Live Oak Plantation's Zo Impressive took the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 23 when 1-2 favorite Contested faded badly and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Believe You Can failed to menace.
Fanticola and Scardino's Potesta prevailed by a nose following a thrilling stretch battle with Eden's Moon in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Hollywood Oaks, stamping herself as potentially a major player in three-year-old filly ranks in her stakes debut. An impressive maiden scorer in her previous outing, the Mike Mitchell-trained daughter of Macho Uno was making only her third lifetime start in the 1 1/16-mile event.
Coming off an 11 1/2-length maiden score, Potesta outfought even-money pick Eden's Moon in a long stretch duel to win the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks (gr. II) by a nose June 23 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
What was supposed to be a showdown between Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks queen Believe You Can and Grade 1 Acorn diva Contested turned into a match-race between Zo Impressive and Disposablepleasure in Saturday's Grade 1, $294,000 Mother Goose Stakes. In the end, Zo Impressive proved best under jockey Rajiv Maragh, holding her fellow gray rival by three parts of a length while running 1 1/16 miles in 1:44 1/5 on the good Belmont Park dirt.
Blueeyesintherein kept her young record a perfect two-for-two when she won the $112,200 Debutante Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs June 23, giving trainer Gary Simms a second consecutive Debutante score.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Dancing Solo sat right off the steady pace set by longshot Cheimon, took command turning into the stretch, and kicked 1 1/2 lengths clear to notch her first graded victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $103,000 Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth. Sent off as the 9-5 second choice off her score in the local prep, the May 27 Little Silver Stakes, the Todd Pletcher trainee covered 1 1/16 firm-turf miles in 1:41 4/5 and paid $5.60, $3.20 and $2.60.
Dorothy Self and Barry Simms' Blueeyesintherein proved superior to the rest of the juvenile fillies in Kentucky with a 2 1/2-length triumph in Saturday's Grade 3, $112,200 Debutante at Churchill Downs. The even-money favorite in a field of 10, Blueeyesintherein steadily advanced from fourth, rallied four-wide into the stretch and drove home an impressive winner under Leandro Goncalves. She paid $4, $3 and $2.40 after completing six furlongs on a fast track in 1:11 3/5.
Dancing Solo earned her second stakes win in a row on the Monmouth Park turf with a sharp effort in the $103,000 Boiling Springs Stakes(gr. IIIT) June 23.
Jockey Chris DeCarlo rode the 1,000th winner of his career at Monmouth Park June 23, piloting Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbreds' Oconee Gold to victory in the eighth race on the card for trainer Ramon Moya.
Gleaming earned her third stakes victory of the year when she posted an upset over odds-on favorite Bold Affair in the $145,500 Sweet and Sassy Stakes at Delaware Park June 23.
Dullahan and Shackleford were among the stars from trainer Dale Romans' barn that posted published workouts at Churchill Downs June 23.
Vicky Schowe's homebred Sloane Ranger upset the $150,000 Donald LeVine Memorial Handicap by a neck at Parx Racing June 23, while 2011 Wood Memorial winner Toby's Corner finished fourth.
Trainer Charlie Lopresti thought Wise Dan was going to win last Saturdays' Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs, but Ron the Greek under Jose Lezcano found an opening on the rail and got up just in time to beat the winner of last fall's Grade 1 Clark Handicap.
Dullahan appeared on the Churchill Downs work tab on Saturday for the first time since his seventh-place finish in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and trainer Dale Romans said the son of Even the Score would run next in Monmouth Park's Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 29.
Top Australian racehorse Black Caviar came halfway around the world and proved herself on the international stage June 23, remaining unbeaten in 22 starts with a victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.
Matt Chapman, At The Races Commentator, talks about Black Caviar, and some of the highlights of the Royal Ascot meet. Sponsored by AmWest Entertainment.
Matt Chapman, At The Races commentator, talks about Black Caviar and some of the highlights of the Royal Ascot meet. Sponsored by AmWest Entertainment. Watch Video
Black Caviar highlights the final day at Royal Ascot. Also featured is the Group II Hardwicke Stakes. Sponsored by AmWest Entertainment. Watch Video
Black Caviar highlights the final day at Royal Ascot. Also featured is the Group II Hardwicke Stakes. Sponsored by AmWest Entertainment.
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