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  • Hip 44 is a half brother to Battle of Midway

    Repole, Eclipse Go to $900,000 for Medaglia d'Oro Colt

    Mike Repole and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners bought the half brother to Santa Anita Derby (G1) runner-up Battle of Midway. The colt's dam is grade 1 winner Rigoletta, who is a sister to stakes-placed Evening Concerto.

  • Hip 34 sold for $750,000

    First Curlin Sold at Saratoga Brings $750,000

    Juddmonte Farms, which had already bought two other yearlings, picked up a daughter of Purple Cat (Bluegrass Cat). Second dam produced grade 1 winner Sky Diva and Quick Little Miss.

  • NYRA Bets Reports Increased Reach in First Year

    Following its launch during the 2016 meet at Saratoga Race Course, NYRA Bets, a leading advance deposit wagering (ADW) platform, has increased its geographic reach by nearly 50% and is now available in 29 states nationwide.

  • Andrew (left), Barbara, and Francis Vanlangendonck operate Summerfield Sales Agency

    Summerfield Sales: A Family Affair

    Maintaining a successful business partnership over decades is no easy task, but it is a different feat all together when you're married to said business partner.

  • Whitney Stakes (G1) winner Gun Runner ranks second in this week's NTRA Poll.

    NTRA Poll Voters Stick With Arrogate

    Gun Runner's victory in the Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 5 didn't sway the minds of the NTRA voters with keeping the 2016 Longines World's Best Race Horse Arrogate on top in Week 28 of the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. 

  • ABR: Gun Runner Rules on Whitney Day

    ABR: Gun Runner Rules on Whitney Day

    Horse racing at its best was on display on Whitney Stakes Day at Saratoga. Gun Runner delivered a superstar performance in the Whitney while revelers made memories on another fantastic day at the Spa.

  • Sharp Samurai wins the 2017 La Jolla Handicap (G3T)

    Sharp Samurai Wins 'Messy' La Jolla

    With the race scenario quickly changing in the backstretch of the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (G3T), Gary Stevens and favored Sharp Samurai had to change things up as well.

  • Keen Ice goes to his nose at the start of the Whitney as the field heads out of the gate Aug. 5

    Woodward 'Strong Possibility' for Gun Runner

    Gun Runner was in fine fettle Aug. 6, following his 5 1/4-length domination in the $1.2 million Whitney Stakes (G1)—a performance made all the more memorable by a wayward horseshoe that made its way into the chestnut colt's tail.

  • Green Mask wins the 5 1/2-furlong Troy Handicap in 1:00.49

    Green Mask Rolls to Troy Handicap Victory

    Abdullah Saeed Almaddah's Green Mask rolled to victory in the 5 1/2-furlong  $250,000 Troy Handicap over the Saratoga Race Course turf in a speedy 1:00.49, just three one-hundredths off the course record.

  • Brad McKinzie

    Los Alamitos Executive Brad McKinzie Dies at 62

    Brad McKinzie, a 30-year executive at Los Alamitos Race Course, a co-founder of the Finish Line Self Insurance Group, and one of the driving forces to bring daytime Thoroughbred racing back to Los Alamitos, died from renal carcinoma Aug. 6.

  • Hip 49 is a half brother to grade 3 winner and grade 1 stakes-placed Royal Mo

    Malibu Moon Colt 'Very Special' for Robinsons

    Few horses bred, raised, or sold by Jim and Pam Robinson have excited them as much as a handsome son of Malibu Moon consigned by Lane's End on their behalf to the Aug. 7 session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.

  • Rally Cry wins the 2017 Alydar Stakes

    Rally Cry Gives Notice in Alydar

    While the bad fortune for the once-promising Mohaymen continued in the Alydar Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 6, the Todd Pletcher-trained Rally Cry alerted the older handicap division that he could be a new force with a 8 3/4-length win.

  • Brando and jockey Tom Eaves with connections after taking the Prix Maurice de Gheest

    Brando Takes Prix Maurice de Gheest

    Brando unleashed a withering burst of speed in the final furlongs to capture the LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest (G1) Aug. 6 at Deauville, as the favorite, Caravaggio, again missed the break and struggled home sixth.

  • Zennor wins the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Lure Stakes

    Zennor Upsets Graded Winners in Lure

    Godolphin's Zennor didn't bring the back class others did into the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure Stakes Aug. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, but he brought an aptitude of finding the wire first.

  • Bronx Beauty and Eddie Castro soar clear in the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park

    Bronx Beauty Liaison's First Black-Type Winner

    Bronx Beauty, who made her second start off a maiden win at Penn National for trainer Anthony Margotta Jr. and owner Two W Stable, made a bold run to conquer a six-horse field of juvenile fillies in the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park Aug. 5.

  • Gun Runner takes the Whitney with style

    Gun Runner Cruises in Whitney

    Cruising for home on his lonesome under a confident ride from Florent Geroux, the 3-5 Steve Asmussen-trained favorite continued to draw away en route to a 5 1/4-length win over Keen Ice.

  • Gun Runner is the commanding favorite in the Whitney Stakes

    Weekend Stakes Rundown: Whitney Day at Saratoga

    Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week a loaded card at Saratoga Race Course, featuring two grade 1 races, highlights the schedule.

  • Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Preview

    Claire Novak previews the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, including comments from Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales and footage of some of the horses to watch at the sale. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.

  • Hip 124 is a Speightstown half brother to Tapwrit

    Riggio and Bandoroff Offer Tapwrit's Half Brother

    Len Riggio and Craig Bandoroff are returning to familiar grounds Aug. 7-8, offering a half brother to classic winner Tapwrit, at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.