Headlines for Sunday, August 26, 2012

  • Love and Pride upsets Personal Ensign

    Green Hills Farm's Love and Pride has been knocking heads with some of the best in her division for a while now, and just two months ago finally broke through with a first graded victory. On Sunday, the A.P. Indy filly trumped all her rivals with a half-length score in the Grade 1, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/personalensign12.pdf"> Personal Ensign Invitational</a> at Saratoga.

  • Dullahan shatters track record in Pacific Classic

    While all the pre-race buzz surrounded older runners and former barnmates Game on Dude and Richard's Kid in Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/pacificclassic12.pdf">Pacific Classic</a> at Del Mar, three-year-old Dullahan decided to make some noise of his own.

  • Obviously hangs on to set course record in Del Mar Mile

    Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino's Obviously made no secret stratagems for Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dmrmile12.pdf">Del Mar Mile Handicap</a>. A front-running conqueror of an optional claimer in his first try at a mile on August 2, the Mike Mitchell charge was obviously going to tear off once again, and the wagering public sent him off as the even-money favorite in expectation of another wire job. Obviously just succeeded, barely hanging on by a desperate nose from the flying Mr. Commons, in a course-record time of 1:32.10.

  • Dullahan wears down Game On Dude to win the Pacific Classic.

    Dullahan Overpowers 'Dude in Pacific Classic

    Shipped to Southern California by trainer Dale Romans after a pair of lackluster efforts, Dullahan collared Game On Dude in deep stretch to take the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) in track-record time at Del Mar.

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    Love and Pride Stuns Royal Delta in 'Ensign

    Love and Pride, staked to a daylight lead in the stretch by John Velazquez, denied the late bid of 3-5 pick Royal Delta to earn her first grade I victory in the $600,000 Personal Ensign Stakes Aug. 26 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Capital Account tops Baffert exacta in Pat O'Brien

    &quot;One-two (finish), we'll take it either way,&quot; said Baffert, who has now trained a total of six Pat O'Brien winners. Love That Red (2000) and El Corredor (2001) were his first two, and his current sequence includes Zensational (2009), El Brujo (2010) and The Factor (2011).

  • Street Life 'happy and comfortable'

    Trainer Chad Brown was pleased to report that Street Life, who ran last of 11 and was vanned off the track following Saturday's Grade 1 Travers, was &quot;happy and comfortable&quot; the morning after suffering a soft tissue injury to his left front pastern during the race.

  • Stay Thirsty, Rule fire a bullet in company ahead of Woodward

    Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out Grade 1 Woodward candidates Stay Thirsty and Rule to work five furlongs Sunday morning in company for Saturday's $750,000 race, with the pair firing a bullet 1:00.03 over Saratoga's fast main track.

  • Mister Marti Gras tunes up for Washington Park title defense

    Lothenbach Stables' Mister Marti Gras, hero of last summer's Grade 3 Washington Park Handicap, breezed Sunday at Arlington in advance of Saturday's 78th renewal of the $150,000 event, Arlington's richest race for older horses over its Polytrack course each year.

  • Golden Ticket 'a little tired'; Atigun might try Jockey Club Gold Cup next

    &quot;We had been watching this horse train, and Danny Ramsey, who has a really good talent galloping for me, was telling me how good he was doing,&quot; McPeek explained. &quot;He went 59 and change over the Oklahoma track and that was faster than I've had any horse work there. He went 59 there and that's like 57 anywhere else.&quot;

  • McLaughlin delighted with Alpha's dead-heat Travers win

    Shared or not, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin remained thrilled and delighted Sunday morning by Alpha's Grade 1, $1 million Travers victory. Godolphin Racing's Bernardini colt finished in a dead-heat for the win with Golden Ticket, trained by Ken McPeek for Magic City Thoroughbred Partners.

  • Dutrow pleased with wheel-back Willy Beamin

    From a traditional viewpoint, Saturday's Grade 1 King's Bishop was an ambitious spot for a New York-bred gelding making his first graded stakes appearance. Add to that the fact that Willy Beamin, who'd been claimed for $25,000 in March, was running back on just three days rest and the word &quot;ambitious&quot; would seem like an understatement.

  • Fair Grounds Orders Evacuation of Barn Area

    Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots officials have declared a mandatory evacuation of its barn area in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to become a hurricane as it moves into the northern Gulf of Mexico.

  • Fair Grounds cancels racing, evacuates barn area

    Fair Grounds officials have declared a mandatory evacuation of its barn area in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to become a hurricane as it moves into the northern Gulf of Mexico.

  • Top Tier Lass makes stakes debut in P.G. Johnson

    Top Tier Lass, a daughter of red-hot freshman sire Street Boss, spread-eagled the field in her unveiling at the Spa on July 30. After chasing the pace through the opening quarter-mile, the chestnut took over and widened her advantage to seven lengths, propelling herself onto the New York Watch list. Top Tier Lass stretches out from 5 1/2 grassy furlongs, but keeps John Velazquez in the irons as she breaks from post 1.

  • Calder Casino and Race Course

    Calder Cancels Racing as Tropical Storm Nears

    Due to the impending approach of Tropical Storm Isaac, Calder Casino & Race Course has canceled its live Thoroughbred horse racing program scheduled for Aug. 26.