Headlines for Saturday, August 18, 2012

  • Little Mike cannot be caught in the Arlington Million.

    Little Mike Milks Arlington Million Win

    Under a crafty front-running ride from Ramon Dominguez, Little Mike led every step of the way to claim the 30th running of the $1 million Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 18 on the Arlington Park turf.

  • Questing leaves the rest behind in the Alabama at Saratoga.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2033104202&k=Nv8SHMx">Order This Photo</a>

    Questing Dazzles in Alabama Speed Show

    Questing turned in a dazzling performance Aug. 18 in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, blazing the first half-mile in :46.01 and still pulling away to take the 1 1/4-mile test by nine lengths.

  • Bayrir flies home to win the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park.

    Bayrir Ships From France to Take Secretariat

    The Aga Khan's Bayrir, winner of three of four previous races including a group II stakes in France, rallied late to win the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) for 3-year-olds at Arlington Park Aug. 18.

  • Lady of Shamrock takes Del Mar Oaks

    Lady of Shamrock captured her second straight Grade 1 victory on Saturday when rallying for a half-length win in the $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dmroaks12.pdf">Del Mar Oaks</a> under jockey Mike Smith. The John Sadler runner was sent off the even-money favorite against her eight rivals, and got up to deny Stormy Lucy while stopping the clock in 1:46.30 for nine furlongs on the firm turf.

  • Little Mike restores American fortunes in Arlington Million

    European invaders swept the first three events at Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing on Saturday, but the marquee race, the Grade 1, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/arlmillion12.pdf"> Arlington Million</a>, was reclaimed for America by Priscilla Vaccarezza's front-running Little Mike. Previously untested at this 1 1/4-mile trip, the Dale Romans charge got away with a leisurely pace for Ramon Dominguez and stormed 1 1/2 lengths clear of English invader Afsare.

  • I'm a Dreamer scores breakthrough in Beverly D.

    In her prior visit to North America, Andrew Stone's I'm a Dreamer had missed by a scant head in last fall's Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine. Making another trip for Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/beverlyd12.pdf">Beverly D. Stakes</a>, the English-based mare found Arlington Park a happier hunting ground. With England's top female rider Hayley Turner aboard, the David Simcock trainee just held on from Marketing Mix by a diminishing head, and capped a European triple in the International Festival of Racing.

  • Questing posts decisive victory in Alabama

    Godolphin's Questing grabbed command of Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/alabama12.pdf">Alabama Stakes</a> soon after the start and never looked back en route to a dominating nine-length win. The Kiaran McLaughlin pupil gave jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. his third career Grade 1 score when completing 1 1/4 miles in 2:01 1/5 over Saratoga's fast main track, and returned $6.40, $4.40 and $3.50 as the 2-1 second favorite.

  • San Pablo kicks clear in Iselin

    Burning Sands Stable's San Pablo rallied three wide into contention on the far turn, collared the leaders in midstretch and drew clear late in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,500 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/iselin12.pdf"> Philip H. Iselin Stakes</a>, posting a 3 1/2-length score over the fast track at Monmouth Park. An easy winner of the Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga in his previous outing, the Todd Pletcher-trained four-year-old notched his first graded victory when completing the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:49 2/5. Chris DeCarlo guided the winner.

  • Point of Entry scores decisively in Sword Dancer

    Phipps Stable's homebred Point of Entry ran away from the field in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sworddancer12.pdf">Sword Dancer Invitational</a> at Saratoga, and in the process firmly establishing himself as the country's leading 1 1/2-mile turf performer.

  • Jakkalberry justifies favoritism in American St. Leger

    Two-time Italian highweight Jakkalberry ranked as the class of the field in Saturday's inaugural running of the $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/amstleger12.pdf"> American St. Leger</a>, and the 8-5 favorite lived up to his resume with a proficient 2 1/4-length decision at Arlington Park. Trained by Marco Botti and ridden by Colm O'Donoghue, Jakkalberry smoothly overhauled pacesetter Ioya Bigtime and punched his ticket to big prizes in Australia.

  • Bayrir captures Secretariat for The Aga Khan

    Silver Max, who had won five straight stakes entering Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/secretariat12.pdf"> Secretariat</a>, ironically met his Waterloo against the French-bred and -trained Bayrir, who proved best over America's leading sophomore turf performers in Arlington's Park 1 1/4-mile fixture. The 3-1 third choice behind Silver Max and New York-based Summer Front, The Aga Khan's homebred returned $8.40, $4.80 and $3.60.

  • San Pablo and Chris DeCarlo take the Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park.

    San Pablo Rolls Late for Philip Iselin Tally

    Heavily favored San Pablo mowed down Toby's Corner and Small Town Talk in the stretch to easily win the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park Aug. 18 for his seventh lifetime win in 12 starts.

  • Amani to challenge males in Pacific Classic; Dullahan breezes

    Trainer Neil Drysdale confirmed Saturday that the four-year-old filly Amani will be entered in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic next Sunday. The Chilean star signaled her readiness with a seven-furlong work in 1:26 4/5 Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • Hansen

    Hansen Works for Travers Stakes

    Hansen, the juvenile champion of 2011, worked five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 the morning of Aug. 18 in preparation for a start in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, where Turbulent Descent and It's Tricky also worked.

  • It's Tricky, Turbulent Descent breeze for upcoming Saratoga engagements

    Multiple Grade 1 winner It's Tricky turned in her final serious work for Saratoga's Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign Invitational on August 26, breezing a half-mile in :46 3/5 over the Tapeta surface at Greentree Training Center Saturday morning. Encouraged through the stretch by exercise rider Renzo Morales, It's Tricky worked in company with an unraced three-year-old filly named Villanesca.

  • Heatseeker's first winner hits target at Woodbine

    Grade 1 hero and millionaire Heatseeker registered his first winner as a freshman sire when Surtsey captured Saturday's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/heatseeker1st.pdf">2ND</a> race at Woodbine. Making her fourth start in the $32,000 maiden claimer, the Kevin Attard pupil rallied from midpack and stormed 3 1/2 lengths clear. Surtsey negotiated six Polytrack furlongs in 1:12 with Patrick Husbands aboard.

  • Hansen tunes up for Travers

    Hansen, the juvenile champion of 2011, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 on Saturday morning at the Trackside Training Center in Louisville, Kentucky, in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers on August 25 at Saratoga.

  • Sheppard looks back on eventful two days

    Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard reported that Magalen Bryant's Stack the Storm was doing well the morning after her eventful victory in Friday's 3RD race at Saratoga, a $65,000 maiden claimer on turf for three-year-old fillies.

  • Increased Equine West Nile Virus Activity in 2012

    Nearly 700 human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been confirmed in the United States thus far in 2012, according to a recent statement from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). So it should come as no surprise that many veterinarians are recommending horse owners ensure their animals are properly vaccinated against the potentially deadly mosquito-bor...