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Old Versus Young in Stars in Stripes

Old Versus Young in Stars in Stripes

It's not surprising that S J Stables' Cloudy's Knight, a grade I winner who towers over his competitors with earnings of more than $2 million, will be the starting highweight in the July 4 Stars and Stripes Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park.

Barred Horseman Seeks State Office

A horseman barred from the grounds of Charles Town Races & Slots is running for state office in West Virginia, and his opponent is a former Miss West Virginia who works for the company that excluded him.

Shirreff's Classic Posse Includes Tiago, A.P. Xcellent

Shirreff's Classic Posse Includes Tiago, A.P. Xcellent

Among the 12 rivals entered against Lava Man in the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 19, several could undoubtedly be considered from barns that are taking a shot, perhaps because their horse has shown an affinity for Del Mar's Polytrack or because they believe the California champion is vulnerable. That's not the case for trainer John Shirreffs, who heads into the 1 1/4-mile event with a one-two punch.

Field Set for Virginia Derby

Field Set for Virginia Derby

Summer Doldrums will have more than a rubber match with Strike a Deal when the two meet in the $1-million Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) July 21 at Colonial Downs. Not only will Summer Doldrums' trainer Rick Violette see his archrival, he will see the faces of past race victors.

Move Over 'Diver, Make Room for Lava Man

Move Over 'Diver, Make Room for Lava Man

Favored Lava Man joined the legendary Native Diver as the only horse to win the prestigious Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) in three consecutive years when he prevailed by a nose over the gritty A. P. Xcellent in a heart-pounding stretch duel Saturday at Hollywood Park.

Drysdale Duo Formidable in San Luis Obispo

Drysdale Duo Formidable in San Luis Obispo

Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale holds a heavy hand in Santa Anita's $150,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIT) on Sunday when he saddles co-high weights Obrigado and One Off in the 1 1/2-mile early season turf distance test.

Dam of Speciosa Brings $3.8 Million at Tattersalls

Dam of Speciosa Brings $3.8 Million at Tattersalls

Specifically, the dam of this year's One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) winner Speciosa, topped the third session of the Tattersalls December mare sale Nov. 29, bringing a session high price of 1.85 million guineas (about $3.8 million) from John Warren Bloodstock as trade continued in record-breaking fashion.

Fires Guides Major Rhythm to Stars & Stripes Victory

No jockey has won more races at Arlington Park than Hall of Fame rider Earlie Fires, and the veteran added to his total with a well-timed come-from-behind upset victory by a head aboard Major Rhythm in Sunday's $195,500 Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IIIT).

Silver Whistle Favored in Stars and Stripes BC

Stronach Stables' Silver Whistle, most recently fifth in the Grade I Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park June 10, looks to return to his winning ways in Sunday's $200,000 Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IIIT), Arlington's traditional Fourth of July weekend headliner.

Versatile Purim Pounces in Inaugural Wexler

E. J. Sukley's Purim, a multiple graded stakes winner on turf and dirt, pouncedd on the leader in the stretch en route to a 3 ΒΌ-length victory in the inaugural $100,000 Avers Wexler Illinois Owners Stakes on Sunday at Arlington Park.

Horse Trainer Breeder / Owner
A. P. Xcellent Niall M. O'Callaghan
  • Johnston, Jr., Mrs. S. K., Bommarito, Marco and Molly Malone Racing Club
  • Jayeff B Stables & Denali Stud & Partners
Bairds Village James T. White
  • White Brothers Farm (James T. White)
  • Eugene Melnyk
Buckeye Buddy William R. Connelly
  • John M. Tucker
  • Andrew Thompson Co
Chief Thief Anthony J. Granitz
  • Captain Jack Racing Stable LLC (James Carfagno, Jr. and James Loven)
  • James Carfagno Jr.
Diamond Lure Judy Primiano
  • Primiano, Judy and Pete and White, Jeff
  • Judy Primiano & Pete Primiano
Guardianofthenorth Paula Bacon
  • Lori P. Rice
  • Brett Rice
Jungle Fighter Justin J. Nixon
  • Stronach Stables
  • Adena Springs
Major Rhythm Doug Matthews
  • James M. Messineo
  • Bon Marche
Medigating (FR) F. Dewaine Loy
  • F. Dewaine Loy
  • M. Mathieu Daguzan-Garros & Mme Nancy La Fonta
Puppeteer (GB) Duane Knipe
  • Paul A. Cianci
  • Cheveley Park Stud Ltd
Salinja Sanna N. Hendriks
  • Nina S. Strawbridge
  • Craig Beam
Western Skyline Wayne D. Mogge
  • Sydney Racing LLC
  • Michael L Willis
Yes He's Best William Don Bennett
  • Branham, Doug and Bowling, Carl
  • Carl Bowling

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