Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale ends two-night run on a powerful upswing for a second straight year, with a strong closing session Aug. 12 and 20 horses sold for $100,000 or more--including a $330,000 sale topper.
City to City eked out the win in Sunday's Grade 2, $250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes at Del Mar by the barest of noses over All Star Heart. Campaigned by William DeBurgh, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and Mark DeDeomenico LLC, the five-year-old mare ran 1 1/8 miles on the firm turf in 1:46.50 to earn her fifth stakes victory. The final time was just 0.16 off the stakes record of 1:46.34 set by Precious Kitten in 2007.
City to City once again showed her affection for the Del Mar grass, winning the John C. Mabee in dramatic fashion for her second grade II score where the surf meets the turf.
Spurious Precision, the only contestant in the Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) with a race over the track, powered his way to a five-length triumph in the 6 1/2-furlong race Aug. 12
Head of the U.S. Olympics anti-doping agency told Thoroughbred industry leaders how the Olympic committee tackled doping issues and began restoring the Games' integrity.
Klaravich Stables Inc. and William Lawrence's Spurious Precision took full advantage of Shanghai Bobby's withdrawal from Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special Stakes to wire the 6 1/2-furlong contest under jockey Alan Garcia by five lengths.
Stonestreet Stables LLC's Kauai Katie wired her foes in the Grade 2, $196,000 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga Sunday, taking it by 2 3/4 lengths as the 2-5 favorite. Guided by Rosie Napravnik, the Todd Pletcher trainee recorded a time of 1:16 4/5 in the 6 1/2-furlong, fast-track contest, making her a perfect two-for-two after a 12-length romp in her maiden debut on July 20, also at Saratoga.
After breaking her maiden by 12 lengths opening day at the Spa, Kauai Katie returned Aug. 12 to win the grade II Adirondack Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by daylight for undefeated Stonestreet Stables.
A four-day suspension incurred by Chantal Sutherland while riding in the Shergar Cup international jockey event on Saturday at Ascot, England, to be served August 25-28, may jeopardize her participation in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic as the regular jockey for Game on Dude.
Evan recaps Wise Dan in the Fourstardave Handicap and Executiveprivilege in the Sorrento Stakes.
Two mares and one filly who were pre-entered Friday for Arlington's Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes were on the Chicago oval's worktab Sunday morning in advance of Saturday's upcoming $750,000 sister race to the Grade 1 Arlington Million. All Stormy and Ioya Bigtime also prepared for their respective engagements in the Grade 1 Secretariat and American St. Leger with moves at the Chicago venue.
Grace Hall, one of four Grade 1 winners pointing to Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama at Saratoga, had her final serious work prior to that 1 1/4-mile race Sunday morning, breezing four furlongs in :49 2/5 over at Delaware Park's fast main dirt.
Sensational Grade 2 Suburban Handicap winner Mucho Macho Man returned to the worktab for the first time since his July 7 victory with a bullet four-furlong breeze over Saratoga's fast Oklahoma training track Sunday morning.
Temida took command with just over a furlong to run and drew off to an easy two-length victory in the Grosser Preis von Bayern (Ger-I) at Munich Racecourse Aug. 12.
Unbeaten Shanghai Bobby was scratched from Sunday's Grade 2 Saratoga Special with a fever, trainer Todd Pletcher said earlier that morning.
Outsider Pedro the Great drew off in the final furlong to post a 2 3/4-length victory in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh Aug. 12.
Joyce Robsham's homebred Awesome Maria, a New York grade I winner, has been retired from racing because of a tendon injury discovered after her last race, the Delaware Handicap (gr. II) July 21, in which she finished third.
Grace Hall, one of four grade I winners pointing to the Aug. 18 Alabama (gr. I), had her final serious work prior to the 1 1/4-mile race this morning, breezing four furlongs at Delaware Park in :49.40.
Suburban Handicap (gr. II) winner Mucho Macho Man returned to the work tab for the first time since his July 7 victory with a bullet four-furlong breeze on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 12.
The Jockey Club intends to continue with its efforts to market Thoroughbred racing and develop new patrons, but the organization's leader said Aug. 12 those efforts must go hand in hand with medication and penalty reforms.
Excelebration took advantage of not having to face Frankel by powering to a 1 1/4-length victory in the Prix Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 12.
In a change designed to win support of its Reformed Racing Medication Rules, The Jockey Club has added a provision governing regulatory administration of furosemide on race day.
Buyer Jim Crupi of Crupi's New Castle Farm talks about changes at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale and his purchases Aug. 11.
Jonathan Thorn talks about a $220,000 Majestic Warrior colt Thorndale sold for owner Seth Gregory. The colt was the top selling yearling Aug. 11 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale.
Alternation won a prolonged stretch battle with Prayer for Relief to score by a nose in Saturday night's $200,000 Governor's Cup at Remington Park. The heavy wagering favorite at 3-5 odds, Alternation became a millionaire with his earnings for winning the Governor's Cup, Remington Park's top race for older horses this season.
- By Vic Zast
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