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Safety Initiatives at The Jockey Club Round Table

On Sunday afternoon at the Gideon Putnam, The Jockey Club held its 63rd annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing. The event was presided over by Stuart Janney, newly elected as chair of the organization following the resignation of Ogden Mills Phipps, who had served as chair since 1983. The man at the…

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This Week at Saratoga, August 11

We’re approaching the halfway point of the meet, and we couldn’t have asked for more: terrific weather, huge increases in handle, and memorable racing, topped by a Whitney for the ages. Lots more where that came from (in the case of the weather, we can hope), along with fundraisers, education seminars, a photography class, book…

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Meet Maggie Wolfendale (Morley)

She is one of the faces of New York racing, on-screen every racing day, in the paddock pre-race offering analysis of horses’ appearance, in the winner’s circle post-race interviewing happy connections. But the woman so closely identified with the tracks on the NYRA circuit is a product of generations of mid-Atlantic racing, and she didn’t…

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This Week at Saratoga: August 4

Possibly the busiest week of the meet, with multiple fund-raising, education, and historical opportunities abounding as we head to the sales next week. Highlights including an Allen Jerkens tribute evening on Thursday, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, and this weekend’s terrific slate of racing, including a Whitney for the ages, its 10…

Innovation Economy winning the Belmont Gold Cup. He was one of three horses euthanized Saturday at Saratoga. Photo credit NYRA/David Alcosser

Fatalities at Saratoga Raise Troubling Questions

On Saturday morning during training hours, Jackson N Leonard broke down during a breeze on the main track. Vanned off and later euthanized, he was one of three fatalities at Saratoga that day, two during training, one during racing, the first ones of this year’s racing meeting. New York Racing Association staff, the horse’s trainer…