Headlines for Saturday, October 19, 2013

  • 30 Years in 30 Days: Anees, 1999 Juvenile

    Oddly enough events conspired to prevent me from watching live one of my best Breeders' Cup wagers. Instead, the welcomed news of Anees' victory arrived via a friend's phone call to the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette news room.

  • Eighttofasttocatch is in control in the Maryland Million Classic Stakes.

    Eighttofasttocatch Takes 2nd Maryland Million

    Sylvia E. Heft's Eighttofasttocatch led from start to finish and won the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic Oct. 19 at Laurel Park for the second time in the past three years. Last year the son of Not For Love finished fifth.

  • Saratoga Snacks and Joel Rosario take the Empire Classic Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2844661672&k=4kw29Rw">Order This Photo</a>

    Saratoga Snacks Gobbles Up Empire Classic

    Saratoga Snacks, owned by Hall of Fame football coach Bill Parcells, took the lead coming into the stretch and held on tenaciously to capture the $250,000 Empire Classic Handicap Oct. 19 at Belmont Park.

  • Effie Trinket holds off Sally's Dream to win the Ticonderoga Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2844397989&k=gt4fpST">Order This Photo</a>

    Effie Trinket, King Kreesa Score on Turf

    Effie Trinket and King Kreesa score on the turf at 1 1/16 miles in the Ticonderoga Stakes and Mohawk Stakes, respectively, at Belmont Park Oct. 19 as part of the Empire Showcase Day card.

  • Cluster of Stars runs away from the competition in the Iroquois Stakes.
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    Cluster of Stars Stays Unbeaten in Iroquois

    Undefeated Cluster of Stars rolled to her seventh consecutive win when she outclassed five New York-bred opponents in frontrunning style by 3 1/4 lengths in the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes Oct. 19 at Belmont Park.

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    Royal Delta Heads Mott's BC Works at Belmont

    Led by champion Royal Delta and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Ron the Greek, horses conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott got in their Belmont Park works Oct. 19 in advance of the Nov. 1-2 Breeders' Cup.

  • Suffolk Asks Casino Partner to Vacate Project

    Just three weeks before critical local referendums on casino gambling at Suffolk Downs, the racetrack asked partner Caesars Entertainment to resign from the proposed destination resort casino development.

  • Olympic Glory comes home strong to take the QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
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    Blinkers Help Olympic Glory to QE II Tally

    First-time blinkers made all the difference for Olympic Glory, who cruised past supplemental entry Top Notch Tonto for a clear win in the 1 million QIPCO Queen Elizabeth Stakes II (Eng-I) Oct. 19 at Ascot.

  • Wired Bryan rolls to victory in the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2844181292&k=dTRfJS2">Order This Photo</a>

    Wired Bryan Cruises in Bongard

    Wired Bryan turned in a front-running tour-de-force in the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard Stakes on Empire Showcase Day; Miss Narcissist employed similar tactics to take the $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma for fillies.

  • Fawkner Storms to Caulfield Cup Triumph

    Victoria's BMW Caulfield Cup (Aus-I) had been in the plans for Fawkner for nearly a year, and the 6-year-old Reset gelding sprung a long-sought win Oct. 19 for owners Lloyd and Nick Williams.

  • Point of Entry Comes Back Strong

    Five-time grade I winner Point of Entry sailed along his road to recovery from a condylar fracture suffered in early June, and is on track for a comeback in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).