Headlines for Saturday, June 16, 2012

  • Turbo Compressor and Joe Bravo are in control in the Colonial Turf Cup.

    Turbo Compressor Takes Colonial Cup

    Turbo Compressor proved once again that speed can be dangerous. The 4-year-old Halo's Image ridgeling, who makes it a habit of being in front, got out to a narrow lead in the Colonial Turf Cup and won.

  • Ron the Greek rallies to edge Wise Dan in Stephen Foster

    Ron the Greek confirmed his championship credentials with a thrilling victory over Wise Dan in the Grade 1, $437,200 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/stephenfoster12.pdf"> Stephen Foster Handicap</a>, rallying up the inside to edge the favorite by a head on the wire. The five-year-old horse capped a big night for trainer Bill Mott, who also saddled champion Royal Delta to an eight-length score in the Grade 2 Fleur des Lis one race earlier on Saturday's Downs after Dark program.

  • Ron the Greek gets up late to win the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1909883738&amp;k=Bh4RCnx&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Ron the Greek Rides Rail to Foster Surprise

    Ron the Greek, charging through the stretch along the inside, came from off the pace to nip odds-on favorite Wise Dan at the wire in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) under the lights at Churchill Downs June 16.

  • Turbo motors in Colonial Turf Cup

    Reverting to the front-running tactics that had propelled him to a smashing turf debut two starts back, 5-2 favorite Turbo Compressor wired Saturday night's $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/colonialturfcup12.pdf"> Colonial Turf Cup</a> at Colonial Downs.

  • Royal Delta asserts class in Fleur de Lis

    Besilu Stables' Royal Delta dropped her initial two starts of 2012 but on Saturday returned to the form that saw her earn an Eclipse Award as champion three-year-old filly last year when drawing off under a hand ride to score by eight lengths in the Grade 2, $179,700 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fleurdelis12.pdf">Fleur de Lis Handicap</a> at Churchill Downs.

  • Neck &#39;n Neck and Leandro Goncalves take the Matt Winn Stakes.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1909720879&amp;k=bZqkrXD&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Neck 'n Neck Romps in Matt Winn

    Neck 'n Neck came through with his second straight win at Churchill Downs when he captured the Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds by 7 1/4 lengths over Stealcase.

  • Centre Court justifies 3-2 favoritism in Regret

    Louise I. and G. Watts Humphrey Jr. Revocable Trust's homebred Centre Court was sent off the 3-2 favorite in Saturday's Grade 3, $114,200 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/regret12.pdf">Regret Stakes</a> at Churchill Downs following a 4 3/4-length maiden victory on May 19 under the Twin Spires, and rewarded her many backers with a one-length win. The Smart Strike filly paid $5, $3.40 and $3 for completing nine furlongs on the firm turf 1:48 1/5 for trainer Rusty Arnold and jockey Javier Castellano.

  • Love Theway Youare upsets Vanity

    Myung Kwan Cho's Love Theway Youare pulled off a stunning upset of Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/vanity12.pdf">Vanity Handicap</a>, wearing down the heavily favored Include Me Out in the final sixteenth and drawing away to win by 2 1/2 lengths under Garrett Gomez. The fifth-longest price in the field of six at 18-1, Love Theway Youare returned $38, $6.20 and $4.20 after completing 1 1/8 miles on the Cushion Track in 1:51.

  • Snow Top Mountain gets up along the rail in All Along

    Barbara Hunter's homebred Snow Top Mountain enjoyed a ground-saving ride throughout by Paco Lopez in Saturday evening's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/allalong12.pdf">All Along Stakes</a>, and that might have been the key to her victory. Running while in foal to champion Blame, the Tom Proctor mare drove through the gap left open by longtime leader Speak Easy Gal, then held on by a neck from the wide-rallying Clare Skies Ahead.

  • Neck 'N Neck rolls to convincing tally in Matt Winn

    Neck 'N Neck proved much the best in Saturday's Grade 3, $107,100 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mattwinn12.pdf">Matt Winn Stakes </a>at Churchill Downs, registering his first stakes success with a 7 1/4-length decision. The Flower Alley colt has now recorded all three of his career wins under the Twin Spires, entering the 1 1/16-mile test for three-year-olds off a dominant 6 1/2-length score over entry-level allowance rivals on May 10.

  • Amarish romps in Proctor; Miss Empire breaks maiden in Cinderella

    Jerry Durant's Amarish easily moved his scorecard to a perfect two-for-two on Saturday when pulling away in the lane of the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/willardlproctor12.pdf"> Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes</a> at Hollywood Park to win by 4 1/2 lengths. The 5 1/2-furlong contest for two-year-olds was the co-undercard feature on the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap program along with the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/cinderella12.pdf">Cinderella Stakes</a> restricted to juvenile fillies.

  • Kabel to ride Classic Bryce in Queen's Plate

    Todd Kabel, a six-time Sovereign Award recipient as Canada's champion jockey and two-time Queen's Plate winner, will ride William Sorokolit's Classic Bryce in next Sunday's &quot;Gallop for the Guineas.&quot;

  • Love Theway Youare goes by heavy favorite Include Me Out to win the Vanity.

    Love Theway Youare Delivers Vanity Stunner

    When the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) fell apart in the homestretch, 18-1 shot Love Theway Youare, rallying from last under Garrett Gomez, was there to take full advantage at BetFair Hollywood Park June 16.

  • Summer Front overcomes traffic, wins Hill Prince

    Extricated from behind a wall of horses in the stretch by jockey Ramon Dominguez, Waterford Stable's Summer Front found racing room inside the final sixteenth and under hand encouragement wore down Howe Great to win Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/hillprince12.pdf">Hill Prince</a> at Belmont Park. The 6-5 favorite paid $4.70, $2.90 and $2.70.

  • Love and Pride scores in Obeah

    Green Hills Farm Inc.'s Love and Pride added a first graded victory to her resume on Saturday with a 1 3/4-length wire job in the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/obeah12.pdf">Obeah Handicap</a> at Delaware Park. The four-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy used her rail post to good advantage, grabbing command out of the gate and setting splits of :23 2/5, :47 3/5, 1:11 3/5 and 1:37 1/5 before finishing 1 1/8 miles on the fast dirt in 1:49 4/5.

  • Royal Ascot - Black Caviar

    Jeff O'Connor, racing manager for Black Caviar talks about her arrival at Royal Ascot, and preparations for the upcoming race.

  • Royal Ascot - William Haggas

    Trainer William Haggas talks about his prospects for Royal Ascot, including Sentaril, Vow, Fast Or Free, Kahrumen, and Cape Classic.

  • Royal Ascot - Fawzi Nass/Krypton Factor

    Trainer/Owner Fawzi Nass discusses his charge Krypton Factor, who is scheduled to meet Black Caviar in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

  • Equine Reproductive Tract Bacteria Studied

    Breeders who utilize live cover can breathe a sigh of relief: While live cover breeding facilities sometimes face pathogenic bacteria outbreaks, results from a study led by University of Kentucky PhD student Katheryn Cerny, MS, demonstrated bacteria on stallions&#39; external genitalia does not affect stallion or mare fertility.