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Monday, July 2, 2018 2:09 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 2, 2018 2:09 PM UTC

Longshot Latrobe captured the Irish Derby, Wonder Gadot won the Queen’s Plate in Toronto, and some East Coast tracks in the U.S. canceled their cards because of a heat wave.

<h2>Brothers Lead Latrobe To Irish Derby Win</h2><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-55676079-593a-9aa8-0acf-81bc758f8675">Twenty-to-one longshot Latrobe won the Irish Derby 2018 (G1) at The Curragh in County Kildare, Ireland on Saturday (2:32.62) with 19-year-old jockey Donnacha O’Brien onboard as trainer (and older brother) Joseph O’Brien defeated 2nd-place finisher Rostropovich (30/1) and 3rd-place finisher and heavy race favorite Saxon Warrior (4/5), both horses trained by their famous father Aidan O’Brien.</p><p dir="ltr">It was the first win together for the brothers and the first classic win as a trainer for Joseph, who won the Irish Derby in 2012 and 2014 as a jockey in the respective saddles of Camelot — the sire of Latrobe, owned by Lloyd Williams — and Australia.</p><p dir="ltr">"It was incredible," proud papa Aidan O'Brien said of his sons' performances. "It's one of those special days. What can I say?”</p><p dir="ltr">Delano Roosevelt (18/1) came in 4th place, The Pentagon (25/1) was 5th while Old Persian (12/1) finished in 6th in the 12-horse, 1½-mile turf race between 3-year-old males. <a href="" title="Free Sports Picks">Latrobe, who stalked most of the race, now has two straight wins</a> after 3 straight 2nd places in 5 career starts.</p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr">Wonder Gadot Captures First Leg of Canadian Triple Crown</h2><p dir="ltr">Canada’s oldest thoroughbred race (1860), the $1 million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, was won by Wonder Gadot (2:02.26) with John Velazquez in the irons on Saturday. Owned by Gary Barber and trained by Mark Casse, last year’s Sovereign Award-winning filly Wonder Gadot (3/1) finally got her first win this calendar year (1-4-2 in 7 starts in 2018, 4-4-3 12 career starts, $1,199,053 earnings) at the 1 1⁄4-mile Queen’s Plate at Woodbine on the synthetic Tapeta surface, winning the first jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown by 4¾ lengths. The Queen’s Plate has been won by fillies 37 times.</p><p dir="ltr">Finishing 2nd was Aheadbyacentury (15/1) with Cooler Mike (30/1) in 3rd with race chalk Telekinesis (5/2) finishing in 5th place. The next leg of the <a href="">Canadian Triple Crown</a> is the 1³/16-mile Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Racetrack in Fort Erie, Ontario (July 24) with the one (full) lap, 1½-mile Breeders’ Stakes from the EP Taylor Turf Course at Woodbine (Aug. 18) the final lengthy test. Twelve horses have won the Canadian Triple Crown with Wando (2003) being the last to accomplish the rare feat.</p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr">Several East Coast Tracks Cancel Racing</h2><p dir="ltr">Belmont Park (Sunday), Delaware Park (Monday) and Parx Racing (Monday) were all <a href="">ordered closed</a> by stewards due to the lingering heat wave on the East Coast. The NYRA reportedly made every effort to run the card at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, but temperatures made racing unsuitable and the day’s featured stakes race — the $100,000 Saginaw — for New York-bred 4-year-olds will run at a later date with <a href="" title="Sports Betting Odds">racing set to resume Wednesday (July 4)</a> with first post at 1:30 p.m. ET.</p><p dir="ltr"><img height="423" src="" width="624" /></p><p dir="ltr">On Sunday, Delaware Park Racetrack in Stanton scrapped its card for Monday upon recommendation of the Chief Commission Veterinarian of the DTRC with more heat and stifling humidity forecast in the region with the NWS forecasting highs Monday in the high 90s with a heat index nearing a dangerous 105°. Like Belmont Park, live racing is expected to return Wednesday.</p><p dir="ltr">And, Park (Casino and) Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, also canceled its 10-race card on Monday — including the $200,000 Dr. Penny Memorial (G2) — due to the anticipated heat with the mercury forecast to hit 100° with a heat index near a torrid 108° according to AccuWeather.</p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr">Fillies Midnight Bisou, Safe To Say Have Nice Weekend</h2><p dir="ltr">Heavy favorite Midnight Bisou (2/5) did not disappoint in her first start for trainer Steve Asmussen, as the daughter of Midnight Lute won the $1m, 1 1/16-mile Mother Goose Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park on Saturday (1:41.02) with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in saddle, who said, “She just keeps getting better!”</p><p dir="ltr">The 3-year-old filly shadowed pacesetter and previously undefeated Road To Victory to beat the boys and improve to 4-2-1 in 7 career starts and 4-0-1 in 2018.</p><p dir="ltr">On <a href=";jsessionid=DCB098CCDD1D5A90461A47A676DB59B1">Sunday</a> at Woodbine, Safe to Say (3-0-3 in 9 career Starts) rallied in the final furlong to take and earn her first-ever stakes win in the $225,000, 1 1/16-mile Bison City Stakes in the second leg of Canada’s Triple Tiara for 3-year-old fillies.</p><p dir="ltr"><img height="541" src="" width="531" /></p><h2 dir="ltr">King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Winner Futures Odds</h2><p dir="ltr">(July 2, <a href=";book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a>)<br />Crystal Ocean +250<br />Cracksman +350<br />Masar +650<br />Poets Word +650<br />Saxon Warrior +800<br />Waldgeist +900<br />Coronet +1200<br />Defoe +1400<br />Hydrangea +1900<br />Dee Ex Bee +2000<br />Forever Together +2000<br />Benbatl +2500<br />Idaho +2500<br />Kew Gardens +2500<br />Salouen +2600<br />Lah Ti Dar +2800<br />Bateel +3100<br />Best Solution +3100<br />Dschingis Secret +3100<br />Hawkbill +3100<br />Rare Rhythm +3100<br />Happily +3300<br />Mildenberger +3300<br />Windstoss +3300<br />Cliffs Of Moher +3700<br />Barsanti +3900<br />Eminent +3900<br />Nelson +3900<br />Bye Bye Baby +5000<br />Desert Encounter +5000<br />Gold Star +5000<br />Laraaib +5000<br />Rostropovich +5000<br />The Pentagon +5000</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Free King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Futures Pick:</strong> Cracksman +350 (<a href=";book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a>)</p>
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