Articles posted September 22, 2012

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Mike delivers Handsome upset in Penn Derby

J. Paul Reddam's Handsome Mike parlayed a front-running trip into a two-length upset in Saturday's Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, winning as the 19-1 longest shot at Parx Racing. The Scat Daddy colt proved resilient after setting a moderate pace beneath Irad Ortiz Jr., withstanding challenges from Alpha and Stephanoatsee before re-asserting command in deep stretch, and snapped a seven-race losing skein in the process.

Aurelia outduels Questing to stay unbeaten in Cotillion

Last year's unbeaten champion two-year-old filly My Miss Aurelia outdueled pro tem divisional leader Questing by a head in Saturday's $971,200 Cotillion Stakes, in a climactic finish to the first Grade 1 event ever staged in Pennsylvania. The 1 1/16-mile test served up a clash worthy of the occasion -- a virtual match race, with Eclipse Award implications -- and it lived up to the advance billing.

Optimizer scores first graded win in Kent

After an unsuccessful Triple Crown campaign, Optimizer looks to have found his home back on the turf. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained colt captured his first graded stakes win in record fashion on Saturday in the Grade 3, $200,000 Kent Stakes at Delaware Park.

The Factor retired to Lane's End

Multiple Grade 1 winner The Factor has been retired from racing and will enter stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky, for the 2013 breeding season. Raced by George Bolton and David Shimmon's Fog City Stable, The Factor won six races, five of them graded, including the Grade 1 Malibu and Grade 1 Pat O'Brien.

Certify among 11 remaining in Fillies' Mile

Godolphin aims for a third consecutive victory in the Group 1, £163,500 Fillies' Mile with Certify going for the highlight of the second day of the Cambridgeshire Festival at Newmarket this upcoming Friday. The Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained filly is one of the ante-post favorites for next year's Group 1 One Thousand Guineas, back at Newmarket, following three impressive victories that included a cozy neck success in the Group 2 May Hill over a mile at Doncaster on September 14.

Horse Fencing: Is There a Best Choice?

Post-and-board, vinyl constructed plank, braided tape, coated high-tensile wire, pipe: Many effective equine fencing options are available. However, there are no hard-and-fast rules as to which is the best choice, explained Bob Coleman, PhD, Equine Extension professor in the University of Kentucky's Department of Animal Sciences.

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