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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Uncle Sigh Has Found Another Gear

It’s not often a horse rises to run in an American classic race, falls to a claimer, and then comes back up into the stakes ranks again. But that’s exactly what Uncle Sigh has done. On the eve of Whitney Stakes Day at Saratoga, the 7-year-old gelding finished a respectable second in his 31st career […]

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Claimers: ‘A Lot Of People Care’ About Welfare Of Racing’s Working Class Horses

This is our fourth and final installment in the Claimers series. Find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here. Behind the veil of a blue and white checker pattern, Twitter user @NotCloudyAllDay collects and publishes hundreds of race results every week, hoping to alert the public, rescues and racing officials to horses […]

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Claimers: Trainers ‘Have to Have Ice Water In Your Veins’ To Drop A Claim

This is the third in a four-part series on claiming racing. Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. If it weren’t already a well-established concept in American racing, the premise of the claiming game would probably sound a little like an idea for a failed reality television show. A trainer’s mission, when he chooses […]

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Contessa: Our Sport Needs A Commissioner

In case you have been a little too busy to notice, the public has completely lost faith in horse racing’s ability to maintain transparency through self-rule. It’s hard to argue with them. We have an infraction in one state where a trainer is given a seven-day suspension and the exact same infraction in another part […]

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‘A Cop And A Cowboy’: Assistant Trainer Reflects On Luck, Love Of Horses, And Career

For six weeks every summer, Saratoga horsemen live to the rhythm of workouts, races, dinners, meetings, and the beat of Caroline Street. The return to Belmont is always a change of pace. The summer is over, and the barn is a little quieter. When Gary Contessa moves his stable back to Long Island this year […]

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‘The Public Has A Thirst For Knowledge’: Contessa To Host Public Clinics At Barn For Second Summer

When New York trainer Gary Contessa spoke out on the topic of immigration and backstretch labor last week, people had all kinds of opinions. Some of them were agreement or support, but others were aggressive disagreement. The risk of voicing an opinion in this digital age is that someone will find it and use it […]

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‘Nobody In America Wants This Job’: Attorneys, Trainer Present Sobering View Of Immigration And Racing

As immigration enforcement ramps up around the country, the horse racing industry is feeling the pinch — not just in the supply of its labor, but in the costs of legal labor as well. The Albany Law School kicked off its 17th annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law Conference on Tuesday with a panel […]

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Gun Runner Demuestra Superioridad Con Cómoda Victoria En El Whitney

Ni siquiera el tan temido “Cementerio de los Campeones” pudo con el brillante Gun Runner. El formidable hijo del argentino Candy Ride añadió otra selectiva Grado 1 a su campaña al superar ampliamente a sus rivales del Whitney S. (G1, $1,200,000), la carrera central de la jornada del sábado 5 en Saratoga. Conducido a la […]

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Gun Runner Es El Centro De Atracción El Sábado En El Whitney Stakes

Gun Runner destaca como el gran favorito del Whitney S. (G1, $1,200,000), la prueba central del venidero sábado 5 en Saratoga. La campaña de esta temporada del hijo de Candy Ride da cuenta del excelente momento que atraviesa, y este compromiso puede además asegurarle su participación – y una posible revancha ante Arrogate – en […]

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Chilean-Bred Tu Brutus Leads Marathoners In Brooklyn Invitational

The first two finishers in last month’s Flat Out return for more marathon action on Saturday as they head a field of eight for the Grade 2, $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational, which joins the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets at the unique distance of 1 ½ miles around Belmont Park’s main track. The Chilean-bred Tu […]

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