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  • Longshot Miss Loren runs away with Clement L. Hirsch.

    Argentine Bombshell Miss Loren Wins Hirsch

    It was no surprise that an Argentine-bred won the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) Sunday at Del Mar, although a bit shocking that it wasn't favored Star Parade. Instead it was Miss Loren, the longest shot in the field who circled the front-runners in mid-stretch with jockey Jon Court and won going away by 3 1/4 lengths.

  • Day Phillips First Female Trainer to Win Breeders' Stakes

    The Two Bit Racing Stable's A Bit O'Gold and trainer Catherine Day Phillips made history at Woodbine on Sunday in winning the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the third leg in the Canadian Triple Crown for 3-year-olds.

  • Purge captures Jim Dandy with near record-setting run.

    Pletcher's Purge Dominates Jim Dandy

    The Todd Pletcher-trained Purge, gobbled up speed merchant Medallist on the far turn and romped to victory in the $500,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course Sunday.

  • Sonoma's Seawolf Stables Off and Running

    Seawolf Stables, a unique fundraising endeavor for Sonoma State University athletics, got off to a noteworthy debut when its 2-year-old gelding Irish Dodger finished a surprising second at odds of 29-1 Aug. 7 in his first start at Santa Rosa.

  • Artie Schiller Top Choice in Hall of Fame 'Cap

    Although he suffered his first turf defeat of the season in last month's Virginia Derby, Artie Schiller will be odds-on to get back in the winners' circle when he starts in Saratoga's $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Handicap (gr. IIT) Monday.

  • Even the Score Out of Pacific Classic

    Even the Score, bothered by foot problems, was dropped from consideration for the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Aug. 22 by trainer Vladimir Cerin Sunday. Another prospect for the race, Olmodavor is extremely questionable, according to trainer Richard Mandella.

  • Flores Proves Inspiring in Sorrento Stakes

    Robert and Beverly Lewis' Inspiring successfully stepped into graded stakes company in her second start, winning the Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar Saturday while leading all the way with David Flores aboard.

  • Angela's Love Conquers All in Gardenia

    Angela's Love and jockey Mark Guidry took command at the head of the stretch and rolled to a 4 3/4-length victory in the $200,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) at Ellis Park Saturday for her first graded stakes victory.

  • Herculated Overpowers Warleigh in Sea O'Erin

    Herculated ran down pacesetter Warleigh in mid-stretch and drew off to win the $150,000 Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile by a half-length on Saturday at Arlington Park.

  • Yankee Wildcat Pounces Away in Mister Diz

    The last time he raced at Pimlico, Yankee Wildcat set the five-furlong turf track record. Saturday, on a yielding course, he merely blew away his opposition to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes for Maryland breds.

  • Roses In May makes it four-in-a-row with surprise win in the Whitney.

    Roses in May Rings Up Whitney Surprise

    Roses in May and Perfect Drift, the first two finishers in the Cornhusker Breeders' Cup (gr. III) a month ago, produced the same result Saturday in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Sir Shackleton wins the West Virginia Derby, Saturday at Mountaineer Race Track.

    Sir Shackleton Passes Big Test in West Virginia Derby

    The $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) was the major mid-season test for Sir Shackleton, and he passed it with flying colors with a resounding victory over six other foes in the 1 1/8-mile event for 3-year-olds at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort.

  • Bwana Charlie crosses the finish line ahead of Pomeroy to win the Amsterdam, Saturday at Saratoga.

    Bwana Charlie Charges to Amsterdam Win

    Heiligbrodt Stable's Bwana Charlie, ridden by Shane Sellers, had favored Pomeroy measured in the stretch, pulling away in the final sixteenth of a mile for a three-quarters of a length victory in the $150,000 Amsterdam (gr. II) for 3-year-old sprinters at Saratoga Race Course.

  • German Million Raider Epalo Enjoying Arlington

    Gary A. Tanaka's Epalo, the first of four European invaders to arrive at Arlington Park for the upcoming Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 14, was on his toes -- alert and interested -- while being walked behind his barn by Elke Schutz Saturday morning.

  • Deal With Horsemen Near, Fair Grounds Says

    An attorney for the Fair Grounds said Louisiana horsemen were on the verge of a settlement Friday night that could spare the New Orleans track from an auction in bankruptcy court later this month over a $90 million video poker judgement.

  • Jerry Bailey becomes all-time wins leader at the Spa.

    Bailey Now Saratoga's All-Time Riding Leader

    Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey became Saratoga Race Course's all-time leading rider Friday afternoon when Mike G. Rutherford's homebred Taittinger Rose won the third race for Bailey's 641st career winners at the Spa.

  • My Trusty Cat, left, closes the deal against Ebony Breeze to take the Honorable Miss by a nose.

    'Cat' Closes to Win Honorable Miss

    My Trusty Cat came with a late rush to nip Ebony Breeze in the tightest of photo finishes Friday afternoon in the Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) for older fillies and mares at Saratoga. Carl Pollard's 4-year-old filly covered the six furlongs in 1:10.37 under strong urging by jockey Pat Day.

  • Dwyer Stakes winner Medallist faces runner-up The Cliff's Edge in Sunday's Jim Dandy at Saratoga.

    Dwyer Rivals Square Off in Jim Dandy

    Medallist and The Cliff's Edge, the one-two finishers in the 1 1/16-mile Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont on July 11 head a seven-horse field for Sunday's nine-furlong Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga.

  • Silver Ticket One to Beat in Breeders' Stakes

    With Queen's Plate winner Niigon at Saratoga to contest the Jim Dandy (gr. II) on dirt, Sam-Son Farm's Silver Ticket and The Two Bit Racing Stable's A Bit O'Gold head a field of 11 Canadian-bred 3-year-olds for the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes Sunday at Woodbine.

  • CHRB: Jockey Pat Valenzuela to serve out suspension.

    Valenzuela's Suspension Upheld by Stewards

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela's suspension for the remainder of 2004 was upheld Friday by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Board of Stewards, which recommended that the California Horse Racing Board deny any future license applications from the rider.

  • Hall of Famer P. G. Johnson receives trophy for Volponi's win in the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic.

    Hall of Fame Trainer P.G. Johnson Dies

    Hall of Fame trainer P.G. Johnson, who trained his family's homebred Volponi to win the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), died at his Rockville Centre, N.Y., home.

  • Monmouth to Host 2007 Cup

    Breeders' Cup Limited and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority have scheduled a press conference Sunday, Aug. 8 at which they are expected to announce that the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be run at Monmouth Park.

  • Prado Handed Seven-Day Suspension

    Jockey Edgar Prado, currently the third leading jockey in the country by earnings, was handed a seven-day suspension for careless riding in the fifth race on Aug. 4 at Saratoga. The jockey appealed the suspension and a stay has been granted.

  • Task Force To Study Sales Practices Announced

    In a press release issued Friday, The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association said it "will take a lead role" in the formation of a task force to study practices involving Thoroughbred sales as suggested by the Alliance for Industry Reform (AIR).

  • Glowing Tribute, Dam of Sea Hero, Dies at Age 31

    Glowing Tribute, the dam of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Sea Hero and six other major stakes winners, died Aug. 5 of colic. One of the top broodmares of recent times, the 31-year-old daughter of Graustark was owned by John R. Gaines at the time of her death.

  • TVG Reports Record Handle

    TVG posted the highest quarterly handle in company history for the quarter that ended June 30, Ryan O'Hara, TVG president announced Friday. Keys to the second quarter figures were record wagering of $5.2 million on Kentucky Derby day (May 1) and $3.2 million on Belmont Stakes day (June 5).

  • Australia Champ Makes 3-year-old Debut

    Dance Hero (Danzero -- Gypsy Dancer), the wonder juvenile of last season, fresh from his Australian champion 2-year-old award Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 champion New South Wales title, steps out Saturday for his first racing assignment as a 3-year-old.

  • Lonhro Picks Up More Honors

    Newly-crowned Australian Horse-of-the-Year Lonhro (Octagonal -- Shadea, by Straight Strike) added another major award Aug. 5 at the New South Wales Racehorse Owners' Association Night Of Champions at Royal Randwick racecourse in Sydney.

  • Skip Away joins five others entering Racing Hall of Fame.

    Racing Hall of Fame Ceremony Aug. 9

    Three humans and three horses will be honored when The National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame inducts its 2004 class Aug. 9 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Elloluv looks to get back on winning track against solid field in Sunday's Clement L. Hirsch.

    Elloluv Faces Top Field in Hirsch Handicap

    With a lineup that includes four multiple graded stakes winners, Sunday's $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) boasts one of the strongest fields of fillies and mares ever gathered for the 1 1/8-mile fixture on Del Mar's main track.

  • Souvenir Gift Leads Sorrento Line-up

    Undefeated Souvenir Gift, who has two stakes victories among her three wins, heads a field of eight 2-year-old fillies in Saturday's $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) at 6 1/2 furlongs on Del Mar's main track.

  • Bare Necessities Looks to Repeat in Gardenia

    Iron County Farms' Bare Necessities is looking to repeat her winning performance in Saturday's $200,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) going 1 1/8-miles at Ellis Park. Bare Necessities took the 2003 edition by scoring an impressive 5 1/4-length win and paying just $2.80 to become the shortest price in the race's 22-year history.

  • So Sweet a Cat runs away with the New York Stallions Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course Thursday.

    So Sweet a Cat Pours it On in Statue of Liberty

    So Sweet a Cat, ridden by leading jockey John Velazquez, disposed of pacesetter South Wing with a furlong to go and drew away to a one-sided victory in the $250,000 Statue of Liberty Division of the New York Stallions Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course Thursday.

  • Lafayette Stakes winner Bwana Charlie will contest Saturday's Amsterdam Stakes.

    Seven Sprint for Amsterdam at Spa

    A small but contentious field of seven will line up Saturday to try and claim honors in the $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga.

  • Peace Rules hopes to follow last month's win in the Suburban with a victory in Saturday's Whitney Handicap.

    Gutty Peace Rules Heads Whitney Handicap Field

    Five weeks after giving everything he had to win the Suburban Handicap (gr. I) by a neck over Newfoundland, Edmund Gann's Peace Rules will have his work cut out for him once again as he faces a field with quick speed horses in Saturday's 77th running of the $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga.

  • Trainer Jason Orman, left, holds Rock Hard Ten while groom Jose Mejia gives him a bath Thursday at Monmouth Park.

    Lion Heart to Roar from Post 4 in Haskell

    Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Lion Heart, the 121-pound starting highweight for the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), drew post 4 on Thursday for Sunday's race. He was quickly installed the 9-5 favorite for the $1-million Haskell, Monmouth Park's signature race of the season.