Headlines for Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Jones on first foray to Santa Anita with Joyful Victory

    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.

  • Pletcher double-handed in both Matron and Futurity

    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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/matron12.htm">Matron Stakes</a> for fillies, and debut maiden winner Unabashed gives the barn a promising second string. But the Pletcher duo in the $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/futurity12.htm">Futurity</a> -- 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.

  • Belmont cancels Friday card in expectation of heavy rain

    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 &quot;Win and You're In&quot; 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 won the United Nations at Monmouth Park July 7.

    BC Turf Qualifiers to Try Santa Anita Course

    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.

  • Bourbon Bay, Slim Shadey return to action in John Henry

    Two of the top contenders in Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/johnhenry12">John Henry Turf Championship Stakes </a>(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 has Overanalyze and Drum Roll in the Futurity Stakes.

    Futurity: Pletcher Duo Meets Carried Interest

    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.

  • Kauai Katie won the Adirondack by 2 3/4 lengths.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2021659003&amp;k=Vv5GSL7&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Kauai Katie Puts Streak on Line in Matron

    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.

  • Ten Grade 1s on tap Saturday

    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).

  • Game On Dude returns to dirt in the Awesome Again.

    Game On Dude Back Home for Awesome Again

    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.

  • Tony Bennett to perform at Breeders' Cup

    Over 50 years after his initial performance of the song at Carnegie Hall, Grammy-award winner Tony Bennett will perform his classic hit &quot;The Best is Yet to Come&quot; 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.

  • Jersey Town fighting fit for Kelso; Poseidon fresh for Vosburgh

    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 Mile Handicap.

  • Belmont Park

    Belmont Cancels Sept. 28 Card

    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 takes the Lonesome Glory steeplechase 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=2113932993&amp;k=GsmGdWr&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    48-1 Shot Takes Lonesome Glory Steeplechase

    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.

  • Pierrot Lunaire springs 48-1 upset in Lonesome Glory

    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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lonesomeglory12.pdf"> Lonesome Glory</a> steeplechase at Belmont Park.

  • Santa Anita to Provide High-Definition

    Santa Anita Park will provide its fans both on-track and around the world a high-definition, digital simulcast television presentation beginning with the opening of the 2012 Autumn Meet Sept. 28.

  • Pataky Kid, Gold Edge on target for Keeneland

    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.

  • Potesta

    Injured Filly Potesta Walking Well

    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.

  • WVRC Denies Appeal in Anti-Slaughter Case

    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.

  • THS: Jockey Club Gold Cup

    Tom and Pete handicap two races from Belmont and Santa Anita this weekend, the Jockey Club Gold Cup and FrontRunner Stakes.

  • THS: The Jockey Club Gold Cup 2012

    Tom and Pete handicap two races from Belmont and Santa Anita this weekend, the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the FrontRunner Stakes. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

  • Frankel&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2113689526&amp;k=njt8rbx&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Frankel to Work at Newmarket Sept. 29

    Trainer is keen for workout to "feel like a race" as the British champion prepares for his next start in the QIPCO Champion Stakes Oct. 20. Frankel will work with two other Juddmonte Farms runners.

  • KY Derby Points System Launches Sept. 29

    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.