Las Vegas, NV - It's Monday - that means it's time to reflect on another packed weekend of graded stakes races. Monmouth was scene of four graded stakes races on Sunday; Del Mar had a stakes race Friday and two on Saturday while Woodbine hosted the Grade 3 Royal North. There were some huge upsets, some fantastic performances and some expected outcomes - let's take a look.
Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park Results
We'll start with Monmouth on Sunday. The Main Event was the Grade 2 Haskell Invitational - a Grade 1 race with a purse of $1 million. Paynter recorded his first stakes win - the third straight and sixth overall Haskell for trainer Bob Baffert. Paynter served notice that his second place finish in the Belmont was no fluke. He rallied to defeat Nonios in his first ever star on dirt by 3 3/4 lengths and 28-1 long shot Stealcase who finished third. Gemologist was a disappointing sixth.
Haskell Invitational Results & Payouts
Oceanport Stakes at Monmouth Park Results
Monmouth's turf surface hosted the Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes and it turned into the upset of the weekend. The longest shot in the field, 25-1 Tune Me In defeated two-time defending Oceanport champ and race second choice at 2-1 Get Serious in shocking fashion. It was favorite 13-10 Queensplatekitten that finished third.
Oceanport Stakes Results & Payouts
Matchmaker Stakes at Monmouth Park Results
The Grade 3 Matchmaker featured the ladies. It was Laughing that came out well... laughing with her first graded stakes win as 6-5 favorite. Shimmering Moment finished second in the race and Island School finished third.
Matchmaker Stakes Results & Payouts
Molly Pitcher Stakes at Monmouth Park Results
The Grade 2 Molly Pitcher Stakes was contested also on Monmouth's Sunday card. Fillies and mares were after $200,000 on Monmouth's main track. Brushed by a Star recorded a wire to wire win as the 9-5 fifth choice in the race. 19-1 long shot Successful Song was second and 2-1 favorite Gypsy R Gold who finished third.
Molly Pitcher Stakes Results & Payouts
Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar Results
Let's head to Del Mar. On Friday the Grade 3 Cougar II took place. It was Richard's Kid who has apparently shaken his poor two years in Dubai who took his second graded stakes victory of the year. 12-1 third choice Worth Repeating was second with Balladry finishing third. Richard's Kid had a terrific 2010 and could be back to form.
Cougar II Handicap Results & Payouts
Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar Results
The Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes highlighted Del Mar's Sunday schedule. Amazombie looked absolutely awesome in avenging a loss to The Factor in the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes. Amazombie showed his Eclipse Award winning style defeating even money favorite The Factor. Capital Account was in third in what was the Amazombie show.
Bing Crosby Stakes Results & Payouts
San Diego Handicap at Del Mar Results
The Grade 2 San Diego Handicap was also on Del Mar's Saturday card. Grade 1 winner Rail Trip won his first graded stakes race in two years and in the process gained an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. He was the 9-2 fifth choice and beat out a horse racing in his first graded stakes race in 2 1/2 years - John Scott. Kettle Corn was third while names like Tres Borrachos and Prayer for Relief were disappointing.
San Diego Handicap Results & Payouts
Royal North Stakes at Woodbine Results
Woodbine hosted the Grade 3 Royal North Stakes - a 6 furlong dash on turf. It came down to a thrilling duel between 2-1 co-favorites Roxy Gap and Atlantic Hurricane. It was Roxy Gap that was eventually won to continue his good form on this track (wins in the Hendrie and Whimsical Stakes this year). Atlantic Hurricane was a very game second while defending champ in this race Jenny's So Great was third.