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  1. Horse Breeds

    March 11, 2015 by saratogasam

    Horse Breeds – American Quarter Horse


    By Nanette Hughston

    The American Quarter Horse is the first breed of horse native to the United States. The breed evolved when the bloodlines of horses brought to the New World were mixed. Foundation American Quarter Horse stock originated from Arab, Turk and Barb breeds. Selected Stallions and Mares were crossed with horses brought to Colonial America from England and Ireland in the 1600’s. This combination resulted in a compact, heavily muscled horse that evolved to fill the colonists passion for short distance racing.
    The amazing power behind a quarter horse enabled this great animal to run short distances over a straightaway faster than any other horse with the fastest being named Celebrated American Running Horse. The names for this breed has changed many times over the years until 1940 when a registry was formed to preserve the breed which officially became the American Quarter Horse Association.
    In the year 1674 in Enrico County, Virginia the first American Quarter Horse Race was held. They were one-on-one match races down village streets, county lanes and level pastures. Many disagreements and fights were generated from heavy betting of large purse races by 1690. The American Quarter Horse, due to their calm disposition and quick response time, the horse became known for its “cow sense”, being able to outmaneuver cattle. During the 1800’s as many pioneer folk moved westward, so did the American Quarter Horse. An abundant amount of cattle ranches stretched across the plains. Making this breed well suited for the cattle ranchers.
    In today’s world, the American Quarter Horse still remains a great sprinter known for their heavy muscling, but they have exceeded way past the cattle horse. These amazing horses compete in almost every discipline available, from rodeo events, such as barrel racing and calf roping to English disciplines such as dressage and show jumping. The make a nice little children’s hunter as well, with the ability to jump a wide range of heights. They are one of the most versatile breeds in the world. Many pleasure riders still look to the American Quarter horse for recreational riding, as they make a nice pleasure horse as well.

    Breeders, since the creation of the breed over fifty years ago, have diligently been trying to perfect the bloodlines to produce a high quality versatile animal.. Strict guidelines have been set by the American Quarter Horse Association regarding registration of the American Quarter Horses. Some of these guidelines include:

    1. Limited white markings on the face and below the knee

    2. Only thirteen accepted colors recognized by the AQHA. These are sorrel (reddish brown), bay, black, brown, buckskin, chestnut, dun, red dun, gray, grullo, palomino, red roan and blue roan. The official gray color is what most people call white, but there are no “white” American Quarter Horses.

    3. A quarter horse foal must be the product of a numbered American Quarter Horse dam and a numbered American Quarter Horse sire. There is an appendix registry for foals with one numbered American Quarter Horse parent and one Thoroughbred parent registered with The Jockey Club.

    Some other notable characteristics of the American Quarter Horse is their speed, versatility, gentle nature, heavy muscling and keen cow sense. If you own an American Quarter Horse, no matter what discipline you choose to ride, your horse will excel. This breed is one of the most enjoyable horse breeds around today and one of the most popular.


    #breed  #bloodlines  #arab  #turk  #barb #quarterhorse #jockey  #thoroughbred

  2. Tails

    March 7, 2015 by saratogasam

    Tails – And We’re Off !

    Saratoga Suckers. It’s NOT A Sucker Bet !

    Welcome to the new and improved Saratoga Suckers.

    Your home for Horse Racing Rants and Raves

    Since 2004.

    Yes. This is our official blog.

    The Starting Gate

    It is now post time. The horses are on the track.

    The premier web site for horse racing aficionados is up and running.

    So sit back and enjoy the commentary.

    Odds-on this site will morph into something you can call home.

    Not to mention…’s FREE !

    Get in on the conversation and……..

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  3. Whitney Handicap

    July 26, 2007 by saratogasam

    Saratoga’s Whitney Handicap

    Deep in Tradition and Talent !


     Story by our very own Handicapper – SaratogaSam

    The ESPN CREW was here in Saratoga Springs.

    This was the 2nd year of the win and you’re in the Breeder’s Cup in October at Santa Anita California.

     And the races were the 4 top stakes races here at The SPA!

    The 7th race is the Diana handicap on the Turf at 1 1/8 mile with 10 horses entered.

    The 8th race is the AG Vanderbilt at 6 furlongs sprint with 7 horses entered

    The 9th race is the Go for Wand at 1 1/8 mile with 8 entered and 7 betting.

    And last but the Best is the Whitney Handicap. It’s the 10th race on today’s card at the 1 1/8 mile with 11 horses entered with the off at 5:46pm EST.

    I will run down the field for the Whitney and give you some selections from Saratoga Sam..

    COMMENTATOR – The millionaire winner of 11 races and winner of the 2005 Whitney is a fast paced dangerous gelding bred in NY, trained by Nick Zito and ridden by J.R. Velazquez. High weight at 120 lbs and giving the field of 11 up to 7 lbs.

    NOTIONAL – Fresh off a win in the grade 3 Salvator Mile at Monmouth, has won under $700,000 with four races on dirt. Coming into his own and weighted at 116 lbs. he is trained by Mark Hennig and ridden by Edgar Prado.

    SOLAR FLARE – 2nd at Belmont in the Suburban Handicap cutting back from 1/1/4to 1 1/8 mile. He is improved in 2 starts since coming from Argentina where he was bred and raced. He is trained by Larry Jones and ridden by Gabriel Saez.

    GRASSHOPPER – 2nd in the Travers Stakes here last year to Street Sense, he has 4 wins and 5 seconds in 12 starts. Under $700,000, he has been disappointing at low odds. Today the value will be there as he could improve for a piece of the purse. Trained by Neil Howard trainer and with jockey Robby Albarado who has ridden him to wins at the distance…

    A.P.ARROW – This closer and winner of $1.4 million has 4 wins at the distance and needed his last race after finishing 4th to Curlin in the Dubai Classic. An outside chance and in the money too. Trained by Todd.Pletcher with Ramon Dominguez on top.

    The odds will be the key today; but the bets could be as follows:

    WIN $20.00 on #1 Commentator; $2.00 exacta box on #with 2, 3, 8, and 9 – A $16.00 investment

    And a $1.00 exacta box on #3, Notional, with 1, 2, 8, and 9 for an $8.00 total wager

    Also a $1.00 triple, #1 with #3, and with 2, 8, and 9 and #1 with 2, 8, 9 and 3 for a wager of $6.00.

    Total wagering of $50.00

    That’s all for now. Good luck and have a great day!

    Saratoga Sam

    #curlin  #toddpletcher  #nickzito  #espn  #tradition