Headlines for Saturday, September 22, 2012

  • Book Review comes on late to win the Charles Town Oaks.

    Book Review Earns Raves in Charles Town Oaks

    Favored Book Review, invading from New York for trainer Chad Brown, took down the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks with a big sweeping move from the back of the pack on the night of Sept. 22 at Charles Town.

  • 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/pennderby12.pdf"> Pennsylvania Derby</a>, 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.

  • Dust and Diamonds slays Goliaths in Gallant Bloom

    In a race that included reigning champion female sprinter Musical Romance and multiple Grade 1 queen Turbulent Descent, it was Padua Stable's homebred Dust and Diamonds who proved superior in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gallantbloom12.pdf"> Gallant Bloom Handicap</a> at Belmont Park.

  • 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/cotillion12.pdf"> Cotillion Stakes</a>, 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kent12.pdf">Kent Stakes</a> at Delaware Park.

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    Dust and Diamonds Flawless in Gallant Bloom

    Dust and Diamonds, getting good at the right time, disposed of better-known rivals Musical Romance and Turbulent Descent with ease in capturing the $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) by 1 1/4 lengths at Belmont.

  • Well Spelled and Pablo Fragoso get up late to win the Gallant Bob.

    Well Spelled Springs Gallant Bob Ambush

    GSP Racing Stable's Well Spelled ambushed Trinniberg in the final strides of the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx Racing Sept. 22, closing from dead last to claim the victory by half a length over the top sprinter.

  • Optimizer streaks home to win the Kent Stakes at Delaware Park.

    Optimizer Continues Climb With Kent Score

    Bluegrass Hall's homebred Optimizer continued his climb through conditions on the turf with a powerful 4 1/4-length win in the $200,625 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park Sept. 22, earning his first graded stakes score.

  • Peruvian Juan Enriquez Wins First U.S. Race

    Jockey Juan E. Enriquez won his first race in the United States Sept. 21, guiding Divine Ambition home by eight lengths in the ninth race at Turfway Park, a six-furlong maiden special that was the colt's debut.

  • Little Mike

    Little Mike, Silver Max Work for Engagements

    Trainer Dale Romans sent Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner Little Mike and stablemate Silver Max through works at Churchill Downs Sept. 22, preparing the turf contenders for upcoming starts in New York and Kentucky.

  • 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&#39;s Department of Animal Sciences.