Articles posted August 18, 2012

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Lady of Shamrock takes Del Mar Oaks

Lady of Shamrock captured her second straight Grade 1 victory on Saturday when rallying for a half-length win in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks under jockey Mike Smith. The John Sadler runner was sent off the even-money favorite against her eight rivals, and got up to deny Stormy Lucy while stopping the clock in 1:46.30 for nine furlongs on the firm turf.

Little Mike restores American fortunes in Arlington Million

European invaders swept the first three events at Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing on Saturday, but the marquee race, the Grade 1, $1 million Arlington Million, was reclaimed for America by Priscilla Vaccarezza's front-running Little Mike. Previously untested at this 1 1/4-mile trip, the Dale Romans charge got away with a leisurely pace for Ramon Dominguez and stormed 1 1/2 lengths clear of English invader Afsare.

I'm a Dreamer scores breakthrough in Beverly D.

In her prior visit to North America, Andrew Stone's I'm a Dreamer had missed by a scant head in last fall's Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine. Making another trip for Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes, the English-based mare found Arlington Park a happier hunting ground. With England's top female rider Hayley Turner aboard, the David Simcock trainee just held on from Marketing Mix by a diminishing head, and capped a European triple in the International Festival of Racing.

Questing posts decisive victory in Alabama

Godolphin's Questing grabbed command of Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama Stakes soon after the start and never looked back en route to a dominating nine-length win. The Kiaran McLaughlin pupil gave jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. his third career Grade 1 score when completing 1 1/4 miles in 2:01 1/5 over Saratoga's fast main track, and returned $6.40, $4.40 and $3.50 as the 2-1 second favorite.

San Pablo kicks clear in Iselin

Burning Sands Stable's San Pablo rallied three wide into contention on the far turn, collared the leaders in midstretch and drew clear late in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,500 Philip H. Iselin Stakes, posting a 3 1/2-length score over the fast track at Monmouth Park. An easy winner of the Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga in his previous outing, the Todd Pletcher-trained four-year-old notched his first graded victory when completing the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:49 2/5. Chris DeCarlo guided the winner.

Jakkalberry justifies favoritism in American St. Leger

Two-time Italian highweight Jakkalberry ranked as the class of the field in Saturday's inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger, and the 8-5 favorite lived up to his resume with a proficient 2 1/4-length decision at Arlington Park. Trained by Marco Botti and ridden by Colm O'Donoghue, Jakkalberry smoothly overhauled pacesetter Ioya Bigtime and punched his ticket to big prizes in Australia.

Bayrir captures Secretariat for The Aga Khan

Silver Max, who had won five straight stakes entering Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Secretariat, ironically met his Waterloo against the French-bred and -trained Bayrir, who proved best over America's leading sophomore turf performers in Arlington's Park 1 1/4-mile fixture. The 3-1 third choice behind Silver Max and New York-based Summer Front, The Aga Khan's homebred returned $8.40, $4.80 and $3.60.

It's Tricky, Turbulent Descent breeze for upcoming Saratoga engagements

Multiple Grade 1 winner It's Tricky turned in her final serious work for Saratoga's Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign Invitational on August 26, breezing a half-mile in :46 3/5 over the Tapeta surface at Greentree Training Center Saturday morning. Encouraged through the stretch by exercise rider Renzo Morales, It's Tricky worked in company with an unraced three-year-old filly named Villanesca.

Heatseeker's first winner hits target at Woodbine

Grade 1 hero and millionaire Heatseeker registered his first winner as a freshman sire when Surtsey captured Saturday's 2ND race at Woodbine. Making her fourth start in the $32,000 maiden claimer, the Kevin Attard pupil rallied from midpack and stormed 3 1/2 lengths clear. Surtsey negotiated six Polytrack furlongs in 1:12 with Patrick Husbands aboard.

Hansen tunes up for Travers

Hansen, the juvenile champion of 2011, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 on Saturday morning at the Trackside Training Center in Louisville, Kentucky, in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers on August 25 at Saratoga.

Sheppard looks back on eventful two days

Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard reported that Magalen Bryant's Stack the Storm was doing well the morning after her eventful victory in Friday's 3RD race at Saratoga, a $65,000 maiden claimer on turf for three-year-old fillies.

Increased Equine West Nile Virus Activity in 2012

Nearly 700 human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been confirmed in the United States thus far in 2012, according to a recent statement from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). So it should come as no surprise that many veterinarians are recommending horse owners ensure their animals are properly vaccinated against the potentially deadly mosquito-bor...

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