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  • Rachel's Valentina takes the Spinaway Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-8Ww5BS7">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel's Valentina Solid in Spinaway

    Rachel's Valentina continued to impress Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, remaining perfect in two starts with her win in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) for Stonestreet Stables.

  • Silvestre De Sousa celebrates victory aboard African Story in the Dubai World Cup.

    Benzel to Handle de Sousa's Book in NY

    Benzel, 40, will handle de Sousa's book while the 34-year-old Brazilian hopes to put down roots in the U.S. this October. De Sousa is atop the standings to collect his first title as Great Britain's champion rider.

  • Cavorting

    Cavorting Drops a Level to Prioress

    Grade I winner Cavorting will drop a level to contest the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 6 at Saratoga, but has her work cut out for her in a field of 11.

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    American Pharoah to Continue Racing

    Despite comments after American Pharoah's runner-up finish in the Travers which indicated he was considering retiring the colt, owner Ahmed Zayat announced the Triple Crown winner will target the Breeders' Cup Classic.

  • Curlin

    Curlin to Hill 'n' Dale in 2016

    Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin will relocate from Lane's End to John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm for the 2016 breeding season, majority owner Stonestreet Farm announced Sept. 2.

  • Takeover Target won the Hall of Fame Stakes on August 7 at Saratoga.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-zpBm5Sm">Order This Photo</a>

    Takeover Target Heads Saranac

    Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) winner Takeover Target shares the highweight assignment Sept. 5 as part of a trio for trainer Chad Brown in the $300,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Rachel's Valentina

    Rachel's Valentina, Tonasah Head Spinaway

    Rachel's Valentina, the 2-year-old Bernardini filly out of champion Rachel Alexandra, looks to take a step up for Stonestreet Stables and trainer Todd Pletcher in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga.

  • Wise Dan

    Wise Dan Completes Final Breeze for Woodbine

    The 8-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding went five furlongs in 1:00 flat Sept. 1 on trainer Charlie LoPresti's watch, and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12 in final serious move for the Sept. 13 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT).

  • Keen Ice goes by American Pharoah to win the Travers Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-KSRJ8d9">Order This Photo</a>

    Keen Ice Springs Travers Upset on 'Pharoah'

    A 16-1 shot who had not won for Donegal Racing since breaking his maiden last September, Keen Ice upset American Pharoah by about three-quarters of a length Aug. 29 at Saratoga after a prolonged stretch battle.

  • Runhappy rolls to victory in the NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-MtTFzLs">Order This Photo</a>

    Runhappy Romps to Record King's Bishop Score

    Runhappy ran them off their feet Aug 29 in the $500,000 NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, giving trainer Maria Borell her first grade I victory and collecting the first one of his own in stakes-record time.

  • La Verdad will put her four-race win streak on the line Aug. 29 in the Ballerina Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-s22g2xQ">Order This Photo</a>

    La Verdad Chases Grade I in Ballerina

    The 5-year-old New York-bred daughter of Yes It's True will put her four-race win streak on the line Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • The Big Beast faces 9 in the Forego.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-FcGCmtq">Order This Photo</a>

    The Big Beast Faces Private Zone in Forego

    The Big Beast won't have to contend with Rock Fall, who beat him by a nose last time out in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I). But the seven-furlong Forego came up a tough race nonetheless, with a slew of new sprinters.

  • Embellish the Lace leads the way in the Alabama.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-jjMNCN5">Order This Photo</a>

    Embellish the Lace Upsets Alabama

    Embellish the Lace turned it around from a ninth-place finish in the June 27 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) and took the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 22 at Saratoga on the front end.

  • Shogood rolls to victory in the Arlington-Washington Futurity.

    Shogood Sprints to Arlington-Washington Win

    William Stiritz's Shogood made his stakes debut in impressive fashion Aug. 22, soaring gate-to-wire to win the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) at Arlington International Racecourse.

  • Middleburg (right) finished 2nd in the Arlington Handicap on July 11.

    Middleburg Keeps Knocking in Cliff Hanger

    Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone's Middleburg continues his quest for a graded stakes score Aug. 23, when he takes on five others including grade I winner Lochte in the $100,000 Cliff Hanger Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth.

  • Frosted

    Frosted Works Bullet Toward Travers

    On Aug. 20, tightening the screws for an upcoming run in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I), the 3-year-old son of Tapit got down to business under jockey Joel Rosario with a five-furlong bullet move in :59.59 at Saratoga.

  • Shogood Looks to Step Up at Arlington

    On Aug. 22 the Nobiz Like Shobiz colt returns to stretch out to seven furlongs and step up in company in the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III), departing from post 4 in a field of 13 with Chris Emigh up.

  • Stryker Phd Repeats in Longacres Mile

    Stryker Phd closed with a huge rally and soared clear to victory in the $200,000 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 16 at Emerald Downs, taking his home state's marquee race for a second year in a row.

  • Exaggerator wins the Saratoga Special.
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    Exaggerator Brave in Saratoga Special

    Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator shipped in from California and put on a brave performance Aug. 16, splitting horses midstretch before surging to victory in the $200,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Interpol wins the Sky Classic Stakes.

    Interpol Upsets Sky Classic

    Interpol was the longest shot on the board but the first at the wire in the $200,000 Sky Classic Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine, earning his first graded victory in his second attempt at that level Aug. 16.

  • American Pharoah works at Del Mar August 15.

    American Pharoah Perfect in Del Mar Work

    Triple Crown champion American Pharoah turned in his first breeze since winning the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) when he worked four furlongs in :47 3/5 Aug. 16 at Del Mar.

  • Sharla Rae and James Graham take the Del Mar Oaks.

    Sharla Rae Rebounds for Del Mar Oaks Score

    Sharla Rae rebounded from a disappointing seventh last time out in the Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (gr. IT), and notched her first graded victory with a win in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Del Mar.

  • The Pizza Man takes the Arlington Million.

    The Pizza Man Scores in Arlington Million

    The 6-year-old English Channel gelding galloped to victory in the $1 million Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, scoring the greatest victory of his career.

  • Highland Reel leads the way to victory in the Secretariat Stakes.

    Highland Reel Brilliant in Secretariat

    Highland Reel went gate-to-wire in the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, quickening away brilliantly after setting the pace to win by 5 1/4 lengths.

  • Just Wicked get by Tonasah late to win the Adirondack Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-d2pKxm2">Order This Photo</a>

    Just Wicked Edges Tonasah in Adirondack

    Just Wicked was content to let Tonasah set the pace in the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 15 at Saratoga Race Course, but when it came down to a stirring stretch duel, the 2-year-old Tapit filly would not be denied.

  • Slumber and Big Blue Kitten finished 1-2 in the June 6 Knob Creek Manhattan Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-9B5sCwp">Order This Photo</a>

    Chad Brown Duo Tops Full Million

    Trainer Chad Brown has a hot hand for the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, which has drawn a motley crew of international contenders among 13 entered for the 2015 edition.

  • Force the Pass won the Belmont Derby Invitational on July 4.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-3Npw256">Order This Photo</a>

    Goldstream, Force the Pass Head Secretariat

    Undefeated Italian Derby winner (Ity-II) Goldstream will make his first start for Australian Bloodstock Aug. 15, when he faces Belmont Derby (gr. IT) victor Force the Pass in the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT).

  • Heart To Heart wins the Ocean Port Stakes.

    Heart to Heart Wires Oceanport

    Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart was all heart Aug. 2, showing the way throughout and carrying on to victory in the $150,000 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park.

  • Bradester wins the Monmouth Cup.

    Bradester Carries On in Monmouth Cup

    Joseph Sutton's Bradester collected his first grade II victory and continued his success at Monmouth Park, coming off a score in the July 5 Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III) to win the $200,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. II).

  • Rachel's Valentina wins race 2 at Saratoga August 2.
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    Rachel's Valentina Sparkles in Debut

    It took Rachel's Valentina a moment to figure out what this racing thing is all about, but once the 2-year-old filly found her stride, there was no stopping her en route to a sparkling debut victory Aug. 2 at Saratoga.

  • Texas Red outfinished Frosted to win the Jim Dandy Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-2JrbC59">Order This Photo</a>

    Jim Dandy: Texas Red Denies Frosted

    Those who questioned the class level of Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red had to eat their words Aug. 1, as the son of Afleet Alex turned back Frosted in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II).

  • Rock Fall (left) gets in front of The Big Beast in the Vanderbilt. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-FHCP3dD">Order This Photo</a>

    Rock Fall Edges The Big Beast in Vanderbilt

    Rock Fall continued his dazzling win streak and stepped up to the top level with a game performance in the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, edging grade I winner The Big Beast.

  • Smart Transition wins the $100,000 Curlin Stakes by 4 3/4 lengths.

    Smart Transition Powers Home in Curlin

    Arnold Zetcher's homebred Smart Transition picked up his first black type victory July 31 at Saratoga Race Course, kicking into gear off the turn and drawing away to win the $100,000 Curlin Stakes.

  • Rock Fall Looks to Step Up in Vanderbilt

    Stonestreet Stables' Rock Fall will face the grade I question for the first time Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, when the streaking Todd Pletcher trainee takes on a field of six other accomplished runners.

  • La Verdad wins the Honorable Miss Stakes.
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    La Verdad Cruises in Honorable Miss

    La Verdad took the lead and never looked back July 29 in the $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course, cruising gate to wire under jockey Jose Ortiz to preserve her perfect record this season.

  • Hard Not to Like (left) gets up late to take the Diana Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-6mMJ8KH">Order This Photo</a>

    Hard Not to Like Wins Record Diana Thriller

    Hard Not to Like came flying and secured her second consecutive grade I victory July 25, edging out Tepin in the final strides of the $500,000 TVG Diana Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga while setting a turf course record.

  • Uchenna and Alan Garcia take the Ontario Matron.

    Uchenna Closes to Ontario Matron Victory

    Triton Racing's Uchenna bided her time at the back of the pack and then pounced with a bold rail move July 25 to win the $150,000 Ontario Matron (Can-III), taking her first graded stakes for trainer Roger Attfield.