Articles posted September 1, 2012

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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 Forego Stakes, 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.

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 Woodward 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 Washington Park Handicap, 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.

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 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga, and the well-bred son of Smart Strike, from the family of Honey Ryder and Hit It Rich, dominated wire to wire.

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 2ND race at Del Mar.

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