This week at Saratoga: Week 5

Monday, August 11 At the track… Today’s stakes race: the $100,000 Tenski for three-year-old fillies at a mile on the turf. Live-money, low roller handicapping tournament. $40 entry fee. $10 goes to the prize pool, with 70% to be awarded to the first-place finisher, 20% to second, and 10% to third; the remaining $30 comprises…

Emotional Inductions Highlight Hall of Fame

With celebration and nostalgia, the 2014 Hall of Fame class that began tinged with controversy was inducted on Aug. 8 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in a ceremony that honored two equine champions, Ashado and Curlin. “My husband, Jess Jackson, loved this horse,” said Stonestreet Farm’s Barbara Banke of Curlin, a two-time Horse of the Year inducted…

Tapit Fillies Steal The Show

A Tapit filly purchased for $550,000 as a weanling was briefly the star on the first night of Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga select yearling sale Aug. 4 before she was upstaged several hips later by another Tapit filly, who topped trading at $1.15 million. Hip 81, a Tapit filly out of champion She Be Wild grabbed headlines late…

This Week At Saratoga, Week 4

Monday, August 4 At the track… Today’s stakes races: the New York Stallion Series for horses sired by New York-based stallions. The Cab Calloway and Statue of Liberty Divisions, each worth $100,000, will be run at a mile on the turf for three-year-olds and three-year-old fillies respectively. Live-money, low roller handicapping tournament. $40 entry fee.…

Jonathan Sheppard, super-trainer?

When you think about super-trainers, you might think Todd Pletcher. You might think Chad Brown. You might think Bob Baffert. You probably wouldn’t think Jonathan Sheppard. But get the Pennsylvania-based trainer talked about his racing operation, and you might change your mind. Continue reading at The Racing Biz… Featured image: Photo credit NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Happy anniversary, Saratoga Race Course

Just about a year ago, on Saturday, Aug. 3, this city, in partnership with Saratoga Race Course, celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first Thoroughbred meet here, the culmination of years of planning and a nearly year-long series of festivities. Another anniversary, ignored but no less significant, will take place this Saturday. On Aug. 2,…