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2018 NYRA Racing Calendar Offers 229 Days Of Live Thoroughbred Action

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has released its 2018 racing calendar, which calls for 229 days of live thoroughbred action at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course. Once again, the 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will serve as the anchor for a spectacular year of racing. The meet, […]

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Alfred G. Vanderbilt Winner El Deal Retired From Racing

Owners Al and Michelle Crawford announced today that El Deal, winner of this year’s Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes at Saratoga and runner-up in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont in his final start, has been retired from racing. El Deal is a five-year-old son of the Speightstown stallion Munnings, out of the […]

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BC Juvenile Turf: Snapper Sinclair Working ‘Brilliantly’ In Hopes Of Making Field

Bloom Racing’s 2-year-old colt Snapper Sinclair hadn’t even cooled out after capturing Kentucky Downs’ $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile when the plans were made to send him to Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar. Trainer Steve Asmussen said at Kentucky Downs that Snapper Sinclair would not have another race in between, […]

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Claim To Breeders’ Cup: 8-Year-Old Hogy ‘Deserves A Chance’ In Turf Sprint

Owner Michael Hui dropped $80,000 to claim the 8-year-old Hogy three starts back at Saratoga, and the gelding has been rewarding him thus far. After repairing a slight breathing issue, Hogy went out and captured the $400,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes on Sept. 9, then ran second in the Grade 2 Woodford at Keeneland […]

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Saratoga’s ‘Wagering Wizard Wil’ Captures Inaugural Showdown Sweepstakes Grand Prize

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that Saratoga Springs resident Wilfred “Wil” Reed has won the inaugural Saratoga Showdown Sweepstakes Grand Prize, collecting a 2018 Belmont Stakes VIP Package that includes two seats in the Champagne room, two programs, food, merchandise and a $500 betting voucher. Saratoga Showdown launched on Sunday, June […]

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Drefong Owners Charles, Susan Chu Donate $10,000 To Old Friends

Champion sprinter Drefong crushed the competition in the Grade 1, $600,000 Forego Stakes at Saratoga on August 26.  His gate-to-wire score also did much for Thoroughbred aftercare. Charles and Susan Chu of the Baoma Corporation, owner the 4-year-old son of Gio Ponti, donated $10,000 of Drefong’s winnings to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility based […]

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One Week After Race Meet, ICE Arrests Eight In Saratoga Springs

Though U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials did not raid the Saratoga backstretch during the six-week race meet, they returned to Saratoga Springs for a raid early this week. On Monday, eight men from Mexico were arrested, reports the Albany Times Union. Over June and July, the months preceding the racing season, ICE arrested 27 individuals […]

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TCI: Breeders’ Cup Implications From Saratoga, Del Mar?

The TCI guys put a bow on the boutique summer meets at Saratoga and Del Mar, which both closed with major stakes action throughout Labor Day weekend that is certain to have Breeders’ Cup implications. Who impressed? They also release the season’s first TCI Top 5 for the Distaff. Watch below and share your thoughts.

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Catholic Boy’s Victory Brings Young Trainer Thomas Full Circle

No one could blame Jonathan Thomas, 37, if he had been jumping for joy as the Grade 3 With Anticipation field entered the stretch at Saratoga on Aug. 30. After a bumpy exit from the starting gate, Thomas trainee Catholic Boy found a gap in traffic and inched steadily to victory through the final sixteenth […]

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Who Needs A Rollercoaster Ride When You’ve Got Horse Racing?

Things I learned during this topsy turvy summer of racing:  Young Guys Rule: Flavien Prat, 25, won his second consecutive Del Mar summer riding title (he tied with Rafael Bejarano in 2016) and the native of France has established himself as the West Coast leader. Jose Ortiz, 23, a native of Puerto Rico, defeated his […]

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