Horse Racing News by Claire Novak
Magalen O. Bryant's V. E. Day strung three victories in a row and collected his first stakes score July 25 in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, giving jockey Jose Lezcano his 2,000th career win.
With the unfortunate morning training death of pre-race favorite Dance With Fate, Kentucky shipper Frac Daddy, a two-time stakes winner in 2014, is now the likely favorite in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap July 26 at Del Mar.
Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist looks to the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes July 26 as a hopeful launching pad for the Travers Stakes and perhaps a shot at the 3-year-old title.
Not only could Untapable maintain her status as the top 3-year-old filly in the country with a victory over males, but she could earn her way into the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park.
George Bolton and Barry Hall's Fashion Alert remained undefeated in two starts and picked up her first graded stakes victory in the process July 18, but had to work hard to do it in the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Belle Gallantey, a $35,000 claim just seven months ago, lulled her rivals to sleep on the front end and carried on to upset the $750,000 Delaware Handicap July 12 at Delaware Park.
Second by a head to Close Hatches last time out in the June 7 Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park, multiple Grade 1 winner Princess of Sylmar seeks a rebound July 12 in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park.
Trainer Charlie LoPresti was breathing a little easier and exercise rider Damien Rock was smiling a little wider the morning of July 11 after two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan sailed through his first breeze since undergoing colic surgery May 16.
Minorette posted a mild upset in the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational July 5 at Belmont Park, landing her first North American victory at odds of 6-1 under Joel Rosario.
Clearly Now returned to the winner's circle in blazing fashion July 5, setting a track record for seven furlongs when taking home the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes by open lengths at Belmont Park.