Horse Racing

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — As was the case last year, fans are advised not to leave Saratoga on Saturday following the running of the Travers Stakes. That’s because Lady Eli, one of the biggest stars in racing, will be running in the Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa, the last of seven stakes run on Saturday’s
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In an alternate universe, an even-handed report on the Pacific Classic at Del Mar would go something like this: “The swift chestnut Collected ran his 2017 record to a perfect 4 and 0 on Saturday with a half-length victory over his heavily favored stablemate Arrogate to stamp himself as a contender for the Breeders’ Cup
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Jockey Corey Nakatani was the parade marshal Sunday in Los Angeles for the 2017 Nisei Week Japanese Festival, a prestigious honor made all the more poignant by the fact that Nakatani’s late father, Roy, was housed at Santa Anita as a youth during World War II when the track was temporarily
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Perhaps I wasn’t being open-minded enough, but I thought there were only two possible outcomes to Saturday’s Pacific Classic at Del Mar. The first had Arrogate putting his mysterious non-effort in last month’s San Diego behind him and running his race. And since Arrogate’s real race is better than anything seen in years from an
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Dream Dancing won the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks by a nose in a head-bobbing finish with Beau Recall on Saturday. Back in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., trainer Mark Casse watched Dream Dancing win the most prestigious race of his career and gladly postponed his bedtime. “I won’t sleep now,” Casse said
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The Pizza Man, the Illinois-bred gelding whose outstanding career peaked with a victory in the 2015 Arlington Million, has been retired at age 8 after being diagnosed with an ankle chip sustained last weekend in his final race. Richard Papiese, who bred and raced The Pizza Man with his wife, Karen, under their Midwest Thoroughbreds
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