Headlines for Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Excelebration faces rematch with Cityscape, Elusive Kate on Champions Day

    One race prior to Frankel's anticipated career finale in the Group 1 QIPCO Champion Stakes on Saturday at Ascot, a field of eight will take to the green in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The four-year-old Excelebration, trained by Aidan O'Brien, has been beaten five times by Frankel and finally has the chance to prove himself the top miler in Europe without having to take on his nemesis.

  • Pletcher on hand at Santa Anita to direct BC workers

    Todd Pletcher, whose barn of bluebloods leads the nation in purse earnings this year with nearly $17 million, was at Santa Anita Friday morning to coordinate strategy first hand as his locally based contenders prepare for the Breeders' Cup on November 2 and 3.

  • Miz Ida captures fourth stakes in Valley View division

    Miz Ida made a successful rally from more than seven lengths down to deny 25-1 longshot English Class the upset in Friday's second division of the Grade 3, $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/valleyview212.pdf"> Valley View</a> for three-year-old fillies at Keeneland. A homebred racing for Richard, Bert and Elaine Klein, Miz Ida paid $11.40, $6.40 and $4 as the 9-2 second choice.

  • 27-1 shot Angel Terrace outduels Cato in first Valley View division

    Augustin Stable's homebred Angel Terrace outperformed her 27-1 odds when fending off the 4-1 Miss Cato by a nose in Friday's first division of the Grade 3, $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/valleyview1stdiv12.pdf"> Valley View Stakes</a> at Keeneland. A fast-finishing fourth in the July 29 Nani Rose Stakes at Saratoga last out, the Jonathan Sheppard pupil rallied from last under an enterprising ride by James Graham and sparked mutuels of $57.60, $20.60 and $15.80.

  • Alpha

    Godolphin Breeders' Cup Trio Breezes

    Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin had Godolphin Racing stars Alpha, Emcee, and Questing prepare for the Breeders' Cup World Championships with workouts at Darley's Greentree Training Center on Oct. 19 in Saratoga Springs.

  • John Deere Sales Manager Mark Johnson Dies

    Mark Johnson, longtime manager of national sales for John Deere's agricultural division and an important figure to the Thoroughbred industry, died Oct. 3 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.

  • New York Will Review Tote Service Deal

    New York state, in the first full day controlling the New York Racing Association, said it will review a tentative deal track officials previously made to replace United Tote as NYRA's totalizator contractor.

  • Hymn Book splashes to victory in the Frank &quot;Pancho&quot; Martin Stakes.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2160599811&amp;k=fRR8L9w&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Hymn Book Returns to Winning Ways

    Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Hymn Book returned to winning ways Oct. 19, taking the $80,750 Frank "Pancho" Martin Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths in the slop at Belmont Park.

  • Pro Poker Player in Cup Betting Challenge

    The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 19 that professional poker player Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi will play in the $10,000 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2-3 during the World Championships.

  • Slip Away returns to action in Grand National

    Slip Away, the champion steeplechaser of 2010, makes his return from a layoff of more than 14 months in Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/grandnational12">Grand National</a>. Contested over 2 5/8 miles at Far Hills, New Jersey, the Grand National is the richest event of the American jump season and last year yielded the season's eventual Eclipse Award champion, Black Jack Blues.

  • 'The Grinder' to participate in Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge

    Michael &quot;The Grinder&quot; Mizrachi, Poker Pro and World Series of Poker Bracelet Winner, confirmed Friday that he will play in the $10,000&nbsp;Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC)&nbsp;taking place at Santa Anita Park on November 2-3 during the World Championships.

  • Jockey Club releases Report of Mares Bred

    The Jockey Club on Friday released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2012 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 14, 2012, The Jockey Club reports that 1,861 stallions covered 35,391 mares in North America during 2012.

  • Santiva to Stand at War Horse Place

    Santiva, a grade II winner by 2012 leading sire Giant's Causeway, has been retired from racing for stallion duty in 2013 at Gerry and Dana Aschinger's War Horse Place near Lexington.

  • Richardson to depart Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) announced Friday that Donald R. &quot;Donnie&quot; Richardson, CDI's senior vice president of racing, will leave at the end of the year.

  • Cecil thankful for Frankel

    When Sir Henry Cecil saddles Frankel at Ascot ahead of the Group 1 QIPCO Champion Stakes on Saturday, the poignancy of the moment will be far from lost on him.

  • Claiming Crown 2012

    Listen to Tom LaMarra discuss the 2012 Claiming Crown with TOBA president Dan Metzger, Gulfstream Park COO Tim Ritvo, and Owner/Breeder Ken Ramsey.

  • BC Interview: Wesley Ward

    Trainer Wesley Ward discusses Breeders' Cup contenders Great Attack and Politicallycorrect.

  • Shanghai Bobby&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2133401086&amp;k=rBS5Mbx&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Shanghai Bobby Clear Leader Among 2YO Males

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />The standout among this year's juvenile males will likely shine at the Breeders' Cup. His pedigree, however, raises questions about his stamina when it comes to next year's classics.

  • Musical Romance

    Musical Romance Continues Working Toward Cup

    Champion Musical Romance breezed six furlongs in 1:14 1/5 at Calder Casino & Race Course Oct. 18 as she continues to work toward a defense of her title in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).

  • Caulfield Cup: Simon O'Donnell

    Simon O'Donnell owner of Gatewood and My Quest for Peace comments after the barrier draw for the Caulfield Cup.

  • EHV-1 Confirmed in One Utah Horse, Suspected in Two

    The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is investigating one confirmed case of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in the state, and has placed a quarantine on a farm in Cache County. Two other horses at the location were euthanized after showing neurologic signs consistent with the disease.