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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

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Competitive Edge puts away Hopeful

Competitive Edge has won the first two starts of his career by a combined margin of 15 3/4 lengths (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Nancy Favreau, Kathy Psoinos and Michael B. Tabor's Competitive Edge justified his 3-5 favoritism as he drew clear in the stretch to win by 5 3/4 lengths in Monday's Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga, giving him a combined winning margin of 15 3/4 lengths for the first two starts of his career.

The two-year-old son of Super Saver was entering in here off a 10-length romp over the track in his racing debut on July 26 and now has a bankroll of $259,800.

"The thing that's really cool for us is he's a son of Super Saver, and he's our Derby winner," said trainer Todd Pletcher, who also saddled Super Saver during his racing career. "To see him (Super Saver) getting off to such a great start at stud, to have a Hopeful winner in his first crop, it's kind of extra special for us having a son of Super Saver do that. I think I Spent It is a very good horse as well, as he showed in the Saratoga Special. I've had a close eye on him, being a son of Super Saver also, and it's kind of cool that Super Savers ran 1-2 in the Hopeful."

"The question is, since the Breeders' Cup is in California -- again -- do we want to get some two-turn experience before we go?" Pletcher contemplated. "The Champagne (Grade 1, October 4, Belmont Park) will be our first option, but we'll talk with the connections and make sure we're all on the same page."  

Competitive Edge vied for the lead three wide as Signature Cat posted an opening quarter in :22 3/5 with I Spent It, the Saratoga Special victor, sandwiched in the middle. Those three continued to go at each other approaching the far turn.

"I'll tell you what, I was worried about one horse and one horse only" jockey John Velazquez said. "It was the horse (jockey) Javier (Castellano) was on (I Spent It). He ended up being close to the lead, so that was my chance to put the pressure on him and engage him and let him use his horse early on. Between horses, he had to get in there. Between me and the other horse inside (Signature Cat) he had to ride, ride, ride to stay in there. It took him a lot."

Signature Cat started to bow out as Competitive Edge came away with the lead to put up a half mile in :44 4/5 as I Spent It tried to keep pace. Competitive Edge was too much for his competition though, as he slowly drew away in the stretch to cross the wire in 1:24 for the seven-furlong test over the good main track. The bay colt returned $3.30 to his loyal backers for his first stakes score.

"This one has a great talent," Velazquez added. "The only thing about this one -- nothing bothers him. This colt, nothing tears his hair out, scares him or anything. He's so laid back, his future can be much better than the other ones. Like everything else, he has to stay sound. A great mind."

I Spent It settled for second and was 9 lengths clear of Sharm in third. Requite made a sweeping move around the far turn but faded in the stretch to take fourth. Dekabrist, Signature Cat and Maratik brought up the rear.

"He has always had behavior problems," trainer Tony Dutrow said of runner-up I Spent It. "You could see in the paddock (when he was being saddled) he was a lot different than he was in his two previous races. He, obviously, got himself out of sorts today. I knew that wasn't what I wanted to see, but I didn't know how he'd react to it. So, today wasn't his day for a number of reasons. We'll work with him and hope for a better day this fall."

Competitive Edge was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, which also bred, raced, and now stands Super Saver. The promising juvenile is the first registered foal from the multiple stakes-placed Magdalena's Chase, a daughter of Cape Town from the family of Grade 1 scorer All Fired Up and Grade 2 victor Wild Syn.

Further afield in the female line, one finds Grade 1 winners Awesome Humor, Emcee and Constitution, last seen landing the March 29 Florida Derby for Pletcher and the partnership of WinStar and Twin Creeks Racing Stables.

"I thought we had a really good start to the meet, I thought we had some really big disappointments at the meet; way too many seconds (25 through race 5 on Monday) for my liking," Pletcher said on having clinched his 11th training title at Saratoga. "At the same time you cannot not be grateful anytime you come to Saratoga and win 26, 27 races, win the Hopeful, Coaching Cub, Alabama and Schuylerville. No matter how good you do, it could always be better, no matter how bad you're doing it could always be worse."

Competitive Edge sold as a two-year-old in training for $750,000 at the Fasig-Tipton The Florida Sale.

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Competitive Edge puts away Hopeful

Competitive Edge has won the first two starts of his career by a combined margin of 15 3/4 lengths (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Nancy Favreau, Kathy Psoinos and Michael B. Tabor's Competitive Edge justified his 3-5 favoritism as he drew clear in the stretch to win by 5 3/4 lengths in Monday's Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga, giving him a combined winning margin of 15 3/4 lengths for the first two starts of his career.

The two-year-old son of Super Saver was entering in here off a 10-length romp over the track in his racing debut on July 26 and now has a bankroll of $259,800.

"The thing that's really cool for us is he's a son of Super Saver, and he's our Derby winner," said trainer Todd Pletcher, who also saddled Super Saver during his racing career. "To see him (Super Saver) getting off to such a great start at stud, to have a Hopeful winner in his first crop, it's kind of extra special for us having a son of Super Saver do that. I think I Spent It is a very good horse as well, as he showed in the Saratoga Special. I've had a close eye on him, being a son of Super Saver also, and it's kind of cool that Super Savers ran 1-2 in the Hopeful."

"The question is, since the Breeders' Cup is in California -- again -- do we want to get some two-turn experience before we go?" Pletcher contemplated. "The Champagne (Grade 1, October 4, Belmont Park) will be our first option, but we'll talk with the connections and make sure we're all on the same page."  

Competitive Edge vied for the lead three wide as Signature Cat posted an opening quarter in :22 3/5 with I Spent It, the Saratoga Special victor, sandwiched in the middle. Those three continued to go at each other approaching the far turn.

"I'll tell you what, I was worried about one horse and one horse only" jockey John Velazquez said. "It was the horse (jockey) Javier (Castellano) was on (I Spent It). He ended up being close to the lead, so that was my chance to put the pressure on him and engage him and let him use his horse early on. Between horses, he had to get in there. Between me and the other horse inside (Signature Cat) he had to ride, ride, ride to stay in there. It took him a lot."

Signature Cat started to bow out as Competitive Edge came away with the lead to put up a half mile in :44 4/5 as I Spent It tried to keep pace. Competitive Edge was too much for his competition though, as he slowly drew away in the stretch to cross the wire in 1:24 for the seven-furlong test over the good main track. The bay colt returned $3.30 to his loyal backers for his first stakes score.

"This one has a great talent," Velazquez added. "The only thing about this one -- nothing bothers him. This colt, nothing tears his hair out, scares him or anything. He's so laid back, his future can be much better than the other ones. Like everything else, he has to stay sound. A great mind."

I Spent It settled for second and was 9 lengths clear of Sharm in third. Requite made a sweeping move around the far turn but faded in the stretch to take fourth. Dekabrist, Signature Cat and Maratik brought up the rear.

"He has always had behavior problems," trainer Tony Dutrow said of runner-up I Spent It. "You could see in the paddock (when he was being saddled) he was a lot different than he was in his two previous races. He, obviously, got himself out of sorts today. I knew that wasn't what I wanted to see, but I didn't know how he'd react to it. So, today wasn't his day for a number of reasons. We'll work with him and hope for a better day this fall."

Competitive Edge was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, which also bred, raced, and now stands Super Saver. The promising juvenile is the first registered foal from the multiple stakes-placed Magdalena's Chase, a daughter of Cape Town from the family of Grade 1 scorer All Fired Up and Grade 2 victor Wild Syn.

Further afield in the female line, one finds Grade 1 winners Awesome Humor, Emcee and Constitution, last seen landing the March 29 Florida Derby for Pletcher and the partnership of WinStar and Twin Creeks Racing Stables.

"I thought we had a really good start to the meet, I thought we had some really big disappointments at the meet; way too many seconds (25 through race 5 on Monday) for my liking," Pletcher said on having clinched his 11th training title at Saratoga. "At the same time you cannot not be grateful anytime you come to Saratoga and win 26, 27 races, win the Hopeful, Coaching Cub, Alabama and Schuylerville. No matter how good you do, it could always be better, no matter how bad you're doing it could always be worse."

Competitive Edge sold as a two-year-old in training for $750,000 at the Fasig-Tipton The Florida Sale.

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Protonico takes Smarty Jones, gives Pletcher 1,000th stakes win

Protonico provided future Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher with a milestone stakes victory (Barbara Weidl/Equi-Photo)

Trainer Todd Pletcher earned his 1,000th career stakes win when International Equities Holding's homebred Protonico landed the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones for three-year-olds at Parx Racing on Labor Day.

A tracking sixth as Ain't Got Time set a pressured pace of :22 3/5, :46 1/5 and 1:10 3/5, Protonico found running room entering the stretch and gobbled up ground in the final sixteenth to catch 13-1 shot Classic Giancnroll by a half-length in a time of 1:41 for one mile and 70 yards on a fast track.

Guided by Joe Bravo and wearing blinkers for the first time this season, Protonico paid $9.20 as the 7-2 third choice in a field of nine in this prep for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby.

Classic Giacnroll drove up the rail in the stretch to pass 7-5 favorite Albano, looked as if he would pull the upset, but was outfinished late. He finished 1 3/4 lengths clear of Albano, who enjoyed a ground-saving trip, shot through an inside opening turning for home, but drifted out to allow Classic Giacnroll running room to make his bid and offered nothing in the final eighth-mile.

The order of finish was completed by Almost Famous, Saa Mi, Just Call Kenny, Ain't Got Time, and Grasshoppin. Joint Custody was eased and Lynx was scratched.

A son of Giant's Causeway, Protonico was an emphatic 12 3/4-length debut winner at Delaware Park going six furlongs last September, but was a distant sixth after a slow start in the Nashua at Aqueduct two months later. He was trained as a juvenile by Oussama Aboughazale and wore blinkers in both outings.

The dark bay returned to action June 25 under the care of Pletcher, defeating first-level allowance foes at Belmont by two lengths going a mile sans blinkers. Last time, Protonico finished a head behind V. E. Day, the subsequent Travers winner, in the $100,000 Curlin, a restricted stakes at Saratoga. The colt's record now stands at 5-3-0-1, $259,715.

Bred in Kentucky, Protonico was reared by Alpha Spirit, a daughter of A.P. Indy and Chilean Horse of the Year Wild Spirit, who also enjoyed Grade 1 success in the U.S.

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Protonico takes Smarty Jones, gives Pletcher 1,000th stakes win

Protonico provided future Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher with a milestone stakes victory (Barbara Weidl/Equi-Photo)

Trainer Todd Pletcher earned his 1,000th career stakes win when International Equities Holding's homebred Protonico landed the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones for three-year-olds at Parx Racing on Labor Day.

A tracking sixth as Ain't Got Time set a pressured pace of :22 3/5, :46 1/5 and 1:10 3/5, Protonico found running room entering the stretch and gobbled up ground in the final sixteenth to catch 13-1 shot Classic Giancnroll by a half-length in a time of 1:41 for one mile and 70 yards on a fast track.

Guided by Joe Bravo and wearing blinkers for the first time this season, Protonico paid $9.20 as the 7-2 third choice in a field of nine in this prep for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby.

Classic Giacnroll drove up the rail in the stretch to pass 7-5 favorite Albano, looked as if he would pull the upset, but was outfinished late. He finished 1 3/4 lengths clear of Albano, who enjoyed a ground-saving trip, shot through an inside opening turning for home, but drifted out to allow Classic Giacnroll running room to make his bid and offered nothing in the final eighth-mile.

The order of finish was completed by Almost Famous, Saa Mi, Just Call Kenny, Ain't Got Time, and Grasshoppin. Joint Custody was eased and Lynx was scratched.

A son of Giant's Causeway, Protonico was an emphatic 12 3/4-length debut winner at Delaware Park going six furlongs last September, but was a distant sixth after a slow start in the Nashua at Aqueduct two months later. He was trained as a juvenile by Oussama Aboughazale and wore blinkers in both outings.

The dark bay returned to action June 25 under the care of Pletcher, defeating first-level allowance foes at Belmont by two lengths going a mile sans blinkers. Last time, Protonico finished a head behind V. E. Day, the subsequent Travers winner, in the $100,000 Curlin, a restricted stakes at Saratoga. The colt's record now stands at 5-3-0-1, $259,715.

Bred in Kentucky, Protonico was reared by Alpha Spirit, a daughter of A.P. Indy and Chilean Horse of the Year Wild Spirit, who also enjoyed Grade 1 success in the U.S.

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Ring Weekend scores comfortably in Saranac

Ring Weekend has won graded stakes on dirt and turf this season (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Ring Weekend highlighted a successful Labor Day for trainer Graham Motion with a popular win in the Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac for three-year-olds at Saratoga.

Motion, who also trained the filly Munirah to a Grade 3 score in the Boiling Springs at Monmouth Park on Monday, trains Ring Weekend for West Point Thoroughbreds and St. Elias Stable.

A tracking third behind Smooth Daddy, who set fractions of :23 1/5, :47 1/5 and 1:11 1/5, Ring Weekend advanced to second around the far turn, poked his head in front of the pacesetter at the eighth pole and drew off to a 2 3/4-length tally as the 3-2 favorite.

Guided by John Velazquez, Ring Weekend returned $5.10 after completing nine furlongs on a good Mellon turf in 1:46 2/5.

"I thought Johnny rode a great race. I thought we were going to be tough today," said Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds.

Smooth Daddy, a 15-1 chance, easily held second by 4 3/4 lengths over Cabo Cat, who was a neck in front of Bashart. Storm, Wallyanna, and Predicting rounded out the order of finish. Beyond Smart was scratched as were the main-track-only entries Life in Shambles and Lunar Rover.

This was the second graded stakes win for Ring Weekend, who garnered Grade 2 honors last March in the Tampa Bay Derby on the dirt. That race came a month after the chestnut beat maiden foes at Gulfstream Park in his fifth career start.

Second when heavily favored in the April 5 Calder Derby, Ring Weekend next ran fifth in the Preakness and then was eased in the Pegasus at Monmouth Park after showing early speed. He returned to the grass for the $100,000 Sir Cat at Saratoga on July 18, where he finished second to subsequent Secretariat runner-up Tourist.

"I thought he ran all right on the dirt -- he's a beautiful-moving horse, but I thought he was probably a little bit better on the grass," Finley said. "He broke his maiden at Gulfstream on the dirt, so we pushed on and ran him in the Tampa Bay Derby. When you win the Tampa Bay Derby, you've got to push on to the (Kentucky) Derby and the Triple Crown. But (it was) in the back of our minds, we talked all the time about that.

"I think he's such a good mover on the turf, I think we've found a home, at least for now. If he gets beat a couple of times, we can always come back to dirt. He's a big, sound horse. I know he's a lot different now than he was in the beginning of the summer. He's a bigger, stronger horse and it's good to have a three-year-old that can really run at this time of the year."

Ring Weekend now owns a mark of 11-3-3-2, $555,160.

Bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Thoroughbreds, Ring Weekend was sold for $310,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. He is a gelded son of Tapit and the multiple stakes-placed Free the Magic, a daughter of Cryptoclearance who has also reared the stakes-placed Bamboo.

Free the Magic is herself a half-sister to Group 3 winner Forest Wind, runner-up in the 1993 Saranac, and the Grade 3-placed stakes winners Three Generations and Flash of Joy. All three were produced by the French classic-placed Pompoes. Also descending from this family is Cayaya, a multiple Group 1 winner in Argentina.

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Ring Weekend scores comfortably in Saranac

Ring Weekend has won graded stakes on dirt and turf this season (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Ring Weekend highlighted a successful Labor Day for trainer Graham Motion with a popular win in the Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac for three-year-olds at Saratoga.

Motion, who also trained the filly Munirah to a Grade 3 score in the Boiling Springs at Monmouth Park on Monday, trains Ring Weekend for West Point Thoroughbreds and St. Elias Stable.

A tracking third behind Smooth Daddy, who set fractions of :23 1/5, :47 1/5 and 1:11 1/5, Ring Weekend advanced to second around the far turn, poked his head in front of the pacesetter at the eighth pole and drew off to a 2 3/4-length tally as the 3-2 favorite.

Guided by John Velazquez, Ring Weekend returned $5.10 after completing nine furlongs on a good Mellon turf in 1:46 2/5.

"I thought Johnny rode a great race. I thought we were going to be tough today," said Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds.

Smooth Daddy, a 15-1 chance, easily held second by 4 3/4 lengths over Cabo Cat, who was a neck in front of Bashart. Storm, Wallyanna, and Predicting rounded out the order of finish. Beyond Smart was scratched as were the main-track-only entries Life in Shambles and Lunar Rover.

This was the second graded stakes win for Ring Weekend, who garnered Grade 2 honors last March in the Tampa Bay Derby on the dirt. That race came a month after the chestnut beat maiden foes at Gulfstream Park in his fifth career start.

Second when heavily favored in the April 5 Calder Derby, Ring Weekend next ran fifth in the Preakness and then was eased in the Pegasus at Monmouth Park after showing early speed. He returned to the grass for the $100,000 Sir Cat at Saratoga on July 18, where he finished second to subsequent Secretariat runner-up Tourist.

"I thought he ran all right on the dirt -- he's a beautiful-moving horse, but I thought he was probably a little bit better on the grass," Finley said. "He broke his maiden at Gulfstream on the dirt, so we pushed on and ran him in the Tampa Bay Derby. When you win the Tampa Bay Derby, you've got to push on to the (Kentucky) Derby and the Triple Crown. But (it was) in the back of our minds, we talked all the time about that.

"I think he's such a good mover on the turf, I think we've found a home, at least for now. If he gets beat a couple of times, we can always come back to dirt. He's a big, sound horse. I know he's a lot different now than he was in the beginning of the summer. He's a bigger, stronger horse and it's good to have a three-year-old that can really run at this time of the year."

Ring Weekend now owns a mark of 11-3-3-2, $555,160.

Bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Thoroughbreds, Ring Weekend was sold for $310,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. He is a gelded son of Tapit and the multiple stakes-placed Free the Magic, a daughter of Cryptoclearance who has also reared the stakes-placed Bamboo.

Free the Magic is herself a half-sister to Group 3 winner Forest Wind, runner-up in the 1993 Saranac, and the Grade 3-placed stakes winners Three Generations and Flash of Joy. All three were produced by the French classic-placed Pompoes. Also descending from this family is Cayaya, a multiple Group 1 winner in Argentina.

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Sharp Sensation denies Ben's Cat in Turf Monster

Sharp Sensation avenged an earlier loss to Ben's Cat in the Turf Monster (Barbara Weidl/Equi-Photo)

Sharp Sensation, who had not placed in two prior grass attempts, held on to defeat venerable fan favorite Ben's Cat by a neck in the $300,000 Turf Monster Handicap at Parx Racing on Labor Day.

A 16-1 outsider ridden by David Moran, Sharp Sensation save ground while tracking Bold Thunder through an opening quarter of :21 4/5 on the good turf. Angling out for running around the far turn, Sharp Sensation wore down the pacesetter in mid-stretch, opened up a 1 1/2-length lead with a furlong to go, and just held off the 2-1 favorite in a time of :57 1/5 for five furlongs.

The winner returned $34.60 to win for owners Jim and Susan Hill and his Woodbine-based trainer Reade Baker.

Ben's Cat, seeking a third win in the Turf Monster and a 23rd career stakes win overall, endured trouble around the turn while saving ground, moved outside in the stretch to commence his bid and ran out of real estate. He finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Tightend Touchdown, who was 1 1/4 lengths ahead of 2013 Vosburgh winner Private Zone.

Completing the order of finish were Tell All You Know, A P Elvis, 2013 Turf Monster winner Stormofthecentury, Bold Thunder, Risk Factor, Berlino Di Tiger, and Petey Cramer.

An easy winner in two of his first three outings over Polytrack at Woodbine, Sharp Sensation finished sixth in his stakes debut in the April 13 Jacques Cartier at the Toronto track. Following a rebound allowance victory the following month, the four-year-old gelded son of Sharp Humor crossed the border to Erie, Pennsylvania, where he landed the $100,000 Karl Boyes Memorial on Presque Isle Downs' Tapeta surface.

Sharp Sensation faded in his first two outings on the grass. In the July 12 Parx Dash, he dueled for the lead before weakening to fifth, 2 3/4 lengths behind Ben's Cat. Last time, in the seven-furlong Play the King at Woodbine, Sharp Sensation set a quick pace before faltering to seventh in a field of 10. His record now stands at 9-5-0-0, $353,640.

Bred in Kentucky by Hunter Valley Farm, Sharp Sensation was produced by the Royal Academy mare Accusation, who has also reared the stakes-placed Edgerin J, True Religion, and Innocent Man.

Sharp Sensation's third dam was the multiple stakes-winning Rascal Rascal, whose offspring included 1997 Epsom Derby winner Benny the Dip, multiple Grade 3 winner Cryptic Rascal, and Group 3 winner Beggarman Thief. Also hailing from this line is Grade 1 winner Western Aristocrat.

Sharp Sensation was a $55,000 Keeneland November weanling purchase.

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Sharp Sensation denies Ben's Cat in Turf Monster

Sharp Sensation avenged an earlier loss to Ben's Cat in the Turf Monster (Barbara Weidl/Equi-Photo)

Sharp Sensation, who had not placed in two prior grass attempts, held on to defeat venerable fan favorite Ben's Cat by a neck in the $300,000 Turf Monster Handicap at Parx Racing on Labor Day.

A 16-1 outsider ridden by David Moran, Sharp Sensation save ground while tracking Bold Thunder through an opening quarter of :21 4/5 on the good turf. Angling out for running around the far turn, Sharp Sensation wore down the pacesetter in mid-stretch, opened up a 1 1/2-length lead with a furlong to go, and just held off the 2-1 favorite in a time of :57 1/5 for five furlongs.

The winner returned $34.60 to win for owners Jim and Susan Hill and his Woodbine-based trainer Reade Baker.

Ben's Cat, seeking a third win in the Turf Monster and a 23rd career stakes win overall, endured trouble around the turn while saving ground, moved outside in the stretch to commence his bid and ran out of real estate. He finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Tightend Touchdown, who was 1 1/4 lengths ahead of 2013 Vosburgh winner Private Zone.

Completing the order of finish were Tell All You Know, A P Elvis, 2013 Turf Monster winner Stormofthecentury, Bold Thunder, Risk Factor, Berlino Di Tiger, and Petey Cramer.

An easy winner in two of his first three outings over Polytrack at Woodbine, Sharp Sensation finished sixth in his stakes debut in the April 13 Jacques Cartier at the Toronto track. Following a rebound allowance victory the following month, the four-year-old gelded son of Sharp Humor crossed the border to Erie, Pennsylvania, where he landed the $100,000 Karl Boyes Memorial on Presque Isle Downs' Tapeta surface.

Sharp Sensation faded in his first two outings on the grass. In the July 12 Parx Dash, he dueled for the lead before weakening to fifth, 2 3/4 lengths behind Ben's Cat. Last time, in the seven-furlong Play the King at Woodbine, Sharp Sensation set a quick pace before faltering to seventh in a field of 10. His record now stands at 9-5-0-0, $353,640.

Bred in Kentucky by Hunter Valley Farm, Sharp Sensation was produced by the Royal Academy mare Accusation, who has also reared the stakes-placed Edgerin J, True Religion, and Innocent Man.

Sharp Sensation's third dam was the multiple stakes-winning Rascal Rascal, whose offspring included 1997 Epsom Derby winner Benny the Dip, multiple Grade 3 winner Cryptic Rascal, and Group 3 winner Beggarman Thief. Also hailing from this line is Grade 1 winner Western Aristocrat.

Sharp Sensation was a $55,000 Keeneland November weanling purchase.

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Cary Street pulls upset in Greenwood Cup

Cary Street pulled off the upset at 28-1 odds in his stakes debut (Barbara Weidl/Equi-Photo)

JBL Thoroughbreds LLC and Walsh Racing LLC's Cary Street pulled off the upset in his stakes debut in Monday's $200,000 Greenwood Cup Stakes at Parx. The Brendan Walsh trainee went off as the 28-1 third longest shot on the board and returned $59.80 for the score.

Cary Street saved ground near the back as Abraham set the pace with fractions of :24 2/4 and :44 4/5. Ever Rider, the eventual second-place finisher, challenged on the inside, claimed the lead heading into the far turn and had a head in front to post a 1:39 mile.

Cary Street made his bid along the rail coming around the far turn. The five-year-old gelding caught up to the leader as they turned for home, wore down that foe in the stretch and edged away late to prevail by a length.

Cary Street traveled 1 1/2 miles over the fast main track in 2:30 3/5 with Miguel Mena up.

Ever Rider took runner-up and was 5 lengths clear of third-place finisher and even-money favorite Micromanage. Call Me George, Abraham, Irsaal, Sailor's Revenge, Adirondack King, Lideris and Slim Pickins rounded out the order of finish.

Cary Street broke his maiden in his second start as a sophomore in a maiden claiming race at Gulfstream Park in December 2012. He won two claiming races in the beginning of 2013 and has been running against allowance company ever since. The bay's fourth victory was a 6 1/4-length allowance win at Churchill Downs in April. Cary Street grabbed $120,000 for the win  to boost his bankroll to $230,275 from a career line of 17-5-4-2.

Bred in Kentucky by Darley, the son of Smarty Jones is out of the Sultry Song mare Shady Reflection. His grandam is French Group 3 winner Woodland Melody. The bay's female family also includes Grade 2 victors The Tender Track and Put It Back.

Cary Street sold for $60,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale and then resold for $32,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

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Cary Street pulls upset in Greenwood Cup

Cary Street pulled off the upset at 28-1 odds in his stakes debut (Barbara Weidl/Equi-Photo)

JBL Thoroughbreds LLC and Walsh Racing LLC's Cary Street pulled off the upset in his stakes debut in Monday's $200,000 Greenwood Cup Stakes at Parx. The Brendan Walsh trainee went off as the 28-1 third longest shot on the board and returned $59.80 for the score.

Cary Street saved ground near the back as Abraham set the pace with fractions of :24 2/4 and :44 4/5. Ever Rider, the eventual second-place finisher, challenged on the inside, claimed the lead heading into the far turn and had a head in front to post a 1:39 mile.

Cary Street made his bid along the rail coming around the far turn. The five-year-old gelding caught up to the leader as they turned for home, wore down that foe in the stretch and edged away late to prevail by a length.

Cary Street traveled 1 1/2 miles over the fast main track in 2:30 3/5 with Miguel Mena up.

Ever Rider took runner-up and was 5 lengths clear of third-place finisher and even-money favorite Micromanage. Call Me George, Abraham, Irsaal, Sailor's Revenge, Adirondack King, Lideris and Slim Pickins rounded out the order of finish.

Cary Street broke his maiden in his second start as a sophomore in a maiden claiming race at Gulfstream Park in December 2012. He won two claiming races in the beginning of 2013 and has been running against allowance company ever since. The bay's fourth victory was a 6 1/4-length allowance win at Churchill Downs in April. Cary Street grabbed $120,000 for the win  to boost his bankroll to $230,275 from a career line of 17-5-4-2.

Bred in Kentucky by Darley, the son of Smarty Jones is out of the Sultry Song mare Shady Reflection. His grandam is French Group 3 winner Woodland Melody. The bay's female family also includes Grade 2 victors The Tender Track and Put It Back.

Cary Street sold for $60,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale and then resold for $32,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

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Munirah bubbles up in time in Boiling Springs

Munirah (right), a close relative of Artie Schiller, became a Grade 3 winner in only her third career start (Equi-Photo)
Zanim R. Meahjohn's Munirah rode the rail to a last-to-first victory in Monday's Grade 3, $105,000 Boiling Springs at Monmouth, just denying pacesetter Sumba Sunset by a head. By capturing her stakes debut in only her third lifetime start, Munirah completed a rapid-fire Grade 3 double for trainer Graham Motion. At Saratoga about 11 minutes earlier, stablemate Ring Weekend conquered the Saranac -- also a 1 1/8-mile turf race for three-year-olds.

Munirah certainly had the pedigree, if not the racing experience. She is by Kitten's Joy and out of the Red Ransom mare Speed to Burn, a Grade 2-placed half-sister to 2005 Breeders' Cup Mile star Artie Schiller. With Kitten's Joy being by El Prado, the same sire as Artie Schiller, Munirah boasts an even closer relationship with that $2 million-earner.

Unraced until June 18 of this sophomore campaign, Munirah argued the pace and held on by a half-length in a six-furlong maiden on the Presque Isle Downs Tapeta. She switched to turf and stretched out to two turns in a second-level allowance at Delaware Park on July 30, where she settled off the pace and surged late to finish second. That short but intriguing resume was enough to send her off as the 7-2 second choice in the Boiling Springs, and she continued her upward spiral.

With Trevor McCarthy back aboard, Munirah was patiently handled at the rear of the eight-filly field. Up front, Sumba Sunset came through to head Mary n' Eileen through an opening quarter in :22 4/5, and went on to post splits of :47 2/5 and 1:11 1/5 on the firm turf. Little Journey, the 7-5 favorite, was tucked in just behind the leader on the rail, while Black Elegance endured a wider trip throughout.

The 11-1 Sumba Sunset threatened to go wire to wire as she continued to hold sway deep into the stretch. Little Journey tipped out to try to offer a rally, and Black Elegance and She's Not Here both loomed further out, but Sumba Sunset had the measure of all of the closers on the outside.

The real danger came from the inside. Munirah launched a strong move on the fence rounding the far turn, and kept to that ground-saving path while gaining in the lane. Keeping on relentlessly inside the final sixteenth, she inflicted a last-gasp heartbreak on the longtime leader. Munirah negotiated 1 1/8 miles in 1:47 2/5 and returned $9.80 to win.

"I just let her break and decided to take her back to last to relax," McCarthy said. "It was an honest pace and she was really able to save ground and pick it up at the end. The more she's run, the more she's learning and she showed her class today."

Sumba Sunset held the runner-up spot by a half-length from She's Not Here. Black Elegance was the same margin back in fourth, edging Little Journey by a nose. Next came Queenie's Song, Mary n' Eileen and Sallyport, and the main-track-only My Merry Way was scratched.

Bred by B.P. Walden Jr. in Kentucky, Munirah brought $160,000 as a Keeneland November weanling. She has now earned $88,400 from her 3-2-1-0 record.

Munirah's dam, Speed to Burn, is also a half-sister to South African stakes heroine Our Table Mountain, who has produced Group 1-placed Careful Hiker and Group 3-placed Helderberg Blue. Another half-sibling, Hidden Dance, is responsible for Japanese Grade 2 victor Toho Alan.

Munirah's second dam is multiple Grade 1 queen Hidden Light, herself a full sister to multiple Grade 1 turf star Prince True. They were in turn out of another multiple Grade 1 winner, Tallahto, whose highlights include a defeat of males in the 1974 Oak Tree Invitational. Tallahto is the ancestress of several other stakes performers, led by multiple Grade 3 scorer Marcavelly.

This is the further family of 1986 Kentucky Derby winner and 1987 Horse of the Year Ferdinand.

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Munirah bubbles up in time in Boiling Springs

Munirah (right), a close relative of Artie Schiller, became a Grade 3 winner in only her third career start (Equi-Photo)
Zanim R. Meahjohn's Munirah rode the rail to a last-to-first victory in Monday's Grade 3, $105,000 Boiling Springs at Monmouth, just denying pacesetter Sumba Sunset by a head. By capturing her stakes debut in only her third lifetime start, Munirah completed a rapid-fire Grade 3 double for trainer Graham Motion. At Saratoga about 11 minutes earlier, stablemate Ring Weekend conquered the Saranac -- also a 1 1/8-mile turf race for three-year-olds.

Munirah certainly had the pedigree, if not the racing experience. She is by Kitten's Joy and out of the Red Ransom mare Speed to Burn, a Grade 2-placed half-sister to 2005 Breeders' Cup Mile star Artie Schiller. With Kitten's Joy being by El Prado, the same sire as Artie Schiller, Munirah boasts an even closer relationship with that $2 million-earner.

Unraced until June 18 of this sophomore campaign, Munirah argued the pace and held on by a half-length in a six-furlong maiden on the Presque Isle Downs Tapeta. She switched to turf and stretched out to two turns in a second-level allowance at Delaware Park on July 30, where she settled off the pace and surged late to finish second. That short but intriguing resume was enough to send her off as the 7-2 second choice in the Boiling Springs, and she continued her upward spiral.

With Trevor McCarthy back aboard, Munirah was patiently handled at the rear of the eight-filly field. Up front, Sumba Sunset came through to head Mary n' Eileen through an opening quarter in :22 4/5, and went on to post splits of :47 2/5 and 1:11 1/5 on the firm turf. Little Journey, the 7-5 favorite, was tucked in just behind the leader on the rail, while Black Elegance endured a wider trip throughout.

The 11-1 Sumba Sunset threatened to go wire to wire as she continued to hold sway deep into the stretch. Little Journey tipped out to try to offer a rally, and Black Elegance and She's Not Here both loomed further out, but Sumba Sunset had the measure of all of the closers on the outside.

The real danger came from the inside. Munirah launched a strong move on the fence rounding the far turn, and kept to that ground-saving path while gaining in the lane. Keeping on relentlessly inside the final sixteenth, she inflicted a last-gasp heartbreak on the longtime leader. Munirah negotiated 1 1/8 miles in 1:47 2/5 and returned $9.80 to win.

"I just let her break and decided to take her back to last to relax," McCarthy said. "It was an honest pace and she was really able to save ground and pick it up at the end. The more she's run, the more she's learning and she showed her class today."

Sumba Sunset held the runner-up spot by a half-length from She's Not Here. Black Elegance was the same margin back in fourth, edging Little Journey by a nose. Next came Queenie's Song, Mary n' Eileen and Sallyport, and the main-track-only My Merry Way was scratched.

Bred by B.P. Walden Jr. in Kentucky, Munirah brought $160,000 as a Keeneland November weanling. She has now earned $88,400 from her 3-2-1-0 record.

Munirah's dam, Speed to Burn, is also a half-sister to South African stakes heroine Our Table Mountain, who has produced Group 1-placed Careful Hiker and Group 3-placed Helderberg Blue. Another half-sibling, Hidden Dance, is responsible for Japanese Grade 2 victor Toho Alan.

Munirah's second dam is multiple Grade 1 queen Hidden Light, herself a full sister to multiple Grade 1 turf star Prince True. They were in turn out of another multiple Grade 1 winner, Tallahto, whose highlights include a defeat of males in the 1974 Oak Tree Invitational. Tallahto is the ancestress of several other stakes performers, led by multiple Grade 3 scorer Marcavelly.

This is the further family of 1986 Kentucky Derby winner and 1987 Horse of the Year Ferdinand.

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A 'Complete' sense of deja vu in Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf

Irish import She's Complete broke her maiden for the same connections that sent out Clenor last year (Benoit Photos)
She's Complete had a profile eerily reminiscent of Clenor, last year's winner of the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf, and the 8-5 favorite strengthened the parallel with a rallying decision in Monday's $100,750 renewal at Del Mar. The Irish import had to overcome a spot of traffic trouble in the eventful race, which witnessed 2-1 second choice Achiever's Legacy being eased on the backstretch and 4-1 third choice Heart of Paradise pulling up in the homestretch.

Like Clenor, She's Complete is a daughter of Oratorio who began her career with trainer Tommy Stack in Ireland. Neither broke their maiden in their homeland, but they ran well in defeat. Both were subsequently purchased by Great Friends Stable (and various partners) and shipped to the barn of Doug O'Neill. While Clenor was a smashing maiden winner in her U.S. premiere on the Del Mar turf, She's Complete had to settle for a fast-closing second on Del Mar's Polytrack August 13.

The return to turf was sure to suit, and she shed her maiden status in this stakes debut -- with the red-hot Rafael Bejarano aboard to round out the reunion of Team Clenor.

Sea Mona hustled to the early lead, prompted by C'Mon Sister through splits of :23 and :46 2/5. Achiever's Legacy was parked outside in a chasing third, but Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's new recruit continued to veer out ever more as the field advanced down the backside. Hall of Fame rider Kent Desormeaux then eased her out of the race, and it was later reported that her saddle slipped.

Hollendorfer's other runner, Heart of Paradise, appeared to be well placed on the rail in the slipstream of pacesetter Sea Mona. But after Sea Mona began to slip away from her stalkers through six furlongs in 1:10 4/5, and swung for home, Heart of Paradise appeared to take a bad step. Jockey Joe Talamo immediately wrapped up on her and got her pulled up completely by midstretch.

Meanwhile, She's Complete had been following Heart of Paradise, and Bejarano had to act quickly to shift around her at the top of the stretch. Once finally finding running room, She's Complete took aim on Sea Mona, who was 2 1/2 lengths clear at the eighth-pole. But the winner had the requisite turn of foot to run the pacesetter down by a half-length in a final time of 1:35 4/5 for the firm-turf mile.

Madam Aamoura also made good late headway for third, 1 3/4 lengths adrift. Awesome Diamond, Miss Mandate and C'Mon Sister completed the order under the wire. Heart of Paradise was able to walk off the course. Two other new imports were scratched -- Bobbi Grace and Quint -- along with Diva Express.

She's Complete, who paid $5.20 to win, now sports a mark of 4-1-2-0, $78,955. Bred by Paul Nataf in the Emerald Isle, she RNA'd for $10,244 as a weanling at Goffs November and later went to Fozzy Stack for $36,404 as a Tattersalls Ireland yearling. Fourth to Jeanne Girl in a productive Curragh maiden on May 24, the bay was second to Back to Base as the 1-2 favorite June 7 at Limerick. She was then acquired by Great Friends Stable, Steven Keh (who was also involved in Clenor), Gary Vaccaro and Bada Bing Stable.

She's Complete is a half-sister to French stakes scorer Loutka. They were produced by the Bluebird mare Arionella, herself a half-sister to multiple German stakes winner Adronikus. With her third dam being the influential matron Anatevka, She's Complete hails from the superb family of classic-winning sire King's Best and 1993 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Urban Sea, the blue-hen dam of living legends Galileo and Sea the Stars.

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A 'Complete' sense of deja vu in Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf

Irish import She's Complete broke her maiden for the same connections that sent out Clenor last year (Benoit Photos)
She's Complete had a profile eerily reminiscent of Clenor, last year's winner of the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf, and the 8-5 favorite strengthened the parallel with a rallying decision in Monday's $100,750 renewal at Del Mar. The Irish import had to overcome a spot of traffic trouble in the eventful race, which witnessed 2-1 second choice Achiever's Legacy being eased on the backstretch and 4-1 third choice Heart of Paradise pulling up in the homestretch.

Like Clenor, She's Complete is a daughter of Oratorio who began her career with trainer Tommy Stack in Ireland. Neither broke their maiden in their homeland, but they ran well in defeat. Both were subsequently purchased by Great Friends Stable (and various partners) and shipped to the barn of Doug O'Neill. While Clenor was a smashing maiden winner in her U.S. premiere on the Del Mar turf, She's Complete had to settle for a fast-closing second on Del Mar's Polytrack August 13.

The return to turf was sure to suit, and she shed her maiden status in this stakes debut -- with the red-hot Rafael Bejarano aboard to round out the reunion of Team Clenor.

Sea Mona hustled to the early lead, prompted by C'Mon Sister through splits of :23 and :46 2/5. Achiever's Legacy was parked outside in a chasing third, but Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's new recruit continued to veer out ever more as the field advanced down the backside. Hall of Fame rider Kent Desormeaux then eased her out of the race, and it was later reported that her saddle slipped.

Hollendorfer's other runner, Heart of Paradise, appeared to be well placed on the rail in the slipstream of pacesetter Sea Mona. But after Sea Mona began to slip away from her stalkers through six furlongs in 1:10 4/5, and swung for home, Heart of Paradise appeared to take a bad step. Jockey Joe Talamo immediately wrapped up on her and got her pulled up completely by midstretch.

Meanwhile, She's Complete had been following Heart of Paradise, and Bejarano had to act quickly to shift around her at the top of the stretch. Once finally finding running room, She's Complete took aim on Sea Mona, who was 2 1/2 lengths clear at the eighth-pole. But the winner had the requisite turn of foot to run the pacesetter down by a half-length in a final time of 1:35 4/5 for the firm-turf mile.

Madam Aamoura also made good late headway for third, 1 3/4 lengths adrift. Awesome Diamond, Miss Mandate and C'Mon Sister completed the order under the wire. Heart of Paradise was able to walk off the course. Two other new imports were scratched -- Bobbi Grace and Quint -- along with Diva Express.

She's Complete, who paid $5.20 to win, now sports a mark of 4-1-2-0, $78,955. Bred by Paul Nataf in the Emerald Isle, she RNA'd for $10,244 as a weanling at Goffs November and later went to Fozzy Stack for $36,404 as a Tattersalls Ireland yearling. Fourth to Jeanne Girl in a productive Curragh maiden on May 24, the bay was second to Back to Base as the 1-2 favorite June 7 at Limerick. She was then acquired by Great Friends Stable, Steven Keh (who was also involved in Clenor), Gary Vaccaro and Bada Bing Stable.

She's Complete is a half-sister to French stakes scorer Loutka. They were produced by the Bluebird mare Arionella, herself a half-sister to multiple German stakes winner Adronikus. With her third dam being the influential matron Anatevka, She's Complete hails from the superb family of classic-winning sire King's Best and 1993 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Urban Sea, the blue-hen dam of living legends Galileo and Sea the Stars.

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Pletcher and Castellano claim Saratoga titles

Todd Pletcher and Javier Castellano repeated as the leading trainer and jockey, respectively, at Saratoga, with Michael Dubb emerging as the top owner for 2014.

Pletcher, 47, won 28 races, turning back a late challenge from Chad Brown, who had 23 victories. Hall of Famer Bill Mott was third with 13 wins.

It was the fifth straight H. Allen Jerkens training title for Pletcher, who has been the Spa's leading trainer a total of 11 times. This year, Pletcher swept the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama with Stopchargingmaria and also posted graded stakes wins with Competitive Edge in the closing-day Hopeful and Fashion Alert in the Schuylerville.

"I thought we had a really good start to the meet. I thought we had some really big disappointments at the meet; way too many seconds," Pletcher said. "At the same time you cannot not be grateful anytime you come to Saratoga and win 26, 27 races, win the Hopeful, Coaching Club, Alabama and Schuylerville. No matter how good you do, it could always be better, no matter how bad you're doing it could always be worse."

Castellano edged Irad Ortiz Jr., 58-53 to claim his second consecutive Angel Cordero Jr. riding crown. Hall of Famer John Velazquez was third with 38 wins.

On August 23, Castellano piloted V. E. Day to a nose victory in the Travers, becoming only the fifth rider in history to win the Travers four times. He also won the King's Bishop with The Big Beast on the Travers undercard, the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama aboard Stopchargingmaria for Pletcher, and the Saratoga Special with I Spent It.

"It worked out great. I'm very blessed," Castellano said. "I'm thankful to win a lot of races here in Saratoga where I compete against the best jockeys in the country. It's a big accomplishment. I had a lot help. All the trainers gave me the support, all the owners. Now I'm going to be driving to Long Island tonight with a happy face."

Dubb and his various partnerships won 14 races, including the Spinaway on August 31 with Condo Commander. It was the first Saratoga title for Dubb. Repole Stable was second with 12 wins and Ken and Sarah Ramsey and Chester and Mary Broman tied for third with 11.

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Pletcher and Castellano claim Saratoga titles

Todd Pletcher and Javier Castellano repeated as the leading trainer and jockey, respectively, at Saratoga, with Michael Dubb emerging as the top owner for 2014.

Pletcher, 47, won 28 races, turning back a late challenge from Chad Brown, who had 23 victories. Hall of Famer Bill Mott was third with 13 wins.

It was the fifth straight H. Allen Jerkens training title for Pletcher, who has been the Spa's leading trainer a total of 11 times. This year, Pletcher swept the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama with Stopchargingmaria and also posted graded stakes wins with Competitive Edge in the closing-day Hopeful and Fashion Alert in the Schuylerville.

"I thought we had a really good start to the meet. I thought we had some really big disappointments at the meet; way too many seconds," Pletcher said. "At the same time you cannot not be grateful anytime you come to Saratoga and win 26, 27 races, win the Hopeful, Coaching Club, Alabama and Schuylerville. No matter how good you do, it could always be better, no matter how bad you're doing it could always be worse."

Castellano edged Irad Ortiz Jr., 58-53 to claim his second consecutive Angel Cordero Jr. riding crown. Hall of Famer John Velazquez was third with 38 wins.

On August 23, Castellano piloted V. E. Day to a nose victory in the Travers, becoming only the fifth rider in history to win the Travers four times. He also won the King's Bishop with The Big Beast on the Travers undercard, the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama aboard Stopchargingmaria for Pletcher, and the Saratoga Special with I Spent It.

"It worked out great. I'm very blessed," Castellano said. "I'm thankful to win a lot of races here in Saratoga where I compete against the best jockeys in the country. It's a big accomplishment. I had a lot help. All the trainers gave me the support, all the owners. Now I'm going to be driving to Long Island tonight with a happy face."

Dubb and his various partnerships won 14 races, including the Spinaway on August 31 with Condo Commander. It was the first Saratoga title for Dubb. Repole Stable was second with 12 wins and Ken and Sarah Ramsey and Chester and Mary Broman tied for third with 11.

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Carpe Diem repels challenges to win going away on debut

Three races after his highly regarded stablemate Competitive Edge ran away with the Hopeful, Carpe Diem emerged as yet another Todd Pletcher juvenile to follow with a gutsy, and ultimately convincing, debut in Saratoga's 7TH race on Monday.

The joint sales topper at OBS March when selling for $1.6 million, Carpe Diem is a Giant's Causeway half-brother to 2010 Breeders' Futurity winner J.B.'s Thunder and to multiple English stakes scorer and Group 3-placed Doncaster Rover. The powerfully made chestnut was bet down to 3-5 favoritism here with Hall of Famer John Velazquez in the saddle, and justified that status after surviving a potentially bruising pace war.

Carpe Diem was drawn on the rail, and thereby unaffected by a rough start that compromised several others. He flashed speed from the gate, but felt sustained pressure from Louisiana Brown. After testing fractions of :21 4/5 and :44 4/5 on the fast track, Louisiana Brown was the first to crack. Carpe Diem, however, also looked softened up at the head of the lane.

By that point, Ready for Rye -- one who had been hampered at the break -- rolled up on the outside to challenge. In the process, he came over into the path of the tiring Louisiana Brown.

Although Ready for Rye appeared to head Carpe Diem, the favorite was far from done. The strength, stamina, and fighting spirit of Giant's Causeway rose up within his son, and Carpe Diem found extra to respond after five furlongs in :57 2/5. He not only rebuffed his newest rival, but put him away decisively, opened up by 2 1/2 lengths, and sped 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03 4/5.

Ready for Rye crossed the wire 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Louisiana Brown, but the rider of that third-place finisher, Luis Saez, claimed foul against Javier Castellano aboard Ready for Rye. The stewards also posted the inquiry sign. Following review of the alleged interference, the order of finish was allowed to stand.

Carpe Diem, who paid $3.40 to win, banked $49,800 for himself. Bred in Kentucky by Coffee Pot Stable, the promising colt is out of the Grade 2-placed stakes heroine Rebridled Dreams, an Unbridled's Song mare. Carpe Diem was first sold for $550,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. He turned out to be a successful pinhook for Northwest Stud, which offered him at OBS in March. Stonestreet Stables signed the $1.6 million ticket, and now campaigns him in partnership with WinStar Farm.

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Carpe Diem repels challenges to win going away on debut

Three races after his highly regarded stablemate Competitive Edge ran away with the Hopeful, Carpe Diem emerged as yet another Todd Pletcher juvenile to follow with a gutsy, and ultimately convincing, debut in Saratoga's 7TH race on Monday.

The joint sales topper at OBS March when selling for $1.6 million, Carpe Diem is a Giant's Causeway half-brother to 2010 Breeders' Futurity winner J.B.'s Thunder and to multiple English stakes scorer and Group 3-placed Doncaster Rover. The powerfully made chestnut was bet down to 3-5 favoritism here with Hall of Famer John Velazquez in the saddle, and justified that status after surviving a potentially bruising pace war.

Carpe Diem was drawn on the rail, and thereby unaffected by a rough start that compromised several others. He flashed speed from the gate, but felt sustained pressure from Louisiana Brown. After testing fractions of :21 4/5 and :44 4/5 on the fast track, Louisiana Brown was the first to crack. Carpe Diem, however, also looked softened up at the head of the lane.

By that point, Ready for Rye -- one who had been hampered at the break -- rolled up on the outside to challenge. In the process, he came over into the path of the tiring Louisiana Brown.

Although Ready for Rye appeared to head Carpe Diem, the favorite was far from done. The strength, stamina, and fighting spirit of Giant's Causeway rose up within his son, and Carpe Diem found extra to respond after five furlongs in :57 2/5. He not only rebuffed his newest rival, but put him away decisively, opened up by 2 1/2 lengths, and sped 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03 4/5.

Ready for Rye crossed the wire 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Louisiana Brown, but the rider of that third-place finisher, Luis Saez, claimed foul against Javier Castellano aboard Ready for Rye. The stewards also posted the inquiry sign. Following review of the alleged interference, the order of finish was allowed to stand.

Carpe Diem, who paid $3.40 to win, banked $49,800 for himself. Bred in Kentucky by Coffee Pot Stable, the promising colt is out of the Grade 2-placed stakes heroine Rebridled Dreams, an Unbridled's Song mare. Carpe Diem was first sold for $550,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. He turned out to be a successful pinhook for Northwest Stud, which offered him at OBS in March. Stonestreet Stables signed the $1.6 million ticket, and now campaigns him in partnership with WinStar Farm.

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Hattaash's team happy with Washington Park near-miss

Lost in the celebration of Avanzare's exciting victory in Saturday's Washington Park Handicap and the buzz of Chris Emigh's 3,500th victory was the awesome runner-up performance of local charge Hattaash. The seven-year-old ran the race of his life to lose by a head at the wire after closing from the tail end of the field.

The performance by the son of Strong Hope was the second time he had given his best effort in the Washington Park. In 2013, the bay gelding was a strong third, beaten only a half-length by Grade 2-winning millionaire Willcox Inn. That knockout performance -- despite an impressive allowance win next out -- was not truly substantiated until Saturday, but the performance was very satisfying for his connections.

"I knew he could do it," trainer Cheryl Winebaugh said. "He's a good racehorse -- he just wants to run when he wants to run and when he decides to."

Apparently the winner of 10 of 48 starts decided to do so on Saturday and was rewarded with the $29,700 place purse. The effort made it 35 top-three finishes for the charge in 48 starts, but also followed five consecutive disappointing performances.

"He has been inconsistent recently," Winebaugh explained. "We were not aiming for (the Washington Park), but it came up the way it did and we thought 'Why not?' We were not sure if he still wanted to run and be a racehorse, but I'm glad he came to run (on Saturday). I knew he like the distance and the track -- like in last year's race -- and on the middle of the turn I could tell he was ready to run and wasn't backing out."

Just outside the quarter-pole, jockey Sheldon Russell -- on the gelding for the first time -- asked Hattaash to accelerate and maneuver between horses, and the overlooked Kenneth Fishbein-owned racehorse did so with style, tipping out at the top of the stretch and setting the stage for a stretch-long battle with Avanzare.

"He ran awesome," Russell said immediately following the race. "I got the chance to work him last week and (the connections) were stressing to me that he was sitting on a big race; he just hadn't been running as well. I worked him and he was very cool and professional.

"They told me to stay six lengths behind and make a run, and he got a great trip. I honestly thought when I tipped him out that he would run right by Chris (Emigh on Avanzare). I don't know if Chris' horse dug back in or my horse anticipated a little bit and just thought he was home."

The effort, though disappointing to not win, was a point of pride for the connections.

"We know we still have a racehorse, now," Winebaugh said with satisfaction. "If he came to run, I knew he could do it. He came back a little tired and ate up everything (Sunday morning)."

For an immediate follow-up race, the connections are still unsure as to which path they shall take, but one thing is for certain.

"He'll tell us what he wants to do," Winebaugh continued. "We aren't aiming for a race in particular, immediately, but if he wants to keep being a racehorse we'll keep running him. He's a good horse. We were third last year, second this year -- maybe we'll win it next year!"

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Hattaash's team happy with Washington Park near-miss

Lost in the celebration of Avanzare's exciting victory in Saturday's Washington Park Handicap and the buzz of Chris Emigh's 3,500th victory was the awesome runner-up performance of local charge Hattaash. The seven-year-old ran the race of his life to lose by a head at the wire after closing from the tail end of the field.

The performance by the son of Strong Hope was the second time he had given his best effort in the Washington Park. In 2013, the bay gelding was a strong third, beaten only a half-length by Grade 2-winning millionaire Willcox Inn. That knockout performance -- despite an impressive allowance win next out -- was not truly substantiated until Saturday, but the performance was very satisfying for his connections.

"I knew he could do it," trainer Cheryl Winebaugh said. "He's a good racehorse -- he just wants to run when he wants to run and when he decides to."

Apparently the winner of 10 of 48 starts decided to do so on Saturday and was rewarded with the $29,700 place purse. The effort made it 35 top-three finishes for the charge in 48 starts, but also followed five consecutive disappointing performances.

"He has been inconsistent recently," Winebaugh explained. "We were not aiming for (the Washington Park), but it came up the way it did and we thought 'Why not?' We were not sure if he still wanted to run and be a racehorse, but I'm glad he came to run (on Saturday). I knew he like the distance and the track -- like in last year's race -- and on the middle of the turn I could tell he was ready to run and wasn't backing out."

Just outside the quarter-pole, jockey Sheldon Russell -- on the gelding for the first time -- asked Hattaash to accelerate and maneuver between horses, and the overlooked Kenneth Fishbein-owned racehorse did so with style, tipping out at the top of the stretch and setting the stage for a stretch-long battle with Avanzare.

"He ran awesome," Russell said immediately following the race. "I got the chance to work him last week and (the connections) were stressing to me that he was sitting on a big race; he just hadn't been running as well. I worked him and he was very cool and professional.

"They told me to stay six lengths behind and make a run, and he got a great trip. I honestly thought when I tipped him out that he would run right by Chris (Emigh on Avanzare). I don't know if Chris' horse dug back in or my horse anticipated a little bit and just thought he was home."

The effort, though disappointing to not win, was a point of pride for the connections.

"We know we still have a racehorse, now," Winebaugh said with satisfaction. "If he came to run, I knew he could do it. He came back a little tired and ate up everything (Sunday morning)."

For an immediate follow-up race, the connections are still unsure as to which path they shall take, but one thing is for certain.

"He'll tell us what he wants to do," Winebaugh continued. "We aren't aiming for a race in particular, immediately, but if he wants to keep being a racehorse we'll keep running him. He's a good horse. We were third last year, second this year -- maybe we'll win it next year!"

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

SPINAWAY S. (G1), SAR, $350,000, 2YO, F, 7F, 8-31.
1—CONDO COMMANDO, f, 2, Tiz Wonderful--Yearly Report, by General Meeting. ($72,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Dubb, Michael, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group, B-Spendthrift Farm, LLC (KY), T-Rudy R. Rodriguez, J-Joe Bravo, $210,000.
4—By the Moon, f, 2, Indian Charlie--By the Light, by Malibu Moon. O-Jay Em Ess Stable, B-Samantha Siegel (KY), $70,000.
2—Angela Renee, f, 2, Bernardini--Pilfer, by Deputy Minister. O-Siena Farm LLC, B-Siena Farms LLC (KY), $35,000.
Also Ran: Darling Sky, Winter Dawn, Lady Zuzu, Ryabinka, Bonnie K.
Winning Time: 1:24 3/5 (sy)
Margins: 13 1/4, 6, 6 1/4.
Odds: 3.35, 5.50, 1.65.

Condo Commando 'splashtastic' in Spinaway

Condo Command flew home over the sloppy Saratoga main track to take the Spinaway (NYRA/Chelsea Durand/Adam Coglianese Photography)

NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin wrapped up a long career on Sunday at Saratoga, and even though the skies had opened up to provide a wet and dreary day, that didn't stop Durkin from giving one last memorable call in the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway.

In fact, the conditions conspired to offer up a plethora of adjectives for Durkin to describe Condo Commando's wire job in the seven-furlong contest.

The Tiz Wonderful filly scooted through on the rail entering the backstretch to take command through splits of :22 2/5 and :45 4/5. Entering the final turn, jockey Joe Bravo shook the reins at Condo Commando and she merely opened up, "splish splashing down the stretch here at the Spa," according to Durkin en route to a 13 1/4-length victory.

Condo Commando stopped the clock in 1:24 3/5 over the sloppy, sealed track but not before Durkin closed out his tenure with one last "Splashtastic" shout out to the Spinaway winner.

"My biggest concern was trying to get out of the gate, and she overcame that and look what she did," Bravo said. "Our main concern was to try to get in front. We don't want a lot of dirt to hit her in the face. She overpowered everybody. Really, the race was won the first eighth of a mile. She won first time out pretty impressively, but you didn't know how good she is. I think today she answered a lot of questions."

Campaigned by Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stable and the Elkstone Group, the Rudy Rodriguez-trained filly paid $8.70 as the 3-1 second choice in the eight-filly field. By the Moon took second while 8-5 favorite Angela Renee filled out the top three. Darling Sky came next in the strung out field and was followed under the wire by Winter Dawn and Lady Zuzu. Ryabinka and Bonnie K were both eased while Curalina was withdrawn.

Tom Durkin is greeted by Marylou Whitney during his poignant retirement ceremony following the Spinaway (Horsephotos.com)
"(Jockey John Velazquez) seemed to think she struggled with the surface. She couldn't really get a hold of it, but she tried hard in spite of that," trainer Todd Pletcher said of Angela Renee.

Condo Commando is now two-for-two after taking her maiden debut by 12 lengths on August 3 at the Spa while going 5 1/2 furlongs. Bred by Spendthrift Farm LLC in Kentucky, the dark bay miss has more than earned back her Keeneland September purchase price of $72,000 having now banked $243,600.

"When I saw the slop, I thought we were in trouble from the No. 1 hole, and she didn't break good," Rodriguez admitted. "She did it easy, though. She wasn't 100 percent fit for her debut, but she was much better today. I just hope she comes back good. She's a nice filly."

Condo Commando is out of the multiple Grade 2-winning General Meeting mare Yearly Report, making her her a half-sister to Grade 2-placed Checklist. This prolific alls-star female family also boasts Breeders' Cup Mile hero Brief Truce; Canadian champions Dance Act and Mercedes Won; and English and Irish champion Awaasif, just to name a few.

DEL MAR DERBY (G2), DMR, $300,750, 3YO, 1 1/8MT, 8-31.
3—MIDNIGHT STORM, c, 3, Pioneerof the Nile--My Tina, by Bertrando. O-Dye and Venneri Racing, Inc, B-Alex Venneri & Marjorie Post Dye (KY), T-Philip D'Amato, J-Tyler Baze, $180,000.
2—Sawyer's Hill, c, 3, Spring At Last--Modification, by Vindication. ($100,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Red Castle Farms, B-Betz/Lamantia/CoCo Equine/Magers/Burns (KY), $60,000.
4—Talco (FR), c, 3, Pivotal (GB)--Trylko, by Diesis (GB). (145,000EUR '12 ARQAUG). O-Hronis Racing LLC, B-Sarl Darpat France (FR), $36,000.
Also Ran: Sammy Mandeville, Home Run Kitten, Enterprising, Aventador (FR), Flamboyant (FR).
Winning Time: 1:47 2/5 (fm)
Margins: 3 1/4, HD, 1 1/4.
Odds: 17.30, 12.20, 8.70.

Front-running Midnight Storm blows Del Mar Derby rivals away at 17-1

Midnight Storm is now two-for-two since switching to turf for new trainer Phil D'Amato (Benoit Photos)
Unheralded as the 17-1 second longest shot on the board, Dye and Venneri Racing's homebred Midnight Storm quickly made an impression with a 3 1/4-length wire job in his stakes debut in Sunday's Grade 2, $300,750 Del Mar Derby. The expected clash between 8-5 favorite Enterprising and 2-1 second choice never materialized, as neither landed a blow from off the pace.

Midnight Storm was crowning a Sunday graded stakes double at Del Mar for his sire, Pioneerof the Nile, who was earlier represented by Jojo Warrior in the Torrey Pines. Jojo Warrior likewise led throughout in her Grade 3 victory on the Polytrack. While she was the established class of her field, and accordingly dispatched as the even-money favorite, Midnight Storm had something to prove off a hard-fought score in an entry-level allowance here on August 10. That marked his first start since joining Phil D'Amato, and his first on turf, and he made it two in a row to upset the meet's signature race for sophomores.

Sent straight to the front by new rider Tyler Baze's design, Midnight Storm easily dictated splits of :24 1/5 and :48 3/5 on the firm turf. His nearest pursuer, Sawyer's Hill, wasn't close enough to apply pressure, and the pacesetter was enjoying an uncontested lead. The top two began to separate themselves from the rest of the field through six furlongs in 1:12 2/5. Flamboyant, who had been in midpack early, soon dropped back. Enterprising, the winner of the Oceanside and La Jolla, was confidently handled in last. As he was asked to pick it up on the far turn, his chances of sweeping Del Mar's three-year-old turf series were decreasing.

Midnight Storm was not only still motoring -- he was actually pulling away from his erstwhile shadow Sawyer's Hill. When Midnight Storm threw in a :23 fourth quarter to reach the mile in 1:35 2/5, Sawyer's Hill could not keep up. The front runner went on to finish 1 1/8 miles in 1:47 2/5 and sparked a $36.60 win payout to his backers.

"We weren't going that slow up there; we were just comfortable," Baze said. "I knew this horse was ready. I worked him the other day five eighths (in 1:00 2/5 on August 24) and then had a strong mile gallop-out. Phil trains them just like Mike (former trainer Mike Mitchell, who was D'Amato's mentor) used to. Sure was nice to go uncontested out there. No pressure helps. This is the first time I've won this race. Del Mar has been good to me." 

"I was very confident because I've never had a horse train for a race like this before," D'Amato said. "The last race didn't take anything out of him. Tyler (Baze) breezed him and he galloped out a mile in 1:39 and change and only really good horses do that on this racetrack. He gave me every indication he was going to give his best."

Sawyer's Hill barely salvaged second by a head from the flying French import Talco. Sammy Mandeville, Home Run Kitten, Enterprising, Aventador and Flamboyant rounded out the order under the wire.

Jockey Corey Nakatani was delighted with Talco's third in his U.S. debut.

"Dynamite race for him," Nakatani enthused. "To close into those slow fractions -- a terrific effort. John (trainer John Sadler) said he knew this horse was full of class and that he thought this distance was going to be too short for him. But he said let's give him a try and see what we've got. I think they can see they've got a really nice horse here." 

Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith commented that the pace scenario was all against Enterprising.

"Absolutely no pace. Nothing to run at," Smith said. "You have to make a decision with this horse right out of the gate. If you ask him to go, he'll go. But I was concerned about the extra distance and I thought there'd be more pace. Just didn't happen."  

Midnight Storm, a May 9 foal, was unraced as a juvenile. The dark bay began his career on Santa Anita's dirt this spring. Under the tutelage of Jorge Gutierrez, he placed second in a pair of sprints, and tired to fourth at a mile, before breaking through in a seven-furlong maiden on June 14. Midnight Storm made an inauspicious first appearance at Del Mar in a 6 1/2-furlong entry-level allowance on Polytrack July 23, where he weakened to eighth. He was subsequently transferred to D'Amato, who put him on turf, and the response was immediate. Now two-for-two on turf and for his new barn, he sports an overall mark of 7-3-2-0, $285,810.

Bred in Kentucky by his owners, Alex Venneri and Marjorie Post Dye, Midnight Storm RNA'd for $38,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. He is out of the Bertrando mare My Tina, herself a half-sister to Grade 3-placed stakes victress Ask Shananie and stakes scorer Valid Direction. This is also the family of multiple Japanese stakes winner Wish Dream, who placed in the 1993 Tenno Sho Autumn.

TORREY PINES S. (G3), DMR, $100,250, 3YO, F, 1M, 8-31.
4—JOJO WARRIOR, f, 3, Pioneerof the Nile--Carson Jen, by Carson City. O-Zayat Stables, LLC, B-Zayat Stables, LLC (KY), T-Bob Baffert, J-Martin Garcia, $60,000.
2—Tiz Kissable, f, 3, Tiz Wonderful--True Kiss, by Is It True. ($55,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Jethorse LLC, B-Pat Murphy (KY), $20,000.
5—Thegirlinthatsong, f, 3, My Golden Song--Belle of the Band, by Dixieland Band. O-Russo, Tim, Russo, Tony, Ghatto Racing and Hollendorfer, Jerry, B-Clarence Scharbauer Jr (TX), $12,000.
Also Ran: More Complexity, Fashion Plate, Margot Machance (GB).
Winning Time: 1:37 (ft)
Margins: 3/4, HF, 1HF.
Odds: 1.00, 9.90, 9.70.

Jojo Warrior takes command from the start in Torrey Pines

Jojo Warrior is now fulfilling her early promise (Benoit Photos)
Zayat Stables' Jojo Warrior scored her second graded stakes in a row just as she did in her previous start, by taking the field gate-to-wire in Sunday's Grade 3, $100,250 Torrey Pines at Del Mar.

Jojo Warrior bobbled slightly at the start, but was still able to take charge of the race from the beginning. The three-year-old filly put up fractions of :23 1/5, :46 3/5 and 1:11 1/5 as she held on to her lead in the end for a three-quarters of a length victory.

Jojo Warrior stopped the teletimer in 1:37 going one mile on the Polytrack with Martin Garcia aboard.

"She's just improving and improving," Garcia said. "The last time she ran (in the Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita) she just came out of there so fast we just went on with it. This time I thought there was more speed in the race, but I wasn't going to fight her. I just let her go and she did it from there. She's a good filly and she showed it again today." 

Tiz Kissable closed from last to be second by a half-length over third-place finisher Thegirlinthatsong.

"She's a hard-trying filly," jockey Tyler Baze said of the runner-up. "There just isn't enough ground for her. All the races around here are a mile. She needs a mile and an eighth." 

More Complexity, Fashion Plate and Margot Machance rounded out the order of finish. Delta Flower was scratched from the race.

Jojo Warrior, who paid $4 for Sunday's win as the even-money favorite, took her maiden debut for trainer Bob Baffert by 3 1/4 lengths at Del Mar last September in her only start as a juvenile. She returned on April 12 to be second in Oaklawn Park's Instant Racing but could only manage fifth next out at Churchill Downs in the Eight Belles in her first graded attempt.

The Kentucky-bred miss shipped to her fourth track in as many starts for the Miss Preakness at Pimlico on May 16, and rallied to be third on that occasion while never threatening the top two. Jojo Warrior was exiting her first stakes score in the Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on June 21, by going gate-to-wire. The bay has now won back-to-back stakes and sports a 6-3-1-1 mark to go along with $260,781 in lifetime earnings.

The daughter of Pioneerof the Nile is out of the multiple stakes-placed Carson City mare Carson Jen, and is following in the hoofsteps of her older half-siblings -- Grade 1 heroine A Z Warrior, Grade 3 victor E Z Warrior and Grade 3-placed multiple stakes queen J Z Warrior. This female family is also responsible for multiple German highweight mare Royal Fantasy as well as Grade 1 winners Bring Out the Band, Forever Silver and Able Money.

"She was just screaming out for two turns," Baffert said. "The dam has been getting mostly sprinters, but I think the Pioneerof the Nile (genetic influence) really moves her up for distance. I knew she was very fit and we've been waiting for this race."

GLENS FALLS S. (G3), SAR, $150,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 3/8MT, 8-31.
6—IRISH MISSION, m, 5, Giant's Causeway--Misty Mission, by Miswaki. ($375,000 '10 FTSAUG). O-Robert S Evans, B-Sam-Son Farm (ON), T-Christophe Clement, J-John R. Velazquez, $90,000.
2—Viva Rafaela (BRZ), m, 5, Know Heights (IRE)--Linda Rafaela (BRZ), by Bin Ajwaad (IRE). O-Stud TNT, B-Stud T N T (BRZ), $30,000.
10—Caroline Thomas, f, 4, Giant's Causeway--Bit of Whimsy, by Distorted Humor. O-Joyce B Young, B-Bonner Young (KY), $15,000.
Also Ran: Watsdachances (IRE), Aigue Marine (GB), Cat's Claw, Emotional Kitten, Pleasant Cat.
Winning Time: 2:15 (fm)
Margins: HF, NK, 1 1/4.
Odds: 3.25, 4.30, 7.10.

Irish accomplishes Glens Falls mission

Irish Mission is back to the form that propelled her to two Sovereign Awards in her 2012 campaign (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Former Canadian champion Irish Mission has been gradually recapturing her old sparkle since switching to Christophe Clement this season, and the Robert S. Evans colorbearer underscored her renaissance in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Glens Falls at Saratoga. With Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez masterminding a textbook stalk-and-pounce trip, she collared pacesetter Viva Rafaela in the final strides, earning her first stakes victory in more than two years.

"I think she can do even better than that," Clement said. "I'm delighted because the filly deserves to win. Mr. Evans, as you know, has been a big supporter of the stable with (Belmont Stakes winner) Tonalist and I'm delighted for him."

Irish Mission was one of a trio entered by Clement, along with 5-2 morning-line favorite Aigue Marine and the main-track-only Lady Cohiba. The latter, who won last year's off-the-turf edition, didn't get the chance to defend her title when the Glens Falls remained on the inner turf. Although Irish Mission was listed at 6-1 in the program, the classy chestnut was bet down to 3-1 favoritism, and the market got it right.

As usual, Viva Rafaela set up shop on the front end and carved out leisurely fractions of :24 4/5, :49 3/5 and 1:15 2/5 on the firm course. Pleasant Cat, the longest shot on the board at 36-1, was perched in a non-threatening second, while Irish Mission was perfectly spotted in a hedge-skimming third, and Watsdachances was wider out in fourth.

Viva Rafaela began to inject more pace through a mile in 1:39 4/5 and tried to put the race away entering the homestretch. Still two lengths in front at the eighth-pole, the longtime leader reached the 1 1/4-mile split in 2:03 2/5.

But Velazquez peeled Irish Mission off the fence and came around to accost Viva Rafaela. Rallying with gusto once seeing daylight, Irish Mission overhauled Viva Rafaela by a half-length and completed 1 3/8 miles in 2:15. The winner rewarded her backers with an $8.50 win mutuel.

"She broke good. I put her right behind the speed and came out at the eighth-pole," Velazquez recapped. "When I needed her, she responded. She made me look good. It worked out good today. I had her covered up when I needed to and got out when I needed to."

"She was so comfortable with Johnny that the fractions were irrelevant," Clement noted.

Caroline Thomas, who had been last of the octet for much of the way, also finished with a flourish to grab third, just a neck behind Viva Rafaela. Watsdachances ran evenly in fourth, followed by Aigue Marine, Cat's Claw, Emotional Kitten and Pleasant Cat. Baffle Me was scratched.

Irish Mission has now bankrolled $1,183,443 from her 25-5-6-2 line. Initially trained by Mark Frostad, the daughter of Giant's Causeway took seven tries to break her maiden, but then made rapid progress. After capturing a maiden on the Keeneland turf in April 2012, she came right back to land the Woodbine Oaks. Irish Mission competed against males in all three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, closing for second in the Queen's Plate, fading to sixth in the Prince of Wales in her only dirt attempt, and scoring a classic win in the Breeders' Stakes back on turf.

Although she ended her sophomore year with a fifth versus older males in the Northern Dancer Turf, Irish Mission had done enough to merit two Sovereign Awards as Canada's champion three-year-old filly and turf female.

Irish Mission couldn't scale the same heights as a four-year-old. Her 2013 campaign included placings in the Orchid and the Nassau, but her only win came in a Woodbine allowance. Beaten a scant length in fourth in when taking another crack at the Northern Dancer, Irish Mission failed to build on that effort next time in the E.P. Taylor, where she checked in seventh.

Evans kept Irish Mission in training and transferred her to Clement. Last of seven over an inadequate 1 1/16 miles in the May 3 Beaugay in her reappearance, the five-year-old was a staying-on third in the May 24 Sheepshead Bay at 1 3/8 miles. Irish Mission stepped up to two miles for the inaugural Belmont Gold Cup versus males on June 6, finishing a gallant second. Back down in trip for the 1 1/8-mile Matchmaker on Haskell Day at Monmouth, she was a strong runner-up again, and regained the winning thread at a more suitable distance here.

"She's the most beautiful mare to look at," Clement enthused. "She's obviously going to be a great broodmare prospect in the future.

"We have three major races in the fall for fillies and mares, and we'll aim at one of them."

Clement was alluding to the Grade 1 trio of the Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park and the Rodeo Drive at Santa Anita, both on September 27, as well as the E.P. Taylor at her old stomping grounds at Woodbine October 19.

Bred by Sam-Son Farm in Ontario, Irish Mission sold for $375,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling. She is a half-sister to multiple Grade 3 scorer French Beret. They were produced by the Miswaki mare Misty Mission, heroine of the 2000 Wonder Where, who is in turn a half-sister to Canadian champion Comet Shine.

Irish Mission's second dam, Hangin on a Star, earned her signature win in the 1987 Breeders' Stakes. Hangin on a Star is a half-sister to two-time Canadian champion Rainbow Connection, the dam of three-time Sovereign Award winner Rainbows for Life and ancestress of Eclipse champion Tempera.

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Skyway aims to follow up in Del Mar Futurity; 'Renee' gives zip to undercard

Skyway (left) and Henry's Holiday were the respective top two in the Best Pal (Benoit Photos)
Del Mar's summer season comes to an end with a bang on Wednesday, with a four-stakes card anchored by the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity. The seven-furlong test for juveniles determines the pro tempore leader of the division on the West Coast, a position that Best Pal winner Skyway hopes to shore up at the seaside track.

Originally based with trainer Mark Casse's string in Kentucky, Skyway romped in his debut over Keeneland's Polytrack before finishing a well-beaten third in the Bashford Manor on the Churchill Downs dirt. The son of Sky Mesa handed Del Mar newcomer Casse a memorable first career win here in the August 3 Best Pal, where he reveled in the chance to return to a Polytrack surface. Skyway has trained forwardly in the interim and gets a rider switch from Stewart Elliott, who had ridden him in all three previous starts, to Corey Nakatani. The 122-pound highweight is drawn on the outside in post 9.

Best Pal runner-up Henry's Holiday is capable of turning the tables. A smart debut winner at Santa Anita, the Doug O'Neill pupil was a late-running fourth in the Santa Anita Juvenile and an eyecatching second in the 6 1/2-furlong Best Pal. The Harlan's Holiday colt, who is out of a Victory Gallop mare, stands to benefit from the extra ground in the Del Mar Futurity and keeps Tyler Baze aboard.

Recent maiden winner Red Button, a Distorted Humor half-brother to Grade 1 victress Sugar Shake, has plenty of upside. No match for Bad Read Sanchez when slowly away in his premiere, the Mark Glatt trainee showed smart gears from off the pace to get up in time here on July 26. Significantly, he lures the red-hot Rafael Bejarano into the saddle.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert dominates the record book with 11 wins in the Del Mar Futurity, but his duo of Holiday Camp and American Pharaoh must improve to give him a 12th. Holiday Camp rolled in his first try at Santa Anita, defeating next-out winner Rowdy Dylan. Dispatched as the even-money favorite next time in the Santa Anita Juvenile, Holiday Camp never recovered from a troubled start and trailed home last of six. The Street Boss colt just fired a six-furlong bullet in 1:12 at Del Mar last Wednesday, and could regroup with Martin Garcia.

The maiden American Pharaoh was favored at 7-5 in his only start on August 9, but retreated to fifth behind the ultra-impressive Om. Sired by former Baffert star Pioneerof the Nile, himself a Zayat Stables runner, American Pharaoh also tuned up with a bullet in :59 for five furlongs last Wednesday. Victor Espinoza picks up the mount.

The well-bred Iron Fist exits that same maiden, where he was best of the rest behind the imperious Om. Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, who sent out Tamarando to take the 2013 Del Mar Futurity, Iron Fist has gotten off to slow starts in both of his outings so far. He rallied for fourth in a five-furlong dash here July 19 prior to his improved effort last time. If he doesn't complicate his task right from the break, Iron Fist can make his presence felt. A $1.55 million Keeneland September yearling purchase, the Tapit ridgeling is a full brother to the well-regarded sophomore Anchor Down and a half-brother to Grade 1 star Sweet Lulu. Hall of Famer Mike Smith sticks with the promising gray.

The Peter Miller-trained Calculator has competed in the same two maidens, splitting decisions with Iron Fist. Third in their mutual debut, he was most recently fourth to Om. Elvis Trujillo takes the call on the In Summation colt, who smoked five-eighths in a bullet :58 2/5 last Thursday.

Inexcess Time comes off a local maiden score for Walther Solis, beating the troubled Oh Newman, who closed fast for third.

Two races earlier, the $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Turf figures to have implications for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Top contenders in the one-mile affair include Sky Preacher, who aired by 7 1/2 lengths in his first turf try for O'Neill at Santa Anita; the Cody Autrey-trained Dallas Skyline, a convincing course-and-distance winner on July 30; Papacoolpapacool, beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Dallas Skyline in that mutual debut; Highway Boss, who switches surfaces off a fourth in the Best Pal; pace factor Peacenluvpeacenluv, claimed out of his Polytrack maiden score by George Papaprodromou and bred to enjoy turf as a son of Artie Schiller; and first-time starter Conquest Bespoke, worth a look as a Conquest Stables colorbearer from the Casse barn.

Reneesgotzip towers over the C.E.R.F. field (Benoit Photos)
Among the older brigade, star sprinter Reneesgotzip headlines the $90,000 C.E.R.F. Stakes at six furlongs on Polytrack. The daughter of City Zip was a resounding 3 1/4-length winner of this event back in 2012, but skipped the 2013 running after she crushed the Rancho Bernardo by 4 1/4 lengths. In her only subsequent start last year, she was a dead-heat runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint -- her second consecutive placing in that lucrative prize.

Reneesgotzip was sidelined until she mounted a Rancho Bernardo title defense on August 17, and ran as if in need of the race when third to Judy the Beauty. Wheeling back two weeks later for this engagement, the Miller mare promises to improve substantially and flaunt her class.

Her eight rivals are Go West Marie, last-out winner of the Fleet Treat over the track; Llandudno, who missed by a head in the April 12 Las Cienegas on Santa Anita's downhill turf two back; Kinz Funky Monkey, who was just caught in the off-the-turf Daisycutter; Clearly Confused, runner-up in the Desert Stormer earlier this summer on the Santa Anita dirt; multiple stakes heroine Top Kisser from the Hollendorfer barn; Fanticola, who has been knocking on the proverbial door with a trio of stakes placings this season; Group 3-placed Belle de Lune, returning from a 13-month layoff for Tom Proctor; and Baffert's Maker or Breaker, a half-sister to two-time champion Indian Blessing.

In the $90,000 Pirate's Bounty, Seeking the Sherif looms as the one to beat. The Ron Ellis class climber reeled off a four-race winning streak before trying the July 27 Bing Crosby at this track and six-furlong trip, and he was not disgraced when third in that Grade 1 event. Seeking the Sherif drops in class to face the likes of Ain't No Other, a close second to Private Zone in the 2013 Pirate's Bounty; No Silent, twice stakes-placed for Gary Mandella; and recent allowance/optional claiming winners Ankeny Hill and Bull Dozer.

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In brief

The razor-sharp Broken Sword gave Rafael Bejarano his fourth of six wins on the day (Benoit Photos)
The 3-5 favorite Broken Sword (Broken Vow) put her rivals to the sword in Sunday's $94,750 Tranquility Lake at Del Mar, handing jockey Rafael Bejarano the fourth of a total of six winners on the card. Co-owned by Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in partnership with Mark Dedomenico and George Todaro, Broken Sword nearly upset Iotapa (Afleet Alex) in the August 2 Clement L. Hirsch (G1), and found no rival of that caliber to run her down here. In the take-no-prisoners style that has become her trademark, the four-year-old rattled off splits of :22 3/5 and :46, built up an insurmountable lead at the six-furlong mark in 1:10 1/5, and crossed the wire 5 1/4 lengths clear in a final time of 1:36 for the Polytrack mile. Broken Sword was recording her third career stakes victory, having romped in the 2012 Juan Gonzalez Memorial in her debut and wired last December's Bayakoa (G2) at Hollywood. The daughter of New Zealand highweight Katana (Volksraad) has compiled a record of 11-4-1-3, $277,060...

Bejarano later became only the fifth jockey in Del Mar history to win six races in a day. Bill Shoemaker did it in l954, Laffit Pincay Jr., twice, in l976 and '78, and Rudy Rosales, in l969. The all-time record-holder is Victor Espinoza who won seven races in a single day in 2006...

Three races before Condo Commando (Tiz Wonderful) wowed the Saratoga crowd in the Spinaway (G1), Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Feathered (Indian Charlie) broke her maiden by a resounding 9 3/4 lengths in the 7TH race. The 4-5 favorite after just missing in her debut, the Todd Pletcher filly grabbed command from the start and never looked back. Feathered galloped through surprisingly moderate fractions of :24 and :48 1/5 and drew right away in the stretch. Under Javier Castellano, the $300,000 OBS March purchase covered seven furlongs in 1:24 2/5 on a track that had already been downgraded to good upon the rain's arrival. "The first time she ran, she broke slow out of the gate and just got beat," Castellano recalled. "I think she matured a little bit, and today she had a race under her belt and it paid off. I really like the way she did it today. She opened up very impressively." Pletcher commented, "I was expecting her to win the first time, actually. She ran well first time, and did everything we hoped she would do in between starts, so we were optimistic (about Sunday's race). With her being one of the few fillies in the race with some experience, we expected her to break well and we wanted to take advantage of that if we could. She broke alertly, and when they put up first quarter in :24 we felt pretty good. We'll certainly run her back in a stakes. It will just be a matter of which one." Feathered, a May 17 foal, is out of the stakes-placed Receipt (Dynaformer). Her second dam is multiple Grade 1 queen Finder's Fee (Storm Cat), her third dam is Grade 1 winner Fantastic Find (Mr. Prospector) and her fourth dam is multiple Grade 2 heroine and noted producer Blitey (Riva Ridge)...

Del Mar Debutante (G1) winner Sunset Glow (Exchange Rate) and runner-up Her Emmynency (Successful Appeal) both came out of the seven-furlong race in good shape, their camps reported on Sunday. Sunset Glow will be shipped to Kentucky and trainer Wesley Ward to be pointed for a Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies race at Santa Anita Park. Trainer Mike Stidham said Her Emmynency would be sent to Santa Anita with distance races on turf the likely target...

Avanzare (Grand Reward) has exited his victory in Saturday's Washington Park H. (G3) in great shape, according to his connections. The four-year-old gelding made his first Polytrack start a winning one after eight consecutive runs on the turf, including four wins and three runner-up finishes. "He came out really well," reported Lindsay Schultz, assistant to conditioner Tom Proctor. "He at up and his legs look good. He's definitely pleased with himself." Avanzare was exiting a tough loss in the Arlington H. (G3), in which he made all the running only to finish fourth while beaten only three-quarters of a length. This time, he held on after setting just as glacial a pace to win by a head at the wire over Hattaash (Strong Hope) and race favorite Mister Marti Gras (Belong to Me) in a photo finish. The race was also win number 3,500 for jockey Chris Emigh, a 25-year veteran who has called Arlington home for much of his career. Interestingly, Avanzare also gave Proctor a milestone earlier in the year when the trainer landed his 1,000th win. "(The owners) were really excited," Schultz said. "It was definitely a step forward for him -- especially to win a graded stakes. From here, we'll wait and see how he comes out and won't bring him back too quickly."...

Elvis "Heartbreak" Trujillo floored Corey "Knockout" Nakatani in the third and final round and went on to win a unanimous decision in the much-anticipated "Battle Off the Saddle" Saturday night before a raucously enthusiastic crowd at Del Mar's Seaside Terrace. The three-round bout between two of the nation's top jockeys was the climax of a card of boxing with a portion of the proceeds going to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Nakatani was the aggressor in the first round as Trujillo jabbed and moved after being hit with a solid right hand early in the fight, most observers awarding the round to Nakatani. In the second round, Trujillo changed tactics and attacked as the two boxers mixed it up in several multi-punch exchanges. Trujillo appeared to win the round, so going into the third and final two-minute period it seemed either fighter could win. However, Trujillo landed the best punch of the bout, a hard overhand right early in the round, knocking Nakatani across the ring and down. Nakatani rose and took an eight count, but the knockdown was the decider in what had been an even battle until then. Guest judges at ringside were Hall of Famers Mike Smith and Alex Solis plus Cisco Alvarado. Smith scored it 29-28; Solis, 29-27, and Alvarado, 30-27, all in favor of Panamanian Trujillo...

His sire is dual classic winner Montjeu and his dam is dual classic victress Finsceal Beo, so it was no surprise to see last year's impeccably bred €2.85 million Orby Sale topper Ol' Man River shortened to 16-1 for the 2015 Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) following a perfect debut performance on Sunday at the Curragh. The Aidan O'Brien trained colt hardly came off the bridle under Joseph O'Brien to cruise to an effortless three-quarter length win in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. Owned by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, Ol' Man River was purchased by M.V. Magnier for €2.850 million at the Orby Sale, the highest priced yearling in Ireland for almost 30 years. He was bred and sold by Al Eile Stud, purchasers of dual Guineas winner Finsceal Beo as a yearling at Goffs in 2005. The classy colt is entered in the Vincent O'Brien National (Ire-G1), Dewhurst (Eng-G1), and Racing Post Trophy (Eng-G1) this season...

Granted a soft lead all the way to the end of the backstretch in Sunday's weak renewal of the €200,000 Grand Prix de Deauville (Fr-G2), a formerly prestigious race, Cocktail Queen (Motivator) was taken wide at the top of the straight by jockey Alexis Badel with the gelding Gatewood (Galileo) for company while Going Somewhere (Sulamani) stayed against the rail. Despite the latter being in front briefly inside the final quarter-mile, the main action concerned Cocktail Queen and the British raider and they asserted in the last 100 yards with the filly pulling out extra where it counted. "She has really blossomed lately and is doing really well," trainer Miriam Bollack-Badel said. "I would not have supplemented her if she had not showed more improvement after the Gontaut-Biron and I thought she had a first-class chance. She stays really well and loves soft ground, so she is probably good enough to try a Group 1 now and will go for the Prix de l'Opera ([Fr-G1] at Longchamp on October 5)." Formerly with David Elsworth, Cocktail Queen showed early ability when second to subsequent Group 1 performer Tasaday (Nayef) in the Prix des Reservoirs (Fr-G3) going a mile at Deauville on October 2012. Seen only four times the following season, the bay homebred managed a third in the 12-furlong St Simon (Eng-G3) at Newbury in October and a second in Doncaster's listed Gillies Fillies' over an extended 10-furlong trip the following month. Sent to Bollack-Badel after a failed attempt at two miles when fifth in Ascot's Sagaro (Eng-G3) on April 30, she was second in a 12-furlong conditions event at Dieppe on July 8 prior to making all in the August 16 Prix Gontaut-Biron (Fr-G3) going 10 furlongs...

Restrained early by Andrea Atzeni to race toward the rear in Sunday's €60,000 Round Tower (Ire-G3) at the Curragh, Cappella Sansevero (Showcasing) gradually worked his way to the front with 200 yards remaining before asserting from the game Rapid Applause (Royal Applause). "I asked Andrea to drop him and produce him late, as he pulls himself up in front," trainer Ger Lyons said. "He said he rode like a three-year-old today and that he thinks he'll get further, but we'll go for the Middle Park S. (Eng-G1) over six (furlongs at Newmarket on October 17)." Unbeaten and already boasting black-type after his exploits in the Curragh's May 24 listed Marble Hill when tackling the Coventry (Eng-G2) at Royal Ascot, Cappella Sansevero ran with credit to finish closest to subsequent Prix Morny (Fr-G1) hero The Wow Signal (Starspangledbanner) in that June 17 juvenile feature. Putting in an uncharacteristically tame effort when fifth behind Kool Kompany (Jeremy) in the June 28 Railway (Ire-G2) over Sunday's track and six-furlong trip, the bay juvenile enjoyed a brief break before returning to be third behind Dick Whittington (Rip Van Winkle) and that rival in the August 10 Phoenix (Ire-G1) again at Sunday's course and distance...

One race later in the €60,000 Dance Design Fillies (Ire-G3), Pat Smullen settled Moyglare Stud Farm's Carla Bianca (Dansili) in fifth early. The homebred sophomore appeared held by Alive Alive Oh (Duke of Marmalade) as that rival started to assert inside the final quarter-mile but stayed on tenaciously to gain the advantage 150 yards from home and hold the late thrust of Pearl of Africa (Jeremy). "She has progressed with every run since being slow to come to hand in the spring," said trainer Dermot Weld, who handled the race's namesake Dance Design for the winning owner-breeders. "I liked the way she came home today and so the (September 14) Blandford S. (Ire-G2) back here is a possibility. The faster the ground the better." Second to Australia (Galileo) going seven furlongs at the Curragh last July, Carla Bianca was sent straight to the Moyglare Stud (Ire-G1) over the same track and trip in September and again flashed her inherent ability when fourth there. Well below that standard in two maidens at the start of her sophomore campaign, the gray came right by five lengths upped to 10 furlongs at Navan on June 14 before adding the listed Naas Oaks Trial to her tally at that distance 11 days later. Despite being asked to bear a three-pound penalty in Gowran Park's listed Hurry Harriet S. over slightly shorter on August 13, she overcame some smart opponents to prevail and book this short ramp in class...

Always traveling strongly at the front of the main group in Sunday's €55,000 144th Golden Peitsche (Ger-G3) at Baden-Baden, Signs of Blessing (Invincible Spirit) was tackled and headed by Son Cesio (Zafeen) passing the quarter-pole, but stuck to his guns to regain the initiative with 100 yards remaining under jockey Stephane Pasquier. Always held in high regard by trainer Francois Rohaut, the three-year-old signed off 2013 with a first black-type success in the five-furlong listed Criterium de Vitesse at Longchamp in October and returned to take a conditions event at Fontainebleau on March 24 and Chantilly's listed Prix Sigy over six furlongs on April 16. Acquitting himself with credit against his elders when second in the May 11 Prix de Saint-Georges (Fr-G3) reverting to five-eighths at Longchamp, the bay handled Deauville's testing ground when third in the June 28 Prix de Ris-Orangis (Fr-G3) over Sunday's six-furlong trip when last seen...

Nine sophomore fillies, including one main-track only entrant, have been entered to go 1 1/8 miles over Monmouth Park's turf on Labor Day Monday in the $100,000 Boiling Springs (G3). The Chad Brown-trained Little Journey (Great Journey) will be making her fourth U.S. start in the race, having finished third in both the Edgewood at Churchill Downs and Santa Anita Park's American Oaks (G1) prior to a close last-of-seven in the Lake George (G2) most recently at Saratoga. The gray miss will have Javier Castellano aboard while facing last-out Indiana First Lady victress Mary n' Eileen (Indy King), who is three-for-four lifetime thus far, as well as Queenie's Song (Unbridled's Song) and Black Elegance (Footstepsinthesand), separated by only a nose as the respective second and third from the July 9 Christiana at Delaware Park. One race earlier, eight distaffers will line up in the $75,000 Lady's Secret at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. My Miss Sophia (Unbridled's Song) is hoping to rebound in this spot off a well-beaten seventh in the Acorn (G1) on June 7 at Belmont Park. Prior to that, the Todd Pletcher sophomore finished second in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and posted a 7 1/4-length romp in the Gazelle (G2).

Skyway aims to follow up in Del Mar Futurity; 'Renee' gives zip to undercard

Skyway (left) and Henry's Holiday were the respective top two in the Best Pal (Benoit Photos)
Del Mar's summer season comes to an end with a bang on Wednesday, with a four-stakes card anchored by the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity. The seven-furlong test for juveniles determines the pro tempore leader of the division on the West Coast, a position that Best Pal winner Skyway hopes to shore up at the seaside track.

Originally based with trainer Mark Casse's string in Kentucky, Skyway romped in his debut over Keeneland's Polytrack before finishing a well-beaten third in the Bashford Manor on the Churchill Downs dirt. The son of Sky Mesa handed Del Mar newcomer Casse a memorable first career win here in the August 3 Best Pal, where he reveled in the chance to return to a Polytrack surface. Skyway has trained forwardly in the interim and gets a rider switch from Stewart Elliott, who had ridden him in all three previous starts, to Corey Nakatani. The 122-pound highweight is drawn on the outside in post 9.

Best Pal runner-up Henry's Holiday is capable of turning the tables. A smart debut winner at Santa Anita, the Doug O'Neill pupil was a late-running fourth in the Santa Anita Juvenile and an eyecatching second in the 6 1/2-furlong Best Pal. The Harlan's Holiday colt, who is out of a Victory Gallop mare, stands to benefit from the extra ground in the Del Mar Futurity and keeps Tyler Baze aboard.

Recent maiden winner Red Button, a Distorted Humor half-brother to Grade 1 victress Sugar Shake, has plenty of upside. No match for Bad Read Sanchez when slowly away in his premiere, the Mark Glatt trainee showed smart gears from off the pace to get up in time here on July 26. Significantly, he lures the red-hot Rafael Bejarano into the saddle.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert dominates the record book with 11 wins in the Del Mar Futurity, but his duo of Holiday Camp and American Pharaoh must improve to give him a 12th. Holiday Camp rolled in his first try at Santa Anita, defeating next-out winner Rowdy Dylan. Dispatched as the even-money favorite next time in the Santa Anita Juvenile, Holiday Camp never recovered from a troubled start and trailed home last of six. The Street Boss colt just fired a six-furlong bullet in 1:12 at Del Mar last Wednesday, and could regroup with Martin Garcia.

The maiden American Pharaoh was favored at 7-5 in his only start on August 9, but retreated to fifth behind the ultra-impressive Om. Sired by former Baffert star Pioneerof the Nile, himself a Zayat Stables runner, American Pharaoh also tuned up with a bullet in :59 for five furlongs last Wednesday. Victor Espinoza picks up the mount.

The well-bred Iron Fist exits that same maiden, where he was best of the rest behind the imperious Om. Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, who sent out Tamarando to take the 2013 Del Mar Futurity, Iron Fist has gotten off to slow starts in both of his outings so far. He rallied for fourth in a five-furlong dash here July 19 prior to his improved effort last time. If he doesn't complicate his task right from the break, Iron Fist can make his presence felt. A $1.55 million Keeneland September yearling purchase, the Tapit ridgeling is a full brother to the well-regarded sophomore Anchor Down and a half-brother to Grade 1 star Sweet Lulu. Hall of Famer Mike Smith sticks with the promising gray.

The Peter Miller-trained Calculator has competed in the same two maidens, splitting decisions with Iron Fist. Third in their mutual debut, he was most recently fourth to Om. Elvis Trujillo takes the call on the In Summation colt, who smoked five-eighths in a bullet :58 2/5 last Thursday.

Inexcess Time comes off a local maiden score for Walther Solis, beating the troubled Oh Newman, who closed fast for third.

Two races earlier, the $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Turf figures to have implications for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Top contenders in the one-mile affair include Sky Preacher, who aired by 7 1/2 lengths in his first turf try for O'Neill at Santa Anita; the Cody Autrey-trained Dallas Skyline, a convincing course-and-distance winner on July 30; Papacoolpapacool, beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Dallas Skyline in that mutual debut; Highway Boss, who switches surfaces off a fourth in the Best Pal; pace factor Peacenluvpeacenluv, claimed out of his Polytrack maiden score by George Papaprodromou and bred to enjoy turf as a son of Artie Schiller; and first-time starter Conquest Bespoke, worth a look as a Conquest Stables colorbearer from the Casse barn.

Reneesgotzip towers over the C.E.R.F. field (Benoit Photos)
Among the older brigade, star sprinter Reneesgotzip headlines the $90,000 C.E.R.F. Stakes at six furlongs on Polytrack. The daughter of City Zip was a resounding 3 1/4-length winner of this event back in 2012, but skipped the 2013 running after she crushed the Rancho Bernardo by 4 1/4 lengths. In her only subsequent start last year, she was a dead-heat runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint -- her second consecutive placing in that lucrative prize.

Reneesgotzip was sidelined until she mounted a Rancho Bernardo title defense on August 17, and ran as if in need of the race when third to Judy the Beauty. Wheeling back two weeks later for this engagement, the Miller mare promises to improve substantially and flaunt her class.

Her eight rivals are Go West Marie, last-out winner of the Fleet Treat over the track; Llandudno, who missed by a head in the April 12 Las Cienegas on Santa Anita's downhill turf two back; Kinz Funky Monkey, who was just caught in the off-the-turf Daisycutter; Clearly Confused, runner-up in the Desert Stormer earlier this summer on the Santa Anita dirt; multiple stakes heroine Top Kisser from the Hollendorfer barn; Fanticola, who has been knocking on the proverbial door with a trio of stakes placings this season; Group 3-placed Belle de Lune, returning from a 13-month layoff for Tom Proctor; and Baffert's Maker or Breaker, a half-sister to two-time champion Indian Blessing.

In the $90,000 Pirate's Bounty, Seeking the Sherif looms as the one to beat. The Ron Ellis class climber reeled off a four-race winning streak before trying the July 27 Bing Crosby at this track and six-furlong trip, and he was not disgraced when third in that Grade 1 event. Seeking the Sherif drops in class to face the likes of Ain't No Other, a close second to Private Zone in the 2013 Pirate's Bounty; No Silent, twice stakes-placed for Gary Mandella; and recent allowance/optional claiming winners Ankeny Hill and Bull Dozer.

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The razor-sharp Broken Sword gave Rafael Bejarano his fourth of six wins on the day (Benoit Photos)
The 3-5 favorite Broken Sword (Broken Vow) put her rivals to the sword in Sunday's $94,750 Tranquility Lake at Del Mar, handing jockey Rafael Bejarano the fourth of a total of six winners on the card. Co-owned by Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in partnership with Mark Dedomenico and George Todaro, Broken Sword nearly upset Iotapa (Afleet Alex) in the August 2 Clement L. Hirsch (G1), and found no rival of that caliber to run her down here. In the take-no-prisoners style that has become her trademark, the four-year-old rattled off splits of :22 3/5 and :46, built up an insurmountable lead at the six-furlong mark in 1:10 1/5, and crossed the wire 5 1/4 lengths clear in a final time of 1:36 for the Polytrack mile. Broken Sword was recording her third career stakes victory, having romped in the 2012 Juan Gonzalez Memorial in her debut and wired last December's Bayakoa (G2) at Hollywood. The daughter of New Zealand highweight Katana (Volksraad) has compiled a record of 11-4-1-3, $277,060...

Bejarano later became only the fifth jockey in Del Mar history to win six races in a day. Bill Shoemaker did it in l954, Laffit Pincay Jr., twice, in l976 and '78, and Rudy Rosales, in l969. The all-time record-holder is Victor Espinoza who won seven races in a single day in 2006...

Three races before Condo Commando (Tiz Wonderful) wowed the Saratoga crowd in the Spinaway (G1), Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Feathered (Indian Charlie) broke her maiden by a resounding 9 3/4 lengths in the 7TH race. The 4-5 favorite after just missing in her debut, the Todd Pletcher filly grabbed command from the start and never looked back. Feathered galloped through surprisingly moderate fractions of :24 and :48 1/5 and drew right away in the stretch. Under Javier Castellano, the $300,000 OBS March purchase covered seven furlongs in 1:24 2/5 on a track that had already been downgraded to good upon the rain's arrival. "The first time she ran, she broke slow out of the gate and just got beat," Castellano recalled. "I think she matured a little bit, and today she had a race under her belt and it paid off. I really like the way she did it today. She opened up very impressively." Pletcher commented, "I was expecting her to win the first time, actually. She ran well first time, and did everything we hoped she would do in between starts, so we were optimistic (about Sunday's race). With her being one of the few fillies in the race with some experience, we expected her to break well and we wanted to take advantage of that if we could. She broke alertly, and when they put up first quarter in :24 we felt pretty good. We'll certainly run her back in a stakes. It will just be a matter of which one." Feathered, a May 17 foal, is out of the stakes-placed Receipt (Dynaformer). Her second dam is multiple Grade 1 queen Finder's Fee (Storm Cat), her third dam is Grade 1 winner Fantastic Find (Mr. Prospector) and her fourth dam is multiple Grade 2 heroine and noted producer Blitey (Riva Ridge)...

Del Mar Debutante (G1) winner Sunset Glow (Exchange Rate) and runner-up Her Emmynency (Successful Appeal) both came out of the seven-furlong race in good shape, their camps reported on Sunday. Sunset Glow will be shipped to Kentucky and trainer Wesley Ward to be pointed for a Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies race at Santa Anita Park. Trainer Mike Stidham said Her Emmynency would be sent to Santa Anita with distance races on turf the likely target...

Avanzare (Grand Reward) has exited his victory in Saturday's Washington Park H. (G3) in great shape, according to his connections. The four-year-old gelding made his first Polytrack start a winning one after eight consecutive runs on the turf, including four wins and three runner-up finishes. "He came out really well," reported Lindsay Schultz, assistant to conditioner Tom Proctor. "He at up and his legs look good. He's definitely pleased with himself." Avanzare was exiting a tough loss in the Arlington H. (G3), in which he made all the running only to finish fourth while beaten only three-quarters of a length. This time, he held on after setting just as glacial a pace to win by a head at the wire over Hattaash (Strong Hope) and race favorite Mister Marti Gras (Belong to Me) in a photo finish. The race was also win number 3,500 for jockey Chris Emigh, a 25-year veteran who has called Arlington home for much of his career. Interestingly, Avanzare also gave Proctor a milestone earlier in the year when the trainer landed his 1,000th win. "(The owners) were really excited," Schultz said. "It was definitely a step forward for him -- especially to win a graded stakes. From here, we'll wait and see how he comes out and won't bring him back too quickly."...

Elvis "Heartbreak" Trujillo floored Corey "Knockout" Nakatani in the third and final round and went on to win a unanimous decision in the much-anticipated "Battle Off the Saddle" Saturday night before a raucously enthusiastic crowd at Del Mar's Seaside Terrace. The three-round bout between two of the nation's top jockeys was the climax of a card of boxing with a portion of the proceeds going to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Nakatani was the aggressor in the first round as Trujillo jabbed and moved after being hit with a solid right hand early in the fight, most observers awarding the round to Nakatani. In the second round, Trujillo changed tactics and attacked as the two boxers mixed it up in several multi-punch exchanges. Trujillo appeared to win the round, so going into the third and final two-minute period it seemed either fighter could win. However, Trujillo landed the best punch of the bout, a hard overhand right early in the round, knocking Nakatani across the ring and down. Nakatani rose and took an eight count, but the knockdown was the decider in what had been an even battle until then. Guest judges at ringside were Hall of Famers Mike Smith and Alex Solis plus Cisco Alvarado. Smith scored it 29-28; Solis, 29-27, and Alvarado, 30-27, all in favor of Panamanian Trujillo...

His sire is dual classic winner Montjeu and his dam is dual classic victress Finsceal Beo, so it was no surprise to see last year's impeccably bred €2.85 million Orby Sale topper Ol' Man River shortened to 16-1 for the 2015 Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) following a perfect debut performance on Sunday at the Curragh. The Aidan O'Brien trained colt hardly came off the bridle under Joseph O'Brien to cruise to an effortless three-quarter length win in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. Owned by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, Ol' Man River was purchased by M.V. Magnier for €2.850 million at the Orby Sale, the highest priced yearling in Ireland for almost 30 years. He was bred and sold by Al Eile Stud, purchasers of dual Guineas winner Finsceal Beo as a yearling at Goffs in 2005. The classy colt is entered in the Vincent O'Brien National (Ire-G1), Dewhurst (Eng-G1), and Racing Post Trophy (Eng-G1) this season...

Granted a soft lead all the way to the end of the backstretch in Sunday's weak renewal of the €200,000 Grand Prix de Deauville (Fr-G2), a formerly prestigious race, Cocktail Queen (Motivator) was taken wide at the top of the straight by jockey Alexis Badel with the gelding Gatewood (Galileo) for company while Going Somewhere (Sulamani) stayed against the rail. Despite the latter being in front briefly inside the final quarter-mile, the main action concerned Cocktail Queen and the British raider and they asserted in the last 100 yards with the filly pulling out extra where it counted. "She has really blossomed lately and is doing really well," trainer Miriam Bollack-Badel said. "I would not have supplemented her if she had not showed more improvement after the Gontaut-Biron and I thought she had a first-class chance. She stays really well and loves soft ground, so she is probably good enough to try a Group 1 now and will go for the Prix de l'Opera ([Fr-G1] at Longchamp on October 5)." Formerly with David Elsworth, Cocktail Queen showed early ability when second to subsequent Group 1 performer Tasaday (Nayef) in the Prix des Reservoirs (Fr-G3) going a mile at Deauville on October 2012. Seen only four times the following season, the bay homebred managed a third in the 12-furlong St Simon (Eng-G3) at Newbury in October and a second in Doncaster's listed Gillies Fillies' over an extended 10-furlong trip the following month. Sent to Bollack-Badel after a failed attempt at two miles when fifth in Ascot's Sagaro (Eng-G3) on April 30, she was second in a 12-furlong conditions event at Dieppe on July 8 prior to making all in the August 16 Prix Gontaut-Biron (Fr-G3) going 10 furlongs...

Restrained early by Andrea Atzeni to race toward the rear in Sunday's €60,000 Round Tower (Ire-G3) at the Curragh, Cappella Sansevero (Showcasing) gradually worked his way to the front with 200 yards remaining before asserting from the game Rapid Applause (Royal Applause). "I asked Andrea to drop him and produce him late, as he pulls himself up in front," trainer Ger Lyons said. "He said he rode like a three-year-old today and that he thinks he'll get further, but we'll go for the Middle Park S. (Eng-G1) over six (furlongs at Newmarket on October 17)." Unbeaten and already boasting black-type after his exploits in the Curragh's May 24 listed Marble Hill when tackling the Coventry (Eng-G2) at Royal Ascot, Cappella Sansevero ran with credit to finish closest to subsequent Prix Morny (Fr-G1) hero The Wow Signal (Starspangledbanner) in that June 17 juvenile feature. Putting in an uncharacteristically tame effort when fifth behind Kool Kompany (Jeremy) in the June 28 Railway (Ire-G2) over Sunday's track and six-furlong trip, the bay juvenile enjoyed a brief break before returning to be third behind Dick Whittington (Rip Van Winkle) and that rival in the August 10 Phoenix (Ire-G1) again at Sunday's course and distance...

One race later in the €60,000 Dance Design Fillies (Ire-G3), Pat Smullen settled Moyglare Stud Farm's Carla Bianca (Dansili) in fifth early. The homebred sophomore appeared held by Alive Alive Oh (Duke of Marmalade) as that rival started to assert inside the final quarter-mile but stayed on tenaciously to gain the advantage 150 yards from home and hold the late thrust of Pearl of Africa (Jeremy). "She has progressed with every run since being slow to come to hand in the spring," said trainer Dermot Weld, who handled the race's namesake Dance Design for the winning owner-breeders. "I liked the way she came home today and so the (September 14) Blandford S. (Ire-G2) back here is a possibility. The faster the ground the better." Second to Australia (Galileo) going seven furlongs at the Curragh last July, Carla Bianca was sent straight to the Moyglare Stud (Ire-G1) over the same track and trip in September and again flashed her inherent ability when fourth there. Well below that standard in two maidens at the start of her sophomore campaign, the gray came right by five lengths upped to 10 furlongs at Navan on June 14 before adding the listed Naas Oaks Trial to her tally at that distance 11 days later. Despite being asked to bear a three-pound penalty in Gowran Park's listed Hurry Harriet S. over slightly shorter on August 13, she overcame some smart opponents to prevail and book this short ramp in class...

Always traveling strongly at the front of the main group in Sunday's €55,000 144th Golden Peitsche (Ger-G3) at Baden-Baden, Signs of Blessing (Invincible Spirit) was tackled and headed by Son Cesio (Zafeen) passing the quarter-pole, but stuck to his guns to regain the initiative with 100 yards remaining under jockey Stephane Pasquier. Always held in high regard by trainer Francois Rohaut, the three-year-old signed off 2013 with a first black-type success in the five-furlong listed Criterium de Vitesse at Longchamp in October and returned to take a conditions event at Fontainebleau on March 24 and Chantilly's listed Prix Sigy over six furlongs on April 16. Acquitting himself with credit against his elders when second in the May 11 Prix de Saint-Georges (Fr-G3) reverting to five-eighths at Longchamp, the bay handled Deauville's testing ground when third in the June 28 Prix de Ris-Orangis (Fr-G3) over Sunday's six-furlong trip when last seen...

Nine sophomore fillies, including one main-track only entrant, have been entered to go 1 1/8 miles over Monmouth Park's turf on Labor Day Monday in the $100,000 Boiling Springs (G3). The Chad Brown-trained Little Journey (Great Journey) will be making her fourth U.S. start in the race, having finished third in both the Edgewood at Churchill Downs and Santa Anita Park's American Oaks (G1) prior to a close last-of-seven in the Lake George (G2) most recently at Saratoga. The gray miss will have Javier Castellano aboard while facing last-out Indiana First Lady victress Mary n' Eileen (Indy King), who is three-for-four lifetime thus far, as well as Queenie's Song (Unbridled's Song) and Black Elegance (Footstepsinthesand), separated by only a nose as the respective second and third from the July 9 Christiana at Delaware Park. One race earlier, eight distaffers will line up in the $75,000 Lady's Secret at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. My Miss Sophia (Unbridled's Song) is hoping to rebound in this spot off a well-beaten seventh in the Acorn (G1) on June 7 at Belmont Park. Prior to that, the Todd Pletcher sophomore finished second in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and posted a 7 1/4-length romp in the Gazelle (G2).

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

SAPLING S., MTH, $101,000, 2YO, 1M, 8-31.
7—SOUPER COLOSSAL, c, 2, War Front--Soaring Emotions, by Kingmambo. ($100,000 '12 KEENOV; $350,000 '13 FTSAUG). O-Live Oak Plantation, B-Moyglare Stud (KY), T-Edward Plesa, Jr., J-Paco Lopez, $60,000.
1—Wild Zambezi, c, 2, Giant's Causeway--Wild Spirit (CHI), by Hussonet. O-Sumaya US Stable, B-International Equities Holding, Inc (KY), $20,000.
2—Pride of Stride, c, 2, Candy Ride (ARG)--Understated, by First Samurai. ($110,000 '12 KEENOV; $150,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Qatar Racing, B-Earl H Shultz (KY), $10,000.
Also Ran: Tapitsphere, Chase Lane, Posse Dreamin.
Winning Time: 1:38 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 5HF, 1 3/4, 2.
Odds: 1.00, 3.00, 2.80.
 
TRANQUILITY LAKE S., DMR, $94,750, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 8-31.
6—BROKEN SWORD, f, 4, Broken Vow--Katana (NZ), by Volksraad (GB). ($20,000 '11 KEESEP; $60,000 2012 PEGFEB). O-Mark Dedomenico LLC, Hollendorfer, Jerry and Todaro, George, B-SF Bloodstock LLC (KY), T-Jerry Hollendorfer, J-Rafael Bejarano, $56,400.
7—Oscar Party, f, 4, Dixie Union--Dream Lady, by Old Trieste. ($510,000 2013 BESJUL). O-DP Racing, LLC, B-Gary & Mary West Stables, Inc (KY), $18,800.
3—Scooter Bird, f, 4, War Pass--Miz Emmalou, by Well Decorated. ($200,000 2012 OBSMAR). O-Hronis Racing LLC, B-Eico Stable (KY), $11,280.
Also Ran: Magic Union, Every Way, Legacy, Playful Humor, Spring Bloom.
Winning Time: 1:36 (ft)
Margins: 5 1/4, 1 1/4, HF.
Odds: 0.70, 7.10, 15.80.
 
EVANGELINE DOWNS STARLET S., EVD, $78,750, 2YO, F, 6F, 8-30.
9—FOREST LAKE, f, 2, Forestry--Oval, by Kris S.. O-Set-Hut LLC, B-Jake Delhomme/ Set - Hut , LLC (LA), T-Jerry Delhomme, J-Hector M. Santiago, $45,000.
1—Golden Barbara, f, 2, Gold Tribute--Shy Eda (ARG), by Shy Tom. ($8,000 '13 ESLSEP). O-Donald Erickson, B-J Adcock (LA), $13,500.
3—Lady Emily Sage, f, 2, Intimidator--Lady Fingers, by More Than Ready. O-David Roy, B-Steve Asmussen (LA), $10,000.
Also Ran: Theyplayingoursong, Miracles Yankee, Snarky Belle, Joy of the Saints, Miss Frances, Our Bloomin Rose, Gampys Poker Money.
Winning Time: 1:12 2/5 (sy)
Margins: 2, NK, 2.
Odds: 32.00, 7.60, 49.10.
 
SORORITY S., MTH, $77,500, 2YO, F, 6F, 8-31.
6—CONCEALEDWITHAKISS, f, 2, Political Force--Bold Outlook, by Chief Seattle. ($5,000 '13 FTKOCT; $22,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-Plesa, Laurie and Rizzuto, Vincent, B-River Glen Capital, LLC & MeritageRacing, LLC (KY), T-Edward Plesa, Jr., J-Angel Serpa, $45,000.
8—Coco's Wildcat, f, 2, Wildcat Heir--Coco's for Real, by Sword Dance (IRE). O-Gilbert G Campbell, B-Gilbert G Campbell (FL), $15,000.
4—Comforter, f, 2, Nobiz Like Shobiz--Shepherd's Girl, by Rod and Staff. ($16,000 2014 FTMMAY). O-Romar LLC, B-JIM PLEMMONS (IN), $7,500.
Also Ran: Let's Parlay, Save Rock and Roll, Heavenly Perfect, Perpetual Novena.
Winning Time: 1:11 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 2, NK, HD.
Odds: 6.70, 2.00, 4.90.
 
EVANGELINE DOWNS STAR S., EVD, $75,250, 2YO, C/G, 6F, 8-30.
5—WAHA WILD, g, 2, Offlee Wild--Oklawaha, by Carson City. O-Dream Walkin Farms, Inc, B-Dream Walkin Farms, Inc (OK), T-Harlan Davis Boutte, J-Coby J. Bourque, $45,000.
2—Gotta Get Paid, c, 2, Pomeroy--Ashlee's Lady, by Gilded Time. ($25,000 '13 OBSAUG). O-McLoughlin Stables LLC, B-Jean White & Brambly Lane Farm (FL), $13,500.
12—Temple of Glass, c, 2, Lydgate--Sophie's Cat, by Tale of the Cat. ($30,000 2014 ESLAPR). O-Lange, I L, Patin, Gene and Bassett, John, B-B & B Bloodstock, Inc & Marty H (LA), $7,500.
Also Ran: Four Leaf Chief, Quieta Tiz, Nathan's Kiss, Washboard Willie, Purest Pleasure, Assorted Humour, Strong Currency, Diamond Sideoats.
Winning Time: 1:12 3/5 (sy)
Margins: 3/4, NK, NO.
Odds: 7.90, 1.20, 15.60.
 
NORTHERN LIGHTS DEBUTANTE S., CBY, $75,000, 2YO, F, 6F, 8-31.
3—SIOUX APPEAL, f, 2, Successful Appeal--Devil Not Me, by Devil His Due. O-Jeff Larson, B-Jeff Larson (MN), T-McLean Robertson, J-Alex Canchari, $45,000.
5—Castle Queen, f, 2, Sam Lord's Castle--Kaylyn and Jaylynn, by Songandaprayer. ($5,000 '13 MINAUG). O-Black Oak Farm, B-B & D Thoroughbreds (MN), $14,250.
2—Silver Magna, f, 2, Magna Graduate--Silver Spree, by Cuvee. O-Ulwelling, Al and Bill, B-Al Ulwelling & Bill Ulwelling (MN), $7,500.
Also Ran: Betty's Best, Gold Cup Skier, Olgarita, Strength N Beauty, North Sky, Cal's Pal, Spring Training, Willow Spring.
Winning Time: 1:13 (ft)
Margins: HD, 4 1/4, 6HF.
Odds: 3.20, 1.90, 12.20.
 
NORTHERN LIGHTS FUTURITY, CBY, $75,000, 2YO, C/G, 6F, 8-31.
8—HOLD FOR MORE, g, 2, Hold Me Back--Miners Mirage, by Mining. O-Dale Schenian, B-Wood-Mere Farm (MN), T-Francisco Bravo, J-Dean P. Butler, $45,000.
3—Prayintheprairie, g, 2, Songandaprayer--Arctic Lady, by Housebuster. O-James Thares, B-Wood-Mere Farm (MN), $15,000.
2—Chris Mars, c, 2, Forestry--Bourbon Blues, by Seeking the Gold. O-Scott Rake, B-Scott Allen Rake (MN), $8,250.
Also Ran: Unique Gold, Samstar, Patience Unleashed, Margo's Song, Minnie Soda Nice.
Winning Time: 1:13 (ft)
Margins: 5 1/4, 10HF, 1HF.
Odds: 0.70, 2.80, 7.60.
 
MINNESOTA DISTAFF SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP S., CBY, $60,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 8-31.
6—SKY AND SEA, f, 3, Latent Heat--Peaceful Sky, by Sky Mesa. O-Rake Farms LLC, B-Rake Farms LLC (MN), T-Bernell B. Rhone, J-Dean P. Butler, $36,000.
5—Polar Plunge, m, 6, Successful Appeal--Shakopee, by Evansville Slew. O-Camelia J Casby, B-Camelia J Casby (MN), $12,000.
3—Happy Hour Honey, m, 5, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--A J's Honey, by Indian Charlie. O-Robert E Lindgren, B-Paul Knapper & Bob Lindgren (MN), $6,600.
Also Ran: Somerset Swinger, Gypsy Melody, Badge of Glory.
Winning Time: 1:10 3/5 (ft)
Margins: NK, 3/4, 1 3/4.
Odds: 1.80, 3.10, 7.90.
 
MINNESOTA DISTAFF CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP S., CBY, $60,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 8-31.
5—TALKIN BOUT, m, 5, Yonaguska--Ma Home Cat, by Tomorrows Cat. O-Camelia J Casby, B-Camelia J Casby (MN), T-Gary M. Scherer, J-Eddie Martin, Jr., $36,000.
2—Blues Edge, m, 5, Obstacle--Auser Blue, by Unreal Zeal. O-Wayne D Scanlan, B-Wayne Scanlan (MN), $12,000.
3—Congrats and Roses, m, 6, Congrats--Gate Swinger, by Wayne's Crane. O-Malkerson Stables, LLC, B-Malkerson Stables, LLC (MN), $6,600.
Also Ran: B J's Angel, Dear Fay, Nokomis.
Winning Time: 1:46 (ft)
Margins: 7HF, 2 3/4, 5.
Odds: 2.40, 9.40, 0.90.
 
MINNESOTA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP S., CBY, $60,000, 3YO/UP, C/G, 6F, 8-31.
1—BOURBON COUNTY, g, 4, Dehere--Bourbon Blues, by Seeking the Gold. O-Rake Farms LLC, B-Scott Allen Rake (MN), T-Bernell B. Rhone, J-Dean P. Butler, $36,000.
10—Heliskier, g, 5, Appealing Skier--Plana Dance, by Northern Flagship. O-Marlene Colvin, B-Robert D Colvin (MN), $12,000.
5—Shangrila Bar, g, 4, Touch Gold--Pareepassoo, by Distinctive Pro. ($15,000 '11 MINAUG). O-Anthony J Didier, B-Wood-Mere Farm (MN), $6,600.
Also Ran: Ceeya Tuesday, Speakfromyourheart, Appeal to the King, Command the Land, Freedom First.
Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 1 3/4, 4 3/4, 1 3/4.
Odds: 1.30, 1.80, 10.80.
 
MINNESOTA CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP S., CBY, $60,000, 3YO/UP, C/G, 1 1/16M, 8-31.
7—COCONINO SLIM, g, 7, Slew City Slew--Wonder Luck, by Wonder Lark. O-Catherine L DeCourcy, B-Catherine Decourcy (MN), T-McLean Robertson, J-Seth B. Martinez, $36,000.
1—Affirmed Cure, g, 5, General Thomas--Blues Byjur, by Cure the Blues. O-Donna Stoterau, B-Donna Stoterau (MN), $12,000.
2—Sheer Trick, h, 5, Hat Trick (JPN)--Sheeranees, by Anees. O-Rodney F Leyendecker, B-Backhaus & Sons & Frank Ekland (MN), $6,600.
Also Ran: Lil' Apollo, Evert, Ghost Dance.
Winning Time: 1:45 3/5 (ft)
Margins: HD, 1 1/4, 2 1/4.
Odds: 0.80, 16.80, 3.30.
 
SYLVIA BISHOP MEMORIAL S., CT, $51,050, 3YO, F, 7F, 8-30.
9—CHROME MINE, f, 3, Mineshaft--Carnival Chrome, by Carnivalay. O-Michael J Miller, B-Michael J Miller (WV), T-David Walters, J-Jose Montano, $30,630.
5—Pocket Gift, f, 3, Great Notion--Anachini, by Forest Camp. O-Silverton Hill LLC, B-Silverton Hill, LLC (WV), $10,210.
3—Pepper Bay, f, 3, Bop--Officer Pepper, by Officer. O-Daybreak Stables, Inc, B-Daybreak Stables, Inc (WV), $5,616.
Also Ran: Planking, Hattie B, Joanne Elizabeth.
Winning Time: 1:25 3/5 (ft)
Margins: HD, 3/4, 5 1/4.
Odds: 0.90, 4.50, 4.20.
 
MANZANO S., ALB, $50,000, 2YO, 6F, 8-31.
10—SKIM THE RAIL, f, 2, Latent Heat--Brush the Rail, by Broad Brush. ($5,000 2014 TEXAPR). O-Jeff Plotkin, B-Clark O Brewster (OK), T-Justin R. Evans, J-Jose Beitia, $30,000.
2—Stratagem, f, 2, Air Commander--Foolheartedmemory, by Valid Expectations. ($6,000 '13 OKCAUG). O-Gary Barrow, B-Center Hills Farm & Randy Blair (OK), $10,000.
4—Dirt Monster, c, 2, Line of David--Coqui, by Fusaichi Pegasus. ($18,000 '12 KEENOV; $30,000 '13 KEESEP; $275,000 2014 KEEAPR). O-Tony Pennington, B-Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds & HardyThoroughbreds (KY), $5,000.
Also Ran: Tropic Vision, Rousanne, Boast, Z Smoking Gun, You've Been Duped, Jusgimmetenminutes.
Winning Time: 1:10 4/5 (ft)
Margins: NK, 1HF, 4.
Odds: 11.40, 3.50, 1.10.
 
TAH DAH S., BTP, $50,000, 2YO, F, 6F, 8-31.
3—PYRITE BLUE MAGNA, f, 2, Magna Graduate--Blue Katana, by Formal Dinner. O-Pyrite Stables, B-Dr D W Frazier (OH), T-Miguel A. Feliciano, J-Ricardo Feliciano, $30,000.
1—Justalittlesmoke, f, 2, Smoke Glacken--Justasprinkle, by Gilded Time. ($22,500 '13 FTKOCT). O-Marion F Gorham, B-Belvedere Farm Inc (OH), $10,000.
6—Heat Transfer, f, 2, Latent Heat--My Gal Lexie, by Sultry Song. ($65,000 '13 FTKOCT; $190,000 2014 OBSMAR). O-Patricia's Hope LLC, B-Troy Rankin (667%) & Joe Davis (333%) (OH), $5,000.
Also Ran: Savings and Roan, Pixie Chick, Humoresque, Pico Ballado.
Winning Time: 1:11 2/5 (my)
Margins: 3, 9, 3 3/4.
Odds: 5.00, 1.40, 3.30.
 
RUIDOSO THOROUGHBRED DERBY, RUI, $50,000, 3YO, 1 1/16M, 8-31.
2—REBRANDED, c, 3, Tiznow--Bayou Breeze, by A.P. Indy. ($350,000 2013 FTFMAR). O-Tony Pennington, B-Mount Brilliant Farm & Ranch, LLC (KY), T-Justin R. Evans, J-Elvin Gonzalez, $30,000.
5—Street Prancer, c, 3, Street Sense--Lightfoot Lane, by Phone Trick. ($30,000 '12 FTSAUG; $360,000 2013 KEEAPR). O-Mike McCarty, B-Hidden Brook Farm, Jonathan Mills &Darley (KY), $10,500.
3—Contend, f, 3, Big Brown--Juncture, by El Prado (IRE). O-Tap Racing, B-Paul Pompa Jr (KY), $5,500.
Also Ran: Lucky Coin, Boundtobespecial.
Winning Time: 1:46 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 12 3/4, 12, HD.
Odds: 0.50, 1.70, 9.00.
 
ROSE DEBARTOLO MEMORIAL S., TDN, $50,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 8-31.
6—NEEDMORE FLATTERY, f, 3, Flatter--Kiosk, by Left Banker. O-Ryan, Bruce and Blazing Meadows Farm, B-Bruce Ryan & Blazing Meadows Farm (OH), T-Timothy E. Hamm, J-Irwin J. Rosendo, $30,000.
2—Pyrite Blues, f, 4, Toccet--Blue Sword, by Crusader Sword. O-Pyrite Stables, B-D W Frazier, MD (OH), $10,000.
8—Crafty Blue Kat, f, 3, Crafty Shaw--Blue Katana, by Formal Dinner. ($2,700 '12 OBSAUG). O-Charlie J Williams LLC, B-Dr D W Frazier (OH), $5,000.
Also Ran: Morant Bay, Pay the Man, Startin Something, Kelly's Pride.
Winning Time: 1:47 (ft)
Margins: 2HF, 1, 2HF.
Odds: 1.10, 7.90, 8.90.

Trainer Stats

BRIS TRAINER STATS FROM PAST 60 DAYS

Trainer   Starts   Wins   Win %
James D. Christianson   23   11   48
Judi Yearout   19   9   47
Vickie L. Foley   17   8   47
Stan Seagle   17   8   47
Alan J. Lockhart   15   7   47
Lyle W. Magnuson   22   10   45
Greg Tracy   93   40   43
William D. Cowans   33   14   42
Scott Becker   102   42   41
Rob Atras   27   11   41
J. R. Caldwell   36   14   39
John A. Casey   18   7   39
James R. Compton   18   7   39
Ray Vernino   18   7   39
John Rigattieri   58   22   38
Kirk Ziadie   29   11   38
Terry Knight   16   6   38
Efren Loza, Jr.   19   7   37
Larry R. Reed   19   7   37
Keith Nations   22   8   36
Leroy Hellman   36   13   36
Jonas Gibson   62   22   35
Paul J. McGee   17   6   35
Cathal A. Lynch   46   16   35
Ron Moquett   26   9   35

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

DMR, 6TH, ALW, $93,958, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16MT, 8-31.
4—BOOZER, g, 4, Unusual Heat--Kitty and Boo, by Cape Canaveral. O-Kirkwood, Al and Saundra S, B-B Abrams, V Loverso, C Perez, Huston Racing & M Auerbach (CA), T-Mark Glatt, J-Rafael Bejarano, $60,060.
2—Toledo Eddie, g, 5, Ministers Wild Cat--Cape Town Charmer, by Cape Town. O-Art Elbert, B-Billingsley Creek Ranch (ID), $15,400.
5—Mr Lexis, g, 3, Badge of Silver--Tracy V., by Valid Appeal. ($11,000 '11 KEENOV; $45,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Dona Licha, B-Brereton C Jones (KY), $9,240.
Winning Time: 1:40 3/5 (fm)
 
SAR, 3RD, AOC, $93,000, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 8-31.
3—RIVER ROCKS, c, 4, Western Pride--Flip the Stone, by Birdstone. O-Covello, James, Imperio, Michael and Half Hollow Racing, B-Shadybrook Farm, Inc (FL), T-John P. Terranova, II, J-Rajiv Maragh, $55,800.
1—Salutos Amigos, g, 4, Salute the Sarge--Sarasota (ARG), by Luhuk. O-Jacobson, David and Southern Equine Stable LLC, B-Joan Hadley Thoroughbreds (KY), $18,600.
4—Luzianna Man, g, 5, El Corredor--Suzanna Anna, by Tale of the Cat. O-Reddick, Jeff and Reddick, Chiquita, B-Stonehaven Steadings (KY), $9,300.
Winning Time: 1:16 (ft)
 
SAR, 5TH, AOC, $90,000, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2FT, 8-31.
7—DREAMSGONEWILD, g, 5, Freud--Twin Stroller, by Strolling Along. ($22,000 '10 OBSAUG). O-Paul M Steckel, B-Carapan Farm LLC (NY), T-Bruce F. Alexander, J-Irad Ortiz, Jr., $54,000.
11—Escapist, c, 3, Stroll--Bend, by Arch. ($31,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Pugh, Peter D and Cherry Knoll Farm, B-Claiborne Farm (KY), $18,000.
3—Cajun Breeze, h, 6, Congrats--Cajun Dawn, by Awesome Again. O-Yates, Michael and Eversole, Robert, B-Curtis G Mikkelsen & Patricia J Horth (FL), $9,000.
Winning Time: 1:01 (fm)
 
SAR, 9TH, ALW, $85,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 8-31.
1A—MR. O'LEARY, c, 4, Tale of the Cat--Gazzella, by Tiznow. ($160,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Roman, Lawrence P and Jacobson, David, B-International Equities Holding, Inc (KY), T-David Jacobson, J-Irad Ortiz, Jr., $51,000.
3—Chapman, g, 4, Stanislavsky--Redheaded Girl, by Scarlet Ibis. O-Kowalewski, Alfred and Wachtel Stable, B-Merrylegs Farm North LLC (NY), $17,000.
6—Mar de Mares, c, 3, Rockport Harbor--Stella One, by Thunder Gulch. ($15,000 '11 KEENOV; $15,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Jose Luis Guerra, B-Anderson Farms Ont Inc (ON), $8,500.
Winning Time: 1:11 2/5 (gd)
 
WO, 9TH, AOC, $66,965, 3YO/UP, 7F, 8-31.
*6—CONSTANTINO, g, 4, Master Command--Simply Stylish, by Stormy Atlantic. O-Conrad Farms, B-Penny Conrad & Manfred Conrad (ON), T-Mark E. Casse, J-Patrick Husbands, $41,258.
2—Massive Explosion, g, 4, Military--Big M, by You and I. O-Johns, Keith and Justin, B-Justin Johns & Keith Johns (IL), $11,454.
7—Puntrooskie, g, 3, In Summation--Siren Cove, by Montbrook. ($62,000 2013 OBSJUN). O-Tucci Stables, B-John David O'Farrell, J Michael O'Farrell, Jr & Our Sugar Bear St (FL), $6,300.
Winning Time: 1:22 1/5 (ft)
     ***Sniper finished first but was disqualified and placed fourth.
 
WO, 8TH, ALW, $60,291, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/4MT, 8-31.
5—MADAME G, f, 4, Giant's Causeway--Madame Mogambo, by Kingmambo. ($15,000 '11 KEESEP; $35,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-C E C Farms, B-International Equities Holding, Inc (KY), T-Ralph J. Biamonte, J-Patrick Husbands, $32,323.
3—Agawa, f, 4, Curlin--Silver Adventure, by Silver Deputy. O-Sam-Son Farm, B-Sam-Son Farm (ON), $12,925.
4—Inclusa, m, 5, Include--Smart Angel, by Smart Strike. (C$38,000 '10 ONTSEP). O-Gail Wood, B-William D Graham (ON), $7,109.
Winning Time: 2:03 3/5 (fm)
 
PRX, 7TH, AOC, $57,540, 3YO/UP, 6F, 8-31.
3—TUJOES, g, 7, Oratory--Mrs. Vanderbilt, by Citidancer. ($21,000 '08 FTMOCT). O-Jack J Armstrong, B-Barbara Brown (PA), T-Philip T. Aristone, J-Frankie Pennington, $38,640.
4—Boogie Too, g, 4, Dixie Union--Lite Twilight, by Twilight Agenda. ($105,000 '11 KEESEP; $225,000 2012 FTFMAR). O-Barbara Hopkins, B-Mueller Farms, Inc (KY), $9,200.
6—Never Stop Looking, g, 5, Langfuhr--Stop Looking, by Dr. Adagio. O-Somraj Singh, B-Gustav Schickedanz (ON), $5,060.
Winning Time: 1:09 (ft)
 
RP, 8TH, ALW, $44,625, 3YO, 6 1/2F, 8-30.
4—IBAKA, g, 3, Uncle Abbie--Synersis, by With Approval. O-Doug Wall, B-Doug Wall (OK), T-W. Bret Calhoun, J-Lindey Wade, $25,659.
3—Alpha and Omega, g, 3, Omega Code--Holy Belle, by Holy Bull. O-Robert H Zoellner, B-Robert H Zoellner (OK), $9,837.
1—Fesstune, g, 3, Omega Code--Fess, by Festin (ARG). O-Clark O Brewster, B-Clark O Brewster (OK), $5,747.
Winning Time: 1:16 4/5 (ft)
 
AP, 8TH, ALW, $41,240, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5FT, 8-31.
3—READY FOR SUMMER, f, 4, More Than Ready--Summerlin, by Lost Soldier. O-Team Block, B-Team Block (IL), T-Chris M. Block, J-Florent Geroux, $26,280.
1—Perfect Step, m, 5, Congrats--Romance Dance, by Vision and Verse. O-Carson Springs Farm, Meeker, Ken and Cooper, Phillip, B-Carson Springs Farm, Ken Meeker &Phillip Cooper (IL), $8,760.
6—Jenny Vignette, f, 3, Greatness--Jenny's Search, by Lost Soldier. O-Ulwelling, Al and Bill, B-Edward A Seltzer & Beverly Anderson (FL), $3,100.
Winning Time: :58 2/5 (yl)
 
MTH, 10TH, ALW, $39,500, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 8-31.
5—SOUTHERN PROPER, c, 3, Tiago--Wings of Glory, by Ghostzapper. ($17,000 '11 KEENOV; $70,000 '12 FTNAUG). O-Poston, Bill and Vicki, B-Howard C Nolan, Jr (NY), T-Jason Servis, J-Trevor McCarthy, $20,520.
6—Couldawouldashould, g, 5, Sweet Return (GB)--Forever Ready, by Mister Jolie. O-Stonesthrow Thoroughbred Farm Inc, B-Stones Throw Thoroughbred Farm (NJ), $10,080.
1—Squall King, g, 4, Powerscourt (GB)--Boat's Ghost, by Silver Ghost. O-Donegal Racing, B-Jerry Crawford (KY), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:34 1/5 (fm)
 
GP, 9TH, ALW, $36,200, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16MT, 8-31.
9—KANDHARA, f, 3, Indian Charlie--Finding Aurum, by Seeking the Gold. ($90,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Just For Fun Stable, Inc, B-Fred W Hertrich III (KY), T-Angel M. Medina, J-Eduardo O. Nunez, $21,000.
7—Golden Finish, f, 3, Chestertown Slew--Ponche de Leona, by Ponche. O-Carole A Rio, B-John D Rio & Carole A Rio (FL), $8,150.
4—Arissa, f, 3, Majestic Warrior--Ahorita, by Woodman. O-Woodsfield Farm, B-Woodsfield Farm (FL), $3,900.
Winning Time: 1:45 1/5 (fm)
 
CBY, 10TH, ALW, $35,915, 3YO/UP, F/M, A1M 70YT, 8-31.
4—THUNDER AND HONEY, f, 3, Thunder Gulch--A J's Honey, by Indian Charlie. O-Robert E Lindgren, B-Paul Knapper & Bob Lindgren (MN), T-McLean Robertson, J-Alex Canchari, $21,900.
1 DH —Naomi Ridge Esq., m, 5, Lawyer Ron--Cristina Ridge, by Come Summer. O-Winchester Place Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Winchester Place Thoroughbreds, LLC (MN), $5,657.
3 DH —Sweet Tango, f, 4, Master Command--Desert Girl, by Carson City. O-Blue Heaven Farm, B-Blue Heaven Farm, LLC (MN), $5,658.
Winning Time: 1:43 4/5 (fm)
 
GG, 4TH, ALW, $35,840, 3YO/UP, 6F, 8-31.
4—STREAMSIDE, g, 5, E Dubai--Sweet Surrender, by Synastry. O-Bowman, Bowman, Evans, Hunter, Jarmes, Peterson, Sohl, Sohl and Temple, B-Bill Bowman, Speech Partnership &Hurstland Farm (KY), T-Sergio Ledezma, J-Frank T. Alvarado, $21,000.
3—Tizaplayer, g, 4, Tiz Wonderful--Hot Line, by Capote. O-Peter Redekop B C, Ltd, B-Robert Hewett & Mike Maloney (KY), $7,000.
5—Moonshine Bay, g, 6, Kela--Long For, by Langfuhr. O-Hollendorfer, Jerry, Kirsner, Marvin, Morrison, Al and Todaro, George, B-Raymond Kolar (KY), $4,200.
Winning Time: 1:09 3/5 (ft)
 
CBY, 3RD, ALW, $35,720, 3YO/UP, A1M 70YT, 8-31.
5—TWO CHANCE, g, 4, Shadow Hawk--Smooth Shannon, by Lac Ouimet. O-Kirby, James F and Mike, B-James F Kirby (MN), T-Mike Kirby, J-Ken A. Shino, $21,900.
9—Vanderbilt Beach, g, 3, Flower Alley--Little Lorie, by Johannesburg. O-Curtis A Sampson, B-Curtis A Sampson (MN), $6,570.
12—Northern Champ, g, 7, Sahm--Plana Dance, by Northern Flagship. O-B B M Farm, B-Robert D Colvin (MN), $3,650.
Winning Time: 1:44 (fm)
 
ELP, 4TH, ALW, $34,205, 3YO/UP, 1M, 8-31.
1—ENGLISH POUND, c, 4, English Channel--Andover the Money, by Dynaformer. O-Calumet Farm, B-Bluegrass Hall, LLC (KY), T-Jeffrey D. Thornbury, J-Juan C. Saez, $21,640.
5—Little Distorted, g, 4, Distorted Humor--Asbeautifulasyou (IRE), by A.P. Indy. ($180,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Silverton Hill LLC, B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY), $7,100.
4—Victory Colors, g, 3, Rockport Harbor--Sparkling Stream, by Forest Camp. ($40,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Waccamaw Stable LLC, B-Steve Bush & Westwind Farms (KY), $3,550.
Winning Time: 1:36 3/5 (sy)
 
AP, 7TH, ALW, $33,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16MT, 8-31.
1—TOWN STAR, g, 4, Speightstown--Little Star, by Forestry. O-Virginia H Tarra Trust, B-Virginia H Tarra Trust (IL), T-Chris M. Block, J-Florent Geroux, $19,800.
9—Love You Mon, g, 5, Monarchos--Grand Romance, by Saint Ballado. O-Vanier, Nancy A, Pritts, Bill and Kathy, Tauber, Brady and Gordon, Steve, B-Mr & Mrs H Vanier, Pritts & Tauber (IL), $6,600.
10—Brim, h, 5, Straight Line--Beret, by Royal Academy. O-Shamrock Hill Farm (William Stringfellow), B-Nancy Vanier & Lyda Williamson (IL), $3,300.
Winning Time: 1:47 (yl)
 
PEN, 5TH, AOC, $31,069, 3YO/UP, 6F, 8-30.
1—LOVMEISTER, g, 4, Nineeleven--Walk West, by West by West. O-T D C B E Stable, B-Terry C Lovingier (CA), T-Wayne Potts, J-Carlos Luis Gutierrez, $18,240.
6—Tyzach, h, 6, Sharp Humor--Fantasy of Caro, by Caros Love. ($4,500 '09 KEESEP). O-Chad S Anshelewitz, B-Richard S Kaster & Nancy R Kaster (KY), $6,080.
2—Jack Armstrong, g, 6, Jump Start--Silken Purse, by Devil's Bag. O-Mason Dixon Stable, B-Derry Meeting Farm & Jonathan Sheppard (PA), $4,013.
Winning Time: 1:10 1/5 (ft)
 
EVD, 9TH, ALW, $30,500, 3YO/UP, 1M, 8-30.
4—MASCULINO, g, 5, Lydgate--Miss Cheers, by Carson City. ($29,000 '10 TEXAUG). O-Howard Romero, B-Terry Adcock (LA), T-Kearney Segura, J-Jansen Melancon, $18,300.
6—Tensas Cold Front, g, 5, War Front--Kaileysgal, by Unbridled's Song. ($40,000 '10 TEXAUG). O-James Richard Daigle, B-Curt Leake (LA), $6,100.
10—Cougar Bait, g, 4, Gigawatt--Silver Gloss, by Silver Ghost. O-Circle H Farms, B-Patricia G West (LA), $3,355.
Winning Time: 1:38 3/5 (sy)
 
TIM, 8TH, AOC, $30,400, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 8-31.
3—TAPPININTOVICTORY, g, 7, Pleasant Tap--Jeano, by Fappiano. O-Derany, Stephen J and Rigattieri, John, B-Live Oak Stud (KY), T-John Rigattieri, J-Daniel Centeno, $18,240.
4—Handsome Tiger, c, 4, Ghostzapper--Honey Ryder, by Lasting Approval. O-Stronach Stables, B-Adena Springs (KY), $6,720.
1—Ghost Hunter, g, 4, Ghostzapper--Hartfelt, by Kafwain. ($75,000 '11 FTKJUL; $30,000 2012 OBSJUN). O-Jagger Inc, B-Adena Springs (KY), $3,520.
Winning Time: 1:45 1/5 (ft)
 
CBY, 3RD, AOC, $30,000, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 8-30.
12—CARIBBEAN STORM, g, 4, Stormy Atlantic--Tres Dream, by Chester House. ($190,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Butzow, Barry and Joni, B-Philip Robertson & Brenda Robertson (KY), T-McLean Robertson, J-Dean P. Butler, $18,000.
7—Oh My Gravy, g, 4, Repent--My Place Tonight, by Out of Place. O-Placzek, Russell, Oeschlager, Steve and Engel, Rick S, B-William L Hobbs (IA), $6,000.
10—Unsaddled Glory, g, 6, Belong to Me--Champagne N Glory, by Miswaki. O-F & B Inc (Philip Fried), B-Running Grey Stable Inc (KY), $3,000.
Winning Time: 1:42 3/5 (ft)
 
MNR, 3RD, ALW, $25,600, 3YO/UP, 7FT, 8-30.
3—SNEAKIN THRU, g, 8, Include--Amazonia, by Deputy Minister. ($75,000 '06 KEENOV; $80,000 '07 KEESEP). O-Wayne Kerr, B-Brereton C Jones (KY), T-Wayne Kerr, J-Brandon Whitacre, $15,872.
2—Bluegrass Star, g, 5, Bluegrass Cat--Brushed Halory, by Broad Brush. ($8,000 2013 KEENOV). O-Nancy Perkins, B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY), $5,120.
6—Wingate Hall, g, 3, Street Sense--Fruhl's Gold, by Crafty Prospector. ($130,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Southwest Racing Stables and Murphy, Bruce, B-Liberation Farm , Brandywine Farm & Darley (KY), $2,560.
Winning Time: 1:22 4/5 (fm)
 
LAD, 7TH, ALW, $25,500, 3YO/UP, 6F, 8-31.
11—ALL OWLS, g, 3, Half Ours--Sarah's My Angel, by Sutter's Prospect. ($60,000 '12 LTBSEP). O-Brittlyn Stable, Inc, B-Val C Murrell (LA), T-Ron Faucheux, J-Richard E. Eramia, $15,300.
7—Classic Lil Hooves, g, 7, Classic Alliance--Cox's Twixt, by Cox's Ridge. O-Envy Us III, Racing Stables LLC, B-Leon D Dayries (LA), $5,100.
9—Stewie Little, g, 3, Chatain--Conditional Love, by Belong to Me. ($2,600 '11 TEXDEC). O-Caroline Dodwell, B-MOONLAKE Equine Farm (LA), $2,805.
Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)
 
FE, 7TH, ALW, $16,813, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 8-31.
6—VICTORIANA ROSE, f, 4, Northern Afleet--Whistling Maid, by Bold N' Flashy. O-Weber, Robert A and Patricia, B-Patricia Weber & Robert Weber (ON), T-Donald C. MacRae, J-Christopher Griffith, $10,259.
5—Abitibi Limits, f, 4, Trajectory--Rally Runner, by Helmsman. O-Biers, Kathy and Patterson, Brian, B-Kathy Biers (ON), $3,420.
3—Tiago Beach, f, 3, Tiago--Beach Trick, by Lil's Lad. ($6,200 '12 FTKOCT). O-Sandy Merson, B-Andy Stronach (KY), $1,425.
Winning Time: 1:11 2/5 (ft)

Trainer/Jockey Stats

BRIS TRAINER/JOCKEY STATS FROM PAST 60 DAYS

Trainer/Jockey Combo   Starts   Wins   Win %
Gustavo Delgado/Edgard J. Zayas   15   9   60%
James D. Christianson/Tori Gandia   16   9   56%
William D. Cowans/Dean A. Sarvis   16   9   56%
Tammy Domenosky/James Graham   18   10   56%
Rob Atras/Alexis X. Batista   15   8   53%
Rigoberto Velasquez/David G. Lopez   16   8   50%
Gerald E. Brooks/Erick D. Rodriguez   19   9   47%
Lyle W. Magnuson/Larris Allen   19   9   47%
Greg Tracy/Rico W. Walcott   40   18   45%
Greg Tracy/Scott Williams   32   14   44%
Tim Girten/Ricardo Feliciano   16   7   44%
Scott Becker/Rafael Manuel Hernandez   62   27   44%
Dale Capuano/Antonio A. Gallardo   28   12   43%
Michael J. Maker/Francisco C. Torres   29   12   41%
Karl Broberg/Colby J. Hernandez   34   14   41%
Robert M. Gorham/Ricardo Mejias   17   7   41%
John Rigattieri/Dyn Panell   32   13   41%
Jerry Hollendorfer/Russell A. Baze   42   17   40%
Kiaran P. McLaughlin/Irad Ortiz, Jr.   20   8   40%
Ramon Preciado/Roberto Alvarado, Jr.   20   8   40%
Mario Serey, Jr./David T. Ortiz   20   8   40%
Genaro Garcia/Fernando De La Cruz   15   6   40%
Steve M. Sherman/Russell A. Baze   15   6   40%
William M. Sienkewicz/Dyn Panell   28   11   39%
John Simms/Kirk Johnson   18   7   39%
James T. Wright/Emanuel De Diego   18   7   39%

At a Glance
ARLINGTON AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.87 - 1
Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 70%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta69.42
Daily Double73.66
Trifecta398.01
Pick 3518.68
Superfecta2,260.08
Pick 617,073.30
Pick 46,046.88
Pick 517,894.12
Pick 9 Jackpot28,703.93
Super High Five Jackpot14,082.38
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/02 - 08/31)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 146 42% E Rail
7.0fDirt 34 26% E/P Outside
1 MileDirt 72 21% S Middle
1 1/16mDirt 98 24% E Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 58 34% E Rail
Turf Routes 163 18% P Rail/Ins
TRACK BIAS WEEK(08/25 - 08/31)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 4 50% E Rail
7.0fDirt 3 33% E/P Rail
1 MileDirt 5 0% P Middle
1 1/16mDirt 8 50% E Outside
Turf Sprint 4 0% P Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 7 0% E/P Rail
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Rivelli Larry 21 7 3 0 2.24 6 28%
Block Chris M. 16 6 1 4 4.31 5 17%
Becker Scott 8 4 1 0 6.53 1 26%
Livesay Charles 6 3 1 0 16.67 1 11%
Domenosky Tammy 7 3 2 1 3.03 2 19%
Cowan Jon M. 8 3 1 0 12.99 0 10%
Mullins Scott D. 3 2 0 0 4.63 0 11%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Geroux Florent 17 5 4 2 5.48 4 16%
Hernandez Rafael Manuel 10 3 0 0 13.49 1 26%
Thornton Maria 12 3 1 2 9.94 0 18%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Dini Michael 10 0 2 1 12.37 0 11%
Haran John 10 0 0 0 26.57 0 7%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Roman Constantino 13 0 2 0 19.80 0 10%
               

North American Maiden Winners
Birdbirdistheword--Negra Perla by Clever Trick; TIMEADAY, f, 2, FP, Msw, 9-1, 5f, 1:00 . B-Allen Meadows (IL.). *1/2 to Kathleen L(MSW$275,114).***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE.
Cool Coal Man--Optime' by Yes It's True; TOUCANS JACK, g, 2, GP, Mcl 16000, 9-1, 6f, 1:15 1/5. B-Janet Erwin (FL.). $3,000 '13 OBSAUG.
Giant's Causeway--Rebridled Dreams by Unbridled's Song; CARPE DIEM, c, 2, SAR, Msw, 9-1, 5 1/2f, 1:03 4/5. B-Coffeepot Stable (KY.). $550,000 '13 KEESEP; $1,600,000 2014 OBSMAR. *1/2 to Doncaster Rover(MG1P$349,932) *1/2 to J. B.'s Thunder(G1$280,130).
High Cotton--Betsy Blue by High Yield; VIDEO MOV, c, 2, GP, Msw, 9-1, 5f, :59 3/5. B-Michael T. Beach (FL.). $35,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Kitten's Joy--Majestic Feline by Johar; BANANA THIEF, c, 2, SAR, Msw, 9-1, 5 1/2fT, 1:03 2/5. B-N.Y. Kitten Foals, LLC (NY.). $55,000 '13 FTNAUG; $42,000 '13 KEEJAN; $60,000 2014 FTMMAY.
Midshipman--Wealthy by Regal Classic; WEALTHY SHIPMAN, f, 2, CBY, Msw, 9-1, 5 1/2f, 1:06 4/5. B-Betz Thoroughbreds, Inc. & Patricia Ann Elia Trust (KY.). $60,000 2014 OBSMAR.
Old Forester--St. Noras by Texas City; OLD SAINT PIETRO, g, 2, WO, Mcl 25000, 9-1, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Audre Cappuccitti (ON.).
Philanthropist--Winner Squall by Summer Squall; DEL CIELO, f, 2, WO, Msw, 9-1, 7f, 1:24 2/5. B-Riverlea Farms LTD. (ON.).
Sligo Bay (IRE)--My Sunday Gal by Bold Executive; MINNOW MONEY, g, 2, WO, Msw, 9-1, 7f, 1:26 1/5. B-Kevin Beswick & David Bell (ON.).
Smart Strike--Lucette by Dayjur; DAYSTRIKE, c, 2, TIM, Msw, 9-1, 4f, :46 4/5. B-Marathon Farms Inc. (MD.). $125,000 '13 KEEJAN; $20,000 '13 KEESEP; $42,500 2014 FTMMAY. *1/2 to Everyday Heroes(G3).
Unbridled's Song--Be My Prospect by Forest Wildcat; ALJALELA, f, 2, DEL, Msw, 9-1, a1mT, 1:38 3/5. B-Samac (KY.). $270,000 '13 FTSAUG; $450,000 2014 OBSMAR.
Broken Vow--Aidan by Dixieland Band; SUNPASS, f, 3, MTH, Mcl 10000, 9-1, 6f, 1:14 . B-Donald R. Dizney (FL.). $1,500 2013 OBSOCT.
Chapel Royal--Defrills by Defrere; FAITH HOPE LOVE, f, 3, DMR, Mcl 50000, 9-1, 6f, 1:11 . B-Sharon Biamonte & Al Milano (FL.). $105,000 2013 OBSAPR.
Cowboy Cal--Joyjoyjoy by Smart Strike; CURIOUS CAL, g, 3, SAR, Msw, 9-1, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Patricia Staskowski Purdy (NY.). *1/2 to Princess Mara($362,462).
Discreet Cat--Kiss the King by Roman Ruler; DISCREET KISS, f, 3, BTP, Mcl 5000, 9-1, 6f, 1:12 . B-Liberation Farm & Brandywine Farm (KY.). $5,500 '11 KEENOV; $13,000 '12 FTKOCT.
Divine Park--Cant Stop the Fire by Cozzene; SAVE THE PARK, f, 3, WO, Msw, 9-1, 7fT, 1:22 3/5. B-T/C Stable, LLC & Divine Park Syndic (KY.).
Empire Maker--Jeux De Danse by Grand Slam; CLEVELAND, f, 3, GP, Msw, 9-1, 1mT, 1:37 4/5. B-Farnsworth Stable LLC (FL.).
Evansville Slew--Momie Marie by Wolf Power (SAF); TOP NOTCH SLEW, g, 3, RP, Mcl 20000, 9-1, 7f, 1:24 1/5. B-C. R. TROUT (OK.). *Full to Cherylville Slew(MSW$329,780).
Halling--Tithcar (GB) by Cadeaux Genereux (GB); HALLJOY (IRE), f, 3, DMR, Msw, 8-31, 1mT, 1:36 . B-Tinnakill Bloodstock Ltd & F. Craig (IRE.). 37,000gns '12 TATOCT. *Full to An Tadh (IRE)(G3).
Harbor the Gold--Twilight Twilight by Clever Trick; TWILIGHT HARBOR, f, 3, EMD, Mcl 5000, 9-1, 5f, :58 2/5. B-Frank Gaunt (WA.).
Henny Hughes--Viva La Slew by Doneraile Court; VIVA WILDWOOD, r, 3, FP, Msw, 9-1, 6f, 1:13 3/5. B-Liberation Farm & Brandywine Farm (KY.). $3,000 '11 KEENOV; $24,000 '12 OBSAUG. *1/2 to Itsmyluckyday(G1$1,662,600).
Honorable Pic--Krystina's Day by Sharp Frosty; BRENDON'S PIC, g, 3, LAD, Mcl 5000, 9-1, 1m 70y, 1:47 2/5. B-Gerald Averett Sr. (LA.).
Milwaukee Brew--Include Katherine by Include; CHRIS' BREW, g, 3, WO, Msw, 9-1, 1 1/16m, 1:45 . B-Terra Farms Ltd (ON.). *1/2 to Why Katherine(G1P$261,105).
Noonmark--Reddy for Rubys by Precise End; BRAD'S RUBY, f, 3, SAR, Msw, 9-1, 6f, 1:10 3/5. B-Anthony Grey & Buchi Reddy (NY.). $20,000 '12 OBSJAN; $50,000 2013 OBSMAR.
Pulpit--Furlough (G1$671,844), by Easy Goer; PARTY TIME, c, 3, AP, Mcl 50000, 9-1, 1mT, 1:39 4/5. B-Katierich Farms (KY.). $330,000 '12 KEESEP. *1/2 to Happy Hunting(G3$281,917).
Roman Ruler--You Asked by Yes It's True; WILL DO, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 25000, 9-1, 1m 70y, 1:44 3/5. B-Colts Neck Stables LLC (KY.).
Sky Terrace--Bad Anne by Bold Badgett; FABULOUS ANNIE, f, 3, GG, Mcl 8000, 8-31, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-William L. Hedrick & Judy Hedrick (CA.).
Stroll--Izarra by Distorted Humor; HIKE, f, 3, AP, Msw, 9-1, 6f, 1:12 3/5. B-Janis R. Whitham (KY.).
Time to Get Even--Little Dodger by Ecton Park; LITTLE DONKEY, f, 3, RP, Msw, 9-1, 5 1/2f, 1:05 . B-Dr. Jerry T. Raskey (CA.).
Tiznow--Touch of Charm by Elusive Quality; CY SEVEN, g, 3, RP, Mcl 25000, 9-1, 1mT, 1:39 . B-Stephen Wigmore & Spruce Lane Farm (KY.). $100,000 '12 KEESEP.
Touch Gold--Nostalgic by Smart Strike; COZY NICOLE, f, 3, ELP, Mcl 30000, 9-1, 1m, 1:37 4/5. B-Brenda Stewart (KY.).
Vronsky--Jennifers Pub by All Thee Power; JENNY'S V., f, 3, GG, Msw, 9-1, 1m, 1:39 3/5. B-Benjamin C. Bryan (CA.).
Defrere--Fashion Idol by Northern Idol; TOO HOLLYWOOD, f, 4, MTH, Mcl 20000, 9-1, 1 1/16mT, 1:41 4/5. B-Law Legacy Stables LLC (NJ.).
Ents Dream--Sweet Tater Pie by Change Takes Time; ASHLEY'S LONDON, g, 4, LAD, Mcl 12500, 9-1, 5 1/2f, 1:06 2/5. B-Phyllis Wood (LA.).
Golden Missile--Blondie Logic by Thunder Puddles; SWEET IRISH EMILY, f, 4, FL, Mcl 5000, 9-1, 1m, 1:44 1/5. B-Nustar Breeding LLC (NY.). $20,000 '11 FTKZEE; $23,000 2012 FTMMAY.
Indian Charlie--Greenery by Galileo (IRE); COPSE, c, 4, BTP, Msw, 9-1, 5 1/2f, 1:06 1/5. B-Claiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneid (KY.). *1/2 to Lea(G1$709,618).
Kissin Kris--Year of the Cat by Event of the Year; KITTY KRISSEY, f, 4, NP, Mcl 7000, 9-1, 1m, 1:43 . B-Pierre Esquirol (AB.).
Master Command--Fergie by Sefapiano; MASTER OF ALL, g, 4, SUF, Mcl 5000, 9-1, 1m 70y, 1:48 . B-Don L Ming (KY.).
Mine for Gold--Babbling Girl by Mutakddim; GOLD MINE GIRL, f, 4, CLS, Msw, 9-1, 6 1/2f, 1:23 3/5. B-Craig Walter Wulf (NE.).
Quien--Jordanish by Danzatore; HOSS TATER, g, 4, AP, Mcl 25000, 9-1, 6f, 1:12 3/5. B-Marilyn C Greene & Robert K Greene (KY.).
Saint Stephen--Really Hard by In Excess (IRE); ASHARDA, f, 4, NP, Mcl 7000, 9-1, 6 1/2f, 1:21 3/5. B-Donald Edwin Lindell & Jean Annabelle Doran (AB.).
Teuflesberg--Sandlot Sue by Line in the Sand; RYAN'S TEUF ONE, g, 4, ELP, Mcl 5000, 9-1, 6f, 1:13 . B-Joan Dubois (KY.).
Toccet--Keys by Sefapiano; TOC KEY, g, 4, ELP, Mcl 7500, 9-1, 1m, 1:39 . B-Jimmy Hawkins (KY.).
Trajectory--Wild Romp by Wild Zone; SHOT MAKER, g, 4, TDN, Mcl 4000, 9-1, 6f, 1:14 . B-WANDA LADIGES & ERNIE LADIGES (ON.). C$9,500 '11 ONTSEP.
Al Ghazi--Best Part by Society Max; HE GHAZI, g, 5, BKF, Msw, 9-1, a6 1/2f, 1:30 . B-Fleming Thoroughbred Farm LLC (AZ.).
Buddha--Wassilla by Waquoit; SPELL BUDDHA, h, 5, TIM, Mcl 12500, 9-1, a6 1/2f, 1:20 1/5. B-Mrs. Frank P. Wright (MD.). $14,500 '09 FTMDEC.
Salt Lake--Gold Roses by Seeking the Gold; AOLEON, m, 5, GP, Mcl 25000, 9-1, 1 1/16mT, 1:44 4/5. B-Maria's Farm (FL.).
Sunriver--Giant Leap by Giant's Causeway; SUN WITH CAUSE, g, 5, GP, Mcl 16000, 9-1, 1 1/16mT, 1:46 2/5. B-Belwood Stables, LLC (NY.).
Mo Mon--Luciente by U. S. Flag; KACHINA DANCER, m, 7, MTH, Mcl 10000, 9-1, 1m, 1:40 3/5. B-Ramona M. Barney (NJ.).

At a Glance
DEL MAR AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 6.55 - 1
Favorite Win%: 30%, Favorite Itm%: 63%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Quinella57.79
Exacta116.48
Daily Double127.88
Trifecta922.54
Pick 31,022.98
Superfecta6,467.20
Pick 699,920.03
Pick 47,354.14
Pick 560,572.33
Place Pick All11,924.71
Super High Five47,469.92
TRACK BIAS MEET(07/17 - 08/31)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 68 40% E Rail/Ins
6.5fDirt 33 24% S Rail/Ins
1 MileDirt 53 32% E Rail
1 1/16mDirt 16 25% P Outside
Turf Sprint 5 60% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 60 8% S Inside
TRACK BIAS WEEK(08/25 - 08/31)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 10 10% E/P Middle
6.5fDirt 4 0% P Mid/Out
1 MileDirt 14 43% E Middle
1 1/16mDirt 3 67% E Middle
Turf Sprint 0 0% - na
Turf Routes 9 11% E/P Ins/Mid
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Canani Julio C. 7 5 1 0 3.89 0 14%
Cassidy James M. 12 4 2 1 10.37 0 10%
Hess, Jr. Robert B. 12 4 2 2 4.79 1 13%
Moger, Jr. Ed 4 2 0 0 20.85 1 14%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Bejarano Rafael 33 14 2 3 4.04 9 23%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Puype Mike 19 0 2 2 9.42 2 16%
Abrams Barry 13 0 1 3 18.56 1 9%
Proctor Thomas F. 11 0 1 1 8.35 2 18%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Quinonez Alonso 14 0 3 0 24.98 1 6%
Arias Saul 10 0 0 1 28.82 0 9%

Features

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

Dreams to be discovered at BBAG

by Kelsey Riley

With the likes of Novellist (Monsun) and Danedream (Lomitas) as flagbearers in recent years, the strength of the German breeding industry hardly needs introduction, and as such representatives from all four corners of the globe have flocked to Iffezheim, Germany for Tuesday's BBAG yearling sale.

Amongst those feasting their eyes on the 274 cataloged lots over the last few days were Brookdale Farms' Fred and Freddy Seitz; George Strawbridge with agent John McCormack; leading German trainers Andreas Wohler and Peter Schiergen; Irish agent Peter Doyle; Blandford Bloodstock's Tom Goff and Richard Brown; Qatar Racing Manager David Redvers; Crispin de Moubray; Simon Crisford; Luke Lillingston; New Zealand-based agent Ric Wylie; and the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Mark Richards.

Indeed, the catalog boasts something for buyers everywhere. As BBAG Assistant Manager Klaus Eulenberger pointed out, the catalogue is composed of 90 percent German-breds and is sprinkled with entrants from France, England and Ireland.

"We always say, it's not a German sale, it's a central European sale," Eulenberger noted. "It's mixed, but many of the families from abroad go back to German families."

Eulenberger also noted that the number of international buyers inspecting yearlings this year is the highest ever.

"(The number of international buyers) has increased each year over the last seven or eight years, but this is the highest," he said. "There are many U.S.-based (buyers), Japanese clients, Emirates, and every European agent has to be here for this sale."

Jamie Railton is the lone British-based vendor in town, and he presents three Tuesday: a pair of fillies by Teofilo and Lando, and a colt by Monsun.

"We've been showing since Saturday, and things are ticking along nicely," he said. "We have a number of German clients we sell for at Tattersalls and we've sold in the past here. I like being the only English vendor here. We have a good relationship with German people, and I hope that continues."

Of the German-bred Thoroughbred, Railton added, "There are some fantastic breeding empires here who have lasted for a long, long time. They win all over the world, consistently."

Three years ago, things were not so rosy at BBAG. After reaching a peak in 2007, when a record price of €710,000 was recorded for the Monsun colt North Star, the sale experienced four consecutive years of decreases in aggregate, which fell from €7.4 million in 2007 to €4.5 million in 2010. During this period of global recession, the German foal crop also fell, from 1,250 in 2008 to just over 1000 in 2010. Things began to look skyward for BBAG in 2012, with an aggregate and average that were slightly up, but the figures exploded last year, with the aggregate up €1.5 million from 19 fewer horses cataloged. Similarly, the average jumped a whopping 43 percent to €47,983.

"We had a very good sale last year, with (an aggregate) of nearly €7.3 million," Eulenberger said. "The most important figure for us and our vendors was the average price, which was the best average we've ever had."

Once the financial crisis passed, the quality of German breeding once again shone through.

"The crisis was over, so people were investing in horses again," Eulenberger said. "Also, our flagship horses like Danedream and Novellist are very important to us. The international interest is huge at the moment."

The German-bred horse has perhaps never been so revered internationally as it has in recent years, and its current excellent run was kicked off in October 2011 with the victory of Danedream in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1); the Gestut Brummerhof-bred's third consecutive Group 1. The bay found herself in the spotlight once again the following season after grinding out a victory in Ascot's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. (Eng-G1).

While Danedream was unable to defend her Arc title after her Cologne stable was quarantined, a dark bay son of German's flagship sire Monsun called Novellist was just emerging onto the scene. Christoph Berglar's homebred captured three consecutive Group 1s in 2013: the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in France, the King George and the Grosser Preis von Baden. Meanwhile last year, four other sons and daughters of Monsun recorded Group 1 victories in three different countries: Estimate, Maxios, Silasol and Fiorente. In addition, Altano (Galileo) won the Prix du Cadran (Fr-G1).

This year, Germany has a new potential worldbeater in Gestut Gorlsdorf homebred Sea the Moon (Sea the Stars). Add to this the past successes of horses like Shirocco (Monsun), Manduro (Monsun) and Stacelita (Monsun), and you have a winning formula. Furthermore, Kentucky Derby (G1) and Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) winner Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux) hails from a German family, as does Urban Sea, the dam of Galileo and Sea the Stars.

The popularity of the German-bred, and particularly the progeny of the late Monsun, was reaffirmed two weeks ago when Monsun's last-crop daughter out of the excellent producer Sasuela  topped the Arqana August yearling sale at €1.2 million. There are six final-crop progeny of Monsun cataloged Tuesday.

When considering the BBAG average has peaked at €47,983, yet German-breds are collecting some of the biggest prizes on the globe, it is apparent there is value to be found at BBAG. Last year's Deutsches Derby (Ger-G1) winner Lucky Speed (Silvano) was purchased for €46,000 in 2011 and has now earned in excess of $500,000. Danedream was a €9,000 graduate of BBAG's June sale and retired with earnings of $5.4 million; Manduro was picked up for €130,000 and earned $1.7 million and Novellist, a €100,000 buyback, had banked nearly $2 million by the time he was sold to Japan for stud duty.

Paris-based agent Crispin de Moubray, who does a lot of work for German clients, noted he has had particular success finding value at this sale.

"I've done very well out of this sale -- something like 50 percent black-type horses to purchases," he said. "I used to buy horses here for Henry Cecil, and we bought some nice horses for between €20,000 to €30,000."

He noted that a key to such success is understanding the local stallions that may fly under the radar of other international visitors.

"I always find if you don't look at the horses all the English and Irish look at, if you look at the German stallions, you can get very good value," he said.

For more information, visit www.bbag-sales.de.

At a Glance

AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE

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

Features

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

Q&A with Andreas Jacobs

by Kelsey Riley

Andreas Jacobs is the President of Baden Racing, which runs racing at Baden-Baden Racecourse in Germany as well as the adjoining sales company, BBAG. Jacobs is also in charge of his family's German stud, Gestut Fahrhof, as well as Newsells Park Stud in England and Maine Charm Farm in South Africa in addition to numerous other business interests. Late last year, Ryan Goldberg sat down with Jacobs for a TDN Magazine piece about the history and current status of the German industry, and Monday the TDN's Kelsey Riley caught up with Jacobs to discuss what has happened since then, and what the future of German racing holds.

KR: You've been running Gestut Fahrhof for close to 20 years now. How has German breeding and racing changed and evolved during that time?

AJ: German breeding, in terms of volume, peaked in 1997, because there was a peak in betting turnover. After that, betting turnover went down. That fuels the industry, so it caused a reduction of foals born and a reduction of mares. So if you look at the whole industry in the last 20 years, we had quite a recession over 15 or 16 years, and there is a bounce back now with, with the number of foals born in 2014 up.

Why has (the bounce back) happened? Betting was a problem. We have no retail distribution of betting in Germany. So unlike PMU, with 10,000 shops in France, we have 60, and it was around 150 in the best times. Second, we missed the boat on online betting. It was all done by bookmakers, in which we have no assets. So with no benefits for the racetracks, the bookmakers were making the money on betting, and the tote had no access to the market. This is a big problem.

This has slightly turned around now with the tote and the racetracks having invested in the largest bookmaker in Germany, called RaceBets. The tote is slightly picking up. As a consequence, what you have is lack of contribution from betting, which means all the racetracks were half under water, cutting costs, cutting prizemoney, cutting everything. As a consequence, you had a place like Baden-Baden being in insolvency. That was in 2010, so we needed fresh money to invest in racing, because if there's no proper racing, breeding is going to die.

So it was very obvious for people like myself to save Baden Racing. Baden Racing does about 25 percent of the on-track betting in the country, so without that you could have closed the studs as well.

What you have in parallel if you look at the breeding (over the last 20 years) is these fantastic stallions coming out of basically two very strong sire lines. One was Surumu, one was Kohnigsstuhl, and the combination of both were kind of the Mr. Prospector/Sadler's Wells combination of Germany. It was a typical nick that worked magically, and the result of it was horses like Monsun and, with a little bit of Northern Dancer later blended in, horses like Lomitas that picked up and became very good stallions.

If you look at the stallion population today, the typical German stallions are basically gone. The busy stallions in 2014 are horses like (French imports) Dabirsim and Maxios, so it's kind of a new population of stallions. That's a change.

When you look at the BBAG catalog, what is also different is that most of the studs have moved into more commercial operations. Twenty years ago, the top five studs never sold a yearling at auction. Today, the top studs are all selling colts. As a consequence, this catalog is 70 percent colts, 30 percent fillies. They're trying to keep their breeding alive by keeping all their fillies, but are we going to have a top, well-bred colt that becomes a stallion like Monsun or Lomitas? Probably not, because 70 percent are gone.

If you ask me what to expect, it would be very hard to see years that are like the years of Monsun, Lando and Lomitas. The other thing is we have lost a lot of smaller breeders, so the typical breeder that has four or five mares at home, a lot of them are gone, and the big operations are left. (The big operations) are still there because there are passionate people behind them, so in the long run you'll have a handful, maybe 10, of the largest studs that do proper international breeding. They've become more and more of a blended European product, and not a pure German product.

KR: Do you think there is anything that can be done to restore the breed to that pure German product?

AJ: I think one initiative is a horse like Maxios, where I was very disciplined to only buy the horse after having collected contributions from all the bigger studs. So half of Maxios is owned by the 10 biggest German breeders. That's an initiative I think we have to do three or four times; unite on a good horse. I think that's one thing that could take us back to the pure German breeding.

KR: Is it typical for the German breeders to join together to buy a stallion, or is this something new?

AJ: It's completely new. He's the first stallion to be syndicated in Germany. There has been a lot of rivalry or competition in German history. Surumu in his first year had eight mares. Monsun in his first year had 20 mares and Lomitas had 35. Everyone was sitting on the fence. That was the attitude in the old days. If you were standing a stallion, you had to make it yourself, because there was no commercial market.

KR: What is it that you think makes German-breds such good racehorses?

AJ: They are middle- to long-distance horses, so they are late-maturing and bred to be tough. That's pretty unique in a world where you look for a quick return and a two-year-old career. If you look at long-distance breeding and late-maturing breeding, you might run into that fabulous thing that is a tough horse.

The shortest Group 1 race in Germany is 2,000 meters. So that will give you the indication that there will never be a champion sire who is a miler or a sprinter. Historically, a stallion had to win a Group 1 over a mile-and-a-half to be a sire, so we were mating stayers to stayers, tough horses with tough horses. We also have this criteria of no drugs. That is another criteria where pure, natural toughness will survive and continue.

KR: You mentioned saving Baden Racing from insolvency in 2010. Can you talk about how the health of the racecourse has been since, and what has been done to keep it going?

AJ: Today, if you look at the top racecourses (in Germany), most of them are managed and financially supported by private people, and it's the breeders. Is that sustainable? We would love to have a more sustainable model where it's not depending on single people, but I think we're slowly getting there because the turnover is back. This year we were able to increase prizemoney and breeders' premiums, so we are able to reinvest in the system.

KR: Like most other auction houses around the world, Baden-Baden experienced a slump during the global recession, but prices have been on the rise the last few years, with huge gains last year. Why do you think it has improved so much?

AJ: It's two things. Of course the sale became more and more known and accepted by international buyers, so the percentage of international buyers went up. And we really try to bring international people on board; we really like having them here. We really try to help them coming here, organizing flights and hospitality, and that's all new. The other thing is that markets are picking up anyway, so that's just the trend.

KR: With the German Thoroughbred, there seems to be a unique problem currently where the quality is very high, but the quantity is suffering, and there are not enough German foals. What do you think can be done to encourage breeders to start, and continue, breeding more horses?

AJ: We increased the breeders' premiums, so you now get up to an average of 25 percent of the purse, which was previously about 17 percent. This is only if the horse runs in Germany. There is a nice system of auction races here, which we finance through the auction company, so that's a nice incentive to go to the auction.

Fundamentally, I think there's no way other than to have higher betting turnover that fuels prizemoney. If we don't get that fixed, we're never going to be competitive. Today, if you look at German races and horses that are in training in Germany, I'd say 15 percent of all the runs of German-trained horses are in France, because the prizemoney is so much higher.

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Tuesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Finger Lakes   (2nd) Awesome Mich, 7-2
    (5th) Tancredi, 4-1
Fort Erie   (4th) Total Accounting, 7-2
    (8th) Sisterdini, 4-1
Indiana Downs   (5th) Holy Charm, 3-1
    (6th) Catcruzin, 4-1
Mountaineer   (1st) Lordy Lordy Lordy, 4-1
    (6th) Ashby Land, 9-2
Parx Racing   (2nd) Sara Bay, 4-1
    (5th) Looks Like Sis, 4-1
Presque Isle Downs   (1st) Giant Fantasy, 3-1
    (3rd) Step Aside Boys, 4-1

Sire Lists
LEADING SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB CFls StrsWnrs/% SWs/%SPI 2014
Earnings
1 Galileo (IRE) 1998 10 1527 249 109/43 33/13 4.90 $12,272,843
2 Tapit 2001 7 752 254 106/41 13/5 2.85 $9,793,977
3 Pivotal (GB) 1993 15 1282 195 80/41 9/4 2.54 $8,913,891
4 Candy Ride (ARG) 1999 7 801 232 115/49 10/4 2.09 $6,918,269
5 Kitten's Joy 2001 6 631 240 101/42 14/5 1.80 $6,610,911
6 Shamardal 2002 7 725 208 97/46 20/9 1.82 $6,596,706
7 Giant's Causeway 1997 11 1762 286 119/41 14/4 2.60 $6,587,855
8 City Zip 1998 10 810 234 126/53 14/5 1.66 $6,346,407
9 Speightstown 1998 7 631 196 105/53 11/5 2.41 $6,186,947
10 Lemon Drop Kid 1996 11 952 193 97/50 11/5 2.05 $6,080,076

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

HIGHLIGHTS

For Tuesday

INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $36,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 5fT (7TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $31,000 alw, 3&up, 1m 70ydsT (2ND).
PARX RACING (12:25): $46,000 ocl, 3&up, 1mT (7TH).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $30,000 alw, 3&up, 1m 70yds (7TH); $30,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m 70yds (4TH); $30,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m 70yds (3RD).

*all times Eastern

Sire Lists
LEADING BROODMARE SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB DmsSps/% StsWnrs SWsBSPI ABSPI Earnings
1 Storm Cat 1983 325 75/23 500 208 20 2.06 0.82 $13,530,236
2 A.P. Indy 1989 268 67/25 409 181 22 2.07 0.83 $11,607,313
3 Gone West 1984 248 45/18 350 136 8 1.76 1.08 $10,628,908
4 Sadler's Wells 1981 408 102/25 594 203 28 2.21 1.14 $9,727,761
5 Danehill 1986 310 126/40 454 182 41 2.0 0.80 $8,499,563
6 Deputy Minister 1979 217 61/28 355 168 11 1.98 1.02 $7,252,787
7 Unbridled's Song 1993 236 56/23 357 154 10 1.58 0.98 $7,189,898
8 Not for Love 1990 97 18/18 157 73 8 1.24 0.76 $6,575,120
9 Seeking the Gold 1985 245 53/21 376 156 13 2.22 0.88 $6,480,283
10 Wild Again 1980 126 30/23 198 92 9 1.28 0.79 $6,218,335
LEADING FRESHMAN SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsStrs %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SW 2014
Earnings
1 Super Saver 2007 98 28 28 7 7 2 2 $623,509
2 Starspangledbanner (AUS) 2006 16 14 87 7 43 2 12 $600,653
3 Showcasing (GB) 2007 47 43 91 16 34 1 2 $485,008
4 Zebedee (GB) 2008 72 70 97 23 31 1 1 $454,331
5 Siyouni (FR) 2007 51 25 49 11 21 3 5 $451,643
6 Lookin At Lucky 2007 83 19 22 10 12 2 2 $433,925
7 Fast Company (IRE) 2005 52 51 98 18 34 1 1 $431,992
8 Rip Van Winkle (IRE) 2006 45 29 64 8 17 2 4 $429,831
9 Warrior's Reward 2006 84 22 26 8 9 1 1 $396,112
10 Quality Road 2006 92 13 14 5 5 1 1 $367,669

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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Sire Lists
LEADING JUVENILE SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB 2yoSts WnrSws C2yo %WnrCsw Earnings
1 Kodiac (GB) 2001 105 66 29 3 286 43 10 $1,070,477
2 Stormy Atlantic 1994 79 20 7 3 1279 35 33 $761,752
3 Tiz Wonderful 2004 96 15 8 3 271 53 5 $732,668
4 Super Saver 2007 131 28 7 2 98 25 2 $623,509
5 Starspangledbanner (AUS) 2006 53 14 7 2 16 50 2 $600,653
6 Sky Mesa 2000 111 24 10 1 638 41 17 $593,885
7 Indian Charlie 1995 94 17 11 2 930 64 25 $569,060
8 Exchange Rate 1997 50 13 5 2 671 38 21 $545,025
9 Acclamation (GB) 1999 134 63 15 0 647 23 14 $539,675
10 More Than Ready 1997 183 21 10 2 1310 47 26 $534,349
LEADING SECOND-CROP SIRES BY LIFETIME EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsSts %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SWEarnings
1 Mastercraftsman (IRE) 2006 141 125 88 56 39 9 6 $4,486,297
2 Sea the Stars (IRE) 2006 121 85 70 50 41 8 6 $4,434,837
3 Pioneerof the Nile 2006 140 70 50 34 24 5 3 $3,403,754
4 Le Havre (IRE) 2006 151 77 50 34 22 5 3 $3,088,798
5 Old Fashioned 2006 133 58 43 37 27 4 3 $2,366,440
6 Dunkirk 2006 170 86 50 40 23 5 2 $2,305,393
7 Thewayyouare 2005 92 65 70 22 23 2 2 $2,094,688
8 Colonel John 2005 165 71 43 33 20 3 1 $1,886,689
9 Two Step Salsa 2005 80 40 50 23 28 1 1 $1,754,287
10 Zensational 2006 124 72 58 34 27 2 1 $1,682,480
LEADING THIRD-CROP SIRES BY LIFETIME EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsSts %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SWEarnings
1 Hard Spun 2004 445 292 65 188 42 32 7 $18,490,525
2 Scat Daddy 2004 377 261 69 165 43 32 8 $15,093,143
3 Street Sense 2004 365 234 64 164 44 23 6 $14,686,489
4 English Channel 2002 296 188 63 114 38 17 5 $13,414,810
5 Discreet Cat 2003 333 226 67 150 45 20 6 $11,492,948
6 Teofilo (IRE) 2004 401 310 77 168 41 26 6 $11,471,591
7 Any Given Saturday 2004 320 217 67 152 47 13 4 $11,143,190
8 Lawyer Ron 2003 133 105 78 76 57 14 10 $9,062,543
9 Corinthian 2003 422 284 67 176 41 9 2 $8,882,473
10 Dutch Art (GB) 2004 257 231 89 134 52 16 6 $8,621,483
LEADING ALL-WEATHER SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB StrSts WnrSWnr WnsSWns %WSEarnings
1 Pivotal (GB) 1993 87 201 28 18 34 22 17 $6,602,140
2 Shamardal 2002 85 167 19 11 25 16 15 $2,581,227
3 Street Cry (IRE) 1998 77 178 23 14 32 20 18 $1,848,330
4 Sligo Bay (IRE) 1998 45 138 17 2 23 3 17 $1,704,606
5 Thewayyouare 2005 16 24 5 1 7 1 29 $1,490,275
6 Candy Ride (ARG) 1999 75 166 22 3 30 3 18 $1,472,846
7 Tribal Rule 1996 80 207 36 1 50 2 24 $1,373,063
8 Philanthropist 2001 44 141 16 4 23 6 16 $1,273,148
9 Where's the Ring 1999 65 233 21 1 29 1 12 $1,221,899
10 Nadeem (AUS) 2003 1 1 1 1 1 1 100 $1,200,000

Racing Highlights

For Tuesday

INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $36,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 5fT (7TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $31,000 alw, 3&up, 1m 70ydsT (2ND).
PARX RACING (12:25): $46,000 ocl, 3&up, 1mT (7TH).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $30,000 alw, 3&up, 1m 70yds (7TH); $30,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m 70yds (4TH); $30,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m 70yds (3RD).

*all times Eastern

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

Announcements

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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.