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.
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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.
Favored Dullahan's distaste for the less-than-firm going in Saturday's
Jamaica Handicap proved to be his undoing as he came home fifth in his attempt
to add a Grade 1 on the turf to his trio of Grade 1 victories over synthetic
surfaces, trainer Dale Romans said Sunday morning.
With Saturday's Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile now in his rearview mirror,
trainer Charles Lopresti can look ahead to the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita next
month for stable star Wise Dan.
Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group's Grace Hall took the
lead from Eden's Moon in Saturday's Grade 2, $205,600
Indiana Oaks at Hoosier Park and never looked back en route to a 5
3/4-length score under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. The Tony Dutrow-trained
daughter of Empire Maker was sent off the 4-5 favorite and returned $3.80 and
$2.20 for completing 1 1/16 miles on the good dirt in 1:41 4/5.
Pegram, Watson and Weitman's Coil rallied to the lead in midstretch and
gamely withstood the late bid of stablemate Capital Account in Saturday's Grade
Anita Sprint Championship, providing trainer Bob Baffert with a one-two
finish in the six-furlong event formerly known as the Ancient Title. Winner of
the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at nine furlongs last year, the versatile colt
has redefined his image at age four, establishing himself as a top contender for
the November 3 Breeders' Cup Sprint over the same Santa Anita track.
Jockey Nick Petro and his mount Not Abroad saw an inviting opening along the
rail as they circled the far turn in Saturday's $142,500
Maryland Million Classic on Laurel Park's Jim McKay Maryland Million
program. They galloped through the gaping hole, came out with a clear lead and
drew off to win over the fast main track.
Making his first start off the $35,000 claim for Mike Maker, Scarlet Stable's
King David sprang a 28-1 upset in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000
Handicap at Belmont Park, shocking such accomplished rivals as Summer Front,
Cogito and Dullahan.
Fanticola and Scardino's Obviously turned in another terrific front-running
effort in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000
Seco Mile at Santa Anita. Aside from remaining perfect from three starts at
the distance, the Mike Mitchell charge burnished his credentials for the
Breeders' Cup Mile over this same course.
Eclipse Award contender Wise Dan came out of his Grade 1 Woodbine Mile
heroics in such fine fettle that trainer Charles Lopresti didn't want to keep
him in the barn until the Breeders' Cup. Thus Morton Fink's homebred was entered
in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000
Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, and judging by how he crushed the
opposition once again, it's clear why Lopresti couldn't hold him down.
A. Stevens Miles Jr.'s homebred Neck 'n Neck closed strongly in Saturday's
Grade 2, $513,600
Derby, rallying down the center of the track to post a one-length victory in
the 1 1/16-mile test at Hoosier Park. With new jockey Brian Hernandez up, the
Ian Wilkes-trained colt was off as the 9-2 third choice among 11 rivals and
returned payoffs of $11.20, $4.80 and $2.80 to his supporters.
Joha wires Breeders' Futurity
Frank L. Jones Jr.'s homebred Tapitsfly got up to take the Grade 1, $350,000
Lady Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday and in the process gained a measure of
revenge over rival Daisy Devine, who held her to third when capturing the Grade
1 Jenny Wiley during Keeneland's spring meet. Daisy Devine had a clear lead in
the stretch of the First Lady, but Tapitsfly lived up to her name when swooping
in late to finish a mile on the firm turf in 1:35 2/5.
Stonestreet Stables' homebred Dreaming of Julia just got the head victory on
Saturday in Belmont Park's Grade 1, $380,000
Stakes after a stretch-long duel with near 3-1 second choice My Happy Face.
The pair raced in tandem down the lane, in very close quarters at times, but
Dreaming of Julia managed to take the win under jockey John Velazquez to move
her record to a perfect three-for-three.
Starlight Racing's Shanghai Bobby remained unbeaten with a dazzling
performance in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000
Champagne Stakes, winning easily by five lengths at Belmont Park, and
confirmed his status as a top contender in the November 3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile
at Santa Anita.
One day after Spring in the Air captured the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland,
stablemate Spring Venture moved her record to a perfect three-for-three with a
nice 1 1/2-length win in the Grade 3, $205,361
Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday.
After saving ground for a half-mile, Groupie Doll had to wait patiently for a
seam to open up at the top of the stretch in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000
Club of America at Keeneland. When it finally did, the four-year-old burst
through with ease and drew off to win the six-furlong Polytrack dash by 6 1/2
lengths. The 2-5 choice, now the probable early favorite in next month's Grade 1
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Groupie Doll returned $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10.
Eugene Melnyk's homebred Bridgetown made a rare off-the-pace rally to land
Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000
going 5 1/2 furlongs on Keeneland's firm turf. Favored at 3-5 in the field of
six, the five-year-old son of Speightsown wore down long-time leader Great Mills
inside the final furlong to post a one-length win in a time of 1:02 2/5.
John Oxley's Spring in the Air returned to Churchill Downs on Friday night
after her one-length victory in the Grade 1 Alcibiades and "is great this
morning," trainer Mark Casse said Saturday. The victory earned Spring in the Air
a spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies to be run November 2 at Santa
Anita. Casse said her travel itinerary to California has not been set.
In addition to hosting a stakes-filled afternoon of live racing as part of
the 21st annual Festival of the Sun on October 13, Calder Race Course will also
hold ceremonies throughout the day in conjunction with Florida Thoroughbred
Retirement and Adoptive Care (TRAC), Horses and the Handicapped of South
Florida, the Broward Sheriff's Mounted Unit, and Hobbs Equestrian to honor
retired Thoroughbred race horses now serving the community in their second