Headlines for Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Maid of Heaven kicks off Kentucky Turf Cup undercard

    Team Block's homebred Ioya Bigtime took the lead soon after the start of Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kyturfcup12.pdf"> Kentucky Turf Cup</a> and never looked back when scoring by a half-length under jockey Jeffrey Sanchez. The bay five-year-old was exiting a runner-up effort in the inaugural American St. Leger at Arlington Park on August 18, but got back on the winning track here when completing 1 1/2 miles on the firm Kentucky Downs turf in 2:30.

  • Arlington Race Voided as Turf Rail Collapses

    The ninth race at Arlington Park Sept. 15 was declared no contest by the stewards when several sections of the turf rail came apart and fell onto the course in front of the field, causing interference to most of the horses.

  • Leading Astray captures Pucker Up

    Leading Astray was not led astray this Saturday as she was able to come up with a late response and hold off Miss Cato in the Grade 3, $175,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/puckerup12.pdf">Pucker Up Stakes</a> at Arlington Park.

  • Leading Astray (left) gets up late to win the Pucker Up.

    Leading Astray Streak at 4 With Pucker Up Win

    Leading Astray kicked off a big day for Team Block in fine fashion Sept. 15, notching her fourth triumph in a row and becoming a graded winner in the $175,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park.

  • Ioya Bigtime wires Kentucky Turf Cup

    Team Block's homebred Ioya Bigtime took the lead soon after the start of Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kyturfcup12.pdf"> Kentucky Turf Cup</a> and never looked back when scoring by a half-length under jockey Jeffrey Sanchez. The bay five-year-old was exiting a runner-up effort in the inaugural American St. Leger at Arlington Park on August 18, but got back on the winning track here when completing 1 1/2 miles on the firm Kentucky Downs turf in 2:30.

  • Ioya Bigtime is a determined winner in the Kentucky Turf Cup.

    Ioya Bigtime Pays Off in KD Turf Cup Effort

    Ioya Bigtime, staked to a loping lead by Jeffrey Sanchez, refused to buckle under relentless pressure from favored Rahystrada to win the $200,000 Kentucky Turf Cup (gr. IIIT) on the grass course at Kentucky Downs Sept. 15.

  • Naples Bay scores minor upset in Noble Damsel

    Edward Cox Jr.'s Naples Bay rallied to the lead in midstretch and easily withstood the late rally of favored Dealbata in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/nobledamsel12.pdf">Noble Damsel Stakes </a>at Belmont Park, registering her first stakes victory with a 1 1/2-length decision. She was overlooked at 13-1 odds among nine rivals, returning payouts of $28, $10.20 and $5.90, and Jose Lezcano had the mount for trainer Christophe Clement.

  • I&#39;m Boundtoscore and Sarah Rook take the Summer Stakes.

    I'm Boundtoscore Upsets Summer Stakes

    I'm Boundtoscore upset the $258,205 Summer Stakes Presented by TVG (gr. IIT) at odds of 10-1 Sept. 15 at Woodbine, earning an automatic trip to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Samitar holds on in Garden City

    Martin S. Schwartz's Samitar was a rough-trip third in her American debut in the Grade 2 Lake George at Saratoga, but the Irish classic winner had a much cleaner opportunity in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gardencity12.pdf">Garden City Stakes</a> at Belmont Park. Under a textbook stalk-and-pounce ride by Ramon Dominguez, the 4-5 favorite struck the front in midstretch and fended off the rallying Somali Lemonade by a measured head.

  • Stormy Lord pulls away from the field to win the PTHA President&#39;s Cup.

    Stormy Lord Easily Repeats in President's Cup

    Stormy Lord proved too classy for his rivals as he successfully defended his title in the $250,000 PTHA President's Cup, a race that was marred by a three-horse spill on the turf at Philadelphia's Parx Racing Sept. 15.

  • Spring Venture, I'm Boundtoscore punch BC tickets at Woodbine

    It was a good day at Woodbine Saturday for trainer Mark Casse, who saddled Spring Venture and Spring in the Air, both daughters of Spring at Last, to a 1-2 finish in the Grade 2, $270,444 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/natalma12.pdf">Natalma</a> for two-year-old fillies.

  • Naples Bay streaks home to win the Noble Damsel.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2088805952&amp;k=TPdRSRH&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Naples Bay Sails Home in Noble Damsel Stakes

    Naples Bay broke through with her first stakes victory in the $150,000 Noble Damsel (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Belmont Park Sept. 15, collaring pacesetter Silver Screamer past mid-stretch en route a 1 1/2-length win.

  • Toronado, Libranno hand Hannon a Group 2 double

    Well-regarded juvenile Toronado maintained his unbeaten record with a game front-running performance in Saturday's Group 2 Champagne Stakes on the St Leger undercard at Doncaster.

  • Spring Venture leads the way home in the Natalma Stakes.

    Casse Owns Natalma Again With 'Spring' Exacta

    Trainer Mark Casse won the $250,000 Natalma Stakes (gr. IIT) for the fourth time in the past seven years when his fillies Spring Venture and Spring in the Air ran first and second in the one-mile turf event at Woodbine.

  • 'Dawn' Stays Perfect With Vincent O'Brien Win

    Dawn Approach made his first start in Godolphin blue a winning one as he took command in the final furlong and drew off to capture the $258,500 Vincent O'Brien Stakes (Ire-I) by 4 3/4 lengths at the Curragh Sept. 15.

  • O'Brien regrets not running pacemaker in St Leger

    Trainer Aidan O'Brien reflected on beaten Triple Crown hopeful Camelot, who suffered his first career loss in Saturday's Group 1 St Leger. Held up off the pace as usual by his son Joseph O'Brien, the 2-5 favorite had to wait for room in the stretch, but couldn't kick as strongly as the victorious Encke and settled for second.

  • Godolphin celebrates sixth St Leger success

    &quot;We are probably not going to be the most popular winner on Town Moor today,&quot; Racing Manager Simon Crisford admitted, &quot;but from our point of view it was a fantastic result, giving Godolphin its sixth St Leger success.&quot;

  • Encke stuns Camelot to deny Triple Crown

    Godolphin's unheralded Encke stunned 2-5 favorite Camelot Sept. 15 in the St. Leger (Eng-I) at Doncaster, denying the hitherto unbeaten colt's historic quest for the English Triple Crown.

  • Jockey Camacho Evaluated After Monmouth Spill

    Apprentice jockey Samy Camacho was sent to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J. after being unseated by his mount Stategic Command just before the finish line in the second race at Monmouth Park Sept. 15.

  • Ron the Greek

    Jockey Club Gold Cup Contenders, Others Work

    It was a busy morning for top-tier workers in New York and Kentucky Sept. 15, as Ron the Greek, Flat Out, Atigun and Golden Ticket turned in upstate moves at Saratoga while Dullahan and Little Mike did the same at Churchill.

  • Thoroughbred Times Declares Bankruptcy

    Thoroughbred Times, a Lexington-based magazine dedicated to the Thoroughbred racing industry, declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy and terminated operations Sept. 14, editor in chief Mark Simon confirmed the following day.

  • Dullahan, Little Mike post breezes at Churchill

    Multiple Grade 1 winners Dullahan and Little Mike posted separate five-furlong workouts on Saturday at Churchill Downs in preparation for upcoming starts at Belmont Park.

  • Trio work for Jockey Club Gold Cup

    Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott expressed his satisfaction Saturday morning after Ron the Greek and Flat Out turned in &quot;very good&quot; works at Saratoga in preparation for the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on September 29.

  • Encke (right) holds off Camelot to win the St. Leger at Doncaster.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2088231601&amp;k=bfKrTVs&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    No Crown for Camelot; Encke Stuns St. Leger

    The English Triple Crown will have to wait at least yet another year as the brilliant Camelot came up three-quarters of a length short to Encke in his bid to make history in the Ladbrokes St. Leger Sept. 15 at Doncaster.