Articles posted August 13, 2012

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Vertiformer, Cherokee Lord work over Arlington turf

Joseph Allen's French stakes veteran Vertiformer, pre-entered last week for both the 30th anniversary edition of the Grade 1 Arlington Million and the inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger this Saturday, breezed five furlongs in 1:06 4/5 Monday morning over Arlington's world famous turf course.

Paynter ruled out of Travers

Paynter, who came down with an illness following his victory in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, won't make the Grade 1 Travers Stakes on August 25, owner Ahmed Zayat announced via Twitter Monday.

Romans seeks unique Mid-America Triple

Dale Romans' three of a kind of Cozzetti, Finnegans Wake, and Silver Max gives the trainer a strong hand with which to become the first conditioner to sweep Arlington's Mid-America Triple with different horses when the trio goes postward on Saturday in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes, a race Romans has already won twice with Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy (2004) and Donegal Racing's Paddy O'Prado (2010).

Mott sends out stable stars for breezes

It was a busy Monday morning for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who sent out Grade 1 Sword Dancer probables Al Khali and Newsdad to work a half-mile in 50 1/5 and five furlongs in 1:02, respectively. Champion Royal Delta worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 for the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on August 26, and To Honor and Serve breezed in 1:01 3/5 for a possible start in the Grade 1 Woodward on September 1.

Zo Impressive works toward Alabama

Zo Impressive was one of three contenders for Saturday's Grade 1 Alabama on the worktab on Monday, turning in a 1:01 4/5 five-furlong breeze on Saratoga's fast main track.

Liaison, Stealcase among Travers workers

Liaison, third in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy, will be Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's lone representative in the Grade 1, $1 million Travers on August 25. The Indian Charlie colt worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 on Saratoga's fast main track Monday morning.

Saratoga stages Fab Fillies Day on Friday

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will celebrate women and their contributions to the Thoroughbred industry while raising funds to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) at Fabulous Fillies Day on Friday at Saratoga.

CARMA to benefit from Breeders' Cup Poker tourney

On Monday the Breeders' Cup announced that it has selected the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) as the beneficiary of the 2012 Deepstacks Poker Tour Breeders' Cup Celebrity Invitational, which will be held during Breeders' Cup week on October 30 at Commerce Casino.

Arlington hosts charity luncheon, race featuring former riding greats

As part of the festivities leading up to the Arlington Million, five retired jockey greats will return to the saddle for one race and square off against five of the top riders in the Arlington Park standings in the "Arlington Fab 5" vs. "Legends" turf race complete with pari-mutuel wagering to be held on Friday, one day before the 30th running of the Arlington Million.

Business up at F-T New York-bred yearling sale

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred Preferred Yearling Sale concluded Sunday night at the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion with across-the-board increases. Gross receipts at the two-day auction were 28.3 percent higher over last year, with 138 horses bringing $8,632,000 on Saturday and Sunday, compared to the $6,725,500 realized from the sale of 124 yearlings in 2011. The average jumped 15.3 percent, from $54,238 to $62,551, while the median rose an impressive 42.9 percent, from $35,000 to $50,000.

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