Headlines for Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • Royal Delta<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1909823367&k=fKBR8Qx">Order This Photo</a>

    Royal Delta, To Honor and Serve Work for Mott

    Trainer Bill Mott, speaking Sept. 16, confirmed Royal Delta for the Beldame Invitational (gr. I) and said To Honor and Serve could compete in the Kelso Handicap (gr. II) after the pair posted separate breezes at Belmont

  • Awesome Feather

    Awesome Feather Entered at Belmont Sept. 20

    Awesome Feather will look to run her record to a perfect 10-for-10 Sept. 20 at Belmont Park in the one-mile Nasty Storm overnight stakes, scheduled as third race. The race drew nine entrants, but some are expected to scratch.

  • Brown eyeing Flower Bowl, Spinster for Zagora's next start

    On Saturday, Grade 1-winning Zagora put in her second work since setting a track record of 1:39.07 when taking the Grade 2, 1 1/16-mile Ballston Spa on August 25 at Saratoga Race Course. The five-year-old French-bred daughter of Green Tune breezed four furlongs in :49 4/5 on Saturday, the same time she clocked exactly one week prior.

  • Stealcase runs down Ontario Derby

    Stealcase, sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade 3, $158,934 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/OntarioDerby12.pdf">Ontario Derby</a>, certainly did not disappoint at Woodbine on Sunday. Coming off a subpar seventh in the Grade 1 Travers, he bounced back here to earn his first graded stakes win.

  • Wise Dan dismantles the field in Woodbine Mile

    Morton Fink's homebred Wise Dan was in a class of his own in Sunday's Grade 1, $1,031,168 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/woodbinemile12.pdf"> Woodbine Mile</a>, stamping himself as a leading threat for the Breeders' Cup Mile. Although the impressive 3 1/4-length winner earned an automatic berth to the Mile, connections have not yet ruled out a tilt at the Breeders' Cup Classic on dirt for the superstar who can run on any surface.

  • Wigmore Hall outduels Al Khali to repeat in Northern Dancer

    Mark B. Hawtin's globetrotting Wigmore Hall had endured an eight-race losing streak since his victory in last year's Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/nordancerturf12.pdf"> Northern Dancer Turf</a>, but a return to Woodbine for Sunday's renewal helped the English invader regain the winning thread. After a rousing stretch duel with Al Khali, the Michael Bell charge&nbsp; successfully defended his title by a hard-fought neck.

  • Wise Dan streaks away from the field to win the Woodbine Mile.

    Wise Dan Brilliant Again in Woodbine Mile Win

    Wise Dan has earned his way into the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) this fall and would be one of the favorites after his smashing win as the 1-2 choice in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 16 on the Woodbine grass course.

  • It's Tricky readies for Beldame; Questing, Alpha work for Parx engagements

    Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin worked a quartet of stakes runners for Godolphin Racing this weekend at Saratoga's Greentree Training Center, with multiple Grade 1 winner It's Tricky and promising juvenile Fortify turning in breezes for upcoming stakes races at Belmont Park, and top sophomores Questing and Alpha working toward engagements at Parx Racing.

  • McGaughey sends out a trio of Grade 1 hopefuls at Belmont

    Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey sent out a fearsome foursome of workers on Sunday to gear up for upcoming graded stakes at Belmont Park. Three of the Sunday breezers are targeting Grade 1 races on September 29.

  • Royal Delta, To Honor and Serve turn in moves for Beldame, Kelso

    Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott confirmed champion Royal Delta for the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Invitational and said To Honor and Serve could compete in the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap after the pair posted separate breezes on Sunday at Belmont Park.

  • Pletcher pupils highlight Saratoga worktab

    It was a busy Sunday morning at Saratoga Race Course for trainer Todd Pletcher, who was on hand to oversee a number of horses work in preparation for upcoming stakes.

  • Stealcase pulls away late to win the Ontario Derby.

    Favored Stealcase Locks Up Ontario Derby

    Rebounding from a seventh-place showing in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), favored Stealcase registered his first stakes victory with a late-running effort in the $158,934 Ontario Derby (Can-III) Sept. 16 at Woodbine.

  • Wigmore Hall fights off Al Khali to win the Northern Dancer Stakes.

    Wigmore Hall Earns Northern Dancer Repeat

    Wigmore Hall, winless since last year's Northern Dancer Stakes Presented by Vtech (Can-IT), successfully defended his crown when he outfought favored Al Khali in the homestretch over Woodbine's turf course Sept. 16.

  • Barefoot Lady shows Canadian rivals a clean pair of heels

    Jockey Davey Moran landed a fortunate pick-up mount aboard English shipper Barefoot Lady in Sunday's Grade 2, $323,217 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/canadian12.pdf">Canadian Stakes</a> at Woodbine, and delivered a perfect ride to land the spoils. Trained by Richard Fahey for Mrs. H. Steel, the 7-1 chance saved ground while tracking the pace, angled out for the drive, and rolled to an emphatic 1 1/2-length victory over All Star Heart.

  • Brown praises Samitar, plans to stretch Dealbata out

    Trainer Chad Brown reported Sunday morning that Samitar came out of her narrow victory in Saturday's Grade 1 Garden City at Belmont Park in good shape, and next will point for the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on October 13 at Keeneland.

  • Barefoot Lady and David Moran take the Canadian Stakes at Woodbine.

    Barefoot Lady Kicks in Late for Canadian Win

    Stalking Barefoot Lady, making her North American debut, seized the lead near mid-stretch and held on well to capture the $323,217 Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT) by 1 1/2 lengths on the Woodbine turf Sept. 16.