On Sunday, Astra avenged a defeat to Happyanunoit in last year's Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IT), pulling away in the stretch to a four-length triumph over last year's winner in the $200,000 Hollywood Park feature.
Sunday at Hollywood Park
Trainers of Captain Steve, Skimming, Aptitude, and Futural -- the four leading contenders for the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) -- will send their charges out Tuesday morning for their final major preparations for the 1 1/4-mile race.
With Dancethruthedawn's half-length Queen's Plate win, the trophy for the opening leg of the Canadian Triple Crown is becoming more like an heirloom. Following in the footsteps of both her Queen's Plate-winning mother and brother, Sam-Son Farms' homebred Dancethruthedawn stalked the early leaders and rallied on the second turn to win Sunday's Queen's Plate Stakes at Woodbine over favored Win City.
Racing at Longchamp was cancelled Sunday after a disturbance caused by patrons protesting not being allowed to wager due to a strike by pari-mutuel workers at the French track.
I Believe in You, who won last year's Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I) in what turned out to be her final start, was retired from racing because of a problem ankle.
Grade I winners Atticus and Devious Course were represented by their first winners.
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