Sharp Samurai notches fourth straight win
Sharp Samurai achieved its fourth straight win at the Santa Anita Park Twilight Derby. The three year old horse under jockey Gary Stevens won the Grade 2 derby of $200,000. Sharp Samurai is owned and also trained by Mark Glatt marked his fourth win in as many starts. Jockey Gary Stevens was most impressed with the three year old gelding. He feels that the horse is improving with every race and the trainers have done an excellent job in raising him. Sharp Samurai broke at a good speed but was challenged by Profiteer. The two horses then went head to head for the first mile neither willing to give in. At the three quarters post, Sharp Samurai broke into a well-timed run and left Profiteer behind to win the Twilight Derby. Gary Stevens praised Samurai for being a well-mannered horse who listened to him always. Big Score came in from the outside to secure the second place while Bowie’s Hero grasped the third. Sharp Samurai was also marked the favourite out of the nine horses. Counting this Sharp Samurai has now won the Rainbow Stakes, the La Jolla Handicap Grade 3 race and the second Grade Del Mar derby.
Eskenformoney ends racing career on a high
Eskenformoney ran her last race of a memorable career. The Lisa Troutt owned horse made her last race a rather remarkable one by winning the $200,000 Alarm Handicap at the Belmont Park. This exhilarating race started off with Miss Sky Warrior in the lead. The next turn saw Verve’s Tale overtake Miss Sky Warrior to lead the thrilling race. Eskenformoney followed close behind and thundered on with admirable finesse overtaking her rival in the final moments to win the race in 1:43.12. The five-year-old horse’s jockey John Velazquez admired Eskenformoney’s courage and talent. Trainer Todd Pletcher was also in all praises for the daughter of Eskendereya. With this race, Eskenformoney ends her career with five wins and a career total of $757,616. Verve’s Tale came in second ahead of Birdtthewire. Miss Sky Warrior, who, was in her first start after nearly six months ended up in the fourth place.
The Player scores a surprise victory at the Keene land Fayette Stakes
The Player defied the odds to win the Grade two $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes. Ridden by jockey Calvin Borel, The Player ran the length of 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.16. The Player owned by Buff Bradley and Carl Hurst, earned praise from the owners as well as other supporters for its incredible outing. The Player scraped down Neolithic in the early stages and once again at the half mile to win the incredible race.