Horse Racing News by Jay Privman
Jerry Hollendorfer became only the fourth Thoroughbred trainer to win 6,000 races when Just Tappin It won the sixth race on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, a $4,000 claiming race.
Jockey Tyler Baze, who has been off his mounts at Del Mar since Friday, failed a breathalyzer test ordered by the track physician that day and will not be allowed to ride until meeting with the stewards Wednesday.
On Friday at Saratoga, Big Blue Kitten won his fifth race in six starts with a mild surprise in the Grade 2, $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, for 3-year-olds on the turf.
Now, things are starting to get serious with Uncle Mo.
First Dude, who won the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 9, came out of the race with a tendon injury to a front leg and has been retired, trainer Bob Baffert said Monday morning at Del Mar.
British transplant Simon Callaghan got his first Del Mar stakes winner in the most memorable way on Sunday as he sent out Up In Time for an 11-1 upset in the Grade 2, $150,000 San Clemente Handicap for 3-year-old turf fillies.
Jockey Victor Espinoza has been taken to nearby Scripps Encinitas Hospital for X-rays of an ankle following a terrifying, three-horse spill in the final race on Sunday at Del Mar.
After flirting with the Triple Crown, Mr. Commons came back to his first love on Wednesday, scoring an impressive victory on turf in the $112,100 Oceanside Stakes, the opening-day feature at Del Mar.
Birdrun, taking a page from the playbook Shackleford is likely to use on Saturday in the Belmont Stakes, led from start to finish going 1 1/2 miles at Belmont Park on Friday in the Grade 2, $150,000 Brooklyn Handicap for older horses.
Uncle Mo, last year's 2-year-old champion male, has been found to have cholangiohepatitis, his owner, Mike Repole, announced in a press release Friday.