Saratoga to race 40 days during 2015

Saratoga Springs, NY ( – Historic Saratoga Race Course will conduct 40 days of thoroughbred racing in the coming year and serve as the focal point for the New York Racing Association’s 2015 racing calendar. The New York Racing Association announced Friday that its three tracks – Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga – will have

Gantry gets to wire first in Fair Grounds allowance

New Orleans. LA ( – Local stakes winner Gantry returned to the winner’s circle Thursday by claiming a highly competitive allowance race at Fair Grounds. Just two weeks after failing to repeat in Fair Grounds’ Thanksgiving Handicap, Gantry, ridden by Miguel Mena, finished first in a $40,000, 5 1/2-furlong turf event versus other stakes-winning runners.

Pletcher has pair pointed toward Donn Handicap

Hallandale Beach, FL ( – A couple of 3-year-olds, about to become 4-year-olds, from the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher are on their way to starting in Gulfstream Park’s Donn Handicap in two months. Pletcher, who has been leading trainer at Gulfstream’s Championship Meet for 11 consecutive years, will start Florida Derby winner Constitution and

No admission charge this season at Oaklawn Park

Hot Springs, AR ( – Oaklawn Park will not be charging an admission fee during the 2015 racing season that begins Friday, Jan. 9. The historic track will allow its customers to keep the $2 admission fee in their pockets and possibly push the savings through the betting windows. Oaklawn president Charles Cella noted that

Starlet Stakes features Take Charge Brandi

Los Alamitos, CA ( – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Take Charge Brandi returns to the track this Saturday versus six rivals in the $350,000 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course. Take Charge Brandi, trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas for Willis Horton, will be making her second start since winning the

Vyjack and Micromanage to engage in Queens County

Ozone Park, NY ( – Vyjack and Micromanage head a field of 10 for Saturday’s $100,000 Queens County Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack. Vyjack and Micromanage, both 4-year-olds, will be facing one another for a second time this year in Saturday’s 1 1/8-mile stakes as each of their 2014 campaigns come to a close. They raced

Thursday Fair Grounds race draws stakes-worthy field

New Orleans. LA ( – It may only be a $40,000 allowance race but Thursday’s sixth race at Fair Grounds has drawn an excellent field of seven for the 5 1/2-furlong turf event. Breaking from the rail will be 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint runner-up Unbridled’s Note, the 2-1 second pick and a horse going

Mutuel field finishes atop first Future Wager

Louisville, KY ( – The Mutuel field and Dortmund finished as the top two wagering interests in the opening Kentucky Derby Future Wager. The 141st Run for the Roses will go off on Saturday, May 2. The Mutuel Field opened and closed as the 3-5 favorite among the 24 betting interests, including 23 individual soon-to-be

Up the Backstretch: California Chrome shows maturity on turf

Philadelphia, PA ( – California Chrome rolled to victory Saturday in the Hollywood Derby at Del Mar in his first ever start on turf. The colt, winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness, may have demonstrated his true abilities in the win. “That kick at the end, that acceleration. It was just like when

Red Rifle dominates to win Hawthorne Gold Cup

Stickney, IL ( – Red Rifle, ridden by Florent Geroux, went wire to wire versus 10 other distance runners to capture Saturday’s $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup at Hawthorne.Race Course. Saddled by Todd Pletcher, Red Rifle had the lead as the field went under the wire for the first time in the 1 1/4-mile Gold Cup.