Articles posted August 31, 2012

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Saez, Iadisernia top standings at Calder

Highlighting the Calder Meet was the 13th edition of the Summit of Speed on July 7. Thoroughbred racing's fastest day saw Musical Romance, the 2011 Eclipse Award winning champion female sprinter made amends for a neck defeat in last year's running of the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap when prevailing by a half-length in the 2012 renewal.

My Happy Face wins by more than 21 lengths

Owned by Michael Dubb and piloted by Ramon Dominguez, the Rudy Rodriguez trainee was away like a shot to quickly assume a three-length lead. Nearing the half-mile pole her four rivals began to edge closer, but she opened up again on the turn and came into the stretch with a commanding lead, drawing away under no encouragement from her jockey.

Bern Identity meets Pletcher trio in Hopeful

Grade 2 Sanford Stakes winner Bern Identity aims to follow up in Saratoga's most prestigious test for juveniles, the $300,000 Hopeful Stakes, on Monday's closing-day card. Demoted nevertheless to Grade 2 status for its 108th renewal, the seven-furlong affair also features three unbeaten colts from the Todd Pletcher barn -- Shanghai Bobby, Lawn Man and Overanalyze -- as well as debut rompers Fortify and Majestic Hussar.

Yellow Ribbon features Mabee top three

The Grade 2, $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar is the former Palomar Handicap and should not to be confused with the Grade 1 event at Santa Anita, which has been renamed the Rodeo Drive and will be held on September 29. Monday's Yellow Ribbon at 1 1/16 miles on turf will bring together a solid field of nine fillies and mares, including the top three finishers from the Grade 2 John C. Mabee at Del Mar earlier in the meet.

Fair Grounds cancels rest of QH meet in wake of Isaac

After consulting with the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association and the Louisiana State Racing Commission, Fair Grounds has canceled the remainder of the 2012 Summer Quarter Horse Meet due to complications caused by Hurricane Isaac, pending official LSRC approval.

Smarty Jones, Turf Monster highlight Labor Day at Parx

A quartet of colts who came undone in their most recent starts in the slop at Saratoga headline Monday's Grade 3, $350,000 Smarty Jones at Parx Racing. The newly upgraded stakes, contested over one mile and 70 yards, is the premier local prep for the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on September 22.

ASPCA Grants $290,000 to Assist Retired Racehorses

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) today announced that 14 equine rescue organizations from across the nation have joined the ASPCA Million Dollar Rescuing Racers Initiative, now in its third year. This major grants program aids in the rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses, repurposing the horses for other area...

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