Tony Leonard, a legendary equine photographer who chronicled the golden age of Thoroughbred racing, died July 14 at Homestead Nursing Home in Lexington. He was 89.
Amarish, the 2-5 favorite in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship, was dueled into submission by Strong Wind, and along to pick up the pieces was Gary and Cecil Barber's Scherer Magic, who drove home a convincing 2 1/2-length winner of the six-furlong dash.
Supported like a "death and taxes" favorite in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Greenwood Cup at Parx Racing, Jay Em Ess Stables's Redeemed had a few anxious moments in the stretch before pulling out the expected victory in the 1 1/2-mile test, which serves as a prelude to the Grade 2 Breeders' Cup Marathon in November.
Switch finally made her way back into the winner's circle on Saturday when running down six rivals in the Grade 2, $200,000 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park. The John Sadler pupil hadn't scored since taking the Grade 1 Santa Monica in January 2011, but pulled out a 1 3/4-length victory Saturday to stop the clock for seven Cushion Track furlongs in 1:24 1/5.
In what was a pivotal race for her, favored Switch rallied in deep stretch on the outside to capture the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) at Betfair Hollywood Park July 14.
Lady of Shamrock was the highlight of a big day for trainer John Sadler, who sent out Switch to win the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap and who saddled the respective top two in the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship, Scherer Magic and Carson's Crown.
Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group's Grace Hall returned to the winner's circle on Saturday when an easy 3 3/4-length victory in the Grade 2, $400,000 Delaware Oaks for trainer Tony Dutrow. Jockey Javier Castellano guided the bay daughter of Empire Maker through the 1 1/16-mile feature, and the pair finished up on the fast dirt at Delaware Park in 1:42 2/5.
Point of Entry built a 3-race win streak in the $600,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park July 14, drawing off to a solid 3 1/2-length victory while 4-5 favorite Treasure Beach failed to hit the board.
Jockey Mike Smith gambled at the rail with favored Lady of Shamrock and it paid off with a convincing victory in the $350,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) on the turf July 14 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Backers who saw past a winless record in 2012 were rewarded by the 5-year-old Illinois-bred, who shocked in the $150,000 Stars & Stripes Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 14. He rolled to victory for Team Block at odds of 41-1.
Musketier, the 2-1 favorite, rallied from far back to grab second and reduce the winner's margin to 1 1/2 lengths at the wire. Ioya Bigtime's stablemate and fellow Illinois-bred, Suntracer, also loomed boldly down the stretch for third and gave Team Block a one-three finish.
Grade II winner Keyed Entry sired his first winner when his 2-year-old daughter Hyena won at Betfair Hollywood Park July 13 in her first start.
Cozzetti made the best of an inside trip along the rail as he got up to nip pacesetter All Stormy by a neck in a four-horse blanket finish in the American Derby (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park.
In winning Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Arlington Handicap for a second time, the eight-year-old gelding Rahystrada joined Hall of Famer Round Table (1958-59) and Cosmonaut (2006-07) as a two-time winner of the grass test, which dates to 1929. Unlike the previous two, however, Rahystrada had to wait two years to get his second victory in the 1 1/4-mile event.
GSP Racing Stable's Well Spelled became a first-time graded winner when he rallied through the stretch at Monmouth Park July 14 to capture the $101,000 Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III).
Robert Courtney Jr.'s Rahystrada, an 8-year-old Rahy gelding, holds off 9-5 favorite Boisterous by a neck July 14 in the $200,000 Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT). Rahystrada won the Arlington Handicap in 2010.
Under a heady ride by Jose Lezcano, Point of Entry sat in a watching second as Center Divider strolled through fractions of :26, :52 and 1:16 3/5 on the firm Widener turf. When Center Divider began to pick up the pace through a mile in 1:40, Point of Entry quickened too and inched up to the leader's flank.
Few expected a bold showing from David Armstrong's 20-1 shot Mayson Saturday's Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket, let alone a demolition job from the Northern raider who ploughed a lone furrow to score by five lengths. In a demonstration of raw speed on heavy ground, the homebred bay was sent straight into the lead chased by the eventual runner-up The Cheka in the center of the track and kept extending to leave that rival in his wake.
Trainer Bob Baffert describes Executiveprivilege as "pretty special" and it was easy to see why after her impressive 3 1/4-length tally in the $150,000 Landaluce Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park July 14.
In what could be the most visually impressive race of the weekend, Grace Hall left her foes in the dust while taking the $400,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) by 3 3/4 lengths July 14 at Delaware Park.
Juddmonte Farm's Starformer, far back in a Churchill Downs allowance race on the dirt in her last start, returned to the turf to win the $200,375 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park July 14.
Frank Calabrese's Romacaca gamely held off Snow Top Mountain by a neck in the Modesty Handicap (gr. IIIT)at Arlington Park. The 6-year-old Running Stag mare covered the 1 3/16 miles in 1:56.67.
Scherer Magic was in the garden spot when odds-on favorite Amarish gave way in the stretch, and the former claiming horse captured the $150,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) July 14 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Jay Em Ess Stable's Redeemed held off a nagging pressure from Not Abroad to win the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (gr. III) in track-record time at Parx Racing July 14.
Imperial Monarch continued Aidan O'Brien's superb year as he held on for a short head victory over Last Train to win the Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-I) at Longchamp July 14.
Late-running Patrioticandproud took the overland route to his first stakes victory in the $148,833 Toronto Cup at Woodbine July 14.
Mayson made the leap into group I company a successful one when he led from the start to post a 20-1 upset in the $620,000 Darley July Cup (Eng-I) at Newmarket July 14.
Ken Tohill became the 161st jockey to reach 3,000 North American victories when he guided favored Mag to a half-length triumph in the opening race at Prairie Meadows on the evening of July 13.
Many equestrians consider cuts, bruises, and the occasional broken bone part of the territory when it comes to working with and around horses. However a recent study revealed that a "disproportionately high accident rate" in the horse world as compared to other industries.
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