Articles posted September 28, 2012

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Unbridled's Note captures Eddie D. in turf debut

Mike McCarty's Unbridled's Note had never raced on turf or faced older horses prior to Friday's Grade 3, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes at Santa Anita, but the Steve Asmussen sophomore professionally handled a field of seasoned turf sprinters in the opening-day feature. The Unbridled's Song colt rallied late to overhaul the front-running Chosen Miracle, in a well-timed move worthy of the race's new honoree, retired Hall of Fame rider Eddie Delahoussaye. The Eddie D., formerly known as the Morvich, serves as a course-and-distance prep for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

Half-brother to Big Brown entered in Royal Lodge

Saturday's Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket, the first race on the new "Road to the Kentucky Derby" scoring system, includes a half-brother to 2008 Kentucky Derby-winning champion Big Brown -- Afonso de Sousa. The son of Henrythenavigator is the lone entrant from the yard of Aidan O'Brien, who won last year's Royal Lodge with Daddy Long Legs and also finished third with Wrote.

Dodgers to host 'Breeders' Cup Night'

The Breeders' Cup and the Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that Monday is "Breeders' Cup Night" at Dodgers Stadium, in celebration of the upcoming World Championships at Santa Anita Park. The 7:10 p.m. (PDT) game will pit the Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants.

Certify dominates Fillies' Mile; Waterway Run punches BC ticket

Unbeaten Certify provided Godolphin with the team's third consecutive success in the Group 1 Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on Friday. White Moonstone and Lyric of Light have taken the mile event for the previous two years, but neither matched the style and panache of Certify's success.

Frankel to work at Newmarket Saturday

Sir Henry Cecil is eagerly anticipating bringing Frankel for a racecourse gallop at Newmarket before racing Saturday. The world's best Thoroughbred will be joined in the exercise by Bullet Train and Midsummer Sun as part of the unbeaten Galileo colt's preparations for the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20.

Tampa Bay Downs releases stakes schedule

For the second meeting in a row, Tampa Bay Downs will run 25 stakes worth $2,595,000. The lucrative added-money slate is highlighted by the 33rd edition of the Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby, a 1 1/16-mile showcase for three-year-old Triple Crown candidates, on March 9.

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