The jockey title at Saratoga will be named in honor of Hall of Famer Angel Cordero, Jr., a 14-time leading rider at the Spa, it was announced July 30
Making his first start in nearly four months, Live Oak Plantation's To Honor and Serve returns in the $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) Monday, Aug. 1, at Saratoga.
A University of Kentucky equine science student will be presented the $24,000 Olivia M. Saylor/Fleet Indian Scholarship from the Race for Education following a trophy presentation for the renamed stakes at Saratoga on July 31
- By Vic Zast
High quality horse racing is returning to Saratoga. read blog
NBC Sports' broadcast of the July 23 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga drew an audience of 1.18 million viewers, signaling a successful launch of the NBC Sports Group's "Summer at Saratoga" series.
Saratoga jockeys will be in full voice Aug. 22, when they take the stage at Vapors Night Club for "Riders Up," an evening of jockey karaoke and dinner to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Uncle Mo, last year's champion 2-year-old colt, breezed four furlongs in :50 2/5 over the Oklahoma Training Track July 28 at Saratoga
Aviate and Aruna, who ran one-two at Churchill Downs earlier this year, will square off again in a competitive edition of the $500,000 Diana (gr. IT) July 30 at Saratoga.
Alternation leads a field of seven in the Jim Dandy (gr. II) and will face the rapidly improving Dominus as well as Belmont Stakes (gr. I) second and third-place finishers Stay Thirsty and Brilliant Speed.
J C's Pride set a new track record at Saratoga when he raced five furlongs in :56.54, shaving .17 seconds off the old mark.
The Saratoga jockey colony will take on the Philadelphia Orchestra in a softball game to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Aug. 1.
This week is devoted to Saratoga and Del Mar. View Slideshow
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced July 26 that it will conduct a Pedigree and Conformation Clinic Aug. 8 and a Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar Aug. 11 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
New York Racing Association reported that attendance for the first four days of its Saratoga meeting was up 2%, while all-sources handle rose 10%.
The New York Racing Association will continue its "New Owners Luncheon" series at Saratoga for those interested in learning more about thoroughbred ownership.
- By Vic Zast
Finding comfort from the heat was a pre-occupation. read blog
Favored Georgie's Angel Easily Takes Schuylerville on Saratoga's opening day.
Jackson Bend slipped through an opening along the rail at the top of the stretch en route to his first win since October 2009 in the $78,000 James Marvin Stakes on opening day at Saratoga July 22.
A cocktail party to benefit Old Friends at Cabin Creek Farm will be held Saturday, July 23, at The Washington Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York.
- By Vic Zast
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will have a race named in her honor. But vote for best race on Opening Day goes to James Marvin Stakes. read blog
Todd Pletcher, who has won three of the last seven editions of the Sanford (gr. II), will have another strong chance when he sends out impressive maiden winner Overdriven July 24 at Saratoga.
It drew a short field, but the $250,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 23 at Saratoga features five of the best 3-year-old fillies in the nation in a race that could go a long way in deciding divisional honors.
The $100,000 Schuylerville (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies is the feature on opening day of the 40-day Saratoga meet, but the ungraded James Marvin Stakes for older sprinters is the race that has everyone taking notice.
The seventh race on the July 22 opening day at Saratoga Race Course will be named in honor of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a Representative who is recuperating from injuries sustained when she was shot Jan. 8.
The NBC Sports Group's seven straight weekends of "Summer at Saratoga" coverage begins Saturday, July 23, with live coverage of the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I).
Celebrity chef and racing owner Bobby Flay will deliver the keynote address at the National Museum of Racing's 2011 Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday, Aug. 12, at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion.
Saratoga Race Course will open its gates five days early as the Spa prepares to host its annual pre-season preview party, the 31st annual Open House.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 160 horses for its Saratoga select yearling sale. The number is down 20.8% from last year's total of 202. The 91st edition of the auction will be held Aug. 8 and 9 in New York.
The head of the New York Racing Association said he made "a mistake" by not sharing details about management pay hikes with state oversight officials, but he defended the fiscal health of the association.
One of the most fun things about summer racing is watching the 2-year-olds emerge, especially at Saratoga, where many well-bred youngsters start for the first time. Read Blog
The New York Racing Association has announced two purse incentives for the upcoming 40-day meet at Saratoga, which begins on Friday, July 22.
The New York Racing Association and the NBC Sports Group May 12 announced a partnership to broadcast "Summer at Saratoga," live racing from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., over seven weekends beginning July 23.
A half sister to Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Plum Pretty is entered in the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Timonium, Md., May 23 and 24.
Pinhookers' 2-year-olds are more profitable because they spent less to acquire them as yearlings.
The New York Racing Association's stakes schedule for the 2011 Belmont Park spring/summer meet includes the return of four graded stakes that were on hiatus in 2010 due to financial constraints.
Kimberly Justus, director of guest services for the New York Racing Association, has left the company due to personal family reasons, NYRA announced Feb. 19.
The Jockey Club's 59th annual "Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing" has been scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011 at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Auctions are scheduled for Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, and Texas.
A Little Warm, winner of the July 31 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, suffered condylar fractures to both front legs Oct. 21 and will most likely be retired from racing, his connections told the Daily Racing Form.
Discreetly Mine, winner of the Aug. 28 King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, is no longer being pointed toward the Nov. 6 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Churchill Downs due to an injury to his left stifle.
The reigning Horse of the Year worked a bullet four furlongs at Saratoga's Oklahoma Training track.
An excellent card takes the meet into waning days. Read Blog
Quality Road got back on track in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I), easily defeating an overmatched field under John Velazquez to earn his fourth grade I win Sept. 4 at Saratoga.
In a star-studded field that included some of the biggest name sprinters on the East Coast, it was little-known Here Comes Ben that came from off the pace to spring a 9-1 upset in the $250,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 4.
Rail Trip continued his preparations for the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park on Oct. 2 with a brisk six-furlong breeze on the Saratoga main track Sept. 4.
Kent Desormeaux was awaiting the opinion of a specialist at Albany Medical Center on Sept. 4 to determine whether an apparent vertebrae fracture was a new injury or an old one.
- By Vic Zast
The party plan goes into effect to help attendance. Read Blog
Three of the most impressive maiden winners this summer -- Boys At Tosconova, Stay Thirsty, and Wine Police -- headline a field of seven in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), the marquee event for juveniles at Saratoga.
- By Tom LaMarra
Pari-mutuel handle was off by about $100 million in August compared with the same month in 2009, yet another indication any rebound will take longer than some in the industry imagined.
- By Vic Zast
Four horses leave the ranks of the non-winners. Read Blog
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