Articles posted June 30, 2012

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Jeranimo blows past rivals in Shoemaker Mile

B.J. Wright's Jeranimo turned in an explosive rally from the back to win the Grade 1, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile by 1 1/4 lengths at Hollywood Park on Saturday. Trailing the field entering the stretch, the six-year-old circled his rivals under Garrett Gomez to score an 8-1 upset in a time of 1:33 4/5 on firm turf. Jeranimo paid $19.60, $8.40 and $4.

Big Brown represented by first U.S. winner

Champion and dual classic winner Big Brown registered his first North American winner as a freshman sire on Saturday when his juvenile daughter Brown Eyes Blue wired the 2ND race at Churchill Downs by 1 3/4 lengths. The Dale Romans-trained miss ran six furlongs on the fast dirt track in 1:12 1/5 under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan to easily capture her career debut. Brown Eyes Blue has passed through the sales ring twice, bringing $70,000 as a Keeneland September yearling before being purchased by her current connections, Twin Creeks Racing Stables, for $180,000 at the Keeneland April two-year-old sale.

Camp Victory upsets The Factor in Triple Bend

Camp Victory registered a first top-level success Saturday when posting a 10-1 upset of the Grade 1, $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park. Rallying from slightly off the pace, the five-year-old gelding caught odds-on favorite The Factor inside the eighth pole and drew off to win the seven-furlong Cushion Track test by 3 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:22 3/5. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Camp Victory paid $22.60, $7 and $3.60.

Mystical Star fends off challenges in New York

Cheyenne Stables' Mystical Star registered her first stakes victory against a strong field Saturday in the Grade 2, $200,000 New York over 1 1/4 miles of Belmont Park's firm inner turf. Seizing control with about six furlongs remaining, Mystical Star found another gear in the stretch and outkicked Hit It Rich and then 9-5 favorite Aruna to win by a length as the 9-2 fourth choice in a field of six fillies and mares. She paid $11.80, $4.90 and $3.20.

Silver Screamer takes stakes debut in Eatontown

Michael Imperio and Bill Elias Stables' Silver Screamer, who raced and won twice for a claiming tag at Saratoga last summer, landed a Grade 3 stakes in her first attempt when taking the $105,000 Eatontown at Monmouth Park on Saturday. The gray four-year-old tracked in second behind Marquet Madness before taking control in the stretch and kicking clear to win by 1 1/2 lengths. The 9-2 fourth choice in a field of eight fillies and mares, Silver Screamer returned $11.40, $5.20 and $2.80. She finished up 1 1/16 miles on the firm turf in 1:40 2/5 under Jose Espinoza.

Summit of Speed hopefuls litter Calder's worktab

Several horses pointed toward a start in next weekend's Summit of Speed program littered the morning worktab at Calder on Saturday, including a half-mile breeze from Grade 2 Smile Sprint hopeful Apriority, who covered the distance in :49 for trainer Dave Fawkes.

Charles Town cancels Sunday afternoon card

Due to the anticipated heat in the region and temperatures in the area expected to reach the mid to upper 90s, Charles Town has canceled its afternoon card for Sunday. First post for the card was scheduled for 1 p.m. (EDT).

Study Evaluates Exercise During Yearling Sales Preparation

In the equine world, the idiom "hit the ground running" is particularly fitting: Multiple studies suggest early exercise helps develop a foal's musculoskeletal system and could even help prevent future injuries. However, the early exercise Thoroughbred yearlings being prepped for sale receive might have little effect on their musculoskeletal...

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