Articles posted August 3, 2012

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C C's Pal is an Honorable Miss

Eric Fein's C C's Pal took full advantage of sizzling early fractions in Friday's Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga, coming with a furious late run down the middle of the track to post a neck victory over fellow rallier Island Bound. The five-year-old mare has now won or placed in all 10 starts since being transferred to the barn of trainer Rick Dutrow Jr., and stopped the clock for this six-furlong, fast track event in 1:09 4/5.

Harrods Creek draws off in John's Call

Hiram C. Polk and J. David Richardson's homebred Harrods Creek, who has been knocking on the door in stakes company, finally broke through decisively in Friday's $100,000 John's Call Stakes at Saratoga. With new rider Junior Alvarado engineering a well-judged trip, the Bill Mott veteran surged past 6-5 favorite Tahoe Lake and Hailstone and stretched clear by 3 3/4 lengths.

Ortensia ends England losing skid in King George

Ortensia registered a belated first top-level success in the Winterbottom Stakes at Perth's Ascot track November 19, having been disqualified from first in the previous term's Group 1 Galaxy at Randwick, and opened this year with an impressive score in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint on Meydan's World Cup undercard March 31. However, she has been undone by Britain's wet summer in her two latest starts, running ninth when tackling Royal Ascot's mud in the Group 1 King's Stand, and finishing fourth when encountering even deeper conditions in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket. The bay found a sound surface at last for her European farewell in Friday's Group 2 King George and Glorious Goodwood and did not disappoint her legion of British admirers in the straight dash to leave on a high.

Churchill to stage Mrs. Revere, Commonwealth Turf under the lights

The 138th running of the Grade 1, $400,000 Clark Handicap, a race as old as the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks and one of America's premier events for older horses, heads a schedule of 12 stakes races with total purses of $1.825 million set for the October 28-November 25 fall meet at Churchill Downs.

Trinniberg posts work ahead of King's Bishop

With his eye on the Grade 1, $500,000 King's Bishop on August 25, three-time graded stakes winner Trinniberg had his first breeze at Saratoga on Friday, traveling four furlongs on the Oklahoma training track in 49 2/5 seconds with jockey Willie Martinez aboard.

David Lehr succeeds brother as Churchill track superintendent

Churchill Downs Racetrack has appointed David Lehr to the post of track superintendent and senior director of track surfaces, a post he will assume immediately at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and a record eight-time host of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

Charles Town to present Race for the Ribbon

For the fourth consecutive year, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is proudly partnering with the West Virginia affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation to present the Race for the Ribbon on September 22 to benefit breast cancer research. The Race for the Ribbon along with a showcase of 10 other races will total more than $850,000 in purses for the day. Proceeds from a special breast cancer walk on the racetrack and other festive events will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure--WV Affiliate and help to eradicate breast cancer.

Rotational Grazing: Time it Right for Optimal Pastures

You’ve seen it plenty of times: bare pasture grazed down to the nub. Who wouldn’t rather look out of the stable to see happy horses grazing on healthy pastures? One solution lies in rotational grazing, a simple management technique that subdivides pasture areas, which allows forage an opportunity to regrow after it's been grazed. By fencin...

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