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Hat's Off to Scisney

Embarrassed to enter the hat contest, an elegantly dressed owner from Louisville got to hold her head up high when Maybesomaybenot won the Sanford.... Read More


Frat boys and sorority sisters played games in the Saratoga backyard on College Day, as working men and women got around to the serious business of figuring out a very big Pick Six.... Read More

Pick Nix

Longshots carry the big Pick Six pot over to another day, as people and horses of the feminine sex take center stage again.... Read More

Playing the Gender Card

Females dominate the first day of racing in the last week of the season, as NYRA salutes the armed forces and excitement for the filly builds.... Read More

Tasty Morsels

Unusual occurrences in at least four races highlighted the first post-Travers day of racing, as Saratoga learns that it's about to lose a favorite food stand.... Read More

School Daze

Trainers were in a stupor from staying out late, but they still found the energy to school their stakes runners in the paddock prior to the season's top steeplechase. ... Read More

Pink Ladies

A filly from Canada makes like Rachel Alexandra in the Alabama, after a six-horse photo lights up the crowd on Breast Cancer Research Day.... Read More

Chew on This

Bunbury's Pub is the racecourse's attempt to bring a British sensibility to upstate New York. But for the time being, it's steeplechase racing that makes the connection. ... Read More

Running a Blue Streak

Racing from dawn to dusk engaged people of all interests, including cross country runners, horseplayers and a one-year-old toddler, as Steve Asmussen saddles stakes winners within minutes of each other.... Read More

The Summer Resident Takes Leave

In the quiet of early morning, the most famous of the 1800 horses stabled at Saratoga exits the premises undetected. Later, one of the least predictable wins the Lake George. ... Read More

Breakfast Tutorial

The talk turns to food as cheap horses run fast times, Linda Rice wins another turf sprint and jockey Miguel Mena takes a 95-year-old stakes in his first Saratoga summer.... Read More


The Hopeful Stakes fell apart when Munnings stumbled at the gate and Cribnote swung way wide on the final turn. Saratoga ended its 36-day meet with Alan Garcia the number one jockey and Kiaran McLaughlin top trainer.... Read More

Time of Year, Times of Races, Time for Davis

Racing Secretary P.J. Campo wrote a good card on the second-to-last day of Saratoga, as a Canadian invader wins the Saranac, a filly that raced only 18 days ago beat better-rested horses in the Spinaway, and a new jockey - a woman - makes her famous father proud.... Read More

Wedding Bells Ring

Saratoga had its second Sunset Racing card of the meet, featuring a winner's circle wedding, a key to the city presentation, and two stakes races.... Read More

Goat Patrol and Just Goats

Guys make a living at the racetrack from redeeming empty cans for a nickel apiece. The guys picking winners for the newspapers aren't as assured of the same success, as the "First Lady of the Steeplechase" and D. Wayne Lukas score with hunch bets. ... Read More

Yankee Doodle Dandy

"Proud to be an American" day featured a red, white and blue-clad musical group and the 9-year-old Belmont Stakes singer of "New York, New York," as Saratoga unveiled another promising Darley Stable juvenile. ... Read More

Closing Out

Big plans are being made to end the Saratoga meet, as Curlin's anticipated appearance in Saturday's Woodward spurs on a wide-reaching marketing push that includes commemorative posters and banners on Broadway.... Read More

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