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  • Alternative Fiber Sources for Horses

    Much of the country is experiencing drier than normal conditions this summer, so some horses living on pasture might soon have limited forage choices. With decreased forage growth also comes a decrease in hay production. Therefore, owners might want to familiarize themselves with alternative fiber sources that could be used to supplement their horses'...

  • Old Time Hockey nails My Best Brother on La Jolla wire

    Glen Hill Farms' homebred Old Time Hockey rallied to catch My Best Brother in the final strides of Saturday's Grade 2, $147,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lajolla12.pdf">La Jolla Handicap</a>, registering his first stakes victory with a nose decision over the Del Mar turf. Joe Talamo delivered the well-timed ride for trainer Tom Proctor, and the three-year-old Smarty Jones gelding completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:40 2/5.

  • Lopez eyeing win number 1,000

    Nine hundred ninety-eight...and counting. Jockey Paco Lopez is only two victories away from breaking the 1,000 career win milestone following a two-win day at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

  • Wine Princess, daughter of Azeri, wins Monmouth Oaks

    Becky Winemiller's Wine Princess turned back a two-pronged challenge from Proud Pearl and Defy Gravity around the far turn and drew off with authority in the stretch to land Saturday's Grade 3, $101,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mthoaks12.pdf">Monmouth Oaks</a>. The regally-bred filly finished up 2 1/4 lengths as the 9-5 second choice and paid $5.60, $3.60 and $2.80.

  • Wise Dan captures Fourstardave despite boggy turf

    Jockey John Velazquez kept Wise Dan on the rail throughout Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fourstardave12.pdf"> Fourstardave Handicap</a> at Saratoga, and the pair exploded in the stretch of the boggy turf feature to pull away for the five-length victory. The Morton Fink homebred was the heavy 3-2 favorite for trainer Charles Lopresti, and returned $5, $3.30 and $2.40 to his many backers.

  • Wise Dan bounds home under John Velazquez to win the Fourstardave. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2019756150&amp;k=kkzNLdn&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Wise Dan Much the Best in Fourstardave

    Wise Dan found a narrow seam up the rail and took it straight to a five-length victory in the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course, dominating Aug. 11 for his second win in three starts this year.

  • Salty Strike rides the rail to Gardenia glory

    Craig Singer's homebred Salty Strike captured her third stakes in succession, and the second Grade 3 event of her career, in Saturday's $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gardenia12.pdf">Gardenia</a>, highlight of the summer meet at Ellis Park. The four-year-old daughter of Smart Strike led nearly throughout while hugging the rail, and crept clear of 7-5 favorite Joyful Victory in the stretch to post a 1 1/4-length victory under Victor Lebron in a time of 1:36 4/5 over the fast main track. She returned $8.60, $4 and $3 as the 3-1 co-second choice in a field of nine.

  • Salty Strike leads them home in the Gardenia.

    Salty Strike Goes Wire-to-Wire in Gardenia

    Craig B. Singer's homebred Salty Strike jumped out to the early lead and never looked back as the 4-year-old filly posted her third consecutive stakes win in the $100,000 Gardenia Stakes (gr. III) at Ellis Park Aug. 11.

  • Wine Princess sails home in the Monmouth Oaks.

    Wine Princess Matures in Monmouth Oaks

    Wine Princess has progressed steadily through her conditions in five starts for trainer Steve Margolis this year, and she took her career to the next level Aug. 11 with a wire-to-wire victory in the Monmouth Oaks (gr. III).

  • Dullahan works at Churchill; Pacific Classic next

    Blue Grass Stakes winner Dullahan put in a bullet workout Saturday morning at Churchill Downs and will be headed to Del Mar soon for final preparations before a start in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on August 26.

  • It's Tricky, Questing work for McLaughlin

    Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sent two of Godolphin Racing's star fillies out for a spin over the Greentree Training Center's synthetic surface Saturday morning, with Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks winner Questing breezing four furlongs in :47 2/5 and multiple Grade 1 winner It's Tricky covering five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 in company with the unraced maiden filly Villanesca.

  • Silver Saddle winner Chadwick catapults Team Rest of the World to Shergar Cup

    Team Rest of the World captured the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup jockey competition at Ascot on Saturday with 89 total points. Team member Matthew Chadwick finished second in the first, second and third legs of the contest before finally visiting the winner's circle in the final race, the Shergar Cup Sprint, on Mince to take the Silver Saddle award for being the leading jockey on Saturday with 45 points. His victory was also judged the ride of the day.

  • WV-Bred Colt Now Holds Two Auction Records

    A War Front colt that last year set the record of $190,000 for a West Virginia-bred weanling purchased at auction set another standard when he was sold again for $675,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.

  • Creating a Sacrifice Area for Horses

    A sacrifice area is a small enclosure, such as a corral, run, pen, turnout, or winter paddock, meant to be your horse&#39;s outdoor living quarters. It is called a sacrifice area because you are giving up the use of that small portion of land as a grassy area to benefit the rest of your pasture. Many owners confine their horses to sacrifice areas during t...

  • John Velazquez

    Velazquez Leads Inductees Into Hall of Fame

    An emotional John Velazquez received a standing ovation from a standing-room only crowd Aug. 10 at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., as the jockey led five other inductees into the Hall of Fame.

  • Mariano Rivera enjoys a day at Saratoga

    Rivera's Spa experience began Friday morning with a tour of the backstretch. Escorted by new Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, the 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion&nbsp; visited with trainers Todd Pletcher and Kiaran P. McLaughlin. Rivera stopped by Darley Stables and met with Jimmy Bell, president of Darley's American operations.

  • Arlington releases pre-entries for International Festival stakes

    Pre-entries for the 2012 editions of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.arlingtonpark.com/sites/arlingtonpark.com/files/2012%20Final%20Arlington%20Million%20XXX%20GI%20Nominations.pdf"> Arlington Million</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.arlingtonpark.com/sites/arlingtonpark.com/files/2012%20Final%20Beverly%20D%20%20GI%20Nominations.pdf"> Beverly D.</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.arlingtonpark.com/sites/arlingtonpark.com/files/2012%20Final%20Mid-America%20Triple%20Nominations.pdf"> Secretariat Stakes</a>, as well as Arlington's inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes, closed at noon Friday with 11 older horses named to the upcoming 30th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million on August 18.

  • Quick Wit foils Csaba in off-the-turf Hall of Fame

    Trainer Dale Romans is doing so well in three-year-old turf stakes this season that he's even winning them when they're rained off the turf. At a sloppy Saratoga on Friday, his Quick Wit outdueled 6-5 favorite Csaba by a nose to earn his first stakes score in the Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/halloffame12.pdf"> National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes</a>. Originally carded as a Grade 2 over 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf, the contest was converted to 1 1/8 miles on the main track, and because of the change in conditions, was automatically downgraded pending review by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

  • Hall of Fame inducts 2012 class

    The National Museum of Racing inducted its 2012 Hall of Fame class Friday at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, New York. Jockeys John Velazquez and Anthony Hamilton, trainers Roger Attfield and Robert Wheeler, and racehorses Ghostzapper and Planet were enshrined at the ceremony. Tom Durkin, the track announcer for the New York Racing Association (NYRA), served as the event's master of ceremonies.

  • Louisiana-bred legend Star Guitar retired

    Louisiana-bred millionaire and stakes king Star Guitar has been retired due to a recurring quarter-crack that kept the son of Quiet American out of a fourth-peat bid in Saturday's Evangeline Mile Handicap.

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    Quick Wit Prevails in Off-Turf Hall of Fame

    Considering his last attempt over a sloppy track, Quick Wit was far from a lock to win an off-the-turf edition of the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, but the 10-1 shot prevailed Aug. 10 at Saratoga.

  • Paynter

    Paynter Arrives at Belmont

    Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter arrived at Belmont Park Aug. 10 from New Jersey and will be monitored to see if he can make the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Fasig-Tipton Saratoga: John Sikura

    Interview with John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale, about their Street Cry colt, who sold for $1.2 million on August 6 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.

  • Toner already missing Winter Memories

    Trainer Jimmy Toner was a mix of stoic and sentimental as he talked Friday morning about multiple Grade 1 winner Winter Memories, whose retirement midway through her four-year-old campaign was announced Thursday afternoon.

  • Alpha, Street Life doing well following Travers moves

    Grade 2 Jim Dandy winner Alpha and Curlin victor Street Life both came out of their Thursday works in good order as they continue preparations for the Grade 1 Travers Stakes on August 25 at Saratoga.

  • Star Guitar

    Louisiana Champion Star Guitar Retired

    The king of the Cajuns, Star Guitar, has been retired after a sensational career in which he captured 24 of his 30 starts and three consecutive Louisiana-bred horse of the year titles.

  • NYTHA scholarships provide educational leg-up for backstretch families

    Victoria Casso will head to the University of Kentucky this fall to begin her second year of study in veterinary medicine. Wendy Ramirez is finishing up her degree in child psychology at NYU. They are but two of the 29 students getting an educational leg-up from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) this year.

  • John Sikura: Fasig-Tipton Saratoga

    Interview with John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale, about their Street Cry colt, who sold for $1.2 million on August 6 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.

  • Trainer Dallas Stewart (left) and West Point Thoroughbreds president Terry Finley speak at the ownership seminar.

    Owner-Trainer Relationship Topic at Seminar

    There may be plenty of data out there on trainer performance, but for owners, selecting a conditioner involves much more than numbers, according to an owner and trainer that have worked together for about 15 years.

  • Winter Memories

    Bringing Back Memories

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />No one will be forgetting Memories of Silver any time soon, because her daughter, Winter Memories, won some the same races at Saratoga as her dam.

  • Saratoga Diary: New York, New York

    One of the meet's best innovations has been having jockeys sign autographs and pose for photos on Thursday mornings at breakfast on the Clubhouse Porch.