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Third time's the charm for Ami's Holiday in Breeders' 12:00 am

Luis Contreras celebrates as Ami's Holiday takes turf bow in Breeders' (WEB/Michael Burns Photography) Ivan Dalos' homebred Ami's Holiday was the only runner in Sunday's 123rd running of the $460,220Breeders' Stakes to compete in all three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown. The bay colt finished second in the Queen's Plate and third in the Princes of Wales, but finally...

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Nakatani vs. Trujillo boxing match to benefit PDJF 12:00 am

Two of Del Mar's top jockeys -- Corey Nakatani and Elvis Trujillo -- are going to battle it out in the ring rather than on the track Saturday, August 30, in a highly anticipated three-round exhibition boxing match. Winner earns jockeys' room bragging rights as these two elite athletes trade punches to raise money for a great cause in what has been dubbed the "Battle Off the Saddle."The event --...

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Bal a Bali's condition continues to improve 12:00 am

Recently imported Brazilian Triple Crown hero Bal a Bali continues to make progress in hisfight against laminitis, according to a series of recent posts on Rick Porter'sFox Hill Farm Facebook page. "Looking great today," read the Sunday report from his medical team at Palm Beach Equine. "Very perky demeanor. Normal digital pulses. Walking well. All of our metabolic tests came back negative...

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Fields shaping up for inaugural Saratoga Showcase for NY-breds 12:00 am

Stakes winners Empire Dreams and Captain Serious head the probable candidates for the $250,000 Albany for three-year-olds, one of six stakes races forNew York-breds scheduled for the inaugural Saratoga Showcase Day on Sunday.Empire Dreams, a son of Patriot Act owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Tom Albertrani, is 3-4-1 in nine starts and enters the 1 1/8-mile Albany off a 2 1/4-...

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Makari seeks another big win in New York Turf Writers Cup 12:00 am

Makari (right) won his U.S. debut, the A.P. Smithwick Memorial, by a nose (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography) A thrilling and emotional victory by English import Makari in last month's A.P. Smithwick Memorial has put the seven-year-old gelding in line for a sweep of Saratoga's leading steeplechase stakes when he faces eight rivals in the Grade 1, $150,000New York Turf...

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Farhaan turned out to be 'good backup plan' 12:00 am

Farhaan rolled from off the pace in Sunday's Alydar while front-running stablemate Alpha tired to third (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography) The long-awaited comeback of Alpha turned out to be a reminder that Farhaan is also a pretty good horse in the barn of Kiaran McLaughlin.The two raced uncoupled atSaratoga Sunday in the $100,000 Alydar Stakes at 1 1/8 miles, and...

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Motion: Animal Kingdom helped make Main Sequence connection 12:00 am

Main Sequence was formerly in the yard of David Lanigan, who hosted Animal Kingdom in the build-up to Royal Ascot last summer (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography/Lauren King) Main Sequence's victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational on Sunday at Saratoga was special for the horse's trainer, H. Graham Motion, for a few reasons.Motion was still gushing Monday...

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Six new members elected to Jockey Club 12:00 am

The Jockey Club has announced the election of six new members: Ian G. Banwell, Everett R. Dobson, Helen Groves, Roy Jackson, William Shively, and Frank Stronach.Banwell and his wife, Caroline, own St. George Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, and race their horses as St. George Farm Racing. Banwell, the CEO and owner of Round Table Investment Management Company, became involved in Thoroughbred racing...

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