Mutasaawy, Moscato mix it up in Entenmann

Dear Thoroughbred breeders, owners, trainers, buyers and breakers who worry about the mindset of the progeny of a certain leading sire . . . we give you Mutasaawy and trainer Neil Morris. “You hear it from people about Tapits being a little bit difficult, but that’s not him,” trainer Neil Morris said of the 7-year-old gelding he trains for Pathfinder Racing. “He’s like a Labrador to travel with, to do anything with.”

Lavelle, Casino Markets eye Belmont try

Emma Lavelle has already been to Belmont Park, but she makes her debut as a trainer when Casino Markets runs in Thursday’s Grade 1 Lonesome Glory hurdle stakes – the second of two jump races which help launch the National Steeplechase Association’s fall season.

Here & There – Saratoga 2017 postscript

More than two weeks removed from the close of the 2017 Saratoga Race Course meeting and we’re slowly getting back to normal in upstate New York, Maryland, Virginia and Kentucky. No sooner did the 2017 season end did our team get to work at the Keeneland September sale, catching up on life in general or taking a much needed break from it all in the mountains.

The Saturday Special – Sept. 16

Memories of summer days at the races are starting to fade with signs of fall everywhere you turn. The Keeneland September yearling sale is nearing its midpoint, college football is in full swing and tree leaves are starting to change color.

The Saturday Special – Sept. 9

And we’re back. Just like that the seven weeks of Saratoga were here and gone and with it’s closing this week marks the return of The Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud.

Perfect Weapon

Steve Asmussen walked and waved. Then stopped.

“This is unbelievable,” Asmussen said. “So Saratoga.”

Rows and rows of fans in section A in the reserved clubhouse seats stood and cheered for Asmussen, moments after Gun Runner and jockey Florent Geroux rolled past in complete control of the 64th Woodward Stakes. Old men in sport coats called Asmussen’s name. Young women in jeans clapped. A man in a Joshua Tree T-shirt yelled for Asmussen like he was his kid brother. A teenager bellowed, “Gun Runnnnnnnnner,” over and over. It was a cacophony of whistling, clapping, yelling and saluting.