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Closing weekend at Saratoga full of excitement

Sep 3rd, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Alphadayafter275webMatt Pappis
Staff writer

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – On the closing weekend at Saratoga we were once again treated to a number of great performances. The first stakes of the weekend came when Midnight Watch stole the Riskaverese Stakes going gate to wire for Kiaran McLaughin and Darley Stable with Irad Ort Jr. up. In one of the easier wins of the weekend, Irad took advantage of the speed bias and was all alone on

Will Take Charge highlights Travers weekend

Aug 27th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

willtakecharget275webMatt Pappis
Staff writer

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – This was one of the most highly anticipated Travers weekends in a very long time and it started with a bang in a 2-year-old maiden race. Tood Pletcher unleashed yet another beast by the name of Havana, which I was told is currently the fastest 2-year-old in training and will likely point to the Champagne Stakes this fall at Belmont after only one start.

Princess of Sylmar shines bright on Alabama weekend

Aug 19th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
Staff writer

SARATOGA SPRING, N.Y. – We  had many special performances during Alabama weekend and it all started with Chad Brown’s Dayatthespa in the Yaddo Stakes. Dayatthespa was far superior returning to where she broke her maiden. After scratching out of multiple-graded stakes to run in this spot she showed why it was just her being better than everyone else.

The second of two stakes on Friday was the Saratoga Sunrise overnight stakes. This seemed…

Wise Dan puts special touch on Hall of Fame weekend

Aug 11th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
Staff writer

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – For the second year in a row we saw a muddy Hall of Fame Day. Just like last year the Hall of Fame Stakes was rained off the turf. This year Todd Pletcher won the race with Notacatbutallama. The horse sat a great trip in behind a moderate pace to rally up the rail to pass North Slope in the final few jumps with Hall of Fame.

The only…

Whitney weekend was a breakthrough for a few horses

Aug 4th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
Staff writer

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Whitney weekend proved to be a phenomenal one with a few great stakes performances all highlighted by Cross Traffic in the Whitney Invitational Handicap.

The first stakes of the weekend was the Sportech Caress Stakes on Friday, which was won by Silverette with Robby Albarado up for Dale Romans. Robby gave his horse a perfect trip sitting right off a hot pace to take command in the middle of…

Weekend 2 at Spa lives up to expectations and more

Jul 28th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
Staff writer

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – We had another thrilling weekend at Saratoga. We started off with a bizarre occurrence in the Curlin Stakes on Friday. Transparent, the first horse to cross the finish line, was taken down by the stewards for interfering with Proud Strike on the second turn. Romash, Transparent’s stable mate, who originally finished second was moved up to first.

This was rare because typically you do not see an entry run…

First weekend at Spa lives up to expectations

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By TrackSide View

brazen-persuasion275webMatt Pappis
Staff writer

The 150th opening weekend of Saratoga was a interesting one, in which we saw many good performances and set the stage for what looks like another great meet at the Spa.

The first 2-year-old maiden race went to Stopcharingmaria for the connections of Todd Pletcher and Mike Repole with Johnny V up. This

Palace Malice caps a great weekend at Belmont Park

Jun 9th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

palacemalicewin275webMatt Pappis
Staff writer

ELMONT, N.Y. – Belmont Stakes weekend always has been special for me since I attended my first one at a young age.

Friday started off with the Brooklyn Handicap and Clalidoscopio’s unbelievable come-from-behind win. He was 22 lengths off the lead coming into the final turn, but Aaron Gryder got him going in time.

Two weeks until the Derby – rankings and comments

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Verrazano-Wood275webBob Hill
Staff writer

There now is only one race remaining that carries with it qualifying points for the 2013 Kentucky Derby – The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial at Churchill Downs.  There is virtually no prospect of an entry in the Derby Trial making the Derby field. 

This past weekend, Winning Cause captured the Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland and jumped into the Derby picture by earning 20 points.  Bob Baffert announced on April 23 that he…

Cream (Verrazano) comes to top in Derby rankings

Apr 14th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Verrazano-Wood275webBob Hill
Staff writer

The six major prep races have now been run, and the list of top 20 Kentucky Derby eligible 3-year-colts is known.  From here to Derby Day we will rank the list and offer our thoughts on those rankings.

Before getting to the list though, let’s take a look at what happened in the Blue Grass Stakes and the Arkansas Derby.  I am typically inclined to look