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
Not only did John Oxley's Spring in the Air pass the test in Friday's Grade
Alcibiades at Keeneland, but so did bettors who made her the mild 4-1
favorite in a wide-open field of 14 juvenile fillies. Under Patrick Husbands,
the daughter of Spring At Last weaved her way through the field from the second
tier, angled out approaching the stretch, and closed with a rush to overtake
Magical Moon and go on to win by a length. Spring in the Air returned $10.60, $6
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Sum of the Parts grabbed command
early in Friday's Grade 3, $175,000
Stakes on Keeneland's opening day and never looked back en route to a 1
1/4-length victory under jockey Julien Leparoux. The Tom Amoss trainee beat
older horses in the six-furlong sprint when stopping the clock in 1:09 4/5 over
Postponed 24 hours in order for Belmont Park's inner turf to dry out
following recent wet weather, the Grade 3, $150,000
and Grade 3, $150,000
Grillo now highlight Belmont Park's special Columbus Day program on Monday.
With the possibility of a somewhat surprising appearance by Pinnacle Racing
Stable and trainer Bill Kaplan's Eclipse Award winner Musical Romance in the
$55,000 Mike Sherman Memorial Stakes, the complexion of Saturday's 6 1/2-furlong
filly and mare sprint at Calder Race Course could change drastically once
scratches are in.
Uncaptured will put his unbeaten record on the line against six rivals in
Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000
at Woodbine. An impressive 3 1/4-length winner of the September 9 Swynford
Stakes in his last outing, the Mark Casse trainee will make his first start at
two turns as he preps for a possible start in the November 3 Breeders' Cup
Juvenile at Santa Anita. Regular rider Patrick Husbands will be up on the dark
bay son of Lion Heart.
The 27th Jim McKay Maryland Million, a festive homecoming for Marylanders,
attracted 106 entrants to the 11-race program which will be presented Saturday
at Laurel Park. First post for the $1.05 million day is 12:35 p.m. (EDT).
Tiz Miz Sue has been keeping company this summer with the top fillies on the
East Coast, but when she arrived at Keeneland Wednesday morning for Sunday's
Grade 1, $500,000
Spinster after vanning from Monmouth Park, there was no Royal Delta or Love
and Pride in sight.
Shanghai Bobby will look to continue his dominance of the East Coast juvenile
division on Saturday while taking on some familiar faces as well as a few
newcomers in the Grade 1, $400,000
Champagne at Belmont Park. The Harlan's Holiday colt brings a perfect
three-for-three mark into the one-mile contest, and will try to use the race as
a springboard to Breeders' Cup Juvenile glory and year-end championship honors.
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 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.
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.
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.