And so it goes with this year's 3-year-old Thoroughbreds: Five big races, five different winners.
Coil, a late-blooming son of Point Given, shipped across the country to win Sunday's $1 million, Grade I Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, defeated Preakness winner Shackleford and Belmont winner Ruler on Ice, who finished second and third.
And it was Stay Thirsty dominating Saturday's $500,000, Grade II Jim Dandy at Saratoga. Stay Thirsty had finished second to Ruler on Ice in the Belmont.
Meanwhile, Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is out for the year with an injury. And last year's juvenile champ, Uncle Mo, is finally back in training after an illness that knocked him out of the Triple Crown races.
Many, if not most, of those 3-year-olds are likely to hook up in the "Midsummer Derby" -- the Travers at Saratoga. Survivors from that showdown likely would move along to the Breeders' Cup Classic in November at Churchill Downs.
Here's how things went in the weekend battles:
Coil, normally a speed horse, missed the start in Sunday's Haskell and hit the first turn last of eight. That may not have been all bad as trainer Bob Baffert had taken the blinkers off the colt in an effort to moderate his speed. Jockey Martin Garcia let Coil find his stride down the backstretch, got outside on the turn engaged Shackleford for the lead in the stretch. Shackleford hung tough but couldn't last and Coil won by a neck. Ruler On Ice was 2 1/4 lengths farther back in third. Coil finished the 9 furlongs on a fast track in 1:48.20. Coil's sire, Point Given, won the Preakness, the Belmont, the Haskell and the Travers in 2001. Baffert, who picked up his fifth Haskell trophy, said his heart sank when Coil came out of the gate at the back of the field. "He didn't break well, and at that point I thought the race was over," Baffert said. "Down the backstretch, I thought he was going to have to be like his dad, Point Given, to win. In the stretch, when he was passing Shackleford, it was almost like I couldn't believe what I was seeing."
Stay Thirsty emerged from the shadow of stablemate Uncle Mo with an off-the-pace, stretch-running win in the Jim Dandy. Stay Thirsty burst onto the national scene during the 2010 Saratoga meeting, winning an August maiden race by 5 1/2 lengths, then finishing second to Boys At Tosconova in the Grade 1 Hopeful. However, he finished fifth in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile and 12th in the Kentucky Derby before rallying to finish second in the Belmont Stakes. Saturday, the Kentucky-bred Bernardini colt came out for running room entering the stretch and ran by the leaders, finishing 9 furlongs on a fast track in 1:48.78 for jockey Javier Castellano. Moonshine Man ran second as the longest shot on the tote board and Dominus finished third. "It was a breakthrough effort for Stay Thirsty," said winning trainer Todd Pletcher, who is working Uncle Mo back to shape in hopes of a return during the Spa meeting. "We always felt as if he had a performance like this in him … . I think he has established himself as one of the leaders in the division."
Tres Borrachos rallied three-wide into the lane in Saturday's $200,000, Grade II San Diego Handicap and was up in time to post the upset by 1 1/4 lengths over the favorite, Kevlar Kid. Spurrier finished third. Tres Borrachos, a 6-year-old, Kentucky-bred Ecton Park gelding, ran the 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather track in 1:42.71 with Rafael Bejarano in the irons. He was running for the first time for new owner George Hickler and trainer Marty Jones. Jones noted Tres Borrachos finished second in the 2009 Hollywood Gold Cup "so class wasn't something we were concerned about." Asked about the Grade I Pacific Classic, Jones said, "We've definitely got to look at it, the way he ran today."
Other races with potential impact on the Breeders' Cup World Championships and other year-end races:
Ask the Moon got the jump on a half dozen rivals in Sunday's $250,000, Grade I Ruffian Invitational at Saratoga and when the trailers tried to close the gap at the top of the stretch, the long shot leader was having none of it. With Javier Castellano rationing her speed, Ask the Moon had plenty left and won off by 5 3/4 lengths. Super Espresso rallied for second. Tis Miz Sue finished third but was disqualified to fourth, promoting the favorite, Payton d'Oro to show money. Ask the Moon, a 6-year-old, Maryland-bred Malibu Moon mare, ran 9 furlongs on a fast track in 1:50.46. The win came just six weeks after she was claimed for $75,000 by Farnsworth Stable and provided Ask the Moon a guaranteed berth in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic. "She's a beautiful mare, that's why I claimed her," winning trainer Marty Wolfson said by telephone from Monmouth Park. He said he will bring Ask the Moon back in the Grade I Personal Ensign on Aug. 28.
The European mile division looked like a tough one going into the season and events are proving that analysis right. And the main reason is not three-time defending Breeders' Cup champion mare Goldikova, or even Canford Cliffs, who defeated Goldikova at Ascot. Rather, it's 3-year-old sensation Frankel -- a Juddmonte Farms Galileo colt named for the late American trainer Bobby Frankel and now undefeated in eight starts after thrashing Canford Cliffs on the square in Wednesday's Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. It was virtually a match race, with only four starters and two real contenders, and that worked to Frankel's advantage. With Tom Queally up, Frankel took the lead and set a modest pace. Canford Cliffs, under Richard Hughes, would rather have stalked a more sharply contested early going but was forced to tag along with the leader. Coming out of the single bend, Frankel quickened easily and scooted home with only minor encouragement. Canford Cliffs finished 5 lengths back while Frankel stopped the timer in 1:37.57. Rio De La Plata and Rajsaman completed the order of finish. It was Frankel's first try against older horses. "He's the best I've ever seen," said winning trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, who has seen more than a few. "I think he'll get a mile and a quarter and whether he has one more run or two we'll have to see. He is in the Juddmonte International at York [on Aug. 17] and he's 50/50 to go there and all being well he'll go to Ascot at the end of the year for either the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes [at 1 mile] or Champion Stakes [1 1/4 miles]. We'll see what the Prince [Khalid Abdulla] wants to do. It's his horse. I just train him."
Meanwhile, Goldikova continued on her merry way with a geared-down victory in Sunday's Group 1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville on the French seaside. It was her fourth straight win in that race -- a feat that trainer Freddy Head hopes to duplicate in November's Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs. With Olivier Peslier up, Goldikova ran behind stablemate Flash Dance until the final quarter mile of Sunday's race, then kicked quickly into gear and was allowed to coast home a winner by a short neck over Sahpresa. Timepiece was third. Goldikova finished the mile on good going in 1:34.30. The win put the 6-year-old Anabaa mare back on the right path after a loss to Canford Cliffs in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 14.
Back in the States, Yummy With Butter wore down pacesetting Sayif late in Sunday's $200,000, Grade III Oceanport Stakes at Monmouth Park and edged clear to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Baryshnikov was third and Workin For Hops finished fourth. Yummy With Butter, a 7-year-old, Ontario-bred Silvador gelding, ran the 1 1/16 miles on firm going in 1:50.98 with Paco Lopez aboard. "He was training like a Grade I horse," said winning trainer Yvon Belsour, despite the fact Yummy With Butter hadn't won since 2009. "And this was a Grade III race, so I was pretty confident." Belsour said the winner will point to the Grade III Cliffhanger Sept. 4.
Sidney's Candy led from the start in Sunday's $150,000, Grade II Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga, cruised through soft fractions and got home first by 1 1/4 lengths over Moryba. Beau Choix was third. Sidney's Candy, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Candy Ride colt, finished the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:43.25 with John Velazquez up. Sidney's Candy was recently acquired by Win Star Farms and moved from California to Todd Pletcher's barn. Pletcher said he will consider the 7-furlong Forego or the 1 1/8-mile Woodward -- both on Sept. 3 at the Spa. "It's pretty rare that you have a horse that does everything as well as he does that's very, very good on three different surfaces," the trainer added.
Filly & Mare Turf
Midday made a little piece of history Saturday at Goodwood in England, winning the Group 1 Nassau Stakes for the third straight year. With Tom Queally up for trainer Sir Henry Cecil, Midday settled in third through the early furlongs, letting Barefoot Lady make the early going. The 5-year-old Oasis Dream mare moved into a challenging position with 3 furlongs to run, got the lead with a quarter mile to go and easily held off an improving Snow Fairy to win by 2 lengths. Principal Role came home third, 1 1/4 lengths farther back. Crystal Capella, Barefoot Lady and Field Day completed the order of finish. Misty For Me was scratched. The almost 10-furlong event was clocked in 2:07.72. "If Midday is well, then we will think about going to the Yorkshire Oaks and we will feel our way from there," Sir Henry said. "All options are open including the Irish Champion Stakes and the Breeders' Cup again. The races are there for her and we will just feel our way and see how we go. She will tell me and I won't tell her. You don't tell women what to do." Midday won the 2009 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita and finished second to upsetter Shared Account last year at Churchill Downs.
Zagora worked her way through about half of the field in Saturday's $500,000, Grade I Diana Handicap at Saratoga, got to the front with a furlong to run and held off Aruna late to score by 1 1/2 lengths. Bay to Bay finished third, a neck farther back, and the favorite, Unbridled Humor, faded from the lead to get home seventh. Zagora, a 4-year-old, French-bred filly by Green Tune, ran the 9 furlongs on good turf in 1:49.19 with Javier Castellano up. Zagora entered the race off four second- or third-place finishes in graded stakes since being shipped to the United States from France, where she was a Group 3 winner. She entered the Diana off a head defeat in the Grade 2 New York at Belmont Park on June 25. "She was running with very good horses in Europe," winning trainer Chad Brown said. "So it was just a matter of time for her to fully acclimate over here, maybe get lucky with a trip, find the ground she liked. Everything came together today."
Romacaca stalked a pacesetting long shot in Sunday's $200,000, Grade III Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes at Monmouth Park, took charge when asked by jockey E.T. Baird and won by 1 1/4 lengths over Ravi's Song. Perfect Shirl finished third and the favorite, C.S. Silk, never fired and was eased at the end. Romacaca, a 5-year-old, Florida-bred Running Stag mare, finished the 1 1/8 miles on firm turf in 1:46.54. It was her fifth straight win, including the Miss Liberty Stakes at Monmouth in her previous start. "She's a super nice filly to have," winning trainer Nick Canani said. "She raced great"
Winter Memories -- an ironic name for this mid-summer in Upstate New York -- rallied from last to win Wednesday's $150,000, Grade II Lake George Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 4 1/2 lengths over Bellamy Star. More Than Real finished third. Winter Memories, a Kentucky-bred El Prado filly, ran the 1 1/16 miles on the "good" inner turf in 1:41.57 with Jose Lezcano up. Her dam, Memories of Silver, won the same race 15 years earlier. Winner trainer Jimmy Toner said the Lake Placid, a Grade II on Aug. 21 at the Spa, will "be our schedule. Our main goal has always been the Queen Elizabeth [at Keeneland]. Her mother won the Queen Elizabeth and we're hoping to do the same thing."
Marketing Mix drove to the lead at the top of the stretch in Sunday's $250,000 (Canadian) Wonder Where Stakes for Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies, then easily drew off to win by 4 3/4 lengths, ridden out. Spooky Kitten was second as the favorite and Hoi An finished third. Marketing Mix, a Medaglia d'Oro filly, ran the 1 1/4 miles on firm turf in 2:01.21 with Patrick Husbands up for trainer Tom Proctor. "I breezed her going into the Oaks and she was a very aggressive filly," Husbands said. "Today, the word from the trainer was to get her to relax and put her behind horses. We drew the outside and she was relaxed the whole way."
Danedream won the Grosser Preis von Berlin in Germany on July 24 by 5 lengths, defeating older horses and males and making a case for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf this fall. Danedream, a 3-year-old daughter of Lomitas, was rated in the middle of the field through much of the race, came to the lead late in the stretch run and drew off under jockey Andreas Starke. She finished 2,400 meters on "good" turf in 2:33.50. The favorite, Scalo, finished second with a late run. Winning trainer Peter Schiergen said Danedream is entered for the Breeders' Cup and that is the end-of-year target for the filly.
Euroears not only bounced back successfully from his Dubai trip in Sunday's $250,000, Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar -- he did it in track-record time. With Rafael Bejarano up, the 7-year-old, Kentucky-bred Langfuhr horse went quickly to the front, blazed away and wasn't challenged. At the line he was 1 1/4 lengths better than Smiling Tiger. Amazombie finished third. Euroears got the 6 furlongs in 1:08.17, beating the old record of 1:08.29 set by Cost of Freedom three years ago. "That's his style and he ran a huge race today," Baffert assistant Mike Marlow said. Marlow said Euroears had time to recover from his second-place finish in the Dubai Golden Shaheen on March 26 "and he runs well fresh. This track today wasn't favoring that kind of performance. But it didn't look like he was extended that much even at the wire." Marlow said the Bing Crosby later in the meet is the likely next race for Euroears.
Filly & Mare Sprint
Sugarinthemorning led from the start in Saturday's $100,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies, drawing clear at the end to win by 3 1/4 lengths over Magic School. Zenidekka finished third. Sugarinthemorning, a Candy Ride filly, got the 7 furlongs in 1:22.90 with Patrick Valenzuela aboard for trainer Ron McAnally. "She's a pretty filly," said McAnally, who won his 74th Del Mar stakes, tying him for second on that list with Charlie Whittingham, behind only Bob Baffert. "You just can't race her too close together. Other than that, she has done everything right. It might be too short a meet to run again here, but we'll see."
Ben's Cat caught the dueling leaders in the final yards of Saturday's $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup at Penn National, winning by a neck over Cardashi. It was another neck back to Car Thief and yet another neck to Awakino Cat in fourth. Ben's Cat, a 5-year-old, Maryland-bred Parker's Storm Cat gelding, ran the 5 furlongs on firm turf in 56.48 seconds with Jeremy Rose handling the reins for trainer King Leatherbury.
Great Mills and Fudgesicle dueled down the stretch in Thursday's $78,000 Quick Call Stakes for 3-year-olds at Saratoga before Great Mills prevailed in the final jumps by a head. Bug Juice finished third. Great Mills, a Kentucky-bred War Front colt, ran the 5 1/2 furlongs on firm going in 1:01.31 with Julien Leparoux aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Bourbon Bay saved ground into the stretch turn in Friday's $125,000, Grade III Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar, split horses and drew off late to win by 2 3/4 lengths. Dahoud led the way in the 1 1/2-mile event and held second, 1 1/2 lengths better than the favorite, Setsuko. Bourbon Bay, a 5-year-old, Kentucky-bred Sligo Bay gelding, finished in track-record time of 2:29.39 with Joe Talamo on the reins. Winning trainer Neil Drysdale said Bourbon Bay had some "difficult trips" when finishing 11th in the Sheema Classic in Dubai on March 26 and the July 2 United Nations at Monmouth, when he was fourth. "So we just wanted to get his confidence back and felt that this would be a really nice race to get his confidence back up." Although the race is a "Win and You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Marathon, Drysdale said that race is less than likely. "He's more of a turf horse," the conditioner said.
Buongiorno Johnny tracked the pace in Sunday's $150,000 (Canadian) Vandal Stakes for Ontario foals at Woodbine, hooked up with stablemate Maritimer in the stretch run and prevailed over that one by a head. Making Amends was third and pacesetter Everyday Dave, a new arrival from Ascot, finished fourth. Buongiorno Johnny, a Mr. Greeley colt, ran the 6 furlongs on the all-weather track in 1:10.27 under Tyler Pizarro. He now has a win and a second from two starts.
Broadway King opened a big lead in Saturday night's $60,000 John Franks Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old colts and gelding sold at the March Evangeline Downs sale, then just held on to win by a neck over Zip Motion. Saint Mardi Gras finished third. Broadway King, a K One King gelding, ran 5 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:04.45 with Trey Agilar up.
Desert Road had things all his own way in the stretch run in Sunday's $149,250 Rio Grande Senor Futurity for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs. After tracking the pace, the Desert God gelding gave the field the slip, winning by 3 1/4 lengths. That's Who was second and Band of Glory finished third. Desert Road ran 5 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:05.47 with Ricardo Jaime riding.
Doug's Buddy was the clear class of Saturday's $60,000 (Canadian) Edmonton Juvenile, leading early and winning off by 6 lengths. Congrats Man and Silver Baubles completed the triactor. Doug's Buddy, a Kentucky-bred Badge of Silver colt out of the Forest Wildcat mare Floral Park, ran the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:12 with Rico Walcott in the irons.
Misty Michelle started well back in a big field in Friday night's $60,000 John Franks Memorial for Evangeline Downs sales graduates, advanced along the outside and wore down pacesetting Body By Isabelle to win by 3/4 of a length. It was a ways back to Gone Kitty in third. Misty Michelle, a Louisiana-bred K One King filly out of the Honour and Glory mare Mist of Honour, ran 5 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:06.19 with Gerard Melancon up.
Claresmiezie led all the way to a 15 1/4-lengths drubbing of six rivals in Friday's $50,000 (Canadian) Princess Margaret Stakes at Northlands Park in Alberta. Spirits West was next-best with Leolas Girl third. Claresmiezie, a Kentucky-bred Forestry filly out of the Deputy Minister mare Deputy of Wood, ran the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:12 with Fernando Perez up and could be an attractive prospect for better things.
Harbingerofthings led all the way to a handy 1 3/4-length victory over Play Eighteen in Saturday's $50,000 Jamestown Stakes for Virginia-breds at Colonial Downs. With Julian Pimentel up, the Rockport Harbor filly got the 5 1/2 furlongs on firm turf in 1:04.47.
Our Flying Angel dueled her way to the lead in Sunday's $156,290 Senorita Rio Grande Futurity for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs, then flew home to win by 2 1/4 lengths. Sandia Sonata finished second and Roll Bloomers Roll was third. Our Flying Angel, a daughter of Abajo, ran the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05.55 under Jimmy Coates.
In other racing:
Opinion Poll topped a 1-2 finish for Godolphin in the Group 2 Goodwood Cup on Thursday. The winner, Opinion Poll settled in midfield in the 2-mile contest until 3 furlongs remained. At that point, jockey Frankie Dettori began to go to work on his mount, who steadily advanced to take the lead 1 furlong out. Lost In the Moment got within a head at the wire and Blue Bajan finished third. Opinion Poll stopped the timer in 3:23.85. Winning trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni commented, "Frankie said to me, 'I will win the race, I know the horse very well and he will stay'. Frankie is always good in the big races, even when he is injured. He did brilliant, he was very patient. We have a good horse and a good jockey, with that you can win the race." Dettori was riding with a broken toe.
Famous Name came to Germany hoping to add a Group 1 win to his already prestigious record. Sent off the 4-5 favorite in Sunday's Dallmayr-Preis at Munich, Famous Name unleashed his usual run late but was unable to catch pacesetting Durban Thunder and settled for second, 1 1/2 lengths in arrears. Durban Thunder, a German-bred, 5-year-old son of Samum, got his sixth win from 12 career starts, finishing 2,000 meters on soft going in 2:06.39.
Icabad Crane came from last in a scratch-shortened field of five to win Monday's $75,000 Evan Shipman Stakes for New York-breds by a nose over Stormy's Majesty. Mine Over Matter finished third. Icabad Crane, a 6-year-old Jump Start gelding out of the Rahy mare Adorahy, got the 9 furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:51.42. The morning-line favorite, Friend or Foe, was among the scratches and trainer John Kimmel reportedly is pointing that one to Saturday's Whitney. "I knew it was going to take a lot for my horse to catch up," winning rider Rajiv Maragh said. "The other horse had put quite of bit of separation between himself and the field. But my horse ran as hard as he could. He's such a hard trier."
My Redbyrd rallied from far back to upset Saturday's $75,000 Hattie Moseley Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, scoring by 3/4 of a length over Ruthenia. The favorite, Starformer, finished third. My Redbyrd, a Kentucky-bred Royal Academy filly, got the mile on good turf in 1:37.90 with Julien Leparoux up for trainer John Terranova.
Calimonco came to engage pacesetter John Johny Jak with a 16th to go in Wednesday's $85,000 Wickerr Stakes and prevailed by a nose despite winning jockey Victor Espinoza losing his whip in the late going. Victory Pete finished third and the favorite, Blue Chagall, settled for fourth. Calimonco, a 5-year-old, Kentucky-bred son of Storm Cat, ran the mile on firm turf in 1:34.07. He had been running in optional claimers on the East Coast and in Canada before being moved to California this spring.
Anne's Beauty stayed close to the pace in Saturday's $150,000 (Canadian) Duchess Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, came by the leaders with little urging in the stretch run and went on to win by 2 lengths over Honey Chile. Elusive Pearl finished third. Anne's Beauty, a Kentucky-bred Artie Schiller filly, ran the 7 furlongs on the all-weather track in 1:22.83 under Patrick Husbands.
Queen Street Beach came around the leaders at the top of the stretch in Wednesday's $125,000 (Canadian) Deputy Minister Stakes for 3-year-olds and drove to the lead, scoring by a half length over the pacesetter, Altius. Old Blue Eyes was third. Queen Street Beach, a Florida-bred Paynes Bay gelding, got the 7 furlongs on the all-weather track in 1:22.88 with Husbands riding.
Breathless Storm stalked the pace in Sunday's $100,000 Jersey Derby, rallied to the lead on the turn and got clear in the stretch run to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Beachcombing finished second, 2 3/4 lengths better than Moonhanger. Breathless Storm, a Kentucky-bred Storm Cat colt, ran 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:41.06 with Paco Lopez up.
Quiet Giant took command in the stretch run of Sunday's $100,000 Lady's Secret Stakes for fillies and mares, winning off by 6 3/4 lengths over Lacie Slew. Debonaire Darling finished third. Quiet Giant, a 4-year-old, Virginia-bred Giant's Causeway filly, ran the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1:41.54 for jockey Julien Leparoux.
Soaring Empire came from last of six to win Sunday's $100,000 Majestic Light Stakes by 3/4 of a length, winning a stretch battle with Kensei. Cactus Charlie finished third. Soaring Empire, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Empire Maker colt, ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.68 with Leparoux up.
Magical Feeling rallied from well back to upset Sunday's $100,000 Regret Stakes for fillies and mares, winning a head over Bronx City Girl. Love That Dance finished third. Magical Feeling, with Roberto Alvarado Jr. aboard, ran the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:08.63. She is a 5-year-old, Kentucky-bred Empire Maker mare.
Force Freeze stalked the pace in Sunday's $100,000 Teddy Drone Stakes, dueled to the lead three-wide and left the rest in the lane, winning by 4 lengths. Jersey Town finished second, 1 1/2 lengths better than Ravalo. Paco Lopez steered Force Freeze, a 6-year-old, Kentucky-bred Forest Camp gelding, over 6 furlongs in 1:07.77 -- just 0.3 second off the track record.
Tiger Cat Lilly dueled for the lead through much of Saturday's $66,100 Crank It Up Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, then got clear at the end to win by 1 3/4 lengths over Cofachiqui. Holiday for Kitten finished third. Tiger Cat Lilly, a Kentucky-bred Tale of the Cat filly, got the 5 1/2 furlongs on firm turf in 1:03.16.
Live In Joy got past pacesetter Crimson Knight in the final sixteenth of Saturday's $100,000 Capital City Stakes for 3-year-olds, winning by 1 1/4 lengths. Kentucky Rein finished third. Live In Joy, a Kentucky-bred Kitten's Joy colt, ran the mile on firm turf in 1:34.23 with Jeremy Rose up.
Poseidon's Warrior had things pretty much as he wished in Saturday's $100,000 East Hanover Stakes for 3-year-olds, leading from the early furlongs and winning off by 6 1/4 lengths, ridden out by Frankie Pennington. Matthewsburg was second with Herp third. Poseidon's Warrior, a Maryland-bred Speightstown colt, got the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.36.
Salary Drive drove from last of nine to win Friday's $100,000 Dauphin Miss Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, outlasted fellow late-runner Artemus Kitten by 2 lengths. The favorite, Naples Bay, was third. Salary Drive, a Kentucky-bred Mizzen Mast filly, ran the mile on soft turf in 1:36.12 under Charles Lopez. The first seven finishers in the race all had their last start at different tracks -- Monmouth, Canterbury, Belmont, Indiana, Arlington, Delaware and Charles Town.
Inspired shook free to a short lead over Bounding Bi in Friday's $100,000 Jenny Wade Handicap for fillies and mares, then withstood a renewed effort from that rival to win by a neck. Suzzona finished third. Inspired, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Unbridled's Song filly, ran the 5 furlongs on soft turf in 57.42 seconds with Roberto Alvarado Jr. in the irons.
Apple Charlotte rallied outside the leaders into the stretch run in Friday's $100,000 Red Carpet Stakes for distaffers to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Sugar Again also made up a lot of ground late to take second and complete a sweet exacta. Joharmony finished third. Apple Charlotte, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Smart Strike filly, got the 1 1/16 miles on soft turf in 1:44.23 for jockey Sheldon Russell.
Jealous Girl led all the way and was not seriously challenged in Friday's $100,000 Femme Fatale Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. At the wire, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Petionville was 5 lengths to the good of runner-up Grand Kisses with Deco Rocks another 8 1/2 lengths back in third. Jealous Girl, with Jeremy Rose up, ran the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.13.
Calder Race Course
Battle of Love won the battle of the stretch run in Saturday's $75,000 Three Ring Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, drawing off late to win by 3 1/4 lengths despite drifting out late. Callmethesqueeze was second and early leader Prize Informant finished third. The favorite, White Merlot, got home fourth. Battle of Love, a Kentucky-bred A.P. Warrior filly, finished 1 mile and 70 yards on a fast track in 1:44.28 with Ruben Silvera up.
Trip for A.J. stalked the pace in Saturday's off-the-turf, $55,000 Ms. Brookski Stakes, then quickly put paid to her four rivals, driving to an 8 1/4-length win. Snow Trial finished second with Delightful Dawn third. Six entrants were scratched after the surface change. Trip for A.J., a 4-year-old, Florida-bred Trippi filly, ran the mile on a fast main track in 1:40.82 with Juan Leyva in the irons.
Decisive Moment relaxed off the pace in Saturday's $75,000 El Kaiser Stakes for 3-year-olds, moved to the lead a sixteenth from home and held on by 3/4 of a length over Chiseled Light. Pacesetter Andersonstate salvaged third. Decisive Moment, a Florida-bred With Distinction colt, ran the 1 mile and 70 yards in 1:45.57 under Daniel Centeno.
A She's Adorable rallied from well back to take Sunday's $75,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes for fillies and mares by 5 3/4 lengths over Silent Candy. Avenue Sister got home third. A She's Adorable, a 5-year-old, Kentucky-bred Johar mare, ran the mile on firm turf in 1:36.53 with James Graham up.
Sheso Dazzling pressed the pace in Sunday's $50,000 Princess Elaine Stakes for Minnesota Distaffers, dueled through the stretch and got home first by a neck over Tickleyourfancy. Tez Savitri finished third. Sheso Dazzling, a 4-year-old Dazzling Falls filly, ran 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:45.64 with Derek Bell aboard.
Doing Great did pretty well in Saturday's $50,000 Oakley Stakes for state-bred distaffers, winning off by 6 1/2 lengths over Miss Oil. Seaside was third. Doing Great, a 3-year-old Great Ocean filly, ran 5 1/2 furlongs on firm going in 1:02.05 under Julian Pimentel.
Silver Tie Affair rallied from next-last to win Saturday's $50,000 Daniel Van Clief Stakes for Virginia-breds by a length over Chedi. With Alex Cintron riding, Silver Tie Affair covered 1 1/16 miles on the firm turf in 1:43.15. The winner is a 5-year-old, gray gelding by Black Tie Affair out of the Cozzene mare Silver Design.
Deputy Fling sat off a pace duel in Saturday's $50,000 Bert Allen Stakes for Virginia-breds, then took over late, drawing clear to win by 4 1/2 lengths. Magic Norman finished second. Deputy Fling, a 3-year-old Deputy Storm gelding, finished 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass in 1:02.63 with Eric Camacho handling the reins.
Embarr rallied from last to win Saturday's $50,000 Brookmeade Stakes for state-bred distaffers by a neck over In the Rough. With Luis Colon in the irons, the 3-year-old Royal Academy filly got the mile on the firm inner turf in 1:36.28.
Inhisglory pressed the pace in Saturday's $50,000 (Canadian) Count Lathum Handicap for 3-year-olds, then locked up with Freedoms Traveller in long stretch duel before prevailing by a nose. It was far back to Call Me Later in third. Inhisglory, a Kentucky-bred Pure Prize gelding, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:45 4/5 with Richard Hamel in the irons.
Embellished got by pacesetting long shot Maegans Princesses in the late going of Sunday's $50,000 (Canadian) Northlands Oaks and went on to win by 2 1/2 lengths over that rival. The favorite, Castinette Dancer, made up a lot of ground late but finished third, another 2 1/2 lengths back. Embellished, a Kentucky-bred Bellamy Road filly, ran the mile on a fast track in 1:39 1/5 with Heribert Martinez riding.
Startin Something came to the lead in the stretch run in Saturday's $50,000 Horizon Stakes for Ohio-bred 3-year-olds and won by a length over Flopsy. Johnny Slots finished third. Startin Something, a Musical Dreamer filly, ran 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:45.41 with Cesar Camaque aboard.
Outofgoodbyes said good bye to seven rivals early in Saturday's $50,000 Isadorable Stakes for Mass-bred fillies and mares and maintained the comfortable advantage to the wire. Sociano's Treasure was 1 1/2 lengths back in second with the favorite, Dreamin Dixie, third. Outofgoodbyes, a 4-year-old Out of Place filly, ran the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:13.81 with Luis Garcia aboard.
Halo Dolly shook free in the lane in Saturday's $50,000 Diamond Jubilee Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, scooting away to a 5 1/2-length win over Can Do It Again. Windy Sails tacked home third. Halo Dolly, a Cal-bed Popular filly, was clocked in 1:44.86 for 1 1/16 miles of firm turf. Russell Baze had the mount for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Victoryasecret led all the way in Sunday's $50,000 Luther Burbank Handicap for fillies and mares, then just held off Bleach Blonde at the end to win by a neck. U R All That I Am finished third. Victoryasecret, a 6-year-old, Kentucky-bred Victory Gallop mare, ran 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:45.19 under Kevin Krigger.