Headlines for Friday, August 24, 2012

  • Purple Egg hatches first win at Monmouth

    It wasn't easy getting Purple Egg into the starting gate, but the two-year-old proved on Thursday at Monmouth Park that he was worth the wait and the trouble.

  • Turbulent Descent captures Ballerina in debut for Pletcher barn

    Turbulent Descent was making her debut for the Todd Pletcher shedrow on Friday and gave her new barn, and connections, a win in the Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ballerina12.pdf"> Ballerina Stakes</a> at Saratoga. With John Velazquez taking over riding duties from regular jockey David Flores, the bay miss finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of a game Derwin's Star to stop the clock in 1:22 for seven furlongs over the fast main track.

  • Riding the River defeated Big Band Sound by a neck in the King Edward Stakes.

    Big Band Sound Tuning Up in Play the King

    Big Band Sound, second in four consecutive Woodbine stakes races since this spring, looks to finally break through as the 3-1 morning line pick in the $200,000 Play the King Stakes (Can-IIT) Aug. 26.

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    Wise Dan Flies in Turf Work; Others Breeze

    Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Wise Dan blazed four furlongs in :45.89 Aug. 24 at Saratoga, while Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I) winner Poseidon's Warrior and maiden winner Craving Carats turned in more sedate moves.

  • Sale Yearling Forum Held by Rood & Riddle

    Veterinarians from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital presented information about radiographic images of joints, endoscopic videos of throats, and changes in conditions of sale during an educational forum on sale yearlings.

  • Ortensia (right) runs down Spirit Quartz to win the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2044867909&amp;k=BvzWdSj&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Ortensia Charges Late to Take Nunthorpe

    Australian sprint star Ortensia notched the third group I victory of her career as she ran down Spirit Quartz in the shadow of the wire to win the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) at York Racecourse Aug. 24.

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • The Jockey Club Sanctions Trainer Aguirre

    Trainer Paul Aguirre will be denied all privileges of The American Stud Book for one year (effective Jan. 1, 2013) for altering the foal papers for the horse Doc Can Dance, The Jockey Club announced Aug. 24.

  • Pari-Mutuel Barrel Racing Ruling to Come

    Florida's administrative court set a timetable of late November 2012 for a ruling that could determine whether Gretna Racing LLC in Florida can continue to use a Quarter Horse racing permit for pari-mutuel barrel racing.

  • Clipping, Blankets Helpful in Cold-Weather Exercise Recovery

    For many parts of the country cooler weather is just around the corner, which means many horse owners will be throwing extra hay, picking ice out of hooves, and pondering the age-old question: to clip or not to clip? But a team of Scandinavian researchers might help some owners with the final task, as they recently confirmed that clipped horses appear to ...