Dr. Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing's Hansen returned from a layoff in a big way with a dominant victory in the $245,000 Iowa Derby (gr. III) June 30 at Prairie Meadows.
Sum of the Parts, taking the lead shortly after the start, led at every pole to capture the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths in an upset at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on the night of June 30.
Uptown Bertie made the most of her first stakes appearance by winning the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies June 30 at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
Travis Morgeson V LLC's Circle Unbroken easily held off Positively in Saturday evening's Grade 3, $109,800 Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs to post a one-length victory under jockey Jon Court.
B.J. Wright's Jeranimo turned in an explosive rally from the back to win the Grade 1, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile by 1 1/4 lengths at Hollywood Park on Saturday. Trailing the field entering the stretch, the six-year-old circled his rivals under Garrett Gomez to score an 8-1 upset in a time of 1:33 4/5 on firm turf. Jeranimo paid $19.60, $8.40 and $4.
Circle Unbroken survived an objection after turning in a game performance in the $109,800 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) to remain unbeaten June 30 at Churchill Downs.
Champion and dual classic winner Big Brown registered his first North American winner as a freshman sire on Saturday when his juvenile daughter Brown Eyes Blue wired the 2ND race at Churchill Downs by 1 3/4 lengths. The Dale Romans-trained miss ran six furlongs on the fast dirt track in 1:12 1/5 under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan to easily capture her career debut. Brown Eyes Blue has passed through the sales ring twice, bringing $70,000 as a Keeneland September yearling before being purchased by her current connections, Twin Creeks Racing Stables, for $180,000 at the Keeneland April two-year-old sale.
Camp Victory registered a first top-level success Saturday when posting a 10-1 upset of the Grade 1, $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park. Rallying from slightly off the pace, the five-year-old gelding caught odds-on favorite The Factor inside the eighth pole and drew off to win the seven-furlong Cushion Track test by 3 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:22 3/5. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Camp Victory paid $22.60, $7 and $3.60.
Trailing the field into the stretch, outsider Jeranimo angled to the middle of the track and flew home for Garrett Gomez to earn his first grade I win in the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile June 30 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Cheyenne Stables' Mystical Star registered her first stakes victory against a strong field Saturday in the Grade 2, $200,000 New York over 1 1/4 miles of Belmont Park's firm inner turf. Seizing control with about six furlongs remaining, Mystical Star found another gear in the stretch and outkicked Hit It Rich and then 9-5 favorite Aruna to win by a length as the 9-2 fourth choice in a field of six fillies and mares. She paid $11.80, $4.90 and $3.20.
Jockey Thomas Clifton, 43, passed away June 29 after a nearly two-year battle with cancer, officials at Penn National Race Course confirmed.
J.W. Singer LLC's Teeth of the Dog just held a tenacious Fast Falcon in the stretch of Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park to score by a neck on the wire.
Gaining the services of jockey Jose Espinoza for the first time, Silver Screamer kicked clear under urging in the stretch to prevail by 1 1/2 lengths in the June 30 Eatontown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park.
Trainer Mike Mitchell, who had brain surgery a day earlier, surely got some much-needed tonic when his Camp Victory swept to victory in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) at Betfair Hollywood Park June 30.
Kitty in a Tizzy invaded Arlington Park to capture the $150,000 Chicago Handicap (gr. III) June 30, shipping in from the New York barn of trainer H. James Bond and earning her first graded victory.
William L. Clifton Jr.'s Kitty in a Tizzy rallied three wide rounding the turn to reach contention with the leaders in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Chicago Handicap before eventually taking command and scoring by a length on the wire.
Michael Imperio and Bill Elias Stables' Silver Screamer, who raced and won twice for a claiming tag at Saratoga last summer, landed a Grade 3 stakes in her first attempt when taking the $105,000 Eatontown at Monmouth Park on Saturday. The gray four-year-old tracked in second behind Marquet Madness before taking control in the stretch and kicking clear to win by 1 1/2 lengths. The 9-2 fourth choice in a field of eight fillies and mares, Silver Screamer returned $11.40, $5.20 and $2.80. She finished up 1 1/16 miles on the firm turf in 1:40 2/5 under Jose Espinoza.
J. W. Singer's Teeth of the Dog ran like an even-money favorite should, gamely holding off a late challenge from Fast Falcon to take the $200,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) June 30 at Belmont Park.
Mystical Star got sweet revenge in the $200,000 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) June 30 at Belmont, experiencing no difficulties at the start to keep her from victory as she did in the May 26 Sheepshead Bay (gr. IIT) last time out.
After finishing second in the jockey standings in three of the last four racing meets at Churchill Downs, veteran Corey Lanerie has clinched his first local riding title to cap off a phenomenal spring stand.
Camelot kept his perfect record intact and notched his third classic of the season when he powered to a two-length victory in the $1,614,500 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Ire-I) at the Curragh June 30.
Several horses pointed toward a start in next weekend's Summit of Speed program littered the morning worktab at Calder on Saturday, including a half-mile breeze from Grade 2 Smile Sprint hopeful Apriority, who covered the distance in :49 for trainer Dave Fawkes.
Protecting purse revenue from alternative gaming can be as hard, or harder, than winning legislative approval for it, horsemen said June 30 during a National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association roundtable talk.
Due to the anticipated heat in the region and temperatures in the area expected to reach the mid to upper 90s, Charles Town has canceled its afternoon card for Sunday. First post for the card was scheduled for 1 p.m. (EDT).
Jockey Shane Sellers was still experiencing pain in his right shoulder the morning after he was injured in a fall in the ninth race at Churchill Downs and taken to Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville June 29.
- By Pete Denk
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Due to anticipated heat in the region and temperatures expected to reach the mid to upper 90's, Charles Town has canceled its afternoon card scheduled for July 1. The June 30 Sprint Festival will go on as scheduled.
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