The Charles Whittingham Stakes (G2) was won by AWARD WINNER, ridden by Juan Hernandez, trained by David Hoffmans, owned by Amerman Racing LLC — reeling in ACCLIMATE in the final strides to win by a neck.
AWARD WINNER was away well for Juan Hernandez and took a tracking trip in second, three lengths off of pacesetter ACCLIMATE who set early fractions of 23:00, 46.66, and 1:10.67. It was an upbeat pace through the backstretch as they raced in single-file order, while strung out by eight-lengths. AWARD WINNER is asked for more run turning for home, and gets the jump on the closers. Through the length of the stretch he reels in the stubborn 9-1 shot, ACCLIMATE, and goes on to win by a neck. RED KING got up for third. The final time for the ten furlong race on turf was 1:59.27.
AWARD WINNER paid $15.40 to win, $7.80 to place. He is by GHOSTZAPPER out of DEVINE ACTRESS by THEATRICAL. He wins his second race in a row, pushes his earnings to $328,474, and reaches a top new speed figure into the bargain.
The Triple Bend (G2) was won by MAGIC ON TAP, ridden by Juan Hernandez, trained by Bob Baffert, owned by Summer Wind Equine — with a determined run.
MAGIC ON TAP had a decent break for Juan Hernandez but quickly found himself six lengths off the lead running through the backstretch, while the two pacesetters EIGHT RINGS and LAMBEAU set a scorching pace: 20.97 and 43.97 for the first two quarters! It wasn't surprising the two speedsters began to shorten stride turning for home, but it was MAGIC ON TAP leading the charge of closers. Juan Herndandez fully extended his gray horse despite running on the wrong lead, but they had enough in the tank to hit the wire first, holding off the late rally from SHOOTERS SHOOT who settled for second. EXAULTED finished third. The final time for the seven furlongs was 1:22.53.
MAGIC ON TAP paid $13.20 to win, $6.00 to place, and $3.00 to show. He is by TAPIT out of AUBBY K by STREET SENSE. He earns his first graded stakes victory and pushes his earnings to $228,800. Note that he's finished in the money in 5 of 6 career starts.
The Daytona Stakes (G3) was won by BOMBARD, ridden by Flavien Prat, trained by Richard Mandella, owned by Ramona S. Bass, Adele B. Dilschneider, and Claiborne Farm — in a gate to wire victory.
BOMBARD was hustled out of the gate by Flavien Prat and secured the lead to set early fractions of 21.63 and 44.17, with pressure from LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN directly to his outside. Rounding the turn and into the stretch, BOMBARD is headed by his presser, plus two fresh challengers in MAJESTIC EAGLE and COMMANDER, both commencing their rally into the center of the track. But BOMBARD digs deep and finds more, shaking loose from LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN and holding off the two closers by a length under the wire. MAJESTIC EAGLE got up for second, over COMMAND finished third. The final time for the six and one-half furlongs was 1:14.47.
BOMBARD paid $3.40 to win, $2.80 to place, and $2.10 to show. He is by WAR FRONT out of WITTY by DISTORTED HUMOR. He earns his first graded stakes victory of his career and pushes his earnings to $459,771.
Summertime Oaks (G2) was won by CRAZY BEAUTIFUL, ridden by Mike Smith, trained by Kenneth McPeek, owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred III — in an impressive score.
CRAZY BEAUTIFUL broke well but conceded the lead to take a tracking trip along the rail, while pacesetter LADY ACES led the field through opening quarters of 23.66 and 48.36. With three furlongs to go, CRAZY BEAUTIFUL is cut loose by MIKE SMITH. She swings to the outside for her stretch run and with determined energy, charges right on by for the win. SOOTHSAY ran on for second, LADY ACES finished third. The final time for the one mile and one-sixteenth was 1:43.85.
CRAZY BEAUTIFUL paid $4.60 to win, $2.10 to place. She is by LIAM'S MAP out of INDIAN BURN by INDIAN CHARLIE. She's officially a dual-Grade 2 winner, pushing her earnings to $520,865, while achieving her highest speed figure to date.
The Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) was won by COUNTRY GRAMMAR, ridden by Flavien Prat, trained by Bob Baffert, owned by WinStar Farm LLC — in a brave stretch duel!
COUNTRY GRAMMAR broke well for Flavien Prat and raced to second position, a length off of pacesetter BROWN STORM who set early fractions of 22.92 and 47.16. They raced compact through the backside, just three lengths covering them front to back. Flavien Prat lets COUNTRY GRAMMAR out a notch and they immediately putaway the pacesetter as they turn for home, but is quickly engaged by ROYAL SHIP to their outside. The two of them enter the stretch together, the others are of no threat. Down the stretch, ROYAL SHIP momentarily grabs the lead by half a length, but COUNTRY GRAMMAR fights on, retakes the lead, and barely keeps it for the wire. COUNTRY GRAMMAR gave one last plunge but had to settle for second by a head. It was four lengths back to EXPRESS TRAIN in third. The final time for the ten furlong event was 2:02.23.
COUNTRY GRAMMAR paid $5.60 to win, $3.20 to place, and $2.60 to show. He is by TONALIST out of ARABIAN SONG by FORESTRY. He successfully turned the tables on his rival ROYAL SHIP, who beat him last time out in the Californian Stakes (G2). COUNTRY GRAMMAR earns his first Grade 1 victory and pushes his earnings to $377,320.
The Gamely Stakes (G1) was won by MAXIM RATE, ridden by Juan Hernandez, trained by Simon Callaghan, owned by Slam Dunk Racing, Stable Currency LLC and James D. Branham — powering home with giant strides for the win.
MAXIM RATE broke well for Juan Herndanez and was positioned in fourth while 4-5 favorite CHARMAINE'S MIA set early fractions of 22.82 and 45.94. MAXIM RATE moves into contention with three furlongs to go, but has to swing three-wide into the stretch. Juan Hernandez straightens her in stretch and asks for more speed and she accelerates nicely, charging past the tiring pacesetters and holding off the late charges of LA SIGNARE, who finished second, and BODHICITTA, who finished third. The final time for the one mile and one-eighth on turf was 1:46.61.
MAXIM RATE paid $29.80 to win, $12.00 to place, and $7.40 to show. She is by EXCHANGE RATE out of CATCH MY EYE by UNBRIDLED'S SONG. She takes home her first Grade 1 victory, pushes her earnings to $597,185, and achieves a new top speed figure.
The Shoemaker Mile (G1) was won by SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT, ridden by Umberto Rispoli, trained by Michael McCarthy, owned by Cannon Thoroughbreds, LLC — in a dominant performance, taking the field gate to wire.
SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT broke the best and secured the lead for Umberto Rispoli, setting early fractions of 23.46 and 46.43, with WHISPER NOT and RESTRAINEDVENGENCE both to his outside, breathing down his neck. They raced strung out through the backstretch by about fourteen lengths front to back. Turning for home, SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT shakes loose of his pressers and spurts clear to a three length advantage entering the stretch. He is full of run and has enough to hold off SAY THE WORD, who was making a good rally for second. RESTRAINEDVENGEANCE hung on for third. The final time for the one mile on turf was 1:34.19.
SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT paid $3.40 to win, $2.40 to place, and $2.20 to show. He is by MIDNIGHT LUTE out of SMOOTH AS USUAL by FLOWER ALLEY. He notched his first Grade 1 victory, and it was much deserved! His earnings now exceed $933,000 and has now finished in the money 12 of 15 times.