Churchill Downs is eager to stimulate added international interest in next year's Kentucky Derby through the creation of a path to gain a berth for horses based in Europe and the expansion of its current series for Japan's top dirt horses.
Larkin Armstrong's Harmonize, bred by Jack Swain III, seeks to rebound off a fourth in the July 22 Diana Stakes (G1T) at the Spa in the Sept. 2 Glens Falls Stakes (G3T) at 1 3/8 miles. Swain is also represented by his grade 3-placed homebred Lottie.
Planting milestones on both coasts, North American freshman sires Smiling Tiger and Cold Harbor each earned their first black-type winners Aug. 30 at Del Mar and Woodbine Racecourse, respectively.
Sporting Chance will aim to give trainer D. Wayne Lukas his eighth win in the $350,000 Hopeful Stakes when he breaks from post 6 in a field of eight for the 113th edition of test on the closing day of the Saratoga Race Course meeting.