The Factor was represented by his first winner July 9 when Senora Acero drove to a two-length triumph in the sixth race at Ellis Park.
Jockey Tyler Gaffalione continued his hot start for Gulfstream Park's summer meet July 9, when he rode five winners during the 12-race card.
A sloppy track and a rain delay that kept the runners in the Delaware Park paddock for more than 30 minutes was no bother to WinStar Farm's Dark Nile, who won the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) by 1 1/4 lengths.
Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex defended his title in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) July 9 at Belmnont Park, but he had to grind all the way to the wire to do so.
The rail was dead earlier on the July 9 card at Belmont Park, but that didn't stop jockey Joe Bravo from taking the inside path to victory aboard A. P. Indian in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III).
Greengrassofyoming thrust out his nose in a pulsating four-horse finish to capture the Stars and Stripes Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 9 at Arlington International Racecourse as two-time defending winner The Pizza Man just missed in fourth.
Canada's Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse added another spectacular victory to her resume July 9 at Belmont Park, holding off all challengers to win the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (gr. IT).
Patricia Generazio's homebred Pure Sensation claimed his second straight grade III victory sprinting on the turf July 9 in the $200,000 Parx Dash Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Parx Racing.
Brereton Jones' homebred No Distortion made short work of a short field in the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes July 9 at Monmouth Park, and punched his ticket to the July 31 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) with an authoritative win.
Second choice Real Smart got a perfectly timed ride to collar grade I winner and even-money favorite Photo Call in the stretch and win the $200,000 Robert G. Memorial (gr. IIIT) July 9 at Delaware Park.
Champions Beholder and Songbird both worked July 9 at Santa Anita Park toward top-level summer affairs on opposite coasts.
In his first U.S. start, Deauville held off a late charge from Highland Sky to win the the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) Saturday, July 9 at Belmont Park.
Fish Trappe Road was knocking on the door for his first graded win, and found the path to victory July 9 in the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
Undefeated Coppa proved up to the test in her first graded stakes try, holding off stretch challengers to her inside and outside to win the $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) July 9 at Belmont Park.
One byproduct of the Churchill Downs Racing Club is the fact that Ellis racetrack owner Ron Geary and Kentucky Downs' co-owner Corey Johnsen can race their horses at their tracks.
Horse owner-breeder Bobby Hunt had wanted to run Betrothal and Runaway Betty on the same day last year at Ellis Park. But the 2-year-old Runaway Betty hadn't progressed far enough to make her first start.
Two turf stakes will be featured on the Wednesday, July 13 racing program and will also mark the first of four days of festivities leading up to the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby slated for Saturday, July 16.
Limato found the firm going at Newmarket to his liking and unleashed a devastating rally, although drifting badly, to win the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) by two lengths July 9 at Newmarket.
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With jockey Kent Desormeaux in the irons, the son of Curlin completed a half-mile in :51.69 on the main track.
Art Sherman didn't get what he wanted out of California Chrome during his workout July 2, so he made sure he got it July 9, in the chestnut's final drill at Los Alamitos before shipping south to Del Mar for the San Diego Handicap (gr. II).
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