The New York Racing Association announced Aug. 6 that attendance at Saratoga Race Course will be capped at 50,000 for the Aug. 29 blockbuster race card highlighted by the 146th Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Take Charge Brandi will cut back in distance, but not in class, when last year's champion 2-year-old filly starts for the first time since January in the $500,000 Longines Test Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
Graham Motion-trained Kitten's Point is the most accomplished turf runner in the upgraded Waya Stakes (gr. IIIT) but will have to deal with three runners from top turf trainer Chad Brown's shedrow.
The New York Racing Association announced it has entered into a partnership with Priority One Jets that includes sponsorship of the Forego Stakes (gr. I) that will now be run as the Priority One Forego.
Off a scintillating Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) win on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard, Honor Code was installed as the 3-1 favorite for the Whitney Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
For the first 10 days of Saratoga, on-track handle on NYRA races is up 19% and total handle is up 18.3% over 2014 figures. Field size is also up 9.2% over last year.
Charlie LoPresti liked what he saw in a five-furlong workout by Wise Dan Aug. 2 on the Keeneland main track, and the Kentucky-based trainer is pointing the two-time Horse of the Year toward an early September return.
Grade I winner Lea worked four furlongs in :49 3/5 on the main track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 2 in preparation for the Aug. 8, $1.25 million Whitney Stakes (gr. I) that will be televised on NBC.
Upstart emerged from his third-place finish in the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) in good shape, according to trainer Rick Violette, and will be aimed for the Travers (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
American Pharoah boarded a van Aug. 3 on the Monmouth Park backstretch for his long journey back to Southern California, where his connections will make a decision on where to point the Triple Crown winner next.
The $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 2 was a two-horse race from the get-go between champion Untapable and Stopchargingmaria, with the latter edging clear in the final sixteenth to win at Saratoga Race Course.
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).
Jerry Durant's Holy Boss extended his winning streak to four with his first graded score in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.
Almost 30 racetracks will participate in "PDJF Day Across America," a fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund, on Aug. 1, with numerous events and auctions are scheduled at racetracks.
Horse Racing Radio Network has announced it will provide live coverage of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's return to competition in the $1.75 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park on Aug. 2.
Robert LaPenta's March will try to secure a third straight graded stakes win when he starts in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.
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).
A tough cast of characters will fight it out in the $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT), an 11-furlong race for older horses on the Saratoga Race Course inner turf Aug. 1.
Saratoga Race Course will unite with racetracks across the country as part of the second-annual Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Awareness Day Aug. 1.
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Trainer Gary Contessa will lead three racing education clinics in August covering a variety of topics, including racehorse conformation, ownership, and general information about the sport.
Looking to replicate V. E. Day's success last year in the Curlin Stakes as a springboard to an upset victory in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), a field of seven has been entered for the July 31 test at Saratoga Race Course.
Uncle Vinny and Magna Light, respective first-and third-place finishers in the Sanford Stakes (gr. III) July 25 emerged in good shape from a contentious running of the six-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds at Saratoga.
Todd Pletcher sent out several of his stable stars for workouts July 26 at Saratoga Race Course, including graded stakes winners Stopchargingmaria, Angela Renee, and Competitive Edge.
Chuck Simon, the 48-year-old Saratoga Springs native, is back to training at Saratoga Race Course for its summer meeting.
A paid crowd of 34,783 attended opening day of Saratoga Race Course's 2015 summer meet July 24, which featured a total all-sources handle of $17,706,202.
Beginning July 27 at Saratoga Race Course, Erinn Higgins will become the first female steward at the Saratoga Springs track, serving as alternate state steward for the New York State Gaming Commission under Steve Lewandowski.
Two days before the opening of a Saratoga meet that will see a number of changes, a near-capacity crowd at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame had plenty of questions for NYRA president Chris Kay.
The well-traveled Curalina carries a three-race winning streak into the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 25, and seeks her second grade I victory in a row against the likes of Include Betty and Keen Pauline.
A number of grade I winners, including several champions, worked July 23 on the main track at Saratoga Race Course as well as the Oklahoma training track.
Ten scholarships of $1,000 each and free admission for eligible college students highlight the seventh annual College Day at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, July 29.
Tremont Stakes winner Cocked and Loaded will try for a second straight stakes victory when he starts in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday, July 25 at Saratoga Race Course.
The $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) kicks off the action at Saratoga Race Course July 24 as part of a loaded opening day card.
A winner of three straight stakes and four straight races overall, Celestine will try to land her first graded stakes victory in the $200,000 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) July 24, opening day at Saratoga.
Twice grade III-placed Uncle Sigh breezed four furlongs in :49.54 on the Oklahoma training track Tuesday, July 21, at Saratoga Race Course as the son of Indian Charlie prepares for his first start in more than a year.
If Take Charge Brandi aces her comeback in the Aug. 8 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga against her own division, a run against the boys could be possible in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I), said owner Willis Horton.
In advance of the 2015 Saratoga Race Course meet, the New York Racing Association announced a number of upgrades to the high definition video page on NYRA.com.
Horse Racing Radio Network announced July 16 it will add a weekly "Saturdays at Saratoga" program to its schedule, beginning Saturday, July 25.
Retired Racehorse Project has launched ticket sales for Thoroughbreds For All Saratoga, an exploration of how Thoroughbred racehorses are transformed into America's best riding horses.
According to trainer Ingrid Mason, Arlington Park-based two-time grade III winner Sarah Sis will be pointed to the $500,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 will kick off its summer schedule July 5 with live coverage of the United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) from Monmouth Park in New Jersey.
Customers at Saratoga Race Course this summer will find the signature of its current leadership boldly on the historic track's 147th race meet, which begins July 24.
The New York Racing Association will unveil a new attraction for the 2015 meet at Saratoga Race Course honoring one of the most renowned announcers in American racing.
Mossarosa's Frammento put in his final timed workout May 30 at Saratoga Race Course for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.
The New York State Gaming Commission announced a major new transparency initiative at its May 26 meeting. It has begun posting weekly reports from the New York Racing Association tracks, and will expand it to others.
Racetrack-based casinos in New York saw overall net win drop 1.4% from 2013 to 2014, a potentially worrisome sign as the state will expand the number of larger, commercial casino developments.
Daily reserved seat tickets for the 40-day meet at Saratoga Race Course go on sale to the general public beginning May 11 at 10 a.m. EDT.
New York Racing Association president Chris Kay provided some good news April 29 when he outlined changes that helped fuel a profitable year at NYRA in 2014.
Anthony Bonomo Jr. pledged "to work to make New York racing the best it can be," saying that he would bring together owners, trainers, and racing executives "for the good of the sport."
The New York State Gaming Commission and New York Racing Association March 24 said they have established standing security protocols for horses racing in grade 1 races with purses of $1 million or more.
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