Horse Racing News by Claire Novak
California Chrome is expected to return to the work tab Aug. 8 with his first official move since running fourth in the June 7 Belmont Stakes, according to connections of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner.
New York-bred Palace, formerly a $20,000 claimer, earned his first Grade 1 victory for owner Antonino Miuccio and trainer Linda Rice in the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course.
Eric Guillot attended the post-position draw for the $1,500,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap wearing a shirt that said "I Got Haters Everywhere," but those who bet Moreno loved the Cajun trainer after his speedster stole the show Aug. 2 at Saratoga.
Trainer Charlie LoPresti said July 31 that two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will not make his comeback in the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga Race Course, an event the 7-year-old gelding has won the past two years.
Ron Sanchez will send former hype horse Social Inclusion --coming off a career-worst seventh in the July 27 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes -- to trainer Chad Brown in hopes of hitting the restart button, the owner announced July 28 via Twitter.
Kaleem Shah's Bayern ran them off their feet July 27 in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational, taking eight other sophomores gate-to-wire at Monmouth Park. Longines Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable, favored at 7-5, finished fifth.
Majestic River proved her affinity for Monmouth Park July 27, rolling to a third consecutive victory over the New Jersey oval and picking up her first graded stakes score in the $200,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes.
Social Inclusion, Rontos Racing Stable's runner who has drawn post position 6 for the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, will race without the anti-bleeding medication Lasix in the July 27 event.
Salvador Hernandez's homebred La Tia made a tour de force of the $144,053 Ontario Matron Stakes at Woodbine July 26, leading wire to wire and drawing off at the end to best eight other fillies and mares in impressive 6 ¼-length fashion.
Fox Hill Farms' Coup de Grace closed with gusto in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga Race Course July 26, taking advantage after a quick early pace set-up in the 6 ½-furlong sprint for his late-running style.