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.
Not many times does a horse finish second in a maiden race, then win a $75,000 stakes race. But that's just what It's a Giggle did.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be hosting
the second seminar of its "Guests in the Gallery" program on
Aug. 14th at 11 am. Participants scheduled to attend the panel
discussion are trainers H. James Bond, Leah Gyarmati, Kiaran McLaughlin, Ken McPeek, and Tom Voss.
The Saratoga select yearling sale got off to a lackluster start on Tuesday night in New York. The number sold, gross revenue, average price, and median price all were down from last year's comparable session, and the buy-back rate was up significantly.
Trainer Jonathan Sheppard would be doubly happy if Hall of Fame rider Pat Day became racing's all-time leader in purse earnings. First, Sheppard considers Day a good friend, and secondly, Day has a chance break the record while piloting the Sheppard-trained With Anticipation to back-to-back wins in the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT), which will be contested Saturday at Saratoga.
Anofferucantrefuse is moving up from novice conditions to take on a field of six experienced jumpers, including multiple winner It's a Giggle, in Thursday's $75,000A.P. Smithwick Memorial, going 2 1/16-miles over national fences, at Saratoga.
Through the first two weeks of the Saratoga season, total handle is up 6.8 percent, while on-track attendance and on-track handle are slightly down from last year's record-setting meet.
Fasig-Tipton officials were optimistic Monday morning as buyers flocked to the sale barns to view prospects for the Saratoga select yearling sale.
A field of nine led by favorite Medaglia d'Oro is slated for the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga on Sunday.
Mandy's Gold made it four in a row when she won The Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. III) wire-to-wire on a sloppy Saratoga track Friday.
The Saratoga select yearling sale has lost one of its top prospects, it was learned Thursday. Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt have scratched the bay Storm Cat colt that they bred in the name of their WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
The Saratoga select yearling sale has enjoyed one of the most impressive business upswings in the Thoroughbred auction business.But the fireworks at the top of the market might not be as spectacular this year.
TVG will offer live coverage of the Saratoga select yearling sale.
Saratoga Notebook: Whitney Surprise; NYRA Betting on a Record; Make Out to Spinaway; 'Chasing's Spills; And the Rains Came
The surprise entry of Saint Verre changed the complexion of the Whitney, as the number of horses in the race Saturday expands the number of wagering options. Meanwhile, impressive winner Make Out is Spinaway bound, steeplechasing's spills continued, there was a deluge of rain Thursday, and Bailey was shut out.
Street Cry, who ranks as the top Thoroughbred in training on the NTRA poll, drew the outside post as a field of six was entered today for Saturday's grade I Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. Street Cry will carry highweight of 123 pounds including Jerry Bailey.
The Saratoga select yearling sale has lost one of its top prospects, it was learned Thursday.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be holding its second annual "Guests in the Gallery" program at 11 a.m. on Aug. 7. The 3-part panel program is designed to give fans and other interested observers an inside view of racing and the opportunity to meet key people involved in the sport.
According to a published report, despite growing revenue from increased simulcast handle, the New York Racing Association completed 2001 with an operating loss of $11.3 million, the largest in its history.
Attendance and handle were off last year's record numbers, but Bobby Frankel and Jerry Bailey were on top of their games.
Champion filly Xtra Heat will skip Friday's featured $100,000 Honorable Miss Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga in favor of the Aug. 10 Straight Deal Breeders' Cup Handicap at Laurel Park.
Although no stakes events are scheduled for Wednesday at Saratoga, the 10-race card will still feature top-quality racing. Headlining the Wednesday card is the eighth race, a third-level allowance at 1 1/16-miles on the Mellon (outer) Turf course. A field of six older horses is expected to contest the race.
<b>Saratoga Notebook: Sunday Backstretch Buzz All About You; Medaglia Update; Gygistar Sizzles; Blazing Fury is Back</b>
Sunday morning, Saratoga's backstretch was buzzing about the dramatic stretch run of the Test on Saturday. Meanwhile, trainer Bobby Frankel said Medaglia d'Oro will likely run in the Jim Dandy, with Jerry Bailey aboard.
Saratoga Notebook: Weight-y Matter; Medaglia's Plans Undecided; Shah is Haskell Bound; Volponi's Plans
Unhappy with the weights assigned for the Honorable Miss on Aug. 2, Gold Mover's trainer Mark Hennig said Saturday that his filly and champion Xtra Heat will not face each other in the race.
Del Mar Show, attending the pace for the entire trip, moved smartly to the lead and proved best in a long stretch battle to take the $150,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) over the Saratoga turf Friday.
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