- By Vic Zast
Puzzling developments emerge at the start of Travers Week. read blog
Puzzling developments emerge at the start of Travers Week. read blog
For Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, winning the New York Turf Writers Cup (NSA-I) never gets old.
Escapefromreality denied Amberjack a sweep of the Big Apple Triple while earning his first stakes victory, leading all the way in the $150,000 Albany Stakes for New York-breds Aug. 21 at Saratoga Race Course.
Can Lighthouse Bay, who won the Prioress at odds of 21-1, hold off the likes of My Happy Face, So Many Ways, Ju Ju Eyeballs, Baby J, and California invader Sweet Lulu in Saratoga's $500,000 Test?
Skip Dickstein highlights Saratoga through years of his photography. view slideshow
Riding feats override hoopla on final day of Alabama Week. read blog
Follow our coverage of the Saratoga Sesquicentennial with images from the pages of The Blood-Horse magazine features during the Saratoga meet. view slideshow
Visitors leave disappointed after disqualification in stakes race. read blog
Evan Hammonds recaps the Arlington Million and Alabama Stakes while highlighting Kitten's Joy and Ken Ramsey's achievement. watch video
Caroline Thomas picked up the first stakes win of her career when moved up in the $200,000 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) due to the disqualification of original winner Nellie Cashman Aug. 18 at Saratoga.
Trainer Chad Brown was in excellent spirits on the morning of Aug. 18, the day after enjoying the biggest day of his training career with a pair of grade I grass wins in the Sword Dancer and Arlington Million.
Trainer Todd Pletcher's dynamic duo of Palace Malice and Verrazano, leading contenders for the upcoming Travers Stakes (gr. I), took to the Saratoga Race Course main track Aug. 18 for their final workout before the race.
TimeformUS Plays for the race cards at Del Mar and Saratoga on Sunday. read blog
Joyous moments and tragic events collide. read blog
Princess of Sylmar likely wrapped up an Eclipse Award as outstanding 3-year-old filly with another sharp victory in the Alabama Stakes Aug. 17 at Saratoga Race Course, her third grade I victory in a row.
Big Blue Kitten, given a patient ride by Joe Bravo, burst through an opening at mid-stretch and swept past Twilight Eclipse late to post a one-length win in the $600,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) Aug. 17 at Saratoga.
Both trainer Ken McPeek and regular rider Alan Garcia were pleased with the way War Dancer performed in his final breeze Aug. 17 prior to the Travers Stakes (gr. I). Frac Daddy was also on the tab.
"Today, he's got his ears pricked and he's looking around at people eating Dunkin' Donuts," trainer says of Travers-bound speedster's Aug. 17 move.
Close races highlight a Friday card viewed by 22,940 fans. read blog
Tell a Great Story will be scratched from the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) after breaking out in hives the morning of Aug. 16 at Saratoga Race Course, according to Tom Mullikin, Sagamore Racing's general manager.
Grade I winner Dayatthespa, making a rare appearance against New York-breds, took control in the stretch and held steady for a 1 3/4-length victory in the $150,000 Yaddo Stakes Aug. 16 at Saratoga Race Course.
Day after Fabulous Fillies Day a winner. read blog
Second and third in the July 24 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, Watsdachances and Tapicat will rematch Aug. 18 in the $200,000 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (gr. IIT).
Barclay Tagg said he has no concrete plans for Charles Fipke's grade I winner Java's War, who was moved to the trainer's barn Aug. 14 after previously being trained by Ken McPeek.
Janis Whitham's homebred Fort Larned remains on track for the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) after a half-mile breeze Aug. 15 at Saratoga Race Course.
Pink is the color of the racecourse. read blog
The American Graded Stakes Committee decided Saratoga's off-the-turf National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes will retain a grade III status for 2013.
Trainer Jim Bond explains why Saratoga is special. Jim tells how long he has been training at Saratoga, how many horses he has running at the meet this year, and the New York Bred program. watch video
Emcee reveals sleeves as track reveals trends. read blog
A daughter of Tapit consigned by Gainesway is purchased for $430,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton New York preferred yearling sale early in the night Aug. 11. watch video
Front-running Corfu nipped Wired Bryan by a bare nose in a desperate finish to the $200,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) Aug. 11, giving trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in the race for 2-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course.
Designer Legs, a Louisiana-bred filly who cost $10,000 at auction and began her career in the upper Midwest, shipped into Saratoga Race Course and emerged with a grade II victory to her credit in the Adirondack Stakes.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb arrived at Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey's barn at Saratoga Race Course mid-afternoon on Aug. 11. He is preparing for a run in the Travers Stakes (gr. I).
TimeformUS Plays for Saratoga and Del Mar graded stakes races. read blog
Reigning Horse of the Year rewards big crowd with near-record performance. read blog
The New York Racing Association reported that all-sources wagering was up less than 1% and attendance down slightly during the first half of the 40-day meet at Saratoga Race Course.
Heavily favored Wise Dan ran his winning streak to eight while rolling to a repeat victory in the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course, defeating pacesetter King Kreesa by 1 1/4 lengths Aug. 10.
Hip 379, Tapit filly from the Gainesway consignment walks at Fasig-Tipton's New York-bred yearling sale, to be held Aug. 10-11, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Watch Video
Hip 300, a Yes It's True colt, half to New York Derby and Mike Lee Stakes winner Amberjack, walks at the Marshall Silverman consignment before the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale Aug 10-11 in Saratoga Springs. Watch Video
One jockey, five horses and Belmont II and Mellon honored. read blog
Notacatbutallama, given plenty of rallying room along the inside, outfought North Slope to capture the off-the-turf National Museum Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. III) on a sloppy main track Aug. 9 at Saratoga Race Course.
Steeplechase racing meets international day festivities. read blog
Clarence Scharbauer Jr.'s talented Fiftyshadesofgold makes her graded stakes debut Aug. 11 at Saratoga Race Course, one of seven fillies entered for the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II).
New York stallion Cosmonaut celebrated his first winner practically in his backyard when Marvin's Miracle posted a three-quarter-length victory in his second start Aug. 8 in the fifth race at Saratoga Race Course.
Todd Pletcher and former assistant Michael Dilger will tangle in the Aug. 11 Saratoga Special (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course, when Pletcher sends two young starters and Dilger wheels back Sanford Stakes winner Wired Bryan.
The New York Racing Association will host a public forum Aug. 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on 191 Union Avenue, across the street from Saratoga Race Course.
A new venture following the Starlight Racing model by Laurie Wolf and Barbara Lucarelli, StarLadies, picked up more yearlings at the Aug. 5-6 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said top sophomores Palace Malice and Verrazano will breeze Aug. 10 at Saratoga. Also scheduled to breeze over the weekend is Moreno, third in the Jim Dandy for Eric Guillot.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb is scheduled to arrive at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 11 to finish his preparations for the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Distorted Humor had the top Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling average of $567,000. Quality Road had the top average among first-crop yearling sires at $287,500