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Now that horse racing fans have had the thrill of a lifetime watching American Pharaoh become the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown of Horse Racing, it's time to direct our focus towards the Breeders' Cup Challenge. Thousands of horses from all over the world are getting ready to race in win and you're in events that earn horses a guaranteed spot in the Breeders' Cup. From Brazil to Japan to United Arab Emirates, Europe and North America, this years field of international horses promises to provide horse racing fans with the absolute best racing possible. The Breeders' Cup World Championship takes place at Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington, Kentucky during the weekend of October 30th and 31st. Start betting on the Breeders' Cup Challenge and celebrate the richest weekend in horse racing here at

Birdonthewire Stakes

Gulfstream Park Race # 4, 2:06 pm ET, July 5
5 ½ F | Open | 2 Year Olds | Purse: $75,000

Appropriately positioned on the first Summit of Speed card to be held at Gulfstream Park, this 5 ½F dash drew eight precocious juveniles for a seemingly contentious contest. Jacks Or Better Farm, which finished second in the owner standings at Gulfstream's recently-completed spring meet, sends out two homebreds, Fellowship and filly Silent Prayer, with private trainer Stan Gold. Both were sharp debut winners here, with Fellowship drubbing open company on May 7 and Silent Prayer wiring seven of her own gender a day earlier. With no local allowance races in between, the pair was trained towards stakes debuts. Jose Rios piloted both in their victories and sticks with the colt in this spot. Silent Prayer could have faced fillies again in the Cassidy S. that follows this on the card, but her connections will be represented by runaway debut heroine Ballet Diva in that event. Golden Ray also broke his maiden impressively on this course in May, but the son of American Lion only shows one published work at Gulfstream Park West since that effort. Edgard Zayas, who recently returned from an injury that sidelined him for six weeks, takes the reins from Eddie Castro. Castro retains the mount on Flashing Light, who led gate-to-wire when debuting in a June 11 MC 50000 on this oval. Francesco Blue, the only entrant to have raced twice, never recovered from bumping at the start of his initial outing in May then stalked and pounced to get his picture taken after breaking his maiden on Gulfstream's grass. Union Vow failed as the

favorite and settled for second in his June 14 debut. He attracts the services of the nation's leading rider in Javier Castellano for his return. Aventus closed up the rail to collect the show check in a June 21 maiden race on this track and may need to take a similar route in this spot after drawing the first post. Zhukov also closed for third in his only start when he finished 2 ¼ lengths behind Flashing Light.

Birdonthewire Stakes Contenders

1 Aventus M. Meneses A. Sano
2 Fellowship J. Rios S. Gold
3 Francesco Blue E. Prado L. Pilotti
4 Union Vow J. Castellano G. Procino
5 Flashing Light E. Castro L. Pilotti
6 Silent Prayer J. Caraballo S. Gold
7 Golden Ray E. Zayas J. Rodriguez
8 Zhukov O. Delgado G. Dorochenko

Horse to Watch

Awesome Slew:

Despite a pedigree that suggests this son of Awesome Again will prefer longer distances, Awesome Slew sprinted right into the winner's circle in his career debut on June 27 at Monmouth Park. Under jockey Paco Lopez, the colt stalked pacesetter Not So Quiet Man through an opening split of 22.73, disposed of that rival and repelled a bid from favorite Remarkable Tale in route to a 1 ¼-length victory. Awesome Slew hit the wire in the 5F dash in 58.76 and was awarded a solid 71 Beyer Speed Figure. Bred in Florida by owner Live Oak Plantation's Live Oak Stud, the bay is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Slewfoundmoney and was foaled on Feb. 6, 2013. Awesome Slew is conditioned by Eddie Plesa, Jr. and banked $20,520 in his initial outing.

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Contenders Speed Figures

2YO Winning Speed Figures through June, 22nd - June, 28th

Horse Distance Track/Date BRIS Beyer
Mayor Mac 6f (ft) CD 6/27 91 81
Ranger in Paradise 5f (ft) GP 6/26 88 70
He's Comin in Hot 6f (ft) CD 6/27 86 73
Bullet Gone Astray 5f (sy) GP 6/28 81 60
Lucky Lurie 5f (ft) BEL 6/25 80 64
Awesome Slew 5f (ft) MTH 6/27 80 70
Viviendo El Sueno 5f (ft) SA 6/26 80 55
Crimson Hayes 5f (sy) GP 6/27 78 50
Magna Light 5f (sy) BEL 6/28 71 60

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Upcoming 2yo Maiden & Allowance Races

Wednesday July 1

Indiana Grand Race # 5: 5F Turf Mdn 32k - Flying Around was nipped at the wire by a nose in his debut versus similar here on the main track and moves to Larry Rivelli's barn for his return. Wonderful Remark was a well-beaten third when beginning his career at Keeneland in April. Hayday switches surfaces and circuits after setting the pace and fading on June 19 at Churchill Downs.

Thursday July 2

Louisiana Downs Race # 4: 4 ½F Statebred Mdn 23k - Catfish King returns to face Louisiana-breds off a show finish against open company. Zartan is nominated to the D. S. "Shine" Young S. but debuts in this softer spot. Hunsa's Magic is out of a dam whose juveniles have won at a 100% rate and sports some nice works for his initial outing.

Contenders Notable Works

Caribbean: 6/27 - The unraced Todd Pletcher charge, who is nominated to the G1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 7, breezed 4F in 50.22 (21/34) over Saratoga's fast dirt training track.

Golden Ray: 6/25 - The American Lion colt posted his first work since making a May 22 winning debut at Gulfstream Park with a 4F breeze on Gulfstream Park West's fast oval in 51.20 (1/2).

Nyquist: 6/26 - Reddam Racing LLC's debut winner, who is being pointed to Del Mar's G2 Best Pal S. on Aug. 8, worked 4F handily in 48.40 (27/52) over Santa Anita's fast main track.

Percolator: 6/23 - The flashy first out Monmouth Park winner breezed 4F on a fast Parx course in 50.41 (23/30).

Tradfest: 6/25 - The unraced son of Unbridled's Song, who is expected to be the first 2015 juvenile to start for Donegal Racing, breezed 4F in 51.80 (2/23) over fast dirt at the Elloree Training Center in South Carolina and will be moving into Bill Mott's New York barn shortly.

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2yo News & Notes

June 29th

• G3 Bashford Manor S. champ He's Comin in Hot is likely to make his next start in the G3 Sanford S. at Saratoga on July 25 or the Prairie Gold Juvenile S. at Prairie Meadows on July 18

• G1 hero Girolamo was represented by his first winner when juvenile colt Lucky Lurie captured a statebred maiden race at Belmont Park on June 25

• Trainer Steve DiMauro ended his long drought with first-time starters when juvenile colt Crimson Hayes took an off-the-turf maiden special weight contest at Gulfstream Park on June 27

• Finnegan, who was scratched from the opening-day Coventry S. at Royal Ascot because of colic, has recovered from that as well as a fever and is a candidate to be shipped back overseas for a stakes start later this summer

• Speedin With Eddie was scratched from Santa Anita's sixth race on June 26 after flipping in the paddock before the event

• West Point Thoroughbreds purchased a Dixie Chatter-Kelly's Princess colt and sent him to trainer Craig Dollase with a Del Mar debut as the target

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He's Comin In Hot

Trainer Bret Calhoun has had considerable success when bringing Texas-breds to race at Churchill Downs in recent years, and He's Comin in Hot added to the laurels when he wired the field in the G3 Bashford Manor S. under the twin spires on June 27. With regular rider Jamie Theriot aboard once again, the son of Early Flyer used his speed from the rail and maintained control throughout the 6F contest before prevailing by 3 ¾ lengths over Show Bound and five other overmatched rivals. He's Comin in Hot crossed the wire in 1:10.90 and earned a 73 Beyer Speed Figure. The gelding began his career by completing the trifecta in an April 9 maiden race at Keeneland and improved in his next outing to place second in another 4 ½F contest at Churchill. He's Comin in Hot graduated in his third race, also at the Louisville track, when he set the pace for the first time and drew off late to take a 5F event by 4 ½ lengths. The bay was bred by owner Douglas Scharbauer's Valor Farm, Inc, and is out of out of stakes winner Shocktime, by Langfuhr. He's Comin in Hot was foaled on Feb. 14, 2013 and is his dam's first foal to race. The winner's share of the Bashford Manor's $100,000 purse increased He's Comin in Hot's earnings to $96,510, and Calhoun said his charge will likely make his next start in either the Prairie Gold Juvenile S. on July 18 at Prairie Meadows or the G3 Sanford S. one week later at Saratoga Race Course.

Leading 2yo Sires

# Stallion '15 Stud Fee
Rnrs Wnrs SWrs SHs Top Earner (Earnings) Earnings (%)
1 Square Eddie $10,000
Vessels Stallion Farm, CA
37 7 5 1 2 Found Money ($108,600) $284,438 29
2 Scat Daddy $35,000
Ashford Stud, KY
153 14 5 1 1 Acapulco ($93,140) $213,478 7
3 Street Boss $10,000
Darley KY
77 10 5 - 1 Decked Out ($83,600) $200,693 11
4 Uncle Mo $25,000
Ashford Stud, KY
164 7 4 - - Uncle Vinny ($51,500) $181,734 100
5 Early Flyer $2,500
Valor Farm, TX
21 10 8 1 1 He's Comin in Hot ($96,510) $178,785 23
6 Colonel John $10,000
WinStar Farm LLC, KY
111 6 1 1 1 Cocked and Loaded ($160,000) $177,473 10
7 Medaglia d'Oro $125,000
Darley, KY
105 3 2 1 1 Moment Is Right ($151,600) $176,365 3
8 Eskendereya $17,500
Taylor Made Stallions, Inc., KY
91 5 3 1 1 Right There ($86,200) $160,173 13
9 Awesome of Course $5,000
Journeyman Stud, FL
63 8 5 - 1 Patrick Rocks ($35,000) $152,476 34
10 Twirling Candy $10,000
Lane's End, KY
91 12 3 - - Uptown Twirl ($33,600) $151,220 100

Updated June 29