KY HBPA Interviews: From Churchill Downs’ Stakes on Saturday

(Bango and trainer Greg Foley / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

From the KY HBPA Media Team / Jennie Rees:

Iroquois (West Saratoga): Demeritte, Bejarano, Veruchi
Pocahontas (V V’s Dream): Hernandez, Mackin
LTS (Bango ties record): Gaffalione, Foley
Open Mind (Yuugiri): Brisset
The attached videos are from the Sept. 16 stakes races at Churchill Downs positioned as steppingstones to Keeneland’s stakes and/or the Breeders’ Cup. Sorry b-roll isn’t better but the temporary paddock/winners circle is on the first turn while the new paddock is being constructed. Here’s the link to stakes replays on the Churchill Downs’ Youtube channel.
$300,000, G3 Iroquois: West Saratoga — Trainer Larry Demeritte. This video has really good background on Demeritte coming over from his native Bahamas 47 years ago to follow his belief that you can’t get to the Kentucky Derby without being in Kentucky. West Saratoga is part of his nine-horse stable based at The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington. Demeritte purchased West Saratoga for $11,000 at last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
$300,00 G3 Iroquois: West Saratoga — Jockey Rafael Bejarano and owner Harry Veruchi. The Iroquois is the first points race on the road to next May’s 150th Kentucky Derby.
$300,000, Grade 3 Pocahontas: V V’s Dream — Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. and owner Mike Mackin of MJM Racing. V V’s Dream won her debut by 6 3/4 lengths at Churchill Downs’ spring meet and then finished second by a half-length in Churchill’s July 2 Debutante moved to Ellis Park. The winner that day was Brightwork, who went on to win G1 Adirondack and G1 Spinaway at Saratoga.
$300,000 Louisville Thoroughbred Society: Bango – Jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer Greg Foley. The 6-year-old Bango, owned by Fred and Debbie Schwartz’ Tamaroak Partners, tied the most career wins at Churchill Downs with No. 11 coming in the Louisville Thoroughbred Society. Video starts with the “Bango Express” – the overloaded Foley Stable golf cart heading to the temporary paddock on the first turn. Afterward we speak with jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer Greg Foley.
$300,000 Open Mind: Yuugiri, Trainer Rodolphe Brisset. Yuugiri, whose wins previously had come when she was part of the early pace, stumbled badly at the start but recovered under Flavien Prat to win to win by three lengths over Fire On Time. While proud of his filly, Brisset doesn’t look at the race as beating the classy millionaire Wicked Halo, who finished third, but rather that Wicked Halo was not her usual self.
About the Kentucky HBPA
The Kentucky division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association is one of the country’s largest horsemen’s groups, representing about 6,000 owners and trainers at Kentucky’s five thoroughbred tracks. As an affiliate of the National HBPA that represents about 30,000 horsemen in the United States and Canada, the Kentucky HBPA’s responsibilities have greatly expanded as the racing industry has become more complex. In addition to its original general benevolence mission, the HBPA is the leading force for horsemen in negotiating contracts with tracks as well as the advancement of the sport through safety and integrity initiatives, promoting racing and assisting in the development of aftercare programs for retired racehorses.
3729 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40214-1712
(502) 363-1077
2023-09-17T14:58:56-04:00By |

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