Claims can be voided for additional race-day blood and urine positives for banned substances under a new rule approved July 25 by New York racing regulators.
Wachtel Stables and George Kerr's Long On Value had won his only other start at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf in 2013, and July 25 at Saratoga Race Course he made it two-for-two with a victory in the $100,000 Lucky Coin Stakes.
Gift Box and Connect, strong winners of entry-level allowance races in their last starts for trainer Chad Brown, are among a field of eight 3-year-olds entered in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes July 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
WinStar Farm and Bobby Flay's Creator completed his major preparations for the July 30 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) with a half-mile breeze on the Oklahoma Training Track in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Jump Sucker Stable and Oak Bluff Stables' Governor Malibu, fourth in the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (gr. I) in his last start, is now under strong consideration for the July 30 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Destin, who fell a nose short of winning the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (gr. I), remains on target for the July 30 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course.
- By Tom LaMarra
August Dawn Farm's Hit It Once More netted his first stakes victory in the $164,150 New York Derby July 23 at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack and gave his sire, Hard Spun, his 50th black-type winner.
Joseph Sutton's Bitumen ran the way a favorite should July 23 , closing with a powerful rally to take the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course.
New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Chris Kay July 21 lauded his organization's accomplishments over the last year and provided a preview of improvements customers can expect to see this summer at Saratoga Race Course.
Fox Hill Farm's undefeated champion Songbird arrived at Saratoga Race Course just before 8 p.m. EDT July 20 in advance of her upcoming engagement in the $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 24.
A large crowd at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame July 20 peppered panelists with questions on a wide variety of Thoroughbred racing issues.
St. Elias Stable bought the Tapit daughter for $750,000 as a weanling.
Saratoga Race Course is set to open its summer meet July 22 and will feature 69 stakes worth a record $18.725 million, anchored by the $1.25 million Whitney (gr. I) Aug. 6 and the $1.25 million Travers (gr. I) Aug. 27, during the 40-day stand.
Two challengers are confirmed, but a few more 3-year-old fillies are expected to line up against champion Songbird in the $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 24 at Saratoga Race Course.
Long-time industry and publishing executive Charles E. Hayward July 18 announced the formation of Hayward Advisory Services LLC to assist racing companies grow their business through a strategic planning process.
The most lucrative North American race meet of the year thus far in terms of overnight purses begins July 22 with the opening of Saratoga Race Course.
Tom's Ready, winner of the Woody Stephen Stakes (gr. II) in June, will stand at Spendthrift Farm upon his retirement following an agreement with owner GMB Racing to acquire the breeding rights to the son of More Than Ready.
Sheep Pond Partners' undefeated Lady Eli, who continues her comeback from laminitis, and Juddmonte Farms' homebred Flintshire breezed on the inner turf course July 10 at Belmont Park for trainer Chad Brown.
The rail was dead earlier on the July 9 card at Belmont Park, but that didn't stop jockey Joe Bravo from taking the inside path to victory aboard A. P. Indian in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III).
With jockey Kent Desormeaux in the irons, the son of Curlin completed a half-mile in :51.69 on the main track.
Miss Temple City got back to business stateside July 8 when she turned in her first timed move since finishing fourth in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot June 15.
A recent move by New York legislators to scare off investors in possible future casinos in New Jersey could backfire, according to the operator of Meadowlands Racetrack.
Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's annual "Hay, Oats & Spaghetti" dinner is July 25.
Effinex looks to rebound and reclaim his title July 9 in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park, while Eagle aims to break through after two consecutive runner-up efforts in graded stakes.
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated champion filly Songbird will be pointed to the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 24 at Saratoga Race Course for her next start.
Swipe, a good third in a June 26 allowance race in his first start since mid-April, wheels back off 13 days' rest for the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) July 9 at Belmont Park.
Private Zone, scratched from the June 10 True North Stakes (gr. II) in New York due to trainer Brian Lynch's positive drug test for marijuana, will get the chance to make his season debut in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III).
Sheep Pond Partners' Lady Eli, who continues her comeback from laminitis, worked a half-mile on the inner turf course at Belmont Park July 3, about a year since her last race at the New York track.
Off the Tracks led all the way in the $300,000 Mother Goose (gr. I) July 2 at Belmont Park, turning back dual grade II winner Lewis Bay at the end to gamely earn her first grade I score.
After a good rest following an uncharacteristic run in the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Rachel's Valentina is coming back to the races.
The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hitting back at criticism from the Saratoga Springs community over the recent controversy involving the now-scuttled plan to end a four-year period of state government control of NYRA.
Big Chief Racing, James Justice, and Billy Shelton's Swipe, who underwent throat surgery after a sixth-place finish in the April 16 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III), is set to make his return in a June 26 allowance race at Belmont Park.
Three stallions from Rockridge Stud near Hudson, NY., will ship to Uruguay for Southern Hemisphere breeding in 2016.
One of the last acts of the New York legislature before its 2016 session ended June 18 was to send a message to one of its neighbors: New York is poised to act if New Jersey moves to build casinos near the New York border.
New York lawmakers gave final passage early June 18 to a measure legalizing daily fantasy sports contests, which have been attracting a growing worldwide audience among sports fans and gamblers.
Unable to break a negotiating logjam, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers have tentatively agreed to extend the state's control of the New York Racing Association for another year rather than return it to private hands.
Legislation was given final approval June 16 in New York to give new flexibility to a workers' compensation insurance fund for jockeys that has seen skyrocketing premium hikes in recent years.
Defying Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York lawmakers June 15 gave final approval to legislation that would return the New York Racing Association to private control after a four-year period in which the board was dominated by appointees of the governor.
Trainer Woody Stephens often said that winning five consecutive editions of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) was the biggest accomplishment in his Hall of Fame career.
Stakes Races: Belmont, Metropolitan Handicap, Ogden Phipps, Woodford Reserve Manhattan, Acorn, Longines Just a Game, New York, Woody Stephens, Brooklyn Invitational, Belmont Gold Cup Invitational, Jaipur Invitational, Old Forester Mint Julep...
The Association of Racing Commissioners International has scheduled another in its series of town hall meetings for June 17 at Belmont Park in New York.
The Preakness (gr. I) winner, one of only two horses this year to run in all three legs of the Triple Crown, emerged from an 11th-place finish in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont without an excuse, according to trainer Keith Desormeaux.
With no Triple Crown on the line this year, betting on the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (gr. I) was well off the 2015 figure when American Pharoah capped his historic run.
Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux describes his Belmont Stakes (gr. I) run aboard Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator, who finished 11th in a field of 13 June 11 at Belmont Park.
Cavorting closed from far back and drew off to score June 11 in the $1 million Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, a track she loves.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Economic Model got a good trip in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes June 11 at Belmont Park, while favored Cupid missed the break, rushed up on the backside, and faded to finish last.
The Weather Channel predicts an 80% chance of rain for the day, with isolated thunderstorms likely to move in around 3 p.m. ET, and a 60% probability for 6 p.m. Post time for the Belmont Stakes is 6:37 p.m.
Jimmy Jerkens might not have a Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender this year, but he's holding a hot hand with June 18 Stephen Foster (gr. I) contender Effinex and June 19 Pegasus (gr. III) runner Unified, who will go favored in their respective races.
- By Frank Angst
Already enjoying success at distance races on the turf, Da Big Hoss found two miles also to his liking as he launched a big rally in the fourth turn on his way to a clear victory in the $300,000 Belmont Gold Cup Stakes June 10 at Belmont Park.
Joking, a 9-1 shot who returned $21.80 while giving owner/trainer Charlton Baker his first graded stakes victory, dashed across the line to upset by a neck.
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