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.
- By Vic Zast
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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.
- By Vic Zast
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.
- By Vic Zast
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
- By Vic Zast
Emcee reveals sleeves as track reveals trends. read blog
- By Claire Novak
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).
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- By Vic Zast
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
- By Vic Zast
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.
- By Vic Zast
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
Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga selected yearling sale underwent a correction during the Aug. 6 second session, but the two-day sale produced results that company officials said were indicative of a healthy marketplace.
An Indian Charlie colt from the family of champion Vindication sold for $750,000 to light up the results board during the early portion of the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale Aug. 6.
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Medaglia d'Oro is the leading sire by average price for stallions represented by at least two yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select yearling sale.
Topped by a Dynaformer filly sold for $1,225,000, Fasig-Tipton's annual Saratoga selected yearling sale soared Aug. 5, with the average increasing by 20% over the comparable session a year ago.
A Medaglia d'Oro colt out of the stakes-winning A.P. Indy mare Crystal Current brought $875,000 during the first night of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale Aug. 5. The colt was consigned by Bluewater Sales.
A Distorted Humor filly from the family of sterling mare Better Than Honour was purchased by Live Oak Plantation for $1 million during the Aug. 5 session of the Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Consignors were seeing plenty of interest in the final crop of yearlings by Indian Charlie being offered at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings set for Aug. 5 and 6.
Everything has to fall into place for a top horse to sell well at Saratoga.
Evan Hammonds relives the stretch runs of Cross Traffic and Departing this weekend. watch video
Justin Phillip proved his class Aug. 4 at Saratoga Race Course, taking the $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I) with a determined late run over Bahamian Squall and Gentlemen's Bet.
Whitney Invitational winner Cross Traffic emerged from his first grade I victory "very well," trainer Todd Pletcher reported Aug. 4, with the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course as his next major target.
Hip No. 134 got the best possible update the weekend before the Saratoga select yearling sale, a grade I victory in the family courtesy of Aug. 3 Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) winner Cross Traffic.
Potential buyers have flocked to Saratoga Springs, N.Y. to examine the 152 horses cataloged in this year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings Aug. 5-6. Following are some second session horses turning heads.
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