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YESTERDAY June 30, 2016
Trainer Jorge Navarro, whose barn is loaded with top-caliber sprinters, will try to sew up at least one spot in this year's Sprint on Saturday at Gulfstream Park when he sends out Delta Bluesman as the one to catch in the Smile Sprint.
Jockey David Flores, who was named to ride in the fifth race Thursday at Belmont Park, has been replaced on the mount because he has not yet been granted a New York jockey's license.
Adhara will have a couple of key variables working in her favor Saturday when she meets the undefeated Bryn's Fancy Pants in the $50,000 Petticoat at the Downs at Albuquerque.
The decision to bring Birdatthewire back to Gulfstream Park for Saturday's $250,000 Princess Rooney was pretty much a no-brainer for trainer Dale Romans.
Saturday, Danzing Candy will have his first start for trainer Bob Baffert in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes for 3-year-olds. Danzing Candy will be favored to win his second stakes of the year in the Grade 3 Affirmed at 1 1/16 miles.
Grand Palais and Prince of Silver look like the main players in a $25,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up restricted to nonwinners of two that will serve as the feature race at Emerald Downs on Saturday.
Chuck Borell and his daughter, trainer Maria Borell, have been charged with animal cruelty in the case of 43 abandoned Thoroughbreds on a farm in Mercer County in central Kentucky.
Churchill Downs is looking toward the future as it closes its spring-summer meet on Saturday night with the 115th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes for 2-year-olds, in which locally based debut winners face a strong cast of invaders.
The Mother Goose on Saturday at Belmont Park could turn into quite a brawl. Rachel's Valentina will be making her fifth consecutive Grade 1 start. Lewis Bay finished in front of Rachel's Valentina in the Kentucky Oaks. Lightstream has yet to be beaten. ...
Pretty City Dancer and Tricky One, both impressive maiden winners at Churchill Downs, headline a field of 10 2-year-old fillies assembled for the 116th running of the $100,000 Debutante Stakes on the track's closing-night card Saturday.