Embattled jockey Patrick Valenzuela appeared before Del Mar stewards Thursday to seek reinstatement from his current suspension, but a decision will have to wait.
Miss Vegas, trainer Bobby Frankel's lastest filly turf standout, heads a light field of five for the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) at one mile for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at Del Mar Saturday.
A group of a dozen 3-year-old fillies will vie Saturday in the 79th running of the $250,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course. Headlined by Friendly Michelle and Society Selection, the field will go seven furlongs on a surface that could prove wet -- given a stormy upstate New York forecast for the Spa's opening weekend.
Veteran trainer Don Von Hemel has returned to Arlington Park following recent hip replacement surgery and will supervise the day-to-day preparations of Pin Oak Stable LLC's Bedanken as she gets ready for her next engagement in the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park on Aug. 14.
Jockey Mike Luzzi was resting comfortably at Albany Medical Center Thursday morning, after undergoing surgery Wednesday night for a broken right femur.
Tom Ward has had a lifetime on the racetrack and is now serving for the second time as a steward at Del Mar.
Afleet Alex remained unbeaten in three starts with an impressive 5 1/4-length victory in Thursday's Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. The 2-year-old Northern Afleet colt set a stakes record in the process, running the six furlongs in 1:09.32. The previous record, 1:09 2/5, was set by Elocutionist.
Jockey John Velazquez notched his 3,000th career victory in the second race of Thursday's card at Saratoga Race Course.
A classy field of seven fillies and mares have signed up for Sunday's $500,000 Diana Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga, and the other six have Intercontinental to beat.
Wertheimer & Frere's Olmodavor -- high-weighted at 121 pounds -- and Lakeside Farm's recent grade I stakes winner Colonial Colony headline a field of five in the Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Arlington Park.
His father, the late Jerry Romans was a Thoroughbred trainer and his older brother Dale is one of the leading trainers at Churchill Downs, but Bruce Marshall Romans, never felt pressured to join the family business.
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