Favored Geronimo, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, swooped late to get the nod over King Robyn and Jungle Prince Saturday in the $100,000 Morvich Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Santa Anita hillside turf course Saturday at the Oak Tree meeting.
Saturday's attendance of 19,870 brought to 232,429 the total for Keeneland's 17-day fall meeting.
Churchill Downs will adopt net pool pricing to calculate pay-outs on winning wagers during its Oct. 30-Nov. 26 fall meet.
Preliminary business figures for the 2005 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships were released Sunday morning showing records were set in all major categories.
Alumni Hall outran the outsider On Thin Ice through the stretch to win the $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. III) Saturday as Keeneland ended its 17-day fall meeting.
The German-bred Shirocco opened up a big lead in the stretch of the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and held off a late rally by Ace to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Favored Azamour was a neck back in third making for an all-European trifecta in the 1 1/2-mile, $2.09 million race at Belmont Park.
Pleasant Home pulled off a shocker in the $1,834,000 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), rallying from the outside on the turn and rolling to an 9 1/4-length victory at 30-1 odds.
Artie Schiller, who finished 12th in last year's NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), came back as the 5-1 second choice to upset favorite Leroidesanimaux and take this year's edition by three-quarters of a length.
The biggest favorite on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships day program faltered, Lost in the Fog going down at 3-5 odds and finishing off the board in the $1.06 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
The bettors thought Intercontinental would not like the soft turf but she proved them wrong, going nearly wire-to-wire to win the $972,020 Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).
After jockey Edgar Prado got his first Breeders' Cup win in the $1.59 million Alberto VO5 Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) the $1.6 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) provided the first Breeders' Cup win for trainer Doug O'Neill and rider Garrett Gomez.
Favored Folklore took the lead, gave it up, and then reclaimed it en route to a win in the $1.06 million Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park.
Magna Graduate won his second straight stakes Saturday at Belmont, coming from off the pace to win the $287,250 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) over favored Scrappy T.
Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships day got started just a few minutes past noon Saturday with one of two undercard races, the $281,500 Emirates Airline Sport Page (gr. III).
Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., has taken in 50 racehorses that had to leave nearby Calder Race Course because of barn-area damage from Hurricane Wilma.
Leroidesanimaux, the early betting favorite for the $2,025,000 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will race in bar shoes instead of regular racing plates as originally planned.
It is a cold fall day in New York Saturday morning as the horses are heading to the retention barns for the first time for a Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Before a record Derby day crowd of 115,600 at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia, Benicio, a Vinery-bred colt by More Than Ready, laid the foundation for a stud career in winning the 152nd Victoria Derby (Aust-I) Oct 29.
The first part of the wait is over. Makybe Diva was given the green light Saturday (Oct. 29) to attempt an unprecedented third straight win in the $5 million (Australian funds) Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) Nov 1.
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