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  • Richard's Kid sold, transferred to O'Neill barn

    Multiple Grade 1 star Richard's Kid, who will bid for his third title in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic August 26, has been transferred from Bob Baffert to the Doug O'Neill barn after being sold privately Saturday.

  • Stephanie's Kitten gets out in time in Lake Placid

    When Stephanie's Kitten was bottled up along the fence at the top of the stretch in Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lakeplacidchart12.pdf"> Lake Placid Stakes</a>, backers of the even-money favorite likely suffered flashbacks. For it was the same type of trip that resulted in her luckless fourth in the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes on July 25. But this time, fortune smiled on the Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred, who was able to extricate herself and got up by a half-length.

  • Point of Entry aims for Joe Hirsch en route to BC Turf

    Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said that Point of Entry emerged from his four-length win in Saturday's Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational in good shape and likely will make his next start in the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational on September 29, with the Breeders' Cup Turf being a long-range target.

  • My Miss Aurelia heads busy Saratoga worktab

    Trainer Steve Asmussen expressed satisfaction with My Miss Aurelia's five-furlong breeze on Sunday at Saratoga but said he'd like to give last year's champion two-year-old filly more time between her win in the Mandy's Gold Stakes on August 8 and her next start, making her doubtful for the Grade 1, $500,000 Test Stakes on Saturday back at the Spa.

  • Lady of Shamrock takes Del Mar Oaks

    Lady of Shamrock captured her second straight Grade 1 victory on Saturday when rallying for a half-length win in the $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dmroaks12.pdf">Del Mar Oaks</a> under jockey Mike Smith. The John Sadler runner was sent off the even-money favorite against her eight rivals, and got up to deny Stormy Lucy while stopping the clock in 1:46.30 for nine furlongs on the firm turf.

  • Little Mike restores American fortunes in Arlington Million

    European invaders swept the first three events at Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing on Saturday, but the marquee race, the Grade 1, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/arlmillion12.pdf"> Arlington Million</a>, was reclaimed for America by Priscilla Vaccarezza's front-running Little Mike. Previously untested at this 1 1/4-mile trip, the Dale Romans charge got away with a leisurely pace for Ramon Dominguez and stormed 1 1/2 lengths clear of English invader Afsare.

  • I'm a Dreamer scores breakthrough in Beverly D.

    In her prior visit to North America, Andrew Stone's I'm a Dreamer had missed by a scant head in last fall's Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine. Making another trip for Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/beverlyd12.pdf">Beverly D. Stakes</a>, the English-based mare found Arlington Park a happier hunting ground. With England's top female rider Hayley Turner aboard, the David Simcock trainee just held on from Marketing Mix by a diminishing head, and capped a European triple in the International Festival of Racing.

  • Questing posts decisive victory in Alabama

    Godolphin's Questing grabbed command of Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/alabama12.pdf">Alabama Stakes</a> soon after the start and never looked back en route to a dominating nine-length win. The Kiaran McLaughlin pupil gave jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. his third career Grade 1 score when completing 1 1/4 miles in 2:01 1/5 over Saratoga's fast main track, and returned $6.40, $4.40 and $3.50 as the 2-1 second favorite.

  • San Pablo kicks clear in Iselin

    Burning Sands Stable's San Pablo rallied three wide into contention on the far turn, collared the leaders in midstretch and drew clear late in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,500 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/iselin12.pdf"> Philip H. Iselin Stakes</a>, posting a 3 1/2-length score over the fast track at Monmouth Park. An easy winner of the Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga in his previous outing, the Todd Pletcher-trained four-year-old notched his first graded victory when completing the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:49 2/5. Chris DeCarlo guided the winner.

  • Point of Entry scores decisively in Sword Dancer

    Phipps Stable's homebred Point of Entry ran away from the field in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sworddancer12.pdf">Sword Dancer Invitational</a> at Saratoga, and in the process firmly establishing himself as the country's leading 1 1/2-mile turf performer.

  • Jakkalberry justifies favoritism in American St. Leger

    Two-time Italian highweight Jakkalberry ranked as the class of the field in Saturday's inaugural running of the $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/amstleger12.pdf"> American St. Leger</a>, and the 8-5 favorite lived up to his resume with a proficient 2 1/4-length decision at Arlington Park. Trained by Marco Botti and ridden by Colm O'Donoghue, Jakkalberry smoothly overhauled pacesetter Ioya Bigtime and punched his ticket to big prizes in Australia.

  • Bayrir captures Secretariat for The Aga Khan

    Silver Max, who had won five straight stakes entering Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/secretariat12.pdf"> Secretariat</a>, ironically met his Waterloo against the French-bred and -trained Bayrir, who proved best over America's leading sophomore turf performers in Arlington's Park 1 1/4-mile fixture. The 3-1 third choice behind Silver Max and New York-based Summer Front, The Aga Khan's homebred returned $8.40, $4.80 and $3.60.

  • Amani to challenge males in Pacific Classic; Dullahan breezes

    Trainer Neil Drysdale confirmed Saturday that the four-year-old filly Amani will be entered in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic next Sunday. The Chilean star signaled her readiness with a seven-furlong work in 1:26 4/5 Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • It's Tricky, Turbulent Descent breeze for upcoming Saratoga engagements

    Multiple Grade 1 winner It's Tricky turned in her final serious work for Saratoga's Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign Invitational on August 26, breezing a half-mile in :46 3/5 over the Tapeta surface at Greentree Training Center Saturday morning. Encouraged through the stretch by exercise rider Renzo Morales, It's Tricky worked in company with an unraced three-year-old filly named Villanesca.

  • Heatseeker's first winner hits target at Woodbine

    Grade 1 hero and millionaire Heatseeker registered his first winner as a freshman sire when Surtsey captured Saturday's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/heatseeker1st.pdf">2ND</a> race at Woodbine. Making her fourth start in the $32,000 maiden claimer, the Kevin Attard pupil rallied from midpack and stormed 3 1/2 lengths clear. Surtsey negotiated six Polytrack furlongs in 1:12 with Patrick Husbands aboard.

  • Hansen tunes up for Travers

    Hansen, the juvenile champion of 2011, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 on Saturday morning at the Trackside Training Center in Louisville, Kentucky, in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers on August 25 at Saratoga.

  • Sheppard looks back on eventful two days

    Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard reported that Magalen Bryant's Stack the Storm was doing well the morning after her eventful victory in Friday's 3RD race at Saratoga, a $65,000 maiden claimer on turf for three-year-old fillies.

  • Suggestive Boy works mile, one of 18 Pacific Classic noms

    Days before the 2003 Grade 1 Pacific Classic, Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally watched from the balcony of Barn 1 overlooking the track as Candy Ride went a mile in just over 1:36 in his final major workout before winning the race.

  • Alpha, Fast Falcon work for Travers

    Alpha turned in his final serious work for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers on Friday at Saratoga, covering a half-mile over the fast main track in 48 4/5 under exercise rider Rob Massey.

  • Trinniberg turns in fast prep for King's Bishop

    The last time Trinniberg raced at Saratoga, he was the longest shot in the field, sent off at nearly 70-1 in last year's Grade 1 Hopeful. His return to the Spa in next Saturday's Grade 1 King's Bishop likely is to be quite different, with three graded stakes wins since then, including the Grade 3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct in April and the Grade 2 Woody Stephens at Belmont Park in June.

  • O'Brien's team takes to the track at Arlington

    Aidan O'Brien's trio of Treasure Beach, Up and Daddy Long Legs all made an appearance Friday morning at Arlington Park, one day ahead of their starts in the International Festival of Racing.

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  • Million entrant Afsare breezes sharp half-mile on Polytrack

    Darley Stud Management's British-bred Afsare, originally scheduled for a turf work Thursday morning, fulfilled an alternate plan and worked four furlongs in :48 over Arlington Park's Polytrack due to a steady rain that fell during training hours.

  • Stephanie's Kitten hopes for better luck in Lake Placid

    Last year's Grade 1 Alcibiades and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner went off as the 2-1 favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Lake George, only to get buried in traffic along the inside. Stephanie's Kitten ended up a frustrating fourth, beaten a grand total of a half-length by Centre Court.

  • Acclamation expected to recover from 'mild strain'

    The injury that will keep Acclamation from defending his title in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic has been determined to be a &quot;mild strain&quot; of a ligament in the area of the left front pastern.

  • Awesome Gem goes for Longacres Mile title defense

    Grade 1 veteran Awesome Gem will take on 10 rivals as he goes for a title defense in Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/longacresmile12.html">Longacres Mile Handicap</a> at Emerald Downs.

  • Motion has Beverly D. on his bucket list

    H. Graham Motion has 15 Grade 1s throughout his career, including in such prestigious events as the Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Turf, but one race still on the trainer's bucket list is the Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park.

  • Summer Front won't try elders this season

    The winner of the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday will have a strong claim as America's best three-year-old turf male, but trainer Christophe Clement is more concerned with building Summer Front's resume for a lifetime achievement award.

  • Union Rags to enter stud at Lane's End

    &quot;We are thrilled that Phyllis Wyeth has chosen to stand Union Rags at Lane's End,&quot; Will Farish said. &quot;He has all the makings of a top stallion. He was a brilliant racehorse with outstanding conformation and he has an exceptional pedigree.&quot;

  • The Jockey Club announces winners of T.I.P. non-competitive awards

    The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), which sponsors Thoroughbred-only classes and divisions and high point Thoroughbred awards at open horse shows and competitions, announced Thursday the recipients of its two non-competition awards for 2012 -- the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award.

  • Ten entered for Del Mar Oaks

    The top-three finishers from both the Grade 1 American Oaks and Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap are among those entered to go nine grassy furlongs on Saturday in the Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dmroaks12.html">Del Mar Oaks</a>. Ten sophomore fillies were entered in the race, which will feature a nice match-up between American Oaks winner Lady of Shamrock and San Clemente heroine Eden's Moon.

  • Silver Max heads strong Secretariat field; St. Leger features Jakkalberry

    Silver Max will look to cement his standing atop the three-year-old turf division when he lines up for the Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/secretariat12"> Secretariat Stakes</a>, one of four premier turf stakes races on Saturday's International Festival of Racing&nbsp; program at Arlington Park. Installed as the 9-5 favorite on the morning line, Silver Max could face a stiff domestic challenge from the likes of Summer Front, Cozzetti and Finnegans Wake, and must also overcome a couple of quality European invaders in Bayrir and Daddy Long Legs.

  • Point of Entry, Turbo Compressor square off in Sword Dancer

    Phipps Stable homebred Point of Entry has captured his last three races in easy fashion, but has never been favored in 12 trips to the post thus far. That could all change on Saturday as the Shug McGaughey trainee heads a field of nine entered in the Grade 1, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sworddancer12.html"> Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes</a> going 1 1/2 miles on Saratoga's inner turf.

  • Alabama win offers advantage in Eclipse race to seven fillies

    Championship honors are still up for grabs among the sophomore filly division, but the picture could become a bit clearer on Saturday when seven line up in the Grade 1, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/alabama12.html">Alabama Stakes</a> going 1 1/4 miles at Saratoga.

  • Arlington Million, Beverly D. top International Festival

    One year after European invader Cape Blanco ran away with the Grade 1, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/million12"> Arlington Million</a>, the home defense for Saturday's renewal of Arlington Park's 1 1/4-mile grass fixture looks a tad stronger while the foreign contingent appears slightly less menacing. The Million anchors Arlington's International Festival of Racing which includes two other Grade 1 events -- the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/beverlyd12">Beverly D.</a> for fillies and mares and the Secretariat for three-year-olds.

  • Acclamation to miss Pacific Classic due to injury

    Acclamation came out of a Monday gallop with a slight swelling in the area of the left front ankle that will prevent a title defense in the $1 million, Grade 1 Pacific Classic on August 26, according to owner/breeder E.W. &quot;Bud&quot; Johnston.

  • Fundraiser raises six-figures for Mariano Rivera Foundation

    Siro's Trattoria at the Lodge announced Wednesday that last Thursday's fundraising dinner featuring 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion Mariano Rivera raised more than six figures to support the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.themarianoriverafoundation.org">Mariano Rivera Foundation</a>.

  • Travers Week stakes fields taking form

    Curlin winner Street Life and Grade 2 Jim Dandy runner-up Neck n' Neck were pronounced in fine form Wednesday morning by their respective connections after the two worked Tuesday in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers on August 25.

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