Headlines for Thursday, August 6, 2009

  • Princess Rooney winner Game Face carries top weight in the Honorable Miss.

    Game Face Seeks Fourth Stakes Win This Year

    Game Face, a romping winner of the Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) last out and five-time graded stakes winner, will carry top weight of 122 pounds as the even-money morning-line favorite in the $150,000 Honorable Miss (gr. II) Aug. 9 at Saratoga.

  • NY Senator: Upfront Money Not There

    Officials in New York recognize they will not be getting the upfront payment money for the Aqueduct casino franchise they had been expecting before the economy turned sour, according to the head of the Senate's racing committee.

  • Exotic 'Encosta' Colt in Saratoga Sale

    The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale will have a touch of the exotic this year with a colt by Encosta de Lago among its offerings. Encosta de Lago was the leading sire in Australia for 2008/2009, and his offspring generate bidding frenzies when they're sold Down Under. But will buyers at Saratoga be interested when they have a chance to buy one of the stallion's sons Aug. 11, during the second session of the New York auction?

  • Mixed Up jumps strong in the A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase.

    Mixed Up Scores in Smithwick Memorial 'Chase

    Mixed Up rallied through the stretch after taking the final hurdle and went on to a half-length victory over Preemptive Strike in the $105,723 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase (NSA-I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 6.

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    Rachel Back On Training Track at Saratoga

    Stonestreet Stable's Rachel Alexandra was on Saratoga's Oklahoma training track Aug. 6 for a gallop and will return to the work tab next week, most likely Aug. 11, trainer Steve Asmussen said.

  • Multiple graded stakes winner Fabulous Strike carries 123 pounds in the Vosburgh.

    Star-Studded Cast Lines Up For Vanderbilt

    The Eclipse Award voting is still more than five months away, but the star-studded $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) Aug. 9 at Saratoga may go a long way in deciding the nation's top sprinter.

  • THS: The Arlington Million

    Jason, Tom, and Les Instone from Brisnet/Twinspires.com preview the Arlington Million (gr. I). Plus picks for the Whitney (gr. I). Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Arlington Million.

  • U S Ranger

    Champion U S Ranger to Pauls Mill

    Irish champion U S Ranger has been retired from racing and will stand at Ben P. Walden Jr.'s Pauls Mill near Versailles, Ky., in 2010.

  • Calder Handle Rebounds From Troubled Year

    All-sources handle at Calder Race Course rose 48%, from $131.4 million to $195 million, during this year's second quarter, according to parent company Churchill Downs in a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission. But Calder's handle for the quarter ended June 30 was 22% below its handle of $249 million for the second quarter of 2007.

  • Soul Warrior

    Second-Crop Standouts

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>The weekend brought a couple of new players to the 3-year-old scene and also underlined just how strong the second-crop sires are.

  • TV, Radio Coverage of 'Million' Program Set

    HRTV will broadcast the grade I Arlington Million and two other grade I stakes as part of the Aug. 8 program at Arlington Park in Illinois, while the Horse Racing Radio Network will offer a two-hour broadcast from the track.