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WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2015

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Tonalist, Texas Red, Private Zone top Belmont dirt stakes

Tonalist will attempt to pull off the increasingly rare Belmont-Suburban double on Saturday (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

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

Tonalist (Tapit), last year's Belmont S. (G1) winner, will be a prohibitive favorite to become the first Belmont winner to come back and win the $500,000 Suburban H. (G2) since Lemon Drop Kid scored the double in 1999-2000.

The Christophe Clement trainee, who also captured the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) and Peter Pan (G2) at three, kicked off his four-year-old campaign with a scintillating 3 3/4-length victory in the May 2 Westchester (G3) over a mile, but suffered his first defeat on the Belmont main track when second in last month's Metropolitan H. (G1), won in marvelous style by Honor Code (A.P. Indy).

Tonalist, who will race without blinkers for the first time this season, will face five others in the 1 1/4-mile test. Trainer Todd Pletcher will saddle the uncoupled pair of Coach Inge (Big Brown), who took the 1 1/2-mile Brooklyn (G2) by a neck in his stakes debut, and the classic-placed Mylute (Midnight Lute), who won first out for the trainer in a one-mile allowance May 29. Coach Inge could be the controlling speed in the Suburban.

Effinex (Mineshaft) was a game winner of the Excelsior (G3) at Aqueduct in April, but was pulled up in the June 6 Brooklyn after getting out on both turns of the one-lap event around Belmont's oval. Street Babe (Street Sense), unplaced twice since taking the Mineshaft H. (G3) at Fair Grounds in only his third career start, might show speed from post 1, while Brooklyn fifth-place finisher Neck 'n Neck (Flower Alley) seeks his first win since the Ack Ack H. (G3) at Churchill Downs in October 2012.

The $500,000 Dwyer (G3), a one-mile event for three-year-olds, marks the return to action of Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red (Afleet Alex), who was sidelined with foot problems following a second-place effort in the February 1 San Vicente (G2) at Santa Anita and missed the classics.

Recovered from his foot issues, Texas Red gets back to work in the Dwyer (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)

Narrowly edged by American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in Eclipse Award voting as the nation's top two-year-old male following his 6 1/2-length Breeders' Cup romp, Texas Red will be guided by regular Kent Desormeaux, brother of trainer Keith Desormeaux.

Pletcher has a strong pair in the Dwyer as well, with Futurity (G2) and Nashua (G2) winner Blofeld (Quality Road) looking to rebound from his first career defeat in Churchill's $100,000 William Walker on April 25, and Tommy Macho (Macho Uno) exiting a sharp allowance win on the Belmont S. undercard.

Other notables in the field are Speighster (Speightstown), who has won two races by a combined 10 1/2 lengths for Hall of Famer Bill Mott, and the stakes-winning Bridget's Big Luvy (Tiz Wonderful).

Private Zone (Macho Uno), a two-time winner of the Vosburgh (G1) as well as last year's Cigar Mile (G1), shortens up to seven furlongs for the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (G3). Third last out in the Met Mile, the Jorge Navarro charge was narrowly beat by Honor Code in the Gulfstream Park H. (G2) over a mile in his season debut before taking the seven-furlong Churchill Downs (G2) by more than four lengths.

Among his primary rivals are 2014 Belmont Sprint Championship winner Clearly Now (Horse Greeley), unplaced in three of four subsequent outings; last year's King's Bishop (G1) hero The Big Beast (Yes It's True), fourth in the Carter H. (G1) when last seen in April; and the stakes-winning Stallwalkin' Dude (City Place), runner-up in the True North (G2) and Donald LeVine Memorial last month.

The Grade 3-winning Texas-bred Promise Me Silver (Silver City), who saw her perfect eight-for-eight record end with a 10th-place finish in last month's Acorn (G1), hopes to get back on the winning track in the $150,000 Victory Ride (G3), a 6 1/2-furlong dash for three-year-old fillies.

Multiple stakes winner Enchanting Lady (Tale of the Cat), runner-up in the $150,000 Jersey Girl June 5, figures to attract support as will Beaumont S. (G2) vixen Miss Ella (Exchange Rate) and Miss Preakness (G3) winner Irish Jasper (First Defence).

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Tonalist, Texas Red, Private Zone top Belmont dirt stakes

Tonalist will attempt to pull off the increasingly rare Belmont-Suburban double on Saturday (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

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

Tonalist (Tapit), last year's Belmont S. (G1) winner, will be a prohibitive favorite to become the first Belmont winner to come back and win the $500,000 Suburban H. (G2) since Lemon Drop Kid scored the double in 1999-2000.

The Christophe Clement trainee, who also captured the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) and Peter Pan (G2) at three, kicked off his four-year-old campaign with a scintillating 3 3/4-length victory in the May 2 Westchester (G3) over a mile, but suffered his first defeat on the Belmont main track when second in last month's Metropolitan H. (G1), won in marvelous style by Honor Code (A.P. Indy).

Tonalist, who will race without blinkers for the first time this season, will face five others in the 1 1/4-mile test. Trainer Todd Pletcher will saddle the uncoupled pair of Coach Inge (Big Brown), who took the 1 1/2-mile Brooklyn (G2) by a neck in his stakes debut, and the classic-placed Mylute (Midnight Lute), who won first out for the trainer in a one-mile allowance May 29. Coach Inge could be the controlling speed in the Suburban.

Effinex (Mineshaft) was a game winner of the Excelsior (G3) at Aqueduct in April, but was pulled up in the June 6 Brooklyn after getting out on both turns of the one-lap event around Belmont's oval. Street Babe (Street Sense), unplaced twice since taking the Mineshaft H. (G3) at Fair Grounds in only his third career start, might show speed from post 1, while Brooklyn fifth-place finisher Neck 'n Neck (Flower Alley) seeks his first win since the Ack Ack H. (G3) at Churchill Downs in October 2012.

The $500,000 Dwyer (G3), a one-mile event for three-year-olds, marks the return to action of Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red (Afleet Alex), who was sidelined with foot problems following a second-place effort in the February 1 San Vicente (G2) at Santa Anita and missed the classics.

Recovered from his foot issues, Texas Red gets back to work in the Dwyer (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)

Narrowly edged by American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in Eclipse Award voting as the nation's top two-year-old male following his 6 1/2-length Breeders' Cup romp, Texas Red will be guided by regular Kent Desormeaux, brother of trainer Keith Desormeaux.

Pletcher has a strong pair in the Dwyer as well, with Futurity (G2) and Nashua (G2) winner Blofeld (Quality Road) looking to rebound from his first career defeat in Churchill's $100,000 William Walker on April 25, and Tommy Macho (Macho Uno) exiting a sharp allowance win on the Belmont S. undercard.

Other notables in the field are Speighster (Speightstown), who has won two races by a combined 10 1/2 lengths for Hall of Famer Bill Mott, and the stakes-winning Bridget's Big Luvy (Tiz Wonderful).

Private Zone (Macho Uno), a two-time winner of the Vosburgh (G1) as well as last year's Cigar Mile (G1), shortens up to seven furlongs for the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (G3). Third last out in the Met Mile, the Jorge Navarro charge was narrowly beat by Honor Code in the Gulfstream Park H. (G2) over a mile in his season debut before taking the seven-furlong Churchill Downs (G2) by more than four lengths.

Among his primary rivals are 2014 Belmont Sprint Championship winner Clearly Now (Horse Greeley), unplaced in three of four subsequent outings; last year's King's Bishop (G1) hero The Big Beast (Yes It's True), fourth in the Carter H. (G1) when last seen in April; and the stakes-winning Stallwalkin' Dude (City Place), runner-up in the True North (G2) and Donald LeVine Memorial last month.

The Grade 3-winning Texas-bred Promise Me Silver (Silver City), who saw her perfect eight-for-eight record end with a 10th-place finish in last month's Acorn (G1), hopes to get back on the winning track in the $150,000 Victory Ride (G3), a 6 1/2-furlong dash for three-year-old fillies.

Multiple stakes winner Enchanting Lady (Tale of the Cat), runner-up in the $150,000 Jersey Girl June 5, figures to attract support as will Beaumont S. (G2) vixen Miss Ella (Exchange Rate) and Miss Preakness (G3) winner Irish Jasper (First Defence).

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Coffee Clique, Testa Rossi headline Penny Memorial

Grade 1 winner Coffee Clique is the most accomplished entrant in the Dr. James Penny Memorial (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

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

Coffee Clique, who went three-for-three in an abbreviated 2014 campaign with wins in the Just a Game (G1) and Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2), has dropped her first three outings this year. Third in the March 28 Honey Fox (G2) following a layoff of more than nine months, she was subsequently second and sixth, respectively, when defending her Distaff Turf Mile and Just a Game titles.

Testa Rossi, who has not crossed the wire first since taking the 2014 Florida Oaks (G3), was elevated to first in the January 31 Endeavour (G3), also at Tampa Bay Downs, but was fourth in the Santa Ana (G2) and fifth in the Beaugay (G3) in her two most recent starts for trainer Chad Brown.

Another mare with a graded win to her credit is the five-year-old Nellie Cashman (Mineshaft), who took the 2013 Virginia Oaks (G3). Fourth in the Penny Memorial last year, she took the $100,000 Dahlia at Pimlico in mid-April and was most recent fifth in the $82,000 Miss Liberty at Monmouth Park.

Others likely to attract support are the multiple Grade 3-placed Photo Call (Galileo), who was cross-entered to the $100,000 Perfect Sting at Belmont on Friday; Baffle Me (First Samurai), who has won multiple stakes at Gulfstream and Belmont in recent seasons; and Distorted Beauty (Invasor), who's placed in the Pebbles and Intercontinental at Belmont.

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Coffee Clique, Testa Rossi headline Penny Memorial

Grade 1 winner Coffee Clique is the most accomplished entrant in the Dr. James Penny Memorial (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

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

Coffee Clique, who went three-for-three in an abbreviated 2014 campaign with wins in the Just a Game (G1) and Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2), has dropped her first three outings this year. Third in the March 28 Honey Fox (G2) following a layoff of more than nine months, she was subsequently second and sixth, respectively, when defending her Distaff Turf Mile and Just a Game titles.

Testa Rossi, who has not crossed the wire first since taking the 2014 Florida Oaks (G3), was elevated to first in the January 31 Endeavour (G3), also at Tampa Bay Downs, but was fourth in the Santa Ana (G2) and fifth in the Beaugay (G3) in her two most recent starts for trainer Chad Brown.

Another mare with a graded win to her credit is the five-year-old Nellie Cashman (Mineshaft), who took the 2013 Virginia Oaks (G3). Fourth in the Penny Memorial last year, she took the $100,000 Dahlia at Pimlico in mid-April and was most recent fifth in the $82,000 Miss Liberty at Monmouth Park.

Others likely to attract support are the multiple Grade 3-placed Photo Call (Galileo), who was cross-entered to the $100,000 Perfect Sting at Belmont on Friday; Baffle Me (First Samurai), who has won multiple stakes at Gulfstream and Belmont in recent seasons; and Distorted Beauty (Invasor), who's placed in the Pebbles and Intercontinental at Belmont.

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Homecoming Classic renamed in honor of Lukas

Lukas, who turns 80 on September 2, was inducted into the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 1999 (Harold Roth/Horsephotos.com)

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

The $175,000 Lukas Classic, for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, was known as the Homecoming Classic during the first two years of September racing at Churchill Downs. The Lukas Classic, introduced in 2013 and designed to be an autumn prep for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), shares the September Meet stakes spotlight with events for juveniles that that respectively launch the 2016 Road to the Kentucky Derby and Road to the Kentucky Oaks: the $150,000 Iroquois (G3) for two-year-olds and the $200,000 Pocahontas (G2) for two-year-old fillies. Both races will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track and each is included on the Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" Challenge Series schedule. Their respective winners will be guaranteed automatic starting spots in Breeders' Cup events on October 31 at Keeneland.

The 11-date September Meet operates on a four-day, Thursday-through-Sunday weekly racing schedule with the exception of its first week. Opening day is September 11 and the meet will conclude on September 27. Regular post time for the meet will be 12:45 p.m. (EDT), with exceptions being 5 p.m. "Twilight Thursday" racing on September 17 and 24 and the meet's lone "Downs After Dark" night racing celebration on September 19 with a post time of 6 p.m.

The former Homecoming Classic is being renamed to salute Lukas' accomplishments, contributions and influence on Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, and the horse industry. The native of Antigo, Wisconsin, will celebrate his 80th birthday on September 2. The race that now carries his name will be run for the third time on September 26. Reigning Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned won its first running in 2013 and subsequently finished fourth at Santa Anita in his bid for a repeat Classic victory. The race was won last year by Cigar Street, who would finish seventh in the Classic at Santa Anita.

Lukas, who bases his stable at Churchill Downs Barn 44 through much of the year, has won a record 14 victories in Triple Crown races, and trained a record 20 winners of Breeders' Cup races. He earned four Eclipse Awards that honored him as the nation's top trainer. At Churchill Downs, Lukas ranks second in career stakes victories (73) and fourth in total wins (510).

"Along with the enormity of the numbers of his total victories, the stakes races he has won and earnings by his stable's horses throughout his Hall of Fame career, D. Wayne Lukas forever changed both the Kentucky Derby and North America's horse industry," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs. "It is Churchill Downs' honor to salute Wayne Lukas by placing his name on this race. We are enthusiastic about the potential of the Lukas Classic and believe it will very soon be an important annual stop for older horses who are working to prepare for and earn starting spots in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

"We think the presence of Wayne Lukas' name on this race will enhance its attractiveness and its status. And we would love to see Mr. Lukas do one of the few things he has yet to do during his legendary career. Our team at Churchill Downs is confident that Wayne is a long way from entertaining any thoughts of retirement, and we hope that he will soon saddle a winner of this race, which would allow him -- for the first time -- to present a winner's trophy to himself."

The first races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Road to the Kentucky Oaks headline four stakes events on September 12, the first of three Saturdays of racing during the September Meet. Along with the Pocahontas and Iroquois, that program will feature the $100,000 Locust Grove, for fillies and mares on the main track, and the $100,000 Open Mind, which matches fillies and mares at six furlongs.

Along with the opportunity to collect the first points in the systems that will determine the starters in the 2016 Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, the Iroquois and Pocahontas provide their winners with a guaranteed starting spot in Breeders' Cup races in their divisions.

The racing program on September 19 features the $100,000 Dogwood (G3) for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.

The final Saturday of September Meet racing on September 26 will offer three stakes events in the Lukas Classic, the $100,000 Ack Ack H. (G3) for three-year-olds and up at one mile, and the $100,000 Jefferson Cup (G3) for three-year-olds at one mile on the turf -- the only stakes race on grass during the meet.

Only two of the eight stakes races in September have changed from last year's schedule. Along with the new name for the Lukas Classic, the purse for the race was boosted by $50,000 to $175,000. The purse for the Iroquois also was increased by $50,000.

After the September racing session, Churchill Downs will have one remaining race meet in 2015. The track's traditional Fall Meet is scheduled for November 1-29, which will offer 21 racing dates on a weekly Thursday-through-Sunday schedule.

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Homecoming Classic renamed in honor of Lukas

Lukas, who turns 80 on September 2, was inducted into the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 1999 (Harold Roth/Horsephotos.com)

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

The $175,000 Lukas Classic, for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, was known as the Homecoming Classic during the first two years of September racing at Churchill Downs. The Lukas Classic, introduced in 2013 and designed to be an autumn prep for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), shares the September Meet stakes spotlight with events for juveniles that that respectively launch the 2016 Road to the Kentucky Derby and Road to the Kentucky Oaks: the $150,000 Iroquois (G3) for two-year-olds and the $200,000 Pocahontas (G2) for two-year-old fillies. Both races will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track and each is included on the Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" Challenge Series schedule. Their respective winners will be guaranteed automatic starting spots in Breeders' Cup events on October 31 at Keeneland.

The 11-date September Meet operates on a four-day, Thursday-through-Sunday weekly racing schedule with the exception of its first week. Opening day is September 11 and the meet will conclude on September 27. Regular post time for the meet will be 12:45 p.m. (EDT), with exceptions being 5 p.m. "Twilight Thursday" racing on September 17 and 24 and the meet's lone "Downs After Dark" night racing celebration on September 19 with a post time of 6 p.m.

The former Homecoming Classic is being renamed to salute Lukas' accomplishments, contributions and influence on Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, and the horse industry. The native of Antigo, Wisconsin, will celebrate his 80th birthday on September 2. The race that now carries his name will be run for the third time on September 26. Reigning Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned won its first running in 2013 and subsequently finished fourth at Santa Anita in his bid for a repeat Classic victory. The race was won last year by Cigar Street, who would finish seventh in the Classic at Santa Anita.

Lukas, who bases his stable at Churchill Downs Barn 44 through much of the year, has won a record 14 victories in Triple Crown races, and trained a record 20 winners of Breeders' Cup races. He earned four Eclipse Awards that honored him as the nation's top trainer. At Churchill Downs, Lukas ranks second in career stakes victories (73) and fourth in total wins (510).

"Along with the enormity of the numbers of his total victories, the stakes races he has won and earnings by his stable's horses throughout his Hall of Fame career, D. Wayne Lukas forever changed both the Kentucky Derby and North America's horse industry," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs. "It is Churchill Downs' honor to salute Wayne Lukas by placing his name on this race. We are enthusiastic about the potential of the Lukas Classic and believe it will very soon be an important annual stop for older horses who are working to prepare for and earn starting spots in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

"We think the presence of Wayne Lukas' name on this race will enhance its attractiveness and its status. And we would love to see Mr. Lukas do one of the few things he has yet to do during his legendary career. Our team at Churchill Downs is confident that Wayne is a long way from entertaining any thoughts of retirement, and we hope that he will soon saddle a winner of this race, which would allow him -- for the first time -- to present a winner's trophy to himself."

The first races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Road to the Kentucky Oaks headline four stakes events on September 12, the first of three Saturdays of racing during the September Meet. Along with the Pocahontas and Iroquois, that program will feature the $100,000 Locust Grove, for fillies and mares on the main track, and the $100,000 Open Mind, which matches fillies and mares at six furlongs.

Along with the opportunity to collect the first points in the systems that will determine the starters in the 2016 Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, the Iroquois and Pocahontas provide their winners with a guaranteed starting spot in Breeders' Cup races in their divisions.

The racing program on September 19 features the $100,000 Dogwood (G3) for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.

The final Saturday of September Meet racing on September 26 will offer three stakes events in the Lukas Classic, the $100,000 Ack Ack H. (G3) for three-year-olds and up at one mile, and the $100,000 Jefferson Cup (G3) for three-year-olds at one mile on the turf -- the only stakes race on grass during the meet.

Only two of the eight stakes races in September have changed from last year's schedule. Along with the new name for the Lukas Classic, the purse for the race was boosted by $50,000 to $175,000. The purse for the Iroquois also was increased by $50,000.

After the September racing session, Churchill Downs will have one remaining race meet in 2015. The track's traditional Fall Meet is scheduled for November 1-29, which will offer 21 racing dates on a weekly Thursday-through-Sunday schedule.

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Shaman Ghost carries winning form into Queen's Plate; Attfield keen on Danish Dynaformer

Shaman Ghost defeated several Queen's Plate contestants in the Marine Stakes (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)

His first three races didn't produce the desired results, but Shaman Ghost (Ghostzapper) will enter Sunday's Queen's Plate off a trio of victories. The Stronach Stables homebred hasn't been favored in any of those wins, breaking his maiden at 12-1 odds three starts back at Gulfstream Park and recording a 13-1 upset in the May 16 Marine (G3) most recently at Woodbine.

"Winning form is the best form and he's won three in a row," trainer Brian Lynch said. "He's been doing everything well in those last three, really fighting to the wire in all of them. I like the way he doesn't give up. He just keeps on battling. Hopefully, he brings that same great fight with him to the Plate."

The bay colt battled down the lane to capture the Marine by a half-length and will retain the services of jockey Rafael Hernandez in Sunday's "Gallop for the Guineas."

"We were a little wide into the first turn as we were carried out a little bit," Hernandez said of the Marine. "I wanted to make one run and turning for home I tried to go between horses, but I had no room. It took me a little bit of kick, but this is a good horse. I took him out in the clear and he was gone."

Lynch, seeking his first Plate triumph, had unwavering faith his charge would turn things around.  

"You could just see with every work, with every day that went by, he was figuring it all out," Lynch noted. "Sometimes, it's just a question of time for particular horses. I've always liked him and I always thought he'd turn out to be a good one."

Danish Dynaformer has captured three of his last four starts (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)

Fifteen Ontario-bred three-year-olds are being pointed toward the 1 1/4-mile event on Woodbine's Polytrack. Eight-time Queen's Plate winner Roger Attfield, a member of both the Canadian and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame, will send out a pair of runners in pursuit of record ninth victory, Plate Trial champ Danish Dynaformer (Dynaformer) and improving maiden winner Billy's Star (Perfect Soul).

Danish Dynaformer, a three-time winner from six starts, will be partnered by Patrick Husbands in the Plate as Luis Contreras, aboard for the Plate Trial score, is committed to Ami's Flatter (Flatter). The bay colt breezed five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 on Saturday in tandem with Billy's Star, who will be piloted by Eurico Rosa da Silva.

The 75-year-old Attfield, a native of Newbury, England, has added new technology to his old-school horsemanship skills for this year's Plate as both his contenders wore an E-Trakka equine fitness monitoring device for their recent breeze.

"They both wore it all winter," Attfield explained. "I've got all their works recorded and I can track their progress coming back off layoffs. The readout provides you with heart rate, recovery rate and length of stride. A very fit horse recovers very quickly (to a standing heart rate.) It also works as a GPS, so we get a very accurate time. Though I'm pretty good at that anyway as I'm always out there on my pony and within a fifth of a second (on timing workouts)."

Both trainer and technology agreed on the success of the duo's final Plate prep.

"With both of these horses, the E-Trakka results were really excellent. They're in great shape and I just need to keep them happy and healthy for the rest of the week," Attfield said.

Danish Dynaformer won the Plate Trial comfortably by nearly a length, but stablemate Billy's Star endured a troubled trip and wound up sixth after swerving to avoid the ill-fated Danzig Moon, who fell down the back straight.

"I can't believe he (Billy's Star) wasn't a bit body sore after his last race, he got cranked hard to avoid the fallen horse," Attfield said. "Eurico actually used him right after the incident quite a bit to get back in the race and that was probably his run there, but he still made a bit of a run in the lane. He's had other races with trouble and then major trouble in the Trial, but he's training really well and it wouldn't surprise me if he ran a big race in the Plate."

Danish Dynaformer continues to impress Attfield.

"He's a really nice horse, no question about it," Attfield said. "He's got a big turn of foot and a huge cruising speed. He cruises in the morning with 14 1/2s and 15s (eighths of a mile) consistently and you'd still be able to sit down and work him a half-mile if you wanted to. He's a very versatile horse."

Tucci Stables and trainer Nick Gonzalez teamed up to win the 2013 Queen's Plate with the front-running Midnight Aria, a 17-hands tall son of Midnight Lute. The band is back together for the 2015 Plate with Easy Indygo (Marchfield), a much smaller individual blessed with a versatile running style.

"We always kind of liked him," said Martha Gonzalez, wife and assistant to the trainer. "The distance won't be a factor as he's always ran on very well. It's a last minute decision, but the horse is doing well, so why not. Two turns is what he really wants. He's pretty versatile. He can be on the front end or he can sit back too. He's got both angles covered.  He's a handy little horse."

A maiden winner in his juvenile finale, Easy Indygo has dropped all three starts this season, but does exit a pair of placings versus allowance rivals in his last two outings, including a neck third last time out on June 6. Emma-Jayne Wilson will take over from Justin Stein, who sticks with Oaks winner Academic (Henny Hughes).

"I think Emma will suit the horse," Gonzalez said. "He's one of those horses that will do what you ask him to do. Emma's a pretty aggressive rider and in that final eighth of a mile you need someone who is a very strong finisher."

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Shaman Ghost carries winning form into Queen's Plate; Attfield keen on Danish Dynaformer

Shaman Ghost defeated several Queen's Plate contestants in the Marine Stakes (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)

His first three races didn't produce the desired results, but Shaman Ghost (Ghostzapper) will enter Sunday's Queen's Plate off a trio of victories. The Stronach Stables homebred hasn't been favored in any of those wins, breaking his maiden at 12-1 odds three starts back at Gulfstream Park and recording a 13-1 upset in the May 16 Marine (G3) most recently at Woodbine.

"Winning form is the best form and he's won three in a row," trainer Brian Lynch said. "He's been doing everything well in those last three, really fighting to the wire in all of them. I like the way he doesn't give up. He just keeps on battling. Hopefully, he brings that same great fight with him to the Plate."

The bay colt battled down the lane to capture the Marine by a half-length and will retain the services of jockey Rafael Hernandez in Sunday's "Gallop for the Guineas."

"We were a little wide into the first turn as we were carried out a little bit," Hernandez said of the Marine. "I wanted to make one run and turning for home I tried to go between horses, but I had no room. It took me a little bit of kick, but this is a good horse. I took him out in the clear and he was gone."

Lynch, seeking his first Plate triumph, had unwavering faith his charge would turn things around.  

"You could just see with every work, with every day that went by, he was figuring it all out," Lynch noted. "Sometimes, it's just a question of time for particular horses. I've always liked him and I always thought he'd turn out to be a good one."

Danish Dynaformer has captured three of his last four starts (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)

Fifteen Ontario-bred three-year-olds are being pointed toward the 1 1/4-mile event on Woodbine's Polytrack. Eight-time Queen's Plate winner Roger Attfield, a member of both the Canadian and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame, will send out a pair of runners in pursuit of record ninth victory, Plate Trial champ Danish Dynaformer (Dynaformer) and improving maiden winner Billy's Star (Perfect Soul).

Danish Dynaformer, a three-time winner from six starts, will be partnered by Patrick Husbands in the Plate as Luis Contreras, aboard for the Plate Trial score, is committed to Ami's Flatter (Flatter). The bay colt breezed five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 on Saturday in tandem with Billy's Star, who will be piloted by Eurico Rosa da Silva.

The 75-year-old Attfield, a native of Newbury, England, has added new technology to his old-school horsemanship skills for this year's Plate as both his contenders wore an E-Trakka equine fitness monitoring device for their recent breeze.

"They both wore it all winter," Attfield explained. "I've got all their works recorded and I can track their progress coming back off layoffs. The readout provides you with heart rate, recovery rate and length of stride. A very fit horse recovers very quickly (to a standing heart rate.) It also works as a GPS, so we get a very accurate time. Though I'm pretty good at that anyway as I'm always out there on my pony and within a fifth of a second (on timing workouts)."

Both trainer and technology agreed on the success of the duo's final Plate prep.

"With both of these horses, the E-Trakka results were really excellent. They're in great shape and I just need to keep them happy and healthy for the rest of the week," Attfield said.

Danish Dynaformer won the Plate Trial comfortably by nearly a length, but stablemate Billy's Star endured a troubled trip and wound up sixth after swerving to avoid the ill-fated Danzig Moon, who fell down the back straight.

"I can't believe he (Billy's Star) wasn't a bit body sore after his last race, he got cranked hard to avoid the fallen horse," Attfield said. "Eurico actually used him right after the incident quite a bit to get back in the race and that was probably his run there, but he still made a bit of a run in the lane. He's had other races with trouble and then major trouble in the Trial, but he's training really well and it wouldn't surprise me if he ran a big race in the Plate."

Danish Dynaformer continues to impress Attfield.

"He's a really nice horse, no question about it," Attfield said. "He's got a big turn of foot and a huge cruising speed. He cruises in the morning with 14 1/2s and 15s (eighths of a mile) consistently and you'd still be able to sit down and work him a half-mile if you wanted to. He's a very versatile horse."

Tucci Stables and trainer Nick Gonzalez teamed up to win the 2013 Queen's Plate with the front-running Midnight Aria, a 17-hands tall son of Midnight Lute. The band is back together for the 2015 Plate with Easy Indygo (Marchfield), a much smaller individual blessed with a versatile running style.

"We always kind of liked him," said Martha Gonzalez, wife and assistant to the trainer. "The distance won't be a factor as he's always ran on very well. It's a last minute decision, but the horse is doing well, so why not. Two turns is what he really wants. He's pretty versatile. He can be on the front end or he can sit back too. He's got both angles covered.  He's a handy little horse."

A maiden winner in his juvenile finale, Easy Indygo has dropped all three starts this season, but does exit a pair of placings versus allowance rivals in his last two outings, including a neck third last time out on June 6. Emma-Jayne Wilson will take over from Justin Stein, who sticks with Oaks winner Academic (Henny Hughes).

"I think Emma will suit the horse," Gonzalez said. "He's one of those horses that will do what you ask him to do. Emma's a pretty aggressive rider and in that final eighth of a mile you need someone who is a very strong finisher."

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In brief

Presque Isle Downs cancelled its Tuesday program due to an ongoing problem of deer invading the track's running surface, infield, and other areas of the property. Beginning Wednesday and until further notice, the track has instituted a temporary post time of 3:05 p.m. (EDT)...

Racing fans in Britain and Ireland are mourning the loss of jumps legend Kauto Star (Village Star), who was euthanized Tuesday at the age of 15 after suffering neck and pelvic injuries in a paddock accident last week. The French-bred won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2007, finished second to Denman in 2008, and became the first horse to regain the Gold Cup when winning in 2009. Kauto Star won the King George VI Chase at Kempton a record five times and the Betfair Chase (registered as the Lancashire Chase) at Haydock four times. Officially rated the best steeplechase horse in Britain four times, Timeform rate Kauto Star as the joint-third best steeplechase horse in their history, surpassed only by Arkle and Flyingbolt, and equal to Mill House. Kauto Star was retired in the fall of 2012 with 20 stakes wins and record National Hunt earnings of £2,375,883...

Jockey James Doyle, set to partner Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) in the July 11 July Cup (Eng-G1), worked the dual Australian Group 1 winner on Newmarket's July course Tuesday and said he "wouldn't swap" his mount for any other in the prestigious contest. "He gave me the feel of exactly what he is: a top-class sprinter and a seriously fast horse; he felt great," Doyle said. "We went six furlongs and he changed his legs in all the right places. He didn't do anything strenuous; I just let him quicken up over the last couple of furlongs. I can't wait for the July Cup and I wouldn't swap him for anything else in the race, although I have the utmost respect for Muhaarar (Oasis Dream), who put up a freakish performance in winning the Commonwealth Cup (Eng-G1)." Godolphin bought into Brazen Beau after the colt won Australia's all-important Coolmore Stud S. (Aus-G1) last November, and the dark bay continued to race in the colors of On Track Thoroughbreds through his second-place finish in the Diamond Jubilee (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot. Brazen Beau will wear the Godolphin blue for the first time in the July and will be partnered by Doyle for the first time. He is trained by Chris Waller, whose traveling assistant Johanne Taylor said Waller would likely be in town to supervise the colt's final July work early next week...

Dual Group 1-winning juvenile Pride of Dubai (Street Cry) has returned to the stable of trainers Peter and Paul Snowden after taking a winter spell. The Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed al Maktoum homebred broke his maiden in Victoria's most important two-year-old race -- the Blue Diamond S. (Aus-G1) -- in his third start, after which Coolmore bought into him. He was an eye-catching winner of the Sires' Produce S. (Aus-G1) at The Championships April 6 before being turned out. "This is his fourth week in from the paddock and he's come back in great order," Peter Snowden told Racenet.com.au. "He's always been a big horse but has come back a little heavier this time. He has really furnished." Snowden said Pride of Dubai's two key targets for the Australian spring would be the Golden Rose S. (Aus-G1) September 12 and the Caulfield Guineas (Aus-G1) October 11. "We've just got to work out where we will kick-off the campaign," Snowden added. "He isn't going to be well weighted against the three-year-olds as he gets a 4 kg (8.8 pound) penalty for being a Group 1 winner. The Warwick S. is a 1400-meter weight-for-age race on August 22, so that might be the right option. He's a colt so it's important to protect his profile. If that means having only one or two runs into the Golden Rose then that's what we'll do."...

Oaklawn has begun construction of a new barn that will replace one of the oldest barns in the stable area and will be ready for the 2016 racing season. The new barn, a steel beam and cinder-block wall construction, replaces Barn #2, one of the few remaining older, wooden barns in the stable area. It will be very similar to the last barn constructed between the 2006 and 2007 live seasons -- named after Smarty Jones. There is no word yet on what famous racehorse with ties to Oaklawn the new barn will be named for. "Long-range, we'd eventually like to replace all of the older barns with more modern structures," Oaklawn Plant Superintendent John Hopkins said. "We've come a long way toward that goal already." The removal of Barn #2, along with another structure that was used by the maintenance department, will allow Oaklawn to gain hundreds of additional public parking spaces. In addition, the oldest horse path to the racing surface is also being replaced by a new on/off gap positioned on the south turn. "Oaklawn has always been committed to racing first and it's exciting to be in a position where we can make improvements year after year to our racing program and stable area," Director of Racing David Longinotti said. Oaklawn's 2016 live meet is scheduled for January 15-April 16. Horses will begin arriving November 16...

Trainer Christophe Clement will send out a pair of top contenders, Zindaya (More Than Ready) and Marbre Rose (Smart Strike), in Friday's $100,000 Perfect Sting at Belmont Park. The four-year-old fillies finished one-two in the June 4 Intercontinental, with Zindaya improving her mark to three-for-three on Belmont's turf with the 2 1/4-length decision over her favored stablemate. Daring Kathy (Wildcat Heir), last seen winning the My Charmer (G3) at Gulfstream Park West in late November, will make her first appearance for trainer Chad Brown in the one-mile turf affair and Grade 2 heroine Emotional Kitten (Kitten's Joy), most recently second in the Gallorette H. (G3), is also part of the 10-horse field...

An abundance of early speed might help former Canadian champion three-year-old Pender Harbour (Philanthropist) make a significant impact in Wednesday's C$150,000 Dominion Day (Can-G3) over 1 1/4 miles on Woodbine's Polytrack. The seven-year-old gelding successfully rallied to take his third Steady Growth S. going 1 1/16 miles June 6, and the dual classic winner will attempt to improve on his runner-up finish in this event three years ago. The 7-5 morning line favorite, Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2) winner Red Rifle (Giant's Causeway), is one-for-two over synthetic tracks, but shares a similar front-running style as recent Evangeline Mile winner Mystery Train (Not for Sale), 2013 Queen's Plate winner Midnight Aria (Midnight Lute) and the allowance-class Smooth Stone (Giant's Causeway). Multiple Grade 2-placed Patrioticandproud (Proud Citizen) enters off a course-and-distance allowance victory, won in wire-to-wire fashion, while Ontario Derby (Can-G3) hero Florida Won (Birdstone) might improve in his second start of the year for Mark Casse. Earlier in the card, 2014 Bessarabian (Can-G2) winner Hillaby (Distorted Humor) will make her season debut in the C$100,000 Sweet Briar Too over seven furlongs. Her most serious rival in Unspurned (Lemon Drop Kid), who captured the Whimsical (Can-G3) before finishing third in the Hendrie (Can-G3) and second in the Trillium this year...

Friday's $150,000 Molly Pitcher (G3) at Monmouth Park, for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles, features a rematch between Stiffed (Stephen Got Even) and Got Lucky (A.P. Indy), the one-two finishers in the $97,000 Monmouth Beach on May 24. On that day, Stiffed rallied from 10 lengths back to post a 34-1 upset by a half-length over Got Lucky, a multiple Grade 2-placed four-year-old who was among the betting favorites. Also among the field of seven is Shayjolie (Indian Charlie), a stakes winner at Aqueduct in March who has gone unplaced in two starts since finishing a narrowly-beaten third in the Top Flight H. (G3).

In brief

Presque Isle Downs cancelled its Tuesday program due to an ongoing problem of deer invading the track's running surface, infield, and other areas of the property. Beginning Wednesday and until further notice, the track has instituted a temporary post time of 3:05 p.m. (EDT)...

Racing fans in Britain and Ireland are mourning the loss of jumps legend Kauto Star (Village Star), who was euthanized Tuesday at the age of 15 after suffering neck and pelvic injuries in a paddock accident last week. The French-bred won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2007, finished second to Denman in 2008, and became the first horse to regain the Gold Cup when winning in 2009. Kauto Star won the King George VI Chase at Kempton a record five times and the Betfair Chase (registered as the Lancashire Chase) at Haydock four times. Officially rated the best steeplechase horse in Britain four times, Timeform rate Kauto Star as the joint-third best steeplechase horse in their history, surpassed only by Arkle and Flyingbolt, and equal to Mill House. Kauto Star was retired in the fall of 2012 with 20 stakes wins and record National Hunt earnings of £2,375,883...

Jockey James Doyle, set to partner Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) in the July 11 July Cup (Eng-G1), worked the dual Australian Group 1 winner on Newmarket's July course Tuesday and said he "wouldn't swap" his mount for any other in the prestigious contest. "He gave me the feel of exactly what he is: a top-class sprinter and a seriously fast horse; he felt great," Doyle said. "We went six furlongs and he changed his legs in all the right places. He didn't do anything strenuous; I just let him quicken up over the last couple of furlongs. I can't wait for the July Cup and I wouldn't swap him for anything else in the race, although I have the utmost respect for Muhaarar (Oasis Dream), who put up a freakish performance in winning the Commonwealth Cup (Eng-G1)." Godolphin bought into Brazen Beau after the colt won Australia's all-important Coolmore Stud S. (Aus-G1) last November, and the dark bay continued to race in the colors of On Track Thoroughbreds through his second-place finish in the Diamond Jubilee (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot. Brazen Beau will wear the Godolphin blue for the first time in the July and will be partnered by Doyle for the first time. He is trained by Chris Waller, whose traveling assistant Johanne Taylor said Waller would likely be in town to supervise the colt's final July work early next week...

Dual Group 1-winning juvenile Pride of Dubai (Street Cry) has returned to the stable of trainers Peter and Paul Snowden after taking a winter spell. The Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed al Maktoum homebred broke his maiden in Victoria's most important two-year-old race -- the Blue Diamond S. (Aus-G1) -- in his third start, after which Coolmore bought into him. He was an eye-catching winner of the Sires' Produce S. (Aus-G1) at The Championships April 6 before being turned out. "This is his fourth week in from the paddock and he's come back in great order," Peter Snowden told Racenet.com.au. "He's always been a big horse but has come back a little heavier this time. He has really furnished." Snowden said Pride of Dubai's two key targets for the Australian spring would be the Golden Rose S. (Aus-G1) September 12 and the Caulfield Guineas (Aus-G1) October 11. "We've just got to work out where we will kick-off the campaign," Snowden added. "He isn't going to be well weighted against the three-year-olds as he gets a 4 kg (8.8 pound) penalty for being a Group 1 winner. The Warwick S. is a 1400-meter weight-for-age race on August 22, so that might be the right option. He's a colt so it's important to protect his profile. If that means having only one or two runs into the Golden Rose then that's what we'll do."...

Oaklawn has begun construction of a new barn that will replace one of the oldest barns in the stable area and will be ready for the 2016 racing season. The new barn, a steel beam and cinder-block wall construction, replaces Barn #2, one of the few remaining older, wooden barns in the stable area. It will be very similar to the last barn constructed between the 2006 and 2007 live seasons -- named after Smarty Jones. There is no word yet on what famous racehorse with ties to Oaklawn the new barn will be named for. "Long-range, we'd eventually like to replace all of the older barns with more modern structures," Oaklawn Plant Superintendent John Hopkins said. "We've come a long way toward that goal already." The removal of Barn #2, along with another structure that was used by the maintenance department, will allow Oaklawn to gain hundreds of additional public parking spaces. In addition, the oldest horse path to the racing surface is also being replaced by a new on/off gap positioned on the south turn. "Oaklawn has always been committed to racing first and it's exciting to be in a position where we can make improvements year after year to our racing program and stable area," Director of Racing David Longinotti said. Oaklawn's 2016 live meet is scheduled for January 15-April 16. Horses will begin arriving November 16...

Trainer Christophe Clement will send out a pair of top contenders, Zindaya (More Than Ready) and Marbre Rose (Smart Strike), in Friday's $100,000 Perfect Sting at Belmont Park. The four-year-old fillies finished one-two in the June 4 Intercontinental, with Zindaya improving her mark to three-for-three on Belmont's turf with the 2 1/4-length decision over her favored stablemate. Daring Kathy (Wildcat Heir), last seen winning the My Charmer (G3) at Gulfstream Park West in late November, will make her first appearance for trainer Chad Brown in the one-mile turf affair and Grade 2 heroine Emotional Kitten (Kitten's Joy), most recently second in the Gallorette H. (G3), is also part of the 10-horse field...

An abundance of early speed might help former Canadian champion three-year-old Pender Harbour (Philanthropist) make a significant impact in Wednesday's C$150,000 Dominion Day (Can-G3) over 1 1/4 miles on Woodbine's Polytrack. The seven-year-old gelding successfully rallied to take his third Steady Growth S. going 1 1/16 miles June 6, and the dual classic winner will attempt to improve on his runner-up finish in this event three years ago. The 7-5 morning line favorite, Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2) winner Red Rifle (Giant's Causeway), is one-for-two over synthetic tracks, but shares a similar front-running style as recent Evangeline Mile winner Mystery Train (Not for Sale), 2013 Queen's Plate winner Midnight Aria (Midnight Lute) and the allowance-class Smooth Stone (Giant's Causeway). Multiple Grade 2-placed Patrioticandproud (Proud Citizen) enters off a course-and-distance allowance victory, won in wire-to-wire fashion, while Ontario Derby (Can-G3) hero Florida Won (Birdstone) might improve in his second start of the year for Mark Casse. Earlier in the card, 2014 Bessarabian (Can-G2) winner Hillaby (Distorted Humor) will make her season debut in the C$100,000 Sweet Briar Too over seven furlongs. Her most serious rival in Unspurned (Lemon Drop Kid), who captured the Whimsical (Can-G3) before finishing third in the Hendrie (Can-G3) and second in the Trillium this year...

Friday's $150,000 Molly Pitcher (G3) at Monmouth Park, for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles, features a rematch between Stiffed (Stephen Got Even) and Got Lucky (A.P. Indy), the one-two finishers in the $97,000 Monmouth Beach on May 24. On that day, Stiffed rallied from 10 lengths back to post a 34-1 upset by a half-length over Got Lucky, a multiple Grade 2-placed four-year-old who was among the betting favorites. Also among the field of seven is Shayjolie (Indian Charlie), a stakes winner at Aqueduct in March who has gone unplaced in two starts since finishing a narrowly-beaten third in the Top Flight H. (G3).

Notebooks

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

JULY 2, 2015

by John Mucciolo

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

Gold Cup S. (G1): Hronis Racing LLC's HARD ACES (Hard Spun) broke slowest of all but gradually got into contention and was all heart late in earning a nose victory for conditioner John Sadler. The five-year-old, who was guided by Victor Espinoza, got the 1 1/4 miles on the fast main oval in 2:02 2/5 to notch his initial graded stakes win.

Triple Bend S. (G1): Jay Em Ess Stable et al's MASOCHISTIC (Sought After) led early, was briefly passed on the far turn and then put on a show, drawing off through the stretch beneath Tyler Baze. The talented five-year-old gelding finished 3 1/2 lengths on top and sped seven-eighths in a sharp 1:20 1/5 for conditioner Ron Ellis, registering a whopping 110 BRIS Speed rating.

Royal Heroine S. (G2): Fanticola and Scardino's FANTICOLA (Silent Name) forced the pace in second, gained the edge past the final furlong marker before holding gamely, posting a head victory for trainer Phil d'Amato. The five-year-old mare finished off the one-mile turf test in 1:36 3/5 with Joe Talamo in the controls.

San Juan Capistrano S. (G2): Big Chief Racing LLC's CRUCERO (Admiral's Cruise) was always in touch with the leaders early on, moved three wide in the lane and got the better of the odds-on choice in posting an upset for conditioner Keith Desormeaux. The five-year-old endured the 1 3/4 miles on the firm turf in 2:49 2/5 with Kent Desormeaux in the silks.

Senorita S. (G3): DP Racing, LLC's PRIZE EXHIBIT (Showcasing) broke slowest of all, tracked in last to the top of the lane and then delivered a stout late run to crush the field under Sal Gonzalez. The three-year-old filly, who is trained by James Cassidy, finished off one mile on the firm turf in 1:36, 2 1/4 lengths clear under the line.

Track Stats

From a total of 36 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 42 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 56 percent of the wins. From 20 frays contested on the dirt oval, five animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (25 percent), while two of the 16 grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (12 percent).

Meet Totals

RACES:   928
DIRT:   624
TURF:   304
FAVORITES:   360 (39 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   182 (20 percent)
TURF WIRE:   48 (16 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   140 (22 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Thursday (6/25)

6TH -- Simon Callaghan's ARTISTIC CHARM (Dutch Art) appeared to be sitting on a win and delivered like a favorite should with a fine allowance tally. The four-year-old import has flashed nice potential since arriving in the U.S. and could evolve into a stakes runner with continued improvement.

7TH -- KUNG FU MAMBO (Giant's Causeway) dueled for the opening half-mile, slowly got rid of a pace foe and opened up in the lane en route to a stylish allowance win for trainer Peter Miller. The six-year-old chestnut made quite an impression in his first run since 2012, earning a strong 99 BRIS Speed number.

Friday (6/26)

3RD -- We don't think HOT ORE (Unusual Heat) toppled much in this field but the juvenile still looked the part in dominating his foes. The Robertino Diodoro trainee opened up for fun in the lane, crossing the wire 7 3/4 lengths clear, and will be facing stakes runners in his comeback outing.

5TH -- The Bob Hess-trained PERFECTLY MAJESTIC (Majesticperfection) tracked at the back, began to gain momentum approaching the turn for home and proved much the best late in a daylight tally. The gelded sophomore has flashed a lot of potential and appears to have a nice future.

Saturday (6/27)

5TH --  SMOOTH RULER (Hard Spun) split runners near midstretch and powered home inside the final furlong, posting a very impressive debut tally for trainer Victor Garcia. The four-year-old gelding took a lot of money and proved why, as the Kentucky-bred looks like a fine prospect, winning at a tricky distance first out.

Sunday (6/28)

2ND -- TALE OF PAPA NICK (Papa Clem) led to late stretch before running out of gas but we still like the filly. She possesses a lot of speed, and simply went too fast in this one, but the four-year-old will be tough right back if she can rate even a little bit.

5TH -- IRON FIST (Tapit) has now earned back-to-back tallies, both since stretching out in trip, and looks of stakes quality for Jerry Hollendorfer. The expensive sophomore seems poised for a big second half of 2015.

A Look Ahead

The action moves to Los Alamitos on Thursday, the Saturday's Los Alamitos Derby (G2) serving as the weekend feature.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

PRX, 8TH, AOC, $48,020, 3YO/UP, 6F, 6-30.
6—DODDSPRIVATELABEL, g, 4, Suave--Dodd, by Rare Brick. O-M-Z Racing Partnership, B-Victoria Ashford & Suave Syndicate (TX), T-Marcos Zulueta, J-Jorge A. Vargas, Jr., $26,400.
7—Rustler Hustler, h, 7, Ecton Park--Cozzy Temper, by Cozzene. O-Waldorf Racing Stables LLC, B-Mark Stanley (PA), $12,320.
4—City's Fast Lane, g, 5, City Place--Edison Lanes, by Skip Away. ($10,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Mahoney, Jean and Schmollinger, Richard, B-Tee-N-Jay Farm (NJ), $4,840.
Winning Time: 1:11 (ft)
 
GP, 6TH, AOC, $39,200, 3YO, 1MT, 6-30.
2—SEMBLANCE OF ORDER, c, 3, Arch--Star Dixie, by Dixie Union. ($75,000 '13 KEENOV; $75,000 2014 OBSOCT). O-Gallostables, B-E Paul Robsham Stable LLC (FL), T-Jena M. Antonucci, J-Edgard J. Zayas, $24,400.
4—Crown the Kitten, g, 3, Kitten's Joy--Queen Stephanie, by Proud Citizen. O-Ramsey, Kenneth L and Sarah K, B-Kenneth L Ramsey & Sarah K Ramsey (KY), $7,920.
3—Two Step Temper, c, 3, Two Step Salsa--Sue's Temper, by Temperence Hill. ($55,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-Get Away Farm, B-Garth Bodkin & Kerry Reynells (FL), $4,360.
Winning Time: 1:37 1/5 (fm)
 
DEL, 6TH, ALW, $35,500, 3YO/UP, A1 1/16MT, 6-30.
5—BANK FLOAT, g, 5, Giant's Causeway--Stilled, by Quiet American. O-Bruce C Jackson Racing, B-Edward A Cox Jr (KY), T-Kelly Rubley, J-Julian Pimentel, $21,000.
8—Empower, g, 4, Distorted Humor--Magnificience, by Stormy Atlantic. O-The Players Group and Federico, Dennis J, B-Darley (KY), $7,000.
9—Strategikon, g, 4, Langfuhr--Lokoya Red, by Artax. O-Ascendant Farm LLC, B-Ascendant Farms LLC (FL), $3,850.
Winning Time: 1:49 (gd)
 
IND, 7TH, AOC, $35,360, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 6-30.
3—UNION BOWMAN, h, 8, Newfoundland--Incredibelle, by Personal Flag. O-McCrary, Fred D and Neil, B-Fred McCrary & Neil McCrary (KY), T-Joseph D. Davis, J-Francisco C. Torres, $20,400.
2—Bel Air Bullet, g, 5, Indian Charlie--Bel Air Beauty, by Smart Strike. O-Bruce Lunsford, B-W Bruce Lunsford (KY), $6,800.
14—Short Round, g, 5, Pass Rush--Cacophony, by Dixieland Band. ($23,000 '11 FTKOCT). O-Cindy Patrick, B-Swifty Farms Inc (IN), $4,760.
Winning Time: 1:42 1/5 (ft)
 
DEL, 7TH, ALW, $35,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 6-30.
1—SASSICAIA, c, 4, Bernardini--Hishi Aspen, by Forestry. ($250,000 '12 FTKJUL; $1,600,000 2013 FTFMAR). O-Robert V LaPenta, B-Masaichiro Abe (KY), T-Rudy R. Rodriguez, J-Israel O. Rodriguez, $21,000.
3—Smiling Charlie, g, 4, Pulpit--Pro Pink, by Touch Gold. O-Joseph F Novogratz, B-Joe Novogratz (KY), $7,000.
4—Chapter and Verse, c, 4, Old Fashioned--My Heavenly Sign, by Forest Camp. O-Jones, J Larry, Jones, Cindy and Knoll, Susan, B-Larry Jones, Cindy Jones & Susan Knoll (KY), $3,850.
Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)
 
FL, 3RD, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, 1M, 6-30.
2—STREET GENT, c, 4, Street Sense--Gen Corp Purposes, by Beau Genius. ($80,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Dunn, Christopher T and Fortune Farm (Richard Nicolai), B-Peter Van Andel (KY), T-Jeremiah C. Englehart, J-Jaime Rodriguez, $10,140.
1—Chasin Chama, g, 4, Posse--New Britski, by Polish Numbers. O-Schrader, Michael and O'Neil, Paul, B-Michael Schrader (NY), $3,380.
6—Worbothor, g, 3, Silent Name (JPN)--Perfect Design, by Marquetry. ($57,000 '13 FTNAUG). O-Stonegate Racing Stables, B-McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, LLC (NY), $1,690.
Winning Time: 1:39 3/5 (my)
 
FL, 2ND, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M 70Y, 6-30.
5—MOVES YOUR SOUL, f, 4, Jump Start--Woodland Dance, by Woodman. ($9,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Rudina Stable, B-Milfer Farm Inc (NY), T-James Kettell, J-Luis E. Perez, $10,140.
2—Jamaica Bay, f, 4, Macho Uno--Dancing Flame, by Seeking the Gold. ($24,000 '12 FTKOCT; $80,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Gladys E Falcon, B-William S Roebling (KY), $3,380.
4—Lovely Lanie, f, 4, One Nice Cat--Waltz Me Matilda, by Cryptoclearance. O-Preferred Pals Stable, B-LL Racing, LLC (NY), $1,859.
Winning Time: 1:45 (my)

North American Maiden Winners
Louis Quatorze--Celtic Music by Yarrow Brae; LOUIS THE GREAT, c, 2, DEL, Mcl 17500, 6-30, 5f, :59 4/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. E. Allen Murray (MD.). $5,500 '13 FTMDEC.
Old Fashioned--Yonahey by Yonaguska; FASHION STARLET, f, 2, IND, Msw, 6-30, 5f, 1:00 4/5. B-Don Mattox & Pam Mattox (FL.). $20,000 '13 OBSOCT; $40,000 '14 OBSAUG; $100,000 2015 OBSMAR.
Spanish Steps--Sister Crimson by Sky Classic; SLICKTRICKJUSTICE, f, 2, IND, Msw, 6-30, 5f, 1:00 1/5. B-Justice Farm & Greg Justice (IN.).
Bernstein--Look Upon by Carson City; PANAMEX, c, 3, TAM, Mcl 12500, 6-30, 6f, 1:11 1/5. B-Spendthrift Farm, LLC (KY.). *1/2 to Keep the Peace (MG1P$323,553).
Broken Vow--Vivine by Irish River (FR); PETTICOAT DAY, f, 3, DEL, Msw, 6-30, a5fT, 1:00 3/5. B-Mrs. Jerry Amerman (KY.).
Gators n Bears--Baangarita by Distinctive Pro; EL GANGSTER, g, 3, PRX, Mcl 25000, 6-30, 1m, 1:42 . B-Michael DeSaye (PA.).
Hello Broadway--Royal Dove by Dove Hunt; DOVE IN FLIGHT, f, 3, TAM, Mcl 12500, 6-30, 6f, 1:12 . B-Peter Lawson (FL.).
Horse Greeley--Holidaisy by Dayjur; A WOMAN WITH PANTS, f, 3, GP, Mcl 12500, 6-30, 5fT, :56 4/5. B-B.D. Gibbs Farm, LLC & Fleetwood Bloodstock, LLC (KY.). $25,000 '13 KEESEP.
Lemon Drop Kid--Boa by Rahy; BOA TWELVE, f, 3, TAM, Mcl 16000, 6-30, 1mT, 1:36 4/5. B-Arindel Farm (FL.).
Mass Media--Town Secret by Williamstown; TUTTI SANNO, c, 3, TAM, Mcl 30000, 6-30, 1mT, 1:36 1/5. B-Michael F. Feriole (FL.).
Philanthropist--Clearly Native by Cryptoclearance; J M R PRADA, f, 3, FE, Msw, 6-30, 5f, :59 2/5. B-Paradox Farm, Inc. (ON.). C$14,000 '13 ONTSEP. *1/2 to Clearly in Charge ($318,056).
Street Theatre--Matyna Tyee by Chief Seattle; MATINEE IDOL, g, 3, MNR, Mcl 5000, 6-29, 6f, 1:14 3/5. B-Baseline Equine LLC (CA.).
Bustin Stones--Judge Barbara by Judge Smells; CRUSHER CASEY, g, 4, FL, Mcl 12500, 6-30, 5 1/2f, 1:07 . B-Tea Party Stable, Inc. (NY.).
Buzzards Bay--J. D.'s Harley by Roanoke; HARLEY'S JOY, f, 4, DEL, Mcl 12500, 6-30, 5 1/2f, 1:06 . B-Sandra M. Kite (PA.).
Hello Broadway--Moonlit Concerto by Concerto; MOONLITE MATINEE, f, 4, TAM, Mcl 16000, 6-30, 5fT, :56 4/5. B-Mark Zele & Remi Gunn (FL.).
Milwaukee Brew--Bold Isabella by Bold Executive; DAVID'S BREW, g, 4, FE, Mcl 5000, 6-30, 1m 70y, 1:45 3/5. B-A & A Stables Inc. (ON.).
Park Avenue Ball--Fit to Clean by Fit to Fight; FIT FOR A BALL, f, 4, PRX, Mcl 15000, 6-30, 6f, 1:13 . B-Mary Jo Herbert (NJ.).
Talkin Tough--This Gal Can Go by Let Him Go; RULER OF WAR, c, 4, FP, Mcl 4000, 6-30, 5 1/2f, 1:08 3/5. B-Brian Cutsinger (IL.).
B L's Appeal--Pleasant Delight by Pleasant Colony; RODEO BUCKLE, g, 5, MNR, Mcl 5000, 6-29, 6f, 1:13 2/5. B-Lynne M. Scace (FL.).
Marco Bay--Nun on the Run by Red Bishop; NUN TONIGHT, g, 8, TAM, Mcl 16000, 6-30, 1mT, 1:37 3/5. B-R. Mark McCullough (FL.).

Notebooks

BELMONT NOTEBOOK

JULY 2, 2015

by John Mucciolo

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

Mother Goose S. (G1): Brereton Jones and Timothy Thornton's INCLUDE BETTY (Include) tracked in last for the opening half mile, but the Tom Proctor trainee was full of run in the lane and won going away stylishly. The sophomore filly was 3 1/4 lengths clear under the wire beneath Drayden Van Dyke, clocking 1 1/16 miles on the fast main oval in 1:44 3/5.

Track Stats

A total of 46 races were held at the Elmont, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 41 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 61 percent of the wins during the week. From 28 races on the main oval, six animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (21 percent), while two of the 18 grassy races were taken all the way on the lead (11 percent).

Both ovals were fair to most all runners in our view this past week. Of the two turf wire jobs, one came in a sprint and the other in a route run. Four of the six wire-to-wire winners on the main oval occurred in the sprint ranks.

Meet Totals

RACES:   412
DIRT:   222
TURF:   190
FAVORITES:   157 (38 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   93 (23 percent)
TURF WIRE:   34 (18 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   57 (26 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (6/24)

1ST -- YOUNG ANNA LEE (Posse) broke best, was well placed to the top of the lane and finished with good energy to be a clear second in the dash. The juvenile filly should be graduating soon with even slight improvement for conditioner Joe Sharp.

2ND -- FULL TAP (Tapit) showed no signs of rust after being off since July, offering a powerful run in the lane to graduate with ease. The Christophe Clement pupil will likely be a major player right back against winners.

Thursday (6/25)

3RD -- CARAMEAWAY (Lawyer Ron) took command out of the gate and never gave her foes a chance, posting a facile allowance tally under Rajiv Maragh. The five-year-old mare earned a lifetime-best 98 BRIS Speed number and will be stakes bound with state-bred foes in the near future.

4TH -- STORMMIN STEPHEN (Malibu Moon) sat a nice trip from the start and finished a solid third at first asking for Clement. The juvenile colt is bred to run longer and improve with experience, and he should be graduating before long.

Friday (6/26)

6TH -- NOBLE CORNERSTONE (Noble Causeway) gained momentum approaching the turn for home and powered past his foes in the lane, turning in a fine comeback effort with Joel Rosario. The Thomas Morley trainee showed a lot of class as a sophomore and could be set for a big second half of the season with expected improvement.

Saturday (6/27)

4TH -- The Brian Lynch-trained LOOSE ON THE TOWN (Speightstown) tracked in the clear before sweeping to the lead near midstretch and won like a good thing in a sharp debut performance. The three-year-old colt is bred to go a bit longer and appears to have a bright future.

Sunday (6/28)

1ST -- The Bill Mott-trained I'LL TAKE CHARGE (Indian Charlie) returns to this list after taking command of this field in the lane, winning with relative ease. The three-year-old lass has recorded a pair of good efforts to kick off her career and looks capable of performing up to her regal pedigree with more seasoning.

4TH -- MAGNA LIGHT (Magna Graduate) took a short lead at the top of the lane and took over late in a clear debut showing under Jose Ortiz. The juvenile colt looked like he had a lot left in the tank and could get more ground going forward.

6TH -- MEXIKOMA (Birdstone) was one we liked some as a prospect last campaign and it was good to see him come off the 15-month layoff and defeat this allowance field. The Michael Dilger trainee would like even more ground than he got in this allowance test and the four-year-old could be a stakes type as this season progresses.

A Look Ahead

Six graded stakes races will be held on Saturday's Independence Day program, including two Grade 1s: the $1.25 million Belmont Derby and $1 million Belmont Oaks.

Also on tap is the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (G2), $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (G3), $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (G3) and $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (G3).

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

JULY 2, 2015

by John Mucciolo

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

Gold Cup S. (G1): Hronis Racing LLC's HARD ACES (Hard Spun) broke slowest of all but gradually got into contention and was all heart late in earning a nose victory for conditioner John Sadler. The five-year-old, who was guided by Victor Espinoza, got the 1 1/4 miles on the fast main oval in 2:02 2/5 to notch his initial graded stakes win.

Triple Bend S. (G1): Jay Em Ess Stable et al's MASOCHISTIC (Sought After) led early, was briefly passed on the far turn and then put on a show, drawing off through the stretch beneath Tyler Baze. The talented five-year-old gelding finished 3 1/2 lengths on top and sped seven-eighths in a sharp 1:20 1/5 for conditioner Ron Ellis, registering a whopping 110 BRIS Speed rating.

Royal Heroine S. (G2): Fanticola and Scardino's FANTICOLA (Silent Name) forced the pace in second, gained the edge past the final furlong marker before holding gamely, posting a head victory for trainer Phil d'Amato. The five-year-old mare finished off the one-mile turf test in 1:36 3/5 with Joe Talamo in the controls.

San Juan Capistrano S. (G2): Big Chief Racing LLC's CRUCERO (Admiral's Cruise) was always in touch with the leaders early on, moved three wide in the lane and got the better of the odds-on choice in posting an upset for conditioner Keith Desormeaux. The five-year-old endured the 1 3/4 miles on the firm turf in 2:49 2/5 with Kent Desormeaux in the silks.

Senorita S. (G3): DP Racing, LLC's PRIZE EXHIBIT (Showcasing) broke slowest of all, tracked in last to the top of the lane and then delivered a stout late run to crush the field under Sal Gonzalez. The three-year-old filly, who is trained by James Cassidy, finished off one mile on the firm turf in 1:36, 2 1/4 lengths clear under the line.

Track Stats

From a total of 36 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 42 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 56 percent of the wins. From 20 frays contested on the dirt oval, five animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (25 percent), while two of the 16 grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (12 percent).

Meet Totals

RACES:   928
DIRT:   624
TURF:   304
FAVORITES:   360 (39 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   182 (20 percent)
TURF WIRE:   48 (16 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   140 (22 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Thursday (6/25)

6TH -- Simon Callaghan's ARTISTIC CHARM (Dutch Art) appeared to be sitting on a win and delivered like a favorite should with a fine allowance tally. The four-year-old import has flashed nice potential since arriving in the U.S. and could evolve into a stakes runner with continued improvement.

7TH -- KUNG FU MAMBO (Giant's Causeway) dueled for the opening half-mile, slowly got rid of a pace foe and opened up in the lane en route to a stylish allowance win for trainer Peter Miller. The six-year-old chestnut made quite an impression in his first run since 2012, earning a strong 99 BRIS Speed number.

Friday (6/26)

3RD -- We don't think HOT ORE (Unusual Heat) toppled much in this field but the juvenile still looked the part in dominating his foes. The Robertino Diodoro trainee opened up for fun in the lane, crossing the wire 7 3/4 lengths clear, and will be facing stakes runners in his comeback outing.

5TH -- The Bob Hess-trained PERFECTLY MAJESTIC (Majesticperfection) tracked at the back, began to gain momentum approaching the turn for home and proved much the best late in a daylight tally. The gelded sophomore has flashed a lot of potential and appears to have a nice future.

Saturday (6/27)

5TH --  SMOOTH RULER (Hard Spun) split runners near midstretch and powered home inside the final furlong, posting a very impressive debut tally for trainer Victor Garcia. The four-year-old gelding took a lot of money and proved why, as the Kentucky-bred looks like a fine prospect, winning at a tricky distance first out.

Sunday (6/28)

2ND -- TALE OF PAPA NICK (Papa Clem) led to late stretch before running out of gas but we still like the filly. She possesses a lot of speed, and simply went too fast in this one, but the four-year-old will be tough right back if she can rate even a little bit.

5TH -- IRON FIST (Tapit) has now earned back-to-back tallies, both since stretching out in trip, and looks of stakes quality for Jerry Hollendorfer. The expensive sophomore seems poised for a big second half of 2015.

A Look Ahead

The action moves to Los Alamitos on Thursday, the Saturday's Los Alamitos Derby (G2) serving as the weekend feature.

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Wednesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Belmont Park   (7th) Majestic Jessica, 7-2
    (8th) Fashion Fund, 4-1
Delaware Park   (1st) Casalinga, 8-1
    (4th) King's Obsession, 6-1
Evangeline Downs   (2nd) Teddy Roosevelt, 6-1
    (7th) My Ronnie's On, 6-1
Gulfstream Park   (3rd) Artiebabe, 7-2
    (4th) Pure Talent, 3-1
Hastings   (4th) Mr. Bowling, 3-1
    (7th) C. A. Miss, 9-2
Indiana Grand   (3rd) Smooth Caramel, 9-2
    (8th) Kela's Boy, 4-1
Louisiana Downs   (4th) Red Pistol, 5-1
    (5th) Crazy Darrel, 6-1
Mountaineer   (2nd) Ridge Dance, 5-1
    (9th) Polyushko, 5-1
Penn National   (1st) Literary Lady, 7-2
    (7th) Rebel Spy, 3-1
Presque Isle Downs   (1st) Pronunciation, 6-1
    (2nd) Raffie's Delight, 5-1
Tampa Bay Downs   (6th) Bo's Bullet, 7-2
    (7th) Houngun, 4-1
Thistledown   (1st) Teddy's Prayer, 7-2
    (6th) I Wish, 4-1
Woodbine   (6th) Light My Path, 3-1
    (9th) Precarious, 3-1

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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Notebooks

BELMONT NOTEBOOK

JULY 2, 2015

by John Mucciolo

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

Mother Goose S. (G1): Brereton Jones and Timothy Thornton's INCLUDE BETTY (Include) tracked in last for the opening half mile, but the Tom Proctor trainee was full of run in the lane and won going away stylishly. The sophomore filly was 3 1/4 lengths clear under the wire beneath Drayden Van Dyke, clocking 1 1/16 miles on the fast main oval in 1:44 3/5.

Track Stats

A total of 46 races were held at the Elmont, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 41 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 61 percent of the wins during the week. From 28 races on the main oval, six animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (21 percent), while two of the 18 grassy races were taken all the way on the lead (11 percent).

Both ovals were fair to most all runners in our view this past week. Of the two turf wire jobs, one came in a sprint and the other in a route run. Four of the six wire-to-wire winners on the main oval occurred in the sprint ranks.

Meet Totals

RACES:   412
DIRT:   222
TURF:   190
FAVORITES:   157 (38 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   93 (23 percent)
TURF WIRE:   34 (18 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   57 (26 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (6/24)

1ST -- YOUNG ANNA LEE (Posse) broke best, was well placed to the top of the lane and finished with good energy to be a clear second in the dash. The juvenile filly should be graduating soon with even slight improvement for conditioner Joe Sharp.

2ND -- FULL TAP (Tapit) showed no signs of rust after being off since July, offering a powerful run in the lane to graduate with ease. The Christophe Clement pupil will likely be a major player right back against winners.

Thursday (6/25)

3RD -- CARAMEAWAY (Lawyer Ron) took command out of the gate and never gave her foes a chance, posting a facile allowance tally under Rajiv Maragh. The five-year-old mare earned a lifetime-best 98 BRIS Speed number and will be stakes bound with state-bred foes in the near future.

4TH -- STORMMIN STEPHEN (Malibu Moon) sat a nice trip from the start and finished a solid third at first asking for Clement. The juvenile colt is bred to run longer and improve with experience, and he should be graduating before long.

Friday (6/26)

6TH -- NOBLE CORNERSTONE (Noble Causeway) gained momentum approaching the turn for home and powered past his foes in the lane, turning in a fine comeback effort with Joel Rosario. The Thomas Morley trainee showed a lot of class as a sophomore and could be set for a big second half of the season with expected improvement.

Saturday (6/27)

4TH -- The Brian Lynch-trained LOOSE ON THE TOWN (Speightstown) tracked in the clear before sweeping to the lead near midstretch and won like a good thing in a sharp debut performance. The three-year-old colt is bred to go a bit longer and appears to have a bright future.

Sunday (6/28)

1ST -- The Bill Mott-trained I'LL TAKE CHARGE (Indian Charlie) returns to this list after taking command of this field in the lane, winning with relative ease. The three-year-old lass has recorded a pair of good efforts to kick off her career and looks capable of performing up to her regal pedigree with more seasoning.

4TH -- MAGNA LIGHT (Magna Graduate) took a short lead at the top of the lane and took over late in a clear debut showing under Jose Ortiz. The juvenile colt looked like he had a lot left in the tank and could get more ground going forward.

6TH -- MEXIKOMA (Birdstone) was one we liked some as a prospect last campaign and it was good to see him come off the 15-month layoff and defeat this allowance field. The Michael Dilger trainee would like even more ground than he got in this allowance test and the four-year-old could be a stakes type as this season progresses.

A Look Ahead

Six graded stakes races will be held on Saturday's Independence Day program, including two Grade 1s: the $1.25 million Belmont Derby and $1 million Belmont Oaks.

Also on tap is the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (G2), $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (G3), $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (G3) and $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (G3).

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.