Headlines for Saturday, August 25, 2012

  • Casino Host holds off Dhaamer in Del Mar 'Cap

    Gary and Mary West's Casino Host got first run on 6-5 favorite Dhaamer in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dmrcap12.pdf">Del Mar Handicap</a>, and that prompt move by jockey Joe Talamo made the crucial difference. Pouncing to the front in the stretch, the 7-2 chance withstood Dhaamer's furious late rally by a neck and returned $9.60, $4.20 and $3.40.

  • Casino Host holds off Dhaamer to win the Del Mar Handicap.

    Casino Host Feels At Home in Del Mar 'Cap

    Casino Host, a recent addition to the Southern California male turf division, conquered the 1 3/8-mile distance in his first try with a late-running victory in the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 25.

  • Zagora is in control down the stretch in the Ballston Spa 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=2046988759&amp;k=h8Kx776&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Zagora Zips to Course Record in Ballston Spa

    Favored Zagora found firm going much to her liking in capturing the $250,000 Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT), presented by Jose Cuervo, in record time on the inner turf course Aug. 25 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Alpha, Golden Ticket hit the wire together in Travers

    The conclusion of Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/travers12.pdf">Travers Stakes </a>was so tight that a photo was needed to determine the winner, and it turned out that Alpha and Golden Ticket had reached the finish line together, resulting in the first dead-heat victory in the 143-year history of the &quot;Midsummer Derby.&quot;

  • Zagora zips in course-record time in Ballston Spa

    Martin S. Schwartz's Zagora bounced right back to her very best in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ballstonspa12.pdf"> Ballston Spa Stakes</a> at Saratoga, smashing the course record in the process. By sizzling 1 1/16 miles on the firm inner turf in 1:39.07, the Chad Brown mare eclipsed the old mark of 1:39.92 established by turf champ Leroidesanimaux here in 2005.

  • Attendance, handle increase on Travers Day 2012

    On a beautiful Saturday afternoon that featured a historic dead-heat in the 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers, attendance and handle, both on-track and all-sources, were up substantially from 2011 figures.

  • Contested overcomes 'Test' at Saratoga

    Natalie J. Baffert's Contested propped at the break of Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/test12.pdf"> Test</a> at Saratoga and found herself in the unusual spot of running off the pace, but that didn't stop the bay miss from a rallying two-length win on the wire. With jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard, the Bob Baffert-trained sophomore finished seven furlongs in 1:22 2/5 to return $4, $3.60 and $2.60 as the even-money favorite.

  • D'nied Permission upsets Affirmed; Putyourdreamsaway takes Susan's Girl

    D'nied Permission was sent off the 21-1 third longest shot on the board in Saturday's $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fssaffirmed12.pdf"> Affirmed division</a> of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder, but that didn't stop the D'wildcat gelding from gutting out a neck victory over fellow 25-1 longshot Joshua's Comprise on the wire of the seven-furlong contest.

  • Willy Beamin upsets King's Bishop on three days' rest

    Firing for a second time this season on very short rest, Willy Beamin rallied from off the pace to upset Saturday's Grade 1 $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kingsbishop12.pdf"> King's Bishop</a> at Saratoga at odds of 11-1 for owner James Riccio and trainer Rick Dutrow. The New York-bred son of Suave returned $24.80, $11.80 and $6.90 as race favorites Currency Swap and Trinniberg both finished out of the money.

  • Willy Beamin and Alan Garcia roll late to win the King&#39;s Bishop. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2047002419&amp;k=z2VbfpD&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Willy Beamin Shoots to King's Bishop Surprise

    Bouncing right back from a restricted stakes romp just three days earlier, Willy Beamin closed with a rush to capture the $500,000 Foxwoods King's Bishop (gr. I) in his graded stakes debut Aug. 25 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Contested pulls away late to win the Test 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=2046975928&amp;k=sk66VX7&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Contested Aces Test Stakes

    Contested overcame a flat-footed start and closed from slightly off the pace to win the $500,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 25, nabbing her second grade I victory in New York this year.

  • Harlington's first winner rushes clear at Woodbine

    C. DeMizio and Mary Biamonte's Its the Rush rallied to a 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/harlington1st.pdf">4TH</a> race at Woodbine, becoming the first winner sired by the royally-bred Grade 2 hero Harlington.

  • F-T Texas Yearling Sale Debuts Evening Format

    The Aug. 27 Fasig-Tipton Texas yearling sale, to start at 4 p.m., offers a 170-lot catalog that includes 47 Texas-breds, 27 Oklahoma-breds, and 65 Louisiana-breds.