Articles posted September 5, 2007

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No Stopping Georgie Boy in Del Mar Futurity

No Stopping Georgie Boy in Del Mar Futurity

In an evenly matched field of 2-year-olds, Georgie Boy broke through to turn the tables on his rival Salute the Sarge, winning a blanket finish to the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) on Sept. 5, closing day of the 2007 summer season at the Southern California track.

La Traviata, Essence of Speed

La Traviata, Essence of Speed

If speed is the essence of a good racehorse, then there is little question that La Traviata is a good one. Undefeated in her three lifetime starts, the filly has demolished her hapless opponents by a combined 27 1/2 lengths and this after stumbling at the start of her last race, the Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III). One wonders what she might do with a completely clean trip. La Traviata comes by speed honestly with one major source courtesy of her sire, Johannesburg. Both Johannesburg's grandsire Storm Cat and his sire Hennessy have done quite well with mares returning Mr. Prospector.

Round Heels Ready to Dig In for Arlington Matron

Round Heels has only started once on a synthetic surface in 21 races. But a repeat of that effort, when the 6-year-old Irish-bred mare came up a neck short in the Bayakoa Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Hollywood Park Cushion Track, would make her tough to beat in the $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) Sept. 8.

Kentucky Cup Classic to Offer Bonus

Kentucky Cup Classic to Offer Bonus

If the winner of the Sept. 29 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) brings a recent grade- or group-I victory to the starting gate, the triumphant owners will take home a $150,000 bonus, Turfway Park officials announced Sept. 5.

Evangeline Downs Concludes a Successful Season

Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino's recently concluded 2007 spring/summer season showed across-the-board gains in several major categories, including total handle, on-track handle, purse distribution, and average field size for the 89-night meet.

Commentary: Three Weeks of September

Commentary: Three Weeks of September

By Eric Mitchell - In many ways, Keeneland September has already established itself as an event. Why else would consignors continue to offer more horses there? They have to believe they are selling at the epicenter, and that there is no better place to be.

Commentary: Dirt Racing's Demise?

By Tanya Gunther - It is impossible to put my head in the sand and ignore the demise of dirt racing's dramatic impact on the sport.

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