Headlines for Sunday, August 2, 2009

  • Informed earned a spot in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile with his victory in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar.<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%3D8379939%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Informed Wins 'Diego by Nose; Well Armed Last

    Informed nosed pacesetter Mast Track to win the $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) Aug. 2 when 3-5 favorite Well Armed failed to fire in his first start since capturing the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in March.

  • Get Serious All Business in Oceanport

    Heavy rain at Monmouth Park Aug. 2 took the $200,000 Oceanport Stakes off the turf and left only three starters to contest the 1 1/16-mile event on the slop. When it was over, 5-year-old gelding Get Serious earned his first graded stakes victory by holding off Kiss the Kid by a neck.

  • Rachel Alexandra dominates the field in the 2009 Haskell at Monmouth Park.<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%3D8379873%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra Routs Boys in Haskell Slop

    Rachel Alexandra turned in yet another dominating performance in a campaign for the ages when she captured the $1.25 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on a sloppy track at Monmouth Park Aug. 2.

  • Longshot Perfect Shower shocked the best 3-year-olds in Canada when he scored a three-quarters of a length win in the Breeders' Stakes over the Woodbine turf.

    Perfect Shower Soaks Breeders' Stakes at 46-1

    Coming out of a low-level maiden claiming win, Perfect Shower shocked the best 3-year-olds in Canada at 46-1 when he came from off the pace to score a three-quarters of a length win in the $467,020 Breeders' Stakes on the Woodbine turf Aug. 2.

  • Seventh Street wins the 2009 Go For Wand Handicap at Saratoga.<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%3D8379657%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Seventh Street Relishes Slop in Go For Wand

    Godolphin Stable's Seventh Street continued her dominance over an off track, as she wore down Spritely in mid-stretch and went on to win the $300,000 Go For Wand Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 2 at rainy Saratoga. It was the fifth victory in eight starts for the 4-year-old daughter of Street Cry, who became a multiple graded stakes winner.

  • Zenyatta

    Zenyatta Sends Message With Big Hirsch Drill

    The undefeated champion Zenyatta sent a clear message to any of her prospective foes in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) on Aug. 9 with a scintillating five-furlong breeze in 1 minute flat on Del Mar's main track Aug 2.

  • Captain's Lover with John Velazquez riding won the  Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes at Monmouth Park.

    Captain's Lover Romps in Sloppy Matchmaker

    Team Valor International's Captain's Lover made her dirt debut a winning one, as she took over at the quarter-pole and sloshed her way to a seven-length victory in the $200,000 Taylor Made Matchmaker Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park.

  • Justenuffhumor fights to win the 2009 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga.<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%3D8379938%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Justenuffhumor Laughs Last in Fourstardave

    Jockey Alan Garcia guided Justenuffhumor through heavy traffic in the stretch to win the $158,750 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) in the 4-year-old colt's stakes debut Aug. 2 at rainy Saratoga.

  • Zappa is back to defend his Cougar Handicap title.

    Zappa Faces Mitchell Duo in Cougar II 'Cap

    Trainer John Sadler's Zappa, a 6 1/4-length winner of the 2008 Cougar II Handicap, is back to defend his title against Mike Mitchell's top-weighted duo of Big Booster and Church Service in the $150,000 renewal of the 1 1/2-mile event Aug. 5.

  • Kensei, winner of the 2009 Jim Dandy.

    Jim Dandy, Diana Stars Come Out in Good Shape

    Stonestreet Stables and Gulf Coast Farms' Kensei, who powered home to a 2 1/4-length victory over Warrior's Reward in the Aug. 1 Jim Dandy (gr. II) came out of the race in good shape, according to trainer Steven Asmussen's assistant Larry Ulrich.

  • Goldikova Turns in Prix Rothschild Smasher

    Heading for a second appearance in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) this fall, the brilliant filly Goldikova showed that she is at the top of her game following a smashing repeat victory in the Prix Rothschild (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug 2.

  • Mine That Bird is scheduled to arrive at Saratoga Aug. 3 to begin preparations for the Shadwell Travers.

    Mine That Bird On His Way to Saratoga

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird is scheduled to arrive at Saratoga Aug. 3 to begin preparations for the $1 million Shadwell Travers (gr. I) on Aug. 29.

  • Equine Visual Laterality Reinforces Horse Handling Traditions

    <P>The convention of leading and mounting the horse from the left might be more than just tradition, according to a new study from St. Andrews University. The study, led by Kate Farmer, MA, at the Harmony Center in Austria, shows that horses generally prefer this arrangement too, and not just because this is how they are trained. <P>The researchers comp...