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  • Rachel Alexandra works out at Saratoga as she prepares for her next start in the Haskell Invitational.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8366447%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo.</a>

    Rachel Alexandra, Papa Clem in Haskell Works

    BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra had her final workout July 27 at Saratoga as she continues to prepare for her next start in the $1.25 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park on Sunday, Aug. 2.

  • F-T Texas Sale Has 370 Yearlings

    Fasig-Tipton's Texas division has cataloged 370 horses for its yearling sale. The number is down 26.9% from last year's total of 506, and the auction's length has been reduced from two days to one. The sale is scheduled for Aug. 31 at Lone Star Park, beginning at 10 a.m. (CDT).

  • Mine That Bird, with John Perez in the saddle, worked four furlongs at Mountaineer on Monday in preparation for Saturday's West Virginia Derby.

    Mine That Bird in West Virginia Derby Work

    Mine That Bird breezed through a four-furlong workout at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort on July 27. The track's clockers recorded a time of :49 4/5 as the Kentucky Derby winner continued his preparations for Aug. 1, $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II).

  • Tiny Woods First Thoroughbred Legends Winner

    The Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable, one of the biggest spenders at the 2008 yearling auctions, got its first winner July 25 when Tiny Woods defeated Sidney's Candy by a head in a maiden special weight race at Del Mar in California. It was Tiny Woods' career debut.

  • Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton president

    Looking Back: People Discuss F-T July Sale

    The Fasig-Tipton July select yearling sale, held July 20-21 in Lexington, ended with significant setbacks in gross revenue, average price, and median price, but managed to lower its buy-back rate from a year ago slighty. Read what sale company officials and sale participants had to say about the market.

  • Tale of the Cat

    Tale of the Cat Filly Tops Australian Sale

    Golden Act, a 4-year-old Tale of the Cat filly, brought Aust$52,000 (approximately $42,526) to top the Magic Millions Perth winter Thoroughbred sale July 26 in Australia. Glenn Martin purchased Golden Act from the Peters Investments reduction.

  • Awesome Gem

    Countdown to the Cup: Hidden Gem

    Are you looking for an early Volponi for this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)? Well, you just might have seen him on Saturday...on the grass...finishing second. When it comes to the hard-knocking Awesome Gem, who has his good days and his bad days, I can't help hearing Ralph Kramden (yes, I'm a Honeymooners fanatic): "One of these days...one of these days - "Bang! Zoom!"

  • Jockey Ramon Dominguez

    Contessa, Dominguez Capture Belmont Titles

    Jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Gary Contessa continued to dominate the competition in New York. Dominguez ran away with the jockey title for the 64-day spring/summer meet at Belmont Park and Contessa edged Christophe Clement for the training title.

  • The reign of Rahy's Attorney continues in the Nijinsky Stakes at Woodbine.

    Rahy's Attorney Prevails in Nijinsky Stakes

    Favored Rahy's Attorney found Woodbine's soft turf course to his liking in the $313,927 Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) July 26, holding off his rivals after opening a five-length lead in the lane for his first victory at the 1 1/4-mile distance.

  • Belmont Stakes Champion Summer Bird, with regular rider Kent Desormeaux in the saddle, was on the track at Monmouth Park on Sunday morning, July 26th.

    Summer Bird Puts in Final Breeze for Haskell

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird put in his final work for the $1.25 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I), breezing five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 July 26 with jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard.

  • North Light's First Winner

    North Light, a 2004 English champion and winner of that year's Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner, was represented by his first winner when his son Celtic New Year won by a head July 25 at Ellis Park.

  • Global Hunter powers home in the Eddie Read.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8362996%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Global Hunter Hits Target in Eventful 'Read

    Little-known Argentina bred Global Hunter surged past even-money choice Monterey Jazz in upper stretch and held sway for jockey Corey Nakatani to register a 14-1 upset in an eventful $350,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) at Del Mar July 25.

  • Baze Makes Himself at Home in Claiming Crown

    Jockey Russell Baze ventured to suburban Minnesota to register a couple of wins for trainer Lloyd Mason and owners Theresa and Edward DeNike on the Claiming Crown undercard July 25 at Canterbury Park.

  • Tasty Temptation Savors Wonder Where Win

    Tasty Temptation, considered one of the most talented 3-year-old fillies in Canada, came from far back on the turn to register a half-length win in the $232,403 Wonder Where Stakes, the third jewel of the nation's Triple Tiara held at Woodbine July 25.

  • Funny Moon gets up late in the CCA Oaks.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8362414%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Funny Moon Picks 'em All Up in Coaching Club

    Funny Moon came charging down the lane under Alan Garcia and outran a host of rivals in deep stretch to win the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Belmont Park July 25. It was the first graded stakes victory for the 3-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon.

  • Bashford Manor winner Backtalk is set to make his next start in the Sanford Stakes at Saratoga.

    Future Stars Line Up in Saratoga's Sanford

    Two-year-old colts take center stage at Saratoga July 30 as nine up-and-coming young Thoroughbreds look to take the next step on their budding career paths in the 95th running of the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II).

  • Atomic Rain is scheduled to contest the Haskell Invitational on August 2.

    Atomic Rain to Take on 'Rachel' in Haskell

    Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Stable, the new owner of Atomic Rain, has officially decided to take on Preakness Stakes (gr. I)-winning filly Rachel Alexandra and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 2.

  • The West Virginia Derby is next up for Kentucky Derby Mine That Bird. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8150854%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mine That Bird Arrives at Mountaineer

    A new chapter in the history of West Virginia racing began being written at 1:47 p.m. EDT on Friday. That's when this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, Mine That Bird, stepped off the van at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort.

  • Bejarano Out of Intensive Care Unit

    Jockey Rafael Bejarano, injured seriously in a spill in the July 22 opening day at Del Mar, has been released from the intensive care unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and placed in a private room, according to Dr. John Agostino, a Del Mar track physician.

  • Ramon Dominguez

    Dominguez Sets Modern Day Record at Belmont

    Jockey Ramon Dominguez set a modern-day record for victories at Belmont Park's spring/summer meet when he guided Michael Dubb and Robert Joscelyn's I've Got Speed to win the fifth race July 24, notching his 93rd winner for the meet.

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    Saratoga Set to Open With Full Fields

    Saratoga Race Course's 36-day meet will get off to a strong start July 29 with a card highlighted by full fields on both the dirt and turf, 2-year-old races, and two stakes, including the $100,000 Schuylerville (gr. III).

  • Commentator won the Whitney in 2005 and 2008 (shown).<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5274581%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Commentator All Set For Another Whitney Try

    Tracy Farmer's Commentator, the expected elder statesmen of the $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) on Aug. 8 at Saratoga, turned in a bullet work over the Oklahoma track at Saratoga July 23, breezing five furlongs in :59.12.

  • Shapiro Pleads Not Guilty in Vandalism Case

    Former California Horse Racing Board chairman Richard B. Shapiro pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony vandalism in an Inglewood courtroom July 24 and the case was set for a disposition hearing on Aug. 18.

  • HBPA Winter Convention to Precede Symposium

    The 2009 National Horsemen's Benevolence and Protective Association will hold its Winter Convention in conjunction with the Symposium on Racing & Gaming at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Arizona this year.

  • BC3 Pinhookers Taking Global Approach

    BC3 Thoroughbreds, the yearling-to-juvenile pinhooking venture that is best known for selling grade I winner Brother Derek, has broadened its horizons. Started by Utah horsemen John Brocklebank and Shane Chipman, BC3 has an ambitious plan to buy and resell young horses in this country, Australia, and Asia.

  • Pinhooker Smith Happy in California

    "You can call it a midlife crisis or whatever you want, but it's the best thing I've ever done," said pinhooker Murray Smith of her move earlier this year to Southern California from the Ocala area in Central Florida.

  • Hartley Trying Training in California

    Florida pinhooker Randy Hartley is training a string of horses in Southern California, but he will continue to be involved in reselling juveniles purchased as yearlings or weanlings though Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds.

  • Einstein won the 2008 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs.

    Clark Highlights Churchill Fall Stakes Lineup

    The 135th renewal of the grade II, $400,000-added Clark Handicap highlights the 12 stakes races with total purses of $1.775 million for the Nov. 1-28 fall meet at historic Churchill Downs.

  • Mine That Bird is on his way to West Virginia.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8202151%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    On the Road Again: Mine That Bird to WV

    A trailer carrying Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Serte Equine's Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), departed Churchill Downs the morning of July 24 on an approximately seven-hour journey to West Virginia's Mountaineer Racetrack Casino and Resort.

  • Fermin Appointment as Steward Backed by CHRB

    Ingrid Fermin, the former executive director of the California Horse Racing Board who was appointed to be a steward at the current Del Mar meet, gained the commission's backing July 23 in a dispute with several horsemen opposed to her selection.

  • Haskell Purse Boosted to $1.25 Million

    Monmouth Park announced the purse for the 42nd running of Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 2 has been boosed by $250,000 to now total $1,250,000.

  • Charles Town and HRTV Reach Agreement

    Charles Town Races & Slots and HorseRacing TV have reached a new agreement which will allow the track's races to be shown live on the network through, at least, the end of the 2009 racing season.

  • Rafael Bejarano

    Bejarano Expected To Leave Hospital July 24

    Rafael Bejarano, who sustained serious facial injuries in a spill July 22 during the third race on Del Mar's opening-day program, was reported to be doing well at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla July 23 by his agent, Joe Ferrer.

  • Denali Stud to Launch Bloodstock Division

    Denali Stud president Craig Bandoroff announced July 23 that the farm is launching a bloodstock division, to be headed by Brian Collins. Collins will work toward developing Denali's clientele and will assist the farm's clients in all aspects of the Thoroughbred business.

  • Rahy's Attorney seeks his fourth graded stakes score at Woodbine in the Nijinsky Stakes.

    Several Can Make a Case in Nijinsky

    Rahy's Attorney, who got back on track last out with a win in the King Edward Handicap (Can-IIT), will seek his fourth graded stakes score at Woodbine when he faces a tough field in the $300,000 Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) July 26 on the turf in Toronto.

  • A record crowd of 44,907 attended opening day at Del Mar.

    Del Mar Sets Attendance Record on Opening Day

    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club reported a record crowd of 44,907 for the July 22 season opener, exceeding the previous all-time record crowd of 44,181 set in 1996 when Dare and Go upset Cigar in the Pacific Classic (gr. I).

  • Fabulous Strike has been nominated to the Governor's Cup.

    Big Names Nominated to Governor's Cup

    Tea Party Stable's Fabulous Strike, one of the top sprinters in the country, is one of 58 horses nominated for the 37th running of the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup on Aug. 1 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

  • Trainer Gary Stute with Papa Clem.

    Stute: Papa Clem Likely For Haskell

    Trainer Gary Stute said July 23 that he's "95 percent sure" Bo Hirsch's Papa Clem will make his next start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park on Aug. 2.