Headlines for Friday, August 3, 2012

  • TOC Sets Annual Meeting for Members Aug. 25

    Thoroughbred Owners of California invites all members to the Southern California Annual Meeting Aug. 25 at 8:30 a.m. in the Veranda Café at Del Mar.

  • 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/honorablemiss12.pdf">Honorable Miss Handicap</a> 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/johnscall12.pdf">John's Call Stakes</a> 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.

  • New Boys in Town: Visiting Caleb's Posse & Co

    Novak at the Track is "Novak at the Farm" with a special visit to new Three Chimneys stallions Caleb's Posse & Ice Box, plus the Jim Rome trio of Surfer Girl, her Pulpit filly, and retired claimer Gallatin's Run.

  • Lightning Cancels Friday Program at Calder

    An extended delay prior to the first race brought about by periods of excessive lightning led officials at Calder Casino & Race Course to cancel its 11-race live racing program for Aug. 3.

  • Calder cancels due to excessive lightning

    Calder Race Course canceled its 11-race live racing program for Friday due to an extended delay that was brought about by periods of excessive lightning prior to the 1ST race.

  • 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.

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    Trinniberg Preps at Spa for King's Bishop

    With his eye on the $500,000 Foxwoods Kings' Bishop (gr. I) this month, three-time graded stakes winner Trinniberg had his first breeze at Saratoga Aug. 3, traveling four furlongs on the Oklahoma training track.

  • Lisa Lewis Picking Her Spots at Saratoga

    When trainer Lisa Lewis brings turf horses to Saratoga from her base at Woodbine, she means business. She scored last year at the Spa with two first-time starters at big prices on the grass and struck twice again recently.

  • 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.

  • Codere to Manage Second Oval in Uruguay

    Codere, a Spanish gaming company with a presence in eight countries, has added to its portfolio by securing a 30-year contract through the company HRU to manage and revitalize Las Piedras Racetrack in Uruguay.

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    Silver Max: A Monster on Turf

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />While the leading dirt runners of the 3-year-old division have fallen by the wayside, Silver Max steadily has been establishing dominance of the second-season runners on the turf.

  • Rotational Grazing: Time it Right for Optimal Pastures

    You&rsquo;ve seen it plenty of times: bare pasture grazed down to the nub. Who wouldn&rsquo;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&#39;s been grazed. By fencin...