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American Pharoah records final work for Haskell

American Pharoah has won seven straight (Benoit Photo)

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) will return to action in Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park and the Bob Baffert-trained colt recorded his final workout in preparation Tuesday morning, breezing a half-mile in :48.80 at Del Mar.

Martin Garcia was up for the breeze, American Pharoah's third workout in 10 days, but regular rider Victor Espinoza will be up on the Zayat Stables' colorbearer in the 1 1/8-mile Haskell. The bay colt is scheduled to ship to New Jersey on Wednesday morning.

For more on American Pharoah and Tuesday's workout, visit the TwinSpires blog.

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Breaking Lucky upsets Shaman Ghost in Prince of Wales

Breaking Lucky (Lookin at Lucky) made a sweeping move to the lead in upper stretch and held off a rail bid from Queen's Plate winner Shaman Ghost (Ghostzapper) to take the $383,500 Prince of Wales, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, by a neck at Fort Erie Tuesday evening.

Trained by Reade Baker and ridden by Jim McAleney, Breaking Lucky completed 1 3/16 miles on a fast track in 1:56.59 and paid $28.10.

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

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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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Solow a heavy favorite in Sussex

Odds-on favorite Solow (Singspiel) takes his seven-race winning streak to Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday when he faces seven rivals in the one-mile Sussex S. (Eng-G1) for an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) through the international Breeders' Cup Challenge.

Under the enhancements of the Challenge series, the Breeders' Cup will pay the $40,000 entry fee for the Sussex winner to start in the $2 million Mile. Breeders' Cup is also providing all connections of overseas starters who are entering their horses in the Championships with a $40,000 travel allowance.

Solow, trained by Freddie Head, who trained Goldikova to three consecutive wins (2008-10) in the Breeders' Cup Mile and rode Miesque to victory in the 1987-88 editions of the Mile, has the gray ready for action since capturing last month's Queen Anne S. (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot.

“Solow is in really good form and the Sussex has been the plan for him ever since he won the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot," Head recently told the International Racing Bureau. "He is a very sound horse who takes his races well -- he does not require much work and is easy to train."

The Queen Anne was Solow's third straight Group 1 win this year. Solow captured the one mile Dubai Turf (UAe-G1) by 4 1/2 lengths at Meydan and followed up that score by winning the 1 1/8-mile Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-G1) at Longchamp on May 24. Maxime Guyon will ride Solow as he has done in all four starts this year.

Night of Thunder (Dubawi) finished five lengths behind Solow in the Queen Anne. Last year's Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) winner, trained by Richard Hannon, won the Lockinge S. (Eng-G1) at Newbury on May 16 in his first start of 2015.

Breaking from the inside post will be Arod (Trefoil), who comes into the Sussex off back-to-back victories in Epsom's Diomed S. (Eng-G3) and in the Summer Mile (Eng-G2) at Ascot. He finished one length behind Night of Thunder in his third place performance in the Lockinge.

Belardo (Lope de Vega), winner of last year's Dewhurst S. (Eng-G1), and Bossy Guest (Medicean), fourth in the Two Thousand Guineas, are the two three-year-olds in the field.

Aidan O'Brien has won the Sussex four times in the last 15 years. He is represented by the Cougar Mountain (Fastnet Rock), who finished third in the Queen Anne and fourth in the Eclipse S. (Eng-G1) at Sandown on July 4.

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Judy the Beauty returns to action in Honorable Miss

Judy the Beauty (Ghostzapper), the 2014 champion female sprinter, will maker her first outing since May in Wednesday's $200,000 Honorable Miss H. (G2) at Saratoga.

Second in the Humana Distaff (G1) in her season debut, Judy the Beauty will carry top weight of 124 pounds in the six-furlong dash. Her main rival among four is the speedy La Verdad (Yes It's True), a winner of all three starts this year including the Distaff H. (G2) and Vagrancy H. (G3).

For the complete story, visit the TwinSpires blog.

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Shaman Ghost seeks second Canadian classic in Prince of Wales

Queen's Plate winner Shaman Ghost (Ghostzapper) will seek to become the first horse in 12 years to take the first two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown in Tuesday's C$500,000 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.

The 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales has attracted a field of seven, but all eyes will be on Shaman Ghost, who will try and follow in the hoof steps of Wando, the last horse to win both the Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales. That recently-deceased champion wound up sweeping the Canadian Triple Crown in 2003.

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Top Speed/Class ratings


Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/20-7/26) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Catch a Flight (ARG) 5H 1 1/16m (ft) DMR 7/25 San Diego H. 103
Ecleto Red 5G 1 1/16m (ft) PRM 7/25 Prairie Meadows H. 98
Big John B 6G 1 1/2m (ft) DMR 7/24 Cougar II H. 96
Kiss to Remember 4F 1m (ft) GP 7/25 Monroe H. 95
A. P. Wildcat 4G 1 1/16m (ft) ARP 7/26 Mount Elbert S. 92
Uchenna (IRE) 4F 1 1/16m (ft) WO 7/25 Ontario Matron S. 92
Go Go Lolo 7M 1m (ft) ASD 7/25 Winnipeg Sun S. 91
Bobby Handy 8G 1 1/16m (ft) GPR 7/25 Marathon Series S. 88
Lady Jila 8M 1 1/16m (ft) ARP 7/26 Columbine S. 87
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/20-7/26) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Wild Dude 5H 6f (ft) DMR 7/26 Bing Crosby S. 105
Keene On Demand 5G 6f (ft) GPR 7/26 Sprint Series S. 92
Vic Tories 5G 7 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/26 Land of Enchantment H. 92
D E Lover 4G 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/26 Sierra Blanca H. 91
Johnny Whip 6G 6 1/2f (ft) FMT 7/25 Route 66 S. 90
More Than Even 5M 6f (ft) FMT 7/25 Muscogee (Creek) Nation S. 90
Floating Feather 7G 7 1/2f (ft) BOI 7/22 I.T.A. Willy Fiddle S. 89
Sogn 6M 7f (ft) BOI 7/22 I.T.A. Winning Colors S. 89
Diabolical Dame 3F 6f (ft) RUI 7/26 Lincoln H. 85
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/20-7/26) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Hard Not to Like 6M 1 1/8m (fm) SAR 7/25 Diana S. 102
Potomac River 6H 1 1/16m (fm) EVD 7/25 Sunset S. 98
Pure Tactics 6H 1m (fm) DMR 7/22 Wickerr S. 97
Quick Dagger 4G 5f (fm) EVD 7/25 Turf Express S. 94
Ageless 6M 6f (fm) WO 7/26 Royal North S. 93
Weewinnin 5G 1 1/16m (fm) DMR 7/26 California Dreamin' S. 90
Kiss the Daddy 5M 5f (fm) PRX 7/25 Power by Far H. 82
Welcome Aboard 5M 1m (fm) EVD 7/25 Opelousas S. 80
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/20-7/26) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Krews Pass 2C 4 1/2f (ft) CPW 7/26 NDTBA Certified Thoroughbred Futurity 105
Off the Tracks 2F 6f (ft) SAR 7/24 Schuylerville S. 100
Riker 2C 6f (ft) WO 7/25 Colin S. 95
Uncle Vinny 2C 6f (ft) SAR 7/25 Sanford S. 88
Storm Warrior 2G 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/26 Rio Grande Senor Thoroughbred Futurity 86
Bootleggers Wife 2F 6f (ft) NP 7/24 Princess Margaret S. 81
School Board Prez 2F 5 1/2f (ft) TDN 7/25 Miss Ohio S. 76
My Heart Goes On 2F 6f (ft) EMD 7/26 Angie C. S. 75
Dust Alert 2F 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/25 Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity 71
Hold the Giant 2G 6f (ft) NP 7/25 Edmonton Juvenile S. 67
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/20-7/26) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Saham 3C 1 1/16m (fm) PRX 7/25 Crowd Pleaser H. 96
Curalina 3F 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 7/26 Coaching Club American Oaks 95
Hebbronville 3C 6f (ft) MTH 7/25 Jersey Shore S. 93
Kingsport 3C 7f (ft) WO 7/22 Deputy Minister S. 93
Isabella Sings 3F 1 1/16m (fm) MTH 7/26 Little Silver S. 91
Lonnie Ton 3G 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/26 Road Runner H. 89
Mrs McDougal 3F 1 1/16m (fm) SAR 7/24 Lake George S. 89
Big Book 3F 7f (ft) DMR 7/25 Fleet Treat S. 88
Conquest Pacemaker 3C a1 1/8m (fm) WO 7/26 Toronto Cup S. 88
My Point Exactly 3G 1 1/16m (fm) GP 7/25 Bear's Den S. 85
Stormy Regatta 3F 1 1/16m (fm) MTH 7/26 Little Silver S. 85
Glow Girl 3F 1m 70y (ft) ARP 7/25 CTBA Breeders Oaks 84
Redstart 3F 1 1/8m (ft) BTP 7/26 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks 82
Tea Light 3F 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/26 Sierra Starlet H. 81
Xtreme Denigray 3G 1 1/16m (ft) GPR 7/26 Alberta Derby 80


Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Wild Dude   DMR   6f (ft)   7/26   121.4
Big John B   DMR   1 1/2m (ft)   7/24   121.4
Catch a Flight (ARG)   DMR   1 1/16m (ft)   7/25   121.3
Monster Mash   SAR   7f (ft)   7/25   121.2
Ecleto Red   PRM   1 1/16m (ft)   7/25   121.0
Micks Miracle   DMR   6 1/2f (ft)   7/25   120.7
Curalina   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   7/26   120.7
Hard Not to Like   SAR   1 1/8m (fm)   7/25   120.3
Off the Tracks   SAR   6f (ft)   7/24   120.3
Ageless   WO   6f (fm)   7/26   120.2
Midnight Transfer   DMR   6f (ft)   7/23   120.1
Kiss to Remember   GP   1m (ft)   7/25   119.8
Last Laugh Now   PID   1m 70y (ft)   7/20   119.6
Newfound Gold   DMR   5 1/2f (ft)   7/26   119.6
Pure Tactics   DMR   1m (fm)   7/22   119.6

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather


For Wednesday

Charles Town   (1st) Nijinsky's Warrior, 7-2
    (7th) Simmstown, 7-2
Delaware Park   (4th) Aragvi, 6-1
    (7th) Condo Closing, 8-1
Del Mar   (3rd) Jimmy Bouncer, 3-1
    (7th) Backstreet Lisa, 4-1
Evangeline Downs   (1st) Minister Henny, 4-1
    (4th) Grand Turner, 9-2
Indiana Grand   (3rd) Smiling Wonderboy, 9-2
    (8th) Tetrad, 7-2
Louisiana Downs   (3rd) Private Songster, 9-2
    (7th) Zany Hero, 8-1
Mountaineer   (3rd) Yes I See, 8-1
    (9th) Flying Butterfly, 4-1
Penn National   (1st) Bee Bee Queen, 4-1
    (5th) Atheltane, 6-1
Presque Isle Downs   (3rd) Wild Winter, 3-1
    (6th) Oak Harbor, 7-2
Saratoga   (3rd) Tuneintobow, 8-1
    (9th) Integrity, 3-1
Thistledown   (2nd) Meadows Chance, 4-1
    (8th) Grab the Cash, 4-1
Woodbine   (2nd) Thunder Point, 8-1
    (7th) Just Coz, 7-2

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