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A look at two improving stars of today and a rivalry from yesteryear

James Scully looks back at Melatonin's victory in the Gold Cup (G1) and Mo Tom's in the Ohio Derby from last Saturday and notes what to expect from the two progressive performers.

Meanwhile, Vance Hanson goes back 44 years and writes about one of racing's most underrated rivalries between Riva Ridge and Key to the Mint.

John Mucciolo reviews last week's action in New York in his Belmont Notebook.

American Freedom tops Iowa Derby field

Stakes winner American Freedom, who has won two of three starts for trainer Bob Baffert, goes in search of his first graded stakes victory Friday night in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (G3) at Prairie Meadows.

The first of three graded stakes this week at the suburban Des Moines track occurs Thursday night when Thrilled goes postward as the likely favorite in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (G3).

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has announced that legendary announcer Tom Durkin will play tour guide at the museum on select days during Saratoga's live meeting.



IND, 3RD, ALW, $45,000, 3YO, F, 1MT, 6-28.
4—HILARIOUS BROWN, f, 3, Big Brown--Funny Girl Rachel, by Distorted Humor. O-John E Wallace, B-Ron Armstrong & John Wallace (KY), T-Anthony J. Granitz, J-Fernando De La Cruz, $27,000.
5—All Aces, f, 3, Lemon Drop Kid--Tricky Bird, by Storm Bird. O-Dunwoody Farm, B-Bruce Berenson & Laurie Berenson (KY), $9,000.
6—School Board Prez, f, 3, Courageous Cat--Torrent of Song, by Torrential. O-Royer Family Stables LLC, B-John Royer (OH), $4,500.
Winning Time: 1:35 4/5 (fm)
IND, 7TH, AOC, $42,160, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 6-28.
1—JOYOUS LADY, f, 4, Kela--d'Aroak, by Roanoke. O-Klopp, Randy L and Claramunt, Dennis, B-Dennis Claramunt & Cynthia Claramunt & Randy Klopp (IN), T-Randy L. Klopp, J-Thomas L. Pompell, $28,560.
2—Samsonian, m, 6, Broken Vow--Miss Louisiana, by Miswaki. O-Paul H Adkins LLC, B-Charles Matses (KY), $6,800.
6—Tizzy Be Hot, m, 5, Tiz Wonderful--Desert Heat, by Mr. Prospector. ($20,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Sherri L Greenhill, B-Malibu Farm (KY), $3,400.
Winning Time: 1:10 4/5 (ft)
IND, 4TH, ALW, $36,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 6-28.
4—R LUCKEY CHARLIE, g, 3, Adios Charlie--Thats Whatshesaid, by Lion Heart. O-Richard Batz, B-Richard L Batz (IN), T-Marvin A. Johnson, J-Richard A. Bracho, $21,600.
8—Rebel Bull, g, 3, Flashy Bull--Marina, by Theatrical (IRE). O-Bone Doctors Stable, B-Bone Doctors Stable (IN), $7,200.
2—Brothers Dryden, g, 3, Greatness--Holly At Law, by Bernstein. O-Irish Wisky II, B-L J Gaudreau (IN), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:11 2/5 (ft)
IND, 8TH, AOC, $34,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7 1/2FT, 6-28.
2—BIG ISLAND BLONDE, f, 4, Monarchos--Even Again, by Stephen Got Even. ($42,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Dundalk 5 LLC, B-Debby Oxley (KY), T-Paul E. Holthus, J-Rodney A. Prescott, $20,400.
9—Vanilla Score, f, 4, Even the Score--Vanilla Babe, by Bianconi. O-Lewis, Jr, Freddy and Lucas, Ted W, B-Freddy Lewis Jr (KY), $6,800.
8—Cinder, f, 3, Warrior's Reward--Powder Rock, by Rock Hard Ten. ($58,000 '13 KEENOV; $105,000 '14 KEESEP; $65,000 2015 OBSAPR). O-Dahir, Michael and Bromagen, Sandra, B-BWB Bloodstock, LLC & K Taylor (KY), $3,400.
Winning Time: 1:29 4/5 (fm)
PID, 6TH, ALW, $30,885, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 6-27.
3—ARTESIAN, f, 3, Artie Schiller--Custom Made, by Hadif. ($2,000 '14 KEEJAN). O-Equivine Farm, B-Gary Cook & Artie Schiller Syndicate (KY), T-Frances McNeely, J-Pablo Morales, $17,400.
5—Tide Is High, f, 4, Broken Vow--Reef Bay, by Danzig. O-Augustin Stable, B-George Strawbridge Jr (PA), $7,540.
1—Cognac Cutie, f, 4, Jump Start--Top Kitty, by Hennessy. ($7,200 '12 FTMDEC). O-Harris S Dukes, B-Thomas Finacchio & Caroline Rebecca Finacchio (PA), $3,770.
Winning Time: 1:10 3/5 (ft)
PID, 2ND, ALW, $28,710, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 6-27.
7—CACTUS COPY, f, 3, Cactus Ridge--Tres Copy, by Souvenir Copy. O-Anne L Walsh, B-Ryan D Walsh (KY), T-Ryan D. Walsh, J-Huber Villa-Gomez, $17,400.
3—Merry Lady, f, 4, Keyed Entry--Seemein Seattle, by Seattle Sleet. ($4,000 2014 OBSJAN). O-W John Bourke, B-Mari George (FL), $5,800.
5—Kentucky Lady, f, 4, Stephen Got Even--Running Madam, by Running Stag. ($12,000 '13 FTKOCT). O-Jack Cannon, B-Darren Pollitt & Marilyn Pollitt (KY), $2,900.
Winning Time: 1:05 1/5 (ft)
ALB, 9TH, ALW, $23,600, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 6-27.
7—DESERT GAMBLER, f, 4, Desert God--Inrightclassitime, by Straight Man. O-Taylor, Dale, Taylor, Carey and Hogg, Jon, B-Dale F Taylor & Debbie Taylor (NM), T-Todd W. Fincher, J-Norberto Arroyo, Jr., $14,160.
4—Desert Stepper, f, 4, Desert God--Thanks for Smokin, by Smoke Glacken. O-L Squared Racing LLC and Allen, Joe, B-Joe Allen (NM), $4,720.
6—B B Looker, m, 5, Bourbon n Blues--Magandalooker, by Storm Ashore. O-Hailey, Jim and Douglas and Wood, Philip J, B-Philip J Wood (NM), $2,360.
Winning Time: 1:37 4/5 (ft)
MNR, 8TH, ALW, $23,343, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 6-27.
6—FLATTERING BEA, m, 6, Flatter--Wild Bea, by Wild Rush. O-James W Arrison, B-James Arrison (KY), T-Crystal G. Pickett, J-Deshawn L. Parker, $14,558.
2—In Mid Heir, m, 6, Wildcat Heir--Rhythm in Shoes, by Rhythm. O-New Farm, B-New Farm (FL), $5,020.
1—Lake Ponchatrain, f, 4, Afleet Express--Harmony Lake, by Lucky Lionel. ($1,000 '12 KEENOV). O-John D McKee, B-John E & Barbara R Smicklas Living Trusts (OK), $2,510.
Winning Time: 1:11 1/5 (ft)
ALB, 6TH, ALW, $22,300, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 6-27.
6—LARRYSLEGACEE, g, 4, Nacimiento--Almost a Ten, by Cee's Tizzy. O-Denton Crozier, B-Larry Arnold (NM), T-Hermenegildo G. Aldavaz, J-Renny J. Arrieta, $13,380.
8—Seasalt N Vinegar, g, 3, Seacliff--Salty Air, by Salt Lake. ($4,000 '14 RUIAUG). O-Barbara Jean Brown, B-Brian Keith Bentley & Patsy Handcock (NM), $4,460.
3—Back Seat Hero, g, 3, Diabolical--Back Seat Charm, by Silver Charm. O-Robison, J Kirk and Judy, B-J Kirk Robison & Judy Robison (NM), $2,230.
Winning Time: 1:02 3/5 (ft)
MNR, 6TH, ALW, $15,714, 3YO/UP, 6F, 6-27.
1—MY BROTHER JOHNNY, g, 3, Jump Start--My Sister Margaret, by Bop. O-O'Sullivan Farms LLC, B-O'Sullivan Farms (WV), T-J. Michael Baird, J-Deshawn L. Parker, $9,396.
6—Profield, g, 3, Marchfield--Prosperous Linda, by Paynes Bay. O-Domenic Colalillo, B-Domenic Colalillo (WV), $3,240.
7—Jerry the Bull, g, 5, Benny the Bull--Lower Dixie Gal, by Dixieland Band. O-Louise Poole, B-Jack Poole (PA), $1,620.
Winning Time: 1:13 4/5 (ft)

North American Maiden Winners
Wilburn--Flick by Dehere; WILDWOOD WILLY, c, 2, FP, Msw, 6-28, 4 1/2f, :53 4/5. B-Ridgewood Stables, LLC (IL.). $4,500 '15 FTKOCT. *1/2 to Greengrassofyoming (MSW$324,726).
Adios Charlie--Ghostly Fast by Ghostzapper; ISLANDEXPRESS, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 25000, 6-28, 5f, 1:00 2/5. B-Adrienne Leigh Provost & Elijah Bail (FL.). $12,000 '13 OBSOCT; $9,000 2015 OBSJUN.
Bluegrass Cat--Sweet Yamila by Quaker Ridge; GOOD RIDDANZ DRICA, f, 3, FL, Mcl 5000, 6-28, 5f, 1:01 . B-Murdog Development, LLC (NY.).
Brave 'n Away--Good Glory by Storm Broker; TASTE OF RAJ, f, 3, FP, Msw, 6-28, 6f, 1:15 3/5. B-Timothy A. Hughes (IL.).
Discreetly Mine--Provisions by Devil's Bag; IMALWAYSHOTFORYOU, f, 3, MNR, Msw, 6-27, 1mT, 1:37 3/5. B-CFP Thoroughbreds LLC (KY.). $17,000 '14 FTKOCT. *1/2 to Jack Sullivan (G3$1,128,967).
Eddington--Gottah Penny by Stravinsky; SCOTT HILL, g, 3, FL, Msw, 6-28, 1m, 1:43 2/5. B-Willmott Stables (KY.).
Great Notion--Go Lion Go by Lion Hearted; LIKE A LION, f, 3, PRX, Msw, 6-28, 5f, :58 1/5. B-Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman & Rebecca Davis (MD.).
Midshipman--Yam by Nureyev; SHIP AHOY, f, 3, MNR, Msw, 6-27, 1mT, 1:34 1/5. B-The Billabong (LA.).
Rocky Bar--Just Hoping by Gulch; FORK AND DAGGER, g, 3, ALB, Msw, 6-27, 5 1/2f, 1:02 4/5. B-David Chavez (CA.). $4,000 '14 BESOCT.
Saint Augustus--Imperial Aly by Imperial Cat; DAHLING ALY CAT, f, 3, RUI, Mcl 6500, 6-27, 5f, 1:01 4/5. B-Debra M Gotovac (TX.).
Where's the Ring--June Bride by Dixie Union; NATURAL GEM, f, 3, FE, Mcl 5000, 6-28, a7fT, 1:26 2/5. B-Fourth Street Racing Stable (ON.). C$10,000 '14 ONTSEP.
Mancini--Bewitching Miss by Sword Dance (IRE); DUCHESSOFOLDENBURG, f, 4, IND, Msw, 6-28, 1 1/16m, 1:47 2/5. B-John O'Meara (IN.).
War Front--Stroll By by Stroll; MARCH ON, f, 4, IND, Msw, 6-28, 5fT, :57 2/5. B-Indian Creek (KY.). $170,000 '13 KEESEP.
Congrats--Call Me Chaotic by Distorted Humor; CONGRATULATORY, m, 5, PRX, Mcl 10000, 6-28, 6f, 1:13 2/5. B-Juan Vazquez (MD.).
Sky Diving--Mia Merida by Country Pine; JUST SKY, m, 6, FP, Mcl 3200, 6-28, 6f, 1:15 3/5. B-Lanny D Yates (IL.).


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Top Speed/Class ratings


Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/20-6/26) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Melatonin 5G 1 1/4m (ft) SA 6/25 Gold Cup at Santa Anita S. 105
Soi Phet 8G 1 1/16m (ft) SA 6/26 McCann's Mojave H. 97
Encryption 5H 1m 70y (ft) PRX 6/25 Turning for Home S. 96
Bronze Star 4C 1 1/16m (ft) OTP 6/25 Oak Tree H. 94
Justalittlesmoke 4F 1 1/16m (ft) TDN 6/25 J. William Petro Memorial H. 86
Zooks 5G 1m (ft) SDY 6/25 ITA Thoroughbred Classic 68
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/20-6/26) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Chublicious 5G 6f (ft) MTH 6/26 Mr. Prospector S. 108
Sarah Sis 4F 7f (ft) AP 6/25 Chicago H. 100
Shh She's Ours 4F 6f (ft) SA 6/26 Desert Stormer II S. 99
By the Moon 4F 7f (ft) BEL 6/25 Bed o' Roses H. 97
Lord Nelson 4C 7f (ft) SA 6/25 Triple Bend S. 97
Athena 4F 6f (ft) CD 6/25 Roxelana S. 96
Moment of Delight 4F 6 1/2f (ft) GP 6/25 Boca Chica S. 94
We're All Set 5G 6 1/2f (ft) GP 6/26 Sea of Grass S. 94
Citizen Geller 4G 7f (ft) ALB 6/25 O.D. McDonald S. 93
B C Z Middleton 3F 6 1/2f (ft) EMD 6/20 Washington State Legislators S. 90
Stormofthecentury 8G 5 1/2f (ft) PID 6/20 Karl Boyes Memorial S. 90
Jewel S. 7M 5f (ft) GRP 6/26 Southern Belle S. 68
Formal Joker 6G 5f (ft) SDY 6/25 Idaho Cup Thoroughbred Sprint 66
Shawzinator 7G 6 1/2f (ft) CPW 6/26 Chippewa Downs TB S. 66
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/20-6/26) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Isabella Sings 4F 1 1/16m (fm) MTH 6/25 Eatontown S. 96
Queen Caroline 3F 1 1/16m (fm) PIM 6/25 Nellie Mae Cox S. 90
Rose Brier 7G 1 1/16m (fm) PIM 6/25 Edward P. Evans S. 89
Two Notch Road 9G 5f (fm) PIM 6/25 White Oak Farm S. 88
Debbie's Tude 5M 1 1/8m (fm) PIM 6/25 All Brandy S. 81
Eyeplayeveryday 5H 1 1/8m (fm) PIM 6/25 Find S. 81
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/20-6/26) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Conquest Vivi 2F 5 1/2f (ft) WO 6/25 Nandi S. 85
Pachi Cruze 2C 5 1/2f (ft) WO 6/26 Frost King S. 77
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/20-6/26) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Mo Tom 3C 1 1/8m (ft) TDN 6/25 Ohio Derby 98
Fingerpainter 3F 6f (ft) FL 6/20 Niagara S. 90
Badabing Badaboom 3G 1 1/16m (sy) IND 6/22 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore S. 89
Cloud Control 3C 7f (fm) BEL 6/26 New York Stallion S. 85
Aquaphobia 3C a1 1/16m (fm) DEL 6/22 Stanton S. 84
Find Joy 3F 1 1/16m (ft) EMD 6/26 Kent S. 84
Louisville First 3F 7f (fm) BEL 6/26 New York Stallion S. 84
Sassy Miss Officer 3F 1 1/16m (sy) IND 6/22 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore S. 81
Big Bad Janine 3F 6f (ft) ASD 6/25 Chantilly S. 78
Dugaboy Brown 3G 1 1/16m (ft) ARP 6/25 CTBA Derby 77
Drop of Vanilla 3F 1m (ft) SDY 6/25 Idaho Cup Thoroughbred Distaff Derby 65


Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
By the Moon   BEL   7f (ft)   6/25   122.2
Melatonin   SA   1 1/4m (ft)   6/25   121.7
Chublicious   MTH   6f (ft)   6/26   121.2
Lord Nelson   SA   7f (ft)   6/25   121.1
Far From Over   BEL   1 1/16m (ft)   6/24   120.8
Sarah Sis   AP   7f (ft)   6/25   120.8
Soi Phet   SA   1 1/16m (ft)   6/26   120.7
Ostrolenka   MTH   1m 70y (ft)   6/25   120.7
Isabella Sings   MTH   1 1/16m (fm)   6/25   120.7
Tekton   PRX   1m (ft)   6/20   120.3
Warrioroftheroses   DEL   1 1/16m (ft)   6/23   120.3
For Goodness Sake   CD   1 1/16m (my)   6/23   120.2
Shh She's Ours   SA   6f (ft)   6/26   120.1
Encryption   PRX   1m 70y (ft)   6/25   120.0
Money'soncharlotte   MTH   1m 70y (ft)   6/26   119.7

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