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SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2014

Results

NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

BERNARD BARUCH H. (G2), SAR, $250,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16MT, 8-30.
4—WISE DAN, g, 7, Wiseman's Ferry--Lisa Danielle, by Wolf Power (SAF). O-Morton Fink, B-Mort Fink (KY), T-Charles LoPresti, J-John R. Velazquez, $150,000.
2—Optimizer, h, 5, English Channel--Indy Pick, by A.P. Indy. O-Calumet Farm, B-Bluegrass Hall, LLC (KY), $50,000.
8—Five Iron, c, 4, Sharp Humor--Tee Off, by Thunder Gulch. ($17,000 '11 KEEJAN). O-Fred M Allor, B-Frederick Michael Allor (KY), $25,000.
Also Ran: Sayaad, Bio Pro, North Star Boy (IRE), Sky Blazer, Boisterous, Paris Vegas.
Winning Time: 1:39 (fm)
Margins: NO, 1 1/4, NO.
Odds: 0.80, 29.00, 7.20.

Wise Dan just prevails in Baruch comeback

Wise Dan reaches for the wire while spotting Optimizer 11 pounds in his first start back from colic surgery (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Not even a layoff since undergoing colic surgery, and top weight of 127 pounds, could stop two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga. Considerately handled by Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez, the 4-5 favorite steadily worked his way to the fore in deep stretch, and just held off the late thrust of Optimizer to add still more memorable footage to his glittering highlight reel.

"He showed he has the heart of a champion -- 127 pounds coming from a long layoff," Velazquez marveled.

"It's incredible to have this horse coming back. What happened to him, training and come back and run with 127 pounds, that's incredible."

"He's a trouper, man," trainer Charlie LoPresti said. "He knows how to win races. Johnny said he was tired. I can tell you, he's just an amazing horse. That's the way he wins."

Wise Dan's comeback was not only courageous -- it was fast. His final time of 1:39.08 for 1 1/16 miles over the firm Mellon turf wasn't far off the course mark of 1:38.91 set by Spa legend Fourstardave here in 1991.

Fourstardave was carrying 115 pounds, a dozen fewer than comebacker Wise Dan, who was last seen defending his crown in the May 3 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs. Only 13 days later, Morton Fink's homebred suffered a bout of colic that required emergency surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Kentucky.

LoPresti had considered bringing Wise Dan back in the August 9 race named in honor of Fourstardave, which he had won for the past two years. But based on the way the seven-year-old gelding was training, LoPresti decided to skip the three-peat attempt and give him a little more time, and his wisdom paid off. Wise Dan began to show his characteristic aggressiveness in the morning, and he needed every ounce of fitness he had in the Bernard Baruch.

Trainer Charlie LoPresti greets the conquering hero (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
"We wanted a good race for him to get started with," LoPresti said. "He's been through a lot. I knew he was training good and I knew he was going to run good."

Wise Dan gave his fans an early scare when acting up in the gate, rearing and unseating Velazquez. Backed out and with a check to make sure that his saddle and girth strap were firmly secured, the odds-on favorite reloaded and stood quietly until the latch was sprung.

The speedy Five Iron dashed to take command through splits of :23 1/5 and :46 1/5, while potential pace rivals Bio Pro and Sayaad were content to stalk. Wise Dan, meanwhile, had been expertly steered over from post 5 to the hedge and saved ground early in a well-placed fourth. Rounding the far turn, the field closed in on Five Iron, and Sayaad advanced into second through six furlongs in 1:09 3/5.

Wise Dan, who had been angled out into the clear, wasn't pulling Velazquez as he usually would have, and his legions of supporters might have had an anxious thought. As Sayaad drew up to challenge Five Iron in the stretch, Wise Dan was still bravely trying to make up ground. His determined effort finally propelled him past them, but victory was far from assured.

No sooner had the champion put his head in front, than Optimizer -- the other comebacker -- exploded into contention. Making his first start off a four-month break for new trainer Jose Fernandez, the 29-1 shot was gaining ground rapidly, and threatened to spring the upset with an 11-pound pull at the weights.

But Wise Dan, as though remembering that he had dusted Optimizer by 4 3/4 lengths in last year's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, would not permit it. With Velazquez nursing him to the wire, Wise Dan kept his head up in a display of sheer will power.

In so doing, Wise Dan remained perfect in three starts this campaign and extended his winning streak to four, dating back to last November's Breeders' Cup Mile. He has now won 13 of his last 14, and 18 of his last 21, outings.

"When I got to the eighth-pole, I didn't think I got it," Velazquez said. "When I got past the sixteenth-pole he was giving me everything he had and the other horse (Optimizer) was coming from the outside.

"There was a little bit of doubt. He was getting tired -- incredibly proud," the Hall of Famer added of his feelings about Wise Dan.

"I wouldn't have been disappointed if he was beat today," LoPresti said. "It would have been something to build on.

Hall of Famer John Velazquez hailed Wise Dan as "incredible" (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
"He showed today why he is the two-time Horse of the Year. To overcome what he's overcome -- if you'd have seen him four days after that surgery it (was) like he never even had surgery. That's the amazing thing about him. He'll build from this race, I have to think. God willing, he comes back good. He'll be way tougher next time."

Fernandez is hopeful of improvement from Optimizer as well.

"I thought we had it, but it didn't quite work out that way," Fernandez said. "But that's OK. I think he's coming back to form. Hopefully, he'll do better next time. I just took good care of him, that's all. I don't know what other people do; I just know what I do. I've always loved that horse. I'm glad he's back."

"My horse had a great trip," jockey Alan Garcia said of the near-upsetter. "He did everything but win. I thought we won the photo."

Optimizer was a clear second by 1 1/4 lengths from Five Iron, who edged Sayaad in a photo for third. Next came Bio Pro, North Star Boy, Sky Blazer, Boisterous and Paris Vegas. The main-track-only pair of Lea and Red Rifle were withdrawn.

Wise Dan has compiled a Hall of Fame-worthy record of 30-22-2-0, $6,952,920. Of his 20 career stakes victories, 10 have come at the Grade 1 level. Unraced as a juvenile, Wise Dan showed ability when winning four of six starts at three. During that 2010 campaign, he captured his stakes debut in the Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland and finished a creditable sixth, beaten just 2 1/2 lengths, in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Wise Dan proved a triple-surface threat in 2011, winning the Firecracker in his turf debut, and adding the Presque Isle Mile on Tapeta, before romping in the Fayette over Keeneland's Polytrack and the Clark Handicap on the Churchill Downs dirt.

He kicked off his 2012 season at Keeneland with a scintillating 10 1/2-length conquest of the Ben Ali in a track-record time of 1:46.63 on the Polytrack. Wise Dan returned to Churchill for the Stephen Foster Handicap, only to lose by a head after a tough trip. Wise Dan commenced a winning spree in the Fourstardave at Saratoga, then added the Shadwell Turf Mile, Woodbine Mile and Breeders' Cup Mile, the latter in a course- and stakes-record 1:31.78. Those victories propelled him to an Eclipse Award sweep of the champion older male, champion turf male and Horse of the Year awards.

In 2013, Wise Dan extended his streak with scores in the Maker's 46 Mile, Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, Firecracker and Fourstardave, carrying 128 and 129 pounds, respectively, in the latter two performances. He captured the Woodbine Mile for the second straight year in mid-September, this time blitzing in a course-record 1:31.75. His nine-race skein was halted when second in the Shadwell Turf Mile, which was held over a puddle-strewn Polytrack at Keeneland.

Wise Dan rebounded in the Breeders' Cup Mile, defeating runner-up Za Approval by about a length, and repeated as champion older male, turf male and Horse of the Year. He opened 2014 with successful title defenses in the April 11 Maker's 46 Mile and the aforementioned Woodford Reserve, where he gamely repelled Seek Again by a head.

The Kentucky-bred is by Wiseman's Ferry and out of the winning Wolf Power mare Lisa Danielle, the 2012 Broodmare of the Year. His half-brother, multiple Grade 2 victor Successful Dan, set a new Churchill track record when taking the 2012 Alysheba.

Another half-sibling to the "Dans," stakes winner Our Royal Dancer, is herself the dam of Argentinean Group 2-placed Bailando Voy. Lisa Danielle is in turn a half-sister to Grade 1-placed Carsona, who has produced Grade 2 victor Siphon City. This is the family of German Group 1-winning highweight Scalo, and further back, French champion, classic winner and noted sire *Val de Loir as well as dual classic heroine and Irish champion *Valoris II.

WOODWARD S. (G1), SAR, $600,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/8M, 8-30.
2—ITSMYLUCKYDAY, c, 4, Lawyer Ron--Viva La Slew, by Doneraile Court. ($47,000 '11 KEESEP; $110,000 2012 OBSMAR). O-Trilogy Stable and Plesa, Laurie, B-Liberation Farm & Brandywine Farm (KY), T-Edward Plesa, Jr., J-Paco Lopez, $360,000.
4—Moreno, g, 4, Ghostzapper--Danceinthesunlight, by A.P. Indy. O-Southern Equine Stable LLC, B-Southern Equine Stables, LLC (KY), $120,000.
5—Prayer for Relief, h, 6, Jump Start--Sparklin Lil, by Mr. Sparkles. ($80,000 '09 KEESEP). O-Zayat Stables, LLC, B-G R Aschinger (KY), $60,000.
Also Ran: Zivo, Stephanoatsee, Last Gunfighter, Long River, Romansh, Norumbega.
Winning Time: 1:48 4/5 (ft)
Margins: HF, 1HF, 1.
Odds: 2.85, 2.65, 24.75.

Itsmyluckyday gets revenge on Moreno in Woodward

Itsmyluckyday made a winning debut with blinkers in the Woodward (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Luck was finally with Itsmyluckyday at Saratoga on Saturday as the four-year-old colt survived a claim of foul to register his first top-level victory in the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward.

Tracking closely behind Moreno, his conqueror in the $1.5 million Whitney on August 2, Itsmyluckyday chased a :24, :47 2/5 and 1:10 4/5 pace over a fast track that been playing kindly to speed all afternoon. Never more than 1 1/2 lengths behind Moreno, Itsmyluckyday challenged the leader around the far turn and a battle ensued between them for the final quarter-mile.

Clinging to a narrow advantage passing the eighth pole, Moreno came out and commenced a series of bumps with Itsmyluckyday, who kept grinding toward the lead. Approaching the wire, Itsmyluckyday edged clear and was up a half-length at the finish, with Junior Alvarado aboard Moreno standing up in the irons. A claim of foul by Alvarado against the winner was subsequently disallowed.

"The other horse (Moreno) came over and bumped into my horse. I didn't bump that horse," said jockey Paco Lopez, who guided Itsmyluckyday to victory in 1:48 4/5 over 1 1/8 miles.

The Woodward was the first outing for Itsmyluckyday while wearing blinkers. In the Whitney, Itsmyluckyday was held safe by Moreno, who led wire-to-wire in winning by 1 1/4 lengths.

"The last time, the horse looked outside and inside and was looking too much," Lopez said. "We worked him in the blinkers and I worked him twice, and he was unbelievable in the blinkers both times."

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., who trains Itsmyluckyday for Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa, was understandably proud of his colt.

"It's like when you have a child that does something out of the ordinary, exceptional, that you know he could do; that's what it felt like," Plesa said. "I mean, horses aren't your children, but we take great pride in our horses; we take great pride in our craft. He did what he needed to do in a manner nobody would dispute was spot on or that he was the best horse today."

A stretch-long bumping duel with Moreno resulted in an objection but no change in the result (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Eric Guillot, trainer of Moreno, was more philosophical about his colt's narrow defeat than he was following last year's Travers, when he accused the winning rider aboard Will Take Charge of using an illegal device.

"Our horse got bounced up, bam-bam-bam. Who knows? The horse ran his race. Sometimes you run second, sometimes you win. It was Eddie turn," Guillot said. "My horse is consistent. He ran his race. What are you going to do? Go to bed, rest, get up in the morning and start all over again."

Moreno, the 5-2 favorite, finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Prayer for Relief, who was one length ahead of Zivo. The order of finish was rounded out by Stephanoatsee, Last Gunfighter, Long River, Romansh, and Norumbega. Micromanage was scratched in favor of the Greenwood Cup at Parx Racing on Labor Day.

The Woodward was the eighth stakes win for Itsmyluckyday, whose biggest wins previously were Grade 3 scores in the 2013 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park and the July 6 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park. He's also accounted for the 2012 editions of the Fasig-Tipton Dash and Foolish Pleasure at Calder, the 2013 Gulfstream Park Derby, and the Best of the Rest and Majestic Light, a pair of $75,000 stakes at Monmouth run earlier this year.

Among the notable runner-up finishes by Itsmyluckyday were in last year's Preakness at Pimlico and Florida Derby at Gulfstream, as well as the aforementioned Whitney earlier this month. His record now stands at 19-9-4-1, $1,662,600.

A son of 2007 Woodward winner and champion Lawyer Ron, Itsmyluckyday was reared by the stakes-placed Viva La Slew, a Doneraile Court half-sister to Mexican champion Medaglia d'Orizaba and stakes winner Ready to Live. This is the extended family of French classic winner Astronomer Royal, multiple Grade 1 winner Vicar, and Grade 2 hero Navesink River.

Itsmyluckyday was bred in Kentucky by Liberation Farm and Brandywine Farm and sold as a $110,000 OBS two-year-old in training.

FOREGO S. (G1), SAR, $500,000, 3YO/UP, 7F, 8-30.
6—PALACE, h, 5, City Zip--Receivership, by End Sweep. ($160,000 2011 OBSMAR). O-Antonino Miuccio, B-The Peter J Callahan Revocable Trust Dated 2/28/02 (NY), T-Linda Rice, J-Cornelio H. Velasquez, $300,000.
2—Big Business, g, 6, Eddington--Spanish Guitar, by Birdonthewire. ($115,000 2010 FTMMAY). O-Gary Barber, B-Henthorn Racing Inc (NY), $100,000.
3—Vyjack, g, 4, Into Mischief--Life Happened, by Stravinsky. ($45,000 '11 FTKJUL; $100,000 2012 FTMMAY). O-Pick Six Racing (David Wilkenfeld), B-Machmer Hall (KY), $50,000.
Also Ran: Capo Bastone, Sensational Slam, Weekend Hideaway, Zee Bros, Clearly Now, Confrontation.
Winning Time: 1:21 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 3HF, NK, 1.
Odds: 4.30, 20.80, 10.20.

Palace shines in Forego

Palace has developed into perhaps the top sprinter on the East Coast this summer  (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photo)

Antonino Miuccio's Palace accelerated through an opening along the inside in upper stretch and drew away authoritatively in Saturday's $500,000 Forego, posting a 3 1/2-length decision beneath Cornelio Velasquez. Winner of the August 2 A.G. Vanderbilt for trainer Linda Rice, the five-year-old captured both premiere Grade 1 events for older sprinters at Saratoga.

A New York-bred son of City Zip, Palace recorded his first graded victory when taking the Fall Highweight last November at Aqueduct. The bay horse has really come on this summer, returning from a four-month freshening with a victory in the Grade 2 True North on June 6 prior to a runner-up in the Grade 3 Belmont Sprint on July 5.

He staked a strong claim as the top sprinter on the East Coast Saturday.

"(Palace) is a really talented horse, and when he is good I need to use him because on several occasions I've needed to stop on him, turn him out, and give him a break," Rice said. "When a horse is doing as well as he is, I don't know how long I can keep him that good."

"I think my horse is the best sprinting horse (in the country) now," Velasquez added.

Palace broke alertly from post No. 6 and settled just off the leaders in third as Zee Bros sprinted forward to show the way during the early stages, recording splits in :22 2/5 and :45 1/5 as Weekend Hideaway chased in second down the backstretch. Palace advanced into contention rounding the far turn while in the two path.

Zee Bros drifted out a little turning for home, leaving room along the rail, and Velasquez guided his mount toward the opening. Palace rallied to the lead with a little more than a furlong remaining, passing the six-furlong mark in 1:09 with a half-length advantage, and he quickly opened up on a pack of rivals.

The winner strolled home much the best, completing seven furlongs in 1:21 4/5 on the fast track, and Palace paid $10.60 for the victory as the 4-1 second choice.

"I wanted to break good and stay in good position behind the speed," Velasquez said. "I had a lot of horse. When the opening came, I was in good position."

Big Business got up for second at 20-1, a neck better than the late-running Vyjack in third. It was another length to the deep-closing Capo Bastone, who edged Sensational Slam by a neck for fourth.

Weekend Hideaway wound up sixth and was followed under the wire by Zee Bros, 4-5 favorite Clearly Now and Confrontation. Falling Sky was scratched.

Palace increased his bankroll to $1,309,550 from a 21-11-5-2 ledger.

He earned his first stakes win over restricted foes at Saratoga last year, taking the Chowder's First, and followed that with another win over New York-breds in the Hudson. After a third straight tally in the aforementioned Grade 3 Fall Highweight, Palace concluded 2013 with a runner-up in the Gravesend.

Palace opened this year with a second in the Gold and Roses at Aqueduct and earned a vacation after a fourth in the Grade 3 General George at Laurel in February.

"He's such a special horse, and Miuccio has allowed me to stop on him, turn him out, and give him a break whenever he needs it, and it's obviously paid off," Rice said.

The Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on November 1 at Santa Anita is a logical target for the surging sprinter.

Bred by the Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust, Palace sold for $160,000 as an OBS March selected two-year-old in training. He is out of the winning End Sweep mare Receivership, making him a half-brother to stakes-placed Retreiver. His second dam is Grade 2-placed Alarming Prospect, who produced Receivership's Grade 2-scoring half-sister, French Park.

DEL MAR DEBUTANTE S. (G1), DMR, $301,000, 2YO, F, 7F, 8-30.
5—SUNSET GLOW, f, 2, Exchange Rate--Perfectforthepart, by Dynaformer. ($60,000 '12 KEENOV; $140,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Ten Broeck Farm, Inc, B-Gayla Rankin/GLR Ranch (KY), T-Wesley A. Ward, J-Victor Espinoza, $180,000.
6—Her Emmynency, f, 2, Successful Appeal--Chic Dancer, by Joyeux Danseur. ($115,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Thrash, Ike and Dawn, B-S D Brilie LP (KY), $60,000.
8—Conquest Eclipse, f, 2, Malibu Moon--Grand Traverse Bay, by Repriced. ($105,000 '13 KEEJAN; $170,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Conquest Stables, LLC, B-Tapestry Stud LLC & Spendthrift Farm (KY), $36,000.
Also Ran: Dad's Princess, Seduire, Manahatta, Windy Forecast, Stealth Drone, Starlet O'Hara.
Winning Time: 1:23 (ft)
Margins: NK, 3/4, 1 1/4.
Odds: 0.90, 3.40, 14.60.

Sunset Glow guts out Del Mar Debutante victory

Sunset Glow refused to yield in the Del Mar Debutante (Benoit Photos)

Ten Broeck Farm's Sunset Glow easily captured the Sorrento by 3 1/4 lengths on August 6 at Del Mar but on Saturday had to dig deep to withstand Her Emmynency in the Grade 1, $301,000 Del Mar Debutante.

Jockey Victor Espinoza decided to change tactics with his front-running mount due to the speed-laden field, taking Sunset Glow back to race outside of Dad's Princess down the backstretch as Seduire, Stealth Drone and Windy Forecast lined up across the track in front. Seduire was credited with fractions of :21 4/5 and :44 3/5, but soon found a new rival to contend with as Her Emmynency moved up to take Windy Forecast's spot as that one began backing up.

Sunset Glow wasn't far behind and slid through the miniscule opening between Seduire and Her Emmynency exiting the turn. The Exchange Rate filly wasn't able to pull away like in her two previous wins, but still managed to take over and hold off the tenacious Her Emmynency for a neck win on the wire.

Sent off the 4-5 favorite, Sunset Glow paid $3.80 for finishing seven Polytrack furlongs in 1:23. Her Emmynency took second by three parts of a length over Conquest Eclipse while Dad's Princess filled out the top four another 1 1/4 lengths back. Completing the order of finish were Seduire, Manahatta, Windy Forecast, Stealth Drone and Starlet O'Hara.

Sunset Glow is now 3-2-0 from five career starts and doubled her lifetime earnings to $377,650 with the Del Mar Debutante winner's share. The two-year-old miss began her career at Presque Isle Downs, placing second over that track's Tapeta while going 4 1/2 furlongs on May 13. Trainer Wesley Ward then shipped her to Belmont Park to record a front-running, five-furlong maiden score on the good turf.

Next up was a trip overseas, and Sunset Glow reputed herself very well when finishing second in the six-furlong Albany at Royal Ascot. She shipped back stateside and headed west to California for the 6 1/2-furlong Sorrento last out at Del Mar, where she produced a 3 1/4-length wire job.

Bred in Kentucky by Gayla Rankin/GLR Ranch, Sunset Glow initially sold for $60,000 as a Keeneland November weanling. That price more than doubled last year to $140,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

The gray filly is out of the stakes-placed Dynaformer mare Perfectforthepart and counts as her third dam Grade 1 heroine Andestine. Others of note in this female family include full brothers Grade 2 victor Regal Falcon and Grade 3 conqueror Against the Snow, as well as multiple Grade 1 king Crystal Water farther back.

PRIORESS S. (G2), SAR, $300,000, 3YO, F, 6F, 8-30.
2—STONETASTIC, f, 3, Mizzen Mast--Special Me, by Unbridled's Song. ($77,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Stoneway Farm, B-Machmer Hall, Carrie & Craig Brogden (KY), T-Kelly J. Breen, J-Paco Lopez, $180,000.
6—Miss Behaviour, f, 3, Jump Start--Successful Romance, by Successful Appeal. O-MacWilliam, Cal and Teitelbaum, Neil, B-Cal MacWilliam & Teitelbaum & As (PA), $60,000.
3—Southern Honey, f, 3, Colonel John--Mama Tia, by Carson City. ($155,000 '11 KEENOV; $180,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Ashbrook Farm, B-Whisper Hill Farm LLC (KY), $30,000.
Also Ran: Tea Time, Who's in Town, Sweet Whiskey, Princess Violet, Thirteen Arrows.
Winning Time: 1:08 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 8HF, NK, 1.
Odds: 5.50, 2.30, 7.40.

Stonetastic brushes off foes in Prioress

Stonetastic won the Prioress in a geared-down hand ride from jockey Paco Lopez (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Stoneway Farm's Stonetastic was denied a stakes victory three different times as a juvenile, but that was not to be the case in Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga as the sophomore filly blew away the field by 8 1/2 lengths.

"She's fast," trainer Kelly Breen said. "(Jockey) Paco (Lopez) came back and said she did it easy. I'm happy for all the connections; she ran great. Paco said he didn't whip her. I don't know what else to say, she went in 1:08 and four, and did it the right way. We're happy to be here."

"This is a week since my father passed away, and he's here with me," Breen added. "It means a lot. It's been a tough couple of weeks."

Stonetastic claimed the lead shortly after the break and posted an opening quarter in :22 1/5. The gray continued to lead the field around the far turn as Miss Behavior, the 2-1 favorite, was stalking on the outside and attempted to make a bid for the lead as they turned for home.

Stonetastic ran a half-mile in :44 3/5 and as soon as she felt pressure on her outside she kicked it into another gear at the top of the stretch. She drew away from her competition under a hand ride, to go wire-to-wire in 1:08 4/5 for the six-furlong test over the fast main track. Sent off as the 5-1 third choice, the daughter of Mizzen Mast returned $13 for her first stakes score.

"Very impressive," Lopez said. "I know the filly has never run here, but I know that filly. I rode her last time at Monmouth. Kelly said, 'Hey Paco, when they open the gates, come away, take your position, and look where you are.' Cutting back from a longer distance to a shorter distance, I thought someone might be coming a little bit (in the stretch). But there was no competition for this filly."

Miss Behavior got up for second by a neck over third-place finisher Southern Honey. Tea Time, Who's In Town, Sweet Whiskey, Princess Violet and Thirteen Arrows rounded out the order of finish.

Stonetastic broke her maiden by 12 lengths in her racing debut at Monmouth Park in August 2013. She made her stakes bow in her next start the following month in the Pocahontas at Churchill Downs, missing by a half-length to eventual 2014 Kentucky Oaks winner, Untapable. The gray had a difficult stretch trip in the Tempted Stakes in November at Aqueduct, finishing fourth and closed out her two-year-old campaign later that month with a third-place finish in the Golden Rod back at Churchill.

Stonetastic came in third in her sophomore debut in the Gingerbrew Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 5, as she tried the grass for the first time. She was not seen again until a 6 3/4-length win in an optional claiming race at Monmouth Park on July 27. Stonetastic banked $180,000 to more than double her bankroll to $299,121 from a 7-3-1-2 career line.

"I think we are (looking toward the Breeders' Cup) today," said Terri Burch, racing manager for Stoneway Farm. "We shelved her for a little while in January and brought her home to grow up. This is her second race back for us. But, that's what we're looking for. That's why we were here today, to challenge everyone and see. So we're excited.

"She was running fine (before her layoff earlier this year) but she was very immature. We sent her home to grow up. She raced really hard for us in the fall, but she didn't grow. And then we put her back in training, she had a giant growth spurt, so we had to wait and go slow on her and wait for her to come around."

Bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall and Carrie & Craig Brogden, Stonetastic is out of the Unbridled's Song mare Special Me, who is a half-sister to 2004 Dubai Golden Shaheen victor, Our New Recruit. Her female family also includes Grade 2 victor Domasca Dan.

Stonetastic sold for $77,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

WASHINGTON PARK H. (G3), AP, $150,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/8M, 8-30.
4—AVANZARE, g, 4, Grand Reward--Turn the Tide, by Theatrical (IRE). ($1,100 '11 FTMOCT; $52,000 2012 OBSJUN). O-Lanni, Donato and Youngblood, John F, B-Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds (KY), T-Thomas F. Proctor, J-Christopher A. Emigh, $89,100.
6—Hattaash, g, 7, Strong Hope--Lotta Rhythm, by Rhythm. ($290,000 '07 KEENOV). O-Kenneth E Fishbein, B-Dolphus C Morrison (KY), $29,700.
3—Mister Marti Gras, g, 7, Belong to Me--Miss Marta, by Cure the Blues. O-Lothenbach Stables, Inc, B-Lothenbach Stables (KY), $16,335.
Also Ran: Fordubai, Gimmeadrink, Only in America.
Winning Time: 1:52 3/5 (ft)
Margins: HD, NK, 1HF.
Odds: 3.30, 24.30, 1.70.

Avanzare hangs on for Washington Park theft

Avanzare (white cap) the Washington Park for his fifth win in nine career starts (Four Footed Fotos)

Seven weeks after narrowly missing a wire-to-wire score in the 1 1/4-mile Arlington Handicap, Avanzare found the cutback to nine furlongs agreeable in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington.

Despite setting pokey fractions of :24 4/5, :50 and 1:15 3/5, Avanzare was unable to separate himself for long in the run to the wire, coming under a serious challenge from 24-1 longshot Hattaash inside the final furlong. Digging deep in the final yards, Avanzare turned back that rival to win by a head in a time of 1:52 3/5.

A 3-1 chance, who returned $8.60, Avanzare was guided by Chris Emigh, who was registering his 3,500th career victory.

"I thought (Gimmeadrink) would should more gas and that would have scared me, if we hooked up and killed each other," Emigh said. "I got the jump on him into the turn and slowed it down. Everything turned out perfect. We barely hung on and I'm very happy."

Hattaash clung to second by a neck over 8-5 favorite Mister Marti Gras, who was 1 1/2 lengths clear of Fordubai. Gimmeadrink and Only in America rounded out the order of finish.

A four-year-old gelded son of Grand Reward, Avanzare races for Donato Lanni and John Youngblood and is trained by Tom Proctor. He debuted last November and captured his first two starts: a maiden at Churchill Downs and an allowance at Tampa Bay Downs, both on the grass. Second in his next three outings at Tampa, Avanzare returned to Churchill for the spring meet and promptly won both a second- and third-level allowance over the turf.

Last time, in the July 12 Arlington Handicap, Avanzare set pedestrian fractions before weakening to fourth, three parts of a length behind the winning Finnegans Wake. After this initial stakes win in his debut on Polytrack, Avanzare improved his record to 9-5-3-0, $217,180.

Bred in Kentucky by Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds, Avanzare was reared Turn the Tide, an unraced daughter of Theatrical. His third dam, the Grade 3-winning Miss Turkana, was produced by the Grade 3-winning Reigning Countess, whose descendants also include German highweight Mamool and the Grade/Group 3 winners Aly's Alley, Grafin, Genovefa, and Zosima.

Avanzare sold for $52,000 as an OBS two-year-old in training.

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Wise Dan just prevails in Baruch comeback

Wise Dan reaches for the wire while spotting Optimizer 11 pounds in his first start back from colic surgery (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Not even a layoff since undergoing colic surgery, and top weight of 127 pounds, could stop two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga. Considerately handled by Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez, the 4-5 favorite steadily worked his way to the fore in deep stretch, and just held off the late thrust of Optimizer to add still more memorable footage to his glittering highlight reel.

"He showed he has the heart of a champion -- 127 pounds coming from a long layoff," Velazquez marveled.

"It's incredible to have this horse coming back. What happened to him, training and come back and run with 127 pounds, that's incredible."

"He's a trouper, man," trainer Charlie LoPresti said. "He knows how to win races. Johnny said he was tired. I can tell you, he's just an amazing horse. That's the way he wins."

Wise Dan's comeback was not only courageous -- it was fast. His final time of 1:39.08 for 1 1/16 miles over the firm Mellon turf wasn't far off the course mark of 1:38.91 set by Spa legend Fourstardave here in 1991.

Fourstardave was carrying 115 pounds, a dozen fewer than comebacker Wise Dan, who was last seen defending his crown in the May 3 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs. Only 13 days later, Morton Fink's homebred suffered a bout of colic that required emergency surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Kentucky.

LoPresti had considered bringing Wise Dan back in the August 9 race named in honor of Fourstardave, which he had won for the past two years. But based on the way the seven-year-old gelding was training, LoPresti decided to skip the three-peat attempt and give him a little more time, and his wisdom paid off. Wise Dan began to show his characteristic aggressiveness in the morning, and he needed every ounce of fitness he had in the Bernard Baruch.

Trainer Charlie LoPresti greets the conquering hero (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
"We wanted a good race for him to get started with," LoPresti said. "He's been through a lot. I knew he was training good and I knew he was going to run good."

Wise Dan gave his fans an early scare when acting up in the gate, rearing and unseating Velazquez. Backed out and with a check to make sure that his saddle and girth strap were firmly secured, the odds-on favorite reloaded and stood quietly until the latch was sprung.

The speedy Five Iron dashed to take command through splits of :23 1/5 and :46 1/5, while potential pace rivals Bio Pro and Sayaad were content to stalk. Wise Dan, meanwhile, had been expertly steered over from post 5 to the hedge and saved ground early in a well-placed fourth. Rounding the far turn, the field closed in on Five Iron, and Sayaad advanced into second through six furlongs in 1:09 3/5.

Wise Dan, who had been angled out into the clear, wasn't pulling Velazquez as he usually would have, and his legions of supporters might have had an anxious thought. As Sayaad drew up to challenge Five Iron in the stretch, Wise Dan was still bravely trying to make up ground. His determined effort finally propelled him past them, but victory was far from assured.

No sooner had the champion put his head in front, than Optimizer -- the other comebacker -- exploded into contention. Making his first start off a four-month break for new trainer Jose Fernandez, the 29-1 shot was gaining ground rapidly, and threatened to spring the upset with an 11-pound pull at the weights.

But Wise Dan, as though remembering that he had dusted Optimizer by 4 3/4 lengths in last year's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, would not permit it. With Velazquez nursing him to the wire, Wise Dan kept his head up in a display of sheer will power.

In so doing, Wise Dan remained perfect in three starts this campaign and extended his winning streak to four, dating back to last November's Breeders' Cup Mile. He has now won 13 of his last 14, and 18 of his last 21, outings.

"When I got to the eighth-pole, I didn't think I got it," Velazquez said. "When I got past the sixteenth-pole he was giving me everything he had and the other horse (Optimizer) was coming from the outside.

"There was a little bit of doubt. He was getting tired -- incredibly proud," the Hall of Famer added of his feelings about Wise Dan.

"I wouldn't have been disappointed if he was beat today," LoPresti said. "It would have been something to build on.

Hall of Famer John Velazquez hailed Wise Dan as "incredible" (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
"He showed today why he is the two-time Horse of the Year. To overcome what he's overcome -- if you'd have seen him four days after that surgery it (was) like he never even had surgery. That's the amazing thing about him. He'll build from this race, I have to think. God willing, he comes back good. He'll be way tougher next time."

Fernandez is hopeful of improvement from Optimizer as well.

"I thought we had it, but it didn't quite work out that way," Fernandez said. "But that's OK. I think he's coming back to form. Hopefully, he'll do better next time. I just took good care of him, that's all. I don't know what other people do; I just know what I do. I've always loved that horse. I'm glad he's back."

"My horse had a great trip," jockey Alan Garcia said of the near-upsetter. "He did everything but win. I thought we won the photo."

Optimizer was a clear second by 1 1/4 lengths from Five Iron, who edged Sayaad in a photo for third. Next came Bio Pro, North Star Boy, Sky Blazer, Boisterous and Paris Vegas. The main-track-only pair of Lea and Red Rifle were withdrawn.

Wise Dan has compiled a Hall of Fame-worthy record of 30-22-2-0, $6,952,920. Of his 20 career stakes victories, 10 have come at the Grade 1 level. Unraced as a juvenile, Wise Dan showed ability when winning four of six starts at three. During that 2010 campaign, he captured his stakes debut in the Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland and finished a creditable sixth, beaten just 2 1/2 lengths, in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Wise Dan proved a triple-surface threat in 2011, winning the Firecracker in his turf debut, and adding the Presque Isle Mile on Tapeta, before romping in the Fayette over Keeneland's Polytrack and the Clark Handicap on the Churchill Downs dirt.

He kicked off his 2012 season at Keeneland with a scintillating 10 1/2-length conquest of the Ben Ali in a track-record time of 1:46.63 on the Polytrack. Wise Dan returned to Churchill for the Stephen Foster Handicap, only to lose by a head after a tough trip. Wise Dan commenced a winning spree in the Fourstardave at Saratoga, then added the Shadwell Turf Mile, Woodbine Mile and Breeders' Cup Mile, the latter in a course- and stakes-record 1:31.78. Those victories propelled him to an Eclipse Award sweep of the champion older male, champion turf male and Horse of the Year awards.

In 2013, Wise Dan extended his streak with scores in the Maker's 46 Mile, Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, Firecracker and Fourstardave, carrying 128 and 129 pounds, respectively, in the latter two performances. He captured the Woodbine Mile for the second straight year in mid-September, this time blitzing in a course-record 1:31.75. His nine-race skein was halted when second in the Shadwell Turf Mile, which was held over a puddle-strewn Polytrack at Keeneland.

Wise Dan rebounded in the Breeders' Cup Mile, defeating runner-up Za Approval by about a length, and repeated as champion older male, turf male and Horse of the Year. He opened 2014 with successful title defenses in the April 11 Maker's 46 Mile and the aforementioned Woodford Reserve, where he gamely repelled Seek Again by a head.

The Kentucky-bred is by Wiseman's Ferry and out of the winning Wolf Power mare Lisa Danielle, the 2012 Broodmare of the Year. His half-brother, multiple Grade 2 victor Successful Dan, set a new Churchill track record when taking the 2012 Alysheba.

Another half-sibling to the "Dans," stakes winner Our Royal Dancer, is herself the dam of Argentinean Group 2-placed Bailando Voy. Lisa Danielle is in turn a half-sister to Grade 1-placed Carsona, who has produced Grade 2 victor Siphon City. This is the family of German Group 1-winning highweight Scalo, and further back, French champion, classic winner and noted sire *Val de Loir as well as dual classic heroine and Irish champion *Valoris II.

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El Kabeir dazzles in Saratoga maiden romp

Promising juvenile El Kabeir blitzed seven furlongs in 1:22, almost as fast as Palace later went in the Forego (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Zayat Stables' El Kabeir ran his rivals ragged in Saturday's 4TH race at Saratoga, breaking his maiden by a widening 10 3/4 lengths in a devastating performance on the front end.

Trained by John Terranova II and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., the Scat Daddy juvenile dictated fractions of :22 3/5 and :44 4/5 before spurting away in the stretch. El Kabeir was six lengths clear at the six-furlong mark in 1:09 4/5 and kept pouring it on to finish seven fast-track furlongs in a snappy 1:22.

His final time was considerably faster than the 1:23 2/5 clocked by fellow two-year-old Two Weeks Off earlier on the card, and older starter allowance horses took 1:23 to go the same distance in the 6TH. Only top older sprinter Palace went faster on the day when winning the Grade 1 Forego in 1:21 4/5.

The 5-2 second choice, El Kabeir paid $7.50 to win. Royal Son was best of the rest as the 6-5 favorite.

El Kabeir was wheeling back 16 days after his troubled debut at the Spa, where he was compromised right at the start of a five-furlong dash. The gray recovered to finish third to the highly-regarded Blofeld. Signature Cat, the runner-up that day, is entered in Monday's Hopeful.

"They're babies and last time he broke a little slow out of there," said Ortiz, who was riding him for the first time Saturday. "The trainer told me if he broke good to try to get a good trip and give the horse a chance, and he'll come running in the end. He was in front easy. He felt good. He's a nice horse. He did it easy."

Terranova commented on the decision to get in one more race at Saratoga.

"He made me enter him, the horse did. I kind of threw it out there to (Ahmed) Zayat and Justin (Zayat) earlier in the week. I said, 'This horse really is doing well. I don't know if we want to even wait until we get back to Belmont. There is a seven-eighths closing weekend. We can enter him, and we've got a few days (to make a decision).'

"He did everything right, perfect, even in that first race," Terranova continued. "He came out of it like he needed it. He had trouble at the break, and we knew he wasn't a five-furlong horse; he wanted more ground in front of him.

"We'll see how he comes back and how he trains once we get back home to Belmont. Obviously, we have the Champagne (Grade 1, $500,000 on October 4) in mind, and some other races. I'm a New Yorker -- if I can stay in New York, I'll stay home."

Bred by Rustlewood Farm in Florida, El Kabeir was purchased for $250,000 as a yearling at OBS August. He has now earned $58,100 from his 2-1-0-1 line. El Kabeir is the first registered foal from the unraced Great Venue, an Unbridled's Song half-sister to multiple Grade 2-winning sprinter and sire Too Much Bling. Great Venue is also a half-sister to Ohio-bred stakes winners Barnsy, Ready for Roses and Littlebitabling.

Starlight Racing's Two Weeks Off employed pace-pressing tactics to score at second asking in the 2ND race. After attending Easy Comparison through splits of :23 1/5 and :46 1/5, the Todd Pletcher pupil drew alongside for a real stretch tussle, and finally got the better of his rival. Under Hall of Famer John Velazquez, Two Weeks Off drove to a 1 1/4-length decision. The dark bay returned $5.90 as the 9-5 favorite.

Sired by the late Harlan's Holiday, the aptly-named colt was runner-up to Hopeful entrant Requite in their mutual debut here on August 9. Two Weeks Off now sports a mark of 2-1-1-0, $66,400.

Two Weeks Off was bred by Haymarket Farm in Kentucky and has sold twice at auction, fetching $170,000 as a Keeneland November weanling and going to his current connections for $320,000 at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga last August. He was produced by the unraced Elusive Quality mare Havenlass, who is a half-sister to Grade 2 scorers Royal Haven and Belterra.

Juveniles kicked off the Woodward Day card in the 1ST race, a 1 1/16-mile turf maiden won in dramatic fashion by the Mike Maker-trained Firespike. Jockey Javier Castellano had to check off heels and alter course in a traffic-ridden stretch drive, but Firespike sliced between foes late to score by a neck. The 8-5 favorite stopped the clock in 1:43 4/5 on the firm Mellon turf and paid $5.30 to win. Congrats to Ken was second, a neck up on the wide-trip Tapkee, in a blanket finish.

Owned by Skychai Racing and Charles Kevin Warner, Firespike improved his record to 3-1-1-1, $62,800. The son of South Africa-bound Flower Alley appeared en route to a good-looking debut score at Ellis Park July 11, only to veer in, collide with the rail, and end up second. In an August 2 maiden at this course and distance, Firespike was third to Strong Coffee, subsequently fourth as the 2-1 favorite in Thursday's With Anticipation, and Face the Music, a next-out winner himself.

Firespike was bred in Florida by Carlos Rafael, Michael Bossio and Cherie Abner. An RNA for $17,000 as a weanling at Keeneland November, and again for $55,000 as an OBS August yearling, he was snapped up by Maker for $70,000 back at OBS this April. The bay colt is out of the winning Dixieland Band mare Fairy Valley, herself a half-sister to Canadian champion Basqueian. This is also the immediate family of Grade 1 turf hero Karelian.

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Itsmyluckyday gets revenge on Moreno in Woodward

Itsmyluckyday made a winning debut with blinkers in the Woodward (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Luck was finally with Itsmyluckyday at Saratoga on Saturday as the four-year-old colt survived a claim of foul to register his first top-level victory in the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward.

Tracking closely behind Moreno, his conqueror in the $1.5 million Whitney on August 2, Itsmyluckyday chased a :24, :47 2/5 and 1:10 4/5 pace over a fast track that been playing kindly to speed all afternoon. Never more than 1 1/2 lengths behind Moreno, Itsmyluckyday challenged the leader around the far turn and a battle ensued between them for the final quarter-mile.

Clinging to a narrow advantage passing the eighth pole, Moreno came out and commenced a series of bumps with Itsmyluckyday, who kept grinding toward the lead. Approaching the wire, Itsmyluckyday edged clear and was up a half-length at the finish, with Junior Alvarado aboard Moreno standing up in the irons. A claim of foul by Alvarado against the winner was subsequently disallowed.

"The other horse (Moreno) came over and bumped into my horse. I didn't bump that horse," said jockey Paco Lopez, who guided Itsmyluckyday to victory in 1:48 4/5 over 1 1/8 miles.

The Woodward was the first outing for Itsmyluckyday while wearing blinkers. In the Whitney, Itsmyluckyday was held safe by Moreno, who led wire-to-wire in winning by 1 1/4 lengths.

"The last time, the horse looked outside and inside and was looking too much," Lopez said. "We worked him in the blinkers and I worked him twice, and he was unbelievable in the blinkers both times."

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., who trains Itsmyluckyday for Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa, was understandably proud of his colt.

"It's like when you have a child that does something out of the ordinary, exceptional, that you know he could do; that's what it felt like," Plesa said. "I mean, horses aren't your children, but we take great pride in our horses; we take great pride in our craft. He did what he needed to do in a manner nobody would dispute was spot on or that he was the best horse today."

A stretch-long bumping duel with Moreno resulted in an objection but no change in the result (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Eric Guillot, trainer of Moreno, was more philosophical about his colt's narrow defeat than he was following last year's Travers, when he accused the winning rider aboard Will Take Charge of using an illegal device.

"Our horse got bounced up, bam-bam-bam. Who knows? The horse ran his race. Sometimes you run second, sometimes you win. It was Eddie turn," Guillot said. "My horse is consistent. He ran his race. What are you going to do? Go to bed, rest, get up in the morning and start all over again."

Moreno, the 5-2 favorite, finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Prayer for Relief, who was one length ahead of Zivo. The order of finish was rounded out by Stephanoatsee, Last Gunfighter, Long River, Romansh, and Norumbega. Micromanage was scratched in favor of the Greenwood Cup at Parx Racing on Labor Day.

The Woodward was the eighth stakes win for Itsmyluckyday, whose biggest wins previously were Grade 3 scores in the 2013 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park and the July 6 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park. He's also accounted for the 2012 editions of the Fasig-Tipton Dash and Foolish Pleasure at Calder, the 2013 Gulfstream Park Derby, and the Best of the Rest and Majestic Light, a pair of $75,000 stakes at Monmouth run earlier this year.

Among the notable runner-up finishes by Itsmyluckyday were in last year's Preakness at Pimlico and Florida Derby at Gulfstream, as well as the aforementioned Whitney earlier this month. His record now stands at 19-9-4-1, $1,662,600.

A son of 2007 Woodward winner and champion Lawyer Ron, Itsmyluckyday was reared by the stakes-placed Viva La Slew, a Doneraile Court half-sister to Mexican champion Medaglia d'Orizaba and stakes winner Ready to Live. This is the extended family of French classic winner Astronomer Royal, multiple Grade 1 winner Vicar, and Grade 2 hero Navesink River.

Itsmyluckyday was bred in Kentucky by Liberation Farm and Brandywine Farm and sold as a $110,000 OBS two-year-old in training.

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Palace shines in Forego

Palace has developed into perhaps the top sprinter on the East Coast this summer  (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photo)

Antonino Miuccio's Palace accelerated through an opening along the inside in upper stretch and drew away authoritatively in Saturday's $500,000 Forego, posting a 3 1/2-length decision beneath Cornelio Velasquez. Winner of the August 2 A.G. Vanderbilt for trainer Linda Rice, the five-year-old captured both premiere Grade 1 events for older sprinters at Saratoga.

A New York-bred son of City Zip, Palace recorded his first graded victory when taking the Fall Highweight last November at Aqueduct. The bay horse has really come on this summer, returning from a four-month freshening with a victory in the Grade 2 True North on June 6 prior to a runner-up in the Grade 3 Belmont Sprint on July 5.

He staked a strong claim as the top sprinter on the East Coast Saturday.

"(Palace) is a really talented horse, and when he is good I need to use him because on several occasions I've needed to stop on him, turn him out, and give him a break," Rice said. "When a horse is doing as well as he is, I don't know how long I can keep him that good."

"I think my horse is the best sprinting horse (in the country) now," Velasquez added.

Palace broke alertly from post No. 6 and settled just off the leaders in third as Zee Bros sprinted forward to show the way during the early stages, recording splits in :22 2/5 and :45 1/5 as Weekend Hideaway chased in second down the backstretch. Palace advanced into contention rounding the far turn while in the two path.

Zee Bros drifted out a little turning for home, leaving room along the rail, and Velasquez guided his mount toward the opening. Palace rallied to the lead with a little more than a furlong remaining, passing the six-furlong mark in 1:09 with a half-length advantage, and he quickly opened up on a pack of rivals.

The winner strolled home much the best, completing seven furlongs in 1:21 4/5 on the fast track, and Palace paid $10.60 for the victory as the 4-1 second choice.

"I wanted to break good and stay in good position behind the speed," Velasquez said. "I had a lot of horse. When the opening came, I was in good position."

Big Business got up for second at 20-1, a neck better than the late-running Vyjack in third. It was another length to the deep-closing Capo Bastone, who edged Sensational Slam by a neck for fourth.

Weekend Hideaway wound up sixth and was followed under the wire by Zee Bros, 4-5 favorite Clearly Now and Confrontation. Falling Sky was scratched.

Palace increased his bankroll to $1,309,550 from a 21-11-5-2 ledger.

He earned his first stakes win over restricted foes at Saratoga last year, taking the Chowder's First, and followed that with another win over New York-breds in the Hudson. After a third straight tally in the aforementioned Grade 3 Fall Highweight, Palace concluded 2013 with a runner-up in the Gravesend.

Palace opened this year with a second in the Gold and Roses at Aqueduct and earned a vacation after a fourth in the Grade 3 General George at Laurel in February.

"He's such a special horse, and Miuccio has allowed me to stop on him, turn him out, and give him a break whenever he needs it, and it's obviously paid off," Rice said.

The Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on November 1 at Santa Anita is a logical target for the surging sprinter.

Bred by the Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust, Palace sold for $160,000 as an OBS March selected two-year-old in training. He is out of the winning End Sweep mare Receivership, making him a half-brother to stakes-placed Retreiver. His second dam is Grade 2-placed Alarming Prospect, who produced Receivership's Grade 2-scoring half-sister, French Park.

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Velazquez honored with Mike Venezia Memorial Award

John Velazquez joined the ranks of Mike Venezia honorees (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, a two-time Eclipse Award-winning rider who serves as chairman of the Jockeys' Guild board of directors and a board member of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund (PDJF), was presented with the Mike Venezia Memorial Award on Saturday at Saratoga.

Velazquez was named the winner of the Mike Venezia Memorial Award following a fan vote conducted on NYRA.com. The award was formerly voted upon by the jockey colony of the New York Racing Association, which created the award in 1989 to recognize those riders who display the sportsmanship and citizenship that defined Venezia.

During a special ceremony in the winner's circle following Saratoga's 3RD race, Velazquez was presented with the award by Helene Venezia, wife of Mike Venezia, who passed away in 1988 after sustaining injuries in a racing accident at Belmont Park. Venezia, a native of Brooklyn, won more than 2,300 races during his 25-year career.

Also in attendance for Saturday's presentation were Venezia's daughter, Allison, her husband, James McGowan, and their two children.

"I never got to meet Mike Venezia, but I heard so much about him -- he was a great jockey, a great person and most of all a great family man," said Velazquez, 42, who has won more races than any other jockey at Saratoga and is the nation's all-time money-earning rider. "I was telling his wife those are big boots to fill, and I was honored to be recognized for those qualities."

Previous winners of the Venezia Award:

2013   Ramon Dominguez   1997   Robbie Davis
2006   Edgar Prado   1996   Laffit Pincay Jr.
2004   Patricia Cooksey   1995   Pat Day
2003   Richard Migliore   1994   Mike Smith
2002   Dean Kutz   1993   Jerry Bailey
2001   Mike Luzzi   1992   Angel Cordero Jr.
2000   Jorge Chavez   1991   Chris McCarron
1999   Gary Stevens   1990   Bill Shoemaker
1998   Eddie Maple   1989   Mike Venezia (posthumously)

Note: The award was not given in 2005 nor from 2007-12

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Sunset Glow guts out Del Mar Debutante victory

Sunset Glow refused to yield in the Del Mar Debutante (Benoit Photos)

Ten Broeck Farm's Sunset Glow easily captured the Sorrento by 3 1/4 lengths on August 6 at Del Mar but on Saturday had to dig deep to withstand Her Emmynency in the Grade 1, $301,000 Del Mar Debutante.

Jockey Victor Espinoza decided to change tactics with his front-running mount due to the speed-laden field, taking Sunset Glow back to race outside of Dad's Princess down the backstretch as Seduire, Stealth Drone and Windy Forecast lined up across the track in front. Seduire was credited with fractions of :21 4/5 and :44 3/5, but soon found a new rival to contend with as Her Emmynency moved up to take Windy Forecast's spot as that one began backing up.

Sunset Glow wasn't far behind and slid through the miniscule opening between Seduire and Her Emmynency exiting the turn. The Exchange Rate filly wasn't able to pull away like in her two previous wins, but still managed to take over and hold off the tenacious Her Emmynency for a neck win on the wire.

Sent off the 4-5 favorite, Sunset Glow paid $3.80 for finishing seven Polytrack furlongs in 1:23. Her Emmynency took second by three parts of a length over Conquest Eclipse while Dad's Princess filled out the top four another 1 1/4 lengths back. Completing the order of finish were Seduire, Manahatta, Windy Forecast, Stealth Drone and Starlet O'Hara.

Sunset Glow is now 3-2-0 from five career starts and doubled her lifetime earnings to $377,650 with the Del Mar Debutante winner's share. The two-year-old miss began her career at Presque Isle Downs, placing second over that track's Tapeta while going 4 1/2 furlongs on May 13. Trainer Wesley Ward then shipped her to Belmont Park to record a front-running, five-furlong maiden score on the good turf.

Next up was a trip overseas, and Sunset Glow reputed herself very well when finishing second in the six-furlong Albany at Royal Ascot. She shipped back stateside and headed west to California for the 6 1/2-furlong Sorrento last out at Del Mar, where she produced a 3 1/4-length wire job.

Bred in Kentucky by Gayla Rankin/GLR Ranch, Sunset Glow initially sold for $60,000 as a Keeneland November weanling. That price more than doubled last year to $140,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

The gray filly is out of the stakes-placed Dynaformer mare Perfectforthepart and counts as her third dam Grade 1 heroine Andestine. Others of note in this female family include full brothers Grade 2 victor Regal Falcon and Grade 3 conqueror Against the Snow, as well as multiple Grade 1 king Crystal Water farther back.

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Competitive Edge, I Spent It highlight Hopeful

Competitive Edge ripped through an opening quarter-mile in :21 4/5 before impressively drawing away from rivals in his career debut (NYRA/Coglianese/Joe Labizzetta)

A pair of unbeaten colts from the first crop of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, Competitive Edge and I Spent It, are the top draws in the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful, Monday's closing-day feature at Saratoga.

Competitive Edge was hammered down to odds-on favoritism in a deep maiden special weight event on July 26 and responded with a spectacular 10-length victory on the front end. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt earned a respectable 94 BRIS Speed rating while completely under wraps late and the $750,000 two-year-old in training purchase was flattered by third-place finisher Bayerd, who came back to romp by a 11 1/2-length margin in a maiden special weight on the Travers undercard.

"From the beginning, he's been not only talented and fast, but he takes everything in stride," Pletcher said of Competitive Edge. "He's very laid back. We've been very pleased with everything he's done since his maiden win, and we're pleased with the post position (No. 7)."

John Velazquez sticks with the speedy Competitive Edge, who is well-drawn on the far outside in the seven-horse field.

I Spent It enters the prestigious event off a convincing 2 3/4-length victory in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special on August 10, overcoming a troubled trip to win from just off the pace for Tony Dutrow. He became the first winner for his sire when capturing his debut at Belmont Park on July 2 and I Spent It possesses the top BRIS Speed rating in the field, registering a 99 last time. Leading rider Javier Castellano sticks with the promising bay.

I Spent It exits a commendable score in the Saratoga Special and has rallied from just off the pace to win both starts (NYRA/Coglianese/Chelsea Durand)

"We entered because we thought we'd keep our options open," Dutrow explained. "Our horse is doing fantastic and there's nothing stopping us from running, but the owner (Alex and JoAnn Lieblong) and I will make a decision on whether we do run him."

Requisite led wire to wire when opening his career on August 9 at Saratoga, recording a 3 1/2-length victory for George Weaver, and the son of red-hot freshman stallion Warrior's Reward figures to break running from his inside post with a returning Joe Rocco Jr.

Dekabrist opened his career with two straight wins at Gulfstream Park, including a 1 1/2-length tally in the June 14 Kodiak Island, but he'll be looking to rebound from a disappointing fifth as the favorite in the July 12 Birdonthewire. Edgar Prado picks up the mount for Gennadi Dorochenko.

A trio of maidens -- Signature Cat, Sharm and Maratik -- round out the field.

The Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac, a 1 1/8-mile turf affair of three-year-olds, will be offered later on the Holiday card. Top contenders include Grade 2 winner Ring Weekend, who exits a runner-up finish to Tourist in the July 18 Sir Cat over the inner turf; and Belmont Park stakes winner Cabo Cat, a rallying fourth in the Sir Cat.

Bashart, a sharp winner of last year's Grade 2 With Anticipation at Saratoga, is also part of the 10-horse field. The War Front colt opened his 2014 campaign with a pair of unplaced finishes and will look attempt to rebound while making his first start for new trainer Michael Matz. Storm brings a three-race win streak into his stakes debut and the Pletcher-trained colt retains the services of Castellano.

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Albano, Ben's Cat stand out in Parx stakes

Albano is likely using the Smarty Jones as a prelude to the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (William Osborn/Equi-Photo)

With California Chrome scheduled to return to action in the Pennsylvania Derby later in September, several potential challengers to the dual classic winner might emerge from the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones, a local prep at Parx Racing on Labor Day.

Contested over one mile and 70 yards, the Smarty Jones has attracted a field of 10 three-year-olds, with Albano likely to be a solid favorite. Brereton Jones' Grade 3-winning homebred has had a productive summer at Monmouth Park, romping by 6 1/2 lengths in the Pegasus and then finishing a clear second in the Haskell Invitational behind a loose-on-the-lead Bayern.

Earlier this year at Fair Grounds, the Istan colt finished second in the Lecomte and Risen Star before his elevation to fourth in the Louisiana Derby.

Also exiting the Haskell is Just Call Kenny, who finished sixth in the nine-furlong test but only 2 3/4 lengths behind Albano. Hero of the six-furlong Spectacular Bid at Gulfstream in January, the Jump Start colt returned from a six-month break in early July to finish second by a half-length in the Long Branch, an ungraded prep for the Haskell.

The lightly-raced Protonico, from the barn of Todd Pletcher, adds blinkers after finishing a head behind subsequent Travers winner V. E. Day in the $100,000 Curlin at Saratoga. A mild 3-1 favorite there in just his fourth career start, the Giant's Causeway colt is joined by Curlin sixth-placer Joint Custody, a four-time stakes winner on the Maryland and Delaware circuits.

The Smarty Jones field also includes Almost Famous, third in the Ohio Derby and Matt Winn in his last two; Lynx, third in the Pegasus and runner-up in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie; and Grade 2-placed Classic Giacnroll, most recently fourth in the West Virginia Derby.

The venerable eight-year-old sprinter Ben's Cat will attempt to win the Grade 3, $300,000 Turf Monster Handicap for a third time on Monday. The Maryland-bred eight-year-old won the five-furlong contest in 2011 and 2012, but finished third behind returning rivals Stormofthecentury and Tightend Touchdown last year.

Ben's Cat will be looking for his third Turf Monster win in the last four years (Barbara Weidl/Equi-Photo)

An earner of more than $2.1 million, the King Leatherbury trainee has won a whopping 22 stakes during his career, and owns a formidable 7-5-1-1 mark over the Parx turf. In his most recent start, Ben's Cat defeated Tightend Touchdown by a nose in the Parx Dash on July 12.

Stormofthecentury has placed just once in four starts since taking the Turf Monster at 28-1 last year, while Tightend Touchdown has fared better. Prior to his narrow loss in the Parx Dash, the latter was a popular winner of the Pennsylvania Governor's Cup at Penn National for a second time.

Grade 1 winner Private Zone, who captured the Vosburgh on dirt at Belmont Park last season, tries turf for the first time here. However, the speedy Doug O'Neill charge as not raced since finishing second to Flat Out in the Cigar Mile Handicap last November.

Micromanage, a Grade 3 winner at Gulfstream earlier this term, will be the one to beat if he contests the Grade 3, $200,000 Greenwood Cup over 1 1/2 miles. The Todd Pletcher trainee, successful by 8 1/2 lengths in the $100,000 Birdstone at Saratoga over 1 3/4 miles last time, was also entered in Saturday's Woodward at the Spa.

Also in the lineup are Argentinean Group 2 winner Ever Rider and Grade 3-placed Abraham, both allowance winners at Saratoga most recently; Birdstone runner-up Irsaal; Argentinean Group 1 winner Lideris, unplaced in both U.S. starts to date; and West Virginia Governor's runner-up Adirondack King, who owns a five-for-12 mark over the Parx main track.

Among the main contenders in the $200,000 Turf Amazon Handicap, a five-furlong dash for fillies and mares are Spun Cap, an overnight handicap winner against males at Ellis Park on August 2 following a year-long layoff. Other leading hopefuls are the stakes veterans Sweet Cassiopeia, Jewel of a Cat, Miss d'Oro, Quality Lass, Coarsegold, and Joya Real.

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Stonetastic brushes off foes in Prioress

Stonetastic won the Prioress in a geared-down hand ride from jockey Paco Lopez (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Stoneway Farm's Stonetastic was denied a stakes victory three different times as a juvenile, but that was not to be the case in Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga as the sophomore filly blew away the field by 8 1/2 lengths.

"She's fast," trainer Kelly Breen said. "(Jockey) Paco (Lopez) came back and said she did it easy. I'm happy for all the connections; she ran great. Paco said he didn't whip her. I don't know what else to say, she went in 1:08 and four, and did it the right way. We're happy to be here."

"This is a week since my father passed away, and he's here with me," Breen added. "It means a lot. It's been a tough couple of weeks."

Stonetastic claimed the lead shortly after the break and posted an opening quarter in :22 1/5. The gray continued to lead the field around the far turn as Miss Behavior, the 2-1 favorite, was stalking on the outside and attempted to make a bid for the lead as they turned for home.

Stonetastic ran a half-mile in :44 3/5 and as soon as she felt pressure on her outside she kicked it into another gear at the top of the stretch. She drew away from her competition under a hand ride, to go wire-to-wire in 1:08 4/5 for the six-furlong test over the fast main track. Sent off as the 5-1 third choice, the daughter of Mizzen Mast returned $13 for her first stakes score.

"Very impressive," Lopez said. "I know the filly has never run here, but I know that filly. I rode her last time at Monmouth. Kelly said, 'Hey Paco, when they open the gates, come away, take your position, and look where you are.' Cutting back from a longer distance to a shorter distance, I thought someone might be coming a little bit (in the stretch). But there was no competition for this filly."

Miss Behavior got up for second by a neck over third-place finisher Southern Honey. Tea Time, Who's In Town, Sweet Whiskey, Princess Violet and Thirteen Arrows rounded out the order of finish.

Stonetastic broke her maiden by 12 lengths in her racing debut at Monmouth Park in August 2013. She made her stakes bow in her next start the following month in the Pocahontas at Churchill Downs, missing by a half-length to eventual 2014 Kentucky Oaks winner, Untapable. The gray had a difficult stretch trip in the Tempted Stakes in November at Aqueduct, finishing fourth and closed out her two-year-old campaign later that month with a third-place finish in the Golden Rod back at Churchill.

Stonetastic came in third in her sophomore debut in the Gingerbrew Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 5, as she tried the grass for the first time. She was not seen again until a 6 3/4-length win in an optional claiming race at Monmouth Park on July 27. Stonetastic banked $180,000 to more than double her bankroll to $299,121 from a 7-3-1-2 career line.

"I think we are (looking toward the Breeders' Cup) today," said Terri Burch, racing manager for Stoneway Farm. "We shelved her for a little while in January and brought her home to grow up. This is her second race back for us. But, that's what we're looking for. That's why we were here today, to challenge everyone and see. So we're excited.

"She was running fine (before her layoff earlier this year) but she was very immature. We sent her home to grow up. She raced really hard for us in the fall, but she didn't grow. And then we put her back in training, she had a giant growth spurt, so we had to wait and go slow on her and wait for her to come around."

Bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall and Carrie & Craig Brogden, Stonetastic is out of the Unbridled's Song mare Special Me, who is a half-sister to 2004 Dubai Golden Shaheen victor, Our New Recruit. Her female family also includes Grade 2 victor Domasca Dan.

Stonetastic sold for $77,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

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Avanzare hangs on for Washington Park theft

Avanzare (white cap) the Washington Park for his fifth win in nine career starts (Four Footed Fotos)

Seven weeks after narrowly missing a wire-to-wire score in the 1 1/4-mile Arlington Handicap, Avanzare found the cutback to nine furlongs agreeable in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington.

Despite setting pokey fractions of :24 4/5, :50 and 1:15 3/5, Avanzare was unable to separate himself for long in the run to the wire, coming under a serious challenge from 24-1 longshot Hattaash inside the final furlong. Digging deep in the final yards, Avanzare turned back that rival to win by a head in a time of 1:52 3/5.

A 3-1 chance, who returned $8.60, Avanzare was guided by Chris Emigh, who was registering his 3,500th career victory.

"I thought (Gimmeadrink) would should more gas and that would have scared me, if we hooked up and killed each other," Emigh said. "I got the jump on him into the turn and slowed it down. Everything turned out perfect. We barely hung on and I'm very happy."

Hattaash clung to second by a neck over 8-5 favorite Mister Marti Gras, who was 1 1/2 lengths clear of Fordubai. Gimmeadrink and Only in America rounded out the order of finish.

A four-year-old gelded son of Grand Reward, Avanzare races for Donato Lanni and John Youngblood and is trained by Tom Proctor. He debuted last November and captured his first two starts: a maiden at Churchill Downs and an allowance at Tampa Bay Downs, both on the grass. Second in his next three outings at Tampa, Avanzare returned to Churchill for the spring meet and promptly won both a second- and third-level allowance over the turf.

Last time, in the July 12 Arlington Handicap, Avanzare set pedestrian fractions before weakening to fourth, three parts of a length behind the winning Finnegans Wake. After this initial stakes win in his debut on Polytrack, Avanzare improved his record to 9-5-3-0, $217,180.

Bred in Kentucky by Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds, Avanzare was reared Turn the Tide, an unraced daughter of Theatrical. His third dam, the Grade 3-winning Miss Turkana, was produced by the Grade 3-winning Reigning Countess, whose descendants also include German highweight Mamool and the Grade/Group 3 winners Aly's Alley, Grafin, Genovefa, and Zosima.

Avanzare sold for $52,000 as an OBS two-year-old in training.

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Competitive Yellow Ribbon on tap for Del Mar's Labor Day program

Parranda opened the year with a nice pair of graded wins at Gulfstream (Adam Coglianese Photography)

A well-matched field of nine distaffers has been entered to go 1 1/16 miles over Del Mar's turf in the Grade 2, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap on the Labor Day Monday program that also includes a pair of lucrative stakes for juveniles.

The Yellow Ribbon caps off the stakes action on Monday that begins when eight California-bred colts and geldings go six furlongs on the Polytrack in the $150,000 I'm Smokin followed by a field of 11 taking on the $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf at a mile.

Parranda is one of the top draws in the Yellow Ribbon off four stakes victories this season. The daughter of English Channel opened her five-year-old campaign with a pair of wins in the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf and Suwannee River at Gulfstream Park. She ran an uncharacteristic sixth in the Honey Fox next out, was transferred to Jerry Hollendorfer and shipped to California.

Next up for the chestnut mare was a return to the winner's circle in the Wilshire at Santa Anita Park followed by a third in the Gamely and a neck score in the Royal Heroine. Parranda enters the Yellow Ribbon off a third in the Clement L. Hirsch on August 2 and brings jockey Elvis Trujillo along for the ride.

Miss Serendipity was the nose victress of the Gamely two back prior to a last-of-six run in the John C. Mabee three weeks ago. The Ron McAnally-trained six-year-old is a Group 1 winner in Argentina and appears to have brought that form with her to the United States, having also placed in the Santa Barbara Handicap and Santa Ana while finishing fourth in the Buena Vista and Paseana to account for her six tries stateside thus far. Brice Blanc takes back the mount from Rafael Bejarano, who rode Miss Serendipity in the Mabee.

Stormy Lucy has faced many in this field already (Benoit Photos)

Bejarano will instead be aboard Stormy Lucy, who recorded back-to-back scores in the Santa Ana and Santa Barbara. The inconsistent Stormy Atlantic mare proceeded to sandwich a seventh in the Royal Heroine between fourth-place runs in the Gamely and Mabee.

Also exiting the Mabee are Wishing Gate and Cozze Up Lady, the respective second and third separated by only a half-length on the wire. Wishing Gate rallied for fourth in the Royal Heroine before that while Cozze Up Lady brought a half-length Osunitas victory into the Mabee. Drayden Van Dyke has the call on Wishing Gate while Kent Desormeaux has piloting duties on Cozze Up Lady.

Heat du Jour and stakes debuter Winning Rhythm are both entering the Yellow Ribbon off wins, with the former scoring in the Solana Beach Handicap and the latter taking an optional claimer over course and distance. The field is completed by Irish-breds Need You Now, a two-time stakes winner, and Bunairgead, a multiple Group 3-placed listed victress in her native country.

Earlier, dual stakes hero Wake Up Nick seeks to move his record to a perfect four-for-four in the I'm Smokin against fellow unbeaten stakes winner Truely Quick. Sorrento third-placer Heart of Paradise highlights the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf.

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El Kabeir dazzles in Saratoga maiden romp

Promising juvenile El Kabeir blitzed seven furlongs in 1:22, almost as fast as Palace later went in the Forego (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Zayat Stables' El Kabeir ran his rivals ragged in Saturday's 4TH race at Saratoga, breaking his maiden by a widening 10 3/4 lengths in a devastating performance on the front end.

Trained by John Terranova II and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., the Scat Daddy juvenile dictated fractions of :22 3/5 and :44 4/5 before spurting away in the stretch. El Kabeir was six lengths clear at the six-furlong mark in 1:09 4/5 and kept pouring it on to finish seven fast-track furlongs in a snappy 1:22.

His final time was considerably faster than the 1:23 2/5 clocked by fellow two-year-old Two Weeks Off earlier on the card, and older starter allowance horses took 1:23 to go the same distance in the 6TH. Only top older sprinter Palace went faster on the day when winning the Grade 1 Forego in 1:21 4/5.

The 5-2 second choice, El Kabeir paid $7.50 to win. Royal Son was best of the rest as the 6-5 favorite.

El Kabeir was wheeling back 16 days after his troubled debut at the Spa, where he was compromised right at the start of a five-furlong dash. The gray recovered to finish third to the highly-regarded Blofeld. Signature Cat, the runner-up that day, is entered in Monday's Hopeful.

"They're babies and last time he broke a little slow out of there," said Ortiz, who was riding him for the first time Saturday. "The trainer told me if he broke good to try to get a good trip and give the horse a chance, and he'll come running in the end. He was in front easy. He felt good. He's a nice horse. He did it easy."

Terranova commented on the decision to get in one more race at Saratoga.

"He made me enter him, the horse did. I kind of threw it out there to (Ahmed) Zayat and Justin (Zayat) earlier in the week. I said, 'This horse really is doing well. I don't know if we want to even wait until we get back to Belmont. There is a seven-eighths closing weekend. We can enter him, and we've got a few days (to make a decision).'

"He did everything right, perfect, even in that first race," Terranova continued. "He came out of it like he needed it. He had trouble at the break, and we knew he wasn't a five-furlong horse; he wanted more ground in front of him.

"We'll see how he comes back and how he trains once we get back home to Belmont. Obviously, we have the Champagne (Grade 1, $500,000 on October 4) in mind, and some other races. I'm a New Yorker -- if I can stay in New York, I'll stay home."

Bred by Rustlewood Farm in Florida, El Kabeir was purchased for $250,000 as a yearling at OBS August. He has now earned $58,100 from his 2-1-0-1 line. El Kabeir is the first registered foal from the unraced Great Venue, an Unbridled's Song half-sister to multiple Grade 2-winning sprinter and sire Too Much Bling. Great Venue is also a half-sister to Ohio-bred stakes winners Barnsy, Ready for Roses and Littlebitabling.

Starlight Racing's Two Weeks Off employed pace-pressing tactics to score at second asking in the 2ND race. After attending Easy Comparison through splits of :23 1/5 and :46 1/5, the Todd Pletcher pupil drew alongside for a real stretch tussle, and finally got the better of his rival. Under Hall of Famer John Velazquez, Two Weeks Off drove to a 1 1/4-length decision. The dark bay returned $5.90 as the 9-5 favorite.

Sired by the late Harlan's Holiday, the aptly-named colt was runner-up to Hopeful entrant Requite in their mutual debut here on August 9. Two Weeks Off now sports a mark of 2-1-1-0, $66,400.

Two Weeks Off was bred by Haymarket Farm in Kentucky and has sold twice at auction, fetching $170,000 as a Keeneland November weanling and going to his current connections for $320,000 at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga last August. He was produced by the unraced Elusive Quality mare Havenlass, who is a half-sister to Grade 2 scorers Royal Haven and Belterra.

Juveniles kicked off the Woodward Day card in the 1ST race, a 1 1/16-mile turf maiden won in dramatic fashion by the Mike Maker-trained Firespike. Jockey Javier Castellano had to check off heels and alter course in a traffic-ridden stretch drive, but Firespike sliced between foes late to score by a neck. The 8-5 favorite stopped the clock in 1:43 4/5 on the firm Mellon turf and paid $5.30 to win. Congrats to Ken was second, a neck up on the wide-trip Tapkee, in a blanket finish.

Owned by Skychai Racing and Charles Kevin Warner, Firespike improved his record to 3-1-1-1, $62,800. The son of South Africa-bound Flower Alley appeared en route to a good-looking debut score at Ellis Park July 11, only to veer in, collide with the rail, and end up second. In an August 2 maiden at this course and distance, Firespike was third to Strong Coffee, subsequently fourth as the 2-1 favorite in Thursday's With Anticipation, and Face the Music, a next-out winner himself.

Firespike was bred in Florida by Carlos Rafael, Michael Bossio and Cherie Abner. An RNA for $17,000 as a weanling at Keeneland November, and again for $55,000 as an OBS August yearling, he was snapped up by Maker for $70,000 back at OBS this April. The bay colt is out of the winning Dixieland Band mare Fairy Valley, herself a half-sister to Canadian champion Basqueian. This is also the immediate family of Grade 1 turf hero Karelian.

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Angela Renee faces eight in Spinaway

Angela Renee is one of two runners for four-time Spinaway winner Todd Pletcher  (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

Angela Renee heads a field of nine juvenile fillies in the penultimate day feature at Saratoga, the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway. A smart debut winner at Belmont Park on June 27, the Todd Pletcher-trained daughter of Bernardini exits a runner-up finish as the favorite in the Grade 2 Adirondack on August 10.

A full sister to multiple Grade 1 scorer To Honor and Serve, she won't have to face the Adirondack winner, Cavorting, and Angela Renee will add blinkers on Sunday. The bay lass breaks from post No. 2 with regular rider John Velazquez.

"I thought she ran very well (in the Adirondack), but just caught a buzzsaw with Cavorting," Pletcher said. "Johnny seemed to think she was a little bit shy of horses and intimidated, so we worked her back in some blinkers and liked what we saw. We'll stick with them."

Angela Renee is bred to relish longer distances but still managed to win her career bow going five furlongs, something that Pletcher did not fully expect.

"You would think based on her pedigree that the distance would suit her well," the trainer noted. "She's been a pleasure to train. She surprised us a little bit that she was able to get ready early and win at five furlongs. She's a nice-sized, scopey filly you would think would handle two turns no problem."

Curalina, a rallying second when making her lone start on July 27, will also represent the mighty Pletcher stable. She picks up the services of Javier Castellano and earned a 96 BRIS Speed rating last time, second behind only the 97 earned by her stablemate in the Adirondack.

"She ran a bang-up race in her maiden and has trained very well since then," Pletcher said. "We felt like she did everything except win first time out, and thought that, with the way she's trained and the number she ran first time out, she fits in a race like this."

Other top challengers include debut maiden winners Darling Sky, By the Moon, Winter Dawn and Condo Commando.

Darling Sky invades from Parx for trainer Robert Reid Jr. following a 7 1/4-length romp on August 9. The Sky Mesa filly earned a 92 Speed rating that afternoon and Cornelio Velasquez will pick up the assignment.

By the Moon closed gamely to take her lone appearance on July 18. Conditioned by Linda Rice, the dark bay daughter of Indian Charlie will keep Jose Ortiz in the saddle. Winter Dawn, a Sky Mesa filly trained by Wayne Catalano, won at first asking at Saratoga on August 3. Shaun Bridgmohan rides. Condo Commando, a romping 12-length scorer over maiden claiming foes on August 3, will be tested for class in her second career start. Joe Bravo sticks with the Tiz Wonderful filly for Rudy Rodriguez.

Rounding out the field are Lady Zuzu, a well-bred daughter of Dynaformer who cost $1.225 million as a yearling and finished third in her lone appearance on turf; Penn National debut heroine Bonnie K; and Gulfstream maiden winner Ryabinka, seventh most recently in the July 12 Cassidy.

Earlier on the program, fillies and mares will contest the Grade 3, $150,000 Glen Falls at 1 3/8 miles on the inner turf. Aigue Marine, a 1 3/4-length winner of the Grade 3 Robert Dick Memorial at Delaware Park in her last outing, is a leading contender. The Galileo mare is one of three entrants for trainer Christophe Clement along with Irish Mission and the main-track only Lady Cohiba.

Irish Mission exits runner-up finishes in the Grade 3 Matchmaker at Monmouth Park and the inaugural Belmont Gold Cup versus males.

Cat's Cay will bring a three-race win streak into the Glens Falls, most recently rallying to win the August 3 Waya going away, and the Mark Hennig charge registered outstanding BRIS Class (121) and Speed (104) numbers for that performance. Waya runner-up Viva Rafaela also returns on Sunday.

Caroline Thomas and Watsdachances are other runners of interest in the 10-horse field.

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Velazquez honored with Mike Venezia Memorial Award

John Velazquez joined the ranks of Mike Venezia honorees (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, a two-time Eclipse Award-winning rider who serves as chairman of the Jockeys' Guild board of directors and a board member of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund (PDJF), was presented with the Mike Venezia Memorial Award on Saturday at Saratoga.

Velazquez was named the winner of the Mike Venezia Memorial Award following a fan vote conducted on NYRA.com. The award was formerly voted upon by the jockey colony of the New York Racing Association, which created the award in 1989 to recognize those riders who display the sportsmanship and citizenship that defined Venezia.

During a special ceremony in the winner's circle following Saratoga's 3RD race, Velazquez was presented with the award by Helene Venezia, wife of Mike Venezia, who passed away in 1988 after sustaining injuries in a racing accident at Belmont Park. Venezia, a native of Brooklyn, won more than 2,300 races during his 25-year career.

Also in attendance for Saturday's presentation were Venezia's daughter, Allison, her husband, James McGowan, and their two children.

"I never got to meet Mike Venezia, but I heard so much about him -- he was a great jockey, a great person and most of all a great family man," said Velazquez, 42, who has won more races than any other jockey at Saratoga and is the nation's all-time money-earning rider. "I was telling his wife those are big boots to fill, and I was honored to be recognized for those qualities."

Previous winners of the Venezia Award:

2013   Ramon Dominguez   1997   Robbie Davis
2006   Edgar Prado   1996   Laffit Pincay Jr.
2004   Patricia Cooksey   1995   Pat Day
2003   Richard Migliore   1994   Mike Smith
2002   Dean Kutz   1993   Jerry Bailey
2001   Mike Luzzi   1992   Angel Cordero Jr.
2000   Jorge Chavez   1991   Chris McCarron
1999   Gary Stevens   1990   Bill Shoemaker
1998   Eddie Maple   1989   Mike Venezia (posthumously)

Note: The award was not given in 2005 nor from 2007-12

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Flamboyant faces off against Enterprising in Del Mar Derby

Flamboyant was feeling his oats prior to the Belmont Derby Invitational (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography)

The well-traveled Flamboyant will be back in California on Sunday to face seven rivals in the Grade 2, $300,000 Del Mar Derby going 1 1/8 miles on the turf. The Paddy Gallagher trainee's career has thus far taken him from France to New York and California.

The bay colt has yet to finish worse than third from nine lifetime starts, going 2-2-2 from six French starts before making his U.S. debut a neck score in the La Puente at Santa Anita Park on April 19. Flamboyant shipped cross-country to Belmont Park for the May 26 Pennine Ridge and battled in the stretch to just miss by a head on the wire.

Next up the three-year-old son of Peer Gynt tried Grade 1 rivals, and 10 furlongs, for the first time in the Belmont Derby Invitational and reputed himself well with a rallying third. He shipped back to California and has been working up a storm at Del Mar, including a six-furlong bullet move in 1:12 4/5 last Saturday. Joel Rosario has been aboard for Flamboyant's past two starts and retains the mount Sunday.

Enterprising is seeking a rare sweep of Del Mar's three-year-old turf stakes (Benoit Photos)

Enterprising appears to be Flamboyant's biggest threat in the Del Mar Derby. The Elusive Quality colt dropped his initial start but has gone 5-1-2 from eight starts since, including victories in the first two legs of Del Mar's turf series for three-year-olds. Enterprising captured the Oceanside on July 17 by a neck, extended his margin of victory to 1 1/4 lengths for the La Jolla last out on August 9 and hopes to join Ladies Din (1998) and Blackdoun (2004) as the only ones to sweep the series in the Del Mar Derby.

The Tom Proctor pupil has also racked up scores in the Pasadena and Eddie Logan at Santa Anita, and placings in the El Camino Real Derby and California Derby at Golden Gate Fields. He ran third to Flamboyant in the La Puente prior to his past two Del Mar wins, and keeps jockey Mike Smith in the irons.

Home Run Kitten just missed by a neck to Flamboyant in the La Puente while holding Enterprising 1 1/2 lengths to third, and has captured his two races since. The David Hofmans-trained son of Kitten's Joy triumphed in an optional claimer and the Singletary at Santa Anita, but hasn't competed since that latter event on June 21. Regular rider Joe Talamo has the call as Home Run Kitten returns to action off the more than two-month break.

Talco and Aventador will each be making his U.S. bow in the Del Mar Derby after running in France. The former enters off a half-length second in the listed Prix de Saint-Patrick on July 2 while Group 3-placed Aventador posted a 1 3/4-length decision in the Prix Ridgway in his French finale.

The Del Mar Derby field is completed by Sammy Mandeville, fourth in the Oceanside and third in the La Jolla; Sawyer's Hill, winner of his past two going 1 1/16 miles over Del Mar's grass; and Midnight Storm, who captured his turf debut at Del Mar on August 10 while going a mile.

Fashion Plate's last win came in the Santa Anita Oaks in early April (Benoit Photos)

Sophomore fillies will get their turn in the spotlight earlier on the card when seven line up for the Grade 3, $100,000 Torrey Pines at a mile on the Polytrack.

Fashion Plate is seeking a return to her winning ways after a pair of dismal performances in the Kentucky Oaks and Acorn. The Simon Callaghan charge captured a pair of Grade 1s prior to that when taking the Santa Anita Oaks and Las Virgenes. Stevens takes the reins from a recuperating Gary Stevens and will try to guide Fashion Plate back to the winner's circle in her California return.

Standing in Fashion Plate's way is the Bob Baffer-trained Jojo Warrior. The Pioneerof the Nile filly hasn't been seen since June 21, but on that day wired the 1 1/16-mile Summertime Oaks by 5 1/4 lengths under a returning Martin Garcia. Also in the Torrey Pines with a chance are Margot Machance, fourth in the grassy Honeymoon and Providencia in her last two, and More Complexity, a 4 3/4-length optional claiming winner on August 8 over the track.

Sandwiched between the Torrey Pines and Del Mar Derby will be the $90,000 Tranquility Lake for distaffers going a Polytrack mile. An overflow field of 14 has been entered, including Grade 2 diva Broken Sword, who is exiting a half-length second in Del Mar's Clement L. Hirsch on August 2.

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In brief

Trainer Craig Lewis said that multiple Grade 2 hero Clubhouse Ride (Candy Ride), last of 10 most recently in the Pacific Classic (G1), came out of the race fine. "(Jockey) Joe (Talamo) said he just didn't handle the track," Lewis remarked. The six-year-old chestnut's probable next start will be in the $200,000 Los Alamitos Mile on September 6...

Beverly Engelberg, Schoeder Farms LLC and Jan Steeper's Blue Tone (Birdstone) wired the field by a head in his stakes debut in Saturday's $98,650 Harry F. Brubaker S. at Del Mar as the 3-5 favorite. The five-year-old gelding sped to the lead after breaking outward, had a one-length lead in midstretch and held on at the wire for the score. The Robert Hess Jr. pupil traveled one mile in 1:36 over the Polytrack. The bay was entering in here off an optional claiming win over the track earlier this month. Blue Tone has a resume that stands at 9-4-2-1 and $216,980 in career earnings...

Stonestreet Stables LLC's homebred Atreides (Medaglia d'Oro) was much the best in his stakes debut as he pounded his competition by 17 1/2 lengths in the $75,000 Monarchos S. at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. The Marty Wolfson-trained three-year-old colt captured his racing bow by 5 1/4 lengths here in July and was exiting an optional claiming winner over the track earlier this month. The 1-5 favorite overcame being bumped repeatedly at the start to cover one mile over the fast main track in 1:36 2/5 with Edgard Zayas up. The dark bay has lifetime earnings of $85,035 from three starts...

Buttigieg Training Centre and Don Charlwood's Too Many Egbert's (Laura's Lucky Boy) stretched out in distance to win his first stakes in Saturday's $114,913 Vice Regent S. for three-year-olds at Woodbine. The Paul Buttigieg trainee stalked the pace from the break, claimed the lead in midstretch and held on in the end to prevail by three-quarters of a length. "He jumped out a little sharp," jockey David Moran said. "But once I got him back a couple of lengths he spit it right out. When (jockey) Luis (Contreras aboard Man Cave [Leonnatus]) came to me the last eighth, he just dug in and finished up really strong. He's a very nice horse. He's learning with every race. Paul said to me in the spring he thought he was the best horse he had." The bay gelding stopped the teletimer in 1:34 3/5 going one mile on the firm turf. The 9-1 fifth choice returned $21.50 to his backers for the score. He was exiting a nose victory at this venue in a six-furlong allowance race for Ontario-breds on July 30. Too Many Egbert's has a career line which reads 5-3-1-0, $134,017...

Blinkers On Racing Stable et al's Red Outlaw (Tribal Rule) remained perfect from five career starts Friday evening at Del Mar by wiring the $100,5000 El Cajon under jockey Edwin Maldonado. The chestnut gelding took command from the start and proceeded through splits of :24 1/5, :48 4/5, 1:12 3/5 and 1:24 2/5 before finishing up a mile on the Polytrack in 1:36 1/5 while 3 3/4 lengths clear of his closest rival. Red Outlaw was the close 5-2 second choice behind 5-2 favorite Conquest Two Step (Two Step Salsa), who finished third, and paid $7.20 for the win that bumped his bankroll to $285,200. Trained by Peter Miller, the sophomore earned his third straight stakes score, having just captured the Real Good Deal on August 1 off a six-month vacation. Red Outlaw made his stakes debut in Santa Anita's grassy Baffle in mid-February...

Grade 3 hero Street Magician (Street Cry) was represented by his first winner Saturday when Rockin Jojo got up in time in the 3RD race at Parx. A neck second to Spinaway (G1) entrant Bonnie K (Majestic Warrior) on debut at Penn National July 30, the T. Bernard Houghton trainee rallied to catch longtime leader Everything Lovely (Pollard's Vision) by a neck. David Cora guided the juvenile filly through five furlongs on the fast track in :58 3/5. Rockin Jojo was bred in Pennsylvania by David P. Miller and Skymarc Farm, and races for Michael R. Cox. Her freshman sire, Street Magician, captured the 2007 Hirsch Jacobs (G3) and Aventura. Returning as an older horse to land the 2009 Karl Boyes Memorial, he set a track record of 1:02.24 for 5 1/2 furlongs on the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs. Street Magician retired with a record of 10-5-0-1, $254,440. Out of the unraced Meadowlake mare Magical Meadow, the 10-year-old stallion stands at Heritage Stallions near Chesapeake City, Maryland, for $3,000, stands and nurses...

Nine sophomore fillies, including one main-track only entrant, have been entered to go 1 1/8 miles over Monmouth Park's turf on Labor Day Monday in the $100,000 Boiling Springs (G3). The Chad Brown-trained Little Journey (Great Journey) will be making her fourth U.S. start in the race, having finished third in both the Edgewood at Churchill Downs and Santa Anita Park's American Oaks (G1) prior to a close last-of-seven in the Lake George (G2) most recently at Saratoga. The gray miss will have Javier Castellano aboard while facing last-out Indiana First Lady victress Mary n' Eileen (Indy King), who is three-for-four lifetime thus far, as well as Queenie's Song (Unbridled's Song) and Black Elegance (Footstepsinthesand), separated by only a nose as the respective second and third from the July 9 Christiana at Delaware Park. One race earlier, eight distaffers will line up in the $75,000 Lady's Secret at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. My Miss Sophia (Unbridled's Song) is hoping to rebound in this spot off a well-beaten seventh in the Acorn (G1) on June 7 at Belmont Park. Prior to that, the Todd Pletcher sophomore finished second in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and posted a 7 1/4-length romp in the Gazelle (G2)...

Runner-up over five furlongs on debut at Newmarket May 4, Aktabantay (Oasis Dream) was beaten into that spot again as the 1-4 favorite for a maiden 16 days later over an extra panel at Nottingham before getting off the mark at the third attempt in a novice event at Newcastle also over six June 26. Left trailing by Estidhkaar (Dark Angel) when a clear second in the Superlative S. (Eng-G2) trying seven furlongs for the first time at Newmarket July 12, the bay was fitted with cheek pieces in Saturday's Solario S. (Eng-G3) at Sandown as Hugo Palmer sought to cajole the stable star into more affirmative action. Settled in last early by Ryan Moore, he was left behind by the leader, Lexington Times (Paco Boy), passing the quarter pole and despite taking more than a furlong to warm up stayed on to deny Future Empire (New Approach) in the shade of the post in a blanket between four of the five runners. "He got pinched coming out of the stalls and I was sitting five of five and we weren't going mad, but I didn't want to go all the way round them," his rider commented. "I got a nice split through and I thought 2 1/2 out I would win comfortably, but the leader quickened away and it didn't seem likely then. Hopefully, he is just a bit green and inexperienced still and this was the first time round a bend, so it was a new experience even though it's his fourth race and hopefully he'll come on for it." Trainer Hugo Palmer said, after basking in the glow of his first group winner, "He took so long to get into top gear and Ryan said he would be much better off a stronger gallop. He's wandered about a bit in a couple of his races and I've been very gentle on him because I think he could be special. I thought I'd put the cheekpieces on and let him learn rather than hammering him at home, and this was his first proper day of learning what it is to be a racehorse. He's in the Champagne S. (Eng-G2), but we won't back him up in two weeks and although the owner would like to run in the Dewhurst S. ([Eng-G1] at Newmarket October 17), I'd like to see what the ground does. He would get his ground at Santa Anita, so the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) is a possibility as well but we've got weeks to talk about it. His dam won a listed race in September of her three-year-old career, so he should be as good next year but he has blistering speed as well." Aktabantay's third dam is Leaping Water (Sure Blade), the dam of six-time Group 1 winner St Nicholas Abbey...

Despite having to ship in off an illness-induced layoff and carry a seven-pound penalty as a result of her latest success in the Prix de Sandringham (Fr-G2), Fintry (Shamardal) displayed much of her considerable ability to prevail with a degree of comfort in Saturday's Atalanta S. (Eng-G3) at Sandown and book a return ticket to England for the Sun Chariot S. (Eng-G1) at Newmarket October 4. After winning on debut at Saint-Cloud in September, the bay was second to the subsequent Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-G1) runner-up Veda (Dansili) in a conditions event over this trip also at Longchamp before going on to record a six-length success in the Prix Volterra at Chantilly May 13. Returning to that venue for the Sandringham at the beginning of June, she was much the best on that occasion with Veda in arrears, but had been stricken with a virus in the interim and Andre Fabre had warned that she would need this re-introduction. Settled behind the leading trio early by Maxime Guyon, Fintry took over approaching the furlong pole and was able to be geared down late as Odeliz (Falco) closed to deny Water Hole (Oasis Dream) the silver medal. "That was very simple and she stopped a bit in front," her jockey commented. "I think she might win a Group 1." Lisa Jane Graffard, Godolphin's French representative, added, "She's a very good-moving filly and has a lot going for her, as she is very versatile and very relaxed -- the traveling head lad said he couldn't believe how well she traveled over here -- so she can go anywhere. We just wanted to see her have a good comeback having been off for three months, but we knew she had the quality. There were no suitable races in France and the timing of this race was right."...

Last season's Randwick Guineas (Aus-G1) winner Dissident (Sebring) had disappointed in two outings since that March 15 victory, checking in sixth and 12th, respectively, in the Randwick Guineas (Aus-G1) and Doncaster Mile (Aus-G1), but the Peter Moody charge redeemed himself when comfortably besting elders in the Memsie S. -- the first Group 1 of the Australian spring -- in his first start as a four-year-old at Caulfield Saturday. Breaking on top, Dissident was rapidly overtaken by Sweet Idea (Snitzel) and fellow Moody trainee Moment of Change (Barely a Moment), and raced keenly in third in the hands of Ben Melham through the opening furlongs. Tipping wide on the turn, Dissident drew even with Moment of Change at the top of the lane and quickly overtook that rival, as well as the front-running Sweet Idea. He widened his advantage passing the 100 meter mark to win cozily. "He's a high class colt -- the world is his oyster," Moody told Racing Network.com.au. "That was a top class field and he put them to the sword, he really got the job done." While he is now considered amongst the favorites for the October 25 Cox Plate (Aus-G1) -- Australia's most historic weight for age race -- Dissident was not always a standout. He broke his maiden at first asking in the Blue Diamond Preview, but it was more than a year until he would visit the winner's circle again, which he accomplished in the Hobartville S. (Aus-G2) March 1. His Randwick Guineas victory followed two weeks later. Moody noted that Dissident "deserved his place in any weight-for-age field anywhere in the country," after Saturday's victory, but that he would have to display his ability to handle 2000 meters before he would be considered a definite for the A$3 million 2040 meter event...

As with so many of France's prestigious events, it is Andre Fabre who holds the record of most winners of Sunday's Grand Prix de Deauville (Fr-G2), which he often uses as a stepping stone to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1). Of his nine winners, the last two three-year-olds to prevail, Cherry Mix in 2004 and Masterstroke two years ago, went on to be second and third, respectively, in the Longchamp showpiece, and the focus is on Godolphin's Rio Tigre (Teofilo) this time. Second to Gatewood (Galileo) in the Prix de Reux (Fr-G3) August 10, the Derby de l'Ouest winner has no obvious reason to turn that form around, but his trainer is a master at improving horses with the autumn in mind. Gatewood, who was second to Masterstroke here in 2012, has only just come back to that form following a spell in Australia, but has won three of his last four and revels in the soft. That also applies to Cocktail Queen (Motivator), who comes into this on the back of a career-best success in the August 16 Prix Gontaut-Biron (Fr-G3) over 10 furlongs here...

Monmouth Park will host its top races for two-year-olds this holiday weekend, with the $100,000 Sapling, to be run for the first time at a mile, and $75,000 Sorority, at six furlongs, highlighting the Sunday card. Dating back to 1883 when Duchess took the inaugural running, the Sapling has never been run at two turns in Oceanport, New Jersey. The race has drawn a field of seven, including unbeaten Souper Colossal (War Front), who captured the off-the-turf Tyro on August 3 over the track, and Tapitsphere (Tapit), who ran out of ground when rallying for fourth in the six-furlong Mountaineer Juvenile on August 2. The Sorority has drawn eight fillies, among them Perpetual Novena (Majestic Warrior), runner-up in Monmouth's grassy Colleen two weeks ago on August 10. Over the year's both races have seen their fair share of championship participation, including 16 male champions and eight females. With live racing set for Friday through Labor Day Monday, Monmouth has a full slate of activities to complement the holiday weekend. The annual BBQ & Craft Beer Festival returns Saturday and Sunday, with fans able to enjoy smoked barbecue goodness from around the state. In addition, for $10 patrons will receive a commemorative mini pilsner glass and 10 samples in the craft beer garden featuring more than 50 local brews. There will be live music "On the Green" both days, with After the Reign performing Saturday and BethAnne Clayton playing Sunday. Also on Sunday will be Family Fun Day with clowns, pony rides, a bounce house, face painters and more to entertain the kids. For the Monday card, fans with paid admission will receive a pass that is good for the rest of Monmouth Park's racing season, which is redeemable at the Finish Line Welcome Center or at the Miller VIP Hangout. The VIP Hangout will also feature relaxed seating, $3 Miller Lite specials, giveaways, cornhole, and live entertainment from DJ Gotts of 95.9 the WRAT. Family Fun Day will be in full force again on Monday as Pez Head performs live "On the Green." Gates open at 11:30 a.m. (EDT) with first post slated for 12:50 p.m. Following the Labor Day card, Monmouth will shift to live racing on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the meet on September 28...

Ike Walker (Bellamy Road), a long-striding maiden victor over the $125,000 Arlington-Washington's (G3) seven-furlong distance last out, leads the 28 noms for that juvenile centerpiece of the Arlington meet. The dark bay relished the added distance in what was his second career start and is committed to the race, according to trainer Mike Stidham. Locally based stakes winner Private Prospect (Discreet Cat) is possible for the Futurity after winning an Arlington maiden, the Prairie Gold Juvenile and Prairie Juvenile Mile in succession. Trained by Mike Campbell, the unbeaten bay actually flipped in the paddock before his debut, landing on originally assigned jockey Sheldon Russell -- resulting in a lengthy injury vacation for the rider. Last out, the temperamental bay stepped up from 5 1/2 furlongs to a two-turn mile and won by a neck over Lucky Player and Recount (Limehouse), the latter of whom is also under serious consideration for the Futurity. Trainer Jimmy DiVito saddled the gelding to a 4 1/2-length maiden score on July 20 before wheeling him back 20 days later to finish third after a troubled trip in the aforementioned Prairie Juvenile Mile. Stormy Wayllen (Stormy Atlantic) could provide trainer Wayne Catalano with a second consecutive Futurity after his victory last year with Solitary Ranger. This year's prospect was a comfortable winner of a one-mile maiden on July 26 over Arlington's turf. While still on the fence for the event, the charge would provide a home town flavor, as he is named after Catalano's first grandson Wayllen Hill -- son of Shelbi Catalano and local jockey Channing Hill...

Unbeaten stakes winner A. P.'s Glory (Mineshaft) leads the 24 nominations for next Saturday's $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie, a race which could function as a stepping stone to a possible Breeders' Cup bid for the winner. The dark bay filly captured her July 10 racing debut at Arlington by 7 1/2 lengths over the Polytrack then shipped three weeks later to add the August 2 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies to her resume over that track's main dirt surface. Trained by Jimmy DiVito, A. P.'s Glory is still on the fence for the Arlington-Washington Lassie as her conditioner judiciously plots the best way to get her to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup. Heart's Song (Desert Party) was 1 1/2 lengths behind when second in the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies and the dark bay filly's connections are also considering the Lassie. The William Connelly trainee may have not been able to catch the winner, but she did distance herself from her closest pursuer by 9 1/2 lengths. Happy to Go (Saint Anddan) is a planned runner for trainer Armando De La Cerda and brings some excellent class to the table after a third in the June 28 My Dear at Woodbine. Last out, the Pennsylvania-bred bay was a troubled fifth, just 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner, in the Ontario Debutante at the Toronto track. Lemon Gala (Lemon Drop Kid) is under serious consideration for trainer Dale Bennett after breaking her maiden by 3 1/2 lengths on August 10 over the Lassie track and distance following a fourth-place run behind A. P.'s Glory in her debut. Veteran trainer Christine Janks has nominated two promising maiden winners in Puntsville (Cashel Castle), who was second in A. P.'s Glory maiden, and Sugar Talk (Flatter), with the former more likely. Perhaps the most intriguing possible runner is Susan's Day (Colonel John), who won an August 20 maiden at Presque Isle Downs going a mile with a nice turn of foot. Training at Arlington throughout the summer, the Eoin Harty pupil continues to impress in the mornings but would be stepping back a furlong and a turn in the Lassie...

In addition to a pair of graded stakes, announcer Tom Durkin's final race call, and a T-shirt giveaway, Sunday's card at Saratoga will include a Pick 6 with a $151,766 carryover. The Pick 6 will begin with the 7TH race, which has a scheduled post time of 4:11 p.m. (EDT). The fourth leg is the $350,000 Spinaway (G1), a seven-furlong race for two-year-old fillies. The Spinaway will bring down the curtain on Durkin's 43-year career as a track announcer. Prior to the Pick 6, Saratoga will host the $150,000 Glens Falls (G3) for fillies and mares on the turf...

Trainer Jorge Navarro tied the record for most wins in a day when he sent out four winners on the Saturday program at Monmouth Park. Navarro, leading trainer at Monmouth last year, took the 1ST race with Bamboo Stick (Freud), the 2ND with Someday on Sunday (Sunday Break), the 3RD with Upon Reflection (Bernstein) and the 6TH with Lasso (Rahy). The record of four wins on a card by a trainer was set by J. Willard Thompson on September 8, 1975, and equaled by Robert Klesaris (July 10, 1987), John Forbes (August 28, 1989), Bruce Alexander (June 10, 2011), Kiaran McLaughlin (July 9, 2011) and Navarro on September 22, 2013.

Competitive Edge, I Spent It highlight Hopeful

Competitive Edge ripped through an opening quarter-mile in :21 4/5 before impressively drawing away from rivals in his career debut (NYRA/Coglianese/Joe Labizzetta)

A pair of unbeaten colts from the first crop of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, Competitive Edge and I Spent It, are the top draws in the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful, Monday's closing-day feature at Saratoga.

Competitive Edge was hammered down to odds-on favoritism in a deep maiden special weight event on July 26 and responded with a spectacular 10-length victory on the front end. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt earned a respectable 94 BRIS Speed rating while completely under wraps late and the $750,000 two-year-old in training purchase was flattered by third-place finisher Bayerd, who came back to romp by a 11 1/2-length margin in a maiden special weight on the Travers undercard.

"From the beginning, he's been not only talented and fast, but he takes everything in stride," Pletcher said of Competitive Edge. "He's very laid back. We've been very pleased with everything he's done since his maiden win, and we're pleased with the post position (No. 7)."

John Velazquez sticks with the speedy Competitive Edge, who is well-drawn on the far outside in the seven-horse field.

I Spent It enters the prestigious event off a convincing 2 3/4-length victory in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special on August 10, overcoming a troubled trip to win from just off the pace for Tony Dutrow. He became the first winner for his sire when capturing his debut at Belmont Park on July 2 and I Spent It possesses the top BRIS Speed rating in the field, registering a 99 last time. Leading rider Javier Castellano sticks with the promising bay.

I Spent It exits a commendable score in the Saratoga Special and has rallied from just off the pace to win both starts (NYRA/Coglianese/Chelsea Durand)

"We entered because we thought we'd keep our options open," Dutrow explained. "Our horse is doing fantastic and there's nothing stopping us from running, but the owner (Alex and JoAnn Lieblong) and I will make a decision on whether we do run him."

Requisite led wire to wire when opening his career on August 9 at Saratoga, recording a 3 1/2-length victory for George Weaver, and the son of red-hot freshman stallion Warrior's Reward figures to break running from his inside post with a returning Joe Rocco Jr.

Dekabrist opened his career with two straight wins at Gulfstream Park, including a 1 1/2-length tally in the June 14 Kodiak Island, but he'll be looking to rebound from a disappointing fifth as the favorite in the July 12 Birdonthewire. Edgar Prado picks up the mount for Gennadi Dorochenko.

A trio of maidens -- Signature Cat, Sharm and Maratik -- round out the field.

The Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac, a 1 1/8-mile turf affair of three-year-olds, will be offered later on the Holiday card. Top contenders include Grade 2 winner Ring Weekend, who exits a runner-up finish to Tourist in the July 18 Sir Cat over the inner turf; and Belmont Park stakes winner Cabo Cat, a rallying fourth in the Sir Cat.

Bashart, a sharp winner of last year's Grade 2 With Anticipation at Saratoga, is also part of the 10-horse field. The War Front colt opened his 2014 campaign with a pair of unplaced finishes and will look attempt to rebound while making his first start for new trainer Michael Matz. Storm brings a three-race win streak into his stakes debut and the Pletcher-trained colt retains the services of Castellano.

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Albano, Ben's Cat stand out in Parx stakes

Albano is likely using the Smarty Jones as a prelude to the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (William Osborn/Equi-Photo)

With California Chrome scheduled to return to action in the Pennsylvania Derby later in September, several potential challengers to the dual classic winner might emerge from the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones, a local prep at Parx Racing on Labor Day.

Contested over one mile and 70 yards, the Smarty Jones has attracted a field of 10 three-year-olds, with Albano likely to be a solid favorite. Brereton Jones' Grade 3-winning homebred has had a productive summer at Monmouth Park, romping by 6 1/2 lengths in the Pegasus and then finishing a clear second in the Haskell Invitational behind a loose-on-the-lead Bayern.

Earlier this year at Fair Grounds, the Istan colt finished second in the Lecomte and Risen Star before his elevation to fourth in the Louisiana Derby.

Also exiting the Haskell is Just Call Kenny, who finished sixth in the nine-furlong test but only 2 3/4 lengths behind Albano. Hero of the six-furlong Spectacular Bid at Gulfstream in January, the Jump Start colt returned from a six-month break in early July to finish second by a half-length in the Long Branch, an ungraded prep for the Haskell.

The lightly-raced Protonico, from the barn of Todd Pletcher, adds blinkers after finishing a head behind subsequent Travers winner V. E. Day in the $100,000 Curlin at Saratoga. A mild 3-1 favorite there in just his fourth career start, the Giant's Causeway colt is joined by Curlin sixth-placer Joint Custody, a four-time stakes winner on the Maryland and Delaware circuits.

The Smarty Jones field also includes Almost Famous, third in the Ohio Derby and Matt Winn in his last two; Lynx, third in the Pegasus and runner-up in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie; and Grade 2-placed Classic Giacnroll, most recently fourth in the West Virginia Derby.

The venerable eight-year-old sprinter Ben's Cat will attempt to win the Grade 3, $300,000 Turf Monster Handicap for a third time on Monday. The Maryland-bred eight-year-old won the five-furlong contest in 2011 and 2012, but finished third behind returning rivals Stormofthecentury and Tightend Touchdown last year.

Ben's Cat will be looking for his third Turf Monster win in the last four years (Barbara Weidl/Equi-Photo)

An earner of more than $2.1 million, the King Leatherbury trainee has won a whopping 22 stakes during his career, and owns a formidable 7-5-1-1 mark over the Parx turf. In his most recent start, Ben's Cat defeated Tightend Touchdown by a nose in the Parx Dash on July 12.

Stormofthecentury has placed just once in four starts since taking the Turf Monster at 28-1 last year, while Tightend Touchdown has fared better. Prior to his narrow loss in the Parx Dash, the latter was a popular winner of the Pennsylvania Governor's Cup at Penn National for a second time.

Grade 1 winner Private Zone, who captured the Vosburgh on dirt at Belmont Park last season, tries turf for the first time here. However, the speedy Doug O'Neill charge as not raced since finishing second to Flat Out in the Cigar Mile Handicap last November.

Micromanage, a Grade 3 winner at Gulfstream earlier this term, will be the one to beat if he contests the Grade 3, $200,000 Greenwood Cup over 1 1/2 miles. The Todd Pletcher trainee, successful by 8 1/2 lengths in the $100,000 Birdstone at Saratoga over 1 3/4 miles last time, was also entered in Saturday's Woodward at the Spa.

Also in the lineup are Argentinean Group 2 winner Ever Rider and Grade 3-placed Abraham, both allowance winners at Saratoga most recently; Birdstone runner-up Irsaal; Argentinean Group 1 winner Lideris, unplaced in both U.S. starts to date; and West Virginia Governor's runner-up Adirondack King, who owns a five-for-12 mark over the Parx main track.

Among the main contenders in the $200,000 Turf Amazon Handicap, a five-furlong dash for fillies and mares are Spun Cap, an overnight handicap winner against males at Ellis Park on August 2 following a year-long layoff. Other leading hopefuls are the stakes veterans Sweet Cassiopeia, Jewel of a Cat, Miss d'Oro, Quality Lass, Coarsegold, and Joya Real.

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

VICE REGENT S., WO, $114,913, 3YO, 1MT, 8-30.
7—TOO MANY EGBERT'S, g, 3, Laura's Lucky Boy--Mount Royer, by Silver Deputy. O-Buttigieg Training Centre and Charlwood, Don, B-Paul Buttigieg (ON), T-Paul M. Buttigieg, J-David Moran, $68,948.
4—Man Cave, g, 3, Leonnatus Anteas--Precious Jade, by Dance to Destiny. O-Colebrook Farms, B-Colebrook Farms (ON), $22,983.
2—Spadina Road, g, 3, Where's the Ring--Scarlet's Castle, by Sea Wall. (C$76,000 '12 ONTSEP). O-Rolph A Davis, B-Minshall Farms (ON), $11,491.
Also Ran: Flashy Margaritta, Bear Hunter, Eighty Nine Red, Sizzling, Spin the King.
Winning Time: 1:34 3/5 (fm)
Margins: 3/4, 6 3/4, 2HF.
Odds: 9.75, 2.75, 2.75.
 
EL CAJON S., DMR, $100,500, 3YO, 1M, 8-29.
10—RED OUTLAW, g, 3, Tribal Rule--Anachristina, by Slewpy. ($40,000 '12 BESOCT). O-Blinkers On Racing Stable, Aurelio, Bizovi, Coons, Dizonno, Gaylord et al, B-Liberty Road Stables (CA), T-Peter Miller, J-Edwin A. Maldonado, $60,000.
3—Toowindytohaulrox, c, 3, Harlan's Holiday--Im Classic Quality, by Elusive Quality. ($20,000 '12 FTKOCT; $60,000 2013 BESMAR). O-Queen Bee Racing, LLC, B-Classic Oaks Farm (KY), $20,000.
8—Conquest Two Step, c, 3, Two Step Salsa--Homesteader, by Pioneering. ($20,000 '12 OBSAUG; $420,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Conquest Stables, LLC, B-Manuel Andrade (FL), $12,000.
Also Ran: Home School (IRE), Big Tire, Diamond Bachelor, Friendswith K Mill.
Winning Time: 1:36 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 3 3/4, 2 3/4, HF.
Odds: 2.60, 6.80, 2.50.
 
HARRY F. BRUBAKER S., DMR, $98,650, 3YO/UP, 1M, 8-30.
1—BLUE TONE, g, 5, Birdstone--Princess Cart, by Cartwright. ($100,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Engelberg, Beverly, Schoeder Farms LLC and Steeper, Jan, B-Far View Stables (KY), T-Robert B. Hess, Jr., J-Kent J. Desormeaux, $55,800.
5—Big Bane Theory, h, 5, Artie Schiller--Shebane, by Alysheba. O-Devereaux, Mark and Gross, Scott, B-Scott Gross & Mark Devereaux (CA), $24,000.
4—Calm Pacific, r, 4, Stormy Atlantic--Ministress, by Deputy Minister. O-Amerman Racing LLC, B-Mrs Jerry Amerman (KY), $11,160.
Also Ran: Safety Belt (ARG), Drill, Timeless Indy.
Winning Time: 1:36 (ft)
Margins: HD, 4 1/4, HD.
Odds: 0.60, 3.60, 20.60.
 
MONARCHOS S., GP, $75,000, 3YO, 1M, 8-30.
5—ATREIDES, c, 3, Medaglia d'Oro--Dream Rush, by Wild Rush. O-Stonestreet Stables LLC, B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY), T-Martin D. Wolfson, J-Edgard J. Zayas, $46,035.
2—General Sham'mah, g, 3, Kodiak Kowboy--Clamorosa, by Seattle Dancer. ($27,000 '12 FTKOCT; $30,000 '12 KEEJAN; $20,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Gemini II Racing Stables LLC, B-Dapple Bloodstock & Gryphon Investments LLC (KY), $14,850.
4—Tiz Marvelous, c, 3, Tiz Wonderful--Spring Morning, by Mr. Prospector. ($95,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Stonestreet Stables LLC, B-Hubert H Vester Jr (KY), $7,425.
Also Ran: Black Label, Pontos, Shiva Curlin.
Winning Time: 1:36 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 17HF, 2HF, 2.
Odds: 0.20, 13.90, 16.60.
 
DUKE CITY SPRINT S., ALB, $50,000, 3YO, 5 1/2F, 8-30.
5—ALSONO, c, 3, Limehouse--Miss Blue Grass, by St. Jovite. O-Tony Pennington, B-Ann Marie Farm (KY), T-Justin R. Evans, J-Elvin Gonzalez, $30,000.
3—Shock Hazard, g, 3, Dunkirk--Treetop Shock, by Forestry. ($36,000 '12 IOWAUG). O-Mueller, Jody and Hobbs, William L, B-Burden Creek Farm & Clifton Farm, LLC (IA), $10,000.
7—Blackout, g, 3, Orientate--Fall Fantasy, by Menifee. ($15,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Diamant, Eli and Valentini, Brandon J, B-Linda & John Griggs (KY), $5,000.
Also Ran: Cloud Harbor, Ima Happy Strike, Northern Contract, Mysterious Storm.
Winning Time: 1:02 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 6, 3 3/4, HF.
Odds: 2.90, 0.80, 8.00.
 
RICKS MEMORIAL S., RP, $50,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1MT, 8-29.
4—SATIN GOLD, f, 4, English Channel--Bright Gold, by Hold for Gold. ($17,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Stephens, Kathy and Nieschwietz, Frank, B-Hazel B Marsh (KY), T-Dewey Paul Smith, J-Glen Murphy, $30,000.
3—Lady Haddassah, m, 5, Whywhywhy--Baby Lexi, by Storm Boot. O-Ulwelling, Al and Bill, B-Zayat Stables, LLC (FL), $10,000.
11—Sandsarita, f, 4, Street Boss--War Thief, by Lord at War (ARG). ($90,000 '10 KEENOV). O-Mike G Rutherford, B-Tony Homes & Tim Thornton (KY), $5,500.
Also Ran: Molly's Honour, Welcome Aboard, Diva's Diamond, Gold Medal Dancer, Harpers Princess, Manyriverstocross, American Sugar, Zuni Women.
Winning Time: 1:37 2/5 (fm)
Margins: 1, NK, NK.
Odds: 6.50, 15.50, 7.90.

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

SAR, 3RD, AOC, $93,000, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 8-30.
*3—SET THE SAIL, g, 5, Mizzen Mast--Tartufi, by Mr. Greeley. O-Elisabeth H Alexander, B-Elisabeth Alexander (KY), T-Charles LoPresti, J-Shaun Bridgmohan, $55,800.
9—Sinatra, g, 5, Harlan's Holiday--My Way, by Unbridled's Song. O-Wachtel Stable and Barber, Gary, B-Peter E Blum (KY), $18,600.
5—Mshawish, c, 4, Medaglia d'Oro--Thunder Bayou, by Thunder Gulch. ($25,000 '10 KEENOV; $10,000 '11 KEESEP; 170,000EUR 2012 ARQMAY). O-Al Shaqab Racing, B-OTIF 2007 (KY), $9,300.
Winning Time: 1:34 3/5 (fm)
     ***Mshawish finished first but was disqualified and placed third.
 
SAR, 9TH, ALW, $85,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2FT, 8-30.
2—ZAMQUICK, m, 5, Pomeroy--Zamsweet, by Zamindar. ($115,000 2011 OBSAPR). O-Whisper Hill Farm, B-Arlene M Powell (FL), T-Eddie Kenneally, J-Rosie Napravnik, $51,000.
8—Ballerina Belle, f, 4, First Defence--Major Allie, by Officer. ($165,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Lady Sheila Stable, B-St George Farm LLC (KY), $17,000.
7—Scatcapade, f, 3, Scat Daddy--Concorde Escapade, by Wild Escapade. O-Patricia A Generazio, B-Patricia Generazio (FL), $8,500.
Winning Time: 1:01 4/5 (fm)
 
DMR, 5TH, AOC, $80,522, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 8-30.
3—SAM'S SISTER, f, 3, Brother Derek--Kittery Point, by Include. ($125,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Mark Dedomenico LLC, Hollendorfer, Jerry and Todaro, George, B-Brereton C Jones (KY), T-Jerry Hollendorfer, J-Elvis Trujillo, $46,200.
7—Goodbye Roselina, f, 4, Pure Prize--Time Tosay Goodbye, by Gilded Time. O-Freeman, Dan and Tanya, B-Paul & Tonya Freeman (KY), $15,400.
2—Shakeitupbetty, f, 3, Ghostzapper--Ring True, by Is It True. ($27,000 '12 BESOCT). O-Seltzer Thoroughbreds, B-Thomas W Bachman (CA), $12,012.
Winning Time: 1:10 (ft)
 
DMR, 5TH, AOC, $78,250, 3YO/UP, 1M, 8-29.
7—ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, g, 3, Game Plan--Ashley's Folly, by Urgent Request (IRE). O-Alesia, Sharon, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing LLC, B-Estate of Alesia, BranJam Stables & Ciaglia Racing,LLC (CA), T-Peter Eurton, J-Mike E. Smith, $46,200.
8—Storm Comin Thru, g, 3, Stormy Jack--Watershed Park, by Strodes Creek. O-Great Friends Stable, Wonderland Racing Stables and Cspelo, Robert, B-Gary & Marlene Howard (CA), $15,400.
9—Luckbox Sam, g, 4, Terrell--Fort Silver, by Fort Calgary. O-Seacoast Racing LLC, B-Roger Stein (CA), $9,240.
Winning Time: 1:36 2/5 (ft)
 
DMR, 4TH, ALW, $78,000, 3YO, 1 1/16MT, 8-30.
7—FOOTSTEPSINBRONZE (IRE), c, 3, Footstepsinthesand (GB)--La Sibilla (GB), by Fantastic Light. (32,000gns 2013 TATGNS). O-Adam Richey, B-Eamonn Phelan & Reuben Solomon (IRE), T-Simon Callaghan, J-Rafael Bejarano, $46,200.
8—Number Five, g, 3, Point Given--My Chanel, by Gilded Time. O-Gilbreth, Steve, Rey, Donna, Wood, Gary, Giordano, Louis A and Mattias, Bob, B-Stone Farm (KY), $15,400.
1—I'll Wrap It Up, g, 3, Tapit--Sindy With an S, by Broken Vow. ($35,000 2013 FTMMAY). O-Great Friends Stable, Kramer, Daniel and Westside Rentalscom, B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd (KY), $9,240.
Winning Time: 1:40 4/5 (fm)
 
WO, 8TH, ALW, $68,857, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 8-30.
6—MOONLIT BEAUTY, m, 8, Perigee Moon--Global Gossip, by Cryptoclearance. O-William Gierkink, B-William Gierkink (ON), T-John P. LeBlanc, Jr., J-Gary Boulanger, $41,093.
2—Pretty Two Faced, f, 4, Niigon--She's Pretty Too, by Housebuster. O-Emily Anne Walker, B-Colebrook Farms (ON), $13,698.
1—Pipers Future, f, 4, Niigon--Lone Piper, by Dehere. O-Chiefswood Stable, B-Chiefswood Stables Limited (ON), $7,534.
Winning Time: 1:45 (ft)
 
PRX, 7TH, ALW, $56,300, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 8-30.
2—MONKEY'S MEDAL, g, 3, Medallist--My Little Monkey, by Old Trieste. O-Thomas L Teal, B-Thomas L Teal (PA), T-Timothy L. Keefe, J-Kendrick Carmouche, $37,800.
3—Bama Bound, g, 4, Rock Hard Ten--Leo's Gypsy Dancer, by Leo Castelli. ($120,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Silver Trail Stables LLC, B-Bryan Hicks (FL), $9,000.
5—Strongbaksteeltoes, g, 3, Indian Express--Cajulena, by Quaker Ridge. O-Anthony J Fontana, B-Ups and Downs Farm (FL), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:16 (ft)
 
WO, 10TH, OCL, $52,563, 3YO/UP, 1 1/8MT, 8-30.
1—IROQUOIS FALLS, g, 4, Niigon--La Nana (FR), by Homme De Loi (IRE). O-Chiefswood Stable, B-Chiefswood Stables LTD (ON), T-Paul Attard, J-Patrick Husbands, $35,136.
6—Dupes, g, 5, Shakespeare--Comfort a Belle, by Red Ransom. O-Connie Patton, B-William C Schettine (KY), $7,318.
4—Osculator, g, 5, Grand Reward--Amfar from Sweet, by Farma Way. O-Marc Berzins, B-Marc Berzins (KY), $4,025.
Winning Time: 1:48 3/5 (fm)
 
RP, 4TH, ALW, $44,625, 3YO, F, 6 1/2F, 8-29.
3—OKIE SMOKEY, f, 3, Cavvy--Spooky Okie, by Silver Ghost. O-Richter Family Trust, B-Richter Family Trust (OK), T-Carlos Padilla, J-Garrett Steinberg, $25,761.
5—Devious Rumor, f, 3, Street Boss--Gracinha, by Siphon (BRZ). ($30,000 '11 KEENOV). O-Stockseth, Norma Lee and Dunn, Todd, B-Rendell Saddler (OK), $9,871.
1—For All You Know, f, 3, Yes It's True--Foolheartedmemory, by Valid Expectations. O-Big Sugar Racing LLC, B-Center Hills Farm & Randy Blair (OK), $5,766.
Winning Time: 1:17 2/5 (ft)
 
MTH, 11TH, AOC, $39,488, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 8-30.
2—SNAKE PIT, c, 4, Arch--Lenatareese, by Broad Brush. ($180,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Dubb, Michael, Bethlehem Stables LLC, Elkstone Group and Ross, David A, B-Daniel J Burke & Kathleen Schweizer (KY), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Abel Castellano, Jr., $23,598.
5—Spa City Fever, g, 8, Roaring Fever--Lady Di Huntley, by Shuailaan. O-Drawing Away Stable and Jacobson, David, B-Adam Madkour (NY), $8,280.
7—Going to Market, g, 5, After Market--Roadtohanna, by Not for Love. O-Tom Nguyen, B-Sagamore Farm, LLC (MD), $4,140.
Winning Time: 1:41 1/5 (ft)
 
GG, 3RD, AOC, $37,324, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1MT, 8-30.
4—CENTRAL HEAT, m, 5, Unusual Heat--Miss Boomtown, by Smart Strike. O-Del Debbio, Dave, Delia, William J and Rocheford, Dana, B-Abrams, Huston Racing, Matties Racing, Auerbach (CA), T-William Delia, J-Russell A. Baze, $24,180.
5—Rathbaun, f, 4, War Pass--Time of Peace, by Slew City Slew. O-Ann Marie Farm, B-Ann Marie Farm (KY), $6,200.
2—Freedom Reigns (IRE), m, 5, Jeremy--For Freedom (IRE), by King of Kings (IRE). (28,000EUR '10 GOFSPT). O-Grousemont Farm, B-Irish National Stud (IRE), $3,720.
Winning Time: 1:37 4/5 (fm)
 
GG, 4TH, ALW, $37,205, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 8-29.
6—RATHMOON, f, 4, Dixie Union--North Beach, by Arch. O-Ann Marie Farm, B-Ann Marie Farm (KY), T-Lloyd C. Mason, J-Pedro M. Terrero, $21,000.
5—Look Quickly, f, 3, Run Away and Hide--Fame's Flame, by Western Fame. O-Morey Family Trust, B-William J Morey Jr (CA), $9,100.
2—Koby Jo, m, 5, Limehouse--Time of Peace, by Slew City Slew. O-Ann Marie Farm, B-Ann Marie Farm (KY), $4,200.
Winning Time: 1:10 1/5 (ft)
 
MTH, 10TH, ALW, $36,620, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16MT, 8-30.
9—DADDY'S BOO, f, 3, Sweet Return (GB)--Precocious Pet, by Slew Gin Fizz. O-Red Oak Stable (Brunetti), B-Red Oak Stable (FL), T-Gregory D. Sacco, J-Nik Juarez, $20,520.
4—Wonderfully Wild, f, 3, Offlee Wild--Maitrise, by Ogygian. ($14,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Crossed Sabres Farm, B-Liberation Farm & Brandywine Farm (KY), $7,200.
2—My One and Only, m, 5, Sligo Bay (IRE)--Always Seven, by Twining. ($1,000 '10 OBSAUG). O-Manning, Marilyn and Hew, Michael, B-Mayo West Farm & Liam Benson (FL), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:42 4/5 (fm)
 
GG, 3RD, AOC, $36,585, 2YO, F, 6F, 8-29.
2—BLAZING SPICE, f, 2, Blazonry--Extreme Spice, by In Excess (IRE). O-Randy Leighton, B-Fred & Charlene Davis & RunningHorse Equine Training Center (CA), T-William Delia, J-Ricardo Gonzalez, $23,400.
1—Lutine Belle, f, 2, Bellamy Road--Timeless Trick, by Mazel Trick. ($14,000 '12 KEENOV; $40,000 '13 FTKOCT). O-KMN Racing LLC, B-WinStar Farm, LLC & John R Penn (KY), $6,000.
4—Can Can Babe, f, 2, McCann's Mojave--Book'em Babe, by Johannesburg. O-Williams, Mr and Mrs Larry D, B-Mr & Mrs Larry Williams (CA), $4,680.
Winning Time: 1:11 (ft)
 
ELP, 8TH, AOC, $35,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 8-30.
2—IMPETUOUS YOUTH, f, 3, Candy Ride (ARG)--I Believe in You, by Pleasant Tap. O-Jay Em Ess Stable, B-Mace & Samantha Siegel (KY), T-Paul J. McGee, J-Marcelino Pedroza, $21,300.
3—Any Given Chance, m, 5, Any Given Saturday--Chanceisalady, by American Chance. ($5,000 '10 KEESEP; $30,000 2011 OBSJUN). O-Alan Tennenbaum, B-Richard Shultz (KY), $7,100.
5—Beatific, f, 3, Tiznow--Be Smart, by Smarty Jones. ($140,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Brown, Darrell and Lendy, B-T F VanMeter & Ken A Meng (KY), $3,550.
Winning Time: 1:36 1/5 (wf)
 
PEN, 5TH, ALW, $35,264, 3YO/UP, 6F, 8-29.
6—FIENDFYRE, c, 3, Oratory--Boom Bah Yay, by Rahy. O-Tom Coulter, B-Arrowwood Farm (PA), T-Rodrigo Madrigal, Sr., J-William P. Otero, $21,888.
2—Sixteen Stone, c, 4, Closing Argument--Yolie's Choice, by Silver Deputy. O-Norman Garnes, B-Coast Stables, LLC (PA), $7,296.
1—Gator Gold, g, 4, Gators n Bears--Strikethegold Lass, by Strike the Gold. ($1,000 '10 FTMDEC). O-Lester I Joseph, B-Dragon's Lair Farm LLC (MD), $3,344.
Winning Time: 1:11 1/5 (ft)
 
GP, 8TH, ALW, $35,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16MT, 8-30.
2—BALTHAZAR, c, 4, Red Giant--Dina Gold, by Seeking the Gold. ($120,000 '11 FTKJUL). O-Peachtree Stable, B-Gulf States Racing Stable III (KY), T-Martin D. Wolfson, J-Edgard J. Zayas, $21,000.
6—Rompin Reid, c, 3, Medaglia d'Oro--Runway Model, by Petionville. ($155,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Dwoskin, Steven and Lobdell, Wayne, B-Summer Wind Farm (KY), $7,350.
1—Steel N Pack, c, 3, Mizzen Mast--Crystal Minuet, by Theatrical (IRE). O-Bach Stables LLC and Kurtin, Barbara, B-Kinsman Farm (KY), $3,500.
Winning Time: 1:43 3/5 (fm)
 
DEL, 7TH, AOC, $31,500, 3YO/UP, A1 1/16MT, 8-30.
1—DRAMEDY, h, 5, Distorted Humor--She's a Winner, by A.P. Indy. ($185,000 2012 KEENOV; $70,000 2014 FTKJU2). O-James John Revocable Trust, B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY), T-Michael V. Pino, J-Horacio Karamanos, $18,600.
4—Other Cheek, c, 3, Smart Strike--Nice Nelly, by Seattle Slew. O-Lael Stables, B-Mr & Mrs M Roy Jackson (KY), $6,200.
8—Cosa Dolce, g, 3, Cosa Vera--Sugar Zip, by City Zip. O-Lady Olivia Northcliff LLC, B-Lady Olivia at North Cliff LLC (VA), $3,410.
Winning Time: 1:42 2/5 (fm)
 
AP, 9TH, ALW, $31,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 8-30.
6—ATOMIC, g, 4, Unbridled Energy--Feistier, by Sir Naskra. O-May Valley Farms, B-Barr Inman (KY), T-Charles Livesay, J-Carlos Montalvo, $18,600.
3—My Pal Paul, g, 3, Borrego--Hickory Heifer, by Forestry. O-Knapczyk, Andrew and Zawitz, Joel, B-Buck Pond Farm, Inc (KY), $6,200.
4—Drama Coach, c, 4, Montbrook--Nancy's Glitter, by Glitterman. ($25,000 '11 OBSAUG; $50,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-Anthony J Fatigato, B-Cashel Stud, Inc (FL), $3,100.
Winning Time: 1:12 1/5 (ft)
 
AP, 6TH, ALW, $31,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1MT, 8-30.
5—ELUSIVE KNOLL, m, 5, Cactus Ridge--Maria Goodbye, by Maria's Mon. O-Gale Springer, B-Mr & Mrs Frank Springer (LA), T-Frank R. Springer, J-Emmanuel Esquivel, $18,600.
7—Voluptuous, f, 3, Flashy Bull--Skatesheba (FR), by Green Tune. ($20,000 '12 TEXAUG; $75,000 2013 FTMMAY). O-M and M Thoroughbred Partners, B-Brereton C Jones (KY), $6,200.
2—Lady Moscow, f, 3, Notional--Bridal Memories, by Unbridled. ($50,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Commonwealth Stable, B-Phillips Racing Partnership (KY), $3,100.
Winning Time: 1:41 (yl)
 
EVD, 7TH, ALW, $30,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1MT, 8-29.
8—PRISSY BELE, f, 3, Yankee Gentleman--My Friend Bele, by My Friend Max. O-Jeff L Delhomme, B-Heiligbrodt Racing Stable (LA), T-Jeff Delhomme, J-Colby J. Hernandez, $18,300.
1—Glamoride, f, 3, Ide--Driven, by Forestry. ($5,500 '12 KEESEP). O-Horseplayers Racing Club LLC, B-R L Reineman Stable, Inc (LA), $6,100.
6—Brittany's Tuition, m, 5, Osidy--Fast Laner, by Mutakddim. ($4,000 '10 LTBSEP; $10,000 2011 EVDMAR). O-Thomas L Holyfield, B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (LA), $3,355.
Winning Time: 1:36 4/5 (gd)
 
CBY, 7TH, AOC, $30,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 8-29.
3—TRIBAL DREAMS, g, 5, Tribal Rule--Lulu's Queen, by Numerous. O-Lori L Walker, B-Miguel Rubio (CA), T-Harlan Walker, J-Dean P. Butler, $18,000.
4—Sneaky Blowout, g, 4, Lawyer Ron--Dance Tune, by French Deputy. ($40,000 '10 KEENOV; $140,000 2012 OBSMAR). O-Jeff Drown, B-Mr & Mrs Al Mazzetti (KY), $6,000.
5—You Funny Man, g, 5, Humming--Stormhill, by Storm Boot. O-River Ridge Ranch, B-Brad Hemba (IA), $3,300.
Winning Time: 1:11 1/5 (ft)
 
CT, 8TH, ALW, $26,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 8-29.
7—LITTLE BIG SIME, g, 3, Admiralty Arch--Simon Slew, by Native Slew. O-Betty J Stehr, B-Betty Stehr (WV), T-Joseph P. Stehr, J-Katie Crews, $15,600.
5—Dancing Roy, g, 3, Dance With Ravens--Toy for Roy, by Roy. O-Karen E Steele, B-Karen E Steele (WV), $5,200.
3—Heart Over Mind, g, 3, Cat Thief--Royal's Bambina, by Royal Anthem. O-Sam E English, II, B-Sam E English II (WV), $2,600.
Winning Time: 1:47 (ft)
 
TDN, 3RD, ALW, $25,400, 3YO/UP, 6F, 8-30.
6—RUN A LITTLE, g, 4, Half Ours--Run Early Run Fast, by Cherokee Run. ($15,000 '11 FTKOCT). O-Mary L Hurley, B-Meadow Springs Farm, LLC (OH), T-Mary L. Hurley, J-Walter De La Cruz, $15,240.
2—Dubacious, c, 3, E Dubai--Whitelacenpromises, by More Than Ready. ($30,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Loooch Racing Stable, Inc, B-James A & Jane N Fraser (OH), $5,080.
7—City Slammer, g, 3, City Weekend--Spend Away, by Skip Away. O-Mast Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Mast Thoroughbreds LLC (OH), $2,540.
Winning Time: 1:12 2/5 (ft)
 
LAD, 5TH, ALW, $21,180, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 8-30.
2—IKNEWUWERETROUBLE, f, 3, Salute the Sarge--Tiz T'was, by Tiznow. O-Southern Equine Stable LLC, B-Southern Equine Stables, LLC (KY), T-Ricky Courville, J-Donald Edward Simington, $12,300.
4—Daylighting, f, 3, Graeme Hall--Golden Daybreak, by Fabulous Frolic. ($32,000 2013 OBSJUN). O-William T Reed, B-Carlos Hernandez & Michael Feriole (FL), $4,100.
3—Rulersshinyfuture, f, 4, Ruler's Court--Birchfrost, by Woodman. ($1,300 '11 LTBSEP). O-Cyril Hicks, B-Robert E Hewlett (LA), $2,695.
Winning Time: 1:18 4/5 (ft)
 
SUF, 3RD, ALW, $18,620, 3YO/UP, A7 1/2FT, 8-30.
1—SPECIAL DINNER, g, 4, Formal Dinner--Kris' Special Kay, by Thug. O-Lloyd W Lockhart, B-Lloyd W Lockhart (FL), T-Alan J. Lockhart, J-Tammi Piermarini, $11,400.
3—Ale, g, 4, Tale of the Cat--Tappin for Gold, by Pleasant Tap. ($45,000 '11 KEESEP). O-DMF Stable, B-Hinkle Farms (KY), $3,800.
11—Step Brother, h, 5, Spanish Steps--Marquet Niche, by Marquetry. O-Tocchio, John R and Roy-Mar Racing Stable, B-Lucy & Randell Edwards (FL), $1,900.
Winning Time: 1:35 2/5 (fm)
 
SUF, 6TH, ALW, $18,620, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 8-30.
5—ILL BE HONEST, g, 4, Yes It's True--Scatter the Crowd, by Prospector's Music. ($80,000 '11 KEESEP; $50,000 2012 OBSMAR). O-Anthony Butler, B-Lantern Hill Farm LLC & Lighthouse Group LLC (KY), T-Wayne J. Marcoux, J-Tammi Piermarini, $11,400.
2—Puget Sound, g, 4, A.P. Indy--Balletto (UAE), by Timber Country. O-Greg Demetri, B-Darley (KY), $3,800.
8—Irish Beau, g, 4, Sligo Bay (IRE)--La Belle Bleu, by Beau Genius. (C$30,000 '11 ONTSEP). O-John Chamatsos, B-Sycamore Stable (ON), $1,900.
Winning Time: 1:45 2/5 (ft)
 
FL, 7TH, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, 1M, 8-30.
4—SHOW KING, g, 3, Fantasticat--Straight Blues, by Straight Man. O-Eric J Myer, B-Eric J Myer (NY), T-William H. Bartlett, J-Rodolfo Ignacio, $10,140.
5—Shipwrecked, g, 3, Singing Saint--Blue Ginger, by Ordway. O-Jeremiah C Englehart, B-Jesse J Englehart (NY), $3,718.
3—Knock Quietly, g, 6, Quiet American--Knockessy, by Hennessy. O-Scott M Schwartz, B-Herbert T & Carol Schwartz (NY), $2,028.
Winning Time: 1:41 2/5 (ft)

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Competitive Yellow Ribbon on tap for Del Mar's Labor Day program

Parranda opened the year with a nice pair of graded wins at Gulfstream (Adam Coglianese Photography)

A well-matched field of nine distaffers has been entered to go 1 1/16 miles over Del Mar's turf in the Grade 2, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap on the Labor Day Monday program that also includes a pair of lucrative stakes for juveniles.

The Yellow Ribbon caps off the stakes action on Monday that begins when eight California-bred colts and geldings go six furlongs on the Polytrack in the $150,000 I'm Smokin followed by a field of 11 taking on the $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf at a mile.

Parranda is one of the top draws in the Yellow Ribbon off four stakes victories this season. The daughter of English Channel opened her five-year-old campaign with a pair of wins in the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf and Suwannee River at Gulfstream Park. She ran an uncharacteristic sixth in the Honey Fox next out, was transferred to Jerry Hollendorfer and shipped to California.

Next up for the chestnut mare was a return to the winner's circle in the Wilshire at Santa Anita Park followed by a third in the Gamely and a neck score in the Royal Heroine. Parranda enters the Yellow Ribbon off a third in the Clement L. Hirsch on August 2 and brings jockey Elvis Trujillo along for the ride.

Miss Serendipity was the nose victress of the Gamely two back prior to a last-of-six run in the John C. Mabee three weeks ago. The Ron McAnally-trained six-year-old is a Group 1 winner in Argentina and appears to have brought that form with her to the United States, having also placed in the Santa Barbara Handicap and Santa Ana while finishing fourth in the Buena Vista and Paseana to account for her six tries stateside thus far. Brice Blanc takes back the mount from Rafael Bejarano, who rode Miss Serendipity in the Mabee.

Stormy Lucy has faced many in this field already (Benoit Photos)

Bejarano will instead be aboard Stormy Lucy, who recorded back-to-back scores in the Santa Ana and Santa Barbara. The inconsistent Stormy Atlantic mare proceeded to sandwich a seventh in the Royal Heroine between fourth-place runs in the Gamely and Mabee.

Also exiting the Mabee are Wishing Gate and Cozze Up Lady, the respective second and third separated by only a half-length on the wire. Wishing Gate rallied for fourth in the Royal Heroine before that while Cozze Up Lady brought a half-length Osunitas victory into the Mabee. Drayden Van Dyke has the call on Wishing Gate while Kent Desormeaux has piloting duties on Cozze Up Lady.

Heat du Jour and stakes debuter Winning Rhythm are both entering the Yellow Ribbon off wins, with the former scoring in the Solana Beach Handicap and the latter taking an optional claimer over course and distance. The field is completed by Irish-breds Need You Now, a two-time stakes winner, and Bunairgead, a multiple Group 3-placed listed victress in her native country.

Earlier, dual stakes hero Wake Up Nick seeks to move his record to a perfect four-for-four in the I'm Smokin against fellow unbeaten stakes winner Truely Quick. Sorrento third-placer Heart of Paradise highlights the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf.

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North American Maiden Winners
Afleet Alex--Divine Cat by Tale of the Cat; T C B KIWI'S, f, 2, RP, Msw, 8-30, 7 1/2fT, 1:32 4/5. B-Mike Lauffer (KY.). $20,000 '13 KEESEP; $11,000 2014 TEXAPR.
Charitable Man--Ginger Crumb by Hansel; TOO MUCH TO DO, g, 2, CT, Msw, 8-30, 4 1/2f, :53 1/5. B-John Casey (WV.).
Clever Cry--Way Em by Worldly Ways (GB); WAY CLEVER, c, 2, EVD, Msw, 8-30, 5 1/2f, 1:06 . B-Danny M. & Donna B. Brown (LA.). $3,500 '13 TEXAUG.
Colonel John--Look Whos a Star by Pollard's Vision; CAPTAIN PAYBACK, c, 2, CBY, Msw, 8-30, 6 1/2f, 1:20 . B-Ted Lucas & Dana D Holt (KY.). $30,000 '13 KEESEP.
Commander's Shoes--Dream Mountain by Monashee Mountain; AUNTCRIS'SSHOES, f, 2, LAD, Msw, 8-30, 5 1/2f, 1:06 1/5. B-Philip J. Longtin (AR.).
Congrats--Letgomyecho (G2), by Menifee; CALL TO CONGRATS, f, 2, DMR, Msw, 8-30, 5 1/2f, 1:04 1/5. B-Betz Thoroughbreds, Inc., Peter Lamantia & Jim Blackburn (KY.). $100,000 '13 KEESEP; $300,000 2014 FTMMAY.
Desert Code--Deb's Royal Flush by Demons Begone; DEB'S WILDCARD, f, 2, GG, Msw, 8-30, 5 1/2f, 1:04 1/5. B-Victoria Polzin & Harris Farms (CA.). $17,500 '13 CTNAUG.
Desert Party--Etiole by Atticus; DESERT WILLOW, f, 2, DMR, Mcl 50000, 8-29, 5 1/2f, 1:05 3/5. B-Michael & Kathryn Banahan (KY.). $16,000 '12 KEENOV; $37,000 '13 OBSAUG.
Distorted Reality--Best Part by Society Max; SOCIAL DISTORTION, g, 2, ASD, Mcl 18750, 8-30, 5f, 1:02 2/5. B-Fleming Thoroughbred Farm LLC (AZ.). $1,200 '13 ARZOCT.
Flower Alley--Fairy Valley by Dixieland Band; FIRESPIKE, c, 2, SAR, Msw, 8-30, 1 1/16mT, 1:43 4/5. B-Carlos Rafael, Michael Bossio & Cherie Abner (FL.). $70,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Harlan's Holiday--Havenlass by Elusive Quality; TWO WEEKS OFF, c, 2, SAR, Msw, 8-30, 7f, 1:23 2/5. B-Haymarket Farm LLC (KY.). $170,000 '12 KEENOV; $320,000 '13 FTSAUG.
In Summation--Elizabethswildrose by Hennessy; FIESTA ROSE, f, 2, GP, Mcl 35000, 8-30, 5 1/2f, 1:06 4/5. B-Thomas A. Moore (FL.). $4,500 2014 OBSJUN.
Indy Talent--Tiny Comet by Turkoman; COMET'S INDY, g, 2, EVD, Msw, 8-30, 5 1/2f, 1:06 . B-Carrol J. Castile (LA.).
Kitten's Joy--Sunday Sport by Honour and Glory; TOUCHDOWN KITTEN, c, 2, GP, Msw, 8-30, 1 1/16mT, 1:45 1/5. B-Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey (PA.).
Lucky J. H.--Miner's Gal by Forty Niner; LUCKY FORTY NINER, g, 2, GG, Msw, 8-30, 5f, :59 1/5. B-Harris Farms (CA.). $1,700 '13 CTNAUG.
Majestic Warrior--Morning Spice by Personal Hope; TANGLED TART, f, 2, ELP, Mcl 30000, 8-30, 5 1/2fT, 1:04 2/5. B-Ralph Stroope (KY.).
Majesticperfection--Silver Comic (G2), by Silver Hawk; CONQUEST HIOSILVER, c, 2, DMR, Msw, 8-30, 1m, 1:37 3/5. B-Brereton C. Jones (KY.). $50,000 '12 KEENOV. *1/2 to Silver Reunion (G3 $254,403).
Montbrook--Rain Song (MSW$293,272), by Intensity; JAX AND YOKO, f, 2, CT, Msw, 8-29, 4 1/2f, :54 1/5. B-Robert L. Cole Jr. (WV.). *1/2 to Jax and Jill (MSW $270,530).
Mr. Mabee--Biding Time (G2$414,887), by Seeking the Gold; MABEEITSTIME, f, 2, CBY, Msw, 8-29, 6 1/2f, 1:20 2/5. B-Lake Shore Farm LLC (IN.). $25,000 '13 FTKOCT.
Munnings--Viva Vega by Cobra King; SHEZA FREAK, f, 2, EVD, Msw, 8-29, 5 1/2f, 1:06 2/5. B-Summer Grove Farm, LLC & Terry Gabri (LA.). $15,000 '13 OBSJAN; $135,000 2014 TEXAPR. *1/2 to Southern Dude (G3P $318,257).
Parading--Arch Enemy by Arch; LITTLE ENEMY, f, 2, CT, Msw, 8-29, 4 1/2f, :52 3/5. B-Barak Farm (WV.).
Rockport Harbor--Seeingtizbelieving by Tiznow; CRUISINGTHEHARBOR, f, 2, DMR, Mcl 80000, 8-30, 6 1/2f, 1:19 1/5. B-Doug Branham (KY.). $3,000 '12 KEENOV; $20,000 '13 OBSAUG; $50,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Run to Victory--Atlantic Chinook by Stormy Atlantic; VICTORY STORM, g, 2, NP, Mcl 12000, 8-29, 3 1/2f, :39 4/5. B-Lomar Stables (AB.).
Scat Daddy--Great Venue by Unbridled's Song; EL KABEIR, c, 2, SAR, Msw, 8-30, 7f, 1:22 . B-Rustlewood Farm, Inc. (FL.). $250,000 '13 OBSAUG.
Snow Ridge--Vittoria's Day by Behrens; POLAR EMPRESS, f, 2, RP, Mcl 25000, 8-29, 5 1/2f, 1:06 1/5. B-Joe K. Davis (TX.). $2,500 '13 TEXAUG.
Special Rate--Quiet Ling by Quiet American; AVEBURY, g, 2, RP, Mcl 25000, 8-30, 5 1/2f, 1:05 3/5. B-Culpepper Stock Company (TX.).
Stephen Got Even--Holy Hull by Holy Bull; ERASE THE DEFICIT, f, 2, DEL, Mcl 15000, 8-30, 5f, :59 1/5. B-Jayenne Associates Ltd. (PA.).
Stevie Wonderboy--Destined by Deputy Minister; CHLOE'S WONDERBOY, g, 2, PRX, Mcl 25000, 8-30, 5f, 1:00 2/5. B-Jeffrey & Elisabeth T. Raine (NY.). $8,500 '13 FTMSEP.
Street Magician--Chiqueada by Palmister; ROCKIN JOJO, f, 2, PRX, Msw, 8-30, 5f, :58 3/5. B-David P. Miller & Skymarc Farm (PA.). $23,000 '13 FTMSEP. *1/2 to Not for Money (SP $257,545). ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
Tale of Ekati--Morning Cry by Danzig; MORNING TALE, f, 2, SUF, Msw, 8-30, 5f, :59 2/5. B-Charles Fipke (KY.).
Ten Most Wanted--Granny Weatherwax by Atticus; KAYS TEN, g, 2, GG, Mcl 20000, 8-29, 1mT, 1:42 4/5. B-Milt A. Policzer (CA.).
The Way Home--Dandy Donna by Successful Appeal; BOOMER WHO, g, 2, RUI, Mcl 10000, 8-30, 5f, :59 4/5. B-Sam E & Sammy L Stevens (NM.).
Tiz Wonderful--Ginger Creek by Allied Forces; TIZWONDERFULCREEK, c, 2, RP, Msw, 8-29, 7 1/2fT, 1:33 4/5. B-Ramiro Salazar & Denise Lyn Belcher (KY.). $25,000 '12 KEENOV; $10,000 '13 FTKOCT.
Too Much Bling--Royalactgo by General Royal; BETHYL'S ROYALROSE, f, 2, RP, Mcl 25000, 8-29, 5 1/2f, 1:04 3/5. B-Head & Huntsinger (TX.).
Wilko--Wolverina by Rosetti; WOLVERINA'S WILLA, f, 2, NP, Mcl 12000, 8-29, 5 1/2f, 1:07 1/5. B-Spring Lakes Farm (ON.).
Activist--O' Ririn by Smarten; R K'S BOBKAT, c, 3, PEN, Mcl 7500, 8-30, 6f, 1:14 1/5. B-Kathleen Kotenko (PA.).
Afleet Alex--Forest Miss by Forestry; HAWK'S GLEN, c, 3, GG, Mcl 25000, 8-30, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Robert Harmon & Afleet Alex Syndicate (CA.). $30,000 2013 BESMAR.
Big Brown--Kid Majic by Lemon Drop Kid; TURNOVER, g, 3, DMR, Msw, 8-30, 6 1/2f, 1:16 2/5. B-Allen Poindexter (KY.). $130,000 '11 KEENOV; $65,000 '12 KEESEP.
Canadian Frontier--Luminosity by Honor Grades; NO TANKS, f, 3, ELP, Mcl 7500, 8-30, 1mT, 1:40 3/5. B-Brereton C. Jones (KY.). $1,000 '12 FTKOCT.
Canadian Frontier--Strive for Love by Not for Love; FRONTIER BONES, g, 3, IND, Mcl 10000, 8-29, 1m, 1:41 4/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Brown (IN.).
Cape Cross (IRE)--Great Hope (IRE) by Halling; HOPE CROSS (IRE), f, 3, SAR, Msw, 8-30, 1mT, 1:36 . B-P. A. Byrne (IRE.). 36,000EUR '12 GOFORB.
Closing Argument--Try Harder by Cherokee Run; TRY ARGUING HARDER, g, 3, TDN, Msw, 8-30, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Scarlet Stable (IL.).
Colonel John--Lost Bride by Pioneering; MISSING GROOM, g, 3, DMR, Msw, 8-29, 1m, 1:37 2/5. B-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (CA.).
Copelan's Pache--Double Oh Secret by Excellent Secret; M. J.'S SECRET, f, 3, ALB, Mcl 8000, 8-30, 5 1/2f, 1:04 4/5. B-Phillip J. & Sheryl R. Clemmer (NM.).
Da Stoops--Delicate Rose by Trick Me; SUBTLE HUMOR, f, 3, GP, Mcl 12500, 8-30, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-Darsan Inc. (FL.).
Defrere--Saucy Broad by Belong to Me; SAUCY DONNA, f, 3, MTH, Mcl 40000, 8-30, a5 1/2fT, 1:03 3/5. B-Patricia Generazio (NJ.).
Dunkirk--Excessiveobsession by In Excess (IRE); CLEVER EXPANSION, f, 3, GG, Mcl 20000, 8-30, 1 1/16mT, 1:47 2/5. B-Legacy Ranch (CA.).
Elite Squadron--Bellarama by Old Trieste; SHIROTA, g, 3, MNR, Msw, 8-30, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Candie A Baker & Pattons Creek Farm LLC (KY.).
Exchange Rate--Fencelineneighbor (G3$612,588), by Wild Rush; BUREAU DE CHANGE, f, 3, WO, Msw, 8-30, 6f, 1:10 2/5. B-Mrs. Jerry Amerman (KY.).
Ghostzapper--Louise's Time by Gilded Time; NEGOTIATION, g, 3, EVD, Mcl 7500, 8-29, 1m, 1:42 2/5. B-John R. & Frank Penn (PA.). $50,000 '12 KEESEP.
Heatseeker (IRE)--Arden Belle (MSW$615,179), by Dance Brightly; BEARSEEKER, c, 3, WO, Mcl 16000, 8-30, 5f, :58 3/5. B-Hill 'N' Dale Farms & Partners (ON.). C$52,000 '12 ONTSEP.
High Cotton--Pace Mate by Conscience Clear; SUDDEN TEMPEST, f, 3, CBY, Mcl 20000, 8-29, 1m, 1:42 . B-Savanna Run Farm (FL.). $3,500 2013 OBSJUN.
Holy Bull--Foxy Coxy by Deputy Minister; SAY TALK MOMKA, f, 3, SUF, Mcl 5000, 8-30, 5 1/2f, 1:08 3/5. B-Hargus & Sandra Sexton & Silver Fern Farm, LLC (KY.). $25,000 '12 KEESEP.
Jump Start--Chemise by Secret Hello; LATE START, g, 3, TIM, Mcl 25000, 8-30, a6 1/2f, 1:21 . B-Gillian Gordon-Moore & Carlos S.E. Moore (VA.). *1/2 to Miss Lombardi (SW $301,670) *1/2 to Hello Lover (MG3P $451,255).
Kiridashi--Questelavita by Siphon (BRZ); ROSAVITA, f, 3, NP, Mcl 12000, 8-29, 6 1/2f, 1:19 3/5. B-J & G Murphy Holdings Ltd. (AB.).
Kissin Kris--Sue North by Arctic Blitz; KRISSMISS KISS, g, 3, MD, Msw, 8-30, 7f, 1:27 1/5. B-E. Esquirol (AB.).
Langfuhr--Sarna by Son of Briartic; NOT A LOVE SONG, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 10000, 8-30, 1m 70y, 1:46 2/5. B-Jill Heerensperger (KY.). $18,000 '12 WASSEP. *1/2 to Yacht Spotter (G2P $279,745).
Majestic Warrior--Adeste by Montbrook; MAJESTIC SERENADE, f, 3, FL, Msw, 8-30, 5 1/2f, 1:07 . B-Kinsman Farm (FL.).
Mizzen Mast--De Aar by Gone West; KASHAMI, f, 3, AP, Msw, 8-30, 1 1/16mT, 1:47 1/5. B-Dr. John A. Chandler (KY.). $160,000 '12 KEESEP. *1/2 to Willcox Inn (G2 $1,015,543).
Parker's Storm Cat--Veloce Regazze by Bianconi; REGAZZE CAT, g, 3, EMD, Mcl 5000, 8-30, 6 1/2f, 1:19 1/5. B-Arturo Arboleda (WA.).
Pro Prado--Tahitian Bluff by Grand Slam; C J PRO, g, 3, ALB, Msw, 8-30, 5 1/2f, 1:03 4/5. B-C. P. Hourigan (NM.).
Roaring Fever--Erica's Chance by American Chance; I'LL BE AT THE BAR, g, 3, FL, Mcl 5000, 8-30, 5 1/2f, 1:06 3/5. B-Sharon Washburn (NY.).
Ruler's Court--Maid for Strolling by Stroll; RULERS HONOUR, g, 3, LAD, Msw, 8-30, 6 1/2f, 1:17 3/5. B-Robert E. Hewlett (LA.).
Saint Stephen--Triestes Song by Old Trieste; BALLADOINDYBANDEDO, g, 3, NP, Msw, 8-29, 1m, 1:40 4/5. B-Amanda Bennett (AB.).
Salute the Sarge--Blues on Parade by Cure the Blues; BLUE RECRUIT, g, 3, TDN, Msw, 8-30, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Pat & Dennis Doran (IN.). $10,500 '12 INDOCT.
Sardegna--British Princess by Salydar; LONDON TIME, c, 3, HP, Mcl 5000, 8-30, 6f, 1:19 2/5. B-Bruno Schickedanz (FL.). *1/2 to British Event (SW $281,716).
Skip to the Stone--Funder Powers by Broad Brush; SWEET BUT SASSY, f, 3, CT, Mcl 5000, 8-30, 6 1/2f, 1:23 3/5. B-Thorobeam Farm LLC (NY.). $1,000 '12 FTKOCT. *1/2 to Jab ($412,675).
Sky Mesa--Summer Wildfire by Forest Wildcat; BURNING SKY, f, 3, TDN, Mcl 4000, 8-30, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-John C. Oxley (KY.). $45,000 '12 KEESEP; $17,000 2014 OBSJAN.
Stormy Atlantic--Fly Away Angel (MSW$259,719), by Skip Away; LIGHTNING ANGEL, f, 3, ELP, Mcl 30000, 8-30, 5 1/2fT, 1:04 4/5. B-Bernard Glenn Schaeffer (KY.).
Street Sense--Star Kell by Star De Naskra; WALK OF STARS, f, 3, TIM, Msw, 8-30, 1m, 1:41 2/5. B-R. Larry Johnson (KY.). *1/2 to Strike the Moon (MG2P $673,686).
Suave--Lady Sky Racer by Skywalker; BOLD L. H., f, 3, CLS, Msw, 8-29, 6f, 1:20 3/5. B-Lonnie Umdenstock (IA.). $12,000 '12 IOWAUG.
Tale of the Cat--Willathewest by Gone West; SPIRIT OF FREEDOM, c, 3, CT, Msw, 8-29, 7f, 1:27 1/5. B-Can Artam (KY.). $50,000 '11 KEENOV; $33,000 2014 FTKJU2.
Tapit--Cuaba by Smoke Glacken; SCUBA, c, 3, ELP, Msw, 8-30, 1 1/16mT, 1:42 3/5. B-Palides Investments N. V. Inc (KY.). $375,000 '11 KEENOV. *1/2 to L'Amour de Ma Vie (G2 $322,640).
Tiznow--Lost in the Storm by Storm Cat; DA BEARS, c, 3, DEL, Mcl 30000, 8-30, 1m, 1:37 1/5. B-Mike Abraham (KY.). $230,000 '12 KEESEP.
U S Ranger--No More Ironing by Slew O' Gold; U S GOLD, f, 3, BTP, Mcl 15000, 8-30, 6 1/2f, 1:20 . B-Charles V. Muth & Jeff Greenhill (KY.). $5,000 '12 KEESEP. *1/2 to Sneaky Quiet (G1P $290,857).
Artemus Sunrise--Lighting Bopers by Cape Storm; C J'S SUNRISE, f, 4, IND, Mcl 10000, 8-29, 1m, 1:42 4/5. B-Blaine Davidson (IN.).
Atticus--Flying Heart by Wekiva Springs; FLYINGTOTHEFINISH, g, 4, GG, Mcl 5000, 8-29, 5f, :58 1/5. B-Running Luck Ranch LLC (CA.).
Cherokee Run--Cryptoqueen by Cryptoclearance; INSIDE SCOOP, f, 4, GG, Mcl 25000, 8-29, 5 1/2f, 1:04 1/5. B-Albert P. Coppola (KY.). $45,000 2012 KEEAPR. *1/2 to Clearly a Queen (MG3 $504,532).
City Zip--Fuhrleen by Langfuhr; LOGITO, f, 4, WO, Mcl 20000, 8-30, 7f, 1:25 . B-Gustav Schickedanz (ON.).
Distorted Humor--Zoftig (G1$401,024), by Cozzene; SOUPER FUNNY, g, 4, CT, Mcl 10000, 8-29, 6 1/2f, 1:21 . B-Live Oak Stud (FL.). *1/2 to Zaftig (G1 $408,700) *1/2 to Zo Impressive (G1 $439,800).
Grin and Frown--Riaxa by Judge T C; MAX'S GIRL, f, 4, IND, Mcl 5000, 8-29, 1m, 1:42 2/5. B-Pat & Jeanne Hanka (IN.). ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
Harry's Deelite--Alpha Gamma Delta by Thirty Six Red; HOBSON B, g, 4, DEL, Mcl 5000, 8-30, 1m 70y, 1:45 . B-Henry Lloyd (NJ.).
Island City--Softly Played by Saithor; HOBBS HOPE, f, 4, RP, Msw, 8-29, 7f, 1:26 3/5. B-Laura Hobbs (OK.).
Marciano--How Ya Doing by Northern Afleet; HOW'S A WYNNER, c, 4, GP, Mcl 12500, 8-30, 1 1/16mT, 1:45 2/5. B-Wynn & Mary Jolley (FL.).
Mutakddim--Essa Brilha (BRZ) by Roi Normand; PAPADOPALOUS, g, 4, DEL, Msw, 8-30, a7 1/2fT, 1:29 . B-Gary Machiz (NJ.).
Nicholas Ds--Valentine Magic by Knight; MICNAJIC, g, 4, NP, Mcl 7000, 8-29, 1m, 1:41 4/5. B-Glen Stouffer (AB.). C$5,500 2012 ALBOCT.
Pivotal (GB)--Vacare (G1$1,269,086), by Lear Fan; KNOTTY PINE (GB), f, 4, PEN, Msw, 8-30, 1m 70yT, 1:40 3/5. B-Double K, LLC (GB.).
Pleasantly Perfect--While Rome Burns by Overskate; NERO'S PLEASURE, f, 4, DMR, Mcl 20000, 8-29, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-William S. Farish Jr. (KY.). $50,000 '11 KEESEP. *1/2 to Burning Roma (G1 $1,500,200).
Ready's Image--Marque Gal by Sir Cat; ALWAYSTHINKINOFYOU, f, 4, MTH, Msw, 8-30, 6f, 1:11 1/5. B-Richard D. Schibell (KY.).
Reparations--Observe by Patton; IVAN, g, 4, CT, Msw, 8-29, 4 1/2f, :52 3/5. B-Gordonsdale Farm (WV.).
Rockport Harbor--Maemy (BRZ) by Punk (ARG); BUBUZELA, f, 4, AP, Mcl 80000, 8-30, 5fT, 1:00 1/5. B-Bloodstock Holdings LLC (KY.). $10,000 '11 KEESEP.
Sand Tunnel--Miss Pick by Record Catch; PICK OF THE SANDS, f, 4, LAD, Mcl 5000, 8-30, 1m 70y, 1:48 3/5. B-Charles Hukill (TX.).
Secret Romeo--Grand Red Marquee by Grand Circus Park; D J'S MATINEE IDOL, c, 4, HP, Msw, 8-29, 6f, 1:18 4/5. B-Dennis J. Morrison (MI.).
Shaniko--Keeping the Score by Point Given; HERE COMES ROMEO, c, 4, ELP, Mcl 5000, 8-30, 1m, 1:38 4/5. B-Carol L. Cobb (KY.).
Silver Devil--High Strike by Strike the Anvil; STRIKING A DEAL, f, 4, IND, Mcl 10000, 8-29, 5 1/2f, 1:06 1/5. B-Nadine L. Hale (IN.).  ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
Uncle Abbie--Galway Spring by Academy Award; A KING'S SECRET, g, 4, EVD, Mcl 15000, 8-29, 7f, 1:27 . B-Judy Beavin (TX.).
American Tribute--Privileged Company by Corn Off the Cob; AMERICAN WOMEN, m, 5, EVD, Mcl 7500, 8-29, 6f, 1:13 3/5. B-John E. Pomier (LA.).
Canaveral--Werra by Majestic Light; A LITTLE DIZZY, g, 5, CLS, Mcl 5000, 8-29, 6f, 1:18 1/5. B-Iowa State University (IA.).
Demidoff--Hoists Danzer by Danski; HOIST HER DEMI, m, 5, CBY, Mcl 10000, 8-29, 5 1/2f, 1:08 2/5. B-Dr. Mohamed El Deeb (MN.).
Domestic Dispute--Piersixer ($254,192), by Sea Wall; J J'S DISPUTE, m, 5, CT, Mcl 5000, 8-30, 4 1/2f, :54 1/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Charles McGinnes (MD.). $1,500 '10 FTMOCT.
Dominique's Cat--Fancy Numbers by Polish Numbers; TUCUM KARI TONITE, m, 5, RUI, Mcl 6500, 8-30, 5f, :59 2/5. B-Gary L Balzano (NM.).
Aptitude--Glamour Cat by Tale of the Cat; BENATAR, m, 6, EMD, Mcl 5000, 8-30, 1m, 1:41 2/5. B-Desert Sunglass Stable & Jack Owens (KY.). $3,500 '08 KEENOV.
Home at Last--Carga by Fappiano; ELUSIVE SILVER, m, 6, AP, Mcl 12500, 8-30, 1m, 1:42 3/5. B-John & Holly Steinmeyer (IL.).
Mizzen Mast--Hurricane Isabel by Unbridled Jet; UNBRIDLED ISABEL, m, 6, HP, Mcl 5000, 8-29, 6f, 1:18 1/5. B-Wayne Bearden (KY.).

Racing Headlines

Angela Renee faces eight in Spinaway

Angela Renee is one of two runners for four-time Spinaway winner Todd Pletcher  (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

Angela Renee heads a field of nine juvenile fillies in the penultimate day feature at Saratoga, the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway. A smart debut winner at Belmont Park on June 27, the Todd Pletcher-trained daughter of Bernardini exits a runner-up finish as the favorite in the Grade 2 Adirondack on August 10.

A full sister to multiple Grade 1 scorer To Honor and Serve, she won't have to face the Adirondack winner, Cavorting, and Angela Renee will add blinkers on Sunday. The bay lass breaks from post No. 2 with regular rider John Velazquez.

"I thought she ran very well (in the Adirondack), but just caught a buzzsaw with Cavorting," Pletcher said. "Johnny seemed to think she was a little bit shy of horses and intimidated, so we worked her back in some blinkers and liked what we saw. We'll stick with them."

Angela Renee is bred to relish longer distances but still managed to win her career bow going five furlongs, something that Pletcher did not fully expect.

"You would think based on her pedigree that the distance would suit her well," the trainer noted. "She's been a pleasure to train. She surprised us a little bit that she was able to get ready early and win at five furlongs. She's a nice-sized, scopey filly you would think would handle two turns no problem."

Curalina, a rallying second when making her lone start on July 27, will also represent the mighty Pletcher stable. She picks up the services of Javier Castellano and earned a 96 BRIS Speed rating last time, second behind only the 97 earned by her stablemate in the Adirondack.

"She ran a bang-up race in her maiden and has trained very well since then," Pletcher said. "We felt like she did everything except win first time out, and thought that, with the way she's trained and the number she ran first time out, she fits in a race like this."

Other top challengers include debut maiden winners Darling Sky, By the Moon, Winter Dawn and Condo Commando.

Darling Sky invades from Parx for trainer Robert Reid Jr. following a 7 1/4-length romp on August 9. The Sky Mesa filly earned a 92 Speed rating that afternoon and Cornelio Velasquez will pick up the assignment.

By the Moon closed gamely to take her lone appearance on July 18. Conditioned by Linda Rice, the dark bay daughter of Indian Charlie will keep Jose Ortiz in the saddle. Winter Dawn, a Sky Mesa filly trained by Wayne Catalano, won at first asking at Saratoga on August 3. Shaun Bridgmohan rides. Condo Commando, a romping 12-length scorer over maiden claiming foes on August 3, will be tested for class in her second career start. Joe Bravo sticks with the Tiz Wonderful filly for Rudy Rodriguez.

Rounding out the field are Lady Zuzu, a well-bred daughter of Dynaformer who cost $1.225 million as a yearling and finished third in her lone appearance on turf; Penn National debut heroine Bonnie K; and Gulfstream maiden winner Ryabinka, seventh most recently in the July 12 Cassidy.

Earlier on the program, fillies and mares will contest the Grade 3, $150,000 Glen Falls at 1 3/8 miles on the inner turf. Aigue Marine, a 1 3/4-length winner of the Grade 3 Robert Dick Memorial at Delaware Park in her last outing, is a leading contender. The Galileo mare is one of three entrants for trainer Christophe Clement along with Irish Mission and the main-track only Lady Cohiba.

Irish Mission exits runner-up finishes in the Grade 3 Matchmaker at Monmouth Park and the inaugural Belmont Gold Cup versus males.

Cat's Cay will bring a three-race win streak into the Glens Falls, most recently rallying to win the August 3 Waya going away, and the Mark Hennig charge registered outstanding BRIS Class (121) and Speed (104) numbers for that performance. Waya runner-up Viva Rafaela also returns on Sunday.

Caroline Thomas and Watsdachances are other runners of interest in the 10-horse field.

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Racing Highlights

For Sunday

BELTERRA PARK (1:30): $50,000 Tah Dah S., 2yo, f, 6f (7TH).
CANTERBURY PARK (1:54): $75,000 Northern Lights Futurity, 2yo, c&g, 6f (7TH); $75,000 Northern Lights Debutante S., 2yo, f, 6f (6TH); $60,000 Wally's Choice Minnesota Classic Championship S., 3&up, c&g, 1 1/16m (9TH); $60,000 Crocrock Minnesota Sprint Championship S., 3&up, c&g, 6f (8TH); $60,000 Glitter Star Minnesota Distaff Classic Championship S., 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m (5TH); $60,000 Bella Notte Minnesota Distaff Sprint Championship S., 3&up, f&m, 6f (4TH).
DEL MAR (5:05): $300,000 Del Mar Derby (G2), 3yo, 1 1/8mT (9TH); $100,000 Torrey Pines S. (G3), 3yo, f, 1m (5TH); $90,000 Tranquility Lake S., 3&up, f&m, 1m (7TH).
MONMOUTH PARK (12:50): $100,000 Sapling S., 2yo, 1m (11TH); $75,000 Sorority S., 2yo, f, 6f (9TH).
SARATOGA (1:00): $350,000 Spinaway S. (G1), 2yo, f, 7f (10TH); $150,000 Glens Falls S. (G3), 3&up, f&m, 1 3/8mT (6TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $50,000 Rose Debartolo Memorial S., 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m (7TH).

*all times Eastern

Racing Headlines

Flamboyant faces off against Enterprising in Del Mar Derby

Flamboyant was feeling his oats prior to the Belmont Derby Invitational (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography)

The well-traveled Flamboyant will be back in California on Sunday to face seven rivals in the Grade 2, $300,000 Del Mar Derby going 1 1/8 miles on the turf. The Paddy Gallagher trainee's career has thus far taken him from France to New York and California.

The bay colt has yet to finish worse than third from nine lifetime starts, going 2-2-2 from six French starts before making his U.S. debut a neck score in the La Puente at Santa Anita Park on April 19. Flamboyant shipped cross-country to Belmont Park for the May 26 Pennine Ridge and battled in the stretch to just miss by a head on the wire.

Next up the three-year-old son of Peer Gynt tried Grade 1 rivals, and 10 furlongs, for the first time in the Belmont Derby Invitational and reputed himself well with a rallying third. He shipped back to California and has been working up a storm at Del Mar, including a six-furlong bullet move in 1:12 4/5 last Saturday. Joel Rosario has been aboard for Flamboyant's past two starts and retains the mount Sunday.

Enterprising is seeking a rare sweep of Del Mar's three-year-old turf stakes (Benoit Photos)

Enterprising appears to be Flamboyant's biggest threat in the Del Mar Derby. The Elusive Quality colt dropped his initial start but has gone 5-1-2 from eight starts since, including victories in the first two legs of Del Mar's turf series for three-year-olds. Enterprising captured the Oceanside on July 17 by a neck, extended his margin of victory to 1 1/4 lengths for the La Jolla last out on August 9 and hopes to join Ladies Din (1998) and Blackdoun (2004) as the only ones to sweep the series in the Del Mar Derby.

The Tom Proctor pupil has also racked up scores in the Pasadena and Eddie Logan at Santa Anita, and placings in the El Camino Real Derby and California Derby at Golden Gate Fields. He ran third to Flamboyant in the La Puente prior to his past two Del Mar wins, and keeps jockey Mike Smith in the irons.

Home Run Kitten just missed by a neck to Flamboyant in the La Puente while holding Enterprising 1 1/2 lengths to third, and has captured his two races since. The David Hofmans-trained son of Kitten's Joy triumphed in an optional claimer and the Singletary at Santa Anita, but hasn't competed since that latter event on June 21. Regular rider Joe Talamo has the call as Home Run Kitten returns to action off the more than two-month break.

Talco and Aventador will each be making his U.S. bow in the Del Mar Derby after running in France. The former enters off a half-length second in the listed Prix de Saint-Patrick on July 2 while Group 3-placed Aventador posted a 1 3/4-length decision in the Prix Ridgway in his French finale.

The Del Mar Derby field is completed by Sammy Mandeville, fourth in the Oceanside and third in the La Jolla; Sawyer's Hill, winner of his past two going 1 1/16 miles over Del Mar's grass; and Midnight Storm, who captured his turf debut at Del Mar on August 10 while going a mile.

Fashion Plate's last win came in the Santa Anita Oaks in early April (Benoit Photos)

Sophomore fillies will get their turn in the spotlight earlier on the card when seven line up for the Grade 3, $100,000 Torrey Pines at a mile on the Polytrack.

Fashion Plate is seeking a return to her winning ways after a pair of dismal performances in the Kentucky Oaks and Acorn. The Simon Callaghan charge captured a pair of Grade 1s prior to that when taking the Santa Anita Oaks and Las Virgenes. Stevens takes the reins from a recuperating Gary Stevens and will try to guide Fashion Plate back to the winner's circle in her California return.

Standing in Fashion Plate's way is the Bob Baffer-trained Jojo Warrior. The Pioneerof the Nile filly hasn't been seen since June 21, but on that day wired the 1 1/16-mile Summertime Oaks by 5 1/4 lengths under a returning Martin Garcia. Also in the Torrey Pines with a chance are Margot Machance, fourth in the grassy Honeymoon and Providencia in her last two, and More Complexity, a 4 3/4-length optional claiming winner on August 8 over the track.

Sandwiched between the Torrey Pines and Del Mar Derby will be the $90,000 Tranquility Lake for distaffers going a Polytrack mile. An overflow field of 14 has been entered, including Grade 2 diva Broken Sword, who is exiting a half-length second in Del Mar's Clement L. Hirsch on August 2.

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Trainer Craig Lewis said that multiple Grade 2 hero Clubhouse Ride (Candy Ride), last of 10 most recently in the Pacific Classic (G1), came out of the race fine. "(Jockey) Joe (Talamo) said he just didn't handle the track," Lewis remarked. The six-year-old chestnut's probable next start will be in the $200,000 Los Alamitos Mile on September 6...

Beverly Engelberg, Schoeder Farms LLC and Jan Steeper's Blue Tone (Birdstone) wired the field by a head in his stakes debut in Saturday's $98,650 Harry F. Brubaker S. at Del Mar as the 3-5 favorite. The five-year-old gelding sped to the lead after breaking outward, had a one-length lead in midstretch and held on at the wire for the score. The Robert Hess Jr. pupil traveled one mile in 1:36 over the Polytrack. The bay was entering in here off an optional claiming win over the track earlier this month. Blue Tone has a resume that stands at 9-4-2-1 and $216,980 in career earnings...

Stonestreet Stables LLC's homebred Atreides (Medaglia d'Oro) was much the best in his stakes debut as he pounded his competition by 17 1/2 lengths in the $75,000 Monarchos S. at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. The Marty Wolfson-trained three-year-old colt captured his racing bow by 5 1/4 lengths here in July and was exiting an optional claiming winner over the track earlier this month. The 1-5 favorite overcame being bumped repeatedly at the start to cover one mile over the fast main track in 1:36 2/5 with Edgard Zayas up. The dark bay has lifetime earnings of $85,035 from three starts...

Buttigieg Training Centre and Don Charlwood's Too Many Egbert's (Laura's Lucky Boy) stretched out in distance to win his first stakes in Saturday's $114,913 Vice Regent S. for three-year-olds at Woodbine. The Paul Buttigieg trainee stalked the pace from the break, claimed the lead in midstretch and held on in the end to prevail by three-quarters of a length. "He jumped out a little sharp," jockey David Moran said. "But once I got him back a couple of lengths he spit it right out. When (jockey) Luis (Contreras aboard Man Cave [Leonnatus]) came to me the last eighth, he just dug in and finished up really strong. He's a very nice horse. He's learning with every race. Paul said to me in the spring he thought he was the best horse he had." The bay gelding stopped the teletimer in 1:34 3/5 going one mile on the firm turf. The 9-1 fifth choice returned $21.50 to his backers for the score. He was exiting a nose victory at this venue in a six-furlong allowance race for Ontario-breds on July 30. Too Many Egbert's has a career line which reads 5-3-1-0, $134,017...

Blinkers On Racing Stable et al's Red Outlaw (Tribal Rule) remained perfect from five career starts Friday evening at Del Mar by wiring the $100,5000 El Cajon under jockey Edwin Maldonado. The chestnut gelding took command from the start and proceeded through splits of :24 1/5, :48 4/5, 1:12 3/5 and 1:24 2/5 before finishing up a mile on the Polytrack in 1:36 1/5 while 3 3/4 lengths clear of his closest rival. Red Outlaw was the close 5-2 second choice behind 5-2 favorite Conquest Two Step (Two Step Salsa), who finished third, and paid $7.20 for the win that bumped his bankroll to $285,200. Trained by Peter Miller, the sophomore earned his third straight stakes score, having just captured the Real Good Deal on August 1 off a six-month vacation. Red Outlaw made his stakes debut in Santa Anita's grassy Baffle in mid-February...

Grade 3 hero Street Magician (Street Cry) was represented by his first winner Saturday when Rockin Jojo got up in time in the 3RD race at Parx. A neck second to Spinaway (G1) entrant Bonnie K (Majestic Warrior) on debut at Penn National July 30, the T. Bernard Houghton trainee rallied to catch longtime leader Everything Lovely (Pollard's Vision) by a neck. David Cora guided the juvenile filly through five furlongs on the fast track in :58 3/5. Rockin Jojo was bred in Pennsylvania by David P. Miller and Skymarc Farm, and races for Michael R. Cox. Her freshman sire, Street Magician, captured the 2007 Hirsch Jacobs (G3) and Aventura. Returning as an older horse to land the 2009 Karl Boyes Memorial, he set a track record of 1:02.24 for 5 1/2 furlongs on the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs. Street Magician retired with a record of 10-5-0-1, $254,440. Out of the unraced Meadowlake mare Magical Meadow, the 10-year-old stallion stands at Heritage Stallions near Chesapeake City, Maryland, for $3,000, stands and nurses...

Nine sophomore fillies, including one main-track only entrant, have been entered to go 1 1/8 miles over Monmouth Park's turf on Labor Day Monday in the $100,000 Boiling Springs (G3). The Chad Brown-trained Little Journey (Great Journey) will be making her fourth U.S. start in the race, having finished third in both the Edgewood at Churchill Downs and Santa Anita Park's American Oaks (G1) prior to a close last-of-seven in the Lake George (G2) most recently at Saratoga. The gray miss will have Javier Castellano aboard while facing last-out Indiana First Lady victress Mary n' Eileen (Indy King), who is three-for-four lifetime thus far, as well as Queenie's Song (Unbridled's Song) and Black Elegance (Footstepsinthesand), separated by only a nose as the respective second and third from the July 9 Christiana at Delaware Park. One race earlier, eight distaffers will line up in the $75,000 Lady's Secret at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. My Miss Sophia (Unbridled's Song) is hoping to rebound in this spot off a well-beaten seventh in the Acorn (G1) on June 7 at Belmont Park. Prior to that, the Todd Pletcher sophomore finished second in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and posted a 7 1/4-length romp in the Gazelle (G2)...

Runner-up over five furlongs on debut at Newmarket May 4, Aktabantay (Oasis Dream) was beaten into that spot again as the 1-4 favorite for a maiden 16 days later over an extra panel at Nottingham before getting off the mark at the third attempt in a novice event at Newcastle also over six June 26. Left trailing by Estidhkaar (Dark Angel) when a clear second in the Superlative S. (Eng-G2) trying seven furlongs for the first time at Newmarket July 12, the bay was fitted with cheek pieces in Saturday's Solario S. (Eng-G3) at Sandown as Hugo Palmer sought to cajole the stable star into more affirmative action. Settled in last early by Ryan Moore, he was left behind by the leader, Lexington Times (Paco Boy), passing the quarter pole and despite taking more than a furlong to warm up stayed on to deny Future Empire (New Approach) in the shade of the post in a blanket between four of the five runners. "He got pinched coming out of the stalls and I was sitting five of five and we weren't going mad, but I didn't want to go all the way round them," his rider commented. "I got a nice split through and I thought 2 1/2 out I would win comfortably, but the leader quickened away and it didn't seem likely then. Hopefully, he is just a bit green and inexperienced still and this was the first time round a bend, so it was a new experience even though it's his fourth race and hopefully he'll come on for it." Trainer Hugo Palmer said, after basking in the glow of his first group winner, "He took so long to get into top gear and Ryan said he would be much better off a stronger gallop. He's wandered about a bit in a couple of his races and I've been very gentle on him because I think he could be special. I thought I'd put the cheekpieces on and let him learn rather than hammering him at home, and this was his first proper day of learning what it is to be a racehorse. He's in the Champagne S. (Eng-G2), but we won't back him up in two weeks and although the owner would like to run in the Dewhurst S. ([Eng-G1] at Newmarket October 17), I'd like to see what the ground does. He would get his ground at Santa Anita, so the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) is a possibility as well but we've got weeks to talk about it. His dam won a listed race in September of her three-year-old career, so he should be as good next year but he has blistering speed as well." Aktabantay's third dam is Leaping Water (Sure Blade), the dam of six-time Group 1 winner St Nicholas Abbey...

Despite having to ship in off an illness-induced layoff and carry a seven-pound penalty as a result of her latest success in the Prix de Sandringham (Fr-G2), Fintry (Shamardal) displayed much of her considerable ability to prevail with a degree of comfort in Saturday's Atalanta S. (Eng-G3) at Sandown and book a return ticket to England for the Sun Chariot S. (Eng-G1) at Newmarket October 4. After winning on debut at Saint-Cloud in September, the bay was second to the subsequent Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-G1) runner-up Veda (Dansili) in a conditions event over this trip also at Longchamp before going on to record a six-length success in the Prix Volterra at Chantilly May 13. Returning to that venue for the Sandringham at the beginning of June, she was much the best on that occasion with Veda in arrears, but had been stricken with a virus in the interim and Andre Fabre had warned that she would need this re-introduction. Settled behind the leading trio early by Maxime Guyon, Fintry took over approaching the furlong pole and was able to be geared down late as Odeliz (Falco) closed to deny Water Hole (Oasis Dream) the silver medal. "That was very simple and she stopped a bit in front," her jockey commented. "I think she might win a Group 1." Lisa Jane Graffard, Godolphin's French representative, added, "She's a very good-moving filly and has a lot going for her, as she is very versatile and very relaxed -- the traveling head lad said he couldn't believe how well she traveled over here -- so she can go anywhere. We just wanted to see her have a good comeback having been off for three months, but we knew she had the quality. There were no suitable races in France and the timing of this race was right."...

Last season's Randwick Guineas (Aus-G1) winner Dissident (Sebring) had disappointed in two outings since that March 15 victory, checking in sixth and 12th, respectively, in the Randwick Guineas (Aus-G1) and Doncaster Mile (Aus-G1), but the Peter Moody charge redeemed himself when comfortably besting elders in the Memsie S. -- the first Group 1 of the Australian spring -- in his first start as a four-year-old at Caulfield Saturday. Breaking on top, Dissident was rapidly overtaken by Sweet Idea (Snitzel) and fellow Moody trainee Moment of Change (Barely a Moment), and raced keenly in third in the hands of Ben Melham through the opening furlongs. Tipping wide on the turn, Dissident drew even with Moment of Change at the top of the lane and quickly overtook that rival, as well as the front-running Sweet Idea. He widened his advantage passing the 100 meter mark to win cozily. "He's a high class colt -- the world is his oyster," Moody told Racing Network.com.au. "That was a top class field and he put them to the sword, he really got the job done." While he is now considered amongst the favorites for the October 25 Cox Plate (Aus-G1) -- Australia's most historic weight for age race -- Dissident was not always a standout. He broke his maiden at first asking in the Blue Diamond Preview, but it was more than a year until he would visit the winner's circle again, which he accomplished in the Hobartville S. (Aus-G2) March 1. His Randwick Guineas victory followed two weeks later. Moody noted that Dissident "deserved his place in any weight-for-age field anywhere in the country," after Saturday's victory, but that he would have to display his ability to handle 2000 meters before he would be considered a definite for the A$3 million 2040 meter event...

As with so many of France's prestigious events, it is Andre Fabre who holds the record of most winners of Sunday's Grand Prix de Deauville (Fr-G2), which he often uses as a stepping stone to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1). Of his nine winners, the last two three-year-olds to prevail, Cherry Mix in 2004 and Masterstroke two years ago, went on to be second and third, respectively, in the Longchamp showpiece, and the focus is on Godolphin's Rio Tigre (Teofilo) this time. Second to Gatewood (Galileo) in the Prix de Reux (Fr-G3) August 10, the Derby de l'Ouest winner has no obvious reason to turn that form around, but his trainer is a master at improving horses with the autumn in mind. Gatewood, who was second to Masterstroke here in 2012, has only just come back to that form following a spell in Australia, but has won three of his last four and revels in the soft. That also applies to Cocktail Queen (Motivator), who comes into this on the back of a career-best success in the August 16 Prix Gontaut-Biron (Fr-G3) over 10 furlongs here...

Monmouth Park will host its top races for two-year-olds this holiday weekend, with the $100,000 Sapling, to be run for the first time at a mile, and $75,000 Sorority, at six furlongs, highlighting the Sunday card. Dating back to 1883 when Duchess took the inaugural running, the Sapling has never been run at two turns in Oceanport, New Jersey. The race has drawn a field of seven, including unbeaten Souper Colossal (War Front), who captured the off-the-turf Tyro on August 3 over the track, and Tapitsphere (Tapit), who ran out of ground when rallying for fourth in the six-furlong Mountaineer Juvenile on August 2. The Sorority has drawn eight fillies, among them Perpetual Novena (Majestic Warrior), runner-up in Monmouth's grassy Colleen two weeks ago on August 10. Over the year's both races have seen their fair share of championship participation, including 16 male champions and eight females. With live racing set for Friday through Labor Day Monday, Monmouth has a full slate of activities to complement the holiday weekend. The annual BBQ & Craft Beer Festival returns Saturday and Sunday, with fans able to enjoy smoked barbecue goodness from around the state. In addition, for $10 patrons will receive a commemorative mini pilsner glass and 10 samples in the craft beer garden featuring more than 50 local brews. There will be live music "On the Green" both days, with After the Reign performing Saturday and BethAnne Clayton playing Sunday. Also on Sunday will be Family Fun Day with clowns, pony rides, a bounce house, face painters and more to entertain the kids. For the Monday card, fans with paid admission will receive a pass that is good for the rest of Monmouth Park's racing season, which is redeemable at the Finish Line Welcome Center or at the Miller VIP Hangout. The VIP Hangout will also feature relaxed seating, $3 Miller Lite specials, giveaways, cornhole, and live entertainment from DJ Gotts of 95.9 the WRAT. Family Fun Day will be in full force again on Monday as Pez Head performs live "On the Green." Gates open at 11:30 a.m. (EDT) with first post slated for 12:50 p.m. Following the Labor Day card, Monmouth will shift to live racing on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the meet on September 28...

Ike Walker (Bellamy Road), a long-striding maiden victor over the $125,000 Arlington-Washington's (G3) seven-furlong distance last out, leads the 28 noms for that juvenile centerpiece of the Arlington meet. The dark bay relished the added distance in what was his second career start and is committed to the race, according to trainer Mike Stidham. Locally based stakes winner Private Prospect (Discreet Cat) is possible for the Futurity after winning an Arlington maiden, the Prairie Gold Juvenile and Prairie Juvenile Mile in succession. Trained by Mike Campbell, the unbeaten bay actually flipped in the paddock before his debut, landing on originally assigned jockey Sheldon Russell -- resulting in a lengthy injury vacation for the rider. Last out, the temperamental bay stepped up from 5 1/2 furlongs to a two-turn mile and won by a neck over Lucky Player and Recount (Limehouse), the latter of whom is also under serious consideration for the Futurity. Trainer Jimmy DiVito saddled the gelding to a 4 1/2-length maiden score on July 20 before wheeling him back 20 days later to finish third after a troubled trip in the aforementioned Prairie Juvenile Mile. Stormy Wayllen (Stormy Atlantic) could provide trainer Wayne Catalano with a second consecutive Futurity after his victory last year with Solitary Ranger. This year's prospect was a comfortable winner of a one-mile maiden on July 26 over Arlington's turf. While still on the fence for the event, the charge would provide a home town flavor, as he is named after Catalano's first grandson Wayllen Hill -- son of Shelbi Catalano and local jockey Channing Hill...

Unbeaten stakes winner A. P.'s Glory (Mineshaft) leads the 24 nominations for next Saturday's $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie, a race which could function as a stepping stone to a possible Breeders' Cup bid for the winner. The dark bay filly captured her July 10 racing debut at Arlington by 7 1/2 lengths over the Polytrack then shipped three weeks later to add the August 2 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies to her resume over that track's main dirt surface. Trained by Jimmy DiVito, A. P.'s Glory is still on the fence for the Arlington-Washington Lassie as her conditioner judiciously plots the best way to get her to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup. Heart's Song (Desert Party) was 1 1/2 lengths behind when second in the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies and the dark bay filly's connections are also considering the Lassie. The William Connelly trainee may have not been able to catch the winner, but she did distance herself from her closest pursuer by 9 1/2 lengths. Happy to Go (Saint Anddan) is a planned runner for trainer Armando De La Cerda and brings some excellent class to the table after a third in the June 28 My Dear at Woodbine. Last out, the Pennsylvania-bred bay was a troubled fifth, just 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner, in the Ontario Debutante at the Toronto track. Lemon Gala (Lemon Drop Kid) is under serious consideration for trainer Dale Bennett after breaking her maiden by 3 1/2 lengths on August 10 over the Lassie track and distance following a fourth-place run behind A. P.'s Glory in her debut. Veteran trainer Christine Janks has nominated two promising maiden winners in Puntsville (Cashel Castle), who was second in A. P.'s Glory maiden, and Sugar Talk (Flatter), with the former more likely. Perhaps the most intriguing possible runner is Susan's Day (Colonel John), who won an August 20 maiden at Presque Isle Downs going a mile with a nice turn of foot. Training at Arlington throughout the summer, the Eoin Harty pupil continues to impress in the mornings but would be stepping back a furlong and a turn in the Lassie...

In addition to a pair of graded stakes, announcer Tom Durkin's final race call, and a T-shirt giveaway, Sunday's card at Saratoga will include a Pick 6 with a $151,766 carryover. The Pick 6 will begin with the 7TH race, which has a scheduled post time of 4:11 p.m. (EDT). The fourth leg is the $350,000 Spinaway (G1), a seven-furlong race for two-year-old fillies. The Spinaway will bring down the curtain on Durkin's 43-year career as a track announcer. Prior to the Pick 6, Saratoga will host the $150,000 Glens Falls (G3) for fillies and mares on the turf...

Trainer Jorge Navarro tied the record for most wins in a day when he sent out four winners on the Saturday program at Monmouth Park. Navarro, leading trainer at Monmouth last year, took the 1ST race with Bamboo Stick (Freud), the 2ND with Someday on Sunday (Sunday Break), the 3RD with Upon Reflection (Bernstein) and the 6TH with Lasso (Rahy). The record of four wins on a card by a trainer was set by J. Willard Thompson on September 8, 1975, and equaled by Robert Klesaris (July 10, 1987), John Forbes (August 28, 1989), Bruce Alexander (June 10, 2011), Kiaran McLaughlin (July 9, 2011) and Navarro on September 22, 2013.

Carryover Watch

For Sunday or Next Raceday

WOODBINE:   High 5 -- $308,065
SARATOGA:   Pick 6 -- $151,767
GULFSTREAM:   Pick 6 -- $100,000
ARLINGTON:   Pick 5 -- $11,195
    Pick 9 -- $11,071

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Sunday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Arlington Park   (2nd) Country Flavor, 9-2
    (3rd) Lethal, 3-1
Belterra Park   (7th) Justalittlesmoke, 4-1
    (8th) Squall Line, 3-1
Canterbury Park   (3rd) Two Chance, 9-2
    (5th) Dear Fay, 7-2
Del Mar   (2nd) Salsita, 3-1
    (11th) See Through, 9-2
Ellis Park   (2nd) Barley Twist, 6-1
    (6th) Scatman Blues, 3-1
Emerald Downs   (3rd) Another Seeker, 7-2
    (6th) Whiskey Prince, 7-2
Fort Erie   (2nd) Callformeargentina, 9-2
    (4th) Careless Word, 3-1
Golden Gate Fields   (4th) Tribal Jewel, 8-1
    (8th) Artaksez, 5-1
Gulfstream Park   (4th) Hollywood Angel, 6-1
    (7th) Tapitgold, 5-1
Louisiana Downs   (2nd) Destiny's Port, 5-1
    (6th) Dance War, 3-1
Monmouth Park   (1st) Irish Media, 3-1
    (5th) Kobel, 3-1
Mountaineer   (2nd) Little Red Diamond, 3-1
    (4th) Try Me, 6-1
Parx Racing   (2nd) Samsonian, 6-1
    (6th) Blue Light Special, 8-1
Presque Isle Downs   (1st) McCrady's, 9-2
    (6th) Quiet and Foxy, 3-1
Saratoga   (6th) Cat's Claw, 3-1
    (9th) Gombey Dancer, 4-1
Thistledown   (1st) Witt's Rule, 3-1
    (3rd) Rush Delivery, 4-1
Woodbine   (5th) One Good Deed, 8-1
    (7th) The Best Glacier, 3-1

HIGHLIGHTS

For Sunday

BELTERRA PARK (1:30): $50,000 Tah Dah S., 2yo, f, 6f (7TH).
CANTERBURY PARK (1:54): $75,000 Northern Lights Futurity, 2yo, c&g, 6f (7TH); $75,000 Northern Lights Debutante S., 2yo, f, 6f (6TH); $60,000 Wally's Choice Minnesota Classic Championship S., 3&up, c&g, 1 1/16m (9TH); $60,000 Crocrock Minnesota Sprint Championship S., 3&up, c&g, 6f (8TH); $60,000 Glitter Star Minnesota Distaff Classic Championship S., 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m (5TH); $60,000 Bella Notte Minnesota Distaff Sprint Championship S., 3&up, f&m, 6f (4TH).
DEL MAR (5:05): $300,000 Del Mar Derby (G2), 3yo, 1 1/8mT (9TH); $100,000 Torrey Pines S. (G3), 3yo, f, 1m (5TH); $90,000 Tranquility Lake S., 3&up, f&m, 1m (7TH).
MONMOUTH PARK (12:50): $100,000 Sapling S., 2yo, 1m (11TH); $75,000 Sorority S., 2yo, f, 6f (9TH).
SARATOGA (1:00): $350,000 Spinaway S. (G1), 2yo, f, 7f (10TH); $150,000 Glens Falls S. (G3), 3&up, f&m, 1 3/8mT (6TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $50,000 Rose Debartolo Memorial S., 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m (7TH).

*all times Eastern

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