When the gate opened, Overanalyze was a bit tardy to move from post 4, then
got bumped by Handsome Jack, who veered in from post 5. Meanwhile, as
Overanalyze found himself lagging in the rear with John Velazquez, a contentious
pace unfolded up front.
The complexion of the John Henry changed early on, as the field crossed over
the brief span of the main track before linking up with the turf course proper.
When 3-2 favorite Turbo Compressor didn't sprint to the fore as expected, jockey
Garrett Gomez called an audible and let Slim Shadey roll. The Simon Callaghan
trainee never looked back.
A freshened Slim Shadey, given a two-month break since a disappointing effort in the Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IIT), showed his heels in the $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship (gr. IIT) Sept. 30 at Santa Anita Park.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Politicallycorrect rallied on the extreme
outside to upset 2-1 favorite Willy Beamin in Sunday's $400,000
Derby at Remington Park. Hung out seven wide down the lane, the 10-1 chance
came with an irresistible late charge beneath Kent Desormeaux to prevail in the
shadow of the wire, snapping the favorite's six-race winning streak.
Politicallycorrect, rallying way wide through the homestretch for Kent Desormeaux, caught favored Willy Beamin in the final few strides to post an upset in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby Sept. 30 at Remington Park.
The 90-day meeting at Arlington Park ended Sunday, with trainer Wayne
Catalano earning his 10th Arlington crown while jockey Francisco Torres and
owners Midwest Thoroughbreds of Richard and Karen Papiese each took down their
first Arlington title.
Favored Kauai Katie didn't disappoint in the Sept. 30 Matron Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park when she overcame Baby J at the half-mile pole and increased her advantage to the wire, drawing off to a decisive victory.
Trainer Shug McGaughey says Point of Entry, his Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) winner Sept. 29, should be a prime contender for Horse of the Year if he can win the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott says all four of his Super Saturday horses, including Beldame winner Royal Delta and repeat TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup victor Flat Out will be pointed to the 2012 Breeders' Cup Nov. 2-3.
If ever there was a match made in heaven, it was exemplified once again a
little less than two months ago when a large group of Arlington jockeys lent
their time and expertise to a group of youngsters at nearby stables in Wauconda,
Alex Campbell Jr.'s Karlovy Vary, winner of the Grade 1 Ashland this spring,
breezed a half-mile in :52 3/5 over Keeneland's Polytrack Sunday morning in
preparation for next Sunday's 57th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Spinster.
Second favorite Lord Kanaloa, ridden by Yasunari Iwata, exerted a strong late
charge, despite the strong crosswind from the approaching typhoon, to capture
his first Grade 1 victory in a course-record time of 1:06.7 in Sunday's
Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama. His victory prevented stablemate Curren Chan from
achieving her third consecutive Grade 1 sprint race victory.
Coolmore and partners' Battle of Marengo scored easily over three opponents in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes (Ire-II) for 2-year-olds on Sept. 30 at the Curragh, providing trainer Aidan O'Brien with a 12th win in the race.
Lord Kanaloa stormed to a course record-setting victory at Nakayama Racecourse on Sept. 30, taking the Sprinters Stakes (Jpn-I) by three-quarters of a length from defending winner and stablemate Curren Chan.
Editor's Note: This article is part of TheHorse.com's ongoing coverage of topics presented at the 2012 American Association of Equine Practitioners' Focus on Ophthalmology conference, held Sept. 6-8 in Raleigh, N.C.