Headlines for Saturday, September 5, 2009

  • Rachel Alexandra holds off Macho Again for an historic victory in the Woodward. <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%3D8459488%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Holds Off Macho Again in Woodward

    Rachel Alexandra cemented herself as one of the best fillies of all-time in a race for the ages, as she set a suicidal pace and then was all out under Calvin Borel to hold off a bold charge from Macho Again to win the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) by a head in electrifying fashion Sept. 5 at Saratoga.

  • Washington Yearling Sale Set for Sept. 8

    The 43rd annual Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's summer yearling auction will be held Sept. 8, beginning at 1 p.m. (PDT) at the Morris Alhadeff Sales Pavilion at Emerald Downs. There are 179 horses in the catalog and in addition to yearlings with Washington pedigrees, they include offerings from Kentucky, California, Oregon, and Canada.

  • Soul Warrior, upset winner of the West Virginia Derby, is favored in the Pennsylvania Derby.

    Soul Warrior Favored in Pennsylvania Derby

    Nine 3-year-olds will face off in the $1-million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 7 at Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack, led by Zayat Stables' Soul Warrior, the 3-1 morning line favorite.

  • Thumb Injury Sidelines Bejarano

    Jockey Rafael Bejarano, who missed 27 days of the 37-day Del Mar meeting because of multiple facial injuries suffered in an opening-day spill, was off his mounts Sept. 5 following an injury to his right thumb on only the sixth day after his return from the earlier injury.

  • No Inflation Rolls in the Kent Stakes

    No Inflation notched the first added-money victory of his career when he scored by 6 1/4 lengths in the $250,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 5 at Delaware Park. Ridden by Rosemary Homesister Jr., the Repriced gelding grabbed the lead soon after the start and, while being stalked by Dr Large, set fractions of :24.29 for the first quarter mile and :48.35 for the half. No Inflation started pulling away in the turn for home and never was challenged as he approached the wire.

  • Gran Estreno fights for victory in the Washington Park Handicap.

    Super Claim Gran Estreno Wins Washington Park

    Gran Estreno, claimed twice for $20,000 this year, earned a starting berth in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) when he led all the way to win the $200,000 Washington Park Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Sept.5.

  • Well Armed

    Well Armed Recuperating From Surgery

    Well Armed, winner of the Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline (UAE-I) earlier this year, is recuperating following surgery at co-owner and co-breeder Bill Casner's farm in Flower Mound, Texas. A bone chip was removed from the 6-year-old Tiznow gelding's ankle during the procedure, Casner told Del Mar's publicity department.

  • Pyro comes home strong to take the Forego.<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%3D8459472%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Late Run Earns Pyro Forego Victory

    Pyro, one of the favorites in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), captured his first stakes in more than a year when he came from off the pace and out-finished Kodiak Kowboy in the $300,000 Forego (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga.

  • Tribal Belle holds off Simply Splendid to take the Seaway at Woodbine.

    Tribal Belle Gets First Stakes Win in Seaway

    Front-running Tribal Belle held off the hard-charging favorite Simply Splendid by a diminishing neck to register her first stakes score for sizzling trainer Terry Jordan in the $141,879 Seaway Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine Sept. 5.

  • Western Smoke takes control in the Sapling Stakes at Monmouth.

    Western Smoke Wins Sapling, Just Like Sire

    Western Smoke repeated a feat accomplished by his daddy 13 years ago, winning the $150,000 Sapling (gr. III) at Monmouth Sept. 5 for his third consecutive stakes score. Now, if the 2-year-old colt can go on to do what Smoke Glacken did in his sophomore season, he will really be in business.

  • Calder to Keep Four-Day Racing Weeks

    Officials of Calder Casino & Race Course and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association decided to continue four-day live racing weeks through November and have made adjustments to the fall calendar accordingly.

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma: Healing Skin Wounds in Horses

    <P>Brazilian researchers report that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is beneficial for healing surgical wounds in horses, <A href="http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=13717">contrary to previous reports</A>. &nbsp; <P>Because wound healing in horses is frequently problematic from both a clinical and economical point of view, methods to improve healin...