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SATURDAY, JULY 4, 2015

Graded Recaps

Force the Pass airs in Belmont Derby

Force the Pass blew the race open turning for home (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Richard Santulli's homebred Force the Pass (Speightstown) delivered a breakout performance at odds of 10-1 in Saturday's $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1). Just up in a blanket finish in the May 30 Penn Mile (G3), the Alan Goldberg trainee left no doubt this time, slipping through along the inside on the far turn and opening up by a resounding 3 3/4 lengths over French shipper Canndal (Medicean).

Bolo (Temple City), the 2-1 favorite, uncharacteristically stopped despite getting away with pedestrian fractions of :24 2/5, :50 1/5 and 1:15 1/5 on Belmont's firm inner turf. Jockey Rafael Bejarano wrapped up on him in the stretch, allowing him to coast across the wire last, and he was subsequently vanned off.

Force the Pass was well placed throughout by Joel Rosario, who had him poised in third early, in the slipstream of Bolo. When the favorite drifted enough rounding the far turn to present an opening, Force the Pass seized the opportunity and wasted no time in capitalizing. Shooting clear in a couple of strides after the mile mark in 1:39, he stamped his authority en route to finishing 1 1/4 miles in 2:01. His supporters were rewarded with a $22.20 win payout.

Canndal, well back early, improved his position down the backstretch and followed Force the Pass's move. Although no match for the winner, the Aga Khan homebred kept on well to take second by a half-length from Startup Nation (Temple City). Closing Bell (Tapit) was just edged in fourth, followed by Takeover Target (Harlan's Holiday), Irish shipper Postulation (Harlan's Holiday), Divisidero (Kitten's Joy), Granny's Kitten (Kitten's Joy) and Bolo.

Force the Pass is now a millionaire with $1,030,084 in earnings from a record of 6-4-2-0. Unraced at two, the chestnut has campaigned exclusively on turf so far. He won second time out at Gulfstream Park March 7 and made it two in a row in the non-black-type Cutler Bay over the same course. Force the Pass was a troubled second as the 2-1 favorite in the May 16 James W. Murphy at Pimlico, but overcame a problematic passage last time at Penn, and didn't have a straw in his path here.

Bred by Santulli's Colts Neck Stables in Kentucky, Force the Pass is out of multiple Grade 3 vixen Social Queen (Dynaformer), a relative of $4.7 million-earner Perfect Drift (Dynaformer).

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Force the Pass airs in Belmont Derby

Force the Pass blew the race open turning for home (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Richard Santulli's homebred Force the Pass (Speightstown) delivered a breakout performance at odds of 10-1 in Saturday's $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1). Just up in a blanket finish in the May 30 Penn Mile (G3), the Alan Goldberg trainee left no doubt this time, slipping through along the inside on the far turn and opening up by a resounding 3 3/4 lengths over French shipper Canndal (Medicean).

Bolo (Temple City), the 2-1 favorite, uncharacteristically stopped despite getting away with pedestrian fractions of :24 2/5, :50 1/5 and 1:15 1/5 on Belmont's firm inner turf. Jockey Rafael Bejarano wrapped up on him in the stretch, allowing him to coast across the wire last, and he was subsequently vanned off.

Force the Pass was well placed throughout by Joel Rosario, who had him poised in third early, in the slipstream of Bolo. When the favorite drifted enough rounding the far turn to present an opening, Force the Pass seized the opportunity and wasted no time in capitalizing. Shooting clear in a couple of strides after the mile mark in 1:39, he stamped his authority en route to finishing 1 1/4 miles in 2:01. His supporters were rewarded with a $22.20 win payout.

Canndal, well back early, improved his position down the backstretch and followed Force the Pass's move. Although no match for the winner, the Aga Khan homebred kept on well to take second by a half-length from Startup Nation (Temple City). Closing Bell (Tapit) was just edged in fourth, followed by Takeover Target (Harlan's Holiday), Irish shipper Postulation (Harlan's Holiday), Divisidero (Kitten's Joy), Granny's Kitten (Kitten's Joy) and Bolo.

Force the Pass is now a millionaire with $1,030,084 in earnings from a record of 6-4-2-0. Unraced at two, the chestnut has campaigned exclusively on turf so far. He won second time out at Gulfstream Park March 7 and made it two in a row in the non-black-type Cutler Bay over the same course. Force the Pass was a troubled second as the 2-1 favorite in the May 16 James W. Murphy at Pimlico, but overcame a problematic passage last time at Penn, and didn't have a straw in his path here.

Bred by Santulli's Colts Neck Stables in Kentucky, Force the Pass is out of multiple Grade 3 vixen Social Queen (Dynaformer), a relative of $4.7 million-earner Perfect Drift (Dynaformer).

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Speightster remains unblemished, Texas Red second in Dwyer

Speightster drew off impressively and Bill Mott, who also trains recent Easy Goer winner Japan, has a pair of up-and-coming sophomores at his disposal (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
WinStar Farm LLC's homebred Speightster (Speightstown) continued to win with ease in Saturday's $500,000 Dwyer S. (G3) at Belmont Park, improving his record to three for three with a convincing 2 1/2-length decision in his stakes debut.

The Bill Mott-trained colt broke sharply with jockey Jose Lezcano and after closely tracking the pace in second through fractions of :22 4/5 and :46 1/5, the chestnut surged to the lead leaving the far turn. He faced a brief threat from the rallying Texas Red (Afleet Alex) in midstretch before reasserting control in the latter stages to win going away under the wire.

The late bloomer rolled to a seven-length victory when making his debut at Keeneland April 17 in an about seven-furlong maiden special weight and was exiting a facile 3 1/2-length tally over entry-level allowance foes going 6 1/2 furlongs at Belmont Park on June 5.

He stretched out to a mile with authority in the Dwyer, stopping the teletimer in 1:35, and Speightster paid $6.50 to win as the 2-1 second choice among seven three-year-olds.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red, unraced since a neck second in the February 1 San Vicente (G2) at Santa Anita, turned in a commendable performance returning from a 153-day layoff, finishing 2 1/2 lengths clear of third-placer Tommy Macho (Macho Uno), and is eligible to improve next time after proving no match for Speightster.

Smart Transition (Smart Strike) rallied late for fourth and was followed by Blofeld (Quality Road), pacesetter Hollywood Angel (Circular Quay) and Bridget's Big Luvy (Tiz Wonderful).

Bred in Kentucky, Speightster is out of the unraced and well-bred Dance Swiftly (Danzig), a full sister to U.S. champion and Canadian Horse of the Year Dance Smartly, an earner of more than $3.2 million and a noted producer. Speightster is a half-brother to the stakes-winning filly and Grade 2 runner-up West Coast Swing (Gone West).

Dance Swiftly is out of Canadian champion Classy 'N Smart (Smarten), who along with Dance Smartly is responsible for Grade 1 winner and top sire Smart Strike; Grade 1 victor Full of Wonder; and Grade 2 hero Strike Smartly. All three are by Mr. Prospector.

Dance Smartly is the dam of Canadian champion Dancethruthedawn (Mr. Prospector), Grade 2 scorer Dance with Ravens (A.P. Indy) and Queen's Plate winner Scatter the Gold (Mr. Prospector). This is also the immediate female family of Grade 1 winner Moreno (Ghostzapper), an earner of more than $2.9 million who captured the Charles Town Classic (G2) and finished second in the Santa Anita H. (G1) earlier this season.

With Saturday's $275,000 payday, Speightster has now earned $363,800.

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Speightster remains unblemished, Texas Red second in Dwyer

Speightster drew off impressively and Bill Mott, who also trains recent Easy Goer winner Japan, has a pair of up-and-coming sophomores at his disposal (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
WinStar Farm LLC's homebred Speightster (Speightstown) continued to win with ease in Saturday's $500,000 Dwyer S. (G3) at Belmont Park, improving his record to three for three with a convincing 2 1/2-length decision in his stakes debut.

The Bill Mott-trained colt broke sharply with jockey Jose Lezcano and after closely tracking the pace in second through fractions of :22 4/5 and :46 1/5, the chestnut surged to the lead leaving the far turn. He faced a brief threat from the rallying Texas Red (Afleet Alex) in midstretch before reasserting control in the latter stages to win going away under the wire.

The late bloomer rolled to a seven-length victory when making his debut at Keeneland April 17 in an about seven-furlong maiden special weight and was exiting a facile 3 1/2-length tally over entry-level allowance foes going 6 1/2 furlongs at Belmont Park on June 5.

He stretched out to a mile with authority in the Dwyer, stopping the teletimer in 1:35, and Speightster paid $6.50 to win as the 2-1 second choice among seven three-year-olds.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red, unraced since a neck second in the February 1 San Vicente (G2) at Santa Anita, turned in a commendable performance returning from a 153-day layoff, finishing 2 1/2 lengths clear of third-placer Tommy Macho (Macho Uno), and is eligible to improve next time after proving no match for Speightster.

Smart Transition (Smart Strike) rallied late for fourth and was followed by Blofeld (Quality Road), pacesetter Hollywood Angel (Circular Quay) and Bridget's Big Luvy (Tiz Wonderful).

Bred in Kentucky, Speightster is out of the unraced and well-bred Dance Swiftly (Danzig), a full sister to U.S. champion and Canadian Horse of the Year Dance Smartly, an earner of more than $3.2 million and a noted producer. Speightster is a half-brother to the stakes-winning filly and Grade 2 runner-up West Coast Swing (Gone West).

Dance Swiftly is out of Canadian champion Classy 'N Smart (Smarten), who along with Dance Smartly is responsible for Grade 1 winner and top sire Smart Strike; Grade 1 victor Full of Wonder; and Grade 2 hero Strike Smartly. All three are by Mr. Prospector.

Dance Smartly is the dam of Canadian champion Dancethruthedawn (Mr. Prospector), Grade 2 scorer Dance with Ravens (A.P. Indy) and Queen's Plate winner Scatter the Gold (Mr. Prospector). This is also the immediate female family of Grade 1 winner Moreno (Ghostzapper), an earner of more than $2.9 million who captured the Charles Town Classic (G2) and finished second in the Santa Anita H. (G1) earlier this season.

With Saturday's $275,000 payday, Speightster has now earned $363,800.

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Irish Jasper scores in Victory Ride

Irish Jasper pulled away to record her third straight stakes win in the Victory Ride (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Trainer Derek Ryan's Irish Jasper (First Defence) ran her current win streak to three straight when taking Saturday's $147,000 Victory Ride S. (G3) at Belmont Park by three lengths. Jockey Javier Castellano guided the sophomore miss, who easily held the late-charging, even-money favorite Enchanting Lady (Tale of the Cat) to finish 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16 3/5 on the fast main track.

Super Saks (Sky Mesa) set the pace through splits of :22 and :45 3/5 while tracked by Kathballu (Bluegrass Cat) to her outside and Promise Me Silver (Silver City) just behind on the rail. Irish Jasper, meanwhile, was running in the back of the pack before making her move nearing the turn.

The dark bay miss swung widest of all heading into the turn and circled the entire field. She easily took over in the lane and extended her margin with every step. Enchanting Lady, who had fallen to last around the turn, suddenly kicked into gear and was coming fast down the center of the track, but ran out of room late as Irish Jasper proved best.

Sent off the near 5-1 fourth choice in the six-horse field, Irish Jasper paid $11.80 for the win. Enchanting Lady had 2 3/4 lengths to spare on Kathballu, who just got her head in front of Miss Ella (Exchange Rate) for third. Promise Me Silver, who appeared to nearly run up on Super Saks' heels at one point, finished fifth, just up on that early pacesetter.

Irish Jasper is now three-for-three since Ryan took the blinkers off for the April 26 Belle Harbor S. at Aqueduct. The three-year-old filly took the Miss Preakness S. (G3) next out in her most recent start, and also boasts a win from last year's Gasparilla S. Her resume now stands at 9-6-0-1 and she's banked $312,800 lifetime.

Bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Courteny Sr., Irish Jasper sold for $12,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall yearling. She is the first registered stakes winner out of Irish Connection (Mr. Greeley), who is a half-sister to a pair of stakes-place winners in Dicey Girl (Yonaguska) and Gallows (Red Ransom).

Irish Jasper's third dam is Grade 2-placed stakes heroine Now Dance (Sovereign Dancer), who produced stakes scorers Touchdown (Pleasant Tap), Timetobewild (Time for a Change) and Danceroftherealm (King of Kings).

Irish Jasper's fifth dam is Argentinean champion Taba (Table Play), who is probably best known for foaling 1986 champion older horse Turkoman (Alydar).

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Irish Jasper scores in Victory Ride

Irish Jasper pulled away to record her third straight stakes win in the Victory Ride (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Trainer Derek Ryan's Irish Jasper (First Defence) ran her current win streak to three straight when taking Saturday's $147,000 Victory Ride S. (G3) at Belmont Park by three lengths. Jockey Javier Castellano guided the sophomore miss, who easily held the late-charging, even-money favorite Enchanting Lady (Tale of the Cat) to finish 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16 3/5 on the fast main track.

Super Saks (Sky Mesa) set the pace through splits of :22 and :45 3/5 while tracked by Kathballu (Bluegrass Cat) to her outside and Promise Me Silver (Silver City) just behind on the rail. Irish Jasper, meanwhile, was running in the back of the pack before making her move nearing the turn.

The dark bay miss swung widest of all heading into the turn and circled the entire field. She easily took over in the lane and extended her margin with every step. Enchanting Lady, who had fallen to last around the turn, suddenly kicked into gear and was coming fast down the center of the track, but ran out of room late as Irish Jasper proved best.

Sent off the near 5-1 fourth choice in the six-horse field, Irish Jasper paid $11.80 for the win. Enchanting Lady had 2 3/4 lengths to spare on Kathballu, who just got her head in front of Miss Ella (Exchange Rate) for third. Promise Me Silver, who appeared to nearly run up on Super Saks' heels at one point, finished fifth, just up on that early pacesetter.

Irish Jasper is now three-for-three since Ryan took the blinkers off for the April 26 Belle Harbor S. at Aqueduct. The three-year-old filly took the Miss Preakness S. (G3) next out in her most recent start, and also boasts a win from last year's Gasparilla S. Her resume now stands at 9-6-0-1 and she's banked $312,800 lifetime.

Bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Courteny Sr., Irish Jasper sold for $12,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall yearling. She is the first registered stakes winner out of Irish Connection (Mr. Greeley), who is a half-sister to a pair of stakes-place winners in Dicey Girl (Yonaguska) and Gallows (Red Ransom).

Irish Jasper's third dam is Grade 2-placed stakes heroine Now Dance (Sovereign Dancer), who produced stakes scorers Touchdown (Pleasant Tap), Timetobewild (Time for a Change) and Danceroftherealm (King of Kings).

Irish Jasper's fifth dam is Argentinean champion Taba (Table Play), who is probably best known for foaling 1986 champion older horse Turkoman (Alydar).

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Coffee Clique perks up in Dr. James Penny Memorial

Grade 1 heroine Coffee Clique outclassed her eight rivals in Philadelphia (Barb Weidl/Equi-Photo)
Coffee Clique (Medaglia d'Oro) ended a three-race losing skid in fine style Saturday when taking the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial H. (G3) at Parx Racing under Manny Franco.

Kept wide but no more than 2 1/2 lengths from longshot pacesetter Sassy Little Cat (Albert the Great), who carved out fractions of :23 3/5, :48 2/5 and 1:12 3/5, Coffee Clique moved into contention around the far turn, joining 29-1 chance Pink Poppy (Tiznow). Edging clear of that one passing the eighth pole, the five-year-old mare drew off to win by 1 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:42 3/5 for 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf.

A homebred owned by Amerman Racing, and trained by Brian Lynch, Coffee Clique returned $3.40 as the 7-10 favorite.

Testa Rossi (Dr Fong), the second choice in a field of nine fillies and mares, rallied to edge Pink Poppy for second by a neck. Finishing behind Pink Poppy were Nellie Cashman (Mineshaft), Means Well (Smart Strike), Baffle Me (First Samurai), Giant Shadow (Giant's Causeway), Distorted Beauty (Invasor), and Sassy Little Cat. Photo Call (Galileo) was scratched after competing in Friday's $100,000 Perfect Sting at Belmont Park.

This was the fourth graded stakes win for Coffee Clique, who captured the 2013 Selene (Can-G3) at Woodbine as a three-year-old and added last year's Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2) and Just a Game (G1) at Belmont Park.

Out of action more than nine months following the latter event, she returned March 28 to finish third in the Honey Fox (G2) at Gulfstream, and then was second and sixth, respectively, when defending her titles in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile and Just a Game. Her record now stands at 15-7-2-2, $1,041,488.

Bred in Kentucky, Coffee Clique was reared by Miss Chapin (Royal Academy), who is also the dam of Grade 2-placed Royal Fury (Langfuhr) and the stakes-placed Schoolofhardrocks (Rock Hard Ten).

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Coffee Clique perks up in Dr. James Penny Memorial

Grade 1 heroine Coffee Clique outclassed her eight rivals in Philadelphia (Barb Weidl/Equi-Photo)
Coffee Clique (Medaglia d'Oro) ended a three-race losing skid in fine style Saturday when taking the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial H. (G3) at Parx Racing under Manny Franco.

Kept wide but no more than 2 1/2 lengths from longshot pacesetter Sassy Little Cat (Albert the Great), who carved out fractions of :23 3/5, :48 2/5 and 1:12 3/5, Coffee Clique moved into contention around the far turn, joining 29-1 chance Pink Poppy (Tiznow). Edging clear of that one passing the eighth pole, the five-year-old mare drew off to win by 1 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:42 3/5 for 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf.

A homebred owned by Amerman Racing, and trained by Brian Lynch, Coffee Clique returned $3.40 as the 7-10 favorite.

Testa Rossi (Dr Fong), the second choice in a field of nine fillies and mares, rallied to edge Pink Poppy for second by a neck. Finishing behind Pink Poppy were Nellie Cashman (Mineshaft), Means Well (Smart Strike), Baffle Me (First Samurai), Giant Shadow (Giant's Causeway), Distorted Beauty (Invasor), and Sassy Little Cat. Photo Call (Galileo) was scratched after competing in Friday's $100,000 Perfect Sting at Belmont Park.

This was the fourth graded stakes win for Coffee Clique, who captured the 2013 Selene (Can-G3) at Woodbine as a three-year-old and added last year's Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2) and Just a Game (G1) at Belmont Park.

Out of action more than nine months following the latter event, she returned March 28 to finish third in the Honey Fox (G2) at Gulfstream, and then was second and sixth, respectively, when defending her titles in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile and Just a Game. Her record now stands at 15-7-2-2, $1,041,488.

Bred in Kentucky, Coffee Clique was reared by Miss Chapin (Royal Academy), who is also the dam of Grade 2-placed Royal Fury (Langfuhr) and the stakes-placed Schoolofhardrocks (Rock Hard Ten).

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Golden Horn turns back The Grey Gatsby in Eclipse

Peerless in the Dante S. (Eng-G2) at York May 14 and Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) June 6, Anthony Oppenheimer's Golden Horn (Cape Cross) had to fight harder taking on the older horses for the first time in Saturday's Eclipse S. (Eng-G1) at Sandown, but showed another side of his character to come out firmly on top again.

Sent to the front from the outset as Frankie Dettori sought to avoid any tactical nuances, the 4-9 favorite was hassled from the top of the home stretch by chief rival The Grey Gatsby (Mastercraftsman) and may have been briefly headed by that four-year-old before the quarter pole. Stirred when the whip was drawn shortly after, he pulled steadily clear in the final furlong to record an ultimately authoritative 3 1/2-length triumph.

"Jamie (Spencer) was very clever attacking me early, but when he was eyeballed he showed what a champion he is," Dettori said. "He knuckled down and showed a lot of guts. He had been working brilliantly and we were the Derby winner getting the weight allowance, so I didn't want to risk not making the running. We thought he was the best horse and so wanted to prove it by doing it the hard way."

His owner-breeder added of the unbeaten bay, who is bound for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot in three weeks' time if he pleases in the interim.

"Frankie says we haven't got to the bottom of him yet, which is very exciting but the horse and John Gosden will tell us where to go next," he said. "He didn't seem to have too hard a race, but we don't know how much it's taken out of him."

In the late 1980s, the Eclipse was in its heyday and proved the natural port of call for the best of the classic brigade with Dancing Brave and Nashwan succeeding in enhancing their exalted reputations and Reference Point just failing to overcome the rock-hard Mtoto. All three of those went on to King George glory later that month and connections of Golden Horn will be hoping that he can emulate Nashwan in bringing off the treble this summer now that he has taken the first two tests in his stride.

Delivered from behind in the Dante and Derby, the dark bay faced a different pace scenario in this first major clash of the generations with just four older rivals looking to overcome a sizeable weight-for-age disadvantage and their riders understandably reluctant to set the race up for the sophomore. Unperturbed by this potential quandary, Dettori sent Golden Horn to the lead after half-missing the kick where he was tracked closely by The Grey Gatsby.

Knowing how much last year's Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-G1) and Irish Champion S. (Ire-G1) winner likes a tussle, Jamie Spencer asked the four-year-old to pull some early punches after the home turn and for about a furlong it looked as if he might have his younger rival's measure. Still relatively inexperienced despite his high-profile achievements, the Oppenheimer homebred needed a slap with the whip to assert his influence and from the furlong pole his late-race power came into play once again as he drew away for a decisive score.

"It kind of took him by surprise, because he's never been in front and he had every chance to give in late on but he put some daylight between them at the end," Dettori said. "He's a very laid-back horse and you have to be aggressive with him, but in all his works and the races I've ridden him in he never finishes tired. He must have a remarkable physique, as he hits the line running every time and I think he's still got something left. He's a remarkable horse and is up there with the very best I've ridden."

Golden Horn's latest exploits extended the annus mirabilis for trainer John Gosden and he paid tribute to the winner and the race as a spectacle.

"I think the moment the draw came out, we knew we had to go forward and although we hoped someone else would go on, they didn't. What a lovely race it was, with The Grey Gatsby right there all the way and a top three-year-old and a top older horse in a clean, hard race. It was a real ding-dong battle and then in the last furlong he's asserted properly and strongly and has found three lengths. He's a very high-class horse. He's won his Derby, he's come here and won the Eclipse and I've got enormous respect for the second and personally I thought it was a purist's race and a great race."

Gosden was keen to focus on the short-term targets only at present, with a tilt at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1) at Longchamp October 4 in the balance.

"If he's in tremendous form, of course the King George would be wonderful to run in and the horse will tell me. That's my job and I have to watch and feel and see how he is. If we decide it's a dance too far, then he won't go to Ascot as we always do what's right by them. He's not in the Arc, so he'd have to be supplemented but I think he'd be an Arc horse unless it went bottomless."

The Grey Gatsby was coming off second best again as he had in Royal Ascot's Prince of Wales's S. (Eng-G1) June 17, but trainer Kevin Ryan was far from downcast.

"It was a great race, which the race deserves to be and I think we've seen two very exceptional and brave horses. For him to concede the weight he has done, he must be exceptional too. I thought two down we had him, but he is a very tough horse and there were no hard-luck stories. Both jockeys rode great races and we're very proud of our horse.

"I think now we'll just wait for the (August 19) Juddmonte International (Eng-G1)  -- I'd love to take him back to York, our home track and it gives us about six weeks, which I think he deserves now."

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Golden Horn turns back The Grey Gatsby in Eclipse

Peerless in the Dante S. (Eng-G2) at York May 14 and Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) June 6, Anthony Oppenheimer's Golden Horn (Cape Cross) had to fight harder taking on the older horses for the first time in Saturday's Eclipse S. (Eng-G1) at Sandown, but showed another side of his character to come out firmly on top again.

Sent to the front from the outset as Frankie Dettori sought to avoid any tactical nuances, the 4-9 favorite was hassled from the top of the home stretch by chief rival The Grey Gatsby (Mastercraftsman) and may have been briefly headed by that four-year-old before the quarter pole. Stirred when the whip was drawn shortly after, he pulled steadily clear in the final furlong to record an ultimately authoritative 3 1/2-length triumph.

"Jamie (Spencer) was very clever attacking me early, but when he was eyeballed he showed what a champion he is," Dettori said. "He knuckled down and showed a lot of guts. He had been working brilliantly and we were the Derby winner getting the weight allowance, so I didn't want to risk not making the running. We thought he was the best horse and so wanted to prove it by doing it the hard way."

His owner-breeder added of the unbeaten bay, who is bound for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot in three weeks' time if he pleases in the interim.

"Frankie says we haven't got to the bottom of him yet, which is very exciting but the horse and John Gosden will tell us where to go next," he said. "He didn't seem to have too hard a race, but we don't know how much it's taken out of him."

In the late 1980s, the Eclipse was in its heyday and proved the natural port of call for the best of the classic brigade with Dancing Brave and Nashwan succeeding in enhancing their exalted reputations and Reference Point just failing to overcome the rock-hard Mtoto. All three of those went on to King George glory later that month and connections of Golden Horn will be hoping that he can emulate Nashwan in bringing off the treble this summer now that he has taken the first two tests in his stride.

Delivered from behind in the Dante and Derby, the dark bay faced a different pace scenario in this first major clash of the generations with just four older rivals looking to overcome a sizeable weight-for-age disadvantage and their riders understandably reluctant to set the race up for the sophomore. Unperturbed by this potential quandary, Dettori sent Golden Horn to the lead after half-missing the kick where he was tracked closely by The Grey Gatsby.

Knowing how much last year's Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-G1) and Irish Champion S. (Ire-G1) winner likes a tussle, Jamie Spencer asked the four-year-old to pull some early punches after the home turn and for about a furlong it looked as if he might have his younger rival's measure. Still relatively inexperienced despite his high-profile achievements, the Oppenheimer homebred needed a slap with the whip to assert his influence and from the furlong pole his late-race power came into play once again as he drew away for a decisive score.

"It kind of took him by surprise, because he's never been in front and he had every chance to give in late on but he put some daylight between them at the end," Dettori said. "He's a very laid-back horse and you have to be aggressive with him, but in all his works and the races I've ridden him in he never finishes tired. He must have a remarkable physique, as he hits the line running every time and I think he's still got something left. He's a remarkable horse and is up there with the very best I've ridden."

Golden Horn's latest exploits extended the annus mirabilis for trainer John Gosden and he paid tribute to the winner and the race as a spectacle.

"I think the moment the draw came out, we knew we had to go forward and although we hoped someone else would go on, they didn't. What a lovely race it was, with The Grey Gatsby right there all the way and a top three-year-old and a top older horse in a clean, hard race. It was a real ding-dong battle and then in the last furlong he's asserted properly and strongly and has found three lengths. He's a very high-class horse. He's won his Derby, he's come here and won the Eclipse and I've got enormous respect for the second and personally I thought it was a purist's race and a great race."

Gosden was keen to focus on the short-term targets only at present, with a tilt at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1) at Longchamp October 4 in the balance.

"If he's in tremendous form, of course the King George would be wonderful to run in and the horse will tell me. That's my job and I have to watch and feel and see how he is. If we decide it's a dance too far, then he won't go to Ascot as we always do what's right by them. He's not in the Arc, so he'd have to be supplemented but I think he'd be an Arc horse unless it went bottomless."

The Grey Gatsby was coming off second best again as he had in Royal Ascot's Prince of Wales's S. (Eng-G1) June 17, but trainer Kevin Ryan was far from downcast.

"It was a great race, which the race deserves to be and I think we've seen two very exceptional and brave horses. For him to concede the weight he has done, he must be exceptional too. I thought two down we had him, but he is a very tough horse and there were no hard-luck stories. Both jockeys rode great races and we're very proud of our horse.

"I think now we'll just wait for the (August 19) Juddmonte International (Eng-G1)  -- I'd love to take him back to York, our home track and it gives us about six weeks, which I think he deserves now."

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Power King survives inquiry to take Durban July

In what seemed like a flashback to this day last year, when Wylie Hall (Redoute's Choice) was disqualified from the win in the Durban July (SAf-G1) after interfering with Legislate (Dynasty) in the lane, Power King (Silvano) had to survive an inquiry.

This time, however, the fortunes played in the favor of the first-past-the-post in South Africa's richest race.

Sneaking into the July with the co-lowest weight in the field and largely dismissed by punters, Power King traveled midpack and off the fence through the opening stages of the 2200 meter event. Behind a wall of horses before the field fanned across the track at the top of the lane, Power King drifted toward the outside, hooking up with Puntas Arenas (Silvano) to his outside passing the 150 meter mark. The winner held that rival at bay to the line and was permitted to keep the race after examination by stewards.

Power King was tried in top-class company during his sophomore campaign, but after off-the-board finishes in the Cape Guineas (SAf-G1) and Cape Derby (SAf-G1) he was dropped back in class, and enjoyed two confidence-boosting scores at the Group 3 level last May. He filled the bridesmaid's role in his next five outings, finishing second or third on each occasion, before faltering to seventh behind Futura (Dynasty) when trying Group 1 company again in the prestigious J&B Met on January 31.

Second in the non-black type Cape Mile on February 21, he at last found the winner's circle again in Scottsville's Pinnacle S. on March 29, and was second in the Betting World 1900 (SAf-G3) in the lead-up to this.

Power King led home a remarkable trifecta Saturday for his champion sire Silvano -- who stands at Andreas Jacobs's Maine Chance Farms, which also bred the top three finishers -- in the Western Cape.

One race following the Durban July in the Garden Province S. (SAf-G1), Same Jurisdiction (Mambo in Seattle) saved ground early near the back of the pack, charged up the inside in the lane and won under mostly hand-urging from a fast-finishing Smart Call (Ideal World).

This time last year, Same Jurisdiction was in the midst of a four-race win streak that saw her prove herself at the highest level in the Thekwini S. (SAf-G1) over Saturday's track-and-trip. She opened her sophomore campaign with a win again over this course and distance on January 2, but had her streak snapped February 28 when fifth in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas (SAf-G2) in her first start outside Durban.

Second in Turffontein's S A Fillies Guineas when stepped up to 1800 meters, Same Jurisdiction was second back here in the 1400 meter Tibouchina S. (SAf-G2) on June 6.

Seventh Plain, winner of the May 23 Gold Medallion S. (SAf-G1) and Godolphin Barb S. (SAf-G3) prior to that, cemented his status atop his division with a last-gasp victory in the Golden Horseshoe (SAf-G1) while also providing trainer Dennis Drier with the juvenile Group 1 double.

Fastest from the gates, Seventh Plain crossed over to save ground on the short run into the first bend and stalked the pace about two lengths off the lead. The dark bay briefly appeared to have too much to do to catch the free-wheeling frontrunner Arabian Beat (Black Minnaloushe) in early stretch, but he capitalized as that rival began to tire in the final 50 meters, getting up to score by a narrow margin.

Seventh Plain has now won three straight and four of five overall, his lone loss coming in the listed Summer Juvenile S. at Kenilworth on January 31.

Chestnuts N Pearls (Horse Chestnut) began Drier's juvenile double in the Golden Slipper (SAf-G1). Traveling a bit keenly in about fourth in the early part of the race, the bay miss hit the lead near the stand's side rail at the 150 meter mark and drew away to win cozily.

Chestnuts N Pearls was a first-out winner going six furlongs at Scottsvile on April 5, but dropped back to eighth when stepped up in class for the Allan Robertson Championship (SAf-G1) over the same track and trip on May 23 before stretching out an extra panel in the Golden Slipper.

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Power King survives inquiry to take Durban July

In what seemed like a flashback to this day last year, when Wylie Hall (Redoute's Choice) was disqualified from the win in the Durban July (SAf-G1) after interfering with Legislate (Dynasty) in the lane, Power King (Silvano) had to survive an inquiry.

This time, however, the fortunes played in the favor of the first-past-the-post in South Africa's richest race.

Sneaking into the July with the co-lowest weight in the field and largely dismissed by punters, Power King traveled midpack and off the fence through the opening stages of the 2200 meter event. Behind a wall of horses before the field fanned across the track at the top of the lane, Power King drifted toward the outside, hooking up with Puntas Arenas (Silvano) to his outside passing the 150 meter mark. The winner held that rival at bay to the line and was permitted to keep the race after examination by stewards.

Power King was tried in top-class company during his sophomore campaign, but after off-the-board finishes in the Cape Guineas (SAf-G1) and Cape Derby (SAf-G1) he was dropped back in class, and enjoyed two confidence-boosting scores at the Group 3 level last May. He filled the bridesmaid's role in his next five outings, finishing second or third on each occasion, before faltering to seventh behind Futura (Dynasty) when trying Group 1 company again in the prestigious J&B Met on January 31.

Second in the non-black type Cape Mile on February 21, he at last found the winner's circle again in Scottsville's Pinnacle S. on March 29, and was second in the Betting World 1900 (SAf-G3) in the lead-up to this.

Power King led home a remarkable trifecta Saturday for his champion sire Silvano -- who stands at Andreas Jacobs's Maine Chance Farms, which also bred the top three finishers -- in the Western Cape.

One race following the Durban July in the Garden Province S. (SAf-G1), Same Jurisdiction (Mambo in Seattle) saved ground early near the back of the pack, charged up the inside in the lane and won under mostly hand-urging from a fast-finishing Smart Call (Ideal World).

This time last year, Same Jurisdiction was in the midst of a four-race win streak that saw her prove herself at the highest level in the Thekwini S. (SAf-G1) over Saturday's track-and-trip. She opened her sophomore campaign with a win again over this course and distance on January 2, but had her streak snapped February 28 when fifth in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas (SAf-G2) in her first start outside Durban.

Second in Turffontein's S A Fillies Guineas when stepped up to 1800 meters, Same Jurisdiction was second back here in the 1400 meter Tibouchina S. (SAf-G2) on June 6.

Seventh Plain, winner of the May 23 Gold Medallion S. (SAf-G1) and Godolphin Barb S. (SAf-G3) prior to that, cemented his status atop his division with a last-gasp victory in the Golden Horseshoe (SAf-G1) while also providing trainer Dennis Drier with the juvenile Group 1 double.

Fastest from the gates, Seventh Plain crossed over to save ground on the short run into the first bend and stalked the pace about two lengths off the lead. The dark bay briefly appeared to have too much to do to catch the free-wheeling frontrunner Arabian Beat (Black Minnaloushe) in early stretch, but he capitalized as that rival began to tire in the final 50 meters, getting up to score by a narrow margin.

Seventh Plain has now won three straight and four of five overall, his lone loss coming in the listed Summer Juvenile S. at Kenilworth on January 31.

Chestnuts N Pearls (Horse Chestnut) began Drier's juvenile double in the Golden Slipper (SAf-G1). Traveling a bit keenly in about fourth in the early part of the race, the bay miss hit the lead near the stand's side rail at the 150 meter mark and drew away to win cozily.

Chestnuts N Pearls was a first-out winner going six furlongs at Scottsvile on April 5, but dropped back to eighth when stepped up in class for the Allan Robertson Championship (SAf-G1) over the same track and trip on May 23 before stretching out an extra panel in the Golden Slipper.

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Euro Charline passes gate test, on track for Falmouth

Last year's Beverly D. S. (G1) winner Euro Charline (Myboycharlie), scratched behind the gates after failing to load for the Duke of Cambridge S. (Eng-G2) at Royal Ascot, has passed a gate test and is on track for the July 10 Falmouth S. (Eng-G1) at Newmarket.

"What happened at Royal Ascot came completely out of the blue as, apart from on her two-year-old debut, she has never had an issue (with the stalls)," trainer Marco Botti explained. "So she was forced to miss a race that we had been aiming at for a long time, but it might end up working to our advantage as she will go to the Falmouth as a fresh horse.

"It has been a bit of a rush to get her a stalls test, as you usually have to wait for two weeks, but she did one last week and walked straight in, without a blindfold or any help, and I hope that she will be just the same on Friday."

The four-year-old Euro Charline will be making her first public appearance since a fourth in the March 28 Dubai Turf (UAE-G1) at Meydan, which was her first outing since the Beverly D. last August.

"I thought that she ran really well in Dubai considering that it was not the plan to make the running -- she just broke too well and ended up getting a bit lit up," Botti said of the Team Valor colorbearer. "With some cover she would have finished much closer."

Those still in the mix for the Falmouth include Duke of Cambridge winner Amazing Maria (Mastercraftsman); last year's dual French classic winner Avenir Certain (Le Havre); Group 2-winning and classic-placed Lucida (Shamardal); and Group 2 scorer Fintry (Shamardal).

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Euro Charline passes gate test, on track for Falmouth

Last year's Beverly D. S. (G1) winner Euro Charline (Myboycharlie), scratched behind the gates after failing to load for the Duke of Cambridge S. (Eng-G2) at Royal Ascot, has passed a gate test and is on track for the July 10 Falmouth S. (Eng-G1) at Newmarket.

"What happened at Royal Ascot came completely out of the blue as, apart from on her two-year-old debut, she has never had an issue (with the stalls)," trainer Marco Botti explained. "So she was forced to miss a race that we had been aiming at for a long time, but it might end up working to our advantage as she will go to the Falmouth as a fresh horse.

"It has been a bit of a rush to get her a stalls test, as you usually have to wait for two weeks, but she did one last week and walked straight in, without a blindfold or any help, and I hope that she will be just the same on Friday."

The four-year-old Euro Charline will be making her first public appearance since a fourth in the March 28 Dubai Turf (UAE-G1) at Meydan, which was her first outing since the Beverly D. last August.

"I thought that she ran really well in Dubai considering that it was not the plan to make the running -- she just broke too well and ended up getting a bit lit up," Botti said of the Team Valor colorbearer. "With some cover she would have finished much closer."

Those still in the mix for the Falmouth include Duke of Cambridge winner Amazing Maria (Mastercraftsman); last year's dual French classic winner Avenir Certain (Le Havre); Group 2-winning and classic-placed Lucida (Shamardal); and Group 2 scorer Fintry (Shamardal).

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Lady Tiana crowned in Lancashire Oaks; Waady triumphs in Sprint

Bred by the Pakenhams -- who enjoyed so much of the limelight with the sire Sir Percy in 2005 and 2006 -- Lady Tiana (Sir Percy) has ascended the heights gradually under the auspices of the Newmarket-based Lucy Wadham and continued her journey with a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.

Lady Tiana was ridden with confidence by Graham Lee, who had failed to get the gaps in her last one and, after racing under cover in sixth throughout the early stages, was still cruising behind the leaders on the rail approaching the quarter-pole. Traveling clear best but remaining in a pocket as Miss Marjurie (Marju) was committed out wide a furlong later, she managed to ride her luck here and, under mainly hands and heels, was able to roll to the lead 75 yards out and on to an ultimately snug success.

Lady Tiana has not looked back since graduating over an extended mile at Nottingham last April and, ironically, it was back at that track that she signaled that she was ready for more than handicaps when impressing over 10 furlongs in October. She duly won in her first try at black-type in the listed Gillies Fillies' S. in her three-year-old finale at Doncaster the following month.

Both of those efforts came on testing ground, but the bay has since proven that she is more than just a mudlark and followed a promising sixth in Chantilly's Prix Allez France (Fr-G3) staying over 1 1/4 miles April 27 with a third to Miss Marjurie in the Pinnacle S. (Eng-G3) over this track and trip last out on May 30.

"It was a fantastic ride from Graham, as she has to be ridden like that and he kept his nerve," Wadham commented after greeting her first group winner. "We thought we were unlucky in the Pinnacle and she has a potent turn of foot, but you have to wait until the last minute to use it.

"She'll probably have a little holiday now, as she doesn't like fast ground and the end-of-season target will be the (October 17) British Champions Fillies & Mares S. ([Eng-G1] at Ascot) with maybe one run before that."

At Sandown on Saturday, Waady (Approve) scored in the Sprint S. (Eng-G3) on the Eclipse (Eng-G1) undercard.

Restrained as usual by Paul Hanagan, the hooded bay was keen early in sixth against the rail before being angled out to challenge approaching the last furlong. Surging to the front with 100 yards to race shortly after Wind Fire (Distorted Humor) had been muscled through a non-existent gap toward his inside, which resulted in her rider Oisin Murphy receiving a nine-day ban, Waady was pushed out to assert.

"He's very talented, but needs things to drop right, which they did there although my saddle slipped right back," Hanagan explained. "It started to shift about two down, but I was lucky.

"(Trainer) John (Gosden) has done a great job, as he was a breeze-up horse and he has that in him. If he wasn't sweating, I'd be worried and he is improving."

Like his stablemate Western Hymn (High Chaparral, Waady has a distinct liking for Sandown and delivered another of his late shows to extend his unbeaten record here and earn a first pattern-race success. The form of his third win from three visits to this venue had received a major boost after Profitable (Invincible Spirit), who had finished two lengths behind him in the June 13 listed Scurry S., had run so well when fifth in Royal Ascot's Commonwealth Cup (Eng-G1), and his task was made seemingly easier with the withdrawal of the classy filly Mecca's Angel (Dark Angel) on account of the lively ground.

"I think you've got to consider the (August 21) Nunthorpe S. ([Eng-G1] at York)," Gosden noted. "He's won a Group 3; I know that's a Group 1 which is a titanic leap, but you've got to consider it."

France

Baghadur (Zanzibari) was held on to early by Mickael Barzalona with only one behind, was outpaced at times, but stayed on strongly down the outside to reel in his barnmate De Treville (Oasis Dream) in the final 50 meters of Saturday's Prix de la Porte Maillot (Fr-G3) at Longchamp.

Having mastered subsequent dual group scorer Almanaar (Dubawi) in a 7 1/2-furlong conditions event on Chantilly's Polytrack in November, Baghadur ran third in similar events over a furlong shorter and at the former trip on that surface at Deauville in December and in his three-year-old bow on March 6 before adding to his tally going a mile back at Chantilly on April 8.

Reverting to 6 1/2 furlongs when opening his black-type account in the listed Prix Marchand d'Or at Maisons-Laffitte on June 11, he continued his progress by leading home De Treville on Saturday in a renewal dominated by the sophomores.

Germany

The homebred Anna Katharina (Kallisto) arrived in Saturday's Hamburger Stuten-Preis (Ger-G3) off a second in the June 6 listed Iffezheimer Derby-Trial at Baden-Baden and asserted for the early lead after a sharp break. Holding sway until stoked up as the pack loomed large off the home turn, she kept on strongly under a drive inside the final 300 meters to win going away for a career high.

Fifth in her only juvenile start at Hannover last October, Anna Katharina ran second at Dusseldorf in her April 12 sophomore return before graduating in a Cologne maiden in her penultimate start on May 10.

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Lady Tiana crowned in Lancashire Oaks; Waady triumphs in Sprint

Bred by the Pakenhams -- who enjoyed so much of the limelight with the sire Sir Percy in 2005 and 2006 -- Lady Tiana (Sir Percy) has ascended the heights gradually under the auspices of the Newmarket-based Lucy Wadham and continued her journey with a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.

Lady Tiana was ridden with confidence by Graham Lee, who had failed to get the gaps in her last one and, after racing under cover in sixth throughout the early stages, was still cruising behind the leaders on the rail approaching the quarter-pole. Traveling clear best but remaining in a pocket as Miss Marjurie (Marju) was committed out wide a furlong later, she managed to ride her luck here and, under mainly hands and heels, was able to roll to the lead 75 yards out and on to an ultimately snug success.

Lady Tiana has not looked back since graduating over an extended mile at Nottingham last April and, ironically, it was back at that track that she signaled that she was ready for more than handicaps when impressing over 10 furlongs in October. She duly won in her first try at black-type in the listed Gillies Fillies' S. in her three-year-old finale at Doncaster the following month.

Both of those efforts came on testing ground, but the bay has since proven that she is more than just a mudlark and followed a promising sixth in Chantilly's Prix Allez France (Fr-G3) staying over 1 1/4 miles April 27 with a third to Miss Marjurie in the Pinnacle S. (Eng-G3) over this track and trip last out on May 30.

"It was a fantastic ride from Graham, as she has to be ridden like that and he kept his nerve," Wadham commented after greeting her first group winner. "We thought we were unlucky in the Pinnacle and she has a potent turn of foot, but you have to wait until the last minute to use it.

"She'll probably have a little holiday now, as she doesn't like fast ground and the end-of-season target will be the (October 17) British Champions Fillies & Mares S. ([Eng-G1] at Ascot) with maybe one run before that."

At Sandown on Saturday, Waady (Approve) scored in the Sprint S. (Eng-G3) on the Eclipse (Eng-G1) undercard.

Restrained as usual by Paul Hanagan, the hooded bay was keen early in sixth against the rail before being angled out to challenge approaching the last furlong. Surging to the front with 100 yards to race shortly after Wind Fire (Distorted Humor) had been muscled through a non-existent gap toward his inside, which resulted in her rider Oisin Murphy receiving a nine-day ban, Waady was pushed out to assert.

"He's very talented, but needs things to drop right, which they did there although my saddle slipped right back," Hanagan explained. "It started to shift about two down, but I was lucky.

"(Trainer) John (Gosden) has done a great job, as he was a breeze-up horse and he has that in him. If he wasn't sweating, I'd be worried and he is improving."

Like his stablemate Western Hymn (High Chaparral, Waady has a distinct liking for Sandown and delivered another of his late shows to extend his unbeaten record here and earn a first pattern-race success. The form of his third win from three visits to this venue had received a major boost after Profitable (Invincible Spirit), who had finished two lengths behind him in the June 13 listed Scurry S., had run so well when fifth in Royal Ascot's Commonwealth Cup (Eng-G1), and his task was made seemingly easier with the withdrawal of the classy filly Mecca's Angel (Dark Angel) on account of the lively ground.

"I think you've got to consider the (August 21) Nunthorpe S. ([Eng-G1] at York)," Gosden noted. "He's won a Group 3; I know that's a Group 1 which is a titanic leap, but you've got to consider it."

France

Baghadur (Zanzibari) was held on to early by Mickael Barzalona with only one behind, was outpaced at times, but stayed on strongly down the outside to reel in his barnmate De Treville (Oasis Dream) in the final 50 meters of Saturday's Prix de la Porte Maillot (Fr-G3) at Longchamp.

Having mastered subsequent dual group scorer Almanaar (Dubawi) in a 7 1/2-furlong conditions event on Chantilly's Polytrack in November, Baghadur ran third in similar events over a furlong shorter and at the former trip on that surface at Deauville in December and in his three-year-old bow on March 6 before adding to his tally going a mile back at Chantilly on April 8.

Reverting to 6 1/2 furlongs when opening his black-type account in the listed Prix Marchand d'Or at Maisons-Laffitte on June 11, he continued his progress by leading home De Treville on Saturday in a renewal dominated by the sophomores.

Germany

The homebred Anna Katharina (Kallisto) arrived in Saturday's Hamburger Stuten-Preis (Ger-G3) off a second in the June 6 listed Iffezheimer Derby-Trial at Baden-Baden and asserted for the early lead after a sharp break. Holding sway until stoked up as the pack loomed large off the home turn, she kept on strongly under a drive inside the final 300 meters to win going away for a career high.

Fifth in her only juvenile start at Hannover last October, Anna Katharina ran second at Dusseldorf in her April 12 sophomore return before graduating in a Cologne maiden in her penultimate start on May 10.

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Got Lucky romps in Molly Pitcher

Got Lucky easily drew off to earn her first stakes victory in the Molly Pitcher (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)
Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings Inc. and Philip J. Steinberg's homebred Got Lucky (A.P. Indy) asserted her class for a dominating 5 1/2-length victory on Friday in Monmouth Park's $163,500 Molly Pitcher S. (G3).

Jockey Paco Lopez allowed the dark bay filly to settle into a ground-saving trip on the inside as 33-1 shot J's Two Step Halo (Two Step Salsa) set a measured pace of :24 2/5, :49 2/5 and 1:14 2/5 just in front. Mary n' Eileen (Indy King) was tracking just off the leader's flank in second.

Turning for home, Got Lucky angled out a bit and split those two runners as Mary n' Eileen began backing up. The Todd Pletcher-trained four-year-old easily grabbed command and drew away to finish 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:44. Sent off the 1-5 favorite, she paid $2.60 for this return to the winner's circle.

Stiffed (Stephen Got Even), who beat Got Lucky by a half-length in the Monmouth Beach S. last out on May 24, came running from last to take second, 4 1/4 lengths up on J's Two Step Halo. Lucky Liberty (Proud Citizen), the 50-1 longest shot in the field, rounded out the top four just a head in front of Oasis at Midnight (Midnight Lute). Mary n' Eileen faded to last and Shayjolie (Indian Charlie) was scratched.

Got Lucky earned her first stakes victory in this spot, adding it to a 13-4-5-0 resume that also includes placings in the Demoiselle S. (G2), Gazelle S. (G2), Rachel Alexandra S. (G3) and the aforementioned Monmouth Beach S. Thus far the Kentucky-bred miss has banked $451,340 lifetime.

"I knew Stiffed would be coming to the outside again," Lopez said. "This time the pace was a little easier for us. We were able to sit comfortably just off the pace along the backstretch. She wanted to go a little early, but I had to hold her back. Once we were in the clear I let her go, she sprinted away perfectly."

Got Lucky is the only registered stakes winner out of Malka (Deputy Minister), who is herself out of Grade 2-placed stakes winner Get Lucky (Mr. Prospector).

Malka counts among her half-siblings Grade 1-winning sire Girolamo (A.P. Indy) and Grade 2 queen Daydreaming (A.P. Indy) as well as the dams of 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Super Saver (Maria's Mon) and Grade 1-winning millionaire Bluegrass Cat (Storm Cat). Daydreaming is herself the dam of Grade 1-scoring millionaire Imagining (Giant's Causeway).

Got Lucky's third dam is Grade 1 vixen Dance Number (Northern Dancer), who would go on in the breeding shed to produce champion Rhythm, a full brother to Get Lucky. Her fourth dam is champion and blue-hen mare Numbered Account (Buckpasser), and this stellar female family also includes dual Grade 1 victor and leading sire Private Account (Damascus) as well as Group 2-placed listed winner and sire Mutakddim (Seeking the Gold).

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

MOLLY PITCHER S. (G3), MTH, $163,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 7-3.
2—GOT LUCKY, f, 4, A.P. Indy--Malka, by Deputy Minister. O-Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc (J G Sikura) and Steinberg, Philip J, B-Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc &Philip J Steinberg (KY), T-Todd A. Pletcher, J-Paco Lopez, $90,000.
1—Stiffed, f, 4, Stephen Got Even--High Noon Nellie, by Silver Deputy. O-Holly Crest Farm, B-Holly Crest Farm (NJ), $42,000.
3—J's Two Step Halo, f, 4, Two Step Salsa--J's Happy Halo, by Sunny's Halo. O-Janis K Maitlen, B-Janis Maitlen (FL), $15,000.
Also Ran: Lucky Liberty, Oasis At Midnight, Mary n' Eileen.
Winning Time: 1:44 (ft)
Margins: 5HF, 4 1/4, 2 3/4.
Odds: 0.30, 3.30, 33.00.

Got Lucky romps in Molly Pitcher

Got Lucky easily drew off to earn her first stakes victory in the Molly Pitcher (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)
Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings Inc. and Philip J. Steinberg's homebred Got Lucky (A.P. Indy) asserted her class for a dominating 5 1/2-length victory on Friday in Monmouth Park's $163,500 Molly Pitcher S. (G3).

Jockey Paco Lopez allowed the dark bay filly to settle into a ground-saving trip on the inside as 33-1 shot J's Two Step Halo (Two Step Salsa) set a measured pace of :24 2/5, :49 2/5 and 1:14 2/5 just in front. Mary n' Eileen (Indy King) was tracking just off the leader's flank in second.

Turning for home, Got Lucky angled out a bit and split those two runners as Mary n' Eileen began backing up. The Todd Pletcher-trained four-year-old easily grabbed command and drew away to finish 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:44. Sent off the 1-5 favorite, she paid $2.60 for this return to the winner's circle.

Stiffed (Stephen Got Even), who beat Got Lucky by a half-length in the Monmouth Beach S. last out on May 24, came running from last to take second, 4 1/4 lengths up on J's Two Step Halo. Lucky Liberty (Proud Citizen), the 50-1 longest shot in the field, rounded out the top four just a head in front of Oasis at Midnight (Midnight Lute). Mary n' Eileen faded to last and Shayjolie (Indian Charlie) was scratched.

Got Lucky earned her first stakes victory in this spot, adding it to a 13-4-5-0 resume that also includes placings in the Demoiselle S. (G2), Gazelle S. (G2), Rachel Alexandra S. (G3) and the aforementioned Monmouth Beach S. Thus far the Kentucky-bred miss has banked $451,340 lifetime.

"I knew Stiffed would be coming to the outside again," Lopez said. "This time the pace was a little easier for us. We were able to sit comfortably just off the pace along the backstretch. She wanted to go a little early, but I had to hold her back. Once we were in the clear I let her go, she sprinted away perfectly."

Got Lucky is the only registered stakes winner out of Malka (Deputy Minister), who is herself out of Grade 2-placed stakes winner Get Lucky (Mr. Prospector).

Malka counts among her half-siblings Grade 1-winning sire Girolamo (A.P. Indy) and Grade 2 queen Daydreaming (A.P. Indy) as well as the dams of 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Super Saver (Maria's Mon) and Grade 1-winning millionaire Bluegrass Cat (Storm Cat). Daydreaming is herself the dam of Grade 1-scoring millionaire Imagining (Giant's Causeway).

Got Lucky's third dam is Grade 1 vixen Dance Number (Northern Dancer), who would go on in the breeding shed to produce champion Rhythm, a full brother to Get Lucky. Her fourth dam is champion and blue-hen mare Numbered Account (Buckpasser), and this stellar female family also includes dual Grade 1 victor and leading sire Private Account (Damascus) as well as Group 2-placed listed winner and sire Mutakddim (Seeking the Gold).

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Quartet of competitive stakes on Queen's Plate undercard

Katie's Eyes looks to extend her winning streak to five in the Highlander (Coady Photography)
Sunday's C$1 million Queen's Plate is supported by four other stakes on the Woodbine card, three of them on the turf.

The C$200,000 Highlander (Can-G2) could have Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) implications. Trainer Michael Stidham is already thinking along those lines with Katie's Eyes (Leroidesanimaux), who brings a four-race winning streak versus distaffers into this tilt against males. Victorious in the April 11 Giant's Causeway over the same Keeneland course and 5 1/2-furlong trip as this year's Turf Sprint, Katie's Eyes extended her skein last time in the May 9 Unbridled Sidney at Churchill. The four-year-old filly gets in with a feathery 114-pound impost here, including new rider Patrick Husbands.

The past two winners of the Highlander are back, defending champion Something Extra (Indian Charlie) and Go Blue or Go Home (Bluegrass Cat), who hasn't won since his romp in the 2013 edition that was rained off the turf.

Something Extra, the 123-pound highweight, is in sparkling form. The Gail Cox veteran wired the April 4 Shakertown (G3) in his reappearance, beating Channel Marker (Purim), eventual Diamond Jubilee (Eng-G1) hero Undrafted (Purim) and Australian import Power Alert (Alert). Something Extra didn't confirm the form when third to Power Alert and Undrafted in the May 1 TwinSpires Turf Sprint (G3) and second to Channel Marker in the June 6 Jaipur (G3), but that remains a strong profile to bring into this race.

Mosler (War Front) also comes out of the Jaipur, where he was sixth after having to alter course around the ill-fated Helwan. Considering that the $1.05 million Keeneland September yearling had previously landed the seven-furlong Elusive Quality at Belmont, the Bill Mott pupil could find the stiffer six furlongs at Woodbine more to his taste.

Wesley Ward sends out the other distaffer in the Highlander, Shrinking Violet (Congaree), who will carry 118 pounds owing to her victory in the January 4 Monrovia (G2) at Santa Anita. The five-year-old mare has run just once in the interim, rallying for a dead-heat third in the May 16 The Very One at Pimlico. Shrinking Violet was unplaced in her only prior stakes attempt versus males in the 2014 Shakertown, but her subsequent eight-month holiday suggests that wasn't a true bill.

Sharp Sensation (Sharp Humor), who upset Maryland icon Ben's Cat (Parker's Storm Cat) in last September's Turf Monster (G3), has not raced since his second in the November 23 Kennedy Road (Can-G2) on the local Polytrack. Rounding out the field is Reflector (Ready's Image), the winner of two straight in Louisiana, who has since returned to Pavel Matejka ahead of his Woodbine debut.

Chad Brown sends Watsdachances to the Dance Smartly... (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Although it would be too simplistic to reduce the C$200,000 Dance Smartly (Can-G2) and the C$150,000 Singspiel (Can-G3) to a Mark Casse versus Chad Brown show, the two trainers have strong hands in both races.

In the 1 1/8-mile Dance Smartly for fillies and mares, Casse is doubly represented by last-out Nassau (Can-G2) heroine Sky Treasure (Sky Mesa) and by Industrial Policy (Harlan's Holiday), a troubled fifth in last year's Dance Smartly.

Brown, who trained Industrial Policy earlier in her career, relies on Watsdachances (Diamond Green). Fourth in the Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) in her 2014 finale, the ever-honest mare opened this season with a smooth success in the May 16 Gallorette (G3) at Pimlico.

Among the others are a pair of champions in Solid Appeal (Successful Appeal) and Habibi (Ekraar). Solid Appeal has won only once since taking the 2013 Dance Smartly in her Sovereign Award campaign, and trainer Reade Baker has opted to put the blinkers back on. Former New Zealand champion Habibi, who beat the boys in her homeland's Derby (NZ-G1) in 2013, is a fascinating contender. Beaten in her three tries in Southern California, she missed by a nose to Smartyfly (Smart Strike) in her first Woodbine outing, and could have still more to offer.

Mark Frostad has cross-entered Habibi to the 1 1/2-mile Singspiel versus males, where she would face Casse's Canadian turf champion Dynamic Sky (Sky Mesa) and Hyper (Victory Gallop) from the Brown barn.

Dynamic Sky earned a divisional Sovereign Award largely on the strength of his placings behind Euro shippers in last fall's Northern Dancer Turf (Can-G1) and Canadian International (Can-G1) at this course and distance. Out of luck since capturing the November 15 Red Smith (G3), the John C. Oxley runner cuts back in trip off a third in the two-mile Belmont Gold Cup Invitational June 5.

...and Hyper to the Singspiel (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Hyper was in the form of his life in 2013, garnering the Bowling Green H. (G2) and closing smartly for second in the Canadian International (his only previous Woodbine appearance). Sidelined for nearly 18 months, the now eight-year-old resurfaced with a commendable third in the May 9 Man o' War (G1). He could do no better than eighth next time in the 1 1/4-mile Manhattan H. (G1), but the combination of a hike in distance and a drop in class should suit.

Possibly overlooked is defending champion Aldous Snow (Theatrical), who left Dynamic Sky back in third in the 2014 Singspiel. Winless in the interim, the Malcolm Pierce charge is nonetheless rounding into form for this third start of the season.

The stakes action kicks off with the C$150,000 Clarendon S. for Ontario-bred juveniles at 5 1/2 furlongs. The Casse-trained Beliveau (Where's the Ring) is the one to beat after passing the post first in both starts. A 5 1/4-length debut winner over the Polytrack, he switched to turf for the Victoria and prevailed by a head, only to be disqualified for interference.

Also exiting the Victoria is fourth-placer Get'erdonebud (Kentucky Bear), who likewise captured his debut convincingly on the Polytrack and figures to enjoy reverting to his original surface. Hey Bear (Kentucky Bear) and Bright Light (Judiths Wild Rush) were first and second, respectively, in a June 17 maiden over the track. The remaining five entrants are all first-time starters.

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Quartet of competitive stakes on Queen's Plate undercard

Katie's Eyes looks to extend her winning streak to five in the Highlander (Coady Photography)
Sunday's C$1 million Queen's Plate is supported by four other stakes on the Woodbine card, three of them on the turf.

The C$200,000 Highlander (Can-G2) could have Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) implications. Trainer Michael Stidham is already thinking along those lines with Katie's Eyes (Leroidesanimaux), who brings a four-race winning streak versus distaffers into this tilt against males. Victorious in the April 11 Giant's Causeway over the same Keeneland course and 5 1/2-furlong trip as this year's Turf Sprint, Katie's Eyes extended her skein last time in the May 9 Unbridled Sidney at Churchill. The four-year-old filly gets in with a feathery 114-pound impost here, including new rider Patrick Husbands.

The past two winners of the Highlander are back, defending champion Something Extra (Indian Charlie) and Go Blue or Go Home (Bluegrass Cat), who hasn't won since his romp in the 2013 edition that was rained off the turf.

Something Extra, the 123-pound highweight, is in sparkling form. The Gail Cox veteran wired the April 4 Shakertown (G3) in his reappearance, beating Channel Marker (Purim), eventual Diamond Jubilee (Eng-G1) hero Undrafted (Purim) and Australian import Power Alert (Alert). Something Extra didn't confirm the form when third to Power Alert and Undrafted in the May 1 TwinSpires Turf Sprint (G3) and second to Channel Marker in the June 6 Jaipur (G3), but that remains a strong profile to bring into this race.

Mosler (War Front) also comes out of the Jaipur, where he was sixth after having to alter course around the ill-fated Helwan. Considering that the $1.05 million Keeneland September yearling had previously landed the seven-furlong Elusive Quality at Belmont, the Bill Mott pupil could find the stiffer six furlongs at Woodbine more to his taste.

Wesley Ward sends out the other distaffer in the Highlander, Shrinking Violet (Congaree), who will carry 118 pounds owing to her victory in the January 4 Monrovia (G2) at Santa Anita. The five-year-old mare has run just once in the interim, rallying for a dead-heat third in the May 16 The Very One at Pimlico. Shrinking Violet was unplaced in her only prior stakes attempt versus males in the 2014 Shakertown, but her subsequent eight-month holiday suggests that wasn't a true bill.

Sharp Sensation (Sharp Humor), who upset Maryland icon Ben's Cat (Parker's Storm Cat) in last September's Turf Monster (G3), has not raced since his second in the November 23 Kennedy Road (Can-G2) on the local Polytrack. Rounding out the field is Reflector (Ready's Image), the winner of two straight in Louisiana, who has since returned to Pavel Matejka ahead of his Woodbine debut.

Chad Brown sends Watsdachances to the Dance Smartly... (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Although it would be too simplistic to reduce the C$200,000 Dance Smartly (Can-G2) and the C$150,000 Singspiel (Can-G3) to a Mark Casse versus Chad Brown show, the two trainers have strong hands in both races.

In the 1 1/8-mile Dance Smartly for fillies and mares, Casse is doubly represented by last-out Nassau (Can-G2) heroine Sky Treasure (Sky Mesa) and by Industrial Policy (Harlan's Holiday), a troubled fifth in last year's Dance Smartly.

Brown, who trained Industrial Policy earlier in her career, relies on Watsdachances (Diamond Green). Fourth in the Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) in her 2014 finale, the ever-honest mare opened this season with a smooth success in the May 16 Gallorette (G3) at Pimlico.

Among the others are a pair of champions in Solid Appeal (Successful Appeal) and Habibi (Ekraar). Solid Appeal has won only once since taking the 2013 Dance Smartly in her Sovereign Award campaign, and trainer Reade Baker has opted to put the blinkers back on. Former New Zealand champion Habibi, who beat the boys in her homeland's Derby (NZ-G1) in 2013, is a fascinating contender. Beaten in her three tries in Southern California, she missed by a nose to Smartyfly (Smart Strike) in her first Woodbine outing, and could have still more to offer.

Mark Frostad has cross-entered Habibi to the 1 1/2-mile Singspiel versus males, where she would face Casse's Canadian turf champion Dynamic Sky (Sky Mesa) and Hyper (Victory Gallop) from the Brown barn.

Dynamic Sky earned a divisional Sovereign Award largely on the strength of his placings behind Euro shippers in last fall's Northern Dancer Turf (Can-G1) and Canadian International (Can-G1) at this course and distance. Out of luck since capturing the November 15 Red Smith (G3), the John C. Oxley runner cuts back in trip off a third in the two-mile Belmont Gold Cup Invitational June 5.

...and Hyper to the Singspiel (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Hyper was in the form of his life in 2013, garnering the Bowling Green H. (G2) and closing smartly for second in the Canadian International (his only previous Woodbine appearance). Sidelined for nearly 18 months, the now eight-year-old resurfaced with a commendable third in the May 9 Man o' War (G1). He could do no better than eighth next time in the 1 1/4-mile Manhattan H. (G1), but the combination of a hike in distance and a drop in class should suit.

Possibly overlooked is defending champion Aldous Snow (Theatrical), who left Dynamic Sky back in third in the 2014 Singspiel. Winless in the interim, the Malcolm Pierce charge is nonetheless rounding into form for this third start of the season.

The stakes action kicks off with the C$150,000 Clarendon S. for Ontario-bred juveniles at 5 1/2 furlongs. The Casse-trained Beliveau (Where's the Ring) is the one to beat after passing the post first in both starts. A 5 1/4-length debut winner over the Polytrack, he switched to turf for the Victoria and prevailed by a head, only to be disqualified for interference.

Also exiting the Victoria is fourth-placer Get'erdonebud (Kentucky Bear), who likewise captured his debut convincingly on the Polytrack and figures to enjoy reverting to his original surface. Hey Bear (Kentucky Bear) and Bright Light (Judiths Wild Rush) were first and second, respectively, in a June 17 maiden over the track. The remaining five entrants are all first-time starters.

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Conquest Curlinate retired with sesamoid injury

Conquest Curlinate's promising career has been cut short by an injury sustained in a Thursday morning training incident (Courtesy of WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Thursday morning's ill-timed injury that knocked Conquest Curlinate (Curlin) out of Sunday's Queen's Plate has turned out to be career-ending, Conquest Stables reported later that night. The Mark Casse trainee would have been one of the leading players in the Canadian classic, having finished second in the Illinois Derby (G3), Peter Pan (G2) and most recently Woodbine's Plate Trial on June 14.

Owners Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell of Conquest Stables took to TwitLonger to offer more information to the promising colt's fans. Here is the full statement:

"I felt you all needed to know what I know on the Conquest Curlinate last second withdrawal from the Queen's Plate.

"I was given an urgent call at 8:15 a.m. on my way to the draw from Mark Casse..."Call asap"...This is rare! I immediately called with the feeling that this was not the 'You've won the Canadian lottery' type of call. Unfortunately that was correct. Mark said that while galloping this morning Curlinate was somehow interfered with by a horse who apparently veered into him. It required an emergency maneuver for our treasured jumbo jet to avoid a serious incident. Many thanks to our terrific exercise rider for staying cool and avoiding a potentially unthinkable result.

"We had no information that was medically documented at the draw time other than what Mark said, which was that Conquest Curlinate had incurred a minor freak training injury that forced us to withdraw him from the Plate competition.

"Later in the morning Dr. Bob examined him again and viewed the X-rays that were taken, he then consulted with those who we feel are the top people in the world in their field and to our heartbreaking dismay we learned that this in fact was a very complicated sesamoid injury, which unfortunately will retire our young maturing star. I've been quite emotional on this issue and how it occurred but I will save that for a complete post on my thoughts... This for me is a time for numbing sadness and unfortunately some very deeply felt opinions.

"This is in no way was a fault of Mark, or anyone at Casse Racing. They are traumatized, as they love the horses as we all do.

"My intent from the start has been to bring transparency to this sport to make it better... You have all been very, very supportive and have my most sincere thanks... You are our team and we love you all.

"In time I will thoroughly elaborate on how I think this tragedy could have easily been avoided. I feel the terrific people at Woodbine are where I will start my quest. I hope that, as always, you all will send me your feedback on whether you agree with my assessments. I know I will have an open ear at Woodbine, they are very progressive with terrific management!

"To repeat, Conquest Curlinate will be retired. We would never ever risk the chance of this being beyond uncomfortable for him. He is surrounded by love and we have had a few calls already about him creating some majestic babies. Mark will make that decision but I'm certain with the immediate interest that he will have a very pleasant retirement. This is understandably heartbreaking and as I give all of our fans, who we consider to be part of our team, more info I think you may also share in my frustration.

"On a positive note, just a reminder... We do have another incredibly gifted horse entered in the Queen's Plate... Conquest Boogaloo (Scat Daddy)... who is Mr. Barker's pick to win as well as many of our other fans and analysts. Just as numbers exercise I had one of my PHD Cray operators run through the hard numbers... Basic rate of change, linear acceleration, furlong speeds, closing speeds and many other variables... And of all the entrants only one came out on top. I would not ever sell a Conquest horse short... I don't gamble but I do love to perform the best we can for you. Let's hope Boogaloo busts a few moves out there Sunday with his ace rider and buddy Alan Garcia.

"Our very best,

Ernie, Dory and Team Conquest."

Bred by Charles Hayden in Ontario, Conquest Curlinate went to Conquest for $70,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. The handsome gray broke his maiden January 31 at Oaklawn in his second start, but two-turn debut. After a third in an allowance over the same track and 1 1/16-mile trip February 19, Conquest Curlinate advanced into stakes company and turned in his three consecutive runner-up efforts. He compiled a record of 6-1-3-1, $188,490.

Conquest Curlinate was produced by Canadian Grade 2 victress Higher World (Peaks and Valleys), who is also responsible for Grade 3-placed Tapit's World (Tapit).

Conquest Curlinate retired with sesamoid injury

Conquest Curlinate's promising career has been cut short by an injury sustained in a Thursday morning training incident (Courtesy of WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Thursday morning's ill-timed injury that knocked Conquest Curlinate (Curlin) out of Sunday's Queen's Plate has turned out to be career-ending, Conquest Stables reported later that night. The Mark Casse trainee would have been one of the leading players in the Canadian classic, having finished second in the Illinois Derby (G3), Peter Pan (G2) and most recently Woodbine's Plate Trial on June 14.

Owners Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell of Conquest Stables took to TwitLonger to offer more information to the promising colt's fans. Here is the full statement:

"I felt you all needed to know what I know on the Conquest Curlinate last second withdrawal from the Queen's Plate.

"I was given an urgent call at 8:15 a.m. on my way to the draw from Mark Casse..."Call asap"...This is rare! I immediately called with the feeling that this was not the 'You've won the Canadian lottery' type of call. Unfortunately that was correct. Mark said that while galloping this morning Curlinate was somehow interfered with by a horse who apparently veered into him. It required an emergency maneuver for our treasured jumbo jet to avoid a serious incident. Many thanks to our terrific exercise rider for staying cool and avoiding a potentially unthinkable result.

"We had no information that was medically documented at the draw time other than what Mark said, which was that Conquest Curlinate had incurred a minor freak training injury that forced us to withdraw him from the Plate competition.

"Later in the morning Dr. Bob examined him again and viewed the X-rays that were taken, he then consulted with those who we feel are the top people in the world in their field and to our heartbreaking dismay we learned that this in fact was a very complicated sesamoid injury, which unfortunately will retire our young maturing star. I've been quite emotional on this issue and how it occurred but I will save that for a complete post on my thoughts... This for me is a time for numbing sadness and unfortunately some very deeply felt opinions.

"This is in no way was a fault of Mark, or anyone at Casse Racing. They are traumatized, as they love the horses as we all do.

"My intent from the start has been to bring transparency to this sport to make it better... You have all been very, very supportive and have my most sincere thanks... You are our team and we love you all.

"In time I will thoroughly elaborate on how I think this tragedy could have easily been avoided. I feel the terrific people at Woodbine are where I will start my quest. I hope that, as always, you all will send me your feedback on whether you agree with my assessments. I know I will have an open ear at Woodbine, they are very progressive with terrific management!

"To repeat, Conquest Curlinate will be retired. We would never ever risk the chance of this being beyond uncomfortable for him. He is surrounded by love and we have had a few calls already about him creating some majestic babies. Mark will make that decision but I'm certain with the immediate interest that he will have a very pleasant retirement. This is understandably heartbreaking and as I give all of our fans, who we consider to be part of our team, more info I think you may also share in my frustration.

"On a positive note, just a reminder... We do have another incredibly gifted horse entered in the Queen's Plate... Conquest Boogaloo (Scat Daddy)... who is Mr. Barker's pick to win as well as many of our other fans and analysts. Just as numbers exercise I had one of my PHD Cray operators run through the hard numbers... Basic rate of change, linear acceleration, furlong speeds, closing speeds and many other variables... And of all the entrants only one came out on top. I would not ever sell a Conquest horse short... I don't gamble but I do love to perform the best we can for you. Let's hope Boogaloo busts a few moves out there Sunday with his ace rider and buddy Alan Garcia.

"Our very best,

Ernie, Dory and Team Conquest."

Bred by Charles Hayden in Ontario, Conquest Curlinate went to Conquest for $70,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. The handsome gray broke his maiden January 31 at Oaklawn in his second start, but two-turn debut. After a third in an allowance over the same track and 1 1/16-mile trip February 19, Conquest Curlinate advanced into stakes company and turned in his three consecutive runner-up efforts. He compiled a record of 6-1-3-1, $188,490.

Conquest Curlinate was produced by Canadian Grade 2 victress Higher World (Peaks and Valleys), who is also responsible for Grade 3-placed Tapit's World (Tapit).

Main Sequence returns to defend United Nations title

Main Sequence could etch his name alongside such legends as Round Table and Manila (Carl Sari/Equi-Photo)
One year ago, dual Eclipse Award winner Main Sequence (Aldebaran) began his inexorable march through the U.S. turf scene by capturing his American debut in the $500,000 United Nations (G1) at Monmouth. On Sunday, the Niarchos Family's homebred returns in the same spot, hoping to re-start his 2015 campaign after a disappointing loss in Dubai.

Main Sequence is unbeaten in five U.S. starts for trainer Graham Motion, all accomplished with his flair for a dramatic, up-in-time finish. Off for eight months after his repatriation from Europe in the winter of 2013-14, he resurfaced in the 2014 United Nations and flew late to deny Twilight Eclipse (Purim). His ensuing victories in the Sword Dancer Invitational (G1), Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (G1) and Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) earned him not only an Eclipse Award as champion turf male, but also the champion older male crown.

After reappearing triumphant in the February 21 Mac Diarmida (G2) at Gulfstream, where he defeated Twilight Eclipse for the fifth straight time, Main Sequence carried high hopes into the March 28 Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-G1). But he faded after a wide trip, and a middle move, and wound up seventh.

Main Sequence was freshened upon his return home, and Motion has been pleased with his recent works at Fair Hill.

"He is a very professional horse and is always straightforward," Motion said. "He's had no problems since coming back from Dubai.

"Both workouts have looked good. I could've ran him a few weeks ago, but wanted to put him in the best spot possible."

Regular rider Rajiv Maragh will be back aboard as Main Sequence breaks from post 6 in this 1 3/8-mile "Win & You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Turf. Should he repeat, Main Sequence would join an honor roll of two-time UN winners including Round Table (1957, 1959), Mongo (1962-63), Noble Dancer (1978-79), Manila (1986-87), Sandpit (1995-96), English Channel (2006-07) and Presious Passion (2008-09).

Stablemates Slumber and Big Blue Kitten ran one-two in the Manhattan (NYRA/Coglianese Photography/Adam Mooshian)
In addition to familiar foes Twilight Eclipse and Imagining (Giant's Causeway), Main Sequence will also face the Chad Brown duo of Slumber (Cacique) and Big Blue Kitten (Kitten's Joy) and streaking Southern California shipper Ashleyluvssugar (Game Plan).

Slumber has awakened since joining Brown late last year, with the application of blinkers conjuring up a career-best in the June 6 Manhattan H. (G1) at Belmont. Overlooked at 14-1, the seven-year-old finally earned a big prize when driving to a 2 3/4-length decision over favored stablemate Big Blue Kitten.

Big Blue Kitten, a fellow seven-year-old, seeks to regain the United Nations title he won back in 2013. The Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred has yet to scale the heights of that campaign, when he also captured the Sword Dancer and missed by a whisker in the Joe Hirsch. The honest and dependable type has nevertheless run well in the interim, and he kicked off 2015 with a convincing score in the May 2 Fort Marcy (G3). But he's got work to do to turn the tables on the resurgent Slumber, as well as Main Sequence, Twilight Eclipse and Imagining.

Since getting away from Main Sequence, turf veterans Twilight Eclipse and Imagining have had mixed results. Imagining left Twilight Eclipse back in third when taking the March 28 Pan American (G2), but was only fifth to that same rival in the May 9 Man o' War (G1). Twilight Eclipse scored a deserved Grade 1 breakthrough on that occasion, only to retreat to seventh last time in the Manhattan.

Ashleyluvssugar, in contrast, is an upwardly mobile four-year-old. Improved markedly since stretching out on the Santa Anita turf, the Peter Eurton trainee brings a three-race win skein including the March 21 San Luis Rey (G2) and May 24 Charles Whittingham (G2). This represents a much stiffer class test, but his gaudy 108 BRIS Speed figure from the San Luis Rey suggests that he could be up to it. Hall of Famer Gary Stevens comes in to maintain the partnership.

Rounding out the field are the Todd Pletcher-trained Divine Oath (Broken Vow), who's got a bit to find on form with these; Sycamore Lane (Artie Schiller), who makes an audacious stakes debut off a pair of allowance wins for Hall of Famer Bill Mott; and recent Ramsey claim Shining Copper (Aragorn), who has the look of a pacemaker for Big Blue Kitten.

Race Day, unraced since Oaklawn, makes his eagerly awaited return in the Salvator Mile (Coady Photography)
One race earlier at Monmouth, Race Day (Tapit) aims to continue his ascent in the handicap division in the $150,000 Salvator Mile (G3).

The Pletcher pupil has won five of his last six, his lone loss in that span a close third to Valid (Medaglia d'Oro) in the February 7 Fred Hooper (G3). The lightly raced four-year-old then successfully invaded Hot Springs, where he battled to a narrow victory in the March 14 Razorback (G3) and drew off commandingly in the April 11 Oaklawn H. (G2). Race Day has been unraced since then, but his bullet works of late imply he's ready. Hall of Famer John Velazquez has the return call.

Other contenders include the aforementioned Valid, who hasn't won since the Hooper and exits a second to the re-opposing Red Vine (Candy Ride) in the local prep, the Majestic Light; Bradester (Lion Heart), runner-up in last year's Salvator Mile to Itsmyluckyday and to Valid in the 2014 Monmouth Cup (G2); and millionaire Pants on Fire (Jump Start), who's eligible to rebound from an uncharacteristic seventh in the June 6 Metropolitan H. (G1).

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Main Sequence returns to defend United Nations title

Main Sequence could etch his name alongside such legends as Round Table and Manila (Carl Sari/Equi-Photo)
One year ago, dual Eclipse Award winner Main Sequence (Aldebaran) began his inexorable march through the U.S. turf scene by capturing his American debut in the $500,000 United Nations (G1) at Monmouth. On Sunday, the Niarchos Family's homebred returns in the same spot, hoping to re-start his 2015 campaign after a disappointing loss in Dubai.

Main Sequence is unbeaten in five U.S. starts for trainer Graham Motion, all accomplished with his flair for a dramatic, up-in-time finish. Off for eight months after his repatriation from Europe in the winter of 2013-14, he resurfaced in the 2014 United Nations and flew late to deny Twilight Eclipse (Purim). His ensuing victories in the Sword Dancer Invitational (G1), Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (G1) and Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) earned him not only an Eclipse Award as champion turf male, but also the champion older male crown.

After reappearing triumphant in the February 21 Mac Diarmida (G2) at Gulfstream, where he defeated Twilight Eclipse for the fifth straight time, Main Sequence carried high hopes into the March 28 Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-G1). But he faded after a wide trip, and a middle move, and wound up seventh.

Main Sequence was freshened upon his return home, and Motion has been pleased with his recent works at Fair Hill.

"He is a very professional horse and is always straightforward," Motion said. "He's had no problems since coming back from Dubai.

"Both workouts have looked good. I could've ran him a few weeks ago, but wanted to put him in the best spot possible."

Regular rider Rajiv Maragh will be back aboard as Main Sequence breaks from post 6 in this 1 3/8-mile "Win & You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Turf. Should he repeat, Main Sequence would join an honor roll of two-time UN winners including Round Table (1957, 1959), Mongo (1962-63), Noble Dancer (1978-79), Manila (1986-87), Sandpit (1995-96), English Channel (2006-07) and Presious Passion (2008-09).

Stablemates Slumber and Big Blue Kitten ran one-two in the Manhattan (NYRA/Coglianese Photography/Adam Mooshian)
In addition to familiar foes Twilight Eclipse and Imagining (Giant's Causeway), Main Sequence will also face the Chad Brown duo of Slumber (Cacique) and Big Blue Kitten (Kitten's Joy) and streaking Southern California shipper Ashleyluvssugar (Game Plan).

Slumber has awakened since joining Brown late last year, with the application of blinkers conjuring up a career-best in the June 6 Manhattan H. (G1) at Belmont. Overlooked at 14-1, the seven-year-old finally earned a big prize when driving to a 2 3/4-length decision over favored stablemate Big Blue Kitten.

Big Blue Kitten, a fellow seven-year-old, seeks to regain the United Nations title he won back in 2013. The Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred has yet to scale the heights of that campaign, when he also captured the Sword Dancer and missed by a whisker in the Joe Hirsch. The honest and dependable type has nevertheless run well in the interim, and he kicked off 2015 with a convincing score in the May 2 Fort Marcy (G3). But he's got work to do to turn the tables on the resurgent Slumber, as well as Main Sequence, Twilight Eclipse and Imagining.

Since getting away from Main Sequence, turf veterans Twilight Eclipse and Imagining have had mixed results. Imagining left Twilight Eclipse back in third when taking the March 28 Pan American (G2), but was only fifth to that same rival in the May 9 Man o' War (G1). Twilight Eclipse scored a deserved Grade 1 breakthrough on that occasion, only to retreat to seventh last time in the Manhattan.

Ashleyluvssugar, in contrast, is an upwardly mobile four-year-old. Improved markedly since stretching out on the Santa Anita turf, the Peter Eurton trainee brings a three-race win skein including the March 21 San Luis Rey (G2) and May 24 Charles Whittingham (G2). This represents a much stiffer class test, but his gaudy 108 BRIS Speed figure from the San Luis Rey suggests that he could be up to it. Hall of Famer Gary Stevens comes in to maintain the partnership.

Rounding out the field are the Todd Pletcher-trained Divine Oath (Broken Vow), who's got a bit to find on form with these; Sycamore Lane (Artie Schiller), who makes an audacious stakes debut off a pair of allowance wins for Hall of Famer Bill Mott; and recent Ramsey claim Shining Copper (Aragorn), who has the look of a pacemaker for Big Blue Kitten.

Race Day, unraced since Oaklawn, makes his eagerly awaited return in the Salvator Mile (Coady Photography)
One race earlier at Monmouth, Race Day (Tapit) aims to continue his ascent in the handicap division in the $150,000 Salvator Mile (G3).

The Pletcher pupil has won five of his last six, his lone loss in that span a close third to Valid (Medaglia d'Oro) in the February 7 Fred Hooper (G3). The lightly raced four-year-old then successfully invaded Hot Springs, where he battled to a narrow victory in the March 14 Razorback (G3) and drew off commandingly in the April 11 Oaklawn H. (G2). Race Day has been unraced since then, but his bullet works of late imply he's ready. Hall of Famer John Velazquez has the return call.

Other contenders include the aforementioned Valid, who hasn't won since the Hooper and exits a second to the re-opposing Red Vine (Candy Ride) in the local prep, the Majestic Light; Bradester (Lion Heart), runner-up in last year's Salvator Mile to Itsmyluckyday and to Valid in the 2014 Monmouth Cup (G2); and millionaire Pants on Fire (Jump Start), who's eligible to rebound from an uncharacteristic seventh in the June 6 Metropolitan H. (G1).

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Summit of Speed boasts Work All Week, competitive fields

Work All Week (right) denied defending champion Secret Circle in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Sprint (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
Gulfstream Park plays host to the $1.175 million Summit of Speed program on Sunday featuring 12 races, including the $250,000 Smile Sprint S. (G2) and $250,000 Princess Rooney S. (G2) sending runners six furlongs.

Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) hero and Eclipse champion Work All Week (City Zip) figures to be the most accomplished performer in the Smile Sprint while Merry Meadow (Henny Hughes) returns to the site of her Hurricane Bertie S. (G3) tour de force in the Princess Rooney. Each race is a "Win & You're In" to their respective Breeders' Cup sprint divisions for the winners.

Work All Week is seeking a return to the winner's circle after bruising a foot while running second in his 2015 debut, the Aristides S. (G3), on May 30 at Churchill Downs. The six-year-old gelding went 5-1-0 from six starts last year, including victories in the Breeders' Cup Sprint and Phoenix S. (G3), and will be making his Gulfstream bow in this spot under Florent Geroux for trainer Roger Brueggemann.

The homebred chestnut, who is campaigned by Richard and Karen Papiese's Midwest Thoroughbreds, readied for the Smile Sprint with a swift :46 1/5 breeze on June 28 under the Twin Spires, his second straight bullet move after going in :59 2/5 on June 21.

"We weren't looking for him to work that fast, but he did it all on his own," Richard Papiese said. "We hope it's an indication that he is going to run a big race this weekend."

Also of note in the Smile Sprint is Alsvid (Officer), who defeated Work All Week when taking the Aristides by two lengths. The Chris Hartman-trained gelding brings a three-race win streak into the event after taking an allowance/optional claimer in March prior to a three-quarter length score in the Count Fleet Sprint H. (G3) about two weeks later.

Chris Landeros has been aboard for Alsvid's current win streak and retains the mount.

Grande Shores will be competing over his home track in the Smile Sprint, having recorded 13 in-the-money finishes from 16 career tries at Gulfstream. The seven-year-old Jacks or Better homebred seemingly has gotten better with age after his career had been compromised by a chronic digestive disorder that is under control but still demands constant monitoring.

"I know he's going to run his heart out," trainer Stanley Gold said. "There's going to be plenty of speed in it and he'll be coming. I'd rather see it be seven (furlongs) instead of six. He's going to have to be coming faster and start sooner. He's earned the shot. You hate to possibly get overmatched, but I can't say he is overmatched."

Eddie Castro, who rode Grande Shores to a three-quarter length victory in the Parrot Key S. last out, has the call.

Merry Meadow is no stranger to winning at Gulfstream (Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography)
The Princess Rooney takes place one race before the Smile Sprint and has attracted Merry Meadow, who will ship in from New York following a subpar sixth in the seven-furlong Inside Information S. (G2) on March 21.

"It was the distance and the way the race unfolded," trainer Mark Hennig revealed about the Inside Information. "She isn't really one that wants to be up there fighting for the lead. It's not her style. Knowing it was seven-eighths, it was the worst-case scenario. I think for her to get seven-eighths, she has to have an ideal trip, and she had a less-than-ideal trip at a less-than-ideal distance."

The five-year-old bay will cut back to her ideal distance of three-quarters while returning from a more than three-month freshening under Javier Castellano. The two paired up one race after Merry Meadow captured the Sky Beauty S. last November to take both the Sugar Swirl S. (G3) and Hurricane Bertie.

"She's been doing great," Hennig said. "It was the timing, more than anything else, and the distance, and it's on a familiar racetrack. Gulfstream making the accommodations to get there and back helped as well.

"She's always held her form," the conditioner added. "She's never really ever needed any one set track. She's traveled well and run on all kinds of surfaces. She's always been a pretty consistent runner. We were able to give her a little breather after (the Inside Information), and she's always run well fresh."

Earlier on the Summit of Speed program, 10 sophomore colts and geldings will go seven furlongs in the $150,000 Carry Back S. (G3) while nine three-year-old fillies take part in the $150,000 Azalea S. (G3) at the same distance.

Barbados (Speightstown) enters the Carry Back off a more than five-money break, having last been seen recording his third straight win in the Hutcheson S. (G3) over track and distance. The Azalea features the respective top three -- Huasca (Tiz Wonderful), Dogwood Trail (Awescome of Course) and Fond of Sarah (With Distinction) -- from the track and distance Tangelo H. on June 6, as well as Jostle S. vixen Warriorscmoutoplay (Warrior's Reward).

Five other stakes are carded for the day as well. Eight juveniles have been entered in the $75,000 Birdonthewire S. going 5 1/2 furlongs to kick off the stakes action, followed one race later by the fillies equivalent, the $75,000 Cassidy S., which drew nine runners.

The $75,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint attracted a field of nine to go five furlongs on the turf, while the $75,000 Miesque's Approval S. and sister race $75,000 Spook Express S. will each send contestants 1 1/16 miles on the green. The former will see 10 line up while the Spook Express boasts 15, including one main-track only entrant.

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Summit of Speed boasts Work All Week, competitive fields

Work All Week (right) denied defending champion Secret Circle in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Sprint (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
Gulfstream Park plays host to the $1.175 million Summit of Speed program on Sunday featuring 12 races, including the $250,000 Smile Sprint S. (G2) and $250,000 Princess Rooney S. (G2) sending runners six furlongs.

Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) hero and Eclipse champion Work All Week (City Zip) figures to be the most accomplished performer in the Smile Sprint while Merry Meadow (Henny Hughes) returns to the site of her Hurricane Bertie S. (G3) tour de force in the Princess Rooney. Each race is a "Win & You're In" to their respective Breeders' Cup sprint divisions for the winners.

Work All Week is seeking a return to the winner's circle after bruising a foot while running second in his 2015 debut, the Aristides S. (G3), on May 30 at Churchill Downs. The six-year-old gelding went 5-1-0 from six starts last year, including victories in the Breeders' Cup Sprint and Phoenix S. (G3), and will be making his Gulfstream bow in this spot under Florent Geroux for trainer Roger Brueggemann.

The homebred chestnut, who is campaigned by Richard and Karen Papiese's Midwest Thoroughbreds, readied for the Smile Sprint with a swift :46 1/5 breeze on June 28 under the Twin Spires, his second straight bullet move after going in :59 2/5 on June 21.

"We weren't looking for him to work that fast, but he did it all on his own," Richard Papiese said. "We hope it's an indication that he is going to run a big race this weekend."

Also of note in the Smile Sprint is Alsvid (Officer), who defeated Work All Week when taking the Aristides by two lengths. The Chris Hartman-trained gelding brings a three-race win streak into the event after taking an allowance/optional claimer in March prior to a three-quarter length score in the Count Fleet Sprint H. (G3) about two weeks later.

Chris Landeros has been aboard for Alsvid's current win streak and retains the mount.

Grande Shores will be competing over his home track in the Smile Sprint, having recorded 13 in-the-money finishes from 16 career tries at Gulfstream. The seven-year-old Jacks or Better homebred seemingly has gotten better with age after his career had been compromised by a chronic digestive disorder that is under control but still demands constant monitoring.

"I know he's going to run his heart out," trainer Stanley Gold said. "There's going to be plenty of speed in it and he'll be coming. I'd rather see it be seven (furlongs) instead of six. He's going to have to be coming faster and start sooner. He's earned the shot. You hate to possibly get overmatched, but I can't say he is overmatched."

Eddie Castro, who rode Grande Shores to a three-quarter length victory in the Parrot Key S. last out, has the call.

Merry Meadow is no stranger to winning at Gulfstream (Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography)
The Princess Rooney takes place one race before the Smile Sprint and has attracted Merry Meadow, who will ship in from New York following a subpar sixth in the seven-furlong Inside Information S. (G2) on March 21.

"It was the distance and the way the race unfolded," trainer Mark Hennig revealed about the Inside Information. "She isn't really one that wants to be up there fighting for the lead. It's not her style. Knowing it was seven-eighths, it was the worst-case scenario. I think for her to get seven-eighths, she has to have an ideal trip, and she had a less-than-ideal trip at a less-than-ideal distance."

The five-year-old bay will cut back to her ideal distance of three-quarters while returning from a more than three-month freshening under Javier Castellano. The two paired up one race after Merry Meadow captured the Sky Beauty S. last November to take both the Sugar Swirl S. (G3) and Hurricane Bertie.

"She's been doing great," Hennig said. "It was the timing, more than anything else, and the distance, and it's on a familiar racetrack. Gulfstream making the accommodations to get there and back helped as well.

"She's always held her form," the conditioner added. "She's never really ever needed any one set track. She's traveled well and run on all kinds of surfaces. She's always been a pretty consistent runner. We were able to give her a little breather after (the Inside Information), and she's always run well fresh."

Earlier on the Summit of Speed program, 10 sophomore colts and geldings will go seven furlongs in the $150,000 Carry Back S. (G3) while nine three-year-old fillies take part in the $150,000 Azalea S. (G3) at the same distance.

Barbados (Speightstown) enters the Carry Back off a more than five-money break, having last been seen recording his third straight win in the Hutcheson S. (G3) over track and distance. The Azalea features the respective top three -- Huasca (Tiz Wonderful), Dogwood Trail (Awescome of Course) and Fond of Sarah (With Distinction) -- from the track and distance Tangelo H. on June 6, as well as Jostle S. vixen Warriorscmoutoplay (Warrior's Reward).

Five other stakes are carded for the day as well. Eight juveniles have been entered in the $75,000 Birdonthewire S. going 5 1/2 furlongs to kick off the stakes action, followed one race later by the fillies equivalent, the $75,000 Cassidy S., which drew nine runners.

The $75,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint attracted a field of nine to go five furlongs on the turf, while the $75,000 Miesque's Approval S. and sister race $75,000 Spook Express S. will each send contestants 1 1/16 miles on the green. The former will see 10 line up while the Spook Express boasts 15, including one main-track only entrant.

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Danish Dynaformer aims to give Attfield record ninth Queen's Plate

Plate Trial winner Danish Dynaformer rates as the 3-1 favorite on the morning line (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Charles Fipke's Danish Dynaformer (Dynaformer), Stronach Stables' Shaman Ghost (Ghostzapper) and Bear Stables' filly Academic (Henny Hughes) head an ultra-competitive field of 14 for the C$1 million Queen's Plate, Canada's most famous horse race, Sunday at Woodbine.

Now in its 156th edition, the Plate is the oldest continuously run stakes race in North America. The classic for Canadian-foaled three-year-olds is held over 1 1/4 miles on the Polytrack.

At the Queen's Plate breakfast on Thursday morning, the selection order for post positions was drawn first via the traditional "pill-pull," followed by the choosing of post positions by the connections for each horse, a system which has been in place for the Plate since 1998.

Danish Dynaformer, one of two (Billy's Star [Perfect Soul] is the other) trained by Hall of Famer Roger Attfield, will try to give his conditioner a record ninth Plate win and has been established as the lukewarm 3-1 morning line favorite. Attfield chose post 7 with the second selection.

The Fipke homebred scored an impressive three-quarter length victory over Conquest Curlinate (Curlin) in the June 14 Plate Trial, his third win in six career starts. It followed a close third place finish to Plate rival Shaman Ghost in the Marine S. (Can-G3) on May 16. Twenty-five Plate Trial winners have gone on to win the King/Queen's Plate since 1944, the last being Big Red Mike in 2010.

"He's a really nice horse, no question about it," Attfield said. "He's got a big turn of foot and a huge cruising speed. He's a very versatile horse."

Attfield is currently tied with Harry Giddings Jr. for most Plate wins. His previous winners were Not Bourbon (for Fipke) in 2008, Regal Discovery (1995), Peteski (1993), Alydeed (1992), Izvestia (1990), With Approval (1989), Market Control (1987) and Norcliffe (1976). Peteski, Izvestia and With Approval all went on to win the Canadian Triple Crown.

Danish Dynaformer will be ridden by Patrick Husbands for the first time, since Luis Contreras, aboard for the Trial, was previously committed to Ami's Flatter (Flatter). Husbands has won the Plate twice, in 2003 with eventual Triple Crown winner Wando, then last year with filly Lexie Lou (Sligo Bay). The last jockey to win back-to-back Plates was Eurico Rosa da Silva in 2009-10, with Eye of the Leopard and Big Red Mike, respectively.

Billy's Star (15-1), with the aforementioned Rosa da Silva, currently Woodbine's leading rider aboard, finished a troubled sixth in the Trial, yet only five lengths behind his stablemate, after breaking his maiden in May at Woodbine over 1 1/16 miles. Also bred by Fipke but now owned by Perfect Timber Partnership, he was a $161,177 Canadian Select yearling purchase.

Shaman Ghost was last seen landing the Marine (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Stronach Stables' homebred Shaman Ghost (7-2) hasn't raced since his winning effort in the 1 1/16-mile Marine, when overcoming traffic with a powerful late stretch charge. Trained by Brian Lynch, Shaman Ghost will be ridden by Rafael Hernandez, who has piloted the colt to three consecutive wins, including the Marine.

"Winning form is the best form and he's won three in a row," said Lynch, who didn't have to pick a post when he drew number 14 in the selection order, and only the rail was left. "He's been doing everything well in those last three, really fighting to the wire in all of them. I like the way he doesn't give up. He just keeps on battling. Hopefully, he brings that same great fight with him to the Plate."

Stronach is a two-time Plate winner (Basqueian, 1994 and Awesome Again, 1997), while Lynch just missed winning the 2008 Plate with Stronach's filly Ginger Brew, finishing a head behind Not Bourbon.

Bear Stables' Academic (5-1), with Justin Stein aboard, scored a 66-1 shocker three weeks ago when wiring her rivals in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks. It was just the second start of the year for the filly. Her 1 1/8-mile time of 1.48.86 was a track record and almost one second faster than it took Danish Dynaformer to win the Trial a race before. Her connections drew the first post selection and picked post 4.

Academic, the field's leading money winner with $293,141 after being bought for $54,000 at the Ocala Two-Year-Olds In training Sale, will try to become the 36th filly to win the Plate since 1860, the eighth since 1956 and the seventh to sweep both the Oaks and the Plate, joining Flaming Page (1962), La Lorgnette (1985), Dance Smartly (1991), Dancethruthedawn (2001), Inglorious (2011) and Lexie Lou (2014).

Stein rode Strait of Dover to victory in the 2012 Plate, while Bear Stables and trainer Reade Baker, who will also saddle Bear At Last (Marchfield) and Breaking Lucky (Lookin at Lucky), finished third last year with Asserting Bear.

Breaking Lucky (20-1), owned by Gunpowder Farms, broke his maiden at Woodbine in April, then was second and seventh in two subsequent route allowance races. The son of 2010 Preakness (G1) winner Lookin At Lucky will be ridden by Jim McAleney, who has twice finished second in the Plate, aboard I And I in 2000 and Anglian Prince in 2002. Bear Stables' Bear At Last (30-1), a one-time winner in 11 outings to be ridden by Rico Walcott, was most recently seventh in the Plate Trial.

Academic takes on the boys after her track record-setting victory in the Woodbine Oaks (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Queen's Plate winterbook favourite Ami's Flatter (6-1), trained by Josie Carroll for owner-breeder Ivan Dalos, disappointed as the 3-5 favorite in the Marine, finishing seventh, five lengths behind Shaman Ghost. That result came after a competitive run on the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail, which saw him finish second to Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) in the Tampa Bay Derby (G1) at Tampa Bay Downs and third to Materiality (Afleet Alex) in the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park. The field's second leading money winner with $232,231 will be ridden by Contreras from the outside post 14.

Dalos, Carroll and Contreras teamed to finish second with Ami's Holiday (Harlan's Holiday) in last year's Plate. Carroll, though, has won two Plates -- Edenwold (2006) and Inglorious (2011) -- and is the only female trainer to even win the Plate while Contreras was aboard Inglorious for his first Plate score.

Seven-time Sovereign Award-winning trainer Mark Casse, who saddled last year's winner Lexie Lou, will try to win a second consecutive Plate with Conquest Stables' Conquest Boogaloo (Scat Daddy) and Bill and Vicki Poston's Oakton (Macho Uno). The last trainer to win back-to-back Plates was Mark Frostad in 2000-2001.

Conquest Boogaloo (8-1), a $190,000 Keeneland yearling buy, finished a closing troubled third in the Plate Trial, just two lengths behind Danish Dynaformer. He also encountered a difficult trip in the Marine, when eighth to Shaman Ghost. He's won two of seven, including last year's Swynford S., and will be handled by Alan Garcia. Oakton (20-1), a one-time winner in six starts, will be ridden for the first time by Tyler Pizarro, who finished second for Casse in the 2011 Plate aboard Hippolytus.

Chiefswood Stable's homebred Portree (Niigon) (12-1), trained by Stuart Simon and ridden by Gerry Olguin, finished an excellent fourth in the Plate Trial, just 2 1/2 lengths behind winner Danish Dynaformer, after leading in midstretch. It was just his third career start after winning his first two outings earlier this year. He'll try to become the eighth Plate winner since 1956 to be sired/foaled by a Plate winner. Chiefswood won the 2004 Plate with their homebred Niigon.

Trainer Mike Keogh will send out Gus Schickedanz's homebred Sweet Grass Creek (Wando) (20-1), a one-time winner in five starts. Keogh and Schickedanz teamed to win the 1999 Plate with Woodcarver, then captured the Triple Crown with Hall of Famer Wando in 2003. Jesse Campbell, who took the 2013 Plate aboard front-running Midnight Aria, has the mount.

Ami's Flatter, the winter book favorite, looks to restore his reputation (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Tucci Stables' Easy Indygo (Marchfield) (30-1), also purchased at the Ocala Two-Year-olds in training sale for $60,000, has won once in seven starts. Tucci Stables' won the 2013 Plate with Midnight Aria, while trainer Nick Gonzalez conditioned both Midnight Aria and 2010 Plate winner Big Red Mike. Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson is the only female rider to win the Plate in 2007 with Mike Fox.

Canyon Farms' British Columbia homebred Ault (English Channel) (30-1) will try to become the fourth horse since 1952 to break his maiden in the Plate, the latest to do so being Scatter the Gold in 2000. To be ridden by David Moran for trainer Dan Vella, he has been a close second in his three Woodbine Polytrack appearances, but out of the money in two grass attempts at Gulfstream Park this winter.

Canyon Farms won the 2012 Plate with another homebred, Strait of Dover, also a son of English Channel, while Vella, in addition to training Strait of Dover, won the 1994 Plate with Basqueian. Moran finished third in the 2010 Plate aboard Oaks winner Roan Inish.

Preston Stables' Milwaukee Mist (Milwaukee Brew) (30-1) has campaigned at Turfway Park, Keeneland and Churchill Downs, winning one of six starts. Trained by Pavel Matejka, Milwaukee Mist will be ridden by Gary Boulanger, who won the 2001 Plate with Oaks winner Dancethruthedawn.

Of the 14 starters in this year's Plate, 12 have connections (owner, trainer and/or jockey) who have previously won the Plate. Four horses in the field - Breaking Lucky, Milwaukee Mist, Oakton and Portree -- did not start at two. Eye of the Leopard (2009), Scatter The Gold (2000) and Awesome Again (1997) are the latest Plate winners who did not race as two-year-olds.

The Queen's Plate is the first leg in the Canadian Triple Crown. The second leg is the C$500,000 Prince of Wales S., at 1 3/16 miles on Tuesday, July 28, at Fort Erie, while the C$500,000 Breeders' S., at 1 1/2 miles on the grass, August 16 at Woodbine, comprises the third and final leg. There have been seven Triple Crown winners since the concept was inaugurated in 1959, the first being New Providence in 1959, the latest being Wando in 2003.

Since 1956, the stakes record for the Plate is 2:01 4/5, set by Izvestia in 1990, when he also won by the largest margin, 13 lengths. Strait of Dover, the 2012 winner, owns the fastest Polytrack time since 2007 of 2:01.99. The longest-priced winner in the modern era (since 1956) is T J's Lucky Moon ($166) in 2002 while Maternal Pride is the highest-priced winner of all time, paying $193.35 in 1924. Since 1956, favorites have won 22 of 59 runnings (37.2 percent). However, Wando in 2003, and Eye of the Leopard in 2009, are the only Plate favorites to win in the last 20 editions.

Three other stakes, all of them on the grass, will be part of the Queen's Plate Day undercard -- the C$200,000 Dance Smartly (Can-G2), at 1 1/8 miles at 3:02 p.m., the C$150,000 Singspiel (Can-G3) at 1 1/2 miles at 4:18 p.m. and the C$200,000 Highlander (Can-G2) at six furlongs at 4:53 p.m. First race post time is noon.

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Danish Dynaformer aims to give Attfield record ninth Queen's Plate

Plate Trial winner Danish Dynaformer rates as the 3-1 favorite on the morning line (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Charles Fipke's Danish Dynaformer (Dynaformer), Stronach Stables' Shaman Ghost (Ghostzapper) and Bear Stables' filly Academic (Henny Hughes) head an ultra-competitive field of 14 for the C$1 million Queen's Plate, Canada's most famous horse race, Sunday at Woodbine.

Now in its 156th edition, the Plate is the oldest continuously run stakes race in North America. The classic for Canadian-foaled three-year-olds is held over 1 1/4 miles on the Polytrack.

At the Queen's Plate breakfast on Thursday morning, the selection order for post positions was drawn first via the traditional "pill-pull," followed by the choosing of post positions by the connections for each horse, a system which has been in place for the Plate since 1998.

Danish Dynaformer, one of two (Billy's Star [Perfect Soul] is the other) trained by Hall of Famer Roger Attfield, will try to give his conditioner a record ninth Plate win and has been established as the lukewarm 3-1 morning line favorite. Attfield chose post 7 with the second selection.

The Fipke homebred scored an impressive three-quarter length victory over Conquest Curlinate (Curlin) in the June 14 Plate Trial, his third win in six career starts. It followed a close third place finish to Plate rival Shaman Ghost in the Marine S. (Can-G3) on May 16. Twenty-five Plate Trial winners have gone on to win the King/Queen's Plate since 1944, the last being Big Red Mike in 2010.

"He's a really nice horse, no question about it," Attfield said. "He's got a big turn of foot and a huge cruising speed. He's a very versatile horse."

Attfield is currently tied with Harry Giddings Jr. for most Plate wins. His previous winners were Not Bourbon (for Fipke) in 2008, Regal Discovery (1995), Peteski (1993), Alydeed (1992), Izvestia (1990), With Approval (1989), Market Control (1987) and Norcliffe (1976). Peteski, Izvestia and With Approval all went on to win the Canadian Triple Crown.

Danish Dynaformer will be ridden by Patrick Husbands for the first time, since Luis Contreras, aboard for the Trial, was previously committed to Ami's Flatter (Flatter). Husbands has won the Plate twice, in 2003 with eventual Triple Crown winner Wando, then last year with filly Lexie Lou (Sligo Bay). The last jockey to win back-to-back Plates was Eurico Rosa da Silva in 2009-10, with Eye of the Leopard and Big Red Mike, respectively.

Billy's Star (15-1), with the aforementioned Rosa da Silva, currently Woodbine's leading rider aboard, finished a troubled sixth in the Trial, yet only five lengths behind his stablemate, after breaking his maiden in May at Woodbine over 1 1/16 miles. Also bred by Fipke but now owned by Perfect Timber Partnership, he was a $161,177 Canadian Select yearling purchase.

Shaman Ghost was last seen landing the Marine (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Stronach Stables' homebred Shaman Ghost (7-2) hasn't raced since his winning effort in the 1 1/16-mile Marine, when overcoming traffic with a powerful late stretch charge. Trained by Brian Lynch, Shaman Ghost will be ridden by Rafael Hernandez, who has piloted the colt to three consecutive wins, including the Marine.

"Winning form is the best form and he's won three in a row," said Lynch, who didn't have to pick a post when he drew number 14 in the selection order, and only the rail was left. "He's been doing everything well in those last three, really fighting to the wire in all of them. I like the way he doesn't give up. He just keeps on battling. Hopefully, he brings that same great fight with him to the Plate."

Stronach is a two-time Plate winner (Basqueian, 1994 and Awesome Again, 1997), while Lynch just missed winning the 2008 Plate with Stronach's filly Ginger Brew, finishing a head behind Not Bourbon.

Bear Stables' Academic (5-1), with Justin Stein aboard, scored a 66-1 shocker three weeks ago when wiring her rivals in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks. It was just the second start of the year for the filly. Her 1 1/8-mile time of 1.48.86 was a track record and almost one second faster than it took Danish Dynaformer to win the Trial a race before. Her connections drew the first post selection and picked post 4.

Academic, the field's leading money winner with $293,141 after being bought for $54,000 at the Ocala Two-Year-Olds In training Sale, will try to become the 36th filly to win the Plate since 1860, the eighth since 1956 and the seventh to sweep both the Oaks and the Plate, joining Flaming Page (1962), La Lorgnette (1985), Dance Smartly (1991), Dancethruthedawn (2001), Inglorious (2011) and Lexie Lou (2014).

Stein rode Strait of Dover to victory in the 2012 Plate, while Bear Stables and trainer Reade Baker, who will also saddle Bear At Last (Marchfield) and Breaking Lucky (Lookin at Lucky), finished third last year with Asserting Bear.

Breaking Lucky (20-1), owned by Gunpowder Farms, broke his maiden at Woodbine in April, then was second and seventh in two subsequent route allowance races. The son of 2010 Preakness (G1) winner Lookin At Lucky will be ridden by Jim McAleney, who has twice finished second in the Plate, aboard I And I in 2000 and Anglian Prince in 2002. Bear Stables' Bear At Last (30-1), a one-time winner in 11 outings to be ridden by Rico Walcott, was most recently seventh in the Plate Trial.

Academic takes on the boys after her track record-setting victory in the Woodbine Oaks (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Queen's Plate winterbook favourite Ami's Flatter (6-1), trained by Josie Carroll for owner-breeder Ivan Dalos, disappointed as the 3-5 favorite in the Marine, finishing seventh, five lengths behind Shaman Ghost. That result came after a competitive run on the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail, which saw him finish second to Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) in the Tampa Bay Derby (G1) at Tampa Bay Downs and third to Materiality (Afleet Alex) in the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park. The field's second leading money winner with $232,231 will be ridden by Contreras from the outside post 14.

Dalos, Carroll and Contreras teamed to finish second with Ami's Holiday (Harlan's Holiday) in last year's Plate. Carroll, though, has won two Plates -- Edenwold (2006) and Inglorious (2011) -- and is the only female trainer to even win the Plate while Contreras was aboard Inglorious for his first Plate score.

Seven-time Sovereign Award-winning trainer Mark Casse, who saddled last year's winner Lexie Lou, will try to win a second consecutive Plate with Conquest Stables' Conquest Boogaloo (Scat Daddy) and Bill and Vicki Poston's Oakton (Macho Uno). The last trainer to win back-to-back Plates was Mark Frostad in 2000-2001.

Conquest Boogaloo (8-1), a $190,000 Keeneland yearling buy, finished a closing troubled third in the Plate Trial, just two lengths behind Danish Dynaformer. He also encountered a difficult trip in the Marine, when eighth to Shaman Ghost. He's won two of seven, including last year's Swynford S., and will be handled by Alan Garcia. Oakton (20-1), a one-time winner in six starts, will be ridden for the first time by Tyler Pizarro, who finished second for Casse in the 2011 Plate aboard Hippolytus.

Chiefswood Stable's homebred Portree (Niigon) (12-1), trained by Stuart Simon and ridden by Gerry Olguin, finished an excellent fourth in the Plate Trial, just 2 1/2 lengths behind winner Danish Dynaformer, after leading in midstretch. It was just his third career start after winning his first two outings earlier this year. He'll try to become the eighth Plate winner since 1956 to be sired/foaled by a Plate winner. Chiefswood won the 2004 Plate with their homebred Niigon.

Trainer Mike Keogh will send out Gus Schickedanz's homebred Sweet Grass Creek (Wando) (20-1), a one-time winner in five starts. Keogh and Schickedanz teamed to win the 1999 Plate with Woodcarver, then captured the Triple Crown with Hall of Famer Wando in 2003. Jesse Campbell, who took the 2013 Plate aboard front-running Midnight Aria, has the mount.

Ami's Flatter, the winter book favorite, looks to restore his reputation (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Tucci Stables' Easy Indygo (Marchfield) (30-1), also purchased at the Ocala Two-Year-olds in training sale for $60,000, has won once in seven starts. Tucci Stables' won the 2013 Plate with Midnight Aria, while trainer Nick Gonzalez conditioned both Midnight Aria and 2010 Plate winner Big Red Mike. Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson is the only female rider to win the Plate in 2007 with Mike Fox.

Canyon Farms' British Columbia homebred Ault (English Channel) (30-1) will try to become the fourth horse since 1952 to break his maiden in the Plate, the latest to do so being Scatter the Gold in 2000. To be ridden by David Moran for trainer Dan Vella, he has been a close second in his three Woodbine Polytrack appearances, but out of the money in two grass attempts at Gulfstream Park this winter.

Canyon Farms won the 2012 Plate with another homebred, Strait of Dover, also a son of English Channel, while Vella, in addition to training Strait of Dover, won the 1994 Plate with Basqueian. Moran finished third in the 2010 Plate aboard Oaks winner Roan Inish.

Preston Stables' Milwaukee Mist (Milwaukee Brew) (30-1) has campaigned at Turfway Park, Keeneland and Churchill Downs, winning one of six starts. Trained by Pavel Matejka, Milwaukee Mist will be ridden by Gary Boulanger, who won the 2001 Plate with Oaks winner Dancethruthedawn.

Of the 14 starters in this year's Plate, 12 have connections (owner, trainer and/or jockey) who have previously won the Plate. Four horses in the field - Breaking Lucky, Milwaukee Mist, Oakton and Portree -- did not start at two. Eye of the Leopard (2009), Scatter The Gold (2000) and Awesome Again (1997) are the latest Plate winners who did not race as two-year-olds.

The Queen's Plate is the first leg in the Canadian Triple Crown. The second leg is the C$500,000 Prince of Wales S., at 1 3/16 miles on Tuesday, July 28, at Fort Erie, while the C$500,000 Breeders' S., at 1 1/2 miles on the grass, August 16 at Woodbine, comprises the third and final leg. There have been seven Triple Crown winners since the concept was inaugurated in 1959, the first being New Providence in 1959, the latest being Wando in 2003.

Since 1956, the stakes record for the Plate is 2:01 4/5, set by Izvestia in 1990, when he also won by the largest margin, 13 lengths. Strait of Dover, the 2012 winner, owns the fastest Polytrack time since 2007 of 2:01.99. The longest-priced winner in the modern era (since 1956) is T J's Lucky Moon ($166) in 2002 while Maternal Pride is the highest-priced winner of all time, paying $193.35 in 1924. Since 1956, favorites have won 22 of 59 runnings (37.2 percent). However, Wando in 2003, and Eye of the Leopard in 2009, are the only Plate favorites to win in the last 20 editions.

Three other stakes, all of them on the grass, will be part of the Queen's Plate Day undercard -- the C$200,000 Dance Smartly (Can-G2), at 1 1/8 miles at 3:02 p.m., the C$150,000 Singspiel (Can-G3) at 1 1/2 miles at 4:18 p.m. and the C$200,000 Highlander (Can-G2) at six furlongs at 4:53 p.m. First race post time is noon.

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Gimme Da Lute, Kentuckian highlight five-horse Los Alamitos Derby

Kentuckian has posted a pair of runaway victories and is bred to handle Saturday's added ground  (Benoit Photo)
Gimme Da Lute (Midnight Lute) and Kentuckian (Tiznow) each registered triple-digit BRIS Speed ratings pocketing graded stakes tallies at Santa Anita last time out, Gimme Da Lute earning a 101 for the June 7 Affirmed (G3) and Kentuckian a 101 in the May 10 Laz Barrerra (G3), and the promising sophomores will square off in Saturday's $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby (G2).

The 1 1/8-mile event features only a handful or three-year-olds, but San Felipe (G2) and Affirmed runner-up Prospect Park (Tapit) adds further quality to the five-horse cast.

Gimme Da Lute registered his first stakes tally in the restricted Echo Eddie in early April, rolling to a 5 1/4-length decision for Bob Baffert, and after a couple of placings versus open rivals in the Pat Day Mile (G3) and Chick Lang, the California-bred colt put it all together last time, earning his first graded tally by a half-length margin. Martin Garcia will be back aboard.

Kentuckian won his career debut by 11 lengths at Golden Gate Fields in early March and after finishing third as the odds-on favorite in the San Pedro at Santa Anita a month later, the $610,000 yearling purchase strode to an impressive 6 1/4-length tally in the seven-furlong Laz Barrerra. The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained gray colt will make his two-turn debut and return from a 55-day layoff with Mike Smith.

After a fourth in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), Prospect Park was being readied for a Kentucky Derby (G1) bid before an illness derailed those plans. He was redirected to the June 7 Affirmed, finishing second as the 3-5 choice, and the dark bay colt is eligible to show more Saturday for Cliff Sise Jr. Tyler Baze picks up the mount.

Runner-up in the Pat Day Mile two back, Pain and Misery (Bob and John) returns to graded company after a wire-to-wire victory in the June 6 Charles Taylor Derby at Albuquerque. Flavien Prat rides the likely front-runner. Rounding out the field is Follow Me Crev (Quality Road), who was claimed for $50,000 from a third-place effort last time and will make his stakes debut for new trainer Vladimir Cerin.

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Gimme Da Lute, Kentuckian highlight five-horse Los Alamitos Derby

Kentuckian has posted a pair of runaway victories and is bred to handle Saturday's added ground  (Benoit Photo)
Gimme Da Lute (Midnight Lute) and Kentuckian (Tiznow) each registered triple-digit BRIS Speed ratings pocketing graded stakes tallies at Santa Anita last time out, Gimme Da Lute earning a 101 for the June 7 Affirmed (G3) and Kentuckian a 101 in the May 10 Laz Barrerra (G3), and the promising sophomores will square off in Saturday's $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby (G2).

The 1 1/8-mile event features only a handful or three-year-olds, but San Felipe (G2) and Affirmed runner-up Prospect Park (Tapit) adds further quality to the five-horse cast.

Gimme Da Lute registered his first stakes tally in the restricted Echo Eddie in early April, rolling to a 5 1/4-length decision for Bob Baffert, and after a couple of placings versus open rivals in the Pat Day Mile (G3) and Chick Lang, the California-bred colt put it all together last time, earning his first graded tally by a half-length margin. Martin Garcia will be back aboard.

Kentuckian won his career debut by 11 lengths at Golden Gate Fields in early March and after finishing third as the odds-on favorite in the San Pedro at Santa Anita a month later, the $610,000 yearling purchase strode to an impressive 6 1/4-length tally in the seven-furlong Laz Barrerra. The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained gray colt will make his two-turn debut and return from a 55-day layoff with Mike Smith.

After a fourth in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), Prospect Park was being readied for a Kentucky Derby (G1) bid before an illness derailed those plans. He was redirected to the June 7 Affirmed, finishing second as the 3-5 choice, and the dark bay colt is eligible to show more Saturday for Cliff Sise Jr. Tyler Baze picks up the mount.

Runner-up in the Pat Day Mile two back, Pain and Misery (Bob and John) returns to graded company after a wire-to-wire victory in the June 6 Charles Taylor Derby at Albuquerque. Flavien Prat rides the likely front-runner. Rounding out the field is Follow Me Crev (Quality Road), who was claimed for $50,000 from a third-place effort last time and will make his stakes debut for new trainer Vladimir Cerin.

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In brief

Force (Flatter) provided a 13-1 upset in Friday's $160,750 New York Derby at Finger Lakes when driving to a two-length score under jockey John Davila Jr. The dark bay colt, trained by Mark Casse for John C. Oxley, saved ground on the rail before easing out and powering home to finish 1 1/16 miles over the fast track in 1:45 2/5. "He ran against older at Churchill and he has been training really well," Casse said. "He seems to be getting better." Force was making his stakes bow in this spot and now boasts an 8-2-0-2, $147,850, career mark. Mike Lee S. victor Ostrolenka (Musket Man), the 3-5 favorite ridden by John Velazquez, finished well back in fifth. Earlier on Finger Lakes' Friday program, Velazquez hit pay dirt when piloting Mark H. Stanley's Temper Mint Patty (Congrats) to a romping 9 1/4-length score in the $75,000 New York Oaks. The dark bay miss was the prohibitive 1-9 favorite and ran 8 1/2 furlongs on the fast dirt in 1:46 in just her second start for new trainer Jeremiah Englehart. Temper Mint Patty began her career with Dale Romans, for whom she captured the Joseph A. Gimma S. while placing in the Herecomesthebride S. and Maid of the Mist S. She finished third in the Bouwerie S. last out for Englehart, and has now improved her scorecard to read 9-3-1-2, $274,050...

Last seen capturing the My Charmer H. (G3) in November, Daring Kathy (Wildcat Heir) extended her win streak to three while returning off a 223-day layoff in Friday's $100,000 Perfect Sting at Belmont Park, holding gamely to post a nose decision over the fast-closing Marbre Rose (Smart Strike). Javier Castellano was up on the front-running four-year-old filly, who completed a mile in 1:33 4/5 on the firm turf, and the Florida-bred Daring Kathy was making her first start since being transferred to Chad Brown. Now a five-time stakes heroine, the bay lass registered her first victory outside of Gulfstream Park and improved her overall record to 10-7-0-2, $393,825...

Grade 1 hero Here Comes Ben (Street Cry) saw his first winner as a sire on Thursday when his juvenile daughter Here Comes Gwen captured the 3RD race at Prairie Meadows by 2 3/4 lengths. Sent off the 4-5 favorite under Kelsi Purcell, the Bill Stivers colorbearer was the 4-5 favorite and completed five furlongs on the fast dirt in 1:00 4/5 for trainer Brian Stivers. Here Comes Ben had his best year in 2010, scoring in his first four starts including the Forego S. (G1) before closing out the season with an unplaced run in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1). The dark bay also recorded back-to-back victories in the Kelly's Landing S. for trainer Charles LoPresti, and retired to McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 2012 with a 17-7-1-3, $410,764, resume. Here Comes Ben is the only registered stakes winner out of Chasetheragingwind (Dayjur) and counts as his second dam Grade 1 queen Race the Wild Wind (Sunny's Halo), who also produced Group 1-scoring sire King Charlemagne (Nureyev), Group 3-winning stallion Meshaheer (Nureyev) and the dam of Grade 1 victors Albertus Maximus (Albert the Great) and Daredevil (More Than Ready). Here Comes Ben still stands at McMahon and goes for a stands and nurses, live foal fee of $7,500...

Laurel was forced to cancel its opening-day summer program Friday due to a water main break in Anne Arundel County affecting 40,000 homes and businesses. The county said repairs would take at least 12 hours. With no running water, Laurel was closed for live racing and simulcast wagering. "Obviously, we're extremely disappointed that we won't be able to run our opening day program and our first twilight program of the summer," Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra said. "We were looking forward to a big day, a great crowd, and the start of an exciting summer program, but our first priority is the safety and health of our horses and our fans. Right now, we're cautiously optimistic that we will be able to run our Saturday and Sunday programs." Post time Saturday is 1:30 p.m. (EDT)...

Multiple stakes queen White Rose (Tapit), a closing fifth most recently in the New York (G2), has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in Sunday's $100,000 River Memories at Belmont Park. Junior Alvarado rides the Bill Mott-trained mare. Sheepshead Bay (G2) runner-up Maxomova (Danehill Dancer) is among the seven distaffers that will cover 1 1/2 miles on the Widener Turf course and Manny Franco will be up for Christophe Clement. Goldy Espony (Vespone) merits consideration for trainer Chad Brown following a comfortable victory over allowance/optional claiming foes on May 8 and picks up the services of Kendrick Carmouche...

For many who are still celebrating American Pharoah's (Pioneerof the Nile) Triple Crown sweep, jockey Victor Espinoza will be the biggest attraction in the Smile Sprint S. (G2) and other races during Gulfstream Park's Summit of Speed program on Sunday. Espinoza, who has had a whirlwind public appearance schedule since guiding American Pharoah to a commanding and historic victory in the Belmont S. (G1) on June 6, has six mounts on the day at Gulfstream and is scheduled to sign commemorative posters prior to Sunday's card...

Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale stated on Friday morning that Stepaside Farms' Power Ped (Powerscourt) is under consideration for next Saturday's $100,000 Arlington H. (G3). The five-year-old gelding was last seen finishing third (moved up to second after a disqualification) in the February 7 San Marcos (G2) behind Finnegans Wake (Powerscourt). "He is coming off a nice rest and is just now coming back," Drysdale said. "He's doing very well. We are looking at possibly the Arlington H. It could be a good spot for him." If the Kentucky-bred makes the trip, young California-based French jockey Flavien Prat will likely come in for the ride...

Tercentenary S. (Eng-G3) winner Time Test (Dubawi) is set to swerve the July 12 Prix Jean Prat (Fr-G1), and trainer Roger Charlton said he is uncertain where the progressive three-year-old will run next. "I don't know where Time Test will go, as no firm decisions have been made at the moment," the Beckhampton conditioner said. "The first option had been the Prix Jean Prat on Sunday week, but he is not going to run in that. Next up is the Prix Eugene Adam ([Fr-G2] at Maisons-Laffitte), which comes later in the month and that is a possibility." Time Test, never worse than second in five outings, was making his stakes debut in Royal Ascot's Tercentenary, which he won by an eye-catching 3 1/4 lengths...

Four-time Group 1 winner Al Kazeem (Dubawi), who injured a sesamoid after winning the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-G1) May 24, has resumed light work for trainer Roger Charlton, who has hopes of an autumn campaign for the seven-year-old. "Al Kazeem is being ridden and as of today he will start trotting for the first time, which is good news," Charlton said. "He will then have another scan in three or four weeks." Al Kazeem, who won the 2013 Tattersalls Gold Cup, Prince of Wales's S. (Eng-G1) and Eclipse S. (Eng-G1) and returned to training last year after proving sub-fertile at stud, was winning his third race since his comeback and first Group 1 in his last outing. "It is a shame he has been unable to run in the Prince Of Wales's or the Eclipse, as his form suggests he would have been in the shake-up of both races," Charlton added. "He is not going to all of a sudden make an appearance and if all is well, we will plan for the autumn but only time will tell us if we can do that."...

Purses for Hong Kong's 2015-16 racing season will rise to an all-time high, and will be up 7.5 percent from last season. Class 1 races will be worth HK$2.4 million (US$309,556), an increase of 9.1 percent, while Class 2 races see the greatest rise; they will be up 10% to HK$1.65 million (US$212,819). Class 3 races will be up 9.9 percent, while Class 4 and 5 races will rise by 5.3 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively. While there will be no change to the purses for Hong Kong's International raceday, four local Group 1 contests will receive a boost: the Hong Kong Classic Mile and Hong Kong Classic Cup will each be worth HK$10 million (US$1.3 million), while in the speed series, the Centenary Sprint Cup and Chairman's Sprint Prize will both be worth HK$8 million (US$1 million). The Sprint Cup has also seen a change in distance, up to 1200 meters from 1000 meters. Hong Kong's international and local Group 2 races will rise by 3.2 percent in value to HK$4 million (US$515,926); and local Group 3s will be worth HK$3 million (US$386,944), up 9.1 percent. The Hong Kong Jockey Club last year implemented the High Achievement Bonus to incentivize owners to import high-quality horses, and that scheme -- which has thus far paid bonuses for 28 horses -- will continue next season. The HAB pays out bonuses up to HK$1 million (US$128,981) for horses reaching certain levels before the age of five. "The overall increase in prize money and incentive awards for next season upholds the Club's objective to maintain and improve the quality of Hong Kong racing," said Bill Nader, the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Executive Director of Racing. "We appreciate the increasing financial pressures that our loyal owners are experiencing when purchasing high-class horses, and continued efforts to increase prize money over the past seasons demonstrates our ongoing commitment to strike the right balance."

In brief

Force (Flatter) provided a 13-1 upset in Friday's $160,750 New York Derby at Finger Lakes when driving to a two-length score under jockey John Davila Jr. The dark bay colt, trained by Mark Casse for John C. Oxley, saved ground on the rail before easing out and powering home to finish 1 1/16 miles over the fast track in 1:45 2/5. "He ran against older at Churchill and he has been training really well," Casse said. "He seems to be getting better." Force was making his stakes bow in this spot and now boasts an 8-2-0-2, $147,850, career mark. Mike Lee S. victor Ostrolenka (Musket Man), the 3-5 favorite ridden by John Velazquez, finished well back in fifth. Earlier on Finger Lakes' Friday program, Velazquez hit pay dirt when piloting Mark H. Stanley's Temper Mint Patty (Congrats) to a romping 9 1/4-length score in the $75,000 New York Oaks. The dark bay miss was the prohibitive 1-9 favorite and ran 8 1/2 furlongs on the fast dirt in 1:46 in just her second start for new trainer Jeremiah Englehart. Temper Mint Patty began her career with Dale Romans, for whom she captured the Joseph A. Gimma S. while placing in the Herecomesthebride S. and Maid of the Mist S. She finished third in the Bouwerie S. last out for Englehart, and has now improved her scorecard to read 9-3-1-2, $274,050...

Last seen capturing the My Charmer H. (G3) in November, Daring Kathy (Wildcat Heir) extended her win streak to three while returning off a 223-day layoff in Friday's $100,000 Perfect Sting at Belmont Park, holding gamely to post a nose decision over the fast-closing Marbre Rose (Smart Strike). Javier Castellano was up on the front-running four-year-old filly, who completed a mile in 1:33 4/5 on the firm turf, and the Florida-bred Daring Kathy was making her first start since being transferred to Chad Brown. Now a five-time stakes heroine, the bay lass registered her first victory outside of Gulfstream Park and improved her overall record to 10-7-0-2, $393,825...

Grade 1 hero Here Comes Ben (Street Cry) saw his first winner as a sire on Thursday when his juvenile daughter Here Comes Gwen captured the 3RD race at Prairie Meadows by 2 3/4 lengths. Sent off the 4-5 favorite under Kelsi Purcell, the Bill Stivers colorbearer was the 4-5 favorite and completed five furlongs on the fast dirt in 1:00 4/5 for trainer Brian Stivers. Here Comes Ben had his best year in 2010, scoring in his first four starts including the Forego S. (G1) before closing out the season with an unplaced run in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1). The dark bay also recorded back-to-back victories in the Kelly's Landing S. for trainer Charles LoPresti, and retired to McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 2012 with a 17-7-1-3, $410,764, resume. Here Comes Ben is the only registered stakes winner out of Chasetheragingwind (Dayjur) and counts as his second dam Grade 1 queen Race the Wild Wind (Sunny's Halo), who also produced Group 1-scoring sire King Charlemagne (Nureyev), Group 3-winning stallion Meshaheer (Nureyev) and the dam of Grade 1 victors Albertus Maximus (Albert the Great) and Daredevil (More Than Ready). Here Comes Ben still stands at McMahon and goes for a stands and nurses, live foal fee of $7,500...

Laurel was forced to cancel its opening-day summer program Friday due to a water main break in Anne Arundel County affecting 40,000 homes and businesses. The county said repairs would take at least 12 hours. With no running water, Laurel was closed for live racing and simulcast wagering. "Obviously, we're extremely disappointed that we won't be able to run our opening day program and our first twilight program of the summer," Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra said. "We were looking forward to a big day, a great crowd, and the start of an exciting summer program, but our first priority is the safety and health of our horses and our fans. Right now, we're cautiously optimistic that we will be able to run our Saturday and Sunday programs." Post time Saturday is 1:30 p.m. (EDT)...

Multiple stakes queen White Rose (Tapit), a closing fifth most recently in the New York (G2), has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in Sunday's $100,000 River Memories at Belmont Park. Junior Alvarado rides the Bill Mott-trained mare. Sheepshead Bay (G2) runner-up Maxomova (Danehill Dancer) is among the seven distaffers that will cover 1 1/2 miles on the Widener Turf course and Manny Franco will be up for Christophe Clement. Goldy Espony (Vespone) merits consideration for trainer Chad Brown following a comfortable victory over allowance/optional claiming foes on May 8 and picks up the services of Kendrick Carmouche...

For many who are still celebrating American Pharoah's (Pioneerof the Nile) Triple Crown sweep, jockey Victor Espinoza will be the biggest attraction in the Smile Sprint S. (G2) and other races during Gulfstream Park's Summit of Speed program on Sunday. Espinoza, who has had a whirlwind public appearance schedule since guiding American Pharoah to a commanding and historic victory in the Belmont S. (G1) on June 6, has six mounts on the day at Gulfstream and is scheduled to sign commemorative posters prior to Sunday's card...

Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale stated on Friday morning that Stepaside Farms' Power Ped (Powerscourt) is under consideration for next Saturday's $100,000 Arlington H. (G3). The five-year-old gelding was last seen finishing third (moved up to second after a disqualification) in the February 7 San Marcos (G2) behind Finnegans Wake (Powerscourt). "He is coming off a nice rest and is just now coming back," Drysdale said. "He's doing very well. We are looking at possibly the Arlington H. It could be a good spot for him." If the Kentucky-bred makes the trip, young California-based French jockey Flavien Prat will likely come in for the ride...

Tercentenary S. (Eng-G3) winner Time Test (Dubawi) is set to swerve the July 12 Prix Jean Prat (Fr-G1), and trainer Roger Charlton said he is uncertain where the progressive three-year-old will run next. "I don't know where Time Test will go, as no firm decisions have been made at the moment," the Beckhampton conditioner said. "The first option had been the Prix Jean Prat on Sunday week, but he is not going to run in that. Next up is the Prix Eugene Adam ([Fr-G2] at Maisons-Laffitte), which comes later in the month and that is a possibility." Time Test, never worse than second in five outings, was making his stakes debut in Royal Ascot's Tercentenary, which he won by an eye-catching 3 1/4 lengths...

Four-time Group 1 winner Al Kazeem (Dubawi), who injured a sesamoid after winning the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-G1) May 24, has resumed light work for trainer Roger Charlton, who has hopes of an autumn campaign for the seven-year-old. "Al Kazeem is being ridden and as of today he will start trotting for the first time, which is good news," Charlton said. "He will then have another scan in three or four weeks." Al Kazeem, who won the 2013 Tattersalls Gold Cup, Prince of Wales's S. (Eng-G1) and Eclipse S. (Eng-G1) and returned to training last year after proving sub-fertile at stud, was winning his third race since his comeback and first Group 1 in his last outing. "It is a shame he has been unable to run in the Prince Of Wales's or the Eclipse, as his form suggests he would have been in the shake-up of both races," Charlton added. "He is not going to all of a sudden make an appearance and if all is well, we will plan for the autumn but only time will tell us if we can do that."...

Purses for Hong Kong's 2015-16 racing season will rise to an all-time high, and will be up 7.5 percent from last season. Class 1 races will be worth HK$2.4 million (US$309,556), an increase of 9.1 percent, while Class 2 races see the greatest rise; they will be up 10% to HK$1.65 million (US$212,819). Class 3 races will be up 9.9 percent, while Class 4 and 5 races will rise by 5.3 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively. While there will be no change to the purses for Hong Kong's International raceday, four local Group 1 contests will receive a boost: the Hong Kong Classic Mile and Hong Kong Classic Cup will each be worth HK$10 million (US$1.3 million), while in the speed series, the Centenary Sprint Cup and Chairman's Sprint Prize will both be worth HK$8 million (US$1 million). The Sprint Cup has also seen a change in distance, up to 1200 meters from 1000 meters. Hong Kong's international and local Group 2 races will rise by 3.2 percent in value to HK$4 million (US$515,926); and local Group 3s will be worth HK$3 million (US$386,944), up 9.1 percent. The Hong Kong Jockey Club last year implemented the High Achievement Bonus to incentivize owners to import high-quality horses, and that scheme -- which has thus far paid bonuses for 28 horses -- will continue next season. The HAB pays out bonuses up to HK$1 million (US$128,981) for horses reaching certain levels before the age of five. "The overall increase in prize money and incentive awards for next season upholds the Club's objective to maintain and improve the quality of Hong Kong racing," said Bill Nader, the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Executive Director of Racing. "We appreciate the increasing financial pressures that our loyal owners are experiencing when purchasing high-class horses, and continued efforts to increase prize money over the past seasons demonstrates our ongoing commitment to strike the right balance."

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

NEW YORK DERBY, FL, $160,750, 3YO, 1 1/16M, 7-3.
7—FORCE, c, 3, Flatter--Forever Valentine, by Silver Deputy. ($130,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-John C Oxley, B-Sequel Thoroughbreds / JMJ Racing Stables (NY), T-Mark E. Casse, J-John R. Davila, Jr., $96,450.
4—Battle of Evermore, c, 3, Scat Daddy--Maddalena, by Good and Tough. ($165,000 '13 OBSAUG; $285,000 2014 OBSMAR). O-Doubledown Stables, Inc, B-Ned Williams (NY), $32,150.
2—Intelligence, c, 3, Shakespeare--Elarose, by Storm Cat. O-William C Schettine, B-William C Schettine (NY), $16,075.
Also Ran: Good Luck Gus, Ostrolenka, Damage Control, Breakin the Fever.
Winning Time: 1:45 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 2, 1 1/4, HF.
Odds: 13.70, 7.70, 63.00.
 
BERTRANDO S., LRC, $110,800, 3YO/UP, 1M, 7-2.
4—MAGIC MARK, g, 5, Benchmark--Jewel Magic (NZ), by Deputy Governor. O-Lanza, Dorine and John R, B-Dorine & John R Lanza (CA), T-Ronald W. Ellis, J-Drayden Van Dyke, $65,880.
6—Ambitious Brew, g, 5, Tizbud--Kathwen, by Forest Wildcat. O-Pamela C Ziebarth, B-Pamela C Ziebarth (CA), $21,960.
5—Old Man Lake, g, 5, Salt Lake--Royal Woodman, by Woodman. O-Martin, Craig and Newhart, Paul L, B-Mr & Mrs Larry Williams (CA), $13,176.
Also Ran: Alert Bay, Solid Wager, Raised a Secret, Spirit Rules, Soi Phet, Rousing Sermon.
Winning Time: 1:35 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 1 1/4, 2 1/4, HF.
Odds: 11.40, 7.80, 20.70.
 
PERFECT STING S., BEL, $100,000, 4YO/UP, F/M, 1MT, 7-3.
2—DARING KATHY, f, 4, Wildcat Heir--Dare to Mambo, by Kingmambo. O-Eaton, John and Laymon, Steve, B-John Eaton & Steve Laymon (FL), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Javier Castellano, $60,000.
8—Marbre Rose (IRE), f, 4, Smart Strike--Manerbe, by Unbridled's Song. O-Haras de Saint Pair and Monceaux Stable, B-Ecurie Des Monceaux (IRE), $20,000.
4—Photo Call (IRE), f, 4, Galileo (IRE)--Theann (GB), by Rock of Gibraltar (IRE). O-Mrs P K Cooper, B-Mrs Evie Stockwell (IRE), $10,000.
Also Ran: Emotional Kitten, Lucknow, Patsy's Holiday, Zindaya, Invading Humor, Miss Frost.
Winning Time: 1:33 4/5 (fm)
Margins: NO, HF, HF.
Odds: 5.80, 3.40, 4.30.
 
NEW YORK OAKS, FL, $75,000, 3YO, F, 1 1/16M, 7-3.
6—TEMPER MINT PATTY, f, 3, Congrats--His Beauty, by Adcat. ($30,000 '13 FTNAUG; $95,000 2014 FTFMAR). O-Mark H Stanley, B-Gallaghers Stud, Inc (NY), T-Jeremiah C. Englehart, J-John R. Velazquez, $45,000.
1—Jc's Shooting Star, f, 3, Miracle Man--American Passage, by Quiet American. O-Shooting Star Stable, B-Miracle Man Racing Partners LLC (NY), $15,000.
2—Hail Mary's Gold, f, 3, Touch Gold--Winloc's Hail Mary, by Capote. O-Script R Farm, B-Script R Farm, LLC (NY), $8,250.
Also Ran: Congaroo, Sky Fortune.
Winning Time: 1:46 (ft)
Margins: 9 1/4, 3 1/4, 1 1/4.
Odds: 0.10, 6.60, 31.75.

Features

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

JULY 5, 2015

Durbay July Ever-Unpredictable

by Liesl King

Predictable is one thing the Vodacom Durban July (SAf-G1) never is. Once the South African National Anthem is sung and the gates crash open to the roar of the crowd, the formbook flies out the window and absolutely anything can happen.

Yet, after the 2014 running of the race -- where the winner wasn't the winner -- surely 2015 would be a more normal race.

Statistics suggested that a three-year-old would return victorious. After all, they were highly rated, lightly weighted and two of the top three were trained by the soon-to-be-crowned champion trainer Sean Tarry.

Statistics, however, do not take into account that we are not dealing just with numbers, but with nine tons of horseflesh, each with a mind of its own.

As the crowd of about 55,000 looked on in disbelief, the Vodacom Durban July seemed to be experiencing a groundhog day. Once again two horses came together up the home straight, once again there was a scrimmage, once again the objection hooter sounded and once again there was an extremely lengthy delay, with no winner being declared.

The only difference this year is that winning jockey, Stuart Randolph, was having none of it.

Randolph has been part of the riding ranks for 30-odd years, and prior to this race, his most memorable victory was in the 2001 Gold Cup. To win South Africa's most prestigious race is a dream that had long passed him by, and Randolph was just happy to steadily keep adding to his total of roughly 1,600 winners.

Then suddenly, rudely and rather abruptly, he found himself in the lead on a horse that had no intention of stopping.

As the Dean Kannemeyer-trained Power King (Silvano) surged across the line, Randolph still could not quite believe it. Once Randolph realized that he was not dreaming and that he had finally, after three decades in the saddle, won South Africa's most prestigious race, no objection hooter was going to stop him from experiencing the moment to its fullest.

Randolph's smile could have lit up an entire city. He waved, he smiled, and ever so often he patted Power King. Back at the winner's circle, owner Lady Christine Laidlaw had finally arrived and, while she has been fortunate enough to win most of South Africa's biggest races, this one had eluded her.

Finally, after an agonizing 20 minutes or so with a tired Power King circling and his connections waiting, the objection was overturned and the party could start. Owner, trainer and jockey embraced, even wiped away some tears, as silver platters were handed over, sashes were draped, champagne corks popped and fireworks lit up the sky.

It may not have happened quite the way it was meant to, but racing is unpredictable and even 44-year-old journeyman jockeys can win the July.

HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS

JULY 3, 2015

by Dick Powell

The second annual Stars and Stripes Festival is this Saturday at Belmont Park and the fireworks begin in race six on the Fourth of July racecard. Luckily, the heavy rain that hit the New York metropolitan area is over and the races should be conducted under Fast and Firm conditions.

Race six is the Victory Ride Stakes (G3) going 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track for three-year-old fillies. Next comes the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (G2) for three-year-olds going a mile on the main track.

The marquee event of the day, the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (G1) for three-year-olds at a mile and a quarter, is race eight. Despite the large purse and efforts to entice international shippers, this year's Derby only drew nine entrants with just two coming in from overseas.

CANNDAL (Medicean) is from the powerful stable of the Aga Khan and won his first race the second time out this year, traveling Saturday's distance on good turf at Longchamp in Paris. He came back with a good third going 11 furlongs on soft turf in a Group 2, setting the pace from the start and leading to deep stretch. The second-place horse that day came back to run seventh and 10th in his next two starts. Canndal exits a troubled second versus listed rivals, elevated one spot by the stewards after being sawed off in the stretch, and will not use the diuretic Lasix.

POSTULATION (Harlan's Holiday) ships in for Juddmonte Farms with decent form in Ireland. He won his last race going this distance at The Curragh and his best race might have been his career debut when beaten only four lengths by Gleneagles (Galileo), the highest rated miler in Europe.

Trainer Dermot Weld is a legend in Ireland but familiar to race fans all over the world. In 1990, he won the Belmont Stakes (G1) with Go and Go (Be My Guest). He's won the Melbourne Cup (Aus-G1), Australia's most important race, twice, sending out Vintage Crop (Rousillon) in 1993 and Media Puzzle (Theatrical) in 2002. When Weld ships, as Woody Stephens used to say, he's here for a reason, not the season.

In the $1 million Belmont Oaks (G1), 14 three-year-old fillies are entered for the 1 1/4-mile race on the inner turf course but only two international shippers made the trip. OLORDA (Lord of England) is from the powerful international stable of Martin Schwartz, who has won major stakes in America with Euro shippers Stacelita (Monsun), heroine of the Beverly D. Stakes (G1) and Flower Bowl (G1); Alterite (Literato), who won the Garden City Stakes (G1); Zagora (Green Tune), winner of the Diana Stakes (G1) and the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1); and Samitar (Rock of Gibraltar), who won the Garden City.

All were trained over here by Chad Brown and Olorda has similar credentials, with the above fillies all improving once in America. She won a Group 3 two starts back going nine furlongs on soft turf at Longchamp, her first start out of Germany, and came back to finish third in a Group 1 last time, going Saturday's distance on good turf. The winner came back to run 11th in the Prix Diane (Fr-G1) next out but had an excuse after breaking impossibly from post 17.

The other international runner in the Oaks is OUTSTANDING (Galileo), who appears to be rounding into form for Aidan O'Brien. After running poorly in two starts last year, she's captured both attempts in 2015. Even though she missed the Classics in Europe this year, Outstanding has the look of a filly that will continue to improve.

She broke her maiden going a mile on yielding turf in a 20-horse field at Naas in Ireland, returning off a six-month layoff in her seasonal bow, and Outstanding came back at Saturday's distance to win by almost three lengths last time, making all the running on a good turf course. She adds Lasix and should get ground that she favors.

O'Brien not only dominates European racing but is equally dangerous when he ships to North America. He almost won the Belmont Derby last year with Adelaide (Galileo), who went on to win the Secretariat Stakes (G1) at Arlington Park; Cape Blanco (Galileo), winner of the Joe Hirsch Invitational Stakes (G1), the Man o' War Stakes (G1) and Arlington Million (G1); George Vancouver (Henrythenavigator), who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1); and Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) winners St. Nicholas Abbey (Montjeu) and Magician (Galileo).

Outstanding is a full-sister to Magician and looks ready to take another move up the class ladder. She draws outside and if the race is run slowly, she will be losing ground every step of the way.

One interesting point in the Belmont Oaks is that all but one filly is nominated for the Breeders' Cup. The one that is not, Spanish Queen (Tribal Rule), is also the only starter to win going 10 furlongs at the Grade 1 level, capturing the American Oaks (G1) last out. The $535,000 winner's purse could go a long way to get her supplemented.

Finally, the one to beat in the Oaks is Lady Eli (Divine Park) who is undefeated in five starts. Last year, I was not that strong on her in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Turf (G1) after a pair of rather slow wins beforehand. She looked great with her explosive kick in the stretch at Santa Anita and has come back this year with two easy wins, but neither was very fast.

In the Oaks, against 13 other rivals, Lady Eli draws inside with Irad Ortiz Jr. and the question facing her surrounds her finishing kick; will she have the same explosion going 10 furlongs as she's displayed at middle distances? At a short price I am betting she doesn't.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

BEL, 7TH, AOC, $85,000, 3YO/UP, 6FT, 7-3.
6—SHORE RUNNER, g, 5, More Than Ready--Miss Mary Pat, by Service Stripe. O-Brad Grady, B-James T Scatuorchio (KY), T-Joe Sharp, J-Kendrick Carmouche, $51,000.
5—Spring to the Sky, h, 6, Langfuhr--Seek to Soar, by Seeking the Gold. ($55,000 '10 FTSAUG). O-Anthony P McCarthy, B-Phillips Racing Partnership (KY), $17,000.
3—Summation Time, c, 4, In Summation--Load Up, by Dove Hunt. ($25,000 '12 OBSAUG; $250,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Waterford Stable, B-Oakleaf Farm (FL), $8,500.
Winning Time: 1:07 1/5 (fm)
 
BEL, 5TH, ALW, $62,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16MT, 7-3.
6—SWEAR BY IT, f, 4, Broken Vow--Jesse's Justice, by Lear Fan. O-Lawrence Goichman, B-Lawrence Goichman (NY), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Irad Ortiz, Jr., $37,200.
9—Resolutely, m, 5, Stonesider--Miss Rodeo, by Rodeo. O-Nienstedt, Mark and Milne, Dennis W, B-Find A Cure Stable, LLC (NY), $12,400.
2—Forever for Always, m, 5, Frost Giant--Wild Vanilla, by Wild Rush. O-Steven H Langsam, B-Dr & Mrs Steven Langsam & Michelle Sherack (NY), $6,200.
Winning Time: 1:43 2/5 (fm)
 
WO, 8TH, AOC, $60,187, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 7-3.
8—BIG BROWN BROOKSKI, m, 5, Big Brown--Ms Brookski, by Montbrook. ($40,000 '10 KEENOV; $50,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Attard, Kevin and Mehta, Soli, B-Christine Hayden (ON), T-Kevin Attard, J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva, $29,811.
2—Line of Best Fit, m, 5, Trajectory--Dan's Duchess, by Domasca Dan. O-Frank D Di Giulio, Jr, B-Frank Di Giulio Jr (ON), $15,902.
7—Kay's Grace, m, 6, Philanthropist--Northern Pine, by Pine Bluff. O-Burry, Lisa and Dunslow, Mike A, B-Ballycroy Training Centre (ON), $8,746.
Winning Time: 1:16 1/5 (ft)
 
WO, 5TH, OCL, $51,315, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16MT, 7-3.
9—HURRICANE MIMI, f, 4, Sligo Bay (IRE)--Bayou Mist, by Silver Deputy. O-James H Mann, B-James Mann (ON), T-Ross Armata, Jr., J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva, $30,480.
5—Wild Catomine, f, 4, Milwaukee Brew--Smart Catomine, by Smart Strike. ($22,000 '11 KEENOV; C$110,000 '12 ONTSEP). O-John C Oxley, B-Anderson Farms Ont Inc & Rod Ferguson (ON), $10,160.
1A—Cantbeatthestory, f, 4, Sligo Bay (IRE)--Happy to Be Home, by Langfuhr. (C$60,000 '12 ONTSEP). O-Colebrook Farms, B-Windhaven Farm Limited (ON), $5,588.
Winning Time: 1:41 3/5 (fm)
 
MTH, 8TH, ALW, $51,304, 3YO/UP, 6F, 7-3.
6—LOVERBIL, g, 6, Not for Love--Go Nicholas Go, by Polish Numbers. ($37,000 '10 FTKOCT). O-Richard Ravin, B-Golden Dome Stable (NJ), T-Jorge Navarro, J-Trevor McCarthy, $29,184.
2—Chublicious, c, 4, Hey Chub--Sassy Broad, by Arch. O-Daniel J Lopez, B-Joe-Dan Farm (NJ), $10,240.
1—Zealevo, g, 6, Here's Zealous--At the Helm, by Maria's Mon. O-Peter Kazamias, B-Kaz Hill Farm (NJ), $5,120.
Winning Time: 1:09 3/5 (ft)
 
MTH, 7TH, AOC, $40,220, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 7-3.
6—WITH EXULTATION, g, 5, Kitten's Joy--Caterette, by Cozzene. ($155,000 '11 FTSAUG). O-Live Oak Plantation, B-Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey (NY), T-Michael J. Trombetta, J-Paco Lopez, $23,370.
7—More Zen Tea, g, 7, Roaring Fever--Lady Di Huntley, by Shuailaan. ($13 '08 NYBOCT). O-Ridenjac Racing, B-Adam Madkour (NY), $8,200.
2—Tune Me In, g, 8, Concorde's Tune--Pleasant Courtney, by Court Trial. O-Patricia A Generazio, B-Joseph & Helen Barbazon (FL), $4,100.
Winning Time: 1:36 1/5 (fm)
 
GP, 9TH, AOC, $39,600, 3YO/UP, 5FT, 7-3.
2—STARSHIP SULU, g, 6, Wildcat Heir--Sweetsouthernjazz, by Kentucky Jazz. O-Averill Racing LLC, B-Starship Stables & Laurence Leavy (FL), T-Alfred G. McIntosh, J-Tyler Gaffalione, $24,400.
5—Platinum Prince, g, 3, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--Platinumplus, by Mizzen Mast. O-Hershe, Carol and Staley, Carol, B-Marty & Carol Hershe (FL), $8,360.
8—Little Baker, g, 4, Forestry--Diamondinthestream, by Smart Strike. ($25,000 '11 KEENOV; $100,000 '12 FTKJUL). O-Mizerak, Jr, Theodore and Robin, B-Doug Branham (KY), $3,600.
Winning Time: :56 2/5 (fm)
 
PEN, 6TH, ALW, $33,300, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 7-2.
1—JAR OF HEARTS, m, 5, Lion Hearted--Swift Sefa, by Sefapiano. ($4,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Gumpster Stable LLC, B-Alina Maris Muther (PA), T-Kieron Magee, J-Ramon F. Moya, $19,980.
4—Kisses for Love, m, 5, A. P. Warrior--Sour Kisses, by Not for Love. O-Centaur Farm (Stopherd), B-The Elkstone Group LLC (PA), $6,660.
2—Desert Notion, f, 4, Great Notion--What Else, by Not for Love. O-Desert Notion Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Joseph A & Ryan A Meyer (PA), $3,663.
Winning Time: 1:38 4/5 (ft)
 
ELP, 7TH, AOC, $31,800, 3YO/UP, 6F, 7-3.
3—HEBBRONVILLE, c, 3, Majesticperfection--More D'amour, by Tour d'Or. ($55,000 '12 KEENOV; $135,000 '13 FTKJUL; $250,000 2014 FTMMAY). O-Choctaw Racing Stable, Winning Horse Stable and Galloway, Scott, B-Padua Stables, LLC (KY), T-Lynn S. Whiting, J-Miguel Mena, $19,500.
6—Flying Posse, g, 6, Posse--Coronda Rose, by Coronado's Quest. ($1,500 '10 FTKOCT). O-Hays, Billy, Hays, Donna and Hays, Justin, B-Fares Farm Inc (KY), $6,500.
12—Springboard, c, 4, Spring At Last--Woodland Sprite, by Woodman. ($6,500 '12 KEEJAN; $20,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc, B-B P Walden Jr & H G King III (KY), $3,250.
Winning Time: 1:09 4/5 (ft)
 
ELP, 4TH, ALW, $30,680, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 7-3.
12—SAILTHEHIGHSEAS, c, 3, Midshipman--Danaway, by Giant's Causeway. ($29,000 '13 KEESEP; $35,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Front Row Racing LLC and Colonel Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Ikhana Farm, LLC (KY), T-Brad H. Cox, J-Joseph Rocco, Jr., $18,300.
2—Branded Hand, g, 4, Hard Spun--Cape Cod Lady, by Yonaguska. ($50,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Ramsey, Kenneth L and Sarah K, B-Somewhere Stables KY, LLC (KY), $6,100.
3—Return of the Rock, g, 4, Cowboy Cal--Repossess, by Jade Hunter. O-Carol Jetzer, B-Equus Farm (KY), $3,050.
Winning Time: 1:35 4/5 (gd)
 
CBY, 6TH, AOC, $30,000, 3YO, 6F, 7-2.
2—SPACE MINE, c, 3, Mineshaft--Spacy Tracy, by Awesome Again. O-Mercedes Stables LLC, B-Mercedes Stables LLC (KY), T-Robertino Diodoro, J-Jorge Carreno, $18,000.
1—Tanner's Popsicle, g, 3, Wildcat Heir--Coconut Popsicle, by Smart Strike. ($45,000 '13 TEXAUG). O-Maggi Moss, B-Craig B Singer (KY), $6,000.
3—Gotta Get Paid, c, 3, Pomeroy--Ashlee's Lady, by Gilded Time. ($25,000 '13 OBSAUG). O-Tim Rollingson, B-Jean White & Brambly Lane Farm (FL), $3,300.
Winning Time: 1:10 4/5 (ft)
 
TDN, 5TH, ALW, $28,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 7-3.
3—SAINTED DANCER, m, 5, Saint Anddan--Load Up, by Dove Hunt. ($22,000 '11 OBSAUG). O-Jose Atala, B-Oakleaf Farm (FL), T-Jose Atala, J-Jason P. Lumpkins, $16,200.
2—Beach Splash, f, 3, Portobello Road--Deep Ocean, by Jump Start. ($4,500 2014 OBSJUN). O-Jason DaCosta, B-Burning Sands Stable, LLC (AR), $5,400.
8—School Lass, m, 7, Private School--Forbes Diamond, by Air Forbes Won. O-Robert Alvin Reeves, B-Robert A Reeves (OH), $3,700.
Winning Time: 1:06 (ft)
 
TDN, 7TH, ALW, $27,000, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 7-3.
6—HE'S ETAIN, g, 6, One Way Love--Etain, by Tethra. O-Tri State Racing, B-Love 2Win Stable (ON), T-Elliot Sullivan, J-Edgar Paucar, $16,200.
5—Aliza's Dream, g, 8, Terrell--K Girl, by Smart Strike. O-RoggnFam Racing, B-Sheila McLeod (CA), $5,400.
9—Karlyrae'swarrior, c, 3, Majestic Warrior--Karly Rae, by Indian Charlie. O-Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc, B-Alex & JoAnn Lieblong (KY), $2,700.
Winning Time: 1:04 4/5 (ft)
 
LAD, 6TH, ALW, $26,000, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 7-3.
1—THE PICKETT FACTOR, g, 3, Gold Tribute--Dynaspice, by Dynaformer. O-Melissa Cantacuzene, B-E O Pickett (LA), T-Ralph R. Irwin, J-Donnie J. Meche, $15,600.
4—J J Brazz, g, 4, Distinction--Sally Sparkles, by Mr. Sparkles. O-William L Brazzel, B-Jake V Morreale (LA), $5,200.
5—Connor's Ace, g, 4, Valid Expectations--Devil's Fling, by Devil's Bag. ($14,000 '11 OBSOCT; $19,500 '12 TEXAUG). O-Roe, Steve D and Patricia L, B-McDowell Farm (LA), $2,860.
Winning Time: 1:42 (ft)
 
FL, 8TH, ALW, $22,300, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 7-3.
1—SMITTEN BY GOLD, m, 6, Medallist--Deeply Smitten, by Not for Love. O-Peters, Michele W and Corbett, June, B-Michele W Peters & June Corbett (NY), T-Michael S. Ferraro, J-David Michael Lopez, $13,380.
3—Alwaysinstilettos, f, 4, Bandini--Always Belong, by Belong to Me. O-Langpap Stables, B-Dennis & Deborah Petrisak (NY), $4,460.
5—Mom's Law, m, 6, Andromeda's Hero--Brushed With Gold, by Touch Gold. O-My Purple Haze Stables LLC and Lecesse, Michael A, B-Michael LeCesse (NY), $2,453.
Winning Time: 1:45 4/5 (ft)
 
FL, 2ND, ALW, $19,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M 70Y, 7-3.
4—SILVER SILENCE, m, 5, Salute the Sarge--No Other Like You, by Cozzene. ($5,000 '11 FTNAUG). O-Gumpster Stable LLC, B-Wellspring Stables, LLC (NY), T-Ralph D'Alessandro, J-Jaime Rodriguez, $11,700.
6—Moonstone Beach, m, 6, Disco Rico--Two Moon Junction, by U. S. Flag. O-Racing Pride and Ferraro, M Anthony, B-John Spendolini (NY), $3,900.
3—Jazzington, m, 5, Eddington--Time to Jazz, by Kentucky Jazz. O-Donald W Olson, B-Donald Olson (NY), $1,950.
Winning Time: 1:44 (ft)
 
FL, 1ST, ALW, $19,200, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 7-3.
1A—CHRISANDLORISPOSSE, g, 5, Posse--Matter of Trust, by Leo Castelli. O-The Holly and Ivy Stable LLC and Schwartz, Scott M, B-Hoffman Thoroughbreds LLC (NY), T-Luis Gutierrez, J-Emanuel De Diego, $11,520.
5—B Team, g, 7, Unbridled Energy--Edwina, by Honour and Glory. ($11,000 '08 KEENOV; $6,000 '09 FTMOCT). O-Englehart, Jeffrey S and Fiumera, Frank, B-Netherbloom Farm, LLC (NY), $3,840.
6—Cat Squad, g, 4, Posse--Nice Kitty Kitty, by Forest Wildcat. O-Jim Deagman, B-William Bloom, John Behrendt & Charles Marquis (NY), $1,920.
Winning Time: 1:45 (ft)
 
BTP, 7TH, ALW, $18,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 7-3.
10—JOHNNY UTAH, g, 3, Jazil--Ela Enta (GB), by Royal Applause (GB). O-Anderson, Susan and Bottle Rocket Racing, B-Peter J Sheppell (OH), T-Susan L. Anderson, J-Perry Wayne Ouzts, $10,800.
6—Edson's Pride, g, 4, Big Atlantic--Handz, by With Approval. O-Richard L Alderson, B-Richard L Alderson (OH), $3,600.
1—Awesome Squad, g, 4, Elite Squadron--Awesome Eyes, by Really Awesome. O-John N Rankin, B-Niknar Farm, LLC (OH), $1,800.
Winning Time: 1:11 3/5 (ft)

North American Maiden Winners
Dunkirk--Mystical Morning by Outflanker; IBELIEVEINMIRACLES, f, 2, TDN, Msw, 7-3, 5f, 1:00 2/5. B-Whisper Hill Farm LLC (OH.). $30,000 '14 FTKOCT.
Here Comes Ben--Sheza Great Friend by Stevie Wonderboy; HERE COMES GWEN, f, 2, PRM, Mcl 20000, 7-2, 5f, 1:00 4/5. B-Charles LoPresti (KY.). $6,500 '14 KEESEP. ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE.
Stormin Fever--Lila Paige (G2P$566,689), by Cryptoclearance; JUST GOOGLE ME, f, 2, LRC, Msw, 7-3, 5f, :58 . B-Golden Eagle Farm (CA.). $17,000 '14 BESOCT.
Swiss Yodeler--Armed N Dangerous by Slewdledo; AIMING STRAIGHT, f, 2, LRC, Msw, 7-2, 5f, :58 1/5. B-Revocable Trust of Patricia O. & Dr. Mikel C. Harrington (CA.).
Bellamy Road--Goomada Byda Sea by Sea Hero; BELLAMY WAY, r, 3, BEL, Msw, 7-3, 1m, 1:37 1/5. B-B P Walden, Jr. & John Stuart (NY.). $57,000 '12 KEENOV; $125,000 '13 FTNAUG. *1/2 to City Broad (SP $252,827) *1/2 to Itsagoodtendollars (SP $444,052) *1/2 to Goombada Guska (MSW $333,770).
Bluegrass Cat--Numero Uno by Afleet; KAIBO CAT, f, 3, LAD, Msw, 7-3, 6f, 1:11 4/5. B-Randal Family Trust, R David & Marylyn A Randal Trustees (KY.). $40,000 '13 KEESEP.
Bravo Bull--Who's Treasure by Bernstein; WHODOYOUTHINKUR, f, 3, PRM, Mcl 15000, 7-2, 6f, 1:13 3/5. B-Iowa State University (IA.).
Einstein (BRZ)--Beach Bounty by El Prado (IRE); STRUMMING, f, 3, ELP, Msw, 7-3, 1mT, 1:36 2/5. B-Manuel Rosales (KY.). $11,000 '13 KEEJAN.
English Channel--Magical Place by Out of Place; CHANNELMAGIC, g, 3, LAD, Mcl 12500, 7-3, a7 1/2fT, 1:36 1/5. B-Michael Murray (LA.). *1/2 to Bill Place (G3 $316,939).
Flashy Bull--Indian Jewel by Distorted Humor; FLASHY JEWEL, c, 3, CBY, Msw, 7-2, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-Brereton C. Jones (KY.). $65,000 '13 KEESEP.
Ghostzapper--Bridal Memories by Unbridled; THE GHOST BRIDE, f, 3, BEL, Mcl 40000, 7-3, 1 1/16mT, 1:42 3/5. B-Phillips Racing Partnership (KY.).
Globalize--Beautiful American by Quiet American; GLOBAL AMERICAN, f, 3, OTP, Mcl 5000, 7-2, 6f, 1:10 3/5. B-George Todaro (CA.).
Harlan's Holiday--Oneminutetomidnite by Street Cry (IRE); JOURNEY PROUD, g, 3, IND, Mcl 25000, 7-3, 1m, 1:40 1/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Charles McGinnes (MD.). $90,000 '13 KEESEP; $200,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Hold Me Back--Megachurch by Pulpit; CONGREGATION, f, 3, CBY, Msw, 7-2, 1m 70yT, 1:42 1/5. B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY.). $27,000 '13 KEESEP.
Hold Me Back--Cinnamon Strike by Smart Strike; HOLD ME FAST, f, 3, LRC, Mcl 20000, 7-3, 5 1/2f, 1:04 . B-Danny M. & Donna B. Brown (LA.). $10,000 '12 KEENOV; $45,000 2014 FTMMAY.
Indian Charlie--Macoumba (G1), by Mr. Prospector; BIG HAT CHARLIE, g, 3, LRC, Mcl 20000, 7-2, 5 1/2f, 1:04 2/5. B-Malibu Farm (KY.). $100,000 '13 KEESEP; $100,000 2014 BESMAY. *1/2 to Somethingdangerous ($304,431).
Magna Graduate--Zorra by Silent Fox; TOUCHDOWN, g, 3, MTH, Mcl 50000, 7-3, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-M. LaDona Hudson (KY.).
Maimonides--E Major by E Dubai; EVERYTHINGISAWESUM, f, 3, PEN, Mcl 16000, 7-2, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Adam & Suzette Parker (FL.). $25,000 2015 OBSJAN.
Malibu Moon--Special Ballad by Saint Ballado; SWEET MAYA, f, 3, FL, Msw, 7-3, 1m 70y, 1:45 2/5. B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY.). $125,000 '13 KEESEP.
Medaglia d'Oro--Capote's Crown by Capote; CROWN D' ORO, f, 3, GP, Msw, 7-3, 1mT, 1:35 4/5. B-Whisper Hill Farm LLC (KY.).
Mobil--Latin Lust by Petionville; CRACK THAT WHIP, f, 3, WO, Mcl 25000, 7-3, 1 1/16m, 1:45 2/5. B-James A & Janeane A Everatt & Arika Everatt-Meeuse (ON.). $2,500 '13 FTKOCT.
Orthodox--June G by Winter Halo; ORTHODOX RIVER, g, 3, EVD, Mcl 7500, 7-2, 1m, 1:43 4/5. B-Linda P. Sebastien (LA.).
Purge--Miss Thermal Tech (MSP$356,658), by Distinctive Pro; STORM HAZE, g, 3, ELP, Mcl 16000, 7-3, 7f, 1:23 3/5. B-Coffeepot Stable (NY.).
Street Boss--Satin and Lace by Kissin Kris; WHO'S YOUR BOSS, f, 3, EVD, Mcl 7500, 7-2, 6 1/2f, 1:22 . B-C. Kidder & N. Cole (KY.). $14,000 '13 KEESEP; $34,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Street Sense--Alligator Style by A.P. Indy; STREET TAIL, g, 3, WO, Msw, 7-3, 6 1/2fT, 1:14 4/5. B-Lakland LLC (KY.). $14,000 '13 KEEJAN; $30,000 2014 FTMMAY.
C'Mon Tiger--Dancing Darling by Mutakddim; OFFERS ARE CHEAP, g, 4, FMT, Mcl 5000, 7-2, 1m, 1:45 1/5. B-James E Helzer (OK.). $1,800 2014 HERDEC.
Cowtown Cat--Post Marked by Stop the Music; COWTOWNMARY, g, 4, LRC, Mcl 20000, 7-2, 5 1/2f, 1:05 1/5. B-Jack Treadway (FL.). $28,000 2013 BESMAY.
Crafty Friend--Sights in the Citi by Citidancer; JUST ACE, g, 4, MTH, Mcl 20000, 7-3, 6f, 1:12 2/5. B-Bright View Farm (NJ.). *1/2 to Myprincessallyson ($292,395).
Exchange Rate--Sweetitiz by El Prado (IRE); TIZ SWEET BLISS, f, 4, LRC, Msw, 7-2, 6f, 1:10 1/5. B-Pamela Ziebarth (KY.).
First Defence--Sugarloaf by Regal Intention; MAUK DIRTY TO ME, f, 4, AP, Mcl 15000, 7-3, 6 1/2f, 1:20 . B-North Highland Farm (KY.).
Fusaichi Pegasus--Above It by Holy Bull; MASTER MASTER, g, 4, CBY, Mcl 6250, 7-2, 6 1/2f, 1:19 . B-J. R. Cavanaugh (FL.). $35,000 '12 OBSAUG.
Indygo Shiner--Sky Bonnet by Halo; MI EMOCION, f, 4, GP, Mcl 12500, 7-3, 7 1/2fT, 1:32 1/5. B-At Liberty Farms (NY.). $8,500 2013 OBSAPR. *1/2 to Nadja (champion in Peru 1999-20).
Majestic Warrior--Miss Celebrity by Hennessy; CELEBRITY WARRIOR, c, 4, MTH, Mcl 25000, 7-3, 1 1/16mT, 1:45 . B-Arundel Bloodstock, LLC & Ashford St (KY.). $15,000 '12 KEESEP.
Offlee Wild--Make Known by Mt. Livermore; GOSPEL MAKE MERRY, f, 4, FMT, Msw, 7-2, 1m, 1:42 . B-Nardelli, Markcrow, Lander & Clarke Hundley (KY.). $1,000 '12 KEEJAN. *1/2 to Made Up (MSP $297,326).
Old Forester--Classic Blonde by Regal Classic; FOREST BREEZE, g, 4, WO, Mcl 10000, 7-3, 6 1/2f, 1:17 4/5. B-Mark Richard Hughes (ON.). C$22,000 '12 ONTSEP.
Catienus--Cardinalli by Capote; BUCKWHEAT, g, 5, PRM, Mcl 7500, 7-2, 1m 70y, 1:46 4/5. B-Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey (KY.). *1/2 to Banned (MG2 $599,476).
Aragorn (IRE)--Sarah Supreme by Golden Missile; LIGHTNING RON, r, 6, BEL, Mcl 20000, 7-3, 6f, 1:12 3/5. B-Zayat Stables, LLC (ON.).
Giant's Causeway--Uriel by Unbridled; LARIA, m, 6, OTP, Mcl 25000, 7-2, 1m 70y, 1:42 . B-Mr. & Mrs. J. S. Moss (KY.).
Malabar Gold--Sweder Candy by Alwasmi; GOLD TONIGHT, g, 6, FMT, Mcl 10000, 7-3, 4f, :46 . B-Mike Bailey (OK.).

Features

UPCOMING STAKES

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Wednesday, July 1
 
Dominion Day S. (Can-G3), Woodbine, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/4m.
Chris Loseth H., Hastings Park, $50,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Lieutenant Governors S., Hastings Park, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Monashee S., Hastings Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Supernaturel S., Hastings Park, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Sales S. (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 3&4yo, f, 6 1/2f.
Sales S. (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 3&4yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
 
Thursday, July 2
 
Bertrando S. (r), Los Alamitos, $75,000, 3&up, 1m.
 
Friday, July 3
 
MOLLY PITCHER S. (G3), Monmouth Park, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
New York Derby (r), Finger Lakes, $150,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Perfect Sting S., Belmont Park, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 1mT.
New York Oaks (r), Finger Lakes, $75,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Blair's Cove S. (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, c&g, 1 1/16mT.
Princess Elaine S. (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
 
Saturday, July 4
 
BELMONT DERBY INVITATIONAL (G1), Belmont Park, $1,250,000, 3yo, 1 1/4mT.
BELMONT OAKS INVITATIONAL (G1), Belmont Park, $1,000,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/4mT.
SUBURBAN H. (G2), Belmont Park, $500,000, 4&up, 1 1/4m.
DWYER S. (G3), Belmont Park, $500,000, 3yo, 1m.
BELMONT SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP (G3), Belmont Park, $400,000, 3&up, 7f.
LOS ALAMITOS DERBY (G2), Los Alamitos, $350,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
DR. JAMES PENNY MEMORIAL H. (G3), Parx Racing, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
VICTORY RIDE S. (G3), Belmont Park, $150,000, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f.
Achievement S. (r), Woodbine, $150,000, 3&up, 6f.
Louisiana Legends Classic (r), Evangeline Downs, $125,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Louisiana Legends Cheval (r), Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 3yo, c&g, 1mT.
Louisiana Legends Distaff (r), Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle (r), Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2f.
Louisiana Legends Soiree (r), Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
Louisiana Legends Sprint (r), Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 3&up, 5 1/2f.
Louisiana Legends Turf (r), Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Elkwood S., Monmouth Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1mT.
Cleveland Gold Cup (r), Thistledown, $75,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
Frances Genter S. (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3yo, f, 6f.
Victor S. Myers S. (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3yo, c&g, 6f.
Purple Violet S. (r), Arlington, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1m.
Ellis Park Turf S., Ellis Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Louisiana Legends Starter S. (r), Evangeline Downs, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Juan Gonzalez Memorial S., Pleasanton, $50,000, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f.
 
Sunday, July 5
 
UNITED NATIONS S. (G1), Monmouth Park, $500,000, 3&up, 1 3/8mT.
PRINCESS ROONEY H. (G2), Gulfstream Park, $250,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
SMILE SPRINT H. (G2), Gulfstream Park, $250,000, 3&up, 6f.
AZALEA S. (G3), Gulfstream Park, $150,000, 3yo, 7f.
CARRY BACK S. (G3), Gulfstream Park, $150,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
SALVATOR MILE S. (G3), Monmouth Park, $150,000, 3&up, 1m.
Dance Smartly S. (Can-G2), Woodbine, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8mT.
Highlander S. (Can-G2), Woodbine, $200,000, 3&up, 6fT.
Singspiel S. (Can-G3), Woodbine, $150,000, 3&up, 12fT.
Queen's Plate S. (r), Woodbine, $1,000,000, 3yo, 1 1/4m.
Clarendon S. (r), Woodbine, $150,000, 2yo, 5 1/2f.
River Memories S., Belmont Park, $100,000, 4&up, f&m ,1 1/2mT.
Birdonthewire S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 2yo, 5 1/2f.
Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint H., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, 5fT.
Cassidy S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f.
Miesque's Approval S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Spook Express S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Iowa Stallion Futurity (r), Prairie Meadows, $60,000, 2yo, 5 1/2f.
Boeing H., Emerald Downs, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m.
Everett Nevin S., Pleasanton, $50,000, 2yo, 5 1/2f.
Oak Tree Sprint, Pleasanton, $50,000, 3&up, 6f.

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

JULY 5, 2015

Durbay July Ever-Unpredictable

by Liesl King

Predictable is one thing the Vodacom Durban July (SAf-G1) never is. Once the South African National Anthem is sung and the gates crash open to the roar of the crowd, the formbook flies out the window and absolutely anything can happen.

Yet, after the 2014 running of the race -- where the winner wasn't the winner -- surely 2015 would be a more normal race.

Statistics suggested that a three-year-old would return victorious. After all, they were highly rated, lightly weighted and two of the top three were trained by the soon-to-be-crowned champion trainer Sean Tarry.

Statistics, however, do not take into account that we are not dealing just with numbers, but with nine tons of horseflesh, each with a mind of its own.

As the crowd of about 55,000 looked on in disbelief, the Vodacom Durban July seemed to be experiencing a groundhog day. Once again two horses came together up the home straight, once again there was a scrimmage, once again the objection hooter sounded and once again there was an extremely lengthy delay, with no winner being declared.

The only difference this year is that winning jockey, Stuart Randolph, was having none of it.

Randolph has been part of the riding ranks for 30-odd years, and prior to this race, his most memorable victory was in the 2001 Gold Cup. To win South Africa's most prestigious race is a dream that had long passed him by, and Randolph was just happy to steadily keep adding to his total of roughly 1,600 winners.

Then suddenly, rudely and rather abruptly, he found himself in the lead on a horse that had no intention of stopping.

As the Dean Kannemeyer-trained Power King (Silvano) surged across the line, Randolph still could not quite believe it. Once Randolph realized that he was not dreaming and that he had finally, after three decades in the saddle, won South Africa's most prestigious race, no objection hooter was going to stop him from experiencing the moment to its fullest.

Randolph's smile could have lit up an entire city. He waved, he smiled, and ever so often he patted Power King. Back at the winner's circle, owner Lady Christine Laidlaw had finally arrived and, while she has been fortunate enough to win most of South Africa's biggest races, this one had eluded her.

Finally, after an agonizing 20 minutes or so with a tired Power King circling and his connections waiting, the objection was overturned and the party could start. Owner, trainer and jockey embraced, even wiped away some tears, as silver platters were handed over, sashes were draped, champagne corks popped and fireworks lit up the sky.

It may not have happened quite the way it was meant to, but racing is unpredictable and even 44-year-old journeyman jockeys can win the July.

RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
ARLINGTON:   May 1 - Sept. 26
BELMONT PARK:   April 29 - July 19
BELTERRA PARK:   May 1 - Oct. 10
CANTERBURY PARK:   May 15 - Sept. 12
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 26
DELAWARE PARK:   May 16 - Oct. 17
ELLIS PARK:   July 3 - Sept. 7
EMERALD DOWNS:   April 18 - Sept. 27
EVANGELINE DOWNS:   April 8 - Aug. 29
FINGER LAKES:   May 1 - Dec. 9
FORT ERIE:   June 2 - Oct. 20
GULFSTREAM PARK:   July 3 - Oct. 4
HASTINGS PARK:   April 25 - Oct. 12
INDIANA GRAND:   April 21 - Oct. 31
LAUREL PARK:   July 3 - Aug. 27
LONE STAR PARK:   April 9 - July 19
LOS ALAMITOS:   July 2-12
LOUISIANA DOWNS:   May 1 - Sept. 19
MONMOUTH PARK:   May 9 - Sept. 27
MOUNTAINEER:   March 1 - Dec. 21
OAK TREE @ PLEASANTON:   June 18 - July 5
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 19
PRAIRIE MEADOWS:   April 18 - Aug. 8
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS:   May 17 - Oct. 1
THISTLEDOWN:   April 27 - Oct. 24
WOODBINE:   April 11 - Nov. 29
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
DEL MAR:   July 16 - Sept. 7
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Aug. 21 - Sept. 7
SARATOGA:   July 24 - Sept. 7

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Saturday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Arlington Park   (1st) Roarin Missile, 9-2
    (6th) No Flowers, 3-1
Belmont Park   (7th) Tommy Macho, 4-1
    (10th) Spanish Queen, 7-2
Belterra Park   (4th) River Lute, 7-2
    (8th) Little Zoe, 3-1
Canterbury   (5th) Hazardous, 8-1
    (7th) Pendulum, 8-1
Delaware Park   (2nd) Wally Did It, 7-2
    (3rd) Great Aztec, 5-1
Ellis Park   (2nd) Grace and Grit, 7-2
    (8th) Kitty Wine, 4-1
Emerald Downs   (6th) Another Winter, 7-2
    (7th) Northern Force, 3-1
Evangeline Downs   (1st) Duenay, 8-1
    (10th) Strong and Tough, 6-1
Finger Lakes   (1st) Saltinthecity, 7-2
    (5th) Electric Currency, 9-2
Gulfstream Park   (3rd) Dreamingoflawrence, 8-1
    (6th) Hy Land Warrior, 3-1
Laurel   (5th) Stormy Situation, 6-1
    (8th) On Spirit River, 3-1
Lone Star Park   (2nd) Intimidating Gal, 9-2
    (10th) Flattermekate, 7-2
Los Alamitos   (2nd) Swiss Heart, 4-1
    (9th) Lady Now, 4-1
Louisiana Downs   (3rd) Speed Production, 3-1
    (6th) Theyplayingoursong, 7-2
Parx Racing   (6th) Blast Away, 7-2
    (7th) Valerie Victoria, 5-1
Penn National   (1st) Vindicated, 3-1
    (5th) Estrickator, 10-1
Pleasanton   (5th) El Tio Fernando, 7-2
    (9th) Wise, 7-2
Prairie Meadows   (7th) Triple Trouble, 7-2
    (8th) Never Heard, 3-1
Thistledown   (2nd) Wave Catching, 9-2
    (6th) Moon Traveler, 6-1
Woodbine   (4th) Ring of Glory, 7-2
    (7th) Missin Maggie, 6-1

Features

HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS

JULY 3, 2015

by Dick Powell

The second annual Stars and Stripes Festival is this Saturday at Belmont Park and the fireworks begin in race six on the Fourth of July racecard. Luckily, the heavy rain that hit the New York metropolitan area is over and the races should be conducted under Fast and Firm conditions.

Race six is the Victory Ride Stakes (G3) going 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track for three-year-old fillies. Next comes the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (G2) for three-year-olds going a mile on the main track.

The marquee event of the day, the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (G1) for three-year-olds at a mile and a quarter, is race eight. Despite the large purse and efforts to entice international shippers, this year's Derby only drew nine entrants with just two coming in from overseas.

CANNDAL (Medicean) is from the powerful stable of the Aga Khan and won his first race the second time out this year, traveling Saturday's distance on good turf at Longchamp in Paris. He came back with a good third going 11 furlongs on soft turf in a Group 2, setting the pace from the start and leading to deep stretch. The second-place horse that day came back to run seventh and 10th in his next two starts. Canndal exits a troubled second versus listed rivals, elevated one spot by the stewards after being sawed off in the stretch, and will not use the diuretic Lasix.

POSTULATION (Harlan's Holiday) ships in for Juddmonte Farms with decent form in Ireland. He won his last race going this distance at The Curragh and his best race might have been his career debut when beaten only four lengths by Gleneagles (Galileo), the highest rated miler in Europe.

Trainer Dermot Weld is a legend in Ireland but familiar to race fans all over the world. In 1990, he won the Belmont Stakes (G1) with Go and Go (Be My Guest). He's won the Melbourne Cup (Aus-G1), Australia's most important race, twice, sending out Vintage Crop (Rousillon) in 1993 and Media Puzzle (Theatrical) in 2002. When Weld ships, as Woody Stephens used to say, he's here for a reason, not the season.

In the $1 million Belmont Oaks (G1), 14 three-year-old fillies are entered for the 1 1/4-mile race on the inner turf course but only two international shippers made the trip. OLORDA (Lord of England) is from the powerful international stable of Martin Schwartz, who has won major stakes in America with Euro shippers Stacelita (Monsun), heroine of the Beverly D. Stakes (G1) and Flower Bowl (G1); Alterite (Literato), who won the Garden City Stakes (G1); Zagora (Green Tune), winner of the Diana Stakes (G1) and the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1); and Samitar (Rock of Gibraltar), who won the Garden City.

All were trained over here by Chad Brown and Olorda has similar credentials, with the above fillies all improving once in America. She won a Group 3 two starts back going nine furlongs on soft turf at Longchamp, her first start out of Germany, and came back to finish third in a Group 1 last time, going Saturday's distance on good turf. The winner came back to run 11th in the Prix Diane (Fr-G1) next out but had an excuse after breaking impossibly from post 17.

The other international runner in the Oaks is OUTSTANDING (Galileo), who appears to be rounding into form for Aidan O'Brien. After running poorly in two starts last year, she's captured both attempts in 2015. Even though she missed the Classics in Europe this year, Outstanding has the look of a filly that will continue to improve.

She broke her maiden going a mile on yielding turf in a 20-horse field at Naas in Ireland, returning off a six-month layoff in her seasonal bow, and Outstanding came back at Saturday's distance to win by almost three lengths last time, making all the running on a good turf course. She adds Lasix and should get ground that she favors.

O'Brien not only dominates European racing but is equally dangerous when he ships to North America. He almost won the Belmont Derby last year with Adelaide (Galileo), who went on to win the Secretariat Stakes (G1) at Arlington Park; Cape Blanco (Galileo), winner of the Joe Hirsch Invitational Stakes (G1), the Man o' War Stakes (G1) and Arlington Million (G1); George Vancouver (Henrythenavigator), who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1); and Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) winners St. Nicholas Abbey (Montjeu) and Magician (Galileo).

Outstanding is a full-sister to Magician and looks ready to take another move up the class ladder. She draws outside and if the race is run slowly, she will be losing ground every step of the way.

One interesting point in the Belmont Oaks is that all but one filly is nominated for the Breeders' Cup. The one that is not, Spanish Queen (Tribal Rule), is also the only starter to win going 10 furlongs at the Grade 1 level, capturing the American Oaks (G1) last out. The $535,000 winner's purse could go a long way to get her supplemented.

Finally, the one to beat in the Oaks is Lady Eli (Divine Park) who is undefeated in five starts. Last year, I was not that strong on her in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Turf (G1) after a pair of rather slow wins beforehand. She looked great with her explosive kick in the stretch at Santa Anita and has come back this year with two easy wins, but neither was very fast.

In the Oaks, against 13 other rivals, Lady Eli draws inside with Irad Ortiz Jr. and the question facing her surrounds her finishing kick; will she have the same explosion going 10 furlongs as she's displayed at middle distances? At a short price I am betting she doesn't.

UPCOMING STAKES

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Wednesday, July 1
 
Dominion Day S. (Can-G3), Woodbine, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/4m.
Chris Loseth H., Hastings Park, $50,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Lieutenant Governors S., Hastings Park, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Monashee S., Hastings Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Supernaturel S., Hastings Park, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Sales S. (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 3&4yo, f, 6 1/2f.
Sales S. (r), Northlands Park, $50,000, 3&4yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
 
Thursday, July 2
 
Bertrando S. (r), Los Alamitos, $75,000, 3&up, 1m.
 
Friday, July 3
 
MOLLY PITCHER S. (G3), Monmouth Park, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
New York Derby (r), Finger Lakes, $150,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Perfect Sting S., Belmont Park, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 1mT.
New York Oaks (r), Finger Lakes, $75,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Blair's Cove S. (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, c&g, 1 1/16mT.
Princess Elaine S. (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
 
Saturday, July 4
 
BELMONT DERBY INVITATIONAL (G1), Belmont Park, $1,250,000, 3yo, 1 1/4mT.
BELMONT OAKS INVITATIONAL (G1), Belmont Park, $1,000,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/4mT.
SUBURBAN H. (G2), Belmont Park, $500,000, 4&up, 1 1/4m.
DWYER S. (G3), Belmont Park, $500,000, 3yo, 1m.
BELMONT SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP (G3), Belmont Park, $400,000, 3&up, 7f.
LOS ALAMITOS DERBY (G2), Los Alamitos, $350,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
DR. JAMES PENNY MEMORIAL H. (G3), Parx Racing, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
VICTORY RIDE S. (G3), Belmont Park, $150,000, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f.
Achievement S. (r), Woodbine, $150,000, 3&up, 6f.
Louisiana Legends Classic (r), Evangeline Downs, $125,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Louisiana Legends Cheval (r), Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 3yo, c&g, 1mT.
Louisiana Legends Distaff (r), Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle (r), Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2f.
Louisiana Legends Soiree (r), Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
Louisiana Legends Sprint (r), Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 3&up, 5 1/2f.
Louisiana Legends Turf (r), Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Elkwood S., Monmouth Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1mT.
Cleveland Gold Cup (r), Thistledown, $75,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
Frances Genter S. (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3yo, f, 6f.
Victor S. Myers S. (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3yo, c&g, 6f.
Purple Violet S. (r), Arlington, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1m.
Ellis Park Turf S., Ellis Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Louisiana Legends Starter S. (r), Evangeline Downs, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Juan Gonzalez Memorial S., Pleasanton, $50,000, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f.
 
Sunday, July 5
 
UNITED NATIONS S. (G1), Monmouth Park, $500,000, 3&up, 1 3/8mT.
PRINCESS ROONEY H. (G2), Gulfstream Park, $250,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
SMILE SPRINT H. (G2), Gulfstream Park, $250,000, 3&up, 6f.
AZALEA S. (G3), Gulfstream Park, $150,000, 3yo, 7f.
CARRY BACK S. (G3), Gulfstream Park, $150,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
SALVATOR MILE S. (G3), Monmouth Park, $150,000, 3&up, 1m.
Dance Smartly S. (Can-G2), Woodbine, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8mT.
Highlander S. (Can-G2), Woodbine, $200,000, 3&up, 6fT.
Singspiel S. (Can-G3), Woodbine, $150,000, 3&up, 12fT.
Queen's Plate S. (r), Woodbine, $1,000,000, 3yo, 1 1/4m.
Clarendon S. (r), Woodbine, $150,000, 2yo, 5 1/2f.
River Memories S., Belmont Park, $100,000, 4&up, f&m ,1 1/2mT.
Birdonthewire S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 2yo, 5 1/2f.
Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint H., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, 5fT.
Cassidy S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f.
Miesque's Approval S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Spook Express S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Iowa Stallion Futurity (r), Prairie Meadows, $60,000, 2yo, 5 1/2f.
Boeing H., Emerald Downs, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m.
Everett Nevin S., Pleasanton, $50,000, 2yo, 5 1/2f.
Oak Tree Sprint, Pleasanton, $50,000, 3&up, 6f.

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

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RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
ARLINGTON:   May 1 - Sept. 26
BELMONT PARK:   April 29 - July 19
BELTERRA PARK:   May 1 - Oct. 10
CANTERBURY PARK:   May 15 - Sept. 12
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 26
DELAWARE PARK:   May 16 - Oct. 17
ELLIS PARK:   July 3 - Sept. 7
EMERALD DOWNS:   April 18 - Sept. 27
EVANGELINE DOWNS:   April 8 - Aug. 29
FINGER LAKES:   May 1 - Dec. 9
FORT ERIE:   June 2 - Oct. 20
GULFSTREAM PARK:   July 3 - Oct. 4
HASTINGS PARK:   April 25 - Oct. 12
INDIANA GRAND:   April 21 - Oct. 31
LAUREL PARK:   July 3 - Aug. 27
LONE STAR PARK:   April 9 - July 19
LOS ALAMITOS:   July 2-12
LOUISIANA DOWNS:   May 1 - Sept. 19
MONMOUTH PARK:   May 9 - Sept. 27
MOUNTAINEER:   March 1 - Dec. 21
OAK TREE @ PLEASANTON:   June 18 - July 5
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 19
PRAIRIE MEADOWS:   April 18 - Aug. 8
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS:   May 17 - Oct. 1
THISTLEDOWN:   April 27 - Oct. 24
WOODBINE:   April 11 - Nov. 29
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
DEL MAR:   July 16 - Sept. 7
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Aug. 21 - Sept. 7
SARATOGA:   July 24 - Sept. 7

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

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