Tom R. Durant's Lunar Bounty dueled with Binyamin and 4-5 favorite Storm Passage through the opening half-mile before pulling clear to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $133,750 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. II) on Sunday at Churchill Downs.
Godolphin's E Dubai avenged his second-place finish to Hero's Tribute in the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) with an impressive 5 3/4-length victory in Sunday's $150,000 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park. The winning time marks the fastest running of the Dwyer since the race was switched to its present distance in 1994.
A pick six carryover of $170,673 was generated at Hollywood Park Saturday, following a string of double-digit winners in the races that comprise the wager. A carryover of $691,095 heading into Wednesday's Hollywood Park card resulted in a total pool of $3,586,980.
Stronach Stable's homebred Euchre rallied from just off the pace to win the $401,625 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) by 1 3/4 lengths on Saturday at Prairie Meadows.
Harry V. Quadracci's Silver Tornado remained undefeated after posting a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $100,000 Reeve Schley Jr., Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park.
After winning a duel with Lesters Boy early on, Smile Again was headed in the stretch by 13-10 favorite Freedom Crest before fighting back to post a neck-length win in Saturday's $100,000 Bel Air Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park. Earlier on the card, 2-year-old filly Georgia's Storm led from wire-to-wire in winning the $108,400 Landaluce Stakes (gr. III) under Chris McCarron.
Bright Valour won his second consecutive $100,000 Hanshin Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park on Saturday. Bright Valour, ridden by Robby Albarado, took the lead in the stretch and beat Apt to Be by three-quarters of a length.
Michigan-bred Cashier's Dream remained undefeated when posting a 3 1/2-length win in Saturday's $110,500 Debutante Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. The 2-year-old daughter of Service Stripe led all the way and stopped the timer in 1:02.52 after completing the 5 1/2 furlongs on a fast track under Donnie Meche. The winning time eclipses Leelanau's track record of 1:03.11 established earlier in the meet.
After trailing the field through the opening half-mile, Centennial Farms' King Cugat rallied while five wide on the second turn to win the $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) by a half-length Saturday at Belmont Park. The winning time marks the second-fastest running of the Bowling Green behind only With Approval's course record time of 2:10 1/5 in 1990.
Cheveley Park Stud's homebred Medicean remained unbeaten as a 4-year-old Saturday, when he posted a half-length victory in the Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I) at Sandown Park.
An barn fire early Friday morning at The Meadows, a Standardbred track near Pittsburgh, Pa., killed 28 horses, according to published reports.
Jorge Chavez, one of the top jockeys in the country and winner of this year's Kentucky Derby aboard Monarchos, will travel to Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, Saturday to pilot Sir Bear in the $400,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap.
Say Florida Sandy, a 7-year-old sprint star, is one of six horses in the grade II Tom Fool Handicap on the July 4 Independence Day card at Belmont Park.
Owner/breeder Madeleine Paulson and Ernest W. Moody, president and chief executive officer of Action Gaming, have formed a partnership called Action Racing. It will focus on Thoroughbred racing and breeding.
Golden Eagle Farm's homebred General Challenge will miss his scheduled start in the July 7 Bel Air Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park after the 5-year-old gelding suffered an undisclosed leg injury while training last week, according to a North County Times report.
With a record one-day pick six carryover of $691,095 at Hollywood Park, this Fourth of July could become the financial independence day for some lucky horseplayer. The track estimates Wednesday's pick six pool could approach $3 million.
Squirtle Squirt dueled with Explicit through blistering early fractions before being caught at the wire by 45-1 longshot Ceeband in Sunday's $296,000 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Invitational Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park. Bred in California by Cecelia Straub-Rubens, breeder of reigning Horse of the Year Tiznow, Ceeband returned $91.80, $25.40, and $13.80 and led a $1 exacta worth $167.90.
Jockey Chris McCarron earned a belated stakes win at Hollywood Park Sunday, winning aboard Innit in the $217,000 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) four races after his mount was disqualified from victory in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I).
Falcon Flight matched the Arlington Park record for 1 1/2 miles in winning the $190,500 Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) on Sunday.
Thomas and Thomas Racing's Go Go sat just off the early pace and inched away in the stretch to win the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Senure was declared the winner of Sunday's $500,000 United Nations Handicap (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park following an interference disqualification against With Anticipation, who set a course record in the 1 3/8-mile turf race.
Following the disqualification of Futural, second-place finisher Aptitude was awarded the victory in Sunday's $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) at Hollywood Park, giving trainer Bobby Frankel his second grade I win of the day via disqualification.
Tracy Farmer's Albert the Great won the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) in wire-to-wire style on Sunday at Belmont Park, defeating Lido Palace by 2 1/4 lengths in the 1 1/4-mile race.
Songandaprayer will face City Zip as the 122-pound co-highweight in Wednesday's Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III), the third race on Monmouth Park's 10-race holiday card. The six-furlong sprint marks the first race for Songandaprayer since finishing 13th in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Boreal rallied to the lead with a quarter-mile to run and held on for a 1 1/2-length win in Sunday's BMW Deutsches Derby (Ger-I) at Hamburg. Borgia, Boreal's half-sister, won the German Derby in 1997.
Mirio, the only horse in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) field with no previous group stakes experience, upset the talented filly Egyptband and seven others in Sunday's 1 1/2-mile race at Saint-Cloud.
Repeating his success in the Epsom Derby (Eng-I), Galileo drew away in the stretch to an impressive win in Sunday's Irish Derby (Ire-I) at the Curragh.
Gary A. Tanaka's Gourmet Girl led from wire-to-wire in Saturday's Vanity Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park to earn her second grade I win of the year and her third career grade I victory.
Kept close to a moderate pace by jockey Mark Guidry, Baptize rallied while three wide en route to a 2 1/4-length victory over Indygo Shiner in Saturday's $200,000 Arlington Classic (gr. IIT) at Arlington Park.
Trainer Rick Violette added blinkers to March Magic for Saturday's $300,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) and the 4-year-old filly responded by winning the 1 1/16-mile Monmouth Park feature by three lengths. The race was marred by the break down of 3-5 favorite License Fee.
Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winner Fleet Renee, who subsequently disappointed as the favorite in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), made amends for her Oaks performance with a 5 1/2-length victory in Saturday's $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.
Nine-year-old Bet On Sunshine won the $108,400 Aristides Handicap for the second consecutive year on Saturday, and for the second straight year the Paul McGee-trained gelding set a stakes record in winning the 6 1/2-furlong Churchill Downs contest. On a fast track, Bet On Sunshine stopped the timer in 1:14.79, finishing 3 1/2 lengths ahead of Alannan.
S.J. Bee Stable's Buster's Daydream reprised his success in the Flash Stakes (gr. III) with a 1 1/2-length victory in Saturday's $106,300 Tremont Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
Trainer Pico Perdomo expressed confidence that Gourmet Girl will be ready for a top effort in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8-miles Saturday at Hollywood Park despite an 11-week hiatus since her last race.
Longshot Power Wing had the spotlight all to himself Wednesday, working four furlongs in :48 4/5 under regular rider Julio Garcia at Hollywood Park for Sunday's Hollywood Gold Cup (gr . I). Major players for the Gold Cup -- Captain Steve, Skimming, Futural, and Aptitude -- all worked on Tuesday.
Live racing dates for the remainder of the 2001 Thoroughbred racing season in Maryland were approved this afternoon at the monthly Maryland Racing Commission meeting in Timonium.
Flute, winner of last month's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), will not run in Saturday's Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park after popping an abscess in her right front at Hollywood Park and missing an important work.
Lane's End Farm and Turfway Park announced a three-year agreement that will give the breeding farm located near Versailles, Ky., title sponsorship of the Northern Kentucky racetrack's premier Triple Crown prep race in the spring. It will be called the "Lane's End Spiral Stakes," which next year will be held March 23.
Officials at Lane's End Farm and Turfway Park announced today a three-year agreement that will give the Central Kentucky breeding farm title sponsorship of Turfway's premier Triple Crown prep race in the spring. The grade II Lane's End Spiral Stakes will be held next year on March 23.
In an effort to increase field size, the California Horse Racing Board has proposed a 19-day reduction in the 2001 racing calendar in the state. The proposal would affect the major racetracks and some fairs.
Captain Steve got the go-ahead for the July 1 Hollywood Gold Cup with a five-furlong work in 1:00.20 at Santa Anita Park Tuesday morning. He was one of four Gold Cup hopefuls to work Tuesday.
The Ontario Racing Commission has agreed to paricipate in the national licensing program, and will recognize the multi-jurisdictional license through reciprocity with no additional fees.
The upcoming mixed meet at Prairie Meadows will feature a reduced pari-mutuel takeout and a new pick four wager with a 12% takeout rate. The changes were approved by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.
On Sunday, Astra avenged a defeat to Happyanunoit in last year's Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IT), pulling away in the stretch to a four-length triumph over last year's winner in the $200,000 Hollywood Park feature.
Trainers of Captain Steve, Skimming, Aptitude, and Futural -- the four leading contenders for the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) -- will send their charges out Tuesday morning for their final major preparations for the 1 1/4-mile race.
With Dancethruthedawn's half-length Queen's Plate win, the trophy for the opening leg of the Canadian Triple Crown is becoming more like an heirloom. Following in the footsteps of both her Queen's Plate-winning mother and brother, Sam-Son Farms' homebred Dancethruthedawn stalked the early leaders and rallied on the second turn to win Sunday's Queen's Plate Stakes at Woodbine over favored Win City.
Racing at Longchamp was cancelled Sunday after a disturbance caused by patrons protesting not being allowed to wager due to a strike by pari-mutuel workers at the French track.
Hallowed Dreams, who began her career with sixteen consecutive wins, extended her current winning streak to seven Saturday at Lone Star Park, winning the $75,000 Miller Lite Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths.
On Saturday at Churchill Downs, Beverly R. Steinman's homebred Colstar won the $172,800 Locust Grove Handicap (gr. IIIT) for the second consecutive year.
Hap retained his unblemished record for the current year, drawing off to win the $200,000 New Hampshire Sweepstakes Handicap (gr. IIIT) by seven lengths on Saturday at Rockingham Park.
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