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  • Patrick Husbands guides Conquest Panthera (pink silks) to victory in the Play the King Stakes

    Conquest Panthera Takes Play the King

    Conquest Panthera, trained by Mark Casse, wore down pacesetter Dowse's Beach to capture the Play the King Stakes (G2T) at Woodbine Aug. 19, earning his first graded stakes score. The race was marred by the death of Calgary Cat.

  • Elate draws away to win the Alabama Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths at Saratoga Race Course

    Elate Dominates Alabama Stakes

    Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Elate ran down pacesetter It Tiz Well and drew off to a dominant victory in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (G1) Aug. 19 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Girvin (inside) works under Robby Albarado in company with Line Judge under trainer Joe Sharp

    Girvin, Cloud Computing Work at Saratoga

    Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) winner Girvin made his final work for the Aug. 26 Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) a swift one Aug. 19 at Saratoga Race Course, where he earned the bullet for five furlongs on the day.

  • Irap is pointing toward the Aug. 26 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course

    Stellar Wind, Irap Get to Work at Del Mar

    There will be plenty of quality on the track in the afternoon Aug. 19 at Del Mar, the biggest day of racing during the summer at the seaside racetrack every year, but the runners in the morning weren't too shabby, either.

  • Winx runs down her rivals in the Bob Ingham Warwick Stakes

    Winx Goes Last to First in Warwick Stakes

    After missing the break, Winx went last to first in the Bob Ingham Warwick Stakes (G2) Aug. 19 at Royal Randwick to notch her 18th consecutive win.

  • The Del Mar paddock will be packed for the Pacific Classic Aug. 19

    Weekend Stakes Rundown: Pacific Classic Day

    Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week we have a pair of grade 1 races on Del Mar's biggest weekend, the Alabama (G1) at Saratoga Race Course, and the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

  • Always Dreaming Confirmed for Travers

    Trainer Todd Pletcher saw three of his possible starters in the Travers Stakes (G1) breeze early the morning of Aug. 18, with Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming going four furlongs in company with Outplay, and Tapwrit also working a half-mile.

  • Accelerate finishes 15 1/4 lengths ahead of Arrogate in the San Diego Handicap

    Accelerate Set for Rematch With Arrogate

    Trainer John Sadler wasn't present when Accelerate was purchased for $380,000 at the Keeneland September sale in 2014 for his major client, Hronis Racing. But he had an idea that it might prove to be a good buy.

  • Edgard Zayas gives Gunnevera a pat after winning the Tangelo Stakes

    Gunnevera Tunes Up for Travers Run

    Multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera tuned up for a scheduled start in the Aug. 26 Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) with a sharp five-furlong breeze in 1:00 at Gulfstream Park West Aug. 18.

  • Secretariat

    It Takes Only One

    The hypothesis here is that there has never been a horse bred in North America that has achieved greater influence as a broodmare sire of line-founding stallions than the son of Bold Ruler (Nasrullah—Miss Disco, by Discovery).

  • TVG to Air 90-Minute Pacific Classic Telecast

    TVG, America's Horse Racing network, will break from its usual format for a live, 90-minute commercial-free special telecast of the TVG Pacific Classic Saturday, August 19, from Del Mar (7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT).

  • Cool Catomine works six furlongs in 1:14 4/5 over the Woodbine turf Aug. 9

    Breeders' Stakes is Round Two for Cool Catomine

    While there won't be a Canadian Triple Crown champion this year, Prince of Wales Stakes winner Cool Catomine will vie for his second jewel of the series in the $400,000 Breeders' Stakes (G3T), the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, at Woodbine.

  • Trainer Robertino Diodoro, who trains the recently claimed Chief No It All

    Shipper Draws Intrigue to Canadian Derby

    Trooper John, the winner of five straight, is the morning-line favorite for Northlands Park's Aug. 19 Canadian Derby (G3), but will be challenged by Chief Know It All, a recent $100,000 claim at Churchill Downs.

  • Ten City gets sponged off after winning the Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs June 30

    McPeek Seeks Sweep in Ellis Juvenile, Debutante

    Trainer Kenny McPeek took both of Churchill Downs' closing-night stakes for 2-year-olds with the colt Ten City and the filly Sunny Skies and now will shoot for a sweep in the Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes and Ellis Park Debutante Stakes Aug. 20.

  • Sol Kumin was the winner of the inaugural new owner of the year award in 2015

    Call for New Owner of the Year Nominations

    OwnerView announced Aug. 17 that it is accepting nominations for the 2017 new owner of the year award presented by Fasig-Tipton, which will honor a new Thoroughbred owner who has been successful in the sport and has had a positive impact. 

  • Saratoga, Del Mar to Offer All-Stakes Pick 4s

    The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced Aug. 17 an "All-Stakes Pick 4" with a partnership between Saratoga Race Course and Del Mar Racetrack on both Saturday, August 19 and Saturday, September 2. 

  • Hollywood Wildcat in 1994

    Look Back: Hollywood Wildcat Wins 1993 Del Mar Oaks

    Hollywood Wildcat, the filly who stretch her winning streak to three races in the Aug. 22 Del Mar Invitational Oaks (G2T), seems to be the kind trainers and riders love most. She's mistake-proof.

  • March X Press gallops home with her ears pricked in the Bolton Landing Stakes at Saratoga Race Course

    March X Press Unleashed in Bolton Landing

    Golconda Stables' March X Press unleashed an explosive move in deep stretch of the Bolton Landing Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 16 to pick up her second victory in as many starts for trainer Todd Pletcher.

  • Salty may have a chance to land a top-level score in the Alabama Stakes

    Salty Seeks Breakout Win in Alabama

    After suffering three straight defeats at the hands of the multiple grade 1 winner Abel Tasman, Salty has a chance to snag a top-level score for herself in the 10-furlong Alabama Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Breeders' Cup, Sentient Jet Plan Flight to KY Sales

    Breeders' Cup and Sentient Jet announced Aug. 16 a partnership that will provide horsemen the opportunity to fly directly from the 2017 Breeders' Cup World Championships in San Diego, Calif. to Lexington to attend November Thoroughbred sales. 

  • Smarty Jones Returning to Uruguay

    Dual classic winner Smarty Jones will return to Uruguay in September for the 2017 Southern Hemisphere breeding season as part of a multi-year agreement with Calumet Farm near Lexington, where he's stood since 2016.