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MONDAY, JULY 6, 2015

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NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

UNITED NATIONS S. (G1), MTH, $535,000, 3YO/UP, 1 3/8MT, 7-5.
3—BIG BLUE KITTEN, r, 7, Kitten's Joy--Spent Gold, by Unaccounted For. O-Ramsey, Kenneth L and Sarah K, B-Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey (KY), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Joe Bravo, $300,000.
5—Slumber (GB), h, 7, Cacique (IRE)--Sound Asleep, by Woodman. ($200,000 2014 KEENOV). O-Dubb, Michael, Sheep Pond Partners and Bethlehem Stables LLC, B-Millsec Limited (GB), $100,000.
1—Twilight Eclipse, g, 6, Purim--My Twilight Dancer, by Twilight Agenda. ($1,000 '10 KEEJAN). O-West Point Thoroughbreds, B-Epona Thoroughbreds (KY), $50,000.
Also Ran: Shining Copper, Imagining, Ashleyluvssugar, Main Sequence, Sycamore Lane, Divine Oath.
Winning Time: 2:11 4/5 (fm)
Margins: 1HF, NK, NO.
Odds: 4.40, 4.60, 4.90.

Big Blue Kitten regains United Nations title

Big Blue Kitten became the first two-time winner of the UN in non-consecutive years since Round Table (Taylor Ejdys/Equi-Photo)
Sunday's $535,000 United Nations (G1) pitted the past two winners of the Monmouth Park turf showpiece -- 2013 hero Big Blue Kitten (Kitten's Joy) and defending champion Main Sequence (Aldebaran). While the latter went off as the 8-5 favorite to repeat, Main Sequence never got involved in seventh, and it was Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Big Blue Kitten who roared back to reclaim his crown.

Rallying off the fast pace set up by his rabbit, the 4-1 second choice topped his 9-2 stablemate Slumber (Cacique) to give trainer Chad Brown the exacta. The seven-year-old veteran thus earned a berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1), as part of the "Win & You're In" series.

As expected, the Ramseys' recent claim Shining Copper (Aragorn) did his job in this first start for the Mike Maker barn. The 129-1 longshot opened up on the field through fractions of :23 4/5, :47 2/5 and 1:11 4/5 on the firm turf. The field began to close in as the pacemaker reached the mile mark in 1:35 4/5, but Shining Copper exceeded expectations by continuing to hold the lead in midstretch.

All the while, Big Blue Kitten had been well handled by regular rider Joe Bravo. After settling as many as 11 lengths back early, he improved his position rounding the final turn, set his sights on Shining Copper down the lane, and duly blew by him. Big Blue Kitten drove 1 1/2 lengths clear in a final time of 2:11 4/5 for 1 3/8 miles.

"Man, I keep saying it, but he's just like an old glass of wine -- he keeps betting better with age," said Bravo, a 13-time leading rider at Monmouth. "He got beat less than five lengths in the Breeders' Cup (when eighth in the 2013 Turf) and I thought that was the worse race he ever ran. And this year, he's just come back bigger and stronger and it looks like better than ever."

"Joe knows this horse and rides him best," Brown said. "This is Joe's mount and I hope there's several more Grade 1s in their future. This horse is just so consistent. What a great runner."

Slumber, last through the opening mile, encountered traffic trouble before flashing home late for runner-up honors in a three-way scrum. Twilight Eclipse (Purim), second in last year's United Nations, was a neck away in third. Shining Copper was a valiant fourth, just a nose adrift of Twilight Eclipse, who beat nemesis Main Sequence for the first time. Imagining (Giant's Causeway) raced fairly evenly in fifth, followed by Ashleyluvssugar (Game Plan), Main Sequence, Sycamore Lane (Artie Schiller) and Divine Oath (Broken Vow).

Big Blue Kitten returned $10.80 while advancing his resume to 27-13-7-4, $2,090,830. The first two-time winner of the United Nations in non-consecutive years since Round Table (1957, 1959), he wasn't ready in time to mount a title defense here last summer. He also joins Mongo (1962-63), Noble Dancer (1978-79), Manila (1986-87), Sandpit (1995-96), English Channel (2006-07) and Presious Passion (2008-09) in the annals as two-time UN winners.

Among other career highlights are victories in the 2013 Sword Dancer Invitational (G1), 2011 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2), 2014 Lure and the 2015 Fort Marcy (G3) in his reappearance. He has placed in such Grade 1 events as the 2012 Gulfstream Park Turf, 2013 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, 2014 Canadian International and the June 6 Manhattan to Slumber -- a loss he avenged here.

The Kentucky-bred ridgling was produced by the Unaccounted For mare Spent Gold, from the further family of champion Stevie Wonderboy (Stephen Got Even) and Grade/Group 2 winner Fair Judgment (Alleged).

SMILE SPRINT S. (G2), GP, $250,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 7-5.
1—FAVORITE TALE, g, 4, Tale of the Cat--Tricky Elaine, by Grindstone. O-PJG Stable, B-Paul Conaway (PA), T-Guadalupe Preciado, J-Edgard J. Zayas, $148,800.
8—Work All Week, g, 6, City Zip--Danzig Matilda, by Repriced. O-Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc, B-Midwest Thoroughbreds (IL), $48,000.
2—Wildcat Red, c, 4, D'wildcat--Racene, by Miner's Mark. ($30,000 2013 OBSJUN). O-Honors Stable Corp, B-Moreau Bloodstock International, Inc & Winter Racing Enterprise, I (FL), $24,000.
Also Ran: Grande Shores, Alsvid, City of Weston, Ledokol, Falling Sky, Singanothersong.
Winning Time: 1:08 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 4 1/4, 1 1/4, 1HF.
Odds: 7.50, 0.80, 6.20.

Favorite Tale has winning role in Smile Sprint

Favorite Tale is headed to the Breeders' Cup after his Smile Sprint victory (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)
PJG Stable's Favorite Tale (Tale of the Cat) set all the pace in Sunday's $250,000 Smile Sprint S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park and pulled off in the stretch to finish 4 1/4 lengths in front of champion sprinter and 4-5 favorite Work All Week (City Zip).

Last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) hero tracked in third outside of Wildcat Red (D'wildcat), who was latched onto Favorite Tale's flank through splits of :21 4/5, :44 and :55 4/5. Those three continued in a like manner into the stretch, with Favorite Tale eventually drawing off to complete six furlongs over the fast dirt in 1:08 4/5.

Trained by Guadalupe Preciado and ridden by Edgard Zayas, Favorite Tale paid $17 as the 7-1 fourth choice in the nine-horse field. The Smile Sprint win improved his career line to 14-6-3-1, $551,626, but more importantly gave him an automatic, fees-paid berth to this year's Breeders' Cup Sprint as a "Win & You're In" challenge race.

"We hoped he could run a good race here, because last year the owners wanted to go to the Breeders' Cup, but he's not eligible and it costs a lot of money. I told them let's wait a year because hopefully he could win a race and get in," Preciado explained. "So this was perfect.

"It was great. I sent him all the way until I got the lead, and he's a horse that once it gets a lead he will keep on going," Zayas said. "(Preciado) just told me to have a good break and to extend the lead. Today was a special day."

Work All Week managed to take second away from Wildcat Red by 1 1/4 lengths, but emerged bloody after the race.

"(Jockey Florent Geroux) said when the horse inside (Falling Sky [Lion Heart]) broke through the gate (Work All Week) actually smashed his face. He's bleeding," divulged Richard Papiese, who campaigns the six-year-old gelding with his wife, Karen. "No excuses, but it's not a good thing."

"When the horse inside me broke through the gate, he tried to follow him," Geroux stated.

Favorite Tale began his career with a three-race win streak at Parx last year, capped by a 14-length allowance romp. He then tried New York rivals and sandwiched a win in the Gold Fever S. between a pair of unplaced efforts in the Bay Shore S. (G3) and Woody Stephens S. (G2).

Since then, the bay has been in the top three in all but two races. He placed in the Oh Say S., Quick Call S. and Jersey Shore S. (G3) before earning his first graded victory in the Gallant Bob S. (G3) back at his Parx home base. After a fifth in the Frank J. De Franics Memorial Dash to close out his sophomore campaign, Favorite Tale returned with a runner-up effort in the Decathlon S. at Monmouth Park on May 9 and another fifth, this time in the True North S. (G2), last out on June 5.

"We wanted to win one to get into the Breeders' Cup. Now we need to figure out how to get there," Preciado said. "We have easier races for him now at Parx because he's PA-bred. It's not big money but we can keep him in good shape. We don't need to kill him against the big horses before the big race.

"He's been training beautiful. For this race, he was doing unbelievable and you couldn't ask him to go better than the way he did it," the trainer added. "We gave him all winter off. He's a gelding and hopefully we keep him running for a few years."

Bred in Pennsylvania by Paul Conaway, Favorite Tale is out of Grade 3-placed Tricky Elaine (Grindstone), who is a half-sister to 1997 Horse of the Year and champion two-year-old colt Favorite Trick (Phone Trick). This female family also boasts Grade 2 queen Tizfiz (Tiznow) and Grade 3 scorer Fury Kapcori (Tiznow).

PRINCESS ROONEY S. (G2), GP, $250,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 7-5.
6—MERRY MEADOW, m, 5, Henny Hughes--Merryland Monroe, by Allen's Prospect. O-Parsons, Jr, William and Howe, David S, B-David Howe & William Parsons (KY), T-Mark A. Hennig, J-Javier Castellano, $147,250.
5—Flutterby, f, 4, Congrats--Zoobie, by First and Only. O-Jerome G Bozzo Trust, B-The Jerome G Bozzo Trust (FL), $47,500.
2—Kiss to Remember, f, 4, Big Brown--Taft Lil Queen, by Irish Open. ($15,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Miller Racing LLC, B-Big Brown Syndicate & Mr & Mrs Charles McGinnes (MD), $23,750.
Also Ran: Sweet Basil, R Free Roll, Naval Command, Tea Time, Little Michelle, Phaniebdancing, Nesso.
Winning Time: 1:09 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 1 3/4, 2HF, 3/4.
Odds: 1.40, 4.80, 7.00.

Merry Meadow crowned in Princess Rooney

Merry Meadow captured her fourth graded score in the Princess Rooney (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)
David Howe and William Parsons Jr.'s homebred Merry Meadow (Henny Hughes) kept pace with leader Flutterby (Congrats) throughout Sunday's $250,000 Princess Rooney S. (G2), gained a slim head advantage in the stretch and inched away to win by 1 3/4 lengths with Javier Castellano aboard.

Flutterby set a quick pace of :22 and :44 1/5 but could never shake loose from her 7-5 favored rival. The two hit the lane together, with Merry Meadow subduing her game opponent to finish up the six-furlong contest in 1:09 1/5 over Gulfstream Park's fast main track. She paid $4.40 to her backers for the win.

Kiss to Remember (Big Brown) was another 2 1/2 lengths behind Flutterby in third, while Sweet Basil (Pulpit) filled out the superfecta in fourth.

Merry Meadow broke her maiden in 2013 in her 11th start and later that season placed in two overnight stakes in New York. Last year, the bay mare recorded wins in the Vagrancy H. (G3), Sugar Swirl (G3) and Sky Beauty S. while placing in the Bed o' Roses H. (G3) and Honorable Miss H. (G2).

The Mark Hennig trainee opened her five-year-old campaign with a dominating 9 1/2-length win in the Hurricane Bertie S. (G3) but was a subpar sixth in the Inside Information S. (G2) last out on March 21.

This fourth graded victory pushed her career earnings to $842,800 and improved her line to read 28-9-10-5.

Bred in Kentucky, Merry Meadow is the first registered stakes winner out of Merryland Monroe (Allen's Prospect), who is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 victor Diazo (Jade Hunter). Her family also includes Grade 3 scorer Real Dandy (Yankee Victor) and multiple Grade 3-placed stakes winner Premeditation (Afternoon Deelites).

AZALEA S. (G3), GP, $150,000, 3YO, F, 7F, 7-5.
6—DOGWOOD TRAIL, f, 3, Awesome of Course--Ladyinareddress, by Tactical Advantage. O-Jacks or Better Farm, Inc, B-Jacks or Better Farm Inc (FL), T-Stanley I. Gold, J-Jesus M. Rios, $89,280.
3—Huasca, f, 3, Tiz Wonderful--Babyurthebest, by Holy Bull. O-St George Stable LLC, B-St George Stables (KY), $28,800.
5—I'm a Looker, f, 3, Henny Hughes--Our Mariella, by Victory Gallop. ($4,500 '13 FTKFEB). O-Glenmare Farm LLC, B-Emilie Gerlinde Fojan & Bona Terra Stud, LLC (KY), $14,400.
Also Ran: Fond of Sarah, Sweet Swingin, Moment of Delight, Distinta, Warriorscmoutoplay, Joni Gail.
Winning Time: 1:22 (ft)
Margins: 1 1/4, 2 3/4, 1 1/4.
Odds: 3.10, 1.50, 9.60.

Dogwood Trail leads to Azalea winner's circle

Dogwood Trail refused to allow Huasca (red hat) past in the Azalea (Kenny Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Dogwood Trail (Awesome of Course) wired Sunday's $150,000 Azalea S. (G3) on Gulfstream Park's Summit of Speed program to earn her first stakes victory.

Ridden by Jesus Rios, the Stanley Gold trainee led every step of the way in the seven-furlong contest. After establishing quick splits of :22 4/5, :45 2/5 and 1:09 1/5, Dogwood Trail had enough left to withstand the late run of 3-2 favorite Huasca (Tiz Wonderful) and post a 1 1/4-length score on the wire.

The Jacks or Better Farm homebred was sent off the 3-1 second choice and paid $8.20 for finishing up in 1:22 over the fast main track. Huasca had 2 3/4 lengths to spare on third-place runner I'm a Looker (Henny Hughes), who in turn was 1 1/4 lengths in front of Fond of Sarah (With Distinction).

Dogwood Trail turned the tables on Huasca after finishing second to that rival in the Tangelo H. last out on June 6. Prior to that, the Florida-bred miss was fourth in Tampa Bay Downs' Florida Cup Sophomore Fillies S. after opening her sophomore season with an allowance/optional claiming win and runner-up effort in the Any Limit S., both at Gulfstream.

Dogwood Trail took her maiden debut last May and improved her career record to read 6-3-2-0, $180,510, with the Azalea victory.

The chestnut filly is out of stakes vixen Ladyinareddress (Tactical Advantage), who is a half-sister to Jacks or Better Farm's multiple Grade 3-placed stakes-winning sire Hear No Evil (Carson City). This female family also includes Grade 3-placed stakes scorers Home on the Ridge (Homebuilder) and Alley Oop Oop (Monsieur Cat).

Dogwood Trail is herself a full sister to multiple stakes heroine Redbud Road (Awesome of Course), who finished third in the 2012 Azalea.

CARRY BACK S. (G3), GP, $150,000, 3YO, 7F, 7-5.
7—GRAND BILI, c, 3, City Zip--Woodsmoke, by Langfuhr. ($30,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Groupo 7C Racing Stable, B-Gustav Schickedanz (ON), T-Gustavo Delgado, J-Javier Castellano, $88,350.
8—Barbados, c, 3, Speightstown--Northern Station, by Street Cry (IRE). ($160,000 '13 KEESEP; $230,000 2014 KEEAPR; $340,000 2014 KEENOV). O-Suzanne Stables, B-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY), $28,500.
1—Juan and Bina, c, 3, Indian Charlie--Caressing, by Honour and Glory. ($145,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Grupo 7C Racing Stable, B-Carl F Pollard (KY), $14,250.
Also Ran: Southern Barbecue, Rod McLeod, Royal Squeeze, A M Milky Way, My Point Exactly, Bluegrass Singer, Sonofaderbywinner.
Winning Time: 1:22 (ft)
Margins: 1, 4HF, 4.
Odds: 5.10, 1.20, 15.50.

Grand Bili captures Carry Back

Grand Bili earned his first stakes win in the Carry Back (Adam Coglianese Photography)
Groupo 7C Racing Stable's Grand Bili (City Zip) provided a slight upset in the $150,000 Carry Back S. (G3) on Sunday at Gulfstream Park when turning back a bid from 6-5 favorite Barbados (Speightstown) to score by a length on the wire.

The gray colt fought for the lead early under Javier Castellano as Bluegrass Singer (Bluegrass Cat) set blistering opening fractions of :22 and :43 3/5. The pace took its toll on Bluegrass Singer, and Grand Bili was there to pick up the pieces as the leader faded at the head of the lane.

Digging in deep through the stretch, the sophomore fended off Barbados when that one came running from midpack and held on to complete seven furlongs over the fast main track in 1:22.

Grand Bili was sent off the 5-1 second choice and paid $12.20 for his first stakes victory. Barbados proved best of the rest, 4 1/2 lengths up on Juan and Bina (Indian Charlie), while Southern Barbecue (Hear No Evil) was another four lengths back in fourth.

Grand Bili is lightly raced and saw his record improve to 2-2-0 from just five career starts. The Carry Back winner broke his maiden first out at Gulfstream on February 1 and was second two months later against allowance/optional claiming foes. He shipped to Pimlico for the Chick Lang S. but never showed anything while running in the back and finished 10th of 11 in that contest on May 16.

Grand Bili returned to Gulfstream last out for a close second in the Big Cypress H. and has accumulated $130,530 in lifetime earnings.

Bred in Ontario by Gustav Schickendanz, Grand Bili was purchased for $30,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. He is out of dual stakes heroine Woodsmoke (Langfuhr) and is a half-brother to stakes-placed Enoree (More Than Ready). This female family also includes Grade 3 scorer Firm Dancer (Affirmed) and French classic-placed Gap of Dunloe (Sassafras).

SALVATOR MILE S. (G3), MTH, $154,500, 3YO/UP, 1M, 7-5.
3—BRADESTER, h, 5, Lion Heart--Grandestofall, by Grand Slam. ($13,000 '10 KEENOV; $20,000 '11 FTMOCT; $195,000 2012 FTFMAR). O-Joseph W Sutton, B-Doug Branham (KY), T-Eddie Kenneally, J-Corey J. Lanerie, $90,000.
6—Red Vine, h, 5, Candy Ride (ARG)--Murky Waters, by Storm Creek. ($200,000 '11 FTSAUG). O-Kelly, Jon and Sarah, B-Alastar Thoroughbred Co (KY), $30,000.
5—Valid, g, 5, Medaglia d'Oro--Grand Prayer, by Grand Slam. ($500,000 '11 KEESEP; $115,000 2013 FTNOCT). O-Crossed Sabres Farm, B-Edward P Evans (VA), $15,000.
Also Ran: Don Dulce, Fabulous Kid, Race Day, Coup de Grace.
Winning Time: 1:35 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 2, 1 1/4, 6.
Odds: 6.80, 2.10, 6.20.

Bradester takes flight in Salvator Mile

Bradester flies home in the Salvator Mile (Taylor Ejdys/Equi-Photo)
Joseph W. Sutton's Bradester (Lion Heart) earned his third Grade 3 victory on Sunday when taking the $154,500 Salvator Mile S. in near gate-to-wire fashion.

The Eddie Kenneally trainee broke on top, lost the lead to Fabulous Kid (Congrats) through an opening quarter in :24 2/5, then regained control and was in command all the way home. Bradester posted fractions of :47 3/5 and 1:10 4/5 before finishing eight furlongs on Monmouth Park's fast main track in 1:35 1/5.

Sent off the 6-1 fourth choice under jockey Corey Lanerie, Bradester paid $15.60 for earning his first win since another near wire job in the Ack Ack H. (G3) last September at Churchill Downs.

"I took the blinkers off this time because of how aggressive he was last race and it paid off," Kenneally said. "Corey got him to relax early and settled in nicely."

It was two lengths back to Red Vine (Candy Ride), who came running but just could not reel in the winner. Valid (Medaglia d'Oro), who captured the Monmouth Cup S. (G2) last year with Bradester in second, finished third. Race Day (Tapit), the 4-5 favorite, came in sixth.

Bradester is now 18-6-5-2, $557,732, in his career, having also picked up a win in the Mineshaft H. (G3) in February 2014 at Fair Grounds. The well-traveled five-year-old, who was second in last year's Salvator Mile and the 2013 Indiana Derby (G2), shipped to Meydan but was unable to factor in the Godolphin Mile (UAE-G2) on Dubai World Cup Day to open 2015.

Returning to be third last out at Churchill Downs against allowance/optional claiming company, Bradester is now pointing for another try at Monmouth.

"We will look to most likely run him back in the ($200,000) Monmouth Cup (on August 2) next," Kenneally said.

Bred in Kentucky by Doug Branham, Bradester sold for $13,000 as a Keeneland November weanling before brining $20,000 a year later at the Fasig-Tipton Easter Fall Yearling Sale. He made one more trip through the auction ring, selling for $195,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale as a two-year-old.

Bradester is the first registered stakes scorer out of Grandestofall (Grand Slam), who is a half-sister to stakes victor Short Round (Pass Rush) and stakes-placed Cat Striker (Tactical Cat). His third dam is Grade 2 vixen Zealous Connection (Unreal Zeal), who would go on in the breeding shed to produce Grade 3 hero Here's Zealous (Dehere), Grade 3 runner-up There's Zealous (Broad Brush) and stakes diva She's Zealous (Cozzene).

DANCE SMARTLY S. (CAN-G2), WO, $179,738, 3YO/UP, F/M, A1 1/8MT, 7-5.
7—STRUT THE COURSE, m, 5, Strut the Stage--Bold Course, by Trajectory. O-John Unger, B-John Unger (ON), T-Barbara J. Minshall, J-Luis Contreras, $114,523.
2—Watsdachances (IRE), m, 5, Diamond Green (FR)--High Finance (IRE), by Entrepreneur (GB). O-Kisber, Michael E, Bradley Thoroughbreds and McMakin, Nelson, B-P G Lyons (IRE), $31,812.
4—Solid Appeal, m, 6, Successful Appeal--Star of the Woods, by Woodman. ($100,000 '09 KEENOV). O-Hill, Jim and Susan, B-Select Bloodstock, LLC (KY), $15,906.
Also Ran: Industrial Policy, Copper Kitten, Winning Rhythm, Smartyfly, Llanarmon, Sky Treasure.
Winning Time: 1:45 2/5 (fm)
Margins: HD, HF, 1.
Odds: 3.45, 1.10, 18.95.
 
HIGHLANDER S. (CAN-G2), WO, $159,061, 3YO/UP, 6FT, 7-5.
1—GO BLUE OR GO HOME, g, 6, Bluegrass Cat--Go Baby Go (IRE), by Lion Cavern. ($90,000 '09 KEENOV). O-Hill, Jim and Susan, B-Morgan's Ford Farm & Winstar Farm LLC (VA), T-Reade Baker, J-Alan Garcia, $95,436.
7—Katie's Eyes, f, 4, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--Get an Eye Full, by Cape Town. ($20,000 '11 KEENOV; $75,000 '12 OBSAUG). O-Thrash, Ike, Thrash, Dawn, Alley, Janet and Alley, Sam, B-Liberation Farm & Brandywine Farm (KY), $31,812.
2—Mosler, c, 4, War Front--Gold Vault, by Arch. ($1,050,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Adele B Dilschneider, B-Cherry Valley Farm, LLC (KY), $17,497.
Also Ran: Something Extra, Sharp Sensation, Shrinking Violet, Reflector.
Winning Time: 1:07 (fm)
Margins: NK, 1 1/4, NK.
Odds: 17.30, 3.25, 5.35.
 
SINGSPIEL S. (CAN-G3), WO, $138,860, 3YO/UP, 1 1/2MT, 7-5.
2—ALDOUS SNOW, g, 6, Theatrical (IRE)--Brave Destiny, by Quiet American. O-Sam-Son Farm, B-Sam-Son Farm (ON), T-Malcolm Pierce, J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva, $85,892.
4— Dynamic Sky, h, 5, Sky Mesa--Murani, by Distorted Humor. (C$25,000 '11 ONTSEP). O-John C Oxley, B-Arosa Farms (ON), $28,631.
8— Hyper, h, 8, Victory Gallop--Raw Nerve, by Nureyev. O-Ramsey, Kenneth L and Sarah K, B-Kenneth L Ramsey & Sarah K Ramsey (KY), $11,930.
Also Ran: Money Talker, Johnny Bear, Turkish, Java's War, Habibi (NZ).
Winning Time: 2:27 2/5 (fm)
Margins: HD, 2HF, 3 1/4.
Odds: 5.30, 2.55, 1.55.

Graded Recaps

Big Blue Kitten regains United Nations title

Big Blue Kitten became the first two-time winner of the UN in non-consecutive years since Round Table (Taylor Ejdys/Equi-Photo)
Sunday's $535,000 United Nations (G1) pitted the past two winners of the Monmouth Park turf showpiece -- 2013 hero Big Blue Kitten (Kitten's Joy) and defending champion Main Sequence (Aldebaran). While the latter went off as the 8-5 favorite to repeat, Main Sequence never got involved in seventh, and it was Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Big Blue Kitten who roared back to reclaim his crown.

Rallying off the fast pace set up by his rabbit, the 4-1 second choice topped his 9-2 stablemate Slumber (Cacique) to give trainer Chad Brown the exacta. The seven-year-old veteran thus earned a berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1), as part of the "Win & You're In" series.

As expected, the Ramseys' recent claim Shining Copper (Aragorn) did his job in this first start for the Mike Maker barn. The 129-1 longshot opened up on the field through fractions of :23 4/5, :47 2/5 and 1:11 4/5 on the firm turf. The field began to close in as the pacemaker reached the mile mark in 1:35 4/5, but Shining Copper exceeded expectations by continuing to hold the lead in midstretch.

All the while, Big Blue Kitten had been well handled by regular rider Joe Bravo. After settling as many as 11 lengths back early, he improved his position rounding the final turn, set his sights on Shining Copper down the lane, and duly blew by him. Big Blue Kitten drove 1 1/2 lengths clear in a final time of 2:11 4/5 for 1 3/8 miles.

"Man, I keep saying it, but he's just like an old glass of wine -- he keeps betting better with age," said Bravo, a 13-time leading rider at Monmouth. "He got beat less than five lengths in the Breeders' Cup (when eighth in the 2013 Turf) and I thought that was the worse race he ever ran. And this year, he's just come back bigger and stronger and it looks like better than ever."

"Joe knows this horse and rides him best," Brown said. "This is Joe's mount and I hope there's several more Grade 1s in their future. This horse is just so consistent. What a great runner."

Slumber, last through the opening mile, encountered traffic trouble before flashing home late for runner-up honors in a three-way scrum. Twilight Eclipse (Purim), second in last year's United Nations, was a neck away in third. Shining Copper was a valiant fourth, just a nose adrift of Twilight Eclipse, who beat nemesis Main Sequence for the first time. Imagining (Giant's Causeway) raced fairly evenly in fifth, followed by Ashleyluvssugar (Game Plan), Main Sequence, Sycamore Lane (Artie Schiller) and Divine Oath (Broken Vow).

Big Blue Kitten returned $10.80 while advancing his resume to 27-13-7-4, $2,090,830. The first two-time winner of the United Nations in non-consecutive years since Round Table (1957, 1959), he wasn't ready in time to mount a title defense here last summer. He also joins Mongo (1962-63), Noble Dancer (1978-79), Manila (1986-87), Sandpit (1995-96), English Channel (2006-07) and Presious Passion (2008-09) in the annals as two-time UN winners.

Among other career highlights are victories in the 2013 Sword Dancer Invitational (G1), 2011 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2), 2014 Lure and the 2015 Fort Marcy (G3) in his reappearance. He has placed in such Grade 1 events as the 2012 Gulfstream Park Turf, 2013 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, 2014 Canadian International and the June 6 Manhattan to Slumber -- a loss he avenged here.

The Kentucky-bred ridgling was produced by the Unaccounted For mare Spent Gold, from the further family of champion Stevie Wonderboy (Stephen Got Even) and Grade/Group 2 winner Fair Judgment (Alleged).

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Favorite Tale has winning role in Smile Sprint

Favorite Tale is headed to the Breeders' Cup after his Smile Sprint victory (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)
PJG Stable's Favorite Tale (Tale of the Cat) set all the pace in Sunday's $250,000 Smile Sprint S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park and pulled off in the stretch to finish 4 1/4 lengths in front of champion sprinter and 4-5 favorite Work All Week (City Zip).

Last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) hero tracked in third outside of Wildcat Red (D'wildcat), who was latched onto Favorite Tale's flank through splits of :21 4/5, :44 and :55 4/5. Those three continued in a like manner into the stretch, with Favorite Tale eventually drawing off to complete six furlongs over the fast dirt in 1:08 4/5.

Trained by Guadalupe Preciado and ridden by Edgard Zayas, Favorite Tale paid $17 as the 7-1 fourth choice in the nine-horse field. The Smile Sprint win improved his career line to 14-6-3-1, $551,626, but more importantly gave him an automatic, fees-paid berth to this year's Breeders' Cup Sprint as a "Win & You're In" challenge race.

"We hoped he could run a good race here, because last year the owners wanted to go to the Breeders' Cup, but he's not eligible and it costs a lot of money. I told them let's wait a year because hopefully he could win a race and get in," Preciado explained. "So this was perfect.

"It was great. I sent him all the way until I got the lead, and he's a horse that once it gets a lead he will keep on going," Zayas said. "(Preciado) just told me to have a good break and to extend the lead. Today was a special day."

Work All Week managed to take second away from Wildcat Red by 1 1/4 lengths, but emerged bloody after the race.

"(Jockey Florent Geroux) said when the horse inside (Falling Sky [Lion Heart]) broke through the gate (Work All Week) actually smashed his face. He's bleeding," divulged Richard Papiese, who campaigns the six-year-old gelding with his wife, Karen. "No excuses, but it's not a good thing."

"When the horse inside me broke through the gate, he tried to follow him," Geroux stated.

Favorite Tale began his career with a three-race win streak at Parx last year, capped by a 14-length allowance romp. He then tried New York rivals and sandwiched a win in the Gold Fever S. between a pair of unplaced efforts in the Bay Shore S. (G3) and Woody Stephens S. (G2).

Since then, the bay has been in the top three in all but two races. He placed in the Oh Say S., Quick Call S. and Jersey Shore S. (G3) before earning his first graded victory in the Gallant Bob S. (G3) back at his Parx home base. After a fifth in the Frank J. De Franics Memorial Dash to close out his sophomore campaign, Favorite Tale returned with a runner-up effort in the Decathlon S. at Monmouth Park on May 9 and another fifth, this time in the True North S. (G2), last out on June 5.

"We wanted to win one to get into the Breeders' Cup. Now we need to figure out how to get there," Preciado said. "We have easier races for him now at Parx because he's PA-bred. It's not big money but we can keep him in good shape. We don't need to kill him against the big horses before the big race.

"He's been training beautiful. For this race, he was doing unbelievable and you couldn't ask him to go better than the way he did it," the trainer added. "We gave him all winter off. He's a gelding and hopefully we keep him running for a few years."

Bred in Pennsylvania by Paul Conaway, Favorite Tale is out of Grade 3-placed Tricky Elaine (Grindstone), who is a half-sister to 1997 Horse of the Year and champion two-year-old colt Favorite Trick (Phone Trick). This female family also boasts Grade 2 queen Tizfiz (Tiznow) and Grade 3 scorer Fury Kapcori (Tiznow).

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Shaman Ghost appears in time in Queen's Plate

Shaman Ghost is a paternal grandson of another Plate winner for Stronach Stables, Awesome Again (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Stronach Stables' homebred Shaman Ghost (Ghostzapper) stayed on remorselessly in Sunday's 156th running of the $797,208 Queen's Plate, denying 3-1 favorite Danish Dynaformer (Dynaformer) in the dying strides of the first jewel of Canada's Triple Crown.

The slight 3-1 second choice, Shaman Ghost handed trainer Brian Lynch and jockey Rafael Hernandez their first career Plate victory. He became the third Plate winner for Stronach, following his own paternal grandsire, Awesome Again, in 1997 and Basqueian in 1994.

When the gate opened, the filly Academic (Henny Hughes) took up her customary spot on the front end. But Conquest Bougaloo (Scat Daddy) took the worst of a chain reaction at the start, in which he was squeezed back on both sides and wound up last. Although the late runner would have eased back early, that was hardly the way to do it, and piled on further bad luck to his connections -- Conquest Stables and trainer Mark Casse, who lost a top contender in Conquest Curlinate to a career-ending injury Thursday.

Nor did Academic get her pacesetting role as desired. For a rank Sweet Grass Creek (Wando) chased her through a swift opening quarter in :22 4/5 on the Polytrack, then passed her rounding the clubhouse turn. After Sweet Grass Creek widened his margin down the backstretch through splits of :45 3/5 and 1:10 4/5, Academic was a spent force in pursuit. Sweet Grass Creek soon came back to the field himself and gave way badly on the far turn. Both he and Academic were eased but walked off the track.

Billy's Star (Perfect Soul) was the first to take the baton from the exhausted Sweet Grass Creek. Although the Roger Attfield pupil pulled a length clear at the mile mark in 1:37 2/5, his better-fancied stablemate Danish Dynaformer was moving smartly on the outside, however, and loomed into contention.

Gaining command in the stretch, the favorite looked poised to give his Hall of Fame trainer a record ninth Plate success. Then came the specter of Shaman Ghost, who appeared on the premises in the final sixteenth and subdued Danish Dynaformer by 1 1/4 lengths. The Ontario-bred negotiated the 1 1/4-mile "Gallop for the Guineas" in 2:03 2/5 and paid $8.60.

"I just wanted to make sure, me and Brian where talking about it, just by the quarter-pole try to be outside the horses," Hernandez said. "He (Danish Dynaformer) make a move too early, I let him pass me. I know my horse always got a kick. So he did his thing. He made his kick down the lane and we get 'em back.

"He is a great horse. He gave me everything today."

"I thought it was a great ride -- very patient," Lynch said. "I thought a few jocks panicked at the quarter-pole, but you can see him sort of sitting. We had the best horse on the day.

"I could just see Rafael's red cap moving forward, moving forward, trying to get himself in a good position. Then I knew this horse would have some finish to him and I knew I had the right rider. He is very patient and would give this horse a fabulous ride."

The unfortunate Conquest Bougaloo rallied gamely for third, just a half-length off Danish Dynaformer. Billy's Star checked in fourth in the 11 who crossed the wire.

Attfield paid tribute to the winner.

"They (Danish Dynaformer and Billy's Star) were both excellent, but they got beat by the horse I was worried about. They both ran well, there's no question," the Hall of Famer summed up.

Shaman Ghost extended his winning streak to four. The May 5 foal didn't break his maiden until his fourth start, succeeding at Gulfstream Park March 14, but quickly followed up in an April 9 Keeneland allowance. Up in time after traffic trouble in his stakes debut in the May 16 Marine (Can-G3), he was kept fresh for this engagement, which boosted his bankroll to $611,611 from his 7-4-0-0 line.

Stronach had his hopes up going into the race.

"Just as I was walking in the grass near the saddling area, I looked down and saw a four-leaf clover. That's usually a good sign," Stronach said. "But I had a good feeling all day long because the horse here beat every horse in the race before in better times. I think this time we got a real good horse and he was hardly breathing when he came over here (to the winner's circle)."

Out of the multiple stakes-placed Getback Time (Gilded Time), Shaman Ghost hails from a California family featuring multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Brother Derek (Benchmark).

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Go Blue or Go Home upsets Highlander in course-record time

Go Blue or Go Home snapped the winning streak of Katie's Eyes while regaining the Highlander crown he first won in 2013 (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Jim and Susan Hill's Go Blue or Go Home (Bluegrass Cat) snapped a two-year losing skid in Sunday's $159,061 Highlander (Can-G2), and for added measure, broke the Woodbine course record by blitzing six furlongs in 1:07.18 on the firm turf. Ignored at 17-1, the Reade Baker charge had not visited the winner's circle since the 2013 Highlander (Can-G3) -- when it was rained off the turf and onto the Polytrack.

Go Blue or Go Home broke sharply here for Alan Garcia, but defending Highlander champion and even-money favorite Something Extra (Indian Charlie) overtook him through an opening quarter in :22 2/5. Garcia then steered Go Blue or Go Home off the rail and angled him onto the outside flank of Something Extra, pressing the leader at the half in :44 3/5.

Still in hand as Something Extra came under pressure at the top of the stretch, Go Blue or Go Home readily wrested control. Then the filly Katie's Eyes (Leroidesanimaux) rallied boldly wider out, but the winner kept his neck in front as they crossed the wire. Mosler (War Front) reported home a further 1 1/4 lengths back in third, a neck up on Something Extra.

"He broke good and was in a nice spot," Garcia said. "He (trainer Baker) told me the week before, 'I have a winner for you.' And he was right. I can't say anything wrong."

"He ran great," Baker said. "He ran fast and hard. It's amazing how this turf course can get fast after all the rain we had. It's absolutely amazing to get that quick that fast. But he is a gutsy horse."  

Go Blue or Go Home, who rewarded his loyalists with a $36.60 win payout, has compiled a record of 19-6-2-3, $480,092. Victorious in the 2013 Karl Boyes Memorial at Presque Isle prior to his 5 1/4-length romp in the Highlander, the bay subsequently placed in the Phoenix (G3), the Vigil (Can-G3), two editions of the Ontario Jockey Club and most recently the June 15 Karl Boyes.

Bred by Morgan's Ford Far, and WinStar Farm in Virginia, Go Blue or Go Home sold to his current owners for $90,000 as a Keeneland November weanling. He is out of the stakes-placed Go Baby Go (Lion Cavern), who is also responsible for stakes scorer and Delaware course record-setter Hugo (Stormy Atlantic) as well as Grade 3-placed Flibberjibit (Arch). The winner's second dam is Grade 1 star Bequest (Sharpen Up).

Strut the Course, Canada's champion older female, earned her first turf stakes win in the Dance Smartly (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
John Unger's homebred Strut the Course (Strut the Stage) was honored as last year's Canadian champion older female on the strength of her Polytrack results, but in the $179,738 Dance Smartly (Can-G2), she proved herself at a higher level on the turf. The Barbara Minshall mare got first run on even-money favorite Watsdachances (Diamond Green), whose desperate late lunge fell a head short.

"She's a high-strung filly, and we know her," Minshall noted. "We kind of expected she'd get on her toes. That's why I kept her in from outside (for saddling, rather than the walking ring). This was a big step (up), going to open company with these fillies on the turf. It's a big difference from Ontario (bred/sired) races."  

Sent off the 3-1 second choice, Strut the Course raced keenly just behind the pace as Smartyfly (Smart Strike) posted splits of :25 and :49 2/5. Former Canadian champion Solid Appeal (Successful Appeal) engaged the leader rounding the far turn and finally mastered Smartyfly down the lane. But just when Solid Appeal looked like regaining the Dance Smartly crown she won in 2013, Strut the Course was produced at the right time by Luis Contreras. Despite cocking her head and trying to lug in, she wore down Solid Appeal.

Meanwhile, Watsdachances, who was in a good midpack position early, somehow found herself shuffled back to last leaving the backstretch. Although the Chad Brown mare took off once set down in the drive, she had been given too much to do.

Strut the Course negotiated about 1 1/8 miles in 1:45 2/5 and returned $8.90. Out of the winning Trajectory mare Bold Course, the Ontario-bred was earning her fourth career stakes victory but first on turf. The bay romped in last fall's Maple Leaf (Can-G3) and Classy 'n Smart to secure her Sovereign Award, and she also missed by a neck in the grassy Victoriana. Her prior resume includes a victory in the 2013 Eternal Search along with placings in the Bison City, La Prevoyante, Victorian Queen and Princess Elizabeth. She might have increased that total but for a troubled fifth in the May 23 Nassau (Can-G2) in her reappearance, and her overall scorecard stands at 19-8-3-2, $701,025.

Aldous Snow kept Dynamic Sky at bay to repeat in the Singspiel (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
There was a similarly tight finish in the $138,860 Singspiel (Can-G3), as defending champion Aldous Snow (Theatrical) dug deep to hold off Dynamic Sky (Sky Mesa) by a head. Trained by Malcolm Pierce and piloted by Eurico Rosa da Silva, the 5-1 chance was nestled in the slipstream of the leaders through fractions of :25 4/5, :52, 1:16 3/5 and 1:40 1/5 on the firm course.

Aldous Snow launched his bid turning into the stretch and edged clear. Hyper (Victory Gallop), the 3-2 favorite, tried to mount a challenge on the outside, but the Brown trainee flattened out for third.

The bigger danger was Dynamic Sky, the reigning Sovereign Award winner as champion turf male. After briefly awaiting room, Dynamic Sky darted to the inside and joined Aldous Snow, who steadfastly refused to let him pass. The Sam-Son Farm homebred covered 1 1/2 miles in 2:27 2/5 and sparked a $12.60 win mutuel.

Winless since the 2014 Singspiel, Aldous Snow improved his record to 26-5-5-3, $540,872. The six-year-old has placed in a quartet of stakes, most notably the 2012 Breeders' S. at this course and distance.

"I think he came into this race better than he's come into any race in his life," Pierce said. "We had confidence. And I'm glad no rain came and he got the turf he liked, firm turf."

Bred in Ontario, Aldous Snow is a three-quarter brother to multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire Strut the Stage (Theatrical), sire of Sunday's Dance Smartly heroine Strut the Course. He is a full brother to the stakes-placed Born to Act (Theatrical), both produced by the winning Quiet American mare Brave Destiny.

This is also the family of past Canadian Horse of the Year and U.S. turf champ Chief Bearhart (Chief's Crown), winner of the 1997 Breeders' Cup Turf (G1), as well as current performers Private Zone (Macho Uno), a multiple Grade 1 winner who just won Saturday's Belmont Sprint Championship (G3); multiple Grade 1-placed Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), recently successful in the Ohio Derby; and Grade 1-placed stakes vixen Achiever's Legacy (City Zip).

Beliveau justified 3-5 favoritism in the Clarendon (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Trainer Mark Casse scored in the first stakes on the card, the $119,614 Clarendon S., with 3-5 favorite Beliveau (Where's the Ring). Carving out a stalk and pounce trip beneath Patrick Husbands, the dark bay rolled to a 1 1/4-length decision over 45-1 shot Ruth Less Blue (Giant Gizmo). Beliveau completed the 5 1/2-furlong dash for Ontario-bred juveniles in 1:04 1/5 on the Polytrack.

"We gelded him early and it's made a huge difference," Casse said. "We thought he was a decent horse, but he's surprised us. I was a little nervous at the top of the lane today but he showed his true grit."

Campaigned by East West Stables, Michael James Ambler and breeder Windways Farm, Beliveau sports a mark of 3-2-1-0, $118,016. The gelding has finished first in all of his outings, but he was disqualified to second for interference in the June 20 Victoria S. on turf. Beliveau had romped in his unveiling on the local Polytrack May 24.

A half-brother to the multiple stakes-placed Super Colerosa (Bold Executive), Beliveau is out of Minstrel Show (Tale of the Cat), who is herself a half-sister to Grade 3 victor Bidding Proud (Explosive Bid).

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Merry Meadow crowned in Princess Rooney

Merry Meadow captured her fourth graded score in the Princess Rooney (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)
David Howe and William Parsons Jr.'s homebred Merry Meadow (Henny Hughes) kept pace with leader Flutterby (Congrats) throughout Sunday's $250,000 Princess Rooney S. (G2), gained a slim head advantage in the stretch and inched away to win by 1 3/4 lengths with Javier Castellano aboard.

Flutterby set a quick pace of :22 and :44 1/5 but could never shake loose from her 7-5 favored rival. The two hit the lane together, with Merry Meadow subduing her game opponent to finish up the six-furlong contest in 1:09 1/5 over Gulfstream Park's fast main track. She paid $4.40 to her backers for the win.

Kiss to Remember (Big Brown) was another 2 1/2 lengths behind Flutterby in third, while Sweet Basil (Pulpit) filled out the superfecta in fourth.

Merry Meadow broke her maiden in 2013 in her 11th start and later that season placed in two overnight stakes in New York. Last year, the bay mare recorded wins in the Vagrancy H. (G3), Sugar Swirl (G3) and Sky Beauty S. while placing in the Bed o' Roses H. (G3) and Honorable Miss H. (G2).

The Mark Hennig trainee opened her five-year-old campaign with a dominating 9 1/2-length win in the Hurricane Bertie S. (G3) but was a subpar sixth in the Inside Information S. (G2) last out on March 21.

This fourth graded victory pushed her career earnings to $842,800 and improved her line to read 28-9-10-5.

Bred in Kentucky, Merry Meadow is the first registered stakes winner out of Merryland Monroe (Allen's Prospect), who is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 victor Diazo (Jade Hunter). Her family also includes Grade 3 scorer Real Dandy (Yankee Victor) and multiple Grade 3-placed stakes winner Premeditation (Afternoon Deelites).

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Dogwood Trail leads to Azalea winner's circle

Dogwood Trail refused to allow Huasca (red hat) past in the Azalea (Kenny Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Dogwood Trail (Awesome of Course) wired Sunday's $150,000 Azalea S. (G3) on Gulfstream Park's Summit of Speed program to earn her first stakes victory.

Ridden by Jesus Rios, the Stanley Gold trainee led every step of the way in the seven-furlong contest. After establishing quick splits of :22 4/5, :45 2/5 and 1:09 1/5, Dogwood Trail had enough left to withstand the late run of 3-2 favorite Huasca (Tiz Wonderful) and post a 1 1/4-length score on the wire.

The Jacks or Better Farm homebred was sent off the 3-1 second choice and paid $8.20 for finishing up in 1:22 over the fast main track. Huasca had 2 3/4 lengths to spare on third-place runner I'm a Looker (Henny Hughes), who in turn was 1 1/4 lengths in front of Fond of Sarah (With Distinction).

Dogwood Trail turned the tables on Huasca after finishing second to that rival in the Tangelo H. last out on June 6. Prior to that, the Florida-bred miss was fourth in Tampa Bay Downs' Florida Cup Sophomore Fillies S. after opening her sophomore season with an allowance/optional claiming win and runner-up effort in the Any Limit S., both at Gulfstream.

Dogwood Trail took her maiden debut last May and improved her career record to read 6-3-2-0, $180,510, with the Azalea victory.

The chestnut filly is out of stakes vixen Ladyinareddress (Tactical Advantage), who is a half-sister to Jacks or Better Farm's multiple Grade 3-placed stakes-winning sire Hear No Evil (Carson City). This female family also includes Grade 3-placed stakes scorers Home on the Ridge (Homebuilder) and Alley Oop Oop (Monsieur Cat).

Dogwood Trail is herself a full sister to multiple stakes heroine Redbud Road (Awesome of Course), who finished third in the 2012 Azalea.

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Ballet Diva takes center stage on Summit of Speed undercard

Francesco Blue denied the favorite in the Birdonthewire (Kenny Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Four graded events were the focus of Gulfstream Park's Summit of Speed program on Sunday, but they shared the card with five undercard stakes as well.

Monarch Stables' homebred Francesco Blue (Leroidesanimaux) kicked off the Summit of Speed stakes action when reeling in 4-5 favorite Fellowship (Awesome of Course) to take the $99,250 Birdonthewire S. by a length under jockey Edgar Prado. Trained by Larry Pilotti, the gray colt ran 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track in 1:05.55.

Francesco Blue was making his third start in this spot, having just broken his maiden by a neck over Gulfstream's turf on June 4, and improved his career record to 3-2-0-0, $94,370.

The Florida-bred juvenile is the first registered foal out of Nicey Nice (Holy Bull) and counts as his third dam Grade 1 queen Broom Dance (Dance Spell), who is best known for producing Grade 3-winning successful sire End Sweep (Forty Niner). Francesco Blue's fourth dam is Witching Hour (Thinking Cap), who is a half-sister to champion Tempted (*Half Crown).

One race later, Jacks or Better Farm's homebred Ballet Diva (Hear No Evil) wired the $93,000 Cassidy S. by 4 1/2 lengths while cruising home in 1:04.06 for 5 1/2 furlongs, 1.49 seconds faster than Francesco Blue.

With Jose Caraballo aboard, the Stanley Gold-trained chestnut lass was easily the 3-5 favorite on Sunday after taking her May 28 debut by 12 lengths at Gulfstream, and has now banked $91,640 after going two-for-two.

Ballet Diva danced her way to victory in the Cassidy (Adam Coglianese Photography)
Ballet Diva is out of the stakes-placed Dame Sylvieguilhem (Nureyev), making her a half-sister to Flying Trip (Trippi), who captured the 2010 edition of the Cassidy when it was run at Calder. This female family also includes champion Roving Boy (Olden Times).

The three remaining stakes all took place on the firm turf, beginning with the $75,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint going five furlongs. Marco Thoroughbred Corp.'s Successful Native (Successful Appeal) was sent off the 8-5 choice and just managed to run down pacesetter Noble Prince (Chapel Royal) in the lane to score a neck victory.

Trained by Aubrey Maragh and ridden by Juan Leyva, the four-year-old colt was making his stakes bow in this spot and stopped the clock in :56. Successful Native now boasts a 6-3-1-0 scorecard and doubled his bankroll to $86,000.

The Kentucky-bred dark bay is out of Picketline (Street Cry), who is a half-sister to Grade 3-winning sire Valid Expectations (Valid Appeal), Grade 3-placed stallion Littleexpectations (Valid Appeal) and Grade 3 heroine Little Sister (Valid Appeal). Successful Native's third dam is Nowmepache (Hangover), who is a half-sister to champion and 1975 Kentucky Derby (G1) conqueror Foolish Pleasure (What a Pleasure).

Grupo 7C Racing Stable's Grand Tito (Candy Ride) returned to the winner's circle with a 1 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 Miesque's Approval S. with Javier Castellano holding the reins. The Gustavo Delgado-conditioned five-year-old, who had dropped his previous eight starts, covered 1 1/16 miles on the green in 1:41.

Grand Tito is no stranger to either Gulfstream or stakes company, and now boasts a stakes win from his past three seasons including last year's Miami Mile H. (G3). The dark bay just missed by a half-length while going for a title defense in that contest on April 25 at Gulfstream last out, and now shows a 7-6-4 mark from 28 career starts and has banked $382,000 lifetime.

Grand Tito was picture perfect in the Miesque's Approval (Adam Coglianese Photography)
The Kentucky-bred runner is the first registered stakes winner out of dual Grade 2 heorine Golden Arches (Common Grounds), who captured a pair of Grade 2 contests stateside and a Group 3 in her native France.

Grand Tito's second dam is Echoes of Eternity (*Cougar II), who is a full sister to the 1982 Kentucky Derby-winning sire Gato del Sol and a half-sibling to French champion Tersa (Mr. Prospector). The latter mare is herself the dam of multiple Grade 1-scoring millionaire and classic-placed sire Rock Hard Ten (Kris S.).

Miller Racing LLC's Lori's Store (El Prado) wrapped up Summit of Speed Day when coming with a late run down the center of the track to take the $75,000 Spook Express S. by a neck over 6-5 favorite Street of Gold (Street Sense).

Edgard Zayas guided the Marty Wolfson trainee as she stopped the clock in 1:42 1/5 for 1 1/16 grass miles. The five-year-old gray mare added a first stakes win to her resume with this one and improved her lifetime record to 21-5-4-2, $169,095.

Lori's Store is the first registered foal and stakes winner out of stakes runner-up Big Promise (Rahy). Her fourth dam is Grade 1 victress Prize Spot (Little Current)

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Grand Bili captures Carry Back

Grand Bili earned his first stakes win in the Carry Back (Adam Coglianese Photography)
Groupo 7C Racing Stable's Grand Bili (City Zip) provided a slight upset in the $150,000 Carry Back S. (G3) on Sunday at Gulfstream Park when turning back a bid from 6-5 favorite Barbados (Speightstown) to score by a length on the wire.

The gray colt fought for the lead early under Javier Castellano as Bluegrass Singer (Bluegrass Cat) set blistering opening fractions of :22 and :43 3/5. The pace took its toll on Bluegrass Singer, and Grand Bili was there to pick up the pieces as the leader faded at the head of the lane.

Digging in deep through the stretch, the sophomore fended off Barbados when that one came running from midpack and held on to complete seven furlongs over the fast main track in 1:22.

Grand Bili was sent off the 5-1 second choice and paid $12.20 for his first stakes victory. Barbados proved best of the rest, 4 1/2 lengths up on Juan and Bina (Indian Charlie), while Southern Barbecue (Hear No Evil) was another four lengths back in fourth.

Grand Bili is lightly raced and saw his record improve to 2-2-0 from just five career starts. The Carry Back winner broke his maiden first out at Gulfstream on February 1 and was second two months later against allowance/optional claiming foes. He shipped to Pimlico for the Chick Lang S. but never showed anything while running in the back and finished 10th of 11 in that contest on May 16.

Grand Bili returned to Gulfstream last out for a close second in the Big Cypress H. and has accumulated $130,530 in lifetime earnings.

Bred in Ontario by Gustav Schickendanz, Grand Bili was purchased for $30,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. He is out of dual stakes heroine Woodsmoke (Langfuhr) and is a half-brother to stakes-placed Enoree (More Than Ready). This female family also includes Grade 3 scorer Firm Dancer (Affirmed) and French classic-placed Gap of Dunloe (Sassafras).

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In brief

Goldy Espony controlled the pace throughout in her first try at 1 1/2 miles in the River Memories (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography/Susie Raisher)
Swift Thoroughbreds and Bradley Thoroughbreds' Goldy Espony (Vespone) stole Sunday's $100,000 River Memories S. at Belmont Park. Trying 1 1/2 miles for the first time, the French import got away with pedestrian fractions under a heady Kendrick Carmouche ride and kicked 2 1/2 lengths clear. The Chad Brown filly reeled off a final quarter in :22 to finish in 2:29 3/5. Goldy Espony, who garnered the 2014 Prix Penelope (Fr-G3) and Prix Rose de Mai prior to disappointing in the Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-G1), made just two U.S. starts as a sophomore. Sixth in the Belmont Oaks (G1) and third in the Valley View (G3), she was not seen again until taking an optional claimer here May 8. Now two-for-two as a four-year-old, the gray sports a mark of 11-5-1-2, $282,604...

Trainer Alan Goldberg is eyeing the August 15 Secretariat (G1) for Belmont Derby (G1) romper Force the Pass (Speightstown), with the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) a possible long-range target. "We thought he was a special horse from the time we brought him down to Florida this winter, but he didn't really have to run until the Penn Mile (G3). That's when the light came on; he was unbelievable that day," Goldberg said...

Speaking from his shedrow Sunday morning, trainer Christophe Clement commented on Tonalist's (Tapit) loss by a head in the Suburban (G2). "Tonalist had to work very hard in that race. It was an unfortunate result at the wire to lose by a head, but we will regroup and move forward onto the Whitney ([G1] on August 8). I don't think the fact he didn't have blinkers in the race was an issue. I don't use blinkers on him when he goes long on dirt. The way he ran yesterday shows he does not need blinkers."...

Kent Sweezey, assistant to trainer Jimmy Jerkens, said that V. E. Day (English Channel) will be pointed for the Whitney (G1) while Wicked Strong (Hard Spun) is scheduled to make his turf debut in next Saturday's Forbidden Apple...

Trainer Rick Violette Jr. was not discouraged by Samraat's (Noble Causeway) distant fourth in his comeback in Saturday's 4TH race at Belmont, his first start in 13 months, since finishing sixth in the 2014 Belmont S. (G1). "Head and head going a half in :46, three-quarters in 1:10 wasn't exactly what we had drawn up, and so we got a race into him," Violette said. "He looks like he pulled up great, that's the most important thing. We don't have a specific target yet but we'll see how he cools out and go from there."...

Middleburg (Lemon Drop Kid), beaten a nose by Triple Threat (Monsun) in the June 7 Monmouth (G2), will renew rivalry in Saturday's Arlington H. (G3). Trainer Christophe Clement decided to bypass Sunday's United Nations (G1) with Middleburg and reroute him to Chicago. In other Million Preview Day news, Hall of Fame horseman Neil Drysdale said that Three Hearts (Hat Trick) could face males in the Stars and Stripes (G3). "We're definitely thinking about running her against the boys in the Stars and Stripes," Drysdale confirmed. "We have Gaga A (T. H. Approval) in the Modesty (G3) and I like that (Three Hearts) gets in quite light at 112 (pounds)." Drysdale is also planning to enter Power Ped (Powerscourt) in the Arlington 'Cap on the same card...

Cozmic One (Bernardini), the first foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, is entered at Belmont Park in Wednesday's 7TH race, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight for three-year-olds and up. Set at morning line odds of 4-1, he has drawn post 8 in the field of nine and will be ridden by Rajiv Maragh. The dark bay sophomore had failed to fire in his highly-anticipated debut, finishing last in a Santa Anita maiden special weight event last April. Lately, however, Cozmic One has been sharp on the worktab, posting back-to-back bullets in his last two works. "He's training well," said trainer John Shirreffs. "He's had some very good works lately. I thought his last race was a good experience for him and the timing is good now." Shirreffs added that Cozmic One will join the trainer's Saratoga operation again this summer.

Graded Recaps

Bradester takes flight in Salvator Mile

Bradester flies home in the Salvator Mile (Taylor Ejdys/Equi-Photo)
Joseph W. Sutton's Bradester (Lion Heart) earned his third Grade 3 victory on Sunday when taking the $154,500 Salvator Mile S. in near gate-to-wire fashion.

The Eddie Kenneally trainee broke on top, lost the lead to Fabulous Kid (Congrats) through an opening quarter in :24 2/5, then regained control and was in command all the way home. Bradester posted fractions of :47 3/5 and 1:10 4/5 before finishing eight furlongs on Monmouth Park's fast main track in 1:35 1/5.

Sent off the 6-1 fourth choice under jockey Corey Lanerie, Bradester paid $15.60 for earning his first win since another near wire job in the Ack Ack H. (G3) last September at Churchill Downs.

"I took the blinkers off this time because of how aggressive he was last race and it paid off," Kenneally said. "Corey got him to relax early and settled in nicely."

It was two lengths back to Red Vine (Candy Ride), who came running but just could not reel in the winner. Valid (Medaglia d'Oro), who captured the Monmouth Cup S. (G2) last year with Bradester in second, finished third. Race Day (Tapit), the 4-5 favorite, came in sixth.

Bradester is now 18-6-5-2, $557,732, in his career, having also picked up a win in the Mineshaft H. (G3) in February 2014 at Fair Grounds. The well-traveled five-year-old, who was second in last year's Salvator Mile and the 2013 Indiana Derby (G2), shipped to Meydan but was unable to factor in the Godolphin Mile (UAE-G2) on Dubai World Cup Day to open 2015.

Returning to be third last out at Churchill Downs against allowance/optional claiming company, Bradester is now pointing for another try at Monmouth.

"We will look to most likely run him back in the ($200,000) Monmouth Cup (on August 2) next," Kenneally said.

Bred in Kentucky by Doug Branham, Bradester sold for $13,000 as a Keeneland November weanling before brining $20,000 a year later at the Fasig-Tipton Easter Fall Yearling Sale. He made one more trip through the auction ring, selling for $195,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale as a two-year-old.

Bradester is the first registered stakes scorer out of Grandestofall (Grand Slam), who is a half-sister to stakes victor Short Round (Pass Rush) and stakes-placed Cat Striker (Tactical Cat). His third dam is Grade 2 vixen Zealous Connection (Unreal Zeal), who would go on in the breeding shed to produce Grade 3 hero Here's Zealous (Dehere), Grade 3 runner-up There's Zealous (Broad Brush) and stakes diva She's Zealous (Cozzene).

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

QUEEN'S PLATE S., WO, $796,890, 3YO, 1 1/4M, 7-5.
1—SHAMAN GHOST, c, 3, Ghostzapper--Getback Time, by Gilded Time. O-Stronach Stables, B-Adena Springs (ON), T-Brian A. Lynch, J-Rafael Manuel Hernandez, $477,180.
7—Danish Dynaformer, c, 3, Dynaformer--Danish Wildcat, by Danehill. O-Charles E Fipke, B-Charles Fipke (ON), $159,060.
8—Conquest Boogaloo, c, 3, Scat Daddy--Jules Best, by Jules. ($67,000 '13 KEEJAN; $190,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Conquest Stables, LLC, B-James & Janeane Everatt, Arika Everatt-Meeuse & Tim Meeuse (ON), $79,530.
Also Ran: Billy's Star, Breaking Lucky, Oakton, Ault, Ami's Flatter, Easy Indygo, Bear At Last, Portree, Sweet Grass Creek, Academic.
Winning Time: 2:03 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 1 1/4, HF, 1.
Odds: 3.30, 3.25, 6.45.
 
LOUISIANA LEGENDS CLASSIC S., EVD, $125,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 7-4.
6—STORMDRIVER, h, 5, Discreet Cat--Prom Date, by Take Me Out. ($40,000 '11 ARZOCT; $36,000 '11 OBSAUG). O-Fruition Racing LLC, B-Tigertail Ranch (LA), T-Patrick Devereux, Jr., J-Diego Saenz, $75,000.
5—Heavy On Themister, g, 7, Lion Tamer--Twinwinwin, by Twining. O-What Else Racing, B-T J Dickey & Rebecca Farm (LA), $25,000.
7—Social Misfit, g, 6, Porto Foricos--Unfriendly Koo, by Friendly Lover. O-Hernandez, Earl and Keith, B-Earl & Keith Hernandez (LA), $12,500.
Also Ran: Fort Wagner, Udoknowjack, Satellite Sopo, Louisiana Flyboy.
Winning Time: 1:44 1/5 (wf)
Margins: 2HF, 4 3/4, HD.
Odds: 0.30, 7.00, 13.80.
 
CLARENDON S., WO, $119,614, 2YO, 5 1/2F, 7-5.
7—BELIVEAU, g, 2, Where's the Ring--Minstrel Show, by Tale of the Cat. O-East West Stables, Ambler, Michael James and Windways Farm, B-Windways Farm Limited (ON), T-Mark E. Casse, J-Patrick Husbands, $71,577.
5—Ruth Less Blue, c, 2, Giant Gizmo--Luna Blu, by Lemon Drop Kid. O-Rijack Farm and Ace Racing Stable Inc, B-Rijack Farm Stable & Scott Fairlee (ON), $23,859.
1—Neil's Diamond, g, 2, Where's the Ring--Cherry Grove, by Archers Bay. O-Robert F Crean, B-R F Crean (ON), $11,930.
Also Ran: Get'erdonebud, Ultraflame, Play With Passion, Hey Bear, Mister Nada, Bright Light.
Winning Time: 1:04 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 1 1/4, 3/4, 1HF.
Odds: 0.70, 45.25, 16.60.
 
RIVER MEMORIES S., BEL, $100,000, 4YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/2MT, 7-5.
2—GOLDY ESPONY (FR), f, 4, Vespone (IRE)--Goldy Honor (FR), by Highest Honor (FR). O-Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc and Bradley Thoroughbreds, B-Henri Alex Pantall & Yvette Chabot (FR), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Kendrick Carmouche, $60,000.
7—Dido, m, 5, Bernstein--Anyhow, by Tiznow. O-Jack Swain, III, B-Jack Swain (KY), $20,000.
5—Granny Mc's Kitten, f, 4, Kitten's Joy--Granny Franny, by Grand Slam. O-Ramsey, Kenneth L and Sarah K, B-Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey (KY), $10,000.
Also Ran: White Rose, Maximova, Jane Peterson, Sabbatical.
Winning Time: 2:29 3/5 (fm)
Margins: 2HF, NO, NO.
Odds: 3.10, 9.40, 4.50.
 
LOUISIANA LEGENDS SOIREE S., EVD, $100,000, 3YO, F, 1M, 7-4.
6—PACIFIC PINK, f, 3, Private Vow--Truly Romantic, by Robyn Dancer. ($11,500 '13 ESLOCT; $90,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Keith Plaisance, B-Brandon Adcock (LA), T-Edward J. Johnston, J-Colby J. Hernandez, $60,000.
2—Discreetly Grand, f, 3, Discreetly Mine--Autumn Spice, by Grand Slam. ($40,000 2014 EVDMAR; $60,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-Equi-Par, Inc, B-Half Moon Stables, LLC (LA), $18,000.
10—Safari Calamari, f, 3, Half Ours--Zaafira, by A.P. Indy. O-Brittlyn Stable, Inc, B-Brittlyn Stables, Inc (LA), $10,000.
Also Ran: Thiscatcanjam, Persuade Me Lady, Forest Lake, Betty Grable Eyes, Saturdaynightbling, Flashy Shoes, Private Promise.
Winning Time: 1:38 3/5 (wf)
Margins: 4 3/4, 1HF, 2 3/4.
Odds: 1.00, 11.20, 10.80.
 
LOUISIANA LEGENDS MADEMOISELLE S., EVD, $100,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 7-4.
1—SNAPPY GIRL, m, 5, Student Council--Snap to It, by Honour and Glory. ($8,200 '10 TEXDEC; $65,000 2012 TEXMAR). O-Jerry Namy, B-Millennium Farms at Moon Lake (LA), T-Karl Broberg, J-Colby J. Hernandez, $60,000.
7—Afternoon Tango, m, 5, Afternoon Deelites--Tango for Tips, by Seeking the Gold. ($100,000 2014 ESLSEP). O-Big Aut Farms, B-Coteau Grove Farms (LA), $20,000.
5—Aliana, m, 5, Majestic Warrior--Lake Como, by Salt Lake. ($150,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Dubb, Michael and The Elkstone Group, B-Roger S Braugh Jr (LA), $10,000.
Also Ran: Solid Sender, Lady Grantham, Teelfa, Lassie Lynn.
Winning Time: 1:03 4/5 (wf)
Margins: 4 3/4, HF, 1 3/4.
Odds: 3.80, 0.90, 6.50.
 
LOUISIANA LEGENDS CHEVAL S., EVD, $100,000, 3YO, 1M, 7-4.
5—MOBILE BAY, c, 3, Lone Star Special--Tranquility Bay, by Out of Place. O-Tigertail Ranch, B-Tigertail Ranch (LA), T-Victor Arceneaux, J-Diego Saenz, $60,000.
7—Four Leaf Chief, c, 3, Lookin At Lucky--Pentatonic, by Cure the Blues. ($65,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Whispering Oaks Farm LLC, B-Relentless Racing LLC & Ashford Stud (LA), $20,000.
2—Tee Brown, g, 3, Big Brown--Is Kylie Good, by Touch Gold. ($45,000 '13 FTKOCT). O-Norman Stables, LLC, B-Barney & Regina Core (LA), $10,000.
Also Ran: Grande Basin, Captain Tyree, Drewsizzle, Cat Sup.
Winning Time: 1:38 2/5 (wf)
Margins: 1, 1, 4.
Odds: 0.80, 2.40, 4.30.
 
LOUISIANA LEGENDS DISTAFF S., EVD, $100,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 7-4.
3—HEATSEEKER SHARON, f, 4, Heatseeker (IRE)--Carson City Sham, by Carson City. O-Duvieilh, John and Hernandez, Keith J and Earl J, B-Keith & Earl Hernandez & John Duvieilh (LA), T-Frank Leggio, J-Billy Charles Patin, $60,000.
4—Another Pinot, f, 4, B. J.'s Mark--Pinot Pals, by Pulling Punches. O-Warren, Glen and Leggio, Jr, Andrew, B-Dr Glen Warren DVM & Andy Leggio (LA), $19,000.
1—Devil's Backbone, f, 4, Lone Star Special--Nasranian Devil, by Silver Ghost. O-Tigertail Ranch, B-Tigertail Ranch (LA), $10,000.
Also Ran: Slew City Lou, Zara Lauren, Indian Wind, All Woman, Tunica Girl, Fire Arms.
Winning Time: 1:45 1/5 (wf)
Margins: 1HF, 2 3/4, 4 3/4.
Odds: 2.50, 4.00, 7.60.
 
LOUISIANA LEGENDS TURF S., EVD, $100,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 7-4.
8—STRING KING, g, 7, Crowned King--String Dancer, by Fly a Kite (IRE). O-Charles Craig Smith, B-Charlie Smith (LA), T-Charles Craig Smith, J-Richard E. Eramia, $60,000.
1—Drewssasin, g, 4, Freud--Woodman's Prize, by Prized. ($32,000 '12 ESLSEP). O-Norman Stables, LLC, B-Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson (LA), $20,000.
4—Galveston Harbor, g, 5, Belgravia--Tranquility Bay, by Out of Place. O-Tigertail Ranch, B-Tigertail Ranch (LA), $11,000.
Also Ran: Old Pal of Mine, Thunder Affair.
Winning Time: 1:45 (wf)
Margins: 1, 1, NK.
Odds: 0.30, 25.90, 4.70.
 
LOUISIANA LEGENDS SPRINT S., EVD, $100,000, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 7-4.
2—HEITAI, g, 5, Fusaichi Pegasus--Sparkles of Luck, by Mr. Sparkles. O-Rowell Enterprises, Inc, B-Rowell Enterprises, Inc (LA), T-Thomas M. Amoss, J-Diego Saenz, $60,000.
5—Strong and Tough, g, 7, Good and Tough--Hija de Plata, by Slew City Slew. O-End Zone Athletics, Inc, B-Riceland Racing Stables LLC (LA), $20,000.
4—Too Dim, g, 6, Mutakddim--All Too Well, by Track Barron. O-William J Deckwa, Jr, B-Southern Equine Stables, LLC (LA), $10,000.
Also Ran: Skip the Pinot, Knockitdownhard, Tallahatchie Luke.
Winning Time: 1:03 (wf)
Margins: HF, 5 3/4, 3 3/4.
Odds: 0.60, 4.30, 4.80.
 
BIRDONTHEWIRE S., GP, $99,250, 2YO, 5 1/2F, 7-5.
3—FRANCESCO BLUE, c, 2, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--Nicey Nice, by Holy Bull. O-Monarch Stables, Inc, B-Monarch Stables (FL), T-Larry Pilotti, J-Edgar S. Prado, $61,070.
2—Fellowship, c, 2, Awesome of Course--Go Girlfriend Go, by Demidoff. O-Jacks or Better Farm, Inc, B-Jacks or Better Farm Inc (FL), $19,700.
6—Silent Prayer, f, 2, Brooks 'n Down--Sacred Psalm, by Awesome of Course. O-Jacks or Better Farm, Inc, B-Jacks or Better Farm Inc (FL), $9,850.
Also Ran: Union Vow, Aventus, Zhukov, Golden Ray.
Winning Time: 1:05 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 1, 1 3/4, NK.
Odds: 3.10, 0.80, 12.30.
 
CASSIDY S., GP, $93,000, 2YO, F, 5 1/2F, 7-5.
1—BALLET DIVA, f, 2, Hear No Evil--Dame Sylvieguilhem, by Nureyev. O-Jacks or Better Farm, Inc, B-Jacks or Better Farm Inc (FL), T-Stanley I. Gold, J-Jose C. Caraballo, $60,140.
8—Above Fashion, f, 2, Paddy O'Prado--Holy Fashion, by Holy Bull. ($10,000 '14 KEESEP). O-Alexandra Racing Stable LLC, B-Clarkland Farm (KY), $14,400.
3—It's High Time, f, 2, Gone Astray--My Rolex, by Proud Accolade. O-Tracy Pinchin, B-Tracy Pinchin (FL), $9,700.
Also Ran: Vieja Luna, Shesthewinner, Wishihada, Queen of Silence, Rosebud's Tiger, Playa Zaragoza.
Winning Time: 1:04 (ft)
Margins: 4HF, 3HF, 3HF.
Odds: 0.60, 29.30, 5.20.
 
BOB UMPHREY TURF SPRINT S., GP, $75,000, 3YO/UP, 5FT, 7-5.
1—SUCCESSFUL NATIVE, c, 4, Successful Appeal--Picketline, by Street Cry (IRE). O-Marco Thoroughbred Corp, B-Fares Farm, LLC (KY), T-Aubrey A. Maragh, J-Juan C. Leyva, $44,640.
9—Noble Prince, g, 5, Chapel Royal--Amaday, by Dayjur. O-Averill Racing LLC, B-Miriam Michelle Robles (FL), $14,400.
3—Breitling Flyer, c, 4, Ghostzapper--Starbuster, by Housebuster. ($14,000 '11 KEENOV; $45,000 '12 OBSAUG). O-Rontos Racing Stable Corp, B-Bathen Thoroughbreds, LLC & Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC (FL), $7,200.
Also Ran: Anyriderill Do, Storming Inti, Hold on Smokey, At Large, Little Baltar, Can't Stop the Kid.
Winning Time: :56 (fm)
Margins: NK, 4HF, HD.
Odds: 1.70, 4.50, 10.10.
 
MIESQUE'S APPROVAL S., GP, $75,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16MT, 7-5.
10—GRAND TITO, h, 5, Candy Ride (ARG)--Golden Arches (FR), by Common Grounds (GB). ($225,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Grupo 7C Racing Stable, B-Hargus & Sandra Sexton & Ben P Walden Jr (KY), T-Gustavo Delgado, J-Javier Castellano, $44,640.
9—Film Making, h, 7, Storm Cat--Film Maker, by Dynaformer. O-Courtlandt Farms, B-Courtlandt Farm (KY), $14,400.
6—Zane, g, 5, Yes It's True--Stately Kitty, by Honour and Glory. O-Casa Farms I, LLC, B-CASA Farms I, LLC (KY), $7,200.
Also Ran: Joes Blazing Aaron, Oklahoma Den, Best Plan Yet, East Hall, Gala Award, Comanche's Storm.
Winning Time: 1:41 (fm)
Margins: 1 3/4, 1 1/4, HD.
Odds: 1.10, 51.60, 25.60.
 
SPOOK EXPRESS S., GP, $75,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16MT, 7-5.
4—LORI'S STORE, m, 5, El Prado (IRE)--Big Promise, by Rahy. ($52,000 2015 KEEJAN). O-Miller Racing LLC, B-Glen Hill Farm (FL), T-Martin D. Wolfson, J-Edgard J. Zayas, $43,245.
10—Street of Gold, m, 5, Street Sense--Harriett Lane, by Giant's Causeway. ($70,000 2012 KEEAPR). O-Elm Racing LLC, B-Alpha Delta Stables, LLC (KY), $13,950.
8—Lemon Point, f, 4, Lemon Drop Kid--Snug Harbour, by Boston Harbor. O-Vegso Racing Stable, B-Vegso Racing Stable (FL), $6,975.
Also Ran: E B Ryder, Sumba Sunset, Charlie A, Party Starter, Can't Explain, Madaket Millie, Cherokee Beads, Will to Shine, Little Tami.
Winning Time: 1:42 1/5 (fm)
Margins: NK, 1 1/4, 3/4.
Odds: 7.10, 1.30, 17.20.
 
IOWA STALLION FUTURITY, PRM, $69,975, 2YO, 5 1/2F, 7-5.
10—CORNFED, g, 2, Pass Rush--Swift Empress, by Empire Maker. O-Runaway Racing LLC, B-Jeff Hartz (IA), T-H. Ray Ashford, Jr., J-Ramon A. Vazquez, $42,750.
7—Another Bond Girl, f, 2, Don't Get Mad--She's a Bond Girl, by Truluck. O-Higgins, William H and Davidson, M Brent, B-William Higgins & Brent Davidson (OK), $11,400.
11—Billie Boy, g, 2, Pure Prize--Steal the Sugar, by Coronado's Quest. O-William L Hobbs, B-William L Hobbs (IA), $7,125.
Also Ran: Seismic Force, Viscosity, No Holds Barred, Dreamin, Pure Music, Evan Deadly Sins, Mr Allnighter, Bella Xpress, Mingo Ruler.
Winning Time: 1:05 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 4 1/4, 3/4, NK.
Odds: 1.30, 7.70, 7.40.
 
EVERETT NEVIN S., OTP, $64,910, 2YO, 5 1/2F, 7-5.
3—SMOKEY IMAGE, c, 2, Southern Image--Special Smoke, by Free House. O-Irvin, Betty and Robert G, B-C-Punch Ranch Inc (CA), T-Greg C. James, J-Juan J. Hernandez, $41,400.
7—Quorum of Joy, c, 2, Square Eddie--Joyful Meeting, by General Meeting. O-Reddam Racing LLC, B-Reddam Racing LLC (CA), $13,000.
5—Algenon, c, 2, Aragorn (IRE)--Alpine Yodel, by Swiss Yodeler. O-Rozamund Barclay, B-Rozamund Barclay (KY), $6,000.
Also Ran: Marqula, Smoked too Many, Known Defense, Silver Flash.
Winning Time: 1:03 3/5 (ft)
Margins: 6HF, 1HF, 1 1/4.
Odds: 1.10, 4.60, 17.30.
 
JUAN GONZALEZ MEMORIAL S., OTP, $58,255, 2YO, F, 5 1/2F, 7-4.
4—STAYS IN VEGAS, f, 2, City Zip--Double Jackpot, by Broken Vow. ($40,000 '14 KEESEP). O-KMN Racing LLC, B-John McCormack (KY), T-Jerry Hollendorfer, J-Ricardo Gonzalez, $32,150.
2—Ibelievewewillwin, f, 2, Onebadshark--Sulaymondo, by Mr. Procrastinator. O-E-RacingCom, Atwell, Peggy and Atwell, Wayne D, B-Wayne Atwell, Peggy Atwell & E-RacingCom (CA), $13,000.
6—She's So Vain, f, 2, Gotham City--Chanceofalifetime, by Pentelicus. O-Martin W Bach, B-Martin Bach (CA), $7,800.
Also Ran: Sambamzajammin, Marquee Cat, Ourprincessmelanie.
Winning Time: 1:04 (ft)
Margins: 6, 7, 5HF.
Odds: 6.30, 2.20, 16.80.
 
OAK TREE SPRINT S., OTP, $53,715, 3YO/UP, 6F, 7-5.
3—SEEKING THE SHERIF, g, 6, Officer--Seeking Adel, by Seeking the Gold. O-Kurt Rexius, B-Diamond A Racing Corp (KY), T-Gus Headley, J-Mario Gutierrez, $32,500.
1—Quick and Silver, g, 4, Dunkirk--Royal Confection, by Candi's Gold. ($67,000 '12 FTKJUL; $25,000 '12 KEEJAN; $165,000 2013 OBSMAR). O-Johnson, Ellen and Peter O, B-Elizabeth P & David J Whelan, Teresa & Steve Murphy (FL), $10,000.
7—Aalsmeer, g, 4, Flower Alley--Carolina Belle, by Dixie Union. ($12,000 '12 KEEJAN). O-John Battle, B-Fred W Hertrich III (KY), $6,000.
Also Ran: Mah Gellin, Fly Boy Roy, Saint Prado, Streamside, Chips All In.
Winning Time: 1:10 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 1 1/4, 1 3/4, HF.
Odds: 3.40, 17.20, 9.90.

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

WO, 2ND, ALW, $70,596, 3YO/UP, 6F, 7-5.
3—REXTON, h, 5, Philanthropist--Brooke's Bubble, by Rinka Das. (C$2,000 '10 ONTNOV; C$15,000 '11 ONTDEC). O-RCC Racing Stable Ltd and Forgione, Rocco, B-Beata Grodkowska (ON), T-John Mattine, J-Patrick Husbands, $44,712.
6—Spanish River, g, 4, Giant Gizmo--War River, by War Deputy. O-Ruvee Stables, B-Frank Huarte (ON), $14,904.
7—Ninth Symphony, g, 3, Line of David--Dry Heat, by Dixie Union. (C$31,000 '13 ONTSEP). O-Conor Healy, B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (ON), $6,150.
Winning Time: 1:10 (ft)
 
WO, 12TH, ALW, $66,603, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16MT, 7-5.
12—CRUSHIN HARD, g, 6, Philanthropist--Uproar, by Hail the Ruckus. ($22,013 '10 ONTSEP). O-John Atto, B-Paradox Farm, Inc (ON), T-Alexander F. McPherson, J-Simon P. Husbands, $39,129.
9—Lucky Lindy, c, 3, Harlan's Holiday--Celebrate, by Rahy. O-Augustin Stable, B-George Strawbridge Jr (ON), $11,182.
4—Niigon Express, c, 4, Niigon--Harlan Express, by Harlan's Holiday. O-Chiefswood Stable, B-Chiefswood Stables Limited (ON), $8,197.
Winning Time: 1:40 4/5 (fm)
 
BEL, 4TH, ALW, $62,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7FT, 7-5.
2—AMBER MORNING, m, 5, Pure Prize--Bellanique, by Joyeux Danseur. ($15,000 '11 FTKZEE). O-Bran Jam Stable, B-Nustar Breeding LLC (NY), T-John T. Toscano, Jr., J-Eric Cancel, $37,200.
1A—Bella Kateri, m, 5, Tale of the Cat--Cupid's Arrow, by Awesome Again. O-Farone Stables LLC, B-Tom & Joan Farone (NY), $12,400.
3—Kicken Livi, f, 4, Grand Slam--Kicken High, by High Yield. O-Justin Haers, B-Anstu Farm LLC (NY), $6,200.
Winning Time: 1:21 2/5 (fm)
 
BEL, 6TH, ALW, $62,000, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 7-5.
9—POINT ROLL, g, 5, Point Given--Lady Prantlack, by Royal Academy. O-Prieger, Henry H and Lester, David B, B-Henry H Prieger & David Lester (NY), T-Christophe Clement, J-Joel Rosario, $37,200.
4—Jax Heritage, c, 3, More Than Ready--Heritage of Gold, by Gold Legend. O-Jack Garey, B-Camille & Jack Garey (NY), $12,400.
1—Sonnyandpally, g, 6, City Zip--Riotous Miss, by Brief Ruckus. O-Sheila J Englehart, B-Barry R Ostrager (NY), $6,200.
Winning Time: 1:35 (fm)
 
WO, 5TH, AOC, $61,526, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 7-5.
6—PUNTROOSKIE, g, 4, In Summation--Siren Cove, by Montbrook. ($62,000 2013 OBSJUN). O-Tucci Stables, B-John David O'Farrell, J Michael O'Farrell, Jr & Our Sugar Bear St (FL), T-Nicholas Gonzalez, J-Jesse M. Campbell, $29,728.
9—Marten Lake, g, 4, Trajectory--Kain's Deed, by Alydeed. O-David R Bell, B-Alexis F & Katie A Ward (ON), $15,858.
1—Sniper, g, 6, Trajectory--Hot Toy, by Silver Charm. O-Minshall, Barbara J and Gomez, Avelino Jr, B-Barbara J Minshall (ON), $8,722.
Winning Time: 1:16 (ft)
 
PRX, 8TH, ALW, $60,152, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 7-5.
3—STREET INVADER, g, 5, Invasor (ARG)--Street Singer, by Street Cry (IRE). O-Robert Tresente, B-Dr James Randall McGlinn (PA), T-Patricia Farro, J-Hector Caballero, $36,120.
9—Echo Libra, g, 4, Lido Palace (CHI)--Gadget, by Eastern Echo. O-Gordon, Julie and Bernecker, Ann, B-Julie D Gordon & Ann M Bernecker (PA), $12,040.
7—Mr Brioni, c, 4, Jump Start--First Class Donna, by Taylor's Special. ($8,000 '12 FTMOCT). O-Breakaway Stable LLC, B-Mr & Mrs Rick Abbott (PA), $6,622.
Winning Time: 1:45 3/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 4TH, ALW, $59,260, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5FT, 7-5.
4—KISS THE DADDY, m, 5, Scat Daddy--Kiss the Breeze, by Kafwain. ($40,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Knew Stable, B-The Elkstone Group LLC (PA), T-John J. Dunn, J-Frankie Pennington, $36,120.
1—Hasty Miss, m, 6, Delaware Township--Wind Drinker, by Lost Code. O-Briardale Stable, B-Joseph Imbesi (PA), $12,040.
6—Molly Mac, f, 4, Modigliani--Mollyputtheketelon, by Rainbow Quest. O-Dawghouse Stable, B-Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate (KY), $4,730.
Winning Time: :57 2/5 (fm)
 
PRX, 6TH, ALW, $57,712, 3YO/UP, 7 1/2FT, 7-5.
1—INDIAN DEFENCE, g, 4, Indian Ocean--Lydias Lullaby, by Brahms. O-Richard Trechak, B-Richard Trechak (PA), T-Kathleen A. Demasi, J-Roberto Alvarado, Jr., $36,120.
6—Cleveland Sound, g, 3, More Than Ready--Twilight Service, by Horse Chestnut (SAF). ($300,000 '13 FTSAUG). O-West Point Thoroughbreds, B-Vegso Racing Stable (FL), $8,600.
4—Heroic Indeed, g, 7, Partner's Hero--Grandma Pat, by Lord Avie. O-Northcote Stable, B-Northcote Enterprises Inc (PA), $6,622.
Winning Time: 1:31 2/5 (fm)
 
MTH, 6TH, ALW, $50,000, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 7-5.
8—RIDE RIDE RIDE, g, 5, Candy Ride (ARG)--Smart N Classy, by Smart Strike. O-John J Tammaro, III, B-John Bowers, Jr (NJ), T-John J. Tammaro, III, J-Abel Castellano, Jr., $28,500.
9—Cheddar Chub, g, 5, Hey Chub--Gaelic Bay, by Hay Halo. O-James A Frangella, Jr, B-Joe-Dan Farm Inc (NJ), $9,500.
1—Sassy Defender, g, 6, Honor Defend--Too Sassy for U, by Captain Skiff. O-Menotti Lembo, B-Menotti Lembo (NJ), $5,000.
Winning Time: 1:44 1/5 (ft)
 
MTH, 8TH, ALW, $50,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 7-5.
1—BUSTIN OUT, f, 3, Bustin Stones--Disco Shaker, by Disco Rico. O-Gayle Ioia, B-Dianne Boyken (NJ), T-Chuck Spina, J-Jose C. Ferrer, $28,500.
3—Let's Parlay, f, 3, Pomeroy--Ubetwereven, by French Deputy. O-Red Oak Stable (Brunetti), B-Red Oak Stable (NJ), $9,500.
5—Totally Gaga, m, 6, Tenpins--Wildnspectacular, by Wild Event. O-Prima Ventures LLC, B-Spring Run Farm, LLC (NJ), $5,000.
Winning Time: 1:10 3/5 (ft)
 
GP, 1ST, AOC, $46,800, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5FT, 7-5.
2—PERFECT STEP, m, 6, Congrats--Romance Dance, by Vision and Verse. O-Carson Springs Farm, Meeker, Ken and Cooper, Phillip, B-Carson Springs Farm, Ken Meeker & Phillip Cooper (IL), T-Ronald B. Spatz, J-Eddie Castro, $27,600.
9—Our Liberty Bay, f, 4, Montbrook--Our Plum, by Our Liberty. O-RG Lundock, B-R G Lundock DVM (FL), $10,000.
8—Knox County Zip, f, 3, City Zip--Menifeeque, by Menifee. O-Frederick Hertrich, III, B-Kenneth L Ramsey & Sarah K Ramsey (KY), $4,140.
Winning Time: :56 4/5 (fm)
 
OTP, 8TH, ALW, $42,560, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 7-4.
7—NINA'S DRAGON, g, 5, Tizbud--Just Lookn, by Synastry. O-Nelson, Jimmie E and Vaughn, Jerry R, B-Dave Currie (CA), T-Kent R. Molinaro, J-Russell A. Baze, $27,300.
4—Solomon Bay, c, 3, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--Hopi, by Cox's Ridge. ($32,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Joseph P Morey, Jr Revocable Trust, B-John A Burns & Jack Zuidema (FL), $7,000.
2—Already Rockin, g, 5, Rock Hard Ten--Cauy, by Maria's Mon. ($90,000 '10 KEENOV). O-Josephson, Jedd B and Lynch, Liam, B-Dixiana Stables Inc (KY), $4,200.
Winning Time: 1:45 (ft)
 
LRL, 8TH, ALW, $42,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16MT, 7-5.
8—CURSIVE, f, 3, Straight Talking--Signature (GB), by Sadler's Wells. O-Franklin G Smith, Sr, B-Franklin G Smith Sr (SC), T-Hamilton A. Smith, J-Julian Pimentel, $23,940.
1—Intrepid Alex, f, 3, Afleet Alex--Alozaina (IRE), by Perugino. ($10,000 '13 FTKOCT). O-Paul L Fowler, Jr, B-Arnold Zetcher (KY), $8,820.
7—Inspiration (IRE), f, 4, Yeats (IRE)--Great Idea (IRE), by Lion Cavern. (10,000EUR '12 GOFSPT). O-Magalen O Bryant, B-David Corcoran (IRE), $4,620.
Winning Time: 1:50 1/5 (yl)
 
MTH, 7TH, ALW, $40,800, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16MT, 7-5.
7—PICOZZA, c, 4, More Than Ready--Casuarina, by Menifee. ($195,000 '11 KEENOV; $225,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Starlight Racing, B-Respite Farm, Inc (KY), T-Todd A. Pletcher, J-Paco Lopez, $22,800.
3—Gourmet Delight, g, 4, Gottcha Gold--Western Tornado, by Proud Citizen. ($24,000 2013 OBSJUN). O-Lindh, Henry C B and Pierce, Jr, Joe H, B-Ocala Stud (FL), $8,000.
9—Noble Road, g, 3, Partner's Hero--Ifyouknowwhatimean, by Trempolino. ($5,000 '13 FTMSEP). O-W M T Stable and Sylmar Farm, B-Gum Tree Stables LLC (PA), $4,000.
Winning Time: 1:41 3/5 (fm)
 
WO, 8TH, ALW, $39,366, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 7-5.
8—CITO, g, 4, Alphabet Soup--Victoria Bay, by Northern Afleet. (C$3,500 '12 ONTSEP). O-McCallum-Smith, Lisa and Cox, C, B-Frank Mermenstein & Tom McCrocklin (ON), T-Greg D. Cox, J-Gerry Olguin, $22,666.
1—Born in a Breeze, c, 3, Leonnatus Anteas--Trufflesfromheaven, by You and I. O-Earle I Mack LLC, B-Walnut Ridge Farm (ON), $7,555.
7—Ides of Marc, g, 4, Marcavelly--Vintage Red, by Explosive Red. O-Ten Easy Pieces, B-Ten Easy Pieces (ON), $4,155.
Winning Time: 1:45 1/5 (ft)
 
MTH, 9TH, ALW, $38,800, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16MT, 7-5.
4—CASUAL SMILE (GB), f, 4, Sea the Stars (IRE)--Casual Look, by Red Ransom. O-WS Farish, B-W S Farish (GB), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Irad Ortiz, Jr., $22,800.
3—My Jolie (IRE), f, 4, Oratorio (IRE)--Sixty Secrets, by Louis Quatorze. (4,500EUR '12 TATIRE). O-Team Valor International, B-Paul McDonnell (IRE), $8,000.
2—Empress Maker, f, 4, Empire Maker--Ticker Tape (GB), by Royal Applause (GB). ($400,000 '12 KEEJAN). O-Regis Racing, B-Forging Oaks LLC (KY), $4,000.
Winning Time: 1:43 2/5 (fm)
 
PRM, 8TH, AOC, $34,261, 3YO/UP, 6F, 7-5.
2—OOEY GOOEY, g, 4, Political Force--Rocktheboat, by Summer Squall. O-Paradise Stables LLC, B-Paradise Stable LLC (IA), T-Kelly R. Von Hemel, J-Glenn W. Corbett, $21,975.
4—Plenty Elusive, g, 5, Elusive Quality--Plenty of Light, by Colony Light. ($210,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Maggi Moss, B-Casner Racing LP (KY), $5,860.
3—Kipling's King, g, 5, Kipling--Cosmo Queen, by Sword Dance (IRE). O-Carol Griffieon, B-Center Hills Farm (IL), $3,516.
Winning Time: 1:11 4/5 (ft)
 
PRM, 8TH, AOC, $33,925, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 7-4.
4—KIMS STAR, m, 5, Autonomy (IRE)--Another Audible, by Menifee. O-Danny R Caldwell, B-Milton Gaede (IA), T-Federico Villafranco, J-Ramon A. Vazquez, $22,125.
5—Retro Citizen, f, 3, Proud Citizen--Outofthepast, by Exchange Rate. O-Dream Walkin Farms, Inc, B-Dream Walkin Farm (KY), $5,900.
2—Value Your Song, m, 7, Value Plus--Lucretia McEvil, by Louis Quatorze. ($1,500 '09 FTKOCT). O-Martin Brothers, Inc, B-Lone Cedar, LLC (KY), $3,540.
Winning Time: 1:11 (ft)
 
EVD, 12TH, ALW, $30,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 7-4.
2—NADIA ANNE, f, 3, Forefathers--Buddha Babe, by Buddha. O-Brooks, Terry Dean and Flint, Steven B, B-Rowell Farms, LLC (LA), T-Steven B. Flint, J-Joseph Walter Patin, Jr., $18,300.
9—Baby Ella, m, 5, Storm Day--Pirate's Alley, by Kimberlite Pipe. O-Harold Joseph, B-Dr Sharon Buras (LA), $6,100.
8—My Pal Beanie, f, 3, My Pal Charlie--Little Evon, by Gold Case. O-Oak Tree Stables LLC (Powell and O'Brien), B-Oak Tree Stables, LLC (LA), $3,355.
Winning Time: 1:18 4/5 (wf)
 
ELP, 1ST, AOC, $30,327, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2FT, 7-5.
2—WORTH THE GAMBLE, c, 3, Van Nistelrooy--College Girl, by Suave Prospect. ($18,000 '13 FTKOCT). O-Blue Checker Thoroughbreds LLC, B-David Purvis & Ashford Stud (KY), T-John A. Hancock, J-Didiel A. Osorio, $18,300.
8—Copperplate, g, 4, Curlin--Verdana Bold, by Rahy. ($70,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Pocket Aces Racing LLC, B-Edward A Seltzer (KY), $6,100.
1—Smoking Romance, g, 4, Smoke Glacken--A Touch of Romance, by El Prado (IRE). O-Midnight Rider Racing Stable, B-Marti Carey (KY), $3,050.
Winning Time: 1:02 3/5 (fm)
 
CBY, 6TH, ALW, $30,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 7-5.
2—THOUGHTLESS, f, 3, Rockport Harbor--Whistle Call, by Phone Trick. ($15,000 '13 OBSAUG). O-Robertson, Hugh H and Butzow, Barry, B-Peggy S & Norman Dellheim & Darley (FL), T-McLean Robertson, J-Seth B. Martinez, $18,000.
4—Freakin Amazing, f, 3, Zensational--Freakin Streakin, by Tactical Advantage. O-Mercedes Stables LLC, B-Mercedes Stables LLC (KY), $6,000.
1—Nightlife Baby, f, 3, Flatter--Samamtha Who, by Sultry Song. O-Larry J Romero, B-Mr & Mrs Warren Lyster (KY), $3,300.
Winning Time: 1:10 1/5 (ft)
 
PID, 8TH, ALW, $28,120, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 7-5.
1A—CAUSEWAY COWBOY, g, 4, Cowboy Cal--Princess Penny, by Joyeux Danseur. ($17,000 '12 KEEJAN; $30,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Della Rose Stables and Bourke, W John, B-Susan M Forrester & 4M Ranch (KY), T-W. John Bourke, J-Antonio A. Gallardo, $16,800.
3—Diaz (IRE), g, 3, Azamour (IRE)--New Girlfriend (IRE), by Diesis (GB). (27,000EUR '13 TATIRE). O-Jonathan Dean, B-Kilfrush Stud (IRE), $5,600.
2—Determined Braedon, g, 3, Da Stoops--Tiz Spanish, by Tiznow. O-Destiny Oaks Of Ocala LLC, B-Destiny Oaks of Ocala (FL), $2,800.
Winning Time: 1:45 2/5 (ft)
 
EMD, 9TH, ALW, $25,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 7-4.
4—HERBIE D, g, 7, Orchid's Devil--Chilli Chines, by Katowice. O-Robbins, George and Doman, Darcia, B-George Robbins (BC), T-Robert Gilker, J-Amadeo Perez, $13,750.
2—Del Rio Harbor, g, 4, Harbor the Gold--Bahati, by Horse Chestnut (SAF). O-Bar C Racing Stables, Inc and Desert Rose Racing, LLC, B-Bar C Racing Stables & Desert Rose Racing (WA), $5,000.
1—Until You, g, 6, Jazil--One for You, by Dayjur. O-Coal Creek Farm, B-Coal Creek Farm (WA), $3,750.
Winning Time: 1:09 1/5 (ft)
 
AP, 8TH, ALW, $22,050, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2FT, 7-5.
1—WILD MONGOLIA, g, 4, Offlee Wild--Sail Cloth, by Mizzen Mast. ($19,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Mongolian Stable, B-Martha H Buckner (KY), T-Enebish Ganbat, J-Christopher A. Emigh, $13,230.
7—Wake Up Joe, c, 3, Zensational--Heart of Honor, by Honour and Glory. ($52,000 '13 KEESEP). O-O'Brien, Joseph W, Mallon, Edward and Matthews, Doug, B-Fergus Galvin & JoAnn N Whiteley (KY), $4,410.
5—Chip Leader, g, 3, Giant's Causeway--Anchorage, by Tapit. ($180,000 '12 KEENOV). O-Louie J Roussel III, B-Dr Christoph Berglar (KY), $2,425.
Winning Time: 1:03 4/5 (fm)
 
LS, 8TH, ALW, $22,000, 3YO/UP, 7 1/2FT, 7-4.
3—SPECIAL PRAISE, g, 4, River Squall--With Praise, by With Approval. O-Ronald J Podraza, B-Ronald J Podraza Sr (TX), T-Allen C. Dupuy, J-Lindey Wade, $13,020.
2—Bully Good, g, 4, My Golden Song--Uno Mas Promesa, by Macho Uno. O-Luttrell, Myrna and Robert, B-Robert Luttrell (TX), $4,340.
1—Perihelion, g, 4, Indygo Shiner--Ciara's Camp, by Forest Camp. O-Ciara's Camp LLC, B-Ciara's Camp, LLC (OK), $2,387.
Winning Time: 1:28 3/5 (fm)
 
LS, 1ST, ALW, $22,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7 1/2FT, 7-5.
6—SWIFTERTHANTAYLOR, f, 4, My Golden Song--Pete's Five, by Arch. O-John Silverthorne Ranch, Inc, B-John Silverthorne Ranch (TX), T-Danny Pish, J-Larry Taylor, $13,140.
2—My Silver Lullaby, m, 6, My Golden Song--Super San San, by El Prado (IRE). O-Ronald A Ellerbee, B-Ronald A Ellerbee (TX), $4,380.
4—Synkros, f, 3, Tapit--Jackpot Joanie, by Giant's Causeway. O-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY), $2,409.
Winning Time: 1:28 2/5 (fm)
 
LS, 7TH, ALW, $22,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 7-4.
2—SIR GENGHIS, g, 4, Tale of the Cat--Staria, by Unbridled's Song. ($52,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Sanders, Wayne and Hirsch, Larry, B-Randel Stutes (LA), T-W. Bret Calhoun, J-M. Clifton Berry, $13,080.
1—Nublado Bling, c, 3, Too Much Bling--General Reunion, by General Meeting. ($5,000 '13 TEXAUG). O-Bronce-Plamat Stables and MTZ Racing, B-Thomas Castoldi (TX), $4,360.
4—I Call Shotgun, g, 3, Henrythenavigator--Natalies Dilemma, by Indian Charlie. O-Ralph Stroope, B-Ralph Stroope (KY), $2,398.
Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)
 
LS, 8TH, ALW, $21,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16MT, 7-5.
7—GOLDEN BUT STORMY, g, 6, Stormy Atlantic--Golden Charm, by Strike the Gold. O-Chris Odom, B-Millard Seldin Rev Trust (KY), T-J. R. Caldwell, J-Alfredo Sigala, $12,420.
4—Devon's Iron Giant, g, 5, Premeditation--Devon's Lucky Lady, by Devon Lane. O-Doc Eliott, Inc and Arthur, Barbara, B-SMS Racing LLC (NM), $4,140.
5—Man of Stature, g, 3, My Golden Song--Final Trick, by Magic Cat. O-Sanders, Wayne and Hirsch, Larry, B-Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch (TX), $2,277.
Winning Time: 1:40 3/5 (fm)
 
LS, 9TH, ALW, $21,000, 3YO/UP, 1M, 7-4.
4—LONESOME WIND, g, 3, Grasshopper--Dehere's Dream, by Dehere. O-Fletcher Properties, Inc, B-Fletcher Properties, Inc (TX), T-Robert A. Young, J-Junior Chacaltana, $12,420.
3—Overland Park, g, 3, Snow Ridge--Bonnie's Slam, by Grand Slam. O-Donna Eaton, B-Joe K Davis (TX), $4,140.
2—Too Much Duck, g, 5, Too Much Bling--Wood Duck, by Kingmambo. ($5,500 '11 TEXAUG). O-Alvin Wong, B-W S Farish, Hugh A Fitzsimons Jr & E J Hudson Jr Irr Trust (TX), $2,277.
Winning Time: 1:40 1/5 (ft)
 
FMT, 7TH, ALW, $17,600, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 7-5.
2—TEA PARTY GIRL, f, 4, Divine Park--Driana, by Carson City. O-Huddleston Brothers Farm, B-Huddleston Brothers Farm (OK), T-Jory Ferrell, J-Travis Cunningham, $11,092.
8—Divine Pairodocs, f, 4, Divine Park--Silver Bean, by Silver Deputy. ($3,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-M Gerald Ball, B-C Kidder, N Cole & W Betz (KY), $3,164.
3—Victorius, m, 5, Military--Glacial Victoire, by Honour and Glory. ($1,500 '11 KEEJAN). O-MSM Equine Group LLC, B-Walts-David Stable (KY), $1,740.
Winning Time: 1:13 2/5 (ft)
 
FE, 7TH, ALW, $12,351, 3YO/UP, 6F, 7-5.
3—TOM JOY, g, 6, Giacomo--Verne's Lady, by Silver Deputy. O-James Schlehr, B-George Bigliardi (ON), T-Richard M. Davis, J-Sheena Ryan, $7,396.
7—Devoted Wildcat, g, 6, Forest Wildcat--Devotedness, by Anet. O-Danny J Acorn, B-Donald R Dizney (KY), $2,465.
2—Cajun Kiss, g, 4, Old Fashioned--Azucar Turbinada, by Storm Boot. ($40,000 '11 FTKNOV; $75,000 '12 FTKJUL; $57,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Jaadon Racing Stable, B-Dr & Mrs O M Patrick (KY), $1,233.
Winning Time: 1:10 3/5 (ft)

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Shaman Ghost appears in time in Queen's Plate

Shaman Ghost is a paternal grandson of another Plate winner for Stronach Stables, Awesome Again (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Stronach Stables' homebred Shaman Ghost (Ghostzapper) stayed on remorselessly in Sunday's 156th running of the $797,208 Queen's Plate, denying 3-1 favorite Danish Dynaformer (Dynaformer) in the dying strides of the first jewel of Canada's Triple Crown.

The slight 3-1 second choice, Shaman Ghost handed trainer Brian Lynch and jockey Rafael Hernandez their first career Plate victory. He became the third Plate winner for Stronach, following his own paternal grandsire, Awesome Again, in 1997 and Basqueian in 1994.

When the gate opened, the filly Academic (Henny Hughes) took up her customary spot on the front end. But Conquest Bougaloo (Scat Daddy) took the worst of a chain reaction at the start, in which he was squeezed back on both sides and wound up last. Although the late runner would have eased back early, that was hardly the way to do it, and piled on further bad luck to his connections -- Conquest Stables and trainer Mark Casse, who lost a top contender in Conquest Curlinate to a career-ending injury Thursday.

Nor did Academic get her pacesetting role as desired. For a rank Sweet Grass Creek (Wando) chased her through a swift opening quarter in :22 4/5 on the Polytrack, then passed her rounding the clubhouse turn. After Sweet Grass Creek widened his margin down the backstretch through splits of :45 3/5 and 1:10 4/5, Academic was a spent force in pursuit. Sweet Grass Creek soon came back to the field himself and gave way badly on the far turn. Both he and Academic were eased but walked off the track.

Billy's Star (Perfect Soul) was the first to take the baton from the exhausted Sweet Grass Creek. Although the Roger Attfield pupil pulled a length clear at the mile mark in 1:37 2/5, his better-fancied stablemate Danish Dynaformer was moving smartly on the outside, however, and loomed into contention.

Gaining command in the stretch, the favorite looked poised to give his Hall of Fame trainer a record ninth Plate success. Then came the specter of Shaman Ghost, who appeared on the premises in the final sixteenth and subdued Danish Dynaformer by 1 1/4 lengths. The Ontario-bred negotiated the 1 1/4-mile "Gallop for the Guineas" in 2:03 2/5 and paid $8.60.

"I just wanted to make sure, me and Brian where talking about it, just by the quarter-pole try to be outside the horses," Hernandez said. "He (Danish Dynaformer) make a move too early, I let him pass me. I know my horse always got a kick. So he did his thing. He made his kick down the lane and we get 'em back.

"He is a great horse. He gave me everything today."

"I thought it was a great ride -- very patient," Lynch said. "I thought a few jocks panicked at the quarter-pole, but you can see him sort of sitting. We had the best horse on the day.

"I could just see Rafael's red cap moving forward, moving forward, trying to get himself in a good position. Then I knew this horse would have some finish to him and I knew I had the right rider. He is very patient and would give this horse a fabulous ride."

The unfortunate Conquest Bougaloo rallied gamely for third, just a half-length off Danish Dynaformer. Billy's Star checked in fourth in the 11 who crossed the wire.

Attfield paid tribute to the winner.

"They (Danish Dynaformer and Billy's Star) were both excellent, but they got beat by the horse I was worried about. They both ran well, there's no question," the Hall of Famer summed up.

Shaman Ghost extended his winning streak to four. The May 5 foal didn't break his maiden until his fourth start, succeeding at Gulfstream Park March 14, but quickly followed up in an April 9 Keeneland allowance. Up in time after traffic trouble in his stakes debut in the May 16 Marine (Can-G3), he was kept fresh for this engagement, which boosted his bankroll to $611,611 from his 7-4-0-0 line.

Stronach had his hopes up going into the race.

"Just as I was walking in the grass near the saddling area, I looked down and saw a four-leaf clover. That's usually a good sign," Stronach said. "But I had a good feeling all day long because the horse here beat every horse in the race before in better times. I think this time we got a real good horse and he was hardly breathing when he came over here (to the winner's circle)."

Out of the multiple stakes-placed Getback Time (Gilded Time), Shaman Ghost hails from a California family featuring multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Brother Derek (Benchmark).

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Go Blue or Go Home upsets Highlander in course-record time

Go Blue or Go Home snapped the winning streak of Katie's Eyes while regaining the Highlander crown he first won in 2013 (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Jim and Susan Hill's Go Blue or Go Home (Bluegrass Cat) snapped a two-year losing skid in Sunday's $159,061 Highlander (Can-G2), and for added measure, broke the Woodbine course record by blitzing six furlongs in 1:07.18 on the firm turf. Ignored at 17-1, the Reade Baker charge had not visited the winner's circle since the 2013 Highlander (Can-G3) -- when it was rained off the turf and onto the Polytrack.

Go Blue or Go Home broke sharply here for Alan Garcia, but defending Highlander champion and even-money favorite Something Extra (Indian Charlie) overtook him through an opening quarter in :22 2/5. Garcia then steered Go Blue or Go Home off the rail and angled him onto the outside flank of Something Extra, pressing the leader at the half in :44 3/5.

Still in hand as Something Extra came under pressure at the top of the stretch, Go Blue or Go Home readily wrested control. Then the filly Katie's Eyes (Leroidesanimaux) rallied boldly wider out, but the winner kept his neck in front as they crossed the wire. Mosler (War Front) reported home a further 1 1/4 lengths back in third, a neck up on Something Extra.

"He broke good and was in a nice spot," Garcia said. "He (trainer Baker) told me the week before, 'I have a winner for you.' And he was right. I can't say anything wrong."

"He ran great," Baker said. "He ran fast and hard. It's amazing how this turf course can get fast after all the rain we had. It's absolutely amazing to get that quick that fast. But he is a gutsy horse."  

Go Blue or Go Home, who rewarded his loyalists with a $36.60 win payout, has compiled a record of 19-6-2-3, $480,092. Victorious in the 2013 Karl Boyes Memorial at Presque Isle prior to his 5 1/4-length romp in the Highlander, the bay subsequently placed in the Phoenix (G3), the Vigil (Can-G3), two editions of the Ontario Jockey Club and most recently the June 15 Karl Boyes.

Bred by Morgan's Ford Far, and WinStar Farm in Virginia, Go Blue or Go Home sold to his current owners for $90,000 as a Keeneland November weanling. He is out of the stakes-placed Go Baby Go (Lion Cavern), who is also responsible for stakes scorer and Delaware course record-setter Hugo (Stormy Atlantic) as well as Grade 3-placed Flibberjibit (Arch). The winner's second dam is Grade 1 star Bequest (Sharpen Up).

Strut the Course, Canada's champion older female, earned her first turf stakes win in the Dance Smartly (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
John Unger's homebred Strut the Course (Strut the Stage) was honored as last year's Canadian champion older female on the strength of her Polytrack results, but in the $179,738 Dance Smartly (Can-G2), she proved herself at a higher level on the turf. The Barbara Minshall mare got first run on even-money favorite Watsdachances (Diamond Green), whose desperate late lunge fell a head short.

"She's a high-strung filly, and we know her," Minshall noted. "We kind of expected she'd get on her toes. That's why I kept her in from outside (for saddling, rather than the walking ring). This was a big step (up), going to open company with these fillies on the turf. It's a big difference from Ontario (bred/sired) races."  

Sent off the 3-1 second choice, Strut the Course raced keenly just behind the pace as Smartyfly (Smart Strike) posted splits of :25 and :49 2/5. Former Canadian champion Solid Appeal (Successful Appeal) engaged the leader rounding the far turn and finally mastered Smartyfly down the lane. But just when Solid Appeal looked like regaining the Dance Smartly crown she won in 2013, Strut the Course was produced at the right time by Luis Contreras. Despite cocking her head and trying to lug in, she wore down Solid Appeal.

Meanwhile, Watsdachances, who was in a good midpack position early, somehow found herself shuffled back to last leaving the backstretch. Although the Chad Brown mare took off once set down in the drive, she had been given too much to do.

Strut the Course negotiated about 1 1/8 miles in 1:45 2/5 and returned $8.90. Out of the winning Trajectory mare Bold Course, the Ontario-bred was earning her fourth career stakes victory but first on turf. The bay romped in last fall's Maple Leaf (Can-G3) and Classy 'n Smart to secure her Sovereign Award, and she also missed by a neck in the grassy Victoriana. Her prior resume includes a victory in the 2013 Eternal Search along with placings in the Bison City, La Prevoyante, Victorian Queen and Princess Elizabeth. She might have increased that total but for a troubled fifth in the May 23 Nassau (Can-G2) in her reappearance, and her overall scorecard stands at 19-8-3-2, $701,025.

Aldous Snow kept Dynamic Sky at bay to repeat in the Singspiel (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
There was a similarly tight finish in the $138,860 Singspiel (Can-G3), as defending champion Aldous Snow (Theatrical) dug deep to hold off Dynamic Sky (Sky Mesa) by a head. Trained by Malcolm Pierce and piloted by Eurico Rosa da Silva, the 5-1 chance was nestled in the slipstream of the leaders through fractions of :25 4/5, :52, 1:16 3/5 and 1:40 1/5 on the firm course.

Aldous Snow launched his bid turning into the stretch and edged clear. Hyper (Victory Gallop), the 3-2 favorite, tried to mount a challenge on the outside, but the Brown trainee flattened out for third.

The bigger danger was Dynamic Sky, the reigning Sovereign Award winner as champion turf male. After briefly awaiting room, Dynamic Sky darted to the inside and joined Aldous Snow, who steadfastly refused to let him pass. The Sam-Son Farm homebred covered 1 1/2 miles in 2:27 2/5 and sparked a $12.60 win mutuel.

Winless since the 2014 Singspiel, Aldous Snow improved his record to 26-5-5-3, $540,872. The six-year-old has placed in a quartet of stakes, most notably the 2012 Breeders' S. at this course and distance.

"I think he came into this race better than he's come into any race in his life," Pierce said. "We had confidence. And I'm glad no rain came and he got the turf he liked, firm turf."

Bred in Ontario, Aldous Snow is a three-quarter brother to multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire Strut the Stage (Theatrical), sire of Sunday's Dance Smartly heroine Strut the Course. He is a full brother to the stakes-placed Born to Act (Theatrical), both produced by the winning Quiet American mare Brave Destiny.

This is also the family of past Canadian Horse of the Year and U.S. turf champ Chief Bearhart (Chief's Crown), winner of the 1997 Breeders' Cup Turf (G1), as well as current performers Private Zone (Macho Uno), a multiple Grade 1 winner who just won Saturday's Belmont Sprint Championship (G3); multiple Grade 1-placed Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), recently successful in the Ohio Derby; and Grade 1-placed stakes vixen Achiever's Legacy (City Zip).

Beliveau justified 3-5 favoritism in the Clarendon (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Trainer Mark Casse scored in the first stakes on the card, the $119,614 Clarendon S., with 3-5 favorite Beliveau (Where's the Ring). Carving out a stalk and pounce trip beneath Patrick Husbands, the dark bay rolled to a 1 1/4-length decision over 45-1 shot Ruth Less Blue (Giant Gizmo). Beliveau completed the 5 1/2-furlong dash for Ontario-bred juveniles in 1:04 1/5 on the Polytrack.

"We gelded him early and it's made a huge difference," Casse said. "We thought he was a decent horse, but he's surprised us. I was a little nervous at the top of the lane today but he showed his true grit."

Campaigned by East West Stables, Michael James Ambler and breeder Windways Farm, Beliveau sports a mark of 3-2-1-0, $118,016. The gelding has finished first in all of his outings, but he was disqualified to second for interference in the June 20 Victoria S. on turf. Beliveau had romped in his unveiling on the local Polytrack May 24.

A half-brother to the multiple stakes-placed Super Colerosa (Bold Executive), Beliveau is out of Minstrel Show (Tale of the Cat), who is herself a half-sister to Grade 3 victor Bidding Proud (Explosive Bid).

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North American Maiden Winners
Albertus Maximus--My Untamed Heart by Value Plus; MY HEART GOES ON, f, 2, EMD, Msw, 7-5, 4 1/2f, :51 3/5. B-Coal Creek Farm (WA.). ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
Closing Argument--Poppin by City Zip; WON AGAIN, c, 2, EVD, Mcl 20000, 7-4, 5f, :59 1/5. B-Steve Asmussen (LA.). $10,000 2015 EVDMAR.
Don'tsellmeshort--It's Twilight Time by Suggest; TIME ON THE RUN, g, 2, OTP, Mcl 32000, 7-5, 5 1/2f, 1:06 1/5. B-Running Luck Ranch LLC (CA.).
Early Flyer--Bonita Belle by Magic Cat; TIME IS LOVE, f, 2, LS, Mcl 20000, 7-4, 5f, 1:01 4/5. B-Clarence Scharbauer Jr (TX.).
Fierce Wind--Stormy Heroine by Storm Boot; FRANKIN STORM, g, 2, LRL, Mcl 25000, 7-5, 5f, :59 . B-Susan Minor (VA.). ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
Here Comes Ben--Hickory Belle by Unbridled Time; BEN'S GIRL, f, 2, LRL, Mcl 40000, 7-5, 5f, :59 4/5. B-Steve Prather (NY.). $37,000 '14 OBSAUG; $9,000 '14 OBSJAN; $15,000 2015 OBSAPR.
Include--Desviacion by Unreal Zeal; RIKER, c, 2, WO, Msw, 7-5, 5f, :58 1/5. B-Turner Breeders (KY.). $60,000 2015 OBSAPR. *1/2 to Cashel Castle (G3).
Kantharos--Rosiesuptown by Werblin; DANBURY, c, 2, GP, Msw, 7-5, 5f, :58 4/5. B-Robert C. Roffey Jr. (FL.). $5,000 '14 OBSAUG; $15,000 '14 OBSJAN; $25,000 2015 OBSAPR.
Matt's Broken Vow--Miz Dayjur by Dayjur; DARKHORSE TY, g, 2, CBY, Msw, 7-5, 5f, 1:01 1/5. B-Lisa Duoos (MN.).
Native Ruler--Dracken by Millennium Allstar; NATIVE PRINCESS, f, 2, PRM, Msw, 7-4, 4 1/2f, :52 4/5. B-Richard Bremer & Cheryl Sprick (IA.).
Notional--A Wee Gift by Jambalaya Jazz; TEXAS JAMBALAYA, c, 2, LS, Mcl 25000, 7-4, 5f, 1:00 3/5. B-Derby Lane Farm, LLC (KY.). $5,000 '14 KEESEP.
Paddy O'Prado--Reboot by Rubiano; PADDY'S FLIGHT, f, 2, GP, Msw, 7-5, 5f, :58 4/5. B-Woodford Thoroughbreds (FL.). $55,000 2015 OBSAPR.
Proud Citizen--Tender Storm by Honour and Glory; JOHN Q. PUBLIC, c, 2, ELP, Msw, 7-5, 5f, :57 4/5. B-William H. Tite III (KY.). $17,000 '14 FTKOCT; $50,000 2015 OBSMAR.
Tale of Ekati--Asset Class by Maria's Mon; PREFER DIAMONDS, f, 2, PRM, Mcl 40000, 7-4, 5f, 1:00 2/5. B-H. Allen Poindexter (IA.). $32,000 '14 KEEJAN.
Time to Get Even--So. African Queen by Unaccounted For; XINGONTOTHEBONE, c, 2, LRC, Msw, 7-4, 5f, :57 3/5. B-Walther Solis (CA.).
Tiz the One--Amarelle by Devil's Bag; BELLA WON, f, 2, EVD, Mcl 20000, 7-4, 5f, 1:00 1/5. B-Channon Farm, LLC (LA.). $2,300 '13 ESLOCT; $5,000 '14 OBSJAN.
Valid Expectations--My Girl Bess by More Than Ready; VALID DECISION, c, 2, LS, Msw, 7-5, 5 1/2f, 1:07 2/5. B-Fletcher Properties, Inc. (TX.). $63,000 2015 TEXMAR.
Afleet Alex--Superior Storm (G1P$1,066,873), by Stormy Atlantic; I AM SUPERIOR TOO, f, 3, ELP, Msw, 7-5, 5 1/2fT, 1:03 1/5. B-Jack Dickerson (KY.).
Afleet Alex--Renaissance Lady by A.P. Indy; BE SMITTEN, f, 3, MTH, Mcl 10000, 7-4, 1m 70y, 1:45 . B-Summer Wind Farm (KY.). $55,000 '13 KEESEP; $32,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Any Given Saturday--Senza Unica by Mr. Prospector; TREVOR M., g, 3, LS, Mcl 6250, 7-5, 1m, 1:45 1/5. B-Rusty Roberts (OK.). $4,000 '13 KEESEP.
Aragorn (IRE)--Darling Bride by Unbridled; WE B JAMMIN, g, 3, MTH, Mcl 50000, 7-5, 6f, 1:11 4/5. B-Red Oak Stable (NJ.).
Ballado's Gold--Rucava by Prospect Bay; FORGED IN GOLD, f, 3, MNR, Msw, 7-5, 5fT, :58 1/5. B-Ed Schuster (WV.).
Bluegrass Cat--Perfect Six (MSW$278,255), by Saratoga Six; GOTTANOGRASS, f, 3, ARP, Msw, 7-5, 6f, 1:14 2/5. B-WinStar Farm, LLC (NY.). $6,200 '13 COLAUG; $7,000 '13 KEEJAN. *1/2 to Buffalo Man (MG3$505,234).
Cat Thief--Texas Stripe by Service Stripe; CAT NIP ALLY, c, 3, PEN, Mcl 7500, 7-4, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-Elizabeth R. Houghton (PA.).
Cause to Believe--Meet the Queen by Strong Hope; THIS IS THE MOMENT, g, 3, HST, Mcl 8000, 7-5, 6 1/2f, 1:19 . B-James Barry Doud (BC.). C$12,000 '13 BRCSEP.
Cyclotron--Shiri Furi by Belong to Me; CLAUDITA, f, 3, LRC, Mcl 40000, 7-4, 5 1/2f, 1:04 2/5. B-Bruce Headley, Ed Bernstein, Andrew Molasky & Irwin Molasky (CA.). $8,000 2014 BESJAN.
Divine Park--Class by Thunder Gulch; CLASS DIVINE, f, 3, LRC, Mcl 20000, 7-4, 1m, 1:39 2/5. B-Brereton C. Jones (KY.). $15,000 '13 KEESEP.
Eskendereya--Miss Utada by Rahy; LITTLE EMMA, f, 3, LRC, Mcl 30000, 7-5, 5 1/2f, 1:03 4/5. B-Norman Cheng (KY.). *1/2 to Secret Gypsy (MG2$596,926).
Flower Alley--Nyanza by Montbrook; OFF THE SCREEN, f, 3, CBY, Msw, 7-5, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Eico Stable (KY.). *1/2 to Zee Bros (MSW$449,230).
Flower Alley--Vaulcluse by A.P. Indy; DOTTINS ALLEY, g, 3, WO, Msw, 7-5, 1 1/16m, 1:45 2/5. B-Eugene Melnyk (FL.). $52,000 2014 FTKJU2. *Full to Lukes Alley (champion in Canada, $406,179).
Heatseeker (IRE)--Sweet Muqtarib by Muqtarib; HEAT ME, f, 3, OTP, Mcl 8000, 7-4, 5 1/2f, 1:05 1/5. B-William DeBurgh, Richard Schatz & Jack Preston (CA.). $12,000 '13 CTNAUG.
Jet Phone--Kachinga by Indian Charlie; APACHE BELLE, f, 3, LS, Msw, 7-5, 1m, 1:44 1/5. B-Diamond D Ranch (TX.).
K. O. Punch--Source of Life by Madraar; SOURCE OF FUN, f, 3, SRP, Mcl 6500, 7-5, 6 1/2f, 1:20 4/5. B-McKenna Thoroughbreds LLC (NM.).
Keyed Entry--Seemein Seattle by Seattle Sleet; MERRY LADY, f, 3, PID, Mcl 25000, 7-5, 5 1/2f, 1:06 . B-Mari George (FL.). $4,000 2014 OBSJAN.
Mizzen Mast--Elinvar by Elusive Quality; MIZZEN QUALITY, g, 3, PRX, Mcl 15000, 7-5, 6f, 1:13 . B-Mr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss (KY.). $8,500 2014 OBSJUN.
Mr. Mabee--Aprice by Repriced; MABEEAPRICE, f, 3, BTP, Mcl 7500, 7-5, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Gerald W. Holt (IN.).
Pioneerof the Nile--Mahalia by Songandaprayer; FOURTH DIMENSION, g, 3, FE, Mcl 7500, 7-5, 5f, :58 3/5. B-Marablue Farm LLC & Pegasus Stud LLC (KY.). $4,200 '13 KEEJAN.
Political Force--Countess Imperio by Awesome Again; ISTHATALLTHEREIS, f, 3, BEL, Msw, 7-5, 1 1/16mT, 1:43 2/5. B-Michael Imperio (NY.).
Rockport Harbor--Pulpit Harbor ($260,070), by Nicholas; J K'S DREAM, g, 3, AP, Mcl 25000, 7-5, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-Copper Penny Stables LLC (PA.). $4,000 '12 KEENOV; $10,000 '13 OBSAUG; $6,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Sharp Humor--Parisian Jade by Parisianprospector; JADED HUMOR, g, 3, FE, Msw, 7-5, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-James A. Everatt, Janeane A. Everatt & J. Arika Everatt-Meeuse (ON.). $32,000 '13 FTKOCT.
Singing Saint--Pat's My Sister by War Deputy; HE'S NO SAINT, g, 3, WO, Msw, 7-5, 7f, 1:23 3/5. B-Mark Richard Hughes (ON.).
Sligo Bay (IRE)--Sinhouse ($352,547), by Deposit Ticket; BOTH CONVINCED, f, 3, FE, Mcl 5000, 7-5, a1mT, 1:42 3/5. B-Mark Richard Hughes & Mike Mailhot (ON.).
Songandaprayer--Misty Expectation ($295,707), by Valid Expectations; SONGANDAHEART, f, 3, LS, Mcl 12500, 7-5, 5fT, :58 . B-Janet Erwin (FL.). $9,500 '13 OBSOCT; $5,500 2014 OBSJUN.
Straight Line--Love Handles ($262,501), by Sahm; STREAMLINE, f, 3, AP, Msw, 7-4, 5 1/2f, 1:04 4/5. B-Nancy Vanier (IL.).
Street Magician--So Vain by Mr. Greeley; MAGICIAN'S VANITY, f, 3, PID, Msw, 7-5, 1m 70y, 1:44 . B-R. Larry Johnson (VA.).
Tale of the Cat--Prop by Unbridled's Song; ARIGATO, g, 3, OTP, Mcl 8000, 7-5, 5 1/2f, 1:04 1/5. B-C. Kidder, N. Cole, B. Kidder, F. Bushnell, M. Metcalf & J. Cunningham (KY.). $22,000 '13 KEESEP; $40,000 2014 OBSMAR.
Tiznow--Mistical Plan (G1$816,790), by Game Plan; DELTA OUTLAW, c, 3, MTH, Msw, 7-5, 6f, 1:10 . B-Blue Heaven Farm (KY.). $410,000 '13 KEESEP.
Value Plus--Roll V T R by Alphabet Soup; PRINCESS VALUE, f, 3, HP, Msw, 7-4, 5 1/2f, 1:09 3/5. B-Morgan Miller (FL.). $2,000 '13 OBSJAN.
War Cry--That's Just Wrong by Bold Executive; BOGGIE, f, 3, WO, Msw, 7-5, 7f, 1:24 . B-Margaret Spencer (ON.).
Alex's Pal--It's All Good by Wheelaway; SHESAFIESTYONE, f, 4, PEN, Mcl 5000, 7-4, 1m, 1:45 . B-StableWind Thoroughbred Management (PA.).
Golden Missile--Slamyuincourt by Grand Slam; BEAHEREINCOURT, f, 4, CBY, Mcl 6250, 7-5, 6f, 1:13 2/5. B-Milfer Farm Inc. (NY.). $30,000 2013 OBSAPR.
Harlan's Holiday--Onida (IRE) by Noverre; DENCH, g, 4, OTP, Mcl 8000, 7-4, 1 1/16m, 1:46 1/5. B-Brackpool Racing LLC (KY.).
Kitten's Joy--Prime Silver by Silver Hawk; SUPERSONIC, g, 4, ELP, Mcl 30000, 7-5, 1mT, 1:34 2/5. B-Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey (KY.). $45,000 '12 FTKJUL; $80,000 2013 OBSAPR.
Mineshaft--Amy's Gold by Strike the Gold; ROUGH DAN, g, 4, PRM, Mcl 7500, 7-4, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Chance Farm (VA.). $10,000 '12 KEESEP. *1/2 to Tahoe Warrior (G2P$471,601).
Nobiz Like Shobiz--Oka No Book by Mari's Book; BOOK THE SHOW, f, 4, ELP, Msw, 7-5, 1mT, 1:35 2/5. B-Ron Kirby & Tom Kirby (KY.).
Part the Waters--Durable by Best Jest; ZENABLE, g, 4, BTP, Msw, 7-5, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Kris Nemann & Fred Nemann (OH.).
Pollard's Vision--Mrs Petoski by Orientate; SOLDYOUADREAM, g, 4, BTP, Mcl 5000, 7-5, 5 1/2f, 1:04 3/5. B-John Perrotta (KY.).
Rockport Harbor--Wander Queen by Kingmambo; HARBOR KING, g, 4, BEL, Mcl 40000, 7-5, 1 1/8mT, 1:49 4/5. B-Sequel Thoroughbreds & A. Lakin & Sons (NY.).
Service Stripe--Hali's Angel by Jambalaya Jazz; LT. JG. SAMBO, c, 4, FMT, Msw, 7-5, 6f, 1:14 4/5. B-Howard B Condren (OK.).
Western Echo--Miss Volcano by Lucky Lionel; LOLA MARIES ECHO, f, 4, FMT, Mcl 5000, 7-5, 4f, :46 2/5. B-Murrell Redding (OK.).
Lion Heart--Le Entourage by Smart Strike; SMART KIARA, m, 5, AP, Mcl 15000, 7-5, 5 1/2fT, 1:05 1/5. B-Ashby Thoroughbreds (IL.).
Winter Glitter--Larens Bid by Dawn Quixote; TEA PARTY CAMPAIGN, g, 5, PRM, Mcl 7500, 7-5, 6f, 1:13 3/5. B-Katherine A. Rosenthal (IA.).
Northern Devil--Spirit One by Sharper One; HERECOMESEMMY, m, 6, GRP, Mcl 3500, 7-4, 5f, 1:01 2/5. B-Ray Andrews & Bear Creek Stables LLC. (OR.).
Olmos--X O N'strawberries by Hennessy; JOSCO, g, 6, GIL, Msw, 7-4, 4f, :47 . B-E. Martinez, Jr. (TX.).
Sir Bedivere--Flyhiwallenda by Wallenda; PRINCE BEDIVERE, g, 8, LS, Mcl 12500, 7-5, 1mT, 1:36 3/5. B-R. W. Boone (TX.).
Rodeo--Gumbo Effect by Rail; ROUGE SUR LA TETE, h, 9, PID, Mcl 7500, 7-5, 6f, 1:12 . B-Hilda Lanaux (LA.). $3,000 '07 OBSJAN.

Racing Headlines

Ballet Diva takes center stage on Summit of Speed undercard

Francesco Blue denied the favorite in the Birdonthewire (Kenny Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Four graded events were the focus of Gulfstream Park's Summit of Speed program on Sunday, but they shared the card with five undercard stakes as well.

Monarch Stables' homebred Francesco Blue (Leroidesanimaux) kicked off the Summit of Speed stakes action when reeling in 4-5 favorite Fellowship (Awesome of Course) to take the $99,250 Birdonthewire S. by a length under jockey Edgar Prado. Trained by Larry Pilotti, the gray colt ran 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track in 1:05.55.

Francesco Blue was making his third start in this spot, having just broken his maiden by a neck over Gulfstream's turf on June 4, and improved his career record to 3-2-0-0, $94,370.

The Florida-bred juvenile is the first registered foal out of Nicey Nice (Holy Bull) and counts as his third dam Grade 1 queen Broom Dance (Dance Spell), who is best known for producing Grade 3-winning successful sire End Sweep (Forty Niner). Francesco Blue's fourth dam is Witching Hour (Thinking Cap), who is a half-sister to champion Tempted (*Half Crown).

One race later, Jacks or Better Farm's homebred Ballet Diva (Hear No Evil) wired the $93,000 Cassidy S. by 4 1/2 lengths while cruising home in 1:04.06 for 5 1/2 furlongs, 1.49 seconds faster than Francesco Blue.

With Jose Caraballo aboard, the Stanley Gold-trained chestnut lass was easily the 3-5 favorite on Sunday after taking her May 28 debut by 12 lengths at Gulfstream, and has now banked $91,640 after going two-for-two.

Ballet Diva danced her way to victory in the Cassidy (Adam Coglianese Photography)
Ballet Diva is out of the stakes-placed Dame Sylvieguilhem (Nureyev), making her a half-sister to Flying Trip (Trippi), who captured the 2010 edition of the Cassidy when it was run at Calder. This female family also includes champion Roving Boy (Olden Times).

The three remaining stakes all took place on the firm turf, beginning with the $75,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint going five furlongs. Marco Thoroughbred Corp.'s Successful Native (Successful Appeal) was sent off the 8-5 choice and just managed to run down pacesetter Noble Prince (Chapel Royal) in the lane to score a neck victory.

Trained by Aubrey Maragh and ridden by Juan Leyva, the four-year-old colt was making his stakes bow in this spot and stopped the clock in :56. Successful Native now boasts a 6-3-1-0 scorecard and doubled his bankroll to $86,000.

The Kentucky-bred dark bay is out of Picketline (Street Cry), who is a half-sister to Grade 3-winning sire Valid Expectations (Valid Appeal), Grade 3-placed stallion Littleexpectations (Valid Appeal) and Grade 3 heroine Little Sister (Valid Appeal). Successful Native's third dam is Nowmepache (Hangover), who is a half-sister to champion and 1975 Kentucky Derby (G1) conqueror Foolish Pleasure (What a Pleasure).

Grupo 7C Racing Stable's Grand Tito (Candy Ride) returned to the winner's circle with a 1 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 Miesque's Approval S. with Javier Castellano holding the reins. The Gustavo Delgado-conditioned five-year-old, who had dropped his previous eight starts, covered 1 1/16 miles on the green in 1:41.

Grand Tito is no stranger to either Gulfstream or stakes company, and now boasts a stakes win from his past three seasons including last year's Miami Mile H. (G3). The dark bay just missed by a half-length while going for a title defense in that contest on April 25 at Gulfstream last out, and now shows a 7-6-4 mark from 28 career starts and has banked $382,000 lifetime.

Grand Tito was picture perfect in the Miesque's Approval (Adam Coglianese Photography)
The Kentucky-bred runner is the first registered stakes winner out of dual Grade 2 heorine Golden Arches (Common Grounds), who captured a pair of Grade 2 contests stateside and a Group 3 in her native France.

Grand Tito's second dam is Echoes of Eternity (*Cougar II), who is a full sister to the 1982 Kentucky Derby-winning sire Gato del Sol and a half-sibling to French champion Tersa (Mr. Prospector). The latter mare is herself the dam of multiple Grade 1-scoring millionaire and classic-placed sire Rock Hard Ten (Kris S.).

Miller Racing LLC's Lori's Store (El Prado) wrapped up Summit of Speed Day when coming with a late run down the center of the track to take the $75,000 Spook Express S. by a neck over 6-5 favorite Street of Gold (Street Sense).

Edgard Zayas guided the Marty Wolfson trainee as she stopped the clock in 1:42 1/5 for 1 1/16 grass miles. The five-year-old gray mare added a first stakes win to her resume with this one and improved her lifetime record to 21-5-4-2, $169,095.

Lori's Store is the first registered foal and stakes winner out of stakes runner-up Big Promise (Rahy). Her fourth dam is Grade 1 victress Prize Spot (Little Current)

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Goldy Espony controlled the pace throughout in her first try at 1 1/2 miles in the River Memories (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography/Susie Raisher)
Swift Thoroughbreds and Bradley Thoroughbreds' Goldy Espony (Vespone) stole Sunday's $100,000 River Memories S. at Belmont Park. Trying 1 1/2 miles for the first time, the French import got away with pedestrian fractions under a heady Kendrick Carmouche ride and kicked 2 1/2 lengths clear. The Chad Brown filly reeled off a final quarter in :22 to finish in 2:29 3/5. Goldy Espony, who garnered the 2014 Prix Penelope (Fr-G3) and Prix Rose de Mai prior to disappointing in the Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-G1), made just two U.S. starts as a sophomore. Sixth in the Belmont Oaks (G1) and third in the Valley View (G3), she was not seen again until taking an optional claimer here May 8. Now two-for-two as a four-year-old, the gray sports a mark of 11-5-1-2, $282,604...

Trainer Alan Goldberg is eyeing the August 15 Secretariat (G1) for Belmont Derby (G1) romper Force the Pass (Speightstown), with the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) a possible long-range target. "We thought he was a special horse from the time we brought him down to Florida this winter, but he didn't really have to run until the Penn Mile (G3). That's when the light came on; he was unbelievable that day," Goldberg said...

Speaking from his shedrow Sunday morning, trainer Christophe Clement commented on Tonalist's (Tapit) loss by a head in the Suburban (G2). "Tonalist had to work very hard in that race. It was an unfortunate result at the wire to lose by a head, but we will regroup and move forward onto the Whitney ([G1] on August 8). I don't think the fact he didn't have blinkers in the race was an issue. I don't use blinkers on him when he goes long on dirt. The way he ran yesterday shows he does not need blinkers."...

Kent Sweezey, assistant to trainer Jimmy Jerkens, said that V. E. Day (English Channel) will be pointed for the Whitney (G1) while Wicked Strong (Hard Spun) is scheduled to make his turf debut in next Saturday's Forbidden Apple...

Trainer Rick Violette Jr. was not discouraged by Samraat's (Noble Causeway) distant fourth in his comeback in Saturday's 4TH race at Belmont, his first start in 13 months, since finishing sixth in the 2014 Belmont S. (G1). "Head and head going a half in :46, three-quarters in 1:10 wasn't exactly what we had drawn up, and so we got a race into him," Violette said. "He looks like he pulled up great, that's the most important thing. We don't have a specific target yet but we'll see how he cools out and go from there."...

Middleburg (Lemon Drop Kid), beaten a nose by Triple Threat (Monsun) in the June 7 Monmouth (G2), will renew rivalry in Saturday's Arlington H. (G3). Trainer Christophe Clement decided to bypass Sunday's United Nations (G1) with Middleburg and reroute him to Chicago. In other Million Preview Day news, Hall of Fame horseman Neil Drysdale said that Three Hearts (Hat Trick) could face males in the Stars and Stripes (G3). "We're definitely thinking about running her against the boys in the Stars and Stripes," Drysdale confirmed. "We have Gaga A (T. H. Approval) in the Modesty (G3) and I like that (Three Hearts) gets in quite light at 112 (pounds)." Drysdale is also planning to enter Power Ped (Powerscourt) in the Arlington 'Cap on the same card...

Cozmic One (Bernardini), the first foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, is entered at Belmont Park in Wednesday's 7TH race, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight for three-year-olds and up. Set at morning line odds of 4-1, he has drawn post 8 in the field of nine and will be ridden by Rajiv Maragh. The dark bay sophomore had failed to fire in his highly-anticipated debut, finishing last in a Santa Anita maiden special weight event last April. Lately, however, Cozmic One has been sharp on the worktab, posting back-to-back bullets in his last two works. "He's training well," said trainer John Shirreffs. "He's had some very good works lately. I thought his last race was a good experience for him and the timing is good now." Shirreffs added that Cozmic One will join the trainer's Saratoga operation again this summer.

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Monday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Delaware Park   (3rd) Sweet Visionary, 3-1
    (4th) Reason, 9-2
Finger Lakes   (1st) Strueves Star, 6-1
    (5th) Assured Victory, 3-1
Mountaineer   (2nd) Mountain Swain, 6-1
    (3rd) Hes a Delight, 5-1
Parx Racing   (1st) Wonder Will, 4-1
    (8th) Forge Ahead Franki, 7-2
Presque Isle Downs   (6th) A Tough of Humor, 3-1
    (7th) Boardwalk Baron, 7-2
Thistledown   (3rd) Angel in My Eyes, 9-2
    (4th) Henry Ella, 4-1

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