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TODAY July 25, 2014
Golden Ticket, whose finest hour came at Saratoga two summers ago when he dead-heated for first with Alpha in the Grade 1 Travers, will finally get a second chance to compete at the Spa in next Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney.
It was a fruitless journey to Japan for Pants On Fire and a long trail back to the races. Pants On Fire finally launches his comeback Sunday in the Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Cup on the Haskell Invitational undercard.
Wise Dan’s five-furlong move in 1:03.65 over the Oklahoma turf course Friday morning at sun-splashed Saratoga was another step toward a comeback for the two-time Horse of the Year.
Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. will aim to follow up on the success of its recently-completed 2-year-old sale season in 2015, with a new schedule that includes an expansion of the March sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Goldencents is established at the top level, with multiple Grade 1 wins. Big Macher is the new kid in town, a former maiden claimer who has developed into a graded stakes winner and is trying Grade 1 competition for the first time.
The biggest stakes event to date at Belterra Park will take place Sunday with the running of the $75,000 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks.
Santa Anita has raised the purses of 10 stakes run during its autumn meeting from Sept. 26 to Nov. 2, a season that includes the Breeders’ Cup races on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga.
On Sunday at Monmouth Park, the Haskell Invitational has its star, the top 3-year-old filly in the land, Untapable, plus a salty supporting group that will make her earn the lion’s share of the $1 million purse.
Picking the winner of Sunday’s $50,000-added Luther Burbank Handicap at the Sonoma County Fair seems like a no-brainer. What’s not to like about Halo Dolly in the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares on the turf?