Maiden Balance the Books, last in the homestretch, took the overland route to nab pacesetter Joha on the line in the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 30 on the turf at Saratoga Race Course.
- By Tom LaMarra
Pete and Tom handicap the Woodward Stakes field racing at Saratoga this weekend. watch video
Jackson Bend will get the chance to defend his title in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 1, according to Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito.
For the first time in history, two canoes will float on the infield pond at Saratoga Race Course in honor of Golden Ticket and Alpha.
Steve and Lenny discuss Frankel, the three-year-olds, fillies of summer, and interview Kenny McPeek about Golden Ticket's win. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the Travers Stakes, Personal Ensign, Pacific Classic, and more! watch video
Love and Pride, staked to a daylight lead in the stretch by John Velazquez, denied the late bid of 3-5 pick Royal Delta to earn her first grade I victory in the $600,000 Personal Ensign Stakes Aug. 26 at Saratoga Race Course.
Favored Zagora found firm going much to her liking in capturing the $250,000 Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT), presented by Jose Cuervo, in record time on the inner turf course Aug. 25 at Saratoga Race Course.
Golden Ticket, a 33-1 shot, and 2-1 favorite Alpha made history with the first dead heat in the modern history of the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Bouncing right back from a restricted stakes romp just three days earlier, Willy Beamin closed with a rush to capture the $500,000 Foxwoods King's Bishop (gr. I) in his graded stakes debut Aug. 25 at Saratoga Race Course.
Contested overcame a flat-footed start and closed from slightly off the pace to win the $500,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 25, nabbing her second grade I victory in New York this year.
Turbulent Descent made her first start for her new connections a winning one Aug. 24, taking the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course and punching her ticket to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
- By Tom LaMarra
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Travers Stakes this weekend. watch video
- By Esther Marr
My first trip to Saratoga Springs was a whirlwind. read blog
Grade I winner Summer Soiree, last seen finishing second in the Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) last November, makes her 2012 debut in the $250,000 Ballston Spa Stakes Presented by Jose Cuervo (gr. IIT) on Saratoga's inner turf.
Trinniberg and Currency Swap, two of the nation's best 3-year-old sprinters, square off once again in the $500,000 Foxwood King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 25 at Saratoga Race Course.
Besilu Stable's Royal Delta, the reigning 3-year-old filly champion and 2011 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner looms an imposing favorite in the Personal Ensign for trainer Bill Mott.
Besilu Stables' Royal Delta put in her final serious work for the Aug. 26 Personal Ensign Invitational (gr. I), breezing four furlongs in a bullet :48.95 under exercise rider Rodolphe Brisset Aug. 20 at Saratoga Race Course.
New York-based jockey Junior Alvarado was reported to be in good condition after being thrown from his mount, Pete's Parley, in the second race at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 20.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Arlington Million, Beverly D., Alabama Stakes, and more! watch video
Trainer Steve Asmussen expressed satisfaction with My Miss Aurelia's breeze Aug. 19 at Saratoga Race Course in New York.
Multiple grade I winner Jackson Bend appeared to be feeling fine Aug. 19 following an eventful morning on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course in New York the day before.
Travers Stakes (gr. I) candidates Nonios, Liaison, Atigun, and Stealcase put in final works Aug. 19. The $1 million Travers, at 1 1/4 miles, is Aug. 25 at Saratoga Race Course.
With an eye-catching final burst, favored Stephanie's Kitten prevailed by a half-length in the $200,000 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) on the inner turf course at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 19.
Quick Wit, who won the off-the-turf running of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (gr. II) at Saratoga Aug. 10, remains an outside possibility for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 25.
Dual grade 1 winner Jackson Bend breezed a half-mile over the Oklahoma training track on the morning of Aug. 16, covering the distance in :49.33 as he preps for the $500,000 Forego (gr. I) Sept. 1.
Turbo Compressor goes after the biggest score of his career Aug. 18 when he heads a field of nine in the 38th running of the $600,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) at Saratoga Race Course.
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
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