Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert won his first spring/summer meet title at Hollywood Park with 36 wins at the just-concluded stand.
- By Steve Haskin
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The 1 1/2-mile distance of the $100,000 Sunset Handicap (gr. IIIT) proved just right for Imponente Purse, who came from off the pace under Chantal Sutherland to win the final stakes of the Hollywood Park spring/summer meet.
Odds-on choice Majestic City improved to three-for-three in his young career when he ran down a pair of Bob Baffert-trained colts to win the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) going away July 17.
The jockey and trainer title chases for the Belmont Park spring/summer meet came down to the final two races on closing day, July 17, with Ramon Dominguez holding off a challenge by Javier Castellano to be leading jockey.
Pender Harbour, third in last month's Queen's Plate, captured the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown when he held off the surging Bowman's Causeway by a nose in the $524,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie July 17.
Suzanne Pashayan's Brown Bess, the 1989 champion grass mare, was euthanized July 15 because of complications from colic.
The California Horse Racing Board has started an investigation into the posting of the incorrect official order of finish of the A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park July 16.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation that increases from 32 to 50 the limit on the daily number of imported races on which a racing association or fair simulcast facility in the state can accept wagers.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 772 yearlings for its August yearling sale. The number is down 14.3% from 2010's total of 901.
Blue Bunting got up in the final stride to nip Banimpire at the wire, claiming a hard-earned victory in the $601,588 Darley Irish Oaks (Ire-I) at the Curragh July 17.
Classic winner Ruler On Ice and multiple graded stakes victor Pants On Fire are to make their next starts in the $1 million Resorts Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, trainer Kelly Breen confirmed July 17.
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