Just what we needed?

On Monday night, as the Memorial Day weekend wound down, as cars snaked their way back into New York and revelers bid a wistful farewell to the holiday, New York racing could be seen tilting back in its rocking chair on its front porch, raising a glass, and taking a long, cool drink of the…

The First Whitney: Black Maria

Happy Whitney Day!  Whitney is a name as associated with Saratoga Race Course as Travers is; Travers helped found the track and was the first president of the Saratoga Association, giving his name to Saratoga’s flagship race in the track’s second season. The Whitney influence came later: William C. Whitney became president of the Saratoga…

Met Mile day, 2011

Dark clouds and torrential rain gave way to blazing sun and a glorious Met Mile day at Belmont, exactly the sort of day to kick off summer racing with one of New York’s historic races. The Grade 2 Sands Point for three-year-old fillies was the day’s co-feature; inaugurated in 1995, the race is named for…