Fireworks over? Hardly. Stakes action around the world – from Britain to Belmont, Hamburg to Los Alamitos. Enjoy another Saturday Special.
Sandown. Second Race. 9:05 a.m. The Group 3 Coral Charge Stakes accentuates a strong flat card at Sandown. Every 35 minutes, enjoy.
Haydock. Second Race. 9:20. Complicate, off since finishing sixth in the Dubai Golden Shaheen, returns for Godolphin.
Sandown. Third Race. 9:40. St Moritz seeks win No. 11 in the 1-mile class 2 handicap.
Haydock. Third Race. 9:55. Group 2 stakes attracts the undefeated Irish-bred, Italy-raced Charity Line for trainer Marco Botti. John Gosden sends out the undefeated daughter of Arch, Pomology. Group 1 winner Seal Of Approval makes her second start of the season for James Fanshawe.
Sandown. Fourth Race. 10:15. Radiator receives a class relief from the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. She chased Rizeena that day. There are no Rizeenas today.
Haydock. Fourth Race. 10:30. Seven-time winner Wigmore Hall tries to rebound from a drubbing at Royal Ascot. Either way, he’s booked for Woodbine in the fall.
Sandown. Fifth Race. 10:50. The feature. The Coral-Eclipse Stakes. Group 1 stakes attracts $2 million earner Mukhadram, $1.9 million earner Trading Leather, $3 million earner The Fugue, Investec Derby runner-up Kingston Hill, St James Palace runner-up Night Of Thunder and Haskell winner Verrazano. The American-bred son of More Than Ready seeks his first win in Europe. First win, but certainly not first strong performance. He finished third in the Group 1 Lockinge at Newbury and second in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. Wow.
• Watch Verrazano win the Haskell.
• Watch The Fugue win at Royal Ascot.
Hamburg. 11:00. Bermuda Reef, a son of Oasis Dream and 1997 Breeders’ Cup Turf runner-up Borgia, goes for his third consecutive win, taking on nine rivals in the Almased Cup.
Sandown. Sixth Race. 11:25. 2 miles for $61,500. It never ceases to amaze me the variations of conditions in England. Here, there are basically two distances – sprint and route. In England, they offer 5 furlongs to 2 miles. Routinely. Irish-based Domination won a handicap at Royal Ascot and returns here as high weight.
Finger Lakes. Fourth Race. 2:31 p.m. Clean Jean seeks win number 15, in the Jack Betta Be Rite.
Belmont Park. Fourth Race. 2:56. The Dwyer. Three-year-olds clash for $200,00. Some of clashed with the best, others have yet to try to the top. Kid Cruz crushed eight rivals in the Easy Goer at same trip. Mike Hushion reaches outside New York-bred confines with the undefeated Captain Serious. Just five betting interests as Kid Cruz and Captain Serious come as a package deal at 8-to-5 on the morning line.
• Watch Kid Cruz win the Easy Goer.
Nottingham. Fifth Race. 3:00. Thecornishcowboy is 5-for-5 since June 4. Yes, June 4. He goes for No. 6 as high weight in the $16,500 handicap.
Gulfstream Park. Fifth Race. 3:29. Saratoga winner Madame Giry and Saratoga champ Edgar Prado team up in the Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint, the start of a big stakes card.
Delaware Park. Sixth Race. 3:30. The Robert G. Dick Memorial. Graham Motion goes three deep in the Group 3 stakes. Competitive affair with the likes of Mott, Clement and even Drysdale shipping to the Stanton oval.
Delaware Park. Seventh Race. 3:57. The Carl Hanford Memorial. Wow, wish we could be there for the $50,000 stakes. In honor of the trainer of Kelso, the $50,000 stakes attracts nine dirt veterans.
Belmont Park. Sixth Race. 4:01. The Belmont Sprint Championship. Clearly Now heads south from Woodbine, Central Banker has called Saratoga home for the summer and Belmont-based Palace aims to defend his True North win.
Thistledown. Seventh Race. 4:01. The Daniel Stearns Cleveland Gold Cup. Ohio-breds clash at 9 furlongs. Take a look, you never know where your next jumper is coming from, stakes-placed hurdler Rudyard K finished sixth in this race in 2012.
Oak Tree at Pleasanton. 4:15. Pick your breed. Quarter Horses, Arabians and Thoroughbreds combine for a four-stakes card.
Delaware Park. Eighth Race. 4:24. The Oh Say. Read Joe’s story about Oh Say.
Belmont Park. Seventh Race. 4:34. The Belmont Derby Invitational. Martin Panza wanted an international feel, he got it. New York, Ireland, France…Toast Of New York, Adelaide, Gailo Chop…Jamie Osborne, Antoine De Watrigant, the great Gai Waterhouse from Australia…Global View, Bobby’s Kitten, Dance With Fate. A new day, a big race.
Woodbine. Eighth Race. 4:40. The Charlie Barley.
Delaware Park. Ninth Race. 4:51. Chuck Lawrence aims for a career moment, sending out homebred Pixie Dust in the Delaware Oarks. His parents will be there. Root for a guy who works hard and deserves a big day. Rick Violette, John Servis, Graham Motion and Butch Reid aren’t going to give Lawrence a gift.
Gulfstream Park. Eighth Race. 5:02. Prado picks up the ride on second-time starter Little Alexis. She was brilliant in her debut in February.
Belmont Park. Eighth Race. 5:08. A half hour later, the Suburban. Last Gunfighter tops the 11-horse field.
Ellis Park. Eighth Race. 5:10. The Ellis Park Turf. Miz Ida aims at win No. 8. Klein homebred visited Saratoga last summer. Cool horse. Great story.
Delaware Park. Tenth Race. 5:18. Elizabeth Merryman and Lilith Boucher form a dynamic duo with Alphaa and Rb Burn Baby Burn in the Buzz Brauninger Arabian Distaff Handicap. The latter has won her last three.
Arlington Park. Eighth Race. 5:26. One thing’s for sure in the Arlington Sprint, veteran Saint Leon will be in front at first call, he’s been there in every race on his chart, the 9-year-old tries to snap a rare losing streak.
Ellis Park. Ninth Race. 5:40. Juddmonte and Bill Mott at the Pea Patch. Revise, a daughter of First Defence and Harpia, makes her turf debut.
Belmont Park. Ninth Race. 5:45. Then the Belmont Park Invitational. Dermot Weld brings Juddmonte’s Flying Jib from Ireland. Rosalind didn’t need a break after shipping to Royal Ascot, she didn’t get to run. Xcellence is the next import for Martin Schwartz. Another awesome race on a stellar card.
Monmouth Park. Eleventh Race. 5:54. The Long Branch. Irish You Well, third in the Illinois Derby and Peter Pan as a maiden, reverted to the maiden ranks in his most recent start, winning it and now jumps back into the stakes game.
Penn National. Fourth Race. 7:22. Bruce Miller primes hurdle winner Euro Power in a $10,000 turf claimer.
Los Alamitos Race Course. Eighth Race. 8:30. The Los Alamitos Derby for $500,000. Yes, $500,000. Champion Shared Belief aims to make it 5-for-5. Hall of Famer Mike Smith picks up the ride for Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer. Wonder if California Chrome will be watching? Wish we were there.