Headlines for Saturday, July 2, 2005

  • Victory Lap Gallops Home in Lone Star Oaks

    Victory Lap recorded the most decisive victory of the meeting with a 14 ¼-length score on the turf in the $100,000 Lone Star Oaks in Grand Prairie, Texas, for her fifth win in a row.

  • Spring Season Explosive Winner in James Penny

    An explosive move from Augustin Stable's Spring Season resulted in a three-length victory in Saturday's $100,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap on the turf at Philadelphia Park.

  • Louvain Tops Monday's Flawlessly Field

    Irish-bred Louvain, who had been extended an invitation to Sunday's American Oaks (gr. IT), heads a lineup of twelve 3-year-old fillies set to contest Monday's $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes at Hollywood Park.

  • Firecracker Distance Concern for Kitten's Joy

    Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy, winner of the Eclipse Award as America's grass champion in 2004, makes his season debut as the 3-5 morning line favorite in Monday's Firecracker Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Stalker Purim Romps in Arlington Classic

    Unbeaten Purim stalked a quick pace before striking to the lead in the stretch en route to a 2 ½-length victory in the $150,000 Arlington Classic (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the Arlington Park turf.

  • Better Talk Now, right, wins the United Nations Handicap over Silverfoot and Request for Parole.

    No Argument As Better Talk Now Wins U.N.

    Patiently guided by Ramon Dominguez, Bushwood Racing Partners' Better Talk Now stormed home along the inside to win Saturday's $750,000 United Nations (gr. IT) on a soft Monmouth Park turf course.

  • New York Handicap marked the fifth straight win for Wend.

    Wend Wins Again in New York Handicap

    Claiborne Farm's homebred Wend captured her fifth straight win while making her graded stakes debut, holding off the hard-closing Wonder Again by a neck in the $250,000 New York Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on the Belmont Park inner turf course Saturday.

  • Roman Ruler Adds Sparkle to Dwyer

    Roman Ruler, one of the West Coast's top juveniles last season, is the likely favorite for Monday's $150,000 Dwyer (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, one of two stakes on Belmont Park's special Independence Day racing program.

  • Woodbine Gains Limited Access to U.S. Pools

    Woodbine Entertainment Group announced July 2 that Canadian wagers on Balmoral Park, a Chicago-based harness track, will for the first time be combined with the U.S. host track's pools, giving customers in both countries the same winning payout prices.

  • Whimsy Wallops Cee's Irish in Iowa Oaks

    Pin Oak Stable's Whimsy used a ground-saving trip to stay close to the leaders, then angled out at the head of the stretch before pulling away for a 2 3/4-length victory over prohibitive favorite Cee's Irish in Friday night's $122,500 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows.