Respect has been hard to come by for the lightly bred Medici Code, but after the way the Darrell Vienna-trained gelding mowed down his rivals in the $400,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 2, that should change.
Quijano held off a furious rally by BMW Deutsches Derby (Ger-I) winner Adlerflug to capture the Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I) at Baden-Baden by a neck Sept. 2.
Undefeated Salute the Sarge, winner of the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds over the Polytrack three weeks ago, faces the biggest test of his brief career when he takes on 12 challengers in the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) on the final day of the 2007 season Sept. 5.
Saoirse Abu validated her victory in the Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) by easily capturing the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh Sept. 2.
Irish Smoke did not have as much experience as most of the 2-year-old fillies in the $250,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 2, but what she lacked in class, she made up for with overwhelming closing speed.
Most people watching the $100,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 2 figured that 34-1 longshot Mission Approved was nothing more than a pacesetter, setting modest early fractions on the Saratoga turf until one of the more explosive 3-year-olds, namely Distorted Reality, blew by down the stretch. But it never happened.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club is exploring "all avenues" to interview jailed jockey Chris Munce before he heads back to Australia later this month in a prisoner exchange deal. An agreement between the two countries will reportedly allow Munce to return to Sydney and serve the rest of his sentence in a minimum-security prison.
Lantana Mob had the most experience in the $150,000 Sapling Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Monmouth Park, and that could have spelled the difference for the Steve Asmussen-trained colt as he coasted to victory over six rivals.
The Miller Lite Cradle Stakes has long been known as the first major two-turn test for 2-year-olds. And though it will be run as usual at 1 1/16 miles Sept. 3, there's a major change that reflects expansion of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Tasha's Miracle, Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) winner and likely favorite for the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Sept. 3, was withdrawn from the race Sunday morning by trainer John Sadler.
- By James Platz
Thoroughbred racing returned to Hoosier Park Sept. 1 for the Indiana track's 13th season in a big way--officials reported attendance of 7,203, the largest crowd in seven years.
- By Claire Novak
Standing outside his barn on the Oklahoma side of Saratoga, Bob Baffert holds court with the media and smiles. He talks about Midnight Lute's victory in the Forego (gr. I). About how rewarding it is to win a race like that at a track like this. About how good it feels to be back.
As the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga approaches, the seven starts by 2-year-old Zev during the 1922 Saratoga meet are an indicator of just how much Thoroughbred racing has changed.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Rags to Riches worked five furlongs Sept. 2 in 1:02 3/5 at Saratoga, getting her training schedule under way after missing a work last week due to a slightly elevated temperature.
Ginger Punch, prepping for the Sept. 8 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I), and Discreet Cat, who is returning off a long layoff, were among the horses that worked Sept. 2 at Saratoga.
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