Bayern Sets Stakes Record in PA Derby; Chrome 6th

Bayern sets track record for 1 1/8 mile with wire-to-wire win in the G2 Pennsylvania Derby

Bayern sets track record for 1 1/8 mile with wire-to-wire win in the G2 Pennsylvania Derby

By John Scheinman

Not today for California Chrome who got pinned down on the rail and was never happy while Bayern was left alone on the lead and had plenty left in the lane to win the G2 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx. Tapiture nosed out Candy Boy for 2nd.

Watch: Bayern Wins the G2 Pennsylvania Derby

Rebounding from a last-place finish in the Travers Stakes, Kaleem Shah’s, Bayern, once again displayed his formidable front-runner prowess as he defeats Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome and a standout field Saturday to win $1 million Pennsylvania Derby for 3-year-olds… Read the rest of this entry >>

Untapable Returns to Winner’s Circle in G1 Cotillion at Parx

Untapable winning the G1 Cotillion at Parx

Untapable winning the G1 Cotillion at Parx

By John Scheinman

Untapable fights off a very game Jojo Warrior and holds off Sweet Reason to win the G1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx.

Watch: Untapable wins the G1 Cotillion Stakes

Returning to the form that made her the top 3-year-old filly in the country this past spring, Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable overcame a gritty front-running effort by Jojo Warrior and held off a rally by Sweet Reason to win the $1 million event.

Ridden by Rosie Napravnik and trained by Steve Asmussen, the daughter of Tapit… Read the rest of this entry >>

Artemis Agrotera Pulls Off Stunning Win in G2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont

Artemis Agrotera makes up 9 lengths to nail La Verdad on the wire and win the G2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont.

Artemis Agrotera nails La Verdad on the wire to win the G2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont.

By Jon Forbes

Artemis Agrotera pulls off the most improbable of runs to win the G2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park. Sitting last in the turn, she gets fanned 6-wide at the top of the lane but comes with a ferocious closing kick to run down runaway pace setter, La Verdad, on the wire.

Watch: Artemis Agrotera’s amazing stretch run

In her four previous wins, Artemis Agrotera had never raced more than 1 ½ lengths off the pace. On Saturday at Belmont Park, the 3-year-old made up a 9 ½-length deficit to win the Gallant Bloom Handicap for fillies and mares by a head over La Verdad…. Read the rest of this entry >>

Thank You Marylou Draws Off to Win G3 Dogwood at Churchill Downs

Thank You Marylou runs off with the G3 Dogwood Stks at Churchill Downs

Thank You Marylou runs off with the G3 Dogwood Stks at Churchill Downs

By Darren Rogers

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Thank You Marylou commenced a winning move on the turn for home, grabbed the lead at the quarter pole and widened her advantage down the stretch to easily win Saturday’s 39th running of the $112,000 Dogwood (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by 6 ½ lengths over Henny Jenny.

Fiftyshadesofgold, the Eight Belles (GIII) winner who was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the field of eight 3-year-old fillies, struggled while racing down on the inside and faded to fifth.

Trained by Mike Maker and ridden for the first time by Miguel Mena, Thank You Marylou covered the seven furlongs on a fast… Read the rest of this entry >>

Horse, Exercise Rider Hurt in Derby Day Training Accident at Parx

Res Judicata is injured during morning workout at Parx. Photo: Equi-Photo

Res Judicata is injured during morning workout at Parx. Photo: Equi-Photo

By Jim Charvat

Some anxious moments to start Pennsylvania Derby Day at Parx Racecourse when two horses collided during morning workouts, seriously injuring the rider and stakes-winning Pennsylvania-bred, Res Judicata.

DRF.com is reporting that rider, Lisa Whitaker, is in the hospital with a broken eye-socket, a punctured lung and fractured ribs. Trainer John Servis says he believes they’ll be able to save Res Judicata but his racing career is in doubt.

The incident occurred when a horse being ponied without a rider, got loose and began running the wrong way on the track. The loose horse side-swiped Whitaker and Res Judicata. Both horses fell. The condition of the loose horse is not known… Read the rest of this entry >>

Princess of Sylmar Retired From Racing

Princess of Sylmar joins "Boyfriend" Palace Malice in retirement.

Princess of Sylmar (right) joins “boyfriend” Palace Malice in retirement.

By Jim Charvat

Princess of Sylmar is the latest marquee race horse to be retired from racing. The King Prussia Stable and owner, Ed Stanco, made the announcement Friday. The 2013 Kentucky Oaks winner developed a case of the thumps, irregular spasms of the diaphragm, after finishing fifth in the G1 Personal Ensign at the end of August at Saratoga.

Trainer Todd Pletcher told Bloodhorse.com that since she would miss the Beldame and the Spinster, “the timing was such that we decided to retire her.” He said they had every intention of continuing to race her but when her recovery did not progress as quickly… Read the rest of this entry >>

California Chrome in Philly: A Picture Gallery

Cal Chrome#36All week long, we’ve tracked the comings and goings of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, California Chrome. On the eve of his return to the races and his date with Bayern and Tapiture in the $1 million G2 Pennsylvania Derby, we’ve compiled some of the better pictures to cross Twitter this week. From ‘Chrome’s arrival at Parx, to his gallops on the track, to his lounging in his barn. A magnificent equine speciman who has captured the hearts of millions of race fans.

We hope you enjoy our Picture Gallery of California Chrome in Philly.

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Oaklawn Park to Offer Purse Bonuses For Running Lasix-Free in 2015

 

Oaklawn Park will begin offering purse bonuses to horses that run and win Lasix free in 2015.

Oaklawn Park will begin offering purse bonuses to horses that run and win Lasix free in 2015.

Charles J. Cella, president of Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, has announced a first of its kind in American horse racing. The Arkansas track in 2015 will offer purse bonuses for horses that run and win without Lasix.

The Oaklawn Lasix-free Bonus program will provide a 10% bonus to the winner’s share of the purse for all horses that run and win without Lasix.  This means Oaklawn Lasix-free incentives will range from $1,080 for its minimum purse of $18,000 up to $60,000 for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).  The total potential bonus supplement will be $1.4 million.

Further, Cella said Lasix-free bonus payments will be provided by Oaklawn itself and will not come out of the purse fund… Read the rest of this entry >>

Competitive Edge: Top 2-Year Old Out Until 2015 With Hairline Fracture

Competitive Edge winning the G1 Hopeful at Saratoga

Competitive Edge winning the G1 Hopeful.

By Jim Charvat

Competitive Edge, considered by many the best 2-year old colt on the East Coast, has been sidelined by a hairline fraccture in his left foreleg. Trainer Todd Pletcher said they noticed he was little off after a routine gallop at Belmont Park Sunday. An examination and x-rays revealed a small fracture. He was sent to Rood & Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington where Dr. Larry Bramlage did surgery, inserting two screws.

The prognosis is good. Bramlege told Pletcher that after 60-days of rest, Competitive Edge could return to training and be up-and-running in time for next year’s Triple Crown trail. For now he’s convalescing at Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

Competitive Edge has been nothing but brilliant so far in his young racing career,… Read the rest of this entry >>

Game On Dude Has Been Retired From Racing

Game on Dude and jockey Mike Smith after winning the Santa Anita Hdcp for the third time.

Game on Dude and jockey Mike Smith after winning the Santa Anita Hdcp for the third time.

By Jim Charvat

Game On Dude has been retired from racing. Trainer Bob Baffert making the announcement Thursday.

The seven year old gelding was the only one in the history of the Santa Anita Handicap to win it three times. He was only the second horse in history, (next to Lava Man) to sweep Southern California’s triple crown, the Big Cap, the Hollywood Gold Cup and the Pacific Classic, in a calendar year.

The son of Awesome Again won nearly $6.5 million in his stellar career. He raced for Bernard C. Schiappa, Diamond Pride LLC, the Lanni Family Trust, and Mercedes Stable LLC. Baseball great Joe Torre is one of the co-owners.

Game On Dude broke his… Read the rest of this entry >>

California Chrome Gets Down to Business at Parx Thursday

California Chrome, with Willie Delgado up, gets ready for his morning gallop Thursday.

California Chrome, with Willie Delgado up, gets ready for his morning gallop Thursday.

By Keith Jones

After having a slow mile jog over the Parx surface Wednesday morning, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, had a more vigorous morning on Thursday, galloping between a mile and a half and a mile and three-quarters, again with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard, as he prepares for Saturday’s running of the G2 $1,000,000 Pennsylvania Derby.

California Chrome started his day in the paddock to school and was then taken to the track to get his work in. In the eyes of assistant trainer Alan Sherman, all went well.

“He was striding out nicely today,” said Sherman. “I thought he handled the track… Read the rest of this entry >>

Fairgrounds Slashes Purses: Quarter Horse Lawsuit Forces Cuts

The horses will be running for less money at the Fairgrounds this year.

The horses will be running for less money at the Fairgrounds this year.

By Jim Charvat

The Fairgrounds will open November 15th with drastically cut purses for its 143rd meet. This after Quarter Horse owners, trainers and jockeys filed a lawsuit demanding a bigger share of the purse distribution from video gaming.

Back in 2008, the Fairgrounds was granted a video slots parlor license. One of the provisions was that part of the funds be paid to Quarter Horse purses, so the track created a Quarter Horse meet.

The lawsuit, contends that in addition to money from slots, the Quarter Horse industry should also get a share of the money from video poker. Legal experts say there’s a slim chance the Quarter Horse… Read the rest of this entry >>

At the Post: Readers Poll Crowns Denman King of the Race Callers

Track announcer Trevor Denman has been calling races at Del Mar for 25 years.By Jim Charvat

Once again, a bit of surprise in our “At the Post” readers poll this month. Not so much at the result, but at the sizable margin between the winner and the runner up choice.

The question was, “Now that Tom Durkin has retired, who do you think is the top race caller in the nation?” The choices were Tom Collmus at Churchill Downs, soon to be Durkin’s replacement; Trevor Denman at Del Mar and Santa Anita; John Dooley at Arlington Park; and Kurt Becker at Keeneland.

In a landslide, you the… Read the rest of this entry >>