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First Captain caps weekend horse racing with Dwyer win

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Robert Kieckhefer, UPI Racing Writer
First Captain wins Monday's Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park, opening the door to the Jim Dandy and Travers at Saratoga. Photo by Chelsea Durand, courtesy of New York Racing Association
First Captain wins Monday's Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park, opening the door to the Jim Dandy and Travers at Saratoga. Photo by Chelsea Durand, courtesy of New York Racing Association

July 6 (UPI) -- A brilliant holiday weekend of racing ended in a burst of fireworks Monday, with Gamine and Gufo posting convincing wins a continent apart and First Captain bidding to join the ranks of top 3-year-olds during the summer at Saratoga.

St Mark's Basilica whipped some classy older horses in the Group 1 Coral Eclipse in England while some other top trans-Atlantic raiders landed in New York for the coming weekend's rich festivities on the Belmont Park turf.

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With so much to cover, we'd better get things going.

Classic

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As the long Independence Day weekend drew to a close, First Captain celebrated by remaining undefeated after three starts with an off-the-pace victory in Monday's $250,000 Grade III Dwyer Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.

Ridin With Biden made the early lead in the 1-mile affair with First Captain racing fourth of five. In the stretch run, jockey Jose Ortiz got First Captain up to flank speed and he breezed on to the lead and a 1 3/4-lengths victory. Ridin With Biden held second by 1/2 length over Snow House.

First Captain, a Curlin colt out of the A.P. Indy mare America, bred and part-owned by Bobby Flay, ran 1 mile on a fast track in 1:36.19. He has made three starts, all at Belmont starting April 24, and won them all.

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Trainer Shug McGaughey said that might be enough to see First Captain join the more established stars in the big Saratoga 3-year-old races -- the $600,000 Grade II Jim Dandy on July 31 and the $1.25 million Grade 1 Runhappy Travers Stakes on Aug. 28.

"We'll take a look at it," McGaughey said. "I'll see how he comes back and how he is when he gets up there. That would be the best-case scenario. I'm glad to get this one."

There also was serious action among the older denizens of the Classic Division.

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Max Player wore down odds-on favorite Mystic Guide in the final sixteenth of Saturday's $400,000 Grade II Suburban at Belmont Park, winning by a neck. It was another 2 1/2 lengths to previously undefeated Happy Saver in third.

Max Player, a 4-year-old Honor Code colt, ran 1 1/4 miles on a sloppy, sealed track in 2:01.95 with Ricardo Santana Jr. riding.

Max Player and Mystic Guide both spent the early part of the year in the Middle East -- Max Player finishing 11th in the Saudi Cup in February, Mystic Guide winning the Dubai World Cup a month later.

Max Player returned home to finish sixth in the Pimlico Special May 14 while Mystic Guide had not raced since the Dubai triumph.

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"He's kind of a funny horse," said Toby Sheets, assistant to winning trainer Steve Asmussen.

"He always has more, but sometimes he doesn't give it. He had a clear trip today and that helped so much. He finished well. He needed a little confidence builder and he got one today. He ran a nice race."

Mystic Guide's trainer, Mike Stidham, said the layoff and the off track made things tough. "We're going onward and rolling toward the Breeders' Cup. We'll see how he comes out of it and then start talking about what's next," Stidham said.

The Suburban was a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Longines Breedres' Cup Classic on Nov. 6 at Del Mar.

Knicks Go got up and went in Friday night's $300,000 Grade III Prairie Meadows Cornhusker. Leading from the early stages under Joel Rosario, the 5-year-old son of Paynter was out front by 3 lengths, then 8, then 10 1/4 lengths under the wire.

Last Judgment and Rated R Superstar completed the trifecta. Knicks Go got 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:47.33.

The Cornhusker was a bit of class relief for Knicks Go, owned by the Korea Racing Authority and destined eventually for stud duty for that group.

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After winning the Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile last fall and the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup in January, he finished fourth in both the $20 million Saudi Cup and Grade I Met Mile. The Maryland-bred, acquired for $87,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, has earned nearly $3.5 million on the track.

The Cornhusker, originally run at Ak-Sar-Ben in Omaha, has a distinguished roster of past winners including Roses in May (2004), who won the Group 1 Dubai World Cup the following year; Black Tie Affair (1991), whose six-race winning streak culminating in the Breeders' Cup Classic, was good enough for Horse of the Year honors; and Gate Dancer (1985), whose role in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Classic the previous season will be remembered forever.

Only five went to the post in Sunday's $150,000 Grade III Los Alamitos Derby and, in the end, only two of them mattered as Bob Baffert stablemates Classier and Defunded finished 1-2 in that order, just a nose apart.

The best of the other three, Ingest, was 14 lengths up the track at the finish. Classier, an Empire Maker colt, ran 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:49.15 with Mike Smith in the irons.

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Classier finished eighth in last November's Breeders' Cup Juvenile in just his second career start and was third in the Grade III Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita in his only previous 2021 start.

"I wasn't going to run him in this race," Baffert said of Classier. "I talked to the ownership group and told them I was going to work him and if he worked well I'd run him.

"He worked very well so we decided to go. ... It was pretty exciting and I was really hoping for a dead heat because I've always wanted one of those in a stakes, so you don't have to make that other call.

"He's going to improve off this," Baffert added. "I can take my time with him now and figure out a spot because he is bred to be superstar."

At Prairie Meadows, local runner Stilleto Boy upstaged some Triple Crown contenders in Friday night's $250,000 Iowa Derby. Sent right to the lead by jockey Jose Oritz, the Shackleford gelding turned back a brief challenge from Flash of Mischief and won by 4 1/2 lengths.

Flash of Mischief held second, 2 1/2 lengths in front of Gagetown. Super Stock and Nova Rags finished fourth and fifth. Stilleto Boy ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:42.64. Proxy was among three scratches.

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Distaff

Crazy Beautiful, the odds-on favorite, rallied to the lead outside rivals in Saturday's $300,000 Grade III Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park and shook loose to a 6-lengths victory as the heavy favorite.

Midnight Obsession was second, 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Leader of the Band. Crazy Beautiful, a Liam's Map filly, ran the 1 1/16 miles on a good track in 1:43.33 with Mike Smith in to ride for trainer Kenny McPeek. It was her third win from her last four starts, the loss being a 10th-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks.

"She jumped better than she ever has leaving the gate," Smith said. "We had one tiny anxious moment just past the three-eighths pole when they picked it up and she kind of lost focus briefly.

"I barely touched her and she threw me into the rumble seat. That's when I knew we would be fine. After that, it was just all her."

Army Wife mounted a late charge in the stretch run to win Friday night's $225,000 Grade III Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows by 3 3/4 lengths. Shesa Mystery pressed the early pace, held a brief lead and settled for second, 2 1/2 lengths in front of Pauline's Pearl.

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Army Wife, a Declaration of War filly trained by Mike Maker, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:43.10 with Joel Rosario at the controls. It was her second straight win, following the Grade III Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico.

Also at Prairie Meadows, Josie put in a late bid that proved good enough to win Saturday's $100,000 Iowa Distaff by 1 1/4 lengths over the favorite, Istan Council. Himiko was third as Josie, a 4-year-old Race Day filly, finished 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:42.77. Fernando De La Cruz had the mount for trainer Brad Cox.

Sunday at Pimlico, Mrs. Orb swung four-wide around the leaders at mid-stretch and was just up in time to win the $100,000 Caesar's Wish Stakes by 1/2 length over Trolley Ride. Sweet Sami D was third. Mrs.

Mrs. Orb, a 6-year-old Orb mare, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:44.17 with Horacio Karamanos riding.

Turf

Summertime always brings an upswing in turf racing and Saturday's program at Belmont Park is such a good example that a couple highly regarded Irish horses are in town to take part.

Bolshoi Ballet targets the $1 million Grade I Belmont Derby Invitational while Santa Barbara is in for the $700,000 Grade I Belmont Oaks Invitational.

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Both are trained by Aidan O'Brien and both have underperformed after early and extravagant praise from the Ballydoyle conditioner. Check back Friday for more on these and the rest of the weekend action.

Speaking of the Belmont Derby, last year's winner, Gufo, rallied from last of six to win Monday's $150,000 Grand Couturier Stakes at Belmont Park by 1 length over pacesetting Tide of the Sea.

Shamrocket was just a neck back of that one in third. Gufo, a 4-year-old Declaration of War colt, ran 1 1/2 miles on good turf in 2:28.73 with Joel Rosario aboard and survived a claim of foul by Jose Ortiz, on Sadler's Joy for an issue early in the stretch run.

Gufo has not failed to turn in a top-three finish through his first 11 starts.

Trainer Christophe Clement said Gufo now is set for the $750,000 Grade I Sword Dancer on Aug. 28 at Saratoga, a "Win and You're In" for the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf.

"The Sword Dancer is next. That's the plan. He has three starts this year and the plan was always to give him three starts," Clement said, adding he skipped the United Nations at Monmouth Park because of the state of New Jersey's new regulation against whip use.

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Yes This Time dropped back to last exiting the stretch turn in Saturday's $150,000 Grade III Kent Stakes for 3-year-olds at Delaware Park, found running room inside rivals and rallied determinedly to get home first by 1 length.

Like the King led most of the way and salvaged second, 1 length better than Wootton Asset. Doubleoseven was fourth. Yes This Time, a Not This Time colt, scored his fifth straight win, running 1 1/8 miles on soft turf in 1:52.39 for jockey Joe Bravo.

"We're schooling him for the Kentucky Downs race [the $750,000 Dueling Grounds Derby on Sept. 5] by getting him used to going up and down the hills and being able to rate," winning trainer Kelly Breen said.

"He is a pretty neat horse with a lot of guts. He is a nice horse to train and he is pretty cool. Other than his first race, everything has been basically win pictures."

Filly & Mare Turf

She'sonthewarpath closely tracked pacesetting favorite Dominga through the early furlongs of Sunday's $75,000 Ellis Park Turf Stakes for fillies and mares, worked to the lead and survived a rebid by that rival to win by a neck. Pass the Plate was third.

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She'sonthewarpath, a 5-year-old Declaration of War mare, ran 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:44.07 with Adam Beschizza in the irons. A consistent performer for trainer Steve Margolis, She'sonthewarpath has won seven of 18 starts. She was third in the Grade III Old Forester Mint Julep Stakes at Churchill Downs in her previous race.

Turf Mile

Saturday's $100,000 Perfect Sting Stakes for fillies and mares came off the Belmont Park turf onto the sloppy main track with five scratches. Of the four remaining, it was all Truth Hurts.

Under Luis Saez, the 4-year-old Tonalist filly tracked the early pace, took over in the lane and drew off to win by 5 3/4 length. Piedi Bianchi was second with the favorite, Velvet Crush, another 3 lengths back in third. Truth Hurts finished the 1 mile in 1:37.48.

Trainer Chad Summers said he entered the Perfect Sting in hopes it would come off the turf.

"With the prestigious meet in Saratoga coming up, there's always spots that are open," he said. "So we'll see once again if she belongs in that upper echelon as the racing gets tougher."

By Sunday, the Belmont Park turf had improved to "good" and the $100,000 Manila Stakes for 3-year-olds stayed on the green course, as originally carded.

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Fittingly, Original was sent out to the lead by Saez, made all the going and held off the favorite, Public Sector, by a head at the finish. Straw Into Gold was third, another 1 1/2 lengths back.

Original, a Quality Road colt trained by John Terranova II, ran 1 mile in 1:37.75 to notch his second career win.

Turf Sprint

Warrior's Pride took the early lead in Sunday's $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint at Gulfstream Park and survived a late challenge from fellow long shot Tiger Blood to win by a neck. Yes I Am Free was third and the favorite, Caribou Club, ran evenly to finish seventh.

Warrior's Pride, a 3-year-old Poseidon's Warrior colt running against older rivals, finished 5 furlongs on good going in 57.30 seconds with Emisael Jaramillo riding. He has won four of his last six starts with victories coming on both turf and dirt.

Into the Sunrise jumped right into the lead in Sunday's $60,000 Dade Park Dash for 3-year-olds at Ellis Park, held the advantage throughout and won by 1 3/4 lengths. Unitedandresolute was second, 2 lengths in front of the favorite, Field Day.

Into the Sunrise, an Into Mischief gelding, ran 5 1/2 furlongs on firm going in 1:03.19 with Chris Landeros up. He was 13th in the 2020 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, but has improved steadily this year for trainer Wesley Ward and now has back-to-back wins and his first stakes score.

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Filly & Mare Sprint

Gamine got what amounted to a well-compensated workout in Monday's $200,000 Grade II Great Lady M Stakes at Los Alamitos.

Dispatched as the 1-5 favorite, the 4-year-old Into Mischief filly got away first for jockey John Velazquez, kept rolling right along and drew off easily down the stretch to win by 10 lengths.

Bella Vita and Road Rager filled out the trifecta slots. Gamine finished 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:14.98. There was no show betting after three scratches and Equibase reported Los Al absorbed a "minus" place pool of $33,822.

Gamine now has eight wins from nine starts, the only loss coming in the Kentucky Oaks, where she finished a fading third, and then was disqualified to last because of a medication violation.

"That's what great horses do," trainer Bob Baffert said of Gamine's performance. "When she runs, I get nervous and I'm more relieved after the race. She looked great and I'm glad she came through.

"She might be able to stretch out. She's getting older and more mature. That's one option I've been thinking about, but I don't know what we'll do next. I want to see how she comes out of this, and I'll let her tell me."

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Sprint

Mind Control and Firenze Fire dueled head-to-head through the whole 7 furlongs of Sunday's John A. Nerud at Belmont Park with Mind Control prevailing by a head, security a "Win and You're In" berth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint Nov. 6 at Del Mar.

Three Technique finished third as Mind Control, a 5-year-old son of Stay Thirsty, finished in 1:21.94. John Velazquez rode for trainer Todd Pletcher as Mind Control secured his first win since the Grade III Tom Fool at Aqueduct in March of 2020.

Pletcher said Mind Control is a possibility for the $600,000 Grade I Forego on Travers Day, Aug. 28, at Saratoga, where he won the 2018 Hopeful and the 2019 H. Allen Jerkens.

"As well as he ran today, a little bit of a freshening in between," Pletcher said. "But it seems like the Forego would make sense after today."

Yaupon, the heavy favorite, delivered in the stretch run of Sunday's $100,000 Lite the Fuse Stakes at Pimlico, winning by 1 3/4 lengths in his first start since finishing eighth in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse on World Cup night.

Laki was second in the Lite the Fuse with Chateau and Whiskey and You completing the order of finish. Yaupon, a 4-year-old Uncle Mo colt, finished 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.42. He won the Grade II Amsterdam at Saratoga and the Grade III Chick Lang at Pimlico last year before reporting eighth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

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Miles Ahead stalked the pace in Saturday's $200,000 Grade III Smile Sprint Stakes Invitational at Gulfstream Park, rallied outside rivals to reach the front a furlong out and held off Chance It for a 1/2-length victory.

The favorite, Diamond Oops had to go even farther wide to launch his rally and settled for third. Miles Ahead, a 4-year-old Competitive Edge gelding, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.61 with Victor Espinoza riding.

"He's an improving horse ... one of those horses you have to have patience with," said Miles Ahead's trainer, Eddie Plesa Jr. "Some of these horses are late developers, and he's come around nicely."

Special Reserve rallied by pacesetting Quick Tempo through the stretch run of Saturday's $100,000 Iowa Sprint at Prairie Meadows and got clear to win by 2 3/4 lengths over that rival. Mojo Man was third.

Special Reserve, a 5-year-old Midshipman gelding, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:08.14 for jockey Junior Alvarado.

Alwaysinahurry was in no hurry to get to the lead in Sunday's $100,000 Concern Stakes for 3-year-olds at Pimlico.

After racing fifth in a closely bunched field through the first few furlongs, the Great Notion gelding asserted himself to take the lead at mid-stretch and ran on to win by 4 3/4 lengths.

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The odds-on favorite, Mighty Mischief, battled the winner, then faded but held second. Alwaysinahurry, with Jorge Ruiz in the irons, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.56.

Filly & Mare Sprint

California invader Ce Ce surged to the front at the top of the stretch in Saturday's $350,000 Grade II Princess Rooney Invitational at Gulfstream Park and drew off to win by 3 1/4 lengths.

The favorite, Estilo Talentoso, was second, a head in front of Sound Machine. Ce Ce, a 5-year-old Elusive Quality mare, ran 7 furlongs on a fast track in 1:21.94 with Victor Espinoza up.

Ce Ce was fifth in the 2020 Breeders' Cup Distaff and earned a "Win and You're In" berth in this year's renewal thanks to Saturday's score. She came to Florida off a fourth-place finish in the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita on May 2.

"I thought she was overlooked last year," said Ce Ce's trainer, Michael McCarthy. "She won two Grade 1 races back-to-back. After that we just couldn't find a track that was suitable for her.

"She was running on tracks in California that were a little bit deep and a little bit loose. She wants one that is a bit firmer and faster, and we found that today."

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He said Ce Ce's next stop most likely will be Saratoga.

Frank's Rockette looked like a lock to win Saturday's $100,000 Saylorville Stakes at Prairie Meadows but, all said and done, the 4-year-old Into Mischief filly had to work for it.

With Junior Alvarado up, Frank's Rockette showed the way, pressured by Blinkers. She finally put some space between herself and that rival, but Blinkers then rerallied and the final margin was only 3/4 length. The other two finished well back.

Frank's Rockette, trained by Bill Mott, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:08.89.

Juvenile

"Literally, I cannot see a thing," Ruidoso Downs track announcer Robert Fox told fans as the horses loaded into the gate in a driving rainstorm for Saturday's fourth race.

"The timer is going so we have a race under way. But I cannot see where they are or what they are doing." He eventually spotted the horses halfway down the field and called them home.

The rest of the day's program was canceled, including the $125,000 Mountain Top Futurity for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, which is why we were looking at the resort-area track in the first place.

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Around the world, around the clock:

England

A world of possibilities opens up for St Mark's Basilica after the 3-year-old's dominance in Saturday's Group 1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

Facing older rivals for the first time, the dual French Group 1 winner blew their doors off, kicking into gear inside the 2-furlongs marker and running on to a convincing, 3 1/2-lengths victory.

Addeybb, a Group 1 winner from Australia to England, led most of the way then dueled with Mishriff, winner of the $20 million Saudi Cup and the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic, before securing second. It was, by any standard, an impressive performance and elicited high praise from trainer Aidan O'Brien.

The trainer said jockey Ryan Moore "was blown away by him out there today. He couldn't believe when he asked him to quicken how well he quickened."

We were over the moon and we are delighted to have him ... You can't expect to have many horses like that. For me and all the years I've trained horses through the years I can't remember having one like that."

O'Brien said St Mark's Basilica could resurface in the Juddmonte International at York or the Irish Champion Stakes back home, adding, "He could do both as there is enough time between them."

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The trainers of both Addeybb and Mishriff predicted their charges will benefit from the race and perhaps a bit more favorable ground conditions.

France

O'Brien and Coolmore, this time in an ownership partners group, made it a weekend Group 1 double as Broome swept to a gate-to-wire victory in Sunday's Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

With Colin Keene riding, the 5-year-old son of Australia set a steady clip with a comfortable lead into the stretch run, then found enough in reserve to get home first, 1 length in front of Ebaiyra. Gold Trip was second and the favorite, In Swoop, managed fourth with a belated rally.

Broome was returning from a second in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and now has four wins and two seconds from six starts this year.

"He's been very consistent and every race he's run this season has been brilliant," Racing Post quoted O'Brien as saying. "We're delighted with him and Colin gave him a great ride.

"We'll see how he comes out of the race before making our minds up about where he goes next or whether he'll have a break. He has plenty of options and is taking his racing very well."

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O'Brien also reported St Mark's Basilica emerged in fine fettle from the Coral-Eclipse outing.

Germany

With 200 meters to run, it looked like the favorite, Alter Adler, was home free in Sunday's Groups 1 IDEE 152nd Deutsches Derby at Hamburg.

But then, running way out by the stands-side rail, came Sisfahan and jockey Andrasch Starke, gobbling up ground to snatch away the prize by 1 1/4 lengths, going away.

Alter Adler held second with Imi another 1 3/4 lengths back in third. Sisfahan was sired by Isfahan, who won the 2016 Deutsches Derby. The colt was making just his second start following a second-place finish in a listed race at Dusseldorf.

South Africa

Kommetdieding came from the outside 18 draw, circled wide into the narrow Greyville stretch and won a three-way battle to the line in Saturday's 125th running of the Vodacom Durban July.

With Gavin Larena up, the 3-year-old Elusive Fort colt led home Linebacker and Got The Greenlight in a tight pack with two-time winner Do It Again fourth after a difficult loading experience.

Trainer Michelle Rix won the July with her first starter in the race, becoming the second female trainer after Candice Bass-Robinson to win the title. Owner Ashwin Reynolds is the first owner of color to win South Africa's richest race, with a purse of 2 million rand.

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"Kommetdieding has only been racing for 12 months;this is his seventh race. After his first four starts in Cape Town, which were scintillating, we knew he would be something special," Rix said.

Meanwhile, back in the States:

Belterra Park

Boogie Boogee boogied right to the front in Friday's $75,000 Cincinnatian Stakes for Ohio-bred 3-year-old fillies and carried on, winning by 1 length over Sammy's Sister. Lady Dynaformer carried her elite name to a third-place finish.

The race was moved off the turf and run at 1 1/16 miles on the good main track with Boogie Boogee, a daughter of Cryptolight, finishing in 1:48.99 under Luis Rivera.

Evangeline Downs

Peacock Kitten was along to seize a late lead in Saturday's $60,000 John Henry Stakes and edged away to win by 2 lengths from Shake Some Action. Nate's Attack was third.

Peacock Kitten, a 6-year-old son of Kitten's Joy, ran 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:43.35 with Devin Magnon riding for trainer Rylee Grudzien. The race is named for the winner of the inaugural Arlington Million and the only two-time winner of that race.

Net a Bear was last of five halfway through Friday night's $60,000 Opelousas Stakes for fillies and mares, snuck through inside the early leader at the top of the lane and continued gamely to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Offspring ran late to edge Champagne Affair for second.

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Net a Bear, a 5-year-old Awesome Bet mare, ran 1 mile on firm turf in 1:37.51 with Timothy Thornton riding.

Delaware Park

Out of Sorts rallied from last of six to win Saturday's $75,000 Christiana Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 3 lengths over Caldee. Mia Martina was third. Out of Sorts, a Dramedy filly, ran 1 1/16 miles on soft turf in 1:44.29 with Sheldon Russell up.

Whereshetoldmetogo dominated Saturday's $50,000 Alapocas Run Stakes, stalking the pace, the drawing off late to score by 4 lengths over Always Sunshine. Golden Candy was another 2 3/4 lengths back in third.

Whereshetoldmetogo, a 6-year-old El Padrino mare, ran 6 furlongs on the good main track in 1:10.89 with Russell riding.

Monmouth Park

Honey I'm Good made all the pace in Saturday's $75,000 Regret Stakes for fillies and mares and held on at the end to win by a neck over odds-on favorite Bayerness. It was another 5 lengths to Bronx Beauty in third.

Honey I'm Good, a 5-year-old Shackleford mare, ran 6 furlongs on a muddy track in 1:09.28 with Gerardo Corrales up.

Golden Brown stalked the pace in Sunday's $76,500 John J. Reilly Handicap for New Jersey-breds and rallied through the stretch to win by 2 3/4 lengths from Optic Way. Prendimi was third.

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Golden Brown, a 6-year-old Offlee Wild gelding, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.00 with Paco Lopez in the irons.

Pleasanton

Law Abidin Citizen and Top Harbor fought it out to the wire in Saturday's $75,000 Oak Tree Sprint Stakes with Law Abidin Citizen prevailing by a neck. Darn Quick was another 3/4 length back in third.

Law Abidin Citizen, a 7-year-old gelding by Twirling Candy, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.00 with Frank Alvarado in the irons.

Pimlico

Ellanation rallied from next-last of seven to win Sunday's $75,000 Jameela Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares by 1/2 length over fellow closer Dendrobia. Quiet Company was another 1/2 length back in third with the odds-on favorite, Introduced, fading to finish fifth.

Ellanation, a 5-year-old mare by Alternation, ran 5 furlongs on good turf in 58.59 seconds for jockey Victor Carrasco.

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