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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2014


Graded Recaps
Competitive Edge puts away Hopeful
Nancy Favreau, Kathy Psoinos and Michael B. Tabor's Competitive Edge justified his 3-5 favoritism as he drew clear in the stretch to win by 5 3/4 lengths in Monday's Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga, giving him a combined winning margin of 15 3/4 lengths for the first two starts of his career. more...

Protonico takes Smarty Jones, gives Pletcher 1,000th stakes win
Trainer Todd Pletcher earned his 1,000th career stakes win when International Equities Holding's homebred Protonico landed the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones for three-year-olds at Parx Racing on Labor Day. more...

Ring Weekend scores comfortably in Saranac
Ring Weekend highlighted a successful Labor Day for trainer Graham Motion with a popular win in the Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac for three-year-olds at Saratoga. more...

Munirah bubbles up in time in Boiling Springs
Zanim R. Meahjohn's Munirah rode the rail to a last-to-first victory in Monday's Grade 3, $105,000 Boiling Springs at Monmouth, just denying pacesetter Sumba Sunset by a head. more...

Sharp Sensation denies Ben's Cat in Turf Monster
Sharp Sensation, who had not placed in two prior grass attempts, held on to defeat venerable fan favorite Ben's Cat by a neck in the $300,000 Turf Monster Handicap at Parx Racing on Labor Day. more...

Cary Street pulls upset in Greenwood Cup
JBL Thoroughbreds LLC and Walsh Racing LLC's Cary Street pulled off the upset in his stakes debut in Monday's $200,000 Greenwood Cup Stakes at Parx. The Brendan Walsh trainee went off as the 28-1 third longest shot on the board and returned $59.80 for the score. more...

Racing Headlines
Pletcher and Castellano claim Saratoga titles
Todd Pletcher and Javier Castellano repeated as the leading trainer and jockey, respectively, at Saratoga, with Michael Dubb emerging as the top owner for 2014. more...

Carpe Diem repels challenges to win going away on debut
Three races after his highly regarded stablemate Competitive Edge ran away with the Hopeful, Carpe Diem emerged as yet another Todd Pletcher juvenile to follow with a gutsy, and ultimately convincing, debut in Saratoga's 7TH race on Monday. more...

Hattaash's team happy with Washington Park near-miss
Lost in the celebration of Avanzare's exciting victory in Saturday's Washington Park Handicap and the buzz of Chris Emigh's 3,500th victory was the awesome runner-up performance of local charge Hattaash. more...

Graded Recaps
Condo Commando 'splashtastic' in Spinaway
NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin wrapped up a long career on Sunday at Saratoga, and even though the skies had opened up to provide a wet and dreary day, that didn't stop Durkin from giving one last memorable call in the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway. more...

Front-running Midnight Storm blows Del Mar Derby rivals away at 17-1
Unheralded as the 17-1 second longest shot on the board, Dye and Venneri Racing's homebred Midnight Storm quickly made an impression with a 3 1/4-length wire job in his stakes debut in Sunday's Grade 2, $300,750 Del Mar Derby. more...

Jojo Warrior takes command from the start in Torrey Pines
Zayat Stables' Jojo Warrior scored her second graded stakes in a row just as she did in her previous start, by taking the field gate-to-wire in Sunday's Grade 3, $100,250 Torrey Pines at Del Mar. more...

Irish accomplishes Glens Falls mission
Former Canadian champion Irish Mission has been gradually recapturing her old sparkle since switching to Christophe Clement this season, and the Robert S. Evans colorbearer underscored her renaissance in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Glens Falls at Saratoga. more...

Racing Headlines
Plesa reels in juvenile stakes at Monmouth
Live Oak Plantation's Souper Colossal took the field gate-to-wire for his third win in a row in Sunday's $101,000 Sapling Stakes for two-year-olds at Monmouth Park as the even-money favorite. more...

Wise Dan to use Shadwell Turf Mile as his BC prep
Though he has been with Wise Dan throughout a 30-race campaign that began in the winter of 2010, trainer Charlie LoPresti continues to be awed by his two-time Horse of the Year. more...

Woodward top three could rematch in BC Classic
The trainers of Itsmyluckyday and Moreno, the respective top-two finishers from Saturday's Grade 1 Woodward, both said their horses came back in good shape following their epic confrontation at Saratoga. more...

Palace headed for a Grade 1 hat trick in Vosburgh
After Palace won the six-furlong Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap on August 2, trainer Linda Rice was unsure whether she should have the five-year-old stretch out to seven furlongs for the Forego on August 30 at Saratoga or stay at six furlongs in the Vosburgh Invitational on September 27 at Belmont Park. more...

El Kabeir pointing toward Grade 1 Champagne
Second-time starter El Kabeir turned heads on Saturday at Saratoga with an explosive win in a seven-furlong maiden race for trainer John Terranova and owner Zayat Stables. more...

Skyway aims to follow up in Del Mar Futurity; 'Renee' gives zip to undercard
Del Mar's summer season comes to an end with a bang on Wednesday, with a four-stakes card anchored by the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity. The seven-furlong test for juveniles determines the pro tempore leader of the division on the West Coast, a position that Best Pal winner Skyway hopes to shore up at the seaside track. more...

Longshots Forest Lake, Waha Wild close out Evangeline Downs meet
Forest Lake and Waha Wild recorded upsets in the Evangeline Downs Starlet and Evangeline Downs Star, respectively, for two-year-olds at Evangeline Downs on Saturday evening, the closing night of the 2014 spring/summer Thoroughbred season. Each event was contested at the distance of six furlongs on the main track that was labeled sloppy after persistent rainfall over the past 48 hours. more...

Graded Recaps
Wise Dan just prevails in Baruch comeback
Not even a layoff since undergoing colic surgery, and top weight of 127 pounds, could stop two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga. more...

Itsmyluckyday gets revenge on Moreno in Woodward
Luck was finally with Itsmyluckyday at Saratoga on Saturday as the four-year-old colt survived a claim of foul to register his first top-level victory in the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward. more...

Palace shines in Forego
Antonino Miuccio's Palace accelerated through an opening along the inside in upper stretch and drew away authoritatively in Saturday's $500,000 Forego, posting a 3 1/2-length decision beneath Cornelio Velasquez more...

Sunset Glow guts out Del Mar Debutante victory
Ten Broeck Farm's Sunset Glow easily captured the Sorrento by 3 1/4 lengths on August 6 at Del Mar but on Saturday had to dig deep to withstand Her Emmynency in the Grade 1, $301,000 Del Mar Debutante. more...

Stonetastic brushes off foes in Prioress
Stoneway Farm's Stonetastic was denied a stakes victory three different times as a juvenile, but that was not to be the case in Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga as the sophomore filly blew away the field by 8 1/2 lengths. more...

Avanzare hangs on for Washington Park theft
Seven weeks after narrowly missing a wire-to-wire score in the 1 1/4-mile Arlington Handicap, Avanzare found the cutback to nine furlongs agreeable in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington. more...

Racing Headlines
El Kabeir dazzles in Saratoga maiden romp
Zayat Stables' El Kabeir ran his rivals ragged in Saturday's 4TH race at Saratoga, breaking his maiden by a widening 10 3/4 lengths in a devastating performance on the front end. more...

Velazquez honored with Mike Venezia Memorial Award
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, a two-time Eclipse Award-winning rider who serves as chairman of the Jockeys' Guild board of directors and a board member of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund (PDJF), was presented with the Mike Venezia Memorial Award on Saturday at Saratoga. more...

Albano, Ben's Cat stand out in Parx stakes
With California Chrome scheduled to return to action in the Pennsylvania Derby later in September, several potential challengers to the dual classic winner might emerge from the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones, a local prep at Parx Racing on Labor Day. more...

Competitive Yellow Ribbon on tap for Del Mar's Labor Day program
A well-matched field of nine distaffers has been entered to go 1 1/16 miles over Del Mar's turf in the Grade 2, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap on the Labor Day Monday program that also includes a pair of lucrative stakes for juveniles. more...

Keeneland opens new dirt track to training
Keeneland on Thursday unveiled a new dirt racing surface that was installed this summer on its 1 1/16-mile main track. The dirt track is now open for training and will be featured when racing resumes at Keeneland for the Fall Meet, October 3-25. more...

NYS Equine Medical Director addresses Saratoga's increased horse fatalities
New York State Equine Medical Director Dr. Scott E. Palmer released the following statement on Friday in regards to the increased number of horse fatalities during the 2014 Saratoga meet: more...

Pocahontas, Iroquois attract 60 noms to open Churchill's September meet
The names of 60 promising two-year-old stars are included on the rosters of horses nominated to compete in the Grade 2, $200,000 Pocahontas for juvenile fillies and the Grade 3, $100,000 Iroquois for juveniles, races that will kick-off their respective "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" and "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series that will determine the participants for the 2015 renewals of the spring classics at Churchill Downs. more...

Graded Recaps
Startup Nation goes last-to-first in With Anticipation
Klaravich Stables Inc. and William Lawrence's Startup Nation trailed in last during Thursday's Grade 2, $200,000 With Anticipation at Saratoga before coming widest of all around the turn and rallying for a 4 1/2-length victory under jockey Joel Rosario. more...

Racing Headlines
LoPresti: 'Horse of the Year is the furthest thing from my mind right now'
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan is set to race for the first time in nearly four months in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga. The last thing on trainer Charlie LoPresti's mind, he says, is a third straight Horse of the Year title. more...

Weekend Hideaway hoping to continue NY-breds run in Grade 1 Spa sprints
Two New York-breds, Palace and Artemis Agrotera, have won Grade 1 sprint races so far during the 2014 Saratoga meet. On Saturday, Weekend Hideaway will attempt to join that group when he competes in the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego, a seven-furlong race for three-year-olds and up at the Spa. more...

Durkin to be honored with two-day celebration
The New York Racing Association Inc. will celebrate the illustrious career of longtime track announcer Tom Durkin with two days in his honor at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday and Monday more...

Carstanjen named CEO at CDI; Evans continues as chairman of the board of directo
The board of directors of Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) named William C. Carstanjen as the company's 12th Chief Executive Officer (CEO) more...

Los Alamitos races now Kentucky Derby, Oaks qualifiers
The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity has been added to the list of races that comprise the 2014-15 "Road to the Kentucky Derby." The series of 35 select races -- 19 "Prep Season" races and 16 "Championship Series" races -- will determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2015. more...

Partisan Politics prevails in P.G. Johnson
Partisan Politics earned her first career victory in Wednesday's $100,000 P.G. Johnson at Saratoga, overcoming early trouble to win going away by 2 3/4 lengths more...

Latest St Leger Day acceptors revealed
With just over a fortnight to go, the countdown to the final English classic of the season intensifies Wednesday with the unveiling of the latest acceptors for the Group 1 St Leger. The 650,000 contest takes place over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards at Doncaster on September 13. more...

Graded Recaps
Demonstrative prevails in tragic renewal of New York Turf Writers Cup
A thrilling stretch duel was shaping up in Monday's Grade 1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga, as 2-1 favorite Demonstrative cut the corner exiting the final turn to take the lead, with A.P. Smithwick Memorial winner Makari in close pursuit and aiming to make a bid inside of Demonstrative. more...

Racing Headlines
Itsmyluckyday to add blinkers for Woodward
New Jersey-based trainer Eddie Plesa said his multiple graded stakes-winning four-year-old Itsmyluckyday will van up from Monmouth Park to Saratoga on Friday and is set to run the following afternoon in the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward, a 1 1/8-mile dirt fixture for three-year-olds and up. more...

Ring Weekend staying on grass for Saranac
Grade 2 winner Ring Weekend will stay on grass for his next start in the Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac for three-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on Saratoga's closing day, September 1. more...

Dayatthespa consigned to Fasig-Tipton November
Lane's End will consign Grade 1 winner Dayatthespa at The November Sale at Fasig-Tipton. Dayatthespa's career includes eight black-type wins, of which three are graded stakes wins. more...

Graded Recaps
Shared Belief remains perfect with Pacific Classic tour de force
Shared Belief recorded his sixth victory from as many career starts while facing his sternest test to date -- Sunday's Grade 1, $1,001,250 Pacific Classic going 1 1/4 miles against older, more experienced runners. more...

Goldencents topples Fed Biz, and his record, in Pat O'Brien
W. C. Racing's Goldencents blazed a path on the front end of Sunday's Grade 2, $250,500 Pat O'Brien at Del Mar and pulled away in the lane to be 4 1/4 lengths clear of 3-2 defending champion Fed Biz on the wire. more...

Tom's Tribute continues ascent in Del Mar Mile; Obviously fourth
Two-time defending champion Obviously was hammered into 2-5 favoritism in Sunday's Grade 2, $250,500 Del Mar Mile Handicap, but Tom's Tribute would bring about a changing of the guard in the Southern California turf mile ranks. more...

Winning Cause prevails in Cliff Hanger
Alto Racing LLC's Winning Cause returned to the winner's circle for the first time in over 11 starts by holding off 4-5 favorite Big Blue Kitten at the wire in Sunday's Grade 3, $103,000 Cliff Hanger Stakes at Monmouth Park. more...

Phd strikes from last, scores popular win in Longacres Mile
Jim and Mona Hour's Stryker Phd, runner-up in last year's Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile, went one better in his trademark come-from-the-clouds style in Sunday's renewal at Emerald Downs. more...

Racing Headlines
Dayatthespa shines on 'Saratoga Showcase Day'
The day after the Travers Stakes, the Spa played host to "Saratoga Showcase Day," which featured six stakes races for state-breds on Sunday. more...

Moreno breezes for Woodward, Palace Malice reportedly to bypass after work
Moreno, front-running winner of the August 2 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga, tuned up Sunday for a run this coming Saturday in the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward with a five-furlong breeze over the Spa's fast main track on Sunday morning. more...

Jerkens still relishing Travers exacta with V. E. Day, Wicked Strong
In two editions of Saratoga's Travers, trainer Jimmy Jerkens has emerged with two victories and one second-place finish with three horses, for an in-the-money percentage of 100 percent. more...

Wise Dan clocks :47 4/5 ahead of possible Bernard Baruch run
In preparation for a possible start in the Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap on August 30, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan breezed through the fog on Saratoga's fast main track Sunday morning. more...

Travers undercard winners exit stakes in good order
Trainer Tony Dutrow readily admits that The Big Beast isn't easy to handle, which made the colt's victory in Saratoga's King's Bishop on Saturday that much more gratifying. more...

Dubai Racing Club releases DWCC schedule
The countdown to the 20th Dubai World Cup has begun with Dubai Racing Club's announcement of the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival (DWCC) program at Meydan Racecourse. more...

Bayerd wins tragic Spa maiden
Travers Day at Saratoga typically serves up informative maidens for the juvenile set, and Saturday promised to unearth a few promising sorts in two hot-looking events. more...

Catalano's International Festival of Racing runners exit races in good order
Trainer Wayne Catalano's three charges from the International Festival of Racing at Arlington have all exited their races well, according to assistant trainer Fernando Canteria. more...

Rome talks Shared Belief
"To find Shared Belief just as Miz went to auction was a miracle." more...

Irish Surf opts for Pacific Classic; Topic chooses Del Mar 'Cap
Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale scratched Topic, the 3-1 morning line second choice for Friday's CTT & TOC Handicap at Del Mar, to run her against males -- among them stablemate and 7-2 morning line favorite Fire With Fire -- in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Del Mar Handicap. more...

Makari seeks another big win in New York Turf Writers Cup
A thrilling and emotional victory by English import Makari in last month's A.P. Smithwick Memorial has put the seven-year-old gelding in line for a sweep of Saratoga's leading steeplechase stakes when he faces eight rivals in the Grade 1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup on Monday. more...

Probables for closing-week stakes at Saratoga revealed
Next Thursday, two-year-olds will assemble for the Grade 2, $200,000 With Anticipation, the first of nine graded races scheduled for the final week of the 146th meet at Saratoga. more...

La Tia weighs options at Woodbine, Keeneland, Belmont
Hernandez Racing Club's La Tia gave local fans a thrill through the majority of the stretch in last Saturday's Beverly D. at Arlington. more...

Lukas, Jerkens, Durkin honored at Saratoga Red Jacket ceremony
Hall of Fame trainers Allen Jerkens and D. Wayne Lukas, along with legendary track announcer Tom Durkin, were honored Friday in the second annual "Red Jacket" ceremony in the winner's circle at Saratoga to unveil individual bronze plaques commemorating their achievements. more...

Sole Power takes Nunthorpe for a second time
Trainer Eddie Lynam has spectacularly dominated the sprint division of the British Champions Series this year, winning four out of the five races including the four Group 1 races run so far. Slade Power took the Diamond Jubilee and July Cup over six furlongs, while Sole Power took the King's Stand and Friday's Nunthorpe Stakes at York over five furlongs. more...

California Chrome to Penn Derby
Kentucky Derby and Preakness star California Chrome will return from his summer vacation in the September 20 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx, according to an array of published reports on Thursday. more...

Justenuffhumor registers first winner
Multiple Grade 2 victor Justenuffhumor got off the mark as a freshman sire when his aptly named daughter Humoresque wired Thursday's 3RD race in the slop at Belterra Park. more...

Game on Dude, Shared Belief among 11 entered for Pacific Classic
Defending champion Game On Dude and undefeated Shared Belief top a field of 11 entered Wednesday morning in Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic. more...

Six new members elected to Jockey Club
The Jockey Club has announced the election of six new members: Ian G. Banwell, Everett R. Dobson, Helen Groves, Roy Jackson, William Shively, and Frank Stronach. more...

Motion: Animal Kingdom helped make Main Sequence connection
Main Sequence's victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational on Sunday at Saratoga was special for the horse's trainer, H. Graham Motion, for a few reasons. more...

Farhaan turned out to be 'good backup plan'
The long-awaited comeback of Alpha turned out to be a reminder that Farhaan is also a pretty good horse in the barn of Kiaran McLaughlin. more...

Makari seeks another big win in New York Turf Writers Cup
A thrilling and emotional victory by English import Makari in last month's A.P. Smithwick Memorial has put the seven-year-old gelding in line for a sweep of Saratoga's leading steeplechase stakes when he faces eight rivals in the Grade 1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup on Thursday. more...

Fields shaping up for inaugural Saratoga Showcase for NY-breds
Stakes winners Empire Dreams and Captain Serious head the probable candidates for the $250,000 Albany for three-year-olds, one of six stakes races for New York-breds scheduled for the inaugural Saratoga Showcase Day on Sunday. more...

Bal a Bali's condition continues to improve
Recently imported Brazilian Triple Crown hero Bal a Bali continues to make progress in his fight against laminitis, according to a series of recent posts on Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm Facebook page. more...

Nakatani vs. Trujillo boxing match to benefit PDJF
Two of Del Mar's top jockeys -- Corey Nakatani and Elvis Trujillo -- are going to battle it out in the ring rather than on the track Saturday, August 30, in a highly anticipated three-round exhibition boxing match. more...

Third time's the charm for Ami's Holiday in Breeders'
Ivan Dalos' homebred Ami's Holiday was the only runner in Sunday's 123rd running of the $460,220 Breeders' Stakes to compete in all three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown. more...

Graded Recaps
V. E. Day tops Jerkens exacta in Travers
V. E. Day, a son of turf champion English Channel making his graded stakes debut, edged his more accomplished stablemate Wicked Strong by a nose in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers at Saratoga on Saturday. more...

Artemis Agrotera stars in Ballerina
Chester and Mary Broman's homebred Artemis Agrotera tracked pacesetter La Verdad to midstretch and drew away with authority in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina at Saratoga, stamping her ticket for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint with a spectacular 6 1/2-length win more...

The Big Beast captures stakes bow in King's Bishop
Alex and Joann Lieblong's The Big Beast lived up to his name on Saturday by making, and winning, his stakes bow in the Grade 1, $500,000 King's Bishop on the Travers Day undercard at Saratoga. more...

Abaco rallies in Ballston Spa
Phipps Stable's homebred Abaco came all the way from last to get up by a neck in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga. more...

Big John B rolls in Del Mar 'Cap
One week after Hardest Core won the Arlington Million, another son of Hard Spun locked up a spot in the Breeders' Cup Turf -- Big John B, who turned Saturday's Grade 2, $201,250 Del Mar Handicap into a rout. more...

Rusty Slipper proves radiant in Violet
Zanim R. Meahjohn's Rusty Slipper strode away to a comfortable 1 1/4-length win in Saturday's Grade 3, $109,000 Violet at Monmouth Park, notching her first graded victory for trainer Graham Motion more...

Close Hatches pulls clear in Personal Ensign
Juddmonte Farms' Close Hatches quickly took command of Friday's Grade 1, $500,000 Personal Ensign and led every step of the way en route to an easy five-length victory over Saratoga's muddy dirt. more...

Features
Handicapping Insights
Ten-furlong races are very different than nine-furlong races more...

Commentary
With the opening of Del Mar and Saratoga, the second half of the racing season is underway and the chase for Horse of the Year will be in full swing over the next six weeks more...

Post Parade
Even before California Chrome's bid for the Triple Crown was halted in last weekend's Belmont Stakes, the 12th spoiled attempt since the series was last swept in 1978, a significant and vocal segment of those within and outside the Thoroughbred industry began to publicly clamor for a change in the spacing between the three races. more...

Before They Were Famous
The contenders in Kentucky Derby 140 aren't just names on a page, program numbers, or expensive props in America's most famous horse race. more...

Notebooks
Saratoga Notebook
A huge weekend of racing, led by the Travers Stakes, topped the action at Saratoga Race Course more...

Del Mar Notebook
A quartet of graded races, including the biggest event of the season, led the way this week at Del Mar Race Course more...

 

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