Headlines for Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • Top Tier Lass romps onto New York Watch list

    Todd Pletcher, who has won the Saratoga training title eight times, would be the first to tell you that much of his success at the Spa depends on the performance of his two-year-olds. So far in 2012, things are looking pretty good for Pletcher.

  • Penn National Gaming Reports July Handle Gain

    Wagering at Penn National Gaming's Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred tracks continued to show signs of growth in July, with both Penn National and Charles Town reporting an increase in a

  • Switch won the A Gleam on July 14.

    Switch Wheels Back for Clement Hirsch Stakes

    Fresh off a victory in the A Gleam Handicap (gr. II), dual grade I winner Switch wheels right back for trainer John Sadler while returning to two turns in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 4 at Del Mar.

  • Willmot Retires as WEG Chairman

    Woodbine Entertainment Group Aug. 1 announced the retirement of David S. Willmot as the company's chairman of the board. James Lawson has been elected chairman in his place.

  • Whitney could provide clarity to older male division

    A contentious field of nine runners has been entered to go 1 1/8 miles on Saturday in the Grade 1, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/whitney12.html">Whitney Invitational Handicap</a> at Saratoga, and the prominent affair could help bring some clarity to the older male division.

  • Old Friends retiree Benburb dies at age 23

    Benburb -- a retiree at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Kentucky -- was euthanized due to complications from melanomas on Wednesday at Haygard Equine Medical Center in Lexington. He was 23.

  • Joel Rosario

    Anderson to Represent Jockey Rosario

    Ron Anderson has taken the book of jockey Joel Rosario and will represent the rider in New York while handling his mount assignments at Saratoga Race Course, the agent confirmed Aug. 1.

  • Include Me Out seeks to rebound in Clement L. Hirsch

    After establishing herself as Southern California's leading older filly over the winter and spring, Include Me Out endured a temporary setback when upset by Love Theway Youare in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap on June 16. The daughter of Include can put that performance behind her with an effective showing Saturday in the Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/clementlhirsch12"> Clement L. Hirsch</a> at Del Mar.

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    Agave Kiss Looks for Redemption in Prioress

    Undefeated in six races before losing badly in her last start, Agave Kiss will attempt to start a new streak at a new track when she faces six rivals in the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 4.

  • John Veitch

    Veitch Hearing Takes Place in Kentucky

    Former Kentucky chief racing steward John Veitch finally got his day in court Aug. 1 when Franklin, Ky., Circuit Court judge Thomas Wingate heard arguments on both sides of the controversial Life At Ten case.

  • Frankel stays unbeaten after repeat win in Sussex

    Superhorse Frankel duly won his 12th race Wednesday -- and eighth at Group 1&nbsp; level -- when taking the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood for owner Prince Khalid Abdulla, trainer Sir Henry Cecil and jockey Tom Queally. The 1-20 favorite, Frankel won the Sussex for the second year running, scoring by an eased-down six lengths in 1:37.56 from Farhh.

  • HRTV Named Official Simulcast Partner for Cup

    The Breeders' Cup and HRTV announced Aug. 1 a multi-year media rights agreement which makes HRTV the official simulcast partner of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Jockeys take to the mic in 'Riders Up!' fundraiser

    With heart and soul -- and likely more than a few off-key notes -- New York jockeys are prepared to take to a Saratoga, New York, stage and sing out in support of their fallen comrades.

  • Velazquez joins 'An Evening with Mo' children's benefit

    On the eve of induction into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame, jockey John Velazquez will join pitcher Mariano Rivera for an exclusive dinner at Siro's Trattoria at the Lodge on August 9 at 6:30 p.m. (EDT).

  • BC Zenyatta After-Party Celebration to benefit several equine charities

    On Wednesday, Breeders' Cup Ltd., and Jerry and Ann Moss announced plans for the second annual Breeders' Cup Zenyatta After-Party Celebration to be held Championship Friday, November 2, at Santa Anita Park's Frontrunner restaurant. This year's official event will be an exclusive evening following Friday's race card and will benefit several equine and racing-related charities, including the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER).

  • NYRA, Jockey Club introduce Racing 101 Fan Hub at Saratoga

    The New York Racing Association (NYRA) on Wednesday announced a partnership with America's Best Racing to bring a new fan-driven initiative to Saratoga designed to educate casual fans about the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

  • King George tops day four at Glorious Goodwood

    A total of 17 runners go for the Group 2, £100,000 King George Stakes over five furlongs at Glorious Goodwood on Friday. They are headed by Australian raider Ortensia, who will carry a four-pound penalty after a pair of Group 1 successes - the Winterbottom Stakes in Australia in November and the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai in March. She disappointed on her first start in the United Kingdom when coming home ninth in the five-furlong Group 1 King's Stand at Royal Ascot, but ran better when fourth over six furlongs in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket on July 14.

  • Forage-Only Diet for Performance Horses Evaluated

    With countless types of grains and concentrated feed available for performance horses, some horse owners might wish for a simpler approach to feeding their equine athlete. Well here&rsquo;s some good news for these owners: According to recent study results, a diet devoid of concentrates and entirely based on forage could be suitable for some high-performa...