It took Most Distinguished eight tries to score his first victory. Now, less than six months after finally securing a win, it seems he is on track to become one of the better 3-year-olds in the country.
Jockey Jose Santos announced his retirement July 30 at Saratoga Race Course. The 46-year-old native of Concepcion, Chile, had been trying to come back from injuries suffered in a three-horse spill at Aqueduct on Feb. 1.
Stroll through Michael Matz's shedrow and you'll undoubtedly come across Iain Holmes. He's the only hotwalker who speaks fluent English--which is what you would hope, since he comes from that side of the pond.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Rags to Riches was declared fit and ready to resume training July 30 with a start in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 18 still a possibility.
Rail Link, winner of last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I), has been retired from racing.
Parker's Storm Cat, a son of Storm Cat, and Mom's Little Guy, by El Prado, were represented by their first winners July 29.
In Summation, invading from New York for trainer Christophe Clement, nipped Greg's Gold by a thin nose in a heart-pounding finish to Sunday's $300,000 Bing Crosby Handicap (gr. I) at Del Mar.
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