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.
Belmont Park will host a pair of Grade 3 turf stakes Saturday, with Grade 2
winner Boisterous returning for a title defense in the $150,000
Knickerbocker and multiple stakes queen Dealbata highlighting the field in
Athenia. Both events are scheduled for the inner turf.
Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' In Lingerie came out of her
two-length victory in Sunday's Grade 1 Spinster in good order, according to
Michael Dilger, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.
Despite losing his footing briefly, Keith Brackpool's Gervinho rallied in
time to deny Den's Legacy by a half-length in Monday's $100,000
Beach Stakes at Santa Anita. The unbeaten colt thus emerged as a candidate
for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf over the same course and one-mile distance.
Riley Racing Stables' Flashy Ways rolled past the leaders turning into the
stretch and kicked away in Monday's $100,000
Girl Stakes at Santa Anita, propelling herself into the picture for the
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Exciting two-year-old Moohaajim remains on course for the Group 1, £150,000
Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Future Champions Day, Saturday, after
exercising this morning during a media visit to Marco Botti's Green Ridge
Stables in Newmarket.
Not long after Noble Tune demolished the field in Monday's Grade 3 Pilgrim at
Belmont Park, fellow Chad Brown trainee Watsdachances rallied boldly between
foes to capture the companion race for fillies, the Grade 3, $150,000
Grillo Stakes, to complete a double for the barn. Like her stablemate,
Watsdachances justified 6-5 favoritism, and earned an automatic Breeders' Cup
berth -- in her case, to the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Keeneland will welcome Olympian and Lexington, Kentucky, native Tyson Gay to
the races on Sunday for a special salute. Gay is a triple world champion, an
American record holder and the second-fastest man in history. He earned a silver
medal at the 2012 London Olympic games as part of the 4x 100-meter relay team.
A cross country trip, a two-man stroll from Lexington to Louisville and
a 50-person relay from Keeneland to Churchill Downs...what do these three things
have in common? They are all ways the Paulick Report and Breeders' Cup Charities
have teamed up over the last three years to raise nearly $250,000 for several
great causes in combination with Thoroughbred racing's annual World
Woman Stakes at Santa Anita was supposed to be a launching pad to the
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint for the unbeaten Winding Way, but instead it
was Ramona Bass, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Rumor who might have
punched her ticket to the big dance.
Balance the Books broke last and picked off all 11 horses on his way to
glory in the eventful Grade 3, $150,000
at Keeneland on Sunday. The son of Lemon Drop Kid went off as the heavy 4-5
favorite and managed to overcome being bumped in the stretch to pay $3.80, $2.80
and $2.40 to his backers.
Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' In Lingerie proved best on
Sunday when taking on nine rivals in the Grade 1, $500,000
at Keeneland. The Todd Pletcher pupil saved ground along the rail while biding
her time just behind the front-running Juanita on the backstretch before putting
in her winning move in the stretch to be two lengths clear of Mystical Star on
The Nick Gonzalez trainee tracked the front-running Five Iron through
fractions of :24 2/5, :48 4/5 and 1:12 3/5, then drove to the front beneath
Eurico Da Silva in the stretch. Tesseron made a big move on the turn and loomed
boldly, but could not get past River Seven, who was three-quarters of a length
on top while finishing 1 1/16 Polytrack miles in 1:43 4/5.
It's official. There will be no Breeders' Cup for Acclamation this year.
Trainer Don Warren confirmed speculation that the 2011 Eclipse Award winner as
outstanding older male would not make the championship events at Santa Anita on
Favored Dullahan's distaste for the less-than-firm going in Saturday's
Jamaica Handicap proved to be his undoing as he came home fifth in his attempt
to add a Grade 1 on the turf to his trio of Grade 1 victories over synthetic
surfaces, trainer Dale Romans said Sunday morning.
Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group's Grace Hall took the
lead from Eden's Moon in Saturday's Grade 2, $205,600
Indiana Oaks at Hoosier Park and never looked back en route to a 5
3/4-length score under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. The Tony Dutrow-trained
daughter of Empire Maker was sent off the 4-5 favorite and returned $3.80 and
$2.20 for completing 1 1/16 miles on the good dirt in 1:41 4/5.
Pegram, Watson and Weitman's Coil rallied to the lead in midstretch and
gamely withstood the late bid of stablemate Capital Account in Saturday's Grade
Anita Sprint Championship, providing trainer Bob Baffert with a one-two
finish in the six-furlong event formerly known as the Ancient Title. Winner of
the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at nine furlongs last year, the versatile colt
has redefined his image at age four, establishing himself as a top contender for
the November 3 Breeders' Cup Sprint over the same Santa Anita track.
Jockey Nick Petro and his mount Not Abroad saw an inviting opening along the
rail as they circled the far turn in Saturday's $142,500
Maryland Million Classic on Laurel Park's Jim McKay Maryland Million
program. They galloped through the gaping hole, came out with a clear lead and
drew off to win over the fast main track.
Making his first start off the $35,000 claim for Mike Maker, Scarlet Stable's
King David sprang a 28-1 upset in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000
Handicap at Belmont Park, shocking such accomplished rivals as Summer Front,
Cogito and Dullahan.
Fanticola and Scardino's Obviously turned in another terrific front-running
effort in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000
Seco Mile at Santa Anita. Aside from remaining perfect from three starts at
the distance, the Mike Mitchell charge burnished his credentials for the
Breeders' Cup Mile over this same course.
Eclipse Award contender Wise Dan came out of his Grade 1 Woodbine Mile
heroics in such fine fettle that trainer Charles Lopresti didn't want to keep
him in the barn until the Breeders' Cup. Thus Morton Fink's homebred was entered
in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000
Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, and judging by how he crushed the
opposition once again, it's clear why Lopresti couldn't hold him down.
A. Stevens Miles Jr.'s homebred Neck 'n Neck closed strongly in Saturday's
Grade 2, $513,600
Derby, rallying down the center of the track to post a one-length victory in
the 1 1/16-mile test at Hoosier Park. With new jockey Brian Hernandez up, the
Ian Wilkes-trained colt was off as the 9-2 third choice among 11 rivals and
returned payoffs of $11.20, $4.80 and $2.80 to his supporters.
Frank L. Jones Jr.'s homebred Tapitsfly got up to take the Grade 1, $350,000
Lady Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday and in the process gained a measure of
revenge over rival Daisy Devine, who held her to third when capturing the Grade
1 Jenny Wiley during Keeneland's spring meet. Daisy Devine had a clear lead in
the stretch of the First Lady, but Tapitsfly lived up to her name when swooping
in late to finish a mile on the firm turf in 1:35 2/5.
Stonestreet Stables' homebred Dreaming of Julia just got the head victory on
Saturday in Belmont Park's Grade 1, $380,000
Stakes after a stretch-long duel with near 3-1 second choice My Happy Face.
The pair raced in tandem down the lane, in very close quarters at times, but
Dreaming of Julia managed to take the win under jockey John Velazquez to move
her record to a perfect three-for-three.
Starlight Racing's Shanghai Bobby remained unbeaten with a dazzling
performance in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000
Champagne Stakes, winning easily by five lengths at Belmont Park, and
confirmed his status as a top contender in the November 3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile
at Santa Anita.
One day after Spring in the Air captured the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland,
stablemate Spring Venture moved her record to a perfect three-for-three with a
nice 1 1/2-length win in the Grade 3, $205,361
Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday.
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.