We look back at a busy Labor Day weekend of racing including Woodward Day at Saratoga, the Virginia Derby at Colonial, and much more!
By Your Side winning the Sanford Stakes (G3) - Photo by Coglianese Photography/NYRA Technically speaking, the Sanford Stakes (G3) and Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) at Saratoga were designed to be local springboards toward the $350,000 Runhappy Hopeful Stakes (G1), the track's feature race on Labor Day. But when was the last time a Hopeful winner actually prepped in the Sanford or the Saratoga Special? You have to go all the way back to Vineyard Haven, who utilized a [...]
#6 Risky Mischief might not be the fastest filly on paper in Sunday’s $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, but I believe this daughter of Into Mischief might be better than she appears at first glance. Although Risky Mischief’s debut victory on July 31 at Saratoga didn’t yield big speed figures (67 Beyer and 82 Brisnet), she made a terrific visual impression. Facing nine New York-bred rivals in a six-furlong sprint, Risky Mischief broke slowly from the rail before rushing [...]
Break Even winning the Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography On paper, Saturday’s $250,000 Prioress Stakes (G2) at Saratoga is shaping up to be a race between two just competitors—#3 Break Even and the clock. That’s how dominant Break Even appears to be in this six-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies. Trained by Brad Cox, the daughter of Country Day has gone undefeated in six starts, repeatedly using her blazing speed to sprint her rivals off their feet. With [...]
Tom's d'Etat winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Although #9 Tom’s d’Etat has never won a graded stakes race of any kind, he may have found the perfect spot to nab a signature Grade 1 victory in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (G1), the feature race on the final Saturday of the 2019 Saratoga meet. Tom’s d’Etat has long shown flashes of significant talent, and he’s knocked heads with some serious racehorses this year, most [...]
It's Friday and we're looking ahead to the big closing weekend cards at Saratoga and Del Mar. We'll also discuss Virginia Derby night at Colonial Downs. Then the BARN Jury will join us to talk about their favorite moments of the summer.
We continue our discussion about Travers weekend and then welcome in trainer Don Chatlos to talk about his first summer at Saratoga, running a horse in the Allen Jerkens Stakes, winning a Breeders' Cup event, and more!