With Wise Dan still progressing in his comeback from May 16 colic surgery, favoritism and a highweight assignment in Saratoga's $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) go to Dale Romans trainee Silver Max.
A revamped racing program and enhancements to the customer experience were among the successes trumpeted by the NYRA board of directors Aug. 6, and in return president Christopher Kay received a bonus and a raise.
Last-minute bid secures sale-topper for Willis Horton, and Sequel Stallions proves New York is quickly growing beyond its reputation as a regional market.
The second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale Aug. 5 saw steady momentum gains that led to the third million-dollar horse of the sale.
Colt out of the family of Birdstone and Bird Town session-topper so far.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has scheduled three legislative briefings in August and September. The first one will be held Aug. 7 at Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Roy and Gretchen Jackson and All Inn Stable announced Aug. 8 the retirement of millionaire and multiple graded-stakes winner Willcox Inn, who will stand at Saratoga Stud.
Back stories and analysis of opening night at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale Aug. 4.
Eric Mitchell takes us through the first day of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. Watch several of the day's top sellers in the ring as Eric gives the final numbers. watch video
Solis/Litt Bloodstock about the daughter of champion She Be Wild for $1,150,000.
Nat Rea's Regis Farms bought the filly, who purchased as a weanling for $550,000 at Keeneland November last fall.
Gainesway as agent sold the colt for $675,000 to John Ferguson midway through the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale.
Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga select yearling sale continues its two-night run Aug. 5 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Following is a selection of noteworthy yearlings from the final session.
"Here comes the most famous maiden in the world," said one horseman Aug. 4 on the backside of Saratoga Race Course as unraced Jess's Dream made his way to the main track.
Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales and Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning comment on the importance of the Saratoga Sale this year. watch video
Breeders will be tempted by an abundance of well-bred fillies being offered at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale Aug. 4-5.
Southern Equine Stables' 10-1 shot went wire-to-wire in the 1 1/8-mile Whitney, leaving Itsmyluckyday and Will Take Charge behind to finish in 1:48.05 on a fast track. Palace Malice, the 3-5 favorite, faded to sixth.
Juddmonte Farms' Filimbi collared pacesetter Dayatthespa in the stretch and outfought that tenacious rival for her first U.S. stakes win in the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Stakes Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course.
New York-bred Palace, formerly a $20,000 claimer, earned his first grade I victory for owner Antonino Miuccio and trainer Linda Rice in the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I) Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course.
Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan worked five furlongs in 1:02.04 on Saratoga's main track Aug. 2 as trainer Charlie LoPresti continues to weigh options for a comeback race.
Al Stall Jr. believes Departing is a grade I horse, and on Aug. 2 he'll try to prove it in the $1.5 million Whitney Handicap.
Elizabeth Voss Murray, who recently took over the stable of her late father Tom Voss, registered her first graded stakes win July 31 when Makari eked out a nose victory in the $100,000 A.P. Smithwick (NSA-I) at Saratoga.
Dayatthespa and Big Blue Kitten, two familiar faces from the barn of trainer Chad Brown, head the respective fields for the De La Rose and the Lure, two $100,000 turf races on the Whitney undercard Aug. 2 at Saratoga.
Trainer Charlie LoPresti said July 31 that two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will not make his comeback in the Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, an event the 7-year-old gelding has won the past two years.
Will Take Charge and Palace Malice meet again Aug. 2 in the $1.5 million Whitney Handicap (gr. I), squaring off at Saratoga Race Course as the top two choices in a field of nine drawn for the 1 1/8-mile test.
An evenly-matched field of eight will face off in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes (gr. I) on the Whitney undercard Aug. 2 at Saratoga, with seven of them already graded stakes winners.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. against the New York State Gaming Commission, the Association of Racing Commissioners International, and two New York regulators.
Churchill Downs is finalizing a five-year contract to manage the Saratoga Casino and Raceway and another casino in Colorado owned by Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. CDI is pursuing a 25% equity stake in Saratoga Harness Racing.
With four victories in four starts this year, Palace Malice hopes to continue making a statement in the second half of the season when he races Aug. 2 in the grade I Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.
Ron Sanchez will send former hype horse Social Inclusion--coming off a career-worst seventh in the July 27 Haskell Invitational (gr. I)--to trainer Chad Brown in hopes of hitting the restart button on the colt's career.
State regulators in New York have acted quickly to issue a new rule letting racetrack-based casinos operate an extra two hours a day.
The sign isn't hanging on barn 5 in Clare Court this summer; there's no sign there at all, no one resident that's claimed the spot that for so many years housed Allen Jerkens and his horses.
Last seen being eased in the July 5 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) going 1 1/4 miles, Rudy Rodriguez trainee will shorten back up after posting consecutive bullet works at Saratoga.
Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Tonalist and third-place finisher Kid Cruz both came out of the July 26 race well, and their respective trainers confirmed they will point to the Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Fox Hill Farms' Coup de Grace closed with gusto in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga Race Course July 26, taking advantage after a quick early pace set-up in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint for his late-running style.
Trainer Rick Violette said Samraat will rejoin his string at the upstate oval. The colt underwent surgery July 25 to repair a stress fracture in his shin. He had been training for the July 26 Jim Dandy.
Magalen O. Bryant's V. E. Day strung three victories in a row and collected his first stakes score July 25 in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, giving jockey Jose Lezcano his 2,000th career win.
Breezing for the third time since returning to training after colic surgery, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan went an easy five furlongs in 1:03.72 over the Oklahoma turf course at Saratoga Race Course July 25.
Speedsters La Verdad, Red Velvet, R Free Roll, and Merry Meadow will ensure a prompt pace in the Honorable Miss at six furlongs at Saratoga July 28.
Flashy American will take another run at the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course July 27, wheeling back after a third-place finish in the Delaware Handicap (gr. I) two weeks earlier.
New York racetrack gaming facilities, most of which have been facing slumping financial numbers this year, will be able to stay open later into the early morning and be authorized to offer more free play.
First passed as a temporary surcharge in 2007, legislation has been signed into law again authorizing the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to receive 2% of purse proceeds at New York Racing Association tracks.
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.
Willis Horton and Three Chimneys Farm's Will Take Charge breezed five furlongs July 21 in anticipation of his next start in the Aug. 2 Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I).
Team D's Big Trouble, an easy 4 1/2-length debut maiden winner at Belmont Park, won the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) July 19 at Saratoga Race Course by a neck over Mr. Z.
A year after his first experience with the intense scrutiny that comes with the opening of the Saratoga Race Course meet, a more confident, knowledgeable, and experienced Chris Kay discussed the racing season.
Morton Fink's two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan turned in his first breeze of the summer at Saratoga July 18, progressing toward trainer Charlie LoPresti's goal of making the Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT).
The one-mile Sir Cat drew an eight-horse group for the opening day program July 18, led by Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Ring Weekend.
TVG Network and the New York Racing Association announced July 15 a multi-year extension of their agreement for TVG to televise, stream, and accept wagers on live horse races from NYRA tracks.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Empire Dreams benefited from an outside post and clear trip July 12 to take the $161,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes, while an incident at the start impacted more than half the field.
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