Ballygallon Stud's Aragorn proved a popular winner of the $374,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf Saturday to run his impressive winning streak to three.
Bill Scott's homebred Le Cinquieme Essai, a former Sovereign Award winner, repulsed a late challenge from Becrux to win the $202,400 Play the King Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine Saturday.
Keith McKinney's Gold Storm, winner of the 2004 Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint, took home the trophy a second time when he won the 2006 renewal of the $150,000 race by 1 1/2 lengths in stakes record time of 1:08.39 for the six-furlong dash.
Cobra Farm's Brunilda, who won the Politely Stakes on the turf last month, became a double Monmouth stakes winner Saturday when she came rolling through the stretch to capture the $150,000 Eatontown Stakes by three-quarters of a length.
Very few thought any of his five rivals had much of a shot at beating Bernardini at equal weights in Saturday's 137th Travers (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course. But this appeared so effortless that jockey Javier Castellano was clapping the winner on the neck -- with a sixteenth of a mile to go!
Prohibitive favorite Henny Hughes took command of Saturday's King Bishop (gr. I) on the bend and turned the seven-furlong test for 3-year-olds into a romp on an overcast day at Saratoga Race Course.
Ashkal Way, part of a heavily favored Godolphin Stable entry, closed with authority to get back on the winning track in the $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday on the Saratoga Mellon Turf Course.
Live Oak Plantation's Irish-bred My Typhoon, under a masterful pacesetting ride from Garrett Gomez, captured the $200,000 Ballston Spa (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on the Saratoga inner turf course Saturday.
Fifi's Fancy, a colt by Gulf Storm consigned by agent Elysian Bloodstock, was purchased by Excel Bloodstock for $67,000 to top the final open session Friday of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2006 August Yearling Sale.
The doctor treating sprint champion Lost in the Fog for cancerous tumors said Friday that the colt has "a reasonable chance" of reducing them to a size that's conducive for chemotherapy or surgery.
Jockey Rafael Bejarano, who took off his mounts at Saratoga Race Course Friday after complaining of pain in his side and trouble breathing, will be out for an undetermined amount of time due to multiple rib injuries sustained in a fall on August 14.
Some mighty good horses gave race-goers who played hooky from work on Friday a taste of what's upcoming on Travers Day. On yet another perfect late summer afternoon - temps in the high 70s and no humidity - Saratoga Race Course lived up to its old slogan, "the August place to be."
- By Vic Zast
And speaking of stamina, nobody is certain of how far Discreet Cat – a son of Forestry – can run, yet everyone who saw him win the third race was asking why he wasn't entered in the Travers.
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