Articles posted June 16, 2012

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Ron the Greek rallies to edge Wise Dan in Stephen Foster

Ron the Greek confirmed his championship credentials with a thrilling victory over Wise Dan in the Grade 1, $437,200 Stephen Foster Handicap, rallying up the inside to edge the favorite by a head on the wire. The five-year-old horse capped a big night for trainer Bill Mott, who also saddled champion Royal Delta to an eight-length score in the Grade 2 Fleur des Lis one race earlier on Saturday's Downs after Dark program.

Royal Delta asserts class in Fleur de Lis

Besilu Stables' Royal Delta dropped her initial two starts of 2012 but on Saturday returned to the form that saw her earn an Eclipse Award as champion three-year-old filly last year when drawing off under a hand ride to score by eight lengths in the Grade 2, $179,700 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Centre Court justifies 3-2 favoritism in Regret

Louise I. and G. Watts Humphrey Jr. Revocable Trust's homebred Centre Court was sent off the 3-2 favorite in Saturday's Grade 3, $114,200 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs following a 4 3/4-length maiden victory on May 19 under the Twin Spires, and rewarded her many backers with a one-length win. The Smart Strike filly paid $5, $3.40 and $3 for completing nine furlongs on the firm turf 1:48 1/5 for trainer Rusty Arnold and jockey Javier Castellano.

Love Theway Youare upsets Vanity

Myung Kwan Cho's Love Theway Youare pulled off a stunning upset of Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 Vanity Handicap, wearing down the heavily favored Include Me Out in the final sixteenth and drawing away to win by 2 1/2 lengths under Garrett Gomez. The fifth-longest price in the field of six at 18-1, Love Theway Youare returned $38, $6.20 and $4.20 after completing 1 1/8 miles on the Cushion Track in 1:51.

Snow Top Mountain gets up along the rail in All Along

Barbara Hunter's homebred Snow Top Mountain enjoyed a ground-saving ride throughout by Paco Lopez in Saturday evening's Grade 3, $100,000 All Along Stakes, and that might have been the key to her victory. Running while in foal to champion Blame, the Tom Proctor mare drove through the gap left open by longtime leader Speak Easy Gal, then held on by a neck from the wide-rallying Clare Skies Ahead.

Neck 'N Neck rolls to convincing tally in Matt Winn

Neck 'N Neck proved much the best in Saturday's Grade 3, $107,100 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs, registering his first stakes success with a 7 1/4-length decision. The Flower Alley colt has now recorded all three of his career wins under the Twin Spires, entering the 1 1/16-mile test for three-year-olds off a dominant 6 1/2-length score over entry-level allowance rivals on May 10.

Summer Front overcomes traffic, wins Hill Prince

Extricated from behind a wall of horses in the stretch by jockey Ramon Dominguez, Waterford Stable's Summer Front found racing room inside the final sixteenth and under hand encouragement wore down Howe Great to win Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Hill Prince at Belmont Park. The 6-5 favorite paid $4.70, $2.90 and $2.70.

Love and Pride scores in Obeah

Green Hills Farm Inc.'s Love and Pride added a first graded victory to her resume on Saturday with a 1 3/4-length wire job in the Grade 3, $150,000 Obeah Handicap at Delaware Park. The four-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy used her rail post to good advantage, grabbing command out of the gate and setting splits of :23 2/5, :47 3/5, 1:11 3/5 and 1:37 1/5 before finishing 1 1/8 miles on the fast dirt in 1:49 4/5.

Royal Ascot - Black Caviar

Royal Ascot - Black Caviar

Jeff O'Connor, racing manager for Black Caviar talks about her arrival at Royal Ascot, and preparations for the upcoming race.

Royal Ascot - Fawzi Nass/Krypton Factor

Royal Ascot - Fawzi Nass/Krypton Factor

Trainer/Owner Fawzi Nass discusses his charge Krypton Factor, who is scheduled to meet Black Caviar in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Equine Reproductive Tract Bacteria Studied

Breeders who utilize live cover can breathe a sigh of relief: While live cover breeding facilities sometimes face pathogenic bacteria outbreaks, results from a study led by University of Kentucky PhD student Katheryn Cerny, MS, demonstrated bacteria on stallions' external genitalia does not affect stallion or mare fertility.

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