Today is Day 9 of the Saratoga Race Course meet. Racing starts at 1:05 p.m.
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“Another big rematch looms on Sunday in the Shuvee,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller
Round 2 of the filly/mare rematch weekend at Saratoga Race Course takes place on Sunday, when Clairiere and Malathaat will hook up in the Grade II Shuvee, a steppingstone to the Grade I Personal Ensign on Travers Day.
The two 4-year-old daughters of Curlin have raced against each other five times – which represents half of Malathaat’s career starts – and Clairiere has finished ahead of Malathaat just once.
But it was the most recent one.
“Nest runs away from Secret Oath, romps to Coaching Club American Oaks victory,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller
As a fanatical New York Mets supporter, Mike Repole had a perfect opportunity to use his team’s 10-0 blowout of the Miami Marlins a few weeks ago as an analogy to Saturday’s Grade I Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga Race Course.
He chose football, and, anyway, 10 wasn’t a big enough number.
The two best 3-year-old fillies in the country, Nest and Secret Oath, hooked up as they headed into the second turn, the battle was on … and then it wasn’t.
“Longtime racetrack fixture Leroy Clement honored with race named in his memory at Saratoga Race Course,” by Teresa Genaro with photos from Erica Miller
During the more than 20 years that Leroy Clement worked for the New York Racing Association, his family didn’t get to spend a lot of time with him in the summer, when his security job moved from the New York metropolitan area to Saratoga Springs. His wife Sonia worked as a nurse in New York City, and it didn’t make sense for his children to go upstate when Clement would be working six days a week.
But Saturday, they traveled from far and wide to honor Clement’s memory, nearly eight months after Clement died, with a race named “Patrolman Leroy Clement.”
Leroy’s sister Veronica and Sonia came from Brooklyn. His son Ronaldo came from Houston. His grandson Miles and wife Brittany came from Colorado, to see Clement honored at the place where he was something of a seasonal, local celebrity.
“Preakness winner Early Voting, Zandon breeze in preparation for Jim Dandy,” by Mike MacAdam
Trainer Chad Brown may have seen one Travers prospect fall by the wayside when Jack Christopher finished third in the Haskell at Monmouth Park on Saturday, but he still has two great shots at his first-ever win in the $1.25 million race at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 27.
And they both showed every indication on Saturday that they’re on the right track to get there, with useful breezes on the Saratoga main track.
“Dolce Zel noses out stablemate to give Brown sixth Lake George win,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller
Anyone who hangs around Saratoga Race Course probably knows by now that trainer Chad Brown is from Mechanicville.
As reported in the Saratoga Special, he even ran into his former first-grade teacher at the track last Saturday, when Brown’s horses filled out the superfecta in the Grade I Diana by finishing 1-2-3-4.
So it’s not unusual for him to come across old friends looking for tips when he makes his way through the grounds. On Friday, the pressing question was which of his two fillies in the Grade III Lake George was better, and his answer proved prophetic: “It’s close.”
So close, in fact, that Brown’s two horses, Dolce Zel and Eminent Victor, nearly dead-heated for the win in the Lake George, which would’ve added another remarkable feat for his barn on the heels of the Diana domination.
“Chatting with … Jason Blewitt,” by Will Springstead with photos from Erica Miller
Jason Blewitt is a familiar name to horse racing fans in New York. Now an account representative with West Point Thoroughbreds, Blewitt spent nearly 17 years with the New York Racing Association, first in the press box and later as television host. He was in front of the camera for NYRA’s initial seasons of Belmont Live and Saratoga Live.
From there, Blewitt moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he led the TV coverage at Gulfstream Park for the Stronach Group.
Blewitt grew up in Floral Park, one town over from Belmont Park, so he’s literally never been far from the horses. But Saratoga Race Course holds a special place in his heart.
“It’s a special, special place,” Blewitt said. “My wife is from Saratoga Springs, so one of the greatest gifts that’s ever happened to me in my life, Saratoga Race Course was the cause of that, and horse racing was the cause of that.”
“Livingston delves deep to put together exhibit of Raftery’s racing photos,” by Teresa A. Genaro
You know that feeling when your phone storage is getting low, and you realize you have 10,000 photos on it, and you keep avoiding going through them to figure out which ones you should keep?
Multiply that by 250, and you’ll have some idea of the daunting task that faced award-winning photographer Barbara Livingston when she acquired Jim Raftery’s vast archive of horse racing negatives, all 300 boxes of them.
In 1998, Livingston acquired her first collection of negatives, those of James W. Sames III. Initially intending to buy one print, she ended up with a big box of negatives, discovering in it photographs of Triple Crown winners War Admiral (1937) and Whirlaway (1941).
“That box was full of history,” said Livingston, who grew up in East Glenville and attended Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake schools before graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in photography. “After that, I was on the lookout for people with collections of negatives that they didn’t know what to do with.”
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