Articles posted September 16, 2012

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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 Ontario Derby, 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 Woodbine Mile, 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 Northern Dancer Turf, 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  successfully defended his title by a hard-fought neck.

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.

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 Canadian Stakes 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.

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