Headlines for Saturday, May 26, 2012

  • Wilkinson upsets American; Mr. Commons second

    In his first California start for new trainer Jeff Mullins, Wilkinson scored a 44-1 upset in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/american12.pdf">American Handicap </a>at Hollywood Park. The four-year-old colt stalked a couple of lengths off the early leaders, advanced to challenge on the far turn and then surged to a clear lead in midstretch. Mr. Commons, the overwhelming 3-5 favorite, came charging late from far off the pace in the final furlongs to grab second while never seriously threatening the winner, who cruised to a comfortable 1 1/4-length decision under the wire.

  • Wilkinson leaves them behind in the American Handicap.

    44-1 Wilkinson Wakes Up for American Shocker

    In search of firm turf, Wilkinson wound up in the Southern California barn of Jeff Mullins, who sent the 4-year-old colt out to spring a 44-1 shocker in the $150,000 American Handicap (gr. IIT) at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • Silver Max keeps rolling in the Arlington Classic.

    Silver Max Adds Arlington Classic to Streak

    Front-running Silver Max, staked to an uncontested lead by Shaun Bridgmohan, cruised to a two-length victory in the $125,000 Arlington Classic May 26 at Arlington Park for his fourth consecutive win.

  • Cauthen, Velazquez revisit 1978 Triple Crown with fans

    The unforgettable rivalry between 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed and archrival Alydar came alive again at Belmont Park on Saturday afternoon as hundreds of fans lined up for a special autograph session with Hall of Fame jockeys <a target="_blank" href="http://youtu.be/sHcmsjGbQFs">Steve Cauthen and Jorge Velasquez</a>.

  • Silver Max leads throughout in Arlington Classic

    Much like his recent wins in the Grade 3 Transylvania and Grade 2 American Turf, Mark Bacon and Dana Wells' Silver Max proved too difficult to beat on the front end in Saturday's $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/apclassic12.pdf">Arlington Classic</a>, the first leg of Arlington Park's Mid-America Triple for three-year-olds on the turf.

  • Upperline scores in Arlington Matron

    Stone Farm, John H. Adger, Oakcrest Farm and trainer Michael Stidham's Upperline was content to stalk the early pace set by Hooh Why in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/arlingtonmatron12.pdf"> Arlington Matron</a> over the Polytrack at Arlington Park, but asserted her authority in the lane to take over and draw off for a four-length win. Jockey James Graham had piloting duties aboard the Maria's Mon mare, and the duo completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:51 3/5 to return $5.80, $3.80 and $2.60.

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    Aruna Takes Start-Plagued Sheepshead Bay

    Flaxman Holdings homebred Aruna took charge at the five-sixteenths pole and held off Hit It Rich to win the Sheepshead Bay, a race that was impacted by a troubled start for Mystical Star and Magical Cat.

  • Simmard shows class in Louisville 'Cap

    Mowed down after taking a lead in his prior two starts, the seven-year-old Simmard hit the front three furlongs from home in Saturday's Grade 3, $115,200 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/louisvillecap12.pdf">Louisville Handicap</a> on the Churchill Downs turf, but did not relinquish control this time. Under Gabriel Saez, the veteran held off a late charge from Joinem to win by 1 1/4 lengths in a time of 2:27, the fastest edition of the Louisville Handicap since the race was extended to 1 1/2 miles in 2007.

  • Aruna takes eventful Sheepshead Bay

    Flaxman Holdings' homebred Aruna made an impressive move on the far turn en route to victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sheepsheadbay12.pdf"> Sheepshead Bay Stakes</a>, but the Belmont Park race will be better remembered for a wild start that derailed the chances of two horses.

  • Grit and Grace has big shoes to fill

    Trainer Gary Hartlage knew On Fire Baby was special from the moment last spring when she walked off the van into his Churchill Downs barn. The gray daughter of Smoke Glacken validated that early opinion later in the year with wins in the Pocahontas and Golden Rod, both Grade 2s, at Churchill Downs and a victory this spring in the Grade 3 Honeybee at Oaklawn Park.

  • I'll Have Another posts 'fantastic' gallop under sunny skies at Belmont

    Under bright and sunny skies, Triple Crown hopeful <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxYmYvsP02g&feature=youtu.be"> I'll Have Another</a> had a second energetic gallop over Belmont Park's main track Saturday morning as he continues preparations for the June 9 Belmont Stakes.

  • Homecoming Queen looking for second Guineas crown

    She may not have been an obvious leading lady a few weeks ago, but Homecoming Queen put herself firmly in the spotlight with a sensational victory at Newmarket in the Group 1 English One Thousand Guineas and is poised to complete the double in Sunday's Group 1 Irish One Thousand Guineas at The Curragh.

  • Rapid Redux retired to Old Friends

    <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/rapidredux5044.pdf">Rapid Redux</a>, the extraordinary racehorse who holds the modern North American record of 22 consecutive wins, will be permanently pensioned at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.oldfriendsequine.org">Old Friends</a>, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center near Georgetown, Kentucky.

  • Unbridled Humor will be looking for her first win of the year in the Violet Stakes.

    Unbridled Humor Solid Fit in Violet Stakes

    Unbridled Humor will be looking for her first win of the year and her first graded stakes victory since last September when she goes postward in the $100,000 Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) over the Monmouth Park turf May 28.

  • Awesome Gem has earned more than $2.7 million in his career.

    Awesome Gem Faces Hudson Landing in Berkeley

    Awesome Gem, lifetime winner of more than $2.7 million, and San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) victor Hudson Landing head the field for the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields May 28.

  • Kailani supplemented to Oaks

    The Mahmood al Zarooni-trained Kailani was supplemented to the Group 1 Oaks at a cost of £20,000, making 14 three-year-old fillies still eligible to contest Friday's classic at Epsom Downs. Kailani is out of the 2002 Oaks heroine Kazzia and like her dam is owned by Godolphin, which has also enjoyed Oaks success with Balanchine (1994) and Moonshell (1995).

  • Dullahan worked a mile at Churchill Downs on May 26.

    Dullahan Breezes at Churchill Downs

    Donegal Racing's Dullahan, the Kentucky Derby third-place finisher who will be seeking to block I'll Have Another's Triple Crown bid, breezed a mile at Churchill Downs the morning of May 26.

  • Quiet Oasis won the Wilshire Handicap on April 29.

    Reddam, Gutierrez Team Up Again in Gamely

    J. Paul Reddam's Quiet Oasis, an upset winner in her first start of 2012, will seek to keep it going when she returns to grade I stakes company in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park May 28.