Articles posted July 14, 2012

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Redeemed wins Greenwood Cup in track record time

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 returns to winning ways in A Gleam

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.

Lady of Shamrock gains revenge in American Oaks

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.

Grace Hall asserts class in Delaware Oaks

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.

Ioya Bigtime springs $84 upset in Stars and Stripes

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.

Point of Entry continues his ascent in Man o' War

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.

Mayson romps in July Cup over heavy ground

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.

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