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August 30, 2014
Gifted the easiest of early leads, Avanzare and jockey Chris Emigh made the most of it, surging when headed in deep stretch by the longshot Hattaash to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Washington Park Handicap by a head.
It was hard not to think about the Winston Churchill quote, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man,” when listening to Kelly Breen speak after Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga.
Selecting a race for Calculator for the final days of the Del Mar meeting was easy for trainer Peter Miller.
Clubhouse Ride, who won the Grade 2 Californian Stakes at Santa Anita in June but was last of 10 in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 24, is among the candidates for the $200,000 Los Alamitos Mile on Saturday.
Six of Sunday’s 12 races are scheduled for turf, including the Grade 3 Glens Falls (sixth), so horsemen and handicappers will be watching the skies due to a threat of wet weather. According to weather.com, after a partly cloudy start to Sunday, there ...
After an online vote by racing fans, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez was presented the Mike Venezia Memorial Award on Saturday in the Saraoga winner’s circle.
Experience counts. El Kabeir and Two Weeks Off, each of whom had a start at the meet, won split divisions of a 2-year-old maiden race on Saturday’s card at Saratoga.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was represented in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodward Stakes by Long River. He would have preferred to have been represented by Alpha, last year’s Woodward winner.
Too Many Egbert’s won his first stakes Saturday at Woodbine in the $125,000 Vice Regent, after turning back a stern challenge from Man Cave in the final furlong.
The local Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s annual yearling and mixed sale is just around the corner Sept. 9. Serving as an advertisement for the sale are four $50,000 stakes races at Hastings on Monday that are restricted to Canadian-breds who ...