Spellbinder, a grade II winner, came through with his first winner when his daughter Houdini's Bluff won at Delaware Park Aug. 10.
The Thoroughbred retirement outfit intends to purchase the 265-acre former Sez Who Thoroughbred Farm near Stillwater, N.Y., south of Saratoga Springs. Sackatoga Stable also announced a new funding program for Old Friends.
The withdrawal of Mr. Commons left a big hole in the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIT), one that Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Midnight Interlude will attempt to fill on the Del Mar turf Aug. 13.
Teaks North will try to jump to the top of the standings when he takes on seven rivals in the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) Aug. 13 at Saratoga.
- By Tom LaMarra
The American Graded Stakes Committee said Aug. 10 it will employ a pilot program that will ban race-day medications -- primarily the anti-bleeding drug Salix -- in graded 2-year-old stakes in 2012.
Strike the Moon, who just missed winning the Delaware Oaks (gr. II) last month, heads a field of 11 sophomore fillies in the $150,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. I) Aug. 13 at Monmouth Park.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Aug. 10 announced the election of Peter Willmott as chairman of its board of trustees.
The New York Racing Association has announced the stakes programs for the 2011 Belmont fall championship meet and the 2011 Aqueduct fall meet, featuring 30 graded stakes races and nearly $9 million in purses.
Simon Burgess talks about the new all weather training facility at Ballarat at with track manager Andrew Morton, trainer Dan O'Sullivan, and trainer Darren Weir. Watch Video
As expected, Breeders' Cup Aug. 10 announced that Santa Anita Park in California will serve as the 2012 host site of the two-day World Championships.
Soviet Problem, 1994 California Horse of the Year and Breeders Cup Sprint (gr. I) runner-up, has been euthanized due to the infirmities of old age at John Harris' farm near Coalinga, Calif.
Morning Line, last in the Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 6, will get some time off at Will Farish's Lane's End Farm in Kentucky. The 4-year-old Tiznow colt departed Saratoga on Aug. 10.
Third in her American debut in the United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) last month, French-bred Stacelita heads a strong field of 11 older fillies and mares in the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park Aug. 13.
Despite making his first start in North America, European-based grade I winner Treasure Beach was tabbed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 13 at Arlington Park.
Keeneland officials Aug. 10 announced that 4,319 horses have been cataloged for its September yearling sale, to be held Sept. 11-24.
See how leading trainer Todd Pletcher spends his day. View Slideshow
After breezing a brisk four furlongs in :46.15 Aug. 10 on the Saratoga main track, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed that Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Coil is "a go" for the Aug. 27 Travers (gr. I).
Roughly $141 million in an escrow account has been freed up for use by the Illinois horse racing industry, according to published reports.
Legislation authorizing the privatization of Monmouth Park and Meadowlands as well as a period of joint operation with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority has been signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.
- By Vic Zast
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Eric Mitchell recaps Day 2 of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale, and overall results from the 2-day auction. Watch Video
A Bernardini colt brings $1.2 million as the select yearling auction's average rises 15.9% and the median grows 4.2%.
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