Horse Racing: Paco Lopez named Jockey of the Week for winning 5 stakes races Saturday at GPW

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    BREEDERS CUP
    • What is the Breeders' Cup?: A culmination of the year's best race horses with a 14-race schedule spread over two days in November. The purse money is in excess of $30,000,000.
    • When: 35th Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held on November 2-3.
    • Where: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky
    • Due to changes, the list below could have inconsistent dates.
    DATETRACKRACE NAMEWINNERDIVISION
    1/6 Kenilworth Paddock Stakes Oh Susanna (AUS) Filly & Mare Turf
    1/7 Kenilworth L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Legal Eagle (SAF) Mile
    2/18 Tokyo February Stakes Nonkomo Yume (JAP) Classic
    4/7 Royal Randwick Doncaster MileHappy Clapper Mile
    4/7 Royal Randwick Legacy Stakes Alizee (AUS) Filly & Mare Turf
    5/1 Palermo Gran Premio CriadoresSinfonía Fantástica (ARG) Distaff
    5/25 San Isidro Gran Premio 25 de MayoLa Extrana Dama (ARG) Turf
    5/21 Club Hípico de Santiago Gran Premio Club Hipico FalabellaNuevo Maestro (CHI) Mile
    5/28 Santa Anita Shoemaker MileHunt (IRE) Mile
    6/3 Tokyo Yasuda KinenMozu Ascot Mile
    6/9 Belmont Metropolitan HandicapBee Jersey Dirt Mile
    6/9 Belmont JaipurDisco Partner Turf Sprint
    6/9 Belmont Ogden PhippsAbel Tasman Distaff
    6/10 Hipódromo da Gávea Grande Premio BrasilQuarteto De Cordas (BRZ) Turf
    6/16 Churchill Downs Fleur de Lis H.Blue Prize (ARG) Distaff
    6/16 Churchill Downs Stephen FosterPavel Classic
    6/19 Ascot Queen AnneAccidental Agent (GB) Mile
    6/20 Ascot Prince of WalesPoet's Word (IRE) Turf
    6/21 Ascot NorfolkShang Shang Shang Juvenile Turf Sprint
    6/23 Ascot Diamond JubileeMerchant Navy (AUS) Turf Sprint
    6/24 Hanshin Takarazuka KinenMikki Rocket (JPN) Turf
    6/24 Hipódromo de Monterrico Gran Premio PamplonaSmart Choice (ARG) Filly & Mare Turf
    6/30 Woodbine Highlander StakesLong On Value Turf Sprint
    6/30 Gulfstream Princess Rooney HandicapStormy Embrace Filly & Mare Sprint
    7/7 Belmont Belmont Sprint Championship StakesLimousine Liberal Sprint
    7/28 Del Mar Bing CrosbyRansom the Moon Sprint
    7/28 Ascot King George VI & Queen Elizabeth StakesPoet's Word Turf
    7/29 Del Mar Clement HirschUnique Bella Distaff
    7/29 Monmouth Haskell InvitationalGood Magic Classic
    8/1 Goodwood Sussex StakesLightning Spear Mile
    8/4 Saratoga WhitneyDiversify Classic
    8/11 Arlington Beverly D.Sistercharlie Filly & Mare Turf
    8/11 Arlington Arlington MillionRobert Bruce Turf
    8/12 Deauville Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le MaroisAlpha Centauri Mile
    8/18 Del Mar Del Mar HandicapFashion Business Turf
    8/18 Del Mar Pacific ClassicAccelerate Classic
    8/22 York Juddmonte InternationalRoaring Lion Turf
    8/23 York Yorkshire OaksSea of Class Filly & Mare Turf
    8/24 York Nunthorpe StakesAlpha Delphini Turf Sprint
    8/25 Saratoga Sword DancerGlorious Empire Turf
    8/25 Saratoga Personal EnsignAbel Tasman Distaff
    8/25 Saratoga BallerinaMarley's Freedom Filly & Mare Sprint
    8/25 Saratoga ForegoWhitmore Dirt Mile
    8/25 Del Mar Pat O'Brien StakesCatalina Cruiser Dirt Mile
    9/1 Saratoga Spinaway Sippican Harbor Juvenile Fillies
    9/15 Churchill Downs Iroquois StakesCairo Cat Juvenile
    9/15 Leopardstown Matron StakesLaurens (FR) Filly & Mare Turf
    9/15 Leopardstown Irish Champion StakesRoaring Lion Turf
    9/15 LeopardstownChampions Juvenile StakesMadhmoon (IRE) Juvenile Turf
    9/15 Woodbine Woodbine MileOscar Performance Mile
    9/15 Churchill Pocahontas S.Serengeti Empress Juvenile Fillies
    9/16 Curragh Flying Five StakesHavana Grey (GB) Turf Sprint
    9/16 Curragh Moyglare Stud StakesSkitter Scatter Juvenile Fillies Turf
    9/16 Woodbine Natalma StakesLa Pelosa (IRE) Juvenile Fillies Turf
    9/16 Woodbine Summer StakesFog of War Juvenile Turf
    9/28 Newmarket Shadwell RockfelJust Wonderful Juvenile Fillies Turf
    9/29 Belmont Joe Hirsch Turf ClassicChannel Maker Turf
    9/29 Belmont VosburghImperial Hint Sprint
    9/29 Newmarket Juddmonte Royal Lodge StakesMohawk (IRE) Juvenile Turf
    9/29 Santa AnitaAmerican Pharoah StakesGame Winner Juvenile
    9/29 Santa Anita Zenyatta StakesVale Dori (ARG) Distaff
    9/29 Santa Anita Chandelier StakesBellafina Juvenile Fillies
    9/29 Santa Anita Rodeo Drive StakesVasilika Filly & Mare Turf
    9/29 Santa Anita Awesome Again StakesAccelerate Classic
    9/30 Nakayama Sprinters StakesFine Needle (JPN) Turf Sprint
    10/5 Keeneland Phoenix StakesPromises Fulfilled Juvenile
    10/5 Keeneland Alcibiades StakesRestless Rider Juvenile Fillies
    10/6 Keeneland First Lady StakesA Raving Beauty (GER) Filly & Mare Turf
    10/6 Keeneland Throughbred Club of America StakesGolden Mischief Filly & Mare Sprint
    10/6 Keeneland Breeders' FuturityKnicks Go Juvenile
    10/6 Keeneland Shadwell Turf MileNext Shares Mile
    10/7 Belmont FrizetteJaywalk Juvenile Fillies
    9/29 Belmont Jockey Club Gold CupDiscreet Lover Classic
    10/7 BelmontThe Futurity Uncle BennyJuvenile Turf Sprint
    10/6 Santa AnitaSpeakeasy Stakes Its Gonna HurtJuvenile Turf Sprint
    10/6 Santa Anita Santa Anita Sprint ChampionshipRoy H. Sprint
    10/7 KeenelandIndian Summer Stakes Strike SilverJuvenile Turf Sprint
    10/7 Chantilly Prix Marcel BoussacLily's Candle Juvenile Fillies Turf
    10/7 Chantilly Prix Jean-Luc LagardereRoyal Marine (IRE) Juvenile Turf
    10/7 Chantilly Longines Prix de l'OperaWild Illusion (GB) Filly & Mare Turf
    10/7 Belmont Flower BowlFourstar Crook Filly & Mare Turf
    10/6 Belmont ChampagneComplexity Juvenile
    10/7 Keeneland Spinster StakesBlue Prize (ARG) Distaff
    10/7 Keeneland Bourbon StakesCurrent Juvenile Turf
    10/10 Keeneland Jessamine StakesConcrete Rose Juvenile Fillies Turf
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    July 7, 2018

    Suffolk Downs (Massachusetts):
    • The third day of the boutique meet had as much action as any track short of Illinois or New York.
    • Race 13 (the first race run due to it being a non-betting race): The day began with a non-betting race, an exhibition in a sense. Dr. Blarney (Tammi Piermarini/Karl Grusmark) is now 20 14-0-3 including a perfect 8 8-0-0 at the track. He is a Mass-bred. and is quite the local story.
    • Race 12: A staggering payout of $133.40 for the win, $1,823.20 for the exacta, $4,005.40 for the tri and a $2 Pick 4 in excess of $6,100. Floria Tosca (Carlos Camillo/Rafael Rohena) was sent off with the longest set of odds at 65-to-1, and seventh in the stretch, was the victor but only after a tragic episode. Anatevka, sent off at 63-to-1, stumbled while leading in the stretch in an attempt to go gate-to-wire, and was euthanized moments later. The finale also had a lengthy objection-inquiry involving third place and fourth place which resulted in a change of those two spots. The winning trainer began the year 0-for-39 before a win at Finger Lakes two days ago. The winning jockey, not a bug according to Equibase, won for the first time in North America.
    • Races 7 and 8: The duo of Erik Barbaran/Jay Bernardini won consecutive races. The pair are among the best at Mountaineer in West Virginia. Bernardini won the last full meet at Suffolk Downs in 2014.
    • Race 5: Khan of Khans (Luis Perez/Dylan Clarke), a 12-year-old out for the 108th time, was the victor. He won for the 30th time including four of the last five.
    • Race 3: Among the most unlikely winners of the day was South Carolina, an 0-for-23 maiden filly going against the boys. She moved like Seattle Slew in the stretch and finally broke her maiden at 35-to-1. The win paid $72.40. The exacta was over $500. The tri was in excess of $3,100.
    Belmont (New York):
    • The track handled over $24,000,000 which is an increase of 10% from 2017. A beautiful day of weather met with a spectacular card. New York did not disappoint. Races 6 through 10 were $300,000+ purses.
    • Race 11: The $2 Pick 6 paid over $74,000, a significant payout for the second consecutive day. Joel Rosario completed the theory that if he wins early, he won the second race, he will repeat at some point.
    • Race 10: In one of the best races of the day, Catholic Boy (Javier Castellano/Jonathan Thomas) fought back in a terrific stretch battle with Analyze It and won the $1.2 million purse in the Grade I Belmont Derby. More than a week later, Pierre-Charles Boudot, who rode in the U.S. for just the second time (Keeneland, 2015) in his career, was suspended 15 days (July 17-July 31) for "gross careless riding and extremely unprofessional riding" (per the stewards). He rode close to John Velazquez as the race was concluding, the pair finished 5th and 6th respectively. He rides in Europe and Hong Kong but those tracks honor suspensions as part of reciprocal agreements.
    • Race 9: Diversify (Irad Ortiz, Jr./Richard Violette) improved to 8 6-2-0 at Belmont in winning the Grade II Suburban in a romp of more than six lengths. Diversify, who received a revised Beyer of 110 for this performance, is now 14 9-2-0 and has earned over $1,000,000. The $2 tri paid over $3,800 with 34-to-1 and 41-to-1 rounding out the exotic. Hoppertunity (Flavien Prat/Bob Baffert) and Tapwrit (Jose Ortiz/Todd Pletcher), two that figured to many, finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
    • Race 8: Athena (Ryan Moore/Aidan O'Brien), an Irish-bred, won the $1,000,000 Belmont Oaks. The 3-year-old filly won for the second time in 10 starts. What made her improbable win, at 10-to-1, even more pronounced was that she ran June 21 in Great Britain and July 1 in Ireland. Three races in three lands within 16 days is a heavy workload. The all-European bred trifecta paid over $4,800. French breds finished 2nd and 3rd. Six of the ten contestants were bred in Europe
    • Race 7: Limousine Liberal (Jose Ortiz/Ben Colebrook) won the Grade II $350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship, a "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup race.
    • Race 6: Firenze Fire (Irad Ortiz, Jr./Jason Servis) won the Grade III Dwyer Stakes.
    • Race 5: Three across the wire in a great finish. Winning rider Junior Alvarado also won the fourth race and led into the stretch in the third race. Trainer Leana Willaford, who replaced the suspended Bill Mott, won for the first time since 2000. She is Mott's assistant and will be the trainer of record during his 7-day suspension.
    • Race 1: Meade (Jose Ortiz/Todd Pletcher) won in a race of 2-year-olds, seven of eight who were out for the first time.
    • Joel Rosario is 22 6-4-5 (27%/68%) in July. Very good numbers.
    • Luis Saez failed to hit the board in five starts and has won just once in his last 23 rides.
    • John Velazquez was winless on eight mounts but did bring two prices into second place with an 11-to-1 and 34-to-1 in consecutive grades stakes races. He has lost his last 15 starts.
    • The pairing of Javier Castellano and Todd Pletcher seems to be more infrequent as the days progress. Castellano was 9 1-1-0 yesterday and while he won an important race the numbers are unimpressive for a top rider.
    Monmouth (New Jersey):
    • Albin Jimenez won four times in seven starts.
    Parx (Pennsylvania):
    • Race 8: Vision Perfect (Frankie Pennington/Jason Servis) won the Grade III $200,000 Parx Dash. Chalk up another win this year for Servis.
    • Race 4: The tri paid over $1,200.
    • Race 3: The tri paid close to $2,000.
    Delaware Park (Delaware):
    • Race 7: The $2 Pick 5 paid over $29,000.
    • Race 8: Chris DeCarlo doesn't ride often anymore -- he has 12 starts since June 8 but he won the $200,000 Grade III today. The last time DeCarlo won a grades stakes race was in November but that is due in part to his infrequent riding schedule. Mario Pino finished second on a bomb. Tricky Escape (tr. Lynn Ashby) topped a $1 exacta of $70.90.
    • Race 10: Red Ruby (Paco Lopez/Kellyn Gorder) performed even better than expected in a 13-length shellacking in the $300,000 Delaware Oaks. The 3-year-old filly is now 6 4-1-0 and will likely run in a Breeders' Cup race.
    Laurel (Maryland):
    • Sheldon Russell won three times in eight starts.
    • Weston Hamilton was 0-for-10 and has now lost his last 65 starts. He was among the leading candidates for Apprentice of the Year at one point.
    • Race 8: Jeremy Rose found the winner's circle with Whereshetoldmetogo, the same colt in which he won his most recent race which was back in mid-June. Rose has just five wins in 2018.
    • Race 10: Miz Mayhem (Edgard Zayas/Edward Plesa), sent off at 1-to-2, won for the fifth straight time with the prior four at Gulfstream (Florida).
    Gulfstream (Florida):
    • Race 1: A $59.80 winner. The tri was over $1,800.
    • Race 5: The $2 Pick 5 paid an astronomical $225,905.20.
    • Race 6: Luca Panici was DQ'd from a win in the $100,000 race for Miguel Vasquez who won three times. Some of these decisions are debatable and some are outright nonsense. Panici won the 10th race.
    • Race 12: The $.20 Pick 6 paid over $42,000. Two horses were singled entering the finale and one of them finished second at 11-to-1. The $2 Pick 5 returned over $38,000. The $2 Pick 4 paid over $24,000.
    Arlington (Illinois):
    • The track had all turf racing including five purses of $100,000 from race 5 through 9.
    • Race 3: The $.50 tri was over $1,000.
    • Race 4: The $2 double was $1,094.80. $1,000+ doubles never get old.
    • Race 5: Real Story (Joe Bravo/Ignacio Correas IV) won at 7-to-1 odds the Grade III American Derby. The $.50 Pick 4 paid over $8,000. The $.50 Pick 5 paid over $29,000 which made a $2 bet over $119,000+
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    • Race 6: Daddy's Lil Darling (Brian Hernandez, Jr./Kenneth McPeek) won as the favorite in the 12-horse Grade III Modesty Handicap.
    • Race 7: Colonia (Joe Bravo/Graham Motion) won the Hatoof Stakes in her U.S. debut. The French-bred raced fives prior times, all in France.
    • Race 8: Catcho En Die (Jose Valdivia, Jr./Naipaul Chatterpaul), an Argentinian-bred, won for the second time in the U.S. when winning the 87th running of the Grade III Stars and Stripes. The horse was 3-for-3 in Argentinian before coming to America where he is 2-for-6. Valdivia, Jr. is having another potent meet at Arlington.
    • Race 9: Divisidoro (Jevian Toledo/Kelly Rubley) won the Arlington Handicap. The victory was probably the biggest wins for the jockey and trainer who are both based in Maryland. The trainer, who recently was put in charge of the 6 year-old experienced horse, is a former school teacher and is in the early stages of training. Divisidoro has earned over $1.2 million lifetime.
    • Joe Bravo was one of the stars of the day. He won three times in seven starts including two stakes races. In his last 31 starts, he is 10-5-6 (32%/68%). Joe Bravo: Have Whip, Will Travel!
    • Corey Lanerie rode four times, his first mounts since his wife passed away two weeks ago.
    Los Alamitos (California):
    • Asa Espinosa won three times in five starts. He maintains a bug with 34 lifetime wins.
    • Race 8: Marley's Freedom (Drayden Van Dyke/Bob Baffert) won the Grade II Great Lady M Stakes at 1-to-5 in a field of five.
    • Race 9: My Ebony Star topped a $1 trifecta that returned over $1,000 with 13-to-1 and 90-to-1 finishing out the positions. Kellie McDaid, the winning rider, is approaching the 40-win total which would change her bug status from seven to five. The $2 Pick 6 paid over $14,000.
    Woodbine (Canada):
    • Eurico da Silva won four times including three mounts as the favorite. He is second at the meet in wins, 15 away from the lad and 17 head of third place; however, percentages between Rafael Hernandez and Da Silva are almost similar.
    Jockey Mike Smith:
    • A ceremony was held in his home state of New Mexico and thus was not riding.
    Trainer Jason Servis:
    • Was 7 2-1-2 today across four tracks. He is now 17 10-1-3 in July. Improbable numbers except they are real. Servis has the following numbers at the current NY/NJ meets:
    Belmont 35 17-0-5 (49%/63%)
    Monmouth 35 19-4-5 (54%/80%)
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    Totals: 70 36-4-10 (51%/71%)
     
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    Suffolk Downs (Massachusetts):
    • The six-day meet has two more scheduled races, both in early August. This could be the final year of racing at the track which is more than 80 years old.
    • Race 6: The $2 tri paid over $4,000.
    • Race 10: The $2 tri paid over $9,500. Races 6 and 10 both had "all" in 4th place superfecta payouts. I can't recall the last time I have seen that on the same card.
    • Luis Perez won three times including more than 6 lengths in the exhibition non-betting pre-opener, race 13 in the program. He rides regularly at Finger Lakes (New York).
    • The winningest rider at the meet is Erik Barbaran with five victories. He has the number one call for trainer Jay Bernardini.
    • I have mentioned Jay Bernardini who is a good trainer at this level. He leads the meet with five wins after two yesterday and one today.
    • Trainers have been shipping from such places as Belmont and Finger Lakes. James Bond is a perfect 3 3-0-0. Bond won the 1999 Mass Handicap with one of my favorite horses: Behrens.

    Belmont (New York):
    • Race 4: For the second straight day, the combo of Junior Alvarado and Laura Willaford was victorious. Willaford is subbing for suspended boss Bill Mott. Her record this year is 8 2-2-1. Prior to this week, she last had a horse in her name in 2002.
    • Race 9: A Philly filly stunned the masses at 47-to-1 in the Grade III $150,000 Victory Ride for 3-year-old fillies. The odds were the second highest in the race of nine. Dixie Serenade (Mychal Sanchez/Ed Coletti, Jr.) pulled the shocking result with a rally along the rail in a fantastic ride by the jockey. This was the 11th race of the filly's career and the first time she has been out of Pennsylvania (eight races in Philly). She is now 11 4-4-1 and was in her first graded stakes race. Classy Act (Brian Hernandez, Jr./Bret Calhoun), a Kentucky/Louisiana runner. came in second place. Hernandez, Jr, who is a consistently fine rider mostly based in Kentucky, rode in four states the last five days and nights (Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky and New York). The win paid $97.50. The $2 exacta returned $667. The $.50 tri was over $1,100. The $1 Pick 3 was over $1,100. The $.10 super returned over $1,300.

    • Race 10: The $.50 Pick 5 paid over $96,000. The $.50 Pick 4 paid over $8,000. The stars were aligned in the finale. Javier Castellano rode a rare time for his brother Abel, who recently turned from a jockey to a trainer, and won at nearly 4-to-1.
    • John Velazquez has now lost his last 19 starts.
    • Irad Ortiz, Jr. was 9 2-1-4. In one win, he teamed with his brother Jose, sent off at the longest price on the board at 27-to-1, for a $1 exacta worth $73. How often does Jose Ortiz get sent off with the longest odds.
    • Jose Ortiz won the opener for the second straight day. However, except for the win and the race mentioned above, he did not hit the board in any other race. He was 8 1-1-0.
    Monmouth (New Jersey):
    • Jose Ferrer, at the age of 54, set a personal high with six wins and was one victory off the track record of seven set by Paco Lopez in May 2014. Ferrer could be the leading candidate for Jockey of the Week with a 26 12-3-5 mark. He was 10 6-0-3 today. Trainer Jorge Navarro won five times which tied his record for most wins by any trainer at Monmouth. The duo was 4 3-0-1 as a team. Navarro was 6 5-0-1 today and is 14 9-1-3 in July. Both jockey and trainer lead their respective categories with wins at the meet, Ferrer by 6 and Navarro by 16.
    Laurel (Maryland):
    • Race 7: Weston Hamilton, who maintains his apprentice with a 5-pound bug, ended his skid at 70. He won for the first time since June 17.
    • Kevin Gomez, once cold then torrid, is winless in 21 starts this month.
    Gulfstream (Florida):
    • Tyler Gaffalione won three times including the finale where the runner up lodged what seemed like a pointless objection. Gaffalione was 5 3-1-1.
    Emerald Downs (Washington):
    • Rocco Bowen won five times in eight starts (8 5-1-2). He puts up strong numbers at the track. In his last 20 starts, he is 9-2-6.
    Woodbine (Ontario):
    • Race 8: The streak has ended. Pink Lloyd (Eurico Da Silva/Robert Tiller), bet to his morning line of 1-to-9, faded in the stretch and finished third which halted his winning streak at 11. His record fell to 17 14-1-1, all at Woodbine. Kingsport (Patrick Husbands/Sid Attard), the second longest price on the board, won the $100,000 purse and paid $39. There was no place wagering. The $1 Pick 3 paid over $2,800.
     
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    July 9, 2018

    • Word that The Green Monkey passed away brings up the obvious reference that nothing in life is a guarantee. Nonetheless, a beautiful horse but goes down in the books as a massive failure with what was intended.


    The Green Monkey (Forestry), the most expensive horse ever sold at auction, was euthanized in May due to laminitis.

    The story was first reported by Paulick Report. The horse had been residing at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds in Ocala, Fla.

    The Green Monkey was far better known for what he accomplished in the auction ring than what he did on the racetrack. He went into the ring at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Calder Select 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, where he worked an eighth of a mile in 9 4/5 seconds. That was among the reasons a bidding war between Coolmore and Darley took place with both entities determined to acquire the then 2-year-old. Eventually, Darley folded and Coolmore purchased the colt for $16 million.

    » The Green Monkey, the $16M Horse, Euthanized at 14
    • The Jockey's Guild emphasized stakes wins over volume in selecting Irad Ortiz, Jr. as the most recent winner of Jockey of the Week. Jose Ferrer, who I thought could have been the winner though not a lock, garnered some attention.

    With twice as many stakes wins as any other jockey last week and leading with over $1 million in earnings, Irad Ortiz, Jr. was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for July 2 – 8, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by FoundationDetox.com, America’s #1 Equine Toxin Remover.

    The panel also expressed support for Jose Ferrer on the ballot, who won six races in a single card at Monmouth Park last week. With 12 wins, he was the leading jockey by number of wins for the week. Ferrer also landed in the top 25 North American jockeys by earnings despite having no stakes wins, with $188,816 in 26 starts, with a 77% in the money rate and a win rate of 46%.​
     
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    That sound potentially ominous for his racing career. The breeding stage should not be jeopardized. Time will tell. It appeared he was on a Haskell/Travers, Breeders' Cup, Pegasus schedule and then onto retirement.

    Swollen ankle sidelines Justify | Daily Racing Form

    Triple Crown winner Justify has been taken out of training owing to filling in his left front ankle, according to a press release put out on behalf of co-owner WinStar Farm.

    “Justify had some filling in his left front ankle a week ago, which subsided in a couple days,” trainer Bob Baffert said in the release. “I trained him last week and the filling came back. We want to get him checked out.”

    Because of this development, Justify’s racing future is uncertain.
     
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    July 11, 2018

    Belmont (New York):
    • Race 3: Joel Rosario won. Putting my unique theory in place for this rider, he will win again if he finds the winner's circle in the first three races. And he did: with victories in the final two races on the card. Rosario rode four times.
    • Race 6: Manny Franco won for the third time.
    • Race 7: The combo of Junior Alvarado-Leana Willaford won for a third straight race day. They are three-for-five as a team. She is replacing Hall-of-Fame trainer Bill Mott who is serving a 7-day suspension.
    Finger Lakers (New York):
    • Our Caravan (Elias Peltroche/Michael Ferraro) won for the sixth straight time and for the 14th time in 38 lifetime starts.
    Delaware Park (Delaware):
    • Carol Cedeno, the leading rider at the meet, set a track record with seven victories. She was scheduled to ride the card, all 10 races, though was scratched from the ninth. Cedeno began the day with a natural hat trick plus one and eventually won races 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 10 with the finale on board an Arabian (full field, the norm in Delaware). On Monday, July 16, she was named Jockey of the Week.




    Six riders have won six races on a single Delaware Park card. They are: Joseph Rocco, Jr., in 2011; Michael McCarthy, who accomplished the feat twice – once in 1997 and again in 1998; Jimmy Edwards, in 1984; Greg McCarron, in 1974; George Cusimano, in 1968; and Eldon Nelson in 1958.
    Mountaineer (West Virginia):
    • Race 9: The $2 Pick 5 paid over $25,000. Some decent payouts in many races under the lights.
    • Race 5: A $41.40 winner.
    • Race 3: A $47.80 winner. In the field of five, there was no show betting.
    • Race 2: A $52.60 winner.
    Indiana Grand (Indiana):
    • Race 9: The field had horses bred in nine different states. That is a large total. Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Maryland, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri. Very few horses are bred in Missouri, just seven in 2016.
     
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    DELAWARE HANDICAP
    What: Grade II
    Where: Delaware Park, Wilmington, DE
    When: Saturday, July 14, 2018, Race 9
    Post time: 5:35 p.m. ET
    Who: 3-year-olds and up; fillies and mares
    Distance: 1 1/4 mile
    Surface: Dirt
    Purse: $750,000

    History: First run in 1937. It was downgraded from a Grade I entering this edition. The defending champ is the exquisite Songbird who won for the 13th time in her 14th start.
    Television: MSG+ in the New York metropolitan market and on regional sports networks across the country, including: FOX Sports Prime Ticket, FOX Sports San Diego, and the Altitude Sports Network (per NYRA).

    PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
    1Teresa Z (KY)Daniel Centeno116Anthony R. Margotta, Jr.10/1
    2Sneaky Betty (KY)Jomar Torres112Claudio A. Gonzalez20/1
    3Mopotism (KY)Mario Gutierrez117Doug F. O'Neill9/2
    4Proper Discretion (OH)Agustin Bracho113Anthony T. Quartarolo20/1
    5Unbridled Mo (KY)John R. Velazquez120Todd A. Pletcher5/2
    6Elate (KY)Jose L. Ortiz117William I. Mott2/1
    7Farrell (KY)Channing Hill118Wayne M. Catalano9/2
    8Nikki My Darling (OH)Scott Spieth113Anthony T. Quartarolo20/1
    9Fuhriously Kissed (KY)Jose A. Bracho113Anthony T. Quartarolo15/1
    INDIANA DERBY[​IMG]Indiana Grand's card for Saturday (source: Equibase)
    Race #PurseRace TypeDistanceSurfaceStartersEst. Post
    Race 1$35,500 Allowance 6 FurlongsDirt105:30 PM
    Race 2$31,000 Maiden Special Weight 7 1/2 FurlongsTurf85:58 PM
    Race 3$32,500 Allowance Optional Claiming 1 MileDirt136:26 PM
    Race 4$100,000 Mari Hulman George S. 1 1/16 MilesDirt76:54 PM
    Race 5$100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial S. 1 Mile 70 YardsDirt77:24 PM
    Race 6$100,000 Indiana General Assembly Distaff S. 1 1/16 MilesTurf97:54 PM
    Race 7$100,000 Warrior Veterans S. 1 1/16 MilesTurf148:26 PM
    Race 8$200,000 Indiana Oaks 1 1/16 MilesDirt89:01 PM
    Race 9$500,000 Indiana Derby 1 1/16 MilesDirt99:48 PM
    Race 10$33,000 Maiden Special Weight 6 FurlongsDirt1210:18 PM
     
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    Good!

    Luca Panici got DQ'd and it was a head-scratcher at the time which burned as the afternoon progressed. As noted in the summary above, the reverse call was questionable at best and that is being even-tempered.

    The controversy surrounding the disqualification of Midnight Soiree from first to second in Saturday’s $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes will continue indefinitely. According to trainer Lisa Lewis, the owners of Midnight Soiree will appeal the stewards’ decision to place their horse second behind Camila Princess for alleged interference through the stretch run of the one-mile turf event for 3-year-old fillies.
    Source: DRF



     
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    Belmont (New York):
    • The meet is winding down with Sunday's closing day. Saratoga runs July 20 - September 3. Belmont reopens September 7 - October 28. Then onto Aqueduct for a November 2nd opener.
    • Races 1 and 2: Jose Lezcano brought home the early double, winning on dirt and then turf.
    • Race 4: Jason Servis trained a winner on the fifth straight card. He is 40 19-1-6 (48%/65%) at the meet, wonderful numbers but to have that vast a difference between 1st and 2nd is unusual to say the least.
    • Race 9: Trainer Christophe Clement finished second which ended his four-race win streak covering the last two cards. He has won 8 of 18 in July at this meet.
    • Irad Ortiz, Jr. won three times. He has a 10-win lead over his brother Jose for most victories at the meet with 59.
    • Joel Rosario won early but didn't repeat with five starters. His record the last two days is 10 4-2-1
    • John Velazquez has now lost on board his last 22 mounts.
    • Javier Castellano is in the midst of a four-day suspension. He returns Saturday.
    • David Cohen's riding license was not approved by New York. He has an ongoing financial/personal concern according to David Grening on the DRF.
    Delaware Park (Delaware):
    • With Laurel (Maryland) dark, Weston Hamilton rode twice here and finished second both times. However, he has won just once in his last 77 starts.
    • Race 8: Kelly Rubley was the winning trainer. This month, she has had seven starters and three winners spanning three tracks for a total of 7 3-3-0. Small numbers but positive results.
    Charles Town (West Virginia):
    • Race 8: The $1 Pick 5 paid in excess of $9,400 when a 26-to-1 won the finale.
    Gulfstream (Florida):
    • Edgard Zayas rode four winners including two for Steve Klesaris.
    • Race 3: Tyler Gaffalione, who won for trainer Carlo Vaccarezza, leads the early part of the meet with nine wins.
    • Race 8: Emisael Jaramillo won on his only ride of the day. He is 30% at the meet with seven wins.
    Arlington (Illinois):
    • Races 5 and 6: The combo of Julio Felix and Ingrid Mason won consecutive races. In race 5, it was an even money favorite. In race 6, it was the second longest shot on the board at 29-to-1. Mason is 3-1-2 with her last eight starters.
    • Race 8: The $.20 Pick 6 paid over $19,000.
    Canterbury (Minnesota):
    • Canceled due to heavy rains.
     
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    Monmouth Generates $2.2m in Sports Betting Revenue in First 17 Days

    » Monmouth Generates $2.2m in Sports Betting Revenue in First 17 Days

    Although the handle figure for each individual property was not included in the state’s report, the Asbury Park Press reported Monmouth’s total sports betting handle was $8,176,212.

    It is unclear, however, exactly how the money bet on sports at Monmouth will translate to purse enhancements for Thoroughbred horsemen.

    When TDN inquired as to what the splits might be or if a sports betting revenue-sharing agreement for purses is formally in place, Tom Lucci, the track’s media relations director, replied “Monmouth Park officials will not be making any statement.”

    The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association’s advisor and attorney is Dennis Drazin, who helped to lead the state’s long-shot United States Supreme Court battle to have the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) declared unconstitutional. Drazin is also the chairman and chief executive of Darby Development LLC, which operates Monmouth Park

    “We are extremely pleased with our numbers,” Drazin told the Asbury Park Press Thursday. “We think they show there is a huge appetite for sports betting. To be generating these numbers early, and it’s not even football season yet, speaks enormously of the potential for when football season comes around. So we’re thrilled by the early numbers.”

    The Asbury Park Press also speculated that the live racing product could be a beneficiary of crossover horse betting handle now that the track is open daily for sports betting. On nine weekend/holiday racing dates between June 14 and July 12, the Asbury publication reported that Monmouth’s on-track handle was up 3.4% over the same dates in 2017.​
     
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    Belmont (New York):

    • Junior Alvarado may have been the star of the day going 5 2-0-2. Both his third place finishers rallied and at 18-to-1 and 9-to-1. The highlight was an $18 winner.
    • Manny Franco also won twice though with seven mounts.
    • Race 4: Joe Bravo did a nice job in his typical heady style with a victory. He finished third with his other starter. Joe Bravo: Have Whip, Will Travel! Onto Monmouth tomorrow.
    • Race 5: The $2 Pick 5 paid over $21,000. The $2 Pick 4 paid over $8,400.
    • John Velazquez has now lost with his last 26 mounts.
    • Javier Castellano remained suspended for a riding infraction and David Cohen without a license through the NYRA. Castellano is scheduled to return tomorrow with five mounts.
    Monmouth (New Jersey):
    • It is debatable who is having the better meet: Jorge Navarro or Jason Servis. Navarro was 5 3-1-1 today to improve to 91 38-10-20 (42%/75%). Servis failed to hit the board with either starter but his record is 39 19-4-0 (49%/74%).
    Laurel (Maryland): at the meet.
    • Race 3: I mentioned after the Ohio Derby that indications showed Ron Paolucci would give Lacey Gaudet horses for the Maryland meet(s). Paolucci, who doubles as a handicapper and an owner, races under the name of Loooch Racing Stables. This may have been the first time they hooked up. Destiny Over Fate, a first time starter, won when rider Alex Cintron took the far route -- or in racing parlance: blew the turn -- to victory. As I have said a few times, Gaudet comes from a tremendous racing family and is an up-and-comer in the training scene.
    • Race 6: Weston Hamilton won for the second time in 86 starts. In the finale, he finished second on board a 46-to-1 shot and paid $40.40 in the middle.
    • Race 9: The longest shot on the board almost went gate-to-wire but was victorious at 26-to-1.
    • Feargal Lynch won three times and now leads the rider standings in wins at the meet.
    Gulfstream (Florida):
    • Races 5, 6 and 7: Emisael Jaramillo had the natural hat trick. He had three wins on five mounts and leads the meet with 10 victories at 36%, overtaking Tyler Gaffalione.
    • Race 9: Forty Hits (David Boraco/Diosdado Iglesias) won the finale at 26-to-1. It was the second lifetime win for the trainer in more than 130 starts. The jockey rode in the opener and finale, his lone two starts of the day, and won for the second time in 57 starts in 2018..
    Ellis Park (Kentucky):
    • Race 4 and 5: Whether the Jockey's Guild has any room for sentimentality in its Jockey of the Week selection is unknown and perhaps understandably not expected but Corey Lanerie was 7 2-1-1 today with wins in consecutive races. His last win was June 17, days prior to his wife passing away at the age of 32.
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    • Race 6: Summer Storm, the favorite, practically led gate-to-wire but tossed her rider Rogelio Miranda while on the lead in the stretch after veering into the rail.
    Arlington (Illinois):
    • Jose Valdivia, Jr. had his third consecutive two-win race day. Carlos Marquez, Jr. won three times. Jose Lopez won twice. The three riders combined to win seven of the nine races.. Valdivia leads the meet by 20 wins over Mitchell Murrill.
    Lone Star (Texas):
    • Race 1: Lane Luzzi rode the winner. He has ridden the winner in five of the last nine cards in which he had a mount in the opening race.
    Los Alamitos (California):
    • Evin Roman, the most recent Apprentice of the Year in North America, was 7 3-1-3 today. Hitting the board in every mount with three wins is a successful afternoon for any rider.
     
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    Belmont (New York):
    • Manny Franco won three times.
    Monmouth (New Jersey):
    • Joe Bravo was a perfect 2-for-2. Joe Bravo: Have Whip, Will Travel!
    • Race 8: In the $63,000 feature race won by Joe Bravo on board the favorite, Eric Cancel brought the longest shot on the board home for second place at 63-to-1.
    • Jorge Navarro, the meet's leading trainer, won once with three starters. He has won 6 of his last 11 starts and is an incredible 17 11-2-2 since July 8 at the track.
    Delaware Park (Delaware):
    • Race 8: Golden Brown (Jairo Rendon/Patrick McBurney) pulled the upset in the Grade III $200,000 Kent Stakes. The New Jersey-bred colt was the second longest price on the board at 15-to-1 and paid $33.20. He is 7 3-3-0 lifetime.
    • Race 9: Elate (Jose Ortiz/Bill Mott) won the Grade II $750,000 Delaware Handicap as the prohibitive favorite. The 4-year-old filly is now 11 5-3-1 and has become a millionaire with lifetime earnings in excess of $1.2 million. Sneaky Betty, the second longest price on the board, finished second at 85-to-1 and boosted the $1 exacta to $57.50 .

    Laurel (Maryland):
    • Race 8: Chauncey (Kevin Gomez/Lacey Gaudet), the second highest odds on the board and coming off an 11th place finish, won at 38-to-1 and paid $79.60. The horse was recently claimed for $50,000.
    Charles Town (West Virginia):
    • The team of Arnaldo Bocachica and Kevin Patterson was a perfect 2-for-2.
    Gulfstream (Florida):
    • Miguel Vazquez won four times.
    Ellis Park (Kentucky):
    • Corey Lanerie won three times on board eight starters. He has won 5 of his last 15 starts the last two days. He took a leave of absence following the death of his wife last month.
    Indiana Grand (Indiana):
    • Six races with purses $100,000+.
    • Jockey Florent Geroux won four times including three stakes races.
    • Florent Geroux (3) and Julien Leparoux (2) combined to win five of the six stakes races.
    • Trainer Brad Cox won three times, all stakes races, and was 8 4-2-1 the last two cards.
    • Race 9: Axelrod (Florent Geroux/Michael McCarthy) rallied strongly at 12-to-1 and won the Grade III $500,000 Indiana Derby by a head just prior to the finish line. The winner paid $26.80 and wo n a stakes race for the first time in 8 lifetime starts.
    • Race 8: Talk Veuve To Me (Julien Leparoux/Rodolphe Brisset) improved to 5 2-3-0 with a 1-to-9 victory in the $220,000 Grade III Indiana Oaks. The trainer has 21 lifetime wins, 15 this year. This is his second graded stakes win. He is a former assistant to Bill Mott.

    Lone Star (Texas):
    • Races 4 and 5: Lane Luzzi rode consecutive winners and both were sent off as favorites.
    • Lindey Wade won three times. He is third at the meet in total wins.
    • Richard Eramia, the leading rider, and Karl Broberg, the leading trainer, teamed for five starters but had no wins.

     
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    Belmont (New York):
    • The meet closed today. Onto Saratoga which opens Friday.
    • Belmont handled $634,276,776 over 53 racing dates which is more than 9% increase from last year.
    • Irad Ortiz, Jr. led riders with 60 wins during the meet.
    • Chad Brown led trainers with 34 wins during the meet.
    • Joe Bravo, John Velazquez and Joel Rosario each won twice. Bravo was 3 2-1-0 today.
    • Race 7: The $100,000 feature race, Maiden Beauty (Joel Rosario/Gary Conterssa) won as the highest price on the board at 23-to-1. The aptly named first-time starter is no longer a maiden. Rosario was 8 4-2-0 the last two cards.
    • Race 4: John Velazquez ended a 31-race losing streak.
    Gulfstream (Florida):
    • Reylu Gutierrez, a 5-pound bug, won three times with eight starters.
    • Race 1: The opener was won by more than 10 lengths. Other than 2nd and 3rd, the distances between the other finishers were all 10+ lengths including 22+ lengths from fifth to sixth.

    Lone Star (Texas):
    • Ricardo Santana, Jr./Steve Asmussen, one of the best teams in North America, won three times with five entered.
    • Race 9: A couple of high prices at the top of the ticket contributed to a $471.70 $.50 tri in a $50,000 race. The winner was a 30-to-1 morning line bet down to 15-to-1.
    • Race 10: Wakefield (Richard Eramia/Karl Broberg) won the $100,000 feature race for 2-year-olds.
    Los Alamitos (California)
    • The 12-day meet closed with an average handle of $365,512.91 which was slightly larger than 2017.
    • Heriberto Figueroa and Asa Espinoza, both 7-pound bugs, shared the meet's jockey title with 12 wins apiece.
    • Bob Baffert had the most wins of any trainer with 5.
    • Mike Smith didn't ride at the meet. He most recently rode June 30 at Belmont. He last won on that date as well. He most recently rode in California on June 24. He has one mount on opening day at Del Mar.
    • The Del Mar meet opens Wednesday with ten races and an average field size of 10.4.
    Emerald Downs (Washington):
    • Four stakes races with purses of $50,000.
    • Blaine Wright, second most wins at the meet among trainers, won all four races in which he entered including three of the four stakes. He had seven runners including three in the Boeing Stakes.
    Woodbine (Ontario):
    • Race 8: In the Grade III $125,000 Ontario Matron Stakes, Gamble's Ghost (Eurico da Silva/Josie Carroll) won as the 2-to-1 favorite. The 5-year-old mare won for the 9th time in her 19th start with an impressive rally in the stretch digging in from the far outside. She was in 8th place entering the stretch.

    Jorge Navarro:
    • The trainer was 16 7-4-2 covering four tracks (Laurel, Monmouth, Delaware, Penn) the last three days.
    Joe Bravo:
    • Is 18 9-3-3 since July 6 (50%/83%).
     
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    Mountaineer (West Virginia):
    • The $.50 Pick 5 paid over $21,000.
    • Trainer Kevin Patterson is 12 7-3-1 (58%/92%) at the meet. He is 31%/59% lifetime in 1,185 starts.
    Del Mar (California):
    Status of Triple Crown winner JUSTIFY
    • Is currently at Del Mar (San Diego area)
    • Is NOT actively training. Has swelling in his left front ankle.
    • He will NOT run at the Travers (New York) or Haskell (New Jersey).
    • He is being pointed to the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar (California) in early November and may have a prep race which could be in either Philly (Penn Derby, Sep. 22) or Santa Anita (Sep. 29) should the connections consider such a journey.
    • It does not appear he will race in January's Pegasus at Gulfstream (Florida) which likely means, if he runs again, November will be the finale.
    • It seems the max will be two races, maybe one and maybe none.
    July 17

    Louisiana Downs (Louisiana):
    • Race 7: The $.50 Pick 5 paid over $142,076.
     
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    The meet openers for two of the most anticipated meets of the year.

    Let's hope New York changed the graphics on their simulcast feed. The newly designed Belmont screen was awful. The size of the rider changes, scratches and odds need to be clearer and larger..

    DEL MAR: Wednesday


    Race #PurseRace TypeDistanceSurfaceStartersEst. Post (PT)
    Race 1$26,000 Claiming 1 MileDirt92:00 PM
    Race 2$42,000 Claiming 1 MileTurf92:33 PM
    Race 3$30,000 Claiming 6 FurlongsDirt93:03 PM
    Race 4$60,000 Maiden Special Weight 5 FurlongsDirt113:33 PM
    Race 5$65,000 Allowance Optional Claiming 1 1/16 MilesTurf144:03 PM
    Race 6$62,000 Allowance Optional Claiming 1 MileDirt94:33 PM
    Race 7$60,000 Maiden Special Weight 5 FurlongsDirt115:03 PM
    Race 8$100,000 Oceanside S. 1 MileTurf165:33 PM
    Race 9$35,000 Starter Allowance 1 MileDirt106:03 PM
    Race 10$60,000 Maiden Special Weight 1 1/16 MilesTurf136:33 PM


    SARATOGA: Friday

    Race #PurseRace TypeDistanceSurfaceStartersEst. Post (ET)
    Race 1$50,000 Claiming 1 1/8 MilesDirt81:00 PM
    Race 2$75,000 Maiden Special Weight 5 1/2 FurlongsTurf131:33 PM
    Race 3$48,000 Claiming 6 FurlongsDirt82:06 PM
    Race 4$56,000 Maiden Claiming 1 1/16 MilesTurf92:40 PM
    Race 5$85,000 Maiden Special Weight 5 1/2 FurlongsDirt113:14 PM
    Race 6$87,000 Allowance 6 1/2 FurlongsDirt103:48 PM
    Race 7$77,000 Allowance 1 1/16 MilesTurf154:24 PM
    Race 8$150,000 Schuylerville S. 6 FurlongsDirt105:02 PM
    Race 9$150,000 Lake George S. 1 1/16 MilesTurf85:40 PM
    Race 10$48,000 Claiming 1 1/16 MilesTurf136:17 PM
    Source: EQUIBASE
     
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    Delaware Park (Delaware):
    • Race 5: Just A Whim (Jeremy Rose/Mark Shuman) was victorious. Rose, who will always be associated with the determined and tremendous Afleet Alex, won for just the 6th time in 101 starts in 2018. Shuman entered the race 0-for-42 this year. The horse broke her maiden in her third start.
    Louisiana Downs (Louisiana):
    • Race 7: The finale produced a $.10 Pick 6 worth more than $74,000.
    Del Mar (California):
    • Opening day attendance was more than 33,000 which is slightly lower than last year. More importantly, handle was up significantly with $16,131,880 bet from all-sources.
    • Doug O'Neill (4) and Jerry Hollendorfer (3) combined to win seven of the ten races. O'Neill was victorious four times through the first five races.
    • Race 3: Eighty Three (Tyler Conner/Jerry Hollendorfer) won and has a record of 10 3-0-7 the last two years. Ten straight times in the money and the oddity with so many thirds.
    • Race 6: Shivermetimbers (Mike Smith/Jerry Hollendorfer) won as the favorite. It was the Hall-of-Fame rider's first mount since June 30.
    • Race 7: Brill (Drayden Van Dyke/Jerry Hollendorfer) was the focus of many and didn't disappoint in paying $3.40 for the win. The 2-year-old filly, a first time starter, was purchased for $1 million by Lawrence Best's OXO Equine; Best, the former CFO of Boston Scientific, is a relative newcomer to the racing scene but has put down a boatload of money for babies. Hollendorfer won for the third time with his fourth starter this day.


    Post-race reaction to Brill's win from Hollendorfer, who said likely to follow Songbird sked: straight to Debutante

    I caught up with trainer Jerry Hollendorfer after Brill won race 7. He said the most likely plan with her would be to await the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1 rather than rush her back in the Sorrento Stakes on Aug. 5 prior to the Debutante. If he keeps to that schedule, it will mirror what he did three years ago with Songbird, who went from an early season maiden win straight to the Debutante, which she won.

    Brill, like Songbird, is by Medaglia d'Oro.

    Here are Hollendorfer's comments regarding Brill's performance:
    "She broke so hard she cost herself a little in the beginning, had to go between horses, got outside, and finished well to run them down. Very grateful that she won."

    I suggested that five furlongs, today's distance, is probably a bit abrupt for her and that she'd do better with more distance. He agreed. "It doesn't look like she wants five-eighths," he said. The Debutante is at seven furlongs.
    Source: Jay Privman, DRF.com
    • Race 8: Restrainedvengence (Evin Roman/Val Brinkerhoff) stunned in the 72nd running of the $100,000 Oceanside and paid $24.80. The trainer, who is from Utah and with a smaller-sized stable, has 1,001 lifetime starts and this could be his biggest victory to date.

    • Race 10: The $2 Pick 6 paid over $45,000, helped by a 14-to-1 bomber in the winner's circle.
     
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    About that expanded Oaklawn (Arkansas) meet... among the changes is the REBEL is now worth $1,000,000.

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    DIANA STAKES
    What: Grade I
    Where: Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, New York
    When: Saturday, July 21, 2018
    Post Time: 6:18 pm ET (Race 10)
    Purse: $500,000
    Who: 3-years-old and up, fillies and mares
    Distance: 1 1/8 miles
    Surface: Turf
    Television: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET; FS2, FS San Diego, Prime Ticket, Altitude Sports & MSG+ (in addition to TVG).
    History: Inaugurated in 1939, the combo of Irad Ortiz, Jr./Chad Brown won the last two races including with Lady Eli last year. Brown has three of the seven entered in this race with three top riders.


    PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
    1Sistercharlie (IRE)John R. Velazquez122Chad C. Brown-
    2Proctor's Ledge (KY)Jose L. Ortiz120Brendan P. Walsh-
    3New Money Honey (KY)Javier Castellano122Chad C. Brown-
    4War Canoe (NY)Dylan Davis116Gary C. Contessa-
    5Ultra Brat (KY)Joel Rosario118H. Graham Motion-
    6A Raving Beauty (GER)Irad Ortiz, Jr.122Chad C. Brown-
    7Hawksmoor (IRE)Julien R. Leparoux118Arnaud Delacour-
    Note: New Money Honey, a Medaglia d'Oro filly, is a Bloodhorse grad owned by e5 racing. The unique name is derived from the Edwards "e" family of five who lives in south Florida. The father is from the NY/NJ area and made his fortune while living in Boca. [​IMG]
     
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    Penn National (Pennsylvania):
    • Race 3: With a 1-to-5 on the lead entering the stretch, the race appeared somewhat apparent until the horse bucked into the rail and tossed his rider. No injuries reported. That let a 35-to-1 win, 8-to-1 in second, 11-to-1 in 3rd and 25-to-1 in fourth.
    • Race 2: A 50-to-1 was DQ'd from the win.
    Delaware Park (Delaware):
    • Race 5: Former school teacher Kelly Rubley, who has been mentioned a few times in recent days, gets an A+ for this performance. Her horses ran 1st and 2nd at 2-to-5 (favorite) and 27-to-1 for a $40.60 $2 exacta. A $40 exacta with a 2-to-5 on top is generally favorable. The winner won in an absolute romp of 11 lengths, no intrigue there, but there was a lengthy photo finish for second that resulted in an antsy moment or two.
    Gulfstream (Florida):
    • Race 3: Tough beats are never fun. Trainer Carlo Vaccarezza, in his lone start of the day, almost had a 17-to-1 win. He was caught by the horse coming from the back of the pack at 4-to-1. The winning trainer was 8-for-283 (3%) this year, the rider was 4-for-131 (3%) in 2018 and the horse was 0-for-13 lifetime. Ouch!
    • Leading riders are: Emisael Jaramillo (14), Tyler Gaffalione (13) and Miguel Vasquez (12).
    Indiana Grand (Indiana):
    • Race 1: A 72-to-1 placed and paid $43.00 in the middle.
    • Race 2: A 37-to-1 placed and paid $27.00 in the middle.
    Arlington (Illinois):
    • Race 8: Good job by the Arlington Park PR department getting info out so fast on the winning rider in the finale. Liliia Reznikova-Vrublevska won for the first time in North America in her 14th start. The 32 year-old, who is not a bug, is from Russia and was riding in Poland.
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    Del Mar (California):
    • Mario Gutierrez leads all riders with three wins through two days at the meet. Doug O'Neill and Jerry Hollendorfer both have four wins, most among trainers.
    • Race 3: Surrender Now (Drayden Van Dyke/Peter Miller) paid $49.00 in victory Nice payout for known successful connections.
    • Race 1: Trainer Val Brinkerhoff is now 2-for-2 at the meet. The Utah-native won the feature race yesterday and now increased his lifetime marks to 115 wins and 1,002 lifetime starts. What's so tough about Del Mar? :sarcasm: He is 3-for-3 this month (including one at Los Al.).
     
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    5 out of 7 horses in the 1st at Saratoga were claimed.
    Don't see that everyday.
     
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    Saratoga (New York):
    • Opening day at the Spa: Attendance and on-track handle was up from 2017 at $5,403,833 and 33,714, respectively. The official all-source handle was $20,332,053 which was comparable to 2017 but slightly lower.
    • Jose Lezcano, Ricardo Santana, Jr. and Jose Ortiz (jockeys) and Chad Brown (trainer) won twice.
    • Irad Ortiz, Jr. had a subpar day at 8 0-2-0. His brother Jose won twice and was 7 2-1-2.
    • John Velazquez had three place finishes. He was 6 0-3-1. Based on his skills and the Cadillacs he often rides, any negative riding stats can change with Johnny V. in one day; however, he has won just twice in his last 41 starts.
    • Javier Castellano (who won), John Velazquez, Irad Ortiz, Jr., Joel Rosario and Luis Saez combined to go 35 1-7-1. One win in 35 starts with five of the top riders in North America.
    • Race 1: As mentioned above, five horses were claimed. Ricardo Santana's ride in the opener was one of the best of the day.
    • Race 4: The Ortiz brothers finished 1st and 2nd. I expect that to happen quite a few times this meet. Let the count begin: 1.
    • Race 5: Ricardo Santana, Jr's second win gave him five victories in his last seven starts (also Lone Star).
    • Race 6: Joe Bravo won at 8-to-1, his first mount of the day. Bravo was 6-1-1 in his last 8 starts. Can't do much better than that. Joe Bravo: Have Whip, Will Travel!
    • Race 7: Junior Alvarado had the far outside post in a field of 12. I like those chances anytime and he delivered in another close photo finish.
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    • Race 8: Catherinethegreat (Jose Ortiz/Mark Casse) won for the second time in three starts -- first time outside of Gulfstream (Florida) in a $150,000 Grade III for 2-year-old fillies. She was sired by Uncaptured who I mentioned once or twice as someone whose babies have my attention as he is siring for the first time. I liked him as a runner but he didn't develop to my hope after he left Canada for the 2013 Kentucky Derby racing season. He could meet my expectations and hope as a sire based on this race today. Catherine opened it up in the stretch. She was one of three Florida-breds against the remainder from Kentucky.
    • Race 9: Daddy Is a Legend (Manny Franco/George Weaver) won the $150,000 Grade III turf for 3-year-old fillies. Weaver, who once worked for Todd Pletcher and Wayne Lukas, is having his best year with a 21% winning percentage.
    • Race 10: The $2 Pick 6 paid over $40,000 following the finale
    Monmouth (New Jersey):
    • Jose Ferrer had an awesome day highlighted by four victories and he hit the board with every mount. The 54-year-old jockey was 7 4-1-2 and brought home both ends of two daily doubles.
    Laurel (Maryland):
    • A bewildering day of activity.
    • Race 10: There was something uncommon as the finale opened with a 9-to-2 favorite in a field of 12. There was money to be made, the opportunity was there with such a large field and the prices dangling. The 10th longest price on the board ultimately won at 35-to-1 and paid $72.80. The $.10 superfecta was an astronomical $10,000+. The $.50 Pick 5 was paid out to those who hit 2 legs! -- meaning the winners of the bet lost the majority of the races. The $ 2 Pick 4 was paid out to those who hit 2 legs. That is a rarity. The $2 Pick 3 paid over $6,300. The $2 double paid $843.80.
    • Race 9: The winner paid $40.40. The double paid $723.60.
    • Race 8: The winner paid $26.40. The $2 Pick 3 paid over $2,400. The $2 double paid $835.
    • Race 7: The winner paid $50.00. The $2 Pick 4 paid over $3,500.
    Gulfstream (Florida):
    • The rainy weather contributed to a sloppy track which led to three races being taken off the turf.
    • Each winner of today's Rainbow 6 received over $12,000. Unless there is exactly one winner, a percentage of the pot is divided among those multiple winners.
    • The $.20 Pick 6 (Rainbow 6) carryover will exceed $377,000.
    • Emisael Jaramillo won twice to increase his lead at the meet to three over Tyler Gaffalione who was riding in New York.
    Ellis Park (Kentucky):
    • Race 8: The finale had to be exasperating for many handicappers. A lengthy delay in reviewing the photo finish between the 7-to-2, who eventually got the call, and a 111-to-1 who paid $59.00 for place. I honestly do not remember seeing anything similar to those odds in an extended delay to determine a win.
    Arlington Park (Illinois):
    • Jose Valdivia, Jr., the meet's leading rider, had a natural hat trick and was 5 3-1-1. He leads the meet by 23, a far cry from the mesmerizing 83 last year but still an overwhelming advantage. He won the 2016 meet by 24.
    Del Mar (California):
    • Race 5: Streetwithnoname (Tyler Baze/Eoin Harty) won at 36-to-1, the second largest price in a field of 11, and paid $74.60. That result deprived Doug O'Neill, who had the favorite and placed, a third win on the card. The $.50 tri paid over $2.300. The $.10 super paid over $3,200. The $.50 Pick 4 was a seismic $8,300+. The $.50 Pick 5 was over $27,000.
    • Race 8: The $2 Pick Six paid $240,346. One winning ticket collected the $240k, purchased by a NYRA customer for over $3,000. The $1 Pick 5 paid over $43,000.
     
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    ^ Regarding my review of today and associated prior comments about Uncaptured. The cat's out of the bag.

    Column: Uncaptured extends influence with Catherinethegreat's win at Saratoga

    Uncaptured is only in his freshman season as a stallion, but his first 2-year-old runners have earned some notice in Florida.

    Add New York and likely a sizeable national audience watching along — to the list after Catherinethegreat impressively won the Grade II, $150,000 Schuylerville by 4 1/4 lengths on Friday at Saratoga Race Course.

    Uncaptured won his first four races as a 2-year-old, all at Woodbine, and finished that year 6 of 7, with his most notable win coming in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club. He was named Canada’s 2-year-old Champion. While still talented, he never had the same success his next two years, only winning the Prince of Wales, the first leg of Canada’s Triple Crown.

    But trainer Mark Casse and owner John Oxley never forgot. So when Casse went scouting all of Uncaptured’s progeny at the Ocala Breeders Yearling Sale in October, he zeroed in on Catherinethegreat.

    “When I (buy) Uncaptureds for Mr. Oxley, normally I’ll say, ‘I really like this one.’ ” Casse said. “Sometimes I’ll say, ‘I really WANT this one.’ When I saw her, I called him and said, ‘I’ve found the next Uncaptured’ and that’s her.”​
     
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    Day Two at the Spa: July 21, 2018, Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, NY

    Entries can be found within each race.


    Race #PurseRace TypeDistanceSurfaceStartersEst. Post (ET)
    Race 1$64,000 Claiming 6 1/2 FurlongsDirt71:00 PM
    Race 2$85,000 Maiden Special Weight 1 1/16 MilesTurf121:33 PM
    Race 3$95,000 Allowance Optional Claiming 7 FurlongsDirt72:07 PM
    Race 4$85,000 Maiden Special Weight 1 3/16 MilesTurf82:41 PM
    Race 5$58,000 Claiming 6 FurlongsDirt93:15 PM
    Race 6$85,000 Maiden Special Weight 5 1/2 FurlongsDirt113:49 PM
    Race 7$95,000 Allowance Optional Claiming 1 3/8 MilesTurf84:25 PM
    Race 8$87,000 Allowance 5 1/2 FurlongsTurf115:02 PM
    Race 9$150,000 Sanford S. 6 FurlongsDirt85:40 PM
    Race 10$500,000 Diana S. 1 1/8 MilesTurf76:18 PM
    Race 11$70,000 Claiming 1 MileTurf116:54 PM
     
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    Saratoga (New York):
    • Over $22 million handled. More than $42 million handled in two days.
    • Favorites won six of the 11 races. Joel Rosario won three times when favorites did not prevail.
    • About that stat mentioned in yesterday's summary that five of the top riders in North America were a combined 1-for-35. Joel Rosario (3), John Velazquez (2), Irad Ortiz, Jr. (2) and Javier Castellano (2) combined to win 9 of the 11 races. Luis Saez failed to win today.
    • Through two days, the leading riders are: Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario and Ricardo Santana, Jr. with three wins each. The leading trainer is Chad Brown with 4 wins.
    • Race 1: Joel Rosario won the opener and paid $16.20. My theory about him repeating at least once when he wins early in the card was put to the test especially with the fact that he didn't have chalk. Rosario withstood two objections today, including this opener, won three times and nearly had a fourth victory in a Grade I with a 15-to-1.
    • Race 2: Seanow (John Velazquez/Todd Pletcher) went gate-to-wire and broke his maiden in his second try. The 2-year-old was sent off at 6-to-1, a steal for those connections. Velazquez ended his brief winless skid at the meet.
    • Race 3: Joel Rosario was 2-for-2 and paid $15.40 for the win. Rosario caught Javier Castellano who gunned it from the gate and led entering the stretch. A $95,000 purse awaited.
    • Race 4: War Cabinet (Javier Castellano/Shug McGaughey) broke her maiden in her third try.
    • Race 5: Joel Rosario won for the third time in three starts and $16.20 for the win. The $.50 Pick 5 paid over $22,000. The $.50 Pick 4 returned over $2,400. Rosario repelled a second objection lodged by runner-up Kendrick Carmouche who, by my eyes, caused any contact. Thankfully, the stewards nullified what appeared to be a weak plea. Carmouche is 7 0-4-1 at the meet (4 seconds in 7 starts) through two days. Thrilling race nonetheless.
    • Race 6: Ricardo Santana, Jr. continued his strong performance from yesterday with a 3-length win on the overwhelming favorite. He is not a New York regular but has handled the Spa. Steve Asmussen was the winning trainer. They form a tremendous pair. The winner was one of three horses of the ten entered who had a previous race.
    • Race 7: Irad Ortiz, Jr. won for the first time at the meet. He rode the favorite to victory.
    • Race 8: Irad Ortiz, Jr. won consecutive races. He rode the favorite to victory.
    • Race 9: Sombeyay (Javier Castellano/Todd Pletcher) was the star in the Grade 3 $150,000 Sanford for 2-year-olds. Castellano rode for Todd Pletcher, a pairing that has been few in recent weeks but one of the most successful in recent years. Both won for the second time today. Pletcher won this race for the seventh time in his hall of Fame career.
    • Race 10: Sistercharlie (John Velazquez/Chad Brown) won as the even money favorite in the Grade I $500,000 Diana Stakes which was run on turf for fillies and mares. It was the second win of the day for both trainer and rider. This would have been huge if Joel Rosario, on board a 15-to-1, could hold on for victory. He was caught at the wire. Still, he paid $10.80 in the middle. A very exciting finish. It was the fifth straight race won by the favorite.
    • Race 11: Florent Geroux/Brad Cox teamed for a win. Both are among the best nationally. Kendrick Carmouche, on a board a 25-to-1 bomber, got nosed out for the win in what could have been the closest finish of the day.
    • The lone criticism: the graphics are the same as Belmont though a switch to red from green to represent Saratoga. It is subpar.
    Finger Lakes (New York):
    • Race 6: Sea Foam (Jaime Rodriguez/Christophe Clement) won the $150,000 New York Derby.
    • Race 7: Split Time (Junior Alvarado/Linda Rice) was victorious in the $75,000 New York Oaks.
    Monmouth (New Jersey):
    • Race 3: Crystal Clear (Paco Lopez/Jason Servis) won by 16 lengths at 16-to-1. I don't say this often but the horse could have won by 20+ lengths if he was let out.
    • Paco Lopez is generally given good horses at this meet. He delivered with a 7 4-2-1 mark.
    • Jason Servis (48%/75%) and Jorge Navarro (42%/75%) both won twice. Servis has the higher winning percentage with 21 wins but Navarro has 43 victories with 58 more starts.
    • Jorge Navarro, at multiple tracks, has not been worse than fourth with his last 23 starters. He is 23 10-6-3. In the month of July, he is 29 17-4-5 (59%/90%) at Monmouth and has not been worse than fourth.
    Delaware Park (Delaware):
    • Race 6: Ashley Castrenze picked up her only mount of the day and was victorious with a nice finish. She last won on April 8th and snapped a 39-race skid. She doesn't ride frequently since losing her bug. She delivered today. In typical fashion, she kissed the horse after the win...despite the sloppy conditions. :thumbu:
    • Jose Garcia won four times on board five mounts.
    Laurel (Maryland):
    • Seemed to bear a brunt of the heavy rains.
    • Race 8: 7 of 11 entered were scratched.
    • Race 10: Edgar Prado won for the 7,010th time.
    • Victor Carrasco won three times on five mounts.
    Gulfstream (Florida):
    • Race 1: A 30-to-1 winner. The $.50 tri was $1,100+. Kevin Carmona, the winning rider, celebrated his first lifetime win. The 19-year-old was the exercise rider on Audible for Todd Pletcher.
    • Race 2: A 34-to-1 winner. The $1 double was $879 or over $1,700 for a successful $2 wager. :thumbu: if you began the day with that combo.
    • Race 3: The $.50 Pick 3 was over $2,300.
    • Race 5: The $.50 Pick 5 was a staggering $87,000+. From a sentimental note, Luca Panici was the winning rider for 97-year-old World War II vet Jerry Bozzo who became the oldest trainer in more than 100 years of documentation to be victorious. "It's very gratifying. I wish I could have been there in the winner's circle," said the 97-year-old Bozzo, who watched the victory on his home computer. "That would have pumped me up even more." (source: Bloodhorse)
      • Race 12: The $2 Pick 4 paid over $10,000.
    Ellis Park (Kentucky):
    • Corey Lanerie rode two winners. He is third in wins at the meet (26%/55%).
    Indiana Grand (Indiana):
    • Race 8: The $1 Pick 6 paid out $32,000+.
    Arlington (Illinois):
    • Favorites finished first (4) or second (3) seven times in nine races.
    Prairie Meadows (Iowa):
    • Ramon Vazquez won four times in seven starts. He was 7 4-3-0.
    Lone Star (Texas):
    • The weekend racing, which was to close the meet, was canceled due to heat.
    Del Mar (California):
    • Race 5: Mason Dixon (Flavien Prat/Doug O'Neill) won at 11-to-1 in a race filled with maidens. Eight of the nine entered had zero starts.
    • Race 7: Catalina Cruiser (Drayden Van Dyke/John Sadler) walloped a reduced field in the $200,000 Grade II San Diego Handicap. C.C. received a high 107 Beyer for the outing. The owners had three in the race but two were among the scratched. Among the defeated was Dr. Dorr (Bob Baffert). The winner is 3-for-3 lifetime and was sent off the favorite in each race. He is a 4-year-old colt.
    • Race 8: War Heroine (Tyler Baze/Peter Miller) narrowly won the Grade II $200,000 San Clemente Stakes. Mike Smith finished 8th with his lone mount. In July, he has had three total rides.
    • Race 10: The $2 pick 6 paid over $16,000.
    • Leaders at the meet: Flavien Prat has five wins among jockeys. Doug O'Neill (7) and Jerry Hollendorfer (6) lead the trainers.
    Emerald Downs (Washington):
    • Rocco Bowen had the natural hat trick starting with race 5.
    Woodbine (Ontario):
    • Race 7: The $1 Pick 4 paid over $6,500.
    • Race 6: The $1 Pick 5 paid over $52,200.
    • Race 4: A $52.90 winner.
    Trainer Karl Broberg:
    • Had horses entered at three tracks (Evangeline, Prairie Meadows and Canterbury) and finished 8 4-2-1. He leads North America in wins this year.
     
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    Saratoga (New York):
    • Over $17.5 million handled. Attendance was over 26,000.
    • Luis Saez, Javier Castellano and Irad Ortiz, Jr. each won twice among the 10 races. It was a slight matter of time before Saez prevailed at the meet. Castellano leads the meet with 5 wins.
    • Joe Bravo had just two mounts. He placed and won in consecutive mounts. The runner up paid $8.10 and $5.00 and the win paid $19.00, $8.10 and $5.60. Of the 11 riders with multiple wins, Bravo has the best percentage being in the money at 60%. Joe Bravo: Have Whip, Will Travel!
    • Race 10: Manny Franco, who was another rider with a subpar record this early meet, prevailed for trainer Robert Ribaudo who attained his first win in 1976. He has 418 victories lifetime and is the poster face for a trainer with a small stable. Franco rode lights out to snatch victory in the finale.
    • Race 9: Monomoy Girl (Florent Geroux/Brad Cox) is just delightful to watch as she won the $300,000 Grade I CCA Oaks for 3-year-old fillies and improved to a staggering 9 8-1-0. She was sent off the 1-to-2 favorite. Midnight Bisou (Mike Smith/Steve Asmussen) was no match and finished second. Smith has four rides in July and has won just once in his last eight starts.
    • Race 7: Joe Bravo out-dueled Junior Alvarado in the stretch, the latter who finished second with the favorite for the second time this day.
    • Race 5: Wooderson (John Velazquez/Todd Pletcher) won at 7-to-1 the second time in consecutive days the highly successful rider/trainer combo paid uncommonly high in a win. Junior Alvarado came in second on board the favorite.
    • Race 4: The Red Dude (Luis Saez/Ron Moquett) came on like gangbusters in defeating Javier Castellano's mount. The winner lost at Remington Park in Oklahoma among other places as was a bit of a shocker. Moquett doesn't ship to New York often.
    • Race 2: Chocolate Kisses (Irad Ortiz, Jr./Mark Casse) looks like a good 2-year filly to watch. She broke her maiden in her second start.
    • Race 1: It took his 14th start at the meet but Luis Saez finally won. He had an abysmal 13 0-3-1 start with six finishes seventh or lower.
    • Julien Leparoux and Dylan Davis are both winless in 15 starts, Leparoux, a successful national rider, was 5-for-104 in 2015 at the Spa.
    Laurel (Maryland):
    • Hamilton Smith trained four winners today including with his first four starters which come through the first five races.
    Mountaineer (West Virginia):
    • Race 5: Won by a 69-to-1 shot that paid $141.20, the $1 super was over $8,000, the $2 perfecta (exacta) was over $1,000, the $1 tri was over $2,400 and the $2 Pick 4 was over $4,000.
    • Luis Batista (3), Luis Quinones (3) and Erik Barbaran (2) won eight of the nine races. Quinones was 9 3-2-3 (8 of 9 in the money).
    • Jay Bernardini won twice. The trainer is 4-1-2 with his last 10 starters.
    Ellis Park (Kentucky):
    • The team of Shaun Bridgmohan and Brad Cox was a perfect 3-for-3. Cox also had a fourth winner at Saratoga.
    Gulfstream (Florida):
    • Tyler Gaffalione won three times including for Carlo Vaccarezza who had one starter.
    • Marcus Vitali won twice. In one race, the runner up was Bobby Dibona; two former Suffolk Downs (Mass.) trainers. Dibona won later in the card with Gaffalione on board.
    • Race 4: Kevin Carmona who tasted his first win yesterday repeated today. Following the 4-to-5 favorite were two 50-to-1 shots.
    • Race 11: Luca Panici won with a perfectly timed rally on board the 3-to-5 favorite in a 12-horse field.

    Canterbury (Minnesota):
    • The team of Dean Butler and McLean Robertson was 2-for-2. Robertson has won five of his last 10 starts. His numbers have been improving the last couple or so weeks.
    Emerald Downs (Washington):
    • Rocco Bowen was an improbable 0-for-10. The meet's leading rider had a starter in every race and hit the board just three times
    Del Mar (California):
    • What a lively day "where the turf meets the surf."
    • Asa Espinoza, who is among the leading bugs in North America, and Drayden Van Dyke, both won consecutive races.
    • John Sadler trained two winners, both bombs.
    • Race 4: Kentan Road (Asa Espinoza/John Sadler) won at 74-to-1. The longest shot on the board paid $150.00 for the win. The $2 exacta paid over $1,022. The $.50 tri paid over $2,600. The $1 Pick 3 over $3,000. The $.10 super over $4,000.
    • Race 5: The $.50 Pick 5 was a humungous $42,000+. The $.50 Pick 4 over $4,700.
    • Race 6: Double Touch (Gary Stevens/Dan Blacker), the third highest odds in a field of 12 at 29-to-1, won and withstood a lengthy stewards' review. The numbers in order of finish: 13-14-12. The $1 Pick 3 was over $4,600.
    • Race 7: Mother Mother (Drayden Van Dyke/Bob Baffert), a first time starter, walloped the field by more than six lengths in her debut. The 2-year-old filly will get plenty if attention.
    • Race 8: Catapult (Drayden Van Dyke/John Sadler), the longest shot on the board at 21-to-1, won the Grade II $250,000 Eddie Read for 3-year-olds and upward. The trainer won with 75-to-1 and 29-to-1 on the same card; I do not recall anything comparable in recent times to that feat.
    • Race 9: Following the finale, the $2 Pick 6 paid out over $119,000. The $.50 Pick 5 over $11,000.
    • Drayden Van Dyke (6) and Flavien Prat (5) are the two winningest riders at the meet. Van Dyke was named Jockey of the Week in North America.
    • Jerry Hollendorfer and Doug O' Neill both have seven wins, most among trainers.
    Woodbine (Ontario):
    • Tiz a Slam (Stephen Bahen/Roger Attfield), the third largest odds on the board, won the Grade II $175,000 Nijinsky Stakes. The winner paid $22.70.
    Note:
    The loss of 4-year-olt colt Bobby Abu Dhabi, a graded stakes winner, has to be gut-wreching for the connections. The full recovery to Hall-of-Fame rider Victor Espinoza is paramount. The colt suffered a heart attack this morning in California during training.
     
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