Mark Russell's 10-year-old gelding Russell Road, winner of 31 of 61 starts, will attempt to clear the $2 million mark in earnings Aug. 6 in the $100,000 Northern Panhandle Stakes for West Virginia-breds at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.
Indiana Derby (gr. II) winner Cupid and Ohio Derby victor Mo Tom are among a field of 12, with another on the also-eligible list, entered for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) for 3-year-olds Aug. 6 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.
Longtime race caller Tony Bentley will take the mike in the announcer's booth at Suffolk Downs when live racing returns to the East Boston, Mass., racetrack Aug. 6-7.
Team Valor International reached a major milestone July 30 when Blossom d'Orange provided the 1,000th win for a partnership formed by Barry Irwin, scoring by five lengths in the Produccion Nacional (Uru-III) at Maronas in Uruguay.
Owner-trainer Otabek Umarov will not be racing horses while he appeals a 10-year suspension of his racing license.
The Munnings colt Barkley did everything he could to remain undefeated, but the improving Sky Mesa gelding Opportunistic just got the better of him in the $75,100 Emerald Downs Derby for 3-year-olds July 31 at the Washington racetrack.
As part of the Blood-Horse's 100th anniversary issue on Aug. 6, I have been asked to list (with links) my 15 favorite Hangin With Haskin blogs.
Julie Gilbert and Aaron Sones' Trojan Nation, a head second in the April 9 Wood Memorial (gr. I) as a maiden before venturing to the Triple Crown trail, finally broke through on his ninth try July 31 at Del Mar.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson got a perfect trip and made the best of it July 31 to collect his second straight grade I score in the $300,000 Bing Crosby at Del Mar.
Unlike her Triple Crown-winning sibling, Zayat Stables' homebred American Cleopatra won her debut at Del Mar.
Upon earning his 4,000th career victory July 31 at Ellis Park, jockey Corey Lanerie recalled thinking he'd never make it to 1,000.
A nine-time stakes winner entering racing July 31 and an unquestioned turf sprinting talent, Ranlo Investments' Lady Shipman broke through for her first graded score in the $150,000 Royal North (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine.
Big Chief Racing, Head of Plains Partners, and Rocker O Ranch's Exaggerator continued to show his affinity for off tracks with a sweeping off-the-pace victory in the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 31 at Monmouth Park.
Stablemates Genre and Eskenformoney battled down the stretch in $100,000 Molly Pitcher S (gr. III) July 31 at Monmouth Park before Genre thrust out her neck for the victory.
Unlucky not to win the recent Vodacom Durban July (SAf-I), up-and-coming Marinaresco scored a popular and emotional win in the Mike and Carol Bass Champions Cup (SAf-I) July 31 at Greyville.
Favored Blacktype, an impressive winner of an allowance race at Belmont Park in his previous start, rallied in the stretch to win the $158,500 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 31 at Monmouth Park.
Highly regarded 4-year-old colt Tencendur, whose 3-year-old campaign was cut short because of a broken sesamoid near his left front foot, is scheduled to make his first start since last June in an allowance event at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 1.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Curalina ran away to a 9 1/4-length triumph in the slop July 31 at Saratoga Race Course after shaking clear of Carrumba in early stretch in the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III).
If there was ever a time to celebrate, July 30 was the day for trainer John Sadler, who saddled Stellar Wind to an upset victory over Beholder in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I) on his 60th birthday.
The year keeps getting better for French trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, whose good filly Qemah effortlessly quickened away to win the Prix Rothschild (Fr-I) July 31 at Deauville, providing him with yet another group I win this season.
Bradester continued his torrid run at his favorite racetrack in the$200,000 Monmouth Cup (gr. II) July 31 at the Jersey Shore.
The two champions were head-and-head from the five-sixteenths pole July 30 in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I) at Del Mar, but Stellar Wind outdueled her rival to the wire to win by a half-length, ending an eight-race win streak for Beholder.
Monmouth Park has engaged Suffolk Downs in a battle over the entry box, and the horsemen feel caught in the crossfire.
Mind Your Biscuits powered through on the rail in his graded stakes debut July 30, overtaking Maniacal in the stretch for a 1 3/4-length victory in the $200,000 Amsterdam (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course.
Maiden Laoban secured the first win of his career in dramatic fashion, scoring a gate-to-wire win in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 30 at Saratoga Race Course.
Green Lantern Stables' homebred A. P. Indian continued his upward trajectory July 30 with a game victory in the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission on July 27 fined trainer Ramon Preciado and suspended him from the front side for his behavior following a June 2015 race at Parx Racing and his behavior at a July 2015 hearing before the stewards.
Gary Barber's Lexie Lou made all the pace and repelled a stretch threat from Internal Boubon to capture the $125,000 Victoriana Stakes July 30 at Woodbine.
Juddmonte Farms homebred Flintshire had plenty of excuses not to win the $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes (gr. IIT) but didn't need to use any of them as he overcame a slow pace and trouble in the final turn.
Paul Mellon, Mack Miller won grade Is on three of four Saturdays at Saratoga in '87
Minding showed her class to tally her sixth win at the top level July 30 at Goodwood when she took the Qatar Nassau Stakes (Eng-I), Europe's richest race for fillies and mares, by 1 1/4 lengths from Queen's Trust.
The two remaining Chicago-area tracks, for the second straight year, have submitted coordinated dates requests for the coming year to the Illinois Racing Board.
Ellis Park canceled its last two races July 29 after a thunderstorm blew through the area, causing overflowed drains and standing water on the track.
Connect and Gift Box, stablemates trained by Chad Brown, matched strides down the stretch in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes but pacesetter Connect dug in and edged away to win by about a length June 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Spanish Steps gelding arrived July 29.
Grade I winner Birdatthewire will try to end a five-race skid dating back to her top-level win when she starts in the $100,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. III) Sunday, July 31 at Monmouth Park.
New York-based jockey Jose Ortiz secured the 1,000th victory of his career when he guided Moonlight Song to a three-quarter-length victory in the $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes July 28 at Saratoga Race Course.
Reigning champion turf female Tepin will bypass the Aug. 13 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course and is now possible to face fellow grade I winner Lady Eli in the Aug. 27 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa (gr. IIT).
The 148th summer meet at Saratoga Race Course really gets into full swing with a Jim Dandy of a Saturday card, one that is also bolstered by the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I), the Bowling Green (gr. IIT) and the Amsterdam (gr. II).
Chris Hartman brought a string to Del Mar this year, but one in that group stood out. The trainer calls Black Hawk Stables' Alsvid the "head dog" of his stable and he'll try to earn his first top-level score in the Bing Crosby (gr. I).
Only two races removed from her third grade I win, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Curalina takes a class drop and looms a huge standout in the four-horse field entered in the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) July 31 at Saratoga Race Course.
Few horses in recent years have generated as much buzz before ever competing in a race as American Cleopatra, who will debut July 31 in the third at Del Mar.
Multiple stakes winner Lady Shipman will look to secure her first graded stakes win in the $150,000 Royal North Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 31 at Woodbine.
Bradester, who won the grade I Stephen Foster Handicap last out, loves Monmouth Park and should be able to dictate the pace in the Monmouth Cup.
Amerman Racing Stables' Infinite Wisdom, lightly raced when compared with others in the field, seeks his third win in a row and first in a stakes in the $150,000 Oceanport (gr. IIIT) July 31 at Monmouth Park.
Edward Clouston, runaway leader in the trainers’ standings at Mountaineer Racetrack, has been fined $1,500 and suspended 15 days for a medication violation, with an additional 30 days added as a result having two offenses within a 365-day period.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) victor Exaggerator will renew their rivalry July 31 at Monmouth Park in the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I).
Lady Eli, idle for more than a year after contracting laminitis, will continue her brilliant career in the Ballston Spa at Saratoga Aug. 27.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has been granted approval by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission to make up five racing programs that were cancelled earlier in the year because of adverse weather conditions.
The Essex will also have a purse increase, as will ten other stakes races.
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