Groupie Doll entered Saturday's Grade 2, $400,600
Presque Isle Downs Master off a more than four-month break, having last been
seen taking the Grade 1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on May 5. That didn't
stop the Bowman's Band filly from running down It's Me Mom in the lane and
pulling away for a 3 3/4-length score under jockey Rajiv Maragh.
Delaunay took Saturday's $50,000
Temperence Hill at Louisiana Downs gate-to-wire, holding off the
heavy 1-5 post time favorite and Grade 2 winner Gantry. The race was one of five
stakes on the undercard of the Grade 2 Super Derby.
Stuart Janney III's homebred Air Support found his best stride late in
Saturday's Grade 2, $196,000
Bowling Green Stakes, overhauling pacesetter Bombaguia for a head decision
in the opening-day feature at Belmont Park. The Shug McGaughey-trained colt
returned to the win column after dropping his first five outings this season,
adding the Bowling Green to victories in the Grade 2 Virginia Derby and Grade 3
Transylvania Stakes last year.
Grade I winner Wise Dan, currently ranked second on the NTRA's list of North America's top Thoroughbreds in training, is to arrive at Woodbine on the morning of Sept. 14 for the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT).
Anamoine Ltd's sensational five-year-old mare Snow Fairy defeated favored
Nathaniel by 1 1/4 lengths, with St Nicholas Abbey third, in Saturday's 1
1/2-mile, Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. In the process, the
Intikhab mare earned an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Turf through the
Breeders' Cup Challenge series.
Bourbon Courage, under a head of steam for jockey Leandro Goncalves, blew past Master Rick at mid-stretch to win the $500,000 Super Derby (gr. II) in a romp for the colt's first stakes victory Sept. 8 at Louisiana Downs.
Four months after she wowed the racing world with a track-record victory at Churchill Downs, Groupie Doll returned to action with another impressive effort in winning the $400,600 Presque Isle Downs Masters (gr. II) Sept. 8.
Sendmylovetorose came out of the bottom of the
barrel at just ?5,000 at the sales and was lucky to escape serious injury in the stalls at
Royal Ascot, but she
has proven herself worthy of pole position at the top table by hard graft and
Sunday's Group 1
Moyglare Stud at The Curragh could be her crowning glory.
Former Arlington Park mainstay Garrett Gomez made a winning return to his old
stomping grounds Saturday when guiding Swifty Farms' Pataky Kid to a convincing
score in the Grade 3, $150,000
Dolphus Morrison's homebred Gold Edge won Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000
Arlington-Washington Lassie as a surprising 10-1 chance despite having won
the one-mile race's local prep, the seven-furlong Lisa M, as an 8-5 favorite
five weeks earlier.
Bourbon Lane Stable and Wayne Lynn's Bourbon Courage bided his time in the
rear of Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000
Derby at Louisiana Downs before coming with a four-wide rally rounding the
second turn and drawing off for a five-length victory under jockey Leandro
Goncalves. The Kellyn Gorder-trained sophomore was making only his sixth career
start in the 1 1/8-mile contest, and stopped the clock in 1:51 2/5 on the fast
Dolphus Morrison's homebred Gold Edge remained unbeaten in three starts when she inched by La Song in the final yards to win the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (gr. III) by a neck Sept. 8 at Arlington Park.
At first glance, Thursday's
3RD-race triumph by the David Braddy-trained Feel So Good appeared to be
little more than a non-descript midweek maiden-claiming victory at Calder, but
the tremors that emanated from that win were felt from south Florida to east
Asia as the gelding made Korean racing history by becoming the first Korean-bred
horse to win a race outside its homeland.
Sir Henry Cecil's Chachamaidee notched her first group I win when the stewards awarded her the victory over Duntle in the $245,500 Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown Sept. 8.
Pataky Kid continued his progress up the ladder and gave a hint of good things to come in the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity Sept. 8 at Arlington Park, earning his first stakes score for Swifty Farms.
Apprentice jockey Aaron Court earned his first career win on Saturday at
Turfway Park, riding Known Contender to a 9 1/4-length score in the
2ND race. The ride was the 22nd of his nascent career. He also has one
third-place finish, earned at Ellis Park.
Trainer Chad Brown initially thought Noble Tune was destined for the dirt
before the colt posted a pair of "exceptional" breezes on Saratoga's Oklahoma
turf course, and on Labor Day at the Spa the great-grandson of champion Serena's
Song made it clear that he prefers the grass by unleashing a strong turn of foot
to take his debut in the
1ST race by 3 1/2-lengths.
Stuart S. Janney III's homebred Air Support found his best stride late in the Bowling Green Stakes Sept. 8 at Belmont Park, winning his first race of 2012 by a head and perhaps punching his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Turf.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey took home a pair of major awards, National Owner of the
Year and National Breeder of the Year, at Friday evening's Thoroughbred Owners
and Breeders Association's (TOBA's) 27th Annual National Awards Dinner at the
Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.