Category Archives: Horse Racing

Takter trio tops Hambletonian (The Associated Press)

Trainer Jimmy Takter exudes confidence in his trio of trotters heading into the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Takter sends out the first three choices in the stakes for 3-year-olds, starting with Father Patrick, the 4-5 favorite. Should Father Patrick, the winner of 15 in a row, unexpectedly falter, Takter is well fortified with Trixton, the 7-2 second choice, and Nuncio at 9-2. All that horsepower has Takter thinking big.

Father Patrick 4-5 favorite for Hambletonian (The Associated Press)

Father Patrick puts a 15-race winning streak on the line as the 4-5 favorite in the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack. A winner of 16 of 17 races, Father Patrick drew post No. 10. Father Patrick is one of three entrants for trainer Jimmy Takter who is well positioned to capture his third Hambletonian. Takter also sends out 7-2 second choice Trixton from post No. 7 and 9-2 third choice Nuncio from post No. 5.

Del Mar to move 2 turf races after horse deaths (The Associated Press)

Del Mar will shift two turf races scheduled for Sunday to the dirt and make other adjustments after the deaths of some horses, including two Saturday, since the summer meet began nearly two weeks ago. Four of the deaths have occurred on the seaside track’s new turf course. Two horses were euthanized Saturday as the result of catastrophic injuries sustained in separate turf races. Lil Swiss Echo hurt her right foreleg in the stretch of the fifth race, unseating apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke.

Racehorse owned by Britain’s queen fails dope test (The Associated Press)

A racehorse owned by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II that won the prestigious Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year has tested positive for the banned painkiller, morphine. On Tuesday, the queen’s bloodstock and racing adviser, John Warren, said that the monarch’s five-year-old filly Estimate was one of the five. Warren said in a statement that Estimate’s trainer Michael Stoute ”is working closely with the feed company involved to discover how the product may have become contaminated prior to delivery to his stables.” Estimate finished second in this year’s Gold Cup behind Leading Light. Warren added: ”Her Majesty has been informed of the situation.” Previously, Britain’s most publicized case of a horse testing positive for morphine was Be My Royal after he had won the 2002 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

Saratoga Race Course season set to open 146th meet (The Associated Press)

Exercise riders ride horses during morning workouts at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Saratoga horse racing meet opens on Friday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Saratoga Race Course opens its 146th summer of thoroughbred racing Friday with a richer stakes lineup. Saratoga’s major races have heftier purses. Grade 1 winners Palace Malice, Will Take Charge and Moonshine Mullin are all pointing to the race. ”The purse structure is second to none,” said Todd Pletcher, the 10-time Saratoga training champion who trains Palace Malice.