She’s a millionaire, a grade 1 stakes winner, and the daughter of a champion. And on Saturday, when her stablemate Rags To Riches stays in the barn, Todd Pletcher trainee Octave will get her chance to shine in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. The 3-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song, owned by Jack
These are rueful times in the barn of Lava Man, the richest claiming horse in thoroughbred history. The horse’s groom lost his left arm in a freeway accident July 23. Then Merv Griffin, who was trainer Doug O’Neill’s highest-profile client, died last Sunday of prostate cancer. A pall has settled over O’Neill’s operation leading to
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Argentine-bred Masterpiece raced to his first victory in eight starts in the United States, beating Warrior Song by a length Thursday in the $89,955 Harry F. Brubaker Handicap at Del Mar. Ridden by apprentice Alonso Quinonez, Masterpiece covered 1 1-16 miles on the turf course in 1:40.43 and paid $30.20, $11 and $5.
Secret Gypsy didn’t want to get into the starting gate, but she ended up setting a track record Thursday at Saratoga Race Course in her first career start. The chestnut daughter of Sea of Secrets, owned by Richland Hills Stable and John Kuehl, finished the 5 1/2 furlongs under jockey Kent Desormeaux in 1:03.26.
Defending champion Lava Man was tabbed the morning-line favorite Thursday for the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar this weekend.
A day’s racing to honour Lester Piggott will take place in September as he recovers from a heart scare.