Features

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

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

Dream On: Cody’s Wish story hits home

The email came in from Tom Law at 9:34 a.m. on Travers Day with the day’s writing assignments. I drew the Forego and, for the second year in a row, the Sword Dancer. It seemed simple enough. Jackie’s Warrior was a heavy favorite  and very likely winner in the Forego and I had plenty of … Read more

For Zilla, agony to ecstasy in 30 minutes

By Paul Halloran Steve Forst waited a half-century to experience the euphoria of being in a winner’s circle photo as an owner. If only he could erase the preceding half-hour. Forst was at Aqueduct Sept. 29 – his first time back at the track since before the pandemic – as a partner in the three … Read more

Guest Column: To New Kent, With Love

By Jessica Paquette When the last horse crossed the finish line at Suffolk Downs, I knew there were going to be a lot of things I would miss. At a racetrack, live racing promises that no two days are the same – there is the chance for greatness every single day. The thing I ultimately … Read more

Every Horse: Rescuing Innocence

The 20th edition of The Saratoga Special is already old news and there’s always come content that we couldn’t get in print. We were blessed with Richard Zwirn’s “Every Horse Has a Story” columns for the meet and offer up his final installment below. We thank Richard for the work and insight, and apologize we … Read more

Read the July Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred

That happened fast. The July edition of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine – where the thisishorseracing.com team spends much of its time – is out and includes plenty to read. Early Voting’s storm through the Preakness stretch makes the cover from a wild angle and Tom Law has the whole story, plus we connect the dots … Read more

Throwback Thursday: The Special, Opening Day 2007

The year was 2007, The Saratoga Special’s seventh in business. We were young (or less old), the paper was a tall tabloid (today’s version is more square), the participants were at once familiar and unfamiliar and the magic was still there. The Special set up in a half-under-construction house on Lincoln Avenue with a staff … Read more

Read the June edition of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred

You might come to thisishorseracing.com for steeplechase news or to find the latest edition of The Saratoga Special – or hopefully to sign up for The Saratoga Special Readers Club, buy a calendar or look into advertising – but much of our work for the last several years centers on the monthly print magazine Mid-Atlantic … Read more