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Loss Can't Derail Pharoah Phenomenon
The defeat hit like a ton of bricks. It was a crushing blow to the thousands who journeyed to Saratoga and those watching on TV. But the bottom line is that American Pharoah should not be blamed for this loss.
Island Town Crushes Smarty Jones Field
Island Town sat just off the pace and pounced at the quarter pole to claim his second graded stakes score in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Parx Racing.
Chilean Invader Dacita Takes Ballston Spa
Dacita delivers grade I winner Tepin her second consecutive tough beat at Saratoga.
Photo Call Cruises to Violet Victory
Mrs. P. K. Cooper's Photo Call grabbed the lead coming off the turn and repelled the late run of Cushion (GB) to tally her first stakes win in the $100,000 Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) Aug. 29 at Monmouth Park.
Keen Ice Springs Travers Upset on 'Pharoah'
A 16-1 shot who had not won for Donegal Racing since breaking his maiden last September, Keen Ice upset American Pharoah by about three-quarters of a length Aug. 29 at Saratoga after a prolonged stretch battle.
Flintshire Flies Away From Sword Dancer Foes
Juddmonte Farms' homebred world traveler Flintshire put his class on display Aug. 29 when dominating the Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga, earning another chance at the Breeders' Cup Longines Turf (gr. IT).
Private Zone Speeds to Forego Victory
Private Zone went out to the lead unchallenged in the seven-furlong Forego Stakes (gr. I) and remained there throughout to win by open lengths Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
PR Leader Ed Lewi Passes on Travers Day
Public relations executive Ed Lewi, founder of the Capital Region public relations agency that has assisted in media relations and marketing efforts for NYRA since the late 1970s, passed away Aug. 29. He was 81.
Australian Trainer Bart Cummings Dies at 87
Legendary Australian trainer Bart Cummings, who conditioned a record 12 Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) winners in career spanning six decades, has died at age 87 in Sydney.
Runhappy Romps to Record King's Bishop Score
Runhappy ran them off their feet Aug 29 in the $500,000 NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, giving trainer Maria Borell her first grade I victory and collecting the first one of his own in stakes-record time.

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Flintshire gets monster win in Sword Dancer

Juddmonte Farms' homebred Flintshire, who had been finishing close to some of Europe's best earlier this year, put his class on display in winning the $1 million Sword Dancer Stakes by an easy three lengths Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course. The 5-year-old son of Dansili out of Dance Routine captured his third career Grade/Group 1 race and earned another shot at the Breeders' Cup Longines Turf.


Horse Racing: Roda s Odds a " Saturdaya s Humboldt County Fair Handicap

LORETTA JONES is a 14 year old mare that always runs well here. She woke up last weekend and will have smooth sailing from the outside.


EQUESTRIAN: Izzy Taylor hopes to boost bid for Rio at European Championships

Banbury's Izzy Taylor, pictured at last year's Burghley Horse Trials, will miss next month's event at Blenheim Palace to compete in the European Championships IZZY Taylor is determined to succeed at next month's European Championships after the disappointment of missing last year's World Equestrian Games. The Banbury rider was forced to withdraw her horse Allercombe on the eve of the competition after suffering a minor set-back in training.


Amerian Pharoah completes final prep for Travers, Baffert confident

SARATOGA SPRINGS >> As American Pharoah and exercise rider Jorge Alvarez made their way past the grandstand during the Triple Crown winner's final gallop before the Travers, Alvarado noticed his horse pick up the pace as an estimated crowd of 15,000 fans greeted the 3-year-old. "I thought maybe he got confused and thought that it was the race day.


Owen Labrie found not guilty of rape

Owen Labrie, now 19, gambled that as an honors student, soccer team captain and recipient of the Rector's Award, a character award at St. Paul's School graduation in 2014, a jury would find him not... Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will race this Saturday in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.


Horse park study to suggest improvements to Fair Hill, Prince George's Equestrian Center

The Maryland Stadium Authority on Monday will release a report detailing recommendations for improving two of the state's equestrian facilities and creating a new horse park network spanning the two venues. The report, commissioned by Maryland Horse Industry Board and the state Department of Agriculture, is expected to call for between $50 million and $60 million in upgrades to Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area in Elkton and the Show Place Arena and Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, said Ross Peddicord , executive director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board.


Thousands of fans show up for American Pharoah's gallop

After the Triple Crown winner's f... . Fans watch Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh warm up at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Friday morning, Aug. 28, 2015.


Man arrested over Vic horse punting club

Fraud and Extortion Squad detectives investigating a so-called punting club arrested high-profile racing identity Bill Vlahos on Friday. BC3 Thoroughbreds collapsed after $194 million went missing from a bank account in 2013 and went into voluntary administration shortly after Mr Vlahos resigned from his position as chair.


Del Mar statistics, horse racing notes

The colt's jockey that day, Gary Stevens, doesn't dwell on it anymore. “He was not the same horse on Derby day as he was in the Santa Anita Derby, or the Preakness, or the Belmont, or the Haskell or the Travers,” he said.


Wise Dan set to race at Woodbine

Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan is on schedule to make his first start of the year in the Woodbine Mile next month at Woodbine Racetrack. Trainer Charles LoPresti says barring any last-minute developments, the 8-year-old gelding will go for his third victory in the Woodbine Mile.



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