Day At The Track

Saratoga jumps up the Jewels List

09:06 PM 07 Apr 2014 NZST
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Saratoga - was an impressive winner on Friday night.

Saratoga's stunning win at Alexandra Park on Friday night has seen him leapfrog 61 horses on the Harness Jewels Leaderboard for the 4YO Ruby.

Sitting 90th prior to his latest outing, the ‘Trotting For Fun’ owned trotter is now crouched in 29th and ready to pounce again this coming Friday night. All things considered too, he should even be better for last week's outing after a build-up that was probably less than ideal.

"The first few days were worrying times when he was tied up for a bit," says caretaker-trainer Jeremy Young.

"But he got better and better in the days leading up to his race, and it was a pretty big run on Friday night.

"As soon as Tony (Herlihy) came in off the track I asked what happened when Saratoga galloped, but he couldn't explain it."

Jeremy says Saratoga may have "gotten down on one of his back bumpers" going into the bend prior to breaking, which in layman's terms is akin to him grazing the back of his off-side hind hoof.

"We've since put a couple of two-degree shoes on both his back feet, so that should lift them up a bit and stop it happening again," Jeremy said, adding that little gear adjustments here and there are quite the norm when a horse has to adapt to a different track and racing direction than what he's been used to.

"And I reckon he should go another good race this Friday - because he's happy, he's eating up everything and he seems well; you can't ask for much more than that.

"I gave him a quiet bowl around over two miles this morning, and he felt great. He's a little bit head-strong, because as soon as you hop in the cart he's off!

"But that's just him though."

The swimming pool where Saratoga's staying is slowly being introduced into his training programme as well, and Jeremy says our trotter's literally taken to it like a duck to water.

"He's a great swimmer - he'd be as quick as any horse I've had, doing the laps."

By John Robinson (Courtesy of GO-Harness Syndication)

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