Articles posted August 10, 2012

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Mariano Rivera enjoys a day at Saratoga

Rivera's Spa experience began Friday morning with a tour of the backstretch. Escorted by new Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, the 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion  visited with trainers Todd Pletcher and Kiaran P. McLaughlin. Rivera stopped by Darley Stables and met with Jimmy Bell, president of Darley's American operations.

Quick Wit foils Csaba in off-the-turf Hall of Fame

Trainer Dale Romans is doing so well in three-year-old turf stakes this season that he's even winning them when they're rained off the turf. At a sloppy Saratoga on Friday, his Quick Wit outdueled 6-5 favorite Csaba by a nose to earn his first stakes score in the Grade 3, $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes. Originally carded as a Grade 2 over 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf, the contest was converted to 1 1/8 miles on the main track, and because of the change in conditions, was automatically downgraded pending review by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

Hall of Fame inducts 2012 class

The National Museum of Racing inducted its 2012 Hall of Fame class Friday at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, New York. Jockeys John Velazquez and Anthony Hamilton, trainers Roger Attfield and Robert Wheeler, and racehorses Ghostzapper and Planet were enshrined at the ceremony. Tom Durkin, the track announcer for the New York Racing Association (NYRA), served as the event's master of ceremonies.

Louisiana-bred legend Star Guitar retired

Louisiana-bred millionaire and stakes king Star Guitar has been retired due to a recurring quarter-crack that kept the son of Quiet American out of a fourth-peat bid in Saturday's Evangeline Mile Handicap.

Toner already missing Winter Memories

Trainer Jimmy Toner was a mix of stoic and sentimental as he talked Friday morning about multiple Grade 1 winner Winter Memories, whose retirement midway through her four-year-old campaign was announced Thursday afternoon.

NYTHA scholarships provide educational leg-up for backstretch families

Victoria Casso will head to the University of Kentucky this fall to begin her second year of study in veterinary medicine. Wendy Ramirez is finishing up her degree in child psychology at NYU. They are but two of the 29 students getting an educational leg-up from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) this year.

John Sikura: Fasig-Tipton Saratoga

John Sikura: Fasig-Tipton Saratoga

Interview with John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale, about their Street Cry colt, who sold for $1.2 million on August 6 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.

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