Headlines for Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Game on Dude, fellow Baffert trainees headline busy Santa Anita BC tab

    The blitz towards the Breeders' Cup continued at mach speed Sunday morning at Santa Anita as several major players worked for their engagements in the World Championship events at The Great Race Place on November 2-3, headed by Breeders' Cup Classic favorite Game on Dude.

  • Dettori turns freelance after amicable split with Godolphin

    In a move that did not come unexpectedly, Godolphin announced Sunday that Frankie Dettori will no longer serve as a retained rider for the stable. The popular Italian, who had been Godolphin's premier rider for 18 years, will now become a highly sought-after freelancer. On that basis, Dettori will continue to accept mounts for Sheikh Mohammed's flagship operation.

  • Sutherland unexpectedly quits the saddle

    "I love Woodbine, I love riding here," Sutherland said. "It's nice that I could end it here, where it all started for me."

  • Upperline makes history in Dowager

    The veteran five-year-old mare Upperline made her finale for the Mike Stidham barn in Sunday's $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dowager12.pdf">Dowager Stakes</a>, and seized the moment to make Keeneland history as well. The winner of the Grade 3 Bewitch here in April, Upperline became the first to sweep both of the track's 1 1/2-mile turf stakes for distaffers in the same season.

  • Thornton Breaks Collarbone at Hawthorne

    Rider Tim Thornton suffered a broken collarbone and facial fractures when he was dislodged after his mount clipped heels with another horse near the quarter mile pole in the fourth race at Hawthorne Race Course Oct. 21.

  • Upperline wins the Rood &amp; Riddle Dowager Stakes.

    Upperline Bows Out With Game Dowager Triumph

    In the final start of her career, multiple graded stakes winner Upperline outfought Ciao Bella in the homestretch to prevail in the $125,000 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes Oct. 21 on the Keeneland turf.

  • Awesome Feather, The Lumber Guy tune up at Belmont

    Trainer Chad Brown sent out undefeated Awesome Feather on Sunday morning for her penultimate work prior to an expected start in the 1 1/8-mile Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic. The four-year-old Awesome of Course filly was caught by NYRA clockers in 1:12 1/5 for six furlongs over Belmont Park's fast main track, the only work at the distance.

  • Saratoga Snacks whets appetite for the future

    Trainer Gary Sciacca expressed excitement Sunday morning about what the future might have in store for Saratoga Snacks, a three-year-old who on Saturday finished second, beaten 1 1/4 lengths by five-year-old Lunar Victory, in the Empire Classic.

  • Melbourne Cup-winning jockey experiences Keeneland while exercising Ward pupils

    After his Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint hopeful, Great Attack, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 over the good Keeneland turf course on Thursday, trainer Wesley Ward was asked about the performance. The horseman said he was pleased and that he &quot;wanted to talk to his Melbourne Cup-winning rider.&quot;

  • Chantal Sutherland

    Sutherland Announces Surprise Retirement

    Jockey Chantal Sutherland surprisingly announced her retirement in a statement released Oct. 21, saying she is ready "to begin a new chapter in my life."

  • Gold Ship flirts with stakes record in Kikuka Sho

    Gold Ship, sent off heavy favorite with the absence of archrival Deep Brillante, lived up to expectations with his second classic victory in Sunday's Grade 1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) at Kyoto. Trained by Naosuke Sugai and ridden by Hiroyuki Uchida, the gray son of Stay Gold covered about 1 7/8 miles on firm turf in 3:02.9, just missing the stakes record of 3:02.7 established by Song of Wind in 2006.

  • Bern Identity cruises in Jean Lafitte

    Under jockey Paco Lopez, Bern Identity sat behind the early leaders before moving up four wide around the second turn. When Lopez gave him his cue he responded well by opening up a clear lead in the stretch and cruising home in front by three lengths while never feeling the whip. Finishing another four lengths behind Mylute in third was Mr. Bandini's Band. Bern Identity covered the distance over a fast track in 1:39 2/5.

  • Street Sense

    Derby Winner Street Sense to Darley Japan

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Street Sense will stand the 2013 season at Darley's farm in Japan, and Desert Party, a $2.1 million auction 2-year-old and a multiple stakes winner, will stand at Sequel Stallions in New York.

  • Gold Ship Wins Kikuka Sho for Classic Double

    Gold Ship solidified his credentials as Japan's top 3-year-old on Oct. 21 at Kyoto when he completed a last-to-first rally in the Kikuka Sho (Jpn-I Japanese St. Leger), the final jewel in Japan's Triple Crown.

  • Novellist Wins Italiano for Stonereath Owner

    German-based Novellist cruised to a comfortable win over former Australian-based group winner Retrieve in the Gran Premio del Jockey Club Italiano (Ity-I) at San Siro Racecourse in Milan Oct. 21.

  • Frankie Dettori

    Dettori, Godolphin to Part Ways in 2013

    Frankie Dettori, who has been the principal jockey for Godolphin Racing for nearly two decades, will not be retained next year by the Maktoum family's racing operation, Godolphin announced Oct. 21.