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Saratoga Diary: Old Meets New on Alabama Day

Saratoga Diary: Old Meets New on Alabama Day

The classy black silks with cherry red cap of the Phipps Stable flooded under the finish line first in the Alabama Stakes on Saturday. And with the presentation of the trophy to family members in the winner's circle - beneath cloudy skies befitting the politics surrounding the racetrack - memories of the Vanderbilts, Mellons, duPonts, and Whitneys came rushing to the surface.

Park Avenue Ball Sweeps to Iselin BC Win

Park Avenue Ball Sweeps to Iselin BC Win

Char-Mari Stable's Park Avenue Ball moved to the lead around the far turn and held off all challengers to win the $265,000 Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) by three quarters of a length Saturday at Monmouth Park.

Count Arlington BC Oaks Win for Cryptoquip

Cryptoquip, whose 11 3/4-length victory in the Queen City Oaks at River Downs was wiped out when the race was declared no contest because of a starting gate malfunction, officially earned black type for the first time by winning the $144,500 Arlington Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) by a half-length.

2007 Foal Crop Estimate Shows Slight Increase

The Jockey Club is projecting a 2007 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 37,500, an increase of 0.5% over last year's registered foal crop estimate.

Inoperable Tumor Found In Lost In the Fog

Inoperable Tumor Found In Lost In the Fog

Champion sprinter Lost in the Fog has an inoperable tumor in addition to the large one found this week on his spleen and may have no more than two weeks to live, trainer Greg Gilchrist said Aug. 18.

Saratoga Diary: Picking Flowers, Picking Horses

Saratoga Diary: Picking Flowers, Picking Horses

When it comes to decor, Gotchya's is to classy as Martha is to chaos. It's a noisy joint -- owing to the tight quarters and bare floors -- and cheesy, with black and white photos of Al Capone and the Rat Pack looking down at you from the walls as you dine.

Baffert Sets Stakes Mark; Behaving Badly Rolls

Baffert Sets Stakes Mark; Behaving Badly Rolls

Behaving Badly, the 3-5 favorite under jockey Victor Espinoza, provided trainer Bob Baffert with a record 75th stakes success at Del Mar Friday evening as she breezed to victory in the featured $200,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) for older fillies and mares.

Lava Man Seeks Historical Southern Cal Win

For Lava Man, it's time to go with the flow. A victory in the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Sunday at 1 1/4 miles will make Lava Man the first horse to sweep Southern California's "Big Three" grade I handicaps in the same year.

Songster, Henny Hughes Drill for King's Bishop Clash

Trainer Tom Albertrani sent out Songster for a brisk half-mile breeze Friday morning at Saratoga as the colt prepares for the $250,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) at seven furlongs to be run Aug. 26. Henny Hughes, looking for his first grade I win in the same race, also breezed.

New TRA Directors Elected at Meeting

Derron Heldt, John Finamore, and Mark Midland were elected directors of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations at the organization's board of directors meeting Aug. 18 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

TVG, California Horsemen Deadlock Over Hub Fees

Account wagering in California remains mired in a dispute between horsemen and TVG over setting hub fees, officials from both sides told the California Horse Racing Board on Aug. 17, with no guarantee the stalemate will be resolved soon.

Dr. Richardson Upbeat About Barbaro's Program

Though the public has commended Dr. Dean Richardson's dedication to Barbaro's recovery from his catastrophic Preakness (gr. I) injuries and recently developed laminitis, the Landenberg, Pa. veterinarian insists he is only one of many to help the Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning colt throughout each day.

Philly Park Tabs Bally's for Slots Management

Bally Technologies, headquartered in Las Vegas, will provide a casino management system for the slot-machine operation planned for Philadelphia Park in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Saratoga Diary: Women at Work, Men with Their Pants Down

Saratoga Diary: Women at Work, Men with Their Pants Down

On Wednesday, jockey Chantal Sutherland rode the mechanical horse at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Her turn on the horse race simulator was Sutherland's first ride of three on the day, the second of which was a fill-in for Rudy Rodriquez and the third, a longshot in the ninth that she booted home 11th.

Lost in the Fog to Undergo Tests Friday

Lost in the Fog to Undergo Tests Friday

Doctors at the University of California-Davis veterinary school will run extensive tests on Lost in the Fog Friday in order to determine whether they will perform surgery to remove what is believed to be a cancerous mass from his spleen.

VLT Ballot Measure Considered Key to Ohio Auction

With ongoing declines in Thoroughbred breeding and racing in Ohio, and a possible November referendum for racetrack gaming in the state, organizers of this year's Midwest Regional sale said the industry has reached a "pivotal" point.

Lava Man is 8-5 Choice in Pacific Classic

Lava Man is 8-5 Choice in Pacific Classic

Lava Man, unbeaten in five races this year, including victories in the Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup (both gr. I), has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in Sunday's 16th running of the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar.

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