Headlines for Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • Bold Ruler, Turnback the Alarm highlight Belmont's closing weekend

    Closing weekend at Belmont Park is highlighted by a pair of Grade 3 races, with both the $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/boldruler12.html">Bold Ruler Handicap</a> and the $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/turnbackthealarm12.html"> Turnback the Alarm Handicap</a> for fillies and mares set for Saturday, the penultimate day of racing.

  • On the Breeders' Cup worktab

    Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap hero <b>Nonios</b> (Pleasantly Perfect), runner-up in the Grade 1 Awesome Again (formerly Goodwood) and Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, clocked a bullet five furlongs in :59 4/5 over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track on Wednesday. The dark bay sophomore has been pre-entered to both the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and Classic, with a first preference to the Dirt Mile.

  • Sean Avery won the Affiliate Stakes at Belmont Park Sept. 8&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2074529938&amp;k=sHbJRM8&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Sean Avery Can Bounce Back in De Francis Dash

    Grade I winner Sean Avery, who split the field in the Vosburgh Invitational (gr. I) as the favorite last month, is the 5-2 morning line choice for the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park Oct. 27.

  • Bullet Breeze for Nonios at Hollywood

    On a light day for workouts by horses pointing to the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, Nonios turned some heads with a bullet five-furlong breeze at Betfair Hollywood Park Oct. 24.

  • Santa Anita Notebook

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  • Breeders' Cup attracts 180 Pre-Entries for 2012 World Championships

    Led by multiple Grade 1 winner Game On Dude, defending Ladies' Classic champion Royal Delta, dominating turf stars Wise Dan and&nbsp; Point of Entry,&nbsp; and 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, 180 horses, including eight defending or former Breeders' Cup Champions, have been pre-entered for the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Trainer Shug McGaughey has Point of Entry ready for the Breeders&#39; Cup Turf.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2117861732&amp;k=ch24hwD&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Breeders' Cup Still Thrills McGaughey

    While Point of Entry has rolled to three straight grade I wins in New York turf races this season, the 4-year-old Dynaformer colt will face some of the top European horses in this year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).

  • Cox Plate Preview

    Connections to Cox Plate contenders talk about how their horses look going into the race.

  • Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy returns in the Fayette.

    Take Charge Indy's Return Highlights Fayette

    Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Take Charge Indy, out of action since the spring due to an ankle injury, makes his return in the $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. II), the closing day feature of the Keeneland fall meet Oct. 27.

  • De Francis Memorial Dash highlights stakes-filled Laurel card

    A $1.1 million, six-stakes bonanza awaits fans and bettors at Laurel's Fall Festival of Racing on Saturday, highlighted by the $350,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/defrancis12">Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash</a> for older horses over six furlongs.

  • Take Charge Indy returns in Fayette

    Hoping to add his name to an honor roll of three-year-old winners of the Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fayette12">Fayette</a> that includes Blame and Arch, Grade 1 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy makes his return to the races Saturday in the closing day feature at Keeneland. The Pat Byrne trainee is the only sophomore in a field of 11 that will negotiate nine furlongs on Polytrack.

  • Breeders' Cup releases official race order

    The Breeders' Cup has announced the final race order for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, November 2-3 at Santa Anita Park. While all of the Friday races will remain in the same order when announced earlier this month, there were three changes made to the Saturday program.

  • Cox Plate Preview

    Connections to Cox Plate contenders talk about how their horses look going into the race.