NEW YORK (AP) Scorpiancer won the final major prep before the Grand National, taking the $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap by 2 1/4 lengths Thursday at Belmont Park.
The $350,000 Grand National on Oct. 15 at Far Hills, N.J. is the nation’s leading steeplechase race.
It wasn’t an easy trip for the 3/5 favorite after lagging in seventh entering the far turn.
“I was worried, to be honest,” winning trainer Jack Fisher said. “I was a little concerned, but he kept coming.”
The 7-year-old gelding bred in Ireland rallied six wide in the stretch to catch the pacesetting Charminister and edge clear for his fourth victory in 13 starts over hurdles.
Sean McDermott was aboard for the 2 1/2 miles in 4:46.69.
Scorpiancer paid $3.40, $2.90 and $2.20.
Jamarjo got second, returning $3.80 and $2.40. Charminister held on for third, paying $3 to show.
NEW YORK (AP) Lockdown won her stakes debut Sunday, beating Libby’s Tail by 2+ lengths in the $100,000 Busanda for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.
Libby’s Tail, the 3-5 favorite, set the pace with Lockdown right behind before taking charge and turning for home.
Kendrick Carmouche rode for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott as Lockdown got her second win in three starts.
“She has such a long stride, you just have to time her run and she’ll take you home from there,” Carmouche said.
The time was 1:44.75 for the one mile, 70 yards.
Lockdown, the 2-1 second choice, paid $6.60, $2.50 and $2.10. Libby’s Tail returned $2.30 and $2.10 and No Sweat paid $3.20 to show.
NEW ORLEANS — Officials at the New Orleans Fair Grounds say more horses have tested positive for equine herpes this week, resulting in the lengthening and expansion of existing quarantines.
The Receiving Barn returned a pair of positive tests, while two other barns returned 28 positive tests combined, resulting in 14-day quarantines being reset.
An additional barn was placed under quarantine when one horse there tested positive.
The virus, called EHV-1, is latent in many horses, but symptoms can emerge periodically, making it contagious. EHV-1 can cause respiratory or neurological problems, as well as aborted or unhealthy pregnancies.
Racing continues at the Fair Grounds, where officials say they’re working with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture to find places outside the Fair Grounds to isolate infected horses.