Week of July 5, 2010
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder

The holiday weekend provided plenty of stakes action and a number of surprises. The newest members of the handicap division didn’t get off to the best of starts in their respective 4-year-old debuts. I Want Revenge, Regal Ransom and Mine That Bird turned in somewhat disappointing performances off of lengthy breaks. But, there’s plenty of time to get in shape for their likely targets, the Breeders’ Cup. We weren’t able to track down every replay but hope to add a few if they become available!

And the Winner is…
We’re pleased to announce that the winner of our first handicapping contest is Gary Shimp! Gary won by backing a strong opinion with his entire bankroll, and it paid off quite well! Only one entrant had more than one winning wager and we’ve listed them all here. Congrats to all for some nice selections and thanks for entering! And an extra big thanks to our friends at BRIS for generously providing the prize!

This week we’ll find out Ten Things You Should Know about the Hollywood Gold Cup.

Last Week’s Races

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2010 Suburban Handicap Replay
Haynesfield sat a perfect stalking trip behind Regal Ransom and was able to take over going into the stretch. As Regal Ransom faded I Want Revenge tried to come on but couldn’t get there. Convocation closed impressively for second.

2010 United Nations Stakes Replay

In a wide open rendition of the UN, European invader Chinchon closed like a freight train to win over favorite Take the Points with Winchester closing for third.

2010 Salvator Mile Replay

Le Grand Cru set incredibly slow fractions but winner Gone Astray was still able to close powerfully for the upset.

2010 American Oaks Replay

John Sadler trainee Harmonious stepped up into stakes company beautifully.

2010 Prioress Stakes Replay

New York bred Franny Freud easily put away a field of talented fillies and scored her first Grade 1 victory.

2010 American Handicap Replay

Global Hunter ran a great race to win the 71st American Handicap took a bad step right after finishing the race and sustained a career ending injury. Update: He’s reportedly doing well after surgery.

Boys at Tosconova Maiden at Belmont

2-year-old Boys at Tosconova became a buzz horse at Belmont in debut maiden race.

2010 Hollywood Juvenile Championship Replay

In his third start deserving favorite JP’s Gusto held off a hard charging Western Mood to get his first graded win.

Graded Stakes Races This Week

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