Discovery

Tomorrow at  Aqueduct, the Discovery will be run for the 67th time. In multiple accounts of the career of the horse for whom the race is named, commentators are awed by two things: his ability to carry weight and his effect on racing through his progeny. Purchased as a two-year-old by Alfred G. Vanderbilt, Discovery…

Discovery

Saturday at Aqueduct brings the running of the Grade III Discovery Handicap, named for the horse whom author John Eisenberg calls “the most important equine purchase” of owner Alfred G. Vanderbilt’s life. Apparently unable to resist the obvious wordplay, Edward Hotaling, in They’re Off! Horse Racing at Saratoga, wrote that at age three “Discovery discovered…

The Whitney and the Diana

The Travers might be the biggest race of the Saratoga meet, but today is billed as the biggest day, with three Grade I’s and a Grade II on the card: the Diana, Whitney, Go for Wand, and Vanderbilt, respectively. All four are “Win and You’re In” races, with the victor in each gaining a berth…