Handicapping

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Broken Vow Tops Likely Field for Iselin Handicap

Sunday's $350,000 Philip H. Iselin Handicap (G2) is likely to draw a field of five or six older horses with widely varying profiles. Some, like Sir Bear, are old pros in the stakes ranks with nothing to prove. Others, like First Lieutenant, are looking for their first added-money score and credibility in the handicap ranks.

Distant Music Seeks to Keep Juddmonte Farms Hot in International Stakes

Distant Music will attempt to keep Juddmonte Farms' hot streak in high-class 1 1/4-mile races intact in Tuesday's Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-I) at York on Tuesday. This weekend, Juddmonte Farms homebreds won the Alabama Stakes (gr. I), Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), and Pacific Classic (gr. I) -- each a 1 1/4-mile event.

Skimming Favored in Pacific Classic

Skimming Favored in Pacific Classic

Six horses were entered Thursday for Sunday's $1-million Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Skimming was installed as the 8-5 favorite, followed by Futural at 9-5 odds. Captain Steve, winless since taking the Dubai World Cup, drew the outside post position as he was made the 3-1 third wagering choice.

Alabama Is Test For Top Fillies

The grade I Alabama Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies is worth far more than its $750,000 purse. A win by Juddmonte Farm's Flute would put her at the top of her class and provide her with strong hold on the divisional championship.

Arlington Million Notebook

Silvano, perhaps the strongest of four European contestants in Saturday's Arlington Million (gr. IT), breezed five furlongs from a standing start in 1:02 4/5 over the Arlington turf course Wednesday morning.

It's You in Adirondack

After matching Cashier's Dream in the early going, it was all You in the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. You covered the 6 1/2 furlong distance in 1:15.16 -- the fastest time for the Adirondack since the distance was changed to 6 1/2 furlongs in 1994. Cashier's Dream, the 3-5 favorite, was a neck back in second, with Magic Storm trailing the two speedsters 15 1/4-lengths farther back in third.

Europeans Invade for Arlington Festival of Racing

Four European invaders are scheduled to arrive in Chicago over the next week in an attempt to take down the coveted Arlington Million Saturday, Aug. 18. A total of nine imports from across the pond will try their luck in either the Million, the $700,000 Beverly D for fillies and mares, and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes for 3-year-olds. All are grade I contests, with the Million also serving as the third leg of the international Emirates World Series.

John's Call Looks To Repeat In Sword Dancer

John's Call Looks To Repeat In Sword Dancer

In the 27-year history of Saturday's $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT)), only two horses have won in back-to-back years. John's Call will try to join the ranks of Majesty Prince and El Senor and become the third to take Saratoga's lone grade I turf event in consecutive seasons.

Dave's Friend Cancelled

The Maryland Jockey Club cancelled Saturday's $75,000 Dave's Friend because 12 trainers who nominated their horses declined to enter and race against Pimlico-based Disco Rico, one of the top sprinters in the country.

Chavez to Ride Dollar Bill in Travers

Chavez to Ride Dollar Bill in Travers

Trainer Dallas Stewart said Wednesday night that Jorge Chavez will replace Pat Day aboard Dollar Bill in the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes. Day, meanwhile, picked up the mount on Stonerside Stable's This Fleet is Due, who finished a fast-closing fourth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, in the $1.5 Million Haskell Invitational Handicap.

Former Venezuela Horse of Year Unsuccessful in U.S. Debut

My Own Business, Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt in his native Venezuela last year, finished sixth in his U.S. debut Wednesday at Saratoga. Carrying top weight of 120 pounds and facing six domestic competitors, My Own Business was ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Carlos Morales in the 1 1/8-mile, $57,000 allowance test.

John's Call Tops New York Workout Tab

Trillium Stable's John's Call breezed four furlongs on the main track in :49 3/5 this morning, as the 10-year-old gelding seeks back-to-back victories in the Sword Dancer Invitational. John's Call became of the top turf horses in the country last year when he drew off to win by 9< lengths in the Sword Dancer.

Hap Scores Again in Baruch

Hap Scores Again in Baruch

Michael Paulson and Edward White's Hap made it two consecutive Bernard Baruch (gr. II) victories when he easily pulled away from the field to score by two lengths over a 'good' Saratoga turf course. Hap covered the nine furlongs in 1:47.00 under Jerry Bailey.

Galileo Shoots for the Stars; Jockey Gets Court Order to Ride

Galileo, the undefeated winner of the Epsom and Irish Derbies this year, squares off against Fantastic Light and 10 other runners in what promises to be a stirring rendition of the group I $1.07 million King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot. The race will be telecast live on ESPN News Saturday at 10:45 a.m. eastern time, and replayed Sunday on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. eastern.

Million Preview Day Set at Arlington

A trio of grade III races run on the same day for the first time makes up Saturday's Million Preview Day at Arlington Park outside Chicago. The races are set up as a prep for Aug. 18, when the meet's premier day of racing goes with the Arlington Million, Beverly D., and Secretariat Stakes.

Tiznow -- He's Baaaaack

Tiznow, trying to regain the form that made him 2000 Horse of the Year, turned in a sizzling five-furlong workout Thursday caught by clockers in 59 1/5. Chris McCarron, injured during a spill in New York last week, nevertheless was aboard the son of Cee's Tizzy for the spin around the Del Mar oval.

Seven Turf Specialists Vie in Eddie Read

Seven Turf Specialists Vie in Eddie Read

Seven hard-hitting turf horses, headed by millionaire Native Desert and millionaire-in-waiting Irish Prize and including a pair trained by Robert Frankel, are set to go in Saturday's 28th running of the grade I, $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on Del Mar's Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

Albert To Prove Greatness in Whitney

Multiple graded stakes winner Albert the Great is out to prove his greatness when he takes on seven rivals in Saturday's $750,000 Whitney Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course. The Nick Zito-trained Albert the Great will carry 124 pounds under jockey Jorge Chavez in the 1 1/8-mile event.

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