Headlines for Friday, September 14, 2012

  • Wise Dan takes on Cityscape in Woodbine Mile

    American stand-out Wise Dan and international Group 1 performer Cityscape clash in Sunday's Grade 1, C$1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/woodbinemile12.htm"> Woodbine Mile</a>. The valuable prize has served as a major stepping stone to the Breeders' Cup Mile, a status further recognized by its designation as a &quot;Win and You're In&quot; event.

  • Irish Mission tackles older males in Northern Dancer

    Sunday's Woodbine Mile program features three other graded stakes -- the Grade 1, C$500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/nordancerturf12.htm"> Northern Dancer Turf</a>; the Grade 2, C$300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/canadian12.htm">Canadian Stakes</a>; and the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ontderby12.htm">Ontario Derby</a>.

  • Certify, Sir Prancealot get up in time

    Godolphin's Certify justified 4-6 favoritism in Friday's Group 2 May Hill Stakes for juvenile fillies at Doncaster, just getting up to edge Purr Along by a head to remain unbeaten. The pair came eight lengths clear of third-placer Light Up My Life.

  • Aptly-named Times Up wins for retiring Dunlop

    Trainer John Dunlop, who announced Thursday that he will be retiring at the end of the season, saddled the winner of Friday's Group 2 Doncaster Cup -- who was somewhat ironically named Times Up.

  • Turf juveniles aim for BC bids in Summer, Natalma

    Woodbine kicks off a terrific weekend of turf stakes with a pair of Grade 2 events for Breeders' Cup-aspiring two-year-olds on Saturday. The C$250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/summer12.htm">Summer Stakes</a> is a &quot;Win and You're In&quot; event for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, while its companion race, the C$250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/natalma12.htm">Natalma Stakes</a>, offers a berth to the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Each is contested at a mile.

  • Zenyatta

    Zenyatta Statue to be Unveiled at Santa Anita

    Zenyatta, winner of the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and Horse of the Year in 2010, will be remembered for all-time by Santa Anita Park when the track unveils a life-sized statue of the great mare Sept. 29.

  • Musical Romance to join strong cast in Gallant Bloom

    Trainer Bill Kaplan confirmed Friday that 2011 champion female sprinter Musical Romance will make her next start at Belmont Park in the Grade 2, $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap on September 22. The Gallant Bloom is run at 6 1/2 furlongs.

  • 'Ireland Unbridled' to Debut on HRTV Sept. 17

    Ireland Unbridled, a 16-part series for horse enthusiasts produced by Unbridled TV, will premiere on racing network HRTV, beginning on Monday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

  • Arlington Park reveals 'The Eliminator' handicapping contest

    Arlington Park and all Illinois Trackside Off-Track Betting locations will unveil their new handicapping contest, &quot;The Eliminator,&quot; on September 22. The contest allows players to earn a share of a $250 weekly prize, move on to subsequent rounds and eventually to the November 10 finals where the grand prize will be $1,000.

  • Jockey Club reports smaller decrease in foals born

    The Jockey Club on Friday reported that 2,620 stallions covered 39,838 mares in North America during 2011, according to statistics compiled through September 10, 2012. These breedings have resulted in 22,500 live foals of 2012 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of September 10, 2012.

  • Executiveprivilege

    Executiveprivilege a First Samurai Exception

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />First Samurai is regaining considerable momentum this year, and sits third on the table of leading sires of 2-year-olds and fourth on the third-season sire rankings.

  • 2012 Keeneland September Sale: Catherine Parke

    Catherine Parke of Valkyre Stud, agent for Mr. and Mrs. William Currin, on the sale of hip #469, a Bernardini colt out of Wilshewed during the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.