Headlines for Wednesday, August 22, 2007

  • Graeme Six, Featherbed Top Victory Ride Line-Up

    A pair of fast developing 3-year-old filly sprinters, Graeme Six and Featherbed, could vie for favoritism among a wide open field of 13 sophomores entered in the $100,000 Victory Ride (gr. III) at Saratoga Aug. 25.

  • Lady Joanne

    Lady Joanne Oriented for Success

    Orientate offspring Lady Joanne has developed into one of the best fillies of her crop. Successful in the Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) in the spring, she narrowly lost out to Octave in the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I), and then, after a prep in the restricted Banshee Breeze Stakes, returned to take a game victory over a tough field in the 10-furlong Alabama Stakes (gr. I).

  • Cosmonaut looks to add the Bernard Baruch to his resume.

    Cosmonaut Figures to Fly in Bernard Baruch

    Trainer Patrick Biancone planned on running his multiple graded stakes winner Cosmonaut in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) earlier this month, but a minor foot problem prevented it. Instead they'll shoot for a nice consolation prize in the $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Saratoga turf as part of the Travers supporting card Aug. 25.

  • Hard Spun

    Hard Spun Shortens Up For King's Bishop

    Hard Spun likely has only three races left in his career. That was conformed when it was recently announced that the Danzig colt would stand for Darley after the Breeders' Cup. That means, Saturday's $250,000 King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) may provide Hard Spun with his best chance to finally capture an elusive Grade I race, as he shortens up to seven furlongs in a test for 3-year-olds over Saratoga's main track.

  • Chief's Lake Denied New York History

    With a victory in the $150,000 Albany Stakes Aug. 22, Vinery Stables' Chief's Lake would have made New York-bred history. No horse has ever won all three legs of the OTB Big Apple Triple, which comprises the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont, New York Derby at Finger Lakes and the Albany at Saratoga. A sweep of the three would earn the winner a hefty $250,000 bonus. Since its inception in 1999, a couple of horses have come close, Image Maker in 2000 and Ferocious Won last year.

  • Sightseeing will be one of 6 horses trying to topple Street Sense in the Travers.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1237962%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Can Anyone Upset Street Sense in Travers?

    The general consensus is that the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) will be a cake walk for Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) champion Street Sense. When the post positions were drawn Aug. 22 and the son of Street Cry was installed as a 3-5 morning line favorite, that line of thinking was confirmed.

  • Assembly Panel OKs Limit on CHRB Membership

    Legislation limiting the number of commissioners on the California Horse Racing Board who can be licensed to participate in the sport has cleared the state assembly's appropriations committee and is headed for a full vote on the assembly floor.

  • HRRN to Broadcast Live from Saratoga for Travers

    The Horse Racing Radio Network's broadcast of the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) from Saratoga will be carried in the Saratoga Springs, N.Y., area on radio and also available on the Web.

  • Bob and John

    Grade I Winner Bob and John Retired

    Bob and John, a homebred grade I winner for Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky.

  • The Personal Ensign is next up for Delaware Handicap winner Unbridled Belle.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1730647%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    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.

  • A Day At The Spa: Aug. 22, Newsday

    Wednesday morning, the cameramen are in full swing at Saratoga. In the paddock, they cluster around for the Travers draw, tripods balanced like long-legged storks. In the winners' circle, they form an orderly line for Senator Bruno's conference on the fight against horse slaughter. Down near the rail, they lift cameras to shoulders and zoom in for local track reports.

  • New York Racing Association's Lisa Fiorillo hangs the names of horses during the Travers Stakes post position draw.

    Street Sense Draws Post Four in Travers

    Street Sense, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will start from post position number four in Saturday's running of the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Rail Link

    Juddmonte Retires Rail Link, Three Valleys

    European champions Rail Link and Three Valleys have been retired from racing and will enter stud at Khalid Abdullah's Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket, England.

  • Audit Shows Table Games Passed for Dog Track

    An audit of a vote on table games at a Greyhound racetrack near Charleston, W.Va., showed the measure passed 23,192-22,849, but there has been a call for a recount.