Friday, July 3, 2015

July 3-5, 2015

Let's Go To The Races - July 3-5, 2015


5-6 pm ET - Suburban Stakes and Belmont Oaks - NBC
Likely will include replay of Belmont Derby

4:30-6:00 pm ET - Fox Sports 1 - Jockey Club on Fox
United Nations Stakes & Salvatore Mile plus special on "American Pharoah: Finally the One"


Four solid Grade 1 races plus some exciting undercard action this holiday weekend.

On SATURDAY in the U.S. the two main events are at Belmont Park:  the Grade 1 Belmont Derby and the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational, also a Win and You're In Breeders Cup race. On the Belmont undercard, PROMISE ME SILVER will be looking for redemption in the Grade 3 Victory Ride after a bad start and wide trip in the Acorn last out saw her perfect record fade away.

In the Grade 3 Dwyer at Belmont,TEXAS RED provides star power and makes his second start of the season,after just missing in the San Vicente in February to Lord Nelson. His other competition likely will be BLOFELD, whose only career loss has been in the last-out William Walker at Churchill Downs in April.

DIVISIDERO, BOLO meet in deep Belmont Derby
DIVISIDERO will try for a second straight stakes victory on the inner turf at Belmont Park in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) July 4, while classic runner BOLO will ship in from the West Coast. In the deepest field of 3-year-old turf runners assembled in North America this year, Gunpowder Farms’ Divisidero will try to pick up his first grade I victory and add his fourth win in five starts in Saturday’s 1 1/4-mile turf race. The Kitten's Joy colt will have to earn that top-level victory, as the field includes top runners from throughout the country, as well as a pair of promising international runners. Read more at source

Classic winner TONALIST towers over Suburban
TONALIST will find himself in easier company July 4 than he did last time out, with only five to tackle and not another grade I winner in the bunch for the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.  The 2014 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner was nearly victorious in the June 6 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), but fell victim to a career-best performance and brilliant closing run from Honor Code and wound up second by 3 3/4 lengths. The 4-year-old Tapit   colt will look to duplicate the winning form he demonstrated one start back for trainer Christophe Clement, winning the one-mile Westchester Stakes (gr. III) by 3 3/4 lengths over three others in his season debut. Read more at source

On Sunday, MAIN SEQUENCE is the class of a loaded United Nations 
Champion Main Sequence will make his return to the Jersey Shore to defend his title in the $500,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park July 5, starting for the first time since taking a March trip to Dubai and facing a stout lineup of accomplished contenders.  The 6-year-old Aldebaran gelding was last seen in the March 28 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-IT) at Meydan, where he went three wide around the long far turn and had to settle for seventh going 1 1/2 miles. Now he'll return to 1 3/8 miles on the Monmouth lawn, looking to land not only his second consecutive victory in the United Nations, but an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT)—a race he won in 2014—as part of the "Win & You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge. Read more at source

SUNDAY's fare will be a full day of racing, and will include the Canadian Classic, Grade 1 Queen's Plate at Woodbine, and the Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth.  Some nice undercard action will feature the Grade 3 Salvator Mile, the Grade 2 Princess Rooney, the Grade 2 Smile Sprint, the latter two and the United Nations are Breeders Cup Win and You're In races.

RACE DAY heads loaded Salvator Mile
Matthew Schera's Race Day, winner of the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) and Razorback Handicap (gr. III) in consecutive graded scores for trainer Todd Pletcher, is the 123-pound highweight for the $150,000 Salvator Mile (gr. III) July 5 at Monmouth Park  The 4-year-old Tapit   colt will have Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez in the irons from post 8 in a field of 10 for the mile test, which attracted the likes of George and Lori Hall's old-timer Pants On Fire, Crossed Sabres Farm's grade II winner Valid, Fox Hill Farm's grade II winner Coup de Grace, and multiple grade III winner Bradester.  The Salvator Mile will be broadcast live by Fox Sports 1 along with the United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.  Read more at source 

Queen's Plate field set for Sunday
TORONTO -- The post positions for the 156th running of the Queen's Plate was drawn this morning in suburban Toronto at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of 14, including one filly will tackle the mile-and-a-quarter journey around the Woodbine oval in the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Read more at source

Quartet of competitive stakes on Queen's Plate undercard

 Click on CARD below for replay once race is completed
*Breeders Cup Win and You're In

2:50 ET  New York Derby FL   $150,000 a 3yo S  1 1/16 mi   R6  CARD 
5:17 ET  Molly Pitcher S G3  Mth   $150,000  3+ f/m  1 1/16 mi    R10  CARD
6:37 ET  Perfect Sting S  Bel   $100,000  4+ f/m  1 mi T  R8  CARD
International - UK
10:45 am ET  Coral Eclipse G1 Sandown, $715,500, 3+, 1 1/4 mi+  R5 CARD
RESULTS:  Golden Horn turns back The Grey Gatsby in the Eclipse

North America
3:15 ET  Victory Ride S   Bel   $150,000  3yo f  6.5f  R6  CARD  
3:52 ET  Dwyer S   Bel   $500,000  3yo  1 mi   R7  CARD 
4:08 ET  Dr. James Penny PRX   $200,000  3+ f/m  1 1/16 mi T   R8  CARD
4:25 ET  Achievement S  WO   $150,000  3+ S  6f AW   R8  CARD
4:32 ET  Belmont Derby Inv'l G1 Bel   $1,250,000  3yo  1 1/4 mi T R8 CARD
5:11 ET  Suburban H G2  Bel   $500,000  4+  1 1/4 mi   R9  CARD 
5:46 ET  Belmont Oaks Inv'l G1 *  Bel   $1,000,000  3yo f  1 1/4 mi T R10 CARD
6:23 ET  Belmont Sprint C'ship   Bel   $400,000  3+  7f    R11  CARD
8:43 ET  Los Alamitos Derby G2  LRC   $350,000  3yo  1 1/8 mi   R8  CARD

For replays in U.S., click on the CARD above
Lady Eli sets off fireworks in Belmont Oaks
Lady Eli sparkles in Belmont Oaks
Although the track record at Belmont is 1:57.79 for 1 1/4 mi (10furlongs) on turf, her time of 1:59.27 is nothing to sneeze at. For reference, Round Table set a world record at 10 furlongs on the turf of 1:58.2 carrying 132 pounds!
Effinex outlasts Tonalist at wire in Suburban
Force the Pass airs in Belmont Derby
Gimme da Lute hits winning note in Los Al Derby
Got Lucky romps in Molly Pitcher
Coffee Clique perks up in Dr. James Penny Memorial
Irish Jasper scores in Victory Ride

South Africa - Vocacom Durban July
Vodacom Durban July ever unpredictable - Liesl King TDN
Power King prevails in spite of Deja Vu all over again in SA Durban July
Vodacom Durban July - Race Replay     Power to the King
Durban July - Wiki

8:55 ET  LA Legends Mademoiselle  EvD   $100,000  3+ f/m S  5.5f   R6  CARD 
8:28 ET  LA Legends Soiree  EvD   $100,000  3yo f S  1 mi T    R5  CARD
9:22 ET  LA Legends Cheval EvD   $100,000  3yo c/g S  1 mi T   R7  CARD
9:49 ET  LA Legends Distaff  EvD   $100,000  3+ f/m S  1 1/16 mi   R8  CARD 
10:16 ET  LA Legends T  EvD   $100,000  3+ S  1 1/16 mi T    R9  CARD
10:43 ET  LA Legends Sprint  EvD   $100,000  3+ S  5.5f     R10  CARD
11:10 ET  LA Legends Classic  EvD   $125,000  3+ S  1 1/16 mi  R11  CARD  

1:26 ET  Clarendon S  WO   $150,000  2yo S  5.5f AW    R4  CARD
3:02 ET  Dance Smartly S 2  WO   $200,000  3+ f/m  1 1/8 mi T   R7  CARD
3:39 ET  Azalea S  G3 GP   $150,000  3yo  7f    R7  CARD ET  Singspiel S G3  WO   $150,000  3+  1 1/2 mi T    R9  CARD
4:41 ET  Carry Back S G3  GP   $150,000  3yo f  7f    R9  CARD
4:53 ET  Highlander S  G2  WO   $200,000  3+  6f T    R10  CARD
4:57 ET  River Memories  Bel   $100,000  4+ f/m  1 1/2 mi T    R8  CARD
5:12 ET  Salvator Mile S  G3 Mth   $150,000  3+  1 mi     R10  CARD
5:12 ET  Princess Rooney H G2 *  GP   $250,000  3+ f/m  6f     R10  CARD
5:38 ET  Queen's Plate S  G1 WO   $1,000,000  3yo S  1 1/4 mi AW    R11  CARD
5:43 ET  Smile Sprint H G2 *  GP   $250,000  3+  6f    R11  CARD
5:46 ET  United Nations S G1 *  Mth   $500,000  3+  1 3/8 mi T    R11  CARD

More on today's races
Queen's Plate: More than just a horse race
Jeremy Plonk's Countdown to the Crown - Queen's Plate edition
Summit of Speed at Gulfstream - Several races at Gulfstream for sprinters
Also of note in the Smile Sprint is Alsvid (Officer), who defeated Work All Week when taking the Aristides by two lengths. The Chris Hartman-trained gelding brings a three-race win streak into the event after taking an allowance/optional claimer in March prior to a three-quarter length score in the Count Fleet Sprint H. (G3) about two weeks later.
Chris Landeros has been aboard for Alsvid's current win streak and retains the mount.

Happy Fourth of July!

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