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YESTERDAY August 20, 2014
Sunday’s card at Saratoga will be devoted to New York-breds, but perhaps the best advertisement for the advancements made in the statebred program over the years is Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina Stakes.
Among the most frequent players during the Triple Crown series this year, California Chrome isn’t the only notable name missing from the Travers Stakes lineup on Saturday at Saratoga.
Friday, in the Grade 1, $500,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, Close Hatches looks to continue her perfect season while Princess of Sylmar looks to end her imperfect one. Both seek to position themselves for a fall championship run.
Heitai has resumed training following a summer freshening, and while plans for his next start have yet to be cemented, the options include a sprint stakes at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, according to his co-owner, Frank Rowell, and his trainer, ...
Irish Surf, the winner of the Cougar II Handicap over 1 1/2 miles on Polytrack on July 25, will be entered for Saturday’s $250,000 Del Mar Handicap over 1 3/8 miles on turf as well as Sunday’s $1 million Pacific Classic over 1 1/4 miles on Polytrack.
Trainer Gary Mandella will run Silentio in Sunday’s $250,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes over seven furlongs on the Polytrack instead of the $250,000 Del Mar Mile on turf on the same day.
The absence of a recent plane flight, or van trip, could make Frac Daddy a factor in Sunday’s $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, a race in which he is likely to be overlooked.
Bad Read Sanchez, third in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes on Aug. 3, will miss the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 3 because of a recent temperature, trainer Doug O’Neill said.
The sun shined bright on the large crowd that turned out for last Saturday’s Canadian Derby, and the future of horse racing in Alberta also is looking bright.
Horse racing is a family business, with sons often following fathers. Richard Lewis took that big step Friday at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale, where he took his place in the stewards’ stand. His father, Leon Lewis, was a longtime steward.