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$1M bonus offered to horse sweeping 3 races in California

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DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — A $1 million bonus is being offered to a horse that sweeps this year’s Pacific Classic, Awesome Again Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Classic, a trio of Grade 1 Southern California races.

The Pacific Classic, worth $600,000 to the winner, will be run at Del Mar on Aug. 20; the Awesome Again, worth $180,000 for first, will be run at Santa Anita on Oct. 1; and the BC Classic, worth $2.75 million to the winner, will be at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. The two classic races are run at 1 ¼ miles; the Awesome Again is 1 1/8 miles.

A horse sweeping all three would earn $3.35 million, plus the $1 million bonus, within 11 weeks. No horse has swept all three in the same year. Several have won two of the three, including Game On Dude and Shared Belief.

The bonus, announced Thursday, is being offered by Del Mar and The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita and other tracks nationwide.

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Preakness winner Cloud Computing to skip Belmont Stakes

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NEW YORK — Preakness winner Cloud Computing won’t run in the Belmont Stakes, leaving the final leg of the Triple Crown without the winners of the first two races.

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming also won’t run in the 1+-mile Belmont on June 10 in New York.

Trainer Chad Brown confirmed Sunday that Cloud Computing would skip the Belmont, which had been expected.

Brown will still have a starter in the $1.5 million race: Twisted Tom, who won the Federico Tesio on April 22. Because Twisted Tom wasn’t already nominated to the Triple Crown series, it will cost $75,000 to get him in the race. He will try to become the third gelding in history to win.

Other confirmed Belmont runners are Classic Empire, Japan-based Epicharis, J Boys Echo, Lookin At Lee, Senior Investment, Tapwrit and True Timber. Irap, Meantime and Multiplier are considered likely.

Also possible are Conquest Mo Money, Gormley, Hollywood Handsome, Irish War Cry and Patch.

The Belmont field is limited to 16 horses.

Lady Eli ends skid with win in Grade 1 Gamely at Santa Anita

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ARCADIA, Calif. — Lady Eli won the $300,000 Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares by a half-length at Santa Anita, ending a two-race skid as the heavy 3-5 favorite.

Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Lady Eli ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:45.29 on Saturday.

Goodyearforroses was second, followed by Avenge, Mokat and Pretty Girl.

Lady Eli paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10. All but $18,388 of the total show pool of $315,505 was wagered on her in the Grade 1 race.

The 5-year-old dark brown mare has eight wins in 11 career starts and has never finished worse than second for New York-based trainer Chad Brown, who won the Preakness with Cloud Computing last weekend.

Lady Eli was coming off two close losses: by a nose in the Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland in April and by a head in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf last November.