Saratoga Memories: Flightline sells for $1 million at Fasig-Tipton

How good was Flightline? The son of Tapit came into Sunday’s Grade 1 Runhappy Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park with two wins in as many starts, all at odds-on and each earning gushing praise from his connections and adoring fans.

‘Nothing short of amazing’

With the 2021 Saratoga meeting all wrapped up, I’ve had some time to reflect on the opportunity given over the past two years at The Saratoga Special. I’ve never written a column before, but I hadn’t written a race recap before this summer either and things seemed to work out well.

77 & Sunny: Professionalism

To regular readers of this column it will come as no surprise that I know far less about horse racing than you do. A good chunk of our readership, after all, is active in the sport in one capacity or another. 

East Ave. Racing brings locked out 2020 fans in partnership

A group of dedicated racing enthusiasts assembled on East Avenue each morning last year to soak in what little bit of horse racing they could outside of the Oklahoma Training Track. Though the views were limited, the same group of more than a dozen fans and photographers lined the fence each day without fail, thrilled to talk horses for a while instead of the usual pandemic discourse. This year, the view is different for the East Avenue crew, and so are the circumstances that bring them together. 

The Playfellow Case: A 100-year-old tale

In 1921, a headline-grabbing soap opera began in the racing world when Playfellow, a 3-year old full brother to Man o’ War was sold for $100,000, roughly $1.5 million in today’s money. The buyer was oil-baron Harry F. Sinclair, who later became notorious for his central role in the Teapot Dome oil scandal.

Timonium comes to life, again

The Maryland State Fairgrounds at Timonium plays temporary host to nearly 600 horses in training this summer, and the community is welcoming the change.