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WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014

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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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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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Es Que Love denies Toormore in Lennox

Trainer Clive Cox is hopeful that Es Que Love could have a productive second half to 2014 after the five-year-old got up by a neck to defeat odds-on favorite Toormore in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes as the five-day Glorious Goodwood meeting commenced on Tuesday.

"I'm delighted to win this because we've missed out a couple of times before with Dunelight and it's a race I've always wanted to win so it's nice to get it in the bag," Cox said. "We've won a Group 2 and he's well-entered now for the rest of the year. I'm not sure where we'll go but he's versatile on trip, he's even run over five furlongs but I think (seven furlongs) is his best distance.

"He is in the Hungerford and the Park Stakes and we will see how we go in between."

The five-year-old had not won since April last year when in the care of Mark Johnston, but today's victory was not a shock to jockey Adam Kirby.

"I'm really pleased with him, but coming here we felt he had a massive chance," Kirby said. "He does travel very strongly, and he came there on the bridle, but it's never easy to time it just right at this track."

Trainer Richard Hannon Jr. remains confident Toormore can make his mark at Group 1 level again following his second-place effort. The three-year-old, who was the champion two-year-old of Europe last season, had not run up to expectations since winning the Craven Stakes at Newmarket in April. He was last seen finishing sixth of seven in the St James's Palace Stakes over a mile at Royal Ascot.

"Toormore has run a good race. It probably suited the winner because he has better turn of foot," Hannon said. "Our horse has run better than he did at Ascot, so we will probably look at something similar.

"Obviously, he was a very good two-year-old but is not as good a three-year-old. That's all there is to it. He is still a very good horse and there are plenty of big days left in him. He will get back to his Group 1 days but we need to win something and then go back up there."

The trainer was also responsible for the third home Anjaal, who was a half-length behind his stablemate. The son of Bahamian Bounty was also coming in on the back of a run at Royal Ascot, where he finished 12th in the Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs.

"That is the first time Anjaal has run a decent race since winning the July Stakes last year," Hannon said. "He has lost his Group 2 penalty now, so we will look at something similar for him at either seven furlongs or a mile."

Trainer Charlie Hills celebrated his first Glorious Goodwood winner when Cotai Glory broke the two-year-old course record in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes over five furlongs. The son of Exceed and Excel held on gamely inside the final furlong to repel the challenge of the Kevin Ryan-trained Fast Act by a half-length, with Beacon, sent off the 10-11 favorite, a head further back in third.

Cotal Glory recorded a time of :57.30, bettering Requinto's time of :57.51 set in the 2011 Molecomb.

"Cotai Glory has a lot of speed and we knew the track would suit him," Hills said. "We were just slightly worried that his last race was quite recent and today might come too soon. He is quite highly-strung but, with racing, he has certainly got better. He's all about speed -- he's from a very fast family in his pedigree.

"I think we will have a look at Doncaster and possibly the Flying Childers. He is also in the Prix Morny and there is also the Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot. I think he got the six furlongs last time but we will have a look and choose our way with him now."

A stewards' inquiry considered possible interference between runner-up Fast Act and Beacon, but the placings remained unaltered.

Harry Herbert, who heads Highclere Thoroughbred Racing whose Albany Syndicate owns Beacon, said: "He was a bit unlucky, possibly, and (jockey Richard Hughes) said he would have gone very close otherwise -- and is a bit frustrated.

"The ground was plenty quick enough for him, particularly going down the hill. He's run really well and we will have to consider stepping him up to six furlongs on a flatter track."

Kevin Ryan trains one of the best three-year-old sprinters in Hot Streak, but he admitted today's second Fast Act -- a chestnut like his stablemate -- has some way to go before comparisons with that colt can be justified.

"I'm delighted with him (Fast Act). He is starting to grow up and is improving with every run," Ryan said. "He jumped from the stalls and got on the wrong leg today, which meant he was lugging away from the other horses, but Jamie (Spencer) said that once he changed legs and got on an even keel he finished really well. That may have cost him.

"He has loads of options, including a five-furlong race at York and the DBS race over six furlongs at Doncaster. There are also races abroad -- he's improving, and we've learned that like the whole family he needs fast ground. This place can be overpowering for a horse, but he's shown today that he can handle it.

"He's not Hot Streak yet, but he is a very good horse in his own right."

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Es Que Love denies Toormore in Lennox

Trainer Clive Cox is hopeful that Es Que Love could have a productive second half to 2014 after the five-year-old got up by a neck to defeat odds-on favorite Toormore in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes as the five-day Glorious Goodwood meeting commenced on Tuesday.

"I'm delighted to win this because we've missed out a couple of times before with Dunelight and it's a race I've always wanted to win so it's nice to get it in the bag," Cox said. "We've won a Group 2 and he's well-entered now for the rest of the year. I'm not sure where we'll go but he's versatile on trip, he's even run over five furlongs but I think (seven furlongs) is his best distance.

"He is in the Hungerford and the Park Stakes and we will see how we go in between."

The five-year-old had not won since April last year when in the care of Mark Johnston, but today's victory was not a shock to jockey Adam Kirby.

"I'm really pleased with him, but coming here we felt he had a massive chance," Kirby said. "He does travel very strongly, and he came there on the bridle, but it's never easy to time it just right at this track."

Trainer Richard Hannon Jr. remains confident Toormore can make his mark at Group 1 level again following his second-place effort. The three-year-old, who was the champion two-year-old of Europe last season, had not run up to expectations since winning the Craven Stakes at Newmarket in April. He was last seen finishing sixth of seven in the St James's Palace Stakes over a mile at Royal Ascot.

"Toormore has run a good race. It probably suited the winner because he has better turn of foot," Hannon said. "Our horse has run better than he did at Ascot, so we will probably look at something similar.

"Obviously, he was a very good two-year-old but is not as good a three-year-old. That's all there is to it. He is still a very good horse and there are plenty of big days left in him. He will get back to his Group 1 days but we need to win something and then go back up there."

The trainer was also responsible for the third home Anjaal, who was a half-length behind his stablemate. The son of Bahamian Bounty was also coming in on the back of a run at Royal Ascot, where he finished 12th in the Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs.

"That is the first time Anjaal has run a decent race since winning the July Stakes last year," Hannon said. "He has lost his Group 2 penalty now, so we will look at something similar for him at either seven furlongs or a mile."

Trainer Charlie Hills celebrated his first Glorious Goodwood winner when Cotai Glory broke the two-year-old course record in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes over five furlongs. The son of Exceed and Excel held on gamely inside the final furlong to repel the challenge of the Kevin Ryan-trained Fast Act by a half-length, with Beacon, sent off the 10-11 favorite, a head further back in third.

Cotal Glory recorded a time of :57.30, bettering Requinto's time of :57.51 set in the 2011 Molecomb.

"Cotai Glory has a lot of speed and we knew the track would suit him," Hills said. "We were just slightly worried that his last race was quite recent and today might come too soon. He is quite highly-strung but, with racing, he has certainly got better. He's all about speed -- he's from a very fast family in his pedigree.

"I think we will have a look at Doncaster and possibly the Flying Childers. He is also in the Prix Morny and there is also the Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot. I think he got the six furlongs last time but we will have a look and choose our way with him now."

A stewards' inquiry considered possible interference between runner-up Fast Act and Beacon, but the placings remained unaltered.

Harry Herbert, who heads Highclere Thoroughbred Racing whose Albany Syndicate owns Beacon, said: "He was a bit unlucky, possibly, and (jockey Richard Hughes) said he would have gone very close otherwise -- and is a bit frustrated.

"The ground was plenty quick enough for him, particularly going down the hill. He's run really well and we will have to consider stepping him up to six furlongs on a flatter track."

Kevin Ryan trains one of the best three-year-old sprinters in Hot Streak, but he admitted today's second Fast Act -- a chestnut like his stablemate -- has some way to go before comparisons with that colt can be justified.

"I'm delighted with him (Fast Act). He is starting to grow up and is improving with every run," Ryan said. "He jumped from the stalls and got on the wrong leg today, which meant he was lugging away from the other horses, but Jamie (Spencer) said that once he changed legs and got on an even keel he finished really well. That may have cost him.

"He has loads of options, including a five-furlong race at York and the DBS race over six furlongs at Doncaster. There are also races abroad -- he's improving, and we've learned that like the whole family he needs fast ground. This place can be overpowering for a horse, but he's shown today that he can handle it.

"He's not Hot Streak yet, but he is a very good horse in his own right."

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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

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)

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.

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.).

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Valid 4G 1 1/16m (ft) MTH 7/27 Monmouth Cup S. 107
Fed Biz 5H 1 1/16m (ft) DMR 7/26 San Diego H. 105
Irish Surf 4C 1 1/2m (ft) DMR 7/25 Cougar II H. 105
Get Happy Mister 4G 1 1/16m (ft) ARP 7/27 Mount Elbert S. 101
Rock Me Baby 5G 1 1/16m (ft) DMR 7/27 California Dreamin' H. 100
La Tia 5M 1 1/16m (ft) WO 7/26 Ontario Matron S. 99
Majestic River 4F 1 1/16m (ft) MTH 7/27 Molly Pitcher S. 98
Antipathy 4F 1 1/8m (my) SAR 7/27 Shuvee H. 97
Sister Ginger 4F 1 1/16m (sy) IND 7/23 Girls Inc of Shelbyville Shelby County S. 97
Go Go Lolo 6M 1 1/16m (ft) ASD 7/23 Winnipeg Sun S. 93
Serendip 4C 1 1/16m (ft) PRM 7/26 Prairie Meadows H. 93
Victor Laszlo 6G 1m 70y (ft) SUF 7/26 Last Dance S. 89
Tuffernhell 5G 1m (gd) FAR 7/27 Dean Kutz Memorial S. 86
Centenario de Oro 7G 1m (ft) BOI 7/23 HBPA S. 81
Pup 6G 1 1/16m (ft) GPR 7/26 Evergreen Park / ACTRA / Troyer Town Marathon Seri 78
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Big Macher 4G 6f (ft) DMR 7/27 Bing Crosby S. 100
Rainbow Heir 4C 6f (ft) MTH 7/27 Teddy Drone S. 99
Better Lucky 5M 7f (ft) SAR 7/21 Shine Again S. 96
Geeky Gorgeous 5M 6f (ft) MTH 7/26 Regret S. 96
Sweet Luca 5G 6f (ft) AP 7/26 Addison Cammack H. 96
On Down the Road 6G 7 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/27 Land of Enchantment H. 94
Lesley Be Judged 6M 6f (ft) FMT 7/26 Muscogee (Creek) Nation S. 92
Johnny Whip 5G 6 1/2f (ft) FMT 7/26 Route 66 S. 91
Devons Ca Ching 4G 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/27 Sierra Blanca H. 89
Lakehouse Fun 4F 6f (ft) RUI 7/27 Lincoln H. 86
Dubla Gold 7G 6f (ft) GPR 7/27 Evergreen Park / ACTRA / Troyer Town Sprint Series 83
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Burn the Mortgage 5H 1 1/16m (yl) GP 7/26 Eight Miles East S. 100
Ageless 5M 6f (fm) WO 7/27 Royal North S. 98
Starstruck (IRE) 5M 1 1/8m (fm) MTH 7/27 WinStar Matchmaker S. 97
Lil Bit O'Fun 6G 1m (fm) DMR 7/23 Wickerr S. 96
Miss d'Oro 5M 5f (yl) PRX 7/26 Power by Far H. 95
Guys Reward 7H 1 1/16m (fm) MTH 7/27 Metropolitan Jets Oceanport S. 93
Sing and Tell 5M 1 1/16m (fm) SR 7/27 Luther Burbank H. 89
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Conquest Tsunami 2C 6f (ft) WO 7/26 Colin S. 88
Twixy Roll 2F 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/26 Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity 82
Macho Babe 2F 6f (my) NP 7/26 Princess Margaret S. 80
Ethan's Baby 2F 6f (ft) EMD 7/27 Angie C. S. 79
Lux 2G 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/27 Rio Grande Senor Thoroughbred Futurity 78
Blue Dancer 2C 6f (my) NP 7/26 Edmonton Juvenile S. 73
Heat Transfer 2F 5 1/2f (ft) TDN 7/26 Miss Ohio S. 64
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Bayern 3C 1 1/8m (ft) MTH 7/27 William Hill Haskell Invitational S. 106
Coup de Grace 3C 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 7/26 Amsterdam S. 99
Wicked Strong 3C 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 7/26 Jim Dandy S. 97
Shanon Nicole 3F 1m 70y (sy) IND 7/23 Indiana Grand S. 94
Mays Or Mantle 3G 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/27 Road Runner H. 93
Go West Marie 3F 7f (ft) DMR 7/26 Fleet Treat S. 92
V. E. Day 3C 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 7/25 Curlin S. 92
Daring Dancer 3F 1 1/16m (fm) SAR 7/23 Lake George S. 91
Pure Sensation 3C 5 1/2f (fm) SAR 7/24 Quick Call S. 91
Spadina Road 3G 7f (ft) WO 7/23 Deputy Minister S. 89
Needmore Flattery 3F 1 1/8m (my) BTP 7/27 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks 83
Amnesia (IRE) 3F 1 1/16m (fm) SR 7/26 Wine Country S. 81
Bridlewood Angel 3F 1m 70y (ft) ARP 7/26 CTBA Breeders Oaks 80
That's the Idea 3F 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/26 Sierra Starlet H. 80
Beyond Smart 3C 1 1/16m (yl) PRX 7/26 Crowd Pleaser H. 79

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.

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Bayern   MTH   1 1/8m (ft)   7/27   123.2
Valid   MTH   1 1/16m (ft)   7/27   122.7
Fed Biz   DMR   1 1/16m (ft)   7/26   122.5
Burn the Mortgage   GP   1 1/16m (yl)   7/26   122.4
River Rocks   SAR   7f (my)   7/27   122.2
Antipathy   SAR   1 1/8m (my)   7/27   122.0
Rainbow Heir   MTH   6f (ft)   7/27   121.4
Wicked Strong   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   7/26   121.3
Energetico   PRX   6f (ft)   7/21   121.2
Shanon Nicole   IND   1m 70y (sy)   7/23   121.0
Majestic River   MTH   1 1/16m (ft)   7/27   120.9
Reporting Star   WO   1 1/16m (ft)   7/27   120.8
Big Macher   DMR   6f (ft)   7/27   120.8
Irish Surf   DMR   1 1/2m (ft)   7/25   120.8
Artemis Agrotera   SAR   7f (ft)   7/23   120.8

Features

RACING LEADERS

(through July 28, 2014)

                     

HORSES

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. California Chrome   6   5   0   0   $3,317,800
2. Palace Malice   4   4   0   0   1,150,000
3. Untapable   5   4   0   0   1,146,600
4. Imperative   7   1   2   2   1,139,700
5. Wicked Strong   6   2   0   0   1,131,610
6. Bayern   7   4   1   1   1,077,680
7. Tonalist   5   3   2   0   1,073,250
8. Close Hatches   3   3   0   0   1,015,000
9. Lexie Lou   4   2   0   1   862,414
10. Mr Speaker   5   2   1   0   826,000
                     

TRAINERS

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Todd Pletcher   613   149   105   93   $14,498,461
2. Bob Baffert   230   57   41   33   7,182,667
3. Jerry Hollendorfer   611   144   115   89   6,918,751
4. Steve Asmussen   800   189   134   123   6,647,515
5. Mark Casse   451   75   80   59   6,073,396
6. Chad Brown   264   69   46   42   5,949,627
7. Bill Mott   403   57   64   59   5,697,611
8. Mike Maker   538   127   87   73   5,339,724
9. Christophe Clement   279   56   57   44   5,190,744
10. Graham Motion   409   87   63   58   4,875,125
                     

JOCKEYS

                     
Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Javier Castellano   756   196   137   115   $14,080,826
2. Joel Rosario   736   124   132   101   12,012,015
3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   784   146   134   123   9,409,193
4. Jose Ortiz   662   130   121   103   8,402,126
5. John Velazquez   448   83   68   66   8,118,764
6. Mike Smith   313   64   47   42   7,770,636
7. Victor Espinoza   355   63   56   37   7,069,765
8. Jose Lezcano   523   87   86   92   7,027,839
9. Rosie Napravnik   580   130   91   81   6,869,606
10. Joe Talamo   685   111   102   99   6,814,752
                     

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

RACING LEADERS

(through July 28, 2014)

                     

HORSES

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. California Chrome   6   5   0   0   $3,317,800
2. Palace Malice   4   4   0   0   1,150,000
3. Untapable   5   4   0   0   1,146,600
4. Imperative   7   1   2   2   1,139,700
5. Wicked Strong   6   2   0   0   1,131,610
6. Bayern   7   4   1   1   1,077,680
7. Tonalist   5   3   2   0   1,073,250
8. Close Hatches   3   3   0   0   1,015,000
9. Lexie Lou   4   2   0   1   862,414
10. Mr Speaker   5   2   1   0   826,000
                     

TRAINERS

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Todd Pletcher   613   149   105   93   $14,498,461
2. Bob Baffert   230   57   41   33   7,182,667
3. Jerry Hollendorfer   611   144   115   89   6,918,751
4. Steve Asmussen   800   189   134   123   6,647,515
5. Mark Casse   451   75   80   59   6,073,396
6. Chad Brown   264   69   46   42   5,949,627
7. Bill Mott   403   57   64   59   5,697,611
8. Mike Maker   538   127   87   73   5,339,724
9. Christophe Clement   279   56   57   44   5,190,744
10. Graham Motion   409   87   63   58   4,875,125
                     

JOCKEYS

                     
Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Javier Castellano   756   196   137   115   $14,080,826
2. Joel Rosario   736   124   132   101   12,012,015
3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   784   146   134   123   9,409,193
4. Jose Ortiz   662   130   121   103   8,402,126
5. John Velazquez   448   83   68   66   8,118,764
6. Mike Smith   313   64   47   42   7,770,636
7. Victor Espinoza   355   63   56   37   7,069,765
8. Jose Lezcano   523   87   86   92   7,027,839
9. Rosie Napravnik   580   130   91   81   6,869,606
10. Joe Talamo   685   111   102   99   6,814,752
                     

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

At a Glance
LOUISIANA DOWNS AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.73 - 1
Favorite Win%: 41%, Favorite Itm%: 77%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta65.60
Daily Double81.86
Trifecta383.25
Pick 3402.20
Superfecta2,796.27
Pick 41,335.42
Pick 5 Jackpot3,582.95
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/02 - 07/27)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 65 45% E Mid/Out
6.0fDirt 60 35% E Rail
1m 70yDirt 119 24% E Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 45 33% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 55 16% E/P Middle
TRACK BIAS WEEK(07/21 - 07/27)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 4 50% E Outside
6.0fDirt 6 50% E/P Middle
1m 70yDirt 8 25% S Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 3 67% E Inside
Turf Routes 7 43% E Rail/Ins
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Milligan Allen 4 4 0 0 4.05 3 14%
Turner Patti 6 4 0 0 4.43 1 12%
Balderas Alfonso 8 3 1 1 10.30 1 9%
Shumake Ray 8 3 1 1 12.00 2 14%
Faucheux Ron 5 2 1 1 2.38 1 26%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Eramia Richard E. 28 7 6 5 4.58 3 19%
Simington Donald Edward 17 5 2 2 11.01 1 16%
Meche Donnie J. 11 3 2 0 15.30 2 11%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Dixon Tim 11 0 1 1 17.37 0 8%
Donaghey John R. 10 0 1 2 31.64 0 3%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
             

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Valid 4G 1 1/16m (ft) MTH 7/27 Monmouth Cup S. 107
Fed Biz 5H 1 1/16m (ft) DMR 7/26 San Diego H. 105
Irish Surf 4C 1 1/2m (ft) DMR 7/25 Cougar II H. 105
Get Happy Mister 4G 1 1/16m (ft) ARP 7/27 Mount Elbert S. 101
Rock Me Baby 5G 1 1/16m (ft) DMR 7/27 California Dreamin' H. 100
La Tia 5M 1 1/16m (ft) WO 7/26 Ontario Matron S. 99
Majestic River 4F 1 1/16m (ft) MTH 7/27 Molly Pitcher S. 98
Antipathy 4F 1 1/8m (my) SAR 7/27 Shuvee H. 97
Sister Ginger 4F 1 1/16m (sy) IND 7/23 Girls Inc of Shelbyville Shelby County S. 97
Go Go Lolo 6M 1 1/16m (ft) ASD 7/23 Winnipeg Sun S. 93
Serendip 4C 1 1/16m (ft) PRM 7/26 Prairie Meadows H. 93
Victor Laszlo 6G 1m 70y (ft) SUF 7/26 Last Dance S. 89
Tuffernhell 5G 1m (gd) FAR 7/27 Dean Kutz Memorial S. 86
Centenario de Oro 7G 1m (ft) BOI 7/23 HBPA S. 81
Pup 6G 1 1/16m (ft) GPR 7/26 Evergreen Park / ACTRA / Troyer Town Marathon Seri 78
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Big Macher 4G 6f (ft) DMR 7/27 Bing Crosby S. 100
Rainbow Heir 4C 6f (ft) MTH 7/27 Teddy Drone S. 99
Better Lucky 5M 7f (ft) SAR 7/21 Shine Again S. 96
Geeky Gorgeous 5M 6f (ft) MTH 7/26 Regret S. 96
Sweet Luca 5G 6f (ft) AP 7/26 Addison Cammack H. 96
On Down the Road 6G 7 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/27 Land of Enchantment H. 94
Lesley Be Judged 6M 6f (ft) FMT 7/26 Muscogee (Creek) Nation S. 92
Johnny Whip 5G 6 1/2f (ft) FMT 7/26 Route 66 S. 91
Devons Ca Ching 4G 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/27 Sierra Blanca H. 89
Lakehouse Fun 4F 6f (ft) RUI 7/27 Lincoln H. 86
Dubla Gold 7G 6f (ft) GPR 7/27 Evergreen Park / ACTRA / Troyer Town Sprint Series 83
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Burn the Mortgage 5H 1 1/16m (yl) GP 7/26 Eight Miles East S. 100
Ageless 5M 6f (fm) WO 7/27 Royal North S. 98
Starstruck (IRE) 5M 1 1/8m (fm) MTH 7/27 WinStar Matchmaker S. 97
Lil Bit O'Fun 6G 1m (fm) DMR 7/23 Wickerr S. 96
Miss d'Oro 5M 5f (yl) PRX 7/26 Power by Far H. 95
Guys Reward 7H 1 1/16m (fm) MTH 7/27 Metropolitan Jets Oceanport S. 93
Sing and Tell 5M 1 1/16m (fm) SR 7/27 Luther Burbank H. 89
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Conquest Tsunami 2C 6f (ft) WO 7/26 Colin S. 88
Twixy Roll 2F 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/26 Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity 82
Macho Babe 2F 6f (my) NP 7/26 Princess Margaret S. 80
Ethan's Baby 2F 6f (ft) EMD 7/27 Angie C. S. 79
Lux 2G 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/27 Rio Grande Senor Thoroughbred Futurity 78
Blue Dancer 2C 6f (my) NP 7/26 Edmonton Juvenile S. 73
Heat Transfer 2F 5 1/2f (ft) TDN 7/26 Miss Ohio S. 64
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/21-7/27) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Bayern 3C 1 1/8m (ft) MTH 7/27 William Hill Haskell Invitational S. 106
Coup de Grace 3C 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 7/26 Amsterdam S. 99
Wicked Strong 3C 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 7/26 Jim Dandy S. 97
Shanon Nicole 3F 1m 70y (sy) IND 7/23 Indiana Grand S. 94
Mays Or Mantle 3G 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/27 Road Runner H. 93
Go West Marie 3F 7f (ft) DMR 7/26 Fleet Treat S. 92
V. E. Day 3C 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 7/25 Curlin S. 92
Daring Dancer 3F 1 1/16m (fm) SAR 7/23 Lake George S. 91
Pure Sensation 3C 5 1/2f (fm) SAR 7/24 Quick Call S. 91
Spadina Road 3G 7f (ft) WO 7/23 Deputy Minister S. 89
Needmore Flattery 3F 1 1/8m (my) BTP 7/27 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks 83
Amnesia (IRE) 3F 1 1/16m (fm) SR 7/26 Wine Country S. 81
Bridlewood Angel 3F 1m 70y (ft) ARP 7/26 CTBA Breeders Oaks 80
That's the Idea 3F 5 1/2f (ft) RUI 7/26 Sierra Starlet H. 80
Beyond Smart 3C 1 1/16m (yl) PRX 7/26 Crowd Pleaser H. 79

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Bayern   MTH   1 1/8m (ft)   7/27   123.2
Valid   MTH   1 1/16m (ft)   7/27   122.7
Fed Biz   DMR   1 1/16m (ft)   7/26   122.5
Burn the Mortgage   GP   1 1/16m (yl)   7/26   122.4
River Rocks   SAR   7f (my)   7/27   122.2
Antipathy   SAR   1 1/8m (my)   7/27   122.0
Rainbow Heir   MTH   6f (ft)   7/27   121.4
Wicked Strong   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   7/26   121.3
Energetico   PRX   6f (ft)   7/21   121.2
Shanon Nicole   IND   1m 70y (sy)   7/23   121.0
Majestic River   MTH   1 1/16m (ft)   7/27   120.9
Reporting Star   WO   1 1/16m (ft)   7/27   120.8
Big Macher   DMR   6f (ft)   7/27   120.8
Irish Surf   DMR   1 1/2m (ft)   7/25   120.8
Artemis Agrotera   SAR   7f (ft)   7/23   120.8

At a Glance
WOODBINE AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.92 - 1
Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 68%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exactor79.59
Daily Double56.10
Triactor551.65
Pick 3502.71
Superfecta5,847.02
Pick 44,652.38
Super High Five Jackpot38,224.41
TRACK BIAS MEET(04/12 - 07/27)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 111 29% E Rail/Ins
7.0fDirt 110 24% E Outside
1 1/16mDirt 88 22% P Outside
1 1/8mDirt 12 17% S Mid/Out
Turf Sprint 37 32% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 47 9% P Inside
TRACK BIAS WEEK(07/21 - 07/27)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 9 44% E Inside
7.0fDirt 8 25% E/P Rail
1 1/16mDirt 6 33% P Mid/Out
1 1/8mDirt 1 0% P Inside
Turf Sprint 5 20% P Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 7 0% E/P Mid/Out
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Drexler Martin 5 3 1 0 8.64 0 13%
Mattine John 6 3 1 1 4.93 3 16%
Gracey W. Phillip 2 2 0 0 1.85 1 19%
McKnight Norman 5 2 0 2 8.64 0 21%
Gonzalez Nicholas 6 2 0 1 3.03 2 15%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Bahen Steven Ronald 8 2 0 1 20.76 0 9%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Cotey David 12 0 0 1 30.36 0 7%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Ramsammy Emile 10 0 0 0 23.30 0 7%
               

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

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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.