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July 20, 2014
Stormy Novel, a beaten favorite at 4-5 in her last start, bounced back with a sharp effort to take Sunday’s $70,000 Miss Woodford Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Bench Warrant and Lord Nelson are bound for the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 3 after winning the first starts of their careers in maiden races over five furlongs on Saturday.
Miss Serendipity, the winner of the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita in May, will run in the $250,000 John Mabee Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles on turf on Aug. 10.
Jockey Eswan Flores, who has struggled to gain business this year, was suspended by Del Mar stewards on Sunday for failing to appear at a morning hearing regarding a missed drug test in late June.
Appeal to the King, the last foal of Minnesota broodmare Belle of the Night, pulled away in the lane to sail to a 9 1/4-length win Sunday in the $55,000 MTA Stallion Auction Stakes at Canterbury Park.
The favored Pirate’s Trove barely held off another shipper, the 11-1 shot Cactus Kris, to take the $125,000 Duchess Stakes under Florent Geroux at Woodbine on Sunday.
Among the six horses in Tuesday’s $38,000 turf feature at Indiana Grand Racecourse are two graded stakes winners, albeit with scores that came in fall 2012.
It was a typically busy Sunday morning at Saratoga, and also typically, Palace Malice made the strongest impression, working a very strong five furlongs in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney Handicap Invitational on Aug. 2.
Spring to the Sky sprung right to the lead and never looked back en route to a popular 1 3/4-length victory over Great Attack in Sunday’s $100,000 Lucky Coin Stakes at Saratoga.
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