Keen Ice upset Shaman Ghost, nobody was laughing at Practical Joke, Mind Your Biscuits won for fun, Argentine import Dona Bruja continued her winning ways and Oscar Performance and New Money Honey turned back the European invasion at Belmont Park -- all in weekend Thoroughbred racing.
There was plenty more action on a hot midsummer weekend, too.
On the international front, Thunder Snow scored his second Group 1 win in France. And Ulysses held off Barney Roy in England in a narrow victory for old guys.
Before we get any older, let's get this going.
Keen Ice, winless since his shocking defeat of American Pharoah in the 2015 Travers, posted an almost equally shocking upset in Saturday's $750,000 Grade II Suburban at Belmont Park. After tracking the early speed, the 5 year-old son of Curlin simply blew by the odds-on favorite, Shaman Ghost, in deep stretch and won off by 3 lengths over that rival. It was another 3 lengths back to Follow Me Crev in third. Keen Ice, with Jose Ortiz taking over the reins from Javier Castellano, ran 1 1/4 miles on a fast track in 2:02.02.
"I know that Shaman Ghost is a really good horse but how the race developed, my horse pulled me really close to him," Ortiz said. "I thought I was going to be a little farther (behind). When we hit the three-eighths pole, I was right next to him, on his heels, without asking, so I was in a very good position ... He was full of run today."
Keen Ice was making his first start since reporting seventh, beaten more than 11 lengths, in the Dubai World Cup in March at Meydan. The win was only the third of his career, a surprising statistic given his first-place share from the Suburban drove his earnings north of the $3 million mark. Trainer Todd Pletcher said, "We'll see how he comes out of this, but the Jockey Club Gold Cup would most likely logically be his next step." That Grade I is Oct. 7 at Belmont.
Castellano, who rode Shaman Ghost, said he was victimized by the pace. "I don't think it set up for my horse and, with the small field, I was second best," he said.
Practical Joke bided his time in Saturday's $400,000 Grade III Dwyer for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park, came running in the stretch and carried on to a 2-lengths victory. Tale of Silence, at 43-1 odds, was just up for second, nipping pacesetter Battalion Runner by a neck. Practical Joke, an Into Mischief colt, ran 1 mile on a fast track in 1:35.16 with Joel Rosario up. The Chad Brown trainee won his first three starts as a 2-year-old, including the Grade I Hopeful at Saratoga and the Grade I Champagne at Belmont but had not broken through in four intervening races. "The pace wasn't that strong," Brown said of the Dwyer. "On top of that, the horse was giving six to eight pounds to every horse in the race. He really ran well today. I certainly think it's the best race he's ever won."
Iron Fist pressed the pace in Saturday night's $300,000 Grade III Prairie Meadows Cornhusker, took the lead in the lane and won off by 2 lengths over a late-running Texas Chrome. Pacemaker American Dubai held third while the odds-on favorite, Dolphus, finished fifth. Iron Fist, a 5-year-old son of Tapit, got 9 furlongs on a fast track in 1:47.36 under Ricardo Santana Jr. He was coming off a win in the Evangeline Mile and, before that, was third in the Grade III Steve Sexton Mile at Lone Star Park. The Texas race was won by Mor Spirit, who advanced to win the Grade I Met Mile in his next start.
Hence, under a confident ride by Mike Smith, rolled from last of eight to win Friday night's $250,000 Grade III Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows by 1 1/2 lengths over pacesetting McCormick. Impressive Edge pressed the pace and edged Silver Dust for third. The favorite, Petrov, got home fifth. Hence, a Calumet Farm homebred son of Street Boss, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:42.84. The colt won the Grade III Sunland Derby in New Mexico, then finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby and ninth in the Preakness.
It Tiz Well got by pacesetting Proud and Fearless in the final sixteenth to take Saturday's $300,000 Grade III Delaware Oaks by 1/2 length. Actress was another head back in third. It Tiz Well, a daughter of Arch, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:43.55 with Drayden Van Dyke in the irons. She won the Grade III Honeybee at Oaklawn Park earlier in the season, then came up short in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks and the Grade I Summertime Oaks. "She broke sharp and to be honest, she put us in a perfect spot, just off the lead," Van Dyke said. Proud and Fearless, he added, "was going nice and easy with her ears pricked, so I didn't want her to get too far away from me. But my horse was nice and relaxed the whole way and she kicked home very well."
Danzatrice rallied from last of eight to take Friday evening's $100,000 Iowa Distaff by 1 1/4 lengths. Longshots Cleverness and Divine Duchess were second and third, fueling a $1,005.65 return on a winning $1 trifecta investment. Danzatrice, a Dunkirk mare trained by Steve Asmussen, ran 1 1/4 miles on a fast track in 1:43.80 under Mike Smith. She has won half her 14 starts for owner Gainesway Stable.
In Saturday's $350,000 Grade II Belmont Sprint Championship, Mind Your Biscuits picked up right where he left off in the Dubai springtime. With Joel Rosario up, the 4-year-old Posse colt, who was running against fellow New York-breds just a year ago, blew by the competition in the lane and ran on to win by 3 1/2 lengths. Awesome Slew was second and Tommy Macho finished third. Mind Your Biscuits got 7 furlongs on a fast track in 1:21.84. In his previous start, he won the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen on World Cup night at Meydan. Saturday's victory, through the "Win and You're In" scheme, earned him a spot in this fall's Breeders' Cup Sprint, where he finished a close third last year.
"We know how good he was training going into this," said winning trainer Chad Summers. "There were still some doubters who said it was a subpar Dubai. We didn't think so. We know what he's capable of and we're ready for the rest of the year." Summers said he feels Mind Your Biscuits showed he can go a mile, "maybe a little bit further." For now, he said, the Grade I Forego Aug. 26 at Saratoga "is our next goal and hopefully an Eclipse Award as well."
Union Jackson, the even-money favorite, was along in time to take Saturday evening's $100,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows by 1/2 length over Apprehender with Storm Advisory third. Union Jackson, a 5-year-old son of Curlin, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:08.85 with Ricardo Santana Jr. riding.
Filly & Mare Sprint
Skye Diamonds chased down the pacesetting pair of Constellation and Pretty N Cool a furlong from home and kicked away to win Saturday's $200,000 Grade II Great Lady M Stakes at Los Alamitos by 2 1/2 lengths. Constellation held second and Finest City was along late to edge Pretty N Cool for show money. Skye Diamonds, a 4-year-old First Dude filly, ran 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:14.79, just 0.28 second off the track record. Tiago Periera had the mount for trainer Bill Spawr, who claimed Skye Diamonds last August for $40,000. "She was a 3-year-old and she was a trier was why we decided to claim her," he said. "I could have never imagined this when we first claimed her."
American Gal had to fight for the lead in Sunday's $150,000 Grade III Victory Ride Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park. But once Flavien Prat got the Concord Point filly in full flight, she quickly drew off to win by 4 3/4 lengths. Vertical Oak and Noble Freud finished second and third. American Gal ran 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:17.38. Third in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Concord Point was last seen finishing second in the Grade I Starlet at Los Alamitos last Dec. 10.
Oscar Performance put on a show for the fans in Saturday's $1.2 million Grade I Belmont Derby Invitational and hoisted a reminder to his European rivals of what they might face in November at the Breeders' Cup. Jose Ortiz gunned the Kitten's Joy ridgling right out of the gate and never looked back, winning by 2 lengths. Called To The Bar, a French invader, was best of the rest, 3/4 length ahead of Ireland's Homesman. Oscar Performance, trained by Brian Lynch for Amerman Racing LLC, ran 1 1/4 miles over the firm inner turf course in 2:00.25. The winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, Oscar Performance entered the race off a win in the Grade III Penine Ridge over the same course. Lynch said he was concerned about a quick early first quarter mile but, "When the 49 and change came up, I started to grin a little bit. And when I saw the 1:14 and change come up, I broke into a big smile. When he inched away from them in the lane, I could see they were all throwing leather behind him. I thought, 'He's going to be tough to catch from here.' He proved he can get the mile and a quarter and I think he beat a quality field of horses today." He said no plan is set for Oscar Performance's next performance.
Ghost Hunter tracked the pace in Saturday's $100,000 Grade III Arlington Handicap, found a way through on the inside at mid-stretch and outfinished fellow long shot Oak Brook, winning by 1/2 length. The favorite, Kasaqui, found his best stride late but settled for third, another head behind. Ghost Hunter, a 7-year-old Ghostzapper gelding, ran 1 3/16 miles on firm turf in 1:55.86 with Edwin Gonzalez riding. Seen more frequently on the all-weather surfaces, Ghost Hunter visited Arlington in May to finish second in the Grade III Hanshin. "He's very versatile," said winning trainer Jamie Ness. "His best surface is probably Polytrack and he's a horse who tends to find trouble. But today we found the rail and got through and got the 'W'."
Keystoneforvictory sliced by The Pizza Man in deep stretch and got away to a 1 1/2-lenghts victory over that rival in Saturday's $100,000 Grade III Stars and Stripes at Arlington Park. Applicator was only a head farther back in third after the 1 1/2-miles journey over firm turf. Keystoneforvictory, with Julien Leparoux up for trainer Mike Maker, finished in 2:29.89. The 4-year-old Shakespeare colt won a Gulfstream Park handicap in his previous outing and, before that, was third in the Barbados Gold Cup. "It set up perfect for us," Leparoux said. "A couple of horses on the lead, and my horse relaxed. We had a perfect race." "He's a pretty easy horse to train," Maker added. "He's a win machine." The Pizza Man's jockey, Florent Geroux, said the 8-year-old local favorite is "moving in the right direction. He's a little bit older now and it might take him a bit longer to get to his top form." After winning the Grade I Arlington Million in 2015, The Pizza Man briefly was a candidate for that year's Japan Cup in Tokyo but instead finished fifth in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Keeneland.
Sonic Boom was off first in Saturday's $100,000 Grade III American Derby at Arlington Park and was not threatened, winning by 1 1/4 lengths. Gorgeous Kitten gave chase but could only make up enough ground to finish second, 2 1/4 lengths to the good of long shot My Bariley. Sonic Boom, a More Than Ready colt, ran 9 furlongs on firm turf in 1:49.90 with Julien Leparoux up for trainer Ian Wilkes. It was his first graded stakes try. The race is the local prep for the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on Aug. 12. "This was a step forward for him today," Wilkes said. "I think with Julien, we figured out how to ride him and let him do his thing."
Filly & Mare Turf
New Money Honey got first run to the lead in the stretch drive in Saturday's $1 million Grade I Belmont Oaks Invitational and held off the main European contender, French-trained Sistercharlie, by a neck for the victory. Another French filly, Uni, was up for third, edging Daddys Lil Darling by 1/2 length. New Money Honey, a Medaglia d'Oro filly, ran 1 1/4 miles on the firm inner turf course in 1:59.89 under Javier Castellano. She won last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and won the Grade III Wonder Again over the Belmont Turf in preparation for this Oaks. Sistercharlie finished second in the Group 1 Prix de Diane Longine in her last race while Uni was stepping up in class. Chad Brown saddled the first three finishers Saturday. "Obviously, this filly (New Money Honey) ran terrific, got position early, and they were moving along pretty good. Javier just backed off a little bit and had first run, and she kept great," Brown said. "My other two horses were two first-time Euros, they broke a little slow and were pretty far back. Both of them ran terrific, they look like they're going to have outstanding careers as well. I haven't really planned beyond this race. Actually, they'll probably all go in different directions."
Guilty Twelve, making her first graded stakes appearance, came running in the final furlong to snatch Saturday's $200,000 Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial from the favorite, Zipessa, by a nose. Gone Away also ran well late to finish third, another head behind. Guilty Twelve, a 5-year-old Giant's Causeway mare, ran 1 3/8 miles on firm turf in 2:17.23 with Christopher DeCarlo riding. She scored a similar win by the same margin and the same tactics in her last outing at Belmont Park. Winning trainer Graham Motion now has accounted for eight of the 21 renewals of the Robert G. Dick. "It is funny how this race has been so good to me," he said. "It really is extraordinary. But this is a race I always have in mind because it seems like we always have a filly for this category. Obviously, it is one of my favorite races these days."
Dona Bruja carried all before her in her native Argentina and hasn't missed a beat since her arrival in the United States. After winning the Grade II Mint Julep at Churchill Downs June 10, the 5-year-old daughter of Storm Embrujado rallied from well back in Saturday's $100,000 Grade III Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park and was up to win by 1 length over Prado's Sweet Ride. New York invader Time and Motion finished third. Dona Bruja, with Declan Cannon in the irons, got 1 3/16 miles on firm turf in 1:55.75. The Modesty previews the Grade I Beverly D. on Arlington Million Day, Aug. 12. "I don't know what's the limit, but I have to recognize the perfect ride Declan gave this filly. It was a great ride," said winning trainer Ignacio Correas. "I don't know if we'll find the ceiling. Hopefully, we never find it."
Apple Betty went straight to the front in Sunday's $100,000 River Memories Stakes for fillies and mares at Belmont Park. Jockey John Velazquez rationed her speed and she coasted home first by 1/2 length over Summersault. Lottie was third, just a nose farther back and a neck in front of Desiree Clary. Apple Betty, a 4-year-old Irish-bred daughter of Galileo, ran 1 1/2 miles on firm turf in 2:27.94.
Pure Sensation had way too much for 10 rivals in Saturday's $200,000 Grade III Parx Dash. After pressing the pace, the 6-year-old Zensational gelding took full charge in the stretch, charging off to win by 5 3/4 lengths. The 2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner, Mongolian Saturday, rallied late to beat the others with pacesetting Bold Thunder holding on to earn show money. Pure Sensation, with Kendrick Carmouche in the irons, ran 5 furlongs on good turf in 57.24 seconds. It was his first win since last October's Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational.
Ulysses held off a stubborn Barney Roy in the final strides to win Saturday's Group 1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown by a nose. The favorite -- and Investec Derby runner-up -- Cliffs of Moher, finished fourth, 1 length behind extreme longshot Desert Encounter, after experiencing terrible traffic problems at two stages over the 2,000 meters. The race is the first encounter between 3-year-olds and their elders and a 10-pound weight advantage for the 3-year-olds provided a big boost in Barney Roy's stretch effort. Ulysses, a 4-year-old Galileo colt, was third behind Highland Reel and Decorated Knight in his previous start, the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot. Decorated Knight was sixth at Sandown, also with significant traffic issues. Ulysses, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, was ridden by Jim Crowley. James Doyle rode the Godolphin standard-bearer Barney Roy for trainer Richard Hannon. Barney Roy now is 1 length and a nose from being undefeated in his five starts and showed he is more than a miler -- at least with the weight advantage -- and Hannon said plans are to keep him in training next year.
Thunder Snow was out front all the way in Sunday's Group 1 Prix Jean Prat for 3-year-old colts and geldings and got away with a sedate pace that allowed him to keep going to the end. The favorite, Trais Fluors, chased but came up second, 1 1/4 lengths short. Lightupthenight dwelt badly, effectively leaving the event a four-horse race. Gold Luck and Turf Laurel finished third and fourth. Thunder Snow, a Godolphin runner by the Australian-bred sire Helmet, scored his second Group 1 win. The first also came in France, in the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud in his final start as a juvenile. He started his 3-year-old season with victories in the Group 3 UAE 2,000 Guineas and the Group 3 UAE Derby at Meydan but then inexplicably refused to run in the Kentucky Derby, bucking and jumping until Christophe Soumillon pulled him up shortly after the start.
Chantilly also held a fund-raiser to benefit retired racehorses. The star of the show was Cirrus Des Aigles, the hugely popular globetrotting star who retired with seven Group 1 wins over as many seasons for trainer Corine Barande-Barbe and jockey Soumillon. Trainer, jockey and groom Zoe Gargoulaud all were on hand and fans were allowed to have their picture made with Cirrus, who doesn't need a fund-raiser as he lives quite contentedly with Soumillon.
Around the ovals:
Ambitious Brew circled three-wide to take the lead in Saturday's $100,000 Bertrando Stakes for California-breds and cleared, winning by 1 3/4 lengths over Magic Mark. Gold Rush Dancer was third and the favorite, Soi Phet, finished a dull fifth. Ambitious Brew, a 7-year-old Tizbud gelding, ran 1 mile on a fast track in 1:35.60 with Norberto Arroyo Jr. in the irons. "There was a race on the turf at Santa Anita that didn't fill, so we entered here instead and it worked out," said winning trainer Marty Jones. "Sometimes you have to be lucky." For some reason, this race called to mind Arcangue's 133-1 upset win over Bertrando in the 1993 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. Didn't have that one.
Enstone led from the opening bell in Sunday's $225,000 (Canadian) Bison City Stakes for Canadian-foaled 3-year-old fillies and ran on to win by 1 length over the favorite, Mythical Mission. Ghostly Presence finished third. Enstone, a Tiznow filly out of the Storm Cat mare La Suena, ran 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather track in 1:44.88 with Patrick Husbands in the irons for trainer Mark Casse.
Odds-on favorite Bluebood edged by appropriately named pacesetter Tenacity Zip in deep stretch to win Saturday's $100,000 (Canadian) Victoria Stakes for 2-year-olds by 3/4 length. Tiger Beach was third. Blueblood, a City Zip colt, finished 5 furlongs on the all-weather track in 58.37 seconds with Husbands up for Casse. He now is 2-for-2.
Inveniam Viam raced near the rear of the field through most of Saturday's $50,000 Ellis Park Turf Stakes for fillies and mares, came way wide to circle the leaders heading for home and went on to win by 1/2 length. Corby was second, 3/4 length ahead of La Piba. Inveniam Viam, a 5-year-old Half Ours mare, ran 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:41.35 with Manoel Cruz in the irons. The name means "I will find a way" in Latin and is attributed to Hannibal, said to his generals who wondered how he was going to cross the Alps before he showed them the elephants.
Phat Man outfinished the odds-on favorite, Talk Logistics, by a head in Saturday's $100,000 Long Branch for 3-year-olds. Command Post was another 2 1/4 lengths in arrears in third. Phat Man, a Munnings gelding, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:43.40 with Wilmer Garcia aboard.
My Magician rallied from last of eight to win Saturday's $50,000 Dashing Beauty Stakes for fillies and mares by a nose from the favorite, Sweet On Smokey. Bodacious Babe was third. My Magician, a 5-year-old daughter of My Rib, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.21 with Jomar Torres up.
Postulation led early in Saturday's $50,000 Cape Henlopen Stakes, turned by a challenge by Street Fashion and drew off late, winning by 6 lengths, ridden out by Alex Cintron. Street Fashion held second, a nose in front of Aquaphobia. Postulation, a 5-year-old Harlan's Holiday gelding, finished 1 1/2 miles on firm turf in 2:30.13.
Everybody in the joint knew about Dr Blarney before Sunday's $75,000 Rise Jim Stakes for Massachusetts-breds -- or so it would seem from the prohibitive favoritism. And the 4-year-old Dublin gelding proved them right, kicking away in the lane to win by 9 lengths, never asked by jockey Tammi Piermarini. Grady beat the others with Worth the Worry third. Dr Blarney ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.00. He paid $2.10 to win with no place or show wagering.
Princess Dream wasn't the favorite in Sunday's $50,000 Isadorable Stakes for state-bred fillies and mares. But she clearly was the best, easily leaving the favorite, Miss Wilby, in her wake through the stretch run and winning by 11 1/2 lengths. Miss Wilby was second with Chambord Lace third. Princess Dream, a 4-year-old daughter of Freud, finished 6 furlongs in 1:12.22 with Joel Sone up.
Entrymates Saint Alfred and Frosty Nurse finished 1-2, just 3/4 length apart, in Saturday's $75,000 African Prince Stakes for Massachusetts-bred 3-year-olds. Saint Alfred, who rallied by inside Frosty Nurse in the stretch, is a Dublin gelding out of a Judge T C mare. With Piermarini up, he ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:13.00.
D'boldest led all the way to a 4 1/4-lengths victory in Saturday's $75,000 Jill Jellison Memorial Dash for fillies and mares. Cali Thirty Seven was second 1/2 length to the good of Wild About Harry. D'boldest, a 7-year-old D'wildcat mare, ran about 5 furlongs on firm turf in 58.17 seconds with Abel Lezcano in the irons.
Redneck Humor tracked the pace in Saturday's $50,000 Budweiser Special, came wide into the stretch and drew off to a 2 1/4-lengths victory. Toews On Ice was second, a head in front of Ziptime. Redneck Humor, a 6-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Da Stoops, ran 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:14.79 with David Lopez up.
True Cinder led midway through Sunday's $75,000 Cincinnatian Stakes for Ohio-bred 3-year-old fillies, was headed and then came again to win by 3/4 length. Sugar Lane was second after taking the brief lead. Grizabella and Diva's Kitten completed the order of finish. True Cinder, a daughter of Alcindor, ran 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:46.35 with Rex Stokes III in the irons.
Candy Exchange was out front from the start in Saturday's $75,000 Hoover Stakes for Ohio-bred 2-year olds and persevered to a 3-lengths victory over the odds-on favorite, Awaken. Tiz a Rush was third after a bad stumble at the start. Candy Exchange, a Sidney's Candy colt, ran 5 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:04.53 with Pablo Morales steering.
Killin Me Smalls dueled for the lead in Saturday's $50,000 (Canadian) Fred Jones Handicap, finally wrested the advantage and went on to win by 2 lengths. Royal Warrior came with a rush to take second from the other early leader, Blue Dancer. Killin Me Smalls, a 7-year-old Marcavelly gelding, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:43.83 under Keishan Balgobin.
Curlish Figure came from off the pace to take Saturday's $75,000 (Canadian) Shirley Vargo Handicap for fillies and mares by 3 1/4 lengths over Quality Lane. Port Protection was a nose behind that one in third. Curlish Figure, a 5-year-old Curlin mare, got 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.38 with Rico Walcott riding.
Oak Tree at Pleasanton
Kimberlea K was quickly on the lead in Saturday's $100,000 Everett Nevin Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds and held nicely through the stretch drive to win by 1 3/4 lengths from Schulace. Jack's Masterpiece finished third. Kimberlea K, an Indian Evening filly, ran 5 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:05.27 with Frank Alvarado up.
Presque Isle Downs
Imply rallied from far back to win Sunday's $100,000 Northern Fling Stakes for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares by 1 3/4 lengths over Great Soul. Lucabunny was third. Imply, a 4-year-old E Dubai filly, got 1 mile on the all-weather track in 1:37.04 with Julio Hernandez in the irons.
Tom's Ready hit the front in the stretch run in Sunday's $100,000 Leemat Stakes for state-breds, then was all out to preserve the win by a head over Edge of Reality. The latter's entrymate, Duff, finished third so fourth-place finisher Hollywood Talent, completed the trifecta. Tom's Ready, a 4-year-old More Than Ready colt who finished fifth in last year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, ran 1 mile on the all-weather track in 1:37.16 for jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.
On Louisiana Legends night, Saturday, each race worth $100,000 and all for Louisiana-breds:
Pacific Pink, a 5-year-old Private Vow mare, drew off late to win the Distaff by 3 lengths over Zarb's Bright Light. P Boo won the Soiree Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 1 length over the favorite, Efforting. Look In My Eyes won the 5-furlongs Madamoiselle for fillies and mares by 3 lengths from Rach'slastscarf.
Also, Underpressure came from off the pace to win the Cheval for 3-year-olds by 1 3/4 lengths over Magic Vow. Jockamo's Song posted a mild upset in the Sprint. And Sir Ghengis led all the way to win the Classic by a head over Social Misfit.