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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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Stallwalkin’ Dude Returns From Dubai To Win Sunday’s Diablo

David Jacobson and Head of Plains Partners’ Stallwalkin’ Dude scored a determined victory in his first try since finishing a troubled sixth in Dubai’s Group 1 Golden Shaheen, running down a seasoned field for a 1 ¾-length victory in the $100,000 Diablo for 4-year-olds and up Sunday at Belmont Park. Stallwalkin’ Dude broke inward at […]

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Send It In Nails Chilean Import Tu Brutus In Deep Stretch To Win Excelsior

New York-bred Send It In wore down Chilean import Tu Brutus in deep stretch to win Saturday’s Grade 3 Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct, giving the Paul Pompa Jr. homebred son of Big Brown his first stakes win outside of the state-bred ranks. The Todd Pletcher trainee, ridden by John Velazquez, covered 1 1/4 miles on […]

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When A Handshake Just Doesn’t Cover It

As the calendar year begins winding down, Keeneland is wrapping its final days of its November breeding stock sale, and many owners are turning an eye toward next breeding season with the help of bloodstock agents and trainers. When owners make arrangements for breedings or purchases at public auction houses, their expectations and terms with […]

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Bitumen, Classic Empire Aiming High In G1 Hopeful

Man o’ War, Buckpasser, Nashua, Secretariat and Affirmed are among the roster of winners, so it’s fair to say the Hopeful has long been a showcase for thoroughbred immortals. Monday’s $350,000 Hopeful – the 16th and final Grade 1 flat race at Saratoga Race Course, and the first of the season for 2-year-old males – […]

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