The Saturday Special – June 6

Stakes galore Saturday while the country continues to reopen and – hopefully – starts to put the coronavirus pandemic in the rearview mirror.

Better Late

Racing Wednesday, training Thursday. Such is the way of the world these days in New York, which continues to trudge through the gradual reopening of the state in the midst of the worldwide health crisis that  at times seems forgotten while protests over racial injustice and police brutality rage around the globe.

Smash Hit: Remembering Arrogate

Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate, who died Tuesday at the age of 7 Tuesday from an unknown illness, burst on the scene with a dominating performance in the 2016 Travers Stakes that still resonates to anyone blessed to witness the 13 1/2-length victory and track-record setting effort.

The Monday Special – June 1

Fighting Mad helped Bob Baffert’s barn move away from a bad week Sunday when she won the Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes just days after leading classics contender Nadal suffered a potentially career-ending injury.

Top sprinter Imperial Hint retired

Imperial Hint, an Eclipse Award finalists for champion sprinter in 2017, 2018 and 2019, will retire from racing after wining 14 of 25 starts and earnings $2.2 million. The bay Florida-bred, trained by Louis Carvajal Jr. for Raymond Mamone, burst on to the national scene by winning the Grade 3 General George at Laurel in 2017 – the first graded score for the trainer and the horse.