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A Dozen Sophomores Vie in Sam F. Davis

A group of 12 3-year-olds has passed the entry box in Saturday's $100,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, a prelude to that track's signature Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) March 19. Trainer Nick Zito sends out two of the top entries in Andromeda's Hero and G P's Black Knight.

Versatile Hopelessly Devoted Wins Heubeck

Hopelessly Devoted made a successful return to the dirt, taking the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares Saturday on Florida Million day at Calder Race Course.

Humaita's Big Surge Wins Glens Falls Division

The long-striding filly Humaita got into gear in mid-stretch to edge 9-10 favorite Where We Left Off by a half-length in the first division of the $110,400 first division of the Glens Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares at Saratoga Race Course Sunday.

Game Miss Coronado Hangs on in Davona Dale

Stonerside Stable's homebred Miss Coronado, shipping from Southern California and making her first start on the dirt, held off Eye Dazzler, Society Selection and Last Song in going gate to wire to win the $150,000 Davona Dale (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

Hopeful Winner Silver Wagon Upset at Calder

Second of June scored a minor upset over Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) winner Silver Wagon in Saturday's $100,000 What A Pleasure Stakes at Calder. The race was part of Grand Slam I at the Florida track.

Quest's Rugged Clark Journey Ends in DQ Win

Quest was the declared the winner of Friday's $582,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) on a sloppy track after Churchill Downs stewards disqualified favored Evening Attire from his nose victory for drifting out in the stretch run and repeatedly bumping with the 17-1 upstart.

Stellar Jayne wins Pocahontas; Sweet Jo Jo Euthanized

Stellar Jayne, ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, assumed the lead inside the final sixteenth of a mile – following a fatal breakdown by race leader Sweet Jo Jo – to win Saturday's $112,300 Pocahontas for 2-year-old fillies by 2 ½ lengths at Churchill Downs.

Spice Island Peppers Dowager Field

Spice Island and jockey Cornelio Velasquez stalked patiently, seized the lead with an eighth of a mile remaining and drew away in the closing stages to win the $150,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes Sunday at Keeneland.

Be Gentle Romps in Alcibiades

Thomas Van Meter II's Be Gentle took the early lead under Cornelio Velasquez and never looked back, romping to a decisive 5 1/2-length victory Friday in the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. II) at Keeneland Racecourse.

Smok'n Frolic Cruises in Turfway BC Stakes

Dogwood Stable's favored Smok'n Frolic gained command on the final turn and cruised to a 3 1/2-length win in Saturday's $175,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III), ending a five-race losing streak. Cajun Beat was the upset winner of the $00,000 Kentucky cup Sprint (gr. III)

Churchill Sets Wagering Record at Spring Meet

Fueled by record wagering on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), strong growth in simulcast betting and a rebound in on-track support, Churchill Downs reported total wagering surpass $600 million for the first time during the 129th Spring Meet that ended on July 6.

Lismore Knight Off Fence to Take Classic

J. J. Pletcher's Lismore Knight saved ground early and angled out for the drive en route to a three-quarter length victory in the $175,000 Arlington Classic (gr. IIT) Saturday at Arlington Park.

The Judge Sez Who Wins Fred Hooper Decision

Trainer Milton Wolfson saddled two horses in the four-race Grand Slam II program at Calder Saturday, and both were winners after The Judge Sez Who won the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III) for Sez Who Stable.

Trust N Luck Romps in What A Pleasure

Trust N Luck dominated Saturday's $100,000 What A Pleasure Stakes for 2-year-olds at Calder, leading from start to finish while covering the 1 1/16-mile distance in a stakes-record 1:44. The winning margin was 11 lengths.

Velasquez Gets 4th 'Sun' Stakes Win with Trust N Luck

Winning his fourth stakes race on the Festival of the Sun card, jockey Cornelio Velasquez guided Trust N Luck to the early lead and cruised home for the 4 3/4-length win over The Name's Bond in Saturday's $400,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

Velasquez Gets 4th 'Sun' Stakes Win with Trust N Luck

Winning his fourth stakes race on the Festival of the Sun card, jockey Cornelio Velasquez guided Trust N Luck to the early lead and cruised home for the 4 3/4-length win over The Name's Bond in Saturday's $400,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

Velasquez Gets 4th 'Sun' Stakes Win with Trust N Luck

Winning his fourth stakes race on the Festival of the Sun card, jockey Cornelio Velasquez guided Trust N Luck to the early lead and cruised home for the 4 3/4-length win over The Name's Bond in Saturday's $400,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

French Import Little Treasure Takes Pucker Up

French-bred filly Little Treasure remained perfect in two North American starts, racing on or near the lead throughout Saturday's $150,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) en route to a 1 1/2-length tally in the 1 1/8-mile turf race at Arlington Park.

Comebacker Band Is Passing Takes Miami Mile

Band Is Passing, coming into the Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap (IIIT) off a 5 ½-month layoff for his breeder/owner/trainer Stanley Ersoff, showed he was worth the wait by winning the $150,000 feature by two lengths.

Puck Preps in 1:13 for Haskell

Classic Contenders' Puck, winner of the Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) in his last start, had his final serious drill for the Aug. 4 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Thursday morning at Monmouth Park when he worked six furlongs in 1:13 with Juan Arias aboard.

Kiss A Native Pointed Toward Donn

John Franks homebred' Kiss A Native breezed five furlongs in 1:03 Wednesday morning at Calder Race Course in preparation for his upcoming engagement in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 9. Prior to Wednesday's work, Kiss A Native breezed five furlongs last Friday in 1:02 4/5.

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