The Saratoga Special ready to roll

The 2017 Saratoga Race Course meeting gets underway Friday and The Saratoga Special is on the scene and ready for its 17th season in upstate New York.

Shapazian’s Belmont picks – July 16

Closing Day of the spring-summer meeting Sunday at Belmont Park and The Saratoga Special’s John Shapazian scoped out the card in advance of Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course in less than a weeks’ time.

Jump jockey McCarthy injured at Parx

And the hits just keep on coming. Jump jockey Willie McCarthy – the third National Steeplechase Association champion jockey to go to the sidelines this year – suffered multiple injuries in a fall at Parx Racing Tuesday afternoon.

Shapazian’s Belmont picks – July 15

The last Saturday card of the Belmont Park spring-summer meeting is on tap and The Saratoga Special’s John Shapazian scoped it out and offers his selections right here.

The Saturday Special – July 15

The final weekend before Saratoga and Del Mar open for the season always feels a little like the weekend before Christmas with so much anticipation and excitement and the days, hours and minutes dragging along at a snail’s pace. But before we wish our lives away there’s one more weekend of racing and time for another Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud.

Shapazian’s Belmont picks – July 14

One final weekend is all that remains of Belmont Park’s spring-summer meeting until the action shifts upstate to Saratoga Race Course.