06/06/2016 4:38PM

The week that was in racing, May 31-June 5, 2016

Shigeki Kikkawa
Beholder wins the Vanity Mile

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.

Beholder keeps rolling in Vanity

How good is Beholder? She just keeps winning. Saturday she beat five rivals in Grade 1 Vanity Mile at Santa Anita, including last year’s 3-year-old champion filly Stellar Wind. It was the eighth consecutive stakes win for Beholder, and the 14th straight stakes win for her in Southern California. Even the hard-to-impress Mike Watchmaker was impressed.

Catch a Glimpse defeats males in Penn Mile

Beholder wasn’t the only female with a winning streak on the line Saturday. At Penn National, Catch a Glimpse went wire to wire against the boys in the Grade 3 Penn Mile, winning her sixth straight stakes race and remaining a perfect 7 for 7 on turf.

Midnight Storm gains elusive Grade 1 win in Shoemaker Mile

Midnight Storm’s first five appearances in Grade 1 races ended in losses, ranging from a game second in the 2015 Shoemaker Mile to a last-place finish in the Pacific Classic last August. There was no such disappointment in Saturday’s Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita. Midnight Storm took command of the turf race shortly after the start and held off a stubborn rival in the Kentucky shipper Tourist to win the most prestigious race of his career.

Key preps for Belmont Oaks and Derby

Two key preps for the Belmont Oaks and Belmont Derby were held this weekend at Belmont Park. On Saturday, Camelot Kitten made it 2 for 2 since the addition of blinkers, working out a terrific trip under Irad Ortiz Jr. and holding off a wide-rallying Highland Sky to win the Grade 3 Pennine Ridge Stakes by a neck. The next day, Time and Motion remained undefeated since teaming up with jockey John Velazquez at the beginning of her 3-year-old season with an impressive half-length decision over Harmonize in the Wonder Again Stakes.

A racing rarity at Penn National

On Friday, She’s Lovely notched her first career win even though she didn’t beat anyone. The walkover is a rarity in racing these days, as is the match race, although trainer Tom Proctor has competed in both during the past year.

Twelve to take on Exaggerator

The field for the 1 1/2-mile Belmont increased by one Monday when WinStar Farm announced that it would enter longshot Gettysburg essentially to ensure a quick pace for the two better-regarded runners in which WinStar has an interest, Exaggerator and Creator. Read more about the likely contenders for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

reporting by Steve Andersen, Jim Dunleavy, David Grening, Mike Hogan, Marty McGee, Jay Privman, Mike Watchmaker, and Mike Welsch

LouiesClippers 12 months ago
Rooting for Exaggerator. Its an excellent story regarding the Desormeaux brothers