Last weekend Bobby Frankel won three graded stakes races with three horses. This weekend he'll have three horses in one graded stakes race, the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT). Frankel is to saddle Northern Quest, Super Quercus, and Timboroa in Del Mar's feature Saturday.
A field of six 2-year-old fillies will take the post in Sunday's $250,000 Del Mar Debutant (gr. I), going seven furlongs on the seaside oval's main track.
Sunday's $350,000 Philip H. Iselin Handicap (G2) is likely to draw a field of five or six older horses with widely varying profiles. Some, like Sir Bear, are old pros in the stakes ranks with nothing to prove. Others, like First Lieutenant, are looking for their first added-money score and credibility in the handicap ranks.
The Thoroughbred Corporation's Point Given, even-money morning line favorite in for Saturday's grade 1, $1 million Travers, drew post seven in the field of nine.
A Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships preview video and DVD will be made available to the general public in October, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Ltd. said Tuesday.
A dozen fillies and mares went to the post in the $150,000 Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga and Snow Dance came away the winner in her first start against stakes company.
Bob Baffert said Monday that all systems are "go" for The Thoroughbred Corp's Point Given to ship to New York for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday. The big Thunder Gulch colt worked five furlongs at Del Mar on Monday morning, getting the distance in :59 1/5 under exercise rider Dana Barnes.
Distant Music will attempt to keep Juddmonte Farms' hot streak in high-class 1 1/4-mile races intact in Tuesday's Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-I) at York on Tuesday. This weekend, Juddmonte Farms homebreds won the Alabama Stakes (gr. I), Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), and Pacific Classic (gr. I) -- each a 1 1/4-mile event.
Six horses were entered Thursday for Sunday's $1-million Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Skimming was installed as the 8-5 favorite, followed by Futural at 9-5 odds. Captain Steve, winless since taking the Dubai World Cup, drew the outside post position as he was made the 3-1 third wagering choice.
The grade I Alabama Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies is worth far more than its $750,000 purse. A win by Juddmonte Farm's Flute would put her at the top of her class and provide her with strong hold on the divisional championship.
If defending Pacific Classic (gr. I) champion Skimming and major contender Futural could wear boxing gloves, it wouldn't be beyond possibility that starter Gary Brinson might say to them, "Touch 'em up and come out fighting."
The Thoroughbred Corporation's Officer remained undefeated from three starts with a stakes-record setting victory over two rivals in the $138,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. III) and Double Cat, a half-sister to War Chant, earned her first win on Wednesday at Del Mar.
Silvano, perhaps the strongest of four European contestants in Saturday's Arlington Million (gr. IT), breezed five furlongs from a standing start in 1:02 4/5 over the Arlington turf course Wednesday morning.
Seven colts are scheduled to head postward Wednesday in the grade II Saratoga Special. Lunar Bounty, who is undefeated in two starts, is the 2-1 morning line favorite.
Three longshot winners on Monday at Del Mar helped create a carryover of $134,179 for Wednesday's pick six at the Southern California track. A field of five is entered in Wednesday's feature, the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds.
After matching Cashier's Dream in the early going, it was all You in the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. You covered the 6 1/2 furlong distance in 1:15.16 -- the fastest time for the Adirondack since the distance was changed to 6 1/2 furlongs in 1994. Cashier's Dream, the 3-5 favorite, was a neck back in second, with Magic Storm trailing the two speedsters 15 1/4-lengths farther back in third.
Cashier's Dream will try to keep her undefeated record intact in the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies Monday at Saratoga.
Four European invaders are scheduled to arrive in Chicago over the next week in an attempt to take down the coveted Arlington Million Saturday, Aug. 18. A total of nine imports from across the pond will try their luck in either the Million, the $700,000 Beverly D for fillies and mares, and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes for 3-year-olds. All are grade I contests, with the Million also serving as the third leg of the international Emirates World Series.
In the 27-year history of Saturday's $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT)), only two horses have won in back-to-back years. John's Call will try to join the ranks of Majesty Prince and El Senor and become the third to take Saratoga's lone grade I turf event in consecutive seasons.
Amid spills, chills, and thrills Augustin Stables Praise the Prince prevailed in the A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Handicap (NSA-II) at Saratoga.
The Maryland Jockey Club cancelled Saturday's $75,000 Dave's Friend because 12 trainers who nominated their horses declined to enter and race against Pimlico-based Disco Rico, one of the top sprinters in the country.
Travis Dunkelberger, the nation's leading jockey with 259 wins, broke his collarbone Wednesday night at Charles Town Race Course and is expected to miss four to six weeks of riding according to his agent Steve Rushing.
Trainer Dallas Stewart said Wednesday night that Jorge Chavez will replace Pat Day aboard Dollar Bill in the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes. Day, meanwhile, picked up the mount on Stonerside Stable's This Fleet is Due, who finished a fast-closing fourth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, in the $1.5 Million Haskell Invitational Handicap.
A field of six, including a pair of uncoupled runners from the Bobby Frankel barn, might go postward for Saturday's grade III, $150,000 La Jolla Handicap for 3-year-olds.
Trainer Jay Robbins has indicated that Tiznow will definitely not run in the Aug. 19 Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar.
A pair of $79 winners helped create a pick six carryover of $219,861 for Sunday's card at Del Mar.
Saratoga's pick four returned nearly $180,000 Saturday as all four legs of the wager were won by horses returning double-digit win mutuels.
The quantity is low but the quality is high for Sunday's grade II, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on Del Mar's main track.
For his fourth consecutive race, Point Given drew the outside post position. He'll break from the sixth post in Sunday's $1.5 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I).
British-bred Caitano has been added to the list of European campaigners likely to invade the Midwest for the 19th running of the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 18.
Classic winner Point Given, the favorite for Sunday's Haskell Invitational (gr. I), arrived at Monmouth Park's Barn 15 at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday after being vanned from Newark Airport.
My Own Business, Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt in his native Venezuela last year, finished sixth in his U.S. debut Wednesday at Saratoga. Carrying top weight of 120 pounds and facing six domestic competitors, My Own Business was ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Carlos Morales in the 1 1/8-mile, $57,000 allowance test.
A field of eight 2-year-old fillies, led by two-time stakes winner Georgia's Storm, is set to go postward Saturday for Del Mar's 33rd edition of the grade II, $150,000 Sorrento Stakes. The youngsters will go 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track.
Trillium Stable's John's Call breezed four furlongs on the main track in :49 3/5 this morning, as the 10-year-old gelding seeks back-to-back victories in the Sword Dancer Invitational. John's Call became of the top turf horses in the country last year when he drew off to win by 9< lengths in the Sword Dancer.
Belmont and Preakness winner Point Given breezed a sharp five furlongs in :58 4/5 at Del Mar Tuesday morning in preparation for Sunday's Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park.
Light Dancer and Voodoo Dancer made it a dancers' double Monday as the fillies took the first and second divisions, respectively, of the Lake George Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga.
After winning consecutive San Diego Handicaps (gr. II), Skimming is prepped for a run at a second straight win in Del Mar's $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 19.
This week's two graded stakes for female runners at Del Mar are expected to draw quality over quantity.
My Own Business, Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt in his native Venezuela last year, makes his U.S. debut Wednesday in the seventh race at Saratoga.
Swaps Stakes (gr. I) winner Congaree will make his next start in Saturday's $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. I), according to Saratoga racing secretary Mike Lakow.
Katz Me If You Can finished fourth in Saturday's $50,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes at Monmouth Park with nearly 97 percent of the total show pool wagered on her, causing the highest show pool payoff in the history of the New Jersey track.
Eight 3-year-old fillies with visions of the Del Mar Oaks dancing in their heads will be heading for the starting gate on Sunday for the 33rd running of the grade II, $150,000 San Clemente Handicap.
Led by defending champion Skimming, Dubai World Cup winner Captain Steve and Hollywood Gold Cup top finisher Futural, the field of seven drawn for Sunday's grade II, $250,000 San Diego Handicap could prove to be one of the best in the 60 runnings of the historic race.
Michael Paulson and Edward White's Hap made it two consecutive Bernard Baruch (gr. II) victories when he easily pulled away from the field to score by two lengths over a 'good' Saratoga turf course. Hap covered the nine furlongs in 1:47.00 under Jerry Bailey.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Flute toyed with her six foes in an allowance contest at Saratoga Friday, coming home by an easy four lengths over Deborah in the nine-furlong sixth race. Transcendental finished third.
Beautiful Pleasure, the nation's top distaff runner two years ago, will try her luck in the grade I $250,000 Go For Wand at Saratoga for the third year in a row. She was beaten in 1999 by Banshee Breeze, and last year was second to Heritage of Gold.
Galileo, the undefeated winner of the Epsom and Irish Derbies this year, squares off against Fantastic Light and 10 other runners in what promises to be a stirring rendition of the group I $1.07 million King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot. The race will be telecast live on ESPN News Saturday at 10:45 a.m. eastern time, and replayed Sunday on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. eastern.
A trio of grade III races run on the same day for the first time makes up Saturday's Million Preview Day at Arlington Park outside Chicago. The races are set up as a prep for Aug. 18, when the meet's premier day of racing goes with the Arlington Million, Beverly D., and Secretariat Stakes.
Tiznow, trying to regain the form that made him 2000 Horse of the Year, turned in a sizzling five-furlong workout Thursday caught by clockers in 59 1/5. Chris McCarron, injured during a spill in New York last week, nevertheless was aboard the son of Cee's Tizzy for the spin around the Del Mar oval.
Seven hard-hitting turf horses, headed by millionaire Native Desert and millionaire-in-waiting Irish Prize and including a pair trained by Robert Frankel, are set to go in Saturday's 28th running of the grade I, $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on Del Mar's Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
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