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The second huge wave of Breeders’ Cup prep races are on tap for the weekend as Hurricane Joaquin barrels down on the East Coast and threatens to wreak a little havoc on the proceedings.
Bill Mott accepted the trophy for the Glens Falls Stakes Sept. 5, watched the replay of White Rose’s victory and the simulcast of another stakes race from Kentucky Downs and started his walk to the paddock to saddle Take The Stand in the finale when the subject came around to a colt that didn’t just run at Saratoga Race Course.
Belmont Park's Fall Championship Meet cranked up the big guns over the weekend for the first of two strong Saturday cards with Breeders’ Cup implications. The stars on this day were Rock Fall, Big Blue Kitten, Wedding Toast, La Verdad and Isotherm among others. Photographer Tod Marks caught the action with his camera.
During a short stay in Saratoga last summer, jump jockey Jack Doyle got to know Bob Le Beau – partnering the horse in two novice hurdle stakes and riding him in the mornings – then went home to Ireland. Doyle returned this spring and reunited with Bob Le Beau again at the Maryland farm of trainer Elizabeth Voss.
The first Saturday of fall coincides with the first of several jam-packed racing days from coast-to-coast as the days tick away toward next month’s Breeders’ Cup World Championship at Keeneland Race Course.
Hey steeplechase fans, the jumpers are back. The National Steeplechase Association’s fall schedule starts with two stops this weekend – Saturday at Shawan Downs in Hunt Valley, Md., and Sunday at Foxfield in Charlottesville, Va. The racing days pack a little bit of everything with flat, hurdle and timber on the docket.
Jump racing went to Belmont Park Thursday for two stakes – the $75,000 William Entenmann Memorial for novices and the $150,000 Grade 1 Lonesome Glory for the championship division. Overwhelming took the former, while Bob Le Beau won the latter. Photographer Tod Marks was there and put together this photo gallery.
Back on the horse, as they say. Saratoga is over, autumn is upon us and it’s time for the semi-fearless TIHR handicappers to get back to trying to select steeplechase winners.
Brothers Rich and Adam Newman grew up in an apartment in Queens. If they saw a steeplechase race as children, they don’t remember it. Charlton Baker grew up in Jamaica. He got no closer to jump racing than watching English steeplechases on television. Naturally, the Newmans and Baker team up with a horse in Thursday’s Grade 1 Lonesome Glory steeplechase stakes at Belmont Park.
On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10924, “to promote world peace and friendship through a Peace Corps …” In the spring of 1962, a steeplechase corral, yes a steeplechase corral, was installed at Belmont Park inside the pony track and adjacent to Plainfield Avenue.
And on May 16, 1966, a roan colt by Restless Native from the Rosemont mare Rosy Prospect was foaled. The foal was born at the historic Sagamore Farm, owned by the venerable racing man Alfred G. Vanderbilt. He named the foal Peace Corps.
With 30 horses during the recently concluded meet at Saratoga and 40 at Belmont Park, Rudy Rodriguez was busy. Asked about making an appointment for a Stable Tour, Rodriguez laughed, “I’m here all day.”
A single card with purses of more than $3 million warrants its own space and Parx Racing’s Pennsylvania Derby program gets just that with this race-by-race rundown of the stacked deck.
The boutique summer race meetings are firmly in the rear-view mirror and it’s time for the return of our feature that preview's the world's biggest and best races. Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud, home to Alternation, Broken Vow, Cowboy Cal and the late Sky Classic, is back and packed with information and insight.
Mark Hennig was ready to get back home to Belmont Park. Not because he isn’t a fan of Saratoga, but because he’s got plenty of young prospects he hopes to run there this fall and where he’ll get Merry Meadow ready for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.
The days were ticking away and Bruce Brown’s barn on the Oklahoma Training Track was showing the signs of a waning meeting.
Occupied stalls alternated with empty stalls along the shedrow, the horses left behind slated to run over closing weekend or those left behind not far from shipping back downstate to Belmont Park. He was fairly loaded for the last few days of the meeting, including a busy closing day when he was already back home in Floral Park with his wife and three children.
Abby Adsit is always on the go. She talks fast, walks fast and it’s easy to see she likes the action of the racetrack.
A majority of the horses that were in Adsit’s barn on the Saratoga Race Course backstretch this past meet near the three-quarter pole were claimers, along with her personal favorite and turf allowance mare Flamingo Lane.
Drive anywhere near Saratoga Race Course this week and it’s not difficult to comprehend that the 2015 meeting permanently belongs to the ages.
Drive around the city and it’s even easier, many restaurants were closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and it’s a whole lot easier to navigate from one end of Broadway to the other.
In honor of the final edition of The Saratoga Special for 2015, we were proud to bring readers the “Little Guy” Stable Tour. We scoured the grounds, searching Horse Haven, Oklahoma, the main track, the harness track, the stakes barn and Gridley Street to bring you the trainers and horses who might not have made headlines this summer, but certainly earned recognition and respect. We even scaled a cyclone fence to track down a trainer flying below the radar. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find the likes of Desmond Farrell, Lars Becdelamotte, Bill Allyn, Bill Hickey, Bill Heffner, Eddie Miller and we only found Joe Parker’s golf cart. Next year!
Millionaire Maryland-bred champion Eighttofasttocatch has barely paused to catch his breath since ending his racing career last December.
Trainer Graham Motion and his horses spent a lot of time on Interstate 87 this summer, bouncing between the base at Maryland’s Fair Hill Training Center and a barn on the far turn at Saratoga Race Course.
Led by stakes wins by Tacticus in the Birdstone and Under Control in the Lure heading the list, Motion won six races at the meet with nine seconds and nine thirds from 57 starts.