The 1 3/4-mile Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) came down to just a head when distance-loving Eagle Poise outfought Harrods Creek in deep stretch to capture the $150,388 event on Woodbine's closing day Dec. 4.
Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) winner Afleet Again is the headliner in the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) Dec. 4 at Woodbine, but for those looking for a better price there are reasons to look elsewhere.
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Sent off at 41-1, Afleet Again ran down Birdrun and Giant Oak in deep stretch to pull a shocker in the opening race on Day 2 of the Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.
For the second straight year, A. U. Miner earned an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) at Churchill Downs by winning the Greenwood Cup Stakes July 16 at Parx Racing.
Quantum Miss set a new track record for six furlongs at Hollywood Casino at Penn National May 27 while Fabulous Strike finished fifth in another stakes on the program.
Toby's Corner, in his stakes debut for trainer Graham Motion, collared J J's Lucky Train in the final furlong and drew off to a two-length win in the $98,000 Whirlaway Stakes on the inner track at rainy Aqueduct Feb. 5.
With an eye to the future, seven 3-year-olds will find out if maturity and distance are on their side when they line up for the $100,000 Whirlaway Feb. 5 at Aqueduct.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Leadership of the stallion crop with 1st 3yos of 2010 was determined by less than $21,000. Some names changed and others made the transition from leading freshman sires of 2009.
Dean's Kitten, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, has been installed as the lukewarm 7-2 morning line favorite in the $150,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT). Eight 3-year-olds were entered in the 1 1/8-mile turf event.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin looks to have a strong hand in the Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Oct. 9, as he sends out a pair of graded stakes winners to head a field of 11 3-year-olds.
First Dude, Exhi, and A Little Warm are among the competitive field of seven in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) on Sept. 25 at Parx Racing.
Lethal Combination rallied from last in upper stretch to register his first graded stakes win by a half-length over Turf Melody in the $100,000 Saranac (gr. IIIT) on Sarataga's Mellon Turf Course Sept. 5.
Fantastico Roberto, who set the pace but tired in the Jersey Derby last out, was tabbed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the $100,000 Saranac (gr. IIIT) Sept. 5 on the Saratoga turf course.
In a thrilling edition of $1 million Shadwell Travers Stakes (gr. I), Afleet Express held off Fly Down by the narrowest of margins to win the "Mid-summer Derby" Aug. 28 at Saratoga.
Jason, Tom, and Les Instone of TwinSpires.com preview the Travers (gr.I) and Pacific Classic (gr.I). Watch Video
A field of 11 was drawn for the Travers, with Jim Dandy winner A Little Warm pegged as the 7-2 morning-line favorite. Trappe Shot, First Dude, Super Saver, Afleet Again, and Ice Box are also returning from the Haskell.
Led by Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Super Saver and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Lookin At Lucky, one of the deepest fields in the 43-year history of the IZOD Haskell Invitational (gr. I) was drawn July 29 at Monmouth.
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Jason, Tom, and James Scully preview the Haskell. Also, picks for the Jim Dandy. Watch Video
Quality Road tuned up for the Whitney with a bullet :58 3/5 breeze at Belmont Park Sunday.
- By Steve Haskin
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Odds-on favorite Jackson Bend, the third-place finisher of the Preakness (gr. I), tired badly after turning for home, as second choice Afleet Express sailed to a 1 3/4-length win in the $200,000 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III)
Triple Crown competitors Jackson Bend and Schoolyard Dreams are among a field of six that will contest the $200,000 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III), the June 19 feature at Monmouth Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Afleet Again||Robert E. Reid, Jr.||
|Eightyfiveinafifty||Gary C. Contessa||
|Papa's Nice Cat||Juan Serey||
|Peppi Knows||Kimberly A Graci||
|Three Day Rush||Jane Cibelli||
|Turf Melody||H. Graham Motion||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Strike Your Colors S.||DEL|
|Shine Again S.||SAR|
|A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase S. (gr. I)||SAR|
|Quick Call S.||SAR|