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August 23, 2014
Makari will be a sentimental favorite to win Monday’s Grade 1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase, but he will be bucking two pretty significant historical hurdles.
Trainer Ron McAnally will send Miss Serendipity to the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on turf on Sept. 1 at Del Mar.
Itsmyluckyday, runner-up to Moreno in the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes, will be equipped with blinkers for the first time when he faces Moreno and several others in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, trainer Eddie Plesa said.
The $100,000 Smart N Fancy Stakes at Saratoga on Monday, a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares, will give bettors a lot to think about, and the wagering should reflect the depth of the field.
Princess of Sylmar came out of her fifth-place finish in Friday’s Grade 1 Personal Ensign with a case of the thumps, an affliction associated with an electrolyte imbalance, trainer Todd Pletcher said Saturday morning.
In Royal Delta, Bill Mott trained the champion older female for the last two years. In Close Hatches, Mott may have the next older female champion.
The 2-year-old filly Her Emmynency had one of the fastest workouts over five furlongs at Del Mar on Saturday, zooming around the track in 59.60 seconds in preparation for next Saturday's Del Mar Debutante.
David P. Holloway, a longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder whose top horse was the standout sprinter Bet On Sunshine, died Thursday night at Jewish Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 83.
The longshot Slice of Red paid $61.70 for his 2 1/4-length win over the heavily favored Koffee Grinder in the $50,000 Richmond Derby Trial at Hastings on Friday night.
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga.