John Hettinger, Akindale Farm, and Callmetony

Dormant for most of the year, the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds spring to life this week, in preparation for the yearling sales on August 6, 7, 11 and 12.  Thoroughbred auctions have been held by Fasig-Tipton at Saratoga since 1917, and next week, sellers and buyers will gather, as they have for nearly a century, in…

The Hettinger Stakes(es)

Some people require more than one monument to do justice to the lives they led, and John Hettinger may be one of them. Hettinger himself was a monument in New York racing. He raced and bred horses in New York; he owned Akindale Farm in Pawling, New York; and according to his 2008 obituary in…

Saratoga events 2019

  Happy racing season! Here’s our annual look at what’s going on in Saratoga, a select and idiosyncratic list of various goings-on during the summer in Saratoga. The focus is on events that are related to racing or Saratoga’s history and on non-profit events. If you know of an event that should be included, please…

Stud Muffin: Going the Distance

In his six years on the racetrack, Stud Muffin showed a definite predilection for distance: the bulk of his 14 lifetime victories came at a mile and or more, with the gray guy coming from off the pace, often eking out a win, sometimes winning by a length or so. He seldom won by more…

A birthday party for Evening Attire

Given the love that Evening Attire received during his racing career, it seems fitting that his birthday is Valentine’s Day. And this year, the folks at his Akindale Farm retirement home are throwing him a birthday party to which the public is invited. With a name invoking Evening Attire’s sire, the “Black Tie Affair” will be…

“This is so much FUN!”

That’s what I heard, over and over, the night of the Belmont Child Care Association benefit last month, and in the days following. “That was so much FUN!” First-timers and veterans gathered for adult lemonades amid an array of silent auction items before entering the dining room at the Gideon Putnam, bedecked to resemble a…