August 27, 2014
James Jerkens, son of the legendary Giant Killer, still has a few things to learn from the old man. Like, for instance, if you’re going to slay a giant, make sure the giant in question comes from another barn.
July 31, 2014
So many things in racing don’t quite work out the way we would like. Horses’ careers are cut short by injury; they fail to hold their form from year to year; potentially compelling rivalries fizzle just as they’ve begun. It’s the nature of the game. It ...
July 24, 2014
What’s the best way to get to the Travers – the $600,000 Jim Dandy over the Saratoga track, or the richer and usually glitzier $1 million Haskell at Monmouth? In recent years, the Haskell has usually been the more compelling race, but the Jim Dandy has ...
August 22, 2013
If you had won the weekly drawing for a free $15,000 bet on the Saturday feature at Saratoga, you would probably want to put it on one of the favorites in the Travers. But since you didn’t, might I interest you instead in a 10-1 shot with a fighting ...
August 15, 2013
The number of races at Saratoga has grown from 216 from the traditional 24-day meet of years past to more than 400 today, and it may be diluting the quality of the racing.
August 08, 2013
There is a temptation to worry over Wise Dan’s 129-pound package in the Fourstardave, a weight last carried in a major U.S. handicap by Zenyatta in the 2010 Vanity. But since about 114 of those 129 pounds belong to John Velazquez, and Velazquez rides ...
Contest winner Adam McNeill must bet one horse to win in the Fourstardave and he would be crazy not to bet it on Wise Dan, not only because he is by far the most likely winner but also because putting the big free bet on the heavy favorite will allow ...
August 02, 2013
The race remains one of those "Where were you when … ?" moments. A bookmark in the pages of the sport. When Onion, owned by Jack Dreyfus, beat Secretariat in the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 4, 1973, the wind shifted and the story changed, and ...
July 25, 2013
If Orb, Oxbow and Palace Malice stay on course, the Travers will feature three horses who won a Triple Crown race for the first time since 1982 – and that one turned out to be a doozy.
July 19, 2013
Daily Racing Form handicapper Dave Litfin gives his daily impressions of racing at Saratoga during the 2013 meet.