Headlines for Sunday, August 26, 2007

  • Three Australian Racehorses Suspected With EI

    All track work halted Aug. 26 at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Australia after three Thoroughbreds showed symptoms of equine influenza. It was the first time EI appeared to have crept into Australian racing circles.

  • Last Answer has last word in Nijinsky.

    Last Answer Uses Theft Tactics in Nijinsky Stakes

    Last Answer, under an astute front-running ride from Emile Ramsammy, upset 2006 Sovereign Award champion Sky Conqueror and the rest of the field in the CAN $300,000 Nijinsky Stakes (Can-II) on a yielding grass course Aug. 26 at Woodbine.

  • Maryfield (left) takes the Ballerina Breeders' Cup at the wire.<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%3D2114354%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mighty Maryfield Wins Ballerina Shocker

    California shipper Maryfield certainly shines in New York. Returning to the Empire State for the first time since she captured Aqueduct's Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for trainer Doug O'Neill in March, the late-charging 6-year-old mare won a desperate head bob at odds of 16-1 to nose an unlucky Baroness Thatcher at the wire of the $250,000 Ballerina Breeders' Cup (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 26.

  • Indian Flare

    Indian Flare Dies After Finishing Race

    Indian Flare, a 5-year-old filly trained by Bobby Frankel and owned by Juddmonte Farms, died after apparently fracturing her pelvis in the running of Sunday's Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, according to track veterinarian Anthony Verderosa.

  • 'Guarded Optimism' on Eve of Texas Yearling Sale

    Bolstered by the revival of racing in Oklahoma and the continued increases in purses in Louisiana, there is "guarded optimism" among Texas breeders and sales company officials on the eve of the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale.

  • Jockey Cornelio Velasquez enters final week of Saratoga meet with most wins.

    Saratoga Riders Jockey For Position

    With eight racing days remaining until the end of the 2007 meet at Saratoga Race Course, the track's jockey colony is tightly bunched as usual, but the shifting fortunes of several riders make for an interesting match-up as we head into closing week. Here's a look at Saratoga's top 10 jockeys and their nearly finished summer seasons heading into Sunday's card.

  • New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer

    Spitzer Recommendation May Not Come Sept. 4

    In an Aug. 25 news conference at Saratoga Race Course, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said he may not meet the Sept. 4 deadline to make a recommendation as to which organization should receive the franchise to run racing at the Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.

  • A Day At The Spa: Aug. 26, Let it Linger

    The canoe in the infield pond has been painted in James Tafel's colors of yellow and blue. Street Sense is safely recovering from his exertion. Another Travers is in the record books. Talk about feeling the air go out of the balloon

  • Street Sense wins another thrilling stretch duel in Travers.

    Street Sense Outjumps Grasshopper in Travers

    He was the favorite for a reason, and Saturday afternoon Street Sense proved he belongs at the top of the 3-year-old division when he turned back a determined Grasshopper after hooking up in a fierce duel at the head of the stretch in the 138th running of the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Hard Spun takes King's Bishop with yet another gutsy performance in the stretch.

    Hard Spun Fights Back, Wins King's Bishop

    Heavily favored Hard Spun, a colt who has made all the major dances for trainer Larry Jones this season, earned his elusive first grade I victory when he turned back a serious challenge from First Defence in the $250,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Aug. 25.

  • Shakis hugs the hedge on the way to record-setting run in the Bernard Baruch.

    Shakis Sets Saratoga Course Mark in Baruch Win

    Shadwell Stable's Shakis, cutting back to nine furlongs for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, rode the hedge to victory in the $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT), setting a record on the Mellon Turf Course in the process Aug. 25.