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You Draws Outside in Alabama; 10 Contest Saratoga Breeders' Cup

Bella Bellucci, who has won five of seven career starts, and You, winner of the grade I Test Stakes three weeks ago, top a field of seven 3-year-old fillies who will contest Saturday's grade I, $750,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. Also on the card, handicap males will contest the grade II, $300,000 Saratoag Breeders' Cup.

Orchard Park Faces Six in Tight Secretariat Stakes Field

Peter Vegso's Orchard Park, a winner in five of six starts this year, may merit favoritism in a well-matched group of seven sophomore grass specialists from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean assembled for Saturday's 26th renewal of the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. I) at Arlington Park.

Dyna's Club Charges to Osunitas Victory at Del Mar

B. Wayne Hughes' Dyna's Club nursed the lead for jockey David Flores and had more than enough to hold off 23-1 longshot Four Plus Four in the stretch to win the featured $75,000 Osunitas Handicap for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Del Mar Wednesday.

Mt. Vernon Winners Square Off in Yaddo Handicap

Shopping for Love and Eventail, winners of their respective divisions of the Mount Vernon Handicap, meet for the first time in Friday's $75,000-added Yaddo Handicap for New York-Bred fillies and mares racing at nine furlongs over the grass at Saratoga Race Course.

Virus Knocks Inamorato Out of Best Pal; Futurity Unlikely

Inamorato, considered by many the top 2-year-old prospect in Eoin Harty's talent-rich Godolphin Racing stable, will miss next week's Best Pal Stakes (gr. III) because of a virus and now appears unlikely for the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) on the seaside track's Sept. 11 closing-day program.

Miss Pickums Enjoys Easy Pickings

Jay Em Ess Stable's Miss Pickums blew by the leaders on the final turn en route to a 4 1/2-length victory in the $50,000 Mariah's Storm Handicap Sunday at Arlington Park.

Lukas Hopes Holiday Runner Can Stay Unbeaten

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas is hoping to keep S.J. Bee Stable's Holiday Runner unbeaten as she faces five other 2-year-old fillies in the 87th running of the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at 6 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga Race Course on Monday.

Report: Left Bank Undergoes Colic Surgery

Michael Tabor's Left Bank, the record-setting sprinter who showed his versatility by tying a 1 1/8-mile track record in the Whitney, reportedly underwent colic surgery at Tufts University in Massachusetts on Saturday.

Minister's Baby Takes Gardenia at Ellis Park

Favorite Minister's Baby disposed of longshot pacesetter Red n' Gold in the final turn and held off Lakenheath by 1-3/4 lengths in Saturday's $200,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at Ellis Park.

Fever Knocks Echo Eddie Out of Vanderbilt

David Milch's Echo Eddie will not run in Sunday's $200,000 A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II). After performing a routine temperature check on the gelding yesterday, trainer Darrell Vienna's assistant, Scott Chaney, determined Echo Eddie was suffering from a severe fever.

Clement, Santos Get Photo Quality Win

Tortured twice by losing photo finishes in graded stakes races recently at Saratoga, trainer Christophe Clement and jockey Jose Santos got a bit of payback when Waterville Lake Stable's Celtic Sky got up at the wire to beat front-running Reluctant Groom by a nose in the $82,900 West Point Handicap.

They'll Need to Catch 'Buffy' in the Sorrento

Although trainer Mel Stute believes she is versatile enough not to have to be on the lead, Buffythecenterfold certainly seems to be the one to catch in Saturday's $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track.

E Dubai Suffers Bruised Hoof

Godolphin Stable's E Dubai, winner of the Suburban Handicap (gr. I) over Lido Palace and Macho Uno, is questionable for the grade II, Saratoga Breeders' Cup Aug. 17. The Mr. Prospector colt suffered a bruised hoof at Belmont Park.

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