Sky Kingdom Takes Another Stab at Cougar II

Sky Kingdom Takes Another Stab at Cougar II
Photo: Benoit Photo

Bob Baffert-trained Sky Kingdom, runner-up to Richard’s Kid in 2013 and Irish Surf in the 2014 running of the race, will be given a third chance to take the final step up when the Cougar  II Handicap is run for the 65th time  Friday.
The Cougar II at 1 ½  miles is the longest main track stakes of the summer meeting. It has been used as a tune-up for the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic, most notably by Baffert in 2009 when the third-place finish of Richard’s Kid provided the impetus for a $50.80 win in the Classic.
The field for the Cougar II from the rail out: Lideris  (Joe Talamo, 8-1), Cat Burglar (Victor Espinoza, 7-2),  Sky Kingdom (Martin Garcia, 2-1), Bailoutbobby (Flavien Prat, 10-1), Big John B (Rafael Bejarano, 5-2), Point Piper (Mike Smith, 5-1) and Solid Wager (Tyler Baze, 15-1).

Three horses have been added to the 4th Annual Paddock Sale at Del Mar of Race Ready Horses, scheduled to be held this Saturday, July 25 in the Del Mar paddock approximately twenty minutes after the last race is declared official.
There are now 22 horses of racing age and 14 two-year-olds in the sales catalog. The three recent additions are the Graded Stakes placed My Monet, a very game and unlucky runner-up in Saturday’s Osunitas Stakes; Mebossman, the 2014 Emerald Downs Derby winner; and Prohibition, a winner of 6 races and $194,000.  Both Mebossman and Prohibition are eligible for Del Mar’s Ship and Win Program.

After walking in the stable area Sunday and Monday, the Triple Crown winner galloped 1 ½ miles on Tuesday and Wednesday under exercise rider George Alvarez. American Pharoah is scheduled to work again on the weekend for a start in the August 2 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.


CLOSERS – Selected works from 263 officially timed the last two days.Tuesday: Distinctive Passion (3f, :37.80), Dortmund (3f, :36.20); Wednesday – Beholder (1 mile, 1:40.40), Stellar Wind (5f, 1:00.40), Sahara Sky (5f, 1:01.80), Nashoba’s Gold (5f, 1:02.20), Imperative (5f,  1:00.80), Hard Aces (5f, 1:01.80), Customer Base (5f, 1:02.60), Catch a Flight (4f, :49.40), Sunday Rules (3f, 37.80) … The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has met the $100,000 challenge gift announced by Oak Tree Racing Association in January 2015. The gift and matching program honor Dr. Jack Robbins, who passed away at age 93 on November 29, 2014…A new addition to the jockey colony is 19-year-old apprentice Cerapio Figueroa, who tacks 109. Figueroa, who does not have an agent at present, has two career wins, one at Emerald Downs and the other at Parx Racing, the stewards report.

Source: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club


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