Headlines for Saturday, September 1, 2007

  • Palomar 'Cap gives Precious Kitten second win of Del Mar meet.<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%3D2162238%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Precious Kitten Claws Out Another Win in Palomar

    Most of the intrigue surrounding the $222,000 Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 1 involved which of two outstanding fillies trainer Bobby Frankel would scratch, Price Tag or Precious Kitten. Once he withdrew Price Tag, Precious Kitten, with a grade I victory over the Del Mar turf already at the meet, became a prohibitive favorite.

  • Presque Isle Downs brings racing to northwestern Pennsylvania.

    Presque Isle Quick Out of the Gate

    Amid high expectations and even higher purses, the latest racetrack fueled by slot machine revenues was unveiled Saturday, when Presque Isle Downs opened its 25-day meet.

  • Wicked Style determined winner of Arlington Futurity.

    Wicked Style Won't Be Denied in Arlington Futurity

    Wicked Style may have been light on experience heading into the $198,500 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) but the 2-year-old showed plenty of grit, fighting back after being overtaken in the stretch to defeat Riley Tucker by a head at Arlington Park Sept. 1.

  • California invader Smokey Stover, with Aaron Gryder up, wins the Icecapade Stakes at Monmouth Park.

    Test Lap Goes Well for Smokey Stover in Icecapade

    Leading sprinter Smokey Stover took a successful test spin for the upcoming TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, winning the $103,000 Icecapade Stakes over three rivals in a solid time of 1:08 4/5 at the New Jersey track Sept. 1.

  • Lawyer Ron, John Velazquez aboard, wins the Woodward Stakes.<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%3D2161294%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lawyer Ron Crushes Woodward Foes

    Well, it wasn't another course record, but the performance by Lawyer Ron in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 1 was every bit as impressive as what he did one month earlier in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I).

  • Midnight Lute, Shaun Bridgmohan aboard, wins the Forego Stakes.<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%3D2161333%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Baffert Strums Winning Tune With Midnight Lute

    Southern California trainer Bob Baffert continues to see dividends from his decision to take a string from his Southern California stable to Saratoga. In the $250,000 Forego Handicap (gr. I), his Midnight Lute made the lead on the turn of the seven-furlong test and rolled to his first grade I win by more than two lengths under substitute rider Shaun Bridgmohan.

  • New York Stakes winner Makderah has high hopes for Glens Falls.<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%3D1506438%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Makderah Can Make Amends in Glens Falls Handicap

    Shadwell Stable's grade II winner Makderah looks to make amends from her third-place finish as the heavy favorite in the Diana Handicap (gr. IT) earlier in the Saratoga meet when she meets eight rivals in the $100,000 Glens Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares at 11 furlongs Sept. 3.

  • Maimonides Tops Short but Enticing Hopeful Field

    Normally, a Grade I event with only four entries would be a bit of a letdown for horse racing fans. In the case of the $250,000 Hopeful Stakes, nothing could be further from the truth, as a terrific showdown between top-flight 2-year-olds is set for Saratoga's main track Sept. 3.