Headlines for Saturday, October 27, 2012

  • Miss Empire outfights Butterfly Soul to win the Pike Place Dancer Stakes.

    Miss Empire Battles for Pike Place Dancer Win

    Southern California shipper Miss Empire, the 1-2 choice ridden by Russell Baze, won a stretch-long battle with outsider Butterfly Soul to capture the $100,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes by a neck Oct. 27 at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Lady Ten proves best in Autumn Miss

    Mercedes Stable's homebred Lady Ten surged to the lead off the far turn and held the fast-closing Customer Base safe late to win Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/autumnmiss12.pdf">Autumn Miss Stakes </a>at Santa Anita. The three-year-old filly was sent postward as the 2-1 favorite for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Rafael Bejarano, who figure to be a popular combination again next weekend in the two-day Breeders' Cup.&nbsp;

  • Lady Ten holds off Customer Base to win the Autumn Miss Stakes.

    Consistent Lady Ten Aces Autumn Miss

    Mercedes Stable homebred Lady Ten had her consistency rewarded Oct. 27 when she inched away from the pack late in the $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes (gr.IIIT) and held on to win at Santa Anita Park.

  • Dullahan drills on dirt, but Classic decision awaits

    Dullahan worked five furlongs on Santa Anita's conventional dirt track Saturday morning under Tammy Fox in 1:00, after which trainer Dale Romans said a decision on whether the Grade 1 Pacific Classic winner would run in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic or the $3 million Turf at Santa Anita next Saturday would likely not be rendered before Monday's deadline.

  • Action Andy gets up late to win the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park.

    Action Andy Gets Nod in De Francis Thriller

    Action Andy closed relentlessly on the outside to get up in the final strides by a whisker over a game Il Villano in a terrific finish to win the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park Oct. 27.

  • Afleeting Lady is in control in the Turnback the Alarm at Belmont Park. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2178033910&amp;k=5JDttn3&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Afleeting Lady Fleet to the 'Turnback' Wire

    Afleeting Lady had things her way in the Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park as she raced slightly off the pace set by All Due Respect before drawing clear in the final furlong to win by 3 1/2 lengths,

  • Action Andy edges Il Villano in De Francis Memorial Dash

    The Laurel fall meet has proven to be a big one for Robert Gerczak's Action Andy. Three weeks after taking the Maryland Million Sprint by 2 3/4 lengths, the five-year-old gelding delivered a thrilling photo-finish score in Saturday's $350,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/defrancis12.pdf">Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash</a>, the centerpiece of Laurel's six-stakes Fall Festival of Racing.

  • Newsdad rolls late to win the Fayette Stakes.

    Newsdad Shows Extra Gear in Fayette Win

    Newsdad, switching from turf to Polytrack and shortening up for the closing day $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland, swept to a two-length victory under meet-leading rider Julien Leparoux Oct. 27.

  • Buffum wires Bold Ruler

    Godolphin Racing's Buffum quickly moved to the front at the start of Belmont Park's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/boldruler12.pdf">Bold Ruler Handicap</a> on Saturday and held to score by 1 1/4 lengths under jockey Eddie Castro.

  • Afleeting Lady jumps up in Turnback the Alarm

    Exactly one week before her half-brother and stablemate Shackleford lines up in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, Afleeting Lady broke through with her first graded victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/turnbackalarm12.pdf"> Turnback the Alarm Handicap</a> at Belmont Park. Owned by Alpha Delta Stables and Richard Santulli, the Dale Romans trainee stalked, pounced, and drew off with authority by 3 1/2 lengths.

  • Aqueduct Racetrack

    Aqueduct Action Returns Nov. 2

    New York Thoroughbred racing action moves to Aqueduct Racetrack Friday, Nov. 2, with opening weekend featuring the the simulcast of the Breeders' Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Park.

  • Shackleford (with trainer Dale Romans, left) greets his fans at Santa Anita.

    Shackleford Greets His Fans at Santa Anita

    Shackleford, the 2011 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and 2012 Metropolitan Mile (gr. I) winner who is preparing to compete in the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), met about 100 of his fans Oct. 27 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Willcox Inn, juvenile duo post moves at Keeneland for BC engagements

    Grade 2 hero Willcox Inn, pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile, worked at Keeneland on Saturday for the second time since his runner-up finish to Wise Dan in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile on October 6. With assistant Hilary Pridham aboard for trainer Mike Stidham, the colt worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 in company with Every Way, a two-year-old City Zip filly who was third in the Grade 3 Mazarine at Woodbine on October 6.

  • Sum of the Parts, Global Power breeze for Amoss

    Sum of the Parts, winner of the Grade 3 Phoenix on October 5 at Keeneland, capped his major preparations for a start in next Saturday's $1.5 million Breeders Cup Sprint by working a half-mile in :47 3/5 under jockey Julien Leparoux on Saturday morning at the Lexington, Kentucky, track.

  • Kingsbarns storms home to win the Racing Post Trophy.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2177522476&amp;k=ghtfJPQ&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Kingsbarns Storms to Racing Post Trophy Win

    Kingsbarns went from debut maiden winner to early favorite for next year's Epsom Derby (Eng-I) with a victory over Van Der Neer in the Racing Post Trophy (Eng-I), Great Britain's final group of the year at Doncaster.

  • Ocean Park Edges All Too Hard in Cox Plate

    A long-range plan ended perfectly Oct. 27 when Ocean Park wore down All Too Hard in the closing stages and captured the $3-million Sportingbet W. S. Cox Plate (Aus-I), Australia's premier weight-for-age race.

  • Snakes Linked to Spread of Equine Encephalitis Virus

    A horse, mosquito, and snake walked into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, &quot;Is this some kind of joke?&quot; Turns out, the bartender knows those three animals shouldn&#39;t be fraternizing because he read a recent article by Thomas Unnasch, PhD, proving snakes can harbor Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) and could play an important role...