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MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014


Graded Recaps
Bayern dominates Haskell on front end
Kaleem Shah's Bayern had his Triple Crown trail frustrated by a bruised hoof, but the Bob Baffert colt served notice that he'll be a force to reckon with in the second half of the season with a tour de force in Sunday's Grade 1, $1,030,000 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth. more...

Big Macher refuses to yield in Bing Crosby
It was four across the track rounding the turn in Sunday's Grade 1, $300,500 Bing Crosby at Del Mar, but Big Macher quickly separated himself from the pack before withstanding 3-5 favorite Goldencents' wide rally to post a half-length win under jockey Tyler Baze. more...

Valid grinds out first stakes score in Monmouth Cup
Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid outdueled Bradester to the wire by a half-length to capture his first stakes in Sunday's Grade 2, $211,000 Monmouth Cup at Monmouth. more...

Majestic River clear in Molly Pitcher victory
George Bolton, Barry Lipman and Natrona Racing Stable's Majestic River was making her graded debut in Sunday's Grade 2, $203,000 Molly Pitcher at Monmouth Park, but didn't let that fact stop her from pulling off in the lane to record a 2 1/2-length victory. more...

Antipathy captures Shuvee
Godolphin Racing's Antipathy was a neck third when making her stakes bow in the Ogden Phipps last out at Belmont Park, but on Sunday the Kiaran McLaughlin trainee held on to take the Grade 3, $200,000 Shuvee Handicap at Saratoga by two lengths in just her second stakes try. more...

Guys Reward denies Fredericksburg in Oceanport
Michael J. Bruder's Guys Reward mowed down gallant front runner Fredericksburg in Sunday's Grade 3, $170,000 Oceanport Stakes at Monmouth, notching his fourth career stakes victory. more...

Starstruck repeats in Matchmaker
Calumet Farm's Starstruck had gone winless since last year's Grade 3, $170,000 Matchmaker Stakes, but a return to Monmouth for a title defense on Sunday brought out in the best in the daughter of Galileo. more...

Racing Headlines
Tonalist, Kid Cruz Travers bound after Jim Dandy placings
Belmont Stakes hero Tonalist "came back in good order; a touch stiff, but not bad," trainer Christophe Clement said Sunday morning, one day after his Tapit pupil ran second in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga. The bay colt will now turn his attention to the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 23 at the Spa. more...

Vyjack reverts to sprinting for Vanderbilt
Grade 2 victor Vyjack could be a handful in his next start if his morning works are any indication. more...

Far-flung field shaping up for Pacific Classic
Prospects are being projected from far and near for the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on August 24 at Del Mar. more...

Hennig: Merry Meadow 'just tries hard, every day'
Hennig has another hard-knocking filly in Merry Meadow, a contender in Monday's Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss for female sprinters at six furlongs. more...

Graded Recaps
Wicked Strong rebuffs Tonalist, wins Jim Dandy going away
Displaying a new dimension with the addition of blinkers, Wicked Strong raced up close from the start of Saturday's Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga and easily proved best in the end, turning back a stretch bid from Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist to post a 2 1/4-length decision. more...

Coup de Grace finishes off weary Amsterdam rivals
Coup de Grace landed the final blow in the Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam at Saratoga on Saturday, wearing down the dueling speedsters C. Zee and Big Guy Ian in the stretch to take the 6 1/2-furlong dash for three-year-olds by three lengths under Rosie Napravnik. more...

Fed Biz fells track record in San Diego romp
Kaleem Shah Inc. et al's Fed Biz became the second straight son of Giant's Causeway to set a track record at Del Mar on Saturday when wiring the Grade 2, $201,000 San Diego by 5 1/4 lengths in a final time 1:41.00 for 1 1/16 miles over the Polytrack. more...

Irish Surf blisters Cougar foes
Irish Surf ran away from the competition in Friday's Grade 3, $100,750 Cougar II H. at Del Mar more...

Racing Headlines
Del Mar transfers Sunday's turf races to Polytrack
After three horses were euthanized due to injuries sustained on Del Mar's new turf course over the past couple of days, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club President Joe Harper announced late Saturday that Sunday's turf races would be moved to the Polytrack. more...

Competitive Edge turns Saratoga maiden into a rout
Saturday's 3RD race at Saratoga promised to be an informative two-year-old maiden, and Nancy Favreau and Kathy Psoinos' Competitive Edge turned it into a one-horse show. more...

Palace Malice leads Whitney worktab
Palace Malice, the leading candidate for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney on August 2, made a surprise visit to Saratoga's main track Saturday morning, working five furlongs under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher. more...

McGaughey mulling Travers for Mr Speaker after nice dirt move at Saratoga
A Grade 1 winner on grass in his most recent start, Mr Speaker breezed a half-mile over Saratoga's fast main track Saturday morning for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. more...

Routine morning for Haskell contenders
As the 47th running of the summer centerpiece of Monmouth Park's racing season, the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational draws near, trainers made final preparations with their runners on Saturday. more...

Samraat exits surgery well, to recuperate at the Spa
Multiple Grade 3 winner Samraat, who would have been one of the top contenders in Saturday's Jim Dandy, is on his way back to Saratoga after having successful surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right shin. more...

Taghrooda first sophomore filly in 37 years to claim King George
Taghrooda proved herself one of the great fillies of recent times when seeing off older rivals and colts to land the Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot under Paul Hanagan on Saturday. more...

Osaila takes Princess Margaret for Hannon, Dettori
Connections are hoping that Osaila could develop into a classic contender for next year after the filly took the Group 3, £50,000 Princess Margaret Stakes by two lengths in the colors of Al Shaqab Racing on Saturday's King George undercard at Ascot. more...

Kantharos' first winner romps at Gulfstream
Stonestreet Stables' Katie's Kiss rolled to a 5 1/2-length score in Saturday's 3RD race at Gulfstream Park, becoming the first winner sired by undefeated Grade 2 hero Kantharos, who was himself a Stonestreet colorbearer. more...

Ami's Holiday likely choice in Prince of Wales
Ami's Holiday, who overcame post 15 to finish a rallying second to the filly Lexie Lou in the July 6 Queen's Plate, is the likely favorite to secure the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the C$500,000 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie, early Tuesday evening. more...

Jerkens confident V. E. Day would take to dirt
Being a son of English Channel, Friday's Curlin winner V. E. Day wasn't supposed to be a dirt horse, but the three-year-old colt's trainer, Jimmy Jerkens, knew better. more...

V. E. Day lands Curlin in three-way photo, gives Lezcano 2,000th win
Magalen O. Bryant's V. E. Day launched a rally from last to capture his stakes debut in Friday's $100,000 Curlin at Saratoga, edging Charge Now and Protonico to hand jockey Jose Lezcano his 2,000th win in North America. more...

Wise Dan travels easy five furlongs over Oklahoma turf
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan took to the Oklahoma training track turf on Friday morning in advance of a possible start in the Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap on August 9 at Saratoga. more...

Golden Ticket joins cast for Whitney; Vanderbilt, Test fields taking shape
Magic City Thoroughbred Partners' Golden Ticket is being pointed to the richest race of the Saratoga meet, the Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney on August 2, trainer Ken McPeek said Friday. more...

La Verdad looking to withstand speed duel in Honorable Miss
The New York-bred La Verdad has used her awesome speed to overwhelm her competition in winning nine of 11 career starts. Her talent for doing so will be put to the test on Monday at Saratoga when she heads a field of seven in the Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap over six furlongs. more...

Euro Charline possible for Beverly D. after Ascot score
Euro Charline was an impressive winner Friday afternoon at Ascot and is now under consideration to cross the Atlantic and take on the best turf fillies and mares in America in the $750,000 Beverly D. at Arlington on August 16. more...

Soi Phet going to San Diego
Trainer Leonard Powell entered Soi Phet in three stakes this weekend -- Friday's Grade 3, $100,000 Cougar II Handicap, Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 San Diego Handicap and Sunday's $150,000 California Dreamin' Handicap. more...

Velazquez listed at 15-1 in Jockey Foot Race
At 42, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez is not only the second-oldest jockey competing Saturday in the Jockey Foot Race to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, but he's also the only holdover from the last time the race was run at Saratoga in 1995. more...

'Rosie Signature Hat Collection' to benefit Old Friends
Top jockey Rosie Napravnik is once again lending her support to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Central Kentucky. more...

Dance With Fate suffers fatal injuries in training
Blue Grass hero Dance with Fate, a top contender in Saturday's Grade 2 San Diego Handicap, suffered a fatal injury in a freak accident during training hours Thursday at Del Mar. more...

Stewart tabs Jim Dandy for Commanding Curve
Finally climbing off the fence, trainer Dallas Stewart committed Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve to a run in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy on Saturday instead of the $100,000 Curlin the day before. more...

I'm Already Sexy gets back to work; Vancouverite out of Million
Hit the Board Stable's I'm Already Sexy worked Thursday morning in her first major move since improving to four-for-four at Arlington International Racecourse in the Grade 3, $200,000 Modesty Handicap on July 12. more...

Tracks step up on PDJF Awareness Day
Saturday is the first Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) Awareness Day, and tracks around the country are participating with different events lined up for fans, who can also text 50555 to make a $10 donation. more...

Pure Sensation prevails in Quick Call; Awesome Pearl shines in Novice hurdle
Patricia Generazio's Pure Sensation overcame a troubled-filled trip in Thursday's $100,000 Quick Call Stakes at Saratoga to just get up for a nose victory on the wire under jockey Jose Lezcano. more...

Big Guy Ian 'should have enough speed to be competitive' in Amsterdam
Michael Dilger spent seven years as an assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher before going out on his own last summer. His solo career got off to a fast start when he won with his first stakes starter, New York-bred Wired Bryan, in last July's Sanford. more...

R Free Roll ships out of Florida for only second time for Honorable Miss
Grade 3-placed multiple stakes queen R Free Roll has ventured outside of her native Florida in search of her first graded victory in Monday's Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap for female sprinters at Saratoga. more...

Artemis Agrotera returns to her winning ways at the Spa
Aside from the day's stakes action in the Lake George, the standout performance from Saratoga on Wednesday may well have belonged to Artemis Agrotera's commanding return in the 6TH race, an optional claiming event for New York-bred fillies and mares, three-years-old and up. more...

Kingman, Toronado on course for Sussex clash of generations
Kingman and Toronado are on course for Wednesday's Group 1, £300,000 Sussex Stakes, the highlight on the second day of Glorious Goodwood, after the six-day confirmation stage. more...

The Wow Signal, Anthem Alexander top probables for Phoenix
A fantastic renewal of the Group 1, €200,000 Phoenix Stakes is in prospect at the Curragh on August 10, with Royal Ascot winners The Wow Signal and Anthem Alexander set to be joined by many of this season's best juveniles. more...

Doncaster's Champagne attracts 92 entries
Exciting juveniles Ivawood, Faydhan and Richard Pankhurst feature among 92 entries (up from 76 in 2013) for this year's Group 2, £75,000 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster. more...

Social Inclusion arrives for Haskell in search of a rider
Social Inclusion arrived at the Jersey Shore by van Wednesday morning but his connections were unsure whom the brilliantly fast colt would be partnered with on Sunday in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. more...

Departing scheduled to work for Whitney
Multiple Grade 2 hero Departing will work Saturday morning as he continues his preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney on August 2 at Saratoga. more...

Ring Weekend, other Motion trainees, targeting Spa stakes
Ring Weekend, second in the July 18 Sir Cat Stakes to Tourist on Saratoga's turf, has come back in good form for trainer Graham Motion and may return for another stakes race later in the meet, according to assistant trainer Alice Clapham. more...

Pocahontas, Iroquois highlight Churchill's second September Meet
The second September Meet in the 140-year history of Churchill Downs Racetrack will offer a eight stakes races with total purses of $925,000 during a 12-day run topped by a pair of important stakes events for juveniles who have their eyes on the Breeders' Cup World Championships and racing's spring classics, and the return of the $125,000 Homecoming Classic, a race for 3-year-olds and up designed as a prep for the million Breeders' Cup Classic. more...

St Leger attracts 33 entries
Entries have been revealed for the final English classic of the season, the St Leger, which takes place at Doncaster on September 13. Run over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards, the Group 1 contest boasts a record prize fund of £650,000. more...

Bayern travel plans set; Irish You Well taking shot at Haskell
Trainer Bob Baffert confirmed that Woody Stephens winner Bayern will jet to Monmouth Park this Thursday as local hope Irish You Well will continue to train at the Oceanport, New Jersey, track for Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational. more...

Bramlage, Fallon, Lavin to be honored by Thoroughbred Club of America
Three veterinarians, Dr. Lawrence R. Bramlage, Dr. Edward H. Fallon and Dr. A. Gary Lavin have been selected by the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Club of America as Honored Guests, club president Happy Broadbent announced Tuesday. more...

Borislow, owner and bettor, dead at 52
Dan Borislow, a communications and technology entrepreneur who was a prominent Thoroughbred owner and bettor, reportedly died Monday after suffering a heart attack after playing a pick-up soccer match in Florida. He was 52. more...

Better Lucky steals spotlight in Shine Again
Godolphin Racing LLC's Better Lucky came charging late to pull off the upset in Monday's $95,000 Shine Again Stakes at Saratoga, and spoiled the return of champion My Miss Aurelia, who was making her first start in over a year. more...

Untapable puts finishing touches on Haskell preparations
Top three-year-old filly Untapable breezed an easy half-mile in :50 1/5 over Saratoga's fast Oklahoma training track on Monday, completing her major preparations for her tilt versus males in Sunday's Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth. more...

Will Take Charge works; Lukas unafraid of Whitney competition
At 5:30 a.m. (EDT) on Monday, Will Take Charge turned in what likely will be his penultimate work for the $1.5 million Whitney on August 2, breezing five furlongs in 1:01 on the Oklahoma dirt training track at Saratoga. more...

Heir Kitty commands $750,000 from Narvick International
Grade 1 winner Heir Kitty was far and away the top seller at Sunday evening's Paddock Sale after racing at Del Mar, bringing a bid of $750,000 from Narvick International on behalf of undisclosed Japanese interests. more...

Del Mar's numbers rise during shorter first week
Del Mar began its 75th summer season on a Thursday this year, but just as it has for the better part of two decades, the shore track broke running with "up" numbers proving boss despite the opening day shift. more...

Palace Malice readies for Whitney with five-furlong Spa breeze
Palace Malice, hero of the 2013 Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy, is expected to return to the site of that latter race when lining up for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney on August 2 at Saratoga. more...

Rice mulling either Jim Dandy or WV Derby for Kid Cruz after breeze
Recent Dwyer winner Kid Cruz may make his Saratoga debut in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy on July 26, trainer Linda Rice said Sunday morning. more...

Hot Stones works seven furlongs for expected stretch-out in Shuvee
Bed o' Roses Handicap winner Hot Stones will stretch out to 1 1/8 miles for her next start in the Grade 3, $200,000 Shuvee Handicap on July 27 at Saratoga. more...

Up With the Birds under consideration for Arlington Million
One of the most eye-catching wins on Saturday was that of Sam-Son Farm's Up with the Birds in the Grade 2 Nijinsky at Woodbine. more...

Blinkers breathe new life into Somali Lemonade
After a string of four off-the-board performances in stakes races last year, trainer Michael Matz strongly considered retiring multiple Grade 3 heroine Somali Lemonade. more...

Big Trouble exceeds Dutrow's expectations
As a $230,000 Keeneland sales graduate, Big Trouble was cut out to be a good colt, but trainer Tony Dutrow had to make a decision on whether that and a 78 BRIS Speed figure for a maiden win June 1 were good enough to go ahead and run in the Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford on Saturday. more...

Arlington Oaks top three exit race in good order
Aurelia's Belle exited her victory in Saturday's Arlington Oaks no worse for the wear, according to her connections. more...

Temple City records first winner
Track record-setting Grade 3 victor Temple City was represented by his first winner Sunday when Jusgimmetenminutes got up in time Arapahoe Park's 1ST race. more...

Repole excited about juvenile maiden winner Blame Jim
Owner Mike Repole is excited about Blame Jim, who debuted a three-length winner on Saturday in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race at Saratoga, but the owner can't help but wonder what could have been if the juvenile hadn't been gelded. more...

Spa opening weekend sees increased attendance, handle; Latino-American Day conti
Highlighted by three consecutive days of increased attendance and mutuel handle, top-notch racing and the unveiling of nearly $2 million in upgrades throughout the facility, the 146th meet at Saratoga was off to a spectacular start this weekend for the New York Racing Association (NYRA). more...

Tonalist, Wicked Strong breeze for Jim Dandy; Samraat, 'Curve on fence
Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist turned in his final work Saturday before the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy on July 26, going five furlongs in 1:01.79 over Saratoga's fast Oklahoma training track. more...

Medal Count, Irish You Well, Just Call Kenny breeze for Haskell
As the 47th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational draws near, trainers are getting their runners into top form for Monmouth Park's summer centerpiece. On Saturday, Medal Count, Irish You Well and Just Call Kenny all breezed ahead of the July 27 contest. more...

Encryption added to Haskell line-up
With just over a week until Monmouth's crown jewel, the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational, trainer Kelly Breen has elected to throw his horse's hat into the Haskell ring as he recently announced that Encryption will join the contest. more...

East Hall secures first stakes win in Ohio Derby
Jack H. Hendricks and Roger Justice's East Hall came flying late to capture his first stakes in Saturday's $300,000 Ohio Derby for three-year-olds at ThistleDown. more...

Up With the Birds swoops from last to take Nijinsky
Sam-Son Farms' homebred Up With the Birds rallied last-to-first to capture Saturday's Grade 2, $236,400 Nijinsky Stakes at Woodbine, scoring his first victory since last October's Jamaica Handicap. more...

Joshua Tree enters American St Leger mix; Flamboyant set for Secretariat
Seven-year-old globetrotter Joshua Tree is eying a possible run in the $400,000 American St. Leger on August 16, according to the International Racing Bureau. more...

MRI reveals Stevens' knee damage worse than thought
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who announced July 10 on HRTV that he would be sidelined to undergo a knee replacement, called in to the network Friday to report that his condition is much worse than first realized. more...

Dettori wins with second mount at Saratoga
International jockey Frankie Dettori captured the 8TH race at Saratoga on the track's 2014 opening day in just his second mount ever at the Spa. more...

Wise Dan tours Saratoga's Oklahoma turf
If trainer Charlie LoPresti had any trepidation about sending two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan to Saratoga's Oklahoma turf course to work Friday morning, he didn't show it. more...

Will Take Charge on course for Whitney; Wicked Strong targeting Jim Dandy
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said champion Will Take Charge is on course to run August 2 in the historic Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney for three-year-olds and up going 1 1/8 miles. more...

Enterprising cuts down Argyle in Oceanside
Glen Hill Farm's homebred Enterprising produced a blistering, last-to-first rally in Thursday's $116,700 Oceanside Stakes on opening day at Del Mar, becoming the first stakes winner over the brand new turf course. more...

Social Inclusion continues Haskell preparations
Trainer Manny Azpurua reported Thursday morning at Gulfstream Park that Social Inclusion is on track to make his next start in the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 27. more...

Main Sequence mulls Arlington Million; Adelaide confirmed for Secretariat
The Niarchos Family's Main Sequence is currently possible for Arlington Million XXXII, according to trainer Graham Motion. more...

Interrupted looks to keep Motion's momentum going
Graham Motion has been on a rampage in recent weeks, winning six stakes races at four different tracks so far in the month of July, including the United Nations Stakes at Monmouth and Delaware Oaks in back-to-back days on July 5 and 6. more...

Gulfstream Park announces purse increase, starter incentive
Gulfstream Park announced Thursday it will increase purses an average of 10 percent starting with the July 24 condition book and also offer a $250 starter incentive to help horsemen offset the cost of workers' compensation. more...

South Africa's Khumalo joins 'Rest of the World' team for Shergar Cup
After bursting on to the scene a few years ago, S'manga Khumalo, nicknamed "Bling" on account of his peroxide blond hair, has won a plethora of Grade 1 races in South Africa, notably last year's Durban July on Heavy Metal. more...

NHC Tour member wins interest in Sovereign Stable juvenile
Dr. John Ferraro, a 65-year-old oncologist from Clifton Park, New York, won a fractional interest in a two-year-old racing prospect syndicated and managed by Sovereign Stable in a prize drawing held Thursday. more...

Maryland Racing Commission approves increase in bonus awards to breeders
The Maryland Racing Commission has approved an additional 10 percent bonus award to breeders of Maryland-breds by Maryland sires, and confirmed that there will be a significant increase to the Breeder and Stallion bonuses on Maryland Million Day 2014. more...

Casse stable to have notable presence at Del Mar
Del Mar will take on a bit of an international flavor this summer when Mark Casse sends a number of normally Canada-based horses to the seashore. more...

Mucho Macho Man retired to Adena Springs
Reigning Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man has been retired from racing, and will enter stud at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm in Paris, Kentucky. A fee for the six-year-old earner of $5.6 million will be announced at a later date. more...

NYRA modifies Saratoga giveaway policy
Outlining changes to ensure that more guests are able to participate in Saratoga 's popular giveaways, the New York Racing Association have announced its 2014 giveaway policy. more...

Rolapp, Egan head speakers list at Jockey Club Round Table
Brian Rolapp, the executive vice president of NFL Media and the president and CEO of the NFL Network, will share insights into the National Football League's wide ranging media strategies and Denis Egan, the chief executive of the Irish Turf Club, will provide an update on jockey safety and welfare initiatives when The Jockey Club hosts its 62nd Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing on August 10 at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York. more...

Untapable will take on males in Haskell
Multiple Grade 1 star Untapable, who has been unbeatable in the three-year-old filly division this season, will make her next start versus males in the July 27 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, trainer Steve Asmussen confirmed Monday. more...

Breeders' Cup Turf winner Prized dies at 28
Prized, winner of the 1989 Breeders' Cup Turf at Gulfstream Park, was euthanized on Sunday at Old Friends Retirement Home in Georgetown, Kentucky, due to infirmities of old age. more...

Los Alamitos meet averages over $5 million in daily handle
Los Alamitos wrapped its first Summer Thoroughbred Festival Sunday, averaging $5,070,966 daily in total combined mutuel handle. more...

Story to Tell captures Proctor Memorial; La Grange breaks maiden in Cinderella
Cecil N. Peacock's Story to Tell showed signs of inexperience when runner-up in the June 22 Santa Anita Juvenile, but knew his craft much better to capture Sunday's $98,000 W.L. Proctor Memorial at Los Alamitos. more...

Unspurned is uncatchable in Bison City
Christine Hayden's Unspurned set a swift pace and kept on going to capture Sunday's $232,875 Bison City Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian filly Triple Tiara, at Woodbine. more...

Wildcat Red fires bullet at Gulfstream for Haskell
Grade 2 winner Wildcat Red breezed a bullet five furlongs over Gulfstream Park's fast track Sunday in preparation for a scheduled start in the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 27. more...

California Chrome co-owner releases statement on Del Mar 'appearance fee'
Perry Martin, co-owner with Steve Coburn of dual classic hero California Chrome, released a statement concerning the recent controversy over their request for an "appearance fee" for their colt to show up at Del Mar on Pacific Classic Day. more...

Daring Kathy's connections mulling out-of-town start
Rising turf star Daring Kathy is definitely heading out of town for her next start, but trainer David Fawkes and the three-year-old filly's owners still haven't decided where she will seek her third straight stakes victory. more...

Million Preview Day winners, also-rans exit races in good condition
I'm Already Sexy, Finnegans Wake and Divine Oath all exited their wins on Arlington's Million Preview Day in good order, according to their connections. more...

Pletcher, Castellano, Irad Ortiz Jr. take titles at Belmont spring/summer meet
The Belmont spring/summer jockey title came to a thrilling conclusion when Irad Ortiz Jr. got up in the final jumps of the last race of the meet to tie Javier Castellano at 51 wins. Meanwhile, Todd Pletcher padded his resume with another training title. more...

Pimlico's Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show helps raise money for OTBs
My Fantastic Lady was crowned the overall champion at the third annual Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show, presented in four show rings on the infield at Pimlico Race Course Sunday afternoon. more...

Apprentice riding education program begins at Gulfstream Park
Gulfstream Park held its first apprentice riding education program meeting Sunday morning. The program was designed by former steward Dave Hicks to give young riders an opportunity to learn from experienced guest speakers, including stewards, retired jockeys, nutritionists, financial advisors, starters, racing management and medical staff. more...

Albano on course for Haskell bid
With little time remaining between now and the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 27, horses and their conditioners are gearing up in anticipation, including Albano and trainer Larry Jones. more...

Shakin It Up retired to Spendthrift
Grade 1 winner Shakin It Up has been retired from racing and will stand the 2015 breeding season at B. Wayne Hughes's Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. more...

Wise Dan returns to worktab
"Couldn't ask for anything better for his first breeze," trainer Charlie LoPresti said after two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan worked on Keeneland's turf course Friday morning to mark a milestone in his return to competition. more...

Stevens heads to sidelines for knee replacement
Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens, who has enjoyed a sensational comeback from retirement over the past 18 months, announced on HRTV Thursday evening that he will have to undergo total knee replacement surgery. more...

Graded Recaps
Daring Dancer nips A Little Bit Sassy in Lake George
Sagamore Farm's homebred Daring Dancer just got up to stick her head in front of A Little Bit Sassy on the wire of Wednesday's Grade 2, $200,000 Lake George at Saratoga. more...

Features
Handicapping Insights
Saratoga has been open for five days as I write this and it is amazing how well trends continue from year to year. We talked about how post one does so poorly in 5 1/2-furlong turf sprints. Last year, they only won four of 62 races. more...

Commentary
With the opening of Del Mar and Saratoga, the second half of the racing season is underway and the chase for Horse of the Year will be in full swing over the next six weeks more...

Post Parade
Even before California Chrome's bid for the Triple Crown was halted in last weekend's Belmont Stakes, the 12th spoiled attempt since the series was last swept in 1978, a significant and vocal segment of those within and outside the Thoroughbred industry began to publicly clamor for a change in the spacing between the three races. more...

Before They Were Famous
The contenders in Kentucky Derby 140 aren't just names on a page, program numbers, or expensive props in America's most famous horse race. more...

Notebooks
Saratoga Notebook
Four graded stakes races took the spotlight during the opening week of racing at Saratoga Race Course more...

Del Mar Notebook
A pair of graded races on the lawn headlined the opening week at Del Mar Race Course more...

 

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