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Pair Of Saratoga Initiatives Getting The Public Closer To Racehorses

As the horse racing industry has struggled in the face of controversy this year, many racetrackers felt misunderstood as the public developed a gradually more negative idea of what happens on the backstretch. ‘If only people could come back here and see how well Thoroughbreds are really treated, they’d understand,’ people said. Two groups at […]

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Another Miracle Gives Triple Crown Champ His First North American Stakes Winner

Leonard Green and Jonathan Green’s Another Miracle took to the turf in impressive fashion, winning his grass – and stakes – debut when overtaking 4-5 favorite Montauk Daddy in deep stretch and drawing away from Proven Strategies to win the $100,000 Skidmore for juveniles on Friday at Saratoga Race Course. Another Miracle, from the first […]

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Debut Winner Time Limit Steps Into Stakes Company In Thursday’s Stillwater

Three Diamonds Farm’s Time Limit will look to build on an impressive 6 ¼-length debut win when she steps up in class as part of a six-horse field in the $100,000 Stillwater for New York-bred juvenile fillies on Thursday at Saratoga Race Course. Contested at six furlongs on the main track, the recently renamed Stillwater […]

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Landeros Takes On Saratoga With Migliore As Agent

The Saratoga jockey’s quarters will see a new face in Kentucky-based Chris Landeros, who will ride his first full meet at the Spa this summer. Landeros, 30, has already won four graded stakes this season, including a victory in Saturday’s Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park aboard Gentle Ruler for trainer Ian Wilkes. The […]

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Nine Juvenile Fillies Top Opening-Day Schuylerville At Saratoga

A field of nine 2-year-old fillies will all make their respective stakes debuts in the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville contested at six furlongs on Thursday, Opening Day, at historic Saratoga Race Course. One of two graded stakes run on the lid-lifter for the Spa’s 40-day meet, including the Grade 3, $100,000 Quick Call for 3-year-olds, […]

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Juvenile Fore Left Runs Straight And True In Tremont

Favored Fore Left made short work of his six rivals on Friday afternoon at Belmont Park, popping out of the gate on top and never looking back as he romped to a 4 1/2-length victory on the 122nd running of the $150,000 Tremont for 2-year-olds. The Tremont was the second of five stakes on the […]

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Brown Labor Investigation One In A Series Of Probes By Department Of Labor

The $1.6 million settlement multiple Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown has been ordered to pay for federal labor law violations and back wages left racing fans and legal experts alike shocked a few weeks ago. New York trainers now say he’s not the only one facing scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Labor. Fellow conditioners […]

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Sippican Harbor Retired, Bred To Medaglia d’Oro

Grade 1 winner Sippican Harbor was retired from racing earlier this year, and she was bred last month to prominent sire Medaglia d’Oro. The news was initially reported by Tim Wilkin of the Albany Times Union. Sippican Harbor, a 3-year-old Orb filly, put herself on the radar among last year’s prominent juvenile fillies after a […]

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‘Take Good Care Of It And Hope Everything Goes Well’; Contessa Active In Pinhook Market

The weanling-to-yearling pinhook market draws in some of the bloodstock game’s sharpest eyes to select and shape young horses into profitable offerings down the road. It’s rare to see a trainer dip a toe into that segment of the market as a pinhooker, but Gary Contessa has turned it into a useful resource to raise […]

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Runaway Lute Leads Holiday Fall Highweight At Aqueduct

A wide-open field of nine horses will battle it out for Thanksgiving spoils in the 105th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Fall Highweight going six furlongs on Thursday at Aqueduct Racetrack. The traditional centerpiece of a 9-race Thanksgiving holiday card with a special 11:50 a.m. first post-time, the Fall Highweight will be featured along […]

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