Headlines for Saturday, July 2, 2011

  • Smiling Tiger and Joel Rosario take the Triple Bend at Hollywood Park.
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    Smiling Tiger Makes Beeline in Triple Bend

    Smiling Tiger, rebounding from a troubled trip at Churchill Downs, earned the third grade I victory of his career with a dominant performance in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park July 2.

  • Courageous Cat outfights Caracortado to win the Shoemaker Mile.
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    Courageous Cat Claws Out Shoemaker Mile Win

    Even-money favorite Courageous Cat chalked up his first grade I stakes victory when he held off the closing Caracortado by a neck to win the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) on a firm Hollywood Park turf course.

  • Exfactor and Calvin Borel cruise home in the Bashford Manor.

    Exfactor Pulls Away in Bashford Manor

    Exfactor circled the field on the turn, took over at the top of the stretch, and ran away to a 2 3/4-length victory in the $111,500 Bashford Manor (gr. III), the first graded race for 2-year-olds males this season July 2.

  • Flat Out and Alex Solis leave the rest behind in the Suburban.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9584445%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Flat Out Surprises in Suburban Handicap

    The longest shot on the board in a field of six, Flat Out swept by everyone at the eighth-pole and rolled through the stretch to score the $300,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) by 6 1/2 lengths July 2 at Belmont.

  • Kensei finishes strong to win the Salvator Mile.

    Kensei Breaks Losing Streak, Wins Salvator

    Winless since August, 2009 and dismissed at 15-1 against an accomplished field, Kensei sprung a big upset in the $200,000 Salvator Mile (gr. III) when he came from off the pace under Edgar Prado to win July 2 at Monmouth Park

  • Dominus and Julien Leparoux control the Dwyer at Belmont Park.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9584392%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Dominus an Easy Dwyer Winner

    Beaten in the final jump during his stakes debut in his last start, Dominus was not to be caught this time, as he took the field wire-to-wire to win the $150,000 Dwyer (gr. II) July 2 at Belmont Park.

  • Old Friends Awaits Noor's Remains

    An effort is being made to disinter Hall of Famer Noor and transfer the horse's remains to Old Friends near Georgetown, Ky.

  • Chuck C. Lopez celebrates win number 4,000.

    Lopez Notches Win No. 4,000

    Chuck C. Lopez, a fixture at Monmouth Park since he started riding 32 years ago, scored the 4,000th winner of his career in the first race Saturday, July 2 when he piloted Duffy's Tavern to a gate-to-wire victory.