Stronach Stables' Ghostzapper unleashed a devastating stretch run to romp to a 6 1/2-length victory in Saturday's $500,000 Vosburgh (gr. I), missing the track record at Belmont Park by a fifth of a second.
Juddmonte Farms' Empire Maker will not run in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) due to a foot bruise suffered Wednesday morning. Trainer Bobby Frankel said the Belmont (gr. I) winner will be shipped back to California.
Juddmonte Farms' Sightseek, who missed last weekend's Ruffian (gr. I) with a cough, blazed six furlongs in 1:10 3/5 Sunday morning at Belmont Park. It was the fastest work at the distance by more than two seconds.
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel announced Monday he will marry Bonita Boniface on Oct. 12 at her family's Bonita Farm in Maryland. Bonita is the daughter of Preakness-winning trainer Bill Boniface.
Although trainer Bobby Frankel has not ruled out the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) for Juddmonte Farms' Empire Maker, he said he's thinking seriously of running the colt in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) or the Meadowlands Cup (gr. II).
Trainer Bobby Frankel didn't have his big gun for Saturday's $300,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I), but his replacements in the race, Wild Spirit and You proved more than capable back-ups, posting a one-two finish.
The cough that has been going through trainer Bobby Frankel's barn has knocked Sightseek out of Saturday's Ruffian Handicap (gr. I), but Frankel will be represented by Wild Spirit and You.
Their meet titles long since clinched, trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez reflected on their record-setting achievements this summer.
Flaxman Stable's Aldebaran flashed his superiority at seven furlongs once again in the Forego Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Sunday, destroying a quality field of sprinters with his patented late run.
Canadian trainer Mark Frostad makes a rare trip to upstate New York to saddle Shoal Water for Saratoga's closing-day $100,000-added Saranac Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the turf Monday.
Saratoga Notebook: Medaglia d'Oro's Foot Blisters; Velazquez on Volponi; Dynever Pennsylvania-Bound; Gygistar in Forego
Trainer Bobby Frankel said Friday that Whitney Handicap (gr. I) winner Medaglia d'Oro popped a pus pocket in a foot this week, a few days after finishing second to Candy Ride in the Pacific Classic (gr. I).
Saratoga Notebook: Velazquez Equals Win Mark; 'Woe Bobby'; Sky Mesa Gallops On; New Face in Spinaway; Sackatoga's Latest 'Episode'
Having already set one Saratoga riding record this summer, John Velazquez equaled another one Thursday afternoon.
Lovethatlegend is poised to net a record sale price for an Iowa-bred horse. Providing she passes a veterinary check, Lovethatlegend will be sold for $365,000 and be sent to New York to join the stable of Bobby Frankel.
Sky Mesa returned to the track on schedule Wednesday, five days after bruising a hoof while finishing last in the Travers (gr. I).
Milwaukee Brew, one of only two horses to win multiple runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), injured an ankle during Sunday's running of the Pacific Classic (gr. I) and will not race again this year.
Candy Ride, the undefeated Argentine colt ridden by Julie Krone, turned in a sizzling performance while romping to a 3 1/4-length victory in the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I), setting a track record Sunday at Del Mar.
A well-focused Ten Most Wanted and jockey Pat Day took advantage of a torrid pace duel to register an easy victory in the 2003 Travers Stakes (gr. I) before a Travers Day record 66,122 at Saratoga Race Course Saturday.
Trainer Christophe Clement, whose barn has been hit hard by the poor weather this summer forcing so many races off the Saratoga turf, starts three in Monday's $100,000-added Glens Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares at 1 3/8 mile.
Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens posted another of his legendary upsets at Saratoga Race Course when his unheralded allowance runner Passing Shot tagged multiple graded stakes winner Wild Spirit by a short nose at the wire of the $400,000 Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) Friday.
Pont Street Stable's Tap The Admiral, winner of Churchill Downs' Firecracker Breeders' Cup (gr. II) in July, was one of 12 horses entered in the $200,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 1/16 mile on the turf.
Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens goes for an unprecedented three-time sweep of the Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) Sunday at Saratoga Racecourse with the ultra-consistent Shine Again.
Triple Crown race winners Funny Cide and Empire Maker remain on the "if" list for Saturday's Travers (gr. I). If this happens, they will go to the post for the $1 million race. It that happens, they won't.
Just Wonder won't have to face the Bobby-Frankel trained Heat Haze in Saturday's $200,000 Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) for older fillies and mares on the Saratoga turf, but she won't avoid the Frankel juggernaut entirely.
MSNBC, a network better known for tracking the stock market, points its attention to the racetrack with a one-hour program called "Thoroughbred: Stable to Stardom," which premieres Sunday, Aug. 24 from 10-11 p.m. ET.
Saratoga Notebook: Harlan's Holiday Update; Fur OK, but Frankel Unhappy; Volponi Battled; Mineshaft Breezes; Bailey Hurting
According to trainer Todd Pletcher, Harlan's Holiday is likely to retired after damaging a suspensory ligament during the running of the Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).
Medaglia d'Oro and Milwaukee Brew, trainer Bobby Frankel's twin prospects for victory number seven in Del Mar's $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I), are scheduled to be flown to Southern California Monday from Saratoga Racecourse in New York to complete their preparations for Sunday's race.
Jeffrey L. Nielsen's Island Fashion, a lights-out winner of her last start, proved it wasn't a fluke Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, romping home in the $750,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies, denying Spoken Fur's bid to sweep the New York Triple Tiara.
Saratoga Notebook: Frankel Drills Troops; Sky Mesa Dodges Bullet; Funny Cide Update; Strong Hope 'Super'
Looking to beat the rain, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel had several of his top stars on the main track Saturday morning, led by likely Travers (gr.I) favorite Empire Maker.
Juddmonte Farm's Heat Haze waited until mid-stretch with jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. before mowing down her rivals on the outside, capturing the $700,000 Beverly D. (gr. IT) for fillies and mares on the Arlington Park turf Saturday.
Headed by triple millionaire Medaglia d'Oro, two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Milwaukee Brew and South American sensation Candy Ride, a nomination list of 14 has been announced for the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I).
Saratoga Notebook: No Budging Tagg; Wild and Wicked in Travers; Sackatoga Breaks Maiden; Mud Delays Sky Mesa
Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide was worked on by a chiropractor Thursday morning and his status for the Travers (gr.I) remains in question.
After a Thursday morning drenching, the big news as Arlington Park prepares to host the International Festival of Racing Saturday was the absence of three grade I headliners on the course.
Arlington Park racing officials confirmed Thursday morning Tates Creek, the 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday's $700,000 Grade I Beverly D. Stakes, and stablemate Bis Repetitas, a candidate for Saturday's $400,000 grade I Secretariat Stakes, have been scratched from their respective engagements.
Hal Handel, chief executive officer of Philadelphia Park, confirmed Thursday the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III), set for Labor Day, will have its purse increased from $500,000 to $750,000 "no matter who runs."
Saratoga Notebook: Volponi's Jockey Audible; Slow Go for Blazing Fury; Sky Mesa Pushed Back; Frankel Plots
Hall of Fame trainer Phil Johnson tried to out-think Breeders' Cup Classic (gr.I) winner Volponi Wednesday. He was at least partially successful.
Juddmonte Farms' uncoupled entrymates Tates Creek and Heat Haze, both conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, drew posts two and three, respectively, and figure as the ones to beat in Saturday's $700,000 Beverly D. (gr. IT) at Arlington Park. The race attracted a field of eight turf distaffers-all of international caliber.
When Spoken Fur takes the gate for Saturday's Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, the Bobby Frankel-trainee will be looking for more than her sixth consecutive win. She'll be looking to sweep the inaugural edition of the Triple Tiara and receive a $2-million bonus for owners John and Jerry Amerman.
Mother Goose (gr. I) and Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) winner Spoken Fur breezed four furlongs in :51 2/5 Sunday morning over the muddy Oklahoma training track in preparation for the Alabama (gr. I) on Saturday.
Saratoga Notebook: No Luck for Day, Sheppard; Volponi Moves; Funny Cide Gallops; Frankel Sorts Options
With Anticipation's bid to become the first horse to win the Sword Dancer (gr.IT) three straight times ended before it began.
Saratoga Notebook: Funny Cide 'Feeling Good'; Jetsetter Bobby Frankel; Odds On at Spa; During Stays in New York
Trainer Barclay Tagg was smiling Wednesday when he talked about Funny Cide. "He's feeling good today," Tagg said. "He's still on some medication, but he's acting real good, bouncing around, pretty happy."
Still unsure of the cause, trainer Barclay Tagg said Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide was on the improve after spiking a fever of 102 Monday morning.
Trainer Bobby Frankel confirmed Monday that $1-million Haskell Invitational winner Peace Rules will make his next start in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 24.
Peace Rules, ridden by Edgar Prado, was an easy front-running winner of Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, giving owner Edmund Gann and trainer Bobby Frankel a sweep of the nation's weekend grade I stakes.
Volponi, second in the Whitney (gr. I) on Saturday, will have a new rider when he returns to the races.
Edmund Gann's Medaglia d'Oro withstood a determined rally from his rival Volponi in the stretch and pulled away for a one-length victory in the $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Saturday.
Trainer Bobby Frankel continues his seemingly insatiable quest for graded stakes wins Monday when he sends John Amerman's Urban King in the $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds running a mile and an eighth on the turf.
Medaglia d'Oro and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Volponi are among a contentious field of eight older horses entered for Saturday's $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Saratoga Notebook: Spa Attendance Up, Handle Down; Harlan's Holiday Uncertain for Whitney; Frankel Update
Attendance was up but overall wagering declined during the first week of the Saratoga meet. Meanwhile, Bobby Frankel reports on his stars, Todd Pletcher says Harlan's Holiday is not a definite for the Whitney, and John Velazquez gets the mount on Saarland.
Michael Bello's John C. Mabee Handicap (gr. IT) winner Megahertz, as well as Juddmonte Farms' co-runner-up Tates Creek, will likely remain in California and be pointed toward the Southern California grass stakes, according to trainer Bobby Frankel's assistant.
Saratoga Notebook: Funny Cide Beats Rain; Wild and Wicked in Haskell; Whitney Ace Medaglia d'Oro Drills; Zito Fired Up
Fearing a wet track for Monday's scheduled breeze, trainer Barclay Tagg worked Kentucky Derby (gr.I) and Preakness (gr.I) winner Funny Cide early Sunday morning at Saratoga Race Course.
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