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  • Juvenile sings a winning 'Tune' to join the New York Watch

    Trainer Chad Brown initially thought Noble Tune was destined for the dirt before the colt posted a pair of &quot;exceptional&quot; breezes on Saratoga's Oklahoma turf course, and on&nbsp;Labor Day&nbsp;at the Spa the great-grandson of champion Serena's Song made it clear that he prefers the grass by unleashing a strong turn of foot to take his debut in the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/nobletunemdn9-3-12.pdf">1ST race</a> by 3 1/2-lengths.

  • Ramseys named top owner, breeder at TOBA Awards Dinner

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey took home a pair of major awards, National Owner of the Year and National Breeder of the Year, at Friday evening's Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's (TOBA's) 27th Annual National Awards Dinner at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

  • Monmouth Feature

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  • Ortensia heads 15-strong field in Haydock Sprint Cup

    The Group 1 Sprint Cup is the highlight of the Flat season at Haydock Park, and the 2012 renewal, which takes place on Saturday, promises to be the most cosmopolitan ever with representatives from Australia, France and Ireland as well as a strong British-trained presence among the 15-strong field.

  • West Point rematch set for Cole; Gitchee Goomie, Hessonite meet yet again

    The stalwarts of the New York-bred turf divisions will head postward on Sunday as Belmont Park hosts the $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ashleytcole12.html"> Ashley T. Cole</a> and $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/johnhettinger12.html"> John Hettinger</a>. Both races will be contested at 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf, with the John Hettinger restricted to fillies and mares.

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • Bejarano, Miller honored as leading jockey, trainer at Del Mar

    At mid-season, pursuit of Del Mar's 2012 riding championship was a three-way battle among Rafael Bejarano, Garrett Gomez and Joe Talamo. A short time later, with a burst of victories, Bejarano was alone and in control atop the standings en route to his second Del Mar title and first since 2008.

  • Del Mar Notebook

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  • Rolling Fog scores in Del Mar Futurity

    Arnold Zetcher LLC's Rolling Fog tracked in second throughout Wednesday's Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/delmarfuturity12.pdf"> Del Mar Futurity</a> on the track's closing day before gaining command in the lane and holding off the late-running, 6-5 favorite Know More by 1 1/4 lengths on the wire.

  • Groupie Doll faces 11 in Presque Isle Masters

    Groupie Doll established herself as the nation's leading female sprinter earlier this season, recording smashing Grade 1 wins in the Humana Distaff and Madison Stakes, but is perhaps a little forgotten by the racing public following a planned four-month freshening. The four-year-old filly will have the opportunity to make another favorable impression Saturday, and re-affirm her status as a top contender for this year's Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Sprint, when she lines up for Grade 2, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/masters12">Presque Isle Down Masters Stakes</a>.

  • Nine entered in Super Derby

    Blueskiesnrainbows will face eight rivals off a two-month break in Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/superderby12.html">Super Derby</a> at Louisiana Downs as he seeks his second straight stakes score.

  • Paynter's condition improves slightly

    Owner Ahmed Zayat revealed at midday Wednesday that the health of Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner Paynter had shown slight improvement. The son of Awesome Again has battled colitis for more than a week and recently developed laminitis and three of his four feet.

  • Saratoga Notebook

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  • Belmont opens for Fall championship meet

    The summer stars of Saratoga have their sights set on Belmont Park this fall, with champions-in-the-making vying in 21 graded stakes beginning Saturday.

  • Paynter suffering from severe laminitis

    Owner Ahmed Zayat has tweeted that Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner Paynter has developed laminitis in three of his four legs. The news came Tuesday as the three-year-old colt's health continued to decline due to the effects of colitis.

  • Laurel opens fall meet with higher purses, more stakes

    After a 15-week break, live racing will resume at a major Maryland track on Wednesday. The 2012 fall meeting begins at Laurel with a first post of 1:10 p.m. (EDT). Racing will take place four days a week through the end of the year on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule, holidays excluded.

  • Easter Gift opened in Smarty Jones

    The 8-5 favorite Teeth of the Dog jumped out to the early lead, hitting the opening quarter in :23 3/5 and half in :47 3/5 under pressure from Traffic Light, who jumped in front after three-quarters in 1:12. By that point, Easter Gift, a close-up fourth early, loomed into contention. Traffic Light tried to fend him off down the stretch, but Easter Gift was too strong inside the final furlong.

  • Handle, attendance increase during Saratoga's 144th season

    The 144th meet at Saratoga was a rousing success, highlighted by strong wagering gains, robust attendance, top quality racing, a number of new and innovative fan initiatives, continued television coverage from the NBC Sports Group and the MSG Networks, and an unprecedented level of community involvement.

  • Paynter experiences new complications Monday

    Owner Ahmed Zayat has reported that his star three-year-old colt Paynter, whose condition had been improving over the weekend, sustained a couple of setbacks on Monday. The Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner has been hospitalized since August 26 with a potentially life-threatening case of colitis, and other complications have set in.

  • Ben's Cat achieves millionaire status with second Turf Monster victory

    The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat became racing's newest millionaire with his title defense of Monday's Grade 3, $350,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/turfmonster12.pdf">Turf Monster Handicap</a> at Parx Racing, and needed every inch of real estate in the five-furlong dash to get up in the final strides.

  • Shanghai Bobby much the best in Hopeful

    Trainer Todd Pletcher had three of the eight starters in Monday's Grade 2, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/hopeful12.pdf"> Hopeful</a> at Saratoga, and won the historic fixture for a second time when Starlight Racing's Shanghai Bobby impressively dismantled his rivals by 3 3/4 lengths under Rosie Napravnik. Part of an entry that started as the 2-1 second choice, Shanghai Bobby returned $6.30, $3.50 and $2.30.

  • Nathaniel, Snow Fairy set for stellar Irish Champion

    Nathaniel and Snow Fairy appear among the 12 entries for Saturday's Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. As expected, the fine French gelding Cirrus Des Aigles has been taken out at the five-day stage, but a terrific field remains.

  • Micromanage to target Champagne

    On the final Saturday of the 2011 Saratoga meet, a two-year-old colt named Alpha joined the New York Watch after posting a debut score in a seven-furlong maiden special weight, and 51 weeks later he was in Saratoga's winner's circle after dead-heating for the win in the Grade 1 Travers.

  • Hit It Rich takes the initiative in Glens Falls

    Two days after her very close relation Dominus wired the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga, 4-5 favorite Hit It Rich took a page from his playbook to post a front-running victory in Monday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/glensfalls12.pdf">Glens Falls</a> on closing day at the Spa. The Stuart S. Janney III homebred was prompted by Bizzy Caroline early, but pulled away in the stretch to earn her third stakes win, all at the Grade 3 level going long on turf.

  • Ortensia looks to stay on a roll at Haydock

    A total of 18 contenders go forward for the Group 1, £225,000 Sprint Cup, run at Haydock Park over six furlongs on Saturday, after Monday's five-day confirmation stage.

  • Grass champ Theatrical dies at 30

    <span class="ppy-extcaption" sizcache="7" sizset="3">Theatrical, the 1987 champion turf male, was euthanized Friday night due to the infirmities of old age at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, Kentucky, where he was pensioned from stud duty in 2009.</span>

  • Trio gearing up for Arlington juvenile fixtures

    Muppet Man, winner of the $65,000 Meadowlake on August 4 went an easy five-eighths in 1:01 this past weekend at Arlington Park in advance of Saturday's Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity. The local Futurity is Chicago's showcase race for juveniles run out of Arlington's one-mile chute.

  • Paynter makes further progress Sunday

    Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner Paynter had a good Sunday as he continues to recover from colitis, owner <a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/jazz3162">Ahmed Zayat</a> reported via Twitter.

  • Record-setting Dominguez takes Command in Saranac

    Lakland Farms' Unbridled Command overtook bold front runner Skyring in the stretch of Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/saranac12.pdf">Saranac Stakes</a> at Saratoga, providing on-fire jockey Ramon Dominguez with another milestone. Dominguez's amazing sixth score on the day also ranked as his 66th win of the meet, a new single-season record for the Spa.

  • So Many Ways powers clear in Spinaway

    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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/spinaway12.pdf">Spinaway Stakes</a> 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 Mae.

  • Brave Dave takes Sapling wire-to-wire

    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 to be tested in Del Mar Futurity

    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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dmrfuturity12.htm">Del Mar Futurity</a>. The highlight of the closing-day program, the seven-furlong contest has lured such sharp maiden winners as Capo Bastone, Rolling Fog and Gabriel Charles.

  • McLaughlin plots path to BC for Godolphin runners

    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.

  • Shackleford looks ahead to Kelso

    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 Belmont Park.

  • Zayat posts Saturday update on Paynter

    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.

  • Emcee runs away with Forego

    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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/forego12.pdf">Forego Stakes</a>, 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.

  • To Honor and Serve fends off late charge in Woodward

    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, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/woodward12.pdf"> Woodward</a> 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.

  • Middie wins Washington Park in record time

    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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/washingtonpark12.pdf"> Washington Park Handicap</a>, 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.

  • Tune Me In surprises again in Cliff Hanger

    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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/cliffhanger12.pdf">Cliff Hanger</a>.

  • Dominus masters turf debut in Bernard Baruch

    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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/bernardbaruch12.pdf"> Bernard Baruch Handicap</a> 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 sires first winner

    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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/thegreenmonkey1st.pdf"> 2ND</a> race at Del Mar.

  • Fed Biz provides Baffert with 100th stakes win at Del Mar

    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert won his 100th&nbsp;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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/elcajon12.pdf">El Cajon Stakes</a>.

  • Shackleford scratched from Forego

    Shackleford, the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, has been scratched.