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  • Singhalese (near) reaches the wire just ahead of favored Three Degrees to win the Del Mar Oaks.

    Singhalese Solid in Del Mar Oaks

    Singhalese charged home on the grandstand side to reach the wire a half-length in front of favored Three Degrees to win the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) on the grass Saturday.

  • Knights Templar Rallies in Ontario Debutante

    Knights Templar gave jockey Constant Montpellier his first added-money score of the 2005 campaign, rallying from just off the pace to take Saturday's (U.S.) $113,636 Ontario Debutante Stakes at Woodbine.

  • He's Got Grit Wins Sapling With Style

    Curtis C. Green's unbeaten homebred He's Got Grit took command shortly after the start and then ran away from his rivals in the stretch to score an 8 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Sapling (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Monmouth Park Saturday.

  • Miss Matched Fits Perfectly in Arlington Oaks

    John C. Oxley's Miss Matched held off a slew of rivals inside the final furlong to prevail by a length in the $100,000 Arlington Oaks at Arlington Park on Saturday.

  • Sweet Symphony scores Alabama win.

    Brassy Sweet Symphony Captures Alabama

    Trainer Bill Mott says his undefeated 3-year-old filly Sweet Symphony always leaves him with the feeling that she's capable of doing more. After she trashed the field by 6 1/4 lengths in Saturday's $750,000 Alabama (gr. I) at muddy Saratoga Race Course, one wonders how much better she can get.

  • Kitten's Joy bypassing Arc; points for Hirsch, BC Turf, Japan Cup instead.

    Ramsey Says No Arc for Kitten's Joy

    Ken Ramsey, owner and breeder of 2004 turf champion Kitten's Joy, said Saturday that the 4-year-old colt will not travel to France for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) as originally planned, but will instead prepare for the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).

  • Jockey Club Sees Slight 2006 Foal Increase

    The Jockey Club projects a 2006 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 37,300, a marginal increase over what it estimated for the 2005 registered foal crop.

  • Adreamisborn Seeks Repeat in Longacres Mile

    A field of 11 horses have been entered for the 70th running of the 2005 Longacres Mile (gr. III) Sunday, with returning champion and early morning line favorite (5-2) Adreamisborn breaking from post seven.

  • Behaving Badly gets it right in Rancho Bernardo win.

    Saddened Baffert Rebounds in 'Bernardo Win

    A day that began with trainer Bob Baffert losing his brilliant 2-year-old colt What a Song in a fatal training injury ended with his undefeated filly Behaving Badly capturing the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) Friday night at Del Mar.

  • Fermin Says Horse Monitoring Biggest Focus

    The California Horse Racing Board is focusing on increased monitoring of horses shipping in and out of barn areas, executive director Ingrid Fermin told the board's ad hoc security committee during its meeting at Del Mar Aug. 19.

  • Weber's 'Riding For A Cure' Gift Challenge Met

    Meryl Squires-Cannon, president of the Barrington, Ill., Merix Pharmaceutical Corporation, has answered prominent Thoroughbred owner Charlotte Weber's $50,000 matching gift challenge over the next five years made to Arlington Park's "Riding For A Cure" program on behalf of cancer research.

  • Naissance Royale edges My Typhoon to win Lake Placid.

    Fresh Start Pays Off for Naissance Royale

    A fresh start was in order for the Irish-bred invader Naissance Royale, who began her career in France, and the 3-year-old filly responded brilliantly with a late surge to win in the $150,000 Lake Placid Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Saratoga lawn Friday.

  • Offlee Wild Faces Five in Saratoga BC

    Offlee Wild, winner of the Suburban Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park in his last start, will face just five rivals Sunday in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at the Spa. With Edgar Prado back up, the son of Wild Again will tote high weight of 118 pounds.

  • Lost in the Fog Gallops Over Saratoga Oval

    Undefeated sprinter Lost in the Fog, now 8-for-8 racing in owner Harry Aleo's silks, galloped over the main Saratoga track Friday morning and is set for a Sunday workout with jockey Edgar Prado.

  • What a Song, shown winning the Best Pal, was euthanized today.

    Best Pal Winner What a Song Euthanized

    What a Song, the $1.9-million Barretts March sale topper who won Sunday's Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar for owners Bob and Beverly Lewis, was euthanized Friday after suffering a fractured sesamoid in his right front leg during a routine gallop a few hours earlier.

  • First Samurai Swings Sword Toward Hopeful

    First Samurai, an impressive 2-year-old allowance winner Aug. 7, breezed four furlongs in :47 2/5 over the main track Friday morning with Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey aboard. The son of Giant's Causeway will make his next start in the Hopeful (gr. I), going seven furlongs on the Travers (gr. I) undercard Aug. 27.

  • Commentator Returns to Track

    Grade I winner Commentator breezed a half mile over Saratoga's training track Friday morning in :51. It was the gelding's first recorded work since winning the Whitney Handica (gr. I) Aug. 6.

  • Sensation Simply Sensational So Far for Hough

    Sensation, who has won both her starts by a combined 15 1/2 lengths, breezed five furlongs over the main Saratoga track Friday morning in 1:01 4/5 for trainer Stanley Hough.

  • Fletcher Signs Emergency Drug Rules In Kentucky

    Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher signed emergency regulations Aug. 19 that will limit race-day equine medication on race day effective Sept. 7. The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority approved the regulations only four days earlier.

  • Graded Stakes Winner Crafty Shaw Retired

    Charles Cella's Crafty Shaw, a graded stakes winner during four consecutive years, has been retired because of an ankle injury, trainer Pete Vestal said today.

  • Dream of Summer Ships to Ellis for Gardenia

    California-invader Dream of Summer outshines a field of nine fillies and mares expected to start in Saturday's $150,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III), going one mile at Ellis Park. The Gardenia is the lone graded stakes on the Ellis Park calendar.

  • Norman Slapped With One-Year Ban in California

    Louisiana-based trainer Cole Norman will be prohibited from entering horses in California for a period of one year after his horse Top Commander was found to have been in violation of limits for total carbon dioxide when he ran fifth in the Bing Crosby Handicap (gr. I) at Del Mar July 31.

  • CHRB Finds Hollywood Sale in Racing's Interest

    The California Horse Racing Board put an important stamp of approval on the sale of Hollywood Park at its commission meeting Thursday at Del Mar by unanimously okaying the deal with the Bay Meadows' Land Company in accordance with state racing law.

  • Magna Sells Management Interest in Colonial Downs

    Magna Entertainment Corp. and Colonial Downs, L.P. announced Thursday they have entered into an agreement under which Colonial LP will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Maryland- Virginia Racing Circuit, Inc., a subsidiary of Magna Entertainment.

  • Diabolical One to Fear in Sapling

    A field of seven juvenile colts and geldings has been drawn for Saturday's 71st running of the Sapling Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park. The Steve Klesaris-trained Diabolical, impressive while breaking his maiden at Belmont July 7 by 9 3/4 lengths, heads up the field.

  • NYRA president Charles Hayward, during Thursday's meeting with horsemen.

    NYRA Offficials Meet With Horsemen

    During a meeting with horsemen Thursday at Saratoga Race Course, New York Racing Association president Charles Hayward said that purse accounts are fully funded and plans are being developed to build pre-race detention barns for the 2006 Saratoga season.

  • Shining Energy, winning the San Clemente, tops the Del Mar Oaks field.

    Shining Energy Tops Del Mar Oaks

    Shining Energy, the upset winner of the grade II San Clemente Stakes on July 30, heads a field of 3-year-old fillies in Saturday's 49th edition of the grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks at 1 1/8 miles on the Jimmy Durante turf course.

  • Will the Real Sis City Show Up for Alabama?

    Heading into Saturday's $750,000 Alabama (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, the question on everyone's mind is if the real Sis City will stand up and win the final leg of the New York Racing Association's Triple Tiara for 3-year-old fillies.

  • ESPN Executive to Leave; Still Speaking at Round Table

    Mark Shapiro, the ESPN executive who was instrumental in moving the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to his network in 2006, is leaving ESPN effective Oct. 1 to become chief executive officer of Red Zone, a private entertainment investment company founded by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

  • Lava Man, winning the California, is favored in the Pacific Classic.

    Lava Man Favored In Pacific Classic

    Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Lava Man and outstanding 3-year-old Surf Cat head a field of 12 assigned post positions Wednesday night for Sunday's 15th  running of the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I).

  • Eurosilver

    Eurosilver Retired Due to Injury

    Eurosilver, winner of the 2003 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II) and this year's Skip Away Handicap (gr. III), has been retired after being diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his left hind leg following a sixth-place finish in the Aug. 6 Whitney Handicap (gr. I).

  • Whimsy, Eyes On Eddy Top Field for Arlington Oaks

    Recent stakes winners Pin Oak Stable's Whimsy and Ralls & Foster's Eyes On Eddy top a field of eight sophomore fillies entered for Saturday's $100,000 Arlington Oaks at Arlington Park.

  • Lost in the Fog Gets Comfortable at Spa

    Harry J. Aleo's undefeated sprinting sensation Lost in the Fog had settled into trainer Gary Contessa's Saratoga stable Wednesday as he prepares for the $250,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) on Travers Day Aug. 27.

  • Apprentice Martin Garcia Gets First Win

    Apprentice jockey Martin Garcia recorded his first career victory Wednesday at Bay Meadows when he guided 6-to-5 favorite Wild Daydreamer ($4.40) to a front-running win in the third race at the San Mateo County Fair.

  • Roman Ruler, Flower Alley Top Travers Noms

    Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Roman Ruler and Flower Alley, winner of the Jim Dandy (gr. II) at Saratoga earlier this meet, head a list of 16 nominations for the $1 million Travers (gr. I) Aug. 27.

  • 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).