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Not a cheap seat

7 hours 57 min ago

One of the rare remaining original stadium seats from Saratoga Race course is currently up for auction through the sports and Americana memorabilia website

Saratoga Jumps Day 2: Tough novice on tap

8 hours 47 min ago

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.

Weather Watcher

July 23, 2014

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.

First jump: Allowance kicks off Spa slate

July 23, 2014

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.

Double Dare

July 23, 2014

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.

Injury sidelines We Miss Artie

July 22, 2014

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.

First Monday of the meet picks

July 21, 2014

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.

Track and Trip

July 20, 2014

The winter months didn’t particularly suit the favorite for today’s Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks.

A Good Mare

July 19, 2014

Michael Matz stood at the top of the clubhouse box seats and stared across the infield of Saratoga. Awed.

Here Comes Trouble

July 19, 2014

Four words.That’s all that was needed for Irad Ortiz Jr. to convince Tony Dutrow that Big Trouble’s number would stay up as stewards flashed the inquiry sign and watched the stretch run of Friday’s $150,000 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Working Win

July 18, 2014

Corey Lanerie decelerated Take Charge Brandi after the Schuylerville and looked over at John Velazquez who was doing the same aboard Fashion Alert.

Ten Times Tough

July 18, 2014

The phrase “it’s a wide-open race” gets trotted out almost annually come Kentucky Derby time.

Fresh Face

July 17, 2014

Barry Irwin nearly pulled off a major coup not long after an early June maiden race at Arlington Park.

Changes roll into Saratoga

July 17, 2014

Racing fans should expect some changes when racing begins for the 2014 season at Saratoga Race Course Friday.

Special moments

July 17, 2014

I remember when I first met Sean Clancy and asked him if I could start writing for The Saratoga Special. I was hoping he would let me contribute a story per week or even a few for the season.

Spa native hopes fans can “Park Happy”

July 15, 2014

The question of where to park when going racing at Saratoga pretty much falls somewhere after “who do you like in this race?” and “what do you want to drink?” on the frequency scale.

Monday Morning Trainer: Moving On

July 14, 2014

The FIFA World Cup is over, the second edition of the LeBron James soap opera is done, Major League Baseball is halfway through its season and the spring-summer meeting at Belmont Park is in the books. All that means one thing and one thing only: Saratoga is right around the corner.

Saturday Special: July 12

July 11, 2014

The calendar counts down to Saratoga. Apologies for being editorial light this week, but we’ve been selling ads and unpacking boxes in anticipation of Saratoga. While Saratoga looms, racing rips around the world from Ascot to Assiniboia. As for talent, Arlington and Delaware Park have produced stellar cards. Build up the Saratoga bankroll and enjoy a roiling day of racing.

LoPresti, Wise Dan ready for action

July 10, 2014

Charlie LoPresti came to Saratoga last season armed with a small string that included big stars like Wise Dan, Successful Dan and Turallure.

Breeding Watch: Strike Rate

July 10, 2014

Smart Strike owns two North American general sire titles and is the sire of more than 100 stakes winners, but the 22-year-old Mr. Prospector stallion isn’t done yet.