Articles posted August 4, 2012

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Prix Maurice de Gheest, German Oaks attract competitive fields

With four prior scores, Freddie Head is the joint-winningest trainer of Deauville's Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest, and he will claim the outright record if Moonlight Cloud can repeat her success in last year's renewal of the 6 1/2-furlong test Sunday. George Strawbridge's homebred has enjoyed a near-perfect preparation, and was stepped up from a hugely impressive triumph in the Group 3 Prix du Palais-Royal at Longchamp June 2 to face the might of Black Caviar in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot. Notwithstanding jockey Luke Nolen's brain freeze there, she gave the Australian machine an almighty fright by getting to within a head, and comes here in top shape, according to Head.

Tapizar easily wins comeback at Mountaineer

Approximately thirty minutes before taking the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby with Macho Macho, trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Corey Nakatani celebrated a comeback victory by Tapizar in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor's, a 1 1/16 miles test for older horses, at Mountaineer Park. The West Virginia Governor's was the richest of the eight undercard events on an all-stakes program.

Fort Larned joins the top rank in Whitney

Janis R. Whitham's homebred Fort Larned joined the upper echelon of the nation's handicap division by scoring his first Grade 1 coup in Saturday's $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap at Saratoga. Unleashing a monster move for Brian Hernandez Jr. leaving the far turn, the Ian Wilkes trainee opened up an insurmountable lead, and safely held the closing trio of Ron the Greek, Flat Out and Hymn Book.

Emma's Encore runs down Judy the Beauty for Prioress triumph

Emma's Encore was sent off at 5-1 in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga despite handing 4-5 favorite Agave Kiss her first career loss when taking the Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes on July 7 at Belmont Park. That didn't stop the Brenda Mercer and Peter A. Berglar colorbearer from providing yet another defeat to her more favored rival when running down Agave Kiss and Judy the Beauty in the stretch to just get her nose in front on the wire of the six-furlong contest.

Palace Malice becomes Curlin's first U.S. winner

Well-regarded juvenile Palace Malice won as a 1-5 shot should in Saratoga's 7TH race on Saturday, and in the process, became the first U.S. winner sired by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, the Dogwood Stable colt stalked a ferocious pace, smoothly gained command turning for home, and pulled away to score by a comfortable 3 1/2 lengths.

Miller looking forward to Beverly D. with Romacaca

It's Miller time -- or maybe more precisely it's Romacaca time. At least that's the way veteran Arlington trainer Danny Miller feels as he prepares Frank Calabrese's six-year-old mare for the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes now just two weeks away on August 18.

Where's Sterling ships to Del Mar for Pacific Classic

Frank C. Calabrese's Grade 3 winner Where's Sterling departed the Calder Race Course stable area shortly after 9 a.m. (EDT) Saturday morning to begin his journey toward a start in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on August 26.

My Miss Aurelia back in action at Saratoga

Since My Miss Aurelia kicked off her championship campaign last summer at Saratoga, it's apropos that the undefeated filly will make her belated three-year-old debut at the Spa. Trainer Steve Asmussen's spot of choice is Wednesday's $100,000 Mandy's Gold Stakes, a 6 1/2-furlong affair restricted to sophomore fillies who have not won a graded stakes this year.

Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine's Effects on Equine OA

Monitoring equine joint disease and determining the effects of nutraceutical agents, such as chondroitin sulfate (CS) and glucosamine (GlcN), is difficult to say the least. However, a group of Brazilian researchers recently determined that analyzing urinary glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) could be helpful, especially in mild osteoarthritis (OA) cases.

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