Category: Saratoga

2018 Woodward Stakes Preview

We have reached Labor Day weekend: the traditional end of summer, and the closing weekend of racing action at the Spa. The Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes is the final older-horse Grade 1 of the Saratoga meet.  The race is named after William Woodward, Sr., a banker who developed Belair Stud into one of the... Read more »

2018 Travers Stakes Preview and Travers Day Stakes Selections

This Saturday’s card at Saratoga is the biggest of the meet, and features the meet’s cornerstone race: the Grade 1 Travers Stakes.  This piece features full analysis of the Travers Stakes, as well as a selections grid for all of the stakes races Saturday at the Spa. Colloquially dubbed the Mid-Summer Derby, the Travers has... Read more »

2018 Whitney Stakes Preview

The handicap division has no bigger showcase during the Saratoga meet than the Whitney.  The race takes its name from the Whitney family, scions of the New York racing circuit.  William Collins Whitney co-founded the Jockey Club, and campaigned prominent racehorses such as the 1901 Epsom Derby winner Volodyovski and 1904 Champion two-year-old filly Artful. ... Read more »
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2018 Diana Stakes and Sanford Stakes Preview

Summer is here: the Spa is opening. Picks and Ponderings turns it attention this week to the pair of graded stakes on Saturday at the Spa.  One, the Grade 3 Sanford, drew a field of eight juvenile colts to go six furlongs on the dirt.  The other, the first Grade 1 of the meet, is the... Read more »

2017 Travers Stakes Preview

This Saturday’s card at Saratoga is the biggest of the meet, and features the meet’s cornerstone race: the Grade I Travers Stakes.  This piece features full analysis of the Travers Stakes, as well as a selections grid for all of the stakes races Saturday at the Spa. Colloquially dubbed the Mid-Summer Derby (though don’t tell... Read more »

A visit to Godolphin's Greentree training center

Greentree is aptly named, with a track that sweeps through the grass, past boughs and mountains.
I already envisioned Saratoga as a sprawling horse heaven nestled in the Adirondacks.  I knew the Thoroughbred track, the home of the Travers and the Alabama and the New York Turf Writers Cup.  I knew the grandstand and back yard draped with so many red awnings, the wooden barns, the Oklahoma Training Track.  I knew the... Read more »
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2017 Whitney Stakes Preview

The handicap division has no bigger showcase during the Saratoga meet than the Whitney.  The race takes its name from the Whitney family, scions of the New York racing circuit.  William Collins Whitney co-founded the Jockey Club, and campaigned prominent racehorses such as the 1901 Epsom Derby winner Volodyovski and 1904 Champion two-year-old filly Artful. ... Read more »

2017 Diana Stakes and Sanford Stakes Preview

Summer has officially found its stride.  After all, racing action returns to Saratoga this weekend. Picks and Ponderings turns it attention this week to the pair of graded stakes on Saturday at the Spa.  In the Grade 1 Diana Stakes, a select field of six — including proven star Lady Eli and rising stars Antonoe... Read more »

2016 Hopeful Stakes Preview

Summer at the Spa draws to a close on Monday.  The meet ends on a hopeful note…quite literally, as the day’s feature race is the Grade I Hopeful Stakes. A fixture at Saratoga since 1904, the Hopeful is the first Grade I of the season for two-year-old open company.  This year, it is first by... Read more »
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2016 Woodward and Spinaway Stakes Preview

Time is running out at the Spa.  The Saratoga meet draws to its conclusion at the end of this holiday weekend.  But, there is still plenty of top-class racing in this final week of the summer meet. This weekend, Picks and Ponderings will preview all three Grade I events at Saratoga this weekend.  This article... Read more »