Photos highlighting the 2015 Saratoga race meet. view slideshow
Frosted returned to the track Aug. 14 for his first serious work since running second in the Aug. 1 Jim Dandy (gr. II) at Saratoga, breezing 4f in :51.25 on the main track in preparation for the Aug. 29 Travers (gr. I).
Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Texas Red emerged from his victory over Frosted in exceptional condition and is on course for the grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 29, according to Julie Clark, assistant trainer to Keith Desormeaux.
Those who questioned the class level of Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red had to eat their words Aug. 1, as the son of Afleet Alex turned back Frosted in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. read blog
Jockey Kent Desormeaux was taken off his final two mounts at Del Mar July 29 because of a failed breathalyzer test, stewards said July 30. Desormeaux said his carbonated water caused a false reading.
A field of 11 that appeared headed for at most seven starters for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort was back up to nine two days before the race.
Grade I winner Frosted is scheduled to start in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, his first race since June 6 when he finished second in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
The connections of Carpe Diem, who was being pointed to the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), have decided not to enter the two-time grade I winner in the 1 1/2-mile classic.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Evan Hammonds handicap the exciting Travers Stakes at Saratoga this week. Will you pick the Jim Dandy Stakes winner? watch video
- By Steve Haskin
First, Bayern is going to be very tough on an uncontested lead, especially breaking from post 2 and with a stone closer, Commanding Curve, inside him. Second, Tonalist and Wicked Strong are both sitting on big efforts. read blog
After a somewhat disappointing Triple Crown campaign, Wicked Strong started the second half of his sophomore season in fine style, defeating Tonalist in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 26 at Saratoga.
TimeformUS looks at the Jim Dandy and the Haskell. read blog
- By Claire Novak
Tonalist and Wicked Strong will face several new shooters this week in the Jim Dandy Stakes. Who do you like in the Jim Dandy? Listen to Claire Novak and Frank Angst give their picks. watch video
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist and fourth-place finisher Wicked Strong share a highweight assignment of 123 pounds for the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga on July 26.
Robert Evans' Tonalist, winner of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has a high mountain to climb if he wishes to supplant California Chrome atop the 3-year-old division.
Jimmy Jerkens will send his top 3-year-old to the July 26 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) en route to the Travers Stakes (gr. I), and puts blinkers on the Hard Spun colt for his Saratoga outing.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist turned in his final work before the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 26, going five furlongs in 1:01.79 in company with stablemate Life In Shambles at Saratoga Race Course.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist continued his preparations for the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) by breezing five furlongs in company with stablemate Life in Shambles July 6 at Belmont Park.
Cot Campbell tells of his incredible ride with Palace Malice (not over yet). read blog
Evan Hammonds recaps the efforts of Palace Malice and Verrazano from the weekend. watch video
Fresh off his win in the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 27, Palace Malice can be expected to make his next start in the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I), Cot Campbell, head of owner Dogwood Stable, indicated.
Dogwood Stables' Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Palace Malice proved his class July 27 at Saratoga Race Course, powering to victory in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II).
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Palace Malice towers over nine other sophomores -- including Mylute, Code West, Vyjack, and Moreno -- entered in the July 27 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga.
Fort Larned breezed five furlongs in 1:03.81 over the main track at Saratoga on July 20, while Mucho Macho Man went in 1:01.61. The two continue to prepare for the Aug. 3 Whitney Invitational, won by Fort Larned in 2012.
Lenny recaps the Haskell Invitational, Jim Dandy and Diana Handicap. watch video
Godolphin Racing's Alpha emerged from his Jim Dandy (gr. II) victory July 28 in fine fettle and is definitely bound for the Travers Stakes (gr. I), trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said the morni
- By Vic Zast
Horse racing's graded stakes committee may wake up to the reality that the graded stakes of summer and fall for 3-year-old horses fail to meet the criteria of grade I competition. But it's likely the committee won't. read blog
Unraced since a 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Godolphin Stables' Alpha proved his mettle off the layup July 28 when he took the $600,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) wire-to-wire at Saratoga.
- By Pete Denk
What remains of the three-year-old crop? read blog
- By Claire Novak
Claire and Pete handicap the Jim Dandy Stakes, Haskell Invitational, and Curlin Stakes. watch video
A deep, competitive field of eight will face off in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 28 to determine who continues to the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 25.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who is making plans to return Paynter to New York this summer, said his valiant Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up lost a shoe during the June 9 race at Belmont Park.
Multiple grade II winner to stand at Midwest Equine & Veterinary Hospital near Trafalgar, Ind. The son of Grand Slam will stand for a 2012 fee of $2,500.
- By Vic Zast
Saratoga epitomizing the sport in every way. Read Blog
The Haskell and Jim Dandy headline a key weekend of 3-year-old racing. read blog
Jason, Ian and Evan handicap the Haskell and Jim Dandy this weekend. Watch Video
Alternation leads a field of seven in the Jim Dandy (gr. II) and will face the rapidly improving Dominus as well as Belmont Stakes (gr. I) second and third-place finishers Stay Thirsty and Brilliant Speed.
Flower Alley, winner of the 2005 Travers Stakes (gr. I), was represented with his first winner when his juvenile daughter, Smoke Alley, held on for a head victory in the second race at Woodbine Aug. 6.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Alan Porter's focus this week is the interbreeding of close genetic relatives The Minstrel and Nijinsky II, as exemplified by recent stakes winners A Little Warm and Malibu Prayer.
Jason Shandler's thoughts on this weekend's racing. Read Blog
Jason, Tom, and James Scully preview the Haskell. Also, picks for the Jim Dandy. Watch Video
Horse racing's second season hits a high point Aug. 29 with the running of the $1-million Shadwell Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, and this Saturday at Saratoga seven 3-year-olds will assemble for the 46th running of the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II).
The Horse Racing Radio Network will broadcast live from both Saratoga Race Course and Monmouth Park this weekend.
Street Sense is back and so is Rags to Riches. All is once again right with the racing world. If Curlin emerges victorious from next week's Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), then the Breeders' Cup World Championships will have the star power it so desperately needs.
Trainer Steve Asmussen had his corps of 3-year-old colts ready for action, working Curlin, Tiz Wonderful, Zanjero, and Forty Grams over the Oklahoma training track Tuesday for their upcoming stakes engagements.
Darley Stable's Classic winner Bernardini coasted to victory in nearly gate to wire fashion in the $500,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) under sloppy conditions Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
The Todd Pletcher-trained Purge, gobbled up speed merchant Medallist on the far turn and romped to victory in the $500,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course Sunday.
Saratoga Notebook: Albarado on Sky Mesa; Favorites Rule; No Decision on Congrats; Sackatoga Stable Grows
Jockey Robby Albarado has picked up the mount on Sky Mesa for the Haskell Invitational and trainer Shug McGaughey is undecided on whether to run Congrats in the Haskell or the Jiim Dandy. Also, favorites are having a good Spa meet, Kissin Saint may make his next start on grass, Sackatoga Stable has expanded, and the Dogwood Dominion Award goes to a backstretch "community leader."
James McIngvale's Swaps Stakes (gr. II) winner During will make his next start in Sunday's Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, trainer Bob Baffert said on Monday.
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