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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2014

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Close Hatches looking to stay on top in Personal Ensign

Close Hatches (pink cap) edged Personal Ensign rivals Princess of Sylmar and Antipathy in the Ogden Phipps (Jamie Newell/Horsephotos.com)

Having risen to the top of the older female division this season, Close Hatches will attempt to maintain her position on Friday in the Grade 1, $500,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga over 1 1/8 miles.

In the shadow of Beholder and Princess of Sylmar in 2013, Close Hatches has started her four-year-old campaign with three straight wins, including a narrow score in the $1 million Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park on June 7. In that 1 1/16-mile heat, which pitted last year's leading three-year-old fillies in their first rematch since the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Close Hatches prevailed by a neck over Princess of Sylmar, with Beholder only a length behind in fourth.

It's been 2 1/2 months since the Ogden Phipps, a victory that followed wire-to-wire scores in the Apple Blossom Handicap and Azeri, both at Oaklawn Park. However, trainer Bill Mott is not concerned about the layoff.

"She's always run pretty good off the bench," Mott said. "Her works have been good, and I think we've got enough in her. She's always run very well when she's had time between races."

Princess of Sylmar, a clear leader in the three-year-old championship race before her loss to Beholder in the Breeders' Cup last November, captured a minor stakes at Aqueduct prior to her loss to the Ogden Phipps. Last time, she was a 1-5 favorite in the 1 1/4-mile Delaware Handicap, but was beaten nearly three lengths by a loose-on-the-lead Belle Gallantey.

"She just missed in the Phipps," trainer Todd Pletcher said of Princess of Sylmar. "She ran a big race (in the Phipps) and didn't get a proper set-up in the Delaware Handicap and maybe didn't run her 'A' race, but she has been training exceptionally well and we believe she is sitting on a good effort."

Princess of Sylmar will wear blinkers for the first time on Friday.

Antipathy rebounded from her Ogden Phipps loss to take last month's Shuvee Handicap (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Belle Gallantey took advantage of a paceless affair at Delaware Park, but probably yields early control of the Personal Ensign to Antipathy, who was a surprise third in the Ogden Phipps, a neck behind Close Hatches at 30-1. The late-blooming A.P. Indy filly followed up that stakes debut with a two-length score in the Shuvee Handicap, contested over a muddy Saratoga strip on July 27.

"We need some racing luck and for her to run her 'A' race (to win the Personal Ensign)," trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. "It's a tough group, but we're happy to be in there, and we'll see how it goes. Hopefully, we'll have a good day. I think she (belongs among the best in the division). She missed by only a half-length in the Phipps and came back and won."

Stanwyck was runner-up in the Shuvee and also placed in the Apple Blossom, Santa Margarita and Santa Maria earlier this year. The well-built daughter of Empire Maker earned her signature win last October in the Turnback the Alarm Handicap at Belmont, but has seen her bids flatten out in the final furlong of recent starts.

Fiftyshadesofhay, whose graded stakes scores include the May 11 Ruffian and 2013 editions of the Black-Eyed Susan and Iowa Oaks, returns to dirt following a fourth-place finish in the Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar.

The stellar Personal Ensign field is rounded out by the speedy, Todd Pletcher-trained Majestic River, who exits a 2 1/2-length score in sub-standard renewal of the Molly Pitcher at Monmouth Park.

The supporting feature is the $100,000 Tale of the Cat, a six-furlong dash for older horses that have not won a graded stakes in 2014. Grade 2 victors Bahamian Squall and Bern Identity are joined by stakes winners Traffic Light, Sensational Slam, and Royal Currier, as well as General George Handicap runner-up Tenango.

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Close Hatches looking to stay on top in Personal Ensign

Close Hatches (pink cap) edged Personal Ensign rivals Princess of Sylmar and Antipathy in the Ogden Phipps (Jamie Newell/Horsephotos.com)

Having risen to the top of the older female division this season, Close Hatches will attempt to maintain her position on Friday in the Grade 1, $500,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga over 1 1/8 miles.

In the shadow of Beholder and Princess of Sylmar in 2013, Close Hatches has started her four-year-old campaign with three straight wins, including a narrow score in the $1 million Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park on June 7. In that 1 1/16-mile heat, which pitted last year's leading three-year-old fillies in their first rematch since the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Close Hatches prevailed by a neck over Princess of Sylmar, with Beholder only a length behind in fourth.

It's been 2 1/2 months since the Ogden Phipps, a victory that followed wire-to-wire scores in the Apple Blossom Handicap and Azeri, both at Oaklawn Park. However, trainer Bill Mott is not concerned about the layoff.

"She's always run pretty good off the bench," Mott said. "Her works have been good, and I think we've got enough in her. She's always run very well when she's had time between races."

Princess of Sylmar, a clear leader in the three-year-old championship race before her loss to Beholder in the Breeders' Cup last November, captured a minor stakes at Aqueduct prior to her loss to the Ogden Phipps. Last time, she was a 1-5 favorite in the 1 1/4-mile Delaware Handicap, but was beaten nearly three lengths by a loose-on-the-lead Belle Gallantey.

"She just missed in the Phipps," trainer Todd Pletcher said of Princess of Sylmar. "She ran a big race (in the Phipps) and didn't get a proper set-up in the Delaware Handicap and maybe didn't run her 'A' race, but she has been training exceptionally well and we believe she is sitting on a good effort."

Princess of Sylmar will wear blinkers for the first time on Friday.

Antipathy rebounded from her Ogden Phipps loss to take last month's Shuvee Handicap (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Belle Gallantey took advantage of a paceless affair at Delaware Park, but probably yields early control of the Personal Ensign to Antipathy, who was a surprise third in the Ogden Phipps, a neck behind Close Hatches at 30-1. The late-blooming A.P. Indy filly followed up that stakes debut with a two-length score in the Shuvee Handicap, contested over a muddy Saratoga strip on July 27.

"We need some racing luck and for her to run her 'A' race (to win the Personal Ensign)," trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. "It's a tough group, but we're happy to be in there, and we'll see how it goes. Hopefully, we'll have a good day. I think she (belongs among the best in the division). She missed by only a half-length in the Phipps and came back and won."

Stanwyck was runner-up in the Shuvee and also placed in the Apple Blossom, Santa Margarita and Santa Maria earlier this year. The well-built daughter of Empire Maker earned her signature win last October in the Turnback the Alarm Handicap at Belmont, but has seen her bids flatten out in the final furlong of recent starts.

Fiftyshadesofhay, whose graded stakes scores include the May 11 Ruffian and 2013 editions of the Black-Eyed Susan and Iowa Oaks, returns to dirt following a fourth-place finish in the Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar.

The stellar Personal Ensign field is rounded out by the speedy, Todd Pletcher-trained Majestic River, who exits a 2 1/2-length score in sub-standard renewal of the Molly Pitcher at Monmouth Park.

The supporting feature is the $100,000 Tale of the Cat, a six-furlong dash for older horses that have not won a graded stakes in 2014. Grade 2 victors Bahamian Squall and Bern Identity are joined by stakes winners Traffic Light, Sensational Slam, and Royal Currier, as well as General George Handicap runner-up Tenango.

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Australia looking to extend streak in Juddmonte International

Australia will be a heavy favorite to defeat older rivals on opening day of the Ebor Festival (Courtesy of Irish Champions Weekend via Twitter)

Dual Derby hero Australia is set to take centre stage at York on Wednesday when he contests the richest race ever staged at York, the £800,000 Juddmonte International.

The brilliant colt is part of a strong team bound for the Ebor Festival from the famous Ballydoyle base of trainer Aidan O'Brien.

The first half of the season was one of high achievement for Australia, who followed up a fine third in the Two Thousand Guineas with classic triumphs at Epsom and The Curragh. He has since been freshened up by O'Brien and is poised for a return to action over an extended mile and a quarter trip that is expected to be ideal.

"Australia had a break after The Curragh and everything has gone well with him since then," O'Brien said. "He has done very well and is just ready to start back again."

"I suppose, because he has done so well, we are a little bit worried about his fitness. But really, when you give a horse a break -- especially a three-year-old -- going into the autumn, you want him to do well. He did well, he did very well.

"Obviously, he is a good bit heavier than he was in the Derbies and I suppose that just makes you a little bit more anxious. So, really, he is just ready to go away and obviously we would imagine that he would come on a lot from the run.

"We always felt this was his trip. He is a very strong traveler -- he has a high cruising pace."

Australia will be accompanied in the race by stablemate, Kingfisher, who won the Dee Stakes at Chester in the spring and also finished second in the Irish Derby.

"Kingfisher is in good form. He will be very happy to roll along if nothing else does," O'Brien said. "He ran in the two Derbies with him (Australia) and is a very tough, sound and genuine horse that doesn't mind bowling along.

"He is obviously running on his merits -- he is a Dee Stakes winner, so he is a very legitimate horse. But like I said, he doesn't mind bowling along -- he'd be very happy just to roll along, nice and sensible. And I think that will be good for everybody if that is the case.

"Maybe somebody else will be happy to do it. But he is happy to do it if nobody is. It will just be, hopefully, a nicely-run race."

Richard Hughes has been selected to partner The Grey Gatsby. Six runners have been declared to shape an impressive field for the Group 1.

Trained by Kevin Ryan, The Grey Gatsby has been ridden by Ryan Moore on his last three starts with Jamie Spencer riding in both the Craven Stakes and Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket. However, Moore has a retainer with the yard of Sir Michael Stoute so will ride Telescope in opposition to The Grey Gatsby. A similar circumstance sees another previous partner of the distinctive gray, jockey Jamie Spencer, booked to ride Arod, meaning Ryan has had to look elsewhere for a jockey.

"The Grey Gatsby has been great since his Longchamp run in the Grand Prix de Paris in July and is very fresh and well," Ryan said. "The ground in France was bottomless, which he hated, though he still ran a good race.

"He won his maiden at York, he was second in last year's Acomb Stakes at York and he won the Dante Stakes at York in May of this year so the Knavesmire will be no problem for him. He's proven at this mile and a quarter although at some point I envisage stepping him back up to a mile and a half. He's only a three-year-old and is developing all the time."

William Haggas has hinted that Mukhadram. The Sheikh Hamdan-owned five-year-old has been a model of consistency in recent seasons and was placed four times in Group 1 company before breaking though at that level with an impressive victory in the Eclipse Stakes in July.

He subsequently put up a gallant display to finish third behind Taghrooda in the King George V! and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, his first try at a mile and a half. Haggas was thrilled with his stable star's performance that day and is looking forward to running him on Wednesday.

"Mukhadram ran a great race at Ascot. He is a tough, genuine horse and I think is he is a little underrated," Haggas said. "We hope it doesn't get soft but he's in great form and goes there in great shape. I feel it's my job to get him there in the best condition I can and I am very happy with him."

Mukhadram won last year's York Stakes over the same course and distance of an extended mile and a quarter.

Telescope, who followed up a win in last year's Great Voltigeur during the Ebor Festival, with a score in the June 21 Hardwicke at Royal Ascot, enters off a second to the filly Taghrooda in the King George.

Dante runner-up Arod, fourth in the Epsom Derby, won a conditions event at Leicester in his latest outing.

Avoiding a rematch with Australia, Kingston Hill takes the road less fraught as he bids to get his head back in front in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes. Last seen in the winner's circle after the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in late October, the Epsom Derby runner-up was disappointing when only fourth in the Eclipse at Sandown four weeks later, but has enjoyed a brief break and holds a form edge over these rivals.

"Kingston Hill is in great form and has been training nicely," trainer Roger Varian commented. "I am very pleased with him and we are looking forward to running him."

Chief among the opposition is Hartnell, who is St Leger bound after wins in Royal Ascot's Queen's Vase over two miles and the Bahrain Trophy over 13 furlongs at Newmarket. He needs to prove he has the speed to cope with these colts and reverse earlier form with Snow Sky, who had him two lengths back in second when winning the May 10 Lingfield Derby Trial. Subsequently, the Juddmonte homebred has garnered the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood July 30 and bids to emulate the 2002 winner Bandari in completing the Gordon-Voltigeur double.

"I was pleased with him at Goodwood and he's a bit of a playboy, so he got a little bit hot beforehand but it was nothing to worry about," jockey James Doyle said. "I was pleased with him in the race. I probably got there a bit too soon on him and he idled a bit, but he knuckled down and galloped to the line."

Aidan O'Brien saddles a duo, with son Joseph on the unexposed Granddukeoftuscany, who scored by 19 lengths in an extended 12-furlong maiden at Tipperary June 26 and could be anything.

"He is a horse that got a mile and a half well the last time, so you would think and hope that he would probably get further in time," his trainer said with one eye on the Leger. "It is a big step up from a maiden to a Group 2, so we'll see how he gets on and discuss plans after that. But obviously we would be hoping he might turn into that type of horse."

Few maiden winners have created as big an impression as Basateen did at Doncaster July 24 and the chestnut could kick start a week to remember for Shadwell in the Group 3 Acomb Stakes for two-year-oldss.

Third on debut behind stable companion Lexington Times over seven furlongs on what was probably an unsuitably soft surface at Newmarket July 11, he followed that with an emphatic eight-length success on Town Moor and trainer Richard Hannon Jr. is hoping he can add more weight to an already stellar team of juveniles.

"We like Basateen a lot and he confirmed the promise he showed first time out at Newmarket when bolting up in his maiden at Doncaster by eight lengths," he commented. "Now he has to prove he is a group horse, but we think he is."

From Ballydoyle is Jamaica, who impressed with a clear-cut win in a Galway maiden over this trip last time July 28 and is one of several unexposed colts who could be making waves in next year's classics. They include Windflower Overseas and Prince Gagarin, a half-brother to the 2009 winner Elusive Pimpernel, who opened his account over seven-eighths at Newmarket at the start of this month.

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Australia looking to extend streak in Juddmonte International

Australia will be a heavy favorite to defeat older rivals on opening day of the Ebor Festival (Courtesy of Irish Champions Weekend via Twitter)

Dual Derby hero Australia is set to take centre stage at York on Wednesday when he contests the richest race ever staged at York, the £800,000 Juddmonte International.

The brilliant colt is part of a strong team bound for the Ebor Festival from the famous Ballydoyle base of trainer Aidan O'Brien.

The first half of the season was one of high achievement for Australia, who followed up a fine third in the Two Thousand Guineas with classic triumphs at Epsom and The Curragh. He has since been freshened up by O'Brien and is poised for a return to action over an extended mile and a quarter trip that is expected to be ideal.

"Australia had a break after The Curragh and everything has gone well with him since then," O'Brien said. "He has done very well and is just ready to start back again."

"I suppose, because he has done so well, we are a little bit worried about his fitness. But really, when you give a horse a break -- especially a three-year-old -- going into the autumn, you want him to do well. He did well, he did very well.

"Obviously, he is a good bit heavier than he was in the Derbies and I suppose that just makes you a little bit more anxious. So, really, he is just ready to go away and obviously we would imagine that he would come on a lot from the run.

"We always felt this was his trip. He is a very strong traveler -- he has a high cruising pace."

Australia will be accompanied in the race by stablemate, Kingfisher, who won the Dee Stakes at Chester in the spring and also finished second in the Irish Derby.

"Kingfisher is in good form. He will be very happy to roll along if nothing else does," O'Brien said. "He ran in the two Derbies with him (Australia) and is a very tough, sound and genuine horse that doesn't mind bowling along.

"He is obviously running on his merits -- he is a Dee Stakes winner, so he is a very legitimate horse. But like I said, he doesn't mind bowling along -- he'd be very happy just to roll along, nice and sensible. And I think that will be good for everybody if that is the case.

"Maybe somebody else will be happy to do it. But he is happy to do it if nobody is. It will just be, hopefully, a nicely-run race."

Richard Hughes has been selected to partner The Grey Gatsby. Six runners have been declared to shape an impressive field for the Group 1.

Trained by Kevin Ryan, The Grey Gatsby has been ridden by Ryan Moore on his last three starts with Jamie Spencer riding in both the Craven Stakes and Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket. However, Moore has a retainer with the yard of Sir Michael Stoute so will ride Telescope in opposition to The Grey Gatsby. A similar circumstance sees another previous partner of the distinctive gray, jockey Jamie Spencer, booked to ride Arod, meaning Ryan has had to look elsewhere for a jockey.

"The Grey Gatsby has been great since his Longchamp run in the Grand Prix de Paris in July and is very fresh and well," Ryan said. "The ground in France was bottomless, which he hated, though he still ran a good race.

"He won his maiden at York, he was second in last year's Acomb Stakes at York and he won the Dante Stakes at York in May of this year so the Knavesmire will be no problem for him. He's proven at this mile and a quarter although at some point I envisage stepping him back up to a mile and a half. He's only a three-year-old and is developing all the time."

William Haggas has hinted that Mukhadram. The Sheikh Hamdan-owned five-year-old has been a model of consistency in recent seasons and was placed four times in Group 1 company before breaking though at that level with an impressive victory in the Eclipse Stakes in July.

He subsequently put up a gallant display to finish third behind Taghrooda in the King George V! and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, his first try at a mile and a half. Haggas was thrilled with his stable star's performance that day and is looking forward to running him on Wednesday.

"Mukhadram ran a great race at Ascot. He is a tough, genuine horse and I think is he is a little underrated," Haggas said. "We hope it doesn't get soft but he's in great form and goes there in great shape. I feel it's my job to get him there in the best condition I can and I am very happy with him."

Mukhadram won last year's York Stakes over the same course and distance of an extended mile and a quarter.

Telescope, who followed up a win in last year's Great Voltigeur during the Ebor Festival, with a score in the June 21 Hardwicke at Royal Ascot, enters off a second to the filly Taghrooda in the King George.

Dante runner-up Arod, fourth in the Epsom Derby, won a conditions event at Leicester in his latest outing.

Avoiding a rematch with Australia, Kingston Hill takes the road less fraught as he bids to get his head back in front in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes. Last seen in the winner's circle after the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in late October, the Epsom Derby runner-up was disappointing when only fourth in the Eclipse at Sandown four weeks later, but has enjoyed a brief break and holds a form edge over these rivals.

"Kingston Hill is in great form and has been training nicely," trainer Roger Varian commented. "I am very pleased with him and we are looking forward to running him."

Chief among the opposition is Hartnell, who is St Leger bound after wins in Royal Ascot's Queen's Vase over two miles and the Bahrain Trophy over 13 furlongs at Newmarket. He needs to prove he has the speed to cope with these colts and reverse earlier form with Snow Sky, who had him two lengths back in second when winning the May 10 Lingfield Derby Trial. Subsequently, the Juddmonte homebred has garnered the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood July 30 and bids to emulate the 2002 winner Bandari in completing the Gordon-Voltigeur double.

"I was pleased with him at Goodwood and he's a bit of a playboy, so he got a little bit hot beforehand but it was nothing to worry about," jockey James Doyle said. "I was pleased with him in the race. I probably got there a bit too soon on him and he idled a bit, but he knuckled down and galloped to the line."

Aidan O'Brien saddles a duo, with son Joseph on the unexposed Granddukeoftuscany, who scored by 19 lengths in an extended 12-furlong maiden at Tipperary June 26 and could be anything.

"He is a horse that got a mile and a half well the last time, so you would think and hope that he would probably get further in time," his trainer said with one eye on the Leger. "It is a big step up from a maiden to a Group 2, so we'll see how he gets on and discuss plans after that. But obviously we would be hoping he might turn into that type of horse."

Few maiden winners have created as big an impression as Basateen did at Doncaster July 24 and the chestnut could kick start a week to remember for Shadwell in the Group 3 Acomb Stakes for two-year-oldss.

Third on debut behind stable companion Lexington Times over seven furlongs on what was probably an unsuitably soft surface at Newmarket July 11, he followed that with an emphatic eight-length success on Town Moor and trainer Richard Hannon Jr. is hoping he can add more weight to an already stellar team of juveniles.

"We like Basateen a lot and he confirmed the promise he showed first time out at Newmarket when bolting up in his maiden at Doncaster by eight lengths," he commented. "Now he has to prove he is a group horse, but we think he is."

From Ballydoyle is Jamaica, who impressed with a clear-cut win in a Galway maiden over this trip last time July 28 and is one of several unexposed colts who could be making waves in next year's classics. They include Windflower Overseas and Prince Gagarin, a half-brother to the 2009 winner Elusive Pimpernel, who opened his account over seven-eighths at Newmarket at the start of this month.

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Makari seeks another big win in New York Turf Writers Cup

Makari (right) won his U.S. debut, the A.P. Smithwick Memorial, by a nose (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

A thrilling and emotional victory by English import Makari in last month's A.P. Smithwick Memorial has put the seven-year-old gelding in line for a sweep of Saratoga's leading steeplechase stakes when he faces eight rivals in the Grade 1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup on Thursday.

Makari's photo-finish win in the July 31 Smithwick over Demonstrative was the first winner trained by Elizabeth Voss Murray, the daughter of legendary trainer Tom Voss, who passed away in January and whose stable Elizabeth Voss Murray inherited.

A winner in five of his final seven starts in England, mostly in low-level chases, Makari was nonetheless backed down to 9-2 for his U.S. debut. He proved more than adequate to the task, besting a field that included last year's divisional champion Divine Fortune.

The latter will not return for the about 2 3/8-mile Turf Writers Cup, but otherwise the race looks very much like the Smithwick. Demonstrative, who ran his best race in more than a year when beaten a nose by Makari, captured this race by a length in 2012 over Charminster, who enters this renewal off a neck loss against optional claiming company on July 30 in his first outing in 14 months.

Grade 3 winner Pleasant Woodman, third by 7 1/4 lengths after setting the pace in the Smithwick, is joined by Italian Wedding and All Together, sixth and fourth in the Smithwick, respectively. That pair finished one-two in the Turf Writers Cup last season, with Italian Wedding the victor by a length.

Novice stakes winners Barnstorming and Staying On, both also-rans in the Smithwick, will line up Thursday as will For Non Stop, a nine-year-old who won by more than 27 lengths in his U.S. debut at Stone Mountain, Georgia, in April, and followed with a third-place finish behind Divine Fortune in the Iroquois, a Grade 1 event at Percy Warner Park in Nashville

The flat feature on Thursday's program is the $100,000 Union Avenue, a six-furlong dash for New York-bred fillies and mares. Risky Rachel, the 2012 Union Avenue winner, and multiple stakes winner Sunny Desert are the probable favorites.

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Makari seeks another big win in New York Turf Writers Cup

Makari (right) won his U.S. debut, the A.P. Smithwick Memorial, by a nose (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

A thrilling and emotional victory by English import Makari in last month's A.P. Smithwick Memorial has put the seven-year-old gelding in line for a sweep of Saratoga's leading steeplechase stakes when he faces eight rivals in the Grade 1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup on Thursday.

Makari's photo-finish win in the July 31 Smithwick over Demonstrative was the first winner trained by Elizabeth Voss Murray, the daughter of legendary trainer Tom Voss, who passed away in January and whose stable Elizabeth Voss Murray inherited.

A winner in five of his final seven starts in England, mostly in low-level chases, Makari was nonetheless backed down to 9-2 for his U.S. debut. He proved more than adequate to the task, besting a field that included last year's divisional champion Divine Fortune.

The latter will not return for the about 2 3/8-mile Turf Writers Cup, but otherwise the race looks very much like the Smithwick. Demonstrative, who ran his best race in more than a year when beaten a nose by Makari, captured this race by a length in 2012 over Charminster, who enters this renewal off a neck loss against optional claiming company on July 30 in his first outing in 14 months.

Grade 3 winner Pleasant Woodman, third by 7 1/4 lengths after setting the pace in the Smithwick, is joined by Italian Wedding and All Together, sixth and fourth in the Smithwick, respectively. That pair finished one-two in the Turf Writers Cup last season, with Italian Wedding the victor by a length.

Novice stakes winners Barnstorming and Staying On, both also-rans in the Smithwick, will line up Thursday as will For Non Stop, a nine-year-old who won by more than 27 lengths in his U.S. debut at Stone Mountain, Georgia, in April, and followed with a third-place finish behind Divine Fortune in the Iroquois, a Grade 1 event at Percy Warner Park in Nashville

The flat feature on Thursday's program is the $100,000 Union Avenue, a six-furlong dash for New York-bred fillies and mares. Risky Rachel, the 2012 Union Avenue winner, and multiple stakes winner Sunny Desert are the probable favorites.

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In brief

Bayern (Offlee Wild), who exits smashing victories in the Haskell Invitational (G1) and Woody Stephens (G2), worked four furlongs in :47 2/5 on the Polytrack at Del Mar Tuesday morning and trainer Bob Baffert confirmed a few hours later during the NTRA teleconference that he will run in Saturday's $1 million Travers (G1) at Saratoga. Bayern, who posted the second-fastest work among 34 at the distance, earned his first stakes victory when recording a 7 1/2-length score in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens on June 7. He stretched out to two turns in the 1 1/8-mile Haskell on July 27 and romped to a 7 1/4-length decision in wire-to-wire fashion. The dark bay colt registered excellent BRIS Speed ratings of 108 and 106, respectively, for those efforts...

Jockey Mike Smith said during Tuesday's NTRA teleconference that it was a tough decision opting to ride Shared Belief over Game On Dude (Awesome Again) in Sunday's $1 million Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar. "It was an extremely difficult decision," the Hall of Fame jockey said. "When Game On Dude shows up and runs his A-plus race, there are not too many in the world who can outrun him. He's going to be very, very difficult to beat. The decision just came down to, more than anything, that Shared Belief is three and has a few good years ahead of him. I'm planning on sticking with him." Trainer Bob Baffert had to replace Smith with Martin Garcia in last year's Pacific Classic due to a riding commitment and Game On Dude romped by 8 1/2 lengths. He will turn to Garcia once again on Sunday. Game On Dude is seven and the Hall of Fame trainer understood Smith's decision. "I really can't blame Mike. Mike's been great," Baffert noted. "He's helped out, taught me a lot of things about this horse when he got on him that we didn't know about. He's been a big factor in the success of Game On Dude. And he knows we have Martin as back up. Mike is a real classy guy, gentleman. He's going with the younger gelding. Nobody knows how good Shared Belief is. This is going to be the toughest test he's had. (Smith) knew if he did it, I wasn't going to throw a fit about it. I understood." Smith said he still has the utmost respect for Game On Dude: "I know if he gets things his own way, he's going to be extremely difficult. I hope we get some help."...

Having won the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (Fr-G1) at Longchamp May 11 and Prix de Diane (Fr-G1) at Chantilly June 15, Avenir Certain (Le Havre) had little to prove other than her fitness in her comeback from a short holiday in Tuesday's Prix de la Nonette (Fr-G2) at Deauville, and she duly won with a degree of comfort to book a ticket to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1). Settled towards the rear of mid-division early by Gregory Benoist, the 3-5 pick did not have to engage top gear to cut down Crisolles (Le Havre) with just over a furlong remaining and score by 1 1/2 lengths, with Lavender Lane (Shamardal) 2 1/2 lengths back in third. "That was easy, like a piece of work," trainer Jean-Claude Rouget commented. "She will go to the Arc now and her stamina for a mile and a half has to be proven, but she won’t run in the Prix Vermeille (Fr-G1) beforehand."...

Patricia Generazio's homebred Pure Sensation (Zensational) will attempt to stretch his speed to one mile on Saratoga's inner turf in Wednesday's $100,000 Better Talk Now S. for three-year-olds. After seven dirt starts and one victory, Pure Sensation was switched to turf by trainer Christophe Clement on July 24 in the Quick Call Stakes, a 5 1/2-furlong sprint. He got caught in traffic racing on the inside, was taken back near the top of the stretch and then burst past the leaders to win by a nose in a time of 1:01 4/5. "He's not a fast horse; he's a really fast horse," Clement said. "I think he's a top-class sprinter at six, seven furlongs. I'm not sure if he's a one-turn, six- or seven-furlong (colt) or if he wants to go two turns and a mile. It's a big difference, and the only way to find out is to try. The quality and class he's got, for sure. I'm just not sure if he has the same quality and class going a mile. The idea is to try to stretch him out going two turns at a mile, which might be too ambitious, but he had a very nice work several days ago on the grass. And he rated well in the morning, so let's try and see what happens in the afternoon. There are no sprints for straight three-year-olds on the grass, and if there's any way for him to get a mile, we'll have a lot more options." His rivals include multiple stakes veteran Storming Inti (Stormy Atlantic), most recently third in the July 18 Sir Cat to eventual Secretariat (G1) runner-up Tourist (Tiznow); Irish Group 3 scorer Craftsman (Mastercraftsman), who exits his first U.S. win in the July 10 Nick Shuk Memorial at Delaware; Mark My Way (Noonmark), winner of two straight divisions of the New York Stallion S. on turf; Toronto Cup third Heart to Heart (English Channel); and the Bill Mott-trained Los Borrachos (Pulpit)...

A new National Handicapping Championship online qualifier open exclusively to "rookie" NHC Tour members -- those that joined for the first time in 2014 -- has been set for September 21. The top three finishers will receive seats to the NHC, hotel accommodations and airfare reimbursement to Las Vegas for up to $400. Secondary prizes include credits for future play in upcoming NHCqualify.com online tournaments. The entry fee is $25. Registration will open at NHCqualify.com as the contest date draws nearer. NHC Tour points will not be awarded since eligibility is restricted to newbies.

In brief

Bayern (Offlee Wild), who exits smashing victories in the Haskell Invitational (G1) and Woody Stephens (G2), worked four furlongs in :47 2/5 on the Polytrack at Del Mar Tuesday morning and trainer Bob Baffert confirmed a few hours later during the NTRA teleconference that he will run in Saturday's $1 million Travers (G1) at Saratoga. Bayern, who posted the second-fastest work among 34 at the distance, earned his first stakes victory when recording a 7 1/2-length score in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens on June 7. He stretched out to two turns in the 1 1/8-mile Haskell on July 27 and romped to a 7 1/4-length decision in wire-to-wire fashion. The dark bay colt registered excellent BRIS Speed ratings of 108 and 106, respectively, for those efforts...

Jockey Mike Smith said during Tuesday's NTRA teleconference that it was a tough decision opting to ride Shared Belief over Game On Dude (Awesome Again) in Sunday's $1 million Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar. "It was an extremely difficult decision," the Hall of Fame jockey said. "When Game On Dude shows up and runs his A-plus race, there are not too many in the world who can outrun him. He's going to be very, very difficult to beat. The decision just came down to, more than anything, that Shared Belief is three and has a few good years ahead of him. I'm planning on sticking with him." Trainer Bob Baffert had to replace Smith with Martin Garcia in last year's Pacific Classic due to a riding commitment and Game On Dude romped by 8 1/2 lengths. He will turn to Garcia once again on Sunday. Game On Dude is seven and the Hall of Fame trainer understood Smith's decision. "I really can't blame Mike. Mike's been great," Baffert noted. "He's helped out, taught me a lot of things about this horse when he got on him that we didn't know about. He's been a big factor in the success of Game On Dude. And he knows we have Martin as back up. Mike is a real classy guy, gentleman. He's going with the younger gelding. Nobody knows how good Shared Belief is. This is going to be the toughest test he's had. (Smith) knew if he did it, I wasn't going to throw a fit about it. I understood." Smith said he still has the utmost respect for Game On Dude: "I know if he gets things his own way, he's going to be extremely difficult. I hope we get some help."...

Having won the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (Fr-G1) at Longchamp May 11 and Prix de Diane (Fr-G1) at Chantilly June 15, Avenir Certain (Le Havre) had little to prove other than her fitness in her comeback from a short holiday in Tuesday's Prix de la Nonette (Fr-G2) at Deauville, and she duly won with a degree of comfort to book a ticket to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1). Settled towards the rear of mid-division early by Gregory Benoist, the 3-5 pick did not have to engage top gear to cut down Crisolles (Le Havre) with just over a furlong remaining and score by 1 1/2 lengths, with Lavender Lane (Shamardal) 2 1/2 lengths back in third. "That was easy, like a piece of work," trainer Jean-Claude Rouget commented. "She will go to the Arc now and her stamina for a mile and a half has to be proven, but she won’t run in the Prix Vermeille (Fr-G1) beforehand."...

Patricia Generazio's homebred Pure Sensation (Zensational) will attempt to stretch his speed to one mile on Saratoga's inner turf in Wednesday's $100,000 Better Talk Now S. for three-year-olds. After seven dirt starts and one victory, Pure Sensation was switched to turf by trainer Christophe Clement on July 24 in the Quick Call Stakes, a 5 1/2-furlong sprint. He got caught in traffic racing on the inside, was taken back near the top of the stretch and then burst past the leaders to win by a nose in a time of 1:01 4/5. "He's not a fast horse; he's a really fast horse," Clement said. "I think he's a top-class sprinter at six, seven furlongs. I'm not sure if he's a one-turn, six- or seven-furlong (colt) or if he wants to go two turns and a mile. It's a big difference, and the only way to find out is to try. The quality and class he's got, for sure. I'm just not sure if he has the same quality and class going a mile. The idea is to try to stretch him out going two turns at a mile, which might be too ambitious, but he had a very nice work several days ago on the grass. And he rated well in the morning, so let's try and see what happens in the afternoon. There are no sprints for straight three-year-olds on the grass, and if there's any way for him to get a mile, we'll have a lot more options." His rivals include multiple stakes veteran Storming Inti (Stormy Atlantic), most recently third in the July 18 Sir Cat to eventual Secretariat (G1) runner-up Tourist (Tiznow); Irish Group 3 scorer Craftsman (Mastercraftsman), who exits his first U.S. win in the July 10 Nick Shuk Memorial at Delaware; Mark My Way (Noonmark), winner of two straight divisions of the New York Stallion S. on turf; Toronto Cup third Heart to Heart (English Channel); and the Bill Mott-trained Los Borrachos (Pulpit)...

A new National Handicapping Championship online qualifier open exclusively to "rookie" NHC Tour members -- those that joined for the first time in 2014 -- has been set for September 21. The top three finishers will receive seats to the NHC, hotel accommodations and airfare reimbursement to Las Vegas for up to $400. Secondary prizes include credits for future play in upcoming NHCqualify.com online tournaments. The entry fee is $25. Registration will open at NHCqualify.com as the contest date draws nearer. NHC Tour points will not be awarded since eligibility is restricted to newbies.

Carryover Watch

For Wednesday or Next Raceday

WOODBINE:   High 5 -- $200,009
ARLINGTON:   High 5 -- $58,216
    Pick 6 -- $56,669
GULFSTREAM:   Pick 6 -- $50,000
    Pick 5 -- $14,583

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

PRX, 8TH, AOC, $58,040, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 8-19.
6—YOUGOTTHATGOINFORU, g, 4, Student Council--The Cat's Reach, by Bernstein. ($4,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Touchdown Stable and Kamikaze Stable, B-RR Equine Stables, LLC (PA), T-Philip T. Aristone, J-Jacqueline A. Davis, $38,640.
1—Pontus, g, 4, Harlan's Holiday--Surya, by Unbridled. O-Vince Campanella, B-Flaxman Holdings Limited (KY), $9,200.
4—Caliparty, g, 4, Pleasant Tap--Wildcat Fan, by Forest Wildcat. O-Lehman, Edward and Silver Rod Stables, Inc, B-Donamire Farm (KY), $5,060.
Winning Time: 1:41 (ft)
 
PID, 6TH, ALW, $36,440, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 8-18.
9—DISCO BARBIE, f, 4, Pure Prize--Cimmaron Lady, by Grand Slam. ($80,000 '11 FTKJUL; $15,000 '11 KEEJAN). O-Dianne Manning, B-Iron County Farms Inc (KY), T-Dale Capuano, J-Antonio A. Gallardo, $21,600.
2—Significant Bling, f, 4, Too Much Bling--Misleadthewitness, by Honour and Glory. O-Blazing Meadows Farm LLC, Top Notch Racing and Sheltowee Farm, B-Blazing Meadows Farm LLC (OH), $7,200.
8—Capella Dancer, m, 5, Rockport Harbor--Buddy's Bird, by Buddy. O-Happy Face Racing Stable, B-Winter Creek Farm, Joseph Daniels &Jennifer Daniels (NY), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:16 1/5 (ft)
 
PID, 2ND, ALW, $36,400, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 8-19.
6—SO KITTEN, g, 3, Kitten's Joy--Sobee, by A.P. Indy. O-Burkholder Stables LLC, B-George Strawbridge Jr (PA), T-Maria Bowersock, J-Ronald Dale Allen, Jr., $23,400.
9—Linsanity, g, 4, Eddington--Spice Island, by Tabasco Cat. ($35,000 '11 KEEJAN). O-Joseph F Novogratz, B-Denlea Park, LTD (KY), $6,000.
7—Silver Dib, g, 6, Eurosilver--Listed, by Housebuster. ($6,500 '09 KEESEP). O-Drake Racing Stables, Muirfield Farm and Michael Lobalzo, LLC, B-Keith Asmussen (PA), $3,900.
Winning Time: 1:44 2/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 9TH, ALW, $35,600, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 8-19.
8—SPOOKY LADY, f, 4, Yes It's True--Voodoo Lounge, by Pleasant Tap. ($35,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Gulliver Racing LLC, B-Jon A Marshall (PA), T-Philip T. Aristone, J-Jose Luis Flores, $21,000.
1—Lover's Dream, m, 5, Jump Start--Just for Lust, by Not for Love. O-Freedom Acres, Inc, B-Y Kolybabiuk (PA), $7,000.
7—Barbacutie, f, 4, Barbican--Seeking Light, by Win M All. O-Farro, Patricia and Waverly Acres LLC, B-Rick Molineaux (PA), $3,850.
Winning Time: 1:17 4/5 (ft)
 
IND, 6TH, ALW, $35,360, 3YO/UP, 5FT, 8-19.
9—SET OF J'S, c, 3, Wildcat Heir--Twisted Truth, by Distorted Humor. ($110,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-JJJ Thoroughbred Racing LLC, B-Brent Fernung & Crystal Fernung (FL), T-W. Bret Calhoun, J-Miguel Mena, $20,400.
1A—Discreet Treat, g, 4, Discreet Cat--Garden City, by Carson City. ($35,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Gibler, Lou, Johnson, Marvin A and Widman, Larry A, B-Dr Ted Folkerth (KY), $6,800.
1—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), $4,760.
Winning Time: :55 3/5 (fm)
 
HST, 7TH, ALW, $22,938, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 8-18.
1—TRACKER, g, 4, Finality--Hail to Maudie, by Maudlin. O-Bennett, Russell J and Lois, B-Mr & Mrs R J Bennett (BC), T-Barbara Heads, J-Amadeo Perez, $13,763.
5—Hopeseeker, g, 4, Heatseeker (IRE)--Burning Hope, by Dehere. (C$43,000 '11 BRCSEP). O-Century Plaza Stable, B-Tod Mtn Thoroughbreds (ON), $4,588.
7—After the Conflict, g, 4, Gilded Time--Perfect Connection, by Phone Trick. (C$31,000 '11 BRCSEP). O-Ohashi, Kay and Sue, B-Tod Mtn Thoroughbreds (BC), $2,523.
Winning Time: 1:16 (ft)
 
HST, 6TH, ALW, $22,938, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 8-18.
6—TOUCHING PROMISE, f, 4, Touch Gold--Promise One, by Old Trieste. O-Bennett, Russell J and Lois, B-Mr & Mrs R J Bennett (BC), T-Barbara Heads, J-Amadeo Perez, $13,763.
1—Locket, f, 4, Rosberg--La Belle Creole, by Ascot Knight. O-Braithwaite, E M and M A, and Gorasht, I M, B-E M Braithwaite, M A Braithwaite &am I M Gorasht (BC), $4,588.
2—Sabrina, f, 3, Belgravia--La Raine of Terror, by Gen Stormin'norman. ($25,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc, B-John Barberino & Hartley-DeRenzo (FL), $2,523.
Winning Time: 1:17 (ft)
 
FL, 8TH, ALW, $19,500, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 8-19.
3—SOUTHBEACHSANDY, g, 6, Aggadan--Really American, by Real Quiet. O-Gumpster Stable LLC, B-Sanford Goldfarb, Michael Dubb, Mitch Kessler & Bill Vidro (NY), T-Ralph D'Alessandro, J-Luis E. Perez, $11,700.
6—More Zen Tea, g, 6, Roaring Fever--Lady Di Huntley, by Shuailaan. ($13 '08 NYBOCT). O-M Anthony Ferraro, B-Adam Madkour (NY), $3,900.
5—Becker's Galaxy, g, 4, Greeley's Galaxy--Cheval De Joi, by French Deputy. O-Francis J Paolangeli, B-Allen S Becker (NY), $1,950.
Winning Time: 1:46 (ft)

North American Maiden Winners
Divine Park--Moonlite Hunt by Deerhound; PARK BOSS, c, 2, PID, Msw, 8-19, 5f, :58 3/5. B-William E. Riddle, Jr. (PA.). $6,000 '13 FTMSEP.
Midshipman--Heaven's Gate by Septieme Ciel; BIG BIG EASY, c, 2, IND, Msw, 8-19, 1m, 1:38 . B-Linda K. O'Nan & Darley (KY.). $90,000 '13 FTKJUL. *1/2 to This Ones for Phil (G2$784,760).
Rosberg--Irish Delta by Finality; LORD ROSBERG, g, 2, HST, Msw, 8-18, a6f, 1:12 . B-Mr. & Mrs. E. M. Dittloff & K. Dittloff (BC.).
Malibu Moon--High Heeled Hope by Salt Lake; MOON RIVER GAL, f, 3, IND, Msw, 8-19, 1m, 1:38 4/5. B-Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate (KY.). $195,000 '11 KEENOV; $165,000 '12 KEESEP. *1/2 to Sweet Hope (G3$251,161).
Spanish Steps--Dixie Dell by Conscience Clear; R ROCKY, g, 3, IND, Msw, 8-19, 1mT, 1:36 3/5. B-James Riddle & Vicki Riddle (IN.).
Gone West--Coracle (G3), by Exbourne; DARK WINTER, g, 4, MNR, Mcl 5000, 8-18, 6f, 1:15 1/5. B-Dr. John A. Chandler (KY.). $35,000 '11 KEESEP.
Purim--Sky Nine by Sky Classic; NANNY MARIE, f, 4, MNR, Mcl 5000, 8-18, 6f, 1:15 2/5. B-Richland Hills Stallions, LLC (KY.).
Sold to Wallstreet--Glittering Princes by Glitterman; MR. WALLY, g, 4, IND, Moc 25000, 8-19, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Ron Brown (IN.).
Sun King--Star Punch by Two Punch; STAR KING, g, 4, IND, Msw, 8-19, 1mT, 1:37 2/5. B-John C. Hajduk & Tracy Farmer (IN.).
Bethestar--Anna Savannah by Knight in Savannah; SAVANNAH STAR F F, m, 5, MNR, Msw, 8-18, 5fT, :57 1/5. B-Harold William Fullerton (MT.).   ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
Bold Executive--Fairy Gold by Two Punch; PROFIT PREFERRED, g, 5, PID, Mcl 7500, 8-18, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-Beata Grodkowska (ON.). C$30,000 '10 ONTSEP.
Diplomatic Jet--Celestial Style by King of Kings (IRE); DIANE'S DANNYBOY, g, 5, FL, Mcl 5000, 8-19, 1m 70y, 1:48 1/5. B-Gary L Lowell (FL.).
Prime Timber--Moment of Peace by Explosive Red; NEVERAMOMENTSPEACE, g, 5, FL, Mcl 5000, 8-19, 6f, 1:14 1/5. B-Christopher Roncone & Sez Who Thoroughbreds (NY.).

Notebooks

DEL MAR NOTEBOOK

AUGUST 20, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A pair of graded races led the way this week at Del Mar Race Course.

Del Mar Oaks (G1): G Watts Humphrey and St. George Racing's homebred PERSONAL DIARY (City Zip) was last after the opening half-mile, picked up momentum approaching the turn for home and finished with a fury to bag this race going away under Corey Nakatani. The Victoria Oliver trainee was 2 3/4 lengths clear under the line, completing eight grassy furlongs in 1:47 2/5.

Rancho Bernardo H. (G3): Trainer Wesley Ward's JUDY THE BEAUTY (Ghostzapper) tracked in third to midstretch and closed best of all to post a 1 1/4-length win under Mike Smith. The classy and incredibly consistent five-year-old sped 6 1/2 panels on the main oval in 1:15 3/5.

Track Stats

From a total of 43 races held at the Southern California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 37 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 60 percent of the wins. From 32 frays contested on the Polytrack oval, 10 animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (31 percent), while two of the 11 grassy tussles went all the way on the lead (18 percent).

Two horses led at each call on the lawn this week, both going long of course, but the grass course plays fairly to all types it seems to us. We see all kinds come through on the green.

A nice percentage of the main-track races were won in wire-to-wire fashion. With that said, we did witness more horses making up a lot of ground en route to the winner's circle, especially on Wednesday and Thursday. Eight of the 10 wire jobs on the Polytrack came in sprint races. Speed types and one-run closers are still preferred from this corner.

Meet Totals

RACES:   215
POLYTRACK:   169
TURF:   46
FAVORITES:   59 (27 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   43 (20 percent)
TURF WIRE:   7 (15 percent)
POLY WIRE:   47 (28 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (8/13)

5TH -- SHE'S COMPLETE (Oratorio) was last early but steadily advanced and closed with good energy in her U.S. debut, finishing second behind a wire-to-wire winner. The Doug O'Neill trainee should be graduating soon with any type of forward move, and a better start.

Thursday (8/14)

3RD -- KATE'S EVENT (Event of the Year) proved that the stretch out to a mile would be no problem after this run, powering home a very nice winner under Tyler Baze. We love that Jerry Hollendorfer re-claimed the seven-year-old and expect him to keep the California-bred at two turns going forward.

7TH -- FABLE (English Channel) returns to this list after another sharp run at this meeting, this time on the main oval. The Ted West charge made another big move from off the pace and is so sharp right now, we think the sophomore filly could handle a big class rise here.

Friday (8/15)

1ST -- We were a bit surprised that no one claimed KING'S ADVENTURE (Grand Slam) out of this opener, especially after the class dropper ran this field off of their respective feet under Tyler Baze. We'd keep an eye on this one going forward.

3RD -- It was good to see MR. COMMONS (Artie Schiller) come back with a nice late run off the long layoff for conditioner John Shirreffs. The graded winner has yet to reach the level that we expected, but this race was encouraging and could be a building block to a fine season.

6TH -- ISTANFORD (Istan) has now dominated a pair of fields with relative ease at this meeting, both in the stakes ranks, for conditioner Mike Stidham. The filly surely loves this lawn and we'd love to see her try and sneak in another race at the meeting, though it might be a bit tough.

Saturday (8/16)

1ST -- HE'S A BLING (Too Much Bling) dueled on the lead, was passed at the top of the lane, re-rallied to take a short lead inside the final furlong but was nosed out on the wire in a fine maiden try. The Tom Proctor trainee should be in the winner's circle before long.

2ND -- SISTAS STROLL (Stroll) dominated this race with ease and is now perfect in two tries on the green for Proctor. We envision this one evolving into a stakes type with a bit more seasoning.

Sunday (8/17)

3RD -- DIAMOND OF BLUE (Sharp Humor) showed big improvement in his second run on the year in taking command early and never looking back en route to a 6 1/4-length dusting under Rafael Bejarano. The five-year-old gelding loves this oval and is a nice fit with starter foes, defeating a solid field with ease today.

5TH -- SAWYER'S HILL (Spring At Last) tracked the leader, took over readily in early stretch and powered home a convincing winner in a second straight score on this lawn. The Kristin Mulhall pupil beat a solid field of elders with a big closing run and should be stakes bound in his return. The colt came home in a wicked :29 2/5!

7TH -- We tabbed CONQUEST MISBEHAVE (Into Mischief) to win at first asking and the Mark Casse pupil did just that at a fine price. The expensive juvenile filly blew past a clear leader late with a fine stride and will be graded stakes bound very soon, we'd imagine.

A Look Ahead

A monstrous weekend of racing is upon us at Del Mar, led by Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic. Also on Sunday is the Grade 2, $250,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes and the Grade 2, $250,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap.

Saturday will play host to the Grade 2, $200,000 Del Mar Handicap for marathoners on the lawn.

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/11-8/17) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Farhaan 5H 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/17 Alydar S. 107
Balance of Power 4G 1 1/8m (ft) MTH 8/17 Philip H. Iselin S. 103
Code West 4R 1 1/8m (ft) RP 8/16 Governor's Cup S. 100
Killin Me Smalls 4G 1 1/16m (ft) NP 8/16 Westerner H. 99
Get Happy Mister 4G 1 1/8m (ft) ARP 8/16 Arapahoe Park Classic S. 98
Tempered Sapphire 5M 1 1/16m (ft) NP 8/15 City of Edmonton Distaff H. 96
Carameaway 4F 1 1/8m (gd) SAR 8/14 Saratoga Dew S. 94
Stalking Lion 5G 1m 70y (ft) ELY 8/17 Norm Goeringer Memorial S. 86
Calitor 5G 1m (ft) ASD 8/16 Agassiz S. 85
Bridlewood Angel 3F 1 1/16m (ft) ARP 8/16 Spicy S. 83
Runaway Delite 3F 1m (ft) ASD 8/16 Distaff S. 76
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/11-8/17) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Rivers Run Deep 3C 6f (gd) TDN 8/17 Honey Jay S. 99
Weekend Hideaway 4C 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 8/15 John Morrissey S. 99
Ivan Fallunovalot 4G 6f (ft) RP 8/16 David M. Vance Sprint S. 98
Judy the Beauty 5M 6 1/2f (ft) DMR 8/17 Rancho Bernardo H. 97
Spring to the Sky 5H 5 1/2f (sy) SAR 8/13 Troy S. 96
Merit Man 4C 5f (ft) DMR 8/13 Green Flash H. 91
Down Town Allen 7M 7f (ft) CT 8/16 Sadie Hawkins S. 89
Purl's Gray Ego 8G 6f (ft) SWF 8/17 Bill Earll Memorial S. 82
Nic a Jack 6G 6 1/2f (ft) CLS 8/16 Amadevil S. 78
Apply 6G 7f (ft) ELY 8/16 Governor's H. 75
Button Em Up 9M 6 1/2f (ft) GPR 8/16 Evergreen Park / ACTRA / Troyer Town- Distaff Seri 73
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/11-8/17) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Main Sequence 5G 1 1/2m (fm) SAR 8/17 Sword Dancer Invitational S. 108
The Pizza Man 5G 1 11/16m (fm) AP 8/16 American St. Leger S. 103
Karibu Gardens 4C 1 1/4m (fm) WO 8/16 Sky Classic S. 101
Heat Du Jour 4F 1m (fm) DMR 8/17 Solana Beach H. 97
Euro Charline (GB) 3F 1 3/16m (fm) AP 8/16 Beverly D. S. 89
Hardest Core 4G 1 1/4m (fm) AP 8/16 Arlington Million XXXII S. 89
Silver Wabbit 4F 7f (fm) ABT 8/17 Beulah Mae S. 77
Just Gone 4G 1m 70y (fm) ABT 8/17 Commodore Allen Memorial S. 69
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/11-8/17) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Imperial Dream 2C 6f (ft) WO 8/16 Vandal S. 91
Trackattacker 2G 6 1/2f (ft) EMD 8/16 W.T.B.O.A. Lads S. 82
Party Pooper 2C 6 1/2f (ft) HST 8/15 New Westminster H. 81
Passed Due 2C 6f (ft) ARP 8/17 Gold Rush Futurity 74
Pippa Bou Peep 2F 6 1/2f (ft) EMD 8/17 Barbara Shinpoch S. 72
Seedle Surprise 2F 6 1/2f (ft) HST 8/15 Hard Rock Casino Vancouver H. 62
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/11-8/17) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Kiss Moon 3F a1 1/16m (fm) AP 8/16 Hatoof S. 105
Ami's Holiday 3C 1 1/2m (fm) WO 8/17 Breeders' S. 100
Geaux Mets 3G 6f (ft) FL 8/16 Ontario County S. 99
Personal Diary 3F 1 1/8m (fm) DMR 8/16 Del Mar Oaks 97
Prudhoe Bay 3C 6f (ft) MTH 8/16 Jersey Shore S. 97
Stopchargingmaria 3F 1 1/4m (ft) SAR 8/16 Alabama S. 96
Istanford 3F 1m (fm) DMR 8/15 Sandy Blue H. 95
Crown Queen 3F 1 1/8m (fm) SAR 8/16 Knob Creek Lake Placid S. 92
I Got It All 3G 1m (ft) AP 8/16 Straight Line S. 90
Annulment 3F a1 1/16m (fm) AP 8/16 Hatoof S. 88
Miss Frost 3F 1m (fm) SAR 8/11 Tenski S. 86
Adelaide (IRE) 3C 1 1/4m (fm) AP 8/16 Secretariat S. 83
Edison 3C 1 3/8m (ft) NP 8/16 Canadian Derby 82
Time for a Memory 3F 1 1/16m (ft) NP 8/16 Sonoma H. 79
Abeel 3C 1m (fm) ABT 8/17 Alberta Derby 74

Notebooks

DEL MAR NOTEBOOK

AUGUST 20, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A pair of graded races led the way this week at Del Mar Race Course.

Del Mar Oaks (G1): G Watts Humphrey and St. George Racing's homebred PERSONAL DIARY (City Zip) was last after the opening half-mile, picked up momentum approaching the turn for home and finished with a fury to bag this race going away under Corey Nakatani. The Victoria Oliver trainee was 2 3/4 lengths clear under the line, completing eight grassy furlongs in 1:47 2/5.

Rancho Bernardo H. (G3): Trainer Wesley Ward's JUDY THE BEAUTY (Ghostzapper) tracked in third to midstretch and closed best of all to post a 1 1/4-length win under Mike Smith. The classy and incredibly consistent five-year-old sped 6 1/2 panels on the main oval in 1:15 3/5.

Track Stats

From a total of 43 races held at the Southern California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 37 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 60 percent of the wins. From 32 frays contested on the Polytrack oval, 10 animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (31 percent), while two of the 11 grassy tussles went all the way on the lead (18 percent).

Two horses led at each call on the lawn this week, both going long of course, but the grass course plays fairly to all types it seems to us. We see all kinds come through on the green.

A nice percentage of the main-track races were won in wire-to-wire fashion. With that said, we did witness more horses making up a lot of ground en route to the winner's circle, especially on Wednesday and Thursday. Eight of the 10 wire jobs on the Polytrack came in sprint races. Speed types and one-run closers are still preferred from this corner.

Meet Totals

RACES:   215
POLYTRACK:   169
TURF:   46
FAVORITES:   59 (27 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   43 (20 percent)
TURF WIRE:   7 (15 percent)
POLY WIRE:   47 (28 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (8/13)

5TH -- SHE'S COMPLETE (Oratorio) was last early but steadily advanced and closed with good energy in her U.S. debut, finishing second behind a wire-to-wire winner. The Doug O'Neill trainee should be graduating soon with any type of forward move, and a better start.

Thursday (8/14)

3RD -- KATE'S EVENT (Event of the Year) proved that the stretch out to a mile would be no problem after this run, powering home a very nice winner under Tyler Baze. We love that Jerry Hollendorfer re-claimed the seven-year-old and expect him to keep the California-bred at two turns going forward.

7TH -- FABLE (English Channel) returns to this list after another sharp run at this meeting, this time on the main oval. The Ted West charge made another big move from off the pace and is so sharp right now, we think the sophomore filly could handle a big class rise here.

Friday (8/15)

1ST -- We were a bit surprised that no one claimed KING'S ADVENTURE (Grand Slam) out of this opener, especially after the class dropper ran this field off of their respective feet under Tyler Baze. We'd keep an eye on this one going forward.

3RD -- It was good to see MR. COMMONS (Artie Schiller) come back with a nice late run off the long layoff for conditioner John Shirreffs. The graded winner has yet to reach the level that we expected, but this race was encouraging and could be a building block to a fine season.

6TH -- ISTANFORD (Istan) has now dominated a pair of fields with relative ease at this meeting, both in the stakes ranks, for conditioner Mike Stidham. The filly surely loves this lawn and we'd love to see her try and sneak in another race at the meeting, though it might be a bit tough.

Saturday (8/16)

1ST -- HE'S A BLING (Too Much Bling) dueled on the lead, was passed at the top of the lane, re-rallied to take a short lead inside the final furlong but was nosed out on the wire in a fine maiden try. The Tom Proctor trainee should be in the winner's circle before long.

2ND -- SISTAS STROLL (Stroll) dominated this race with ease and is now perfect in two tries on the green for Proctor. We envision this one evolving into a stakes type with a bit more seasoning.

Sunday (8/17)

3RD -- DIAMOND OF BLUE (Sharp Humor) showed big improvement in his second run on the year in taking command early and never looking back en route to a 6 1/4-length dusting under Rafael Bejarano. The five-year-old gelding loves this oval and is a nice fit with starter foes, defeating a solid field with ease today.

5TH -- SAWYER'S HILL (Spring At Last) tracked the leader, took over readily in early stretch and powered home a convincing winner in a second straight score on this lawn. The Kristin Mulhall pupil beat a solid field of elders with a big closing run and should be stakes bound in his return. The colt came home in a wicked :29 2/5!

7TH -- We tabbed CONQUEST MISBEHAVE (Into Mischief) to win at first asking and the Mark Casse pupil did just that at a fine price. The expensive juvenile filly blew past a clear leader late with a fine stride and will be graded stakes bound very soon, we'd imagine.

A Look Ahead

A monstrous weekend of racing is upon us at Del Mar, led by Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic. Also on Sunday is the Grade 2, $250,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes and the Grade 2, $250,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap.

Saturday will play host to the Grade 2, $200,000 Del Mar Handicap for marathoners on the lawn.

Features

RACING LEADERS

(through August 18, 2014)

                     

HORSES

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. California Chrome   6   5   0   0   $3,317,800
2. Palace Malice   5   4   0   0   1,195,000
3. Untapable   5   4   0   0   1,146,600
4. Imperative   7   1   2   2   1,139,700
5. Wicked Strong   6   2   0   0   1,131,610
6. Bayern   7   4   1   1   1,077,680
7. Tonalist   5   3   2   0   1,073,250
8. Moreno   5   1   1   1   1,040,500
9. Close Hatches   3   3   0   0   1,015,000
10. Lexie Lou   5   3   0   1   999,109
                     

TRAINERS

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Todd Pletcher   696   166   119   101   $16,000,371
2. Jerry Hollendorfer   684   163   138   95   7,829,765
3. Steve Asmussen   854   201   142   128   7,582,275
4. Bob Baffert   259   59   43   36   7,349,414
5. Mark Casse   518   90   92   67   7,217,274
6. Chad Brown   308   80   54   47   6,963,244
7. Bill Mott   445   64   69   66   6,703,841
8. Mike Maker   586   143   84   81   6,017,110
9. Graham Motion   466   96   73   67   5,720,444
10. Christophe Clement   301   60   60   48   5,459,014
                     

JOCKEYS

                     
Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Javier Castellano   856   227   157   124   $16,306,513
2. Joel Rosario   824   138   142   121   13,626,462
3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   891   175   154   134   11,640,429
4. John Velazquez   549   98   89   76   9,872,729
5. Jose Ortiz   749   142   129   113   9,248,300
6. Mike Smith   356   76   51   46   8,619,776
7. Rosie Napravnik   628   138   96   89   7,912,584
8. Jose Lezcano   580   91   97   102   7,631,068
9. Victor Espinoza   399   70   58   44   7,569,097
10. Joe Talamo   769   119   115   111   7,562,642
                     

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Farhaan   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   8/17   123.6
The Pizza Man   AP   1 11/16m (fm)   8/16   123.0
Hardest Core   AP   1 1/4m (fm)   8/16   122.4
Eastwood   SAR   5 1/2f (sy)   8/13   121.8
Euro Charline (GB)   AP   1 3/16m (fm)   8/16   121.3
Weekend Hideaway   SAR   6 1/2f (ft)   8/15   121.1
Judy the Beauty   DMR   6 1/2f (ft)   8/17   121.1
City of Weston   GP   6f (ft)   8/15   121.0
Main Sequence   SAR   1 1/2m (fm)   8/17   120.8
Balance of Power   MTH   1 1/8m (ft)   8/17   120.6
Code West   RP   1 1/8m (ft)   8/16   120.5
Ivan Fallunovalot   RP   6f (ft)   8/16   120.3
Killin Me Smalls   NP   1 1/16m (ft)   8/16   120.3
Get Happy Mister   ARP   1 1/8m (ft)   8/16   120.2
Edison   NP   1 3/8m (ft)   8/16   120.1

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/11-8/17) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Farhaan 5H 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/17 Alydar S. 107
Balance of Power 4G 1 1/8m (ft) MTH 8/17 Philip H. Iselin S. 103
Code West 4R 1 1/8m (ft) RP 8/16 Governor's Cup S. 100
Killin Me Smalls 4G 1 1/16m (ft) NP 8/16 Westerner H. 99
Get Happy Mister 4G 1 1/8m (ft) ARP 8/16 Arapahoe Park Classic S. 98
Tempered Sapphire 5M 1 1/16m (ft) NP 8/15 City of Edmonton Distaff H. 96
Carameaway 4F 1 1/8m (gd) SAR 8/14 Saratoga Dew S. 94
Stalking Lion 5G 1m 70y (ft) ELY 8/17 Norm Goeringer Memorial S. 86
Calitor 5G 1m (ft) ASD 8/16 Agassiz S. 85
Bridlewood Angel 3F 1 1/16m (ft) ARP 8/16 Spicy S. 83
Runaway Delite 3F 1m (ft) ASD 8/16 Distaff S. 76
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/11-8/17) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Rivers Run Deep 3C 6f (gd) TDN 8/17 Honey Jay S. 99
Weekend Hideaway 4C 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 8/15 John Morrissey S. 99
Ivan Fallunovalot 4G 6f (ft) RP 8/16 David M. Vance Sprint S. 98
Judy the Beauty 5M 6 1/2f (ft) DMR 8/17 Rancho Bernardo H. 97
Spring to the Sky 5H 5 1/2f (sy) SAR 8/13 Troy S. 96
Merit Man 4C 5f (ft) DMR 8/13 Green Flash H. 91
Down Town Allen 7M 7f (ft) CT 8/16 Sadie Hawkins S. 89
Purl's Gray Ego 8G 6f (ft) SWF 8/17 Bill Earll Memorial S. 82
Nic a Jack 6G 6 1/2f (ft) CLS 8/16 Amadevil S. 78
Apply 6G 7f (ft) ELY 8/16 Governor's H. 75
Button Em Up 9M 6 1/2f (ft) GPR 8/16 Evergreen Park / ACTRA / Troyer Town- Distaff Seri 73
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/11-8/17) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Main Sequence 5G 1 1/2m (fm) SAR 8/17 Sword Dancer Invitational S. 108
The Pizza Man 5G 1 11/16m (fm) AP 8/16 American St. Leger S. 103
Karibu Gardens 4C 1 1/4m (fm) WO 8/16 Sky Classic S. 101
Heat Du Jour 4F 1m (fm) DMR 8/17 Solana Beach H. 97
Euro Charline (GB) 3F 1 3/16m (fm) AP 8/16 Beverly D. S. 89
Hardest Core 4G 1 1/4m (fm) AP 8/16 Arlington Million XXXII S. 89
Silver Wabbit 4F 7f (fm) ABT 8/17 Beulah Mae S. 77
Just Gone 4G 1m 70y (fm) ABT 8/17 Commodore Allen Memorial S. 69
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/11-8/17) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Imperial Dream 2C 6f (ft) WO 8/16 Vandal S. 91
Trackattacker 2G 6 1/2f (ft) EMD 8/16 W.T.B.O.A. Lads S. 82
Party Pooper 2C 6 1/2f (ft) HST 8/15 New Westminster H. 81
Passed Due 2C 6f (ft) ARP 8/17 Gold Rush Futurity 74
Pippa Bou Peep 2F 6 1/2f (ft) EMD 8/17 Barbara Shinpoch S. 72
Seedle Surprise 2F 6 1/2f (ft) HST 8/15 Hard Rock Casino Vancouver H. 62
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/11-8/17) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Kiss Moon 3F a1 1/16m (fm) AP 8/16 Hatoof S. 105
Ami's Holiday 3C 1 1/2m (fm) WO 8/17 Breeders' S. 100
Geaux Mets 3G 6f (ft) FL 8/16 Ontario County S. 99
Personal Diary 3F 1 1/8m (fm) DMR 8/16 Del Mar Oaks 97
Prudhoe Bay 3C 6f (ft) MTH 8/16 Jersey Shore S. 97
Stopchargingmaria 3F 1 1/4m (ft) SAR 8/16 Alabama S. 96
Istanford 3F 1m (fm) DMR 8/15 Sandy Blue H. 95
Crown Queen 3F 1 1/8m (fm) SAR 8/16 Knob Creek Lake Placid S. 92
I Got It All 3G 1m (ft) AP 8/16 Straight Line S. 90
Annulment 3F a1 1/16m (fm) AP 8/16 Hatoof S. 88
Miss Frost 3F 1m (fm) SAR 8/11 Tenski S. 86
Adelaide (IRE) 3C 1 1/4m (fm) AP 8/16 Secretariat S. 83
Edison 3C 1 3/8m (ft) NP 8/16 Canadian Derby 82
Time for a Memory 3F 1 1/16m (ft) NP 8/16 Sonoma H. 79
Abeel 3C 1m (fm) ABT 8/17 Alberta Derby 74

Features

RACING LEADERS

(through August 18, 2014)

                     

HORSES

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. California Chrome   6   5   0   0   $3,317,800
2. Palace Malice   5   4   0   0   1,195,000
3. Untapable   5   4   0   0   1,146,600
4. Imperative   7   1   2   2   1,139,700
5. Wicked Strong   6   2   0   0   1,131,610
6. Bayern   7   4   1   1   1,077,680
7. Tonalist   5   3   2   0   1,073,250
8. Moreno   5   1   1   1   1,040,500
9. Close Hatches   3   3   0   0   1,015,000
10. Lexie Lou   5   3   0   1   999,109
                     

TRAINERS

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Todd Pletcher   696   166   119   101   $16,000,371
2. Jerry Hollendorfer   684   163   138   95   7,829,765
3. Steve Asmussen   854   201   142   128   7,582,275
4. Bob Baffert   259   59   43   36   7,349,414
5. Mark Casse   518   90   92   67   7,217,274
6. Chad Brown   308   80   54   47   6,963,244
7. Bill Mott   445   64   69   66   6,703,841
8. Mike Maker   586   143   84   81   6,017,110
9. Graham Motion   466   96   73   67   5,720,444
10. Christophe Clement   301   60   60   48   5,459,014
                     

JOCKEYS

                     
Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Javier Castellano   856   227   157   124   $16,306,513
2. Joel Rosario   824   138   142   121   13,626,462
3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   891   175   154   134   11,640,429
4. John Velazquez   549   98   89   76   9,872,729
5. Jose Ortiz   749   142   129   113   9,248,300
6. Mike Smith   356   76   51   46   8,619,776
7. Rosie Napravnik   628   138   96   89   7,912,584
8. Jose Lezcano   580   91   97   102   7,631,068
9. Victor Espinoza   399   70   58   44   7,569,097
10. Joe Talamo   769   119   115   111   7,562,642
                     

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Farhaan   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   8/17   123.6
The Pizza Man   AP   1 11/16m (fm)   8/16   123.0
Hardest Core   AP   1 1/4m (fm)   8/16   122.4
Eastwood   SAR   5 1/2f (sy)   8/13   121.8
Euro Charline (GB)   AP   1 3/16m (fm)   8/16   121.3
Weekend Hideaway   SAR   6 1/2f (ft)   8/15   121.1
Judy the Beauty   DMR   6 1/2f (ft)   8/17   121.1
City of Weston   GP   6f (ft)   8/15   121.0
Main Sequence   SAR   1 1/2m (fm)   8/17   120.8
Balance of Power   MTH   1 1/8m (ft)   8/17   120.6
Code West   RP   1 1/8m (ft)   8/16   120.5
Ivan Fallunovalot   RP   6f (ft)   8/16   120.3
Killin Me Smalls   NP   1 1/16m (ft)   8/16   120.3
Get Happy Mister   ARP   1 1/8m (ft)   8/16   120.2
Edison   NP   1 3/8m (ft)   8/16   120.1

At a Glance
LOUISIANA DOWNS AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.77 - 1
Favorite Win%: 41%, Favorite Itm%: 76%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta66.23
Daily Double82.81
Trifecta400.25
Pick 3422.12
Superfecta2,681.71
Pick 41,490.67
Pick 5 Jackpot4,585.55
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/02 - 08/17)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 77 44% E Mid/Out
6.5fDirt 43 19% E/P Middle
1m 70yDirt 143 24% E Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 58 28% E/P Rail
Turf Routes 67 16% E/P Middle
TRACK BIAS WEEK(08/11 - 08/17)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 5 20% P Mid/Out
6.5fDirt 3 33% P Outside
1m 70yDirt 6 17% S Outside
Turf Sprint 9 11% P Mid/Out
Turf Routes 7 29% E/P Middle
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Pish Danny 15 8 0 1 2.77 6 20%
Gibson Jonas 17 6 2 3 2.07 5 23%
Schmidt Denise 5 3 1 0 13.98 0 11%
Faucheux Ron 8 3 1 1 1.91 3 27%
Williams Ellen 8 3 0 1 8.19 0 13%
Cox, Jr. Raleigh S. 6 2 1 1 15.55 0 12%
Young Robert A. 6 2 2 1 8.48 2 9%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Simington Donald Edward 24 7 3 4 6.01 3 16%
Tejera Eguard A. 10 3 1 0 22.73 1 10%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Ward Ronnie P. 17 0 2 1 19.64 1 8%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Hebert Tracy J. 11 0 3 0 7.09 2 11%
               

Racing Highlights

For Wednesday

CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $26,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m (7TH).
DEL MAR (5:00): $77,000 alw, 3yo, f, 1mT (7TH).
DELAWARE PARK (1:15): $31,000 ocl, 2yo, 5 1/2f (7TH).
EVANGELINE DOWNS (6:45): $29,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $36,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (7TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $20,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m70ydT (3RD).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $29,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m (6TH).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $30,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2f (4TH).
REMINGTON PARK (8:00): $30,000 alw, 3&up, 1mT (8TH).
SARATOGA (12:25): $100,000 Better Talk Now, 3yo, 1mT (9TH).
SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $20,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 1m70ydT (8TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $21,000 alw, 3&up, 1m (7TH).
WOODBINE (6:45): $47,500 alw, 3&up, 7fT (2ND).

*all times Eastern

At a Glance
WOODBINE AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.18 - 1
Favorite Win%: 35%, Favorite Itm%: 66%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exactor82.22
Daily Double59.76
Triactor573.04
Pick 3596.45
Superfecta6,172.71
Pick 46,679.18
Super High Five Jackpot33,751.64
TRACK BIAS MEET(04/12 - 08/17)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 135 27% E Rail/Ins
7.0fDirt 128 23% E Outside
1 1/16mDirt 108 19% P Outside
1 1/8mDirt 14 21% S Mid/Out
Turf Sprint 51 31% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 61 11% P Inside
TRACK BIAS WEEK(08/11 - 08/17)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 10 30% E Rail/Ins
7.0fDirt 6 33% E/P Mid/Out
1 1/16mDirt 6 17% E/P Rail/Ins
1 1/8mDirt 2 50% P Rail
Turf Sprint 4 25% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 5 20% P Mid/Out
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Di Pasquale Sam 10 5 2 1 7.07 1 18%
Attard Kevin 12 5 2 0 10.55 1 16%
Attard Paul 7 3 1 0 4.31 0 13%
LeBlanc, Jr. John P. 4 2 0 1 8.35 0 11%
Wright Michael W. 4 2 0 1 16.96 0 9%
Silvera Laurie 5 2 0 1 11.90 0 16%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Stein Justin 22 7 8 2 8.95 2 15%
Contreras Luis 17 6 2 3 5.08 1 17%
Husbands Patrick 13 5 2 1 3.46 3 22%
Webb Nick 11 3 0 1 21.67 0 8%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Cotey David 13 0 1 1 20.38 0 7%
Attfield Roger L. 10 0 1 2 10.79 1 11%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Ramsammy Emile 10 0 0 0 23.61 0 6%
               

AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE

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

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Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Wednesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Charles Town   (1st) Michael's Gunner, 7-2
    (8th) Foxfield Drive, 4-1
Del Mar   (4th) Smart Journey, 3-1
    (8th) Full of Spice, 3-1
Delaware Park   (5th) Aces Are Wild, 3-1
    (7th) Hear the Chatter, 9-2
Evangeline Downs   (3rd) Genes Lil Wrangler, 4-1
    (6th) Valid Play, 5-1
Indiana Downs   (1st) Lady Dozer, 5-1
    (5th) Greys Indy Princes, 4-1
Mountaineer Park   (2nd) Hathraan, 7-2
    (9th) Goldswish, 3-1
Penn National   (2nd) Desert Notion, 3-1
    (4th) Allegheny Moon, 3-1
Presque Isle Downs   (2nd) Cooper's Crescent, 7-2
    (4th) Abou, 7-2
Remington Park   (4th) Lookslikeahit, 3-1
    (7th) Justsignthecheck, 7-2
Saratoga   (5th) Lemon and Honey, 7-2
    (6th) Bridgeville, 3-1
Suffolk Downs   (1st) Yankee Swap, 4-1
    (6th) Mr. Watanabe Too, 9-2
Thistledown   (1st) No Marbles, 7-2
    (6th) Maxie Mac, 4-1
Woodbine   (2nd) Warbred, 3-1
    (7th) Anfield Park, 3-1

HIGHLIGHTS

For Wednesday

CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $26,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m (7TH).
DEL MAR (5:00): $77,000 alw, 3yo, f, 1mT (7TH).
DELAWARE PARK (1:15): $31,000 ocl, 2yo, 5 1/2f (7TH).
EVANGELINE DOWNS (6:45): $29,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $36,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (7TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $20,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m70ydT (3RD).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $29,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m (6TH).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $30,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2f (4TH).
REMINGTON PARK (8:00): $30,000 alw, 3&up, 1mT (8TH).
SARATOGA (12:25): $100,000 Better Talk Now, 3yo, 1mT (9TH).
SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $20,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 1m70ydT (8TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $21,000 alw, 3&up, 1m (7TH).
WOODBINE (6:45): $47,500 alw, 3&up, 7fT (2ND).

*all times Eastern

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