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THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015


Racing Headlines
Belmont Oaks comes up tough for Lady Eli
Despite the presence of undefeated Eclipse Award-finalist Lady Eli (Divine Park), Saturday's $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) came up with a full field of 14 runners to go 1 1/4 miles over Belmont Park's inner turf. more...

Bolo brings turf game to Belmont Derby
Bolo (Temple City) traveled outside of California two months earlier, weakening to 12th in the Kentucky Derby (G1), an unsurprising outcome given he's never won on a dirt track more...

Tonalist, Texas Red, Private Zone top Belmont dirt stakes
While three-year-old grass horses are the focal point of Belmont Park's Stars and Stripes Day program Saturday, there will be stars aplenty participating in four graded stakes on the main track. more...

Gimme Da Lute, Kentuckian highlight five-horse Los Alamitos Derby
Gimme Da Lute (Midnight Lute) and Kentuckian (Tiznow) each registered triple-digit BRIS Speed ratings pocketing graded stakes tallies at Santa Anita last time out more...

Coffee Clique, Testa Rossi headline Penny Memorial
Graded stakes winners Coffee Clique (Medaglia d'Oro) and Testa Rossi (Dr Fong) each seek to halt losing streaks in Saturday's $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial H. (G3) at Parx Racing, a 1 1/16-mile grass event for fillies and mares. more...

Homecoming Classic renamed in honor of Lukas
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time winner of both the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), will be honored by Churchill Downs with the naming of a stakes race to be run during its upcoming September Meet that will feature eight stakes events with total purses of $1.025 million. more...

Shaman Ghost carries winning form into Queen's Plate; Attfield keen on Danish Dy
His first three races didn't produce the desired results, but Shaman Ghost (Ghostzapper) will enter Sunday's Queen's Plate off a trio of victories more...

Keeneland announces Fall Meet, Breeders' Cup undercard stakes
Keeneland will be the focus of the racing world in October when the track presents 23 stakes worth a total of $5,975,000 in purse money during its 2015 Fall Meet, to be held October 2-24, and the special three-day celebration, October 29-31, surrounding the $26 million Breeders' Cup World Championships. more...

TicketResell available for Breeders' Cup
The Breeders' Cup Monday announced the return of TicketResell by SeatAdvisor, a ticketing feature that provides ticketholders more flexibility and security when selling and purchasing tickets for the Breeders' Cup World Championships. more...

Santa Anita sees attendance, handle rise
Santa Anita's 39-day Spring Meeting, which began on April 24, ended on Sunday with the track showing gains in both on-track attendance and overall pari-mutuel handle. more...

Graded Recaps
Crucero upsets wayward Going Somewhere in San Juan Capistrano
Six days before the long-awaited return of Texas Red (Afleet Alex) in the July 4 Dwyer (G3) at Belmont, the Desormeaux brothers successfully teamed up with Big Chief Racing's Crucero (Admiral's Cruise) for a 23-1 upset of the $150,500 San Juan Capistrano (G3) at Santa Anita. more...

Racing Headlines
Lovely Day prevails in Takarazuka Kinen, garners BC Turf berth
Kaneko Makoto Holdings' homebred Lovely Day (King Kamehameha) drew clear of 15 rivals and then held off the fast closing mare Denim and Ruby (Deep Impact) to win Sunday's 56th running of the Takarazuka Kinen (Jpn-G1) at Hanshin Racecourse by a neck under jockey Yuga Kawada, and gained an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1)through the international Breeders' Cup Challenge. more...

La Verdad joins millionaire's club with repeat in Dancin Renee
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad (Yes It's True) was going for a title defense in Sunday's $100,000 Dancin Renee S. at Belmont Park and put her stamp on the race when romping home a 7 1/4-length winner under jockey Jose Oritz. more...

Work All Week, Wildcat Red drill bullets ahead of Smile Sprint
Champion Work All Week (City Zip) prepared for a scheduled start in next Sunday's $250,000 Smile Sprint (G2) at Gulfstream Park by breezing a half-mile in :46 1/5 Sunday morning at Churchill Downs. more...

Sentiero Italia takes on Grade 1 rivals in Belmont Oaks stakes bow
Sentiero Italia (Medaglia d'Oro) will face a tough task when she makes her stakes debut in Saturday's $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1), in which she will meet undefeated filly Lady Eli (Divine Park), but the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained filly has made steady improvement since her March 11 debut going 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Gulfstream Park. more...

American Pharoah highlights Churchill's Spring Meet
A nearly meet-long racetrack celebration of the victory by Zayat Stables' American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby (G1) and the colt's subsequent sweep of racing's elusive Triple Crown will be among its most delightful and lingering images, but there were ample reasons to smile for racing fans, horsemen and racetrack officials during Churchill Downs Racetrack's Spring Meet that ended its 38-day run on Saturday, under the lights in a "Downs After Dark" racing program. more...

Cosmic Evolution breaks maiden in Debutante; Viva Majorca takes Kelly's Landing
Stephen L. Fidel's Cosmic Evolution (Proud Citizen) finished second in her career debut on May 21 at Churchill Downs, but returned under the Twin Spires on the track's closing card of the spring meet to take the $100,000 Debutante S. by 1 1/2 lengths under jockey Calvin Borel. more...

Brown holds strong hands in Belmont Oaks & Derby
The second renewal of Stars & Stripes Day on July 4 at Belmont Park will be highlighted by the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) and $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1), both scheduled for 1 1/4 miles on turf. more...

Pletcher's Suburban and Dwyer hopefuls post works
Expected $500,000 Suburban H. (G2) entrants Coach Inge (Big Brown) and Mylute (Midnight Lute) worked in respective company with $500,000 Dwyer S. (G3) hopefuls Tommy Macho (Macho Uno) and Blofeld (Quality Road) Saturday morning at Belmont Park, ahead of their July 4 Stars & Stripes Day assignments for the Todd Pletcher barn. more...

First winner for Victor's Cry comes at Woodbine
Keeplaffinleslie, second in her unveiling June 6, promptly opened her account next time in Saturday's 6TH race at Woodbine and thereby became the first winner sired by Grade 1 hero Victor's Cry (Street Cry). more...

American Pharoah receives visit, jersey from Los Angeles Angels
A front office entourage from the Los Angeles Angels that included Angels Vice President of Communications Tim Mead, right-handed pitcher Cam Bedrosian, third baseman Kyle Kubitza and bullpen coach Steve Soliz, visited champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) at his Santa Anita Park barn Friday morning. more...

Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge registration now open
The Breeders' Cup announced that registration is now open for the seventh annual Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC), which will be held at Keeneland on Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31, and at five satellite locations from coast to coast. more...

Parx Racing, PTHA unveil $20 million Parx Racing Fall Festival
Parx Racing and the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (PTHA) have announced the creation of an annual $20 million Parx Racing Fall Festival that will commence on August 29 and continue through October 20. more...

Paddy O'Prado's first winner comes on Gulfstream dirt
Turf star Paddy O'Prado (El Prado) recorded his first winner as a freshman sire when the aptly named Shesthewinner prevailed in Thursday's 5TH race at Gulfstream Park -- not on the grass, but on dirt. more...

Girolamo gets 'Lucky' first winner
Grade 1 hero Girolamo (A.P. Indy) was represented by his first winner as a sire when Alan Brodsky's Lucky Lurie just got up to record a neck victory in the 4TH race at Belmont Park on Thursday. more...

Weisbord resigns from Breeders' Cup Board of Directors
The Breeders' Cup announced Tuesday that Barry Weisbord has resigned from its Board of Directors, citing increased outside business and family duties for his decision more...

Travers Day boasts six Grade 1s; Durkin Replay Center set to open at Saratoga
Two of the biggest days in North American racing will highlight the historic 147th meet at Saratoga Race Course, with the $1.25 million Travers (G1) the centerpiece of a supercharged Travers Day and the $1.25 million Whitney (G1) anchoring five stakes on Whitney Festival Day, Saturday, August 8. more...

Barolo earns BC Turf ticket in GP Brasil; Peru's Salama secures BC Distaff spot
Two Breeders' Cup Challenge events were staged Sunday, both in South America. more...

California Chrome to ship straight to Chicago, train at Arlington for Million
One of racing's biggest stars is on target to run in the 33rd Arlington Million (G1) on August 15. California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) is scheduled to ship directly to Chicago from England in the near future and will train up to the Million at Arlington International Racecourse. more...

Texas Red works one mile between races at Santa Anita
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red (Afleet Alex) took to the track after Santa Anita's 4TH race on Sunday to gear up for his return in the July 4 Dwyer (G2) at Belmont. more...

Work All Week breezes five-eighths ahead of Smile Sprint
Reigning sprint champion Work All Week (City Zip) breezed five furlongs in :59 2/5 Sunday morning in preparation for a planned start in the $250,000 Smile Sprint H. (G2), a Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" contest at Gulfstream Park on July 5. more...

Promise Me Silver clocks half-mile, targeting Victory Ride
Robert Luttrell's Promise Me Silver (Silver City ) returned to the worktab Sunday morning with a half-mile breeze in :49 over the fast dirt at Churchill Downs. more...

Cinnamon on top for freshman sire J P's Gusto
Cinnamon J P battled resiliently every step of the way in Saturday's 5TH race at Lone Star Park, becoming the first winner sired by Grade 1 hero J P's Gusto (Successful Appeal). more...

Mr. Z gamely prevails in Ohio Derby
Calumet Farm's Mr. Z (Malibu Moon) displayed plenty of grit and snapped a 13-race losing streak in Saturday's $500,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown, holding off the late surge of Tencendur (Warrior's Reward) by a nose. more...

Espinoza staying grounded despite Triple Crown accolades
For Victor Espinoza, everything is different and everything's the same since becoming a household name after riding American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) to Triple Crown victories in the Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness S. (G1) and Belmont S. (G1). more...

Graded Recaps
Hard Aces noses out Hoppertunity in Gold Cup at Santa Anita
Hronis Racing LLC's Hard Aces (Hard Spun) saved ground cutting the corner for home and that proved to be the difference in the end, with the five-year-old horse gamely defeating a wide-trip Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday) by a nose in Saturday's $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) more...

Include Betty draws off in Mother Goose
Brereton C. Jones and Timothy C. Thornton's Include Betty (Include) was trying out her sixth track from 10 career starts when going in Saturday's $300,000 Mother Goose S. (G1) at Belmont Park, but once again proved her versatility when pulling away in the stretch to score by 3 1/4 lengths under jockey Drayden Van Dyke. more...

Masochistic impresses in Triple Bend
Jay Em Ess Stable & Los Pollos Hermanos Racing's Masochistic (Sought After) continued his ascension in the sprint ranks by dominating Saturday's $300,500 Triple Bend (G1) at Santa Anita, rolling to a sharp 3 1/2-length tally more...

Departing scrapes the hedge to make noise in Firecracker
It wasn't quite Wise Dan (Wiseman's Ferry) fighting his way through the bocage in the rain here two years ago. more...

Fanticola gets her graded laurel in Royal Heroine
Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino's Fanticola (Silent Name) has suffered heartbreakers in the April 18 Santa Barbara H. (G3) and May 25 Gamely (G1), so it could be viewed as a measure of justice that she earned her breakthrough in Saturday's $201,000 Royal Heroine (G2) at Santa Anita. more...

Exhibit goes last to first to garner Senorita Prize
DP Racing's Prize Exhibit (Showcasing) was a bit sluggish at the start of Saturday's $101,000 Senorita (G3), but more than compensated with a dynamic finishing burst at Santa Anita. more...

I'm Already Sexy edges Kenzadargent in Eatontown
Hit the Board Stables' I'm Already Sexy (Ready's Image), who was just denied in the June 6 Mint Julep H. (G3) at Churchill Downs, came out on top in another tight finish in Saturday's $107,000 Eatontown (G3) at Monmouth more...

Golden Lad rallies for Cornhusker victory
E. Paul Robsham Stables LLC's homebred Golden Lad (Medaglia d'Oro) just ran down pacesetter and 31-1 longshot Ecleto Red (Master Command) to take Saturday evening's Prairie Meadows Cornhusker H. (G3) by 1 1/2 lengths. more...

Bent on Bourbon captures Iowa Derby
Bourbon Lane Stable's Bent on Bourbon (Arch) captured his stakes debut on Saturday night at Prairie Meadows when posting a three-length victory in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (G3) under jockey Javier Castellano. more...

Sarah Sis holds on in Iowa Oaks
Joe Ragsdale's Sarah Sis (Sharp Humor) withstood the late charge of Pangburn (Congrats) to post a nose victory wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $200,000 Iowa Oaks (G3) more...

He's Comin in Hot stays hot in Bashford Manor
Bet down to 4-5 favoritism following an eye-catching maiden win, He's Comin in Hot (Early Flyer) continued to smoke his rivals in Saturday's $100,000 Bashford Manor (G3) at Churchill Downs more...

Features
Handicapping Insights
With all the racing action centered on the East Coast the past few months, then a big Saturday night at Churchill Downs two weeks ago, the focus shifts to Santa Anita for a nationally televised race program Saturday more...

Notebooks
Santa Anita Notebook
There were a handful of graded races during Santa Anita's closing week more...

Belmont Notebook
There was a single graded affair this week at Belmont Park more...

 

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