September 01, 2014
Well before the curtain came down Monday on Saratoga’s 146th meet, rumors began flying about next year’s Saratoga season.
Trainer Graham Motion said he always thought that Ring Weekend might be a little better on turf than dirt. Ring Weekend confirmed that theory with an impressive 2 3/4-length victory over the pace-setting Smooth Daddy in Monday’s $300,000 Saranac.
In a highly anticipated matchup between sons of the stallion Super Saver, Competitive Edge rolled to a convincing 5 3/4-length victory over I Spent It in Monday’s Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga.
Winning a Grade 1 race like the Spinaway is a great thrill for any trainer. But for Rudy Rodriguez, Condo Commando’s 13 1/4-length triumph over a sloppy track here Sunday was doubly special.
August 27, 2014
James Jerkens, son of the legendary Giant Killer, still has a few things to learn from the old man. Like, for instance, if you’re going to slay a giant, make sure the giant in question comes from another barn.
July 31, 2014
So many things in racing don’t quite work out the way we would like. Horses’ careers are cut short by injury; they fail to hold their form from year to year; potentially compelling rivalries fizzle just as they’ve begun. It’s the nature of the game. It ...
July 24, 2014
What’s the best way to get to the Travers – the $600,000 Jim Dandy over the Saratoga track, or the richer and usually glitzier $1 million Haskell at Monmouth? In recent years, the Haskell has usually been the more compelling race, but the Jim Dandy has ...
August 22, 2013
If you had won the weekly drawing for a free $15,000 bet on the Saturday feature at Saratoga, you would probably want to put it on one of the favorites in the Travers. But since you didn’t, might I interest you instead in a 10-1 shot with a fighting ...
August 15, 2013
The number of races at Saratoga has grown from 216 from the traditional 24-day meet of years past to more than 400 today, and it may be diluting the quality of the racing.
August 08, 2013
There is a temptation to worry over Wise Dan’s 129-pound package in the Fourstardave, a weight last carried in a major U.S. handicap by Zenyatta in the 2010 Vanity. But since about 114 of those 129 pounds belong to John Velazquez, and Velazquez rides ...