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THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2015

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La Verdad leads all the way in Honorable Miss

Left to her own devices, La Verdad (Yes It's True) led her four rivals on a merry chase in Wednesday's $196,000 Honorable Miss H. (G2) at Saratoga. Under Jose Ortiz, the five-year-old opened up late to score by four lengths over Street Story (Street Cry) in the six-furlong test. Champion female sprinter Judy the Beauty (Ghostzapper) finished third.

Trained by Linda Rice, La Verdad paid $4.60 to win and remained undefeated in four starts this year.

For the full recap and analysis, visit the TwinSpires blog.

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Frosted, Texas Red square off in Jim Dandy

Grade 1 winners Frosted (Tapit) and Texas Red (Afleet Alex) are the top draws in Saturday's $600,000 Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga. The 1 1/8-mile test also features Japan (Medaglia d'Oro), an exciting prospect for Bill Mott who will be making his graded stakes debut.

The Jim Dandy attracted a short field of seven but three of the cross-entered runners are expected to depart for either the Haskell Invitational (G1) and West Virginia Derby (G2). Friday's $100,000 Curlin at Saratoga, a 1 1/8-mile event for three-year-olds who haven't captured a graded stakes in 2015, has the same problem, with several of its seven entrants expected to scratch for other races this weekend.

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Madefromlucky heads West Virginia Derby

Eleven horses were entered for Saturday's $750,000 West Virginia Derby (G2), but the participation rate figures to be much less with nearly half the field cross-entered to other lucrative stakes for three-year-olds this weekend.

Peter Pan (G2) winner Madefromlucky (Lookin at Lucky), one of three entrants for Todd Pletcher, has been confirmed for the 1 1/8-mile event and is listed as the 3-1 favorite on the morning line with new rider Joe Bravo.

The West Virginia Derby is one of nine races on the all-stakes program at Mountaineer. For more, visit the TwinSpires Blog.

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Rock Fall meets Salutos Amigos in Vanderbilt

Rock Fall (Speightstown), convincing winner of the June 6 True North (G2) for his fifth consecutive win, could face his stiffest test to date when he takes on Salutos Amigos (Salute the Sarge) and five others in the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday.

Other stakes on the Jim Dandy (G2) undercard include the $250,000 Bowling Green H. (G2) for older horses on the turf and the $200,000 Amsterdam (G2) for three-year-old sprinters.

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Solow edges Arod in Sussex

The French-trained gray Solow (Singspiel) prevailed in his fourth Group 1 in succession on Wednesday when beating pacesetter Arod (Teofilo) by a half-length in the Sussex S. (Eng-G1) at Glorious Goodwood.

Trained by Freddie Head, Solow was the heavy 2-5 favorite in the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" event. However, Head said Solow would make only one more start this year, in the October 17 Queen Elizabeth II S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot.

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Legendary announcer O'Sullevan dies at 97

Sir Peter O'Sullevan, whose calls entertained generations of racing fans in the United Kingdom during his 50-year tenure at the BBC, died Wednesday at his home at the age of 97.

O'Sullevan, who was also a racing columnist and prominent owner, retired from his commentator duties in 1997, the same year he was awarded a knighthood.

For the full story and a video retrospective of some his famous calls, visit the TwinSpires blog.

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Monmouth's 'Pharoah Phan Phestival' has something for everyone

American Pharoah surveys his new surroundings (Bob Newell/Horsephotos.com)
Monmouth Park has numerous giveaways and events planned in the next few days as part of its "Pharoah Phan Phestival" ahead of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah's (Pioneerof the Nile) run in the Haskell Invitational (G1) on Sunday.

Track officials kicked off the celebration by announcing a purse increase of $750,000 for the race, bringing the total purse to $1.75 million.

American Pharoah arrived at Monmouth on Wednesday and made a brief appearance for his fans before settling into his stall.

For the complete story on the Twinspires.com blog, including a photo montage of American Pharoah arriving at Monmouth, please click here.

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Palace returns to state-bred company in John Morrissey

Palace (City Zip), who swept Saratoga's biggest sprint stakes last season, will attempt to get back on the winning track Thursday in the $100,000 John Morrissey at Saratoga.

The 6 1/2-furlong race for older New York-breds marks the first start for Palace since a fifth-place finish in the April 4 Carter H. (G1). The Linda Rice-trained six-year-old landed the Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1) and Forego (G1) last season, but saw his championship aspirations fizzle out after finishing third in the Vosburgh (G1) and sixth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1).

Also in the John Morrissey lineup is the race's 2014 winner Weekend Hideaway (Speightstown), who is also trying to snap a three-race losing skid. He's been unplaced three times since registering an impressive four-length score in the January 17 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Gulfstream.

Other likely contenders include last year's Hudson H. winner Moonlight Song (Unbridled's Song) and recent open allowance scorer Noble Cornerstone (Noble Causeway).

The day's action kicks off with the $75,000 Jonathan Kiser, a 2 1/16-mile novice hurdle.

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Features

UPCOMING STAKES

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Thursday, July 30
 
A.P. Smithwich Memorial Steeplechoise H. (NSA-G2), Saratoga, $125,000, 4&up, 2 1/16mT.
John Morrissey S. (r), Saratoga, $100,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
 
Friday, July 31
 
CTBA S. (r), Del Mar, $100,000, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f.
Curlin S. (r), Saratoga, $100,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
Arctic Queen S. (r), Finger Lakes, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
 
Saturday, August 1
 
ALFRED G. VANDERBILT H. (G1), Saratoga, $350,000, 3&up, 6f.
CLEMENT L. HIRSCH S. (G1), Del Mar, $300,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
WEST VIRGINIA DERBY (G2), Mountaineer Park, $750,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
JIM DANDY S. (G2), Saratoga, $600,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
BOWLING GREEN H. (G2), Saratoga, $250,000, 4&up, 1 3/8mT.
AMSTERDAM S. (G2), Saratoga, $200,000, 3yo, 6 1/2f.
West Virginia Governor's S., Mountaineer Park, $200,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Victoriana S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies S., Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Mountaineer Juvenile S., Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 2yo, 6f.
Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial S., Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, 6f.
West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker's Cup, Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, 1m 70ydsT.
West Virginia Legislature Chairman's Cup, Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, 4 1/2f.
West Virginia Secretary of State S., Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
West Virginia Senate President's Cup, Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m 70ydsT.
Regret S., Monmouth Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
Addison Cammack H. (r), Arlington, $50,000, 3&up, 6f.
Isaac Murphy H. (r), Arlington, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
Robert G. Leavitt S. (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 3yo, 7f.
Wine Country S., Santa Rosa, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT.
 
Sunday, August 2
 
HASKELL INVITATIONAL (G1), Monmouth Park, $1,000,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
MONMOUTH CUP (G2), Monmouth Park, $200,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
SHUVEE H. (G3), Saratoga, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
MATCHMAKER S. (G3), Monmouth Park, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/8mT.
OCEANPORT S. (G3), Monmouth Park, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Seagram Cup S. (Can-G3), Woodbine, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Real Good Deal S. (r), Del Mar, $200,000, 3yo, 7f.
Lady's Secret S., Monmouth Park, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m 70yds.
Teddy Drone S., Monmouth Park, $100,000, 3&up, 6f.
Caress S., Saratoga, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 5 1/2fT.
Luther Burbank H., Santa Rosa, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
 
Monday, August 3
 
Nandi S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Shepperton S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
Coronation Cup S., Saratoga, $100,000, 3yo, f, 5 1/2fT.
Manitoba Derby, Assiniboia Downs, $75,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
British Columbia Cup Classic (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
British Columbia Cup Debutante S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
British Columbia Cup Distaff (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
British Columbia Cup Dogwood S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
British Columbia Cup Nursery S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
British Columbia Cup Stellar's Joy S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 3yo, c&g, 1 1/16m.
 
Wednesday, August 5
 
Graduation S. (r), Del Mar, $100,000, 2yo, 5 1/2f.
Shine Again S. (r), Saratoga, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 7f.

RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
ARLINGTON:   May 1 - Sept. 26
BELTERRA PARK:   May 1 - Oct. 10
CANTERBURY PARK:   May 15 - Sept. 12
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 26
DEL MAR:   July 16 - Sept. 7
DELAWARE PARK:   May 16 - Oct. 17
ELLIS PARK:   July 3 - Sept. 7
EMERALD DOWNS:   April 18 - Sept. 27
EVANGELINE DOWNS:   April 8 - Aug. 29
FINGER LAKES:   May 1 - Dec. 9
FORT ERIE:   June 2 - Oct. 20
GULFSTREAM PARK:   July 3 - Oct. 4
HASTINGS PARK:   April 25 - Oct. 12
INDIANA GRAND:   April 21 - Oct. 31
LAUREL PARK:   July 3 - Aug. 27
LOUISIANA DOWNS:   May 1 - Sept. 19
MONMOUTH PARK:   May 9 - Sept. 27
MOUNTAINEER:   March 1 - Dec. 21
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 19
PRAIRIE MEADOWS:   April 18 - Aug. 8
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS:   May 17 - Oct. 1
SARATOGA:   July 24 - Sept. 7
THISTLEDOWN:   April 27 - Oct. 24
WOODBINE:   April 11 - Nov. 29
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Aug. 21 - Sept. 7
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 14 - Dec. 13
RETAMA PARK:   Aug. 21 - Oct. 17

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Thursday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Arlington Park   (4th) Wildwood's Prize, 4-1
    (5th) Mystra, 7-2
Belterra Park   (1st) Indy Gale, 7-2
    (2nd) Superstardom, 3-1
Canterbury Park   (7th) Precious Passion, 9-2
    (10th) Demis Nativedancer, 6-1
Charles Town   (2nd) King's House, 9-2
    (4th) My Reward, 4-1
Del Mar   (1st) Itz a Saint, 4-1
    (4th) Unbridled Rocket, 4-1
Evangeline Downs   (6th) Indigo Dancer, 3-1
    (7th) Sparky Top, 6-1
Gulfstream Park   (1st) Indy Artist, 6-1
    (8th) Mystic Blue, 6-1
Louisiana Downs   (3rd) Ringneckdove, 5-1
    (7th) Surgate, 4-1
Penn National   (4th) Celtic Wonder, 7-2
    (5th) Kizuna, 3-1
Prairie Meadows   (7th) Air Assault, 6-1
    (9th) Timeless Truth, 3-1
Presque Isle Downs   (1st) Shopper, 7-2
    (6th) Zooma, 6-1
Saratoga   (4th) Moonlight Song, 5-1
    (7th) Songbook, 6-1

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