Saratoga Notebook: Wheeling, Dealing with Funny Cide; Sky Mesa Waits; Dollar Bill Plummets
Jack Knowlton, the managing partner of Sackatoga Stable, said the partnership has concluded a number of business deals that developed after the horse became so popular during the Triple Crown. Knowlton said that Sackatoga has chosen International Creative Management as its representative.
According to Knowlton, Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post has been selected to write a book about Sackatoga and Whether it is in the Jim Dandy (gr.II) or the Haskell has yet to be determined. Frankel Puts Dollar Bill on Sidelines Trainer Bobby Frankel said Tuesday that Dollar Bill, recently third in the Suburban Handicap (gr.I) at Belmont, is sidelined with an undisclosed injury.
Also this week, two
Knowlton said that artist Leroy Neiman has completed a painting of
On Monday, the National Museum of Racing opened a
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner shipped in to Saratoga Race Course from Belmont Park Tuesday morning with trainer Barclay Tagg's outfit.
"He's fine said assistant trainer Robin Smullen. "There were no problems getting in."
Sky Mesa's Next Race? Flip a Coin
The only thing trainer John Ward is certain of is that Sky Mesa's next race will be on Aug. 3.
A top contender for the Triple Crown series at the start of the year, Sky Mesa was slowed by injuries and didn't race until July 6 when he finished third in the Dwyer (gr.II) at Belmont Park. The Travers is Ward's goal for the winner of last year's Hopeful (gr.I)
"He'll probably get one more work in before he runs on that weekend," Ward said Tuesday. "We'll make up our mind in a few days what we're going to do.
"There's no rush. We've got to wait and see which way everybody breaks. It's kind of like theparting of the Red Sea. Half of them are going to the Haskell and the other half are going to go to the Jim Dandy."
As a result, Ward and owner John Oxley are using the time available before deciding whether to face
"Once you commit on these things then you've you've just about got to keep your direction," he said. "So we're just going to wait a few days before we figure it out."
Ward said the decisioncould be based on a number of factors.
"Like what the weather is," he said. "If the weather is 110 down there and 60 degrees here; you've just got to watch all this stuff. And the two favorites here could go by the wayside. You just never know."
"He ran really well, but he came up with a problem so I had to stop on him," Frankel said Tuesday.
Frankel said the horse will be out of action for a few months.
"It's not a major thing. It just needs time to heal up."
In addition, Frankel said that Midas Eyes has a bruised right from foot that will cause him to miss the Amsterdam (gr.II) on Aug. 2. If the colt recovers on schedule, Frankel said he may be able to make his next start in the King's Bishop (gr.I) on Aug. 23. Also being pointed to the King's Bishop is Ghostzapper.
Frankel, winner of 13 graded stakes at Saratoga the past two summers, steps into stakes company Saturday with Heat Haze and Petruisane in the Diana Handicap (gr.I) on Saturday. Sightseek is ready for the Go for Wand (gr.I) on Sunday.
JimDandy (gr.II) and Travers (gr.I) winner Medaglia d'Oro and Santa Anita Handicap (gr.I) winner Milwaukee Brew are scheduled to run in the Whitney (gr.I) on Aug. 2 and
Whether it is in the Jim Dandy (gr.II) or the Haskell has yet to be determined. Frankel Puts Dollar Bill on Sidelines Trainer Bobby Frankel said Tuesday that Dollar Bill, recently third in the Suburban Handicap (gr.I) at Belmont, is sidelined with an undisclosed injury.
Frankel Puts Dollar Bill on Sidelines
Trainer Bobby Frankel said Tuesday that Dollar Bill, recently third in the Suburban Handicap (gr.I) at Belmont, is sidelined with an undisclosed injury.