After finishing runner-up to Gentildonna in all three legs of Japan's Triple Crown for fillies, Verxina appeared ready to escape her archrival's shadow at last in Sunday's Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup. But even the absence of Gentildonna, who is bound instead for the Grade 1 Japan Cup, couldn't cure Verxina's seconditis. Sent off as the clear favorite at Kyoto, Verxina again played second fiddle, this time to the longshot Rainbow Dahlia, on the yielding going.
The long-anticipated career debut of Eblouissante, the three-year-old half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, is at last set for Friday's 4TH race at Hollywood Park. Trained by John Shirreffs, like her famous half-sibling, Eblouissante will be ridden by Corey Nakatani in the 1 1/16-mile maiden on Cushion Track.
Eliska Kubinova, a riding sensation this year at Emerald Downs and Portland Meadows, was scheduled to make her Hollywood Park debut Sunday aboard Valeria in the 9TH race for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs.
First-time stakes winners Meeker Avenue and Kelli Got Frosty highlighted Saturday's duo of the New York Stallion Series Stakes at Aqueduct for two-year-olds.
The Maryland Jockey Club honored jockey Mario Pino with a winners' circle presentation Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park. The rider moved into the top 10 on the North American all-time win list earlier this fall.
Sportswriter, already a winner of a New York Stallion Stakes on the turf, will try to win his first NYSS on the dirt when he competes in Wednesday's $100,000 Thunder Rumble division at Aqueduct.
James Miller's Daisy Devine captured the Grade 3, $111,500 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday in thrilling fashion. The Andrew McKeever trainee went gate-to-wire, holding off Julie's Love in the stretch to win by a head.
Saturday's 11th Florida Million Day at Calder offered eight stakes totaling $1 million in purses for Florida-breds and the highlights included an easy victory by Cash Rules and successful title defenses from My Pal Chrisy and Bad Debt.
With first-hand knowledge of how the Aqueduct turf course plays when it's wet, Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado was an indispensable ally for Juddmonte Farms' homebred Starformer in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Long Island Handicap.
While Sam-Son Farms celebrated its sixth victory in the $249,576 Coronation Futurity, trainer Malcolm Pierce got the trophy in the 1 1/8-mile contest for the first time on Saturday when Up With the Birds rallied from last to score by 3 1/2 lengths under a hand ride.
Highlighting the list of more than 100 horses who recorded published workouts at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning was Take Charge Indy, Bourbon Courage and Cease. The trio of stakes winners is being pointed to the Grade 1 Clark Handicap on November 23.
Trainer Mark Casse said Friday that Pool Play will be pointed to the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on November 23, but the seven-year-old son of Silver Deputy might not be the only Clark starter from the Casse barn. Stealcase and Delegation are also under consideration.
Finalists for the 22nd annual Cartier Racing Awards, European horseracing's equivalent of the Oscars, were revealed Friday. The nine awards will be announced and presented during a ceremony before an invited audience of 300 at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England, on the evening of November 13.
The Maryland Jockey Club today unveiled the 2013 Preakness logo for the 138th running of the $1,000,000 Preakness Stakes, which is set for May 18, 2013 at Pimlico Race Course.
Mike Lauffer, Bill Cubbedge and Phillips Racing Partnership's Shackleford, winner of the 2011 Preakness, is scheduled to be available for inspection at Darby Dan Farm on Friday through Sunday, but Thursday will not be the last day at the track for the chestnut colt. Shackleford is scheduled to return to Churchill Downs at the beginning of next week and could make his final career start in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap on November 23.
Trainer John Sadler, who guided multiple Grade 1 victress Switch through a career that saw her earn $1.4 million, was proud as a peacock when the Quiet American five-year-old mare was sold Monday at the Fasig-Tipson select mixed sale for $4.3 million.
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile hero Tapizar will enter stud in 2013 at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Kentucky, it was announced Thursday. Bred and raced by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Asmussen, Tapizar will become the first Grade 1 winner by top sire Tapit to stand at Gainesway, where he will stand alongside his sire.
Hit It Rich ended her 2011 campaign with her first graded stakes win in the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct. The gray mare will try and end 2012 on a similar note when the $150,000 fixture over 1 3/8 miles on turf is renewed Saturday.
Undefeated Matchmadeinheaven goes for her fourth straight stakes victory Sunday when she takes on six other two-year-old fillies in the $125,000 Fifth Avenue division of the New York Stallion Series at Aqueduct.
Churchill Downs will host the "Parade of Breeders' Cup Champions" on Sunday and while it is sure to be a unique and one-of-a-kind event for fans, the trainers of the top horses also are looking forward to the special ceremony.
Sam-Son Farm will be represented by two sons of Stormy Atlantic -- Up With the Birds and His Race to Win -- in Saturday's C$250,000 Coronation Futurity, at Woodbine.
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has canceled live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack on Thursday following a nor'easter that passed through the region Wednesday and left behind several inches of wet snow.
Title defenses in the $125,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup by Bad Debt and the $150,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff by My Pal Chrisy highlight the 11th Florida Million Day at Calder on Saturday, an afternoon featuring eight stakes restricted to registered Florida-bred horses and named in honor of Florida racing dignitaries totaling $1 million in purse money.
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Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire PURE CLAN (Pure Prize) brought a session-topping $4.5 million from Brazilian Goncalo Torrealba of Stud TNT at Wednesday's second session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. The seven-year-old mare, who was listed in foal to Bernardini, entered the ring as Hip No. 279 from the Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent, consignment.
Yogi Berra's "it was deja vu all over again" was never truer than during the 2012 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge at Santa Anita on Saturday. Defending champion Patrick McGoey staged another improbable last race comeback to defeat last year's second-place finisher Christian Hellmers to win the tournament and $255,341.
Five of the seven Breeders' Cup winners with Churchill Downs ties will be paraded at the home of the Kentucky Derby between races on Sunday.
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Daisy Devine will be a strong favorite to win her third stakes of the year in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs, a nine-furlong grass test which has attracted a field of nine fillies and mares.
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has canceled live racing at Aqueduct on Wednesday due to forecast rain and high winds. Racing is scheduled to resume Thursday.
Lane's End Farm, in Versailles, Kentucky, released their 2013 stud fees on Monday. All contracts carry a live foal guarantee and are payable when the foal stands and nurses.
PLUM PRETTY (Medaglia d'Oro), winner of last year's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap in April, brought a final bid $4.2 million at Tuesday's opening session of the 2012 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. The winning bidder was Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm, which bought reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace (Saint Liam) for $10 million Monday night at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale.
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Hollywood Park will begin its 32nd Autumn Meet Thursday, with post time at 12:30 p.m. (PST). Scheduled for 24 days through December 16, the meet is highlighted by four Grade 1 events and the annual Autumn Turf Festival (November 23-25).
Fair Grounds is asking fans for help naming a race that is new to the 2012-13 stakes schedule. The winner of the "Name the Stakes Race" contest will present the trophy to the winning connections after the inaugural running and enjoy lunch for four in the Clubhouse, a replica of the trophy and a $100 win bet.
Net revenues from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2012 declined 1 percent, or $1.5 million, to $164.9 million compared to the same period of the prior year. Third quarter EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) declined to $21.3 million, from $43.0 million, during the third quarter of 2011. Net earnings from continued operations for the period were $6.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share, a decrease of 70 percent from net earnings from continued operations of $19.7 million, or $1.16 per diluted common share, during the third quarter of 2011. The decline in EBITDA and net earnings was predominately the result of the $19.3 million in Illinois Horse Racing Equity Trust Fund payments that were received in the third quarter of 2011.
Hansen, the champion two-year-old colt of 2011, has been purchased to stand at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky.
On the wings of a sensational two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships, Santa Anita's 24-day Autumn Meet ended on an upbeat note Sunday as overall handle on Santa Anita races was up 2 percent compared to last year and on-track attendance (excluding November 2-3) was up 1 percent.
Trainer Ian Wilkes had a not-so-surprising revelation Sunday morning, a little more than 12 hours after Fort Larned's front-running victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.
Deal, Lowe and Silver's well-traveled Rhythm of Light was last seen landing the September 1 International Istanbul Trophy at Veliefendi Racecourse. Patiently handled by Garrett Gomez, the four-year-old daughter of Beat Hollow loped along near the rear of the field early in her U.S. debut.
Powered by victories on Royal Delta in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic and Mizdirection in the Breeders' Cup Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith has won the Bill Shoemaker Award as the most outstanding jockey of the 29th Breeders' Cup World Championships, held November 2-3 at Santa Anita Park.
Richard Mandella reported all was well with his Breeders' Cup trio Sunday morning and that they all had earned a bit of vacation. Beholder captured the Juvenile Fillies while stablemates Jimmy Creed ran ninth in the Sprint and Rumor filled the fifth spot in the Filly & Mare Sprint.
Trainer Shivananda Parbhoo said that Breeders' Cup Sprint victor Trinniberg came out of his three-quarters of a length victory over The Lumber Guy on Saturday in good order and opened the door to a return trip to Santa Anita next year.
The first of three flights carrying most of the European Breeders' Cup team of two dozen horses left Santa Anita Sunday morning for LAX International Airport, according to Alastair Donald, managing director of the International Racing Bureau, the first contingent with Ireland's Coolmore team of eight runners trained by Aidan O'Brien.
Trainer Todd Pletcher left for his return trip to the East Coast early Sunday morning. Assistant trainer Mike McCarthy said that all of the Pletcher horses were fine after participating in the Breeders' Cup.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who had high hopes and 10 horses to run in the two-day Breeders' Cup events, was an 0-fer for the weekend, but still managed to smile and put a philosophical turn to things Sunday morning at Clockers' Corner.