“Equestricon belongs in Saratoga.”

When it comes to Thoroughbred racing and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., too much, it seems, is never enough. Racing at Saratoga Race Course happens six days a week, often with at least 10 races per card, a schedule unmatched by any other track in the country. The city is saturated with equine iconography. A statue of Native Dancer…

What’s Going in Saratoga, Week 4 (August 9)

  Wednesday, August 9 At the track Stakes races: $100,000 Quick Call for three-year-olds, 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf Saratoga Handicapping Challenge: This one-day contest will guarantee a minimum first-place payout of $10,000; at stake, too, is one entry to the 2018 Belmont Stakes Challenge and two entries to the National Handicapping Champion, to the…

100 Years of Fasig-Tipton Sales in Saratoga

“One of the chief subjects of discussion in the paddock was the sale of yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton company mart last night…”  The Daily Saratogian, Aug. 11, 1917 That time-honored Saratoga tradition began 100 years ago this month, when Fasig-Tipton held its first Thoroughbred sale in Saratoga. Established in 1898 to sell riding and driving…

A nose away from a life-changing score

That shouting you heard from the vicinity of Saratoga Race Course just before 7 p.m. on Sunday night? That was Joe Appelbaum, long-time backyard denizen, screaming at one of the TVs as he rooted home the eight horse, Cookie Crisp, on the lead heading to the wire under jockey Kendrick Carmouche. Appelbaum was live to…

This Week at Saratoga, July 23

I’m a little slow out of the gate this year with the Saratoga events, but I’m hoping to make up lost ground as we head up the backstretch, early in this 2017 Saratoga meet, the 148th at Saratoga Race Course. By the time we get to Labor Day, we’ll have seen 40 days of racing,…