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  • Gun Runner with jockey Florent Geroux carries a little extra weight, Cautious Giant's shoe hanging from his tail as he wins the 90th running of The Whitney at the Saratoga Race Course  Saturday Aug. 5, 2017 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

    The Week in Photos 8/8/2017

    Whitney, Test, Sorrento, National Museum of Racing Hall of fame, Yellow Ribbon, West Virginia Derby, Waya, La Jolla Handicap, Leopard, Albuquerque Handicap, West Virginia Governor's, and more.

  • Lady Aurelia after her win in the group 1 King's Stand at Royal Ascot in June

    Lady Aurelia Breezes Five Furlongs at Keeneland

    European champion Lady Aurelia, based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, covered five furlongs Aug. 8 on a firm turf course in 1:02 in her final United States work before her next scheduled start in the Aug. 25 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (G1).

  • Arrogate clipped off a solid seven-furlong drill in 1:25 1/5 at Del Mar Aug. 8

    Arrogate Continues Work Toward Pacific Classic

    Working on his own with jockey Martin Garcia in the irons, superstar Arrogate clipped off a solid seven-furlong drill in 1:25 1/5 Aug. 8 at Del Mar as trainer Bob Baffert and regular rider Mike Smith looked on from the track's grandstand.

  • Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 1 Recap

    Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 1 Recap

    Claire Novak recaps day 1 of the Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sale including comments from Ian Brennan, Craig Bandoroff and Boyd Browning. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • John Oxley purchased Hip 81, a son of Uncle Mo, for $650,000

    Oxley Happy to Secure Uncle Mo Pair

    Owner John Oxley purchased a pair of yearlings sired by Uncle Mo Aug. 7 during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.

  • Mike Ryan stated the market was "very, very strong"

    Agent Mike Ryan Lands Three Fillies for Newcomers

    Bloodstock agent Mike Ryan purchased New Money Honey and Zindaya at auction, and sourced three additional fillies for Bob Edwards and his friend during the Aug. 7 session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.

  • Hip 45, a Curlin colt, was the Aug. 7 session topper

    Curlin Colt Tops Strong First Session of Saratoga Sale

    Coming into the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, there was a feel-good buzz on the sale grounds, and the first session did not disappoint, with across-the-board gains in the key statistical categories and a decline in the buy-back rate.

  • Aron Wellman looks back at Mike Repole (right) at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale

    Repole, Eclipse Team Up for High-End Purchase

    Owners Mike Repole and Aron Wellman of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners opted to pool their resources Aug. 7 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale to secure Hip 44, a son of Medaglia d'Oro, for $900,000. 

  • Hip 135, a daughter of War Front out of Maryinsky

    War Front Progeny Strong as Ever

    War Front's progeny continue to reinforce their sire's status among the world's top stallions on the racetrack this year, and three of his yearlings look to underline his status as a force in the sales ring at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.

  • Hip 98, an Into Mischief colt

    Jacksons Go to $850,000 for Into Mischief Colt

    Roy and Gretchen Jackson, who race as Lael Stable, bought Hip 98 during opening night at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, an Into Mischief colt who is a half brother to graded stakes winners Ami's Holiday and Ami's Mesa. 

  • Garrett O'Rourke signs a ticket at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale

    Juddmonte Strikes Early for Fillies at F-T Saratoga

    Juddmonte Farms made a quick start at the Aug. 7 opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, with manager Garrett O'Rourke signing four tickets in the first 90 minutes.

  • Hip 44 is a half brother to Battle of Midway

    Repole, Eclipse Go to $900,000 for Medaglia d'Oro Colt

    Mike Repole and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners bought the half brother to Santa Anita Derby (G1) runner-up Battle of Midway. The colt's dam is grade 1 winner Rigoletta, who is a sister to stakes-placed Evening Concerto.

  • Hip 34 sold for $750,000

    First Curlin Sold at Saratoga Brings $750,000

    Juddmonte Farms, which had already bought two other yearlings, picked up a daughter of Purple Cat (Bluegrass Cat). Second dam produced grade 1 winner Sky Diva and Quick Little Miss.

  • NYRA Bets Reports Increased Reach in First Year

    Following its launch during the 2016 meet at Saratoga Race Course, NYRA Bets, a leading advance deposit wagering (ADW) platform, has increased its geographic reach by nearly 50% and is now available in 29 states nationwide.

  • Andrew (left), Barbara, and Francis Vanlangendonck operate Summerfield Sales Agency

    Summerfield Sales: A Family Affair

    Maintaining a successful business partnership over decades is no easy task, but it is a different feat all together when you're married to said business partner.

  • Whitney Stakes (G1) winner Gun Runner ranks second in this week's NTRA Poll.

    NTRA Poll Voters Stick With Arrogate

    Gun Runner's victory in the Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 5 didn't sway the minds of the NTRA voters with keeping the 2016 Longines World's Best Race Horse Arrogate on top in Week 28 of the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. 

  • ABR: Gun Runner Rules on Whitney Day

    ABR: Gun Runner Rules on Whitney Day

    Horse racing at its best was on display on Whitney Stakes Day at Saratoga. Gun Runner delivered a superstar performance in the Whitney while revelers made memories on another fantastic day at the Spa.

  • Sharp Samurai wins the 2017 La Jolla Handicap (G3T)

    Sharp Samurai Wins 'Messy' La Jolla

    With the race scenario quickly changing in the backstretch of the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (G3T), Gary Stevens and favored Sharp Samurai had to change things up as well.

  • Keen Ice goes to his nose at the start of the Whitney as the field heads out of the gate Aug. 5

    Woodward 'Strong Possibility' for Gun Runner

    Gun Runner was in fine fettle Aug. 6, following his 5 1/4-length domination in the $1.2 million Whitney Stakes (G1)—a performance made all the more memorable by a wayward horseshoe that made its way into the chestnut colt's tail.

  • Green Mask wins the 5 1/2-furlong Troy Handicap in 1:00.49

    Green Mask Rolls to Troy Handicap Victory

    Abdullah Saeed Almaddah's Green Mask rolled to victory in the 5 1/2-furlong  $250,000 Troy Handicap over the Saratoga Race Course turf in a speedy 1:00.49, just three one-hundredths off the course record.

  • Brad McKinzie

    Los Alamitos Executive Brad McKinzie Dies at 62

    Brad McKinzie, a 30-year executive at Los Alamitos Race Course, a co-founder of the Finish Line Self Insurance Group, and one of the driving forces to bring daytime Thoroughbred racing back to Los Alamitos, died from renal carcinoma Aug. 6.

  • Hip 49 is a half brother to grade 3 winner and grade 1 stakes-placed Royal Mo

    Malibu Moon Colt 'Very Special' for Robinsons

    Few horses bred, raised, or sold by Jim and Pam Robinson have excited them as much as a handsome son of Malibu Moon consigned by Lane's End on their behalf to the Aug. 7 session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.

  • Rally Cry wins the 2017 Alydar Stakes

    Rally Cry Gives Notice in Alydar

    While the bad fortune for the once-promising Mohaymen continued in the Alydar Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 6, the Todd Pletcher-trained Rally Cry alerted the older handicap division that he could be a new force with a 8 3/4-length win.

  • Brando and jockey Tom Eaves with connections after taking the Prix Maurice de Gheest

    Brando Takes Prix Maurice de Gheest

    Brando unleashed a withering burst of speed in the final furlongs to capture the LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest (G1) Aug. 6 at Deauville, as the favorite, Caravaggio, again missed the break and struggled home sixth.

  • Zennor wins the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Lure Stakes

    Zennor Upsets Graded Winners in Lure

    Godolphin's Zennor didn't bring the back class others did into the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure Stakes Aug. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, but he brought an aptitude of finding the wire first.

  • Bronx Beauty and Eddie Castro soar clear in the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park

    Bronx Beauty Liaison's First Black-Type Winner

    Bronx Beauty, who made her second start off a maiden win at Penn National for trainer Anthony Margotta Jr. and owner Two W Stable, made a bold run to conquer a six-horse field of juvenile fillies in the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park Aug. 5.