Articles posted July 20, 2012

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Union Rags retired

Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags has been retired from racing, Dick Jerardi reported Friday on philly.com. Owner/breeder Phyllis Wyeth made the decision just about a week after the colt was sidelined by a minor tendon injury.

Pacific Ocean rolls in James Marvin

Dennis Narlinger's Pacific Ocean could do no better than sixth against Caixa Eletronica in the Grade 2 True North Handicap on June 9, but easily schooled that rival when leading gate-to-wire in the Grade 3, $100,000 James Marvin Stakes on Saratoga's opening day Friday program. The chestnut son of Ghostzapper was making just his second start since being transferred to trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., and finished seven furlongs on the fast main track in 1:22 2/5.

So Many Ways rallies to take Schuylerville

Maggi Moss' So Many Ways stayed on strongly down the stretch to capture Friday's Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes, the second of a pair of graded stakes on opening day at Saratoga. Dispatched as the 5-2 favorite off her eight-length debut maiden romp at Parx, the Tony Dutrow juvenile covered six furlongs in 1:11 2/5 on the fast track and improved her record to a perfect two-for-two.

Hungry Island breezes for Diana

Dual Grade 2 heroine Hungry Island tuned up for the Grade 1, $600,000 Diana on July 28 at Saratoga with a :48 4/5 four-furlong breeze over the fast Oklahoma training track on Friday.

Zito maps out plan for Fort Loudon

With two Kentucky Derbies, one Preakness and a pair of Belmont Stakes victories to his credit, Hall of Famer Nick Zito may be best known as a trainer of classic horses.

Tygart to address Jockey Club Round Table

Travis T. Tygart, chief executive officer of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), will share insights on the mission, policies and practices employed by the USADA and the Partnership for Clean Competition to combat the use of performance-enhancing drugs when he delivers the keynote address at The Jockey Club's 60th Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing on August 12 at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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