This is Horse Racing
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.
The winter months didn’t particularly suit the favorite for today’s Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks.
Michael Matz stood at the top of the clubhouse box seats and stared across the infield of Saratoga. Awed.
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.
Corey Lanerie decelerated Take Charge Brandi after the Schuylerville and looked over at John Velazquez who was doing the same aboard Fashion Alert.
The phrase “it’s a wide-open race” gets trotted out almost annually come Kentucky Derby time.
Barry Irwin nearly pulled off a major coup not long after an early June maiden race at Arlington Park.
Racing fans should expect some changes when racing begins for the 2014 season at Saratoga Race Course Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Charlie LoPresti came to Saratoga last season armed with a small string that included big stars like Wise Dan, Successful Dan and Turallure.
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.