Graydar, a son of Unbridled's Song and a winner of five of six races, including three graded stakes races, had his first winner as a stallion July 27 when Into the Gray led at every point in a 1-mile maiden special weight race at Presque Isle Downs.
Unlike the TVG San Diego Handicap (G2), when Hronis Racing, trainer John Sadler, and jockey Victor Espinoza upset Arrogate with Accelerate, the connections will occupy the pre-race spotlight in the Clement L. Hirsch (G1) Sunday at Del Mar.
For a race that lacks any of the winners of this year's American classics, this year's 1 1/8-mile Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park couldn't have done much better in drawing a field that brings an ideal mix of quality and depth.
Shadwell Stable's regally bred Fayeq exited an impressive allowance victory July 26 in good order and is "under discussion" for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (G1) Aug. 26, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.
The New York Racing Association announced today the continuation of the "Cross-Country Pick 4" for July 30 that will include the grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park and the grade 3 Shuvee at Saratoga Race Course.
A move to the United States had not paid many dividends for Swansea Mile, but all of that changed July 27, when the 7-year-old Dylan Thomas gelding delivered a stunning upset in the A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Handicap (G1T) at Saratoga.
A powerhouse renewal of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) is on tap July 29 at Ascot with dual Oaks winner Enable (GB) taking on older rivals Highland Reel (IRE), his full brother Idaho (IRE), Jack Hobbs (GB) and Ulysses (IRE).
In his graded stakes debut Ascend reached racing's heights. Now the 5-year-old son of Candy Ride (ARG) will try for consistency at the graded stakes level when he faces six other older horses in the Bowling Green Stakes (G2T) July 29 at Saratoga.