This is Horse Racing
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.
Eddie Plesa wasn’t about to take complete credit for one equipment change making all the difference in one race.
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.
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.
Edgar Prado can still be the right rider for your horse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday morning, Tom Bush described what he and the rest of the world had seen Saturday evening.
The big weekend in the books and a shade more than a week to go before Saratoga 2014 wraps for the season.
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.
Racing has been in Robert Falcone Jr.’s blood since day one.
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.
Irad Ortiz Jr. took back. Close Hatches took over.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.