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

Godolphin’s ‘A wish that came true’ tells story of Cody’s Wish

Godolphin recently released a short documentary telling the story of a very special bond between an exceptional boy, Cody Dorman, and his racetrack namesake, Cody’s Wish. The approximately 12-minute video tells the emotional story from the start at a Make-A-Wish event at Godolphin’s Gainsborough Farm in Versailles through the Breeders’ Cup World Championships last month … Read more

The Thanksgiving Special – 2022 Edition

We’re back and just in time for the start of the holiday season. Thanksgiving, a day to celebrate with family and friends and of course to give thanks for all of the year’s blessings. We’re thankful for another solid Saratoga season, and all that goes into making that happen from advertisers to supporters, fans and … Read more

Picks & Preview for Charleston, steeplechase finale

The end. Here we are, the final National Steeplechase meet of the season goes to the post Sunday with the Charleston Steeplechase at Stono Ferry in Hollywood, S.C. The day starts at 1 p.m. and includes five races – a training flat to get things going and four hurdle races. Some years, the finale helps … Read more

Smarts pay off again for Malathaat at Breeders’ Cup

Todd Pletcher walked away from a small group of reporters covering last month’s Juddmonte Spinster Stakes on FallStars Weekend at Keeneland and made his way through the tunnel to the Trustees Room for a champagne toast honoring Malathaat. Pletcher walked like he always does, shoulders square, head high, eyes forward. And perhaps with a little … Read more

Second Season: Breeders’ Cup winners benefited from Saratoga stay

Saratoga in the fall. The locals will debate that it’s the best time of the year in the upstate New York city. They’d probably put June in the mix, too. Both have their positives – occasional summerlike weather without the swelter of July, vibrant energy throughout town without the occasional obnoxiousness of tourists. Think less … Read more

Liftoff: Flightline dominates Breeders’ Cup Classic

John Sadler – and so many others – can’t say it enough when it comes to Flightline. “Brilliant is his normal,” Sadler said this week as the days became hours leading up to the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Race Course. Naysayers discounted the statement, made as the unbeaten 4-year-old son of … Read more

The Breeders’ Cup Special & Picks – Championship Saturday

The 39th Breeders’ Cup World Championships kicked off in style on a summer-like day Friday and continues in earnest Saturday with the main event at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington. Championship Saturday features nine Breeders’ Cup races, headlined by the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Flightline headlines the headliner, looking to make it 6-for-6 in … Read more

Strong Point: Forte shines on Future Stars Friday

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher walked out of the winner’s circle with Irad Ortiz Jr. after they teamed to win Friday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with Forte and joked with the likely-one-day Hall of Fame jockey. “That was good but let’s see how you do from the 13 post,” Pletcher told the three-time … Read more

Picks & Preview for jump triple header

The leaves have changed, the sun sets before 6 p.m., the horses might even be starting to grow winter coats – yes, the steeplechase calendar has reached its thin days and the second-last weekend of the year features three meets in Georgia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. The crowded schedule – two meets Saturday, one Sunday – … Read more