Claire Novak

  • Full Travers Field Awaits Exaggerator

    Fourteen—the largest field since 1977—entered for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, and the winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) breaks in the thick of it Aug. 27.

  • Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Day 2 Recap

    Claire Novak recaps Day 2 of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, including comments from Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Sales Spotlight with Claire Novak - Saratoga Sale Recap Day 1

    Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Day 1 Recap

    Claire Novak recaps day 1 of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. Watch the top hips in the ring as Claire provides numbers and analysis of the session's action. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales

  • 2016 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Preview

    Claire Novak previews the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale which features yearlings by Frankel, Uncle Mo, War Front, and Tapit. Also includes comments from Mark Taylor. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency

  • Frosted Dazzles in Whitney

    Joel Rosario had ice in his veins and Frosted was breathing fire in a scorching edition of the $1.25 million Whitney Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 6 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Exaggerator to Run in Haskell

    Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator threw his hat into the betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) ring, when his connections told the Monmouth Park racing office their 3-year-old colt will be headed to the Jersey Shore for the July 31 race.

  • Bitumen comes running late to win the Sanford.

    Bitumen Rallies to Sanford Score

    Joseph Sutton's Bitumen ran the way a favorite should July 23 , closing with a powerful rally to take the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Dressed in Hermes wins the Pasadena Stakes

    Dressed in Hermes Gets Oceanside Class Relief

    The 3-year-old son of Hat Trick returns to the seaside track July 15 on opening day with a drop in class to the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes, but will face a loaded field as he seeks a return to the winner's circle.

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    Fasig-Tipton July Recap

    Claire Novak recaps the Fasig-Tipton July Sale, including comments from Boyd Browning, President of Fasig-Tipton, and Aron Wellman of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency

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    Fasig-Tipton July Preview

    Claire Novak previews the Fasig-Tipton July Sale in Lexington Kentucky, including a look at some of the freshmen sires represented. Also comments from Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Farm about this sale, and regarding today's selling environment.

  • Dark Nile splashes home in the Delaware Oaks.

    Dark Nile Caps Big Day for Delacour

    A sloppy track and a rain delay that kept the runners in the Delaware Park paddock for more than 30 minutes was no bother to WinStar Farm's Dark Nile, who won the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • A. P. Indian takes the Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes over Marking

    A. P. Indian Gets Rail Trip to Sprint Victory

    The rail was dead earlier on the July 9 card at Belmont Park, but that didn't stop jockey Joe Bravo from taking the inside path to victory aboard A. P. Indian in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III).

  • No Distortion rolls to victory in the Long Branch Stakes

    No Distortion Punches Haskell Ticket

    Brereton Jones' homebred No Distortion made short work of a short field in the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes July 9 at Monmouth Park, and punched his ticket to the July 31 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) with an authoritative win.

  • Private Zone Finally Gets Chance to Start

    Private Zone, scratched from the June 10 True North Stakes (gr. II) in New York due to trainer Brian Lynch's positive drug test for marijuana, will get the chance to make his season debut in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III).

  • Zipessa wins Dr. James Penny Memorial at Parx Racing

    Zipessa Zips Clear in Penny Memorial

    Empyrean Stables' Zipessa broke through the graded ranks July 4 at Parx Racing, obtaining the lead early and maintaining it late in the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT).

  • Nyquist Posts Another Santa Anita Breeze

    Trainer Doug O'Neill continues to put the foundation under Reddam Racing's champion Nyquist for his first start since a third in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), although exactly where that race will be has not yet been revealed.

  • Off the Tracks leads the way to victory in the Mother Goose

    Off the Tracks Wires Mother Goose

    Off the Tracks led all the way in the $300,000 Mother Goose (gr. I) July 2 at Belmont Park, turning back dual grade II winner Lewis Bay at the end to gamely earn her first grade I score.

  • Tuttipaesi Chases Graded Repeat

    Valor Ladies' Tuttipaesi (IRE), winner of the March 16 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park last out, chases a second graded victory in the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial (gr. IIIT) July 4 at Parx Racing.

  • Wake Forest wins the 2016 Man o' War.

    Wake Forest Heads United Nations

    German-bred Wake Forest (GER), who has done little wrong in a pair of starts for trainer Chad Brown this year, chases his second grade I victory in a row in the $300,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) July 3 at Monmouth Park.

  • THS The Gold Cup

    That Handicapping Show: The Gold Cup

    Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I), featuring Melatonin, Hoppertunity, Second Summer, Hard Aces, and Imperative. Sponsored by Equibase.

  • American Cleopatra (on the outside) works at Santa Anita June 17

    American Cleopatra Breezes for Baffert

    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent American Cleopatra—the 2-year-old full sister to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah—through her first official breeze at Santa Anita Park June 17.

  • Unified wins the 2016 Peter Pan Stakes.

    Unified Set for Two-Turn Pegasus

    Colt's connections could have urged for a Belmont (gr. I) run June 11 off the 3-year-old colt's May 14 score in the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II), but trust in their down-to-earth trainer and a long-term goal kept them grounded.

  • Effinex wins the 2015 Clark Handicap.

    Effinex Draws Post 3 in Stephen Foster

    Effinex, who last year won the Clark Handicap presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, will look to add to his legacy there June 18 when he takes on six rivals in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).

  • Exaggerator Exits Belmont Without Issue

    The Preakness (gr. I) winner, one of only two horses this year to run in all three legs of the Triple Crown, emerged from an 11th-place finish in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont without an excuse, according to trainer Keith Desormeaux.

  • Belmont Stakes vid

    Belmont Stakes Recap

    Claire Novak recaps Creator's win in the Belmont Stakes. Claire talks about Creator's connections of Irad Ortiz, Jr., Bobby Flay, WinStar, and Steve Asmussen.

  • I'm a Chatterbox Gets Mojo Back in Obeah

    Maybe I'm a Chatterbox needed a race, maybe she needed an easy target. Either way, the grade I winner got her mojo back in the $100,000 Obeah Stakes (gr. III), in which she made short work of a short field June 11 at Delaware Park.

  • Economic Model Rolls Home in Easy Goer

    Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Economic Model got a good trip in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes June 11 at Belmont Park, while favored Cupid missed the break, rushed up on the backside, and faded to finish last.

  • Rain is forecast for Belmont Stakes Day

    Showers Loom on Belmont Day

    The Weather Channel predicts an 80% chance of rain for the day, with isolated thunderstorms likely to move in around 3 p.m. ET, and a 60% probability for 6 p.m. Post time for the Belmont Stakes is 6:37 p.m.

  • Unified working for Jimmy Jerkens on June 10, 2016.

    Effinex, Unified Set for Stakes Engagements

    Jimmy Jerkens might not have a Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender this year, but he's holding a hot hand with June 18 Stephen Foster (gr. I) contender Effinex and June 19 Pegasus (gr. III) runner Unified, who will go favored in their respective races.

  • Joking runs down Dads Caps to win the True North.

    Joking Upsets True North Stakes

    Joking, a 9-1 shot who returned $21.80 while giving owner/trainer Charlton Baker his first graded stakes victory, dashed across the line to upset by a neck.

  • Exaggerator with Peedy Landry on the main track at Belmont Park June 10

    All Systems Go for Belmont Choice Exaggerator

    Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contender Exaggerator moved through the rhythms of a big horse pre-race day June 10; gate-schooling, going for an easy jog, and moving into a controlled gallop as the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) looms.

  • Belmont Stakes News Update for June 9

    Claire Novak recaps a busy morning at Belmont Park, including a 4-furlong work for Governor Malibu, and track activities for Creator, Lani, Suddenbreakingnews, Trojan Nation, Brody's Cause, Cherry Wine, Stradivari, Destin, and more.

  • Cathryn Sophia, the morning after her Kentucky Oaks victory.

    Cathryn Sophia, Go Maggie Go Tangle in Acorn

    Cash is King's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Cathryn Sophia will make her first appearance since that career-high victory when she takes on Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II) winner Go Maggie Go in the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) June 11 at Belmont.