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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

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St Leger attracts 33 entries

Entries have been revealed for the final English classic of the season, the St Leger, which takes place at Doncaster on September 13. Run over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards, the Group 1 contest boasts a record prize fund of £650,000.

Two of the past four St Leger winners have been trained by John Gosden -- Arctic Cosmos (2010) and Masked Marvel (2011) -- and the Newmarket handler has won the final classic four times in total. Gosden looks to hold another strong hand this year with Derby third Romsdal and King Edward VII Stakes victor Eagle Top starring among his five entries.

The Gosden-trained quintet also includes Cloudscape, who stayed on well when fourth in the 10-furlong Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot, impressive Doncaster maiden scorer Forever Now and Marzocco, who stayed on to take fifth in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp on July 13.

Observational will test his St Leger credentials in the 12-furlong Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on July 30. The Roger Charlton-trained colt stayed on dourly to capture the Cocked Hat Stakes by a neck from Marzocco at the same course in May, but missed the Derby with a bad scope and has not run since.

"We have entered Observational in the St Leger and it's a race we are looking at," Charlton reported. "Everything is fine with him. He will go for the Gordon Stakes next and we will see how he gets on there before deciding if he needs another run before the St Leger.

"I would not be too concerned about stepping up in trip."

The Goodwood contest has produced four St Leger heroes since the turn of the century courtesy of Encke (2012), Arctic Cosmos (2010), Conduit (2008) and Sixties Icon (2006). It forms part of the 'Road to the St Leger' series, which also features the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on August 20.

Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien saddled his fourth St Leger winner last year with Leading Light and has seven entries in 2014, the most of any trainer. The Ballydoyle septet includes Irish Derby runner-up Kingfisher plus stakes scorer Indian Maharaja and impressive maiden winner Granddukeoftuscany.

Other possible starters for O'Brien are Adjusted, Annus Mirabilis, Blue Hussar and Buonarroti, who was fifth at Doncaster last season in the Racing Post Trophy.

In addition to O'Brien's seven entries, there are a further two entries from Ireland. John Oxx has entered the Christopher Tsui-owned Streetcar to Stars, a son of Sea the Stars who was narrowly denied in a 12-furlong stakes at Leopardstown in June before gaining a comfortable success in a 10-furlong maiden at the Curragh later the same month.

The St Leger is the one English classic to have eluded Jim Bolger and the trainer has entered dual handicap scorer Wexford Town, a full-brother to last year's Irish Derby hero Trading Leather.

No current trainer has won the St Leger more times than Godolphin's Saeed bin Suroor who has five victories to his name, most recently Mastery in 2009. Bin Suroor's four entries in 2014 include Elite Army, impressive winner of the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot and True Story, who was last seen out when fifth in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on July 5.

The lightly-raced Arabian Revolution and Winter Thunder complete the Godolphin quartet.

Sir Michael Stoute famously broke his St Leger duck with Conduit in 2008 and has a pair of interesting contenders in Lingfield Derby Trial victor Snow Sky and the unexposed Kings Fete.

Kingston Hill enjoyed the biggest victory of his career at Doncaster when he was successful in the Racing Post Trophy last October. The son of Mastercraftsman went on to defeat all bar Australia in the Derby at Epsom and is one of two entries for Roger Varian along with Ayrad, who was last seen out when disappointing in the French Derby at Chantilly in June.

Leading Light won the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot en route to St Leger glory last year and the winner of that two-mile contest in 2014 was Hartnell. The Mark Johnston-trained colt has gone on to advertise his St Leger credentials by landing the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket on July 10, when he defeated the Richard Hannon-trained Windshear.

Johnston could also be represented by Somewhat, who belied his 100-1 starting price when third in the Eclipse Stakes, and Alex My Boy.

Andrew Balding has made entries for Scotland, who was a staying-on third behind Eagle Top at Royal Ascot, and Impulsive Moment, last seen out when third in the Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton on July 18.

The Ed Dunlop-trained Red Galileo came from way off the pace to take fifth in the Derby, while the entries are completed by Min Alemarat, Odeon and Astronereus.

There is a scratchings' stage for the St Leger on August 26. The five-day confirmation stage is on September 8, when there is also a £50,000 supplementary entry stage.

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St Leger attracts 33 entries

Entries have been revealed for the final English classic of the season, the St Leger, which takes place at Doncaster on September 13. Run over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards, the Group 1 contest boasts a record prize fund of £650,000.

Two of the past four St Leger winners have been trained by John Gosden -- Arctic Cosmos (2010) and Masked Marvel (2011) -- and the Newmarket handler has won the final classic four times in total. Gosden looks to hold another strong hand this year with Derby third Romsdal and King Edward VII Stakes victor Eagle Top starring among his five entries.

The Gosden-trained quintet also includes Cloudscape, who stayed on well when fourth in the 10-furlong Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot, impressive Doncaster maiden scorer Forever Now and Marzocco, who stayed on to take fifth in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp on July 13.

Observational will test his St Leger credentials in the 12-furlong Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on July 30. The Roger Charlton-trained colt stayed on dourly to capture the Cocked Hat Stakes by a neck from Marzocco at the same course in May, but missed the Derby with a bad scope and has not run since.

"We have entered Observational in the St Leger and it's a race we are looking at," Charlton reported. "Everything is fine with him. He will go for the Gordon Stakes next and we will see how he gets on there before deciding if he needs another run before the St Leger.

"I would not be too concerned about stepping up in trip."

The Goodwood contest has produced four St Leger heroes since the turn of the century courtesy of Encke (2012), Arctic Cosmos (2010), Conduit (2008) and Sixties Icon (2006). It forms part of the 'Road to the St Leger' series, which also features the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on August 20.

Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien saddled his fourth St Leger winner last year with Leading Light and has seven entries in 2014, the most of any trainer. The Ballydoyle septet includes Irish Derby runner-up Kingfisher plus stakes scorer Indian Maharaja and impressive maiden winner Granddukeoftuscany.

Other possible starters for O'Brien are Adjusted, Annus Mirabilis, Blue Hussar and Buonarroti, who was fifth at Doncaster last season in the Racing Post Trophy.

In addition to O'Brien's seven entries, there are a further two entries from Ireland. John Oxx has entered the Christopher Tsui-owned Streetcar to Stars, a son of Sea the Stars who was narrowly denied in a 12-furlong stakes at Leopardstown in June before gaining a comfortable success in a 10-furlong maiden at the Curragh later the same month.

The St Leger is the one English classic to have eluded Jim Bolger and the trainer has entered dual handicap scorer Wexford Town, a full-brother to last year's Irish Derby hero Trading Leather.

No current trainer has won the St Leger more times than Godolphin's Saeed bin Suroor who has five victories to his name, most recently Mastery in 2009. Bin Suroor's four entries in 2014 include Elite Army, impressive winner of the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot and True Story, who was last seen out when fifth in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on July 5.

The lightly-raced Arabian Revolution and Winter Thunder complete the Godolphin quartet.

Sir Michael Stoute famously broke his St Leger duck with Conduit in 2008 and has a pair of interesting contenders in Lingfield Derby Trial victor Snow Sky and the unexposed Kings Fete.

Kingston Hill enjoyed the biggest victory of his career at Doncaster when he was successful in the Racing Post Trophy last October. The son of Mastercraftsman went on to defeat all bar Australia in the Derby at Epsom and is one of two entries for Roger Varian along with Ayrad, who was last seen out when disappointing in the French Derby at Chantilly in June.

Leading Light won the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot en route to St Leger glory last year and the winner of that two-mile contest in 2014 was Hartnell. The Mark Johnston-trained colt has gone on to advertise his St Leger credentials by landing the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket on July 10, when he defeated the Richard Hannon-trained Windshear.

Johnston could also be represented by Somewhat, who belied his 100-1 starting price when third in the Eclipse Stakes, and Alex My Boy.

Andrew Balding has made entries for Scotland, who was a staying-on third behind Eagle Top at Royal Ascot, and Impulsive Moment, last seen out when third in the Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton on July 18.

The Ed Dunlop-trained Red Galileo came from way off the pace to take fifth in the Derby, while the entries are completed by Min Alemarat, Odeon and Astronereus.

There is a scratchings' stage for the St Leger on August 26. The five-day confirmation stage is on September 8, when there is also a £50,000 supplementary entry stage.

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Bayern travel plans set; Irish You Well taking shot at Haskell

Bayern registered a 108 BRIS Speed rating for his 7 1/2-length romp in the Woody Stephens (NYRA/Coglianese Photo/Courtney Heeney)

Trainer Bob Baffert confirmed that Woody Stephens winner Bayern will jet to Monmouth Park this Thursday as local hope Irish You Well will continue to train at the Oceanport, New Jersey track for Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational.

After watching the colt breeze five furlongs in :59 1/5 over Del Mar's all-weather surface Monday morning, Baffert, who has trained a record six Haskell winners, confirmed the son of Offlee Wild for the 1 1/8-mile Haskell and that Martin Garcia, who was aboard for the work, will have the mount in Monmouth's signature event.

Garcia, no stranger to the Haskell, captured the 2010 edition atop Lookin at Lucky and again in 2011 with Coil. A win on Sunday would tie him with Craig Perret for most Haskell wins by a jockey.

Bayern, who whistled to a 7 1/2 length victory in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens on Belmont Stakes Day, has won three of his six starts for owner Kaleem Shah Inc. He won his debut on January 4 of this year and took an entry level allowance next out in February, both at Santa Anita. After a third-place finish in the Arkansas Derby he put his nose down first in the Derby Trial only to be disqualified to second. He followed that up with a start in the Preakness and then his dominating score in the Woody Stephens.

Irish You Well, who took the Long Branch over the Monmouth strip on July 5, has been stabled at the track since May. As a maiden he took on graded stakes company, finishing third in the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne and the Peter Pan at Belmont Park.

"He's been there for quite a while and he loves the track there," said trainer Wayne Catalano, who conditions Irish You Well for Donegal Racing. "He broke his maiden on it and has been training well over it.

"He was third behind Tonalist and Commissioner in the Peter Pan and they went on to be one-two in the Belmont, so he deserves his shot."

Irish You Well will get a new rider in Jose Lezcano in the Haskell, as that duo will face a field that is expected to include the filly Untapable as well as Albano, Encryption, Just Call Kenny, Medal Count, Social Inclusion and Wildcat Red. The field for this year's 47th renewal of the Haskell will be drawn at noon (EDT) on Thursday.

"There is no question that it's a tough, touch race," Catalano said. "This is a big test for him, but he's been over that surface and he's been running well so everybody wants to give it a shot."

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Bayern travel plans set; Irish You Well taking shot at Haskell

Bayern registered a 108 BRIS Speed rating for his 7 1/2-length romp in the Woody Stephens (NYRA/Coglianese Photo/Courtney Heeney)

Trainer Bob Baffert confirmed that Woody Stephens winner Bayern will jet to Monmouth Park this Thursday as local hope Irish You Well will continue to train at the Oceanport, New Jersey track for Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational.

After watching the colt breeze five furlongs in :59 1/5 over Del Mar's all-weather surface Monday morning, Baffert, who has trained a record six Haskell winners, confirmed the son of Offlee Wild for the 1 1/8-mile Haskell and that Martin Garcia, who was aboard for the work, will have the mount in Monmouth's signature event.

Garcia, no stranger to the Haskell, captured the 2010 edition atop Lookin at Lucky and again in 2011 with Coil. A win on Sunday would tie him with Craig Perret for most Haskell wins by a jockey.

Bayern, who whistled to a 7 1/2 length victory in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens on Belmont Stakes Day, has won three of his six starts for owner Kaleem Shah Inc. He won his debut on January 4 of this year and took an entry level allowance next out in February, both at Santa Anita. After a third-place finish in the Arkansas Derby he put his nose down first in the Derby Trial only to be disqualified to second. He followed that up with a start in the Preakness and then his dominating score in the Woody Stephens.

Irish You Well, who took the Long Branch over the Monmouth strip on July 5, has been stabled at the track since May. As a maiden he took on graded stakes company, finishing third in the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne and the Peter Pan at Belmont Park.

"He's been there for quite a while and he loves the track there," said trainer Wayne Catalano, who conditions Irish You Well for Donegal Racing. "He broke his maiden on it and has been training well over it.

"He was third behind Tonalist and Commissioner in the Peter Pan and they went on to be one-two in the Belmont, so he deserves his shot."

Irish You Well will get a new rider in Jose Lezcano in the Haskell, as that duo will face a field that is expected to include the filly Untapable as well as Albano, Encryption, Just Call Kenny, Medal Count, Social Inclusion and Wildcat Red. The field for this year's 47th renewal of the Haskell will be drawn at noon (EDT) on Thursday.

"There is no question that it's a tough, touch race," Catalano said. "This is a big test for him, but he's been over that surface and he's been running well so everybody wants to give it a shot."

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Bramlage, Fallon, Lavin to be honored by Thoroughbred Club of America

Three veterinarians, Dr. Lawrence R. Bramlage, Dr. Edward H. Fallon and Dr. A. Gary Lavin have been selected by the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Club of America as Honored Guests, club president Happy Broadbent announced Tuesday. All three will be honored by the Club at its 83rd Testimonial Dinner at Keeneland on September 28.

"These distinguished honorees are legends in equine veterinary medicine," Broadbent said. "Through their respective accomplishments as a surgeon, reproductive specialist, and racetrack veterinarian, these three pioneers have all improved the welfare of the Thoroughbred. Particularly in a year when the world has focused on how Thoroughbreds are treated, we look forward to honoring these three remarkable men and telling the story of the best in veterinary care."

Dr. Larry Bramlage has distinguished himself as a teacher, researcher, and leader within his profession but is best known as an orthopedic surgeon. He is the most highly sought veterinarian for countless owners and trainers whenever orthopedic problems need diagnosis or surgery.

Among his best known cases was repairing Personal Ensign's fracture which had appeared to be career-ending. After surgery, Personal Ensign returned to continue her unbeaten career, culminating in a dramatic victory in the 1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff.

A native of Kansas, Dr. Bramlage graduated from Kansas State University and taught at The Ohio State University before moving to Lexington, Kentucky, in 1989 to join Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, where he became a partner in 1992.

Dr. Fallon represents the fourth generation of a family of veterinarians whose connection to Kentucky dates from 1875, when a Scottish-educated veterinarian named Edward Thomas Hagyard was called to Kentucky to consult on a valuable Shorthorn bull. An equine practice grew from that visit.

Third-generation Charles Edward Hagyard was joined in the practice in 1940 by Arthur Davidson and William McGee, which completed the team that for decades was known as Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (now Hagyard Equine Medical Institute).

Dr. Ed Fallon is the son of Dr. Charles Hagyard's sister. He graduated from Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1956, and his son Luke Hagyard Fallon, a fifth generation equine veterinarian, graduated from Cornell in 1996.

In taking his turn of stewardship of the revered old firm, Dr. Ed Fallon was instrumental in bringing about an era of increased efficiency in broodmare management. He utilized and promoted such scientific developments as ovarian palpation to determine pregnancy in mares and use of artificial lighting to stimulate estrous cycles.

Dr. Lavin is the son of well-known racing secretary Allan Lavin and grew up in the sport. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary college in 1962 and for many years was a practitioner and surgeon on the race track. The many honors he received reflect the quality of care he gave to clients and their horses. They include his alma mater's Bellwether Medal for Distinguished Leadership, status as a Distinguished Life Member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and designation as a Distinguished Practitioner of the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners.

Further indication of the respect he has earned within his profession was the AAEP's establishment of the Lavin Cup for Equine Welfare in 1996.

Dr. Lavin has given his time and leadership to many roles, having been president of the AAEP and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, as well as steward of The Jockey Club, trustee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, The Breeders' Cup, and presently as director of Keeneland and as vice chairman of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

Lavin and his family operate Longfield Farm in Goshen, Kentucky. Lavin's wife, Betsy, serves on the Kentucky Racing Commission, and their sons are involved in bloodstock agency and equine insurance.

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Bramlage, Fallon, Lavin to be honored by Thoroughbred Club of America

Three veterinarians, Dr. Lawrence R. Bramlage, Dr. Edward H. Fallon and Dr. A. Gary Lavin have been selected by the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Club of America as Honored Guests, club president Happy Broadbent announced Tuesday. All three will be honored by the Club at its 83rd Testimonial Dinner at Keeneland on September 28.

"These distinguished honorees are legends in equine veterinary medicine," Broadbent said. "Through their respective accomplishments as a surgeon, reproductive specialist, and racetrack veterinarian, these three pioneers have all improved the welfare of the Thoroughbred. Particularly in a year when the world has focused on how Thoroughbreds are treated, we look forward to honoring these three remarkable men and telling the story of the best in veterinary care."

Dr. Larry Bramlage has distinguished himself as a teacher, researcher, and leader within his profession but is best known as an orthopedic surgeon. He is the most highly sought veterinarian for countless owners and trainers whenever orthopedic problems need diagnosis or surgery.

Among his best known cases was repairing Personal Ensign's fracture which had appeared to be career-ending. After surgery, Personal Ensign returned to continue her unbeaten career, culminating in a dramatic victory in the 1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff.

A native of Kansas, Dr. Bramlage graduated from Kansas State University and taught at The Ohio State University before moving to Lexington, Kentucky, in 1989 to join Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, where he became a partner in 1992.

Dr. Fallon represents the fourth generation of a family of veterinarians whose connection to Kentucky dates from 1875, when a Scottish-educated veterinarian named Edward Thomas Hagyard was called to Kentucky to consult on a valuable Shorthorn bull. An equine practice grew from that visit.

Third-generation Charles Edward Hagyard was joined in the practice in 1940 by Arthur Davidson and William McGee, which completed the team that for decades was known as Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (now Hagyard Equine Medical Institute).

Dr. Ed Fallon is the son of Dr. Charles Hagyard's sister. He graduated from Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1956, and his son Luke Hagyard Fallon, a fifth generation equine veterinarian, graduated from Cornell in 1996.

In taking his turn of stewardship of the revered old firm, Dr. Ed Fallon was instrumental in bringing about an era of increased efficiency in broodmare management. He utilized and promoted such scientific developments as ovarian palpation to determine pregnancy in mares and use of artificial lighting to stimulate estrous cycles.

Dr. Lavin is the son of well-known racing secretary Allan Lavin and grew up in the sport. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary college in 1962 and for many years was a practitioner and surgeon on the race track. The many honors he received reflect the quality of care he gave to clients and their horses. They include his alma mater's Bellwether Medal for Distinguished Leadership, status as a Distinguished Life Member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and designation as a Distinguished Practitioner of the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners.

Further indication of the respect he has earned within his profession was the AAEP's establishment of the Lavin Cup for Equine Welfare in 1996.

Dr. Lavin has given his time and leadership to many roles, having been president of the AAEP and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, as well as steward of The Jockey Club, trustee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, The Breeders' Cup, and presently as director of Keeneland and as vice chairman of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

Lavin and his family operate Longfield Farm in Goshen, Kentucky. Lavin's wife, Betsy, serves on the Kentucky Racing Commission, and their sons are involved in bloodstock agency and equine insurance.

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Borislow, owner and bettor, dead at 52

Dan Borislow, a communications and technology entrepreneur who was a prominent Thoroughbred owner and bettor, reportedly died Monday from a heart attack after playing a pick-up soccer match in Florida. He was 52.

Borislow most notably owned multiple Grade 1 winner Toccet, who racked up major stakes wins as a two-year-old in 2002, taking the Champagne at Belmont Park, Hollywood Futurity, Remsen at Aqueduct, and Laurel Futurity. Borislow also campaigned in partnership 2005 Queen's Plate winner Wild Desert.

Borislow returned to the racing headlines on May 25 by winning Gulfstream Park's Rainbow 6 jackpot for a record $6,678,939.12, a day before there was to be a mandatory payout on the Pick 6 wager. The amount Borislow invested on that single winning ticket was reportedly $7,603.20.

Borislow made his fortune in telephone communications, first by founding the company Tel-Save and than later inventing the MagicJack device.

Borislow, owner and bettor, dead at 52

Dan Borislow, a communications and technology entrepreneur who was a prominent Thoroughbred owner and bettor, reportedly died Monday from a heart attack after playing a pick-up soccer match in Florida. He was 52.

Borislow most notably owned multiple Grade 1 winner Toccet, who racked up major stakes wins as a two-year-old in 2002, taking the Champagne at Belmont Park, Hollywood Futurity, Remsen at Aqueduct, and Laurel Futurity. Borislow also campaigned in partnership 2005 Queen's Plate winner Wild Desert.

Borislow returned to the racing headlines on May 25 by winning Gulfstream Park's Rainbow 6 jackpot for a record $6,678,939.12, a day before there was to be a mandatory payout on the Pick 6 wager. The amount Borislow invested on that single winning ticket was reportedly $7,603.20.

Borislow made his fortune in telephone communications, first by founding the company Tel-Save and than later inventing the MagicJack device.

Commanding Curve among 10 entered in Curlin

Commanding Curve is prepping for his main summer goal, the Travers (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve, looking to turn the page on a disappointing performance in the Belmont Stakes, has been entered in Friday's $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga. Held the day before the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy over the same 1 1/8-mile trip, the Curlin offers a relatively easier stepping stone to the August 23 Travers. But like a typical stakes at the Spa, it remains quite competitive, with such useful stakes runners as Life in Shambles, Joint Custody, Spot and Cousin Stephen as well as up-and-comers Charge Now, Protonico, Viva Majorca and V. E. Day.

Commanding Curve is still seeking his first win outside of maiden company. After breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs last November, the Dallas Stewart trainee finished sixth in the Risen Star and a troubled third in the Louisiana Derby. Commanding Curve was overlooked at 37-1 in the Kentucky Derby, but outperformed his odds when storming from 18th to second, reducing California Chrome's margin to 1 3/4 lengths. The West Point Thoroughbreds colorbearer showed little, however, in the June 7 Belmont, where he wound up ninth, beating only the two who were eased.

Training forwardly since that subpar effort, Commanding Curve just breezed five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 here last Saturday. Connections were also considering the Jim Dandy before entering the Curlin, which appears to have more pace on tap. The deep closer has drawn the rail with regular rider Shaun Bridgmohan.

Life in Shambles, a stablemate and frequent work companion for Belmont Stakes hero Tonalist, will likely be on or near the early lead from post 10. Beaten just a head in his stakes bow in the May 17 Sir Barton, the Christophe Clement pupil set a demanding tempo in the June 7 Easy Goer and paid for it late. The gritty gelding wound up third to Kid Cruz and Legend, who could square off in the Jim Dandy (Kid Cruz has the August 2 West Virginia Derby as another possibility). Joel Rosario, aboard for both of his stakes attempts, will guide Life in Shambles from the outside post 10.

The Kid Cruz formline is also represented by Joint Custody and Spot. Joint Custody placed behind Kid Cruz in the Private Terms and Federico Tesio in his home state of Maryland. Venturing to Delaware Park for the Grover (Buddy) Delp Memorial, Joint Custody was outdueled by Tiz'naz, but rebounded with a convincing win in the off-the-turf Stanton in his latest. He renews rivalry with Tiz'naz, who comes to Saratoga off a dismal seventh in the July 5 Long Branch at Monmouth. As the only two stakes winners at a mile or more in the field, Joint Custody and Tiz'naz are the co-highweights at 123 pounds.

Spot made an auspicious start for new connections -- owner Joseph Moss and trainer Nick Zito -- in the Swale at Gulfstream Park, stunning the hitherto unbeaten No Nay Never. But the well-bred son of Pulpit hasn't managed to hit the board in four ensuing races. His best result in that span was his most recent, a closing fourth to Kid Cruz in the July 5 Dwyer, and he could be on the verge of another move forward. Note that Spot gets a rider switch to Jose Ortiz.

The Chad Brown-trained Cousin Stephen aims to fulfill his early promise. Stamping himself as one to watch when crushing an Aqueduct maiden last November, he was the 8-5 favorite in a loaded allowance at Gulfstream in January, but wound up fifth to Commissioner and Top Billing. Cousin Stephen exited that loss with a lung infection. He was back on track in the Sam F. Davis, finishing a battling-on third, but flopped in the Tampa Bay Derby and headed to the sidelines. The Proud Citizen colt made a winning return in a June 16 Parx allowance, where he led throughout before holding on by a desperate nose, and now he gets Hall of Famer John Velazquez in his corner.

Charge Now has always inspired hopes as a half-brother to 2010 Kentucky Derby hero Super Saver. The Bill Mott colt captured a Gulfstream maiden and promptly wired an entry-level allowance at Belmont, earning his way into the Grade 3 ranks in the Iowa Derby. But Charge Now never got involved after breaking slowly and trudged home seventh in the Prairie Meadows slop. The son of Tiznow is eligible to make amends.

Protonico is another blueblood who is likely better than his lone stakes result, a sixth in last fall's Nashua. By Giant's Causeway and out of an A.P. Indy mare, Protonico has won both of his other starts. He romped in his debut at Delaware, captured a Belmont allowance most recently in his first outing for Todd Pletcher, and keeps Javier Castellano in the saddle.

Viva Majorca and V. E. Day are stepping up to face stakes rivals, but both have the right profile to make an impact. Viva Majorca, a Marylou Whitney homebred, trounced a Gulfstream maiden by 12 lengths and rolled to a 3 1/2-length allowance win at Churchill Downs. Although he has raced only in sprints so far, the son of Tiago is bred to prefer a route. V. E. Day comes off two straight wins at Belmont for Jimmy Jerkens, in a sloppy, off-the-turf maiden and a turf allowance at this trip. The English Channel colt's preferred surface is yet to be determined, for he is untested on a fast main track.

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Commanding Curve among 10 entered in Curlin

Commanding Curve is prepping for his main summer goal, the Travers (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve, looking to turn the page on a disappointing performance in the Belmont Stakes, has been entered in Friday's $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga. Held the day before the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy over the same 1 1/8-mile trip, the Curlin offers a relatively easier stepping stone to the August 23 Travers. But like a typical stakes at the Spa, it remains quite competitive, with such useful stakes runners as Life in Shambles, Joint Custody, Spot and Cousin Stephen as well as up-and-comers Charge Now, Protonico, Viva Majorca and V. E. Day.

Commanding Curve is still seeking his first win outside of maiden company. After breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs last November, the Dallas Stewart trainee finished sixth in the Risen Star and a troubled third in the Louisiana Derby. Commanding Curve was overlooked at 37-1 in the Kentucky Derby, but outperformed his odds when storming from 18th to second, reducing California Chrome's margin to 1 3/4 lengths. The West Point Thoroughbreds colorbearer showed little, however, in the June 7 Belmont, where he wound up ninth, beating only the two who were eased.

Training forwardly since that subpar effort, Commanding Curve just breezed five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 here last Saturday. Connections were also considering the Jim Dandy before entering the Curlin, which appears to have more pace on tap. The deep closer has drawn the rail with regular rider Shaun Bridgmohan.

Life in Shambles, a stablemate and frequent work companion for Belmont Stakes hero Tonalist, will likely be on or near the early lead from post 10. Beaten just a head in his stakes bow in the May 17 Sir Barton, the Christophe Clement pupil set a demanding tempo in the June 7 Easy Goer and paid for it late. The gritty gelding wound up third to Kid Cruz and Legend, who could square off in the Jim Dandy (Kid Cruz has the August 2 West Virginia Derby as another possibility). Joel Rosario, aboard for both of his stakes attempts, will guide Life in Shambles from the outside post 10.

The Kid Cruz formline is also represented by Joint Custody and Spot. Joint Custody placed behind Kid Cruz in the Private Terms and Federico Tesio in his home state of Maryland. Venturing to Delaware Park for the Grover (Buddy) Delp Memorial, Joint Custody was outdueled by Tiz'naz, but rebounded with a convincing win in the off-the-turf Stanton in his latest. He renews rivalry with Tiz'naz, who comes to Saratoga off a dismal seventh in the July 5 Long Branch at Monmouth. As the only two stakes winners at a mile or more in the field, Joint Custody and Tiz'naz are the co-highweights at 123 pounds.

Spot made an auspicious start for new connections -- owner Joseph Moss and trainer Nick Zito -- in the Swale at Gulfstream Park, stunning the hitherto unbeaten No Nay Never. But the well-bred son of Pulpit hasn't managed to hit the board in four ensuing races. His best result in that span was his most recent, a closing fourth to Kid Cruz in the July 5 Dwyer, and he could be on the verge of another move forward. Note that Spot gets a rider switch to Jose Ortiz.

The Chad Brown-trained Cousin Stephen aims to fulfill his early promise. Stamping himself as one to watch when crushing an Aqueduct maiden last November, he was the 8-5 favorite in a loaded allowance at Gulfstream in January, but wound up fifth to Commissioner and Top Billing. Cousin Stephen exited that loss with a lung infection. He was back on track in the Sam F. Davis, finishing a battling-on third, but flopped in the Tampa Bay Derby and headed to the sidelines. The Proud Citizen colt made a winning return in a June 16 Parx allowance, where he led throughout before holding on by a desperate nose, and now he gets Hall of Famer John Velazquez in his corner.

Charge Now has always inspired hopes as a half-brother to 2010 Kentucky Derby hero Super Saver. The Bill Mott colt captured a Gulfstream maiden and promptly wired an entry-level allowance at Belmont, earning his way into the Grade 3 ranks in the Iowa Derby. But Charge Now never got involved after breaking slowly and trudged home seventh in the Prairie Meadows slop. The son of Tiznow is eligible to make amends.

Protonico is another blueblood who is likely better than his lone stakes result, a sixth in last fall's Nashua. By Giant's Causeway and out of an A.P. Indy mare, Protonico has won both of his other starts. He romped in his debut at Delaware, captured a Belmont allowance most recently in his first outing for Todd Pletcher, and keeps Javier Castellano in the saddle.

Viva Majorca and V. E. Day are stepping up to face stakes rivals, but both have the right profile to make an impact. Viva Majorca, a Marylou Whitney homebred, trounced a Gulfstream maiden by 12 lengths and rolled to a 3 1/2-length allowance win at Churchill Downs. Although he has raced only in sprints so far, the son of Tiago is bred to prefer a route. V. E. Day comes off two straight wins at Belmont for Jimmy Jerkens, in a sloppy, off-the-turf maiden and a turf allowance at this trip. The English Channel colt's preferred surface is yet to be determined, for he is untested on a fast main track.

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Sky Kingdom, Soi Phet top 11-horse Cougar II field

Sky Kingdom's last Grade 3 victory came in the 2013 Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita (Benoit Photos)

Sky Kingdom, whose only placing in four attempts over Del Mar's main track was a close second-place finish in last season's Grade 3, $100,000 Cougar II Handicap, will attempt to make amends when the 1 1/2-mile fixture is renewed on Friday at the San Diego-area course.

The even-money favorite in the Cougar II a year ago, Sky Kingdom's half-length defeat was no disgrace. He was beaten that afternoon by Richard's Kid, a local Polytrack legend who was winning the Cougar II for a second time to go along with two prior triumphs in the Pacific Classic.

Fourth in Del Mar's one-mile Harry F. Brubaker to close out his 2013 campaign, the Bob Baffert-trained Sky Kingdom made his return to action on Independence Day at Los Alamitos, where he landed the $83,000 American Flag by a half-length going 1 1/16 miles on dirt.

The only one in the 11-horse Cougar II field with a victory over the Del Mar Polytrack is Soi Phet, who is actually undefeated in three outings over the surface. All three occurred against allowance company at the 2013 meet, and the Leonard Powell charge recently scored his first stakes win taking the $101,000 Bertrando for California-breds at Los Alamitos.

Longview Drive, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, exits a one-length victory in the $100,000 Oak Tree Handicap at Pleasanton, which followed a head loss against Grade 3 company in the All American over Golden Gate Fields' Tapeta track.

Old Time Hockey, winner of the La Jolla Handicap over the Del Mar turf two years ago, tries a synthetic surface for the first time in the Cougar II. Hero of the Florida Cup Turf Classic at Tampa Bay Downs in April, the gelded son of Smarty Jones recently rallied for fourth in the American Flag at Los Alamitos after a slow start.

Other notables lining up in the Cougar II are Peruvian Group 1 winner Lideris, a distant fifth in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita in his U.S. bow, and the Grade 2-placed American Blend, who debuts for trainer John Sadler after being claimed for $75,000 at Santa Anita on June 15.

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Sky Kingdom, Soi Phet top 11-horse Cougar II field

Sky Kingdom's last Grade 3 victory came in the 2013 Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita (Benoit Photos)

Sky Kingdom, whose only placing in four attempts over Del Mar's main track was a close second-place finish in last season's Grade 3, $100,000 Cougar II Handicap, will attempt to make amends when the 1 1/2-mile fixture is renewed on Friday at the San Diego-area course.

The even-money favorite in the Cougar II a year ago, Sky Kingdom's half-length defeat was no disgrace. He was beaten that afternoon by Richard's Kid, a local Polytrack legend who was winning the Cougar II for a second time to go along with two prior triumphs in the Pacific Classic.

Fourth in Del Mar's one-mile Harry F. Brubaker to close out his 2013 campaign, the Bob Baffert-trained Sky Kingdom made his return to action on Independence Day at Los Alamitos, where he landed the $83,000 American Flag by a half-length going 1 1/16 miles on dirt.

The only one in the 11-horse Cougar II field with a victory over the Del Mar Polytrack is Soi Phet, who is actually undefeated in three outings over the surface. All three occurred against allowance company at the 2013 meet, and the Leonard Powell charge recently scored his first stakes win taking the $101,000 Bertrando for California-breds at Los Alamitos.

Longview Drive, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, exits a one-length victory in the $100,000 Oak Tree Handicap at Pleasanton, which followed a head loss against Grade 3 company in the All American over Golden Gate Fields' Tapeta track.

Old Time Hockey, winner of the La Jolla Handicap over the Del Mar turf two years ago, tries a synthetic surface for the first time in the Cougar II. Hero of the Florida Cup Turf Classic at Tampa Bay Downs in April, the gelded son of Smarty Jones recently rallied for fourth in the American Flag at Los Alamitos after a slow start.

Other notables lining up in the Cougar II are Peruvian Group 1 winner Lideris, a distant fifth in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita in his U.S. bow, and the Grade 2-placed American Blend, who debuts for trainer John Sadler after being claimed for $75,000 at Santa Anita on June 15.

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Harpoon takes stab at turf sprint in Quick Call

Harpoon (gray) has lost his way since his near-miss in the Sam F. Davis last winter (SV Photography)
Trainer Todd Pletcher's Harpoon will look to break through in the $100,000 Quick Call on Thursday at Saratoga.

The 5 1/2-furlong Quick Call, a turf sprint for three-year-olds, will be the shortest Harpoon has run since his debut, which came last summer on closing day at the Spa. The son of Tapit flashed ability while in Florida this past winter, taking a maiden race by 5 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park and finishing second by a nose in the  Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs.

Harpoon turned in two subsequent disappointing performances when back in New York for the Gotham and TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, which prompted Pletcher to try turf for the first time with the gray colt on June 1 at Belmont Park.

In his turf debut, Harpoon lagged behind a dawdling early pace and could only manage to pick off a few horses in the stretch to finish seventh. He found himself much closer to the pace in his second turf start when he finished third in a seven-furlong optional claimer at Belmont.

"He's a horse that's frustrated us and we're trying to figure out what his niche is," Pletcher said. "I think there's more talent there and we just haven't been able to get it."

The Quick Call will be a significant turnback in distance for Harpoon, but Pletcher believes his colt may get a favorable setup.

"There's a lot of speed in the race, so he should be able to come from off the pace," the trainer said. "It's a small field, so we're taking a shot. He's shown hints of having talent and we thought his sprint on the turf last time was good."

Harpoon, 7-2 on the morning line, will be ridden by Javier Castellano from post 2.

Favorite Tale has been pegged as the 5-2 favorite in his first turf attempt. The Guadalupe Preciado trainee has faltered in his two forays into graded stakes company, but has been far more effective at this level. Victorious in the Gold Fever at Belmont in the spring, he comes off a tough-beat second in the July 5 Oh Say at Delaware Park. Rosie Napravnik picks up the mount on the Tale of the Cat gelding, who figures to transfer his early speed to the turf.

Escapist, a half-brother to multiple Grade 3 winner Clearly Now, has won both of his career starts in turf sprints. He will add to the hot pace in his stakes debut, along with Good Bye Greg, unbeaten in his two starts on Polytrack, and Pure Sensation, second to Favorite Tale in the Gold Fever two back and another trying turf for the first time. Choctaw Chuck, winner of the Tom Ridge on Presque Isle's Tapeta, and Glacken Too have also shown some early foot on occasion.

As usual, the Thursday card features a steeplechase. Bill Pape's Bluegrass Summer, the reigning novice steeplechase champion, returns to the races against a full field of contenders for the $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes at 2 1/16 miles over national fences.

Trained by Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard, Bluegrass Summer won an optional allowance at Saratoga last year and will be making his first start since finishing fourth in the Supreme Hurdle last November. He will be coupled in the wagering with Anne Pape's Fog Island, who is trained by Richard Valentine and will be ridden by Robbie Walsh. Valentine also entered Gil Johnston's Awesome Pearl.

Jack Fisher entered Schoodic, last year's three-year-old champion. The homebred Tiznow gelding fell from the unbeaten ranks over fences when third in the Marcellus Frost. Reigning champion jockey Paddy Young has the mount.

Willie McCarthy, the current leading jockey, has the mount on Top Striker, who opened the year with a victory in the Carolina Cup on March 29. He subsequently finished third in the Queen's Cup MPC 'Chase near Charlotte on April 26. Trainer Arch Kingsley Jr. tightened Top Striker with a third on the Belmont Park turf on July 4.

Saratoga will be the proving ground for several imported hurdlers including the Irish-bred Saint Jerome; Gmac, who made his U.S. debut with an allowance hurdle in May, and Bob Le Beau, an Irish hurdler who will be making his first 2014 start under Jack Doyle. Bob Le Beau will be coupled in the wagering with Kingdom.

Completing the field are Tempt Me Alex, winner of the Iroquois Steeplechase's Bright Hour Stakes, and Sporty, third in the Bright Hour.

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Harpoon takes stab at turf sprint in Quick Call

Harpoon (gray) has lost his way since his near-miss in the Sam F. Davis last winter (SV Photography)
Trainer Todd Pletcher's Harpoon will look to break through in the $100,000 Quick Call on Thursday at Saratoga.

The 5 1/2-furlong Quick Call, a turf sprint for three-year-olds, will be the shortest Harpoon has run since his debut, which came last summer on closing day at the Spa. The son of Tapit flashed ability while in Florida this past winter, taking a maiden race by 5 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park and finishing second by a nose in the  Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs.

Harpoon turned in two subsequent disappointing performances when back in New York for the Gotham and TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, which prompted Pletcher to try turf for the first time with the gray colt on June 1 at Belmont Park.

In his turf debut, Harpoon lagged behind a dawdling early pace and could only manage to pick off a few horses in the stretch to finish seventh. He found himself much closer to the pace in his second turf start when he finished third in a seven-furlong optional claimer at Belmont.

"He's a horse that's frustrated us and we're trying to figure out what his niche is," Pletcher said. "I think there's more talent there and we just haven't been able to get it."

The Quick Call will be a significant turnback in distance for Harpoon, but Pletcher believes his colt may get a favorable setup.

"There's a lot of speed in the race, so he should be able to come from off the pace," the trainer said. "It's a small field, so we're taking a shot. He's shown hints of having talent and we thought his sprint on the turf last time was good."

Harpoon, 7-2 on the morning line, will be ridden by Javier Castellano from post 2.

Favorite Tale has been pegged as the 5-2 favorite in his first turf attempt. The Guadalupe Preciado trainee has faltered in his two forays into graded stakes company, but has been far more effective at this level. Victorious in the Gold Fever at Belmont in the spring, he comes off a tough-beat second in the July 5 Oh Say at Delaware Park. Rosie Napravnik picks up the mount on the Tale of the Cat gelding, who figures to transfer his early speed to the turf.

Escapist, a half-brother to multiple Grade 3 winner Clearly Now, has won both of his career starts in turf sprints. He will add to the hot pace in his stakes debut, along with Good Bye Greg, unbeaten in his two starts on Polytrack, and Pure Sensation, second to Favorite Tale in the Gold Fever two back and another trying turf for the first time. Choctaw Chuck, winner of the Tom Ridge on Presque Isle's Tapeta, and Glacken Too have also shown some early foot on occasion.

As usual, the Thursday card features a steeplechase. Bill Pape's Bluegrass Summer, the reigning novice steeplechase champion, returns to the races against a full field of contenders for the $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes at 2 1/16 miles over national fences.

Trained by Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard, Bluegrass Summer won an optional allowance at Saratoga last year and will be making his first start since finishing fourth in the Supreme Hurdle last November. He will be coupled in the wagering with Anne Pape's Fog Island, who is trained by Richard Valentine and will be ridden by Robbie Walsh. Valentine also entered Gil Johnston's Awesome Pearl.

Jack Fisher entered Schoodic, last year's three-year-old champion. The homebred Tiznow gelding fell from the unbeaten ranks over fences when third in the Marcellus Frost. Reigning champion jockey Paddy Young has the mount.

Willie McCarthy, the current leading jockey, has the mount on Top Striker, who opened the year with a victory in the Carolina Cup on March 29. He subsequently finished third in the Queen's Cup MPC 'Chase near Charlotte on April 26. Trainer Arch Kingsley Jr. tightened Top Striker with a third on the Belmont Park turf on July 4.

Saratoga will be the proving ground for several imported hurdlers including the Irish-bred Saint Jerome; Gmac, who made his U.S. debut with an allowance hurdle in May, and Bob Le Beau, an Irish hurdler who will be making his first 2014 start under Jack Doyle. Bob Le Beau will be coupled in the wagering with Kingdom.

Completing the field are Tempt Me Alex, winner of the Iroquois Steeplechase's Bright Hour Stakes, and Sporty, third in the Bright Hour.

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Lake George draws Sassy, Daring fillies

A Little Bit Sassy (right) was disqualified from a Grade 3 win in the Regret last time (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Wednesday's Grade 2, $200,000 Lake George at Saratoga has attracted a field of seven sophomore turf fillies, including A Little Bit Sassy, Daring Dancer, Daring Kathy and the Chad Brown duo of Sweet Acclaim and Little Journey.

A Little Bit Sassy has crossed the wire first in her past two at Churchill Downs, the May 2 Edgewood and the June 14 Regret, but was demoted to fourth in the latter for interference.

"(Jockey Luis Saez) had the whip in his right hand and then he hit her left-handed and she came out," trainer Michael Matz said of the stretch drive. "He should have just stayed with the right hand."

The Regret form was flattered when Aurelia's Belle, the promoted winner, came back to capture last Saturday's Arlington Oaks.A Little Bit Sassy has been installed as the 5-2 favorite on the Lake George morning line, and Saez retains the mount for the 1 1/16-mile test on the inner turf. Matz and Saez just teamed up to upset Saturday's Diana with the 11-1 Somali Lemonade.

"I'm pleased with the way she's trained," Matz said after A Little Bit Sassy finished a routine gallop Saturday morning. "Whether she's good enough, we'll have to see."

The daughter of More Than Ready projects a stalking trip from her outside post 7.

In light of A Little Bit Sassy's disqualification from an apparent Grade 3 victory, Daring Dancer rates as the lone graded winner in the field, a distinction that makes her the 123-pound highweight. The Graham Motion pupil took her first three career starts by daylight, capped by a Grade 3 trophy in the April 17 Appalachian at Keeneland in her reappearance.

Daring Dancer lost her perfect record last time in the May 25 Wonder Again at Belmont Park, where she was a nonthreatening fifth as the 4-5 favorite. The Wonder Again turned out to be the key prep for the Belmont Oaks Invitational, with Minorette and Sea Queen reversing their exacta from the Wonder Again. Daring Dancer hopes to rebound here with regular rider Alan Garcia.

The other "daring" filly, Daring Kathy, invades from Gulfstream Park for trainer David Fawkes. Undefeated since switching to turf back in March, she has dominated the May 10 Honey Ryder and the June 15 Starfish Bay in wire-to-wire fashion. The dangerous front runner picks up Hall of Famer John Velazquez for her graded debut.

"I like her a lot in there; she's the lone speed," Fawkes said. "I drew the 1 post. Johnny is riding. He's good, right?

"For the kind of filly she is, she's got a bigger foot for a Wildcat Heir and on the flatter side. "I'll be honest, before she ran (on turf), it was the owners' (Steve Laymon and John Eaton) idea to run on the grass, and I dragged my feet because she would be more valuable on dirt."

Also likely to show some early foot is Speed Seeker, who crushed a June 8 maiden at Woodbine by 7 3/4 lengths in her premiere. The Joan Scott trainee takes a significant class hike in just her second career start.

Brown's two entrants are both European imports who have yet to finish off the board. Sweet Acclaim was third to Miss France and Lightning Thunder in last September's Oh So Sharp at Newmarket, a result that looked even better when those fillies ran one-two in the May 4 One Thousand Guineas. By that point, Sweet Acclaim had already settled in stateside. Runner-up to Daring Dancer in her American debut in the Appalachian, she has subsequently placed in the May 18 Wait a While and the June 21 Wild Applause, both at Belmont.

"This filly kind of got a wide journey last time and hung out a little bit," Brown said. "Hopefully, we can save a little ground this time, and hopefully she can handle the stretch-out to a mile and a sixteenth. She's never been this far. I love the way she's training. She's come in here with a nice series of workouts, so we're optimistic she's going to run well."

Little Journey didn't bring such a golden formline with her from France, but she has continued her reliable profile in the United States. In her first start for Brown in the Edgewood, she finished third to A Little Bit Sassy and Istanford, who has since gone on to defeat males in the Arlington Classic and just added the San Clemente Handicap to her line. Little Journey tried Grade 1 company in the May 31 American Oaks at Santa Anita, checking in third to Room Service, and drops back in distance at the Spa.

"I like the timing of the race, putting her back into a Grade 2 also," Brown said. "In a perfect world, I wish this race was a little farther, but I think she's versatile enough to cut back and handle the distance."

Duff One has been well beaten in her four most recent stakes attempts, but she was second in last summer's P.G. Johnson on Saratoga's Mellon turf.

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Lake George draws Sassy, Daring fillies

A Little Bit Sassy (right) was disqualified from a Grade 3 win in the Regret last time (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Wednesday's Grade 2, $200,000 Lake George at Saratoga has attracted a field of seven sophomore turf fillies, including A Little Bit Sassy, Daring Dancer, Daring Kathy and the Chad Brown duo of Sweet Acclaim and Little Journey.

A Little Bit Sassy has crossed the wire first in her past two at Churchill Downs, the May 2 Edgewood and the June 14 Regret, but was demoted to fourth in the latter for interference.

"(Jockey Luis Saez) had the whip in his right hand and then he hit her left-handed and she came out," trainer Michael Matz said of the stretch drive. "He should have just stayed with the right hand."

The Regret form was flattered when Aurelia's Belle, the promoted winner, came back to capture last Saturday's Arlington Oaks.A Little Bit Sassy has been installed as the 5-2 favorite on the Lake George morning line, and Saez retains the mount for the 1 1/16-mile test on the inner turf. Matz and Saez just teamed up to upset Saturday's Diana with the 11-1 Somali Lemonade.

"I'm pleased with the way she's trained," Matz said after A Little Bit Sassy finished a routine gallop Saturday morning. "Whether she's good enough, we'll have to see."

The daughter of More Than Ready projects a stalking trip from her outside post 7.

In light of A Little Bit Sassy's disqualification from an apparent Grade 3 victory, Daring Dancer rates as the lone graded winner in the field, a distinction that makes her the 123-pound highweight. The Graham Motion pupil took her first three career starts by daylight, capped by a Grade 3 trophy in the April 17 Appalachian at Keeneland in her reappearance.

Daring Dancer lost her perfect record last time in the May 25 Wonder Again at Belmont Park, where she was a nonthreatening fifth as the 4-5 favorite. The Wonder Again turned out to be the key prep for the Belmont Oaks Invitational, with Minorette and Sea Queen reversing their exacta from the Wonder Again. Daring Dancer hopes to rebound here with regular rider Alan Garcia.

The other "daring" filly, Daring Kathy, invades from Gulfstream Park for trainer David Fawkes. Undefeated since switching to turf back in March, she has dominated the May 10 Honey Ryder and the June 15 Starfish Bay in wire-to-wire fashion. The dangerous front runner picks up Hall of Famer John Velazquez for her graded debut.

"I like her a lot in there; she's the lone speed," Fawkes said. "I drew the 1 post. Johnny is riding. He's good, right?

"For the kind of filly she is, she's got a bigger foot for a Wildcat Heir and on the flatter side. "I'll be honest, before she ran (on turf), it was the owners' (Steve Laymon and John Eaton) idea to run on the grass, and I dragged my feet because she would be more valuable on dirt."

Also likely to show some early foot is Speed Seeker, who crushed a June 8 maiden at Woodbine by 7 3/4 lengths in her premiere. The Joan Scott trainee takes a significant class hike in just her second career start.

Brown's two entrants are both European imports who have yet to finish off the board. Sweet Acclaim was third to Miss France and Lightning Thunder in last September's Oh So Sharp at Newmarket, a result that looked even better when those fillies ran one-two in the May 4 One Thousand Guineas. By that point, Sweet Acclaim had already settled in stateside. Runner-up to Daring Dancer in her American debut in the Appalachian, she has subsequently placed in the May 18 Wait a While and the June 21 Wild Applause, both at Belmont.

"This filly kind of got a wide journey last time and hung out a little bit," Brown said. "Hopefully, we can save a little ground this time, and hopefully she can handle the stretch-out to a mile and a sixteenth. She's never been this far. I love the way she's training. She's come in here with a nice series of workouts, so we're optimistic she's going to run well."

Little Journey didn't bring such a golden formline with her from France, but she has continued her reliable profile in the United States. In her first start for Brown in the Edgewood, she finished third to A Little Bit Sassy and Istanford, who has since gone on to defeat males in the Arlington Classic and just added the San Clemente Handicap to her line. Little Journey tried Grade 1 company in the May 31 American Oaks at Santa Anita, checking in third to Room Service, and drops back in distance at the Spa.

"I like the timing of the race, putting her back into a Grade 2 also," Brown said. "In a perfect world, I wish this race was a little farther, but I think she's versatile enough to cut back and handle the distance."

Duff One has been well beaten in her four most recent stakes attempts, but she was second in last summer's P.G. Johnson on Saratoga's Mellon turf.

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Estimate (Monsun), the five-year-old mare who captured the 2013 Gold Cup (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot for Queen Elizabeth II, has tested positive for morphine following her second-place finish in the 2014 renewal of the Gold Cup on June 19. On July 17 the British Horseracing Authority announced that a number of post-race samples, obtained from recent race meetings, had been found to indicate the presence of morphine, which is a prohibited substance on race days. Five horses, under the care of various trainers, were affected. "I can confirm that one of those horses was Estimate, the five-year-old filly trained by Sir Michael Stoute and owned by The Queen," said John Warren, the Queen's bloodstock and racing adviser. "Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product. Sir Michael is working closely with the feed company involved to discover how the product may have become contaminated prior to delivery to his stables. As the BHA investigates this matter, including potential links between the different cases, Sir Michael continues to offer his full co-operation. There will be no further comment until the BHA announces its considered findings. Her Majesty has been informed of the situation."...

The New York Racing Association's historic Saratoga Race Course will unite with racetracks across the country on Saturday with autograph signings, photo opportunities and the first jockey foot race in 20 years at the Spa as part of the first Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund (PDJF) Day Across America. Every jockey riding at Saratoga on Saturday will be available during a one-hour autograph session outside the silks room beginning at 11:30 a.m. (EDT). For a $5 donation to the PDJF, fans can receive autographs from Hall of Famers and rising stars alike, including John Velazquez, Edgar Prado, Javier Castellano, Rosie Napravnik, Rajiv Maragh, Jose and Irad Ortiz Jr., Julien Leparoux, Taylor Rice and Joel Rosario. Later in the day, a field of 13 jockeys will break from the starting gate and compete in a one-half furlong foot race on the main track. For a $5 donation, guests will be able to "bet" on their choice and be entered for a chance to win a VIP Day at the Races for two on Travers Day, August 23 along with other prizes. Filiberto Leon won the last jockey foot race at Saratoga in a photo finish over Velazquez in 1995. Post position for the jockey race will be drawn on Wednesday, July 23. "PDJF is not just an industry acronym or letters on a ball cap," said Velazquez, chairman of the Jockeys' Guild and a PDJF board member. "This organization is dedicated to improving the lives and welfare of men and women who face lifelong challenges due to their disabilities. They can no longer complete or provide adequately for their families. PDJF Day Across America is an opportunity to educate our fans about the PDJF and emphasize the importance of raising funds"...

Tattersalls has finalized the dates for Books 1 to 3 of the forthcoming October Yearling Sale. Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Europe's premier yearling sale, will take place over three days from October 7-9. The catalog features the only qualifiers for the five-race £1,300,000 Tattersalls Millions series, and is expected to number around 480. Book 2 will also take place over three days, October 13-15, and is expected to number 820 lots. The revamped Book 3 will follow on immediately after Book 2 with approximately 550 yearlings to sell on October 16-17. The sale on October 17 will take place over two sessions before and after Future Champions Day at Newmarket's Rowley Mile. All yearlings in Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale will be eligible for the all new £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes. "The new date for Future Champions Day has created challenges for us this year in accommodating the huge demand from so many British and Irish breeders for places in all three books of our October Yearling Sale," Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said. "We believe, however, that the slightly revised format, with Book 2 reduced to three days and Book 3 increased to two days, will benefit both vendors and purchasers. The new £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes attached to Book 3 of the October Yearling Sale has already been very well received, and Books 1 and 2 continue to enhance their positions as Europe's premier yearling sale and Europe's most popular yearling sale respectively."...

Mark Roberts, General Manager of Adena Springs South, and a key member of the Adena Springs team that has earned 30 Eclipse or Sovereign Awards for racetrack success, has left Adena Springs to return to breaking and training Thoroughbred racehorses, his true passion. A native of Florida and an alumnus of Eastern Kentucky University, Roberts is also a founding partner of Central Kentucky-based Hidden Brook Farm, under whose banner he will form his breaking and training operation at Adena Springs South. Roberts had been with Frank Stronach's operation for 18 years at Adena Springs South in Florida, where he oversaw the breaking and training of up to 175 Adena Springs horses annually. During Roberts' two-decade tenure in Florida, Adena Springs earned 16 Eclipse Awards as outstanding owner or breeder, and amassed more than $200 million in on-track earnings, primarily with horses broken and trained under Roberts' watch. "My years at Adena Springs have been like attending Grad School at Harvard," Roberts said. "To have had a part in the formative careers of Hall of Famer Ghostzapper and Awesome Again, Breeders' Cup winners Macho Uno and Perfect Sting, Grade 1-winning millionaires Wild Rush and Golden Missile, and the many other top horses that came through this program, made my years with Frank a very rewarding experience. I am extremely grateful to Mr. Stronach and his family for providing me with access to such world-class horses and facilities, but the truth is, I have really found myself missing the action and camaraderie of the racetrack. That is where I began my Thoroughbred career and that is where I would like to be 10, 20, even 30 years from now."...

Bright Thought (Hat Trick) and No Jet Lag (Johar), two also-rans from last year's Breeders' Cup Mile (G1), attempt to recover their old form in Wednesday's $90,000 Wickerr at Del Mar. Bright Thought set a short-lived world record for 1 1/2 miles on turf in the 2013 San Luis Rey (G2), but was later sidelined by a splint injury. Unplaced in four of five outings since his return, the Jorge Gutierrez charge gets class relief as well as a cutback in trip to a grassy mile. No Jet Lag, who upset last October's City of Hope Mile (G2) at odds of 13-1, has failed to hit the board in his three ensuing starts. Trainer Simon Callaghan has freshened him in the wake of a sixth in the Arcadia (G2) on February 1. Like Bright Thought, No Jet Lag has been training forwardly for this lower-key assignment. Barocci (Deep Impact), last seen finishing third to No Jet Lag in the City of Hope, makes his comeback for John Sadler here, and the import is still looking for his first U.S. stakes win. Other contenders include multiple Argentinean Group 1-placed Safety Belt (Easing Along), an allowance winner in his latest for Ron McAnally, as well as fellow recent allowance scorers Rangi (New Approach), Boyett (Sharp Humor) and Lil Bit O' Fun (Langfuhr)...

Lightly raced Kiss Moon (Malibu Moon) heads an overflow field of 14 entered in Wednesday's $200,000 Indiana Grand S., which shares the card with the $100,000 Girls Inc. of Shelbyville, Shelby County S. at Indiana Grand. Kiss Moon finished fourth last out in the Regret (G3) at Churchill Downs before being elevated to third via the disqualification of winner A Little Bit Sassy. That filly floated Aurelia's Belle, winner of Saturday's Arlington Oaks (G3), across the track and interfered with Kiss Moon, who was bumped, shut off and forced to check hard. The David Vance trainee was unable to factor in the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (G1) but did place in the Fantasy (G2) and Honeybee (G3) over the spring. Kiss Moon will have Rodney Prescott in the irons for the first time since taking her maiden debut at Turfway Park last December. Also lining up in the one-mile turf contest for sophomore fillies are Ice for the Lady (Flatter) and She's Offlee Good (Offlee Wild), whose respective win and third-placing in the Northbound Pride Oaks were enhanced on Saturday after that race's runner-up, Stellaris, finished second in the Arlington Oaks. Earlier on the card, another oversubscribed field of 14 distaffers has been entered to go 1 1/16 miles on the grass in the Girls Inc. of Shelbyville, Shelby County S. Sister Ginger (Student Council), winner of last year's Indiana Grand and a neck second in the Opelousas S. most recently, will break from the rail and face off against Opelousas winner Malibu Yankee (Malibu Moon), Grade 3 veteran Via Villaggio (Bernardini) and the respective top three from the Ellis Park Turf S. -- Honey Hues (Henny Hughes), Gal About Town (City Zip) and Faerie Queene (Pure Prize)...

One month into Arapahoe Park's pioneering Race-Day Medication-Free Incentive program has produced three bonuses that will be paid to trainers who have won with horses that did not compete with race-day medication. The winners have represented two of the three racing breeds at the Aurora, Colorado racetrack -- Thoroughbreds and Arabians. "We've made the program available, and we're happy to have some horsemen take advantage of it," said Bruce Seymore, Executive Director of Mile High Racing and Entertainment, the parent company of Arapahoe Park. "We hope more people get on board with what we believe is the future of racing, and we're going to expand it next year, too." The Race-Day Medication-Free Incentive program, which was launched on June 27, rewards trainers who win at Arapahoe Park with a horse void of any race-day medication with a $1,000 bonus per victory to be paid from a special fund created by Mile High Racing and Entertainment. The program encourages trainers to go beyond the letter of the law that permits only Lasix, phenylbutazone ("bute"), flunixin, and ketoprofen on race day in Colorado. The bonuses will be paid out at the end of the season that concludes on August 17.

In brief

Estimate (Monsun), the five-year-old mare who captured the 2013 Gold Cup (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot for Queen Elizabeth II, has tested positive for morphine following her second-place finish in the 2014 renewal of the Gold Cup on June 19. On July 17 the British Horseracing Authority announced that a number of post-race samples, obtained from recent race meetings, had been found to indicate the presence of morphine, which is a prohibited substance on race days. Five horses, under the care of various trainers, were affected. "I can confirm that one of those horses was Estimate, the five-year-old filly trained by Sir Michael Stoute and owned by The Queen," said John Warren, the Queen's bloodstock and racing adviser. "Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product. Sir Michael is working closely with the feed company involved to discover how the product may have become contaminated prior to delivery to his stables. As the BHA investigates this matter, including potential links between the different cases, Sir Michael continues to offer his full co-operation. There will be no further comment until the BHA announces its considered findings. Her Majesty has been informed of the situation."...

The New York Racing Association's historic Saratoga Race Course will unite with racetracks across the country on Saturday with autograph signings, photo opportunities and the first jockey foot race in 20 years at the Spa as part of the first Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund (PDJF) Day Across America. Every jockey riding at Saratoga on Saturday will be available during a one-hour autograph session outside the silks room beginning at 11:30 a.m. (EDT). For a $5 donation to the PDJF, fans can receive autographs from Hall of Famers and rising stars alike, including John Velazquez, Edgar Prado, Javier Castellano, Rosie Napravnik, Rajiv Maragh, Jose and Irad Ortiz Jr., Julien Leparoux, Taylor Rice and Joel Rosario. Later in the day, a field of 13 jockeys will break from the starting gate and compete in a one-half furlong foot race on the main track. For a $5 donation, guests will be able to "bet" on their choice and be entered for a chance to win a VIP Day at the Races for two on Travers Day, August 23 along with other prizes. Filiberto Leon won the last jockey foot race at Saratoga in a photo finish over Velazquez in 1995. Post position for the jockey race will be drawn on Wednesday, July 23. "PDJF is not just an industry acronym or letters on a ball cap," said Velazquez, chairman of the Jockeys' Guild and a PDJF board member. "This organization is dedicated to improving the lives and welfare of men and women who face lifelong challenges due to their disabilities. They can no longer complete or provide adequately for their families. PDJF Day Across America is an opportunity to educate our fans about the PDJF and emphasize the importance of raising funds"...

Tattersalls has finalized the dates for Books 1 to 3 of the forthcoming October Yearling Sale. Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Europe's premier yearling sale, will take place over three days from October 7-9. The catalog features the only qualifiers for the five-race £1,300,000 Tattersalls Millions series, and is expected to number around 480. Book 2 will also take place over three days, October 13-15, and is expected to number 820 lots. The revamped Book 3 will follow on immediately after Book 2 with approximately 550 yearlings to sell on October 16-17. The sale on October 17 will take place over two sessions before and after Future Champions Day at Newmarket's Rowley Mile. All yearlings in Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale will be eligible for the all new £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes. "The new date for Future Champions Day has created challenges for us this year in accommodating the huge demand from so many British and Irish breeders for places in all three books of our October Yearling Sale," Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said. "We believe, however, that the slightly revised format, with Book 2 reduced to three days and Book 3 increased to two days, will benefit both vendors and purchasers. The new £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes attached to Book 3 of the October Yearling Sale has already been very well received, and Books 1 and 2 continue to enhance their positions as Europe's premier yearling sale and Europe's most popular yearling sale respectively."...

Mark Roberts, General Manager of Adena Springs South, and a key member of the Adena Springs team that has earned 30 Eclipse or Sovereign Awards for racetrack success, has left Adena Springs to return to breaking and training Thoroughbred racehorses, his true passion. A native of Florida and an alumnus of Eastern Kentucky University, Roberts is also a founding partner of Central Kentucky-based Hidden Brook Farm, under whose banner he will form his breaking and training operation at Adena Springs South. Roberts had been with Frank Stronach's operation for 18 years at Adena Springs South in Florida, where he oversaw the breaking and training of up to 175 Adena Springs horses annually. During Roberts' two-decade tenure in Florida, Adena Springs earned 16 Eclipse Awards as outstanding owner or breeder, and amassed more than $200 million in on-track earnings, primarily with horses broken and trained under Roberts' watch. "My years at Adena Springs have been like attending Grad School at Harvard," Roberts said. "To have had a part in the formative careers of Hall of Famer Ghostzapper and Awesome Again, Breeders' Cup winners Macho Uno and Perfect Sting, Grade 1-winning millionaires Wild Rush and Golden Missile, and the many other top horses that came through this program, made my years with Frank a very rewarding experience. I am extremely grateful to Mr. Stronach and his family for providing me with access to such world-class horses and facilities, but the truth is, I have really found myself missing the action and camaraderie of the racetrack. That is where I began my Thoroughbred career and that is where I would like to be 10, 20, even 30 years from now."...

Bright Thought (Hat Trick) and No Jet Lag (Johar), two also-rans from last year's Breeders' Cup Mile (G1), attempt to recover their old form in Wednesday's $90,000 Wickerr at Del Mar. Bright Thought set a short-lived world record for 1 1/2 miles on turf in the 2013 San Luis Rey (G2), but was later sidelined by a splint injury. Unplaced in four of five outings since his return, the Jorge Gutierrez charge gets class relief as well as a cutback in trip to a grassy mile. No Jet Lag, who upset last October's City of Hope Mile (G2) at odds of 13-1, has failed to hit the board in his three ensuing starts. Trainer Simon Callaghan has freshened him in the wake of a sixth in the Arcadia (G2) on February 1. Like Bright Thought, No Jet Lag has been training forwardly for this lower-key assignment. Barocci (Deep Impact), last seen finishing third to No Jet Lag in the City of Hope, makes his comeback for John Sadler here, and the import is still looking for his first U.S. stakes win. Other contenders include multiple Argentinean Group 1-placed Safety Belt (Easing Along), an allowance winner in his latest for Ron McAnally, as well as fellow recent allowance scorers Rangi (New Approach), Boyett (Sharp Humor) and Lil Bit O' Fun (Langfuhr)...

Lightly raced Kiss Moon (Malibu Moon) heads an overflow field of 14 entered in Wednesday's $200,000 Indiana Grand S., which shares the card with the $100,000 Girls Inc. of Shelbyville, Shelby County S. at Indiana Grand. Kiss Moon finished fourth last out in the Regret (G3) at Churchill Downs before being elevated to third via the disqualification of winner A Little Bit Sassy. That filly floated Aurelia's Belle, winner of Saturday's Arlington Oaks (G3), across the track and interfered with Kiss Moon, who was bumped, shut off and forced to check hard. The David Vance trainee was unable to factor in the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (G1) but did place in the Fantasy (G2) and Honeybee (G3) over the spring. Kiss Moon will have Rodney Prescott in the irons for the first time since taking her maiden debut at Turfway Park last December. Also lining up in the one-mile turf contest for sophomore fillies are Ice for the Lady (Flatter) and She's Offlee Good (Offlee Wild), whose respective win and third-placing in the Northbound Pride Oaks were enhanced on Saturday after that race's runner-up, Stellaris, finished second in the Arlington Oaks. Earlier on the card, another oversubscribed field of 14 distaffers has been entered to go 1 1/16 miles on the grass in the Girls Inc. of Shelbyville, Shelby County S. Sister Ginger (Student Council), winner of last year's Indiana Grand and a neck second in the Opelousas S. most recently, will break from the rail and face off against Opelousas winner Malibu Yankee (Malibu Moon), Grade 3 veteran Via Villaggio (Bernardini) and the respective top three from the Ellis Park Turf S. -- Honey Hues (Henny Hughes), Gal About Town (City Zip) and Faerie Queene (Pure Prize)...

One month into Arapahoe Park's pioneering Race-Day Medication-Free Incentive program has produced three bonuses that will be paid to trainers who have won with horses that did not compete with race-day medication. The winners have represented two of the three racing breeds at the Aurora, Colorado racetrack -- Thoroughbreds and Arabians. "We've made the program available, and we're happy to have some horsemen take advantage of it," said Bruce Seymore, Executive Director of Mile High Racing and Entertainment, the parent company of Arapahoe Park. "We hope more people get on board with what we believe is the future of racing, and we're going to expand it next year, too." The Race-Day Medication-Free Incentive program, which was launched on June 27, rewards trainers who win at Arapahoe Park with a horse void of any race-day medication with a $1,000 bonus per victory to be paid from a special fund created by Mile High Racing and Entertainment. The program encourages trainers to go beyond the letter of the law that permits only Lasix, phenylbutazone ("bute"), flunixin, and ketoprofen on race day in Colorado. The bonuses will be paid out at the end of the season that concludes on August 17.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

PRX, 8TH, AOC, $48,540, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 7-22.
1—SAN CRISTO, h, 5, El Prado (IRE)--Powerful Nation, by Turkoman. O-Jack J Armstrong, B-Adena Springs (ON), T-Philip T. Aristone, J-Angel Castillo, $27,600.
1A—Reign of Kings, g, 7, Albert the Great--Mollify, by Ferdinand. ($5,000 '08 KEEJAN; $25,000 '08 KEESEP). O-Jack J Armstrong, B-Thomas JYoung (KY), $9,200.
4—Zipped Code, c, 4, City Zip--Control Premium, by Mt. Livermore. ($17,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Robert Tresente, B-Jon A Marshall (PA), $7,100.
Winning Time: 1:15 4/5 (ft)
 
IND, 8TH, AOC, $38,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16MT, 7-22.
5—RED STRIKE, g, 7, Smart Strike--Hummingbird Red, by Red Ransom. O-Maggi Moss, B-Sam-Son Farm (ON), T-Thomas M. Amoss, J-Jeremy Rose, $22,800.
4—San Antone, g, 6, Offlee Wild--Run, by Lite the Fuse. ($11,000 '09 FTKOCT; $125,000 2010 OBSAPR). O-Ashbrook Farm, B-Anne P Turner (KY), $7,600.
6—King David, h, 5, Hat Trick (JPN)--Storm West, by Gone West. O-Scarlet Stable, B-Ben Lengacher (KY), $3,800.
Winning Time: 1:42 1/5 (fm)
 
IND, 7TH, ALW, $38,000, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 7-22.
3—RUNAWAY RAJ, g, 4, Run Away and Hide--Rajadiddle, by Raja's Revenge. ($32,000 '11 FTKOCT). O-Johnson, Marvin A, Gibler, Lou and McCloud, Gene, B-Joe Dodgen (IN), T-Marvin A. Johnson, J-Orlando Mojica, $22,800.
5—Pico Suave, g, 6, Pico Central (BRZ)--Cinnapie, by Category Five. O-Just for Fun Stable (Ruben Sierra), B-Just For Fun Stables (IN), $7,600.
8—Got Grit, g, 3, Stephen Got Even--In a Perfect World, by Geri. O-Thomas D Morich, B-Delcor Waite & Valerie Waite (IN), $3,800.
Winning Time: 1:02 3/5 (ft)
 
IND, 9TH, ALW, $38,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 7-22.
1A—BOURNE FREE, g, 3, Don't Get Mad--d'Aroak, by Roanoke. O-Claramunt, Dennis and Cynthia and Klopp, Randy, B-Dennis Claramunt & Cynthia Claramunt & Randy Klopp (IN), T-Randy L. Klopp, J-Olaf Hernandez, $22,800.
4—Bellachino, g, 5, State City--Bonafide Belle, by Whitesburg. O-Lackey, Mary and Freadreacea, Donna, B-Darrell Lackey & Paul Freadreacea (IN), $7,600.
7—Country Minister, g, 4, Evil Minister--Country Way, by Giant's Causeway. ($10,000 '11 INDOCT). O-Cindy Patrick, B-Swifty Farms Inc (IN), $3,800.
Winning Time: 1:43 (ft)
 
IND, 6TH, AOC, $36,000, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 7-22.
6—COUGAR RIDGE, g, 4, Johannesburg--Wild as Elle, by Elnadim. ($60,000 '11 KEESEP; $49,000 2013 FTKJU2). O-Marc Detampel, B-Wild as Elle, LLC & JohannesburgSyndicate (KY), T-Doug Matthews, J-Florent Geroux, $21,600.
2—Paroled, g, 5, Flatter--Reduced Sentence, by Broad Brush. O-Two Dimes Stable, B-Nelson McMakin (KY), $7,200.
4—Trace Creek, c, 4, Harperstown--Cookie Bight Cove, by Elusive Quality. O-Shortleaf Stable, Inc, B-Shortleaf Stable (AR), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:34 2/5 (fm)
 
PID, 5TH, ALW, $33,120, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 7-21.
5—FIRST FROST, c, 4, Frost Giant--Novice, by Elusive Quality. O-Wolf Pen Racing and S Matthew Kintz, B-Wolf Pen LLC (WV), T-S. Matthew Kintz, J-Mario G. Pino, $19,200.
4—Springs R Loaded, g, 3, Not for Love--Grassy Springs, by Vice Regent. O-Cal Lin Racing, B-Richard H Bosshard Jr (PA), $8,320.
3—Mal Guapo, g, 4, Into Mischief--Jostlin Kate, by Fit to Fight. ($9,500 '10 OBSOCT; $19,000 '11 OBSAUG; $57,000 2012 OBSJUN). O-Gene Burkholder, B-Nellie Mae Cox & Dapple Bloodstock (KY), $3,200.
Winning Time: 1:03 3/5 (ft)
 
PID, 6TH, ALW, $32,160, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 7-21.
2—DOUBLE SECRET, f, 3, Double Honor--Smart Secretary, by Bertrando. ($5,000 '12 OBSAUG). O-Adolfo J Exposito, B-Southern Cross Farm (FL), T-Adolfo J. Exposito, J-Willie Martinez, $19,200.
5—Race Hunter, f, 3, Dixie Union--Shriek, by Street Cry (IRE). ($160,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Qatar Racing, B-Bruce Berenson & Laurie Berenson (KY), $6,400.
3—Miso Bad, f, 4, Irish Road--Miso Pretty, by Forest Wildcat. ($1,000 '10 FTMDEC). O-Gene Burkholder, B-Mt Joy Stables (PA), $4,160.
Winning Time: 1:03 (ft)
 

Carryover Watch

For Wednesday or Next Raceday

GULFSTREAM:   Pick 6 -- $50,000
WOODBINE:   High 5 -- $47,911
MONMOUTH:   Pick 6 -- $39,190
SARATOGA:   Pick 6 -- $27,469

Notebooks

DEL MAR NOTEBOOK

JULY 23, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A pair of graded races on the lawn headlined the opening week at Del Mar Race Course.

Eddie Read S. (G1): Braly Family Trust's TOM'S TRIBUTE (Lion Heart) got the jump turning for home and held a nice one at bay late in securing a 1 1/4-length victory for trainer James Cassidy. The four-year-old colt sped nine panels on the firm turf in 1:46 under the guidance of Mike Smith.

San Clemente H. (G2): Ike Thrash et al's ISTANFORD (Istan) broke slow, rushed up to the front and never looked back in posting a facile 2 1/2-length tally for conditioner Mike Stidham. The three-year-old filly traveled one mile on the firm lawn in 1:33 3/5 under Rafael Bejarano.

Track Stats

From a total of 40 races held at the Southern California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 30 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 48 percent of the wins. From 26 frays contested on the Polytrack oval, seven animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (27 percent), while two of the 14 grassy tussles went all the way on the lead (14 percent).

The main oval was very speed and rail prominent during the first few days of the week, but we thought it was a bit more balanced over the weekend. Last season during opening week, 48 percent of the main-track races resulted in wire-to-wire winners, compared to the 30 percent this campaign. But we still prefer inside speed going forward.

Turf racing on this new course was pretty fair we'd say, with speed and late runners equally capable of rolling home in first place. We know the oval is very firm, but so far so good with the changes to the re-configured surface.

Trainer John Sadler came out of the blocks well for the meeting, as did Gary Sherlock, who saddled a pair of big-priced winners. We'll keep an eye on both during the upcoming week of racing.

Meet Totals

RACES:   40
POLYTRACK:   26
TURF:   14
FAVORITES:   12 (30 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   7 (18 percent)
TURF WIRE:   2 (14 percent)
POLY WIRE:   7 (27 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Thursday (7/17)

3RD -- HAIL MARY (Old Topper) was a sharp second in her first run since the fall and this filly should be very tough next out with one under her belt. The Phil d'Amato trainee was outmoved in early stretch but never gave up and re-rallied to make a race of it late.

7TH -- CINMARS DANCE (Cindago) showed little speed but a nice turn of foot on an oval where closing types had little chance during the opening week. The Eric Kruljac trainee was heavily bet from a big morning line and showed why in this sharp third.

Friday (7/18)

3RD -- BOOZER (Unusual Heat) handled the stretch out in trip with relative ease for Mark Glatt, pressing the pace and taking over in the lane en route to a facile allowance score beneath Rafael Bejarano. The gelded four-year-old came home in race horse time and will edge closer to a stakes try with another like this.

6TH -- PURE TACTICS (Pure Prize) broke slowest of all from the rail but was soon well spotted, and his win in the latter stages of this turf dash was easier than it appears on paper. The stakes winner is back in fine form and is poised for a return to black-type company.

Saturday (7/19)

1ST -- KANTUNE (Kantharos) swept to the front turning form home and had a nice edge late, only to be rundown by a Baffert firster in a sharp debut performance. The Mark Casse-trained colt should surely be graduating with improvement from this debut run.

IRON FIST (Tapit) was last to the top of the lane on a speed-favoring surface, so his late rally to be a clear fourth might be a lot better than it looks for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. We think the expensive sort could have a nice future, as he is bred to run a lot longer than five panels.

5TH -- BENCH WARRANT (Street Boss) received clear sailing along the rail en route to a first-out tally for trainer John Sadler, but we thought this was a nice field of prospects and to see a juvenile rally like he did was impressive. Keep an eye on this one all summer, as he should be making noise in the stakes ranks.

9TH -- MY CONQUESTADORY (Artie Schiller) burned some of ours, as well as others' money in this affair, but the Mark Casse trainee gave up ground every step of the way and we thought she did well to be third. We love this miss and hope she progresses this season the way we think she will.

Sunday (7/20)

2ND -- TIGAH (Dalakhani) was last early but began to pick up momentum nearing the top of the lane, and the class dropper did the rest in a solid claiming score under Corey Nakatani. The graded winner has lost a step or two, but he could be a nice claim for Barry Abrams as a level that suits him just fine.

4TH -- Hollendorfer unveiled a nice prospect to watch in TARA'S TANGO (Unbridled's Song), who lived up to the billing in a swift debut sprint win on this main oval. Bet down to 6-5 odds, the juvenile miss contested the lead before pulling away late, getting five panels in a wicked :57 2/5.

6TH -- Sadler got another fine maiden winner in SHYSHEISNOT (Tribal Rule) who blew past the leader in late stretch like a good thing. The sophomore filly didn't set the teletimer on fire, but she did close into a biased oval and looked to have plenty left in the closing stages and through the wire.

8TH -- Baffert's LUMINANCE (Tale of the Cat) was no stranger at the tote board and showed why, as the juvenile filly made a big move in early stretch and glided home a most impressive winner. The two-year-old prospect proved she can run from behind horses and really could be any kind.

A Look Ahead

The weekend feature at Del Mar is Sunday's Grade 1, $300,000 Bing Crosby Handicap. Also slated in the graded ranks are the Grade 2, $200,000 San Diego Handicap on Saturday, and Friday's Grade 3, $100,000 Cougar II Handicap.

North American Maiden Winners
Quien--Holistic by Holy Bull; HOLY QUILL, g, 2, IND, Msw, 7-22, 5f, :58 2/5. B-B. A. Man, Inc. (IN.). $5,500 '13 FTKOCT.
Unbridled's Song--Only Seventeen by Exploit; SILVER ALLURE, f, 2, IND, Msw, 7-22, 5 1/2f, 1:04 2/5. B-Robert J. Sheen & Unbridled's Song Syndicate (KY.). $130,000 '13 KEESEP. *1/2 to Made for Magic (G2$314,644).
Amwaal--Justlikesue by Western Pride; CRADLE ROBBIN, f, 3, MNR, Msw, 7-21, 1m, 1:44 1/5. B-Darryl Epting (WV.).   ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
Corinthian--Vancy Pants by Van Nistelrooy; LEATHER PANTS, f, 3, PRX, Msw, 7-22, 1m, 1:41 . B-NYKY Thoroughbreds (PA.).
Niigon--Paradise Cat by Perigee Moon; JOEY BATS, g, 3, FE, Msw, 7-22, 1m 70y, 1:48 . B-Alberto Bozzo (ON.).
Notional--Horah by Mi Cielo; NO NOTION, f, 3, FP, Msw, 7-22, 6f, 1:15 . B-Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Kuster (KY.).
Pleasantly Perfect--Thundering Irish by Thunder Gulch; PERFECT POUR, g, 3, FE, Mcl 10000, 7-22, a7fT, 1:27 3/5. B-Craig Singer (KY.). $10,000 2013 OBSJAN.
Real Dandy--Blooming Pleasure by Lesters Boy; DANDY PLEASURE, f, 3, RUI, Mcl 7500, 7-21, 5 1/2f, 1:06 4/5. B-Rita J Danley (NM.).
Road Ruler--Crime Spree by Lost Code; CRIME SPREE ROAD, f, 3, FP, Mcl 7500, 7-22, 5 1/2f, 1:08 4/5. B-J. B. Stables Inc. (IL.).
Comeonmom--Pilfer Proof by Gate Dancer; LAZYHAZYDAZOSUMMER, g, 4, FL, Mcl 5000, 7-22, 1m 70y, 1:49 1/5. B-Linda J. Reading (NY.). *1/2 to Show Ready ($275,319).
Grand Slam--Dansetta Light (G1P$257,180), by Colony Light; I'M SO BEAUTIFUL, f, 4, MNR, Msw, 7-21, 1m, 1:44 3/5. B-Calumet Farm (KY.). $20,000 '11 KEESEP. *1/2 to Big Town (SP$263,854).
Spring At Last--Wind River by Storm Cat; SPRING WATER, f, 4, PID, Mcl 12500, 7-21, 5 1/2f, 1:04 3/5. B-WinStar Farm, LLC (PA.).
Close Up--Emily P. by Safe Prospect; CLOSE TO SONNY, g, 5, PRX, Mcl 10000, 7-22, 5 1/2f, 1:06 . B-Stephen Glenn Colican (NJ.).
Outflanker--Cozzene's Gold by Cozzene; MISSION MAN, g, 5, PID, Mcl 12500, 7-21, 5 1/2f, 1:05 3/5. B-Katherine Frazier Powder (PA.).
Sky Mesa--Brunswick Star by Brunswick; R D'S RIDE, g, 5, IND, Mcl 10000, 7-22, 5 1/2f, 1:04 4/5. B-Virginia Moore and Oxley and Clay, et al. (KY.). $3,500 '09 KEENOV; $3,500 '10 OBSAUG. *1/2 to Joint Return (G2P$288,154).

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/14-7/20) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
For Cash 4G 1 1/16m (gd) NP 7/19 Fred Jones H. 100
Tempered Sapphire 5M 1 1/16m (ft) NP 7/18 Madamoiselle H. 100
Lady Jila 7M 1 1/16m (ft) ARP 7/20 Columbine S. 98
Balooga Bull 5G 1m (ft) ASD 7/16 Wheat City S. 97
Csaba 5H 1 1/16m (ft) GP 7/19 Skip Trial S. 96
Stryker Phd 5G 1 1/16m (ft) EMD 7/20 Mt. Rainier H. 96
Top Kisser 5M 1 1/16m (ft) SAC 7/19 California Governor's Cup H. 88
Deniro's Saint 4F 1 1/8m (wf) TDN 7/19 George Lewis Memorial S. 84
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/14-7/20) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Good Lord 7G 6 1/2f (ft) ELP 7/19 Don Bernhardt S. 99
Floating Feather 6G 7 1/2f (ft) BOI 7/16 I.T.A. Willy Fiddle S. 98
Freshside 6M 5 1/2f (ft) GPR 7/19 Evergreen Park ACTRA Troyer Town Distaff Series C. 87
Sogn 5M 7f (ft) BOI 7/16 I.T.A. Winning Colors S. 82
Halifax Flyer 6G 6f (ft) GIL 7/19 Texas Thoroughbred Breeders' S. 75
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/14-7/20) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Tom's Tribute 4C 1 1/8m (fm) DMR 7/20 Eddie Read S. 104
Up With the Birds 4C 1 1/8m (fm) WO 7/19 Nijinsky S. 100
Somali Lemonade 5M 1 1/8m (fm) SAR 7/19 TVG Diana S. 98
Cozze Up Lady 5M 1 1/16m (fm) DMR 7/19 Osunitas S. 94
Spring to the Sky 5H 5 1/2f (fm) SAR 7/20 Lucky Coin S. 93
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/14-7/20) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Big Trouble 2C 6f (ft) SAR 7/19 Sanford S. 93
Strawberry Baby 2F 5 1/2f (ft) PRM 7/19 Prairie Gold Lassie S. 92
Trackattacker 2G 6f (ft) EMD 7/20 Emerald Express S. 89
Fashion Alert 2F 6f (ft) SAR 7/18 Schuylerville S. 87
Private Prospect 2C 5 1/2f (ft) PRM 7/19 Prairie Gold Juvenile S. 86
My Fiona 2F 5 1/2f (ft) DMR 7/18 California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association S. 84
Stratagem 2F 5f (ft) WYO 7/20 Wyoming Downs Thoroughbred Futurity 69
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/14-7/20) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
East Hall 3G 1 1/16m (wf) TDN 7/19 Ohio Derby 97
Stopchargingmaria 3F 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 7/20 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks 97
Tourist 3C 1m (fm) SAR 7/18 Sir Cat S. 96
Aurelia's Belle 3F 1 1/8m (ft) AP 7/19 Arlington Oaks 95
Shootitinthebush 3G 1m (gd) GPR 7/20 Triple K Oilfield Services S. 95
The Spinmeister 3G 1 1/16m (gd) NP 7/19 Count Lathum H. 94
Enterprising 3C 1m (fm) DMR 7/17 Oceanside S. 93
Istanford 3F 1m (fm) DMR 7/19 San Clemente H. 93
Regal Conqueror 3F 1m (fm) WO 7/19 Ontario Damsel S. 92
Consecrate 3F 1m (ft) NP 7/18 Northlands Oaks 89
Stormy Novel 3F 6f (ft) MTH 7/20 Miss Woodford S. 89
Appeal to the King 3G 6 1/2f (ft) CBY 7/20 MTA Stallion Auction Laddie S. 88
Ole's Miss 3F 1 1/16m (ft) EMD 7/19 Kent H. 88
Pirate's Trove 3F 7f (ft) WO 7/20 Duchess S. 88
Edison 3C 1 1/16m (ft) ASD 7/16 Harry Jeffrey S. 87

Notebooks

DEL MAR NOTEBOOK

JULY 23, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A pair of graded races on the lawn headlined the opening week at Del Mar Race Course.

Eddie Read S. (G1): Braly Family Trust's TOM'S TRIBUTE (Lion Heart) got the jump turning for home and held a nice one at bay late in securing a 1 1/4-length victory for trainer James Cassidy. The four-year-old colt sped nine panels on the firm turf in 1:46 under the guidance of Mike Smith.

San Clemente H. (G2): Ike Thrash et al's ISTANFORD (Istan) broke slow, rushed up to the front and never looked back in posting a facile 2 1/2-length tally for conditioner Mike Stidham. The three-year-old filly traveled one mile on the firm lawn in 1:33 3/5 under Rafael Bejarano.

Track Stats

From a total of 40 races held at the Southern California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 30 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 48 percent of the wins. From 26 frays contested on the Polytrack oval, seven animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (27 percent), while two of the 14 grassy tussles went all the way on the lead (14 percent).

The main oval was very speed and rail prominent during the first few days of the week, but we thought it was a bit more balanced over the weekend. Last season during opening week, 48 percent of the main-track races resulted in wire-to-wire winners, compared to the 30 percent this campaign. But we still prefer inside speed going forward.

Turf racing on this new course was pretty fair we'd say, with speed and late runners equally capable of rolling home in first place. We know the oval is very firm, but so far so good with the changes to the re-configured surface.

Trainer John Sadler came out of the blocks well for the meeting, as did Gary Sherlock, who saddled a pair of big-priced winners. We'll keep an eye on both during the upcoming week of racing.

Meet Totals

RACES:   40
POLYTRACK:   26
TURF:   14
FAVORITES:   12 (30 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   7 (18 percent)
TURF WIRE:   2 (14 percent)
POLY WIRE:   7 (27 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Thursday (7/17)

3RD -- HAIL MARY (Old Topper) was a sharp second in her first run since the fall and this filly should be very tough next out with one under her belt. The Phil d'Amato trainee was outmoved in early stretch but never gave up and re-rallied to make a race of it late.

7TH -- CINMARS DANCE (Cindago) showed little speed but a nice turn of foot on an oval where closing types had little chance during the opening week. The Eric Kruljac trainee was heavily bet from a big morning line and showed why in this sharp third.

Friday (7/18)

3RD -- BOOZER (Unusual Heat) handled the stretch out in trip with relative ease for Mark Glatt, pressing the pace and taking over in the lane en route to a facile allowance score beneath Rafael Bejarano. The gelded four-year-old came home in race horse time and will edge closer to a stakes try with another like this.

6TH -- PURE TACTICS (Pure Prize) broke slowest of all from the rail but was soon well spotted, and his win in the latter stages of this turf dash was easier than it appears on paper. The stakes winner is back in fine form and is poised for a return to black-type company.

Saturday (7/19)

1ST -- KANTUNE (Kantharos) swept to the front turning form home and had a nice edge late, only to be rundown by a Baffert firster in a sharp debut performance. The Mark Casse-trained colt should surely be graduating with improvement from this debut run.

IRON FIST (Tapit) was last to the top of the lane on a speed-favoring surface, so his late rally to be a clear fourth might be a lot better than it looks for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. We think the expensive sort could have a nice future, as he is bred to run a lot longer than five panels.

5TH -- BENCH WARRANT (Street Boss) received clear sailing along the rail en route to a first-out tally for trainer John Sadler, but we thought this was a nice field of prospects and to see a juvenile rally like he did was impressive. Keep an eye on this one all summer, as he should be making noise in the stakes ranks.

9TH -- MY CONQUESTADORY (Artie Schiller) burned some of ours, as well as others' money in this affair, but the Mark Casse trainee gave up ground every step of the way and we thought she did well to be third. We love this miss and hope she progresses this season the way we think she will.

Sunday (7/20)

2ND -- TIGAH (Dalakhani) was last early but began to pick up momentum nearing the top of the lane, and the class dropper did the rest in a solid claiming score under Corey Nakatani. The graded winner has lost a step or two, but he could be a nice claim for Barry Abrams as a level that suits him just fine.

4TH -- Hollendorfer unveiled a nice prospect to watch in TARA'S TANGO (Unbridled's Song), who lived up to the billing in a swift debut sprint win on this main oval. Bet down to 6-5 odds, the juvenile miss contested the lead before pulling away late, getting five panels in a wicked :57 2/5.

6TH -- Sadler got another fine maiden winner in SHYSHEISNOT (Tribal Rule) who blew past the leader in late stretch like a good thing. The sophomore filly didn't set the teletimer on fire, but she did close into a biased oval and looked to have plenty left in the closing stages and through the wire.

8TH -- Baffert's LUMINANCE (Tale of the Cat) was no stranger at the tote board and showed why, as the juvenile filly made a big move in early stretch and glided home a most impressive winner. The two-year-old prospect proved she can run from behind horses and really could be any kind.

A Look Ahead

The weekend feature at Del Mar is Sunday's Grade 1, $300,000 Bing Crosby Handicap. Also slated in the graded ranks are the Grade 2, $200,000 San Diego Handicap on Saturday, and Friday's Grade 3, $100,000 Cougar II Handicap.

Features

RACING LEADERS

(through July 21, 2014)

                     

HORSES

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. California Chrome   6   5   0   0   $3,317,800
2. Palace Malice   4   4   0   0   1,150,000
3. Imperative   6   1   2   2   1,139,450
4. Untapable   4   4   0   0   1,116,600
5. Close Hatches   3   3   0   0   1,015,000
6. Tonalist   4   3   1   0   953,250
7. Lexie Lou   4   2   0   1   862,414
8. Mr Speaker   5   2   1   0   826,000
9. Danza   3   1   0   2   804,428
10. Vicar's in Trouble   5   2   0   2   785,000
                     

TRAINERS

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Todd Pletcher   591   142   101   88   $14,066,704
2. Jerry Hollendorfer   593   141   112   86   6,798,491
3. Steve Asmussen   783   187   130   119   6,428,002
4. Bob Baffert   220   54   40   32   6,387,417
5. Mark Casse   433   71   75   57   5,803,807
6. Chad Brown   249   67   45   39   5,800,284
7. Bill Mott   390   55   59   57   5,532,058
8. Mike Maker   517   121   84   71   4,997,104
9. Christophe Clement   266   54   54   43   4,892,070
10. Graham Motion   392   84   62   54   4,626,795
                     

JOCKEYS

                     
Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Javier Castellano   726   190   134   110   $13,701,540
2. Joel Rosario   706   120   126   98   11,593,137
3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   749   144   130   118   9,040,914
4. Jose Ortiz   632   124   118   96   8,020,383
5. John Velazquez   418   76   65   61   7,733,045
6. Mike Smith   297   62   47   37   7,647,014
7. Victor Espinoza   334   59   53   37   6,851,875
8. Joe Talamo   652   108   98   96   6,601,932
9. Jose Lezcano   491   80   82   87   6,523,703
10. Rosie Napravnik   558   125   90   75   6,394,546
                     

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Tempered Sapphire   NP   1 1/16m (ft)   7/18   121.4
Up With the Birds   WO   1 1/8m (fm)   7/19   121.2
Csaba   GP   1 1/16m (ft)   7/19   120.7
Somali Lemonade   SAR   1 1/8m (fm)   7/19   120.7
For Cash   NP   1 1/16m (gd)   7/19   120.7
Pure Tactics   DMR   5f (fm)   7/18   120.6
Good Lord   ELP   6 1/2f (ft)   7/19   120.4
Holiday Mischief   CBY   1m 70y (ft)   7/19   120.4
Stopchargingmaria   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   7/20   120.3
Tom's Tribute   DMR   1 1/8m (fm)   7/20   120.2
Triple Arch   MTH   1m 70y (ft)   7/18   119.9
Win Lion Win   EVD   5f (ft)   7/16   119.9
Fashion Alert   SAR   6f (ft)   7/18   119.8
Lady Jila   ARP   1 1/16m (ft)   7/20   119.8
Aurelia's Belle   AP   1 1/8m (ft)   7/19   119.8

Features

RACING LEADERS

(through July 21, 2014)

                     

HORSES

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. California Chrome   6   5   0   0   $3,317,800
2. Palace Malice   4   4   0   0   1,150,000
3. Imperative   6   1   2   2   1,139,450
4. Untapable   4   4   0   0   1,116,600
5. Close Hatches   3   3   0   0   1,015,000
6. Tonalist   4   3   1   0   953,250
7. Lexie Lou   4   2   0   1   862,414
8. Mr Speaker   5   2   1   0   826,000
9. Danza   3   1   0   2   804,428
10. Vicar's in Trouble   5   2   0   2   785,000
                     

TRAINERS

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Todd Pletcher   591   142   101   88   $14,066,704
2. Jerry Hollendorfer   593   141   112   86   6,798,491
3. Steve Asmussen   783   187   130   119   6,428,002
4. Bob Baffert   220   54   40   32   6,387,417
5. Mark Casse   433   71   75   57   5,803,807
6. Chad Brown   249   67   45   39   5,800,284
7. Bill Mott   390   55   59   57   5,532,058
8. Mike Maker   517   121   84   71   4,997,104
9. Christophe Clement   266   54   54   43   4,892,070
10. Graham Motion   392   84   62   54   4,626,795
                     

JOCKEYS

                     
Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Javier Castellano   726   190   134   110   $13,701,540
2. Joel Rosario   706   120   126   98   11,593,137
3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   749   144   130   118   9,040,914
4. Jose Ortiz   632   124   118   96   8,020,383
5. John Velazquez   418   76   65   61   7,733,045
6. Mike Smith   297   62   47   37   7,647,014
7. Victor Espinoza   334   59   53   37   6,851,875
8. Joe Talamo   652   108   98   96   6,601,932
9. Jose Lezcano   491   80   82   87   6,523,703
10. Rosie Napravnik   558   125   90   75   6,394,546
                     

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/14-7/20) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
For Cash 4G 1 1/16m (gd) NP 7/19 Fred Jones H. 100
Tempered Sapphire 5M 1 1/16m (ft) NP 7/18 Madamoiselle H. 100
Lady Jila 7M 1 1/16m (ft) ARP 7/20 Columbine S. 98
Balooga Bull 5G 1m (ft) ASD 7/16 Wheat City S. 97
Csaba 5H 1 1/16m (ft) GP 7/19 Skip Trial S. 96
Stryker Phd 5G 1 1/16m (ft) EMD 7/20 Mt. Rainier H. 96
Top Kisser 5M 1 1/16m (ft) SAC 7/19 California Governor's Cup H. 88
Deniro's Saint 4F 1 1/8m (wf) TDN 7/19 George Lewis Memorial S. 84
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/14-7/20) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Good Lord 7G 6 1/2f (ft) ELP 7/19 Don Bernhardt S. 99
Floating Feather 6G 7 1/2f (ft) BOI 7/16 I.T.A. Willy Fiddle S. 98
Freshside 6M 5 1/2f (ft) GPR 7/19 Evergreen Park ACTRA Troyer Town Distaff Series C. 87
Sogn 5M 7f (ft) BOI 7/16 I.T.A. Winning Colors S. 82
Halifax Flyer 6G 6f (ft) GIL 7/19 Texas Thoroughbred Breeders' S. 75
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/14-7/20) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Tom's Tribute 4C 1 1/8m (fm) DMR 7/20 Eddie Read S. 104
Up With the Birds 4C 1 1/8m (fm) WO 7/19 Nijinsky S. 100
Somali Lemonade 5M 1 1/8m (fm) SAR 7/19 TVG Diana S. 98
Cozze Up Lady 5M 1 1/16m (fm) DMR 7/19 Osunitas S. 94
Spring to the Sky 5H 5 1/2f (fm) SAR 7/20 Lucky Coin S. 93
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/14-7/20) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Big Trouble 2C 6f (ft) SAR 7/19 Sanford S. 93
Strawberry Baby 2F 5 1/2f (ft) PRM 7/19 Prairie Gold Lassie S. 92
Trackattacker 2G 6f (ft) EMD 7/20 Emerald Express S. 89
Fashion Alert 2F 6f (ft) SAR 7/18 Schuylerville S. 87
Private Prospect 2C 5 1/2f (ft) PRM 7/19 Prairie Gold Juvenile S. 86
My Fiona 2F 5 1/2f (ft) DMR 7/18 California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association S. 84
Stratagem 2F 5f (ft) WYO 7/20 Wyoming Downs Thoroughbred Futurity 69
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/14-7/20) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
East Hall 3G 1 1/16m (wf) TDN 7/19 Ohio Derby 97
Stopchargingmaria 3F 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 7/20 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks 97
Tourist 3C 1m (fm) SAR 7/18 Sir Cat S. 96
Aurelia's Belle 3F 1 1/8m (ft) AP 7/19 Arlington Oaks 95
Shootitinthebush 3G 1m (gd) GPR 7/20 Triple K Oilfield Services S. 95
The Spinmeister 3G 1 1/16m (gd) NP 7/19 Count Lathum H. 94
Enterprising 3C 1m (fm) DMR 7/17 Oceanside S. 93
Istanford 3F 1m (fm) DMR 7/19 San Clemente H. 93
Regal Conqueror 3F 1m (fm) WO 7/19 Ontario Damsel S. 92
Consecrate 3F 1m (ft) NP 7/18 Northlands Oaks 89
Stormy Novel 3F 6f (ft) MTH 7/20 Miss Woodford S. 89
Appeal to the King 3G 6 1/2f (ft) CBY 7/20 MTA Stallion Auction Laddie S. 88
Ole's Miss 3F 1 1/16m (ft) EMD 7/19 Kent H. 88
Pirate's Trove 3F 7f (ft) WO 7/20 Duchess S. 88
Edison 3C 1 1/16m (ft) ASD 7/16 Harry Jeffrey S. 87

At a Glance
LOUISIANA DOWNS AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.71 - 1
Favorite Win%: 41%, Favorite Itm%: 77%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta65.89
Daily Double83.49
Trifecta389.52
Pick 3393.57
Superfecta2,869.02
Pick 41,396.94
Pick 5 Jackpot3,771.53
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/02 - 07/20)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.0fDirt 21 52% E Mid/Out
6.0fDirt 54 33% E Outside
1m 70yDirt 111 24% E Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 10 20% E/P Outside
Turf Sprint 42 31% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 48 13% P Middle
TRACK BIAS WEEK(07/14 - 07/20)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.0fDirt 6 50% E Mid/Out
6.0fDirt 5 0% E/P Middle
1m 70yDirt 12 33% E Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 2 0% E/P Outside
Turf Sprint 0 0% - na
Turf Routes 0 0% - na
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Turner Patti 7 5 1 0 10.49 0 12%
Gibson Jonas 11 5 2 0 1.32 5 22%
Milligan Allen 3 3 0 0 4.83 2 14%
Simpson Pamela P. 4 2 1 1 2.10 2 7%
Dunn Henry Ray 6 2 0 0 7.95 1 14%
Irwin Ralph R. 6 2 1 0 2.78 1 14%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Murphy Glen 23 6 5 3 6.00 3 18%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Dixon Tim 12 0 1 1 15.13 0 8%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
             

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Tempered Sapphire   NP   1 1/16m (ft)   7/18   121.4
Up With the Birds   WO   1 1/8m (fm)   7/19   121.2
Csaba   GP   1 1/16m (ft)   7/19   120.7
Somali Lemonade   SAR   1 1/8m (fm)   7/19   120.7
For Cash   NP   1 1/16m (gd)   7/19   120.7
Pure Tactics   DMR   5f (fm)   7/18   120.6
Good Lord   ELP   6 1/2f (ft)   7/19   120.4
Holiday Mischief   CBY   1m 70y (ft)   7/19   120.4
Stopchargingmaria   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   7/20   120.3
Tom's Tribute   DMR   1 1/8m (fm)   7/20   120.2
Triple Arch   MTH   1m 70y (ft)   7/18   119.9
Win Lion Win   EVD   5f (ft)   7/16   119.9
Fashion Alert   SAR   6f (ft)   7/18   119.8
Lady Jila   ARP   1 1/16m (ft)   7/20   119.8
Aurelia's Belle   AP   1 1/8m (ft)   7/19   119.8

At a Glance
WOODBINE AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.98 - 1
Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 68%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exactor79.82
Daily Double56.02
Triactor561.78
Pick 3516.73
Superfecta6,094.97
Pick 44,868.35
Super High Five Jackpot40,895.39
TRACK BIAS MEET(04/12 - 07/20)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.0fDirt 80 41% E Rail/Ins
7.0fDirt 102 24% E Outside
1 1/16mDirt 82 21% P Rail
1 1/8mDirt 11 18% S Mid/Out
Turf Sprint 32 34% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 40 10% P Inside
TRACK BIAS WEEK(07/14 - 07/20)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.0fDirt 5 40% E Rail
7.0fDirt 6 0% S Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 8 0% P Outside
1 1/8mDirt 1 0% S Middle
Turf Sprint 2 100% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 8 0% P Rail/Ins
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Gonzalez Nicholas 17 8 0 2 7.49 8 15%
Drexler Martin 6 3 2 0 6.83 0 11%
Biamonte Ralph J. 9 3 1 0 3.16 1 21%
Armata Ross 4 2 0 1 8.25 0 14%
Carroll Josie 5 2 1 0 4.70 2 21%
Banach Darwin D. 6 2 0 0 11.80 1 24%
MacRae Donald C. 6 2 0 2 6.25 1 23%
McKnight Norman 6 2 0 2 4.84 0 20%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Husbands Patrick 26 8 2 6 5.04 3 22%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Attard Sid C. 14 0 2 2 11.75 1 12%
Cotey David 14 0 1 0 31.66 0 7%
Baker Reade 13 0 3 1 6.80 6 17%
Tiller Robert P. 11 0 1 2 5.25 1 20%
Griffith Ricky 10 0 1 2 10.96 3 17%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Wilson Emma-Jayne 13 0 2 2 7.90 2 12%
               

Racing Highlights

For Wednesday

CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $26,000 alw, 3&up, 6 1/2f (8TH).
DEL MAR (5:00): $90,000 Wickerr, 3&up, 1mT (8TH).
DELAWARE PARK (1:15): $38,000 ocl, 3&up, 5 1/2f (7TH).
EVANGELINE DOWNS (6:45): $31,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1mT (7TH).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $200,000 Indiana Grand, 3yo, f, 1mT (9TH); $100,000 Girls Inc of Shelbyville Shelby Co., 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT (7TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $25,300 alw, 3&up, f&m, 7fT (3RD).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $29,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1mT (4TH).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $34,000 ocl, 3&up, 6f (3RD).
SARATOGA (12:25): $200,000 Lake George (G2), 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT (9TH).
SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $20,000 ocl, 3&up, 6f (7TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $21,000 alw, 3&up, 1m (7TH).
WOODBINE (6:45): $125,000 Deputy Minister, 3yo, 7f (6TH).

*all times Eastern

At a Glance

AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE

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

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

Announcements

Help Wanted

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

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Wednesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Charles Town   (4th) Parabola, 7-2
    (9th) Sandsfoot Castle, 7-2
Del Mar   (2nd) Euroclydon, 5-1
    (4th) Woebegon, 7-2
Delaware Park   (4th) Love's Not Fair, 7-2
    (6th) Sarbanes, 6-1
Evangeline Downs   (1st) Hold Medal, 7-2
    (5th) Hang on Angie, 9-2
Indiana Downs   (6th) Lake Creek, 5-1
    (7th) Honey Hues, 7-2
Mountaineer   (7th) Liam and Alex, 7-2
    (9th) Sweet Cat O Line, 3-1
Penn National   (2nd) Fort Collins, 7-2
    (4th) War Relic, 4-1
Presque Isle Downs   (2nd) Niceandez, 7-2
    (3rd) Whiskey Rebellion, 5-1
Saratoga   (4th) Santa Elf, 7-2
    (7th) Late Night Artist, 3-1
Suffolk Downs   (2nd) I Can and I Will, 7-2
    (6th) Hidden Intentions, 3-1
Thistledown   (1st) Primed and Ready, 4-1
    (5th) Worth a Punt, 5-1
Woodbine   (5th) Golden Gilda, 3-1
    (6th) Eighty Nine Red, 3-1

HIGHLIGHTS

For Wednesday

CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $26,000 alw, 3&up, 6 1/2f (8TH).
DEL MAR (5:00): $90,000 Wickerr, 3&up, 1mT (8TH).
DELAWARE PARK (1:15): $38,000 ocl, 3&up, 5 1/2f (7TH).
EVANGELINE DOWNS (6:45): $31,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1mT (7TH).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $200,000 Indiana Grand, 3yo, f, 1mT (9TH); $100,000 Girls Inc of Shelbyville Shelby Co., 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT (7TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $25,300 alw, 3&up, f&m, 7fT (3RD).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $29,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1mT (4TH).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $34,000 ocl, 3&up, 6f (3RD).
SARATOGA (12:25): $200,000 Lake George (G2), 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT (9TH).
SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $20,000 ocl, 3&up, 6f (7TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $21,000 alw, 3&up, 1m (7TH).
WOODBINE (6:45): $125,000 Deputy Minister, 3yo, 7f (6TH).

*all times Eastern

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

Announcements

Help Wanted

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