Guys Reward, stalking three wide into the stretch on a soggy Churchill Downs turf course, drew clear approaching the furlong pole to win the closing night Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) by two lengths July 1.
Michael J. Bruder's Guys Reward wrapped up a stellar spring meet under the Twin Spires for trainer Dale Romans and jockey Corey Lanerie, capping off the duo's meet leading titles with a two-length victory in Churchill Downs' closing day feature, the Grade 2, $165,900 Firecracker Handicap.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Triple Bend Handicap, Shoemaker Mile, Iowa Oaks and Derby, and the Dwyer Stakes. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the Triple Bend Handicap, Shoemaker Mile, Iowa Oaks and Derby, and the Dwyer Stakes.
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I'll Have Another, winner of the first two jewels of the 2012 Triple Crown, will be paraded between races July 7 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
After upsetting Liaison in the Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) at 15-1 odds one month ago, Nonios will face his rival once again in the $150,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II), the Independence Day feature at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another will be paraded between races on Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Marcia Cohen and trainer Steve Klesaris's Derwin's Star tracked just off the pace in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap at Belmont Park before slipping between rivals on the turn and drawing off to post an easy 3 1/2-length victory under jockey Ramon Dominguez.
Derwin's Star, taking advantage of a seam at the head of the stretch, streaked to her first graded stakes win in the $150,000 Bed o' Roses (gr. III) July 1 at Belmont Park.
Six days out from Belmont Park's Grade 2 Suburban Handicap, three leading contenders hit Big Sandy's track Sunday morning to turn in their final breezes prior to the 1 1/8-mile race.
Odds-on choice Hunters Bay had no problem with the 1 1/4-mile distance in his first try, putting away Pender Harbour in deep stretch to post a one-length victory in the $204,961 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine.
Grade 2-placed multiple stakes winner Gantry, the likely favorite for next Saturday's weekend's Grade 2 Smile Sprint at Calder took to the Miami Gardens, Florida, track on Sunday to put in place the final piece of his preparatory puzzle, blasting a co-bullet half-mile workout in :47 3/5.
Blue Heart, getting a textbook ride from Alex Solis, overtook front-running Casa Loma and favored Black Bird Rock in deep stretch to capture the $245,875 Bison City Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths at Woodbine July 1.
The victory by Circle Unbroken in Saturday night's 111th running of the Grade 3 Bashford Manor had the connections of the dark bay son of Broken Vow thinking about the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Sunday morning.
Sunday morning for Churchill Downs Track Superintendent Butch Lehr began like many others during his 45-year career beneath the venerable Twin Spires at the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein's Uptown Bertie came three wide around the turn in Saturday night's Grade 3, $200,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows before taking command and drawing off for a 2 1/4-length victory under jockey Julien Leparoux. The Steve Margolis-trained daughter of More Than Ready was trying stakes company for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile, fast-track contest, and stopped the clock in 1:43 1/5.
Robin Richards was elected president and Stephanie Beattie first vice president of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association during the organization's board of directors meeting July 1 in Iowa.
Longshot Pastorius swept past favored Novellist near the wire to capture the Sparda 143 Deutsches Derby-German Derby (Ger-I) by a half-length at Hamburg July 1.
Queen'splatekitten is the 5-2 morning line favorite for what shapes up as a contentious renewal of the $100,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. IIIT), the one-mile Independence Day feature on the Monmouth Park turf.
A dinner and dance event to benefit jockey Omar Berrio will be held after the races July 8 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Janis R. Whitham's homebred Fort Larned flashed to the front when the gates opened in Saturday night's Grade 3, $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap and was never seriously threatened, recording an easy three-length victory over the heavily-favored Successful Dan.
Izzi Top charged past longtime leader Sapphire with a furlong remaining and drew off to a comfortable 1 1/4-length victory in the Barclays Bank Ireland Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh July 1.
Returning for his first start in more than 2 1/2 years, Take Control, the first foal out of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, was a sharp winner June 30 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Aesop's Fables collared Gregorian in deep stretch and charged to a one-length victory in the Prix Jean Prat (Fr-I) at Chantilly July 1.
Sagamore Racing's Millionreasonswhy died Sunday morning after a training accident at Sagamore Farm near Glyndon, Md.
Due to the severe storm and a current power outage, Colonial Downs has canceled its live race card for Sunday, July 1.
Star Guitar, the all-time leading Louisiana-bred earner, added to his legacy June 30 when he rallied to win the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Night Classic at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino in track record time.
Water is one of the essential nutrients a horse needs to perform a number of life-support functions, including digestion and thermoregulation. Especially with the hot summer weather prevalent in much of the country, it's important to ensure horses have access to water at all times.
An evenly-matched field of nine older fillies and mares heads postward July 3 in the $250,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT), each seeking her first graded stakes score.
Fort Larned, left alone on an easy pace, turned back heavy favorite Successful Dan in the lane to post an easy three-length triumph in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III) in Iowa June 30.
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