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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014

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Shadwell Turf Mile purse upped to $1 million

Keeneland's fall meet runs October 3-25 (Michelle Foley Photo)

Keeneland, in partnership with Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell Farm, announced Tuesday that the Shadwell Turf Mile will carry a purse of $1 million for its 29th running on October 4.

With the increase, the Shadwell Turf Mile becomes Keeneland's first stakes worth $1 million and will rank as one of North America's richest races held at a mile on the turf.

Shadwell Farm has sponsored the Turf Mile since 1999. The purse was increased to $750,000 in 2012.

"Shadwell Farm has played a very special role in Keeneland's history for 30 years, actively supporting our racing program as both a sponsor and owner, and as a leading buyer at our sales," said Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason. "We sincerely thank Sheikh Hamdan and (vice president & general manager) Rick Nichols for their commitment to Thoroughbred racing, to Central Kentucky and to Keeneland."

The Shadwell Turf Mile, which serves as the cornerstone of Keeneland's signature Fall Stars Weekend, is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, with the winner automatically qualifying for the Breeders' Cup Mile. The Shadwell Turf Mile has been won by such champions as Wise Dan, Gio Ponti (twice), Favorite Trick, Itsallgreektome and Steinlen and major stakes winners Court Vision, Thorn Song, Perfect Soul and Landseer. Shadwell Stable (Rick Nichols, lessee) won three editions of the race, with Dumaani in 1995-96 and Altibr in 2000.

"Sheikh Hamdan and all of us at Shadwell have enjoyed working with Keeneland to develop the Shadwell Turf Mile," Nichols said. "A special tribute to the late Howard Battle who, as Keeneland's racing secretary, worked very hard in the early days of sponsorship to elevate the Turf Mile from a Grade 3 to a Grade 1 event. Sheikh Hamdan has always felt that our best breeding stock comes from horses that compete successfully at a mile. Keeneland has provided the opportunity and the stage for him to develop a world-class race at that distance that will draw and test horses from all over the globe."

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Es Que Love denies Toormore in Lennox

Trainer Clive Cox is hopeful that Es Que Love could have a productive second half to 2014 after the five-year-old got up by a neck to defeat odds-on favorite Toormore in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes as the five-day Glorious Goodwood meeting commenced on Tuesday.

"I'm delighted to win this because we've missed out a couple of times before with Dunelight and it's a race I've always wanted to win so it's nice to get it in the bag," Cox said. "We've won a Group 2 and he's well-entered now for the rest of the year. I'm not sure where we'll go but he's versatile on trip, he's even run over five furlongs but I think (seven furlongs) is his best distance.

"He is in the Hungerford and the Park Stakes and we will see how we go in between."

The five-year-old had not won since April last year when in the care of Mark Johnston, but today's victory was not a shock to jockey Adam Kirby.

"I'm really pleased with him, but coming here we felt he had a massive chance," Kirby said. "He does travel very strongly, and he came there on the bridle, but it's never easy to time it just right at this track."

Trainer Richard Hannon Jr. remains confident Toormore can make his mark at Group 1 level again following his second-place effort. The three-year-old, who was the champion two-year-old of Europe last season, had not run up to expectations since winning the Craven Stakes at Newmarket in April. He was last seen finishing sixth of seven in the St James's Palace Stakes over a mile at Royal Ascot.

"Toormore has run a good race. It probably suited the winner because he has better turn of foot," Hannon said. "Our horse has run better than he did at Ascot, so we will probably look at something similar.

"Obviously, he was a very good two-year-old but is not as good a three-year-old. That's all there is to it. He is still a very good horse and there are plenty of big days left in him. He will get back to his Group 1 days but we need to win something and then go back up there."

The trainer was also responsible for the third home Anjaal, who was a half-length behind his stablemate. The son of Bahamian Bounty was also coming in on the back of a run at Royal Ascot, where he finished 12th in the Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs.

"That is the first time Anjaal has run a decent race since winning the July Stakes last year," Hannon said. "He has lost his Group 2 penalty now, so we will look at something similar for him at either seven furlongs or a mile."

Trainer Charlie Hills celebrated his first Glorious Goodwood winner when Cotai Glory broke the two-year-old course record in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes over five furlongs. The son of Exceed and Excel held on gamely inside the final furlong to repel the challenge of the Kevin Ryan-trained Fast Act by a half-length, with Beacon, sent off the 10-11 favorite, a head further back in third.

Cotal Glory recorded a time of :57.30, bettering Requinto's time of :57.51 set in the 2011 Molecomb.

"Cotai Glory has a lot of speed and we knew the track would suit him," Hills said. "We were just slightly worried that his last race was quite recent and today might come too soon. He is quite highly-strung but, with racing, he has certainly got better. He's all about speed -- he's from a very fast family in his pedigree.

"I think we will have a look at Doncaster and possibly the Flying Childers. He is also in the Prix Morny and there is also the Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot. I think he got the six furlongs last time but we will have a look and choose our way with him now."

A stewards' inquiry considered possible interference between runner-up Fast Act and Beacon, but the placings remained unaltered.

Harry Herbert, who heads Highclere Thoroughbred Racing whose Albany Syndicate owns Beacon, said: "He was a bit unlucky, possibly, and (jockey Richard Hughes) said he would have gone very close otherwise -- and is a bit frustrated.

"The ground was plenty quick enough for him, particularly going down the hill. He's run really well and we will have to consider stepping him up to six furlongs on a flatter track."

Kevin Ryan trains one of the best three-year-old sprinters in Hot Streak, but he admitted today's second Fast Act -- a chestnut like his stablemate -- has some way to go before comparisons with that colt can be justified.

"I'm delighted with him (Fast Act). He is starting to grow up and is improving with every run," Ryan said. "He jumped from the stalls and got on the wrong leg today, which meant he was lugging away from the other horses, but Jamie (Spencer) said that once he changed legs and got on an even keel he finished really well. That may have cost him.

"He has loads of options, including a five-furlong race at York and the DBS race over six furlongs at Doncaster. There are also races abroad -- he's improving, and we've learned that like the whole family he needs fast ground. This place can be overpowering for a horse, but he's shown today that he can handle it.

"He's not Hot Streak yet, but he is a very good horse in his own right."

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R Free rolls wire to wire in Honorable Miss

R Free Roll perfectly executed the game plan drawn up by breeder/co-owner Richard Averill and new trainer Danny Gargan (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Florida shipper R Free Roll grabbed the early lead from 6-5 favorite La Verdad and never looked back in Monday's Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga. The 6-1 shot made a memorable debut for trainer Danny Gargan, handing him his first career stakes score.

Campaigned by Averill Racing and Silver Oak Stable, R Free Roll won three stakes for Ralph Ziadie and another for Kirk Ziadie in the May 31 U Can Do It at Calder last out. Richard Averill's homebred had yet to break through at the graded level, but filled that gap in her resume on a rainy Monday at the Spa.

La Verdad, who had won four straight and nine of her last 10, was quick into stride from her rail post, and Merry Meadow flashed speed to match the favorite in the initial strides. But R Free Roll soon sped between them to take over.

With Paco Lopez guiding her, R Free Roll rattled off splits of :22 and :45 on the sloppy, sealed track. Merry Meadow gave chase, while La Verdad did not appear to be traveling with her usual gusto down on the fence. My Wandy's Girl loomed within striking range on the outside, and Speedinthruthecity and Calistoga raced in the rear.

R Free Roll kept winging it down the stretch. La Verdad angled out a bit in hopes of offering a challenge, but none was forthcoming. Although My Wandy's Girl made good headway, R Free Roll was always doing enough to hold her at bay by 1 1/4 lengths. After splashing six furlongs in 1:10, R Free Roll rewarded her supporters with a $15 win mutuel.

"I hit her a couple of times, waiting for the other horses, but nobody came," Lopez recapped. "I had a lot of horse and she ran really well today."

Gargan had made no secret of the fact that R Free Roll was intent on taking the lead.

"We knew (going to the lead) was the only way we were going to beat (La Verdad)," the trainer said. "We took control of the race and made her have to chase. That was the game plan, and (Averill) is a pretty smart handicapper, and he's a pretty sharp guy to pick those things out."

Merry Meadow checked in third by a half-length from Speedinthruthecity, who edged La Verdad by a neck for fourth. Calistoga trailed home another 7 1/2 lengths astern. Red Velvet, the only sophomore in the field, was scratched.

La Verdad (right), who never looked comfortable chasing on the inside, will make sure to lead next time in the Ballerina (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography/Adam Mooshian)
La Verdad would have been better off employing her typical front-running tactics, according to trainer Linda Rice.

"Jose (jockey Ortiz) said she really didn't like the mud in her face," Rice said. "We had a choice -- whether to gun her and try to go with that other speed horse, or not. I left it up to Jose. I told him to figure it out on his own. (Depending on) how she broke, if he wanted to sit off it, fine; if he wanted to go after it, either way. Jose said she didn't like the mud in her face and she would have rather run on the lead. Next time, we'll go to the Ballerina (August 23), hopefully, and we'll be on the lead."

"The winner went faster," Ortiz summed up. "I tried to sit behind, but that was not her best race. My filly tried to get the lead, but I couldn't get it. I have to live with it, and she tried so hard."

R Free Roll's new career high advanced her scorecard to 17-7-5-2, $495,854. The Rockport Harbor filly placed in the 2012 Sandpiper at Tampa Bay Downs as a juvenile and the 2013 Primal Force at Gulfstream in her three-year-old bow before her stakes breakthrough -- a 6 3/4-length romp versus males in the Unbridled at her Calder base.

She would have had a top chance at a Grade 3 victory back among her own division in the Azalea on Summit of Speed Day. But connections boldly decided to keep her in against the boys in the Carry Back, where she tired to fifth. That was the only unplaced effort of her three-year-old campaign. R Free Roll went on to take the Bold World at Calder and finished second in both the Charles Town Oaks and Sugar Swirl, missing a Grade 3 trophy by a neck in the latter.

Fourth in the January 18 Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint and third in the February 6 Awesome Feather at Gulfstream, R Free Roll later found the winner's circle in the April 12 Hollywood Beach at the same track. Next came her victory in the aforementioned U Can Do It, in the same free-wheeling style on the front end, and the Honorable Miss made it three in a row.

"It's always fun when one comes in and they are doing this good," Gargan said of recently welcoming the in-form filly to his barn.

"We've had her for about two weeks and we worked her once. Kirk (Ziadie) pretty much told us everything that there is. It's nice having a coach like that -- anyone can be the quarterback."

The next logical step for the Honorable Miss winner would be bidding for Grade 1 glory in the Ballerina over seven furlongs.

"We don't know," Gargan said. "It's obviously up to the owners where the next game is. The way she ran today with this bunch, maybe. I don't think they were catching her late."

The Florida-bred was produced by the multiple stakes-winning Acceptable mare Jewels n Gems, who is also responsible for the stakes-placed R Bling. Her success at the Spa is apt, given her female line. R Free Roll's second dam is Saratoga Campaign, and her third dam is stakes scorer Saratoga Sizzle, a daughter of Saratoga Six who was third in the 1989 Adirondack and Spinaway.

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Bayern ponders Travers or Penn Derby

Bayern's energy level over the next couple of weeks will be the determining factor (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Dominant Haskell Invitational winner Bayern flew from New Jersey to California early Monday afternoon, but Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is eyeing a trip back east for the Offlee Wild colt's next start.

Baffert said the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers at Saratoga on August 23 is on the radar for Bayern, impressive in taking the Haskell by 7 1/4 lengths in front-running fashion.

"I'm looking at the Travers or the Pennsylvania Derby," Baffert said by phone on Monday. "A lot will have to do with his energy and how taxing the race was on him. It's cooler here and it's relaxing, so we'll get him back here and see how he's doing. He looks great."

The Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby is September 20 at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

Baffert has won the 1 1/4-mile Travers once in four tries, with eventual Horse of the Year Point Given in 2001. He was third with Roman Ruler in 2005, 10th with 2011 Haskell winner Coil and ninth with Liaison in 2012.

"It takes a good one (to win the Travers)," Baffert said. "We'll know in a couple weeks. We'll give him a couple weeks and see how he's doing."

Owned by Kaleem Shah, Bayern has four wins from six starts this year, including a 7 1/2-length victory in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens at Belmont Park on June 7. He finished ninth of 10 after a rough trip in the Preakness and was disqualified from a win in the Derby Trial and placed second for interference.

In the Haskell, Bayern broke on top and led through fractions of :23 2/5 for a quarter-mile, :47 3/5 for the half and six furlongs in 1:11 before hitting the wire in 1:47 4/5.

"He really showed me a lot," said Baffert, who won the Haskell for the seventh time. "I was expecting a good race out of him, but he just kept on kicking and showed me that two turns isn't going to be a problem. He showed us a lot early on, and then he took a couple steps backward, and I was losing a little confidence in him.

"When he ran in the Derby Trial I lost a little confidence in him and in the Preakness he got completely wiped out and never had a chance. The Belmont race was off the charts. He's got two off-the-charts races in a row and I just want to keep him in that mindset. I don't want to rush him."

The game and genuine Wildcat Red could try the 1 1/4-mile Travers or cut back to seven furlongs for the King's Bishop (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)
Fountain of Youth winner Wildcat Red, third in Sunday's Haskell, may also make his next appearance at Saratoga.

Trainer Jose Garoffalo said Monday morning that the Travers and the Grade 1, $500,000 King's Bishop at seven furlongs, both on August 23, are among the races being considered for Wildcat Red.

"We're still thinking about it," Garoffalo said by phone from New Jersey. "I'm going to check the horse today and tomorrow and then we'll see what we're going to do. The horse came back so far in good shape. He tried. He did his job. He's a hell of a horse."

Owned by Honors Stable Corp., Wildcat Red has been off the board once in 10 lifetime starts when he finished 18th in the Kentucky Derby. At Gulfstream Park this winter, he won the Hutcheson at seven furlongs and Fountain of Youth at 1 1/16 miles 20 days apart, and was second by a neck to Constitution in the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby.

Breaking from post 8 of nine under jockey Luis Saez in the Haskell, the son of Grade 1-winning sprinter D'wildcat stalked eventual winner Bayern in second before being passed in deep stretch and finishing a length behind runner-up Albano.

"He did a great job," Garoffalo said. "I think it could have been better. I think that Saez should have been a little bit more aggressive with the horse the first part of the race. We could have gone maybe faster and maybe the result would have been different; at least, we would have finished second. But, it was good. I'm happy with the race and the horse."

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Candy Boy hoping to make his own mark in WV Derby

Candy Boy, shown winning the Robert B. Lewis, was runner-up in the Los Alamitos Derby last time (Benoit Photos)

A vintage year for California-based three-year-old colts could become even more memorable if Candy Boy makes a successful invasion of Mountaineer for the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby on Saturday.

The 1 1/8-mile feature, which attracted a field of nine, is the highlight of an all-stakes, nine-race card that is traditionally Mountaineer's lone foray into daytime racing during its extended Thoroughbred meet.

In the shadows of such standouts as California Chrome, whom he chased in the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby, and champion Shared Belief, who he finished second to last out in the Los Alamitos Derby, Candy Boy will attempt to earn his first stakes win since taking the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita in February and follow-up on the success of Bayern in last weekend's Haskell Invitational.

It will not be an easy task. Tapiture has three graded stakes wins to his credit, including a 4 1 /4-length tally in the Southwest at Oaklawn in February. Last time, the Tapit colt rebounded from a poor showing in the Kentucky Derby to claim the Matt Winn at Churchill Downs by two lengths.

Vicar's in Trouble, the Louisiana Derby winner, could be the most dangerous of the three. The Mike Maker trainee did not show his customary foot as the 7-5 favorite in the Iowa Derby last out, and ultimately faded to third over a sloppy track. If able to outbreak the other speed, which have less class, Vicar's in Trouble could replicate the form that produced two graded stakes wins at Fair Grounds last winter.

The big three all raced in the Kentucky Derby, though none were much of a factor. Candy Boy finished 13th and Tapiture 15th after meeting trouble in the first turn, while Vicar's in Trouble also was roughed up en route to trailing the field of 19.

Tapiture is a three-time graded stakes winners for trainer Steve Asmussen (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

The remainder of the field all have form to find. For Goodness Sake has landed in a tough spot for his stakes debut, but daylight maiden and allowance wins during the Churchill spring meet mark him as a progressive sort. Classic Giacnroll finished second in the Jerome back in January, but has picked up only minor checks against easier since.

Divine View, runner-up against allowance foes at Delaware Park last time, and the Louisiana-bred stakes winner Gold Appointment, complete the field along with extreme outsiders Only I Know and Key for Success.

Moonshine Mullin, whose five-race win streak includes back-to-back wins in the Churchill Downs' major spring stakes for older horses, the Stephen Foster Handicap and Alysheba, headlines the $200,000 West Virginia Governor's at 1 1/16 miles.

Likely to keep the ex-claimer on his toes is multiple Grade 3 winner Falling Sky, who stretches back out after taking the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship and Donald LeVine Memorial in two of his last four starts.

A swift pace might aid Carve, last-out winner of the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap, and the classic-placed Mylute, unplaced twice behind Moonshine Mullin at Churchill Downs and in the Suburban Handicap last time.

Noted sprint star Delaunay figures to be an overwhelming favorite in the $100,000 Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial over six furlongs. The Tom Amoss-trained seven-year-old has won numerous stakes throughout the Midwest and Louisiana, highlighted by graded scores in the Churchill Downs and Aristides in Louisville.

Moonshine Mullin recently hit a peak upsetting the Stephen Foster Handicap (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Mico Margarita , who's finished behind Delaunay in their two recent outings, is back to oppose. Other possible contenders include multiple stakes veterans Star Harbour, Res Judicata, Ghost Is Clear, Russell Road and Lucy's Bob Boy.

A more contentious race might be the $100,000 West Virginia Secretary of State. The six-furlong dash for fillies and mares includes the venerable seven-year-old Winning Image, a prominent force on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, and Flattering Bea, who landed the Sugar Maple at Charles Town in April and was runner-up in this event last year.

The Kentucky invaders Sweet Cassiopeia, Aireofdistinction, and Anahauc also merit respect.

The $100,000 West Virginia House of Delegates, at one mile and 70 yards on turf, features Regally Ready, a past winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint who has developed into a capable miler in the region. He earned back-to-back wins at Churchill Downs in May, including the $64,000 Opening Verse.

Free World, hero of the $207,000 Centaur at Indiana Downs last season, was a solid fifth in the Firecracker at Churchill last time and might prove tough to catch. Coalport, a multiple stakes winner campaigned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, is another leading contender in his second start off a layoff.

The top two finishers from Mountaineer's version of the Firecracker, a $75,000 stakes for fillies and mares run on July 2, highlight a contentious renewal of the $100,000 West Virginia Senate President's Cup at one mile and 70 yards on the turf. La Malaguena and Sassy Kitten were separated by a neck in that heat, but will need their running shoes on to cope with graded stakes-placed veterans Moment in Dixie and Queen's Award, as well as Canadian invader Surtsey and the capable pair of Quiet Success and Soft Whisper.

Delaunay is one of several graded stakes winners running on the Mountaineer program (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Recent maiden winners Tapitsphere and Gotta Get Paid should attract plenty of support in the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile over six furlongs, but the respective Churchill and Indiana Grand graduates figure to be challenged by the swift Arlington-based colt Creaky Cricket, and Hashtag Bourbon, a son of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver who could improve off his debut third at Churchill.

A. P.'s Glory figures to be an overwhelming favorite to follow up her 7 1/2-length Arlington debut victory with a score in the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies, also at six furlongs. Another daylight maiden winner, Brennan, exits an eight-length romp at Penn National, while Churchill maiden winner Rachel's Ready was never involved after a slow break in the $108,000 Debutante last time.

Uncle Todd, who has won three straight by a combined margin of 21 1/4 lengths, will try and outgun 10 rivals in the $100,000 West Virginia Legislature Chairman's Cup going 4 1/2 furlongs. Among those hoping to keep pace with that one are Amarish, Debt Ceiling, No Distinction, Beat Seattle, and Grade 3 turf winner Berlino Di Tiger.

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Divine Fortune in search of A.P. Smithwick hat trick

Divine Fortune would be the first three-time winner of the A.P. Smithwick if successful (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Reigning champion steeplechaser Divine Fortune will be seeking his third score in the Grade 1, $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial at Saratoga when the about 2 1/16-mile hurdle is renewed on Thursday.

Hero of the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Smithwick, Divine Fortune was voted the nation's top jumper last season, largely on the basis of winning the sport's most lucrative prize, the Grand National at Far Hills, New Jersey, in wire-to-wire fashion by more than five lengths.

Now 11, the Jonathan Sheppard trainee showed no signs of his advanced age by taking the division's first Grade 1 of the season, the May 10 Iroquois at Percy Warner Park, in similar style by more than three lengths.

"He's just a very willing, good feeling horse," Sheppard said. "He enjoys his training, he enjoys his racing. He seems to take everything in stride. Even when he's had a hard race and gotten beaten, he's back at the barn with his ears pricked and he's jogging along, dragging the hotwalker around. He's remarkable in that respect.

"I think he's particularly effective at the longer distances, particularly now that he's older," he added. "He has a real good, strong gallop, and puts in nice, big jumps, which is effective over longer distances, but he probably doesn't quite have the acceleration needed in shorter races."

Divine Fortune, co-owned by Sheppard and William Pape, will be part of a heavily favored three-horse entry along with Italian Wedding and Barnstorming, two geldings Sheppard owns outright.

Italian Wedding finished second in last year's Smithwick before taking the New York Turf Writers Cup, but has placed in only two of five starts since then. Barnstorming captured the Michael G. Walsh for novice at Saratoga last year and later finished second in the Colonial Cup. However, the eight-year-old fell in his only previous start this year against allowance company at Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Likely to keep Divine Fortune honest on the front end is Pleasant Woodman, hero of the Imperial Cup and Marcellus Frost earlier this year. Another with early foot is Wanganui, twice stakes-placed in novice company at Saratoga two years ago. Wanganui is trained by Elizabeth Voss, who also saddles English import Makari for his U.S. debut.

Triple Grade 1 winner Demonstrative, winner of the New York Turf Writers Cup in 2012, has been unplaced in four of his last five starts, while Spy in the Sky, winner of the 2012 Smithwick and 2009 Turf Writers Cup, was pulled up in his last two efforts over hurdles.

The Smithwick field is rounded out by All Together, second in the Turf Writers Cup and Lonesome Glory last season, and multiple stakes winner Staying On.

The featured flat event of Saratoga's Thursday program is the $100,000 Evan Shipman, a nine-furlong test for older New York-breds. The likely favorite is Big Business, a multiple allowance winner who just missed to subsequent Suburban Handicap winner Zivo in the Commentator Handicap at Belmont Park two back.

Also in with a shot is Grade 3-placed Escapefromreality, winner of the Albany at Saratoga last year and second by a neck to returning rival Sailmate in an May 23 allowance marking his season debut. Awesome Vision, runner-up by a head in the 2013 Evan Shipman, enters off a photo-finish loss to the returning Fox Rules in a $50,000 state-bred stakes at Finger Lakes on Independence Day.

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Romansh postpones Whitney work due to heavy rain; Antipathy eyes Personal Ensign

Romansh is "fresh and ready to go" regardless of the change in work schedule (NYRA/Adam Coglianese/Joe Labozzetta)
Excelsior winner Romansh remains on track for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney despite missing a scheduled work Monday morning due to the weather at Saratoga.

Trainer Tom Albertrani had planned to give the four-year-old Bernardini colt a final breeze for the 1 1/8-mile Whitney, but decided to put it off after heavy overnight rain soaked the track.

"The horse is ready to go," Albertrani said. "Coming down to the last work, it shouldn't make a whole lot of difference at this point. It's just a matter of maintenance. We've still got a couple of days coming up."

Owned by Godolphin Racing, Romansh had his lone Saratoga work on July 20, going four furlongs in :49 4/5 on the main track. Albertrani breezed Romansh at Belmont Park four days before a fifth-place finish behind Zivo in the Suburban Handicap on July 4.

"If we could just get an easy breeze in him before Wednesday even, we've still got time to do it," Albertrani said. "I'm not really concerned about it. At this point, he's fresh and ready to go."

Romansh opened his 2014 campaign finishing last of 11 in the Donn Handicap but bounced back to win the Excelsior at Aqueduct. He followed up by running third in the Metropolitan Handicap, beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Whitney contender Palace Malice, prior to the Suburban.

"He's kind of been a little bit inconsistent all through his career, but hopefully this is the one he bounces back in," Albertrani said.

Royally-bred Antipathy is peaking as a four-year-old (NYRA/Adam Coglianese/Adam Mooshian)
In other Godolphin Racing news, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said that Antipathy exited her win in Sunday's Shuvee Handicap in good shape, and confirmed that the four-year-old could make her next start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Personal Ensign at 1 1/8 miles on August 22.

The Shuvee was the first graded stakes win for Antipathy, who entered the race eligible for the second allowance condition. In her only other stakes try, she was third, beaten a neck, in a deep renewal of the Ogden Phipps on June 7 at Belmont Park.

Antipathy is by A.P. Indy and a half-sister to Champagne and Florida Derby winner Scat Daddy.

"She has continued to train well and improve," McLaughlin said of Antipathy's recent development. "She's a beautiful filly, so it's great to get the graded stakes win and a Grade 1 (placing) behind her."

McLaughlin added that Cavorting, a Stonestreet Stables filly who debuted an 11-length winner on July 3, is on target for the Grade 2 Adirondack, a 6 1/2-furlong race for two-year-old fillies on August 10.

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Thistle Bird among those remaining in Nassau

The £200,000 Nassau Stakes is the Group 1 highlight on the fifth and final day of Glorious Goodwood Saturday, and 10 fillies and mares remain engaged in the prestigious contest, which takes place over just short of 10 furlongs.

Thistle Bird was runner-up 12 months ago to Winsili and recorded a first Group 1 victory on her latest appearance in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on June 29.

Amazing Maria scored twice last season at Goodwood, including the Prestige Stakes, but was a disappointment on her reappearance in the premier fillies' classic, the Oaks at Epsom Downs in June.

"Amazing Maria is pretty likely to run on Saturday, all being well," Dunlop said Monday. "It will depend on the ground as I don't want it to be rattling, but hopefully the ground is nice as the plan has always been to go to Goodwood.

"The Oaks didn't go as we hoped -- it was a bad time for all my horses -- and we didn't learn anything because she didn't stay.

"We have been very happy with her recently. She was a very good two-year-old and is obviously two from two at Goodwood, but we are still finding out about her. We have always rated her very highly and hopefully we will learn something about her at the weekend."

Trainer of the moment John Gosden, triumphant in 2013 with Winsili and The Fugue the year before, has two possible representatives this time around in the Nassau. Sultanina was successful on her first two starts before taking runner-up spot in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on July 5, while three-year-old Eastern Belle finished second over the Goodwood course and distance in the Height of Fashion Stakes on May 22 before landing a Listed contest at Newbury on June 12.

Mango Diva is a lightly-raced four-year-old but showed she is still on an upward curve when winning a Group 2 event over nine furlongs at the Curragh on July 20.

Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien could be doubly represented with Venus de Milo, runner-up to Thistle Bird in the Pretty Polly, and Palace.

There is a likely challenger from France in Narniyn. Owned by the Aga Khan, the four-year-old recorded four consecutive victories between 10 and 11 furlongs, including two successes at Group 3 level, before coming home fourth on her first start in Group 1 company in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over 12 furlongs on June 29.

Completing the possible line-up are Lustrous, who was second in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot but only seventh in the Irish Oaks, and Madame Chiang, who won the Musidora Stakes at York in May before finishing 10th in the Oaks.

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2015 Preakness logo unveiled

(Courtesy of Maryland Jockey Club)

The Maryland Jockey Club has unveiled the logo for the 140th running of the $1.5 million Preakness, the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown, that will take place May 16, 2015 at Pimlico.

For the 16th consecutive year, the Leffler Agency designed the official Preakness logo. The agency's creative branding division, BrandNU Marketing, created the logo under the design guidance of senior art director Jeffrey Sewell.

"Creating the 140th Preakness logo was its usual challenge in terms of building flexibility for everything from embroidered merchandise and painting on grass to use on HD television," said Leffler Agency CEO Heather Connellee. "Designer Laura Etter managed to capture the action of the horse running with the unique use of three block slides. Leffler Agency is always proud to create the logo for the Preakness Stakes, the largest Mid-Atlantic sporting event."

Tickets for Preakness 140 will go on sale and renewal invoices sent October 1. The renewal deadline is January 16, 2015.

As in previous years, there will be tiers of pricing: October 2014, November-December 2014, January-April 2015 and May 2015, for Infield and MUG Club tickets. The lowest prices will be during the month of October ($40 General Admission/$60 MUG Club).

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Ami's Holiday likely choice in Prince of Wales

Ami's Holiday, who overcame post 15 to finish a rallying second to the filly Lexie Lou in the July 6 Queen's Plate, is the likely favorite to secure the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the C$500,000 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie, early Tuesday evening.

The 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales is the only leg of the Canadian classics, restricted to three-year-olds bred in Canada, contested on dirt. With most of the country's major main track races run over Polytrack at Woodbine, several of the main contenders, including Ami's Holiday, will be making their debut on the surface.

Winner of his first two starts as a juvenile, including a Grade 3 score in the Grey, Ami's Holiday has earned checks in each of his first three outings this term. Preceding his second in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate, where he finished 1 1/2 lengths behind Lexie Lou, were a fourth in the Lexington at Keeneland and a second, beaten a neck, in the Marine at Woodbine.

Three other Queen's Plate also-rans are in the Prince of Wales field. Seventh-place finisher Matador, who captured the Cup & Saucer on turf last season, competed without success last winter in Florida, missing the board in such American classic preps as the Florida Derby, Tampa Bay Derby, and Sam F. Davis.

Coltimus Prime, runner-up by a neck in the Display last term, fared poorly in two U.S. starts last winter, but captured an allowance at Woodbine prior to a fading ninth-place effort in the Queen's Plate. Lions Bay, sixth in the Queen's Plate in his stakes debut, is a veteran of only four starts and has room for progression.

Other leading candidates include a pair who both broke their maiden over dirt at Parx. Lynx, who graduated on May 25 by three lengths, subsequently finished a distant third to Albano in the Pegasus at Monmouth Park. Rhythm Blues has been successful in attempting his first allowance condition at Woodbine recently, but might appreciate the return to dirt.

The field is rounded out by dual allowance winner Money Talks; East Side, a maiden winner in his third attempt at Woodbine on June 13; and the maidens Ascot Martin and Smart Spree.

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In brief

The $100,000 Graduation S. at Del Mar was the launching pad to eventual stardom for California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) last summer, and on Wednesday, seven California-bred juveniles hope to follow in his hoofsteps. Undefeated Wake Up Nick (Cindago) is the most accomplished of the group. A 9 1/4-length maiden romper for Doug O'Neill, the Reddam Racing runner went on to take the Santa Anita Juvenile, besting next-out Willard Proctor winner Story to Tell (Bluegrass Cat). Peradventure (Papa Clem) exits a tiring third in the six-furlong Proctor, and the Scott Rollins pupil could benefit from the slight cutback to 5 1/2 furlongs here. Two starts back in his debut, Peradventure wired a five-furlong maiden for state-breds at Santa Anita. Note that he was offered at the July Del Mar Paddock Sale, but did not reach his reserve at a bid of $240,000 and remained in the ownership of C T R Stables. The same connections will be represented by Colorado Strong (Lucky Pulpit), who gamely prevailed in a photo in his first try. Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sends out 7 3/4-length debut winner Atta' Boy Woody (Atticus), the most dangerous of the stakes newcomers. Rounding out the septet are Global Magician (Globalize) and Local Reason (Olmodavor), respectively a near-miss second and a closing fourth in the Everett Nevin, and London Legacy (Grace Upon Grace), runner-up in all three of his starts...

Stars Above Me (Exceed and Excel) makes her U.S. debut for Graham Motion in the $100,000 Coronation Cup, a 5 1/2-furlong turf dash for three-year-old fillies at Saratoga. Formerly in the care of Roger Charlton, the speedy filly was most recently third to the well-regarded colt Extortionist (Dandy Man) in a June 21 handicap at Newmarket. Extortionist has since beaten older sprinters in the July 5 Sprint (aka Coral Charge) at Sandown. Her rivals include Recoupe (Indian Charlie), three-for-three in turf sprints in the Mid-Atlantic region for Mike Trombetta; the Todd Pletcher-trained Elena Strikes (Smart Strike), who tries turf off a wire job in a second-level allowance at Belmont; Hot Squeeze (Latent Heat), a course-and-distance allowance winner over New York-breds just a week ago; Scatcapade (Scat Daddy), who shortens up for Christophe Clement; Burn Control (Bernstein), unbeaten in two starts on the Parx dirt; and Isabelle (Successful Appeal) and Fat Kat (Weigelia), both coming off unplaced efforts in the Victory Ride (G3) on the main track. Wesley Ward has all bases covered, with turf/synthetic performer Ruslana (City Zip) and the main-track-only entrant Sweetmarys Success (Teuflesberg) engaged...

With La Verdad (Yes It's True) running in Monday's Honorable Miss H. (G2), Willet (Jump Start) will get class relief when she competes in Wednesday's 3RD race at the Spa, a six-furlong no-conditions allowance race for New York-bred fillies and mares. The six-year-old has won four New York-bred stakes in her career, but in two of her past four starts she has had the misfortune of running into graded stakes winners Cluster of Stars and La Verdad. She was second, beaten 1 3/4 lengths by La Verdad, in her lone start this year, the July 3 Dancin Renee at Belmont. "She's had one race in eight months, which was by design," said trainer Jimmy Iselin, who owns Willet in partnership with Charlotte Assoulin and Eli Gindi. "We give her the winters off, and when she returned she had to run against La Verdad. I thought Willet acquitted herself well against La Verdad. Linda Rice said it was a tougher race than she expected for La Verdad." Iselin, who will be based at Belmont for the duration of the Saratoga meet, hopes the Wednesday allowance will help him decide Willet's next start and prepare her for a return to stakes competition. "It's her second race of the layoff, but in horse racing you can never count your chickens until they hatch," Iselin said. "That said, if she runs well we'll look at the Union Avenue (August 21), and if she runs really well we might shoot for the stars and run in the Ballerina ([G1] on August 23). If she doesn't run well, we'll wait for something else."...

The live racing card scheduled for Monday at Delaware Park was canceled after overnight storms caused caused a washout at the eighth pole. The entire eight-race program has been rescheduled to be run Wednesday, a program that had previously been canceled due to lack of entries. Meanwhile, Delaware Park is reducing purses for higher-level overnight races to enable completion of the scheduled 81-day meet for 2014. Delaware Park management and the condition book committee of the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association agreed to a reduction in purses for the higher-level overnight races which will take effect on Saturday and will offset a drop in available purse money from Delaware Park's casino revenues, which are under pressure from increased casino competition in the Mid-Atlantic region and the effect of the temporary closing of Interstate 495. All overnight stakes have been eliminated from the schedule. A maiden special weight has been reduced to $30,000 from $35,000, a non-winner of one-other-than-allowance has been reduced to $31,000 from $37,000, a non-winner of two has been reduced to $33,000 from $38,000 and the bottom-level claiming race will have a minimum purse of $10,000...

Last season's British Champions Fillies and Mares S. (Eng-G1) heroine Seal of Approval (Authorized)'s connections are considering a start in the Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-G1) August 21 or the Geoffrey Freer S. (Eng-G2) at Newbury August 16, to get the five-year-old back on track, according to PA Sport. The bay reported home fourth in the Yorkshire Cup (Eng-G2) May 16 before a sub-par eighth in the Lancashire Oaks (Eng-G2) at Haydock July 5. "Obviously she was disappointing (at Haydock)," commented trainer James Fanshawe to At The Races. "Going into the race she hadn't really got to her best weight. Since then she has come on well and she's moving well. We've got the forfeit for the Yorkshire Oaks next week so we'll probably leave her in that, and there is also the Geoffrey Freer, which is a week before. We couldn't have run her anywhere (recently) with the way the ground is. We've still got plenty of time with her as she loves soft ground."...

Shanghai Bobby (Harlan's Holiday), the champion two-year-old male of 2012, will stand the 2014 and 2015 Southern Hemisphere breeding seasons at Fazenda Mondesir near Bage, Brazil. Shanghai Bobby will be leased by a group of prominent Brazilian breeders which include Stud Eternamente Rio, Haras Regina, Stud Capitao, Haras Old Friends and Di Cellius, among others. Shanghai Bobby stands at Ashford Stud for a fee of $20,000 and his first foals will arrive in 2015. The deal was brokered by Lexington-based bloodstock agent Priscila Beloch of Immensity Bloodstock...

Reigning Saratoga champion trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Javier Castellano will sign autographs to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation on Sunday as part of Fasig-Tipton's Festival of Racing. Pletcher and Castellano will be available from 11 a.m. to noon (EDT) during the special event, to be held at the Jockeys' Silks Room porch. Only one item per guest will be signed. Guests who make a voluntary donation to benefit children's cancer research will receive an autographed hat, poster or T-shirt donated by Princess of Sylmar, with all proceeds going to the St. Baldrick's Foundation. "I have always thought Princess of Sylmar is a blessing and gift to be shared," said the filly's principal owner, Ed Stanco. "St. Baldrick's Foundation is a true miracle and I am appreciative that the Princess is able to contribute to the race for a cure for childhood cancer."

Carryover Watch

For Tuesday or Next Raceday

WOODBINE:   High 5 -- $82,988
MONMOUTH:   Pick 6 -- $67,036
GULFSTREAM:   Pick 6 -- $50,000



JULY 30, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A trio of graded races led the way this week at Del Mar Race Course.

Bing Crosby S. (G1): Tom Mansor's BIG MACHER (Beau Genius) sat a fine trip behind a dueling pair, took a short lead in midstretch and inched clear to to post a fine half-length score under Tyler Baze. The Richard Baltas trainee finished off six panels in a swift 1:08 4/5.

San Diego H. (G2): Kaleem Shah's FED BIZ (Giant's Causeway) went to the lead as the gates opened and never looked back in posting a decisive 5 1/4-length tally with Martin Garcia. The Bob Baffert trainee sped 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack surface in a stakes record 1:41 under hand urging.

Cougar III H. (G3): Gainesway Stable et al's IRISH SURF (Giant's Causeway) was sent to the lead as the gates opened and romped in the most convincing fashion, leading by a clear margin every step of the way under Elvis Trujillo. The well-bred Dan Hendricks trainee finished 8 1/4 lengths clear and 1 1/2 miles on Polytrack in a stakes-record 2:29.

Track Stats

From a total of 46 races held over at Southern California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 17 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 34 percent of the wins. From 35 frays contested on the Polytrack oval, nine animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (26 percent), while two of the 11 grassy tussles went all the way on the lead (18 percent).

The main oval was pretty good to speed sorts once again, though we saw more winners rally from well off the pace during the second week of racing. We still prefer horse that can sit in the first, or even second flight, early on and will continue to give those and edge if they make any kind of sense.

Turf sprints are really leaning to speed horse on this very firm oval, but at route races, all types can win as we saw a few very deep closers come through. Both wire jobs came at five furlongs this past week.

However, they canceled turf racing Sunday to improve the surface and will be adding wax soon to alter the main track, so conditions could continue to change in the coming weeks.

We witnessed no winning favorites from Wednesday-through-Friday, proving how hard this meeting is for the bettors right now.

Kent Desormeaux (9) and Mike Smith (5) are both bringing home winners at a rate of 20 percent or more, and they bear following going forward on this quirky surface.

On the trainer's front, Peter Miller went atop the standing after a strong week with nine overall winners, though saddling the second amount of starters here has a little something to do with it. Michael Pender (33 percent), Vann Belvoir (27 percent), Mark Glatt (24 percent) and Bob Baffert (21 percent) have all saddled at least three winners while retaining a good win rate.

Meet Totals

RACES:   86
TURF:   25
FAVORITES:   20 (23 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   15 (17 percent)
TURF WIRE:   4 (16 percent)
POLY WIRE:   16 (26 percent)


Wednesday (7/23)

1ST -- STEALTH DRONE (Smoke Glacken) was awfully game at first asking when battling back in the lane after being passed en route to a nice debut tally. This looks like a heady claim for conditioner Doug O'Neill.

2ND -- Owner/trainer Bobby Wayne Grayson had STYLISH IN BLACK (Street Hero) ready for sure off the 15-month absence as the rolled past this field in a daylight maiden romp under Elvis Trujillo. Keep an eye on this one going forward, as horses who win at this meeting often come back with big efforts.

6TH -- DUBLIN DANCER (Thewayyouare) left little doubt in this claiming run for trainer Andy Mathis after a big score today. The Golden Gate shipper was last early but put in a punishing run and finished more than eight lengths clear under the wire. We'd say this lass appreciated the Polytrack surface in this affair.

Thursday (7/24)

8TH -- BENCH LIGHT (Benchmark) turned in one of the better performances of the week when destroying this field late on his way to a 6 1/4-length tally for conditioner Michael Pender. We'd imagine the five-year-old gelding will stay at longer trips going forward after this impressive late kick.

Friday (7/25)

2ND -- NEWFOUND GOLD (Newfoundland) got off of his hanging ways recently with a very sharp run in this well-matched claiming field for Jeff Bonde. The seven-year-old always flashes speed and is well placed turning for home nearly every outing, and he should be a useful claim for Kristin Mulhall.

8TH -- SAM'S SISTER (Brother Derek) overcame a tough rail draw in a sharp debut with a good field to graduate at first asking. The Jerry Hollendorfer charge finished up six panels on the main oval in 1:09 4/5, but it was the professional manner more than the final time we were impressed by. The filly might be a nice one going forward.

Saturday (7/26)

3RD -- OLYMPIC LADY (Fusaichi Pegasus) ran about as well as a first timer can without winning, but this Victor Garcia pupil should be graduating before long after this big second-place finish.

5TH -- WINNING RHYTHM (Giant's Causeway) was eased in her latest effort prior to the finish, but the Paddy Gallagher trainee finished this one, and well at that, in reeling in a clear leader in the lane en route to victory. The well-bred four-year-old is a pretty consistent closing type and might even get a stakes chance on this course during the meeting.

6TH -- We tabbed BATTLE OF EVERMORE (Scat Daddy) in here and the Salder first timer fell just shy in a sharp third-place run. We consider this to be another one who should be in the winners' circle before long.

Sunday (7/27)

1ST -- The Blake Heap-conditioned TRIBALIST (Tribal Rule) sped to the front early and held a safe edge throughout in posting a maiden tally in this opener. The lightly raced filly has run big in all three lifetime outings and could evolve into a stakes runner for these connections with steady improvement.

5TH -- ROCK ME BABY (Rock Hard Ten) turned his form around in a big way in this spot with a rallying win to pull away late for trainer Craig Dollase. Second in this race last summer, the five-year-old left little doubt on this occasion. We've long admired this hard knocker.

7TH -- Trainer Eoin Harty rarely wins with first-time starters, so when REDSHIRT (Distorted Humor) made a big late run to be third after a slow start, it caught our eye. The Darley homebred will be tough with a bit more experience and likely more ground to work with.

8TH -- GODLENCENTS (Into Mischief) sat a nice trip and rallied well to be a fine second in this race for the second straight season. The Doug O'Neill trainee may have needed the race off the pine and will be tough right back as he is consistently very good.

A Look Ahead

Saturday will play host to the Grade 1, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, while the Sunday topper is the Grade 2, $250,000 Best Pal Stakes.

Top Speed/Class ratings


Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Valid 4G 1 1/16m (ft) MTH 7/27 Monmouth Cup S. 107
Fed Biz 5H 1 1/16m (ft) DMR 7/26 San Diego H. 105
Irish Surf 4C 1 1/2m (ft) DMR 7/25 Cougar II H. 105
Get Happy Mister 4G 1 1/16m (ft) ARP 7/27 Mount Elbert S. 101
Rock Me Baby 5G 1 1/16m (ft) DMR 7/27 California Dreamin' H. 100
La Tia 5M 1 1/16m (ft) WO 7/26 Ontario Matron S. 99
Majestic River 4F 1 1/16m (ft) MTH 7/27 Molly Pitcher S. 98
Antipathy 4F 1 1/8m (my) SAR 7/27 Shuvee H. 97
Sister Ginger 4F 1 1/16m (sy) IND 7/23 Girls Inc of Shelbyville Shelby County S. 97
Go Go Lolo 6M 1 1/16m (ft) ASD 7/23 Winnipeg Sun S. 93
Serendip 4C 1 1/16m (ft) PRM 7/26 Prairie Meadows H. 93
Victor Laszlo 6G 1m 70y (ft) SUF 7/26 Last Dance S. 89
Tuffernhell 5G 1m (gd) FAR 7/27 Dean Kutz Memorial S. 86
Centenario de Oro 7G 1m (ft) BOI 7/23 HBPA S. 81
Pup 6G 1 1/16m (ft) GPR 7/26 Evergreen Park / ACTRA / Troyer Town Marathon Seri 78
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Big Macher 4G 6f (ft) DMR 7/27 Bing Crosby S. 100
Rainbow Heir 4C 6f (ft) MTH 7/27 Teddy Drone S. 99
Better Lucky 5M 7f (ft) SAR 7/21 Shine Again S. 96
Geeky Gorgeous 5M 6f (ft) MTH 7/26 Regret S. 96
Sweet Luca 5G 6f (ft) AP 7/26 Addison Cammack H. 96
On Down the Road 6G 7 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/27 Land of Enchantment H. 94
Lesley Be Judged 6M 6f (ft) FMT 7/26 Muscogee (Creek) Nation S. 92
Johnny Whip 5G 6 1/2f (ft) FMT 7/26 Route 66 S. 91
Devons Ca Ching 4G 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/27 Sierra Blanca H. 89
Lakehouse Fun 4F 6f (ft) RUI 7/27 Lincoln H. 86
Dubla Gold 7G 6f (ft) GPR 7/27 Evergreen Park / ACTRA / Troyer Town Sprint Series 83
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Burn the Mortgage 5H 1 1/16m (yl) GP 7/26 Eight Miles East S. 100
Ageless 5M 6f (fm) WO 7/27 Royal North S. 98
Starstruck (IRE) 5M 1 1/8m (fm) MTH 7/27 WinStar Matchmaker S. 97
Lil Bit O'Fun 6G 1m (fm) DMR 7/23 Wickerr S. 96
Miss d'Oro 5M 5f (yl) PRX 7/26 Power by Far H. 95
Guys Reward 7H 1 1/16m (fm) MTH 7/27 Metropolitan Jets Oceanport S. 93
Sing and Tell 5M 1 1/16m (fm) SR 7/27 Luther Burbank H. 89
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Conquest Tsunami 2C 6f (ft) WO 7/26 Colin S. 88
Twixy Roll 2F 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/26 Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity 82
Macho Babe 2F 6f (my) NP 7/26 Princess Margaret S. 80
Ethan's Baby 2F 6f (ft) EMD 7/27 Angie C. S. 79
Lux 2G 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/27 Rio Grande Senor Thoroughbred Futurity 78
Blue Dancer 2C 6f (my) NP 7/26 Edmonton Juvenile S. 73
Heat Transfer 2F 5 1/2f (ft) TDN 7/26 Miss Ohio S. 64
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Bayern 3C 1 1/8m (ft) MTH 7/27 William Hill Haskell Invitational S. 106
Coup de Grace 3C 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 7/26 Amsterdam S. 99
Wicked Strong 3C 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 7/26 Jim Dandy S. 97
Shanon Nicole 3F 1m 70y (sy) IND 7/23 Indiana Grand S. 94
Mays Or Mantle 3G 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/27 Road Runner H. 93
Go West Marie 3F 7f (ft) DMR 7/26 Fleet Treat S. 92
V. E. Day 3C 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 7/25 Curlin S. 92
Daring Dancer 3F 1 1/16m (fm) SAR 7/23 Lake George S. 91
Pure Sensation 3C 5 1/2f (fm) SAR 7/24 Quick Call S. 91
Spadina Road 3G 7f (ft) WO 7/23 Deputy Minister S. 89
Needmore Flattery 3F 1 1/8m (my) BTP 7/27 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks 83
Amnesia (IRE) 3F 1 1/16m (fm) SR 7/26 Wine Country S. 81
Bridlewood Angel 3F 1m 70y (ft) ARP 7/26 CTBA Breeders Oaks 80
That's the Idea 3F 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/26 Sierra Starlet H. 80
Beyond Smart 3C 1 1/16m (yl) PRX 7/26 Crowd Pleaser H. 79


Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Bayern   MTH   1 1/8m (ft)   7/27   123.2
Valid   MTH   1 1/16m (ft)   7/27   122.7
Fed Biz   DMR   1 1/16m (ft)   7/26   122.5
Burn the Mortgage   GP   1 1/16m (yl)   7/26   122.4
River Rocks   SAR   7f (my)   7/27   122.2
Antipathy   SAR   1 1/8m (my)   7/27   122.0
Rainbow Heir   MTH   6f (ft)   7/27   121.4
Wicked Strong   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   7/26   121.3
Energetico   PRX   6f (ft)   7/21   121.2
Shanon Nicole   IND   1m 70y (sy)   7/23   121.0
Majestic River   MTH   1 1/16m (ft)   7/27   120.9
Reporting Star   WO   1 1/16m (ft)   7/27   120.8
Big Macher   DMR   6f (ft)   7/27   120.8
Irish Surf   DMR   1 1/2m (ft)   7/25   120.8
Artemis Agrotera   SAR   7f (ft)   7/23   120.8



(through July 28, 2014)



Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  


1. California Chrome   6   5   0   0   $3,317,800
2. Palace Malice   4   4   0   0   1,150,000
3. Untapable   5   4   0   0   1,146,600
4. Imperative   7   1   2   2   1,139,700
5. Wicked Strong   6   2   0   0   1,131,610
6. Bayern   7   4   1   1   1,077,680
7. Tonalist   5   3   2   0   1,073,250
8. Close Hatches   3   3   0   0   1,015,000
9. Lexie Lou   4   2   0   1   862,414
10. Mr Speaker   5   2   1   0   826,000


Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  


1. Todd Pletcher   613   149   105   93   $14,498,461
2. Bob Baffert   230   57   41   33   7,182,667
3. Jerry Hollendorfer   611   144   115   89   6,918,751
4. Steve Asmussen   800   189   134   123   6,647,515
5. Mark Casse   451   75   80   59   6,073,396
6. Chad Brown   264   69   46   42   5,949,627
7. Bill Mott   403   57   64   59   5,697,611
8. Mike Maker   538   127   87   73   5,339,724
9. Christophe Clement   279   56   57   44   5,190,744
10. Graham Motion   409   87   63   58   4,875,125


Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  


1. Javier Castellano   756   196   137   115   $14,080,826
2. Joel Rosario   736   124   132   101   12,012,015
3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   784   146   134   123   9,409,193
4. Jose Ortiz   662   130   121   103   8,402,126
5. John Velazquez   448   83   68   66   8,118,764
6. Mike Smith   313   64   47   42   7,770,636
7. Victor Espinoza   355   63   56   37   7,069,765
8. Jose Lezcano   523   87   86   92   7,027,839
9. Rosie Napravnik   580   130   91   81   6,869,606
10. Joe Talamo   685   111   102   99   6,814,752

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

At a Glance
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.73 - 1
Favorite Win%: 41%, Favorite Itm%: 77%
Daily Double81.86
Pick 3402.20
Pick 41,335.42
Pick 5 Jackpot3,582.95
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/02 - 07/27)
Distance #
5.5fDirt 65 45% E Mid/Out
6.0fDirt 60 35% E Rail
1m 70yDirt 119 24% E Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 45 33% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 55 16% E/P Middle
TRACK BIAS WEEK(07/21 - 07/27)
Distance #
5.5fDirt 4 50% E Outside
6.0fDirt 6 50% E/P Middle
1m 70yDirt 8 25% S Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 3 67% E Inside
Turf Routes 7 43% E Rail/Ins
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Milligan Allen 4 4 0 0 4.05 3 14%
Turner Patti 6 4 0 0 4.43 1 12%
Balderas Alfonso 8 3 1 1 10.30 1 9%
Shumake Ray 8 3 1 1 12.00 2 14%
Faucheux Ron 5 2 1 1 2.38 1 26%
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Eramia Richard E. 28 7 6 5 4.58 3 19%
Simington Donald Edward 17 5 2 2 11.01 1 16%
Meche Donnie J. 11 3 2 0 15.30 2 11%
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Dixon Tim 11 0 1 1 17.37 0 8%
Donaghey John R. 10 0 1 2 31.64 0 3%
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.92 - 1
Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 68%
Daily Double56.10
Pick 3502.71
Pick 44,652.38
Super High Five Jackpot38,224.41
TRACK BIAS MEET(04/12 - 07/27)
Distance #
6.0fDirt 111 29% E Rail/Ins
7.0fDirt 110 24% E Outside
1 1/16mDirt 88 22% P Outside
1 1/8mDirt 12 17% S Mid/Out
Turf Sprint 37 32% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 47 9% P Inside
TRACK BIAS WEEK(07/21 - 07/27)
Distance #
6.0fDirt 9 44% E Inside
7.0fDirt 8 25% E/P Rail
1 1/16mDirt 6 33% P Mid/Out
1 1/8mDirt 1 0% P Inside
Turf Sprint 5 20% P Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 7 0% E/P Mid/Out
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Drexler Martin 5 3 1 0 8.64 0 13%
Mattine John 6 3 1 1 4.93 3 16%
Gracey W. Phillip 2 2 0 0 1.85 1 19%
McKnight Norman 5 2 0 2 8.64 0 21%
Gonzalez Nicholas 6 2 0 1 3.03 2 15%
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Bahen Steven Ronald 8 2 0 1 20.76 0 9%
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Cotey David 12 0 0 1 30.36 0 7%
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Ramsammy Emile 10 0 0 0 23.30 0 7%


MONDAY:   Indiana Downs and Monmouth Park
TUESDAY:   Arlington and Del Mar
WEDNESDAY:   Louisiana Downs and Woodbine
THURSDAY:   Delaware Park and Gulfstream Park
FRIDAY:   Ellis Park and Saratoga

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather


For Tuesday

Finger Lakes   (3rd) Share 'n Stone, 6-1
    (7th) Rescuedthedeputy, 10-1
Fort Erie   (2nd) Tiago Beach, 3-1
    (9th) Admitit, 7-2
Indiana Grand   (6th) Miss Omeara, 7-2
    (8th) Gold for Cash, 4-1
Mountaineer   (2nd) Corydonmaria, 3-1
    (9th) Clever Missile, 7-2
Parx Racing   (3rd) To Commercial, 3-1
    (7th) Lover's Dream, 3-1
Presque Isle Downs   (2nd) Gospel Hour, 9-2
    (6th) El Bufadora, 5-1


For Tuesday

FINGER LAKES (1:10): $19,200 alw, 3&up, 6f (9TH)
FORT ERIE (4:15): C$500,000 Prince of Wales S., 3yo, 1 3/16m (8TH).
INDIANA GRAND (2:05): $36,000 ocl, 3&yp, 5 1/2f (8TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $22,200 alw, 3yo, f, 6f (8TH).
PARX RACING (12:25): $46,000 ocl, 3&up, 1m (8TH).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $32,000 ocl, 3&up, f/m, 1m (3RD); $32,000 ocl, 3&up, 1m (1ST).

*all times Eastern

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