Robert LaPenta's 3-year-olds Miner's Reserve and Ice Box put in workouts Aug. 20 at Saratoga, with both colts from the barn of Nick Zito listed as possible for the $1 million Travers (gr. I) on Aug. 28.
- By Vic Zast
The ingredients didn't seem very special, and yet the day turned out swell. Read Blog
Sullimar Stable's Get Stormy turned in a five-furlong work over the Oklahoma turf course Aug. 18, his first since winning the Fourstardave (gr. IIT) Aug. 1 at the Spa.
Check the Label shoots for her fourth consecutive graded stakes win Aug. 22 at Saratoga, as she headlines the Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies
Veteran New York sportswriter Vic Ziegel, who died July 23 at the age of 72, will be honored with a race in his name on Friday, Aug. 27, at Saratoga.
Jockey Rajiv Maragh was discharged from the hospital hours after being thrown from his mount, Pico Dinero, at Saratoga Aug. 18.
In a battle between the top two 3-year-old fillies in the nation, California invader Blind Luck will take on New York-based Devil May Care in the $500,000 TVG Betfair Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 21 at Saratoga.
Acting Happy put in her final work the morning of Aug. 16 at Saratoga in preparation for the Aug. 21 Betfair TVG Alabama Stakes (gr. I). Guided by jockey Jose Lezcano, she covered five furlongs in 1:02.64.
Breezing in company over the main track at Saratoga early the morning of Aug. 15, Devil May Care had her final serious work for the matchup with West coast-based Blind Luck in the Aug. 21 Betfair TVG Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
Winless since scoring an upset in last year's Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT), Telling received a brilliant ride from Garrett Gomez to win the $500,000 race for the second straight year Aug. 14 at Saratoga.
- By Vic Zast
A crackdown on pin-wearing causes a ripple through the white cap community. Read Blog
Interactif, runner-up in stakes company three times this season, finally broke through as a 3-year-old when barely holding off Grand Rapport to win the $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 13.
Travers (gr. I) hopeful Friend Or Foe had his first work since a fourth-place finish in the Jim Dandy (gr. II), covering five furlongs on the Saratoga main track in 1:00.11 Aug. 13.
- By Vic Zast
Saratoga has become a place of great deals for horse people and museum-goers. Read Blog
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito had Ice Box, Fly Down, and Miner's Reserve all put in half-mile workouts over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga the morning of Aug. 12.
Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's homebred Tristanme, graded stakes-placed in her last start, leads a field of 10 in the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga on Aug. 14.
The New York Racing Association is offering a Travers Stakes Prize Package, which includes two tickets to the Travers Stakes (gr. I) August 28, two airline tickets, and two nights' accommodation in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
- By Vic Zast
Hardcore handicappers go "Hidee-Hidee-Hidee-Ho." Read Blog
Despite the return of the last three winners of the race, the 2010 edition of the Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) lacks a true standout. That was made possible after the defection of probable favorite Take the Points.
Jockey Robby Albarado suffered a fractured clavicle and left index finger when he fell from his horse during the gallop out of the first race at Saratoga on Aug. 11.
Saratoga shows us there is a real hunger and passion for good Thoroughbred racing. Read Blog
- By Vic Zast
A trio of Yorkshire terriers upstage a couple of Thoroughbreds. Read Blog
Wagering across the country on races run through the first two full weeks at Saratoga is nearly identical with 2009 figures according to statistics released today by the New York Racing Association.
With jockey Shaun Bridgmohan in the irons, reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra continued preparations for the Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, breezing a strong six furlongs in 1:12.96 Aug. 9.
The latest edition of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction suffered downturns after a strong performance in 2009. Read what buyers and sellers had to say about the sale.
Champagne d'Oro, winner of the June 5 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, struck again, this time at Saratoga Aug. 7 in the seven-furlong Test Stakes (gr. I). Bonnie Blue Flag was second.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott sent out winner No. 4,000 Aug. 7 when Sequoia Racing's Mystic won the seventh race at Saratoga Race Course.
- By Vic Zast
Everything that makes Saratoga incomparable was available -- from inspirational horse racing to irrational pleasures such as faux diamond rings. Read Blog
- By Vic Zast
Front-runners scampered home first in all but one of six races run on the sloppy track. Read Blog
Franny Freud, a top 3-year-old filly and 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Aug. 7 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, will miss the race with a career-ending ligament injury.
A little less uncertainty might make New York-bred yearlings more popular during the Fasig-Tipton preferred auction.
A talented cast of seven older males are looking to add a grade I victory to their resumes when they contend in the Aug. 8 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga.
Warbling, whose last two starts came in grade I sprints, takes a bit of a breather in the Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga Aug. 8 facing four other distaffers.
The Aug. 7 seven-furlong Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga will feature a deep, talented field of 3-year-old fillies featuring stakes winners and undefeated up-and-comers
The script didn't play out that well for Quality Road last year during his 3-year-old season, but in 2010 it's so far, so good, trainer Todd Pletcher said.
The gross fell 38.3% during the select yearling auction, which had enjoyed upswings in 2009.
A big bay colt by A.P. Indy out of grade I winner Maryfield sold for $1.2 million and began the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Select with a bang.
"I think tonight reality has set back in," said consignor Mark Toothaker of Legacy Bloodstock after the average declined 13.8% from a year ago during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.
Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager, John Ferguson, signs the sale ticket.
Co-breeder Helen K. Groves purchases the bay yearling, buying out her daughters.
With a newfound career sprinting following a 13th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Discreetly Mine notched his second graded stakes win in a row with an easy win in the Aug. 2 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) at the Spa.
The colt was diagnosed with a condylar fracture of his left foreleg following his victory in the Aug. 1 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga.
Improvements included wood paneled walls, theater-style seating, and a warm color scheme.
Fasig-Tipton management is trying to keep the good times rolling at Saratoga.
Based on what buyers and consignors are saying, here is a list of horses that could bring expensive prices during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale.
Buyers and consignors identify the yearlings that could bring expensive prices during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale in New York.
The sale could turn in another strong performance after soaring in 2009, according to Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Buyers and consignors discuss their expectations for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.
A Little Warm outlasted 15-1 longshot Miner's Reserve to score his first graded stakes win under John Velazquez in the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 31 at Saratoga.
English-bred mare Proviso won her third consecutive grade I race July 31 at Saratoga, as she held off Shared Account and two-time defending titleholder Forever Together in a blanket finish to take the Diana Handicap.
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