Articles posted October 6, 2012

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Grace Hall romps in Indiana Oaks

Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group's Grace Hall took the lead from Eden's Moon in Saturday's Grade 2, $205,600 Indiana Oaks at Hoosier Park and never looked back en route to a 5 3/4-length score under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. The Tony Dutrow-trained daughter of Empire Maker was sent off the 4-5 favorite and returned $3.80 and $2.20 for completing 1 1/16 miles on the good dirt in 1:41 4/5.

Coil edges Capital Account in Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Pegram, Watson and Weitman's Coil rallied to the lead in midstretch and gamely withstood the late bid of stablemate Capital Account in Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, providing trainer Bob Baffert with a one-two finish in the six-furlong event formerly known as the Ancient Title. Winner of the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at nine furlongs last year, the versatile colt has redefined his image at age four, establishing himself as a top contender for the November 3 Breeders' Cup Sprint over the same Santa Anita track.

Obviously still unbeaten at a mile in Arroyo Seco

Fanticola and Scardino's Obviously turned in another terrific front-running effort in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Arroyo Seco Mile at Santa Anita. Aside from remaining perfect from three starts at the distance, the Mike Mitchell charge burnished his credentials for the Breeders' Cup Mile over this same course.

Wise Dan flaunts his superiority in Shadwell Turf Mile

Eclipse Award contender Wise Dan came out of his Grade 1 Woodbine Mile heroics in such fine fettle that trainer Charles Lopresti didn't want to keep him in the barn until the Breeders' Cup. Thus Morton Fink's homebred was entered in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, and judging by how he crushed the opposition once again, it's clear why Lopresti couldn't hold him down.

Neck 'n Neck proves best in Indiana Derby

A. Stevens Miles Jr.'s homebred Neck 'n Neck closed strongly in Saturday's Grade 2, $513,600 Indiana Derby, rallying down the center of the track to post a one-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile test at Hoosier Park. With new jockey Brian Hernandez up, the Ian Wilkes-trained colt was off as the 9-2 third choice among 11 rivals and returned payoffs of $11.20, $4.80 and $2.80 to his supporters.

Tapitsfly denies Daisy Devine in First Lady

Frank L. Jones Jr.'s homebred Tapitsfly got up to take the Grade 1, $350,000 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday and in the process gained a measure of revenge over rival Daisy Devine, who held her to third when capturing the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley during Keeneland's spring meet. Daisy Devine had a clear lead in the stretch of the First Lady, but Tapitsfly lived up to her name when swooping in late to finish a mile on the firm turf in 1:35 2/5.

Dreaming of Julia ekes out Frizette win over My Happy Face

Stonestreet Stables' homebred Dreaming of Julia just got the head victory on Saturday in Belmont Park's Grade 1, $380,000 Frizette Stakes after a stretch-long duel with near 3-1 second choice My Happy Face. The pair raced in tandem down the lane, in very close quarters at times, but Dreaming of Julia managed to take the win under jockey John Velazquez to move her record to a perfect three-for-three.

Groupie Doll on cruise control in TCA

After saving ground for a half-mile, Groupie Doll had to wait patiently for a seam to open up at the top of the stretch in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland. When it finally did, the four-year-old burst through with ease and drew off to win the six-furlong Polytrack dash by 6 1/2 lengths. The 2-5 choice, now the probable early favorite in next month's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Groupie Doll returned $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10.

Bridgetown a popular Woodford winner

Eugene Melnyk's homebred Bridgetown made a rare off-the-pace rally to land Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Woodford going 5 1/2 furlongs on Keeneland's firm turf. Favored at 3-5 in the field of six, the five-year-old son of Speightsown wore down long-time leader Great Mills inside the final furlong to post a one-length win in a time of 1:02 2/5.

Churchill to Acquire Riverwalk Casino, Hotel

Churchill Downs Incorporated has agreed to acquire Riverwalk Casino and Hotel in Vicksburg, Miss., for total consideration of approximately $141 million, to be paid in cash, the company announced Oct. 5.

Spring in the Air BC-bound; Phoenix top two still pondering

John Oxley's Spring in the Air returned to Churchill Downs on Friday night after her one-length victory in the Grade 1 Alcibiades and "is great this morning," trainer Mark Casse said Saturday. The victory earned Spring in the Air a spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies to be run November 2 at Santa Anita. Casse said her travel itinerary to California has not been set.

Retired Thoroughbreds to be honored during Festival of the Sun

In addition to hosting a stakes-filled afternoon of live racing as part of the 21st annual Festival of the Sun on October 13, Calder Race Course will also hold ceremonies throughout the day in conjunction with Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care (TRAC), Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida, the Broward Sheriff's Mounted Unit, and Hobbs Equestrian to honor retired Thoroughbred race horses now serving the community in their second careers.

Study Examines Most 'Physically Effective Fiber' for Horses

Some owners might be searching for the most cost-effective ways in which to feed their horses, especially as provision prices continue to rise. Recently, a team of German researchers took a different approach to evaluating the effectiveness of horse feeds by carrying out a study establishing which diet--hay and grain or solely forage--consisted of a more ...

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