Trainer Charlie LoPresti said July 31 that two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will not make his comeback in the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga Race Course, an event the 7-year-old gelding has won the past two years.
Somali Lemonade had never been to Pimlico Race Course before, but on the track's biggest card in front of a Preakness Day throng, the 5-year-old mare held on to victory in the $150,000 Gallorette Handicap.
Preakness Stakes contender Ride On Curlin, whose connections are embracing the old adage "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again," breezed four furlongs in :49 ⅗ seconds on an overcast morning at Pimlico Race Course May 14.
Corfu and Wired Bryan, who put on quite a performance in the Aug. 11 Saratoga Special Stakes, are back for a rematch Sept. 2 in the $300,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes on the Labor Day card at Saratoga Race Course.
Stonestreet Stables' Kauai Katie has not run at Saratoga Race Course since winning the Adirondack Stakes as a 2-year-old -- but she's 2-for-2 at the upstate oval, having broken her maiden at first asking there by 12 lengths.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, always loaded with 2-year-old talent when the Saratoga Race Course season rolls around, will waste no time testing two promising fillies in the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes July 19 at the Spa.
An undefeated runner, a filly who has never been worse than second, and a Grade 1 winner seeking to improve her 3-year-old form will come together March 30 for the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
A race lacking starpower nevertheless delivered excitement at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 25, as longshot Golden Ticket and 2-1 favorite Alpha made history with the first dead heat in the modern history of the 143-year-old Travers Stakes.
Zagora won the Diana Stakes in 2011, but the 5-year-old mare faces a steep challenge this time around at Saratoga Race Course as Tapitsfly, Winter Memories, Hungry Island, and two European invaders join the fray.