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Puxa Saco Likely Favorite in Hollywood Moccasin

Florida import Puxa Saco, victorious in Oak Tree's Anoakia Stakes despite getting banged around at the start, will seek her fourth win in five starts Saturday as the probable favorite in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.

War Emblem Posts Another Sharp Drill

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem had his final major drill for next Saturday's $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Arlington Park, working publicly at Santa Anita just after noon on Saturday.

Disturbingthepeace Breezes at Santa Anita

Disturbingthepeace breezed five furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track Wednesday morning under jockey Victor Espinoza in 1:01 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Arlington Park on Oct. 26.

Night Patrol Noses Kachamandi in Oak Tree Mile

Everest Stable's Night Patrol disposed of heavily-favored Congaree at the top of the stretch and prevailed in a furious stretch battle with Kachamandi to capture the $250,000 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile by a nose Saturday.

Kafwain Noses Out Bull Market in Norfolk

Favored Kafwain and Bull Market, a pair of Bob Baffert-trained juveniles, battled through the stretch Saturday in the $200,000 Norfolk (gr. II) at Santa Anita, with the Thoroughbred Corporation's Kafwain scoring a nose victory over his stablemate.

Sky Mesa the Headliner in Breeders' Futurity

Sky Mesa, crowned leader of the juvenile division off his victory in the Hopeful (gr. I) at Saratoga, will face five foes on Saturday, in the $400,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II) at Keeneland, in his final prep for the Breeders Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 26.

Breeders' Cup Future Bet: Friday's Pool 4 Results

Storm Flag Flying was made the overwhelming 1-9 favorite Friday, the first day of Breeders' Cup Future Bet for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. On the male side, the $1 million Juvenile favorite is Vindication, heavily supported as well at 7-5.

Vindication Heads Ky. Cup Juvenile

Hoping to follow the success of the last two Kentucky Cup Juvenile (gr. III) winners, Point Given and Repent, eight 2-year-olds have been entered for the first two-turn graded event for juveniles of the year.

Mile Preview (9/12): Steady as a Rock (of Gibraltar)

The announcement earlier this week that NetJet will sponsor the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) wasn't the biggest news concerning the World Thoroughbred Championship's grass event. Rock of Gibraltar's emphatic victory in the NetJet Prix du Moulin de Longchamp in France on Sept. 8 kept the European superstar right on target for a trip to Arlington Park.

Del Mar Sets Handle Record; On-Track Attendance Improves

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club ended its 63rd summer season of Thoroughbred racing Sept. 11 by maintaining its position as the national leader in daily average attendance for the twelfth consecutive year, while achieving a new track record for total pari-mutuel handle.

Habibti Fifth in Del Mar's Torrey Pines

Sent off at odds of 3-5, multiple grade I winner Habibti ran out of the money in Sunday's $75,000 Torrey Pines for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Del Mar, a race won by longshot Got Koko.

Martinblestme Heads I'm Smokin Field

Headed by recent allowance winner Martinblestme, a field of 10 is lining up for Monday's $100,000 I'm Smokin Stakes at 6 furlongs on the main track for Cal-bred 2-year-olds.

Baffert Horses 1-2 in Best Pal Stakes

The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Kafwain, a two-year-old stablemate of Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem, earned the first stakes victory of his brief career with a come-from-behind triumph in the featured $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar on Wednesday.

Promoting the Sport

By Tim Smith -- The NTRA commissioner explains "rest of the story" regarding the recent controversy surrounding Bob Baffert's acceptance of an appearance fee in connection with the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

War Emblem Sizzles in Pacific Classic Drill

The Thoroughbred Corp.'s War Emblem had a faster than anticipated workout – five furlongs in a sizzling :57 3/5 under regular exercise rider Dana Barnes -- on Tuesday morning at Del Mar as he prepares for Sunday's $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) and his first test against older horses.

Life's A Beach

By Ray Paulick -- At Del Mar, promotions and activities such as concerts, "family fun club," trackside educational programs, handicapping seminars, and even a day-care facility in association with the local YMCA have helped the track increase business.

Baffert Issues Statement on Haskell Appearance Fee

Trainer Bob Baffert has released the following statement through the firm of Conover, Tuttle, concerning his acceptance of a $50,000 appearance fee to run War Emblem in the Haskell Invitational Handicap.

Baffert: Fee, Horse's Appearance Not Related

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Trainer Bob Baffert said the decision to enter War Emblem in the $1-million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park Aug. 4 wasn't tied to a $50,000 appearance fee he is to receive from the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operates the racetrack.

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