Articles posted August 7, 2003

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TRF Saratoga Gala Raises More Than $500,000

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The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation raised more than $500,000 at its annual gala, held Monday. Aug. 4, at the Saratoga Golf & Polo Club. The bulk of the money, a record amount for the event, was raised through separate live auctions, one for season options to breed to select stallions, the other for "unique experiences."

With Anticipation Tries for Sword Dancer Three-Peat

When 7-year-old With Anticipation dug in and prevailed by a head over Denon in last year's Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. I), he became the oldest horse to win back-to-back runnings of the race. On Saturday, on Saratoga's inner turf course, he will try to become the first horse to win the $500,000 1 1/2-mile grass marathon three times.

Soto Favored in West Virginia Derby; During Scratched

Undefeated Soto, who returned from a 7 1/2-month layoff to beat allowance foes in his sophomore debut July 19 at Philadelphia Park, has been installed as the slight 3-1 favorite in a competitive field of 3-year-olds set for the $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Park.

Website Offering Free Hypothetical Matings

A new service enabling breeders to hypothetically match up mares in trial matings with all registered New York stallions will be available this fall at no cost on the New York Breeding & Racing Program website (www.nybreds.com).

General Royal's First Winner

Graded stakes winner General Royal was represented by his first winner when his daughter Many Many Bows won at six furlongs in 1:12.93 Aug. 6

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