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Zagora zips in course-record time in Ballston Spa

Martin S. Schwartz's Zagora bounced right back to her very best in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga, smashing the course record in the process. By sizzling 1 1/16 miles on the firm inner turf in 1:39.07, the Chad Brown mare eclipsed the old mark of 1:39.92 established by turf champ Leroidesanimaux here in 2005.

Attendance, handle increase on Travers Day 2012

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon that featured a historic dead-heat in the 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers, attendance and handle, both on-track and all-sources, were up substantially from 2011 figures.

Contested overcomes 'Test' at Saratoga

Natalie J. Baffert's Contested propped at the break of Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Test at Saratoga and found herself in the unusual spot of running off the pace, but that didn't stop the bay miss from a rallying two-length win on the wire. With jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard, the Bob Baffert-trained sophomore finished seven furlongs in 1:22 2/5 to return $4, $3.60 and $2.60 as the even-money favorite.

Willy Beamin upsets King's Bishop on three days' rest

Firing for a second time this season on very short rest, Willy Beamin rallied from off the pace to upset Saturday's Grade 1 $500,000 King's Bishop at Saratoga at odds of 11-1 for owner James Riccio and trainer Rick Dutrow. The New York-bred son of Suave returned $24.80, $11.80 and $6.90 as race favorites Currency Swap and Trinniberg both finished out of the money.

Turbulent Descent captures Ballerina in debut for Pletcher barn

Turbulent Descent was making her debut for the Todd Pletcher shedrow on Friday and gave her new barn, and connections, a win in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga. With John Velazquez taking over riding duties from regular jockey David Flores, the bay miss finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of a game Derwin's Star to stop the clock in 1:22 for seven furlongs over the fast main track.

Clipping, Blankets Helpful in Cold-Weather Exercise Recovery

For many parts of the country cooler weather is just around the corner, which means many horse owners will be throwing extra hay, picking ice out of hooves, and pondering the age-old question: to clip or not to clip? But a team of Scandinavian researchers might help some owners with the final task, as they recently confirmed that clipped horses appear to ...

Game on Dude installed as 5-2 Pacific Classic favorite

Multiple Grade 1 winner and 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Game on Dude drew post position 9 Wednesday night and was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite to win the 22nd edition of the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic this Sunday at Del Mar. 

Two T's At Two B seeking to keep record perfect in Affirmed

Two T's At Two B and Candy Coded Kisses, respective winners of the Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes, will bid for second-leg Stallion Stakes victories at Calder on Saturday when starting in the $125,000 Affirmed and Susan's Girl divisions, part of the 10th annual Juvenile Showcase program, a rich day of racing dedicated entirely to two-year-olds with an estimated $550,000 in stakes purses to be awarded.

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