NEW YORK (AP) — Kenzadargent, the 2-5 favorite, easily won the $78,400 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park on Wednesday.
California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes, will break from the rail in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby Sept. 20 at Parx Racing, not exactly the most ideal draw for the even-money morning-line favorite.
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Wake Up Nick rallied to win the $103,900 Barretts Juvenile by 2 3/4 lengths, improving to 5-0 at Los Alamitos on Sunday.
Third in last year’s Ricoh Woodbine Mile behind Wise Dan, British invader Trade Storm came from off the pace to claim the top prize over Kaigun on the turf at the Toronto-area track Sept. 14.
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — War Correspondent took the lead on the far turn and drew off in the stretch to score an easy win in the $37,800 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Saturday, beating Sharp Omar by four lengths.
In his final work before he resumes racing in the upcoming $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, 2014 dual classic winner California Chrome drilled six furlongs handily in 1:13 ⅘ the morning of Sept. 13 at Los Alamitos.
Kaigun, winner of the Play the King Stakes in his first graded score for trainer Mark Casse, heads a field of 11 as the 5-2 favorite for the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile Sept. 14 at Woodbine.
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Pearl de Vere rallied to win the $47,854 feature by 1¼ lengths, giving apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke one of his two victories at Los Alamitos on Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — La Madrina and jockey Javier Castellano beat Expression by three lengths on Wednesday in the $78,400 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.
Following in the footsteps of Zagora and Alterite comes Xcellence, as owner Martin Schwartz seeks to win the $500,000 Sands Point Stakes Sept. 13 for 3-year-old fillies with a European import entrusted to trainer Chad Brown.
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Tribal Gal led all the way to win the $75,250 Orange County Stakes by a half-length at Los Alamitos on Sunday.
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Soi Phet won the $200,750 Los Alamitos Mile by 7 1/4 lengths in a track-record time at Los Alamitos on Saturday.
Readying for his return to racing later in two weeks in Pennsylvania, dual classic winner California Chrome worked a strong six furlongs between races Sept. 6 at Los Alamitos.
Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice, a classic winner last year and winner of this year’s Metropolitan Handicap in dramatic fashion, has been retired.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Racing Association says an exercise rider has died after he was thrown from a horse during training at Belmont Park.
A rule that would limit use of the riding crop by jockeys during races is expected to be put in place at the upcoming 24-day Santa Anita Park autumn meet to begin Sept. 26.
Competitive Edge lived up to his 3-5 odds with a no-doubt-about-it romp in the $350,000 Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds on closing day of the Saratoga Race Course summer meet Sept. 1.
Miss Serendipity rallied to win the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap for older fillies and mares by 1¼ lengths at Del Mar on Monday, with jockey Brice Blanc aboard his first mount in five weeks. Blanc had been Miss Serendipity’s regular rider since last winter, but after he hurt his shoulder in a spill on July 25, Rafael Bejarano picked up the mount for the John C. Mabee Stakes, in which she finished sixth. The victory, worth $120,000, increased Miss Serendipity’s career earnings to $493,600, with seven wins in 26 starts. She was relaxed out there, so I wasn’t too concerned.” In the $150,000 I’m Smokin Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds, 2-5 favorite Wake Up Nick battled back along the rail after being passed in the upper stretch to win by a half-length.
Unheralded as the 17-1 second longest shot on the board, Dye and Venneri Racing’s homebred Midnight Storm quickly made an impression with a 3 1/4-length wire job in his stakes debut in Sunday’s Grade 2, $300,750 Del Mar Derby.
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Midnight Storm won the $300,000 Del Mar Derby by 3¼ lengths on Sunday, and Rafael Bejarano rode six winners on the card.
Sunset Glow won the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante for 2-year-old fillies by a neck over Her Emmynency on Saturday. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Sunset Glow ran seven furlongs on Polytrack in 1:23.12 and paid $3.80, $3 and $2.40 as the 4-5 favorite. She got a little tired at the end, but she’s the kind that will probably run on.” Sunset Glow led all the way in winning the Sorrento Stakes earlier in the Del Mar meet for trainer Wesley Ward, who plans to return the filly to his Kentucky base.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Miss Frost led from start to finish in a 4 3/4-length victory Friday in the $100,000 Riskaverse at Saratoga Race Course.
Sunset Glow handled her rivals in the Sorrento Stakes with consummate ease over the Del Mar Polytrack, and she is a standout among the field of untried 2-year-old fillies entered for the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante Aug. 30.
New Zealand jockey David Walker has been charged with betting on a rival horse and restraining his own mount to ensure he won the wager in a race at Palmerston North two weeks ago. “It is the Race Integrity Unit (RIU)’s contention that Mr Walker placed bets on another horse “St Ransom” and deliberately rode his horse to ensure his bets were successful,” the RIU said in a statement on Thursday. RIU general manager Mike Godber has recommended to New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing that Walker’s racing licence be suspended pending the investigation. “The allegations before Mr Walker are serious and threaten the very fabric of thoroughbred racing,” he said.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Horse Makari fell after clipping the final fence and died on the track Monday during the Grade 1 $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup.
Shared Belief recorded his sixth victory from as many career starts while facing his sternest test to date — Sunday’s Grade 1, $1,001,250 Pacific Classic going 1 1/4 miles against older, more experienced runners.
One week after Hardest Core won the Arlington Million, another son of Hard Spun locked up a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Turf — Big John B, who turned Saturday’s Grade 2, $201,250 Del Mar Handicap into a rout.
Big John B swept to the lead in the upper stretch and cruised to a 5¼-length victory in the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap on Saturday, earning an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf this fall. Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Big John B ran 1 3/8 on the turf in 2:12.81 and paid $5.20, $3.80 and $2.80 as the 8-5 favorite. Bench Light returned $8.40 and $5, while Bright Thought was another neck back in third and paid $3.80 to show. The 5-year-old gelding is trained by Phil D’Amato.
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Ann of the Dance rallied to win the $95,600 CTT & TOC Handicap by a nose at Del Mar on Friday.