Rachel Alexandra, coming off two consecutive wins, will race next in the $300,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 in Saratoga. The race for fillies and mares will be run at 1 1/4 miles.
Two-time grade II winner Strike a Deal will carry top weight of 123 pounds when leading a field of eight in the $200,000 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) Aug. 1 at Monmouth Park.
A strong field of 12 turf sprinters is set for the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup Handicap at five furlongs on the grass July 31 at Penn National.
Led by Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Super Saver and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Lookin At Lucky, one of the deepest fields in the 43-year history of the IZOD Haskell Invitational (gr. I) was drawn July 29 at Monmouth.
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Cost of Freedom, who has looked close to invincible in his two starts this year, heads a solid field of seven sprinters in the $250,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 1.
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A grateful Patrick Valenzuela basked in a warm welcome back to California racing as he resumed his riding career in the Golden State July 28.
His five-race winning streak snapped last month in Canada, Get Stormy looks to get back to his winning ways in the $150,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Saratoga turf Aug. 1.
Mine That Bird worked six furlongs in 1:12.40, handily, over Saratoga's Oklahoma Training Track July 29 with Calvin Borel aboard in preparation for the Whitney Invitational (gr. I) at the Spa on Aug. 7
Timing can mean everything, and in the case of the $250,000 Ruffian Invitational Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Saratoga, it could result in a long-awaited grade I victory for Unrivaled Belle.
Ten runners, including a trio from the Bob Baffert barn, help form an intriguing lineup in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar July 31.
Charles Fipke's homebred Perfect Shirl, a maiden when the summer began, notched her third consecutive win and made a successful stakes debut when taking the Lake George (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies July 28 at Saratoga.
Pacific Classic (gr. I) winner Richard's Kid, most recently third in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), headlines the field for the $125,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar July 30, if he goes.
The star-studded Diana (gr. IT), set for July 31 at Saratoga, includes multiple grade I winners Proviso and Forever Together, as well as Phola and Maram.
Richard Pell's Fly Down, who turned in a huge effort in the Belmont Stakes last out in his grade I debut, returns as the horse to beat in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 31 at Saratoga.
Pleasant Prince, making his first start since the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), is the 6-5 morning line favorite for the $100,000 Ohio Derby (gr. III) at Thistledown July 31.
A near-record number of 3-year-olds were nominated to the Aug. 7 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.
Canford Cliffs, under a perfectly timed ride from Richard Hughes, reeled in Rip Van Winkle in the final strides to capture the Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) at Glorious Goodwood July 28.
Informed Decision, the 2009 Eclipse Award winner as top female sprinter, won her first race beyond seven furlongs, and first around two turns, July 27 in the $100,000 Windward Stakes at Presque Isle Downs & Casino.
In a suit filed July 21 in Tallahassee, Fla., Hialeah Park and four other Quarter Horse permit holders are asking a state court to take away Calder Casino & Race Course's two Thoroughbred permits.
Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky will face off against Derby winner Super Saver in Sunday's Haskell
In preparation for Golden Gate's 2010 summer-fall meeting, which begins Aug. 25, scheduled maintenance was performed on the Tapeta Footings artificial surface July 24-25.
The New York Racing Association has suspended nine stakes and reduced purses for 12 others during its fall meets at Belmont Park and Aqueduct.
Quality Road, the top older male in training, continued preparations for the Aug. 7 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) with what trainer Todd Pletcher termed a "spectacular" five-furlong move.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Lookin At Lucky, preparing for the IZOD Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Monmouth Park, drilled a quick five furlongs July 26 at Del Mar.
Fly Down, the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) winner and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up, tuned up for Saturday's $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) with a bullet half-mile move July 26 under jockey Jose Lezcano.
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All year, it has been the opinion here that Rachel Alexandra has not performed near her level of last year and that she had several issues that needed to be worked out. That is what made Saturday's Lady's Secret so important.
Trappe Shot and Uptowncharlybrown worked in New York the morning of July 26 in preparation for the $1 million IZOD Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 1.
Jockey Craig Gibbs remained in stable condition in the intensive care unit at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center on July 26, two days after being injured at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
Two full brothers raced nose and nose for 7 1/2 furlongs at Ruidoso July 23, with 3-year-old Ocean Lad defeating 4-year-old Oceanor by a nose in a maiden claiming event.
Favored Evening Jewel swept to victory in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) July 25, giving trainer James Cassidy and jockey Victor Espinoza a sweep of the graded turf stakes on the opening weekend at Del Mar.
Undefeated Golden Moka, a Panamanian invader owned by by disabled jockey Rene Douglas as part of Good Friends Stable, drew off for a 2 3/4-length win in the $482,600 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie July 25.
Jockey Javier Castellano got off to a blazing start July 25 at Saratoga Race Course, sweeping the early Pick 4 en route to five consecutive wins on the card.
Overlooked Maybesomaybenot took the lead from the inside post for jockey Julien Leparoux and never looked back, springing a 9-1 surprise in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) by 1 1/2 lengths July 25 at Saratoga.
Jockey Tyler Baze, who suffered facial fractures July 24 when his mount in the fifth race reared up and threw his head back into Baze's face, remained in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla a day later.
On-track wagering was stable and overall handle declined slightly during the 57-day Belmont Park meet that concluded July 18.
La Rocca, ridden by James McAleney, dictated an easy pace and then repelled odds-on choice Simply Splendid to win the $144,780 Ontario Matron Stakes by a half-length at Woodbine July 25.
Rachel Alexandra's trainer Steve Asmussen said that he and co-owner Jess Jackson would soon sit down to discuss what's next for the reigning Horse of the Year after her facile victory in the Lady's Secret Stakes July 24.
The two best 3-year-old fillies in the country, Blind Luck and Devil May Care, appear to be headed for a showdown in the Betfair TVG Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 21.
Lady Jane Digby earned her first group I victory with a determined rally in the stretch to take the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (Ger-I) at Munich by a length July 25.
Trainer Christophe Clement, a three-time winner of the Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT), sends out 7-2 morning line favorite Strike It Rich for the 16th renewal of the $150,000 grass event at Saratoga July 28.
Jockey Craig Gibbs was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center late July 24 after being injured in a spill at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
Rachel Alexandra did what the fans at Monmouth Park came to see her do -- win the $412,000 Lady's Secret. But it was not a walkover for the reigning Horse of the Year, as she was made to work by pacesetter Queen Martha.
The Usual Q. T., ridden patiently by Victor Espinoza, made easy work of strong field in the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) over the Del Mar turf for the second grade I victory of his career July 24.
Headache charged home late to capture the $138,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at Canterbury Park July 24, giving owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, trainer Mike Maker and jockey Julien Leparoux back-to-back wins in the main events.
Southern California trainer Peter Eurton was back at Del Mar on the morning of July 24 after he was savaged three days earlier during a gate training session.
Making her case as the best 3-year-old filly in the nation, Devil May Care dispatched five overmatched rivals in the Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks, easily drawing away in the stretch for her third grade I victory
Windward Islands caught stablemate Grand Adventure inside the sixteenth-pole and went on to win the $300,000 Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) by 3 1/2 lengths as trainer Mark Frostad ran one-two in the July 24 Woodbine event.
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