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So Familiar

August 26, 2014

Sunday morning, Tom Bush described what he and the rest of the world had seen Saturday evening.

Monday picks from The Special

August 25, 2014

The big weekend in the books and a shade more than a week to go before Saratoga 2014 wraps for the season.

Serious Business

August 24, 2014

One year removed from bidding for a sweep of the Big Apple Triple and its big bonus, Mike Hushion is back with another big chance in the $250,000 Albany Stakes that headlines today’s inaugural Saratoga Showcase program for New York-breds.

Falcone bids for more Spa success

August 24, 2014

Racing has been in Robert Falcone Jr.’s blood since day one.


August 24, 2014

If you ever wondered, the disappointment of losing outweighs the euphoria of winning. At least it did on an overcast Saturday in Saratoga when Jimmy Jerkens finished 1-2 in the 145th running of the Travers Stakes.

Case Closed

August 22, 2014

Irad Ortiz Jr. took back. Close Hatches took over.

Signing up for History

August 22, 2014

The Travers is still the Travers. If you need proof after feeling the energy around town this week and after looking at the field for today’s 145th edition of the signature event of the Saratoga Race Course season, then consider a few factors.

Wave Runner: Close Hatches streaks into Personal Ensign

August 22, 2014

It was that time of day. Metal rakes began to cover the morning’s hoof beats. Trainers opened condition books. Exercise riders fled for breakfast. Bill Mott leaned off his pony, snapped a shank on the loose ring snaffle bit of a big bay filly and began a long slow walk to the main track. Exercise rider Neil Poznansky adjusted his left iron, sliding it down, then adjusted his right iron, sliding it down to match.

The Payoff

August 21, 2014

John Guerrera deferred to his trainer but always thought Uncle Southern would follow her father and be more effective on the dirt than the turf.

Surface Score

August 20, 2014

Brian Lynch was one of the last people out of the Saratoga Race Course paddock a few minutes before Wednesday’s inaugural running of the $100,000 Better Talk Now Stakes.

Revved Up

August 19, 2014

The atmosphere in the stable area during the next-to-last dark day of the Saratoga Race Course meeting Tuesday morning was its usual low-key scene.

Mid-August Monday selections

August 18, 2014

Week 5 comes to a close Monday with the first running of a stakes named for one of the most dominating winners in Saratoga history and a rescheduled steeplechase race from last week.

Dream Scenario

August 16, 2014

Last year at Pimlico, right about when Shug McGuaghey was answering is 6,129th question about Orb, a chestnut ball of fast-twitch muscles bounced out of a stall next to the Kentucky Derby winner to train.

Double the Rate

August 16, 2014

Todd Pletcher leaned like a sapling in a thunderstorm, hanging over the ledge of the box at the top of the clubhouse stairs as Stopchargingmaria churned through the final furlong of the Grade 1 stakes, reeling in Miss Besilu and staving off Joint Return. After an arduous stretch run that lasted longer than a root canal, Pletcher raised both fists, high-fived an assistant and regained his composure.

Claim to Fame

August 15, 2014

Want a runner in a Grade 1 at Saratoga? You could do worse than troll for prospects at Tampa Bay Downs in December. Fortune Pearl, 8-1 in today’s Alabama, could have been claimed for $32,000 in her career debut a day after Christmas last year.

Hide and Seek

August 15, 2014

Weekend Hideaway didn’t slip through the cracks when he sold as a yearling at a dispersal sale in 2011, though he didn’t exactly stand out, either.

Double Cara

August 14, 2014

The trainer of the winner – and the second-place finisher for that matter – was nowhere to be found in the immediate minutes after Thursday’s $100,000 Saratoga Dew Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

On the Hunt

August 13, 2014

Before he opened the meeting with a 2-for-2 record, trainer Jeremiah Englehart bore the ignominy of a perfect goose egg here at Saratoga Race Course, 0 wins in 59 starts. It was a blotch on Englehart’s otherwise successful resume that includes a victory in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and graded stakes victories with King Kreesa and Tamarind Hall.

No Denial

August 13, 2014

Nothing was going to keep Anthony McCarthy from getting his dress shoes dirty Wednesday afternoon.

Quick Turnaround

August 12, 2014

Jason Servis heard the words from one of the game’s legendary trainers in his head as he talked about getting Tightend Touchdown ready for today’s $100,000 Troy Stakes at Saratoga.