The inaugural edition of The 2020 Special hit the virtual newsstand Friday night, a loaded 44-page digital newspaper that comes just in time for the first Saturday in May and an anticipated day of racing in the U.S.

Born after some urging from our most dedicated fans and supporters – and later backed by a loyal squadron of advertisers – the inaugural springtime edition of The Special covers everything from the split division of the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby and Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap at Oaklawn Park to action at Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs. (Download the inaugural issue here.) 

The team behind The Saratoga Special produced much of the content, which includes handicapping for the three track mentioned above and the only U.S. venues in operation amidst the coronavirus pandemic, along with some help from other talented writers and handicappers. The Special turned over stones in some places we’ve never been, namely Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma and Fonner Park in Nebraska.

The 2020 Special on the first Saturday in May – which we think has a nice ring to it – digs deep into the Arkansas Derby and its leading contenders and features many of the popular columns and features from The Saratoga Special.

Looking for Sean Clancy’s popular “Cup of Coffee” column? You’ll find it.

What about Here & There, with Worth Repeating, By the Numbers, Quote of the Day and The Chief? Check, check, check, check and check.

We wouldn’t miss the chance for a Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour and chose just the right host from Hot Springs, Ark.

What about Saratoga’s leading handicapper John Shapazian? He jumped at the chance to take down his usual competitors from The Special, and he’ll also face the in-house handicappers from Oaklawn, Gulfstream and Tampa.

The launch of The 2020 Special coincides with the anticipated 20th season of The Saratoga Special, if, when and how the Saratoga meet unfolds. We’ll wait to see what form it takes and in the meantime plan to produce subsequent versions of the digital publication this spring and summer.

Thanks for reading this May edition of The Special and thanks to our loyal squadron of advertisers:

  • Aiken Training Track
  • Blackwood Stables
  • Brook Ledge Horse Transport
  • Brown Advisory
  • Centennial Farms
  • Coolmore America
  • Darley
  • Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center
  • Fasig-Tipton Company
  • Gulfstream Park
  • Horse Racing Radio Network
  • Keeneland Sales
  • Lane’s End Farm
  • Mill Ridge Farm
  • NTRA
  • Pin Oak Stud
  • Sallee Horse Transport
  • Shadwell Farm
  • Wasabi Ventures Stables
  • West Point Thoroughbreds

Download the inaugural edition of The 2020 Special