Articles posted August 11, 2012

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Old Time Hockey nails My Best Brother on La Jolla wire

Glen Hill Farms' homebred Old Time Hockey rallied to catch My Best Brother in the final strides of Saturday's Grade 2, $147,000 La Jolla Handicap, registering his first stakes victory with a nose decision over the Del Mar turf. Joe Talamo delivered the well-timed ride for trainer Tom Proctor, and the three-year-old Smarty Jones gelding completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:40 2/5.

Lopez eyeing win number 1,000

Nine hundred ninety-eight...and counting. Jockey Paco Lopez is only two victories away from breaking the 1,000 career win milestone following a two-win day at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

Wine Princess, daughter of Azeri, wins Monmouth Oaks

Becky Winemiller's Wine Princess turned back a two-pronged challenge from Proud Pearl and Defy Gravity around the far turn and drew off with authority in the stretch to land Saturday's Grade 3, $101,000 Monmouth Oaks. The regally-bred filly finished up 2 1/4 lengths as the 9-5 second choice and paid $5.60, $3.60 and $2.80.

Wise Dan captures Fourstardave despite boggy turf

Jockey John Velazquez kept Wise Dan on the rail throughout Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga, and the pair exploded in the stretch of the boggy turf feature to pull away for the five-length victory. The Morton Fink homebred was the heavy 3-2 favorite for trainer Charles Lopresti, and returned $5, $3.30 and $2.40 to his many backers.

Salty Strike rides the rail to Gardenia glory

Craig Singer's homebred Salty Strike captured her third stakes in succession, and the second Grade 3 event of her career, in Saturday's $100,000 Gardenia, highlight of the summer meet at Ellis Park. The four-year-old daughter of Smart Strike led nearly throughout while hugging the rail, and crept clear of 7-5 favorite Joyful Victory in the stretch to post a 1 1/4-length victory under Victor Lebron in a time of 1:36 4/5 over the fast main track. She returned $8.60, $4 and $3 as the 3-1 co-second choice in a field of nine.

Dullahan works at Churchill; Pacific Classic next

Blue Grass Stakes winner Dullahan put in a bullet workout Saturday morning at Churchill Downs and will be headed to Del Mar soon for final preparations before a start in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on August 26.

It's Tricky, Questing work for McLaughlin

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sent two of Godolphin Racing's star fillies out for a spin over the Greentree Training Center's synthetic surface Saturday morning, with Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks winner Questing breezing four furlongs in :47 2/5 and multiple Grade 1 winner It's Tricky covering five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 in company with the unraced maiden filly Villanesca.

Silver Saddle winner Chadwick catapults Team Rest of the World to Shergar Cup

Team Rest of the World captured the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup jockey competition at Ascot on Saturday with 89 total points. Team member Matthew Chadwick finished second in the first, second and third legs of the contest before finally visiting the winner's circle in the final race, the Shergar Cup Sprint, on Mince to take the Silver Saddle award for being the leading jockey on Saturday with 45 points. His victory was also judged the ride of the day.

Creating a Sacrifice Area for Horses

A sacrifice area is a small enclosure, such as a corral, run, pen, turnout, or winter paddock, meant to be your horse's outdoor living quarters. It is called a sacrifice area because you are giving up the use of that small portion of land as a grassy area to benefit the rest of your pasture. Many owners confine their horses to sacrifice areas during t...

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