The week in photos has a major international flare this week, including Ireland, France, Korea plus several domestic races!
The European contingent for the Sept. 17 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) program, which features three graded turf stakes, arrived late evening Sept. 12 following a flight from Amsterdam.
Could prep in Oct. 2 Miss Grillo
Kentucky Downs has already smashed its single-season mark for wagering and still has the Sept. 15 card remaining in the all-grass track's five-date meet.
The grade III race is a key Tampa Bay Derby prep
Flintshire and Lady Eli headed a sizable contingent of Chad Brown trainees breezing at Belmont Park Sept. 12.
Shaman Ghost, Mubtaahij, Effinex lead cast
Robert Masterson's Tepin put in her final work for the Sept. 17 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (gr. IT) Sept. 12, covering four furlongs in :49.71 on the turf training track at Saratoga Race Course.
Churchill Downs Inc. has teamed with the Japan Racing Association to create a series of races in Japan that could annually produce a starter in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Team Valor International has acquired a 50% interest in Poland-based Va Bank, a 4-year-old son of Archipenko, who is unbeaten in 12 career starts after winning the Preis der Sparkassen Finanzgruppe (Ger-III) Aug. 27 at Baden-Baden in Germany.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice continues to work well as the 2015 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner prepares for a return to racing.
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman's Toews On Ice set a track record Sept. 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course, but the Archarcharch colt may not carry the recognizable red and yellow silks in his next race.
Claiborne Farm's Bendable, off the first loss of her career, handed Enola Gray her first defeat Sept. 11 in the $75,000 Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Trainer Mike Maker and jockey Florent Geroux swept the stakes events Sept. 11 at Kentucky Downs and did so as impressively as seemingly imaginable.
Hong Kong's first horse to race on South Korean soil becomes the first to win as he took the inaugural edition of the $700,000 race that covered 1,200 meters (about six furlongs).
A slow start only hampered Wicklow Brave for a moment Sept. 11 at the Curragh in the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger (Ire-I).
Wertheimer and Frere Left Hand and Haras de Saint Pair's Vadamos both broke through for their first top-level victories Sept. 11 at Chantilly.
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Zayat Stables was named the TOBA national owner of the year during its 31st annual awards ceremony Sept. 10 at Stonestreet Farm near Lexington.
"All I can say is he's the second-best marathon horse in the United States," said trainer Mike Maker, ceding the top position to five-time group/grade I winner Flintshire. "I think we just go right to the Breeders' Cup. He runs really well fresh."
Wellabled sailed over the Polytrack to earn his first stakes score in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) and Diadura rolled to her first black-type with a win in the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes.
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Will retire to Country Life Farm Nov. 30.
Super Derby Prelude winner Texas Chrome turned back in a month in the $400,000 Super Derby (gr. III) and bested grade III winners Dalmore and Mo Tom Sept. 10 at Louisiana Downs.
A weather delay of about 15 minutes didn't bother Watchyourownbobber in the More Than Ready Stakes, as the even-money favorite scored a clear victory in the one-mile test Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.
California Chrome wasn't the only star on the work tab Sept. 10 in Southern California. Champions of 2015 Stellar Wind and Nyquist both put in drills for upcoming starts, as did 2016 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Arrogate.
Alice Springs could be Breeders' Cup-bound again via the Oct. 15 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) after winning the Sept. 10 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes (Ire-I) with a powerful rally under Ryan Moore.
Robert Masterson has never had a horse like Tepin, the superstar mare who will carry his colors in next Saturday’s $1 million Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile while seeking her eighth consecutive victory for trainer Mark Casse.
Travel proved no problem for French classic winner Almanzor, as he finished well to secure a three-quarter-length victory over top filly Found in a particularly strong edition of the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) Sept. 10 at Leopardstown.
Laura Mongan became the first woman to train a winner of the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I) Sept. 10 at Doncaster, where Harbour Law won the English classic by three-quarters of a length.
In Australia's biggest races Sept. 10, Astern secured the first group I win of his career in the Golden Rose Stakes (Aus-I) at Rosehill while Palentino upset stablemate Black Heart Bart in the Makybe Diva Stakes (Aus-I) at Flemington.
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California sire Northern Indy got his first winner on the racetrack Sept. 9 at Golden Gate Fields, where Remmah Racing's 2-year-old gelding West Coast Indy won a maiden claiming race to kick off the Friday card.
Stonewall Farms announced Sept. 9 the retirement and sale of multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed Mei Ling to Hill 'n' Dale Farms.
Spendthrift Farm has partnered with Churchill Downs to create the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes, a new $300,000 race to be run this fall for 2-year-olds that are sired by Spendthrift stallions.
After her second work since a second-place run in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), trainer Richard Mandella is leaning toward running Spendthrift Farm's Beholder in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
The Horseracing Testing Laboratory Committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) met Sept. 9 and voted to fully accredit the New York Drug Testing Laboratory (NYDTL) pursuant to the RMTC laboratory accreditation program.
New Jersey native John Dowd has called Florida home since training Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Songandaprayer, and after taking a break to help raise his family, he is back conditioning in the Sunshine State.
After a minor illness knocked her out of the Torrey Pines (gr. III) at Del Mar Aug. 28, Nick Alexander's undefeated Enola Gray will take another shot at her first start against open company Sept. 11 in the Beverly J. Lewis Stakes.
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J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Super Derby (gr. III) at Louisiana Downs.
Everyone is going through Saratoga Race Course withdrawal, but thankfully there is the wonderful spectacle of Kentucky Downs to ease the transition from summer to fall.
Back on their preferred surface after stints on the Triple Crown trail, Airoforce and Oscar Nominated have run well in multiple starts on turf, but have yet to find the winner's circle despite close calls.
James McIngvale's Runhappy continued to progress toward a return to the races with a seven-furlong work Sept. 8 at Keeneland. Last year's sprint champion male was clocked in 1:24 3/5.
Keith Desormeaux admitted Sept. 7 that 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red is a long way away from a return to the starting gate, but the trainer expects the 4-year-old Afleet Alex colt to return to his barn at Santa Anita Park soon.
Up against a trio of older grade I winners in the Pacific Classic (gr. I), jockey Kent Desormeaux called Dalmore's fifth-place run in the 1 1/4-mile Del Mar summer feature a "learning experience."
Watchyourownbobber will try for a third consecutive stakes win at a third different track when he faces an expected seven rivals in the $400,000 More Than Ready Mile Stakes Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.
A dozen 2-year-olds are scheduled to seven furlongs on the Arlington International Racecourse Polytrack Sept. 10 in the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III).
During a distinguished 58-race career that began in 2010, Ben's Cat has 32 victories—26 of them in stakes—and has earned more than $2.6 million.
Reigning Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Stopchargingmaria has been retired from racing, according to Shannon Potter, president of Town and Country Racing.
Robert Masterson's Tepin headlines a probable field of nine for the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 17 at Woodbine.
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