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  • Night Action Rocks Cradle Stakes by Four

    Front-running Night Action left his seven 2-year-old rivals in the $200,000 Miller Lite Cradle Stakes behind on the far turn and drove to a four-length victory for jockey Victor Lebron on the River Downs turf course in Cincinnati on Sept. 1.

  • Anak Nakal bests Acai in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 1 at Philadelphia Park. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5750073%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Anak Nakal Nabs Pennsylvania Derby

    Anak Nakal, rallying from far back for jockey Joe Bravo, got up in the final strides to defeat Acai in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park Sept. 1.

  • Alan Garcia celebrates as Vineyard Haven crosses the wire in the Hopeful (gr. I). <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5750072%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Vineyard Haven Reaps Big Hopeful Victory

    In an eventful running of the $250,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful (gr. I), it was Vineyard Haven who avoided problems and cruised to victory in Saratoga's championship race for 2-year-olds Sept. 1.

  • Hostess holds off Palmilla in the Glens Falls (gr. IIIT) Sept. 1 at Saratoga. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5750071%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Hostess No Cupcake in Glens Falls 'Cap

    Hostess kept the leaders in range throughout the easily paced $108,900 Glens Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga, then burst past odds-on choice Dynaforce and two others mid-stretch for jockey Rajiv Maragh to post a neck victory Sept. 1. on the inner turf course.

  • Belmont Park opens its fall meet Sept. 5.

    Belmont 38-Day Fall Meet Begins Sept. 5

    Belmont Park's 38-day Fall Championship meeting begins on Sept. 5 with with first-race post at 1 p.m. General admission on Opening Day is free and there will be $2 off clubhouse admission as well.

  • Darley Buys Stonerside from McNair

    Stonerside Stable has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley. Included in the transaction will be approximately 80 horses in training, plus another 170 or so broodmares, yearlings and weanlings, as well as the main 2,000-acre farm near Paris, Ky., and the training center in Aiken, S.C.

  • Madeo scores his first graded stakes win in the Del Mar Derby (gr. II).<br> <a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5739875%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Madeo Masters Gio Ponti in Del Mar Derby

    Madeo, justifying the faith trainer John Shirreffs has shown in him, overtook pacesetter Tangled Tango in deep stretch to post a handy upset in the $350,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Aug. 31.

  • Mani Bhavan wins the Spinaway (gr. I) as the 3-5 favorite. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5739241%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mani Bhavan Leads the Way in Spinaway

    Prohibitive choice Mani Bhavan, yet to be headed at any call in her three starts, repelled a bid from Jardin mid-stretch en route to victory in the $250,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31.

  • Again (blue and orange silks) holds off Shimah to win the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) Aug. 31 at Leopardstown.

    Again Victorious in Moyglare Stud Stakes

    Again rallied from mid-pack to capture the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) by a half-length at the Curragh Aug. 31. The David Wachman trainee now has won three of four starts, and has amassed earnings totaling $388,658.

  • Canadian shipper Marlang led the Saranac (gr. IIIT) field from start to finish. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5739242%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Marlang Wires Rivals in Saranac

    Gustav Schickedanz's Marlang made his first start outside of Canada a successful one, as he took his rivals all the way around the Saratoga turf to win the $111,100 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) by 1 3/4 lengths Aug. 31.

  • Curlin wins the Woodward (gr. I) with something in reserve.

    Relaxed Mood at Curlin's Saratoga Barn

    It was a mellow Sunday morning at trainer Steve Asmussen's barn at Saratoga Race Course following champion Curlin's 1 1/4-length victory over Past the Point in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) on Aug. 31.

  • Silent Valor (left) takes the Sapling (gr. III) at Monmouth Park.

    Silent Valor Closes Well to Take Sapling

    Let's Go Stable's Silent Valor made a strong four-wide move entering the stretch and ran down the leader inside the sixteenth-pole to post a 1 1/2-length victory in the $150,000 Sapling Stakes (gr. III), a six-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds on the Monmouth Park dirt.

  • Peppers Pride

    Peppers Pride Scratched From Record Try

    Undefeated Peppers Pride will have to wait for another opportunity to run for the modern-day North American Thoroughbred record for most consecutive victories due to a sloppy track at Ruidoso Downs Aug. 31.

  • Hostess won the March 30 Orchid Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4024843%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Glen Falls: Dynaforce Should Be Tough

    Dynaforce, a hard-luck loser in both of her American starts, takes a small step down in class in hopes of securing her first win over here, as she leads a field of seven in the $100,000 Glen Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT) Sept. 1 at Saratoga.

  • A horse gallops over the new track surface at Santa Anita Park on Aug 31.

    Santa Anita Track Reopened

    Several horses were out galloping on the renovated Santa Anita track surface Aug. 31. Training stables are just starting to ship in from Del Mar.

  • Dance to Destiny

    Dance to Destiny Sires First Winner

    Dance to Destiny, a Canadian graded stakes-placed runner, was represented by his first winner Aug. 30 when his son Me the Sea and G T won at Woodbine.

  • Vacare and Corey Nakatani take the Palomar Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5728251%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Vacare Goes Overland to Win Palomar 'Cap

    Given a patient ride by Corey Nakatani, favored Vacare bounced back from a couple of sub-par efforts this year to win the $200,000 Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT) in a close three-horse finish over the Del Mar turf course Sept. 30.

  • Adriano sweeps to the win in the Kent Stakes.

    Late Move Propels Adriano in Kent Stakes

    Donald Adam's homebred Adriano became a graded stakes winner on a second different surface Aug. 30 in the $501,500 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT), as he rallied with a strong stretch move to get up by a half-length on the Delaware Park turf.

  • Curlin and Robby Albarado pull away in the Woodward.

    Curlin Cashes in Woodward, Nears Cigar

    Defending Horse of the Year Curlin made his return to dirt racing in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) a successful one at Saratoga Aug. 30, but he had to work to get the job done.

  • Sanford winner Desert Party headlines the Hopeful.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5247472%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Harty Hopeful for Closing Day 'Party'

    Desert Party, hoping to justify the $2.1 million sales-topping price Darley Stable paid at Fasig-Tipton Calder's 2-year-olds in training sale in February, faces seven rivals in the $250,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) on closing day at Saratoga Sept. 1.

  • Hurricane Shuts Down Evangeline Downs

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, about 15 miles north of Lafayette, La., has canceled the racing programs set for Sunday, Aug. 31, and the final night of the spring/summer Thoroughbred racing season Monday, Sept. 1 in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Gustav.

  • First Defence cruises in the Forego.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5726222%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    First Defence Romps in Forego

    Juddmonte Farms' homebred First Defence took over at the three-eighths pole and never looked back, the son of Unbridled's Song eventually romping to a decisive 6 3/4-length victory in the $250,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30 at Saratoga. It was his first graded stakes win on the dirt and first triumph in four starts the Spa.

  • Buffalo Man and Carlos Marquez Jr. take the Red Bank Stakes.

    Buffalo Man Rallies For Red Bank Score

    Ol Memorial Stable and Clint Glasscock's Buffalo Man earned his second graded stakes score of the season Aug. 30 in the $150,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. IIIT), as he split horses in deep stretch and inched clear for a narrow victory on the Monmouth Park turf.

  • Vienna Fined $8,500 in Medici Code Cases

    Trainer Darrell Vienna has agreed to pay a fine of $8,500 for rule violations in connection with his graded stakes winner Medici Code, who was found to have excessive levels of clenbuterol in urine samples tested following consecutive races at Del Mar last summer.

  • Calif. Horseman Found in Contempt, Fined

    California horse owner Michael Power was found in contempt and fined for making several false and defamatory statements about John Harris, a director for the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.

  • Ontario-bred Bonuses May Boost Sale

    The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society yearling sale is hoping to get a boost from new bonuses offered at Woodbine to Ontario-bred runners. The purse bonuses are attracting new buyers to the sale, like top U.S. trainer Steve Asmussen.

  • Memorial Service Set For Ballindaggin

    On Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. EDT, a public memorial service will be held for Ballindaggin, the recently deceased New York-bred stallion who had been a resident at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility near Georgetown, Ky.

  • HRTV: Pursuit of the Cup Aug 28 (Video)

    HRTV's weekly series analyzing each division of the Breeders' Cup. This 2008 debut episode includes a discussion of the 2-day format and the Pro-ride surface, an analysis of the Pacific Classic, a look ahead to the Spinaway and the Hopeful and much more.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill Makes Deep Cut in Fall Stakes

    Blaming a decline in purse money earned earned from wagering sources during its 2008 spring meet, Churchill Downs Racetrack has slashed its stakes program for the upcoming fall meet by $975,000 through purse reductions in 11 stakes races and the elimination of two others.

  • Adirondack winner Mani Bhavan looks to keep her winning streak alive in the Spinaway.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5513386%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mani Bhavan Getting Respect in Spinaway

    For a filly that romped in both of her starts, including a seven-length laugher in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II), Mani Bhavan hasn't gotten much respect from the bettors. That's going to change, though, in the $250,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 31.

  • Hearing on Safety Reins Set by CHRB

    Requiring safety reins, a move strongly endorsed by the Jockeys' Guild, will be the subject of a public hearing to be held by the California Horse Racing Board during its regular monthly meeting at Fairplex Park on Sept. 18.

  • Ohio Derby winner Smooth Air returns to take on 13 in the Pennsylvania Derby.

    Contentious Pennsylvania Derby Draws 14

    Does money draw a crowd? Look no further than the Sept. 1 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) for evidence it's true, as a full field of 14 3-year-olds were entered in the $1 million race, the signature event at Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack.

  • Breeders' Stakes winner Marlang takes on seven rivals in the Saranac Stakes.

    Classic Winner to Show Up in the Saranac

    Gustav Schickedanz's homebred Marlang, winner of the 12-furlong Breeders' Stakes (Can-IRT) in his last effort, offers plenty of intrigue as he takes on seven rivals in the Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) Aug. 31 at Saratoga.

  • Trainer Bill Donovan

    Donovan Service Set at Laurel

    Bill Donovan, whose popular "Backtracks" column appeared in The Blood-Horse, will be memorialized at Laurel Park Sat., Sept. 6 at noon.

  • Penn National to Suspend Racing Sept.20

    Live racing and training at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course will be suspended following the Sept. 20 racing program for a resurfacing project of the entire racetrack cushion. The unexpected shutdown of the Pennsylvania racetrack is believed to be due to track conditions that have resulted in a high number of recent catastrophic breakdowns, based on information from horsemen.

  • Mighty Mecke winning the 2005 OBS Championship Stakes.

    Retired Horse Saved from Return to Track

    Mighty Mecke's owners thought they'd done the right thing when their stakes winner fractured his foot earlier this year. They retired the 6-year-old horse and found a new career for him as a stallion on a small Midwest farm, believing he was wanted and would never race again. A July 7 e-mail shattered that belief.

  • MEC Working With THG on Pricing Model

    Magna Entertainment Corp., in a statement issued the evening of Aug. 28, acknowledged it is having discussions with the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group on what company chairman Frank Stronach called "a new framework" for pari-mutuel economics.

  • Longtime Hoosier Park Exec Moore Leaving

    Rick Moore, general manager at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, is leaving the Indiana track after 14 years, officials announced Aug. 29, opening day of the Thoroughbred meet. His last day will be Sept. 12.

  • Expected Hurricane Has Horses on the Run

    On the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, horse owners and veterinarians in the New Orleans, La., area are fleeing ahead of Gustav, a storm the National Weather Service says is likely to become a "large, powerful hurricane as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast."