Headlines for Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Include Me Out captures Clement L. Hirsch

    Jay Em Ess Stable's Include Me Out got back to her winning ways on Saturday with a neck victory in the Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/clementlhirsch12.pdf"> Clement L. Hirsch Stakes</a> at Del Mar.

  • Fort Larned and Brian Hernandez Jr. are in control in the Whitney.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2006176913&amp;k=PK6WszJ&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Fort Larned Fires First in Whitney Surprise

    Fort Larned, impressive winner of the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III) last time out, became a grade I winner in the Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) when he strutted clear Aug. 4 at Saratoga Race Cours

  • Include Me Out holds off Star Billing to take the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar.

    Include Me Out All In for Clement Hirsch Win

    Favored Include Me Out, benefiting from a rail-skimming ride under Joe Talamo, was all out to deny Star Billing in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 4 at Del Mar for her second grade I win of the season.

  • Landaluce winner Executiveprivilege takes on 8 in the Sorrento Stakes.

    Executiveprivilege Faces Eight in Sorrento

    Executiveprivilege, perfect in two starts including an easy victory in the Landaluce Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park last month, will be a solid favorite in the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar Aug. 8.

  • Prix Maurice de Gheest, German Oaks attract competitive fields

    With four prior scores, Freddie Head is the joint-winningest trainer of Deauville's Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest, and he will claim the outright record if Moonlight Cloud can repeat her success in last year's renewal of the 6 1/2-furlong test Sunday. George Strawbridge's homebred has enjoyed a near-perfect preparation, and was stepped up from a hugely impressive triumph in the Group 3 Prix du Palais-Royal at Longchamp June 2 to face the might of Black Caviar in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot. Notwithstanding jockey Luke Nolen's brain freeze there, she gave the Australian machine an almighty fright by getting to within a head, and comes here in top shape, according to Head.

  • Tapizar easily wins comeback at Mountaineer

    Approximately thirty minutes before taking the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby with Macho Macho, trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Corey Nakatani celebrated a comeback victory by Tapizar in the $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/wvgov12.pdf">West Virginia Governor's</a>, a 1 1/16 miles test for older horses, at Mountaineer Park. The West Virginia Governor's was the richest of the eight undercard events on an all-stakes program.

  • Hansen upstaged by Macho Macho in West Virginia Derby

    Bridge jumpers took a bath Saturday afternoon at Mountaineer Park as juvenile champion Hansen could only finish fourth behind Jerry Durant's Macho Macho in the Grade 2, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/wvderby12.pdf">West Virginia Derby</a>.

  • Gold Edge, Muppet Man capture juvenile stakes at Arlington

    The first two-year-old stakes races of the season in Chicago went to favorites on Saturday as Dolphus Morrison's Gold Edge captured the $67,100 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lisam12.pdf">Lisa M Stakes</a> for fillies and Curtis Green's Muppet Man scored in the open counterpart, the $66,700 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/meadowlake12.pdf"> Meadowlake Stakes</a>.

  • Fort Larned joins the top rank in Whitney

    Janis R. Whitham's homebred Fort Larned joined the upper echelon of the nation's handicap division by scoring his first Grade 1 coup in Saturday's $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/whitney12.pdf"> Whitney Invitational Handicap</a> at Saratoga. Unleashing a monster move for Brian Hernandez Jr. leaving the far turn, the Ian Wilkes trainee opened up an insurmountable lead, and safely held the closing trio of Ron the Greek, Flat Out and Hymn Book.

  • Emma's Encore runs down Judy the Beauty for Prioress triumph

    Emma's Encore was sent off at 5-1 in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/prioress12.pdf">Prioress Stakes</a> at Saratoga despite handing 4-5 favorite Agave Kiss her first career loss when taking the Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes on July 7 at Belmont Park. That didn't stop the Brenda Mercer and Peter A. Berglar colorbearer from providing yet another defeat to her more favored rival when running down Agave Kiss and Judy the Beauty in the stretch to just get her nose in front on the wire of the six-furlong contest.

  • Fortify romps on debut, earns spot on New York Watch

    It was only a matter of minutes after Fortify had broken his maiden on Saturday at Saratoga that his trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin, stamped him as a contender for the Grade 2 Hopeful, the featured race on closing day.

  • Emma&#39;s Encore (left) closes with a rush to defeat Judy the Beauty in the Prioress 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=2006185067&amp;k=RBVdPX3&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Emma's Encore Wins Prioress for 'The Chief'

    Emma's Encore won the Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) last time out at odds of 39-1, and the daughter of Congrats proved that score no fluke in the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 4.

  • Macho Macho and Corey Nakatani are strong at the finish of the West Virginia Derby.

    Macho Macho Takes West Virginia Derby

    Jockey Corey Nakatani and Macho Macho let Louisiana Derby winner (gr. I) Hero of Order do the dirty work wearing out 3-5 favorite Hansen in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II), then rolled to victory Aug. 4.

  • Palace Malice becomes Curlin's first U.S. winner

    Well-regarded juvenile Palace Malice won as a 1-5 shot should in Saratoga's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/curlin8-4.pdf">7TH</a> race on Saturday, and in the process, became the first U.S. winner sired by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, the Dogwood Stable colt stalked a ferocious pace, smoothly gained command turning for home, and pulled away to score by a comfortable 3 1/2 lengths.

  • Spring to the Sky fires bullet for Hall of Fame; Csaba ships in for race

    Trainer Bruce Brown issued an upbeat bulletin Saturday, the morning after Spring to the Sky earned a bullet for his five-furlong breeze in :59 on Saratoga's firm Oklahoma training turf course in the lead up to next Friday's Grade 2, $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame for three-year-olds.

  • Miller looking forward to Beverly D. with Romacaca

    It's Miller time -- or maybe more precisely it's Romacaca time. At least that's the way veteran Arlington trainer Danny Miller feels as he prepares Frank Calabrese's six-year-old mare for the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes now just two weeks away on August 18.

  • Where's Sterling ships to Del Mar for Pacific Classic

    Frank C. Calabrese's Grade 3 winner Where's Sterling departed the Calder Race Course stable area shortly after 9 a.m. (EDT) Saturday morning to begin his journey toward a start in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on August 26.

  • My Miss Aurelia back in action at Saratoga

    Since My Miss Aurelia kicked off her championship campaign last summer at Saratoga, it's apropos that the undefeated filly will make her belated three-year-old debut at the Spa. Trainer Steve Asmussen's spot of choice is Wednesday's $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mandysgold12.htm"> Mandy's Gold Stakes</a>, a 6 1/2-furlong affair restricted to sophomore fillies who have not won a graded stakes this year.

  • The Fugue (right, pink silks) overtakes Timepiece (left) to win the Nassau 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=2005841112&amp;k=RRsMqHB&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Hughes Times The Fugue Just Right in Nassau

    Benefiting from a perfectly timed ride by Richard Hughes, The Fugue charged past longtime leader Timepiece in the final yards to win the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes (Eng-I) by a length at Glorious Goodwood Aug. 4.

  • First Winner Recorded for Sire Notional

    Spendthrift Farm freshman sire Notional sired his first winner when 2-year-old filly Happy Patsy streaked to an easy 5 3/4-length win as the favorite in a maiden claiming race at Evangeline Downs Aug. 3.

  • Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine's Effects on Equine OA

    Monitoring equine joint disease and determining the effects of nutraceutical agents, such as chondroitin sulfate (CS) and glucosamine (GlcN), is difficult to say the least. However, a group of Brazilian researchers recently determined that analyzing urinary glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) could be helpful, especially in mild osteoarthritis (OA) cases.