With even-money favorite Om close behind all the way in the $100,000 American Stakes (G3T) July 4 at Santa Anita Park, Nick Alexander's Tribal Rule homebred turned back the multiple graded stakes winner and picked up a graded victory of his own.
Mark Breen's Fort Wise Treaty became the first winner for freshman sire Fort Larned July 4 with a neck victory in a mile turf race at Ellis Park.
Fourstar Crook stepped up in class and collected her eighth straight victory, kicking powerfully down the middle of the course for a 2 1/4-length win in the Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes (G3T).
With back-to-back graded stakes victories to his credit coming in, Stronach Stables' homebred Shaman Ghost figures to be the overwhelming pick in the field of six entered for the July 8 $750,000 Suburban Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park.
Southern California-based It Tiz Well will travel east for the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (G3) July 8 at Delaware Park, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies that also has attracted recent Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) winner Actress.
Zipessa will be seeking her first victory of season and try to end a five-race skid dating back to last season when the 5-year-old daughter of City Zip starts in the $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (G3T) at Delaware Park July 8.
A half-dozen years after Groupie Doll graced Ellis Park for the first time, the impact of the multiple Eclipse Award-winning sprinter still resonates at the summertime home of racing in the Bluegrass.
While Arrogate is fueling the massive earnings of Baffert and Smith, they have teamed to win grade 1 races this year with Abel Tasman and Mor Spirit. Smith also rides champion Songbird; Baffert has multiple graded stakes winner Vale Dori.
Calumet Farm's homebred Hence will attempt to get back to the winner's circle after two off-the-board finishes in the first two legs of the Triple Crown when he lines up against eight other sophomore colts in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (G3).
The Sareen Family Trust's Om isn't the highweight in the $100,000 American Stakes (G3T), but he'll be carrying a significant emotional load July 4.
Woodbine Entertainment reports a third straight year of record Queen's Plate handle as the 13-race card July 2 at Woodbine saw handle of $13,560,678.
Gulfstream Park's spring meet, which concluded June 30, showed record numbers in total and average handle for the second consecutive year.
Noting that the addition will allow the track to contest more turf races, owner Woodbine Entertainment plans to add a second grass course at Woodbine Racetrack in 2019.
With an incredible turn of foot, Rockingham Ranch's Surrender Now opened up to an eight-length victory in the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes at Santa Anita Park July 2 to become the first stakes winner for her sire Morning Line.
Stronach Stables' homebred Holy Helena carried on the storied tradition of fillies in the Queen's Plate with a commanding score July 2 in the $1 million race at Woodbine.
In his 8-year-old debut, Aldous Snow ran down second choice Bullards Alley to win the $125,000 Singspiel Stakes (G3T) over the Woodbine turf for a third time. The victory marked the Theatrical (IRE) gelding's fifth running in the 1 1/2-mile race.
In a thrilling finish of the $175,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (G2T), Starship Jubilee and Rainha Da Bateria flew down the stretch past favorite Suffused and hit the wire at the same time, resulting in a dead heat July 2.
Fourstar Crook steps out of her native New York for the first time and puts her seven-race win streak on the line when she breaks from the outside in the 10-horse field for the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes (G3T) at Parx Racing July 4.
Trainer Bob Baffert has a habit of comparing his horses to human athletes, and with a wide grin on his face he went to the well again July 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Well positioned by jockey Jesse Campbell behind a slow early pace, Gustav Schickedanz's homebred Go Bro made a three-wide move and just outfinished grade 1 winner Hootenanny by a head to win the $175,000 King Edward Stakes (G2T) July 2 at Woodbine.
In her first race since an off-the-board-effort in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), Clearview Stables' Ever So Clever will take on a field of nine other 3-year-old fillies in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (G3) July 6.
Finishing a close second in last year's event, Green Mask was determined to be the winner this time as he powered down the Woodbine stretch to victory in the $250,000 Highlander Stakes (G2T) July 2.
Nezwaah rallied smartly from well back to take the July 2 Pretty Polly Stakes (G1) at the Curragh by 3 1/2 lengths over Rain Goddess.
Santa Anita clockers timed Arrogate's six furlongs in 1:12 3/5, with a gallop out to seven furlongs in 1:26 1/6.
A five-time California-bred stakes winner before her start in the $100,000 Wilshire Stakes (G3T), Nick Alexander's Enola Gray had yet to beat open-company stakes competition in three tries, but she cleared that hurdle impressively July 1.
Imperial Hint, unraced since mid-February, made an emphatic return Saturday when he rocketed up the rail coming off the final turn en route to a 4 3/4-length victory in the Smile Sprint Stakes (G3).
The 2-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom became the first stakes winner for her sire June 30 in the $100,000 Debutante Stakes around 10:30 p.m. EDT, and Normandy Farm owner Polk, also Sunny Skies' breeder, was on hand.
Making just her fourth career start and first attempt at the stakes level, Unchained Melody was in control at every point of call in the $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes (G2) as she turned back six challengers in gate-to-wire fashion.
A crafty ride from Joe Bravo set 10-1 shot Bigger Picture up with dead aim on his first grade 1 victory July 1 in the United Nations Stakes, and the 6-year-old Badge of Silver gelding responded with a dazzling win in course-record time.
The margin may have only been a neck over challenger Ransom the Moon, but the context of Danzing Candy's win in the San Carlos Stakes (G2) may put his performance at or near the top of his résumé.
Curlin's Approval returned to her winning ways in the $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes Presented by Hardacre Farm (G2) July 1 at Gulfstream Park, when she drew off from 10 rivals to a 4 1/2-length score.
Always Dreaming, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), put in his first workout since finishing eighth in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) and covered four furlongs in :49.96 over the Belmont Park training track July 1.
The retirement of Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino's Obviously brought the end of an era in Barn 24 on the Santa Anita Park backside.
It was a mild upset for the Irish in the July 1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (G1) at the Curragh with Capri home first, denying stablemate Wings of Eagles the "Derby double."
Multiple graded stakes winner McCraken recorded a half-mile breeze in :49 3/5 at Churchill Downs July 1 in preparation for a likely start in the July 30 betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park, trainer Ian Wilkes said.
The $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) June 30 at Churchill Downs featured a pair of short-priced favorites and a pair of disparate trips.
After finishing up some turnout time at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky, grade 1 winner Masochistic will be transferred to the barn of trainer Bob Baffert, co-owner Will Shamlian said June 30.
Handicappers of all persuasions will find something to sink their teeth into Saturday, as we turn the calendar page to July and officially begin the second half of the 2017 racing season.
Baoma Corporation's Drefong, the reigning Eclipse Award champion male sprinter, has been cranking his form up over the last month and could make his 2017 debut in the six-furlong, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1), trainer Bob Baffert said June 29.
Green Mask will be tested by Calgary Cat and Noholdingback Bear in six-furlong sprint contest at Woodbine for older horses.
John Murrell's Zhukova, winner of the Man o' War Stakes (G1T) at Belmont Park in her last outing, heads a field of 11 for the July 2 Pretty Poly Stakes (G1) at the Curragh in Ireland.
D P Racing's Prize Exhibit (GB) seeks a return to form via a class drop July 1 in the $100,000 Wilshire Stakes (G3T) for fillies and mares going a mile over the Santa Anita Park lawn.
Chris Welker spent the morning sitting under a tree in a paddock watching Ben's Cat settle into his new home on a breezy June 29 at Spring Ridge Farm near Versailles, Ky. She considered pinching herself, but didn't want to spoil the tranquility.
The parade of Bob Baffert-trained top threats is set to march on this weekend with Danzing Candy installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite to keep the train rolling in the $250,000 San Carlos Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park July 1.
Tower of Texas is set to face eight other milers on the Woodbine turf in the King Edward Stakes (G2T) July 2, a race he won in 2015.
Beach Patrol takes his game 'Down the Shore' to Monmouth Park for the July 2 United Nations Stakes (G1T). The $300,000 holiday weekend fixture drew a field of nine.
Topped by Canadian grade 2 stakes winner Rainha Da Bateria and multiple grade 3 winner Suffused, a well-balanced field of eight fillies and mares are set to contest the Dance Smartly Stakes (G2T) on the July 2 Queen's Plate card at Woodbine.
Wings Of Eagles seeks an English-Irish "Derby Double" July 1 at the Curragh as the Pour Moi colt leads five Aidan O'Brien trainees into the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (G1).
This week is the race recap of the 1968 United Nations Handicap won by Dr. Fager written by Dave Hooper titled "Dr. Fager Proving His Class; Rivals among those convinced after great duel with Advocator."
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