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.
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.
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.
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.
Starlight Racing's Shanghai Bobby is the 2-1 morning line favorite for the Aug. 12 running of the $200,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course.
Top competitors including KY Oaks (gr. I) winner Believe You Can will be out in full force next weekend for the Alabama Stakes (gr. I), Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT), and Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (gr. IIT).
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sent the Godolphin runner through his first post-Jim Dandy move Aug. 9 at Saratoga Race Course, beginning the tune-up process for the Travers Stakes (gr. I).
A field of six 2-year-old fillies, including a recent impressive maiden winner and two stakes winners, are set to contest the Aug. 12 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course.
The New York Racing Association, Inc. has released the stakes schedules for the 2012 Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack fall meets that will be highlighted by the $1 million TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup.
My Miss Aurelia made her 2012 debut a winning one Aug. 8, overpowering four other 3-year-old fillies to take the $100,000 Mandys Gold Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Morrow Cove has stamped herself as a talented filly on the improve in her past two starts for trainer Graham Motion. Whether she's good enough to get a graded score will be discovered Aug. 11 at Monmouth Park.
Grade I winner Data Link, who set a course record at Monmouth Park in his previous race, tops a field of nine older turf specialists entered in the Aug. 11 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
A race-day ban of Salix in graded stakes for 2-year-olds would be extended to listed stakes as part of a new evaluation program.
My Big Boy, a grade I winner for Heidi Doubleday, died July 30 at Doubleday's After Hours Farm in Marshall, Va.
New York state racing regulators will impose new security protocols for horses racing in the upcoming Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, though they are less burdensome than those put in place during this year's Belmont.
After suffering significant setbacks in prices on its opening night, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale experienced a welcome surge in business during its second and final session Aug. 7 in upstate New York.
A daughter of Medaglia d'Oro became the current sales topper during the Aug. 7 session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, bringing a final bid of $1.575 million from trainer Todd Pletcher.
Penn National Gaming Inc. said Aug. 7 it will continue to offer live harness racing at Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland for two more years--if another Prince George's County location isn't chosen as the location for a casino.
Trainer Steve Asmussen has switched gears with Daddy Nose Best, attempting to take the colt from Triple Crown contender to quality turf runner in the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame
While all-sources wagering increased 7.6% during the first three weeks of the annual boutique meet at Saratoga Race Course, the upstate New York track reported attendance had dipped by 1.9% through Aug. 6.
Based on pre-sale expectations, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale fizzled more than it sizzled in its opening session Aug. 6 in upstate New York.
A Street Cry colt was the first seven-figure transaction at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale when he brought a final bid of $1.2 million from Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock agent John Ferguson.
A Distorted Humor colt from the family of champion Banshee Breeze commanded a price of $500,000 to lead the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale in the early stages Aug. 6.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Believe You Can had her first workout at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 6, breezing over the Oklahoma training track in preparation for the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) on Aug. 18.
More than $400,000 was raised through ticket sales, sponsorships, and auctions of stallion seasons and other items during the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation gala Aug. 5 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
With few hours left before the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale Aug. 6, trainer Kenny McPeek shared the short list of horses he believes will bring big prices.
Poseidon's Warrior, upset winner of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 5, could make his next start in the seven-furlong, $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 1.
The West Virginia Racing Commission in late summer or early fall plans to hold a fact-finding meeting on use of furosemide on race day, officials said Aug. 4.
The Old Friends equine retirement program is launching Old Friends Scene, a magazine featuring the retirees at the Thoroughbred retirement facilities located in Georgetown, Ky., and Greenfield Center, N.Y.
The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction could close out its two-night run Aug. 7 in New York with a bang, based on the positive reviews for many of the horses on offer.
Sheikh Mohammed and other top buyers are ready to shop at the yearling auction in upstate New York.
The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale will be first test in 2012 of the top of the market for yearlings. Here's what people had to say about their expectations and other thoughts about the auction.
Fillies accounted for two-thirds of the 2012 Canadian Triple Crown when the late-running Irish Mission outfought Aldous Snow to capture the $506,739 Breeders' Stakes by a half-length on the Woodbine turf Aug. 5.
These Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale yearlings could sparkle in the auction ring during the first session Aug. 6.
Apprentice rider Keiber Coa suffered a fractured bone in his left hand after being unseated in the sixth race Aug. 4, according to his agent, Cory Moran.
Trainer Ian Wilkes reported that Fort Larned was a tired but happy horse the day after his breakthrough victory in the Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 4.
Fort Larned, impressive winner of the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III) last time out, became a grade I winner in the Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) when he strutted clear Aug. 4 at Saratoga Race Cours
Emma's Encore won the Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) last time out at odds of 39-1, and the daughter of Congrats proved that score no fluke in the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 4.
Well-known trainer Dale Romans has expanded his involvement in the horse business to include selling.
Jockey Corey Nakatani and Macho Macho let Louisiana Derby winner (gr. I) Hero of Order do the dirty work wearing out 3-5 favorite Hansen in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II), then rolled to victory Aug. 4.
Alpha Bettor produced a 23-1 upset in the $152,202 Seagram Cup (Can-III) when he edged City Wolf by a half-length for his first stakes victory Aug. 4 at Woodbine.
My Miss Aurelia, the unbeaten champion 2-year-old filly of 2011, will make her 2012 debut in the $100,000 Mandy's Gold overnight stakes Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
Frank Costa, a New-Jersey trainer for decades, passed away Aug. 3 at the age of 77.
C C's Pal closed into a torrid pace and held off a late run from Island Bound to get the victory Aug. 3 in the $200,000 Honorable Miss (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course.
The $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 26 could be the next stop for Dullahan, his enthusiastic owner said Aug. 3.
With his eye on the $500,000 Foxwoods Kings' Bishop (gr. I) this month, three-time graded stakes winner Trinniberg had his first breeze at Saratoga Aug. 3, traveling four furlongs on the Oklahoma training track.
When trainer Lisa Lewis brings turf horses to Saratoga from her base at Woodbine, she means business. She scored last year at the Spa with two first-time starters at big prices on the grass and struck twice again recently.
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