Headlines for Saturday, July 9, 2016

  • Dark Nile splashes home in the Delaware Oaks.

    Dark Nile Caps Big Day for Delacour

    A sloppy track and a rain delay that kept the runners in the Delaware Park paddock for more than 30 minutes was no bother to WinStar Farm's Dark Nile, who won the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Greengrassofyoming (pink silks) gets his head in front to win the Stars and Stripes.

    Greengrassofyoming Wins Stars and Stripes

    Greengrassofyoming thrust out his nose in a pulsating four-horse finish to capture the Stars and Stripes Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 9 at Arlington International Racecourse as two-time defending winner The Pizza Man just missed in fourth.

  • Catch a Glimpse wins the 2016 Belmont Oaks Invitational.

    Catch a Glimpse Something to See in Oaks

    Canada's Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse added another spectacular victory to her resume July 9 at Belmont Park, holding off all challengers to win the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (gr. IT).

  • No Distortion rolls to victory in the Long Branch Stakes

    No Distortion Punches Haskell Ticket

    Brereton Jones' homebred No Distortion made short work of a short field in the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes July 9 at Monmouth Park, and punched his ticket to the July 31 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) with an authoritative win.

  • Real Smart catches Photo Call to win the Robert G. Memorial.

    Real Smart Wins Robert G. Dick Memorial

    Second choice Real Smart got a perfectly timed ride to collar grade I winner and even-money favorite Photo Call in the stretch and win the $200,000 Robert G. Memorial (gr. IIIT) July 9 at Delaware Park.

  • Deauville holds off Highland Sky to win the Belmont Derby Invitational

    Deauville Bounces Back in Belmont Derby

    In his first U.S. start, Deauville held off a late charge from Highland Sky to win the the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) Saturday, July 9 at Belmont Park.

  • Coppa (right) holds off Malibu Stacy to win the Victory Ride.

    Coppa Game in Victory Ride Stakes Score

    Undefeated Coppa proved up to the test in her first graded stakes try, holding off stretch challengers to her inside and outside to win the $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) July 9 at Belmont Park.

  • Geary, Johnsen Can Now Race at Their Tracks

    One byproduct of the Churchill Downs Racing Club is the fact that Ellis racetrack owner Ron Geary and Kentucky Downs' co-owner Corey Johnsen can race their horses at their tracks.

  • Filly Wins at Ellis Year After Her Dam's Win

    Horse owner-breeder Bobby Hunt had wanted to run Betrothal and Runaway Betty on the same day last year at Ellis Park. But the 2-year-old Runaway Betty hadn't progressed far enough to make her first start.

  • Pair of Turf Stakes Start Indiana Derby Week

    Two turf stakes will be featured on the Wednesday, July 13 racing program and will also mark the first of four days of festivities leading up to the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby slated for Saturday, July 16.

  • Favorite Limato Surges Clear in July Cup

    Limato found the firm going at Newmarket to his liking and unleashed a devastating rally, although drifting badly, to win the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) by two lengths July 9 at Newmarket.

  • California Chrome Goes in Company at Los Al

    Art Sherman didn't get what he wanted out of California Chrome during his workout July 2, so he made sure he got it July 9, in the chestnut's final drill at Los Alamitos before shipping south to Del Mar for the San Diego Handicap (gr. II).