Articles posted August 19, 2012

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Forte Dei Marmi rallies to take Sky Classic

Stella Perdomo's Forte Dei Marmi came up big in the Grade 2, $250,000 Sky Classic Stakes at Woodbine Sunday, winning by three parts of a length. Jockey Alex Solis was aboard the Roger Attfield trainee, who rallied from dead last entering the final two furlongs to capture his first stakes win.

Taylor Said makes it six straight in Longacres Mile

Taylor Said dueled with pacesetter Winning Machine throughout the stretch of Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile Handicap at Emerald Downs before just eking out the head victory under jockey Mario Gutierrez. Campaigned by Glen Todd's North American Thoroughbred Racing Company, the Stephanotis gelding was sent off the 5-2 second choice in the 10-horse field and paid $7.20, $4.60 and $3.20.

Kapitale stays as rest of European squad heads home

Gestut Karlshof's German-bred filly Kapitale, who finished fourth in Saturday's Grade 1 Beverly D. as the Grade 1 Arlington Million's sister race, will be the only European invader to remain in North America following Saturday's International Festival of Racing.

Stephanie's Kitten gets out in time in Lake Placid

When Stephanie's Kitten was bottled up along the fence at the top of the stretch in Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Lake Placid Stakes, backers of the even-money favorite likely suffered flashbacks. For it was the same type of trip that resulted in her luckless fourth in the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes on July 25. But this time, fortune smiled on the Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred, who was able to extricate herself and got up by a half-length.

Point of Entry aims for Joe Hirsch en route to BC Turf

Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said that Point of Entry emerged from his four-length win in Saturday's Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational in good shape and likely will make his next start in the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational on September 29, with the Breeders' Cup Turf being a long-range target.

My Miss Aurelia heads busy Saratoga worktab

Trainer Steve Asmussen expressed satisfaction with My Miss Aurelia's five-furlong breeze on Sunday at Saratoga but said he'd like to give last year's champion two-year-old filly more time between her win in the Mandy's Gold Stakes on August 8 and her next start, making her doubtful for the Grade 1, $500,000 Test Stakes on Saturday back at the Spa.

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