Lady and The Track | July 20, 2019

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Six Take Best Shot At Gun Runner In Whitney

August 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom This year marks the 90th running of the Whitney Stakes (GI), a Saratoga staple for older handicap stars based on the East Coast. In 2017, the former handicap offers a purse of $1.2 million and drew a field of seven, all of whom were considered inferior to division leader Arrogate before his loss […]

Ten To Take On Test Stakes

August 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Ten 3-year-old fillies will tackle the seven-furlong distance of the $500,000 Test Stakes (GI) at Saratoga, the traditional prep for the Alabama Stakes (GI) later in the summer meet at the upstate New York track. This year, seven local fillies will line up and face the starter and will be joined by […]

Stellar Wind, Vale Dori Square Off in Clement Hirsch

July 29, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A compact but talented field of six will square off in Sunday’s $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (GI) at Del Mar, a Breeders’ Cup Championship “Win and You’re In” event guaranteeing the winner a spot in the starting gate for the Nov. 3 $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) over the same […]

Derby, Preakness Winners Square Off in Saratoga

July 28, 2017 |

By Derek Simon Always Dreaming, who won the Kentucky Derby, and Cloud Computing, who shocked that one in the Preakness Stakes, will settle the score — at least for the time being — in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday. Off the strength of four impressive victories prior to his rude awakening in Baltimore, Always Dreaming […]

Eleven Set for Bing Crosby

July 28, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday’s $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (GI) at Del Mar marks the second Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” event of the summer meet and a field of 11 will race the six furlongs in search of a spot in the starting gate for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI) on […]

Coaching Club American Oaks a “Must” For Elite Sophomore Fillies

July 23, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Sunday’s Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga has just about become a “must” race for sophomore fillies from across the country and this year’s renewal is no exception. Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Abel Tasman from the West Coast is the runner to beat and six rivals will try to defeat the daughter […]

Arrogate Stands Out In San Diego Handicap Return

July 20, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom When the field for Saturday’s $300,000 TVG San Diego Handicap (GII) at Del Mar was drawn on Wednesday, not too many people were surprised to learn that only five will line up and face Juddmonte Farms’ handicap division leader Arrogate. North America’s richest racehorse, with more than $17 million in earnings, the […]

Del Mar Set For 78th Season of Summer Racing

July 18, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom An outstanding 10-race card, led by the traditional opening day feature, the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes for sophomore turf runners, kicks off the 2017 summer meet at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Solana Beach, CA, on Wednesday. Running for the 78th season, the track where the turf literally meets the surf and one […]

Songbird Stands Out In Delaware Handicap

July 14, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A field of just six will line up and race the classic distance of 1 ¼ miles in Saturday’s $750,000 Delaware Handicap (GI) at Delaware Park, a rare handicap for distaffers, and all eyes will be on dual champion Songbird. Unfortunately, the race looks on paper to be a one-horse affair and while […]

Mind Your Biscuits A Tasty Treat in Belmont Sprint

July 8, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire and fan favorite Mind Your Biscuits likely isn’t just the featured player in Saturday’s Belmont Sprint Championship (GII) on the Stars and Stripes Festival cared, he might actually be the marquee name on the entire day as he makes his first start since his dominating three-length romp in […]