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Saratoga meet to open July 22; Travers Aug. 27

Saratoga meet to open July 22; Travers Aug. 27

NYRA released its 2016 thoroughbred dates this morning, highlighted by the 40-day Saratoga meet, which will begin July 22 and end Sept. 5.

Gaming commission fines Asmussen, proposes tougher rules

Trainer Steve Asmussen was cleared of the most serious allegations brought by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), but was fined $10,000 by the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) for other practices that were filmed on hidden video at the 2013 Saratoga Race Course meet.

American Pharoah caps brilliant career with Classic victory

LEXINGTON, Ky.

American Pharoah caps brilliant career with Classic victory

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah took charge out of the gate, winning the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 61⁄2 lengths Saturday in his final race before retirement.

LEXINGTON, Ky.

American Pharoah wins Breeders' Cup Classic

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah won the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6 1/2 lengths Saturday in his final race before retirement.

Don't count out Honor Code in Breeders' Cup Classic

If the outstanding mare Beholder hadn’t scratched, we’d be watching the greatest Breeders’ Cup Classic ever this afternoon.

MacAdam: The racing gods giveth, taketh away

MacAdam: The racing gods giveth, taketh away

With supermare Beholder ruled out of the Breeders' Cup Classic, columnist Mike MacAdam picks American Pharoah, and offers his picks for the other Breeders' Cup races this weekend.

Heller: Expect 'Chalky' Day 1 at Breeders' Cup

Heller: Expect 'Chalky' Day 1 at Breeders' Cup

Handicapper Bill Heller offers his picks for the four Breeders' Cup races today.

Auditors fault New York Racing Association bookkeeping

ALBANY

Auditors fault New York Racing Association bookkeeping

State auditors say the New York Racing Association is failing to properly document capital plans, with problems persisting since its 2008 bankruptcy settlement.

Wicked Strong is improving

A year ago, Wicked Strong was coming off a second-place finish in the Travers at Saratoga Race Course and was primed to be a contender in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Saratoga notes: Pletcher wins sixth straight trainer title

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Saratoga notes: Pletcher wins sixth straight trainer title

Maybe next year for Chad Brown.

Castellano makes grade in Hopeful

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Castellano makes grade in Hopeful

The way things went for jockey Javier Castellano at the 2015 Saratoga Race Course meet, the Hopeful was hopeless for everybody else in the race.

Castellano guides Liam's Map to Woodward win

Castellano guides Liam's Map to Woodward win

Jockey scores another big win at Saratoga.

Jockey Luzzi charged after domestic dispute

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Jockey Luzzi charged after domestic dispute

Hours after jockey Mike Luzzi returned to riding at Saratoga Race Course following a 10-month layoff due to injury, he was charged with two felonies after an alleged domestic incident involving his wife and family just after midnight Thursday morning.

Luzzi back in saddle after long recovery

Luzzi back in saddle after long recovery

Jockey Mike Luzzi returned to racing at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday one year to the day after a horrific accident at Aqueduct.

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Azar wins Saratoga's With Anticipation race

Catches Next Shares late

Pletcher's bid for title in jeopardy

Pletcher's bid for title in jeopardy

Todd Pletcher, who has won five straight Saratoga training titles and 11 overall, heads into the homestretch in an unusual position — second place.

Saratoga shocker! Keen Ice cools Pharoah

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Saratoga shocker! Keen Ice cools Pharoah

Someone finally figured out how to cool off Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. The hottest horse in the land dueled with Frosted early and couldn’t hold off 16-1 Keen Ice late and lost the 146th Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course before a sellout crowd of 50,000 on Saturday.

Travers undercard: Speed duel aids Sheer Drama

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Travers undercard: Speed duel aids Sheer Drama

Two stars collided and burned each other out.

Keen Ice beats American Pharoah to win Travers

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Keen Ice beats American Pharoah to win Travers

Catches Triple Crown winner at wire

Live: Travers Day stakes races (UPDATED)

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Live: Travers Day stakes races (UPDATED)

Dacita's closing move closes stakes action with another upset in the Ballston Spa.

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