Ashleyluvssugar opened a long, comfortable lead down the backstretch, then was all out in the stretch to deny fast-finishing Metaboss in the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Presented by the Japanese Racing Association Aug. 20.
The best 3-year-old turf fillies in Southern California battled it out in a thrilling stretch run Aug. 20 in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT), but an invader from the East ended up getting a head in front at the wire.
In his third start, Florida-bred gelding Itsbeenonmymind scored a front-running win in the 12th race Aug. 20 at Gulfstream Park to become the first winner for his Kentucky-based sire Bold Warrior.
Stretching out to 1 1/4 miles for the first time proved no problem for unbeaten filly Songbird as the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro waltzed to a clear lead in the far turn and was never challenged late in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
Red Oak Stable's Unbridled Mo sat off the speed of Tejana before pushing past the pacesetter in late stretch to capture the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) at Monmouth Park Aug. 20 by a neck.
Janice Attard's longshot Glenville Gardens overtook pacesetter Conquest Enforcer with a furlong to run and fended off the closing rush of Tower of Texas to win Play the King (Can-IIT) Aug. 20 at Woodbine.
Grade I-placed multiple times, Tourist finally got his breakthrough win at the highest level Aug. 20 in the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga Race Course.
Exaggerator, winner of the Preakness and Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (both gr. I), put in his final workout ahead of the Travers (gr. I), breezing five furlongs in 1:00.95 on Saratoga Race Course's main track Aug. 20.
Michigan-based Zulu Magic picked up his first winner when Poof Its Magic drew off to victory in his debut Aug. 19 at Hazel Park. Ontario stallion Signature Red was represented by his first winner Aug. 20 when Signature Spring won at Woodbine.
Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind logged her first breeze Aug. 20 since she defeated three-time champion Beholder in Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I).
An attorney for embattled trainer Ramon Preciado believes the arrest of one of the trainer's former grooms, Marian Vega, lends credence to Preciado's contention that his six clenbuterol positives this year were the result of sabotage.
There are 131 horses, including the late addition of five paddock session horses, cataloged for the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association summer yearling and mixed sale, scheduled for Aug. 23.
St. Elias Stable's Nonna Mela wasn't supported too much at the betting windows, but put in the performance of a heavy favorite Aug. 19 in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course.
Shadwell Stables' Mohaymen, looking to rebound from his fourth-place finish as the favorite in the July 30 Jim Dandy (gr. II), post a bullet half-mile breeze at Saratoga Aug. 19 in his final serious move before Travers (gr. I) Aug. 27.
Grade I winner Taris has been retired from racing, trainer Simon Callaghan said Aug. 19. The decision was made after some bone bruising knocked her out of consideration for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).
On some level the connections of the six 3-year-old fillies expected to face Catch a Glimpse, who is undefeated on the grass, hope she doesn't bring her "A" game when she runs in the $300,000 Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 21.
Mecca's Angel blistered to her second successive win the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) at York, easily dispatching favorite Limato for a clear win in near course-record time Aug. 19.
Midnight Storm has been rolling of late, with back-to-back scores in the Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) and Eddie Read (gr. IIT), but could face a challenge for his ideal spot at the front of the pack July 21 in the $200,000 Del Mar Mile (gr. IIT).
With his 12-race losing streak broken, Canadian Horse of Year looks to build on recent stakes success.
After a parade of dangerous storms tore through town and put a damper on everyone's best laid plans last Saturday, the silver lining is a grade I doubleheader of the Alabama Stakes and a redrawn Fourstardave Handicap Aug. 20 at Saratoga Race Course.
Freud is the most successful stallion to have entered stud in New York and stayed there, but he cannot escape comparisons with his full brother Giant's Causeway.
Four Mongolian races Aug. 21 will showcase horses the club has purchased worldwide and promote Thoroughbred racing.
Multiple graded stakes winners Ashleyluvssugar, Flamboyant, and Finnegans Wake will take the logical step forward on the Del Mar turf schedule for a run in the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 20.
Multiple graded stakes-winning owner Conquest Stables has announced it will have a complete dispersal of racing and breeding stock at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale this fall. Lane's End will act as consignor for Conquest Stables.
The California Horse Racing Board in the near future will begin using biological markers designed to identify the effects of substances administered to racehorses.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Del Mar Handicap (gr. II) and Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
A month after Monique Snowden was found dead in King County, Wash., the local Sheriffs' Office for the first time gave an indication that the trainer's death was "likely a suicide."
Libby's Tail, a 2-year-old daughter of Tiz Wonderful who came from seventh to win first time out at Belmont Park going 5 1/2 furlongs July 2, is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the redrawn Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 20.
If trainer Mark Casse has his way, there will be different winners of each of the three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, which concludes Aug. 21 with the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine.
Arlington Million, Beverly D., Secretariat, Best Pal, American St. Leger, Pucker Up, Saratoga Special, Rancho Bernardo Handicap and more.
Three stakes winners all possessing an affinity for Woodbine, success at seven furlongs, and with multiple stakes wins so far this year will face off Aug. 20 in the Play the King Stakes (Can-IIT).
A furlong from the wire the Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) appeared to be anyone's race, but that's when Seventh Heaven unleashed a late run none of her 11 filly and mare rivals could match as she registered a 2 3/4-length victory.
The Maryland State Fair will offer trainer bonuses worth $20,000 for the seven-day Timonium meet that begins Aug. 26.
Jockey David Michael Lopez secured the 1,000th riding victory of his career Aug. 17 when he guided 1-9 favorite Baime to a front-running score in the eighth race at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.
Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders' Association president Tom Early reported that 96-year-old active trainer Joe Pennino of Covington, La., died Aug. 17.
On the Del Mar grass for the San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT), Mokat found her best footing and won impressively. On Aug. 20 she'll return to the turf for the Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT).
King of Prussia Stable's Mo d'Amour, fourth in her last two starts in grade I company, heads a field of seven entered for the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies Aug. 20.
Phipps, Brennan got the ball rolling
Already a two-time graded winner going two turns, Tara's Tango added a sprint score to her résumé Aug. 17 in the $100,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Del Mar.
It was races like the New Hampshire Sweepstakes that came to mind as I looked out over the beautiful Rockingham Park infield for the first and only time. Soon Rockingham will be gone, taking with it some of the great moments in racing history.
With fingers crossed seemingly all across the country from fans hoping for a clash of West Coast superstars Aug. 20 in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), the stage is finally set.
Six challengers will attempt to remove champion Songbird from her undefeated throne in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 20 at Saratoga Race Course.
Live Oak Stud homebred Za Approval has been retired sound after a long and successful racing career that saw the 8-year-old gelding amass $1,394,666 in six years of racing.
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat, as part of "Maryland Pride" day at Laurel Park Aug. 20, will attempt to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes at six furlongs on the grass for the seventh consecutive year.
The Ingrid and Markus Jooste-owned Legal Eagle was crowned Horse of the Year for the 2015-16 South African racing season Aug. 16 in Johannesburg at the country's annual Equus Awards ceremony.
Severe weather has forced racing cancellations, put horsemen in some dangerous situations, damaged property, and necessitated a lot of extra work.
Topped by three six-figure transactions, Arqana’s one-day v.2 yearling sale at Deauville Aug. 17 registered turnover of €3,481,000 ($3,933,300), a 14% gain from last year.
The New York Racing Association will cap paid attendance for Travers Stakes (gr. I) day at 50,000, and also said Aug. 17 that all reserved seats, dining, and hospitality are sold out for the Aug. 27 program at Saratoga Race Course.
West Virginia Racing Commission staff will explore, among other things, whether capital improvement money racetracks get from a video lottery terminal fund can be used to pay for accreditation through the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Mt. Brilliant Farm owner Greg Goodman announces Aug. 16 the retirement of 'founding' farm manager Jody Alexander.
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