Las Vegas, NV - Another weekend of graded stakes action is done - it was quite a weekend for one trainer especially at Betfair Hollywood Park. Along with Hollywood Park, Delaware Park, Belmont and Monmouth all hosted significant races over the two days - let's take a look at some of the results.
Hollywood Juvenile Championship at Hollywood Park Results
The final weekend of racing at Betfair Hollywood Park took place this weekend and Saturday saw trainer John Sadler sweep the three graded stakes races on the card. First up was the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship for two year olds. Sadler had the top two finishers in that race to start a momentous day. Recent claim Scherer Magic, the 3-1 second choice outraced the other Sadler entry Carson's Crown who barely beat out Just Call Me Al who was third. Favorite Amarish was a colossal disappointment - he finished sixth.
Race 8 at Hollywood on Saturday featured three year old fillies. It was John Sadler's Lady of Shamrock that posted the convincing win and avenged a loss to second place My Gi Gi who finished second. My Gi Gi won last time out in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap over Lady of Shamrock. Best Present Ever was third - 2 3/4 lengths behind the winner.
Hollywood Juvenile Championship Results & Payouts
A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park Results
The A Gleam Handicap was race 9 on the Hollywood Park Saturday card and again it was a John Sadler filly that stole the show. Favorite Switch earned an automatic bid into the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint by winning over Sugarinthemorning who was second while Chantal Sutherland ridden Glamorista was third. Switch ended an eight race losing streak and overcame a so-so year with the very impressive and important win.
A Gleam Handicap Results & Payouts
Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park Results
Hollywood Park was the scene of the Grade 3 Sunset Handicap on Sunday - the closing day for summer racing at Hollywood Park. Heavy Favorite Dhaamer did what he was supposed to do and recorded a 3 1/4 length win - his second straight score at 1 1/2 miles on Hollywood turf. Romp finished second and Quaintly was 4 1/2 lengths behind second for third.
Sunset Handicap Results & Payouts
Man O' War Stakes at Belmont Park Results
Belmont Park hosted the Grade 1 $600,000 Man O' War Stakes on Saturday. Point of Entry continued his solid 2012 campaign and won easily for his first Grade 1 triumph and his third straight graded stakes score overall. The relatively easy win came over 17-1 shot Center Divider who finished second and Tahoe Lake who finished third by a length. 4-5 favorite Treasure Beach was a disappointing fifth in the race.
Man O' War Stakes Results & Payouts
Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park Results
At Delaware Park Grace Hall dominated the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks on Saturday to make it 3-for-3 at Delaware. Grace Hall's impressive win came by 3 3/4 lengths over Via Villaggio who rallied from last place to finish second while Amie's Dini finished third. 2-5 favorite Grace Hall looked mighty impressive and was clearly the class of the field.
Delaware Oaks Results & Payouts
Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park Results
The Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes also went down on Saturday at Delaware Park. Starformer led from wire-to-wire to post a three length victory in her return to turf after a failed experiment on dirt. 19-10 favorite Bubbly Jane was a game second and Sikara was third in the race. It was Starformer's second win in North America after a decent career in Europe.
Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes Results & Payouts
Jersey Shores Stakes at Monmouth
The Grade 3 Jersey Shores Stakes took place at Monmouth on Saturday as well. Well Spelled recorded his first graded stakes win over a very game Cape Cod Canal who represented himself very well by finishing second in just his third career start. Scaramanga continued a good 2012 campaign by finishing third and has now placed in six of seven career starts.