Articles posted August 1, 2012

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Top Tier Lass romps onto New York Watch list

Todd Pletcher, who has won the Saratoga training title eight times, would be the first to tell you that much of his success at the Spa depends on the performance of his two-year-olds. So far in 2012, things are looking pretty good for Pletcher.

Old Friends retiree Benburb dies at age 23

Benburb -- a retiree at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Kentucky -- was euthanized due to complications from melanomas on Wednesday at Haygard Equine Medical Center in Lexington. He was 23.

Include Me Out seeks to rebound in Clement L. Hirsch

After establishing herself as Southern California's leading older filly over the winter and spring, Include Me Out endured a temporary setback when upset by Love Theway Youare in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap on June 16. The daughter of Include can put that performance behind her with an effective showing Saturday in the Grade 1, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar.

Frankel stays unbeaten after repeat win in Sussex

Superhorse Frankel duly won his 12th race Wednesday -- and eighth at Group 1  level -- when taking the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood for owner Prince Khalid Abdulla, trainer Sir Henry Cecil and jockey Tom Queally. The 1-20 favorite, Frankel won the Sussex for the second year running, scoring by an eased-down six lengths in 1:37.56 from Farhh.

BC Zenyatta After-Party Celebration to benefit several equine charities

On Wednesday, Breeders' Cup Ltd., and Jerry and Ann Moss announced plans for the second annual Breeders' Cup Zenyatta After-Party Celebration to be held Championship Friday, November 2, at Santa Anita Park's Frontrunner restaurant. This year's official event will be an exclusive evening following Friday's race card and will benefit several equine and racing-related charities, including the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER).

King George tops day four at Glorious Goodwood

A total of 17 runners go for the Group 2, £100,000 King George Stakes over five furlongs at Glorious Goodwood on Friday. They are headed by Australian raider Ortensia, who will carry a four-pound penalty after a pair of Group 1 successes - the Winterbottom Stakes in Australia in November and the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai in March. She disappointed on her first start in the United Kingdom when coming home ninth in the five-furlong Group 1 King's Stand at Royal Ascot, but ran better when fourth over six furlongs in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket on July 14.

Forage-Only Diet for Performance Horses Evaluated

With countless types of grains and concentrated feed available for performance horses, some horse owners might wish for a simpler approach to feeding their equine athlete. Well here’s some good news for these owners: According to recent study results, a diet devoid of concentrates and entirely based on forage could be suitable for some high-performa...

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