Unbeaten Shared Belief, last year's 2-year-old juvenile champion, answered the dirt question with an emphatic 4 ¼-length win in the $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby July 5 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Mr Speaker, ignored at odds of 23-1, charged along the inside to overtake favored Adelaide by a head for a major upset in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational on the inner turf course July 5 at Belmont Park.
Gallant Stables' longshot Majestic Harbor launched a sustained move in the far turn, flew past fading favorite Game On Dude, and only added to his advantage in the stretch to post a 6 ¼-length victory in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes.
Silver Max, making his first since finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Mile last November, turned in a trademarked front-running triumph on Saturday in the Grade 2, $224,800 Firecracker at Churchill Downs.
Moonshine Mullin, headed at the top of the stretch, responded to the challenge of Departing to spurt clear late and register a 10-1 upset in the $552,500 Stephen Foster Handicap the night of June 14 at Churchill Downs.
Bill Cubbedge's Molly Morgan shot through an opening along the rail on the final turn and drew away to an easy upset victory in the $216,200 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs the evening of June 14.
Returning to sprinting after finishing off the board in the Preakness Stakes, Bayern drew off in the stretch to post an easy victory in the $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes Saturday, June 7 at Belmont Park.
Old pro Clubhouse Ride slipped through along the inside and outfought odds-on favorite Fury Kapcori in the final furlong to register a gutty repeat win in the $200,000 Californian Stakes May 31 at Santa Anita Park.
A change in tactics helped Fire With Fire produce a 7-1 upset in the $200,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap May 24 on the grass at Santa Anita Park, giving Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale a record-tying seventh win in the race.