Jumpsucker Stable's Blacktype cruised to his third win in a row in Saturday's Grade 2 Commonwealth Turf Cup at Laurel Park, riding the rail under Trevor McCarhty to win by a half-length on the wire. The 5-year-old son of Dunkerque covered a mile over the firm turf in a course record time of 1:33.43 for trainer Christophe Clement.
“Sometimes that happens,” Clement said. “When horses get good, they get really good and by winning they get better. In this case, that's what happened. We took the blinkers off because he was a bit too strong with the blinkers and he seems to be a better horse that way.”
Longshot Heiko was extremely quick out of the gate, with nearly a two-length advantage on the 10-horse field by the first turn to lead through solid fractions of :23.26 and :46.43. He was tracked by Macagone and Mister Brightside, with favorite Force the Pass along the outside in fourth. Blacktype was well off the pace early on near the rear of the field, saving ground along the rail.
Rounding the turn for home, Force the Pass moved up four-wide to challenge Heiko, who fought back gamely through the stretch. Top of Mind made his challenge down the center of the track, but Blacktype was moving best of all along the rail, and was able to run down the leaders late in the race to win by a half-length. Top of Mind nosed out Force the Pass for second, with Heiko finishing a respectable fourth.
Are You Kidding Me, Canada's champion older horse of 2015, continued his good run of form with a facile score in Saturday's co-featured $162,000 Grade 3 Durham Cup, at Woodbine.
Trained by Roger Attfield for Ronald K. Kirk, John C. Bates and Michael Riordan, Are You Kidding Me tracked the duelling Decision Day and Nipigon through splits of :24.70, :49.05 and :1:12.89 in the 1 1/8-mile Tapeta route before taking command late in the turn and running away from the field for a geared down 2 1/4-length score.
Freitag closed best of all in the compact field of five to earn place money over late-running Up With the Birds. Are You Kidding Me covered nine furlongs in 1:49.10.
Jockey Alan Garcia, who guided Are You Kidding Me to a front-running win in the Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes on May 28, was full of praise for the six-year-old son of Run Away and Hide.
"The trip was perfect. He was happy to sit behind the speed. He was so comfortable and I was waiting to turn for home to let him run," said Garcia.
"He's an amazing horse. I can move him whenever I want," continued Garcia. "You can put him in the lead, put him behind horses or put him in last. He's not a rough horse, he's a very nice horse. He's been unbelievable."
The victory marked the sixth Durham Cup score for Attfield having previously taken the event with Triple Wow (1987), Steady Power (1989), Imperial Colony and Take Account (dead heat in 1990), A Fleets Dancer (2001) and Palladio (2008.)
Stuart S. Janney III's homebred My Impression left a big impression on Laurel Park racegoers Saturday afternoon, exploding up the rail in the stretch to win the G3 Commonwealth Oaks by 3 1/4 lengths. The sophomore daughter of Sky Mesa, ridden by Jose Ortiz, covered nine furlongs over the firm turf in 1:46.57 for trainer Shug McGaughey.
“This filly…I have been having trouble figuring her out but today, when I broke on her she relaxed good for me,” Ortiz said. “The last couple times I rode her she was jumping on the bit and fighting me and I think that's why she didn't finish so good. Today was a different ballgame. She broke out of there running and I was able to tuck her in, and as soon as I put her behind horses she relaxed more.”
My Impression settled well along the rail in the early going in seventh, rated five or six lengths off the solid early pace of It's The Truth, who led by a length through fractions of :23.38 and :47.40. Race favorite Stella Rose settled in between horses in fifth with Pricedtoperfection right alongside in sixth. Stella Rose ranged up into fourth between horses nearing the three-eighths pole, but Ortiz had to wait for room along the rail with My Impression.
China Horse Club and WinStar Farm's Good Samaritan settled at the rear of the seven-horse field early on, then rallied down the stretch to win the G2 Summer Stakes by about two lengths on the wire. A juvenile son of Harlan's Holiday, the colt sped through a mile over Woodbine's firm turf course in 1:34.28 under Joel Rosario. The victory earned the Bill Mott trainee an entry fees-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf this fall at Santa Anita.
Race-favorite Conquest Farenheit was very quick out of the gate, but allowed the trio of Channel Maker, Harlan's Harmony and The Craic to take over the early lead. The Craic, the only filly in the field of juveniles, led through a first quarter in :23.21 until Harlan's Harmony took over, leading to the half-mile pole in :46.01. Conquest Farenheit maintained clear running three-wide outside of Channel Maker in third through the turn, while Good Samaritan and Rosario were comfortably moving against the hedge at the rear of the field.
Stuart Janney III's homebred On Leave kept her 2016 record intact with a 2 ¾-length front-running victory against 3-year-old fillies on the turf in Saturday's featured race, the Grade 2, $500,000 Sands Point at Belmont Park.
On Leave broke alertly under jockey Jose Ortiz and led the field of seven through a tepid pace, covering the opening quarter-mile in 24.94 seconds and the half in 49.86. Pursued closest by Elysea's World and Diamond Fields, the gray daughter of War Front held her rivals at bay as the field turned for home, cutting the corner and drawing off in the stretch to complete the 1 1/8-mile route on the firm inner turf in 1:47.82.
“There wasn't a lot of speed in the race and we really never put her on the lead before but the circumstances made us,” said Ortiz. “She had a clean break and I put her there. She relaxed well and when I asked her from the quarter-pole going to the three-sixteenths [pole] she really gave me a good kick.”
Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, the Shug McGaughey trainee returned $3.50 for a $2 win wager.
Diamond M Stable’s War Dancer enjoyed a perfect ground saving trip, and then rallied to out finish a game Uncle Dave to win the 16th running of the $200,000 PTHA Presidents Cup by three-quarters of a length Saturday afternoon at Parx. The six year-old son of War Front won for the second time in four starts this year, and with the victory, pushed his career earnings to just over $1 million.
On paper, it looked as though War Dancer could potentially be the pace setter in the field of five. After a clean break and a chance to make the lead, jockey Junior Alvarado instead grabbed a hold of War Dancer, took him back to fifth, down on the inside of the turf course, and allowed him to settle in behind the leader Uncle Dave. The leader had an easy time of it up front. Despite some token pressure from second choice Roman Approval, Uncle Dave ran the opening quarter in 25.67 and clicked off the first half mile in 50.55. With Roman Approval just to the outside flank of Uncle Dave the entire way down the backstretch, Alvarado sat patiently at the fence about two lengths behind those two, knowing that at some point he’d need a way out.
Coming off the final turn he got that chance. Uncle Dave cut the corner and suddenly drew clear from Roman Approval, and in just a blink, with a little more than an eighth of a mile to go, found himself with a three length lead. With clear room now on the outside, Alvarado got busy with War Dancer. He swung off the fence turning for home, set his mount to a drive, but again, suddenly found himself with some serious ground to make up. Coming to mid-stretch, he began to steadily close the gap. Uncle Dave ran valiantly, giving all he had, but War Dancer, a Grade 1 runner-up last year, was just too classy and too good. Continuing to gain, War Dancer finally got to Uncle Dave with about 50 yards to go, took the lead and then edged away to win by three-quarters of a length.
Stuart S. Janney III's homebred Grade 3 winner Onus kept her perfect local record intact with a record-setting 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $150,000 Lady Baltimore at Laurel Park.
The 45th running of the Lady Baltimore, for fillies and mares 3 and up at 1 1/16 miles on the grass, was the richest of six stakes worth $575,000 in purses on an 11-race Laurel Turf Festival program.
Favored at 4-5 in a field of seven, Onus ($3.60) finished up in 1 minute, 39.87 seconds to break the Fort Marcy Turf Course record of 1:40.33 set by Doryphar on Aug. 18, 2007. She is 4-0 lifetime at Laurel, all with jockey Forest Boyce aboard.
•Winless in seven starts dating to last spring, Mosler emerged from a tight pack in midstretch and sprinted clear of 10 rivals including multiple-stakes winner Ben's Cat to win the $100,000 Laurel Dash by 1 1/2 lengths.
Winless in seven starts dating back to last spring, Adele Dilschneider's Mosler emerged from a tight pack in mid-stretch and sprinted clear of 10 rivals, including popular multiple-stakes winner Ben's Cat, to win the $100,000 Laurel Dash by 1 1/2 lengths Sept. 10 at Laurel Park.
The 18th running of the Laurel Dash for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs on the turf was the last of six stakes worth $575,000 in purses on the 11-race Laurel Turf Festival program. Other winners Saturday were Onus in the $150,000 Lady Baltimore Watch Video, Renown in the $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup Watch Video, Caribou Club in the $75,000 Laurel Futurity Watch Video, Happy Mesa in the $75,000 Selima Watch Video, and Southern Girl in the $75,000 Shine Again Watch Video.
Ridden by Edgar Prado for trainer Bill Mott, both Hall of Famers, Mosler hit the wire in 1:08.26 over a firm Fort Marcy Turf Course. A 40-1 longshot who recovered after being pinched back at the start, Triple Burner held on for second by a nose over late-running Grandiflora.
It was the fifth win from 17 starts for Mosler, who last visited the winner's circle in the Elusive Quality Stakes in April of 2015 at Belmont Park. It was the first start for the 5-year-old son of War Front since his breeding rights were purchased by Mike Pons' Country Life Farms in Fallston, Md., where he will stand at stud upon his retirement Nov. 30.
Robert Harvey's Calling Rhy Rhy, expertly handled by Alan Garcia, answered the call with a powerful front-running performance in Sunday's $150,000 Jammed Lovely Stakes, at Woodbine.
Calling Rhy Rhy, trained by Roger Attfield, avenged her Duchess Stakes loss to Jammed Lovely rival Tiz Imaginary with a prominent effort in Sunday's seven furlong sprint for Ontario-bred sophomore fillies. The City Zip bay outdueled Westlodge Intrigue through splits of :24.01 and :46.86, putting away her rival through the bend.
Tiz Imaginary and Conquest Fleetfeet loomed large late in the turn but a fluid Calling Rhy Rhy had plenty left in the tank and strode home a confident 2 1/4-length winner. Tiz Imaginary stayed on for place in front of Conquest Fleetfeet. Calling Rhy Rhy covered seven furlongs in 1:22.59.
Last time out, in the Duchess Stakes, Calling Rhy was shuffled back through the turn as Tiz Imaginary got the jump and took the spoils.
"It happens in horse racing. We thought she was probably the best filly on the day, but she didn't win that day," said Attfield of the Duchess effort. "We went in here thinking the same thing and this time it worked out.
"She's a lovely filly and she's trained out of her last race really well," continued Attfield. "We expected a good effort from her today."
Lull got tripped up in her last start, clipping heels and falling in Saratoga’s $100,000 Bolton Landing. But she stayed on her feet in the $343,429 Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies to run down talented pacesetter Caroline Test for a 1 1/4-length victory.
The victory capped a huge opener to Kentucky Downs’ five-date meet, with betting on the 10-race card totaling $4,603,239.82 — up 26 percent over 2015. On-track betting totaled $238,118.10 — up 50 percent over a year ago. On a picture-perfect day, there was a huge and enthusiastic crowd. Because Kentucky Downs does not charge admission, there is no attendance count.
“It was a beautiful day of racing,” said Kentucky Downs president Corey Johnsen. “We had a great crowd on track. They had a really good time, and I’m looking forward to the next four days. “It’s gratifying to see the horseplayers respond to quality racing, full fields and low takeout.”
Ellis Park resumes racing Sunday and closes out its meet Monday. Kentucky Downs races again Thursday, Sept. 10, 11 and 15.
Owned by legendary Claiborne Farm and major client Adele Dilschneider, Lull won her July 16 debut at Belmont Park by three lengths. Off that performance, the daughter of the Claiborne stallion War Front went off Saturday’s favorite in the capacity field of 12 two-year-old fillies.
Favorite Camelot Kitten looked as if he were poised for victory in the Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac at Saratoga Race Course Saturday afternoon, but Inspector Lynley and rider Joel Rosario had other notions.
With a furious late run, Stuart S. Janney III and Phipps Stable's homebred Inspector Lynley overtook the 8-5 favorite in the final yards to post a head victory in the race's 109th renewal. The victory was the first in a stakes for Inspector Lynley.
Camelot Kitten held second, and was followed under the wire by Isotherm, who finished one length behind the runner-up.
The pace in the 1 1/8-mile inner turf race for 3-year-olds was set by Ray's The Bar, who carved out fractions of 23.87 seconds, 48.46, and 1:12.54 over a course labeled firm.
In the final furlong, Camelot Kitten, who had lingered at the back of the pack for six furlongs, had surged to the lead under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., but Inspector Lynley, who had saved ground on the rail, was navigated to the outside by Rosario and hit the wire first.
Rosario, who won the Saranac last year aboard World Approval, said with the dearth of speed in the field, he wanted his mount positioned closer to the early pace than is his custom.
"He broke beautifully out of the gate. There wasn't a lot of speed, and I thought that I could hold my spot," Rosario said. "He was very game and not too far from the pace. I thought the race would not be that fast. He is putting it all together now."
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Suffused continued the Prince's eye-popping Saratoga meeting, as the 4-year-old daughter of Champs Elysees captured the G3 Glens Falls Stakes on Saturday. Under meet-leading Jose Ortiz, Suffused covered 11 furlongs over the firm turf in 2:13.55 for trainer Bill Mott, earning her first graded stakes victory by just under a length.
“She had a beautiful trip, Jose gave her a great ride,” said Mott. “I had a lot of confidence in her. When he produced her, she punched.”
Photo Call took command through early fractions of :25.01, :50.01 and 1:15.21, playing “catch me if you can” and turning for home with a two-length advantage on the field. Suffused, who had settled in fourth-from-last and tracked the pack comfortably under Ortiz, roared up the outside late in the stretch. Arles, who'd tracked Photo Call through the early going, took over the lead, but it was Suffused who got her body in front at the wire, winning by just under a length. Arles settled for second, and Miss Chatelaine got up for third.
Sea Coast is an Irish import who actually won on soft turf before being exported to the United States, but from the look of things the mare wants fast ground.
She got it Saturday at Suffolk Downs and scored a sharp two-length win over Bitty Kitty in the $78,800 Steve Pini Memorial Stakes.
Bitty Kitty was three lengths better than Mink’s Aprise, as 2-1 favorite Heath never got involved, finishing fifth. Sea Coast paid $8.60 to win and was timed in 1:46.57 for about 1 1/16 miles over firm turf. Inside Out, Paige, and Reversiontothemean were scratched.
And that firm turf might well have been the key to success. Sea Coast won an allowance race in May at Monmouth Park and was a good yet troubled second behind high-class Isabella Sings in the Eatontown Stakes there. But racing over yielding turf in the Matchmaker Stakes last month, Sea Coast failed to muster any sort of rally, finishing sixth after racing near the back of the field.
CTHS Yearling Sale graduate Shake Down Baby, sold privately over the winter to Cheyenne Stables, made a successful return to Canada to win Sunday's $127,000 La Prevoyante Stakes, at Woodbine.
Trained by Christophe Clement, the Wando bay arrived at the one-mile turf event for Ontario-sired sophomore fillies from a narrow nose defeat in the turf Drumtop Stakes at Suffolk Downs on August 6.
Shake Down Baby made four juvenile starts at Woodbine, winning the Muskoka Stakes, a main track sprint, on September 2 for former trainer William Tharrenos. She then made a pair of sophomore starts at Gulfstream Park, winning a 7 1/2-furlong turf allowance before being sold. Shake Down Baby rallied to be third, placed second via disqualification, in the grassy Sanibel Island Handicap at Gulfstream while making her debut for new connections on March 26 and was subsequently freshened for her Suffolk Downs effort.
Multiple stakes winner Generous Touch was away awkwardly in the La Prevoyante as Sparkles' Girl sprinted to the lead from the outside post in a field of 13. Sparkle’s Girl, winner of the Ontario Lassie Stakes, set a strong pace in the one-turn mile under pressure from Pure Purity, as Shake Down Baby, piloted by Alan Garcia for the first time, stalked the leaders from a three-wide position.
Sparkles' Girl led the field to the top of the lane but when Garcia pressed the button, Shake Down Baby responded with an impressive turn of foot to take command for a comfortable 2 ¼-length win. A ground saving Niigon's Touch, with Gary Boulanger up, angled off the rail for the stretch run and closed to complete the exactor by a neck over Pure Purity. Shake Down Baby covered the mile over a firm E.P. Taylor Turf course in 1:35.70.
Fair Point handled her stakes debut with aplomb, running down two challengers in deep stretch to win Sunday's $100,000 Smart N Fancy for fillies and mares at Saratoga Race Course.
The Stuart Janney-owned Fair Point capitalized on the turn-back in distance to win for the second consecutive time, defeating Miss Ella by a head in finishing the 5 ½ furlongs on the Mellon turf course in 1:01.18.
Fair Point, trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, stayed off the fast fractions of 21.61 and 44.04 seconds set by even-money favorite Animal Appeal. Jockey Jose Ortiz made a strong move to slingshot off the turn as Fair Point overtook Animal Appeal and Sanctifica with a strong kick nearing the finish line.
The 4-year-old Smart Strike filly posted her third win in her last four races and improved her career record to 4-6-1 in 12 starts, including 3-for-3 at the Spa.
"It worked out great for us because that's the first black type she's got," McGaughey said. "You can see she's got a really consistent form. We're excited about her. It was fun watching her run."
Off at 5-1, Smart N Fancy paid $12.20 on a $2 win wager and increased her career earnings to $309,850. Ortiz earned his third victory of the day.
With a lightning-quick slingshot move off the far turn, Stuart Janney III's On Leave left her opposition behind and won the first stakes race of her career, taking the $100,000 Riskaverse for 3-year-old fillies on Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.
Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, the gray or roan daughter of War Front out of the A.P. Indy mare Meghan's Joy ran the mile on an inner turf course labeled "good" in 1:35.74.
The victory was the third in three starts this year for On Leave, who raced twice last year, finishing second in a maiden race at Saratoga and third at Belmont Park before breaking through this past June after an eight-month layoff.
"I said it was getting late in the year and let's give her the time she needs and bring her back [this year]," McGaughey said. "I always thought she had potential, and of course she came back and won. Her maiden race was kind of an easy race, but she beat a pretty good field in her [allowance] race, and she even improved off that today. If we can keep going in the right direction, we're going to have fun."
When the Riskaverse began, long shot Marquee Miss shot to the lead under jockey Junior Alvarado and opened up a 2 1/2-length lead through a fast first quarter-mile in 23.12 seconds. While Truth and Baciami Piccola tracked the pace, On Leave was pushed wide on the first turn and wound up next-to-last in the field of nine.
Tourist became a much-deserving Grade 1 winner for the first time when rallying from off a relatively slow pace to a 1 1/4-length victory over A Lot in Saturday’s $500,000 Fourstardave at Saratoga.
Tourist had to survive a brief bobble on the second turn and a claim of foul by Javier Castellano, the rider of A Lot, before his Grade 1 win was officially in the books.
Tourist ducked in at the break before straightening away and taking up a striking position just off the early pace set by King Kreesa, who posted leisurely splits of 24.53 and 48.43 over the firm course. Tourist was sent up to challenge the leader by jockey Joel Rosario on the far turn, stumbled briefly nearing the quarter pole, quickly recovered to edge clear near the furlong grounds then had plenty left to withstand a final surge from the runner-up.
The best 3-year-old turf fillies in Southern California battled it out in a thrilling stretch run Aug. 20 in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks, but an invader from the East ended up getting a head in front at the wire. Watch Video
Larkin Armstrong's Harmonize encountered some traffic in the final turn of the 1 1/8-mile test, but once in the clear found her best stride on the outside late and outfinished graded winners Decked Out, Stays in Vegas, and Mokat to win her first grade I.
"She had some trouble last time, but she ran just right today. ... She was full of run today and showed everyone just how good she is," winning jockey Junior Alvarado said. "This is my first mount at Del Mar—amazing—(and) I win a grade I. It doesn't get any better than that."
Harmonize, a Bill Mott-trained Scat Daddy filly, actually got passed momentarily by Decked Out. But she battled back between horses to win by a head, in front of the fellow closer. Stays in Vegas, who took a clear lead turning for home after tracking Lady Valeur through fractions of :23.43, :47.87, and 1:12.69, finished a nose back in third. Last-out San Clemente winner Mokat completed the superfecta another half-length back in fourth. Harmonize finished off the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.71.
Goodyearforroses picked up her first added-money win in Saturday's co-featured $105,000 Flaming Page Stakes, at Woodbine.
Trained and co-owned by Roger Attfield with Lincoln Collins, the four-year-old Azamour bay went to post as the 4-5 mutuel favourite in the 1 1/2-mile off-the-turf event for older fillies and mares and proved her backers correct with a comfortable score.
Goodyearforroses, who graduated in England at Leicester on October 7, 2014, arrived in North America earlier this year and made her debut for Attfield at Gulfstream Park on February 28 when eighth in a turf route. Following starts at Keeneland (4th, April 9) and Churchill Downs (3rd, May 3), Goodyearforroses made her Woodbine debut a winning one with a head score over stablemate Pengally Bay in a turf allowance.
After an off-the-board effort in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly, Goodyearforroses romped a 1 3/8-mile turf allowance by 4 1/2-lengths setting up her facile score in the Flaming Page.
Belle de Nuit led a Flaming Page field of seven through splits of :26.34, :51.82 and 1:17.08 under no pressure at all from the stalking pair of Secret Action and McArthur Parkway. Goodyearfororses, with Alan Garcia up, settled comfortably in fourth position and made her winning move as a tiring Belle de Nuit approached the far turn.
Lady Lara, who is foal to Uncle Mo, didn't let a little extra baggage stand in the way of winning the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday.
The 5-year-old rocketed through an opening on the rail during the stretch run of the one-mile turf race over the inner course, and posted a one-length victory over Stormy Victoria. It was another length back to Zindaya in third. Roca Rojo, the 2-1 favorite in the field of nine fillies and mares, finished fourth.
After the De La Rose, Lady Lara's trainer, Bill Mott, said the mare had run her last race.
"She actually has really blossomed since she's become pregnant," said Mott, who was winning the De La Rose for a second time. "She started working faster and become stronger. I guess they get some kind of endorphin rush from being pregnant, it worked out well with her."
It also worked out perfectly for winning jockey Jose Lezcano, who found a sweet spot on the inside and tracked the pacesetters, Mayla and Robillard, through fractions of 25.37, 49.96 and 1:13.51 The leaders appeared to spurt away from Lady Lara around the far turn, but Lezcano asked his mount for more, and she delivered.
"She broke very good and gave me a good position without asking," Lezcano said. "She had a very good trip the whole way around. When I asked her, she responded for me. I wanted to stay behind and wait and see what happened. I came along the inside [in the stretch]."
Jump Sucker Stable's Blacktype finally earned that designation in his 19th career start, winning Sunday's Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes for trainer Christophe Clement. A 5-year-old son of Dunkerque, he crossed the wire a neck in front under Joe Bravo for the jockey's third win on the card. The final time over Monmouth's yielding turf course was 1:45.64 for 1 1/16 miles.
“We thought we had the best horse in the race and that turned out to be true,” said Bravo. “The turf was in great shape even with all the rain and I was just happy to be aboard the best horse. He really dug in the final 1/8th and was able to push by late.”
Blacktype broke slowly for Bravo, who'd led all the way on Bradester one race previously, taking up position in second-last while less than 8 lengths off the leaders. Nonna's Boy broke sharply from the outside post to cut over to the rail and make the pace, setting fractions of :24.72 and :49.64 while just over a length in front of Infinite Wisdom and Almasty. Rounding the far turn, Almasty made his bid up the outside of Nonna's Boy, with Kharafa tracking just behind him. Blacktype was going widest of all, bidding from the rear of the field.
Long On Value, making his first start sprinting since his juvenile campaign, circled the field at the top of the stretch and outkicked Successful Native to the wire to win Monday's $100,000 Lucky Coin at Saratoga Race Course by a length.
Leaving from post position 9, the 5-year-old son of Value Plus sat perched outside a tightly bunched pack through an opening quarter-mile in 22.71 seconds. Moving up eagerly on the outside, he fanned widest of all straightening for home and powered to the lead approaching the eighth pole.
His winning time for the 5 ½ furlongs on the Mellon turf was 1:01.76.
"He had plenty of run late," said winning jockey Joel Rosario. "He's a nice horse and Mr. [Bill] Mott had him prepared and he ran great today."
The victory was Long On Value's first since taking the Grade 3, one-mile Canadian Turf in February 2015 at Gulfstream Park, and first at the Lucky Coin distance since winning the Strike Your Colors on the dirt in July 2013 at Delaware Park.
Calling Rhy Rhy won her first stakes with determination in her turf debut Saturday at Woodbine in the $150,000 Ontario Damsel.
After breaking alertly, Calling Rhy Rhy battled up front with the longshot maiden Northern Fern through honest fractions in the one-mile route. Calling Rhy Rhy assumed command early in the stretch, and then held off a host of challengers to prevail by three-quarters of a length over Swoop and Strike, in a time of 1:35.04.
Miss Metropolitan rallied for third, and Sparkles’ Girl flattened out to fourth after looming bold in the drive. Dublin Diva finished fifth in the eight-horse field of Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies.
Alan Garcia rode Calling Rhy Rhy, a daughter of top turf sire City Zip, for trainer Roger Attfield.
Pure Sensation, coming off an 18-1 upset in last month's Grade 3 Jaipur at Belmont Park, made it two graded stakes victories in a row, this time as the 9-5 favorite, in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Parx Dash at Parx Racing.
Reunited with jockey Kendrick Carmouche for the first time since scoring by a nose in last September's Grade 3 Turf Monster Handicap at Parx, the 5-year-old Pure Sensation ($5.60) set fractions of 22.50 and 45.29 seconds while cruising to a 2 1/4-length victory. He completed five furlongs over yielding turf in 57.35 seconds.
Power Alert, a two-time stakes winner this season, finished second despite bumping with Run for Logistics at the start. Two lengths farther back, Ben's Cat nosed out Run for Logistics for third.
A son of Zensational trained by Christophe Clement for Patricia Generazio, Pure Sensation is now 6 for 17 with earnings of $748,415.
My Impression proved much the best over nine rivals in the $50,000 Christiana Stakes at Delaware Park on Wednesday. The Christiana, for 3-year-old fillies, was run at about 1 1/16 miles on turf.
Trained by Shug McGaughey and ridden by Jose Ortiz, My Impression paid $7.40 as a slight favorite over runner-up Involuntary. McGaughey will have another top contender at Delaware Park on Saturday when he sends out Browse in the Grade 3, $300,000 Delaware Oaks.
April Gaze, along the inside, and It's the Truth tried to slow down the early pace while racing on even terms but with a lot of room between them. The early splits were 23.90 and 49.04 seconds.
My Impression was unhurried early, moved up to challenge three wide nearing the far turn, took the lead from April Gaze in upper stretch, and drew off to win by 3 1/4 lengths. Involuntary, never far back, finished willingly to best late-running Outsider Art for second by a nose.
April Gaze, who was taken outside the winner after losing the lead in upper stretch, finished fourth, beaten one length for third.
My Impression was timed over firm ground in 1:44.48, following six furlongs in 1:13.84, and a mile in 1:38.54.
Charles Fipke's homebred Canadian classic winner Danish Dynaformer found success with some class relief in the $133,119 Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) July 3 at Woodbine.
The 4-year-old Dynaformer colt came from off the pace to win by one length from grade I winner Hardest Core, with Aldous Snow third while bidding for a third successive victory in the 1 1/2-mile race.
Danish Dynaformer, ridden by Patrick Husbands for trainer Roger Attfield, covered the distance in 2:27.20 on a course rated firm. Victorious in last year's Breeders' Stakes after a runner-up finish in the Queen's Plate, he earned his first graded win in Sunday's race, which followed a trio of unsuccessful grade I tries—most recently his sixth in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs May 7—following his classic triumph by 7 3/4 lengths in the Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine last August.
Trainer Roger Attfield will be looking to saddle a record ninth Queen’s Plate winner when Shakhimat goes to the post on Sunday, and the Hall of Fame conditioner got his long weekend off to a good start when Internal Bourbon upset Friday’s $100,000 Zadracarta Stakes, at Woodbine.
Internal Bourbon rated off the pace of 3-5 favorite Southern Ring in the Zadracarta, a seven-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.
But, Southern Ring began to weaken off fractions of :22.96, :46.17, and 1:10.32 and was passed by Internal Bourbon and Charming Delilah almost in unison with a furlong to run. Internal Bourbon won the battle to prevail in 1:22.96 but Charming Delilah battled on very gamely to miss by just a neck.
Under rider Alan Garcia, Internal Bourbon lay farther off the pace than usual.
"That was the plan, if there was a legitimate pace," said Attfield. "The main thing with her is she doesn’t need to go to the lead too soon. She’s lost a number of races going to the lead too soon, and we finally got it all worked out that she doesn’t do that. (Garcia) rode her really well."
Conquest Strate Up closed on the outside to finish third while Southern Ring faltered to fourth. Rounding out the order of finish were Copper Kitten, Pengally Bay and Clarkston Hope. Green Doctor was scratched.
Internal Bourbon, a homebred 4-year-old filly who races for Chuck Fipke, was recording her first stakes win in the Zadracarta and her second straight win after capturing an open first-level allowance at 6.5 furlongs on the turf.
Celestine reaffirmed her fondness for the Widener turf with a scintillating victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $700,000 Longines Just a Game at Belmont Park, shattering the previous stakes record and missing the course mark by a mere .01 seconds.
While Celestine was very good winning two stakes here last year after being transferred to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, the 4-year-old Scat Daddy filly entered a new dimension Saturday, blazing one mile in 1:31.64 seconds to easily best Tapitsfly's clocking of 1:32.34 in 2012. The course record of 1:31.63 was established by the Mott-trained Elusive Quality in the 1998 Poker Stakes.
Celestine broke alertly with Junior Alvarado and raced closest to pacesetter La Berma, who set fractions of 23.36, 46.13 and 1:09.63. After wresting command in the upper stretch, she moved away readily to report home by 3 ¾ lengths over rail-skimming second choice Recepta.
"It was a dream trip," said Alvarado. "With this kind of filly, she has speed and she can stalk a little bit, too. As soon as she broke, she broke very beautifully and after that I was just sitting on her. I waited until we turned for home to ask her. I couldn't ask for a better trip than that. It was like everything was just going perfect."
Celestine paid $17 to win as the fourth choice in the field of 13 fillies and mares, and the winner's share of $375,000 nearly doubled her previous earnings for owner James A. Bryan Jr. Overall, she is now 6-2-1 from a dozen starts, with a perfect 3-for-3 record on the Widener course.
"This was very impressive," said Mott, who has now won the Just a Game five times, beginning with the inaugural running in 1994 with Elizabeth Bay. "She's gotten better as time goes on. She just drew away from a good field. We were one-hundredth of a second slower than the course record of Elusive Quality, who I also trained. That was a world record at the time."
Three Chimneys Farm's Carina Mia seems to have found her sweet spot.
The 3-year-old Malibu Moon filly earned her first grade I score at Belmont Park in the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) June 11, a one-turn mile that followed her six-length victory in the seven-furlong Eight Belles (gr. II) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
A front-runner early in her career, she dropped back to sixth and closed to win the Eight Belles and did the same in the Acorn, trailing the tightly-packed field of six under a tight hold by jockey Julien Leparoux early.
The Bill Mott-trained filly moved up between horses early in the turn, angled out five wide late in the bend as heavily favored Cathryn Sophia took command, and put away the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner en route to a 1 1/4-length victory. Off the Tracks rallied late to pass Cathryn Sophia for second.
"I thought I was going to be behind Cathryn Sophia and Go Maggie Go, but I saw them go away from there, so I decided to sit just off of them," Leparoux said. "I felt confident at the top of the stretch. I came around everyone and she kicked on at the end."
Pure Sensation took the lead a quarter-mile in and held off fast-charging stablemate Disco Partner to post a win by a neck in the Grade 3, $300,000 Jaipur Invitational for 4-year-olds and up over six furlongs in the Widener turf as part of Saturday's Belmont Stakes Day card.
The Christophe-Clement trained gray gelding hit the wire in a course-record time 1:06.76, earning him a trip to the winner's circle for the first time since capturing the Grade 3 Turf Monster Handicap in September at Parx Racing. He has won two of his last three graded stakes starts.
"When this horse is right, he's a top class horse and he proved it today," Clement said. "He's not an easy horse to keep right all the time because he's not the soundest horse. When he's training well, he runs well."
Both Pure Sensation and Disco Partner are owned by Patricia Generazio. The Tom Albertrani-trained Ready for Rye also made a strong stretch drive to finish third, just one length behind.
'I'm just thrilled because he belongs to Patricia Generazio," Clement said. "Mr. and Mrs. Generazio have been a long-time supporter of the stable. They are great owners and breeders and I think it was a great result for them."
Pure Sensation, an 18-1 wagering choice, bested a crowded 13-horse field in setting fractions of 21.64, 44.06 and 55.32 seconds. The 5-year-old paid $39.20 for a $2 win wager. He also broke the course record for six furlongs on the Widener turf that was set by Keep The Faith's 1:06.82 on July 24, 2005.
Jockey Jose Ortiz, who rode Pure Sensation for the first time, picked up his second victory of the day.
Suffused switched to the outside straightening for home to surge past pacesetter Brandybend and win Thursday's inaugural running of the $200,000 Belmont Coronation Invitational, the first stakes race of the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Belmont Park.
Saving ground beneath jockey Jose Ortiz, the 4-year-old Juddmonte filly ran comfortably in midpack as Brandybend took the field of six older fillies and mares through moderate early fractions of 25.18 and 51.94 seconds and still held a one-length lead after going 1 ½ miles on 2:37.46 Tipped off the rail as the field straightened for home, Suffused took command in a few short jumps and pulled away to hit the wire 4 ¾ lengths ahead of the late-running Achana.
"It's a long way to go," said Ortiz. "My plan was just to get the horse to relax. There's no way you can get a horse to go that far if she's not relaxed. When she came into the clear she exploded."
The filly's winning time for 1 15/16 miles on the "good" inner turf course was 3:23.36.
"[Jockey Jose Ortiz] did a beautiful job," said winning Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. "He had to use his own judgment. There was a little more pace going into the first turn than we anticipated. We thought we might wind up being a little closer but as it turned out, two horses kind of shot out of there and looked like they were intent on being up close. He just sat back and it worked out well for him."
It was the first victory in three North American starts for the Irish-bred daughter of Champs Elysees, who began her career in England, where she posted a 3-2-0 record from eight starts. Sent to Mott during the winter, she finished fifth in the Grade 3 Orchid in April at Gulfstream Park in her stateside debut, then was third in an optional claimer in May at Belmont.
Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone's homebred Middleburg got a ground-saving trip from jockey Joe Bravo, angling out at the head of the lane and lasting late to win the Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes by a half-length. The 6-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid covered a mile over Monmouth Park's firm turf course in 1:33.62 for trainer Christophe Clement, earning his second lifetime graded stake victory.
"This horse is just so good," said Bravo. "We got the perfect trip in behind horses and he settled great. Around the turn we moved to the outside and he just ran those horses down. It's fun to ride ones like this."
Middleburg broke well under Bravo, settling in fourth along the inside rail as the field moved for the first turn. Fredericksburg surprised Rose Brier by taking the lead out of the gate, but Rose Brier was right alongside that rival through a first quarter in :24.11. Reporting Star was three-wide in third, about a length off the lead, while Middleburg held patiently along the rail to save all the ground. Fredericksburg maintained his lead through a half-mile in :47.46, before tiring at the head of the lane.
Back home at Woodbine, Ronald Kirk, John Bates, and Michael Riordan's Are You Kidding Me thrived like it was 2015 in the $200,000 Eclipse Stakes (Can-II) May 28.
In his second start of 2016, last year's champion Canadian older horse set the pace with pressure through almost all of the 1 1/16-mile race over the synthetic main track and pulled away late to win the Eclipse for the second straight year. His first start of the year was an eighth-place finish in the Maker's 46 Mile Stakes at Keeneland (gr. IT).
Under jockey Alan Garcia, the Roger Attfield-trained 6-year-old son of Run Away and Hide set fractions of :25.51, :50.50, and 1:14.91 through six furlongs, with Melmich within a half-length. Melmich moved up, head-to-head with the leader in the final turn, and the two battled into the stretch, but Are You Kidding Me found more on the inside and prevailed to win by two lengths, ahead of closing Breaking Lucky, who came in 1 1/4-lengths ahead of Melmich. The winner hit the wire in 1:44.95.
Flipcup, who takes things to another level when racing on all-weather surfaces, held off a stretch challenge from favorite No Fault of Mine to win the $100,000 Arlington Matron Stakes by a neck Saturday, May 28 at Arlington Park.
With the win in Saturday's 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares 3 and older, Team Penney Racing, Wachtel Stable, and Brous Stable's Flipcup improved her record on synthetic tracks to 5-1-1 from seven career starts. In winning her 5-year-old season debut, the daughter of Milwaukee Brew has won her past three Polytrack starts, all stakes.
With Christopher Emigh aboard Saturday, Flipcup saved ground while racing fourth through a half-milein :49.29 set by by longshot Tiz Lately. Emigh angled Flipcup out three wide in the far turn where she surged to the lead in early stretch.
"I had the inside post so I just kept her relaxed and found a good spot, and I got lucky that I got outside on the far turn," Emigh said. "She was just relaxed, so easy. I knew I had some horse left and it was a good horse race down the lane."
Ironicus returned from an eight-month injury-related layoff in top form to take the Grade 3 Fort Marcy Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Ironicus went four for six last year, including victories in a pair of Grade 2's, the Dixie at Pimlico and the Bernard Baruch at Saratoga, but suffered a cracked a cannon bone in September and underwent surgery. He returned to training earlier this year and recorded six works in Ocala at Niall Brennan Stables before trainer Shug McGaughey put the finishing touches on him in New York.
Ironicus looked like his old self in the $150,000 Fort Marcy, sitting several lengths off the early pace before making a three-wide move on the far turn. He took the lead from front-running Smooth Daddy in upper stretch, battled with him for a sixteenth, and then drew off to score by 1 1/2 lengths under Jose Ortiz, who earlier on the card won the Westchester Stakes.
The 1 1/8-mile Fort Marcy was the longest race of Ironicus's career but he handled it without any apparent difficulty. Last year, at age 4, Ironicus made all of his starts at either a mile or 1 1/16 miles.
"I always wanted to go farther with him last year than what I was running but it just worked out that way," McGaughey said. "We had him really going in the right direction last year, and then he hurt himself, which happens. We're very glad to have him back."
Julien Leparoux pulled slow-breaking Carina Mia back early Friday, but he could only hold on for so long.
The jockey let loose as the filly rocketed from off the pace to a six-length win in Churchill Downs' Grade II, $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard.
"First time that happened," Leparoux said of the break. "She was relaxed and came running at the end. She showed a new style, but it worked out good. She was very comfortable and relaxed."
A horse formerly under consideration to go in the Oaks, Carina Mia scaled back in distance instead, turning in seven furlongs in a final time of 1:21.74. She returned $3.20 as a 3-5 favorite.
The Bill Mott trainee was much the best while finishing ahead of Blip n' Th Bye and Nickname, the second betting choice.
Carina Mia also won Churchill Downs' Grade II Golden Rod last November over a sloppy track for owner Three Chimneys Farm.
"Our conversation in the paddock was that it looks like several of them in here have same amount of speed," Mott said. "It looked like if we had a clean break we had as much speed as anybody. Then she just maybe hesitated. You can't hesitate very long and you get four or five outbreaking you. She got a good education out of it today. She was in between and behind and (Julien Leparoux) actually had to steady a little bit heading into the turn.
"When he tipped her out, she has a gear now."
Carrumba made a successful - and for her connections an emotional - return to the races Sunday at Aqueduct, edging away from Mei Ling in deep stretch to win the Grade 3, $200,000 Top Flight Invitational Handicap by a hard-fought half-length.
The victory comes just five days after Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps, the owner and breeder of Carrumba, died. Phipps's son, Ogden II, walked Carrumba into the winner's circle following the victory.
"Absolutely, this win was emotional," the younger Phipps said. "Our first time back at the races and it's obviously a big part of how we grew up with my dad. Coming back here and seeing a filly that he really loved and winning a stake is very emotional. Every time one of our horses runs in his colors I think it's going to be emotional for us."
This was the fifth win for the Phipps family in the Top Flight. The first came in 1951 with Busanda for Ogden Phipps, Dinny's father and Ogden's grandfather. Dinny Phipps won this race in 1994 with Educated Risk, in 2001 with Cat Cay, and in 2004 with Daydreaming.
Carrumba is by Bernardini but her female family is full of Grade 1 winners campaigned by the Phipps family, including Heavenly Prize, the champion 3-year-old filly of 1994.
Trainer Shug McGaughey feels Carrumba could elevate into the upper echelon of the older filly and mare division and Sunday's Top Flight was a good first step.
Go Around took the lead with just over a furlong to go and then held off the late rally of Fundamental to win the Tampa Turf Classic Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs by a head.
It was the first Stakes victory for the son of Medaglia d’Oro, who now has won both of his starts in 2016. Overall, Go Around has captured four of eight career starts, and finished third in the G3 Commonwealth Derby last fall.
Bred in Florida by his owner, Peter Vegso, Go Between is out of Mediation, a Stakes-winning daughter of Caerleon. Go Around is a half-brother to Go Between, winner of the G1 Pacific Classic and G2 Virginia Derby.
Medaglia d’Oro was the sire of 29 Stakes winners in 2015 including Eclipse Champion juvenile filly Songbird, G1 Golden Slipper winner Vancouver, and Mshawish, winner of the G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap. In 2016, Medaglia d’Oro has sired Graded Stakes winners Mshawish, winner of the G1 Donn Handicap, Songbird, winner of the G2 Las Virgenes and G3 Santa Ysabel, and Astern, winner of both the G2 Silver Slipper and G3 Kindergarten Stakes in Australia.
Medaglia d’Oro is standing the 2016 breeding season at a fee of $150,000 live foal, stands and nurses.
Shakhimat went galloping merrily along on the front end in the early stages of the $100,000 Transylvania Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. IIIT), ears pricked under jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson.
The two were on a raiding trip from Canada for Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield, and when it came time to sprint away down the lane, the 3-year-old colt had plenty left. Watch Video
"I had quite a bit of horse turning for home," said Wilson, who has ridden Shakhimat in all of his races. "I thought unless somebody comes with a rapid swoop where he wasn't able to see them, they wouldn't be able to creep their way by him."
The dark bay son of Lonhro made his season debut in the 1 1/16-mile Transylvania and claimed a 3 1/4-length win after taking the Nov. 8 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine by 9 3/4 lengths to close out his 2-year-old season. He picked up his first graded score for owners Richard Hogan and Dan Gale and pushed his record to three wins and a third from four starts.
"I thought getting the lead was definitely going to be in our wheelhouse," said Wilson, who walked the dog through fractions of :23.54, :47.84, and 1:12.61 before sprinting away for home. "Looking through the Form, we were the only legitimate pace. The last time he ran, he put up a quick opening quarter and was on the lead. But he settled back and was in my hands. I knew if I had the same kind of trip today, it would be a similar kind of effort."
Phaedrus Flights’ Celestine entered Saturday’s $300,000 Honey Fox (G2) as one of the logical choices in a wide-open 35th renewal of the race and completed the turf contest as the decisive gate-to-wire victor with a 3¼-length win under Junior Alvarado.
Breaking well, the lightly raced 4-year-old dark daughter of Scat Daddy set an easy pace over the good going through fractions of 24.44, 48.42 and 1:12.83 for six furlongs before turning for home in the mile race and kicking clear aggressively to cover seven furlongs in 1:24.43. In the end, the Bill Mott trainee was easily clear of Jackpot Ranch and Mike G. Rutherford’s Mark Casse-trained Mississippi Delta and Julien Leparoux, finishing up in 1:36.09. It was a neck back to Al Shaqab Racing’s Todd Pletcher-trained Sandiva in third under Javier Castellano.
Celestine, who won for the fifth time in 11 starts and tallied her first graded stakes win, returned $12.60, $7 and $4.40. Mississippi Delta, at 12-1, returned $11.20 and $6.40, while 5-2 Sandiva returned $3.20.
Trainer Bill Mott (Celestine): "You always worry about the course being a little slippery. I wasn’t sure how that was going to work out but she seemed to handle it well. I thought she could very well be on the lead the way it looked on paper. I didn’t think that was any surprise. The only surprise to me was that the other filly I ran [Lady Lara] didn’t come with a bigger run. She made a little run around the turn and then flattened out, which isn’t like her. I thought they’d be running at [Celestine] at the end but she ended up running away from them."
Jockey Junior Alvarado (Celestine): "She was the speed of the race. (Trainer) Bill (Mott) left it up to me, but I was pretty confident in her. I could take back if someone went. She was just cruising out there. I thought they would need six legs if they wanted to pass her in the stretch. I was just a passenger."
Earle Mack, Wachtel Stable, and Brous Stable's Take the Stand popped the gate on top from the rail post position and never looked back in a handy victory in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Stakes (gr. IIT) March 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
The 5-year-old Not For Sale horse, bred in Argentina by Santa Maria de Araras, tried the same tactics for trainer Bill Mott in the Feb. 13 Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/16 mile on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs but was caught at the wire by Reload as a 61-1 longshot. On Saturday, Take the Stand, who paid $18 to win, never had an anxious moment under Edgar Prado, who also rode him in the Tampa Bay race.
Take the Stand, a group III winner on grass in Argentina, led the Muniz field through fractions of :23.54 for the opening quarter-mile, :47.59 for the half-mile, and 1:10.98 for six furlongs while tracked by a rank Roman Approval. Favored Chocolate Ride, six-for-seven on the turf at Fair Grounds, stalked in third through the far turn of the 1 1/8-mile stakes.
Take the Stand held firm through one mile in 1:35.38 as Chocolate Ride moved to second, and then easily held off the rally of World Approval, who finished second. Closing Bell rallied for third, while Chocolate Ride flattened out to finish fourth.
Blocked or hampered between horses in the final three-sixteenths of the $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) March 26 at Santa Anita Park, Valor Ladies' Tuttipaesi persevered for her first graded win.
The lone East Coast shipper in the field of five, the 6-year-old, Bill Mott-trained daughter of Clodovil found just enough under jockey Chris DeCarlo between horses in the final sixteenth to win by a neck over Glory. Fresh Feline, the longest shot in the field at 18-1, was three-quarters of a length back in third.
Heavily favored Her Emmynency set the pace—after nearly going into the rail when she broke in leaving the gate in the 1 1/8-mile turf test—and clicked off fractions of :24.50, :48.51, and 1:12.14 through six furlongs, but tired exiting the final turn and finished last.
Glory took over in the lane, and Fresh Feline came up to challenge before Tuttipaesi split the top pair late to hit the wire in 1:48.82. The Santa Ana was DeCarlo's first ride at Santa Anita.
A 3-year-old colt and filly were impressive winners in a pair of mile turf stakes Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Palm Beach Stakes (G3) runner-up Giant Run, trained by Tom Albertrani and ridden by Joe Bravo, took the lead around the first turn before drawing off to an impressive 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $75,000 Cutler Bay.
A 3-year-old son of Giant's Causeway owned by Robert Baker and William Mack, Giant Run covered a firm mile course in 1:34.74. Highland Sky, making his first start for trainer Barclay Tagg since a troubled sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), was second while Abbot checked in third.
In the $75,000 Sanibel Island, Harmonize, making her first start finishing seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), got up inside the final sixteenth to win by three-quarters of a length. Rontos Lily, who finished second at 25-1, was disqualified and placed seventh for interfering with Sky My Sky down the stretch. Shake Down Baby, who finished third, was placed second.
Harmonize covered the mile course in 1:34.68.
Harmonize, a daughter of Scat Daddy owned by Larkin Armstrong, gave trainer Bill Mott and jockey Junior Alvarado their third win of the day. Alvarado, who will ride undefeated Mohaymen in Saturday's $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby, won aboard Mighty Mo ($8.60) in the seventh and Bibbo ($18.80) in the 10th. Mott also won the Santa Ana at Santa Anita with Tuttipaesi.
Reload gave his backers some anxious moments in the stretch of the Grade 3, $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, rallying from seventh place early to get up by a neck over 61-1 longshot Take the Stand. It was the second stakes win for Reload, who won the Grade 3 Canadian Turf at Gulfstream Park in February 2014.
Reload and jockey Javier Castellano raced in seventh place early in the 1 1/16-mile race as Spark Kit took the field of 10 older horses through an opening quarter-mile in a snappy 23.15 seconds and Take the Stand took over the lead through a half-mile in 46.65. Reload ($8.20) rallied three wide around the final turn and dug in for the stretch battle with Take the Stand, narrowly prevailing in 1:40.15 on a firm turf course.
Robbie Medina, an assistant to winning trainer Shug McGaughey, said he thought the margin of victory should have been larger.
"I thought he ran great," Medina said. "I was a little worried because he was a little farther back than he normally is, but going down the backside, I saw Javier had plenty of horse and had him out in the clear. He looked like he was going to win a little easily, but that’s his personality. He just kind of stayed with that horse on the inside. That’s just the way he is. I was a little worried because he does have a tendency to hang a little bit, but he’s a 7-year-old horse, so he’s got kind of a mind of his own."
Tuttipaesi may have put off her intended retirement with a rousing victory in the $100,000 South Beach Stakes Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The 5-year-old mare was on her toes in the post parade, but settled kindly under jockey Chris DeCarlo as longshot Celebrity Star set the pace. Angled out approaching the stretch, the gray mare closed stoutly up the center of the course to score by 1 1/2 lengths, and returned $16.60 to her backers. The final time for the 7 1/2-furlong South Beach was 1:31.58. Favored Hope Cross finished with a flourish on the inside to complete the exacta, while Lori’s Store also came on late to get third. Tuttipaesi, owned by the all-female syndicate Valor Ladies, is trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott.
Bred in Ireland, Tuttipaesi began her career in Italy before being acquired privately as the inaugural offering by Valor Ladies. She kicked off her Stateside tenure in 2013 by annexing the Ginger Brew Stakes over this Gulfstream surface. The daughter of Clodovil ran with credit during the remainder of her sophomore campaign, including a second in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes and a third in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes. Limited to only a pair of starts in 2014, she recorded a confidence-building success in the Suffolk Distaff Turf Stakes at Suffolk Downs on October 3 last time out.
"Bill said to break and try to ride her like I did last time," DeCarlo said. "The last time I rode her I just dropped her head and let her do her thing. That was exactly what I did. There was good pace in front of me so I didn’t have to take too much hold of her, which was better for me because she was able to do everything relaxed. I was just tracking in behind Paco (Lopez, aboard Unbridled Courage) and the front group up until we straightened away. I was loaded for bear. I had ton of horse. When I wheeled her out and asked her to go, she went on. I have to thank Mr. Mott and the owners for the opportunity to ride her."
In a successful return to the Sunshine State, Lady Lara engaged longshot Pink Poppy off the far turn and took command in mid-stretch to deliver a 1 1/4-length victory Nov. 21 in the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Gulfstream Park West.
While Saturday's effort marked the first ever start at Gulfstream Park West for Swettenham Stud's Lady Lara, in her previous Florida start the 4-year-old Excellent Art filly won the Honey Fox Stakes (gr. IIT) in March on the turf at Gulfstream Park. Saturday's victory marked Lady Lara's first win since that effort, ending a five-race skid—although she did add a pair of grade III placings during that stretch.
Trained by Bill Mott and guided to victory by Jose Lezcano, Lady Lara completed the 1 1/16-mile My Charmer in 1:43.32. Mott said Lady Lara shipped so well to Florida off her third-place finish in the Oct. 17 Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park, that the Racing Hall of Fame trainer opted to start her in the My Charmer.
Shakhimat took command of Sunday’s $188,502 Coronation Futurity soon after the start under jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson and never looked back, though he did weave around a bit in the Woodbine stretch.
The two-year-old colt capped off a nice day for trainer Roger Attfield that began two races earlier when Are You Kidding Me captured the Autumn S. (Can-G2). Alan Garcia was aboard that Attfield trainee, but Wilson got the easy job with Shakhimat.
Like Are You Kidding Me, the Ontario-bred son of Lonhro broke from the inside post 1. However, unlike his stablemate who tracked behind the pacesetter, Shakhimat immediately grabbed the lead and proceeded up front through fractions of :23.66, :48.18, 1:12 48 and 1:37.89.
The dark bay colt held a decent, though not large, lead heading into the lane, and 9-5 favorite Conquest Twister was beginning his move after a four-wide trip rounding the turn.
Suddenly, Shakhimat hit another gear after Wilson shook the reins at him. Within seconds he had opened up by 3 1/2 lengths.
Are You Kidding Me turned the tables on several familiar rivals Nov. 8 at Woodbine, riding the rail to win the $200,000 Autumn Stakes (Can-II).
Under the guidance of jockey Alan Garcia, the 5-year-old son of Run Away and Hide found space inside and surged past 2-1 favorite Lukes Alley late to win by a half-length in the 1 1/16-mile test on the all-weather main track.
Are You Kidding Me stalked in fourth, 2 1/2 lengths back through much of the race, while 16-1 longshot Royal Son set fractions of :25.03, :49.33, and 1:13.01 through six furlongs. Lukes Alley took command briefly in the stretch after a wide closing move from fifth, but could not outfinish Are You Kidding Me, who hit the wire in 1:43.41. Royal Son finished a game third, 1 1/4-lengths behind Lukes Alley.
"We were behind the speed, comfortable, and saved some ground in the end," Garcia said. "When it opened up, my horse wanted to go on."
Flipcup wore down pacesetter Academic with a sustained outside rally and won the $150,000 Maple Leaf (Can-III) for fillies and mares Oct. 31 at Woodbine.
The daughter of Milwaukee Brew , eighth of nine runners in the early running, finished the 1 1/4-mile journey in 2:03.42 on the all-weather track after catching Academic in the final sixteenth to win by two lengths. Academic, the 11-10 favorite, held on for second, a length to the good of 11-1 shot Dido in third.
Flipcup, the 7-1 third choice with Luis Conteraras aboard, came into the Maple Leaf from a rallying neck score in the 1 1/16-mile Classy 'n Smart Stakes, restricted to Ontario-sired runners Sept. 29 at Woodbine. The New York-bred filly earned her fourth stakes win and first in a graded stakes Saturday, and improved to 6-4-5 from 17 starts, including three wins from five outings over the Woodbine all-weather track.
Pacesetter America turned back a mild challenge entering the stretch and scooted clear to win the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III), snapping a five-race winless streak, Oct. 30 at Belmont Park.
A 4-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy, America finished 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:41.96 with jockey Chris DeCarlo aboard, improving her career line to 5-0-3 from 18 career starts.
Trained as a homebred by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for star chef Bobby Flay, America paid $8.80, $3.10, and $2.40 as the 118 pound highweight in the eight-horse field. Delightful Joy returned $2.70 and $2.10. Call Pat finished third to pay $2.70 to show.
Breaking from the outside post, America vie for command before getting clear. She opened a 1 1/2-length advantage through a half-mile in :47.32 and by a length as six furlongs went in 1:11.55, with La Madrina drawing ever closer to her outside before drawing even for the stretch run.
Two New York-bred turf titans, Aliyu Ben J Stables’ eight-year-old home-bred Lubash and Paul Braverman and Timothy Pinch’s six-year-old gelding Kharafa, put on a spectacular show in the 37th running of the mile-and-a-sixteenth $200,000 Mohawk Stakes Saturday on Showcase Day at Belmont Park. Junior Alvarado got Lubash, the 7-2 second choice in the field of nine, up by a head over Kharafa, the even-money favorite ridden by Javier Castellano, in a course record 1:39.08.
"It’s fun, these two horses," Lubash’s trainer, Christophe Clement, said. "He (Kharafa) is tough to catch, but it worked out. Sometimes you get lucky. We’ve been second three times (in this stakes), but it was our time to win it."
Lubash is all about winning. He’s now nine-for-24 at Belmont. He had won three straight stakes this year before tiring to fourth behind Kharafa in the Ashley T. Cole Stakes at a mile-and-an-eighth on Sept. 20th. Lubash had beaten Kharafa in two of their previous three meetings.
Neither Lubash nor Kharafa were near an intense pace duel Saturday as 13-1 Notacatbutallama and 11-1 Orino battled through an opening quarter in 22.91 and a testing half-mile of 45.76. Then Irad Ortiz sent 20-1 With Exultation up three-wide to join them. After three-quarters in 1:09.15, With Exultation took the lead, but Kharafa and Lubash had dead aim and came at him quickly on the outside.
A group III winner in France back in 2013, Trevor Stewart's Stellar Path broke through with her first graded score in North America Oct. 17 at Belmont Park, taking the $200,000 Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT).
The 4-year-old Astromomer Royal filly was off the pace with jockey Joel Rosario through most of the 1 1/16-mile turf test, and found herself on the rail entering the stretch. But she was able to find space and outlasted longshot Wiener Valkyrie to the wire, with grade II winner Lady Lara rallying from last in the field of 13 to finish third.
"I had a perfect trip," Rosario said. "At the five-sixteenths pole, I wasn't sure if I was going to come out or stay inside. (Speed Seeker) went out a little bit, so I took a chance and went through on the inside, because I had a lot of horse at that point. Everything worked out well today."
Larkin Armstrong's heavily-favored Harmonize rallied from the back of the pack and outdueled Sapphire Kitten in the stretch to win the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) for 2-year-old fillies by a neck Oct. 7.
The victory secured Harmonize a spot in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run at a mile here on Oct. 30.
Trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Junior Alvarado, Harmonize covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:44.19. It was the third victory in the race for Mott, who also won with Stylelistick in 2001 and Bail Out Becky in the second division of the 1994 running.
Longshot Carleigh Belle opened a daylight advantage as she led the field of 14 through fractions of :22.44, :47.02 and 1:13.51. At the top of the stretch, things changed quickly as the field closed in with Sapphire Kitten moving five wide and Harmonize widest of all to hook up at the eighth pole on the front end.
The two rapidly pulled away from the pack with Harmonize narrowly prevailing at the wire.
A 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate, Harmonize is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Scat Daddy out of the Sky Mesa mare Mesa Fresca. The victory was worth $90,000 and increased Harmonize's earnings to $166,600, with a record of 3-2-1-0.
Robert S. Evans' Tonalist rated early and exploded late to win the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 3 at Belmont Park. Watch Video The 4-year-old Tapit colt won the Gold Cup last year as well.
Trained by Christophe Clement and ridden by John Velazquez, Tonalist won by 4 3/4 lengths over Wicked Strong, who took the lead at the head of the stretch but could not contain the winner. Effinex finished third.
Tonalist covered the 1 1/14 miles on a sloppy, sealed track in 2:02.16. He paid $4 to win as the heavy favorite.
The Gold Cup is a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" event for the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), to which Tonalist is being pointed. It was a major confidence-booster for Tonalist, who won the Westchester Stakes (gr. III) in May in his 2015 debut, but then had to settle for two seconds and a third in grade I and grade II company despite quality efforts.
Tuttipaesi, a horse bred in Ireland (IRE), made every call a winning one before an enthusiastic crowd of 8,554 in the inaugural running of the $75,000 Suffolk Downs Distaff Turf Stakes on Saturday, October 3 at Suffolk Downs in East Boston.
Trained by Bill Mott, the Hall of Fame conditioner who saddled champion Cigar to back-to-back victories in the Massachusetts Handicap, Tuttipaesi broke alertly under jockey Christopher DeCarlo and went to the lead from the gate. She began to open up her advantage as they turned for home and drew off to win by 3 ¼ lengths, completing the distance of about a mile and a sixteenth in 1:47.86.
"They said to break and let her tell me what she wanted to do and not to fight with her," said DeCarlo, "so I did just that and she ran great."
Owned by Valor Ladies partnership, the gray daughter of Clodovil (IRE) earned the sixth victory of her career and returned $7.80, 3.40 and 2.80. Hellenistic paid $4.40 and 3.20 while Maximova returned $3.40. It was the second win of the day for Mott and DeCarlo, who also teamed up to win the eighth race with Kentucky-bred Divine Praises ($4.40).
The track also hosted three $75,000 stakes races for Massachusetts-bred horses. Marcus Vitali saddled Miss Wilby ($2.40) to win the Louise Kimball Stakes with Tammi Piermarini in the irons. Worth the Worry ($2.80) romped by 9 ½ lengths in the Last Dance Stakes under jockey Jose Baez for trainer Jonathan Buckley. In the First Episode Stakes, Piermarini notched her second win of the day aboard the front-running Navy Nurse ($3.40) for trainer Jay Bernardini.
A prior two-time stakes winner in New York-bred company, and a two-time winner and two-time stakes performer at Woodbine, Team Penney Racing’s homebred Flipcup (Milwaukee Brew) made a return trip north of the border on Sunday a victorious one, rallying from off the pace to win the $125,000 Classy n’ Smart Stakes in the final stride of her third start in 2015.
Breaking from post 8 to go 1 1/16 miles over Woodbine’s all weather surface under Alan Garcia, and settling in mid-pack in the early stages of the race, the Bill Mott-trainee (3-1) stayed out of traffic travelling two-wide through the first turn, three-wide along the backstretch and closing five-wide on the far turn as Silent Treat led the way through a half-mile in 49.96 and three-quarters in 1:14.08.
Swinging out six-wide into the stretch, Flipcup rallied with determination, cutting down her rivals and just catching Obeah Woman, who was making her own bid at the fence from fifth. After a mile in 1:38.16, Flipcup completed the distance in 1:44.38 a neck winner. [VIDEO]
Jockey Garcia reported, "She was so comfortable. I know I lost a little ground in the second turn, but she got the job done. The more I ride, the more she tried. She never gave up. The owner told me she has a good kick, just try and save some ground through the first turn and then come get it. And she did.
Stuart Janney III's homebred Onus grabbed the lead near the three-sixteenths pole and powered away to an open lengths win the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks for 3-year-old fillies Sept. 26 at Laurel Park.
The daughter of Blame , ridden by Forest Boyce for trainer Shug McGaughey, rolled to a 4 1/2-length victory and covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.12. She scored a third straight win from six career starts while making her stakes debut.
The- 2-1 second choice, Onus came in off an eye-widening 10 1/2-length turf allowance win, in which she lowered the Laurel turf course record for 1 1/16 miles to 1:39.26 Aug. 18. Prior to that, she broke her maiden by eight lengths there while making her fourth career start July 11.
Zvarkhova, the 8-5 favorite, was never in contention and finished eighth in the 11-horse field for the race, formerly run as the Virginia Oaks.
Phipps Stables' homebred Mr Speaker showed off his top-level class Sept. 19 with a clear score in the $250,000 Commonwealth Cup Stakes at Laurel Park.
The 4-year-old Pulpit colt, with Jose Ortiz aboard, raced in third through most of the 1 1/8 mile turf test, angled out from the rail in the stretch, and rallied past Legendary to win by 1 1/4 lengths.
Legendary took control from pacesetter Cut to Order at the top of the stretch after the frontrunner set moderate fractions of :24.98, :49.58, and 1:13.03 through six furlongs. After saving ground, Ortiz found a clear path to the outside and surged to the wire in 1:47.77 for trainer Shug McGaughey.
The victory is Mr Speaker's first graded score since his win in the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) last year.
WinStar Farm’s Closing Bell got his first stakes win in the $300,000 Dueling Grounds Derby, gamely prevailing after a stretch-long duel.
Going 1 5/16-miles on the undulating southern Kentucky turf course, Closing Bell tracked in fourth for the first six furlongs and then began to inch closer as the field straightened for the long stretch run. The dark bay colt put away Mission Driven in mid-stretch, then held off Wireless Future to win by a head in 2:17.60 over a course that had been softened by several days of rain.
Closing Bell previous victory came in a main-track maiden race at Belmont, but the 3-year-old has two good showings on the turf since then, finishing fourth in the Belmont Derby (G1) and second in the Secretariat S. (G1). With Monday’s win, he is now 2-1-0 in five starts and has earned $399,165.
Closing Bell is out of the top producer Rehear, dam of Mani Bhavan, who took both the Spinaway S. (G1) and Adirondack S. (G2) at two, and Hear the Ghost, winner of the 2013 San Felipe S. (G2). WinStar was the winning bidder, at $400,000 for Closing Bell at the 2013 Keeneland September Yearling sale.
Courtier gave his leading Third-Crop sire Pioneerof the Nile his fourth stakes winner of the year on Wednesday night with a rousing 1 ¼-length victory in the $200,000 Centaur S. at Indiana Grand.
Left near the back of the nine-horse field in the early stages, Courtier was still more than a dozen lengths off the lead with a half mile to run. Entering the far turn, the 3-year-old colt accelerated suddenly, closing quickly along the rail then swinging five-wide entering the stretch to roll by the leaders.
Full of run in the straightway, Courtier came home powerfully to get the one mile on the firm turf in 1:35.74.
"He (Courtier) broke on the outside (post 9) and was a little slow (early) today," said Rosario. "He was nice and comfortable, so I didn’t want to pressure him. He responded and he got the job done. He’s a very nice horse and I want to thank all the connections for letting me ride."
"He (Courtier) was lathered a little before the race, but that’s always been him," said Kenny McCarthy, assistant to trainer Bill Mott. "He is nice and calm in a race and always within himself. I was a little surprised he wasn’t on the lead early but Joel could sense the top ones were going on. Like Bill says, don’t change anything that’s working but don’t force anything either."
Rallying from last, Ironicus exploded through the stretch to take the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga Race Course in a turf course record time Sept. 7. Watch Replay
Sent off as the even-money favorite, Ironicus was tipped out off of the hedge by jockey Javier Castellano turning for home before mowing them down, stopping the clock in 1:38.54 for 1 1/16 miles on turf labeled firm. Fourstardave held the previous record of 1:38.91 set July 29, 1991.
"I'm very proud of the track record, any time you can do something like that it goes on the horse's record and you can get somebody to maybe take a look at it," said trainer Shug McGaughey, who was winning the Baruch for the fourth time in his Hall of Fame career.
Whether you had time to handicap the Kentucky Downs card on Saturday or not, you'd have been better off just backing whatever Florent Geroux was riding. The talented Frenchman put on a clinic with a five-win day, highlighted by a clean sweep of the stakes.
From a Breeders' Cup perspective, the most interesting of the trio was the $300,000 More Than Ready Mile, won in grand style by comebacker Tourist. Unraced since his troubled 13th in last November's Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) -- where he was shoved out wide on the clubhouse turn -- the Bill Mott trainee could be better than ever now at four. The 2-1 second choice grabbed command early for Geroux, and that was the only challenge he saw. Once safely clear, he never looked back and readily widened his advantage to 3 3/4 lengths at the wire in a final time of 1:36.17 on the firm turf.
Wesley Ward's Undrafted, the 7-5 favorite in his first start since taking the June 20 Diamond Jubilee (G1) at Royal Ascot, was best of the rest. A near-miss third in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at about 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita, he's less likely to enjoy this year's renewal over 5 1/2 furlongs at Keeneland. Was this perhaps an experiment to see if the Breeders' Cup Mile could be a viable option? If so, you'd probably have wanted to see a better finishing punch.
Tourist was on an upward curve at this time a year ago as a sophomore. The son of Tiznow compiled a three-race winning streak, capped by a front-running coup in the Sir Cat at Saratoga. His skein was snapped in the Secretariat (G1), but he lost no luster when second to Aidan O'Brien's globetrotting Adelaide. There should be still more to come from the homebred, who races for his breeder, WinStar Farm, in partnership with Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber.
Bill Mott trainee White Rose tried the Glens Falls Stakes in 2013 when it was still just a listed race, and missed by half a length.
Two years later, the Tapit mare finally found her graded victory and did so in course record time Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, taking the 1 3/8-mile turf test in 2:11.46.
It was an overdue win for 9-1 White Rose, who races for Jake Ballis and long-time NBA player Rashard Lewis. In her sixth start this season, all stakes, five of them graded, the light gray runner entered Saturday's race off her best effort Aug. 8 when third in the Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes at the Spa.
Racing fourth along the hedge under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, White Rose had pacesetter Maximova to thank for a lively tempo up front early on. The leader went a quarter-mile in :23.69 and a half in :46.70, flying up the backside with a 3 1/2-length advantage and getting three-quarters in 1:10.57.
Harmonize won the $100,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes by four lengths in a driving rainstorm Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.
The winner, trained by Bill Mott, came from just off the pace to pass front-running favorite Ava's Kitten at the top of the stretch.
Harmonize was making her second career start and first in a stakes. Under jockey Junior Alvarado, she ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.41 over the turf course and returned $6.40, $3.30 and $2.80.
Thrilled, trained by Todd Pletcher, was second. She was 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Finn's Girl, who edged Ava's Kitten by a head for third. Thrilled paid $4.70 and $2.70, and Finn's Girl returned $3.90.
This was the 11th running of the P.G. Johnson, named for the Hall of Fame trainer who died in 2004 at 78 following a 60-year career.
Still going strong at age 8, Aliyu Ben J Stables’ homebred Lubash won the $150,000 West Point Stakes for a second time Aug. 28, scoring by a length from King Kreesa at Saratoga Race Course.
The West Point was one of six stakes for New York-breds carded on Saratoga’s 11-race program.
Trained by Christophe Clement, Lubash won the race in 2012 and went one better than last year’s runner-up finish. He stalked from fourth with Junior Alvarado aboard before collaring front-runner King Kreesa nearing the sixteenth pole. King Kreesa finished 1 1/2 lengths clear of third-place finisher and pacesetter Notacatbutallama.
A son of Freud, Lubash has compiled a career mark of 15-9-5 from 43 starts that includes 10 stakes wins and 13 stakes-placings. He came into the West Point off a 3 1/2-length win in a seven-furlong New York-bred allowance race June 26 at Belmont Park. Two starts ago, he won the Kingston Stakes by a length at Belmont.
Cheyenne Stables' Stormy Regatta rallied down the center of the track to win the $100,000 Riskaverse by a nose Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.
Trained by Christophe Clement and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Stormy Regatta ran a mile in 1:37.73 over a firm inner turf course. It was the second straight stakes win for the 3-year-old Midshipman filly and fourth consecutive stakes victory for meet-leading Ortiz.
Stormy Regatta paid $13.40, $5.50 and $3.10. Favored at 4-5 in the field of eight, Partisan Politics returned $2.80 and $2.20 for second. Lola Beaux who paid $5.10 to show.
In the co-feature, The Fields Stable's Bob Le Beau took the lead over the last of 10 jumps and drew off to win the Grade 1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap steeplechase by 7 1/4 lengths.
Ridden by Jack Doyle for trainer Elizabeth Voss, Bob Le Beau ran 2 3/8 miles in 4:35.09 and paid $14.40, $7.80 and $5.70. Schoodic returned $8.30 and $6.70, and Charminster paid $14.40.
Even-money Favorite Middleburg had been knocking at the door of graded stakes success in his three previous starts and finally broke through Aug. 23 at Monmouth Park in the $100,000 Cliff Hanger Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Joe Bravo kept the winner close to the pace throughout on the fence, and the son of Lemon Drop Kid was moved out to rally in early stretch. Driving strongly between battling frontrunners Special Envoy and Lochte in the final furlong, he was up in time to get the win by a neck.
Special Envoy, who stalked pacesetter Inchcape from second before leading off the turn, hung on for second in a one-two finish for homebreds campaigned by Mr. and Mrs. Bert Firestone.
Lochte, who tracked from third early, held for the show spot another neck back.
Too Discreet wore down front-running Bruised Orange and Don't Be So Salty in the stretch for a neck victory Friday in the $100,000 Schenectady for 2-year-old grass sprinters at Saratoga Race Course.
A full brother to Grade 1-winning millionaire Discreet Marq, also trained by Christophe Clement, Too Discreet ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.13 in his stakes debut over a grass course softened by overnight rain. Favored at even money in a field reduced to four by scratches, he paid $4.30 and $2.70.
It was the second win of the meet for Too Discreet, following his gate-to-wire debut victory over the same turf course Aug. 2. He earned $60,000 to push his career bankroll to $103,800.
Bruised Orange and Don't Be So Salty battled from the gate into deep stretch and were separated by a nose on the wire, with Bruised Orange returning $3.20 for second. There was no show wagering.
Montauk Cove completed the order of finish.
Danish Dynaformer shook off pacesetter Samuel Dechamplain into the stretch and romped away to an open-lengths victory in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the third jewel in Canada's Triple Crown, Aug. 16 at Woodbine.
With Patrick Husbands in the irons, Charles Fipke's homebred son of Dynaformer tracked the front-runner from several lengths back second, moved to challenge at the quarter pole, and sealed a runaway 7 3/4-length victory in the matter of few powerful strides.
Conquest Boogaloo was second rallying from last in the nine-horse field, and Lucky Lindy was third.
Trained by Roger Attfield, 3-year-old Danish Dynaformer covered 1 1/2-miles in 2:29.28 on firm turf.
The Breeders' Stakes completed Danish Dynaformer's trifecta of starts in all three races of the classic series for Canadian-breds as he finished a close second to Shaman Ghost in the Queen's Plate on the all-weather track July 5 at Woodbine and ran sixth behind Breaking Lucky in the Prince of Wales Stakes on dirt at Fort Erie July 28.