Saratoga Horse Racing

Anticapping, Day Two: Let's See How Saturday Goes...

No pussyfooting around are my good vibe / horse-lovin' / touchy-feely picks for

Saratoga Race Course

Saturday, 4 August 2012

(NOTE:  I'm thinking that Maria and Vuitton are somehow connected--if not an exacta, I'm sure that Maria digs Vuitton bags...)
Strategic Missile  - Two notes here.  Fun, FUN ATB (across-the-board) bet on this chicklet--she's 30/1.  AND, might I add--being a five-year-old Thoroughbred is NOT a bad thing, BTW.  Thoroughbreds aren't even fully grown until they're five.  Really.

Grand Rapids / Joking -  OK, I'm a huge fan of Darley.  (HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum)  The man knows and loves horses, passionately.  And McLaughlin, I'm thinkin', wouldn't be training for His Highness if the man wasn't gifted.  They've been a team for quite a while.  I'd love to see this 1 and 1A come in 1, 2...
Cape Glory
Guilt Trip - You know that Chad Brown's a hot trainer, right?

Fortify Darley, McLaughlin.  :)
El Duro  - Pletcher, Two-year-olds.  There ya go.
Favor Factor - Chad Brown...

The Thinker  - Leo O'Brien rocks.
Windafull - I dig Rudy Rodriguez.

Winning Cause -  Pletcher, Two-year-olds.
Craving Carats - Romans and Rosario.  I like this team.
Soulsinging - If ever you think that Mott doesn't have it...repeat after me:  "Cigar.  Cigar.  Cigar..."

Hope Still Springs -  Yep, this is because the name spoke to me.  One of the best things about Life is that...hope springs eternal...
Professor Chaos - Julien's riding this nice 20/1, I think this is a must-do ATB.

Thane -  You know my thing about strong names for horses, and this name is STRONG.  Sheikh Mohammed's horse may not be named for the thanes of Scotland--bodyguards for lords--but that's my only experience with the word.  I hear this name, and I think of thousands of screaming, wild-eyed Scots with turquoise dye in their hair.  The kinda guy I'd want as my bodyguard, for sure.  If this horse isn't rippling with muscles and confidence when he walks onto the track--I'll be shocked.
Subsonic - Shug McGaughey.  That's all you need to know:  Shug.
Flying Bird - Mrs. Whitney and Nick.  A lovely team, a team that's unseated a Triple Crown contender.

RACE 8:  The De La Rose
La Cloche:  Carol. James.  Winter Memories' stablemate.  Smart people, fast horses.
Julie's Love - Julien rides a Motion horse.  Nice, nice combo.
Dealbata - Ramon and Chad.  Natural for leaders to work together.

RACE 9:  The Prioress
Agave Kiss -  You know she rocks, and she rocks for Ramon and Rudy.  She didn't come here to lose.
Jamaican Smoke - I like Eddie Kenneally.
Livi Makenzie - Your fun ATB.  I dig Moquett, and at 20/1--why the heck not?

RACE 10:  The Whitney
Hymn Book
Flat Out
So many reasons for each of them, I could write a book.  I won't.

RACE 11:
Dominus - Yep, sorry, this name feels sacred, because "Dominus" in Latin means, "Lord."  After that comes, "Vobiscum"--"be with us."  Add that spiritual aspect to the fact that "Dominus" is just-plain a strong name, and...well, I have to think that--with Stonestreet, Pletcher and Johnny V--this horse has a future,not just a claiming past.  (Can you say, "John Henry"?)
Philippe - Edgar's up.  Edgar's up.
Star Harbour - Rajiv's up, and I LOVE Rajiv.

Fun Bet:  Wishful Tomcat.  Hot boy Ortiz is up, and at 30/1--really, are you going to let this longshot go?

RACE 12:
Not Today
Love Man
Happy High -  Contessa, Ortiz--great, fun 20/1.  Go for it.



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M.E. Altieri

THE ALPHA MARE, commonly known as M.E. Altieri, is a writer/editor/activist who lives and breathes the art and sport of horse racing—both Arabian and Thoroughbred.
At the tender age of six months, her Grandmother plopped her on the back of a pony. (See photo.) Three years later, Mare first rode a horse—an American Quarter Horse—on her cousin's farm in Stephentown, New York. That same year her Mother and Grandma took her to Green Mountain Park, a now- (sadly) defunct Thoroughbred track in Pownal, Vermont. Next stop, Saratoga Race Course. The seed was planted, and a passion, born.
While she does have other interests (Medieval languages and theology, cats, tigers, etc.) none hold a candle to her passion for horses. She finds that horses are far-more intelligent, compassionate and kind than 99% of the people she meets. Mare's career is fascinating, if nothing else: in 2011, she served as Editor of a beautiful history book, The Purebred Arabian Horses of Iraq: Myths and Realities by Dr. Mohammad bin 'Abdul-'Aziz Al Nujaifi. She's contributed to several international horse racing publications, including Al Badia, Arabian Finish Line, Desert Mirage and Galopp Magasinet.
She's the Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of f!lly Magazine-- the magazine by, for and about women in horse racing. f!lly will debut in 2013. Both Thoroughbred and Arabian racing--and women, f!llies and mare from all around the world--will be featured in the full-color, beautiful, historic publication. Magazines are the first of the media M.E. wishes to tackle: she's also writing a screenplay, and seeks the perfect venue and producer for her horse racing radio show. She's got the voice; God knows, she has opinions--she feels led to put them together and broadcast to the 51% of the racing fan base that's too-often been overlooked. (Hint: 51%...could it be, women?)
An Alumna of Mount Holyoke College, Mare hopes to use these media, including her blog here at, to encourage women and girls to find their vocations in horse racing and to help make the world a more loving and nurturing place for all equines. When asked to identify her Mentor, the woman who encouraged her to follow her bliss, Mare names the great Penny Chenery. Through these various media projects, Mare hopes to do for other females what Ms. Chenery did for her--open doors, encourage and bless.


Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga

The Thoroughbred is a distinct, created breed of horse. Saratoga Springs, New York is a unique, pristine city in Upstate New York.

Put the two together, Thoroughbreds and Saratoga, and you have America's most prestigious, lushly beautiful and important racing meet. For six weeks every summer, the world's best horses, jockeys and trainers come together to compete for trophies, cash and fame.

In this blog, we'll discover All Things Thoroughbred and the lovely international community of horsepeople, both professionals and fans, alike who set up camp in this city. Some come for six weeks, only. Others are here from April through November every year, when the Oklahoma's open. Yet others trek to town to race their mighty steeds—then fall in love with the place; buy a home and move here.

The Saratoga racing family of humans and horses is a year-round endeavour. You think that all the horses all go elsewhere after Labor Day? Then this blog is for you, too.

(Is the reference, "the Oklahoma" lost on you? Stay tuned, you'll feel like a pro in no time.)

Welcome to the only experience on Earth that can boast of such otherworldly beauty and heart-stopping thrills, all in the same breath: Thoroughbred racing in Saratoga.