Benzel, 40, will handle de Sousa's book while the 34-year-old Brazilian hopes to put down roots in the U.S. this October. De Sousa is atop the standings to collect his first title as Great Britain's champion rider.
Royal Posse dug in deep and turned back a game rival in pacesetter Saratoga Snacks to win his stakes debut, the $100,000 Evan Shipman Stakes for New York-breds at Saratoga Race Course.
Grade I winner Cavorting will drop a level to contest the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 6 at Saratoga, but has her work cut out for her in a field of 11.
Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) winner Takeover Target shares the highweight assignment Sept. 5 as part of a trio for trainer Chad Brown in the $300,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
Rachel's Valentina, the 2-year-old Bernardini filly out of champion Rachel Alexandra, looks to take a step up for Stonestreet Stables and trainer Todd Pletcher in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga.
Alto Racing's Azar won for the first time -- in a big way -- Sept. 2, taking the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
At a Sept. 1 summit presented by the New York State Gaming Commission on racehorse aftercare, the New York Racing Association pledged that it would donate $5 per start at its tracks to the TAA.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Sept. 1 said it will commit $450,000 to acquire state-of-the-art equipment for the New York Equine Drug Testing and Research Program at Morrisville State College.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation authorizing an additional 1% of purse money payments to the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
Jockey Victor Espinoza has been fined $15,000 by stewards at Saratoga Race Course in connection with having advertising on his pants when he rode American Pharoah in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes.
If horses on the list of probable starters all show up, the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course could prove very interesting.
Six promising 2-year-olds will go postward Sept. 2 at Saratoga Race Course, looking to add to their budding turf resumes with a victory in the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT).
Saratoga Race Course reported record pari-mutuel handle for its Aug. 29 program that featured the Travers Stakes and five other grade I stakes.
Dacita delivers grade I winner Tepin her second consecutive tough beat at Saratoga.
A 16-1 shot who had not won for Donegal Racing since breaking his maiden last September, Keen Ice upset American Pharoah by about three-quarters of a length Aug. 29 at Saratoga after a prolonged stretch battle.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred world traveler Flintshire put his class on display Aug. 29 when dominating the Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga, earning another chance at the Breeders' Cup Longines Turf (gr. IT).
Public relations executive Ed Lewi, founder of the Capital Region public relations agency that has assisted in media relations and marketing efforts for NYRA since the late 1970s, passed away Aug. 29. He was 81.
Runhappy ran them off their feet Aug 29 in the $500,000 NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, giving trainer Maria Borell her first grade I victory and collecting the first one of his own in stakes-record time.
The 5-year-old New York-bred daughter of Yes It's True will put her four-race win streak on the line Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
The Big Beast won't have to contend with Rock Fall, who beat him by a nose last time out in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I). But the seven-furlong Forego came up a tough race nonetheless, with a slew of new sprinters.
Robert Masterson's Tepin, who is a nose away from being undefeated in four starts this year, appears well-spotted to get back on the winning track in the $400,000 Ketel One Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 29 at Saratoga.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah stepped off the van at Saratoga Race Course at precisely 3 p.m. Aug. 26 for his next assignment, the $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) coming up Aug. 29.
A quick hello from the Triple Crown champ at Blue Grass Airport en route to NY for the Travers Stakes (gr. I). watch video
NY-breds are out-earning KY counterparts
A quick hello from the Triple Crown champ at Blue Grass Airport en route to NY for the Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah drew post 2 and was installed as the 1-5 favorite in a field of 10 for the 146th Travers Stakes (gr. I) to be run Saturday, Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
At a forum designed to educate state regulators about furosemide, the very people the presentations were designed to enlighten may well have left with more questions than answers.
The Aug. 28 card at Saratoga Race Course, on the eve of Travers Stakes (gr. I) Day, will feature six New York-bred stakes worth $1.15 million, highlighted by a showdown of older turf runners in the $150,000 West Point.
Trainer John Terranova and crew are preparing to host American Pharoah at Saratoga for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29.
The chairman of the panel that regulates horse racing and all gambling entities in New York state has resigned, just over a month before the Gaming Commission is expected to award licenses to commercial casino operators.
The head of the New York Racing Association said Aug. 23 the organization will attempt to create as many opportunities as possible for patrons to view American Pharoah, who has been confirmed for the Aug. 29 Travers.
Texas Red led a busy slate of workers bound for the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I) the morning of Aug. 22, when he breezed four furlongs in :46.66 over the main track at Saratoga Race Course.
Embellish the Lace turned it around from a ninth-place finish in the June 27 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) and took the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 22 at Saratoga on the front end.
With a four-wide move off the turn, John Velazquez rallied Run a Dubb Dubb to win the opening race Saturday, Aug. 22 at Saratoga Race Course, earning the Racing Hall of Fame rider his 800th win at the storied track.
Jones has Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) heroine Lovely Maria and her multiple graded stakes-winning stablemate I'm a Chatterbox in the 135th running of the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday, Aug. 22.
Three weeks after his younger half sister beat him to the punch, 3-year-old Jess's Dream will debut in a 1 1/8-mile maiden special weight race Aug. 24 at Saratoga Race Course.
On Aug. 20, tightening the screws for an upcoming run in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I), the 3-year-old son of Tapit got down to business under jockey Joel Rosario with a five-furlong bullet move in :59.59 at Saratoga.
Aided by an almost 9% increase in average field size and eight more turf races, pari-mutuel handle at the midway point of the 40-day Saratoga Race Course meeting is showing strong gains compared with the same period in 2014.
John Nerud (1913-2015): Steve Haskin remembers the legendary trainer, innovator, and mentor and more in the August 22, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
The economic indicators for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred yearling sale aren't shooting through the roof like they had been, but sale officials couldn't argue with increases in gross and average.
Trainer Mark Casse visited the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred yearling sale for the first time Aug. 16 and ended up signing the ticket for a $300,000 Speightstown filly on behalf of owner John Oxley.
A Proud Citizen filly sold for $220,000 heading to the midpoint of the Aug. 16 second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred yearling sale.
Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator shipped in from California and put on a brave performance Aug. 16, splitting horses midstretch before surging to victory in the $200,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course.
Though Uncle Sigh didn't win at Saratoga Aug. 16, trainer Gary Contessa was satisfied with the effort put forth by the 4-year-old colt who last raced in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (gr. I).
Tale of Verve, runner-up in the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 16, put in his first work over Saratoga's main track Aug. 16 in preparation for the $1.25 million Travers (gr. I) Aug. 29.
The Aug. 15 opening session of the two-night Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred yearling sale produced increases in gross and average from last year as well as two fillies that sold for $300,000 or more.
In the waning stages of the first session of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, a Tiznow filly went through the ring at $350,000, the highest price of the evening at that point.
A Flatter colt led early trading the evening of Aug. 15 when he brought $290,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Just Wicked was content to let Tonasah set the pace in the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 15 at Saratoga Race Course, but when it came down to a stirring stretch duel, the 2-year-old Tapit filly would not be denied.
Marette Farrell of Exhale Enterprises talks about the market for NY-bred yearlings at Saratoga.
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