G.O.A.T. On The 4th Of July

Most of the fans in attendance at Aqueduct on July 4, 1972 probably had no idea that they had just witnessed the debut of one of the greatest horses who ever raced. For SECRETARIAT, it began 50 years ago today with a bad trip and a 4th-place finish in a Maiden special weight race with an $8,000 purse. It would be the worst performance of … Continue reading G.O.A.T. On The 4th Of July

Saratoga Basics

Saratoga Springs has long been a summer playground for sports fans: the upstate New York town is home to one of the most storied racetracks in the world, and it’s been mecca for horse racing fans for hundreds of years. The racing season at Saratoga begins in less than two weeks, so if you’re planning a trip to The Spa this summer here is quick beginners guide to … Continue reading Saratoga Basics

NYRA Says Nay To Baffert

The Racetrack at Saratoga opens for the 2022 season on Thursday, July 14th. The historic track will be without one of the most successful, albeit ostracized, trainers for the duration of its 159th edition. Last week a three-member hearing panel suspended trainer Bob Baffert from all New York Racing Association tracks for the next seven months. The panel’s decision to suspend Baffert for one years credited him with … Continue reading NYRA Says Nay To Baffert

Bigger Purses At The Spa

The most talented horses, and riders, east of the Mississippi annually gather for six weeks at historic Saratoga Race Course. This year they’ll be competing for purses that speak to the level of ability they bring to The Spa. Significant increases of more than $1.6 million dollars to the purse schedule for the 2022 summer were announced by the New York Racing Association last week. … Continue reading Bigger Purses At The Spa

Who Wins The Ohio Derby ?

The $500,000 dollar Grade 2 Ohio Derby will be contested Saturday at Thistledown Park. The 1 1/8 mile race originally drew a field of eight, but there has been one scratch. It should be pointed out that in Ohio the medication Lasix is allowed in Stakes races. The race is slated as the final event on a card of eleven, with a scheduled Post Time … Continue reading Who Wins The Ohio Derby ?

The Ohio Derby

The $500,000 dollar, Grade 2 Ohio Derby, will be run on Saturday at 1 1/8 miles at Thistledown in the suburbs of Cleveland. The race drew a field of eight 3-year-olds led by WHITE ABARRIO. This year’s edition of Ohio Derby field includes the Winners of the Florida Derby (G1), Tampa Bay Derby (G2), Holy Bull (G3) and Lexington (G3). Two other 3-year-olds who Won Stakes races … Continue reading The Ohio Derby

Santa Anita Gets Safer

Santa Anita Park concluded its six-month 2021-22 winter-spring season on June 19th as the safest track in North America among those with a comparable volume of racing and training. Santa Anita Park’s record is highlighted by a 62.5 percent improvement from the previous year. From December 26th, 2021, through closing day June 19th, the main dirt track did not have a single musculoskeletal racing fatality … Continue reading Santa Anita Gets Safer

The Magic That Is Saratoga

“From New York City you drive north for about 175 miles, turn left on Union Avenue and go back 100 years.” That quote is attributed to legendary NYC sports scribe Red Smith when he wrote on how to get to Saratoga Race Course. The town of Saratoga resides in a vacuum as it relates to horse racing. Some might consider a lack of change to … Continue reading The Magic That Is Saratoga

Triple Crown To Travers Stakes

With the Triple Crown season in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to move on and the focus for some familiar 3-year-olds shifts to the north. More specifically, the $1.25 million dollar Travers Stakes at Saratoga on August 27th. Here then, are five horses from the Triple Crown trail who can succeed in the 1 1/4 mile Travers. MO DONEGAL. He Won the Wood Memorial in April, … Continue reading Triple Crown To Travers Stakes