The TAB got a bail-out, which [ in theory ] helped all codes. As far as the AWT funding goes however, yes, you are right.
But Winston's supporters were, as far as the racing industry was concerned, the high-end thoroughbred breeders/trainers from the Waikato. Harness and dogs don't figure on their radar.
Departing the outside post in a field of five for the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga Race Course, Essential Quality raced outside rivals throughout and made his move while swinging wide off the turn for home under regular rider Luis Saez. View the full article
Champion and 'TDN Rising Star' Essential Quality (c, 3, Tapit–Delightful Quality, by Elusive Quality) covered all the ground and outbattled a game Keepmeinmind (Laoban) for a narrow victory in Saturday's GII Jim Dandy S. at Saratoga. Masqueparade (Upstart) was third.
The 2-5 favorite, drawn widest of all in post five, was four wide and kept in the clear down the backstretch in fourth. The last out GI Belmont S. hero began to dial it up while four wide on the far turn and made his bid for the lead parked out even further at the top of the stretch. Keepmeinmind, meanwhile, saved all the ground and enjoyed the run of the race with a rail rally in the stretch. Those two locked up leaving the sixteenth pole and Essential Quality grinded his way to a neck decision.
Lifetime Record: 8-7-0-0.
O/B-Godolphin (Ky); T-Brad Cox.
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Two months after dueling in the June 5 Woody Stephens Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park, 3-year-olds Drain the Clock and Jackie's Warrior square off again Aug. 1 in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (G2) at Saratoga Race Course. View the full article
Shedaresthedevil tackles several Southern California graded stakes-winning distaffers in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1) at Del Mar Aug. 1, a Breeders' Cup Challenge event for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1). View the full article