- Indian Hawke got beat by a neck at Saratoga at 7-2, when he couldn't hold off Pay Attention through a laboring final eighth of nearly 14 seconds. He was claimed by Anthony Dutrow, freshened a bit, and moved to the always popular Alw---s condition for NY breds (Which Have Started For A Claiming Price). A. Dutrow is 29% in both the off-the-claim and 31-60 day layoff categories; and, in the last year, he's nine-for-27 off-the-claim-And-31-60 days of category. So, Indian Hawke, 5-1 in the morning line, was bet down to 9-5, and won by 12 3/4 lengths (with Durkin again pretty much nailing the margin of victory with 12). Woo-hoo! His final time was 1:34.83, and on the harness side, the track announcer would be saying "And that's a new career mark for Indian Hawke!"
The second was also a rout as Bujagali made his turf debut for McLaughlin and won off by 6; at 1:20.37 for seven furlongs, he missed the course mark by 2/5ths. He came home in 11.65, and that's moving no matter how hard the grass courses may be. Bujagali is a three-year old by Johannesburg, out of a Riverman mare who's a half-sister to the Irish Derby winner Zagreb. Johannesburg is currently second on the second crop sire list. And he has a shot to add to his progeny's earnings with La Traviata. Patrick Biancone explained to Watchmaker in the Form why he's considering the Sprint against males over the new F&M Sprint.
"The fact that this race [the inaugural F&M Sprint] is not graded is pushing my clients toward thinking of facing colts in the Sprint. It's that, and also that Grade 1 races mean more to fillies. When it comes to breeding, it would be better for her to have finished third in a Grade 1 race than to win a non-graded Breeders' Cup race."Well, there's been a lot of chatter about the graded stakes system of late, so there you go; need I say more? The owners of course are the Tabor-Smith crew, and this time, it's not out of sportsmanship as with Rags to Riches supposedly was. It would be one thing if she was one of those seasoned hard-hitting mares that we've seen have some success in the Sprint. But man, this is a three-year old with three lifetime races who would be in an extremely tough spot even if there isn't a
Biancone, of course, remains under investigation for the three vials of cobra venom found in his barn, and there's a hearing occurring some time in the past or future, we don't know when because of Kentucky racing rules that require confidentiality in ongoing investigations. [Bloodhorse] The substances were found on June 22, so by the time Breeders' Cup day rolls around, the clouds of suspicion will have been hanging around for over three months. Wouldn't it be special if the KHRA announces their decision some time in the next three weeks? A headline making announcement would certainly get the sport in the papers anyway.