Articles posted June 24, 2012

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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 Trillium Stakes 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.

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.

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