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July 4th Weekend Graded Stakes Horse Racing Results

A dozen Graded stakes were contested at four of America’s best tracks over the July 4 weekend and all deserve some follow up comments. (AP Images)"]

At Belmont Park, Saturday, Sunday and Monday:

7/2           Suburban (Hdcp.)/II/300,000/3&up/1 1/8 mi: The winner was FLAT OUT, who never had won a Graded Stakes scored over HYMN BPOOK, who only recently earned his first stakes win.   While both horses have mutual licenses to improve, their 1-2 finish also showed how weak the race really was.

7/2           Dwyer/II/150,000/3 yr /1 1/16 mi: The top three contenders on paper- DOMINUS, ADIOS CHARLIE, and COOL BLUE RED HOT finished 1-2-3 in a relatively fast 1-1/16 mile contest in which Dominus went wire to wire while Adios Charlie stalked him every step of the way.

7/3         Bed o' Roses (Hcp)III/150,000/3&up (f)/7 Furlongs: Big payoffs here as the top three finishers were all 15-1 and higher, while the 3-10 betting favorite HILDA’S PASSION was unable to stay, finishing a badly beaten sixth. The winner--- TAMARIND HALL--- is a 4 year old filly trained by Jeremiah Englehart, a Finger Lakes ”˜Ace’. She is a remarkable story: Not only was this Tamarind’ s first stakes win and a Graded win at that, but in March she could have been claimed for $25,000. Obviously, no one should expect to see her in claiming races again, having won this stakes by six lengths.

7/3           Matron/II/150,000/2 yr (f)/6 Furlongs: MILLIONREASONSWHY, a four length winner over weak rivals at Colonial Downs June 11, made this field look equally weak scoring by two lengths in faster time than the male juveniles needed in the Futurity! There was some bumping and shoving here, so I would recommend reviewing this contest carefully on video replay. . . BE BULLISH, the filly I liked to win this race was a late scratch.

7/3           Futurity/II /150,000/2 yr/6 Furlongs: JACK’S IN THE DECK, second in his career debut at Delaware Park May 29, won this slowly clocked race at 14-1by four lengths over TEAM SIX. TARPY’S GOAL, overbet at 4-5 odds, could only finish third. The winner should be bet against when pitched against good 2 year olds during the summer. Aside from the slow clocking, he is bred strictly for sprints.

7/4           Prioress/I/250,000/3 yr (f)/6 Furlongs: HER SMILE, overcame serious traffic problems in the upper stretch to overpower this group at 7-1 odds, a generous price for those who trusted in Todd Pletcher’s proven ability to win important stakes on this circuit. POMEROY’S PISTOL, a most consistent Grade-2 stakes winner in Florida this winter and winner of her most recent outing at Churchill Downs, was a credible second; while the Bob Baffert trained ALIENATION made a move to the lead at the top of the stretch but could not sustain it, finishing third. The time for the 6 furlongs was a very good 1:09.44.

At Monmouth Park on Saturday:

7/2         United Nations Handicap/$750,000/3yr & up 1-3/8 mi, turf: TEAKS NORTH, winner of the Monmouth Stakes, a Grade-3 prep for this traditional classic on June 12,   outgamed last year’s UN winner, CHINCHON by 1/2   lengths at 7-1 odds in a very good race for both. STACELITA, in from France for this with strong European form, rallied well on the final turn to bid for the lead in the upper stretch but was out-finished by the top two. BOURBON BAY, in from California, ran fairly well, but was only fourth best, 2-1/4 lengths behind the winner with no apparent excuse.

At Hollywood Park on Saturday and Monday:

7/2           Shoemaker Mile/ I /$300,000/3 & up/1-mile (Turf): Favored COURAGEOUS CAT, second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile last fall to the unofficial   World Champ GOLDIKOVA, narrowly won this race over CARACORTADO in a dynamite race for both. VICTOR’S CRY found his best stride way too late and was third, beaten five lengths by the top two.

7/2           Triple Bend H'dicap I/$250,000/3 &up/7 Furlongs: SMILING TIGER, fresh and fit, was a dominant 3-1/2 length winner at 17-10 odds over 9-1 shot CAMP VICTORY in this high class sprint. AMAZOMBIE, the 3-2 betting favorite, was no real win threat, finishing third, 5-1/2 lengths behind Smiling Tiger.

7/4           Royal Heroine Mile/II /$150,000/3 & up (f)/One Mile (Turf): In a solid performance, 17-10 betting favorite CELTIC PRINCESS overcame an awkward start to defeat multiple Grade-1 winner HARMONIOUS by a comfortable 2-1/4 lengths. In the battle for third, ANDINA narrowly edged front running GIVINE.

At  Churchill Downs on Saturday and Monday:

7/2           Bashford Manor /III/$100,000/2 yr /6 Furlongs: EXFACTOR and POWER WORLD came from deep in the pack to finish 1-2, with the former much the best. Front running FRISCAN gave way in mid stretch but narrowly held SUM OF THE PARTS safe for third. The winner is bred to handle sprints and races up to one mile; the second place finisher is bred to handle any distance, any track condition; while Sum of the Parts is bred strictly for sprints.

7/4           Firecracker H'Cap/II/$175,000/3 & up/One mile (Turf): In his first grass race, 14-1 shot WISE DAN acted as if he could develop into one of the top turf milers in America, scoring by 2-3/4 lengths over highly regarded BARYSHNIKOV and STRIKE IMPACT---winner of his last two on the CD turf course.   This was Wise Dan’s fifth victory in 10 lifetime starts and his first Graded stakes score since winning the 6 furlong, Grade-3 Phoenix at Keeneland last October. At the bottom line, Wise Dan, who was sixth in the $2 million BC Sprint last fall, now has won races at 6 furlongs and one mile on fast dirt, sloppy dirt, Polytrack and turf.   Obviously, this victory gives trainer Charles Lopresti many options to consider through the summer.

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