Articles posted July 21, 2012

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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 Virginia Derby, 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 Eddie Read Stakes 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 Virginia Oaks 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.

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 Coaching Club American Oaks 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 Delaware Handicap. 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 & Queen Elizabeth at Ascot.

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.

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.

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 3RD race 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.

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