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‘Birdie’ Earns BC Berth in Pamplona

Favorite Birdie Gold (Birdstone) continued her ascent and posted a career best victory in the G1 Gran Premio Clasico Pamplona to earn an automatic berth into the $2-million GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf as part of the international Breeders' Cup Challenge series. Nearly unbeaten, the lightly raced daughter of Birdstone closed ground along the rail to gain the advantage in upper stretch en route to a three-length score under Edwin Talaverano. A winner of three dirt allowance starts at six furlongs, seven furlongs and a mile, Birdie Gold was making only her second career start around two turns and on the grass, following a runner-up effort in the Clasico Republica Argentina at 1 1/4 miles on Apr. 20,...

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Algorithms’s Serengeti a Natural Wonder in Rising Star-Earning Romp

Serengeti, a well-bet second on debut over track and trip, took no prisoners in his second journey to the post, blitzing an overmatched field of juveniles by double digits and earning 'TDN Rising Star' status. Made the 11-10 chalk first out June 10, the $200,000 Keeneland September buy dueled for command and just weakened a bit late to be runner-up. Crushed in the wagering throughout to be off at 2-5 while switching pilots from Martin Garcia to Mike Smith and adding blinkers this time, the bay blasted out of the blocks from his inside post and made a clear lead in the opening strides. Honeymoonz Over (Congrats), a $360,000 Barretts March buy who also completed the exacta in a local...

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Spa Next for Finley’sluckycharm

Speedy female sprinter Finley'sluckycharm (Twirling Candy) will take her show on the road for the rest of the summer, trainer Bret Calhoun told the Churchill Downs media team Sunday morning. Having upped her record under the Twin Spires to a perfect six-for-six with a convincing victory in Sunday's GIII Chicago H., the 4-year-old will soon head to Saratoga and be pointed to the GII Honorable Miss H. July 26 and GI Ballerina S. Aug. 26. "It was great to keep her at home for these series of races," Calhoun said. "We originally were going to point her to the [May 6 GI] Humana Distaff for her first start of the year, but we got a little behind in her training....

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Street Cry’s Abingdon Lays Siege to Pontefract Castle

TOTEPOOL PONTEFRACT CASTLE FILLIES' S.-Listed, £45,000, PON, 6-25, 4yo/up, f, 12f 5yT, 2:37.54, g/f. 1--ABINGDON, 126, f, 4, Street Cry (Ire)--Justlookdontouch (Ire), by Galileo (Ire). O/B-Ballymacoll Stud (KY); T-Sir Michael Stoute; J-Ryan Moore. £25,520. Lifetime Record: 7-4-1-0, $140,538.[bullet ad="us-bred-ky-bred"]2--Lucy the Painter (Ire), 126, m, 5, Excellent Art (GB)--Royal Bounty (Ire), by Generous (Ire). O-J P Carrington. £9,675. 3--Shearling (GB), 126, f, 4, Rail Link (GB)--Casual (GB), by Nayef. (25,000gns 3yo '16 TAJUL). O-Victoria & Jane Greetham. £4,842. Margins: 10, 3/4, 2 1/4. Odds: 1.00, 9.00, 40.00.    Abingdon posted wins in last year's June 9 Listed Lord Weinstock Memorial S. at Newbury and York's Aug. 18 Listed Galtres S., and closed her sophomore campaign with a fifth in Doncaster's G2...

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Frankel Half to Zoffany Graduates at Gowran

1st-GOW, €16,500, Mdn, 6-25, 2yo, 7fT, 1:28.62, gd. ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) (c, 2, Frankel {GB}--Tyranny {GB}, by Machiavellian), a debut seventh over this trip at Leopardstown last time May 27, tracked the leaders against the fence in third for most of this return. Shoved along off the home turn, the 5-6 favourite came under sterner urging passing the two pole and kept on strongly in the closing stages to deny Medal of Honour (GB) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) by a half length nearing the line. "Ryan [Moore] liked him the first day and Aidan [O'Brien] said he'd come on plenty so we were hoping for him to run well and he did," explained rider Seamus Heffernan. "It wasn't a typical Irish...

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Irap Outgames Girvin in Ohio Derby

Reddam Racing's Irap (Tiznow), upset winner of the GII Toyota Blue Grass S. two starts back, came out on top in Saturday's GIII Ohio Derby after a gritty stretch duel and very tight photo finish with MGSW Girvin (Tale of Ekati). Away alertly, the 5-2 choice was settled to track in a joint fourth as GIII Spiral S. winner Fast and Accurate (Hansen) sprinted up to take control, clocking opening splits of :23.06 and :48.04 with Vibe (Astrology) and 4-5 favorite Girvin close behind. Girvin swept to the lead with Vibe hot on his heels as Fast and Accurate called it quits on the backstretch run. Irap had that pair in his sights, however, and charged up two wide to...

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No ‘Battle’ for ‘Midway’ in the Affirmed

"TDN Rising Star" Battle of Midway (Smart Strike) simply cantered around the track at Santa Anita Saturday, skipping home the easiest of winners in the GIII Affirmed S. Last seen finishing third in the GI Kentucky Derby May 6, the hulking bay was hammered down to 1-9 favoritism while facing just three rivals in this test. Seizing the early advantage, Battle of Midway loped along through leisurely early fractions of :24.50 and :48.88 with California-bred B Squared (Square Eddie) glued to his outside hip and a comfortable lead on his remaining two foes. B Squared drew even with the chalk turning for home, but that did not last for more than a stride of two. Battle of Midway effortlessly drew...

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New Stakes Winner for Shackleford at Woodbine

Dream it Is, a front-running debut winner at Woodbine May 27, stayed perfect with this impressive score in the My Dear S. The chalk forced the issue from second through an opening quarter in :22.10, took over on the far turn and wasn't for catching in the stretch, scoring by five lengths. First-time starter Wild and Funny was second; Obsolete was third. "It's funny, she changes her leads every morning working, but when she gets in a race she's so focused,"said trainer Barbara Minshall. "She's such a good-minded horse. She's unflappable." Reve Enchante, who is out of a daughter of European highweight and Classic heroine Bosra Sham, has a yearling full-sister to the winner and a full-brother foaled May 17....

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Tin Man All Heart in Diamond Jubilee

One of the biggest developments in recent years has been the rise of syndicates and the relatively cheap purchase The Tin Man (GB) (Equiano {Fr}) provided another one with a huge result on Saturday as Fred Archer Racing's Ascot specialist added the G1 Diamond Jubilee S. to last year's G1 British Champions Sprint S. Upgrading his form from his return fifth in the G2 Duke of York S. at York May 17, the 9-2 second favourite arrived from mid-division under Tom Queally and swooped late to beat Tasleet (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) by a neck, with the 2-1 favourite Limato (Ire) (Tagula {Ire}) 3/4 of a length behind in third. He had to survive an inquiry after taking the line of...

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Galileo’s Idaho Takes the Hardwicke

Aidan O'Brien talked early this season about Idaho (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) possessing more scope than his full-brother Highland Reel (Ire) and the unluckiest colt of 2016 began to live up to his billing on Saturday with a smooth success in the G2 Hardwicke S. at Royal Ascot. In doing so, the TDN Rising Star was offering jockey Seamie Heffernan some recompense after unshipping him during the G1 St Leger at Doncaster in September. Always travelling like the winner drafting in behind Ryan Moore's 2016 hero of this race Dartmouth (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), the 9-2 second favourite was sent past the Royal representative with a furlong to race and was kept up to his work from there to eke out a...

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