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Midnight Lute Colt Captures Del Mar Debut

9th-DMR, $61,380, Msw, 8-20, 2yo, 6f, 1:10.36, ft. +ZATTER (c, 2, Midnight Lute--Katori, by Dixie Union) raced three across the track and pulled clear to earn a convincing debut win Sunday at Del Mar, becoming the fifth winner on the day for his sire. Drawn widest as the 8-5 favorite as stablemate St. Patrick's Day (Pioneerof the Nile)--a full-brother to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah--was sent off at odds of 2-1, Zatter broke sharply and shared the lead with St. Patrick's Day along the rail and third-time starter Jungle Warfare...

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First Graded Score for Blackjackcat

Al and Sandee Kirkwood's Blackjackcat (Tale of the Cat) earned his third straight victory and the first graded tally of his career while holding off the late-charging Vyjack (Into Mischief) by a head to win Sunday's GII Del Mar Mile H. Sent off at 8-1, the dark bay gelding tracked pacesetting favorite Midnight Storm (Pioneerof the Nile) through fractions of :23.16 and :46.88. Blackjackcat collared the pacesetter and had a narrow advantage at midstretch, but Vyjack found running room and closed stoutly to just miss. "We gave him a nice...

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Ghostzapper Colt ‘Attacks’ in the Stretch to Take Ellis Juvenile

ELLIS PARK JUVENILE S., $75,000, ELP, 8-20, 2yo, 7f, 1:22.96, ft. 1--#DAK ATTACK, 120, c, 2, by Ghostzapper 1st Dam: Indian Spell (SW), by Indian Charlie 2nd Dam: Proud Spell, by Proud Citizen 3rd Dam: Pacific Spell, by Langfuhr ($625,000 Ylg '16 KEESEP). O-Albaugh Family Stable and B. C Jones; B-Brereton C. Jones (KY); T-Dale L. Romans; J-Robby Albarado. $43,710. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $71,730.[bullet ad="berkelhammer-abracadabra-graduate"][bullet ad="berkelhammer-shell"][bullet ad="airdrie-keesep-hip-56"]2--Northern Trail, 120, c, 2, Northern Afleet--Picture Trail, by Storm Boot. ($1,500 Wlg '15 KEENOV; $16,000 Ylg '16 KEESEP). O-Jerry Caroom; B-Patricia Moseley (KY);...

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Midnight Lute Filly Earns First Stakes Win

Kelly's Humor captured a one-mile off-the-turf maiden event here July 23 and was let go at double-digit odds cutting back in distance for this first try against winners. In sharp contrast to her wire-to-wire graduation, the filly was allowed to settle well off the pace in ninth behind sharp fractions of :21.76 and :44.24. Angled widest to secure a clear path on the turn, she launched a prolonged rally and got up to win going away over favored Upset Brewing, who held on best of those close to the early...

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Channel Maker Narrowly in Woodbine’s Breeders

BREEDERS' S., C$400,800, WO, 8-20, (C), 3yo, 1 1/2mT, 2:29.70, fm. 1--CHANNEL MAKER, 126, g, 3, by English Channel 1st Dam: In Return (SW), by Horse Chestnut (Saf) 2nd Dam: Bartered Bride, by Shadeed 3rd Dam: Lady Vixen, by Sir Ivor ($57,000 RNA Ylg '15 KEESEP). O-Joey Gee Thoroughbreds, Wachtel Stable & Gary Barber; B-Tall Oaks Farm (ON); T-William I. Mott; J-Rafael Manuel Hernandez. C$240,000. Lifetime Record: 10-2-2-2, $371,453.[bullet ad="warrendale-sold-congratulations-to-all-the-connections"][bullet ad="bsw-bloodstock-purchased-privately"][bullet ad="ontario-bred"]2--Final Copy, 126, g, 3, Malibu Moon--Seanachai, by El Prado (Ire). O/B-Chiefswood Stables Limited (ON); T-Roger L. Attfield. C$80,000....

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Midnight Lute Filly Scores for Lael at Saratoga

5th-SAR, $83,000, Msw, 8-20, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:43.23, fm. LAYLA NOOR (f, 2, Midnight Lute--Senada {SW, $215,021}, by Pulpit) tracked the pace and took over late to graduate second out at Saratoga. An even fifth in an off-the-turf sprint spot on debut here July 27, the Lael Stables homebred was made the 3-1 second choice adding Lasix and getting on her intended surface here. Coming away well to sit second just off of a longshot pacesetter through fractions of :24.21 and :49.26, the dark bay wore down that rival...

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Dubawi-Giofra Colt Is The New Arqana Topper

Haras de la Perelle's Dubawi (Ire) colt out of G1 Falmouth S. winner Giofra (GB) (Dansili {GB}) (lot 160) jumped to the top of the leaderboard at the Arqana August yearling sale late in Sunday's session when bringing a winning bid of €1.55-million from agent Kerri Radcliffe.

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Almanzor Retired

Almanzor (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}-Darkova, by Maria's Mon), last year's Cartier Champion 3-year-old colt, has been retired from racing, Sylvain Vidal, representative of part-owner Gerard Augustin-Normand, confirmed late on Sunday. "After consultations with Jean-Claude Rouget and the partners, we have come to the difficult decision to retire Almanzor," said Vidal. "We came into the year with great hopes and expectations for a successful campaign culminating in glory in the [G1 Prix de l']Arc de Triomphe. Unfortunately with the setback he has had, including the virus spread through the stable earlier...

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Jimmy Creed Colt Surges Late to Graduate at Gulfstream

4th-GP, $40,000, Msw, 8-20, 2yo, 5f, :58.23, gd. +RED PERIL (c, 2, Jimmy Creed--Chokoloskee, by Corinthian) backed up a sizzling worktab with a game victory as the favorite in his debut Sunday. Showing a handful of bullet breezes capped off by a five-furlong spin from the gate in 1:01 4/5 (1/14) at Gulfstream West Aug. 12, the chestnut broke as the 6-5 choice and set up shop in second as Hollis (Street Sense) sped off through a :22.39 quarter. That one appeared to have put the favorite away turning for...

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Tizway Debutante Gets Off the Mark in Monmouth Opener

1st-MTH, $35,280, Msw, 8-20, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 1:05.00, ft. +GIBBY (f, 2, Tizway--Shawnee Moon, by Forestry) tipped her hand with a five-furlong gate breeze in 1:00 flat (2/48) Aug. 9 at Parx and took consistent play throughout before breaking as the 9-5 co-favorite. Out to take the early lead, the dark bay maintained a comfortable advantage through fractions of :23.21 and :46.77 and proved much the best late to score by a widening 4 ½ lengths over Irish Kisses (Irish Road). The victress is a half to Giuseppe the...

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