Headlines for Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • West Virginia Breeders' Classic winner Lucy's Bob Boy

    Lucy's Bob Boy Romps in WV Breeders' Classic

    Lucy's Bob Boy left odds-on pick Russell Road and the rest behind on the final turn en route to an eight-length romp in the $450,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Oct. 20.

  • Gypsy Robin flies away in Raven Run

    Gypsy Robin remained a perfect three-for-three over the Keeneland Polytrack as she wired the field in the Grade 2, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ravenrun12.pdf">Raven Run</a> on Saturday with John Velazquez aboard.

  • Pierrot Lunaire and Bernie Dalton take the Grand National.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2162763533&amp;k=Mpd2RFR&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Pierrot Lunaire Takes Close Grand National

    Pierrot Lunaire took a big step toward a possible steeplechase Eclipse Award when he came from off the pace to overtake Divine Fortune in the $250,000 Grand National (NSA-I) at New Jersey's 92nd Far Hills Races Oct. 20.

  • Broken Dreams snuffs out Kindle in time in Sen. Maddy

    Kindle, the 5-2 second choice, blasted right out of the gate in her turf debut. As she sizzled through fractions of :20 4/5 and :42 2/5, Kindle opened up a sizeable margin. Broken Dreams, who was shortening up off a trio of route races, stalked beneath Garrett Gomez, but the 3-1 third choice still had about five lengths to make up at the top of the stretch. The 2-1 favorite Byrama, who had been last early, had even more of a deficit to overcome.

  • It's Tricky retired due to ankle injury

    Godolphin Racing's multiple Grade 1 winner <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/it'stricky5044.pdf">It's Tricky</a> has been retired with an injury to her right hind ankle, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin announced Saturday afternoon.

  • Lunar Victory continues Juddmonte celebration in Empire Classic

    On Saturday in England, Juddmonte Farm's Frankel wrapped up his extraordinary career with victory in the Group 1 Champions Stakes at Ascot. Later in the day and across the Atlantic in New York, the organization's Lunar Victory helped prolong the festivities with a 1 1/4-length score in the $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/empireclassic12.pdf">Empire Classic</a> at Belmont Park.

  • Broken Dreams gets up late to win the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes.

    Broken Dreams Wakes Up Late for Maddy Repeat

    Broken Dreams overtook speed-burning Kindle in the closing strides to win the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita Park Oct. 20 for the second year in a row.

  • Breeders' Cup workers out in force at Santa Anita

    With apologies to Grantland Rice, under blue-gray October skies, Breeders' Cup candidates were out en force at Santa Anita Saturday morning, going through final stages of their major drills for the World Championships event at &quot;The Great Race Place&quot; on November 2 and 3.

  • Pierrot Lunaire lights up Grand National

    Mary Ann Houghland's Pierrot Lunaire charged through the stretch and overtook pacesetter Divine Fortune to win the Grade 1, $250,000 Grand National by three-quarters of a length at the 92nd Far Hills Races on Saturday. Royal Bonsai, a newcomer to American racing, finished third in the year's richest steeplechase race.

  • Frankel the absolute Champion

    Unbeaten phenom Frankel crowned his glorious career with a victory over Cirrus des Aigles in Saturday's Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot, but only after his fans endured drama both before and during the highly-anticipated contest.

  • Frankel hailed by senior British handicapper

    Senior BHA handicapper Phil Smith paid tribute to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/frankel.pdf">Frankel</a> following the unbeaten colt's grand finale in Saturday's Group 1 Champion Stakes.

  • Frankel They Said It

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  • Gypsy Robin rolls home in the Lexus Raven Run at Keeneland.

    Gypsy Robin Soars to Victory in Raven Run

    Gypsy Robin was an impressive wire-to-wire winner of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Oct. 20, blitzing to the lead at Keeneland and never looking back as she easily overpowered 13 sophomore fillies by four lengths.

  • Handsome Mike&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2103731454&amp;k=JhVBsPZ&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Handsome Mike 'Doing Fantastic' for BC Date

    Handsome Mike, frontrunning winner of the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), is headed for the Breeders' Cup Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park although a decision on which race is still to be made, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

  • Trainer Ronney Brown earns 2,000th Victory

    Charles Town trainer Ronney Brown saddled his 2,000th lifetime winner when Twenty Hawks captured the West Virginia Governor's Cup on the night of Oct. 19.

  • McKee Sustains Minor Injuries at Keeneland

    Jockeys John McKee and Amanda Tamburello escaped serious injury in an Oct. 20 Keeneland spill, although McKee's right wrist will require examination at a Louisville hospital, track representatives said.

  • Wise Dan 'perfect' in final major move at Keeneland before Mile

    Multiple Grade 1 hero Wise Dan, one of the top contenders for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile on November 3 at Santa Anita, completed his major work for his California test by working five furlongs on Keeneland's Polytrack in a bullet, best of 18, 1:00 2/5 on a cool, clear Saturday morning.

  • Madame Cactus captures My Trusty Cat

    Mr. and Mrs. Marc C. Ferrell's two-year-old filly Madame Cactus rallied strongly in the homestretch to score a two-length victory in Friday night's $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mytrustycat12.pdf">My Trusty Cat Stakes</a> at Delta Downs. The race was part of an opening night program for the track's 2012-2013 meeting.

  • Frankel after winning the QIPCO Champion 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=2162079039&amp;k=3CFNGZq&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Frankel Secures Place in History at Ascot

    Khalid Abdullah's brilliant Frankel captured the QIPCO Champion Stakes Oct. 20 at Ascot, remaining unbeaten and securing his legacy as one of the best racehorses of the modern era and perhaps one of the greatest of all time.

  • Golden Ticket worked 5 furlongs in 1:02 2/5 at Keeneland on October 20.

    Breeders' Cup Hopefuls on Keeneland Worktab

    While Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) contender Wise Dan captivated the attention of many on the Keeneland grounds with his morning breeze Oct. 20, Willcox Inn, Atigun, Golden Ticket, and Brown Almighty were also on the worktab.

  • Excelebration romps in the QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II 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=2162143483&amp;k=cJKtjVq&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Excelebration Wins QEII On Champions Day Card

    Excelebration, runner-up to Frankel on four occasions and third behind him once, finally escaped the superstar's shadow when he took the QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) Oct. 20 at Ascot in determined fashion.

  • Excelebration to Run in Breeders' Cup Mile

    Excelebration, who has been a runner-up to Frankel four times and third behind him once, will likely come to the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park, trainer Aidan O'Brien said.

  • Wise Dan&#39;s commanding win in the Oct. 6 Shadwell Turf Mile.

    Wise Dan Sparkles in Final Move for BC Mile

    Charlie Lopresti sent top Breeders' Cup Mile contender Wise Dan through an Oct. 20 breeze at Keeneland in preparation for his upcoming bid at the World Championships, and the versatile runner responded with usual alacrity.

  • Understanding Equine Cataract Surgery

    Editor&#39;s Note: This article is part of TheHorse.com&#39;s ongoing coverage of topics presented at the 2012 American Association of Equine Practitioners&#39; Focus on Ophthalmology conference, held Sept. 6-8 in Raleigh, N.C.