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Irish Surf to Pacific Classic, not Del Mar 'Cap
Irish Surf, entered in both the Del Mar Handicap and $1 million TVG Pacific Classic this weekend at Del Mar, will opt for the Aug. 24 Classic, trainer Dan Hendricks reported.

Close Hatches easily puts away Personal Ensign
Close Hatches took command on the opening turn and never looked back in the $500,0000 Personal Ensign Stakes, romping by five lengths over a muddy track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 22 for her third Grade 1 triumph in a row.

Favorite to start outside in G1 Pacific Classic
Shared Belief has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the TVG Pacific Classic as the undefeated 3-year-old seeks to prevent older horse Game On Dude from a repeat victory in the $1 million race Aug. 24 at Del Mar.

Wise Dan to return to track in Bernard Baruch
If all goes well, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will begin his road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 30.

Main Sequence wins close Sword Dancer
Favored Main Sequence, slow out of the gate to trail the field, charged home on the outside to nip Imagining at the wire in the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Aug. 17 on the inner lawn at Saratoga Race Course.

Stopchargingmaria rings up victory in Alabama
Even-money choice Stopchargingmaria, always prominent for jockey John Velazquez, prevailed in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes for her second top-level win in a row at the Saratoga Race Course meet Aug. 16.

Hardest Core shocks with Arlington Million win
Few knew the story of Hardest Core, who scratched from the $400,000 American St. Leger at Arlington International Racecourse to run in the Arlington Million.

Euro Charline dominates stretch in Beverly D.
Euro Charline, a stakes winner at Ascot three weeks ago, soared through the stretch under a well-timed ride by Ryan Moore to upset the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes in her U.S. debut Aug. 16 at Arlington International Racecourse.

Personal Diary rallies from last to win Del Mar Oaks
Lightly regarded Personal Diary took advantage of a hot pace with a sharp last-to-first move under Corey Nakatani to post a 9-1 surprise in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks Aug. 23 on the Del Mar turf.

Irish shipper shows kick to win G1 Secretariat
Belmont Derby runner-up Adelaide charged down the center of the turf course at Arlington International Racecourse and edged away to a determined victory in the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes Aug. 16 as the even-money favorite.

Judy the Beauty a beast in G3 Rancho Bernardo
Judy the Beauty, able to sit off a hot pace duel, swung into action in the stretch and inched away to a clear victory in the $147,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap Aug. 17 at Del Mar.

Balance of Power rallies strong to win G3 Iselin
Upset-minded Balance of Power wore down Pants On Fire and won the $148,500 Philip H. Iselin Stakes with a smart last-to-first rally Aug. 17 at Monmouth Park.

Crown Queen gets first stakes win in Lake Placid
A half-sister to Royal Delta, Crown Queen made her stakes debut a winning one in Saturday's Grade 2, $285,000 Lake Placid at Saratoga, rallying determinedly in deep stretch to score by three-quarters of a length.

Prudhoe Bay holds off late surge in Jersey Shore
Rustlewood Farm's homebred Prudhoe Bay repelled a game bid from 6-5 choice Favorite Tale and won the $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes Aug. 17 at Monmouth Park.

Jockey walking after knee replacement surgery
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens was seated on a bench at Del Mar near the stable area racing office the morning of Aug. 15.

Karibu Gardens shows class in Sky Classic win
Making his stakes debut, Karibu Gardens outlasted a strong field to capture the $186,436 Sky Classic Stakes over the Woodbine lawn Aug. 16.

Trainer Shirreffs patient with 2YO Zenyatta colt
Champion mare and 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta never set foot in New York or in the upstate town of Saratoga Springs, but her firstborn son Cozmic One arrived at the renowned spa city's legendary racetrack last month.

Twilight Eclipse to start outside in Sword Dancer
With only four American-trained horses entered in the Arlington Million Aug. 16 and a seven-horse field set for the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes.

2013 Haskell Inv. winner Verrazano retired
After a 2014 season that saw him add a pair of group I placings in England to his resume, Grade 1 winner Verrazano has been retired.

Moulin de Mougin rallies for win in G2 Mabee
Moulin de Mougin secured the biggest win of her career and gave jockey Mike Smith a reason to celebrate his 49th birthday in the $250,000 John Mabee Stakes on the grass Aug. 10 at Del Mar.

I Spent It rides rail to Saratoga Special victory
Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's I Spent It surged through along the rail to best his competition as the 5-2 favorite in Sunday's Grade 2, $300,000 Saratoga Special Stakes for two-year-olds at the Spa.

Cavorting stays perfect in Grade 2 Adirondack
Stonestreet Stables LLC's Cavorting took Sunday's Grade 2, $300,000 Adirondack at Saratoga by 1 ¾ lengths under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. to move her record to a perfect two-for-two.

Bad beef behind queen's horse's morphine test?
Contaminated feed could be to blame for the eight positive tests for morphine recently detected in race horses in Britain, including one owned by Queen Elizabeth II.

Enterprising overcomes traffic to score in La Jolla
Rallying from last on the backstretch, favored Enterprising found room between horses in the drive and powered his way to victory in the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap.

Seek Again sets course record in Fourstardave
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan didn't go for a three-peat in Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga.

Ashado and Curlin lead Hall of Fame inductees
With celebration and nostalgia, the 2014 Hall of Fame class that began tinged with controversy was inducted Aug. 8 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in a ceremony that honored two equine champions, Ashado and Curlin.

California Chrome breezes 3 furlongs Los Al
Dual classic winner California Chrome turned in his first workout since the Belmont Stakes, breezing three furlongs handily the morning of Aug. 8 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

Wallyanna kicks late to win Hall of Fame Stakes
Tim O'Donohue's Wallyanna was running where his 23-1 odds said he should be coming off the turn in the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes.

Wicked Strong gets half-mile breeze at Saratoga
Centennial Farms' Wicked Strong breezed a half mile in :48 ⅗ seconds over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 8 in preparation for his expected start in the $1.25 million Travers Stakes.

Horse racing loses Turf Writer Vic Zast at age 69
Vic Zast, a racetrack executive, businessman, turf writer, and ardent racing fan, died Aug. 3 in Wilmette, Ill. Zast, who had been a regular contributor to The Blood-Horse and authored the "Saratoga Diary" blog at Bloodhorse.com from 2006-13, was 69.

Pletcher, top trainers support phasing out Lasix
While some prominent trainers called for phasing out use of race-day furosemide in a press release Aug. 1, top horsemen's groups throughout the country said this week they have not changed their stance in supporting use of the diuretic.

Sunset Glow stays out front to win G2 Sorrento
Following up on a runner-up effort at Royal Ascot in June, well-traveled Sunset Glow dominated the field in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 6, leading all the way for a 3 ¼-length victory.

Moreno earns BC Classic spot with Whitney win
Eric Guillot attended the post-position draw for the $1,500,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap wearing a shirt that said "I Got Haters Everywhere," but those who bet Moreno loved the Cajun trainer after his speedster stole the show Aug. 2 at Saratoga.

Tapiture gets nose under wire in WV Derby
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapiture overcame a troubled trip and a lost shoe to gamely defeat a determined Candy Boy at the wire to take the $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort Aug. 2.

Sweet Reason perfect at Spa with Test win
Favored Sweet Reason registered her third lifetime Grade 1 victory when she came from well off the pace to capture the $500,000 Longines Test Stakes Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course.

Iotapa wins second Grade 1 race in Hirsch
Even-money choice Iotapa made it consecutive Grade 1 scores with her victory in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Aug. 2 at Del Mar, but was all out to get the job done with jockey Joe Talamo.

Palace runs by favorite to win Grade 1 Vanderbilt
New York-bred Palace, formerly a $20,000 claimer, earned his first Grade 1 victory for owner Antonino Miuccio and trainer Linda Rice in the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course.

Finley: Takter drives to Hambletonian victory
Jimmy Takter woke up Saturday morning knowing he would have a big day. And when your horses are just better than everybody else's it's easy to be confident.

Del Mar makes plan to solve turf course issue
Del Mar announced Aug. 1 that it will eliminate turf sprints and no longer conduct grass claiming races during the current meet as part of its response to a rash of injuries on the new course, which was installed this past winter.

Wise Dan works five furlongs on Saratoga dirt
Morton Fink's two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan worked five furlongs in 1:02.04 on the Saratoga Race Course main track Aug. 2, as trainer Charlie LoPresti continues to weigh his options for a comeback race.

Trainer Chad Brown to take on Social Inclusion
Ron Sanchez will send former hype horse Social Inclusion --coming off a career-worst seventh in the July 27 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes -- to trainer Chad Brown in hopes of hitting the restart button, the owner announced July 28 via Twitter.

Bayern all the way in Haskell; Untapable fifth
Kaleem Shah's Bayern ran them off their feet July 27 in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational, taking eight other sophomores gate-to-wire at Monmouth Park. Longines Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable, favored at 7-5, finished fifth.

Big Macher edges out Goldencents for G1 win
Former maiden claimer Big Macher became a Grade 1-winning sprinter when he denied 3-5 favorite Goldencents by half a length in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar July 27.

Majestic River an easy winner in Molly Pitcher
Majestic River proved her affinity for Monmouth Park July 27, rolling to a third consecutive victory over the New Jersey oval and picking up her first graded stakes score in the $200,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes.

Wicked Strong beats Tonalist in Jim Dandy
After a somewhat disappointing Triple Crown campaign, Wicked Strong started the second half of his sophomore season in fine style, turning the tables on Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes July 26 at Saratoga Race Course.

Valid gets first stakes win in Monmouth Cup
Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid, a major pace factor in his previous three starts in stakes, finally broke through with a victory in the $200,000 Monmouth Cup for 3-year-olds and up at Monmouth Park July 27.

Starstruck back to winner's circle in Matchmaker
Calumet Farm's Starstruck had gone winless since last year's Grade 3, $170,000 Matchmaker Stakes, but a return to Monmouth for a title defense on Sunday brought out in the best in the daughter of Galileo.

Oceanport: Guys Reward runs by Fredericksburg
Michael J. Bruder's Guys Reward mowed down gallant front runner Fredericksburg in Sunday's Grade 3, $170,000 Oceanport Stakes at Monmouth, notching his fourth career stakes victory.

Breakdowns cause Del Mar to move turf races
Del Mar has moved two turf races scheduled for Sunday, July 27 to its main track in light of four breakdowns that have occurred on the course since the meeting began July 17.

Ageless ties course record in Royal North win
Lael Stables' Ageless showed her sprinting prowess on turf for the third straight time this season when taking the $142,111 Royal North Stakes in a course-record equaling time on the turf July 27 at Woodbine.

Fed Biz sets track record in San Diego romp
Intent on getting the lead from his far outside post, an aggressive Fed Biz was never challenged while romping to victory in track record time in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap July 26 at Del Mar.

Coup de Grace closes fast to win Amsterdam
Fox Hill Farms' Coup de Grace closed with gusto in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga Race Course July 26, taking advantage after a quick early pace set-up in the 6 ½-furlong sprint for his late-running style.

Irish Surf an easy winner in Grade 3 Cougar II
The $100,000 Cougar II Stakes may have been a marathon, but it was over in a hurry after Irish Surf took command and never received a challenge the evening of July 25 at Del Mar.

V. E. Day shows courage in Curlin Stakes win
Magalen O. Bryant's V. E. Day strung three victories in a row and collected his first stakes score July 25 in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, giving jockey Jose Lezcano his 2,000th career win.

Dance With Fate dead after accident at Del Mar
Grade 1 winner Dance With Fate was euthanized after sustaining a serious injury July 24 when he bolted and crashed into a fence while on the track at Del Mar prepping for the upcoming San Diego Handicap.

La Tia leads wire-to-wire to win Ontario Matron
Salvador Hernandez's homebred La Tia made a tour de force of the $144,053 Ontario Matron Stakes at Woodbine July 26, leading wire to wire and drawing off at the end to best eight other fillies and mares in impressive 6 ¼-length fashion.

Queen's horse positive for banned substance
Estimate, the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup winner belonging to Queen Elizabeth II, has tested positive for the banned substance morphine, Buckingham Palace announced July 22.

Keeneland installs dirt surface on main track
Keeneland has begun installation of the dirt racing surface on its main track, the final step in the renovation project that is on schedule for completion next month in advance of the fall meeting.

Daring Dancer takes G2 Lake George by a head
With a late stretch move, favored Daring Dancer caught A Little Bit Sassy to win by a head in the $200,000 Lake George Stakes July 23 over the inner turf at Saratoga Race Course.

Untapable breezes ahead of $1 million Haskell
Longines Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable, a perfect four-for-four in 2014, on July 21 put in her final breeze for the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational.

Will Take Charge works five furlongs for Whitney
Willis Horton's Will Take Charge breezed five furlongs July 21 in anticipation of his next start in the Aug. 2 Whitney Invitational Handicap.

Tom's Tribute gets win in Grade 1 Eddie Read
Tom's Tribute became a grade I winner July 20 when he held even-money favorite Summer Front safe through the homestretch to register a 1 ¼-length victory in the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes on the Del Mar turf.

Stopchargingmaria impressive in CCA Oaks victory
Repole Stable's Stopchargingmaria took over rounding the far turn and drew off to an impressive five-length victory over Unbridled Forever in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga Race Course July 20.

Somali Lemonade gets up to upset G1 Diana
Somali Lemonade passed one Grade 1 winner in deep stretch and held off a two-time Grade 1 winner at the wire to win the $500,000 TVG Diana Stakes July 19 at Saratoga Race Course.

Istanford rolls to Grade 2 win on Del Mar turf
Guided through a smooth trip by Rafael Bejarano, Istanford led every step of the way at 10-1 odds to dominate the $200,000 San Clemente Handicap on the renovated turf course at Del Mar July 19.

Aurelia's Belle runs by Stellaris in Arlington Oaks
Aureilia's Belle overtook Stellaris in the lane of Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Arlington Oaks and pulled off to a three-quarter length victory under jockey Channing Hill.

Up With the Birds rallies from last in Nijinsky
Sam-Son Farms' homebred Up With the Birds rallied last-to-first to capture Saturday's Grade 2, $236,400 Nijinsky Stakes at Woodbine, scoring his first victory since last October's Jamaica Handicap.

Big Trouble runs to upset win in G3 Sanford
Team D's Big Trouble took advantage of a torrid pace upfront and surged at the wire to capture his stakes debut in Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 Sanford Stakes for two-year-olds at Saratoga.

Jockey Stevens to have full knee replacement
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens' damaged right knee is worse than originally thought and will require complete replacement, complicating his plans for a later comeback.

Fashion Alert steals show in G3 Schuylerville
George Bolton and Barry Hall's Fashion Alert remained undefeated in two starts and picked up her first graded stakes victory in the process July 18, but had to work hard to do it in the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Summer Front eyes Grade 1 win in Eddie Read
Unsuccessful in six previous tries at the Grade 1 level, Summer Front is well-positioned to break through as part of a small field in the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes, the first top-level race of the Del Mar season July 20.

Field of six fillies set to contest G1 CCA Oaks
Despite the absence of Untapable, who chose to run in the Haskell Invitational Handicap instead of running in the CCA Oaks at 1-10 or lower, only six fillies showed up for a race that used to be the crowning achievement for a 3-year-old filly.

BC Classic winner Mucho Macho Man retired
Mucho Macho Man, dramatic winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Paris, Ky., for the 2015 season. A fee will be announced at a later date.

Untapable will take on the boys in Haskell Inv.
Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable will face males in the July 27 William Hill Haskell Invitational, trainer Steve Asmussen told Monmouth Park officials July 14.

Belle Gallantey upsets 'Princess' in Del 'Cap
Belle Gallantey, a $35,000 claim just seven months ago, lulled her rivals to sleep on the front end and carried on to upset the $750,000 Delaware Handicap July 12 at Delaware Park.

Hangover Kid rallies late to win Bowling Green
Hangover Kid, surging along the inside in the final furlong, produced a head-bobbing victory over odds-on Grandeur in the $200,000 Bowling Green Handicap, the 6-year-old's first graded stakes score July 12 at Belmont Park.

Finnegans Wake wins tight finish in Arlington 'Cap
Donegal Racing's Finnegans Wake tallied his first stakes victory in a thriller July 12, getting his head in front of fast-finishing Admiral Kitten at the wire to win the Arlington Handicap.

Divine Oath closes fast to win American Derby
Let's Go Stable's Divine Oath stormed up the rail and denied British raider Our Channel a win in the $200,000 American Derby July 12 at Arlington International Racecourse.

Doinghardtimeagain takes Great Lady M. Stakes
Making her second start of the year, Doinghardtimeagain returned to winning form with a perfect stalking trip for jockey Mike Smith in the $200,000 Great Lady M. Stakes July 12 at Los Alamitos Race Course.

The Pizza Man best in Grade 3 Stars and Stripes
The Pizza Man almost always delivers, and he did so again with a front-running half-length tally in the marathon Stars and Stripes Stakes for his first graded stakes win July 12 on the Arlington International Race Course turf.

Ben's Cat gets third straight Parx Dash victory
The irrepressible Ben's Cat came from off the pace with a big rush on the outside to register his third consecutive win in the $200,000 Parx Dash Handicap on the turf at the Pennsylvania track July 12.

HOY Wise Dan gets first breeze since surgery
Trainer Charlie LoPresti was breathing a little easier and exercise rider Damien Rock was smiling a little wider the morning of July 11 after two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan sailed through his first breeze since undergoing colic surgery May 16.

Jockey Stevens set for surgery, plans return
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens is taking another break from the saddle to undergo knee replacement surgery, but the 51-year-old rider plans to return to competition again.

Main Sequence wins United Nations in US debut
Main Sequence came from well off the pace to win the 63rd running of the $500,000 United Nations Stakes July 6 at Monmouth Park, covering the 1 3/8 miles in 2:14 ⅕ over a firm course.

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