Articles posted June 12, 2000

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Early Pioneer Upset in Californian

Stud Old Dog Stable's Big Ten, making his second start in the country for trainer Richard Mandella, pressed the early pace of Scooter Brown on the way to a 3/4-length win over Early Pioneer in Sunday's $250,000 Californian Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park.

Saoirse Wins Chicago Handicap

Saoirse pressed the early pace of Runaway Venus, took the lead after a 1/2-mile run in :45.14 seconds, was headed in the stretch by the late charging Quanah, and drew clear late to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $170,325 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr.III) Sunday at Arlington International.

Here and There…

A triple dead-heat for fourth in the night race at Penn National Race Course on Saturday resulted in three separate superfecta payoffs for tickets correctly having the first-fourth place winners.

Overlooked Commendable Upsets Belmont Field

During the days leading up to Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), most of the media attention was focused on Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Aptitude, the morning-line favorite, as well as Unshaded, who was supplemented at a cost of $100,000, and Impeachment, third in both the Derby and Preakness. Very little consideration was given to D. Wayne Lukas-trained Commendable, who had one win to his credit prior to Saturday's classic.

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