Honoring the 2012 Inductees to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. View Slideshow
An emotional John Velazquez received a standing ovation from a standing-room only crowd Aug. 10 at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., as the jockey led five other inductees into the Hall of Fame.
Rivera's Spa experience began Friday morning with a tour of the backstretch. Escorted by new Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, the 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion visited with trainers Todd Pletcher and Kiaran P. McLaughlin. Rivera stopped by Darley Stables and met with Jimmy Bell, president of Darley's American operations.
Pre-entries for the 2012 editions of the Arlington Million, Beverly D. and Secretariat Stakes, as well as Arlington's inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes, closed at noon Friday with 11 older horses named to the upcoming 30th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million on August 18.
Trainer Dale Romans is doing so well in three-year-old turf stakes this season that he's even winning them when they're rained off the turf. At a sloppy Saratoga on Friday, his Quick Wit outdueled 6-5 favorite Csaba by a nose to earn his first stakes score in the Grade 3, $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes. Originally carded as a Grade 2 over 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf, the contest was converted to 1 1/8 miles on the main track, and because of the change in conditions, was automatically downgraded pending review by the American Graded Stakes Committee.
The National Museum of Racing inducted its 2012 Hall of Fame class Friday at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, New York. Jockeys John Velazquez and Anthony Hamilton, trainers Roger Attfield and Robert Wheeler, and racehorses Ghostzapper and Planet were enshrined at the ceremony. Tom Durkin, the track announcer for the New York Racing Association (NYRA), served as the event's master of ceremonies.
Louisiana-bred millionaire and stakes king Star Guitar has been retired due to a recurring quarter-crack that kept the son of Quiet American out of a fourth-peat bid in Saturday's Evangeline Mile Handicap.
Considering his last attempt over a sloppy track, Quick Wit was far from a lock to win an off-the-turf edition of the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, but the 10-1 shot prevailed Aug. 10 at Saratoga.
Stronach Stable's undefeated Awesome Feather, unraced since winning the Sunshine Millions Distaff in January at Gulfstream Park, continues to flourish while training at Saratoga Race Course.
Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter arrived at Belmont Park Aug. 10 from New Jersey and will be monitored to see if he can make the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Interview with John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale, about their Street Cry colt, who sold for $1.2 million on August 6 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale. Watch Video
Trainer Jimmy Toner was a mix of stoic and sentimental as he talked Friday morning about multiple Grade 1 winner Winter Memories, whose retirement midway through her four-year-old campaign was announced Thursday afternoon.
Grade 2 Jim Dandy winner Alpha and Curlin victor Street Life both came out of their Thursday works in good order as they continue preparations for the Grade 1 Travers Stakes on August 25 at Saratoga.
The king of the Cajuns, Star Guitar, has been retired after a sensational career in which he captured 24 of his 30 starts and three consecutive Louisiana-bred horse of the year titles.
Victoria Casso will head to the University of Kentucky this fall to begin her second year of study in veterinary medicine. Wendy Ramirez is finishing up her degree in child psychology at NYU. They are but two of the 29 students getting an educational leg-up from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) this year.
Interview with John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale, about their Street Cry colt, who sold for $1.2 million on August 6 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.
The Boston-area racetrack has officially applied to open a resort casino in partnership with Caesars Entertainment.
There may be plenty of data out there on trainer performance, but for owners, selecting a conditioner involves much more than numbers, according to an owner and trainer that have worked together for about 15 years.
Jockey Leslie Mawing rode the 2,000th winner of his career on the Aug. 9 evening card at Emerald Downs in Washington state.
No one will be forgetting Memories of Silver any time soon, because her daughter, Winter Memories, won some the same races at Saratoga as her dam.
It's a good time to own a horse from the Empire State. That's what everyone is saying heading into the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Yearling Sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Aug. 11-12.
- By Vic Zast
One of the meet's best innovations has been having jockeys sign autographs and pose for photos on Thursday mornings at breakfast on the Clubhouse Porch. read blog
A team of researchers recently evaluated a possible treatment for equine bone fragility disorder (BFD) with positive results, giving owners of horses affected by this currently incurable disease a glimmer of hope.
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