Headlines for Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • Keeneland September Sale Day 4 Wrap

    Esther Marr recaps the 4th session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which included a $1.1 million-dollar Empire Maker colt. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Hip 956, a $1.1-million Empire Maker colt, led Day 4 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

    Market Stable Through Sept. Sale's Day 4

    The Keeneland September auction completed its first four days - books one and two of the sale's catalog - with more seven-figure horses than in 2011's entire auction.

  • John Dunlop to retire at season's end

    John Dunlop, one of Britain's longest-serving and most respected trainers, has announced that he will retire at the end of the season. Doncaster Racecourse will make a presentation to Dunlop Friday to mark his achievements at the home of the final classic, the Group 1 St Leger.

  • Camelot could make additional history for O'Brien in St Leger

    Apart from Camelot's attempt to become the 16th colt to win the English Triple Crown and the first since Nijinsky in 1970, the Group 1 St Leger could produce a statistic unique in Turf history. Victory in Saturday's race would make Aidan O'Brien the first trainer to win all five British classics in a single season.

  • A chestnut son of Smart Strike brought $900,000 late in the day of the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

    Smart Strike Colt Brings $900,0000

    A chestnut son of Smart Strike lit up the sales ring late in the day of the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, bringing $900,000 from John Moynihan, agent, who bought the horse for Stonestreet Farm.

  • Stealcase is one of 2 entered by trainer Mark Casse and owner John Oxley in the Ontario Derby.

    Casse Enters Trio, Only Two May Go in Ontario

    Trainer Mark Casse entered Prospective and Stealcase in the $150,000 Ontario Derby at Woodbine Sept. 16, but only expects one to run. Casse will also send out Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber's Patrioticandproud.

  • Wigmore Hall won the Northern Dancer in 2011.

    Wigmore Hall to Defend Northern Dancer Title

    Defending victor Wigmore Hall, recent grade II winner Forte Dei Marmi, and Woodbine Oaks heroine Irish Mission top a field of eight for the $500,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes Presented by Vtech at Woodbine Sept. 16.

  • Fairplex Receives Accreditation from NTRA

    Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif., has been accredited by the The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.

  • The English Triple Crown in focus

    The English Triple Crown comprises the Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas over Newmarket's straight mile in early May, the Group 1 Derby over Epsom's switchback 1 1/2 miles in June and the Group 1 St Leger over Doncaster's sweeping extended 1 3/4 miles in September. To win all three a horse must own speed, stamina, soundness and durability as well as class.

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • Wild Coco drives to victory in Park Hill

    Rider Tom Queally praised his mount Wild Coco's battling qualities after she powered through the field to overhaul clear leader Estimate in the straight and win Thursday's Group 2 Park Hill Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Big Brown Colt Archer Hill Tops Summer Stakes

    Champion Big Brown could be represented by the second stakes winner of his first juvenile crop if 2-year-old Archer Hill gets the job done in the $250,000 Summer Stakes (gr. IIT) Presented by TVG at Woodbine Sept. 15.

  • Hip #807, Giant&#39;s Causeway colt, brought $750,000 on Sept. 13 during the early portion of the Keeneland September yearling sale&#39;s fourth session.

    Giant's Causeway Colt Sells for $750,000

    Trainer Todd Pletcher went to $750,000 Sept. 13 to acquire an attractive son of Giant's Causeway as the top-priced offering during the early portion of the Keeneland September yearling sale's fourth session.

  • Codere Signs Alliance with United Tote

    In a move to provide future expansion at tracks in Latin America, international gaming company Codere announced the signing of a strategic alliance agreement with United Tote Sept. 13.

  • THS: Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes 2012

    Tom and Pete handicap the Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs this weekend. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes.

  • Keeneland September Sale Day 3 Wrap

    Esther Marr talks about Day 3 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, including the top seller, a Bernardini colt that brought $1,550,000. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.