Support Your Local Horse Track

We have written here before that the Daily Racing Blog was first introduced to the wonderful world of horse racing by way of Uncle Louie. And while Uncle Louie may not have been a blood relation, he was somehow integrated as a part of the family. It was the type of situation where you didn’t ask HOW he was your Uncle until later in life, … Continue reading Support Your Local Horse Track

The Spa Is Over

The racing season at Saratoga is over. And while no fans were allowed on the historic grounds at the racetrack, that did not deter those that still wanted to Wager on the races. The New York Racing Association (NYRA) successfully concluded its 2020 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course without interruption and with all-sources handle topping $700 million dollars for the second consecutive year. The … Continue reading The Spa Is Over

Top Two Spa Riders Staying Put

The Daily Racing Blog recently wondered if the top riders at Saratoga would miss the last week of the meet in order to participate in the Kentucky Derby on September 9th. Well it seems the Ortiz brothers (1st and 2nd in the jockey standings) feel they can make more hay in Saratoga than they could in Louisville. Both Jose and Irad Ortiz Jr. will skip … Continue reading Top Two Spa Riders Staying Put

Sweet Home Alabama

The 140th running of the $500,000 dollar, Grade 1 Albama Stakes drew a field of seven 3-year-old fillies who will try the mile and a quarter distance for the first time. In addition to the purse, the Alabama also offers Kentucky Oaks qualifying points (100-40-20-10) for the top four finishers. Any fillies going from this historic Saratoga race to the first Friday in September at … Continue reading Sweet Home Alabama

Saratoga Jockey Quandary

If any one of the leading riders at Saratoga wants to compete in the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in September, there is a decision to made within a couple of weeks. Last week, Churchill Downs announced that any jockey wanting to ride in the Run For The Roses on September 5th would have to be in Louisville by August 24th so they can … Continue reading Saratoga Jockey Quandary

TIZ Twas Great !

Jack Knowlton is the head of Sackatoga Stables– the Saratoga, New York group that owns this years Travers, and Belmont Stakes Winner TIZ THE LAW. It was 17 years ago that this same group had Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Winner FUNNY CIDE– trained by Barclay Tagg, who happens to be the conditioner for TIZ THE LAW. Back in 2003 Tagg opted not to run FUNNY … Continue reading TIZ Twas Great !

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