The Travers in Saratoga- The 144th A Gem

August 26, 2013


2 (2) The Travers in Saratoga- The 144th A Gem
    Normally at Saratoga Springs, NY. the weather in August is 95 degrees with a dew point about the same, or downpours with those bolts in the sky.  But this past Saturday it was 82, sunny, like an October weekend.
    The oldest race track in the country with the largest purse money offered did not let anyone down in the running of the 144th million dollar “mid-summer” classic for three year olds.  Unfortunately the three favorites folks came to see, Orb, Verrazano, and Palice Malice didn’t even make the exacta [first and second].  The Derby, Haskell, and Belmont winners were overshadowed by a tremendous finish between #5 Will Take Charge and #6 Moreno-inches apart after the mile and quarter test of durability.
   DSC_0188 At 5:46 pm “Moreno” with Jose Ortiz in the irons broke from the six hole like a quarter horse and led all the way except for the final two inches.  Luis Saez rated “Will Take Charge” perfectly and “nosed” out Moreno in a long photo.  Take Charge ran a decent 2:02.2 for the distance, the fastest time in the last seven years.
    The D. Wayne Lukas trained winner returned $21.20 [9-1] and the 5-6 exacta was $313 as “Moreno” went off at a staggering 31-1.  According to 48,000 on track fans bet $10 million and worldwide it totaled $41 million from the simulcast people.  All and all a great day of 14 races with 3 grade 1′s and a grade 2 along with great folks and weather.
     The second oldest sport in the country [canoe racing is the oldest] held its head high in a declining industry over the last decade as casinos have their hand in offering wagering with gaming and slots.  But still Saratoga has the aura and history that makes it one of kind and returns you back in time for at least a day.
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Dan: From the finish line
BTW-Verrazano, the 3-2 fav ran 7th out
         of a nine horse field.  Orb ran 3rd.