Mike Mitchell placed his name in the Del Mar record books as the track's winningest trainer when his charge Backwoods Belle won the fifth race Aug. 12 at the Southern California track.
Graded stakes winner Mustanfar sired his first winner when his son Mukamer won at Finger Lakes Aug. 12 in his initial outing.
Grade I winner Any Given Saturday, who stands at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington, was represented by his first two winners Aug 12.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course reopened for business on the night of Aug. 12, less than three hours after a small back-of-house fire forced the evacuation of all guests and employees at approximately 5 p.m.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has become well-known for his "Todd-lers" at Saratoga, winning such 2-year-old stakes as the Hopeful, Spinaway, Sanford, and Schuylerville at the Spa.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred 3-year-old Big Blue Kitten received a perfect ground-saving trip under John Velazquez, scoring the $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) in his stakes debut Aug. 12.
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Jim Hurst Jr., 51, died suddenly Aug. 11 in Lexington. Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Aug. 15 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home in Lexington.
Mucho Macho Man, third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), breezed three furlongs over Saratoga's Oklahoma training track in :35.35 the morning of Aug. 12.
Del Mar Turf Club reported that its "Ship and Win" program, in which horsemen bringing runners from out-of-state are rewarded with bonus payments when those horses start during the current meet, is proving successful.
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Jason, Ian and Tim handicap the Arlington Million and Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park this weekend. Watch Video
The deadline for regular and open nominations to the 2011 Claiming Crown at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is Aug. 26, organizers of the event said Aug. 11.
The New York Racing Association has designated Friday, Aug. 19, as "Fabulous Fillies Day" at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was the man of the hour on Aug. 12 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's 57th annual induction ceremonies.
B. Wayne Hughes' Kentucky-based Spendthrift Farm is making its first foray into the New York stallion marketplace. In 2012, it will stand grade I winner Dublin at Keane Stud near Amenia.
Fasig-Tipton officials are optimistic about the prospects for the company's New York-bred preferred yearling auction, which is scheduled for Aug. 13 and 14 in upstate New York.
- By Vic Zast
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