Fire Away Wins Artie Schiller at Aqueduct

(NYRA Press) Phipps Stable’s Fire Away overtook Monster Bea in the stretch and outkicked his rival by a length to post his first win in more than a year, capturing the $150,000 Artie Schiller for 3-year-olds and up Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Fire Away stayed off 80-1 shot Marengo Road’s early fractions of 23.69 seconds […]

Betty Grable at Del Mar Will be Something Different for Majestic Heat

Bringing back Majestic Heat on short notice would not have been a surprising move from the 5-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat’s former trainer Barry Abrams. Abrams, who was forced by health problems to step away from training in 2016, was known for rapid turnarounds and, in fact, raced Majestic Heat four times over a 41-day […]

Belmont Park Celebrates Empire State on Saturday

Belmont Park Race Track

Nearly 100 New York-breds will gather for a unique 11-race card on Saturday at Belmont Park to celebrate the best of New York for the annual Empire Showcase Day. In addition to eight stakes races worth $1.75 million, anchored by the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap, Empire Showcase Day also marks the return of the critically […]

West Coast Sparkles in Pennsylvania Derby, It Tiz Well Takes Cotillion

(By Tom Pedulla, America’s Best Racing). BENSALEM, Pa. – Turn the page. That is what all great jockeys must do when something goes amiss, and that is exactly what Hall of Famer Mike Smith did at Parx Racing on Saturday. After making what he admitted was a costly middle move with Abel Tasman in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes, Smith immediately […]

Allied Forces Tops Sunday Card with Pick 6 Carryover

Horseplayers will be greeted with a two-day Pick 6 carryover of $104,773 for Sunday’s live racing program at Belmont Park. The multi-race wager begins in Race 5 with an approximate post time of 3:36 p.m. ET and will feature the $100,000 Allied Forces, carded for Race 8. No favorites won during Saturday’s Pick 6 sequence. […]

Belmont Park Opens Friday With Christiecat

Belmont Park Race Track

Belmont Park’s Fall Championship Meet will feature six Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifiers held over two outstanding weekends of thoroughbred racing. In all, 42 stakes worth more than $10.1 million and fan-friendly activities are among the highlights as live racing returns to downstate New York for Belmont’s 38-day meet, which runs from Friday, […]

Gun Runner Puts in Final Breeze Before Woodward at Saratoga

Multiple graded stakes winner Gun Runner put in his final breeze Monday morning before Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles. The 4-year-old son of Candy Ride worked four furlongs in 50.16 seconds on the Oklahoma training track with exercise rider Angel Garcia aboard, which Hall of Fame trainer […]

Lady Eli Much the Best in Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa

Making her final start at Saratoga Race Course – nearly a year following last summer’s miraculous return from a life-threatening bout with laminitis – Lady Eli put an exclamation point on a spectacular Travers Day program with her thrilling come-from-behind victory in the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa on Saturday. The 29th running […]

Triple Crown Race Winners All Pointing Toward Travers at Saratoga

For the first time since 1982, we have had three separate winners of the Triple Crown races and they all likely will meet up in the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 26. Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming and Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Tapwrit are already committed to the race, and trainer Chad […]

Arrogate Tops Field in Saturday’s TVG Pacific Classic

Arrogate, the North American earnings champion with something to prove at Del Mar, will get a chance to do just that this Saturday when he heads a field of eight horses in the $1-million TVG Pacific Classic. The gray by Unbridled’s Song was assigned Post 8 at a special “Draw Party” Tuesday evening at the […]