Shortly after the other half of the Sackatoga Stable made his debut Friday afternoon, the New York Racing Association announced that Aug. 13 will be Funny Cide Day at Saratoga Race Course.
There could be a traffic jam on the lead in Sunday's $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) at Del Mar, with a field of six speedy horses likely to gun for the front in order to get the best position.
Apprentice jockey Eddie Castro rode the winners of five races at Calder Race Course on Friday, the second time he's accomplished the feat in a week.
One week after winning Belmont's Mother Goose (gr. I) with Spoken Fur and the Delaware Handicap (gr. II) with Wild Spirit, the Hall of Fame combination of trainer Bobby Frankel and jockey Jerry Bailey join forces for Sunday's $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) with the immensely talented Sightseek.
Finding a hole off the rail just after turning for home, Trademark showed a devastating kick while rallying to win the 45th running of the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Friday.
Edward P. Evans' Gygistar won Friday's third race at Saratoga, a six-furlong allowance event, by 5 3/4 lengths under Jerry Bailey.
- By Nick Hahn
The State Fair of Virginia may be coming to Meadow Farm. Atlantic Rural Exposition Inc. (ARE), the company that operates the State Fair of Virginia, completed on Monday its purchase of the 347-acre birthplace of Secretariat. The purchase price is reported to be $5.3 million.
- By Jack Shinar
The California Horse Racing Board granted a conditional license to Capitol Racing Association on July 24 to continue to operate a harness meeting at Cal Expo in Sacramento, contingent on it settling a lawsuit with the fair over its lease arrangement.
- By Jack Shinar
Fans at Del Mar were unable to place bets for about 25 minutes prior to the first race Thursday when the tote system failed. The race went off about 14 minutes late.
Magna Entertainment Corp. and the Maryland Racing Commission are working on a document that would satisfy Magna's agreement to spend $5 million on upgrades at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course by Aug. 31, said Mike Hopkins, executive director of the commission.
As the movie Seabiscuit is rolled out nationally this weekend, critics from coast to coast have voiced their opinions. Here are links to selected reviews in other media.
Brian Allen and Stronach Stables' Grade II winner Buffythecenterfold will likely make her turf debut in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) on Aug. 2 at Del Mar, trainer Mel Stute said.
Cats Don't Dance and Sassational, the two surviving American Saddlebreds injected with a caustic substance several weeks ago, were recovering yesterday (June 21) at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates (HDM) in Lexington, Ky.
Rene Douglas, Arlington's leading jockey, won the first five races on Arlington Park's nine-race card Thursday and a total of seven victories from nine mounts on the program.
Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner who went on to capture the following year's Horse of the Year title with a dramatic victory over 1987 Derby hero Alysheba in the Breeders' Cup Classic, is dead. The Blood-Horse has learned the big chestnut son of Nijinsky II died sometime in 2002, most likely in a slaughterhouse in Japan, where his career at stud was unsuccessful.
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