Articles posted July 26, 2012

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Coil wins comfortably in comeback

One year ago this weekend, Pegram, Watson and Weitman's Coil stamped himself as a top-level performer with a victory over Shackleford in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth. In Thursday's 7TH race at Del Mar, the Bob Baffert trainee signaled his intentions to be a major player in the second half of 2012 with a stylish return victory.

Currency Swap, Fort Loudon highlight Amsterdam

Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga has attracted seven sophomores, including Grade 1 winner Currency Swap and recent Grade 3 Carry Back victor Fort Loudon. The 6 1/2-furlong test serves as a prep for the Grade 1 King's Bishop at seven furlongs August 25, and both races were captured last year by Caleb's Posse, who went on to add the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile to his resume.

The Factor and Amazombie square off in Bing Crosby

Top California-based sprinters The Factor and Amazombie will meet for the third time in Sunday's Grade 1, $300,000 Bing Crosby at Del Mar. The six-furlong Polytrack test serves as a rubber match between the classy competitors, who tower over the remaining three entrants in the field.

THS: Jim Dandy Stakes 2012

THS: Jim Dandy Stakes 2012

Claire and Pete handicap the Jim Dandy Stakes, Haskell Invitational, and Curlin Stakes. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Jim Dandy Stakes.

Southwest Stakes extended to 1 1/16 miles

Oaklawn has increased purses on 13 of its 32 stakes planned in 2013, including a majority of its three-year-old stakes races. Overall, the track has raised stakes purses by nearly $400,000 to $5.7 million, the richest program in its history.

Saratoga hosts fourth annual Mid-Summer St. Patrick's Day

Saratoga Race Course will bring horse racing fans a little extra luck during the fourth annual Mid-Summer St. Patrick's Day next Thursday. The day-long celebration of Irish culture and heritage will feature traditional Irish food and drink as well as Irish music, dance and entertainment.

Thistledown backside pulls together to aid ailing stablehand

In early May, 26-year-old Thistledown stablehand Janet Duhon went to her doctor complaining of a stomachache. With bewildering speed, the routine appointment turned into hospitalization, major surgery for cancer and complications that kept her in intensive care for weeks.

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