Headlines for Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Mariano Rivera enjoys a day at Saratoga

    Rivera's Spa experience began Friday morning with a tour of the backstretch. Escorted by new Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, the 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion  visited with trainers Todd Pletcher and Kiaran P. McLaughlin. Rivera stopped by Darley Stables and met with Jimmy Bell, president of Darley's American operations.

  • Arlington releases pre-entries for International Festival stakes

    Pre-entries for the 2012 editions of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.arlingtonpark.com/sites/arlingtonpark.com/files/2012%20Final%20Arlington%20Million%20XXX%20GI%20Nominations.pdf"> Arlington Million</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.arlingtonpark.com/sites/arlingtonpark.com/files/2012%20Final%20Beverly%20D%20%20GI%20Nominations.pdf"> Beverly D.</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.arlingtonpark.com/sites/arlingtonpark.com/files/2012%20Final%20Mid-America%20Triple%20Nominations.pdf"> Secretariat Stakes</a>, as well as Arlington's inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes, closed at noon Friday with 11 older horses named to the upcoming 30th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million on August 18.

  • Quick Wit foils Csaba in off-the-turf Hall of Fame

    Trainer Dale Romans is doing so well in three-year-old turf stakes this season that he's even winning them when they're rained off the turf. At a sloppy Saratoga on Friday, his Quick Wit outdueled 6-5 favorite Csaba by a nose to earn his first stakes score in the Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/halloffame12.pdf"> National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes</a>. Originally carded as a Grade 2 over 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf, the contest was converted to 1 1/8 miles on the main track, and because of the change in conditions, was automatically downgraded pending review by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

  • Hall of Fame inducts 2012 class

    The National Museum of Racing inducted its 2012 Hall of Fame class Friday at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, New York. Jockeys John Velazquez and Anthony Hamilton, trainers Roger Attfield and Robert Wheeler, and racehorses Ghostzapper and Planet were enshrined at the ceremony. Tom Durkin, the track announcer for the New York Racing Association (NYRA), served as the event's master of ceremonies.

  • Louisiana-bred legend Star Guitar retired

    Louisiana-bred millionaire and stakes king Star Guitar has been retired due to a recurring quarter-crack that kept the son of Quiet American out of a fourth-peat bid in Saturday's Evangeline Mile Handicap.

  • Paynter

    Paynter Arrives at Belmont

    Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter arrived at Belmont Park Aug. 10 from New Jersey and will be monitored to see if he can make the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Fasig-Tipton Saratoga: John Sikura

    Interview with John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale, about their Street Cry colt, who sold for $1.2 million on August 6 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.

  • Toner already missing Winter Memories

    Trainer Jimmy Toner was a mix of stoic and sentimental as he talked Friday morning about multiple Grade 1 winner Winter Memories, whose retirement midway through her four-year-old campaign was announced Thursday afternoon.

  • Alpha, Street Life doing well following Travers moves

    Grade 2 Jim Dandy winner Alpha and Curlin victor Street Life both came out of their Thursday works in good order as they continue preparations for the Grade 1 Travers Stakes on August 25 at Saratoga.

  • Star Guitar

    Louisiana Champion Star Guitar Retired

    The king of the Cajuns, Star Guitar, has been retired after a sensational career in which he captured 24 of his 30 starts and three consecutive Louisiana-bred horse of the year titles.

  • NYTHA scholarships provide educational leg-up for backstretch families

    Victoria Casso will head to the University of Kentucky this fall to begin her second year of study in veterinary medicine. Wendy Ramirez is finishing up her degree in child psychology at NYU. They are but two of the 29 students getting an educational leg-up from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) this year.

  • John Sikura: Fasig-Tipton Saratoga

    Interview with John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale, about their Street Cry colt, who sold for $1.2 million on August 6 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.

  • Trainer Dallas Stewart (left) and West Point Thoroughbreds president Terry Finley speak at the ownership seminar.

    Owner-Trainer Relationship Topic at Seminar

    There may be plenty of data out there on trainer performance, but for owners, selecting a conditioner involves much more than numbers, according to an owner and trainer that have worked together for about 15 years.

  • Winter Memories

    Bringing Back Memories

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />No one will be forgetting Memories of Silver any time soon, because her daughter, Winter Memories, won some the same races at Saratoga as her dam.

  • Saratoga Diary: New York, New York

    One of the meet's best innovations has been having jockeys sign autographs and pose for photos on Thursday mornings at breakfast on the Clubhouse Porch.