Keyword: saratoga

  • Yard-Arm OK After Being Pulled Up at Saratoga

    Zabeel Racing International's Yard-Arm, South Africa's Horse of the Year in 2004, is fine after being pulled up in apparent distress following the third race at Saratoga on Wednesday, an allowance optional claimer on the grass.

  • Alfred G. Vanderbilt: Migliore Confident in Afrashad

    Afrashad, unbeaten but untested against stakes company, faces a stern test Saturday at Saratoga in the six-furlong Alfred G. Vanderbilt Breeders' Cup (gr. II). Five battle-tested foes await in the $200,000 race, but jockey Richard Migliore is confident in Godolphin Racing's 4-year-old colt.

  • Bowling Green winner Go Deputy among eight to contest the Sword Dancer.

    Without English Channel, Eight Enter Sword Dancer

    With English Channel heading out of Saratoga for a trip to Chicago for the Arlington Million (gr. IT), eight older turf horses have been entered for Saturday's Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT). The 12-furlong Sword Dancer goes as the ninth race and is one of two graded stakes on the Saratoga program.

  • Empire Maker filly brings top dollar on final night of Saratoga sale.

    Empire Maker, Mineshaft Fillies Fetch Seven Figures at Saratoga

    Relative newcomer Ahmed Zayat went to $1.6 million for an Empire Maker filly Wednesday night to top the 86th annual Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The historic sale, now with a two-day run, had yet another solid performance with the average virtually mirroring last year's figure and the gross increasing significantly.

  • NTRA National Pick 4 Offered on 'Road to the Breeders' Cup' Races

    The NTRA National Pick 4 wager, offered in conjunction with "Road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships - Powered by Dodge" series installments airing on ESPN and ABC through Oct. 14, will be available Aug. 12, challenging fans to correctly select the winners of four graded stakes--the $1 million Arlington Million and $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park (both gr. I); and the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. I) and $200,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga Racecourse. All races will air live Aug. 12 on ABC from 4-6 p.m. (ET).

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Queen of Saratoga

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - In the few steps she took, in that brief appearance in the Saratoga winner's circle, fans and admirers of Marylou Whitney witnessed uncommon courage and the heart of a champion.

  • Saratoga Diary: Heat Leaves Owner in Cold

    Jack Wolf was looking forward to the first running of the Ashado Stakes. He believed all along that if any track was to have a race named after his Eclipse Award winner, it should be Saratoga Racecourse or Belmont Park, the scenes of some of his filly's biggest triumphs.

  • NYRA cites need to settle dispute over ownership of land on which racetracks stand.

    Future of NY Racing Franchise Hot Topic at Conference

    Bidders vying for the major Thoroughbred franchise in New York blew their own horns -- and did a bit of not-so-subtle bashing of each other -- before an Aug. 1 who's who of racing industry insiders, including members of a state panel considering the bids to operate Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Franchise Fracas

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Over the next few weeks, the contenders and pretenders angling for the right to operate the New York Thoroughbred racing franchise at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga will be finalizing their paperwork in the request for proposal process developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Racing.

  • Saratoga Diary: Go For Wand Saves Day

    One of the worst things a jockey at Saratoga can do to win a race these days is to use the rail in the final furlongs. There is a hard, smooth glide path just off the rail that seems to be more user-friendly to stretch-running horses en route to the winning post.

  • Saratoga Diary: Bobblehead Economics

    In the time that it took to walk four blocks from Saratoga Race Course to a computer after the races on Thursday, twenty-nine Todd Pletcher bobblehead dolls were listed on eBay and two more had already been sold for a "Buy Now" price that was four times the $3 cost of grandstand admission that qualified you for one.

  • Sanford Test for Scat Daddy

    After being a Thoroughbred trainer for 10 years, Todd Pletcher should be used to the racing spotlight. This is especially true at Saratoga Race Course, where he has been the leading trainer for the past four years and also holds the single-season win record.

  • All Roads Lead to the Travers

    The second season for 3-year-olds promises to be an exciting one, with a talented group of colts made up of seasoned Triple Crown veterans and budding superstars converging on the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 26 at Saratoga.

  • Fair Hill Races Bring Racing, Chance to Wager

    American steeplechase fans will have the opportunity to wager on a full card of jump racing May 27 with the annual spring running of the Fair Hill Races near Elkton, Md.

  • New York Pilot Program Targets Growth of Horse Industry

    A pilot program in New York is said to have the potential to increase the profitability and number of horse-related businesses in Saratoga County, where the horse industry's impact is valued at more than $317 million.

  • Spitzer: Award Franchise 'As Rapidly As Possible'

    New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the frontrunner in the New York governor's race, said he wants the franchise to run Thoroughbred racing in the state to be awarded sooner than later, and indicated the decision doesn't have to wait until the next governor takes over in 2007.

  • New York Committee Meets at Racing Hall

    Two months after conducting initial hearings in Albany and New York City, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Racing was back in public session Thursday at a daylong program held at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs.

  • New York Panel Schedules Public Hearings

    The New York state panel involved in the renewal process for a new Thoroughbred racing franchise to replace the New York Racing Association will hold two public hearings later this month to help it carry out its mandate.

  • New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno

    New York Lawmaker Calls for Creation of Fund to Help NYRA

    New York's top Republican in the state legislature has called for the creation of a $30-million state fund to help the New York Racing Association overcome its financial crisis while the state speeds up the process to award a new Thoroughbred franchise.

  • NYRA Requests 257-Day Season for 2006

    The New York Racing Association has requested a 257-day racing season for 2006, pending formal submission to and approval by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

  • Edgar Prado takes riding title with 44 wins at the Spa.

    Prado Reflects On Saratoga Riding Title

    When Edgar Prado completed a successful meet at Belmont Park this July, he didn't take much time to reflect on the 85-win season. Less than six weeks after shifting his tack to Saratoga Race Course, he scored his final victory for the Saratoga season to take the riding title with 44 wins out of 231 starts.

  • Seitz Gets First Winner as Trainer in Stakes

    Brookdale Farm owner-turned-trainer Fred Seitz recorded his first win as trainer of record when his 2-year-old filly May Night scored a length win in Friday's P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga.