Handicapping

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  • Europeans loom large in Canadian International

    The entries for Sunday's Grade 1, C$1.5 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/canintl12.htm">Canadian International</a> are dominated by Europeans, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Seven of the 11 contenders are based on the other side of the pond, including the Aidan O'Brien-trained Imperial Monarch; 2010 Canadian International winner Joshua Tree; Wigmore Hall, two-for-two in his previous visits to Woodbine; and Reliable Man, last year's Group 1 French Derby hero. The North American team comprises Al Khali, Air Support, Prince Will I Am and an ex-European in Forte dei Marmi.

  • Dream Peace tries again in E.P. Taylor

    Group 2 star Dream Peace, who was third in a three-way photo in last year's Grade 1&nbsp; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/eptaylor12.htm">E.P. Taylor Stakes</a>, looks for a breakthrough in Sunday's renewal of the C$1 million prize at Woodbine. A French raider here 12 months ago, the well-bred daughter of Dansili is now an emigre who resides in the Chad Brown barn. To accomplish her mission, Dream Peace must fend off a formidable European invasion spearheaded by her former compatriot Siyouma, England's Barefoot Lady and Ireland's Princess Highway.

  • Camelot recovering from colic surgery

    Three-time European classic hero Camelot has come through exploratory surgery for colic in good order, according to Coolmore Stud's <a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/coolmorestud">Twitter</a> page.

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  • Moonwalk slides to victory in the Jessamine

    Spendthrift Farm's homebred Moonwalk lived up to her name on Thursday in the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/jessamine12.pdf"> Jessamine</a> by slipping through on the inside to score a nose victory under jockey Corey Lanerie. The Dale Romans trainee just held as Kitten's Point rallied late on the outside, but managed to hold on while finishing 1 1/16 miles on the firm Keeneland turf in 1:45.

  • Industry groups develop plans to fund TAA

    The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced Thursday that several industry groups, including 13 prominent breeding farms in Kentucky, The Jockey Club, two racetracks of the Stronach Group, the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton, Barretts Equine Limited and Ocala Breeders' Sales Company (OBS), have developed plans to provide funds beginning in 2013 to support the TAA's mission to accredit and raise funds for Thoroughbred aftercare facilities.

  • Classic, juvenile contests highlight Cal Cup Day

    John Scott, who appears to have found a new lease on life at age five, heads a competitive eight-horse field in Saturday's $175,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ccclassic12.html"> California Cup Classic</a>, a race which headlines Santa Anita's 23rd annual Cal Cup Day for horses bred or foaled in the Golden State.

  • Calder's Festival of the Sun features five stakes

    Calder will present a stakes-filled afternoon of racing as part of the 21st annual Festival of the Sun on Saturday that will feature the conclusion of the lucrative Florida Stallion Stakes series, with both the $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/inreality12">In Reality Division </a>and its juvenile filly counterpart, the $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mydeargirl12">My Dear Girl Division</a>, to be run over 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

  • Keeneland, Woodbine share Simulcast Award honors

    Keeneland and Woodbine Entertainment Group were declared co-winners of this year's Simulcast Award at the International Simulcast Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The award gives both tracks the distinction of becoming five-time winners of the prestigious contest. The crystal trophies were sponsored by Post Time Technologies.

  • Talent-laden field of eight entered in QEII Challenge Cup

    Grade 1 winners Samitar and Stephanie's Kitten headline a field of eight sophomore fillies entered for Saturday's 29th running of the Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/qeIIchallengecup12.html"> Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup</a> at Keeneland.

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  • Eight likely for Queen Elizabeth II

    Keeneland racing secretary Ben Huffman expects at least eight names, with the possibility of a couple more, to be in the entry box Wednesday for Saturday's 29th&nbsp;running of the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at 1 1/8 miles on the turf for three-year-old fillies.

  • Boisterous, Dealbata top Belmont stakes

    Belmont Park will host a pair of Grade 3 turf stakes Saturday, with Grade 2 winner Boisterous returning for a title defense in the $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/knickerbocker12"> Knickerbocker </a>and multiple stakes queen Dealbata highlighting the field in the $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/athenia12"> Athenia</a>. Both events are scheduled for the inner turf.

  • In Lingerie's BC decision pending

    Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' In Lingerie came out of her two-length victory in Sunday's Grade 1 Spinster in good order, according to Michael Dilger, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.

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  • Gervinho recovers in time in Zuma Beach

    Despite losing his footing briefly, Keith Brackpool's Gervinho rallied in time to deny Den's Legacy by a half-length in Monday's $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/zumabeach12.pdf">Zuma Beach Stakes</a> at Santa Anita. The unbeaten colt thus emerged as a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf over the same course and one-mile distance.

  • A Flashy-looking score in the Surfer Girl

    Riley Racing Stables' Flashy Ways rolled past the leaders turning into the stretch and kicked away in Monday's $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/surfergirl12.pdf">Surfer Girl Stakes</a> at Santa Anita, propelling herself into the picture for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

  • Botti doesn't want soft ground for Moohaajim

    Exciting two-year-old Moohaajim remains on course for the Group 1, £150,000 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Future Champions Day, Saturday, after exercising this morning during a media visit to Marco Botti's Green Ridge Stables in Newmarket.

  • Watsdachances completes Brown double in Miss Grillo

    Not long after Noble Tune demolished the field in Monday's Grade 3 Pilgrim at Belmont Park, fellow Chad Brown trainee Watsdachances rallied boldly between foes to capture the companion race for fillies, the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/missgrillo12.pdf">Miss Grillo Stakes</a>, to complete a double for the barn. Like her stablemate, Watsdachances justified 6-5 favoritism, and earned an automatic Breeders' Cup berth -- in her case, to the Juvenile Fillies Turf.

  • Tyson Gay, Plum Pretty to appear at Keeneland Sunday

    Keeneland will welcome Olympian and Lexington, Kentucky, native Tyson Gay to the races on Sunday for a special salute. Gay is a triple world champion, an American record holder and the second-fastest man in history. He earned a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympic games as part of the 4x 100-meter relay team.

  • Pool Play surprises in Hawthorne Gold Cup

    Bill Farish's Pool Play proved the most long-winded of the six runners in a pokey renewal of the Grade 2, $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup on Saturday.

  • Paulick Report unveils new twist for Breeders' Cup or Bust

    A&nbsp; cross country trip, a two-man stroll from Lexington to Louisville and a 50-person relay from Keeneland to Churchill Downs...what do these three things have in common? They are all ways the Paulick Report and Breeders' Cup Charities have teamed up over the last three years to raise nearly $250,000 for several great causes in combination with Thoroughbred racing's annual World Championships!

  • Rumor has it in L.A. Woman

    Sunday's $98,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lawoman12.pdf">L.A. Woman Stakes</a> at Santa Anita was supposed to be a launching pad to the Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Sprint for the unbeaten Winding Way, but instead it was Ramona Bass, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Rumor who might have punched her ticket to the big dance.

  • Balance the Books picks off 11 in Bourbon

    Balance the Books broke last and picked off all 11 horses on his way to glory in the eventful Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/bourbon12.pdf">Bourbon</a> at Keeneland on Sunday. The son of Lemon Drop Kid went off as the heavy 4-5 favorite and managed to overcome being bumped in the stretch to pay $3.80, $2.80 and $2.40 to his backers.

  • In Lingerie struts her stuff in Spinster

    Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' In Lingerie proved best on Sunday when taking on nine rivals in the Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/spinster12.pdf">Spinster</a> at Keeneland. The Todd Pletcher pupil saved ground along the rail while biding her time just behind the front-running Juanita on the backstretch before putting in her winning move in the stretch to be two lengths clear of Mystical Star on the wire.

  • River Seven survives objection, breaks maiden in Grey

    The Nick Gonzalez trainee tracked the front-running Five Iron through fractions of :24 2/5, :48 4/5 and 1:12 3/5, then drove to the front beneath Eurico Da Silva in the stretch. Tesseron made a big move on the turn and loomed boldly, but could not get past River Seven, who was three-quarters of a length on top while finishing 1 1/16 Polytrack miles in 1:43 4/5.

  • Dullahan still pointing to BC; Shanghai Bobby's plans pending

    Favored Dullahan's distaste for the less-than-firm going in Saturday's Jamaica Handicap proved to be his undoing as he came home fifth in his attempt to add a Grade 1 on the turf to his trio of Grade 1 victories over synthetic surfaces, trainer Dale Romans said Sunday morning.

  • Grace Hall romps in Indiana Oaks

    Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group's Grace Hall took the lead from Eden's Moon in Saturday's Grade 2, $205,600 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/indianaoaks12.pdf"> Indiana Oaks</a> at Hoosier Park and never looked back en route to a 5 3/4-length score under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. The Tony Dutrow-trained daughter of Empire Maker was sent off the 4-5 favorite and returned $3.80 and $2.20 for completing 1 1/16 miles on the good dirt in 1:41 4/5.

  • Coil edges Capital Account in Santa Anita Sprint Championship

    Pegram, Watson and Weitman's Coil rallied to the lead in midstretch and gamely withstood the late bid of stablemate Capital Account in Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sasprint12.pdf">Santa Anita Sprint Championship</a>, providing trainer Bob Baffert with a one-two finish in the six-furlong event formerly known as the Ancient Title. Winner of the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at nine furlongs last year, the versatile colt has redefined his image at age four, establishing himself as a top contender for the November 3 Breeders' Cup Sprint over the same Santa Anita track.

  • Not Abroad wins Maryland Million Classic; Ben's Cat makes history in Turf Sprint

    Jockey Nick Petro and his mount Not Abroad saw an inviting opening along the rail as they circled the far turn in Saturday's $142,500 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mmclassic12.pdf"> Maryland Million Classic</a> on Laurel Park's Jim McKay Maryland Million program. They galloped through the gaping hole, came out with a clear lead and drew off to win over the fast main track.

  • King David shocks Jamaica first off the claim

    Making his first start off the $35,000 claim for Mike Maker, Scarlet Stable's King David sprang a 28-1 upset in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/jamaica12.pdf">Jamaica Handicap</a> at Belmont Park, shocking such accomplished rivals as Summer Front, Cogito and Dullahan.

  • Obviously still unbeaten at a mile in Arroyo Seco

    Fanticola and Scardino's Obviously turned in another terrific front-running effort in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/arroyoseco12.pdf">Arroyo Seco Mile</a> at Santa Anita. Aside from remaining perfect from three starts at the distance, the Mike Mitchell charge burnished his credentials for the Breeders' Cup Mile over this same course.

  • Wise Dan flaunts his superiority in Shadwell Turf Mile

    Eclipse Award contender Wise Dan came out of his Grade 1 Woodbine Mile heroics in such fine fettle that trainer Charles Lopresti didn't want to keep him in the barn until the Breeders' Cup. Thus Morton Fink's homebred was entered in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/shadwellturfmile12.pdf"> Shadwell Turf Mile</a> at Keeneland, and judging by how he crushed the opposition once again, it's clear why Lopresti couldn't hold him down.

  • Neck 'n Neck proves best in Indiana Derby

    A. Stevens Miles Jr.'s homebred Neck 'n Neck closed strongly in Saturday's Grade 2, $513,600 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/indyderby12.pdf">Indiana Derby</a>, rallying down the center of the track to post a one-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile test at Hoosier Park. With new jockey Brian Hernandez up, the Ian Wilkes-trained colt was off as the 9-2 third choice among 11 rivals and returned payoffs of $11.20, $4.80 and $2.80 to his supporters.

  • Tapitsfly denies Daisy Devine in First Lady

    Frank L. Jones Jr.'s homebred Tapitsfly got up to take the Grade 1, $350,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/firstlady12.pdf">First Lady Stakes</a> at Keeneland on Saturday and in the process gained a measure of revenge over rival Daisy Devine, who held her to third when capturing the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley during Keeneland's spring meet. Daisy Devine had a clear lead in the stretch of the First Lady, but Tapitsfly lived up to her name when swooping in late to finish a mile on the firm turf in 1:35 2/5.

  • Dreaming of Julia ekes out Frizette win over My Happy Face

    Stonestreet Stables' homebred Dreaming of Julia just got the head victory on Saturday in Belmont Park's Grade 1, $380,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/frizette12.pdf">Frizette Stakes</a> after a stretch-long duel with near 3-1 second choice My Happy Face. The pair raced in tandem down the lane, in very close quarters at times, but Dreaming of Julia managed to take the win under jockey John Velazquez to move her record to a perfect three-for-three.