The Alabama Stakes

Saturdays feature event at Saratoga is the 142nd running of the Alabama Stakes. The prestigious stakes race for 3-year-old fillies is one of the oldest races for females in the United States, with its first edition taking place in 1872 in a race Won by WOODBINE, a horse owned by August Belmont. The race itself was not precisely named in honor of the great state of Alabama; rather, it was … Continue reading The Alabama Stakes

Want To Be A Jockey?

Think you have what it takes to become a jockey? Physically you need to weigh roughly between 108-118 pounds.  There is no height limit for jockeys, though most are fairly short, given the weight limitation.  The lankiest of jockeys is no more than 5 foot 5 inches tall.  And despite their diminutive stature, riders must be able to control a horse that weighs 1,200 pounds, … Continue reading Want To Be A Jockey?

The Fourstardave

Just like the horse for which it’s named, the Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga has come a long way since its inaugural running in 1985. From 1987 to 1994, the New York-bred gelding FOURSTARDAVE Won at least one race at Saratoga yearly, including the 1988 Albany Handicap, the 1989 and 1991 West Point Handicaps, and consecutive editions of the Daryl’s Joy in 1990 and 1991. Trained by Leo … Continue reading The Fourstardave

The Arlington Million

The name is back and the purse is restored but, otherwise, the renewal of the Arlington Million (G1), this Saturday bears little resemblance to the event that ushered in the era of seven-figure Thoroughbred purses. The most obvious change is the venue. Arlington International Racecourse where JOHN HENRY famously defeated THE BART in the inaugural Million in 1981, is no more. Churchill Downs Inc., which owns the … Continue reading The Arlington Million

Know The Track Conditions

Thoroughbred horse racing is an outdoor sport and races typically take place rain or shine. That means track conditions can vary widely with the weather. The Daily Racing Blog often refers to track conditions and the amount of moisture held by dirt and turf (grass) racing surfaces. If you’ve ever got confused by all the track condition lingo, no worries. Here are the explanations in … Continue reading Know The Track Conditions

The World’s Best Riders

Given the immense talent and extraordinary depth of the star-studded jockey colony competing at Saratoga this year, an interesting question arises. Where does this group rank among the greatest of all time? The talent begins with Irad Ortiz Jr. but hardly ends there. Ortiz swept three consecutive Eclipse Awards as North America’s leading rider from 2018 to 2020, a stretch matched only by Jerry Bailey, … Continue reading The World’s Best Riders

Some Saratoga Horse Sense

Wednesday marks the beginning of the third week of racing at Saratoga Race Course, and the second visit to the Spa for the Daily Racing Blog. It is day 15 of a season of 40 racing cards, at a track where top horses, trainers, and jockeys congregate, for some of the best racing action all year long. Saratoga is universally considered one of the premier … Continue reading Some Saratoga Horse Sense

The Whitney…Marylou

This Saturday the Saratoga Race Course will host the 94th running of the Whitney Stakes.  The Daily Racing Blog would be remiss if we didn’t talk about the Queen of Saratoga– Marylou Whitney, who passed away July 19th of 2019, at the age of 93. For seven decades, Mrs. Whitney was among the most successful owners in thoroughbred racing. In 1958 she married Cornelius Vanderbilt “Sonny” Whitney, one of the founders of the National Museum of … Continue reading The Whitney…Marylou

The Summer Place To Be

The 2022 season racing season at Saratoga is two weeks old. The Daily Racing Blog would love to report that it’s kicking ass and taking names, but no horse player at this stage of the meet is drinking anyone’s milkshake. It is the nature of the beast here at America’s track. There are certain thoroughbred race horses (regardless of their odds) that always battle back.  … Continue reading The Summer Place To Be

The Jim Dandy Stakes

Saturday is the 58th running of the Jimmy Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. This race originated in 1964, and is for horses three years-old and up.  It is raced at a mile and an eighth, on dirt, and classified as a Grade 2 Stakes race with a purse of $600,000 dollars.  The track record for this race dates back to 1996 when LOUIS QUATORZE (that years … Continue reading The Jim Dandy Stakes