The Saturday Special – June 25

Now we’re getting serious. The clock ticked past three weeks to go until Opening Day of Saratoga this week and now we’re in the final stages of the biggest countdown of the year. Hard to believe by this time next week we’ll be halfway through 2022. How’s the year going for you so far? Better … Read more

The Saturday Special – June 18

Deep breath. The Triple Crown and spring steeplechase season in the books, and now less than four weeks until Opening Day of Saratoga. We’re revving up at our ST Publishing outposts in Fair Hill, Middleburg and Saratoga Springs, readying for the 40-day season and Issue 1 of The Saratoga Special. We have 20 on tap … Read more

No Mo Waiting in the Belmont

The annual traffic jam that is the path from the paddock through the tunnel to the owners’ boxes stairway before the Belmont Stakes stopped Mike Repole and his crew cold. Repole, never one to idle and waste time, didn’t take long to find an opening. Surrounded by his usual entourage, Repole spotted a path, pointed … Read more

Belmont Stakes Day 2022 picks

The end of the road. Saturday’s 154th Belmont Stakes brings down the curtain on the 2022 Triple Crown season and hopefully brings some clarity to the 3-year-old division. Rich Strike returns, fresh off a five-week break following his monstrous 80-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby. He meets two he beat that day in Mo Donegal … Read more

Belmont Friday stakes picks

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival kicked into gear Thursday and rolls on Friday with a five-pack of stakes to whet your appetite for Saturday’s main event. The day features the usual mixed bag with fillies and mares sprinting and on the grass, older horses going long on the turf and champion sprinter Jackie’s Warrior looking … Read more

Field set for 2022 Belmont Stakes

The longest of the Triple Crown races attracted the smallest field of any of the 2022 classics when a cast of eight was entered Tuesday for Saturday’s 154th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets. We The People, front-running winner of the Peter Pan Stakes last time out and the expected … Read more

The Saturday Special – June 4

Only a week to go before the 2022 Triple Crown season wraps up, but before we turn our gaze toward Long Island and Belmont Park there’s much to do here on this first weekend of June. Stephen Foster Preview Day looms large at Churchill Downs, which hosts a bunch of stakes Saturday. Our handicappers dug … Read more

ST project semifinalist for award

The Magic of Horses, a book edited by ST Publishing and thisishorseracing.com co-founder Joe Clancy and compiled by Thoroughbred owner/breeder Nina Gardner, is among six semifinalists for the 16th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award. The Magic of Horses is an anthology of horse stories written by trainers, veterinarians, riders, etc. about unforgettable horses who changed lives … Read more

Rich Strike delivers Derby upset

Eric Reed and Rick Dawson scoped out some potential claims in a random maiden claimer on a random Friday at last year’s Churchill Downs September meeting and settled on two that might be worth plunking down $30,000 apiece to possibly add to their stable. They dropped two claim slips, won a shake for one and … Read more

Secret Oath soars in Kentucky Oaks

D. Wayne Lukas likes to joke that he’s made a career running horses where they don’t belong. Such sentiment only seems half true, perhaps only for the latter parts of the Hall of Fame trainer’s career that includes scores of classic and Grade 1 victories. The 86-year-old Lukas added to his legend Friday in the … Read more