The New York Racing Association reported record handle of $648,272,805 for its 2015 Saratoga Race Course meet that concluded Sept. 7, reflecting a 13.5% increase in all-source wagering activity compared with 2014.
Reddam Racing's homebred Ralis shipped into Saratoga Race Course and pulled an upset victory over favored Magna Light in the $350,000 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds Sept. 7.
Stonestreet Stables' Cavorting kept her record in graded stakes at Saratoga Race Course unblemished Sept. 6 with a commanding victory in the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. II).
One race after being caught late in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I), Liam's Map led at every call in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, drawing off to easily earn his first grade I victory.
Live Oak Plantation's World Approval found space on the hedge and went from last to first exiting the final turn to win the $300,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
Carol Fisher, a former assistant to trainer Tony Dutrow, will make her training debut Sept. 7 in the fifth race at Saratoga Race Course.
A loaded field of 2-year-old fillies has lined up for Sunday's sixth race at Saratoga Race Course that includes half sisters to Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winners Shackleford and Bernardini.
The top two finishers from the Sanford Stakes (gr. III), Uncle Vinny and Magna Light, will meet again Monday, Sept. 7 in the $350,000 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Swift Thoroughbreds and Bradley Thoroughbreds' Goldy Espony will look to extend her win streak to four in the $200,000 Glens Falls Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
Four weeks after just missing his first grade I victory in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I), Liam's Map will try again when he faces an expected seven other horses in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
Jockey Victor Espinoza has been fined $15,000 by stewards at Saratoga Race Course in connection with having advertising on his pants when he rode American Pharoah in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes.
If horses on the list of probable starters all show up, the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course could prove very interesting.
NBC's two-hour broadcast that included Keen Ice's upset victory over Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 drew an overnight rating of 1.33, the best for the race since 2004.
Trainer Dale Romans said Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice was tired the morning after upsetting Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and that his trainee will ultimately point the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
There were no regrets from American Pharoah's trainer Bob Baffert the morning after the Triple Crown winner finished second to Keen Ice in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Saratoga Race Course reported record pari-mutuel handle for its Aug. 29 program that featured the Travers Stakes and five other grade I stakes.
Private Zone went out to the lead unchallenged in the seven-furlong Forego Stakes (gr. I) and remained there throughout to win by open lengths Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Public relations executive Ed Lewi, founder of the Capital Region public relations agency that has assisted in media relations and marketing efforts for NYRA since the late 1970s, passed away Aug. 29. He was 81.
Runhappy ran them off their feet Aug 29 in the $500,000 NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, giving trainer Maria Borell her first grade I victory and collecting the first one of his own in stakes-record time.
Amid the hubbub around a potential budding rivalry between Untappable and Stopchargingmaria, Harold Queen's Sheer Drama played spoiler Aug. 29, defeating both in the $750,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga Race Course.
On a glorious morning at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 28, an estimated crowd of 15,000 flocked to the track to watch Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in his final gallop before his bid in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes.
Divine Fortune, the 12-year-old champion steeplechaser of 2013, was euthanized Aug. 27 as a result of injuries sustained when he fell during the New York Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga Race Course.
Though pleased with how his horse is doing, trainer Rick Violette remains undecided whether to start Ralph Evans and WinStar Farm's Upstart in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
The $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I), headed by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, will be televised by NBC network during a two-hour program Aug. 29.
Horse Racing Radio Network will provide exclusive live coverage of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's return attempt to win the 146th Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Still looking to recapture the magic from his performance on the first Saturday in May, Competitive Edge may have found the right spot in the $500,000 NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 29.
Robert Masterson's Tepin, who is a nose away from being undefeated in four starts this year, appears well-spotted to get back on the winning track in the $400,000 Ketel One Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 29 at Saratoga.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah stepped off the van at Saratoga Race Course at precisely 3 p.m. Aug. 26 for his next assignment, the $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) coming up Aug. 29.
The Aug. 28 card at Saratoga Race Course, on the eve of Travers Stakes (gr. I) Day, will feature six New York-bred stakes worth $1.15 million, highlighted by a showdown of older turf runners in the $150,000 West Point.
Arnold Zetcher's Smart Transition Aug. 23 put in his final breeze for the Travers Stakes (gr. I), firing a bullet for five furlongs on the main track at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Bill Mott reported that Travers (gr. I) nominee Japan emerged from his Aug. 22 workout at Saratoga Racecourse with an injury that is likely to be career-ending.
The head of the New York Racing Association said Aug. 23 the organization will attempt to create as many opportunities as possible for patrons to view American Pharoah, who has been confirmed for the Aug. 29 Travers.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will head to Saratoga Race Course for the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I), his connections announced Aug. 23 after the colt worked at Del Mar.
Embellish the Lace turned it around from a ninth-place finish in the June 27 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) and took the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 22 at Saratoga on the front end.
Multiple grade 1 winner Private Zone hit the main Saratoga track after the renovation break Saturday morning Aug. 22, working four furlongs in :45 4/5 to record a bullet for all horses at the distance.
With a four-wide move off the turn, John Velazquez rallied Run a Dubb Dubb to win the opening race Saturday, Aug. 22 at Saratoga Race Course, earning the Racing Hall of Fame rider his 800th win at the storied track.
Owners and trainers who have started Thoroughbreds in flat racing who are interested in jump racing will have an opportunity at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 26 to learn first-hand about steeplechase horses.
Sheer Drama, winner of the Delaware Handicap (gr. I) in her previous start, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.50 on Thursday, Aug. 20 at Gulfstream Park in preparation for a start in the Personal Ensign Stakes.
Aided by an almost 9% increase in average field size and eight more turf races, pari-mutuel handle at the midway point of the 40-day Saratoga Race Course meeting is showing strong gains compared with the same period in 2014.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah tops a list of 16 horses nominated to the $1.25 million Travers (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Though Uncle Sigh didn't win at Saratoga Aug. 16, trainer Gary Contessa was satisfied with the effort put forth by the 4-year-old colt who last raced in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (gr. I).
Recent Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) winner Texas Red turned in his penultimate breeze Saturday, Aug. 15, ahead of his planned bid in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
In the absence of undefeated Lady Eli, Sentiero Italia announced her presence in the 3-year-old filly turf division with a victory in the Maker's Mark Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 14 at Saratoga Race Course.
Frosted returned to the track Aug. 14 for his first serious work since running second in the Aug. 1 Jim Dandy (gr. II) at Saratoga, breezing 4f in :51.25 on the main track in preparation for the Aug. 29 Travers (gr. I).
With a diminished number of horses remaining in his division in Southern California, trainer Mark Casse has decided not to run any more horses at the current Del Mar meet and return to the East Coast.
Trainer Dale Romans confirmed Aug 13 that William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) runner-up Keen Ice will breeze Aug. 15 in preparation for a start in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 29.
- By Teresa Genaro
- Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
Panelists at the Saratoga Institute for Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law conference offered potential options regarding immigration policy in the hope they make it easier for horse racing to attract and maintain workers.
Business so far at the Saratoga Race Course meet has been very strong, NYRA officials reported Aug. 12, but they also noted that operating revenue for the year is down compared with 2014.
Stakes winner Miss Temple City will try to nail down her first graded score in the $300,000 Maker's Mark Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) Friday, Aug. 14 at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Aug. 10 that American Pharoah has bounced back from his effort and cross-country trip to the Haskell and he is leaning toward running next in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
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