Jeff Scott

Scott: Successful racing in NY involves more than just Saratoga

Racing resumed at Belmont Park last weekend, at the conclusion of another successful Saratoga meet. In his column for The Saratogian, Jeff Scott writes that although compromises were made, “resulting in, on average, a lower-quality and less interesting and diverse racing product,” the fans still came out in droves for racing at the Spa, and […]

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Scott: Older male division gets cranked up early

At The Saratogian, Jeff Scott says the early indications are that the older male division of U.S. Thoroughbred racing could enjoy a banner year after a recent slump: “With Ultimate Eagle’s decisive Strub win, Game On Dude’s blowout victory Sunday in the San Antonio and Mucho Macho Man’s easy win in the Sunshine Millions Classic […]

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Scott: Close but no cigar for Travers winners in Breeders’ Cup

Jeff Scott of The Saratogian examines the list of Travers winners who have gone on to make starts in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Although 17 Travers winners have made starts in the Classic, not one has come closer than second. Scott takes a closer look at three who nearly pulled it off: Easy Goer in […]

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Scott: Another year for the ladies?

With a lackluster three-year-old season that saw three winners of the three Triple Crown races and no real standout, Jeff Scott wonders if 2011 will be another year for the ladies of racing. Havre de Grace, Blind Luck and Awesome Maria are currently 1, 2 and 7 in the NTRA Thoroughbred Poll and the field […]

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Scott: Focus on Crown steals Belmont’s thunder

Jeff Scott at The Saratogian writes that even though a solid field is shaping up for the Belmont Stakes, racing’s obsession with the Triple Crown might take some luster off the third jewel: “Although there is a tendency to dismiss the Belmont when there is no Triple Crown at stake, the race has seen a […]

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Scott: Declining donations would only make situation worse

As the situation with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation continues to unfold, one concern seems to continue to build momentum across the board. Will the controversy over the care of some of the TRF’s horses negatively effect contributions to this and other horse rescue charities. Of course, Jeff Scott acknowledges that in a perfect world, we […]

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Jeff Scott: The hype surrounding Uncle Mo has had an unusually confident tone

In Jeff Scott’s look into the 2011 racing season, he discusses the outlook for many of the divisions in horse racing. But when he hits on the three-year-old crop, Scott shows some skepticism for two-year-old champion Uncle Mo. “The hype surrounding Uncle Mo has had an unusually confident tone, with some observers all but guaranteeing […]

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Scott: Would Zenyatta have accomplished all she did if she’d been campaigned as a 2-year-old? It’s doubtful

Jeff Scott points out perhaps the greatest lesson learned from Zenyatta’s majestic three year run as Queen of racing. Had John Shirreffs pushed her before she was ready, we may have never seen her greatness. “Would Zenyatta have accomplished all she did if she’d been campaigned as a 2-year-old and contested the major early races […]

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Scott: Coming up short for the Eclipse Awards

Were you in the camps of Sightseek, Pico Central or Artie Schiller when they narrowly lost out on Eclipse Awards in what turned out to be rather close voting? Then you’ll enjoy reminiscing about these almost champions of the past as we prep for a 2010 Eclipse Awards sure to leave at least one camp […]

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Too many Grade 1 races for juveniles?

Jeff Scott in The Saratogian takes a look at the Graded Stakes races for the 2011 racing season and thinks it strange that 2-year-old races are making up a larger percentage of Grade I races.

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