J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Diana Stakes (G1) and Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga.
The jump Abel Tasman has on her foes in terms of divisional supremacy can further grow July 23 when the daughter of Quality Road heads up a field of seven entered for the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1).
Big, powerfully muscled Shuvee, daughter of champions Nashua and Levee, won New York's Triple Crown for Fillies by taking the $100,000-added Coaching Club American Oaks. All she had to overcome was luck.
The 1 1/8-mile Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) was tabbed by trainer Mark Casse as Salty's upcoming target following her five-furlong breeze in 1:00 1/5 at Churchill Downs July 7.
- By Steve Haskin
It didn't take the M.C. Hammer long to make a major impact on the sport with the exciting filly Lite Light, who surged into national prominence by capturing the Las Virgenes Stakes, Santa Anita Oaks, Fantasy Stakes, and the Kentucky Oaks.
The son of Storm Cat sired Canadian Horse of the Year Biofuel and 28 other black-type stakes winners.
The Diana, Coaching Club American Oaks, Lake George, San Clemente Handicap, San Diego Handicap, Nijinsky, Schuylerville, Sanford, Cougar II Handicap, and more.
Fox Hill Farm's Songbird had no issues the morning after her strong victory in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, where she will remain to prepare for the Aug. 20 Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
Songbird, as if she wanted to toy with onlookers and viewers across the nation to build the drama, took Carina Mia's best shot during the final turn in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), but was still able to win in her signature fashion.
Champion Songbird logged her first gallop over Saratoga Race Course's main track July 22.
Champion Songbird will put her perfect record on the line July 23 in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, which features a purse pumped up from $300,000 to $500,000 to attract the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro.
Fox Hill Farm's undefeated champion Songbird arrived at Saratoga Race Course just before 8 p.m. EDT July 20 in advance of her upcoming engagement in the $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 24.
Two challengers are confirmed, but a few more 3-year-old fillies are expected to line up against champion Songbird in the $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 24 at Saratoga Race Course.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist and undefeated 3-year-old filly Songbird both were put through workouts July 17 at Del Mar in preparation for top-level East Coast starts this summer.
Champions Beholder and Songbird both worked July 9 at Santa Anita Park toward top-level summer affairs on opposite coasts.
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated champion filly Songbird will be pointed to the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 24 at Saratoga Race Course for her next start.
A day after she had her way with an overmatched field in her fourth consecutive start at Santa Anita Park, owner Rick Porter decided Songbird needs to take it to the other top fillies in her division.
The June 18 Summertime Oaks (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park is the hopeful target for Songbird's return, if all goes well as she gears up in training. After that, owner Rick Porter said, "there's a lot of good races on the East Coast."
In a career that would land her a spot in the Racing Hall of Fame, Davona Dale enjoyed the kind of 3-year-old season that even Affirmed had to admire.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Curalina secured her second straight grade I victory July 26, but this one came via disqualification in the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga Race Course.
The well-traveled Curalina carries a three-race winning streak into the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 25, and seeks her second grade I victory in a row against the likes of Include Betty and Keen Pauline.
Timothy Snyder, a trainer based at Finger Lakes Race Track and the owner of stakes winner Lisa's Booby Trap, died March 24 at his home near Camillus, N.Y. He was 59 years old.
Relive moments from the racing career of Princess of Sylmar. view slideshow
Despite the absence of Untapable, who chose to run in the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) instead of running in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), only six sophomore fillies were entered for the July 20 test.
The Jockey Club Tour on FOX will cover Del Mar and Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, July 20, with a two-hour telecast featuring the Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) and TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I).
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Absinthe Minded||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Acting Happy||Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.||
|Bahama Bound||Grant T. Forster||
|Connie and Michael||Dominick A. Schettino||
|Devil May Care||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Lisa's Booby Trap||Timothy E. Snyder||
|Seeking the Title||Dallas Stewart||
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