Nine turf specialists will try and topple Bill Mott, who has a three-year winning streak in the Bernard Baruch Handicap. Mott plans to saddle Del Mar Show and Patrol for the $150,000 race on Friday.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, both grade I, returned home to Saratoga Springs on Tuesday. The Sackatoga Stable-owned gelding, who was foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, is stabled in trainer Barclay Tagg's Saratoga barn.
Trainer John Ward is hoping the 2003 version of the Go For Wand Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga is better for Forest Secrets than it was last year. Last year, the Debby Oxley-owned mare injured her left front ankle in the 1 1/8-mile race, which sent her to the sidelines for the remainder of the year.
On Thursday, July 24, the second day of the meet, all fans (with paid admission), will take home an Edgar Prado bobblehead doll in honor of Saratoga's leading jockey from 2002.
Saratoga Race Course will introduce five portable luxury suites for the 2003 summer meet for corporate and private outings, officials with The New York Racing Association announced on Thursday.
Visit Saratoga racetrack for its annual open house on July 20. This year the day starts off with a 5K walk to benefit the Special Olympics, and includes events for all ages from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The charges and countercharges battle between the New York Racing Association and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer continued June 24, with NYRA charging the state's chief law enforcement agent "does not understand NYRA's operations," and that he made "no attempt" to make his damaging report balanced.
Quickly taking advantage of a new pari-mutuel deregulation move by the state, the New York Racing Association has proposed reducing its takeout on certain bets at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.
For the first time ever, racing fans in New York will be able to watch and wager on the entire Saratoga meeting this summer from Belmont Park. In the past, Aqueduct served as the Saratoga simulcast site.
Having just completed a very successful Belmont Stakes Day despite very unfavorable weather conditions, the New York Racing Association is looking forward to a potentially huge day Aug. 23 when the grade I Travers Stakes is run at Saratoga.
Identifying mare reproductive loss syndrome as the culprit, Fasig-Tipton officials said the company would catalogue significantly fewer yearlings this year for its Kentucky select sale. However, the number for the Saratoga select auction will be about the same as in 2002.
Veteran horseman Jeffrey T. Minton and his company, J.T. Minton Auctions, will conduct a new Thoroughbred sale this fall in Saratoga Springs, N. Y. The auction will be held Oct. 11 and will offer mixed stock.
Eleven New York-bred stakes races at Belmont and Saratoga have had their purses raised to $100,000 -added.
The pari-mutuel industry is wrestling with another situation that has already seriously impacted business in some jurisdictions: Restrictions or bans on smoking in public places.
Suzie O'Cain thought the phone call was just a reminder she had been invited to attend a Women's History Month reception at the governor's mansion in Albany, N.Y. honoring Pioneering Women of the Capital Region. O'Cain, who manages Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y. with her husband Lynwood, was wrong.
McSwain named general council of National HBPA...Campbell to sign books at Gulfstream Park...Hotaling donates 1863 and 1864 newspapers to National Museum of Racing...HorseTV secures rights to 75 international equestrian competitions for 2003 and 2004.
Saratoga seating lottery open for applications...Brisnet.com Available at Bally's...Second Secretariat bobblehead.
Trainer Nick Zito's suspension by New York regulators for a positive drug test involving a race at Saratoga was upheld Thursday by a state appeals court.
It's not quite the $5 million VISA Triple Crown, but in 2003, 3-year-old fillies will have a series of their own that offers a $2 million bonus.
Fourstardave, who died of a heart attack at age 17 while jogging at Belmont Park Tuesday morning, will be buried at Clare Court at Saratoga Race Course.
Fourstardave, who died Tuesday morning at age 17 while jogging on the Belmont training track, will be buried at Saratoga.
The New York Racing Association board approved a 2003 calendar that adds a week to the Belmont fall meeting. The schedule must be approved by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
Reduced takeout has been credited with attracting more than $200 million in commingled handle to the New York Racing Association's three racetracks so far this year.
In a press release dated Sept. 19, the New York Racing Association declares that Saratoga Race Course paid out its highest daily average purses and average overnight purses during the 2002 meeting that ran 36 days, from July 24th-Sept. 2.
Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables, which ranks among the leading buyers of yearlings in North America, will not be participating in the Keeneland September yearling auction.
Lousy weather on key days, and for that matter, much of the rest of the meeting, and a virus that infected dozens of horses couldn't keep the New York Racing Association from calling the 134th summer at Saratoga a success.
WinStar Farm's Awesome Humor kept her record perfect and her place among the leaders of the 2-year-old filly division intact Friday afternoon, holding off favored Forever Partners to win the 111th running of the $200,000 Spinaway (gr. I) by 2-3/4 lengths.
Eight horses were entered Friday for the 23rd running of Sunday's Forego Handicap at Saratoga, including Squirtle Squirt, last year's Sprint champion, and Orientate, the East's leading male sprinter.
Zavata established himself as the horse to beat in the Hopeful with powerful victories in Belmont's Tremont (gr. III) and the Saratoga Special (gr. II). He will seek to become the fourth consecutive favorite to win Saratoga's most prized race for 2-year-olds.
The Fourstardave Handicap and Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap, both taken off the turf course and switched to a sloppy main track at Saratoga on Aug. 24, have been downgraded by the American Graded Stakes Committee.
As a result of strong wagering at New York Racing Association tracks this year, purses for New York-bred races will be raised by $2,000 during the upcoming Belmont Park fall meet.
Summer Colony was pressed through the early and middle stages of the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) Friday at Saratoga, but it didn't faze her at all as she drew off to an authoritative victory.
Eight fillies and mares were entered in the $250,000 Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga at seven furlongs and the one to beat is Raging Fever.
The Bobby Frankel-trained Medaglia d'Oro, based on his 13 1/2-length romp in the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) on Aug. 4th, deserves to be the Travers favorite. Frankel will also be well represented in earlier stakes races on Saturday.
Private Emblem avenged his New York Derby loss to Trial Prep with a win over that colt and No Parole in Wednesday's Albany Stakes at Saratoga.
Dancethruthedawn and Summer Colony, who finished a nose apart after a competitive stretch duel in the Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff Handicap (gr. III), meet up in Friday's Personal Ensign Handicap.
Trainer Kenny McPeek is ready to show the world that Repent is back and better than ever. McPeek will get that chance on Saturday when Repent takes on a field of seven in the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Longshot Textbook Method rolled to an easy victory Friday in the $75,000 Yaddo Handicap, which was run off the soggy Saratoga turf.
Dancethruthedawn will try to capturing her second grade I at Saratoga this year when she starts in the $400,000 Personal Ensign Handicap on Aug. 23.
Riva Ridge (gr .II) and Dwyer (gr .II) winner Gygistar is a on course for the King's Bishop that is on the Travers Day program on Aug. 24.
Stretches of hot, humid weather and a cool economy haven't hurt business at Saratoga Race Course. At the middle of the 2002 season, the New York Racing Association is on course to break the Saratoga records set last year.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- What has happened to the top of the yearling market, the sector that outpaced all others during the boom years of the late 1990s and into the first year of the new millennium?
Bigger was better for the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale at Saratoga that ended on Monday night.
A bay filly from the first crop of champion sprinter Artax brought the top price of $170,000 during the first session of Fasig-Tipton's preferred New York-bred yearling sale Sunday night at Saratoga.
After a year's hiatus, Stallion Access' Champagne Sale of Selected Seasons and Shares returned the evening of Aug. 9. Held at Fasig-Tipton's Humphrey S. Finney pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the sale saw 33 of the 44 no-guarantee seasons for 2003 sell for $963,500. In addition, two stallion shares sold for $182,000. The auction, a bellwether sale for next year's stud fees, averaged $29,197.
Godolphin Stable's E Dubai, winner of the Suburban Handicap (gr. I) over Lido Palace and Macho Uno, is questionable for the grade II, Saratoga Breeders' Cup Aug. 17. The Mr. Prospector colt suffered a bruised hoof at Belmont Park.
The final session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling auction saw further declines in gross and average for the third straight session in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and overall the sale's average fell 34.7% from last year's record mark.
Augustin Stable's With Anticipation will try to become the third horse to win back-to-back runnings of the Sword Dancer Invitational when he faces 10 opponents Saturday at Saratoga.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be hosting the 2nd seminar of its "Guests in the Gallery" program on Wednesday August 14th at 11:00 a.m.
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