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By Gene Kershner » Friday, September 19, 2014

Several months have passed by since California Chrome captured a nation for three weeks before he was thwarted in his attempt at racing’s Triple Crown at Belmont Park. After some time on the farm giving the injury he sustained leaving the gate some time to heal, he’s back ready to… Read more »

By Budd Bailey » Thursday, September 18, 2014

When I’ve had the chance to speak to race directors at the annual January meeting, I always try to tell them to remember the basics. That might include everything from cashing checks as quickly as possible to making sure there’s something on the flyer that says something about how the… Read more »

By Gene Kershner » Friday, September 12, 2014

The stage is set this weekend for the 18th¬†running of the $1 million Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile north of the border and while the suburban Toronto track wasn’t able to sway Wise Dan’s connections to venture up north for a third straight year, a pretty good field is assembling…. Read more »

By Gene Kershner » Friday, September 5, 2014

The end of the Saratoga Race Course meeting is kind of like the day after Christmas.¬† So much anticipation for the big day and then it’s gone like that for another year. This year’s meeting ended with a bang with V.E. Day completing a Jimmy Jerkens exacta in the Travers,… Read more »

By Gene Kershner » Friday, August 29, 2014

The Saratoga and Del Mar summer meetings wind down this weekend and we will start to point towards the Breeders’ Cup world championships at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. This weekend’s Spa action is fast and furious with big races in many of the divisions, including… Read more »

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The National Lacrosse League has released the Buffalo Bandits schedule for the 2015 NLL regular season. The Bandits will open their season at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on Friday, Jan. 2, marking the third straight season-opener against the recently relocated Wings franchise, formerly of Philadelphia. The Bandits’ schedule features… Read more »

By Gene Kershner » Friday, August 22, 2014

The three graded stakes races preceding the $1.25 million Grade 1 Travers Stakes on Saturday afternoon will be on the undercard of a super day of racing at Saratoga Race Course. The Grade 2 Ballston Spa Stakes for fillies and mares three-years-old and up will start off an all-stake Pick-4… Read more »

By Gene Kershner » Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Haskell winner Bayern was set as the 2-1 favorite at Tuesday evening’s post position draw for the 145th running of the Grade 1 $1.25 million Travers Stakes in downtown Saratoga Springs. The race will be run on Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course and will be televised live by NBC… Read more »

By Budd Bailey » Friday, August 15, 2014

By Gene Kershner It’s a big racing weekend at the Spa and at Arlington Park, both tracks with major races that will impact key divisions in thoroughbred racing. The $600,000 Grade 1 Alabama Stakes will be the featured race this… Read more

By Budd Bailey » Thursday, August 14, 2014

You might remember the story of Joe McConaughy, who was trying to break the record for running the entire Pacific Coast Trail – Mexico to Canada. That’s 2,663 miles if you are counting, and Joe probably was. Well, he did it. McConaughy covered the distance in 53 days, 6 hours… Read more »
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Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.