A gray son of Speightstown provided some late fireworks near the conclusion
of Tuesday's second session of Fasig-Tipton's October Yearling Sale at Newtown
Paddocks near Lexington, Kentucky. Whipser Hill Farm was the winning bidder at
$440,000 for the February 2 Kentucky-bred, who was offered as Hip No. 820 from
the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
Esteemed turf writers Jay Hovdey and the late Whitney Tower have been chosen
as the National Museum of Racing's Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor recipients for
2012. The Roll of Honor was initiated by the Museum in 2010 in memory of Hirsch,
a distinguished turf writer who died the previous year.
Canadian champion Musketier has been retired to Adena Springs Canada for the
2013 breeding season.
Golden Ticket, dead-heat winner with Alpha in the Grade 1 Travers in August,
was not pre-entered in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
In its continuing support of a national program for retired racehorses,
the Breeders' Cup announced Tuesday that it has created a "Text to Donate"
campaign, through Give by Cell, to allow fans to contribute to the Thoroughbred
Aftercare Alliance (TAA).
Owner Benjamin Leon, who purchased Royal Delta for $8.5 million at Keeneland
a few days after her 2011 Ladies' Classic triumph, wanted to keep all options on
Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will honor Frank Stronach with the
TCA Leadership Award and Belmont Child Care Association with the TCA Industry
Service Award at the 23rd Annual Select Stallion Season Auction to be held
January 5, 2013 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
The blitz towards the Breeders' Cup continued at mach speed Sunday morning at
Santa Anita as several major players worked for their engagements in the World
Championship events at The Great Race Place on November 2-3, headed by Breeders'
Cup Classic favorite Game on Dude.
In a move that did not come unexpectedly, Godolphin announced Sunday that
Frankie Dettori will no longer serve as a retained rider for the stable. The
popular Italian, who had been Godolphin's premier rider for 18 years, will now
become a highly sought-after freelancer. On that basis, Dettori will continue to
accept mounts for Sheikh Mohammed's flagship operation.
"I love Woodbine, I love riding here," Sutherland said. "It's nice that I
could end it here, where it all started for me."
The veteran five-year-old mare Upperline made her finale for the Mike Stidham
barn in Sunday's $125,000
Stakes, and seized the moment to make Keeneland history as well. The winner
of the Grade 3 Bewitch here in April, Upperline became the first to sweep both
of the track's 1 1/2-mile turf stakes for distaffers in the same season.
Trainer Chad Brown sent out undefeated Awesome Feather on Sunday morning for
her penultimate work prior to an expected start in the 1 1/8-mile Breeders' Cup
Ladies Classic. The four-year-old Awesome of Course filly was caught by NYRA
clockers in 1:12 1/5 for six furlongs over Belmont Park's fast main track, the
only work at the distance.
Trainer Gary Sciacca expressed excitement Sunday morning about what the
future might have in store for Saratoga Snacks, a three-year-old who on Saturday
finished second, beaten 1 1/4 lengths by five-year-old Lunar Victory, in the
After his Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint hopeful, Great Attack, breezed five
furlongs in 1:02 3/5 over the good Keeneland turf course on Thursday, trainer
Wesley Ward was asked about the performance. The horseman said he was pleased
and that he "wanted to talk to his Melbourne Cup-winning rider."
Gold Ship, sent off heavy favorite with the absence of archrival Deep
Brillante, lived up to expectations with his second classic victory in Sunday's
Grade 1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) at Kyoto. Trained by Naosuke Sugai and
ridden by Hiroyuki Uchida, the gray son of Stay Gold covered about 1 7/8 miles
on firm turf in 3:02.9, just missing the stakes record of 3:02.7 established by
Song of Wind in 2006.
Under jockey Paco Lopez, Bern Identity sat behind the early leaders before
moving up four wide around the second turn. When Lopez gave him his cue he
responded well by opening up a clear lead in the stretch and cruising home in
front by three lengths while never feeling the whip. Finishing another four
lengths behind Mylute in third was Mr. Bandini's Band. Bern Identity covered the
distance over a fast track in 1:39 2/5.
Gypsy Robin remained a perfect three-for-three over the Keeneland Polytrack
as she wired the field in the Grade 2, $250,000
Run on Saturday with John Velazquez aboard.
Kindle, the 5-2 second choice, blasted right out of the gate in her turf
debut. As she sizzled through fractions of :20 4/5 and :42 2/5, Kindle opened up
a sizeable margin. Broken Dreams, who was shortening up off a trio of route
races, stalked beneath Garrett Gomez, but the 3-1 third choice still had about
five lengths to make up at the top of the stretch. The 2-1 favorite Byrama, who
had been last early, had even more of a deficit to overcome.
Godolphin Racing's multiple Grade 1 winner
Tricky has been retired with an injury to her right hind ankle, trainer
Kiaran McLaughlin announced Saturday afternoon.
On Saturday in England, Juddmonte Farm's Frankel wrapped up his extraordinary
career with victory in the Group 1 Champions Stakes at Ascot. Later in the day
and across the Atlantic in New York, the organization's Lunar Victory helped
prolong the festivities with a 1 1/4-length score in the $250,000
at Belmont Park.
With apologies to Grantland Rice, under blue-gray October skies, Breeders'
Cup candidates were out en force at Santa Anita Saturday morning, going through
final stages of their major drills for the World Championships event at "The
Great Race Place" on November 2 and 3.
Mary Ann Houghland's Pierrot Lunaire charged through the stretch and overtook
pacesetter Divine Fortune to win the Grade 1, $250,000 Grand National by
three-quarters of a length at the 92nd Far Hills Races on Saturday. Royal
Bonsai, a newcomer to American racing, finished third in the year's richest
Unbeaten phenom Frankel crowned his glorious career with a victory over
Cirrus des Aigles in Saturday's Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot, but only after
his fans endured drama both before and during the highly-anticipated contest.
Senior BHA handicapper Phil Smith paid tribute to
following the unbeaten colt's grand finale in Saturday's Group 1 Champion
FRANKEL THEY SAID IT
Multiple Grade 1 hero Wise Dan, one of the top contenders for the $2 million
Breeders' Cup Mile on November 3 at Santa Anita, completed his major work for
his California test by working five furlongs on Keeneland's Polytrack in a
bullet, best of 18, 1:00 2/5 on a cool, clear Saturday morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Marc C. Ferrell's two-year-old filly Madame Cactus rallied
strongly in the homestretch to score a two-length victory in Friday night's
Trusty Cat Stakes at Delta Downs. The race was part of an opening night
program for the track's 2012-2013 meeting.
One race prior to Frankel's anticipated career finale in the Group 1 QIPCO
Champion Stakes on Saturday at Ascot, a field of eight will take to the green in
the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The four-year-old Excelebration, trained by Aidan O'Brien, has
been beaten five times by Frankel and finally has the chance to prove himself the top
miler in Europe without having to take on his nemesis.
Todd Pletcher, whose barn of bluebloods leads the nation in purse earnings
this year with nearly $17 million, was at Santa Anita Friday morning to
coordinate strategy first hand as his locally based contenders prepare for the
Breeders' Cup on November 2 and 3.
Miz Ida made a successful rally from more than seven lengths down to deny
25-1 longshot English Class the upset in Friday's second division of the Grade
Valley View for three-year-old fillies at Keeneland. A homebred racing for
Richard, Bert and Elaine Klein, Miz Ida paid $11.40, $6.40 and $4 as the 9-2
Augustin Stable's homebred Angel Terrace outperformed her 27-1 odds when
fending off the 4-1 Miss Cato by a nose in Friday's first division of the Grade
Valley View Stakes at Keeneland. A fast-finishing fourth in the July 29 Nani
Rose Stakes at Saratoga last out, the Jonathan Sheppard pupil rallied from last
under an enterprising ride by James Graham and sparked mutuels of $57.60, $20.60
Caixa Eletronica, who at age seven finished second in the Grade 1 Vosburgh
Invitational last out, returns next Saturday in Belmont Park's Grade 3, $150,000
Bold Ruler Handicap, a race in which he finished third last year.
Slip Away, the champion steeplechaser of 2010, makes his return from a layoff
of more than 14 months in Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000
National. Contested over 2 5/8 miles at Far Hills, New Jersey, the Grand
National is the richest event of the American jump season and last year yielded
the season's eventual Eclipse Award champion, Black Jack Blues.
Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Poker Pro and World Series of Poker Bracelet
Winner, confirmed Friday that he will play in the $10,000 Breeders' Cup Betting
Challenge (BCBC) taking place at Santa Anita Park on November 2-3 during the
The Jockey Club on Friday released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for
the 2012 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 14, 2012, The
Jockey Club reports that 1,861 stallions covered 35,391 mares in North America
Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) announced Friday that Donald R. "Donnie"
Richardson, CDI's senior vice president of racing, will leave at the end of the
When Sir Henry Cecil saddles Frankel at Ascot ahead of the Group 1 QIPCO Champion
Stakes on Saturday, the poignancy of the moment will be far from
lost on him.
Grade 1 Pacific Classic winner Dullahan is one of five horses bedded down at
Barn 76 at Santa Anita for trainer Dale Romans, who is preparing the quintet for
the Breeders' Cup World Championships on November 2-3 at the Arcadia,
A perfectly timed ride by Julien Leparoux saw Ken and Sarah Ramsey's
Kindergarden Kid slip between pacesetter Ioya Bigtime and Miami Deco to take
Thursday's Grade 3, $100,000
at Keeneland by a neck over the former rival. The Dynaformer gelding was sent
off the 3-1 third pick in the seven-horse field and completed 1 1/2 miles on the
firm turf in 2:31 4/5 to add a first graded win to his resume.
More than 70 top New York-breds will gather Saturday for the seven stakes
highlighting Belmont Park's annual New York Showcase Day, celebrating the best
of the Empire State.
Churchill Downs Inc. has launched
Luckity.com, a new and
exciting gaming site with hundreds of chances to win cash prizes daily. It
features number games, draw games, jackpots, quick picks, casino-style games and
more, with the action revolving around live horse races around the world.
DECISIVE (Pulpit), a four-year-old filly carrying her first foal, by Kitten's
Joy, on a March 4 cover, was the $50,000 top price at the Ocala Breeders' Sales
Company's Fall Mixed Sale Open Session on Wednesday. Consigned by Ramsey Farm,
agent, Hip No. 373 was gaveled down to Jose Uzcategui.
Gypsy Robin, front-running winner of this spring's Grade 2 Beaumont at
Keeneland, returns to the site of that three-length victory to headline a full
field of 14 sophomore fillies in Saturday's 14th running of the Grade 2,
$250,000 Raven Run going seven furlongs on the main Polytrack.
The fourth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit concluded Wednesday
morning in Lexington, Kentucky, as racing commission representatives discussed
the implementation of safety initiatives and four other speakers made
presentations on Thoroughbred aftercare.
The Breeders' Cup announced Wednesday the launch of its $500K Pay Day
promotion that will be conducted in partnership with 20 simulcast outlets, up
from 17 in 2011, across the country. This is the second year in a row that the
Breeders' Cup is offering this co-promotion with its simulcast partners.
SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK
The Grade 3, $1250,000 Valley View at Keeneland will be renewed at Keeneland
on Friday, and for the second time in four years the 1 1/16-mile grass test for
three-year-old fillies will be run in two divisions.
Starlight Racing's Algorithms, winner of the Grade 3 Holly Bull in his most
recent start January 29, has been retired.