Sam Houston Race Park has announced a revamped stakes schedule in 2013 which
will include the richest Thoroughbred race in Texas and in track history. The
$400,000 Houston Ladies' Classic is set for January 26 as part of a special
stakes-filled card including the Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup. In
total, the meet will feature 23 stakes races including four new stakes for
Texas-breds paying more than $1.7 million in purses.
BREEDERS' CUP FEATURE
Frankel, in what is expected to be the final start of his remarkable unbeaten
career, Cirrus des Aigles and Nathaniel are all set to contest Europe's richest
10-furlong race, the Group 1, £1.3 million Champion Stakes at Ascot, which could
make it one of the highest-rated races this century.
Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Sky Lantern was confirmed on Monday for
the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, according to trainer
Grade 1-winning millionaire Creative Cause, last seen finishing third in the
May 19 Preakness Stakes, has been retired and will begin his new career as a
stallion at Airdrie Stud, it was announced Monday.
The Maryland Jockey Club has announced that tickets for 2013
Preakness Day went on-sale as of 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday morning. The 138th running
of the Preakness place May 18, 2013 at famed Pimlico Race Course.
Robert Jeffcock's Siyouma, who brought top-class European form to Sunday's
Grade 1, $1,026,822
Taylor Stakes at Woodbine, reigned supreme in the prestigious turf test for
distaffers. Sent off as the 5-2 favorite with Gerald Mosse, the French shipper
kicked clear in the stretch to record her second straight top-level victory,
following the Group 1 Sun Chariot at Newmarket September 29.
Game on Dude headed a parade of heavyweight hopefuls Sunday morning prepping
for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita as the countdown began in earnest for the
28th World Championship events at The Great Race Place on November 2-3.
Leading Breeders' Cup Turf contender Point of Entry (Dynaformer) --
hero of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, Sword Dancer Invitational and
Man o' War, all Grade 1s, in his past three -- logged five-eighths in 1:04 on
Belmont's good inner turf Sunday.
Gary Barber's Delegation went wire-to-wire at Woodbine in the $153,411
The 6-5 favorite paid $4.50, $2.80 and $2.10 to his backers on Sunday and has
now hit the board in all six of his lifetime starts.
Under a crafty Frankie Dettori ride, the globetrotting Joshua Tree wired
Sunday's Grade 1, $1,531,868
International, regaining the title he first won at Woodbine in 2010. The
Marco Botti charge was a troubled runner-up behind the filly Sarah Lynx last
year, but didn't have a straw in his path this time. Joshua Tree joins George
Royal (1965-66) and Majesty's Prince (1982, 1984) as the only two-time Canadian
International winners since the race was switched to turf in 1958.
Hessonite, a troubled fifth in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational on
September 29, remains on target for a title defense run in the $175,000
Ticonderoga on October 20, New York Showcase Day, at Belmont Park.
Three Diamonds Farm's Next Question was overlooked at 16-1 when making his
stakes debut in Sunday's Grade 1, $511,576
Stakes at Woodbine, but the Michael Trombetta charge proved more than up to
the task, and thereby earned an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf
Sprint. After forcing the pace beneath Ramon Dominguez, the New York-bred edged
clear down the lane and repelled English invader Night Carnation by a
Millionaires Musketier and Rahystrada, with a combined 11 graded/group
victories between them, head a field of seven turf marathoners entered for
Thursday's 18th running of the Grade 3, $100,000
Sycamore going 1 1/2 miles on the Keeneland grass.
"Winning a Grade 1 at Keeneland -- it doesn't get any better than that,"
Steve Laymon said Sunday morning, one day after Dayatthespa's front-running,
two-length victory in the 29th edition of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.
Gentildonna has become the first since Apapane in 2010 and fourth in history
to sweep Japan's Triple Crown for fillies. Under jockey Yasunari Iwata, the bay
filly nosed out her archrival Verxina in a breathtaking photo-finish to claim
the final leg, Sunday's Grade 1 Shuka Sho at Kyoto. Both fillies are by Deep
Impact, hero of the 2005 Japanese Triple Crown.
While the Florida Stallion Stakes sweep by jockey Angel Serpa was the lead
story at the 21st annual Festival of the Sun at Calder Race Course on Saturday,
the headlines coming out of the day could be made by Bruce Hollander and Cary
Shapoff's Csaba, the three-year-old colt who put the sword to his rivals when
winning the Tropical Park Derby by 14 lengths.
Lucky Primo just missed by a neck in last year's California Cup Classic at Santa Anita, but returned
23rd running to make
up for that tough beat with a half-length score in the $175,000 contest.
The six-furlong sprint for maiden two-year-olds was declared a no contest by
track stewards as a result of a loose horse running the wrong way up the
homestretch. Spinning Love was away in good order, but as he left the
chute he hesitated and then jumped to his left, over the temporary inside rail,
unseating jockey Alonso Quinonez. He proceeded to run the wrong way along the
inside rail through the clubhouse turn and into the stretch.
Trainer Jimmy Toner notched his second graded stakes win of the day when AJ
Suited Stable's Two Months Rent upset Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000
Derby. Contested in a driving Chicago area rainstorm on soft turf, Two Months
Rent saved ground to the stretch, split rivals to reach contention and wore down
10-1 chance Film Shot to record his initial stakes victory by a head. At 20-1,
Two Months Rent returned $43.20, $16.20 and $7.
Phipps Stable's Boisterous rallied boldly to the lead in the midstretch and
drew clear to two-length decision in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000
Knickerbocker Stakes, capturing the 1 1/8-mile turf affair at Belmont Park
for the second straight year. Now a five-time stakes winner for trainer Shug
McGaughey, the five-year-old horse has earned $646,390 from a 20-8-1-2 career
BREEDERS' CUP FEATURE
Ralph Nabavi's Speak Logistics was never headed en route to a 2 3/4-length
score Saturday on Calder's Festival of the Sun program, going gate-to-wire in
Reality division of the Florida Stallion Stakes series.
Nearly six months after her impressive wire job in the Grade 3 Appalachian
Stakes at Keeneland, Dayatthespa returned to the Lexington, Kentucky, turf and
repeated the feat in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000
Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. The Chad Brown trainee got away with a leisurely
pace for Javier Castellano, quickened stylishly, and extended her 2012 mark to a
Phillips Racing Partnership's La Cloche took down the field in the Grade 3,
Athenia at Belmont on Saturday.
In a virtual replay of the Frances A. Genter one race earlier, Larry Fugate's
Cash Rules just held the late run of Ducduc on the wire of the Grade 3, $100,000
a Buck Handicap on Calder's Festival of the Sun program Saturday.
It's good news, bad news for Mike Machowsky concerning the Breeders' Cup. The
bad news: Caracortado will not make the Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on November
3. The good: Worth Repeating is on course for the Marathon at 1 3/4 miles on
dirt on November 2.
Like the top-class colts Dawn Approach and Reckless Abandon, the juvenile
filly Just the Judge preserved an unbeaten record when she registered a gutsy 1
3/4-length success in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket Saturday.
Dawn Approach made it six out of six when registering a comfortable 2
3/4-length success in Saturday's Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes. Partnered by Kevin
Manning, the 3-10 favorite briefly looked as if he may be in trouble, but showed
a devastating turn of foot in the final furlong to push aside stablemate Leitir
Connections of Madame Giry and Bounding Bi, the top-two finishers in Friday's
Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland, reported their runners came out of the 5
1/2-furlong grass test in good order.
Breeders' Cup Classic hopeful Golden Ticket, dead-heat winner of the Grade 1
Travers two back, turned in his second-straight work at Keeneland on Saturday.
With Danny Ramsey aboard, the Speightstown colt worked five furlongs in 1:00
Three-time classic winner Camelot is scheduled to race on as a four-year-old
next season, Coolmore Stud reiterated via
Saturday. The Montjeu colt just underwent exploratory surgery for colic Thursday
evening, but is recovering well.
Grade 1 Haskell Invitational star Paynter, who underwent intestinal surgery
at New Bolton Center October 3, will be discharged Sunday, owner Ahmed Zayat
reported on Twitter
Friday. Having overcome life-threatening illnesses that have kept him
hospitalized since August 26, the strong-willed colt will now take up residence
at a rehabilitation facility to be announced at 6 p.m. (EDT).
Nutmeg Stable's Madame Giry rallied in the stretch of Friday's $100,000
Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland to post an easy 2 1/2-length victory
under jockey Eddie Castro. The sophomore daughter of Castledale earned her
fifth-straight win when completing 5 1/2 furlongs on the firm turf in 1:03 for
trainer Cam Gambolati.
Clive Cox's star juvenile Reckless Abandon is looking to extend his unbeaten
record to five in the Group 1, £150,000 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on
The entries for Sunday's Grade 1, C$1.5 million
International are dominated by Europeans, both quantitatively and
qualitatively. Seven of the 11 contenders are based on the other side of the
pond, including the Aidan O'Brien-trained Imperial Monarch; 2010 Canadian
International winner Joshua Tree; Wigmore Hall, two-for-two in his previous
visits to Woodbine; and Reliable Man, last year's Group 1 French Derby hero. The
North American team comprises Al Khali, Air Support, Prince Will I Am and an
ex-European in Forte dei Marmi.
Group 2 star Dream Peace, who was third in a three-way photo in last year's
Taylor Stakes, looks for a breakthrough in Sunday's renewal of the C$1
million prize at Woodbine. A French raider here 12 months ago, the well-bred
daughter of Dansili is now an emigre who resides in the Chad Brown barn. To
accomplish her mission, Dream Peace must fend off a formidable European invasion
spearheaded by her former compatriot Siyouma, England's Barefoot Lady and
Ireland's Princess Highway.
Three-time European classic hero Camelot has come through exploratory surgery
for colic in good order, according to Coolmore Stud's
Fair Grounds Race Course will begin accepting Clubhouse and box seat
reservations for the 141st Thoroughbred racing season on October 22, one month
prior to the traditional opening on Thanksgiving Day, November 22.
Spendthrift Farm's homebred Moonwalk lived up to her name on Thursday in the
Grade 3, $150,000
Jessamine by slipping through on the inside to score a nose victory under
jockey Corey Lanerie. The Dale Romans trainee just held as Kitten's Point
rallied late on the outside, but managed to hold on while finishing 1 1/16 miles
on the firm Keeneland turf in 1:45.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced Thursday that several
industry groups, including 13 prominent breeding farms in Kentucky, The Jockey
Club, two racetracks of the Stronach Group, the California Retirement Management
Account (CARMA), Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton, Barretts Equine Limited
and Ocala Breeders' Sales Company (OBS), have developed plans to provide funds
beginning in 2013 to support the TAA's mission to accredit and raise funds for
Thoroughbred aftercare facilities.
John Scott, who appears to have found a new lease on life at age five, heads
a competitive eight-horse field in Saturday's $175,000
California Cup Classic, a race which headlines Santa Anita's 23rd annual Cal
Cup Day for horses bred or foaled in the Golden State.
Calder will present a stakes-filled afternoon of racing as part of the 21st
annual Festival of the Sun on Saturday that will feature the conclusion of the
lucrative Florida Stallion Stakes series, with both the $300,000
Division and its juvenile filly counterpart, the $300,000
Girl Division, to be run over 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
Keeneland and Woodbine Entertainment Group were declared co-winners of this
year's Simulcast Award at the International Simulcast Conference in Clearwater
Beach, Florida. The award gives both tracks the distinction of becoming
five-time winners of the prestigious contest. The crystal trophies were
sponsored by Post Time Technologies.
Grade 1 winners Samitar and Stephanie's Kitten headline a field of eight
sophomore fillies entered for Saturday's 29th running of the Grade 1, $400,000
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.
SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK
Keeneland racing secretary Ben Huffman expects at least eight names, with the
possibility of a couple more, to be in the entry box Wednesday for Saturday's
29th running of the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at 1 1/8 miles on
the turf for three-year-old fillies.