Several horses pointed toward a start in next weekend's Summit of Speed
program littered the morning worktab at Calder on Saturday, including a
half-mile breeze from Grade 2 Smile Sprint hopeful Apriority, who covered the
distance in :49 for trainer Dave Fawkes.
Due to the anticipated heat in the region and temperatures in the area
expected to reach the mid to upper 90s, Charles Town has canceled its afternoon
card for Sunday. First post for the card was scheduled for 1 p.m. (EDT).
Baby J debuted a half-length winner on Thursday at Belmont Park for retired
jockey Juvenal Diaz, but if all goes according to plan the filly will soon be
carrying somebody else's colors, the former rider said on Friday.
Several Summit of Speed hopefuls made morning workout appearances at Calder
on Friday, including a powerful half-mile move by champion female sprinter and
likely Grade 1 Princess Rooney favorite Musical Romance, who covered the
four-furlong trip in a bullet :46 1/5.
The New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA) is inviting restaurants to
participate in the third annual Travers 1864 Restaurant Week on August 19-23.
Reformed Racing Medication Rules would enhance Integrity of Sport
Leading three-year-old Bodemeister, a runaway winner of the Grade 1 Arkansas
Derby and a close second in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, will stand stud at
WinStar Farm at the conclusion of his racing career. A partnership was formed
between WinStar and the colt's owners, Ahmed Zayat and Michel & Tiffany Moreno,
who will continue to race the colt.
Trainer Mike Mitchell was diagnosed Monday with a brain tumor, according to
his wife Denise. A 17-time leading conditioner on the Southern California
circuit, the 64-year-old will undergo surgery Friday to remove it.
Many commentators said they had witnessed the best-ever renewal of Royal
Ascot when the five-day spectacular ended on June 23. With plenty of outstanding
performances on the track, it is all change in the latest standings for the 2012
Cartier Racing Awards.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Thursday that
the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony will be held January 19, 2013, at
Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) on Thursday announced the line-up of
family-friendly entertainment and special events at Saratoga Race Course for the
Fair Grounds has boosted the purses of eight open-company races on its
2012-2013 stakes schedule released Thursday, marking the third straight year the
average stakes purse has increased at the New Orleans racetrack. Last season the
track raised purses on 19 stakes events.
Churchill Downs officials will adjust their post times and race exclusively
in the evening for the final three days of its 138th spring meet due to looming
near-record triple-digit heat in the forecast for Louisville, Kentucky. The
first race on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be 6:30 p.m. (EDT).
While his connections have maintained that reigning two-year-old Eclipse
Award champion Hansen would make his next in Prairie Meadows' Grade 3 Iowa Derby
on Saturday night, it didn't stop them from spending $1,500 and dropping their
Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner into the entry box for Saturday night's
Legend Stakes at Charles Town, the featured race on the track's fifth annual
Sprint Festival program.
Belmont Park will offer a pair of Grade 2 stakes on Saturday, the $200,000
three-year-olds and the $200,000
for fillies and mares, and both races have attracted seven runners.
Successful Dan, who exits a track record-setting victory in the Grade 2
Alysheba Stakes, and champion Hansen will add star power to the festivities at
Prairie Meadows Saturday night when they line up for the Grade 3, $300,000
Handicap and Grade 3, $250,000
respectively. The Iowa track will also offer the Grade 3, $200,000
on its blockbuster program.
Little Mike will try to make it consecutive Grade 1 victories on turf when he
makes his California debut in the $300,000
Shoemaker Mile Saturday at Hollywood Park.
The Group 1, £400,000 July Cup, which takes place at Newmarket on July 14,
has 28 horses going forward following the June 26 scratchings deadline. Europe's
premier sprint, which takes place over six furlongs, was won last year in
tremendous fashion by Dream Ahead, who quickened brilliantly under Hayley Turner
to give the rider her first Group 1 success.
With weather forecasts calling for near-record triple-digit heat, officials
at Churchill Downs Racetrack have decided to cancel the track's live racing
program scheduled for Thursday.
Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez, Mario Gutierrez and John Velazquez were
announced Wednesday by ESPN as the four nominees in the "Best Jockey" category
of the 20th annual ESPY Awards. The ESPYS, which honor a wide array of athletes
and sports entities, will take place July 11 at the Nokia Theatre in Los
Seth Hancock of Claiborne Farm believes that horses do not need race-day
medication and Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas believes that many horsemen
now rely more on furosemide and other drugs than on training and conditioning,
and they make those points and several others in a series of video testimonials
that have just been posted on the new
Moyglare Stud owner Walter Haefner has died in his native Switzerland at age
101. Born in Zurich in 1910, the renowned businessman and billionaire
philanthropist, who set up the famed Irish stud farm in 1962, bred such
luminaries as Refuse to Bend, Casual Conquest, Trusted Partner and Dress to
Union Rags recorded his first official workout since capturing the June 9
Belmont Stakes when breezing four furlongs Tuesday in :49 1/5 over the fast dirt
track at Fair Hill. It was the fifth-fastest of 15 moves at the distance.
The familiar gates of Saratoga Race Course will open five days early as the
New York Racing Association prepares to host its annual pre-season preview
party, the 32nd annual Open House. A Saratoga tradition held prior to the start
of racing season at North America's most historic thoroughbred racetrack, Open
House returns to kick off a full day of fun and attractions on Sunday, July 15,
to benefit dozens of local non-profit organizations.
Aussie sprinting star Black Caviar ran 15 pounds below her official rating in
Australia -- the equivalent of five lengths in a sprint -- when narrowly winning
Saturday's Group 1, six-furlong Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last week.
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Michael Matz, the trainer of Belmont Stakes hero Union Rags, confirmed that
the road to the three-year-old championship will likely run through the Grade 1
$1 million Haskell Invitational, to be renewed this year for the 45th time, at
The California Philharmonic Orchestra, along with Santa Anita Park, is
readying for its highly anticipated "Summer Festival on the Green" concert
series which will begin Saturday at The Great Race Place.
The Maryland Jockey Club and Adena Springs will host the Totally Thoroughbred
Horse Show on the Pimlico Race Course infield on July 14. Admission is free.
Proceeds from the event will benefit three local Thoroughbred aftercare
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 Donn Handicap winner Hymn Book continued his preparations for the
July 7 Grade 2 Suburban Handicap by breezing four furlongs in :48 over Belmont's
fast main track on Sunday.
Desert Blanc, who won the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap by a nose on June 9, has
been retired with a tendon injury, Peter Bradley, managing co-owner of Bradley
Thoroughbreds, announced on Sunday.
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.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero I'll Have Another has been sold to Shigeyuki
Okada's Big Red Farm in Japan and is scheduled to take up stud duty in 2013, the
Daily Racing Form reported Friday.