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Sunday, August 2, 2015

With his commanding 2 ¼ length victory in today’s $1.75 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park, Zayat Stable’s Triple Crown winner American Pharoah became the third automatic qualifier into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) this year through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

American Pharoah looked every bit like his Triple Crown-winning self Aug. 2, winning the $1.75 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) with ease at Monmouth Park.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Is it possible for a horse to win the Triple Crown and keep getting better? It certainly looked that way Sunday at Monmouth Park as American Pharoah, in his first start since becoming the sport’s 12th Triple Crown winner, embarrassed a field of accomplished stakes horses with an overpowering victory in the Grade 1, $1.75 million Haskell Invitational.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Despite losing his right front shoe – presumably early on – in Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes, Frosted came out of the race relatively unscathed and remains on course for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes here Aug. 29, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Sunday morning.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Beholder won the 11th stakes of her career in the $300,750 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar, pulling clear from seven overmatched rivals to win by seven lengths. The win stretched her winning streak to four races, and left owner B. Wayne Hughes and trainer Richard Mandella contemplating a first-ever start against males for the 5-year-old Beholder in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 22, the track’s richest race.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

There's one simple phrase to describe two-time champion Beholder—top-class. Spendthrift Farm's 5-year-old mare again showed her talent in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 1, toying with the field to win by open lengths without feeling the whip from Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Champion Untapable will seek class relief in the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course, coming off a five-length loss to Wedding Toast in the June 6 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Midwest Thoroughbreds' champion Work All Week, second in his two races this year after his Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) victory in 2014, got back on track with a win in the $100,000 Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial Stakes Aug. 1 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Those who questioned the class level of Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red had to eat their words Aug. 1, as the son of Afleet Alex   turned back Frosted by half-length in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

In a scratch-reduced field of four, Texas Red sat second, always within 1 1/2 lengths of the pacesetting Japan. But in the stretch, he displayed that same determined late run and won the Jim Dandy by a half-length over Frosted.

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