Commercial breeders and pinhookers found the going tougher at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale as prices and profits declined from a year ago.
With 22 of 40 racing days in the books, all-sources handle on Saratoga races climbs; attendance and field size are fractionally down as wet weather causes 26 races to come off turf.
Evan recaps Wise Dan in the Fourstardave Handicap and Executiveprivilege in the Sorrento Stakes. watch video
Spurious Precision, the only contestant in the Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) with a race over the track, powered his way to a five-length triumph in the 6 1/2-furlong race Aug. 12
After breaking her maiden by 12 lengths opening day at the Spa, Kauai Katie returned Aug. 12 to win the grade II Adirondack Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by daylight for undefeated Stonestreet Stables.
Pete and Evan examine the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga. watch video
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.
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
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.
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.
Surging Poseidon's Warrior produced a 36-1 upset in the $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) when heavy favorite Shackleford failed to handle a muddy track at Saratoga Race Course 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
Well-known trainer Dale Romans has expanded his involvement in the horse business to include selling.
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.
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.
- By Tom LaMarra
Tom and Pete handicap the Whitney Invitational Handicap and the West Virginia Derby this week. watch video
Randleston Farm's Spy in the Sky overcame his 25-1 odds as the longest shot in a 10-horse field and held on to win the $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Handicap (NSA-I) Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course.
- By Pete Denk
Top class stayer gets plenty of pace to run at. read blog
Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga auction, scheduled for Aug. 6 and 7 in New York, has a number of half brothers and half sisters to racing royalty in its catalog.
The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale in New York Aug. 6 and 7 has seven young horses that were acquired previously at public auction for $200,000 or more apiece.
Undefeated in six races before losing badly in her last start, Agave Kiss will attempt to start a new streak at a new track when she faces six rivals in the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 4.
The "Riders Up!" jockey karaoke competition will be held in Saratoga to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Racing fans who stuck around for the last race at Saratoga July 21 witnessed a miracle. read blog
The path to the Breeders' Cup Classic heads to Upstate New York Saturday when the $750,000 Whitney (GI) is run at Saratoga Race Course, with the winner earning an automatic starting berth into the Classic.
Lenny recaps the Haskell Invitational, Jim Dandy and Diana Handicap. watch video
Currency Swap showed his affinity for Saratoga Race Course July 29, making his first start since winning the 2011 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) a profitable one when he dashed to victory in the $200,000 Amsterdam (gr. II).
Several key contenders for the Aug. 4 Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) breezed July 29 on the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course, and trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Mike Repole's Caixa Eletronica.
Godolphin Racing's Alpha emerged from his Jim Dandy (gr. II) victory July 28 in fine fettle and is definitely bound for the Travers Stakes (gr. I), trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said the morni
Unraced since a 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Godolphin Stables' Alpha proved his mettle off the layup July 28 when he took the $600,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) wire-to-wire at Saratoga.
Street Life earned street cred at Saratoga Race Course July 27, punching his ticket to the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) by taking the $100,000 Curlin Stakes for Magnolia Racing Stable and Hidden Brook Farm.
Three Chimneys Hopeful (gr. I) winner Currency Swap returns to the scene of last year's great triumph at Saratoga Race Course as the 5-2 favorite in a field of seven for the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) July 29.
Centre Court, weaving through traffic in the stretch run on the Saratoga Race Course turf under Julien Leparoux, got the lead in deep stretch and prevailed in a roughly-run renewal of the $200,000 Lake George Stakes July 25.
Zagora won the Diana Stakes (gr. IT) in 2011, but the 5-year-old mare faces a steep challenge this time around at Saratoga Race Course as Tapitsfly, Winter Memories, Hungry Island, and two European invaders join the fray.
Eight 3-year-old colts and geldings hoping to step up in their division will assemble for the $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course July 27.
On track handle, total handle, and attendance posted increases from 2011 after four days of racing at Saratoga.
Barbara Banke, owner of Stonestreet Farm, will announce the name of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra's first foal at Saratoga Race Course in New York July 27.
Ramon Dominguez, the reigning two-time Eclipse Award winner, joined Hall of Famer John Velazquez July 22 as the only riders in the 144-year history of Saratoga Race Course to win six races on a single card.
Favored Bern Identity stalked a hot pace before sweeping to victory over front-running Handsome Jack in the $200,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course July 22.
Trainer Chad Brown confirmed Martin Schwartz's Zagora for a title defense in the Diana Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares July 28, after the mare breezed four furlongs on the Oklahoma training track.
Jockey John Velazquez, sidelined since fracturing his collarbone in a June 16 spill at Churchill Downs, will return to the races July 25 at Saratoga Race Course.
Owner Martin S. Schwartz's eye for a good horse has led him to Samitar, who bears watching in the $200,000 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies on turf at Saratoga July 25.
One race after Rick Dutrow won the James Marvin Stakes (gr. III) on July 20, his brother Tony Dutrow sent 5-2 favorite So Many Ways to victory in the 94th running of the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. II).
Trainer Rick Dutrow may be facing diminishing opportunity to saddle winners, but that didn't stop him from sending 6-1 shot Pacific Ocean to take the $100,000 James Marvin Stakes (gr. III) July 20 at Saratoga Race Course.
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