Headlines for Saturday, August 9, 2008

  • Sky Cape flies home in the La Jolla.<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%3D5465712%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sky Cape Sails to La Jolla Surprise

    Sky Cape, ignored at the windows in an evenly-matched renewal of the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIT), ran down pacesetter Liberian Freighter in the homestretch to earn his first graded stakes win comfortably over the Del Mar turf course Aug. 9.

  • Casse Earns 1,000th Victory

    Trainer Mark Casse celebrated his 1,000th victory after the first race at Woodbine Aug. 9.

  • Spirit One streaks to the win in the Arlington Million.

    Spirit One Goes Wire-to-Wire in Million

    French-bred Spirit One, the least accomplished of three European invaders in the Arlington Million (gr. IT), sprinted to an early lead and never relinquished it, eventually holding off favored Archipenko in the final yards to win by three-quarters of a length Aug. 9 at Arlington Park.

  • Mauralakana takes control in the Beverly D.

    Marvelous Mauralakana Wins Beverly D.

    Mauralakana, given a perfect ride by Kent Desormeaux, swept to her first grade I victory in the $750,000 Beverly D. over the Arlington Park turf Aug. 9, winning her fourth consecutive race for trainer Christophe Clement.

  • Maren's Meadow cruises to victory in the Monmouth Oaks under Terry Thompson.

    Maren's Meadow Pulls Monmouth Oaks Upset

    River Ridge Ranch's Maren's Meadow, dismissed at odds of 11-1 in a field of five 3-year-old fillies, broke on top and never trailed, pulling away in the stretch to win the $150,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) by 4 1/2 lengths Aug. 9.

  • Winchester pulls away in the Secretariat.

    Winchester Takes Down Tizdejavu

    Rene Douglas snuck a peek around each shoulder approaching the quarter-pole in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT), knowing that he had a loaded gun underneath him. The veteran jockey then let Winchester loose, and the 3-year-old son of Theatrical swallowed pacesetter Tizdejavu, eventually drawing clear for a convincing 7 1/4-length upset victory Aug. 9 at Arlington Park.

  • Ellis Park

    Ellis Park Announces 5% Purse Increase

    Ellis Park, which nearly closed a month ago due to stalled negotiations with horsemen over a new advance deposit wagering contract, announced it will increase purses by 5% beginning Aug. 13 through the close of the current meet Sept. 1.

  • Trainer Mark Casse

    Mark Casse Celebrates 1,000th Win

    Trainer Mark Casse celebrated his 1,000th victory Aug. 9 when the 2-year-old filly Laragh won the first race at Woodbine.

  • Jim Dandy winner Macho Again is one of the probables for 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%3D5286679%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Travers Field Begins to Take Shape

    According to New York Racing Association Stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes, Acai, Colonel John, Da' Tara, Harlem Rocker, Macho Again, Mambo in Seattle, Pyro, Tale of Ekati, and Tres Borrachos are probable for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

  • Russell Baze

    Baze Banned for Whip Use at Ascot

    Russell Baze, North America's most winning jockey with more than 10,000 victories during his career, will long remember his first ride in Europe at Ascot, which cost him a four-day whip ban.