Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux became the 23rd jockey to ride 5,000 winners when he guided Gumpster Stables' Bella Attrice to win the seventh race at Saratoga July 27.
Photo: Adam Coglianese
Three years after last winning the Whitney Handicap (gr. I), 7-year-old Commentator returned to the Saratoga winner's circle when he galloped to a surprisingly easy front-running victory in the $750,000 Spa fixture on July 26.
Ginger Punch showed her grit as a true champion by splitting horses just outside the eighth-pole and finally taking over at the top of the stretch to earn a hard-fought 1 1/4-length victory in the $250,000 Go For Wand Handicap (gr. I) July 26 at Saratoga.
Preakness (gr. I) runner-up Macho Again split horses coming off the turn, took over inside the eighth-pole and held off a late charge from favored Pyro to post a half-length upset victory in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 27 at Saratoga.
Making only the third turf start of her career, Forever Together rallied from last, angled out in the stretch under Julien Leparoux and flew past Dynaforce inside the sixteenth-pole to take the $500,000 Diana (gr. IT) (VIDEO) by three-quarters of a length July 26 at Saratoga.
Duke of Marmalade (blue silks) proved his mettle over 12 furlongs in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Ascot July 26, battling back in the final 200 yards to defeat the upstart Papal Bull and claim his fourth consecutive group I win for trainer Aidan O'Brien.
Mastercraftsman was an easy winner of the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on July 27.
Photo: CAROLINE NORRIS
Street Boss circled the field coming off the turn and swept past the leaders in the closing stages to win the $300,000 Bing Crosby Handicap (VIDEO) at Del Mar July 27 for his second straight grade I victory.