Ken and Sarah Ramsey took home a pair of major awards, National Owner of the
Year and National Breeder of the Year, at Friday evening's Thoroughbred Owners
and Breeders Association's (TOBA's) 27th Annual National Awards Dinner at the
Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Group 1 Sprint Cup is the highlight of the Flat season at Haydock Park,
and the 2012 renewal, which takes place on Saturday, promises to be the most
cosmopolitan ever with representatives from Australia, France and Ireland as
well as a strong British-trained presence among the 15-strong field.
The stalwarts of the New York-bred turf divisions will head postward on
Sunday as Belmont Park hosts the $150,000
Ashley T. Cole and $150,000
John Hettinger. Both races will be contested at 1 1/8 miles on the inner
turf, with the John Hettinger restricted to fillies and mares.
At mid-season, pursuit of Del Mar's 2012 riding championship was a three-way
battle among Rafael Bejarano, Garrett Gomez and Joe Talamo. A short time later,
with a burst of victories, Bejarano was alone and in control atop the standings
en route to his second Del Mar title and first since 2008.
Arnold Zetcher LLC's Rolling Fog tracked in second throughout Wednesday's
Grade 1, $300,000
Del Mar Futurity on the track's closing day before gaining command in the
lane and holding off the late-running, 6-5 favorite Know More by 1 1/4 lengths
on the wire.
Groupie Doll established herself as the nation's leading female sprinter
earlier this season, recording smashing Grade 1 wins in the Humana Distaff and
Madison Stakes, but is perhaps a little forgotten by the racing public following
a planned four-month freshening. The four-year-old filly will have the
opportunity to make another favorable impression Saturday, and re-affirm her
status as a top contender for this year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint,
when she lines up for Grade 2, $400,000
Down Masters Stakes.
Owner Ahmed Zayat revealed at midday Wednesday that the health of Grade 1
Haskell Invitational winner Paynter had shown slight improvement. The son of
Awesome Again has battled colitis for more than a week and recently developed
laminitis and three of his four feet.
Owner Ahmed Zayat has tweeted that Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner
Paynter has developed laminitis in three of his four legs. The news came Tuesday
as the three-year-old colt's health continued to decline due to the effects of
After a 15-week break, live racing will resume at a major Maryland track on
Wednesday. The 2012 fall meeting begins at Laurel with a first post of 1:10 p.m.
(EDT). Racing will take place four days a week through the end of the year on a
Wednesday through Saturday schedule, holidays excluded.
The 8-5 favorite Teeth of the Dog jumped out to the early lead, hitting the
opening quarter in :23 3/5 and half in :47 3/5 under pressure from Traffic
Light, who jumped in front after three-quarters in 1:12. By that point, Easter
Gift, a close-up fourth early, loomed into contention. Traffic Light tried to
fend him off down the stretch, but Easter Gift was too strong inside the final
The 144th meet at Saratoga was a rousing success, highlighted by strong
wagering gains, robust attendance, top quality racing, a number of new and
innovative fan initiatives, continued television coverage from the NBC Sports
Group and the MSG Networks, and an unprecedented level of community involvement.
Owner Ahmed Zayat has reported that his star three-year-old colt Paynter,
whose condition had been improving over the weekend, sustained a couple of
setbacks on Monday. The Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner has been
hospitalized since August 26 with a potentially life-threatening case of
colitis, and other complications have set in.
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat became racing's newest millionaire with his title
defense of Monday's Grade 3, $350,000
Monster Handicap at Parx Racing, and needed every inch of real estate in the
five-furlong dash to get up in the final strides.
Trainer Todd Pletcher had three of the eight starters in Monday's Grade 2,
Hopeful at Saratoga, and won the historic fixture for a second time when
Starlight Racing's Shanghai Bobby impressively dismantled his rivals by 3 3/4
lengths under Rosie Napravnik. Part of an entry that started as the 2-1 second
choice, Shanghai Bobby returned $6.30, $3.50 and $2.30.
Nathaniel and Snow Fairy appear among the 12 entries for Saturday's Group 1
Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. As expected, the fine French gelding
Cirrus Des Aigles has been taken out at the five-day stage, but a terrific field
On the final Saturday of the 2011 Saratoga meet, a two-year-old colt named
Alpha joined the New York Watch after posting a debut score in a seven-furlong
maiden special weight, and 51 weeks later he was in Saratoga's winner's circle
after dead-heating for the win in the Grade 1 Travers.
Two days after her very close relation Dominus wired the Grade 2 Bernard
Baruch Handicap at Saratoga, 4-5 favorite Hit It Rich took a page from his
playbook to post a front-running victory in Monday's Grade 3, $150,000
Falls on closing day at the Spa. The Stuart S. Janney III homebred was
prompted by Bizzy Caroline early, but pulled away in the stretch to earn her
third stakes win, all at the Grade 3 level going long on turf.
Muppet Man, winner of the $65,000 Meadowlake on August 4 went an easy
five-eighths in 1:01 this past weekend at Arlington Park in advance of
Saturday's Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity. The local Futurity is
Chicago's showcase race for juveniles run out of Arlington's one-mile chute.
Lakland Farms' Unbridled Command overtook bold front runner Skyring in the
stretch of Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000
Stakes at Saratoga, providing on-fire jockey Ramon Dominguez with another
milestone. Dominguez's amazing sixth score on the day also ranked as his 66th
win of the meet, a new single-season record for the Spa.
In a manner reminiscent of her victory in the Grade 3 Schuylerville, Maggi
Moss' unbeaten So Many Ways swooped off a fast pace and drew clear in Sunday's
Grade 1, $294,000
Stakes at Saratoga. The Tony Dutrow pupil was even more emphatic this time,
however. Subduing the harried 3-5 favorite Teen Pauline in midstretch, So Many
Ways stamped her authority by 2 1/2 lengths over the late-running Sweet Shirley
Sent off as the 8-5 favorite, the son of Put It Back finished the six
furlongs in 1:10 2/5 over fast dirt, holding off challenger Special Jo by
three-quarters of a length for trainer Eddie Plesa
Jr. and jockey Paco Lopez.
Know More made Del Mar history by winning the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes in his
career debut, but the Reddam Racing colorbearer will be subjected to a stiffer
test in Wednesday's Grade 1, $300,000
Mar Futurity. The highlight of the closing-day program, the seven-furlong
contest has lured such sharp maiden winners as Capo Bastone, Rolling Fog and
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin reported Sunday morning that Emcee, who registered
Godolphin Racing's fourth Grade 1 win at Saratoga this summer when he captured
Saturday's Forego, emerged from the race in fine fettle. The four-year-old
Unbridled's Song colt will either run in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational on
Super Saturday, September 29 at Belmont Park, or train up to the Breeders' Cup
on November 3 at Santa Anita Park, McLaughlin said.
Scratched by trainer Dale Romans from the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego on
Saturday because of a persistent cough, Shackleford now will be pointed toward a
run in the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap, a one-mile race September 29 at
Owner Ahmed Zayat gave a Saturday night update on the condition of Paynter,
the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner, who is being treated for colitis at
Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, New York.
Godolphin Racing's Emcee established himself as one of the nation's premier
sprinters with a dominant victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000
Stakes, striding away to a 4 1/2-length victory at Saratoga. With Alan
Garcia up, the improving four-year-old garnered his first stakes victory when
completing seven furlongs in a quick 1:21, and the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained
colt has now earned $479,900 from a 7-4-0-2 record.
Odds-on favorite Mucho Macho Man got to the throatlatch of Live Oak
Plantation's To Honor and Serve inside the eighth pole in Saturday's Grade 1,
Woodward at Saratoga, but in a thrilling dogfight couldn't get past the
gutsy son of Bernardini, who record the neck victory as the 7-2 second choice.
After splitting horses at the three-eighths pole, Middie drew away to a
commanding advantage in upper stretch and cruised to the finish line in
Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000
Washington Park Handicap, winning by 3 3/4 lengths in 1:49.27 to establish a
new 1 1/8-mile track record over Arlington Park's Polytrack. Overlooked at 14-1
in the seven-horse field, the Phil Oliver-trained gelding was guided to his
first stakes victory by Francisco Torres.
The five-year-old gray gelding Tune Me Out backed up his 25-1 upset of the
Grade 3 Oceanport on July 29 with another triumph over the Monmouth Park turf
course in Saturday's Grade 3, $99,000
Although Dominus had never raced on turf, his pedigree strongly suggested
that he'd love the surface. Trainer Todd Pletcher took the hint, tried the
lightly-raced four-year-old in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000
Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga, and the well-bred son of Smart Strike,
from the family of Honey Ryder and Hit It Rich, dominated wire to wire.
The Green Monkey, who sold for a record $16 million as a
juvenile and never won a race, is back in the news after siring his first
winner. His juvenile daughter Kinz Funky Monkey did the honors in Saturday's
2ND race at Del Mar.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert won his 100th stakes race at Del Mar Friday
as Kaleem Shah's Fed Biz, unraced since last February, rallied after being passed in deep stretch to out-game
Jimmy Creed in the $100,000
Grade 1 Haskell Invitational hero Paynter continues to battle colitis at
Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, New York. Owner
Ahmed Zayat and his
son, stable manager
Justin Zayat, are keeping the colt's fans informed of his condition via
Twitter, and the clinic has also posted on its
Highlighting the Calder Meet was the 13th edition of the Summit of Speed on
July 7. Thoroughbred racing's fastest day saw Musical Romance, the 2011 Eclipse
Award winning champion female sprinter made amends for a neck defeat in last
year's running of the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap when prevailing by a
half-length in the 2012 renewal.