Evan recaps the American Derby, Man o War Stakes, and more from the weekend's races. watch video
- By Steve Haskin
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Eighty-two non-profits got support from Thoroughbred Charities of America.
Trainer Bob Baffert easily won his second spring/summer training title in a row at Betfair Hollywood Park while jockey Rafael Bejarano was the dominant rider at the 50-day stand that ended July 15.
Rahystrada, who won his second Grade 3 Arlington Handicap on Saturday, came out of that most recent Grade 1 Arlington Million prep in good order and appeared likely to return for his third consecutive Million when Chicago's centerpiece race celebrates its 30th anniversary edition less than five weeks from now on August 18.
Two-time reigning Eclipse champion jockey Ramon Dominguez won the Belmont Park spring/summer riding title for the fourth straight year, bringing home 70 winners during the 56-day meet that concluded July 15.
The filly Dixie Strike, closing from well out on the track, edged past Colleen's Sailor just past the furlong pole to capture the $493,153 Prince of Wales Stakes July 15 in what could be the race's final renewal at Fort Erie.
A tonic for trainer Mike Mitchell, who is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor, the Irish-bred was ridden for the first time by his future son-in-law, Julien Leparoux. Sunday happened to be Leparoux's 29th birthday, and Dhaamer turned the meet's final graded event into an extra-special family celebration.
Trainer Mike Mitchell, who had surgery to remove a tumor from his brain late last month, was on hand as odds-on Dhaamer turned the closing-day Sunset Handicap (gr. IIIT) into a romp at Betfair Hollywood Park July 15.
Though Queen's Plate runner-up Irish Mission was sent off the 8-5 favorite in Sunday's $493,153 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie, it was the other filly in the field, John C. Oxley's Dixie Strike, who got the win over the game duo of Ultimate Destiny and Colleen's Sailor.
Pimlico Race Course held the show to showcase the versatility of Thoroughbreds.
Evan recaps the American Derby, Man o War Stakes, and more from the weekend's races.
With 18 entrants, Del Mar will kick off its 73rd summer season with split divisions of the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes, the seaside track's traditional opening day feature.
Zayat Stables' Grade 1 Arkansas Derby star is the latest big defection from Monmouth's $1 million showpiece, which lost Belmont Stakes hero Union Rags due to injury earlier this week. While Union Rags will be out for the rest the season with his tendon issue, at least Bodemeister's setback is simply an ill-timed illness.
Essence Hit Man, last year's Canadian champion sprinter, should get a stern test from undefeated Eternal Rule in the $150,000 Bold Venture Stakes (Can-III) on the night of July 18 at Woodbine.
Zayat Stables' grade I-winning 3-year-old colt Bodemeister has spiked a fever and will skip the July 29 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.
The first winner by graded stakes victor Real Dandy prevailed by 11 3/4 lengths at Ruidoso Downs July 14.
Grade II winner Horse Greeley sired his first winner July 14 when his 2-year-old daughter Cowgirl Greeley won a maiden special weight race at Canterbury Park
Divine Park, winner of the 2008 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), came through with his first winner July 14 when his 2-year-old daughter Cmonbabylitemyfire won a maiden special weight race
Much of the country is experiencing drier than normal conditions this summer and, thus, some horses living on pasture might soon have limited forage choices. Owners must take care to ensure pastures do not contain certain plant and weed species capable of producing toxins during stress conditions such as drought.
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