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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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Saratoga Meet Clears New Record Handle; All-Sources Numbers Up 4.4 Percent

For the second time in the past three years, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) set a record for all-sources wagering on racing at Saratoga, concluding the 2017 Saratoga meet with a handle of $676,709,490. The 2017 handle eclipsed the previous high set in 2015 by 4.4 percent and shattered the prior record set […]

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Pletcher Retakes Saratoga Title; Jose Ortiz Leads Standings For Second Consecutive Year

The race for top trainer, jockey and owner came down to the wire at Saratoga Race Course on 2017, with Todd Pletcher capturing his 13th H. Allen Jerkens trainer title, Jose Ortiz winning his second Angel Cordero Jr. riding title in a row, and Michael Dubb and his various partnerships taking his fourth straight owners […]

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Sporting Chance Bolts Near The Wire, Just Hangs On For Hopeful Victory

Robert Baker and William Mack’s Sporting Chance made jockey Luis Saez work extra hard to hit the wire first in Monday’s Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes. The 2-year-old son of Tiznow was a length in front with 100 yards to run when he shifted suddenly toward the outside. Saez quickly righted himself in the saddle and […]

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Heart To Heart In Front All The Way In Bernard Baruch

Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart took the field from gate-to-wire in Monday’s Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga, crossing the wire 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Forge and Delta Prince. The 6-year-old son of English Channel was taken to the lead by Irad Ortiz, Jr., who set well-timed fractions to have plenty of horse […]

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