Jay Em Ess Stable's Rail Trip returned to his winning ways on Saturday with a
half-length victory in the Grade 2, $200,000
Diego Handicap at Del Mar. With jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. in the irons, the
Ron Ellis-trained gelding ran 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack in 1:43 to return
$11.20, $5.60 and $3.80 as the 9-2 fifth choice in the seven-horse field.
Unraced since a 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Godolphin Stables' Alpha proved his mettle off the layup July 28 when he took the $600,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) wire-to-wire at Saratoga.
Godolphin Racing's Alpha turned in a front-running display in the slop at
Saratoga on Saturday in the Grade 2, $600,000
Dandy over 1 1/8 miles. Sent to the lead by Ramon Dominguez from post 1,
Alpha set a pedestrian pace of :24 2/5; :49 1/5 and 1:14. Challenged around the
far turn and in the stretch, Alpha maintained his supremacy throughout and
expanded his lead to two lengths at the line. The 9-5 favorite returned $5.60,
$3.70 and $3.20 after completing the distance in 1:50 2/5.
Phillips Racing Partnership's homebred Winter Memories was able to employ her
late kick to devastating effect in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000
Stakes at Saratoga. Given a perfect stalking trip by Javier Castellano, with
clear sailing throughout, the talented gray stormed to the front at the top of
the stretch and joined her dam, millionaire Memories of Silver, on the Diana
Gilbert G. Campbell's homebred Two T's at Two B continued his domination of the
juvenile ranks at Calder on Saturday with yet another easy win, this time in the
Fager division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.
Hammers Terror won the inaugural running of the $161,250 Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park July 28 in front-running fashion, surviving a lengthy inquiry into the final stages of the one-mile turf event.
Previously known as the Prix d'Astarte, the Group 1 Prix Rothschild at
Deauville offers the perfect mid-summer platform for Europe's top miling
distaffers to strut their stuff and Sunday's edition is a select affair to
launch the month-long Normandy festival.
Trainer Chris Block may be the pride of Champaign, Illinois, but he has also
been an extremely positive force among Arlington horsemen since his own career
began in 1989. The 45-year-old conditioner saddled a training double July 27 to
gain sole possession of fourth-place in Arlington's trainer standings, but Block
doesn't keep tabs on that sort of thing.
After only a few moments of talking about champion sprinter Amazombie, Bill
Spawr invited a visitor to his Barn G headquarters at Del Mar to take a closer
look at the object of the discussion. Spawr pointed to the large muscles in the
hindquarters of the California-bred gelding, the shine of his brown coat and
remarked that at age six, the son of Northern Afleet appeared to him to be fully
ready for his start in Sunday's Grade 1, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes.
Trainer Charles Lopresti loaded Morton Fink's multiple grade II stakes winner Successful Dan onto a van the morning of July 28, bound for Lexington and an appointment with Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.
Trainer Charles Lopresti loaded his multiple Graded 2 stakes winner
Successful Dan onto a van Saturday morning, bound for Lexington, Kentucky, and
an appointment with Dr. Larry Bramlage at the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.
Zabeel Racing International's Richard's Kid outclassed five opponents Friday
evening at Del Mar with a come-from-behind triumph in the Grade 3, $100,000
Cougar II Handicap. Richard's Kid rebounded from prior losses in the Cougar II
in 2009-10 to capture the Grade 1 Pacific Classic both years, and will now seek
an unprecedented third win in the August 26 renewal of that $1 million, 1 1/4-mile
Owner Rick Porter has announced that 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace,
who was retired in April after sustaining ligament injuries, will be auctioned
off at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Lexington, Kentucky, on November 5.