Recent British import Up In Time swept past pacesetter Mizdirection in deep stretch to produce an 11-1 upset in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Del Mar turf July 24.
Trainer Todd Pletcher says he's not comparing new stable star Overdriven to last year's champion 2-year-old colt Uncle Mo. But he may have trouble keeping others from doing so after an easy win in the Sanford Stakes July 24.
Windward Islands collared odds-on choice Fifty Proof just past mid-stretch and edged away in the closing strides to successfully defend his title in the $329,793 Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) on a yielding Woodbine turf course.
Trainer Kelly Breen had Ruler On Ice and Pants On Fire on the Monmouth Park track shortly after the fifth race July 24 for a four-furlong work between races one week prior to the Haskell Invitational (gr. I).
Front-running favorite Embur's Song registered her fourth consecutive stakes win when she held off an all-out Ariana D by three-quarters of a length in the $193,066 Ontario Matron (Can-III) at Woodbine July 24.
More Than Real, who handed Winter Memories the only defeat of her career in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT), square off again in the $150,000 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) July 27 at Saratoga.
Danedream, one of only two 3-year-olds in the field, displayed a brilliant turn of foot when she rolled to an impressive five-length victory in the Grosser Preis von Berlin (Ger-I) at Hoppegarten July 24.
Two-time grade I winner Silver Wagon came through with his first winner when his son D C's Mission scored at Arapahoe Park.
Grade I winner Stormello sired his first winner when his daughter Ay Mamita won at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races July 22.
Preachinatthebar's first winner, Skyline Dawn Too, won at first asking, scoring by 4 3/4 lengths at Fair Meadows.
The New York Racing Association will continue its "New Owners Luncheon" series at Saratoga for those interested in learning more about thoroughbred ownership.
- By Vic Zast
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