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WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2015


Racing Headlines
La Verdad leads all the way in Honorable Miss
Left to her own devices, La Verdad (Yes It's True) led her four rivals on a merry chase in Wednesday's $196,000 Honorable Miss H. (G2) at Saratoga. more...

Frosted, Texas Red square off in Jim Dandy
Grade 1 winners Frosted (Tapit) and Texas Red (Afleet Alex) are the top draws in Saturday's $600,000 Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga. The 1 1/8-mile test also features Japan (Medaglia d'Oro), an exciting prospect for Bill Mott who will be making his graded stakes debut more...

Madefromlucky heads West Virginia Derby
Eleven horses were entered for Saturday's $750,000 West Virginia Derby (G2), but the participation rate figures to be much less with nearly half the field cross-entered to other lucrative stakes for three-year-olds this weekend more...

Rock Fall meets Salutos Amigos in Vanderbilt
Rock Fall (Speightstown), convincing winner of the June 6 True North (G2) for his fifth consecutive win, could face his stiffest test to date when he takes on Salutos Amigos (Salute the Sarge) and five others in the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday. more...

Solow edges Arod in Sussex
The French-trained gray Solow (Singspiel) prevailed in his fourth Group 1 in succession on Wednesday when beating pacesetter Arod (Teofilo) by a half-length in the Sussex S. (Eng-G1) at Glorious Goodwood. more...

Legendary announcer O'Sullevan dies at 97
Sir Peter O'Sullevan, whose calls entertained generations of racing fans in the United Kingdom during his 50-year tenure at the BBC, died Wednesday at his home at the age of 97. more...

Monmouth's 'Pharoah Phan Phestival' has something for everyone
Monmouth Park has numerous giveaways and events planned in the next few days as part of its "Pharoah Phan Phestival" ahead of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah's (Pioneerof the Nile) run in the Haskell Invitational (G1) on Sunday. more...

American Pharoah records final work for Haskell
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. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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. more...

Shore Runner takes Lucky Coin in a photo
Shore Runner (More Than Ready), claimed two starts back for $62,500 by owner Brad Grady and trainer Joe Sharp, improved his record to two-for-two for those connections with a heart-stopping, nose win over Sharp Sensation (Sharp Humor) in Monday's $100,000 Lucky Coin at Saratoga. more...

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. more...

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. more...

Total handle up, average down at Belmont meet
Total and on-track year-over-year handle increased at the 2015 Belmont Park spring/summer meet which ran 59 days from April 29 to July 19, according to the New York Racing Association. more...

Thoroughbred Club of America to honor Durkin
Tom Durkin has been selected by the Board of Directors of the Thoroughbred Club of America as the 2015 Honored Guest, Club President Shannon Arvin announced Monday. more...

Curalina awarded CCA Oaks win via disqualification of I'm a Chatterbox
Yet another disqualification in a graded contest took place on Saratoga's opening weekend, this time on Sunday in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1). more...

Ageless sets new course record in Royal North repeat
Six-year-old Ageless (Successful Appeal) flew home in Sunday's Royal North S. (Can-G3) at Woodbine to easily defend her title in the race by three parts of a length. more...

Magna Light, Uncle Vinny likely to rematch in Hopeful
Magna Light (Magna Graduate) and Uncle Vinny (Uncle Mo) are likely to return in the September 7 Hopeful S. (G1) at Saratoga, according to their conditioners. more...

Top Clearance throws hat into Haskell ring
Top Clearance will make his stakes debut in a tough spot when facing Triple Crown champion American Pharoah on August 2 in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1), Monmouth Park announced Sunday. more...

Departing tries hand at sprinting in Vanderbilt
For the first time since his victorious debut, Departing (War Front) will shorten up to six furlongs in Saturday's Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) at Saratoga. more...

Lucky Coin could set up for closers
Monday's $100,000 Lucky Coin at Saratoga, a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint, has attracted an 11-strong field including Sharp Sensation (Sharp Humor) and Tightend Touchdown (Pure Precision). more...

Wilburn sires first winner
Bilbrey Farms and trainer Steve Manley's homebred Simply a Treasure graduated in Saturday night's 5TH race at Fairmount Park, becoming the first winner sired by Grade 2 hero Wilburn (Bernardini). more...

Hard Not to Like gets up in course-record time in Diana
Speedway Stable's Hard Not to Like (Hard Spun) rallied furiously to prevail in a three-way photo over Tepin (Bernstein) and Kitten's Queen (Kitten's Joy) in Saturday's $500,000 Diana (G1) at Saratoga more...

Uncle Vinny wins Sanford via disqualification
Magna Light (Magna Graduate) led from the start and crossed the wire first in Saturday's $150,000 Sanford (G3) at Saratoga, but the juvenile colt was demoted from first to third after allegedly causing interference with Percolator (Flashy Bull) after drifting in front of that rival twice inside the furlong. more...

Catch a Flight rallies for San Diego 'Cap victory
Haras Santa Maria de Araras Inc.'s Catch a Flight (Giant's Causeway) came running late in Saturday's $200,500 San Diego H. (G2) at Del Mar to post a head score under jockey Gary Stevens. more...

Favorites upset in Monmouth, Woodbine stakes
Odds-on favorites took it on the chin in graded stakes at Monmouth Park and Woodbine on Saturday. more...

Big Book goes three-for-three in Fleet Treat
George Krikorian's homebred Big Book (Mr. Big) moved her record to a perfect three-for-three at Del Mar on Saturday when taking her stakes debut in the $192,000 Fleet Treat S. under jockey Rafael Bejarano. more...

Haynesfield's first winner surveys his Realm at Saratoga
Grade 1-winning millionaire Haynesfield (Speightstown) got off the mark as a freshman sire at Saratoga Saturday when Realm captured his debut in the 1ST race. more...

Honor Code gears up for Whitney; Frosted leads Jim Dandy worktab
Metropolitan H. (G1) hero Honor Code (A.P. Indy) and Wood Memorial (G1) winner Frosted (Tapit) were among a number of notable workers at Saratoga on Saturday. For details and quotes, see the TwinSpires.com blog. more...

Big John B handles dirt and four rivals in Cougar II
Big John B (Hard Spun) saved all the ground under Rafael Bejarano and outstayed four rivals, including two-time runner-up and favorite Sky Kingdom (Empire Maker), in Friday's $100,000 Cougar II H. (G3) at Del Mar. more...

Mrs McDougal quickens off slow pace in Lake George
Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren's Mrs McDougal (Medaglia d'Oro), fourth in the American Oaks (G1) in her stakes debut, rebounded back down in trip in the $200,000 Lake George (G2) at Saratoga on Friday. more...

Off the Tracks goes two-for-two in Schuylerville
J Stables' Off the Tracks (Curlin) remained perfect in two starts when easily pulling off for a 3 1/4-length victory under jockey Luis Saez in Friday's Schuylerville S. (G3), the opening day co-feature at Saratoga. more...

I'm a Chatterbox returns in CCA Oaks
I'm a Chatterbox (Munnings) swept the three-year-old filly stakes at Fair Grounds over the winter/spring before finishing third last out in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs. On Sunday, the Larry Jones trainee faces a competitive group of seven rivals as he makes her return in the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga. more...

Leigh Court, Ageless face off in Royal North
Turf stakes abound on Sunday at Woodbine and Monmouth Park, highlighted by the C$150,000 Royal North S. (Can-G3) at the Toronto track featuring Leigh Court (Grand Slam) and Ageless (Successful Appeal). more...

American Pharoah blitzes bullet at Del Mar
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said that American Pharoah gave him "goosebumps" after the Triple Crown champion drilled six furlongs in a bullet 1:11 at Del Mar. more...

American Pharoah scheduled to arrive July 29 at Monmouth
Monmouth Park announced Thursday that Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) is scheduled to fly in from California on Wednesday, July 29, for the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1). more...

Carpe Diem retired to stud at WinStar
Multiple Grade 1 winner Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) has been retired due to a bone chip in his right knee, WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables announced Thursday. more...

Masochistic looms large in Bing Crosby
Burgeoning sprint star Masochistic (Sought After) will try to extend his winning streak to four in Sunday's $300,000 Bing Crosby (G1) at Del Mar, a Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" event. more...

Pure Tactics prevails in Wickerr three-horse photo
Nita Winter's Pure Tactics (Pure Prize) got his head down at just the right moment to take Wednesday's Wickerr S. at Del Mar over pacesetter Winning Prize (Pure Prize) and Wilkinson (Lemon Drop Kid). more...

Keeneland adds condition of sale covering anabolic steroids
Keeneland has announced a new Condition of Sale which will allow buyers of yearlings and horses in training that are being exported to Great Britain, or via other countries the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) considers to have similar policies, within 60 days of purchase to be tested for anabolic steroids and substances prohibited by the BHA. more...

Breeders' Cup, Maker's Mark partner for charity
The Breeders' Cup and bourbon-maker Maker's Mark have announced a new partnership aimed to raise $1 million for charity over the next three years. more...

War Emblem to reside at Old Friends
Dual classic winner and 2002 champion three-year-old colt War Emblem has (Our Emblem) been pensioned from stud duty in Japan and will relocat to the Old Friends equine retirement facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, in September. more...

Kentucky Derby, Oaks 142 logos unveiled
Churchill Downs on Tuesday unveiled the official logos for the 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1). more...

Competitive Edge stretches out for Haskell
Last year's Hopeful (G1) winner Competitive Edge (Super Saver) will make his two-turn debut versus Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in the August 2 Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth. more...

Arkansas Derby winner Danza retired to Spendthrift
Danza, last year's Arkansas Derby (G1) winner and third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby (G1), has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm, where he'll be the newest participant in the Share The Upside Program. more...

$200,000 raised in Robbins' honor for Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has met the $100,000 challenge gift announced by Oak Tree Racing Association in January. The gift and the matching program honor Dr. Jack Robbins, who passed away at the age of 93 on November 29, 2014. more...

TOBA to hold educational events, members meeting in Saratoga
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is holding two educational events, as well as its annual Members Meeting, in Saratoga Springs, New York, during the second week of August. more...

California Chrome will race in 2016
Horse of the Year California Chrome will not begin a stallion career at Taylor Made in 2016, but rather return to action under the tutelage of Art Sherman. more...

Prize Exhibit overtakes Sunset Glow in San Clemente
DP Racing's Prize Exhibit (Showcasing) went last-to-first in Sunday's $200,250 San Clemente H. (G2) at Del Mar to post a 1 1/2-length victory on the wire. more...

A 'Pretty N Cool' debut at Del Mar
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman's Pretty N Cool (Scat Daddy) rolled to a 4 1/2-length debut victory in Sunday's 6TH race at Del Mar. more...

Are You Kidding Me stays serious in Nijinsky
The Roger Attfield-trained Are You Kidding Me (Run Away and Hide) scored his second straight graded victory at Woodbine on Sunday, adding the Nijinsky (Can-G2) to his previous success in the Eclipse (Can-G2). more...

McCarthy transported to hospital
Jockey Trevor McCarthy was transported to Saint Barnabas/Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch after his mount Calypso Run (Harlan's Holiday) clipped heels at the top of the stretch, unseating the 21-year-old journeyman in the Miss Woodford S., Monmouth Park's 10TH race, Sunday afternoon. more...

Zayas sidelined with broken collarbone
Jockey Edgard Zayas is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a broken collarbone, his agent Tito Fuentes said Saturday morning. more...

First winner for Court Vision
Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Court Vision (Gulch) was represented by his first winner as a sire when Hammers Vision captured the 5TH race at Belmont Park on Sunday. more...

American Pharoah works three-quarters in 1:11.40 at Del Mar
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) worked six furlongs in 1:11.40 at Del Mar on Saturday. more...

Features
Handicapping Insights
LADY ELI (Divine Park) continues to win and right now, she is the best three-year-old filly on turf in North America more...

Notebooks
Belmont Notebook
There was no graded racing during the final week at Belmont Park. more...

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

Los Alamitos Notebook
A single graded race highlighted the action during the closing weekend at Los Alamitos more...

 

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