Headlines for Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • KY Outrider, Trainer Suspended for Deception

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's license review committee has suspended the lead outrider at Keeneland Racecourse for 16 months for his role in training a horse that raced in the name of a licensed trainer.

  • Questing defeated Zo Impressive by 4 1/4 lengths in the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1979122731&k=z9tNkj7">Order This Photo</a>

    Alabama Draws Classy Field of Seven

    With the division wide open midway through August, each of seven fillies entered in the 132nd edition of the 1 1/4-mile event seeks to strengthen her championship credentials with a victory Aug. 18.

  • Lady of Shamrock will try to add another Grade I to her resume in the Del Mar Oaks.

    Lady of Shamrock Looks Solid in Del Mar Oaks

    A game winner of the American Oaks (gr. IT) one month ago, Lady of Shamrock can make it back-to-back grade I wins when she takes on nine sophomore filly rivals in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) on the turf Aug. 18.

  • Ten entered for Del Mar Oaks

    The top-three finishers from both the Grade 1 American Oaks and Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap are among those entered to go nine grassy furlongs on Saturday in the Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dmroaks12.html">Del Mar Oaks</a>. Ten sophomore fillies were entered in the race, which will feature a nice match-up between American Oaks winner Lady of Shamrock and San Clemente heroine Eden's Moon.

  • Silver Max heads strong Secretariat field; St. Leger features Jakkalberry

    Silver Max will look to cement his standing atop the three-year-old turf division when he lines up for the Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/secretariat12"> Secretariat Stakes</a>, one of four premier turf stakes races on Saturday's International Festival of Racing&nbsp; program at Arlington Park. Installed as the 9-5 favorite on the morning line, Silver Max could face a stiff domestic challenge from the likes of Summer Front, Cozzetti and Finnegans Wake, and must also overcome a couple of quality European invaders in Bayrir and Daddy Long Legs.

  • Point of Entry, Turbo Compressor square off in Sword Dancer

    Phipps Stable homebred Point of Entry has captured his last three races in easy fashion, but has never been favored in 12 trips to the post thus far. That could all change on Saturday as the Shug McGaughey trainee heads a field of nine entered in the Grade 1, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sworddancer12.html"> Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes</a> going 1 1/2 miles on Saratoga's inner turf.

  • Alabama win offers advantage in Eclipse race to seven fillies

    Championship honors are still up for grabs among the sophomore filly division, but the picture could become a bit clearer on Saturday when seven line up in the Grade 1, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/alabama12.html">Alabama Stakes</a> going 1 1/4 miles at Saratoga.

  • Arlington Million, Beverly D. top International Festival

    One year after European invader Cape Blanco ran away with the Grade 1, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/million12"> Arlington Million</a>, the home defense for Saturday's renewal of Arlington Park's 1 1/4-mile grass fixture looks a tad stronger while the foreign contingent appears slightly less menacing. The Million anchors Arlington's International Festival of Racing which includes two other Grade 1 events -- the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/beverlyd12">Beverly D.</a> for fillies and mares and the Secretariat for three-year-olds.

  • Acclamation to miss Pacific Classic due to injury

    Acclamation came out of a Monday gallop with a slight swelling in the area of the left front ankle that will prevent a title defense in the $1 million, Grade 1 Pacific Classic on August 26, according to owner/breeder E.W. &quot;Bud&quot; Johnston.

  • Fundraiser raises six-figures for Mariano Rivera Foundation

    Siro's Trattoria at the Lodge announced Wednesday that last Thursday's fundraising dinner featuring 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion Mariano Rivera raised more than six figures to support the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.themarianoriverafoundation.org">Mariano Rivera Foundation</a>.

  • Toby&#39;s Corner captured the Mountainview Handicap at Penn National Race Course July 28 by nearly four lengths.

    Toby's Corner Tackles Six in Iselin Stakes

    Fresh from his first win since taking the Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial (gr. I) in April 2011, Toby's Corner returns in the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 18 at Monmouth Park.

  • Acclamation

    Acclamation Likely Out of Pacific Classic

    Acclamation came out of an Aug. 13 gallop with slight swelling in his left front ankle which owner E.W. "Bud" Johnston said will prevent a title defense in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 26.

  • Travers Week stakes fields taking form

    Curlin winner Street Life and Grade 2 Jim Dandy runner-up Neck n' Neck were pronounced in fine form Wednesday morning by their respective connections after the two worked Tuesday in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers on August 25.

  • Saratoga Notebook

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  • Bodemeister to be evaluated at Rood and Riddle

    Grade 1 winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister, unraced since his neck second in the Preakness Stakes, will undergo diagnostic tests at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, this week, co-owner Ahmed Zayat tweeted Wednesday morning. The three-year-old Empire Maker colt has been shipped from Bob Baffert's barn in Southern California to WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, for his appointment Thursday.

  • Santa Anita to offer 28 stakes for Autumn meet

    Santa Anita has announced a 28-event stakes schedule worth over $4 million in purses for its 24-day Autumn Meet which begins September 28. The meet offers one of the world's most lucrative stakes programs which will be keynoted by six Grade 1 &quot;Win and You're In&quot; Breeders' Cup prep stakes, five of which will be run on September 29, with the remaining Grade 1 event to be run October 6.

  • Conference Focuses On Horse Aftercare

    This year's Albany Law School Institute on Racing and Gaming Law devoted a full day to matters of equine health, focusing primarily on Thoroughbred retirement and aftercare.

  • Believe You Can

    Believe You Can to Skip Alabama

    Brereton Jones' homebred Believe You Can, who had been working toward a start in the Aug. 18 Alabama Stakes (gr. I), will instead be given some time off at Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky.

  • Saratoga Diary: New Round of Night Life

    A new round of night life has ushered in the meet's second half, replacing such tonier musings as black-tie affairs, over-priced fundraisers, and Hall of Fame ceremonies.

  • Equine Infectious Anemia Outbreak Hits Western Canada

    Saskatchewan and other regions of Western Canada are in the midst of the largest equine infectious anemia (EIA) outbreak the area has seen in years, involving more than 70 horses and 22 different properties thus far in 2012. In response, two veterinarians discussed the importance of disease surveillance in controlling--and possibly even eradicating--the d...