Headlines for Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • Game on Dude stars as Baffert runs one-two in Gold Cup again

    Owned by the partnership of Diamond Pride, Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable and Bernie Schiappa, Game on Dude broke well under regular rider Chantal Sutherland and raced to the outside of Spud Spivens through opening fractions in :24 and :47 3/5. The five-year-old gelding began to edge away from that rival, passing the six-furlong point in 1:11 4/5 with a half-length advantage, and increased his lead on the far turn.

  • Quiet Oasis prevails in Royal Heroine Mile

    Just a few hours after retired Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero I'll Have Another paraded for the final time at Hollywood Park on Saturday, owner J. Paul Reddam and jockey Mario Gutierrez had another reason to bask in the spotlight, courtesy of Quiet Oasis' scraping home in the Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/royalheroine12.pdf"> Royal Heroine Mile</a>. The Ben Cecil filly outdueled a pair of stubborn foes in Mega Dream and Briecat in a three-way photo to earn her second career stakes victory.

  • Game On Dude and Chantal Sutherland deliver in the Hollywood Gold Cup.

    Hollywood Gold Cup: No Denying Dude This Time

    Odds-on choice Game On Dude repelled a major challenge from stablemate Richard's Kid to make Chantal Sutherland the first female jockey to win the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) July 7 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • Quiet Oasis comes running late to win the Royal Heroine Mile Stakes.

    Quiet Oasis Caps Day for Gutierrez, Reddam

    On the day I'll Have Another was honored at Betfair Hollywood Park, jockey Mario Gutierrez and owner J. Paul Reddam teamed to win the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile Stakes (gr. IIT) by a head with Quiet Oasis July 7.

  • Gantry easily proves best in Smile Sprint

    Brittlyn Stable's Gantry struck the front in midstretch and drew off to a convincing five-length victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/smilesprint12">Smile Sprint Handicap </a>at Calder. A three-time stakes hero during the 2011-12 Fair Grounds' meet, the five-year-old gelding notched his first graded win while scoring as the 9-5 favorite on the Summit of Speed program.

  • Turbo Compressor wires United Nations

    Turbo Compressor, winner of the June 16 Colonial Turf Cup in front-running fashion last time out, was dispatched as the 5-2 second choice here. After breaking sharply, he had no difficulty in securing the lead from longshot Freud's Honour, and settled into an easy rhythm through splits of :25, :49 4/5, 1:15 and 1:39 1/5 on the firm turf. Meanwhile, California shipper and 2-1 favorite Slim Shadey was unhurried at the rear of the pack, in tandem with Brilliant Speed, as they conceded a significant tactical advantage.

  • Prospective defeats three in Ohio Derby

    John Oxley's Prospective notched his fourth stakes win of 2012, and fifth overall, with a 2 1/2-length score in Saturday's $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ohioderby12.pdf">Ohio Derby</a>. Facing only three rivals after the scratch of Swage, the Mark Casse trainee seized control from pacesetter Politicallycorrect at the top of the stretch and drew off under Jermaine Bridgmohan. The 3-5 favorite returned $3.20 and $2.10 in a race which offered no show wagering.

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    Mucho Macho Man Sizzles in Suburban

    Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith flew from California to ride Mucho Macho Man in the $300,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park July 7, and the trip paid off as the big bay colt won the 1 1/8-mile test.

  • Emma's Encore upsets Victory Ride at 39-1

    Trainer Allen Jerkens lived up to his nickname of the &quot;Giant Killer&quot; on Saturday when saddling Emma's Encore to a 2 3/4-length victory in the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/victoryride12.pdf"> Victory Ride Stakes</a> at Belmont Park. Campaigned by Brenda Mercer and Peter A. Berglar, the Congrats filly was sent off the 39-1 longest shot against her five rivals, finishing six furlongs in 1:08 4/5 to pay $80, $26 and $61.

  • Musical Romance will not be denied in Princess Rooney

    Pinnacle Racing Stable and trainer Bill Kaplan's Musical Romance hit the front in the stretch of Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/princessrooney12.pdf"> Princess Rooney Handicap</a> on Calder's Summit of Speed program, and held the furious late rally of Nicole H by a half-length to gain redemption off her neck second in this race a year ago. The Concorde's Tune mare was the even-money favorite in the 11-distaffer field, and paid $4.20, $2.80 and $2.60 under jockey Juan Leyva.

  • Mucho Macho Man runs away with Suburban

    Reeves Thoroughbred Racing's Mucho Macho Man drew off in the stretch of Saturday's Grade 2, $350,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/suburban12.pdf">Suburban Handicap</a> at Belmont Park to assert his claim as the top older horse this season. The Kathy Ritvo trainee opened his four-year-old campaign with a pair of wins in the Florida Sunshine Millions Classic and Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap, and finished this nine-furlong fast-track contest in a swift 1:46 2/5.

  • Prospective and Jermaine Bridgmohan secure victory in the Ohio Derby.

    Prospective Captures Slender Ohio Derby

    Odds-on Prospective registered his third stakes win of the year when he drew clear in the final furlong to capture the $100,000 Ohio Derby (gr. III) by 2 1/2 lengths at Thistledown July 7.

  • Rule lords over Monmouth Cup rivals

    Saturday's Grade 2, $195,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mthcup12.pdf">Monmouth Cup</a> at one mile evolved into a quarter-mile dash to the wire after Sloane Ranger set a lethargic pace of :25 2/5 and :49 3/5. Possessing the quickest turn of foot was WinStar Farm's Rule, who seized control around the far turn and outsprinted his rivals to the wire under Joe Bravo.

  • Rule pulls away late to take the Monmouth Cup Stakes.

    Rule Launches Season with Monmouth Cup Score

    Rule made his 5-year-old debut a winning one July 7 in the $200,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Monmouth Park, sitting just off a dawdling early pace before drawing off under jockey Joe Bravo to get the job done.

  • Gantry dominates the Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder.

    Gantry Proves Gallant in Smile Sprint

    Gantry remained perfect at six furlongs, winning his sixth straight at that distance and winning easily in the Smile Sprint after a third to monsters Shackleford and Amazombie at Churchill Downs.

  • Turbo Compressor and Joe Bravo are in complete control in the United Nations Stakes.

    Turbo Compressor On Engine in United Nations

    Easy front-runner Turbo Compressor, ridden expertly by Joe Bravo, put his six rivals to sleep and coasted to victory over Air Support in the $505,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) July 7 at Monmouth Park.

  • Another Romance along in time in Azalea

    Four weeks ago on Summit of Speed Preview Day at Calder, Another Romance uncorked a furious late rally to deny Citizen Advocate by a neck in the Leave Me Alone Stakes. That dress rehearsal proved a good predictor for Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/azalea12.pdf">Azalea Stakes</a>, as Another Romance once again ran down Citizen Advocate, this time pulling away by 1 3/4 lengths. The Bill Kaplan trainee extended her winning streak to three, in what could have been an opening act for her champion stablemate Musical Romance, who was due to contest the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap later on the card.

  • Fort Loudon edges Trinniberg in Carry Back

    One of the great mysteries heading into Saturday's Summit of Speed program at Calder was whether leading sophomore sprinter Trinniberg would step up to face older rivals in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap or take the path of least resistance by facing fellow three-year-olds in the Grade 3 Carry Back.

  • Pigeon Fever in Horses: A Re-emerging Disease

    Infection in horses caused by the Gram-positive bacterium Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis can assume many forms. Deep intramuscular abscesses in horses caused by C. pseudotuberculosis were first reported in San Mateo County, Calif., in 1915. Since that time, the disease commonly referred to as &quot;pigeon fever&quot; was considered one of the most fre...