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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014


Graded Recaps
Daring Dancer nips A Little Bit Sassy in Lake George
Sagamore Farm's homebred Daring Dancer just got up to stick her head in front of A Little Bit Sassy on the wire of Wednesday's Grade 2, $200,000 Lake George at Saratoga. more...

Racing Headlines
Belmont winner Tonalist returns in Jim Dandy
The discussion surrounding the three-year-old championship race has justifiably centered around two West Coast-based colts -- dual classic winner California Chrome and Los Alamitos Derby hero Shared Belief, last year's juvenile champion. Not to be ignored, however, is Tonalist, the Belmont Stakes winner who returns to action Saturday in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga. more...

Dance With Fate, Frac Daddy highlight San Diego
Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 San Diego H. serves as a prep for the centerpiece event of the Del Mar meet, the $1 million Pacific Classic on August 24, and a nice field of 11 is entered for the 1 1/16-mile event on Polytrack more...

Social Inclusion arrives for Haskell in search of a rider
Social Inclusion arrived at the Jersey Shore by van Wednesday morning but his connections were unsure whom the brilliantly fast colt would be partnered with on Sunday in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. more...

Departing scheduled to work for Whitney
Multiple Grade 2 hero Departing will work Saturday morning as he continues his preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney on August 2 at Saratoga. more...

Zito hoping Spot likes stretch out in Curlin
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito will give Grade 2-winning sprinter Spot another chance to stretch out in Friday's $100,000 Curlin for three-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles at Saratoga. more...

Ring Weekend, other Motion trainees, targeting Spa stakes
Ring Weekend, second in the July 18 Sir Cat Stakes to Tourist on Saratoga's turf, has come back in good form for trainer Graham Motion and may return for another stakes race later in the meet, according to assistant trainer Alice Clapham. more...

Pocahontas, Iroquois highlight Churchill's second September Meet
The second September Meet in the 140-year history of Churchill Downs Racetrack will offer a eight stakes races with total purses of $925,000 during a 12-day run topped by a pair of important stakes events for juveniles who have their eyes on the Breeders' Cup World Championships and racing's spring classics, and the return of the $125,000 Homecoming Classic, a race for 3-year-olds and up designed as a prep for the million Breeders' Cup Classic. more...

St Leger attracts 33 entries
Entries have been revealed for the final English classic of the season, the St Leger, which takes place at Doncaster on September 13. Run over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards, the Group 1 contest boasts a record prize fund of ú650,000. more...

Bayern travel plans set; Irish You Well taking shot at Haskell
Trainer Bob Baffert confirmed that Woody Stephens winner Bayern will jet to Monmouth Park this Thursday as local hope Irish You Well will continue to train at the Oceanport, New Jersey, track for Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational. more...

Bramlage, Fallon, Lavin to be honored by Thoroughbred Club of America
Three veterinarians, Dr. Lawrence R. Bramlage, Dr. Edward H. Fallon and Dr. A. Gary Lavin have been selected by the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Club of America as Honored Guests, club president Happy Broadbent announced Tuesday. more...

Borislow, owner and bettor, dead at 52
Dan Borislow, a communications and technology entrepreneur who was a prominent Thoroughbred owner and bettor, reportedly died Monday after suffering a heart attack after playing a pick-up soccer match in Florida. He was 52. more...

Better Lucky steals spotlight in Shine Again
Godolphin Racing LLC's Better Lucky came charging late to pull off the upset in Monday's $95,000 Shine Again Stakes at Saratoga, and spoiled the return of champion My Miss Aurelia, who was making her first start in over a year. more...

Untapable puts finishing touches on Haskell preparations
Top three-year-old filly Untapable breezed an easy half-mile in :50 1/5 over Saratoga's fast Oklahoma training track on Monday, completing her major preparations for her tilt versus males in Sunday's Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth. more...

Will Take Charge works; Lukas unafraid of Whitney competition
At 5:30 a.m. (EDT) on Monday, Will Take Charge turned in what likely will be his penultimate work for the $1.5 million Whitney on August 2, breezing five furlongs in 1:01 on the Oklahoma dirt training track at Saratoga. more...

Commanding Curve among 10 entered in Curlin
Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve, looking to turn the page on a disappointing performance in the Belmont Stakes, has been entered in Friday's $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga. more...

Sky Kingdom, Soi Phet top 11-horse Cougar II field
Sky Kingdom, whose only placing in four attempts over Del Mar's main track was a close second-place finish in last season's Grade 3, $100,000 Cougar II Handicap, will attempt to make amends when the 1 1/2-mile fixture is renewed on Friday at the San Diego-area course. more...

Harpoon takes stab at turf sprint in Quick Call
Trainer Todd Pletcher's Harpoon will look to break through in the $100,000 Quick Call on Thursday at Saratoga. more...

Taghrooda seeking rare Oaks-King George double
Taghrooda would be only the second Oaks winner to capture the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in the same year if successful at Ascot on Saturday. more...

Heir Kitty commands $750,000 from Narvick International
Grade 1 winner Heir Kitty was far and away the top seller at Sunday evening's Paddock Sale after racing at Del Mar, bringing a bid of $750,000 from Narvick International on behalf of undisclosed Japanese interests. more...

Del Mar's numbers rise during shorter first week
Del Mar began its 75th summer season on a Thursday this year, but just as it has for the better part of two decades, the shore track broke running with "up" numbers proving boss despite the opening day shift. more...

Palace Malice readies for Whitney with five-furlong Spa breeze
Palace Malice, hero of the 2013 Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy, is expected to return to the site of that latter race when lining up for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney on August 2 at Saratoga. more...

Rice mulling either Jim Dandy or WV Derby for Kid Cruz after breeze
Recent Dwyer winner Kid Cruz may make his Saratoga debut in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy on July 26, trainer Linda Rice said Sunday morning. more...

Hot Stones works seven furlongs for expected stretch-out in Shuvee
Bed o' Roses Handicap winner Hot Stones will stretch out to 1 1/8 miles for her next start in the Grade 3, $200,000 Shuvee Handicap on July 27 at Saratoga. more...

Up With the Birds under consideration for Arlington Million
One of the most eye-catching wins on Saturday was that of Sam-Son Farm's Up with the Birds in the Grade 2 Nijinsky at Woodbine. more...

Blinkers breathe new life into Somali Lemonade
After a string of four off-the-board performances in stakes races last year, trainer Michael Matz strongly considered retiring multiple Grade 3 heroine Somali Lemonade. more...

Big Trouble exceeds Dutrow's expectations
As a $230,000 Keeneland sales graduate, Big Trouble was cut out to be a good colt, but trainer Tony Dutrow had to make a decision on whether that and a 78 BRIS Speed figure for a maiden win June 1 were good enough to go ahead and run in the Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford on Saturday. more...

Arlington Oaks top three exit race in good order
Aurelia's Belle exited her victory in Saturday's Arlington Oaks no worse for the wear, according to her connections. more...

Temple City records first winner
Track record-setting Grade 3 victor Temple City was represented by his first winner Sunday when Jusgimmetenminutes got up in time Arapahoe Park's 1ST race. more...

Repole excited about juvenile maiden winner Blame Jim
Owner Mike Repole is excited about Blame Jim, who debuted a three-length winner on Saturday in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race at Saratoga, but the owner can't help but wonder what could have been if the juvenile hadn't been gelded. more...

Spa opening weekend sees increased attendance, handle; Latino-American Day conti
Highlighted by three consecutive days of increased attendance and mutuel handle, top-notch racing and the unveiling of nearly $2 million in upgrades throughout the facility, the 146th meet at Saratoga was off to a spectacular start this weekend for the New York Racing Association (NYRA). more...

Tonalist, Wicked Strong breeze for Jim Dandy; Samraat, 'Curve on fence
Belmont Stakes winneráTonalist turned in his final work Saturday before the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy on July 26, going five furlongs in 1:01.79 over Saratoga's fast Oklahoma training track. more...

Medal Count, Irish You Well, Just Call Kenny breeze for Haskell
As the 47th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational draws near, trainers are getting their runners into top form for Monmouth Park's summer centerpiece. On Saturday, Medal Count, Irish You Well and Just Call Kenny all breezed ahead of the July 27 contest. more...

Encryption added to Haskell line-up
With just over a week until Monmouth's crown jewel, the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational, trainer Kelly Breen has elected to throw his horse's hat into the Haskell ring as he recently announced that Encryption will join the contest. more...

East Hall secures first stakes win in Ohio Derby
Jack H. Hendricks and Roger Justice's East Hall came flying late to capture his first stakes in Saturday's $300,000 Ohio Derby for three-year-olds at ThistleDown. more...

Up With the Birds swoops from last to take Nijinsky
Sam-Son Farms' homebred Up With the Birds rallied last-to-first to capture Saturday's Grade 2, $236,400 Nijinsky Stakes at Woodbine, scoring his first victory since last October's Jamaica Handicap. more...

Joshua Tree enters American St Leger mix; Flamboyant set for Secretariat
Seven-year-old globetrotter Joshua Tree is eying a possible run in the $400,000 American St. Leger on August 16, according to the International Racing Bureau. more...

MRI reveals Stevens' knee damage worse than thought
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who announced July 10 on HRTV that he would be sidelined to undergo a knee replacement, called in to the network Friday to report that his condition is much worse than first realized. more...

Dettori wins with second mount at Saratoga
International jockey Frankie Dettori captured the 8TH race at Saratoga on the track's 2014 opening day in just his second mount ever at the Spa. more...

Wise Dan tours Saratoga's Oklahoma turf
If trainer Charlie LoPresti had any trepidation about sending two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan to Saratoga's Oklahoma turf course to work Friday morning, he didn't show it. more...

Will Take Charge on course for Whitney; Wicked Strong targeting Jim Dandy
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said champion Will Take Charge is on course to run August 2 in the historic Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney for three-year-olds and up going 1 1/8 miles. more...

Tough fields coming together for upcoming Saratoga stakes
The Grade 2, $200,000 Lake George on Wednesday will serve as the first stakes during the second week of racing at Saratoga. more...

Enterprising cuts down Argyle in Oceanside
Glen Hill Farm's homebred Enterprising produced a blistering, last-to-first rally in Thursday's $116,700 Oceanside Stakes on opening day at Del Mar, becoming the first stakes winner over the brand new turf course. more...

Social Inclusion continues Haskell preparations
Trainer Manny Azpurua reported Thursday morning at Gulfstream Park that Social Inclusion is on track to make his next start in the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 27. more...

Dettori debuts at Saratoga on opening weekend
For the first time ever, international jockey Frankie Dettori will ride at historic Saratoga when he gets aboard Successful Brothers in Friday's 1ST race. more...

Main Sequence mulls Arlington Million; Adelaide confirmed for Secretariat
The Niarchos Family's Main Sequence is currently possible for Arlington Million XXXII, according to trainer Graham Motion. more...

Interrupted looks to keep Motion's momentum going
Graham Motion has been on a rampage in recent weeks, winning six stakes races at four different tracks so far in the month of July, including the United Nations Stakes at Monmouth and Delaware Oaks in back-to-back days on July 5 and 6. more...

Gulfstream Park announces purse increase, starter incentive
Gulfstream Park announced Thursday it will increase purses an average of 10 percent starting with the July 24 condition book and also offer a $250 starter incentive to help horsemen offset the cost of workers' compensation. more...

South Africa's Khumalo joins 'Rest of the World' team for Shergar Cup
After bursting on to the scene a few years ago, S'manga Khumalo, nicknamed "Bling" on account of his peroxide blond hair, has won a plethora of Grade 1 races in South Africa, notably last year's Durban July on Heavy Metal. more...

NHC Tour member wins interest in Sovereign Stable juvenile
Dr. John Ferraro, a 65-year-old oncologist from Clifton Park, New York, won a fractional interest in a two-year-old racing prospect syndicated and managed by Sovereign Stable in a prize drawing held Thursday. more...

Maryland Racing Commission approves increase in bonus awards to breeders
The Maryland Racing Commission has approved an additional 10 percent bonus award to breeders of Maryland-breds by Maryland sires, and confirmed that there will be a significant increase to the Breeder and Stallion bonuses on Maryland Million Day 2014. more...

Casse stable to have notable presence at Del Mar
Del Mar will take on a bit of an international flavor this summer when Mark Casse sends a number of normally Canada-based horses to the seashore. more...

Mucho Macho Man retired to Adena Springs
Reigning Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man has been retired from racing, and will enter stud at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm in Paris, Kentucky. A fee for the six-year-old earner of $5.6 million will be announced at a later date. more...

NYRA modifies Saratoga giveaway policy
Outlining changes to ensure that more guests are able to participate in Saratoga 's popular giveaways, the New York Racing Association have announced its 2014 giveaway policy. more...

Rolapp, Egan head speakers list at Jockey Club Round Table
Brian Rolapp, the executive vice president of NFL Media and the president and CEO of the NFL Network, will share insights into the National Football League's wide ranging media strategies and Denis Egan, the chief executive of the Irish Turf Club, will provide an update on jockey safety and welfare initiatives when The Jockey Club hosts its 62nd Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing on August 10 at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York. more...

Untapable will take on males in Haskell
Multiple Grade 1 star Untapable, who has been unbeatable in the three-year-old filly division this season, will make her next start versus males in the July 27 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, trainer Steve Asmussen confirmed Monday. more...

Breeders' Cup Turf winner Prized dies at 28
Prized, winner of the 1989 Breeders' Cup Turf at Gulfstream Park, was euthanized on Sunday at Old Friends Retirement Home in Georgetown, Kentucky, due to infirmities of old age. more...

Los Alamitos meet averages over $5 million in daily handle
Los Alamitos wrapped its first Summer Thoroughbred Festival Sunday, averaging $5,070,966 daily in total combined mutuel handle. more...

Story to Tell captures Proctor Memorial; La Grange breaks maiden in Cinderella
Cecil N. Peacock's Story to Tell showed signs of inexperience when runner-up in the June 22 Santa Anita Juvenile, but knew his craft much better to capture Sunday's $98,000 W.L. Proctor Memorial at Los Alamitos. more...

Unspurned is uncatchable in Bison City
Christine Hayden's Unspurned set a swift pace and kept on going to capture Sunday's $232,875 Bison City Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian filly Triple Tiara, at Woodbine. more...

Wildcat Red fires bullet at Gulfstream for Haskell
Grade 2 winner Wildcat Red breezed a bullet five furlongs over Gulfstream Park's fast track Sunday in preparation for a scheduled start in the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 27. more...

California Chrome co-owner releases statement on Del Mar 'appearance fee'
Perry Martin, co-owner with Steve Coburn of dual classic hero California Chrome, released a statement concerning the recent controversy over their request for an "appearance fee" for their colt to show up at Del Mar on Pacific Classic Day. more...

Daring Kathy's connections mulling out-of-town start
Rising turf star Daring Kathy is definitely heading out of town for her next start, but trainer David Fawkes and the three-year-old filly's owners still haven't decided where she will seek her third straight stakes victory. more...

Million Preview Day winners, also-rans exit races in good condition
I'm Already Sexy, Finnegans Wake and Divine Oath all exited their wins on Arlington's Million Preview Day in good order, according to their connections. more...

Pletcher, Castellano, Irad Ortiz Jr. take titles at Belmont spring/summer meet
The Belmont spring/summer jockey title came to a thrilling conclusion when Irad Ortiz Jr. got up in the final jumps of the last race of the meet to tie Javier Castellano at 51 wins. Meanwhile, Todd Pletcher padded his resume with another training title. more...

Pimlico's Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show helps raise money for OTBs
My Fantastic Lady was crowned the overall champion at the third annual Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show, presented in four show rings on the infield at Pimlico Race Course Sunday afternoon. more...

Apprentice riding education program begins at Gulfstream Park
Gulfstream Park held its first apprentice riding education program meeting Sunday morning. The program was designed by former steward Dave Hicks to give young riders an opportunity to learn from experienced guest speakers, including stewards, retired jockeys, nutritionists, financial advisors, starters, racing management and medical staff. more...

Albano on course for Haskell bid
With little time remaining between now and the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 27, horses and their conditioners are gearing up in anticipation, including Albano and trainer Larry Jones. more...

Shakin It Up retired to Spendthrift
Grade 1 winner Shakin It Up has been retired from racing and will stand the 2015 breeding season at B. Wayne Hughes's Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. more...

Wise Dan returns to worktab
"Couldn't ask for anything better for his first breeze," trainer Charlie LoPresti said after two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan worked on Keeneland's turf course Friday morning to mark a milestone in his return to competition. more...

Stevens heads to sidelines for knee replacement
Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens, who has enjoyed a sensational comeback from retirement over the past 18 months, announced on HRTV Thursday evening that he will have to undergo total knee replacement surgery. more...

Graded Recaps
Stopchargingmaria earns first Grade 1 in CCA Oaks
Repole Stable's Stopchargingmaria easily pulled off to a five-length victory on Sunday in Saratoga's $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks, earning her first Grade 1 triumph for trainer Todd Pletcher. more...

Tom's Tribute puts it all together in Eddie Read
Braly Family Trust's Tom's Tribute beat even-money favorite Summer Front to the punch in Sunday's Grade 1, $300,250 Eddie Read at Del Mar, taking first aim on pacesetter Horizontalyspeakin and smoothly scoring his first top-level win. more...

Somali Lemonade serves up tactical twist in Diana
Caroline A. Forgason's Somali Lemonade earned a new career high in a contentious renewal of the Grade 1, $500,000 Diana at Saratoga on Saturday. more...

Trouble scores 'Big' in Sanford
Team D's Big Trouble took advantage of a torrid pace upfront and surged at the wire to capture his stakes debut in Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 Sanford Stakes for two-year-olds at Saratoga. The Tony Dutrow charge paid $25.60 for the upset as the 11-1 fifth choice on the board. more...

Istanford wires San Clemente
Ike and Dawn Thrash & Sam and Janet Alley's Istanford took command of Saturday evening's Grade 2, $201,750 San Clemente soon after the start and never looked back en route to a 2 1/2-length victory under jockey Rafael Bejarano. more...

Aurelia's Belle captures Arlington Oaks
Aureilia's Belle overtook Stellaris in the lane of Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Arlington Oaks and pulled off to a three-quarter length victory under jockey Channing Hill. more...

Fashion Alert earns second stakes win in Schuylerville
With nearly two weeks remaining in the month of July, the juvenile filly Fashion Alert already has two stakes win in the bag. The latest, a hard-fought score in the Grade 3, $247,000 Schuylerville, kicked off the stakes action for the prestigious 40-day meet at Saratoga on Friday. more...

Features
Handicapping Insights
Some years I treat Saratoga like any other meet and just use my BRIS Ultimate Past Performances to best advantage. This year, knowing how grueling last year's marathon meet was, I decided that I would have to do even more work to be ready. 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
Four graded stakes races took the spotlight during the opening week of racing at Saratoga Race Course more...

Del Mar Notebook
A pair of graded races on the lawn headlined the opening week at Del Mar Race Course more...

 

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