The Saturday Special – June 15

And we’re back. Hopefully you enjoyed our four-day run of print editions of The Saratoga Special for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga Race Course. The Saturday Special returns just in time for the summer solstice and will run every week until the start of the proper Saratoga meeting Thursday, July 11. Then we’re … Read more

Saratoga Special June 9 Edition

The Belmont Stakes at Saratoga Race Course proved to be a rousing success, with a sold-out crowd, record non-Triple Crown Belmont Day handle and a surprising outcome in the feature. The festival finishes up Sunday with the inaugural Grade 1 Beverly R. Steinman Hurdle and New York-bred Showcase Day featuring six stakes. We also recap … Read more

Saratoga Special June 8 Edition

Belmont Stakes Day at Saratoga Race Course. History in the making the America’s most historic track and we preview all the action in Issue 3 of the The Saratoga Special for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. Mystik Dan, Seize The Grey, Sierra Leone, Mindframe and five others tackle the 156th renewal of the Belmont. Stakes … Read more

Saratoga Special June 7 Edition

Day 1 in the books. The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga opened Thursday with success – a lively crowd and huge handle thanks to top racing. The Grey Wizard stole the show with his rallying victory under John Velazquez in the Grade 2 Belmont Gold Cup. That win also punched his ticket to the … Read more

Saratoga Special June 6 Edition

Saratoga goes Belmont. The first of our four editions for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival goes to the post. Stakes previews check in with The Grey Wizard, Gary Contessa and runners from Canada, plus a look at the Belmont Stakes field, a conversation with Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, columns from Sean Clancy, Joe … Read more

Stacked field for Belmont Stakes

Saratoga Race Course’s first of two scheduled editions of the Belmont Stakes attracted a talent-rich field that includes the first two finishers from the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and several promising late-developers. A field of 10 entered the 156th Belmont Stakes, which will be run at Saratoga in 2024 and 2025 because of the … Read more

The Saturday Special – June 1

Here we go. A week out from the Belmont Stakes at Saratoga Race Course and even less until the Festival kicks into gear, but one more installment of The Saturday Special to feed your jones. The first Saturday in June marks Derby Day in England and we kick things off in our primer with a … Read more

The Saturday Special – May 25

With a successful 149th Preakness Stakes in the books, it’s time to zero in on the Belmont Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. But first we’ll take a little pause for Memorial Day, remembering all those lost and readying for the start of the summer. Here’s The Saturday Special for the kick off to Memorial Day … Read more

Lukas, Seize The Grey land Preakness

D. Wayne Lukas didn’t budge. Perched in the front row of the owners’ box seats above the finish line at Pimlico Race Course, the octogenarian Hall of Famer everyone calls ‘The Coach’ and some still call ‘The King,’ Lukas watched the 149th Preakness Stakes unfold and didn’t budge. Seize The Grey, a son of Arrogate … Read more

Preakness Day stakes picks

Here we are, in Baltimore with all roads pointing to the 149th Preakness Stakes. The middle jewel of the Triple Crown always seems to take its share of bumps and bruises and 2024 will be no exception with the defection of morning-line favorite Muth this week. A strong field remains for the $2 million headliner, … Read more