Headlines for Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Essence Hit Man refuses to let Eternal Rule get by him in the Bold Venture.

    Essence Hit Man Handles Bold Venture Assault

    Essence Hit Man showed what champions are made of when he staved off the equally determined challenger Eternal Rule through the long Woodbine homestretch to win the $172,801 Bold Venture Stakes (Can-III) July 18.

  • My Best Brother leads all the way in second Oceanside division

    My Best Brother went straight to the lead when the gates opened in the $109,900 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/oceanside2nddiv12.pdf"> second division of the Oceanside </a>and repulsed all challenges en route to a wire-to-wire victory. With Martin Garcia up, the son of Stormy Atlantic dug in late while making his stakes bow, holding off the fast-finishing Tones by a half-length, and stretched his win skein to three for trainer Julio Canani.

  • Midnight Crooner ekes out win in first Oceanside division

    Arnold Zetcher's homebred Midnight Crooner tracked the early pace set by Canuletmedowneasy and Chips All In in the $109,300 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/oceanside1stdiv12.pdf"> first division of the Oceanside</a> on Del Mar's opening card Wednesday, before overhauling the latter runner in the lane to score by a neck. Rafael Bejarano put together the winning ride aboard the Bob Baffert trainee, who completed a mile on the firm turf in 1:34 3/5.

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    Zo Impressive Ready for CCA Oaks Rematch

    Zo Impressive won the June 23 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park with resolute style, but faces a tough task in the $300,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course July 21.

  • Acclamation is towering presence in Eddie Read title defense

    Acclamation will make a title defense when he returns to Del Mar's turf&nbsp; in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/eddieread12">Eddie Read Stakes </a>at 1 1/8 miles. The Don Warren trainee made short work of a deep group of rivals last year, strolling to an easy 3 1/4-length decision on the front end, and only four rivals will line up to face arguably the nation's best turf horse on Saturday. Acclamation looks set for another top performance with jockey Pat Valenzuela.

  • Royal Delta, Awesome Maria headline Del 'Cap

    The last time champion Royal Delta met up with Awesome Maria, the four-year-old miss suffered an eight-length loss when second in the Grade 3 Sabin Stakes on February 25. The pair will duke it out yet again on Saturday as part of a seven-distaffer field entered in the Grade 2, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/delcap12.html">Delaware Handicap</a> going 10 furlongs on Delaware Park's main track.

  • Silver Max, Summer Front square off in Virginia Derby

    In five starts on turf this season, no horse has been able to head Silver Max. Whether that trend continues will be determined Saturday when the streaking three-year-old heads a field of nine in the Grade 2, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/vaderby12">Virginia Derby</a> at Colonial Downs.

  • Radosevich released from hospital

    Jockey Jacob Radosevich, 19, injured Monday during Thistledown's 5TH race when the horse he was riding broke down, has been released from Cleveland MetroHealth Hospital, according to his mother, Shelly Radosevich.

  • Zo Impressive, Disposablepleasure face off in CCA Oaks

    Zo Impressive and Disposablepleasure met for the first time in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park on June 23, and on Saturday the duo will continue the rivalry born in that contest in the Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ccaoaks12.html">Coaching Club American Oaks</a> at Saratoga. The 1 1/8-mile affair for sophomore fillies drew a total of six runners.

  • The Little Horse That Could

    'The little horse that could,' as Jackson Bend has affectionately come to be known, will start July 20 in the $100,000 James Marvin Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course

  • Belmont Notebook

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">BELMONT NOTEBOOK </font></b> </i>

  • Horse Owners Challenged by Heat, Drought

    Earlier this summer, triple digit temperatures had horse owners and their animals sweltering. Now owners remain hot under the collar as they worry about hay and feed availability with the persistent heat and ongoing drought.