Articles posted August 30, 2012

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Balance the Books overcomes deficit in time in With Anticipation

Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Balance the Books uncorked a sustained last-to-first move in Thursday's Grade 2, $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga, denying the pacesetter Joha in the final strides to break his maiden. A fast-finishing second in his debut over the same 1 1/16-mile trip on the Mellon Turf, the Lemon Drop Kid colt got up by a head in a final time of 1:42 1/5 on the firm course.

Del Mar Derby features a well-matched field; Potesta heads Torrey Pines

Sunday's Grade 2, $300,000 Del Mar Derby at nine furlongs on turf came up very contentious, with the winners of the Grade 2 La Jolla (Old Time Hockey) and both divisions of the local Oceanside Stakes (Midnight Crooner and My Best Brother) present as well as dangerous East Coast shipper Howe Great, and Sunday's dynamite 11-race program at Del Mar also features well-regarded three-year-old filly Potesta, who will return from a 71-day layoff in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes.

Musical Romance could train up to BC Filly & Mare Sprint

Defending Eclipse Award champion female sprinter and last year's Breeder's Cup Filly & Mare Sprint heroine Musical Romance posted her first published workout since a July 7 victory in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap when breezing five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 over Calder's wet-fast track on Tuesday morning.

THS: Woodward Stakes 2012

THS: Woodward Stakes 2012

Pete and Tom handicap the Woodward Stakes field racing at Saratoga this weekend. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Woodward Stakes

Jackson Bend confirmed a starter in Forego

Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito said Thursday morning that Jackson Bend will get the chance to defend his title in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Forego. Zito had entered the five-year-old son of Hear No Evil Wednesday in the seven-furlong race, but did not want to commit to running until he was absolutely certain Jackson Bend was suffering no after-effects from a training mishap two weeks ago.

Street Life retired in wake of Travers injury

Magnolia Racing Stable and Hidden Brook Farm's Street Life, who pulled up after the wire and was vanned off after finishing last in the Grade 1 Travers, has been retired, trainer Chad Brown said Thursday morning.

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