Headlines for Saturday, July 28, 2012

  • Rail Trip returns to winner's circle in San Diego

    Jay Em Ess Stable's Rail Trip returned to his winning ways on Saturday with a half-length victory in the Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sandiego12.pdf">San Diego Handicap</a> at Del Mar. With jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. in the irons, the Ron Ellis-trained gelding ran 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack in 1:43 to return $11.20, $5.60 and $3.80 as the 9-2 fifth choice in the seven-horse field.

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    Alpha Dominant Winner in Jim Dandy Return

    Unraced since a 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Godolphin Stables' Alpha proved his mettle off the layup July 28 when he took the $600,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) wire-to-wire at Saratoga.

  • Rail Trip outfinishes John Scott to win the San Diego at Del Mar.

    Rail Trip Steams Home in San Diego Handicap

    Grade I winner Rail Trip posted his first victory in more than two years when he outlasted a determined John Scott by a half-length in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 28 at Del Mar.

  • Alpha wires Jim Dandy at wet Saratoga

    Godolphin Racing's Alpha turned in a front-running display in the slop at Saratoga on Saturday in the Grade 2, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/jimdandy12.pdf">Jim Dandy</a> over 1 1/8 miles. Sent to the lead by Ramon Dominguez from post 1, Alpha set a pedestrian pace of :24 2/5; :49 1/5 and 1:14. Challenged around the far turn and in the stretch, Alpha maintained his supremacy throughout and expanded his lead to two lengths at the line. The 9-5 favorite returned $5.60, $3.70 and $3.20 after completing the distance in 1:50 2/5.

  • Winter Memories completes mother-daughter double in Diana

    Phillips Racing Partnership's homebred Winter Memories was able to employ her late kick to devastating effect in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/diana12.pdf">Diana Stakes</a> at Saratoga. Given a perfect stalking trip by Javier Castellano, with clear sailing throughout, the talented gray stormed to the front at the top of the stretch and joined her dam, millionaire Memories of Silver, on the Diana honor roll.

  • Two T's at Two B romps in Dr. Fager; 'Candy' sweetens the pot in Desert Vixen

    Gilbert G. Campbell's homebred Two T's at Two B continued his domination of the juvenile ranks at Calder on Saturday with yet another easy win, this time in the $75,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fssdrfager12.pdf">Dr. Fager division</a> of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

  • Hammers Terror and Lori Keith take the Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park.

    Hammers Terror Nails First Mystic Lake Derby

    Hammers Terror won the inaugural running of the $161,250 Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park July 28 in front-running fashion, surviving a lengthy inquiry into the final stages of the one-mile turf event.

  • Deauville, Munich offer Group 1 action

    Previously known as the Prix d'Astarte, the Group 1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville offers the perfect mid-summer platform for Europe's top miling distaffers to strut their stuff and Sunday's edition is a select affair to launch the month-long Normandy festival.

  • Block looking forward to American St. Leger with Ioya Bigtime, Suntracer

    Trainer Chris Block may be the pride of Champaign, Illinois, but he has also been an extremely positive force among Arlington horsemen since his own career began in 1989. The 45-year-old conditioner saddled a training double July 27 to gain sole possession of fourth-place in Arlington's trainer standings, but Block doesn't keep tabs on that sort of thing.

  • Amazombie stronger for Bing Crosby this time

    After only a few moments of talking about champion sprinter Amazombie, Bill Spawr invited a visitor to his Barn G headquarters at Del Mar to take a closer look at the object of the discussion. Spawr pointed to the large muscles in the hindquarters of the California-bred gelding, the shine of his brown coat and remarked that at age six, the son of Northern Afleet appeared to him to be fully ready for his start in Sunday's Grade 1, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes.

  • Successful Dan&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1782652995&amp;k=sqb4x5G&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Successful Dan Out of Whitney with Filling

    Trainer Charles Lopresti loaded Morton Fink's multiple grade II stakes winner Successful Dan onto a van the morning of July 28, bound for Lexington and an appointment with Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.

  • Successful Dan begins trip to Kentucky for doctor's visit

    Trainer Charles Lopresti loaded his multiple Graded 2 stakes winner Successful Dan onto a van Saturday morning, bound for Lexington, Kentucky, and an appointment with Dr. Larry Bramlage at the Rood &amp; Riddle Equine Hospital.

  • Haskell entrants inspire confidence in connections

    On the eve of their battle in Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational, the six contenders put the finishing touches on their preparation with routine exercise Saturday morning.

  • Richard's Kid gets easy Pacific Classic prep in Cougar II

    Zabeel Racing International's Richard's Kid outclassed five opponents Friday evening at Del Mar with a come-from-behind triumph in the Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/cougar12.pdf">Cougar II Handicap</a>. Richard's Kid rebounded from prior losses in the Cougar II in 2009-10 to capture the Grade 1 Pacific Classic both years, and will now seek an unprecedented third win in the August 26 renewal of that $1 million, 1 1/4-mile race.

  • Havre de Grace to sell at Fasig-Tipton November

    Owner Rick Porter has announced that 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, who was retired in April after sustaining ligament injuries, will be auctioned off at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Lexington, Kentucky, on November 5.