Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Empire Maker returns to action Sunday, one of seven entered in Saratoga's Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds.
Willa On The Move made her move at the right time under Edgar Prado to pass the field and take the $107,600 Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. III) over a sloppy Saratoga surface Friday.
Trainer Vladimir Cerin is hoping his trainee Publication will indicate to him just how good he is when the 4-year-old son of Petionville tackles 10 other runners in Sunday's grade II San Diego Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
There are so many possible scenarios in this weekend's big stakes, the Haskell, Whitney, and Jim Dandy, handicappers should be plenty busy over the next few days.
Saratoga Notebook: Lewis' Warhol Injured; Dandy Draws 6 Definites; Hennig Has Mares Ready; First 'Chase Mishaps
Warhol, a $4 million yearling recently purchased privately by Bob and Beverly Lewis from John Magnier and Michael Tabor, was injured Tuesday while leaving the Oklahoma training track.
Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Posse will be chasing his fourth straight stakes victory Saturday when he faces six top 3-year-old sprinters in the $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga.
Hollywood Gold Cup winner Congaree, a possible starter in Del Mar's Pacific Classic (gr. I) worked a sharp six furlongs Thursday morning at Del Mar.
Dan Borislow's Toccet, with the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe among his targets, had his first turf work Thursday, breezing 6 furlongs in 1:19 at Pimlico. Trainer John Scanlan had to move the work from his Laurel Park base because the turf course was closed for workouts.
Led by multiple graded stakes winners Buffythecenterfold and Atlantic Ocean, a field of nine 3-year-old fillies go to the gate for Saturday's $250,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) at one mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
Medaglia d'Oro and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Volponi are among a contentious field of eight older horses entered for Saturday's $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Saratoga Notebook: Proud Citizen Sharp for Whitney, Says Lukas; Scrimshaw Tries Sprinting; Real Spa Horse Wins
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has a suggestion for people handicapping the Whitney Handicap (gr.I) on Saturday: don't overlook Proud Citizen.
Fan favorite Persian Punch collected the second stakes win of his 10-year-old campaign with a gutsy victory in the two-mile Lady O Goodwood Cup (Eng-II).
Flying Tiger Partnership's 2-year-old colt Majestic Missile earned his first stakes win with a sharp one-length victory in the Betfair Molecomb Stakes (Eng-III) at Goodwood.
Dab Hand Racing's The Tatling rallied from last and overtook the field inside the final furlong to win the King George Stakes (Eng-III) at Goodwood.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide drew the number five post position and was installed as the 8-5 morning-line favorite when seven horses were entered for Sunday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.
Cecil N. Peacock's Don'tsellmeshort broke sharply under jockey Patrick Valenzuela and never looked back while scoring a gate-to-wire triumph in Wednesday's featured $125,000 Graduation Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds.
It didn't take long for trainer Nick Canani to win his first race in Maryland for owner Michael Gill. In Wednesday's fourth race at Laurel, Expect The Best scored as the third mount the trainer saddled in the state.
The prospect of racing against Horse of the Year Azeri in the $300,000 Clement Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) on Aug. 10 does not create a problem for trainer Bruce Headley, who is known to have a high threshold of awe when it comes to other horses.
Standing on the threshold of racing's Hall of Fame, jockey Mike Smith is still waiting for the fact to sink in. He knows that on Monday, when his moment of induction comes, he will be stunned. He just hopes he'll be able to speak.
A field of seven 3-year-olds is expected for Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, topped by Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide.
H. Allen Jerkens has been involved the racing industry over five decades. During that time, one of the titles Jerkens has earned is "The Giant Killer" for being able to upset some of the greatest horses in Thoroughbred history, some of them occurring at Saratoga Race Course. But on Friday he is starting one of the favorites in the Honorable Miss Stakes.
A lingering leg injury will keep African-born turf sensation Ipi Tombe out of racing for the rest of the year.
Kris S., already the sire this year of Vodafone Derby winner Kris Kin, was represented today at Glorious Goodwood by Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (Eng-II) winner Lucky Story.
In fitting fashion, the highlight of the "Glorious Goodwood" meeting in England came when Pat Eddery, who has announced this is his last year, rode Reel Buddy to a huge upset in the meet's biggest race, the Sussex Stakes (Eng-I).
Saratoga will offer its usual fare of racing on Saturday, but some current and past NHL stars will visit the track for an autograph session from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stakes winner Outta Here, who dead-heated for third in the July 13 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, worked five furlongs in :58 2/5 under jockey Kent Desormeaux on Tuesday at Del Mar and was confirmed as heading to Mountaineer Park for the $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) by trainer Bill Currin, who is also the colt's co-owner.
Saratoga Notebook: Albarado on Sky Mesa; Favorites Rule; No Decision on Congrats; Sackatoga Stable Grows
Jockey Robby Albarado has picked up the mount on Sky Mesa for the Haskell Invitational and trainer Shug McGaughey is undecided on whether to run Congrats in the Haskell or the Jiim Dandy. Also, favorites are having a good Spa meet, Kissin Saint may make his next start on grass, Sackatoga Stable has expanded, and the Dogwood Dominion Award goes to a backstretch "community leader."
Jose Santos, the rider of Funny Cide, feels the presence of several speed horses in Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational will favor the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.
Madeleine Paulson, widow of multiple Eclipse Award-winning breeder and owner Allen Paulson, helped rekindle images of her late husband's greatest champion at Del Mar on Monday when Life's Pleasures, a 3-year-old half sister to two-time Horse of the Year Cigar, closed with a rush to break her maiden going one mile.
The Aug. 9 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Park has attracted a list of 69 nominations, including 13 graded stakes winners from the United States and Canada. Nominations for the 1 1/8-mile race closed July 26.
One of last season's top 2-year-old fillies on the grounds is back for a crack at the top 3-year-old filly stakes this season. Buffythecenterfold, owned by Allen Brian and Stronach Stables and trained by Mel Stute, leads the pack of prospects for Saturday's 35th edition of the grade II, $150,000 San Clemente Handicap.
A field that could number as many as nine or 10 is beginning to take shape for the 62nd running of the grade II, $250,000 San Diego Handicap Sunday at 1 1/16 miles on Del Mar's main track.
The long-awaited decision on where Horse of the Year Azeri will run next has been made. The 5-year-old daughter of Jade Hunter will run for a second straight year in the grade II, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar on Sunday, Aug. 10.
Saratoga Notebook: Spa Attendance Up, Handle Down; Harlan's Holiday Uncertain for Whitney; Frankel Update
Attendance was up but overall wagering declined during the first week of the Saratoga meet. Meanwhile, Bobby Frankel reports on his stars, Todd Pletcher says Harlan's Holiday is not a definite for the Whitney, and John Velazquez gets the mount on Saarland.
James McIngvale's Swaps Stakes (gr. II) winner During will make his next start in Sunday's Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, trainer Bob Baffert said on Monday.
Those anxious to see the movie Seabiscuit should have bet on Film Maker in the Lake George Stakes (gr. IIIT) Monday at Saratoga. She came from off the pace to win the 1 1/16 mile race for 3-year-old fillies.
The condition of 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Sarava was improving on Monday, one day after he underwent emergency colic surgery, but trainer Bob Baffert said New Phoenix Stable's Wild Again colt was "not out of the woods yet."
Dogwood Stable's multiple graded stakes winner Windsor Castle has been sidelined due to an injury sustained in an allowance race at Saratoga and the 5-year-old horse's career plans are indefinite.
Champion sprinter Kona Gold has been retired, co-owner and trainer Bruce Headley said Sunday, one day after the 9-year-old gelding finished fifth in the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.
The day after 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Sarava came back from a 14-month layoff, the 4-year-old son of Wild Again was in a "fight for his life" after undergoing emergency colic surgery.
Prestonwood Farm's Special Ring clipped a remarkable four-fifths of a second off the 1 1/8-mile turf track record while going gate to wire Sunday in Del Mar's $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT).
Grade II winner Ten Most Wanted worked for the first time since his runner-up finish in the July 13 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, logging a bullet half-mile in :47 4/5 over a fast Santa Anita main track Sunday morning . Trainer Wally Dollase caught the son of Deputy Commander in :11 for the final eighth.
A field of nine 2-year-old Cal-bred males is entered for Wednesday's $125,000 Graduation Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on Del Mar's main track.
Michael Bello's John C. Mabee Handicap (gr. IT) winner Megahertz, as well as Juddmonte Farms' co-runner-up Tates Creek, will likely remain in California and be pointed toward the Southern California grass stakes, according to trainer Bobby Frankel's assistant.
Jockey Mark Johnston, the third leading rider in Maryland history, has decided to return to Pimlico and Laurel Park on a fulltime basis after spending the spring on the Southern California circuit.
Saratoga Notebook: Funny Cide Beats Rain; Wild and Wicked in Haskell; Whitney Ace Medaglia d'Oro Drills; Zito Fired Up
Fearing a wet track for Monday's scheduled breeze, trainer Barclay Tagg worked Kentucky Derby (gr.I) and Preakness (gr.I) winner Funny Cide early Sunday morning at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Bruce Headley said Sunday that he is considering retiring his 9-year-old warrior Kona Gold, winner of the 2000 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and the Eclipse Award as America's finest sprinter that year.
Juddmonte Farms' prohibitive favorite Sightseek cruised to her third straight grade I victory Sunday for jockey Jerry Bailey and trainer Bobby Frankel, dusting her five opponents by 11 1/2 lengths in the Go for Wand at Saratoga.
Lateen Sails gave Godolphin an impressive win in Sunday's Prix Daphnis (Fr-III) at Maisons-Laffitte, leading all the way and drawing away in the late stages for a five-length victory with Frankie Dettori in the saddle.
Sabiango was a runaway winner of Sunday's WestLB-Deutschland-Preis (Ger-I) at Dusseldorf.
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