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THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016


Racing Headlines
Seven entered in Mother Goose; Churchill ends spring stand with 2yo stakes
A field of seven sophomore fillies, including Rachel's Valentina and Lewis Bay, has been entered to go 1 1/16 miles in Saturday's $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. more...

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. more...

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. more...

Beholder, Songbird top busy worktab on Sunday
Beholder, Songbird and Stellar Wind all worked at Santa Anita Park on Sunday to ready for their next stakes starts. more...

Mo Tom captures Ohio Derby; Nyquist readies for return with five-furlong move
Grade 3 hero Mo Tom returned to the winner's circle on Saturday with a nice three-length score in the Ohio Derby at Thistledown. The Tom Amoss trainee was last seen finishing eighth in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 7. more...

Hoppertunity installed as favorite for Gold Cup at Santa Anita
Grade 1 hero Hoppertunity, unraced since finishing third in the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1), returns on Saturday as the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1). more...

Mo Tom is top draw in Ohio Derby; Wavell Avenue goes in Bed o' Roses
Mo Tom, hero of the Lecomte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds over the winter, returns to action in Saturday's $500,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown following his eighth-place effort in the Kentucky Derby (G1). more...

Champion filly Untapable retired
Owner Ron Winchell on Sunday night announced the retirement of Untapable, the 2014 champion three-year-old filly who finished a dull fourth in Saturday's Fleur de Lis H. (G2) at Churchill Downs. more...

Songbird likely headed outside of California for next start
Undefeated champion Songbird will most likely go in a race on the East Coast following her tour de force return in Saturday's Summertime Oaks (G2). more...

Songbird romps in return; Bradester wires Stephen Foster
Unbeaten champion Songbird extended her perfect mark to eight-for-eight on Saturday at Santa Anita Park when taking the Summertime Oaks (G2) in a gallop under jockey Mike Smith. more...

Nyquist breezes half-mile; Qemah captures Coronation Stakes
Kentucky Derby (G1) champion Nyquist returned to the worktab on Friday morning at Santa Anita Park, breezing a half-mile in :48.60. more...

Order of St George takes Gold Cup; Songbird returns in Summertime Oaks
Royal Ascot continued in England on Thursday, with Order of St George capturing the Gold Cup (Eng-G1) for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore. more...

Lady Aurelia topples Queen Mary for Wesley Ward
Royal Ascot continued its popular run on Wednesday, and the star of the day was Wesley Ward's Lady Aurelia. more...

Tepin storms to Royal Ascot win
Champion Tepin continued adding to her prestigious list of accomplishments when overcoming rain-soaked turf at Royal Ascot to take the Queen Anne (Eng-G1) on Tuesday. more...

Creator doing well one day after Belmont Stakes victory
Trainer Steve Asmussen was still basking in the glory of winning his first Belmont Stakes (G1) on Sunday and reported that victor Creator was "very proud (of himself)." more...

Creator nips Destin to capture 2016 Belmont Stakes
Creator got up just in the nick of time to deny Destin in Saturday's Belmont Stakes (G1). The gray son of Tapit out-rallied Japanese star Lani to stick his nose in front of Destin, with Lani completing the gray trifecta another 1 1/2 lengths back in third. more...

Joking, Dacita score graded wins on Belmont Stakes eve
Joking was making his graded bow in Friday's True North H. (G2) on Belmont Stakes (G1) eve at Big Sandy, and the seven-year-old gelding prevailed to give owner/trainer Charlie Baker his first graded score as well. more...

Governor Malibu records half-mile blow out; Exaggerator full of energy
Belmont Stakes (G1) hopeful Governor Malibu was caught taking a spin around Belmont Park on Thursday by NYRA clockers, who gave the Malibu Moon colt an unofficial clocking of :52 2/5 for four furlongs. more...

Exaggerator draws wide for 148th running of the Belmont Stakes
Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator was made the 9-5 favorite after drawing post 11 for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (G1) against 12 rivals. more...

Exaggerator turns in solid breeze for Belmont
Preakness winner Exaggerator (G1) breezed five furlongs in 1:00.92 Tuesday morning ahead of Saturday's Belmont S. (G1), and the brothers Desormeaux praised the colt's ability to recover quickly from the rigors of the Triple Crown. more...

Exaggerator to work Tuesday; Gettysburg adds speed to Belmont field
Preakness (G1) winner Exaggerator is scheduled to work Tuesday for Saturday's Belmont S. (G1), while Japanese invader Lani's work scheduled for Wednesday could be brought forward due to impending rain. more...

Time and Motion captures Wonder Again
Time and Motion pulled off a half-length victory in Sunday's Wonder Again S. at Belmont Park for, appropriately enough, the same connections that campaigned the race's namesake. more...

Beholder romps in Vanity Mile; Cherry Wine, Brody's Cause work for Belmont
Champion Beholder continued her domination of the distaff ranks on Saturday when scoring an easy win in the Vanity Mile (G1) at Santa Anita Park. more...

Destin, Stradivari each work four furlongs for Belmont Stakes
Trainer Todd Pletcher's Belmont Stakes (G1) hopefuls, Destin and Stradivari, took to the fast main track at Big Sandy on Friday to post half-mile moves. more...

Nyquist returns to track; Seeking the Soul, Forever d'Oro possible for Belmont
Nyquist returned to the track for the first time since suffering his first loss when third in the May 21 Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico. more...

Lani works for Belmont; Beholder, Stellar Wind & Catch a Glimpse star this week
Japanese star Lani breezed five furlongs in 1:02.09 over Belmont Park's fast main track on Wednesday in his penultimate work for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 11. more...

Wild About Deb under consideration for Belmont Stakes
Peter Pan (G2) third-placer Wild About Deb breezed Tuesday morning and now appears headed to the 148th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 11 more...

Exaggerator gallops at Belmont, Creator works at Churchill
One day after arriving at Belmont Park, Preakness (G1) winner Exaggerator galloped over the 1 1/2-mile oval on a rainy Monday morning. more...

Exaggerator arrives at Belmont Park
Preakness S. (G1) winner Exaggerator made the trip from Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland, to Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, on Sunday ahead of the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) on June 11. more...

Exaggerator leaves Pimlico Sunday, Nyquist to ship out June 5
Preakness S. (G1) winner Exaggerator galloped Saturday morning at Pimlico, one day before he is scheduled to ship to Belmont Park ahead of the Belmont Stakes (G1). Kentucky Derby (G1) victor and Preakness third Nyquist, who has been ruled out of the Belmont due to a fever, is scheduled to ship back to his California base on June 5. more...

 

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