Headlines for Wednesday, August 21, 2013

  • Centre Court tries to return to the Winner's Circle in the Ballston Spa Stakes.
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    Ballston Spa Stakes Draws Competitive Field

    Grade I winner Centre Court will face Laughing, Miz Ida, Somali Lemonade, and Hungry Island trying to make it back to the winner's circle in the $250,000 Ketel One Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 24 at Saratoga.

  • Escapefromreality runs away from Amberjack to win the Albany Stakes.
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    'Reality' Hits Amberjack in Big Apple Triple

    Escapefromreality denied Amberjack a sweep of the Big Apple Triple while earning his first stakes victory, leading all the way in the $150,000 Albany Stakes for New York-breds Aug. 21 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Vagabond Shoes (right) finished second in the Eddie Read.

    Who Will Step Forward in Del Mar Handicap?

    The $150,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 24 presents a golden opportunity for one of seven older colts and geldings to earn an automatic slot in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) this fall.

  • Pensioned Stallion Home At Last Dies at 26

    Charles Nuckols III of Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky., announced Aug. 21 the passing of pensioned sire Home At Last. The 26-year-old son of Quadratic died at the farm July 30 from the infirmities of old age.

  • Forty Tales has won three straight graded stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2662525673&k=GLKgzQd">Order This Photo</a>

    Forty Tales Faces 13 in Crowded King's Bishop

    Forty Tales, winner of three straight graded stakes, will have his work cut out for him just trying to make his way through all the traffic in the $500,000 Foxwoods King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 24 at Saratoga.

  • Haskin: War! What is it Good For?

    Well, it's good for a straight win bet, an exacta bet, or a trifecta bet. Those are all the ways you can possibly cash a big ticket in Saturday's Travers Stakes if you play War Dancer.

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    St Nicholas Abbey 'Best He Has Been'

    Nearly one month since St Nicholas Abbey underwent major surgery to repair a life-threatening fracture of his right foreleg, Coolmore reported the multiple grade/group I winner is "the best he has been."

  • Oviduct Issues in Mares

    When many breeders consider mare fertility issues, most don't consider that the oviduct—the slender channel through which eggs travel from ovary to uterus—could be causing problems. While oviduct-related fertility issues are rare in horses, breeders should be aware of what can go wrong with this important structure.