The Saturday Special – Feb. 4

Weekends like this are made for sojourns to all points south, fireplaces or at the very lease hunkering down on the couch with a warm beverage and an even warmer blanket. Welcome to the deep freeze edition of The Saturday Special, a week removed from the Pegasus Day edition when temps were in the mid-70s … Read more

Nifty at 9: Red Knight still going strong

Editor’s note: Reprinted from the New York Thoroughbred Breeders’ Inc.’s website. Tom Egan and Chad Stewart strategized a plan late last year to give Red Knight a break after the Grade 1, $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf in advance of a 9-year-old campaign in 2023. “How long should we turn him out here?” Egan asked … Read more

Master craftsman: Mott adds Pegasus to Hall of Fame resume

Bill Mott sauntered down the steps at the end of Gulfstream Park’s truncated grandstand, to the ground level from the box seats after turning the seventh Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes into a showcase of his skills. Binoculars in one hand and a program in the other, Mott walked past fellow horsemen and horseplayers, so-called … Read more

Pegasus Day Special – 2023

The first big racing day of the year comes Saturday in South Florida – Pegasus World Cup Day replete with a stakes-laden card at Gulfstream Park. The Grade 1, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational tops the day with a field that lacks a true superstar but features plenty of depth. Gone are the days … Read more

Saratoga clocker Lynett will be missed

Dave Lynett’s name appeared many times through the years on this website and in the pages of The Saratoga Special. Retired from the Saratoga County Department of Social Services, Lynett later embarked on a second career as a clocker with the New York Racing Association at the Oklahoma Training Track in his native Saratoga Springs. … Read more

Saratoga Stories: Second Chances program on the rise

(Editor’s Note: We’re still thinking Saratoga and are happy to (belatedly) roll out another piece from the almost archives of The Saratoga Special in 2022. Special thanks to Kim Weir and Tyler Frame for the visit with our own Timothy Littau back in August, before the latter headed back for his senior year at Marquette … Read more

The Saturday Special – January 7

Happy New Year and welcome back to The Special for 2023. We took a bit of a hiatus for the holiday season, with spotty appearances here and there but we’re back with another big weekend of racing. We’ll kick things off with some of the favorites, and catch up one some news from 2022. Here’s … Read more

Saratoga Stories: Weber relishes tour guide post

(Editor’s Note: Who’s ready for Saratoga now that we’ve moved into the New Year? We feel it too, and figured we’d kick off the season with a piece that unfortunately never made the pages of The Saratoga Special in 2022. Special thanks to John Weber for the visit with our own Timothy Littau back in … Read more

The Saturday Special – Dec. 10

Rolling toward the end of 2022 and sure signs the winds of winter are on the way. Woodbine winds down its meet while Oaklawn Park revs up for the season in Hot Springs. Aqueduct, Fair Grounds and Los Alamitos keep things rolling after a strong few days to kick off December last weekend. A somewhat … Read more

The Saturday Special – Dec. 3

The holidays are here. Well, almost at least. Thanksgiving in the books and into the final month of 2022 we go. The first Saturday in December always packs a decent punch, with the closing of Del Mar’s Bing Crosby meeting, a graded-stakes quartet at Aqueduct, jump racing overseas and plenty more to keep one occupied … Read more