2018 saratoga

‘Bring Rick Back’? Years Later, Dutrow’s Ban Still Divides

One sunny afternoon last August, patrons approaching the front gates of Saratoga Race Course were met with a series of protestors waving signs with red lettering demanding: “BRING RICK BACK.” “Who’s Rick? What’d he do? Did Rick get fired?” Men with rolling coolers and women holding folding chairs traded theories while waiting for the light […]

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Dream Tree, Dream Pauline Put Unbeaten Records On The Line In Grade 2 Prioress

Phoenix Thoroughbred’s Dream Tree will look to stay undefeated and register her third graded stakes win in as many starts as part of a 10-horse field of 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 2, $250,000 Prioress on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. The Prioress will be shown on Saratoga Live, presented by Claiborne Farm, airing nationally […]

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Good Magic Has High White Blood Cell Count, To Rest At Stonestreet

Good Magic will be sent to Stonestreet Stable for some rest and relaxation in the days following the end of the Saratoga meet, trainer Chad Brown said Thursdaymorning. The 3-year-old Curlin colt ran ninth in last Saturday’s Grade 1 Runhappy Travers and has been under the weather since his disappointing effort, according to the meet’s […]

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Opry Breaks Maiden In Grand Fashion With Grade 3 With Anticipation

Opry rallied from last in the stretch before closing strong from the outside in the final furlong for an impressive maiden-breaking effort Wednesday in the Grade 3 With Anticipation for juveniles at Saratoga Race Course. Owned by Gaillardia Stable and Cheyenne Stables, Opry broke last in a six-horse field as Joyful Heart went to the […]

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Highway Star ‘Doing Fine’ After Pulling Shoe In Breeze; Set For Ballerina

Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred Highway Star galloped Thursdaymorning for the first time since pulling a shoe during her final breeze for the Grade 1, $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina. Highway Star lost her left hind shoe in a four-furlong bullet move on Monday, where she covered the distance in a sharp 46.88 seconds, the fastest […]

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Catholic Boy Would Need To Make History To Overcome Post 11 In Travers

Co-fourth choice in the Travers at 8-1 with Tenfold, Robert V. LaPenta’s Catholic Boy is looking to become the first horse since 1901 to finish first in the Travers leaving from Post 11. In 1977, Jatski left from Post 11 in a 14-horse field and finished a nose behind Run Dusty Run but was promoted […]

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Saratoga To Host College And Alumni Day Aug. 29

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will invite racing fans to show their school pride during College and Alumni Day at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, August 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion will feature an array of special activities and giveaways for guests throughout the afternoon, including displays […]

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Lukas: Bravazo ‘Better And Stronger Right Now Than Any Time This Summer’

Calumet Farm’s Grade 1 Travers starter Bravazo is the lone active 3-year-old who can claim a start in all three Triple Crown races this year. Sixth in the Kentucky Derby and second in the Preakness, Bravazo’s gutsy finish outside Tenfold in the foggy, sloppy stretch in the Preakness came within a half-length of ending Justify’s […]

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Pletcher Makes Switch From Turf To Dirt For Frankel Son Gidu In Allen Jerkens

On the Travers undercard, Zayat Stable’s Gidu will make his first start over the main track for the Pletcher barn in the Grade 1, $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial presented by Runhappy. By Frankel, the gray Irish-bred colt tried two turns on the grass in the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame […]

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Mendelssohn Connections Hoping He Rediscovers ‘That Spark’ In The Travers

Trainer Aidan O’Brien’s European contenders Mendelssohn and Seahenge on Thursday made their first venture to the Saratoga Race Course main track, galloping under their respective exercise riders, Alan Crowe and Craig Bryson. The tandem arrived in Saratoga on Tuesday after making the approximately 12 ½-hour trip from Ireland. On Saturday in the Grade 1, $1.25 […]

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