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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 – In an epic stretch duel between the Ortiz brothers, Tax repelled the post time favorite Tacitus in deep stretch by three-quarters of a length to win the 56th Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday. As the sun set behind the old grandstand and the shadows cooled a sticky day at the Spa, the winner avenged his defeat in April’s Wood Memori…

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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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Saratoga Springs and horse racing is a combination that evokes history and a love affair that spans decades. On Thursday afternoon, the earliest opening of the Spa to date, the oldest sporting venue in North America will welcome some of the finest thoroughbreds in the land. Thundering over the sacred turf that has hosted Triple Crown winners and champion thoroughbred…

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With the Derby trail on hiatus until next weekend’s Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream, we’ll go through some early thoughts on what’s transpired so far on the trail and what’s to come. So far only War of Will has caught my eye as a horse that could do some damage in Louisville on the First Saturday in May in a points race. His performance from the outside post in last w…

Horse Racing

Saratoga and the Triple Crown season is behind us and it’s time to start focusing in on the Breeders’ Cup. As we approach the quarter pole of the 2017 racing season, The News’ next stops will be first to Toronto next weekend for the Woodbine Mile and then onto the Breeders’ Cup in Louisville at Churchill Downs in early November to cover the Classic. In between we’ll …

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We approach the final weekend at Saratoga with some major graded stakes remaining in the Capital Region. One of the biggest races during the Saratoga meeting takes center stage on Saturday afternoon.  The $750,000 million Grade 1 Woodward Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward drew a full field of 14 horses. That’s a big improvement over last year’s five-horse field due to t…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – The naysayers said he was a turf horse who couldn't run on dirt. Catholic Boy answered them Saturday in a stunning performance at Saratoga Race Course, pulling away from the field in the 149th renewal of the $1.25 million Travers Stakes. After faltering on the Derby trail in Florida in the spring, Catholic Boy bounced back on the turf, winning twic…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Horse racing history is there for the taking for Wonder Gadot. The filly named for Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot will try to break a drought that’s lasted more than 100 years on Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course. The Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes winner will attempt to become the eighth filly to capture the Travers Stakes and f…