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Lopez eyeing win number 1,000

Nine hundred ninety-eight...and counting. Jockey Paco Lopez is only two victories away from breaking the 1,000 career win milestone following a two-win day at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

Wine Princess, daughter of Azeri, wins Monmouth Oaks

Becky Winemiller's Wine Princess turned back a two-pronged challenge from Proud Pearl and Defy Gravity around the far turn and drew off with authority in the stretch to land Saturday's Grade 3, $101,000 Monmouth Oaks. The regally-bred filly finished up 2 1/4 lengths as the 9-5 second choice and paid $5.60, $3.60 and $2.80.

Wise Dan captures Fourstardave despite boggy turf

Jockey John Velazquez kept Wise Dan on the rail throughout Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga, and the pair exploded in the stretch of the boggy turf feature to pull away for the five-length victory. The Morton Fink homebred was the heavy 3-2 favorite for trainer Charles Lopresti, and returned $5, $3.30 and $2.40 to his many backers.

Salty Strike rides the rail to Gardenia glory

Craig Singer's homebred Salty Strike captured her third stakes in succession, and the second Grade 3 event of her career, in Saturday's $100,000 Gardenia, highlight of the summer meet at Ellis Park. The four-year-old daughter of Smart Strike led nearly throughout while hugging the rail, and crept clear of 7-5 favorite Joyful Victory in the stretch to post a 1 1/4-length victory under Victor Lebron in a time of 1:36 4/5 over the fast main track. She returned $8.60, $4 and $3 as the 3-1 co-second choice in a field of nine.

Dullahan works at Churchill; Pacific Classic next

Blue Grass Stakes winner Dullahan put in a bullet workout Saturday morning at Churchill Downs and will be headed to Del Mar soon for final preparations before a start in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on August 26.

It's Tricky, Questing work for McLaughlin

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sent two of Godolphin Racing's star fillies out for a spin over the Greentree Training Center's synthetic surface Saturday morning, with Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks winner Questing breezing four furlongs in :47 2/5 and multiple Grade 1 winner It's Tricky covering five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 in company with the unraced maiden filly Villanesca.

Silver Saddle winner Chadwick catapults Team Rest of the World to Shergar Cup

Team Rest of the World captured the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup jockey competition at Ascot on Saturday with 89 total points. Team member Matthew Chadwick finished second in the first, second and third legs of the contest before finally visiting the winner's circle in the final race, the Shergar Cup Sprint, on Mince to take the Silver Saddle award for being the leading jockey on Saturday with 45 points. His victory was also judged the ride of the day.

Creating a Sacrifice Area for Horses

A sacrifice area is a small enclosure, such as a corral, run, pen, turnout, or winter paddock, meant to be your horse's outdoor living quarters. It is called a sacrifice area because you are giving up the use of that small portion of land as a grassy area to benefit the rest of your pasture. Many owners confine their horses to sacrifice areas during t...

Mariano Rivera enjoys a day at Saratoga

Rivera's Spa experience began Friday morning with a tour of the backstretch. Escorted by new Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, the 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion  visited with trainers Todd Pletcher and Kiaran P. McLaughlin. Rivera stopped by Darley Stables and met with Jimmy Bell, president of Darley's American operations.

Quick Wit foils Csaba in off-the-turf Hall of Fame

Trainer Dale Romans is doing so well in three-year-old turf stakes this season that he's even winning them when they're rained off the turf. At a sloppy Saratoga on Friday, his Quick Wit outdueled 6-5 favorite Csaba by a nose to earn his first stakes score in the Grade 3, $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes. Originally carded as a Grade 2 over 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf, the contest was converted to 1 1/8 miles on the main track, and because of the change in conditions, was automatically downgraded pending review by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

Hall of Fame inducts 2012 class

The National Museum of Racing inducted its 2012 Hall of Fame class Friday at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, New York. Jockeys John Velazquez and Anthony Hamilton, trainers Roger Attfield and Robert Wheeler, and racehorses Ghostzapper and Planet were enshrined at the ceremony. Tom Durkin, the track announcer for the New York Racing Association (NYRA), served as the event's master of ceremonies.

Louisiana-bred legend Star Guitar retired

Louisiana-bred millionaire and stakes king Star Guitar has been retired due to a recurring quarter-crack that kept the son of Quiet American out of a fourth-peat bid in Saturday's Evangeline Mile Handicap.

Toner already missing Winter Memories

Trainer Jimmy Toner was a mix of stoic and sentimental as he talked Friday morning about multiple Grade 1 winner Winter Memories, whose retirement midway through her four-year-old campaign was announced Thursday afternoon.

NYTHA scholarships provide educational leg-up for backstretch families

Victoria Casso will head to the University of Kentucky this fall to begin her second year of study in veterinary medicine. Wendy Ramirez is finishing up her degree in child psychology at NYU. They are but two of the 29 students getting an educational leg-up from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) this year.

John Sikura: Fasig-Tipton Saratoga

John Sikura: Fasig-Tipton Saratoga

Interview with John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale, about their Street Cry colt, who sold for $1.2 million on August 6 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.

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