The $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) on closing day Wednesday continues to shape up as a yet another Bob Baffert revue for 2-year-olds going seven furlongs on the main track.
The cavalry will be coming after Rock Opera Saturday as the field turns into the homestretch of the Del Mar Derby.
All-time New York-bred money-winner Say Florida Sandy meets old foe Impeachthepro in Friday's fall opener at Belmont Park, the $75,000 General Douglas MacArthur Handicap at seven furlongs.
A wide open field of eight 2-year-olds will battle Saturday in the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes at Arlington Park.
Headed by multiple graded stakes winner Inesperado and the Grade II-winning shipper Mr. Mellon, nine 3-year-old grass runners will head postward Saturday for the 58th running of the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. II).
With his regular rider Alex Solis in the saddle, the Bruce Headley-trained son of Java Gold stepped 5 furlongs in a snappy 57.40 workout that helped raise the early morning fog off the track Wednesday.
James B. Tafel LLC's Lakenheath, winner by a head in Monday's Arlington Matron (gr. III), came out of her victory in good order and may try Kentucky for her next trip to the post, according to trainer Gene Cilio.
Voodoo Dancer was scheduled to arrive Wednesday afternoon for her date Sunday in the $150,000 Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares 3 years old and up going 1 1/16 mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
Mr. Mellon, winner of the Arlington Park Handicap (gr. II) and trained by W. Elliott Walden, was scheduled to arrive Wednesday for Saturday's $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) at 1 1/8 mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
Street Cry, whose retirement from racing was announced Tuesday, Sept. 3, was the moderate betting favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic when wagering on NTRA's Breeders' Cup Future Bet closed Monday.
We've been warned. If it weren't for Tiznow, America's top 3-year-olds and older horses would be waving a white flag right now. While America narrowly escaped the ignominious fate of dropping back-to-back Breeders' Cup Classics to European invaders, we're not out of the woods by any means.
Orientate's romp in the Forego (gr. I) at Saratoga Sunday had an immediate impact on the Breeders' Cup Future Bet for the $1 million Sprint, where bettors made the D. Wayne Lukas trainee the 4-1 favorite.
Rock Opera, one of the leading contenders for Saturday's $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT), put in his final work for the race, going 5 furlongs on the grass Sunday in 1:03.60 today.
War Emblem remained the favorite Satuday in the Breeders' Cup Classic Future Bet at 5-1.
Millionaire Congaree leads a small but talented field of six in Monday's $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at one mile on the main track.
Jockey Frankie Dettori will ride Noverre in next Sunday's $1 million Atto Mile (gr. I) at Woodbine, it was confirmed Saturday by Godolphin Racing Manager Simon Crisford.
It was learned Saturday that Nancy Alberts' colt Magic Weisner had developed a fever and would be scratched from Monday's $500,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III).
Stanley Ersoff's Band Is Passing, the $150,000 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner in 2000, and Randy Mills' Unite's Big Red, who won it in 1998, both as 4-year-olds, return for Monday's Labor Day renewal at Calder Race course at one mile on the turf.
Jay Em Ess Stables' Miss Pickums and Edward P. Evans' With Ability will share starting highweight of 116 pounds Monday when a field of six distaffers heads postward in the 67th running of the $150,000 Arlington Matron (gr. III), the Labor Day feature at Arlington Park.
In spite of his sixth-place finish in the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 25, fans have War Emblem as the 7-2 favorite Friday, the first day of the final pool for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Future Bet.
Mariensky has been primed for the Garden City Breeders' Cup (gr. I) spot after her troubled U.S. debut, while Craigsteel would relish a soft going in the Man o' War (gr. IT). The races are Sept. 7-8.
Eight horses were entered Friday for the 23rd running of Sunday's Forego Handicap at Saratoga, including Squirtle Squirt, last year's Sprint champion, and Orientate, the East's leading male sprinter.
A field of seven is set for Monday's $500,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III) at Philadelphia Park, with Starlight Stables' Harlan's Holiday installed as the morning line 2-1 favorite.
Jay Em Ess Stable's Miss Pickums, enjoying a mid-summer turnaround at Arlington Park, is getting good just in time for Monday's Arlington Matron (gr. III).
A potentially large field is building for Monday's $125,000 Solana Beach Handicap for California-bred fillies and mares, 3 years old and up, going one mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
After nearly six months on the sidelines, Stanley Ersoff's Band Is Passing returns to the races in Monday's $150,000 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Calder.
Both the Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen first-round Florida Stallion Stakes divisions for 2-year-olds at Calder Race Course produced mild upsets of favorites and round two comes Saturday in the $125,000 Affirmed and $125,000 Susan's Girl divisions at seven furlongs.
Zavata established himself as the horse to beat in the Hopeful with powerful victories in Belmont's Tremont (gr. III) and the Saratoga Special (gr. II). He will seek to become the fourth consecutive favorite to win Saratoga's most prized race for 2-year-olds.
The familiar all blue colors of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing could show up again soon at the seashore, trainer Eoin Harty said the morning of Aug. 29.
Supplemented nominee Kachamandi, a Chilean-bred winner of last Friday's Harry Brubaker Stakes, has raised the possible field for Sunday's $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) to 11 for the 1 3/8-mile run on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
Undefeated Buffythecenterfold heads a field of nine scheduled to go postward Saturday in the premier 2-year-old filly race of the meeting, the $250,000, Del Mar Debutante (gr. I).
The three races involved will begin at River Downs with the $200,000 Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes, move on to Arlington Park for the Arlington Matron (gr. III) and finally go to Del Mar for the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).
James Tafel's Lakenheath breezed a half-mile in :47 3/5 over the Arlington Park surface the morning of Aug. 29 in preparation for her upcoming engagement in Monday's Arlington Matron (gr. III).
Trainer Robert Tiller says a decision on whether Win City, Canada's reigning Horse of the Year, will run in the $1-million Atto Mile (gr. IT) on Sept. 8 has not been made.
The Fourstardave Handicap and Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap, both taken off the turf course and switched to a sloppy main track at Saratoga on Aug. 24, have been downgraded by the American Graded Stakes Committee.
That question may be answered on Friday afternoon, when she is tested against 11 others in the $200,000 Spinaway (gr. I) – the marquee race for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs Saratoga Race Course.
The undefeated two-time stakes-winning Buffythecenterfold will face her sternest test yet Saturday in the 52nd running of the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on the main track.
A full gate of 10 horses, including trainer Bobby Frankel's Blue Stellar and Dance Dreamer, appears certain for Sunday's running of the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 3/8 miles over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
Jerry Hollendorfer & Marta Racing Ventures' Christmas Time, undefeated in two starts, heads the list of probable Top Flight Stakes starters Saturday at Arlington Park.
Without a race since July 6 and the date of Oak Tree's Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap considered a disadvantage by trainer Bruce Headley, the die has been cast for Kona Gold. He'll try to get to the Breeders' Cup Sprint Oct. 26 off workouts.
Victories last weekend by Came Home in the Pacific Classic and Medaglia d'Oro in the Travers, combined with War Emblem's sixth-place finish in the Pacific Classic, have tightened up the 3-year-old division, with the Eclipse Award now up for grabs.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has set the fields for this weekend's Period Three of the Breeders' Cup Future Bet. Races open for wagering this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Breeders' Cup Distaff and the Breeders' Cup Sprint, all grade I.
Bill Pape's It's A Giggle, a winner of his last four starts at Saratoga, heads a probable field of nine for the National Steeplechase New York Turf Writers Cup (NSA-I) steeplechase stakes, to be run Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.
Two-year-old fillies will be in the spotlight this Friday when the grade 1, $200,000 Spinaway at seven furlongs is run.
One winning ticket purchased at Bay Meadows on Sunday's guaranteed $1-million Pick 6 at Del Mar was worth $709,396.40, third-highest for that wager in track history.
Tweedside, who ran in last year's Alabama (gr. I) on the dirt as a 3–year-old, leads a dozen hopefuls in the $100,000-added Glens Falls Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares ages 3 and up racing at 11 furlongs on the grass Monday.
Trainer Richard Mandella declared morning line favorite Redattore out of the $250,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III) Saturday morning due to a fever.
Kalookan Queen, owned by Louis Asistio and trained by Bruce Headley, will try to repeat her winning 2001 effort in Sunday's 31st Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs on the Del Mar main track.
When Mark Hennig gives jockey John Velazquez a leg up on Raging Fever in Sunday's $250,000 Ballerina (gr. I), the duo, along with owner Edward Evans could be nearing the end of an unforgettable Saratoga weekend.
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