Sammy Is Back In Town

Fans were not allowed on the premises of Saratoga Race Course last year due to the pandemic of Covid19, and neither was Sam Grossman. Who’s Sam Grossman you ask? He’s better known to the fans at Saratoga as Sam The Bugler. Sam over the years has earned a certain bit of celebrity status at Saratoga.  In 2005 there was even a Sam The Bugler bobble-head … Continue reading Sammy Is Back In Town

Cross Country Pick 5

The New York Racing Association will host a Cross Country Pick 5 on Saturday featuring action from historic Saratoga Race Course and Stakes competition from Woodbine Racetrack and Monmouth Park. Woodbine will kick-off the sequence with the Grade 2, $175,000 Nassau Stakes for older fillies and mares going one mile on the turf, in Race 6 at 3:45. A field of 12 is scheduled to … Continue reading Cross Country Pick 5

Finding A Longshot

When placing bets in horse racing, handicappers love to go after the elusive long-shot. The horse that is not-so-obvious and may be flying under the radar in regards to his capability and odds. Here are a couple of tips (in no particular order) that may help in nailing that big odds long-shot and put some major cabbage in your pocket. Its good to bet big … Continue reading Finding A Longshot

A BIG opening weekend At Saratoga

Opening weekend at the Saratoga Race Course was a HUGE success. The New York Racing Association says the 4-day opening weekend generated more than $90 million dollars in the all sources wagering handle. That number easily topping the corresponding 2020 and 2019 opening weekends. The total handle for the 41 race, four day opening was an increase of 12.2% from last years number, which was … Continue reading A BIG opening weekend At Saratoga

The Million Dollar Haskell

The 2021 running of the $1 Million dollar, Grade 1 Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park is Saturday July17th. Conspicuous by his absence from the Haskell is the old mad scientist himself- Bob Baffert. Baffert has Won the Jersey Shore’s signature race nine times. But Baffert is (for the time being) persona non grata at racetracks on this side of the country. The 1 1/8-mile Haskell, in … Continue reading The Million Dollar Haskell

Beginners Guide To Saratoga

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. If you’re planning a trip to The Spa this summer here is quick beginners guide to the town and racetrack. WHO: Elite Racehorses And Their … Continue reading Beginners Guide To Saratoga

NYRA Says Go Away Bob

Most thoroughbred horse racing jurisdictions have a rarely used codicil in their by-laws referred to as the Right Of Exclusion. This court tested policy enables track management the right to deny an individual the privilege to race if the individual’s participation is deemed to be a detriment to the best business interest of the facility. The implementation of this policy is critical to horse racing’s … Continue reading NYRA Says Go Away Bob

Mr. Harvey Pack

Harvey Pack, a pioneer in the field of on-air racing personalities whose curmudgeonly personality and dry sense of humor made him a favorite among New York horseplayers, died Tuesday at his New York City apartment after complications from cancer. He was 94. Mr. Pack was born and raised on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and he got hooked on the game by his father during racing’s … Continue reading Mr. Harvey Pack

Pletcher Makes Hall Of Fame

He broke into the thoroughbred racing business working as an assistant (1989-95) to legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Since hanging out his own training shingle, Todd Pletcher has Won 60 individual meet trainer titles as well as Winning 708 Graded Stakes, including 166 Grade 1’s. The 53-year-old Pletcher holds records for career earnings ($405,791,977) and Eclipse Awards and ranks 7th in Wins (5,118). He’s Won … Continue reading Pletcher Makes Hall Of Fame