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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

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Trade storms late in Woodbine Mile, caps big double for Simcock

Trade Storm is expected to take up his spot in the starting gate in the Breeders' Cup Mile (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Nearly two hours after stablemate Sheikhzayedroad plundered the Northern Dancer Turf, Trade Storm completed a dream day for trainer David Simcock by landing the Grade 1, $949,461 Woodbine Mile. The veteran globetrotter had finished third to course record-setting Wise Dan here last year, but found this year's renewal an easier task and obliged in his preferred late-running style, booking his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Mile.

"That's special, that one," Simcock said. "I mean they're both special, but he's really one of my favorites of all time out of all the horses I've trained. It's been frustrating with him sometimes, but even when he gets beat I adore the horse massively, so it's a really special result. I think it is special for the jockey as well."

Trade Storm was handing Qatar Racing Ltd.'s retained rider Jamie Spencer a major international prize in the twilight of his career. Spencer is due to retire from the saddle at the end of this season and transfer into a new role, providing "feedback and advice" to the Qatar Racing team in 2015.

Assured of his ideal scenario of a fast pace at Woodbine, Spencer was content to drop Trade Storm well back near the rear of the field. Up front, Bobby's Kitten set fractions of :23 4/5 and :47 2/5 while hounded by Ancil. No sooner had the sophomore beaten off that pace rival, spurting ahead through six furlongs in 1:12 1/5, than he was challenged by River Seven, and wider out, Grand Arch also loomed a menace down the stretch.

Trade Storm was still behind a wall of horses, but Spencer adroitly threaded his way through the pack, and his mount had the gears to maneuver into the clear. Also picking up smartly was Kaigun, and the pair both seized the yawning gap between Bobby's Kitten and River Seven. Trade Storm punched first, and faster, and bested Kaigun by a half-length in a final time of 1:36 4/5 on the good turf. The 9-2 choice returned $11.10 to win.

"He settled well off a strong pace," Spencer said. "I felt confidence in the horse that he was always going to pick up. I've ridden the horse for the last 18 months. Sheikh Fahad picked him out himself when he won in Dubai one night and bought him. He is reaping dividends now and he's won quite a bit of prize money in the last two years.

"Obviously the ground was a little softer than ideal for him," the rider continued, "but we didn't have Wise Dan to contend with. So it looked a good spot for him. The trainer, he's brought two horses here tonight and both of them have won, it's a happy ending."

"He'll probably take up 'the win and he's in' and go down to Santa Anita and enjoy himself and see how we get on," Simcock said of Trade Storm. "He'll get his fast ground, which suits a fairly strong pace. It will probably be a tougher race, but he is in excellent order and he never disgraces himself.  When there's a lot of pace into the race, he travels very strongly into it and he's got a nice pick-up. All he needed was the gaps and he maneuvered his way through."

Kaigun (left) didn't kick on until Trade Storm passed him, according to jockey Patrick Husbands (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Kaigun's jockey, Patrick Husbands, recounted his unorthodox passage through the race.

"The horse was stumbling throughout the whole backside," Husbands said. "Every two strides he was pitching, pitching, pitching. I was holding him together. When we swung for home, it's like 'How much is he going to win by,' but he would not run. So as the English horse (Trade Storm) came up on the inside and passed him, he decided to run. The winner was fantastic. He ran a big race. But I'm still in shock with my horse." 

An ultra-game Bobby's Kitten salvaged third by a head from River Seven, with Grand Arch a close fifth. Next came Lockout, Dorsett, His Race to Win, slight 7-2 favorite Jack Milton, Silver Freak and the tailed-off Ancil.

Trade Storm's first top-level victory boosted his record to 33-6-5-3 and made him a millionaire with $1,430,552 in earnings. The six-year-old son of Trade Fair was initially trained by John Gallagher. Unplaced in several stakes attempts during his two- and three-year-old campaigns in 2010 and 2011, he appeared to have class limitations. Trade Storm was transferred to Simcock for 2012, and the May 6 foal began to come around that summer at four. A near-miss second in the Ascot handicap dubbed the Shergar Cup Mile, he put it all together decisively in a lucrative handicap next time out during York's Ebor Meeting.

Shipped to Dubai for the 2013 Carnival, Trade Storm emerged on the international stage. He blitzed the field in a nine-furlong handicap, and bolted to good-looking score in the Zabeel Mile. Following that Group 2 victory, Qatar Racing Ltd. acquired him from Universal Racing, but kept him with Simcock.

Trade Storm then went winless in his 12 ensuing starts before Sunday. The bay often acquitted himself creditably, however. Fourth in the 2013 Dubai Duty Free, Sussex and Summer Mile, he ended the year with thirds in both the Celebration Mile and Woodbine Mile. Trade Storm again wintered in Dubai, where his most notable results were a second to Mshawish as the defending champion in the February 27 Zabeel Mile and a fourth in the March 8 Jebel Hatta. He was coming off a pair of close runner-up efforts back home -- in his English comeback in a Haydock conditions event July 19 and in the August 23 Strensall at York.

Bred by G.T. Lucas in Great Britain, Trade Storm was not Breeders' Cup nominated, but he can still be made eligible. He is out of the unraced Slip Anchor mare Frisson, and although there are few memorable performers in his immediate family, his fifth dam is Night Off, England's champion two-year-old filly of 1964 who went on to One Thousand Guineas glory in 1965.

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Breeding & Sales News

Smart Strike filly leads the girls to dominate sixth session of Keeneland September

Hip 1482 led the fillies on a victory march on Day 6 of Keeneland September (Keeneland Photos)

Hip No. 1482 highlighted Sunday's sixth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale when the gavel fell at $700,000 for a dark bay daughter of Smart Strike.

The January-foaled miss was the star attraction on a day when fillies dominated the top prices to pass through the auction ring. Six sold for $400,000 or more on Sunday, with four of those being of the female persuasion.

Consigned as Property of KatieRich Farms, the lass was purchased by Donato Lanni, agent for John Sikura and Bruce Lunsford. She is the second registered foal out of the stakes-placed Distinctively (Awesome Again), making her second dam multiple Grade 1-winning champion and millionaire Heavenly Prize (Seeking the Gold).

That mare found just as much success in the breeding shed as she did on the track, producing dual Grade 1-scoring millionaire and sire Good Reward (Storm Cat) as well as his Grade 2-winning full brother Pure Prize, who also triumphed as a stallion.

Heavenly Prize, grandam of Grade 1 heroine Persistently, has a pair of full sisters in Grade 1 vixen Oh What a Windfall and Grade 1 runner-up Dancinginmydreams. Once retired from racing, those two would themselves go on to foal Grade 1 victor Dancing Forever (Rahy) as well as Grade 2 seconds Pick Six (Dynaformer) and Conservative (Unbridled's Song).

Sunday's topper counts as her fourth dam multiple Grade 2 queen Blitey (Riva Ridge), herself a daughter of champion Lady Pitt (Sword Dancer). This female line also includes Breeders' Cup Sprint star Dancing Spree (Nijinsky II) along with such Grade 1 winners as Fantastic Find (Mr. Prospector), Finder's Fee (Storm Cat) and Furlough (Easy Goer).

"She has a wonderful pedigree," Sikura said. "(We) try to buy a top filly every year. We've been patient all week. Of course, she cost more than we would have liked to give, but if you like one you're supposed to keep bidding. If you really want a horse and they fit your criteria and look the part, you keep going. This is a filly we were determined to have."

Hip 1515 is a half-sister to Capo Bastone (Keeneland Photos)

The second-highest price on the day came for Hip 1515, a bay daughter of Flatter. Consigned by Warrendale Sales -- agent for Hargus and Sandra Sexton, Steven and Brandi Nicholson and Tom Bozarth -- she was bought by Green Lantern Stables LLC for $500,000.

The Kentucky-bred lass is out of the stakes-placed Fight to Love (Fit to Fight), making her a half-sister to last year's King's Bishop (G1) victor and 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile third Capo Bastone (Street Boss) as well as Grade 2 runner-up C J's Leelee (Mizzen Mast). Also of note in the filly's female family is Canadian champion Fantasy Lake (Salt Lake).

Not long after Hip 1515, a Hard Spun filly sold to Stonestreet Stables LLC for $480,000. Consigned as Hip 1524 by Paramount Sales, agent, the chestnut miss is out of Grade 3 heroine Four Gifts (Even the Score).

The yearling, who sold earlier this season for $70,000 at Keeneland January, is the second registered foal out of her dam. The Kentucky-bred's third dam -- stakes winner Jerry's Sister (Monetary Gift) -- produced Grade 1 vixen Cashier's Dream (Service Stripe), while descended from her fifth dam -- the unraced Smart Secret (Dedicate) -- are the likes of dual South African Horse of the Year London News (Bush Telegraph) and South African champion Promisefrommyheart (Elliodor).

Paramount Sales earlier in the day consigned the co-highest priced colt of the sixth session in Hip 1288, a dark bay son of Pioneerof the Nile who brought a winning bid of $475,000 from Solis/Litt.

Buyer Alex Solis II said the bidding for horses on Sunday was competitive.

"You've got some pretty sharp guys walking around that know what they're doing, so you have to be ready to pay for the ones you want," he said.

The Kentucky-bred colt is the second registered foal out of the unraced Rhino Girl (Forest Camp), who is a half-sister to stakes-placed Dance Tune (French Deputy) and Rhiannon's Wish (Numerous). His third dam is multiple stakes-placed Dancing Doris (Northern Dancer), who produced Canadian champion Term Limits (Time for a Change) and Canadian classic victor Val Dansant (Val de l'Orne).

This Pioneerof the Nile son tied as the highest-priced colt for the session (Keeneland Photos)

This female family also includes multiple Grade/Group 1 scorers Annoconnor (Nureyev), At Talaq (Roberto) and Imperial Gesture (Langfuhr) as well as 1994 Kentucky Oaks (G1) queen Sardula (Storm Cat).

The dark bay colt sold for $90,000 as a Keeneland November weanling in 2013.

The other colt on Sunday to bring $475,000 came late in the sale when Hip 1569 sold to Frank Brothers, agent for Starlight, from the Betz Thoroughbreds Inc., agent, consignment.

He is the second registered foal out of the winning Involved (Speightstown), who is a half-sister to dual Grade 3 victor Skip to the Stone (Skip Trial) and stakes diva My Heavenly Sign (Forest Camp).

The Kentucky-bred son of Harlan's Holiday counts as his fourth dam Grade 1-winning millionaire The Very One (One for All), who finished third in the 1981 Japan Cup (Jpn-G1). That mare is a half-sister to English champion Soviet Star (Nureyev), who captured the 1987 French Two Thousand Guineas (Fr-G1).

Hip 1264, a dark bay daughter of Mineshaft out of stakes runner-up Pleasant Lyrics (Pleasant Tap), wrapped up the top prices on the day. J.J. Crupi, agent for Crupi's New Castle, made the winning bid of $440,000 on the filly, who was consigned by Valkyre Stud, agent for Catherine Parke and Oakbrook Farm.

Hip 1264 stood proud in this conformation shot before selling for $440,000 (Keeneland Photos)

The Kentucky-bred miss counts as her second dam Lyrical Prayer (The Minstrel), who foaled 2013 Carter H. (G1) hero Swagger Jack (Smart Strike), Grade 2 victress Tap Dance (Pleasant Tap), stakes diva Grand Prayer (Grand Slam) and stakes second Lyrical Ghost (Silver Ghost). Grand Prayer would herself go on to produce Grade 1 vixen Malibu Prayer (Malibu Moon) and this year's Monmouth Cup (G3) scorer Valid (Medaglia d'Oro) while Lyrical Ghost is the dam of Spanish Horse of the Year Silverside (Pleasantly Perfect).

Farther back, this female line is also responsible for champion Dark Mirage; English, Irish and French champion Indian Skimmer (Storm Bird); Irish champion Bluebird (Storm Bird); multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire and successful sire Java Gold (Key to the Mint); and Grade 1 heroines Missy's Mirage (Stop the Music) and Classy Mirage (Storm Bird).

Sunday showed across-the-board gains when compared to last year's corresponding sixth session. A total of 250 horses sold for $28,430,000, a minute rise of 0.71 percent over the $28,229,000 brought for 290 a year ago. The $113,720 average jumped 16.8 percent over the 2013 average of $97,341, and the median showed a 12.5 percent increase, rising from $80,000 to $90,000.

"I thought it was a good solid session," Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell said. "We're starting to see different buyers participate. A strong Russian contingent bought horses today, and we look for them and other international horsemen to buy horses as the sale continues."

Thus far during the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, 1,017 yearlings have been purchased for an aggregate $206,217,500, a $202,770 average and a $150,000 median. The gross has fallen by 4.9 percent over last year's $216,922,000 total for 1,116 horses, but the average has risen 4.3 percent over the $194,375 recorded in 2013 and the median bumped up 3.4 percent on the $145,000 documented 12 months ago.

The auction continues Monday and runs through September 21 with sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m. (EDT).

For complete results, the catalog, updates, outs, and live video of the sale, log onto keeneland.com.

Racing Headlines

Sheikhzayedroad survives foul claim in Northern Dancer Turf

Sheikhzayedroad was the first half of trainer David Simcock's perfect raiding party (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
The lone European invader in Sunday's Grade 1, $282,711 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine, Sheikhzayedroad rallied up the rail to edge fellow closer Dynamic Sky and longtime leader Reporting Star. But his wayward drift in the final strides, crossing over the path of Reporting Star and forcing him to steady, nearly cost him the race in the stewards' room.

Reporting Star's jockey, Justin Stein, claimed foul against winning rider Martin Lane, alleging interference that led to his third-place finish. After spending some time to review the incident, the stewards decided to let the original result stand, and allowed Sheikhzayedroad to keep the victory.

"The wire is a little more daunting than it is back home," Lane said, "and he just had a look at it and slowed down himself. It cost him more than anything."

Trained by David Simcock for Rabbah Bloodstock Lessee, the Dubawi gelding brought a progressive profile into his Grade 1 debut. The ex-handicapper scored his first stakes win in the June 28 Fred Archer at Newmarket, and followed up at a higher level in the Group 2 York Stakes in his latest on July 26. Although listed at 6-1 on the morning line, Sheikhzayedroad was bet down to the 3-1 second choice by post time, with only 6-5 favorite The Pizza Man preferred.

Reporting Star had an eventful beginning to the Northern Dancer as well, for he reportedly bounced off the rail in the early going. Stein, who was noticeably jostled around, did well to stay aboard. Perched over his withers from that point on, Stein coaxed his mount along on the front end through fractions of :52, 1:17 4/5, 1:43 and 2:07 3/5.

Sheikhzayedroad, last early after a tardy start, improved his position before Lane drove him onward into the stretch, and pointed him toward an inviting opening on the fence. The five-year-old stayed on strongly to overtake Reporting Star, but Dynamic Sky was also finishing fast on the outside. Despite veering out late, Sheikhzayedroad held Dynamic Sky at bay by a half-length, bumped him for good measure at the wire, and completed 1 1/2 miles on the good turf in 2:32 1/5.

"Really pleased, lovely race to win," said Simcock, who later saddled Trade Storm to scoop a Grade 1 double in the Woodbine Mile. "He is a grand horse and tries really hard. He has his quirks. He runs about a bit, but that's normal for him. He did a lot worse when he was a younger horse, I assure you, and he never wins by far. He thinks he's done enough once he's got there. He's terrific."

"The race couldn't have worked out any better," Lane said. "He was able to come around the reins-side all the way and when we straightened up he picked up all the way to the line for me.

"He's gone to win real easy. He's probably got a length up."

Dynamic Sky checked in three-quarters of a length in front of Reporting Star, who was tightened up when the winner took a starboard lurch. Villandry wound up another 4 1/2 lengths back in fourth, followed by The Pizza Man, Aldous Snow, Perfect Timber, Karibu Gardens and defending champion Forte Dei Marmi.

Sheikhzayedroad paid $8.30 to win while advancing his line to 21-8-3-4, $501,880. Tenth in the 2012 Wood Ditton, the famed newcomers' event for three-year-olds at Newmarket, the bay won next time out at Hamilton and proceeded to learn his craft in handicaps. He was beaten by eventual Group 2 winners Thomas Chippendale and Universal, and by a future Cambridgeshire hero in Educate, but also scored three wins at that level in England.

After Sheikhzayedroad landed a handicap on 2013 Derby Day at Epsom, he tried the Wolferton at Royal Ascot and finished a close second. He held his own at the Group 3 level when a troubled third in the Glorious at Goodwood, and signed off for the season following a ninth in the Ebor. Reappearing triumphant in a Meydan handicap on January 16, Sheikhzayedroad dropped his next three at the Dubai Carnival, including unplaced efforts in the March 8 Dubai City of Gold and the March 29 Dubai Gold Cup.

But Dubai might have been the making of Sheikhzayedroad. He returned to England better than ever, missing by a nostril in the May 29 Brigadier Gerard before beginning his current winning streak.

"He's a traveler," Simcock said. "He loves going to different places, Dubai, here and he'll go elsewhere in the future.

"We've got an option of the (Canadian) International (at Woodbine) on the 19th (of October). He's got an entry (in the October 18 Champion Stakes) at Ascot. I'll speak to his owner and decide where he is going. We'll either come back here or go to Ascot and then he'll go to Dubai and start his travels again."

Bred in Great Britain by Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd., Sheikhzayedroad is out of the winning Highest Honor mare Royal Secrets. His dam is a half-sister to Group 3-placed French stakes victor Vernoy as well as the unraced City Maiden, who produced Group 2 heroine First City. This is the family of Grade/Group 2 winners Lelouch and Idle Fancy, Grade 1 vixen Dreams Gallore, and at a further remove, Belmont Stakes heroes Colonial Affair (1993) and Union Rags (2012). Another maternal relative is Ball Dancing, winner of Saturday's Sands Point in her U.S. premiere.

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Trade storms late in Woodbine Mile, caps big double for Simcock

Trade Storm is expected to take up his spot in the starting gate in the Breeders' Cup Mile (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Nearly two hours after stablemate Sheikhzayedroad plundered the Northern Dancer Turf, Trade Storm completed a dream day for trainer David Simcock by landing the Grade 1, $949,461 Woodbine Mile. The veteran globetrotter had finished third to course record-setting Wise Dan here last year, but found this year's renewal an easier task and obliged in his preferred late-running style, booking his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Mile.

"That's special, that one," Simcock said. "I mean they're both special, but he's really one of my favorites of all time out of all the horses I've trained. It's been frustrating with him sometimes, but even when he gets beat I adore the horse massively, so it's a really special result. I think it is special for the jockey as well."

Trade Storm was handing Qatar Racing Ltd.'s retained rider Jamie Spencer a major international prize in the twilight of his career. Spencer is due to retire from the saddle at the end of this season and transfer into a new role, providing "feedback and advice" to the Qatar Racing team in 2015.

Assured of his ideal scenario of a fast pace at Woodbine, Spencer was content to drop Trade Storm well back near the rear of the field. Up front, Bobby's Kitten set fractions of :23 4/5 and :47 2/5 while hounded by Ancil. No sooner had the sophomore beaten off that pace rival, spurting ahead through six furlongs in 1:12 1/5, than he was challenged by River Seven, and wider out, Grand Arch also loomed a menace down the stretch.

Trade Storm was still behind a wall of horses, but Spencer adroitly threaded his way through the pack, and his mount had the gears to maneuver into the clear. Also picking up smartly was Kaigun, and the pair both seized the yawning gap between Bobby's Kitten and River Seven. Trade Storm punched first, and faster, and bested Kaigun by a half-length in a final time of 1:36 4/5 on the good turf. The 9-2 choice returned $11.10 to win.

"He settled well off a strong pace," Spencer said. "I felt confidence in the horse that he was always going to pick up. I've ridden the horse for the last 18 months. Sheikh Fahad picked him out himself when he won in Dubai one night and bought him. He is reaping dividends now and he's won quite a bit of prize money in the last two years.

"Obviously the ground was a little softer than ideal for him," the rider continued, "but we didn't have Wise Dan to contend with. So it looked a good spot for him. The trainer, he's brought two horses here tonight and both of them have won, it's a happy ending."

"He'll probably take up 'the win and he's in' and go down to Santa Anita and enjoy himself and see how we get on," Simcock said of Trade Storm. "He'll get his fast ground, which suits a fairly strong pace. It will probably be a tougher race, but he is in excellent order and he never disgraces himself.  When there's a lot of pace into the race, he travels very strongly into it and he's got a nice pick-up. All he needed was the gaps and he maneuvered his way through."

Kaigun (left) didn't kick on until Trade Storm passed him, according to jockey Patrick Husbands (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Kaigun's jockey, Patrick Husbands, recounted his unorthodox passage through the race.

"The horse was stumbling throughout the whole backside," Husbands said. "Every two strides he was pitching, pitching, pitching. I was holding him together. When we swung for home, it's like 'How much is he going to win by,' but he would not run. So as the English horse (Trade Storm) came up on the inside and passed him, he decided to run. The winner was fantastic. He ran a big race. But I'm still in shock with my horse." 

An ultra-game Bobby's Kitten salvaged third by a head from River Seven, with Grand Arch a close fifth. Next came Lockout, Dorsett, His Race to Win, slight 7-2 favorite Jack Milton, Silver Freak and the tailed-off Ancil.

Trade Storm's first top-level victory boosted his record to 33-6-5-3 and made him a millionaire with $1,430,552 in earnings. The six-year-old son of Trade Fair was initially trained by John Gallagher. Unplaced in several stakes attempts during his two- and three-year-old campaigns in 2010 and 2011, he appeared to have class limitations. Trade Storm was transferred to Simcock for 2012, and the May 6 foal began to come around that summer at four. A near-miss second in the Ascot handicap dubbed the Shergar Cup Mile, he put it all together decisively in a lucrative handicap next time out during York's Ebor Meeting.

Shipped to Dubai for the 2013 Carnival, Trade Storm emerged on the international stage. He blitzed the field in a nine-furlong handicap, and bolted to good-looking score in the Zabeel Mile. Following that Group 2 victory, Qatar Racing Ltd. acquired him from Universal Racing, but kept him with Simcock.

Trade Storm then went winless in his 12 ensuing starts before Sunday. The bay often acquitted himself creditably, however. Fourth in the 2013 Dubai Duty Free, Sussex and Summer Mile, he ended the year with thirds in both the Celebration Mile and Woodbine Mile. Trade Storm again wintered in Dubai, where his most notable results were a second to Mshawish as the defending champion in the February 27 Zabeel Mile and a fourth in the March 8 Jebel Hatta. He was coming off a pair of close runner-up efforts back home -- in his English comeback in a Haydock conditions event July 19 and in the August 23 Strensall at York.

Bred by G.T. Lucas in Great Britain, Trade Storm was not Breeders' Cup nominated, but he can still be made eligible. He is out of the unraced Slip Anchor mare Frisson, and although there are few memorable performers in his immediate family, his fifth dam is Night Off, England's champion two-year-old filly of 1964 who went on to One Thousand Guineas glory in 1965.

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Sheikhzayedroad survives foul claim in Northern Dancer Turf

Sheikhzayedroad was the first half of trainer David Simcock's perfect raiding party (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
The lone European invader in Sunday's Grade 1, $282,711 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine, Sheikhzayedroad rallied up the rail to edge fellow closer Dynamic Sky and longtime leader Reporting Star. But his wayward drift in the final strides, crossing over the path of Reporting Star and forcing him to steady, nearly cost him the race in the stewards' room.

Reporting Star's jockey, Justin Stein, claimed foul against winning rider Martin Lane, alleging interference that led to his third-place finish. After spending some time to review the incident, the stewards decided to let the original result stand, and allowed Sheikhzayedroad to keep the victory.

"The wire is a little more daunting than it is back home," Lane said, "and he just had a look at it and slowed down himself. It cost him more than anything."

Trained by David Simcock for Rabbah Bloodstock Lessee, the Dubawi gelding brought a progressive profile into his Grade 1 debut. The ex-handicapper scored his first stakes win in the June 28 Fred Archer at Newmarket, and followed up at a higher level in the Group 2 York Stakes in his latest on July 26. Although listed at 6-1 on the morning line, Sheikhzayedroad was bet down to the 3-1 second choice by post time, with only 6-5 favorite The Pizza Man preferred.

Reporting Star had an eventful beginning to the Northern Dancer as well, for he reportedly bounced off the rail in the early going. Stein, who was noticeably jostled around, did well to stay aboard. Perched over his withers from that point on, Stein coaxed his mount along on the front end through fractions of :52, 1:17 4/5, 1:43 and 2:07 3/5.

Sheikhzayedroad, last early after a tardy start, improved his position before Lane drove him onward into the stretch, and pointed him toward an inviting opening on the fence. The five-year-old stayed on strongly to overtake Reporting Star, but Dynamic Sky was also finishing fast on the outside. Despite veering out late, Sheikhzayedroad held Dynamic Sky at bay by a half-length, bumped him for good measure at the wire, and completed 1 1/2 miles on the good turf in 2:32 1/5.

"Really pleased, lovely race to win," said Simcock, who later saddled Trade Storm to scoop a Grade 1 double in the Woodbine Mile. "He is a grand horse and tries really hard. He has his quirks. He runs about a bit, but that's normal for him. He did a lot worse when he was a younger horse, I assure you, and he never wins by far. He thinks he's done enough once he's got there. He's terrific."

"The race couldn't have worked out any better," Lane said. "He was able to come around the reins-side all the way and when we straightened up he picked up all the way to the line for me.

"He's gone to win real easy. He's probably got a length up."

Dynamic Sky checked in three-quarters of a length in front of Reporting Star, who was tightened up when the winner took a starboard lurch. Villandry wound up another 4 1/2 lengths back in fourth, followed by The Pizza Man, Aldous Snow, Perfect Timber, Karibu Gardens and defending champion Forte Dei Marmi.

Sheikhzayedroad paid $8.30 to win while advancing his line to 21-8-3-4, $501,880. Tenth in the 2012 Wood Ditton, the famed newcomers' event for three-year-olds at Newmarket, the bay won next time out at Hamilton and proceeded to learn his craft in handicaps. He was beaten by eventual Group 2 winners Thomas Chippendale and Universal, and by a future Cambridgeshire hero in Educate, but also scored three wins at that level in England.

After Sheikhzayedroad landed a handicap on 2013 Derby Day at Epsom, he tried the Wolferton at Royal Ascot and finished a close second. He held his own at the Group 3 level when a troubled third in the Glorious at Goodwood, and signed off for the season following a ninth in the Ebor. Reappearing triumphant in a Meydan handicap on January 16, Sheikhzayedroad dropped his next three at the Dubai Carnival, including unplaced efforts in the March 8 Dubai City of Gold and the March 29 Dubai Gold Cup.

But Dubai might have been the making of Sheikhzayedroad. He returned to England better than ever, missing by a nostril in the May 29 Brigadier Gerard before beginning his current winning streak.

"He's a traveler," Simcock said. "He loves going to different places, Dubai, here and he'll go elsewhere in the future.

"We've got an option of the (Canadian) International (at Woodbine) on the 19th (of October). He's got an entry (in the October 18 Champion Stakes) at Ascot. I'll speak to his owner and decide where he is going. We'll either come back here or go to Ascot and then he'll go to Dubai and start his travels again."

Bred in Great Britain by Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd., Sheikhzayedroad is out of the winning Highest Honor mare Royal Secrets. His dam is a half-sister to Group 3-placed French stakes victor Vernoy as well as the unraced City Maiden, who produced Group 2 heroine First City. This is the family of Grade/Group 2 winners Lelouch and Idle Fancy, Grade 1 vixen Dreams Gallore, and at a further remove, Belmont Stakes heroes Colonial Affair (1993) and Union Rags (2012). Another maternal relative is Ball Dancing, winner of Saturday's Sands Point in her U.S. premiere.

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Deceptive Vision proves the real deal in Canadian

Deceptive Vision earned her first stakes win in style, but it's uncertain if she'll advance to the BC Filly & Mare Turf (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Sam-Son Farm's homebred Deceptive Vision has been knocking on the door in stakes company, and the lightly-raced blueblood duly burst through with a convincing score in Sunday's Grade 2, $305,250 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine. While this "Win and You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf marked her career highlight, it proved to be a lowlight for 3-2 favorite Lexie Lou, who faded to an uncharacteristic last.

Deceptive Vision was bred for success as a full sister to Canadian champion Eye of the Leopard, the 2009 Queen's Plate hero, and to multiple stakes winner and Grade 2-placed Hotep, the runner-up in the 2010 Queen's Plate. The trio of classy siblings are all by A.P. Indy and out of Canadian champion Eye of the Sphynx, who won the 2004 Woodbine Oaks.

Third to Solid Appeal in the May 25 Nassau in her stakes debut, and just mugged on the line in the July 6 Dance Smartly over this same about 1 1/8-mile trip, Deceptive Vision was the beaten favorite in both. With reigning Queen's Plate, Woodbine Oaks and Wonder Where star Lexie Lou monopolizing the attention here, Deceptive Vision went off as the 9-2 third choice, and proved an overlay.

As usual, La Tia scampered out to her favorite spot on the front and rattled off splits of :23 3/5 and :47 1/5 on the good turf. Skylander Girl and Lexie Lou stalked, until the favorite surprisingly beat a retreat on the far turn. Lexie Lou dropped back to the tail of the field, and jockey Patrick Husbands wrapped up on her, allowing her to gallop home in her own time.

Meanwhile, Deceptive Vision had been nestled off the pace in a ground-saving fifth. Switched out by Eurico Rosa da Silva to deliver her challenge down the lane, the Malcolm Pierce filly uncorked a powerful late kick to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Deceptive Vision stopped the teletimer in 1:47 4/5 and furnished an $11.30 win mutuel.

"She's a good filly," Pierce observed. "We always thought she was a good filly and she settled inside the speed today, which is the key to her. Last time she led all the way and just got caught at the wire, but today she ran a great race.

"We spent a long time getting this filly to settle and getting her off the lead because her last two races she has been kind of headstrong and it's hard to win these kind of races on the lead all the way."

"Malcolm asked me to just hide her, to put her behind horses and she is going to relax for you," da Silva said. "He was very, very confident. I put her behind and I wanted to stay behind as (long) as possible. When I came home she was running relaxed and when I asked her she just kicked from there. She is a very, very nice filly."

Royal Fury closed for runner-up honors by 1 3/4 lengths, and La Tia easily held third by 4 3/4 lengths from the deep-closing Meri Shika. Dance Again, the other runner representing Sam-Son and Pierce, reported home fifth, and Industrial Policy, Savvy Hester, Skylander Girl, Solid Appeal and Lexie Lou rounded out the order of finish.

Deceptive Vision's scorecard now stands at 7-4-2-1, $349,165. Debuting late in her juvenile season in 2012, the bay finished second in a seven-furlong maiden on the Woodbine Polytrack to Coffee Clique, who went on to win this year's Just a Game and Churchill Distaff Turf Mile. Deceptive Vision then shipped to Fair Grounds for the winter of 2012-13, and quickly broke her maiden and cleared her entry-level allowance condition, both on the dirt.

Sidelined for exactly one year, Deceptive Vision resurfaced at the historic New Orleans oval on February 22 and acted as if she'd never been away. She handily captured a second-level allowance in her turf debut, an effort that propelled her into her aforementioned stakes tries back at Woodbine.

Rick Balaz of Sam-Son Farm wasn't ready to commit to the Breeders' Cup just yet.

"We haven't talked about it because we try to not think that far down the road," Balaz said of a possible venture to Santa Anita. "We are a little bit suspicious that way. But, obviously, that's something that we definitely are going to be considering. That's why we are here, right? We breed to race and that's what we want to do so I would think so, but we'll have our discussions."

The Canadian serves as the local prep for the E.P. Taylor, so connections will likely also consider that Grade 1 prize at their home course October 19.

The Ontario-bred's dam, Eye of the Sphynx, is a Smart Strike half-sister to multiple stakes victress Quiet Cleo, who produced 2000 Canadian Horse of the Year Quiet Resolve. Also Canada's champion turf horse of 2000, Quiet Resolve earned his signature win in the 1999 Atto Mile (now the Woodbine Mile).

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Deceptive Vision proves the real deal in Canadian

Deceptive Vision earned her first stakes win in style, but it's uncertain if she'll advance to the BC Filly & Mare Turf (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Sam-Son Farm's homebred Deceptive Vision has been knocking on the door in stakes company, and the lightly-raced blueblood duly burst through with a convincing score in Sunday's Grade 2, $305,250 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine. While this "Win and You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf marked her career highlight, it proved to be a lowlight for 3-2 favorite Lexie Lou, who faded to an uncharacteristic last.

Deceptive Vision was bred for success as a full sister to Canadian champion Eye of the Leopard, the 2009 Queen's Plate hero, and to multiple stakes winner and Grade 2-placed Hotep, the runner-up in the 2010 Queen's Plate. The trio of classy siblings are all by A.P. Indy and out of Canadian champion Eye of the Sphynx, who won the 2004 Woodbine Oaks.

Third to Solid Appeal in the May 25 Nassau in her stakes debut, and just mugged on the line in the July 6 Dance Smartly over this same about 1 1/8-mile trip, Deceptive Vision was the beaten favorite in both. With reigning Queen's Plate, Woodbine Oaks and Wonder Where star Lexie Lou monopolizing the attention here, Deceptive Vision went off as the 9-2 third choice, and proved an overlay.

As usual, La Tia scampered out to her favorite spot on the front and rattled off splits of :23 3/5 and :47 1/5 on the good turf. Skylander Girl and Lexie Lou stalked, until the favorite surprisingly beat a retreat on the far turn. Lexie Lou dropped back to the tail of the field, and jockey Patrick Husbands wrapped up on her, allowing her to gallop home in her own time.

Meanwhile, Deceptive Vision had been nestled off the pace in a ground-saving fifth. Switched out by Eurico Rosa da Silva to deliver her challenge down the lane, the Malcolm Pierce filly uncorked a powerful late kick to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Deceptive Vision stopped the teletimer in 1:47 4/5 and furnished an $11.30 win mutuel.

"She's a good filly," Pierce observed. "We always thought she was a good filly and she settled inside the speed today, which is the key to her. Last time she led all the way and just got caught at the wire, but today she ran a great race.

"We spent a long time getting this filly to settle and getting her off the lead because her last two races she has been kind of headstrong and it's hard to win these kind of races on the lead all the way."

"Malcolm asked me to just hide her, to put her behind horses and she is going to relax for you," da Silva said. "He was very, very confident. I put her behind and I wanted to stay behind as (long) as possible. When I came home she was running relaxed and when I asked her she just kicked from there. She is a very, very nice filly."

Royal Fury closed for runner-up honors by 1 3/4 lengths, and La Tia easily held third by 4 3/4 lengths from the deep-closing Meri Shika. Dance Again, the other runner representing Sam-Son and Pierce, reported home fifth, and Industrial Policy, Savvy Hester, Skylander Girl, Solid Appeal and Lexie Lou rounded out the order of finish.

Deceptive Vision's scorecard now stands at 7-4-2-1, $349,165. Debuting late in her juvenile season in 2012, the bay finished second in a seven-furlong maiden on the Woodbine Polytrack to Coffee Clique, who went on to win this year's Just a Game and Churchill Distaff Turf Mile. Deceptive Vision then shipped to Fair Grounds for the winter of 2012-13, and quickly broke her maiden and cleared her entry-level allowance condition, both on the dirt.

Sidelined for exactly one year, Deceptive Vision resurfaced at the historic New Orleans oval on February 22 and acted as if she'd never been away. She handily captured a second-level allowance in her turf debut, an effort that propelled her into her aforementioned stakes tries back at Woodbine.

Rick Balaz of Sam-Son Farm wasn't ready to commit to the Breeders' Cup just yet.

"We haven't talked about it because we try to not think that far down the road," Balaz said of a possible venture to Santa Anita. "We are a little bit suspicious that way. But, obviously, that's something that we definitely are going to be considering. That's why we are here, right? We breed to race and that's what we want to do so I would think so, but we'll have our discussions."

The Canadian serves as the local prep for the E.P. Taylor, so connections will likely also consider that Grade 1 prize at their home course October 19.

The Ontario-bred's dam, Eye of the Sphynx, is a Smart Strike half-sister to multiple stakes victress Quiet Cleo, who produced 2000 Canadian Horse of the Year Quiet Resolve. Also Canada's champion turf horse of 2000, Quiet Resolve earned his signature win in the 1999 Atto Mile (now the Woodbine Mile).

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Baltic Baroness reigns in Prix Vermeille; Ruler of the World, Ectot join Arc picture

Baltic Baroness handed defending champion Treve her third straight defeat this year when taking the Group 1, €350,000 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp on Sunday.

Steadily progressive this term without hinting that she could win a race of this status, the filly nevertheless hails from the Andre Fabre stable, and France's long-time dominant figure once again worked his magic.

Keen while racing early on the front end under Maxime Guyon, the bay miss was handed the lead soon after from Pomology and granted the ideal gap down on the rail as that leader drifted off a true line with 300 meters remaining. Overhauling the previously unbeaten British raider rival a furlong later, Baltic Baroness dug in for the win as the expected overdrive of Treve failed to kick in.

Last year's winner never looked entirely comfortable, as she had in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot when last seen, and stayed on at one pace.

"She is a nice filly who has been improving, but she's not in the Arc so I'll have to speak to the owner," Fabre explained about Baltic Baroness. "She is also ground-dependant, as she needs it at least good and we don't know how it will ride in three weeks' time. It could be the Breeders' Cup, but I'll talk to the owner."

Treve's trainer Criquette Head-Maarek refused to rule out a defence of Treve's crown in the Arc.

"I think she ran a good race, as she was missing training and obviously needed the run," she said. "She came a bit wide and was hanging late on. It is a little firm, but not that firm and there is a lot of grass so that is not an excuse. I keep the faith and would (like) to see her at the start at the Arc and I hope Sheikh Joaan will let me run her."

Booking a classic ticket with a win in Saint-Cloud's Prix Cleopatre going 10 1/2 furlongs in May, Baltic Baroness beat only one rival when 10th behind Treve in the Prix de Diane over that trip at Chantilly in June, and was seen only once more in 2013 when fourth in the Prix de Royallieu tried over 12 1/2 furlongs at Longchamp in October.

There were early clues this season that Fabre still believed in the Gestut Ammerland homebred as he took her down the Prix d'Harcourt-Prix Ganay route, but she could manage only fourth and sixth placings, respectively, in those two 10-furlong contests at this track in the space of three weeks in April. Meeting traffic when an unlucky fifth in the Prix Corrida back over the Cleopatre track and trip on May 23, her trainer opted for two confidence boosts over 10 furlongs, and the Shamardal four-year-old duly regained the winning thread in the June 25 Grand Prix de Compiegne and Maisons-Laffitte's Prix de la Pepiniere on July 20.

Baltic Baroness's second dam is Deutsches Derby heroine Borgia while her third dam, Britannia, won the Deutsches St Leger.

Last year's Epsom Derby hero Ruler of the World came back into the Arc picture off a lengthy absence and ended up making a huge impression to provide Frankie Dettori with a timely fillip in the Group 2, €130,000 Prix Foy one race after the Vermeille.

Sent straight to the front in an unexpected move, the Galileo bay -- who had been off since finishing 13th in the March 29 Dubai World Cup at Meydan -- toyed with his rivals and, when kicking clear in early straight, was quickly beyond reach.

Still relatively lightly-raced, Ruler of the World is certain to progress for this re-introduction as he did 12 months ago when following a second in the Prix Niel and seventh in the Arc with a third in Ascot's Champion Stakes for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Al Shaqab's Racing Advisor Harry Herbert is of that opinion.

"This is another bullet to fire in the Arc and is a great training performance from Aidan," he said. "It was also a superb ride from Frankie and he's obviously back to his best and will come on for that."

"Aidan left it to me, but he said the key thing is he stays a mile and a half well so don't let it turn into a French sprint," added Dettori, who is off Treve but now has a leading contender to partner. "Going to the start, he was very willing and in the last three furlongs I made sure we were running and he's a very good horse and an honor for me to ride. I would say that with a bit of cut in the ground, he'll be even better."

"He has run well and is obviously much better on this faster ground, but was a little bit rusty and was blowing afterwards," Khalid Abdullah's Racing Manager Teddy Grimthorpe commented after Flintshire stayed on for second. "He will improve, so we'll talk about the Arc."

Ruler of the World, a half-brother to five-time Group 1 winner Duke of Marmalade, hails from the potent sire-producing family of A.P. Indy, Summer Squall and Lemon Drop Kid.

Like Ruler of the World, Ectot put himself back into Arc consideration when victorious in the Group 2, €130,000 Prix Niel earlier on Longchamp's Sunday program.

Not seen since winning the April 13 Prix de Fontainebleau going a mile at Longchamp, the Hurricane Run sophomore gave a hint of the monster he could yet be here when staking a valid claim to the Arc in three weeks' time.

France's premier juvenile of 2013 after wins in the Prix des Chenes over a mile of this circuit in September and the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud in November, the imposing bay continued the thread in his return when beating subsequent Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French Two Thousand Guineas) winner Karakontie in the Fontainebleau, which acts as that classic's traditional prep.

Injured soon after and forced to sit out the summer Classics, Ectot entered Sunday's course-and-distance prep for the main showcase with healthy vibes surrounding him while sporting the Al Shaqab Racing silks after that operation had bought a half share.

Anchored in last early by Gregory Benoist, the free-runner made effortless progress down the outer in early stretch and rolled to the front with his rider still motionless passing the quarter-pole. Shaken up soon after, Ectot appeared to idle as Teletext closed in and gave extra when that rival came to his flanks.

For the winning jockey, the result created a quandary, as he also has Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French One Thousand Guineas) and Prix de Diane (French Oaks) heroine Avenir Certain to consider in the main event. In a week when Dettori received the news that he was jocked off Treve, the Italian may be looking at that as a blessing if Benoist opts for the filly and leaves the ride on Ectot free.

"It's a great relief, as I felt some pressure," trainer Elie Lellouche said. "I knew he was training and doing well, but there is always a concern about the distance. He erased all doubts about that in great style and he really is a top-class horse. Maybe he moved a bit too early, but I didn't want him to be boxed in so the jockey did well. Obviously, in the last 100 yards he blew up and showed he needed the race and that is to be expected after such a long lay-off. He will definitely come on a lot for that and will be back in three weeks' time."

"That was amazing," added Al Shaqab's Racing Advisor Harry Herbert. "We are blessed to have this horse with all his potential. He is obviously very good, goes on any ground and he's been off a long time. This is almost a bonus, as he has to improve considerably and he is certainly a force to be reckoned with."

"He has run a great race and I just wish the ground had been like that on the day of the Grand Prix de Paris, but that's history now," Pascal Bary said of runner-up Teletext. "He will not run in the Arc, as he is supposed to go to Saudi Arabia now."

If there was a hard-luck story in the race, it was the strong-finishing Adelaide, who had been temporarily caught in a pocket as the winner glided down the outer.

Also of significance at Longchamp on Sunday was the Group 1, €450,000 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, which was captured by Charm Spirit.

Thierry Jarnet was quick to utilize his mount's early speed to gain a perfect spot in third against the rail and he settled into an easy rhythm tracking the outsider Mogadishio with Toronado placed handily on his outer. As the leader began to falter in the straight, a dream seam opened up on the fence and Charm Spirit was through without hesitation to join with the Queen Anne hero with 300 meters remaining.

Forging a short lead soon after, he dug in to hold Toronado at bay as that rival's stablemate, Guineas winner Night of Thunder, stayed on into third.

"This is a very good colt and with four group wins from five starts this year his record speaks for itself," trainer Freddie Head stated. "He was fresh from a break after the Jean Prat, but had trained very well in the lead-up. He is a fighter and the kind that never wins by far, but he gets the job done."

"Both have run good races; maybe Toronado was a bit too handy, but we feared that there would be a lack of pace. Night of Thunder is coming back to his best, so we'll discuss where they go with all involved," trainer Richard Hannon said of Toronado and Night of Thunder.

Off the mark in a conditions event going seven furlongs at Longchamp in September, Charm Spirit was third in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere back over the same course and distance on Arc day before returning to capture Maisons-Laffitte's Prix Djebel again at that distance on April 3.

While Head believed he had strong claims for victory in the May 3 Two Thousand Guineas, the bay son of Invincible Spirit was a respectable fifth in a strong renewal of the Newmarket classic before returning to his native country to annex the Prix Paul de Moussac going a mile at Chantilly on June 7.

That serves as a prep for the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly over the same course and distance, and Charm Spirit duly followed up in that Bastille Day highlight. Despite winning with something in hand there, it appeared that the sophomore had plenty to prove taking on Toronado, but his astute trainer was in bullish mood as he prepared him for Sunday's race.

"I don't think he'll go to the Breeders' Cup this year -- if he stays in training, maybe he will next year and I might think about the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (at Ascot on October 18) instead," Head said.

Longchamp featured a pair of Group 3s on the undercard to both begin and wrap up the group action on Sunday.

Mirza kicked off Sunday's card by winning the €80,000 Prix du Petit Couvert after dead-heating in the race 12 months ago. Joining Caspian Prince up front after the first call, he was pushed into a clear advantage approaching the furlong marker and held his compatriot Move in Time for the landmark success.

Only joined in the last strides by Dibajj, the Oasis Dream gelding emulated his dam Millyant, who also collected two editions of this prize in 1994 and 1995.

Demonstrating his enjoyment of the cross-channel hop when winning the July 31 Prix du Cercle going five furlongs at Deauville, Mirza prepped for this mission with a creditable second in the Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes at that East Yorkshire venue on August 30.

"He has a pretty good record now and has got stronger with age," trainer Rae Guest said. "He handles good or good-to-firm ground now, whereas he couldn't in the past and all being well he'll back in three weeks' time for the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye."

Bathyrhon completed the group competition by taking the €80,000 Prix Gladiateur. The Monsun four-year-old tracked a decent early pace in fourth as High Jinx pointed his toe up front. Still moving conspicuously well in midfield as the runners straightened for home, the bay quickened well to lead at the eighth-pole and stayed on strongly to land France's oldest flat race, and a career high, in good style.

Bathyrhon hit the board in the May 9 Prix Bedel at Lyon-Parilly, ran fifth in the June 1 Grand Prix de Chantilly and hit the board again when tackling a 10-panel conditions heat back at that venue in his penultimate go on July 17. The Pia Brandt trainee wasn't beaten far when last of four in the August 24 Prix Kergorlay at Deauville in his first attempt over an extended trip last out.

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Baltic Baroness reigns in Prix Vermeille; Ruler of the World, Ectot join Arc picture

Baltic Baroness handed defending champion Treve her third straight defeat this year when taking the Group 1, €350,000 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp on Sunday.

Steadily progressive this term without hinting that she could win a race of this status, the filly nevertheless hails from the Andre Fabre stable, and France's long-time dominant figure once again worked his magic.

Keen while racing early on the front end under Maxime Guyon, the bay miss was handed the lead soon after from Pomology and granted the ideal gap down on the rail as that leader drifted off a true line with 300 meters remaining. Overhauling the previously unbeaten British raider rival a furlong later, Baltic Baroness dug in for the win as the expected overdrive of Treve failed to kick in.

Last year's winner never looked entirely comfortable, as she had in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot when last seen, and stayed on at one pace.

"She is a nice filly who has been improving, but she's not in the Arc so I'll have to speak to the owner," Fabre explained about Baltic Baroness. "She is also ground-dependant, as she needs it at least good and we don't know how it will ride in three weeks' time. It could be the Breeders' Cup, but I'll talk to the owner."

Treve's trainer Criquette Head-Maarek refused to rule out a defence of Treve's crown in the Arc.

"I think she ran a good race, as she was missing training and obviously needed the run," she said. "She came a bit wide and was hanging late on. It is a little firm, but not that firm and there is a lot of grass so that is not an excuse. I keep the faith and would (like) to see her at the start at the Arc and I hope Sheikh Joaan will let me run her."

Booking a classic ticket with a win in Saint-Cloud's Prix Cleopatre going 10 1/2 furlongs in May, Baltic Baroness beat only one rival when 10th behind Treve in the Prix de Diane over that trip at Chantilly in June, and was seen only once more in 2013 when fourth in the Prix de Royallieu tried over 12 1/2 furlongs at Longchamp in October.

There were early clues this season that Fabre still believed in the Gestut Ammerland homebred as he took her down the Prix d'Harcourt-Prix Ganay route, but she could manage only fourth and sixth placings, respectively, in those two 10-furlong contests at this track in the space of three weeks in April. Meeting traffic when an unlucky fifth in the Prix Corrida back over the Cleopatre track and trip on May 23, her trainer opted for two confidence boosts over 10 furlongs, and the Shamardal four-year-old duly regained the winning thread in the June 25 Grand Prix de Compiegne and Maisons-Laffitte's Prix de la Pepiniere on July 20.

Baltic Baroness's second dam is Deutsches Derby heroine Borgia while her third dam, Britannia, won the Deutsches St Leger.

Last year's Epsom Derby hero Ruler of the World came back into the Arc picture off a lengthy absence and ended up making a huge impression to provide Frankie Dettori with a timely fillip in the Group 2, €130,000 Prix Foy one race after the Vermeille.

Sent straight to the front in an unexpected move, the Galileo bay -- who had been off since finishing 13th in the March 29 Dubai World Cup at Meydan -- toyed with his rivals and, when kicking clear in early straight, was quickly beyond reach.

Still relatively lightly-raced, Ruler of the World is certain to progress for this re-introduction as he did 12 months ago when following a second in the Prix Niel and seventh in the Arc with a third in Ascot's Champion Stakes for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Al Shaqab's Racing Advisor Harry Herbert is of that opinion.

"This is another bullet to fire in the Arc and is a great training performance from Aidan," he said. "It was also a superb ride from Frankie and he's obviously back to his best and will come on for that."

"Aidan left it to me, but he said the key thing is he stays a mile and a half well so don't let it turn into a French sprint," added Dettori, who is off Treve but now has a leading contender to partner. "Going to the start, he was very willing and in the last three furlongs I made sure we were running and he's a very good horse and an honor for me to ride. I would say that with a bit of cut in the ground, he'll be even better."

"He has run well and is obviously much better on this faster ground, but was a little bit rusty and was blowing afterwards," Khalid Abdullah's Racing Manager Teddy Grimthorpe commented after Flintshire stayed on for second. "He will improve, so we'll talk about the Arc."

Ruler of the World, a half-brother to five-time Group 1 winner Duke of Marmalade, hails from the potent sire-producing family of A.P. Indy, Summer Squall and Lemon Drop Kid.

Like Ruler of the World, Ectot put himself back into Arc consideration when victorious in the Group 2, €130,000 Prix Niel earlier on Longchamp's Sunday program.

Not seen since winning the April 13 Prix de Fontainebleau going a mile at Longchamp, the Hurricane Run sophomore gave a hint of the monster he could yet be here when staking a valid claim to the Arc in three weeks' time.

France's premier juvenile of 2013 after wins in the Prix des Chenes over a mile of this circuit in September and the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud in November, the imposing bay continued the thread in his return when beating subsequent Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French Two Thousand Guineas) winner Karakontie in the Fontainebleau, which acts as that classic's traditional prep.

Injured soon after and forced to sit out the summer Classics, Ectot entered Sunday's course-and-distance prep for the main showcase with healthy vibes surrounding him while sporting the Al Shaqab Racing silks after that operation had bought a half share.

Anchored in last early by Gregory Benoist, the free-runner made effortless progress down the outer in early stretch and rolled to the front with his rider still motionless passing the quarter-pole. Shaken up soon after, Ectot appeared to idle as Teletext closed in and gave extra when that rival came to his flanks.

For the winning jockey, the result created a quandary, as he also has Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French One Thousand Guineas) and Prix de Diane (French Oaks) heroine Avenir Certain to consider in the main event. In a week when Dettori received the news that he was jocked off Treve, the Italian may be looking at that as a blessing if Benoist opts for the filly and leaves the ride on Ectot free.

"It's a great relief, as I felt some pressure," trainer Elie Lellouche said. "I knew he was training and doing well, but there is always a concern about the distance. He erased all doubts about that in great style and he really is a top-class horse. Maybe he moved a bit too early, but I didn't want him to be boxed in so the jockey did well. Obviously, in the last 100 yards he blew up and showed he needed the race and that is to be expected after such a long lay-off. He will definitely come on a lot for that and will be back in three weeks' time."

"That was amazing," added Al Shaqab's Racing Advisor Harry Herbert. "We are blessed to have this horse with all his potential. He is obviously very good, goes on any ground and he's been off a long time. This is almost a bonus, as he has to improve considerably and he is certainly a force to be reckoned with."

"He has run a great race and I just wish the ground had been like that on the day of the Grand Prix de Paris, but that's history now," Pascal Bary said of runner-up Teletext. "He will not run in the Arc, as he is supposed to go to Saudi Arabia now."

If there was a hard-luck story in the race, it was the strong-finishing Adelaide, who had been temporarily caught in a pocket as the winner glided down the outer.

Also of significance at Longchamp on Sunday was the Group 1, €450,000 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, which was captured by Charm Spirit.

Thierry Jarnet was quick to utilize his mount's early speed to gain a perfect spot in third against the rail and he settled into an easy rhythm tracking the outsider Mogadishio with Toronado placed handily on his outer. As the leader began to falter in the straight, a dream seam opened up on the fence and Charm Spirit was through without hesitation to join with the Queen Anne hero with 300 meters remaining.

Forging a short lead soon after, he dug in to hold Toronado at bay as that rival's stablemate, Guineas winner Night of Thunder, stayed on into third.

"This is a very good colt and with four group wins from five starts this year his record speaks for itself," trainer Freddie Head stated. "He was fresh from a break after the Jean Prat, but had trained very well in the lead-up. He is a fighter and the kind that never wins by far, but he gets the job done."

"Both have run good races; maybe Toronado was a bit too handy, but we feared that there would be a lack of pace. Night of Thunder is coming back to his best, so we'll discuss where they go with all involved," trainer Richard Hannon said of Toronado and Night of Thunder.

Off the mark in a conditions event going seven furlongs at Longchamp in September, Charm Spirit was third in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere back over the same course and distance on Arc day before returning to capture Maisons-Laffitte's Prix Djebel again at that distance on April 3.

While Head believed he had strong claims for victory in the May 3 Two Thousand Guineas, the bay son of Invincible Spirit was a respectable fifth in a strong renewal of the Newmarket classic before returning to his native country to annex the Prix Paul de Moussac going a mile at Chantilly on June 7.

That serves as a prep for the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly over the same course and distance, and Charm Spirit duly followed up in that Bastille Day highlight. Despite winning with something in hand there, it appeared that the sophomore had plenty to prove taking on Toronado, but his astute trainer was in bullish mood as he prepared him for Sunday's race.

"I don't think he'll go to the Breeders' Cup this year -- if he stays in training, maybe he will next year and I might think about the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (at Ascot on October 18) instead," Head said.

Longchamp featured a pair of Group 3s on the undercard to both begin and wrap up the group action on Sunday.

Mirza kicked off Sunday's card by winning the €80,000 Prix du Petit Couvert after dead-heating in the race 12 months ago. Joining Caspian Prince up front after the first call, he was pushed into a clear advantage approaching the furlong marker and held his compatriot Move in Time for the landmark success.

Only joined in the last strides by Dibajj, the Oasis Dream gelding emulated his dam Millyant, who also collected two editions of this prize in 1994 and 1995.

Demonstrating his enjoyment of the cross-channel hop when winning the July 31 Prix du Cercle going five furlongs at Deauville, Mirza prepped for this mission with a creditable second in the Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes at that East Yorkshire venue on August 30.

"He has a pretty good record now and has got stronger with age," trainer Rae Guest said. "He handles good or good-to-firm ground now, whereas he couldn't in the past and all being well he'll back in three weeks' time for the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye."

Bathyrhon completed the group competition by taking the €80,000 Prix Gladiateur. The Monsun four-year-old tracked a decent early pace in fourth as High Jinx pointed his toe up front. Still moving conspicuously well in midfield as the runners straightened for home, the bay quickened well to lead at the eighth-pole and stayed on strongly to land France's oldest flat race, and a career high, in good style.

Bathyrhon hit the board in the May 9 Prix Bedel at Lyon-Parilly, ran fifth in the June 1 Grand Prix de Chantilly and hit the board again when tackling a 10-panel conditions heat back at that venue in his penultimate go on July 17. The Pia Brandt trainee wasn't beaten far when last of four in the August 24 Prix Kergorlay at Deauville in his first attempt over an extended trip last out.

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Brown Panther pounces in Irish St Leger; Gleneagles flies to National success for Ballydoyle

Agonizingly close when a neck third in the Group 1, €300,000 Irish St Leger two years ago, Brown Panther was in a different category this time as he overpowered some high-class rivals under an inspired ride from Richard Kingscote to finally gain a top-level triumph at The Curragh.

On his best days, Michael Owen's pride and joy is a forced to be reckoned with and has never been far from the main stage with near misses including a second in Doncaster's 2011 St Leger at Doncaster. Things fell into place when the bay was allowed to bowl along en route to a career-best win in last year's Goodwood Cup going two miles and, two starts later, he was finishing a game eighth in the Melbourne Cup. While some who contest Flemington's highlight take several months to regain their momentum, Brown Panther hit the ground running this term and duly annexed the May 9 Ormonde Stakes at Chester May 9 and Henry II Stakes under a subsequent penalty at Sandown 20 days later.

Turning for home in the June 19 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, he was looking all over the winner before the extreme trip took its toll, and he dropped to fourth before running a labored second in Longchamp's Prix Maurice de Nieuil going 14 furlongs on July 13. Had it not been for that display and his subsequent below-par effort in third attempting back-to-back renewals of the Goodwood Cup at the end of July, he would surely have started shorter than 14-1, but he alienated even more supporters by getting on his toes during the preliminaries.

Once moving out of the stalls, Brown Panther was allowed to stride up behind Ballydoyle's pacesetter Eye of the Storm and soon had several lengths to play with as the main group sat and waited. Sent on at the top of the straight by Kingscote, the Shirocco six-year-old never looked likely to cave in or let Leading Light get close enough to join any kind of battle.

"We've come up short a few times at Group 1 standard, but he's always tried his heart out and today everything has come right," trainer Tom Dascombe said. "He's our flagship horse and I wish we had more like him, as he's going to be retiring next year or the year after. If he's alright, he'll probably go for the Group 2 British Champions Long Distance Cup (at Ascot on October 18)."

Leading Light's trainer, Aidan O'Brien, was left pondering what might have been had the Gold Cup hero been able to trade blows with the runaway winner.

"It was a bit of a mess, as a big gap developed and it didn't suit our horse, as he's very idle and will only beat a horse a neck or a half-length," he said. "He's not a horse who makes a lot of ground on a horse, but it didn't work and was one of those days.

"It's possible he could run again this year, but the boys are anxious that he is one for the Gold Cup next year. He could finish off in the Group 1 Prix du Cadran (at Longchamp on October 5), but we'll decide in the next week or so."

O'Brien still saddled a Group 1 winner on the day when sending out Gleneagles in the €300,000 Vincent O'Brien National Stakes.

Settled last early by Joseph O'Brien, the Galileo juvenile was delivered wide to take the lead with 1 1/2 furlongs to race and, despite veering right, asserted from Toscanini to provide his trainer with a ninth renewal as he chases his predecessor Dr. Vincent O'Brien's record of 15.

"He's a lovely horse with plenty of pace and a real good attitude," his rider said. "Today he had to fight and he did that. The second and third are solid horses and he's put it to bed well."

"It was a very solid performance and he did everything right, just being beaten by a better horse," said Toscanini's trainer, Michael Halford. "It was a great run at the top level and he has probably shown improved form.

"That is it for the year. We will see how he winters and, as a May foal, he should do well. He likes good ground and travels very strongly in his races. We will find out next year if he stays further than seven furlongs."

Gleneagles followed a fourth in his June 6 debut over Sunday's seven-furlong trip at Leopardstown with success in a June 29 maiden over this track and trip in which Australia was second, and which his stable's former stars Roderic O'Connor, Rip Van Winkle, Duke of Marmalade and Horatio Nelson all won. Going on to a first black-type score in the July 24 Tyros Stakes back at Leopardstown, the bay was at his most impressive when dominating the Futurity Stakes, again at this course and distance a month later.

"He quickens very well and then doesn't do much, so we'd have to be very happy," Aidan O'Brien noted. "He could be a (Group 1) Dewhurst horse (at Newmarket on October 17), but he's had plenty of runs already and doesn't need it for experience. If it comes, he won't mind and will be up for it."

Gleneagles became the second Group 1 winner on the year for his dam, You'resothrilling, who is a full sister to Giant's Causeway. The mare also produced this year's Irish One Thousand Guineas heroine, Marvellous, who is a full sister to Gleneagles.

Stepping up off a debut success going six furlongs over Kempton's Polytrack on May 21 to beat subsequent Del Mar Debutante and Sorrento victress Sunset Glow in Royal Ascot's June 20 Albany Stakes over three-quarter mile trip, Cursory Glance was crying out for a rise in distance when second to the ferociously fast Tiggy Wiggy in York's Lowther Stakes last out on August 21.

She got just that in the Group 1, €300,000 Moyglare Stud one race before the National while going seven furlongs. Keen initially before finding cover in sixth, the bay was pushed along for a few strides in early stretch and had worked her way to the front with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining. Gaining a length on her rivals soon after, Cursory Glance needed to be kept up to her work by jockey Andrea Atzeni as Lucida stayed on strongly with Found, but was game and earned her due reward.

"This is a filly we have always thought a lot of," trainer Roger Varian said. "Her homework has been top-class all year and her form on the track has backed that up. It's great to win a Group 1 with her. She has a lot of class and a mile should be well within her compass next season."

"It was a very good run by Lucida, but I feel she was a bit unlucky as she was short of room over a furlong out," trainer Jim Bolger commented about the runner-up. "We will see how she is after the race and there are several options that we will discuss, such as the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes (at Newmarket on September 27) and the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes (at Newmarket on September 26)."

Tarfasha kicked off the group action at The Curragh when taking the Group 2, €200,000 Blandford going 1 1/4 miles under jockey Pat Smullen.

Settled in third early behind the rabbit for the returning Chicquita, she took over from Shell House passing the quarter-pole and was always holding last year's Irish Oaks heroine Chicquita at safe distance in the run to the line.

"That is probably her trip, as she ran out of stamina at Epsom didn't get the mile and a half in the Oaks here as well," trainer Dermot Weld explained. "I'll ask Sheikh Hamdan about the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera (at Longchamp on October 5) and the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mares Turf."

Tarfasha was introduced over a mile at Leopardstown last July and ran subsequent Beresford Stakes winner Geoffrey Chaucer to a neck when second before adding another renewal of the seven-furlong fillies' maiden to Dermot Weld's record at the Galway Festival at the end of that month. Third in the C. L. Weld Park Stakes over the latter trip in her juvenile finale in September, the chestnut daughter of Teofilo returned to take the May 14 Blue Wind Stakes going 10 furlongs at Naas and earn a tilt at the Epsom Oaks.

Tarfasha was no match for Taghrooda, however, when second-best in that June 6 classic. Below-par when fifth in the Irish Oaks last out on July 19, she provided some compensation with Sunday's clear-cut success.

Stepper Point followed Tarfasha into The Curragh's winner's circle by triumphing in the Group 3, €100,000 Flying Five with Martin Dwyer aboard.

Uniquely well qualified to assess the worth of Sole Power, having finished runner-up to the brilliant sprinter in both the June 17 King's Stand at Royal Ascot and August 22 Nunthorpe at York, the Kyllachy five-year-old was able to enjoy a day away from that rival and took full advantage for a deserved first group success.

Despite missing out on previous class drops when only sixth in the Sandown Charge on July 5 and fourth in the August 1 King George at Goodwood in between his more exalted efforts, Stepper Point made no mistake this time, blasting from the gate to get on the lead up the stand's rail and coming home under a hand ride for trainer William Muir.

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Departing breezes bullet half-mile ahead of Homecoming Classic

Departing hopes to leave his subpar Whitney run well behind him (Coady Photography)
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire Departing breezed a half-mile in :48 Sunday over the fast dirt at Churchill Downs ahead of the September 27 Homecoming Classic.

The four-year-old War Front gelding recorded the fastest time of 66 workers at the distance for trainer Al Stall Jr.

"Everything went well this morning," Stall said. "He's a great work horse; he always has been. That's just what he does when he's right and we were all happy with it."

Departing rose to fame last season with victories in the West Virginia Derby, Super Derby and Illinois Derby while also placing in the Louisiana Derby. He started his 2014 campaign by taking an April 30 optional claimer at Churchill and followed that with a third-place effort in the Stephen Foster Handicap on June 14.

In his only other start this year, the bay finished eighth in the August 2 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga, leaving his conditioner a bit puzzled.

"He threw a clunker in his last race; for whatever reason, we don't know," Stall reflected. "He's been physically and mentally fine since."

Stall said the Homecoming Classic was the only upcoming stakes he had Departing nominated for and that they were excited to have him back running another race at his home track.

"We expect him to bounce back nicely in the Homecoming Classic, where he can run right out of his stall, so we're looking forward to it," Stall stated.

The $125,000 Homecoming Classic, run at the distance of 1 1/8 miles, drew 24 nominations as one of two stakes on September 27 under the Twin Spires, along with the Grade 3, $100,000 Jefferson Cup, which attracted 25 sophomore nominees.

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Brown Panther pounces in Irish St Leger; Gleneagles flies to National success for Ballydoyle

Agonizingly close when a neck third in the Group 1, €300,000 Irish St Leger two years ago, Brown Panther was in a different category this time as he overpowered some high-class rivals under an inspired ride from Richard Kingscote to finally gain a top-level triumph at The Curragh.

On his best days, Michael Owen's pride and joy is a forced to be reckoned with and has never been far from the main stage with near misses including a second in Doncaster's 2011 St Leger at Doncaster. Things fell into place when the bay was allowed to bowl along en route to a career-best win in last year's Goodwood Cup going two miles and, two starts later, he was finishing a game eighth in the Melbourne Cup. While some who contest Flemington's highlight take several months to regain their momentum, Brown Panther hit the ground running this term and duly annexed the May 9 Ormonde Stakes at Chester May 9 and Henry II Stakes under a subsequent penalty at Sandown 20 days later.

Turning for home in the June 19 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, he was looking all over the winner before the extreme trip took its toll, and he dropped to fourth before running a labored second in Longchamp's Prix Maurice de Nieuil going 14 furlongs on July 13. Had it not been for that display and his subsequent below-par effort in third attempting back-to-back renewals of the Goodwood Cup at the end of July, he would surely have started shorter than 14-1, but he alienated even more supporters by getting on his toes during the preliminaries.

Once moving out of the stalls, Brown Panther was allowed to stride up behind Ballydoyle's pacesetter Eye of the Storm and soon had several lengths to play with as the main group sat and waited. Sent on at the top of the straight by Kingscote, the Shirocco six-year-old never looked likely to cave in or let Leading Light get close enough to join any kind of battle.

"We've come up short a few times at Group 1 standard, but he's always tried his heart out and today everything has come right," trainer Tom Dascombe said. "He's our flagship horse and I wish we had more like him, as he's going to be retiring next year or the year after. If he's alright, he'll probably go for the Group 2 British Champions Long Distance Cup (at Ascot on October 18)."

Leading Light's trainer, Aidan O'Brien, was left pondering what might have been had the Gold Cup hero been able to trade blows with the runaway winner.

"It was a bit of a mess, as a big gap developed and it didn't suit our horse, as he's very idle and will only beat a horse a neck or a half-length," he said. "He's not a horse who makes a lot of ground on a horse, but it didn't work and was one of those days.

"It's possible he could run again this year, but the boys are anxious that he is one for the Gold Cup next year. He could finish off in the Group 1 Prix du Cadran (at Longchamp on October 5), but we'll decide in the next week or so."

O'Brien still saddled a Group 1 winner on the day when sending out Gleneagles in the €300,000 Vincent O'Brien National Stakes.

Settled last early by Joseph O'Brien, the Galileo juvenile was delivered wide to take the lead with 1 1/2 furlongs to race and, despite veering right, asserted from Toscanini to provide his trainer with a ninth renewal as he chases his predecessor Dr. Vincent O'Brien's record of 15.

"He's a lovely horse with plenty of pace and a real good attitude," his rider said. "Today he had to fight and he did that. The second and third are solid horses and he's put it to bed well."

"It was a very solid performance and he did everything right, just being beaten by a better horse," said Toscanini's trainer, Michael Halford. "It was a great run at the top level and he has probably shown improved form.

"That is it for the year. We will see how he winters and, as a May foal, he should do well. He likes good ground and travels very strongly in his races. We will find out next year if he stays further than seven furlongs."

Gleneagles followed a fourth in his June 6 debut over Sunday's seven-furlong trip at Leopardstown with success in a June 29 maiden over this track and trip in which Australia was second, and which his stable's former stars Roderic O'Connor, Rip Van Winkle, Duke of Marmalade and Horatio Nelson all won. Going on to a first black-type score in the July 24 Tyros Stakes back at Leopardstown, the bay was at his most impressive when dominating the Futurity Stakes, again at this course and distance a month later.

"He quickens very well and then doesn't do much, so we'd have to be very happy," Aidan O'Brien noted. "He could be a (Group 1) Dewhurst horse (at Newmarket on October 17), but he's had plenty of runs already and doesn't need it for experience. If it comes, he won't mind and will be up for it."

Gleneagles became the second Group 1 winner on the year for his dam, You'resothrilling, who is a full sister to Giant's Causeway. The mare also produced this year's Irish One Thousand Guineas heroine, Marvellous, who is a full sister to Gleneagles.

Stepping up off a debut success going six furlongs over Kempton's Polytrack on May 21 to beat subsequent Del Mar Debutante and Sorrento victress Sunset Glow in Royal Ascot's June 20 Albany Stakes over three-quarter mile trip, Cursory Glance was crying out for a rise in distance when second to the ferociously fast Tiggy Wiggy in York's Lowther Stakes last out on August 21.

She got just that in the Group 1, €300,000 Moyglare Stud one race before the National while going seven furlongs. Keen initially before finding cover in sixth, the bay was pushed along for a few strides in early stretch and had worked her way to the front with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining. Gaining a length on her rivals soon after, Cursory Glance needed to be kept up to her work by jockey Andrea Atzeni as Lucida stayed on strongly with Found, but was game and earned her due reward.

"This is a filly we have always thought a lot of," trainer Roger Varian said. "Her homework has been top-class all year and her form on the track has backed that up. It's great to win a Group 1 with her. She has a lot of class and a mile should be well within her compass next season."

"It was a very good run by Lucida, but I feel she was a bit unlucky as she was short of room over a furlong out," trainer Jim Bolger commented about the runner-up. "We will see how she is after the race and there are several options that we will discuss, such as the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes (at Newmarket on September 27) and the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes (at Newmarket on September 26)."

Tarfasha kicked off the group action at The Curragh when taking the Group 2, €200,000 Blandford going 1 1/4 miles under jockey Pat Smullen.

Settled in third early behind the rabbit for the returning Chicquita, she took over from Shell House passing the quarter-pole and was always holding last year's Irish Oaks heroine Chicquita at safe distance in the run to the line.

"That is probably her trip, as she ran out of stamina at Epsom didn't get the mile and a half in the Oaks here as well," trainer Dermot Weld explained. "I'll ask Sheikh Hamdan about the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera (at Longchamp on October 5) and the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mares Turf."

Tarfasha was introduced over a mile at Leopardstown last July and ran subsequent Beresford Stakes winner Geoffrey Chaucer to a neck when second before adding another renewal of the seven-furlong fillies' maiden to Dermot Weld's record at the Galway Festival at the end of that month. Third in the C. L. Weld Park Stakes over the latter trip in her juvenile finale in September, the chestnut daughter of Teofilo returned to take the May 14 Blue Wind Stakes going 10 furlongs at Naas and earn a tilt at the Epsom Oaks.

Tarfasha was no match for Taghrooda, however, when second-best in that June 6 classic. Below-par when fifth in the Irish Oaks last out on July 19, she provided some compensation with Sunday's clear-cut success.

Stepper Point followed Tarfasha into The Curragh's winner's circle by triumphing in the Group 3, €100,000 Flying Five with Martin Dwyer aboard.

Uniquely well qualified to assess the worth of Sole Power, having finished runner-up to the brilliant sprinter in both the June 17 King's Stand at Royal Ascot and August 22 Nunthorpe at York, the Kyllachy five-year-old was able to enjoy a day away from that rival and took full advantage for a deserved first group success.

Despite missing out on previous class drops when only sixth in the Sandown Charge on July 5 and fourth in the August 1 King George at Goodwood in between his more exalted efforts, Stepper Point made no mistake this time, blasting from the gate to get on the lead up the stand's rail and coming home under a hand ride for trainer William Muir.

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Moquett maidens impress at Churchill

Owner Harry T. Rosenblum campaigned two impressive Churchill Downs maiden winners in three-year-old colt Tale of Honor on Friday and two-year-old colt Far Right on Saturday, both trained by Ron Moquett who indicated that patience had paid off for his owner.

"It's one of those things where he's had some nice horses in the barn and I had to keep telling him, 'We can't run just yet,'" Moquett said. "But I also told him, 'I promise you it will all pay off,' and it did. It was good that it happened back-to-back like it did, too."

Far Right captured Saturday's 7TH race, a competitive 6 1/2-furlong maiden contest, as the 9-1 fourth choice in a field of seven juveniles. He began the race stalking the leader Risk Parity in second through the opening quarter and half-mile, then took command of the lead in the stretch and drew away five-lengths clear at the wire.

"Anytime you can run that well with that caliber of well-bred two-year-olds, you're proud of it," Moquett said. "I was really proud, especially by the way in which he did it. I knew he had the ability."

Far Right, a two-year-old son of Notional, had made two starts prior to his maiden triumph, where he finished second in each. In his debut start at Keeneland he finished second to unbeaten Conquest Tsunami, who has since won a pair of Woodbine stakes, and in his second start was runner-up at Churchill to Cinco Charlie, who went on to win the Bashford Manor under the Twin Spires.

"I thought the betting public may have let him sneak off," Moquett noted. "He had only been beaten twice, both times where he finished second to horses that went on to win stakes in Cinco Charlie and Conquest Tsunami. But at the same time, that was the kind of race where everybody had a shot.

"I was really pleased with him. You might line them up the same next week and something different could have happened, so I'm glad we got the win."

Moquett was optimistic about the future of Far Right, although no official plans have been set just yet.

"We're going to let him tell us how far he can go," Moquett explained. "If I had to guess, I'd say a mile, a mile-and-a-sixteenth or maybe even further. At this stage of the game, allowances don't go very well. We'll just have to wait and see how it goes."

When asked if the Grade 1, $500,000 Breeders' Futurity on October 4 at Keeneland was out of the question for Far Right, Moquett replied, "Nothing is out of the question at this point. We're open to entertaining all options."

As for three-year-old Tale of Honor, who won his six-furlong maiden contest in the 10TH race by 1 3/4 lengths, Moquett said allowance company likely would be the next step.

"We'll point to an allowance race with Tale of Honor, maybe at Keeneland or we might wait until the November meet here at Churchill," Moquett remarked. "We always liked this horse quite a bit but we had a few setbacks with him. Luckily, the owner was cool enough to let me have the time to do right by the horse, and the horse returned the favor."

Tale of Honor, a Tale of the Cat gelding, was making just his second start following a sixth-place effort at Oaklawn Park on February 15.

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Departing breezes bullet half-mile ahead of Homecoming Classic

Departing hopes to leave his subpar Whitney run well behind him (Coady Photography)
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire Departing breezed a half-mile in :48 Sunday over the fast dirt at Churchill Downs ahead of the September 27 Homecoming Classic.

The four-year-old War Front gelding recorded the fastest time of 66 workers at the distance for trainer Al Stall Jr.

"Everything went well this morning," Stall said. "He's a great work horse; he always has been. That's just what he does when he's right and we were all happy with it."

Departing rose to fame last season with victories in the West Virginia Derby, Super Derby and Illinois Derby while also placing in the Louisiana Derby. He started his 2014 campaign by taking an April 30 optional claimer at Churchill and followed that with a third-place effort in the Stephen Foster Handicap on June 14.

In his only other start this year, the bay finished eighth in the August 2 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga, leaving his conditioner a bit puzzled.

"He threw a clunker in his last race; for whatever reason, we don't know," Stall reflected. "He's been physically and mentally fine since."

Stall said the Homecoming Classic was the only upcoming stakes he had Departing nominated for and that they were excited to have him back running another race at his home track.

"We expect him to bounce back nicely in the Homecoming Classic, where he can run right out of his stall, so we're looking forward to it," Stall stated.

The $125,000 Homecoming Classic, run at the distance of 1 1/8 miles, drew 24 nominations as one of two stakes on September 27 under the Twin Spires, along with the Grade 3, $100,000 Jefferson Cup, which attracted 25 sophomore nominees.

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Moquett maidens impress at Churchill

Owner Harry T. Rosenblum campaigned two impressive Churchill Downs maiden winners in three-year-old colt Tale of Honor on Friday and two-year-old colt Far Right on Saturday, both trained by Ron Moquett who indicated that patience had paid off for his owner.

"It's one of those things where he's had some nice horses in the barn and I had to keep telling him, 'We can't run just yet,'" Moquett said. "But I also told him, 'I promise you it will all pay off,' and it did. It was good that it happened back-to-back like it did, too."

Far Right captured Saturday's 7TH race, a competitive 6 1/2-furlong maiden contest, as the 9-1 fourth choice in a field of seven juveniles. He began the race stalking the leader Risk Parity in second through the opening quarter and half-mile, then took command of the lead in the stretch and drew away five-lengths clear at the wire.

"Anytime you can run that well with that caliber of well-bred two-year-olds, you're proud of it," Moquett said. "I was really proud, especially by the way in which he did it. I knew he had the ability."

Far Right, a two-year-old son of Notional, had made two starts prior to his maiden triumph, where he finished second in each. In his debut start at Keeneland he finished second to unbeaten Conquest Tsunami, who has since won a pair of Woodbine stakes, and in his second start was runner-up at Churchill to Cinco Charlie, who went on to win the Bashford Manor under the Twin Spires.

"I thought the betting public may have let him sneak off," Moquett noted. "He had only been beaten twice, both times where he finished second to horses that went on to win stakes in Cinco Charlie and Conquest Tsunami. But at the same time, that was the kind of race where everybody had a shot.

"I was really pleased with him. You might line them up the same next week and something different could have happened, so I'm glad we got the win."

Moquett was optimistic about the future of Far Right, although no official plans have been set just yet.

"We're going to let him tell us how far he can go," Moquett explained. "If I had to guess, I'd say a mile, a mile-and-a-sixteenth or maybe even further. At this stage of the game, allowances don't go very well. We'll just have to wait and see how it goes."

When asked if the Grade 1, $500,000 Breeders' Futurity on October 4 at Keeneland was out of the question for Far Right, Moquett replied, "Nothing is out of the question at this point. We're open to entertaining all options."

As for three-year-old Tale of Honor, who won his six-furlong maiden contest in the 10TH race by 1 3/4 lengths, Moquett said allowance company likely would be the next step.

"We'll point to an allowance race with Tale of Honor, maybe at Keeneland or we might wait until the November meet here at Churchill," Moquett remarked. "We always liked this horse quite a bit but we had a few setbacks with him. Luckily, the owner was cool enough to let me have the time to do right by the horse, and the horse returned the favor."

Tale of Honor, a Tale of the Cat gelding, was making just his second start following a sixth-place effort at Oaklawn Park on February 15.

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In brief

Khalid Abdullah's star sophomore miler Kingman (Invincible Spirit) may be forced to miss the Queen Elizabeth II S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot October 18 after connections revealed he is being treated for a throat infection discovered Saturday. "Obviously it is less than ideal for a preparation going into a big race, but (the QEII) is still a month away," Racing Manager Teddy Grimthorpe said. "We would be hopeful of still getting him to the QEII, but it is far from certain. We would want to be sure that the horse is 100 percent fit before we do anything, and then we can make a decision on his immediate future and also on his whole future." Grimthorpe noted that if Kingman, the winner of this year's Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1), St James's Palace S. (Eng-G1), Sussex S. (Eng-G1) and Prix Jacques le Marois (Fr-G1), missed the QEII he could travel to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1)...

Triple Group 1 winner Australia (Galileo), who suffered a shock defeat when second to The Grey Gatsby (Mastercraftsman) in Saturday's Irish Champion S. (Ire-G1), is likely to head to either the Queen Elizabeth II S. (Eng-G1) over a mile or the 1 1/4-mile Champion S. (Eng-G1) on Champions Day at Ascot on October 18. "The (owners) will decide where he goes next," trainer Aidan O'Brien said. "Obviously there is Champions Day, and they will decide whether it is the mile and a quarter race or the mile. He travels very strongly through his races and he did the same again (Saturday), so I doubt he will go for the Arc." O'Brien chalked the three-year-old defeat down to bad luck. "Everything that could go wrong went wrong," he said. "He was handy and the pace was on and then the pace came back to him and he had to go to the outside of [Al Kazeem (Dubawi)], and then he couldn't get back behind him. He ended up having to go early." Jockey Joseph O'Brien has come under some criticism for his ride, but he remained philosophical, telling At the Races, "It's a great game. You have your ups and your downs. Australia ran a good race. Things probably couldn't have gone much worse for me and things probably couldn't have gone better for the winner. On the day I just got touched off, but we live to fight another day."...

George Strawbridge's exciting sophomore filly We Are (Dansili) is nearing a return to the races, with the Prix de l'Opera (Fr-G1) at Longchamp October 5 the longer term target. The Freddy Head charge had come home first in all three starts to date, but was disqualified from her two most recent wins -- the Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-G1) on May 25 and a Saint-Cloud conditions race on May 1 -- after it was discovered an ovarian tumor had elevated her testosterone levels. We Are had the tumor surgically removed, and is reported to be in good shape by Head. "She's very well, I'm very pleased with her and she is coming back very nicely," he said. "She is going to run on September 20 in a listed race, and if all goes well she could run in the Prix de l'Opera on Arc day at Longchamp."...

Aliyu Ben J Stables' homebred Lubash (Freud) came from last to run down 7-5 favorite King Kreesa (King Kugat) by a neck in Sunday's $122,500 Ashley T. Cole S. for state-breds at Belmont. "He's a sound horse and he tries very hard," trainer Christophe Clement said. "(Jockey) Junior (Alvarado) has a good relationship with the horse; he knows him inside out. This is fun. This is a very good group of New York-bred turf horses. King Kreesa and Kharafa (Kitalpha) are always tough." The seven-year-old horse got revenge this time around as he lost by a head to King Kreesa last time out in the West Point S. on August 24 at the Spa. "He's such a good horse," Alvarado said. "He might not win every time, but he always shows up. When I turned for home and saw it was (King Kreesa) ahead of me, I thought, 'Oh, no, I have to catch that one?' But he tried his best like always and came through." The 2-1 second choice on the board crossed the wire in 1:47 4/5 going 1 1/8 miles over the good inner turf and returned $6.10 for the victory. Lubash captured the 2012 running of the Ashley T. Cole and was runner-up in the same race last year. The bay banked $75,000 for his seventh stakes win and now has a career mark of 37-11-8-4, $911,079...

In the other state-bred stakes race on the Belmont card, Bloodlines Racing Partnerships' Invading Humor (Invasor) dug in down the stretch to capture her stakes debut in the $125,000 John Hettinger S. "I didn't ask her until I got to the stretch," jockey Rajiv Maragh said. "I thought I still had horse, but until you let them loose you never know. When I asked her to run, she just sprinted away. I hadn't ridden her in a while, but I won on her going a mile. This was only a furlong more, and I thought she could handle it. Even through the wire, she kept on going." The Bruce Levine pupil came back on the inside as 3-5 favorite Effie Trinket (Freud) made a challenge for the lead near the top of the stretch, but Invading Humor inched away late to win by one-length. "She's really been a little bit of a surprise," Levine said. "She's overachieved this year. She's got a big heart and is as game as they come. I was a little nervous when the other two went outside them [Effie Trinket and Mah Jong Maddnes (Freud)], but she's a fighter. But when she dug in and they straightened out, I knew she had more. We'll come back on Empire Showcase Day (in the $150,000 Iroquois on October 18) if all is well." The four-year-old filly covered 1 1/8 miles over the inner turf in 1:49 2/5 as the 5-1 second choice. Invading Humor was entering in here on a three-race win streak against allowance company. The dark bay has a record that stands at 12-6-1-1 and $303,700 in lifetime earnings...

Wake Up Nick stayed perfect in the Barretts Juvenile (Benoit Photos)
Reddam Racing's Wake Up Nick (Cindago) remained unbeaten from five starts when handily justifying even-money favoritism in Sunday's $103,900 Barretts Juvenile S. at Los Alamitos. Slicing between foes for Elvis Trujillo, the Doug O'Neill pupil shot 2 3/4 lengths clear of Rowdy Dylan (Sky Mesa). Wake Up Nick finished 6 1/2 furlongs on the fast track in 1:17 3/5 to boost his bankroll to $308,784. A 9 1/4-length debut winner in track-record time of :51.22 for 4 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita, the California-bred has since captured the June 22 Santa Anita Juvenile and the July 30 Graduation and September 1 I'm Smokin at Del Mar. He was a bargain buy for $35,000 at Barretts in March...

Sitting behind the leaders in Sunday's €55,000 Grosse Europa Meile (Ger-G3), Nordico (Medicean) was asked for his effort at the quarter-pole by jockey Eddy Hardouin and, after hooking up with Longina (Monsun) a furlong later, came out on top very late following a bitter tussle. The Mario Hofer trainee, who captured the 8 1/2-furlong Herzog von Ratibor Rennen (Ger-G3) at Krefeld in November, ran second to Lucky Lion (High Chaparral) in the Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (German Two Thousand Guineas) (Ger-G2) at Cologne on May 18. Third in the Bavarian Classic (Ger-G3) trying 10 furlongs at Munich on June 9, the chestnut was ninth in the July 13 Grosser Preis der VGH Versicherungen (Ger-G2) going Sunday's eight-furlong trip at Hanover before filling the fourth spot in the Grosser Preis der Sparkasse Krefeld (Ger-G3) over an extended 10-furlong trip last out on August 17...

Very few horses get past Bank of Burden (Hawk Wing) in Scandinavia, and the veteran was at his best again in Sunday's Stockholm Cup International (Swe-G3) to register a ninth group success and a third in the contest, which he had plundered in 2011 and 2012 and finished runner-up in 12 months ago. Last seen recording a second win in the nine-furlong Marit Sveaas Minnelop (Swe-G3) at Ovrevoll on August 24, the six-year-old chestnut was anchored toward the rear in customary fashion before being unleashed by jockey Per-Anders Graberg down the outer to inhale long-time leader Energia El Gigante (Point Given) approaching the furlong marker and on to another authoritative score for trainer Niels Petersen...

A salty renewal of Arlington's Pucker Up (G3) on Saturday afternoon produced some outstanding performances and confusing efforts on a rain-soaked and soft turf course. Two fillies who relished the wet going were from the barn of veteran trainer Tom Proctor -- Sistas Stroll (Stroll) and V V Goodnight (Midnight Lute), who swept the exacta in impressive fashion. Sistas Stroll, who was making her fourth career start, more than made up for her lack of seasoning with a 1 1/2-length margin of victory over her much more seasoned stablemate. Shipping in from Proctor's California-based string, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Stroll also came with rider Drayden Van Dyke. V V Goodnight, who ran a very good race to place second under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, was exiting a good effort in the Hatoof on the Arlington Million Day undercard in which she arguably ran the best race of the quartet of fillies who hit the wire together that day. Back on her best form, the dark bay filly displayed an excellent turn-of-foot -- despite the off-going -- to close from eighth. Both Sistas Stroll and V V Goodnight will aim toward stakes races this fall. Sistas Stroll's performance in the Pucker Up, a traditionally solid prep for the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) on October 11 at Keeneland, may wind up garnering her an invitation to the fall centerpiece for sophomore turf fillies...

Arlington-based Illinois racing favorites Suntracer (Kitten's Joy) and I'm Already Sexy (Ready's Image) took their respective shows on the road Saturday and won stakes races at Kentucky Downs in consecutive races to close a rich card on the track's biggest day. Suntracer, whose reliable good form was shaken when he was beaten 20 lengths and finished ninth in the American St. Leger last month, ended a 14-race losing streak dating back just shy of two years with an exciting win under Arlington-based rider Florent Geroux in the Kentucky Turf Cup (G3). After sweeping widest of all around the meandering far turn of the undulating southern Kentucky course, the Illinois-bred surged to the lead and held off invader Pyrite Mountain () by a nose. The victory gave trainer Chris Block a bit of retribution after the six-year-old's befuddling performance at Arlington in August during a week in which the conditioner seemed to beam with confidence in his charge. I'm Already Sexy, trained at Arlington by Wayne Catalano and a winner of four of her five starts at the Chicago venue, cruised in the next race on the card, the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf. Under regular rider Geroux, who concluded a tremendous day in the process, the dark bay four-year-old dismantled eight other fillies by three lengths in wire-to-wire fashion. A good sixth, beaten only 2 1/2 lengths, in the Beverly D. (G1) last month, I'm Already Sex had been training up a storm in the mornings. Her next start is undecided, but the $400,000 First Lady (G1) at Keeneland on October 4 is under consideration. Another Illinois-based horse didn't go home empty-handed. R Great Adventure (Limehouse) outran his nearly 12-1 odds to finish a fine third while making his stakes bow in the More Than Ready Mile a few races earlier at Kentucky Downs...

Churchill Downs' Downs After Dark program on Friday will feature an Oktoberfest theme by transforming its 30,000-square-foot Plaza into Louisville's largest beer garden. In addition to a live polka band and a roaming accordion player, the Plaza Stage will feature live performances by The Rheingold Band and the popular cover band, The Respectables. A variety of German beers and traditional German foods such as sausages, sauerkraut and pretzels will be available for sale. Ten races are scheduled for the evening, with a first post of 6 p.m. (EDT). Gates will open at 4 p.m. for fans...

The inaugural Irish Champions Weekend exceeded the expectations of organizers, with the attendance of 24,168 racegoers over two days of racing at Leopardstown and The Curragh passing the target of 20,000. A crowd of 13,190 filled Leopardstown Saturday, up from 8,786 on the same card last year, while The Curragh doubled its attendance from 12 months ago with 10,978 in attendance. "The outstanding success of these two days proves that the Irish Champions Weekend concept works," said Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland. "We have something really positive to build on and look forward to even greater success in the future."

In brief

Khalid Abdullah's star sophomore miler Kingman (Invincible Spirit) may be forced to miss the Queen Elizabeth II S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot October 18 after connections revealed he is being treated for a throat infection discovered Saturday. "Obviously it is less than ideal for a preparation going into a big race, but (the QEII) is still a month away," Racing Manager Teddy Grimthorpe said. "We would be hopeful of still getting him to the QEII, but it is far from certain. We would want to be sure that the horse is 100 percent fit before we do anything, and then we can make a decision on his immediate future and also on his whole future." Grimthorpe noted that if Kingman, the winner of this year's Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1), St James's Palace S. (Eng-G1), Sussex S. (Eng-G1) and Prix Jacques le Marois (Fr-G1), missed the QEII he could travel to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1)...

Triple Group 1 winner Australia (Galileo), who suffered a shock defeat when second to The Grey Gatsby (Mastercraftsman) in Saturday's Irish Champion S. (Ire-G1), is likely to head to either the Queen Elizabeth II S. (Eng-G1) over a mile or the 1 1/4-mile Champion S. (Eng-G1) on Champions Day at Ascot on October 18. "The (owners) will decide where he goes next," trainer Aidan O'Brien said. "Obviously there is Champions Day, and they will decide whether it is the mile and a quarter race or the mile. He travels very strongly through his races and he did the same again (Saturday), so I doubt he will go for the Arc." O'Brien chalked the three-year-old defeat down to bad luck. "Everything that could go wrong went wrong," he said. "He was handy and the pace was on and then the pace came back to him and he had to go to the outside of [Al Kazeem (Dubawi)], and then he couldn't get back behind him. He ended up having to go early." Jockey Joseph O'Brien has come under some criticism for his ride, but he remained philosophical, telling At the Races, "It's a great game. You have your ups and your downs. Australia ran a good race. Things probably couldn't have gone much worse for me and things probably couldn't have gone better for the winner. On the day I just got touched off, but we live to fight another day."...

George Strawbridge's exciting sophomore filly We Are (Dansili) is nearing a return to the races, with the Prix de l'Opera (Fr-G1) at Longchamp October 5 the longer term target. The Freddy Head charge had come home first in all three starts to date, but was disqualified from her two most recent wins -- the Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-G1) on May 25 and a Saint-Cloud conditions race on May 1 -- after it was discovered an ovarian tumor had elevated her testosterone levels. We Are had the tumor surgically removed, and is reported to be in good shape by Head. "She's very well, I'm very pleased with her and she is coming back very nicely," he said. "She is going to run on September 20 in a listed race, and if all goes well she could run in the Prix de l'Opera on Arc day at Longchamp."...

Aliyu Ben J Stables' homebred Lubash (Freud) came from last to run down 7-5 favorite King Kreesa (King Kugat) by a neck in Sunday's $122,500 Ashley T. Cole S. for state-breds at Belmont. "He's a sound horse and he tries very hard," trainer Christophe Clement said. "(Jockey) Junior (Alvarado) has a good relationship with the horse; he knows him inside out. This is fun. This is a very good group of New York-bred turf horses. King Kreesa and Kharafa (Kitalpha) are always tough." The seven-year-old horse got revenge this time around as he lost by a head to King Kreesa last time out in the West Point S. on August 24 at the Spa. "He's such a good horse," Alvarado said. "He might not win every time, but he always shows up. When I turned for home and saw it was (King Kreesa) ahead of me, I thought, 'Oh, no, I have to catch that one?' But he tried his best like always and came through." The 2-1 second choice on the board crossed the wire in 1:47 4/5 going 1 1/8 miles over the good inner turf and returned $6.10 for the victory. Lubash captured the 2012 running of the Ashley T. Cole and was runner-up in the same race last year. The bay banked $75,000 for his seventh stakes win and now has a career mark of 37-11-8-4, $911,079...

In the other state-bred stakes race on the Belmont card, Bloodlines Racing Partnerships' Invading Humor (Invasor) dug in down the stretch to capture her stakes debut in the $125,000 John Hettinger S. "I didn't ask her until I got to the stretch," jockey Rajiv Maragh said. "I thought I still had horse, but until you let them loose you never know. When I asked her to run, she just sprinted away. I hadn't ridden her in a while, but I won on her going a mile. This was only a furlong more, and I thought she could handle it. Even through the wire, she kept on going." The Bruce Levine pupil came back on the inside as 3-5 favorite Effie Trinket (Freud) made a challenge for the lead near the top of the stretch, but Invading Humor inched away late to win by one-length. "She's really been a little bit of a surprise," Levine said. "She's overachieved this year. She's got a big heart and is as game as they come. I was a little nervous when the other two went outside them [Effie Trinket and Mah Jong Maddnes (Freud)], but she's a fighter. But when she dug in and they straightened out, I knew she had more. We'll come back on Empire Showcase Day (in the $150,000 Iroquois on October 18) if all is well." The four-year-old filly covered 1 1/8 miles over the inner turf in 1:49 2/5 as the 5-1 second choice. Invading Humor was entering in here on a three-race win streak against allowance company. The dark bay has a record that stands at 12-6-1-1 and $303,700 in lifetime earnings...

Wake Up Nick stayed perfect in the Barretts Juvenile (Benoit Photos)
Reddam Racing's Wake Up Nick (Cindago) remained unbeaten from five starts when handily justifying even-money favoritism in Sunday's $103,900 Barretts Juvenile S. at Los Alamitos. Slicing between foes for Elvis Trujillo, the Doug O'Neill pupil shot 2 3/4 lengths clear of Rowdy Dylan (Sky Mesa). Wake Up Nick finished 6 1/2 furlongs on the fast track in 1:17 3/5 to boost his bankroll to $308,784. A 9 1/4-length debut winner in track-record time of :51.22 for 4 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita, the California-bred has since captured the June 22 Santa Anita Juvenile and the July 30 Graduation and September 1 I'm Smokin at Del Mar. He was a bargain buy for $35,000 at Barretts in March...

Sitting behind the leaders in Sunday's €55,000 Grosse Europa Meile (Ger-G3), Nordico (Medicean) was asked for his effort at the quarter-pole by jockey Eddy Hardouin and, after hooking up with Longina (Monsun) a furlong later, came out on top very late following a bitter tussle. The Mario Hofer trainee, who captured the 8 1/2-furlong Herzog von Ratibor Rennen (Ger-G3) at Krefeld in November, ran second to Lucky Lion (High Chaparral) in the Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (German Two Thousand Guineas) (Ger-G2) at Cologne on May 18. Third in the Bavarian Classic (Ger-G3) trying 10 furlongs at Munich on June 9, the chestnut was ninth in the July 13 Grosser Preis der VGH Versicherungen (Ger-G2) going Sunday's eight-furlong trip at Hanover before filling the fourth spot in the Grosser Preis der Sparkasse Krefeld (Ger-G3) over an extended 10-furlong trip last out on August 17...

Very few horses get past Bank of Burden (Hawk Wing) in Scandinavia, and the veteran was at his best again in Sunday's Stockholm Cup International (Swe-G3) to register a ninth group success and a third in the contest, which he had plundered in 2011 and 2012 and finished runner-up in 12 months ago. Last seen recording a second win in the nine-furlong Marit Sveaas Minnelop (Swe-G3) at Ovrevoll on August 24, the six-year-old chestnut was anchored toward the rear in customary fashion before being unleashed by jockey Per-Anders Graberg down the outer to inhale long-time leader Energia El Gigante (Point Given) approaching the furlong marker and on to another authoritative score for trainer Niels Petersen...

A salty renewal of Arlington's Pucker Up (G3) on Saturday afternoon produced some outstanding performances and confusing efforts on a rain-soaked and soft turf course. Two fillies who relished the wet going were from the barn of veteran trainer Tom Proctor -- Sistas Stroll (Stroll) and V V Goodnight (Midnight Lute), who swept the exacta in impressive fashion. Sistas Stroll, who was making her fourth career start, more than made up for her lack of seasoning with a 1 1/2-length margin of victory over her much more seasoned stablemate. Shipping in from Proctor's California-based string, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Stroll also came with rider Drayden Van Dyke. V V Goodnight, who ran a very good race to place second under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, was exiting a good effort in the Hatoof on the Arlington Million Day undercard in which she arguably ran the best race of the quartet of fillies who hit the wire together that day. Back on her best form, the dark bay filly displayed an excellent turn-of-foot -- despite the off-going -- to close from eighth. Both Sistas Stroll and V V Goodnight will aim toward stakes races this fall. Sistas Stroll's performance in the Pucker Up, a traditionally solid prep for the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) on October 11 at Keeneland, may wind up garnering her an invitation to the fall centerpiece for sophomore turf fillies...

Arlington-based Illinois racing favorites Suntracer (Kitten's Joy) and I'm Already Sexy (Ready's Image) took their respective shows on the road Saturday and won stakes races at Kentucky Downs in consecutive races to close a rich card on the track's biggest day. Suntracer, whose reliable good form was shaken when he was beaten 20 lengths and finished ninth in the American St. Leger last month, ended a 14-race losing streak dating back just shy of two years with an exciting win under Arlington-based rider Florent Geroux in the Kentucky Turf Cup (G3). After sweeping widest of all around the meandering far turn of the undulating southern Kentucky course, the Illinois-bred surged to the lead and held off invader Pyrite Mountain () by a nose. The victory gave trainer Chris Block a bit of retribution after the six-year-old's befuddling performance at Arlington in August during a week in which the conditioner seemed to beam with confidence in his charge. I'm Already Sexy, trained at Arlington by Wayne Catalano and a winner of four of her five starts at the Chicago venue, cruised in the next race on the card, the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf. Under regular rider Geroux, who concluded a tremendous day in the process, the dark bay four-year-old dismantled eight other fillies by three lengths in wire-to-wire fashion. A good sixth, beaten only 2 1/2 lengths, in the Beverly D. (G1) last month, I'm Already Sex had been training up a storm in the mornings. Her next start is undecided, but the $400,000 First Lady (G1) at Keeneland on October 4 is under consideration. Another Illinois-based horse didn't go home empty-handed. R Great Adventure (Limehouse) outran his nearly 12-1 odds to finish a fine third while making his stakes bow in the More Than Ready Mile a few races earlier at Kentucky Downs...

Churchill Downs' Downs After Dark program on Friday will feature an Oktoberfest theme by transforming its 30,000-square-foot Plaza into Louisville's largest beer garden. In addition to a live polka band and a roaming accordion player, the Plaza Stage will feature live performances by The Rheingold Band and the popular cover band, The Respectables. A variety of German beers and traditional German foods such as sausages, sauerkraut and pretzels will be available for sale. Ten races are scheduled for the evening, with a first post of 6 p.m. (EDT). Gates will open at 4 p.m. for fans...

The inaugural Irish Champions Weekend exceeded the expectations of organizers, with the attendance of 24,168 racegoers over two days of racing at Leopardstown and The Curragh passing the target of 20,000. A crowd of 13,190 filled Leopardstown Saturday, up from 8,786 on the same card last year, while The Curragh doubled its attendance from 12 months ago with 10,978 in attendance. "The outstanding success of these two days proves that the Irish Champions Weekend concept works," said Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland. "We have something really positive to build on and look forward to even greater success in the future."

Carryover Watch

For Monday or Next Raceday

WOODBINE:   High 5 -- $460,832
GULFSTREAM:   Pick 6 -- $50,000
ARLINGTON:   Pick 9 -- $31,317
    High 5 -- $14,654
LOUISIANA DOWNS:   Pick 5 -- $21,280
MONMOUTH PARK:   Pick 6 -- $17,936
LAUREL PARK:   Pick 5 -- $10,904

At a Glance
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.45 - 1
Favorite Win%: 33%, Favorite Itm%: 74%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta58.35
Daily Double67.30
Trifecta281.60
Pick 3412.08
Superfecta1,520.79
Pick 638,096.69
Pick 44,054.57
Pick 516,247.26
Super High Five6,487.75
TRACK BIAS MEET(08/15 - 09/13)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 37 35% E Outside
6.0fDirt 27 22% E/P Rail/Ins
1 MileDirt 17 29% E Outside
Turf Sprint 5 60% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 45 4% E/P Middle
TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/07 - 09/13)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 9 44% E Mid/Out
6.0fDirt 8 25% E/P Rail/Ins
1 MileDirt 3 0% E/P Middle
Turf Sprint 1 0% S Inside
Turf Routes 11 0% E/P Middle
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Wright Blaine D. 11 4 2 1 5.32 1 22%
Ledezma Sergio 6 3 0 1 11.48 1 14%
O'Neill Doug F. 6 3 2 0 7.25 2 15%
Paszkeicz Alex 8 3 0 1 17.64 0 12%
Haley Gloria 3 2 0 1 2.70 1 10%
Kruljac J. Eric 3 2 0 1 3.50 1 15%
Josephson Jedd B. 4 2 0 0 6.63 2 19%
Morey, Jr. William J. 5 2 0 1 8.14 0 20%
Bellasis Tim 6 2 2 0 8.22 1 14%
Matos Gil 6 2 0 2 8.03 0 12%
Miyadi Steven 6 2 0 0 6.97 2 15%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Hernandez Juan J. 17 7 0 2 4.85 3 21%
Cedillo Abel 23 6 2 4 14.57 1 13%
Frey Kyle 15 4 3 1 11.69 2 12%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Alvarado Frank T. 13 0 2 0 10.02 1 16%
Herrera Cristobal 10 0 0 2 24.77 1 10%
               

Results

NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

WOODBINE MILE S. (CAN-G1), WO, $949,461, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 9-14.
2—TRADE STORM (GB), h, 6, Trade Fair (GB)--Frisson (GB), by Slip Anchor (GB). O-Qatar Racing Limited, B-G T Lucas (GB), T-David Simcock, J-Jamie P. Spencer, $540,900.
5—Kaigun, g, 4, Northern Afleet--Cruising Kris, by Kris S.. (C$37,000 '11 ONTSEP). O-Quintessential Racing Florida LLC, Horse'n Around Racing Stable and Barber, G, B-William Sorokolit Racing Stable Inc (ON), $216,360.
8—Bobby's Kitten, c, 3, Kitten's Joy--Celestial Woods, by Forestry. O-Ramsey, Kenneth L and Sarah K, B-Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey (KY), $90,150.
Also Ran: River Seven, Grand Arch, Lockout, Dorsett, His Race to Win, Jack Milton, Silver Freak, Ancil.
Winning Time: 1:36 4/5 (gd)
Margins: HF, 1 3/4, HD.
Odds: 4.55, 4.10, 7.90.
 
NORTHERN DANCER TURF S. (CAN-G1), WO, $282,711, 3YO/UP, 1 1/2MT, 9-14.
8—SHEIKHZAYEDROAD (GB), g, 5, Dubawi (IRE)--Royal Secrets (IRE), by Highest Honor (FR). O-Rabbah Bloodstock, LLC Lessee, B-Rabbah Bloodstock Limited (GB), T-David Simcock, J-Martin Lane, $162,270.
6—Dynamic Sky, c, 4, Sky Mesa--Murani, by Distorted Humor. (C$25,000 '11 ONTSEP). O-John C Oxley, B-Arosa Farms (ON), $64,908.
2—Reporting Star, g, 4, Circular Quay--Classic Beauty, by Sword Dance (IRE). O-Copper Water Thoroughbred Company, B-Gilbert G Campbell (FL), $27,045.
Also Ran: Villandry, The Pizza Man, Aldous Snow, Perfect Timber, Karibu Gardens, Forte Dei Marmi (GB).
Winning Time: 2:32 1/5 (gd)
Margins: HF, 3/4, 4HF.
Odds: 3.15, 24.15, 11.40.
 
CANADIAN S. (CAN-G2), WO, $305,250, 3YO/UP, F/M, A1 1/8MT, 9-14.
3—DECEPTIVE VISION, f, 4, A.P. Indy--Eye of the Sphynx, by Smart Strike. O-Sam-Son Farm, B-Sam-Son Farm (ON), T-Malcolm Pierce, J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva, $194,724.
5—Royal Fury, m, 5, Langfuhr--Miss Chapin, by Royal Academy. O-Amerman Racing LLC, B-Mrs Jerry Amerman (KY), $54,090.
8—La Tia, m, 5, City Place--La Adelita, by Sky Classic. O-Salvador Hernandez, B-Salvador Hernandez (IL), $27,045.
Also Ran: Meri Shika (FR), Dance Again, Industrial Policy, Savvy Hester, Skylander Girl, Solid Appeal, Lexie Lou.
Winning Time: 1:47 4/5 (gd)
Margins: 2HF, 1 3/4, 4 3/4.
Odds: 4.65, 22.60, 5.45.
 
BRITISH COLUMBIA DERBY (CAN-G3), HST, $135,225, 3YO, 1 1/8M, 9-14.
5—ALERT BAY, g, 3, City Zip--Hickory (CHI), by Dushyantor. ($65,000 '12 KEEJAN). O-Peter Redekop B C, Ltd, B-Thomas Newton Bell & Ross John McLeod (CA), T-Anita Bolton, J-Rico W. Walcott, $77,078.
1—Koffee Grinder, g, 3, Grindstone--Just Pinn'er, by Stephanotis. O-Goertzen, Butch and Renata, B-Butch Goertzen & Renata Goertzen (BC), $27,045.
4—Del Rio Harbor, g, 3, Harbor the Gold--Bahati, by Horse Chestnut (SAF). O-Bar C Racing Stables, Inc and Desert Rose Racing, LLC, B-Bar C Racing Stables & Desert Rose Racing (WA), $14,875.
Also Ran: Off the Top, Remembertobreathe, Slice of Red, Mebossman, Distillery, Tapicero, Wonder World.
Winning Time: 1:49 (ft)
Margins: 2, 2, 1 1/4.
Odds: 1.55, 3.80, 4.40.

At a Glance
MONMOUTH PARK AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.13 - 1
Favorite Win%: 33%, Favorite Itm%: 68%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta88.82
Daily Double84.63
Trifecta497.78
Pick 3772.97
Superfecta4,105.07
Pick 45,560.63
Pick 524,608.80
Pick 6 Jackpot98,027.45
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/10 - 09/13)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 47 32% E Rail/Ins
6.0fDirt 192 38% E Rail/Ins
1 MileDirt 61 18% E/P Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 49 18% P Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 41 44% E Inside
Turf Routes 123 17% E/P Middle
TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/07 - 09/13)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 2 50% E Inside
6.0fDirt 6 50% E Rail/Ins
1 MileDirt 2 0% E/P Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 3 0% E Rail
Turf Sprint 3 0% P Middle
Turf Routes 4 0% E Middle
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Navarro Jorge 13 5 4 1 2.82 3 32%
Servis Jason 9 4 1 3 3.70 2 23%
Einhorn Skip 4 2 0 0 21.88 0 5%
Foglia Anthony 4 2 0 0 18.83 0 7%
Kelly Timothy James 5 2 0 0 15.32 1 13%
Perkins, Jr. Benjamin W. 5 2 1 0 6.18 2 18%
Spina Chuck 5 2 1 0 8.98 1 13%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Saez Gabriel 16 4 2 5 6.13 1 14%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Cash Russell J. 10 0 0 3 30.14 0 7%
Thompson J. Willard 10 0 0 1 21.27 0 12%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Zayas Jonathan 15 0 0 2 19.89 0 7%

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

JOHN HETTINGER S., BEL, $125,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/8MT, 9-14.
10—INVADING HUMOR, f, 4, Invasor (ARG)--Very Funny, by Distorted Humor. O-Bloodlines Racing Partnerships, B-Dr James Randall McGlinn (NY), T-Bruce N. Levine, J-Rajiv Maragh, $75,000.
5—Strike Accord, m, 5, Smart Strike--New Harmony, by A.P. Indy. O-Broman, Sr, Chester and Mary, B-Chester Broman & Mary R Broman (NY), $25,000.
6—Effie Trinket, f, 4, Freud--Maya's Note, by Editor's Note. ($4,000 '11 OBSJAN; $130,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-Patsy C Symons, B-McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, LLC (NY), $12,500.
Also Ran: Selenite, Dreaming of Cara, Frosty Bay, Stock Fund, Mah Jong Maddnes, Princess Mara.
Winning Time: 1:49 2/5 (gd)
Margins: 1, HF, 1 1/4.
Odds: 5.40, 40.50, 0.75.
 
ASHLEY T. COLE S., BEL, $122,500, 3YO/UP, 1 1/8MT, 9-14.
3—LUBASH, h, 7, Freud--Nasty Cure, by Cure the Blues. O-Aliyu Ben J Stables, B-Aliyuee Ben J Stable, Inc (NY), T-Christophe Clement, J-Junior Alvarado, $75,000.
7—King Kreesa, g, 5, King Cugat--Storm's Advance, by Storm Creek. O-Kresa, Gerald and Kresa, Susan, B-Horse Partners (NY), $25,000.
4—Kharafa, g, 5, Kitalpha--Exquisite Cassie, by King of Kings (IRE). O-Braverman, Paul and Pinch, Timothy, B-Highmeadow Farm (NY), $12,500.
Also Ran: Front, Notacatbutallama.
Winning Time: 1:47 4/5 (gd)
Margins: NK, 3 3/4, NK.
Odds: 2.05, 1.45, 5.00.
 
BARRETTS JUVENILE S., LRC, $103,900, 2YO, C/G, 6 1/2F, 9-14.
1—WAKE UP NICK, c, 2, Cindago--Storm Hearted, by Lion Hearted. ($35,000 2014 BESMAR). O-Reddam Racing LLC, B-Lee Searing & Susan Searing (CA), T-Doug F. O'Neill, J-Elvis Trujillo, $57,684.
2—Rowdy Dylan, r, 2, Sky Mesa--Serious Vow, by Broken Vow. ($60,000 '13 CTNAUG; $280,000 2014 BESMAR). O-David J Lanzman Racing Stable, Inc and Rockingham Ranch, B-H & E Ranch (KY), $18,952.
4—Top Drawer, c, 2, Benchmark--Kelly's Princess, by Western Fame. ($20,000 '13 BESOCT). O-Michael Ryan, B-Sebold Racing LLC (CA), $12,718.
Also Ran: Zendai, Colorado Strong, Peradventure, Doc Charney, Matty's Tribal.
Winning Time: 1:17 3/5 (ft)
Margins: 2 3/4, HF, NK.
Odds: 1.10, 1.80, 13.70.
 
BRITISH COLUMBIA OAKS, HST, $90,152, 3YO, F, 1 1/8M, 9-14.
8—OLE'S MISS, f, 3, Officer--Gypsy Cab Company, by Malibu Moon. ($19,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Canmor Farms, B-Big Z Thoroughbreds LLC (ON), T-L. Tracy McCarthy, J-Amadeo Perez, $51,386.
2—Irish Lyric, f, 3, Stephanotis--Irish Delta, by Finality. (C$8,000 '12 BRCSEP). O-Ohashi, Kay and Sue, B-Mr & Mrs E M Dittloff & K D (BC), $18,030.
3—Dawselina, f, 3, Skimming--Quick Gainer, by Pangbourne. O-Alvarado Stable, B-Fairmeade Farm (BC), $9,917.
Also Ran: Arabella's Muse, Flatter You, Champagne Gal, Fire Beauty, Sabrina.
Winning Time: 1:50 1/5 (ft)
Margins: HD, 1, 3.
Odds: 2.15, 12.05, 2.95.
 
GOLD CUP S., ASD, $45,075, 3YO/UP, 1 1/8M, 9-13.
5—BALOOGA BULL, g, 5, Flashy Bull--Proud Crusader, by Crusader Sword. ($2,000 '10 FTKOCT). O-Paul Brandt, B-Bernard Vertuca & Michelle Vertuca (KY), T-Ardell Sayler, J-Paul M. Nolan, $27,586.
4—Magic D' Oro, c, 4, Medaglia d'Oro--Jennie R., by Awesome Again. O-Yeroschak, Martin and Arnason, Barry, B-James Didion & Sylvia Didion (KY), $9,195.
2—Master Lightning, g, 3, Pulpit--Maragold Princess, by Smarten. ($70,000 '12 KEESEP). O-K 5 Stables, B-Michael Joseph Cascio (PA), $4,598.
Also Ran: Prince Raphael, Red Zeus.
Winning Time: 1:51 (ft)
Margins: 3 1/4, 8 1/4, 1.
Odds: 1.20, 0.90, 11.75.
 
DELTA COLLEEN H., HST, $45,075, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/8M, 9-14.
3—LOCKET, f, 4, Rosberg--La Belle Creole, by Ascot Knight. O-Braithwaite, E M and M A, and Gorasht, I M, B-E M Braithwaite, M A Braithwaite & I M Gorasht (BC), T-Frank E. Barroby, J-Keishan Balgobin, $25,693.
4—Wando Woman, m, 7, Wando--Navajo Rain, by Marshua's Dancer. (C$13,000 '08 BRCSEP). O-J Dennis Spence, B-Rob McDonald (BC), $9,015.
5—Madeira Park, m, 5, Langfuhr--Capilano, by Demons Begone. O-Exclusive Stable and Hanson, Raymond, B-Exclusive Stable & Ray Hanson (KY), $4,958.
Also Ran: Touching Promise, Saturday Nite Ride.
Winning Time: 1:49 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 3 3/4, HF, 5 1/4.
Odds: 9.30, 4.25, 0.60.
 
S. W. RANDALL PLATE H., HST, $45,075, 3YO/UP, 1 1/8M, 9-14.
4—MR. BOWLING, h, 5, Istan--Goldilock's Bear, by Irish Tower. O-Mark DeDomenico, LLC and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, B-Brereton C Jones (KY), T-Troy Taylor, J-Mario Gutierrez, $25,693.
2—Mysterious Soul, h, 5, Perfect Soul (IRE)--Mysterious Moll, by Bates Motel. O-Bennett, R, Dale, D, Steed, S, Peter, M and Grayross Stable, B-Charles Fipke (KY), $9,015.
6—Wilo Kat, g, 5, Katahaula County--Regal Red, by On Target. O-Oliver, Wayne, Fiorvento, Rob, Cowboys n Indians Stables and Randall, Bill, B-Village Bus Service Ltd (BC), $4,958.
Also Ran: Killin Me Smalls, Shooting Jacket, Title Contender, Commander, Dontmesswithkitten.
Winning Time: 1:50 (ft)
Margins: 1, NO, NK.
Odds: 3.20, 21.25, 4.90.

At a Glance

AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE

MONDAY:   Monmouth Park and Remington Park
TUESDAY:   Arlington and Los Alamitos
WEDNESDAY:   Kentucky Downs and Woodbine
THURSDAY:   Delaware Park and Gulfstream Park
FRIDAY:   Belmont Park and Churchill Downs

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

BEL, 1ST, ALW, $75,460, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 9-14.
4—SHAYJOLIE, f, 3, Indian Charlie--School for Scandal, by Is It True. ($150,000 2013 FTMMAY). O-Sean Shay, B-Peachtree Stable (KY), T-Gary C. Contessa, J-Rajiv Maragh, $46,200.
2—Momentary Magic, f, 4, Indian Charlie--Magical Illusion, by Pulpit. ($230,000 '11 KEESEP). O-William L Clifton, Jr, B-John D Gunther (KY), $15,400.
1—Running Wild, f, 3, Indian Charlie--Race Artist, by Mr. Prospector. O-Peter E Blum Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Peter E Blum Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY), $7,700.
Winning Time: 1:16 3/5 (my)
 
BEL, 8TH, AOC, $65,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7FT, 9-14.
11—OLD HARBOR, f, 3, Raffie's Majesty--Royal Mast, by Roy. O-Joseph Birnbaum, B-Joseph G Birnbaum (NY), T-Russell J. Cash, J-Angel S. Arroyo, $39,000.
5—One Time Only, f, 4, Lemon Drop Kid--Salty Romance, by Salt Lake. ($375,000 '11 FTKZEE). O-Glen Hill Farm, B-Nustar Breeding, LLC (NY), $13,000.
4—Image of Noon, f, 4, Disco Rico--Momma's Image, by Marquetry. O-Patricia A Generazio, B-Patricia Generazio (NY), $6,500.
Winning Time: 1:22 1/5 (gd)
 
WO, 7TH, AOC, $58,802, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7F, 9-14.
3—THEOGONY, f, 4, Curlin--Upcoming Story, by Tale of the Cat. ($240,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Conrad Farms, B-A Lakin and Sons Inc (KY), T-Mark E. Casse, J-Gary Boulanger, $33,698.
8—Black Bird Rock, m, 5, Flower Alley--Black Rock Road, by Bertrando. O-Bear Stables, Ltd, B-Eugene Melnyk (ON), $11,233.
4—Thats Our Princess, f, 4, Curlin--Princess Ruckus, by Bold Ruckus. O-Gustav Schickedanz, B-Gustav Schickedanz (ON), $7,418.
Winning Time: 1:23 1/5 (ft)
 
MTH, 9TH, AOC, $53,435, 3YO/UP, 6F, 9-14.
10—CHUBLICIOUS, c, 3, Hey Chub--Sassy Broad, by Arch. O-Daniel J Lopez, B-Joe-Dan Farm (NJ), T-Daniel J. Lopez, J-Angel Serpa, $30,618.
7—Final Forest, g, 5, Forest Wildcat--Uphill Skier, by Appealing Skier. O-Joseph E Besecker, B-New Farm (NJ), $10,584.
3—Fuzzy Muzzle, g, 5, Closing Argument--Hope's Folly, by Victory Gallop. O-Rock Talk Farm, B-Rock Talk Farm LLC (NJ), $5,443.
Winning Time: 1:09 4/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 8TH, AOC, $51,720, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 9-14.
4—OFFLEE GOLDEN, f, 3, Offlee Wild--Golden Knolls, by Seeking the Gold. ($75,000 2013 OBSJUN). O-Pewter Stable, B-Extern Developments (KY), T-Kathleen A. Demasi, J-Kendrick Carmouche, $27,600.
5—One Smart Philly, f, 4, Smarty Jones--Philly Gal, by Doneraile Court. O-E and G Stable, B-Main LIne Racing Stable (PA), $12,880.
3—Shoplift, m, 5, Exclusive Quality--Side Action, by Gentleman Gene. O-Briardale Stable, B-Joseph M Imbesi (PA), $7,100.
Winning Time: 1:17 1/5 (ft)
 
WO, 8TH, OCL, $48,189, 3YO/UP, 7F, 9-14.
13—JAGGER M, g, 4, Harlan's Holiday--Nithi, by Wolf Power (SAF). O-Gabe Grossberg, B-James A Everatt, Janeane A Everatt &J Arika Everatt-Meeuse (ON), T-Mark E. Casse, J-Jesse M. Campbell, $25,855.
12—Why Tie the Knot, g, 3, Where's the Ring--U R Energy, by Bold N' Flashy. O-McCallum-Smith, Lisa and Cox, C, B-Lisa McCallum-Smith, Cindy Cox & GregCox (ON), $11,485.
7—Bear's Cowboy, c, 3, Two Step Salsa--Kats Golden Ways, by Golden Missile. ($75,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Pinnacle Racing, B-Vogt Farms (FL), $3,947.
Winning Time: 1:23 (ft)
 
WO, 10TH, ALW, $44,987, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 9-14.
10—I SCREAM SUNDAY, f, 3, Silent Name (JPN)--Whispertoascream, by Honor Grades. O-Frank D Di Giulio, Jr, B-Frank Di Giulio Jr (ON), T-Robert P. Tiller, J-Patrick Husbands, $25,693.
3—Lady Diba, f, 3, Where's the Ring--Equideed, by Alydeed. O-Ruby Farm, B-Elizabeth Pathak DVM (ON), $8,564.
2—Virreina, f, 3, Vibank--Psychedelia, by Wild Zone. O-William Diamant, B-Victoria Pappas (ON), $4,710.
Winning Time: 1:11 (ft)
 
WO, 1ST, ALW, $44,265, 3YO/UP, 6F, 9-14.
4—REBELLION ON TAP, g, 3, Rebellion (GB)--Tapping n Turning, by Pleasant Tap. O-Heste Sport, Inc, B-Heste Sport Inc - TB Racing Division (ON), T-William Tharrenos, J-Jesse M. Campbell, $25,693.
8—Warbred, g, 4, War Cry--Lovely Charm, by One Way Love. (C$22,000 '11 ONTSEP). O-Lisa McCallum-Smith, B-Farr Bloodstock Inc (ON), $8,564.
3—Butilovesyababe, g, 3, Rebellion (GB)--Loose Talk, by Skywalker. O-Box Arrow Farm, B-Box Arrow Farm (ON), $4,710.
Winning Time: 1:10 1/5 (ft)
 
CD, 9TH, AOC, $41,961, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16MT, 9-14.
9—PAPPASCAT, f, 4, Scat Daddy--Redmeansgo, by Red Ransom. ($77,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Travis Morgeson V, LLC, B-C Kidder, J K Griggs & Linda Grig (KY), T-Garry W. Simms, J-David Mello, $25,800.
5—Stormin Elle, f, 4, Stormello--Elle Belle, by El Prado (IRE). O-Arapaho Royal LLC, B-Triple C Thorobred & Dick Lossen (IL), $7,400.
3—Annabird, m, 5, Flower Alley--Lure the Bear, by Lure. O-Richard D Maynard, B-Maynard Farm & B A Man, Inc (KY), $4,300.
Winning Time: 1:44 3/5 (fm)
 
CD, 2ND, AOC, $38,118, 2YO, F, 6F, 9-14.
1—PAIGE, f, 2, Sky Mesa--Perfect Story, by Tale of the Cat. ($125,000 '13 FTKJUL; $75,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Wells, Jim and Cheyenne Stables, B-John C Oxley (KY), T-Donnie K. Von Hemel, J-Chris Landeros, $23,400.
6—Silver Allure, f, 2, Unbridled's Song--Only Seventeen, by Exploit. ($130,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Lieblong, Alex and JoAnn, B-Robert J Sheen & Unbridled's SongSyndicate (KY), $7,800.
4—Slava, f, 2, Sharp Humor--Splendorella, by Deputy Minister. ($16,000 '12 KEENOV; $30,000 '13 FTKJUL). O-Gennadi Dorochenko, B-Mike Owens & Jeanne Owens (KY), $3,900.
Winning Time: 1:12 (ft)
 
CD, 8TH, AOC, $37,365, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 9-14.
5—ERIUGENA (IRE), g, 4, Shirocco (GER)--Novelina (IRE), by Fusaichi Pegasus. (35,000EUR '11 GOFSPT). O-Ramsey, Kenneth L and Sarah K, B-Kevin & Meta Cullen (IRE), T-Michael J. Maker, J-Miguel Mena, $21,180.
*6—Looking Cool, c, 4, Candy Ride (ARG)--Coolwind, by Forest Wildcat. O-Jim Tafel LLC, B-Jim Tafel, LLC (KY), $8,200.
4—St. Padriag, c, 4, Pleasantly Perfect--Wild Country, by Unbridled. ($65,000 '11 KEESEP; $2,000 2013 KEENOV). O-Maribel Ruelas, B-Mr & Mrs Mike Freeny (KY), $4,100.
Winning Time: 1:44 1/5 (ft)
***Donoharm finished second but was disqualified and placed fourth.
 
GP, 10TH, AOC, $35,800, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 9-14.
3—SO FRANK, f, 3, Tale of the Cat--Vecchia Cita (CHI), by Winning. O-Ridenjac Racing, B-Brian M Villardito (KY), T-Dennis Ward, J-Jose L. Alvarez, $21,000.
8—Language of Love, f, 3, Langfuhr--Glencoe Church, by Capote. O-Maxxam Alliance LLC, B-Maxxam Alliance (FL), $8,150.
7—Polka Dot Bikini, f, 3, Seeking the Dia--Itsibitsibikini, by Lord Carson. O-Robin Cleary, B-Robin Cleary (KY), $3,850.
Winning Time: 1:06 1/5 (ft)
 
RP, 8TH, ALW, $35,775, 3YO/UP, 7 1/2FT, 9-13.
3—RUNANDYRUN, g, 5, Wilko--Stonerun, by Skip Away. O-Walter M Jones, B-Walter Jones (OK), T-Tyrone Shaw, J-Curtis Kimes, $21,870.
1—Canuck, g, 4, Bob and John--Pandora's Secret, by Wolf Power (SAF). ($90,000 '11 KEESEP; $77,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-Richter Family Trust, B-Chyna White Investments (ON), $5,915.
6—Somthin Country, g, 5, Belong to Me--Sara's Shadow, by Slew the Slewor. O-Larry Dunbar, B-Rusty Roberts (OK), $4,903.
Winning Time: 1:28 4/5 (fm)
 
RP, 3RD, AOC, $35,000, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 9-13.
5—NATES MINESHAFT, r, 7, Mineshaft--Angel's Tearlet, by Silver Deputy. ($8,000 '08 FTKOCT). O-Windy Hill Farm, B-Cobra Farm (KY), T-J. R. Caldwell, J-Jareth Loveberry, $21,000.
2—Basmati, g, 5, Borrego--Abruzzi Ridge, by Mountain Cat. ($8,000 '09 KEENOV; $35,000 2011 OBSAPR). O-Clark O Brewster, B-John J Greely IV, Phil Houchens &Wilson Sisk (KY), $7,000.
3—Bobcat Jim, c, 4, Sharp Humor--Glimmer, by Deputy Minister. ($165,000 '11 KEESEP; $150,000 2012 FTMMAY). O-Dream Walkin Farms, Inc, B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY), $3,850.
Winning Time: 1:15 2/5 (ft)
 
GP, 9TH, ALW, $35,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1MT, 9-14.
5—DEREK'S GIRL, f, 3, Brother Derek--Sissling Holiday, by Harlan's Holiday. O-Miller Racing LLC, B-Jerry Higman (KY), T-Martin D. Wolfson, J-Jilver Chamafi, $21,000.
8—Sawyer, f, 3, Into Mischief--Song, by Unbridled's Song. ($1,200 '11 KEENOV; $22,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Goodwood Racing IV, B-Peter E Blum Thoroughbreds, LLC (WV), $6,650.
6—Magical Steps, f, 4, Giant's Causeway--Mayville's Magic, by Gone West. ($270,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Duignan, Gabriel and McElroy, Ben, B-Sha-Li Leasing Associates, Inc (KY), $3,150.
Winning Time: 1:38 3/5 (fm)
 
AP, 6TH, ALW, $33,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 9-14.
3—FORT AIKEN, g, 3, Fort Prado--Royal Copenhagen (FR), by Inchinor (GB). O-Crystal Racing Enterprises, B-R L Duchossois (IL), T-Steve Manley, J-Santo Sanjur, $19,800.
6—My Borsalino, c, 4, Pleasantly Perfect--Beret, by Royal Academy. O-Vanier, Nancy A and Williamson, Lyda, B-Nancy Vanier & Lyda Williamson (IL), $6,600.
9—Wall Student, g, 3, Student Council--Marfa's Taxes, by Marfa. ($6,000 '12 KEEJAN). O-Nicholson Thoroughbreds, Ferruzza, Lou and Domenosky, Tammy, B-ron awsumb (IL), $3,300.
Winning Time: 1:47 (ft)
 
ALB, 9TH, ALW, $31,500, 3YO/UP, 6F, 9-14.
2—MIDNIGHTLOWDOWN, g, 5, Stormin' Lyon--Phoney Exchange, by Indian Charlie. O-Rezzonico, William J and Trujillo, Jeremy L, B-Famous Lane Farm & Keval Investments (NM), T-Jim Bob Arrington, J-Elvin Gonzalez, $18,900.
1—Hunting Dixie, g, 6, Halory Hunter--Dixie Kiss, by Chimes Band. O-Amestoy, Jr, Pierre Jean and Leslie A, B-Pillar Property Services Inc (NM), $6,300.
4—Zenon's Star, g, 5, Fusaichi Zenon (JPN)--Miss Trixie, by B. G.'s Drone. ($3,200 '10 RUIAUG). O-Teed Off Stable LLC, B-Michael Weatherly (NM), $3,150.
Winning Time: 1:10 (ft)
 
ZIA, 8TH, ALW, $31,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 9-14.
1—LOOKER'S GOLD R F, f, 3, Quinton's Gold--Good Looker R F, by Silver Season. O-Rogers Farms, B-Rogers Farms (NM), T-Ramon A. Alvarez, J-Luis H. Rodriguez, $18,900.
6—Ilikewinnin, f, 3, Desert God--I Like Tricks, by Tricky Fun. O-Taylor, Dale and Lewis, Lee R, B-Joe Allen (NM), $6,930.
2—Star of Wonder, f, 4, Storm of Goshen--Dance in the Sun, by Sunny Clime. O-Jones, Quinn and Kim, B-V J Callaway (NM), $3,150.
Winning Time: 1:11 3/5 (ft)
 
CT, 4TH, ALW, $27,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 9-13.
6—SEA OF ROSES, c, 3, Reparations--Sea D's Salute, by Sea Salute. O-Steven A Stuhr, B-Steve Stuhr (WV), T-Javier Contreras, J-Oscar Flores, $16,200.
2—Sharp Razor, c, 3, Real Estate--Trellis, by Baederwood. ($9,500 '12 FTMOCT). O-Cross Creek Farm, B-Maurice F Casey DVM (WV), $5,400.
4—High N Dry, c, 3, Harlan's Holiday--Willful Abandon, by Unbridled's Song. O-Smart Angle, B-Black Horse Tavern, LLC (WV), $2,700.
Winning Time: 1:47 (ft)
 
ZIA, 7TH, ALW, $27,000, 3YO/UP, 1M, 9-14.
1—REBELLIOUS DIANA, g, 3, Rebellion (GB)--Damiana, by Forest Camp. ($1,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Diana Jensen, B-Hickory Tree Farm (ON), T-Mark Jensen, J-Alfredo J. Juarez, Jr., $16,200.
5—Ize On Si, g, 3, Kipling--Alyette, by Alydeed. ($11,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Byron Woodard, B-Pope McLean, Marc McLean & Pope McLeJr (KY), $5,940.
4—Hakkann Cat, c, 4, Tactical Cat--Hakkann, by Formal Gold. O-Humberto Garcia, B-Humberto Garcia (TX), $2,700.
Winning Time: 1:40 3/5 (ft)
 
LAD, 4TH, ALW, $23,700, 2YO, F, 6F, 9-14.
6—PRIVATE PROMISE, f, 2, Private Vow--Wave the Colors, by Brahms. O-Southern Legacy Thoroughbreds LLC, B-David Crisp & Cynthia Crisp (LA), T-C. Blaine Williams, J-Donald Edward Simington, $14,700.
7—Auntcris'sshoes, f, 2, Commander's Shoes--Dream Mountain, by Monashee Mountain. O-Ben Soto, B-Philip J Longtin (AR), $4,100.
4—Catherine's Dream, f, 2, Forefathers--Twice a Deelite, by Afternoon Deelites. ($13,000 '13 ESLSEP). O-Roe, Steve D and Patricia L, B-William D Pickett (LA), $2,695.
Winning Time: 1:12 4/5 (ft)

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Monday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Finger Lakes   (1st) Sip N Zip, 3-1
    (3rd) Last Run, 4-1
Mountaineer   (3rd) Worldly Dreamer, 3-1
    (4th) Winmor Gold, 8-1
Parx Racing   (1st) Spark the Fuse, 5-1
    (9th) Derby Gold, 7-2
Presque Isle Downs   (1st) Baystone, 6-1
    (5th) Action Plan, 5-1
Suffolk Downs   (3rd) Eight City Tour, 8-1
    (5th) My Diamond Gal, 4-1

North American Maiden Winners
Benchmark--Chetten County by Giant's Causeway; JAMISON COUNTY, g, 2, GG, Mcl 20000, 9-14, 1m, 1:41 3/5. B-Carliwood Farms LLC, Bari Amadio &Peter Amadio (CA.).
Bluegrass Cat--Contractual by Elusive Quality; DON LUPE, c, 2, PRX, Msw, 9-14, 5f, :58 . B-Glen Hill Farm (FL.). $22,000 '13 OBSAUG; $73,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Bluegrass Cat--Broken Romance by Broken Vow; BROKEANLOVINGIT, f, 2, ZIA, Msw, 9-14, 5f, :59 . B-Dixiana Farm LLC (KY.). $7,500 '12 KEENOV; $29,000 '13 OBSAUG.
Demon Warlock--Royal Snowflight by Mr. Easy Money; ANOTHER WINTER, f, 2, EMD, Mcl 25000, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:04 4/5. B-Tim Allen Floyd, James Broussard &Horseplayer's Racing Club (WA.).
Giant's Causeway--Anchorage by Tapit; CHIP LEADER, c, 2, MTH, Msw, 9-14, 1mT, 1:37 . B-Dr. Christoph Berglar (KY.). $180,000 '12 KEENOV.
Graeme Hall--Cool Cara by Housebuster; SPRINGMEIER, c, 2, GP, Mcl 50000, 9-14, 6f, 1:11 4/5. B-Robert D. Gibson (FL.).
Grasshopper--Funny Tune by Dove Hunt; POP SONG, c, 2, RET, Msw, 9-13, 6f, 1:12 2/5. B-W. S. Farish (TX.).
Kantharos--Miss Skeetd by Cloud Hopping; MR. JORDAN, c, 2, MTH, Msw, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:03 1/5. B-Philip Matthews & Karen Matthews (FL.). $63,000 '13 OBSAUG; $155,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Kitten's Joy--Laca by Cherokee Run; CHIEF KITTEN, c, 2, BEL, Msw, 9-14, 1mT, 1:38 2/5. B-Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey (NY.).
Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--Jasmine and Daisys by Lite the Fuse; MY MAN RICHIE, c, 2, AP, Msw, 9-14, 6f, 1:13 4/5. B-Richard Ravin & Larry Rivelli (IL.).
Medaglia d'Oro--Miss Macy Sue (G3$880,915), by Trippi; TAYLOR S, f, 2, CD, Msw, 9-14, 6 1/2f, 1:17 4/5. B-Albaugh Family Stable LLC (KY.).
Midshipman--Alkmaar by Monashee Mountain; ENSIGN ELI, c, 2, WO, Msw, 9-14, 6 1/2f, 1:17 2/5. B-R. Harvey & A. Wortzman (ON.). $18,000 '12 KEENOV.
Not Bourbon--Internallyflawless (G1$275,598), by Giant's Causeway; INTERNAL BOURBON, f, 2, WO, Msw, 9-14, 6f, 1:11 . B-Charles Fipke (ON.).
Preachinatthebar--Snowbound in Rio by Snowbound; SNOW BUNNY, f, 2, EMD, Mcl 12500, 9-14, 5f, :59 1/5. B-Robert F. Pulse (WA.). $2,100 '13 WASAUG.
Quiet American--Missbelle O's Tale by Tale of the Cat; MORNING COFFEE, f, 2, LRC, Msw, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:03 4/5. B-Sierra Farm (KY.). $47,000 '13 KEESEP; $190,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Ready's Image--Sahara Moon by Malibu Moon; DESERT IMAGE, f, 2, BEL, Mcl 75000, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-C. Hunter Hager & E. Claire Hager (KY.). $80,000 '13 FTKJUL.
Spring At Last--Cincy Girl by Behrens; SPRINGSPRANGSPRUNG, f, 2, GG, Mcl 12500, 9-13, 6f, 1:12 3/5. B-Tim Floyd/Warlock Stables (KY.).
Tribal Rule--Serena's Echo by Swiss Yodeler; TRIBAL ECHO, g, 2, ZIA, Msw, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:05 3/5. B-The Cole Ranch (CA.). $9,000 '13 BESOCT.
Warrior's Reward--Papalma by Dixieland Band; THE BIG MYSTERY, c, 2, GP, Msw, 9-14, 1mT, 1:39 3/5. B-Spendthrift Stallions, LLC & Brandywine Farm LLC (KY.). $52,000 '13 KEESEP. *1/2 to Aggie Engineer(G2$394,280).
Broken Vow--Alienated by Gone West; INCOMPATIBLE, f, 3, CD, Msw, 9-14, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-White Fox Farm (KY.). $100,000 '12 KEESEP.
Cape Canaveral--S. L. Charmer by Best Man Out; S. L. PROSPECTOR, g, 3, MD, Msw, 9-13, 7f, 1:27 4/5. B-Sycamore Stable (AB.). C$900 '11 ONTDEC; C$5,000 '12 ALBOCT.
Chestertown Slew--Star Mountain by Mountain Cat; CHESTERSGIRL, f, 3, LAD, Mcl 5000, 9-14, 6f, 1:15 . B-Albert Louis & Shawn Haggstrom (LA.).
Cindago--Pyrite Dance by Dance Brightly; CIN CITY LADY, f, 3, LRC, Mcl 20000, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:05 . B-Lee Searing & Susan Searing (CA.). $20,000 '12 BESOCT.
Closing Argument--Dangerous Gal by Candy Ride (ARG); JUDICAL REVIEW, g, 3, FP, Msw, 9-13, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-D. Mike Campbell & Earl Robertson (IL.).
Colonel John--Miss Buddhafull by Buddha; HUBBALA HUBBALA, f, 3, AP, Mcl 7500, 9-14, 7 1/2f, 1:35 2/5. B-Machmer Hall (KY.). $17,000 '12 FTKFEB; $30,000 2013 FTMMAY.
Giant Gizmo--War River by War Deputy; SPANISH RIVER, g, 3, WO, Msw, 9-14, 7f, 1:23 3/5. B-Frank Huarte (ON.).
Greek Sun--Willa on the Move (G3$363,940), by Two Punch; GREEK STAR, g, 3, CT, Msw, 9-13, 4 1/2f, :52 3/5. B-Marathon Farms Inc. (MD.).
Here's Zealous--Gipsy Limits (MSP$275,183), by Limit Out; ZEAL UNLIMITED, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 15000, 9-14, 7f, 1:27 2/5. B-Kaz Hill Farm (NY.).
Here's Zealous--Clever Sis by Secret Hello; LET'S MAKE A ZEAL, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 15000, 9-14, 7f, 1:27 2/5. B-Howard C. Schaeffer Jr. & Scott C. K (PA.).
Lemon Drop Kid--Search the Church (G1P$251,845), by Holy Bull; SPECIAL COLLECTION, f, 3, LAD, Msw, 9-14, a1mT, 1:40 1/5. B-G. Gary Guidry MD & W. Dwayne Brown (LA.).
Lemon Drop Kid--Sticky (MSW$381,650), by Concern; FARA'S KID, g, 3, PID, Msw, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:05 4/5. B-Fitzhugh, LLC (PA.).
Lucky Pulpit--Intricate by Bertrando; STITCHED UP, f, 3, ZIA, Msw, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:06 . B-The Cole Ranch (CA.). $6,000 '12 BESOCT; $10,500 2014 BESJAN.
McCann's Mojave--Pacaya by Restless Con; KOHALA, f, 3, LRC, Mcl 20000, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:03 4/5. B-Geri Forrester (CA.). *1/2 to Cayambe(MSW$581,768).
Medaglia d'Oro--Hystericalady (G1$2,390,556), by Distorted Humor; SUBLIME, c, 3, BEL, Msw, 9-14, 1 1/8mT, 1:49 1/5. B-Darley (KY.).
Medallist--Bring Me Flowers by Private Terms; LUCY ACTON, f, 3, MTH, Mcl 20000, 9-14, 6f, 1:11 4/5. B-Carolyn Sleeter (NJ.). *1/2 to Whoop's Ah Daisy(MSW$265,010).
Niigon--Indy Theater by Theatrical (IRE); MIA'S STAGE, f, 3, FE, Mcl 7500, 9-14, 6 1/2f, 1:20 1/5. B-Chiefswood Stables Limited (ON.). C$4,200 '12 ONTSEP.
Offlee Wild--Website by Afleet; SOCIAL NETWORK, g, 3, MTH, Mcl 10000, 9-14, 1m, 1:40 . B-Spring Run Farm, LLC (NJ.). *1/2 to Timeless Classic($349,937).
Orientate--Carson Cove by Carson City; OCEAN FRONT, c, 3, BTP, Msw, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:05 . B-Mr. & Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone (VA.).
Pollard's Vision--Mostly Lies by Honour and Glory; DR. CLARK, g, 3, AP, Mcl 15000, 9-14, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-Kenneth Hutchens (IL.).
Quiet Cash--Came Up Roses by Exchange Rate; MISS ROSE PARADE, f, 3, HST, Mcl 5000, 9-14, 6 1/2f, 1:18 3/5. B-Glen Todd (BC.). C$3,000 '12 BRCSEP.
Rapper S S--Wakidevil by Waki Bob; THE WAKI RAPPER, g, 3, ZIA, Mcl 12500, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:05 3/5. B-Lucky Six Inc. (NM.).
Rocky Bar--Iza Bon Bon (MSW$338,766), by Iz a Saros; BOSTON CHARLEY, g, 3, GG, Mcl 16000, 9-14, 6f, 1:11 1/5. B-Gerald E. Redman (CA.). $55,000 '12 CTNAUG.
Sky Conqueror--Squeezetoy by Stuka; PLAYMETHEBLUES, g, 3, WO, Msw, 9-14, 7f, 1:23 . B-Richard Moylan (ON.). C$2,000 '11 ONTDEC.
Smoke Glacken--Sunday Sonata by Palace Music; CLAYDUN, g, 3, TDN, Mcl 4000, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:06 3/5. B-Columbiana Farm (KY.). $10,000 '12 KEESEP.
Songandaprayer--Pretty Clear by Mr. Prospector; FELINO, g, 3, RET, Mcl 15000, 9-13, 1m, 1:42 2/5. B-George Ruggiero Jr. (KY.). $4,000 '11 KEENOV.
Street Sense--Pinafores Pride by Saint Ballado; SAVVY SASSY, f, 3, BEL, Msw, 9-14, 6f, 1:10 4/5. B-Rod Ferguson (ON.). $150,000 '12 KEESEP. *1/2 to Southdale(MG3$395,503).
Sun King--Inexcessivelylucky by In Excess (IRE); LUCKY SUNNY, f, 3, BTP, Mcl 7500, 9-14, 6 1/2f, 1:20 . B-Sarah A. Wells (KY.).
Wildcat Heir--Let It Roar by Roar; HAWKS NEST, g, 3, RP, Msw, 9-13, 6 1/2f, 1:16 . B-Brent Fernung & Crystal Fernung (FL.). $10,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Cahill Road--Campanita by Son of Briartic; BELL WETHER, f, 4, EMD, Mcl 5000, 9-13, 6f, 1:13 . B-Mr. & Mrs. William T. Griffin (WA.).
Marino Marini--Private Quaters by Devil's Bag; MISS MARINI, f, 4, GG, Mcl 20000, 9-14, 5fT, :58 3/5. B-William L. Hedrick & Judy Hedrick (CA.).
Redattore (BRZ)--Cosmah Star by Saint Ballado; RED GLOBE, g, 4, GG, Mcl 20000, 9-14, 1 1/16mT, 1:46 3/5. B-Harris Farms, Donald Valpredo & MichaelValpredo (CA.).
Sasha's Prospect--Play Tejano by Tejano Run; POSSIBLE PROSPECT, f, 4, FP, Mcl 3200, 9-13, 6f, 1:14 2/5. B-Clint Cisper (OK.).
Gainango--Bandita by Pancho Villa; INFORTHEWIN, g, 5, HP, Msw, 9-13, 4f, :48 2/5. B-Rose Mary Neihardt & Steven LyleNeihardt (MI.).
Killenaule--Eskimo Babe by Northern Baby; KILLENAULE'S BEST, g, 5, IND, Mcl 5000, 9-13, 5 1/2f, 1:06 . B-Greg Justice (IN.). $15,000 2011 INDJUL.
Put It Back--True Glitter by Robin Des Pins; CRYSTAL GLITTER, m, 5, MNR, Mcl 5000, 9-13, 1m, 1:43 2/5. B-Curtis Mikkelsen & Patricia Horth (FL.).
Silver Season--Egotistic by Bold Ego; EGOS SHADOWFAX, g, 6, ALB, Msw, 9-14, 5 1/2f, 1:04 3/5. B-Verona G. Vaughn (NM.).

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

HIGHLIGHTS

For Monday

FINGER LAKES (1:10): $19,200 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (2ND); $19,200 alw, 3&up, 1m 40yds (3RD).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $20,000 ocl, 3&up, 7fT (1ST).
PARX RACING (12:25): $45,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2f (7TH); $45,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m (8TH).
SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $19,000 alw, 3&up, 6f (7TH); $19,000 alw, 3&up, 1mT (8TH).

*all times Eastern

Racing Highlights

For Monday

FINGER LAKES (1:10): $19,200 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (2ND); $19,200 alw, 3&up, 1m 40yds (3RD).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $20,000 ocl, 3&up, 7fT (1ST).
PARX RACING (12:25): $45,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2f (7TH); $45,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m (8TH).
SUFFOLK DOWNS (12:45): $19,000 alw, 3&up, 6f (7TH); $19,000 alw, 3&up, 1mT (8TH).

*all times Eastern

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