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WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014

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Palace Malice faces stern test in nine-horse Whitney

A terrific winner of the June 7 Met Mile and unbeaten from four starts this year, Palace Malice will attempt to enhance his outstanding resume in Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt will face a talented group of eight rivals in the 1 1/8-mile event at Saratoga, which serves as a "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

"I think you certainly have to put the Whitney up there as one of the most coveted prizes in American racing," Pletcher said. "It's a historic race. It's the focal race for older horses at our most prestigious meet. It carries a lot of weight for championship honors. It's a race we hold in very high regard."

A four-year-old son of Curlin, Palace Malice earned his first stakes victory in last year's Belmont Stakes. Other highlights of his sophomore season included a win in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga and a runner-up in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but Palace Malice had something to prove this season after concluding 2013 with a sixth in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

He's established himself as the front-runner for Horse of the Year honors.

"He really is (an iron horse)," Pletcher said of Palace Malice, who made 10 starts last year. "He's an uncomplicated horse. He's hearty, he stays in the feed tub, you can train him however you want. I think he actually thrives on action."

Palace Malice returned to the races this year with a hard-fought head decision in the March 8 Gulfstream Park H. and has performed spectacularly since then, registering a 113 BRIS Speed rating for his 4 3/4-length triumph in the New Orleans H. prior to a 9 3/4-length romp in the Westchester. The bay Kentucky-bred squared off against an all-star field at the tricky one-mile distance last time in the Metropolitan H. and showed his class in the final furlongs, driving to a one-length win over Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile hero Goldencents.

"We ran him back pretty quickly in New Orleans after his first start of the year," Pletcher said. "It was back in three weeks and we were concerned about that, and he actually ran enormous that day. I think he likes the action. We were worried about the Met Mile, drawing the one hole and carrying top weight, and he's just gotten more professional."

Owned by Dogwood Stables, Palace Malice will break from post No. 5 with regular rider John Velazquez and is listed as the even-money favorite on the morning line.

"Mr. (Cot) Campbell and Dogwood (Stable) have supported me for a long time and it's great to have a horse of this caliber for them," the trainer added.

Will Take Charge, last year's champion three-year-old male, will make his first start against Palace Malice this year and breaks from the innermost post position. The D. Wayne Lukas trainee finished in front of his rival three times from five starts last season, with each owning one win, and Will Take Charge's biggest career victory, the Travers at Saratoga, came at the expense of Saturday's favorite. A son of Unbridled's Song and out of the outstanding broodmare Take Charge Lady, Will Take Charge will be seeking his second stakes win of 2014.

"I hate to have an upset stomach this early in the morning," Lukas said about drawing the rail. "Not good. I never really have much luck on the rail in any big race, not really in (a race) of this magnitude."

After concluding 2013 with a head score over Game On Dude in the Clark H., the chestnut colt opened the year with a pair of respectable seconds against Grade 1 foes in the Donn H. and Santa Anita H. Will Take Charge returned to the winner's circle in the April 12 Oaklawn H. but took a step back in the May 2 Alysheba, checking in sixth. He rebounded from that disappointment with a rallying second in the June 14 Stephen Foster and will attempt to carry his momentum forward in the Whitney. Luis Saez, who was replaced by Gary Stevens in the last two starts, regains the mount.

Will Take Charge ran 11 times last year and will be making his sixth appearance of 2014.

"He's thrived on it," Lukas said when asked about the rigorous schedule. "He's done really well. It was last year when we saw a real change in him when he came up here. He got into the feed tub, he trained well. I think he has an affinity for this racetrack. You can say the same thing this year. I think he's put on weight since we last ran him.

"We're the champion until someone dethrones us. We're the champion, we earned it last year, we're not making apologies for anything. I really think it's wonderful that we decide (championships) on the racetrack, not in the press box, not by guys on television. We get them out there, we get them all on the track, we've got a wonderful field here. It's probably going to be the first of many through the fall. John Nerud told me years ago, 'Championships are always decided in the fall, never in the spring.'"

Will Take Charge is the early 4-1 second choice and shares 124-pound highweight duties with Palace Malice.

Itsmyluckyday will enter the Whiney on the upswing for conditioner Eddie Plesa Jr. Runner-up in last year's Preakness, the Lawyer Ron colt has reeled off three convincing stakes wins since returning from a nine-month layoff earlier this year with a fourth in the Gulfstream Park H., most recently posting a sharp 1 1/2-length tally in the July 6 Salvator Mile. He was flattered when the runner-up and third-place finishers, Bradester and Valid, came back to run one-two in reverse order in last Sunday's Monmouth Cup, and Itsmyluckyday earned his top Speed rating of the year last time (103).

The speedy colt retains the services of Paco Lopez and Itsmyluckyday is 12-1 on the morning line.

"I think the speed is on the inside of me, which is probably a good thing," Plesa said of drawing post 4. "I'm just real pleased with the way the horse is going, and I'm pleased to be able to come up there and see what we have. It's going to be his sternest test, no ifs, ands or buts about that, but he deserves an opportunity and he's training up to it great."

Departing is listed as the 6-1 third choice. A four-time stakes winner at age three, the War Front gelding came back this season with a nice win over allowance/optional claiming opponents at Churchill Downs on April 30. The Al Stall Jr. charge loomed large turning for home in the Stephen Foster before weakening slightly in the final furlongs, finishing two lengths back in third, but that tough effort could benefit him. Departing shows a nice series of works for his third start of 2014.

"It's almost the same training pattern as he did last year for the West Virginia Derby," Stall said of the gelding's preparations. "He flourished and won that race by almost 10 lengths. He's going to step into a tougher race than the West Virginia Derby. He seems to thrive up here, even though he has never run over the racetrack. We sure love the way he gets over it.

"We think he's a Grade 1 type of horse. The Stephen Foster was his second race in 8 1/2 months and his first race around two turns (this year). He went from just an allowance race into that race. I think he acquitted himself quite well. He had the lead between calls in the stretch, and he got a little heavy right there toward the end. It did knock him down, but I think it built him up a little bit. I think he's ready for a big race in his third off the layoff."

Moreno, who finished a nose second in last year's Travers, brings plenty of speed to the Whitney equation from post 2. The Ghostzapper gelding exits an encouraging effort for trainer Eric Guillot, finishing second in the July 5 Suburban, and will keep Junior Alvarado in the saddle. Moreno has been installed as the 10-1 co-fourth choice.

Romansh, winner of last year's Curlin at Saratoga via disqualification, is also 10-1 on the morning line. The Tom Albertrani trainee captured the Excelsior at Aqueduct earlier this season and recorded a good third to Palace Malice in the Met Mile two starts back. The four-year-old son of Bernardini will look to make amends for a fifth as the favorite in the Suburban last time.

Grade 2 hero Last Gunfighter, a seven-time stakes winner for Chad Brown, drew the far outside post with leading rider Javier Castellano and comes next on the morning line at 15-1. Rounding out the field at 20-1 are Golden Ticket, who dead-heated for the win in the 2012 Travers; and Suburban third-placer Prayer for Relief.

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Palace Malice faces stern test in nine-horse Whitney

A terrific winner of the June 7 Met Mile and unbeaten from four starts this year, Palace Malice will attempt to enhance his outstanding resume in Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt will face a talented group of eight rivals in the 1 1/8-mile event at Saratoga, which serves as a "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

"I think you certainly have to put the Whitney up there as one of the most coveted prizes in American racing," Pletcher said. "It's a historic race. It's the focal race for older horses at our most prestigious meet. It carries a lot of weight for championship honors. It's a race we hold in very high regard."

A four-year-old son of Curlin, Palace Malice earned his first stakes victory in last year's Belmont Stakes. Other highlights of his sophomore season included a win in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga and a runner-up in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but Palace Malice had something to prove this season after concluding 2013 with a sixth in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

He's established himself as the front-runner for Horse of the Year honors.

"He really is (an iron horse)," Pletcher said of Palace Malice, who made 10 starts last year. "He's an uncomplicated horse. He's hearty, he stays in the feed tub, you can train him however you want. I think he actually thrives on action."

Palace Malice returned to the races this year with a hard-fought head decision in the March 8 Gulfstream Park H. and has performed spectacularly since then, registering a 113 BRIS Speed rating for his 4 3/4-length triumph in the New Orleans H. prior to a 9 3/4-length romp in the Westchester. The bay Kentucky-bred squared off against an all-star field at the tricky one-mile distance last time in the Metropolitan H. and showed his class in the final furlongs, driving to a one-length win over Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile hero Goldencents.

"We ran him back pretty quickly in New Orleans after his first start of the year," Pletcher said. "It was back in three weeks and we were concerned about that, and he actually ran enormous that day. I think he likes the action. We were worried about the Met Mile, drawing the one hole and carrying top weight, and he's just gotten more professional."

Owned by Dogwood Stables, Palace Malice will break from post No. 5 with regular rider John Velazquez and is listed as the even-money favorite on the morning line.

"Mr. (Cot) Campbell and Dogwood (Stable) have supported me for a long time and it's great to have a horse of this caliber for them," the trainer added.

Will Take Charge, last year's champion three-year-old male, will make his first start against Palace Malice this year and breaks from the innermost post position. The D. Wayne Lukas trainee finished in front of his rival three times from five starts last season, with each owning one win, and Will Take Charge's biggest career victory, the Travers at Saratoga, came at the expense of Saturday's favorite. A son of Unbridled's Song and out of the outstanding broodmare Take Charge Lady, Will Take Charge will be seeking his second stakes win of 2014.

"I hate to have an upset stomach this early in the morning," Lukas said about drawing the rail. "Not good. I never really have much luck on the rail in any big race, not really in (a race) of this magnitude."

After concluding 2013 with a head score over Game On Dude in the Clark H., the chestnut colt opened the year with a pair of respectable seconds against Grade 1 foes in the Donn H. and Santa Anita H. Will Take Charge returned to the winner's circle in the April 12 Oaklawn H. but took a step back in the May 2 Alysheba, checking in sixth. He rebounded from that disappointment with a rallying second in the June 14 Stephen Foster and will attempt to carry his momentum forward in the Whitney. Luis Saez, who was replaced by Gary Stevens in the last two starts, regains the mount.

Will Take Charge ran 11 times last year and will be making his sixth appearance of 2014.

"He's thrived on it," Lukas said when asked about the rigorous schedule. "He's done really well. It was last year when we saw a real change in him when he came up here. He got into the feed tub, he trained well. I think he has an affinity for this racetrack. You can say the same thing this year. I think he's put on weight since we last ran him.

"We're the champion until someone dethrones us. We're the champion, we earned it last year, we're not making apologies for anything. I really think it's wonderful that we decide (championships) on the racetrack, not in the press box, not by guys on television. We get them out there, we get them all on the track, we've got a wonderful field here. It's probably going to be the first of many through the fall. John Nerud told me years ago, 'Championships are always decided in the fall, never in the spring.'"

Will Take Charge is the early 4-1 second choice and shares 124-pound highweight duties with Palace Malice.

Itsmyluckyday will enter the Whiney on the upswing for conditioner Eddie Plesa Jr. Runner-up in last year's Preakness, the Lawyer Ron colt has reeled off three convincing stakes wins since returning from a nine-month layoff earlier this year with a fourth in the Gulfstream Park H., most recently posting a sharp 1 1/2-length tally in the July 6 Salvator Mile. He was flattered when the runner-up and third-place finishers, Bradester and Valid, came back to run one-two in reverse order in last Sunday's Monmouth Cup, and Itsmyluckyday earned his top Speed rating of the year last time (103).

The speedy colt retains the services of Paco Lopez and Itsmyluckyday is 12-1 on the morning line.

"I think the speed is on the inside of me, which is probably a good thing," Plesa said of drawing post 4. "I'm just real pleased with the way the horse is going, and I'm pleased to be able to come up there and see what we have. It's going to be his sternest test, no ifs, ands or buts about that, but he deserves an opportunity and he's training up to it great."

Departing is listed as the 6-1 third choice. A four-time stakes winner at age three, the War Front gelding came back this season with a nice win over allowance/optional claiming opponents at Churchill Downs on April 30. The Al Stall Jr. charge loomed large turning for home in the Stephen Foster before weakening slightly in the final furlongs, finishing two lengths back in third, but that tough effort could benefit him. Departing shows a nice series of works for his third start of 2014.

"It's almost the same training pattern as he did last year for the West Virginia Derby," Stall said of the gelding's preparations. "He flourished and won that race by almost 10 lengths. He's going to step into a tougher race than the West Virginia Derby. He seems to thrive up here, even though he has never run over the racetrack. We sure love the way he gets over it.

"We think he's a Grade 1 type of horse. The Stephen Foster was his second race in 8 1/2 months and his first race around two turns (this year). He went from just an allowance race into that race. I think he acquitted himself quite well. He had the lead between calls in the stretch, and he got a little heavy right there toward the end. It did knock him down, but I think it built him up a little bit. I think he's ready for a big race in his third off the layoff."

Moreno, who finished a nose second in last year's Travers, brings plenty of speed to the Whitney equation from post 2. The Ghostzapper gelding exits an encouraging effort for trainer Eric Guillot, finishing second in the July 5 Suburban, and will keep Junior Alvarado in the saddle. Moreno has been installed as the 10-1 co-fourth choice.

Romansh, winner of last year's Curlin at Saratoga via disqualification, is also 10-1 on the morning line. The Tom Albertrani trainee captured the Excelsior at Aqueduct earlier this season and recorded a good third to Palace Malice in the Met Mile two starts back. The four-year-old son of Bernardini will look to make amends for a fifth as the favorite in the Suburban last time.

Grade 2 hero Last Gunfighter, a seven-time stakes winner for Chad Brown, drew the far outside post with leading rider Javier Castellano and comes next on the morning line at 15-1. Rounding out the field at 20-1 are Golden Ticket, who dead-heated for the win in the 2012 Travers; and Suburban third-placer Prayer for Relief.

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Competitive dozen line up for Test

Fiftyshadesofgold will try to take the gold in Saturday's Test (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

A strong field of 12 sprinting sophomore fillies has been entered in the Grade 1, $500,000 Test Saturday on the Whitney undercard, and any number in the seven-furlong affair could find themselves in the Saratoga winner's circle at the end.

One of the more well-known names of the bunch is Fiftyshadesofgold from trainer Bret Calhoun's barn. The My Golden Song filly was a dominate winner of her two initial starts last year, including Churchill Downs' Debutante, and closed out her juvenile campaign in the Adirondack Stakes at the Spa. She ran a good fourth that day after being in tight and steadied twice, and was eventually elevated to third via disqualification.

Fiftyshadesofgold made her three-year-old bow at Sam Houston, taking a state-bred stakes by 2 1/2 lengths, then was tried at a route in the 1 1/16-mile Fair Grounds Oaks. The gray lass reputed herself well in second behind current star filly Untapable but was cut back to seven furlongs for a nice win in the Eight Belles instead of trying the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks next out.

Fiftyshadesofgold led down the backstretch most recently in the Acorn at Belmont Park but was caught and passed by three runners to finish fourth. She'll get a jockey switch from Mike Smith to Robby Albarado in the Test.

Sweet Reason (left) and Sweet Whiskey (right) will renew their rivalry on Saturday (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Sweet Reason is another who's garnered a fair amount of attention, capturing the one-mile Acorn on June 7, and will cut back to seven furlongs for the first time on Saturday since a 5 3/4-length romp in last September's Spinaway over a sloppy, sealed Saratoga track. The Leah Gyarmati pupil is actually two-for-two at the Spa, having broken her maiden debut by 6 1/4 lengths on a similar sloppy surface before going on to be second in Belmont's Frizette and fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

The bay daughter of Street Sense began her sophomore campaign with a win against optional claiming rivals on March 7 at Aqueduct and has competed just twice more, running third in the Gazelle and scoring in the Acorn. Irad Ortiz Jr. has been aboard for all three of Sweet Reason's 2014 starts and retains the mount on Saturday.

Sweet Whiskey gave Sweet Reason a run for her money in the Acorn and completed the "Sweet" exacta that day. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the bay miss has finished off-the-board just once in her seven-race career. Like Sweet Reason, she broke her maiden at Saratoga in her first outing then finished fourth to that rival in the Spinaway. A second in the Matron completed her juvenile season but she opened her three-year-old term by taking the Old Hat at Gulfstream Park.

Sweet Whiskey has placed in her other three starts this year, including the Beaumont at Keeneland, and keeps jockey John Velazquez aboard as she seeks to the turn the tables on a number entered in the Test.

Miss Behaviour has been working up a storm at Laurel Park to prepare for the Test (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Miss Behaviour is one of those to hand Sweet Whiskey a defeat this year, and in turn has been beaten herself by others in this field. The Jump Start filly will break from the far outside post 12 and brings a win in the Miss Preakness as well as placings in the Victory Ride and Stormy Blues into the Test. Javier Castellano has the call on the Phil Schoenthal pupil. Street Story got the best of Miss Behaviour in the Victory Ride last out and is riding a two-race win streak. The Steve Asmussen charge has proven to be inconsistent thus far in her career but still boasts four wins from eight career starts. Joel Rosario will be in the irons.

Southern Honey dropped her first two starts but has been unbeatable since breaking her maiden in April at Keeneland. The Rusty Arnold-trained daughter of Colonel John earned a very nice 101 BRIS Speed figure last out when capturing the Winning Colors at Churchill and has posted a pair of nice moves over the track in preparation for this one. Julien Leparoux stays aboard.

Princess Violet could rebound in this spot after a well-beaten second in the 1 1/16-mile Mother Goose last out. The bay daughter of Officer romped in her prior two starts sprinting against state-bred foes, earning a 99 BRIS Speed rating in one of those, and keeps Jose Ortiz in the pilot's seat. Thank You Marylou could also benefit from a cut back in distance after facing top quality rivals at route distances. The Mike Maker trainee was an easy winner of the seven-furlong Any Limit in her season opener and gets Rajiv Maragh in the saddle for the first time here.

Bird Maker was well-beaten in her last try against graded rivals, but that came in the 1 1/8-mile Gazelle and the Ian Wilkes filly has since captured a six-furlong optional claimer under the Twin Spires by 11 lengths. She's not competed since that May 25 race but has been working at Saratoga since July 9. Tea Time and unbeaten Little Alexis both enter the Test off stakes wins and own comparable numbers to the field's best on Saturday, while Red Velvet completes the Test off a fourth in the Victory Ride.

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Competitive dozen line up for Test

Fiftyshadesofgold will try to take the gold in Saturday's Test (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

A strong field of 12 sprinting sophomore fillies has been entered in the Grade 1, $500,000 Test Saturday on the Whitney undercard, and any number in the seven-furlong affair could find themselves in the Saratoga winner's circle at the end.

One of the more well-known names of the bunch is Fiftyshadesofgold from trainer Bret Calhoun's barn. The My Golden Song filly was a dominate winner of her two initial starts last year, including Churchill Downs' Debutante, and closed out her juvenile campaign in the Adirondack Stakes at the Spa. She ran a good fourth that day after being in tight and steadied twice, and was eventually elevated to third via disqualification.

Fiftyshadesofgold made her three-year-old bow at Sam Houston, taking a state-bred stakes by 2 1/2 lengths, then was tried at a route in the 1 1/16-mile Fair Grounds Oaks. The gray lass reputed herself well in second behind current star filly Untapable but was cut back to seven furlongs for a nice win in the Eight Belles instead of trying the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks next out.

Fiftyshadesofgold led down the backstretch most recently in the Acorn at Belmont Park but was caught and passed by three runners to finish fourth. She'll get a jockey switch from Mike Smith to Robby Albarado in the Test.

Sweet Reason (left) and Sweet Whiskey (right) will renew their rivalry on Saturday (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Sweet Reason is another who's garnered a fair amount of attention, capturing the one-mile Acorn on June 7, and will cut back to seven furlongs for the first time on Saturday since a 5 3/4-length romp in last September's Spinaway over a sloppy, sealed Saratoga track. The Leah Gyarmati pupil is actually two-for-two at the Spa, having broken her maiden debut by 6 1/4 lengths on a similar sloppy surface before going on to be second in Belmont's Frizette and fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

The bay daughter of Street Sense began her sophomore campaign with a win against optional claiming rivals on March 7 at Aqueduct and has competed just twice more, running third in the Gazelle and scoring in the Acorn. Irad Ortiz Jr. has been aboard for all three of Sweet Reason's 2014 starts and retains the mount on Saturday.

Sweet Whiskey gave Sweet Reason a run for her money in the Acorn and completed the "Sweet" exacta that day. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the bay miss has finished off-the-board just once in her seven-race career. Like Sweet Reason, she broke her maiden at Saratoga in her first outing then finished fourth to that rival in the Spinaway. A second in the Matron completed her juvenile season but she opened her three-year-old term by taking the Old Hat at Gulfstream Park.

Sweet Whiskey has placed in her other three starts this year, including the Beaumont at Keeneland, and keeps jockey John Velazquez aboard as she seeks to the turn the tables on a number entered in the Test.

Miss Behaviour has been working up a storm at Laurel Park to prepare for the Test (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Miss Behaviour is one of those to hand Sweet Whiskey a defeat this year, and in turn has been beaten herself by others in this field. The Jump Start filly will break from the far outside post 12 and brings a win in the Miss Preakness as well as placings in the Victory Ride and Stormy Blues into the Test. Javier Castellano has the call on the Phil Schoenthal pupil. Street Story got the best of Miss Behaviour in the Victory Ride last out and is riding a two-race win streak. The Steve Asmussen charge has proven to be inconsistent thus far in her career but still boasts four wins from eight career starts. Joel Rosario will be in the irons.

Southern Honey dropped her first two starts but has been unbeatable since breaking her maiden in April at Keeneland. The Rusty Arnold-trained daughter of Colonel John earned a very nice 101 BRIS Speed figure last out when capturing the Winning Colors at Churchill and has posted a pair of nice moves over the track in preparation for this one. Julien Leparoux stays aboard.

Princess Violet could rebound in this spot after a well-beaten second in the 1 1/16-mile Mother Goose last out. The bay daughter of Officer romped in her prior two starts sprinting against state-bred foes, earning a 99 BRIS Speed rating in one of those, and keeps Jose Ortiz in the pilot's seat. Thank You Marylou could also benefit from a cut back in distance after facing top quality rivals at route distances. The Mike Maker trainee was an easy winner of the seven-furlong Any Limit in her season opener and gets Rajiv Maragh in the saddle for the first time here.

Bird Maker was well-beaten in her last try against graded rivals, but that came in the 1 1/8-mile Gazelle and the Ian Wilkes filly has since captured a six-furlong optional claimer under the Twin Spires by 11 lengths. She's not competed since that May 25 race but has been working at Saratoga since July 9. Tea Time and unbeaten Little Alexis both enter the Test off stakes wins and own comparable numbers to the field's best on Saturday, while Red Velvet completes the Test off a fourth in the Victory Ride.

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Happy hoping to have it his way in Alfred G. Vanderbilt

The speedy Happy My Way will be tested for class in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)

Happy My Way, with four impressive victories in his last five starts, can prove he is one of the top sprinters in the country with a victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga.

Trained by Joe Orseno, the four-year-old Wilko gelding turned in a breakout performance last December when beating second-level allowance foes at Gulfstream. After a minor setback in the Sunshine Millions Sprint, where he finished second, Happy My Way has reeled off three straight, including 5 3/4-length scores in the Sir Shackleton at Gulfstream and the Maryland Sprint Handicap on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico.

Unraced since that May 17 dash over the Vanderbilt distance of six furlongs, Happy My Way is a threat to lead throughout under Joe Bravo. On paper, only two rivals seem like a serious threat to keep Happy My Way honest. Bakken, a veteran of only four starts, won his first two starts gate-to-wire and pressed the pace in the True North Handicap last time before settling for second. The other, Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship hero Falling Sky, is cross-entered Saturday to a stakes at Mountaineer.

A fast, contested pace would help a number of contenders. Bahamian Squall, runner-up in the 2013 Vanderbilt following a score in the Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder, recently returned from a seventh-month layoff. Third in the $90,000 Housebuster at Gulfstream on July 5, the David Fawkes charge figures to be much sharper second time off the bench.

Palace, who counts wins in the True North Handicap and Fall Highweight Handicap, is another threat from mid-pack. He enters off a distant second-place finish in the seven-furlong Belmont Sprint Championship to Clearly Now, who finished up seven furlongs in a blistering 1:19 4/5.

Capo Bastone upset the course-and-distance King's Bishop at odds of 28-1 last August, but the Todd Pletcher trainee has done little of note since. Lemon Drop Dream, winner of the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn, was second to Happy My Way at Pimlico but only fifth in a grass stakes at Evangeline Downs last time. Vyjack, a dual graded stakes winner around two turns as a three-year-old, shortens up after being eased in the 1 1/4-mile Suburban Handicap on July 5.

Dayatthespa is one of several Chad Brown-trained graded stakes winners returning to action on the turf at the Spa (Adam Coglianese Photography)

Grade 1-winning New York-bred Dayatthespa will put her perfect record over the Saratoga turf on the line Saturday in the $100,000 De La Rose going a mile on the inner course. Unraced since finishing fourth in the Matriarch at Hollywood Park in December, the five-year-old City Zip mare has a won a stakes each of the last two Saratoga meets -- the $100,000 Riskaverse in 2012 and $150,000 Yaddo for state-breds last year.

Restricted to fillies and mares that have not won a graded stakes in 2014, the De La Rose has attracted another graded stakes veteran in Pianist. Like Dayatthespa, Pianist is trained by Chad Brown, who saddled the mare to Grade 3 wins in the Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico and Athenia at Belmont last term.

Other leading contenders are the Bill Mott-trained Filimbi, a French stakes winner who beat allowances foes when last seen May 21; Ready Signal, a two-time stakes winner at Gulfstream earlier this year; Baffle Me, fifth in the 2013 De La Rose prior to winning three stakes at Belmont and Gulfstream; Alaura Michele, third in the Dr. James Penny Memorial at Parx last time; and Joy, an 11-1 upset winner of the $95,000 Perfect Sting over yielding ground at Belmont on Independence Day.

Big Blue Kitten, who notched Grade 1 scores last season in the United Nations at Monmouth and Sword Dancer at Saratoga, headlines the $100,000 Lure over 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf. Subsequently second by a nose in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, Big Blue Kitten has not been out since finishing a sub-par eighth in the Breeders' Cup Turf in November.

Restricted to horses that have not won a graded stakes in 2014, the Lure has also attracted the Grade 3 turf winners Swift Warrior and Rogue Romance; 2013 Bernard Baruch runner-up Paris Vegas; 2013 Knickerbocker runner-up Plainview; and the capable New York-bred performer Kharafa.

Among those entered for the main track only is Alpha, dead-heat winner of the 2012 Travers and outright victor of the 2013 Woodward.

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Happy hoping to have it his way in Alfred G. Vanderbilt

The speedy Happy My Way will be tested for class in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)

Happy My Way, with four impressive victories in his last five starts, can prove he is one of the top sprinters in the country with a victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga.

Trained by Joe Orseno, the four-year-old Wilko gelding turned in a breakout performance last December when beating second-level allowance foes at Gulfstream. After a minor setback in the Sunshine Millions Sprint, where he finished second, Happy My Way has reeled off three straight, including 5 3/4-length scores in the Sir Shackleton at Gulfstream and the Maryland Sprint Handicap on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico.

Unraced since that May 17 dash over the Vanderbilt distance of six furlongs, Happy My Way is a threat to lead throughout under Joe Bravo. On paper, only two rivals seem like a serious threat to keep Happy My Way honest. Bakken, a veteran of only four starts, won his first two starts gate-to-wire and pressed the pace in the True North Handicap last time before settling for second. The other, Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship hero Falling Sky, is cross-entered Saturday to a stakes at Mountaineer.

A fast, contested pace would help a number of contenders. Bahamian Squall, runner-up in the 2013 Vanderbilt following a score in the Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder, recently returned from a seventh-month layoff. Third in the $90,000 Housebuster at Gulfstream on July 5, the David Fawkes charge figures to be much sharper second time off the bench.

Palace, who counts wins in the True North Handicap and Fall Highweight Handicap, is another threat from mid-pack. He enters off a distant second-place finish in the seven-furlong Belmont Sprint Championship to Clearly Now, who finished up seven furlongs in a blistering 1:19 4/5.

Capo Bastone upset the course-and-distance King's Bishop at odds of 28-1 last August, but the Todd Pletcher trainee has done little of note since. Lemon Drop Dream, winner of the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn, was second to Happy My Way at Pimlico but only fifth in a grass stakes at Evangeline Downs last time. Vyjack, a dual graded stakes winner around two turns as a three-year-old, shortens up after being eased in the 1 1/4-mile Suburban Handicap on July 5.

Dayatthespa is one of several Chad Brown-trained graded stakes winners returning to action on the turf at the Spa (Adam Coglianese Photography)

Grade 1-winning New York-bred Dayatthespa will put her perfect record over the Saratoga turf on the line Saturday in the $100,000 De La Rose going a mile on the inner course. Unraced since finishing fourth in the Matriarch at Hollywood Park in December, the five-year-old City Zip mare has a won a stakes each of the last two Saratoga meets -- the $100,000 Riskaverse in 2012 and $150,000 Yaddo for state-breds last year.

Restricted to fillies and mares that have not won a graded stakes in 2014, the De La Rose has attracted another graded stakes veteran in Pianist. Like Dayatthespa, Pianist is trained by Chad Brown, who saddled the mare to Grade 3 wins in the Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico and Athenia at Belmont last term.

Other leading contenders are the Bill Mott-trained Filimbi, a French stakes winner who beat allowances foes when last seen May 21; Ready Signal, a two-time stakes winner at Gulfstream earlier this year; Baffle Me, fifth in the 2013 De La Rose prior to winning three stakes at Belmont and Gulfstream; Alaura Michele, third in the Dr. James Penny Memorial at Parx last time; and Joy, an 11-1 upset winner of the $95,000 Perfect Sting over yielding ground at Belmont on Independence Day.

Big Blue Kitten, who notched Grade 1 scores last season in the United Nations at Monmouth and Sword Dancer at Saratoga, headlines the $100,000 Lure over 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf. Subsequently second by a nose in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, Big Blue Kitten has not been out since finishing a sub-par eighth in the Breeders' Cup Turf in November.

Restricted to horses that have not won a graded stakes in 2014, the Lure has also attracted the Grade 3 turf winners Swift Warrior and Rogue Romance; 2013 Bernard Baruch runner-up Paris Vegas; 2013 Knickerbocker runner-up Plainview; and the capable New York-bred performer Kharafa.

Among those entered for the main track only is Alpha, dead-heat winner of the 2012 Travers and outright victor of the 2013 Woodward.

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Kingman flies late to beat Toronado in Sussex

A scintillating surge of power carried Kingman to the lead and an emphatic, if relatively narrow, victory in Wednesday's Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

Crossing the line in a time of 1:41.75, five seconds slower than standard and reflective of a tactical race and early steady pace, the John Gosden-trained Kingman won by a length from last year's victor, Toronado, with a head back to Darwin in third. Kingman, who was ridden by James Doyle for owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah, was sent off the 2-5 favorite.

"I thought they would go a decent pace because they know he (Kingman) has a turn of foot, but I could see Aidan (O'Brien, trainer of third-placed Darwin) playing the same game," Gosden said. "It was as if they were saying, 'we know he'll come from last to first, and if we can nick two lengths it will take a lot of getting back.'

"Actually he has the class to do it under hands and heels. It reminds me of the fact I had him in the July Cup, and if truth be known he would have won it. I'm not just being loud-mouthed when I say that because I feel it's a statement of fact.

"James said the horse was happy on today's ground, but he just took a little organizing with two and a half furlongs to run -- at the furlong marker he was in control again. James has a cool head and didn't panic, and the horse has a gear and then another gear. Today he only had to use one gear, but that was the same for all the horses because they only had a chance to use one gear.

"He's in the Prix Jacques le Marois which comes up pretty quick on August 17, but the (Queen Elizabeth II Stakes) has always been the big, big target and that remains the plan. So we will keep winding it back from there. I'm not keen on the Prix du Moulin, so he could go straight to the QEII."

Toronado looked to have the upper hand with a furlong to run, only to be caught by a flying Kingman in the final 50 yards.

"Toronado has run a brilliant race," said Harry Herbert, racing manager to Toronado's owner Al Shaqab Racing. "Richard (Hughes) felt before the race that if he could steal a length or two off a slow pace with Kingman possibly not letting himself on the ground, that we might have a chance. All credit to the winner though. He is some racehorse and was very impressive.

"I suppose either Toronado or Olympic Glory will take on the winner on Champions Day. If it's soft, that would obviously suit Olympic Glory, but right now I don't know where Toronado will go next."

Highland Reel justified his lofty reputation and a starting price of 10-11 with a decisive victory in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes for two-year-olds.

The son of Galileo had entered many notebooks when powering to a 12-length victory in a mile maiden at Gowran Park on July 1 and had no problem dropping back to seven furlongs, staying on strongly to score by 2 1/4 lengths. Tupi was second with Room Key three-quarters of a length farther back in third.

"Highland Reel could have gone for a winners' race at Naas over six next week, even though he won over a mile last time," trainer Aidan O'Brien said. "He is not short of pace and only ran over a mile last time because it fitted in well.

"He is a horse who learns quick and he will have learnt a lot today. He traveled well, quickened and went through the line strong. Joseph (O'Brien, jockey) said it was hard to pull him up.

"He could go to the Futurity or National Stakes next. All those type of races are open to him."

Snow Sky was given a quote of 12-1 for the St Leger by the sponsoring Ladbrokes following his narrow victory in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes.

The son of Nayef, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, was coming in on the back of a fourth in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, having missed the Derby with a setback.

He was produced to lead by James Doyle approaching the final furlong but had to resist the challenges of Windshear and the front-running Somewhat as the winning post loomed. The winning margin was a neck, with a head back to the third.

Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Snow Sky's owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "Snow Sky has traveled well into the race but, looking at the head on, he saw the bend passing the winning post and just ducked a bit. James straightened him up and once Snow Sky changed his legs, he has gone on again.

"Obviously, the great man (Sir Michael) isn't here and I can't speak for him but I think we will consider the Great Voltigeur Stakes (at York) next. It's certainly a possibility now.

Windshear became boxed in, then flew down the outside to finish fast and too late into second, beaten a neck by the winner.

Mark Johnston, who trains third-placed Somewhat, had no such hard-luck story, for his colt made most of the running and was simply deprived of first prize in the closing stages, despite rallying.

"He's run a very good race and (jockey) Joe (Fanning) confirmed something we already knew that he is quite deceptive," Johnston said. "With his big, lumbering stride he looks flat out, and in hindsight Joe wishes he had gone a bit quicker. The horse's stride suggests he is flat out, but he has more to give.

"The St Leger is still on his agenda. Earlier this season we thought we would be sticking to a mile and a quarter with him, but as we've seen today he clearly stays. The Leger could be on the cards."

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Kingman flies late to beat Toronado in Sussex

A scintillating surge of power carried Kingman to the lead and an emphatic, if relatively narrow, victory in Wednesday's Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

Crossing the line in a time of 1:41.75, five seconds slower than standard and reflective of a tactical race and early steady pace, the John Gosden-trained Kingman won by a length from last year's victor, Toronado, with a head back to Darwin in third. Kingman, who was ridden by James Doyle for owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah, was sent off the 2-5 favorite.

"I thought they would go a decent pace because they know he (Kingman) has a turn of foot, but I could see Aidan (O'Brien, trainer of third-placed Darwin) playing the same game," Gosden said. "It was as if they were saying, 'we know he'll come from last to first, and if we can nick two lengths it will take a lot of getting back.'

"Actually he has the class to do it under hands and heels. It reminds me of the fact I had him in the July Cup, and if truth be known he would have won it. I'm not just being loud-mouthed when I say that because I feel it's a statement of fact.

"James said the horse was happy on today's ground, but he just took a little organizing with two and a half furlongs to run -- at the furlong marker he was in control again. James has a cool head and didn't panic, and the horse has a gear and then another gear. Today he only had to use one gear, but that was the same for all the horses because they only had a chance to use one gear.

"He's in the Prix Jacques le Marois which comes up pretty quick on August 17, but the (Queen Elizabeth II Stakes) has always been the big, big target and that remains the plan. So we will keep winding it back from there. I'm not keen on the Prix du Moulin, so he could go straight to the QEII."

Toronado looked to have the upper hand with a furlong to run, only to be caught by a flying Kingman in the final 50 yards.

"Toronado has run a brilliant race," said Harry Herbert, racing manager to Toronado's owner Al Shaqab Racing. "Richard (Hughes) felt before the race that if he could steal a length or two off a slow pace with Kingman possibly not letting himself on the ground, that we might have a chance. All credit to the winner though. He is some racehorse and was very impressive.

"I suppose either Toronado or Olympic Glory will take on the winner on Champions Day. If it's soft, that would obviously suit Olympic Glory, but right now I don't know where Toronado will go next."

Highland Reel justified his lofty reputation and a starting price of 10-11 with a decisive victory in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes for two-year-olds.

The son of Galileo had entered many notebooks when powering to a 12-length victory in a mile maiden at Gowran Park on July 1 and had no problem dropping back to seven furlongs, staying on strongly to score by 2 1/4 lengths. Tupi was second with Room Key three-quarters of a length farther back in third.

"Highland Reel could have gone for a winners' race at Naas over six next week, even though he won over a mile last time," trainer Aidan O'Brien said. "He is not short of pace and only ran over a mile last time because it fitted in well.

"He is a horse who learns quick and he will have learnt a lot today. He traveled well, quickened and went through the line strong. Joseph (O'Brien, jockey) said it was hard to pull him up.

"He could go to the Futurity or National Stakes next. All those type of races are open to him."

Snow Sky was given a quote of 12-1 for the St Leger by the sponsoring Ladbrokes following his narrow victory in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes.

The son of Nayef, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, was coming in on the back of a fourth in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, having missed the Derby with a setback.

He was produced to lead by James Doyle approaching the final furlong but had to resist the challenges of Windshear and the front-running Somewhat as the winning post loomed. The winning margin was a neck, with a head back to the third.

Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Snow Sky's owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "Snow Sky has traveled well into the race but, looking at the head on, he saw the bend passing the winning post and just ducked a bit. James straightened him up and once Snow Sky changed his legs, he has gone on again.

"Obviously, the great man (Sir Michael) isn't here and I can't speak for him but I think we will consider the Great Voltigeur Stakes (at York) next. It's certainly a possibility now.

Windshear became boxed in, then flew down the outside to finish fast and too late into second, beaten a neck by the winner.

Mark Johnston, who trains third-placed Somewhat, had no such hard-luck story, for his colt made most of the running and was simply deprived of first prize in the closing stages, despite rallying.

"He's run a very good race and (jockey) Joe (Fanning) confirmed something we already knew that he is quite deceptive," Johnston said. "With his big, lumbering stride he looks flat out, and in hindsight Joe wishes he had gone a bit quicker. The horse's stride suggests he is flat out, but he has more to give.

"The St Leger is still on his agenda. Earlier this season we thought we would be sticking to a mile and a quarter with him, but as we've seen today he clearly stays. The Leger could be on the cards."

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Amoss earns career win number 3,000 at Indiana Grand

Trainer Tom Amoss had five chances to hit his 3,000th career training win on Wednesday at Indiana Grand and notched that milestone with his very first starter of the day as Infinity of Humor, ridden by Jeremy Rose, romped home in the afternoon's 2ND race.

Starting from post 2, Infinity of Humor jumped out to an early lead and was never overtaken, rallying home to a 1 1/4-length victory in the $24,000 starter allowance.

"I remember my first win very well," said Amoss in a post-race interview with Rachel McLaughlin at Indiana Grand. "It was in 1987 and the filly's name was Prize Dream at Sportsman's Park in Chicago, which is now defunct, but I'm still here."

It is only fitting that the milestone win was with one of Amoss' longtime owners, Maggi Moss, who earned the leading owner title at Indiana Grand in 2013. Moss claimed Infinity of Humor at Fair Grounds earlier in the year. Since partnering up with the Amoss Stable, Infinity of Humor, a three-year-old daughter of Got the Last Laugh, has had two wins and two thirds in four starts.

The milestone by Amoss was followed by two more wins on the card, paired up with Rose in each of those races. Moss also earned an owner double on the early part of the card. Amoss' other wins were with Banner Bill for owner Loooch Racing Stable, followed by a win with Little Face owned by Moss.

"This is a group accomplishment," Amoss said. "Without a great staff, great owners and most importantly great athletes to train, it never would have happened and that is not lost on me. I also want to thank Indiana Grand who has always treated me with such hospitality. It shows how much they care about racing with everything they do and for them to go out of their way for me today, I am very humbled."

Kevin Greely, director of racing, and Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing, joined Amoss and his wife, Colleen, in the winner's circle after the race with a customized sign to signify the accomplishment. The Amoss' also had a sign designed by their daughters, Hayley and Ashley, who could not be in attendance. Both daughters are products of Louisiana State University, just like their parents.

The Amoss family splits their time between New Orleans and Louisville as their home bases.

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Amoss earns career win number 3,000 at Indiana Grand

Trainer Tom Amoss had five chances to hit his 3,000th career training win on Wednesday at Indiana Grand and notched that milestone with his very first starter of the day as Infinity of Humor, ridden by Jeremy Rose, romped home in the afternoon's 2ND race.

Starting from post 2, Infinity of Humor jumped out to an early lead and was never overtaken, rallying home to a 1 1/4-length victory in the $24,000 starter allowance.

"I remember my first win very well," said Amoss in a post-race interview with Rachel McLaughlin at Indiana Grand. "It was in 1987 and the filly's name was Prize Dream at Sportsman's Park in Chicago, which is now defunct, but I'm still here."

It is only fitting that the milestone win was with one of Amoss' longtime owners, Maggi Moss, who earned the leading owner title at Indiana Grand in 2013. Moss claimed Infinity of Humor at Fair Grounds earlier in the year. Since partnering up with the Amoss Stable, Infinity of Humor, a three-year-old daughter of Got the Last Laugh, has had two wins and two thirds in four starts.

The milestone by Amoss was followed by two more wins on the card, paired up with Rose in each of those races. Moss also earned an owner double on the early part of the card. Amoss' other wins were with Banner Bill for owner Loooch Racing Stable, followed by a win with Little Face owned by Moss.

"This is a group accomplishment," Amoss said. "Without a great staff, great owners and most importantly great athletes to train, it never would have happened and that is not lost on me. I also want to thank Indiana Grand who has always treated me with such hospitality. It shows how much they care about racing with everything they do and for them to go out of their way for me today, I am very humbled."

Kevin Greely, director of racing, and Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing, joined Amoss and his wife, Colleen, in the winner's circle after the race with a customized sign to signify the accomplishment. The Amoss' also had a sign designed by their daughters, Hayley and Ashley, who could not be in attendance. Both daughters are products of Louisiana State University, just like their parents.

The Amoss family splits their time between New Orleans and Louisville as their home bases.

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Ivawood the one to beat in Richmond at Goodwood

Richard Hughes has labeled Ivawood his banker of the Glorious Goodwood meeting, and the unbeaten star of the Richard Hannon Jr. stable puts his lofty reputation on the line again in Thursday's Group 2 Richmond Stakes.

Saddled with a three-pound penalty as a result of his emphatic win in the July Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket July 10, the bay bids to provide the yard with a fifth renewal since 2008.

"Ivawood has been compared with Toronado and we have seen the similarities at home -- he is certainly high up in our pecking order of two-year-olds," his trainer commented. "He won the July Stakes at Newmarket impressively and he'll be even better on this drier ground, as he has so much natural speed."

Re-opposing from the July is  runner-up Jungle Cat, who has 2 3/4 lengths to find with Ivawood. Previously third in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, he is a tough character who is bound to be in the shake-up again.

Of the more unexposed types, Moonraker is interesting coming off a maiden win over five furlongs at Ascot May 10. On that occasion, he had the subsequent Windsor Castle Stakes third Mubtaghaa back in second, but the fact that that rival went on to finish eighth behind Ivawood in the July suggests he has to improve markedly to trouble the favorite.

The Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood offers a real mix of distaffers, with the proven extreme stayer Missunited taking on last year's Epsom Oaks heroine Talent.

Whereas the latter has generally failed to build on her classic exploits of last term, Missunited has gone from strength to strength and was in the thick of the action in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Only beaten a neck and a short head by Leading Light and Estimate there, she was battling back at the close of the 2 1/2-mile showpiece after attempting to make all. Previously, she had won over this trip in Leopardstown's Saval Beg Stakes and she will be a tough nut to crack if allowed freedom on the front end.

Talent also had Leading Light just ahead when runner-up in the St Leger at Doncaster in September, and looked in need of further when third in Haydock's Lancashire Oaks over 1 1/2 miles July 5.

One who is totally unexposed and could spoil the party is Stella Bellissima, who beat the subsequent wide-margin winner Gwafa in impressive style on debut over 12 furlongs at Newbury July 3.

"Anyone can see that she's got a massive task on official figures, being over 30 pounds behind the highest-rated," jockey William Buick said. "But the boss, John Gosden, has an amazing record with lightly raced fillies and can turn them inside out.

"This filly is bred to appreciate a stamina test, coming from a great bottom line, and is a half-sister to Duncan and Samuel by the influential Sea the Stars. I can see her thriving over a mile and six and while I know it's a tall order, I'm sure this is a filly that will be making her mark during the second half of the season."

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Ivawood the one to beat in Richmond at Goodwood

Richard Hughes has labeled Ivawood his banker of the Glorious Goodwood meeting, and the unbeaten star of the Richard Hannon Jr. stable puts his lofty reputation on the line again in Thursday's Group 2 Richmond Stakes.

Saddled with a three-pound penalty as a result of his emphatic win in the July Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket July 10, the bay bids to provide the yard with a fifth renewal since 2008.

"Ivawood has been compared with Toronado and we have seen the similarities at home -- he is certainly high up in our pecking order of two-year-olds," his trainer commented. "He won the July Stakes at Newmarket impressively and he'll be even better on this drier ground, as he has so much natural speed."

Re-opposing from the July is  runner-up Jungle Cat, who has 2 3/4 lengths to find with Ivawood. Previously third in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, he is a tough character who is bound to be in the shake-up again.

Of the more unexposed types, Moonraker is interesting coming off a maiden win over five furlongs at Ascot May 10. On that occasion, he had the subsequent Windsor Castle Stakes third Mubtaghaa back in second, but the fact that that rival went on to finish eighth behind Ivawood in the July suggests he has to improve markedly to trouble the favorite.

The Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood offers a real mix of distaffers, with the proven extreme stayer Missunited taking on last year's Epsom Oaks heroine Talent.

Whereas the latter has generally failed to build on her classic exploits of last term, Missunited has gone from strength to strength and was in the thick of the action in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Only beaten a neck and a short head by Leading Light and Estimate there, she was battling back at the close of the 2 1/2-mile showpiece after attempting to make all. Previously, she had won over this trip in Leopardstown's Saval Beg Stakes and she will be a tough nut to crack if allowed freedom on the front end.

Talent also had Leading Light just ahead when runner-up in the St Leger at Doncaster in September, and looked in need of further when third in Haydock's Lancashire Oaks over 1 1/2 miles July 5.

One who is totally unexposed and could spoil the party is Stella Bellissima, who beat the subsequent wide-margin winner Gwafa in impressive style on debut over 12 furlongs at Newbury July 3.

"Anyone can see that she's got a massive task on official figures, being over 30 pounds behind the highest-rated," jockey William Buick said. "But the boss, John Gosden, has an amazing record with lightly raced fillies and can turn them inside out.

"This filly is bred to appreciate a stamina test, coming from a great bottom line, and is a half-sister to Duncan and Samuel by the influential Sea the Stars. I can see her thriving over a mile and six and while I know it's a tall order, I'm sure this is a filly that will be making her mark during the second half of the season."

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Churchill Downs Inc. signs agreement with Saratoga Harness

Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. (SHRI) and Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) announced they have executed a binding term sheet and are close to finalizing a five-year management contract wherein CDI will manage Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs, New York, and Saratoga Casino Black Hawk in Black Hawk, Colorado. Once finalized, the management contract will become effective as soon as CDI obtains necessary licenses and approvals in New York and Colorado.

Should CDI and SHRI be successful in their joint bid to build Capital View Casino & Resort, a proposed world class destination resort casino in East Greenbush, New York, CDI will also manage that facility. A binding term sheet for such management agreement was included with CDI and SHRI's New York casino license application that was submitted on June 30.

SHRI and CDI have also signed a binding term sheet and begun negotiations on a stock purchase agreement wherein CDI will purchase 25 percent of economic and voting interests of SHRI. In addition to its flagship Saratoga Casino and Raceway, SHRI owns a controlling interest in Saratoga Casino Black Hawk; a 50 percent interest in a joint venture with Delaware North Companies to manage the Gideon Putnam Hotel and Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, and a minority interest in Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky. SHRI, together with its partner Rush Street Gaming, filed a second application for a New York casino in Newburgh, New York, in the Hudson Valley-Catskills Region.

"We are very excited about the expansion of our relationship with Churchill Downs," said James D. Featherstonhaugh, Secretary & Chief Legal Officer of SHRI. "We look forward to a long and successful partnership between two iconic names in the racing and gaming world."

"We are proud to take an ownership interest in Saratoga Harness Racing Inc., which shares with us a passion for offering premier racing and gaming entertainment," said Bill Carstanjen, President and Chief Operating Officer of Churchill Downs Inc. "We are excited to expand our operations into New York and Colorado and hope to become more involved in the Capitol Region if we are fortunate enough to be awarded a license to build and operate Capital View Casino & Resort."

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Churchill Downs Inc. signs agreement with Saratoga Harness

Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. (SHRI) and Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) announced they have executed a binding term sheet and are close to finalizing a five-year management contract wherein CDI will manage Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs, New York, and Saratoga Casino Black Hawk in Black Hawk, Colorado. Once finalized, the management contract will become effective as soon as CDI obtains necessary licenses and approvals in New York and Colorado.

Should CDI and SHRI be successful in their joint bid to build Capital View Casino & Resort, a proposed world class destination resort casino in East Greenbush, New York, CDI will also manage that facility. A binding term sheet for such management agreement was included with CDI and SHRI's New York casino license application that was submitted on June 30.

SHRI and CDI have also signed a binding term sheet and begun negotiations on a stock purchase agreement wherein CDI will purchase 25 percent of economic and voting interests of SHRI. In addition to its flagship Saratoga Casino and Raceway, SHRI owns a controlling interest in Saratoga Casino Black Hawk; a 50 percent interest in a joint venture with Delaware North Companies to manage the Gideon Putnam Hotel and Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, and a minority interest in Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky. SHRI, together with its partner Rush Street Gaming, filed a second application for a New York casino in Newburgh, New York, in the Hudson Valley-Catskills Region.

"We are very excited about the expansion of our relationship with Churchill Downs," said James D. Featherstonhaugh, Secretary & Chief Legal Officer of SHRI. "We look forward to a long and successful partnership between two iconic names in the racing and gaming world."

"We are proud to take an ownership interest in Saratoga Harness Racing Inc., which shares with us a passion for offering premier racing and gaming entertainment," said Bill Carstanjen, President and Chief Operating Officer of Churchill Downs Inc. "We are excited to expand our operations into New York and Colorado and hope to become more involved in the Capitol Region if we are fortunate enough to be awarded a license to build and operate Capital View Casino & Resort."

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Coltimus Prime wires the field in Prince of Wales

Coltimus Prime, taking advantage of a paceless affair, led throughout in winning Tuesday's $463,000 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, which is restricted to three-year-olds bred in Canada.

Under Eurico Da Silva, Coltimus Prime set a modest pace of :24, :48, and 1:12 4/5, leading up to a length over Lynx. That rival made a run at the eventual winner in the stretch, but Coltimus Prime found more to pull away and score a 3 1/2-length victory in a time of 1:54 2/5 for 1 3/16 miles on a fast track.

The 5-1 fourth choice in a field of 10, Coltimus Prime paid $12.80 to win. He is owned by Cabernet Racing Stables and is trained by Justin Nixon.

Lynx held on for second, three-quarters of a length in front of 8-5 favorite Ami's Holiday. Smart Spree finished a half-length farther back in fourth and was followed by Rhythm Blues, East Side, Lions Bay, Ascot Martin, Matador, and Money Talks.

A maiden winner by eight lengths over the Woodbine Polytrack in his second career start last November, Coltimus Pride next finished a neck second in the $134,000 Display to conclude his juvenile campaign.

Up the track in both the Tampa Bay Derby and Blue Grass to kick off his sophomore season, the son of Milwaukee Brew returned to Canada, where he finished second and first against allowance company at Woodbine. Last time, he faded to ninth in a field of 15 in the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate. His record now stands at 9-3-2-0, $392,788.

Bred in Ontario by J. Horner, Coltimus Prime is a half-brother to stakes winner Crysta's Court, who was sixth as the beaten favorite in the $69,450 Rainbow Connection earlier on the Prince of Wales card. Both Coltimus Prime and Crysta's Court were reared by Certainly Special, a daughter of Distorted Humor.

Coltimus Prime's fourth dam was the Group 3-placed stakes winner Thaidah, a half-sister to champions Glorious Song and Devil's Bag, as well as noted sire Saint Ballado. Thaidah is also the ancestress of Grade 2 winner Shakis.

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Coltimus Prime wires the field in Prince of Wales

Coltimus Prime, taking advantage of a paceless affair, led throughout in winning Tuesday's $463,000 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, which is restricted to three-year-olds bred in Canada.

Under Eurico Da Silva, Coltimus Prime set a modest pace of :24, :48, and 1:12 4/5, leading up to a length over Lynx. That rival made a run at the eventual winner in the stretch, but Coltimus Prime found more to pull away and score a 3 1/2-length victory in a time of 1:54 2/5 for 1 3/16 miles on a fast track.

The 5-1 fourth choice in a field of 10, Coltimus Prime paid $12.80 to win. He is owned by Cabernet Racing Stables and is trained by Justin Nixon.

Lynx held on for second, three-quarters of a length in front of 8-5 favorite Ami's Holiday. Smart Spree finished a half-length farther back in fourth and was followed by Rhythm Blues, East Side, Lions Bay, Ascot Martin, Matador, and Money Talks.

A maiden winner by eight lengths over the Woodbine Polytrack in his second career start last November, Coltimus Pride next finished a neck second in the $134,000 Display to conclude his juvenile campaign.

Up the track in both the Tampa Bay Derby and Blue Grass to kick off his sophomore season, the son of Milwaukee Brew returned to Canada, where he finished second and first against allowance company at Woodbine. Last time, he faded to ninth in a field of 15 in the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate. His record now stands at 9-3-2-0, $392,788.

Bred in Ontario by J. Horner, Coltimus Prime is a half-brother to stakes winner Crysta's Court, who was sixth as the beaten favorite in the $69,450 Rainbow Connection earlier on the Prince of Wales card. Both Coltimus Prime and Crysta's Court were reared by Certainly Special, a daughter of Distorted Humor.

Coltimus Prime's fourth dam was the Group 3-placed stakes winner Thaidah, a half-sister to champions Glorious Song and Devil's Bag, as well as noted sire Saint Ballado. Thaidah is also the ancestress of Grade 2 winner Shakis.

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Shadwell Turf Mile purse upped to $1 million

Keeneland's fall meet runs October 3-25 (Michelle Foley Photo)

Keeneland, in partnership with Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell Farm, announced Tuesday that the Shadwell Turf Mile will carry a purse of $1 million for its 29th running on October 4.

With the increase, the Shadwell Turf Mile becomes Keeneland's first stakes worth $1 million and will rank as one of North America's richest races held at a mile on the turf.

Shadwell Farm has sponsored the Turf Mile since 1999. The purse was increased to $750,000 in 2012.

"Shadwell Farm has played a very special role in Keeneland's history for 30 years, actively supporting our racing program as both a sponsor and owner, and as a leading buyer at our sales," said Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason. "We sincerely thank Sheikh Hamdan and (vice president & general manager) Rick Nichols for their commitment to Thoroughbred racing, to Central Kentucky and to Keeneland."

The Shadwell Turf Mile, which serves as the cornerstone of Keeneland's signature Fall Stars Weekend, is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, with the winner automatically qualifying for the Breeders' Cup Mile. The Shadwell Turf Mile has been won by such champions as Wise Dan, Gio Ponti (twice), Favorite Trick, Itsallgreektome and Steinlen and major stakes winners Court Vision, Thorn Song, Perfect Soul and Landseer. Shadwell Stable (Rick Nichols, lessee) won three editions of the race, with Dumaani in 1995-96 and Altibr in 2000.

"Sheikh Hamdan and all of us at Shadwell have enjoyed working with Keeneland to develop the Shadwell Turf Mile," Nichols said. "A special tribute to the late Howard Battle who, as Keeneland's racing secretary, worked very hard in the early days of sponsorship to elevate the Turf Mile from a Grade 3 to a Grade 1 event. Sheikh Hamdan has always felt that our best breeding stock comes from horses that compete successfully at a mile. Keeneland has provided the opportunity and the stage for him to develop a world-class race at that distance that will draw and test horses from all over the globe."

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Shadwell Turf Mile purse upped to $1 million

Keeneland's fall meet runs October 3-25 (Michelle Foley Photo)

Keeneland, in partnership with Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell Farm, announced Tuesday that the Shadwell Turf Mile will carry a purse of $1 million for its 29th running on October 4.

With the increase, the Shadwell Turf Mile becomes Keeneland's first stakes worth $1 million and will rank as one of North America's richest races held at a mile on the turf.

Shadwell Farm has sponsored the Turf Mile since 1999. The purse was increased to $750,000 in 2012.

"Shadwell Farm has played a very special role in Keeneland's history for 30 years, actively supporting our racing program as both a sponsor and owner, and as a leading buyer at our sales," said Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason. "We sincerely thank Sheikh Hamdan and (vice president & general manager) Rick Nichols for their commitment to Thoroughbred racing, to Central Kentucky and to Keeneland."

The Shadwell Turf Mile, which serves as the cornerstone of Keeneland's signature Fall Stars Weekend, is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, with the winner automatically qualifying for the Breeders' Cup Mile. The Shadwell Turf Mile has been won by such champions as Wise Dan, Gio Ponti (twice), Favorite Trick, Itsallgreektome and Steinlen and major stakes winners Court Vision, Thorn Song, Perfect Soul and Landseer. Shadwell Stable (Rick Nichols, lessee) won three editions of the race, with Dumaani in 1995-96 and Altibr in 2000.

"Sheikh Hamdan and all of us at Shadwell have enjoyed working with Keeneland to develop the Shadwell Turf Mile," Nichols said. "A special tribute to the late Howard Battle who, as Keeneland's racing secretary, worked very hard in the early days of sponsorship to elevate the Turf Mile from a Grade 3 to a Grade 1 event. Sheikh Hamdan has always felt that our best breeding stock comes from horses that compete successfully at a mile. Keeneland has provided the opportunity and the stage for him to develop a world-class race at that distance that will draw and test horses from all over the globe."

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Brown Panther, Estimate to clash in Goodwood Cup

A brilliant renewal of the Group 2 Goodwood Cup on Thursday has 10 declared runners including last year's winner Brown Panther. The six-year-old was bred by and is part-owned by former England footballer Michael Owen, for whom victory would be bittersweet following the death of Treble Heights, Brown Panther's dam, on Monday.

Owen had a day to remember last year at Glorious Goodwood, welcoming in his biggest racing victor. Brown Panther finished fourth in the Gold Cup at Ascot in June before coming second on his latest outing in the Prix Maurice de Nieuil in France on July 13.

"Brown Panther's in very good form ahead of the Goodwood Cup," Owen said. "He's very versatile in that he'll go on any ground so he should have perfect conditions to retain his crown. We're very hopeful. Long-term, the Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day is a huge option for us. He seems to relish Ascot, having won at Royal Ascot previously, and there's a big prize available."

Trainer Tom Dascombe is hopeful of a good run.

"We are very happy with Brown Panther and I think that he has produced his best ever set of results this season," Dascombe said. "It was a massive thrill to win the Goodwood Cup last year. It's the oldest group race in the country and a fantastic race to win. I just wish that we had more horses able to compete at this level -- Brown Panther is our flagship.

"Brown Panther was second in France earlier this month but I think that racing over there doesn't really suit him as he doesn't have that turn of foot that the French horses do. His weight is now exactly the same as it was before that run and he seems to be taking his races better than ever these days.

"Everyone seems to think that he wants very soft ground yet every time he runs on it he gets beaten. He actually wants good ground and conditions on Thursday should be fine for him."

The Queen's Estimate, winner of the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year, finished second in this year's renewal although the mare may be disqualified after testing positive to traces of morphine in a post-race test.

Godolphin has won three previous runnings of the Goodwood Cup and has three chances of adding to that record, all trained by Saeed bin Suroor. Eight-year-old Cavalryman won the Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket on his latest start earlier this month, Ahzeemah captured last season's Lonsdale Cup at York, while Excellent Result won a Group 2 at Meydan in March.

The Richard Fahey-trained Angel Gabrial is having his first start in group company after winning the Northumberland Plate on his latest run. Brass Ring, trained by John Gosden, is also having his first group race run having finished third in the marathon Queen Alexandara Stakes on his latest outing at Royal Ascot.

Former hurdler Forgotten Voice won last season's Glorious Stakes at Goodwood, while the Andrew Balding-trained Whiplash Willie is having his first run since finishing third to Brown Panther in the Henry II Stakes on May 29.

The mare Moment in Time was bought by leading Australian stud farm Eliza Park for 350,000 guineas in December, but has yet to subsequently trouble the judge.

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Brown Panther, Estimate to clash in Goodwood Cup

A brilliant renewal of the Group 2 Goodwood Cup on Thursday has 10 declared runners including last year's winner Brown Panther. The six-year-old was bred by and is part-owned by former England footballer Michael Owen, for whom victory would be bittersweet following the death of Treble Heights, Brown Panther's dam, on Monday.

Owen had a day to remember last year at Glorious Goodwood, welcoming in his biggest racing victor. Brown Panther finished fourth in the Gold Cup at Ascot in June before coming second on his latest outing in the Prix Maurice de Nieuil in France on July 13.

"Brown Panther's in very good form ahead of the Goodwood Cup," Owen said. "He's very versatile in that he'll go on any ground so he should have perfect conditions to retain his crown. We're very hopeful. Long-term, the Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day is a huge option for us. He seems to relish Ascot, having won at Royal Ascot previously, and there's a big prize available."

Trainer Tom Dascombe is hopeful of a good run.

"We are very happy with Brown Panther and I think that he has produced his best ever set of results this season," Dascombe said. "It was a massive thrill to win the Goodwood Cup last year. It's the oldest group race in the country and a fantastic race to win. I just wish that we had more horses able to compete at this level -- Brown Panther is our flagship.

"Brown Panther was second in France earlier this month but I think that racing over there doesn't really suit him as he doesn't have that turn of foot that the French horses do. His weight is now exactly the same as it was before that run and he seems to be taking his races better than ever these days.

"Everyone seems to think that he wants very soft ground yet every time he runs on it he gets beaten. He actually wants good ground and conditions on Thursday should be fine for him."

The Queen's Estimate, winner of the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year, finished second in this year's renewal although the mare may be disqualified after testing positive to traces of morphine in a post-race test.

Godolphin has won three previous runnings of the Goodwood Cup and has three chances of adding to that record, all trained by Saeed bin Suroor. Eight-year-old Cavalryman won the Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket on his latest start earlier this month, Ahzeemah captured last season's Lonsdale Cup at York, while Excellent Result won a Group 2 at Meydan in March.

The Richard Fahey-trained Angel Gabrial is having his first start in group company after winning the Northumberland Plate on his latest run. Brass Ring, trained by John Gosden, is also having his first group race run having finished third in the marathon Queen Alexandara Stakes on his latest outing at Royal Ascot.

Former hurdler Forgotten Voice won last season's Glorious Stakes at Goodwood, while the Andrew Balding-trained Whiplash Willie is having his first run since finishing third to Brown Panther in the Henry II Stakes on May 29.

The mare Moment in Time was bought by leading Australian stud farm Eliza Park for 350,000 guineas in December, but has yet to subsequently trouble the judge.

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Candy Boy hoping to make his own mark in WV Derby

Candy Boy, shown winning the Robert B. Lewis, was runner-up in the Los Alamitos Derby last time (Benoit Photos)

A vintage year for California-based three-year-old colts could become even more memorable if Candy Boy makes a successful invasion of Mountaineer for the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby on Saturday.

The 1 1/8-mile feature, which attracted a field of nine, is the highlight of an all-stakes, nine-race card that is traditionally Mountaineer's lone foray into daytime racing during its extended Thoroughbred meet.

In the shadows of such standouts as California Chrome, whom he chased in the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby, and champion Shared Belief, who he finished second to last out in the Los Alamitos Derby, Candy Boy will attempt to earn his first stakes win since taking the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita in February and follow-up on the success of Bayern in last weekend's Haskell Invitational.

It will not be an easy task. Tapiture has three graded stakes wins to his credit, including a 4 1 /4-length tally in the Southwest at Oaklawn in February. Last time, the Tapit colt rebounded from a poor showing in the Kentucky Derby to claim the Matt Winn at Churchill Downs by two lengths.

Vicar's in Trouble, the Louisiana Derby winner, could be the most dangerous of the three. The Mike Maker trainee did not show his customary foot as the 7-5 favorite in the Iowa Derby last out, and ultimately faded to third over a sloppy track. If able to outbreak the other speed, which have less class, Vicar's in Trouble could replicate the form that produced two graded stakes wins at Fair Grounds last winter.

The big three all raced in the Kentucky Derby, though none were much of a factor. Candy Boy finished 13th and Tapiture 15th after meeting trouble in the first turn, while Vicar's in Trouble also was roughed up en route to trailing the field of 19.

Tapiture is a three-time graded stakes winners for trainer Steve Asmussen (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

The remainder of the field all have form to find. For Goodness Sake has landed in a tough spot for his stakes debut, but daylight maiden and allowance wins during the Churchill spring meet mark him as a progressive sort. Classic Giacnroll finished second in the Jerome back in January, but has picked up only minor checks against easier since.

Divine View, runner-up against allowance foes at Delaware Park last time, and the Louisiana-bred stakes winner Gold Appointment, complete the field along with extreme outsiders Only I Know and Key for Success.

Moonshine Mullin, whose five-race win streak includes back-to-back wins in the Churchill Downs' major spring stakes for older horses, the Stephen Foster Handicap and Alysheba, headlines the $200,000 West Virginia Governor's at 1 1/16 miles.

Likely to keep the ex-claimer on his toes is multiple Grade 3 winner Falling Sky, who stretches back out after taking the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship and Donald LeVine Memorial in two of his last four starts.

A swift pace might aid Carve, last-out winner of the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap, and the classic-placed Mylute, unplaced twice behind Moonshine Mullin at Churchill Downs and in the Suburban Handicap last time.

Noted sprint star Delaunay figures to be an overwhelming favorite in the $100,000 Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial over six furlongs. The Tom Amoss-trained seven-year-old has won numerous stakes throughout the Midwest and Louisiana, highlighted by graded scores in the Churchill Downs and Aristides in Louisville.

Moonshine Mullin recently hit a peak upsetting the Stephen Foster Handicap (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Mico Margarita , who's finished behind Delaunay in their two recent outings, is back to oppose. Other possible contenders include multiple stakes veterans Star Harbour, Res Judicata, Ghost Is Clear, Russell Road and Lucy's Bob Boy.

A more contentious race might be the $100,000 West Virginia Secretary of State. The six-furlong dash for fillies and mares includes the venerable seven-year-old Winning Image, a prominent force on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, and Flattering Bea, who landed the Sugar Maple at Charles Town in April and was runner-up in this event last year.

The Kentucky invaders Sweet Cassiopeia, Aireofdistinction, and Anahauc also merit respect.

The $100,000 West Virginia House of Delegates, at one mile and 70 yards on turf, features Regally Ready, a past winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint who has developed into a capable miler in the region. He earned back-to-back wins at Churchill Downs in May, including the $64,000 Opening Verse.

Free World, hero of the $207,000 Centaur at Indiana Downs last season, was a solid fifth in the Firecracker at Churchill last time and might prove tough to catch. Coalport, a multiple stakes winner campaigned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, is another leading contender in his second start off a layoff.

The top two finishers from Mountaineer's version of the Firecracker, a $75,000 stakes for fillies and mares run on July 2, highlight a contentious renewal of the $100,000 West Virginia Senate President's Cup at one mile and 70 yards on the turf. La Malaguena and Sassy Kitten were separated by a neck in that heat, but will need their running shoes on to cope with graded stakes-placed veterans Moment in Dixie and Queen's Award, as well as Canadian invader Surtsey and the capable pair of Quiet Success and Soft Whisper.

Delaunay is one of several graded stakes winners running on the Mountaineer program (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Recent maiden winners Tapitsphere and Gotta Get Paid should attract plenty of support in the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile over six furlongs, but the respective Churchill and Indiana Grand graduates figure to be challenged by the swift Arlington-based colt Creaky Cricket, and Hashtag Bourbon, a son of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver who could improve off his debut third at Churchill.

A. P.'s Glory figures to be an overwhelming favorite to follow up her 7 1/2-length Arlington debut victory with a score in the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies, also at six furlongs. Another daylight maiden winner, Brennan, exits an eight-length romp at Penn National, while Churchill maiden winner Rachel's Ready was never involved after a slow break in the $108,000 Debutante last time.

Uncle Todd, who has won three straight by a combined margin of 21 1/4 lengths, will try and outgun 10 rivals in the $100,000 West Virginia Legislature Chairman's Cup going 4 1/2 furlongs. Among those hoping to keep pace with that one are Amarish, Debt Ceiling, No Distinction, Beat Seattle, and Grade 3 turf winner Berlino Di Tiger.

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Candy Boy hoping to make his own mark in WV Derby

Candy Boy, shown winning the Robert B. Lewis, was runner-up in the Los Alamitos Derby last time (Benoit Photos)

A vintage year for California-based three-year-old colts could become even more memorable if Candy Boy makes a successful invasion of Mountaineer for the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby on Saturday.

The 1 1/8-mile feature, which attracted a field of nine, is the highlight of an all-stakes, nine-race card that is traditionally Mountaineer's lone foray into daytime racing during its extended Thoroughbred meet.

In the shadows of such standouts as California Chrome, whom he chased in the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby, and champion Shared Belief, who he finished second to last out in the Los Alamitos Derby, Candy Boy will attempt to earn his first stakes win since taking the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita in February and follow-up on the success of Bayern in last weekend's Haskell Invitational.

It will not be an easy task. Tapiture has three graded stakes wins to his credit, including a 4 1 /4-length tally in the Southwest at Oaklawn in February. Last time, the Tapit colt rebounded from a poor showing in the Kentucky Derby to claim the Matt Winn at Churchill Downs by two lengths.

Vicar's in Trouble, the Louisiana Derby winner, could be the most dangerous of the three. The Mike Maker trainee did not show his customary foot as the 7-5 favorite in the Iowa Derby last out, and ultimately faded to third over a sloppy track. If able to outbreak the other speed, which have less class, Vicar's in Trouble could replicate the form that produced two graded stakes wins at Fair Grounds last winter.

The big three all raced in the Kentucky Derby, though none were much of a factor. Candy Boy finished 13th and Tapiture 15th after meeting trouble in the first turn, while Vicar's in Trouble also was roughed up en route to trailing the field of 19.

Tapiture is a three-time graded stakes winners for trainer Steve Asmussen (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

The remainder of the field all have form to find. For Goodness Sake has landed in a tough spot for his stakes debut, but daylight maiden and allowance wins during the Churchill spring meet mark him as a progressive sort. Classic Giacnroll finished second in the Jerome back in January, but has picked up only minor checks against easier since.

Divine View, runner-up against allowance foes at Delaware Park last time, and the Louisiana-bred stakes winner Gold Appointment, complete the field along with extreme outsiders Only I Know and Key for Success.

Moonshine Mullin, whose five-race win streak includes back-to-back wins in the Churchill Downs' major spring stakes for older horses, the Stephen Foster Handicap and Alysheba, headlines the $200,000 West Virginia Governor's at 1 1/16 miles.

Likely to keep the ex-claimer on his toes is multiple Grade 3 winner Falling Sky, who stretches back out after taking the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship and Donald LeVine Memorial in two of his last four starts.

A swift pace might aid Carve, last-out winner of the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap, and the classic-placed Mylute, unplaced twice behind Moonshine Mullin at Churchill Downs and in the Suburban Handicap last time.

Noted sprint star Delaunay figures to be an overwhelming favorite in the $100,000 Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial over six furlongs. The Tom Amoss-trained seven-year-old has won numerous stakes throughout the Midwest and Louisiana, highlighted by graded scores in the Churchill Downs and Aristides in Louisville.

Moonshine Mullin recently hit a peak upsetting the Stephen Foster Handicap (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Mico Margarita , who's finished behind Delaunay in their two recent outings, is back to oppose. Other possible contenders include multiple stakes veterans Star Harbour, Res Judicata, Ghost Is Clear, Russell Road and Lucy's Bob Boy.

A more contentious race might be the $100,000 West Virginia Secretary of State. The six-furlong dash for fillies and mares includes the venerable seven-year-old Winning Image, a prominent force on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, and Flattering Bea, who landed the Sugar Maple at Charles Town in April and was runner-up in this event last year.

The Kentucky invaders Sweet Cassiopeia, Aireofdistinction, and Anahauc also merit respect.

The $100,000 West Virginia House of Delegates, at one mile and 70 yards on turf, features Regally Ready, a past winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint who has developed into a capable miler in the region. He earned back-to-back wins at Churchill Downs in May, including the $64,000 Opening Verse.

Free World, hero of the $207,000 Centaur at Indiana Downs last season, was a solid fifth in the Firecracker at Churchill last time and might prove tough to catch. Coalport, a multiple stakes winner campaigned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, is another leading contender in his second start off a layoff.

The top two finishers from Mountaineer's version of the Firecracker, a $75,000 stakes for fillies and mares run on July 2, highlight a contentious renewal of the $100,000 West Virginia Senate President's Cup at one mile and 70 yards on the turf. La Malaguena and Sassy Kitten were separated by a neck in that heat, but will need their running shoes on to cope with graded stakes-placed veterans Moment in Dixie and Queen's Award, as well as Canadian invader Surtsey and the capable pair of Quiet Success and Soft Whisper.

Delaunay is one of several graded stakes winners running on the Mountaineer program (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Recent maiden winners Tapitsphere and Gotta Get Paid should attract plenty of support in the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile over six furlongs, but the respective Churchill and Indiana Grand graduates figure to be challenged by the swift Arlington-based colt Creaky Cricket, and Hashtag Bourbon, a son of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver who could improve off his debut third at Churchill.

A. P.'s Glory figures to be an overwhelming favorite to follow up her 7 1/2-length Arlington debut victory with a score in the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies, also at six furlongs. Another daylight maiden winner, Brennan, exits an eight-length romp at Penn National, while Churchill maiden winner Rachel's Ready was never involved after a slow break in the $108,000 Debutante last time.

Uncle Todd, who has won three straight by a combined margin of 21 1/4 lengths, will try and outgun 10 rivals in the $100,000 West Virginia Legislature Chairman's Cup going 4 1/2 furlongs. Among those hoping to keep pace with that one are Amarish, Debt Ceiling, No Distinction, Beat Seattle, and Grade 3 turf winner Berlino Di Tiger.

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Divine Fortune in search of A.P. Smithwick hat trick

Divine Fortune would be the first three-time winner of the A.P. Smithwick if successful (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Reigning champion steeplechaser Divine Fortune will be seeking his third score in the Grade 1, $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial at Saratoga when the about 2 1/16-mile hurdle is renewed on Thursday.

Hero of the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Smithwick, Divine Fortune was voted the nation's top jumper last season, largely on the basis of winning the sport's most lucrative prize, the Grand National at Far Hills, New Jersey, in wire-to-wire fashion by more than five lengths.

Now 11, the Jonathan Sheppard trainee showed no signs of his advanced age by taking the division's first Grade 1 of the season, the May 10 Iroquois at Percy Warner Park, in similar style by more than three lengths.

"He's just a very willing, good feeling horse," Sheppard said. "He enjoys his training, he enjoys his racing. He seems to take everything in stride. Even when he's had a hard race and gotten beaten, he's back at the barn with his ears pricked and he's jogging along, dragging the hotwalker around. He's remarkable in that respect.

"I think he's particularly effective at the longer distances, particularly now that he's older," he added. "He has a real good, strong gallop, and puts in nice, big jumps, which is effective over longer distances, but he probably doesn't quite have the acceleration needed in shorter races."

Divine Fortune, co-owned by Sheppard and William Pape, will be part of a heavily favored three-horse entry along with Italian Wedding and Barnstorming, two geldings Sheppard owns outright.

Italian Wedding finished second in last year's Smithwick before taking the New York Turf Writers Cup, but has placed in only two of five starts since then. Barnstorming captured the Michael G. Walsh for novice at Saratoga last year and later finished second in the Colonial Cup. However, the eight-year-old fell in his only previous start this year against allowance company at Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Likely to keep Divine Fortune honest on the front end is Pleasant Woodman, hero of the Imperial Cup and Marcellus Frost earlier this year. Another with early foot is Wanganui, twice stakes-placed in novice company at Saratoga two years ago. Wanganui is trained by Elizabeth Voss, who also saddles English import Makari for his U.S. debut.

Triple Grade 1 winner Demonstrative, winner of the New York Turf Writers Cup in 2012, has been unplaced in four of his last five starts, while Spy in the Sky, winner of the 2012 Smithwick and 2009 Turf Writers Cup, was pulled up in his last two efforts over hurdles.

The Smithwick field is rounded out by All Together, second in the Turf Writers Cup and Lonesome Glory last season, and multiple stakes winner Staying On.

The featured flat event of Saratoga's Thursday program is the $100,000 Evan Shipman, a nine-furlong test for older New York-breds. The likely favorite is Big Business, a multiple allowance winner who just missed to subsequent Suburban Handicap winner Zivo in the Commentator Handicap at Belmont Park two back.

Also in with a shot is Grade 3-placed Escapefromreality, winner of the Albany at Saratoga last year and second by a neck to returning rival Sailmate in an May 23 allowance marking his season debut. Awesome Vision, runner-up by a head in the 2013 Evan Shipman, enters off a photo-finish loss to the returning Fox Rules in a $50,000 state-bred stakes at Finger Lakes on Independence Day.

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Divine Fortune in search of A.P. Smithwick hat trick

Divine Fortune would be the first three-time winner of the A.P. Smithwick if successful (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Reigning champion steeplechaser Divine Fortune will be seeking his third score in the Grade 1, $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial at Saratoga when the about 2 1/16-mile hurdle is renewed on Thursday.

Hero of the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Smithwick, Divine Fortune was voted the nation's top jumper last season, largely on the basis of winning the sport's most lucrative prize, the Grand National at Far Hills, New Jersey, in wire-to-wire fashion by more than five lengths.

Now 11, the Jonathan Sheppard trainee showed no signs of his advanced age by taking the division's first Grade 1 of the season, the May 10 Iroquois at Percy Warner Park, in similar style by more than three lengths.

"He's just a very willing, good feeling horse," Sheppard said. "He enjoys his training, he enjoys his racing. He seems to take everything in stride. Even when he's had a hard race and gotten beaten, he's back at the barn with his ears pricked and he's jogging along, dragging the hotwalker around. He's remarkable in that respect.

"I think he's particularly effective at the longer distances, particularly now that he's older," he added. "He has a real good, strong gallop, and puts in nice, big jumps, which is effective over longer distances, but he probably doesn't quite have the acceleration needed in shorter races."

Divine Fortune, co-owned by Sheppard and William Pape, will be part of a heavily favored three-horse entry along with Italian Wedding and Barnstorming, two geldings Sheppard owns outright.

Italian Wedding finished second in last year's Smithwick before taking the New York Turf Writers Cup, but has placed in only two of five starts since then. Barnstorming captured the Michael G. Walsh for novice at Saratoga last year and later finished second in the Colonial Cup. However, the eight-year-old fell in his only previous start this year against allowance company at Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Likely to keep Divine Fortune honest on the front end is Pleasant Woodman, hero of the Imperial Cup and Marcellus Frost earlier this year. Another with early foot is Wanganui, twice stakes-placed in novice company at Saratoga two years ago. Wanganui is trained by Elizabeth Voss, who also saddles English import Makari for his U.S. debut.

Triple Grade 1 winner Demonstrative, winner of the New York Turf Writers Cup in 2012, has been unplaced in four of his last five starts, while Spy in the Sky, winner of the 2012 Smithwick and 2009 Turf Writers Cup, was pulled up in his last two efforts over hurdles.

The Smithwick field is rounded out by All Together, second in the Turf Writers Cup and Lonesome Glory last season, and multiple stakes winner Staying On.

The featured flat event of Saratoga's Thursday program is the $100,000 Evan Shipman, a nine-furlong test for older New York-breds. The likely favorite is Big Business, a multiple allowance winner who just missed to subsequent Suburban Handicap winner Zivo in the Commentator Handicap at Belmont Park two back.

Also in with a shot is Grade 3-placed Escapefromreality, winner of the Albany at Saratoga last year and second by a neck to returning rival Sailmate in an May 23 allowance marking his season debut. Awesome Vision, runner-up by a head in the 2013 Evan Shipman, enters off a photo-finish loss to the returning Fox Rules in a $50,000 state-bred stakes at Finger Lakes on Independence Day.

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In brief

Classic-placed Social Inclusion (Pioneerof the Nile), seventh following a stumbling start in Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1), has been transferred to trainer Chad Brown, owner Ron Sanchez announced. A 7 1/2-length debut winner at Gulfstream Park on February 22, the three-year-old colt garnered headlines when posting a 10-length allowance win at the Florida track on March 22. He then posted a treble of third-place finishes in the Wood Memorial (G1), Preakness S. (G1) and Woody Stephens (G1) prior to the Haskell. Formerly trained by Manny Azpurua, the Kentucky-bred Social Inclusion has earned $384,400...

Scott Blasi has reportedly returned to work as an assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen nearly five months after being let go from the same position after being the subject of an undercover video released by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Blasi, an 18-year veteran of the Asmussen operation, was let go in March after a heavily-edited video showed him using vulgarities to describe clients and the conditions of horses, the use of shock-wave therapy and suggesting use of a buzzer by jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. Investigations of Blasi by racing authorities in New York and Kentucky, based on complaints brought by PETA, are ongoing...

The unbeaten Taghrooda (Sea the Stars) suffered a few minor cuts and bruises while defeating older males in her brilliant victory in last weekend's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot, according to PA Sport. "Her appearance was down to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, who took the brave call to bypass the Irish Oaks (Ire-G1) and take on the colts and older horses, including his Eclipse (Eng-G1) winner Mukhadram," racing manager Angus Gold told Channel 4 Racing. "Sheikh Hamdan was obviously thrilled. It was a big call of his as everybody said and I think he will have gotten a lot of satisfaction from being proved right and she's proved herself well out of the ordinary, so it's lovely for everybody. Sheikh Hamdan's policy has always been, bar the odd one, to retire three-year-old fillies at the end of their year. With a filly like this, you've won a classic, you've won a King George, and in his view she will not have a lot left to prove, so he'd rather she was breeding in the paddocks. As far as I know, (trainer) John (Gosden) is happy with her. She's got a few nicks and bruises, nothing that a bit of time won't heal."...

Eagle Top (Pivotal), hero of Royal Ascot's Kind Edward VII S. (Eng-G2), is set to be given a mid-season break following his respectable fourth-place finish in last weekend's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot, according to PA Sport. Hugo Lascelles, bloodstock advisor for Eagle Top's owner Lady Bamford, said, "He's come out of the race well and we were all very proud of his run. The handicapper has put him up three pounds since the race and I think it was a fine effort on just his fourth career start. He certainly didn't let us down. Hopefully it's onwards and upwards from here and he's got a good chance of making it, but we haven't made any definite plans. He's going to have a break now. I don't think you'll be seeing him run in August. We'll be looking towards September and the autumn."...

Grade 1-winning sire Beau Genius (Bold Ruckus) was euthanized on July 25 at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, California, due to his recent declining quality of life in the last of his 29 years. He was pensioned from stallion duty in 2009. Beau Genius was a millionaire on the racetrack, winning or placing in 30 of his 42 starts, including victories in the Philip H. Iselin H. (G1) and Michigan Mile and One-Eighth H (G2) for his owner-breeder Dr. Brian Davidson. The final stakes win of all-time jockey great Bill Shoemaker's career was when he was aboard Beau Genius in the 1990 Olympic H. at Gulfstream Park. Beginning his breeding career in 1991 standing in Kentucky at the Vinery, Beau Genius sired a champion juvenile filly, Irish highweight Belle Genius, in his first crop. Acquired by Ballena Vista Farm in the summer of 2000 to stand in 2001, he continued to sire numerous stakes winners while standing in California including Big Macher, winner of last Sunday's Bing Crosby S. (G1) at Del Mar, in his final crop...

The $100,000 Graduation S. at Del Mar was the launching pad to eventual stardom for California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) last summer, and on Wednesday, seven California-bred juveniles hope to follow in his hoofsteps. Undefeated Wake Up Nick (Cindago) is the most accomplished of the group. A 9 1/4-length maiden romper for Doug O'Neill, the Reddam Racing runner went on to take the Santa Anita Juvenile, besting next-out Willard Proctor winner Story to Tell (Bluegrass Cat). Peradventure (Papa Clem) exits a tiring third in the six-furlong Proctor, and the Scott Rollins pupil could benefit from the slight cutback to 5 1/2 furlongs here. Two starts back in his debut, Peradventure wired a five-furlong maiden for state-breds at Santa Anita. Note that he was offered at the July Del Mar Paddock Sale, but did not reach his reserve at a bid of $240,000 and remained in the ownership of C T R Stables. The same connections will be represented by Colorado Strong (Lucky Pulpit), who gamely prevailed in a photo in his first try. Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sends out 7 3/4-length debut winner Atta' Boy Woody (Atticus), the most dangerous of the stakes newcomers. Rounding out the septet are Global Magician (Globalize) and Local Reason (Olmodavor), respectively a near-miss second and a closing fourth in the Everett Nevin, and London Legacy (Grace Upon Grace), runner-up in all three of his starts...

Stars Above Me (Exceed and Excel) makes her U.S. debut for Graham Motion in Wednesday's $100,000 Coronation Cup, a 5 1/2-furlong turf dash for three-year-old fillies at Saratoga. Formerly in the care of Roger Charlton, the speedy filly was most recently third to the well-regarded colt Extortionist (Dandy Man) in a June 21 handicap at Newmarket. Extortionist has since beaten older sprinters in the July 5 Sprint (aka Coral Charge) at Sandown. Her rivals include Recoupe (Indian Charlie), three-for-three in turf sprints in the Mid-Atlantic region for Mike Trombetta; the Todd Pletcher-trained Elena Strikes (Smart Strike), who tries turf off a wire job in a second-level allowance at Belmont; Hot Squeeze (Latent Heat), a course-and-distance allowance winner over New York-breds just a week ago; Scatcapade (Scat Daddy), who shortens up for Christophe Clement; Burn Control (Bernstein), unbeaten in two starts on the Parx dirt; and Isabelle (Successful Appeal) and Fat Kat (Weigelia), both coming off unplaced efforts in the Victory Ride (G3) on the main track. Wesley Ward has all bases covered, with turf/synthetic performer Ruslana (City Zip) and the main-track-only entrant Sweetmarys Success (Teuflesberg) engaged.

In brief

Classic-placed Social Inclusion (Pioneerof the Nile), seventh following a stumbling start in Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1), has been transferred to trainer Chad Brown, owner Ron Sanchez announced. A 7 1/2-length debut winner at Gulfstream Park on February 22, the three-year-old colt garnered headlines when posting a 10-length allowance win at the Florida track on March 22. He then posted a treble of third-place finishes in the Wood Memorial (G1), Preakness S. (G1) and Woody Stephens (G1) prior to the Haskell. Formerly trained by Manny Azpurua, the Kentucky-bred Social Inclusion has earned $384,400...

Scott Blasi has reportedly returned to work as an assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen nearly five months after being let go from the same position after being the subject of an undercover video released by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Blasi, an 18-year veteran of the Asmussen operation, was let go in March after a heavily-edited video showed him using vulgarities to describe clients and the conditions of horses, the use of shock-wave therapy and suggesting use of a buzzer by jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. Investigations of Blasi by racing authorities in New York and Kentucky, based on complaints brought by PETA, are ongoing...

The unbeaten Taghrooda (Sea the Stars) suffered a few minor cuts and bruises while defeating older males in her brilliant victory in last weekend's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot, according to PA Sport. "Her appearance was down to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, who took the brave call to bypass the Irish Oaks (Ire-G1) and take on the colts and older horses, including his Eclipse (Eng-G1) winner Mukhadram," racing manager Angus Gold told Channel 4 Racing. "Sheikh Hamdan was obviously thrilled. It was a big call of his as everybody said and I think he will have gotten a lot of satisfaction from being proved right and she's proved herself well out of the ordinary, so it's lovely for everybody. Sheikh Hamdan's policy has always been, bar the odd one, to retire three-year-old fillies at the end of their year. With a filly like this, you've won a classic, you've won a King George, and in his view she will not have a lot left to prove, so he'd rather she was breeding in the paddocks. As far as I know, (trainer) John (Gosden) is happy with her. She's got a few nicks and bruises, nothing that a bit of time won't heal."...

Eagle Top (Pivotal), hero of Royal Ascot's Kind Edward VII S. (Eng-G2), is set to be given a mid-season break following his respectable fourth-place finish in last weekend's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot, according to PA Sport. Hugo Lascelles, bloodstock advisor for Eagle Top's owner Lady Bamford, said, "He's come out of the race well and we were all very proud of his run. The handicapper has put him up three pounds since the race and I think it was a fine effort on just his fourth career start. He certainly didn't let us down. Hopefully it's onwards and upwards from here and he's got a good chance of making it, but we haven't made any definite plans. He's going to have a break now. I don't think you'll be seeing him run in August. We'll be looking towards September and the autumn."...

Grade 1-winning sire Beau Genius (Bold Ruckus) was euthanized on July 25 at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, California, due to his recent declining quality of life in the last of his 29 years. He was pensioned from stallion duty in 2009. Beau Genius was a millionaire on the racetrack, winning or placing in 30 of his 42 starts, including victories in the Philip H. Iselin H. (G1) and Michigan Mile and One-Eighth H (G2) for his owner-breeder Dr. Brian Davidson. The final stakes win of all-time jockey great Bill Shoemaker's career was when he was aboard Beau Genius in the 1990 Olympic H. at Gulfstream Park. Beginning his breeding career in 1991 standing in Kentucky at the Vinery, Beau Genius sired a champion juvenile filly, Irish highweight Belle Genius, in his first crop. Acquired by Ballena Vista Farm in the summer of 2000 to stand in 2001, he continued to sire numerous stakes winners while standing in California including Big Macher, winner of last Sunday's Bing Crosby S. (G1) at Del Mar, in his final crop...

The $100,000 Graduation S. at Del Mar was the launching pad to eventual stardom for California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) last summer, and on Wednesday, seven California-bred juveniles hope to follow in his hoofsteps. Undefeated Wake Up Nick (Cindago) is the most accomplished of the group. A 9 1/4-length maiden romper for Doug O'Neill, the Reddam Racing runner went on to take the Santa Anita Juvenile, besting next-out Willard Proctor winner Story to Tell (Bluegrass Cat). Peradventure (Papa Clem) exits a tiring third in the six-furlong Proctor, and the Scott Rollins pupil could benefit from the slight cutback to 5 1/2 furlongs here. Two starts back in his debut, Peradventure wired a five-furlong maiden for state-breds at Santa Anita. Note that he was offered at the July Del Mar Paddock Sale, but did not reach his reserve at a bid of $240,000 and remained in the ownership of C T R Stables. The same connections will be represented by Colorado Strong (Lucky Pulpit), who gamely prevailed in a photo in his first try. Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sends out 7 3/4-length debut winner Atta' Boy Woody (Atticus), the most dangerous of the stakes newcomers. Rounding out the septet are Global Magician (Globalize) and Local Reason (Olmodavor), respectively a near-miss second and a closing fourth in the Everett Nevin, and London Legacy (Grace Upon Grace), runner-up in all three of his starts...

Stars Above Me (Exceed and Excel) makes her U.S. debut for Graham Motion in Wednesday's $100,000 Coronation Cup, a 5 1/2-furlong turf dash for three-year-old fillies at Saratoga. Formerly in the care of Roger Charlton, the speedy filly was most recently third to the well-regarded colt Extortionist (Dandy Man) in a June 21 handicap at Newmarket. Extortionist has since beaten older sprinters in the July 5 Sprint (aka Coral Charge) at Sandown. Her rivals include Recoupe (Indian Charlie), three-for-three in turf sprints in the Mid-Atlantic region for Mike Trombetta; the Todd Pletcher-trained Elena Strikes (Smart Strike), who tries turf off a wire job in a second-level allowance at Belmont; Hot Squeeze (Latent Heat), a course-and-distance allowance winner over New York-breds just a week ago; Scatcapade (Scat Daddy), who shortens up for Christophe Clement; Burn Control (Bernstein), unbeaten in two starts on the Parx dirt; and Isabelle (Successful Appeal) and Fat Kat (Weigelia), both coming off unplaced efforts in the Victory Ride (G3) on the main track. Wesley Ward has all bases covered, with turf/synthetic performer Ruslana (City Zip) and the main-track-only entrant Sweetmarys Success (Teuflesberg) engaged.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

PRINCE OF WALES S., FE, $463,000, 3YO, 1 3/16M, 7-29.
6—COLTIMUS PRIME, c, 3, Milwaukee Brew--Certainly Special, by Distorted Humor. O-Cabernet Racing Stables, B-J Horner (ON), T-Justin J. Nixon, J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva, $277,800.
8—Lynx, g, 3, Curlin--Silver Bird, by Lit De Justice. ($28,000 '12 KEESEP; $150,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Peachtree Stable, B-Jim McAlpine & Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (ON), $92,600.
2—Ami's Holiday, c, 3, Harlan's Holiday--Victorious Ami, by Victory Gallop. O-Ivan Dalos, B-Tall Oaks Farm (ON), $46,300.
Also Ran: Smart Spree, Rhythm Blues, East Side, Lions Bay, Ascot Martin, Matador, Money Talks.
Winning Time: 1:54 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 3HF, 3/4, HF.
Odds: 5.40, 4.85, 1.60.
 
RAINBOW CONNECTION S., FE, $69,452, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5F, 7-29.
2—BELLA'S REBEL, f, 3, Rebellion (GB)--Marina Bella, by Bold Executive. (C$15,000 '12 ONTSEP). O-Gary E Wellwood, B-Jennifer Leuty (ON), T-Scott H. Fairlie, J-Michelle Rainford, $41,670.
4—Dreamy Moonlite, m, 6, Dance to Destiny--Moonlite Walk, by Migrating Moon. O-Jane Staples, B-Paul Buttigieg & John Staples (ON), $13,890.
3—Dance to the Moon, m, 7, Perigee Moon--Bold and Dancing, by Bold N' Flashy. O-C Scott Abbott Racing Stable Ltd, B-C Scott Racing Stable (ON), $6,945.
Also Ran: Molly Morris, Rootham Triple E's, Crysta's Court, Last Minute Lucy, Take a Gamble.
Winning Time: :57 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 3/4, 1 1/4, 1HF.
Odds: 8.00, 19.15, 3.20.

Carryover Watch

For Wednesday or Next Raceday

WOODBINE:   High 5 -- $82,988
MONMOUTH:   Pick 6 -- $67,036
GULFSTREAM:   Pick 6 -- $50,000

Notebooks

DEL MAR NOTEBOOK

JULY 30, 2014

by John Mucciolo

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

Bing Crosby S. (G1): Tom Mansor's BIG MACHER (Beau Genius) sat a fine trip behind a dueling pair, took a short lead in midstretch and inched clear to to post a fine half-length score under Tyler Baze. The Richard Baltas trainee finished off six panels in a swift 1:08 4/5.

San Diego H. (G2): Kaleem Shah's FED BIZ (Giant's Causeway) went to the lead as the gates opened and never looked back in posting a decisive 5 1/4-length tally with Martin Garcia. The Bob Baffert trainee sped 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack surface in a stakes record 1:41 under hand urging.

Cougar III H. (G3): Gainesway Stable et al's IRISH SURF (Giant's Causeway) was sent to the lead as the gates opened and romped in the most convincing fashion, leading by a clear margin every step of the way under Elvis Trujillo. The well-bred Dan Hendricks trainee finished 8 1/4 lengths clear and 1 1/2 miles on Polytrack in a stakes-record 2:29.

Track Stats

From a total of 46 races held over at Southern California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 17 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 34 percent of the wins. From 35 frays contested on the Polytrack oval, nine animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (26 percent), while two of the 11 grassy tussles went all the way on the lead (18 percent).

The main oval was pretty good to speed sorts once again, though we saw more winners rally from well off the pace during the second week of racing. We still prefer horse that can sit in the first, or even second flight, early on and will continue to give those and edge if they make any kind of sense.

Turf sprints are really leaning to speed horse on this very firm oval, but at route races, all types can win as we saw a few very deep closers come through. Both wire jobs came at five furlongs this past week.

However, they canceled turf racing Sunday to improve the surface and will be adding wax soon to alter the main track, so conditions could continue to change in the coming weeks.

We witnessed no winning favorites from Wednesday-through-Friday, proving how hard this meeting is for the bettors right now.

Kent Desormeaux (9) and Mike Smith (5) are both bringing home winners at a rate of 20 percent or more, and they bear following going forward on this quirky surface.

On the trainer's front, Peter Miller went atop the standing after a strong week with nine overall winners, though saddling the second amount of starters here has a little something to do with it. Michael Pender (33 percent), Vann Belvoir (27 percent), Mark Glatt (24 percent) and Bob Baffert (21 percent) have all saddled at least three winners while retaining a good win rate.

Meet Totals

RACES:   86
POLYTRACK:   61
TURF:   25
FAVORITES:   20 (23 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   15 (17 percent)
TURF WIRE:   4 (16 percent)
POLY WIRE:   16 (26 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (7/23)

1ST -- STEALTH DRONE (Smoke Glacken) was awfully game at first asking when battling back in the lane after being passed en route to a nice debut tally. This looks like a heady claim for conditioner Doug O'Neill.

2ND -- Owner/trainer Bobby Wayne Grayson had STYLISH IN BLACK (Street Hero) ready for sure off the 15-month absence as the rolled past this field in a daylight maiden romp under Elvis Trujillo. Keep an eye on this one going forward, as horses who win at this meeting often come back with big efforts.

6TH -- DUBLIN DANCER (Thewayyouare) left little doubt in this claiming run for trainer Andy Mathis after a big score today. The Golden Gate shipper was last early but put in a punishing run and finished more than eight lengths clear under the wire. We'd say this lass appreciated the Polytrack surface in this affair.

Thursday (7/24)

8TH -- BENCH LIGHT (Benchmark) turned in one of the better performances of the week when destroying this field late on his way to a 6 1/4-length tally for conditioner Michael Pender. We'd imagine the five-year-old gelding will stay at longer trips going forward after this impressive late kick.

Friday (7/25)

2ND -- NEWFOUND GOLD (Newfoundland) got off of his hanging ways recently with a very sharp run in this well-matched claiming field for Jeff Bonde. The seven-year-old always flashes speed and is well placed turning for home nearly every outing, and he should be a useful claim for Kristin Mulhall.

8TH -- SAM'S SISTER (Brother Derek) overcame a tough rail draw in a sharp debut with a good field to graduate at first asking. The Jerry Hollendorfer charge finished up six panels on the main oval in 1:09 4/5, but it was the professional manner more than the final time we were impressed by. The filly might be a nice one going forward.

Saturday (7/26)

3RD -- OLYMPIC LADY (Fusaichi Pegasus) ran about as well as a first timer can without winning, but this Victor Garcia pupil should be graduating before long after this big second-place finish.

5TH -- WINNING RHYTHM (Giant's Causeway) was eased in her latest effort prior to the finish, but the Paddy Gallagher trainee finished this one, and well at that, in reeling in a clear leader in the lane en route to victory. The well-bred four-year-old is a pretty consistent closing type and might even get a stakes chance on this course during the meeting.

6TH -- We tabbed BATTLE OF EVERMORE (Scat Daddy) in here and the Salder first timer fell just shy in a sharp third-place run. We consider this to be another one who should be in the winners' circle before long.

Sunday (7/27)

1ST -- The Blake Heap-conditioned TRIBALIST (Tribal Rule) sped to the front early and held a safe edge throughout in posting a maiden tally in this opener. The lightly raced filly has run big in all three lifetime outings and could evolve into a stakes runner for these connections with steady improvement.

5TH -- ROCK ME BABY (Rock Hard Ten) turned his form around in a big way in this spot with a rallying win to pull away late for trainer Craig Dollase. Second in this race last summer, the five-year-old left little doubt on this occasion. We've long admired this hard knocker.

7TH -- Trainer Eoin Harty rarely wins with first-time starters, so when REDSHIRT (Distorted Humor) made a big late run to be third after a slow start, it caught our eye. The Darley homebred will be tough with a bit more experience and likely more ground to work with.

8TH -- GODLENCENTS (Into Mischief) sat a nice trip and rallied well to be a fine second in this race for the second straight season. The Doug O'Neill trainee may have needed the race off the pine and will be tough right back as he is consistently very good.

A Look Ahead

Saturday will play host to the Grade 1, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, while the Sunday topper is the Grade 2, $250,000 Best Pal Stakes.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

PRX, 8TH, AOC, $51,180, 3YO/UP, 1M, 7-29.
5—J B'S UNC, g, 6, Cactus Ridge--Angel Jubilee, by Is It True. O-High Point Thoroughbred Partners, B-EquiVision, Inc (KY), T-Jorge Navarro, J-Paco Lopez, $27,600.
1A—Citizen Kat, g, 5, Proud Citizen--Mountain Dawn, by Mountain Cat. ($33,000 '10 FTMOCT). O-Jack J Armstrong, B-Mark Reid & Charles Zacney (PA), $12,880.
2—Cool Under Fire, g, 4, Giant's Causeway--Forever Smart, by Smart Strike. ($150,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Kazdan Racing Stables, B-Adena Springs (KY), $5,060.
Winning Time: 1:37 3/5 (ft)
 
IND, 8TH, AOC, $36,000, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 7-29.
1A—W. B. SMUDGE, g, 5, Grand Reward--Beauty Is, by Personal Flag. O-Nebraska Racing Partners, B-World Thoroughbreds Racing Inc (KY), T-Marvin A. Johnson, J-Octavio Vergara, Jr., $21,600.
1—El Grande Rojo, g, 6, Bowman's Band--Theheartofdixie, by Crafty Prospector. ($2,500 '09 KEESEP). O-Nebraska Racing Partners, B-Nicole Zitani & Ramon Rangel (KY), $7,200.
3—Bagg O'Day, g, 3, Five Star Day--Art Gallery, by Cure the Blues. ($5,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Windy Spa Racing Stable LLC, B-Columbine Stable, LLC (KY), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:02 4/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 7TH, ALW, $35,400, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 7-29.
3—HEY KIDDO, f, 3, Stonesider--Kid Silver, by Silver Ghost. O-J A G Racing and Jettany Thoroughbred Corp, B-Xanthus Farms, Inc (PA), T-David P. Duggan, J-Trevor McCarthy, $21,000.
4—Lover's Dream, m, 5, Jump Start--Just for Lust, by Not for Love. O-Freedom Acres, Inc, B-Y Kolybabiuk (PA), $7,000.
6—Haunted Vision, f, 3, Visionaire--Haunted Lass, by Meadow Monster. O-Iwin Farms LLC, B-IWIN Farms LLC & Stan Stefanski (PA), $3,850.
Winning Time: 1:11 2/5 (ft)
 
PID, 1ST, AOC, $34,200, 3YO/UP, 1M, 7-29.
7—PUT IT FORWARD, g, 4, Put It Back--Lerma, by Unbridled. ($25,000 2013 OBSJAN). O-Dennis Behrmann, B-Bridlewood Farm (FL), T-Norman R. Pointer, J-Pablo Morales, $19,200.
2—Forward Thinker, g, 4, Indian Charlie--Initiation, by Deputy Minister. O-Augustin Stable, B-George Strawbridge (PA), $8,320.
6—Capt. Zippounas, g, 6, Sligo Bay (IRE)--Lucy Above, by Wekiva Springs. ($3,000 '09 OBSAUG). O-Laramie Racing Stable, LLC, B-Fox Straus KY, LLC (FL), $3,200.
Winning Time: 1:36 4/5 (ft)
 
PID, 3RD, AOC, $31,880, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 7-29.
3—COME ACORKIN, m, 5, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--Unbridled Lover, by Unbridled. ($1,200 '10 KEESEP). O-Borrowed Mule Farm and Hasselwander, Lani and Brad, B-Stonewall Farm Stallions, LLC (KY), T-Greg Compton, J-Mario G. Pino, $19,200.
2—Lavallee Twist, m, 6, Mongoose--Lavender Twist, by Wild Wonder. O-Kathleen A Guciardo, B-George Douglas Finora & Robin Finora (FL), $6,400.
5—Two Wonders, m, 7, Three Wonders--Royal Advantage, by Regal Classic. O-Jagger Inc, B-Lorna Possler & John Wilson (FL), $3,200.
Winning Time: 1:37 2/5 (ft)
 
FL, 9TH, ALW, $19,200, 3YO/UP, 6F, 7-29.
8—SMOKEM'S CHARM, g, 5, Smoke Glacken--Mississippi Charm, by Silver Charm. ($25,000 '10 FTMOCT). O-Francis J Paolangeli, B-Louis P Ferrari (NY), T-Charlton Baker, J-Simon P. Husbands, $11,520.
4—Will Geer Road, h, 5, Cherokee Run--Sweet Sweet, by Honour and Glory. O-Diamond in the Sky Racing Stable, B-Stonewall Farm (NY), $3,840.
1A—Sneaky Freud, g, 4, Freud--Aqualung, by Geiger Counter. ($1,500 '10 FTMDEC; $5,000 2012 OBSJUN). O-River Card Stable, B-Mrs James B Moseley (NY), $1,920.
Winning Time: 1:11 2/5 (gd)
 
FL, 8TH, ALW, $17,600, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 7-29.
3—CHLOE BEAR, f, 4, Macho Uno--Giant Cause, by Giant's Causeway. O-CFC Stables, B-Fox Ridge Farm, Inc (NY), T-Daniel H. Conway, Jr., J-Nazario Alvarado, $10,560.
2—Lexi On the Cover, f, 3, Montbrook--Front Cover, by Western Expression. ($19,000 '11 FTMDEC; $20,000 '12 FTMOCT). O-Greek Friend Stables and Ferraro, M Anthony, B-Flying Zee Stables (NY), $3,520.
4—Frantastic, f, 3, Andromeda's Hero--Tequila Lana, by Cobra King. O-Michael A LeCesse, B-Michael LeCesse (NY), $1,760.
Winning Time: 1:42 1/5 (gd)

Features

UPCOMING STAKES

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Thursday, July 31
 
A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase H. (NSA-G1), Saratoga, $100,000, 4&up, 2 1/16mT.
Evan Shipman S. (r), Saratoga, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
 
Friday, August 1
 
Real Good Deal S. (r), Del Mar, $200,000, 3yo, 7f.
Caress S., Saratoga, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 5 1/2fT.
 
Saturday, August 2
 
WHITNEY H. (G1), Saratoga, $1,500,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
TEST S. (G1), Saratoga, $500,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
ALFRED G. VANDERBILT H. (G1), Saratoga, $350,000, 3&up, 6f.
CLEMENT L. HIRSCH S. (G1), Del Mar, $300,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
WEST VIRGINIA DERBY (G2), Mountaineer Park, $750,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
West Virginia Governor's S., Mountaineer Park, $200,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
A.L. "Red" Erwin Sales Graduate (r), Louisiana Downs, $150,000, 3yo, 1mT.
Elge Rasberry Sales Graduate (r), Louisiana Downs, $150,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
Eternal Search S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Super Derby Prelude, Louisiana Downs, $100,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies, Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Mountaineer Juvenile, Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 2yo, 6f.
Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial, Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, 6f.
West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker's Cup S., Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, 1m 70ydsT.
West Virginia Chairman's Cup, Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, 4 1/2f.
West Virginia Secretary of State S., Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
West Virginia Senate President's Cup, Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m 70ydsT.
De La Rose S. (r), Saratoga, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 1mT.
Lure S. (r), Saratoga, $100,000, 4&up, 1 1/16mT.
Donna Reed S. (r), Prairie Meadows, $85,000, 4&up, f&m, 1m 70yds.
Ralph Hayes S. (r), Prairie Meadows, $85,000, 4&up, c&g, 1 1/16m.
Iowa Breeders' Derby (r), Prairie Meadows, $80,000, 3yo, c&g, 1 1/16m.
Iowa Breeders' Oaks (r), Prairie Meadows, $80,000, 3yo, f, 1m 70yds.
Soaring Softly S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Louisiana Cup Distaff (r), Louisiana Downs, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Louisiana Cup Turf Classic (r), Louisiana Downs, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Iowa Classic Sprint (r), Prairie Meadows, $75,000, 3&up, 6f.
Iowa Cradle S. (r), Prairie Meadows, $75,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
Iowa Sorority (r), Prairie Meadows, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
My Frenchman S., Monmouth Park, $60,000, 3&up, 5 1/2fT.
Budweiser Special S., Albuquerque, $50,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (r), Louisiana Downs, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
Louisiana Cup Juvenile (r), Louisiana Downs, $50,000, 2yo, 6f.
Louisiana Cup Fillies (r), Louisiana Downs, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Louisiana Cup Sprint (r), Louisiana Downs, $50,000, 3&up, 6f.
Robert Dupret Derby, Santa Rosa, $50,000, 3yo, 1 1/16mT.
 
Sunday, August 3
 
BEST PAL S. (G2), Del Mar, $200,000, 2yo, 6 1/2f.
Seagram Cup (Can-G3), Woodbine, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Nandi S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Waya S., Saratoga, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/2mT.
Tyro S., Monmouth Park, $60,000, 2yo, 5fT.
Joseph T. Grace H., Santa Rosa, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
 
Monday, August 4
 
Shepperton S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
New York Stallion S. (Cab Calloway Division) (r), Saratoga, $100,000, 3yo, 1mT.
New York Stallion S. (Statue of Liberty Division) (r), Saratoga, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
Manitoba Derby, Assiniboia Downs, $75,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
British Columbia Cup Classic (r), Hastings Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
Assiniboia Oaks, Assiniboia Downs, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1m.
British Columbia Cup Debutante (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
British Columbia Cup Distaff (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
British Columbia Cup Dogwood (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
British Columbia Cup Nursery (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
British Columbia Cup Stellar's Jay (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 3yo, c&g, 1 1/16m.
Sun Sprint, Northlands Park, $50,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
 
Wednesday, August 6
 
SORRENTO S. (G2), Del Mar, $200,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
Governor's S. (r), Indiana Downs, $150,000, 3yo, 1m 70yds.
Indiana First Lady S. (r), Indiana Downs, $150,000, 3yo, f, 1m 70yds.
John's Call S., Saratoga, $100,000, 3&up, 1 5/8mT.
A.J. Foyt S. (r), Indiana Downs, $85,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Florence Henderson S. (r), Indiana Downs, $85,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.

North American Maiden Winners
Devil His Due--And Turtles Fly by Western Trick; TURTLES SURPRISE, f, 2, FP, Msw, 7-29, 4 1/2f, :54 2/5. B-William Tippett (IL.).
Limehouse--Bitdaboss by Mystery Storm; LIMEDABOSS, f, 2, IND, Msw, 7-29, 5f, :59 3/5. B-Michael E. Lauer & Penny S. Lauer (IN.).
Arromanches--Don't Even by Golden Legend; ZERO VISABLITY, f, 3, IND, Moc 25000, 7-29, 6f, 1:11 . B-Janice H. Strain (IN.).
Broken Vow--Nite in Rome by Harlan's Holiday; AUTOMATIC JAX, g, 3, MNR, Msw, 7-28, 5 1/2f, 1:07 . B-Bally Breeders & Scott & Debbie Pierce (KY.). $80,000 '12 KEESEP; $100,000 2013 OBSAPR.
Malibu Moon--Five Star Daydream by Five Star Day; AMY JANE, f, 3, MNR, Msw, 7-28, 5f, 1:00 2/5. B-Spendthrift Farm, LLC (KY.). $100,000 '12 KEESEP.
Marcavelly--Omnyti by Officer; OMNIVELLY, f, 3, FE, Msw, 7-29, 6 1/2f, 1:19 1/5. B-Colebrook Farms (ON.).
Nobiz Like Shobiz--Welcome Honey by Honey Jay; WELCOME TO SHOBIZ, f, 3, PID, Mcl 7500, 7-28, 1 1/16m, 1:48 3/5. B-Pine Ridge Thoroughbred Farm, Gary Holland & Jennifer Holland (IN.).
Catienus--Right on It by E Dubai; SEVENTYTWO, g, 4, MNR, Mcl 5000, 7-28, 6f, 1:13 . B-Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey (KY.).
Heart of the Storm--La Princesse Jolie by Boone's Mill; LA BELLE PRINCESSE, f, 4, IND, Mcl 15000, 7-29, 1 1/16mT, 1:47 . B-B. A. Man, Inc. & Richard Maynard (IN.). *1/2 to Spectacular Sky (G1P$288,985).
Holy Bull--Polo Ridge by Wild Rush; PRITHEE, f, 4, PRX, Mcl 10000, 7-29, 6f, 1:12 3/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Charles McGinnes (MD.).
Ocean Terrace--Honored Warrior by Double Honor; HOT WALKER, g, 4, FP, Msw, 7-29, 1m, 1:42 4/5. B-Joe D. Casey (OK.).
Unbridled Energy--Marciann (MSW$278,806), by Speedy Cure; DIVINE CREATION, f, 4, IND, Mcl 5000, 7-29, 5 1/2f, 1:06 . B-John C Hajduk (IN.).
Shaniko--Tricky Showers by Clever Trick; SHANIKO SPIRIT, m, 5, IND, Msw, 7-29, 1 1/16mT, 1:46 4/5. B-House's Thoroughbreds (IN.).

Features

RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
ARLINGTON:   May 2 - Sept. 28
BELTERRA PARK:   May 8 - Oct. 19
CANTERBURY PARK:   May 16 - Sept. 13
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 31
DELAWARE PARK:   May 17 - Oct. 22
DEL MAR:   July 17 - Sept. 3
ELLIS PARK:   July 3 - Sept. 1
EMERALD DOWNS:   April 12 - Sept. 28
EVANGELINE DOWNS:   April 9 - Aug. 30
FINGER LAKES:   April 18 - Dec. 5
FORT ERIE:   May 27 - Sept. 30
GULFSTREAM PARK:   July 1 - Jan. 5
HASTINGS PARK:   April 27 - Oct. 26
HAZEL PARK:   June 29 - Oct. 11
INDIANA DOWNS:   May 6 - Nov. 1
LOUISIANA DOWNS:   May 2 - Sept. 21
MONMOUTH PARK:   May 10 - Sept. 28
MOUNTAINEER PARK:   March 1 - Dec. 20
NORTHLANDS PARK:   May 2 - Oct. 25
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
PRAIRIE MEADOWS:   April 18 - Aug. 9
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS:   May 11 - Sept. 25
SARATOGA:   July 18 - Sept. 1
SUFFOLK DOWNS:   May 3 - Sept. 29
THISTLEDOWN:   April 18 - Nov. 16
WOODBINE:   April 12 - Dec. 7
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Aug. 15 - Sept. 14
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 15 - Dec. 14

Notebooks

DEL MAR NOTEBOOK

JULY 30, 2014

by John Mucciolo

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

Bing Crosby S. (G1): Tom Mansor's BIG MACHER (Beau Genius) sat a fine trip behind a dueling pair, took a short lead in midstretch and inched clear to to post a fine half-length score under Tyler Baze. The Richard Baltas trainee finished off six panels in a swift 1:08 4/5.

San Diego H. (G2): Kaleem Shah's FED BIZ (Giant's Causeway) went to the lead as the gates opened and never looked back in posting a decisive 5 1/4-length tally with Martin Garcia. The Bob Baffert trainee sped 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack surface in a stakes record 1:41 under hand urging.

Cougar III H. (G3): Gainesway Stable et al's IRISH SURF (Giant's Causeway) was sent to the lead as the gates opened and romped in the most convincing fashion, leading by a clear margin every step of the way under Elvis Trujillo. The well-bred Dan Hendricks trainee finished 8 1/4 lengths clear and 1 1/2 miles on Polytrack in a stakes-record 2:29.

Track Stats

From a total of 46 races held over at Southern California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 17 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 34 percent of the wins. From 35 frays contested on the Polytrack oval, nine animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (26 percent), while two of the 11 grassy tussles went all the way on the lead (18 percent).

The main oval was pretty good to speed sorts once again, though we saw more winners rally from well off the pace during the second week of racing. We still prefer horse that can sit in the first, or even second flight, early on and will continue to give those and edge if they make any kind of sense.

Turf sprints are really leaning to speed horse on this very firm oval, but at route races, all types can win as we saw a few very deep closers come through. Both wire jobs came at five furlongs this past week.

However, they canceled turf racing Sunday to improve the surface and will be adding wax soon to alter the main track, so conditions could continue to change in the coming weeks.

We witnessed no winning favorites from Wednesday-through-Friday, proving how hard this meeting is for the bettors right now.

Kent Desormeaux (9) and Mike Smith (5) are both bringing home winners at a rate of 20 percent or more, and they bear following going forward on this quirky surface.

On the trainer's front, Peter Miller went atop the standing after a strong week with nine overall winners, though saddling the second amount of starters here has a little something to do with it. Michael Pender (33 percent), Vann Belvoir (27 percent), Mark Glatt (24 percent) and Bob Baffert (21 percent) have all saddled at least three winners while retaining a good win rate.

Meet Totals

RACES:   86
POLYTRACK:   61
TURF:   25
FAVORITES:   20 (23 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   15 (17 percent)
TURF WIRE:   4 (16 percent)
POLY WIRE:   16 (26 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (7/23)

1ST -- STEALTH DRONE (Smoke Glacken) was awfully game at first asking when battling back in the lane after being passed en route to a nice debut tally. This looks like a heady claim for conditioner Doug O'Neill.

2ND -- Owner/trainer Bobby Wayne Grayson had STYLISH IN BLACK (Street Hero) ready for sure off the 15-month absence as the rolled past this field in a daylight maiden romp under Elvis Trujillo. Keep an eye on this one going forward, as horses who win at this meeting often come back with big efforts.

6TH -- DUBLIN DANCER (Thewayyouare) left little doubt in this claiming run for trainer Andy Mathis after a big score today. The Golden Gate shipper was last early but put in a punishing run and finished more than eight lengths clear under the wire. We'd say this lass appreciated the Polytrack surface in this affair.

Thursday (7/24)

8TH -- BENCH LIGHT (Benchmark) turned in one of the better performances of the week when destroying this field late on his way to a 6 1/4-length tally for conditioner Michael Pender. We'd imagine the five-year-old gelding will stay at longer trips going forward after this impressive late kick.

Friday (7/25)

2ND -- NEWFOUND GOLD (Newfoundland) got off of his hanging ways recently with a very sharp run in this well-matched claiming field for Jeff Bonde. The seven-year-old always flashes speed and is well placed turning for home nearly every outing, and he should be a useful claim for Kristin Mulhall.

8TH -- SAM'S SISTER (Brother Derek) overcame a tough rail draw in a sharp debut with a good field to graduate at first asking. The Jerry Hollendorfer charge finished up six panels on the main oval in 1:09 4/5, but it was the professional manner more than the final time we were impressed by. The filly might be a nice one going forward.

Saturday (7/26)

3RD -- OLYMPIC LADY (Fusaichi Pegasus) ran about as well as a first timer can without winning, but this Victor Garcia pupil should be graduating before long after this big second-place finish.

5TH -- WINNING RHYTHM (Giant's Causeway) was eased in her latest effort prior to the finish, but the Paddy Gallagher trainee finished this one, and well at that, in reeling in a clear leader in the lane en route to victory. The well-bred four-year-old is a pretty consistent closing type and might even get a stakes chance on this course during the meeting.

6TH -- We tabbed BATTLE OF EVERMORE (Scat Daddy) in here and the Salder first timer fell just shy in a sharp third-place run. We consider this to be another one who should be in the winners' circle before long.

Sunday (7/27)

1ST -- The Blake Heap-conditioned TRIBALIST (Tribal Rule) sped to the front early and held a safe edge throughout in posting a maiden tally in this opener. The lightly raced filly has run big in all three lifetime outings and could evolve into a stakes runner for these connections with steady improvement.

5TH -- ROCK ME BABY (Rock Hard Ten) turned his form around in a big way in this spot with a rallying win to pull away late for trainer Craig Dollase. Second in this race last summer, the five-year-old left little doubt on this occasion. We've long admired this hard knocker.

7TH -- Trainer Eoin Harty rarely wins with first-time starters, so when REDSHIRT (Distorted Humor) made a big late run to be third after a slow start, it caught our eye. The Darley homebred will be tough with a bit more experience and likely more ground to work with.

8TH -- GODLENCENTS (Into Mischief) sat a nice trip and rallied well to be a fine second in this race for the second straight season. The Doug O'Neill trainee may have needed the race off the pine and will be tough right back as he is consistently very good.

A Look Ahead

Saturday will play host to the Grade 1, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, while the Sunday topper is the Grade 2, $250,000 Best Pal Stakes.

At a Glance
DELAWARE PARK AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.13 - 1
Favorite Win%: 39%, Favorite Itm%: 76%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta60.72
Daily Double66.36
Trifecta354.10
Pick 3523.89
Superfecta1,637.20
Pick 42,962.17
Pick 59,276.53
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/17 - 07/26)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 47 36% E Outside
6.0fDirt 74 28% E Mid/Out
1m 70yDirt 38 39% E Middle
1 1/16mDirt 22 32% E Outside
Turf Sprint 20 45% E Outside
Turf Routes 38 21% P Ins/Mid
TRACK BIAS WEEK(07/20 - 07/26)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 3 33% E Rail
6.0fDirt 7 43% E Middle
1m 70yDirt 3 67% E Middle
1 1/16mDirt 5 40% E Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 3 33% E/P Outside
Turf Routes 0 0% - na
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Lake Scott A. 17 8 0 2 7.81 3 18%
Jones J. Larry 4 4 0 0 1.08 3 22%
Rigattieri John 5 3 1 0 5.44 0 24%
Pino Michael V. 7 3 1 1 2.74 2 27%
Pecoraro Anthony 9 3 1 3 5.03 2 18%
Delp Alexander B.C. 2 2 0 0 1.20 2 21%
Tullock, Jr. Timothy J. 2 2 0 0 2.30 1 18%
Robertson McLean 6 2 1 2 6.07 0 19%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Karamanos Horacio 10 3 0 1 9.77 0 14%
Martinez Fray 8 2 1 1 5.25 0 16%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
             

Features

UPCOMING STAKES

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Thursday, July 31
 
A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase H. (NSA-G1), Saratoga, $100,000, 4&up, 2 1/16mT.
Evan Shipman S. (r), Saratoga, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
 
Friday, August 1
 
Real Good Deal S. (r), Del Mar, $200,000, 3yo, 7f.
Caress S., Saratoga, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 5 1/2fT.
 
Saturday, August 2
 
WHITNEY H. (G1), Saratoga, $1,500,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
TEST S. (G1), Saratoga, $500,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
ALFRED G. VANDERBILT H. (G1), Saratoga, $350,000, 3&up, 6f.
CLEMENT L. HIRSCH S. (G1), Del Mar, $300,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
WEST VIRGINIA DERBY (G2), Mountaineer Park, $750,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
West Virginia Governor's S., Mountaineer Park, $200,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
A.L. "Red" Erwin Sales Graduate (r), Louisiana Downs, $150,000, 3yo, 1mT.
Elge Rasberry Sales Graduate (r), Louisiana Downs, $150,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
Eternal Search S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Super Derby Prelude, Louisiana Downs, $100,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies, Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Mountaineer Juvenile, Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 2yo, 6f.
Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial, Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, 6f.
West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker's Cup S., Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, 1m 70ydsT.
West Virginia Chairman's Cup, Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, 4 1/2f.
West Virginia Secretary of State S., Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
West Virginia Senate President's Cup, Mountaineer Park, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m 70ydsT.
De La Rose S. (r), Saratoga, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 1mT.
Lure S. (r), Saratoga, $100,000, 4&up, 1 1/16mT.
Donna Reed S. (r), Prairie Meadows, $85,000, 4&up, f&m, 1m 70yds.
Ralph Hayes S. (r), Prairie Meadows, $85,000, 4&up, c&g, 1 1/16m.
Iowa Breeders' Derby (r), Prairie Meadows, $80,000, 3yo, c&g, 1 1/16m.
Iowa Breeders' Oaks (r), Prairie Meadows, $80,000, 3yo, f, 1m 70yds.
Soaring Softly S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Louisiana Cup Distaff (r), Louisiana Downs, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Louisiana Cup Turf Classic (r), Louisiana Downs, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Iowa Classic Sprint (r), Prairie Meadows, $75,000, 3&up, 6f.
Iowa Cradle S. (r), Prairie Meadows, $75,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
Iowa Sorority (r), Prairie Meadows, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
My Frenchman S., Monmouth Park, $60,000, 3&up, 5 1/2fT.
Budweiser Special S., Albuquerque, $50,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (r), Louisiana Downs, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
Louisiana Cup Juvenile (r), Louisiana Downs, $50,000, 2yo, 6f.
Louisiana Cup Fillies (r), Louisiana Downs, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Louisiana Cup Sprint (r), Louisiana Downs, $50,000, 3&up, 6f.
Robert Dupret Derby, Santa Rosa, $50,000, 3yo, 1 1/16mT.
 
Sunday, August 3
 
BEST PAL S. (G2), Del Mar, $200,000, 2yo, 6 1/2f.
Seagram Cup (Can-G3), Woodbine, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Nandi S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Waya S., Saratoga, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/2mT.
Tyro S., Monmouth Park, $60,000, 2yo, 5fT.
Joseph T. Grace H., Santa Rosa, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
 
Monday, August 4
 
Shepperton S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
New York Stallion S. (Cab Calloway Division) (r), Saratoga, $100,000, 3yo, 1mT.
New York Stallion S. (Statue of Liberty Division) (r), Saratoga, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
Manitoba Derby, Assiniboia Downs, $75,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
British Columbia Cup Classic (r), Hastings Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
Assiniboia Oaks, Assiniboia Downs, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1m.
British Columbia Cup Debutante (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
British Columbia Cup Distaff (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
British Columbia Cup Dogwood (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
British Columbia Cup Nursery (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
British Columbia Cup Stellar's Jay (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 3yo, c&g, 1 1/16m.
Sun Sprint, Northlands Park, $50,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
 
Wednesday, August 6
 
SORRENTO S. (G2), Del Mar, $200,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
Governor's S. (r), Indiana Downs, $150,000, 3yo, 1m 70yds.
Indiana First Lady S. (r), Indiana Downs, $150,000, 3yo, f, 1m 70yds.
John's Call S., Saratoga, $100,000, 3&up, 1 5/8mT.
A.J. Foyt S. (r), Indiana Downs, $85,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Florence Henderson S. (r), Indiana Downs, $85,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.

RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
ARLINGTON:   May 2 - Sept. 28
BELTERRA PARK:   May 8 - Oct. 19
CANTERBURY PARK:   May 16 - Sept. 13
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 31
DELAWARE PARK:   May 17 - Oct. 22
DEL MAR:   July 17 - Sept. 3
ELLIS PARK:   July 3 - Sept. 1
EMERALD DOWNS:   April 12 - Sept. 28
EVANGELINE DOWNS:   April 9 - Aug. 30
FINGER LAKES:   April 18 - Dec. 5
FORT ERIE:   May 27 - Sept. 30
GULFSTREAM PARK:   July 1 - Jan. 5
HASTINGS PARK:   April 27 - Oct. 26
HAZEL PARK:   June 29 - Oct. 11
INDIANA DOWNS:   May 6 - Nov. 1
LOUISIANA DOWNS:   May 2 - Sept. 21
MONMOUTH PARK:   May 10 - Sept. 28
MOUNTAINEER PARK:   March 1 - Dec. 20
NORTHLANDS PARK:   May 2 - Oct. 25
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
PRAIRIE MEADOWS:   April 18 - Aug. 9
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS:   May 11 - Sept. 25
SARATOGA:   July 18 - Sept. 1
SUFFOLK DOWNS:   May 3 - Sept. 29
THISTLEDOWN:   April 18 - Nov. 16
WOODBINE:   April 12 - Dec. 7
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Aug. 15 - Sept. 14
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 15 - Dec. 14

At a Glance
GULFSTREAM PARK AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.26 - 1
Favorite Win%: 37%, Favorite Itm%: 72%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta87.09
Daily Double84.75
Trifecta656.75
Pick 3749.55
Superfecta6,033.35
Pick 44,753.68
Pick 523,409.09
Pick 6 Jackpot487,605.08
Pick 8602,352.90
Super High Five6,744.20
Z-5 Super Hi-59,770.90
TRACK BIAS MEET(06/25 - 07/27)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 101 45% E Rail/Ins
6.0fDirt 360 36% E Rail/Ins
1 MileDirt 249 23% E Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 88 25% E/P Inside
Turf Sprint 163 28% E Middle
Turf Routes 474 19% P Rail/Ins
TRACK BIAS WEEK(07/21 - 07/27)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 3 67% E Rail
6.0fDirt 9 11% E/P Middle
1 MileDirt 9 0% E/P Mid/Out
1 1/16mDirt 2 50% E Inside
Turf Sprint 1 100% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 11 9% P Mid/Out
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Levy Tamara L. 7 4 0 2 4.74 2 23%
Ziadie Kirk 6 3 0 0 2.87 1 39%
Fawkes David 9 3 1 0 5.66 2 15%
Arterburn Lonnie 3 2 0 0 3.07 1 16%
Catanese, III Joseph C. 4 2 1 1 6.75 0 8%
Estevez Manuel A. 5 2 0 1 11.58 0 15%
Kaplan William A. 6 2 1 0 13.33 0 11%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Zimmerman Ramsey 20 9 1 1 6.38 3 16%
Valdivia, Jr. Jose 11 3 0 2 11.68 1 8%
Aguilar Manuel 8 2 1 0 25.90 0 11%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Lutchman Padarath 18 0 0 1 46.81 0 8%
Duco Luis 12 0 1 1 26.83 1 10%
Fontana Charles 10 0 0 1 48.59 0 6%
Olivares Luis 10 0 1 1 22.42 0 10%
Pita Daniel 10 0 0 0 16.35 2 9%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Gonzales Jonathan J. 17 0 1 2 27.74 1 17%
Jara Alexandra 13 0 0 0 26.72 0 5%
Monterrey, Jr. Pedro 12 0 1 2 27.74 0 11%

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

Racing Highlights

For Wednesday

CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $27,000 alw, 3&up, 1 1/16m (7TH).
DEL MAR (5:00): $100,000 Graduation, 2yo, 5 1/2f (7TH).
DELAWARE PARK (1:15): $37,000 alw, 3yo, f, 1m70yd (6TH).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $36,000 alw, 3&up, 6f (7TH).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $32,000 alw, 3&up, 1m70yd (7TH).
SARATOGA (12:25): $100,000 Coronation Cup, 3yo, f, 5 1/2f (9TH).
SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $19,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 7 1/2fT (8TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $22,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (4TH).
WOODBINE (6:45): $125,000 Victoriana, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT (4TH).

*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.

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Wednesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Charles Town   (6th) My Reward, 9-2
    (7th) Love to Prospect, 3-1
Del Mar   (4th) Puppy Manners, 4-1
    (6th) Nakamoto, 10-1
Delaware Park   (1st) Litigious, 6-1
    (4th) Sydney Speaks, 9-2
Evangeline Downs   (4th) Little Dollar, 7-2
    (8th) Cajun Freud, 3-1
Indiana Downs   (3rd) Union Bowman, 3-1
    (7th) Thurman, 3-1
Mountaineer   (1st) Shore Manor, 3-1
    (2nd) Lost Aptitude, 7-2
Penn National   (4th) Other Cheek, 7-2
    (6th) Buttercup Gold, 5-1
Presque Isle Downs   (2nd) So Kitten, 3-1
    (5th) Archbold Orange, 5-1
Santa Rosa   (5th) Unmatched Force, 7-2
    (7th) Kleine, 4-1
Saratoga   (2nd) Bella Fachi, 6-1
    (7th) Sundae School, 3-1
Suffolk Downs   (2nd) Schoolgirl Mia, 4-1
    (9th) Superlook, 4-1
Thistledown   (2nd) Catch the Humor, 7-2
    (5th) Tax Man Sam, 4-1
Woodbine   (1st) Gobell, 4-1
    (5th) Mount Diablo, 6-1

HIGHLIGHTS

For Wednesday

CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $27,000 alw, 3&up, 1 1/16m (7TH).
DEL MAR (5:00): $100,000 Graduation, 2yo, 5 1/2f (7TH).
DELAWARE PARK (1:15): $37,000 alw, 3yo, f, 1m70yd (6TH).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $36,000 alw, 3&up, 6f (7TH).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $32,000 alw, 3&up, 1m70yd (7TH).
SARATOGA (12:25): $100,000 Coronation Cup, 3yo, f, 5 1/2f (9TH).
SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $19,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 7 1/2fT (8TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $22,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (4TH).
WOODBINE (6:45): $125,000 Victoriana, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT (4TH).

*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.