T Loves a Fight: He Knows When We Need Him

On January 26, 2017, I was sitting in the Perlmutter Cancer Center in Manhattan, receiving the fourth of 16 scheduled treatments of chemotherapy and antibodies following a breast cancer diagnosis. That day at Aqueduct, a maiden claimer trained by Mike Hushion, who had also undergone cancer treatment, won the first race by a nose. The…

Highest Honors Enters Travers Picture

W.S. Farish’s homebred Highest Honors added his name to the list of possible starters for the Travers (G1) on August 24 with a decisive, come-from-behind win in the $100,000 Curlin at Saratoga on Friday. Running last in the field of eight, Highest Honors was in no hurry, and neither was even-money favorite Looking at Bikinis, who set…

This Week at Saratoga: July 24 – 31

Wednesday, July 24 At the track… $200,000 Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap, fillies and mares three and up, six furlongs on the dirt. $150,000 New York Stallion Stakes Cab Calloway Division, one mile, three-year-olds sired by stallions standing in New York, turf In the community booth by the jockeys’ silks room: Battlefield and Beyond, which…

Racing Museum Honors Women in Racing

We weren’t supposed to be devoting so many words to Marylou Whitney just yet. Sure, she is always present, somehow, when racing season starts, but it’s on Whitney weekend, this year August 3, that we focus on her life and her contributions to Thoroughbred racing and to Saratoga Springs. Instead, racegoers at Saratoga Race Course…