Saratoga Opening Week Highlights

Saratoga’s opening week delivered graded stakes thrills with an emotional win in honor of Marylou Whitney, a gritty victory from a horse purchased for $5,000, and déjà vu in the Diana S. (G1). Here are highlights from the first few days of the meet. Golden Pal answers the Call. Irad...
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2021 Haskell Stakes odds, contenders, lineup: Legendary expert reveals surprising picks, predictions

Hot Rod Charlie will try to return to the winner's circle when he leaves the starting gate in the 2021 Haskell Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. Since winning the Grade 1 Louisiana Derby on March 20, Hot Rod Charlie has finished third in the Kentucky Derby and second in the Belmont Stakes. On Saturday he will face two horses that he beat in Louisiana -- Mandaloun and Midnight Bourbon. Hot Rod Charlie is the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the 2021 Haskell Stakes odds.
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Spa Notebook: Maxfield Breezes Towards Whitney

Godolphin's once-beaten Maxfield (Street Sense), the impressive 3 1/4-length winner of Churchill's GII Stephen Foster S. when last seen June 26, tuned up for his next appearance in the Aug. 7 GI Whitney S. with a half-mile breeze over the Oklahoma training track Friday morning that was timed in :49.09 (14/46).

Saratoga Barn Notes: Pretty Birdie Looking Good

(Pretty Birdie / Photo Courtesy of NYRA) Marylou Whitney Stables’ Pretty Birdie wired Thursday’s G3, $150,000 Schuylerville for juvenile fillies by two lengths in a fitting tribute to her late owner on Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course. Trainer Norm Casse, the 37-year-old son of Hall of Fame conditioner Mark...

Pretty Birdie Wins Schuylerville for Marylou Whitney

On a day already filled with electricity when 27,760 fans returned to Saratoga Race Course for the first time since Labor Day 2019, the featured $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (G3) raised the emotions of the July 15 afternoon off the charts. For there in the winner's circle after the six-furlong stakes...

Bird Song Filly Flies Away with Schuylerville in Whitney Colors

Pretty Birdie, the first and only winner thus far from just 22 first-crop foals for his already expatriated sire (by Unbridled's Song), zipped to the front and ran them off their feet to take Thursday's GIII Schuylerville S. at the Spa in the silks of the late Saratoga legend Marylou Whitney.
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Winner for Whitney a Fitting Way to Kick off Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Four days short of two years after her death, Marylou Whitney managed to upstage Thursday's feel-good, season-opener at Saratoga Race Course. Pretty Birdie (Bird Song), bred and owned by Marylou Whitney Stables, struck just the right emotional note–bridging the past and the present–with her gate-to-wire victory in the 103rd running of the GIII Schuylerville S.
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Saratoga sign: Marylou Whitney Stables in winner's circle

SARATOGA SPRINGS — If there is such a thing as a sign from a higher power, it made itself known at Saratoga Race Course. Marylou Whitney, the legendary Saratoga socialite, who died in the summer of 2019, sent a message that all is well on Thursday, opening day at her all-time favorite racetrack.
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2021 Haskell Stakes odds, contenders, lineup: Legendary expert releases surprising picks, predictions

Several of the country's top three-year-olds will face off on Saturday when the starting gate opens in the 2021 Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park. Belmont Stakes runner-up Hot Rod Charlie is the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the 2021 Haskell Stakes odds. Kentucky Derby runner-up Mandaloun is the second favorite in the seven-horse 2021 Haskell Stakes field at 2-1. Following Sea, who did not race in any of the Triple Crown races but is coming off an impressive allowance victory at Belmont Park last month, is 3-1.

Petfood Forum’s In-person 2021 Show Sells Out Exhibit Hall

The Petfood Forum exhibit hall has officially sold out of booth spaces for the 2021 in-person exhibition, which is scheduled for Sept. 22-24 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo. Petfood Forum features a show floor where attendees can engage with suppliers vital to global pet food...
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Excitement and Optimism on the Spa Backstretch

There are a couple of words that could describe the feeling and emotion around the Saratoga Racecourse backstretch as this year’s meet begins on July 15: excitement and optimism. While last year’s meet was successful for many trainers and their staff, the COVID-19 pandemic stifled some of their excitement that...
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How Saratoga Race Course’s Top Stakes Races Got Their Names

It’s Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course, and you’re handicapping the afternoon’s pair of featured races, the first two of the 76 stakes that will be contested here this summer. Along with the Schuylerville Stakes, which was first run in 1918, day one of the Saratoga meet also features the Quick Call Stakes, named not for the expeditious use of a rotary telephone, but rather one of Saratoga’s most beloved racehorses.

Race 3 (MSW) at IND on 7/8/21

Sire: Oxbow , Bay, 2010. Lifetime: 182 yearlings sold, median $7,000. Broodmare Sire: Tapit , Gray or Roan, 2001. B:The Meadows On South Park, LTD. (KY) Sire: Birdstone , Bay, 2001. Lifetime: 239 yearlings sold, median $20,000. Broodmare Sire: Street Cry (IRE), Dark Bay or Brown, 1998. Sale History:. 2019...
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Exhibit hall sells out for in-person trade show at Petfood Forum 2021

The exhibit hall consists of 517 booth spaces occupied by over 300 companies. Petfood Forum is scheduled for Sept. 22-24, 2021, at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo., USA. “The Petfood Forum conference and exhibition present solutions for business challenges that pet food manufacturers, distributers and retailers...

Horses to Watch: A monster in the making plus 7 other notables

In this biweekly series, racing analyst Keeler Johnson shares promising horses from his handicapping watch list, reviewing runners who have recently caught his eye and previewing horses scheduled to run back in the near future. New to the Watch List. Although Moretti could finish only fourth in the Suburban (G2)...

These wonderful Old Friends are surely the best marketing aids racing has

In the first of a three-part look at horse welfare in the United States – very much in the news at present, Patrick Lawrence Gilligan visits the famed Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement facility in Kentucky. I wanted to look into the welfare of ex-racehorses – to find out about retirement...