Weekend Lineup: Blockbuster Travers Card

A wide-open field of 12 is set to go to post in the 150th running of the Travers Stakes, the headliner on Saturday’s Saratoga Race Course card featuring seven stakes races, including six Grade 1’s. Saturday’s Travers Stakes will be televised live on FOX from 5-6 p.m. ET. Undercard coverage will also be televised on […]

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50-Year Flashback: Arts And Letters’ Travers Makes Banner Year For New York Sports

As a 2-year-old, Arts and Letters was good but not outstanding, winning two of his six starts. It was as a 3-year-old in 1969-50 years ago this summer-that the chestnut colt bred and raced by Hall of Famer Paul Mellon, trained by Hall of Famer Elliott Burch and ridden by another Hall of Famer in […]

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Colonial Downs Schedules Sept. 4 Make-Up Racing Program

Colonial Downs officials announced that the Thursday August 22nd card of racing, which was cancelled due to severe storms, will be made up on Wednesday September 4th, with a first post time scheduled for 5 PM. The final week of Colonial’s summer season will now include four consecutive cards on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. […]

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Roaring Lion Loses Battle With Colic, Euthanized In New Zealand

Qatar Racing and Tweenhills Stud are absolutely devastated to have to announce the death of Roaring Lion who has been put to sleep after suffering another bout of colic in New Zealand. Tweenhills owner David Redvers said: “At approximately midday (GMT) / 23.00 NZ today Roaring Lion was observed to be uncomfortable in his stable […]

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Flooding Forces Cancellation Of Friday’s Ellis Park Card, Live Music

Ellis Park has canceled Friday’s live race card because of torrential rain and flooding of the track and paddock area. The live music scheduled for after the races also has been called off. Ellis Park remains open for simulcast wagering on tracks around the country and historical horse racing gaming. The clubhouse is not impacted […]

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‘You Have To Learn How To Lose’: Disappointment A Familiar Friend For Horse Trainers

“I’ve got a lot of experience with disappointments. This game will do that to you.” –  Mel Stute, retired horse trainer Mr. Horse Trainer, please sit down. We’d like you to meet Mr. Big Disappointment.  You two are going to be running mates – probably for the rest of your lives. In the very nature […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Responding To Challenges

With horse racing under a microscope because of increased awareness of equine fatalities at Santa Anita earlier this year, regulators and stakeholders in California have responded with a series of changes to medication rules and safety protocols that appear to have lowered fatality rates and are gaining nationwide attention. In this week’s edition of The […]

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Derby Competitor And Rider Who Overcame Heart Issues Pair Up In Quest For Championship

Rider Maddy Cracknell had two open-heart surgeries before she was 10 years old; now 15, she most likely will have another open-heart surgery this year to correct ongoing issues with her heart. But heart problems aren’t at the forefront of Maddy’s mind this summer: Competing in the Beginner Novice division at the American Eventing Championships […]

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Ray’s Best Bets Presented By Del Mar: Did Someone Say Beer?

There are roughly 150 breweries in San Diego County, according to the San Diego Tourism Authority (click here for the list), making it one of the hoppingest beer meccas in America. I have not visited them all … yet. The most famous of these is almost certainly Ballast Point, founded by former UCLA student Jack […]

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Need For Speed: Cow Study Shows Short Sprints Crucial To Healthy Bone Development

An ongoing controversy in the racing industry is whether training and racing young horses is detrimental to their growing bones. Naysayers claim athletic demand on immature bones causes them to break, but scientific research supports early training, because bone is living, dynamic tissue that becomes stronger and more resilient in response to the demand placed […]

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