Under a confident ride from Garrett Gomez, Any Given Saturday moved past pace-setting Cable Boy, then caught Hard Spun in mid-stretch and pulled away for a decisive 4 1/2-length victory in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.
Undefeated Nashoba's Key had to overcome an anxious moment in Sunday's $294,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares on the Del Mar Polytrack, but she came thundering home under Joe Talamo for her sixth successive victory.
At the conclusion of last month's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale, there was a consensus that the 11.2% decline in average price did not provide an accurate picture of where the market is in 2007.
Eugene Melnyk's homebred Marchfield rallied from last at the quarter pole to win Sunday's $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the third jewel of Canada's Triple Crown contested on the turf at Woodbine.
Top sires such as Unbridled's Song, A.P. Indy, Distorted Humor have well-regarded yearlings in the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction's opening session Monday.
A son of Storm Cat will be the first horse in the sale ring during Tuesday's second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction.
Marchand D'Or came on with a late run to capture his second consecutive Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I) at Deauville August 5.
The crafty veteran Silver Tree took the best shot favored Brilliant had to offer, then kicked away in deep stretch to earn his second graded stakes win of the year for trainer Bill Mott in the $150,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Saratoga inner turf course Sunday.
Entering the Aug. 5 $150,000 Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes (gr. IIIT), Roshani had the race's most impressive resume. Once jockey Garrett Gomez put the 4-year-old filly in perfect striking position, the rest of the field had no chance.
- By Ryan Conley
With wife Beverly and son Jeff at the helm, surviving family members of the late Robert Lewis say they are happily fostering the ebullient owner's passionate flame for racing.
Led by world record-setter One Hot Wish, three-time winner Carbella, and graded stakes-placed American County, a field of nine is expected for Wednesday's $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies going 6 1/2 furlongs on the Del Mar Polytrack.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Rags to Riches worked Aug. 5 over Saratoga's main track, but trainer Todd Pletcher said he's still contemplating the filly's next start.
Michael Moran had a decision to make this week: Run his talented 4-year-old gelding, Silent Roar, in the Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga or the equally as enticing Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Aug. 5. Each were worth $150,000. Although entered in both, Moran ultimately chose to send the son of Unbridled Song out in the Oceanport. It turned out to be the right decision.
Up in the press box, half a dozen men peer down upon the congested scene. They wear baseball caps and sunglasses, keep pairs of binoculars close at hand, follow the progress of the galloping horses with obsessive concentration. They are fixated upon speed, and upon the tracing and recording of it.
Grade II winner Seeking Daylight came through with his first winner when his daughter Dance Hall Days won Aug. 4 by six lengths at Philadelphia Park.
Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Nobiz Like Shobiz makes his grass debut for trainer Barclay Tagg Monday in the $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Aug. 6.
Bushfire, a 2006 Eclipse Award finalist for 3-year-old filly, has been retired from racing.
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