Headlines for Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • Hansen dominates the Iowa Derby.

    Hansen Romps in Iowa Derby Return

    Dr. Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing's Hansen returned from a layoff in a big way with a dominant victory in the $245,000 Iowa Derby (gr. III) June 30 at Prairie Meadows.

  • Sum of the Parts powers home in the Red Legend at Charles Town.

    Sum of the Parts Adds Up to Red Legend Win

    Sum of the Parts, taking the lead shortly after the start, led at every pole to capture the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths in an upset at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on the night of June 30.

  • Circle Unbroken gives trainer rare sweep with Bashford Manor win

    Travis Morgeson V LLC's Circle Unbroken easily held off Positively in Saturday evening's Grade 3, $109,800 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/bashfordmanor12.pdf">Bashford Manor Stakes</a> at Churchill Downs to post a one-length victory under jockey Jon Court.

  • 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/shoemakermile12.pdf">Shoemaker Mile</a> 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/browneyesblue6-30-12.pdf"> 2ND race</a> 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/triplebend12.pdf">Triple Bend Handicap</a> 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.

  • Jeranimo flies late to win the Shoemaker Mile.

    Jeranimo Jumps in Late for Shoemaker Surprise

    Trailing the field into the stretch, outsider Jeranimo angled to the middle of the track and flew home for Garrett Gomez to earn his first grade I win in the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile June 30 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/newyork12.pdf">New York</a> 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.

  • Teeth of the Dog wins a nail-biter in Dwyer

    J.W. Singer LLC's Teeth of the Dog just held a tenacious Fast Falcon in the stretch of Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dwyer12.pdf">Dwyer Stakes</a> at Belmont Park to score by a neck on the wire.

  • Camp Victory streaks home to win the Triple Bend.

    Triple Bend: Camp Victory Earns Get Well Win

    Trainer Mike Mitchell, who had brain surgery a day earlier, surely got some much-needed tonic when his Camp Victory swept to victory in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) at Betfair Hollywood Park June 30.

  • Kitty in a Tizzy scores in Chicago 'Cap

    William L. Clifton Jr.'s Kitty in a Tizzy rallied three wide rounding the turn to reach contention with the leaders in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/chicagocap12.pdf">Chicago Handicap</a> before eventually taking command and scoring by a length on the wire.

  • 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/eatontown12.pdf"> Eatontown</a> 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.

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    Mystical Star Gets Revenge in New York Stakes

    Mystical Star got sweet revenge in the $200,000 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) June 30 at Belmont, experiencing no difficulties at the start to keep her from victory as she did in the May 26 Sheepshead Bay (gr. IIT) last time out.

  • Camelot and Joseph O&#39;Brien take the Irish Derby.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1936981311&amp;k=8NSBSr7&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Camelot Powers to Victory in Irish Derby

    Camelot kept his perfect record intact and notched his third classic of the season when he powered to a two-length victory in the $1,614,500 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Ire-I) at the Curragh June 30.

  • 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.

  • National Horsemen&#39;s Benevolent and Protective Association roundtable discussion

    Protecting Gaming Purse Funds a Challenge

    Protecting purse revenue from alternative gaming can be as hard, or harder, than winning legislative approval for it, horsemen said June 30 during a National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association roundtable talk.

  • 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).

  • Charles Town Cancels Sunday Card

    Due to anticipated heat in the region and temperatures expected to reach the mid to upper 90's, Charles Town has canceled its afternoon card scheduled for July 1. The June 30 Sprint Festival will go on as scheduled.

  • Study Evaluates Exercise During Yearling Sales Preparation

    In the equine world, the idiom &quot;hit the ground running&quot; is particularly fitting: Multiple studies suggest early exercise helps develop a foal&#39;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...