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.
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
Royal Heroine Mile. 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
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.
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.
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
Sprint Handicap 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, 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.
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
Derby. 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.
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.
Trainer Allen Jerkens lived up to his nickname of the "Giant Killer" on
Saturday when saddling Emma's Encore to a 2 3/4-length victory in the Grade 3,
Victory Ride Stakes 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.
Pinnacle Racing Stable and trainer Bill Kaplan's Musical Romance hit the
front in the stretch of Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000
Princess Rooney Handicap 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
Reeves Thoroughbred Racing's Mucho Macho Man drew off in the stretch of
Saturday's Grade 2, $350,000
Handicap 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.
Saturday's Grade 2, $195,000
Cup 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 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.
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.
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
Stakes, 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.
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.
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