Trainer Jimmy Toner notched his second graded stakes win of the day when AJ
Suited Stable's Two Months Rent upset Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000
Derby. Contested in a driving Chicago area rainstorm on soft turf, Two Months
Rent saved ground to the stretch, split rivals to reach contention and wore down
10-1 chance Film Shot to record his initial stakes victory by a head. At 20-1,
Two Months Rent returned $43.20, $16.20 and $7.
Phipps Stable's Boisterous rallied boldly to the lead in the midstretch and
drew clear to two-length decision in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000
Knickerbocker Stakes, capturing the 1 1/8-mile turf affair at Belmont Park
for the second straight year. Now a five-time stakes winner for trainer Shug
McGaughey, the five-year-old horse has earned $646,390 from a 20-8-1-2 career
BREEDERS' CUP FEATURE
Ralph Nabavi's Speak Logistics was never headed en route to a 2 3/4-length
score Saturday on Calder's Festival of the Sun program, going gate-to-wire in
Reality division of the Florida Stallion Stakes series.
Nearly six months after her impressive wire job in the Grade 3 Appalachian
Stakes at Keeneland, Dayatthespa returned to the Lexington, Kentucky, turf and
repeated the feat in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000
Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. The Chad Brown trainee got away with a leisurely
pace for Javier Castellano, quickened stylishly, and extended her 2012 mark to a
Phillips Racing Partnership's La Cloche took down the field in the Grade 3,
Athenia at Belmont on Saturday.
In a virtual replay of the Frances A. Genter one race earlier, Larry Fugate's
Cash Rules just held the late run of Ducduc on the wire of the Grade 3, $100,000
a Buck Handicap on Calder's Festival of the Sun program Saturday.
It's good news, bad news for Mike Machowsky concerning the Breeders' Cup. The
bad news: Caracortado will not make the Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on November
3. The good: Worth Repeating is on course for the Marathon at 1 3/4 miles on
dirt on November 2.
Like the top-class colts Dawn Approach and Reckless Abandon, the juvenile
filly Just the Judge preserved an unbeaten record when she registered a gutsy 1
3/4-length success in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket Saturday.
Dawn Approach made it six out of six when registering a comfortable 2
3/4-length success in Saturday's Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes. Partnered by Kevin
Manning, the 3-10 favorite briefly looked as if he may be in trouble, but showed
a devastating turn of foot in the final furlong to push aside stablemate Leitir
Connections of Madame Giry and Bounding Bi, the top-two finishers in Friday's
Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland, reported their runners came out of the 5
1/2-furlong grass test in good order.
Breeders' Cup Classic hopeful Golden Ticket, dead-heat winner of the Grade 1
Travers two back, turned in his second-straight work at Keeneland on Saturday.
With Danny Ramsey aboard, the Speightstown colt worked five furlongs in 1:00
Three-time classic winner Camelot is scheduled to race on as a four-year-old
next season, Coolmore Stud reiterated via
Saturday. The Montjeu colt just underwent exploratory surgery for colic Thursday
evening, but is recovering well.
Grade 1 Haskell Invitational star Paynter, who underwent intestinal surgery
at New Bolton Center October 3, will be discharged Sunday, owner Ahmed Zayat
reported on Twitter
Friday. Having overcome life-threatening illnesses that have kept him
hospitalized since August 26, the strong-willed colt will now take up residence
at a rehabilitation facility to be announced at 6 p.m. (EDT).
Nutmeg Stable's Madame Giry rallied in the stretch of Friday's $100,000
Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland to post an easy 2 1/2-length victory
under jockey Eddie Castro. The sophomore daughter of Castledale earned her
fifth-straight win when completing 5 1/2 furlongs on the firm turf in 1:03 for
trainer Cam Gambolati.
Clive Cox's star juvenile Reckless Abandon is looking to extend his unbeaten
record to five in the Group 1, £150,000 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on
The entries for Sunday's Grade 1, C$1.5 million
International are dominated by Europeans, both quantitatively and
qualitatively. Seven of the 11 contenders are based on the other side of the
pond, including the Aidan O'Brien-trained Imperial Monarch; 2010 Canadian
International winner Joshua Tree; Wigmore Hall, two-for-two in his previous
visits to Woodbine; and Reliable Man, last year's Group 1 French Derby hero. The
North American team comprises Al Khali, Air Support, Prince Will I Am and an
ex-European in Forte dei Marmi.
Group 2 star Dream Peace, who was third in a three-way photo in last year's
Taylor Stakes, looks for a breakthrough in Sunday's renewal of the C$1
million prize at Woodbine. A French raider here 12 months ago, the well-bred
daughter of Dansili is now an emigre who resides in the Chad Brown barn. To
accomplish her mission, Dream Peace must fend off a formidable European invasion
spearheaded by her former compatriot Siyouma, England's Barefoot Lady and
Ireland's Princess Highway.
Three-time European classic hero Camelot has come through exploratory surgery
for colic in good order, according to Coolmore Stud's
Fair Grounds Race Course will begin accepting Clubhouse and box seat
reservations for the 141st Thoroughbred racing season on October 22, one month
prior to the traditional opening on Thanksgiving Day, November 22.
Spendthrift Farm's homebred Moonwalk lived up to her name on Thursday in the
Grade 3, $150,000
Jessamine by slipping through on the inside to score a nose victory under
jockey Corey Lanerie. The Dale Romans trainee just held as Kitten's Point
rallied late on the outside, but managed to hold on while finishing 1 1/16 miles
on the firm Keeneland turf in 1:45.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced Thursday that several
industry groups, including 13 prominent breeding farms in Kentucky, The Jockey
Club, two racetracks of the Stronach Group, the California Retirement Management
Account (CARMA), Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton, Barretts Equine Limited
and Ocala Breeders' Sales Company (OBS), have developed plans to provide funds
beginning in 2013 to support the TAA's mission to accredit and raise funds for
Thoroughbred aftercare facilities.
John Scott, who appears to have found a new lease on life at age five, heads
a competitive eight-horse field in Saturday's $175,000
California Cup Classic, a race which headlines Santa Anita's 23rd annual Cal
Cup Day for horses bred or foaled in the Golden State.
Calder will present a stakes-filled afternoon of racing as part of the 21st
annual Festival of the Sun on Saturday that will feature the conclusion of the
lucrative Florida Stallion Stakes series, with both the $300,000
Division and its juvenile filly counterpart, the $300,000
Girl Division, to be run over 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
Keeneland and Woodbine Entertainment Group were declared co-winners of this
year's Simulcast Award at the International Simulcast Conference in Clearwater
Beach, Florida. The award gives both tracks the distinction of becoming
five-time winners of the prestigious contest. The crystal trophies were
sponsored by Post Time Technologies.
Grade 1 winners Samitar and Stephanie's Kitten headline a field of eight
sophomore fillies entered for Saturday's 29th running of the Grade 1, $400,000
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.
SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK
Keeneland racing secretary Ben Huffman expects at least eight names, with the
possibility of a couple more, to be in the entry box Wednesday for Saturday's
29th running of the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at 1 1/8 miles on
the turf for three-year-old fillies.
Belmont Park will host a pair of Grade 3 turf stakes Saturday, with Grade 2
winner Boisterous returning for a title defense in the $150,000
Knickerbocker and multiple stakes queen Dealbata highlighting the field in
Athenia. Both events are scheduled for the inner turf.
Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' In Lingerie came out of her
two-length victory in Sunday's Grade 1 Spinster in good order, according to
Michael Dilger, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.
Grade 1 Champagne and Grade 2 Hopeful star Shanghai Bobby will contest the Breeders' Cup Juvenile,
connections announced Monday.
Despite losing his footing briefly, Keith Brackpool's Gervinho rallied in
time to deny Den's Legacy by a half-length in Monday's $100,000
Beach Stakes at Santa Anita. The unbeaten colt thus emerged as a candidate
for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf over the same course and one-mile distance.
Riley Racing Stables' Flashy Ways rolled past the leaders turning into the
stretch and kicked away in Monday's $100,000
Girl Stakes at Santa Anita, propelling herself into the picture for the
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Exciting two-year-old Moohaajim remains on course for the Group 1, £150,000
Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Future Champions Day, Saturday, after
exercising this morning during a media visit to Marco Botti's Green Ridge
Stables in Newmarket.
Not long after Noble Tune demolished the field in Monday's Grade 3 Pilgrim at
Belmont Park, fellow Chad Brown trainee Watsdachances rallied boldly between
foes to capture the companion race for fillies, the Grade 3, $150,000
Grillo Stakes, to complete a double for the barn. Like her stablemate,
Watsdachances justified 6-5 favoritism, and earned an automatic Breeders' Cup
berth -- in her case, to the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Monmouth Park concluded its 2012 meet on Sunday with an increase in
attendance and declines in on-track and total handle.
Keeneland will welcome Olympian and Lexington, Kentucky, native Tyson Gay to
the races on Sunday for a special salute. Gay is a triple world champion, an
American record holder and the second-fastest man in history. He earned a silver
medal at the 2012 London Olympic games as part of the 4x 100-meter relay team.
Bill Farish's Pool Play proved the most long-winded of the six runners in a pokey renewal of the Grade 2, $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup on Saturday.
A cross country trip, a two-man stroll from Lexington to Louisville and
a 50-person relay from Keeneland to Churchill Downs...what do these three things
have in common? They are all ways the Paulick Report and Breeders' Cup Charities
have teamed up over the last three years to raise nearly $250,000 for several
great causes in combination with Thoroughbred racing's annual World
Woman Stakes at Santa Anita was supposed to be a launching pad to the
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint for the unbeaten Winding Way, but instead it
was Ramona Bass, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Rumor who might have
punched her ticket to the big dance.
Balance the Books broke last and picked off all 11 horses on his way to
glory in the eventful Grade 3, $150,000
at Keeneland on Sunday. The son of Lemon Drop Kid went off as the heavy 4-5
favorite and managed to overcome being bumped in the stretch to pay $3.80, $2.80
and $2.40 to his backers.
Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' In Lingerie proved best on
Sunday when taking on nine rivals in the Grade 1, $500,000
at Keeneland. The Todd Pletcher pupil saved ground along the rail while biding
her time just behind the front-running Juanita on the backstretch before putting
in her winning move in the stretch to be two lengths clear of Mystical Star on
The Nick Gonzalez trainee tracked the front-running Five Iron through
fractions of :24 2/5, :48 4/5 and 1:12 3/5, then drove to the front beneath
Eurico Da Silva in the stretch. Tesseron made a big move on the turn and loomed
boldly, but could not get past River Seven, who was three-quarters of a length
on top while finishing 1 1/16 Polytrack miles in 1:43 4/5.
It's official. There will be no Breeders' Cup for Acclamation this year.
Trainer Don Warren confirmed speculation that the 2011 Eclipse Award winner as
outstanding older male would not make the championship events at Santa Anita on
Grade 2-winning Ontario-bred Stormy Lord is under serious
consideration for a start in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Knickerbocker at
Belmont Park, trainer
Ian Black confirmed by phone on Sunday.