Martin S. Schwartz's Samitar was a rough-trip third in her American debut in
the Grade 2 Lake George at Saratoga, but the Irish classic winner had a much
cleaner opportunity in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000
City Stakes at Belmont Park. Under a textbook stalk-and-pounce ride by Ramon
Dominguez, the 4-5 favorite struck the front in midstretch and fended off the
rallying Somali Lemonade by a measured head.
It was a good day at Woodbine Saturday for trainer Mark Casse, who saddled
Spring Venture and Spring in the Air, both daughters of Spring at Last, to a 1-2
finish in the Grade 2, $270,444
for two-year-old fillies.
Well-regarded juvenile Toronado maintained his unbeaten record with a game
front-running performance in Saturday's Group 2 Champagne Stakes on the St Leger
undercard at Doncaster.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien reflected on beaten Triple Crown hopeful Camelot, who
suffered his first career loss in Saturday's Group 1 St Leger. Held up off the
pace as usual by his son Joseph O'Brien, the 2-5 favorite had to wait for room
in the stretch, but couldn't kick as strongly as the victorious Encke and
settled for second.
"We are probably not going to be the most popular winner on Town Moor today,"
Racing Manager Simon Crisford admitted, "but from our point of view it was a
fantastic result, giving Godolphin its sixth St Leger success."
Godolphin's unheralded Encke stunned 2-5 favorite Camelot Sept. 15 in the St. Leger (Eng-I) at Doncaster, denying the hitherto unbeaten colt's historic quest for the English Triple Crown.
Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Kentucky, has
welcomed new retiree Dancin' Renee, a Grade 3-winning mare and 1997's New York
Horse of the Year.
The latest developments in medical and technological research that may
improve the welfare, health and safety of jockeys was set to be presented at an
international conference this Saturday and Sunday at Monmouth Park.
Multiple Grade 1 winners Dullahan and Little Mike posted separate
five-furlong workouts on Saturday at Churchill Downs in preparation for upcoming
starts at Belmont Park.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott expressed his satisfaction Saturday morning
after Ron the Greek and Flat Out turned in "very good" works at Saratoga in
preparation for the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on September
American stand-out Wise Dan and international Group 1 performer Cityscape
clash in Sunday's Grade 1, C$1 million
Woodbine Mile. The valuable prize has served as a major stepping stone to
the Breeders' Cup Mile, a status further recognized by its designation as a "Win
and You're In" event.
Sunday's Woodbine Mile program features three other graded stakes -- the
Grade 1, C$500,000
Northern Dancer Turf; the Grade 2, C$300,000
Stakes; and the Grade 3, $150,000
Godolphin's Certify justified 4-6 favoritism in Friday's Group 2 May Hill
Stakes for juvenile fillies at Doncaster, just getting up to edge Purr Along by
a head to remain unbeaten. The pair came eight lengths clear of third-placer
Light Up My Life.
Trainer John Dunlop, who announced Thursday that he will be retiring at the
end of the season, saddled the winner of Friday's Group 2 Doncaster Cup -- who
was somewhat ironically named Times Up.
Woodbine kicks off a terrific weekend of turf stakes with a pair of Grade 2
events for Breeders' Cup-aspiring two-year-olds on Saturday. The C$250,000
Stakes is a "Win and You're In" event for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf,
while its companion race, the C$250,000
Stakes, offers a berth to the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Each is contested at a
Trainer Bill Kaplan confirmed Friday that 2011 champion female sprinter
Musical Romance will make her next start at Belmont Park in the Grade 2,
$200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap on September 22. The Gallant Bloom is run at 6
Arlington Park and all Illinois Trackside Off-Track Betting locations will
unveil their new handicapping contest, "The Eliminator," on September 22. The
contest allows players to earn a share of a $250 weekly prize, move on to
subsequent rounds and eventually to the November 10 finals where the grand prize
will be $1,000.
The Jockey Club on Friday reported that 2,620 stallions covered 39,838 mares
in North America during 2011, according to statistics compiled through September
10, 2012. These breedings have resulted in 22,500 live foals of 2012 being
reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of September 10,
John Dunlop, one of Britain's longest-serving and most respected trainers, has
announced that he will retire at the end of the season. Doncaster Racecourse
will make a presentation to Dunlop Friday to mark his achievements at the home
of the final classic, the Group 1 St Leger.
Apart from Camelot's attempt to become the 16th colt to win the English
Triple Crown and the first since Nijinsky in 1970, the Group 1 St Leger could
produce a statistic unique in Turf history. Victory in Saturday's race would
make Aidan O'Brien the first trainer to win all five British classics in a
The English Triple Crown comprises the Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas over
Newmarket's straight mile in early May, the Group 1 Derby over Epsom's
switchback 1 1/2 miles in June and the Group 1 St Leger over Doncaster's
sweeping extended 1 3/4 miles in September. To win all three a horse must own
speed, stamina, soundness and durability as well as class.
Rider Tom Queally praised his mount Wild Coco's battling qualities after she
powered through the field to overhaul clear leader Estimate in the straight and
win Thursday's Group 2 Park Hill Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths.
As one of Chicago's oldest stakes races, the tradition-rich
Arlington-Washington Futurity was first run more than 80 years ago and -- as its
name implies -- it is a hopeful harbinger of things to come for any horse
fortunate enough to win it.
Grade 2 winner Trinniberg returned to the Calder work tab Wednesday morning
to put forth his first morning move since a disappointing ninth-place finish in
the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga, drilling a half-mile bullet in :47 over a
track listed as wet-fast.
Samitar didn't have the easiest of trips when falling a neck short in the
Grade 2 Lake George in her U.S. debut. The Irish classic winner will have an
opportunity to make amends when she faces six other three-year-old fillies in
Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000
City over nine furlongs on the inner turf at Belmont Park.
Rahystrada will return to Kentucky Downs in good form Saturday, dead-heating
for third in the Grade 1 Arlington Million most recently, and figures to be a
strong favorite as he goes for a second straight victory in the Grade 3,
Kentucky Turf Cup. The multiple Grade 3-winning millionaire posted a 3
3/4-length score last year in the 1 1/2-mile affair over the undulating,
European-style turf course.
Worthadd, a well-travelled son of Dubawi, will make his first appearance in
North America in Sunday's Grade 1, C$1 million Woodbine Mile.
The highlight on day two of the St Leger Festival, Ladies Day Thursday, is
the Group 2 £80,000 Park Hill Stakes over an extended mile and six furlongs. The
contest, sometimes referred to as the 'fillies' St Leger,' will see nine runners
go to post headed by Sir Henry Cecil's impressive Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes
scorer Wild Coco. The four-year-old will clash again with The Queen's Royal
Ascot heroine Estimate and Hazel Lavery, trained by Charlie Hills, who were
third and ninth, respectively, in the Lillie Langtry.
A maximum of 10 opponents could try to end Camelot's quest for the English
Triple Crown in Saturday's Group 1 St Leger at Doncaster, the world's oldest
Grade 1 Haskell Invitational hero Paynter appears to be getting the upper
hand in his battle against laminitis, owner
Ahmed Zayat reported
in an encouraging series of tweets on Monday. The star three-year-old has been
hospitalized since August 26, initially with a critical case of colitis,
followed by the complication of laminitis, but he has been making a remarkable
Juddmonte Farms' Cityscape, a British-bred son of Selkirk, will try to give
his owner a second win in the Woodbine Mile when he goes postward Sunday in the
Grade 1, C$1 million Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' event.
The undefeated Camelot goes for English Triple Crown glory in the Group 1 St
Leger at Doncaster on Saturday.
Buyers from across the United States and around the world will converge upon
Keeneland for the opening of its prestigious September Yearling Sale on Monday.
Dolphus Morrison's Gold Edge, heroine of Saturday's Grade 3
Arlington-Washington Lassie at Chicago's northwest suburban oval, came out of
her race in good order and was doing well Sunday morning, according to trainer
When Bombaguia was headed by Air Support at the wire in Saturday's Grade 2
Bowling Green, it marked the third consecutive time trainer John Kimmel wound up
on the losing side of a photo in a stakes.
Samitar, winner of the Group 1 Irish One Thousand Guineas, was previously trained by Mick Channon,
who sent the filly out for her North American debut in the Grade 2 Lake George
Stakes on July 25 at Saratoga, a race Brown watched with interest.
The three-year-old Rock of Gibraltar filly endured an eventful trip and was third in
a blanket finish where less than 1 1/2 lengths separated the top six.
Stonestreet Stables' homebred Dreaming of Julia romped by an eye-popping 16
1/4 lengths in Sunday's $83,300
Star Stakes at Belmont Park, serving up a ferocious case of
what-might-have-been. Exactly one week ago, the smashing debut winner had been
withdrawn from last Sunday's Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga, where her
entrymate Teen Pauline could do no better than a tiring third. The unambiguous
result of the Meadow Star begs the question of how Dreaming of Julia would have
handled the Spinaway.
Jockey Junior Alvarado was released from North Shore University Hospital late
Saturday evening with a non-displaced fracture of his right clavicle, according
to the jockey advocate for the New York Racing Association (NYRA).
Groupie Doll entered Saturday's Grade 2, $400,600
Presque Isle Downs Master off a more than four-month break, having last been
seen taking the Grade 1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on May 5. That didn't
stop the Bowman's Band filly from running down It's Me Mom in the lane and
pulling away for a 3 3/4-length score under jockey Rajiv Maragh.
Delaunay took Saturday's $50,000
Temperence Hill at Louisiana Downs gate-to-wire, holding off the
heavy 1-5 post time favorite and Grade 2 winner Gantry. The race was one of five
stakes on the undercard of the Grade 2 Super Derby.
Grade 1 hero Wise Dan will arrive at Woodbine on Friday morning ready to run
in the Grade 1, $1-million Woodbine Mile on September 16 over the E.P Taylor
Stuart Janney III's homebred Air Support found his best stride late in
Saturday's Grade 2, $196,000
Bowling Green Stakes, overhauling pacesetter Bombaguia for a head decision
in the opening-day feature at Belmont Park. The Shug McGaughey-trained colt
returned to the win column after dropping his first five outings this season,
adding the Bowling Green to victories in the Grade 2 Virginia Derby and Grade 3
Transylvania Stakes last year.
Anamoine Ltd's sensational five-year-old mare Snow Fairy defeated favored
Nathaniel by 1 1/4 lengths, with St Nicholas Abbey third, in Saturday's 1
1/2-mile, Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. In the process, the
Intikhab mare earned an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Turf through the
Breeders' Cup Challenge series.
Sendmylovetorose came out of the bottom of the
barrel at just ?5,000 at the sales and was lucky to escape serious injury in the stalls at
Royal Ascot, but she
has proven herself worthy of pole position at the top table by hard graft and
Sunday's Group 1
Moyglare Stud at The Curragh could be her crowning glory.
Former Arlington Park mainstay Garrett Gomez made a winning return to his old
stomping grounds Saturday when guiding Swifty Farms' Pataky Kid to a convincing
score in the Grade 3, $150,000
Dolphus Morrison's homebred Gold Edge won Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000
Arlington-Washington Lassie as a surprising 10-1 chance despite having won
the one-mile race's local prep, the seven-furlong Lisa M, as an 8-5 favorite
five weeks earlier.
Bourbon Lane Stable and Wayne Lynn's Bourbon Courage bided his time in the
rear of Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000
Derby at Louisiana Downs before coming with a four-wide rally rounding the
second turn and drawing off for a five-length victory under jockey Leandro
Goncalves. The Kellyn Gorder-trained sophomore was making only his sixth career
start in the 1 1/8-mile contest, and stopped the clock in 1:51 2/5 on the fast
At first glance, Thursday's
3RD-race triumph by the David Braddy-trained Feel So Good appeared to be
little more than a non-descript midweek maiden-claiming victory at Calder, but
the tremors that emanated from that win were felt from south Florida to east
Asia as the gelding made Korean racing history by becoming the first Korean-bred
horse to win a race outside its homeland.