The 19th running of the Festival of Champions, a day reserved for the best Minnesota-breds in the state, showcased some familiar faces Sept. 2 at Canterbury Park in front of a Festival-record crowd of 17,053.
My Best Brother proved he was the best 3-year-old on turf at the Del Mar meet with a smart, front-running victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) at 1 1/8 miles Sept. 2.
Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner Paynter had a good Sunday as he continues to recover from colitis, owner Ahmed Zayat reported via Twitter.
Lakland Farms' Unbridled Command overtook bold front runner Skyring in the stretch of Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Saranac Stakes at Saratoga, providing on-fire jockey Ramon Dominguez with another milestone. Dominguez's amazing sixth score on the day also ranked as his 66th win of the meet, a new single-season record for the Spa.
In a manner reminiscent of her victory in the Grade 3 Schuylerville, Maggi Moss' unbeaten So Many Ways swooped off a fast pace and drew clear in Sunday's Grade 1, $294,000 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga. The Tony Dutrow pupil was even more emphatic this time, however. Subduing the harried 3-5 favorite Teen Pauline in midstretch, So Many Ways stamped her authority by 2 1/2 lengths over the late-running Sweet Shirley Mae.
Sent off as the 8-5 favorite, the son of Put It Back finished the six furlongs in 1:10 2/5 over fast dirt, holding off challenger Special Jo by three-quarters of a length for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. and jockey Paco Lopez.
When jockey Ramon Dominguez piloted 10-1 shot Unbridled Command to victory in the Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga Race Course, he achieved another great milestone: a new record for number of wins during the meet.
Unbeaten So Many Ways gave trainer Tony Dutrow consecutive wins in the $300,000 Spinaway Stakes when she came from off the pace to defeat 3-5 favorite Teen Pauline going away Sept. 2 at Saratoga Race Course.
Favored Brave Dave overcame a bad stumble at the start to register a front-running victory in the $100,000 Sapling Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 2 at Monmouth Park.
Know More made Del Mar history by winning the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes in his career debut, but the Reddam Racing colorbearer will be subjected to a stiffer test in Wednesday's Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity. The highlight of the closing-day program, the seven-furlong contest has lured such sharp maiden winners as Capo Bastone, Rolling Fog and Gabriel Charles.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was all smiles Sunday morning as he reported that To Honor and Serve emerged from his victory in the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward in excellent shape.
Scratched by trainer Dale Romans from the Forego Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 1 because of a persistent cough, Shackleford now will be pointed toward the $400,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. II), a one-mile race Sept. 29 at Belmont Park.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, following Godolphin's fourth grade I win of the Saratoga meet with Emcee in the Forego Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 1, talked about the upcoming plans for each of those horses.
Pensioned in 2010, Kingmambo (Mr. Prospector -- Miesque, by Nureyev) ruled the Sept. 2 international racing scene, providing two stakes winners on the day, including his 93rd lifetime added-money winner. read blog
Trainer Bill Mott says he's considering another start for Woodward Stakes (gr. I) winner To Honor and Serve before the Breeders' Cup.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin reported Sunday morning that Emcee, who registered Godolphin Racing's fourth Grade 1 win at Saratoga this summer when he captured Saturday's Forego, emerged from the race in fine fettle. The four-year-old Unbridled's Song colt will either run in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational on Super Saturday, September 29 at Belmont Park, or train up to the Breeders' Cup on November 3 at Santa Anita Park, McLaughlin said.
Scratched by trainer Dale Romans from the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego on Saturday because of a persistent cough, Shackleford now will be pointed toward a run in the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap, a one-mile race September 29 at Belmont Park.
Top German filly Danedream defended her title in the Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I) with a determined half-length win over Ovambo Queen at Baden-Baden Sept. 2.
The Green Monkey, the most expensive Thoroughbred sold at public auction, was represented by his first winner when his 2-year-old daughter Kinz Funky Monkey won at Del Mar Sept. 1.
- By Vic Zast
Final Stretch Weekend begins with the Woodward Stakes. read blog
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