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The Special ready for the Belmont

A history-making event comes to upstate New York later this year with the Belmont Stakes at Saratoga Race Course and The Saratoga Special will be there. ST Publishing will roll out The Belmont Special, a four-day newspaper during the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival June 6-9 at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Readers can … Read more

The Saturday Special – Feb. 24

Two weeks in a row. We’re making progress. The Saturday Special is back. The Saudi Cup leads the international buffet (root for Jimmy Jerkens with runners in three races) while Oaklawn Park offers the Rebel for 3-year-olds and three additional stakes. By the Numbers4998: Career wins for jockey Scott Spieth. Based at Tampa Bay Downs, … Read more

The Saturday Special – Feb. 17

Welcome back to The Saturday Special. It’s been a while. Far-too-long a while. We’re back with a look at all the action Saturday and hopefully we’ll be back each Saturday with handicapping, features, recaps, previews, quotes numbers, columns…Joe just nudged me something about under-promising and over-delivering. Enjoy a stellar card at Fair Grounds, a gaggle … Read more

Runaway: Cody’s Wish wins Horse of the Year

Cody’s Wish dominated the headlines most of the year and came away Thursday with North American racing’s ultimate prize as 2023 Horse of the Year. Godolphin Racing’s homebred cruised to victory in Horse of the Year voting, conducted by members of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, Daily Racing Form and National Thoroughbred Racing Association, … Read more

Sean Clancy wins Eclipse Award

Sean Clancy, co-editor/publisher of ST Publishing Inc. (parent company of The Saratoga Special newspaper and thisishorsracing.com), will receive an Eclipse Award for his coverage of the 2023 Test Stakes in The Saratoga Special. Clancy’s story about Maple Leaf Mel’s tragic breakdown and Pretty Mischievous’ subsequent victory was recognized in the News/Enterprise category of the annual … Read more

Kiyomori caps jump season with Aiken stakes tally

Happy Thanksgiving. Before we get to the turkey and the stuffing, put a bow on the 2023 National Steeplechase Association season. The circuit wrapped up its year with five races at Aiken Saturday, and the traditional South Carolina finale showcased a few fresh faces with promising futures. The featured Holiday Cup – a $35,000 hurdle … Read more

Picks & Preview for Aiken Steeplechase

And it comes down to this. The final meet on the final weekend of the steeplechase season. The Aiken Steeplechase pulls the curtain with a five-race card worth $130,000, including the featured $35,000 Holiday Cup for 3- and 4-year-olds. Most of the titles are done and dusted. Irv Naylor secured the owner’s title a month … Read more

Picks & Preview for Charleston jump meet

This isn’t the end of the steeplechase season, but you can see it from here. After carding 17 races last weekend, the circuit goes to South Carolina for the Steeplechase at Charleston Sunday afternoon. The five-race card starts at 1 p.m. and is the second-to-last meet of the season as Aiken finishes things up next … Read more

Final Wish comes true

Cody Dorman woke up at 2:32 a.m. Saturday and asked for the tablet he uses to communicate. He had something to say to his parents, Kelly and Leslie. “He said ‘Thank you for taking me out here,’ ” Kelly Dorman said, standing outside the paddock at Santa Anita Park about an hour before the horse … Read more

Big Bookend: Mott stars steal the Saturday show

The stars came out, and delivered, during Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships card at Santa Anita Park. White Abarrio won the Classic, probably locking up Horse of the Year honors. Irad Ortiz Jr. rode three winners, picking up his fifth Bill Shoemaker Award for the weekend’s leading rider and likely solidifying his fifth Eclipse Award. … Read more