Racing

Hometown Horses

Saturday, Aug. 1

Del Mar

Race 2 – $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes – 4:30 pm

#2 Thousand Words – This Bob Baffert trainee rebounded from a disappointing performance as the favorite in the Oaklawn Stakes to finish a game second to his stablemate and Shared Belief contender in the Los Alamitos Derby (G3) July 4.

#3 Anneau d’Or – The runner-up in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is seeking his first win of the year after finishing fourth in both the Arkansas Derby (G1) and Santa Anita Derby (G1).

Race 10 – $250,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) – 8:30 pm

#1 Lexitonian – After having to scratch at the gate in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga last Saturday, this Speightstown colt flew across the country to try this Grade 1. He is seeking to rebound from his poor performance in the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) May 2.

#5 PR Radio Star – This Warrior’s Reward gelding, who made four starts at Oaklawn in 2020, has been popular at the claim box. He is stepping up into stakes competition after passing allowance race test July 12 in his first start since being claimed by Phil D’Amato June 11 at Churchill Downs.

#10 Heartwood – The 2019 Hot Springs Stakes winner is seeking his second straight victory.

Monmouth Park

Race 11 – Monmouth Oaks (G3) – 4:31 pm

#5 Piece of my Heart – The winner of Oaklawn’s Gardenia Stakes is the 7-2 morning line favorite as she seeks to rebound from a fourth-place finish in the Delaware Oaks (G3) July 4 where she set the early pace before fading as the favorite.  

#7 Comical – Trained by Steve Asmussen, this Into Mischief filly finished second in the Gardenia Stakes and then finished sixth in the Delaware Oaks in her most recent start.

Saratoga

Race 5 – Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) – 2:28 pm

#2 Motion Emotion – The 4-year-old Take Charge Indy filly finished second in two Oaklawn allowance races before finishing second to heavy Personal Ensign favorite Midnight Bisou in the Fleur de Lis Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs June 27.

#3 Midnight Bisou – The 2019 Champion Older Female is seeking her second straight victory after taking the Fleur de Lis last out and her second straight win in the Personal Ensign.

#6 Point of Honor – The Curlin filly, trained by George Weaver, is seeking her first win of the year after finishing second or third in her previous three starts. She was third in the April Blossom Handicap (G1) April 18.

Race 9 – Whitney Handicap (G1) – 4:42 pm

#1 By My Standards – The Oaklawn Handicap winner will by trying to turn the tables on Whitney favorite Tom’s d’Etat after finishing second to him last time out in the Stephen Foster Stakes (G2) June 27.

#2 Improbable – The Bob Baffert trainee finished second in the Oaklawn Mile behind Tom’s d’Etat and was scratched from the Oaklawn Handicap after drawing the #14 post before  returning to California to win the Hollywood Gold Cup at Santa Anita June 6.

#5 Tom’s d’Etat – The Oaklawn Mile winner will be seeking his fifth consecutive stakes victory. He is the 6-5 morning line favorite against four rivals.

Race 10 – H. Allen Jerkens (G1) – 5:18 pm

#2 Eight Rings – The Empire Maker colt is making his first start since finishing fifth as the favorite in the Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn April 25.

#4 Echo Town – This Steve Asmussen trainee won an allowance race at Oaklawn March 13 before finishing second in the Bachelor Stakes. He most recently finished second to fellow Oaklawn runner No Parole in the Woody Stephens Stakes (G1) June 20 at Belmont.

#6 No Parole – The Louisiana-bred colt has won five of six career starts, including an allowance race at Oaklawn April 24 and the Woody Stephens.

#7 Shoplifted – This consistent runner, trained by Steve Asmussen, was third in the Smarty Jones Stakes and fourth in the Southwest Stakes. He comes into this race off a third in the Woody Stephens Stakes.

#8 Three Technique – Trained by Jeremiah Englehart, the Mr Speaker colt was second in the Smarty Jones Stakes and fourth in the Rebel Stakes (G2), his most recent stakes.

#9 Liam’s Pride – In five Oaklawn starts for trainer Doug O’Neil, the Liam’s Map colt broke his maiden and finished fourth in two allowance races. He most recently won the Gold Fever Stakes at Belmont Park July 10.

#10 Captain Bombastic – The New York-bred son of Forty Tales was second in two allowance races at Oaklawn before returning to his home state and winning the Mike Lee Stakes June 14 for trainer Jeremiah Englehart.