Articles posted July 28, 2012

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Rail Trip returns to winner's circle in San Diego

Jay Em Ess Stable's Rail Trip returned to his winning ways on Saturday with a half-length victory in the Grade 2, $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. With jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. in the irons, the Ron Ellis-trained gelding ran 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack in 1:43 to return $11.20, $5.60 and $3.80 as the 9-2 fifth choice in the seven-horse field.

Alpha wires Jim Dandy at wet Saratoga

Godolphin Racing's Alpha turned in a front-running display in the slop at Saratoga on Saturday in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy over 1 1/8 miles. Sent to the lead by Ramon Dominguez from post 1, Alpha set a pedestrian pace of :24 2/5; :49 1/5 and 1:14. Challenged around the far turn and in the stretch, Alpha maintained his supremacy throughout and expanded his lead to two lengths at the line. The 9-5 favorite returned $5.60, $3.70 and $3.20 after completing the distance in 1:50 2/5.

Winter Memories completes mother-daughter double in Diana

Phillips Racing Partnership's homebred Winter Memories was able to employ her late kick to devastating effect in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Diana Stakes at Saratoga. Given a perfect stalking trip by Javier Castellano, with clear sailing throughout, the talented gray stormed to the front at the top of the stretch and joined her dam, millionaire Memories of Silver, on the Diana honor roll.

Deauville, Munich offer Group 1 action

Previously known as the Prix d'Astarte, the Group 1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville offers the perfect mid-summer platform for Europe's top miling distaffers to strut their stuff and Sunday's edition is a select affair to launch the month-long Normandy festival.

Block looking forward to American St. Leger with Ioya Bigtime, Suntracer

Trainer Chris Block may be the pride of Champaign, Illinois, but he has also been an extremely positive force among Arlington horsemen since his own career began in 1989. The 45-year-old conditioner saddled a training double July 27 to gain sole possession of fourth-place in Arlington's trainer standings, but Block doesn't keep tabs on that sort of thing.

Amazombie stronger for Bing Crosby this time

After only a few moments of talking about champion sprinter Amazombie, Bill Spawr invited a visitor to his Barn G headquarters at Del Mar to take a closer look at the object of the discussion. Spawr pointed to the large muscles in the hindquarters of the California-bred gelding, the shine of his brown coat and remarked that at age six, the son of Northern Afleet appeared to him to be fully ready for his start in Sunday's Grade 1, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes.

Richard's Kid gets easy Pacific Classic prep in Cougar II

Zabeel Racing International's Richard's Kid outclassed five opponents Friday evening at Del Mar with a come-from-behind triumph in the Grade 3, $100,000 Cougar II Handicap. Richard's Kid rebounded from prior losses in the Cougar II in 2009-10 to capture the Grade 1 Pacific Classic both years, and will now seek an unprecedented third win in the August 26 renewal of that $1 million, 1 1/4-mile race.

Havre de Grace to sell at Fasig-Tipton November

Owner Rick Porter has announced that 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, who was retired in April after sustaining ligament injuries, will be auctioned off at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Lexington, Kentucky, on November 5.

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