The 2020 Travers Stakes

The $1 million dollar Grade 1 Travers Stakes 2020 installment was moved up-  three weeks earlier than usual in the COVID-19 adjusted racing calendar. This years race runs a month ahead of the Kentucky Derby.  In doing so, the Mid-Summer Derby became an official prep race for the Run for Roses with qualifying points to the top four finishers (100-40-20-10). TIZ THE LAW was named … Continue reading The 2020 Travers Stakes

Mid-Summer Derby

The annual summer highlight of the horse racing calendar takes on an added importance this year.  COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of The Sport Of Kings. Traditionally a late-August, Mid-Summer affair, this year’s 151st Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course has been moved up three weeks in light of the rescheduled Kentucky Derby which will be contested on September 5th. The $1 million dollar, Grade … Continue reading Mid-Summer Derby

Winner Of The Whitney

The mile and an eighth Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday drew a field of five headed by the 6-5 Morning Line favorite TOM’S D’ETAT. In addition to the $750,000 dollar purse, as part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, the field will vie for a Win and You’re In spot for the BC Classic. All five horses in the field have earned … Continue reading Winner Of The Whitney

The 2020 Whitney Stakes

Saturday’s $750,000 dollar, Grade 1 Whitney Stakes is an annual highlight of the Saratoga Race Course summer meet. It is a race that has major importance on the road to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in the fall. Even without the Breeders Cup significance the Whitney is one of the most historic and significant races for older dirt horses in North America. Some of the … Continue reading The 2020 Whitney Stakes

The Legendary Tom Durkin

When former NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin walks down Broadway in Saratoga Springs, it is almost as if he is stepping back in time. Fans often stop him to remind him of one of his legendary race calls and to express their appreciation for his extraordinary career. Those conversations mean the world to Durkin. “You’re walking down the street and somebody stops you and has … Continue reading The Legendary Tom Durkin

Jockeys & Trainers At The Spa

The Daily Racing Blog was going to take a closer look at Saturday’s Grade 1, $250,000 dollar Vanderbilt Stakes at Saratoga, but frankly with a short field of five horses it offers little betting Value.  The Morning Line favorite VOLATILE seems to be head and shoulders above the rest in this one. Next Saturday is the Whitney Stakes which will certainly have a larger, more … Continue reading Jockeys & Trainers At The Spa

Marylou Is Still A Presence

  Women have played key roles in horse racing since the celebrated sport’s earliest days. Yet few women – or men for that matter – at any level of the sport created a legacy that can rival the respect and importance of Marylou Whitney. Whitney, who died July 19, 2019 at age 93, did so much more than simply race in the famed Eton blue … Continue reading Marylou Is Still A Presence

Wrapping Up Belmont

Chad Brown picked up 23 Wins to finish as the leading trainer at the Belmont Race Track spring/summer meet for the 5th consecutive year. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. posted 34 Victories to lead all riders as the 25-day meet concluded on Sunday at Belmont Park. The meet ran from June 3rd to July 12th. The spring/summer meet kicked off on June 3rd marking the return … Continue reading Wrapping Up Belmont

Turn-Back Angle Can Turn profits

Saratoga Race Course has aptly been called The Graveyard of Champions.  So if you’re going to be playing that track this summer (opening day is July 16th) you’ll be looking for a way to pick some solid long-shots. If you’re relatively new to horse race wagering, and looking for an easy way to pick some live ones, then perhaps you should consider the Turn-Back Angle. … Continue reading Turn-Back Angle Can Turn profits

The Winner Of The Met Mile Is…

The Grade 1, $500,000 dollar Metropolitan Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday is an excellent race featuring a group of quality sprinters and routers competing in a one-turn mile.   Eight entries are set to run, and it is not as easy as it appears to handicap this years edition. The Met Mile is Race 9 on a card of 11, with a scheduled Post Time … Continue reading The Winner Of The Met Mile Is…