The final open turf stake of the year for fillies and mares in New York usually draws a large field and Saturday's 45th running of the grade II, $150,000 Long Island Handicap is no exception. A full field of 13, plus two for the main track only, has been entered.
Lido Palace, winner of the grade I Whitney and Woodward, will make his next start in the $2.3 million Japan Cup Dirt on Nov. 24, trainer Bobby Frankel confirmed Thursday morning. Frankel also will send Turf Classic winner Timboroa for the Japan Cup, to be run on the turf the following day.
The fall/winter Tropical-at-Calder meet is revving up with the first winter arrivals from the north coming in daily in the weeks ahead. Saturday's features are the $60,000 Lulu's Ransom Stakes and $60,000 Fabulous Frolic Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and colts, respectively, at one mile on turf.
Michael Cooper, majority owner of Tiznow, said Monday the two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner definitely will not run in the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 23. Cooper also said plans for Tiznow are up in the air, and no firm decision has been made whether the colt will race again next year.
Queensland Oaks (Aus-I) winner Ethereal is the 4-1 morning-line favorite for Tuesday's two-mile Melbourne Cup (Aus-I), in which the hot Godolphin stable have two horses entered.
A possible showdown between the two most recent Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winners will not take place in the $250,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. III) on Thanksgiving at Churchill Downs as 2000 winner Spain will be pointed toward the $150,000 Bayakoa (gr. II) on Dec. 15 at Hollywood Park.
Bobby Frankel's mouth began to water as soon as he heard that two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow was being considered for the $400,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23. Suddenly, visions of an Eclipse Award for Lido Palace flashed through his mind.
Millennium Wind, unraced since an 11th-place effort in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), makes his return to the track in today's $74,000 Skywalker Handicap over a flat mile at Santa Anita. The Cryptoclearance colt captured the grade I Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland by a front-running 5 1/4 lengths under Laffit Pincay Jr., who shows up on his back again today.
Five-time graded stakes winner Mystic Lady leads a field of six postward in the 1 1/16 mile, $200,000 Honey Bee Handicap at The Meadowlands Friday night. The Thunder Gulch filly annexed the Cotillion (gr. II) in her last start and the Jersey Derby (gr. III) earlier this year at Monmouth. Mystic Lady will carry Eibar Coa and 122 pounds for conditioner Mark Hennig.
Red Oak Stable's Strolling Belle is the highweight for Saturday's grade III, $100,000 Turnback the Alarm at Aqueduct. The 5-year-old daughter of Strolling Along won the Personal Ensign at Monmouth before being disqualified from second in her last outing, the Long Look at the Meadowlands, when jockey Eibar Coa struck a rival with his whip.
Trainer Jay Robbins is considering the $400,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23, rather than the grade I, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup on Dec. 1 for Tiznow's next start.
In a surprise move, trainer Bob Baffert on Wednesday entered Officer, beaten favorite in last Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), in Saturday's $125,000 California Cup Juvenile.
Godolphin's Street Cry returns from a seven-month layoff to face six other 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) on Wednesday's opening day card at Aqueduct.
The top three finishers from the Breeders' Cup Turf and Classic winner Tiznow head a list of horses invited to the Japan Cup and Japan Cup Dirt that will be run at Tokyo Racecourse the weekend of Nov. 24-25.
Globeform editors are picking Aptitude to win the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Breeders' Cup Daily Notes
Racing fans will be able to hone their handicapping skills for Saturday's 18th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park as five graded stakes are contested Friday afternoon.
The $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. III) will drop the curtain on Keeneland's 2001 fall meeting. Nine colts and geldings to take the post in the nine-furlong event, which will be headed up by Pin Oak Stable's Broken Vow.
You can handicap the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races all you want, and you're still going to come away befuddled. There's simply too many good horses who can win, and very few horses with major weaknesses who can be dismissed. What we're going to attempt is to point out longshots who might be huge overlays, and horses who have impressed us with their training and their appearance.
A Mexican subsidiary of simulcast service provider Racing Services of Fargo, N.D., is creating an international online wagering service. The Global Pari-Mutuel Network will be created with a subsidiary of Orbis Development, which handles electronic financial transactions for banks and merchants worldwide.
Jerry Bailey is the only jockey with a mount in all eight World Thoroughbred Championships races Saturday. And that's OK with him for some not-so-obvious reasons.
A day after the World Thoroughbred Championship races are run, Belmont Park will give away a free photo of the Breeders' Cup Classic winner to fans attending the races. ... Also, Breeders' Cup simulcasting and advance wagering information as well as other track promotions.
Cetewayo, sixth in the 1998 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), and Manndar, eighth in last year's renewal of that race, head a full field of horses entered in the $150,000 Knickerbocker Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park a day before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship races are run.
On Tuesday night, most people were convinced Godolphin would run Fantastic Light in the Breeders' Cup Classic and Sakhee in the Turf. On Wednesday morning, those people were proven wrong when the Godolphin braintrust pulled a switcheroo that sent a shockwave of disbelief rippling through the backstretch.
Juddmonte Farms' Aptitude, 10-length winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, has been installed the 2-1 morning- line favorite for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic.
The work tab for Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships was still busy Wednesday, with more of the contenders working on grass than on the main track.
An agreement struck over the weekend will allow all online and telephone account wagering services to put the World Thoroughbred Championships on their menus Oct. 27.
Striking Song, a son of Unbridled's Song training for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, has been declared out of Saturday's race after sustaining a chip to his left hind ankle. The Robert Hess Jr.-trained colt has won one of four career starts, breaking his maiden at one mile in last outing.
$4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (GI) World Thoroughbred Championships
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Jockey Frankie Dettori will work Godolphin's Sakhee and Fantastic Light next Wednesday, after which a decision will be made where to run each horse. Both were cross-entered for the Classic and Turf, with the Classic as first-preference.
Unbridled Elaine, who was returned to trainer Dallas Stewart on Saturday after being conditioned by David Vance since June, worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs Sunday in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I). The fastest work at the distance Sunday, though, was turned in by Vance-trained Caressing, who won last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
elmont Park's New York Showcase Fall Festival kicks into gear this weekend with seven stakes featuring horses foaled in the Empire State. The richest contest unfolds Sunday with the running of the $250,000 Empire Classic featuring a field of 10. The wide open nine-furlong contest includes Brave One, coming off a score in the Ashley T. Cole Stakes Sept. 22.
Miss Seffens heads a field of seven distaff sprinters in Sunday's $100,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland over six furlongs. Miss Seffens is a five-time stakes winner, including her triumph in the Storm Cat Stakes earlier in Keeneland's fall meeting. The 4-year-old daughter of Dehere has earned $479,420 thus far in her career for owners Karen and M. Hays Biggs and trainer Steve Wren.
Godolphin Racing's Breeders' Cup contenders Sakhee, Fantastic Light, Express Tour, and Noverre were all on the Belmont track Friday, working toward the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships. Starine also worked for Bobby Frankel.
Drysdale pair, Forbidden Apple, Alannan, Chaste, Lailani worked Thursday in preparation for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships.
Three-year-old fillies take to the lawn for Saturday's running of the Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland and a handful of shippers will have the upper hand.
It took a while, but after 30 minutes of stopping, starting, wheeling, and ducking, Tiznow finally turned in a brilliant mile work in 1:35 3/5 at Santa Anita Thursday morning. Jockey Chris McCarron, who was aboard the defending Horse of the Year, timed him going seven-eighths from the three-eighths pole to a half-mile past the wire in 1:22.71, while Robbins and the clockers picked him up at the half-mile pole.
Workouts on West Coast in preparation for Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships in New York.
Click here for the pre-entries to all eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship Races.
Goodbye, Breeders' Cup. Hello, World Thoroughbred Championships. America's biggest day of racing is now the world's biggest day of racing. For the first time since its inception, racing's Greatest Show on Earth will not be dominated by American-based horses. The two largest international powerhouses--Godolphin and the Coolmore group--are not only heading to the World Thoroughbred Championships en masse, they are bringing all their heavy artillery. And this year, that means an array of European stars never before seen on one card, especially in the United States.
When pre-entries closed Monday for the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships, globe-trotting Godolphin Racing was represented by eight different entries, including two cross-entered for both the Classic and the Turf.
Churchill plans to replace its current paddock video screen this week. In the past, reading the screen's information, which included current odds, closed-circuit coverage, and the races themselves, was difficult.
D. Wayne Lukas, the leading trainer in Breeders' Cup history with 16 victories, worked four horses scheduled to start in the World Thoroughbred Championships on October 27. With overnight rains, the Belmont Park track was labeled muddy with the dogs up.
Globeform is the international horse rating service founded by Geir Stabell, handicapper for the Racing Post.
A contingent of Southern California horses competing in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is scheduled to ship to New York on Oct. 23.
Affirmed Success, likely for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), worked five furlongs in 1:00 Thursday on the "good" inner turf course at Belmont Park.
Fantastic Light, Arc d'Triomphe winner Sahkee and Noverre will ship tomorrow from England to Belmont Park, where they will compete in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 27th, said Adrian Beaumont, director of racecourse services for the International Racing Bureau.
Ten of the best three-year-old turf fillies in the world will contest the 18th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup (gr. I) to be run Saturday at Keeneland.
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