Headlines for Monday, September 3, 2012

  • Halo Dolly flies home in the Yellow Ribbon Handicap.

    Halo Dolly Waves Good-Bye in Yellow Ribbon

    Halo Dolly won for the sixth time in nine starts this year when she rallied from off the pace to motor home by 1 1/4 lengths in the $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap (gr. IIT) over the Del Mar turf Sept. 3.

  • Shanghai Bobby wins the Hopeful Stakes.

    Shanghai Bobby Makes Strong Hopeful Statement

    Undefeated Shanghai Bobby used a stalking trip on the outside under Rosie Napravnik before pouring it on in the homestretch to capture the $400,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. II) on closing day Sept. 3 at Saratoga.

  • Ben's Cat wins the Turf Monster Handicap.

    Ben's Cat Claws Out Turf Monster Repeat

    Favored Ben's Cat surged from third in the final furlong to nip Chamberlain Bridge by a head, winning the $350,000 Turf Monster Handicap (gr. IIIT) for the second year in a row Sept. 3 over soft going at Parx Racing.

  • Mike Repole

    Spa Titles for Dominguez, Pletcher, Repole

    Owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher won their third consecutive Saratoga Race Course titles, and Ramon Dominguez set a meet record for wins by a jockey en route to his second career Spa riding crown.

  • After the Wire - 9/3/2012

    Evan Hammonds recaps the holiday weekend races including performances by To Honor And Serve and Emcee!

  • Easter Gift opened in Smarty Jones

    The 8-5 favorite Teeth of the Dog jumped out to the early lead, hitting the opening quarter in :23 3/5 and half in :47 3/5 under pressure from Traffic Light, who jumped in front after three-quarters in 1:12. By that point, Easter Gift, a close-up fourth early, loomed into contention. Traffic Light tried to fend him off down the stretch, but Easter Gift was too strong inside the final furlong.

  • Handle, attendance increase during Saratoga's 144th season

    The 144th meet at Saratoga was a rousing success, highlighted by strong wagering gains, robust attendance, top quality racing, a number of new and innovative fan initiatives, continued television coverage from the NBC Sports Group and the MSG Networks, and an unprecedented level of community involvement.

  • Easter's Gift wins the Smarty Jones Stakes.

    Easter Gift Wraps Up Victory in Smarty Jones

    Robert LaPenta's 3-year-old colt Easter Gift proved best in the Sept. 3 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) at Parx Racing when he drew off in the final furlong to win the mile-and-70 yard contest in the slop.

  • Paynter experiences new complications Monday

    Owner Ahmed Zayat has reported that his star three-year-old colt Paynter, whose condition had been improving over the weekend, sustained a couple of setbacks on Monday. The Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner has been hospitalized since August 26 with a potentially life-threatening case of colitis, and other complications have set in.

  • Ben's Cat achieves millionaire status with second Turf Monster victory

    The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat became racing's newest millionaire with his title defense of Monday's Grade 3, $350,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/turfmonster12.pdf">Turf Monster Handicap</a> at Parx Racing, and needed every inch of real estate in the five-furlong dash to get up in the final strides.

  • Shanghai Bobby much the best in Hopeful

    Trainer Todd Pletcher had three of the eight starters in Monday's Grade 2, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/hopeful12.pdf"> Hopeful</a> at Saratoga, and won the historic fixture for a second time when Starlight Racing's Shanghai Bobby impressively dismantled his rivals by 3 3/4 lengths under Rosie Napravnik. Part of an entry that started as the 2-1 second choice, Shanghai Bobby returned $6.30, $3.50 and $2.30.

  • Nathaniel, Snow Fairy set for stellar Irish Champion

    Nathaniel and Snow Fairy appear among the 12 entries for Saturday's Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. As expected, the fine French gelding Cirrus Des Aigles has been taken out at the five-day stage, but a terrific field remains.

  • Hit It Rich wins the Glens Falls Stakes.

    Hit It Rich Has Golden Win in Glens Falls

    Hit It Rich struck gold with her impressive, gate-to-wire performance under Javier Castellano in the Sept. 3 Glens Falls Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga for owner/breeder Stuart Janney and trainer Shug McGaughey.

  • Micromanage to target Champagne

    On the final Saturday of the 2011 Saratoga meet, a two-year-old colt named Alpha joined the New York Watch after posting a debut score in a seven-furlong maiden special weight, and 51 weeks later he was in Saratoga's winner's circle after dead-heating for the win in the Grade 1 Travers.

  • Hit It Rich takes the initiative in Glens Falls

    Two days after her very close relation Dominus wired the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga, 4-5 favorite Hit It Rich took a page from his playbook to post a front-running victory in Monday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/glensfalls12.pdf">Glens Falls</a> on closing day at the Spa. The Stuart S. Janney III homebred was prompted by Bizzy Caroline early, but pulled away in the stretch to earn her third stakes win, all at the Grade 3 level going long on turf.

  • Biancone Sends Filly to Del Mar Futurity

    Patrick Biancone has won stakes races at tracks on three different continents, but Del Mar is not on the list. He'll try to fix that when he runs the filly Switch to the Lead in the grade I Futurity Sept. 5.

  • Morrison's Gold Edge Preps for Lassie

    Dolphus Morrison's Gold Edge, winner of the Lisa M Stakes at Arlington Park Aug. 4, breezed five furlongs over the Polytrack in 1:00 4/5 the morning of Sept. 3 in preparation for the upcoming Arlington-Washington Lassie.

  • Ortensia looks to stay on a roll at Haydock

    A total of 18 contenders go forward for the Group 1, £225,000 Sprint Cup, run at Haydock Park over six furlongs on Saturday, after Monday's five-day confirmation stage.

  • Grass champ Theatrical dies at 30

    <span class="ppy-extcaption" sizcache="7" sizset="3">Theatrical, the 1987 champion turf male, was euthanized Friday night due to the infirmities of old age at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, Kentucky, where he was pensioned from stud duty in 2009.</span>

  • Trio gearing up for Arlington juvenile fixtures

    Muppet Man, winner of the $65,000 Meadowlake on August 4 went an easy five-eighths in 1:01 this past weekend at Arlington Park in advance of Saturday's Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity. The local Futurity is Chicago's showcase race for juveniles run out of Arlington's one-mile chute.