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Midnight Storm wins $100,000 Native Diver at Del Mar

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DEL MAR, Calif. — Midnight Storm romped to a victory in the $100,000 Native Diver Stakes for older horses by 7 3/4 lengths at Del Mar on Sunday.

Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Midnight Storm ran nine furlongs on turf in 1:51.59 and paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.60.

Point Piper returned $5 and $3.80, while Hard Aces was another head back in third and paid $2.60 to show.

Trained by Phil D’Amato, Midnight Storm took the lead shortly after the start and never was threatened under Smith, who replaced Flavien Prat when that jockey was unseated breaking from the starting gate in the third race.

The victory, worth $60,000, increased Midnight Storm’s career earnings to $1,341,110, with nine wins in 20 starts.

In the $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes for 2-year-olds, Term of Art took the lead in the final sixteenth of a mile to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

Ridden by Joe Talamo and trained by Doug O’Neill, Term of Art ran a mile in 1:41.69 and paid $15.80, $7.20 and $4.40.

Vending Machine returned $12.80 and $6, while 8-5 favorite Sword Fighter was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $2.60 to show.

The victory, worth $60,000, increased Term of Art’s career earnings to $111,105 for owner Calumet Farm, with two wins in five starts.

Irap wins Indiana Derby; AJ Foyt’s horse finishes 2nd

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SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Irap won the $500,000 Indiana Derby by five lengths over Colonelsdarkemper, owned by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt.

Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Irap ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.21 on Saturday night at Indiana Grand. He paid $4.80, $3.20 and $2.60 in the Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds. Irap is trained by Southern California-based Doug O’Neill.

Colonelsdarktemper returned $9.60 and $5.80, while Untrapped was another length back in third and paid $2.80 to show.

Foyt is in Toronto for this weekend’s IndyCar race, so he sent grandson A.J. Foyt IV to the track outside Indianapolis.

“He’s always shown a lot of heart and he showed it tonight,” the younger Foyt said about the colt. “He ran a great race.”

The younger Foyt works in the Indianapolis Colts’ front office. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, where his father Tony trained horses.

“Horse racing holds a special place in my heart, and I’m glad my grandfather still has it going on,” A.J. IV said.

Smith aboard Songbird cruises to victory in Delaware Handicap

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STANTON, Del. — Songbird turned back a determined challenge from Martini Glass through the stretch to win the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap by a length Saturday.

The 1-9 favorite covered 10 furlongs in 2:03.96 to earn her 13th win in 14 career races and raise her career earnings past $4.5 million.

With regular rider Mike Smith aboard, Songbird went right to the front at start of 1 1/4-mile fixture and set moderate fractions but never was able to shake Martini Glass and jockey Jose Ferrer.

After Martini Glass ranged to the outside, Smith was forced to go a stiff left-hand stick through the final furlong.

Line of Best Fit finished third, two lengths behind Martini Glass.

Songbird owner Rick Porter, who’s battling cancer, was among those in attendance at Delaware Park.

Songbird paid $2.10 across the board.