Keyword: Sword Dancer

  • The Brazen Mr. Burch

    What made Elliott Burch such a great trainer is the fact that his seemingly audacious moves usually worked, resulting in numerous championships and three Horse of the Year titles, as well as his own election into the Hall of Fame.

  • Orb<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-139/29213460_Rcqkd4#!i=2493507617&k=b9hVvb3">Order This Photo</a>

    Orb to Arrive at Saratoga Aug. 11

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb is scheduled to arrive at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 11 to finish his preparations for the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (gr. I).

  • TVG Coaching Club American Oaks winner Questing is among those expected to run in the Alabama.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1979124565&k=CmvqGvn">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Weekend on Tap Aug. 18-19 at Saratoga

    Top competitors including KY Oaks (gr. I) winner Believe You Can will be out in full force next weekend for the Alabama Stakes (gr. I), Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT), and Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (gr. IIT).

  • Awad won the 1995 Arlington Million in record time.

    Multiple Grade I Winner Awad Dead

    Millionaire and four-time grade I winner Awad died July 23 at Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky. The 21-year-old horse was discovered early in the morning in his paddock, dead from an apparent heart attack.

  • Telling comes up the inside to repeat in the Sword Dancer.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9144955%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Telling Repeats in Sword Dancer

    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.

  • Telling upsets a strong Sword Dancer field at Saratoga.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8407520%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Telling Pulls 33-1 Shocker in Sword Dancer

    A day of upsets at Saratoga was punctuated by the most shocking surprise of all in the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT), as the 33-1 longshot Telling took over approaching the top of the stretch and held off Better Talk Now for his first stakes win.

  • Grand Couturier draws off to win the Sword Dancer for the 2nd year in a row.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5551600%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Grand Couturier Repeats In Sword Dancer

    Marc Keller's Grand Couturier had to check under Alan Garcia at the top of the lane, but re-rallied, split horses in mid-stretch, and drew clear to win the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) for the second consecutive year Aug. 16 at Saratoga. Better Talk Now finished second, followed by Interpatation.

  • Man o'War winner Red Rocks is out of the Sword Dancer.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5106729%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Red Rocks Out of Sword Dancer Stakes

    J. Paul Reddam's Red Rocks, the 9-5 favorite for the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga Aug. 16, has been declared out of the race by trainer Mark Henning.

  • Red Rocks defeated champion Curlin in the Man o'War (gr. IT). <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5106729%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Grade I Winners Invade Sword Dancer

    Red Rocks and Dancing Forever, both fresh off grade I turf victories at Belmont, will square off in the star-studded Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) Aug. 16 at Saratoga, a field that also includes three other grade I winners, including Grand Couturier, who won the event a year ago.

  • Grand Couturier wins Sword Dancer.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1980355%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Grand Couturier Uses Rail to Capture Sword Dancer

    The $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) was setting up perfectly for heavy favorite English Channel. After coming from well off the pace, the 5-year-old son of Smart Strike made his usual late kick, rallying under jockey John Velazquez to take the lead as they headed for home. The only problem was, Grand Couturier had a finishing kick that was too much even for one of America's top turf horses, as the 4-year-old English-bred colt came flying along the rail to take Saratoga's feature in dramatic fashion.

  • Saratoga Diary: Day of the Dead

    Galas like this don't exist in many parts of the country, but - in Saratoga - they make a Saturday betting horses a battle with fatigue. 'Hung over in Saratoga' is redundant.

  • 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.

  • King's Drama plays leading role in Sword Dancer.

    King's Drama Rules Sword Dancer

    King's Drama gave embattled owner Gary Tanaka some good news when his Irish-bred gelding outran Relaxed Gesture by three-quarters of a length in Saturday's $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT), Saratoga's premier turf race.

  • Meteor Storm attempts to recapture his winning form in Saturday's Sword Dancer (gr. IT).

    Sword Dancer Opens Up With Likely Defection

    With Better Talk Now unlikely to defend his $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) title Saturday at Saratoga, the race now gives an opportunity for eight others horses on the East Coast to emerge among the top turf runners in the country.

  • Motion Not Closing Door on Arlington Million for Better Talk Now

    Trainer Graham Motion said Tuesday during a National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference he is 90% sure Better Talk Now will start in Saturday's Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga Race Course. The trainer held out a slight 10% chance that last year's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner could show up in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) at Arlington Race Course on the same day.

  • Ramon Dominguez gives Better Talk Now a pat on the back after winning the Sword Dancer Stakes, Saturday at Saratoga.

    Better Talk Now Speaks Up in Sword Dancer

    Bushwood Stable's Better Talk Now picked a fine spot to earn his first victory of the 2004 season, taking the $500,000 Sword Dancer Handicap (gr. IT) in his first grade I attempt on the grass at Saratoga Race Course Saturday.

  • Balto Star defeats The Tin Man and Lunar Sovereign in United Nations upset win.

    Balto Star Pace Danger in Sword Dancer

    Anstu Stables' Balto Star is the one catch in the $500,000 Sword Dancer Handicap (gr. IT) at 1 1/2 miles on turf Saturday at Saratoga. If he gets the kind of pace he enjoys, they may not be able to do it.

  • NTRA National Pick 4 Offered Saturday

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Thursday that it will offer another "National Pick 4" wager this Saturday, Aug. 14, as part of its "NTRA Super Saturday" series that will be featured on the ABC and ESPN networks.

  • NTRA Mystery Mutuel Vouchers: They're in the Mail

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Wednesday that vouchers worth $2.69 million--including a $1-million grand prize--have been mailed to more than 540,000 racing fans as part of this week's NTRA Mystery Mutuel Voucher promotion.

  • Sword Dancer at Gulfstream Park

    On This Day...

    March 11. 1959<br><b>Sword Dancer at Gulfstream Park</b>

  • With Anticipation Tries for Sword Dancer Three-Peat

    When 7-year-old With Anticipation dug in and prevailed by a head over Denon in last year's Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. I), he became the oldest horse to win back-to-back runnings of the race. On Saturday, on Saratoga's inner turf course, he will try to become the first horse to win the $500,000 1 1/2-mile grass marathon three times.

  • Sheppard Rooting for Day to Break Record

    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.

  • Seen at Saratoga

    More than a handful of stakes hopefuls were spotted at Saratoga.

  • John&#39;s Call, after winning the 2000 Turf Classic at age 9.

    End of the Line: John's Call Retired

    "He's officially retired." With those words Tom Voss, the respected trainer from Maryland, announced the end of the career of the gallant 10-year-old gelding John's Call.

  • With Anticpation Earns First Grade I Win -- Again

    Disqualified after winning his first grade I race at Monmouth Park last month, With Anticipation came right back in Saturday's $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga, defeating King Cugat by three-quarters of a length.

  • He'll Get the 'Call' Again at Age 10

    John's Call, the venerable gelding who won two grade I turf stakes last year at age 9, will race again at 10, trainer Tom Voss said. A chestnut gelding by Lord at War, John's Call has won 15 of 36 career starts for earnings of $1,534,207.

  • John&#39;s Call, Jean-Luc Samyn up, wins the Gr. I Sword Dancer at Saratoga.

    John's Call Romps in Sword Dancer

    Trillium Stable's John's Call drew off through the stretch to an impressive 9 1/4-length victory in the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) Saturday at Saratoga.