*Race Notes: BIG BROWN rated off the early pace four wide, advanced in the five path when ready after five furlongs, ranged up outside RECAPTURETHEGLORY approaching the stretch, took over and angled in near the rail once in the stretch and increased his lead under steady urging. EIGHT BELLES forwardly placed, between rivals, steadied with three furlongs to go when blocked, steadied again nearing the quarter mile marker when lacking a clear path, angled out to follow the winner into the stretch, drifted to the rail approaching the furlong marker and held on gamely to be second best. EIGHT BELLES Pulled up in distress. DENIS OF CORK angled to the rail in the initial furlong, advanced between rivals with three furlongs to go, moved back to the inside once in the stretch and improved his position while not a real threat. TALE OF EKATI steadied in the initial quarter when in tight, drifted out carrying COURT VISION out, was reserved along the inside, moved out four wide with three furlongs to go when advancing, came six wide into the stretch, reached a forward position in midstretch but lacked a further bid. RECAPTURETHEGLORY close up four wide while reserved off the leaders, surged in that path after six furlongs to challenge, stayed with the winner into the stetch but tired in the final furlong. COLONEL JOHN steadied in the initial furlong when in tight, was outrun early, made a bold six wide run to the quarter mile marker but could not sustain the bid. ANAK NAKAL outrun four wide, advanced seven wide after seven furlongs and improved his position while no real threat. PYRO angled in early to race in hand along the inside, moved out to the two path on the second turn, came four wide into the stretch but could not menace. COWBOY CAL followed BOB BLACK JACK in when that one angled in, pressured that one through moderate fractions, stayed on well to the final quarter and tired. Z FORTUNE in traffic early when within easy striking distance, maintained a good position to the stretch and tired. SMOOTH AIR broke in the air, steadied in the initial quarter and again once in the first turn, angled out six wide late on the second turn but lacked a late bid. VISIONAIRE stumbled at the start, steadied near the finish line the first time, was outrun for five furlongs, steadied entering the second turn when in close quarters, moved out three wide on the second turn, drifted out in midstretch and improved position late. COURT VISION steadied when carried out near the finish line the first time bumping with BIG TRUCK, was reserved inside and could not menace. Z HUMOR carried in in the initial furlong, took up in traffic near the finish line the first time, was unhurried for a half, checked near the five furlong marker and never threatened. COOL COAL MAN taken in hand after an alert beginning to race within striking distance along the inside, held on well for seven furlongs and faded. BOB BLACK JACK angled in early, set the pace, stayed on well for a mile and faded. GAYEGO sluggish at the start, steadied in traffic in the opening quarter, was a bit rank behind the winner on the first turn then was through after six furlongs. BIG TRUCK steadied when bumped by COURT VISION early, raced within striking distance for six furlongs and gave way. ADRIANO took up approaching the finish line the first time then was no factor. MONBA steadied in the initial quarter, raced five wide on the first turn and could not menace.
*Race Notes: STREET SENSE, reserved immediately after the start as the field came away in good order, relaxed nicely, reached the rail before going a furlong and settled well off the pace, began picking up horses approaching the far turn, got through cleanly inside, split foes two or three wide at the quarter-mile ground, moved three wide to go after pace-setting HARD SPUN, took over, opened a clear advantage at the furlong grounds when roused sharply left-handed, then, with the rider glancing back and changing hands with the stick, continued resolutely. HARD SPUN worked his way in two wide to vie for the lead early, gained the lead soon after going a quarter while racing in hand, edged clear entering the backstretch while carefully handled, increased his advantage to be well clear into the upper stretch, bobbled leaving the eighth pole, angled outside of STREET SENSE in the late going and wasn't a match for that one as second best. CURLIN, steadied lightly during the opening eighth while between rivals near the inside, was unhurried to the end of the backstretch between horses, continued between rivals when advancing into the stretch, made a bold run five wide approaching the final furlong but couldn't threaten the top two. IMAWILDANDCRAZYGUY, outrun four wide for seven furlongs, moved between rivals approaching the final quarter, swung out ten wide entering the stretch and made up some ground. SEDGEFIELD, forwardly placed near the inside from the outset, raced within easy striking distance into the upper stretch and came up empty. CIRCULAR QUAY raced far back five or six wide from early on, bumped for a stride with STORMELLO leaving the five-sixteenths pole, then improved position slightly while not a threat. TIAGO, outrun early, angled to the inside on the far turn, rallied along the rail approaching the stretch, continued three abreast when straightened for the drive and passed tired rivals. ANY GIVEN SATURDAY, never far back and between foes four wide, launched a bid midway down the backstretch, came out causing crowding while bumping with SCAT DADDY nearing the far turn, made an earnest run five wide between horses approaching the final quarter but flattened out when straightened for the drive. SAM P., unhurried for a half, made mild move six wide approaching the stretch but failed to continue. NOBIZ LIKE SHOBIZ, well placed while tracking the leaders from between horses, moved menacingly approaching the final quarter but faltered. DOMINICAN, in contention while between horses, was shuffled back in tight while bumping with GREAT HUNTER nearing the far turn and was finished nearing the stretch. ZANJERO settled near the inside, advanced steadily between calls on the far turn, had to steady when lacking room, was with the winner while outside that one, steadied again before the quarter-pole and had no further response. GREAT HUNTER, bumped with DOMINICAN in the early going, raced six or seven wide along the backstretch, was bumped while continuing wide nearing the far turn, made a solid run in the sixth path approaching the stretch but failed to continue. LIQUIDITY angled to the inside in the early stages, settled in good position in the two path along the backstretch, lodged a move along the rail leaving the far turn, angled out slightly while gaining a bit approaching the quarter pole then lacked a further response. BWANA BULL, between horses four or five wide much of the way, never reached contention. STORM IN MAY, outrun near the inside to the stretch, angled out five or six wide but never reached contention. TEUFLESBERG, up close between horses four wide, weakened steadily approaching the stretch. SCAT DADDY raced outside NOBIZ LIKE SHOWBIZ four or five wide along the backstretch, steadied in tight between horses and was shuffled back nearing the far turn and steadily tired thereafter. STORMELLO attended the early pace under a rating hold five wide, fell back slightly on the backstretch while continuing in contention in the five path, was asked for more three furlongs out, bumped for a stride with CIRCULAR QUAY approaching the stretch and was not persevered with late. COWTOWN CAT, up close between horses early, was finished leaving the backstretch.
*Race Notes: BARBARO stumbled at the start, came up running and leaned in soon after bumping with BOB AND JOHN placing him in tight, raced under light restraint while between horses early, continued three wide around the first turn then fanned five to six wide into the backstretch, raced to the leaders under his own power midway on the far turn, reached the front at the five-sixteenths pole, accelerated quickly to a clear advantage approaching the stretch while angling near the inside, then drew off under under strong hand urging as much the best. BLUEGRASS CAT, never far back, maneuvered nicely between foes to reach the rail entering the first turn, followed BARBARO while just inside that one on the backstretch, angled outside the winner nearing the final quarter, then couldn't menace at the end while clearly second best. STEPPENWOLFER, bumped after the start by KEYED ENTRY and forced in, saved ground in hand, rallied between horses three or four wide on the far turn, lacked room at the five-sixteenths pole, worked his way out six wide when straightened into the stretch to make his run, loomed a threat through the upper stretch, then failed to sustain his bid while drifting out slightly. JAZIL swerved in at the start, was unhurried while outrun for six furlongs, continued to save ground while rallying along the rail on the far turn, angled out between foes four wide when entering the upper stretch to make a serious bid but failed to sustain his effort while dead heating with BROTHER DEREK for fourth. BROTHER DEREK worked his way in six wide by the first turn, moved out wider when the field bunched nearing the end of the backstretch where he was steadied twice, fanned out nine abreast when making a run into the upper stretch, but came up empty while finishing evenly with JAZIL for fourth. SHOWING UP bobbled at the break, came out bumping with BOB AND JOHN, gained a forward position near the inside, went along under careful handling, raced between foes four wide nearing the final quarter, was just off the winner briefly when entering the stretch and flattened out in the drive. SWEETNORTHERNSAINT, steadied when bumped at the start by A.P. WARRIOR and forced out on PRIVATE VOW, was steadied again under the wire the first time in tight quarters, worked his way between foes around the first turn, angled inside on the backstretch, boldly came through close quarters along the rail at the five-sixteenths pole, but faltered when straightened for the drive. DEPUTY GLITTERS, outrun five wide into the backstretch, inched forward around the far turn, came out eleven wide for the drive, leaned in and bumped SEASIDE REATREAT at the furlong grounds, then lacked a further response. POINT DETERMINED, bobbled lightly at the start, was well placed near the inside from the outset, moved between horses five wide into the lane, came out and bumped with SEASIDE RETREAT at the eighth pole and was finished. SEASIDE RETREAT, unhurried and six wide, reached striking distance on the far turn, came out wider entering the stretch, was bumped from both sides at the eighth pole and had no further account. STORM TREASURE, steadied behind horses nearing the first turn, made a mild move between rivals approaching the final quarter but failed to continue. LAWYER RON, well placed early, raced between foes around the first turn, was steadied entering the backstretch, continued within striking distance until the stretch and tired. CAUSE TO BELIEVE never reached contention. FLASHY BULL broke awkwardly and raced wide most of the way. PRIVATE VOW, sluggish to start, was bumped soon after by SWEETNORTHERNSAINT and steadied, then never was a factor. SINISTER MINISTER vied for the lead soon after start while battling outside of KEYED ENTRY, surrendered the advantage to that one just before the opening quarter expired, tracked KEYED ENTRY to the far turn, briefly gained the lead between calls approaching the stretch, lost it to the winner after several strides and faded. BOB AND JOHN, bumped at the start by SHOWING UP, then steadied soon after and bumped again when BARBARO leaned in, was finished after seven furlongs. A. P. WARRIOR came out at the start bumping SWEETNORTHERNSAINT,then was finished early. SHARP HUMOR came out after the start bumping A.P.WARRIOR, faded after a half, bore out midway on the second turn and wasn't abused in the drive. KEYED ENTRY leaned in at the start bumping STEPPENWOLFER,went up inside SINISTER MINISTER to fight for the lead, gained a slight edge after going a quarter, was clear on the first turn, showed the way to the far turn and gave way readily after seven furlongs.
*Race Notes: GIACOMO, in a bit tight between horses at the start, was unhurried while five wide between rivals during the early stages, continued five wide along the backstretch, worked his way forward between horses six wide on the far turn, was in behind a wall of horses entering the upper stretch, was alertly angled eight abreast to secure racing room at the furlong grounds, then closed determinedly under extreme left-handed urging to prevail in the final seventy yards. CLOSING ARGUMENT bobbled slightly while drifting out for a stride at the break, gained a forward position while nine wide during the opening quarter, angled inward to be four wide on the first turn and along the backstretch, inched up between foes four wide entering the far turn, angled five wide while going between horses at the top of the stretch, gained a narrow advantage leaving the three-sixteenths pole, was joined by the winner from the outside about the sixteenth pole and held on tenaciously to save the place. AFLEET ALEX, nicely placed under light rating from early on while between foes four or five wide, rallied near the inside around the far turn, came out and split rivals while four wide when straightened into the stretch, gained on even terms for the lead in deep stretch and wasn't quite good enough. DON'T GET MAD settled eight wide early, edged in on the first turn, raced four wide on the backstretch, was asked for his best nearing the three-eighths pole while circling foes eight wide, came to the extreme outside to be ten wide entering the stretch, offered a serious bid entering the final furlong but couldn't sustain the needed momentum. BUZZARDS BAY gained a striking position early while maneuvering in six wide, edged closer nearing the end of the backstretch, commenced a sweeping bid seven wide to reach contention approaching the final quarter, loomed menacingly in upper stretch but came up empty. WILKO, eased back five wide early, began to advance four wide on the far turn, came out between horses six wide for the drive, checked in tight quarters leaving the three-sixteenths pole and improved position while unable to threaten. BELLAMY ROAD, away in good order to track the leaders under light rating five wide, was asked for more nearing the five-sixteenths pole, gained a slight advantage between calls when straightened into the stretch, remained a factor into upper stretch then weakened. ANDROMEDA'S HERO, unhurried to the far turn and racing near the inside, came out six or seven wide entering the stretch and produced a mild gain. FLOWER ALLEY, a bit sluggish to begin, leaned in early bumping with HIGH LIMIT and forced that one in on NOBLE CAUSEWAY, moved inside, continued forwardly placed along the backstretch, was steadied behind SPANISH CHESTNUT approaching the five-sixteenths pole, dropped back nearing the quarter pole and weakened soon after. HIGH FLY, nicely placed while working his way near the inside between foes, continued between horses while going after SPANISH CHESTNUT approaching the stretch, put a head in front near the final quarter, battled heads apart into upper stretch, but couldn't sustain the needed momentum. GREELEY'S GALAXY was pinched back in tight after a tardy start, quickly was angled in to race four abreast, came a bit wider on the far turn to commence a sweeping bid, reached contention when straightened for the drive and lacked a further account. COIN SILVER, eased back early after being forced to steady behind NOBLE CAUSEWAY, made a run four or five wide around the far turn, worked his way out eight wide for the drive but was unable to continue his bid. GREATER GOOD, void of early speed and outrun to the stretch, came out ten wide for the drive and failed to menace while improving his position. NOBLE CAUSEWAY bumped with COIN SILVER at the start, was forced to check sharply when bumped by HIGH LIMIT nearing the wire the first time and failed to reach serious contention thereafter. SUN KING, in contention near the inside for seven furlongs, made a brief move in close quarters approaching the far turn then gradually weakened. SPANISH CHESTNUT moved to the front early, maneuvered in to show the way three or four wide, opened a clear advantage on the first turn, set a rapid pace for six furlongs, held on for almost a mile and tired. SORT IT OUT never reached contention. GOING WILD angled in early to press front-running SPANISH CHESTNUT four wide, was asked for more leaving the backstretch, failed to keep pace and faded. BANDINI, in contention while racing in mid-pack between rivals, was finished entering the far turn. HIGH LIMIT, bumped passing the wire the first time and forced in on NOBLE CAUSEWAY, was finished after six furlongs while near the inside.
*Race Notes: SMARTY JONES, bumped between horses approaching the first turn, settled in good position along the backstretch, raced just behind the pacesetter leaving the far turn, closed the gap from outside midway on the turn, made a run to challenge at the top of the stretch, surged to the front with a furlong remaining then edged away under steady right and left hand encouragement. LION HEART rushed up to gain the early advantage, raced uncontested on the lead along the backstretch, set a rapid pace along the rail for a mile, dug in when challenged leaving the quarter pole, battled heads apart into midstretch but couldn't stay with the winner through the final sixteenth. IMPERIALISM bumped and steadied in traffic at the seven-eighths pole, raced far back for six furlongs, saved ground into the far turn, began to work his way out for room on the turn, swung six wide at the top of the stretch then closed late while drifting in through the stretch to gain a share. LIMEHOUSE was shuffled back a bit along the inside on the first turn, raced in the middle of the pack for six furlongs, saved ground while launching his bid approaching the quarter pole, made a run to reach contention in midstretch but couldn't sustain his bid. THE CLIFF'S EDGE broke a bit slowly, was outrun while strung out five wide going into the first turn, moved to the outside of TAPIT midway down the backstretch, continued wide while far back to the top of the stretch then failed to threaten while improving his position with a mild late run in the middle of the track. ACTION THIS DAY was unhurried in the early going while racing well off the pace, steadied along the inside midway on the turn, swung out in upper stretch then passed mostly tiring horses. READ THE FOOTNOTES steadied in traffic between horses on the first turn, raced three wide while gaining ground along the backstretch, steadied in traffic on the far turn, made a run to reach contention midway on the turn but couldn't sustain his rally. BIRDSTONE was pinched back a bit at the start then steadied in traffic in the early stages, worked his way forward between horses at the half mile pole, raced within striking distance on the turn then lacked a strong closing response. TAPIT broke a bit slowly, steadied in traffic at the seven-eighths pole, was caught five wide leaving the first turn, continued well off the rail along the backstretch, angled in a bit while gaining slightly at the top of the stretch then lacked a further response. BORREGO was reserved for a half, steadied in traffic between horses at the half mile pole, made a move to reach contention leaving the turn then faded in the stretch. SONG OF THE SWORD checked along the inside on the first turn and failed to seriously threaten thereafter. MASTER DAVID bumped while between horses on the first turn, raced well back for six furlongs, steadied in traffic at the half mile pole and was never close thereafter while six wide at the top of the stretch. PRO PRADO was caught four wide on the first turn, chased the leaders from outside along the backstretch, edged a bit closer midway on the turn then flattened out. CASTLEDALE (IRE) swerved out in the early stages, raced in tight approaching the far turn then failed to mount a serious rally thereafter. FRIENDS LAKE steadied between horses while in tight on the first turn, never reached contention. MINISTER ERIC steadied along the rail leaving the first turn, moved up along the inside along the backstretch, dropped back on the turn and gave way in the stretch. POLLARD'S VISION bumped at the start, stalked the leaders while four wide for six furlongs then gave way. QUINTONS GOLD RUSH up close early, took up between horses at the half mile pole then gave way and was eased late. Posts one through four were moved out due to the scratch of WIMBLEDON.
*Race Notes: FUNNY CIDE came out bumping with OFFLEE WILD for several strides just after the start, gained a forward position four wide while under a rating hold when under the wire for the first time, edged nearer the inside to draft in behind front-running BRANCUSI and PEACE RULES, eased outside of PEACE RULES when that one took over approaching the end of the backstretch, inched to challenge that one approaching the final quarter, reached the front when straightened for the drive, opened a clear advantage leaving the furlong grounds after being roused sharply on the right side, then, after the rider switched the whip to his left hand and again back to his right, gamely maintained his advantage. EMPIRE MAKER, away in good order and six or seven wide during the early stages while under light restraint, continued five wide on the backstretch and into the far turn, advanced steadily five wide leaving the three-eighths pole, loomed boldly outside FUNNY CIDE through the drive and wasn't good enough. PEACE RULES broke sharply to briefly lead, surrendered the advantage to BRANCUSI from the inside, raced well out in the track the opening eighth, edged in three wide to battle heads apart with that one into the first turn while full of run, assumed the advantage just after going six furlongs, opened a clear lead on the far turn, was displaced on the lead by the winner when straightened into the stretch and continued with good courage to save third position. ATSWHATIMTALKNBOUT, bumped at the start by BRANCUSI and forced out slightly, quickly recovered, was taken in hand to the inside, saved ground for a mile, came out for the drive to make a run between rivals seven wide and was going well at the end. EYE OF THE TIGER gradually worked his way in four wide by the first turn to track the leaders under light rating, leaned in lightly bumping with BRANCUSI approaching the stretch, continued in a challenging position into the lane but flattened out. BUDDY GIL, slightly sluggish at the break and bumped soon after by OFFLEE WILD when that one was forced out by FUNNY CIDE, settled three or four wide, reached contention nearing the final quarter, moved near the rail for the drive and improved position while unable to seriously menace. OUTTA HERE, eight or nine wide early, was checked slightly and able to angle in behind rivals while losing position entering the first turn, raced four or five wide while outrun to the stretch, came to the extreme outside to be 12 wide for the final furlong and offered mild gain. TEN CENTS A SHINE, reserved after the start and maneuvered towards the inside, raced three or four wide while outrun for seven furlongs, eased out to make a run 10 wide into the stretch and offered a mild gain. TEN MOST WANTED, bumped after the start by SCRIMSHAW, was checked during the opening furlong, settled six wide, continued off the inside, reached contention as the field tightened approaching the stretch but failed to offer a closing response. DOMESTIC DISPUTE, within striking distance while five or six wide, remained in contention into the upper stretch while five wide between rivals but was empty when the test came. SCRIMSHAW drifted in at the start bumping with TEN MOST WANTED, tracked the leaders four or five wide, was asked for his best three furlongs out while between foes but flattened out in the drive. OFFLEE WILD, bumped for several strides soon after the start by FUNNY CIDE, reserved between foes, three or four wide to the end of the backstretch, moved to contention midway with a burst of speed between calls on the far turn, came out five or six wide for the drive but couldn't sustain the needed momentum. SUPAH BLITZ came out brushing BRANCUSI after the start, saved ground, was checked lightly soon after passing the wire the first time and failed to menace. INDIAN EXPRESS, rank early and steadied repeatedly when caught between rivals approaching the first turn, raced in contention to the end of the backstretch and weakened thereafter. LONE STAR SKY, steadied and shuffled nearing the first turn, failed to reach contention. BRANCUSI came out brushing with ATSWHATIMTALKINBOUT soon after the start, moved to the fore near the inside, held a slight advantage while battling inside of PEACE RULES to the end of the backstretch, lost the edge to that one, continued forwardly to the stretch and faded. SIR CHEROKEE was declared from the race on Friday morning due to an injury to his right hind ankle. Because of the scratch, the number one post position in the starting gate was left unoccupied. Post positions do not correspond to actual gate position. The horses in the auxiliary gate were OUTTA HERE, TEN MOST WANTED and SCRIMSHAW.
*Race Notes: WAR EMBLEM came away in good order to gain the lead, edged in to race in the three path, went along under careful handling, then drew off in the final furlong under energetic hand urging with the rider flashing his whip on the right side. PROUD CITIZEN, lightly bumped at the start by HARLAN'S HOLIDAY, moved up soon after to race in closest attendance to WAR EMBLEM four wide, loomed a strong threat outside that one when straightened into the stretch, then wasn't a match in the final furlong while gamely saving second. PERFECT DRIFT, in hand from the outset while closer than usual along the inside, remained inside while tracking WAR EMBLEM, was checked for several strides when lacking room in behind that one at the three-sixteenths pole, altered course outside the winner, then came up empty in the final furlong. MEDAGLIA D'ORO bobbled at the start and was bumped by ESSENCE OF DUBAI when that one came out, worked his way forward between rivals four or five wide on the backstretch and around the second turn, swung out seven or eight wide entering the upper stretch, bumped with ESSENCE OF DUBAI leaving the three-sixteenths pole and was finished. REQUEST FOR PAROLE, forwardly placed in hand while four wide, was asked for his best approaching the final quarter, remained in behind the leaders and failed to respond. CAME HOME worked his way nicely toward the inside to race six or seven wide during the opening quarter, raced under light restraint while continuing seven wide on the backstretch, edged in nearing the far turn, remained prominent into the upper stretch and flattened out. HARLAN'S HOLIDAY bumped lightly with PROUD CITIZEN at the start, followed the leaders within easy striking distance while five or six wide, edged closer nearing the end of the backstretch, then came up empty. JOHANNESBURG, well placed along the inside from the start, raced in hand to the second turn while within striking distance saving ground, continued inside into the stretch but came up empty when asked. ESSENCE OF DUBAI came out bumping MEDAGLIA D'ORO at the start, dropped in behind horses to be three or four wide, made a mild run from between foes near the inside approaching the stretch, swung out for the drive, was bumped by MEDGALIA D'ORO and forced out for a stride, then failed to continue. SAARLAND failed to reach contention despite saving ground. BLUE BURNER, worked his way inward to be forwardly placed five wide early, continued off the inside and weakened in the drive. CASTLE GANDOLFO never was a factor while between foes much of the way. EASY GRADES leaned in bumping IT'SALLINTHECHASE at the start, raced nine or 10 wide early, moved in a bit on the first turn but never reached contention. PRIVATE EMBLEM, within striking distance while between horses to the end of the backstretch, gradually weakened. LUSTY LATIN, near the inside while outrun from the start, eased out eight or nine wide on the backstretch, continued wide and passed only tired rivals. IT'SALLINTHECHASE never was close. OCEAN SOUND (IRE) was outrun. WILD HORSES, forwardly placed along the inside to the far turn, gave way thereafter. BUDDHA was scratched Friday morning because of a bruised left fore. Saturday morning, DANTHEBLUEGRASS was declared from the race after he tied up following a morning jog. Due to the scratches, the number one position in the starting gate was left unoccupied.
*Race Notes: MONARCHOS, bumped by POINT GIVEN at the start and forced in on JAMAICAN RUM, was outrun for six furlongs, raced five or six wide, commenced a sweeping run five abreast on the second turn, came out a bit farther entering the stretch, caught CONAGREE approaching the final sixteenth and drew clear under steady left-handed encouragement. INVISIBLE INK, unhurried to the far turn, moved up between foes approaching the stretch, angled outside the winner to secure room in the upper stretch, couldn't menace MONARCHOS but closed with good determination to wear down CONAGREE for second. CONAGREE, in hand early while the way into the final furlong but weakened gradually thereafter. THUNDER BLITZ, bumped at the start when BALTO STAR came out, was outrun to the far turn while along the inside, angled between rivals soon after while advancing, split foes approaching the final quarter, then improved position with a mild late run. THUNDER BLITZ returned bleeding from the mouth. POINT GIVEN broke to the inside bumping the winner, moved up steadily to gain a striking position five wide on the backstretch, made a threatening run on the second turn, then flattened out when straightened for the drive. JAMAICAN RUM, bumped at the start and squeezed back, was outrun for seven furlongs while racing well off the inside, leaned in while advancing six wide tightening it up on DOLLAR BILL at the three-eighths pole, then closed some ground while not a threat. AP VALENTINE, in behind rivals while unhurried into the backstretch, was checked when bumped by TALK IS MONEY at the half-mile ground, steadied between foes and was shuffled back at the three-eighths pole and rallied belatedly. EXPRESS TOUR settled in striking position while near the inside between foes on the backstretch, made a menacing run after angling out slightly on the second turn, then failed to sustain the needed momentum. FIFTY STARS, outrun until the stretch while in behind rivals, angled out at the eighth pole but wasn't a factor. STARTAC failed to reach contention and was eight wide on the second turn and into the stretch. MILLENIUM WIND, forwardly placed along the rail, was checked behind SONGANDAPRAYER about the five-sixteenths pole and failed to threaten thereafter. ARCTIC BOY, squeezed a bit at the start, failed to threaten. SONGANDAPRAYER was hustled to the front along the rail soon after the start, made the pace under pressure to the second turn, then tired from the effort. BALTO STAR forced the pace between rivals for seven furlongs and gave way. DOLLAR BILL, angled in behind horses soon after the start, eased out a bit on the backstretch, was forced to take up sharply, lost his action at the three-eighths pole when in tight quarters and was finished. KEATS pressed the leaders three wide to the far turn and gave way thereafter. TALK IS MONEY exchanged bumps with AP VALENTINE leaving the half-mile ground, gave way soon after, was distanced before going a mile and eased through the stretch. A foul claim by rider of INVISIBLE INK against the winner for alleged interference at the quarter-mile ground was disallowed.
*Race Notes: FUSAICHI PEGASUS broke to the inside, saved ground along the backstretch, swung out approaching the quarter pole and edged clear under vigorous hand urging. APTITUDE was with the winner along the backstretch, eased outside FUSAICHI PEGASUS nearing the final sixteenth and finished determinedly but wasn?t good enough. IMPEACHMENT was outrun until the stretch while saving ground, rallied steadily along the inside to finish willingly but unable to threaten the top two. MORE THAN READY moved inside to stalk the dueling leaders from the rail soon after the break, he then slipped through along the rail to gain along even terms for the lead when straightened out in the drive, then failed to sustain the needed momentum. WHEELAWAY worked his way inside on the first turn, came out five wide approaching the stretch, then lugged in badly, bothering CAPTAIN STEVE and forcing that one in and flattened out. CHINA VISIT was unhurried early, then followed the winner seven wide on the second turn while rallying, then, after being bumped slightly about the sixteenth pole when CAPTAIN STEVE drifted out, lacked a further response. CURULE leaned in at the start and bumped HIGH YIELD, raced within striking distance while three wide around the second turn, angled out five wide in the drive but came up empty. CAPTAIN STEVE, within easy striking distance while between horses nearing the end of the backstretch, was put to a drive beginning the second turn, rallied three wide to gain a slight advantage a quarter mile then, after being bothered in the upper stretch, drifted out while tiring. WAR CHANT, unhurried on the backstretch while racing just outside FUSAICHI PEGASUS, was finished after seven furlongs. DEPUTY WARLOCK, outside on the backstretch, came to the extreme outside for the drive and passed tired rivals. TRIPPI went up to alternate for the lead outside HAL?S HOPE, battled on about even terms until the stretch and gave way. EXCHANGE RATE, five or six wide throughout, was finished at the far turn. ANEES swerved in at the start while breaking awkwardly, saved ground but failed to menace. THE DEPUTY (IRE) failed to mount a rally while wide throughout. HIGH YIELD bumped at the start and caught five wide entering the first turn, continued wide and was finished approaching the stretch. HAL?S HOPE dueled inside for a mile and tired. COMMENDABLE was also wide while not a factor. RONTON, off a bit slow, failed to reach contention. GRAEME HALL showed speed for seven furlongs, gave way and was eased.