Humoristic, the longest shot on the board in the $150,000 Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Meadowlands turf the night of Sept. 28, closed best of all to upset odds-on favorite Roshani and Pommes Frites in an eventful run.
Saturday's Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes at Belmont drew nine fillies and mares, almost all of which have a good chance to win the race.
Jockey Eibar Coa won five races at Belmont Park Sept. 28. It was the first five-win day in New York for a jockey since Ramon Dominguez accomplished the feat earlier this year at Aqueduct.
Two complaints against trainer Cody Autrey and one against trainer Michael Pender were filed by the California Horse Racing Board after horses in their care were found to have guanabenz in their systems in post-race urine tests.
- By Jack Shinar
Trainer Darrell Vienna faces two complaints alleging that Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) winner Medici Code ran with excessive levels of clenbuterol in his system in the two races prior to the most important victory of his career.
With the field softened up significantly by the loss of three leading contenders, Salute the Sarge could be in a prime spot to earn his first grade I victory in Oak Tree's $250,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita Sept. 30.
- By Claire Novak
Jockey Edgar Prado, sidelined with a broken right ankle incurred in a Sept. 1 racing accident at Saratoga, began physical therapy Sept. 28 and may get back on horses within two weeks if all goes well, said his agent, Bob Frieze.
One month from now, English Channel's connections will be taking dead aim at the elusive $3-million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) for a third time. But first, owner James Scatuorchio and trainer Todd Pletcher have to get the 5-year-old son of Smart Strike back on the winning track, as they must tackle six challengers in the one-mile Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 30.
Issues related to Belmont Park and the surrounding community will be the focus of the next New York Senate hearing on the franchise to operate the three-track Thoroughbred racing franchise.
- By Ron Mitchell
During Keeneland's 15-day September Yearling Sale, four stallions -- A.P. Indy, Storm Cat, Distorted Humor, and Seeking the Gold -- had sale averages and medians exceeding $300,000 for their offspring. Those statistics are among the plethora of insights that emerged from the Sept. 10-25 sale, based on data generated for BloodHorseNOW.com subscribers.
Only three of the eight major yearling sales this year have produced gross prices in excess of their 2006 figures, as the overall market is down 1.25% to total $490.9 million through the completion of the Kentucky September Yearling Sale.
The spectacular Sept. 30 card at Belmont Park includes four Grade I events, each with Breeders' Cup implications. One of the more anticipated is the $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I), which includes the return of 4-year-old superstar Discreet Cat, who will be making his first start in nearly six months.
Trainer Bobby Frankel said he isn't thinking about the Breeders' Cup Championships as much as the Sept. 30 Beldame (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The Frankel-trained Ginger Punch, a 4-year-old, will be the favorite in the Beldame, a 1 1/8-mile dirt race for fillies and mares.
The $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr.I) at Belmont Park Sept. 30 should help answer questions about leading older handicap horse Lawyer Ron and 2007 Preakness (gr. I) winner Curlin.
Art Master, the second choice at 9-2 in the morning line for the Sept. 29 Kelso (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park, will not run, according to his trainer. Bobby Frankel said Sept. 28 that graded winner Art Master suffered from a quarter crack that was discovered after he was entered on Sept. 27 to run in the $250,000 Kelso.
Seeking the Best, a group III stakes-winning millionaire by Seeking the Gold, will stand at Hill 'n' Dale in 2008, the Kentucky farm announced in a Sept. 28 press release.
- By Ryan Conley
A court ruling has set the stage for a trial over whether slots can continue at Gulfstream Park and other Broward County pari-mutuel facilities.
- By Tom LaMarra
Having the top two finishers in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) entered in the Sept. 29 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) has led to an increase in local and national coverage of the event.
- By Ryan Conley
Colonial Downs and Virginia horsemen have filed a lawsuit claiming Youbet.com is operating illegally without a license in the commonwealth, and want the advance deposit wagering company to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost source-market fees.
The 10-cent superfecta, a popular variation on an already popular wager, is coming to Belmont Park Sunday, September 30.
TVG, America's Horseracing Network, will provide live coverage of the entire fall season from Oak Tree at Santa Anita, including four grade I stakes on opening weekend, and the year's final "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge Series races.
Keeneland's sale of 2-year-olds in training will be conducted earlier in April next year and will have two evening sessions and only one under tack show.
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