As you get deeper into August, the weekends get bigger at Saratoga Race Course. This weekend is no exception. Friday looks to be a terrific day at the Spa highlighted by the 8th running of the Tale of The Cat handicap. Saturday will feature two big stakes races, the 116th running of the Saratoga Special and the main event on Saturday, the Fourstardave Handicap. Chad Brown's Raging Bull will be the horse to beat in that one and Sunday is the first giveaway of the year featuring the Saratoga Cooler Bag. Giveaways are limited, so come early.
This afternoon as I passed through the thousands of fans that came out to enjoy the first Friday of racing season in the Spa City, many come year after year. The UAlbany Alumni Association held their annual outing. Hundreds were adorned in purple and gold ready to make their bets and enjoy the spectacular weather and an amazing card of top horse racing, highlighted by the 9th race, the Forbidden Apple Stakes.
With the Kentucky Derby just days away we reached out to NYRA's Andy Serling. This year Serling will be at Churchill Downs for the Derby. As a matter of fact, he was actually on the train beginning his journey there when we caught up with him. In true Andy Serling fashion, he shared some of his favorite plays for Saturday and took some fun shots at Levack.
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and Fox Sports have reached an agreement that will keep Saratoga and Belmont racing on Fox Sports through 2030. The relationship between NYRA and Fox Sports was the only way for a lot of fans on New York Horse racing to see any of the action last season due to The COVID-19 pandemic. I know all parties involved are hoping fans will be able to safely return to the tracks this summer but knowing they can watch on Fox Sports as well is a very good thing.
The Breeder's Cup World Championships are this Saturday, November 7th at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. Obviously, we here in New York are very focused on the Breeder's Cup Classic because New York-bred Tiz The Law is running with a chance to win against the other top 3-year-old horses in the country but it's a full day of championship horse racing. Joining Levack and Goz to preview the big day and Tiz The Law's chances of rebounding after losing the Kentucky Derby and skipping the Preakness is President of NYRA Bets Tony Allevato.
The Triple Crown is just one of the many iconic sporting events to feel the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Let's be honest what 2020 event sports or otherwise hasn't? Luckily we still have the three big races plus many others. This year The Preakness which is traditionally the second leg of the Triple Crown run on the third Saturday in May but now it'll be run this Saturday, October 3rd. In an attempt to win some money and take advantage of the promos at NYRA Bets Levack and Goz spoke to the President of NYRA Bets Tony Allevato.
NYRA's Andy Serling is known for handicapping horse and sharing his knowledge on NYRA shows as well as on 104.5 The Team with his show "At the Post". I've always wondered how he makes his picks and he shares his strategy below. Serling also previews this week's At the Post and Four Star Dave Weekend.