Articles posted August 18, 2006

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Longacres Mile Draws Even Dozen Sunday

Southern California shipper Papi Chullo and local favorite Flamethrowintexan share top billing in Sunday's Longacres Mile (gr. III), which has attracted a full field of 12 runners to Emerald Downs.

Lava Man Seeks Historical Southern Cal Win

For Lava Man, it's time to go with the flow. A victory in the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Sunday at 1 1/4 miles will make Lava Man the first horse to sweep Southern California's "Big Three" grade I handicaps in the same year.

Songster, Henny Hughes Drill for King's Bishop Clash

Trainer Tom Albertrani sent out Songster for a brisk half-mile breeze Friday morning at Saratoga as the colt prepares for the $250,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) at seven furlongs to be run Aug. 26. Henny Hughes, looking for his first grade I win in the same race, also breezed.

Pure as Gold Makes Quick Return in Pat O'Brien

After his upset win in Del Mar's Bing Crosby Handicap (gr. I) on July 30, Pure as Gold makes a surprisingly quick return to the seaside for trainer Jack Carava in the $300,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. II) Sunday.

New TRA Directors Elected at Meeting

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Derron Heldt, John Finamore, and Mark Midland were elected directors of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations at the organization's board of directors meeting Aug. 18 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Master Command Totes Top Weight in Iselin

Master Command will carry top weight of 121 pounds while breaking from the rail Saturday at Monmouth Park in the 72nd Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) and face seven rivals. The Iselin, worth $250,000, has a post time of approximately 4:52 p.m. EDT.

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