Track Notes

Brown leaning toward Travers for Cloud Computing

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – While Chad Brown said he is leaning toward running Cloud Computing in next Saturday’s Travers Stakes, the trainer stopped short of committing the Preakness winner to the Grade 1, $1.25 million race at Saratoga.

Skye Diamonds gets break before Breeders' Cup

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Skye Diamonds won the Rancho Bernardo Handicap on Aug. 13 at Del Mar.

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.

Skye Diamonds won the Grade 2 Great Lady M. Stakes at Los Alamitos in July and the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap on Aug. 13 at Del Mar. Trainer Bill Spawr said earlier this week that he would prefer to give Skye Diamonds a lengthy break between starts as opposed to adding a race at Santa Anita in October.

Milestone day for trio of trainers at Del Mar

DEL MAR, Calif. – There were milestones for trainers Andrew Lerner, Mark Tsalagalakis, and Reed Saldana during Thursday’s program at Del Mar.

American Pharoah full brother St. Patrick's Day set for debut

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St. Patrick's Day will debut as part of a 10-horse field in a six-furlong race.

DEL MAR, Calif. – St. Patrick’s Day will be the center of attention in a maiden race for 2-year-olds Sunday at Del Mar. Having an older brother named American Pharoah tends to leave a colt firmly in the spotlight.

Owned by Susan Magnier and trained by Bob Baffert, who guided American Pharoah to the 2015 Triple Crown, St. Patrick’s Day has worked well for his debut in the ninth race, run at six furlongs.

Phi Beta Express earns right to step up for Allen Jerkens Memorial

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Seven weeks ago, Phi Beta Express was still a maiden, having lost the first three starts of his career, including a runner-up finish for maiden $50,000 claiming at Fair Grounds in January.

Mind Your Biscuits works way into Forego; Curlin's Approval coming north for Ballerina

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Following a lackluster work over the main track here one week prior, trainer Chad Summers needed to see more from Mind Your Biscuits before confirming him as a starter in next Saturday’s Grade 1 Forego. And that’s exactly what he got over the Oklahoma training track shortly after dawn Friday.

Maryland owner and breeder Elizabeth Houghton dies at 79

Maryland horsewoman Elizabeth Houghton, better known as Binnie, died of respiratory problems Aug. 7 at her Buckingham Farm, which overlooks the Chester River on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in Kent County.

She will be represented by the 3-year-old filly Crabcakes in the $75,000 Miss Disco Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday. Crabcakes, winner of the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship in December, has finished second in the Alma North, Austintown Filly Sprint, and Wide Country stakes this year. Crabcakes is trained by Houghton’s nephew, T. Bernard Houghton.

Always Dreaming confirmed for Travers; 13 being considered

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – After watching Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Curlin Stakes winner Outplay put in solid workouts Friday at Saratoga, trainer Todd Pletcher said both horses are prepared to run in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes on Aug. 26 if their owners so choose.

The Pizza Man retired with ankle chip

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2015 Arlington Million winner The Pizza Man has been retired with an ankle chip.

The Pizza Man, the Illinois-bred gelding whose outstanding career peaked with a victory in the 2015 Arlington Million, has been retired at age 8 after being diagnosed with an ankle chip sustained last weekend in his final race.

Richard Papiese, who bred and raced The Pizza Man with his wife, Karen, under their Midwest Thoroughbreds banner, said Friday from Florida that the gelding suffered a chip of his left front ankle when finishing 12th, beaten just six lengths, in the Arlington Million last Saturday in suburban Chicago.

Shaman Ghost to have throat procedure, will miss Woodward

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Shaman Ghost, the winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap this year, is scheduled to undergo throat surgery Monday and will miss the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes here on Sept. 4, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said.

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