Headlines for Thursday, August 23, 2012

  • Travers Weekend

    Mid-Summer Derby bears little resemblance to Kentucky Derby.

  • OBS August Yearling Sale Finishes Positively

    A colt by Old Fashioned consigned by Bobby Jones Equine topped the final open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August Yearling Sale in Central Florida on Aug. 23, selling to trainer Greg Gilchrist for $55,000.

  • Game on Dude installed as 5-2 Pacific Classic favorite

    Multiple Grade 1 winner and 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Game on Dude drew post position 9 Wednesday night and was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite to win the 22nd edition of the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic this Sunday at Del Mar. 

  • Coil, Jeranimo in action on Pacific Classic undercard

    Although the two supporting stakes on Sunday's Pacific Classic Day program at Del Mar drew short fields of six apiece, both Grade 2 events feature top-level performers. Coil and Camp Victory are the most accomplished entrants in the $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/patobrien12.htm">Pat O'Brien Stakes</a> on Polytrack, while Jeranimo, Mr. Commons and Norvsky are the big names in the $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dmrmile12.htm">Del Mar Mile Handicap</a> on turf.

  • Two T's At Two B seeking to keep record perfect in Affirmed

    Two T's At Two B and Candy Coded Kisses, respective winners of the Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes, will bid for second-leg Stallion Stakes victories at Calder on Saturday when starting in the $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fssaffirmed12.html"> Affirmed</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fsssusansgirl12.html"> Susan's Girl</a> divisions, part of the 10th annual Juvenile Showcase program, a rich day of racing dedicated entirely to two-year-olds with an estimated $550,000 in stakes purses to be awarded.

  • Demonstrative and Robert Walsh take the New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2043339689&amp;k=G9WfW77&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Demonstrative Skirts Trouble in Turf Writers

    Jockey Robert Walsh deftly avoided trouble on Demonstrative when leader Divine Fortune fell over the final jump, going on to win the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap (NSA-I) at Saratoga Aug. 23.

  • Demonstrative scores in New York Turf Writers Cup

    Finding a clear path on the outside at just the right time, jockey Robert Walsh deftly avoided trouble on Demonstrative when leader Divine Fortune fell over the final jump in Thursday's 71st running of the Grade 1, $145,500 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/nyturfwriterscup12.pdf"> New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap</a> at Saratoga, going on to win by a length.

  • EPA, Suffolk Downs Settle Clean Water Case

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced Aug. 22 that Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC will pay a civil penalty of $1.25 million to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act.

  • THS: Travers Stakes 2012

    Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Travers Stakes this weekend. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Travers Stakes.

  • Monmouth Park officials, horsemen form Second Call

    The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Monmouth Park officials and a group of dedicated animal welfare advocates have joined forces to form a non-profit association responsible for finding new homes and new careers for the noble and deserving horses who have raced at the track.

  • New Magazine to Benefit Old Friends

    Daily Racing Form has announced the release of Old Friends magazine, designed to raise funds for the Old Friends retirement center based in Georgetown, Ky., and with a division in New York.

  • Old Friends magazine available Travers Day at Saratoga

    <i>Daily Racing Form</i> announced the publication of a special commemorative Old Friends magazine, which is designed to help generate public awareness of the issue of Thoroughbred retirement and aftercare in general and financial support specifically for Old Friends. The nonprofit company operates a farm based near Georgetown, Kentucky, which cares for more than 120 retired racehorses and draws nearly 20,000 visitors a year.

  • Vaccarezza savors Little Mike's Million

    Owner, breeder and restaurateur Carlo Vaccarezza, a resident of Parkland, Florida, and the proprietor of Damiano restaurant in Boca Raton and Frank &amp; Dino's in Deerfield Beach, was still savoring the Grade 1 Arlington Million triumph by his homebred Little Mike five days after the son of Spanish Steps, who made his career debut at Calder in 2009, led every step of the way to capture the internationally prestigious 10-furlong turf race.

  • Game On Dude, trained by Bob Baffert, is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the Pacific Classic.

    Baffert 'Moving Forward' in Pacific Classic

    The Aug. 26 edition of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar is about more than a trophy for trainer Bob Baffert, who last week lost two-time Classic winner Richard's Kid in a swiftly-orchestrated sale.

  • Z Fortune

    Z Fortune Dies of Heart Attack

    Grade III winner Z Fortune died suddenly of a heart attack the morning of Aug. 23, his owner, HRTV reporter Carolyn Conley reported via her Twitter account.

  • Shantaram could still make St Leger

    The Group 1, £550,000 St Leger is a little more than three weeks away, and Thought Worthy laid down his credentials for the final British classic of the season, run over an extended 1 3/4 miles at Doncaster on September 15, with a gutsy front-running success in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.

  • Jockey Club Elects Six New Members

    The Jockey Club has elected six new members to its board of directors: Bill Casner, Brereton Jones, Earle I. Mack, Barry Ostrager, Kevin Plank, and Stuart Subotnick&#8722;the industry organization announced Aug. 23.

  • Florida Sire West Acre Dead

    Florida sire West Acre was euthanized Aug. 16 due to complications of laminitis at Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell's Stonehedge Farm South near Williston, Fla. The unraced son of Forty Niner was 17.

  • Frankel receives lofty 140 ranking again

    Frankel has confirmed his status as the best horse in the world Wednesday by becoming the first horse in history to run to an official rating of 140 twice in his career thanks to his seven-length victory in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

  • Travers Draw

    Saratoga Diary: The Look of Leftovers

    Suddenly, with the onset of Travers Week, the tone of the racecourse has shifted to horse racing. Saturday alone will feature four graded stakes. The horses that will race are among the best of their generations.

  • New Diagnostic Assay for EPM Developed

    Dan Howe, PhD, a molecular parasitologist at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center, has developed a new assay to aid in diagnosing equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). This enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, or ELISA, measures antibodies to the surface antigens (SAGs) SnSAG2, SnSAG3, and SnSAG4 of Sarcocystis neurona, the parasite t...