Saratoga Racecourse

Tiz the Law ‘Perfect’ in Saturday Drill

Sackatoga Stable's Tiz the Law (Constitution) tuned up for next Saturday's GI Runhappy Travers S. with a five-furlong work in :59.44 (2/24) at Saratoga Saturday. "I wanted to go in a minute and he went in a minute. It was perfect," trainer Barclay Tagg said of the work. "We couldn't have worked better. He came back good and he was breathing good. Everything was good. He's a gem to work with. He is doing perfectly as far as I'm concerned. I don't know what else we can do for him....

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New Owners Consider Runhappy Travers for South Bend

South Bend (Algorithms), purchased privately by a partnership group that includes Gary Barber, Adam Wachtel, Peter Deutsch and Leonard Schleifer of Pantofel Stable following a runner-up effort in the June 27 GIII Ohio Derby, could make his first start for the new connections in the Aug. 8 GI Runhappy Travers S. "We're leaning toward the Travers," confirmed the colt's new trainer Bill Mott. "The partnership group wants to have a good look at that. He'll work probably the first part of the week." Previously campaigned by Sagamore Farm and trainer...

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Saratoga Opening Weekend Handle Posts Increase

All-sources handle for Saratoga's 2020 opening weekend totaled $80,325,660, a 9.4% increase over last year's opening weekend, which generated $73,441,101 from all sources. Saratoga's recently completed opening weekend, Thursday through Sunday, corresponds with the four-day period in 2019 from Thursday, July 11 to Sunday, July 14.

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Saez Expected to Return Friday

Luis Saez will be cleared to ride at Saratoga Friday pending the completion of a 14-day quarantine period, a negative COVID-19 test and clearance from a physician noting that he can no longer transmit the virus, the New York Racing Association announced Sunday. Saez tested positive for COVID-19 July 10 while riding at Keeneland Race Course. He has remained asymptomatic throughout the period of quarantine, which will total 14-days July 24. Current Centers for Disease Control (C.D.C.) guidance recommends a 10-day quarantine period for individuals who have tested positive for...

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Average Handle Increases at Belmont Spring/Summer Meet

Belmont Park's abbreviated Spring/Summer Meet generated $15,466,198 in average daily handle from all sources, a 42% increase over the 2019 spring/summer meet. Held over 25 days and without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the live meet marked the return of professional sports to the New York area and was conducted with strict health and safety protocols in place. "We would like to thank the horseplayers for their enthusiastic support of New York racing during this most unusual spring/ summer meet," said NYRA President and CEO Dave O'Rourke. "That we...

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Forego Possible for Vekoma

Vekoma (Candy Ride {Arg}) exited his determined victory in Saturday's GI Runhappy Metropolitan H. in fine shape and could now be aimed at the Aug. 29 GI Forego S. at Saratoga, while connections also consider training the 4-year-old up to the Breeders' Cup. "What a horse," co-owner Randy Hill said Sunday. "I'll never own another horse like this. I've watched the race about 20 times and it just gives me goosebumps. I really wish I could have been there, but I'd rather win than be there and lose them." Vekoma...

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Face Mask Campaign to Benefit Saratoga Charities

The New York Racing Association, Inc. and the city of Saratoga Springs today unveiled a limited edition set of Saratoga Race Course-branded face masks as part of a joint initiative to raise funds for two local non-profit organizations: Franklin Community Center and Shelters of Saratoga. The Saratoga reusable cloth face masks come in a variety pack featuring three individual designs and which include a white border and stretchable elastic ear straps with an interior pocket for a replaceable filter. The three-pack is available for preorder for $24.95 at Shop.NYRA.com. A...

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Levy Named Food & Bev Provider for Belmont/Saratoga

Levy has been selected as the food-and-beverage provider at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course by The New York Racing Association Inc. Levy will begin servicing Belmont with the opening of the spring meet Apr. 24, as part of a multi-year agreement. Following the conclusion of the spring meet July 12, live racing shifts to Saratoga Race Course July 16, and Levy will manage all concessions and hospitality areas, including the 1863 Club, The Stretch, Turf Terrace, Club Terrace, The Porch and Easy Goer. Levy will manage a hospitality team...

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Jockey Legends Day, Presented by Fasig-Tipton, Returns to Saratoga

The New York Racing Association, Inc. will welcome a dozen of the sport's top jockeys back to Saratoga Race Course for the sixth annual Jockey Legends Day, presented by Fasig-Tipton, Sunday, August 4. Top riders scheduled to attend include Angel Cordero, Jr., Robbie Davis, Ramon Dominguez, David Erb, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Richard Migliore, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Nick Santagata, Jose Santos, Gary Stevens and Jorge Velasquez. The riders will be honored with a special video tribute and ceremony in the winner's circle following races four, five and six. The legendary...

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Marylou Whitney Passes at 93

The Grand Dame of Saratoga has died. Marylou Whitney, the 93-year-old socialite, philanthropist and racehorse owner whose vivacious personality, boundless generosity, and lavish sense of style helped to define the classy Saratoga experience that has evolved over several generations, passed away on Friday at her Cady Hill estate in Saratoga Springs, New York, after an extended illness. The exact cause of death was not immediately announced. But Whitney's passing was confirmed by both the New York Racing Association and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. At Saratoga...

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