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Saratoga Moment

August 31, 2014

Charlie LoPresti stood at the big screen TV in the clubhouse, surrounded by Wise Dan’s team. Owners Morton and Elaine Fink waited to LoPresti’s left, assistant Reeve McGaughey and exercise riders Damien Rock and Kelly Wheeler stood in front of LoPresti as Wise Dan warmed up on the main track, minutes to post for the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch, the fifth race on the afternoon but the feature of the year.

No Luck About It

August 30, 2014

Eddie Plesa wasn’t about to take complete credit for one equipment change making all the difference in one race.

One More?

August 29, 2014

Lagniappe. It’s a Creole word used frequently in Louisiana to mean “a little something extra.” Mark Twain wrote about it in the 1800s. Eric Guillot talked about it Thursday morning.

Hello Champ

August 29, 2014

The stressors were adding up as the days clicked by for Charlie LoPresti during his annual stay here in Saratoga and an incident last weekend involving a horse he had no association with helped put his 2014 meet in perspective.

Opportunity Knocks

August 29, 2014

Edgar Prado can still be the right rider for your horse.

Big Jump

August 28, 2014

The race for leading trainer at the Saratoga Race Course meet for 2014 got awfully tight after Chad Brown capped a three-win day with a victory in, what else, a 1 1/16-mile race on the grass for 2-year-olds.

Maiden Friendly

August 27, 2014

Chad Brown pegged Partisan Politics a bit of a tweener, as in in-betweener, when it came to deciding what race to pick for her debut.

Up & Down

August 26, 2014

Saratoga winners usually return to applause, pumped fists, smiles, the occasional shout of joy. The aftermath of Monday’s Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup steeplechase included no such signs of celebration.

Bird is the Word

August 26, 2014

Free as a Bird can dish it out as good as she can take it and the 5-year-old daughter of Hard Spun proved it winning Monday’s $100,000 Smart N Fancy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

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.