Saratoga opening day

Lamoreaux: The ‘Wonder Horse’ Who Launched 1989 Saratoga Season

The year was 1989.  That would be 30 years ago.  The date was August 2 to be precise.  It was opening day at Saratoga where a then record 30-thousand plus patrons showed up, brought by talk of a new “wonder horse.” It would be a Saratoga year that would see the last of  Angel Cordero […]

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California-Bred Listing Rallies To Win Spa’s Opening Day Quick Call On Yielding Turf

Reddam Racing’s California-bred Listing enjoyed stakes success in the Golden State and continued his winning ways on the opposite coast, surging from second-to-last to overtake Neverland Rock and fend off Elektronic in deep stretch for a half-length win in the 10th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Quick Call for 3-year-olds on Thursday at Saratoga […]

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Comical Leads 1-2 Finish For Sire Into Mischief In Saratoga’s Opening Day Schuylerville

ERJ Racing, Gary Barber, Dave Kenney and Madaket Stables’ Comical captured the first stakes of the Saratoga meet in a thrilling dash to the finish to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville on opening day Thursday. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the Into Mischief bay arrived at the six-furlong sprint for juvenile fillies from a convincing […]

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Saratoga’s Earlier Opening Weekend Includes New Amenities, Entertainment, Six Stakes

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will welcome fans back to the Spa for an action-packed four days filled with world-class Thoroughbred racing and outstanding special events during Opening Weekend of the 2019 season at Saratoga Race Course, Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14.  The 2019 season will get underway when gates open […]

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Paulick Report 7/20 News Minute Presented By Woodbine Racetrack

Stay in touch with Thoroughbred racing news throughout the day with the Paulick Report News Minute. In today’s edition, Ray Paulick previews the weekend graded stakes action, including Saturday’s Grade 1 Diana Stakes at Saratoga, which opened its meeting on Friday. Sunday’s stakes action includes a rematch in the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks between […]

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‘Nirvana Is At Hand’: Opening Day At The Spa Is Always A Special Occasion

Baseball fans have Opening Day. That one, long-awaited moment, filled with the promise and excitement of a bright future that can bring out the giddy little kid in a crusty senior citizen. Racing fans have Opening Day at Saratoga. That July afternoon, some 45 weeks in the making, when months of anticipation and grand expectations […]

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Racing Returns To Saratoga July 21

Live thoroughbred racing will return to Saratoga Race Course on Friday, July 21 for its 40-day summer meet. The 2017 meet includes 69 stakes worth a record $18.775 million in purses, and will run from Friday, July 21, through Labor Day, Monday, September 4. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted six days a week, […]

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Excitement In The Air As Saratoga Kicks Off 147th Racing Season

The gates opened early Friday morning and the fans poured in to grab picnic tables as historic Saratoga kicked off its 147th race meet today (see America’s Best Racing video below). As the New York Daily News reports, this will be the Spa’s richest season of racing, with 69 stakes races worth $18.7 million scheduled […]

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Saratoga Off to Flying Start

On a perfect summer afternoon, Saratoga Race Course played host to 25,612 guests as it opened its 2014 meeting with Fashion Alert taking a heart-pounding edition of the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes and international riding sensation Frankie Dettori capturing two races on his first-ever visit to the Spa. The opening-day crowd enjoyed the many improvements […]

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Drape on Saratoga: ‘Racing’s Version of Summer Camp’

Saratoga Race Course opens its doors today for its eagerly-anticipated summer meet. Racing fans from all across the country will travel to The Spa, the place many consider the ‘mecca’ of the sport. In his latest column for the New York Times, Joe Drape writes of his love of Saratoga, a place that he fondly […]

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