Headlines for Monday, May 28, 2012

  • Ruthenia along in time to take Violet

    Virginia Krafty Payson's homebred filly Ruthenia is finally beginning to live up to her blue-blooded roots after registering a 10-1 upset of Monday's Grade 3, $103,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/violet12.pdf">Violet Stakes</a> at Monmouth Park. Saving ground until the stretch, Ruthenia was shifted out for running room by jockey Kendrick Carmouche, split rivals and finished fast to overtake Unbridled Humor in the final yards. She returned $22.60, $9 and $4.60 after completing 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:40 3/5.

  • Roman Threat Rambles Home in L.A. Handicap

    Odds-on favorite Roman Threat had too much speed for his seven opponents in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) in a dominating win on the Cushion Track at Betfair Hollywood Park May 28.

  • Belle Royale swoops late to conquer Gamely

    Just as she had done in her U.S. debut in the April 7 American Beauty Stakes at Santa Anita, Michael Tabor's Belle Royale rolled home late to win Monday's Grade 1, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gamely12.pdf">Gamely Stakes</a> going away by a half-length at Hollywood Park. The 2-1 second choice blew past the pair of Quiet Oasis and Capital Plan in deep stretch, earning her first graded score while extending her winning streak to five.

  • Camelot among a dozen left in Derby

    Camelot heads the 12 remaining colts engaged in Saturday's Group 1 Derby at Epsom. Trainer Aidan O'Brien issued the bulletin that all wanted to hear during the Irish Guineas meeting at The Curragh, declaring that it was a case of &quot;so far, so good&quot; with the Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas winner as he nears his tilt at immortality.

  • Roman Threat wires Los Angeles for first stakes win

    A half-brother to multiple champion Indian Blessing, Roman Threat continued to make a name for himself when dominating Monday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/losangeles12.pdf">Los Angeles Handicap</a> at Hollywood Park. The promising Bob Baffert-trained gelding registered his first stakes victory in only his third career outing, completing six furlongs in 1:08 2/5 with Rafael Bejarano.

  • Awesome Gem elevated to first in Berkeley

    Awesome Gem was not in much position to benefit from a disqualification in the May 5 Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Hollywood Park, moving from eighth to seventh. The situation was much different in Monday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/berkeley12.pdf">Berkeley Handicap</a> at Golden Gate Fields, where the nine-year-old veteran was elevated to the winner's circle following the disqualification of Positive Response.

  • Awesome Gem Gets Lucky, Wins Berkeley on DQ

    Favored Awesome Gem, making his 50th career start, was awarded victory in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) when original winner Positive Response was disqualified at Golden Gate Fields May 28.

  • Nates Mineshaft cruises as lone speed in Lone Star Park

    After getting away with slow fractions of :25 and :49 1/5 on an uncontested lead, Nates Mineshaft rolled home in Monday's Grade 3, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lonestarparkcap12.pdf"> Lone Star Park Handicap</a>, scoring by a 7 1/4-length margin.

  • Shackleford noses out Caleb's Posse in Met Mile

    Shackleford sought revenge against arch rival Caleb's Posse on Memorial Day and succeeded when keeping his nose in front of that one on the wire of Monday's Grade 1, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/metmile12.pdf"> Metropolitan Handicap</a> at Belmont Park. The chestnut son of Forestry led all the way around Big Sandy and had just enough left to withstand the furious late rush of Caleb's Posse, stopping the clock in 1:33 1/5 over the fast track.

  • Filly un-Contested in wiring Acorn

    Jill Baffert's Contested found no real opposition during Monday's Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/acorn12.pdf"> Acorn Stakes</a> at Belmont Park, posting fractions of :22 3/5, :45 and 1:09 1/5 before easily pulling off in the lane to be five lengths clear on the wire. Trained by the owner's Hall of Fame husband, Bob Baffert, the even-money favorite completed a mile on the fast dirt in 1:34 3/5 to run her mark to 4-1-0 from five career starts.

  • It's Tricky grinds out Ogden Phipps score

    As she's done in her two prior races this season, It's Tricky had to dig deep to take Monday's Grade 1, $392,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ogdenphipps12.pdf">Ogden Phipps Handicap</a> by three parts of a length over pacesetter Cash for Clunkers. The Mineshaft miss is now three-for-three on the year following victories in the Top Flight and Distaff Handicaps, both Grade 2 contests at Aqueduct, and returned $6.20, $3.80 and $2.10 to her backers on Monday as the 2-1 second choice.

  • It&#39;s Tricky wins the Ogden Phipps Handicap.
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    Consistent It's Tricky Wins Ogden Phipps

    Godolphin Racing's It's Tricky, a daughter of Mineshaft who has won or placed in 11 of 12 starts, wore down pacesetter Cash for Clunkers to win the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) on the Belmont Park Memorial Day card.

  • Better Lucky gets the nod in Sands Point photo

    Better Lucky, the 8-1 fourth choice, lived up to her name with a fortuitous trip. The daughter of Ghostzapper sat behind Preach Tome Daddy through slow fractions of :25 3/5, :49 3/5 and 1:13 1/5 on the firm inner turf. Zultanite, a 23-1 longshot, was well placed in second, while Firehouse Red raced outside of the tracking Better Lucky. Regalo Mia advanced into the picture wider out on the far turn, but Somali Lemonade was making little impression from farther back.

  • Jockey Eswan Flores Suspended Three Days

    Apprentice jockey Eswan Flores was suspended for three days by stewards at Betfair Hollywood Park for failing to maintain a straight course aboard Living Our Dream in the stretch run of the second race May 27.

  • Power looks electric in Irish 2000 Guineas

    Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier's Power was sapped in the boggy ground in his seasonal reappearance in Newmarket's Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas on May 5, but rebounded in slashing style in Saturday's Group 1 Irish equivalent at the Curragh. Able to produce his electric turn of foot in the quicker conditions, the Aidan O'Brien trainee flashed home late to give the master of Ballydoyle his eighth victory in this classic.

  • O'Neill: I'll Have Another 'looks fantastic'; Dullahan arrives at Belmont

    Triple Crown hopeful <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OnqoIyTges">I'll Have Another</a> put in a fourth solid gallop over Belmont Park's main track Monday morning as Team O'Neill began planning some extracurricular activities during the lead up to the $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 9.

  • The Ins and Outs of Feeding the OTTB

    Off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) are popular mounts for riders of many disciplines. But when feeding an OTTB, it&#39;s important to understand how he was fed during his time on the track, and how his nutritional needs differ once he begins his new life.