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  • Dave Litfin - Litfin At Large

    Saratoga Swan Song

    While Labor Day weekend has something of an anti-climactic feel in the wake of a history-making Travers Stakes (gr. I), there are still 35 races to be run at the "September place to be" over the last three days.

  • Arrogate passes the clubhouse for the first time on the way to a track record win in the 147th running of the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course August 27, 2016 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

    The Week in Photos for 8/30/2016

    Travers, Longines Sword Dancer, Personal Ensign, Priority One Jets Forego, Ballerina, Ketel One King's Bishop, Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa, Pat O'Brien, Anticipation, Torrey Pines and more.

  • Owner Aims to End 'Jail Time' Restrictions

    Owner Jerry Jamgotchian has filed a civil case in U.S. District court that argues an Indiana rule that requires horses claimed in the state to wait at least 60 days before racing outside Indiana is invalid under federal law.

  • Flintshire gets through to win Sword Dancer

    Appeal Filed Over Sword Dancer Decision

    Kirk Wycoff of Three Diamonds Farm Aug. 29 filed an appeal to the New York State Gaming Commission regarding the decision of the stewards to take no action against longshot Inordinate in the Aug. 27 Sword Dancer Stakes  (gr. IT).

  • Camelot Kitten.

    Brown’s Stable Loaded in Saranac on Turf

    With six wins in the nine graded turf stakes on the flat at the Saratoga Race Course meet, trainer Chad Brown looks poised to add to that tally as he sends out three solid contenders in the seven-horse field entered in the Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT).

  • Runhappy.

    Runhappy Works Five Furlongs in :58

    Runhappy, last year's sprint male champion, recorded his second public work of the year Sept. 1 at Keeneland, zipping five furlongs in :58. He is being pointed toward the one-turn mile Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 1 at Churchill Downs.

  • Champagne Room and jockey Mario Gutierrez after their victory in the Sorrento (gr. II)

    'Champagne' Seeks Del Mar Double in Debutante

    Champagne Room broke her maiden in the grade II Sorrento by 1 1/4 lengths and now heads a field of the most impressive fillies from Del Mar's loaded 2-year-old summer slate in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I).

  • Frosted looks to continue his win streak under Joel Rosario in the Woodward

    Frosted Faces Eight in Woodward

    Frosted emerged from his Aug. 6 Whitney (gr. I) victory in fine fettle at Saratoga Race Course, and returns Sept. 3 to take on eight rivals in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I).

  • Made You Look wins the With Anticipation Stakes Aug. 31.

    Made You Look Finds Way in With Anticipation

    In many ways the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) proved to be a tale of two trips, as winner Made You Look found room inside after a ground-saving trip while runner-up Keep Quiet (FR) raced wide throughout.

  • Next Step for Undefeated Three Rules

    After overwhelming rivals in his first three starts, Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' Three Rules will try to make it four straight wins when the juvenile son of Gone Astray returns in the Affirmed Division of the Florida Sire Stakes Sept. 3 at Gulfstream.

  • Songbird and jockey Mike Smith after her win in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I)

    Songbird Works at Del Mar, Cotillion Next

    Fox Hill Farms' undefeated champion Songbird, now settled back in at her home base in Southern California following a pair of grade I wins at Saratoga Race Course, put in her first workout Aug. 31 in preparation for the $1 million Cotillion (gr. I).

  • Racing returns to Kentucky Downs Sept. 3

    KY Downs to Open With Loaded All-Turf Card

    Kentucky Downs will begin its lucrative five-day, all-turf meet Sept. 3 with four stakes—two of them for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs—worth a total of $1.4 million. The 10-race card saw 136 horses make the overnight.

  • New York OKs Full Casino for Tioga Downs

    Tioga Downs, a Standardbred track west of Binghamton in the struggling Southern Tier region of New York, will be permitted to install slot machines and table games under a plan approved Aug. 30 by the New York State Gaming Commission.

  • Racing at Saratoga

    Review: Spa Surface Not Factor in Fatalities

    The New York State Gaming Commission Aug. 30 reported that a preliminary review has found that surface conditions at Saratoga Race Course are not to blame for the 14 equine deaths during the track's current meet.

  • Madame Cactus, owned by VinMar Farm, wins 2013 Lexus Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland

    Keeneland to Handle VinMar Dispersal

    VinMar Farm near Versailles, Ky., has decided to disperse, with horses to be sold at Keeneland’s September yearling sale and November breeding stock sale, which begins Nov. 8. St. George Sales will handle the dispersal.

  • Tom Chiota

    Former OBS President Chiota Dies at 70

    Tom Chiota, 70, who managed the daily operations of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. as its president for more than 30 years, died in the early morning of Aug. 29.

  • Hip 92, produced from the unraced Mineshaft mare Fast Find and a full brother to Texas stakes winners Scooter’s Choice and Shaded, was purchased by Danny Pish for $105,000 to top the yearling session,

    Too Much Bling Yearlings Top Texas Sale

    The first yearling sale held in Texas since 2014 was conducted Aug. 29 at Lone Star Park, topped by a colt and a filly by the state’s leading sire Too Much Bling that sold as part of the dispersal of Lane’s End Texas.

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher

    Made You Look Headlines With Anticipation

    Trainer Todd Pletcher heads to the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 31 at Saratoga Race Course with a fresh horse in Made You Look, who is set for his first start since his maiden-breaking win June 19 at Belmont Park.

  • Tepin

    Tepin Fires Bullet on Oklahoma Training Track

    Unraced since her victory in the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) June 14 at Royal Ascot, reigning champion turf female Tepin beezed on the turf course at Saratoga's Oklahoma training track Aug. 29, covering five furlongs in a bullet :58.44 in company.

  • Three Rules wins Florida Sire Dr. Fager Stakes at Gulfstream

    Three Rules Hopes to Keep Win Streak Alive

    Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' Three Rules, who has been described as a Saratoga-type horse by trainer Jose Pinchin, will seek to remain undefeated in his fourth start when he stretches out another furlong in the $300,000 Florida Sire Affirmed Stakes.

  • Risque's Legacy wins at Emerald Downs Aug. 28

    Atta Boy Roy Gets First Black-Type Winner

    Washington-based stallion Atta Boy Roy joined the ranks of freshman sires with first black-type winners Aug. 28 when Risque's Legacy went gate to wire to capture the Washington Cup Two-Year-Old Filly Stakes on Washington Cup Day at Emerald Downs.

  • Drefong after Aug. 27 King's Bishop Stakes win

    Drefong's Win a Boost for Machmer Hall

    Though horses bred by Machmer Hall finished second in graded stakes over the weekend, it was Drefong's King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) victory that the farm's connections found most exciting.

  • Racing at Monmouth Park

    Monmouth Gets Donation, Alters Shipper Policy

    Monmouth Park said it has received an anonymous contribution of $60,000 for its racehorse aftercare program, and thus will end a policy of charging $1,000 per horse that leaves the grounds to race at Suffolk Downs and then returns.