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  • Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Award-Winning Performance August 18, 2017
    Oscar Performance continued his dominance of the 3-year-old turf division with yet another powerful display in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park. The son of Kitten's Joy took command in the stretch and pulled away for a 2 ¼-length victory. The Secretariat victory was the ridgling's third graded stakes win of the year, […]
  • Winx Goes For 18th Consecutive Victory In G2 Warwick Stakes August 18, 2017
    Aussie superstar Winx makes her long-awaited return Saturday in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes at Royal Randwick. The daughter of Street Cry will face seven rivals in the Warwick as she chases her 18th straight victory. Winx was last seen winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes April 8. Since then, she has enjoyed her time off […]
  • Quality Over Quantity: Keeping Fit, Being Selective Has Helped Smith’s Longevity In Saddle August 18, 2017
    ‘Big Money' Mike. ‘Iron' Mike. No matter what nickname you choose to bestow on Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, he's deserving of either one. Although he just celebrated his 52nd birthday, Smith's riding skills haven't diminished one iota, and he's as much ‘in-demand' as any jockey half his age. Smith is currently the go-to […]
  • The Friday Show Presented By The Breeders’ Stakes At Woodbine: Black Eyes And Foal Crops? August 18, 2017
    The Thoroughbred racing industry faces some difficult forces, from the recent federal trial in Pennsylvania to negative perceptions about the game's integrity. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss some strong words from the chairman of The Jockey Club. Plus, unless cooperation in the sport increases, the dwindling foal […]
  • TCI: Arrogate Seeks Redemption In TVG Pacific Classic August 18, 2017
    The TCI guys are back for another season leading up to the highly-anticipated Breeders' Cup at Del Mar. Jon and Joel will break down all key Breeders' Cup preps in all of the top Breeders' Cup divisions every week leading up to the big two-day event in November. To start, they preview Saturday's Pacific Classic […]
  • Some Like It Hot: Why Some Horses Have A Harder Time In The Heat August 18, 2017
    Horseback riding when it's extremely hot and muggy out isn't just uncomfortable—it can be downright dangerous, both for horses and humans. Quite a few factors can combine to make riding taxing to a horse: They include high humidity, temperature, direct sunlight and lack of airflow. Because horses cool themselves through the evaporation of sweat, if […]
  • Jerry Bossert’s Saratoga Selections: Friday, Aug. 18 August 18, 2017
    Jerry Bossert is providing handicapping selections for each day of the 2017 Saratoga Thoroughbred meet. Racing writer and handicapper for the New York Daily News from 1994-2014, Bossert is a manager for Darby Development, owners of Monmouth Park, at their Favorites at Hillsborough off-track wagering facility in New Jersey. Follow Jerry on Twitter @JerryBossert SARATOGA […]
  • Del Mar Pick 6 Carryover Of $252,572 Friday; Super Jackpot Grows August 18, 2017
    Cuddle Alert, a 14-1 longshot ridden by Agapito Delgadillo, won the featured seventh race Thursday to key a $252,572 Pick Six carryover into Friday's eight-race program which begins at 4 p.m. Cuddle Alert, owned by Leopoldo Urbina and trainer Reed Saldana, took command in deep stretch and held off the late challenge of even-money favored […]
  • ‘They All Work For The Horses’: Emotional Impact Of Track Fatalities Hits Track, Farm Workers, Too August 17, 2017
    As the public continues to keep eyes on Saratoga, which on Thursday saw its 15th equine fatality of the season (including racing and training), one backstretch worker writes that the weight of racing deaths is felt strongly by horsemen as well as the public. Adrianne DeVaux, writing for The Odyssey Online, detailed the pain felt […]
  • Mackay Elected President And Chairman Of TRF, Roche Named CEO August 17, 2017
    Patrick H. Mackay has been elected President and Chairman of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation by the organization's Board of Directors at their annual meeting August 8, 2017 in Saratoga Springs. Mackay succeeds Lenny Hale, who served as TRF's Chairman, CEO and President since 2016 and stepped down due to health reasons. Hale will continue to […]


  • Five fillies among eight set to contest Prix Morny August 18, 2017
    Different League – one of five fillies in the eight-horse Prix Morny on Sunday at Deauville – could ultimately be bound for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar on Nov. 3.
  • MacPherson seeks magic from Weekend Wizard August 18, 2017
    Trainer Craig MacPherson is looking for a big effort from Weekend Wizard in the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes at Hastings on Monday.
  • Distance a question for Diversify in Evan Shipman Stakes August 18, 2017
    Trainer Rick Violette had planned to have a runner in Monday's $100,000 Evan Shipman Stakes at Saratoga. But Diversify wasn't the one he was planning on running.
  • Harness: Sintra the one to beat in Prix D'Ete August 18, 2017
    It’s no surprise that Sintra has been made the 2-1 morning line favorite in Sunday’s C$200,000 Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R for 4-year-old pacers.
  • Flameaway gets crafty ride from Castellano to win Skidmore Stakes August 18, 2017
    Javier Castellano, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame two weeks ago, gave Flameaway a ride that demonstrated that prowess on Friday, handling the inexperienced juvenile patiently and then adroitly steering him around a tiring rival at the eighth pole to win the $100,000 Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga.
  • Eclipse will cross paths with a few trophy holders August 18, 2017
    As the great eclipse of 2017 passes through the continental United States, it will cast its shadow over several people with connections to its namesake trophy.
  • Going for Broke back on short rest in Summer Colony August 18, 2017
    Rather than face Songbird in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign, Going for Broke was entered against six other fillies and mares in Sunday's Summer Colony Stakes at Saratoga.
  • Skye Diamonds gets break before Breeders' Cup August 18, 2017
    Skye Diamonds, the dominant female sprinter in California this year, will not race again until Nov. 4 at Del Mar in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, a race in which she figures to be a leading candidate.
  • Harness: Catalog available for Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale August 18, 2017
    The catalog for the Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale is now available on the Lexington Selected website,, and on the Equineline Sales catalog app for the iPad. Print catalogs are in the mail and should be received in the coming days.
  • Flight of Pegasus facing headwinds August 18, 2017
    The Stronach Group has sold four shares so far for the second running of the Pegasus Stakes scheduled for late January at the company’s Gulfstream Park in South Florida, according to an official at the company, in stark contrast to last year at this time, when all 12 slots in the race had already been […]

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  • Aug. 19 Insights August 18, 2017
    5th-SAR, $83K, Msw, 2yo, 6f, 3:15 p.m. ET Kiaran McLaughlin saddles $410,000 FTSAUG buy and first time starter FIRST WARRIOR (War Front) in this spot. Out of GSW First Passage (Giant’s Causeway), the dark bay is a half to GSP Berned (Bernardini). This is also the family of GISW Harmony Lodge (Hennessy); and MGSW &
  • National 2YO Sale Concludes August 18, 2017
    Bloodstock South Africa’s two-day National 2-year-old sale closed on Friday, with a pair of colts by proven sires Dynasty (SAf) and Trippi each fetching the session-topping price of R600,000 (£35,443/€38,796). The Trippi colt (lot 295) was bought by Form Bloodstock, and is a half-brother to dual group winner Solid Speed (SAf) (Dynasty), while the Dynasty
  • Scat Daddy Colt Takes Rained-Off Skidmore August 18, 2017
    Flameaway was a debut winner by daylight at odds-on the Woodbine Tapeta May 28, and handled this surface switch with convincingly, even if it wasn’t the surface his connections had been looking for. Slowest to start, he was scrubbed on to sit fifth of six while saving ground into the bend. Checked sharply behind foes
  • Notable US-Bred Runners in Japan: Aug. 19 & 20, 2017 August 18, 2017
    In this ongoing series, Alan Carasso takes a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. Here are the horses of interest for this weekend running at Kokura, Niigata and Sapporo Racecourses, including the
  • Arrogate Looks to Rebound in Pacific Classic August 18, 2017
    Champion Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) looks to rebound off a lackluster fourth-place finish in the July 22 GII San Diego H. last time out in Saturday’s GI TVG Pacific Classic, a “Win and You’re In” event for the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will also be held at the seaside oval. The “TDN Rising Star” has
  • It’s Show Time In Deauville August 18, 2017
    It’s that time of year again. The Normandy seaside town of Deauville is packed with holiday makers and adding a little hustle to the bustle is the sales crowd, drawn from across both hemispheres to ensure that the European yearling sales season starts in the most stylish manner. In the last five years, Galileo (Ire)
  • Kitten’s Joy’s Roaring Lion Triumphs in Newmarket Debut August 18, 2017
    3rd-NEW, £7,000, Cond, 8-18, 2yo, 8fT, 1:43.37, g/s. +ROARING LION (c, 2, Kitten’s Joy–Vionnet {GISP-US, $175,140}, by Street Sense) broke in mid division and found a smooth rhythm there through halfway in this debut. Coaxed into contention approaching the final quarter mile, the 7-2 chance quickened smartly to lead passing the eighth pole and ran
  • Eddie Read Top Three Rematch in Del Mar H. August 18, 2017
    The top three finishers from the July 22 GII Eddie Read S., Hunt (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), Ashleyluvssugar (Game Plan) and Mr. Roary (Scat Daddy), will face off once again Saturday in the GII Del Mar H., a “Win and You’re In” event for the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf. Hunt was scoring his first victory
  • Declaration of War’s Eirene Powers to St Hugh’s Success August 18, 2017
       Eirene, who hit the board going six furlongs and three yards at Yarmouth in her June 13 unveiling, broke through over one yard shorter at Doncaster June 30 before running second over an extended six panels at Nottingham last time Aug. 3, and stepped forward to register a career high in this stakes bow.
  • Invincible Spirit’s Eqtidaar Graduates in Nottingham Unveiling August 18, 2017
    1st-NOT, £5,000, Mdn, 8-18, 2yo, 6f 18yT, 1:16.63, g/s. +EQTIDAAR (IRE) (c, 2, Invincible Spirit {Ire}–Madany {Ire}, by Acclamation {GB}), was well away to race on the front end from the outset of this first go. Nudged into an outright lead with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining, the 6-4 favourite was pushed out in the latter