http://www.drf.com/feeds/articles-of-track en Pocono: Lindy's Big Bang quickest in PA All-Stars http://www.drf.com/news/pocono-lindys-big-bang-quickest-pa-all-stars Three-year-old colt trotters who may have been eyeing the Earl Beal Trot, with its $500,000 final on Saturday, June 30, had their final pretest six days before the eliminations, as they contested three $30,000 divisions of their Pennsylvania All-Stars event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Harness Pocono: Lindy's Big Bang quickest in PA All-Stars 1529293502 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 03:42:23 +0000 440265 at http://www.drf.com Lindy's Big Bang, the Dexter Cup champion, won a close one Sunday at Pocono Curtis Salonick <p>Three-year-old colt trotters who may have been eyeing the Earl Beal Trot, with its $500,000 final on Saturday, June 30, had their final pretest six days before the eliminations, as they contested three $30,000 divisions of their Pennsylvania All-Stars event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/pocono-lindys-big-bang-quickest-pa-all-stars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hawthorne Harness: Two-year-olds compete in Cardinal, Violet Stakes http://www.drf.com/news/hawthorne-harness-two-year-olds-compete-cardinal-violet-stakes Illinois-bred juveniles were the focus during the weekend at Hawthorne as action continued in the different divisions of the Cardinal and Violet Stakes. Harness Hawthorne Harness: Two-year-olds compete in Cardinal, Violet Stakes 1529292618 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 03:30:18 +0000 440264 at http://www.drf.com Heidi High captured a division of the Violet for rookie trotting fillies on Sunday Four Footed Fotos <p>Illinois-bred juveniles were the focus during the weekend at Hawthorne as action continued in the different divisions of the Cardinal and Violet Stakes.</p> <p>On Saturday evening, Illinois-bred 2-year-old filly pacers were the focus in two divisions of the Violet. Each race went for $29,925 as six lined up behind the starting car in both divisions. Race two was the first division as favorite Foolishlittlegirl debuted for trainer Dirk Simpson and driver Casey Leonard off a pair of sharp qualifiers at The Meadows.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/hawthorne-harness-two-year-olds-compete-cardinal-violet-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sippin Fire draws off to win Coca-Cola Stakes http://www.drf.com/news/preview/sippin-fire-draws-win-coca-cola-stakes Under a patient ride by leading jockey Rocco Bowen, Sippin Fire was a convincing winner of the $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes at Emerald Downs on Sunday. He paid $7.60 and posted a final time of 1:15.41 in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds. Race Recap Boundary Bay Freiburg Regazee Cat Sippin Fire Sippin Fire draws off to win Coca-Cola Stakes 1529285770 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-06-17T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:13:"Emerald Downs";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"EMD";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"8";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Mon, 18 Jun 2018 01:36:10 +0000 Randy Goulding 440258 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Randy Goulding </div> </div> </div> <p>Under a patient ride by leading jockey Rocco Bowen, Sippin Fire was a convincing winner of the $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes at Emerald Downs on Sunday. He paid $7.60 and posted a final time of 1:15.41 in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/sippin-fire-draws-win-coca-cola-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Driller gets elusive first stakes win in John Longden 6000 http://www.drf.com/news/preview/driller-gets-elusive-first-stakes-win-john-longden-6000 After many close calls, Driller finally became a stakes winner with an impressive victory in the $50,000 John Longden 6000 at Hastings on Sunday. He paid $19.20 for his two-length win over Calgary Caper in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up. Race Recap Calgary Caper Driller Highway Boss Modern Driller gets elusive first stakes win in John Longden 6000 1529281847 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-06-17T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:19:"Hastings Racecourse";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"HST";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"6";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:27:16 +0000 Randy Goulding 440255 at http://www.drf.com Driller, ridden by Silvino Morales, wins the John Longden 6000 by two lengths. Four Footed Fotos <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Randy Goulding </div> </div> </div> <p>VANCOUVER, British Columbia – After many close calls, Driller finally became a stakes winner with an impressive victory in the $50,000 John Longden 6000 at Hastings on Sunday. He paid $19.20 for his two-length win over Calgary Caper in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.</p> <p>Prior to his breakout performance in the Longden, Driller had finished second in five stakes races for trainer Mel Snow. He went into the Longden off a fifth-place finish in the $50,000 George Royal Stakes on May 21.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/driller-gets-elusive-first-stakes-win-john-longden-6000" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bombard wins stakes debut in Siren Lure http://www.drf.com/news/preview/bombard-wins-stakes-debut-siren-lure Bombard has had a career disrupted twice by injury. When Bombard is at his best, however, he has displayed outstanding performances. On Sunday in his stakes debut, Bombard won the $89,490 Siren Lure Stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. Race Recap Bombard Cistron Perfectly Majestic Bombard wins stakes debut in Siren Lure 1529281167 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-06-17T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:11:"Santa Anita";s:16:"field_track_code";s:2:"SA";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"8";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:19:27 +0000 Steve Andersen 440252 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steve Andersen </div> </div> </div> <p>ARCADIA, Calif. – Bombard has had a career disrupted twice by injury.</p> <p>When Bombard is at his best, however, he has displayed outstanding performances. On Sunday in his stakes debut, Bombard won the $89,490 Siren Lure Stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita.</p> <p>Ridden by leading jockey Flavien Prat, Bombard ($9.60) was always near the front and won by a half-length over 9-1 Cistron. Perfectly Majestic (7-1) rallied through traffic from the back of the field to finish third.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/bombard-wins-stakes-debut-siren-lure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Justify returns home to California, eyes Haskell or Travers next http://www.drf.com/news/preview/justify-returns-home-california-eyes-haskell-or-travers-next The only thing that can stop Justify these days is Southern California traffic. On Sunday, Triple Crown winner Justify was flown from Kentucky to California and then vanned from Ontario International Airport to trainer Bob Baffert’s stable at Santa Anita. The early-afternoon trip from the Ontario airport to the stables was delayed briefly while the motorcade accompanying the horse van negotiated its way past a traffic accident despite police sirens blaring. Track Notes Justify Justify returns home to California, eyes Haskell or Travers next 1529277977 Sun, 17 Jun 2018 23:26:17 +0000 Steve Andersen 440247 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steve Andersen </div> </div> </div> <p>ARCADIA, Calif. – The only thing that can stop Justify these days is Southern California traffic.</p> <p>On Sunday, Triple Crown winner Justify was flown from Kentucky to California and then vanned from Ontario International Airport to trainer Bob Baffert’s stable at Santa Anita. The early-afternoon trip from the Ontario airport to the stables was delayed briefly while the motorcade accompanying the horse van negotiated its way past a traffic accident despite police sirens blaring.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/justify-returns-home-california-eyes-haskell-or-travers-next" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Supreme Aura rallies to take Pegasus Stakes http://www.drf.com/news/preview/supreme-aura-rallies-take-pegasus-stakes Following two sprint wins to begin his career, Supreme Aura stretched out in distance in the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds in January. Things didn’t work out, and he finished last of nine. Race Recap Fuzzy Muzzle George Brown Hydraulic Irish Straight Justholic Roaming Union Supreme Aura Supreme Aura rallies to take Pegasus Stakes 1529277609 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-06-17T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:13:"Monmouth Park";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"MTH";s:17:"field_race_number";s:2:"11";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Sun, 17 Jun 2018 23:17:14 +0000 Jim Dunleavy 440245 at http://www.drf.com Supreme Aura, ridden by Joe Bravo, wins the Pegasus Stakes by a neck over Roaming Union. Ryan Denver/EQUI-PHOTO <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jim Dunleavy </div> </div> </div> <p>Following two sprint wins to begin his career, Supreme Aura stretched out in distance in the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds in January. Things didn’t work out, and he finished last of nine.</p> <p>Trainer Michael Stidham regrouped with the Candy Ride colt, added blinkers, and ran him in sprint stakes at Oaklawn and Woodbine. He finished third both times.</p> <p>On Sunday at Monmouth Park, Stidham removed the blinkers, stretched him out in the 1 1/16-mile Pegasus, and watched Supreme Aura rally under Joe Bravo to get up in deep stretch and score his first stakes victory.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/supreme-aura-rallies-take-pegasus-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Oscar Performance sets Widener turf-course record in Poker Stakes http://www.drf.com/news/preview/oscar-performance-sets-widener-turf-course-record-poker-stakes Oscar Performance’s return to the races was a bit delayed, but he proved more than worth the wait with an award-winning effort in Sunday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Poker Stakes at Belmont Park. Race Recap Made You Look Oscar Performance Voodoo Song Oscar Performance sets Widener turf-course record in Poker Stakes 1529276577 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-06-17T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:12:"Belmont Park";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"BEL";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"9";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:56:37 +0000 David Grening 440242 at http://www.drf.com Oscar Performance, with Jose Ortiz aboard, wins the Grade 3 Poker Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths. NYRA photo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> David Grening </div> </div> </div> <p>ELMONT, N.Y. – Oscar Performance’s return to the races was a bit delayed, but he proved more than worth the wait with an award-winning effort in Sunday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Poker Stakes at Belmont Park.</p> <p>Sitting fifth early under Jose Ortiz, Oscar Performance gradually advanced into contention, swung three wide turning for home, and easily outfinished Made You Look to win the Poker by 1 1/2 lengths. It was a length farther back to Voodoo Song in third.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/oscar-performance-sets-widener-turf-course-record-poker-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gamble's Ghost up in time to win Trillium Stakes http://www.drf.com/news/preview/gambles-ghost-time-win-trillium-stakes Gamble’s Ghost rallied from the back of the pack to capture Sunday’s Grade 3 Trillium, giving jockey Eurico Da Silva a sweep of the weekend stakes at Woodbine. Race Recap Gamble's Ghost Ickymasho Miss Mo Mentum My Arch Enemy Gamble's Ghost up in time to win Trillium Stakes 1529275179 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-06-17T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:8:"Woodbine";s:16:"field_track_code";s:2:"WO";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"9";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:31:03 +0000 Ron Gierkink 440239 at http://www.drf.com Gamble's Ghost and jockey Eurico Da Silva win the Trillium Stakes by half a length. Michael Burns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ron Gierkink </div> </div> </div> <p>ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Gamble’s Ghost rallied from the back of the pack to capture Sunday’s Grade 3 Trillium, giving jockey Eurico Da Silva a sweep of the weekend stakes at Woodbine.</p> <p>Gamble’s Ghost saved ground while about five lengths in arrears on the backstretch as My Arch Enemy set honest fractions in the 1 1/16-mile route. Gamble’s Ghost commenced a wide bid inside the quarter pole and hit the front with a sixteenth left before scoring by a half-length in 1:43.61.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/gambles-ghost-time-win-trillium-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chalon wins Regret Stakes; Chublicious prevails in Mr. Prospector http://www.drf.com/news/preview/chalon-wins-regret-stakes-chublicious-prevails-mr-prospector Chalon showed she is more than ready to step up in class by easily winning the $75,000 Regret, the first of four stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday. And she likely will get that chance at Saratoga. Race Recap Chalon Chublicious Jessica Krupnick Laki Lewisfield Liz's Cable Girl Chalon wins Regret Stakes; Chublicious prevails in Mr. Prospector 1529275033 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-06-17T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:13:"Monmouth Park";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"MTH";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"8";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:57:48 +0000 Jim Dunleavy 440235 at http://www.drf.com Chalon, ridden by Paco Lopez, wins the Regret Stakes by four lengths. EQUI-PHOTO <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jim Dunleavy </div> </div> </div> <p>Chalon showed she is more than ready to step up in class by easily winning the $75,000 Regret, the first of four stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday. And she likely will get that chance at Saratoga.</p> <p>The Regret was Chalon's third start for trainer Arnaud Delacour and the Lael Stables of Roy and Gretchen Jackson, who purchased her privately from California-based Rockingham Ranch following her 3-year-old season, which she concluded with runner-up finishes in the Thoroughbred Club of America and Raven Run, both Grade 2 stakes at Keeneland.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/chalon-wins-regret-stakes-chublicious-prevails-mr-prospector" target="_blank">read more</a></p>