Articles posted June 23, 2012

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Potesta edges Eden's Moon in Hollywood Oaks

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.

Zo Impressive holds Disposablepleasure in Mother Goose

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.

Dancing Solo alone at the wire in Boiling Springs

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.

Blueeyesintherein much the best in Debutante

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.

Lopresti plots races for 'the 'Dans', Turallure

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.

Romans reveals plans for stable stars

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.

Royal Ascot - Matt Chapman

Royal Ascot - Matt Chapman

Matt Chapman, At The Races Commentator, talks about Black Caviar, and some of the highlights of the Royal Ascot meet. Sponsored by AmWest Entertainment.

Royal Ascot Preview Day 5

Royal Ascot Preview Day 5

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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