Articles posted July 22, 2012

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Eden's Moon rises to the top in San Clemente turf bow

Eden's Moon scooted through between horses to take command of Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 San Clemente at Del Mar and led all the way home in the one-mile grass affair to score by 1 1/4 lengths under jockey Rafael Bejarano. The Bob Baffert-trained daughter of Malibu Moon was sent off the 4-5 favorite and returned $3.80, $3.40 and $2.80 for stopping the clock on the firm turf in 1:34 1/5.

CCA Oaks top three could rematch in Alabama

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin stood overlooking the training track at New York's Greentree Training Center on a picture-perfect Sunday morning, marveling at the emergence of Godolphin Racing Stable's Questing.

Bern Identity stays on best in Sanford

George and Lori Hall's Bern Identity passed what turned out to be a stern test for inexperienced juveniles in Sunday's Grade 2, $300,000 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga. A wicked speed duel cost the front runners, and ran most of the field off its feet, but the 9-5 favorite coped well. Showing the ability to draft just behind the pace war for Rosie Napravnik, the Kelly Breen pupil got himself into position, and had enough left to run down the tired Handsome Jack late.

Summer Front blows away Duluth rivals

Waterford Stable's Summer Front, who was rerouted to Sunday's $100,000 Duluth Stakes at Saratoga as a back-up plan, simply inhaled his opponents with an blistering turn of foot as the prohibitive 2-5 favorite. Trainer Christophe Clement originally intended to run in Saturday night's Grade 2, $600,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs, but a rainy forecast prompted him to keep the talented War Front colt at home, and he put on an exhibition on the firm inner turf.

Zagora drills half-mile for Diana repeat

Trainer Chad Brown confirmed Martin Schwartz's Zagora for a title defense in the Grade 1 Diana, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares on July 28 at Saratoga, after the five-year-old daughter of Green Tune breezed four furlongs on the fast Oklahoma training track in :49 4/5 on Sunday with exercise rider Walter Malasquez in the irons.

Roman, La Tia form an unbeatable partnership

The fortunes of jockey Constantino Roman shot up like a Roman candle Saturday when the 21-year-old native of Guerrero, Mexico, scored the first graded stakes victory of his career in the Grade 3 Arlington Oaks.

Awesome Belle's return to two-turns results in stakes win

With each defeat that piled up for Awesome Belle, winner of last year's My Dear Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, trainer Stanley Gold never lost sight of the eventual goal for the homebred daughter of Awesome of Course, which was a return to two-turn racing in Saturday's $75,000 Three Ring, a race Awesome Belle won to halt a nine-race losing streak that dated back to last November.

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