Headlines for Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Know More, who won the Best Pal in his first start, returns in the Del Mar Futurity.

    Know More Heads Dozen in Del Mar Futurity

    Twelve juveniles will contest the 65th running of the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I), the Southern California oval's traditional closing-day headliner Sept. 5, including the precocious Best Pal Stakes winner Know More.

  • Executiveprivilege stays perfect in the Del Mar Debutante.

    Executiveprivilege Nabs Debutante Thriller

    Odds-on choice Executiveprivilege remained perfect in four starts with her victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Sept. 1 but had to dig deep to defeat determined pacesetter Beholder by a nose.

  • Zayat posts Saturday update on Paynter

    Owner Ahmed Zayat gave a Saturday night update on the condition of Paynter, the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner, who is being treated for colitis at Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, New York.

  • Emcee runs away with Forego

    Godolphin Racing's Emcee established himself as one of the nation's premier sprinters with a dominant victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/forego12.pdf">Forego Stakes</a>, striding away to a 4 1/2-length victory at Saratoga. With Alan Garcia up, the improving four-year-old garnered his first stakes victory when completing seven furlongs in a quick 1:21, and the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained colt has now earned $479,900 from a 7-4-0-2 record.

  • Middie streaks home to win the Washington Park Handicap under Francisco Torres.

    Middie Makes His Move in Washington Park

    Outsider Middie spurted away from the field in upper stretch to post a 3 3/4-length victory under jockey Francisco Torres in the $150,000 Washington Park Handicap in track-record time over Polytrack at Arlington Park Sept 1.

  • To Honor and Serve fends off late charge in Woodward

    Odds-on favorite Mucho Macho Man got to the throatlatch of Live Oak Plantation's To Honor and Serve inside the eighth pole in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/woodward12.pdf"> Woodward</a> at Saratoga, but in a thrilling dogfight couldn't get past the gutsy son of Bernardini, who record the neck victory as the 7-2 second choice.

  • Middie wins Washington Park in record time

    After splitting horses at the three-eighths pole, Middie drew away to a commanding advantage in upper stretch and cruised to the finish line in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/washingtonpark12.pdf"> Washington Park Handicap</a>, winning by 3 3/4 lengths in 1:49.27 to establish a new 1 1/8-mile track record over Arlington Park's Polytrack. Overlooked at 14-1 in the seven-horse field, the Phil Oliver-trained gelding was guided to his first stakes victory by Francisco Torres.

  • Tune Me In surprises again in Cliff Hanger

    The five-year-old gray gelding Tune Me Out backed up his 25-1 upset of the Grade 3 Oceanport on July 29 with another triumph over the Monmouth Park turf course in Saturday's Grade 3, $99,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/cliffhanger12.pdf">Cliff Hanger</a>.

  • Dominus masters turf debut in Bernard Baruch

    Although Dominus had never raced on turf, his pedigree strongly suggested that he'd love the surface. Trainer Todd Pletcher took the hint, tried the lightly-raced four-year-old in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/bernardbaruch12.pdf"> Bernard Baruch Handicap</a> at Saratoga, and the well-bred son of Smart Strike, from the family of Honey Ryder and Hit It Rich, dominated wire to wire.

  • Tu Endie Wei and Jim McAleney take the Seaway Stakes at Woodbine.

    Tu Endie Wei Too Tough for Roxy Gap in Seaway

    Back on her favorite track, Tu Endie Wei engaged 1-2 favorite Roxy Gap along the inside and refused to give way en route to a one-length victory in the $170,843 Seaway Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine Sept. 1.

  • The Green Monkey sires first winner

    The Green Monkey, who sold for a record $16 million as a juvenile and never won a race, is back in the news after siring his first winner. His juvenile daughter Kinz Funky Monkey did the honors in Saturday's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/thegreenmonkey1st.pdf"> 2ND</a> race at Del Mar.

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    Emcee Hammers Forego Foes at Saratoga

    Favored Emcee earned the first graded victory of his career for Godolphin Racing and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, bursting away from the field in the final furlong to take the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 1 at Saratoga.

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    Shackleford to Miss Forego

    Multiple grade I winner Shackleford will not run in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 1, trainer Dale Romans said the morning of the race.

  • Fed Biz takes the El Cajon Stakes, the 100th stakes win for trainer Bob Baffert at Del Mar.

    Fed Biz Gives Baffert 100th Del Mar Stakes

    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert won his 100th stakes race at Del Mar Aug. 31 as favored Fed Biz, unraced since February, rallied after being passed mid-stretch to edge Jimmy Creed in the $100,000 El Cajon Stakes.

  • Fed Biz provides Baffert with 100th stakes win at Del Mar

    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert won his 100th&nbsp;stakes race at Del Mar Friday as Kaleem Shah's Fed Biz, unraced since last February, rallied after being passed in deep stretch to out-game Jimmy Creed in the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/elcajon12.pdf">El Cajon Stakes</a>.

  • Shackleford scratched from Forego

    Shackleford, the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, has been scratched.

  • Saratoga Diary: Prime Time

    The 2:30 p.m. post time for Friday's first race seemed to make the crowd friskier, if not significantly different in size from prior summers.