Ce Ce wins the Princess Rooney Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Photograph by Lauren King, courtesy of Gulfstream Park
July 5 (UPI) — The second half of the 12 months guarantees racing pleasure galore after superstars Life Is Good, Ce Ce, Shedaresthedevil, Aloha West, Vadeni and Mishriff all sparkled like prime fireworks on the Fourth of July weekend.
Granted, Vadeni and Mishriff carried out within the nation that was on the dropping aspect of the American Revolution. However, then again, the equine Americanrevolution acquitted himself nicely, too, on colonial shores.
The subsequent chapters of this ongoing celebration may come as quickly as subsequent month at Ascot and York in England and in August at Saratoga — place names that actually evoke the 1770s.
However sufficient historical historical past. There’s loads of recent motion so let’s play the fife, bang the drum and get on with it.
Traditional / Filth Mile
Life is Good and Olympiad confirmed their standing as high new guys on the block amongst older horses with good wins on the U.S. Independence Day weekend. Now the 2 may go face to face within the Grade I Whitney on Aug. 6 at Saratoga.
Cost It, in the meantime, charged proper into the thick of the 3-year-old competitors, which stays vast open, particularly after the announcement that Belmont Stakes winner Mo Donegal is sidelined for 2 months with a bone bruise. Search for some additional pyrotechnics on this division at Saratoga.
Most of the horses who competed within the Center East early this 12 months have struggled on return to their homeland. Not so with Life Is Good.
The Into Mischief colt, who completed a fading fourth within the Dubai World Cup, was proper again on his recreation in Saturday’s $250,000 Grade II John A. Nerud Stakes at Belmont Park, main from the early jumps and drawing off late to win by 5 1/2 lengths.
Speaker’s Nook, a three-time graded stakes winner, tried to go together with him however merely was run off his toes, lastly capitulating within the stretch and settling for second, trailed by Repo Rocks and Harvard.
Life Is Good, skilled by Todd Pletcher for China Horse Membership and WinStar Farm, scored his seventh win, together with the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Filth Mile. Alongside the way in which, he is crushed the likes of Knicks Go and Medina Spirit. Now, Pletcher mentioned, he is pointing towards the Whitney, which is shaping as much as be a monumental battle.
“You by no means take something with no consideration,” Pletcher mentioned. “There’s just one end result that was OK and that was for him to win. … We bought somewhat one thing out of it. A pleasant sturdy gallop out. We’ll come again in 5 weeks and see if we will make one other step ahead [in the Whitney].”
Olympiad served discover he’ll should be thought of in massive races going ahead, doubtless additionally within the Whitney, as he prolonged his successful streak to 5 with a 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday’s $750,000 Grade II Stephen Foster Stakes at Churchill Downs. (See “Information and Notes” about that Grade II.)
So, too, did Americanrevolution, who completed a dogged second, nicely in entrance of Proxy in third. The reigning Kentucky Derby winner, Mandaloun, didn’t fare so nicely in his first begin since getting back from abroad. Ninth within the Grade I Saudi Cup on Feb. 26, Mandaloun was a boring fourth within the Foster.
Olympiad, a 4-year-old Speightstown colt skilled by Invoice Mott, pressed the tempo and was clearly finest within the stretch, ending 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.66 with Junior Alvarado up.
He added to earlier 2022 scores in a Gulfstream Park allowance, the Grade III Mineshaft and Grade II New Orleans Traditional at Honest Grounds and the Grade II Alysheba at Churchill Downs.
“I assumed it was a really recreation win this afternoon,” Mott mentioned of Olympiad’s effort. “There have been some good horses on this discipline and I assumed he did issues reasonably simply. It was very nice to see him win like that.
“We have all the time thought of operating him within the Whitney so I feel that will be the following potential goal.”
The Stephen Foster was a “Win and You are In” occasion for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Traditional.
Frosted Over shadowed pacesetting Mighty Coronary heart all the way in which to the stretch flip in Friday’s $180,000 (Canadian) Grade III Dominion Day Stakes at Woodbine, cruised by that one and rolled house first by 4 3/4 lengths. Artie’s Storm was up for second with Mighty Coronary heart holding third.
Frosted Over, a 4-year-old Frosted colt, completed 1 1/8 miles on the all-weather observe in 1:49.46 with out a lot requested of him by jockey Kazushi Kimura. After two unimpressive efforts at age 2, Frosted Over now has posted top-three finishes in seven of his final eight begins.
And the 3-year-olds:
One thing put a cost into Cost It in Saturday’s $250,000 Grade III Dwyer Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park because the Tapit colt delivered a Secretariat-style present.
After placing away an early tempo problem, Cost It merely left all 5 rivals in his mud, main by 10 lengths early within the stretch and 23 lengths on the wire underneath a hand experience by John Velazquez. Runninsonofagun was up for second, 2 1/4 lengths higher than Fluid State of affairs.
Paradoxically, the margin of victory, massive as at was, fell 5 lengths shy of the margin of Cost It is loss in his final race, the Kentucky Derby, wherein he completed seventeenth, crushed 28 lengths, reportedly with respiratory woes from a displaced palate. Earlier than that, he was second within the Florida Derby.
“I am undecided what the official margin is, however it’s fairly far,” Pletcher mentioned instantly after the Dwyer. “At one level, I appeared on the Secretariat pole and thought, “Whoa! That is shut.'”
Pletcher mentioned the trail ahead for Cost It may embrace the Jim Dandy, the Travers “or each. It is all about him telling us what to do.”
Rattle N Roll, a Grade I winner at 2 however a disappointment via the Triple Crown collection, discovered his bearings in Saturday’s $200,000 American Derby at Churchill Downs — an historic and prestigious race transplanted from Arlington Park, after which switched this 12 months to the filth.
Rattle N Roll, despatched off a lukewarm favourite, took the lead heading down the stretch and bought away to a 2-lengths victory over Kuchar.
It was his first win because the Grade I Futurity at Keeneland final October. and Rattle N Roll’s coach, Kenny McPeek, commented, “I would not say he is on the high of the 3-year-old class. However he is not chopped liver, both.”
In Canada, Rondure drew off within the stretch to win Saturday’s $180,000 (Canadian) Grade III Marine Stakes for 3-year-olds by 5 1/2 lengths over Duke of Love with the favourite, Ironstone, third.
Rondure, an Oxbow colt skilled by Katerina Vassilieva, ran 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather observe in 1:43.57, notching his second win from 5 begins. He was second in his earlier outing, the Queenston Stakes and, as an Ontario-bred, now’s firmly within the image for the Queen’s Plate.
Shedaresthedevil confirmed as soon as once more in Saturday’s $350,000 Grade II Fleur de Lis Stakes she’s all however invincible at Churchill Downs.
Underneath a assured experience by Florent Geroux, the 5-year-old Daredevil mare let Tremendous Fast unfastened on the lead, reeled that one in with a furlong to run and bought house first by 1 3/4 lengths.
Tremendous Fast held second, 3 1/2 lengths in entrance of the favourite, Pauline’s Pearl. Shedaresthedevil ran 1 1/8 miles on a quick observe in 1:49.17.
Shedaresthedevil now has six wins and a second from seven begins within the shadow of the Twin Spires, the victories together with the 2020 Kentucky Oaks.
The one severe blot on her copybook was a sixth-place fade in final 12 months’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff — a scenario coach Brad Cox would not thoughts setting straight at Keeneland in 5 months’ time.
“We have focused this race for a very long time,” Cox mentioned. “She loves it right here at Churchill Downs and Florent gave her an ideal experience. It was a troublesome discipline however I had confidence in her once I noticed her place going across the flip that she’d have sufficient left to chase down [Super Quick].”
Saturday’s $200,000 Tepin Stakes was alleged to have been on the grass, however Churchill Downs took its inexperienced course out of service for upkeep for the weekend so the occasion went to 3-year-old fillies extra comfy on the filth.
And most comfy of all was Depraved Halo, who sat simply off the tempo, took over turning for house and drew off to win by 4 3/4 lengths over Heartyconstitution. Zawish and Verylittlecents accomplished the order of end.
Depraved Halo, one other of the Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Gun Runner offspring skilled with success by Steve Asmussen. She made it two wins in a row whereas stepping as much as the mile for the primary time.
At Woodbine, Souper Hoity Toity rallied six-wide on the flip and was up late to win Saturday’s $180,000 (Canadian) Selene Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 3/4 lengths over the favourite, Catiche. Mrs. Barbara ran evenly to complete third.
Souper Hoity Toity, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Uncle Mo, ran 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather observe in 1:45.11. Patrick Husbands rode for coach Mark Casse.
It was her third win and adopted a seven-months layoff from a fourth-place end within the Grade III Mazarine Stakes over the course and distance.
At Delaware Park, Midnight Stroll got here from mid-pack on the high of the lane in Saturday’s $300,000 Grade III Delaware Oaks, took the lead gamely after which held on to win by a head from the favourite, Shotgun Hottie.
Morning Matcha rallied from final of seven to get present cash as Midnight Stroll, a Not This Time filly, ran 1 1/16 miles on a quick observe in 1:44.31.
Eric Cancel rode for coach John Terranova II. It was her third win from her final 4 begins — a streak that additionally included a ninth-place end within the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico.
On Sunday at Monmouth Park, Inexperienced Up dueled to the lead within the $100,000 Boiling Springs Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, then took over within the stretch run, drawing off to win by 5 1/4 lengths.
The chances-on favourite, Radio Days, could not match strides with the winner, however completed second, 3 lengths in entrance of Captainsdaughter. Alittleloveandluck accomplished the order of end.
Inexperienced Up, an Upstart filly skilled by Todd Pletcher for Workforce Valor, ran 1 mile and 70 yards on a quick observe in 1:40.93 for jockey Paco Lopez.
Sunday at Churchill Downs, Lil Tootsie wore down pacesetting, odds-on favourite The Mary Rose, after 1/2 mile of the $160,000 Anchorage Stakes, then went on to win by 3 1/2 lengths over Roc’s Princess. The Mary Rose reported final of 5, 21 3/4 lengths again of the winner.
Lil Tootsie, a 4-year-old Tapit filly, bought 1 mile on a quick observe in 1:37.17 with Edgar Morales up.
Filly & Mare Dash
Ce Ce, the reigning Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Dash champ, was the prohibitive favourite amongst six going through the starter in Saturday’s $100,000 Princess Rooney Invitational at Gulfstream Park and ran to her notices, kicking away via the stretch to win by 6 1/2 lengths.
Spirit Wind and Make Mischief stuffed out the trifecta as Ce Ce, with Victor Espinoza within the irons, ran 7 furlongs in 1:22.2. She was final seen ending third within the Grade I Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park in April — a race she gained in 2020.
“Clearly, it is by no means handy whenever you ship all the way in which throughout the nation, however it’s a racetrack that she’s keen on,” mentioned coach Michael McCarthy of the California-based mare. “The spacing of the race was nice.”
The daughter of Elusive High quality gained the Princess Rooney final 12 months earlier than clinching the Eclipse Award as champion feminine sprinter with the Breeders’ Cup win at Del Mar.
McCarthy mentioned her marketing campaign for the remainder of the 12 months doubtless will mirror 2021 with stops as Saratoga and Santa Anita earlier than the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland. The Princess Rooney was a “Win and You are In” race for that November occasion.
Becca Taylor, the odds-on favourite, took an early lead in Monday’s $200,000 Grade II Nice Woman M Stakes at Los Alamitos, put away a challenger early within the stretch run and bought house first by 2 lengths over Samurai Attraction. Elm Drive was third.
Becca Taylor, a 4-year-old filly by Outdated Topper, ran 6 1/2 furlongs on a quick observe in 1:15.25 with Juan Hernandez using. She now has 9 wins from 10 begins with the lone loss a second by a nostril within the Irish O’Brien Stakes on the Santa Anita hillside turf course.
“That nostril goes to hang-out me for the remainder of my life,” coach Steve Miyadi mentioned.
One other Breeders’ Cup Champion returned to the winner’s circle as Aloha West triumphed by a neck over Miles Forward in Saturday’s $160,000 Kelly’s Touchdown Stakes at Churchill Downs.
These two chased down pacesetting Kneedeepinsnow in deep stretch earlier than battling to the wire.
Aloha West, a 5-year-old son of Onerous Spun, ran 6 1/2 furlongs on a quick observe in 1:15.44 with Joel Rosario within the irons. It was the primary win of the 12 months for Aloha West, winner of the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Dash at Del Mar, after two defeats in Grade I races.
“We’re glad he bought his toes again beneath him immediately,” mentioned Aloha West’s coach, Wayne Catalano. “Our objective is to get him again to Keeneland for the Breeders’ Cup Dash.”
Willy Boi took again early in Saturday’s $100,000 Smile Dash Invitational at Gulfstream Park, got here four-wide to take the lead in higher stretch and ran on to win by 1 size over Pudding. Absolute Grit was third and Drain the Clock pale from a quick result in end fourth.
Willy Boi, a 4-year-old Uncaptured gelding, ran 6 furlongs on a quick observe in 1:09.71 with Chantal Sutherland aboard, operating his win streak to a few.
Drain the Clock added his named to the listing of horses who struggled on return from Dubai. He completed seventh within the Group 1 Golden Shaheen there in his earlier begin March 26.
Saturday at Delaware Park, Whereshetoldmetogo rallied from next-last of seven to win the $100,000 Alapocas Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths over Drafted. No Cents was simply one other nostril again in third. Whereshetoldmetogo, a 7-year-old El Padrino gelding, ran 6 furlongs on a quick observe in 1:09.61 with Jevian Toledo within the irons.
The Gun Runner, Winchell Thoroughbreds, Steve Asmussen mixture struck once more in Sunday’s $160,000 Maxfield Stakes at Churchill Downs as Gunite got here from a pace-stalking journey to win by 1/2 size over My Prankster. Hoist the Gold was only a head farther again in third and Tejano Twist was fourth.
Gunite, with Tyler Gaffalione up, ran 7 furlongs on a quick observe in 1:23.08. He gained the Grade I Hopeful final summer time at Saratoga however was put away after a fifth-place end within the Grade I Champagne at Belmont Park.
Chasing Artie outfinished The Virginian within the closing strides of Sunday’s $100,000 Bob Umphrey Dash Stakes on the Gulfstream Park all-weather observe, successful by 3/4 size over that foe. It was one other 1 1/2 lengths to Tape to Tape in third.
Chasing Artie, a Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred gelding by We Miss Artie, ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.71 with Edgard Zayas up.
Cody’s Want attached with Three Approach in a decent stetch duel in Monday’s $175,000 Hanshin Stakes Introduced by JRA at Churchill Downs, lastly prevailing by a neck over that rival. Superior Gerry was one other 4 lengths again in third.
Cody’s Want, a Godolphin homebred 4-year-old colt by Curlin out of the Tapit mare Dance Card, completed the 1-turn mile on a quick observe in 1:34.10 with Junior Alvarado using for coach Invoice Mott.
Turf / Turf Mile
Fundamental Occasion bought out to an early lead in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade III Kent Stakes for 3-year-olds at Delaware Park, opened up a pleasant benefit into the stretch and bought safely house, 1 1/2 lengths forward of the late-running favourite, Elizar. Tommy Bee got here from final to complete third.
Fundamental Occasion, a Bernardini colt, ran 1 1/8 miles on agency turf in 1:48.74 with Eric Cancel within the irons. He gained for the third time whereas coming off a ninth-place end within the Grade II American Turf at Churchill Downs.
Annapolis, the odds-on favourite, rallied to the lead turning for house in Monday’s $100,000 Manila Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park and cruised on house first by 2 3/4 lengths over Double Clutch.
Annapolis, a Warfare entrance colt out of 2014 Kentucky Oaks runner-up My Miss Sophia, ran 1 mile on agency turf in 1:32.81 with Irad Ortiz Jr. up for coach Todd Pletcher.
He now has three wins and a second from 4 begins and coach mentioned he may transfer proper as much as the $1 million Grade I Caesars Saratoga Derby Invitational on Aug. 6.
Filly & Mare Turf / Turf Mile
Woman Speightspeare set a pressured tempo in Saturday’s $210,000 (Canadian) Grade II Nassau Stakes at Woodbine, was headed within the stretch run however got here again to share the victory with Crystal Cliffs in a useless warmth. Our Flash Drive, after main briefly, completed third, 1 size again of the successful duo.
Woman Speightspeare, a 4-year-old Speightstown filly, improved to 4-for-4 at Woodbine. Crystal Cliffs, a French-bred, 5-year-old mare by Canford Cliffs, was final seen ending second within the Grade III Galorette at Pimlico. They completed 1 mile on agency turf in 1:32.40.
Jouster chased the early chief, Cheermeister, into the stretch in Sunday’s $100,000 Excellent Sting Stakes, hooked that rival nearing the eighth pole and inched away to win by 3/4 size.
The favourite, Love and Thunder, was pinched again at first and superior from final to get present cash.
Jouster, a 4-year-old Noble Mission filly, ran 1 mile on agency turf in 1:32.96 with Luis Saez up for coach Todd Pletcher.
Sparkle Blue chased down pacesetter Tasweya within the stretch run of Saturday’s $100,000 Christiana Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park and gained by 1/2 size over that rival.
Sparkle Blue, a Onerous Spun filly skilled by Graham Movement, ran 1 1/16 miles on agency turf in 1:42.71 with Jeremy Rose up.
Sure for Nowhere and Pablo Morales had been the image of willpower in Saturday’s $200,000 (Canadian) Grade II Highlander Stakes at Woodbine. Blocked repeatedly, Morales lastly discovered a manner via visitors in time for Sure for Nowhere to win by 1 size over Arzak.
White Flag got here from final of 11 to complete third, only a neck farther in arrears. Sure for Nowhere, an 8-year-old son of The Issue, owned by his coach, Wesley Ward, ran 6 furlongs on agency turf in 1:08.01.
The three-time Royal Ascot competitor now has two wins in a row and 9 from 19 profession begins.
It is actually early innings however there is no purpose to suppose something however good ideas about Gulfport after the Uncle Mo colt destroyed 5 rivals because the odds-on favourite in Monday’s $175,000 Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs.
With Brian Hernandez Jr. alongside for the experience, Gulfport went proper to the entrance and gained by 12 1/4 lengths, ending 6 furlongs in 1:09.25, ridden out. Owen’s Leap and Andthewinneris had been second and third.
Gulfport, skilled by Steve Asmussen, gained his solely earlier begin by 7 lengths, additionally underneath the Twin Spires.
Marvel Wheel had issues all her manner in Monday’s $175,000 Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs.
After shaking off a gentle early problem, the Into Mischief filly took full command coming into the stretch and gained by a cushty 6 3/4 lengths with Tyler Gaffalione up. Sabra Tuff was second, 1 1/4 lengths higher than Les Bon Temps.
Marvel Wheel ran 6 furlongs on a quick observe in 1:10.26, enhancing her document to 2-for-2.
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Granted, for the Aga Khan, 50,000 kilos sterling is pocket change. Nevertheless it additionally was a measure of coach Jean-Claude Rouget’s religion within the probabilities of the proprietor’s French Derby winner, Vadeni, that the colt was supplemented to Saturday’s Group 1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
And it was cash nicely spent as Vadeni got here from final in a compact discipline to take the lead at mid-stretch, then overcame a minor stumble to hold on and win by a neck over a traffic-hampered Mishriff. Native Path, winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas, was a detailed third with Lord North fourth.
“On the two-furlong marker he took maintain of the bridle and altered legs,” Racing Put up quoted successful rider Christophe Soumillion.
“That was the time once I was pondering possibly I wait a bit longer, however I may see Mishriff on my inside utterly caught. I simply let him go and that is possibly why I hit the entrance 50 to 100 yards too early.
“All the pieces was fantastic however sadly 80 yards from the road he stumbled and misplaced steadiness for just a few strides. However he was a bit like Almanzor and gave me that additional gear solely champions may give you.”
Alpinista ran her manner into severe consideration for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as a decided late run noticed her house first in Sunday’s Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. Coach Sir Mark Prescott had cautioned the Frankel filly may not be in peak type whereas getting back from an extended layoff, however apparently nobody instructed Alpinista.
After racing close to the again of the sector, she switched on outdoors rivals some 500 meters from the end, was on the engine by the 200-meters mark and gained by 1 1/4 lengths from Barati. Bubble Present was third and the favourite, Hurricane Lane, beat just one rival.
“I gave her a squeeze delivering and nearly discovered myself arriving there a bit too quickly,” Racing Put up quoted jockey Luke Morris. “She confirmed a vibrant flip of foot and hopefully all roads lead again to France.”
Assistant coach William Butler mentioned the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on July 23, which already has the Epsom Derby, Irish Derby and possibly the Epsom Oaks winner as doubtless, would possibly or may not be too quickly for an encore.
“We’re working again from the Arc,” he mentioned. “It got here on the improper time in her program final 12 months so we determined it will be the Arc this 12 months.”
The primary three finishers in Sunday’s Group 1 Deutsches Derby at Hamburg may hardly have been farther aside throughout the course however had been oh, so shut within the photograph with Sammarco on the within prevailing by a brief head over Schwarzer Peter, far out in the course of the turf.
The favourite, So Moonstruck, operating down the center, was one other brief head again in third.
Sammarco, a Camelot colt, got here into the race off a victory by only a head over So Moonstruck within the Group 2 Sparkasse KolnBonn Union-Rennen at Cologne. The Derby was simply his third begin.
On Saturday, reigning Arc champion Torquator Tasso returned to type with a 3 1/2-lengths victory within the Group 2 Grosser Hansa-Preis.
The Adlerflug runner had began 2022 with a boring effort Could 29 at Baden-Baden, however appeared extra himself at Hamburg and now may be part of a trio of Derby winners within the aforementioned King George at Ascot.
Glowing Water, a relative lengthy shot in a well-matched discipline, improved on two shut early-season finishes to win Africa’s signature Race, the Hollywoodbets Durban July (G1) at Greyville, by an authoritarian 3 lengths. Jet Darkish was second with the joint favourite, Secure Passage, third.
Do It Once more, a two-time July winner, was fourth whereas contesting the race a fifth time and final 12 months’s winner, Kommetdieding, settled for fifth.
Glowing Water, a 4-year-old daughter of 2001 Arlington Million winner Silvano, ran 1 3/8 miles in 2:15.08. S’manga Khumalo rode for coach Mike de Kock. Glowing Water was third, then second in her first two begins of 2022, however had been on the sidelines since April.
Khumalo stored Glowing Water, the one feminine within the discipline, shut sufficient to the tempo, saving floor, till the stretch run. Turned unfastened when a seam opened, she rapidly put issues to relaxation, successful as she happy.
“He had a plan and he wasn’t going to be beat,” de Kock mentioned of Khumalo. It was de Kock’s fifth July winner, tying him with Justin Snaith. De Kock additionally skilled the final filly to win the race, Igugu in 2011.
Information and Notes:
The Churchill Downs publicity employees famous, fairly appropriately, the incongruity of the Grade II standing of the Stephen Foster, saying in Sunday’s media replace:
“The Stephen Foster ended its 17-year run as Grade I in 2019. Within the final 10 years, the winners of the Stephen Foster have gained or positioned in 28 Grade I races (not together with their wins within the Foster).
A number of the high horses of the final decade which have gained the Stephen Foster embrace Maxfield, Ron the Greek, In search of the Soul, Tom’s d’Etat and Horse of the Yr Gun Runner.”
Are you listening, Graded Stakes Committee?