Articles posted July 7, 2012

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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 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 victory.

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 Smile 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 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 Ohio 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.

Emma's Encore upsets Victory Ride at 39-1

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, $150,000 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.

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 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 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 Suburban 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.

Rule lords over Monmouth Cup rivals

Saturday's Grade 2, $195,000 Monmouth 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.

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 Azalea 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.

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 "pigeon fever" was considered one of the most fre...

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