Beholder romps in Clement L. Hirsch
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.
For the full story and analysis, visit the TwinSpires blog.
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.
For more on the West Virginia Derby, visit the TwinSpires Blog.
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.
For more on Work All Week's performance, visit the TwinSpires Blog.
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.
For the full story and analysis, visit the TwinSpires blog.
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.
For the full recap, analysis, and a lament for Innovation Economy, visit the blog post at TwinSpires.com.
Holy Boss captures Amsterdam
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.
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.
For the complete story, visit the TwinSpires blog.
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.
For the full story, visit the TwinSpires blog.
American Pharoah installed as 1-5 choice in eight-horse Haskell
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.
For the full preview, visit this blog post on TwinSpires.com.
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