Sky Mesa, who finished last in the Travers (gr. I) as the 5-2 second choice Saturday, came out of the race with a bruised left front hoof, trainer John Ward said Monday.
Saratoga Notebook: Scrimshaw OK; Santos Begins 'Vacation'; Pletcher Pair on Track; Evening Attire Wins
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Monday an examination done on Scrimshaw showed that the colt was not injured during the running of the King's Bishop (gr. I) on Saturday.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has set the fields for this weekend's Period 2 of the Breeders' Cup Future Bet. Mineshaft, impressive winner of the Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park in July, has been listed as the morning line favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic at 5-1 odds.
- By Mike Kane
A surge in business during Travers week enabled the New York Racing Association to show gains in on-track attendance and handle for the first five weeks of the six-week season.
Vindication, the unbeaten champion 2-year-old male of 2002 whose retirement from racing was announced earlier this month, will begin his stallion career for $50,000 live foal, a full $10,000 more than what freshman leader Came Home commanded during the 2003 season.
Sixty Seconds, who made her North American debut just last month, captured Monday's Glens Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT) by a head over Primetimevalentine at Saratoga. Alternate was just a neck back in third.
- By Victor Ryan
Randy Bradshaw has been replaced as Padua Stables' farm trainer by Shane Tripp, Padua general manager Nadia Sanan confirmed Monday.
Grade II winner Dream Run has arrived at Lakland North near Hudson, N.Y., where he will stand the 2004 season for $5,000 live foal.
The 38-day fall meet at Belmont Park will offer a $10.5 million stakes schedule featuring 14 grade I races, including the $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday, September 27.
A documentary depicting the daily workings of the Richard Mandella stable will premiere at Del Mar next Sunday.
Trainer Michael Dickinson reports that Soto, winner of $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) in his last start on Aug. 9, will make his next start in the $500,000 Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs. The 24th running of the nine-furlong Super Derby will be on Sept. 20.
Lahint, a stakes-winning full brother to U.S. champion and dual classic winner Hansel, was found dead Aug. 8 in his stall at Haras de St. Gatien in France from a ruptured aneurysm
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