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  • Roman Ruler, defeating Flower Alley in the Dwyer, is favored to win Sunday's Haskell Invitational.

    Moment of Truth for Roman Ruler; Faces Seven in Haskell

    Trainer Bob Baffert firmly believes that Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler is one of the most gifted horses in the country. On Sunday, the colt will try to prove him right when he takes on seven opponents in Saturday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I).

  • Jockey Pat Day said this Kentucky Derby victory aboad Lil E Tee "stands out above all of them."

    Day is Done: Hall of Fame Jockey Announces Retirement

    As the Churchill Downs bugler played "My Old Kentucky Home," an emotional Pat Day officially hung up his saddle today during a press conference at the Louisville, Ky. track, where he is the all-time leading rider with 2,481 wins, including 155 stakes wins.

  • Churchill Downs president/CEO Tom Meeker.

    Meeker Addresses Problems Facing Industry

    Although competition from casinos and the desire to obtain alternative gaming at racetracks generate the most buzz about problems facing North American horse racing, Churchill Downs president and CEO Tom Meeker says there are other issues facing the industry that must be resolved.

  • A horse works over the Polytrack surface at Turfway Park.

    With Polytrack in Place, the Real Race Begins

    The Polytrack racing surface at Turfway Park was installed two weeks ahead of schedule, but the sighs of relief by track officials may be short-lived as the Sept. 7 meet opener approaches. This is new territory, and questions abound, not the least of which is how horsemen and the betting public will respond.

  • Freud Sires First Winner

    Freud, an English group II-placed full brother to prominent stallion Giant's Causeway, was represented by his first winner when his daughter My Interpretation won a turf race Aug. 3 at Saratoga.

  • Gold and Roses glides home first in the Cab Calloway.

    Gold and Roses Blows by 'Grocer in Calloway

    Henry C. Gregory's Gold and Roses pulled away from the front-running favorite Galloping Grocer on a sealed, sloppy main track at Saratoga Race Course Wednesday under jockey Edgar Prado for a 6 ¾-length victory in the $250,000 Cab Calloway Division of the New York Stallion Series.

  • Sense of Style Breezes for Saturday's Test

    Trainer Patrick Biancone gave Michael Tabor's Sense of Style a final four-furlong breeze on the Saratoga main track prior to her start in the $250,000 Test (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.

  • Ohio Derby Winner Palladio Joins Haskell Cast

    Canadian-based Palladio, winner of the Ohio Derby (gr. II), is scheduled to arrive at Monmouth Park Thursday evening for Sunday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), which could draw as many as nine starters.

  • Molto Vita Headlines Spa's Honorable Miss

    A field of eight has been drawn for Friday's feature at Saratoga Race Course. Molto Vita looks to add to her fine resume in the six-furlong Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) for older fillies and mares with $150,000 on the line, but highweight Bank Audit and multiple grade III winner Ebony Breeze may have their say.

  • Racing Industry Reacts to Day's Retirement

    The decision by Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day to retire at age 51 elicited a variety of reactions from those with whom he has worked during his illustrious career.

  • Owner Weber Issues Cancer Research Challenge

    Prominent Thoroughbred owner-breeder Charlotte Weber, set to be honored with this year's "Penny Chenery Distinguished Woman in Racing Award" at Arlington Park Aug. 11, has issued a $50,000 matching gift challenge over the next five years against pledges made to the Chicago track's "Riding For A Cure" program benefiting cancer research.

  • Secretariat Group Buys Derby Trophy

    The anonymous bidder who recently purchased the gold winner's trophy earned by Majestic Prince in the 1969 Kentucky Derby is no stranger to such hardware.

  • Wild Desert Turns in Sharp Work for Travers

    Queen's Plate winner Wild Desert, who was upset in the recent Prince of Wales Stakes, worked five furlongs in a sharp :59 3/5 over the main track at Saratoga Tuesday in preparation for the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27.

  • Neil Getnick, federal monitor assigned to NYRA.

    Monitor's Comments Indicate NYRA May Be Cleared

    The New York Racing Association has made significant strides to improve its operations and to bolster the integrity of the racing industry, according to the federal monitor assigned to oversee NYRA during its deferred prosecution period.

  • Officials Knock Heads Over Racing Franchise

    The battle over the franchise to run three New York racetracks got off to an unofficial start Aug. 2 when officials with the New York Racing Association and Magna Entertainment Corp. sparred during an Albany Law School symposium.

  • Stephen Foster winner Saint Liam, likely favorite for Saturday's Whitney.

    Dutrow Says Saint Liam Will Run 'Huge' in Whitney

    Trainer Rick Dutrow told a national teleconference Tuesday he is expecting a "huge" performance from Saint Liam in Saturday's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. Not that anyone needs Dutrow to tell them that, as the Stephen Foster (gr. I) winner likely will be an overwhelming favorite in the 1 1/8-mile race.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Losing the Handle

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - By year's end, betting on pari-mutuel races run in the United States could fall to its lowest point in five years. Compounding that sobering possibility is this: The percentage of revenue to purses from every dollar wagered is also heading in the wrong direction.

  • A Level Field Within

    <i>By Fred A. Pope</i> - The Holy Grail in competition is a level playing field. It is natural for people to try to gain an advantage. A jockey "race riding" to advantage is acceptable. Giving a horse a performance-altering drug is not.

  • Jockey Rafael Bejarano, sidelined at least six weeks.

    Injured Bejarano Sidelined for at Least Six Weeks

    Jockey Rafael Bejarano, who ranks among the top riders by earnings this year, will miss at least six weeks of competition as a result of a fractured ankle suffered in a gate accident prior to Monday's fifth race at Saratoga.

  • Survey, Questionnaire Reveal Opinions on New York

    A survey authorized by Friends of New York Racing showed many New Yorkers aren't aware of the New York Racing Association's ongoing legal and financial problems, and that they aren't sure how the NYRA franchise should be structured.

  • NFL Stars to Visit Saratoga for Charity

    Nearly two-dozen former NFL stars will visit Saratoga Race Course Aug. 7 to raise money for a local child-service organization during the 12th annual NFL Legends Day.

  • Bejarano Injured in Gate Accident at Saratoga

    Leading Kentucky rider Rafael Bejarano was injured in a starting gate accident at Saratoga prior to Monday's fifth race. While x-rays showed no breakage in his right foot, doctors stated that ligament damage is possible.

  • Artie Schiller leads Silver Tree to the wire in the Bernard Baruch.

    Artie Schiller Narrowly Best in Bernard Baruch

    Artie Schiller got the job done in Monday's $150,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, but his backers had some anxious moments down the stretch as the 2-5 favorite was all-out to beat pacesetting Silver Tree by a half-length.

  • Stephen Foster winner Saint Liam, likely favorite for Whitney.

    Saint Liam Preps for Saturday's Whitney

    Saint Liam, arguably the nation's top older horse after 2005 victories in the grade I Donn and Stephen Foster handicaps, breezed five furlongs over Saratoga's Oklahoma training trackMonday morning in 1:02 1/5.