2019 saratoga

Travers Notes: Owendale To Do Final Prep At Churchill, Tacitus To Work This Weekend

Rupp Racing’s Owendale will have one final work in Kentucky before travelling to Saratoga next week for the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers, trainer Brad Cox said Thursday morning. The Runhappy Travers will be run on Saturday, August 24 as the centerpiece of a card featuring seven stakes and six Grade 1s, […]

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Game Winner Out Of Travers With A Virus

Gary and Mary West’s multiple graded-stakes winner Game Winner will miss his next scheduled start in the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers due to a virus, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said. “We’re still absorbing the disappointment,” said Baffert. “He’s going to be fine, but it’s the timing.” Game Winner posted […]

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Servis: Maximum Security ‘Not 100 Percent,’ To Skip Travers In Favor Of PA Derby

Trainer Jason Servis said today that multiple Grade 1 winner Maximum Security will skip the Travers Stakes on Aug. 24 at Saratoga to point to the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 21 because the Haskell Invitational and Florida Derby winner “still is not 100 percent.” “I don’t like where he’s at. He’s not eating the way […]

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Cross Country Pick 5 Combines Action From Saratoga And Del Mar

An all-graded stakes Cross Country Pick 5 is slated for Saturday, August 17 featuring action from Saratoga Race Course and Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego, California. Saratoga will host the first two legs of the sequence, which begins when a field of seven sophomore fillies, plus one main track only entrant, will go into […]

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Luis Saez Handed Seven-Day ‘Careless Riding’ Suspension For Ride At Saratoga

Jockey Luis Saez received notification Aug. 9 of a seven-day suspension for “careless riding”. The incident in question took place in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes, the tenth race on the Aug. 4 card, in which Saez mount Just Fly veered left near the top of the stretch under right-handed whip.Just Fly crowded several other […]

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Jockey Club Derby Invitational Likely Target For A Thread Of Blue

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will likely target the inaugural $1 million Jockey Club Derby Invitational at Belmont Park with A Thread of Blue, who won the Saratoga Derby Invitational in wire-to-wire fashion under jockey Luis Saez on Sunday. Leonard Green’s dark bay son of Hard Spun scored his third stakes victory in the Saratoga Derby, which came […]

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Crisford: Ostilio Will Bring European Style To G1 Fourstardave

Trainer Simon Crisford was on hand at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday morning to watch Godolphin’s Ostilio train on the Oklahoma dirt training track in preparation for the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap. The one-mile event over the inner turf at the Spa is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Race offering a ‘Win and You’re In’ berth […]

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New York Racing Mourns Carmen Barrera, 41-Year NYRA Veteran

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) mourns the loss of Carmen Barrera, the longtime director of horsemen’s relations, who died unexpectedly today in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She was 60. Barrera joined NYRA in 1978, the same year that her uncle Laz Barrera campaigned Affirmed to the Triple Crown and was a valued employee and familiar presence […]

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Uni, Got Stormy Vying To Become First Female To Win Fourstardave

In its first 34 runnings, no filly or mare has won the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga Race Course, but two entries are looking to buck history when graded stakes winner Got Stormy and Grade 1 winner Uni face eight males in Saturday’s featured race. The one-mile event over the inner turf at […]

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