Istanford, who would have been among the leading contenders in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. I), instead romped to victory in the $96,350 Sandy Blue Handicap as the heavy favorite the evening of Aug. 15.
- Dark Bay or Brown Filly
- Born 2011
|Owner||Thrash, Ike, Thrash, Dawn, Alley, Janet and Alley, Sam|
|Breeder||Hardacre Farm LLC|
|Istanford View Five-Cross Pedigree||Istan||Gone West|
|Aerocat||Tale of the Cat|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Ike & Dawn Thrash||Summerfield, agent||$25,000|
Istanford, a game front-running winner of the San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) when shipped to Del Mar one month ago from Arlington International Racecourse, heads the field for the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) Aug. 16.
A full racing weekend with the start of Saratoga and Del Mar. Also racing from Ireland, images of Wise Dan, and rain soaked Woodbine. view slideshow
Guided through a smooth trip by Rafael Bejarano, Istanford led every step of the way at 10-1 odds to dominate the $200,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) on the renovated turf course at Del Mar July 19.
Weekend stakes analysis for the Diana Stakes and San Clemente Stakes. read blog
Dual group III winner Sandiva, last seen finishing fifth in the Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot one month ago, makes her first United States start in the $200,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) July 19 at Del Mar.
An evenly matched field of 10 sophomore fillies will hit the grass at Churchill Downs June 14 in the Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT), headed by Istanford, Tepin, and Aurelia's Belle, all graded winners.
Front-running filly Istanford took it to her male rivals early and held on late, carrying home a stylish victory in the $150,000 Arlington Classic Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park.
A Little Bit Sassy tracked pacesetter Istanford into the homestretch and eventually pulled away to capture the $171,750 Edgewood Stakes May 2 on the turf at Churchill Downs.
James Covello, winner of the 2011 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) with Lilacs and Lace, has another good shot at victory this year with Testa Rossi.
In her first start since finishing second in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT), Testa Rossi overpowered 11 other 3-year-old fillies in the stretch to post a 3 1/2-length victory in the Florida Oaks.
Dallas Stewart, who saddled 2006 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lemons Forever, will set Charles Fipke's Unbridled Forever on the same path Jan. 18 in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds.
|Glinda the Good|