Camelot will be a hot favorite when bidding for a third straight classic in
Saturday's Group 1 Irish Derby. Unbeaten in four career starts, the Aidan
O'Brien-trained colt opened 2012 with a neck score in the Group 1 English Two
Thousand Guineas and exits a five-length romp in the Group 1 English Derby.
The New York Racing Association, Inc. will continue its tradition of iconic
giveaways with four Sunday giveaway days scheduled for the summer 2012 meet at
Saratoga Race Course. Each emblazoned with the Saratoga Race Course logo, the
2012 giveaways include returning favorites and one new offering. The schedule is
Canyon Farms' homebred Strait of Dover, ridden confidently by Justin Stein,
made every pole a winning one while taking the $978,340
Queen's Plate, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, in record time
Sunday at Woodbine.
A determined Stars to Shine held off a rallying Upperline to win the $97,795
Stakes on Sunday's Queen's Plate undercard at Woodbine. Stars to Shine,
ridden by Alex Solis and trained by Mark Frostad for The Grange House
Partnership, rushed to the lead through the far turn of the 1 1/8-mile event and
held sway as the trio of Upperline, Smart Penny and Maristar tried and failed to
reel her in.
Musketier headed stablemate Simmard in taking his third
Singspiel Stakes crown, giving trainer Roger Attfield a one-two finish in
the Grade 3, $150,793 turf event. The 1 1/2-mile affair was one of three graded
turf contests on the Queen's Plate undercard at Woodbine on Sunday.
Both stakes for New York-bred three-year-olds on Sunday at Belmont Park were
marked by mild upsets with Willy Beamin running past Brigand in the stretch of
and Beautiful But Blue regaining winning form in the $125,000
Positively, a recent maiden winner at Churchill Downs, drilled a bullet three
furlongs beneath the Twin Spires in :35 1/5 Sunday morning for trainer Pat Byrne
in his last major training move prior to Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Bashford
New York may soon be home to a young apprentice rider hailing from Peru as
16-year-old Martin Chuan prepares to emigrate to the United States. Agent Roger
Sutton expects to take Chuan's book when he arrives in this country, which
Sutton hopes will be ahead of opening day at Saratoga on July 20, though no firm
arrangements have been made.
Grade 1 Mother Goose winner Zo Impressive returned from Saturday's
three-quarter-length victory over Disposablepleasure in good order, trainer Tom
Albertrani reported Sunday morning, and will likely make her next start at
Saratoga in either the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 21 or the
Grade 1 Alabama on August 18.
WinStar Farm's Gemologist, winner of the Grade 1 Wood Memorial in April, on
Sunday posted his first workout since his 16th-place finish in the May 5
Kentucky Derby on May 5. The three-year-old traveled four furlongs in :49 2/5
over Belmont Park's fast training track, and trainer Todd Pletcher said that the
colt is likely to make his next start in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 28 at
Fanticola and Scardino's Potesta prevailed by a nose following a thrilling
stretch battle with Eden's Moon in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000
Hollywood Oaks, stamping herself as potentially a major player in
three-year-old filly ranks in her stakes debut. An impressive maiden scorer in
her previous outing, the Mike Mitchell-trained daughter of Macho Uno was making
only her third lifetime start in the 1 1/16-mile event.
What was supposed to be a showdown between Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks queen
Believe You Can and Grade 1 Acorn diva Contested turned into a match-race
between Zo Impressive and Disposablepleasure in Saturday's Grade 1, $294,000
Mother Goose Stakes. In the end, Zo Impressive proved best under jockey
Rajiv Maragh, holding her fellow gray rival by three parts of a length while
running 1 1/16 miles in 1:44 1/5 on the good Belmont Park dirt.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Dancing Solo sat right off the steady pace set by
longshot Cheimon, took command turning into the stretch, and kicked 1 1/2
lengths clear to notch her first graded victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $103,000
Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth. Sent off as the 9-5 second choice off
her score in the local prep, the May 27 Little Silver Stakes, the Todd Pletcher
trainee covered 1 1/16 firm-turf miles in 1:41 4/5 and paid $5.60, $3.20 and
Dorothy Self and Barry Simms' Blueeyesintherein proved superior to the rest
of the juvenile fillies in Kentucky with a 2 1/2-length triumph in Saturday's
Grade 3, $112,200
Debutante at Churchill Downs. The even-money favorite in a field of 10,
Blueeyesintherein steadily advanced from fourth, rallied four-wide into the
stretch and drove home an impressive winner under Leandro Goncalves. She paid
$4, $3 and $2.40 after completing six furlongs on a fast track in 1:11 3/5.
Trainer Charlie Lopresti thought Wise Dan was going to win last Saturdays'
Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs, but Ron the Greek under Jose
Lezcano found an opening on the rail and got up just in time to beat the winner
of last fall's Grade 1 Clark Handicap.
Dullahan appeared on the Churchill Downs work tab on Saturday for the first
time since his seventh-place finish in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and trainer
Dale Romans said the son of Even the Score would run next in Monmouth Park's
Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 29.
Unstoppable U, who in his third career start finished sixth in the 1 1/2-mile
Belmont Stakes, will likely return to the races June 30 in the Grade 2 Dwyer at
Belmont Park. The gray son of Exchange Rate will have his first breeze since the
Belmont either Saturday or Sunday in preparation for the 1 1/8-mile Dwyer, said
Ken McPeek's assistant, Lars Becdelamotte.
Australian superstar Black Caviar will face 14 rivals when she puts her
unbeaten record on the line in Saturday's Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at
Royal Ascot. It marks the first international foray for the Peter Moody-trained
mare, and Black Caviar is currently recognized as the greatest sprinter in the
world and the second highest-rated horse behind miler Frankel, a spectacular
winner of the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday's opening-day program.
Eddie Delahoussaye, widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of all
time, will be so recognized on opening day of Santa Anita's autumn meet on
September 28, as the Great Race Place will card the inaugural Grade 3 "Eddie D.
Stakes" for three-year-olds and up at about 6 1/2 furlongs down the Camino Real
Trainer Garry Simms won last year's running of the Grade 3 Debutante at
Churchill Downs with Flashy Lassie and he will attempt to repeat in the first
graded stakes event in North America for two-year-old fillies with
Blueeyesintherein, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, on Saturday. The Debutante,
which was first run at Churchill Downs in 1895, is the featured race on
Impressive Group 1 One Thousand Guineas heroine Homecoming Queen faces 11
rival fillies in Friday's Group 1 Coronation Stakes going a mile. The Aidan
O'Brien-trained three-year-old, who was last seen finishing fourth behind
Samitar in the Group 1 Irish One Thousand Guineas, is likely to be the trainer's
only representative, as Group 1 victress Maybe has suffered a stone-bruise.
Willa B Awesome will try for her third graded victory of 2012 in Saturday's
Grade 2, $150,000
Hollywood Oaks at Hollywood Park. The contest drew a field of eight to go 1
1/16 miles on the Cushion Track, including Eden's Moon, Killer Graces and Via
Believe You Can will face only four rivals on Saturday in the Grade 1,
Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park as she seeks to build upon her last-out
victory in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. The Larry Jones-trained daughter of Proud
Citizen is following the same path as former Jones pupil Proud Spell, and will
try to go one better than that fellow Proud Citizen filly who ran second, before
being disqualified to third, in the 2008 Mother Goose.
Trainer Josie Carroll, the only female trainer to win the Queen's Plate, will
be gunning for a third victory in the "Gallop for the Guineas" when she saddles
Melnyk Racing Stables' lightly-raced Wilcox on Sunday.
Fame and Glory will face eight rivals when he defends his crown in the Group
1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday. The multiple Group 1 winner successfully
took up the mantle from Aidan O'Brien's star stayer Yeats when winning the 2
1/2-mile feature 12 months ago.
Frankel kicked off the 2012 Royal Ascot meeting in dynamite fashion Tuesday,
strolling to an 11-length thrashing in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. The
unbeaten superstar delivered arguably a career-best performance while extending
his mark to 11 straight.
The Maryland Racing Commission voted Tuesday afternoon in a special hearing
at Laurel Park that 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who set records that
still stand at the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont States, also set the record in
the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course 39 years ago.
Jockeys' Guild Chairman John Velazquez was released by his doctors at Norton
Audubon Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, Tuesday afternoon. Velazquez was
transported to the hospital on Saturday after the horse he was riding in the
ninth race at Churchill Downs broke down.
On Wednesday at Royal Ascot, the middle distance horses take center stage in
the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes with So You Think looking to go one better
than he managed last year against The Queen's Carlton House and French
challenger Reliable Man.
Frankel goes for his 11th straight victory as he bids to get Royal Ascot off
to the best possible start in Tuesday's Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. Sir Henry
Cecil's superstar colt has carried all before him so far and heads into the
first race of five glorious days as the long odds-on favorite.
Jim McAleney, who has captured 2,247 races in a storied career, will try to
capture one major Canadian race that has eluded him when he leaves the gate
aboard Plate Trial winner River Rush in Sunday's $1 million Queen's Plate at
Trainer Roger Attfield, with eight Queen's Plate wins, is tied with Harry
Giddings Jr. for most visits to the winner's circle in the "Gallop for the
Guineas" and the conditioner is hopeful that Colleen's Sailor can break the
Darley Stable's Le Bernardin faltered while making his stakes bow in the
Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes on May 12, but returned Sunday at Monmouth Park to gut
out a neck victory in the Grade 3, $103,000
Stakes with jockey Mike Luzzi aboard. The Kiaran McLaughlin pupil ran 1 1/16
miles on the fast dirt in 1:44 2/5 as the 5-1 fourth pick and returned $12,
$5.40 and $3.40.
Contested, a five-length winner of the Grade 1 Acorn on Memorial Day, posted
her final workout prior to next Saturday's Grade 1 Mother Goose, traveling six
furlongs in 1:11 4/5 on Belmont Park's fast main track Sunday.