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Around The Backstretch - 8/27/2012

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"Can anybody run with me?"
"Can anybody run with me?"

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

North American Racing

EquiSpace: Tie Goes to the Runner(s)
In baseball, tie goes to the runner and extra innings decide the final verdict. In soccer, it comes down to PK's. In hockey, penalty shots, unless we're talking Stanley Cup playoffs, then its sudden death. Football is too complicated to explain and basketball has oooovertime. In horse racing, we decide things civilly (at least in the last two centuries) and we just call it a draw.

Dullahan shatters track record in Pacific Classic |
While all the pre-race buzz surrounded older runners and former barnmates Game on Dude and Richard's Kid in Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, three-year-old Dullahan decided to make some noise of his own.

Stay Thirsty, Rule fire a bullet in company ahead of Woodward - Handicappers' Edge
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out Grade 1 Woodward candidates Stay Thirsty and Rule to work five furlongs Sunday morning in company for Saturday's $750,000 race, with the pair firing a bullet 1:00.03 over Saratoga's fast main track.

Mister Marti Gras tunes up for Washington Park title defense - Handicappers' Edge
Lothenbach Stables' Mister Marti Gras, hero of last summer's Grade 3 Washington Park Handicap, breezed Sunday at Arlington in advance of Saturday's 78th renewal of the $150,000 event, Arlington's richest race for older horses over its Polytrack course each year.

Street Life 'happy and comfortable' - Handicappers' Edge
Trainer Chad Brown was pleased to report that Street Life, who ran last of 11 and was vanned off the track following Saturday's Grade 1 Travers, was "happy and comfortable" the morning after suffering a soft tissue injury to his left front pastern during the race.

Del Mar: Capital Account beats favored stablemate Coil in Pat O'Brien | Daily Racing Form
A slow early pace gave Capital Account an advantage when he reached the stretch in Sunday’s $250,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar.

Golden Ticket 'a little tired'; Atigun might try Jockey Club Gold Cup next - Handicappers' Edge
Trainer Ken McPeek contentedly sat in his office Sunday morning, the blanket of roses awarded to the winner of Saturday's historic Grade 1 Travers proudly draped over the front of his desk.

Del Mar: Former sprinter Obviously sets course record winning Del Mar Mile | Daily Racing Form
A simple career change this summer turned Obviously from a struggling turf sprinter into a record-setting graded stakes winner.

Saratoga: 2011 Travers winner Stay Thirsty will try to regain form in Woodward | Daily Racing Form
On the day they ran the 143rd Travers Stakes, Stay Thirsty, winner of the 142nd Travers at Saratoga, was continuing preparations for next Saturday’s $750,000 Woodward Stakes.

Team Valor eyes Breeders' Cup with new purchase First Cornerstone - Thoroughbred Times
Following First Cornerstone's win in the Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes (Ire-G2) on Sunday at the Curragh, new owner Team Valor has set its sights on the $1-million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) in November at Santa Anita Park.

Industry News

Nicholson's parting shot as Keeneland president: Can't we all get along? | Keeneland |
Said Keeneland's outgoing president Nick Nicholson: "What's difficult for us as an industry is to have the maturity to respect the other person's opinion and if I had one wish on the way out, it's let's respect one another's opinion a little bit and work our way through this (drug) issue."

Kentucky to outlaw adjunct bleeder medications on September 4 - Thoroughbred Times
New policies on medications used to prevent or limit exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) on race day will begin in Kentucky on September 4.

Three-year-old retirements: Tough choices, sleepless nights - Paulick Report - Thoroughbred Horse Racing News
There is a simplistic, sometimes angry – and usually mistaken – assumption among many racing fans that when someone is fortunate enough to b...

Beyer: Cuomo's unwanted takeover | Daily Racing Form
This is the Saratoga season that should have elated everyone in the racing industry.

Del Mar Meet Continues on Positive Note |
The boutique Del Mar meet continued on a successful note entering its final full week of racing with sizeable increases in ontrack and all-sources wagering, though attendance was down slightly from 2011.

International Racing

Frankel earns rating of 140 in Juddmonte International - Thoroughbred Times
Reigning Cartier European Horse of the Year Frankel has been assigned an official rating of 140 for his effortless seven-length romp in the Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-G1) at about 1 ¼ miles at York on Wednesday.

Frankel is the result of a lightning strike of genetics that may not be repeated for 100 years - Telegraph
Forget ratings, handicappers’ assessments or any other method by which you measure one racehorse against another, it is unlikely that the world in either this or any previous generation has ever seen a better racehorse than Frankel.

WORLD CLASS The world's greatest racehorse does it again - Horse Racing News | Racing Post
It is the race that could define his legacy. The climax of three splendid years at the top, the crescendo to his magnificent symphony, the crowning glory to his regal career.

FRANCE Jimmy Styles reaches Group glory at Deauville - Horse Racing News | Racing Post
JIMMY STYLES Clive Cox Gerald Mosse struck in gutsy style to follow up trainer and jockey's Prix Morny success with Reckless Abandon seven days earlier.