Wired Bryan Might Target Hopeful

The Grade 1 Hopeful on September 2 could serve as a Saratoga Special rematch as trainer Michael Dilger revealed Monday morning that runner-up Wired Bryan will be considered for the closing-day feature.


"We'll see. The horse looks good this morning," said Dilger, who trains the New York-bred for Anstu Stables. "He doesn't seem to have any ill effects from this race. Right now, he's not acting like he had a hard race, even though he did. He's bouncing out there, so we'll see. We waited until we worked and waited until we saw how the horse was until we [decided to run in the Saratoga Special off a win in the Grade 2 Sanford on July 21]. We'll do the same for the next one.


"I suppose we'll know a week from know how much it took out of him," Dilger added. "He walked this morning and he was on his toes. When he gets back to the track, that's when we'll really get a gauge on it, I suppose."


Dilger, who assisted Pletcher for seven years until January, said he was disappointed with the outcome of the Saratoga Special but was also pleased with Wired Bryan's performance.


"To be honest, we didn't really get to see how fast [Corfu and Wired Bryan] were going," said Dilger. "We were just looking at our horse. They battled the whole way, but we sat right there with him and inched away at him. We might have gotten a little bit ahead of him [right after the finish], but it only counts at the wire."


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The $2 Pick 6, which concludes in the final race on the card, has been hit by just a single player each of the past three days at Saratoga Race Course.


On Friday, the Pick 6 paid $197,399; on Saturday, it paid $145,904, and yesterday it paid $120,415.


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Saratoga at 150: The World's Greatest Race Course?


On Tuesday at 7 p.m. Paul Roberts will answer that question during a presentation at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, 191 Union Avenue.


Roberts, a principal in Turnberry Consulting in London, and Capital Planning Consultant of The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), will review the history and architecture of several race courses around the world and assess Saratoga's place in worldwide racing after 150 years.


An authority on racecourses, Roberts is the co-author with Isabelle Taylor, of "The SPA: Saratoga's Legendary Race Course and Race Course Architecture." The book, which is out of print, will be available for purchase, and Roberts will sign copies after the lecture.


Prior to the lecture, Saratoga Race Course will be honored for its 150th Anniversary with a specially prepared citation and two limited edition prints from Chester, England, the home of Chester Racecourse, the oldest race course in the United Kingdom.


Saratoga Springs mayor Scott Johnson and members of the Saratoga 150 Committee will accept on behalf of Saratoga Race Course. The link between the two cities has been made by Kay Kent, director of strategic projects at the University of Chester. Chester Racecourse will celebrate 475 years of racing in 2014.


The lecture is presented by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, and sponsored by NYRA. The cost is $10 per person and proceeds will benefit both organizations. Because seating is limited, reservations are encouraged but not necessary.






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