After finishing runner-up to Gentildonna in all three legs of Japan's Triple
Crown for fillies, Verxina appeared ready to escape her archrival's shadow at
last in Sunday's Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup. But even the
absence of Gentildonna, who is bound instead for the Grade 1 Japan Cup, couldn't
cure Verxina's seconditis. Sent off as the clear favorite at Kyoto, Verxina
again played second fiddle, this time to the longshot Rainbow Dahlia, on the
The long-anticipated career debut of Eblouissante, the three-year-old
half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, is at last set for Friday's
4TH race at Hollywood Park. Trained by John Shirreffs, like her famous
half-sibling, Eblouissante will be ridden by Corey Nakatani in the 1 1/16-mile
maiden on Cushion Track.
Eliska Kubinova, a riding sensation this year at
Emerald Downs and Portland Meadows, was scheduled to make her Hollywood Park
debut Sunday aboard Valeria in the 9TH race for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and
trainer John Shirreffs.
The Maryland Jockey Club honored jockey Mario Pino with a winners' circle
presentation Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park. The rider moved into the top 10
on the North American all-time win list earlier this fall.
James Miller's Daisy Devine captured the Grade 3, $111,500
at Churchill Downs on Saturday in thrilling fashion. The Andrew McKeever trainee
went gate-to-wire, holding off Julie's Love in the stretch to win by a head.
Saturday's 11th Florida Million Day at Calder offered eight stakes totaling
$1 million in purses for Florida-breds and the highlights included an easy
victory by Cash Rules and successful title defenses from My Pal Chrisy and Bad
With first-hand knowledge of how the Aqueduct turf course plays when it's
wet, Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado was an indispensable ally for Juddmonte
Farms' homebred Starformer in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000
While Sam-Son Farms celebrated its sixth victory in the $249,576
Coronation Futurity, trainer Malcolm Pierce got the trophy in the 1 1/8-mile
contest for the first time on Saturday when Up With the Birds rallied from last
to score by 3 1/2 lengths under a hand ride.
Highlighting the list of more than 100 horses who recorded published workouts
at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning was Take Charge Indy, Bourbon Courage and
Cease. The trio of stakes winners is being pointed to the Grade 1 Clark Handicap
on November 23.
Trainer Mark Casse said Friday that Pool Play will be pointed to the Grade 1
Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on November 23, but the seven-year-old son of
Silver Deputy might not be the only Clark starter from the Casse barn. Stealcase
and Delegation are also under consideration.
Finalists for the 22nd annual Cartier Racing Awards, European horseracing's
equivalent of the Oscars, were revealed Friday. The nine awards will be
announced and presented during a ceremony before an invited audience of 300 at
the Dorchester Hotel, London, England, on the evening of November 13.
Mike Lauffer, Bill Cubbedge and Phillips Racing Partnership's Shackleford,
winner of the 2011 Preakness, is scheduled to be available for inspection at
Darby Dan Farm on Friday through Sunday, but Thursday will not be the last day
at the track for the chestnut colt. Shackleford is scheduled to return to
Churchill Downs at the beginning of next week and could make his final career
start in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap on November 23.
Trainer John Sadler, who guided multiple Grade 1 victress Switch through a
career that saw her earn $1.4 million, was proud as a peacock when the Quiet
American five-year-old mare was sold Monday at the Fasig-Tipson select mixed
sale for $4.3 million.
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile hero Tapizar will enter stud in 2013 at the Beck
family's Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Kentucky, it was announced Thursday.
Bred and raced by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Asmussen, Tapizar
will become the first Grade 1 winner by top sire Tapit to stand at Gainesway,
where he will stand alongside his sire.
Hit It Rich ended her 2011 campaign with her first graded stakes win in the
Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct. The gray mare will try and end 2012 on a
similar note when the $150,000 fixture over 1 3/8 miles on turf is renewed
Undefeated Matchmadeinheaven goes for her fourth straight stakes victory
Sunday when she takes on six other two-year-old fillies in the $125,000
Fifth Avenue division of the New York Stallion Series at Aqueduct.
Churchill Downs will host the "Parade of Breeders' Cup Champions" on Sunday
and while it is sure to be a unique and one-of-a-kind event for fans, the
trainers of the top horses also are looking forward to the special ceremony.
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has canceled live racing at Aqueduct
Racetrack on Thursday following a nor'easter that passed through the region
Wednesday and left behind several inches of wet snow.
Title defenses in the $125,000
Turf Cup by Bad Debt and the $150,000
Distaff by My Pal Chrisy highlight the 11th Florida Million Day at Calder on
Saturday, an afternoon featuring eight stakes restricted to registered
Florida-bred horses and named in honor of Florida racing dignitaries totaling $1
million in purse money.
Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire PURE CLAN (Pure Prize) brought a
session-topping $4.5 million from Brazilian Goncalo Torrealba of Stud TNT at
Wednesday's second session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in
Lexington, Kentucky. The seven-year-old mare, who was listed in foal to
Bernardini, entered the ring as Hip No. 279 from the Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency,
Yogi Berra's "it was deja vu all over again" was never truer than during the
2012 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge at Santa Anita on Saturday. Defending
champion Patrick McGoey staged another improbable last race comeback to defeat
last year's second-place finisher Christian Hellmers to win the tournament and
Daisy Devine will be a strong favorite to win her third stakes of the year in
Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000
Handicap at Churchill Downs, a nine-furlong grass test which has attracted a
field of nine fillies and mares.
PLUM PRETTY (Medaglia d'Oro), winner of last year's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and
the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap in April, brought a final bid $4.2 million
at Tuesday's opening session of the 2012 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale
in Lexington, Kentucky. The winning bidder was Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm,
which bought reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace (Saint Liam) for $10
million Monday night at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale.
Hollywood Park will begin its 32nd Autumn Meet Thursday, with post time at
12:30 p.m. (PST). Scheduled for 24 days through December 16, the meet is
highlighted by four Grade 1 events and the annual Autumn Turf Festival (November
Fair Grounds is asking fans for help naming a race that is new to the 2012-13
stakes schedule. The winner of the "Name the Stakes Race" contest will present
the trophy to the winning connections after the inaugural running and enjoy
lunch for four in the Clubhouse, a replica of the trophy and a $100 win bet.
Net revenues from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2012
declined 1 percent, or $1.5 million, to $164.9 million compared to the same
period of the prior year. Third quarter EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes,
depreciation and amortization) declined to $21.3 million, from $43.0 million,
during the third quarter of 2011. Net earnings from continued operations for the
period were $6.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share, a decrease of 70
percent from net earnings from continued operations of $19.7 million, or $1.16
per diluted common share, during the third quarter of 2011. The decline in
EBITDA and net earnings was predominately the result of the $19.3 million in
Illinois Horse Racing Equity Trust Fund payments that were received in the third
quarter of 2011.
On the wings of a sensational two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships,
Santa Anita's 24-day Autumn Meet ended on an upbeat note Sunday as overall
handle on Santa Anita races was up 2 percent compared to last year and on-track
attendance (excluding November 2-3) was up 1 percent.
Deal, Lowe and Silver's well-traveled Rhythm of Light was last seen landing
the September 1 International Istanbul Trophy at Veliefendi Racecourse.
Patiently handled by Garrett Gomez, the four-year-old daughter of Beat Hollow
loped along near the rear of the field early in her U.S. debut.
Powered by victories on Royal Delta in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic and Mizdirection in the Breeders' Cup Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, Hall of Fame rider
Mike Smith has won the Bill Shoemaker Award as the most outstanding jockey of
the 29th Breeders' Cup World Championships, held November 2-3 at Santa Anita
Richard Mandella reported all was well with
his Breeders' Cup trio Sunday morning and that they all had earned a bit
of vacation. Beholder captured the Juvenile Fillies while stablemates Jimmy
Creed ran ninth in the Sprint and Rumor filled the fifth spot in the Filly &
Trainer Shivananda Parbhoo
said that Breeders' Cup Sprint victor Trinniberg came out of his
three-quarters of a length victory over The Lumber Guy on Saturday in good order
and opened the door to a return trip to Santa Anita next year.
The first of three flights carrying most of the European Breeders' Cup team
of two dozen horses left Santa Anita Sunday morning for LAX International
Airport, according to Alastair Donald, managing director of the International
Racing Bureau, the first contingent with Ireland's Coolmore team of eight
runners trained by Aidan O'Brien.
Todd Pletcher left for his return trip to the East Coast early Sunday morning.
Assistant trainer Mike McCarthy said that all of the Pletcher horses were fine
after participating in the Breeders' Cup.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who had high hopes and 10 horses to run in
the two-day Breeders' Cup events, was an 0-fer for the weekend, but still
managed to smile and put a philosophical turn to things Sunday morning at