Sarah Sis took several turns around the shedrow before going out for a light jog Monday morning, her feet piercing the brown dirt with every step. Ingrid Mason sat on her pony just outside the barn, half under the overhang and half out in the open air. She liked what she saw as the filly loosened up.
“Go ahead, give her another turn,” she told her small crew.
Songbird kicked dirt in the face of the Graveyard of Favorites by winning with devasting ease the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday. Now 9-for-9, the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro has moved into rare air as an appreciative crowd at Saratoga Sunday can attest. Photographer Tod Marks has the highlights.
The first article in this series about Nicolette Merle-Smith and her OTTB mare, Blazing Beryl, offered hints that their journey to the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover might be a seamless journey sans major challenges.
The winding road of the summer steeplechase season doesn’t alter course this week and stays at the same venue that offered a pair of jumper flat races Sunday for a pair of jump races Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia.
Pick your cliché, any cliché, when talking about the fickle, walking-on-eggshells nature of raising young Thoroughbreds and it might not be far off base.
Inti might not have become Invasor for Shadwell and Kiaran McLaughlin. But, he did become the horse who changed everything for Cyril Murphy.
Another Triple Crown season in the books, Royal Ascot past the halfway point, summer racing underway and a serious countdown to the start of the Saratoga Race Course meeting. If you’re counting – and who isn’t really? – it’s just five weeks away.
ST Publishing, publishers of the daily newspaper The Saratoga Special and the racing website This Is Horse Racing, will team for the third consecutive year with the New York Thoroughbred Breeders to produce a commemorative program for the organization’s Annual Awards Banquet this spring.
With 30 horses during the recently concluded meet at Saratoga and 40 at Belmont Park, Rudy Rodriguez was busy. Asked about making an appointment for a Stable Tour, Rodriguez laughed, “I’m here all day.”
The first week of the 2016 Saratoga Race Course meeting comes to a close with the Lucky Coin Stakes topping a nine-race card Monday and a tight race atop the handicapping standings in The Saratoga Special.