With the unfortunate morning training death of pre-race favorite Dance With Fate, Kentucky shipper Frac Daddy, a two-time stakes winner in 2014, is now the likely favorite in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap July 26 at Del Mar.
Grade 1 winner Dance With Fate was euthanized after sustaining a serious injury July 24 when he bolted and crashed into a fence while on the track at Del Mar prepping for the upcoming San Diego Handicap.
Despite the absence of Untapable, who chose to run in the Haskell Invitational Handicap instead of running in the CCA Oaks at 1-10 or lower, only six fillies showed up for a race that used to be the crowning achievement for a 3-year-old filly.
Hit The Board Stables' I'm Already Sexy ran her record to 4-for-4 on the Arlington International Racecourse turf July 12, a perfectly-timed ride by Florent Geroux assuring her victory in the $200,000 Modesty Handicap.
Hangover Kid, surging along the inside in the final furlong, produced a head-bobbing victory over odds-on Grandeur in the $200,000 Bowling Green Handicap, the 6-year-old's first graded stakes score July 12 at Belmont Park.
The irrepressible Ben's Cat came from off the pace with a big rush on the outside to register his third consecutive win in the $200,000 Parx Dash Handicap on the turf at the Pennsylvania track July 12.
Second by a head to Close Hatches last time out in the June 7 Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park, multiple Grade 1 winner Princess of Sylmar seeks a rebound July 12 in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park.
Multiple graded stakes winner Last Gunfighter is back for revenge July 5 against 10 others in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap, one of five graded stakes on the inaugural Stars & Stripes Festival card at Belmont Park.
Bettors who play name angles will have a hard time getting past Group 2 winner Toast of New York when he makes his U.S. debut July 5, in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park.