We’re in the gate & ready to giddy up for ABRV’s second season

So I watched some racing videos and may have drank an extra large cup of coffee this morning, but I cannot contain my excitement for what’s gearing up to be a splendid season two for Team ABRV. The road to the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown were awesome but as the Breeders’ Cup slogan goes  I truly believe “The Best is Yet to Come.”

Don’t believe me? Just watch.

ABRV’s season two is just about ready to roll out on the
Road to the Breeders’ Cup [BC for short].

We’ll be hitting some awesome tracks and races leading up to what the BC likes to call ‘ a $27 million extravaganza’ and I cannot wait.

We get to go to 5 tracks, 4 of which I’ve never been to!

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Lucky for me, I get to go to my favorite place on earth for not one but TWO weeks to promote the great sport. HELLOOOO Saratoga Springs :) The only weird thing will be the fact that this is going to be the first year since I can remember that I’ll be missing opening weekend at the SPA, but I will be there for the 150th {sesquicentennial} celebration. & if you know me, you know that I love me some splendid history! [thank you mom & dad].

Now that we’re all pumped for the Breeders’ Cup & Saratoga {toga, toga, toga} let’s backup a little —-

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Our first stop, which is in less than two weeks is the Haskell Invitational (July 28th) at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ — near the “Jersey Shore” [insert first pump here]. It’s a Grade 1, 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs) race for invited 3-year-olds. *One of my favorite horses, Rachel Alexandra won it back in 2009.

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Next, we’ll head to Saratoga for the Whitney Inviational Handicap (August 3rd), FourStarDave Handicap (August 10th) & Saratoga Special (August 11th).The Whitney Stakes, as some call, it is a Grade 1 race, 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs) race and part of the BC’s ‘Win and You’re In” series [this means the winner will automatically be qualified to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic]. Some of the greatest horses have gone on to win the Whitney. Both Kelso and Discovery won it three times each! The FourStarDave, named after the horse FourStarDave aka “The Sultan of Saratoga” {From 1987-1994 he won at LEAST one race at the SPA}. The FourStarDave is a Grade 2, 1 mile (8 furlong), turf (grass) race—Wise Dan & Johnny V won it last year! Our last Saratoga race, the Saratoga Special is a Grade 2, 6 1/2 furlong dirt race.

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Then, we’ll boogey on down to good ole’ Chi-town (Arlington Heights, IL to be exact) for the Arlington Million. The Million is a Grade 1, 1 ¼ mile turf race for 3-year-olds & up and was the first Thoroughbred race to have a million dollar purse {1981}! The winner of the Million qualifies BC Turf. Another one of my favorites, John Henry holds the record with two Arlington Million wins.

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Our last stop on our 5 week trip is when we head west to Cal-a-forn-i-a & visit Del Mar —where they say the surf meets the turf, for the Pacific Classic. It’s a $1,000,000, 1 ¼ mile race on the poly {a type of synthetic track}. Back in 2003 Julie Krone (Hall of Fame female jockey) rode Candy Ride to victory [also making a new track record at the time] and became the first female to win a million dollar race, go baby go!

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After our 5 week extravaganza we’ll have a few weeks back at “home” in Lexington and then late September head back out west to Arcadia, CA for the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita Park — a Grade 1, 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs) race for 3-year-olds and up!

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Less than a week after the Awesome Again, KEENELAND opens up again for their Fall meet — hip, hip, hoorayy!

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Crazy as it seems, our last trip will be late October through early November when we’ll head back out west to Santa Anita to experience the awesomeness that is
THE Breeders’ Cup!

Hope you’re all as excited as I am. Be sure to follow us to stay up to date on our whereabouts and all things racing. #GetInTheGame

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