The classy sprinter La Verdad handled an increase in distance to take the Critical Eye Stakes, and 3-year-old filly Isabelle went wire-to-wire in the Bouwerie Stakes May 31 at Belmont Park on New York Showcase Day.
Champion Big Brown could be represented by the second stakes winner of his first juvenile crop if 2-year-old Archer Hill gets the job done in the $250,000 Summer Stakes (gr. IIT) Presented by TVG at Woodbine Sept. 15.
When trainer Lisa Lewis brings turf horses to Saratoga from her base at Woodbine, she means business. She scored last year at the Spa with two first-time starters at big prices on the grass and struck twice again recently.
Black Astor, handed a 10-length lead with a mile to run in the closing-day $142,500 Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park, made it stand up over his three rivals July 19.
Patrick Biancone is among five Eastern trainers planning to stable at Hollywood Park for the track's autumn meet when a division of 16 horses arrived Nov. 2.
Peter F. Karches, former co-chairman of the New York Racing Association (NYRA), died while hospitalized in Boston, Mass. April 13 from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the most common form of adult leukemia.
Undefeated in a pair of starts, the fleet-footed Smokey Glacken puts her unblemished record on the line in Sunday's $150,000 Astarita (gr. II) at Belmont Park. Nine 2-year-old fillies were entered in the 6 ½-furlong sprint.
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.
Lisa Lewis is a dreamer, but she's also a realist. So, when she says she feels Kissin Saint is ready to make his presence felt against Funny Cide in tomorrow's Preakness, it might be wise to pay attention.
Belong To Sea ran her undefeated record to three with a thrilling victory in the $100,000 Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III), contested under cloudy Thursday at Pimlico.
Two Preakness-bound starters, Peace Rules and Kissin Saint, turned in workouts over Belmont's main track this morning. Derby Trial (gr. III) Midas Eyes, recorded his first workout since winning at Churchill Downs.
Graded stakes winner Capsized may rates the mild edge when he faces seven rivals in the $150,000 Sea O' Erin Breeders' Cup Mile Sunday on the turf at Arlington Park.
Babae and jockey Jorge Chavez wore down pacesetter Platinum Tiara before drawing off to a three-length win in the $150,000 Violet Handicap (gr. IIIT) at the Meadowlands on Friday night.
Saratoga Notebook: Medaglia d'Oro and Repent on Collision Course; Sky Mesa Healthy, Ward Hopeful; Lewis Ends Drought; Schulhofer Colt Put Down
There could be one or two more meetings between Travers (gr.I) stars Medaglia d'Oro and Repent in the next two months.
Sharp Performance will make his belated debut as a four-year-old in Saturday's Fort Marcy (gr. III) at a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the turf.
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