Turf-oriented two-year-olds will take center stage midweek at Saratoga with Wednesday's $200,000 With Anticipation (G2) and Thursday's $100,000 P.G. Johnson for fillies potentially yielding a contender or more for the Breeders' Cup in two months time. Todd Pletcher has trained two of the past...|
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If everything falls into place, Nyquist and Exaggerator will face each other for a fifth time this year on September 24 in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G2) at Parx. As exciting a prospect as that would have sounded not too long ago, the question now is whether the result will mean anything in...|
by SCOTT SHAPIRO With just one week to go at the Del Mar 2016 summer meeting both the jockey and trainer titles are still up for grabs. Both will likely come down to next week's six-day racing schedule that concludes on Labor Day. Flavian Prat has a seven-win lead after hitting the wire...|
Arrogate had his supporters in Saturday’s $1.25 million Travers (G1) but nobody could anticipate the scale of greatness at Saratoga. The sublime 13 ½-length, track record-setting victory is arguably the best performance in the 147-year history of the Midsummer Derby. There’s no guarantee he’ll run...|
Two days of features and horses to watch (H2W) produced tepid win situations even with many contenders hitting the board but anything would have been overshadowed by the lucrative performance of a filly in the first of two She’s A Great Lady elims on Aug. 27 at Mohawk. We suggested only one...|
Story & photos by Teresa Genaro In the 147th Travers on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, some of the horses did what their form would suggest they would, and some didn’t. Laoban went to the lead, like he was supposed to, and Arrogate was there with him, like he was supposed to be, but at odds...|
by Ron Flatter They both came to America with group wins from overseas. Both carried the ambitions of the Arab royalty that own them. And they are both six-year-olds in training with stud careers in their long-term future. But for Flintshire and Tamarkuz, that is where the similarities end. With...|
In advance of Saturday’s $400,000 Ballston Spa (G2) at Saratoga, I kept trying to tamp down my own expectations about Lady Eli’s comeback. Just getting here was a moral victory in itself, after a near-fatal attack of laminitis last summer. Surely it would be unfair to expect her to retain her...|