07/18/2016 2:50PM

The week that was in racing, July 11-17, 2016

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I'm a Chatterbox winning the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap

Here's a collection of some of the biggest stories in horse racing, all in one place. Unless noted, all of the links here are to free stories on DRF.com.

I’m a Chatterbox survives inquiry in Delaware Handicap

At the start of the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap on Saturday, I'm a Chatterbox bobbled and then ducked inward from post 4, causing a chain-reaction collision with the three horses to her inside. Jockey Florent Geroux straightened I'm a Chatterbox and went on to win the $750,000 race by 2 1/4 lengths. The stewards reviewed the start of the race and did not make a change to the official order of finish, a controversial decision.

Cupid rebounds in Grade 2 Indiana Derby

Cupid was done in by a breathing problem in the Arkansas Derby and by who knows quite what in the Easy Goer at Belmont Park last month, but he looked a lot more like the horse who turned heads in the Rebel Stakes this past March winning the Grade 2 Indiana Derby on Saturday night at Indiana Grand.

Turf stakes highlight Del Mar opening weekend

Friday was opening day at Del Mar, and Monster Bea closed with a rush to win the Oceanside Stakes. She’s Not Here took the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon on Saturday, the first win for the 5-year-old mare since winning the same race last year. On Sunday, Midnight Storm was hounded early and challenged late from all sides, but never relinquished the lead to bravely win the Grade 2 Eddie Read Stakes.

Saratoga opening day this Friday

Belmont Park’s spring meet ended Sunday, meaning there are four dark days on the New York circuit until Saratoga’s summer meet kicks off this Friday. The New York Racing Association announced that Travis Stone, racecaller for Churchill Downs, will be making the morning line for the meet. Get full past performances for all 40 race cards of the Spa meet, plus access to DRF Plus and the Saratoga Player’s Guide for just $79.95 for Classic PPs and $99.95 for Formulator.

Horses to watch

Del Mar:
CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT
Trainer: Craig Lewis
Last race: July 16, 6th
Finish: 4th by 8 1/4
Beyer: 44
This debut 2-year-old ran like he needed a start. Not quick early, he made a little move on the turn, raced greenly in the lane, and finished on his own. Expect major improvement next time out.

DRF Plus subscribers can see the rest of Brad Free’s horses to watch from last week by clicking here.

reporting by Steve Andersen, Jim Dunleavy, David Grening, Marcus Hersh, Mike Hogan, and Jay Privman