W. C. Racing's Goldencents blazed a path on the front end of Sunday's Grade 2, $250,500 Pat O'Brien at Del Mar and pulled away in the lane to be 4 1/4 lengths clear of 3-2 defending champion Fed Biz on the wire.
Shared Belief recorded his sixth victory from as many career starts while facing his sternest test to date -- Sunday's Grade 1, $1,001,250 Pacific Classic going 1 1/4 miles against older, more experienced runners.
Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's The Big Beast jumped up from allowance company to Grade 1 competition and did not disappoint his connections Aug. 23, running down pacesetter Fast Anna with powerful strides to ace the $500,000 King's Bishop Stakes.
Close Hatches took command on the opening turn and never looked back in the $500,0000 Personal Ensign Stakes, romping by five lengths over a muddy track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 22 for her third Grade 1 triumph in a row.
Favored Main Sequence, slow out of the gate to trail the field, charged home on the outside to nip Imagining at the wire in the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Aug. 17 on the inner lawn at Saratoga Race Course.