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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2014

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Wise Dan returns to action in Bernard Baruch

Dual Horse of the Year Wise Dan has won 12 straight on the grass (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

If there was ever a time to catch two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan at less than his best, Saturday might be the day. The marvelous seven-year-old gelding, whose season was temporarily halted in May after emergency surgery was performed following a bout of colic, returns to action in the Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga.

On paper, Wise Dan looks as he always does -- formidable. A winner in 13 of 14 career starts on turf, including two editions of the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga, the Morton Fink-owned chestnut showed earlier in the year that he remains difficult to dethrone. Kaigan and Seek Again each took a shot, in the Maker's Mark Mile and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, respectively, in Kentucky last spring, but the dual grass champion prevailed both times, but by margins of only three-quarters of a length and a head.

The connections of Wise Dan, satisfied with the way he's recovered from his illness, have been nothing but upbeat about his return.

"He's gotten back to where he was; he's dragging his rider around there," trainer Charlie LoPresti said. "His works have been really good, and they've been basically not even asking him to do that. He's just been doing it in hand.

"I think he's back to himself again. It took him a while to get back. We were probably two works short of the Fourstardave. Once we got him up here, I realized I was trying to play catch-up to make that race and this makes more sense. I can't say that any race at Saratoga is easy, but this is an easier spot, I think, for him to come back in."

Until the race is run, though, there might be some reasons for skepticism following such a serious setback. In addition to the health issue, handicappers might be wary that Wise Dan did not earn a triple-digit BRIS Speed rating in either of his earlier victories, a possible sign of modest decline. Wise Dan will also have to tote 127 pounds in his comeback, at least eight pounds more than the rest of his rivals.

"I want to get him started. I'm not going to jump off the roof if he gets beat half a length or a length, something like that," LoPresti said. "He's been beaten before, so that doesn't worry me. He got beat in the Shadwell Mile and everybody started writing him off, but he got beat by a horse that got on the front end and just stole the race."

The 1 1/16-mile Baruch, over the inner turf, is likely Wise Dan's lone race before a return trip to his beloved Keeneland for the Shadwell Turf Mile in October. LoPresti recently said a shot at a threepeat in next month's Woodbine Mile is not high on the agenda.

Wise Dan should get plenty of pace to chase in the Baruch. Five Iron, upset winner of the Fort Marcy in May, shortens up after faltering in the 10-furlong Manhattan and nine-furlong Nijinsky, the latter at Woodbine where he set an unsustainable six-furlong split of 1:09 4/5.

Sayaad, who breaks to his immediate right, also has some early foot. He weakened to fifth after chasing a fast pace set by Silver Max in the August 9 Fourstardave, but looked good taking the $144,000 Forbidden Apple over a yielding Belmont turf one prior.

Miss Behaviour is among several viable contenders in the Prioress (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

"We could be on an uncontested lead, but Wise Dan is keen and off a long layoff; he could be breathing down our throats or he could be on the lead," said Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of Sayaad. "I'm hoping we can be on the lead, but if there's other speed we can lay second. He did rate (in the Fourstardave), we just need to time it right."

Two veterans with back class -- Boisterous and Optimizer -- give the race some added pizzazz, although neither has struck gold in graded company in some time. Boisterous peaked last year at the Grade 1 level in the Man o' War, but has just an allowance victory in five outings since joining the Todd Pletcher barn.

Optimizer, a multiple Grade 3 winner on turf, has been up the track in his last four outings dating back more than a year. Formerly with D. Wayne Lukas, the Calumet Farm-owned five-year-old will be saddled here by Jose Fernandez.

Also lining up is last year's Bernard Baruch runner-up Paris Vegas, who adds blinkers after a sixth-place finish in the $100,000 Lure on August 2; Bio Pro, who placed in both the Forbidden Apple and Lure in his last two starts; multiple Grade 2-placed Sky Blazer; and the allowance-class North Star Boy.

Entered for the main track only is Lea, last seen taking the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream in February. With little rain expected before post time, the Bill Mott trainee is more likely to return in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs next Saturday.

Red Rifle, winner of the Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston last winter, is also entered for the main track only.

The final Saturday of Saratoga's meet includes three other graded stakes, including the Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress for three-year-old fillies going six furlongs.

Grade 2 queen Miss Behaviour, runner-up in the Test and Victory Ride in her last two outings, faces several Test also-rans here: Grade 3 winner Sweet Whiskey, runner-up in the Acorn and Beaumont; Southern Honey, an impressive winner of the Winning Colors at Churchill Downs two back; and Tea Time, who failed to handle the rise in class after taking minor stakes at Parx and Delaware Park.

"I think clearly everybody feels six furlongs is better for her than seven (furlongs), said trainer Phil Schoenthal of Miss Behaviour. "She's undefeated at six (furlongs) and has never won past the distance."

Other leading contenders include Princess Violet, a distant second to Untapable in the Mother Goose last time, and the stakes debuting Thirteen Arrows, an allowance winner at Delaware Park for trainer Larry Jones in her latest effort.

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Wise Dan returns to action in Bernard Baruch

Dual Horse of the Year Wise Dan has won 12 straight on the grass (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

If there was ever a time to catch two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan at less than his best, Saturday might be the day. The marvelous seven-year-old gelding, whose season was temporarily halted in May after emergency surgery was performed following a bout of colic, returns to action in the Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga.

On paper, Wise Dan looks as he always does -- formidable. A winner in 13 of 14 career starts on turf, including two editions of the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga, the Morton Fink-owned chestnut showed earlier in the year that he remains difficult to dethrone. Kaigan and Seek Again each took a shot, in the Maker's Mark Mile and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, respectively, in Kentucky last spring, but the dual grass champion prevailed both times, but by margins of only three-quarters of a length and a head.

The connections of Wise Dan, satisfied with the way he's recovered from his illness, have been nothing but upbeat about his return.

"He's gotten back to where he was; he's dragging his rider around there," trainer Charlie LoPresti said. "His works have been really good, and they've been basically not even asking him to do that. He's just been doing it in hand.

"I think he's back to himself again. It took him a while to get back. We were probably two works short of the Fourstardave. Once we got him up here, I realized I was trying to play catch-up to make that race and this makes more sense. I can't say that any race at Saratoga is easy, but this is an easier spot, I think, for him to come back in."

Until the race is run, though, there might be some reasons for skepticism following such a serious setback. In addition to the health issue, handicappers might be wary that Wise Dan did not earn a triple-digit BRIS Speed rating in either of his earlier victories, a possible sign of modest decline. Wise Dan will also have to tote 127 pounds in his comeback, at least eight pounds more than the rest of his rivals.

"I want to get him started. I'm not going to jump off the roof if he gets beat half a length or a length, something like that," LoPresti said. "He's been beaten before, so that doesn't worry me. He got beat in the Shadwell Mile and everybody started writing him off, but he got beat by a horse that got on the front end and just stole the race."

The 1 1/16-mile Baruch, over the inner turf, is likely Wise Dan's lone race before a return trip to his beloved Keeneland for the Shadwell Turf Mile in October. LoPresti recently said a shot at a threepeat in next month's Woodbine Mile is not high on the agenda.

Wise Dan should get plenty of pace to chase in the Baruch. Five Iron, upset winner of the Fort Marcy in May, shortens up after faltering in the 10-furlong Manhattan and nine-furlong Nijinsky, the latter at Woodbine where he set an unsustainable six-furlong split of 1:09 4/5.

Sayaad, who breaks to his immediate right, also has some early foot. He weakened to fifth after chasing a fast pace set by Silver Max in the August 9 Fourstardave, but looked good taking the $144,000 Forbidden Apple over a yielding Belmont turf one prior.

Miss Behaviour is among several viable contenders in the Prioress (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

"We could be on an uncontested lead, but Wise Dan is keen and off a long layoff; he could be breathing down our throats or he could be on the lead," said Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of Sayaad. "I'm hoping we can be on the lead, but if there's other speed we can lay second. He did rate (in the Fourstardave), we just need to time it right."

Two veterans with back class -- Boisterous and Optimizer -- give the race some added pizzazz, although neither has struck gold in graded company in some time. Boisterous peaked last year at the Grade 1 level in the Man o' War, but has just an allowance victory in five outings since joining the Todd Pletcher barn.

Optimizer, a multiple Grade 3 winner on turf, has been up the track in his last four outings dating back more than a year. Formerly with D. Wayne Lukas, the Calumet Farm-owned five-year-old will be saddled here by Jose Fernandez.

Also lining up is last year's Bernard Baruch runner-up Paris Vegas, who adds blinkers after a sixth-place finish in the $100,000 Lure on August 2; Bio Pro, who placed in both the Forbidden Apple and Lure in his last two starts; multiple Grade 2-placed Sky Blazer; and the allowance-class North Star Boy.

Entered for the main track only is Lea, last seen taking the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream in February. With little rain expected before post time, the Bill Mott trainee is more likely to return in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs next Saturday.

Red Rifle, winner of the Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston last winter, is also entered for the main track only.

The final Saturday of Saratoga's meet includes three other graded stakes, including the Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress for three-year-old fillies going six furlongs.

Grade 2 queen Miss Behaviour, runner-up in the Test and Victory Ride in her last two outings, faces several Test also-rans here: Grade 3 winner Sweet Whiskey, runner-up in the Acorn and Beaumont; Southern Honey, an impressive winner of the Winning Colors at Churchill Downs two back; and Tea Time, who failed to handle the rise in class after taking minor stakes at Parx and Delaware Park.

"I think clearly everybody feels six furlongs is better for her than seven (furlongs), said trainer Phil Schoenthal of Miss Behaviour. "She's undefeated at six (furlongs) and has never won past the distance."

Other leading contenders include Princess Violet, a distant second to Untapable in the Mother Goose last time, and the stakes debuting Thirteen Arrows, an allowance winner at Delaware Park for trainer Larry Jones in her latest effort.

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Moreno the one to catch in Woodward; Clearly Now, Palace head Forego

Moreno was never seriously threatened winning the Whitney and can boost his Horse of the Year credentials with another tour-de-force performance Saturday (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photo)

Whitney winner Moreno will seek his second straight Grade 1 tally at Saratoga when he lines up for Saturday's $600,000 Woodward. The four-year-old gelding tops a field of 10 that includes seven-times stakes hero Itsmyluckyday and Suburban H. winner Zivo.

The 1 1/8-mile event lost some luster when Palace Malice and Will Take Charge were removed from consideration in recent weeks, but the Woodward could still have serious ramifications in the Eclipse Award races. Moreno tossed his hat into the ring with the dominant Whitney score, defeating both aforementioned rivals with ease as he led wire to wire for a 1 1/4-length decision, and the Eric Moreno-trained son of Ghostzapper registered a 107 BRIS Speed rating.

"(Two-time Horse of the Year) Wise Dan's just getting started, right?" Guillot said, handicapping who he perceives as the Horse of the Year leaders. "Palace Malice has got the Met Mile under his belt and Grade 2s other than that, right? The three-year-old, California Chrome, won the first two legs (of the Triple Crown); what he does when he comes back is going to be important.

"What I do from this day forward is going to be important. Shared Belief has us beaten (after winning the Pacific Classic), but Game On Dude is a tired old horse on the synthetic, so (Shared Belief's) got to do more."

Moreno breezed five furlongs in :59 1/5, the fastest of 46 workers at the distance last weekend in advance of the Woodward. He picks up five pounds off the Whitey, spotting weight to all foes under a 122-pound impost, and will be the one to catch with a returning Junior Alvarado.

"The Woodward is just another journey," Guillot said. "This horse is better doing 30-30-30 days (between races) and training light in between and working him like I do. He's a fresh horse. He's not tired by any means."

Itsmyluckyday will seek to improve one spot after finishing a clear second in the Whitney. Runner-up in both the Preakness and Florida Derby last season, the Lawyer Ron colt reeled off three consecutive listed stakes wins before making his Saratoga debut last time. Trainer Ed Plesa Jr. adds blinkers and the dark bay could show more early speed from his innermost post position with regular rider Paco Lopez.

"I think maybe we can fine-tune him a little bit, maybe focus him down the lane," Plesa said of the new headgear. "Sometimes, horses need a little something to shake them up. I don't think Moreno is going to have his own way in this race, for whatever reason, whether it's me or somebody else. Jockeys get paid a lot of money to ride these horses; they need to know how fast the horses are going in front of them.

"(Moreno) won the (Whitney) -- no ifs, ands or buts. He's the horse to beat."

Zivo brings a six-race win streak into the Woodward. Conditioned by Chad Brown, the surging New York-bred stepped up to face open rivals with a monstrous performance in the July 5 Suburban, rallying up the rail to win going away at 13-1, and earned a career-best 104 Speed rating. The five-year-old son of True Direction returns off a 56-day freshening and will be running late with Jose Lezcano.

Palace established himself as a serious contender for the Breeders' Cup Sprint in the Vanderbilt and will attempt to carry his momentum forward  (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photo)

"We just tried to give him more time," Brown said of the decision to bypass the Whitney. "He's doing really well. He needs some pace to run at. I would expect (Itsmyluckyday) to engage Moreno a little sooner this time if he expects to have a chance to win. If Itsmyluckyday lets him gallop around again, he's not going to beat him."

Micromanage improved his mark to two for two at Saratoga an 8 1/2-length romp in the August 7 Birdstone and the four-year-old colt also captured the Grade 3 Skip Away at Gulfstream Park earlier this season. The Todd Pletcher trainee will cut back in distance with strong BRIS Speed and Late Pace numbers to his credit and the son of Medaglia d'Oro receives a rider switch to Rajiv Maragh.

Other contenders include Brooklyn winner Norumbega; Grade 2 scorer Last Gunfighter, who finished fifth in the Whitney for Brown; and multiple Grade 3 victor Romansh.

One race earlier on the stakes-loaded program, the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego features a nice group of 10 sprinters at seven furlongs.

Palace will pursue his second Grade 1 of the meet following his one-length victory in the A.G. Vanderbilt on August 2 and the Linda Rice-trained horse also impressively captured the Grade 2 True North at Belmont Park three starts back, recording respective Speed ratings of 104 and 107 for those efforts. The five-year-old son of City Zip sandwiched a runner-up in the Grade 3 Belmont Sprint between those efforts and will resume his budding rivalry with Clearly Now on Saturday. Cornelio Velasquez rides.

Clearly Now will make his first start since a superb 6 1/4-length score in the Belmont Sprint, establishing a new track at Belmont Park when blitzing seven furlongs in 1:19.96. The four-year-old son of Horse Greeley has been freshened 56 days in advance of this appearance by trainer Brian Lynch and will keep Lezcano in the irons.

Grade 3 winner Falling Sky merits respect following his third in the Vanderbilt, and Capo Bastone, a two-length winner of last year's King's Bishop at Saratoga, is also entered. Weekend Hideaway and Big Business, the one-two finishers in the restricted John Morrissey 15 days earlier, will both try open rivals again.

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Moreno the one to catch in Woodward; Clearly Now, Palace head Forego

Moreno was never seriously threatened winning the Whitney and can boost his Horse of the Year credentials with another tour-de-force performance Saturday (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photo)

Whitney winner Moreno will seek his second straight Grade 1 tally at Saratoga when he lines up for Saturday's $600,000 Woodward. The four-year-old gelding tops a field of 10 that includes seven-times stakes hero Itsmyluckyday and Suburban H. winner Zivo.

The 1 1/8-mile event lost some luster when Palace Malice and Will Take Charge were removed from consideration in recent weeks, but the Woodward could still have serious ramifications in the Eclipse Award races. Moreno tossed his hat into the ring with the dominant Whitney score, defeating both aforementioned rivals with ease as he led wire to wire for a 1 1/4-length decision, and the Eric Moreno-trained son of Ghostzapper registered a 107 BRIS Speed rating.

"(Two-time Horse of the Year) Wise Dan's just getting started, right?" Guillot said, handicapping who he perceives as the Horse of the Year leaders. "Palace Malice has got the Met Mile under his belt and Grade 2s other than that, right? The three-year-old, California Chrome, won the first two legs (of the Triple Crown); what he does when he comes back is going to be important.

"What I do from this day forward is going to be important. Shared Belief has us beaten (after winning the Pacific Classic), but Game On Dude is a tired old horse on the synthetic, so (Shared Belief's) got to do more."

Moreno breezed five furlongs in :59 1/5, the fastest of 46 workers at the distance last weekend in advance of the Woodward. He picks up five pounds off the Whitey, spotting weight to all foes under a 122-pound impost, and will be the one to catch with a returning Junior Alvarado.

"The Woodward is just another journey," Guillot said. "This horse is better doing 30-30-30 days (between races) and training light in between and working him like I do. He's a fresh horse. He's not tired by any means."

Itsmyluckyday will seek to improve one spot after finishing a clear second in the Whitney. Runner-up in both the Preakness and Florida Derby last season, the Lawyer Ron colt reeled off three consecutive listed stakes wins before making his Saratoga debut last time. Trainer Ed Plesa Jr. adds blinkers and the dark bay could show more early speed from his innermost post position with regular rider Paco Lopez.

"I think maybe we can fine-tune him a little bit, maybe focus him down the lane," Plesa said of the new headgear. "Sometimes, horses need a little something to shake them up. I don't think Moreno is going to have his own way in this race, for whatever reason, whether it's me or somebody else. Jockeys get paid a lot of money to ride these horses; they need to know how fast the horses are going in front of them.

"(Moreno) won the (Whitney) -- no ifs, ands or buts. He's the horse to beat."

Zivo brings a six-race win streak into the Woodward. Conditioned by Chad Brown, the surging New York-bred stepped up to face open rivals with a monstrous performance in the July 5 Suburban, rallying up the rail to win going away at 13-1, and earned a career-best 104 Speed rating. The five-year-old son of True Direction returns off a 56-day freshening and will be running late with Jose Lezcano.

Palace established himself as a serious contender for the Breeders' Cup Sprint in the Vanderbilt and will attempt to carry his momentum forward  (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photo)

"We just tried to give him more time," Brown said of the decision to bypass the Whitney. "He's doing really well. He needs some pace to run at. I would expect (Itsmyluckyday) to engage Moreno a little sooner this time if he expects to have a chance to win. If Itsmyluckyday lets him gallop around again, he's not going to beat him."

Micromanage improved his mark to two for two at Saratoga an 8 1/2-length romp in the August 7 Birdstone and the four-year-old colt also captured the Grade 3 Skip Away at Gulfstream Park earlier this season. The Todd Pletcher trainee will cut back in distance with strong BRIS Speed and Late Pace numbers to his credit and the son of Medaglia d'Oro receives a rider switch to Rajiv Maragh.

Other contenders include Brooklyn winner Norumbega; Grade 2 scorer Last Gunfighter, who finished fifth in the Whitney for Brown; and multiple Grade 3 victor Romansh.

One race earlier on the stakes-loaded program, the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego features a nice group of 10 sprinters at seven furlongs.

Palace will pursue his second Grade 1 of the meet following his one-length victory in the A.G. Vanderbilt on August 2 and the Linda Rice-trained horse also impressively captured the Grade 2 True North at Belmont Park three starts back, recording respective Speed ratings of 104 and 107 for those efforts. The five-year-old son of City Zip sandwiched a runner-up in the Grade 3 Belmont Sprint between those efforts and will resume his budding rivalry with Clearly Now on Saturday. Cornelio Velasquez rides.

Clearly Now will make his first start since a superb 6 1/4-length score in the Belmont Sprint, establishing a new track at Belmont Park when blitzing seven furlongs in 1:19.96. The four-year-old son of Horse Greeley has been freshened 56 days in advance of this appearance by trainer Brian Lynch and will keep Lezcano in the irons.

Grade 3 winner Falling Sky merits respect following his third in the Vanderbilt, and Capo Bastone, a two-length winner of last year's King's Bishop at Saratoga, is also entered. Weekend Hideaway and Big Business, the one-two finishers in the restricted John Morrissey 15 days earlier, will both try open rivals again.

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Del Mar Debutante attracts nine

World traveler Sunset Glow stays at Del Mar for the Debutante (Benoit Photos)

Nine juvenile fillies will line up on Saturday for the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante going seven furlongs over the synthetic Polytrack, but only two bring prior stakes experience into the contest.

The Wesley Ward-trained Sunset Glow is the most experienced filly in the field in terms of both travel and starts. The Exchange Rate miss ran second in her debut over Presque Isle Downs' all-weather Tapeta on May 13, returned June 6 to break her maiden over Belmont Park's turf course, then shipped to England for a start during Royal Ascot.

Sunset Glow reputed herself very well, finishing second in the Albany just 14 days later, and was given a slight break before showing up at Del Mar on August 6 to take the Sorrento by 3 1/4 lengths. Jockey Victor Espinoza has been aboard since the gray filly's maiden score and retains the mount on Saturday.

Seduire comes into the Del Mar Debutante with much more modest accomplishments. The gray daughter of Elusive Quality took her maiden debut at Santa Anita in May prior to a second-best placing in the Landaluce a month later for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. She showed up on August 8 to wire the Wine Country Debutante at Santa Rosa and gets a jockey switch to Elvis Trujillo for this graded bow.

Four other runners on Saturday on exiting maiden debut wins, including Manahtta and Conquest Eclipse. The former got her initial career triumph at Del Mar while sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs on August 10, defeating the re-opposing Dad's Princess and Windy Forecast that day. Conquest Eclipse will be trying Polytrack for the first time after taking her maiden on Churchill Downs' dirt June 29.

Rafael Bejarano has the call on Manahatta for Hollendorfer while the Mark Casse-conditioned Conquest Eclipse will have Corey Nakatani aboard.

Her Emmynency and Stealth Drone are the other two maiden debut winners, both occurring at Del Mar, while Starlet O'Hara got her first win in her second try on July 27, also at Del Mar.

Also on Saturday's program, six older runners will go a mile in the $90,000 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes.

Drill is taking a step down in class off a Grade 1 fourth-placing last out, and this could be the perfect spot for the Lawyer Ron five-year-old to get a confidence building win. The Bob Baffert trainee, who captured the 2011 edition of the Del Mar Futurity, hasn't visited the winner's circle since taking the 2012 Lazaro Barrera Memorial 15 starts back.

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Del Mar Debutante attracts nine

World traveler Sunset Glow stays at Del Mar for the Debutante (Benoit Photos)

Nine juvenile fillies will line up on Saturday for the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante going seven furlongs over the synthetic Polytrack, but only two bring prior stakes experience into the contest.

The Wesley Ward-trained Sunset Glow is the most experienced filly in the field in terms of both travel and starts. The Exchange Rate miss ran second in her debut over Presque Isle Downs' all-weather Tapeta on May 13, returned June 6 to break her maiden over Belmont Park's turf course, then shipped to England for a start during Royal Ascot.

Sunset Glow reputed herself very well, finishing second in the Albany just 14 days later, and was given a slight break before showing up at Del Mar on August 6 to take the Sorrento by 3 1/4 lengths. Jockey Victor Espinoza has been aboard since the gray filly's maiden score and retains the mount on Saturday.

Seduire comes into the Del Mar Debutante with much more modest accomplishments. The gray daughter of Elusive Quality took her maiden debut at Santa Anita in May prior to a second-best placing in the Landaluce a month later for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. She showed up on August 8 to wire the Wine Country Debutante at Santa Rosa and gets a jockey switch to Elvis Trujillo for this graded bow.

Four other runners on Saturday on exiting maiden debut wins, including Manahtta and Conquest Eclipse. The former got her initial career triumph at Del Mar while sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs on August 10, defeating the re-opposing Dad's Princess and Windy Forecast that day. Conquest Eclipse will be trying Polytrack for the first time after taking her maiden on Churchill Downs' dirt June 29.

Rafael Bejarano has the call on Manahatta for Hollendorfer while the Mark Casse-conditioned Conquest Eclipse will have Corey Nakatani aboard.

Her Emmynency and Stealth Drone are the other two maiden debut winners, both occurring at Del Mar, while Starlet O'Hara got her first win in her second try on July 27, also at Del Mar.

Also on Saturday's program, six older runners will go a mile in the $90,000 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes.

Drill is taking a step down in class off a Grade 1 fourth-placing last out, and this could be the perfect spot for the Lawyer Ron five-year-old to get a confidence building win. The Bob Baffert trainee, who captured the 2011 edition of the Del Mar Futurity, hasn't visited the winner's circle since taking the 2012 Lazaro Barrera Memorial 15 starts back.

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Los Alamitos races now Kentucky Derby, Oaks qualifiers

The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity has been added to the list of races that comprise the 2014-15 "Road to the Kentucky Derby." The series of 35 select races -- 19 "Prep Season" races and 16 "Championship Series" races -- will determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2015.

The 1 1/16-mile Los Alamitos Futurity, a race formerly known as the Hollywood (1981-2006) and CashCall (2007-13) Futurity at the now-shuttered Hollywood Park, will be run for the first time at Los Alamitos -- the home base for 2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome -- on December 20. The race produced six Kentucky Derby winners during its run at Hollywood Park.

"The robust commitments by the team at Los Alamitos suggest a strong desire to be included in our series, and we're confident the race is likely to attract aspiring and compelling Derby prospects," said Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery. "We're delighted to welcome the Los Alamitos Futurity to the Kentucky Derby 'Prep Season.'"

Points awarded to the top four finishers in the Los Alamitos Futurity will be 10-4-2-1 as part of the "Prep Season" that showcases foundation-building races over a minimum of one mile between September and mid-February. It commences September 6 at the home of the Derby with the $100,000 Iroquois over 1 1/16 miles.

The 16 significant events that comprise the "Kentucky Derby Championship Series" during the 10-week run-up to the first Saturday in May remain unchanged from a year ago.

This is the third consecutive year that Churchill Downs will use a sliding scale of points awarded to the top four finishers in choice races to determine preference for its 20-horse Derby field. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 1/4-mile classic every year since 2004, and 14 of the last 16 years.

In the first two years of the point system, the horses that topped the leaderboard with 150 points each won the Kentucky Derby: Orb in 2013 and California Chrome in 2014.

A similar series remains in place to qualify for the Derby's sister race, the $1 million Kentucky Oaks for three-year-old fillies on May 1, 2015. The lone change to the 31-race "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" series is the addition of the $350,000 Starlet, a 1 1/16-mile "Prep Season" race scheduled for December 13 at Los Alamitos. Like the Futurity, the Starlet also had been previously run at Hollywood Park.

The full schedule of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks qualifiers, along with point breakdowns, can be found here.

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Los Alamitos races now Kentucky Derby, Oaks qualifiers

The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity has been added to the list of races that comprise the 2014-15 "Road to the Kentucky Derby." The series of 35 select races -- 19 "Prep Season" races and 16 "Championship Series" races -- will determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2015.

The 1 1/16-mile Los Alamitos Futurity, a race formerly known as the Hollywood (1981-2006) and CashCall (2007-13) Futurity at the now-shuttered Hollywood Park, will be run for the first time at Los Alamitos -- the home base for 2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome -- on December 20. The race produced six Kentucky Derby winners during its run at Hollywood Park.

"The robust commitments by the team at Los Alamitos suggest a strong desire to be included in our series, and we're confident the race is likely to attract aspiring and compelling Derby prospects," said Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery. "We're delighted to welcome the Los Alamitos Futurity to the Kentucky Derby 'Prep Season.'"

Points awarded to the top four finishers in the Los Alamitos Futurity will be 10-4-2-1 as part of the "Prep Season" that showcases foundation-building races over a minimum of one mile between September and mid-February. It commences September 6 at the home of the Derby with the $100,000 Iroquois over 1 1/16 miles.

The 16 significant events that comprise the "Kentucky Derby Championship Series" during the 10-week run-up to the first Saturday in May remain unchanged from a year ago.

This is the third consecutive year that Churchill Downs will use a sliding scale of points awarded to the top four finishers in choice races to determine preference for its 20-horse Derby field. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 1/4-mile classic every year since 2004, and 14 of the last 16 years.

In the first two years of the point system, the horses that topped the leaderboard with 150 points each won the Kentucky Derby: Orb in 2013 and California Chrome in 2014.

A similar series remains in place to qualify for the Derby's sister race, the $1 million Kentucky Oaks for three-year-old fillies on May 1, 2015. The lone change to the 31-race "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" series is the addition of the $350,000 Starlet, a 1 1/16-mile "Prep Season" race scheduled for December 13 at Los Alamitos. Like the Futurity, the Starlet also had been previously run at Hollywood Park.

The full schedule of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks qualifiers, along with point breakdowns, can be found here.

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Partisan Politics prevails in P.G. Johnson

Partisan Politics earned her first career victory in Wednesday's $100,000 P.G. Johnson at Saratoga, overcoming early trouble to win going away by 2 3/4 lengths. Javier Castellano was up on the Chad Brown-trained juvenile filly.

A neck third when making her career bow in a 5 1/2-furlong turf maiden special weight, the daughter of More Than Ready stretched out to 1 1/16 miles on turf for her second start and paid $11.20 to win as the 9-2 fourth choice among seven rivals.

"It got rough a little bit in the beginning of the race," Casltellano said. "I was able to put her in a good spot today. I think the first (race) was too short for her. Now (Brown) put her in at a mile and a sixteenth and she was very comfortable today.

"I was very honored to win the race. I knew P.G. Johnson very well in the past. He was such a great guy, a very honest guy."

The race honors late Hall of Fame trainer P.G. Johnson, who conditioned 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi and won training titles at all three NYRA tracks.

Partisan Politics settled just off the pace at the break and was bumped hard by Ancient Goddess, who carried several rivals wide as she swerved out under a heavy hold from Joel Rosario entering the first turn.

After the early interference, Partisan Politics relaxed a few lengths off the early pace in fourth as Sunday Sonnet showed the way on a clear lead through splits of :24 3/5 and :49 1/5. The pacesetter began to edge away on the far turn, passing the three-quarters mark in 1:13 1/5 with a two-length lead, but could not sustain her advantage in the final furlongs.

Partisan Politics was asked by Castellano rounding the bend and accelerated three wide into the contention entering the stretch. She collared Sunday Sonnet with about a sixteenth of a mile remaining and drove clear late, stopping the teletimer in 1:43.

Owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, the chestnut filly has now earned $68,300 from her two career outing.

"We spoke about it in the paddock, Javier and I, and we really wanted the spot the No. 1 (Ancient Goddess) was in going into the first turn," Brown said. "Handicapping the race, I thought there were two speed horses, and I knew that European horses generally don't break well first time out, so I said, 'See if you can break and get right in the pocket.' That's the trip I wanted, and maybe wait for a hole turning for home. When the No. 1 got my spot and (Partisan Politics) was four wide, I was not happy.

"I'm really proud of this horse, for her to go wide the whole way and still power home and win convincingly. I wasn't positive she wanted to go a mile and a sixteenth quite yet; that's why I debuted her sprinting. I thought today we would have had to save a little more ground to win, but she didn't need it; she got a wide trip and still won."

Sunday Sonnet easily held the place, a length better than Ancient Goddess in third. Next came Rainha Da Bateria, Magnificent Margo, 3-1 favorite Flying Tipat and Slava.

Bred in Kentucky Dell Ridge Farm LLC, Partisan Politics was purchased for $175,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale. She's out of the Grade 2-placed Dynaformer mare Bluegrass Princess, who hails from the multiple stakes-winning mare America America.

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Partisan Politics prevails in P.G. Johnson

Partisan Politics earned her first career victory in Wednesday's $100,000 P.G. Johnson at Saratoga, overcoming early trouble to win going away by 2 3/4 lengths. Javier Castellano was up on the Chad Brown-trained juvenile filly.

A neck third when making her career bow in a 5 1/2-furlong turf maiden special weight, the daughter of More Than Ready stretched out to 1 1/16 miles on turf for her second start and paid $11.20 to win as the 9-2 fourth choice among seven rivals.

"It got rough a little bit in the beginning of the race," Casltellano said. "I was able to put her in a good spot today. I think the first (race) was too short for her. Now (Brown) put her in at a mile and a sixteenth and she was very comfortable today.

"I was very honored to win the race. I knew P.G. Johnson very well in the past. He was such a great guy, a very honest guy."

The race honors late Hall of Fame trainer P.G. Johnson, who conditioned 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi and won training titles at all three NYRA tracks.

Partisan Politics settled just off the pace at the break and was bumped hard by Ancient Goddess, who carried several rivals wide as she swerved out under a heavy hold from Joel Rosario entering the first turn.

After the early interference, Partisan Politics relaxed a few lengths off the early pace in fourth as Sunday Sonnet showed the way on a clear lead through splits of :24 3/5 and :49 1/5. The pacesetter began to edge away on the far turn, passing the three-quarters mark in 1:13 1/5 with a two-length lead, but could not sustain her advantage in the final furlongs.

Partisan Politics was asked by Castellano rounding the bend and accelerated three wide into the contention entering the stretch. She collared Sunday Sonnet with about a sixteenth of a mile remaining and drove clear late, stopping the teletimer in 1:43.

Owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, the chestnut filly has now earned $68,300 from her two career outing.

"We spoke about it in the paddock, Javier and I, and we really wanted the spot the No. 1 (Ancient Goddess) was in going into the first turn," Brown said. "Handicapping the race, I thought there were two speed horses, and I knew that European horses generally don't break well first time out, so I said, 'See if you can break and get right in the pocket.' That's the trip I wanted, and maybe wait for a hole turning for home. When the No. 1 got my spot and (Partisan Politics) was four wide, I was not happy.

"I'm really proud of this horse, for her to go wide the whole way and still power home and win convincingly. I wasn't positive she wanted to go a mile and a sixteenth quite yet; that's why I debuted her sprinting. I thought today we would have had to save a little more ground to win, but she didn't need it; she got a wide trip and still won."

Sunday Sonnet easily held the place, a length better than Ancient Goddess in third. Next came Rainha Da Bateria, Magnificent Margo, 3-1 favorite Flying Tipat and Slava.

Bred in Kentucky Dell Ridge Farm LLC, Partisan Politics was purchased for $175,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale. She's out of the Grade 2-placed Dynaformer mare Bluegrass Princess, who hails from the multiple stakes-winning mare America America.

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Latest St Leger Day acceptors revealed

With just over a fortnight to go, the countdown to the final English classic of the season intensifies Wednesday with the unveiling of the latest acceptors for the Group 1 St Leger. The £650,000 contest takes place over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards at Doncaster on September 13.

A total of 21 entries remain, headed by Kingston Hill who is already a Group 1 winner at Doncaster having landed the Racing Post Trophy in 2013. He is the 5-2 favorite with Ladbrokes.

This season, the colt beat all bar Australia in the Derby at Epsom Downs in June. He missed last week's 12-furlong Great Voltigeur Stakes at York due to the fast ground with connections opting to go straight to Town Moor. Snow Sky and Odeon, the second and third at York, both remain engaged in the St Leger.

Snow Sky was beaten 2 1/4 lengths by Postponed at York but had previously laid down a marker for the St Leger in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on July 30, repelling Windshear by a neck.

Stoute and Snow Sky's owner Khalid Abdullah are also responsible for the lightly-raced Kings Fete, who was third behind Forever Now and Alex My Boy in the March Stakes over 14 furlongs at Goodwood on August 23.

"Snow Sky has come out of York well and the plan is to run in the St Leger," said Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Khalid Abdullah. "He settled very well and got into a nice rhythm in the Great Voltigeur. He joined Postponed two furlongs out but the winner quickened well. We stayed on well to the line and were gaining at the end, so I thought it was quite encouraging.

"We are all going to find out on the day if he will stay but given the type of horse he is and his pedigree, I think he has a pretty good chance of staying a mile and three quarters.

"Kings Fete has got to settle better if he is going to get the trip. He was a bit silly at Goodwood the other day but has some talent and we won't discount him. At this stage, I would say it is unlikely but it has not been ruled out and we have left him in for good reason.

"We tried him in a ring bit instead of the hood at the weekend. I don't think you want to overburden a horse with too many contraptions otherwise you get too clever, but obviously the ring bit wasn't quite so successful."

John Gosden has won the St Leger four times, with two of those successes coming in the last four years (Masked Marvel in 2011 and Arctic Cosmos in 2010). This time around the Newmarket handler has three entries going forward, headed by Derby third Romsdal. Gosden's two other possible starters are Forever Now and Marzocco, who finished fourth fourth in the Great Voltigeur.

Another handler with three entries is Mark Johnston. The North Yorkshire handler's trio include Hartnell, successful in the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot and Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket before finishing sixth in the Great Voltigeur, Eclipse Stakes third Somewhat plus Alex My Boy.

Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien, who saddled his fourth St Leger winner with Leading Light in 2013, has five entries including Irish Derby runner-up Kingfisher. Adjusted, Blue Hussar, Granddukeoftuscany and Indian Maharaja complete the Ballydoyle quintet.

There is one other entry from Ireland in Streetcar to Stars, who was last seen out when fourth behind 2013 St Leger victor Leading Light in the Irish St Leger Trial last Sunday.

Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has won the St Leger more times than any other current trainer, with five victories to his name. His one possible starter in 2014 is Winter Thunder, a dual winner at Newmarket this season in handicap company.

With the St Leger staged five days before the Scottish independence referendum, there would be no more topical winner than Scotland, who put up his best effort this season when third in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Completing the acceptors are Astronereus and Min Alemarat.

There is a £50,000 supplementary entry stage for the St Leger on September 8, when the five-day confirmation stage also takes place.

A total of 45 juveniles go forward for the Group 2, £75,000 Champagne Stakes over seven furlongs. Aidan O'Brien has eight entries, the most of any handler, headed by eye-catching Vintage Stakes victor Highland Reel and last weekend's Futurity Stakes scorer Gleneagles.

Richard Hannon Jr., whose father won two of the last three renewals, has five possibles, including Group 2 scorers Baitha Alga, Estidhkaar and Kool Kompany.

Other notables include impressive Chesham Stakes hero Richard Pankhurst, who has since been purchased by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, and last week's Acomb Stakes winner Dutch Connection.

The Champagne takes place on St Leger Day. There is a £7,500 supplementary entry stage on September 8.

Viztoria could bid for back-to-back successes in the Group 2 Park Stakes after the four-year-old was among 31 confirmations for the seven-furlong contest.

Those going forward also include Diamond Jubilee Stakes runner-up Due Dilliegence and Mustajeeb, who has not been seen since annexing the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Other interesting contenders include Bow Creek, Breton Rock and Es Que Love, who all captured Group 2 events last time out.

The Park takes place on St Leger Day and has a £9,000 supplementary entry stage on September 8.

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Latest St Leger Day acceptors revealed

With just over a fortnight to go, the countdown to the final English classic of the season intensifies Wednesday with the unveiling of the latest acceptors for the Group 1 St Leger. The £650,000 contest takes place over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards at Doncaster on September 13.

A total of 21 entries remain, headed by Kingston Hill who is already a Group 1 winner at Doncaster having landed the Racing Post Trophy in 2013. He is the 5-2 favorite with Ladbrokes.

This season, the colt beat all bar Australia in the Derby at Epsom Downs in June. He missed last week's 12-furlong Great Voltigeur Stakes at York due to the fast ground with connections opting to go straight to Town Moor. Snow Sky and Odeon, the second and third at York, both remain engaged in the St Leger.

Snow Sky was beaten 2 1/4 lengths by Postponed at York but had previously laid down a marker for the St Leger in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on July 30, repelling Windshear by a neck.

Stoute and Snow Sky's owner Khalid Abdullah are also responsible for the lightly-raced Kings Fete, who was third behind Forever Now and Alex My Boy in the March Stakes over 14 furlongs at Goodwood on August 23.

"Snow Sky has come out of York well and the plan is to run in the St Leger," said Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Khalid Abdullah. "He settled very well and got into a nice rhythm in the Great Voltigeur. He joined Postponed two furlongs out but the winner quickened well. We stayed on well to the line and were gaining at the end, so I thought it was quite encouraging.

"We are all going to find out on the day if he will stay but given the type of horse he is and his pedigree, I think he has a pretty good chance of staying a mile and three quarters.

"Kings Fete has got to settle better if he is going to get the trip. He was a bit silly at Goodwood the other day but has some talent and we won't discount him. At this stage, I would say it is unlikely but it has not been ruled out and we have left him in for good reason.

"We tried him in a ring bit instead of the hood at the weekend. I don't think you want to overburden a horse with too many contraptions otherwise you get too clever, but obviously the ring bit wasn't quite so successful."

John Gosden has won the St Leger four times, with two of those successes coming in the last four years (Masked Marvel in 2011 and Arctic Cosmos in 2010). This time around the Newmarket handler has three entries going forward, headed by Derby third Romsdal. Gosden's two other possible starters are Forever Now and Marzocco, who finished fourth fourth in the Great Voltigeur.

Another handler with three entries is Mark Johnston. The North Yorkshire handler's trio include Hartnell, successful in the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot and Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket before finishing sixth in the Great Voltigeur, Eclipse Stakes third Somewhat plus Alex My Boy.

Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien, who saddled his fourth St Leger winner with Leading Light in 2013, has five entries including Irish Derby runner-up Kingfisher. Adjusted, Blue Hussar, Granddukeoftuscany and Indian Maharaja complete the Ballydoyle quintet.

There is one other entry from Ireland in Streetcar to Stars, who was last seen out when fourth behind 2013 St Leger victor Leading Light in the Irish St Leger Trial last Sunday.

Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has won the St Leger more times than any other current trainer, with five victories to his name. His one possible starter in 2014 is Winter Thunder, a dual winner at Newmarket this season in handicap company.

With the St Leger staged five days before the Scottish independence referendum, there would be no more topical winner than Scotland, who put up his best effort this season when third in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Completing the acceptors are Astronereus and Min Alemarat.

There is a £50,000 supplementary entry stage for the St Leger on September 8, when the five-day confirmation stage also takes place.

A total of 45 juveniles go forward for the Group 2, £75,000 Champagne Stakes over seven furlongs. Aidan O'Brien has eight entries, the most of any handler, headed by eye-catching Vintage Stakes victor Highland Reel and last weekend's Futurity Stakes scorer Gleneagles.

Richard Hannon Jr., whose father won two of the last three renewals, has five possibles, including Group 2 scorers Baitha Alga, Estidhkaar and Kool Kompany.

Other notables include impressive Chesham Stakes hero Richard Pankhurst, who has since been purchased by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, and last week's Acomb Stakes winner Dutch Connection.

The Champagne takes place on St Leger Day. There is a £7,500 supplementary entry stage on September 8.

Viztoria could bid for back-to-back successes in the Group 2 Park Stakes after the four-year-old was among 31 confirmations for the seven-furlong contest.

Those going forward also include Diamond Jubilee Stakes runner-up Due Dilliegence and Mustajeeb, who has not been seen since annexing the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Other interesting contenders include Bow Creek, Breton Rock and Es Que Love, who all captured Group 2 events last time out.

The Park takes place on St Leger Day and has a £9,000 supplementary entry stage on September 8.

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With Anticipation a battle of the unbeatens

Trainers Todd Pletcher, Chad Brown and Graham Motion have combined to win five of the past six editions of the $200,000 With Anticipation, and all three will be represented in Thursday's Grade 2, 1 1/16-mile turf heat for juveniles at Saratoga.

Pletcher, who has won the race three times including the 2013 edition with Bashart, has Designed for War entered for the grass and Blame Jim for the main track. Both were wire-to-wire debut winners, with Designed for War prevailing by 1 3/4 lengths over the course and distance August 9. The 3-2 favorite that day, Designed for War set a slow pace and had plenty of left to withstand his challengers.

"He had a bit of a pace advantage that day and he was able to kind of get an easy lead, and was good enough to take advantage of it," Pletcher said. "It was just a result of the way the race unfolded, but we were pretty happy with the way he did it.

"He's a colt that showed promise all summer. We felt like, typical of some of the War Fronts that we've had, when we put him on the grass he showed some improvement. We thought he ran well."

Blame Jim, the probable favorite in the event the With Anticipation is switched to the main track, zipped home by three lengths over next-out winner Bold Conquest July 19 as an odds-on favorite going 5 1/2 furlongs.

Brown and Motion will also saddle first-out winners in the With Anticipation. The Brown-trained Startup Nation steps up in class after posting a 9-1 upset against New York-bred maidens August 7. The Temple City colt was down 10 lengths after a half-mile and made up seven lengths in the final quarter-mile to win going away by two lengths.

"He ran terrific in his first start," Brown said. "He came out of the race well and he's trained well since. We're looking forward to trying him in a stakes race. We've always liked the horse. He was training well leading up to his debut and we expected him to run well. He's a beautiful horse. He's got good mechanics and a great attitude. He's what you're looking for in a two-year-old."

Motion will be represented by Strong Coffee, who rallied from slightly off a modest pace to win his debut by three lengths over next-out winner Face the Music on August 2. Strong Coffee is a half-brother to Grade 3 turf winners Gulch Approval and Rusty Slipper, and is closely related to last weekend's Travers runner-up Wicked Strong.

"Certainly, he surprised me that he could win like that first time out," Motion said. "I thought he would run well; I didn't necessarily think he had to win, and certainly didn't expect him to win like that.

"I actually brought him up here with the idea of running him on the dirt," he said. "I didn't think he handled the dirt up here that well when I worked him, so I took him over on the grass and he worked like a different horse. I have his half-sister, so it wasn't a surprise.

"The thing about this horse that's so neat is he just has this really remarkable attitude. He's just a very kind of cool, laid-back horse and takes everything very well, so that helps him."

Motion will also saddle Hot Tin Roof, who won at first asking over Presque Isle Downs' Tapeta surface going six furlongs on July 30.

Returning to the grass is International Star, who posted a 5 1/2-length debut win over Belmont's inner turf on June 21. The following month, the Mike Maker-trained colt finished second, beaten seven lengths, in the $122,000 Rockville Centre for New York-breds on dirt at Belmont.

The With Anticipation field is rounded out by Creaky Cricket, who's floundered in two main-track stakes since an 11 1/2-length debut win at Arlington on Polytrack; Nutty Futty, a 5 3/4-length maiden winner over the Gulfstream turf in his third start; and Kutuzov, a five-furlong maiden winner on the Gulfstream sod in his seventh start.

The $75,000 Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords, a 2 3/8-mile hurdle for fillies and mares, features a rematch of the top four finishers from the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps on August 7 -- Cat Feathers, Kisser N Run, Brilliant Match, and Opera Heroine. Also in with a chance is Bittersweetheart, a stakes winner last out at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.

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With Anticipation a battle of the unbeatens

Trainers Todd Pletcher, Chad Brown and Graham Motion have combined to win five of the past six editions of the $200,000 With Anticipation, and all three will be represented in Thursday's Grade 2, 1 1/16-mile turf heat for juveniles at Saratoga.

Pletcher, who has won the race three times including the 2013 edition with Bashart, has Designed for War entered for the grass and Blame Jim for the main track. Both were wire-to-wire debut winners, with Designed for War prevailing by 1 3/4 lengths over the course and distance August 9. The 3-2 favorite that day, Designed for War set a slow pace and had plenty of left to withstand his challengers.

"He had a bit of a pace advantage that day and he was able to kind of get an easy lead, and was good enough to take advantage of it," Pletcher said. "It was just a result of the way the race unfolded, but we were pretty happy with the way he did it.

"He's a colt that showed promise all summer. We felt like, typical of some of the War Fronts that we've had, when we put him on the grass he showed some improvement. We thought he ran well."

Blame Jim, the probable favorite in the event the With Anticipation is switched to the main track, zipped home by three lengths over next-out winner Bold Conquest July 19 as an odds-on favorite going 5 1/2 furlongs.

Brown and Motion will also saddle first-out winners in the With Anticipation. The Brown-trained Startup Nation steps up in class after posting a 9-1 upset against New York-bred maidens August 7. The Temple City colt was down 10 lengths after a half-mile and made up seven lengths in the final quarter-mile to win going away by two lengths.

"He ran terrific in his first start," Brown said. "He came out of the race well and he's trained well since. We're looking forward to trying him in a stakes race. We've always liked the horse. He was training well leading up to his debut and we expected him to run well. He's a beautiful horse. He's got good mechanics and a great attitude. He's what you're looking for in a two-year-old."

Motion will be represented by Strong Coffee, who rallied from slightly off a modest pace to win his debut by three lengths over next-out winner Face the Music on August 2. Strong Coffee is a half-brother to Grade 3 turf winners Gulch Approval and Rusty Slipper, and is closely related to last weekend's Travers runner-up Wicked Strong.

"Certainly, he surprised me that he could win like that first time out," Motion said. "I thought he would run well; I didn't necessarily think he had to win, and certainly didn't expect him to win like that.

"I actually brought him up here with the idea of running him on the dirt," he said. "I didn't think he handled the dirt up here that well when I worked him, so I took him over on the grass and he worked like a different horse. I have his half-sister, so it wasn't a surprise.

"The thing about this horse that's so neat is he just has this really remarkable attitude. He's just a very kind of cool, laid-back horse and takes everything very well, so that helps him."

Motion will also saddle Hot Tin Roof, who won at first asking over Presque Isle Downs' Tapeta surface going six furlongs on July 30.

Returning to the grass is International Star, who posted a 5 1/2-length debut win over Belmont's inner turf on June 21. The following month, the Mike Maker-trained colt finished second, beaten seven lengths, in the $122,000 Rockville Centre for New York-breds on dirt at Belmont.

The With Anticipation field is rounded out by Creaky Cricket, who's floundered in two main-track stakes since an 11 1/2-length debut win at Arlington on Polytrack; Nutty Futty, a 5 3/4-length maiden winner over the Gulfstream turf in his third start; and Kutuzov, a five-furlong maiden winner on the Gulfstream sod in his seventh start.

The $75,000 Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords, a 2 3/8-mile hurdle for fillies and mares, features a rematch of the top four finishers from the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps on August 7 -- Cat Feathers, Kisser N Run, Brilliant Match, and Opera Heroine. Also in with a chance is Bittersweetheart, a stakes winner last out at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.

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In brief

With Hollendorfer in Northern California, assistant Dan Ward said Wednesday that of the seven horses the stable sent out Sunday at Del Mar, producing three wins, Shared Belief (Candy Ride) was the only one to fully clean up his feed tub -- a sign of vigor -- and had the job done by 9 p.m. (PDT), a few hours after the race. Hollendorfer has said that Shared Belief will likely have one race before the Breeders' Cup Classic, but has kept open the possibility of training his charge up to the event. "Jerry will talk it over with the owners. He'll make the right decision," Ward said. NBC Sports' Horse Racing analyst Randy Moss has moved Jungle Racing et al's undefeated three-year-old gelding Shared Belief to the No. 1 position in the latest "Randy's Rankings" of the Top 10 Breeders' Cup contenders for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, which will be run on November 1 at Santa Anita Park and be broadcast live and in primetime on NBC. Following his dominating victory in Sunday's "Win & You're In" Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar, in which Shared Belief earned an automatic starting position into the Classic, Moss moved the dark bay past Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome to the top of the chart. Owned in partnership by sports radio personality Jim Rome and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Shared Belief was last year's champion two-year-old male, but missed the Triple Crown races due to a foot injury. He has won all three of his starts since returning in May, and could be slated to run in the "Win & You're In" Awesome Again (G1) going 1 1/8 miles, televised live on NBCSN, at Santa Anita on September 27 as his final Classic prep race. Shared Belief was also bet down to 6-1 in Eclipse Awards 2014 Horse of the Year future wager odds listed by William Hill. The California-based gelding had been available at 16-1 in the days leading up to the Pacific Classic. California Chrome and Palace Malice remain Horse of the Year co-favorites at 5-2. Two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan is listed at 15-1. Future bet wagering on Horse of the Year will conclude November 7, six days after the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita...

Trainer Barry Hills, who in June was granted a temporary license after the death of his eldest son, John, has been named as the fifth trainer to have had horses in his care test positive for morphine this summer in Britain. Hills has two horses -- Soul Intent (Galileo) and Jolly Red Jeanz (Intense Focus) -- test positive in a saga that has been linked to a likely case of contaminated feed. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has scheduled a disciplinary hearing September 25 for four of the five trainers involved. Trainer Eve Johnson-Houghton's case will be heard separately. A statement from the BHA read, "It will be BHA's position at this hearing that the source of the positive samples was a contaminated batch of feed and that the trainers took all reasonable precautions to avoid breaching the rules of racing. BHA will submit that no financial penalty should be imposed. However, according to the rules of racing, the horses involved should be disqualified from the relevant races."...

Tom's Tribute (Lion Heart) and Goldencents (Into Mischief), winners of the Grade 2 events leading up to the Pacific Classic on Sunday, showed no ill effects off their efforts and are headed to Breeders' Cup assignments. Tom's Tribute put a lock on "Grass Horse of the Meeting" honors with a Del Mar Mile H. victory to go with an earlier one in the Eddie Read (G1). "You do the best you can and hope for the best," trainer Jim Cassidy said. "I couldn't be happier. The whole thing is fantastic, We'll see what happens at the Breeders' Cup." Obviously (Choisir), the two-time defending Del Mar Mile champion, had his chances compromised by a slow start and finished fourth, beaten 2 1/4 lengths, as the 2-5 favorite. The Phil D'Amato trainee came out of the race fine and will be trained up to a Breeders' Cup Mile assignment for the third year in a row. D'Amato trained Big John B to win Saturday's Del Mar H. (G2), a "Win & You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Turf. In winning Sunday's Pat O'Brien Stakes, Doug O'Neill-trained Goldencents earned an expenses-paid entry to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, the event he won last year. "Came out of it super," O'Neill said. Trainer Bob Baffert reported that Fed Biz (Giant's Causeway), second in the Pat O'Brien, and Game On Dude (Awesome Again), fourth in the Pacific Classic, were also fine and will be pointed for yet-to-be determined races. "Dude's still mad," Baffert said. "He ran a huge race, but it turned out to be a wasted effort. That's horse racing."...

Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's juvenile Faydhan (War Front) is likely to be on the sidelines for the remainder of the season after suffering an injury. "He's had a little setback," said Angus Gold, racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan. "We're going to struggle to get him back on the track this year." Faydhan was a six-length winner of his lone outing at Haydock on July 3 for trainer John Gosden, and is the 12-1 third choice for next year's Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1). "Hopefully it's nothing major, just bad timing," Gold added. "We're trying to find out how serious it is. He's definitely had a setback and he won't run for a while. It's a leg injury, but hopefully nothing major. It's just going to hold him up for a while, quite possibly for the rest of the season."...

Last year's Oaks (Eng-G1) heroine Talent (New Approach) has been retired and will return to her birthplace at Ashbrittle Stud to be bred next year. Trained by Ralph Beckett, Talent won the Pretty Polly S. three weeks before upsetting her favored stablemate Secret Gesture (Galileo) in the Oaks. That classic marked Talent's third and final career victory, but she recorded placings in last year's St Leger (Eng-G1) and British Champions Fillies & Mares (Eng-G1). The chestnut miss was last seen finishing fifth in the August 21 Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-G1) and retires with earnings of £489,197. "It has been decided to retire Talent," Beckett stated. "She gave us the best day of our training career when winning the Oaks last year and she ran right up to her best when running second in the St Leger three months later. But it became obvious that she is not the same filly this year, and so it became clear that the best thing to do was to retire her. We will miss her, but with luck we can look forward to training her progeny."...

Mister Marti Gras (Belong to Me), winner of the 2011 edition of the $150,000 Washington Park H. (G3), faces five rivals on Saturday in his quest for a second victory in the 1 1/8-mile contest at Arlington. The Chris Block-trained seven-year-old will be making his fourth consecutive start in Arlington's long-standing main track fixture, having captured the race in his first attempt three years ago, finished second the following year and ran fourth last year. In four starts this year, Mister Marti Gras finished fifth in his seasonal bow going a mile on Keeneland's turf before, owns a second in the one-mile Hanshin Cup (G3), triumphed in a tough Arlington turf allowance and filled the fifth spot in the grassy Arlington H. (G3). Eduardo Perez has the mount aboard the 121-pound starting highweight, who will be spotting his rivals from four to eight pounds. Fordubai (E Dubai) returns to his Chicago homebase off a third after setting the pace in the Prairie Meadows H. last month. All six of his starts in 2014 have been in stakes company, including a victory in the Louisiana H. at Fair Grounds in January for trainer Greg Geier. The dark bay four-year-old will have James Graham in the saddle. Avanzare (Grand Reward) will be making his synthetic debut in the Washington Park after spending his previous eight starts on turf where he only once finished outside the top two, with that actually coming in his last outing, a fourth in the Arlington H. (G3). The Tom Proctor trainee will be ridden by Chris Emigh. Hattaash (Strong Hope) is looking to better his third-place finish in this event from a year ago. The seven-year-old gelding's only 2014 score from six tries thus far came via disqualification when moved up to the top spot in a Mach 16 allowance at Hawthorne. Sheldon Russell has the mount aboard the Cheryl Winebaugh trainee. Completing the field for the Washington Park are stakes debuters Gimmeadrink (Gimmeawink) and Only in America (Tiznow)...

Flower Alley (Distorted Humor), sire of 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion I'll Have Another, will stand at Wilgerbosdrift Stud in South Africa next year, according to published reports. The Grade 1-winning millionaire previously stood at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Kentucky. Flower Alley has sired 14 stakes winners, including Ashland (G1) winner Lilacs and Lace, Grade 2 hero Neck 'n Neck, Grade 3 scorer Bouquet Booth, and recent Sky Classic (Can-G2) winner Karibu Gardens...

Kentucky Downs has installed a total of 16 surveillance cameras in the stable area for their 2014 racing season, which gets underway on September 6. "Safety and security is the foundation of everything we do at Kentucky Downs," said Kentucky Downs president Corey Johnsen. "Since we opened our gaming area in 2011 with 78 surveillance cameras, we have found it to be an effective tool in maximizing the safety and security of our patrons. Now, we plan to transfer that experience to our racing program. It is our goal to be a catalyst for change and we hope that all tracks will investigate expanding their surveillance systems to the stable area." The installation of surveillance cameras in the barn area is just one of several significant improvements initiated at the Franklin, Kentucky, track this year. The test barn has been expanded and renovated and the turf course has benefited from a comprehensive fertilization program and improved drainage system. A new rail was purchased for the unique European style turf course. Duralock Fencing Systems was selected based on their exemplary reputation as a world leader in equestrian fencing and rails...

Thistledown will increase purses another 5 percent, starting with a special Labor Day race card on September 1. Purses will now average $110,000 each racing day. This is the second time this racing season that Thistledown has increased purses. "Since the addition of Video Lottery Terminals at Thistledown, horse racing has seen an increase in fans and wagering," said Patrick Ellsworth, racing secretary at Thistledown. "With this latest boost to the purses, we expect even more fan interaction at the track." Thistledown's 2014 Thoroughbred racing season includes 122 race days and will culminate on November 16. With the latest increase, purses in low-level races will see an additional $300-$500. Mid-level competitions will rise by $1,000 per race and higher level races will see a hike of $1,500 per race...

The British betting levy will be the subject of a 10-week consultation to "determine how best to bring it up to date," according to Sports Minister Helen Grant. The consultation will ask for views on two options -- reforming the existing levy, or replacing it with a bespoke statutory framework. "Horseracing and betting have grown together over the last 200 years, with each helping to shape the other," Grant said. "They have a unique and entirely interdependent relationship. The levy is a fine idea that helps maintain the health of the sport, but it is not working as well as it should. It urgently needs to reflect the modern reality of horse racing and betting. The government has ruled out keeping the levy unchanged, and has stated it won't be scrapped without a replacement."...

Red Outlaw (Tribal Rule) will attempt to stay undefeated from five starts in Friday's one mile, $100,000 El Cajon S. for three-year-olds at Del Mar on the Polytrack. The chestnut gelding is coming off a wire-to-wire victory in the Real Good Deal S. over the track on August 1. Indexical (Latent Heat) is still looking for his first stakes victory and stands a chance in here as he drops in class after finishing fourth against graded company in the Bing Crosby S. (G1) last month. Doug O'Neill adds blinkers to Home School (Intense Focus), who tries the all-weather surface for the first time, and Friendswith K Mill (Flashy Bull), who will try to get back on track after running second in the Affirmed (G3) just three starts ago. Diamond Bachelor (War Front) makes a bid to return to the winner's circle for the first time since capturing the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf S. at this venue as a two-year-old...

The Del Mar jockey colony will add a Hall of Fame rider this weekend when Alex Solis returns home to the West Coast after nearly five years being based in the east. Solis, who became the 98th jockey inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this month, has 4,992 career wins from 33,600 starts. His horses' purse earnings are $235,699,608. Solis, 50, is at Del Mar but was still in the process of the coast-to-coast relocation Wednesday morning, his agent Brandon O'Bryan said. Solis was on hand Sunday for the Pacific Classic and was in the winner's circle after Shared Belief -- part-owned by his bloodstock agent son Alex Jr. -- won the race. O'Bryan said the connection with Solis was initiated by a phone call from East Coast super agent Ron Anderson, who informed him that Solis desired to return to the West. Anderson is the agent for Joel Rosario. "I gave Alex a call and we ended up meeting about a week later for lunch," O'Bryan explained. "This is home, where his family and his kids are, and I think that's the main reason he wanted to come back and ride here." Solis is expected to be at the track Thursday or Friday morning to work horses and O'Bryan said he already had a couple of mounts lined up for races over the Labor Day weekend. Retired trainer Mel Stute, who gave Solis a major break putting him on Snow Chief for the 1986 Triple Crown campaign which produced a victory in the Preakness, remains a big Solis supporter. "Alex, in my opinion, is going to do real well here, same as Desormeaux has," Stute said. "I told Kent when he came back, 'They talk about the jocks we have here now but don't you worry. You old timers will give them all a lesson.' Mike Smith and Kent are doing really well here and so will Alex. He has the right style and he thinks when he rides." Solis joins Smith and Desormeaux as the Hall of Fame members in the Del Mar jockey colony. Gary Stevens underwent knee replacement surgery this summer but has expressed intentions of making a comeback...

Click here to view Tuesday evening's Night School with the weekly Night School Rewind. Read all of Tuesday night's interaction as well as register in the archives to be eligible for weekly and seasonal prizes. Week 26 of Night School was entitled "Watching Races Critically." Topics included how to anticipate a race, watch a race and react to what you've seen to put it into action in the future. The 90-minute live-chat format featured Jeremy Plonk along with Brian W. Spencer and a special appearance from Denis Blake, who previewed Monday's lucrative All-American Futurity. The Sirius/XM live radio stream simulcasts of Night School will resume with next week's show, September 2, for the 14-week Fall Semester.

In brief

With Hollendorfer in Northern California, assistant Dan Ward said Wednesday that of the seven horses the stable sent out Sunday at Del Mar, producing three wins, Shared Belief (Candy Ride) was the only one to fully clean up his feed tub -- a sign of vigor -- and had the job done by 9 p.m. (PDT), a few hours after the race. Hollendorfer has said that Shared Belief will likely have one race before the Breeders' Cup Classic, but has kept open the possibility of training his charge up to the event. "Jerry will talk it over with the owners. He'll make the right decision," Ward said. NBC Sports' Horse Racing analyst Randy Moss has moved Jungle Racing et al's undefeated three-year-old gelding Shared Belief to the No. 1 position in the latest "Randy's Rankings" of the Top 10 Breeders' Cup contenders for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, which will be run on November 1 at Santa Anita Park and be broadcast live and in primetime on NBC. Following his dominating victory in Sunday's "Win & You're In" Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar, in which Shared Belief earned an automatic starting position into the Classic, Moss moved the dark bay past Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome to the top of the chart. Owned in partnership by sports radio personality Jim Rome and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Shared Belief was last year's champion two-year-old male, but missed the Triple Crown races due to a foot injury. He has won all three of his starts since returning in May, and could be slated to run in the "Win & You're In" Awesome Again (G1) going 1 1/8 miles, televised live on NBCSN, at Santa Anita on September 27 as his final Classic prep race. Shared Belief was also bet down to 6-1 in Eclipse Awards 2014 Horse of the Year future wager odds listed by William Hill. The California-based gelding had been available at 16-1 in the days leading up to the Pacific Classic. California Chrome and Palace Malice remain Horse of the Year co-favorites at 5-2. Two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan is listed at 15-1. Future bet wagering on Horse of the Year will conclude November 7, six days after the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita...

Trainer Barry Hills, who in June was granted a temporary license after the death of his eldest son, John, has been named as the fifth trainer to have had horses in his care test positive for morphine this summer in Britain. Hills has two horses -- Soul Intent (Galileo) and Jolly Red Jeanz (Intense Focus) -- test positive in a saga that has been linked to a likely case of contaminated feed. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has scheduled a disciplinary hearing September 25 for four of the five trainers involved. Trainer Eve Johnson-Houghton's case will be heard separately. A statement from the BHA read, "It will be BHA's position at this hearing that the source of the positive samples was a contaminated batch of feed and that the trainers took all reasonable precautions to avoid breaching the rules of racing. BHA will submit that no financial penalty should be imposed. However, according to the rules of racing, the horses involved should be disqualified from the relevant races."...

Tom's Tribute (Lion Heart) and Goldencents (Into Mischief), winners of the Grade 2 events leading up to the Pacific Classic on Sunday, showed no ill effects off their efforts and are headed to Breeders' Cup assignments. Tom's Tribute put a lock on "Grass Horse of the Meeting" honors with a Del Mar Mile H. victory to go with an earlier one in the Eddie Read (G1). "You do the best you can and hope for the best," trainer Jim Cassidy said. "I couldn't be happier. The whole thing is fantastic, We'll see what happens at the Breeders' Cup." Obviously (Choisir), the two-time defending Del Mar Mile champion, had his chances compromised by a slow start and finished fourth, beaten 2 1/4 lengths, as the 2-5 favorite. The Phil D'Amato trainee came out of the race fine and will be trained up to a Breeders' Cup Mile assignment for the third year in a row. D'Amato trained Big John B to win Saturday's Del Mar H. (G2), a "Win & You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Turf. In winning Sunday's Pat O'Brien Stakes, Doug O'Neill-trained Goldencents earned an expenses-paid entry to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, the event he won last year. "Came out of it super," O'Neill said. Trainer Bob Baffert reported that Fed Biz (Giant's Causeway), second in the Pat O'Brien, and Game On Dude (Awesome Again), fourth in the Pacific Classic, were also fine and will be pointed for yet-to-be determined races. "Dude's still mad," Baffert said. "He ran a huge race, but it turned out to be a wasted effort. That's horse racing."...

Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's juvenile Faydhan (War Front) is likely to be on the sidelines for the remainder of the season after suffering an injury. "He's had a little setback," said Angus Gold, racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan. "We're going to struggle to get him back on the track this year." Faydhan was a six-length winner of his lone outing at Haydock on July 3 for trainer John Gosden, and is the 12-1 third choice for next year's Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1). "Hopefully it's nothing major, just bad timing," Gold added. "We're trying to find out how serious it is. He's definitely had a setback and he won't run for a while. It's a leg injury, but hopefully nothing major. It's just going to hold him up for a while, quite possibly for the rest of the season."...

Last year's Oaks (Eng-G1) heroine Talent (New Approach) has been retired and will return to her birthplace at Ashbrittle Stud to be bred next year. Trained by Ralph Beckett, Talent won the Pretty Polly S. three weeks before upsetting her favored stablemate Secret Gesture (Galileo) in the Oaks. That classic marked Talent's third and final career victory, but she recorded placings in last year's St Leger (Eng-G1) and British Champions Fillies & Mares (Eng-G1). The chestnut miss was last seen finishing fifth in the August 21 Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-G1) and retires with earnings of £489,197. "It has been decided to retire Talent," Beckett stated. "She gave us the best day of our training career when winning the Oaks last year and she ran right up to her best when running second in the St Leger three months later. But it became obvious that she is not the same filly this year, and so it became clear that the best thing to do was to retire her. We will miss her, but with luck we can look forward to training her progeny."...

Mister Marti Gras (Belong to Me), winner of the 2011 edition of the $150,000 Washington Park H. (G3), faces five rivals on Saturday in his quest for a second victory in the 1 1/8-mile contest at Arlington. The Chris Block-trained seven-year-old will be making his fourth consecutive start in Arlington's long-standing main track fixture, having captured the race in his first attempt three years ago, finished second the following year and ran fourth last year. In four starts this year, Mister Marti Gras finished fifth in his seasonal bow going a mile on Keeneland's turf before, owns a second in the one-mile Hanshin Cup (G3), triumphed in a tough Arlington turf allowance and filled the fifth spot in the grassy Arlington H. (G3). Eduardo Perez has the mount aboard the 121-pound starting highweight, who will be spotting his rivals from four to eight pounds. Fordubai (E Dubai) returns to his Chicago homebase off a third after setting the pace in the Prairie Meadows H. last month. All six of his starts in 2014 have been in stakes company, including a victory in the Louisiana H. at Fair Grounds in January for trainer Greg Geier. The dark bay four-year-old will have James Graham in the saddle. Avanzare (Grand Reward) will be making his synthetic debut in the Washington Park after spending his previous eight starts on turf where he only once finished outside the top two, with that actually coming in his last outing, a fourth in the Arlington H. (G3). The Tom Proctor trainee will be ridden by Chris Emigh. Hattaash (Strong Hope) is looking to better his third-place finish in this event from a year ago. The seven-year-old gelding's only 2014 score from six tries thus far came via disqualification when moved up to the top spot in a Mach 16 allowance at Hawthorne. Sheldon Russell has the mount aboard the Cheryl Winebaugh trainee. Completing the field for the Washington Park are stakes debuters Gimmeadrink (Gimmeawink) and Only in America (Tiznow)...

Flower Alley (Distorted Humor), sire of 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion I'll Have Another, will stand at Wilgerbosdrift Stud in South Africa next year, according to published reports. The Grade 1-winning millionaire previously stood at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Kentucky. Flower Alley has sired 14 stakes winners, including Ashland (G1) winner Lilacs and Lace, Grade 2 hero Neck 'n Neck, Grade 3 scorer Bouquet Booth, and recent Sky Classic (Can-G2) winner Karibu Gardens...

Kentucky Downs has installed a total of 16 surveillance cameras in the stable area for their 2014 racing season, which gets underway on September 6. "Safety and security is the foundation of everything we do at Kentucky Downs," said Kentucky Downs president Corey Johnsen. "Since we opened our gaming area in 2011 with 78 surveillance cameras, we have found it to be an effective tool in maximizing the safety and security of our patrons. Now, we plan to transfer that experience to our racing program. It is our goal to be a catalyst for change and we hope that all tracks will investigate expanding their surveillance systems to the stable area." The installation of surveillance cameras in the barn area is just one of several significant improvements initiated at the Franklin, Kentucky, track this year. The test barn has been expanded and renovated and the turf course has benefited from a comprehensive fertilization program and improved drainage system. A new rail was purchased for the unique European style turf course. Duralock Fencing Systems was selected based on their exemplary reputation as a world leader in equestrian fencing and rails...

Thistledown will increase purses another 5 percent, starting with a special Labor Day race card on September 1. Purses will now average $110,000 each racing day. This is the second time this racing season that Thistledown has increased purses. "Since the addition of Video Lottery Terminals at Thistledown, horse racing has seen an increase in fans and wagering," said Patrick Ellsworth, racing secretary at Thistledown. "With this latest boost to the purses, we expect even more fan interaction at the track." Thistledown's 2014 Thoroughbred racing season includes 122 race days and will culminate on November 16. With the latest increase, purses in low-level races will see an additional $300-$500. Mid-level competitions will rise by $1,000 per race and higher level races will see a hike of $1,500 per race...

The British betting levy will be the subject of a 10-week consultation to "determine how best to bring it up to date," according to Sports Minister Helen Grant. The consultation will ask for views on two options -- reforming the existing levy, or replacing it with a bespoke statutory framework. "Horseracing and betting have grown together over the last 200 years, with each helping to shape the other," Grant said. "They have a unique and entirely interdependent relationship. The levy is a fine idea that helps maintain the health of the sport, but it is not working as well as it should. It urgently needs to reflect the modern reality of horse racing and betting. The government has ruled out keeping the levy unchanged, and has stated it won't be scrapped without a replacement."...

Red Outlaw (Tribal Rule) will attempt to stay undefeated from five starts in Friday's one mile, $100,000 El Cajon S. for three-year-olds at Del Mar on the Polytrack. The chestnut gelding is coming off a wire-to-wire victory in the Real Good Deal S. over the track on August 1. Indexical (Latent Heat) is still looking for his first stakes victory and stands a chance in here as he drops in class after finishing fourth against graded company in the Bing Crosby S. (G1) last month. Doug O'Neill adds blinkers to Home School (Intense Focus), who tries the all-weather surface for the first time, and Friendswith K Mill (Flashy Bull), who will try to get back on track after running second in the Affirmed (G3) just three starts ago. Diamond Bachelor (War Front) makes a bid to return to the winner's circle for the first time since capturing the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf S. at this venue as a two-year-old...

The Del Mar jockey colony will add a Hall of Fame rider this weekend when Alex Solis returns home to the West Coast after nearly five years being based in the east. Solis, who became the 98th jockey inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this month, has 4,992 career wins from 33,600 starts. His horses' purse earnings are $235,699,608. Solis, 50, is at Del Mar but was still in the process of the coast-to-coast relocation Wednesday morning, his agent Brandon O'Bryan said. Solis was on hand Sunday for the Pacific Classic and was in the winner's circle after Shared Belief -- part-owned by his bloodstock agent son Alex Jr. -- won the race. O'Bryan said the connection with Solis was initiated by a phone call from East Coast super agent Ron Anderson, who informed him that Solis desired to return to the West. Anderson is the agent for Joel Rosario. "I gave Alex a call and we ended up meeting about a week later for lunch," O'Bryan explained. "This is home, where his family and his kids are, and I think that's the main reason he wanted to come back and ride here." Solis is expected to be at the track Thursday or Friday morning to work horses and O'Bryan said he already had a couple of mounts lined up for races over the Labor Day weekend. Retired trainer Mel Stute, who gave Solis a major break putting him on Snow Chief for the 1986 Triple Crown campaign which produced a victory in the Preakness, remains a big Solis supporter. "Alex, in my opinion, is going to do real well here, same as Desormeaux has," Stute said. "I told Kent when he came back, 'They talk about the jocks we have here now but don't you worry. You old timers will give them all a lesson.' Mike Smith and Kent are doing really well here and so will Alex. He has the right style and he thinks when he rides." Solis joins Smith and Desormeaux as the Hall of Fame members in the Del Mar jockey colony. Gary Stevens underwent knee replacement surgery this summer but has expressed intentions of making a comeback...

Click here to view Tuesday evening's Night School with the weekly Night School Rewind. Read all of Tuesday night's interaction as well as register in the archives to be eligible for weekly and seasonal prizes. Week 26 of Night School was entitled "Watching Races Critically." Topics included how to anticipate a race, watch a race and react to what you've seen to put it into action in the future. The 90-minute live-chat format featured Jeremy Plonk along with Brian W. Spencer and a special appearance from Denis Blake, who previewed Monday's lucrative All-American Futurity. The Sirius/XM live radio stream simulcasts of Night School will resume with next week's show, September 2, for the 14-week Fall Semester.

Breeding & Sales News

Big Drama colt brings $230,000 at OBS

A Florida-bred colt from the first crop of 2010 champion sprinter Big Drama brought $230,000 from owner George Bolton on Monday at the selected session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August Sale of Yearlings. Touring the ring as Hip No. 55, the April 30 chestnut was offered by Beth Bayer, agent.

Produced by the stakes-winning Doc's Doll (Out of Place), the session topper is half-brother to stakes winner Gator Brew (Milwaukee Brew) and the stakes-placed Montessa G (Montbrook).

Doc's Doll is herself a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Heidi Maria (Rockport Harbor) and to the dam of Sweet Whiskey (Old Fashioned), who captured the Old Hat S. (G3) and placed in the Acorn S. (G1) earlier this year.

Bayer also sold a Curlin colt to John Patitucci, Juan Vasquez, agent, for $185,000. Hip 21 is a Florida-bred foaled on April 8.

The bay was reared by Awesome Fleet (Awesome Again), a half-sister to champion and dual classic winner Afleet Alex (Northern Afleet), multiple Grade 2-placed stakes winner Unforgettable Max (Northern Afleet), and the stakes-placed Stormin Maggy (Storm Cat).

Also selling for $185,000, to Nick de Meric, agent, was a Broken Vow colt from the consignment of Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), agent. The March 10 Florida-bred sported Hip 41.

Raised by Grade 3-placed Cameron Crazies (Lion Heart), the yearling is a half-brother to Prudhoe Bay (Songandaprayer), who captured the Jersey Shore S. (G3) at Monmouth Park August 16 for his third stakes win on the year.

Also hailing from this family is Grade 1 winner Nostalgia's Star (Nostalgia) and multiple Grade 3 queen Clocks Secret (Apalachee).

On Monday, 161 head sold for $7,597,200, a decline of 1.4 percent over the corresponding session in 2013 when 143 yearlings sold for $7,705,000. The average was off 12.4 percent, from $53,881 to $47,188, while the median decline 16.7 percent, from $42,000 to $35,000.

The August Sale continues Wednesday and Thursday with open sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EDT). For full results, visit obssales.com.

Carryover Watch

For Thursday or Next Raceday

GULFSTREAM:   Pick 6 -- $50,000
SARATOGA:   Pick 6 -- $36,051

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

P.G. JOHNSON S., SAR, $100,000, 2YO, F, 1 1/16MT, 8-27.
3—PARTISAN POLITICS, f, 2, More Than Ready--Bluegrass Princess, by Dynaformer. ($175,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Klaravich Stables, Inc and Lawrence, William H, B-Dell Ridge Farm, LLC (KY), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Javier Castellano, $60,000.
2—Sunday Sonnet, f, 2, Any Given Saturday--Red Piano, by Red Ransom. ($42,000 '12 KEENOV; $115,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Hall, George and Lori, B-PTS Ranch, LLC (KY), $20,000.
1—Ancient Goddess (FR), f, 2, Iffraaj (GB)--Jezebel (GB), by Owington (GB). (42,000EUR '13 ARQOCT). O-Sovereign Stable, B-David St John Collier (FR), $10,000.
Also Ran: Rainha Da Bateria, Magnificent Margo, Flying Tipat, Slava.
Winning Time: 1:43 (fm)
Margins: 2 3/4, 1, 3/4.
Odds: 4.60, 4.90, 3.15.
 
ITOBA STALLION SEASON FILLIES S., IND, $75,000, 3YO, F, 1M, 8-27.
1—LENA LOVE, f, 3, City Weekend--Kind Lena, by Seneca Jones. O-Mast Thoroughbreds LLC, B-R Gorham & Mast Thoroughbreds LLC (IN), T-Robert M. Gorham, J-Albin Jimenez, $44,100.
2—Best Memories, f, 3, Indy King--Atherbest, by Silver Hawk. O-Beth Burkett, B-Randy Burkett (IN), $14,700.
3—Cantico, f, 3, City Weekend--Lost Her Tune, by Lost Soldier. O-Marion F Gorham, B-Robert M Gorham & Mast Thoroughbred LLC (IN), $8,085.
Also Ran: Aziperform, Hope and Change, Shawklit Puddin, Deliver.
Winning Time: 1:38 3/5 (ft)
Margins: 12 3/4, 2 3/4, 2.
Odds: 5.30, 9.60, 9.40.
 
PAUL TINKLE ITOBA STALLION SEASON COLTS AND GELDINGS S., IND, $75,000, 3YO, C/G, 1M, 8-27.
6—HOOSIER NEIGHBOR, c, 3, Ocean Indy--Neighbors, by Mutakddim. O-Penny S Lauer, B-Michael E Lauer & Penny S Lauer (IN), T-Michael E. Lauer, J-Ricardo Santana, Jr., $44,550.
1—Downtown Kid, g, 3, City Weekend--Matter of Style, by West Acre. O-Mast Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Mast Thoroughbreds LLC (IN), $14,850.
5—Big Chance, g, 3, Grand Chance--Luck Be a Lady, by Ascot Knight. O-Ruben C Duran, B-Dave Bogue (IN), $8,168.
Also Ran: Cat's Best, Spanish Leather, Colony Classic.
Winning Time: 1:39 4/5 (ft)
Margins: HF, HD, 4HF.
Odds: 3.20, 0.80, 16.30.

Notebooks

DEL MAR NOTEBOOK

AUGUST 27, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A quartet of graded races, including the biggest event of the season, led the way this week at Del Mar Race Course.

Pacific Classic (G1): Jungle Racing et al's unbeaten champion SHARED BELIEF (Candy Ride) swept to the front nearing midstretch and powered home to a convincing 2 3/4-length score in the signature race of the meeting. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee established himself as a major presence going forward in the Horse of the Year race and moved his mark to six-for-six, completing 10 panels on the main oval in 2:00 1/5 with Mike Smith in the silks.

Pat O'Brien H. (G2): W. C. Racing's GOLDENCENTS (Into Mischief) spurted to the lead soon after the break and gave his foes no chance late en route to a powerful 4 1/4-length romp under Rafael Bejarano. The superb Doug O'Neill charge sped home for seven panels on the Polytrack in a stakes record 1:20 4/5, winning under steady handling late.

Del Mar Mile H. (G2): Braly Family Trust's TOM'S TRIBUTE (Lion Heart) corralled the clear and short-priced leader in midstretch and finished off a fine run to bag a second straight graded race on this lawn. The James Cassidy trainee, who was ridden by Smith, was a length clear late in finishing off one mile on the firm lawn in 1:33 3/5.

Del Mar H. (G2): Michael House's BIG JOHN B (Hard Spun) moved into contention at the top of the lane and spurted clear to a decisive victory beneath Smith. The Phil d'Amato trainee picked up his first graded win in completing the 1 3/8 miles on the firm turf in 2:12 4/5, finishing 5 1/4 lengths clear under the line.

Track Stats

From a total of 44 races held at the Southern California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 32 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 55 percent of the wins. From 34 frays contested on the Polytrack oval, eight animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (24 percent), while none of the 10 grassy tussles went all the way on the lead.

Early speed was not as dominant this week as it had been earlier in the meeting. And of the eight who led at each call on the Polytrack, all came in sprint runs, with four alone on Saturday. Sunday saw six of the eight races contested on the main oval taken by runners breaking from post seven and wider.

Meet Totals

RACES:   259
POLYTRACK:   203
TURF:   56
FAVORITES:   73 (27 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   53 (20 percent)
TURF WIRE:   7 (15 percent)
POLY WIRE:   55 (28 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (8/20)

5TH -- GRAZENETTE (Grzazen) made a big move entering the stretch and powered home a sharp winner going away under Joe Talamo. The Phil d'Amato trainee showed nice improvement off of her last and we've always though this one had some ability.

7TH -- ALEXIS TANGIER (Tiznow) proved more than capable of handling this route event with a solid allowance tally for conditioner Richard Mandella. The sophomore filly was patient after a good break, inched to the lead in early stretch and then powered home to a fine tally beneath Victor Espinoza.

Thursday (8/21)

5TH -- ASHLEY'S SASSY (Decarchy) built upon a solid debut try with a very professional tally to break her maiden for conditioner Peter Eurton. The juvenile miss shrugged off a pair of challengers leading up to the top of the lane and kept to task without being seriously threatened late. She could evolve into a stakes horse with more seasoning.

Friday (8/22)

5TH -- Trainer Peter Miller wisely claimed PASSING GAME (Game Plan) out of this one, as the peaking sort ran a third straight big race on this main oval this summer. We're not sure if the gelding is only a Del Mar specialist or has simply morphed into a nice runner, but he's one we want in our shedrow right now.

Saturday (8/23)

2ND -- While we pretty convinced she didn't beat a great field in this maiden run, the 6 3/4-length romp by PLAY HARD TO GET (Purim) was still very impressive from a visual standpoint. The Eric Kruljac trainee made a big move approaching the turn for home and stayed on with it, decimating this field with ease. We'd imagine the gelding will be one to watch with winners next out.

4TH -- A C Avila's MASOCHISTIC (Sought After) should be headed for stakes foes last time after a third straight wire-to-wire tally following this effort, which he won with ease. The four-year-old gelding has been incredibly sharp following his debut run and beat a pair of decent runners in this dash.

Sunday (8/24)

1ST -- CONQUEST PANTHERA (Kitten's Joy) lived up to the hype when exploding once clear in the lane en route to a sharp debut tally for conditioner Mark Casse. The juvenile colt was hammered down at first asking and should be in the stakes ranks next time.

2ND --BEE BRAVE (Rail Link) was stuck for most of the stretch run, but once clear the import proved much the best. We're not very fond of the field the Simon Callaghan trainee toppled in here, but is was a second straight positive step and she could be tough right back.

6TH -- This was a big day for Cassidy, who also saddle a sharp first time winner in INTO OBLIVION (Into Mischief), who was much the best late. The juvenile filly might turn out to be a nice one, as we're not sure we've ever seen a first-time winner at the special weight level from this barn.

A Look Ahead

The Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante will top the racing on Saturday here. Sunday will play host to the Grade 2, $300,000 Del Mar Derby and the Grade 3, $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes -- while the Labor Day feature is the Grade 2, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap. Racing wraps up next Wednesday with the annual closing-day, the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

SAR, 9TH, ALW, $85,000, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2FT, 8-27.
10—ZIPTRONIC, g, 8, City Zip--D J's Girl, by Hay Halo. O-Repole Stable, B-Linda Rice & Justin Marcus & NatalieMarcus (NY), T-Bruce N. Levine, J-Javier Castellano, $51,000.
2—Spartiatis, g, 4, Scat Daddy--Ne Plus Ultra, by French Deputy. O-Constantine Peter Beler, B-C Peter Beler (KY), $17,000.
7—Let's Go Ben, g, 5, Songandaprayer--Chasetheragingwind, by Dayjur. O-Chase, Brandon L and Marianne, B-Marianne I Chase & Brandon L Chase (KY), $8,500.
Winning Time: 1:01 4/5 (fm)
 
SAR, 4TH, ALW, $75,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/8M, 8-27.
1—BEYOND EMPIRE, g, 4, Empire Maker--Intend to Win, by Housebuster. ($115,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Mrs Fitriani Hay, B-Mrs Gerald A Nielsen (NY), T-Kiaran P. McLaughlin, J-Irad Ortiz, Jr., $45,000.
3—Gridley Here, c, 3, Repent--Chicopee, by Mr. Greeley. ($60,000 '12 FTNAUG; $19,000 '12 OBSJAN). O-Harold Lerner LLC, Nehoc Stables and Magdalena Racing (Susan McPeek), B-Windhorse Thoroughbreds LLC (NY), $15,000.
2—Roaring Conquest, g, 7, Roaring Fever--Royal Conquest, by Conquistador Cielo. ($5,000 '07 NYBOCT). O-Wachtel Stable and Englehart, Sheila J, B-Diane Cardinale (NY), $7,500.
Winning Time: 1:51 1/5 (ft)
 
SAR, 1ST, ALW, $65,000, 4YO/UP, A2 3/8MT, 8-27.
3—ALL THE WAY JOSE, g, 4, Senor Swinger--Maternity Leave, by Northern Baby. O-Rodman W Moorhead, III, B-Jonathan Sheppard (PA), T-Jonathan E. Sheppard, J-William McCarthy, $39,000.
7—Wanganui, g, 6, Love of Money--Distant Drumroll, by Eastern Echo. O-The Fields Stable, B-Mary Voss (MD), $11,700.
6—Albany Road, g, 7, Mr. Greeley--Jane's the Name, by Trempolino. O-The Elkstone Group LLC, B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd (KY), $6,500.
Winning Time: 4:31 2/5 (fm)
 
DEL, 7TH, AOC, $34,650, 3YO/UP, F/M, A7 1/2FT, 8-27.
5—TIPPIE TAP, m, 5, Pleasant Tap--Karsavina, by Theatrical (IRE). O-Mclean Robertson, B-Little Everglades Ranch (KY), T-McLean Robertson, J-Jevian Toledo, $19,800.
4—Bryan's Jewel, m, 6, Rockport Harbor--Saphiria, by Touch Gold. ($67,000 '09 KEESEP). O-Butzow, Barry and Joni, B-Peter Van Andel (KY), $8,250.
1—Daylight Ride, m, 5, El Prado (IRE)--Going Day, by Daylami (IRE). O-Augustin Stable, B-George Strawbridge Jr (PA), $3,630.
Winning Time: 1:29 4/5 (fm)
 
IND, 5TH, AOC, $34,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 3/8MT, 8-27.
1—JACKIE'S DAUGHTER, f, 3, Pulpit--Supah Jackie, by Mecke. ($52,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Frank Mancari, B-Bryan Hicks & Melodee Hicks (FL), T-Michael J. Maker, J-Francisco C. Torres, $20,400.
7—Gal Umet, m, 5, Petionville--Top Card, by Go for Gin. O-Leonard Racing Stable, B-JIM PLEMMONS (KY), $6,800.
6—A Giant Lure, f, 4, A Giant Valentine--B. A. Luring, by Lure. O-Triple Aces, LLC, B-Alberta Butner (KY), $3,400.
Winning Time: 2:19 2/5 (fm)
 
DEL, 5TH, AOC, $31,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, A5FT, 8-27.
9—INSPIRED BY GRACE, f, 3, Curlin--Harve de Grace, by Boston Harbor. ($100,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Main Line Racing Stable, MarchFore Thoroughbreds and Charlton, David, B-Lee McMillin & Ed Rudley (KY), T-John C. Servis, J-Kendrick Carmouche, $18,600.
4—Love This Kitty, f, 3, Not for Love--More Hennessy, by Hennessy. ($80,000 '11 KEENOV; $80,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Magalen O Bryant, B-Estate of Edward P Evans (VA), $6,200.
7—Storming Rage, m, 5, Stormy Atlantic--Cherokee Rage, by Cherokee Run. O-Michael W Jester, B-The Thoroughbred Team, LLC (PA), $3,410.
Winning Time: :57 3/5 (fm)
 
PID, 2ND, ALW, $29,900, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 8-27.
1—CANDY SHACK, c, 4, Candy Ride (ARG)--Noon Win, by Winthrop. O-Ronald E Dewolfe, B-Ronald DeWolf (PA), T-Joseph R. Martin, J-Pablo Morales, $18,000.
3—Seventh Son, g, 6, Closing Argument--Abduckted, by Red Ransom. O-Daniel J Feiss, B-Jim Patten (FL), $6,000.
2—Maximum Express, g, 3, Express Tour--Return of Mom, by Deputy Minister. O-A Clare Silva, Jr, B-Karen Silva (FL), $3,000.
Winning Time: 1:04 1/5 (ft)
 
PID, 4TH, ALW, $29,700, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 8-26.
3—TONY'S AWARD, g, 4, Southern Image--Nasty Nemisis, by Old Trieste. O-Fighting Scot Stable LLC, B-Hope Hill Farm (PA), T-Timothy E. Hamm, J-Antonio A. Gallardo, $18,000.
1—Supermon, g, 3, Monba--Morna's Girl (FR), by Zieten. O-Ronald Clark, B-Dr Jeffrey M Edelson & J Patrick Morell (PA), $6,000.
4—Rimram, g, 5, Rimrod--Silver Ransom, by Red Ransom. O-Leland Hayes, B-George Strawbridge (PA), $3,000.
Winning Time: 1:43 (ft)
 
TDN, 2ND, ALW, $25,400, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 8-27.
4—DREAM BLING, f, 3, Too Much Bling--Dream a Bit, by Slew City Slew. O-Blazing Meadows Farm LLC and Top Notch Racing Partnership, B-Blazing Meadows Farm (OH), T-Timothy E. Hamm, J-Antonio A. Gallardo, $15,240.
5—Craquelure, f, 4, Powerscourt (GB)--Crack the Code, by Lost Code. O-Bubba's Big Stable, Inc, B-Elisabeth H Alexander (OH), $5,080.
6—Picture This, m, 6, Thunderello--Kiosk, by Left Banker. O-Judy Meyers, B-Bruce Ryan & Blazing Meadows Farm (OH), $2,540.
Winning Time: 1:11 1/5 (ft)
 
MNR, 2ND, ALW, $22,800, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7FT, 8-26.
9—IMPEACHED, f, 3, Northern Afleet--Best Judgement, by Demons Begone. O-Jeffrey D Stoddard, B-Mr & Mrs William T Griffin (WA), T-Jimmy Corrigan, J-Christian P. Pilares, $13,224.
4—Je Suis Enchantee, f, 3, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--Stormy Rosa, by Stormy Atlantic. O-Deanna Manfredi, B-Ascoli Piceno Stables, LLC & Stonewall Farm Stallions, LLC (PA), $4,560.
6—Ange Grise, m, 6, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--Matiere Grise (FR), by Kaldounevees (FR). O-Richard Finucane, B-Terry G Heidmann (KY), $2,280.
Winning Time: 1:22 4/5 (fm)
 
TDN, 6TH, ALW, $21,000, 3YO/UP, 1M 40Y, 8-27.
6—LOTTO CAT, g, 6, Jump Start--America's Quest, by Quiet American. O-Gene Burkholder, B-Burning Sands Stable, LLC (KY), T-Ronald W. Puhl, J-Walter De La Cruz, $12,600.
4—Strong Brush, g, 5, Strong Hope--Looking Afar, by Broad Brush. ($3,500 '10 KEESEP). O-Mark Doering, B-Tenlane Farm (KY), $4,200.
7—Sky Kerridge, g, 4, A. P. Warrior--Sky Ruckus, by Sky Classic. ($7,500 '11 OBSJAN). O-A J's Racing Stables, B-Harold J Plumley (FL), $2,100.
Winning Time: 1:42 2/5 (ft)
 
MNR, 1ST, ALW, $20,000, 3YO/UP, 7FT, 8-26.
8—DRAMATIST, g, 5, Shakespeare--Shebandowana, by Mt. Magazine. ($41,000 '10 KEESEP; $75,000 2011 OBSMAR). O-Keith Wittwer, B-Yvonne Schwabe Thoroughbreds (ON), T-Michael Love, J-Andrew R. Ramgeet, $11,800.
9—Ocean City, g, 4, Giant's Causeway--Yarico's Pond (IRE), by Seattle Slew. O-Theodora Martinez, B-Eugene Melnyk (ON), $4,000.
3—Cap Trick, c, 4, Hat Trick (JPN)--Unthinkable, by Peruvian. O-Tommie M Lewis, B-Tommie M Lewis (KY), $2,000.
Winning Time: 1:23 3/5 (fm)
 
SUF, 7TH, ALW, $18,620, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 8-27.
4—TURBEYVILLE, g, 8, Forbidden Apple--Final Rare, by Bayou Hebert. O-Lloyd W Lockhart, B-Jimmy R Fann (FL), T-Alan J. Lockhart, J-Tammi Piermarini, $11,400.
1—Coolyourpipes, h, 5, Put It Back--Special Fan, by Minardi. O-Krush Racing Stable, B-Charles Patton (FL), $3,800.
2—Mybrotherjohnnya, g, 4, Lawyer Ron--Dynamite Diablo, by Diablo. ($38,000 '10 KEENOV). O-Yasou Stable Trust, B-Ponder Hill, Inc (KY), $1,900.
Winning Time: 1:05 2/5 (ft)
 
SUF, 8TH, ALW, $18,620, 3YO/UP, F/M, A5FT, 8-27.
8—D'BOLDEST, f, 4, D'wildcat--Boldest of All, by Bold Executive. O-Antonia B Noonan, B-Soundview Farm (FL), T-Jose M. Camejo, J-Rigo Sarmiento, $11,400.
1—Maggiesfreuddnslip, f, 4, Freud--Maggie's Song, by Prospector's Music. O-John W Welch, B-Rob Damon & Linda Damon (NY), $3,800.
6—Who Dat Double Kat, f, 4, Double Honor--Katotrick, by Katowice. O-Deborah A Thomas, B-Deborah A Thomas (FL), $1,900.
Winning Time: :59 3/5 (fm)

Features

UPCOMING STAKES

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Thursday, August 28
 
WITH ANTICIPATION S. (G2), Saratoga, $200,000, 2yo, 1 1/16mT.
 
Friday, August 29
 
El Cajon S., Del Mar, $100,000, 3yo, 1m.
Riskaverse S., Saratoga, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
Ricks Memorial, Remington Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1mT.
 
Saturday, August 30
 
WOODWARD S. (G1), Saratoga, $600,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
FOREGO S. (G1), Saratoga, $500,000, 3&up, 7f.
DEL MAR DEBUTANTE (G1), Del Mar, $300,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
PRIORESS S. (G2), Saratoga, $300,000, 3yo, f, 6f.
BERNARD BARUCH H. (G2), Saratoga, $250,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
WASHINGTON PARK H. (G3), Arlington, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
BOILING SPRINGS S. (G3), Monmouth Park, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT.
Vice Regent S., Woodbine, $125,000, 3yo, 1mT.
Evangeline Downs Star S., Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
Evangeline Downs Starlet S., Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Harry F. Brubaker S., Del Mar, $90,000, 3&up, 1m.
Monarchos S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3yo, 1m.
Sylvia Bishop Memorial (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
 
Sunday, August 31
 
SPINAWAY S. (G1), Saratoga, $350,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
DEL MAR DERBY (G2), Del Mar, $300,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT.
GLENS FALLS H. (G3), Saratoga, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 3/8mT.
TORREY PINES S. (G3), Del Mar, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1m.
Sapling S., Monmouth Park, $100,000, 2yo, 1m.
Tranquility Lake S. (r), Del Mar, $90,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m.
Northern Lights Debutante (r), Canterbury Park, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Northern Lights Futurity (r), Canterbury Park, $75,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
Sorority S., Monmouth Park, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Minnesota Classic (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, c&g, 1 1/16m.
Minnesota Distaff Classic (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Minnesota Distaff Sprint (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
Minnesota Sprint (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, c&g, 6f.
Manzano S., Albuquerque Downs, $50,000, 2yo, 6f.
Tah Dah S. (r), Belterra Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Ruidoso Derby, Ruidoso Downs, $50,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Rose DeBartolo Memorial (r), Thistledown, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
 
Monday, September 1
 
HOPEFUL S. (G1), Saratoga, $350,000, 2yo, 7f.
SMARTY JONES S. (G3), Parx Racing, $300,000, 3yo, 1m 70yds.
TURF MONSTER H. (G3), Parx Racing, $300,000, 3&up, 5fT.
SARANAC S. (G3), Saratoga, $300,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT.
YELLOW RIBBON H. (G2), Del Mar, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
GREENWOOD CUP (G3), Parx Racing, $200,000, 3&up, 1 1/2m.
Turf Amazon H., Parx Racing, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 5fT.
I'm Smokin S. (r), Del Mar, $150,000, 2yo, 6f.
Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf, Del Mar, $100,000, 2yo, f, 1mT.
Speed to Spare S., Northlands Park, $100,000, 3&up, 1 3/8m.
Lady's Secret S., Monmouth Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Ruidoso Downs Championship, Ruidoso Downs, $60,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Matron S., Assiniboia Downs, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
Cliff Guilliams H., Ellis Park, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Rolling Green S., Golden Gate Fields, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 3yo, c&g, 1 1/16m.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
 
Wednesday, September 3
 
DEL MAR FUTURITY (G1), Del Mar, $300,000, 2yo, 7f.
Oak Tree Juvenile Turf, Del Mar, $100,000, 2yo, 1mT.
C.E.R.F. S. (r), Del Mar, $90,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
Pirate's Bounty S. (r), Del Mar, $90,000, 3&up, 6f.

North American Maiden Winners
Chapel Royal--Smart Sis by Beau Genius; MS EILEEN, f, 2, SAR, Mcl 50000, 8-27, 5 1/2f, 1:06 3/5. B-William C Schettine & William B Haines (NY.). *1/2 to Sis City (G1$795,764).
Flatter--Silent Street by Street Cry (IRE); STREET SONG, f, 2, IND, Msw, 8-27, 6f, 1:10 3/5. B-Janis R. Whitham (KY.).
Majestic Warrior--Desert Bloom by Hennessy; MAJESTIC BLOOM, f, 2, SAR, Msw, 8-27, 5 1/2fT, 1:03 2/5. B-T/C Stable, LLC (NY.). $85,000 '13 FTNAUG; $150,000 2014 OBSMAR.
War Chant--Exotic Point by Point Given; WAR POINT, c, 2, IND, Msw, 8-27, 6f, 1:11 1/5. B-Stone Farm & Neil Drysdale (KY.). $28,000 '13 KEESEP.
Act of Duty--Daytime Girl (IRE) by Daylami (IRE); SCHOOLGIRL MIA, f, 3, SUF, Mcl 12500, 8-27, a1mT, 1:44 2/5. B-Cavendish Investing Ltd. (ON.). C$2,700 '12 ONTSEP.
Bernardini--Street of Peace by Street Cry (IRE); MARSH CREEK, g, 3, SAR, Mcl 75000, 8-27, 6f, 1:11 . B-Woodslane Farm (KY.). $115,000 '12 FTKOCT; $150,000 2013 FTMMAY.
Distorted Humor--Teammate (MG2$618,276), by A.P. Indy; PASSAGE OF POWER, g, 3, IND, Msw, 8-27, 5fT, :57 2/5. B-Joseph Allen (KY.).
Double Honor--River Devil by Adcat; DEVIL'S HOLIDAY, f, 3, DEL, Mcl 5000, 8-27, 5 1/2f, 1:06 2/5. B-Mrs. Norman Peterson (FL.).
Hard Spun--Feminine Fury (MSP$289,840), by Black Tie Affair (IRE); ROMANS PARADISE, g, 3, SAR, Mcl 40000, 8-27, 1mT, 1:36 2/5. B-Hargus Sexton & Sandra Sexton & Silver Fern Farm, LLC (KY.). $100,000 '12 KEESEP. *1/2 to Local Celebrity (SP$289,565).
Marquetry--Mabel's Tune by Tunerup; MARQUETRY'S TUNE, g, 3, PID, Mcl 7500, 8-26, 6 1/2f, 1:18 1/5. B-Jack Treadway (FL.).
Mon's the Man--Swiss Lady by Swiss Yodeler; HECTOR O, g, 3, ALB, Msw, 8-27, 5 1/2f, 1:03 2/5. B-JD Thoroughbreds (CA.).   ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
Notional--Double Faced by More Than Ready; VICTOR JARA, g, 3, IND, Msw, 8-27, 6f, 1:10 3/5. B-Kingswood Farm (IN.).
The Daddy--Callie Alexandra by Private Terms; LOVE UNDERCOVER, f, 3, DEL, Mcl 5000, 8-27, 5 1/2f, 1:06 3/5. B-Brereton C. Jones (KY.). $4,500 '12 KEESEP.
Zavata--Camara Cat by Just a Cat; CAMARA ANN, f, 3, IND, Msw, 8-27, 6f, 1:11 4/5. B-Roxanne Hyden (IN.).
Macho Uno--Western Sarah (GB) by Gone West; KAY'S FINESSE, c, 4, DEL, Mcl 30000, 8-27, 5 1/2f, 1:05 . B-AGS Thoroughbreds Ltd. (KY.). $65,000 '11 FTKOCT; $50,000 2012 OBSAPR.
With Distinction--Charming Spirit by Out of Place; DISTINCT SPIRIT, f, 4, MNR, Mcl 5000, 8-26, 5 1/2f, 1:07 1/5. B-Jilsies Gigaio Stables Inc. & William Jurgens (FL.).

Features

RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
ARLINGTON:   May 2 - Sept. 28
BELTERRA PARK:   May 8 - Oct. 19
CANTERBURY PARK:   May 16 - Sept. 13
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 31
DELAWARE PARK:   May 17 - Oct. 22
DEL MAR:   July 17 - Sept. 3
ELLIS PARK:   July 3 - Sept. 1
EMERALD DOWNS:   April 12 - Sept. 28
EVANGELINE DOWNS:   April 9 - Aug. 30
FINGER LAKES:   April 18 - Dec. 5
FORT ERIE:   May 27 - Sept. 30
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Aug. 15 - Sept. 14
GULFSTREAM PARK:   July 1 - Jan. 5
HASTINGS PARK:   April 27 - Oct. 26
HAZEL PARK:   June 29 - Oct. 11
INDIANA DOWNS:   May 6 - Nov. 1
LOUISIANA DOWNS:   May 2 - Sept. 21
MONMOUTH PARK:   May 10 - Sept. 28
MOUNTAINEER PARK:   March 1 - Dec. 20
NORTHLANDS PARK:   May 2 - Oct. 25
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS:   May 11 - Sept. 25
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 15 - Dec. 14
SARATOGA:   July 18 - Sept. 1
SUFFOLK DOWNS:   May 3 - Sept. 29
THISTLEDOWN:   April 18 - Nov. 16
WOODBINE:   April 12 - Dec. 7
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
BELMONT PARK:   Sept. 5 - Oct. 26
CHURCHILL DOWNS:   Sept. 5 - 28
FAIRPLEX (BARRETTS MEET):   Sept. 5 - 21
KENTUCKY DOWNS:   Sept. 6 - 24
LAUREL PARK:   Sept. 5 - Dec. 31
MEADOWLANDS:   Sept. 18 - Nov. 1
SANTA ANITA PARK:   Sept. 26 - Nov. 2
ZIA PARK:   Sept. 6 - Dec. 2

At a Glance
DELAWARE PARK AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.44 - 1
Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 76%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta66.27
Daily Double67.61
Trifecta398.58
Pick 3491.90
Superfecta3,032.22
Pick 42,990.84
Pick 58,325.89
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/17 - 08/25)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 71 32% E Outside
6.0fDirt 104 35% E Middle
1m 70yDirt 50 36% E Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 27 30% E Outside
Turf Sprint 38 39% E Inside
Turf Routes 55 25% E Rail/Ins
TRACK BIAS WEEK(08/19 - 08/25)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 6 33% P Inside
6.0fDirt 8 25% E/P Middle
1m 70yDirt 3 0% S Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 2 0% E/P Middle
Turf Sprint 6 33% P Rail
Turf Routes 5 20% E Rail
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Robertson McLean 9 4 0 3 4.79 2 18%
Lake Scott A. 10 4 2 2 3.79 1 18%
Rojas Murray L. 2 2 0 0 1.60 0 16%
Gorham Michael E. 4 2 1 1 3.73 0 14%
Morgan Carla L. 5 2 0 0 10.70 1 13%
Pino Michael V. 5 2 1 2 1.94 1 27%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Karamanos Horacio 10 4 1 2 7.41 1 15%
Carrasco Victor R. 12 4 3 1 3.17 0 20%
Santiago Javier 5 3 0 0 4.34 0 16%
Caraballo Jose C. 11 3 1 5 5.86 1 15%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Chiappe Ricardo 11 0 2 0 13.73 0 14%
               

Notebooks

DEL MAR NOTEBOOK

AUGUST 27, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A quartet of graded races, including the biggest event of the season, led the way this week at Del Mar Race Course.

Pacific Classic (G1): Jungle Racing et al's unbeaten champion SHARED BELIEF (Candy Ride) swept to the front nearing midstretch and powered home to a convincing 2 3/4-length score in the signature race of the meeting. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee established himself as a major presence going forward in the Horse of the Year race and moved his mark to six-for-six, completing 10 panels on the main oval in 2:00 1/5 with Mike Smith in the silks.

Pat O'Brien H. (G2): W. C. Racing's GOLDENCENTS (Into Mischief) spurted to the lead soon after the break and gave his foes no chance late en route to a powerful 4 1/4-length romp under Rafael Bejarano. The superb Doug O'Neill charge sped home for seven panels on the Polytrack in a stakes record 1:20 4/5, winning under steady handling late.

Del Mar Mile H. (G2): Braly Family Trust's TOM'S TRIBUTE (Lion Heart) corralled the clear and short-priced leader in midstretch and finished off a fine run to bag a second straight graded race on this lawn. The James Cassidy trainee, who was ridden by Smith, was a length clear late in finishing off one mile on the firm lawn in 1:33 3/5.

Del Mar H. (G2): Michael House's BIG JOHN B (Hard Spun) moved into contention at the top of the lane and spurted clear to a decisive victory beneath Smith. The Phil d'Amato trainee picked up his first graded win in completing the 1 3/8 miles on the firm turf in 2:12 4/5, finishing 5 1/4 lengths clear under the line.

Track Stats

From a total of 44 races held at the Southern California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 32 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 55 percent of the wins. From 34 frays contested on the Polytrack oval, eight animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (24 percent), while none of the 10 grassy tussles went all the way on the lead.

Early speed was not as dominant this week as it had been earlier in the meeting. And of the eight who led at each call on the Polytrack, all came in sprint runs, with four alone on Saturday. Sunday saw six of the eight races contested on the main oval taken by runners breaking from post seven and wider.

Meet Totals

RACES:   259
POLYTRACK:   203
TURF:   56
FAVORITES:   73 (27 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   53 (20 percent)
TURF WIRE:   7 (15 percent)
POLY WIRE:   55 (28 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (8/20)

5TH -- GRAZENETTE (Grzazen) made a big move entering the stretch and powered home a sharp winner going away under Joe Talamo. The Phil d'Amato trainee showed nice improvement off of her last and we've always though this one had some ability.

7TH -- ALEXIS TANGIER (Tiznow) proved more than capable of handling this route event with a solid allowance tally for conditioner Richard Mandella. The sophomore filly was patient after a good break, inched to the lead in early stretch and then powered home to a fine tally beneath Victor Espinoza.

Thursday (8/21)

5TH -- ASHLEY'S SASSY (Decarchy) built upon a solid debut try with a very professional tally to break her maiden for conditioner Peter Eurton. The juvenile miss shrugged off a pair of challengers leading up to the top of the lane and kept to task without being seriously threatened late. She could evolve into a stakes horse with more seasoning.

Friday (8/22)

5TH -- Trainer Peter Miller wisely claimed PASSING GAME (Game Plan) out of this one, as the peaking sort ran a third straight big race on this main oval this summer. We're not sure if the gelding is only a Del Mar specialist or has simply morphed into a nice runner, but he's one we want in our shedrow right now.

Saturday (8/23)

2ND -- While we pretty convinced she didn't beat a great field in this maiden run, the 6 3/4-length romp by PLAY HARD TO GET (Purim) was still very impressive from a visual standpoint. The Eric Kruljac trainee made a big move approaching the turn for home and stayed on with it, decimating this field with ease. We'd imagine the gelding will be one to watch with winners next out.

4TH -- A C Avila's MASOCHISTIC (Sought After) should be headed for stakes foes last time after a third straight wire-to-wire tally following this effort, which he won with ease. The four-year-old gelding has been incredibly sharp following his debut run and beat a pair of decent runners in this dash.

Sunday (8/24)

1ST -- CONQUEST PANTHERA (Kitten's Joy) lived up to the hype when exploding once clear in the lane en route to a sharp debut tally for conditioner Mark Casse. The juvenile colt was hammered down at first asking and should be in the stakes ranks next time.

2ND --BEE BRAVE (Rail Link) was stuck for most of the stretch run, but once clear the import proved much the best. We're not very fond of the field the Simon Callaghan trainee toppled in here, but is was a second straight positive step and she could be tough right back.

6TH -- This was a big day for Cassidy, who also saddle a sharp first time winner in INTO OBLIVION (Into Mischief), who was much the best late. The juvenile filly might turn out to be a nice one, as we're not sure we've ever seen a first-time winner at the special weight level from this barn.

A Look Ahead

The Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante will top the racing on Saturday here. Sunday will play host to the Grade 2, $300,000 Del Mar Derby and the Grade 3, $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes -- while the Labor Day feature is the Grade 2, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap. Racing wraps up next Wednesday with the annual closing-day, the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity.

At a Glance
GULFSTREAM PARK AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.22 - 1
Favorite Win%: 37%, Favorite Itm%: 72%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta86.91
Daily Double85.38
Trifecta643.27
Pick 3731.79
Superfecta5,749.84
Pick 44,628.35
Pick 522,619.42
Pick 6 Jackpot458,789.19
Pick 8602,352.90
Super High Five6,698.33
Z-5 Super Hi-59,770.90
TRACK BIAS MEET(06/25 - 08/24)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 115 43% E Rail/Ins
6.0fDirt 402 36% E Rail/Ins
1 MileDirt 276 24% E Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 92 24% E/P Inside
Turf Sprint 175 30% E Rail
Turf Routes 519 18% P Rail
TRACK BIAS WEEK(08/18 - 08/24)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 4 50% E Middle
6.0fDirt 10 50% E Rail/Ins
1 MileDirt 8 13% E/P Mid/Out
1 1/16mDirt 1 0% S Middle
Turf Sprint 4 50% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 12 0% P Middle
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Ziadie Kirk 11 4 2 3 2.49 3 38%
Nicks Ralph E. 7 3 1 1 6.10 3 19%
Kaplan William A. 8 3 2 1 5.79 1 12%
DiMauro Stephen L. 3 2 0 0 6.70 1 14%
Jackson Gary G. 4 2 0 0 6.80 1 11%
Wasiluk, Jr. Peter 5 2 1 1 12.70 1 10%
Fernandez Marcos 6 2 1 0 16.33 0 16%
Iadisernia Giuseppe 6 2 1 1 3.05 1 13%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Zayas Edgard J. 32 12 3 6 5.93 7 21%
Rios Jesus M. 20 5 4 2 9.75 2 15%
Leyva Juan C. 8 2 2 1 7.93 0 11%
Soodeen Rodney 8 2 1 1 19.31 1 5%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Dorochenko Gennadi 22 0 5 1 21.57 2 9%
Criollo Manuel 15 0 2 1 39.81 0 8%
Lutchman Padarath 14 0 0 3 36.04 0 8%
Fontana Charles 12 0 1 2 50.33 0 6%
Miranda Alfonso 11 0 0 0 58.25 0 4%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%

Features

UPCOMING STAKES

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Thursday, August 28
 
WITH ANTICIPATION S. (G2), Saratoga, $200,000, 2yo, 1 1/16mT.
 
Friday, August 29
 
El Cajon S., Del Mar, $100,000, 3yo, 1m.
Riskaverse S., Saratoga, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
Ricks Memorial, Remington Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1mT.
 
Saturday, August 30
 
WOODWARD S. (G1), Saratoga, $600,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
FOREGO S. (G1), Saratoga, $500,000, 3&up, 7f.
DEL MAR DEBUTANTE (G1), Del Mar, $300,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
PRIORESS S. (G2), Saratoga, $300,000, 3yo, f, 6f.
BERNARD BARUCH H. (G2), Saratoga, $250,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
WASHINGTON PARK H. (G3), Arlington, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
BOILING SPRINGS S. (G3), Monmouth Park, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT.
Vice Regent S., Woodbine, $125,000, 3yo, 1mT.
Evangeline Downs Star S., Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
Evangeline Downs Starlet S., Evangeline Downs, $100,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Harry F. Brubaker S., Del Mar, $90,000, 3&up, 1m.
Monarchos S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3yo, 1m.
Sylvia Bishop Memorial (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
 
Sunday, August 31
 
SPINAWAY S. (G1), Saratoga, $350,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
DEL MAR DERBY (G2), Del Mar, $300,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT.
GLENS FALLS H. (G3), Saratoga, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 3/8mT.
TORREY PINES S. (G3), Del Mar, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1m.
Sapling S., Monmouth Park, $100,000, 2yo, 1m.
Tranquility Lake S. (r), Del Mar, $90,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m.
Northern Lights Debutante (r), Canterbury Park, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Northern Lights Futurity (r), Canterbury Park, $75,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
Sorority S., Monmouth Park, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Minnesota Classic (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, c&g, 1 1/16m.
Minnesota Distaff Classic (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Minnesota Distaff Sprint (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
Minnesota Sprint (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, c&g, 6f.
Manzano S., Albuquerque Downs, $50,000, 2yo, 6f.
Tah Dah S. (r), Belterra Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Ruidoso Derby, Ruidoso Downs, $50,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Rose DeBartolo Memorial (r), Thistledown, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
 
Monday, September 1
 
HOPEFUL S. (G1), Saratoga, $350,000, 2yo, 7f.
SMARTY JONES S. (G3), Parx Racing, $300,000, 3yo, 1m 70yds.
TURF MONSTER H. (G3), Parx Racing, $300,000, 3&up, 5fT.
SARANAC S. (G3), Saratoga, $300,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT.
YELLOW RIBBON H. (G2), Del Mar, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
GREENWOOD CUP (G3), Parx Racing, $200,000, 3&up, 1 1/2m.
Turf Amazon H., Parx Racing, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 5fT.
I'm Smokin S. (r), Del Mar, $150,000, 2yo, 6f.
Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf, Del Mar, $100,000, 2yo, f, 1mT.
Speed to Spare S., Northlands Park, $100,000, 3&up, 1 3/8m.
Lady's Secret S., Monmouth Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Ruidoso Downs Championship, Ruidoso Downs, $60,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Matron S., Assiniboia Downs, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
Cliff Guilliams H., Ellis Park, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Rolling Green S., Golden Gate Fields, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 3yo, c&g, 1 1/16m.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
 
Wednesday, September 3
 
DEL MAR FUTURITY (G1), Del Mar, $300,000, 2yo, 7f.
Oak Tree Juvenile Turf, Del Mar, $100,000, 2yo, 1mT.
C.E.R.F. S. (r), Del Mar, $90,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
Pirate's Bounty S. (r), Del Mar, $90,000, 3&up, 6f.

RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
ARLINGTON:   May 2 - Sept. 28
BELTERRA PARK:   May 8 - Oct. 19
CANTERBURY PARK:   May 16 - Sept. 13
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 31
DELAWARE PARK:   May 17 - Oct. 22
DEL MAR:   July 17 - Sept. 3
ELLIS PARK:   July 3 - Sept. 1
EMERALD DOWNS:   April 12 - Sept. 28
EVANGELINE DOWNS:   April 9 - Aug. 30
FINGER LAKES:   April 18 - Dec. 5
FORT ERIE:   May 27 - Sept. 30
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Aug. 15 - Sept. 14
GULFSTREAM PARK:   July 1 - Jan. 5
HASTINGS PARK:   April 27 - Oct. 26
HAZEL PARK:   June 29 - Oct. 11
INDIANA DOWNS:   May 6 - Nov. 1
LOUISIANA DOWNS:   May 2 - Sept. 21
MONMOUTH PARK:   May 10 - Sept. 28
MOUNTAINEER PARK:   March 1 - Dec. 20
NORTHLANDS PARK:   May 2 - Oct. 25
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS:   May 11 - Sept. 25
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 15 - Dec. 14
SARATOGA:   July 18 - Sept. 1
SUFFOLK DOWNS:   May 3 - Sept. 29
THISTLEDOWN:   April 18 - Nov. 16
WOODBINE:   April 12 - Dec. 7
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
BELMONT PARK:   Sept. 5 - Oct. 26
CHURCHILL DOWNS:   Sept. 5 - 28
FAIRPLEX (BARRETTS MEET):   Sept. 5 - 21
KENTUCKY DOWNS:   Sept. 6 - 24
LAUREL PARK:   Sept. 5 - Dec. 31
MEADOWLANDS:   Sept. 18 - Nov. 1
SANTA ANITA PARK:   Sept. 26 - Nov. 2
ZIA PARK:   Sept. 6 - Dec. 2

At a Glance

AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE

MONDAY:   Golden Gate Fields and Monmouth Park
TUESDAY:   Arlington and Del Mar
WEDNESDAY:   Louisiana Downs and Woodbine
THURSDAY:   Delaware Park and Gulfstream Park
FRIDAY:   Ellis Park and Saratoga

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Thursday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Arlington   (1st) Europa's Beauty, 6-1
    (7th) Sugar Street, 6-1
Belterra Park   (5th) Dixie Minister, 9-2
    (7th) Silver Rocket, 7-2
Canterbury   (1st) Raton Pass, 5-1
    (5th) Meloveda, 5-1
Charles Town   (4th) Street Interest, 10-1
    (6th) Utter Drama, 8-1
Delaware Park   (2nd) Perfect Cursive, 6-1
    (6th) I Wish, 8-1
Del Mar   (1st) On Golden Pawn, 3-1
    (6th) Comealongwithme, 10-1
Evangeline Downs   (3rd) Friendly Shadow, 6-1
    (9th) Avery Lynn, 3-1
Finger Lakes   (2nd) Audies Champ, 7-2
    (5th) Frankknowsbest, 5-1
Golden Gate Fields   (2nd) Melanzana, 3-1
    (5th) Saint Lemone, 3-1
Gulfstream Park   (4th) She's Aly, 4-1
    (7th) Callmeback, 10-1
Indiana Grand   (1st) Blue Ryder Red, 4-1
    (7th) Our Valid Twirl, 5-1
Louisiana Downs   (5th) Mavs Indy, 3-1
    (7th) Cocoa Max, 6-1
Penn National   (4th) Dude About Town, 9-2
    (6th) Kafwain Wedgeheart, 8-1
Presque Isle Downs   (3rd) My Dividend, 5-1
    (4th) Lin Marie, 3-1
Remington Park   (4th) Jaxonscat, 4-1
    (8th) New Gal N Town, 3-1
Saratoga   (3rd) Midnight Nick, 5-1
    (9th) I'm Stoked, 8-1

Racing Highlights

For Thursday

BELTERRA PARK (1:30): $14,000 alw, 3&up, f/m, 1m (6TH).
CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $27,000 alw, 3&up, 1 1/16m (5TH); $27,000 alw, 3&up, 7f (7TH).
DEL MAR (5:00): $80,000 ocl, 3&up, 1 1/8m (2ND).
FINGER LAKES (1:10): $19,200 alw, 3&up, f/m, 5 1/2f (7TH).
INDIANA GRAND (2:05): $36,000 alw, 3&up, 1mT (8TH); $36,000 ocl, 3&up, f/m, 6f (7TH); $36,000 ocl, 3&up, 5fT (6TH).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $30,400 ocl, 3&up, 5fT (1ST).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $30,000 ocl, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f (4TH).
REMINGTON PARK (8:00): $40,000 alw, 3yo, f, 1m (3RD).
SARATOGA (12:25): $200,000 With Anticipation S. (G2), 2yo, 1 1/16mT (5TH); $75,000 Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords S., 4&up, f/m, 2 3/8mT (1ST).

  *all times Eastern

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

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Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

HIGHLIGHTS

For Thursday

BELTERRA PARK (1:30): $14,000 alw, 3&up, f/m, 1m (6TH).
CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $27,000 alw, 3&up, 1 1/16m (5TH); $27,000 alw, 3&up, 7f (7TH).
DEL MAR (5:00): $80,000 ocl, 3&up, 1 1/8m (2ND).
FINGER LAKES (1:10): $19,200 alw, 3&up, f/m, 5 1/2f (7TH).
INDIANA GRAND (2:05): $36,000 alw, 3&up, 1mT (8TH); $36,000 ocl, 3&up, f/m, 6f (7TH); $36,000 ocl, 3&up, 5fT (6TH).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $30,400 ocl, 3&up, 5fT (1ST).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $30,000 ocl, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f (4TH).
REMINGTON PARK (8:00): $40,000 alw, 3yo, f, 1m (3RD).
SARATOGA (12:25): $200,000 With Anticipation S. (G2), 2yo, 1 1/16mT (5TH); $75,000 Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords S., 4&up, f/m, 2 3/8mT (1ST).

*all times Eastern

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