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.
Godolphin Racing's Bay of Plenty, beaten 24 lengths by the victorious Honor Code in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), rebounded nicely with a wire-to-wire win in the $100,000 Alydar Stakes Aug. 9 at Saratoga.
Goldy Espony secured her first North American graded stakes win when she led every step of the Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes (gr. IIIT) Aug. 8 on the Saratoga Race Course turf.
Honor Code caught early leader Liam's Map in the final strides to win the $1.25 million Whitney Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
Stonestreet Stables continued its winning ways Aug. 8, when Cavorting rallied to win the $500,000 Longines Test Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course.
Classic winner Palace Malice is scheduled to make his first start since May in the $100,000 Alydar Stakes Aug. 9 at Saratoga Race Course.
Grade II winner Wildcat Red, who returned to winning form in the $100,000 Teddy Drone Stakes Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park, is scheduled to race next in the $700,000 Forego Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
For the second time in three years, trainer Jack Fisher and jockey Paddy Young teamed to win the A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase at Saratoga Race Course, this time with Choral Society Aug. 6.
The New York Racing Association announced Aug. 6 that attendance at Saratoga Race Course will be capped at 50,000 for the Aug. 29 blockbuster race card highlighted by the 146th Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Take Charge Brandi will cut back in distance, but not in class, when last year's champion 2-year-old filly starts for the first time since January in the $500,000 Longines Test Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
Graham Motion-trained Kitten's Point is the most accomplished turf runner in the upgraded Waya Stakes (gr. IIIT) but will have to deal with three runners from top turf trainer Chad Brown's shedrow.
The New York Racing Association announced it has entered into a partnership with Priority One Jets that includes sponsorship of the Forego Stakes (gr. I) that will now be run as the Priority One Forego.
Off a scintillating Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) win on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard, Honor Code was installed as the 3-1 favorite for the Whitney Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
For the first 10 days of Saratoga, on-track handle on NYRA races is up 19% and total handle is up 18.3% over 2014 figures. Field size is also up 9.2% over last year.
Charlie LoPresti liked what he saw in a five-furlong workout by Wise Dan Aug. 2 on the Keeneland main track, and the Kentucky-based trainer is pointing the two-time Horse of the Year toward an early September return.
Grade I winner Lea worked four furlongs in :49 3/5 on the main track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 2 in preparation for the Aug. 8, $1.25 million Whitney Stakes (gr. I) that will be televised on NBC.
Upstart emerged from his third-place finish in the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) in good shape, according to trainer Rick Violette, and will be aimed for the Travers (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
American Pharoah boarded a van Aug. 3 on the Monmouth Park backstretch for his long journey back to Southern California, where his connections will make a decision on where to point the Triple Crown winner next.
The $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 2 was a two-horse race from the get-go between champion Untapable and Stopchargingmaria, with the latter edging clear in the final sixteenth to win at Saratoga Race Course.
Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Texas Red emerged from his victory over Frosted in exceptional condition and is on course for the grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 29, according to Julie Clark, assistant trainer to Keith Desormeaux.
Those who questioned the class level of Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red had to eat their words Aug. 1, as the son of Afleet Alex turned back Frosted in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II).
Jerry Durant's Holy Boss extended his winning streak to four with his first graded score in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.
Almost 30 racetracks will participate in "PDJF Day Across America," a fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund, on Aug. 1, with numerous events and auctions are scheduled at racetracks.
Horse Racing Radio Network has announced it will provide live coverage of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's return to competition in the $1.75 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park on Aug. 2.
Robert LaPenta's March will try to secure a third straight graded stakes win when he starts in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.
Grade I winner Frosted is scheduled to start in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, his first race since June 6 when he finished second in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
A tough cast of characters will fight it out in the $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT), an 11-furlong race for older horses on the Saratoga Race Course inner turf Aug. 1.
Saratoga Race Course will unite with racetracks across the country as part of the second-annual Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Awareness Day Aug. 1.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Handicapping, Thoroughbred Sales, Horse Health, Northeast Region
Trainer Gary Contessa will lead three racing education clinics in August covering a variety of topics, including racehorse conformation, ownership, and general information about the sport.
Looking to replicate V. E. Day's success last year in the Curlin Stakes as a springboard to an upset victory in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), a field of seven has been entered for the July 31 test at Saratoga Race Course.
Uncle Vinny and Magna Light, respective first-and third-place finishers in the Sanford Stakes (gr. III) July 25 emerged in good shape from a contentious running of the six-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds at Saratoga.
Todd Pletcher sent out several of his stable stars for workouts July 26 at Saratoga Race Course, including graded stakes winners Stopchargingmaria, Angela Renee, and Competitive Edge.
Chuck Simon, the 48-year-old Saratoga Springs native, is back to training at Saratoga Race Course for its summer meeting.
A paid crowd of 34,783 attended opening day of Saratoga Race Course's 2015 summer meet July 24, which featured a total all-sources handle of $17,706,202.
Beginning July 27 at Saratoga Race Course, Erinn Higgins will become the first female steward at the Saratoga Springs track, serving as alternate state steward for the New York State Gaming Commission under Steve Lewandowski.
Two days before the opening of a Saratoga meet that will see a number of changes, a near-capacity crowd at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame had plenty of questions for NYRA president Chris Kay.
The well-traveled Curalina carries a three-race winning streak into the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 25, and seeks her second grade I victory in a row against the likes of Include Betty and Keen Pauline.
A number of grade I winners, including several champions, worked July 23 on the main track at Saratoga Race Course as well as the Oklahoma training track.
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