A record opening day crowd of 32,913 saw Padua Stables' Freedom's Daughter score a 1 1/4-length victory in the Schuylerville Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies. The daughter of Saint Ballado got caught up in a torrid speed duel with John Oxley's recently purchased Mike's Wildcat, blazing the opening quarter in :21.78 over a slow, drying out track. They still were at each other's throat through a half in :45.59. Mike's Wildcat, who was later discovered to be suffering from a lung infection, gave up the chase, as Miss Mary Apples closed in. But Freedom's Daughter, under Velazquez, kept digging in. Despite coming home her last quarter in a slow :26.55, she still was able to maintain a clear lead to the wire. Freedom's Daughter paid $6.90, covering the six furlongs in 1:12.14.Bobby's Really Big Day
Trainer Bobby Frankel's big day on July 27 began earlier on the card when he saddled Juddmonte Farms' Tates Creek to a nose victory in the Diana Handicap (gr. IIT), defeating the 3-2 favorite Voodoo Dancer. Jerry Bailey once again was on board. The two victories gave Frankel a grade I and grade II victory by a combined margin of the width of his pinky.