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  • Miss Woodford S. (MTH) – Indian Spell, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., owner Besilu Stables
  • Twin Lights S. (MTH) – Bow Bells, trainer Todd Pletcher, owner Michael Tabor
  • Sorority S. (MTH) – Miss Behaviour, trainer Phil Schoenthal, owners Cal MacWilliam and Neil Teitelbaum, bred in Pennsylvania by Cal MacWilliam and Teitelbaum & Associates
  • Sapling S.-G3 (MTH) – Dunkin Bend, trainer Steve Asmussen, owner Michael Langford
  • Irish Sonnet S. (DEL) — Southwest Lady, trainer Ricky Griffith, owner Kelynack Farms
  • Icecapade S. (MTH) — Ribo Bobo, trainer Jason Servis, owner Mr. Amore Stable
  • Turf Amazon H. (PRX) — Silverette, trainer Dale Romans, owner Paul Pompa, Jr.
  • Greenwood Cup S.-G3 (PRX) — Eldaafer, trainer Diane Alvarado, owners Jim Atwell and Kevin Jacobsen
  • Turf Monster H.-G3 (PRX) — Stormofthecentury, trainer Louis Ruberto, Jr., owner Beechwood Racing Stable, LLC
  • Smarty Jones S.-G3 (PRX) — Edge of Reality, trainer Anthony Dutrow, owner The Elkstone Group LLC, bred in Pennsylvania by The Elkstone Group LLC

In our LookBack, we follow up on some of last week’s top stories, plus some other notes of interest…

  • A huge weekend of racing in the mid-Atlantic that included four graded events saw some terrific races.  Old-timer Eldaafer, the eight year-old now three years removed from his Breeders’ Cup Marathon victory, earned a win by a hard-fought nose over Indian Jones in the Greenwood Cup.  Regional star Ben’s Cat, on the other hand, couldn’t quite get it done in trying to threepeat in the Turf Monster; he loomed a threat and came strongly in the lane, but 28-1 bomber Stormofthecentury got the jump on him and inched past Tightend Touchdown to earn the victory, with Ben’s Cat just behind the latter in third.  Another veteran hard-hitter who didn’t quite get it done this weekend was Immortal Eyes, whose bid for a fourth consecutive win at Monmouth, in the Icecapade, came up short; he finished second to the good-again Ribo Bobo.
  • Youngsters enjoyed a busy weekend of racing, too, with juveniles and sophomores dotting the region’s cards.  Edge of Reality set himself up as a top contender for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby in three weeks when he annexed the Smart Jones yesterday at Parx.  Among the younger set, Dunkin Bend scored the biggest win, going from maiden winner to G3 owner in winning the Sapling at Monmouth.
  • The only fair meet on the East Coast concluded yesterday at Timonium, and a fairly robust crowd of more than 2,300 was out.  The racing wasn’t great, and the handle was soft, but it’s still racing in the shadow of the Ferris wheels.
  • The first condition book for the Laurel fall meet was released this week, causing a mini-firestorm when horsemen observed that no owner bonuses for Maryland-breds were mentioned in the book.  The Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association have been in negotiations over the bonuses, and a resolution is expected that will allow bonuses to be paid in the first book.