Headlines for Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • Royal Delta holds off Tiz Miz Sue to win the Delaware.

    Royal Delta Fully Extended in Del Cap

    Besilu Stables' Royal Delta held off a late challenger to win the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) by a neck at Delaware Park July 21, but it wasn't the nemesis everyone thought she'd face near the wire.

  • Acclamation bounds home to win the Eddie Read at Del Mar.

    Acclamation Wins Eddie Read for 7th Straight

    Champion Acclamation ran his winning streak to seven en route to his second straight triumph in the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT), drawing away in the stretch after setting the pace on the Del Mar turf July 21.

  • Silver Max and Robby Albarado are in control at the finish of the Virginia Derby.

    Sterling Show by Silver Max in Virginia Derby

    It didn't go as smoothly as planned but odds-on choice Silver Max got the job done anyway in the $600,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT), registering his sixth consecutive turf win on yielding ground at Colonial Downs July 21.

  • Questing pulls away to win the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1979122731&k=z9tNkj7">Order This Photo</a>

    Questing Finds Grade I Win in CCA Oaks

    Godolphin Racing's Questing earned the first grade I win of her career and gave 19-year-old jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. the same when she took the $300,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 21 at Saratoga.

  • Silver Max extends win streak to six in Virginia Derby

    Leading turf three-year-old Silver Max continued his winning ways Saturday in the Grade 2, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/vaderby12.pdf">Virginia Derby</a>, making it six straight with a comfortable one-length score over the yielding turf at Colonial Downs. He entered the 1 1/4-mile test with an impressive resume but no experience past 8 1/2 furlongs, but the additional ground proved to be no obstacle for the Dale Romans-trained colt, who will likely head to the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park August 18 as the horse to beat.

  • Acclamation makes it seven in a row in Eddie Read

    Reigning champion older male Acclamation cruised to a 2 3/4-length repeat victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/eddieread12.pdf">Eddie Read Stakes</a> at Del Mar, extending his current winning streak to seven. Hammered down to 1-2 favoritism, the California-bred star took his customary spot on the front end, easily shrugged off a brief move by Slim Shadey, and stamped his authority down the stretch.

  • Volcat pounces in Virginia Oaks

    Under an enterprising ride by Robby Albarado, Landaluce Educe Stables' Volcat struck the front on the far turn of Saturday evening's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/vaoaks12.pdf">Virginia Oaks</a> and kept on determinedly for the duration to earn her first stakes victory. The Ken McPeek trainee held the persistent Filare l'Oro safe by a half-length, completing 1 1/8 miles on the yielding turf course in 1:52.

  • New England Turf Writers Present Awards

    Sassy City, New England's champion older mare in 2011, was named the 2011 James B. Moseley Horse of the Year by the New England Turf Writers Association at its 70th annual awards dinner held July 20.

  • Volcat fends off Filare l&#39;Oro to win the Virginia Oaks.

    Volcat Victorious in Virginia Oaks

    Volcat found the deep going at Colonial Downs to her liking when she opened up a commanding lead in the stretch and held on for a half-length victory in the $150,000 Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) in New Kent July 21.

  • Questing succeeds in CCA Oaks

    Running in the Godolphin blue for the first time on Saturday, the Darley-bred Questing recorded an easy 4 1/4-length score in the Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ccaoaks12.pdf">Coaching Club American Oaks</a> at Saratoga with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. in the irons. The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained miss more than doubled her career earnings to $314,874 while adding a first stakes win to her resume, which now stands at 8-3-1-1.

  • Royal Delta holds Tiz Miz Sue in gutsy Del 'Cap win

    Royal Delta was forced to display all of the class and grit that saw her named champion three-year-old filly in 2011 on Saturday to hold off a determined Tiz Miz Sue in the Grade 2, $750,250 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/delcap12.pdf">Delaware Handicap</a>. The Bill Mott-trained daughter of Empire Maker took the lead entering the stretch, but had to dig deep to get the neck victory while finishing 1 1/4 miles on the fast Delaware Park track in 2:03 2/5.

  • Danedream pips Nathaniel in King George thriller

    Teruya Yoshida's decision to purchase a half share in Danedream yielded an instant dividend in last term's Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and, despite reverses in the Group 1 Japan Cup and Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, the Longchamp heroine bounced back to win a thrilling renewal of Saturday's Group 1 King George VI &amp; Queen Elizabeth at Ascot.

  • La Tia leads throughout in Arlington Oaks

    La Tia coasted to her third consecutive victory in as many starts this season with a wire-to-wire score in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/apoaks12.pdf">Arlington Oaks</a>.

  • Princess Highway, Great Heavens headline Irish Oaks

    The Late Walter Haefner believed that the best fillies and mares should be tested on the track, and so it is fitting that just over a month on from his parting, the Moyglare silks are carried postward in Sunday's Group 1 Irish Oaks by a leading contender in Princess Highway.

  • Alpha, Atigun limber up for Jim Dandy

    Alpha, who has been targeting next Saturday's Grade 2 Jim Dandy since a fever forced him to miss the Belmont Stakes, breezed four furlongs in :49 2/5 on Saratoga's fast main track Saturday with exercise rider Robert Massey aboard.

  • Prospective

    Casse Considers Two Oxley Colts for Haskell

    Owner John C. Oxley's yellow and blue silks will be represented in the 45th running of the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on July 29. What remains a question mark is which of his two candidates will carry the colors.

  • LaSala reflects on riding career

    Ceremonies ensued immediately after veteran Chicago-based jockey Jerry LaSala rode Arapaho Royal's Royal Alluvial in the 7TH race on Arlington's Million Preview Day last Saturday.

  • Shackleford, Tapitsfly work for Romans

    On the worktab at Churchill Downs Saturday for trainer Dale Romans was Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap winner Shackleford, who will bypass the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on August 4 to run in the seven-furlong, Grade 1 Forego on September 1. Shackleford went five furlongs in 1:01 2/5, breezing.

  • Dutrow family runners exit stakes wins in good shape

    Pacific Ocean, front-running winner of Friday's Grade 3 James Marvin, and So Many Ways, heroine of the Grade 3 Schuylerville, came out of their races in fine fettle, their connections reported Saturday morning.

  • Dullahan fires bullet for Haskell

    At Churchill Downs on Saturday, multiple Grade 1 star Dullahan signaled his readiness for the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational July 29 by breezing five furlongs in a bullet :59 4/5. The Dale Romans trainee registered the fastest of 15 works at the distance on the fast main track.

  • Class Warfare, son of Take d' Tour, debuts at Calder

    When Class Warfare breaks from the gate for the first time in Sunday's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/classwarfaredebut7-22-12.html"> 3RD race</a> at Calder, the promising son of A.P. Indy will become the first foal to start out of the mare Take D' Tour, a two-time winner of the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park who also prevailed in a pair of Calder stakes, the 2006 editions of the Grade 3 Stage Door Betty and Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap.

  • Kauai Katie romps onto New York Watch

    This year on opening day, Stonestreet was represented by Kauai Katie, who romped by 12 lengths at first asking in the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kauaikatie7-20.pdf">5TH</a> race.

  • Univ. of Edinburgh Offers Online Equine Nutrition Course

    The University of Edinburgh is offering a free online equine nutrition course through coursera.org. The five-week long course will be instructed by Jo-Anne Murray, PhD, PgDip, PgCert, BSc(Hons), BHSII, RNutr, FHEA, senior lecturer in Animal Nutrition and Husbandry at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the university.