Trainer Charlie LoPresti contemplated the question, scuffed his work boots in the dirt a little, answered with a thoughtful air. "Wise Dan? He's every bit as good as where I had him last season."
Since March, 3-year-old turf standouts Rydilluc and Charming Kitten have been on parallel schedules, clashing four times. On Aug. 9 they will meet again in the Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.
Trainer Steve Asmussen said Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) winner Justin Phillip came out of his first grade I victory in good shape and will target the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Though Hall of Fame horseman Shug McGaughey originally planned to bring Phipps Stable and Stuart Janney III's Malibu Moon colt to the upstate New York racetrack Aug. 7, he could remain in Maryland until next week.
Horse of the Year Wise Dan is sitting on "go" for the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) to be run at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 10, following a half-mile breeze over the New York oval's main track Aug. 3.
New York-bred Funny Cide, who won the 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will celebrate the 10th anniversary of those classic victories Aug. 4 at Saratoga Race Course.
Aubby K, winner of the Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I) and the Inside Information Stakes (gr. II), was retired from racing this week with a fractured sesamoid in her foreleg sustained after a workout at Saratoga July 29.
A compact but quality field led by top sprinters Delaunay and Gentlemen's Bet will line up Aug. 4 for the $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I), which has attracted just five older horses.
Saginaw won his fifth straight race Aug. 1 in the $100,000 John Morrissey Purse at Saratoga Race Course, an event he took in 2012 as well.
Fox Hill Farm's Normandy Invasion is back in training following a brief setback due to an abscess and could be a week away from breezing, but no decision has been reached on a race target for the 3-year-old son of Tapit.
Coming from off the pace in the $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course, Susan Wantz's Dance to Bristol extended her win streak to six with her July 29 victory.
Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson are underwriting the $75,000 Saratoga 150 promotion that offers five fans the opportunity of betting $15,000 to win on one horse in a key stakes race.
Trying to become the second horse to win the Whitney Handicap Invitational (gr. I) in back-to-back years, Fort Larned showed his readiness with a bullet five-furlong breeze July 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
While trainer Todd Pletcher concedes it's not an ideal situation, he will point both Palace Malice and Verrazano to the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 24 at Saratoga Race Course.
Defending champion Saginaw squares off against the up-and-coming Saratoga Snacks Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course in a contentious renewal of the $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes for New York-breds, 3 years old and up.
Multiple grade II winner Mucho Macho Man, 2012 Travers Stakes (gr. I) dead-heat winner Alpha, and Fast Falcon were all on the worktab July 27 at Saratoga, tuning up for the Aug. 3 Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I).
Horse of the Year Wise Dan went out to the Oklahoma turf course at Saratoga Race Course the morning of July 27 and unleashed a sensational move in preparation for the Aug. 10 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT).
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez became the new all-time leader at Saratoga Race Course July 27 when he rode winner number 694 in the fourth race on the card.
Trainer Charlie LoPresti said Morton Fink's grade II winner Successful Dan remains pointed toward the Aug. 3 Whitney Invitational (gr. I) at Saratoga, a race he missed last year after injuring his suspensory.
On a rainy day at Saratoga Race Course, 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Fort Larned breezed five furlongs in 1:01.19 over the sloppy main track.
Orb is working his way back to racing at Fair Hill, the Elkton, Md. training center where he's been stabled since June 9, the day after finishing third in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
The New York Racing Association and the NBC Sports Group are partnering for a third consecutive year to present the "Summer at Saratoga" series, with seven live broadcasts from Saratoga Race Course.
Joel Rosario was named outstanding jockey of 2013 at the ESPYS Presented by Capital One July 17 during an awards ceremony held in downtown Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
After meeting with the media earlier in the day July 17, New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Chris Kay made his first public appearance at the annual Saratoga Race Course meet preview.
Eblouissante, half sister of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, will return to the races July 20 when she aims for her first stakes win in the $200,000 84 Lumber Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) victress Princess of Sylmar and Unlimited Budget, who recently ran sixth in the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), top a quality field of five for the $300,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I).
Trainer Pat Byrne said the Whitney Invitational (gr. I) and the Monmouth Cup (gr. II) are potential races for the 4-year-old colt, who will work July 19 at Churchill Downs before a decision is made.
After a fifth-place finish in the June 5 RTN True North Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park, Sage Valley looks to get back to winning ways in the $100,000 James Marvin Handicap (gr. III) July 19 at Saratoga.
Six of seven contestants for the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) July 19 at Saratoga won impressively last time out; trainer Todd Pletcher will saddle two of them.
Eblouissante, a half sister to Horse of the Year Zenyatta, will make her long-awaited return to the races during opening week at Saratoga Race Course.
Fox Hill Farms' Normandy Invasion was examined by a hoof specialist July 12 at Saratoga and will miss the Travers Stakes (gr. I), but could still make the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), owner Rick Porter said.
Grade I winner Graydar will ship to Saratoga Race Course the morning of July 13 to rejoin trainer Todd Pletcher after three months on the sidelines, Twin Creeks Racing announced.
Champion female sprinter Groupie Doll zipped through four furlongs the morning of July 5 at Churchill Downs, earning a bullet with a :47 1/5 drill with jockey Leandro Goncalves in the irons.
The New York Racing Association, in partnership with CID Entertainment, will offer Saratoga Preferred Access (SPA) packages during the 2013 Saratoga Race Course season.
Horse of the Year Wise Dan will be heading to Saratoga Race Course in a couple of weeks after his harrowing win in the Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) under the lights at rainy Churchill Downs June 29.
The New York Racing Association has established an equine safety review board to review and assess fatal equine racing and training injuries at the organization's racetracks: Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.
Five race fans will have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars through a promotion that will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Saratoga Race Course this summer.
Repole Stable's Overdriven, an undefeated 2-year-old in 2011 and dominant winner of the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2013 breeding season at Ocala Stud.
The Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park and Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Race Course have been granted grade I status by the American Graded Stakes Committee, which met Nov. 28 in Lexington.
- By Tom LaMarra
Aided by an increase in race days, pari-mutuel handle and purses in August registered the largest gains in recent memory, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released Sept. 5.
The next 24 hours are critical in the recovery process of ailing Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter, owner Ahmed Zayat said Sept. 3.
The grass proved greener for Dominus at Saratoga Race Course when the 4-year-old son of Smart Strike took the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT). It was his first graded stakes score and his first try on turf.
Multiple grade I winner Shackleford will not run in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 1, trainer Dale Romans said the morning of the race.
Stuart S. Janney III's Hit It Rich is the 7-5 morning-line favorite over five other fillies and mares in the $150,000 Glens Falls Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Sept. 3, closing day at Saratoga Race Course.
Multiple grade I winner Ron the Greek registered his first published work since a runner-up finish in the Aug. 24 Whitney Invitational, breezing four furlongs in :49.95 on the Oklahoma Training Track Aug. 31.
Michael J. Bruder's Quick Wit returns to the grass in the Sept. 2 Saranac Stakes after winning an off-the-turf running of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, but Lucky Chappy is the 2-1 morning line favorite.
Stonestreet Stables' Teen Pauline, who set a track record in her July 25 debut at Saratoga Race Course, tries stakes company Sept. 2 in the Spinaway against six other juvenile fillies.
Suburban Handicap (gr. II) winner Mucho Macho Man seeks the first grade I stakes victory of his career in the Sept. 1 Woodward at Saratoga Race Course; it would also be a first for trainer Kathy Ritvo.
Of nine graded stakes trainer Shug McGaughey has won in 2012, eight have been on turf. On Sept. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, the Hall of Famer looks to add to that total when sending Data Link postward in the Bernard Baruch.
Zayat Stables' Paynter, winner of the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, has suffered a recurrence of the illness that kept him out of the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I).
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