Headlines for Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • There was no stopping Game On Dude in the Awesome Again.

    Game On Dude Aces Awesome Again Test

    Game On Dude maintained his unbeaten record at Santa Anita Park with a smooth victory in the $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Sept, 29, a perfect tuneup for his return to the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • Executiveprivilege and Rafael Bejarano are all alone at the finish of the Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

    Executiveprivilege Smashes Chandelier Rivals

    Undefeated Executiveprivilege stamped herself as the likely favorite for this year's Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with a smashing victory in the $250,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Power Broker rolls home to win the FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita.

    Power Broker Gets First Win in FrontRunner

    Gary and Mary West's Power Broker made short work of the field in the $250,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita Park Sept. 29, drawing away to win easily over Know More and Capo Bastone.

  • Game on Dude solidifies role as Classic favorite in Awesome Again

    Game on Dude did what was expected in his final tune-up for the Breeders' Cup Classic, posting an easy win in the Grade 1, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/awesomeagain12.pdf"> Awesome Again Stakes</a>, and figures to be a definitive favorite over the same Santa Anita track on November 3. Favored at 1-5 over eight rivals on Saturday, the classy gelding provided Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Rafael Bejarano with their third Grade 1 victory on the afternoon when cruising to a 3 1/4-length decision.

  • Power Broker breaks maiden in FrontRunner

    The Bob Baffert trainee pressed the pace three wide as Know More, the 9-5 favorite, and another Baffert trainee, Carving, battled back and forth setting fractions of :23, :47 2/5 and 1:12 2/5. Once Power Broker took over the lead in the upper stretch, the race was over as the son of Pulpit drew clear under left-hand urging from rider Rafael Bejarano. He was able to go the 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:44 2/5.

  • Marketing Mix struts her stuff in Rodeo Drive

    Glen Hill Farm's Marketing Mix was the class of the field in Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/rodeodrive12.pdf">Rodeo Drive</a> at Santa Anita, and it showed. Rallying from well off a blistering speed duel, the even-money favorite drew off imperiously and stamped herself as the leading domestic hope for the Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Turf.

  • Love and Pride beats west's best in Zenyatta

    Coming off a stunning upset of eastern heavyweights Royal Delta and It's Tricky in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap, Green Hills Farm's Love and Pride showed that win was no fluke by traveling to Santa Anita and knocking out the West Coast's leading older fillies and mares in Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/zenyatta12.pdf">Zenyatta</a>.

  • Executiveprivilege dominates Chandelier, remains undefeated

    Trained by Bob Baffert, Executiveprivilege sped between horses going straight to the rail and posted fractions of :23 4/5, :48 2/5 and 1:13 2/5. The two-year-old set a pressured pace, but started to pull away on the second turn, leaving her competition behind in her wire-to-wire win. She was able to cover the 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:44 4/5.

  • Love and Pride comes home strong to win the Zenyatta.

    Love and Pride Won't Be Denied in Zenyatta

    Love and Pride, good enough to beat champion Royal Delta in her previous start, had little trouble dispatching her rivals in the $250,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I), going gate to wire at Santa Anita Park Sept. 29.

  • Point of Entry streaks to fifth straight in Joe Hirsch

    Phipps Stable's homebred Point of Entry extended his winning streak to five in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/joehirsch12.pdf">Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational</a>, officially punching his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Turf. Despite being floated out very wide by Treasure Beach entering the stretch, the 3-5 favorite outkicked the Irish invader to score by 1 3/4 lengths.

  • Battle of Marengo Set for Juddmonte Beresford

    Trainer Aidan O'Brien has two runners for Sept. 30 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes (Ire-II) at the Curragh, including favorite Battle of Marengo, as he seeks to win the race for the 12th time.

  • Flat Out nails Stay Thirsty for second Gold Cup victory

    Preston Stables' Flat Out successfully defended his title in Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/jcgc12.pdf">Jockey Club Gold Cup</a>, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his first win in the prestigious 1 1/4-mile race since saddling Cigar to victory in 1995.

  • Nahrain survives inquiry to keep Flower Bowl

    English shipper Nahrain knifed between the Chad Brown duo of Zagora and Dream Peace to get up late in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/flowerbowl12.pdf">Flower Bowl Invitational</a> at Belmont Park, but the stewards wasted no time in posting the inquiry sign. Nahrain and 2-1 favorite Dream Peace had brushed as both launched their bids turning for home, and Dream Peace's hind end was knocked sideways. But the replay didn't conclusively prove fault, and the Darley Stable homebred was allowed to keep her victory, and its accompanying automatic berth to the Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Turf.

  • Royal Delta claims Beldame crown in emphatic style

    Royal Delta was back in top form in Saturday's Grade 1, $392,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/beldame12.pdf">Beldame</a> at Belmont Park, demolishing four opponents including arch-rival It's Tricky. Under Mike Smith, the Bill Mott-trained champion opened up a wide lead turning for home and crossed the wire 9 1/2 lengths in front as the 4-5 favorite. Royal Delta returned $3.70, $2.20 and $2.10.

  • The Lumber Guy strikes in Vosburgh

    Barry Schwartz's homebred The Lumber Guy showed no signs of rust while returning from a 4 1/2-month layoff in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/vosburgh12.pdf">Vosburgh Stakes</a>, holding the fast-closing Caixa Eletronica safe in the latter stages for a 1 1/4-length score. He completed six furlongs in 1:09 1/5 on the &quot;good&quot; track at Belmont Park.

  • Jersey Town rolls past Shackleford in Kelso

    Charles Fipke's Jersey Town out-staged notable rivals Shackleford and To Honor and Serve in the Grade 2, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kelso12.pdf">Kelso Handicap</a> at Belmont Park, driving to a convincing 3 1/2-length decision beneath Javier Castellano. The Barclay Tagg-trained horse snapped a 23-month losing streak in the process, notching his first victory since the Grade 1 Cigar Mile in 2010, and earned a berth to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile where he will be a viable contender if he runs back to Saturday's performance.

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    Nahrain Wins Flower Bowl in a Thriller

    Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum's Nahrain, second in last year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), edges Zagora and Dream Peace to win the $400,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) Sept. 29 at Belmont Park.

  • The Lumber Guy rolls home in the Vosburgh.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2117659173&amp;k=Pr2HcjK&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    The Lumber Guy Lays It Down in Vosburgh

    Barry Schwartz's homebred The Lumber Guy rallies from just off the pace to win the six-furlong Vosburgh Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 29 at Belmont in his first start since mid-May.

  • Jockey Ouzts joins 6,000-win club

    Jockey Perry Ouzts joined an elite group of riders Saturday when he rode Tanner Me Boy to a two-length victory in Turfway Park's 2ND race to notch his 6,000th career win.

  • Jersey Town comes home strong to win the Kelso.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2117606459&amp;k=5zCNxmC&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Jersey Town Stands Tall in Kelso

    Charles Fipke's homebred Jersey Town, a 6-year-old son of Speightstown, blows by Shackleford in the stretch of the one-mile Kelso Handicap (gr. II). Favored To Honor and Serve finishes fourth.

  • Frankel blows away workmates

    Sir Henry Cecil made a rare racecourse appearance to witness Frankel, the world's highest-rated racehorse, work over nine furlongs on the Rowley Mile ahead of his next, and most likely final, start in the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20.

  • Siyouma downs unlucky Kate in Sun Chariot; Rosdhu Queen takes Cheveley Park

    French handler Francois Doumen gained his first top level success on the Flat in Britain when Siyouma won Saturday's Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket. It was a fourth consecutive win for French-trained horses, following on from Rodolphe Collet's three wins with Sahpresa.

  • Alliance Eyes Spot Checks After NY Report

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance plans to do spot checks to ensure accredited racetracks are adhering to its code of standards, an alliance official said Sept. 29.

  • Steeler tackles Artigiano in Royal Lodge

    Trained by Mark Johnston, the son of 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass earned 10 points for the victory.&nbsp;Artigiano, by Distorted Humor, collected four points for second.&nbsp;

  • Rosdhu Queen (left) stays unbeated in the Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes.
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    Rosdhu Queen Makes All in Cheveley Park

    Rosdhu Queen maintained her unbeaten record after making all the pace to win the Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) for two-year-old fillies on September 29 at Newmarket.

  • Steeler Tenacious in Juddmonte Royal Lodge

    Steeler scored a clear win Sept. 29 in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket, becoming the first graded or group winner for Darley's freshman sire Raven's Pass.