Edgar Prado sat chilly aboard Well Fancied for the first two-thirds of the $113,100 Evan Shipman, then pulled away from the field in the homestretch to win the 1 1/16-mile New York-bred stakes race in 1:40 4/5 on closing day Sunday at Belmont Park.
Coming off a solid second-place finish in the King Edward Breeders' Cup Stakes on June 15 at Woodbine, Strut The Stage made his second start of the season a an impressive one, winning the $330,900 Chinese Cultural Center Stakes (Can-II).
To the surprise of no one, Gustav Schickedanz's Wando won the Prince of Wales Stakes (Can-I) by a comfortable four lengths Sunday at Fort Erie Race Track, picking up the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.
Puerto Banus came from well off the pace to catch Cagney in the final furlong and tally a half-length victory in Sunday's closing day $150,000 Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park.
Wild Spirit, ridden by Jerry Bailey, romped to a six-length triumph in Sunday's $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Delaware Park.
Sondra Bender's homebred Foufa's Warrior wore down his rivals Remind and favored Lismore Knight in the stretch to register a mild upset and a course record in the $250,000 Kent Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the turf Sunday at Delaware Park.
Irish invader Evolving Tactics and jockey Patrick Smullen got the lead near the head of the stretch and held off a hard-charging Californian by a head to win Sunday's $250,000 American Derby (gr. IIT) on the turf at Arlington Park.
Leading New York jockey John Velazquez can get his Saratoga season off to a strong start astride Hermione's Magic in Wednesday's opening day feature, the $150,000 Schuylerville (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies.
Heinrich Ohrdorf's Picotee and jockey Jimmy Quinn battled for the final furlong to produce a hard-fought neck victory Sunday in the Lotto Hessen-Pokal (Ger-III) at Frankfurt.
- By Ron Mitchell
I Two Step Too, a gelding who portrayed the famous Seabiscuit in the soon-to-be-released movie, brought a final bid of $12,000 when he was auctioned Saturday night at the Louisville, Ky. premiere of the Seabiscuit movie.
Here are some more opinions from buyers and consignors about the market at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
A third saddlebred horse that was the victim of an attack with a caustic substance has been euthanized.
Caliban set a track record at Ruidoso Downs Saturday while winning the Governor's Handicap, shaving two-fifths off the 7 ½ furlong mark established only last weekend. Caliban's track record is 1:29.2.
Jockey Rene Douglas, the current leader in the Arlington jockey standings and the defending champion of the last two seasons, recorded the first five-win day by any rider at Arlington Park this season on Saturday.
Graded stakes winner Aly's Alley, who ran second in the 1998 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has been purchased by Geraldo Arcos for stallion duty at the new owner's farm in Uruguay.
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