Horse Racing News by Mike Welsch
Shared Account paid $94, the largest winning mutuel in the history of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, but to her trainer, Graham Motion, this was no upset.
Mad Flatter won the first graded race of his career and in the process earned an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile by virtue of his easy 6 1/4-length triumph in the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap.
The Breeders' Cup Sprint lost yet another top contender when trainer Todd Pletcher revealed Discreetly Mine will miss the race because of an injury to his left stifle.
Persistently shocked and silenced the large throng on hand at Saratoga on Sunday to cheer on Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra when she ran down the reigning champion to register a one-length victory in the $300,000 Personal Ensign Stakes.
The question is whether Discreetly Mine can duplicate that performance when he returns less than four weeks later and stretches out an additional sixteenth to seven furlongs against a stellar field in Saturday's Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga.
As the reigning Eclipse Award winner in the filly and mare sprint division, Informed Decision will be one of the stars of the undercard on Saturday's Travers Day program as the probable favorite in the Grade 1 Ballerina.
Tuesday, both Mike Maker, who trains the Brazilian import Uareoutlaw, and Mike Stidham, who campaigns Grade 3 winner Comedero, were still up in the air regarding their status for the seven-furlong fixture.
Mike Smith made a successful return to Saratoga and helped his old pal Bill Mott win the Grade 1 Diana for the fourth time in the last six years.
Unrivaled Belle will be the odds-on favorite to defeat the five other fillies and mares who were entered Thursday for Sunday's Grade 1 Ruffian.
A small but select field of seven, led by two-time defending champion Forever Together, was drawn for Saturday's Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga.