Handicapping

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  • Yellow Ribbon features Mabee top three

    The Grade 2, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/yellowribbon12">Yellow Ribbon Handicap</a> 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.

  • Fair Grounds cancels rest of QH meet in wake of Isaac

    After consulting with the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent &amp; 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.

  • Smarty Jones, Turf Monster highlight Labor Day at Parx

    A quartet of colts who came undone in their most recent starts in the slop at Saratoga headline Monday's Grade 3, $350,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/smartyprx12">Smarty Jones</a> 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.

  • Balance the Books overcomes deficit in time in With Anticipation

    Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Balance the Books uncorked a sustained last-to-first move in Thursday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/withanticipation12.pdf"> With Anticipation Stakes</a> 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.

  • Archwarrior justifies heavy favoritism in debut

    Alto Racing's Archwarrior was a &quot;talking horse&quot; going into his career debut in Thursday's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/archwarrior8-30.pdf">3RD</a> race at Saratoga, going off at cramped odds of 1-4, and the Todd Pletcher juvenile obliged with a 3 1/4-length decision.

  • Spinaway pits Stonestreet entry versus So Many Ways

    Sunday's Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/spinaway12.htm">Spinaway Stakes</a> 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 Ways.

  • Del Mar Derby features a well-matched field; Potesta heads Torrey Pines

    Sunday's Grade 2, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/delmarderby12">Del Mar Derby</a> 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/torreypines12">Torrey Pines Stakes</a>.

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • Musical Romance could train up to BC Filly & Mare Sprint

    Defending Eclipse Award champion female sprinter and last year's Breeder's Cup Filly &amp; 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 morning.

  • Jackson Bend confirmed a starter in Forego

    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 ago.

  • Street Life retired in wake of Travers injury

    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.

  • Executiveprivilege tops Del Mar Debutante

    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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/delmardeb12">Del Mar Debutante</a>. The Bob Baffert-trained daughter of First Samurai figures to be an overwhelming favorite with regular rider Rafael Bejarano.

  • Woodward, Forego highlight final Saturday at the Spa

    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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/woodward12">Woodward</a> at Saratoga at 1 1/8 miles.

  • Saratoga Notebook

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  • Two canoes celebrate Travers winners

    A Saratoga tradition was doubled Wednesday when the infield pond at Saratoga Race Course welcomed two canoes for the winners of Saturday's 143rd edition of the Grade 1 Travers.

  • Camelot among 16 remaining in St Leger

    A total of 16 horses remain in the Group 1 St Leger, which has record prize money of £550,000, at Doncaster on September 15, the fourth and final day of the St Leger Festival.

  • Paynter being treated at New York equine hospital

    Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner Paynter has fallen ill again and is unlikely to make next month's Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby. Owner Ahmed Zayat tweeted the news Tuesday morning.

  • Del Mar Notebook

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  • Sign spells out talent in debut romp

    Al Stall Jr. continued his strong 2012 Saratoga Race Course meeting by sending out <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nyra.com/nywatch/Sign.html">Sign</a> 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.

  • Romans leaning to turf for Dullahan's next start

    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.

  • To Honor and Serve, Cease limber up for Woodward

    The Bill Mott-trained To Honor and Serve completed his major preparation for Saturday's Grade 1 Woodward, breezing four furlongs in :49 4/5 over the fast Oklahoma training track at Saratoga on Monday.

  • Pletcher has multiple surface threats for With Anticipation

    Trainer Todd Pletcher has won two of the first seven runnings of the Grade 2 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/withanticipation12">With Anticipation</a>, 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, local community to celebrate closing weekend at the Spa

    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.

  • Past the Point making his mark in TAKE2 program

    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.

  • Love and Pride upsets Personal Ensign

    Green Hills Farm's Love and Pride has been knocking heads with some of the best in her division for a while now, and just two months ago finally broke through with a first graded victory. On Sunday, the A.P. Indy filly trumped all her rivals with a half-length score in the Grade 1, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/personalensign12.pdf"> Personal Ensign Invitational</a> at Saratoga.

  • Dullahan shatters track record in Pacific Classic

    While all the pre-race buzz surrounded older runners and former barnmates Game on Dude and Richard's Kid in Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/pacificclassic12.pdf">Pacific Classic</a> at Del Mar, three-year-old Dullahan decided to make some noise of his own.

  • Obviously hangs on to set course record in Del Mar Mile

    Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino's Obviously made no secret stratagems for Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dmrmile12.pdf">Del Mar Mile Handicap</a>. A front-running conqueror of an optional claimer in his first try at a mile on August 2, the Mike Mitchell charge was obviously going to tear off once again, and the wagering public sent him off as the even-money favorite in expectation of another wire job. Obviously just succeeded, barely hanging on by a desperate nose from the flying Mr. Commons, in a course-record time of 1:32.10.

  • Capital Account tops Baffert exacta in Pat O'Brien

    &quot;One-two (finish), we'll take it either way,&quot; said Baffert, who has now trained a total of six Pat O'Brien winners. Love That Red (2000) and El Corredor (2001) were his first two, and his current sequence includes Zensational (2009), El Brujo (2010) and The Factor (2011).

  • Street Life 'happy and comfortable'

    Trainer Chad Brown was pleased to report that Street Life, who ran last of 11 and was vanned off the track following Saturday's Grade 1 Travers, was &quot;happy and comfortable&quot; the morning after suffering a soft tissue injury to his left front pastern during the race.

  • Stay Thirsty, Rule fire a bullet in company ahead of Woodward

    Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out Grade 1 Woodward candidates Stay Thirsty and Rule to work five furlongs Sunday morning in company for Saturday's $750,000 race, with the pair firing a bullet 1:00.03 over Saratoga's fast main track.

  • Mister Marti Gras tunes up for Washington Park title defense

    Lothenbach Stables' Mister Marti Gras, hero of last summer's Grade 3 Washington Park Handicap, breezed Sunday at Arlington in advance of Saturday's 78th renewal of the $150,000 event, Arlington's richest race for older horses over its Polytrack course each year.

  • Golden Ticket 'a little tired'; Atigun might try Jockey Club Gold Cup next

    &quot;We had been watching this horse train, and Danny Ramsey, who has a really good talent galloping for me, was telling me how good he was doing,&quot; McPeek explained. &quot;He went 59 and change over the Oklahoma track and that was faster than I've had any horse work there. He went 59 there and that's like 57 anywhere else.&quot;

  • McLaughlin delighted with Alpha's dead-heat Travers win

    Shared or not, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin remained thrilled and delighted Sunday morning by Alpha's Grade 1, $1 million Travers victory. Godolphin Racing's Bernardini colt finished in a dead-heat for the win with Golden Ticket, trained by Ken McPeek for Magic City Thoroughbred Partners.

  • Dutrow pleased with wheel-back Willy Beamin

    From a traditional viewpoint, Saturday's Grade 1 King's Bishop was an ambitious spot for a New York-bred gelding making his first graded stakes appearance. Add to that the fact that Willy Beamin, who'd been claimed for $25,000 in March, was running back on just three days rest and the word &quot;ambitious&quot; would seem like an understatement.

  • Fair Grounds cancels racing, evacuates barn area

    Fair Grounds officials have declared a mandatory evacuation of its barn area in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to become a hurricane as it moves into the northern Gulf of Mexico.

  • Top Tier Lass makes stakes debut in P.G. Johnson

    Top Tier Lass, a daughter of red-hot freshman sire Street Boss, spread-eagled the field in her unveiling at the Spa on July 30. After chasing the pace through the opening quarter-mile, the chestnut took over and widened her advantage to seven lengths, propelling herself onto the New York Watch list. Top Tier Lass stretches out from 5 1/2 grassy furlongs, but keeps John Velazquez in the irons as she breaks from post 1.

  • Casino Host holds off Dhaamer in Del Mar 'Cap

    Gary and Mary West's Casino Host got first run on 6-5 favorite Dhaamer in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dmrcap12.pdf">Del Mar Handicap</a>, and that prompt move by jockey Joe Talamo made the crucial difference. Pouncing to the front in the stretch, the 7-2 chance withstood Dhaamer's furious late rally by a neck and returned $9.60, $4.20 and $3.40.

  • Alpha, Golden Ticket hit the wire together in Travers

    The conclusion of Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/travers12.pdf">Travers Stakes </a>was so tight that a photo was needed to determine the winner, and it turned out that Alpha and Golden Ticket had reached the finish line together, resulting in the first dead-heat victory in the 143-year history of the &quot;Midsummer Derby.&quot;

  • Zagora zips in course-record time in Ballston Spa

    Martin S. Schwartz's Zagora bounced right back to her very best in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ballstonspa12.pdf"> Ballston Spa Stakes</a> at Saratoga, smashing the course record in the process. By sizzling 1 1/16 miles on the firm inner turf in 1:39.07, the Chad Brown mare eclipsed the old mark of 1:39.92 established by turf champ Leroidesanimaux here in 2005.

  • Attendance, handle increase on Travers Day 2012

    On a beautiful Saturday afternoon that featured a historic dead-heat in the 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers, attendance and handle, both on-track and all-sources, were up substantially from 2011 figures.

  • Contested overcomes 'Test' at Saratoga

    Natalie J. Baffert's Contested propped at the break of Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/test12.pdf"> Test</a> at Saratoga and found herself in the unusual spot of running off the pace, but that didn't stop the bay miss from a rallying two-length win on the wire. With jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard, the Bob Baffert-trained sophomore finished seven furlongs in 1:22 2/5 to return $4, $3.60 and $2.60 as the even-money favorite.

  • D'nied Permission upsets Affirmed; Putyourdreamsaway takes Susan's Girl

    D'nied Permission was sent off the 21-1 third longest shot on the board in Saturday's $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fssaffirmed12.pdf"> Affirmed division</a> of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder, but that didn't stop the D'wildcat gelding from gutting out a neck victory over fellow 25-1 longshot Joshua's Comprise on the wire of the seven-furlong contest.

  • Willy Beamin upsets King's Bishop on three days' rest

    Firing for a second time this season on very short rest, Willy Beamin rallied from off the pace to upset Saturday's Grade 1 $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kingsbishop12.pdf"> King's Bishop</a> at Saratoga at odds of 11-1 for owner James Riccio and trainer Rick Dutrow. The New York-bred son of Suave returned $24.80, $11.80 and $6.90 as race favorites Currency Swap and Trinniberg both finished out of the money.