Thoroughbred Racing

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New Japan Star is Poetry in Motion

A new star has stepped into the spotlight for Japan. Stealing hearts and causing racing veterans to shake their heads in admiring disbelief, Irish-bred Fine Motion romped away Oct. 13 in Kyoto with a 3 1/2-length, race-record-tying win of the Shukasho (Jpn-I), the final leg of the triple crown for fillies.

Helenus Takes Australian Guineas

Caulfield Guineas Day was headlined by the Sunline-Lonhro contest which followed 45 minutes later, but the 122nd running of the $1 million (Australian funds) Guineas (Aust-I) also produced a grand contest, and one in which the runner-up also deserved to share the victory dais.

Lonhro Defeats Sunline in Cox Plate Prep

Caulfield Guineas Day was D-Day for Sunline. The scheduled grand final for the grand dame of Australian racing was an attempt to win a third W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) 14 days later, but a less than stellar performance would see her fabulous career ended early, if that can be a said of a mare still galloping about professionally at seven.

Tabor's Zavata Takes Arlington Breeze

Michael Tabor's Zavata, one of the top 2-year-olds in training last summer at Saratoga, breezed a half-mile in :50 2/5 at Arlington Park Sunday morning in preparation for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 26.

Rolly Polly Reaches Wire Just in Time

For Wildenstein Stable's favored Rolly Polly and jockey Patrick Valenzuela, the last stride of the $114,100 Senator Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Saturday was the best one.

Mobil Motors to Cup and Saucer Victory

Six days after Wando dominated the Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes, owner Gus Schickedanz and trainer Mike Keough struck again at Woodbine Saturday, winning the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes with Mobil.

Rain Ends Questions for Certantee in Schapiro

Sondra Benders' Certantee made the jump from turf to dirt with a powerful score in the $150,000 John D. Schapiro Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap Saturday at Laurel Park. The race was moved off the grass because of soggy conditions.

Columbus Day Pebbles Lures Frankel Trio

With Belmont Park's Fall Championship Meet winding down, local racing fans will see fewer Bobby Frankel trainees compete in a New York stakes race. But before Frankel's horses head west, three will compete in Monday's $100,000 Pebbles Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/8 mile on a special Columbus Day card at Belmont Park.

Velasquez Gets 4th 'Sun' Stakes Win with Trust N Luck

Winning his fourth stakes race on the Festival of the Sun card, jockey Cornelio Velasquez guided Trust N Luck to the early lead and cruised home for the 4 3/4-length win over The Name's Bond in Saturday's $400,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

Ivanavinalot Romps In Florida's My Dear Girl

Living up her to name and billing, Ivanavinalot made another race look easy as she took the early lead and coasted home for the 13 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $400,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

Fisher Pond Wins Sloppy Realization at Belmont

Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Fisher Pond drew into the Lawrence Realization Handicap (gr. III) when it was shifted from the turf to a sloppy main track and took full advantage, handily winning the 1 1/2-mile stakes.

Volga Heads Dowager at Keeneland

Joseph Allen's Volga (Ire) heads a field of 10 fillies and mares entered in Sunday's $100,000-added Dowager at 12 furlongs on the Keeneland turf.

Seven Go in Astarita

On Sunday, Harford Ghost makes her second start and stakes debut in the Astarita. Seven juvenile fillies were entered.

Salzman Production in Cowdin Sunday

On Sunday, John Salzman, trainer of Xtra Heat, will be represented in Grade 3, $100,000-added Cowdin, this time by a colt named Run Production.

Canadian Jockey Clark Makes Unlikely Return

Many wondered if jockey David Clark would be able to come back from serious injuries this season or perhaps ever again. But as he's proven time and again over his illustrious career, never count Clark out.

Top Three From Lexington Back in Lawrence Realization

When studying the past performances for Saturday's grade III, $150,000 Lawrence Realization for 3-year-olds at 1 1/2 miles on the turf, handicappers will have a difficult task trying to separate Chiselling, Finality, and Irish Colonial, the top three finishers from the Lexington over the summer.

Confucius Say: Mucho Money at Charles Town

Charles Town Races, which came back from the dead with the introduction on video lottery terminals in the late 1990s, will offer more than $1 million in purses this weekend in conjunction with the West Virginia Breeders Classics.

On track at Belmont

No BC for Balto Star, Harlan's Holiday still on target for Classic...Owsley BC-bound for Filly & Mare Turf...Next starts in place for Regal Sanction and Snake Mountain.

Juveniles Head Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder

The highlights of Saturday's Festival of the Sun program at Calder, with nine stakes races worth $1.65 million, will take place when 2-year-olds Lawbook and Ivanavinalot lead the fields for the $400,000 In Reality and $400,000 My Dear Girl divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

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