once.

And if a gray passes, forget it. Frame anything but faded.

In December 2013, Frame, then known as Tyler William Murray, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of second-degree arson in the Circuit Court of Washington County, Maryland. He was sentenced a month later to 15 years at Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville for his role in a three-week arson that caused nearly half a million dollars in damage.

He didn’t know it, but somewhere out there was an old, retired thoroughbred, also with 13 “counts” against him, who Frame, now 30, says changed his turbulent life.

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Patrons look on in the paddock before the Grade III Troy Stakes at Saratoga Racetrack in Saratoga Springs on Friday, August 5, 2022. (ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE)


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