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Bills

Bills Mafia can show up in the most unlikely places. In September, local harness owner Jim Reuther and his trainer Steve Schoeffel made an innocuous $8,000 purchase of a filly pacer at the Goshen Standardbred sale in Middletown. Little did Reuther know at the time that the filly might have a bigger following than would be expected. Reuther has plans to rename Bee Tru…

Horse Racing

As we approach the quarter pole of the racing year and head down the stretch to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, this weekend serves as a big weekend of racing. Prep races for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, the climactic event of the racing season on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park will be held at Belmont Park, Santa Anita and Churchill Downs. At Santa Anita,…

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Northeast Philadelphia is the final stop for this year’s 3-year-old crop of colts before they start facing older horses. Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., will host the $1 million Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday afternoon that has attracted a field of six to compete for the top prize of $600,000. The Grade 1 Cotillion for 3-year-old fillies will be the lead-in to the…

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ETOBICOKE, Ont. –Woodbine-based jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva, planning to retire after a long career at season’s end, captured the one big race that has eluded him over the years on Saturday afternoon. Riding 44-1 longshot El Tormenta up the rail down the stretch, the son of Stormy Atlantic held off heavy favorite Got Stormy to win the 23rd edition of the $1 million Wood…

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TORONTO – With Saratoga in the rear view mirror, we head to the great white north Saturday and the Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile, one of the biggest turf races in North America. The 100-mile trek up the Queen Elizabeth Way from downtown Buffalo to Woodbine Racetrack on the outskirts of Toronto is a treat for turf lovers. The outer E.P. Taylor turf course is one of the bes…

Horse Racing

Saratoga is in the rearview mirror, the kids are back in school and fall racing is upon us. As we approach the quarter pole of the 2019 racing season, The News’ next stops will first be to Toronto next weekend for the Woodbine Mile and then onto the Breeders’ Cup in Arcadia, Calif. at Santa Anita Park in early November to cover the Classic. In between we’ll follow th…

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It is closing weekend at Saratoga, which will be highlighted by the $750,000 Grade 1 Woodward Stakes for older horses Saturday. A field of nine is set to go the 1 1/8-mile trek around the Saratoga Race Course main track. The Woodward is set for Race 11 with a post time of 6 p.m. EDT. The 12-race Woodward Racing Festival card also features the Grade 2, $250,000 Priore…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — It took 14 years, but John Velazquez finally returned to the Travers winner’s circle Saturday afternoon after Code of Honor dusted the field to capture his second career riding win in Saratoga's biggest race. The Hall of Fame jockey left to a touching round of applause from the Saratoga faithful as he exited the winner’s circle smiling ear-to-ear. He …

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – My first live Travers Stakes was in 2005, when Flower Alley beat Bellamy Road and favored Roman Ruler as 33-year-old John Velazquez won it for the first time. Fast forward 14 years to the 150th running of the $1.25 million Grade 1 Travers on Saturday afternoon and the Hall of Fame jockey is still looking for his second win in the Saratoga meeting’s bi…

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It is Alabama weekend at Saratoga Race Course and a field of nine fillies will tackle the $600,000 Grade 1 feature on the main track on Saturday afternoon. The mile-and-a-quarter race for 3-year-old fillies has attracted the top two finishers of the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan in addition to Chad Brown’s talented morning line favorite Dunbar Road (8-5). Point of Honor (…

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We’re past the midpoint of the Saratoga meeting with 21 days of the 40-day meeting in the books through Thursday. The 35th running of the Fourstardave is the feature Grade 1 race at Saratoga Race Course this weekend. The race will be run for a purse of $500,000 over the Inner Turf course at a distance of one mile and drew a field of 10. Post time Saturday for the Fourst…

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One of the biggest races during the Saratoga meeting takes center stage on Saturday afternoon. The $1 million Grade 1 Whitney Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward drew eight horses bidding for a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 2 with a victory. McKinzie, a 4-year-old son of Street Sense, was established as the 7-5 favorite by morning line …

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Like the race’s namesake, the Jim Dandy Stakes has produced a long-shot winner or two in its 56-year history. In 2016, Eric Guillot’s Laoban shocked the Spa faithful at odds of 27-1 and the following year, Good Samaritan won over a five-horse field at the longest price on the board at 8-1. Could there be a long shot looming over the prohibitive fav…

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FORT ERIE – On a perfect southern Ontario Tuesday evening at picturesque Fort Erie Race Track, Tone Broke avenged his third-place finish in last month’s Queen’s Plate by winning the 84th Prince of Wales Stakes. The plunging sun cast shadows across the manicured dirt surface as Tone Broke and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. donned the purple and gold floral blanket on his way…

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FORT ERIE – The Canadian Triple Crown drought has reached 15 years. On Fort Erie Race Track’s signature night, Queen's Plate winner One Bad Boy will look to take the next step toward the elusive Crown last won in 2003 by Wando as the 7-5 favorite in the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes. All five horses in the small but competitive field that will enter the gate Tuesda…