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

Travers Talk

The Travers Stakes will be truly living up to its nickname of The Midsummer Derby this year. As part of a revamped Saratoga Race Course schedule, the 1 1/4-mile Travers has been moved up three weeks to an August 8th date while still retaining the one million dollar purse as an enticement to on-the-fence entrants. The Travers is usually held on the final Saturday in … Continue reading Travers Talk

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

Saratoga Opens

There is no finer setting for thoroughbred racing than historic Saratoga Race Course. It was named one of the world’s top 10 sporting venues of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated. This year, of course, things are a little different.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Saratoga Race Course will begin its first-ever meet with no spectators on site, Thursday, July 16th. The 2020 summer … Continue reading Saratoga Opens

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

Spectators Allowed At The Derby

Churchill Downs Racetrack announced last week that after consultation with Governor Andy Beshear and state public health officials, the 146th running of both the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks will occur with spectators under strict guidelines. The Oaks will run on Friday, September 4th and the Derby on Saturday, September 5th. Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery stated last week: “Our team is deeply committed … Continue reading Spectators Allowed At The Derby