Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000
Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland came up very contentious. The 1 1/16-mile
event on Polytrack has attracted an overflow of 16 two-year-olds, but only 14
will be allowed to start and favoritism could fall to Pataky Kid following his
victory in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity. Other legitimate
contenders include Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes winner Balance the Books;
Grade 2 Summer runner-up Are You Kidding Me; Sunday Silence Stakes victor Java's
War; and Tizracer, a recent 10 1/2-length maiden scorer for Todd Pletcher.
Wise Dan is unquestionably one of America's best turf horses, posting
impressive victories in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile and Grade 2 Fourstardave
Handicap in his last two starts, and the talented gelding looks poised to make a
serious assault upon the November 3 Breeders' Cup Mile. He will receive his
final tune-up in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000
Shadwell Turf Mile, one of five graded stakes races on a strong Keeneland
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who enjoyed success in the Grade 2
Derby two years ago with eventual three-year-old champion Lookin at Lucky,
will seek to land Saturday's $500,000 renewal at Hoosier Park with the
highly-regarded Fed Biz. The Corinthian colt had better bring his running shoes
with him from Southern California as the 1 1/16-mile heat has attracted a deep,
attractive field of 12.
Alternation outbroke the rest of the older male division this year when
capturing his first four starts. After falling behind the pack over the summer,
the Pin Oak homebred will try and re-rally to catch up with the rest of the
divisional heavyweights beginning with Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000
Cup. The 1 1/4-mile test serves as Alternation's final tune-up for the Grade
1 Breeders' Cup Classic.
The fourth edition of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will
feature a "Prevention vs. Reaction" theme when it is held at Keeneland Race
Course in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 16-17.
The countdown to the second British Champions Day at Ascot on October 20 is
now in full swing and the sense of anticipation ahead of British racing's
richest day of the year steps up a gear Wednesday with the publication of the
latest acceptors for the championship finales in each of the five categories of
the British Champions Series.
SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK
World-class racing returns to Keeneland as the 17-day fall race meet opens
Friday. Racing occurs Wednesday through Sunday with the final day of the fall
season on October 27. Post time for the first race each day is 1:05 p.m. (ET).
Animal Kingdom will return to action in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita
on November 3 with a chance to become the first Kentucky Derby winner to go on
to Breeders Cup glory since Unbridled in 1990.
The Breeders' Cup on Tuesday announced the wagering menu and post times for
the 29th Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held November 2-3 at Santa
Anita. This year's wagering menu on the 15 Breeders' Cup races features an
abundance of betting opportunities including two all Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick
Sixes, 10-cent Superfectas, 50-cent Trifectas, Pick 3s, Pick 4s and Pick 5s, a
Ladies' Classic -- Breeders' Cup Classic Daily Double and two Super High 5
As expected, Sunday's Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe will not feature last
year's winner Danedream, but there was another twist as Nathaniel was also ruled
out Tuesday. Just hours after Germany's defending champion was scratched at the
six-day forfeit stage due to the three-month quarantine of all horses based at
the racecourse hit by a case of EIA in Cologne, dual Group 1 winner Nathaniel
also went by the wayside after he was found to have a temperature.
Dawn Approach on Tuesday morning warmed up for his Group 1, £300,000 Dewhurst
engagement with a solid work-out under big-race jockey Kevin Manning. The
unbeaten colt worked in company with fellow Dewhurst entry Leitir Mor over 5 1/2
furlongs at trainer Jim Bolger's Beechy Park in County Carlow.
Ellen M. Charles purchased a Malibu Moon filly for the top price of $300,000
at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's Eastern Fall Yearlings Sale, conducted in Timonium,
Maryland, on Monday. Cataloged as Hip No. 81, the Virginia-bred was consigned by
Charlton (Mr. and Mrs. Rick Abbott), agent for Audley Farm Equine.
In a strange twist of fate Monday, last year's Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de
Triompge heroine Danedream was effectively ruled out of Sunday's renewal at
Longchamp after a case of equine infectious anemia (EIA), or swamp fever, put
Cologne racecourse under immediate quarantine.
Swifty Farms' Pataky Kid, winner of the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity
and undefeated in two starts on Polytrack, worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 on
Monday in preparation for a run in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 Breeders'
Futurity, a "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile to be run
November 3 at Santa Anita.
Breeders' Cup announced Monday that general admission tickets are now
available for purchase online for the 29th Breeders' Cup World Championships on
November 2 and 3 at Santa Anita at
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.
Kauai Katie runs away in Matron
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.
Jockey Perry Ouzts joined an elite group of riders Saturday when he rode
Tanner Me Boy to a two-length victory in Turfway Park's 2ND race to notch his
6,000th career win.
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.
Trained by Mark Johnston, the son of 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic winner
Raven's Pass earned 10 points for the victory. Artigiano, by Distorted Humor,
collected four points for second.
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.
Sarava, winner of the 2002 Belmont Stakes, has been retired to Old Friends,
the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Kentucky.
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.
Trainer Christophe Clement said he hopes a change in race dynamics will help
Summer Front earn his first Grade 1 victory when he competes in the $400,000
Jamaica Handicap on October 6 at Belmont Park.
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.