Articles posted August 11, 2007

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Medici Code Answers La Jolla Puzzle

Medici Code Answers La Jolla Puzzle

Unheralded Medici Code got the stalking trip trainer Darrell Vienna was hoping for in the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. II) for 3-year-olds. The result was a convincing 1 1/4-length victory over a solid field on the Del Mar turf Aug. 11.

Jambalaya Spoils the Day For The Tin Man

Jambalaya Spoils the Day For The Tin Man

On a day when nothing seemed to go right for American turf horses, it seemed only fitting that one of the nation's best was narrowly defeated in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 11. After leading in deep stretch, last year's Million champion The Tin Man was overtaken in the final few strides by Canadian-bred Jambalaya, who rallied from well off the pace to win by a three-quarters of a length and earn a berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf later this year at Monmouth Park.

Grand Couturier Uses Rail to Capture Sword Dancer

Grand Couturier Uses Rail to Capture Sword Dancer

The $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) was setting up perfectly for heavy favorite English Channel. After coming from well off the pace, the 5-year-old son of Smart Strike made his usual late kick, rallying under jockey John Velazquez to take the lead as they headed for home. The only problem was, Grand Couturier had a finishing kick that was too much even for one of America's top turf horses, as the 4-year-old English-bred colt came flying along the rail to take Saratoga's feature in dramatic fashion.

German-bred Royal Highness Steals Beverly D.

German-bred Royal Highness Steals Beverly D.

Coming into the $750,000 Beverly D. (gr. IT), all the talk was about Citronnade and Lady of Venice, two talented American fillies who were undefeated this year. But when the field of seven reached the Arlington Park stretch Aug. 11, a European mare with only one win in the past two years stole the show.

Shamdinan Sizzles in Secretariat Triumph

Shamdinan Sizzles in Secretariat Triumph

The French-bred Shamdinan, making his United States debut for new trainer Doug O'Neill and owner Triple B Farms, caught a game Red Giant in the final strides to win the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) for 3-year-olds at Arlington Park Aug. 11.

Mott Considers Cox Plate for Silver Tree

The next start for 7-year-old campaigner Silver Tree is yet to be determined, but trainer Bill Mott said he will consider sending the son of Hennessy to Australia this fall to compete in the Oct. 27 Tattersalls Cox Plate (group I).

Jockey Jeffrey Skerrett Logs 1,000th Career Win

Jeffrey Skerrett, who 10 years ago was Thistledown's top apprentice rider, registered the 1,000th victory of his career when he scored a wire-to-wire victory aboard Little Nicky Regs in the sixth race Aug. 10 at the North Randall, Ohio, oval.

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