Around the Track: Maragh notches 1st Saratoga win since 2014 – New York News




SARATOGA, N.Y. >> Two days after another injury scare, jockey Rajiv Maragh registered his first winning ride at Saratoga in three years.

Maragh, who was crushed by a horse he mounted in a July 2015 incident, was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after a scare in the starting gate. He was fine, though, by Thursday. And he won his 11th mount of the Saratoga meet riding Big Mara. The winner paid $4.80.

“It’s really amazing,” Maragh said after the win. “At one point I maybe wasn’t going to be able to ride again at Saratoga. It makes you feel very accomplished for all the hard work I put in and all the time and effort to try and make myself healthy and into a jockey again. It’s very rewarding.”

Local trainer succeeds at long odds


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Gabriel Goodwin trains his horses about 11 miles away from the Saratoga Race Course. But it wasn’t until Friday’s second race that he had a horse make a start. Kerry Boy finished third with 35-1 odds, a strong result for a horse that has placed in the top three in just 5-of-20 races coming into the day.

“We don’t leave Saratoga,” Goodwin said. “We don’t leave Porter Corners, where our horses train year-round. We probably have got 9 or 10 to run here. We hope for a really nice meet, a really good meet.”

First race…First win

In a New York-bred race designed to showcase horses from the Empire State, Aveenu Malcainu broke his maiden at first asking in a convincing win at Saratoga at 4-1 odds. Trainer Jeremiah Engelhart was giddy after the race, with people shouting his name with congratulations from…

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