Varied Paths to Victory on Saratoga Showcase Day

The winners of the Fleet Indian Stakes and the Albany Stakes at Saratoga Race Course are both lightly raced three-year-olds, but beyond that and their stakes wins on Aug. 27, the horses represent very different paths to New York-bred stakes success.  Albany winner Americanrevolution boasts elite connections: bred by notable New York breeders Fred W.…

Different Paths, Same Destination

For the first time in a few decades, trainers Rick Schosberg and Bobby Ribaudo are working side by side again. Stabled together on the Saratoga backstretch, the two have between them more than 70 years of training experience. They’ve worked alongside the greats of the sport, like Allen Jerkens, Woody Stephens, and Sid Watters, and…

Joy And Tears As Caravel Sets Sail

On Saturday morning on the backstretch at Saratoga Race Course, July 24, Maddie Rowland held the shank as trainer Elizabeth Merryman bathed her filly Caravel. The gray/roan filly extended her neck straight up, turned her head in profile, and posed. “She knows when the camera is out,” said Rowland. “It’s like she’s saying, ‘I’m beautiful,…

Maryland Brando Should Have Been A Contender

He should have been a contender. Of course, maybe he still will be. Right up until the starting gate opened for the Sanford Stakes (G3) at Saratoga Race Course on July 17, Maryland Brando looked like he was in with a chance. Though making only his second start, he had won his debut impressively at…