Saratoga Special June 6 Edition

Saratoga goes Belmont. The first of our four editions for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival goes to the post. Stakes previews check in with The Grey Wizard, Gary Contessa and runners from Canada, plus a look at the Belmont Stakes field, a conversation with Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, columns from Sean Clancy, Joe … Read more

Stacked field for Belmont Stakes

Saratoga Race Course’s first of two scheduled editions of the Belmont Stakes attracted a talent-rich field that includes the first two finishers from the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and several promising late-developers. A field of 10 entered the 156th Belmont Stakes, which will be run at Saratoga in 2024 and 2025 because of the … Read more

The Saturday Special – June 1

Here we go. A week out from the Belmont Stakes at Saratoga Race Course and even less until the Festival kicks into gear, but one more installment of The Saturday Special to feed your jones. The first Saturday in June marks Derby Day in England and we kick things off in our primer with a … Read more

The Saturday Special – May 25

With a successful 149th Preakness Stakes in the books, it’s time to zero in on the Belmont Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. But first we’ll take a little pause for Memorial Day, remembering all those lost and readying for the start of the summer. Here’s The Saturday Special for the kick off to Memorial Day … Read more

Lukas, Seize The Grey land Preakness

D. Wayne Lukas didn’t budge. Perched in the front row of the owners’ box seats above the finish line at Pimlico Race Course, the octogenarian Hall of Famer everyone calls ‘The Coach’ and some still call ‘The King,’ Lukas watched the 149th Preakness Stakes unfold and didn’t budge. Seize The Grey, a son of Arrogate … Read more

Preakness Day stakes picks

Here we are, in Baltimore with all roads pointing to the 149th Preakness Stakes. The middle jewel of the Triple Crown always seems to take its share of bumps and bruises and 2024 will be no exception with the defection of morning-line favorite Muth this week. A strong field remains for the $2 million headliner, … Read more

The Saturday Special – May 18

All roads point to Baltimore. Well, at least the long and winding road that leads to and through the American Triple Crown. The Preakness Stakes goes for the 149th time Saturday at Old Hilltop. Maybe it doesn’t pack the punch of the Kentucky Derby, or lack the occasional sizzle of the Belmont Stakes if there’s … Read more

Gun Song answers questions in Black-Eyed Susan victory

Mark Hennig took a spot among the owners’ box seats above the winner’s circle at Pimlico Race Course, watched the early and middle stages of the 100th renewal of the Grade 2 George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and loved what he saw. “I haven’t seen a replay yet, but I was happy to see … Read more

Mugatu takes Engler to Preakness

You like underdogs? Need somebody to cheer for in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course? Say hello to Mugatu. He cost $14,000, took five starts to break his maiden, was excluded from the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago and shipped in from Ohio’s Belterra Park. Trainer Jeff Engler, whose career began in 2009 after … Read more

Radnor steeplechase picks and preview

And then there was one. The spring National Steeplechase Association season sets the parking brake Saturday with the Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern, Pa. The suburban Philadelphia meet always draws a crowd – pack the tailgate – and benefits the land preservation efforts of the Brandywine Conservancy. The racing offers one last chance to win … Read more