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September 02, 2015
Azar and Next Shares, the only maidens in the field, dominated Wednesday’s $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes, finishing one-two in the Grade 2 turf stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga.
Steven J. Pini, the longtime track superintendent at Suffolk Downs and the 2009 recipient of the Sam McCracken Memorial Award for lifetime contributions to New England racing, died Sept. 1 after suffering a sudden heart attack.
Sheer Drama is settled back in at her Gulfstream Park base after winning last weekend’s Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga, and the plan is for her to train locally up to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, trainer David Fawkes said Wednesday.
Ceisteach, winner of the Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware in her last start, drew post 4 and heads a field of nine entered in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Glens Falls Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 3/8 miles.
Trainer Chad Brown will send out the trio of Takeover Target, Money Multiplier and Winter Springs in a field of eight entered for Saturday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac Stakes for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on turf.
The Illinois-bred Recount, a winner in five of his seven career starts, probably will race next in the $300,000 Gallant Bob on Sept. 19 at Parx Racing, trainer Jim DiVito said.
On Saturday, trainer Steve Asmussen will send out Constellation against Rachel Alexandra’s second foal, Rachel’s Valentina, in the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga.
Judy the Beauty, the champion female sprinter of 2014, will not start Sunday in the $80,000 C.E.R.F. Stakes at Del Mar, trainer Wesley Ward said in a text message Wednesday.
Colby Hernandez, the second-leading rider in North America in wins this year, is named on four mounts Saturday at Ellis in starting what will be several weeks of action in Kentucky.
Academic will try to become the first filly to win the Grade 3, $250,000 British Columbia Derby since Ali Miss won the richest race in western Canada in 1956.