DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — With his top two horses elsewhere, John Sadler took a chance with a couple others in his barn. Higher Power paid off. The 4-year-old colt took command turning into the stretch and won the $1 million Pacific Classic by 5 1/4 lengths at Del Mar on Saturday, making Sadler the first trainer to win the Grade 1 race in consecutive years with different horses. "The second time is just as sweet," Sadler said. In 2018, Accelerate ended Sadler's 0-for-11 skid with a record 12 1/2-length victory in the West's biggest race of the summer. Owner-brothers Kosta and Pete Hronis joined Sadler with consecutive victories. "Winning it back to back is a tribute to John Sadler," Kosta Hronis
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Horologist upset Jaywalk, last year's juvenile filly champion, in the $162,500 Monmouth Oaks.
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Unlike Friday, when Tax ripped off a bullet breeze on the Saratoga Race Course main track, none of the potential Travers horses went particularly fast in their final serious workouts on Saturday. Well, Tacitus went faster than a Seismic Wave, anyway. Runner-up to Tax in the Jim Dandy, Tacitus pulled away from his stablemate Seismic Wave to finish off five furlongs in 1:00.48 on the Oklahoma Training Track, to the satisfaction of jockey Jose Ortiz and trainer Bill Mott. Chad Brown's two Travers hopefuls, Curlin winner Highest Honors and Looking At Bikinis, worked on the main track, as did Preakness runner-up Everfast. Preakness third-place finisher Owendale went four furlongs
TORONTO — Tone Broke came on to capture the $400,000 Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. Tone Broke, the winner of last month's Prince of Wales Stakes, claimed the 1 1/2-mile race unofficially in 2:30.43 on a yielding E.P. Taylor turf course. Tone Broke, ridden by Rafael Hernandez, stood third after a mile. He's a Macho Man was second in the final jewel of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown ahead of Avie's Flatter in the nine-horse field. There was no Triple Crown on the line Saturday with Wando remaining the last horse to achieve the feat in 2003. The Canadian Press
Bred by John Manfuso Sr., former owner of the Maryland Jockey Club, All Brandy was named Maryland's champion 3-year-old filly of 1962 who would go on to win three stakes in 1963 including the Barbara Fritchie Handicap. All Brandy was also the granddam of Maryland's 1981 champion 2-year-old colt A Magic Spray.
Fox Hill Farm's Omaha Beach will miss his expected race return next weekend at Del Mar after catching a virus, trainer Richard Mandella said Aug. 17. "He doesn't have any temperature, but he's got some mucus and some discharge from his nose, so we scoped him and we can see he's a little inflamed," Mandella said. "The good news is the problem he had in his throat after the (Kentucky) Derby is not there. That part is good." Omaha Beach has not raced since winning the April 13 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park. The War Front colt was installed as the morning-line favorite for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) but was scratched due to an entrapped epiglottis. After surgery
After months of deliberation, the Department of Transportation has released formal guidance regarding animals on planes. The 28-page document released this month makes it clear that three types of service animals should be prioritized for travel: cats, dogs and miniature horses. Yes, miniature horses. The document repeatedly includes mini horses in a trio of “the most commonly recognized service animals” and the “most commonly used service animals.” Q: Why a mini horse? A: There are many reasons someone would fly with a miniature horse, disability experts say. Although a growing number of emotional support animals have emerged in recent years, in the case of miniature horses, their function as
Arizona and Ryan Moore Royal Ascot winner Arizona returns to action in what looks a red-hot renewal of the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday. While the form of the Coventry Stakes has been backed up elsewhere, the Aidan O'Brien-trained No Nay Never colt has enjoyed a break, with this race in mind before a crack at the National Stakes at the Curragh on Irish Champions Weekend. O'Brien said: "He's in good form, everything is right and we've been very happy with him since Ascot. "Hopefully the ground won't get too soft, but we're very happy with him. "He had a break since Ascot, but he's ready to go again now." Dangers abound to Arizona, with Frankie Dettori maintaining his partnership with
VERNON — Vernon Downs will host the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial trot for 3-year-old colts and its $135,000 filly companion Grand Circuit stakes tonight. The Zweig has drawn the two Hambletonian elimination winners in Greenshoe and Green Manalishi S, both of whom reside in the Marcus Melander stable. Post time for the first contest on tonight's 12-race card is 6:10. Green Manalishi S (Tim Tetrick) has won half of his six starts this season for owner Anders Strom's Courant Inc. Greenshoe (Brian Sears) has amassed $586,500 in seasonal earnings for Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli. The field for the $135,000 Filly Zweig is led by New Jersey Sire Stakes final winner
James Doyle riding Glorious Journey (left) to win the Unibet Hungerford Stakes James Doyle will be hoping his feature-race victory aboard Glorious Journey in the Unibet Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday is a sign of things to come at York next week. The 31-year-old, who will partner favourite Crystal Ocean in the Juddmonte International on the Knavesmire on Wednesday, warmed up for his big-race ride in perfect fashion, steering the Charlie Appleby-trained four-year-old to glory in the Group Two contest. Kept in a prominent position throughout the seven-furlong affair, the well-supported 100-30 shot moved into a lead he would not relinquish inside the final quarter-mile, before defeating
Technician advanced his claims for a shot at Classic glory in next month’s William Hill St Leger at Doncaster with victory in the Unibet Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury on Friday.
Frankie Dettori celebrates on Stradivarius Stradivarius is the star name in 10 entries for the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup as the crack stayer bids to scoop a £1million bonus for the second time at York on Friday. Connections of the Bjorn Nielsen-owned stayer took advantage of the huge incentive when it was on offer for the first time in 2018, thanks to victories in the Yorkshire Cup, Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup and Lonsdale Cup. The five-year-old entire, trained by John Gosden, has repeated his triumphs in the first three races this season and has now won his last eight races. The opposition could be led by Mark Johnston's Dee Ex Bee, who has finished runner-up to Stradivarius at Ascot
Franny Norton riding Thunderous Thunderous extended his unbeaten record to take Listed honours with a tenacious success in the Denford Stakes at Newbury. The Mark Johnston-trained two-year-old backed up wins at Doncaster and Redcar to join a roll of honour which features subsequent Derby winners Lammtarra and Rodrigo De Triano, in a race better known as the Washington Singer. Racing in the front rank throughout the seven-furlong prize, the Franny Norton-ridden Night Of Thunder colt found plenty for pressure when challenged late on by the Richard Hannon-trained pair Sun Power and Sesame Birah, before defeating the latter by a length. Assistant trainer Jock Bennett said of the 11-8 winner: "It
Battaash, ridden by Jim Crowley, wins the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood Battaash and Ten Sovereigns headline 13 horses confirmed for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday. The Charlie Hills-trained Battaash has again been in fine form this season, most recently recording a third success in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. But to date he has found the the Group One showpiece on the Knavesmire beyond him, finishing fourth in the last two runnings. Ten Sovereigns went into this season as a leading contender for Classic honours, but after his fifth to stablemate Magna Grecia in the Qipco 2000 Guineas he has reverted to sprinting. Fourth in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal