Stella Perdomo's Forte Dei Marmi came up big in the Grade 2, $250,000
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.
Red-hot Taylor Said, back in action just 13 days after setting a track record at Hastings Racecourse, held off Winning Machine in the final strides Aug. 19 to capture the $200,000 Longacres Miles (gr. III) by a head.
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.
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.
Multiple Grade 1 star Richard's Kid, who will bid for his third title in the
Grade 1 Pacific Classic August 26, has been transferred from Bob Baffert to the
Doug O'Neill barn after being sold privately Saturday.
With an eye-catching final burst, favored Stephanie's Kitten prevailed by a half-length in the $200,000 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) on the inner turf course at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 19.
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.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was still aglow Sunday morning on the heels of Questing's dazzling nine-length victory in Saturday's Grade 1 Alabama
at Saratoga, which
earned the three-year-old Godolphin filly a 108 BRIS Speed figure.
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
Trainer Steve Asmussen expressed satisfaction with My Miss Aurelia's
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
Forte Dei Marmi unleashed a devastating turn of foot in the homestretch to register an upset in the $266,930 Sky Classic Stakes (Can-IIT) for his first North American added-money victory Aug. 19 at Woodbine.
Leading TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) contender Richard's Kid was sold privately Aug. 18 and has been transferred from the barn of Bob Baffert to Leandro Mora and Doug O'Neill a week before the renewal of the $1 million race.
The micromineral selenium plays a vital role in equine immune function, especially in the mare and foal. Selenium transfer through the placenta and milk has been shown to influence neonatal selenium status in livestock, but it remains unknown if the selenium source affected transmission from mare to foal.