Horse Racing News on July 31, 2011
Euroears was loose on the lead. Smiling Tiger had a poor start. That was the difference between first and second in Sunday's $250,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar.
Ask the Moon, a $75,000 claim by the Farnsworth Stables six weeks earlier, became a Grade 1 winner on Sunday when leading throughout to dominate the $250,000 Ruffian Handicap by 5 3/4 lengths over runner-up Super Espresso.
Trainer Bob Baffert won the $1 million Haskell Invitational for 3-year-olds a fifth time as the late-developing Coil rallied from last to beat Preakness winner Shackleford by a neck on Sunday at Monmouth Park.
Romacaca, placed forwardly throughout, made it five victories in a row when she prevailed by two lengths in the Grade 3, $200,000 Taylor Made Matchmaker for fillies and mares at Monmouth Park July 31.
Sidney's Candy made a successful debut for his new connections, leading every step of the way under John Velazquez to win Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 Fourstardave Handicap by 1 1/4 lengths at Saratoga.
Seven-year-old gelding Yummy With Butter spread the field late to prevail in the Grade 3, $200,000 Oceanport Stakes at Monmouth Park July 31. The Ontario-bred made his first trip to the winner's circle since September 2009, when he won at Woodbine.
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Goldikova won Sunday's Group 1 Prix Rothschild for a record fourth consecutive year at Deauville, France, holding off Sahpresa by a short neck.