Having three Grade 1 wins in one day is not easy. According to jockey Joel Rosario, “It’s hard to do. You have to be perfect. Everything came together. I couldn’t have asked for more.”
Rosario won on top of Creative Cause in the Norfolk Stakes, Dubawi Heights in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes and Zazu in the Lady’s Secret Stakes. These mounts would most like be bound for Breeder’s cup races and would give Rosario good chances in the Juvenile, Filly and Mare Turf and Ladies’
Coming off of a rare liver disorder in April, Uncle Mo continues to rally and is the odds-on favorite in the $200,000 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park on Oct. 1.
Though he had an impressive showing last Aug. 27 at King’s bishop, Uncle Mo eventually lost to Caleb’s Posse. This was his first outing since April. Going into Kelso, Uncle Mo has had good workouts at the four furlong mark.
Uncle Mo will be meeting older horses, including Jackson Bend, who won his last two outings.
Coming off a stress fracture, Arthur’s Tale is on the comeback trail and it might begin with this Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby.
With 9 3-year-olds the 1 1/8 miles Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing would be the top draw on Saturday’s racing schedule. With Arthur’s Tale, running would be the Belmont Stakes winner, Ruler On Ice who just happens to be the race favorite.
3-year old Royal Delta, coming off her victory int eh TVG Alabama Stakes at Saratoga last Aug. 20, turned in an impressive performance during her workout. She clocked in a 0:59.36 five-furlong breeze at Belmont last Sunday, Sept. 18.
It was Royal Delta’s third workout as part of the runup to the Beldame. It was also third fastest for the distance Sept. 18.
International campaigner Wigmore Hall with jockey Jamie Spencer on top, squeezed past Simmard and Al Khali on the homestretch and won the $500,000 Northern Dancer Turf on Woodbine last Sept. 18.
This was Wigmore Hall’s first win in three starts on North American soil. The Irish-bred 4-year old had previously placed fourth in the Arlington Million while preparing for the Northern Dancer.
Previous to his North American campaign, Wigmore Hall won the Jebel Hatta at Maydan Race Course in Dubai and placed third in the Dubai Duty Free last March 26.
Wanting to squeeze in an early morning workout in Oklahoma, Trainer James Bond made sure that Tizway was up early and ready as soon as the Oklahoma track opened. With forecaste rains for Thursday evening, Bond felt it was necessary for the workout before the track got muddy. Tizway was in preparation for the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Tizway did not disappoint in the workout, running five furlongs in 1:01.34. Clockers timed the run at 1:14.85 for six furlongs. The track was fast but not too spectacular.
Tizway’s trainer James Bond was happy with the workout. In a phone interview late Thursday morning, he said that Tizway “worked fantastic.”
After winning last year’s $250,000 Summer Stakes with Pluck, Trainer Todd Pletcher is looking at a repeat win this year with Finale. Finale seems to be on track to do that, as his last two outings on grass were won with a combined 16 lengths.
Finale was a not a contender with results from his first two outings on dirt at Belomont. The turnaround came last July 15. His maiden win was a six-furlong romp on grass and earned him a 79 Beyer Speed Figure. He was a 1-5 odds on favorite the next time out atthe Aug. 20 Continental Mile Stakes at Monmouth. His 1:35.24 winning time earned a 77 Beyer Speed Figure.
Winning the one-mile Summer Stakes translates to a spot at the BC Juvenile Turf at Churchill.