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WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2015

Racing Headlines

Medal Count retired

Medal Count showed his versatility winning races on dirt, turf and synthetics (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Grade 3 winner Medal Count (Dynaformer), third in the 2014 Belmont Stakes (G1), has been retired and will stand stud in 2016 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington as the newest participant in the farm's renowned Share The Upside Program.

His Share The Upside fee will be $6,500 stands & nurses on a one-year commitment, and breeders will earn a lifetime breeding right in Medal Count after producing just one live foal in 2017. Medal Count will also be available on a traditional stands & nurses contract for a fee of $5,000 live foal.

"Medal Count is very similar to Temple City, another G1-performing Dynaformer we raced and then retired to stud on our Share The Upside program," Hughes said. "Temple City has proven to be successful for our Share The Upside partners, and he booked full in 2015 at a substantially higher fee than his original Share The Upside price. Medal Count could be the last top son of Dynaformer to enter stud, and we feel like he's another good opportunity for breeders through our Share The Upside program."

Medal Count broke onto the scene as a two-year-old with a 6 1/4-length debut win on dirt. After an unplaced finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), the bay colt opened his three-year-old campaign with a victory over turf allowance foes at Gulfstream Park before capturing Keeneland's Transylvania S. (G3) on Polytrack two starts later.

Returning on just eight days rest after the Transylvania, Medal Count finished a strong runner-up in the Blue Grass S. (G1) to earn a berth into the Kentucky Derby (G1). The Run for the Roses proved to be rough journey for Medal Count, who finished a troubled eighth, but he came back with a valiant third in the third jewel of the Triple Crown, missing by only a length in the Belmont.

He made only two starts this year, wrapping up his racing career with a seventh in the June 27 Firecracker (G2) at Churchill Downs, and Medal Count retires sound with earnings of $480,671 from a 14-3-2-1 record.

"Medal Count is a unique Dynaformer because he was precocious and had Grade 1 ability on the dirt," said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. "You don't see many of them win their debut on dirt as two-year-olds, and then become Classic-placed on dirt as three-year-olds. Like Temple City, Medal Count has a strong dirt female family, and is more refined than your typical Dynaformer, while still possessing the soundness and toughness that's synonymous with that sire line. We believe breeders are going to like Medal Count and the value he presents."

Out of the graded stakes-placed Unbridled's Song mare Brisquette, Medal Count is a half-brother to Garden District (Dixie Union), a Grade 3-winning filly. Bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Medal Count was a $360,000 yearling purchase by Spendthrift at Keeneland September.

For more information about Medal Count, Spendthrift's Share The Upside Program, or to set up an inspection during the Fasig-Tipton July sale, please contact Des, Mark, or Brian at 859-294-0030, or visit SpendthriftFarm.com.

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Medal Count retired

Medal Count showed his versatility winning races on dirt, turf and synthetics (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Grade 3 winner Medal Count (Dynaformer), third in the 2014 Belmont Stakes (G1), has been retired and will stand stud in 2016 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington as the newest participant in the farm's renowned Share The Upside Program.

His Share The Upside fee will be $6,500 stands & nurses on a one-year commitment, and breeders will earn a lifetime breeding right in Medal Count after producing just one live foal in 2017. Medal Count will also be available on a traditional stands & nurses contract for a fee of $5,000 live foal.

"Medal Count is very similar to Temple City, another G1-performing Dynaformer we raced and then retired to stud on our Share The Upside program," Hughes said. "Temple City has proven to be successful for our Share The Upside partners, and he booked full in 2015 at a substantially higher fee than his original Share The Upside price. Medal Count could be the last top son of Dynaformer to enter stud, and we feel like he's another good opportunity for breeders through our Share The Upside program."

Medal Count broke onto the scene as a two-year-old with a 6 1/4-length debut win on dirt. After an unplaced finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), the bay colt opened his three-year-old campaign with a victory over turf allowance foes at Gulfstream Park before capturing Keeneland's Transylvania S. (G3) on Polytrack two starts later.

Returning on just eight days rest after the Transylvania, Medal Count finished a strong runner-up in the Blue Grass S. (G1) to earn a berth into the Kentucky Derby (G1). The Run for the Roses proved to be rough journey for Medal Count, who finished a troubled eighth, but he came back with a valiant third in the third jewel of the Triple Crown, missing by only a length in the Belmont.

He made only two starts this year, wrapping up his racing career with a seventh in the June 27 Firecracker (G2) at Churchill Downs, and Medal Count retires sound with earnings of $480,671 from a 14-3-2-1 record.

"Medal Count is a unique Dynaformer because he was precocious and had Grade 1 ability on the dirt," said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. "You don't see many of them win their debut on dirt as two-year-olds, and then become Classic-placed on dirt as three-year-olds. Like Temple City, Medal Count has a strong dirt female family, and is more refined than your typical Dynaformer, while still possessing the soundness and toughness that's synonymous with that sire line. We believe breeders are going to like Medal Count and the value he presents."

Out of the graded stakes-placed Unbridled's Song mare Brisquette, Medal Count is a half-brother to Garden District (Dixie Union), a Grade 3-winning filly. Bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Medal Count was a $360,000 yearling purchase by Spendthrift at Keeneland September.

For more information about Medal Count, Spendthrift's Share The Upside Program, or to set up an inspection during the Fasig-Tipton July sale, please contact Des, Mark, or Brian at 859-294-0030, or visit SpendthriftFarm.com.

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Belmont to host two 'Super Saturdays' of Breeders' Cup preps

The Joe Hirsch Turf Classic will anchor the September 26 card, with the Jockey Club Gold Cup the centerpiece on October 3 (Courtesy of NYRA)
The 38-day fall championship meet at Belmont Park will feature not one but two "Super" Saturdays, with 11 graded stakes worth $4.2 million on September 26 and October 3. In all, 40 stakes worth $10.6 million will be offered during the meet, which runs from Friday, September 11, through Sunday, November 1.

A pair of "Win and You're In" races for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to be held at Keeneland Race Course on October 30-31 will anchor the card on September 26: the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) in the Turf division and the $400,000 Vosburgh (G1) in the Sprint division.

Also on the card are the $400,000 Beldame (G1) for fillies and mares, the Gallant Bloom H. (G2) for filly and mare sprinters and the $200,000 Pilgrim (G3) for juveniles on the turf.

The lead-up to the Breeders' Cup will continue on the following Saturday, October 3, with the centerpiece of the fall meet, the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1). The 1 1/4-mile Gold Cup, which offers automatic entry and a fees-paid trip to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), is one of four "Win and You're In" offerings on the card.

Rounding out the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series races are the $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) for turf distaffers, the $500,000 Champagne (G1) for two-year-olds and the $400,000 Frizette (G1) for two-year-old fillies. The $400,000 Kelso H. (G2) at a mile and the $500,000 Hill Prince (G3) for three-year-olds on the turf complete the graded stakes on the card.

"With the Breeders' Cup scheduled at the end of October, it afforded us the opportunity to present two blockbuster days of racing instead of one," said Martin Panza, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for the New York Racing Association. "We anticipate both to be 'must-see' days at Belmont Park this fall."

The spotlight will shine on the Empire State on Saturday, October 24, when the top New York-breds gather at Belmont Park to complete in eight stakes races worth $1.75 million, highlighted by the $300,000 Empire Classic at 1 1/8 miles.

Fans can watch and wager on all the Breeders' Cup action at Belmont Park and the simulcast center at Aqueduct Racetrack on October 30 and 31, with live racing action at Belmont to include the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm (G3) for fillies and mares on Friday and the $200,000 Bold Ruler (G3) at seven furlongs on Saturday.

The meet will conclude with the $100,000 Pumpkin Pie for filly and mare sprinters on Sunday, November 1.

Thoroughbred action moves to Aqueduct beginning Wednesday, November 4, for the Big A's fall meet, the centerpiece of which is Cigar Mile Day on Saturday, November 28.

Joining the $500,000 Cigar Mile H. (G1) will be the $300,000 Comely (G3) for three-year-old fillies and a pair of prestigious Grade 2 events for juveniles, the $300,000 Remsen and the $300,000 Demoiselle for fillies, both at 1 1/8 miles.

Immediately preceding Cigar Mile Day will be the $250,000 Fall Highweight H. (G3) on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, and the $300,000 Go for Wand H. (G3) for fillies on mares on Friday, November 27.

Kicking off the meet will be the first two of 27 stakes worth $4.8 million: the $200,000 Nashua (G2) for two-year-olds and the $200,000 Tempted (G3) for two-year-old fillies, both at a mile.

The $200,000 Long Island (G3) for turf fillies and mares going 1 1/2 miles is slated for the first Saturday of the meet, November 7, with the $150,000 Discovery (G3) for three-year-olds on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, and the $250,000 Red Smith (G3) at 1 3/8 miles on the turf to be run on Saturday, November 14.

Following a winter recess from Monday, December 21 through Friday, December 25, racing will resume on Saturday, December 26 with the $100,000 Damon Runyon for two-year-old New York-breds and the $100,000 Gravesend for sprinters.

The final stakes of the year will be the $100,000 Alex M. Robb for state-breds on Thursday, December 31.

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Breeding & Sales News

Keeneland September trims Book 1 to three days, moves dark day to Thursday

Keeneland officials made the changes in response to consignors and buyers (Keeneland Photo)
Keeneland sales officials Monday announced an adjustment to the opening week schedule for the 2015 September Yearling Sale, the world's premier Thoroughbred auction, to be held September 14-26.

This year's September Sale will open with a three-day Book 1, spanning Monday-Wednesday, September 14-16, one day less than previously. The sale's traditional "dark day," when no sales are conducted, will move from Friday of opening week to Thursday, September 17. The Book 2 sale will be conducted Friday-Saturday, September 18-19, followed by Books 3-6 beginning Sunday, September 20.

"Offering the highest-quality catalogs and conveniences to our clients is Keeneland's No. 1 goal, and these tweaks will further streamline the sales process and enhance momentum for the whole sale," Keeneland President & CEO Bill Thomason said.

"We've listened to our consignors and buyers, who prefer a tighter Book 1, offering more horses each day over fewer days and starting earlier," Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell said. "They also want a more immediate, smoother transition to Book 2 horses. This change affords buyers the opportunity to inspect a greater number of horses during Week 1."

Book 2 horses will now be available for buyer inspection beginning Wednesday, September 16. In previous years, which featured a four-day Book 1 and a break on Friday, Week 1 buyers were exposed only to Book 2 horses through Sunday. A three-day Book 1 offers Week 1 buyers the ability to inspect Book 1, Book 2 and some Book 3 horses.

The stabling format will return to a traditional barn rotation, with Book 1 horses in Barns 1-24 and Book 2 horses in Barns 25-49.

The format for the 2015 September Sale will be as follows:

  • Book 1 (Monday-Wednesday, September 14-16) -- The September Sale opens with the premier Book 1 catalog, which will span three days versus four previously. Sessions will begin an hour earlier at 11 a.m. (EDT). Yearlings will continue to be cataloged alphabetically by dam. 
     
  • Dark Day, Thursday, September 17 -- The break will move from Friday of opening week to Thursday.
     
  • Book 2 (Friday-Saturday, September 18-19) -- Sessions begin at 10 a.m.
     
  • Book 3-6 (Sunday-Saturday, September 20-26) -- Sessions begin at 10 a.m.
  • Keeneland's September Sale annually attracts the world's major foreign and domestic buyers, top trainers and bloodstock advisers, and prominent juvenile sales consignors. The sale is globally regarded as the primary barometer of the health of the Thoroughbred industry.

    Results for the 2014 September Sale were nearly equal to 2013, continuing a healthy trend toward market stability and confidence in the Thoroughbred industry. Trade in the upper middle market (horses sold for $400,000 or more) proved exceptionally strong, with 13 horses selling for $1 million or more in Book 1. The highest-priced yearling of each session during Book 2 and Week 2 of last year's sale exceeded the top price for the corresponding session in 2013, further indicating the sale's strong performance. In each of those sessions, a yearling sold for $100,000 or more.

    Keeneland will provide live coverage of the entire 2015 September Sale at keeneland.com.

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    Racing Headlines

    Belmont to host two 'Super Saturdays' of Breeders' Cup preps

    The Joe Hirsch Turf Classic will anchor the September 26 card, with the Jockey Club Gold Cup the centerpiece on October 3 (Courtesy of NYRA)
    The 38-day fall championship meet at Belmont Park will feature not one but two "Super" Saturdays, with 11 graded stakes worth $4.2 million on September 26 and October 3. In all, 40 stakes worth $10.6 million will be offered during the meet, which runs from Friday, September 11, through Sunday, November 1.

    A pair of "Win and You're In" races for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to be held at Keeneland Race Course on October 30-31 will anchor the card on September 26: the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) in the Turf division and the $400,000 Vosburgh (G1) in the Sprint division.

    Also on the card are the $400,000 Beldame (G1) for fillies and mares, the Gallant Bloom H. (G2) for filly and mare sprinters and the $200,000 Pilgrim (G3) for juveniles on the turf.

    The lead-up to the Breeders' Cup will continue on the following Saturday, October 3, with the centerpiece of the fall meet, the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1). The 1 1/4-mile Gold Cup, which offers automatic entry and a fees-paid trip to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), is one of four "Win and You're In" offerings on the card.

    Rounding out the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series races are the $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) for turf distaffers, the $500,000 Champagne (G1) for two-year-olds and the $400,000 Frizette (G1) for two-year-old fillies. The $400,000 Kelso H. (G2) at a mile and the $500,000 Hill Prince (G3) for three-year-olds on the turf complete the graded stakes on the card.

    "With the Breeders' Cup scheduled at the end of October, it afforded us the opportunity to present two blockbuster days of racing instead of one," said Martin Panza, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for the New York Racing Association. "We anticipate both to be 'must-see' days at Belmont Park this fall."

    The spotlight will shine on the Empire State on Saturday, October 24, when the top New York-breds gather at Belmont Park to complete in eight stakes races worth $1.75 million, highlighted by the $300,000 Empire Classic at 1 1/8 miles.

    Fans can watch and wager on all the Breeders' Cup action at Belmont Park and the simulcast center at Aqueduct Racetrack on October 30 and 31, with live racing action at Belmont to include the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm (G3) for fillies and mares on Friday and the $200,000 Bold Ruler (G3) at seven furlongs on Saturday.

    The meet will conclude with the $100,000 Pumpkin Pie for filly and mare sprinters on Sunday, November 1.

    Thoroughbred action moves to Aqueduct beginning Wednesday, November 4, for the Big A's fall meet, the centerpiece of which is Cigar Mile Day on Saturday, November 28.

    Joining the $500,000 Cigar Mile H. (G1) will be the $300,000 Comely (G3) for three-year-old fillies and a pair of prestigious Grade 2 events for juveniles, the $300,000 Remsen and the $300,000 Demoiselle for fillies, both at 1 1/8 miles.

    Immediately preceding Cigar Mile Day will be the $250,000 Fall Highweight H. (G3) on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, and the $300,000 Go for Wand H. (G3) for fillies on mares on Friday, November 27.

    Kicking off the meet will be the first two of 27 stakes worth $4.8 million: the $200,000 Nashua (G2) for two-year-olds and the $200,000 Tempted (G3) for two-year-old fillies, both at a mile.

    The $200,000 Long Island (G3) for turf fillies and mares going 1 1/2 miles is slated for the first Saturday of the meet, November 7, with the $150,000 Discovery (G3) for three-year-olds on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, and the $250,000 Red Smith (G3) at 1 3/8 miles on the turf to be run on Saturday, November 14.

    Following a winter recess from Monday, December 21 through Friday, December 25, racing will resume on Saturday, December 26 with the $100,000 Damon Runyon for two-year-old New York-breds and the $100,000 Gravesend for sprinters.

    The final stakes of the year will be the $100,000 Alex M. Robb for state-breds on Thursday, December 31.

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    Breeders' Cup nomination discounts available to July 15

    Once horses of racing age are nominated, they remain Breeders' Cup eligible for the duration of their careers (Courtesy of Breeders' Cup Ltd.)
    Owners of horses of racing age currently not nominated to the Breeders' Cup program can nominate their runners at discounted rates on or before Wednesday, July 15, for competition in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships, October 30-31 at Keeneland Race Course. All horses must be nominated in order to compete in any of the 13 Grade 1 Breeders' Cup World Championship races.

    The nomination discounts are as follows:

  • Two-year-olds by a nominated Breeders' Cup stallion can join the program for US$12,000; this one-time nomination fee makes the racehorse eligible for its entire racing career to the Breeders' Cup.
     
  • Three-year olds and up that were foaled in the Northern Hemisphere and sired by a nominated stallion will receive a 50 percent discount off normal racehorse nomination fees and three year-olds and older born in the Southern Hemisphere can nominate for 25 percent of their regular nomination fee.
     
  • All nominated racehorses are eligible for the Breeders' Cup World Championships and any other racing program of the Breeders' Cup for as long as they race.
  • Following the July 15 deadline, the price for all non-nominated runners reverts back to the standard racehorse nomination fee of US$100,000 or more until October 20, when all runners must be pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup World Championships races.

    Owners may nominate their horses of racing age online at members.breederscup.com or by calling the Breeders' Cup Racing department at (859) 514-9422.

    Owners of horses or racing age by non-nominated stallions can also take advantage of discounted prices before July 15. Two-year-olds by non-nominated stallions can join the program for US$18,000; Northern Hemisphere three-year-olds and older for US$100,000 and Southern Hemisphere three-year-olds and older for US$50,000.

    Below is the complete list of nomination prices and deadlines.

    Horses of Racing Age sired by Nominated Stallion and Nominated before July 15:

  • Two Year Olds: $12,000 (US)
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred): $50,000 (US)
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred): $25,000 (US)
  • Horses of Racing Age Sired by Nominated Stallion and Nominated after July 15:

  • Two Year Olds: $100,000 (US)
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred): $100,000 (US)
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred): $100,000 (US)
  • Sired by NON Nominated Stallion and Nominated before July 15:

  • Two Year Olds: $18,000 (US) 
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred): $100,000 (US)
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred): $50,000 (US)
  • Sired by NON Nominated Stallion and Nominated after July 15:

  • Two Year Olds: $200,000 (US)
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred): $200,000 (US)
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred): $200,000 (US)
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    Breeders' Cup nomination discounts available to July 15

    Once horses of racing age are nominated, they remain Breeders' Cup eligible for the duration of their careers (Courtesy of Breeders' Cup Ltd.)
    Owners of horses of racing age currently not nominated to the Breeders' Cup program can nominate their runners at discounted rates on or before Wednesday, July 15, for competition in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships, October 30-31 at Keeneland Race Course. All horses must be nominated in order to compete in any of the 13 Grade 1 Breeders' Cup World Championship races.

    The nomination discounts are as follows:

  • Two-year-olds by a nominated Breeders' Cup stallion can join the program for US$12,000; this one-time nomination fee makes the racehorse eligible for its entire racing career to the Breeders' Cup.
     
  • Three-year olds and up that were foaled in the Northern Hemisphere and sired by a nominated stallion will receive a 50 percent discount off normal racehorse nomination fees and three year-olds and older born in the Southern Hemisphere can nominate for 25 percent of their regular nomination fee.
     
  • All nominated racehorses are eligible for the Breeders' Cup World Championships and any other racing program of the Breeders' Cup for as long as they race.
  • Following the July 15 deadline, the price for all non-nominated runners reverts back to the standard racehorse nomination fee of US$100,000 or more until October 20, when all runners must be pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup World Championships races.

    Owners may nominate their horses of racing age online at members.breederscup.com or by calling the Breeders' Cup Racing department at (859) 514-9422.

    Owners of horses or racing age by non-nominated stallions can also take advantage of discounted prices before July 15. Two-year-olds by non-nominated stallions can join the program for US$18,000; Northern Hemisphere three-year-olds and older for US$100,000 and Southern Hemisphere three-year-olds and older for US$50,000.

    Below is the complete list of nomination prices and deadlines.

    Horses of Racing Age sired by Nominated Stallion and Nominated before July 15:

  • Two Year Olds: $12,000 (US)
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred): $50,000 (US)
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred): $25,000 (US)
  • Horses of Racing Age Sired by Nominated Stallion and Nominated after July 15:

  • Two Year Olds: $100,000 (US)
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred): $100,000 (US)
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred): $100,000 (US)
  • Sired by NON Nominated Stallion and Nominated before July 15:

  • Two Year Olds: $18,000 (US) 
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred): $100,000 (US)
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred): $50,000 (US)
  • Sired by NON Nominated Stallion and Nominated after July 15:

  • Two Year Olds: $200,000 (US)
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred): $200,000 (US)
  • Three Year Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred): $200,000 (US)
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    In brief

    The Breeders' Cup announced on Tuesday the election results to its Board of Directors by the 45 Breeders' Cup Members. Antony Beck, Bobby Flay, and Bret Jones were re-elected and will each serve a four-year term. Fred Hertrich was elected to the Board and will serve a one-year term. Following the election, the Board of 14 Directors is as follows: Barbara Banke; Stonestreet Stables;  Antony Beck, Gainesway Farm; William S. Farish, Jr., (Chairman), Lane's End Farm; Bobby Flay, Chef and Restaurateur; Craig Fravel, President & CEO of the Breeders' Cup; Roy Jackson, Lael Stables; Bret Jones, Airdrie Stud; Tom Ludt, Owner/Breeder; Clem Murphy, Coolmore Stud; Bill Oppenheim, Journalist and Pedigree Consultant; Dan Pride, Darley; J. David Richardson, M.D., Chief of Surgery, University of Louisville; Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm and Fred Hertrich, Owner/Breeder...

    Golden Horn (Cape Cross), the first horse to sweep the Dante S. (Eng-G2), Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) and Eclipse S. (Eng-G1), has been given a rating of 130 by British Horseracing Authority handicapper Phil Smith. His new rating marks a rise of four points from the 126 he was assigned after the Derby. Golden Horn joins Frankel as the only British-trained three-year-olds since 1996 to achieve a rating of 130. Frankel was given a mark of 130 after winning the Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1), and rose to 135 by the end of his three-year-old campaign and 140 upon the conclusion of his career. The Irish-trained Sea The Stars Cape Cross) ended his career as a three-year-old with a rating of 135. "I would be disappointed if Golden Horn cannot go on and prove himself better than 130 as the season progresses, as he is clearly a fast-improving colt who on Saturday showed his versatility by making the running for the first time (in the Eclipse)," Smith said. "If agreed by the International Handicappers this week, it will make Golden Horn the highest-rated horse in the world so far this year. Life will become harder for Golden Horn as the three-year-old weight-for-age allowance reduces by two pounds per month across each distance as the season progresses, but I have little doubt that he will be able to take that in his stride and continue to show that he is equally effective at 10 furlongs and 12 furlongs."...

    Trainer David Wachman says his Ribblesdale S. (Eng-G2) winner Curvy (Galileo) is "improving all the time," and the three-year-old -- who is riding a four-race win streak -- is set for another class jump in the July 18 Irish Oaks (Ire-G1). The John Magnier colorbearer opened her season with a pair of handicap scores at Navan before besting Giovanni Canaletto Galileo) in The Curragh's Gallinule S. (Ire-G3) May 24. She successfully moved up to the next grade when besting Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) winner Pleascach (Teofilo) in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot June 18. "Curvy is in good shape," Wachman said. "We're happy with her and she has come back from Ascot in good form. She's improving all the time, but she needs to improve again to win a Group 1." Wachman said his charge has the right attributes to be competitive at the highest level. "She has a good pedigree and has the physique, as well as the size and strength. She was a bit weak as a two-year-old, but she has kept stepping forward. They all level off at some point, but hopefully she hasn't yet."...

    Cozmic One (Bernardini), the first foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, is entered at Belmont Park in Wednesday's 7TH race, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight for three-year-olds and up. Set at morning line odds of 4-1, he has drawn post 8 in the field of nine and will be ridden by Rajiv Maragh. The dark bay sophomore had failed to fire in his highly-anticipated debut, finishing last in a Santa Anita maiden special weight event last April. Lately, however, Cozmic One has been sharp on the worktab, posting back-to-back bullets in his last two works. "He's training well," said trainer John Shirreffs. "He's had some very good works lately. I thought his last race was a good experience for him and the timing is good now." Shirreffs added that Cozmic One will join the trainer's Saratoga operation again this summer.

    In brief

    The Breeders' Cup announced on Tuesday the election results to its Board of Directors by the 45 Breeders' Cup Members. Antony Beck, Bobby Flay, and Bret Jones were re-elected and will each serve a four-year term. Fred Hertrich was elected to the Board and will serve a one-year term. Following the election, the Board of 14 Directors is as follows: Barbara Banke; Stonestreet Stables;  Antony Beck, Gainesway Farm; William S. Farish, Jr., (Chairman), Lane's End Farm; Bobby Flay, Chef and Restaurateur; Craig Fravel, President & CEO of the Breeders' Cup; Roy Jackson, Lael Stables; Bret Jones, Airdrie Stud; Tom Ludt, Owner/Breeder; Clem Murphy, Coolmore Stud; Bill Oppenheim, Journalist and Pedigree Consultant; Dan Pride, Darley; J. David Richardson, M.D., Chief of Surgery, University of Louisville; Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm and Fred Hertrich, Owner/Breeder...

    Golden Horn (Cape Cross), the first horse to sweep the Dante S. (Eng-G2), Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) and Eclipse S. (Eng-G1), has been given a rating of 130 by British Horseracing Authority handicapper Phil Smith. His new rating marks a rise of four points from the 126 he was assigned after the Derby. Golden Horn joins Frankel as the only British-trained three-year-olds since 1996 to achieve a rating of 130. Frankel was given a mark of 130 after winning the Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1), and rose to 135 by the end of his three-year-old campaign and 140 upon the conclusion of his career. The Irish-trained Sea The Stars Cape Cross) ended his career as a three-year-old with a rating of 135. "I would be disappointed if Golden Horn cannot go on and prove himself better than 130 as the season progresses, as he is clearly a fast-improving colt who on Saturday showed his versatility by making the running for the first time (in the Eclipse)," Smith said. "If agreed by the International Handicappers this week, it will make Golden Horn the highest-rated horse in the world so far this year. Life will become harder for Golden Horn as the three-year-old weight-for-age allowance reduces by two pounds per month across each distance as the season progresses, but I have little doubt that he will be able to take that in his stride and continue to show that he is equally effective at 10 furlongs and 12 furlongs."...

    Trainer David Wachman says his Ribblesdale S. (Eng-G2) winner Curvy (Galileo) is "improving all the time," and the three-year-old -- who is riding a four-race win streak -- is set for another class jump in the July 18 Irish Oaks (Ire-G1). The John Magnier colorbearer opened her season with a pair of handicap scores at Navan before besting Giovanni Canaletto Galileo) in The Curragh's Gallinule S. (Ire-G3) May 24. She successfully moved up to the next grade when besting Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) winner Pleascach (Teofilo) in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot June 18. "Curvy is in good shape," Wachman said. "We're happy with her and she has come back from Ascot in good form. She's improving all the time, but she needs to improve again to win a Group 1." Wachman said his charge has the right attributes to be competitive at the highest level. "She has a good pedigree and has the physique, as well as the size and strength. She was a bit weak as a two-year-old, but she has kept stepping forward. They all level off at some point, but hopefully she hasn't yet."...

    Cozmic One (Bernardini), the first foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, is entered at Belmont Park in Wednesday's 7TH race, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight for three-year-olds and up. Set at morning line odds of 4-1, he has drawn post 8 in the field of nine and will be ridden by Rajiv Maragh. The dark bay sophomore had failed to fire in his highly-anticipated debut, finishing last in a Santa Anita maiden special weight event last April. Lately, however, Cozmic One has been sharp on the worktab, posting back-to-back bullets in his last two works. "He's training well," said trainer John Shirreffs. "He's had some very good works lately. I thought his last race was a good experience for him and the timing is good now." Shirreffs added that Cozmic One will join the trainer's Saratoga operation again this summer.

    Notebooks

    LOS ALAMITOS NOTEBOOK

    JULY 8, 2015

    by John Mucciolo

    A single graded race kicked off the action during the opening weekend at Los Alamitos.

    Los Alamitos Derby (G2): Watson, Weitman and Pegram's GIMMA DA LUTE (Midnight Lute) took a short lead in early stretch and held off a game late challenge from Prospect Park (Tapit) en route to a nose win under Martin Garcia. The Bob Baffert trainee clocked 1 1/8 miles on the fast main oval in 1:47 to earn a second straight graded win.

    Track Stats

    From a total of 34 races held over the California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 29 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 53 percent of the wins. Eleven races were won in wire-to-wire fashion (32 percent).

    Five of the nine winners on Saturday won when leading at every call. But since 10 of the 11 wire jobs this past week occurred in sprint runs, often by logical horses, we can't tab a definitive bias just yet.

    Meet Totals

    RACES:   34
    DIRT:   34
    FAVORITES:   10 (29 percent)
    2ND CHOICES:   8 (23 percent)
    DIRT WIRE:   11 (32 percent)

    HORSES TO WATCH

    Thursday (7/2)

    3RD -- WARM ENDOWMENT (Unusual Heat) couldn't catch the favored winner but put in a nice run to be a clear second in a fine debut showing for conditioner Dean Pedersen. The juvenile filly could be sitting on a win in her comeback race.

    7TH -- MAGIC MARK (Benchmark) tracked in second, confronted the early leader in the lane and then powered home a convincing winner at a nice price for trainer Ron Ellis. The five-year-old gelding could be tough right back in what could be the start of a nice form cycle.

    8TH -- LILY POD (Bernstein) did everything right but win this race in a very good first try for Richard Baltas. The filly, who was hammered at the windows, opened up a big lead and just missed late, and we expect her top graduate before long.

    Friday (7/3)

    1ST -- BLUE CILANTRO (Square Eddie) showed early foot and closed with good energy at first call for trainer Ben Cecil, who rarely has his first-time starters primed up. The sophomore miss should be expected to improve next out which would make her very dangerous.

    Saturday (7/4)

    1ST -- SURFSIDE TIARA (Scat Daddy) couldn't get the winner but finished more than eight lengths clear of third in a race that featured a fine top duo. The Jerry Hollendorfer pupil will be a winner in the very near future in our estimation.

    5TH -- We didn't think TURNOVER (Big Brown) beat much in this one for trainer Bob Baffert, but the gelding did so in impressive fashion making his seasonal debut. The four-year-old could be almost any kind in the second half of this season.

    8TH -- PROSPECT PARK showed improvement in his second run off the layoff and we still think this one has a few big trophies coming his way for conditioner Cliff Sise Jr. The sophomore colt has some improved early foot and still owns that late burst, and he has room for improvement.

    Sunday (7/5)

    8TH -- SUPER MAJESTY (Super Saver) has been spectacular from a pair of lifetime runs and the brilliant sophomore filly surely should be graded stakes-bound after running this field off their respective feet, crossing the wire 15 1/4 lengths in front while geared down late.

    A Look Ahead

    Saturday will play host to the $200,000 Great Lady M S. (G2) for fillies and mares.

    Top Speed/Class ratings

    NATIONAL

    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/29-7/5) - 3&up Dirt Routes
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Effinex 4C 1 1/4m (ft) BEL 7/4 Suburban H. 110
    Bradester 5H 1m (ft) MTH 7/5 Salvator Mile S. 108
    Magic Mark 5G 1m (ft) LRC 7/2 Bertrando S. 100
    Red Rifle 5G 1 1/4m (ft) WO 7/1 Dominion Day S. 100
    Stormdriver 5H 1 1/16m (wf) EVD 7/4 Louisiana Legends Classic S. 99
    Got Lucky 4F 1 1/16m (ft) MTH 7/3 Molly Pitcher S. 96
    Haunted Heroine 4F 1m (ft) ELP 7/4 Ellis Park Turf S. 94
    Heatseeker Sharon 4F 1 1/16m (wf) EVD 7/4 Louisiana Legends Distaff S. 94
    Lady Rosberg 5M 1m (ft) EMD 7/5 Boeing H. 94
    String King 7G 1 1/16m (wf) EVD 7/4 Louisiana Legends Turf S. 94
    Arabella's Muse 4F 1 1/16m (ft) HST 7/1 Monashee H. 83
    Mr. Bowling 6H 1 1/16m (ft) HST 7/1 Lieutenant Governors' H. 82
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/29-7/5) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Favorite Tale 4G 6f (ft) GP 7/5 Smile Sprint S. 106
    Merry Meadow 5M 6f (ft) GP 7/5 Princess Rooney S. 104
    Heitai 5G 5 1/2f (wf) EVD 7/4 Louisiana Legends Sprint S. 101
    Calgary Cat 5G 6f (ft) WO 7/4 Achievement S. 100
    Private Zone 6G 7f (ft) BEL 7/4 Belmont Sprint Championship S. 99
    Unfettered 5H 6 1/2f (ft) SRP 7/3 Inaugural H. 97
    Endless Light (GB) 5M 7f (ft) WO 7/1 Sweet Briar Too S. 96
    Snappy Girl 5M 5 1/2f (wf) EVD 7/4 Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle S. 95
    Seeking the Sherif 6G 6f (ft) OTP 7/5 Oak Tree Sprint S. 94
    Moving Style 6G 6f (ft) HP 7/4 Michigan Breeders Governor's Cup S. 91
    Diabolical Dame 3F 6 1/2f (ft) SRP 7/4 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff H. 90
    Al Faatik 6H 7f (ft) BOI 7/4 Stars and Stripes S. 87
    Legend Fortynine 4G 6 1/2f (ft) NP 7/1 Three and Four Year Old Sales S. 87
    Aware 4F 7f (ft) ASD 7/1 Canada Day S. 85
    Queenoftheforest 3F 6 1/2f (ft) NP 7/1 Three and Four Year Old Fillies Sales S. 84
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/29-7/5) - 3&up Turf
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Big Blue Kitten 7R 1 3/8m (fm) MTH 7/5 United Nations S. 108
    Aldous Snow 6G 1 1/2m (fm) WO 7/5 Singspiel S. 102
    Grand Tito 5H 1 1/16m (fm) GP 7/5 Miesque's Approval S. 98
    Kharafa 6G 1m (fm) MTH 7/4 Elkwood S. 97
    Strut the Course 5M a1 1/8m (fm) WO 7/5 Dance Smartly S. 97
    Daring Kathy 4F 1m (fm) BEL 7/3 Perfect Sting S. 96
    Successful Native 4C 5f (fm) GP 7/5 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint S. 96
    Go Blue Or Go Home 6G 6f (fm) WO 7/5 Highlander S. 95
    Lori's Store 5M 1 1/16m (fm) GP 7/5 Spook Express S. 92
    Goldy Espony (FR) 4F 1 1/2m (fm) BEL 7/5 River Memories S. 91
    Coffee Clique 5M 1 1/16m (fm) PRX 7/4 Dr. James Penny Memorial H. 90
    Aaron's Belt 7M 1 1/16m (fm) CBY 7/3 Princess Elaine S. 89
    A P Is Loose 4G 1 1/16m (fm) CBY 7/3 Blair's Cove S. 81
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/29-7/5) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Ballet Diva 2F 5 1/2f (ft) GP 7/5 Cassidy S. 97
    Smokey Image 2C 5 1/2f (ft) OTP 7/5 Everett Nevin S. 91
    Stays in Vegas 2F 5 1/2f (ft) OTP 7/4 Juan Gonzalez Memorial S. 85
    Francesco Blue 2C 5 1/2f (ft) GP 7/5 Birdonthewire S. 84
    Beliveau 2G 5 1/2f (ft) WO 7/5 Clarendon S. 83
    Cornfed 2G 5 1/2f (ft) PRM 7/5 Iowa Stallion Futurity 81
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/29-7/5) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Dogwood Trail 3F 7f (ft) GP 7/5 Azalea S. 109
    Grand Bili 3C 7f (ft) GP 7/5 Carry Back S. 108
    Speightster 3C 1m (ft) BEL 7/4 Dwyer S. 104
    Lady Eli 3F 1 1/4m (fm) BEL 7/4 Belmont Oaks Invitational S. 100
    Gimme Da Lute 3C 1 1/8m (ft) LRC 7/4 Los Alamitos Derby 97
    Irish Jasper 3F 6 1/2f (ft) BEL 7/4 Victory Ride S. 96
    Force 3C 1 1/16m (ft) FL 7/3 New York Derby 95
    Shaman Ghost 3C 1 1/4m (ft) WO 7/5 Queen's Plate S. 95
    Mobile Bay 3C 1m (wf) EVD 7/4 Louisiana Legends Cheval S. 92
    Temper Mint Patty 3F 1 1/16m (ft) FL 7/3 New York Oaks 92
    Force the Pass 3C 1 1/4m (fm) BEL 7/4 Belmont Derby Invitational S. 91
    Pacific Pink 3F 1m (wf) EVD 7/4 Louisiana Legends Soiree S. 91
    Alliseeisgold 3C 1 1/8m (ft) TDN 7/4 Daniel Stearns Cleveland Gold Cup S. 89
    Samuel Dechamplain 3G 1m (fm) WO 7/4 Charlie Barley S. 89
    Silver Magna 3F 6f (ft) CBY 7/4 Frances Genter S. 88

    Results

    NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

    PRX, 8TH, AOC, $57,060, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 7-7.
    5—WAYNESBOROUGH, g, 5, Curlin--Bloomy, by Polish Numbers. O-Kasey K Racing Stable LLC, B-Brushwood Stable (PA), T-Keith Nations, J-Eriluis Vaz, $36,960.
    10—Indian Jones, g, 8, Smarty Jones--Native Wind Dancer, by Incinderator. ($30,000 '08 KEESEP). O-Waldorf Racing Stables LLC, B-Richard Wira, Yvette Wira & Roy V Chapman 2004 Trust (KY), $8,800.
    3—Adaptor, c, 4, Grand Slam--Rapid City Kitty, by Tale of the Cat. O-Silver Trail Stables LLC, B-William Werner (ON), $4,840.
    Winning Time: 1:45 (ft)
     
    DEL, 6TH, ALW, $35,250, 3YO/UP, 1 1/2M, 7-7.
    11—WINDING ROAD, g, 8, Midway Road--Dixie Velvet, by Dixieland Band. O-Texas Toyco LLC, B-WS Farish & Sarah S Farish (TX), T-Jeff Talley, J-Victor R. Carrasco, $21,000.
    3—Meteoroid, g, 4, Dynaformer--Enthused, by Seeking the Gold. (62,000gns 2014 TATHIT). O-Amy Taylor Rowe, B-Flaxman Holdings Limited (KY), $7,000.
    6—Minor Crisis, g, 5, Lemon Drop Kid--Tigi, by Dixieland Band. ($50,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Happy Hour Stables LLC, B-Edward P Evans (VA), $3,850.
    Winning Time: 2:36 1/5 (ft)
     
    IND, 8TH, AOC, $34,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 7-7.
    4—RUNHAPPY, c, 3, Super Saver--Bella Jolie, by Broken Vow. ($200,000 '13 KEESEP). O-James McIngvale, B-Wayne Lyster, Gray Lyster & Bryan Lyster (KY), T-Maria Borell, J-Erin M. Walker, $20,400.
    1—County Corrections, g, 5, Tiz Wonderful--Gwinnett, by Vindication. ($10,000 '11 KEESEP; $80,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-Ragnar Korthase, B-Dr William M Hovis & Taylor Brothers Properties, LLC (PA), $6,800.
    6—Hidden Candy, g, 4, Candy Ride (ARG)--Princess Consort, by Dixieland Band. ($140,000 '12 KEEJAN). O-Gamble, John, and Sparks, R Townsend, B-Mike Abraham (KY), $3,400.
    Winning Time: 1:09 4/5 (my)
     
    SRP, 5TH, ALW, $25,100, 3YO/UP, F/M, 4 1/2F, 7-7.
    4—SKYZAAM'S PARTY, f, 3, Dome--Skyzaam's Account, by Parentheses. O-Griego, Andy and Margaret, B-Peggy Marshall Griego (NM), T-Emilio Cadena, Jr., J-Alejandro Medellin, $15,060.
    5—Be My Angel, f, 3, Diabolical--Glory Be Mine, by Dome. O-McQueen, Bobby and Taylor, Dale, B-Bobby McQueen & Dale Taylor (NM), $5,522.
    7—La Mesilla, f, 3, Diabolical--Natural Candy, by Sky Mesa. O-Diana Bringhurst, B-J Kirk Robison & Judy Robison (NM), $2,510.
    Winning Time: :52 1/5 (ft)
     
    RUI, 8TH, ALW, $20,400, 3YO, 5 1/2F, 7-6.
    6—GATOR HEAT, g, 3, Southwestern Heat--Gator Prowl, by Roar of the Tiger. O-Robison, J Kirk and Judy, B-J Kirk Robison & Judy Robison (NM), T-Henry Dominguez, J-Maria Thornton, $12,240.
    5—Atillas Gift, g, 3, Attila's Storm--Sentimental Gift, by Green Dancer. ($27,000 '13 RUIAUG). O-Bryant, Scott and Brooks, Joe Dee, B-R D Hubbard (NM), $4,488.
    4—Golly Gee, g, 3, Your Eminence--Gee One, by Gee Ryder. O-Michael G Weatherly, B-Michael Weatherly (NM), $2,040.
    Winning Time: 1:04 2/5 (ft)
     
    FL, 1ST, ALW, $18,200, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 7-7.
    5—SUPER NICKY, g, 4, Utopia (JPN)--Audrey's Secret, by Salt Lake. O-Island Wind Racing, B-Hobby Horse Stables LLC (NY), T-Chris J. Englehart, J-J. M. Rohena, $10,920.
    4—West College, g, 4, Closing Argument--Fabulous Florence, by Gold Token. O-Joseph A Cabrera, B-Thomas Willmott (NY), $3,640.
    1—Shirakuma, g, 4, Elusive Charlie--Kuyima, by Kracotowa. O-Sinatra Thoroughbred Racing, B-Stephen Sinatra (NY), $2,002.
    Winning Time: 1:04 3/5 (ft)
     
    FL, 5TH, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, 6F, 7-7.
    3—SWING DIXIE, c, 3, Senor Swinger--Miss Dixie Dream, by Dixie Brass. ($2,500 '13 FTMSEP). O-Gold Bear Farm, B-Glenn E Brok LLC (PA), T-Jacqueline Falk, J-Jacqueline Leslie Falk, $10,140.
    8—Good Mark, g, 4, Noonmark--Stella Be Good, by Forest Wildcat. ($18,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Francis J Paolangeli, B-Hidden lake Farm, LLC (NY), $3,380.
    9—Tope, g, 4, Utopia (JPN)--Touchmeifyoucan, by Touch Gold. O-Timothy P Murphy, B-Richard Zwirn & Kay Zwirn (NY), $1,690.
    Winning Time: 1:12 3/5 (ft)
     
    MNR, 8TH, ALW, $16,200, 3YO/UP, 1M, 7-6.
    2—COTTONWOOD CANYON, g, 3, Zanjero--Indian Blossom, by Mutakddim. O-Charlie J Williams LLC, B-Millennium Farms (KY), T-Sandra Marie Adkins, J-Luis H. Colon, $9,882.
    1A—Practical Joker, g, 6, Petionville--Jungle Storm, by Storm Boot. ($12,000 '09 KEENOV). O-J Michael Baird, B-Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc (ON), $3,240.
    6—Dr. Nefario, c, 3, Any Given Saturday--The Other Woman, by Tiznow. ($5,000 '13 KEEJAN; $50,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Catherine Angelo, B-Fred W Hertrich III (KY), $1,620.
    Winning Time: 1:41 4/5 (ft)

    Top Speed/Class ratings

    TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

    Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
    Effinex   BEL   1 1/4m (ft)   7/4   124.5
    Private Zone   BEL   7f (ft)   7/4   123.5
    Bradester   MTH   1m (ft)   7/5   123.0
    Favorite Tale   GP   6f (ft)   7/5   122.8
    Ballet Diva   GP   5 1/2f (ft)   7/5   122.2
    Grand Bili   GP   7f (ft)   7/5   121.7
    Big Blue Kitten   MTH   1 3/8m (fm)   7/5   121.6
    Iron Power   BEL   1 3/8m (fm)   7/2   121.2
    Super Majesty   LRC   6f (ft)   7/5   121.2
    Speightster   BEL   1m (ft)   7/4   121.0
    Matrooh   BEL   1 1/16m (ft)   7/4   120.9
    Got Lucky   MTH   1 1/16m (ft)   7/3   120.9
    Merry Meadow   GP   6f (ft)   7/5   120.8
    Smooth Bert   BEL   6 1/2f (ft)   7/5   120.7
    Heitai   EVD   5 1/2f (wf)   7/4   120.7

    North American Maiden Winners
    Quinton's Gold--Who's Rumor by Hadif; CASEY JONES WHO, g, 2, SRP, Msw, 7-7, 4 1/2f, :52 4/5. B-Sam E. Stevens & Sammy L Stevens (NM.).
    Strong Hope--Cheyann Uprising by Texas Glitter; CHEYANN'S HOPE, f, 2, IND, Msw, 7-7, 5 1/2f, 1:06 4/5. B-C.J. Equine (IN.).
    The Bold Bruiser--Lady Above by Lightning Leap; GRAHM FROM ABOVE, g, 2, FP, Msw, 7-7, 4 1/2f, :54 4/5. B-Patti Macari (IL.).
    U S Ranger--Jade Butterfly by Jade Hunter; GIVE IT A GO ANNE, f, 2, MNR, Msw, 7-6, 4 1/2f, :55 4/5. B-Pope McLean, Pope McLean Jr. & Marc McLean (KY.). $3,500 '14 KEESEP.
    Unbridled Express--Pay the Toll by Repriced; DERBY EXPRESS, c, 2, IND, Msw, 7-7, 5f, :59 4/5. B-Greenhill Racing (IN.). *1/2 to Aint She a Saint (MSW$497,381).
    Curlin--Fi by Langfuhr; CURLISH FIGURE, f, 3, DEL, Msw, 7-7, 1 1/16m, 1:44 2/5. B-Bottom Line Stables Inc., Rowland Hancock & Dick Walker (KY.).
    Elusive Jazz--Perty Gerty by Peaks and Valleys; PERTY DIRTY DUDE, c, 3, SRP, Msw, 7-7, 4 1/2f, :53 2/5. B-John Pinkerton (NM.).
    Fusaichi Pegasus--Gloomy I'm Knot by D'wildcat; FUSAICHI RED, f, 3, PRX, Msw, 7-7, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Jack Anderson (KY.).
    Giacomo--Seedless by In Excess (IRE); LITTLE G, f, 3, PID, Mcl 7500, 7-7, 1m, 1:40 1/5. B-Andy Stronach (NY.). $15,000 '13 OBSAUG; $16,000 2014 OBSOCT.
    Majesticperfection--Global Gala by Distorted Humor; GENO'S FISHIN, c, 3, MNR, Msw, 7-6, 5f, 1:02 . B-J. Michael Baird & Michael J Hund (WV.).
    Montbrook--Atticus's Woman by Atticus; MAN ABOUT TOWN, c, 3, PID, Msw, 7-7, 6f, 1:10 3/5. B-Big C Farm (FL.). $17,000 '13 OBSAUG.
    Songandaprayer--Nicely Equipped by Omega Code; NICELY PLAYED, f, 3, DEL, Mcl 6000, 7-7, 5 1/2f, 1:06 2/5. B-Ponder Hill, Inc. (KY.). $7,500 '13 TEXAUG.
    Strut the Stage--Truely Unreal by Unreal Zeal; ACTING THE PART, g, 3, FE, Mcl 5000, 7-7, a1mT, 1:40 . B-Colebrook Farms (ON.).
    Temple City--Never Broke Slowly by Eurosilver; BREAKING THE CITY, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 10000, 7-7, 6f, 1:14 4/5. B-Ricky G. Smith (KY.). $1,200 '13 KEESEP.
    Bertrando--Lady From Shanghai by Storm Cat; FIFTEEN BLACK, g, 4, DEL, Mcl 10000, 7-7, 5f, :58 1/5. B-Willow Tree Farm, Inc. (CA.). $75,000 '12 BESOCT. *1/2 to Chairman Now (SP$355,636).
    Jump Start--Tahoe Tale by Maria's Mon; MAKE MO MONEY, f, 4, PRX, Mcl 10000, 7-7, 6f, 1:14 3/5. B-Joseph Imbesi (PA.).
    Rock Hard Ten--Sankobasi by Pulpit; SOROCAIMA, g, 4, PID, Mcl 7500, 7-7, 1 1/16m, 1:46 2/5. B-Machmer Hall & Poindexter Thoroughbreds (KY.). $32,000 '12 KEESEP.
    Sun King--Fabulous Notebook by Notebook; SUNNY NOTE, g, 4, IND, Mcl 5000, 7-7, 1m 70y, 1:46 4/5. B-Michael W. Thomas & Robert A. Beyers (IN.).
    Zong--Trimble by Harlan; ZONG'S SONG, f, 4, FL, Msw, 7-7, 5 1/2f, 1:07 . B-Velma Emery (MA.).   ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
    Bop--And She Hits Me by Cherokee Run; CHRIS' CHEROKEEBOP, g, 5, MNR, Msw, 7-6, 5f, 1:00 . B-Ethlene DiGregorio & Little E Farm (WV.).
    Deputy Rokeby--Glitter Glitter by Texas Glitter; GLITTER N' JAZZ, g, 5, MNR, Msw, 7-6, 5fT, :58 1/5. B-Marc J. Sharp (WV.).
    Indian Charlie--Three of a Kind by Carson City; IMAWARRIOR, g, 5, DEL, Mcl 17500, 7-7, 1 1/16m, 1:46 4/5. B-Craig B. Singer & Steve Klesaris (KY.). $11,000 2013 FTMDEC.
    Domasca Dan--Red Sky At Nite by Shotiche; DOUBLE DEGREE, m, 7, FE, Mcl 5000, 7-7, 6f, 1:14 . B-Don Cober (ON.).

    Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

    SPOT PLAYS

    For Wednesday

    TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
    Belmont Park   (1st) Nine Bears, 3-1
        (6th) Psychiatry, 7-2
    Charles Town   (3rd) Awesome Life, 6-1
        (8th) Queen Tatalina, 9-2
    Delaware Park   (4th) Bonnie K, 4-1
        (8th) Cynthia's New Car, 10-1
    Evangeline Downs   (2nd) Hue Blue Bayou, 5-1
        (5th) Kittywithalilsalt, 8-1
    Indiana Grand   (4th) Frontier Bones, 10-1
        (7th) Lusty Git Yer Gun, 3-1
    Louisiana Downs   (4th) Sweezy, 9-2
        (7th) Prairie Gold, 6-1
    Mountaineer   (1st) Goose No Fruit, 9-2
        (9th) Offlee Clever, 5-1
    Penn National   (2nd) Harrington, 9-2
        (3rd) T. J. Goodie, 5-1
    Presque Isle Downs   (2nd) Self Determination, 8-1
        (8th) Elle's Pegasus, 6-1
    Thistledown   (2nd) Play the Devil, 9-2
        (8th) Come On Love, 9-2
    Woodbine   (3rd) Sweet Little Man, 3-1
        (6th) Hope for Fame, 6-1

    Notebooks

    LOS ALAMITOS NOTEBOOK

    JULY 8, 2015

    by John Mucciolo

    A single graded race kicked off the action during the opening weekend at Los Alamitos.

    Los Alamitos Derby (G2): Watson, Weitman and Pegram's GIMMA DA LUTE (Midnight Lute) took a short lead in early stretch and held off a game late challenge from Prospect Park (Tapit) en route to a nose win under Martin Garcia. The Bob Baffert trainee clocked 1 1/8 miles on the fast main oval in 1:47 to earn a second straight graded win.

    Track Stats

    From a total of 34 races held over the California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 29 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 53 percent of the wins. Eleven races were won in wire-to-wire fashion (32 percent).

    Five of the nine winners on Saturday won when leading at every call. But since 10 of the 11 wire jobs this past week occurred in sprint runs, often by logical horses, we can't tab a definitive bias just yet.

    Meet Totals

    RACES:   34
    DIRT:   34
    FAVORITES:   10 (29 percent)
    2ND CHOICES:   8 (23 percent)
    DIRT WIRE:   11 (32 percent)

    HORSES TO WATCH

    Thursday (7/2)

    3RD -- WARM ENDOWMENT (Unusual Heat) couldn't catch the favored winner but put in a nice run to be a clear second in a fine debut showing for conditioner Dean Pedersen. The juvenile filly could be sitting on a win in her comeback race.

    7TH -- MAGIC MARK (Benchmark) tracked in second, confronted the early leader in the lane and then powered home a convincing winner at a nice price for trainer Ron Ellis. The five-year-old gelding could be tough right back in what could be the start of a nice form cycle.

    8TH -- LILY POD (Bernstein) did everything right but win this race in a very good first try for Richard Baltas. The filly, who was hammered at the windows, opened up a big lead and just missed late, and we expect her top graduate before long.

    Friday (7/3)

    1ST -- BLUE CILANTRO (Square Eddie) showed early foot and closed with good energy at first call for trainer Ben Cecil, who rarely has his first-time starters primed up. The sophomore miss should be expected to improve next out which would make her very dangerous.

    Saturday (7/4)

    1ST -- SURFSIDE TIARA (Scat Daddy) couldn't get the winner but finished more than eight lengths clear of third in a race that featured a fine top duo. The Jerry Hollendorfer pupil will be a winner in the very near future in our estimation.

    5TH -- We didn't think TURNOVER (Big Brown) beat much in this one for trainer Bob Baffert, but the gelding did so in impressive fashion making his seasonal debut. The four-year-old could be almost any kind in the second half of this season.

    8TH -- PROSPECT PARK showed improvement in his second run off the layoff and we still think this one has a few big trophies coming his way for conditioner Cliff Sise Jr. The sophomore colt has some improved early foot and still owns that late burst, and he has room for improvement.

    Sunday (7/5)

    8TH -- SUPER MAJESTY (Super Saver) has been spectacular from a pair of lifetime runs and the brilliant sophomore filly surely should be graded stakes-bound after running this field off their respective feet, crossing the wire 15 1/4 lengths in front while geared down late.

    A Look Ahead

    Saturday will play host to the $200,000 Great Lady M S. (G2) for fillies and mares.

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    Top Speed/Class ratings

    NATIONAL

    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/29-7/5) - 3&up Dirt Routes
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Effinex 4C 1 1/4m (ft) BEL 7/4 Suburban H. 110
    Bradester 5H 1m (ft) MTH 7/5 Salvator Mile S. 108
    Magic Mark 5G 1m (ft) LRC 7/2 Bertrando S. 100
    Red Rifle 5G 1 1/4m (ft) WO 7/1 Dominion Day S. 100
    Stormdriver 5H 1 1/16m (wf) EVD 7/4 Louisiana Legends Classic S. 99
    Got Lucky 4F 1 1/16m (ft) MTH 7/3 Molly Pitcher S. 96
    Haunted Heroine 4F 1m (ft) ELP 7/4 Ellis Park Turf S. 94
    Heatseeker Sharon 4F 1 1/16m (wf) EVD 7/4 Louisiana Legends Distaff S. 94
    Lady Rosberg 5M 1m (ft) EMD 7/5 Boeing H. 94
    String King 7G 1 1/16m (wf) EVD 7/4 Louisiana Legends Turf S. 94
    Arabella's Muse 4F 1 1/16m (ft) HST 7/1 Monashee H. 83
    Mr. Bowling 6H 1 1/16m (ft) HST 7/1 Lieutenant Governors' H. 82
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/29-7/5) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Favorite Tale 4G 6f (ft) GP 7/5 Smile Sprint S. 106
    Merry Meadow 5M 6f (ft) GP 7/5 Princess Rooney S. 104
    Heitai 5G 5 1/2f (wf) EVD 7/4 Louisiana Legends Sprint S. 101
    Calgary Cat 5G 6f (ft) WO 7/4 Achievement S. 100
    Private Zone 6G 7f (ft) BEL 7/4 Belmont Sprint Championship S. 99
    Unfettered 5H 6 1/2f (ft) SRP 7/3 Inaugural H. 97
    Endless Light (GB) 5M 7f (ft) WO 7/1 Sweet Briar Too S. 96
    Snappy Girl 5M 5 1/2f (wf) EVD 7/4 Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle S. 95
    Seeking the Sherif 6G 6f (ft) OTP 7/5 Oak Tree Sprint S. 94
    Moving Style 6G 6f (ft) HP 7/4 Michigan Breeders Governor's Cup S. 91
    Diabolical Dame 3F 6 1/2f (ft) SRP 7/4 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff H. 90
    Al Faatik 6H 7f (ft) BOI 7/4 Stars and Stripes S. 87
    Legend Fortynine 4G 6 1/2f (ft) NP 7/1 Three and Four Year Old Sales S. 87
    Aware 4F 7f (ft) ASD 7/1 Canada Day S. 85
    Queenoftheforest 3F 6 1/2f (ft) NP 7/1 Three and Four Year Old Fillies Sales S. 84
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/29-7/5) - 3&up Turf
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Big Blue Kitten 7R 1 3/8m (fm) MTH 7/5 United Nations S. 108
    Aldous Snow 6G 1 1/2m (fm) WO 7/5 Singspiel S. 102
    Grand Tito 5H 1 1/16m (fm) GP 7/5 Miesque's Approval S. 98
    Kharafa 6G 1m (fm) MTH 7/4 Elkwood S. 97
    Strut the Course 5M a1 1/8m (fm) WO 7/5 Dance Smartly S. 97
    Daring Kathy 4F 1m (fm) BEL 7/3 Perfect Sting S. 96
    Successful Native 4C 5f (fm) GP 7/5 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint S. 96
    Go Blue Or Go Home 6G 6f (fm) WO 7/5 Highlander S. 95
    Lori's Store 5M 1 1/16m (fm) GP 7/5 Spook Express S. 92
    Goldy Espony (FR) 4F 1 1/2m (fm) BEL 7/5 River Memories S. 91
    Coffee Clique 5M 1 1/16m (fm) PRX 7/4 Dr. James Penny Memorial H. 90
    Aaron's Belt 7M 1 1/16m (fm) CBY 7/3 Princess Elaine S. 89
    A P Is Loose 4G 1 1/16m (fm) CBY 7/3 Blair's Cove S. 81
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/29-7/5) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Ballet Diva 2F 5 1/2f (ft) GP 7/5 Cassidy S. 97
    Smokey Image 2C 5 1/2f (ft) OTP 7/5 Everett Nevin S. 91
    Stays in Vegas 2F 5 1/2f (ft) OTP 7/4 Juan Gonzalez Memorial S. 85
    Francesco Blue 2C 5 1/2f (ft) GP 7/5 Birdonthewire S. 84
    Beliveau 2G 5 1/2f (ft) WO 7/5 Clarendon S. 83
    Cornfed 2G 5 1/2f (ft) PRM 7/5 Iowa Stallion Futurity 81
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (6/29-7/5) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Dogwood Trail 3F 7f (ft) GP 7/5 Azalea S. 109
    Grand Bili 3C 7f (ft) GP 7/5 Carry Back S. 108
    Speightster 3C 1m (ft) BEL 7/4 Dwyer S. 104
    Lady Eli 3F 1 1/4m (fm) BEL 7/4 Belmont Oaks Invitational S. 100
    Gimme Da Lute 3C 1 1/8m (ft) LRC 7/4 Los Alamitos Derby 97
    Irish Jasper 3F 6 1/2f (ft) BEL 7/4 Victory Ride S. 96
    Force 3C 1 1/16m (ft) FL 7/3 New York Derby 95
    Shaman Ghost 3C 1 1/4m (ft) WO 7/5 Queen's Plate S. 95
    Mobile Bay 3C 1m (wf) EVD 7/4 Louisiana Legends Cheval S. 92
    Temper Mint Patty 3F 1 1/16m (ft) FL 7/3 New York Oaks 92
    Force the Pass 3C 1 1/4m (fm) BEL 7/4 Belmont Derby Invitational S. 91
    Pacific Pink 3F 1m (wf) EVD 7/4 Louisiana Legends Soiree S. 91
    Alliseeisgold 3C 1 1/8m (ft) TDN 7/4 Daniel Stearns Cleveland Gold Cup S. 89
    Samuel Dechamplain 3G 1m (fm) WO 7/4 Charlie Barley S. 89
    Silver Magna 3F 6f (ft) CBY 7/4 Frances Genter S. 88

    TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

    Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
    Effinex   BEL   1 1/4m (ft)   7/4   124.5
    Private Zone   BEL   7f (ft)   7/4   123.5
    Bradester   MTH   1m (ft)   7/5   123.0
    Favorite Tale   GP   6f (ft)   7/5   122.8
    Ballet Diva   GP   5 1/2f (ft)   7/5   122.2
    Grand Bili   GP   7f (ft)   7/5   121.7
    Big Blue Kitten   MTH   1 3/8m (fm)   7/5   121.6
    Iron Power   BEL   1 3/8m (fm)   7/2   121.2
    Super Majesty   LRC   6f (ft)   7/5   121.2
    Speightster   BEL   1m (ft)   7/4   121.0
    Matrooh   BEL   1 1/16m (ft)   7/4   120.9
    Got Lucky   MTH   1 1/16m (ft)   7/3   120.9
    Merry Meadow   GP   6f (ft)   7/5   120.8
    Smooth Bert   BEL   6 1/2f (ft)   7/5   120.7
    Heitai   EVD   5 1/2f (wf)   7/4   120.7

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