A gelded son of Parker's Storm Cat swept Pennsylvania's top turf sprints when he captured the $350,000 Turf Monster Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Parx Racing.
On-track wagering posted a strong gain over 2010 as the 143rd race meet at Saratoga Race Course wrapped up Sept. 5, though all-sources handle dipped over the course of the 39-day stand.
Emerald Beech overhauled pacesetter Dynaslew past mid-stretch to register her fourth consecutive victory by 1 1/2 lengths in the $102,000 Glens Falls (gr. IIIT), the final stakes event of the 2011 Saratoga season Sept. 5.
Favored Currency Swap handled sloppy conditions at rainy Saratoga better than any of his nine juvenile rivals in the $250,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), edging a persistent Trinniberg on closing day Sept. 5.
With his front-running 6 1/2-length victory at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium, Rapid Redux joined a couple of all-time greats with his 16th consecutive victory Sept. 4.
Jockey Carlos H. Marquez Jr. was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center after being injured when his horse Break the Glass went down during the running of the third race Sept. 5 at Monmouth Park.
Shipping to Southern California for the first time, the well-traveled Banned outfought Midnight Interlude by a nose in a taut finish to the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) on the turf Sept. 4.
Eclipse champion sprinter Big Drama returned from a layoff of more than 6-Â½ months with a 2 1/4-length victory in the $72,750 Whippleton Stakes Sept. 4 at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Favored Yummy With Butter, ridden with procession by Paco Lopez, made it consecutive grade III wins on the Monmouth Park turf with a 3 1/4-length tally in the $100,500 Cliff Hanger Stakes Sept. 4.
Back on turf after trying the Triple Crown trail this spring, Charlotte Weber's Brilliant Speed kicked clear in the final eighth of a mile to win the $103,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) by 2 1/2 lengths
Untried Grace Hall won the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) like a true professional Sept. 4, stalking the leaders into the stretch and sweeping past favored Judy the Beauty to handily win the $250,000 event at Saratoga.
Unbeaten graded stakes winners Majestic City and Creative Cause square off in the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) on closing day of the seaside track's 2011 season Sept. 7.
The filly Danedream turned in yet another powerful performance when she stormed home to win the $355,015 Longines Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I) by six lengths at Baden-Baden Sept. 4.
Making just her second start, favored Weemissfrankie took the overland route for a confident Rafael Bejarano to win the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) impressively Sept. 3.
Team Valor International's winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) cleared to resume exercise 60 days after undergoing season-ending surgery on his left leg.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer became the fourth trainer to reach 6,000 victories Sept. 3 when he teamed with fellow Hall of Fame member Russell Baze in winning the sixth race at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif.
Odds-on choice Quiet Giant took charge midway on the far turn and drew away under brisk handling from jockey Julien Leparoux to register a five-length win in the $252,500 Hill 'N' Dale Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 3.
Lothenbach Stable's Mister Mardi rallied from far back to get his first graded stakes win, taking the $100,000 Washington Park Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington.
Recent claim Atlantic Hurricane tops 2-5 favorite Embur's Song by three-quarters of a length in seven-furlong Seaway Stakes (Can-III).
She Digs Me, a son of Henny Hughes, blows the doors off his rivals in the six-furlong Sapling Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth, winning by 6 1/4 lengths.
Standout filly Havre de Grace put herself in the picture for Horse of the Year honors with a gutsy win in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) over males at Saratoga Sept. 3.
Robert LaPenta and Fred Brei's Jackson Bend comes from off the pace to win the seven-furlong Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga in 1:22.08.
While racing erratically through the lane, front-running Ask the Moon captured the Personal Ensign Invitational Stakes Sept. 3 for her second grade I stakes win in a row at Saratoga this summer.
Emulous continued a terrific racing season for Juddmonte Farm when she swept past Together to win the $255,500 Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes (Ire-I) by three widening lengths at Leopardstown Sept. 3.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained So You Think beats five rivals going 10 furlongs at Leopardstown in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes Ire-I).
Dream Ahead edged out Bated Breath and Hoof It in a thrilling three-way photo finish to capture the $368,000 Betfred Sprint Cup (Eng-I) at Haydock Park Sept. 3.
Two-year-old males will be in the spotlight in the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 when Saratoga brings the curtain down on its 2011 meet.
The busy Labor Day weekend of stakes action winds down at Del Mar with the Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT). The 1 1/16-mile race for older fillies and mares is a hard one to handicap.
Evangeline Downs track management has decided to reschedule the Sept. 3 racing program for next Thursday, Sept. 8, due to forecasted heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Lee.
Led by the grade III Turf Monster Handicap, Parx Racing in Pennsylvania will card three lucrative stakes worth a total of $850,000 on Labor Day, Sept. 5.
Preston Stables' Flat Out blew out three furlongs in :37.13 on the main track at Saratoga Sept. 2, the morning before his big start in Saturday's $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I).
Robert Cole Jr.'s Rapid Redux will shoot for his 16th straight win when he'll likely go off as the favorite at the Maryland State Fair Sunday, Sept. 4.
Jockey Tyler Baze was taken off mounts and suspended indefinitely by Del Mar stewards Sept. 1 after he refused to take a breathalyzer test, several news outlets confirmed.
Harold Queen's Big Drama, champion sprinter of 2010, will return to the races Sept. 4 at Calder Casino & Race Course with an eye toward this year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Shipping in from Arlington Park, Banned takes on some of the best turf runners in Southern California's 3-year-old division in the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 4.
Jockey John Velazquez passes agent, mentor, and "King of Saratoga" on all-time win list for jockeys at Saratoga. With 650 wins, he's now No. 2 behind Jerry Bailey (693)
Handled with confidence by Ramon Dominguez, front-running State of Play repelled the onrushing Optimizer to win the $151,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) on the Saratoga turf Sept. 1.
Brilliant Speed, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) this spring, makes his return to the turf for trainer Tom Albertrani in the $100,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the penultimate day of the 2011 season at Saratoga.
Judy the Beauty will face eight in the seven-furlong Spinaway (gr. I), which is the headliner on Saratoga's 12-race Sunday program. The daughter of Ghostzapper, undefeated in three starts, will make her first start on dirt.
Right One, winner of the Jaipur Stakes (gr. IIIT) in July, returns as the one to beat in the $100,000 Cliff Hanger (gr. IIIT) Sept. 4 at Monmouth Park.
Unbeaten Majestic City, winner of the Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (gr. III), worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 under jockey David Flores on Sept. 1 in preparation for the Sept. 7 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I).
Quiet Giant, off a strong victory at Monmouth Park a month ago, looms a tough customer in the Sept. 3 Hill 'n' Dale Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. II), but the race lured a solid field of nine.
Workin for Hops, winner of the Hanshin Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park this spring, returns to his favorite track for the $100,000 Washington Park Handicap (gr. III) on Polytrack Sept. 3.
With the 2-year-old filly division in California far from settled, trainer Peter Miller thinks his charge Woebegon has every chance to rebound in the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Sept. 3.
Havre de Grace will face males for the first time in the $750,000 Woodward (gr.l) Sept. 3 at Saratoga, where she will meet seven rivals.
Embur's Song will carry the highest weight of her career as she attempts to win her fifth consecutive stakes in the Seaway Stakes (Can-III) Sept. 3 at Woodbine.
As versatile as Sidney's Candy is, the options for WinStar Farm and Todd Pletcher are virtually limitless. For his next start, the connections decided to sprint him on dirt in the $250,000 Forego (gr. I) Sept. 3 at Saratoga.
She Digs Me, an impressive two-length winner as the favorite in the Monmouth Park's Tyro Stakes nearly six weeks ago, returns to the track for the $100,000 Sapling Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 3.
The $300,000 Personal Ensign Invitational Stakes (gr. I), scheduled for Aug. 28 but postponed when Saratoga canceled racing because of Hurricane Irene, will have the same field when it's run Sept. 3.
Rick Porter of Fox Hill Stables has made many bold statements in regards to his 4-year-old filly Havre de Grace. Time is now ticking to see whether she will prove him right by winning the Sept. 3 Woodward (gr. I).
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