Showcasing New York Favorites

New York’s stars were on display at Belmont on Saturday.  The weather was beautiful, the atmosphere festive, the backyard crowded.  And the horses didn’t disappoint. Early in the card, Flying Zee Stable took two races. The racing operation of the late Carl Lizza, Flying Zee’s dispersal begins this week at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale,…

New York Showcase Day, 2011

It rained on Belmont Day. It was cloudy on Travers Day. It rained on Jockey Club Gold Cup day.  But this Saturday is New York Showcase day, and it looks like we’re going to get perfect autumn weather on the day that to me embodies fall racing in New York. If we’re lucky, the trees…

New York Showcase Day!

How do I love thee, New York Showcase Day? Let me count the ways! Tomorrow at Belmont Park is all about New York, on and off the track. And having spent all but 10 years of my life here, I am rather an unabashed cheerleader for all things Empire State. (OK, maybe not all things.…

Bye to Belmont

The final Saturday of racing at Belmont came to an end with both bangs and whimpers. The whimpers were weather-related, and after the uncountable number of grey, damp days at Belmont, going back to last year’s fall meet, those who grumbled about yet another soggy day at Big Sandy might be forgiven for their grumpiness.…

Brian’s New York Showcase preview

With New York-bred Showcase Day on tap for Saturday we’ll bypass the Pick4 handicapping and instead give a brief preview of the card, which came up, as always, balanced and competitive on a great day that helps support New York-bred racing. Race 1: LIVING FOR THIS just missed at this level in his last and…

Showing off

There were happy people all over Belmont on Saturday afternoon. The sun in the backyard was warm, the leaves were turning, and a crowd of nearly 7,000 turned out to celebrate New York racing and autumn. Picnics were set up, kids ran everywhere, and the folks who turned out accepted with alacrity the various promotions…

I love New York

Welcome to NY Showcase Day! Ten races for NY breds, a celebration of NY products; what a shame that this New Yorker will be wending her way home from points south and missing the whole day. Race 3: The Sleepy Hollow Stakes. Many of today’s races follow the longstanding tradition of naming races after regions…

Storm Flag Flying

Maddening! I’m away from home at a conference with limited time for writing and all of a sudden there’s TONS to write about. Maddening! First, a little equine history. Friday afternoon at Belmont is the ungraded Storm Flag Flying…and what a pleasure it is write about this amazing mare. By Storm Cat out of My…

Counting down…

We are all waiting, it seems, waiting for Wednesday’s list of Breeders’ Cup pre-entries to come up…others, most notably Railbird , have written tantalizingly about the maybes and the probablys and the definitely nots, but finally, on Wednesday morning, the pre-entries will be published. Late Tuesday, the order of BC races was released. In other…