Headlines for Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Close Hatches is in complete control in the Personal Ensign.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-BXVmCfL">Order This Photo</a>

    Close Hatches Dominates Personal Ensign

    Close Hatches took command on the opening turn and never looked back in the $500,0000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I), romping over a muddy track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 22 for her third grade I triumph in a row.

  • Narniyn Seeks Breakthrough in Jean Romanet

    Runner-up in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes (Eng-I) earlier this month at Goodwood, the Aga Khan's Narniyn takes a third shot at an elite-level breakthrough Aug. 24 in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-I) at Deauville.

  • F-T Saratoga Fall Sale Expanded to Two Days

    The strength of the New York-Bred racing and breeding program has generated record entries for the Saratoga Fall Sale, which Fasig-Tipton has expanded to two days Oct. 6-7.

  • Blood-Horse ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Blood-Horse President and CEO Marla Bickel and company answer the challenge from Keeneland and the Breeders' Cup, and challenge Dan Metzger and TOBA. They also remind DRF and TDN that they were part of the original challenge.

  • Tom Durkin (right), D. Wayne Lukas (center), and Jimmy Jerkens, accepting on behalf of his father, H. Allen Jerkens.

    Jerkens, Lukas, Durkin Honored at Saratoga

    Hall of Fame trainers H. Allen Jerkens and D. Wayne Lukas, along with legendary track announcer Tom Durkin, were honored Aug. 22 in the second annual "Red Jacket" ceremony in the winners' circle at Saratoga Race Course.

  • BHA Levies Heavy Penalties Against Three

    The British Horseracing Authority has banned a jockey and trainer for 14 years each and one of their associates for 11 1/2 years for violations of racing rules, including conspiracy to commit a corrupt practice.

  • Stryker Phd is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Longacres Mile.

    Stryker Phd Smart Choice in Longacres Mile

    Jim and Mona Hour's Stryker Phd, a 5-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Bertrando, is the 121-pound highweight and 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Aug. 24 Longacres Mile (gr. III)at Emerald Downs.

  • Haskell winner Bayern

    Pedigree Analysis: Bayern

    By a 10-furlong grade I winner out of a mare by a Derby and Belmont Stakes winner, with a second dam who was a graded stakes winner at 10 furlongs, Bayern illustrates the difficulties of interpreting modern U.S. pedigrees.

  • Haskell winner Bayern drew post 2 for the Travers.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-t4LpzQs">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Three Clash in Rich Travers Stakes

    On paper, the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course appears to be a three-horse race among Bayern, Tonalist, and Wicked Strong, there are several improving 3-year-olds who could be potential upsetters.

  • Live Saratoga Weekend Coverage from HRRN

    Horse Racing Radio Network will provide live on-site coverage of Saratoga's signature weekend beginning Friday, Aug. 22, with the Personal Ensign (gr. I) followed by the 145th Travers Stakes (gr. I) Saturday.