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Beholder romps in Clement L. Hirsch

Beholder threw her hat in the Pacific Classic ring with an easy Clement L. Hirsch triumph (Cecilia Gustavsson/
Spendthrift Farm's dual champion Beholder (Henny Hughes) may find herself facing the boys after a seven-length romp in the $300,750 Clement L. Hirsch S. (G1) at Del Mar.

The five-year-old mare, who is trained by Richard Mandella for B. Wayne Hughes, easily took command of the race rounding the turn and drew off under jockey Gary Stevens. The duo were seven lengths clear on the wire while stopping the clock for 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:43.81.

Mandella mentioned in the post-race interview the $300,000 Zenyatta S. (G1) at Santa Anita Park on September 26 would be the conservative path to take with Beholder on her journey to a second Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) title. In the next breath, though, the conditioner added if she continued doing good there was a possibility she could show up in three weeks for the $1 million Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar.

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Texas Red holds off Frosted in Jim Dandy

Texas Red (Afleet Alex) caught the front-running Japan (Medaglia d'Oro) turning for home and held off Frosted (Tapit) late to take the $570,000 Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga on Saturday.

The 9-5 second choice in a field of four, Texas Red covered nine furlongs in 1:47.77 in what is the traditional local prep for the Travers (G1), which is scheduled for August 29. Kent Desormeaux was aboard the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner, who is trained by his brother Keith.

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Madefromlucky rebounds in West Virginia Derby, Work All Week impresses at Mountaineer

Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky (Lookin at Lucky) rallied to overhaul Souper Colossal (War Front) and posted a 1 1/2-length victory in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (G2) at Mountaineer, rebounding from a well-beaten sixth to American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (G1).

Winner of the Peter Pan (G2) two starts previously, the chestnut colt was ridden for the first time by Joe Bravo and added to Todd Pletcher's tremendous afternoon -- the leading trainer won three graded stakes on Saturday. His other winners were Rock Fall (Speightstown) in the A.P. Vanderbilt (G1) and Red Rifle (Giant's Causeway) in the Bowling Green (G2), both coming at Saratoga.

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The nine-race stakes program featured a memorable performance from reigning sprint champion Work All Week (City Zip), who bounced back after opening his 2015 with a pair of runner-up finishes as the 1-5 favorite in the $100,000 Senator Bobert C. Byrd Memorial. The Roger Brueggerman-trained six-year-old gelding rolled to an eight-length decision with regular rider Florent Geroux, completing six furlongs in a highly respectable 1:09.71.

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Rock Fall takes Alfred Vanderbilt in a thriller

After a head-to-head duel in the final sixteenth, even-money favorite Rock Fall (Speightstown) edged The Big Beast (Yes It's True) by a nose in Saturday's $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1) at Saratoga.

The Stonestreet Stables charge, trained by Todd Pletcher, preceded this win with a comfortable victory in the True North (G2) at Belmont Park, and has now won six in a row dating back to May 2014. The four-year-old covered six furlongs in 1:08.75 on a fast track.

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Red Rifle lands Bowling Green; Innovation Economy fatally injured

Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Red Rifle (Giant's Causeway) split foes and surged to a 2 1/2-length victory in Saturday's $250,000 Bowling Green H. (G2) at Saratoga, but the turf test was marred by the fatal injury suffered by 2-1 favorite Innovation Economy (Dynaformer). The Chad Brown trainee sadly broke down on the backstretch and had to be euthanized.

Red Rifle earned his first graded win on turf to go along with a Grade 2 score on dirt in the Hawthorne Gold Cup and his last-out Grade 3 victory in the Dominion Day on Polytrack.

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Holy Boss captures Amsterdam

Holy Boss cruises home in the Amsterdam (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Jerry Durant's Holy Boss (Street Boss) proved best in Saturday's $200,000 Amsterdam S. (G2) at Saratoga with jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. aboard.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, the chestnut colt ran wide throughout before rallying down the center of the fast track to score by 2 1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:15.48. Requite (Warrior's Reward) finished second and was followed by 2-1 favorite Barbardos (Speightstown).

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Travers to receive purse hike if American Pharoah starts

The New York Racing Association on Saturday announced a purse increase from $1.25 million to $1.6 million for the August 29 Travers S. (G1) is Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) starts in the 1 1/4-mile contest at Saratoga.

The bay colt is currently at Monmouth Park preparing to compete in Sunday's Haskell Invitational (G1), which saw its own purse jump from $1 million to $1.75 million on Wednesday.

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Untapable, Stopchargingmaria square off in Shuvee

Untapable (Tapit), last year's champion three-year-old filly, has a belated first-ever meeting Sunday with Stopchargingmaria (Tale of the Cat) Sunday in the $200,000 Shuvee H. (G3) at Saratoga.

Despite winning the Apple Blossom H. (G1) in April, Untapable hasn't looked quite as sharp this season dropping two of her three starts. Stopchargingmaria brings a three-for-record over the Saratoga strip into Shuvee.

Earlier in the card, fillies and mares will sprint 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf in the $100,000 Caress.

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Daughter of Rachel Alexandra set for Saratoga debut

Rachel's Valentina (Bernardini) will be 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra's first starter when the two-year-old filly takes to the track for Sunday's second race at Saratoga, a six-furlong maiden special weight.

The juvenile is a homebred racing for Stonestreet Stable and is trained by Todd Pletcher.

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American Pharoah installed as 1-5 choice in eight-horse Haskell

American Pharoah took his first spin around the Monmouth Park track on Thursday morning (Ryan Denver/Equi-Photo)
American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), the first American Triple Crown winner in 37 years, will return to the races as an overwhelming favorite in Sunday's $1.75 million Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park. The Zayat Stabes homebred drew post 4 among eight three-year-olds in the 1 1/8-mile race and was installed as the 1-5 choice on the morning line by oddsmaker Brad Thomas.

Trained by Bob Baffert, American Pharoah brings a seven-race winning streak into the Haskell and is expected to receive one more prep before concluding his racing career in the October 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland. Jockey Victor Espinoza has been up for all seven victories and will accompany the sublime bay colt to the Jersey Shore.

Other entrants include Upstart (Flatter), Competitive Edge (Super Saver) and Keen Ice (Curlin). For more, visit the TwinSpires Blog.

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Haskell undercard attracts Protonico, 'Sexy,' Wildcat Red

Protonico (Giant's Causeway) takes on Bradester (Lion Heart), Pants on Fire (Jump Start) and Valid (Medaglia d'Oro) in the $200,000 Monmouth Cup (G2), on Sunday, one of five supporting stakes on Haskell Day.

The Oceanport (G3) features Kharafa (Kitalpha) and Lochte (Medaglia d'Oro), while I'm Already Sexy (Ready's Image) and Testa Rossi (Dr Fong) are the marquee attractions in the Matchmaker (G3). Wildcat Red (D'wildcat) tops the Teddy Drone, and Got Lucky (A.P. Indy) seeks to double up in the Lady's Secret.

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For Sunday

Arlington Park   (5th) Crewman, 4-1
    (7th) Catanova, 7-2
Belterra Park   (4th) Dramatic Sky, 3-1
    (6th) Voodoo Storm, 5-1
Canterbury Park   (6th) Patrick O'Prado, 6-1
    (9th) Empire Knight, 6-1
Del Mar   (1st) Bert's Baby, 6-1
    (9th) Stenoa, 8-1
Ellis Park   (8th) C Islandsurprise, 6-1
    (9th) Big Ben, 9-2
Emerald Downs   (5th) Havin a Good Day, 7-2
    (10th) Mary's Mercedes, 7-2
Gulfstream Park   (6th) The Way Belle Is, 9-2
    (10th) Wildcat Kitten, 4-1
Laurel Park   (4th) Super Causeway, 7-2
    (5th) Mavourneen, 5-1
Monmouth Park   (2nd) Pointe Class, 6-1
    (6th) No More Music, 6-1
Mountaineer   (2nd) Amber Dubai, 6-1
    (8th) Holster, 8-1
Parx Racing   (2nd) Royal Flash, 9-2
    (8th) Favor Factor, 9-2
Prairie Meadows   ((4th) Makoshika, 3-1
    (7th) Am I Dreamin, 8-1
Presque Isle Downs   (1st) Shylock, 3-1
    (5th) Alpha Slew, 7-2
Santa Rosa   (3rd) How Now, 7-2
    (9th) Handfull, 6-1
Saratoga   (4th) Lucknow, 4-1
    (11th) Holy Invader, 5-1
Woodbine   (4th) Billy's Star, 3-1
    (10th) Yoursofunnee, 8-1

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