Marketing Mix won last year's Grade 2 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs after
finishing second in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland,
and Centre Court will try to follow in her footsteps in Saturday night's 1
1/16-mile event for three-year-old fillies.
Led by morning-line favorite Goldencents, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint
winner Hightail and Grade 2 victor Bern Identity, a strong field of nine
juveniles has been assembled for Saturday's 10th running of the Grade 3, $1
Downs Jackpot. The winner will garner 10 points toward a possible starting
position in next year's Kentucky Derby on the new "Road to the Kentucky Derby"
Hip No. 3094, the juvenile filly STORM CROSSING (Tiznow), brought a winning
bid of $75,000 from Ashview Farm to top Wednesday's ninth session of the
Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. Consigned by
Lane's End, agent, the Kentucky-bred bay lass was sold as a racing or broodmare
Trainer Graham Motion developed a plan that almost landed his charge Animal
Kingdom an historic victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile in the colt's first start
in 259 days. Team Valor International CEO Barry Irwin termed the second-place
finish to Horse of the Year candidate Wise Dan "a great feat of horsemanship."
Santa Anita, which will embark upon its 76th winter/spring meeting on
December 26, has announced it will offer a total of 41 graded stakes over the
course of its 71-day meet, beginning with the opening day Malibu and La Brea
which will serve as the first of nine Grade 1 events. Both stakes will offer
purses of $300,000 and will be run at seven furlongs.
Centre Court, who developed into one of the nation's leading three-year-old
grass fillies over the summer after belatedly breaking her maiden during the
Churchill Downs spring meet, returns to that venue for Saturday's Grade 2,
Mrs. Revere. Although she will have to face 11 rivals, Centre Court figures
to be a strong favorite in the 1 1/16-mile test that highlights the lone "Downs
After Dark" program of the Fall Meet.
Both Sportswriter and Sunny Desert were sent off the prohibitive favorites in
their respective divisions of the New York Stallion Series Stakes (NYSS) on
Wednesday at Aqueduct, and each one fulfilled their backers' faith with wins.
Saturday's Grade 1, $100,000
Cup, the 2 3/4-mile fixture at Springdale Racecourse in Camden, South
Carolina, is the last major contest of the 2012 steeplechase season and often
plays a role in deciding the year's Eclipse Award winner. However, it was
announced last week that leading divisional earner Pierrot Lunaire, who captured
both the Grade 1 Grand National and Grade 1 Lonesome Glory this fall, would skip
the Colonial Cup.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Wednesday that Repole Stable's Overanalyze, a
pre-entrant for Saturday's Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, is now being
pointed to the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs on November 24 as
part of the Stars of Tomorrow II program.
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Groupie Doll was scheduled to go to
trainer Buff Bradley's farm in Frankfort, Kentucky, earlier this week, but plans
changed and the four-year-old filly daughter of Bowman's Band remained at
Churchill Downs to prepare for a possible start in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at
Aqueduct on November 24.
Only four days remain until Delta Downs' richest and most important race of the year,
Saturday's Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot, and an exciting group of young
horses are making their way to the Bayou State for the $1 million event.
There will be a special early post time on Jackpot Day of 1:15 p.m. (CST), with
the Delta Downs Jackpot scheduled for 4:15 p.m.
The milestone 100th Louisiana Derby on March 30 is poised to be the biggest
in track history with the creation of Infield Festival, a new entertainment
experience at Fair Grounds to be headlined by native New Orleans rockers Cowboy
Mouth. Details of the Infield Festival, which will also feature the largest food
truck gathering in the city and exclusive VIP areas, were announced Tuesday by
Fair Grounds officials at a press conference in the winner's circle.
Churchill Downs is introducing a new Section 110 seating and hospitality
venue for the 2013 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks that offers the historic
track's first stadium-type seating, hospitality highlighted by limitless food
and drink and a first-turn Clubhouse location that provides the track's most
breathtaking view of its iconic Twin Spires.
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
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.
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.
James Miller's Daisy Devine captured the Grade 3, $111,500
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Turf Cup by Bad Debt and the $150,000
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.
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,
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