Headlines for Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • My Miss Aurelia returns a winner

    Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton's My Miss Aurelia wrapped up an Eclipse Award-winning campaign last November with a three-length victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Soon after that, though, the bay daughter of Smart Strike was sidelined by a shin injury and wouldn't even be seen on an official worktab until mid-May.

  • Executiveprivilege remains perfect in Sorrento

    Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman's Executiveprivilege was sent off the 2-5 favorite in Wednesday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sorrento12.pdf">Sorrento Stakes</a> at Del Mar and easily lived up to her backers' expectations with a 1 1/4-length win over Speedinthruthecity. The bay daughter of First Samurai completed 6 1/2 furlongs on the Polytrack in 1:16 4/5 to remain perfect in three career starts.

  • Executiveprivilege holds off Speedinthruthecity to win the Sorrento at Del Mar.

    'Executive' Sweet in Sorrento

    Executiveprivilege runs to her 2-5 backing facing seven 2-year-old fillies in Del Mar's Sorrento Stakes, defeating Speedthruthecity by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • And They're Off: Steve in Saratoga Edition

    Lenny and Steve discuss Allen Jerkens and Emma's Encore, Janis Whitham and Fort Larned, Dullahan and Hansen, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale, and the Mansion at Churchill Downs. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.

  • Wise Dan returns to turf in Fourstardave

    One of the top horses at Saratoga regardless of surface, Wise Dan will revert back to turf competition Saturday when he lines up for the Grade 2, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fourstardave12"> Fourstardave Handicap</a>. The talented five-year-old gelding tried the turf for the first time 13 months ago, winning the Grade 2 Firecracker Handicap, and finished fourth against a deep field in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile two starts later. Since then, Wise Dan has raced exclusively on the main track for trainer Charles Lopresti, delivering sensational wins in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap, Grade 2 Fayette Stakes and Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes as well as a head second in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap most recently.

  • And They're Off: Steve in Saratoga Edition

    Lenny and Steve discuss Allen Jerkens and Emma's Encore, Janis Whitham and Fort Larned, Dullahan and Hansen, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale, and the Mansion at Churchill Downs. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.

  • Morrow Cove won the Serena&#39;s Song by 4 3/4 lengths on July 15.

    Morrow Cove Chases Monmouth Oaks Breakthrough

    Morrow Cove has stamped herself as a talented filly on the improve in her past two starts for trainer Graham Motion. Whether she's good enough to get a graded score will be discovered Aug. 11 at Monmouth Park.

  • Shergar Cup jockey competition introduces The Girls team

    The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, Britain's premier jockeys' competition, will take place Saturday at Ascot Racecourse. The unique event features top jockeys in four teams -- Great Britain and Ireland, Europe, the Rest of the World and for the first time this year The Girls -- battling against each other in a thrilling six-race showdown.

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    Alternation Seeks Redemption at Remington

    Alternation seeks redemption against a short field of four others in the $200,000 Governor's Cup Stakes at Remington Park Aug. 11, but Zayat Stables' speedy Prayer for Relief presents a challenge.

  • Alternation, Prayer for Relief in Remington rubber match

    Alternation, who saw a four-stakes win streak snap in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap June 16, returns to action for owner-breeder Pin Oak Stable and trainer Donnie Von Hemel in Saturday's $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/govcup12">Governor's Cup</a> at Remington Park. The son of Distorted Humor figures to be a prohibitive favorite against four rivals going 1 1/8 miles.

  • NYRA releases fall stakes schedule for Belmont, Aqueduct

    The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has released the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/2012BelAquFallStakes.xls">stakes schedules</a> for the 2012 Belmont Park and Aqueduct fall meets.

  • Chenery to be honored at Thoroughbred Club of America

    Helen (Penny) Chenery, renowned for the last four decades as the key owner of the great Secretariat, has been selected Honor Guest of the Thoroughbred Club of America's 81st annual Testimonial Dinner, Club president Julie Cauthen announced Wednesday. Mrs. Chenery was selected by the Thoroughbred Club's board of directors and will be honored at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, on the evening of September 30.

  • Churchill Increases Kentucky Downs Investment

    Churchill Downs Inc. has invested at least an additional $1 million in Kentucky Downs, the track in South Central Kentucky that has reaped millions in revenues from Instant Racing machines introduced last fall.

  • Travers Contenders Face New Security Measures

    New York state racing regulators will impose new security protocols for horses racing in the upcoming Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, though they are less burdensome than those put in place during this year's Belmont.

  • No stakes scheduled for Turfway fall meet

    Turfway Park will open its 54th fall race meet September 6 with a new post time for night racing and a change in smoking policy, but with no stakes on the 16-day schedule.

  • Monarchos

    Monarchos to Remain at Hagyard

    Monarchos, who underwent colic surgery July 31 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington, won't be returning Wednesday, Aug. 8, as planned to Charles Nuckols III's Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky.

  • Dylan Davis

    Saratoga Diary: Time and Hope

    The media took about a nanosecond to realize that both trainer Roger Attfield and jockey John Velazquez, who teamed up to win Monday's feature race with Kissable, were about to enter the Hall of Fame on Friday.

  • Wait No More, a daughter of Medaglia d&#39;Oro topped the sale, bringing $1,575,000 during the second session.

    2nd Night Surge Cuts Saratoga Sale Declines

    After suffering significant setbacks in prices on its opening night, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale experienced a welcome surge in business during its second and final session Aug. 7 in upstate New York.