Mike McCarty's Unbridled's Note had never raced on turf or faced older horses
prior to Friday's Grade 3, $100,000
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.
Unbridled's Note, invading from New York for his debut on turf, captured the $100,000 Eddie D Stakes (gr. IIIT) over the hillside turf course on opening day of the 2012 fall meet at Santa Anita Park Sept. 28.
Stewards at Turfway Park have slapped trainer Bret Calhoun with a 30-day suspension after a horse in his care tested positive for the prohibited anti-hypertension drug Guanabenz following a win at Churchill Downs May 26.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation invites the public to attend an open house at its Central Maryland Correctional Facility-based Second Chances Farm in Sykesville. The free event takes place on Oct. 5.
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.
In an announcement Sept. 28, Calder Casino & Race Course said that effective Dec. 1, 2012, it will charge a stabling fee of $10 per stall per day during its off-season months when it does not have live racing.
The final day of Newmarket's Cambridgeshire Festival Sept. 29 is anchored by a pair of group I races and a group II event that kick-starts a new points-based system to determine the field for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
Waterway Run, trained by Ralph Beckett, is headed for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) after posting a half-length win in the Sahkee Oh So Sharp Stakes (Eng-III) at Newmarket Sept. 28.
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.
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.
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
A task force has determined the spate of fatal racehorse breakdowns at Aqueduct Racetrack this past winter was primarily the result of structural deficiencies in rules and regulations employed by NYRA and racing regulators.
Godophin's Certify kept her career record perfect Sept. 28 and earned her first win at the top level in scintillating fashion in the Shadwell Fillies' Mile (Eng-I), the feature event at Newmarket's Cambridgeshire Festival.
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.
Results from a recent study performed on American and Danish horses identified an association between selective treatment and occurrence of the most pathogenic (capable of producing disease) parasite, Strongylus vulgaris, said Martin Nielsen, DVM, PhD, EVPC, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Science at the Gluck Equine Research Center.