Dancethruthedawn will try to capturing her second grade I at Saratoga this year when she starts in the $400,000 Personal Ensign Handicap on Aug. 23.
Steeplechase Farm's Mandy's Gold will be shooting for her fifth consecutive win in the $250,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) for fillies and mares at seven furlongs Aug. 25.
Disturbingthepeace, the solid winner of the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), pursues his sixth straight victory Sunday in the seven furlong $150,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. II).
A short field of five horses is headed to Saturday's La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT), a key prep for the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT).
Saratoga Notebook: Left Bank's Recovery Continues; Buddha Nears Return; Farda Amiga Seeks Alabama; Shopping for Love's Fan Club
Left Bank continues to recover from emergency abdominal surgery, trainer Todd Pletcher said Thursday. The multiple graded stakkes winner was stricken Saturday morning.
Trainer John Veitch ended a long dry spell in New York racing when Shortleaf Stable's Vasquez posted a game nose victory over Western Rush in the sixth race at Saratoga on Thursday.
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.
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.
Astra, a disappointment when finishing last as the 7-10 favorite in the 2001 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. I), returns to Arlington Park Saturday to face defending champion England's Legend and four other female turf runners of international caliber in the $700,000 Beverly D.
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.
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.
Accomplishing what trainer Bob Baffert called "a nice, easy half-mile," Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner War Emblem buzzed the distance in 48.80 Wednesday under a tight hold by work rider Dana Barnes.
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.
War Emblem had his first workout on Wednesday since his victory in the Aug. 4 Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, going a half-mile in :48.80 at Del Mar under regular exercise rider Dana Barnes.
Michael Tabor's Zavata stalked a fast early pace and drew off to an authoritative 7 ¼-length victory Wednesday in the 100th running of the $150,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) for 2-year-olds.
Riva Ridge (gr .II) and Dwyer (gr .II) winner Gygistar is a on course for the King's Bishop that is on the Travers Day program on Aug. 24.
Twenty horses, including Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner War Emblem and Jim Dandy winner Medaglia d'Oro have been nominated to the Aug. 24, $1-million Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
A field of six or seven older horses, including two based locally, are expected to contest Sunday's $350,000 Iselin Handicap (gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles.
Padua Stable's Freedom's Daughter, winner of the Schuylerville Stakes (gr. II) in her second career start, died Monday after suddenly becoming ill over the weekend.
Saratoga Notebook: Day Reflects on Record; Fillies Moving On to Spinaway; Mayakovsky Undergoes Surgery
Approximately an hour after he became racing's leader in purse money won by a jockey, Pat Day was in a private jet on his way from Saratoga Springs for a riding engagement in the West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park. The celebration had to wait.
WinStar Farm's Awesome Humor displayed her serious side Monday when she led from start to finish in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga Racecourse.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Monday that Left Bank continues to make progress from the emergency abdominal surgery Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, Ken McPeek said Repent will run in the Travers Stakes, and Tracie Smith took her one-woman show to Saratoga on Monday.
Lone Star Sky heads a small field of five runners in the 100th renewal of this famous stakes for 2-year-olds Wednesday, but his trainer, Thomas Amoss, may not make the trip from Louisville.
Azeri takes her fifth straight, the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap, and sets her sights on Arlington Park.
As a virus runs through Aidan O'Brien's yard, he still manages to win the Phoenix Stakes for the fifth straight year.
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.
Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard is looking forward to another try in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr.I) with With Anticipation, who won the Sword Dancer Invitational (gr.I) Saturday for the second consecutive year.
Multiple graded stakes winner Left Bank survived emergency abdominal surgery Saturday, which may spell the end of his racing career.
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.
Gobi Dan, Surprized and Preakness Stakes runner Menacing Dennis head a field of 10 scheduled for Monday's 15th running of the $100,000 Real Good Deal Stakes for 3-year-old Cal-breds going 7 furlongs on the main track.
Four European-based invaders will face five American-based Thoroughbreds in the 20th running of the Arlington Million (gr. I) at Arlington Park on Saturday.
Wiseman's Ferry wins the West Virginia Derby, the richest and first graded race at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort.
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.
In a pair of thrilling stretch drives to settle the divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Race Course Saturday, Fortunate Card and Lawbook emerged with hard-earned victories.
Stronach Stables and Allen Brian's Buffythecenterfold ran her undefeated string to three races with a game win over rival Tricks Her by 3/4-length in the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar Saturday.
John Franks & Peter Abruzzo's Lost At Sea overtook favored See How She Runs entering the stretch en route to a 1 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Singapore Plate (gr. III) Saturday at Arlington 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.
With Anticipation guts out a victory in the Sword Dancer, giving Pat Day the earnings record for jockeys.
<b>Saratoga Notebook: Pletcher's Harlan's Holiday, Invisible Ink Near Returns; Clement Takes His Time; Lukas Breezes Holiday Runner</b>
Harlan's Holiday, off since running fourth in the Preakness May 18, had an easy five-furlong breeze Saturday morning on the Oklahoma Training Track.
In her first easy race in months, champion filly Xtra Heat led gate-to-wire to easily win Saturday's $125,000 Straight Deal Breeders' Cup Handicap at Laurel Park.
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.
Sakhee, running his first race since the Dubai World Cup in March, finished a disappointing second to Wellbeing in the Group 3 Prix Gontaut-Byron at Deauville on Saturday.
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.
<b>Saratoga Notebook: Day's Quest Continues; Forest Landing at Monmouth; Make Out's Spinaway Plans; Ward Frets Virus</b>
More than a year after becoming only the third jockey to reach 8,000 wins, Pat Day' continues to close in on another career milestone.
On Sunday at Saratoga, Orientate seeks his third graded stakes victory on the year as a prohibitive favorite in the 18th running of the $200,000 A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II).
Not deterred by Azeri's four straight Grade I victories, five fillies and mares will test her mettle Sunday in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar. The race will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
It's a wide-open 10-horse field that will battle it out at Woodbine Saturday in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the third jewel of Canada's Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.
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.
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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