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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.

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.

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming to skip Belmont Stakes

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NEW YORK —¬†Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming¬†will skip the Belmont Stakes next month after finishing eighth in the Preakness.

Trainer Todd Pletcher says the 3-year-old colt will be pointed toward either the $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 29 or the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on July 30, according to the Daily Racing Form.

Trainer Chad Brown says he will wait until after the Memorial Day weekend to announce where Preakness winner Cloud Computing will run next. However, it appears unlikely he will run in the Belmont.

The Belmont field is limited to 16 starters. Besides Classic Empire, who came in second at the Preakness Stakes, other horses expected to run are Conquest Mo Money, Japan-based Epicharis, Gormley, Irap, J Boys Echo, Lookin At Lee, Meantime, Multiple, Patch, Senior Investment, Tapwrit, True Timber and Twisted Tom. Other possibilities are Irish War Cry and Hollywood Handsome.