This is Horse Racing
Gary Murray will be on the farm in Maryland, trying to get something done about a horse, a piece of equipment, a fencepost, anything and he’ll see Tom Voss.
Steeplechaser newcomer Harrods Creek, arguably the best horse to convert to American jump racing in years, continues his progress with a Saratoga start today as one of nine in a $65,000 optional claimer. Post time is 12:25 p.m.
Lisa Lewis took a few minutes out of her morning Tuesday to chat with a colleague as he sat in his golf cart just outside her barn watching training near the midpoint of the far turn at Saratoga Race Course.
There is no force equal to that of a determined woman. Owner Sheila Rosenblum is a woman with that determination, determination sparked by her passion for horses and a few short years in the business. She and budding star La Verdad, favorite for Monday’s $200,000 HRTV Honorable Miss at Saratoga have gone to the game’s upper reaches.
The rains wiped out grass racing Sunday and Monday at Saratoga Race Course but it hasn’t deterred The Saratoga Special’s handicapping team.
Jimmy Jerkens waded into the middle of the scrum in front of the big screen TV in the clubhouse. Christophe Clement moored in the front row. Linda Rice’s assistants stood next to Jerkens. The West Point Thoroughbreds crew filled in the gaps.
Rick Porter still isn’t convinced Coup de Grace won’t be more effective going a route of ground as opposed to the 6 1/2-furlong sprint of Saturday’s $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Jimmy Jerkens held his iPhone at eye level, like a wet dog, and snapped a photo Friday morning.
V. E. Day is the type of colt his connections liked from the beginning.
It’s been a long time since Patricia Generazio made a trip to the winner’s circle at Saratoga Race Course.
Ian Wilkes stood on the rail near his preferred spot to watch training last week, summarized the chances of the late-developing Taketheodds in the Coaching Club American Oaks when another one of his trainees caught his eye midway around the clubhouse turn.
Racing’s ever-constant and ever-predictable pastime of rewarding a good performance with a tougher task next time could not be more evident than today’s $100,000 Quick Call Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
It’s easy to take stallions like Lemon Drop Kid and Tale of the Cat for granted, but the last two weekends we were reminded that they’re still two of the most consistent and underrated sires and broodmare sires in North America.
One of the rare remaining original stadium seats from Saratoga Race course is currently up for auction through the sports and Americana memorabilia website Lelands.com.
We're back. The steeplechasers go postward again today for the first with a post time of 12:25 p.m. (make it a short brunch). A good field signed on for the $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes, and the race features a little bit of everything – imports, divisional champions, Saratoga winners and more.
The ride from the Fair Hill Training Center to Saratoga Race Course on a horse van takes about five hours. It feels a lot longer when you’re worried about the weather, even when you’re riding in the cab.
You'll have to eat an early brunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays in Saratoga this summer if you want to catch the jump races. Post time is 12:25 p.m., with one race slated each of those days during the meet for an even dozen steeplechase tests of your handicapping skill.
Owners John Eaton and Steve Laymon always thought turf racing was going to be the way to go with their homebred Wildcat Heir filly Daring Kathy.
We Miss Artie, beaten favorite in the July 6 Queen’s Plate at Woodbine, won’t run in next week’s Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie and could miss the remainder of his 3-year-old season after suffering an injury in the opening jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.
Three issues of The Saratoga Special in the books, printed and hopefully enjoyed by you, the reader. We’ve got 32 to go and since we only print once on a Monday during the meet we go online with our selections.