Headlines for Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Spring in the Air rallies to take Alcibiades

    Not only did John Oxley's Spring in the Air pass the test in Friday's Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/alcibiades12.pdf"> Alcibiades</a> at Keeneland, but so did bettors who made her the mild 4-1 favorite in a wide-open field of 14 juvenile fillies. Under Patrick Husbands, the daughter of Spring At Last weaved her way through the field from the second tier, angled out approaching the stretch, and closed with a rush to overtake Magical Moon and go on to win by a length. Spring in the Air returned $10.60, $6 and $3.60.

  • Sum of the Parts takes flight in Phoenix

    Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Sum of the Parts grabbed command early in Friday's Grade 3, $175,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/phoenix12.pdf">Phoenix Stakes</a> on Keeneland's opening day and never looked back en route to a 1 1/4-length victory under jockey Julien Leparoux. The Tom Amoss trainee beat older horses in the six-furlong sprint when stopping the clock in 1:09 4/5 over the Polytrack.

  • Julien Leparoux at Keeneland on Oct. 5, 2012.

    Leparoux Plans Tack Shift to California

    Julien Leparoux will be joining the Southern California jockey colony on a regular basis following the conclusion on the Keeneland meet Oct. 27, said agent Joe Ferrer, who will represent the 29-year-old Frenchman.

  • KY State Vet Accidentally Administers Salix

    A Kentucky state veterinarian accidentally administered furosemide to a racehorse at Keeneland Oct. 5, the first day a new state rule was enacted that requires the medication to be administered by KHRC vets.

  • Brown stable well represented in Pilgrim, Miss Grillo

    Postponed 24 hours in order for Belmont Park's inner turf to dry out following recent wet weather, the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/pilgrim12">Pilgrim</a> and Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/missgrillo12">Miss Grillo</a> now highlight Belmont Park's special Columbus Day program on Monday.

  • Competitive Fields Highlight Arc Undercard

    Six top-level races, ranging from sprints to long distance, will test some of Europe's best horses on Oct. 7 at Longchamp as part of the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) undercard.

  • Kaplan still 50-50 on starting Musical Romance in Mike Sherman Memorial

    With the possibility of a somewhat surprising appearance by Pinnacle Racing Stable and trainer Bill Kaplan's Eclipse Award winner Musical Romance in the $55,000 Mike Sherman Memorial Stakes, the complexion of Saturday's 6 1/2-furlong filly and mare sprint at Calder Race Course could change drastically once scratches are in.

  • Mares in Japan: California Girls

    Part 2 of Kate Hunter's photos of mares and foals in Japan featuring mares that made their names in California.

  • Camelot will start from post 5 in the Arc.

    Orfevre, Camelot Among 18 Runners for Arc

    The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct. 7 at Longchamp attracted a large and competitive field of 18, headed by reigning Japanese Horse of the Year Orfevre and mutliple European classic winner Camelot.

  • Live Blog - Friday, October 5 at NOON EDT

    Join Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk to talk about this weekend's racing, including opening weekend at Keeneland, and its implications for the Breeders' Cup. Sponsored by HRTV.