August 11, 2014: The Big Beast and Daring Dancer

From Saratoga Race Course Notes by NYRA Press Office:

Saturday, Aug. 9: The Big Beast (Yes It's True) fired a bullet work over the main track at Saratoga on Saturday, going five furlongs in :58 4/5 after the break, the fastest time of 34 horses at the distance.
No one was more impressed with the breeze than Tony Dutrow, trainer of the Maryland-bred colt, who is scheduled to make his stakes debut in the $500,000 King's Bishop S-G1 on Aug. 23.
"That may have been the most impressive workout that I have ever seen in my whole life," Dutrow said. "I really don't think I've ever seen a horse go so fast, so easily. And, we didn't get paid for that out there today so I'm not trying to impress."
Following two unsuccessful attempts at breaking his maiden earlier this year, one at Oaklawn Park in March and the other at Belmont Park in May, The Big Beast broke from the rail and led all the way in a 4 1/4-length triumph at Belmont on June 8, going six furlongs in 1:09.59. The Big Beast beat older horses in his first try against winners in an allowance on July 26 at Saratoga, hitting the wire 6 1/4 lengths in front after six furlongs in 1:09. "We were really happy with his maiden win," Dutrow said. "We wrestled with the possibility of running him in the Amsterdam instead of the allowance race, but we thought maybe a little more experience would get us to the King's Bishop better. That's what we chose to do. I hope we made the right decision. It looks like we're coming into the King's Bishop as good as we could possibly dream it."... Click here for more.

Friday, Aug. 8: [Maryland-bred] Daring Dancer, winner of the Grade 2 Lake George on July 23, and Grade 1 winner Minorette are among the horses pointing to the Grade 2, $300,000 Knob Creek Lake Placid for 3-year-old turf fillies going nine furlongs on Aug. 16. Daring Dancer began the year taking the Grade 3 Appalachian at Keeneland in April and, following a dull effort in the Wonder Again at Belmont, stepped up to win the 1 1/16-mile Lake George by a head. Runner-up in the Wonder Again, Minorette came back to take the inaugural Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational by two lengths on July 5. Also expected in the Knob Creek Lake Placid are Crown Queen, a Spa allowance winner on July 30 and a half-sister to champion Royal Delta; Wonder Again winner and Belmont Oaks runner-up Sea Queen; and Xcellence, a Group 3 winner in her native France. Stellaris is also possible.

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