What’s New At Saratoga 2015

Saratoga Race Course opens on Friday for its 147th racing season. Arguably the finest meet in the country, attracting top horses, trainers, and jockeys from across the country, its location in a beautiful, vibrant upstate New York resort town draws not only horse racing hardcores, but also families and casual fans who come to Saratoga Springs…

Thoroughbred Sales, 2014: Broken Records, Tax Incentives, & Aftercare Donations

Buyers of Thoroughbred racehorses in 2014 got an early Christmas present when H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, became law earlier this month.  Retroactive through this past year, a provision of the law renews the three-year tax depreciation for racehorses, which allows taxpayers to depreciate racehorses 24 months of age and younger…

“Hooray for Hollywood” at Re-branded Del Mar Fall Meet

When Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California closed forever last December, it left a hole in the Southern California racing calendar. Hollywood’s racing schedule typically ran from April to mid-July, when Thoroughbred racing headed south to Del Mar for the boutique summer meet, then resumed in November and December. And while Del Mar is known for…

Equine Film Festival Makes Harlem Debut

A film festival that originated near Chicago will makes its New York City debut at The MIST in Harlem this weekend. Founded by horsewoman Lisa Diersen, the Equus Film Festival began last year with the Festival of the Horse and Drum, a multicultural equine festival with Native American themes that Diersen describes as “kind of…