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.
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.
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.
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.
Game on Dude did what was expected in his final tune-up for the
Breeders' Cup Classic, posting an easy win in the Grade 1, $250,000
Awesome Again Stakes, and figures to be a definitive favorite over the same
Santa Anita track on November 3. Favored at 1-5 over eight rivals on Saturday, the classy
gelding provided Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Rafael Bejarano
with their third Grade 1 victory on the afternoon when cruising to a 3
The Bob Baffert trainee pressed the pace three wide as Know More, the 9-5
favorite, and another Baffert trainee, Carving, battled back and forth setting
fractions of :23, :47 2/5 and 1:12 2/5. Once Power Broker took over the lead in
the upper stretch, the race was over as the son of Pulpit drew clear under left-hand urging from rider Rafael Bejarano. He was able to go the 1 1/16 miles
over the fast main track in 1:44 2/5.
Glen Hill Farm's Marketing Mix was the class of the field in Saturday's Grade
Drive at Santa Anita, and it showed. Rallying from well off a blistering
speed duel, the even-money favorite drew off imperiously and stamped herself as
the leading domestic hope for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Coming off a stunning upset of eastern heavyweights Royal Delta and It's
Tricky in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap, Green Hills Farm's Love and
Pride showed that win was no fluke by traveling to Santa Anita and knocking out
the West Coast's leading older fillies and mares in Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000
Trained by Bob Baffert, Executiveprivilege sped between horses going
straight to the rail and posted fractions of :23 4/5, :48 2/5 and 1:13 2/5. The
two-year-old set a pressured pace, but started to pull away on the second turn,
leaving her competition behind in her wire-to-wire win. She was able to cover
the 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:44 4/5.
Phipps Stable's homebred Point of Entry extended his winning streak to five
in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000
Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, officially punching his ticket to the
Breeders' Cup Turf. Despite being floated out very wide by Treasure Beach
entering the stretch, the 3-5 favorite outkicked the Irish invader to score by 1
Preston Stables' Flat Out successfully defended his title in Saturday's Grade
1, $1 million
Gold Cup, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his first win in the
prestigious 1 1/4-mile race since saddling Cigar to victory in 1995.
English shipper Nahrain knifed between the Chad Brown duo of Zagora and Dream
Peace to get up late in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000
Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park, but the stewards wasted no time in
posting the inquiry sign. Nahrain and 2-1 favorite Dream Peace had brushed as
both launched their bids turning for home, and Dream Peace's hind end was
knocked sideways. But the replay didn't conclusively prove fault, and the Darley
Stable homebred was allowed to keep her victory, and its accompanying automatic
berth to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Royal Delta was back in top form in Saturday's Grade 1, $392,000
at Belmont Park, demolishing four opponents including arch-rival It's Tricky.
Under Mike Smith, the Bill Mott-trained champion opened up a wide lead turning
for home and crossed the wire 9 1/2 lengths in front as the 4-5 favorite. Royal
Delta returned $3.70, $2.20 and $2.10.
Barry Schwartz's homebred The Lumber Guy showed no signs of rust while
returning from a 4 1/2-month layoff in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000
Stakes, holding the fast-closing Caixa Eletronica safe in the latter stages
for a 1 1/4-length score. He completed six furlongs in 1:09 1/5 on the "good"
track at Belmont Park.
Charles Fipke's Jersey Town out-staged notable rivals Shackleford and To
Honor and Serve in the Grade 2, $400,000
Handicap at Belmont Park, driving to a convincing 3 1/2-length decision
beneath Javier Castellano. The Barclay Tagg-trained horse snapped a 23-month
losing streak in the process, notching his first victory since the Grade 1 Cigar
Mile in 2010, and earned a berth to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile where he
will be a viable contender if he runs back to Saturday's performance.
Sir Henry Cecil made a rare racecourse appearance to witness Frankel, the
world's highest-rated racehorse, work over nine furlongs on the Rowley Mile
ahead of his next, and most likely final, start in the Group 1 Champion Stakes
at Ascot on October 20.
French handler Francois Doumen gained his first top level success on the Flat
in Britain when Siyouma won Saturday's Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.
It was a fourth consecutive win for French-trained horses, following on from
Rodolphe Collet's three wins with Sahpresa.
Morton Fink's Wise Dan, winner of the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in his most
recent start on September 16, was doing well Saturday morning after working a
best-of-25 half-mile in :47 2/5 over Keeneland's Polytrack on Friday.
Mike McCarty's Unbridled's Note had never raced on turf or faced older horses
prior to Friday's Grade 3, $100,000
Stakes at Santa Anita, but the Steve Asmussen sophomore professionally
handled a field of seasoned turf sprinters in the opening-day feature. The
Unbridled's Song colt rallied late to overhaul the front-running Chosen Miracle,
in a well-timed move worthy of the race's new honoree, retired Hall of Fame
rider Eddie Delahoussaye. The Eddie D., formerly known as the Morvich, serves as
a course-and-distance prep for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
Saturday's Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket, the first race on the new
"Road to the Kentucky Derby" scoring system, includes a half-brother to 2008
Kentucky Derby-winning champion Big Brown -- Afonso de Sousa. The son of
Henrythenavigator is the lone entrant from the yard of Aidan O'Brien, who won
last year's Royal Lodge with Daddy Long Legs and also finished third with Wrote.
The Breeders' Cup and the Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that Monday is
"Breeders' Cup Night" at Dodgers Stadium, in celebration of the upcoming World
Championships at Santa Anita Park. The 7:10 p.m. (PDT) game will pit the Dodgers
against the San Francisco Giants.
Unbeaten Certify provided Godolphin with the team's third consecutive success
in the Group 1 Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on Friday. White Moonstone and Lyric
of Light have taken the mile event for the previous two years, but neither
matched the style and panache of Certify's success.
Sir Henry Cecil is eagerly anticipating bringing Frankel for a racecourse
gallop at Newmarket before racing Saturday. The world's best Thoroughbred will
be joined in the exercise by Bullet Train and Midsummer Sun as part of the
unbeaten Galileo colt's preparations for the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot on
For the second meeting in a row, Tampa Bay Downs will run 25 stakes worth
$2,595,000. The lucrative added-money slate is highlighted by the 33rd edition
of the Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby, a 1 1/16-mile showcase for
three-year-old Triple Crown candidates, on March 9.
Larry Jones is back and racing is the better for it. The 56-year-old trainer,
who retired at the top of his game on November 7, 2009, returned in early 2011
with the same fervor as the day he left. Anyone talking with the personable
Kentuckian could recognize that in a heartbeat.
Trainer Todd Pletcher shoots for a Grade 2 double with his team of juveniles
at Belmont Park on Sunday. Unbeaten Grade 2 Adirondack heroine Kauai Katie looms
large in the $200,000
Stakes for fillies, and debut maiden winner Unabashed gives the barn a
promising second string. But the Pletcher duo in the $200,000
-- Overanalyze and Drum Roll -- must step up their game while meeting hot-shot
maiden winner Carried Interest, speedy New York-bred Weekend Hideaway and Grade
2 Sanford runner-up Handsome Jack.
Due to anticipated heavy rain, Friday's live racing card at Belmont Park has
been canceled to ensure the track surfaces are in optimal condition for
Saturday's card, which features six graded stakes, all part of the Breeders' Cup
"Win and You're In" Challenge Series. The winners of those races qualify for an
automatic starting position in the corresponding Breeders' Cup Championship race
with pre-entry and entry fees paid.
Two of the top contenders in Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000
Turf Championship Stakes (formerly the Clement Hirsch) at Santa Anita,
Bourbon Bay and Slim Shadey, will return to races following a stint on the
sidelines. Bourbon Bay makes his first appearance since capturing the Grade 2
San Juan Capistrano Handicap in April, and Slim Shadey has been freshened since
a fifth in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes on Del Mar's opening weekend.
You missed the worst million-dollar race I have ever seen (the Pennsylvania Derby), and one of the best races with a four-horse field that I can remember (Questing vs. My Miss Aurelia in the Cotillion).
Over 50 years after his initial performance of the song at Carnegie Hall,
Grammy-award winner Tony Bennett will perform his classic hit "The Best is Yet
to Come" at the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in
Arcadia, California, Breeders' Cup announced Thursday at a media event featuring
Tony Bennett at Siro's Restaurant in Manhattan.
Nagging foot issues have limited Jersey Town's schedule in recent years, but
trainer Barclay Tagg said the six-year-old is entering Saturday's Grade 2,
$400,000 Kelso Handicap in the best shape since he won the 2010 Grade 1 Cigar
Mrs. Calvin Houghland's Pierrot Lunaire, the longest shot on the board at
48-1, took the lead over the final jump and held off a furious late charge from
Spy in the Sky to win Thursday's Grade 1, $150,000
Lonesome Glory steeplechase at Belmont Park.
Swifty Farms' Pataky Kid, three-length winner of the Grade 3
Arlington-Washington Futurity on September 8, breezed a bullet five furlongs in
1:00 Monday morning at Chicago's northwest suburban oval in preparation for
Keeneland's upcoming Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity on October 6.
Game on Dude, a leading contender for Horse of the Year, heads a field of
nine in Saturday's $250,000
Again Stakes at Santa Anita. The 1 1/8-mile event is one of five Grade 1
stakes on a dynamite program that serves as a precursor to the Breeders' Cup at
Santa Anita on November 2-3.
Ostensibly a prep for the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, Saturday's Grade
Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park might serve as a launching pad to the Grade 1
Breeders' Cup Classic if the Bill Mott-trained To Honor and Serve pulls off a
win in the one-turn mile. The Hall of Fame conditioner left some wiggle room
earlier this week when asked which Breeders' Cup race his Grade 1 Woodward
winner would ultimately target.
The legendary Zenyatta, winner of the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa
Anita and Horse of the Year in 2010, will be honored for all-time by Santa Anita
Park as a life-sized statue of the great mare will be unveiled in Santa Anita's
Paddock Gardens area at noon (PDT) this Saturday.
Point of Entry can solidify his present status as the nation's leading
long-distance turf performer with a victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000
Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational. The 1 1/2-mile fixture over Belmont Park's
Widener course came up light compared to other stakes on Super Saturday with
only six names dropped in the entry box.
The top three from the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap on August 4 are in the
spotlight Saturday when they headline a surprisingly robust field in the Grade
1, $1 million
Jockey Club Gold Cup. The historic 1 1/4-mile test tops a bumper card of
Breeders' Cup preps on Belmont Park's "Super Saturday" program.
Undefeated two-year-old filly So Many Ways, winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway
Stakes and Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes, will not travel to California to run in
the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, it was announced Wednesday.