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Coolmore's Havana drew away to a large lead in midstretch but had to dig deep to withstand the fast-finishing Honor Code in the final yards of Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne at Belmont Park, scoring by a neck on the wire. An impressive debut winner in his previous start, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt remained perfect and sealed a bid for the November 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita in the "Win & You're In" race.
Artemis Agrotera broke her maiden by a romping 11 lengths at Saratoga in her August 16 career debut and continued to prove her superiority with a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette at Belmont Park.
John C. Oxley's Madly Truly (Malibu Moon) was sent off the 5-2 choice in Saturday's $151,523 Mazarine (Can-G3) at Woodbine despite a fourth-place run in the Natalma (Can-G3) last out and vindicated those odds with a one-length victory under jockey Patrick Husbands.
The Mark Casse trainee earned 10 points in the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series when completing 1 1/16 Polytrack miles in 1:44 4/5.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's We Miss Artie rallied wide into contention in upper stretch and powered away to a 2 3/4-length victory in the Grade 1, $400,000 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland. Ridden by John Velazquez, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt earned a berth in the November 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita for capturing the "Win & You're In" event.
Conquest Stables LLC's My Conquestadory suffered an educational trip in Friday's Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades on the opening day card of Keeneland's fall meet. Stuck in traffic for much of the backstretch run, the Mark Casse-trained miss angled wide around the turn and drew off in the lane to be 1 3/4 lengths clear on the wire.
The Artie Schiller filly was sent off the 6-5 favorite and lived up to her odds when finishing 1 1/16 miles over the Polytrack in 1:45 3/5.
Only five colts and geldings will line up in Sunday's Grey (Can-G3) at Woodbine, and the winner of the 1 1/16-mile Polytrack contest will earn not only graded credit and the winner's share of the C$150,000 purse, but also 10 points toward a starting gate berth in the Kentucky Derby on the Road to the Kentucky Derby series.
Saturday's C$150,000 Mazarine (Can-G3) at Woodbine is turning into a Natalma (Can-G2) rematch as five of the eight runners are exiting that one-mile turf contest.
Llanarmon (Sky Mesa) rallied for victory in the Natalma, and for the first time in her two-race career will be stretching out to 1 1/16 miles while trying the Polytrack in the Mazarine. Trainer Roger Attfield will give Emma-Jayne Wilson a leg up on the dark bay juvenile miss.
Sixteen juveniles were entered in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 Breeders' Futurity on Keeneland's Fall Stars Weekend, but only 14 will be allowed to line up in the 1 1/16-mile Polytrack contest. And of those 14, Solitary Ranger stands out following a 5 1/2-length romp in the Arlington-Washington Futurity on September 7.
The Breeders' Futurity is part of the "Prep Season" portion of the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series, awarding points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the first four finishers.
Keeneland kicks off its 2013 fall race meet on Friday and the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades will feature a field of 13 two-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.
The Alcibiades is part of the "Prep Season" portion of the "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" series, awarding points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the first four finishers.