Monday’s nine-race card at Saratoga Race Course closes the book on the first “week” of the meeting. We don’t publish a Monday edition – except during sales week – but our team of handicappers continue to make selections and we’ll post the picks online every week.
Fair Hill Training Center is, after all, on a hill – just not quite the kind of hill Bode Miller normally works. The Olympic skier continued his foray into Thoroughbred racing by purchasing a barn at the Maryland Thoroughbred facility this month.
English Channel and Harlan’s Holiday each sired a pair of weekend stakes winners and the latest good ones from Yes It’s True and Birdstone are products of quickly emerging crosses.
Steeplechasers get back on the trucks and head to Philadelphia Tuesday for three hurdle races at Parx. The jumpers go in the first (for maidens), third (for maidens) and fifth (for ratings handicappers). All three offer chances to go to Saratoga for the successful.
Suzanne Carreker-Voigt got to see just how far a Thoroughbred could take her in disciplines outside of racing starting from the cornfields of Iowa of all places. Now she and fellow upstate New York horsewoman Donna Vild hope to show others the value of Thoroughbreds in second careers during a dark-day event next month near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The first Saratoga condition book might be out, but Belmont's spring/summer meet still has some thrills as evidenced by a big Fourth of July card for the Belmont Derby, Oaks and more over the weekend. TIHR photographer Tod Marks was there, chronicling the action from Lady Eli, Force The Pass, Private Zone and the rest.
What a run for our great game of Thoroughbred racing. A thrilling Triple Crown series is always a good thing; the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years something we only dreamed about back in May.
Talent, determination and a little bit of luck often dictate the success of a racehorse’s career. That’s exactly the case with Sandy’z Slew, a top contender for Monday’s Lucky Coin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Approximately 1,510 miles after leaving Fargo, I have arrived in Saratoga Springs.
Happy Sunday. If you're near Philadelphia, get out to Parx Racing to see Eclipse Award winner Demonstrative in action in the first race – a flat tuneup for Grade 1 hurdle starts at Saratoga – plus another full field of steeplechasers going in the third.
In the North American 3-year-old division there is American Pharoah and everyone else. Two of the other ones were on display at Belmont Park over the 4th of July holiday weekend and both happen to be sons of Speightstown.