Saratoga Special Editions

In 2001, we launched The Saratoga Special newspaper to cover the peerless racing season at New York’s Saratoga Race Course. All these years later, we’re still doing it. All editions available as PDFs online. Click on the cover or publication date to access. The current archive goes back to 2007, but we’re working on adding the early years to complete the archive.

June 9, 2024

How about Dornoch? He pulls the upset in the Belmont Stakes to highlight a banner Day 3 at the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. The stakes-filled card included a Met Mile win by National Treasure, Randomized outdueling Idiomatic in the Phipps and loads more. And there's one more day of racing so we preview Sunday's action.

June 8, 2024

It's here. Belmont Stakes Day at Saratoga arrives with a 14-race card – topped by the Belmont Stakes. We preview everything, cover a banner Friday highlighted by Thorpedo Anna's romp in the Acorn and lots more packed into 48 pages.

June 7, 2024

Edition 2 of The Saratoga Special from the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. Friday stakes previews topped by a stellar Acorn. The Grey Wizard needed every inch of the 2-mile Belmont Gold Cup. Plus a look at Belmont construction, an answer to the trivia question about who won the final race in front of the "old" building. More Lukas, entries, handicapping and all the fixings.

June 6, 2024

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 Canada plus a look at the Belmont field, a conversation with D. Wayne Lukas, three columns and entries and handicapping. Welcome back.

September 2, 2023

The final edition of 2023 previews the a big Saturday, topped by the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup showdown between Proxy and Rattle N Roll, recaps the week's racing and takes a Stable Tour with Hall of Famer Bill Mott.

August 30, 2023

Last Week. Travers Stakes hero Arcangelo leads a packed edition that covers Travers Day stakes, takes a stable tour with the Little Guys, plus takes a special look at Opening Day at Kentucky Downs.

August 26, 2023

Travers Day Edition. We've got 64 pages of previews like Forte and the boys in the Travers, a shipper in the Jerkens, Katie Davis making her Grade 1 debut and so on, plus a Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with George Weaver, recaps and all that.

August 23, 2023

Randomized makes off with Grade 1 Alabama, Aspray wins Lake Placid, plus we preview the first few stakes of a big week, take a Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with Danny Gargan and scads more.

August 19, 2023

Alabama Day. CCA Oaks heroine Wet Paint tries to win her second Grade 1 of the meet in the historic mile-and-a-quarter stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Loads of recaps, and a HARNESS story as Flavien Prats get into a Standardbred race Saturday night.

August 16, 2023

Casa Creed catches Annapolis to make it two in a row in the Grade 1 Fourstardave. Rhyme Schemes make people think big with a Saratoga Special (the race) win. And we look at Wednesday's feature with trainer Phil Antonacci and take a Stable Tour with Tom Amoss.