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August 14, 2014
Twice in a week, trainer Bob Hess Jr. has won stakes that disrupted racing plans for early September.
I plan to play Real Solution – not to win, but on the bottom of exactas in the Arlington Million.
The Jackpot Hi 5 carryover heading into the nightcap, the ninth race, is $183,847. The ninth could be viewed as Chocolate Ride’s to lose, even though the 4-year-old is returning from an extended layoff.
Even when he has lost, Adelaide has run well, and if Adelaide runs his race Saturday at Arlington, he looks unlikely to lose the Grade 1, $500,000 Secretariat Stakes.

Classic-placed runner and young sire Dunkirk has been sold to the Japan Race Horse Agency to stand at East Stud on the island of Hokkaido beginning in 2015, Thoroughbred Daily News reports.
Ground Transport, whose three wins this year have come over three different tracks, will take on ultimate horse-for-course Get Happy Mister on Saturday in the $100,000 Arapahoe Park Classic.
Ontology, the former stakes horse who was vanned off after being promoted to first in a $20,000 claiming race Wednesday, was being treated at trainer Kristin Mulhall’s stable for sesamoid and suspensory injuries.
On Saturday night, the sixth annual Joseph Gerrity, Jr. Memorial at Saratoga Harness will be a reunion of sorts for the top five finishers in this year’s George Morton Levy final. The group returns roughly four months later for the $260,000 purse.
Some horses just seem to really thrive at Saratoga. Stopchargingmaria seems to be one of them.
Madame Cactus was a tired filly after she finished last of six in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita last December.