Headlines for Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • OBS August Yearling Open Session Starts Well

    A colt by Kitten's Joy topped the first open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August Yearling Sale in Central Florida on Aug. 22, selling to Al Pike, agent, for $110,000.

  • Thistledown requested 122 live racing days.

    For Ohio Tracks, 2013 a Transitional Year

    With one exception, there could be little change in live racing dates at Ohio tracks in 2013, but significant alterations are possible for 2014 should more facilities begin operating video lottery terminals.

  • Contested won the Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park in May.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1873092812&k=PcdHGZZ">Order This Photo</a>

    Contested Attempts to Rebound in Test Stakes

    Contested, a grade I winner who was last in her most recent start, will attempt to regain winning form and earn her most lucrative victory to date when competing in the $500,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 25 at Saratoga.

  • Grade I winner Summer Soiree makes her 2012 debut in the Ballston Spa Stakes.

    Summer Soiree Makes Return in Ballston Spa

    Grade I winner Summer Soiree, last seen finishing second in the Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) last November, makes her 2012 debut in the $250,000 Ballston Spa Stakes Presented by Jose Cuervo (gr. IIT) on Saratoga's inner turf.

  • Spirited Miss, one of three in the Ontario Colleen Stakes for trainer Mark Casse and owner John C. Oxley, won the Duchess Stakes July 28.

    Casse Has Trio for Oxley in Ontario Colleen

    Leading Woodbine trainer Mark Casse carries a solid hand in the $150,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (Can-IIIT) with three entrants for owner John C. Oxley in the one-mile turf event for 3-year-old fillies Aug. 25.

  • Rivalries continue in King's Bishop; Contested cuts back for Test

    All but one of the Grade 2 Amsterdam runners, as well as Trinniberg and Fort Loudon, will renew their individual rivalries on Saturday in the Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kingsbishop12.html"> King's Bishop Stakes</a> at Saratoga.

  • The Fugue faces seven in Yorkshire Oaks

    Impressive Goodwood scorer The Fugue heads a select field of seven for Thursday's Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks at York. John Gosden's charge bounced back to winning form in the Group 1 Nassau over 10 furlongs at the Glorious meeting, but will be stepping back up to 1 1/2 miles for Thursday's Ebor meeting fixture.

  • Partners Granted Permit for Thistledown

    The company whose permit to operate Thistledown was approved by the Ohio State Racing Commission Aug. 22 indicated the planned video lottery terminal operation at the racetrack will be more than temporary.

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  • Dullahan settles in at Del Mar

    Grade 1 Blue Grass winner Dullahan shipped in from Kentucky with no problems on Sunday, and has acclimated well to his new surroundings during his first 72 hours at Del Mar.

  • Alpha favored in 11-horse Travers

    Eleven three-year-olds are set for the 143rd edition of the &quot;Midsummer Derby,&quot; Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/travers12">Travers Stakes </a>at Saratoga, and Grade 2 Jim Dandy hero Alpha has been installed the 5-2 favorite on the morning line. The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained colt will break from post 6 in the 1 1/4-mile event with Ramon Dominguez.

  • Bodemeister retired

    Grade 1 winner Bodemeister was diagnosed with an injury to his left shoulder, and upon deliberation among veterinarians and the owners, the decision was made for him to retire to stud at WinStar Farm. Bodemeister has begun treatment and a full recovery is expected in the coming months, but the three-year-old son of Empire Maker would not have been able to return in time for major races at the end of 2012.

  • Oaklawn to offer record overnight purses in 2013

    Stall applications are now available for Oaklawn Park's 2013 live meet, which will be the richest in the track's 109-year history with purses totaling close to $20 million during the 56-day season. Oaklawn, which runs January 11 through April 13, announced a record $5.7 million stakes schedule several weeks ago.

  • The Jockey Club's Games Draw Interest

    The Jockey Club announced Aug. 22 that its "Major League Horse Racing" interactive game attracted more than 1,200 players during its first week and that the game "Thoroughbred World" has attracted more than 2,000 players.

  • Jockey Club launches interactive games

    The Jockey Club on Wednesday announced the launch of &quot;Major League Horse Racing,&quot; an interactive game that combines the skill of fantasy sports and the fun of social media with the excitement of horse racing, and &quot;Thoroughbred World,&quot; a game focused on the breeding, owning and training aspects of the sport.

  • Ortensia heads large Nunthorpe field

    Aussie star sprinter Ortensia is among a huge field of 20 runners in the Group 1 Nunthorpe at York on Friday. Ortensia blitzed the opposition in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai back in March, and while she failed to find her best form on her first couple of outings in Britain, she came good at Glorious Goodwood last time in the Group 2 King George.

  • Frankel romps to extend win streak to 13

    The awesome Frankel made a seamless transition to the about 1 1/4-mile distance in Wednesday's Grade 1 Juddmonte International Stakes, rolling to a facile seven-length triumph over Farhh and St Nicholas Abbey in the opening-day of the Ebor Festival at York.

  • Hansen out of Travers

    Last year's champion juvenile Hansen has been ruled out of consideration for this Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Travers at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Hansen

    Hansen Injures Tendon, Likely Retired

    Last year's juvenile champion Hansen has been ruled out of consideration for the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) after sustaining a tendon injury and "likely won't race again" according to Dr. Kendall Hansen.

  • Saratoga Diary: Slipping By

    Time seems to fly by more quickly the older you get. That's because a mere day represents a larger percentage of the time you have left than it did when you were young.

  • Surgical Options for Managing Roaring in Horses

    You might not be able to see a roarer from a mile away, but you sure can hear them. Horses with recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (RLN, often referred to as roarers due to the sound they make breathing) frequently require surgical intervention to both reduce the noise produced during exercise and to increase the amount of air they can take in while working.