Welcome to the latest installment of the dramatic series I like to call “As the Baffert Turns (On A Spit).”
The stars of summer tapped into pent-up demand and put on great shows to sweep away the old marks at both tracks, offering a lesson for track executives and racing authorities.
Horseplayers have lots of high-class action to choose from this Labor Day weekend, with Del Mar, Saratoga and relative newcomer Kentucky Downs all in the mix.
Justin Mustari, 26, of Des Plaines, Illinois, said he plans to buy a house with the $725,000 he won in the National Handicapping Championship that ended Sunday at Bally’s in Las Vegas.
Delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Handicapping Championship makes its first appearance in August, adding to the excitement of the Midsummer Derby at Saratoga.
Arlington Park Track President Tony Petrillo orders all journalists out of press box as they are on deadline for likely final running of the Arlington Million — the world’s first $1 million race.
Steve Asmussen snaps all-time North American training record as Jorge Navarro enters guilty plea in federal horse doping case. All that and a Bob Baffert update.
The White Pine and Elko county fairs are returning, with the former running from Aug. 20 to 22 in Ely and the latter racing Aug. 27 and 28 and Sept. 3 to 6 in Elko.
Both tracks smashed handle records for opening day thanks to full, competitive fields, packed stands (to the degree allowed) and joyful atmospherics.
The Haskell Invitational drew a field of seven that includes the runners-up from all three Triple Crown races — Hot Rod Charlie, Mandaloun and Midnight Bourbon.
There’s been a lot of turmoil in the Sport of Kings of late, but everything will be right with the racing world again next week when both Del Mar and Saratoga open their gates.
Fixed-odds wagering on horse racing is on the verge of becoming a reality in New Jersey, a game-changing experiment that might have implications outside the Garden State.
Testing of Medina Spirit’s urine has moved to the forefront in the developing legal battle over the colt’s anticipated disqualification from his Kentucky Derby victory.
Many riders have fled New Jersey’s Monmouth Park after the rule was imposed by the state’s Horse Racing Commission. A PETA officer says the rule does not endanger the jockeys.
The John Sadler-trained colt didn’t put his best hoof forward in the Kentucky Derby, but he can make amends with a front-running win in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.