Kentucky Derby winner Mandaloun works out at Churchill Downs in preparation for Saturday’s Stephen Foster Stakes. Picture courtesy of Churchill Downs
July 1 (UPI) — The Fourth of July weekend kicks off the second half of the horse racing yr with a bang as Mandaloun, Life Is Good, Ce Ce and different notables return from layoffs.
Including to the curiosity, Mandaloun and Life Is Good will see what they’ll do of their first begins because the Dubai World Cup on March 26.
Japanese horses coming back from that card have struggled to search out the winner’s enclosure again residence. And Scorching Rod Charlie, second within the Group 1 World Cup, was second in his American return within the Grade III Salvator Mile.
There’s graded stakes motion from Canada to Florida and from New York and Delaware by way of Kentucky and out to California, on filth, turf and all-weather tracks. Churchill Downs, nevertheless, canceled its turf racing to provide the grass on the brand new course extra time to develop.
The worldwide scene is sizzling, too. The Group 1 Coral-Eclipse topping England’s schedule is, in actual fact, pink sizzling with a subject filled with Group 1 winners whereas France has the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and budding famous person jockey Hollie Doyle journeys to Hamburg to trip Wagnis within the Group 1 Deutsches Derby.
Africa’s signature race, the Durban July, runs Saturday close to the shores of the Indian Ocean. And there is some excellent news from Hong Kong in “Information and Notes.”
Remembering that every one Individuals, regardless of their variations, should have fun our one nation and try to make it higher if that nation is to outlive, we transfer alongside to the duty at hand. Joyful Fourth!
Traditional / Grime Mile
Mandaloun returns to motion in Saturday’s $750,000 Grade II Stephen Foster Stakes at Churchill Downs, his first begin since a disappointing ninth-place end within the Dubai World Cup (G1) on March 26.
The 4-year-old Into Mischief colt, winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby by the disqualification of Medina Spirit, noticed a four-race profitable streak evaporate within the desert as Nation Grammer took residence the large prize.
He will not discover Saturday’s rivals a lot simpler. Amongst them, Olympiad, a 4-year-old Speightstown colt seems to be to increase a four-race win skein; Final Samurai, a 4-year-old by Malibu Moon, exits a win within the Grade I Oaklawn Handicap; Americanrevolution has gained 5 of eight, together with the Grade I Cigar Mile.
Caddo River, Title Prepared and Proxy spherical out the sector for the 1 1/8-mile problem, which is a “Win and You are In” for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Traditional in November at Keeneland.
Mandaloun can be chasing a minor slice of historical past. Based on Churchill Downs, because the race debuted in 1982, no horse has gained the Kentucky Derby and Stephen Foster.
“He is been doing nice coaching over this observe so it is sensible to focus on a race just like the Foster that’s at residence,” coach Brad Cox mentioned. “We saved our choices open however this race you do not have to ship and may run out of your personal stall.”
Saturday’s $250,000 Grade III Dwyer Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park options expertise within the type of Cost It, second within the Florida Derby however seventeenth within the Kentucky Derby, and a recent face in Nabokov, recent off his maiden win over the identical observe.
Cost It’s a Tapit colt educated by Todd Pletcher; Nabokov, an Uncle Mo colt from the Chad Brown barn. 4 others look much less engaging.
Rondure, Fuerteventura and Duke of Love all present promise in an eight-horse subject entered for Saturday’s $150,000 (Canadian) Grade III Marine Stakes for 3-year-olds on the Woodbine all-weather observe
Artie’s Storm, Frosted Over and 2020 Queen’s Plate winner Mighty Coronary heart all get some oddsmaker consideration in a subject of 9 set for Friday’s $150,000 (Canadian) Grade III Dominion Day Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the Woodbine all-weather observe. Mighty Coronary heart gained this final yr.
Talking of the Dubai World Cup, the winner of that $12 million warmth and second within the $20 million Saudi Cup, Nation Grammer, has been on the work tab for a month at Santa Anita.
Equibase nonetheless lists Bob Baffert as his coach, so one would possibly count on him again as soon as Baffert’s official suspension ends in early July.
Solely 5 signed on for Saturday’s $350,000 Grade II Fleur de Lis Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the Churchill Downs filth however it’s a high quality bunch, certainly.
Shedaresthedevil gained the 2020 Kentucky Oaks, one in all three Grade I’s in her “W” column. However she faces the mare who has completed in entrance of her of their final two conferences, Pauline’s Pearl.
Then once more, Pauline’s Pearl has to cope with She’s All Wolfe and Ava’s Grace, who had been 1-2, respectively, on the end of the native Shawnee Stakes on June 4 with Pauline’s Pearl fourth.
The sphere is rounded out by Tremendous Fast who earned a 107 Beyer Pace Determine whereas profitable her final begin, the Grade III Allaire Du Pont at Pimlico, by 14 1/4 lengths.
Shotgun Hottie is the lukewarm morning-line favourite in a well-matched subject for Saturday’s $300,000 Grade III Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park. The Gun Runner filly comes off a 3rd within the Grade III Gazelle at Aqueduct in April.
Saturday’s $150,000 (Canadian) Grade III Selene Stakes at Woodbine has eight 3-year-old fillies set to go 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather observe.
Catiche, an Arrogate filly, is the morning-line favourite after a pointy native win final trip however the occasion seems to be like a proper tossup. Mrs. Barbara confirmed promise final yr, profitable the Grade III Mazarine and is likely to be working again into kind.
Life Is Good is the large deal in Saturday’s $250,000 Grade II John A. Nerud Stakes at Belmont Park and, ought to he run effectively, we’ll transfer the recap of this race to the “Traditional / Grime Mile” class, the place he is possible headed by Breeders’ Cup time.
As famous, He makes his first begin since fading late within the Group 1 Dubai World Cup to complete fourth in his first begin at 1 1/4 miles. Previous to that, he had gained six of seven begins together with the Breeders’ Cup Grime Mile at Del Mar.
The Into Mischief colt has been working steadily at Belmont for coach Todd Pletcher and his homeowners, China Horse Membership and WinStar Farm.
The one rival on this subject who seems to be able to testing Life Is Good is Speaker’s Nook, a Godolphin homebred colt by Avenue Sense who has six wins from 10 begins.
Each Life Is Good and Speaker’s Nook just like the lead and each can fly so oil up the stopwatches.
Pletcher blamed the Meydan racing floor, not the elevated distance, for Into Mischief’s fade in Dubai and mentioned he’s utilizing the Nerud as a springboard to the $1 million Grade I Whitney at Saratoga on Aug. 6 — a “Win and You are In” for the Breeders’ Cup Traditional.
“It was the fallacious racetrack for him,” Pletcher mentioned of the Dubai defeat. “We had been a bit involved about that stepping into. I believed they might have it a bit tighter on that evening, however it did not play to his type in any respect.”
9 speedy varieties are set to line up for Saturday’s $160,000 Kelly’s Touchdown Stakes at Churchill Downs. Amongst them are Aloha West, winner of the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Dash at Del Mar, however winless in two begins this time period.
These, nevertheless, had been robust Grade I affairs and this seems to be like a neater task for the Wayne Catalano trainee.
Drain the Clock is the favourite amongst six entered for Saturday’s $100,000 Grade III Smile Dash Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
The 4-year-old gained a trio of graded stakes final yr together with the Grade I Woody Stephens at Belmont Park nearly precisely a yr in the past. However he is one other being examined for the primary time since a visit to Dubai, the place he completed seventh within the Group 1 Golden Shaheen in March.
Willy Boi was fourth on this final yr and returns after two straight wins.
Sunday’s $160,000 Maxfield Stakes for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs drew Gunite, a Gun Runner colt who gained the Grade I Hopeful at Saratoga final yr, however then completed fifth within the Grade I Champagne at Belmont Park and went into hibernation.
He returned with a second in a Churchill Downs allowance and we’ll see what coach Steve Asmussen has been in a position to put again collectively for him.
Sunday’s $100,000 Bob Umphrey Dash, 5 1/2 furlongs on the Gulfstream Park all-weather observe, drew a free-for-all subject of 11.
Filly & Mare Dash
Ce Ce is the characteristic attraction in Saturday’s $250,000 Grade II Princess Rooney Invitational at Gulfstream Park, a “Win and You are In” for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Dash.
The 6-year-old Elusive High quality mare is the reigning champ in that race and has amassed six graded stakes wins, three in Grade I races. She gained this race final yr. If she falters, Glass Ceiling is also a a number of graded stakes winner and Spirit Wind, a 3-year-old Bahamian Squall filly, has gained three straight races, all at Gulfstream.
Entries weren’t accessible at press time for Monday’s $200,000 Grade II Nice Girl M Stakes at Los Alamitos.
Turf / Turf Mile
Saturday’s $350,000 Grade II Clever Dan Stakes was put “on hiatus” this yr as the brand new Churchill Downs turf course continued to point out sufficient put on and tear that the observe shut it down for the ultimate weekend of the season.
Saturday’s $200,000 American Derby is also off the ailing Churchill Downs turf and, with the transfer to the primary observe, drew a reasonably motley subject of 11.
Amongst them is Rattle N Roll, winner of the Grade I Breeders’ Futurity final fall at Keeneland and a fringe participant on this yr’s Triple Crown wars. In any other case, it is a robust one to determine.
Saturday’s $200,000 Grade III Kent Stakes at Delaware Park has a subject of 9 topped by Essential Occasion and Tommy Bee, each with one thing to show at this degree.
Entries for Monday’s $100,000 Manilla Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park weren’t accessible at deadline time.
As regards to turf racing: Churchill Downs’ resolution to shut down the inexperienced course to let it develop leaves open the query of what turns into of the “Arlington Million” weekend the corporate transplanted from its shuttered Chicago-area observe.
CDI had been engaged in attempting to lure European competitors for the celebrated grass races, three of them Grade I occasions, which had been widespread with international trainers in massive measure due to the superb Arlington turf course.
Churchill Downs wouldn’t touch upon plans for the Million program, which leaves horsemen and European promoters very a lot hanging.
Filly & Mare Turf / Turf Mile
Seven signed on for Saturday’s $200,000 Tepin Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs — one other of the races moved off the turf to permit the grass to develop deeper roots.
The sphere left to run on the filth ranges from current maiden winner Runaway Spouse to twin graded stakes winner Depraved Halo.
Girl Speightspeare gained her first 4 profession begins, all at Woodbine. Then she failed to search out the winner’s circle in her subsequent 5 races in Florida and Kentucky.
She’s again on the Toronto-area oval for as the favourite in a subject of 11 for Saturday’s $175,000 (Canadian) Grade II Nassau Stakes at Woodbine. Ought to she not reacclimate, Plum Ali and Crystal Cliffs appear to be possible prospects for the 1-mile tilt.
Sunday’s $100,000 Boiling Springs Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park has a subject of seven with Radio Days, a Gun Runner filly educated by Shug McGaughey, coming off a 3rd within the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan and a second within the Grade III Beaumont at Keeneland.
Sunday’s $100,000 Good Sting Stakes at Belmont Park has graded stakes winners Jouster and Cheermeister in a subject of six.
Saturday’s $200,000 (Canadian) Grade II Highlander Stakes at Woodbine has a subject of 11 with the Wesley Ward-trained 8-year-old, Sure for Nowhere, because the morning-line choose. Silent Poet, Faucet It to Win and Voodoo Zip appear viable alternate options.
Monday’s $175,000 Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs has a subject of six. All gained at first asking however solely two have raced since — Mr. Gordy ending fourth and Merely Tremendous eighth within the Kentucky Juvenile Might 5. They had been all relative bargains within the public sale ring. Watch and study.
Monday’s $175,000 Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs has seven 2-year-old fillies. Like their colt counterparts, most have confronted the starter solely as soon as. Two took a second attempt to get the primary win. One other of the seven stays a maiden. Once more, watch and study.
Talking of bargains, Frango Electrico bought for $4,000 on the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling Sale and earned $10,000 for profitable at Belterra Park in her second begin.
World wide, across the clock:
French Derby winner Vadini, a Churchill colt racing for the Aga Khan, is the antepost favourite amongst six finalists in Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse at Sandown with fellow 3-year-old Native Path, Godolpin’s Irish 2,000 Guineas winner, a detailed second.
The winner will earn his reward, although, as the sector additionally consists of final month’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes runner-up Bay Bridge, 2021 Saudi Cup and Dubai Sheema Traditional winner Mishriff and Alenquer, who comes off a win within the Tattersalls Gold Cup on the Curragh.
How robust is it? We’ll let you know how robust: Lord North is the outsider within the early wagering at odds of 20-1 and better in some outlets. Whereas it is true he is dropped two in a row, he did win the Group 1 Dubai Turf in a useless warmth with Panthalassa again in March, seeing off the remainder of a strong subject.
A giant subject is on faucet for Sunday’s Group 1 Deutsches Derby at Hamburg with a few of the sport’s superstars readily available to trip. Hollie Doyle takes the mount on Wagnis for coach Markus Klug, who has seven of the 20 entries and likewise named Frankie Dettori on So Moonstruck. Sibylle Vogt is up on Nerik for coach Pieter Schiergen.
It is an attention-grabbing subject together with the winner of the Group 2 Derby Italiano at Capannelle. Txope, winner of the German 1000 Guineas, just isn’t entered however the runner-up, Mylady, takes her probability in opposition to the colts.
Pending ultimate declarations, a tricky bunch is engaged for Sunday’s Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. Alpinista ran the desk in 2021, profitable all 5 begins together with three Group 1 occasions and makes her first begin of 2022.
Hurricane Lane, third in final yr’s Arc, is in right here for Godolphin and Excessive Definition represents Coolmore. Mare Australis and Bubble Present return after ending first and second within the Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly June 5.
Baratti, a progressive Frankel colt bred and owned by Juddmonte, steps into the large time. It needs to be a most attention-grabbing 1 1/2 miles.
Saturday’s Group 1 Durban July, Africa’s signature race, has a full subject of 18 and, regardless of the troubles which have diminished the game in South Africa, an enthusiastic, well-costumed crowd may be counted on to cheer the runners down the Greyville stretch.
The theme this yr is “Present Me the Honey,” which is certain to elicit some imaginative and daring bee-related outfits.
Among the many 18 within the subject are Do It Once more, who gained the race in 2018 and did it once more in 2019, then was third in 2020 and fourth final yr; the 2020 winner, Belgarian; and final yr’s winner, Kommetdieding.
Justin Snaith saddles 5 of the 18, together with Do It Once more. Mike de Kock trains 4, together with the promising 3-year-old Aragosta.
In the meantime, again in North America:
Half of the six-horse subject scratched out of Wednesday’s $50,000 Stanton Stakes for Delaware-breds. Of the remaining trio, Witty, below Carol Cedeno, began final and completed first by 5 lengths.
Crabs N Beer was second after making the early tempo with Liltonytwophones one other 5 3/4 lengths in arrears. Witty, a Nice Notion gelding, ran 6 furlongs on a quick observe in 1:10.60.
No person Listens did all of the speaking together with his hooves in Wednesday’s $100,000 Brickyard Stakes for Indiana-breds shortly crossing over from the skin gate to grab the lead, then extending the benefit all the way in which to a 6-lengths margin on the end.
Flowerpecker was second at a giant value and Meetmeinkingston was third.
No person Listens, a 4-year-old Conveyance gelding, ran 6 furlongs on a quick observe in 1:10.03 with Joseph Ramos up.
Hungarian Princess drew off within the ultimate furlong to win Wednesday’s $100,000 Checkered Flag Stakes for state-bred fillies and mares by 4 1/2 lengths from Chandana. Wellington Surprise was up for third. Hungarian Princess, a 4-year-old Pataky Child filly, was residence in 1:11.00 with Samuel Bermudez within the irons.
Each of Monday’s $100,000 stakes for Pennsylvania-breds got here off the turf onto the great, sealed foremost observe.
That appeared to work to the liking of Undercover Kitty, who scampered off within the stretch to win the Crowd Pleaser Stakes for 3-year-olds by 6 lengths over Free Ends. Charlie Marquez rode the winner, a Kitten’s Pleasure gelding, ending 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.20.
Chub Wagon, the odds-on favourite, ran by pacesetting Hey Mamaluke in stretch run of the Energy By Far Stakes for state-bred fillies and mares and went on to win by 3/4 size. Hey Mamaluke was second, 8 lengths in entrance of the remainder of the competitors.
Chub Wagon, a 5-year-old Hey Chub mare, ran 5 furlongs in 58.00 with Silvestre Gonzalez up.
Information and Notes:
The Hong Kong Jockey Membership and Swiss watchmaker Longines introduced Thursday they’ve prolonged the Longines sponsorship of the Hong Kong Worldwide Races for 5 years, by way of 2026.
The deal additionally consists of the jockey competitors and the Longines “World’s Finest Jockey” award which usually accompany the HKIR every December.
Purses for the 4 Group 1 races included within the occasion have been bumped up HK$10 million to HK$110 million (about US$14 million). The HKJC calculates the Dash, Mile and Cup are the richest turf races on the planet at their respective distances.
The Hong Kong Jockey Membership, based in 1884, is a major financial mover within the former British colony and one of many prime 10 charitable establishments on the planet.
It is also a significant employer and taxpayer within the Particular Administrative Area of China. The membership has continued since 2019, dealing with civil unrest and stringent pandemic lockdowns whereas sustaining its high-quality native racing program and a dozen annual Group 1 worldwide races.