Anyone need the cure for those wintertime blues? Look no further than the Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud as we preview the best races from racetracks across the country that are getting in the spirit of the season this President’s Day holiday weekend.
As David Allen Coe’s friend Steve Goodman wrote, the perfect country and western song says something about mama, trains, trucks, prison and gettin’ drunk. Well, David (and Steve) never met Cowboy Dan.
He was a cheap Texas-bred Thoroughbred, a $1,600 yearling, whose life ought to play at Ryman Auditorium. He’s trainer Bret Calhoun’s Horse Who Changed Everything and boy did he. Foaled in 1995, the dark bay son of Walesa and the Kennedy Road mare Dimpled Darling sold to Tommy Landreth at the Texas Thoroughbred Association yearling sale and joined Calhoun’s fledgling stable at Delta Downs in 1997.
Full on winter is finally gripping essentially the entire Northeast, with biting temperatures, snow and strong winds whipping down city streets and across the farm fields and paddocks. The Super Bowl is over and winter festivals are in full swing. We’re a day late again posting our (mostly) weekly hodge podge from the world of racing and hopefully not a dollar short.
Mike Smith let the question dangle, let it roll around in his head, let it swim like a whiskey over ice. Over the phone, it’s hard to see, but there’s no doubt, Smith looked up at the sky, squinted his eyes like mail slots and blew a kiss in the air.
Royal Delta, Zenyatta, Azeri, Sky Beauty, Inside Information, Heavenly Prize…
When I was a kid, I grew up near Saratoga Springs, New York. Although I lived about 15 minutes from Saratoga Race Course, it would be years until I made my first visit. Much closer to our house, just a minute down the road, was the Saratoga County Airport.
Super Bowl weekend typically features a pretty strong slate of racing and 2016 is no exception with cards worth noting at Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and several venues overseas. Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud, home of Alternation, Broken Vow and Cowboy Cal, gets you ready for the day before the big football game.
We’ve got an abbreviated version of Here & There this week. Truth be told, typically if we’re light on content we might wait a week but this is no ordinary week because we’ve got something pretty cool we want to share. Check it out below, along with a few quotes in Worth Repeating and By the Numbers.
Mike Pons leans on a podium set up on some wet stone dust next to the door of the breeding shed. Behind him stands a Bobby’s Potty. Over his shoulder, 2 feet of snow gradually slides off the roof – landing periodically with a great “Schwalam.” In front of him, guests at Sunday’s Country Life Farm stallion show listen intently.
While the Mid-Atlantic was shoveling snow, they were training away in South Carolina as evidenced by the images captured by Maggie Kimmitt on a visit to the Camden Training Center and Springdale Race Course in Camden. The small town has a little bit of everything when it comes to horses – steeplechasers, 2-year-olds, retirees, foxhunters, even a memorial to one of steeplechasing's all-time greats.
A handful of strides out of the gate Saturday found Cathryn Sophia in a very unfamiliar position at this stage of her young career – actually behind rivals – and John Servis admitted to feeling a wave of doubt sweep over him as he watched from the stands at Gulfstream Park.
ST Publishing, publishers of the daily newspaper The Saratoga Special and the racing website This Is Horse Racing, will team for the third consecutive year with the New York Thoroughbred Breeders to produce a commemorative program for the organization’s Annual Awards Banquet this spring.
In an early season showdown of Eastern-based 3-year-olds at Aqueduct, Dennis Drazin's Sunny Ridge (ridden by Manny Franco, trained by Jason Servis) gets the better of Flexibility and Vorticity in th $250,000 Withers while Robert La Penta's Sassicaia, a $1.6 million son of Bernardini, takes the rescheduled $150,000 Toboggan sprint stakes for jockey John Bisono and trainer Rudy Rodriguez. Tod Marks has the photo recap.