Larry Jones is back and racing is the better for it. The 56-year-old trainer,
who retired at the top of his game on November 7, 2009, returned in early 2011
with the same fervor as the day he left. Anyone talking with the personable
Kentuckian could recognize that in a heartbeat.
Trainer Todd Pletcher shoots for a Grade 2 double with his team of juveniles
at Belmont Park on Sunday. Unbeaten Grade 2 Adirondack heroine Kauai Katie looms
large in the $200,000
Stakes for fillies, and debut maiden winner Unabashed gives the barn a
promising second string. But the Pletcher duo in the $200,000
-- Overanalyze and Drum Roll -- must step up their game while meeting hot-shot
maiden winner Carried Interest, speedy New York-bred Weekend Hideaway and Grade
2 Sanford runner-up Handsome Jack.
Due to anticipated heavy rain, Friday's live racing card at Belmont Park has
been canceled to ensure the track surfaces are in optimal condition for
Saturday's card, which features six graded stakes, all part of the Breeders' Cup
"Win and You're In" Challenge Series. The winners of those races qualify for an
automatic starting position in the corresponding Breeders' Cup Championship race
with pre-entry and entry fees paid.
Turbo Compressor and Casino Host, both qualifiers for the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) later this fall, will take a test spin over the Santa Anita Park course in the $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship (gr. IIT) Sept. 30.
Two of the top contenders in Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000
Turf Championship Stakes (formerly the Clement Hirsch) at Santa Anita,
Bourbon Bay and Slim Shadey, will return to races following a stint on the
sidelines. Bourbon Bay makes his first appearance since capturing the Grade 2
San Juan Capistrano Handicap in April, and Slim Shadey has been freshened since
a fifth in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes on Del Mar's opening weekend.
Trainer Todd Pletcher looks to continue recent 2-year-old success when sending Overanalyze and Drum Roll in the $200,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 30 at Belmont Park, but Carried Interest is the morning-line favorite.
An Illinois-based organization called Thoroughbreds Helping Thoroughbreds will host a horse competition and sale Sept. 30 to raise awareness for the opportunities available for off-track Thoroughbreds.
Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) winner Kauai Katie puts her unbeaten streak on the line in the $200,000 Matron Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 30 at Belmont Park, taking the next step toward the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
You missed the worst million-dollar race I have ever seen (the Pennsylvania Derby), and one of the best races with a four-horse field that I can remember (Questing vs. My Miss Aurelia in the Cotillion).
Though he came up half a length shy in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) last time out, Game On Dude should be back in his comfort zone as he goes for a repeat in the $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 29 at Santa Anita.
Over 50 years after his initial performance of the song at Carnegie Hall,
Grammy-award winner Tony Bennett will perform his classic hit "The Best is Yet
to Come" at the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in
Arcadia, California, Breeders' Cup announced Thursday at a media event featuring
Tony Bennett at Siro's Restaurant in Manhattan.
Seventeen-time Grammy Award winner Tony Bennett will perform his classic hit, "The Best is Yet to Come," Nov. 3 at the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, Breeders' Cup announced Sept. 27.
Nagging foot issues have limited Jersey Town's schedule in recent years, but
trainer Barclay Tagg said the six-year-old is entering Saturday's Grade 2,
$400,000 Kelso Handicap in the best shape since he won the 2010 Grade 1 Cigar
Due to anticipated heavy rain in the Elmont, N.Y., area, live racing at Belmont Park has been canceled Sept. 28 to ensure the track surfaces are in optimal condition for the following day's "Super Saturday" card.
Pierrot Lunaire, longest shot on the board at 48-1, took the lead over the final jump and held off a furious late charge from Spy in the Sky to win the $150,000 Lonesome Glory steeplechase (NSA-I) Sept. 27 at Belmont Park.
Mrs. Calvin Houghland's Pierrot Lunaire, the longest shot on the board at
48-1, took the lead over the final jump and held off a furious late charge from
Spy in the Sky to win Thursday's Grade 1, $150,000
Lonesome Glory steeplechase at Belmont Park.
Swifty Farms' Pataky Kid, three-length winner of the Grade 3
Arlington-Washington Futurity on September 8, breezed a bullet five furlongs in
1:00 Monday morning at Chicago's northwest suburban oval in preparation for
Keeneland's upcoming Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity on October 6.
Hollywood Oaks (gr. II) winner Potesta is bearing weight on her left front leg and trainer Mike Mitchell said he is "very pleased" with the way she continues to recover from a career-ending fracture sustained Sept. 14.
The West Virginia Racing Commission has upheld a hearing examiner's finding that the exclusion of a trainer by Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort for allegedly violating the track's anti-slaughter policy was reasonable.
The revamped "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series kicks off Sept. 29 with points awarded to the top four finishers in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge (Eng-II) at Newmarket and the FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Equine endocrinology researchers gathered in Boston, Mass., Sept. 7-8, for the second Equine Endocrinology Summit, where major topics of discussion included equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) and pituitary pars intermedia disorder (PPID, or equine Cushing's disease).