Articles posted July 29, 2012

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Amazombie overhauls The Factor in Bing Crosby

If Bing Crosby had been around to see champion sprinter Amazombie line up in the race run in his honor Sunday at Del Mar, he might have crooned a few bars of "Just One More Chance." Only third in last year's running of the Grade 1 dash, the Bill Spawr charge took a different path this time, and made the most of his second chance in the $300,000 renewal of the Bing Crosby. Amazombie capitalized on a speed duel that softened up even-money favorite The Factor, and ran him down late to win going away by 1 1/4 lengths.

Tune Me In scores upset in Oceanport

Patricia Generazio's Tune Me In pulled off a massive upset Sunday in the Grade 3, $152,500 Oceanport Stakes at Monmouth Park, holding off rivals Queen'splatekitten and Get Serious to score his first stakes victory by a half-length as the 25-1 longest shot on the board.

Paynter continues Baffert dominance of Haskell

Zayat Stables' Paynter romped to a 3 3/4-length triumph over Nonios in Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational, furthering Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's stranglehold on Monmouth Park's signature race. Baffert, who already owned the record, has now sent out an unprecedented sixth Haskell winner, and his third in a row.

Laughing all the way in the Matchmaker

Richard Santulli's Laughing scored her first graded coup in front-running fashion in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Matchmaker Stakes at Monmouth Park. Under a heady ride by the on-fire Rafael Bejarano, the half-sister to former Hong Kong superstar Viva Pataca enhanced her broodmare value, and earned a visit to a Taylor Made stallion.

Brushed by a Star shines bright in Molly Pitcher

Team Forster's Brushed by a Star took command of Sunday's Grade 2, $202,500 Molly Pitcher Stakes at Monmouth Park soon after the gates opened and never relinquished her hold on the lead to post a 1 1/2-length victory over Successful Song. The bay daughter of Eddington was sent off the 9-1 fifth choice in the eight-distaffer field and rewarded her faithful backers with payouts of $21.20, $9 and $5.40.

Currency Swap takes Amsterdam

Klaravich Stables Inc. and William H. Lawrence's Currency Swap asserted his class in Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga, drawing off in the lane to be 1 3/4 lengths clear on the wire under jockey Rajiv Maragh. The Terri Pompay trainee easily lived up to his 9-5 favoritism to pay $5.60, $3.20 and $2.60.

Gourmet Dinner ends his fast in Majestic Light

Our Sugar Bear Stable's Gourmet Dinner halted an eight-race losing skid with a battling victory in Sunday's $100,000 Majestic Light, the first stakes race on Haskell Day at Monmouth. Winless since taking the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot in 2010, the 7-1 chance rallied beneath Javier Castellano to deny Ponzi Scheme by a neck. South American import Brujo de Olleros, the 3-2 favorite in his U.S. debut, wound up fourth.

Endorsement pleases Harty ahead of Whitney

Trainer Eoin Harty said he was pleased with the progress of multiple Grade 3 hero Endorsement, a five-year-old son of Distorted Humor who is pointing to Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap at Saratoga.

Rule, Ron the Greek, Hymn Book breeze for Whitney

Trainer Todd Pletcher has confirmed both WinStar Farm's Rule and Mike Repole's Caixa Eletronica for next Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap at Saratoga, with the former posting a five-furlong breeze on the fast Oklahoma training track Sunday.

Saratoga Diary: Making the Grade

Saratoga Diary: Making the Grade

Horse racing's graded stakes committee may wake up to the reality that the graded stakes of summer and fall for 3-year-old horses fail to meet the criteria of grade I competition. But it's likely the committee won't. read blog

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