• Stealcase runs down Ontario Derby

    Stealcase, sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade 3, $158,934 <a target="_blank" href="">Ontario Derby</a>, certainly did not disappoint at Woodbine on Sunday. Coming off a subpar seventh in the Grade 1 Travers, he bounced back here to earn his first graded stakes win.

  • Wise Dan dismantles the field in Woodbine Mile

    Morton Fink's homebred Wise Dan was in a class of his own in Sunday's Grade 1, $1,031,168 <a target="_blank" href=""> Woodbine Mile</a>, stamping himself as a leading threat for the Breeders' Cup Mile. Although the impressive 3 1/4-length winner earned an automatic berth to the Mile, connections have not yet ruled out a tilt at the Breeders' Cup Classic on dirt for the superstar who can run on any surface.

  • Wigmore Hall outduels Al Khali to repeat in Northern Dancer

    Mark B. Hawtin's globetrotting Wigmore Hall had endured an eight-race losing streak since his victory in last year's Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Northern Dancer Turf</a>, but a return to Woodbine for Sunday's renewal helped the English invader regain the winning thread. After a rousing stretch duel with Al Khali, the Michael Bell charge&nbsp; successfully defended his title by a hard-fought neck.

  • It's Tricky readies for Beldame; Questing, Alpha work for Parx engagements

    Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin worked a quartet of stakes runners for Godolphin Racing this weekend at Saratoga's Greentree Training Center, with multiple Grade 1 winner It's Tricky and promising juvenile Fortify turning in breezes for upcoming stakes races at Belmont Park, and top sophomores Questing and Alpha working toward engagements at Parx Racing.

  • McGaughey sends out a trio of Grade 1 hopefuls at Belmont

    Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey sent out a fearsome foursome of workers on Sunday to gear up for upcoming graded stakes at Belmont Park. Three of the Sunday breezers are targeting Grade 1 races on September 29.

  • Royal Delta, To Honor and Serve turn in moves for Beldame, Kelso

    Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott confirmed champion Royal Delta for the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Invitational and said To Honor and Serve could compete in the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap after the pair posted separate breezes on Sunday at Belmont Park.

  • Pletcher pupils highlight Saratoga worktab

    It was a busy Sunday morning at Saratoga Race Course for trainer Todd Pletcher, who was on hand to oversee a number of horses work in preparation for upcoming stakes.

  • Barefoot Lady shows Canadian rivals a clean pair of heels

    Jockey Davey Moran landed a fortunate pick-up mount aboard English shipper Barefoot Lady in Sunday's Grade 2, $323,217 <a target="_blank" href="">Canadian Stakes</a> at Woodbine, and delivered a perfect ride to land the spoils. Trained by Richard Fahey for Mrs. H. Steel, the 7-1 chance saved ground while tracking the pace, angled out for the drive, and rolled to an emphatic 1 1/2-length victory over All Star Heart.

  • Brown praises Samitar, plans to stretch Dealbata out

    Trainer Chad Brown reported Sunday morning that Samitar came out of her narrow victory in Saturday's Grade 1 Garden City at Belmont Park in good shape, and next will point for the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on October 13 at Keeneland.

  • Maid of Heaven kicks off Kentucky Turf Cup undercard

    Team Block's homebred Ioya Bigtime took the lead soon after the start of Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Kentucky Turf Cup</a> and never looked back when scoring by a half-length under jockey Jeffrey Sanchez. The bay five-year-old was exiting a runner-up effort in the inaugural American St. Leger at Arlington Park on August 18, but got back on the winning track here when completing 1 1/2 miles on the firm Kentucky Downs turf in 2:30.

  • Leading Astray captures Pucker Up

    Leading Astray was not led astray this Saturday as she was able to come up with a late response and hold off Miss Cato in the Grade 3, $175,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Pucker Up Stakes</a> at Arlington Park.

  • Ioya Bigtime wires Kentucky Turf Cup

    Team Block's homebred Ioya Bigtime took the lead soon after the start of Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Kentucky Turf Cup</a> and never looked back when scoring by a half-length under jockey Jeffrey Sanchez. The bay five-year-old was exiting a runner-up effort in the inaugural American St. Leger at Arlington Park on August 18, but got back on the winning track here when completing 1 1/2 miles on the firm Kentucky Downs turf in 2:30.

  • Naples Bay scores minor upset in Noble Damsel

    Edward Cox Jr.'s Naples Bay rallied to the lead in midstretch and easily withstood the late rally of favored Dealbata in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Noble Damsel Stakes </a>at Belmont Park, registering her first stakes victory with a 1 1/2-length decision. She was overlooked at 13-1 odds among nine rivals, returning payouts of $28, $10.20 and $5.90, and Jose Lezcano had the mount for trainer Christophe Clement.

  • Samitar holds on in Garden City

    Martin S. Schwartz's Samitar was a rough-trip third in her American debut in the Grade 2 Lake George at Saratoga, but the Irish classic winner had a much cleaner opportunity in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Garden City Stakes</a> at Belmont Park. Under a textbook stalk-and-pounce ride by Ramon Dominguez, the 4-5 favorite struck the front in midstretch and fended off the rallying Somali Lemonade by a measured head.

  • Spring Venture, I'm Boundtoscore punch BC tickets at Woodbine

    It was a good day at Woodbine Saturday for trainer Mark Casse, who saddled Spring Venture and Spring in the Air, both daughters of Spring at Last, to a 1-2 finish in the Grade 2, $270,444 <a target="_blank" href="">Natalma</a> for two-year-old fillies.

  • Toronado, Libranno hand Hannon a Group 2 double

    Well-regarded juvenile Toronado maintained his unbeaten record with a game front-running performance in Saturday's Group 2 Champagne Stakes on the St Leger undercard at Doncaster.

  • O'Brien regrets not running pacemaker in St Leger

    Trainer Aidan O'Brien reflected on beaten Triple Crown hopeful Camelot, who suffered his first career loss in Saturday's Group 1 St Leger. Held up off the pace as usual by his son Joseph O'Brien, the 2-5 favorite had to wait for room in the stretch, but couldn't kick as strongly as the victorious Encke and settled for second.

  • Godolphin celebrates sixth St Leger success

    &quot;We are probably not going to be the most popular winner on Town Moor today,&quot; Racing Manager Simon Crisford admitted, &quot;but from our point of view it was a fantastic result, giving Godolphin its sixth St Leger success.&quot;

  • Encke stuns Camelot to deny Triple Crown

    Godolphin's unheralded Encke stunned 2-5 favorite Camelot Sept. 15 in the St. Leger (Eng-I) at Doncaster, denying the hitherto unbeaten colt's historic quest for the English Triple Crown.

  • Dullahan, Little Mike post breezes at Churchill

    Multiple Grade 1 winners Dullahan and Little Mike posted separate five-furlong workouts on Saturday at Churchill Downs in preparation for upcoming starts at Belmont Park.

  • Trio work for Jockey Club Gold Cup

    Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott expressed his satisfaction Saturday morning after Ron the Greek and Flat Out turned in &quot;very good&quot; works at Saratoga in preparation for the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on September 29.

  • Wise Dan takes on Cityscape in Woodbine Mile

    American stand-out Wise Dan and international Group 1 performer Cityscape clash in Sunday's Grade 1, C$1 million <a target="_blank" href=""> Woodbine Mile</a>. The valuable prize has served as a major stepping stone to the Breeders' Cup Mile, a status further recognized by its designation as a &quot;Win and You're In&quot; event.

  • Irish Mission tackles older males in Northern Dancer

    Sunday's Woodbine Mile program features three other graded stakes -- the Grade 1, C$500,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Northern Dancer Turf</a>; the Grade 2, C$300,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Canadian Stakes</a>; and the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Ontario Derby</a>.

  • Certify, Sir Prancealot get up in time

    Godolphin's Certify justified 4-6 favoritism in Friday's Group 2 May Hill Stakes for juvenile fillies at Doncaster, just getting up to edge Purr Along by a head to remain unbeaten. The pair came eight lengths clear of third-placer Light Up My Life.

  • Aptly-named Times Up wins for retiring Dunlop

    Trainer John Dunlop, who announced Thursday that he will be retiring at the end of the season, saddled the winner of Friday's Group 2 Doncaster Cup -- who was somewhat ironically named Times Up.

  • Turf juveniles aim for BC bids in Summer, Natalma

    Woodbine kicks off a terrific weekend of turf stakes with a pair of Grade 2 events for Breeders' Cup-aspiring two-year-olds on Saturday. The C$250,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Summer Stakes</a> is a &quot;Win and You're In&quot; event for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, while its companion race, the C$250,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Natalma Stakes</a>, offers a berth to the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Each is contested at a mile.

  • Musical Romance to join strong cast in Gallant Bloom

    Trainer Bill Kaplan confirmed Friday that 2011 champion female sprinter Musical Romance will make her next start at Belmont Park in the Grade 2, $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap on September 22. The Gallant Bloom is run at 6 1/2 furlongs.

  • Arlington Park reveals 'The Eliminator' handicapping contest

    Arlington Park and all Illinois Trackside Off-Track Betting locations will unveil their new handicapping contest, &quot;The Eliminator,&quot; on September 22. The contest allows players to earn a share of a $250 weekly prize, move on to subsequent rounds and eventually to the November 10 finals where the grand prize will be $1,000.

  • Jockey Club reports smaller decrease in foals born

    The Jockey Club on Friday reported that 2,620 stallions covered 39,838 mares in North America during 2011, according to statistics compiled through September 10, 2012. These breedings have resulted in 22,500 live foals of 2012 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of September 10, 2012.

  • John Dunlop to retire at season's end

    John Dunlop, one of Britain's longest-serving and most respected trainers, has announced that he will retire at the end of the season. Doncaster Racecourse will make a presentation to Dunlop Friday to mark his achievements at the home of the final classic, the Group 1 St Leger.

  • Camelot could make additional history for O'Brien in St Leger

    Apart from Camelot's attempt to become the 16th colt to win the English Triple Crown and the first since Nijinsky in 1970, the Group 1 St Leger could produce a statistic unique in Turf history. Victory in Saturday's race would make Aidan O'Brien the first trainer to win all five British classics in a single season.

  • The English Triple Crown in focus

    The English Triple Crown comprises the Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas over Newmarket's straight mile in early May, the Group 1 Derby over Epsom's switchback 1 1/2 miles in June and the Group 1 St Leger over Doncaster's sweeping extended 1 3/4 miles in September. To win all three a horse must own speed, stamina, soundness and durability as well as class.

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • Wild Coco drives to victory in Park Hill

    Rider Tom Queally praised his mount Wild Coco's battling qualities after she powered through the field to overhaul clear leader Estimate in the straight and win Thursday's Group 2 Park Hill Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Pataky Kid has rich legacy to live up to

    As one of Chicago's oldest stakes races, the tradition-rich Arlington-Washington Futurity was first run more than 80 years ago and -- as its name implies -- it is a hopeful harbinger of things to come for any horse fortunate enough to win it.

  • Trinniberg, Musical Romance work at Calder

    Grade 2 winner Trinniberg returned to the Calder work tab Wednesday morning to put forth his first morning move since a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga, drilling a half-mile bullet in :47 over a track listed as wet-fast.

  • Classic winner Samitar highlights Garden City

    Samitar didn't have the easiest of trips when falling a neck short in the Grade 2 Lake George in her U.S. debut. The Irish classic winner will have an opportunity to make amends when she faces six other three-year-old fillies in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Garden City</a> over nine furlongs on the inner turf at Belmont Park.

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  • Rahystrada faces seven in Kentucky Turf Cup title defense

    Rahystrada will return to Kentucky Downs in good form Saturday, dead-heating for third in the Grade 1 Arlington Million most recently, and figures to be a strong favorite as he goes for a second straight victory in the Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Kentucky Turf Cup</a>. The multiple Grade 3-winning millionaire posted a 3 3/4-length score last year in the 1 1/2-mile affair over the undulating, European-style turf course.

  • Park Hill, Sceptre top second day of St Leger Festival

    The highlight on day two of the St Leger Festival, Ladies Day Thursday, is the Group 2 £80,000 Park Hill Stakes over an extended mile and six furlongs. The contest, sometimes referred to as the 'fillies' St Leger,' will see nine runners go to post headed by Sir Henry Cecil's impressive Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes scorer Wild Coco. The four-year-old will clash again with The Queen's Royal Ascot heroine Estimate and Hazel Lavery, trained by Charlie Hills, who were third and ninth, respectively, in the Lillie Langtry.

  • Zayat issues encouraging update on Paynter

    Grade 1 Haskell Invitational hero Paynter appears to be getting the upper hand in his battle against laminitis, owner <a target="_blank" href="">Ahmed Zayat</a> reported in an encouraging series of tweets on Monday. The star three-year-old has been hospitalized since August 26, initially with a critical case of colitis, followed by the complication of laminitis, but he has been making a remarkable recovery.

  • Cityscape sets sights on Woodbine Mile

    Juddmonte Farms' Cityscape, a British-bred son of Selkirk, will try to give his owner a second win in the Woodbine Mile when he goes postward Sunday in the Grade 1, C$1 million Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' event.&nbsp;

  • Keeneland September set to start with a bang

    Buyers from across the United States and around the world will converge upon Keeneland for the opening of its prestigious September Yearling Sale on Monday.

  • Gold Edge could face rematch with La Song at Keeneland

    Dolphus Morrison's Gold Edge, heroine of Saturday's Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie at Chicago's northwest suburban oval, came out of her race in good order and was doing well Sunday morning, according to trainer Lon Wiggins.