Articles posted August 12, 2007

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Saoirse Abu Surprises in Phoenix

The first group I race of the year for juveniles was intended to be a coming-out party for the undefeated Henrythenavigator. Instead, 25-1 outsider Saoirse Abu surprised the field in the Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) at The Curragh Aug. 12.

Rags to Riches to Skip Alabama; Will Train for Ruffian Instead

Rags to Riches to Skip Alabama; Will Train for Ruffian Instead

Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches posted a five-furlong workout over Saratoga's main track Aug. 12, after which trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed the Michael Tabor-owned filly will not run in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 18. Instead, Pletcher plans to run multiple Grade 1 winner Octave and American Oaks (gr. I) winner Panty Raid, both of whom also worked Aug. 12, in the 1 1/4-mile Alabama.

Talkin About Love Steps Up For BC Oaks Victory

Talkin About Love came into the $200,000 Monmouth Park Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) having won her last four allowance races by a combined 19 3/4-lengths, but the 3-year-old filly had never won a stakes and never tried a distance of over a mile. She came from off the pace to score by 1-3/4 lengths Aug. 12.

Amid Uncertainty, CHRB Begins 3-Year Date Plan

Trying to cure a scheduling headache, the California Horse Racing Board has started planning for the future -- with or without Bay Meadows and Hollywood Park. At an Aug. 10 meeting at Del Mar, the CHRB's dates committee took the first step in piecing together a cohesive three-year calendar.

A Day At The Spa: Aug. 12, Giveaway Day

On an ordinary day, it takes two minutes to drive from Route 29 to Saratoga's main gate via East Avenue. This morning, the same route took 35 minutes. It's giveaway day, and the spinners are out in storm to bring home today's featured item, a red Saratoga lawn chair in a handy carrying bag.

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