“There is no better place on earth.”

By the time the gates fly open for the first race today at 1 p.m., tens of thousands of words will have been written about this summer’s Saratoga meeting. They will have appeared in turf publications, in newspapers, and in magazines. Races will have been handicapped, predictions will have been made, visitors’ guides will have…

NYRA Chief Meets With Locals in Saratoga

After meeting with the media earlier in the day July 17, New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Christopher Kay made his first public appearance at the annual Saratoga Race Course meet preview at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Kay was one of five panelists who took questions from moderator Brien…

Saratoga Meet Preview, 2012

Panelists at Wednesday night’s annual Saratoga meet preview at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame spoke with optimism about this summer’s racing season while acknowledging the challenges and uncertainty facing New York racing. Saratogian turf writer Michael Veitch, trainer Dale Romans, Saratoga native and jockey agent Matt Muzikar, and jockey Rosie Napravnik,…

Wednesday morning quick picks

At the end of May, I wrote about the Metropolitan Handicap, noting that the last winner of the Handicap Triple Crown was Fit to Fight; four days after the Met Mile was run, Fit to Fight was euthanized due to, in that classic phrase, “the infirmities of old age.” He stood at Lane’s End and…

The Good, and the Ugly

In today’s Saratogian, Michael Veitch writes about Evening Attire’s victory in the Queens County on Saturday and links it compellingly to the racing franchise debacle, throwing darts squarely at New York State’s three political, ahem, “leaders.” With the clock winding down on the New York Racing Association’s license toconduct racing, Evening Attire was a noble…

New York Racing

I’ve mentioned before that I buy my past performances from Brisnet.com, but I confess that I’ve never paid much attention to the rest of the site. A friend this week introduced me to the site’s Bloodstock Journal, and it’s clear that I’m soon going to have to quit my teaching job in order to find…