From the beginning, the talent of Palace Malice looked unmistakable to trainer Todd Pletcher. Only the Dogwood Stable colt's development and maturation took time.
Dual Grade 1 winner Sweet Reason is back for more on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course when she headlines the 89th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Test for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.
Two races before Palace Malice competes in the Grade 1 Whitney as the morning-line favorite, Palace will return to his best distance in the 30th edition of the Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.
Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard already has extended his streak of winning at least one Saratoga race every season beginning in 1969, and on Thursday he seeks to maintain his dominance of the historic track's steeplechase races.
Having run up against dominant New York-bred Zivo all winter and spring, trainer Tom Albertrani took Awesome Vision to the Finger Lakes for a little holiday getaway.
Reigning Saratoga Race Course champion trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Javier Castellano will sign autographs to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation on Sunday, August 3 as part of Fasig-Tipton's Festival of Racing.
Seven weeks after finishing behind Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes, Wicked Strong turned away a challenge from the Grade 1 winner down the stretch and spurted away to win the 51st renewal of the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy.
Wednesday, July 30
Races: 6, 7
Monday, July 28
Races: 6, 7, 8
Sunday, July 27
Races: 4, 8, 10
Saturday, July 26
Races: 4, 5, 6
Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, July 27, 2014
Race 1, 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 1 p.m.
Race 3, 2-year-old fillies, six furlongs, dirt, 2:02 p.m.
Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, July 26, 2014
Race 3, All 2-year-olds, six furlongs, dirt, 2:02 p.m.
The Belmont Stakes
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