The Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale enjoyed some big upswings in its key business figures on its opening night, Aug. 13, in upstate New York.
A yielding turf was just fine with favored Cape Blanco, who registered his second straight grade I score on North American turf in style for Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 13.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela drove Burns through an opening at the rail past mid-stretch to capture the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIT), giving trainer Barry Abrams a special moment at Del Mar Aug. 13.
Fred Bradley and Buff Bradley's homebred Groupie Doll is now a graded stakes winner, thanks to a rail-skimming trip by Greta Kuntzweiler that earned her victory in the $100,000 Gardenia Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 13 at Ellis Park.
WinStar Farm's Savvy Supreme made her two-turn debut a winning one in the $159,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III), as she dug in late to hold off favored Miss Valentine Aug. 13 at Monmouth Park.
Winchester delivered the fourth grade I victory of his career Aug. 13 when he rallied from last to take the Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) at Saratoga.
Grade II stakes-placed El Nino sired his initial winner when his son Senor Rain scored at Del Mar Aug 12.
Favored Stacelita added a grade I North American victory to her stellar record when she used a rail-skimming ride by jockey Ramon Dominguez to capture the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park Aug. 13.
Making his United States debut, English-bred Treasure Beach gamely held off fellow European invader Ziyarid to post a neck victory in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 13 at Arlington Park.
Michael Lauffer and Bill Cubbedge's Shackleford turned in an important work for the Travers (gr. I) Aug. 13, breezing six furlongs on the Saratoga main track in 1:14.
Jockey Willie Martinez reached the 3,000-win milestone on the evening of Aug. 12 when he guided Squeaky Cecil to a one-length victory in the third race at Presque Isle Downs in Eire, Pa.
Craig R. Fravel has been elected to the board of stewards of The Jockey Club, filling the position vacated by John W. Amerman at the expiration of his four-year term.
The Jockey Club is projecting a 2012 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 24,700 in 2012 it was announced Aug. 13.
With expectations that funding for the New York-bred program will increase about 100% by 2014, officials hope to strike a balance with plans to expand its offerings and rewards for owners and breeders.
Awesome Spirit came through with his initial winner when his son Intense scored at Santa Rosa Aug. 12 in his first outing.
- By Vic Zast
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