Saratoga Weekend Stakes Report

Happy Coaching Club American Oaks Day! There are two graded stakes this Saturday at Saratoga. The Grade III Caress Stakes sprinting on the turf for fillies and mares four and up will be run as the “feature” race. The Grade I Coaching Club American Oaks for three year old fillies at nine furlongs on the dirt will be run as Race 5 due to the small field size.

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Charity Bet

The Capital OTB Charity Bet is a $50 daily wager made by Capital OTB handicappers. It runs all 40 days of Saratoga and can be seen in the Times Union newspaper. All the profits are donated to five specific charities benefiting the industry and horses they care for.

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Breeders’ Cup Saturday November 7th

Filly and Mare Sprint Turf Sprint Dirt Mile Filly & Mare Turf Sprint Mile Distaff Turf Filly and Mare Sprint Purse $1,000,000 | Distance 7 Furlongs | Grade 1 | Age 3+ The late, great Dick Enberg would sum up the Saturday opener perfectly "Oh my!." Ten fillies and one mare (Come Dancing) will shoot it out @ high noon or thereabouts, post time 12:02pm.  Speed will be served early and often. 3 year-old Gamine (Baffert) (Winner of the Grade 1Test) has been outstanding going one turn, 4 year-old Serengeti Empress (Amoss) (Winner of Grade 1 Ballerina) has won when being in front early, Venetian Harbor (Baltas) will need…
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TrackFacts – August, 29th 2020

The above caricature of a race tracker has been a representation of my alter ego for many years. A former student drew it for me some twenty-five years or so ago. I love everything about the jacketed DRF-holding, sandwich-eating, computer-checking figure you might have encountered on any bench or picnic table at Saratoga Race Course. He is, of course, Howie Pixum…and everybody, even horses in the paddock, wants to know Howie Pixum. Enough has been said and written about this uniquely and historical race meeting I will not belabor the point. As we head into it, however, I remain convinced that analysis of a race, any race, must…
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