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  • Puxa Saco Tops Soft Rancho Bernardo

    Graded stakes-winning sprinter Puxa Saco heads a field of eight fillies and mares set to go 6 1/2 furlongs Friday in the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III).

  • Perfect Drift Gets Reacquainted With Del Mar

    Perfect Drift, who shipped in from Kentucky on Monday, met the Del Mar track for the first time since last year by jogging and galloping with a pony over the strip Wednesday morning in preparation for Sunday's Pacific Classic (gr. I).

  • Even Dozen Entered for Pacific Classic

    The $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Sunday expanded to 12 prospects when outsiders Oceanus and Polish Times joined 10 others as entries closed at mid-morning Wednesday.

  • Rapid Recovery From Neck Injury For Kaenel

    Apprentice Kyle Kaenel was cleared to begin riding again on Wednesday after recovering from an April racing injury at Turf Paradise that left him with two fractured vertebrae.

  • Ready's Gal Ready for Friday's Lake Placid

    Like most trainers halfway through this year's Saratoga meet, Todd Pletcher has experienced his fair share of satisfaction and frustration. Still, he again leads the training standings with 14 winners, including three graded stakes winners, heading into Wednesday's card.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Just Say Yes

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium--RMTC for short--is one of the newer acronyms in horse racing's bountiful alphabet soup. Nevertheless, it is doing what many of its verb-challenged siblings are not: making progress on specific issues of concern within the industry.

  • Ageless Passion

    <i>By Victor Zast</i> - It was good that I got to Lisa Sammons on the Tuesday that I did. A couple days later, she was flat on her back in bed. It turns out the dentist extracted her wisdom teeth. Luckily, I was the one to extract a bit of her wisdom.

  • Trainer Laura De Seroux.

    California Trainers on Notice Over Use of Anabolic Steroids

    While steroid use by human athletes has caused a firestorm of controversy, trainers in California are being warned to avoid using anabolic steroids on their horses because of increased testing and uncertainty about withdrawal times. But the director of the state's drug-testing laboratory said the concern is misplaced.

  • Meadowlands Meet Features Four Graded Stakes

    The 30-day meet at Meadowlands will feature four graded stakes, including the $500,000 Meadowlands Cup, a grade II event that serves as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

  • Texas Sire Naevus Dies at Age 25

    Naevus, the sire of 29 stakes winners and earners of more than $21 million, was euthanized Aug. 12 due to complications from laminitis.

  • Fraise, Ogygian Arrive at Old Friends

    Multiple grade I stakes winners Fraise and Ogygian arrived at the Old Friends retirement facility Aug. 16. Old Friends is based at Alfred H. Nuckols Jr.'s Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky.

  • Electrocutionist, left, en route to victory over Zenno Rob Roy.

    Electrocutionist Wins Close Juddmonte International

    In a blanket finish that could have been won by any one of five horses in the final furlong, the Italian-trained Electrocutionist pulled off a thrilling victory in Tuesday's Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-I) at York to secure a first prize of £266,800 ($482,043).

  • Roman Ruler Drills Bullet Half

    Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler, winner of the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), breezed a half-mile in a bullet :45 4/5 at Saratoga Tuesday in preparation for the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27.

  • Identity Mix-Up Regarding Dubai Excellence

    Authorities are conducting DNA testing to determine the identity of a horse shipped to stand in Australia after preliminary tests proved it is not Dubai Excellence.

  • Zenno Rob Roy, right, winning the Japan Cup.

    England's York Opener Will Have Japanese Flavor

    For once, hype can take a back seat at the three-day meeting at York, England which starts Tuesday. With the first four horses in the betting trained in Ireland, Italy, Japan, and England, the Juddmonte International (Eng-I) is a race that really does live up to its name.

  • Silent Auction to Benefit Thoroughbred Charities at NYTWA Dinner

    Seasons to top New York-bred stallions, New York Yankees memorabilia, a foursome at Saratoga National Golf Club, house seats to a Broadway show, a Travers Day box, and seats for the 22nd Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships are among the items scheduled to be auctioned off at the 82nd annual New York Turf Writers Association awards dinner and dance, Monday, Aug. 22 at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Sorenson Injured at Del Mar; Pesci Horse Wins

    Jockey Danny Sorenson suffered a fractured left collarbone as the result of a mishap in Monday's first race at Del Mar. Sorenson's mount, longshot Perfect Judgment, stumbled badly while racing in the clear along the rail in midstretch and fell, unseating Sorenson.

  • Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale Posts Record Median Price

    The Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale ended its two-night run Monday in Saratoga Springs with a healthy increase in its median price that pushed the figure to its highest level ever. But there were declines in gross revenue and average price from last year's sale records.

  • Pacific Classic contender Borrego.

    Borrego Completes Pacific Classic Preparations

    Borrego, multiple graded-stakes performer and runner-up to Lava Man in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), wound up his preparations for Sunday's $1-million, grade I Pacific Classic with a solid five furlong work in 1:01.40 at Santa Anita.

  • Hawthorne To See Purse Increase

    Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago announced an across-the-board purse increase for its meeting that will run Sept. 23 through Dec. 31.

  • Maiden Winner India Sold for More Than $2 Million

    Peachtree Stable's India, who broke her maiden by 12 lengths in her second career start, has been sold to her breeders, Frank and Jane Lyon, owner of Summer Wind Farm near Georgetown, Ky., Peachtree owner John Fort said today.

  • Proud Accolade Retired; Will Stand at Padua

    Proud Accolade, who won the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) last year at two and the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) earlier this year, has been retired and will stand in 2006 at Satish Sanan's Padua Stables near Summerfield, Fla.

  • Services Scheduled for Murdered Florida Breeder Maloy

    Foster L. "Pete" Maloy, who raised 2005 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Buzzards Bay at his Hidden Hill Farm near Ocala, Fla., was shot and killed Aug. 12 by an enraged motorist at a road construction site under Maloy's supervision.

  • Carson City Ridgling Tops New York-Bred Sale's First Session

    A Carson City ridgling led the way Sunday on the opening night of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale, bringing $165,000 from Michael Marceda, a financial adviser from New Jersey. Accompanied by trainer Sal Russo, Marcedo held off Florida pinhooker Becky Thomas to snare the muscular bay.

  • Dave does it again in West Point &#39;Cap.

    Dave Takes West Point For 2nd Win in Four Days

    It was a crowded Saratoga Race Course on Sunday afternoon with a paid attendance of 70,792, but Dave and jockey Jose Santos found plenty of room in the lane, coming away with a one-length victory in the $113,600 West Point Handicap on the turf for New York-breds.

  • CTBA/Barretts Sale to Offer 323 Yearlings

    The first October yearling sale conducted jointly by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) and Barretts will have 323 yearlings.

  • Real Dandy charges for the finish ahead of Magna Graduate to win the West Virginia Derby.

    'Dandy' of a Win in Rich West Virginia Derby

    Real Dandy, who has spent the better part of this year cashing checks against some of the top 3-year-olds in the country, finally broke through--in a $750,000 race--when he went from last to first to win Sunday's grade III West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort.

  • Flying Glitter Glides to Monmouth Oaks Victory

    Richard and Nancy Kaster's Flying Glitter took control out of the gate and never looked back, winning the $200,000 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) by 3 3/4 lengths in a surprise Sunday at Monmouth Park.

  • Gate Malfunction Cancels Ellis Park Race

    Stewards at Ellis Park declared the fifth race on Sunday's program a "no contest" due to a starting gate malfunction. All wagers on the race were refunded.

  • Pletcher's Ashado, Flower Alley Work in Tandem

    Starlight Stable's Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) champion Ashado and Melnyk Racing Stables' Flower Alley worked together Sunday morning for trainer Todd Pletcher. The duo breezed five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 over the Saratoga main track.

  • Saratoga Honors American Spirit Monday

    Saratoga Race Course will honor American spirit and support for our troops with this year's "Proud to be an American" day on Monday afternoon.

  • Divine Disappointment as Dubawi Dominates

    Godolphin's Dubawi stormed down the middle of the Deauville course Sunday to record a decisive victory in the Prix Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) and shatter the unbeaten filly Divine Proportions' nine-race winning streak.

  • Jockey Meier Escapes Serious Injury at Arlington

    Randy Meier, the all-time leading rider at Chicago's Hawthorne Race Course, took off his remaining mounts on Saturday after he was injured in the starting gate prior to Arlington Park's second race.