Shawan Downs preview & picks

Let’s get back to work. After more than three months of jump racing at Saratoga, Colonial Downs and Aqueduct, the schedule turns to its more traditional stops with a full schedule of autumn race meets through Nov. 13. The action starts Saturday at Shawan Downs outside Baltimore, where eight races fill the card. The horses … Read more

Trainer of two champions, Howe dies at 83

Retired trainer Peter Howe, one of just four people to train an American champion over jumps and on the flat, and the father of Colonial Downs vice president of racing Jill Byrne, died Thursday night in Charlottesville, Va. He was 83. Howe was born in Hartford, Conn., and became an accomplished rider of show horses … Read more

Upset City: Noah And The Ark upsets Gr. 1 at Aqueduct

Of all the things to come out of a night on Caroline Street in Saratoga, Noah And The Ark might be one of the most unlikely – and now most successful – after Thursday’s Grade 1 upset in the Lonesome Glory Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack. English jump jockey Harrison Beswick takes an annual holiday with … Read more

Snap Decision gets another Grade 1 chance

When you run off and win a Saratoga Grade 1 by 13 1/4 lengths – geared down – while carrying 164 pounds, there isn’t much to do afterward but bask in the performance and get ready to do it again. And that sounds like the formula for steeplechaser Snap Decision, who blitzed six foes in … Read more

Aqueduct hosts The Mean Queen, more

Jump racing goes to the big city. For the first time in 48 years, New York’s Aqueduct Racetrack hosts a steeplechase race – two actually – as construction at Belmont Park shifted NYRA’s fall racing dates a few miles southeast to the Big A. Thursday is Opening Day and, as happened at Belmont, steeplechasers will … Read more

Jump racing at The Big A

They ever have jump racing at Aqueduct? The question arose in early July – even before NYRA announced the shifting of Belmont Park’s Fall Championship meet to The Big A – and gained steam as Saratoga’s 2022 season unfolded. The answer, of course, is yes. But not for a while. Officially, the most recent steeplechase race … Read more

The Saratoga Special for September 3

That’s that. The final edition of 2022 includes Saturday previews – Jockey Club Gold Cup, Flower Bowl, etc., the Bill Mott Stable Tour (DO NOT MISS IT), recaps from Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. How about that Thin White Duke? Amazing finish in the 5 1/2 furlong Lucky Coin Stakes. Open it up, start scrolling and enjoy … Read more

The Saratoga Special for August 31

Epicenter leaves no doubt who the top 3-year-old of 2022 is with a victory in Saturday’s Travers Stakes, the first in Steve Asmussen’s storied career. Owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up went 2-for-2 at the meet with a Jim Dandy win to start the double. Saturday’s jammed stakes lineup also saw … Read more

The Saratoga Special for August 27

Big horse for a big day. Jim Dandy Stakes winner Epicenter tackles the Travers while looking to take hold of the 3-year-old division in a strong field which includes Haskell winner Cyberknife, Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike, Preakness winner Early Voting, Curlin winner Artorius, Blue Grass winner Zandon, Iowa Derby winner Ain’t Life Grand and … Read more

The Saratoga Special for August 24

Nest. Brilliant again. The 3-year-old filly added her second Grade 1 of the meet with a romp in the 1 1/4-mile Alabama Stakes for Todd Pletcher and Irad Ortiz Jr. She’s the star of the meet, with a big weekend coming up for some of the others. Plus, we catch up with Caravel, Haughty and … Read more