Around The Backstretch - 8/8/2012

Frankel (GB), the top rated horse in the world, could square off against Epsom Derby winner Camelot (GB) in the Group 1 Qipco Champions Stakes on British Champions Day.

A look at the items making news around the world of horse racing.

U.S. Racing News

Saratoga: My Miss Aurelia returns to the races - Daily Racing Form
The champion 2-year-old filly of 2011, My Miss Aurelia, will make her 3-year-old debut Wednesday when the undefeated filly takes on six opponents in the $100,000 Mandy’s Gold Stakes at Saratoga.

Ellis Park: Albarado to ride in Gardenia Stakes, his first Kentucky mount since being arrested May 4 - Daily Racing Form
Robby Albarado is scheduled to ride in Kentucky for the first time since he was arrested on the morning of the May 4 Kentucky Oaks after being named aboard Sassy Image in the showcase event at the Ellis Park meet, the $100,000 Gardenia Stakes on Saturday.

Emerald Downs: Deep cast nominated to Longacres Mile - Daily Racing Form
A total of 26 horses were named as possible starters in the Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile when nominations closed Sunday, and while there are several pretenders on the list, the final field on Aug. 19 could be the deepest and most competitive in the 77-year history of the Northwest’s richest race.

Classic Looks Wide Open at Halfway Point - BloodHorse.com
If the first three Breeders' Cup Challenge races were any indication, the road to the 29th Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 3 at Santa Anita (NBC 8-9 p.m. ET) is going to be one fun ride.

Travers Contenders Face New Security Measures - BloodHorse.com
New York state racing regulators will impose new security protocols for horses racing in the upcoming Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, though they are less burdensome than those put in place during this year's Belmont.

Talking 2-Year-Olds - Daily Racing Form
The 2-year-old males started to get a little more interesting over the weekend

No stakes scheduled for Turfway fall meet - BloodHorse.com
Turfway Park will open its 54th fall race meet September 6 with a new post time for night racing and a change in smoking policy, but with no stakes on the 16-day schedule.

Pedigree/Bloodstock

Palace Malice first U.S. winner for Curlin - Thoroughbred Times
Two-time Horse of the Year and freshman sire Curlin was represented by his first North American winner when favored Palace Malice coasted to a 3 ½-length victory Saturday at Saratoga Race Course (video).

I'll Have Another arrives at Big Red Farm (with video) - Thoroughbred Times
Dual classic winner I'll Have Another arrived at Big Red Farm in Japan, where he will begin his stud career in 2013, on Tuesday.

Sprint champion Lit de Justice dead - Thoroughbred Times
Eclipse Award champion Lit de Justice, winner of the 1996 Breeders' Cup Sprint, died from the infirmities of old age on July 20 at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in California. The El Gran Senor horse was 22.

International News

Sutherland to take part in Ascot's Shergar Cup - Handicappers' Edge
Some of the world's best jockeys descend upon Ascot on Saturday for the Shergar Cup, an international competition comprising four teams of jockeys.

Moonlight Cloud strikes for second dominant Maurice de Gheest win - Thoroughbred Times
For the second straight year, George Strawbridge's homebred Moonlight Cloud scored an authoritative victory in the $325,913 Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-G1), one of France's premier sprint races, on Sunday at Deauville.

Cirrus Des Aigles ruled out of International - Horse Racing News | Racing Post
YORK'S attempts to guarantee some meaningful opposition to Frankel in the Juddmonte International Stakes suffered a major blow on Tuesday night, when Corine Barande Barbe admitted defeat in her race to get Cirrus Des Aigles fit for the contest.

Industry News

CDI reports strong second quarter growth - BloodHorse.com
Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) on Monday reported results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012.

July wagering numbers drop - Thoroughbred Times
Racing saw a decrease in pari-mutuel wagering during the month of July.

Churchill Downs releases fall stakes schedule - Thoroughbred Times
The 138th running of the $400,000-added Clark Handicap (G1) on Friday, November 23 heads a schedule of 12 stakes races with total purses of $1.825-million for the fall meet at Churchill Downs.

Saratoga: All-sources handle up; on-track even - Daily Racing Form
All-sources handle is up while on-track business is flat through the first 16 days of the Saratoga meet compared with last year at this time.

Hall of Fame set to induct 2012 class - Handicappers' Edge
he National Museum of Racing will induct its 2012 Hall of Fame class Friday at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, New York. Jockeys John Velazquez and Anthony Hamilton, trainers Roger Attfield and Robert Wheeler, and racehorses Ghostzapper and Planet will be enshrined. Tom Durkin, the track announcer for the New York Racing Association, will serve as the event's master of ceremonies.

Chenery to be honored at Thoroughbred Club of America - Handicappers' Edge
Helen (Penny) Chenery, renowned for the last four decades as the key owner of the great Secretariat, has been selected Honor Guest of the Thoroughbred Club of America's 81st annual Testimonial Dinner, Club president Julie Cauthen announced Wednesday.

Frankel

Glorious Frankel still on 140 after lighting up the Downs - The BHA handicappers - UK Horse Racing Blogs - Racing Post
Whilst the majority of the nation were glued to the world's finest human athletes doing battle in and around London, those that turned up at Goodwood last Wednesday were able to pay their respects to the finest equine athlete on the planet and, once ag...

WORLD CLASS Perfection not enough anymore for Frankel - Horse Racing News - Racing Post
Racing Post Ratings expert Sam Walker on the perfect racehorse Frankel and how his invulnerability makes it hard for him to achieve new targets or create sporting theatre.

Frankel could clash with Camelot on Champions Day - Horse Racing News - Racing Post
FRANKEL could face the toughest test of his career on his final racecourse start with triple Classic winning colt Camelot also featuring among a star studded entry for the Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes.

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