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MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014

Results

NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

HONORABLE MISS H. (G2), SAR, $200,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 7-28.
3—R FREE ROLL, f, 4, Rockport Harbor--Jewels N Gems, by Acceptable. O-Averill Racing LLC and Silver Oak Stable, B-Richard Averill (FL), T-Danny Gargan, J-Paco Lopez, $120,000.
7—My Wandy's Girl, m, 5, Flower Alley--Unbridled Secret, by Unbridled's Song. ($40,000 '09 KEENOV; $15,000 2011 OBSMAR). O-Guillermo Berrios, B-P H W Equine Investments, LLC (KY), $40,000.
5—Merry Meadow, f, 4, Henny Hughes--Merryland Monroe, by Allen's Prospect. O-Parsons, Jr, William and Howe, David S, B-David Howe & William Parsons (KY), $20,000.
Also Ran: Speedinthruthecity, La Verdad, Calistoga.
Winning Time: 1:10 (sy)
Margins: 1 1/4, 1 1/4, HF.
Odds: 6.50, 5.60, 10.10.

R Free rolls wire to wire in Honorable Miss

R Free Roll perfectly executed the game plan drawn up by breeder/co-owner Richard Averill and new trainer Danny Gargan (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Florida shipper R Free Roll grabbed the early lead from 6-5 favorite La Verdad and never looked back in Monday's Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga. The 6-1 shot made a memorable debut for trainer Danny Gargan, handing him his first career stakes score.

Campaigned by Averill Racing and Silver Oak Stable, R Free Roll won three stakes for Ralph Ziadie and another for Kirk Ziadie in the May 31 U Can Do It at Calder last out. Richard Averill's homebred had yet to break through at the graded level, but filled that gap in her resume on a rainy Monday at the Spa.

La Verdad, who had won four straight and nine of her last 10, was quick into stride from her rail post, and Merry Meadow flashed speed to match the favorite in the initial strides. But R Free Roll soon sped between them to take over.

With Paco Lopez guiding her, R Free Roll rattled off splits of :22 and :45 on the sloppy, sealed track. Merry Meadow gave chase, while La Verdad did not appear to be traveling with her usual gusto down on the fence. My Wandy's Girl loomed within striking range on the outside, and Speedinthruthecity and Calistoga raced in the rear.

R Free Roll kept winging it down the stretch. La Verdad angled out a bit in hopes of offering a challenge, but none was forthcoming. Although My Wandy's Girl made good headway, R Free Roll was always doing enough to hold her at bay by 1 1/4 lengths. After splashing six furlongs in 1:10, R Free Roll rewarded her supporters with a $15 win mutuel.

"I hit her a couple of times, waiting for the other horses, but nobody came," Lopez recapped. "I had a lot of horse and she ran really well today."

Gargan had made no secret of the fact that R Free Roll was intent on taking the lead.

"We knew (going to the lead) was the only way we were going to beat (La Verdad)," the trainer said. "We took control of the race and made her have to chase. That was the game plan, and (Averill) is a pretty smart handicapper, and he's a pretty sharp guy to pick those things out."

Merry Meadow checked in third by a half-length from Speedinthruthecity, who edged La Verdad by a neck for fourth. Calistoga trailed home another 7 1/2 lengths astern. Red Velvet, the only sophomore in the field, was scratched.

La Verdad (right), who never looked comfortable chasing on the inside, will make sure to lead next time in the Ballerina (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography/Adam Mooshian)
La Verdad would have been better off employing her typical front-running tactics, according to trainer Linda Rice.

"Jose (jockey Ortiz) said she really didn't like the mud in her face," Rice said. "We had a choice -- whether to gun her and try to go with that other speed horse, or not. I left it up to Jose. I told him to figure it out on his own. (Depending on) how she broke, if he wanted to sit off it, fine; if he wanted to go after it, either way. Jose said she didn't like the mud in her face and she would have rather run on the lead. Next time, we'll go to the Ballerina (August 23), hopefully, and we'll be on the lead."

"The winner went faster," Ortiz summed up. "I tried to sit behind, but that was not her best race. My filly tried to get the lead, but I couldn't get it. I have to live with it, and she tried so hard."

R Free Roll's new career high advanced her scorecard to 17-7-5-2, $495,854. The Rockport Harbor filly placed in the 2012 Sandpiper at Tampa Bay Downs as a juvenile and the 2013 Primal Force at Gulfstream in her three-year-old bow before her stakes breakthrough -- a 6 3/4-length romp versus males in the Unbridled at her Calder base.

She would have had a top chance at a Grade 3 victory back among her own division in the Azalea on Summit of Speed Day. But connections boldly decided to keep her in against the boys in the Carry Back, where she tired to fifth. That was the only unplaced effort of her three-year-old campaign. R Free Roll went on to take the Bold World at Calder and finished second in both the Charles Town Oaks and Sugar Swirl, missing a Grade 3 trophy by a neck in the latter.

Fourth in the January 18 Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint and third in the February 6 Awesome Feather at Gulfstream, R Free Roll later found the winner's circle in the April 12 Hollywood Beach at the same track. Next came her victory in the aforementioned U Can Do It, in the same free-wheeling style on the front end, and the Honorable Miss made it three in a row.

"It's always fun when one comes in and they are doing this good," Gargan said of recently welcoming the in-form filly to his barn.

"We've had her for about two weeks and we worked her once. Kirk (Ziadie) pretty much told us everything that there is. It's nice having a coach like that -- anyone can be the quarterback."

The next logical step for the Honorable Miss winner would be bidding for Grade 1 glory in the Ballerina over seven furlongs.

"We don't know," Gargan said. "It's obviously up to the owners where the next game is. The way she ran today with this bunch, maybe. I don't think they were catching her late."

The Florida-bred was produced by the multiple stakes-winning Acceptable mare Jewels n Gems, who is also responsible for the stakes-placed R Bling. Her success at the Spa is apt, given her female line. R Free Roll's second dam is Saratoga Campaign, and her third dam is stakes scorer Saratoga Sizzle, a daughter of Saratoga Six who was third in the 1989 Adirondack and Spinaway.

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R Free rolls wire to wire in Honorable Miss

R Free Roll perfectly executed the game plan drawn up by breeder/co-owner Richard Averill and new trainer Danny Gargan (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Florida shipper R Free Roll grabbed the early lead from 6-5 favorite La Verdad and never looked back in Monday's Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga. The 6-1 shot made a memorable debut for trainer Danny Gargan, handing him his first career stakes score.

Campaigned by Averill Racing and Silver Oak Stable, R Free Roll won three stakes for Ralph Ziadie and another for Kirk Ziadie in the May 31 U Can Do It at Calder last out. Richard Averill's homebred had yet to break through at the graded level, but filled that gap in her resume on a rainy Monday at the Spa.

La Verdad, who had won four straight and nine of her last 10, was quick into stride from her rail post, and Merry Meadow flashed speed to match the favorite in the initial strides. But R Free Roll soon sped between them to take over.

With Paco Lopez guiding her, R Free Roll rattled off splits of :22 and :45 on the sloppy, sealed track. Merry Meadow gave chase, while La Verdad did not appear to be traveling with her usual gusto down on the fence. My Wandy's Girl loomed within striking range on the outside, and Speedinthruthecity and Calistoga raced in the rear.

R Free Roll kept winging it down the stretch. La Verdad angled out a bit in hopes of offering a challenge, but none was forthcoming. Although My Wandy's Girl made good headway, R Free Roll was always doing enough to hold her at bay by 1 1/4 lengths. After splashing six furlongs in 1:10, R Free Roll rewarded her supporters with a $15 win mutuel.

"I hit her a couple of times, waiting for the other horses, but nobody came," Lopez recapped. "I had a lot of horse and she ran really well today."

Gargan had made no secret of the fact that R Free Roll was intent on taking the lead.

"We knew (going to the lead) was the only way we were going to beat (La Verdad)," the trainer said. "We took control of the race and made her have to chase. That was the game plan, and (Averill) is a pretty smart handicapper, and he's a pretty sharp guy to pick those things out."

Merry Meadow checked in third by a half-length from Speedinthruthecity, who edged La Verdad by a neck for fourth. Calistoga trailed home another 7 1/2 lengths astern. Red Velvet, the only sophomore in the field, was scratched.

La Verdad (right), who never looked comfortable chasing on the inside, will make sure to lead next time in the Ballerina (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography/Adam Mooshian)
La Verdad would have been better off employing her typical front-running tactics, according to trainer Linda Rice.

"Jose (jockey Ortiz) said she really didn't like the mud in her face," Rice said. "We had a choice -- whether to gun her and try to go with that other speed horse, or not. I left it up to Jose. I told him to figure it out on his own. (Depending on) how she broke, if he wanted to sit off it, fine; if he wanted to go after it, either way. Jose said she didn't like the mud in her face and she would have rather run on the lead. Next time, we'll go to the Ballerina (August 23), hopefully, and we'll be on the lead."

"The winner went faster," Ortiz summed up. "I tried to sit behind, but that was not her best race. My filly tried to get the lead, but I couldn't get it. I have to live with it, and she tried so hard."

R Free Roll's new career high advanced her scorecard to 17-7-5-2, $495,854. The Rockport Harbor filly placed in the 2012 Sandpiper at Tampa Bay Downs as a juvenile and the 2013 Primal Force at Gulfstream in her three-year-old bow before her stakes breakthrough -- a 6 3/4-length romp versus males in the Unbridled at her Calder base.

She would have had a top chance at a Grade 3 victory back among her own division in the Azalea on Summit of Speed Day. But connections boldly decided to keep her in against the boys in the Carry Back, where she tired to fifth. That was the only unplaced effort of her three-year-old campaign. R Free Roll went on to take the Bold World at Calder and finished second in both the Charles Town Oaks and Sugar Swirl, missing a Grade 3 trophy by a neck in the latter.

Fourth in the January 18 Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint and third in the February 6 Awesome Feather at Gulfstream, R Free Roll later found the winner's circle in the April 12 Hollywood Beach at the same track. Next came her victory in the aforementioned U Can Do It, in the same free-wheeling style on the front end, and the Honorable Miss made it three in a row.

"It's always fun when one comes in and they are doing this good," Gargan said of recently welcoming the in-form filly to his barn.

"We've had her for about two weeks and we worked her once. Kirk (Ziadie) pretty much told us everything that there is. It's nice having a coach like that -- anyone can be the quarterback."

The next logical step for the Honorable Miss winner would be bidding for Grade 1 glory in the Ballerina over seven furlongs.

"We don't know," Gargan said. "It's obviously up to the owners where the next game is. The way she ran today with this bunch, maybe. I don't think they were catching her late."

The Florida-bred was produced by the multiple stakes-winning Acceptable mare Jewels n Gems, who is also responsible for the stakes-placed R Bling. Her success at the Spa is apt, given her female line. R Free Roll's second dam is Saratoga Campaign, and her third dam is stakes scorer Saratoga Sizzle, a daughter of Saratoga Six who was third in the 1989 Adirondack and Spinaway.

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Bayern ponders Travers or Penn Derby

Bayern's energy level over the next couple of weeks will be the determining factor (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Dominant Haskell Invitational winner Bayern flew from New Jersey to California early Monday afternoon, but Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is eyeing a trip back east for the Offlee Wild colt's next start.

Baffert said the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers at Saratoga on August 23 is on the radar for Bayern, impressive in taking the Haskell by 7 1/4 lengths in front-running fashion.

"I'm looking at the Travers or the Pennsylvania Derby," Baffert said by phone on Monday. "A lot will have to do with his energy and how taxing the race was on him. It's cooler here and it's relaxing, so we'll get him back here and see how he's doing. He looks great."

The Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby is September 20 at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

Baffert has won the 1 1/4-mile Travers once in four tries, with eventual Horse of the Year Point Given in 2001. He was third with Roman Ruler in 2005, 10th with 2011 Haskell winner Coil and ninth with Liaison in 2012.

"It takes a good one (to win the Travers)," Baffert said. "We'll know in a couple weeks. We'll give him a couple weeks and see how he's doing."

Owned by Kaleem Shah, Bayern has four wins from six starts this year, including a 7 1/2-length victory in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens at Belmont Park on June 7. He finished ninth of 10 after a rough trip in the Preakness and was disqualified from a win in the Derby Trial and placed second for interference.

In the Haskell, Bayern broke on top and led through fractions of :23 2/5 for a quarter-mile, :47 3/5 for the half and six furlongs in 1:11 before hitting the wire in 1:47 4/5.

"He really showed me a lot," said Baffert, who won the Haskell for the seventh time. "I was expecting a good race out of him, but he just kept on kicking and showed me that two turns isn't going to be a problem. He showed us a lot early on, and then he took a couple steps backward, and I was losing a little confidence in him.

"When he ran in the Derby Trial I lost a little confidence in him and in the Preakness he got completely wiped out and never had a chance. The Belmont race was off the charts. He's got two off-the-charts races in a row and I just want to keep him in that mindset. I don't want to rush him."

The game and genuine Wildcat Red could try the 1 1/4-mile Travers or cut back to seven furlongs for the King's Bishop (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)
Fountain of Youth winner Wildcat Red, third in Sunday's Haskell, may also make his next appearance at Saratoga.

Trainer Jose Garoffalo said Monday morning that the Travers and the Grade 1, $500,000 King's Bishop at seven furlongs, both on August 23, are among the races being considered for Wildcat Red.

"We're still thinking about it," Garoffalo said by phone from New Jersey. "I'm going to check the horse today and tomorrow and then we'll see what we're going to do. The horse came back so far in good shape. He tried. He did his job. He's a hell of a horse."

Owned by Honors Stable Corp., Wildcat Red has been off the board once in 10 lifetime starts when he finished 18th in the Kentucky Derby. At Gulfstream Park this winter, he won the Hutcheson at seven furlongs and Fountain of Youth at 1 1/16 miles 20 days apart, and was second by a neck to Constitution in the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby.

Breaking from post 8 of nine under jockey Luis Saez in the Haskell, the son of Grade 1-winning sprinter D'wildcat stalked eventual winner Bayern in second before being passed in deep stretch and finishing a length behind runner-up Albano.

"He did a great job," Garoffalo said. "I think it could have been better. I think that Saez should have been a little bit more aggressive with the horse the first part of the race. We could have gone maybe faster and maybe the result would have been different; at least, we would have finished second. But, it was good. I'm happy with the race and the horse."

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Bayern ponders Travers or Penn Derby

Bayern's energy level over the next couple of weeks will be the determining factor (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Dominant Haskell Invitational winner Bayern flew from New Jersey to California early Monday afternoon, but Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is eyeing a trip back east for the Offlee Wild colt's next start.

Baffert said the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers at Saratoga on August 23 is on the radar for Bayern, impressive in taking the Haskell by 7 1/4 lengths in front-running fashion.

"I'm looking at the Travers or the Pennsylvania Derby," Baffert said by phone on Monday. "A lot will have to do with his energy and how taxing the race was on him. It's cooler here and it's relaxing, so we'll get him back here and see how he's doing. He looks great."

The Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby is September 20 at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

Baffert has won the 1 1/4-mile Travers once in four tries, with eventual Horse of the Year Point Given in 2001. He was third with Roman Ruler in 2005, 10th with 2011 Haskell winner Coil and ninth with Liaison in 2012.

"It takes a good one (to win the Travers)," Baffert said. "We'll know in a couple weeks. We'll give him a couple weeks and see how he's doing."

Owned by Kaleem Shah, Bayern has four wins from six starts this year, including a 7 1/2-length victory in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens at Belmont Park on June 7. He finished ninth of 10 after a rough trip in the Preakness and was disqualified from a win in the Derby Trial and placed second for interference.

In the Haskell, Bayern broke on top and led through fractions of :23 2/5 for a quarter-mile, :47 3/5 for the half and six furlongs in 1:11 before hitting the wire in 1:47 4/5.

"He really showed me a lot," said Baffert, who won the Haskell for the seventh time. "I was expecting a good race out of him, but he just kept on kicking and showed me that two turns isn't going to be a problem. He showed us a lot early on, and then he took a couple steps backward, and I was losing a little confidence in him.

"When he ran in the Derby Trial I lost a little confidence in him and in the Preakness he got completely wiped out and never had a chance. The Belmont race was off the charts. He's got two off-the-charts races in a row and I just want to keep him in that mindset. I don't want to rush him."

The game and genuine Wildcat Red could try the 1 1/4-mile Travers or cut back to seven furlongs for the King's Bishop (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)
Fountain of Youth winner Wildcat Red, third in Sunday's Haskell, may also make his next appearance at Saratoga.

Trainer Jose Garoffalo said Monday morning that the Travers and the Grade 1, $500,000 King's Bishop at seven furlongs, both on August 23, are among the races being considered for Wildcat Red.

"We're still thinking about it," Garoffalo said by phone from New Jersey. "I'm going to check the horse today and tomorrow and then we'll see what we're going to do. The horse came back so far in good shape. He tried. He did his job. He's a hell of a horse."

Owned by Honors Stable Corp., Wildcat Red has been off the board once in 10 lifetime starts when he finished 18th in the Kentucky Derby. At Gulfstream Park this winter, he won the Hutcheson at seven furlongs and Fountain of Youth at 1 1/16 miles 20 days apart, and was second by a neck to Constitution in the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby.

Breaking from post 8 of nine under jockey Luis Saez in the Haskell, the son of Grade 1-winning sprinter D'wildcat stalked eventual winner Bayern in second before being passed in deep stretch and finishing a length behind runner-up Albano.

"He did a great job," Garoffalo said. "I think it could have been better. I think that Saez should have been a little bit more aggressive with the horse the first part of the race. We could have gone maybe faster and maybe the result would have been different; at least, we would have finished second. But, it was good. I'm happy with the race and the horse."

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Candy Boy hoping to make his own mark in WV Derby

Candy Boy, shown winning the Robert B. Lewis, was runner-up in the Los Alamitos Derby last time (Benoit Photos)

A vintage year for California-based three-year-old colts could become even more memorable if Candy Boy makes a successful invasion of Mountaineer for the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby on Saturday.

The 1 1/8-mile feature, which attracted a field of nine, is the highlight of an all-stakes, nine-race card that is traditionally Mountaineer's lone foray into daytime racing during its extended Thoroughbred meet.

In the shadows of such standouts as California Chrome, whom he chased in the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby, and champion Shared Belief, who he finished second to last out in the Los Alamitos Derby, Candy Boy will attempt to earn his first stakes win since taking the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita in February and follow-up on the success of Bayern in last weekend's Haskell Invitational.

It will not be an easy task. Tapiture has three graded stakes wins to his credit, including a 4 1 /4-length tally in the Southwest at Oaklawn in February. Last time, the Tapit colt rebounded from a poor showing in the Kentucky Derby to claim the Matt Winn at Churchill Downs by two lengths.

Vicar's in Trouble, the Louisiana Derby winner, could be the most dangerous of the three. The Mike Maker trainee did not show his customary foot as the 7-5 favorite in the Iowa Derby last out, and ultimately faded to third over a sloppy track. If able to outbreak the other speed, which have less class, Vicar's in Trouble could replicate the form that produced two graded stakes wins at Fair Grounds last winter.

The big three all raced in the Kentucky Derby, though none were much of a factor. Candy Boy finished 13th and Tapiture 15th after meeting trouble in the first turn, while Vicar's in Trouble also was roughed up en route to trailing the field of 19.

Tapiture is a three-time graded stakes winners for trainer Steve Asmussen (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

The remainder of the field all have form to find. For Goodness Sake has landed in a tough spot for his stakes debut, but daylight maiden and allowance wins during the Churchill spring meet mark him as a progressive sort. Classic Giacnroll finished second in the Jerome back in January, but has picked up only minor checks against easier since.

Divine View, runner-up against allowance foes at Delaware Park last time, and the Louisiana-bred stakes winner Gold Appointment, complete the field along with extreme outsiders Only I Know and Key for Success.

Moonshine Mullin, whose five-race win streak includes back-to-back wins in the Churchill Downs' major spring stakes for older horses, the Stephen Foster Handicap and Alysheba, headlines the $200,000 West Virginia Governor's at 1 1/16 miles.

Likely to keep the ex-claimer on his toes is multiple Grade 3 winner Falling Sky, who stretches back out after taking the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship and Donald LeVine Memorial in two of his last four starts.

A swift pace might aid Carve, last-out winner of the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap, and the classic-placed Mylute, unplaced twice behind Moonshine Mullin at Churchill Downs and in the Suburban Handicap last time.

Noted sprint star Delaunay figures to be an overwhelming favorite in the $100,000 Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial over six furlongs. The Tom Amoss-trained seven-year-old has won numerous stakes throughout the Midwest and Louisiana, highlighted by graded scores in the Churchill Downs and Aristides in Louisville.

Moonshine Mullin recently hit a peak upsetting the Stephen Foster Handicap (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Mico Margarita , who's finished behind Delaunay in their two recent outings, is back to oppose. Other possible contenders include multiple stakes veterans Star Harbour, Res Judicata, Ghost Is Clear, Russell Road and Lucy's Bob Boy.

A more contentious race might be the $100,000 West Virginia Secretary of State. The six-furlong dash for fillies and mares includes the venerable seven-year-old Winning Image, a prominent force on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, and Flattering Bea, who landed the Sugar Maple at Charles Town in April and was runner-up in this event last year.

The Kentucky invaders Sweet Cassiopeia, Aireofdistinction, and Anahauc also merit respect.

The $100,000 West Virginia House of Delegates, at one mile and 70 yards on turf, features Regally Ready, a past winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint who has developed into a capable miler in the region. He earned back-to-back wins at Churchill Downs in May, including the $64,000 Opening Verse.

Free World, hero of the $207,000 Centaur at Indiana Downs last season, was a solid fifth in the Firecracker at Churchill last time and might prove tough to catch. Coalport, a multiple stakes winner campaigned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, is another leading contender in his second start off a layoff.

The top two finishers from Mountaineer's version of the Firecracker, a $75,000 stakes for fillies and mares run on July 2, highlight a contentious renewal of the $100,000 West Virginia Senate President's Cup at one mile and 70 yards on the turf. La Malaguena and Sassy Kitten were separated by a neck in that heat, but will need their running shoes on to cope with graded stakes-placed veterans Moment in Dixie and Queen's Award, as well as Canadian invader Surtsey and the capable pair of Quiet Success and Soft Whisper.

Delaunay is one of several graded stakes winners running on the Mountaineer program (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Recent maiden winners Tapitsphere and Gotta Get Paid should attract plenty of support in the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile over six furlongs, but the respective Churchill and Indiana Grand graduates figure to be challenged by the swift Arlington-based colt Creaky Cricket, and Hashtag Bourbon, a son of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver who could improve off his debut third at Churchill.

A. P.'s Glory figures to be an overwhelming favorite to follow up her 7 1/2-length Arlington debut victory with a score in the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies, also at six furlongs. Another daylight maiden winner, Brennan, exits an eight-length romp at Penn National, while Churchill maiden winner Rachel's Ready was never involved after a slow break in the $108,000 Debutante last time.

Uncle Todd, who has won three straight by a combined margin of 21 1/4 lengths, will try and outgun 10 rivals in the $100,000 West Virginia Legislature Chairman's Cup going 4 1/2 furlongs. Among those hoping to keep pace with that one are Amarish, Debt Ceiling, No Distinction, Beat Seattle, and Grade 3 turf winner Berlino Di Tiger.

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Candy Boy hoping to make his own mark in WV Derby

Candy Boy, shown winning the Robert B. Lewis, was runner-up in the Los Alamitos Derby last time (Benoit Photos)

A vintage year for California-based three-year-old colts could become even more memorable if Candy Boy makes a successful invasion of Mountaineer for the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby on Saturday.

The 1 1/8-mile feature, which attracted a field of nine, is the highlight of an all-stakes, nine-race card that is traditionally Mountaineer's lone foray into daytime racing during its extended Thoroughbred meet.

In the shadows of such standouts as California Chrome, whom he chased in the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby, and champion Shared Belief, who he finished second to last out in the Los Alamitos Derby, Candy Boy will attempt to earn his first stakes win since taking the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita in February and follow-up on the success of Bayern in last weekend's Haskell Invitational.

It will not be an easy task. Tapiture has three graded stakes wins to his credit, including a 4 1 /4-length tally in the Southwest at Oaklawn in February. Last time, the Tapit colt rebounded from a poor showing in the Kentucky Derby to claim the Matt Winn at Churchill Downs by two lengths.

Vicar's in Trouble, the Louisiana Derby winner, could be the most dangerous of the three. The Mike Maker trainee did not show his customary foot as the 7-5 favorite in the Iowa Derby last out, and ultimately faded to third over a sloppy track. If able to outbreak the other speed, which have less class, Vicar's in Trouble could replicate the form that produced two graded stakes wins at Fair Grounds last winter.

The big three all raced in the Kentucky Derby, though none were much of a factor. Candy Boy finished 13th and Tapiture 15th after meeting trouble in the first turn, while Vicar's in Trouble also was roughed up en route to trailing the field of 19.

Tapiture is a three-time graded stakes winners for trainer Steve Asmussen (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

The remainder of the field all have form to find. For Goodness Sake has landed in a tough spot for his stakes debut, but daylight maiden and allowance wins during the Churchill spring meet mark him as a progressive sort. Classic Giacnroll finished second in the Jerome back in January, but has picked up only minor checks against easier since.

Divine View, runner-up against allowance foes at Delaware Park last time, and the Louisiana-bred stakes winner Gold Appointment, complete the field along with extreme outsiders Only I Know and Key for Success.

Moonshine Mullin, whose five-race win streak includes back-to-back wins in the Churchill Downs' major spring stakes for older horses, the Stephen Foster Handicap and Alysheba, headlines the $200,000 West Virginia Governor's at 1 1/16 miles.

Likely to keep the ex-claimer on his toes is multiple Grade 3 winner Falling Sky, who stretches back out after taking the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship and Donald LeVine Memorial in two of his last four starts.

A swift pace might aid Carve, last-out winner of the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap, and the classic-placed Mylute, unplaced twice behind Moonshine Mullin at Churchill Downs and in the Suburban Handicap last time.

Noted sprint star Delaunay figures to be an overwhelming favorite in the $100,000 Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial over six furlongs. The Tom Amoss-trained seven-year-old has won numerous stakes throughout the Midwest and Louisiana, highlighted by graded scores in the Churchill Downs and Aristides in Louisville.

Moonshine Mullin recently hit a peak upsetting the Stephen Foster Handicap (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Mico Margarita , who's finished behind Delaunay in their two recent outings, is back to oppose. Other possible contenders include multiple stakes veterans Star Harbour, Res Judicata, Ghost Is Clear, Russell Road and Lucy's Bob Boy.

A more contentious race might be the $100,000 West Virginia Secretary of State. The six-furlong dash for fillies and mares includes the venerable seven-year-old Winning Image, a prominent force on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, and Flattering Bea, who landed the Sugar Maple at Charles Town in April and was runner-up in this event last year.

The Kentucky invaders Sweet Cassiopeia, Aireofdistinction, and Anahauc also merit respect.

The $100,000 West Virginia House of Delegates, at one mile and 70 yards on turf, features Regally Ready, a past winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint who has developed into a capable miler in the region. He earned back-to-back wins at Churchill Downs in May, including the $64,000 Opening Verse.

Free World, hero of the $207,000 Centaur at Indiana Downs last season, was a solid fifth in the Firecracker at Churchill last time and might prove tough to catch. Coalport, a multiple stakes winner campaigned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, is another leading contender in his second start off a layoff.

The top two finishers from Mountaineer's version of the Firecracker, a $75,000 stakes for fillies and mares run on July 2, highlight a contentious renewal of the $100,000 West Virginia Senate President's Cup at one mile and 70 yards on the turf. La Malaguena and Sassy Kitten were separated by a neck in that heat, but will need their running shoes on to cope with graded stakes-placed veterans Moment in Dixie and Queen's Award, as well as Canadian invader Surtsey and the capable pair of Quiet Success and Soft Whisper.

Delaunay is one of several graded stakes winners running on the Mountaineer program (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Recent maiden winners Tapitsphere and Gotta Get Paid should attract plenty of support in the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile over six furlongs, but the respective Churchill and Indiana Grand graduates figure to be challenged by the swift Arlington-based colt Creaky Cricket, and Hashtag Bourbon, a son of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver who could improve off his debut third at Churchill.

A. P.'s Glory figures to be an overwhelming favorite to follow up her 7 1/2-length Arlington debut victory with a score in the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies, also at six furlongs. Another daylight maiden winner, Brennan, exits an eight-length romp at Penn National, while Churchill maiden winner Rachel's Ready was never involved after a slow break in the $108,000 Debutante last time.

Uncle Todd, who has won three straight by a combined margin of 21 1/4 lengths, will try and outgun 10 rivals in the $100,000 West Virginia Legislature Chairman's Cup going 4 1/2 furlongs. Among those hoping to keep pace with that one are Amarish, Debt Ceiling, No Distinction, Beat Seattle, and Grade 3 turf winner Berlino Di Tiger.

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Divine Fortune in search of A.P. Smithwick hat trick

Divine Fortune would be the first three-time winner of the A.P. Smithwick if successful (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Reigning champion steeplechaser Divine Fortune will be seeking his third score in the Grade 1, $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial at Saratoga when the about 2 1/16-mile hurdle is renewed on Thursday.

Hero of the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Smithwick, Divine Fortune was voted the nation's top jumper last season, largely on the basis of winning the sport's most lucrative prize, the Grand National at Far Hills, New Jersey, in wire-to-wire fashion by more than five lengths.

Now 11, the Jonathan Sheppard trainee showed no signs of his advanced age by taking the division's first Grade 1 of the season, the May 10 Iroquois at Percy Warner Park, in similar style by more than three lengths.

Divine Fortune, co-owned by Sheppard and William Pape, will be part of a heavily favored three-horse entry along with Italian Wedding and Barnstorming, two geldings Sheppard owns outright.

Italian Wedding finished second in last year's Smithwick before taking the New York Turf Writers Cup, but has placed in only two of five starts since then. Barnstorming captured the Michael G. Walsh for novice at Saratoga last year and later finished second in the Colonial Cup. However, the eight-year-old fell in his only previous start this year against allowance company at Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Likely to keep Divine Fortune honest on the front end is Pleasant Woodman, hero of the Imperial Cup and Marcellus Frost earlier this year. Another with early foot is Wanganui, twice stakes-placed in novice company at Saratoga two years ago. Wanganui is trained by Elizabeth Voss, who also saddles English import Makari for his U.S. debut.

Triple Grade 1 winner Demonstrative, winner of the New York Turf Writers Cup in 2012, has been unplaced in four of his last five starts, while Spy in the Sky, winner of the 2012 Smithwick and 2009 Turf Writers Cup, was pulled up in his last two efforts over hurdles.

The Smithwick field is rounded out by All Together, second in the Turf Writers Cup and Lonesome Glory last season, and multiple stakes winner Staying On.

The featured flat event of Saratoga's Thursday program is the $100,000 Evan Shipman, a nine-furlong test for older New York-breds. The likely favorite is Big Business, a multiple allowance winner who just missed to subsequent Suburban Handicap winner Zivo in the Commentator Handicap at Belmont Park two back.

Also in with a shot is Grade 3-placed Escapefromreality, winner of the Albany at Saratoga last year and second by a neck to returning rival Sailmate in an May 23 allowance marking his season debut. Awesome Vision, runner-up by a head in the 2013 Evan Shipman, enters off a photo-finish loss to the returning Fox Rules in a $50,000 state-bred stakes at Finger Lakes on Independence Day.

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Divine Fortune in search of A.P. Smithwick hat trick

Divine Fortune would be the first three-time winner of the A.P. Smithwick if successful (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Reigning champion steeplechaser Divine Fortune will be seeking his third score in the Grade 1, $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial at Saratoga when the about 2 1/16-mile hurdle is renewed on Thursday.

Hero of the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Smithwick, Divine Fortune was voted the nation's top jumper last season, largely on the basis of winning the sport's most lucrative prize, the Grand National at Far Hills, New Jersey, in wire-to-wire fashion by more than five lengths.

Now 11, the Jonathan Sheppard trainee showed no signs of his advanced age by taking the division's first Grade 1 of the season, the May 10 Iroquois at Percy Warner Park, in similar style by more than three lengths.

Divine Fortune, co-owned by Sheppard and William Pape, will be part of a heavily favored three-horse entry along with Italian Wedding and Barnstorming, two geldings Sheppard owns outright.

Italian Wedding finished second in last year's Smithwick before taking the New York Turf Writers Cup, but has placed in only two of five starts since then. Barnstorming captured the Michael G. Walsh for novice at Saratoga last year and later finished second in the Colonial Cup. However, the eight-year-old fell in his only previous start this year against allowance company at Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Likely to keep Divine Fortune honest on the front end is Pleasant Woodman, hero of the Imperial Cup and Marcellus Frost earlier this year. Another with early foot is Wanganui, twice stakes-placed in novice company at Saratoga two years ago. Wanganui is trained by Elizabeth Voss, who also saddles English import Makari for his U.S. debut.

Triple Grade 1 winner Demonstrative, winner of the New York Turf Writers Cup in 2012, has been unplaced in four of his last five starts, while Spy in the Sky, winner of the 2012 Smithwick and 2009 Turf Writers Cup, was pulled up in his last two efforts over hurdles.

The Smithwick field is rounded out by All Together, second in the Turf Writers Cup and Lonesome Glory last season, and multiple stakes winner Staying On.

The featured flat event of Saratoga's Thursday program is the $100,000 Evan Shipman, a nine-furlong test for older New York-breds. The likely favorite is Big Business, a multiple allowance winner who just missed to subsequent Suburban Handicap winner Zivo in the Commentator Handicap at Belmont Park two back.

Also in with a shot is Grade 3-placed Escapefromreality, winner of the Albany at Saratoga last year and second by a neck to returning rival Sailmate in an May 23 allowance marking his season debut. Awesome Vision, runner-up by a head in the 2013 Evan Shipman, enters off a photo-finish loss to the returning Fox Rules in a $50,000 state-bred stakes at Finger Lakes on Independence Day.

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Romansh postpones Whitney work due to heavy rain; Antipathy eyes Personal Ensign

Romansh is "fresh and ready to go" regardless of the change in work schedule (NYRA/Adam Coglianese/Joe Labozzetta)
Excelsior winner Romansh remains on track for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney despite missing a scheduled work Monday morning due to the weather at Saratoga.

Trainer Tom Albertrani had planned to give the four-year-old Bernardini colt a final breeze for the 1 1/8-mile Whitney, but decided to put it off after heavy overnight rain soaked the track.

"The horse is ready to go," Albertrani said. "Coming down to the last work, it shouldn't make a whole lot of difference at this point. It's just a matter of maintenance. We've still got a couple of days coming up."

Owned by Godolphin Racing, Romansh had his lone Saratoga work on July 20, going four furlongs in :49 4/5 on the main track. Albertrani breezed Romansh at Belmont Park four days before a fifth-place finish behind Zivo in the Suburban Handicap on July 4.

"If we could just get an easy breeze in him before Wednesday even, we've still got time to do it," Albertrani said. "I'm not really concerned about it. At this point, he's fresh and ready to go."

Romansh opened his 2014 campaign finishing last of 11 in the Donn Handicap but bounced back to win the Excelsior at Aqueduct. He followed up by running third in the Metropolitan Handicap, beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Whitney contender Palace Malice, prior to the Suburban.

"He's kind of been a little bit inconsistent all through his career, but hopefully this is the one he bounces back in," Albertrani said.

Royally-bred Antipathy is peaking as a four-year-old (NYRA/Adam Coglianese/Adam Mooshian)
In other Godolphin Racing news, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said that Antipathy exited her win in Sunday's Shuvee Handicap in good shape, and confirmed that the four-year-old could make her next start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Personal Ensign at 1 1/8 miles on August 22.

The Shuvee was the first graded stakes win for Antipathy, who entered the race eligible for the second allowance condition. In her only other stakes try, she was third, beaten a neck, in a deep renewal of the Ogden Phipps on June 7 at Belmont Park.

Antipathy is by A.P. Indy and a half-sister to Champagne and Florida Derby winner Scat Daddy.

"She has continued to train well and improve," McLaughlin said of Antipathy's recent development. "She's a beautiful filly, so it's great to get the graded stakes win and a Grade 1 (placing) behind her."

McLaughlin added that Cavorting, a Stonestreet Stables filly who debuted an 11-length winner on July 3, is on target for the Grade 2 Adirondack, a 6 1/2-furlong race for two-year-old fillies on August 10.

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Romansh postpones Whitney work due to heavy rain; Antipathy eyes Personal Ensign

Romansh is "fresh and ready to go" regardless of the change in work schedule (NYRA/Adam Coglianese/Joe Labozzetta)
Excelsior winner Romansh remains on track for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney despite missing a scheduled work Monday morning due to the weather at Saratoga.

Trainer Tom Albertrani had planned to give the four-year-old Bernardini colt a final breeze for the 1 1/8-mile Whitney, but decided to put it off after heavy overnight rain soaked the track.

"The horse is ready to go," Albertrani said. "Coming down to the last work, it shouldn't make a whole lot of difference at this point. It's just a matter of maintenance. We've still got a couple of days coming up."

Owned by Godolphin Racing, Romansh had his lone Saratoga work on July 20, going four furlongs in :49 4/5 on the main track. Albertrani breezed Romansh at Belmont Park four days before a fifth-place finish behind Zivo in the Suburban Handicap on July 4.

"If we could just get an easy breeze in him before Wednesday even, we've still got time to do it," Albertrani said. "I'm not really concerned about it. At this point, he's fresh and ready to go."

Romansh opened his 2014 campaign finishing last of 11 in the Donn Handicap but bounced back to win the Excelsior at Aqueduct. He followed up by running third in the Metropolitan Handicap, beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Whitney contender Palace Malice, prior to the Suburban.

"He's kind of been a little bit inconsistent all through his career, but hopefully this is the one he bounces back in," Albertrani said.

Royally-bred Antipathy is peaking as a four-year-old (NYRA/Adam Coglianese/Adam Mooshian)
In other Godolphin Racing news, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said that Antipathy exited her win in Sunday's Shuvee Handicap in good shape, and confirmed that the four-year-old could make her next start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Personal Ensign at 1 1/8 miles on August 22.

The Shuvee was the first graded stakes win for Antipathy, who entered the race eligible for the second allowance condition. In her only other stakes try, she was third, beaten a neck, in a deep renewal of the Ogden Phipps on June 7 at Belmont Park.

Antipathy is by A.P. Indy and a half-sister to Champagne and Florida Derby winner Scat Daddy.

"She has continued to train well and improve," McLaughlin said of Antipathy's recent development. "She's a beautiful filly, so it's great to get the graded stakes win and a Grade 1 (placing) behind her."

McLaughlin added that Cavorting, a Stonestreet Stables filly who debuted an 11-length winner on July 3, is on target for the Grade 2 Adirondack, a 6 1/2-furlong race for two-year-old fillies on August 10.

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Toormore looking to rebound in Lennox

Toormore first emerged on the scene during Glorious Goodwood last year and he returns to the prestigious meeting Tuesday in an attempt to get his season back on track in the Group 2, £150,000 Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs.

After beating The Grey Gatsby in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket April 17, last year's Vintage Stakes and Vincent O'Brien National Stakes winner was off the board in the Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket and St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Trainer Richard Hannon Jr. is hoping Middleham Park Racing's bay can revive his fortunes here.

"We hope this might prove a launch pad to Toormore returning to Group 1 races in the autumn, but a drop in grade could be what he wants to restore his confidence," Hannon said. "He never ran his race at Royal Ascot and things have not happened for him since he beat French Derby winner The Grey Gatsby in the Craven at Newmarket in April, but he has put on 14 kilograms since the start of the season and showed he was on the way back when working with Toronado last week."

The admirably consistent Gregorian was fifth in the Sussex Stakes here last year prior to bagging Newbury's Hungerford Stakes in August, and added another Pattern-race to his tally at this distance on his penultimate start in Newmarket's Criterion Stakes June 28. His late-closing effort when third in that venue's July Cup over a furlong shorter July 12, was arguably a career-best, but he had always been more at home on a softer surface than this.

A length behind Gregorian in the Criterion was Garswood and last year's winner of this race is tried in a visor for the first time.

"We're happy with him and he's in good form," trainer Richard Fahey told PA Sport. "He ran well at Newmarket and I just don't think he saw the winner coming with the blinkers on. Hopefully he will with the visor. It would be nice to see him bounce back with a win, but we'll see how we go. If it's firm (ground) we won't run, but I'd be surprised if it was."

The other feature on opening day of the five-day Glorious Goodwood fixture is the £50,000 Molecomb Stakes, a Group 3 dash for two-year-olds at five furlongs.

In other Goodwood news:

Connections of Kingman have declared their colt for the Group 1 Sussex Stakes, confirming the latest "Duel on the Downs" for Wednesday with last year's winner Toronado set to line up in opposition.

Khalid Abdullah's Irish Two Thousand Guineas and St James's Palace scorer receives eight pounds in the weight-for-age scale from his chief rival and trainer John Gosden is happy to be involved in this clash between the classic and older generation at this fabled meeting.

"You always look forward to these big races," he explained. I think it's very important to our sport that you always try to rise to the challenge. I was born and raised in Sussex, along the Downs, and it's a beautiful place."

With the big two currently trading at 1-2 and 2-1 in favor of Kingman, their three other rivals -- who hail from the powerhouse operations of Ballydoyle and Godolphin -- will be looking to cause an upset. Interestingly, Aidan O'Brien has opted to run Darwin in support of War Command instead of choosing a lesser contest during the week.

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Toormore looking to rebound in Lennox

Toormore first emerged on the scene during Glorious Goodwood last year and he returns to the prestigious meeting Tuesday in an attempt to get his season back on track in the Group 2, £150,000 Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs.

After beating The Grey Gatsby in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket April 17, last year's Vintage Stakes and Vincent O'Brien National Stakes winner was off the board in the Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket and St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Trainer Richard Hannon Jr. is hoping Middleham Park Racing's bay can revive his fortunes here.

"We hope this might prove a launch pad to Toormore returning to Group 1 races in the autumn, but a drop in grade could be what he wants to restore his confidence," Hannon said. "He never ran his race at Royal Ascot and things have not happened for him since he beat French Derby winner The Grey Gatsby in the Craven at Newmarket in April, but he has put on 14 kilograms since the start of the season and showed he was on the way back when working with Toronado last week."

The admirably consistent Gregorian was fifth in the Sussex Stakes here last year prior to bagging Newbury's Hungerford Stakes in August, and added another Pattern-race to his tally at this distance on his penultimate start in Newmarket's Criterion Stakes June 28. His late-closing effort when third in that venue's July Cup over a furlong shorter July 12, was arguably a career-best, but he had always been more at home on a softer surface than this.

A length behind Gregorian in the Criterion was Garswood and last year's winner of this race is tried in a visor for the first time.

"We're happy with him and he's in good form," trainer Richard Fahey told PA Sport. "He ran well at Newmarket and I just don't think he saw the winner coming with the blinkers on. Hopefully he will with the visor. It would be nice to see him bounce back with a win, but we'll see how we go. If it's firm (ground) we won't run, but I'd be surprised if it was."

The other feature on opening day of the five-day Glorious Goodwood fixture is the £50,000 Molecomb Stakes, a Group 3 dash for two-year-olds at five furlongs.

In other Goodwood news:

Connections of Kingman have declared their colt for the Group 1 Sussex Stakes, confirming the latest "Duel on the Downs" for Wednesday with last year's winner Toronado set to line up in opposition.

Khalid Abdullah's Irish Two Thousand Guineas and St James's Palace scorer receives eight pounds in the weight-for-age scale from his chief rival and trainer John Gosden is happy to be involved in this clash between the classic and older generation at this fabled meeting.

"You always look forward to these big races," he explained. I think it's very important to our sport that you always try to rise to the challenge. I was born and raised in Sussex, along the Downs, and it's a beautiful place."

With the big two currently trading at 1-2 and 2-1 in favor of Kingman, their three other rivals -- who hail from the powerhouse operations of Ballydoyle and Godolphin -- will be looking to cause an upset. Interestingly, Aidan O'Brien has opted to run Darwin in support of War Command instead of choosing a lesser contest during the week.

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Thistle Bird among those remaining in Nassau

The £200,000 Nassau Stakes is the Group 1 highlight on the fifth and final day of Glorious Goodwood Saturday, and 10 fillies and mares remain engaged in the prestigious contest, which takes place over just short of 10 furlongs.

Thistle Bird was runner-up 12 months ago to Winsili and recorded a first Group 1 victory on her latest appearance in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on June 29.

Amazing Maria scored twice last season at Goodwood, including the Prestige Stakes, but was a disappointment on her reappearance in the premier fillies' classic, the Oaks at Epsom Downs in June.

"Amazing Maria is pretty likely to run on Saturday, all being well," Dunlop said Monday. "It will depend on the ground as I don't want it to be rattling, but hopefully the ground is nice as the plan has always been to go to Goodwood.

"The Oaks didn't go as we hoped -- it was a bad time for all my horses -- and we didn't learn anything because she didn't stay.

"We have been very happy with her recently. She was a very good two-year-old and is obviously two from two at Goodwood, but we are still finding out about her. We have always rated her very highly and hopefully we will learn something about her at the weekend."

Trainer of the moment John Gosden, triumphant in 2013 with Winsili and The Fugue the year before, has two possible representatives this time around in the Nassau. Sultanina was successful on her first two starts before taking runner-up spot in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on July 5, while three-year-old Eastern Belle finished second over the Goodwood course and distance in the Height of Fashion Stakes on May 22 before landing a Listed contest at Newbury on June 12.

Mango Diva is a lightly-raced four-year-old but showed she is still on an upward curve when winning a Group 2 event over nine furlongs at the Curragh on July 20.

Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien could be doubly represented with Venus de Milo, runner-up to Thistle Bird in the Pretty Polly, and Palace.

There is a likely challenger from France in Narniyn. Owned by the Aga Khan, the four-year-old recorded four consecutive victories between 10 and 11 furlongs, including two successes at Group 3 level, before coming home fourth on her first start in Group 1 company in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over 12 furlongs on June 29.

Completing the possible line-up are Lustrous, who was second in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot but only seventh in the Irish Oaks, and Madame Chiang, who won the Musidora Stakes at York in May before finishing 10th in the Oaks.

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Thistle Bird among those remaining in Nassau

The £200,000 Nassau Stakes is the Group 1 highlight on the fifth and final day of Glorious Goodwood Saturday, and 10 fillies and mares remain engaged in the prestigious contest, which takes place over just short of 10 furlongs.

Thistle Bird was runner-up 12 months ago to Winsili and recorded a first Group 1 victory on her latest appearance in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on June 29.

Amazing Maria scored twice last season at Goodwood, including the Prestige Stakes, but was a disappointment on her reappearance in the premier fillies' classic, the Oaks at Epsom Downs in June.

"Amazing Maria is pretty likely to run on Saturday, all being well," Dunlop said Monday. "It will depend on the ground as I don't want it to be rattling, but hopefully the ground is nice as the plan has always been to go to Goodwood.

"The Oaks didn't go as we hoped -- it was a bad time for all my horses -- and we didn't learn anything because she didn't stay.

"We have been very happy with her recently. She was a very good two-year-old and is obviously two from two at Goodwood, but we are still finding out about her. We have always rated her very highly and hopefully we will learn something about her at the weekend."

Trainer of the moment John Gosden, triumphant in 2013 with Winsili and The Fugue the year before, has two possible representatives this time around in the Nassau. Sultanina was successful on her first two starts before taking runner-up spot in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on July 5, while three-year-old Eastern Belle finished second over the Goodwood course and distance in the Height of Fashion Stakes on May 22 before landing a Listed contest at Newbury on June 12.

Mango Diva is a lightly-raced four-year-old but showed she is still on an upward curve when winning a Group 2 event over nine furlongs at the Curragh on July 20.

Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien could be doubly represented with Venus de Milo, runner-up to Thistle Bird in the Pretty Polly, and Palace.

There is a likely challenger from France in Narniyn. Owned by the Aga Khan, the four-year-old recorded four consecutive victories between 10 and 11 furlongs, including two successes at Group 3 level, before coming home fourth on her first start in Group 1 company in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over 12 furlongs on June 29.

Completing the possible line-up are Lustrous, who was second in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot but only seventh in the Irish Oaks, and Madame Chiang, who won the Musidora Stakes at York in May before finishing 10th in the Oaks.

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2015 Preakness logo unveiled

(Courtesy of Maryland Jockey Club)

The Maryland Jockey Club has unveiled the logo for the 140th running of the $1.5 million Preakness, the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown, that will take place May 16, 2015 at Pimlico.

For the 16th consecutive year, the Leffler Agency designed the official Preakness logo. The agency's creative branding division, BrandNU Marketing, created the logo under the design guidance of senior art director Jeffrey Sewell.

"Creating the 140th Preakness logo was its usual challenge in terms of building flexibility for everything from embroidered merchandise and painting on grass to use on HD television," said Leffler Agency CEO Heather Connellee. "Designer Laura Etter managed to capture the action of the horse running with the unique use of three block slides. Leffler Agency is always proud to create the logo for the Preakness Stakes, the largest Mid-Atlantic sporting event."

Tickets for Preakness 140 will go on sale and renewal invoices sent October 1. The renewal deadline is January 16, 2015.

As in previous years, there will be tiers of pricing: October 2014, November-December 2014, January-April 2015 and May 2015, for Infield and MUG Club tickets. The lowest prices will be during the month of October ($40 General Admission/$60 MUG Club).

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2015 Preakness logo unveiled

(Courtesy of Maryland Jockey Club)

The Maryland Jockey Club has unveiled the logo for the 140th running of the $1.5 million Preakness, the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown, that will take place May 16, 2015 at Pimlico.

For the 16th consecutive year, the Leffler Agency designed the official Preakness logo. The agency's creative branding division, BrandNU Marketing, created the logo under the design guidance of senior art director Jeffrey Sewell.

"Creating the 140th Preakness logo was its usual challenge in terms of building flexibility for everything from embroidered merchandise and painting on grass to use on HD television," said Leffler Agency CEO Heather Connellee. "Designer Laura Etter managed to capture the action of the horse running with the unique use of three block slides. Leffler Agency is always proud to create the logo for the Preakness Stakes, the largest Mid-Atlantic sporting event."

Tickets for Preakness 140 will go on sale and renewal invoices sent October 1. The renewal deadline is January 16, 2015.

As in previous years, there will be tiers of pricing: October 2014, November-December 2014, January-April 2015 and May 2015, for Infield and MUG Club tickets. The lowest prices will be during the month of October ($40 General Admission/$60 MUG Club).

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Graded Recaps

Bayern dominates Haskell on front end

Bayern seized command early, delivered the knockout blow in the stretch, and locked up a spot in the Breeders' Cup Classic (Carl J. Sari/Equi-Photo)
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. The filly Untapable never got close to the front-running, 7 1/4-length winner, and checked in fifth as the 7-5 favorite.

Bayern was scoring his second straight blowout, having run away with the June 7 Woody Stephens by 7 1/2 lengths in his latest at Belmont Park. But that was a seven-furlong sprint, and he was stretching back out in distance for the 1 1/8-mile Haskell. His emphatic triumph proved that he's just as effective over a route of ground, and secured him a spot in the starting gate for the 1 1/4-mile Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita November 1.

Aside from enhancing his personal resume with his first Grade 1 coup, Bayern was also further strengthening his trainer's grip on the Haskell record book. Baffert already owned the record with six Haskell winners, and Bayern makes a magnificent seven, joining the honor roll alongside Point Given (2001), War Emblem (2002), Roman Ruler (2005), Lookin at Lucky (2010), Coil (2011) and Paynter (2012).

"It's so exciting," Baffert said from his Southern California base. "I was hoping he'd be able to get the mile and an eighth. Gary Stevens, after he rode him last time, said 'you have to let him route again. He'll just keep going.' 

Untapable (far left, white marking) got off to a troubled start and wound up fifth (Mark Wyville/Equi-Photo)
"We tried to slow him down in the past, but now we know we just have to utilize his speed. I didn't think he'd do it as devastating as that. It looks like he has it all together now. 

"The only concern is that he needs to break," Baffert said. "There is no Plan B."

Dispatched as the 9-2 second choice, Bayern stamped his authority on the race from the outset. The dark bay broke on top for Martin Garcia, while Untapable bumped with Social Inclusion leaving the gate and found herself in sixth early.

Bayern dictated splits of :23 2/5, :47 3/5 and 1:11 on the fast track. Wildcat Red and Social Inclusion raced in pursuit, but Bayern always appeared to be traveling best. Untapable advanced into fourth on the far turn, but the Steve Asmussen trainee was making hard work of it. Indeed, she didn't inspire much hope of emulating Rachel Alexandra, the former Asmussen star who beat the boys in the 2009 Haskell.

Meanwhile, Bayern was simply running his opponents off their feet. Opening up on the scrappy Wildcat Red and the tiring Social Inclusion entering the stretch, Bayern was three lengths clear at the mile mark in 1:35 2/5. Albano made late headway on the rail to take over second, but couldn't hold a candle to the winner. Bayern stopped the clock in 1:47 4/5 and furnished $11.40 to win.

Wildcat Red salvaged third from Irish You Well, who closed from last to head Untapable for fourth. Just Call Kenny, Social Inclusion, Encryption and a non-threatening Medal Count rounded out the order of finish.

Bayern's romp has forced trainer Bob Baffert to change his original plan of going to the King's Bishop (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)
"That was real impressive," said Garcia, who tied Craig Perret's record by riding his third Haskell winner. "Obviously, we were going to the lead. I wasn't surprised at how well he ran. He was cruising out there the whole way. He was able to set the fractions on his terms, and when we turned for home, he took off. 

"Going into the race," Garcia added, "I wasn't worried about the filly or anyone. I knew I was on a really good horse. He showed how good he was today." 

Untapable's team cited the troubled start for her performance.

"She didn't get away well at all," Asmussen said, "and was never in position to win the race the way the track was playing today." 

Jockey Rosie Napravnik noted that Untapable's problems began just before the gate opened.

"The horse next to us (Social Inclusion) acted up in the gate, so she got a little fussy and didn't get away well," Napravnik said. "We had the widest trip of everybody; she ran a hell of a race and ran as hard as she could." 

Bayern now brandishes a line of 7-4-1-1, and the $600,000 winner's check made him a millionaire with earnings of $1,077,680. A May 3 foal, he was unraced as a juvenile, and opened his career with a 3 1/4-length score at Santa Anita on January 4. Catapulting himself onto the Kentucky Derby trail with a 15-length rout in a February 13 allowance, he was installed as the 8-5 morning-line favorite for the March 8 San Felipe.

But Bayern had to be scratched from the San Felipe with a foot bruise, leaving California Chrome to make his first major statement on the road to the Derby. Although Bayern was back in time to try the April 12 Arkansas Derby, he looked in need of the race when tiring to a distant third to Danza. Reverting to one turn for the April 26 Derby Trial, he was widely expected to regain the winning thread. Bayern did pass the post first in a gutsy front-running display, only to be disqualified to second for floating Embellishing Bob out across the track in their photo-finish duel.

Martin Garcia has ridden three of Baffert's record seven Haskell winners (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Bayern proceeded to the Preakness, but never factored after a rough start. He left that debacle well behind next time in the Woody Stephens, and by following up in the Haskell, he has now won two straight by a combined margin of 14 3/4 lengths.

Baffert indicated that he would change his original plan of shortening the colt up to seven furlongs for the King's Bishop on Travers Day, August 23, at Saratoga.

"Before this, I said we were going to the King's Bishop, but I don't think I'll back him up after this," the Hall of Fame trainer said. "I'm so happy for (owner) Kaleem Shah. He has such a passion for racing." 

Bred by Helen Alexander in Kentucky, Bayern brought $320,000 as a two-year-old in training at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May. He was sired by Offlee Wild from the Thunder Gulch mare Alittlebitearly, herself a half-sister to Group 3-winning sire Bertolini; stakes winner Alchemilla; and stakes heroine Amelia, who is in turn the dam of Grade 3 scorers Assateague and Kindergarden Kid as well as He's Had Enough, runner-up in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Bayern's second dam, Grade 2 diva Aquilegia, is a full sister to champion and noted broodmare Althea. Aside from producing four stakes winners, led by Japanese champion Yamanin Paradise, Althea ranks as the ancestress of Grade 1-winning sire Arch; Grade 1 heroines Balletto and Acoma; and U.A.E. Horse of the Year Festival of Light, among others. Aquilegia and Althea are also full sisters to Grade 2 winner Aishah, whose offspring include Grade 1 victress Aldiza and Grade 2 scorer Atelier, and another descendant is current multiple Grade 3 victress Aurelia's Belle.

Bayern's third dam is Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee. Her other progeny include Grade 1 heroes Ali Oop and Ketoh as well as multiple Grade 2 victor Twining and multiple Grade 3 winner Native Courier. Among her many outstanding descendants is Group 1 star and influential sire Green Desert.

Interestingly, Bayern hails from the extended family of Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero California Chrome. Both descend from Judy-Rae, who is Bayern's fifth dam and California Chrome's seventh dam.

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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.

Tonalist was beaten 2 1/4 lengths in the Jim Dandy by Wicked Strong after traveling three wide on the first turn and four wide into the lane. He was also brushed slightly by the winner at the top of the stretch.

"He was second best yesterday with the trip that he had," Clement had. "Wicked Strong ran a really nice race, and we live to fight another day. We will do everything we can to be back in the Travers.

"The main thing is to focus on the future. We've got four weeks. We've got two breezes, and we will do everything we can to have him at his best on Travers Day. He will walk today, walk tomorrow; then he will go back to the track Tuesday morning."

Trainer Linda Rice said Grade 3 winner Kid Cruz emerged from his third-place finish in Saturday's Jim Dandy in good order and will be pointed to a rematch with the winner and runner-up in the Travers.

Kid Cruz's sire, Lemon Drop Kid, won the 1999 Travers after finishing second in the Jim Dandy. Under Irad Ortiz Jr., Kid Cruz was beaten six lengths on Saturday off a three-quarter length victory in the Dwyer on July 5.

"He came out of it good," Rice said. "It was kind of an odd trip for him. I was pretty worried on the backside; it looked like he was going the wrong way, but he regrouped and Irad got him running the right way. He made up a lot of ground and came out of the race well, so I think we can move on to the Travers and hopefully have a better trip and a better finish."

The normally late-running Kid Cruz broke on top from post 5 and uncharacteristically was up close to the pace early before dropping back. Ortiz steered Kid Cruz five wide into the stretch and set his sights on the two front-runners, finishing 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve.

"I would have rather he laid off of it and made one big run. It was kind of an ugly race," Rice remarked. "He kind of got sandwiched on the turn and (Ortiz) was having to ask him to be there, anyway; then he went the wrong way on us. It was kind of an ugly trip, but the horse gathered himself back up and was running at the end.

"It says a lot (about him). He's a nice horse. Frankly, if that happens to most horses they're going to trail the field and run last. I think this allows us to move into the Travers. I think that's what we were really looking for. I was hoping for a closing second, beaten a length and a half, but it is what it is. If we're going to have a trip that doesn't work out, I'm glad it was in the Jim Dandy and not the Travers."

Ten of the past 16 Travers winners have come out of the Jim Dandy, including Lemon Drop Kid, Unshaded (2000) and Afleet Express (2010), who each ran third. Afleet Express was trained by Jimmy Jerkens, who also handles Wicked Strong.

Rice would become the fifth female trainer since 1978 to start a horse in the Travers, following Dianne Carpenter, sixth with Kingpost in 1988; Kathy Henry, seventh with Ridan Clarion in 1984; Kathy O'Connell, fourth with Blazing Sword in 1997; and Helen Pitts, whose 2007 entrant For You Reppo was eased in the stretch.

Kid Cruz won the Easy Goer and Dwyer a month apart heading into the Jim Dandy, and also captured the Federico Tesio and Private Terms in Maryland before a disappointing eighth in the May 17 Preakness Stakes. Rice had also considered the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer on August 2 but opted to stay at home.

"I thought there was a lot of risk in running him back in three weeks. He's supposed to 'bounce' and not move forward," she said. "But to train straight into the Travers, that wasn't very appealing to me, either. I don't think you can train the seven weeks and expect to win.

"The other option was in West Virginia, and then we're too close to the Travers. All in all, I wish things had unfolded differently, but if we're going to have things go poorly, better in the Jim Dandy than a month from now."

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Big Macher refuses to yield in Bing Crosby

Big Macher and jockey Tyler Baze have proven to be a successful team (Benoit Photos)

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.

Campaigned by Tachycardia Stables and Tom Mansor, the Beau Genius gelding was the 9-1 fourth pick against six rivals and returned $21.20 to his backers for this second straight graded victory. In addition to the $180,000 winner's share, he earned an automatic berth to the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita in the fall when finishing six furlongs over the Polytrack in 1:08.82, just off the 1:08.17 track record set by Euroears in 2011.

Pablo Del Monte exploded from the gates to take the lead in the six-furlong sprint, but had plenty of company in the form of Indexical to his inside and Big Macher on the outside through an opening quarter in :22 2/5. Those two, and Seeking the Sherif on the far outside, drew even with Pablo Del Monte entering the turn and raced in tandem for a brief moment.

By the time the quartet had exited the turn, Baze had gone to work on Big Macher and the four-year-old responded with a surge down the lane. Goldencents had bided his time just in behind the front runners on the backstretch and was full of run. Angling out, the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner came flying only to run out of room late in suffering his second straight close second in the race.

It was 1 1/2 lengths behind Goldencents to lightly raced former claimer Seeking the Sherif, who had his four-race win streak snapped in this, his stakes debut. Indexical nosed out Kobe's Back for fourth, while Pablo Del Monte and Declassify completed the order under the wire. Wine Police was withdrawn.

Like Seeking the Sherif, Big Macher is a former claimer. The bay came to trainer Richard Baltas' shedrow following his career debut, a $20,000 maiden claimer, last July at Del Mar. He took three more tries to break his maiden, all in claiming contests, but his 4 3/4-length initial score was good enough to ensure he would take a step up in class for his next start. That came in a state-bred allowance at Hollywood Park, which Big Macher captured by 4 1/2 lengths, and he closed out 2013 with a pair of close placings against open company.

Big Macher scored in his stakes debut while returning to the state-bred ranks for his season opener in the January 25 California Cup Sprint. He moved on to graded rivals in his next two, finishing a half-length second in the San Carlos and getting his nose down on the line to take the Potrero Grande last out on April 12, before being sidelined by a quarter crack.

With a successful return to competition, the California-bred gelding now boasts $496,428 in career earnings to go along with his 11-5-2-2 scorecard.

Bred by Ballena Vista Farm, Big Macher brought $10,000 as a Barretts October yearling. He is the first registered stakes winner out of the unraced Kris S. mare Insight, and comes from the same female family as Grade 1-scoring fillies Flip's Pleasure and Swap Fliparoo. Farther back, this line includes champion Jamestown.

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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.

Vyjack has fired two consecutive bullet works since arriving at Saratoga, including a half-mile in :47 on July 18, the fastest of 76 horses. Most recently, he went five furlongs in :59 under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. on July 25, ranking first of 31 horses.

"We put him in company," trainer Rudy Rodriguez said of the Saratoga works. "We've been running long, so we tried to sharpen him up a little bit. Hopefully we can come back and give him another nice three-eighths. I'm trying to work like (Hall of Fame trainer Bob) Baffert now. Hopefully, it works."

Last seen being eased in the July 5 Suburban Handicap going 1 1/4 miles, the four-year-old Into Mischief gelding is being pointed to the Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap on the undercard of Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney at the Spa.

It will mark Vyjack's fourth time sprinting in 12 career starts and first at six furlongs. He opened his career in the fall of 2012 with victories at 6 1/2 and seven furlongs, and began the 2014 campaign with a seven-furlong optional claiming triumph at Aqueduct on April 27.

"We're going to shorten him up and, hopefully, that works for us," Rodriguez said. "We don't lose anything by trying."

Vyjack opened his sophomore season by winning the Jerome and Gotham before running a narrow third in the Wood Memorial. Failed attempts in the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Haskell Invitational followed, and he was put away until this year.

"He's got a lot of talent, for sure," Rodriguez asserted. "We checked him out up and down. We brought a couple of doctors in here and everything was good. He's doing very good; we're just disappointed in the way he's running.

"It was a no-brainer. It's not working out going long. If he runs good, there's time to get him back for the end of the meet (in the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego on August 30). We're trying, because he's working very, very good."

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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. Saturday's San Diego Handicap may generate as many as four, while those who passed on the San Diego but are being trained with the Classic in mind continue to make progress.

Fed Biz, Footbridge, You Know I Know and Frac Daddy -- the respective top-four finishers in Saturday's San Diego Handicap -- came out of the race in good shape and with possibilities of moving on to the 1 1/4-mile Pacific Classic over Del Mar's Polytrack.

"We're looking to get a Grade 1 (win) for him," trainer Bob Baffert said of Fed Biz following the 5 1/4-length victory in track record time of 1:41.00 for 1 1/16 miles. It bettered Zenyatta's 1:41.48 in the 2008 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, the first of her three straight wins in that event.

Reminded that the Pacific Classic fit the Grade 1 profile, Baffert said, "I know, but there are lots of Grade 1s, all over the country."

Eoin Harty, who trains Footbridge for Godolphin Racing, said he was happy with and not surprised by the performance from the four-year-old son of Street Cry, who went off at odds of 25-1.

"He's been running well out here and I was surprised he was such a long shot," Harty said. "If everything goes well and he stays together, we'll come back in the Pacific Classic."

Trainer John Sadler noted that You Know I Know did well to close strongly on a track that favored speed. The horseman indicated You Know I Know will run again at the meeting and the Pacific Classic will be a race to consider.

Blake Heap, who deputized for Kenny McPeek and saddled Frac Daddy, said that the horse's connections were "leaning toward" keeping the horse at Del Mar and trying again in the Classic.

Peter Miller took over the lead in the Del Mar training stands with two wins on Saturday, and one those winners could show up in the Pacific Classic next out. Big Cazanova captured the 7TH, one race before the San Diego, in a track record 1:34.74 for a mile.

"Big Cazanova ran great," Miller said. "I would have liked to have seen him in the San Diego Handicap. That would have been a helluva race. A new track record and we're going to think about the Pacific Classic for him.

"The meet has been going good for us. We'll keep working and try to keep it going."

A number of Pacific Classic hopefuls took to the track this week in preparation for the race.

Majestic Harbor, a romping victor of the the Gold Cup at Santa Anita last out, clocked five furlongs in :59 2/5 Sunday morning at Del Mar.

"Everything went well and he's still right on schedule (for the race)," trainer Sean McCarthy said.

Defending Pacific Classic champion Game On Dude turned a half-mile in :48 on Friday and received a rare, from California clockers, "breezing" description.

Dual Grade 2 victor Clubhouse Ride produced a seven-furlong bullet move in 1:24 4/5 on Friday, which delighted trainer Craig Lewis and likely moved the Pacific Classic to the top of a list of options for the Gold Cup runner-up.

Unbeaten champion Shared Belief, who just returned to action with an easy win in the Los Alamitos Derby last out, traveled five-eighths in 1:02 1/5 on Wednesday over Golden Gate Fields' synthetic Tapeta.

Grade 2 scorer Candy Boy, considered possible for the Pacific Classic, recorded three-quarters in 1:13 on Saturday for Sadler. Another possible, Grade 2 hero Zivo who is riding a six-race win streak, was caught in 1:00 over Belmont Park's fast main track on Saturday.

Toast of New York, winner of the U.A.E. Derby, and Cat O'Mountain, third in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan, will ship in for the Pacific Classic, Cindy Niemetz of the International Racing Bureau reported.

If Toast of New York goes in the race, it will actually be his second stateside start. The Jamie Osborne-trained sophomore son of Thewayyouare shipped shipped to Belmont Park for the July 5 Belmont Derby Invitational and finished fourth, beaten 5 1/4 lengths. Toast of New York is scheduled to be flown in to Los Angeles International Airport on August 16 and, after passing through quarantine, arrive at Del Mar on the 18th and go out on the track a day later.

Cat O'Mountain has made four starts on the all-weather surface at Kempton in England and four on the synthetic surface at Meydan. The Street Cry four-year-old, who is trained by Charles Appleby, will ship in following an August 6 workout at Kempton. Appleby made an impression at last year's Breeders' Cup when he trained Outstrip to win the Juvenile Turf with Mike Smith aboard.

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Valid grinds out first stakes score in Monmouth Cup

Valid edged clear by a half-length for his first career stakes win (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)

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

Valid pressed the pace on the outside as Bradester posted comfortable fractions of :24, :48 1/5 and 1:11 3/5. The Marcus Vitali pupil drew even with the leader around the far turn, putting a head in front as they turned for home. Bradester fought back back on the inside as those two battled it out to the wire, but Valid had more gas in the tank and edged clear in the end.

Bradester took second and was 4 3/4 lengths clear of Pants On Fire in third. Pick of the Litter, 2-1 favorite Long River, Vegas No Show, Sailor's Revenge, Easter Gift and Raging Daoust rounded out the order of finish. Micromanage was scratched.

Valid stopped the teletimer in 1:41 2/5 for the 1 1/16-mile test over the fast main track with Orlando Bocachica up. The four-year-old gelding was sent off as the 4-1 fourth choice on the board and returned $10.80 for the score.

"Orlando (Bocachica) did a great job," Vitali said. "I told him to lay close to the pace, not to get too far behind the leader, and he did just that. My horse really showed up today."

Valid broke his maiden in his second start to close out his two-year-old campaign at Laurel Park. He was off the board in his sophomore and stakes debut in the Withers in February 2013, and did not return to the track until last July where he finished out of the money in an allowance race at Belmont. The dark bay tried the turf against allowance foes in his next four starts, finishing no better than third.

Valid returned to the winners circle in November by way of a 23 1/4-length romp over a sloppy Gulfstream Park track in a race that was taken off the turf, and was runner-up in the Fred Hooper at Calder in his next start the following month. He captured two allowance races to start 2014, was off the board in the Pimlico Special, runner-up in the Mountain View in May and was exiting a third-place finish in the Salvatore Mile here earlier this month. The son of Medaglia d'Oro banked $120,000 to boost his bankroll to $324,282 from a 17-5-3-3 career line.

Bred in Virginia by Edward P. Evans, Valid is out of the stakes winning Grand Slam mare Grand Prayer, who is a half-sister to Grade 1 victor Swagger Jack and Grade 2 scorer Tap Dance. The dark bay is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Malibu Prayer. His female family also includes Spanish champion and German highweight Silverside.

Valid sold as a yearling for $500,000 at the Keeneland September sale and was resold in 2013 for $115,000 at the Saratoga Fall Mixed And HORA Sale.

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Majestic River clear in Molly Pitcher victory

Majestic River surged to an easy win in the Molly Pitcher (Carl J. Sari/Equi-Photo)

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. The Todd Pletcher-trained four-year-old was the near 5-1 fourth choice in the seven-distaffer field and paid $11.80 for her third consecutive win.

Jockey Rosie Napravnik settled Majestic River just outside of 3-2 pacsetting favorite Natalie Victoria as that one set fractions of :24 1/5 and :47 3/5. Montana Native and Zucchini Flower kept each other company in the second flight, while Triple Arch and Lucky Rag Doll did the same in the third bunch down the backstretch as Made Up trailed in last.

Entering the turn Napravnik gave Majestic River her cue, and the A.P. Indy filly responded by drawing even with Natalie Victoria. By the time she entered the stretch Majestic River was in firm command and merely extended her margin from there to cross under the wire in 1:43 for 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track.

"The race played out perfect," Napravnik said. "I got a great setup and she ran awesome. I had plenty of horse in the stretch."

Montana Native put in a game late run to take second by three parts of a length over Lucky Rag Doll. Zucchini Flower rounded out the superfecta and was followed by Triple Arch, Made Up and Natalie Victoria. Blue Violet and Swinger's Party were both withdrawn.

Majestic River is now 4-0-0 from five starts on the year, having previously captured the Lighthouse and a pair of optional claimers while placing fourth in another optional claimer. Her last pair came at Monmouth after the bay miss opened her four-year-old campaign at Gulfstream Park on February 21.

Majestic River scored in her career debut at Gulfstream in January 2013 before running second against winners one month later. She made just one more start as a sophomore, finishing seventh in her stakes bow in the Sunland Park Oaks, and wouldn't reappear until February back at Gulfstream. Sunday's Molly Pitcher victory bumped her career record to 8-5-1-0 and nearly doubled her lifetime earnings to $253,138.

Bred in Kentucky by Briland Farm and Robert & Stacy Mitchell, Majestic River sold for $425,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected yearling. She is out of the Alphabet Soup mare Tempus Fugit, a Grade 3-placed multiple stakes winner who counts as half-siblings Grade 2-placed Color Me Up and dual stakes-placed Chippewa Trail.

Others of note in Majestic River's female family include Grade 3 victor Spite the Devil and stakes diva Miss Pippa, last seen missing by a head against Grade 2 rivals in November.

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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.

The 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales is the only leg of the Canadian classics, restricted to three-year-olds bred in Canada, contested on dirt. With most of the country's major main track races run over Polytrack at Woodbine, several of the main contenders, including Ami's Holiday, will be making their debut on the surface.

Winner of his first two starts as a juvenile, including a Grade 3 score in the Grey, Ami's Holiday has earned checks in each of his first three outings this term. Preceding his second in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate, where he finished 1 1/2 lengths behind Lexie Lou, were a fourth in the Lexington at Keeneland and a second, beaten a neck, in the Marine at Woodbine.

Three other Queen's Plate also-rans are in the Prince of Wales field. Seventh-place finisher Matador, who captured the Cup & Saucer on turf last season, competed without success last winter in Florida, missing the board in such American classic preps as the Florida Derby, Tampa Bay Derby, and Sam F. Davis.

Coltimus Prime, runner-up by a neck in the Display last term, fared poorly in two U.S. starts last winter, but captured an allowance at Woodbine prior to a fading ninth-place effort in the Queen's Plate. Lions Bay, sixth in the Queen's Plate in his stakes debut, is a veteran of only four starts and has room for progression.

Other leading candidates include a pair who both broke their maiden over dirt at Parx. Lynx, who graduated on May 25 by three lengths, subsequently finished a distant third to Albano in the Pegasus at Monmouth Park. Rhythm Blues has been successful in attempting his first allowance condition at Woodbine recently, but might appreciate the return to dirt.

The field is rounded out by dual allowance winner Money Talks; East Side, a maiden winner in his third attempt at Woodbine on June 13; and the maidens Ascot Martin and Smart Spree.

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Antipathy captures Shuvee

Antipathy managed to stay relatively clean despite the muddy conditions in her Shuvee win (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

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. The A.P. Indy four-year-old had jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard as she finished 1 1/8 miles over the Spa's muddy, sealed main track in 1:52 4/5.

"It was a great performance. Team McLaughlin needed a win; we haven't run that many live ones. We were real happy to get a win," McLaughlin said. "She's a well-bred filly for Godolphin, and now she has a Grade 3 win to go along with a Grade 1-placing. I thought she ran very well.

"We weren't worried about (the nine furlongs) because she's by A.P. Indy," he added. "She's just gotten good, she's improved a lot, and if you look back at the allowance races she lost, two nice fillies beat us. She's improving and we're very happy to get a Grade 3 win."

Antipathy burst from the gates and onto the lead, but Swinger's Party was determined to set the pace. Charging up Antipathy's inside, that dark bay filly took over through an opening quarter in :23 3/5 and a half-mile in :47 3/5 as Ortiz settled his mount just off the rail in second. Unlimited Budget was keeping in close contact running off of Antipathy's flank while the rest of the field was strung out behind.

Swinger's Party couldn't maintain her hold on the front and started backing up nearing the turn as Antipathy and Unlimited Budget both swept on by. Antipathy regained command and slogged through the drying out stretch as Stanwyck and Hot Stones gave chase. Stanwyck put in what looked like a winning move but suddenly flattened out, taking second by 1 1/4 lengths over Hot Stones after angling toward the inside in the final yards.

Ambusher came next and completing the order under the wire were 2-1 favorite Flashy American, Unlimited Budget and Swinger's Party.

"I just tried to follow the instruction of the trainer. He just told me to ride your own race," Ortiz explained. "On paper it looked like we were the only speed in the race but (Swinger's Party) wanted to go, so I let her go.

No one could catch Antipathy as she earned her first stakes victory in style (NYRA/Adam Mooshian/Adam Coglianese Photography)

"My filly was ready today. Everybody did a great job, the whole team at the barn. I was comfortable. I had a perfect trip. The trainer told me I had the horse. I let her run a little bit and I held my position the whole time. In the last part I didn't want to be too close to the rail. You can see when I get to the last turn I didn't want to be too close to the rail so I let her drift a little bit to get to the better ground."

"Perfect trip," stated jockey Joel Rosario, rider of Stanwyck. "I made a little move on the turn and I thought maybe we were going to get some more. We were probably second best today."

Antipathy paid $6.40 as the 2-1 second choice and improved her career mark to 9-3-3-2, $316,784. The bay lass debuted at Saratoga last September, running fifth on that occasion, then took two more tries at Gulfstream Park to break her maiden. She followed up with a third in an optional claimer at that Florida track in March and wouldn't reappear until taking a similar contest on January 31.

A pair of seconds, over Aqueduct's inner and Belmont Park's main, came during the spring, and Antipathy finally tried stakes rivals for the first time when entered in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps last out. She reputed herself very well, running third that day behind multiple Grade 1 stars Close Hatches and Princess of Sylmar, and was set up for this first career stakes score in the Shuvee.

"We were pointing to (the Shuvee) for so long I wasn't sure what's next, but we might go to (the Grade 1, $500,000 Personal Ensign on August 22)," McLaughlin commented about what's next for Antipathy.

The Darley Kentucky-bred is out of the unraced Mr. Prospector mare Love Style, making her a half-sister to multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire and sire Scat Daddy as well as stakes victor Grand Daddy. The trio's second dam is Grade 1 heroine Likeable Style, who is also the grandam of Grade 2 scorer Old Time Hockey.

This black-type rich female family also includes Grade 1 winners Bundler, Quack, Sweet Talker, Include Me Out and Check the Label.

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Maria Thornton earned her first career win with just her third mount (Photo courtesy of Arlington)

Jockey Maria Thornton won the first race of her career in the 2ND race Sunday at Arlington when she guided Stephensclassygal (Stephen Got Even) to a 6 1/4-length victory for trainer Scott Mullins in the 1 1/16-mile Polytrack affair. The 25-year-old Thornton, younger sister of Arlington veteran Tim Thornton, accepted her first mount on July 24 and was riding in just her third race when she broke her maiden. "It feels great (to win). It was very unexpected," Maria Thornton said. "There's no feeling like it -- none at all. You get chills like crazy. Tim told me it was 13 (rides before he won) but this was just my third one." Though she only recently took out her license, Maria Thornton has been working horses in the morning over the last year and credits conditioners John Haran, Frank Kirby, Moises Yanez and Mike Stidham -- in addition to Mullins -- for helping her get to this point. Since just prior to the meet, she had been under the employ of Stidham in the mornings, working many of his quality horses...

On the morning after The Big Beast (Yes It's True) impressively won an allowance and eclipsed Amsterdam (G2) winner Coup de Grace's (Tapit) BRIS Speed rating, earning a 102 versus a 99 for Coup de Grace, trainer Tony Dutrow spoke philosophically about the opportunity cost of having chosen the easier spot for his lightly raced colt. The Big Beast, exiting a 4 1/4-length maiden score on June 8 at Belmont in his third start, went straight to the lead on Saturday and extended his advantage at every call, drawing clear under a drive to win by 6 1/4 lengths. "I don't know if I made the right decision," said Dutrow, who trains the sophomore for Alex and JoAnn Lieblong. "We may have run lights out in the Amsterdam. When you think your horse is really, really good, you want these races to count. We won the Sanford (G3) with (Big Trouble coming out of) a maiden race. I could have taken him to Delaware or Philadelphia, or someplace else easier, but I thought he was sitting on a good race, and, if he was, I wanted it to count." Dutrow ultimately came to the conclusion he had chosen the correct path for The Big Beast, who will now target the King's Bishop (G1), a seven-furlong race for three-year-olds on August 23. "I don't know if we made a mistake or not," Dutrow said, "but we did feel like our horse was going to run good. Usually when they are sitting on a good one, I want to make those races count. I just felt like going from a maiden win with a horse who wasn't all there yet mentally, I thought another seasoning would be really good."...

Saratoga has been kind to Palace Dreams (Freud), who on Saturday improved her record at the Spa to 2-0-1 in three starts with a front-running one-length win in a second-level optional claimer for New York-bred fillies and mares. The win was a pleasant surprise to trainer David Duggan as Palace Dreams hadn't raced since finishing second at the same level in November at Aqueduct. "I had concerns about fitness coming in here, and she put them to rest afterwards," Duggan said. "She's obviously a very good filly. This race was basically just to get her back to the races to see what we had as a four-year-old, and I'm happy with her run." Last year at Saratoga, Palace Dreams, who is owned by former Suffolk Downs chairwoman Patricia Moseley, cleared the first allowance condition on opening weekend before finishing third in the Statue of Liberty division of the New York Stallion Series in August. She was eighth at Belmont in September before her season finale at Aqueduct. Like her win at Saratoga a year ago, Palace Dreams' victory on Saturday came in gate-to-wire fashion. "She had an easy lead," Duggan said. "Nobody took her on, and it was a huge advantage." Duggan said he will determine Palace Dreams' next start at a later date...

Hernandez Racing Club's multiple Illinois champion La Tia (City Place) took her show on the road and dominated the Ontario Matron (Can-G3) at Woodbine on Saturday. One race after disappointing as the favorite in the rained-off turf and weather-stricken Lincoln Heritage H. at Arlington, the dark bay five-year-old went wire-to-wire in a snappy, near-track record 1:42.70 under Justin Stein. "She's riding back with me now and she's very happy," trainer Armando De La Cerda said on Sunday morning. "She looks great. She was nice and relaxed, the jockey didn't even use the stick and she almost broke the track record. She really didn't like the paddock last time and everything that happened with the weather -- it really bothered her. This time she was hyper and feeling good in the paddock -- it was hard to put on her saddle. I'm really happy with the race." A winner of eight races in 19 starts -- including three Grade 3 contests -- the impressive victory could mean a step up in class. "We'll see what happens and how she feels coming out of the race," De La Cerda said. "We'll look at a race in Canada and maybe go back to the (August 16) Beverly D." Last year, the earner of $620,656 was a respectable fifth in the Grade 1, $750,000 centerpiece for turf fillies and mares...

Lael Stables' Ageless (Successful Appeal) captured her third stakes in a row in Sunday's $142,111 Royal North S. (Can-G3) at Woodbine, tying a track record in the process. The five-year-old mare crossed the wire in 1:07.39 going six furlongs on the firm turf and now shares the track record with Starticus (Atticus), who ran the same time back in 2008. The Arnaud Delacour trainee settled in midpack, ran down the pacesetter a sixteenth out and held on for a half-length victory as the 5-2 favorite. "She loved this course, it's very flat like Laurel," jockey Luis Garcia said of the mare's home course. "If you know how to wait with her, that stretch run is perfect for her. If I went earlier it would have been too long, so I tried to wait for as long as I could before I asked her to punch." Ageless was entering in here off wins in the Giants Causeway S. at Keeneland in April and The Very One S. at Pimlico in May. The bay grabbed $83,214 for her third stakes victory to increase her lifetime earnings to $348,154 from a line of 14-8-2-2...

West Point Thoroughbreds' Rock Me Baby (Rock Hard Ten) earned his first stakes victory on Sunday when taking the $150,500 California Dream' H. at Del Mar by 3 1/4 lengths as the 2-1 favorite. The Craig Dollase-trained five-year-old bided his time in midpack under jockey Corey Nakatani before putting in a three-wide bid to take over rounding the second turn and drawing off to finish 1 1/16 Polytrack miles in 1:42 4/5. The dark bay gelding improved on his head second in this contest last year, and was exiting a third-place effort in the Bertrando last out on July 3. Rock Me Baby also finished second in the Tiznow last season and now boasts $361,802 in career earnings to go along with a 15-6-4-2 mark...

New Farm's homebred Rainbow Heir (Wildcat Heir) won his second career stakes in Sunday's $130,000 Teddy Drone S. at Monmouth Park. The Benjamin  Perkins Jr. trainee claimed the lead at the top of the stretch and drew clear from his rivals to prevail by 3 1/2 lengths. The four-year-old colt covered six furlongs in 1:09 over the fast main track with Angel Serpa up. The chestnut was exiting a win in an allowance race for state-breds over the track last month. He has a career line which reads 10-6-0-1, $281,010...

Lucky Lion (High Chaparral), best of the rest behind the imperious Sea the Moon (Sea the Stars) in the July 6 Deutsches Derby (Ger-G1), paid him quite a compliment when defeating older Group 1 winner Noble Mission (Galileo) in Sunday's Grosser Preis von Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (Ger-G1). Springing to prominence when winning Krefeld's Dr Busch Memorial (Ger-G3) over 8 1/2 furlongs April 27, Lucky Lion registered a commanding success in the Mehl Mulhens-Rennen (Ger-G2), known as Germany's Two Thousand Guineas, over a mile at Cologne May 18. That he was beaten 11 lengths by Sea the Moon when second at Hamburg  is either testament to the freak ability of that rival or suggestion that he found the 12 furlongs too far. He won his race on the far side only to lose out overall as the errant winner found the stands' rail, and connections will have been relieved that he faced nothing of that ilk here, with the visiting Noble Mission forced to give away 10 pounds due to weight-for-age. Keen early racing in mid-division as Noble Mission, Frankel's brother, gradually worked his way to the front from his wide draw, Lucky Lion was shaken up by Ioritz Mendizabal at the top of the stretch as James Doyle sent the Juddmonte homebred into what looked a decisive lead. Game in pursuit, it was only in the last 50 yards that the three-year-old was able to subdue Noble Mission and earn a first top-level victory as the pair pulled clear of the remainder. Lucky Lion's dam, Lips Arrow, is a half to German One Thousand Guineas (Ger-G2) winner Lips Poison (Mamool)...

Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) and St James's Palace S. (Eng-G1) hero Kingman (Invincible Spirit) is on target for Wednesday's Sussex S. (Eng-G1)at Glorious Goodwood, according to Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah. There had been speculation that Kingman would not participate if the going was too quick, but Grimthorpe said, "All we want is good, nice, safe ground -- that's all. We're positive. The intention is to run." In his first try against elders, Kingman is expected to face defending Sussex winner Toronado (High Chaparral), who was last seen winning the Queen Anne S. (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot...

The odds on Sheikh Hamdan's Taghrooda (Sea the Stars) for the October 5 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1) shortened further Sunday, a day removed from the three-year-old filly's resounding defeat of older males in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. (Eng-G1). The bay was made the 6-1 co-favorite with most oddsmakers for Longchamp's showpiece within moments of her three-length drubbing of Telescope (Galileo), but her odds have now shortened to around 9-2 after connections expressed their intent to aim for the Arc. Deutsches Derby winner Sea the Moon, another from the first crop of 2009 Arc hero Sea the Stars, is the second choice at 6-1, while defending winner Treve (Motivator) has drifted out slightly to 7-1. Dual Derby hero Australia (Galileo) sits around 8-1...

Selected works from 194 timed by clockers on Sunday at Del Mar include last-out Shoemaker (G1) defending champion Obviously (Choisir), who went five furlongs in 1:01; Vanity (G1) romper Iotapa (Afleet Alex), who was caught in 1:13 for three-quarters; multiple Grade 2 winner Mr. Commons (Artie Schiller), who got four furlongs in :48 2/5; Grade 3 heroine Customer Base (Lemon Drop Kid), who clocked five-eighths in :59 2/5; and Debutante runner-up Unbridled Reward (Warrior's Reward), who traveled five panels in 1:00...

Two-year-old maiden special weight races on the grass are always exciting, but Saturday's was especially fulfilling for the connections of victorious Stormy Wayllen (Stormy Atlantic). The chestnut colt with an attractive blaze down his face won what was the first two-turn juvenile race of the Arlington season under jockey Channing Hill for the partnership of Susan Moulton, Darrell and Evelyn Yates and Catalano Thoroughbreds -- all very good friends. The win was very special for the connections for two reasons. First, the chestnut is named after Hill and wife, Shelbi's, son Wayllen, and is therefore the grandson of trainer Wayne Catalano. Secondly, Catalano has been hospitalized all week with acute pneumonia and it has been a trying few days for all closely involved with the 11-time leading trainer. A full brother to multiple stakes-winning turf mare and Catalano trainee Cumulonimble, Stormy Wayllen was joined in the winner's circle by his toddler namesake, Wayllen Richard Hill. "I think this will make Wayne smile," Hill heartily summed it up...

Trainer Art Sherman was presented with the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award in a ceremony between the 4TH and 5TH races on Sunday at Del Mar. Sherman became the 11th recipient of the award but the first to receive it at Del Mar. Previously, it was presented at Hollywood Park. "It's a great honor and a privilege," Sherman said Sunday morning. "Laffit and I have been friends for a long time. He is a man of real class and it's very special to receive an award named for him." Sherman, 77, had a 23-year-career as a jockey and has been training for 35 years. His riding career ended in 1975. "I spent most of my career riding in Northern California and Laffit was down south so we didn't ride against other except in maybe a few bigger races where he came up to ride," Sherman said. "He rode some horses for me as a trainer, but I think they were just claimers, which is mostly what I had back then." Sherman, who has trained California Chrome to victories in this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was honored with the award as someone who have served the sport "with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination and distinction." Previous winners are: Bob Benoit (2004), Noble Threewitt (2005), Mel and Warren Stute (2006), Elwood W. "Bud" Johnston (2007), Pete Pedersen (2008), Merlin Volzke (2009), Oak Tree Racing Association (2010), Jerry and Ann Moss (2011), John Harris (2012) and Eddie Delahoussaye (2013).

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Guys Reward denies Fredericksburg in Oceanport

Fredericksburg (inside) won the pace battle but lost the war to the closer Guys Reward (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
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. The seven-year-old veteran was most recently third in the Firecracker at Churchill Downs to Silver Max, the runaway winner of the 2013 Oceanport.

Guys Reward was dispatched as the 9-2 second choice, with 2-1 favoritism going to the repatriated Mshawish in his U.S. debut. But the favorite didn't receive the best of trips, while Guys Reward enjoyed a textbook passage courtesy of Paco Lopez.

Fredericksburg bounded out to the early lead, prompted by Slim Shadey through an opening quarter in :24 3/5. Mshawish, who was near the back of the pack passing the stands for the first time, hustled up and passed most of the field rounding the clubhouse turn. A rank Joe Tess also pulled his way forward, and along with Mshawish, joined Fredericksburg and Slim Shadey to make it a line of four abreast at the half in :48 3/5.

Mshawish couldn't sustain his momentum, however, as they continued down the backstretch, and he ultimately retreated. Joe Tess also conceded to the top two, and Fredericksburg and Slim Shadey pulled away.

Although Slim Shadey matched strides with the longtime leader through six furlongs in 1:10 3/5, Fredericksburg repelled his pace nemesis at the top of the lane and edged clear. But after running the gauntlet of early challengers, he was about to face a much tougher opponent with fresher legs.

Guys Reward, who had been settled off the pace, improved his position riding the rail on the far turn, and peeled out to offer his bid in the stretch. As the Dale Romans charge collared the pacesetter, Fredericksburg tried to fight back. But Guys Reward would not allow him to reclaim the advantage. One length on top at the wire, Guys Reward negotiated 1 1/16 firm-turf miles in 1:40 2/5 and paid $11.20 to win.

"I thought he was waiting a little closer than he usually does," Romans said. "But it looked like he needed to. He's just a good, old hard campaigner. When the horse is right, he gives you his all, and he did that today." 

Under Control got up for third, and Michael With Us rallied for fourth. Next came Slim Shadey, Mshawish, Change of Command, Lochte, Shkspeare Shaliyah and Joe Tess.

Guys Reward has compiled a record of 46-9-5-11, $777,709. In addition to wins in the 2012 Opening Verse and Firecracker as well as the February 1 Tampa Bay, the son of Grand Reward has placed in seven stakes -- the off-the-turf Cradle as a juvenile in 2009; the 2010 American Turf, Transylvania and Commonwealth Turf; the 2011 Louisville Handicap, where he was beaten all of a head in third; the 2012 Ben Ali over Keeneland's Polytrack, winding up a distant third behind track-record setting Wise Dan; and his aforementioned third in the June 28 Firecracker.

Two starts back, he was fourth to Speaking of Which in the June 8 Monmouth, which has turned out to be a key race in the turf division. Monmouth runner-up Hangover Kid went on to capture the Bowling Green, and also-rans Finnegans Wake and Admiral Kitten ran one-two in the Arlington Handicap.

Bred by Haymarket Farm in Kentucky, Guys Reward was twice led out unsold at Keeneland. He RNA'd for $14,000 as a November weanling and again for $27,000 as a yearling the following September. The dark bay was produced by the Mr. Greeley mare Beach View, and although there's little black type of note under his first three dams, he descends from the high-profile family of European champion and leading sire Giant's Causeway. The family has been in the news in Europe this summer as well, thanks to Marvellous' victory in the Irish One Thousand Guineas and well-regarded juvenile Gleneagles scoring in the Tyros.

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

ANGIE C. S., EMD, $49,500, 2YO, F, 6F, 7-27.
5—ETHAN'S BABY, f, 2, Offlee Wild--Hope and Vow, by Broken Vow. O-Hansen, Todd and Shawn, B-Todd Hansen & Shawn Hansen (WA), T-Howard Belvoir, J-David G. Lopez, $27,225.
3—Pippa Bou Peep, f, 2, Harbor the Gold--Annie's Bou Peep, by For Really. O-Essex, Charles D and Dave and The Little Lady Stable, B-C E "Rich" Richardson & Ann Richardson (WA), $9,900.
1—Seeking the Light, f, 2, Heatseeker (IRE)--Brightest, by Beau Genius. ($29,000 '13 BESOCT; $1,500 '13 FTKFEB). O-Maryanski, John and Janene, B-Anthony J Haynes Stables LLC & The Seeker Syndicate (KY), $7,425.
Also Ran: Boss Lori, Dancingwithdebbie, Twelfth Fan.
Winning Time: 1:09 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 6 1/4, 5 1/4, 3/4.
Odds: 1.10, 25.00, 1.30.

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

SAR, 7TH, ALW, $102,000, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 7-28.
15—TAKAJO, g, 4, Congrats--Ariel Rose, by Black Mambo. ($40,000 '11 OBSAUG; $300,000 2012 FTFMAR). O-Long Lake Stable LLC, B-Rustlewood Farm, Inc (FL), T-John P. Terranova, II, J-Luis Saez, $61,200.
10—Run for Logistics, c, 3, Bernstein--Shiner's Sister, by Mr. Greeley. ($45,000 '12 KEESEP; $50,000 2013 FTMMAY). O-Ralph Nabavi, B-Summerwind Farm (KY), $20,400.
4—Big Sugar Soda, c, 3, Ready's Image--Squeakums, by Fusaichi Pegasus. ($45,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Robison, J Kirk and Judy, B-Bellevue Farm (KY), $10,200.
Winning Time: 1:04 2/5 (sy)
 
PRX, 8TH, ALW, $57,780, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 7-28.
4—PAGE MCKENNEY, g, 4, Eavesdropper--Winning Grace, by Yarrow Brae. O-Staple, Adam and Jalin Stable, B-Dr James E Bryant & Linda P Davis (PA), T-Mary E. Eppler, J-Frankie Pennington, $37,800.
2—True Awakening, g, 5, Yes It's True--Cold Awakening, by Dehere. ($17,000 '10 KEEJAN). O-Andrew Sulley, B-Michael Iavarone (KY), $9,000.
3—Merry's Very Won, g, 6, Not for Love--Merry Princess, by Polish Numbers. O-Pewter Stable and LDJ Stable, B-Pewter Stable (PA), $6,930.
Winning Time: 1:44 1/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 6TH, ALW, $49,762, 3YO/UP, 1M, 7-28.
2—CALIPARTY, g, 4, Pleasant Tap--Wildcat Fan, by Forest Wildcat. O-Lehman, Edward and Silver Rod Stables, Inc, B-Donamire Farm (KY), T-Edward Lehman, J-Edwin Rivera, $27,000.
5—Nibiru's Return, g, 6, Power by Far--Jane's Speed, by Repriced. O-Peter A Double Deuce Stables LLC, B-Mrs Thomas W Baker, Jr (PA), $12,600.
7—Funded, c, 3, Medaglia d'Oro--Cash's Girl, by Northern Afleet. ($250,000 '12 FTSAUG). O-Richard Santulli, B-Colts Neck Stables LLC (KY), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:37 3/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 7TH, ALW, $37,600, 3YO/UP, 1M, 7-28.
1—YOUGOTTHATGOINFORU, g, 4, Student Council--The Cat's Reach, by Bernstein. ($4,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Touchdown Stable and Kamikaze Stable, B-RR Equine Stables, LLC (PA), T-Philip T. Aristone, J-Jacqueline A. Davis, $22,200.
6—Dynamic Strike, g, 4, Smart Strike--Dynamic Deputy, by Deputy Minister. O-Fitzhugh LLC, B-Fitzhugh, LLC (PA), $7,400.
3—Keepmeinstitches, c, 4, Southern Image--Basket Stitch, by Tiznow. O-Exacta B S LLC and Richard Vega Racing Stable, Inc, B-2nd Time Around, LLC (PA), $4,070.
Winning Time: 1:37 1/5 (ft)
 
FL, 8TH, ALW, $19,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 7-28.
1—SMITTEN BY GOLD, m, 5, Medallist--Deeply Smitten, by Not for Love. O-Peters, Michele W and Corbett, June, B-Michele W Peters & June Corbett (NY), T-Michael S. Ferraro, J-Daniel P. Vergara, $11,700.
7—Bear Dance, m, 6, Yonaguska--Regal Music, by Stravinsky. O-Luis Gutierrez, B-Daniel J Burke (NY), $3,900.
8—Letshootpool, m, 6, Freud--Unbridled Cyclone, by Judge T C. ($2,000 '09 FTMOCT; $95,000 2010 OBSAPR). O-Barry R Ostrager, B-Jeffrey Tucker (NY), $1,950.
Winning Time: 1:07 (sy)

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Starstruck repeats in Matchmaker

Starstruck has scored both of her stakes victories in the Matchmaker (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)
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. Trained by Larry Jones and piloted by Kerwin Clark, five-year-old burst between foes and kicked 1 1/4 lengths clear.

Starstruck, the 5-1 fourth choice, was rebounding from a scary incident in the July 5 Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park. In the thick of contention in the stretch, she was caught in tight quarters, clipped heels, and lost all chance. Starstruck reported home ninth, but was moved up to eighth via disqualification. She didn't have a straw in her path in the Matchmaker.

After a sharp start, Clark eased Starstruck back into a midpack position on the inside. Nashly's Vow turned on her customary speed to establish fractions of :24 and :47 1/5 on the firm turf. She's Not Lazy and Irish Mission accosted the pacesetter rounding the far turn in 1:10 4/5, and they battled into the stretch.

Starstruck, who had been creeping closer, exploited a huge seam that opened up between the fading Nashly's Vow and She's Not Lazy. Charging through the gap, she drew alongside Irish Mission and quickly put her away to complete 1 1/8 grassy miles in 1:46 1/5.

"I've been watching the races all day," Clark said, "and speed looked like it's been holding on turf, so I wanted to be as close as possible without using her. Around the turn, I wasn't sure if we'd be able to get through and I was just hoping it would split open. It did, and she ran well." 

Irish Mission took runner-up honors by 1 1/4 lengths from 9-5 favorite Watsdachances, who closed late for third.

The top three finishers receive stallion seasons from sponsor WinStar Farm, with the stallions being 2012 Haskell hero Paynter, Artie Schiller and Drosselmeyer.

She's Not Lazy ended up fourth, followed by Emotional Kitten, who made a big move from last while wide on the far turn before flattening out; Primed for Passion; Medea; Nashly's Vow; Dido; and Lady Aspen. Parting Kiss was scratched.

Starstruck returned $13 to win and boosted her own bankroll to $265,380 from her 18-4-2-3 line. Bred in Ireland by the late Mrs. C.L. Weld, and originally trained by Dermot Weld, Starstruck did not appear on the racecourse until her sophomore season in 2012. The chestnut took six tries to break her maiden, finally accomplishing that in a handicap over Dundalk's Polytrack. She next stepped up to stakes company in the Carlingford at the same course and about 1 5/16-mile trip and checked in a creditable fourth.

Subsequently acquired by Calumet, the chestnut made her first start in the United States last year in an allowance at Churchill Downs, winning by 5 1/4 lengths. Her two ensuing starts likewise came on the Churchill turf, where she placed twice versus similar before her breakthrough in the 2013 Matchmaker. Starstruck rounded out her campaign with a pair of fourths in the Rodeo Drive at Santa Anita and the Cardinal back at Churchill.

Over the winter at Fair Grounds, Starstruck finished third in both the January 18 Marie Krantz Memorial and the February 22 Bayou Handicaps. She was an uncharacteristic fifth, beaten 11 lengths by Somali Lemonade and Watsdachances, in the May 17 Gallorette at Pimlico in her start prior to her mishap at Delaware.

Starstruck was sold for $141,363 as a yearling at Tattersalls October. She is out of English highweight Agnetha, who ranked as the top three-year-old filly sprinter of 2002 on the strength of her victory in the King George at Goodwood. Agnetha is a full sister to German highweight sprinter and sire Areion as well as Irish Group 3-placed stakes scorer Anna Frid.

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North American Maiden Winners
Lookin At Lucky--Tacticmove by Deputy Minister; GOOD LUCK GUS, c, 2, SAR, Msw, 7-28, 5 1/2f, 1:05 3/5. B-Fred W. Hertrich III (NY.). $97,000 '13 FTNAUG.
Afleet Alex--Sandra's Song by A.P. Indy; PECORINO, g, 3, SAR, Mcl 50000, 7-28, 7f, 1:24 2/5. B-Green Willow Farms (MD.). $70,000 '12 KEEJAN; $77,000 '12 KEESEP; $130,000 2013 OBSMAR.
Council Member--Miss Alexis by Dehere; OSCARS ON FIRE, g, 3, LA, Mcl 3500, 7-27, 4 1/2f, :53 3/5. B-Special T Thoroughbreds, Inc. (CA.). $7,000 '12 BESOCT.
Fusaichi Pegasus--Critical Factor by Star De Naskra; CASH PAYOUT, c, 3, PRX, Msw, 7-28, 5 1/2f, 1:05 . B-Golden Oak Farm LLC (PA.).
Petionville--Captain Nepal by Captain Bodgit; PESCI TO DE NIRO, g, 3, PRX, Mcl 25000, 7-28, 6f, 1:11 1/5. B-Larry Ciletti (PA.).
Storm Wolf--Holiday Joy by Bertrando; OINKUS, f, 3, LA, Mcl 3500, 7-27, 4 1/2f, :53 . B-Richard Barton (UT.).
Street Sense--Classic Strike by Smart Strike; CLASSIC SENSE, c, 3, SAR, Mcl 65000, 7-28, 1 1/8m, 1:50 2/5. B-John Liviakis (KY.). $195,000 '12 FTKOCT; $300,000 2013 FTFMAR. *1/2 to Handsome Mike (G2$975,413).
Tribal Rule--Smooth Quest (MSP$302,823), by Beau Genius; Q' VIVA, f, 3, DMR, Mcl 50000, 7-27, 6 1/2f, 1:17 1/5. B-Baseline Equine LLC (CA.).
Big Brown--Mistical Bel by Bel Bolide; ELEGANT BEL, f, 4, SR, Mcl 25000, 7-27, 5fT, :58 3/5. B-Carol Anderson, Jerry Anderson & Big Brown Syndicate (KY.). $40,000 '11 KEEJAN. *1/2 to Mistical Plan (G1$816,790).
Roaring Fever--Dance Kuntakete by Dance Brightly; DANCE I CAN, f, 4, FL, Mcl 5000, 7-28, 6f, 1:15 1/5. B-Joemar Racing Stables, LLC (NY.).
Street Sense--Robbery Suspect by Tactical Cat; FRAME, g, 4, SAR, Mcl 40000, 7-28, 5 1/2f, 1:04 4/5. B-Liam Duignan, Will Arvin, Gabriel Duignan & Rock River Enterprises (KY.). $220,000 '11 KEESEP.

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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.

Tonalist was beaten 2 1/4 lengths in the Jim Dandy by Wicked Strong after traveling three wide on the first turn and four wide into the lane. He was also brushed slightly by the winner at the top of the stretch.

"He was second best yesterday with the trip that he had," Clement had. "Wicked Strong ran a really nice race, and we live to fight another day. We will do everything we can to be back in the Travers.

"The main thing is to focus on the future. We've got four weeks. We've got two breezes, and we will do everything we can to have him at his best on Travers Day. He will walk today, walk tomorrow; then he will go back to the track Tuesday morning."

Trainer Linda Rice said Grade 3 winner Kid Cruz emerged from his third-place finish in Saturday's Jim Dandy in good order and will be pointed to a rematch with the winner and runner-up in the Travers.

Kid Cruz's sire, Lemon Drop Kid, won the 1999 Travers after finishing second in the Jim Dandy. Under Irad Ortiz Jr., Kid Cruz was beaten six lengths on Saturday off a three-quarter length victory in the Dwyer on July 5.

"He came out of it good," Rice said. "It was kind of an odd trip for him. I was pretty worried on the backside; it looked like he was going the wrong way, but he regrouped and Irad got him running the right way. He made up a lot of ground and came out of the race well, so I think we can move on to the Travers and hopefully have a better trip and a better finish."

The normally late-running Kid Cruz broke on top from post 5 and uncharacteristically was up close to the pace early before dropping back. Ortiz steered Kid Cruz five wide into the stretch and set his sights on the two front-runners, finishing 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve.

"I would have rather he laid off of it and made one big run. It was kind of an ugly race," Rice remarked. "He kind of got sandwiched on the turn and (Ortiz) was having to ask him to be there, anyway; then he went the wrong way on us. It was kind of an ugly trip, but the horse gathered himself back up and was running at the end.

"It says a lot (about him). He's a nice horse. Frankly, if that happens to most horses they're going to trail the field and run last. I think this allows us to move into the Travers. I think that's what we were really looking for. I was hoping for a closing second, beaten a length and a half, but it is what it is. If we're going to have a trip that doesn't work out, I'm glad it was in the Jim Dandy and not the Travers."

Ten of the past 16 Travers winners have come out of the Jim Dandy, including Lemon Drop Kid, Unshaded (2000) and Afleet Express (2010), who each ran third. Afleet Express was trained by Jimmy Jerkens, who also handles Wicked Strong.

Rice would become the fifth female trainer since 1978 to start a horse in the Travers, following Dianne Carpenter, sixth with Kingpost in 1988; Kathy Henry, seventh with Ridan Clarion in 1984; Kathy O'Connell, fourth with Blazing Sword in 1997; and Helen Pitts, whose 2007 entrant For You Reppo was eased in the stretch.

Kid Cruz won the Easy Goer and Dwyer a month apart heading into the Jim Dandy, and also captured the Federico Tesio and Private Terms in Maryland before a disappointing eighth in the May 17 Preakness Stakes. Rice had also considered the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer on August 2 but opted to stay at home.

"I thought there was a lot of risk in running him back in three weeks. He's supposed to 'bounce' and not move forward," she said. "But to train straight into the Travers, that wasn't very appealing to me, either. I don't think you can train the seven weeks and expect to win.

"The other option was in West Virginia, and then we're too close to the Travers. All in all, I wish things had unfolded differently, but if we're going to have things go poorly, better in the Jim Dandy than a month from now."

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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.

Vyjack has fired two consecutive bullet works since arriving at Saratoga, including a half-mile in :47 on July 18, the fastest of 76 horses. Most recently, he went five furlongs in :59 under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. on July 25, ranking first of 31 horses.

"We put him in company," trainer Rudy Rodriguez said of the Saratoga works. "We've been running long, so we tried to sharpen him up a little bit. Hopefully we can come back and give him another nice three-eighths. I'm trying to work like (Hall of Fame trainer Bob) Baffert now. Hopefully, it works."

Last seen being eased in the July 5 Suburban Handicap going 1 1/4 miles, the four-year-old Into Mischief gelding is being pointed to the Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap on the undercard of Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney at the Spa.

It will mark Vyjack's fourth time sprinting in 12 career starts and first at six furlongs. He opened his career in the fall of 2012 with victories at 6 1/2 and seven furlongs, and began the 2014 campaign with a seven-furlong optional claiming triumph at Aqueduct on April 27.

"We're going to shorten him up and, hopefully, that works for us," Rodriguez said. "We don't lose anything by trying."

Vyjack opened his sophomore season by winning the Jerome and Gotham before running a narrow third in the Wood Memorial. Failed attempts in the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Haskell Invitational followed, and he was put away until this year.

"He's got a lot of talent, for sure," Rodriguez asserted. "We checked him out up and down. We brought a couple of doctors in here and everything was good. He's doing very good; we're just disappointed in the way he's running.

"It was a no-brainer. It's not working out going long. If he runs good, there's time to get him back for the end of the meet (in the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego on August 30). We're trying, because he's working very, very good."

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Sire Lists
LEADING SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB CFls StrsWnrs/% SWs/%SPI 2014
Earnings
1 Galileo (IRE) 1998 10 1521 234 92/39 27/11 4.72 $9,355,126
2 Pivotal (GB) 1993 15 1281 188 65/34 9/4 2.57 $8,440,887
3 Tapit 2001 7 751 226 96/42 12/5 2.86 $8,209,211
4 Shamardal 2002 7 719 190 84/44 19/10 1.82 $5,947,146
5 Giant's Causeway 1997 11 1758 272 100/36 11/4 2.61 $5,318,706
6 Speightstown 1998 7 631 188 93/49 8/4 2.38 $5,180,994
7 Lemon Drop Kid 1996 11 952 179 83/46 9/5 2.05 $5,151,806
8 Candy Ride (ARG) 1999 7 800 201 96/47 10/4 2.03 $5,135,805
9 Kitten's Joy 2001 6 630 215 80/37 12/5 1.83 $5,120,103
10 Medaglia d'Oro 1999 7 870 191 79/41 12/6 2.44 $4,979,691

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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. Saturday's San Diego Handicap may generate as many as four, while those who passed on the San Diego but are being trained with the Classic in mind continue to make progress.

Fed Biz, Footbridge, You Know I Know and Frac Daddy -- the respective top-four finishers in Saturday's San Diego Handicap -- came out of the race in good shape and with possibilities of moving on to the 1 1/4-mile Pacific Classic over Del Mar's Polytrack.

"We're looking to get a Grade 1 (win) for him," trainer Bob Baffert said of Fed Biz following the 5 1/4-length victory in track record time of 1:41.00 for 1 1/16 miles. It bettered Zenyatta's 1:41.48 in the 2008 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, the first of her three straight wins in that event.

Reminded that the Pacific Classic fit the Grade 1 profile, Baffert said, "I know, but there are lots of Grade 1s, all over the country."

Eoin Harty, who trains Footbridge for Godolphin Racing, said he was happy with and not surprised by the performance from the four-year-old son of Street Cry, who went off at odds of 25-1.

"He's been running well out here and I was surprised he was such a long shot," Harty said. "If everything goes well and he stays together, we'll come back in the Pacific Classic."

Trainer John Sadler noted that You Know I Know did well to close strongly on a track that favored speed. The horseman indicated You Know I Know will run again at the meeting and the Pacific Classic will be a race to consider.

Blake Heap, who deputized for Kenny McPeek and saddled Frac Daddy, said that the horse's connections were "leaning toward" keeping the horse at Del Mar and trying again in the Classic.

Peter Miller took over the lead in the Del Mar training stands with two wins on Saturday, and one those winners could show up in the Pacific Classic next out. Big Cazanova captured the 7TH, one race before the San Diego, in a track record 1:34.74 for a mile.

"Big Cazanova ran great," Miller said. "I would have liked to have seen him in the San Diego Handicap. That would have been a helluva race. A new track record and we're going to think about the Pacific Classic for him.

"The meet has been going good for us. We'll keep working and try to keep it going."

A number of Pacific Classic hopefuls took to the track this week in preparation for the race.

Majestic Harbor, a romping victor of the the Gold Cup at Santa Anita last out, clocked five furlongs in :59 2/5 Sunday morning at Del Mar.

"Everything went well and he's still right on schedule (for the race)," trainer Sean McCarthy said.

Defending Pacific Classic champion Game On Dude turned a half-mile in :48 on Friday and received a rare, from California clockers, "breezing" description.

Dual Grade 2 victor Clubhouse Ride produced a seven-furlong bullet move in 1:24 4/5 on Friday, which delighted trainer Craig Lewis and likely moved the Pacific Classic to the top of a list of options for the Gold Cup runner-up.

Unbeaten champion Shared Belief, who just returned to action with an easy win in the Los Alamitos Derby last out, traveled five-eighths in 1:02 1/5 on Wednesday over Golden Gate Fields' synthetic Tapeta.

Grade 2 scorer Candy Boy, considered possible for the Pacific Classic, recorded three-quarters in 1:13 on Saturday for Sadler. Another possible, Grade 2 hero Zivo who is riding a six-race win streak, was caught in 1:00 over Belmont Park's fast main track on Saturday.

Toast of New York, winner of the U.A.E. Derby, and Cat O'Mountain, third in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan, will ship in for the Pacific Classic, Cindy Niemetz of the International Racing Bureau reported.

If Toast of New York goes in the race, it will actually be his second stateside start. The Jamie Osborne-trained sophomore son of Thewayyouare shipped shipped to Belmont Park for the July 5 Belmont Derby Invitational and finished fourth, beaten 5 1/4 lengths. Toast of New York is scheduled to be flown in to Los Angeles International Airport on August 16 and, after passing through quarantine, arrive at Del Mar on the 18th and go out on the track a day later.

Cat O'Mountain has made four starts on the all-weather surface at Kempton in England and four on the synthetic surface at Meydan. The Street Cry four-year-old, who is trained by Charles Appleby, will ship in following an August 6 workout at Kempton. Appleby made an impression at last year's Breeders' Cup when he trained Outstrip to win the Juvenile Turf with Mike Smith aboard.

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Sire Lists
LEADING BROODMARE SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB DmsSps/% StsWnrs SWsBSPI ABSPI Earnings
1 Storm Cat 1983 316 72/22 466 182 18 2.04 0.81 $10,915,133
2 Gone West 1984 235 43/18 328 115 5 1.77 1.09 $9,711,324
3 A.P. Indy 1989 256 65/25 374 162 18 2.05 0.82 $8,392,135
4 Sadler's Wells 1981 390 99/25 559 175 24 2.23 1.15 $8,295,756
5 Danehill 1986 299 122/40 427 157 34 1.93 0.77 $6,316,904
6 Not for Love 1990 94 18/19 148 66 6 1.24 0.77 $6,027,486
7 Unbridled's Song 1993 221 52/23 325 134 9 1.57 0.97 $6,002,277
8 Wild Again 1980 123 30/24 186 82 9 1.28 0.79 $5,739,743
9 Seeking the Gold 1985 232 53/22 345 139 11 2.23 0.89 $5,542,701
10 Deputy Minister 1979 210 59/28 333 149 9 1.96 1.01 $5,274,345
LEADING FRESHMAN SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsStrs %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SW 2014
Earnings
1 Fast Company (IRE) 2005 44 44 100 16 36 1 2 $330,991
2 Zebedee (GB) 2008 57 55 96 18 31 1 1 $302,370
3 Showcasing (GB) 2007 39 35 89 11 28 1 2 $296,284
4 Starspangledbanner (AUS) 2006 15 12 80 5 33 2 13 $264,737
5 Rip Van Winkle (IRE) 2006 36 21 58 7 19 2 5 $238,423
6 Siyouni (FR) 2007 50 20 40 8 16 1 2 $233,314
7 Vale of York (IRE) 2007 33 30 90 8 24 1 3 $226,869
8 Warrior's Reward 2006 80 9 11 5 6 1 1 $218,288
9 Super Saver 2007 95 13 13 3 3 0 0 $188,070
10 Lookin At Lucky 2007 80 16 20 6 7 0 0 $176,360

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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.

The 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales is the only leg of the Canadian classics, restricted to three-year-olds bred in Canada, contested on dirt. With most of the country's major main track races run over Polytrack at Woodbine, several of the main contenders, including Ami's Holiday, will be making their debut on the surface.

Winner of his first two starts as a juvenile, including a Grade 3 score in the Grey, Ami's Holiday has earned checks in each of his first three outings this term. Preceding his second in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate, where he finished 1 1/2 lengths behind Lexie Lou, were a fourth in the Lexington at Keeneland and a second, beaten a neck, in the Marine at Woodbine.

Three other Queen's Plate also-rans are in the Prince of Wales field. Seventh-place finisher Matador, who captured the Cup & Saucer on turf last season, competed without success last winter in Florida, missing the board in such American classic preps as the Florida Derby, Tampa Bay Derby, and Sam F. Davis.

Coltimus Prime, runner-up by a neck in the Display last term, fared poorly in two U.S. starts last winter, but captured an allowance at Woodbine prior to a fading ninth-place effort in the Queen's Plate. Lions Bay, sixth in the Queen's Plate in his stakes debut, is a veteran of only four starts and has room for progression.

Other leading candidates include a pair who both broke their maiden over dirt at Parx. Lynx, who graduated on May 25 by three lengths, subsequently finished a distant third to Albano in the Pegasus at Monmouth Park. Rhythm Blues has been successful in attempting his first allowance condition at Woodbine recently, but might appreciate the return to dirt.

The field is rounded out by dual allowance winner Money Talks; East Side, a maiden winner in his third attempt at Woodbine on June 13; and the maidens Ascot Martin and Smart Spree.

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In brief

Maria Thornton earned her first career win with just her third mount (Photo courtesy of Arlington)

Jockey Maria Thornton won the first race of her career in the 2ND race Sunday at Arlington when she guided Stephensclassygal (Stephen Got Even) to a 6 1/4-length victory for trainer Scott Mullins in the 1 1/16-mile Polytrack affair. The 25-year-old Thornton, younger sister of Arlington veteran Tim Thornton, accepted her first mount on July 24 and was riding in just her third race when she broke her maiden. "It feels great (to win). It was very unexpected," Maria Thornton said. "There's no feeling like it -- none at all. You get chills like crazy. Tim told me it was 13 (rides before he won) but this was just my third one." Though she only recently took out her license, Maria Thornton has been working horses in the morning over the last year and credits conditioners John Haran, Frank Kirby, Moises Yanez and Mike Stidham -- in addition to Mullins -- for helping her get to this point. Since just prior to the meet, she had been under the employ of Stidham in the mornings, working many of his quality horses...

On the morning after The Big Beast (Yes It's True) impressively won an allowance and eclipsed Amsterdam (G2) winner Coup de Grace's (Tapit) BRIS Speed rating, earning a 102 versus a 99 for Coup de Grace, trainer Tony Dutrow spoke philosophically about the opportunity cost of having chosen the easier spot for his lightly raced colt. The Big Beast, exiting a 4 1/4-length maiden score on June 8 at Belmont in his third start, went straight to the lead on Saturday and extended his advantage at every call, drawing clear under a drive to win by 6 1/4 lengths. "I don't know if I made the right decision," said Dutrow, who trains the sophomore for Alex and JoAnn Lieblong. "We may have run lights out in the Amsterdam. When you think your horse is really, really good, you want these races to count. We won the Sanford (G3) with (Big Trouble coming out of) a maiden race. I could have taken him to Delaware or Philadelphia, or someplace else easier, but I thought he was sitting on a good race, and, if he was, I wanted it to count." Dutrow ultimately came to the conclusion he had chosen the correct path for The Big Beast, who will now target the King's Bishop (G1), a seven-furlong race for three-year-olds on August 23. "I don't know if we made a mistake or not," Dutrow said, "but we did feel like our horse was going to run good. Usually when they are sitting on a good one, I want to make those races count. I just felt like going from a maiden win with a horse who wasn't all there yet mentally, I thought another seasoning would be really good."...

Saratoga has been kind to Palace Dreams (Freud), who on Saturday improved her record at the Spa to 2-0-1 in three starts with a front-running one-length win in a second-level optional claimer for New York-bred fillies and mares. The win was a pleasant surprise to trainer David Duggan as Palace Dreams hadn't raced since finishing second at the same level in November at Aqueduct. "I had concerns about fitness coming in here, and she put them to rest afterwards," Duggan said. "She's obviously a very good filly. This race was basically just to get her back to the races to see what we had as a four-year-old, and I'm happy with her run." Last year at Saratoga, Palace Dreams, who is owned by former Suffolk Downs chairwoman Patricia Moseley, cleared the first allowance condition on opening weekend before finishing third in the Statue of Liberty division of the New York Stallion Series in August. She was eighth at Belmont in September before her season finale at Aqueduct. Like her win at Saratoga a year ago, Palace Dreams' victory on Saturday came in gate-to-wire fashion. "She had an easy lead," Duggan said. "Nobody took her on, and it was a huge advantage." Duggan said he will determine Palace Dreams' next start at a later date...

Hernandez Racing Club's multiple Illinois champion La Tia (City Place) took her show on the road and dominated the Ontario Matron (Can-G3) at Woodbine on Saturday. One race after disappointing as the favorite in the rained-off turf and weather-stricken Lincoln Heritage H. at Arlington, the dark bay five-year-old went wire-to-wire in a snappy, near-track record 1:42.70 under Justin Stein. "She's riding back with me now and she's very happy," trainer Armando De La Cerda said on Sunday morning. "She looks great. She was nice and relaxed, the jockey didn't even use the stick and she almost broke the track record. She really didn't like the paddock last time and everything that happened with the weather -- it really bothered her. This time she was hyper and feeling good in the paddock -- it was hard to put on her saddle. I'm really happy with the race." A winner of eight races in 19 starts -- including three Grade 3 contests -- the impressive victory could mean a step up in class. "We'll see what happens and how she feels coming out of the race," De La Cerda said. "We'll look at a race in Canada and maybe go back to the (August 16) Beverly D." Last year, the earner of $620,656 was a respectable fifth in the Grade 1, $750,000 centerpiece for turf fillies and mares...

Lael Stables' Ageless (Successful Appeal) captured her third stakes in a row in Sunday's $142,111 Royal North S. (Can-G3) at Woodbine, tying a track record in the process. The five-year-old mare crossed the wire in 1:07.39 going six furlongs on the firm turf and now shares the track record with Starticus (Atticus), who ran the same time back in 2008. The Arnaud Delacour trainee settled in midpack, ran down the pacesetter a sixteenth out and held on for a half-length victory as the 5-2 favorite. "She loved this course, it's very flat like Laurel," jockey Luis Garcia said of the mare's home course. "If you know how to wait with her, that stretch run is perfect for her. If I went earlier it would have been too long, so I tried to wait for as long as I could before I asked her to punch." Ageless was entering in here off wins in the Giants Causeway S. at Keeneland in April and The Very One S. at Pimlico in May. The bay grabbed $83,214 for her third stakes victory to increase her lifetime earnings to $348,154 from a line of 14-8-2-2...

West Point Thoroughbreds' Rock Me Baby (Rock Hard Ten) earned his first stakes victory on Sunday when taking the $150,500 California Dream' H. at Del Mar by 3 1/4 lengths as the 2-1 favorite. The Craig Dollase-trained five-year-old bided his time in midpack under jockey Corey Nakatani before putting in a three-wide bid to take over rounding the second turn and drawing off to finish 1 1/16 Polytrack miles in 1:42 4/5. The dark bay gelding improved on his head second in this contest last year, and was exiting a third-place effort in the Bertrando last out on July 3. Rock Me Baby also finished second in the Tiznow last season and now boasts $361,802 in career earnings to go along with a 15-6-4-2 mark...

New Farm's homebred Rainbow Heir (Wildcat Heir) won his second career stakes in Sunday's $130,000 Teddy Drone S. at Monmouth Park. The Benjamin  Perkins Jr. trainee claimed the lead at the top of the stretch and drew clear from his rivals to prevail by 3 1/2 lengths. The four-year-old colt covered six furlongs in 1:09 over the fast main track with Angel Serpa up. The chestnut was exiting a win in an allowance race for state-breds over the track last month. He has a career line which reads 10-6-0-1, $281,010...

Lucky Lion (High Chaparral), best of the rest behind the imperious Sea the Moon (Sea the Stars) in the July 6 Deutsches Derby (Ger-G1), paid him quite a compliment when defeating older Group 1 winner Noble Mission (Galileo) in Sunday's Grosser Preis von Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (Ger-G1). Springing to prominence when winning Krefeld's Dr Busch Memorial (Ger-G3) over 8 1/2 furlongs April 27, Lucky Lion registered a commanding success in the Mehl Mulhens-Rennen (Ger-G2), known as Germany's Two Thousand Guineas, over a mile at Cologne May 18. That he was beaten 11 lengths by Sea the Moon when second at Hamburg  is either testament to the freak ability of that rival or suggestion that he found the 12 furlongs too far. He won his race on the far side only to lose out overall as the errant winner found the stands' rail, and connections will have been relieved that he faced nothing of that ilk here, with the visiting Noble Mission forced to give away 10 pounds due to weight-for-age. Keen early racing in mid-division as Noble Mission, Frankel's brother, gradually worked his way to the front from his wide draw, Lucky Lion was shaken up by Ioritz Mendizabal at the top of the stretch as James Doyle sent the Juddmonte homebred into what looked a decisive lead. Game in pursuit, it was only in the last 50 yards that the three-year-old was able to subdue Noble Mission and earn a first top-level victory as the pair pulled clear of the remainder. Lucky Lion's dam, Lips Arrow, is a half to German One Thousand Guineas (Ger-G2) winner Lips Poison (Mamool)...

Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) and St James's Palace S. (Eng-G1) hero Kingman (Invincible Spirit) is on target for Wednesday's Sussex S. (Eng-G1)at Glorious Goodwood, according to Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah. There had been speculation that Kingman would not participate if the going was too quick, but Grimthorpe said, "All we want is good, nice, safe ground -- that's all. We're positive. The intention is to run." In his first try against elders, Kingman is expected to face defending Sussex winner Toronado (High Chaparral), who was last seen winning the Queen Anne S. (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot...

The odds on Sheikh Hamdan's Taghrooda (Sea the Stars) for the October 5 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1) shortened further Sunday, a day removed from the three-year-old filly's resounding defeat of older males in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. (Eng-G1). The bay was made the 6-1 co-favorite with most oddsmakers for Longchamp's showpiece within moments of her three-length drubbing of Telescope (Galileo), but her odds have now shortened to around 9-2 after connections expressed their intent to aim for the Arc. Deutsches Derby winner Sea the Moon, another from the first crop of 2009 Arc hero Sea the Stars, is the second choice at 6-1, while defending winner Treve (Motivator) has drifted out slightly to 7-1. Dual Derby hero Australia (Galileo) sits around 8-1...

Selected works from 194 timed by clockers on Sunday at Del Mar include last-out Shoemaker (G1) defending champion Obviously (Choisir), who went five furlongs in 1:01; Vanity (G1) romper Iotapa (Afleet Alex), who was caught in 1:13 for three-quarters; multiple Grade 2 winner Mr. Commons (Artie Schiller), who got four furlongs in :48 2/5; Grade 3 heroine Customer Base (Lemon Drop Kid), who clocked five-eighths in :59 2/5; and Debutante runner-up Unbridled Reward (Warrior's Reward), who traveled five panels in 1:00...

Two-year-old maiden special weight races on the grass are always exciting, but Saturday's was especially fulfilling for the connections of victorious Stormy Wayllen (Stormy Atlantic). The chestnut colt with an attractive blaze down his face won what was the first two-turn juvenile race of the Arlington season under jockey Channing Hill for the partnership of Susan Moulton, Darrell and Evelyn Yates and Catalano Thoroughbreds -- all very good friends. The win was very special for the connections for two reasons. First, the chestnut is named after Hill and wife, Shelbi's, son Wayllen, and is therefore the grandson of trainer Wayne Catalano. Secondly, Catalano has been hospitalized all week with acute pneumonia and it has been a trying few days for all closely involved with the 11-time leading trainer. A full brother to multiple stakes-winning turf mare and Catalano trainee Cumulonimble, Stormy Wayllen was joined in the winner's circle by his toddler namesake, Wayllen Richard Hill. "I think this will make Wayne smile," Hill heartily summed it up...

Trainer Art Sherman was presented with the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award in a ceremony between the 4TH and 5TH races on Sunday at Del Mar. Sherman became the 11th recipient of the award but the first to receive it at Del Mar. Previously, it was presented at Hollywood Park. "It's a great honor and a privilege," Sherman said Sunday morning. "Laffit and I have been friends for a long time. He is a man of real class and it's very special to receive an award named for him." Sherman, 77, had a 23-year-career as a jockey and has been training for 35 years. His riding career ended in 1975. "I spent most of my career riding in Northern California and Laffit was down south so we didn't ride against other except in maybe a few bigger races where he came up to ride," Sherman said. "He rode some horses for me as a trainer, but I think they were just claimers, which is mostly what I had back then." Sherman, who has trained California Chrome to victories in this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was honored with the award as someone who have served the sport "with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination and distinction." Previous winners are: Bob Benoit (2004), Noble Threewitt (2005), Mel and Warren Stute (2006), Elwood W. "Bud" Johnston (2007), Pete Pedersen (2008), Merlin Volzke (2009), Oak Tree Racing Association (2010), Jerry and Ann Moss (2011), John Harris (2012) and Eddie Delahoussaye (2013).

Sire Lists
LEADING JUVENILE SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB 2yoSts WnrSws C2yo %WnrCsw Earnings
1 Kodiac (GB) 2001 103 58 24 2 277 41 9 $767,828
2 Stormy Atlantic 1994 79 14 4 2 1276 28 32 $429,436
3 Tiz Wonderful 2004 96 9 4 2 266 44 4 $398,136
4 Fast Company (IRE) 2005 94 44 16 1 44 36 1 $330,991
5 Diabolical 2003 41 15 9 3 83 60 4 $306,278
6 Zebedee (GB) 2008 111 55 18 1 57 32 1 $302,370
7 Showcasing (GB) 2007 69 35 11 1 39 31 1 $296,284
8 Invincible Spirit (IRE) 1997 101 29 12 1 938 41 31 $294,832
9 Sky Mesa 2000 111 15 7 0 634 46 16 $280,297
10 Jeremy 2003 52 9 2 1 163 22 1 $275,714

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For Tuesday or Next Raceday

WOODBINE:   High 5 -- $82,988
MONMOUTH:   Pick 6 -- $67,036
GULFSTREAM:   Pick 6 -- $50,000

Sire Lists
LEADING SECOND-CROP SIRES BY LIFETIME EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsSts %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SWEarnings
1 Sea the Stars (IRE) 2006 116 79 68 45 38 7 6 $4,029,234
2 Mastercraftsman (IRE) 2006 131 114 87 50 38 9 6 $3,980,366
3 Pioneerof the Nile 2006 140 60 42 30 21 4 2 $2,849,404
4 Le Havre (IRE) 2006 151 73 48 29 19 4 2 $2,618,690
5 Old Fashioned 2006 130 54 41 30 23 4 3 $2,116,590
6 Dunkirk 2006 169 77 45 37 21 4 2 $1,990,920
7 Thewayyouare 2005 84 56 66 20 23 2 2 $1,845,045
8 Two Step Salsa 2005 78 38 48 23 29 1 1 $1,666,596
9 Colonel John 2005 155 57 36 30 19 3 1 $1,620,253
10 Intense Focus 2006 108 87 80 41 37 1 0 $1,400,367
LEADING THIRD-CROP SIRES BY LIFETIME EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsSts %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SWEarnings
1 Curlin 2004 284 148 52 95 33 9 3 $9,590,346
2 Midnight Lute 2003 224 137 61 83 37 9 4 $8,012,806
3 Majestic Warrior 2005 271 145 53 94 34 11 4 $7,996,751
4 Into Mischief 2005 101 57 56 41 40 9 8 $6,740,819
5 Street Boss 2004 221 139 62 102 46 9 4 $6,599,085
6 Tiz Wonderful 2004 266 140 52 98 36 8 3 $6,003,105
7 New Approach (IRE) 2005 225 156 69 84 37 14 6 $5,881,736
8 First Defence 2004 125 86 68 55 44 3 2 $4,883,840
9 Big Brown 2005 212 119 56 75 35 9 4 $4,640,754
10 War Pass 2005 120 72 60 47 39 5 4 $4,443,224

Trainer Stats

BRIS TRAINER STATS FROM PAST 60 DAYS

Trainer   Starts   Wins   Win %
James D. Christianson   20   11   55
Judi Yearout   20   10   50
Roger F. Engel   19   9   47
Kevin S. Patterson   28   13   46
Leroy Hellman   25   11   44
J. Larry Jones   28   12   43
Kirk Ziadie   28   12   43
John J. Robb   26   11   42
William D. Cowans   29   12   41
Greg Tracy   85   35   41
Anita Bolton   17   7   41
Silvester Juarez   17   7   41
James W. Casey   22   9   41
Patti Turner   27   11   41
Jonas Gibson   52   21   40
John Simms   30   12   40
Donald C. MacRae   20   8   40
Ty J. Garrett   15   6   40
Kevin McCarthy   15   6   40
Stephanie S. Beattie   41   16   39
Joe Woodard   95   37   39
Brent Taylor   18   7   39
Lonnie Arterburn   21   8   38
Brad Hemba   29   11   38
Jamie A. Stokes   24   9   38

Trainer/Jockey Stats

BRIS TRAINER/JOCKEY STATS FROM PAST 60 DAYS

Trainer/Jockey Combo   Starts   Wins   Win %
Craig MacPherson/Richard Harvey Hamel   20   12   60%
James D. Christianson/Tori Gandia   15   9   60%
Gerald E. Brooks/Erick D. Rodriguez   15   8   53%
George Newland/Melanie Pinto   15   8   53%
Scott E. Young/Dylan R. Williams   17   9   53%
Greg Tracy/Scott Williams   28   14   50%
John Simms/Kirk Johnson   16   8   50%
Loren G. Cox/Luis Raul Rivera   21   10   48%
Jamie A. Stokes/Arnaldo Bocachica   15   7   47%
Kevin S. Patterson/Gerald Almodovar   26   12   46%
Joe Woodard/Perry Wayne Ouzts   64   29   45%
Ingrid Mason/Rosemary B. Homeister, Jr.   31   14   45%
Patti Turner/Alfredo Contreras   20   9   45%
Ramon Preciado/Pablo Fragoso   38   17   45%
J. Larry Jones/Kerwin D. Clark   25   11   44%
William E. Morey/Russell A. Baze   16   7   44%
Jonas Gibson/Richard E. Eramia   44   19   43%
Mike Durham/Rafael Manuel Hernandez   28   12   43%
Scott Becker/Rafael Manuel Hernandez   64   27   42%
Lonnie Arterburn/Brittany Arterburn   19   8   42%
Jeremiah C. Englehart/Wilfredo Rohena   66   27   41%
Dru S. Hall/Nikeela Renae Black   45   18   40%
Thomas M. Amoss/Jeremy Rose   40   16   40%
W. Bret Calhoun/M. Clifton Berry   40   16   40%
Leilani D. Owens-Tracy/Jason P. Lumpkins   35   14   40%

Sire Lists
LEADING ALL-WEATHER SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB StrSts WnrSWnr WnsSWns %WSEarnings
1 Pivotal (GB) 1993 76 172 22 15 27 18 16 $6,539,773
2 Shamardal 2002 68 139 16 11 22 16 16 $2,543,577
3 Street Cry (IRE) 1998 63 158 22 14 30 20 19 $1,778,384
4 Sligo Bay (IRE) 1998 40 110 14 2 19 3 17 $1,593,478
5 Thewayyouare 2005 11 17 4 1 6 1 35 $1,286,026
6 Nadeem (AUS) 2003 1 1 1 1 1 1 100 $1,200,000
7 Dubawi (IRE) 2002 65 116 18 10 21 13 18 $1,059,868
8 Speightstown 1998 53 128 18 6 24 9 19 $1,052,387
9 Cape Cross (IRE) 1994 77 192 24 19 33 23 17 $1,025,844
10 Ghostzapper 2000 31 66 15 4 17 4 26 $992,858

At a Glance
ARLINGTON AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.87 - 1
Favorite Win%: 35%, Favorite Itm%: 71%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta67.15
Daily Double72.74
Trifecta409.38
Pick 3535.22
Superfecta2,395.46
Pick 618,905.51
Pick 45,673.34
Pick 518,475.65
Pick 9 Jackpot25,879.33
Super High Five Jackpot12,929.83
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/02 - 07/27)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 108 40% E Rail
6.5fDirt 23 52% E Rail
1 MileDirt 49 24% S Middle
1 1/16mDirt 74 23% E Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 42 38% E Rail
Turf Routes 119 16% P Inside
TRACK BIAS WEEK(07/21 - 07/27)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 8 13% S Rail/Ins
6.5fDirt 4 25% P Rail
1 MileDirt 4 0% E/P Middle
1 1/16mDirt 3 33% E Outside
Turf Sprint 3 0% E/P Middle
Turf Routes 13 8% P Rail/Ins
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Catalano Wayne M. 12 5 1 0 3.93 4 20%
Miller Patti 5 3 0 2 5.62 0 13%
Robertson Hugh H. 9 3 1 1 9.12 0 17%
Springer Frank R. 3 2 0 0 11.00 1 15%
Becker Scott 6 2 0 0 6.00 1 25%
Matthews Doug 6 2 0 0 6.75 1 17%
Scherbenske Percy E. 6 2 0 0 15.07 0 11%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Hill Channing 5 3 1 0 4.28 3 17%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Haran John 18 0 2 1 22.87 0 7%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Felix Julio E. 10 0 1 2 12.74 0 11%
               

Sire Lists

(North American statistics in above lists updated through July 27)

EXPLANATION OF ABBREVIATIONS USED IN BLOODSTOCK JOURNAL SIRE LISTS

YB-Year of birth   C-Number of foal crops of racing age
Fls-Number of foals   Sts-Number of starters
%Str-Percentage of starters from foals   Wnrs-Number of winners
%Wnr-Percentage of winners from foals   SWs-Number of stakes winners
2yo-Number of two-year-old named foals   Dms-Number of dams
SPs-Number of stakes producers   %SP-Percentage of stakes producers
CumEarnings-Lifetime earnings   SPI-Sire Production Index
BSPI-Broodmare Sire Production Index   ABSPI-Adjusted Broodmare Sire Production Index
%SW-Percentage of stakes winners from foals   C2yo-Lifetime (cumulative) number of two-year-olds
CWnr-Lifetime (cumulative) number of two-year-old winners   CSW-Lifetime (cumulative) number of two-year-old stakes winners

Racing Highlights

For Monday

DELAWARE PARK (1:15): $37,000 alw, 3yo, f, 1m 70ydsT (6TH).
FINGER LAKES (1:10): $19,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2f (8TH).
PARX RACING (12:25): $45,000 alw, 3&up, 1 1/16mT (8TH).
SARATOGA (1:00): $200,000 Honorable Miss H. (G2), 3&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).
SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $20,000 ocl, 3&up, 1m 70yds (7TH); $20,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).

*all times Eastern

At a Glance
DEL MAR AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 8.60 - 1
Favorite Win%: 23%, Favorite Itm%: 60%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Quinella74.57
Exacta161.19
Daily Double187.83
Trifecta1,264.97
Pick 31,729.05
Superfecta10,073.59
Pick 6175,252.93
Pick 413,869.60
Pick 5122,654.18
Place Pick All6,486.98
Super High Five42,762.36
TRACK BIAS MEET(07/17 - 07/27)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 6 33% E/P Rail
6.0fDirt 22 27% E Rail/Ins
1 MileDirt 12 42% E Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 3 33% E Outside
Turf Sprint 4 50% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 21 10% S Middle
TRACK BIAS WEEK(07/21 - 07/27)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 5 40% E/P Rail
6.0fDirt 10 20% E Rail/Ins
1 MileDirt 7 29% S Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 3 33% E Outside
Turf Sprint 3 67% E Inside
Turf Routes 8 0% S Middle
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Pender Michael 9 3 1 1 12.87 0 14%
Sherlock Gary 6 2 0 1 27.53 0 7%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Desormeaux Kent J. 25 7 2 4 7.94 2 14%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Miyadi Steven 11 0 1 2 8.97 1 15%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Elliott Stewart 10 0 3 0 15.96 0 16%
               

AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE

MONDAY:   Indiana Downs and Monmouth Park
TUESDAY:   Arlington and Del Mar
WEDNESDAY:   Louisiana Downs and Woodbine
THURSDAY:   Delaware Park and Gulfstream Park
FRIDAY:   Ellis Park and Saratoga

HANDICAPPER'S EDGE is compiled by Bloodstock Research Information Services. This newsletter may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. Copyright 2011, Bloodstock Research Information Services. Information as to the races, race results and earnings was obtained from Equibase Company LLC and is utilized herein with the permission of the copyright owner, Equibase Company LLC.

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Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Monday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Delaware Park   (1st) Litigious, 6-1
    (2nd) Ghazi's Stone, 8-1
Finger Lakes   (1st) Moonstone Beach, 4-1
    (2nd) Our Brave Warrior, 4-1
Mountaineer   (3rd) Cat's Destiny, 3-1
    (4th) Howie Roll, 7-2
Parx Racing   (3rd) Dirty Blonde, 3-1
    (7th) Van Persie, 6-1
Presque Isle Downs   (2nd) Indy Breeze, 3-1
    (7th) Prom Gown, 4-1
Saratoga   (1st) Classic Sense, 7-2
    (9th) Mr. Espresso, 6-1
Suffolk Downs   (3rd) Flash Glory, 4-1
    (6th) Centenario, 4-1

HIGHLIGHTS

For Monday

DELAWARE PARK (1:15): $37,000 alw, 3yo, f, 1m 70ydsT (6TH).
FINGER LAKES (1:10): $19,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2f (8TH).
PARX RACING (12:25): $45,000 alw, 3&up, 1 1/16mT (8TH).
SARATOGA (1:00): $200,000 Honorable Miss H. (G2), 3&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).
SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $20,000 ocl, 3&up, 1m 70yds (7TH); $20,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).

*all times Eastern

HANDICAPPER'S EDGE is compiled by Bloodstock Research Information Services. This newsletter may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. Copyright 2011, Bloodstock Research Information Services. Information as to the races, race results and earnings was obtained from Equibase Company LLC and is utilized herein with the permission of the copyright owner, Equibase Company LLC.

Announcements

Help Wanted

A horse racing website is currently hiring for part-time positions as a Customer Service Representative in Lexington, Kentucky. Must be available nights and weekends. Some weekdays may also be available. Computer literacy required, horse racing knowledge and customer service experience a plus. To schedule an interview, email or send your résumé to the following: Nancy.Kanaval@brisnet.com, P.O. Box 4097, Lexington, KY 40544.