Articles posted August 8, 2012

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My Miss Aurelia returns a winner

Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton's My Miss Aurelia wrapped up an Eclipse Award-winning campaign last November with a three-length victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Soon after that, though, the bay daughter of Smart Strike was sidelined by a shin injury and wouldn't even be seen on an official worktab until mid-May.

Executiveprivilege remains perfect in Sorrento

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman's Executiveprivilege was sent off the 2-5 favorite in Wednesday's Grade 3, $150,000 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar and easily lived up to her backers' expectations with a 1 1/4-length win over Speedinthruthecity. The bay daughter of First Samurai completed 6 1/2 furlongs on the Polytrack in 1:16 4/5 to remain perfect in three career starts.

And They're Off: Steve in Saratoga Edition

And They're Off: Steve in Saratoga Edition

Lenny and Steve discuss Allen Jerkens and Emma's Encore, Janis Whitham and Fort Larned, Dullahan and Hansen, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale, and the Mansion at Churchill Downs. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video

Wise Dan returns to turf in Fourstardave

One of the top horses at Saratoga regardless of surface, Wise Dan will revert back to turf competition Saturday when he lines up for the Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap. The talented five-year-old gelding tried the turf for the first time 13 months ago, winning the Grade 2 Firecracker Handicap, and finished fourth against a deep field in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile two starts later. Since then, Wise Dan has raced exclusively on the main track for trainer Charles Lopresti, delivering sensational wins in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap, Grade 2 Fayette Stakes and Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes as well as a head second in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap most recently.

And They're Off: Steve in Saratoga Edition

And They're Off: Steve in Saratoga Edition

Lenny and Steve discuss Allen Jerkens and Emma's Encore, Janis Whitham and Fort Larned, Dullahan and Hansen, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale, and the Mansion at Churchill Downs. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.

Shergar Cup jockey competition introduces The Girls team

The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, Britain's premier jockeys' competition, will take place Saturday at Ascot Racecourse. The unique event features top jockeys in four teams -- Great Britain and Ireland, Europe, the Rest of the World and for the first time this year The Girls -- battling against each other in a thrilling six-race showdown.

Alternation, Prayer for Relief in Remington rubber match

Alternation, who saw a four-stakes win streak snap in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap June 16, returns to action for owner-breeder Pin Oak Stable and trainer Donnie Von Hemel in Saturday's $200,000 Governor's Cup at Remington Park. The son of Distorted Humor figures to be a prohibitive favorite against four rivals going 1 1/8 miles.

Chenery to be honored at Thoroughbred Club of America

Helen (Penny) Chenery, renowned for the last four decades as the key owner of the great Secretariat, has been selected Honor Guest of the Thoroughbred Club of America's 81st annual Testimonial Dinner, Club president Julie Cauthen announced Wednesday. Mrs. Chenery was selected by the Thoroughbred Club's board of directors and will be honored at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, on the evening of September 30.

Saratoga Diary: Time and Hope

Saratoga Diary: Time and Hope

The media took about a nanosecond to realize that both trainer Roger Attfield and jockey John Velazquez, who teamed up to win Monday's feature race with Kissable, were about to enter the Hall of Fame on Friday. read blog

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