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Hangin' With Haskin: Retire Rachel? Why?

Hangin' With Haskin: Retire Rachel? Why?

It didn't take long for the 'Retire Rachel' cries to be heard. I can't really criticize those who believe Rachel's reputation has suffered, and feel each race compromises her legacy. Read Blog

Ginger Punch Prevails in Ensign Thriller

Ginger Punch Prevails in Ensign Thriller

There were many who questioned whether champion mare Ginger Punch would be able to stretch out to 10 furlongs, something she had never done before. In the $400,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 22 at Saratoga, the 5-year-old daughter of Awesome Again was grateful for the added distance, as she needed every last stride to pass Lemon Drop Mom.

Ginger Punch Tries 10 Furlongs

Ginger Punch Tries 10 Furlongs

On Aug. 22, Ginger Punch will try something she has never done -- go 10 furlongs for the first time in the $400,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. She will take on six rivals in the main track event.

Unbridled Belle Peaking at Right Time

Unbridled Belle Peaking at Right Time

The last time Unbridled Belle raced at Saratoga, the bay filly was in the midst of a long and unfulfilling summer. An 11 1/2-length defeat in the 2006 Alabama (gr. I) was just one of three sound New York losses for the then 3-year-old filly, prompting Team Valor Stables and trainer Todd Pletcher to give her an extended rest.

Leading the Parade to Stand at Lambholm South

Leading the Parade, a stakes-placed son of A.P. Indy out of grade I winner and champion producer My Flag, has been retired and will stand in 2007 at Roy Lerman's Lambholm South near Reddick, Fla. His fee will be $3,500.

Fleet Indian Sneaks Away in Personal Ensign

Paul H. Saylor's odds-on favorite Fleet Indian and jockey Jose Santos set a dawdling pace, then opened up in the lane to win the $392,000 Personal Ensign (gr. I) for fillies and mares at 10 furlongs at Saratoga Race Course.

Balletto, Fleet Indian Square Off in Personal Ensign

It's seldom that horses come out of retirement. And even more seldom that they come out of retirement and regain the form that they once had. Now Balletto, a grade I winner as a 2-year-old, is one of those horses trying to make a comeback off retirement.

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