Amidst the best year of his five-season career, late-blooming 6-year-old Neatico scored a breakthrough victory in the Grosser Dallmayr-Pries-Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (Ger-I) July 28 at Munich.
Grande Melody, winner of last month's Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park, could give leading 2006 North American jockey Julien Leparoux his first stakes victory at Santa Anita in the $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf Sunday.
Showing Up will have plenty of quality company Sunday as Hollywood Park's 15th Turf Festival culminates with the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) and the Matriarch (gr. IT), also a grade I event with a $500,000 purse that attracted 11 graded or group winners.
Showing Up will have plenty of quality company Sunday as Hollywood Park's 15th Turf Festival culminates with the Derby (gr. IT) and the Matriarch (gr. IT) for fillies and mares, also a grade I event with a $500,000 purse that attracted 11 graded or group winners.
Favored Beautyandthebeast rallied between rivals in the stretch to take the lead and narrowly held off the furious charge of Clinet to win the $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares Sunday as the Oak Tree meet ended at Santa Anita.
John Hills, who saddled Dark Islander off the plane to win the Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) on Oct. 14 for his first victory in the United States, is back from his native England with Clinet in Sunday's Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on the Santa Anita turf.
Second-choice Heavenly Ransom rallied under jockey Jon Court en route to her fourth win in five starts, establishing a stakes record on the newly installed Hollywood Park turf course in Wednesday's $100,000 Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT). The program opened the 67th spring/summer meet in Inglewood.
Martin S. Schwartz's fighting Silver Cup registered her third consecutive grade II win on the Santa Anita turf this meeting, turning back favored Argentina in Sunday's $150,000 Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares.
On Sunday at Santa Anita, a Mexican-born jockey will jet back from Dubai to ride an Irish-bred filly imported from Italy for a trainer who hails from France.
British-bred Ticker Tape, who became a millionaire at the age of 3, attempts to regain some lost luster on Monday when she faces a deep field of older fillies and mares in the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. IIT) at one mile on the Santa Anita turf.
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