Cathryn Sophia went off favored at 1-9 in a field of six for the Princess of Sylmar, and turned in a text-book run, with jockey Paco Lopez perched motionless in the saddle en route to a 6 1/2-length victory.
Homebred Inspector Lynley benefitted from a perfectly timed ride from Joel Rosario and edged out favored Camelot Kitten for an upset in the $300,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course.
In what has to be a first in North American racing, two different 92-year-old trainers--Don Munger and Arturo Arboleda--won races the evening of Sept. 2 at Emerald Downs.
Three-year-old sprint filly Quiet Reflection took on older males Sept. 3 and rolled to her second group I victory of the year in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock.
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Trainer Art Sherman sent California Chrome back out to breeze at Los Alamitos for the first time since his impressive Aug. 20 TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) victory, and the 2014 Horse of the Year turned in a steady work Sept. 3.
Laurel Park's Sept. 10 Turf Festival, highlighted by five grass stakes worth $500,000, attracted more than 200 nominations, Maryland Jockey Club officials said.
Dylan Mouth will likely start as the favorite in the $270,271 Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I) Sept. 4 at Baden-Baden but he will be up against a pair of capable fillies in Serienholde and Nightflower among a competitive field of 11.
Thoroughbred owner Jerry Jamgotchian, who is suing the Indiana Horse Racing Commission over so-called "jail-time" claiming rules, has received a waiver of the rule from Pennsylvania for a horse he recently claimed there.
Saying the stewards' decision was a judgment call not subject to appeal, the New York State Gaming Commission will not consider an appeal of their choice to take no action against Inordinate in the Aug. 27 Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga.
Undefeated Sobradora Inc announced her arrival in the U.S Aug. 7 at Del Mar, where she took the Osunitas Stakes, but will take a significant step up against an accomplished group of turf runners Sept. 4 in the $200,000 John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. IIT).
Gary Barber's Monster Bea and Abbondanza Racing's Free Rose, who won the first two legs of the Del Mar turf series for 3-year-olds, will have a rubber match of sorts Sept. 4 in the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT).
Trainer Kiaran will send out Kareena, Takrees, and Coniah to face an expected seven other 3-year-old fillies in the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. II).
Sanford Stakes (gr. III) winner Bitumen and New York-bred Runaway Lute appear to be the top colts in Saratoga's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). The traditional curtain closer on the meet has a field of seven.
While Labor Day weekend has something of an anti-climactic feel in the wake of a history-making Travers Stakes (gr. I), there are still 35 races to be run at the "September place to be" over the last three days.
Owner Jerry Jamgotchian has filed a civil case in U.S. District court that argues an Indiana rule that requires horses claimed in the state to wait at least 60 days before racing outside Indiana is invalid under federal law.
With six wins in the nine graded turf stakes on the flat at the Saratoga Race Course meet, trainer Chad Brown looks poised to add to that tally as he sends out three solid contenders in the seven-horse field entered in the Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Runhappy, last year's sprint male champion, recorded his second public work of the year Sept. 1 at Keeneland, zipping five furlongs in :58. He is being pointed toward the one-turn mile Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 1 at Churchill Downs.
Champagne Room broke her maiden in the grade II Sorrento by 1 1/4 lengths and now heads a field of the most impressive fillies from Del Mar's loaded 2-year-old summer slate in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I).
Frosted emerged from his Aug. 6 Whitney (gr. I) victory in fine fettle at Saratoga Race Course, and returns Sept. 3 to take on eight rivals in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I).
In many ways the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) proved to be a tale of two trips, as winner Made You Look found room inside after a ground-saving trip while runner-up Keep Quiet (FR) raced wide throughout.
After rolling to victories in her first two starts, Sweet Loretta will try for a top-level score in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course.
After overwhelming rivals in his first three starts, Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' Three Rules will try to make it four straight wins when the juvenile son of Gone Astray returns in the Affirmed Division of the Florida Sire Stakes Sept. 3 at Gulfstream.
Kentucky Downs will begin its lucrative five-day, all-turf meet Sept. 3 with four stakes—two of them for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs—worth a total of $1.4 million. The 10-race card saw 136 horses make the overnight.
Multiple graded stakes-placed Swipe has been retired from racing and is entered in the Keeneland November breeding stock sale as a stallion prospect, Keith Desormeaux's assistant trainer Julie Clark reported Aug. 31.
Oaklawn Park has reached a multi-year agreement with United Tote as its new provider for race wagering, ending a long-time relationship with AmTote.
Top-level horses and horsemen on the comeback trail were among the big stories the last full week of August, and they found entry to the winner's circle a little harder than it used to be.
Suffolk Downs will host the third and final of three weekends of live racing Sept. 3-4 for its 2016 racing season.
The most famous resident of Los Alamitos will be honored on "California Chrome Day'' Sept. 10 at the track.
Evangeline Downs concluded its scheduled 84-day Thoroughbred season Aug. 27, with Colby Hernandez and Karl Broberg repeating as the meet's top jockey and trainer, respectively.
Hong Kong-based Rich Tapestry, a U.S. grade I winner, disappointed in a gate trial at Sha Tin Aug. 30, putting in question his anticipated career finale in the $608,000 Keeneland Korea Sprint in South Korea.
Six stakes and total purses of $845,000 for 11 races will be offered Sept. 3 when Parx Racing returns from a more than three-week break with a program for mostly Pennsylvania-bred runners.
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Trainer Todd Pletcher heads to the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 31 at Saratoga Race Course with a fresh horse in Made You Look, who is set for his first start since his maiden-breaking win June 19 at Belmont Park.
Unraced since her victory in the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) June 14 at Royal Ascot, reigning champion turf female Tepin beezed on the turf course at Saratoga's Oklahoma training track Aug. 29, covering five furlongs in a bullet :58.44 in company.
Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' Three Rules, who has been described as a Saratoga-type horse by trainer Jose Pinchin, will seek to remain undefeated in his fourth start when he stretches out another furlong in the $300,000 Florida Sire Affirmed Stakes.
Jim and Mona Hour's Stryker Phd provided the exclamation point to a memorable Washington Cup day for trainers Larry and Sharon Ross Aug. 28 at Emerald Downs.
Washington-based stallion Atta Boy Roy joined the ranks of freshman sires with first black-type winners Aug. 28 when Risque's Legacy went gate to wire to capture the Washington Cup Two-Year-Old Filly Stakes on Washington Cup Day at Emerald Downs.
The scratch of odds-on morning-line favorite Enola Gray opened the door of opportunity in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 28 at Del Mar and Belvoir Bay shot right through it.
The morning after Cavorting added another impressive Saratoga Race Course victory to her résumé in the Aug. 27 Personal Ensign (gr. I), trainer Kiaran McLaughlin lavished praise on the 4-year-old filly.
On the morning following Arrogate's record-smashing performance in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had nothing but accolades for his new stable star.
It was 1996 and Bob Baffert, then a relatively unknown trainer, made his first impact on the classic scene when he brought Santa Anita Derby winner Cavonnier to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby.
The morning after he saddled 18 runners on the Travers Day card, trainer Chad Brown was already looking to the future for Flintshire, Lady Eli, and Sea Calisi.
Six stakes to showcase Canadian-breds purchased at previous Canadian premier yearling sales are set for Aug. 31 at Woodbine on a night billed as the Canadian Million Sales Stakes.
Apprentice jockey Ramon Romero had a lot to celebrate Aug. 27, when he guided Lisa's Cat Nap to an upset win in the second race of the night at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino to post his first victory.
Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel resumed his racing career Aug. 27 at Ellis Park, with a third- and fourth-place finish in two mounts, after a five-month taste of retirement.
The $200,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II) didn't look like a top race with an automatic berth to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) on the line Aug. 27 at Del Mar.
Lady Eli rebounds from life-threatening injury to finish second by three-quarters of a length in the Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa (gr. IIT) to Strike Charmer, a Courtlandt Farm homebred by Smart Strike, who won in a stakes record time of 1:38.77.
Arrogate blew apart the 3-year-old division with the fastest Travers (gr. I) performance in history, and a new track record for 1 1/4 miles Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course. The Unbridled's Song colt blazed under the wire in a final time of 1:59.36.
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