Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, winner of the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap, will battle with several veteran runners and new arrivals to American racing in the $250,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), highlight of the star-studded Far Hills Races on Saturday.
Noble Tune, a 2-year-old colt by Unbridled's Song, looks as if his next start may well be in the $1 million Juvenile Turf race at the 2012 Breeders' Cup to be run at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Mary Ann Houghland's Pierrot Lunaire jumped to the lead before the final fence of Belmont Park's $150,000 Lonesome Glory Stakes (Gr. 1) and held off a determined late charge by Spy in the Sky to win by a nose last Thursday. Charminster finished third in the kickoff race of American Steeplechasing's fall championship season.
Camden's Liza Towell Boyd rode Brunello to second place in the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, which was the final event of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington last month.
Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative charged to the lead in the final furlong and drew clear for a one-length victory in Saratoga Race Course' $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) last Thursday.
The top five finishers from a spirited edition of the $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) return at a new distance on Thursday, Aug. 23, in the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1), the richest steeplechase race on Saratoga Race Course's 2012 schedule.
Resuming his love affair with the Saratoga Race Course, Randleston Farm's Spy in the Sky fought off a furious late charge by Left Unsaid to win the $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial steeplechase (Gr. 1) by a nose on last Thursday at Saratoga.
Patiently biding his time near the back of 10-horse field in Thursday's $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Memorial Novice Stakes, Robbie Walsh pulled the trigger at the right time as Demonstrative carried him to victory in the first steeplechase of the 2012 Saratoga meet.