Saratogians Remember Marylou Whitney

When the death of Marylou Whitney was announced on July 19 at Saratoga, tributes and obituaries appeared not just in Saratoga Springs, her hometown, but also in newspapers nationwide, from the Palm Beach Post, the paper of her winter home, to the Sacramento Bee. The woman known locally simply as “Marylou” was a woman of national interest, if news…

Catching Up: Round-Up of Saratoga Stakes Races

What else does one do on a rainy Saturday than work on some long, long, LONG overdue website updates? Here, a collection of the stakes races I covered at Saratoga for Brisnet/TwinSpires–dreams come true for connections, along with the bittersweet and the poignant… Grade 1 Spinaway–Sippican Harbor Owner: Lee Pokoik Trainer: Gary Contessa Breeder: Justin…

Catching Up: Round-Up of Saratoga Two-Year-Old Races

What else does one do on a rainy Saturday than work on some long, long, LONG overdue website updates? Here, a collection of the two-year-old maiden winners I covered at Saratoga for Brisnet/TwinSpires. Here’s hoping we’ll hear more from these babies… Takecharge Mirella  Owner: Big Dom Racing Stable Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin Breeder: Cantrell Family Partnership…

The Ts That Bind: Horses, Family, and Saratoga

editor’s note: I asked Teresa to write about returning to a summer of racing at Saratoga after a first half of the year that included being diagnosed with–and treatment for–cancer. She was trepidatious at first, but gradually found the words among shared experiences with family and the horses. I’m glad she did. -@EJXD2 My family gathers…

Before Secretariat…Cicada

Before Secretariat, there was Cicada. A decade before Secretariat became the first colt in 25 years to win the Triple Crown, Christopher Chenery, father of Helen, campaigned a filly who was setting her own records. At two, Cicada started 16 times, winning 11 races and never finishing worse than third; among her victories that year…

Correction, a mare who sparked controversy

The child, sitting down with the old man close behind…had been thinking how strange it was that horses who were such fine honest creatures should seem to make vagabonds of all the men they drew about them… Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop Dickens couldn’t possibly have been thinking of Correction when he wrote those…

Busher: “Among the great fillies of racing history”

It should be clear by this time … that Busher has as good a chance to take the best three-year-old colts as Gallorette. “The Deadly Demoiselles” by Tasker Ogle, Turf and Sport Digest, September 1945 Before those words were written, the three-year-old Busher, bred by E.R. Bradley’s Idle Hour Farm, had already beaten not only…