Headlines for Sunday, July 26, 2009

  • Awesome Gem

    Countdown to the Cup: Hidden Gem

    Are you looking for an early Volponi for this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)? Well, you just might have seen him on Saturday...on the grass...finishing second. When it comes to the hard-knocking Awesome Gem, who has his good days and his bad days, I can't help hearing Ralph Kramden (yes, I'm a Honeymooners fanatic): "One of these days...one of these days - "Bang! Zoom!"

  • Jockey Ramon Dominguez

    Contessa, Dominguez Capture Belmont Titles

    Jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Gary Contessa continued to dominate the competition in New York. Dominguez ran away with the jockey title for the 64-day spring/summer meet at Belmont Park and Contessa edged Christophe Clement for the training title.

  • The reign of Rahy's Attorney continues in the Nijinsky Stakes at Woodbine.

    Rahy's Attorney Prevails in Nijinsky Stakes

    Favored Rahy's Attorney found Woodbine's soft turf course to his liking in the $313,927 Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) July 26, holding off his rivals after opening a five-length lead in the lane for his first victory at the 1 1/4-mile distance.

  • Belmont Stakes Champion Summer Bird, with regular rider Kent Desormeaux in the saddle, was on the track at Monmouth Park on Sunday morning, July 26th.

    Summer Bird Puts in Final Breeze for Haskell

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird put in his final work for the $1.25 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I), breezing five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 July 26 with jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard.

  • North Light's First Winner

    North Light, a 2004 English champion and winner of that year's Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner, was represented by his first winner when his son Celtic New Year won by a head July 25 at Ellis Park.