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MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015

Racing Headlines

American Pharoah gets time to 'chill' back in California

One day after owner/breeder Ahmed Zayat intimated that American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) might have run his last race in defeat in the Travers (G1), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday that plans have yet to be determined.

"We'll just get him back there (California) and let him chill for a little bit," Baffert said. "He needs to chill.

"We'll just play it by ear. Ahmed Zayat, it's his horse. My job is if I see something, if he were to come up with something I didn't like, then I'd tell him. Nothing has shown up today. We're glad that he looked fine and he's healthy. I didn't see any problem there."

For more quotes from Baffert, including his appraisal of the Triple Crown winner's performance at the Spa, please follow the link to the TwinSpires blog.

Keen Ice 'tired' but doing well after Travers

Trainer Dale Romans reported Sunday morning that Keen Ice (Curlin) was doing well but was tired -- "with every right to be so" -- one day after running down Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in the Travers S. (G1) at Saratoga.

The two colts could rematch in the Breeders' Cup Classic on October 31 at Keeneland, but for now will share a plane ride to Lexington, Kentucky, on Monday. There, Keen Ice will disembark for a van ride to Romans' Churchill Downs barn while American Pharoah and stable pony Smokey continue on to trainer Bob Baffer's base in Southern California.

For more, please follow the link to the TwinSpires blog.

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McLaughlin critiques Frosted's tactics in Travers

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin on Sunday commented about the trip that Frosted (Tapit) received from last-minute replacement rider Jose Lezcano, who employed more aggressive early tactics en route to his third-place finish in the Travers (G1).

"We didn't want to engage (American Pharoah) that early but Jose rode him well. It was unfortunate for us and maybe for American Pharoah, too."

For more analysis of Lezcano's tactics, please click the TwinSpires blog link.

Private Zone has options of BC Dirt Mile or TwinSpires Sprint

Saturday's resounding Forego (G1) winner Private Zone (Macho Uno) may take up the spot he earned for the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), but trainer Jorge Navarro said that the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) is another possibility.

"We're going to the Breeders' Cup, but I hate to say which one right now. I'll get together with Rene (Douglas) this week and we'll make plans from there."

For all of the Navarro quotes, please go to the TwinSpires blog.

King's Bishop upsetter Runhappy eyeing Phoenix, Twinspires Breeders' Cup Sprint

Runhappy (Super Saver), who set a new stakes-record of 1:20.54 when upsetting Saturday's King's Bishop at 11-1 by four lengths, will now point for the Phoenix S. (G3) on October 2 at Keeneland, according to trainer Maria Borell.

The sophomore colt will attempt to use the six-furlong Phoenix to earn an automatic berth into the Twinspires Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) on October 31 at the Lexington, Kentucky, venue.

For more, please follow the link to the TwinSpires blog.

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Stellar Wind romps in Torrey Pines

Hronis Racing LLC's Stellar Wind (Curlin) returned from a brief layoff last out to gut out a nose win in the Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita Park, but expended little effort on Sunday with a 4 1/4-length victory in the $100,250 Torrey Pines S. (G3) at Del Mar.

The chestnut lass tracked the early pacesetter on the backstretch before cruising on by nearing the turn and drawing off to finish a mile in 1:36.43 over the fast main track. Jockey Victory Espinoza was aboard Stellar Wind for trainer John Sadler.

For more, please follow the link to the TwinSpires blog.

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Lady Shipman sails to course record in Smart N Fancy

Ranlo Investments LLC's Lady Shipman (Midshipman) established a new course record of 1:00.46 over the firm Mellon Turf at Saratoga on Sunday when sailing to an easy win in the $100,000 Smart N Fancy S. under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.

The Kathleen O'Connell trainee tracked early pacesetter Tahnee (Where's the Ring) before taking over rounding the turn and pulling off under a geared down hand ride to be 2 3/4 lengths clear on the wire.

For more, please follow the link to the TwinSpires blog.

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Valid scores in Philip H. Iselin

Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid (Medaglia d'Oro) easily turned back 6-5 favorite Bradester (Lion Heart) in Sunday's $151,500 Philip H. Iselin S. (G3) at Monmouth Park to record a 3 1/2-length victory and give jockey Nik Juarez his first career stakes win.

The duo pressed the early pace as first Albano and then Bradester led the way through splits of :23.92 and :48.72. Albano fell back just as Valid took command, but Bradester will still fighting. The battle didn't last long, though, as Valid began pulling away to eventually finish 1 1/8 miles over the fast main track in 1:50.15.

Bradester, hero of the Monmouth Cup (G2) and Salvator Mile S. (G3) in his last two, just held off the late-charging Matterhorn (Distorted Humor) to secure second.

Valid finished behind Bradester in both of those events, running third in the Salvator Mile and second in the Monmouth Cup. Last year, the Marcus Vitali-trained gelding was third in both the Iselin and Salvator Mile while winning the Monmouth Cup.

The dark bay five-year-old, who also boasts a score in the Fred W. Hooper S. (G3) from earlier this season, improved his career record to read 30-9-7-6, $699,107.

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Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Monday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Delaware Park   (3rd) Crimson Valor, 3-1
    (6th) Spanish Dream, 3-1
Finger Lakes   (2nd) Life of a Tiger, 6-1
    (9th) Cool and Quiet, 5-1
Hastings Park   (3rd) Irish Romeo, 3-1
    (6th) Laguna Blaze, 4-1
Mountaineer   (2nd) Culpepper Cat, 4-1
    (7th) Atlantic Bull, 3-1
Parx Racing   (1st) Molten Steel, 5-1
    (5th) Saratoga Woods, 3-1
Presque Isle Downs   (1st) Island Blossom, 5-1
    (6th) Why Izzy Why, 9-2
Saratoga   (6th) The Strip, 6-1
    (10th) Tiz Time to Shake, 6-1
Thistledown   (1st) Night Reader, 5-1
    (8th) Smuggler's Hold, 6-1

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