Articles posted August 15, 2012

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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 Del Mar Oaks. 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 Secretariat Stakes, one of four premier turf stakes races on Saturday's International Festival of Racing  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.

Arlington Million, Beverly D. top International Festival

One year after European invader Cape Blanco ran away with the Grade 1, $1 million Arlington Million, 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 Beverly D. 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. "Bud" Johnston.

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.

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 "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup prep stakes, five of which will be run on September 29, with the remaining Grade 1 event to be run October 6.

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...

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