Articles posted August 26, 2012

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Love and Pride upsets Personal Ensign

Green Hills Farm's Love and Pride has been knocking heads with some of the best in her division for a while now, and just two months ago finally broke through with a first graded victory. On Sunday, the A.P. Indy filly trumped all her rivals with a half-length score in the Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign Invitational at Saratoga.

Obviously hangs on to set course record in Del Mar Mile

Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino's Obviously made no secret stratagems for Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap. A front-running conqueror of an optional claimer in his first try at a mile on August 2, the Mike Mitchell charge was obviously going to tear off once again, and the wagering public sent him off as the even-money favorite in expectation of another wire job. Obviously just succeeded, barely hanging on by a desperate nose from the flying Mr. Commons, in a course-record time of 1:32.10.

Capital Account tops Baffert exacta in Pat O'Brien

"One-two (finish), we'll take it either way," said Baffert, who has now trained a total of six Pat O'Brien winners. Love That Red (2000) and El Corredor (2001) were his first two, and his current sequence includes Zensational (2009), El Brujo (2010) and The Factor (2011).

Street Life 'happy and comfortable'

Trainer Chad Brown was pleased to report that Street Life, who ran last of 11 and was vanned off the track following Saturday's Grade 1 Travers, was "happy and comfortable" the morning after suffering a soft tissue injury to his left front pastern during the race.

McLaughlin delighted with Alpha's dead-heat Travers win

Shared or not, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin remained thrilled and delighted Sunday morning by Alpha's Grade 1, $1 million Travers victory. Godolphin Racing's Bernardini colt finished in a dead-heat for the win with Golden Ticket, trained by Ken McPeek for Magic City Thoroughbred Partners.

Dutrow pleased with wheel-back Willy Beamin

From a traditional viewpoint, Saturday's Grade 1 King's Bishop was an ambitious spot for a New York-bred gelding making his first graded stakes appearance. Add to that the fact that Willy Beamin, who'd been claimed for $25,000 in March, was running back on just three days rest and the word "ambitious" would seem like an understatement.

Top Tier Lass makes stakes debut in P.G. Johnson

Top Tier Lass, a daughter of red-hot freshman sire Street Boss, spread-eagled the field in her unveiling at the Spa on July 30. After chasing the pace through the opening quarter-mile, the chestnut took over and widened her advantage to seven lengths, propelling herself onto the New York Watch list. Top Tier Lass stretches out from 5 1/2 grassy furlongs, but keeps John Velazquez in the irons as she breaks from post 1.

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