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John Dunlop to retire at season's end

John Dunlop, one of Britain's longest-serving and most respected trainers, has announced that he will retire at the end of the season. Doncaster Racecourse will make a presentation to Dunlop Friday to mark his achievements at the home of the final classic, the Group 1 St Leger.

Camelot could make additional history for O'Brien in St Leger

Apart from Camelot's attempt to become the 16th colt to win the English Triple Crown and the first since Nijinsky in 1970, the Group 1 St Leger could produce a statistic unique in Turf history. Victory in Saturday's race would make Aidan O'Brien the first trainer to win all five British classics in a single season.

The English Triple Crown in focus

The English Triple Crown comprises the Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas over Newmarket's straight mile in early May, the Group 1 Derby over Epsom's switchback 1 1/2 miles in June and the Group 1 St Leger over Doncaster's sweeping extended 1 3/4 miles in September. To win all three a horse must own speed, stamina, soundness and durability as well as class.

Wild Coco drives to victory in Park Hill

Rider Tom Queally praised his mount Wild Coco's battling qualities after she powered through the field to overhaul clear leader Estimate in the straight and win Thursday's Group 2 Park Hill Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths.

Pataky Kid has rich legacy to live up to

As one of Chicago's oldest stakes races, the tradition-rich Arlington-Washington Futurity was first run more than 80 years ago and -- as its name implies -- it is a hopeful harbinger of things to come for any horse fortunate enough to win it.

Trinniberg, Musical Romance work at Calder

Grade 2 winner Trinniberg returned to the Calder work tab Wednesday morning to put forth his first morning move since a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga, drilling a half-mile bullet in :47 over a track listed as wet-fast.

Classic winner Samitar highlights Garden City

Samitar didn't have the easiest of trips when falling a neck short in the Grade 2 Lake George in her U.S. debut. The Irish classic winner will have an opportunity to make amends when she faces six other three-year-old fillies in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Garden City over nine furlongs on the inner turf at Belmont Park.

Rahystrada faces seven in Kentucky Turf Cup title defense

Rahystrada will return to Kentucky Downs in good form Saturday, dead-heating for third in the Grade 1 Arlington Million most recently, and figures to be a strong favorite as he goes for a second straight victory in the Grade 3, $200,000 Kentucky Turf Cup. The multiple Grade 3-winning millionaire posted a 3 3/4-length score last year in the 1 1/2-mile affair over the undulating, European-style turf course.

Park Hill, Sceptre top second day of St Leger Festival

The highlight on day two of the St Leger Festival, Ladies Day Thursday, is the Group 2 £80,000 Park Hill Stakes over an extended mile and six furlongs. The contest, sometimes referred to as the 'fillies' St Leger,' will see nine runners go to post headed by Sir Henry Cecil's impressive Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes scorer Wild Coco. The four-year-old will clash again with The Queen's Royal Ascot heroine Estimate and Hazel Lavery, trained by Charlie Hills, who were third and ninth, respectively, in the Lillie Langtry.

Zayat issues encouraging update on Paynter

Grade 1 Haskell Invitational hero Paynter appears to be getting the upper hand in his battle against laminitis, owner Ahmed Zayat reported in an encouraging series of tweets on Monday. The star three-year-old has been hospitalized since August 26, initially with a critical case of colitis, followed by the complication of laminitis, but he has been making a remarkable recovery.

Cityscape sets sights on Woodbine Mile

Juddmonte Farms' Cityscape, a British-bred son of Selkirk, will try to give his owner a second win in the Woodbine Mile when he goes postward Sunday in the Grade 1, C$1 million Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' event. 

Samitar tops Garden City probables

Samitar, winner of the Group 1 Irish One Thousand Guineas, was previously trained by Mick Channon, who sent the filly out for her North American debut in the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes on July 25 at Saratoga, a race Brown watched with interest. The three-year-old Rock of Gibraltar filly endured an eventful trip and was third in a blanket finish where less than 1 1/2 lengths separated the top six.

Dreaming of Julia gallops by 16 1/4 lengths

Stonestreet Stables' homebred Dreaming of Julia romped by an eye-popping 16 1/4 lengths in Sunday's $83,300 Meadow Star Stakes at Belmont Park, serving up a ferocious case of what-might-have-been. Exactly one week ago, the smashing debut winner had been withdrawn from last Sunday's Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga, where her entrymate Teen Pauline could do no better than a tiring third. The unambiguous result of the Meadow Star begs the question of how Dreaming of Julia would have handled the Spinaway.

Alvarado sidelined with fractured clavicle

Jockey Junior Alvarado was released from North Shore University Hospital late Saturday evening with a non-displaced fracture of his right clavicle, according to the jockey advocate for the New York Racing Association (NYRA).

Air Support gets up late in Bowling Green

Stuart Janney III's homebred Air Support found his best stride late in Saturday's Grade 2, $196,000 Bowling Green Stakes, overhauling pacesetter Bombaguia for a head decision in the opening-day feature at Belmont Park. The Shug McGaughey-trained colt returned to the win column after dropping his first five outings this season, adding the Bowling Green to victories in the Grade 2 Virginia Derby and Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes last year.

Snow Fairy defeats Nathaniel, St Nicholas Abbey in Irish Champion

Anamoine Ltd's sensational five-year-old mare Snow Fairy defeated favored Nathaniel by 1 1/4 lengths, with St Nicholas Abbey third, in Saturday's 1 1/2-mile, Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. In the process, the Intikhab mare earned an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Turf through the Breeders' Cup Challenge series.

Moyglare Stud tops quartet of Curragh group stakes

Sendmylovetorose came out of the bottom of the barrel at just ?5,000 at the sales and was lucky to escape serious injury in the stalls at Royal Ascot, but she has proven herself worthy of pole position at the top table by hard graft and Sunday's Group 1 Moyglare Stud at The Curragh could be her crowning glory.

Bourbon Courage rallies for Super Derby score

Bourbon Lane Stable and Wayne Lynn's Bourbon Courage bided his time in the rear of Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs before coming with a four-wide rally rounding the second turn and drawing off for a five-length victory under jockey Leandro Goncalves. The Kellyn Gorder-trained sophomore was making only his sixth career start in the 1 1/8-mile contest, and stopped the clock in 1:51 2/5 on the fast main track.

Feel So Good makes Korean history with maiden-claiming win at Calder

At first glance, Thursday's 3RD-race triumph by the David Braddy-trained Feel So Good appeared to be little more than a non-descript midweek maiden-claiming victory at Calder, but the tremors that emanated from that win were felt from south Florida to east Asia as the gelding made Korean racing history by becoming the first Korean-bred horse to win a race outside its homeland.

Juvenile sings a winning 'Tune' to join the New York Watch

Trainer Chad Brown initially thought Noble Tune was destined for the dirt before the colt posted a pair of "exceptional" breezes on Saratoga's Oklahoma turf course, and on Labor Day at the Spa the great-grandson of champion Serena's Song made it clear that he prefers the grass by unleashing a strong turn of foot to take his debut in the 1ST race by 3 1/2-lengths.

Ramseys named top owner, breeder at TOBA Awards Dinner

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.

Ortensia heads 15-strong field in Haydock Sprint Cup

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.

Bejarano, Miller honored as leading jockey, trainer at Del Mar

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.

Groupie Doll faces 11 in Presque Isle Masters

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 Presque Isle Down Masters Stakes.

Paynter's condition improves slightly

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.

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