Headlines for Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • Capital Plan wins the Beverly Hills Handicap.

    Rosario Goes Out a Winner on Capital Plan

    Jockey Joel Rosario, heading for New York to ride full time, finished up in Southern California a stakes winner when he guided Capital Plan to victory in the $100,000 Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Smokey Fire wins the Highlander Stakes.

    Long-Missing Smokey Fire Scores in Highlander

    Smokey Fire, making his first start in nearly 20 months, overcame traffic problems in upper stretch to sweep past the leaders close to home for a 1 1/4-length win in the $230,726 Highlander Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine.

  • Strait of Dover wires Queen's Plate in track record time

    Canyon Farms' homebred Strait of Dover, ridden confidently by Justin Stein, made every pole a winning one while taking the $978,340 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/queensplate12.pdf"> Queen's Plate</a>, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, in record time Sunday at Woodbine.

  • Stars to Shine holds Upperline in Trillium; Just Got In takes My Dear

    A determined Stars to Shine held off a rallying Upperline to win the $97,795 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/trillium12.pdf">Trillium Stakes</a> on Sunday's Queen's Plate undercard at Woodbine. Stars to Shine, ridden by Alex Solis and trained by Mark Frostad for The Grange House Partnership, rushed to the lead through the far turn of the 1 1/8-mile event and held sway as the trio of Upperline, Smart Penny and Maristar tried and failed to reel her in.

  • Musketier denies Simmard in Singspiel; Smokey Fire sizzles in Highlander

    Musketier headed stablemate Simmard in taking his third <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/singspiel12.pdf"> Singspiel Stakes</a> crown, giving trainer Roger Attfield a one-two finish in the Grade 3, $150,793 turf event. The 1 1/2-mile affair was one of three graded turf contests on the Queen's Plate undercard at Woodbine on Sunday.

  • Willy Beaming, Beautiful But Blue provide slight upsets in New York-bred stakes

    Both stakes for New York-bred three-year-olds on Sunday at Belmont Park were marked by mild upsets with Willy Beamin running past Brigand in the stretch of the $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mikelee12.pdf">Mike Lee</a> and Beautiful But Blue regaining winning form in the $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/bouwerie12.pdf">Bouwerie</a> for fillies.

  • Positively, Roman's Avenue work for Bashford Manor

    Positively, a recent maiden winner at Churchill Downs, drilled a bullet three furlongs beneath the Twin Spires in :35 1/5 Sunday morning for trainer Pat Byrne in his last major training move prior to Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Bashford Manor.

  • Peruvian apprentice rider Chuan coming to New York

    New York may soon be home to a young apprentice rider hailing from Peru as 16-year-old Martin Chuan prepares to emigrate to the United States. Agent Roger Sutton expects to take Chuan's book when he arrives in this country, which Sutton hopes will be ahead of opening day at Saratoga on July 20, though no firm arrangements have been made.

  • Desert Blanc retired with a tendon injury

    Desert Blanc, who won the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap by a nose on June 9, has been retired with a tendon injury, Peter Bradley, managing co-owner of Bradley Thoroughbreds, announced on Sunday.

  • Zo Impressive could try CCA Oaks or await Alabama

    Grade 1 Mother Goose winner Zo Impressive returned from Saturday's three-quarter-length victory over Disposablepleasure in good order, trainer Tom Albertrani reported Sunday morning, and will likely make her next start at Saratoga in either the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 21 or the Grade 1 Alabama on August 18.

  • Gemologist returns to worktab, eyes Jim Dandy

    WinStar Farm's Gemologist, winner of the Grade 1 Wood Memorial in April, on Sunday posted his first workout since his 16th-place finish in the May 5 Kentucky Derby on May 5. The three-year-old traveled four furlongs in :49 2/5 over Belmont Park's fast training track, and trainer Todd Pletcher said that the colt is likely to make his next start in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 28 at Saratoga.