In a manner reminiscent of her victory in the Grade 3 Schuylerville, Maggi
Moss' unbeaten So Many Ways swooped off a fast pace and drew clear in Sunday's
Grade 1, $294,000
Stakes at Saratoga. The Tony Dutrow pupil was even more emphatic this time,
however. Subduing the harried 3-5 favorite Teen Pauline in midstretch, So Many
Ways stamped her authority by 2 1/2 lengths over the late-running Sweet Shirley
Sent off as the 8-5 favorite, the son of Put It Back finished the six
furlongs in 1:10 2/5 over fast dirt, holding off challenger Special Jo by
three-quarters of a length for trainer Eddie Plesa
Jr. and jockey Paco Lopez.
Know More made Del Mar history by winning the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes in his
career debut, but the Reddam Racing colorbearer will be subjected to a stiffer
test in Wednesday's Grade 1, $300,000
Mar Futurity. The highlight of the closing-day program, the seven-furlong
contest has lured such sharp maiden winners as Capo Bastone, Rolling Fog and
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin reported Sunday morning that Emcee, who registered
Godolphin Racing's fourth Grade 1 win at Saratoga this summer when he captured
Saturday's Forego, emerged from the race in fine fettle. The four-year-old
Unbridled's Song colt will either run in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational on
Super Saturday, September 29 at Belmont Park, or train up to the Breeders' Cup
on November 3 at Santa Anita Park, McLaughlin said.
Scratched by trainer Dale Romans from the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego on
Saturday because of a persistent cough, Shackleford now will be pointed toward a
run in the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap, a one-mile race September 29 at
Owner Ahmed Zayat gave a Saturday night update on the condition of Paynter,
the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner, who is being treated for colitis at
Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, New York.
Godolphin Racing's Emcee established himself as one of the nation's premier
sprinters with a dominant victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000
Stakes, striding away to a 4 1/2-length victory at Saratoga. With Alan
Garcia up, the improving four-year-old garnered his first stakes victory when
completing seven furlongs in a quick 1:21, and the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained
colt has now earned $479,900 from a 7-4-0-2 record.
Odds-on favorite Mucho Macho Man got to the throatlatch of Live Oak
Plantation's To Honor and Serve inside the eighth pole in Saturday's Grade 1,
Woodward at Saratoga, but in a thrilling dogfight couldn't get past the
gutsy son of Bernardini, who record the neck victory as the 7-2 second choice.
After splitting horses at the three-eighths pole, Middie drew away to a
commanding advantage in upper stretch and cruised to the finish line in
Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000
Washington Park Handicap, winning by 3 3/4 lengths in 1:49.27 to establish a
new 1 1/8-mile track record over Arlington Park's Polytrack. Overlooked at 14-1
in the seven-horse field, the Phil Oliver-trained gelding was guided to his
first stakes victory by Francisco Torres.
The five-year-old gray gelding Tune Me Out backed up his 25-1 upset of the
Grade 3 Oceanport on July 29 with another triumph over the Monmouth Park turf
course in Saturday's Grade 3, $99,000
Although Dominus had never raced on turf, his pedigree strongly suggested
that he'd love the surface. Trainer Todd Pletcher took the hint, tried the
lightly-raced four-year-old in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000
Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga, and the well-bred son of Smart Strike,
from the family of Honey Ryder and Hit It Rich, dominated wire to wire.
The Green Monkey, who sold for a record $16 million as a
juvenile and never won a race, is back in the news after siring his first
winner. His juvenile daughter Kinz Funky Monkey did the honors in Saturday's
2ND race at Del Mar.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert won his 100th stakes race at Del Mar Friday
as Kaleem Shah's Fed Biz, unraced since last February, rallied after being passed in deep stretch to out-game
Jimmy Creed in the $100,000
Grade 1 Haskell Invitational hero Paynter continues to battle colitis at
Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, New York. Owner
Ahmed Zayat and his
son, stable manager
Justin Zayat, are keeping the colt's fans informed of his condition via
Twitter, and the clinic has also posted on its
Highlighting the Calder Meet was the 13th edition of the Summit of Speed on
July 7. Thoroughbred racing's fastest day saw Musical Romance, the 2011 Eclipse
Award winning champion female sprinter made amends for a neck defeat in last
year's running of the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap when prevailing by a
half-length in the 2012 renewal.
Owned by Michael Dubb and piloted by Ramon Dominguez, the Rudy Rodriguez
trainee was away like a shot to quickly assume a three-length lead. Nearing the
half-mile pole her four rivals began to edge closer, but she opened up again on
the turn and came into the stretch with a commanding lead, drawing away under no
encouragement from her jockey.
Grade 2 Sanford Stakes winner Bern Identity aims to follow up in Saratoga's
most prestigious test for juveniles, the $300,000
Stakes, on Monday's closing-day card. Demoted nevertheless to Grade 2 status
for its 108th renewal, the seven-furlong affair also features three unbeaten
colts from the Todd Pletcher barn -- Shanghai Bobby, Lawn Man and Overanalyze --
as well as debut rompers Fortify and Majestic Hussar.
The Grade 2, $250,000
Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar is the former Palomar Handicap and should not to
be confused with the Grade 1 event at Santa Anita, which has been renamed the
Rodeo Drive and will be held on September 29. Monday's Yellow Ribbon at 1 1/16
miles on turf will bring together a solid field of nine fillies and mares,
including the top three finishers from the Grade 2 John C. Mabee at Del Mar
earlier in the meet.
After consulting with the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective
Association and the Louisiana State Racing Commission, Fair Grounds has canceled
the remainder of the 2012 Summer Quarter Horse Meet due to complications caused
by Hurricane Isaac, pending official LSRC approval.
A quartet of colts who came undone in their most recent starts in the slop at
Saratoga headline Monday's Grade 3, $350,000
Jones at Parx Racing. The newly upgraded stakes, contested over one mile and
70 yards, is the premier local prep for the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania
Derby on September 22.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Balance the Books uncorked a
sustained last-to-first move in Thursday's Grade 2, $200,000
With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga, denying the pacesetter Joha in the
final strides to break his maiden. A fast-finishing second in his debut over the
same 1 1/16-mile trip on the Mellon Turf, the Lemon Drop Kid colt got up by a
head in a final time of 1:42 1/5 on the firm course.
Alto Racing's Archwarrior was a "talking horse" going into his career debut
race at Saratoga, going off at cramped odds of 1-4, and the Todd Pletcher
juvenile obliged with a 3 1/4-length decision.
Sunday's Grade 1, $300,000
Stakes shapes up as a clash between Stonestreet Stables' flashy debut maiden
winners Teen Pauline and Dreaming of Julia and the established class of
Saratoga's juvenile filly division, Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes heroine So Many
Sunday's Grade 2, $300,000
Derby at nine furlongs on turf came up very contentious, with the winners of
the Grade 2 La Jolla (Old Time Hockey) and both divisions of the local Oceanside
Stakes (Midnight Crooner and My Best Brother) present as well as dangerous East
Coast shipper Howe Great, and Sunday's dynamite 11-race program at Del Mar also
features well-regarded three-year-old filly Potesta, who will return from a
71-day layoff in the $100,000
Defending Eclipse Award champion female sprinter and last year's Breeder's
Cup Filly & Mare Sprint heroine Musical Romance posted her first published
workout since a July 7 victory in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap when
breezing five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 over Calder's wet-fast track on Tuesday
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito said Thursday morning that Jackson Bend will
get the chance to defend his title in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Forego. Zito
had entered the five-year-old son of Hear No Evil Wednesday in the seven-furlong
race, but did not want to commit to running until he was absolutely certain
Jackson Bend was suffering no after-effects from a training mishap two weeks
Magnolia Racing Stable and Hidden Brook Farm's Street Life, who pulled up
after the wire and was vanned off after finishing last in the Grade 1 Travers,
has been retired, trainer Chad Brown said Thursday morning.
An impressive winner in each of her first three starts,
Executiveprivilege will look to add another prize when she squares off against
eight challengers in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000
Debutante. The Bob Baffert-trained daughter of First Samurai figures to be
an overwhelming favorite with regular rider Rafael Bejarano.
Mucho Macho Man, impressive winner of the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap on July 7,
can continue his ascent into the upper echelons of the handicap division
Saturday with a strong performance in the Grade 1, $750,000
at Saratoga at 1 1/8 miles.
Al Stall Jr. continued his strong 2012 Saratoga Race Course meeting by
sending out Sign
to a 11 3/4-length debut victory on Sunday, the trainer's sixth win from 21
starts since racing commenced here on July 20.
On the morning after Dullahan ran down Game on Dude to win Del Mar's Grade 1
Pacific Classic by a half-length Sunday, trainer Dale Romans discussed the
numerous options he has with the three-year-old Donegal Racing color-bearer.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has won two of the first seven runnings of the Grade 2
Anticipation, and has a solid chance to add a third when the $200,000 test
for juveniles is renewed Thursday over the inner turf at Saratoga.
Saratoga Race Course and downtown Saratoga Springs, New York, will mark the
closing days of the 2012 summer racing meet with a Final Stretch festival that
will feature multiple activities and special events beginning Friday through
Labor Day, September 3.
Four years ago, 40-1 shot Past the Point battled his way to a second-place
finish behind two-time Horse of the Year Curlin in the Grade 1 Woodward at
Saratoga. It was the pinnacle of a solid racing career for the bay, who was on
the board in 12 of his 22 starts and earned $418,025.