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The Week in Review: July 19, 2019
THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2019
by: Valerie Mellema
As we head into the "Win and You're In" season, the racing action is picking up. Here's what's happening this week in the world of horse racing.
Hollendorfer in California Legal Battle
In light of the Santa Anita drama this year, Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was kicked out of Santa Anita as well as the other Stronach Group tracks, as four of the many horses that died on the Santa Anita track were under his care and training. At the same time, the race meet in New York's Saratoga was beginning and the NYRA said they would welcome him. Shortly after, they changed their minds. Hollendorfer's horses continued to race under his assistant trainer, Dan Ward.
Now that the Del Mar meet has started, Hollendorfer and the California Thoroughbred Trainers, filed a civil complaint Monday aimed at allowing the trainer to train at Del Mar this summer. The complaint cites an agreement between the CTT and Del Mar that no trainers who are CTT members "can be excluded or eliminated from participation on an arbitrary or capricious basis." Del Mar sits on state owned land, by the way, as it is a part of the fairgrounds. Hollendorfer is represented by former trainer and now attorney, Darrel Vienna.
Breeders' Cup Classic Top Contenders Updated
The Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings were updated Tuesday, July 16th. The current top 10 include:
GAME WINNER recently rose in the Top 10 with his win in the Los Alamitos Derby. The Breeders' Cup will be at Santa Anita Park.
Fasig-Tipton Sponsors the $150,000 Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs. The race will be run August 31st along with the $250,000 Virginia Derby (G3T). The Colonial Downs 17-race stakes schedule starts August 8th and runs through September 7th.
Saratoga Handle Increases by 2.5%
Four days into the Saratoga race meet and the handle has risen by 2.5% from the first four days a year ago with the overall handel checking in at $73,441,101 as compared to the $71,671.188 of last year. However, the paid attendance reduced by 3.3%. Travers Day is August 24th and is expected to have high attendance, however attendance rates tend to plateau until that weekend. The Saratoga schedule was new this year with opening day on a Thursday instead of a Friday and this year's meet start date was the earliest in the track's modern era.
GTS Crushes Del Mar Opener
Del Mar started their latest racing season on Wednesday and our picks were spot on as we racked up $7,976.80 in payouts. This included 8 out of 10 exactas and 5 out of 10 trifectas. Best of luck as we head into the weekend!
Have a great week!
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