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July 09, 2014
DRF Plus Daily Gameplan for Belmont Park on Thursday, July 10.
Princess of Sylmar will be the star of the show Saturday at Delaware Park, where she rules as a prohibitive favorite over five rivals in the 77th running of the Delaware Handicap.
Doinghardtimeagain, a four-time stakes winner who was last of five in the Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita last month, will start in Saturday’s $200,000 Great Lady M. Stakes at Los Alamito
Shared Belief, the undefeated champion 2-year-old male of 2013, will be based at Golden Gate Fields in Northern California in the buildup to an expected start in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 24.
Trainer Gary Contessa advocated for increased transparency among caregivers, particularly in the claiming game, at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at the Keeneland sales pavilion.
Typically kept open year-round, Aqueduct’s backstretch will close for seven weeks this summer, something that could save the New York Racing Association $900,000 to $1 million, according to Martin Panza, NYRA’s senior director of racing operations.
Grandeur will wrap up his North American campaign when he faces five rivals in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Bowling Green Handicap, the final graded event of the Belmont spring-summer meet.
When last seen, Amberjack was being turned back in midstretch by Escapefromreality in the Albany Stakes at Saratoga last August, denying his bid to win the Big Apple Triple, a Triple Crown of sorts for New York-bred 3-year-olds.
The Delaware Racing Commission is investigating a possible fight between jockeys Trevor McCarthy and Angel Serpa following the fifth race at Delaware Park last Saturday. A stewards’ hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning.
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act on Tuesday afternoon, which allows licensed veterinarians to freely transport the drugs necessary for their trade.