Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino said Nov. 11 it received 13 pre-entries for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III), the richest 2-year-old stakes in North America outside of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Top Decile didn't win the Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in early October, but she raced well enough to capture second and earn a trip to California for the Nov. 1 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
- By Claire Novak
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Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon shipped well from New York to California Oct. 28 and is getting some light exercise in advance of the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Nov. 1.
Mark DeDomenico and North American Thoroughbred Horse Co.'s Majestic Presence galloped on the main track at Santa Anita Park Oct. 28, and her connections believe she is primed for a big effort.
Several 2-year-old fillies with strong last-out efforts in graded stakes figure to grab the most attention in a field of 12 entered for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1.
Those exiting graded stakes will grab the most attention in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), but don't discount several fillies, including a grade I-placed maiden.
Despite Prayer for Relief having not visited the winner's circle since December, trainer Dale Romans believes the 6-year-horse belongs in the field for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
14 Hands Winery will be the name-in-title sponsor of the $2 million 14 Hands Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Nov. 1.
Three automatic qualifiers are among the 15 2-year-old fillies pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) set for Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Dale Romans has had success keeping his 2-year-olds in western Kentucky during July and August rather than upstate New York -- and it has nothing to do with purse money.
Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon upset the $500,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at odds of 24-1 Oct. 4 at Belmont Park, well-rested after a runner-up finish in the Aug. 31 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Qatar Racing's Peace and War notched her U.S. debut at Keeneland in impressive fashion Oct. 3, taking the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) with a determined closing run.
After a troubled third-place finish in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, Wonder Gal will try to nail down her first grade I victory in the $500,000 Frizette Stakes on Oct. 4.
Siena Farm's Angela Renee, beaten more than 19 lengths in the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) in her last start, rebounded in a big way with a victory in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.
Trainer Bob Baffert will be seeking a record 10th win in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) when he sends out recent maiden winner Maybellene to battle a promising field of 11 other 2-year-old fillies Sept. 27.
Challenged throughout, Cristina's Journey defied all rivals to deliver a front-running victory in the $231,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 6 at Churchill Downs.
Odds-on favorite Sunset Glow bulled her way between horses at the top of the stretch to get the lead and repelled the determined rally of Her Emmynency to capture the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Aug. 30.
She's a Tiger, last year's champion 2-year-old filly, has been retired and will be offered for sale in the fall at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale.
Two locally based trainers and a locally trained filly, all of whom went on to national prominence, were inducted into the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame on the evening of March 12 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Treadway Racing Stable's Sweet Reason, winner of the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course last summer, made a successful return to the races March 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack in the featured eighth race.
What makes a man take a longshot gamble, and how often can he expect to be on the winning end? In a restaurant on Bourbon Street, Ron Paolucci contemplated this question. "That's how you hit the home runs," he said.
She's a Tiger was taken down and placed second for interfering with Ria Antonia in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), but gets the Eclipse as the top juvenile filly based on her sterling 3-3-0 slate from six starts.
The two leading candidates in the 2-year-old filly category -- Ria Antonia and She's a Tiger -- could only be separated by a photo finish themselves in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and the order of finish was reversed.
The longshot winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) doesn't know she's competing against girls, just knows she wants to beat other runners, according to owner Ron Paolucci.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|A to the Croft||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Backseat Rhythm||Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.||
|Clearly Foxy||Mark E. Casse||
|Cry and Catch Me||Bob Baffert||
|Grace Anatomy||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Indian Blessing||Bob Baffert||
|Irish Smoke||Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.||
|Izarra||Ronald L. McAnally||
|Phantom Income||Richard A. Violette, Jr.||
|Proud Spell||J. Larry Jones||
|Set Play||Peter Miller||
|Smarty Deb||Doris Harwood||
|Tasha's Miracle||John W. Sadler||
|Zee Zee||Steven M. Asmussen||
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