Sprinter Taste of Paradise, ridden by Victor Espinoza, registered a stunning front-running victory at odds of 37-1 in Sunday's $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) over 1 1/16 mile at Del Mar.
Horse of the Year Black Tie Affair is returning from Japan. He has been purchased by Donna Hayes' The Stallion Company, and he will be syndicated to stand in 2004 at Blue Ridge Farm in Upperville, Va.
Wake At Noon, Canada's 2002 Horse of the Year, won his third straight stakes this season at Woodbine Sunday, taking the Seagram Cup in gate to wire fashion.
Jeffrey Sengara's grade 2 winner Bluesthestandard, the third-place finisher in last week's Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), blew out with a bullet three furlongs in :34 at Del Mar Sunday in preparation for his next probable start in the seven-furlong Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. II) on Aug. 7.
Reel Buddy, who won the Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood last week in what could have been the final group I victory for retiring legendary jockey Pat Eddery, is likely to be sent to stud in Ireland, according to his trainer, Richard Hannon.
Peace Rules, ridden by Edgar Prado, was an easy front-running winner of Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, giving owner Edmund Gann and trainer Bobby Frankel a sweep of the nation's weekend grade I stakes.
In his second major upset in a row, Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Strong Hope led from start to finish and held off 1-5 favorite Empire Maker to win Sunday's Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. Congrats closed in the stretch to be third.
Volponi, second in the Whitney (gr. I) on Saturday, will have a new rider when he returns to the races.
Eclipse Award winner Golden Apples has been retired from racing because of a suspensory injury to her left front leg.
Margaret Glass, who worked at Calumet Farm during the glory days, died Aug. 2 at the University of Kentucky hospital.
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