Saturday, August 30, 2014
2 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Inroad :24.60 H 1
3 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Killarney Kid :38.40 H 2
Princesa Del Fuego :38.20 H 1
Smoke Screen :38.40 H 2
4 Furlongs
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Ambleside Park :48.40 H 4
Bubbly On Ice :47.40 H 2
Casino Boss :51.20 H 10
It’s in Command :48.00 H 3
Jagtime Tune :48.60 H 5
London :52.20 B 11
Lord Calezaar :47.20 H 1
Modern :50.20 H 9
Rosbergs Image :52.60 H 12
Skimmings Pride :52.60 H 12
Stratify :50.00 B 8
Timed Cross :49.00 H 6
Wailea’s Boy :49.00 H 6
5 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Captain Salt 1:02.20 H 4
Michael’s Glory 1:01.60 H 3
Rebus :59.20 H 1
Saffron 1:01.40 H 2
That’s the Spirit 1:02.40 H 5

Sunset Glow Shines in Del Mar Debutante Win

Odds-on favorite Sunset Glow bulled her way between horses at the top of the stretch to get the lead and repelled the determined rally of Her Emmynency to capture the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) by a neck Aug. 30 (VIDEO).

Front-running winner of the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar Aug. 6, Sunset Glow showed a new dimension with her effort from off the pace to stamp herself as the top 2-year-old filly on the West Coast.

Trained by Wesley Ward for owner Ten Broeck Farm, Sunset Glow was guided to victory by Victor Espinoza. The daughter of Exchange Rate   ran the seven-furlong distance in 1:23.12 over the Polytrack and paid $3.80 to win as the 4-5 choice.

Her Emmynency finished second and Conquest Eclipse was third in the field of nine.

Sunset Glow was bred in Kentucky by Gayla Rankin/GLR Ranch out of the Dynaformer mare Perfectforthepart.

Read more on BloodHorse.com:  http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87097/sunset-glow-shines-in-del-mar-debutante-win#ixzz3Bvnwy2wf

Wise Dan Victorious in Bernard Baruch Return

The Champ is Back.

Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, making his first start since returning from May 16 colic surgery, held off 29-1 shot Optimizer by a nose Aug. 30 to win the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course (VIDEO).

Morton Fink’s heavily favored homebred gelding covered the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:39.08, just off the course record of 1:38.91 set by Fourstardave in 1991.

“He was really tough. He showed he has the heart of a champion,” Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez remarked. “It’s incredible to have this horse coming back.”

Wise Dan gave racegoers a nerve-wracking moment before the start of the Bernard Baruch when he reared up in the gate and unseated Velazquez. But the 7-year-old son of Wiseman’s Ferry   was reloaded without further issue and broke well, settling into a rail-skimming pocket trip in fourth behind a pace set by Five Iron.

That rival showed the way through an opening quarter in :23.26 and a half in :46.32, with 127-pound topweight Wise Dan shadowing a trio made up of the leader, Bio Pro, and Sayaad.

Wise Dan swung out around the turn as three-quarters went in 1:09.77, and was set down for the drive to pass the tiring front-runners through a 1:33.20 mile. Optimizer made a determined late charge, but the six-time Eclipse Award winner held him off at the line, securing his 22nd career victory from 30 starts in a photo finish.

“(He carried) 127 pounds coming from a long layoff,” Velazquez said. “When I got to the eighth pole, I didn’t think I got it. When I got past the sixteenth pole he was giving me everything he had and the other horse was coming from the outside. There was a little bit of doubt, he was getting tired. (I’m) incredibly proud. What happened to him, training and come back and run with 127 pounds, that’s incredible.”

“We wanted a good race for him to get started with,” trainer Charlie LoPresti said. “He’s been through a lot. I knew he was training good and I knew he was going to run good. I wouldn’t have been disappointed if he was beat today; it would have been something to build on. He showed today why he is the two-time Horse of the Year.”

LoPresti opted to run Wise Dan in the Bernard Baruch instead of the Aug. 9 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT)—a race he took in 2012 and 2013—because the chestnut gelding needed a few more weeks to return to form.

“We wanted to run here (at Saratoga),” LoPresti said. “I came here to run. I came here to train, and I came here to run. I really wanted to do it, and I’m really glad that we did.”

Wise Dan, who had six breezes at Saratoga as part of his recovery, received an ovation from an appreciative crowd as he jogged back to and then walked into the winner’s circle, and the crowd applauded again after he posed for his photo and was being led back to the barn.

“He’s a trouper, man,” LoPresti said. “He knows how to win races. Johnny said he was tired. I can tell you, he’s just an amazing horse. That’s the way he wins.”

Wise Dan’s next target is the Oct. 4 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland en route to a bid at his third consecutive Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) win Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park. He remains undefeated in 2014, having aced repeat victories in the April 11 Maker’s 46 Mile (gr. IT) and May 3 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) before undergoing surgery.

“He’ll build from this race, I have to think,” LoPresti said. “God willing, he comes back good. He’ll be way tougher next time.”

Favored at odds of 4-5 in a field of eight, Wise Dan returned $3.60, $3.10, and $2.20 while Optimizer brought $14.60 and $8.20, and rounded out a $69.50 exacta. Five Iron was third and paid $4.70, as Sayaad, Bio Pro, North Star Boy, Sky Blazer, Boisterous, and Paris Vegas completed the order of finish. Lea and Red Rifle were main track only entrants.

Bred in Kentucky out of the Wolf Power mare Lisa Danielle, Wise Dan collected the 18th graded stakes score of a career that includes 10 grade I victories. His earnings now stand at $6,952,920.
Read more on BloodHorse.com:  http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87085/wise-dan-victorious-in-bernard-baruch-return#ixzz3BvnV3qjB

Itsmyluckyday Outfights Moreno in Woodward

Co-favorites Itsmyluckyday   and Moreno battled shoulder to shoulder through the entire length of stretch before Itsmyluckyday prevailed to win the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) by half a length at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 30 (VIDEO).
With the victory, his first in a grade I, Itsmyluckyday turned the tables on Moreno after finishing second to the front-runner in the Whitney Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 2. The victory also culminated a season-long comeback for Itsmyluckyday after fracturing his pelvis in a race last year.
Junior Alvarado, the rider aboard Moreno, lodged a complaint against Paco Lopez and Itsmyluckyday after the two horses bumped repeatedly in the final furlong. Stewards reviewed the stretch run and ruled there would be no change in the order of finish.

“I got bumped four or five times,” complained Alvarado, saying Moreno lost his action in deep stretch. “My horse was running good and kept getting bumped. In the last part, he got bumped and pulled himself out of the race.”

“(Moreno) came over and bumped into my horse,” countered Lopez. “I didn’t bump that horse.”
Eddie Plesa Jr. trains Itsmyluckyday for Trilogy Stable and his wife, Laurie Plesa. The dark bay colt is a 4-year-old son of Lawyer Ron bred in Kentucky by Rob Whiteley’s Liberation Farm and Pam and Jim Robinson’s Brandywine Farm out of the Doneraile Court mare Viva La Slew.

“It’s like when you have a child that does something out of the ordinary, exceptional, that you know he could do; that’s what it felt like,” Plesa said after his first Woodward win. “I mean, horses aren’t your children, but we take great pride in our horses; we take great pride in our craft. He did what he needed to do in a manner nobody would dispute was spot on, or that he was the best horse today.”
Itsmyluckyday, the slight second choice behind Moreno at odds of 5-2, paid $7.70 to win while completing the 1 1//8-mile distance in a time of 1:48.84 on a fast track.
Prayer for Relief finished third in the field of nine older horses.

Moreno, as expected took the lead shortly after the break but Itsmyluckyday, adding blinkers for the first time while breaking from the rail, did not let the pacesetter get far away. The coupled entry of Long River and Romansh also stalked the leaders as Moreno stepped quarter mile fractions of :24.01, :47.41, and 1:10.94 for the first six furlongs.
With Prayer for Relief advancing into third around the far turn, Moreno, with Itsmyluckyday gradually left the others behind and it came down to those two as they fought it out through the lane. There was very little between the two rivals after coming together just past the eighth pole, completing the mile in 1:35.53. But in the final couple of strides, Itsmyluckyday, under right-handed urging from Lopez, gained the slight edge.

Plesa added blinkers because he felt Itsmyluckyday was losing focus at key points of his recent races, including the Whitney. He said the move worked out.

“We didn’t want to give Moreno a breather,” the trainer said. “We didn’t want to have to depend on anybody else, and the outcome was Moreno ran a fantastic race. He just came up a little bit short today against us under different circumstances, and I think they’re two great horses.”

Plesa said he was not concerned about possibly being disqualified.

“No, not at all. It never, never entered my mind,” he said. “I didn’t think there was a chance in the world.”

Eric Guillot, trainer of Moreno, said he wasn’t sure who was to blame for the bumping.

“The horse ran his race,” he said of Moreno. “Sometimes you run second, sometimes you win. It was Eddie’s turn. My horse is consistent. He ran his race. What are you going to do? Go to bed, rest, get up in the morning and start all over again.”

It was 1 1/2 lengths back to Prayer in Relief in third, followed by 3-1 third choice Zivo, the Suburban Handicap (gr. II) winner whose six-race winning streak was halted. Then came Stephanoatsee, Last Gunfighter, Long River, Romansh, and Norumbega. Micromanage scratched.
Since winning a minor stakes at Gulfstream Park in April, Itsmyluckyday has won four of his past five starts, the only loss coming by 1 1/4 lengths to Moreno in the Whitney. Itsmyluckyday stalked the winner that day as well but could not quite close the gap.
Last year Itsmyluckyday won the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) before finishing second in the Florida Derby (gr. I). After a 15th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), he bounced back with a fine second in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). After skipping the Belmont he returned in the Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) last June at Monmouth Park when he pulled up with what was later determined to be a cracked pelvis.
Itsmyluckyday was out of action until this March when he returned with a fourth-place effort in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II), and he has been nearly unbeatable since. He captured the Salvatore Mile (gr. III) in his start prior to the Whitney at his home track, Monmouth. With his latest win, which was his sixth stakes victory, Itsmyluckyday improved his career line to 9-4-1 in 19 races with earnings of $1,662,600.

“I told the owners, the partners, ‘Get tied on. This is going to be as exciting a second half of the year as last year was the first half of the year,’ ” Plesa said. “So, between last year’s first half and this year’s second half, we’re going to have a great year.”
Carrying 120 pounds, Itsmyluckyday paid $7.70, $3.70, and $3, keying a chalky $22.80 exacta with Moreno, who returned $4.20 and $3. Prayer for Relief paid $6 to show.
Itsmyluckyday is the second foal produced by his dam Viva La Slew, selling for $47,000 as a Keeneland September yearling purchase by Nick J. Hines, agent in 2011. Plesa purchased Itsmyluckyday for $110,000 for David Melin from the consignment of Eisaman Equine, agent, at the 2012 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s March 2-year-old sale.
Read more on BloodHorse.com:  http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87091/itsmyluckyday-outfights-moreno-in-woodward#ixzz3BvnIplCv


67th Running Of The Birdcatcher $50,000

A SPECIAL WEIGHT STAKES FOR TWO YEAR OLD COLTS & GELDINGS By subscription of $100.00 each, a further payment of $600.00 to pass the entry box and an additional $300.00 to  pass scratch time. With $30,000 to the winner, $10,000 to second, $5,000 to third, $2,500 to fourth and $1,000 to fifth. Field limited to Ten starters. See Preference conditions. Weight…118 lbs.  SIX AND ONE HALF FURLONGS
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AIRSHIP b.c.2 Doug Blair Joan Petrowski
ARTIE IN THE PARK (Mosqueira) dk b/.g.2 Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Tim Rycroft
BERGER BULLET b.g.2 Curtis and Darrell Landry Greg Tracy
BLUE DANCER dk b/.c.2 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
CAPITALISM ch.g.2 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
CEDERBERG dk b/.g.2 NATHC, Taylor, Troy and Tom, Dawn Troy Taylor
CURE THE GOLD dk b/.g.2 Southview Ag (1998) Ltd. Dale Greenwood
DR HOOK MCCRACKEN b.g.2 Curtis and Darrell Landry Greg Tracy
KNIGHT CROSSING dk b/.g.2 Curtis and Darrell Landry Greg Tracy
OH DEREK dk b/.g.2 Grayross Stable Sylvea Gregory
PARTY POOPER b.c.2 Mark DeDomenico, LLC and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company Troy Taylor
PURPLE HEAVEN (Martinez) b.g.2 Ted Graling Twylla Bensmiller
SPICESELLER dk b/.g.2 Red Ron Farms and Red Diamond Stable Ron K. Smith


21St Running Of The Bird of Pay $50,000


 With $30,000 to the winner, $10,000 to second, $5,000 to third, $2,500 to fourth and $1,000 to fifth. Field limited to ten starters. See Preference conditions. Weight…117lbs.


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EUSTACIA ch.f.2 Curtis and Darrell Landry Greg Tracy

GINGER SMASH ch.f.2 Jim Juris and Linda Smith Ron K. Smith

LADY AMELIA dk b/.f.2 Randy Howg, Tim Gordon and Norman Tremblay Robertino Diodoro

LAST FLIGHT dk b/.f.2 Holm-Bred Farm Ltd. Tim Rycroft

LIFE OF FREEDOM dk b/.f.2 Darren Fish Darren Fish

MACHO BABE ch.f.2 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy

PROSECCO b.f.2 M & P Equipment Inc., Met Set Consulting Ltd. and Dale L. Saunders Dale L. Saunders

QUALITY LANE b.f.2 Victor & Sharon Kleparchuk, Eric Dohei and Viking Stables Joan Petrowski

SAFFRON dk b/.f.2 Mark DeDomenico, LLC and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company Troy Taylor

SHE’S IT AGAIN b.f.2 Rocky Mountain Turf Club Stable Craig Smith

WILD DEUCES dk b/.f.2 Randy Howg, Tim Gordon and Norman Tremblay Robertino Diodoro


69th Running Of The Speed to Spare $75,000

A WEIGHT FOR AGE STAKES FOR THREE YEAR OLDS & UPWARD By subscription of $150.00 each, a further payment of $900.00 to pass the entry box and an additional $450.00 to pass scratch time. With $45,000 to the winner, $15,000 to second, $7,500 to third, $3,750 to fourth and $1,500 to fifth. Weights: Three Year Olds…120 lbs.,  Older…126 lbs. Preference conditions apply.  Field limited to Twelve starters.
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ACES AGAIN gr/ro.g.6 Amanda & Gary & Lesley Gregory Amanda Gregory
BOO DIDDY b.g.4 Westana Ranches Inc. Mike Halabi
DEADLY TRUTH b.g.4 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
ELECTION VOW b.g.4 IndyRock Racing, Jim Gibbons, True North Stable and Jennifer Smith Craig Smith
FOR CASH ch.g.4 Southview Ag (1998) Ltd. Dale Greenwood
FRANSOR’S FINEST (Welch) gr/ro.g.6 Praven Sorensen Philip Hall
GO MAX dk b/.c.3 Doug Blair Joan Petrowski
ISCAR dk b/.g.6 Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. Dino K. Condilenios
KILLIN ME SMALLS b.g.4 Deltin Stable and Ed Welsh Ernie J. Keller
LACK OF JUDGMENT ch.g.4 John P. Sinnott and Triple “K” Stables Don Gilkyson
PRIVATE MONEY GAME ch.g.3 Sabre Farms Linda Kropius
REAL DINGO b.g.6 Red Ron Farms Ron K. Smith
SENOR ROJO ch.g.8 Tres Hombres and George Gilbert David Forster
SHORT MEMO dk b/.g.7 Jim McFadyen Robertino Diodoro
SPECTRUS gr/ro.g.5 Garry & Lauri Kugler Rodney J. Cone
TEMPERED SAPPHIRE b.m.5 Garry and Lauri and Roland Kugler Rodney J. Cone
TOCCETIVE (Zenteno Jr) ch.g.5 Southview Ag (1998) Ltd. Dale Greenwood