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Makari eyeing rare Saratoga double
MAKARI AND JOCKEY Jack Doyle will try for a rare Saratoga double in Thursdays $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup. - photo by Photo courtesy of NYRA
Merriebelle Stable’s Makari, who won Saratoga Race Course’s $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial in his first U.S. start, has been entered for a shot at winning Thursday’s $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup, a back-to-back Saratoga double that has not been achieved in 15 years.The New York Turf Writers will be run this year in memory of trainer Tom Voss, who died in January. Carrying on his stable is his daughter, Elizabeth Voss Murray, who collected her first graded stakes victory with Makari in the Smithwick. England-based jockey Jack Doyle again will ride the seven-year-old.Post time for the 2 3/8-mile New York Turf Writers is 12:25 p.m. with both TVG and HRTV providing live coverage.Standing in Makari’s way is an accomplished field headed by Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Demonstrative, who finished a nose behind Makari in the Smithwick on July 31.