Tag Archives: Saratoga

I’m Bringing New People to the Racetrack, For Science

As we in the recluse community like to say (I assume, having not attended any of the meetings) “it’s terrifying out there.” But I’ve always considered the racetrack an isthmus of serenity. I typically run into my friends there and … Continue reading

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How We’re Playing Saratoga’s Travers Day Late Pick 4

Minor injuries (and subsequent retirements) to Kentucky Derby and Preakness Champ I’ll Have Another; Belmont Champ Union Rags; and Derby and Preakness runner-up Bodemeister resulted in a lackluster Travers Stakes field. Even Belmont runner-up and Haskell winner Paynter is out … Continue reading

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Ballerina Preview: Turbulent Descent Goes for Test/Ballerina Double

The Grade 1 Ballerina always draws some of the country’s top filly and mare sprinters. This year is no different. Let’s take a look at the field. 1. ISLAND BOUND (ML 10-1, Wilkes, Leparoux) –  Takes a step up into … Continue reading

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The Alabama Stakes: Questing for Fire

The fillies take center stage at Saratoga today for the G1 Alabama Stakes, which goes off as Race 10 and will be shown on NBC Sports’ coverage beginning at 5 pm ET. Here is a look at the field. 1. … Continue reading

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Travers Day Pick 4 – Single or Spread?

At first glance, Saturday’s Pick 4 sequence at Saratoga, headlined by the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, looks to be a bit chalky. But are the horses that look like logical singles legit or worth trying to beat?  With a $1 … Continue reading

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Handicapping Saratoga’s Grand Slam

Dylan J. provides his strategy on the Travers Day Grand Slam wager. The key to my Travers Day is the Grand Slam running races 7-10. Due to the nature of the wager  (picking the winner of the last leg and … Continue reading

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Saratoga Steeplechase – Mrs. Ogden Phipps Stakes

Thursdays in August are the best as once again a hurdle race will kick off the Saratoga card. This week’s feature has a unique group of fillies and mares headed postward as several entered have yet to break their maiden. … Continue reading

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Saturday Graded Stakes Preview

There are 4 graded stakes on Saturday, most notably the G.1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga for older horses and the G.1 Clement Hirsch at Del Mar for older mares. Mountainer Park Grade 2 West Virginia Derby ($750K) – 1 and … Continue reading

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Saratoga Steeplechase – A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase S. (Grade II)

Dylan J., our resident steeplechase expert, is back with his preview of Thursday’s steeplechase feature at Saratoga. What makes summer racing at Saratoga special is not only the bounty of quality stakes races, but the commitment to steeplechasing. This week’s … Continue reading

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High on Grass – Diana and Dave Edition

Lots to like on the lawn this weekend.  Sunday’s card at Monmouth is chock full of turf stakes, but we’ll talk about that in a separate post. For today, Derek Brown (AKA NJDerek) is taking a closer look at a … Continue reading

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Weekend Graded Stakes Preview

With the first weekend of racing at beautiful Del Mar and historic Saratoga the racing season is heating up. Both tracks offer graded stakes on Saturday and Sunday and Arlington Park gets into the mix with the Stars and Stripes … Continue reading

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Saratoga Steeplechase – Last Race of the Meet ($30K AOC)

Dylan J. returns with his preview of Saratoga’s last steeplechase race of the season.  Thanks to Dylan it’s been a lot of fun following this year’s action over the jumps. The final Thursday of the Saratoga meet will start with … Continue reading

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Back to Timonium’s Bullring

The 7-day meet at Timonium fairgrounds (with its 6 furlong bullring race track) starts Friday and ends Labor Day. The track has a friendly and festive vibe  (it’s part of the Maryland State Fair) and the open air grandstand gives … Continue reading

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Saratoga Steeplechase – G1 New York Turf Writers Cup

Dylan is back with a preview of Thursday’s Steeplechase action at Saratoga. Saratoga will start Thursday’s program with the Grade I New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap featuring a field of nine going 2 & 3/8ths miles over the hurdles … Continue reading

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Saturday Observations

Why is it that when you’re at the gym on the treadmill 30 minutes seem like 6 hours, but when you’re playing the races on a Saturday afternoon 6 hours seem like 30 minutes? This Saturday is chock full of … Continue reading

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