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Penn Derby rematch between Nyquist, Exaggerator might not mean much long term

Following Arrogate's record-shattering win in Saturday's Travers (G1), Vance Hanson wonders whether an upcoming fifth showdown between Nyquist and Exaggerator this year in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) will mean much by the end of the year.

Juvenile turf performers will be in the spotlight as Saratoga kicks off its final week of racing. Wednesday's feature is the $200,000 With Anticipation (G2), while fillies will compete in Thursday's $100,000 P.G. Johnson.

Scott Shapiro reports from Del Mar on the jockey and trainers races that should come down to the wire.

Arrogate personifies a late bloomer

James Scully revisited Arrogate's record-setting victory in Saturday's Travers Stakes (G1) to discuss how the sophomore epitomizes the idea of a late bloomer.

Arrogate, making his stakes debut, demolished Saratoga's decades-old track record for 1 1/4 miles by taking the Travers (G1) by 13 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:59.36. The Bob Baffert trainee easily eclipsed the previous standard of 2:00 set by General Assembly way back in the 1979 Travers.

Baffert also visited the winner's circle following the King's Bishop (G1) after Defrong cruised to a wire-to-wire score in the seven-furlong dash.

Turf star Flintshire enjoyed another facile win at the Spa, taking the Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) and remaining undefeated on the year.

Cavorting showed two-turns was no trouble when taking a deep renewal of the Personal Ensign (G1) for older fillies and mares.

Saratoga's major sprints for older horses and fillies and mares were swept this meet when Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) hero A. P. Indian won as a prompt favorite in the $700,000 Forego (G1), while Honorable Miss H. (G2) heroine Haveyougoneaway rallied to post the upset in the $500,000 Ballerina (G1) on Saturday.

One race after the Travers, Lady Eli's return in the Ballston Spa (G2) was spoiled when 27-1 long shot Strike Charmer caught the popular filly on the wire.

Ron Flatter compared Flintshire and Tamarkuz following their efforts on Travers Day.

Ed DeRosa took a look at the three-year-old division following Arrogate's Travers win.


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Trainer Stats


Trainer   Starts   Wins   Win %
Kevin S. Patterson   25   11   44
Justin Johns   19   8   42
Johnathan Lemons   36   15   42
Anthony Adamo   24   10   42
Alex Rendon   17   7   41
Michael Machowsky   27   11   41
John C. Carlisle   25   10   40
Joy Marlin   20   8   40
Tom Bergin   15   6   40
Stephen D. Dunn   15   6   40
Philip Hall   26   10   38
Jamen Davidovich   21   8   38
Randy J. Goodman   24   9   38
Nick Lowe   16   6   38
Colleen O'Hagan   16   6   38
Norman McKnight   57   21   37
Al Cates   19   7   37
Ray Gardipy   55   20   36
Roger F. Engel   22   8   36
Doug Oliver   22   8   36
Bobby S. Dibona   25   9   36
Thomas Drury, Jr.   25   9   36
Todd W. Fincher   89   32   36
Charlton Baker   73   26   36
Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.   20   7   35

Trainer/Jockey Stats


Trainer/Jockey Combo   Starts   Wins   Win %
Kevin S. Patterson/Gerald Almodovar   21   11   52%
Norman McKnight/Rafael Manuel Hernandez   19   9   47%
Israel J. Garcia/Christian P. Pilares   17   8   47%
Jeffrey A. Radosevich/Luis H. Colon   47   22   47%
Randy J. Goodman/Curtis Kimes   15   7   47%
McLean Robertson/Dean P. Butler   18   8   44%
Johnathan Lemons/Luis H. Rodriguez   16   7   44%
Jose Pinchin/Cornelio H. Velasquez   16   7   44%
Blaine D. Wright/Juan M. Gutierrez   16   7   44%
Jorge Navarro/Jose C. Ferrer   28   12   43%
W. Bret Calhoun/C.J. McMahon   36   15   42%
Timothy C. Kreiser/Edwin Gonzalez   24   10   42%
Teresa Connelly/Pablo Morales   17   7   41%
Ray Gardipy/Tim Moccasin   47   19   40%
Gary Danelson/Rohan R. Singh   20   8   40%
Louie J. Roussel, III/Jose Valdivia, Jr.   20   8   40%
Karl Broberg/Alex L. Canchari   15   6   40%
Jeremiah C. Englehart/John R. Davila, Jr.   15   6   40%
Todd W. Fincher/Francisco Giles   15   6   40%
Shaun Morin/Christopher Husbands   15   6   40%
Jeremiah C. Englehart/Jaime Rodriguez   23   9   39%
Joy Marlin/Tracy J. Hebert   18   7   39%
John F. Martin/Frank T. Alvarado   31   12   39%
Elliot Sullivan/Edgar Paucar   44   17   39%
Eduardo Ramirez/Diego Saenz   26   10   38%
Jason Servis/Nik Juarez   26   10   38%

Spot Plays


For Tuesday

Finger Lakes   (5th) Four Directions, 4-1
    (9th) Louie's Luck, 7-2
Fort Erie   (3rd) Ring of Glory, 4-1
    (4th) Fiction, 4-1
Indiana Grand   (6th) I See London, 3-1
    (8th) Heron Watch, 9-2
Mountaineer   (1st) Ogle, 3-1
    (3rd) Sweet Sound, 4-1
Presque Isle Downs   (3rd) Shot Girl, 3-1
    (8th) Seamstress, 4-1

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