Stakes winner Outta Here, who dead-heated for third in the July 13 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, worked five furlongs in :58 2/5 under jockey Kent Desormeaux on Tuesday at Del Mar and was confirmed as heading to Mountaineer Park for the $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) by trainer Bill Currin, who is also the colt's co-owner.
Saratoga Notebook: Albarado on Sky Mesa; Favorites Rule; No Decision on Congrats; Sackatoga Stable Grows
Jockey Robby Albarado has picked up the mount on Sky Mesa for the Haskell Invitational and trainer Shug McGaughey is undecided on whether to run Congrats in the Haskell or the Jiim Dandy. Also, favorites are having a good Spa meet, Kissin Saint may make his next start on grass, Sackatoga Stable has expanded, and the Dogwood Dominion Award goes to a backstretch "community leader."
Discussions are underway to send champion Kona Gold to the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions. The 9-year-old gelding was retired following a fifth-place finish in the July 26 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.
- By Steve Haskin
Forget about the number of memorabilia items that can be purchased on the Funny Cide web site, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will have his name on a number of products from Saratoga to Syracuse and Rochester.
Jose Santos, the rider of Funny Cide, feels the presence of several speed horses in Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational will favor the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- It's almost August and the racing season is in full swing as major horses prep for this fall's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Thanks to TVG, you can see it all from your living room.
By Victor E. Zast -- Sonny and Carolyn Hine knew a lot about life and how to live it; yet horses, and each other, were all that they ever had
Highlighted by record wagering on Kentucky Derby day, TVG posted the highest quarterly handle in company history for the quarter that ended June 30.
Madeleine Paulson, widow of multiple Eclipse Award-winning breeder and owner Allen Paulson, helped rekindle images of her late husband's greatest champion at Del Mar on Monday when Life's Pleasures, a 3-year-old half sister to two-time Horse of the Year Cigar, closed with a rush to break her maiden going one mile.
McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds offers scheduled tours of Funny Cide's birthplace...Course record set at Del Mar for five furlongs on turf.
Capitol Racing and the California Exposition and State Fair reached a two-year agreement July 28, but it's possible the contract for the Standardbred meet at Cal Expo will be put out for bid in the future.
Central Kentucky stallion Salt Lake departed July 25 for Haras de la Pomme in Argentina
The Aug. 9 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Park has attracted a list of 69 nominations, including 13 graded stakes winners from the United States and Canada. Nominations for the 1 1/8-mile race closed July 26.
One of last season's top 2-year-old fillies on the grounds is back for a crack at the top 3-year-old filly stakes this season. Buffythecenterfold, owned by Allen Brian and Stronach Stables and trained by Mel Stute, leads the pack of prospects for Saturday's 35th edition of the grade II, $150,000 San Clemente Handicap.
A field that could number as many as nine or 10 is beginning to take shape for the 62nd running of the grade II, $250,000 San Diego Handicap Sunday at 1 1/16 miles on Del Mar's main track.
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