Headlines for Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Union Rags retired

    Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags has been retired from racing, Dick Jerardi reported Friday on <a target="_blank" href="http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/Union_Rags_headed_for_retirement.html"> philly.com</a>. Owner/breeder Phyllis Wyeth made the decision just about a week after the colt was sidelined by a minor tendon injury.

  • Pacific Ocean rolls in James Marvin

    Dennis Narlinger's Pacific Ocean could do no better than sixth against Caixa Eletronica in the Grade 2 True North Handicap on June 9, but easily schooled that rival when leading gate-to-wire in the Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/jamesmarvin12.pdf">James Marvin Stakes</a> on Saratoga's opening day Friday program. The chestnut son of Ghostzapper was making just his second start since being transferred to trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., and finished seven furlongs on the fast main track in 1:22 2/5.

  • So Many Ways rallies to take Schuylerville

    Maggi Moss' So Many Ways stayed on strongly down the stretch to capture Friday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/schuylerville12.pdf"> Schuylerville Stakes</a>, the second of a pair of graded stakes on opening day at Saratoga. Dispatched as the 5-2 favorite off her eight-length debut maiden romp at Parx, the Tony Dutrow juvenile covered six furlongs in 1:11 2/5 on the fast track and improved her record to a perfect two-for-two.

  • Hungry Island breezes for Diana

    Dual Grade 2 heroine Hungry Island tuned up for the Grade 1, $600,000 Diana on July 28 at Saratoga with a :48 4/5 four-furlong breeze over the fast Oklahoma training track on Friday.

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    Summer Front Skipping Virginia Derby

    Waterford Stable's Summer Front will run in the $100,000 Duluth Stakes at Saratoga July 22 rather than travel to Colonial Downs for the Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) a day earlier, according to trainer Christophe Clement.

  • Zito maps out plan for Fort Loudon

    With two Kentucky Derbies, one Preakness and a pair of Belmont Stakes victories to his credit, Hall of Famer Nick Zito may be best known as a trainer of classic horses.

  • Pletcher seeks sixth Sanford; Summer Front confirmed for the undercard

    Todd Pletcher has won four of the last eight runnings of the Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sanford12.htm"> Sanford Stakes</a> at Saratoga, and five overall, and the trainer will be double-handed in Sunday's 98th edition of the six-furlong test for juveniles. His hopes rest in a pair of Belmont Park debut maiden winners, Rose Junction and Onetwentyeight.

  • Stars to Shine won the Trillium Stakes at Woodbine June 24.

    Ontario Matron Draws Field of Nine

    Stars to Shine and Bear It's Time bookend the $150,000 Ontario Matron Stakes as co-highweights at Woodbine July 22, but grade I winner Hooh Why has the most impressive resume in the field of nine.

  • Tygart to address Jockey Club Round Table

    Travis T. Tygart, chief executive officer of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), will share insights on the mission, policies and practices employed by the USADA and the Partnership for Clean Competition to combat the use of performance-enhancing drugs when he delivers the keynote address at The Jockey Club's 60th Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing on August 12 at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York.

  • Keeneland Launches Redesigned Website

    The Keeneland Association has unveiled a redesigned website that the Lexington auction and racing organization said is the culmination of a nearly year-long process that included discussions with major stake holders.

  • New Vocations Charity Horse Show Successful

    The ninth annual New Vocations Charity Horse Show in Delaware, Ohio, attracted more than 150 participants and 900 class entries and raised more than $40,000 to help the organization.

  • Mucho Macho Man

    Mucho Macho Man Honors Holy Bull

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />On the same weekend that Darley announced the retirement of Holy Bull from stud duty, his grandson Mucho Macho Man paid due tribute with a stunning victory in the Suburban Handicap.