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With a tremendous kick that propelled him to the front of the pack, Tom Conway's King Zachary blew away the competition as he powered home in the stretch to win the $100,000 Matt Win Stakes (G3) June 16 at Churchill Downs.
On a steamy evening at Churchill Downs, camped in the the first row of a four-deep crowd that surrounded the paddock, racing fan Shaun Basch taped a poster that read "Lucky 13, Justify" to the paddock rail as she awaited his arrival.
The Tapit stallion Moro Tap was represented by his first winner June 15 when Stephen Baker's homebred Ruby Does Sparkle got up by a head in a five-furlong maiden special weight at Lone Star Park.
A lot was supposed to be working against Paul and Karen Eggert's homebred Ollie's Candy in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks (G2) June 16 at Santa Anita Park.
Olin B. Gentry, a partner in VanMeter-Gentry Sales and a successful Thoroughbred breeder and owner, died June 16, a day after he collapsed while attending the Ocala Breeders' Sales June 2-year-olds in training sale.
With a short field and a challenger who figured to have a clear lead in the $100,000 Rainbow Stakes June 16 at Santa Anita Park, jockey Flavien Prat had his hands full with heavy favorite River Boyne.
Joao Moreira booted home three winners on the June 16 card at Sha Tin Racecourse but still could not gain ground on leading rider Zac Purton, who scored a hat trick of his own.
Chantilly hosts classic racing June 17, with a stellar field of 13 3-year-old fillies declared for the 169th running of the Prix de Diane Longines (French Oaks, G1).
Journeyman rider Victor Carrasco, the champion apprentice of 2013 sidelined for the past nine months by injury, will launch his latest comeback with a pair of mounts on the 10-race program June 17 at Laurel Park.
Thoroughbred racing's 13th Triple Crown winner Justify galloped about one mile the morning of June 16 at Churchill Downs under regular exercise rider Humberto Gomez.
Track reported total handle was up 15.85% for meet that ended June 10.
The Breeders' Cup announced June 15 that 20 individuals have won election to serve as Breeders' Cup members.
Topped by the final foals by the late Scat Daddy to be offered at public auction, the Ocala Breeders' Sales June 2-year-olds in training sale concluded June 15 with an increase in gross and declines in average and median prices.
In her second start at Belmont Park, William and Corinne Heiligbrodt's Atchata overcame a stumble at the start to score by 1 1/2 lengths in a June 15 maiden special weight on the turf to become the first winner for freshman sire Apriority.
Among the active buyers at the Ocala Breeders' Sales June 2-year-olds in training sale were Karl and Cathi Glassman, relative newcomers who were represented at the sale in Ocala, Fla., by trainer Edward Plesa Jr.
When Pleasant Acres Farm gave away some mares with the caveat they were to be bred back to one of the farm's stallions, breeder Linda Evans jumped at the chance, and the decision paid dividends when a filly out of the mare sold for $155,000.
Multiple graded stakes winner Gamble's Ghost will look to add another to her resume in the $125,000 Trillium Stakes (G3) going 1 1/16 miles at Woodbine. In a field of 10 fillies and mares for the June 17 stakes, Gamble's Ghost drew the outside post.
Justify will parade in front of the clubhouse and grandstand as he walks over with horses for the third race, which has a 6:56 p.m. post time. Justify will follow the third race entrants.
An all-stakes pick five is capped by an absolutely wide-open renewal of the Regret (G3T) for 3-year-old fillies that drew a baker's dozen.
Johannasan, a gelded son of Spendthrift Farm's multiple stakes winner and freshman sire Can the Man, became his sire's first winner when he won a June 14 maiden special weight at Prairie Meadows by four lengths.