Headlines for Thursday, August 2, 2012

  • Joe Talamo celebrates 5 wins at Del Mar on August 2.

    Talamo Records Five Wins at Del Mar

    Joe Talamo booted home five winners at Del Mar Aug. 2, including a brilliant performance by Irish-bred Obviously in the feature, a one-mile grass contest.

  • Acclamation, Norvsky take to the turf at Del Mar

    Champion older male Acclamation worked five furlongs on the firm Jimmy Durante Turf Course at Del Mar in 1:02 4/5 Thursday morning while stablemate Norvsky covered the same distance in 1:03 4/5 in preparation for upcoming major stakes assignments.

  • Scherer Magic won the Hollywood Juvenile Championship by 2 1/2 lengths on July 12.

    Best Pal Next for Surprising Scherer Magic

    Modestly-bred Scherer Magic, a $50,000 claim who captured a graded stakes in just his second start, takes another big step in his progression with the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Del Mar Aug. 5.

  • Dixie Strike installed as 5-2 favorite for Breeders' Stakes

    Dixie Strike, winner of the Prince of Wales just three weeks ago, has been made the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday's C$500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/breeders'12.html">Breeders' Stakes</a>, the third jewel in Canada's Triple Crown, at Woodbine.

  • Shackleford looking for second straight Grade 1 in Vanderbilt

    Of the 11 horses that have won Triple Crown races since 2009, only three remain in training, and just one -- the powerhouse called Shackleford -- ranks among the elite performers in the sport. Winner of the 1 3/16-mile Preakness Stakes last year over Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, the gleaming chestnut has transformed his game this year, from speedball that runs his heart out in route races to fearsome sprint and middle-distance star.

  • Spy in the Sky upsets Smithwick at 25-1

    Randleston Farm's Spy in the Sky was sent off the 25-1 longest shot on the board in Thursday's Grade 1, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/smithwick12.pdf">A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase</a> at Saratoga but ran like a favorite when posting a nose victory in the 2 1/16-mile hurdle contest.

  • Dixie Strike won the Prince of Wales on dirt at Fort Erie on July 15.

    Dixie Strike Favored Among 14 for Breeders'

    Dixie Strike, impressive winner of the Prince of Wales last month, is the 5-2 morning line favorite from a field of 14 entered for the Breeders' Stakes, the final jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown at Woodbine Aug. 5.

  • THS: Whitney Handicap 2012

    Tom and Pete handicap the Whitney Invitational Handicap and the West Virginia Derby this week. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Whitney Invitational Handicap.

  • Noosa Beach

    Noosa Beach to Miss Remainder of Year

    Two-time Washington Horse of the Year Noosa Beach will miss the Longacres Mile (gr. III) Aug. 19 at Emerald Downs and is going to take the rest of the year off, trainer Doris Harwood said Aug. 2.

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • Repole pays tribute to retired Calibrachoa

    Calibrachoa, a former claimed turned into a five-time New York Grade 3winner by trainer Todd Pletcher for owner Mike Repole, was retired from racing this week.

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    Spy in the Sky Sails in A.P. Smithwick

    Randleston Farm's Spy in the Sky overcame his 25-1 odds as the longest shot in a 10-horse field and held on to win the $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Handicap (NSA-I) Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Saratoga and sponsors offer exciting contests, VIP packages to fans

    Racing fans will have multiple opportunities to experience Saratoga Race Course in style this summer through a number of exciting contests and VIP packages encompassing all 40 days of racing at the Spa. A number of new and returning fan-friendly promotions will be offered throughout the 2012 meet in partnership with several national, regional and local retailers, including Keeler Motor Car Company, Northeastern Fine Jewelry, Dunkin' Donuts and Coca-Cola.

  • Saratoga Diary: Drinking It In

    NYRA, in conjunction with America's Best Racing -- an initiative of The Jockey Club -- announced it will be hosting classes at Saratoga Racecourse to help newcomers through the maze of the sport on six days this meet.