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Keen Ice Climbs to Fifth in Purse Winnings with Upset of American Pharoah

August 31, 2015 --  Keen Ice’s three-quarter length victory over American Pharoah in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Saturday pushed the 3-year-old son of Curlin into fifth place on the list of this year’s leading Thoroughbreds in North America with $1,411,520.

The Donegal Stable colt, trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Javier Castellano, earned $670,000 in the Travers.

American Pharoah, who earned $230,000 with his runner-up finish, leads the equine standings with $5,538,800. California Chrome is second with $2,100,000, and Flintshire moved into third place with $1,735,000 thanks to his victory in the $1 million Sword Dancer Stakes, also at Saratoga on Saturday.

Todd Pletcher maintains his position atop the trainer standings with $17,678,860.

American Pharoah’s trainer, Bob Baffert, is second with $12,628,629 and Chad Brown is third with $12,048,173.

Castellano, who won a record fifth Travers, leads the jockey standings with current year purses totaling $18,568,263. American Pharoah’s rider, Victor Espinoza, is second with $14,347,642 and John Velazquez is third with $14,012,684.

Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in North America and include earnings from all international races. Trainer and jockey standings are for North American-based individuals but include earnings from select international races.

Click HERE for the weekly leaders through August 30, 2015

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How cheats cheat: why dopers have the edge in athletics’ war on drugs
From micro-dosing to the latest drug that circumvents Wada testing the athletes are in the ascendancy according to the experts in the field, who concede: ‘Drug testing has a public reputation that far exceeds its capabilities’

Sean Ingle - The Guardian - August 20, 2015 17.00 EDT
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It feels almost quaint to recall that when Bob Beamon leapt 8.90m at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968 his only performance enhancer was a shot of tequila. When Beamon lifted, kicked and fluttered through the thin air – like a man furiously pedalling on an imaginary recumbent bicycle – millions on TV gasped. If there was a similarly stupendous performance at the world championships, which begin in Beijingon Saturday, audiences would probably be more likely to raise their eyebrows.

Yet for all the recent doping exposés, the battle between cheats and testers has not dramatically altered. Even with the establishment of the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2000, and the introduction of the Athlete Biological Passport in 2009, the percentage failing drugs tests remains stubbornly stuck at around 1-2% per year, even though athlete surveys tell us the number of dopers is probably somewhere between 14 and 39%.
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