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They didn't do all of their winning together, but the $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap (G2T) Aug. 19 put an exclamation point on quite a weekend for trainer John Sadler and jockey Drayden Van Dyke.
After a disappointing fourth-place finish in Saratoga Race Course's Schuylerville Stakes (G3), the daughter of Alternation rolled to a 13 1/2-length laugher over the late-running Include Edition in the $75,000 Ellis Park Debutante.
Corey Lanerie completed his sweep of Ellis Park's 2-year-old stakes by guiding Tobacco Road from eighth to victory over Whiskey Echo in the $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile.
Gold Square's Little Miss Raelyn led all the way in a Laurel Park waiver maiden claiming event to win on debut Aug. 19, and in doing so the 2-year-old filly became the first winner for Country Life Farm's freshman sire Super Ninety Nine.
It was a banner day at Woodbine for trainer Graham Motion, who took home his third straight renewal of the $175,000 Sky Classic Stakes (G2T) when Utmost cruised past his four competitors to cross the wire in 2:17.61.
Last year the Arqana August Yearling Sale was topped by a son of Dubawi out of a group 1-winning mare, and history repeated itself Aug. 19 as Ballylinch Stud's John O'Connor went to an auction-topping $1,601,320 for a colt out of Just The Judge.
As a prelude to a major exhibition that will open next year, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame held a "Women in Racing" panel Aug. 19 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Several contenders for the $1.25 million Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course put in their final works Aug. 19, including Robert LaPenta's Catholic Boy.
Nonza (FR) came from well back to overhaul Urban Fox (GB) and James Doyle in the Aug. 19 Prix Jean Romanet (G1), sparking emotional scenes in the tight Deauville winner's enclosure.
Relaxed and admittedly a bit tired sitting on the stairs outside of his office on the Del Mar backside in between training sessions Aug. 19, trainer John Sadler reflected on one of the signature victories of his career.
Pretty Pollyanna preserved her place as favorite for the QIPCO One Thousand Guineas (G1) with success in the group 1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville—but she was given a scare.
Hofburg will miss the $1.25 million Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1) after spiking a fever, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said Aug. 19 at Saratoga Race Course.
Hronis Racing's 5-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky made a powerful move around the far turn, then drew off to win by 12 1/2 lengths—a record margin in the 1 1/4-mile event.
The second time through the backstretch of the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap Presented by the Japan Racing Association (G2T), jockey Flavien Prat had seen enough.
Black Cloud Stable's Whereshetoldmetogo headlined the day with his win in the Star De Naskra Stakes, the final of four $75,000 events for Maryland bred/sired Thoroughbreds Aug. 18 at Laurel Park.
Fatale Bere had one filly to beat in the stretch to earn her first grade 1 win Aug. 18 at Del Mar, and she found just enough.
Trainer Martine Bellocq did something Aug. 18 that would have been unthinkable months ago, after severe burns from the San Luis Rey Training Center fire scarred her body and forced the amputation of her left leg.
Any doubts about Skeptic's ability to make the step up to graded company were put to rest Aug. 18 when the 3-year-old filly sailed to victory in the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks (G3) at Monmouth Park.
Trainer Mark Casse completed a personal Triple Crown Aug. 18 when Chiefswood Stable's Neepawa delivered a front-running victory in the $400,000 Breeders' Stakes on the Woodbine Turf.
This year's Arqana August Yearling Sale had its own touch of U.S. glamour Aug. 18 as a filly from the first crop of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah stopped the show in the opening scenes.