Headlines for Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Coil and Martin Garcia take the Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

    Coil Spoils Santa Anita Sprint Championship

    Coil earned his first stakes win since last year's Haskell Invitational and earned a spot in the XpressBet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with his upset victory in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) Oct. 6.

  • Grace Hall romps in Indiana Oaks

    Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group's Grace Hall took the lead from Eden's Moon in Saturday's Grade 2, $205,600 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/indianaoaks12.pdf"> Indiana Oaks</a> at Hoosier Park and never looked back en route to a 5 3/4-length score under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. The Tony Dutrow-trained daughter of Empire Maker was sent off the 4-5 favorite and returned $3.80 and $2.20 for completing 1 1/16 miles on the good dirt in 1:41 4/5.

  • Coil edges Capital Account in Santa Anita Sprint Championship

    Pegram, Watson and Weitman's Coil rallied to the lead in midstretch and gamely withstood the late bid of stablemate Capital Account in Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sasprint12.pdf">Santa Anita Sprint Championship</a>, providing trainer Bob Baffert with a one-two finish in the six-furlong event formerly known as the Ancient Title. Winner of the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at nine furlongs last year, the versatile colt has redefined his image at age four, establishing himself as a top contender for the November 3 Breeders' Cup Sprint over the same Santa Anita track.

  • Not Abroad wins Maryland Million Classic; Ben's Cat makes history in Turf Sprint

    Jockey Nick Petro and his mount Not Abroad saw an inviting opening along the rail as they circled the far turn in Saturday's $142,500 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mmclassic12.pdf"> Maryland Million Classic</a> on Laurel Park's Jim McKay Maryland Million program. They galloped through the gaping hole, came out with a clear lead and drew off to win over the fast main track.

  • King David shocks Jamaica first off the claim

    Making his first start off the $35,000 claim for Mike Maker, Scarlet Stable's King David sprang a 28-1 upset in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/jamaica12.pdf">Jamaica Handicap</a> at Belmont Park, shocking such accomplished rivals as Summer Front, Cogito and Dullahan.

  • Obviously still unbeaten at a mile in Arroyo Seco

    Fanticola and Scardino's Obviously turned in another terrific front-running effort in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/arroyoseco12.pdf">Arroyo Seco Mile</a> at Santa Anita. Aside from remaining perfect from three starts at the distance, the Mike Mitchell charge burnished his credentials for the Breeders' Cup Mile over this same course.

  • Wise Dan rolls to victory in the Shadwell Turf Mile 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=2132599806&amp;k=MrpDq2h&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;.

    Wise Dan Rallies to Win Shadwell Turf Mile

    Morton Fink's homebred Wise Dan showed why he was the odds-on favorite in the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IT), rallying five wide to win by a decisive 2 1/4 lengths over 48-1 longshot Willcox Inn Oct. 6.

  • Wise Dan flaunts his superiority in Shadwell Turf Mile

    Eclipse Award contender Wise Dan came out of his Grade 1 Woodbine Mile heroics in such fine fettle that trainer Charles Lopresti didn't want to keep him in the barn until the Breeders' Cup. Thus Morton Fink's homebred was entered in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/shadwellturfmile12.pdf"> Shadwell Turf Mile</a> at Keeneland, and judging by how he crushed the opposition once again, it's clear why Lopresti couldn't hold him down.

  • Pool Play and Miguel Mena take the Hawthorne Gold Cup.

    Pool Play's Gold Cup Tops Casse's Conquests

    Pool Play won for the first time since suffering a tendon tear last year, and picked a good race to do it. The 7-year-old son of Silver Deputy took the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) at Hawthorne Oct. 6.

  • Neck 'n Neck proves best in Indiana Derby

    A. Stevens Miles Jr.'s homebred Neck 'n Neck closed strongly in Saturday's Grade 2, $513,600 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/indyderby12.pdf">Indiana Derby</a>, rallying down the center of the track to post a one-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile test at Hoosier Park. With new jockey Brian Hernandez up, the Ian Wilkes-trained colt was off as the 9-2 third choice among 11 rivals and returned payoffs of $11.20, $4.80 and $2.80 to his supporters.

  • Spring Venture is in control in the Mazarine Stakes at Woodbine.

    Spring Venture Stays On Course in Mazarine

    Spring Venture, trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Patrick Husbands, stayed unbeaten while prevailing under a hand ride Oct. 6 at Woodbine in the featured $205,361 Mazarine Stakes (Can-III).

  • Tapitsfly denies Daisy Devine in First Lady

    Frank L. Jones Jr.'s homebred Tapitsfly got up to take the Grade 1, $350,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/firstlady12.pdf">First Lady Stakes</a> at Keeneland on Saturday and in the process gained a measure of revenge over rival Daisy Devine, who held her to third when capturing the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley during Keeneland's spring meet. Daisy Devine had a clear lead in the stretch of the First Lady, but Tapitsfly lived up to her name when swooping in late to finish a mile on the firm turf in 1:35 2/5.

  • Grace Hall Overpowers Indiana Oaks Field

    Odds-on choice Grace Hall took command leaving the final turn and drew out to a dominating 5 3/4-length win over four opponents in the $205,600 Indiana Oaks (gr. II). Oct. 6 at Hoosier Park.

  • Dreaming of Julia ekes out Frizette win over My Happy Face

    Stonestreet Stables' homebred Dreaming of Julia just got the head victory on Saturday in Belmont Park's Grade 1, $380,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/frizette12.pdf">Frizette Stakes</a> after a stretch-long duel with near 3-1 second choice My Happy Face. The pair raced in tandem down the lane, in very close quarters at times, but Dreaming of Julia managed to take the win under jockey John Velazquez to move her record to a perfect three-for-three.

  • Shanghai Bobby continues to impress in Champagne

    Starlight Racing's Shanghai Bobby remained unbeaten with a dazzling performance in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/champagne12.pdf"> Champagne Stakes</a>, winning easily by five lengths at Belmont Park, and confirmed his status as a top contender in the November 3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita.

  • Obviously zips to the win in the Arroyo Seco Mile.

    Obviously Proves Best in Arroyo Seco Mile

    Favored Obviously led all the way in winning the $150,000 Arroyo Seco Mile (gr. IIT) in a very fast time over the Santa Anita Park turf course Oct. 6 and seems likely for next month's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).

  • King David upsets the Jamaica Handicap 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=2132700257&amp;k=tBbRJV8&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    King David Rules Jamaica Handicap

    Longshot King David upset the $400,000 Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT) Oct. 6 at Belmont Park, benefiting from a crawling pace set by the eventual runner-up as 8-5 favorite Dullahan finished fifth.

  • Spring Venture springs into action in Mazarine

    One day after Spring in the Air captured the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland, stablemate Spring Venture moved her record to a perfect three-for-three with a nice 1 1/2-length win in the Grade 3, $205,361 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mazarine12.pdf">Mazarine Stakes</a> at Woodbine on Saturday.

  • Shanghai Bobby sails home in the Champagne 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=2132606386&amp;k=pXH95gj&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Shanghai Bobby Toasts Champagne Foes

    Undefeated Shanghai Bobby, the only stakes winner in this year's $400,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I), shook loose of pacesetter Goldencents rounding the bend and romped to victory Oct. 6 at Belmont Park.

  • Groupie Doll on cruise control in TCA

    After saving ground for a half-mile, Groupie Doll had to wait patiently for a seam to open up at the top of the stretch in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/tca12.pdf">Thoroughbred Club of America</a> at Keeneland. When it finally did, the four-year-old burst through with ease and drew off to win the six-furlong Polytrack dash by 6 1/2 lengths. The 2-5 choice, now the probable early favorite in next month's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Sprint, Groupie Doll returned $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10.

  • Groupie Doll dominates the Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2132407444&amp;k=KR7vnqf&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Groupie Doll Much The Best in Keeneland's TCA

    Groupie Doll put her winning streak on the line at Keeneland and preserved it emphatically Oct. 6, taking the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (gr. II) by 6 1/2 lengths while pushing her earnings past the million mark.

  • Bridgetown a popular Woodford winner

    Eugene Melnyk's homebred Bridgetown made a rare off-the-pace rally to land Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/woodford12.pdf">Woodford</a> going 5 1/2 furlongs on Keeneland's firm turf. Favored at 3-5 in the field of six, the five-year-old son of Speightsown wore down long-time leader Great Mills inside the final furlong to post a one-length win in a time of 1:02 2/5.

  • Churchill to Acquire Riverwalk Casino, Hotel

    Churchill Downs Incorporated has agreed to acquire Riverwalk Casino and Hotel in Vicksburg, Miss., for total consideration of approximately $141 million, to be paid in cash, the company announced Oct. 5.

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    Bridgetown Grinds Out Woodford Win

    Bridgetown earned his first graded stakes win since 2009 when he ground out a one-length advantage in the $150,000 Woodford Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 6 at Keeneland.

  • Spring in the Air BC-bound; Phoenix top two still pondering

    John Oxley's Spring in the Air returned to Churchill Downs on Friday night after her one-length victory in the Grade 1 Alcibiades and &quot;is great this morning,&quot; trainer Mark Casse said Saturday. The victory earned Spring in the Air a spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies to be run November 2 at Santa Anita. Casse said her travel itinerary to California has not been set.

  • Retired Thoroughbreds to be honored during Festival of the Sun

    In addition to hosting a stakes-filled afternoon of live racing as part of the 21st annual Festival of the Sun on October 13, Calder Race Course will also hold ceremonies throughout the day in conjunction with Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care (TRAC), Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida, the Broward Sheriff's Mounted Unit, and Hobbs Equestrian to honor retired Thoroughbred race horses now serving the community in their second careers.

  • Cirrus des Aigles Romps to Prix Dollar Win

    As a showdown with Frankel looms later this month, European champion Cirrus des Aigles uncoiled an explosive rally a quarter mile out at Longchamp, romping to an easy win in the Oct. 6 Qatar Prix Dollar (Fr-II).

  • Study Examines Most 'Physically Effective Fiber' for Horses

    Some owners might be searching for the most cost-effective ways in which to feed their horses, especially as provision prices continue to rise. Recently, a team of German researchers took a different approach to evaluating the effectiveness of horse feeds by carrying out a study establishing which diet--hay and grain or solely forage--consisted of a more ...