Articles posted August 12, 2001

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Graded Winner Richly Blended Retired

Raymond Dweck's Richly Blended, who won a pair of grade III stakes this year, has been retired from racing after suffering a stress fracture of his right front cannon bone. The 3-year-old colt suffered the mishap during a workout Aug. 4 at Monmonth Park in preparation for the Aug. 25 King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

Johannesburg Romps in Phoenix Stakes

Michael Tabor's Johannesburg remained undefeated by beating Miss Beabea by five lengths to win the Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) on Sunday at Leopardstown. Also on Sunday, American-bred Bahamian Pirate held off fellow American-bred One Won One to win the Phoenix Sprint Stakes (Ire-III) by a short head.

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By Sean Clancy
From The Saratoga Special, reprinted with permission

Western Pride Shocks 'Em in West Virginia Derby

Rapidly developing Western Pride, winner of an $11,000 allowance race at Thistledown in early July, shot to the front at the start in Saturday night's West Virginia Derby at the Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort and stormed home to land the $300,000 first prize in the richest race in the history of the state.

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