Headlines for Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Blueskiesnrainbows holds on to win the Swaps at Hollywood Park.

    Steady Blueskiesnrainbows Wires Swaps Stakes

    There weren't a lot of fireworks in the $150,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) as Blueskiesnrainbows dictated an even tempo and held on gamely for his first stakes victory in the Independence Day feature at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • Turbo Compressor stretches out in United Nations

    Turbo Compressor, who led throughout in taking last month's 1 3/16-mile Colonial Turf Cup, will attempt to stretch his speed 1 3/8 miles Saturday in the Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/unitednations12">United Nations</a> at Monmouth Park. The historical turf fixture, which was introduced in the early 1950s at Atlantic City, has attracted a field of seven.

  • Game on Dude highlights Gold Cup; I'll Have Another to parade between races

    Game on Dude will seek the third Grade 1 victory of his career in the $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/holgoldcup12.html"> Hollywood Gold Cup</a> on Saturday at Hollywood Park. Set for 1 1/4 miles over the Cushion Track, the 73rd running of the Gold Cup has drawn a field of seven.

  • Get Serious leads all the way to win the Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park.

    Get Serious Completes Red Bank Three-Peat

    It had been almost two years since Get Serious earned his last victory, the 2010 edition of the $100,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park. On July 4 he made a definitive return to a familiar winner's circle.

  • Get Serious wins Red Bank for a third time

    The Grade 3, $101,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/redbank12.pdf">Red Bank</a> returned to the Monmouth Park stakes schedule on Wednesday after a one-year hiatus, and right there to pick up where he left off was the eight-year-old gelding Get Serious, who had won the two previous renewals of the one-mile grass race in 2010 in 2009.

  • Clear Attempt holds winning hand in Poker

    Martin and Pam Wygod's homebred Clear Attempt stalked the early pace set by Yield Bogey in Wednesday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/poker12.pdf">Poker Stakes</a> at Belmont Park, ranged up to his rival's outside rounding the turn and took command entering the stretch under jockey Jose Lezcano. The duo maintained a safe margin throughout the lane, holding even-money favorite Compliance Officer by 1 3/4 lengths on the wire while stopping the clock for the firm-turf mile in 1:34.

  • Mike Mitchell

    Mitchell Released From Hospital, Doing Well

    Mike Mitchell, recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor, is doing well and is in fine spirits, according to his assistant trainer, Phil D'Amato, who visited the longtime Southern California conditioner July 3.

  • Turbulent Descent

    Puype Says He'll Miss Filly Turbulent Descent

    Trainer Mike Puype knew Turbulent Descent was going to be leaving his barn eventually, but the recent sale of the three-time grade I winning filly to Coolmore Racing still stings.

  • Betfair Hollywood Park to Open Players Lounge

    The Betfair Hollywood Park Players Lounge, a new top of the line customer hospitality venue, will officially open July 6 at with a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration scheduled from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. PDT.

  • Del Mar Paddock Sale Catalog Available

    The catalog for the inaugural Paddock Sale at Del Mar of Race Ready Horses in Training is now on-line. This auction of 44 racehorseswill be held July 22 in the paddock at Del Mar beginning at about 6:30 p.m. PDT.

  • British Racing, Betfair Sign Commercial Pact

    The wagering firm Betfair and British Racing, comprised of the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association, and the Horsemen's Group, have signed a landmark five-year commercial agreement.

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