Headlines for Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Amazombie overhauls The Factor in Bing Crosby

    If Bing Crosby had been around to see champion sprinter Amazombie line up in the race run in his honor Sunday at Del Mar, he might have crooned a few bars of &quot;Just One More Chance.&quot; Only third in last year's running of the Grade 1 dash, the Bill Spawr charge took a different path this time, and made the most of his second chance in the $300,000 renewal of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/bingcrosby12.pdf">Bing Crosby</a>. Amazombie capitalized on a speed duel that softened up even-money favorite The Factor, and ran him down late to win going away by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Paynter wins the Haskell.

    Paynter Brushes Aside Rivals in Haskell Romp

    Bouncing back from a heart-breaking loss in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) last month, Paynter romped to victory in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 29 at Monmouth Park for trainer Bob Baffert.

  • Amazombie wins the Bing Crosby Stakes.

    Amazombie Looks Awesome in Bing Crosby Win

    Sprint champion Amazombie returned to his best form in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I), sitting just off a hot pace and coming to get the leaders in deep stretch to win going away on the Polytrack at Del Mar July 29.

  • Tune Me In scores upset in Oceanport

    Patricia Generazio's Tune Me In pulled off a massive upset Sunday in the Grade 3, $152,500 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/oceanport12.pdf">Oceanport Stakes</a> at Monmouth Park, holding off rivals Queen'splatekitten and Get Serious to score his first stakes victory by a half-length as the 25-1 longest shot on the board.

  • Paynter continues Baffert dominance of Haskell

    Zayat Stables' Paynter romped to a 3 3/4-length triumph over Nonios in Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/haskell12.pdf">Haskell Invitational</a>, furthering Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's stranglehold on Monmouth Park's signature race. Baffert, who already owned the record, has now sent out an unprecedented sixth Haskell winner, and his third in a row.

  • Laughing all the way in the Matchmaker

    Richard Santulli's Laughing scored her first graded coup in front-running fashion in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/matchmaker12.pdf"> Matchmaker Stakes</a> at Monmouth Park. Under a heady ride by the on-fire Rafael Bejarano, the half-sister to former Hong Kong superstar Viva Pataca enhanced her broodmare value, and earned a visit to a Taylor Made stallion.

  • Brushed by a Star shines bright in Molly Pitcher

    Team Forster's Brushed by a Star took command of Sunday's Grade 2, $202,500 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mollypitcher12.pdf"> Molly Pitcher Stakes</a> at Monmouth Park soon after the gates opened and never relinquished her hold on the lead to post a 1 1/2-length victory over Successful Song. The bay daughter of Eddington was sent off the 9-1 fifth choice in the eight-distaffer field and rewarded her faithful backers with payouts of $21.20, $9 and $5.40.

  • Currency Swap takes Amsterdam

    Klaravich Stables Inc. and William H. Lawrence's Currency Swap asserted his class in Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/amsterdam12.pdf"> Amsterdam Stakes</a> at Saratoga, drawing off in the lane to be 1 3/4 lengths clear on the wire under jockey Rajiv Maragh. The Terri Pompay trainee easily lived up to his 9-5 favoritism to pay $5.60, $3.20 and $2.60.

  • Awesome 'fires' in Wonder Where; Roxy Gap crowned in Royal North

    Awesome Fire closed from the back of the pack to post a half-length victory in the $249,599 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/wonderwhere12.pdf"> Wonder Where Stakes</a> on Sunday at Woodbine. The three-year-old miss sported the colors of Hugh Sutherland's Urban Fire Corp. and was ridden by his sister, jockey Chantal Sutherland, to finish 1 1/4 miles on the firm turf in 2:04.

  • Tune Me In wins the Oceanport Stakes.

    Tune Me In Pays Pretty Penny in Oceanport

    Tune Me In was sent off as the longest price in the $152,500 Oceanport (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park, but that didn't stop the 25-1 shot from springing an upset over six other turf contenders July 29.

  • Currency Swap wins the Amsterdam Stakes.
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    Currency Swap Keeps Spa Streak in Amsterdam

    Currency Swap showed his affinity for Saratoga Race Course July 29, making his first start since winning the 2011 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) a profitable one when he dashed to victory in the $200,000 Amsterdam (gr. II).

  • Awesome Fire wins the Wonder Where Stakes.

    Awesome Fire Smokes 'Em in Wonder Where

    Awesome Fire, under a brilliant ride from Chantal Sutherland, unleashed her closing kick rounding the far turn and overcame traffic problems en route to a game half-length victory in the $249,599 Wonder Where Stakes.

  • Gourmet Dinner ends his fast in Majestic Light

    Our Sugar Bear Stable's Gourmet Dinner halted an eight-race losing skid with a battling victory in Sunday's $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/majesticlight12.pdf"> Majestic Light</a>, the first stakes race on Haskell Day at Monmouth. Winless since taking the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot in 2010, the 7-1 chance rallied beneath Javier Castellano to deny Ponzi Scheme by a neck. South American import Brujo de Olleros, the 3-2 favorite in his U.S. debut, wound up fourth.

  • Caixa Eletronica

    Whitney Contenders Tune Up

    Several key contenders for the Aug. 4 Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) breezed July 29 on the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course, and trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Mike Repole's Caixa Eletronica.

  • Winter Memories to step up in trip for Flower Bowl

    Happy vibrations surrounded the barn of trainer Jimmy Toner Sunday morning as his big, gray turf star Winter Memories relaxed in her stall the morning after taking the Grade 1, $600,000 Diana, her most lucrative win to date.

  • Alpha on course for Travers following nice Jim Dandy win

    Godolphin Racing's Alpha emerged from his victory in Saturday's Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga in fine fettle and is definitely bound for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers Stakes on August 25, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Sunday.

  • Endorsement pleases Harty ahead of Whitney

    Trainer Eoin Harty said he was pleased with the progress of multiple Grade 3 hero Endorsement, a five-year-old son of Distorted Humor who is pointing to Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap at Saratoga.

  • Rule, Ron the Greek, Hymn Book breeze for Whitney

    Trainer Todd Pletcher has confirmed both WinStar Farm's Rule and Mike Repole's Caixa Eletronica for next Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap at Saratoga, with the former posting a five-furlong breeze on the fast Oklahoma training track Sunday.

  • Sea The Stars

    Sea The Stars, History are Arqana Sale Draws

    Arqana's Deauville yearling sale has seven yearlings by champion Sea The Stars. The sale company also hopes to attract U.S. participants with custom tours of the D-Day landing beaches near Normandy.

  • Saratoga Diary: Making the Grade

    Horse racing's graded stakes committee may wake up to the reality that the graded stakes of summer and fall for 3-year-old horses fail to meet the criteria of grade I competition. But it's likely the committee won't.