Articles posted July 27, 2012

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Street Life splashes to victory in Curlin

The form of the June 9 Belmont Stakes rose to the top in Friday's $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga, as the respective fourth and fifth from the "Test of the Champion" -- Street Life and Five Sixteen -- dominated the rest. Street Life, the slight 2-1 second choice, rallied from last in the slop to mow down Five Sixteen, who was himself 2 1/2 lengths clear of Ever So Lucky. Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Jose Lezcano, the son of champion Street Sense will now likely try to emulate his sire by adding the Grade 1 Travers to his resume on August 25.

America's Best Racing to highlight racing's 'Second Season'

With the backdrop of the successful 2012 Saratoga and Del Mar meets, America's Best Racing will be activating a fan development initiative focused on the start of Thoroughbred racing's "Second Season." This effort, designed to attract and educate new fans to the sport through signature, big events, is being supported with renewed cooperation by and collaboration with several of America's best racetracks.

Hereford, Folkestone Racecourses to close at end of season

Arena Leisure and Northern Racing announced Friday the permanent closure of Hereford Racecourse and the temporary closure of Folkestone Racecourse, both located in England. The company set out plans to cease trading at Hereford and Folkestone racecourses at the end of the 2012 season.

Travers Celebration to benefit BEST, Hope Fund and PDJF

The 12th annual Travers Celebration will return this summer to support the Backstretch Employee Service Team (BEST), the Times Union Hope Fund and its newest beneficiary, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), on August 23 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. (EDT) at Saratoga Race Course.

Drought, Heat Push Horse Feed Costs Skyward

Nationwide, the combination of very hot weather and persistent dry conditions continue to challenge horse owners with parched pastures and high hay and feed prices. Now, with no end to the drought and heat in sight, owners might have to rethink what they feed their horses.

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