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MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015


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Stellar Wind romps in Torrey Pines
Hronis Racing LLC's Stellar Wind (Curlin) returned from a brief layoff last out to gut out a nose win in the Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita Park, but expended little effort on Sunday with a 4 1/4-length victory in the $100,250 Torrey Pines S. (G3) at Del Mar. more...

American Pharoah gets time to 'chill' back in California
One day after owner/breeder Ahmed Zayat intimated that American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) might have run his last race in defeat in the Travers (G1), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday that plans have yet to be determined. more...

Keen Ice 'tired' but doing well after Travers
Trainer Dale Romans reported Sunday morning that Keen Ice (Curlin) was doing well but was tired -- "with every right to be so" -- one day after running down Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in the Travers S. (G1) at Saratoga. more...

McLaughlin critiques Frosted's tactics in Travers
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin on Sunday commented about the trip that Frosted (Tapit) received from last-minute replacement rider Jose Lezcano, who employed more aggressive early tactics en route to his third-place finish in the Travers (G1). more...

Private Zone has options of BC Dirt Mile or TwinSpires Sprint
Saturday's resounding Forego (G1) winner Private Zone (Macho Uno) may take up the spot he earned for the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), but trainer Jorge Navarro said that the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) is another possibility. more...

King's Bishop upsetter Runhappy eyeing Phoenix, Twinspires Breeders' Cup Sprint
Runhappy, who set a new stakes-record of 1:20.54 when upsetting Saturday's King's Bishop at 11-1 by four lengths, will now point for the Phoenix S. (G3) on October 2 at Keeneland, according to trainer Maria Borell. more...

Lady Shipman sails to course record in Smart N Fancy
Ranlo Investments LLC's Lady Shipman (Midshipman) established a new course record of 1:00.46 over the firm Mellon Turf at Saratoga on Sunday when sailing to an easy win in the $100,000 Smart N Fancy S. under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. more...

Valid scores in Philip H. Iselin
Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid (Medaglia d'Oro) easily turned back 6-5 favorite Bradester (Lion Heart) in Sunday's $151,500 Philip H. Iselin S. (G3) at Monmouth Park to record a 3 1/2-length victory and give jockey Nik Juarez his first career stakes win. more...

Keen Ice runs down American Pharoah in Travers upset
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice (Curlin) came from midpack in late stretch to run down Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in Saturday's $1.6 million Travers S. (G1) at Saratoga. more...

Flintshire scorches turf in Sword Dancer
Bet down to even-money favoritism as the class of the field, French invader Flintshire (Dansili) turned Saturday's $1 million Sword Dancer (G1) into a rout, and earned a berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1). more...

Private Zone brushes off Forego foes
Private Zone (Macho Uno) set all the fractions and coasted home a 3 3/4-length winner of Saturday's $700,000 Forego (G1) at Saratoga. more...

Longshot Runhappy sets new stakes record in King's Bishop
James McIngvale's Runhappy (Super Saver) led nearly every step of the way in Saturday's $500,000 King's Bishop S. (G1) at Saratoga, and ended up setting a new stakes record while just missing the track record under jockey Edgar Prado. more...

Sheer Drama scores in Personal Ensign
Harold L. Queen's homebred Sheer Drama (Burning Roma) bided her time in third behind dueling rivals Stopchargingmaria (Tale of the Cat) and Untapable (Tapit) before running the pair down in the lane to post a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $717,500 Personal Ensign S. (G1) at Saratoga. more...

Unbridled Forever rallies for Ballerina score
Charles Fipke's homebred Unbridled Forever (Unbridled's Song) came from last in Saturday's $500,000 Ballerina S. (G1) at Saratoga to take the seven-furlong contest by a length in just her second start of the year. more...

Chilean import Dacita storms home late in Ballston Spa
Sheep Pond Partners and Bradley Thoroughbreds' Dacita (Scat Daddy) erupted late to capture her U.S. debut in Saturday's $400,000 Ballston Spa (G2) at Saratoga. more...

Island Town romps in Smarty Jones at Parx
Island Town (Hard Spun) tracked front-runner Souper Colossal (War Front) for nearly seven furlongs and then drew off late to captured Saturday's $300,000 Smarty Jones (G3) at Parx by 6 3/4 lengths. more...

Fans crowd Saratoga to watch American Pharoah gallop; Upstart confirmed for race
Approximately 15,000 fans were on hand at Saratoga Friday morning to watch American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) gallop ahead of Saturday's Travers S. (G1). more...

Glen Hill to sponsor Kentucky Downs stakes, aid in equine research
On a race card organized to promote equine research, Glen Hill Farm will salute one of its top winners by sponsoring the $150,000 One Dreamer on September 10 at Kentucky Downs. more...

Palace Malice retired to stud at Three Chimneys
Palace Malice (Curlin), an Eclipse Award finalist as champion older male of 2014 who returned from injury in hopes of more success in 2015, has been retired. more...

Del Mar announces expanded fall meet stakes schedule
Del Mar has released the stakes schedule for their "Bing Crosby" fall meet, which runs 20 days from October 29 through November 29. more...

Wise Dan turns in sharp work at Keeneland
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, readying for his comeback in the September 13 Woodbine Mile (G1), breezed five furlongs in a bullet :59 at Keeneland on Tuesday morning more...

Zayat Stables pledges percentage of American Pharoah earnings to New Vocations
Zayat Stables has committed to donating a percentage of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's purse earnings for the remainder of his racing career to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program more...

Keeneland to present Prelude to the Cup program
Keeneland will celebrate its first time to host the Breeders' Cup with a special day of racing titled Prelude to the Cup to be held October 29. Individual ticket reservations for Prelude to the Cup are now on sale via www.keeneland.com/prelude. more...

American Pharoah gets 'new Nikes' for Travers
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) exited his Sunday work in grand order and got a new set of shoes in preparation for Saturday's Travers (G1). more...

Rachel Alexandra has second winner as Jess's Dream rallies from far back
Like his younger half-sister three weeks before him, Jess's Dream (Curlin) made a successful debut on Monday to give his dam, 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, two wins at the Saratoga meet. more...

Kentucky Derby has new ticket partner, redesigned website
Churchill Downs on Monday announced a partnership with Ticketmaster to make purchasing Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1) tickets online easy and reliable for fans across the country. more...

Eye injury forces Lexie Lou to miss her comeback
If there are a thousand ways to lose a horse race, there's also a myriad of setbacks that can cause a horse to miss a race. more...

Remembering Hurricane Katrina 10 years later
Our own New Orleans exile, Kellie Reilly, gives a personal retrospective on Katrina in a two-part feature on the TwinSpires blog: "'Shadow Cast' over Travers weekend" and "Our 'Happy Ticket.'" more...

Bahamian Squall enters stud at Double Diamond
Donald R. Dizney's homebred Bahamian Squall (Gone West), a Grade 2 winner of $582,920, will retire to Dizney's Double Diamond Farm in Ocala, Florida, to stand the 2016 breeding season. more...

Superlatives continue to pour in for Beholder's Pacific Classic rout
Bob Baffert wants American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) to have an encounter with Beholder (Henny Hughes) in the breeding shed. more...

Avanzare shows versatility off the bench in Del Mar Mile
Donato Lanni and John F. Youngblood's Avanzare (Grand Reward) was primed to go off the layoff in Sunday's $201,250 Del Mar Mile (G2), rallying from off the pace this time. more...

Fury Kapcori retired to stud at Journeyman
Grade 3 winner Fury Kapcori (Tiznow) has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Florida. more...

Beholder overwhelms Pacific Classic foes
Dual champion Beholder (Henny Hughes) offered a dynamic turn of foot rounding the far turn to seize control and romped to the finish line as much the best in Saturday's $1 million Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar, humbling a field of the best older horses in California in her first attempt at 1 1/4 miles more...

 

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