Point of Entry can solidify his present status as the nation's leading
long-distance turf performer with a victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000
Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational. The 1 1/2-mile fixture over Belmont Park's
Widener course came up light compared to other stakes on Super Saturday with
only six names dropped in the entry box.
The top three from the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap on August 4 are in the
spotlight Saturday when they headline a surprisingly robust field in the Grade
1, $1 million
Jockey Club Gold Cup. The historic 1 1/4-mile test tops a bumper card of
Breeders' Cup preps on Belmont Park's "Super Saturday" program.
Undefeated two-year-old filly So Many Ways, winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway
Stakes and Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes, will not travel to California to run in
the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, it was announced Wednesday.
Canary Row, trained in Ireland by Patrick Prendergast, is among eight runners
for the Group 3, £40,000 Somerville Tattersall over seven furlongs at Newmarket
on Thursday, the first day of the Cambridgeshire Festival.
On Saturday, she wrapped up her gifted history at the local oval with a victory
by almost seven lengths, and that led to the ice cream celebration that had been
publicly promised to the racing fans on hand by the acknowledged dean of Chicago
Gary and Mary West's homebred Book Review rolled to a convincing victory as
the 7-5 favorite in Saturday night's $400,000
Town Oaks. Making her two-turn debut in this seven-furlong scramble around
Charles Town's tight oval, the Chad Brown trainee circled the field on the final
turn and kicked 1 3/4 lengths clear.
At Belmont Park on Sunday, Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap winner Fort
Larned turned in his final serious work for Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million
Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational, covering five furlongs in 1:01 shortly after
6:30 a.m. (EDT).
Trainer Dale Romans, who has already has established a personal record for
single-season North American earnings in 2012, has confirmed Little Mike and
Finnegans Wake for Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic
Invitational and Dullahan primed for the Grade 1, $400,000 Jamaica Handicap on
Classic winner Shackleford breezed five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 4/5 at his
Churchill Downs base on Sunday, pleasing trainer Dale Romans in his last major
move ahead of Saturday's Grade 2 Kelso Handicap at Belmont.
J. Paul Reddam's Handsome Mike parlayed a front-running trip into a
two-length upset in Saturday's Grade 2, $1 million
Pennsylvania Derby, winning as the 19-1 longest shot at Parx Racing. The
Scat Daddy colt proved resilient after setting a moderate pace beneath Irad
Ortiz Jr., withstanding challenges from Alpha and Stephanoatsee before
re-asserting command in deep stretch, and snapped a seven-race losing skein in
In a race that included reigning champion female sprinter Musical Romance and
multiple Grade 1 queen Turbulent Descent, it was Padua Stable's homebred Dust
and Diamonds who proved superior in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000
Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park.
Last year's unbeaten champion two-year-old filly My Miss Aurelia outdueled
pro tem divisional leader Questing by a head in Saturday's $971,200
Cotillion Stakes, in a climactic finish to the first Grade 1 event ever
staged in Pennsylvania. The 1 1/16-mile test served up a clash worthy of the
occasion -- a virtual match race, with Eclipse Award implications -- and it
lived up to the advance billing.
After an unsuccessful Triple Crown campaign, Optimizer looks to have found
his home back on the turf. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained colt captured his first
graded stakes win in record fashion on Saturday in the Grade 3, $200,000
at Delaware Park.
Multiple Grade 1 winner The Factor has been retired from racing and will
enter stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky, for
the 2013 breeding season. Raced by George Bolton and David Shimmon's Fog City
Stable, The Factor won six races, five of them graded, including the Grade 1
Malibu and Grade 1 Pat O'Brien.
Godolphin aims for a third consecutive victory in the Group 1, £163,500
Fillies' Mile with Certify going for the highlight of the second day of the
Cambridgeshire Festival at Newmarket this upcoming Friday. The Mahmood Al
Zarooni-trained filly is one of the ante-post favorites for next year's Group 1
One Thousand Guineas, back at Newmarket, following three impressive victories
that included a cozy neck success in the Group 2 May Hill over a mile at
Doncaster on September 14.
West Point Thoroughbreds announced the retirement of its nine-year-old
Awesome Gem on Friday. A well-traveled Grade 1 winner, all-surface
performer, and earner of more than $2.8 million, the Awesome Again gelding
remarkably won or placed in at least one graded stakes in each of his seven
seasons of racing.
Demand for quality yearlings from an exceptionally deep global buying bench
drove strong commerce throughout Keeneland's September Yearling Sale, producing
double-digit increases in average and median prices.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said he wants to survey weekend workouts before he
plots paths for many of his Belmont graded stakes contenders, but did confirm
four-year-olds San Pablo and Stay Thirsty for the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey
Club Gold Cup at 1 1/4 miles on September 29.
Japanracing.jp reports that the Yasutoshi Ikee-trained Trailblazer is
currently in Southern California in preparation for his scheduled run in the
Grade 2 Arroyo Seco Mile (formerly known as the Oak Tree Mile) on October 6.
Trailblazer, a son of Zenno Rob Roy, is aimed ultimately for the November 3
Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.
The Grade 1, $750,000 CashCall Futurity, an annual stop for future Triple
Crown contenders, will once again be the most lucrative event on the stakes
calendar for the 2012 Autumn meet at Hollywood Park.
The Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational on September 29 at
Belmont Park is the centerpiece of Super Saturday, which features four
additional Grade 1s and the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap, each a "Win and You're In"
event for the Breeders' Cup on November 2 and 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Gutierrez, 25, and Puhich, an agent since 1944, will receive the Mr. Fitz
Award, named for the late Hall of Fame trainer James "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons,
for typifying the spirit of racing. Gutierrez rose from the relative obscurity
of Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver to sweep the opening two legs of the Triple
Crown aboard I'll Have Another.
"You never can predict something like that," trainer Chad Brown said of the
blowout. "She's been very strong in her gallops. Six weeks out from the
Breeders' Cup, I think she needed a race, so I'm not at all upset about winning
by that many and having a strong final time. I think she needed the race and we
got the race we needed."
The Breeders' Cup has announced the launch of Blazing Silks, Breeders' Cup
Edition, an interactive social network game that allows horse racing fans and
social gamers to train and care for Thoroughbred horses. Fans can then race
their horses against friends and past Breeders' Cup Champions in photorealistic
3D races at some of the most famous racetracks in the world. Blazing Silks
combines the thrill of racing with immersive role-playing gameplay, allowing the
ownership, training and caring for your own Thoroughbred with the interactive
elements that have helped propel social gaming into the mainstream.
Spurious Precision, the undefeated winner of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special on
August 12, was euthanized Tuesday morning. The two-year-old, who was preparing
for the Grade 1 Champagne on October 6, suffered a fractured left knee during a
workout at Aqueduct Monday. The preliminary diagnosis indicated the injury might
be repaired surgically, and he was sent to the Hogan Equine Clinic in Cream
Ridge, New Jersey, but additional X-rays revealed extensive damage to the bone
structure of the knee.
Saturday's Grade 2 $200,000
Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park serves as a dynamite prep for this year's
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on November 2. The deep field
features Turbulent Descent, an impressive winner of the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes
in her first start for Todd Pletcher; defending sprint champion Musical Romance,
who has been freshened off her victory in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney in early
July; Grade 1-winning sophomore Emma's Encore; and C C's Pal, who notched her
second Grade 2 score this season when taking the Honorable Miss at Saratoga last
Chief Bearhart, who was voted champion turf male of 1997 and was twice named
Canadian Horse of the Year in 1997-98, died Tuesday in Japan. The 19-year-old,
who was suffering from heart failure, had been a stud at the Japan Bloodhorse
Breeders' Association (JBBA) Shizunai Stallion Station.
The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association will honor Kentucky
Derby and Preakness-winning jockey Mario Gutierrez and his agent, Ivan Puhich,
recently retired Churchill Downs track superintendent Raymond "Butch" Lehr, and
two-time Eclipse Award recipient Bill Mooney at its annual awards dinner on
October 31 in Pasadena, California.
Del Mar's horsemen earned an extra 10 percent payment on top of already
record-breaking purse payouts as final figures became available for the track's
2012 summer racing season. Meeting Friday, the Thoroughbred Owners of
California's board of directors approved the additional payout, which totaled
The official event logos for Kentucky Derby 139 and Kentucky Oaks 139 were
released Tuesday by Churchill Downs. Officially licensed apparel and headwear
featuring the new logos are now available for purchase online at
Deputed Testamony, the most recent Maryland-bred to win his home state's most
prestigious event, the Preakness at Pimlico, died Tuesday at Bonita Farm in
Darlington, Maryland. At the time of his death, Deputed Testamony, 32, was the
oldest living winner of a U.S. classic.
Matthew Benton and Christina Moore, students at the University of Arizona's
Race Track Industry Program (RTIP), have been awarded The Jockey Club Jack
Goodman Scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year, it was jointly announced
Tuesday by Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The
Jockey Club, and Doug Reed, director of the RTIP.
Grade 2 victor Fairbanks got off the mark as a sire when Golden Heart City
captured Monday's 1ST race at Parx Racing, a $40,000 maiden claimer for juvenile
fillies, by 1 1/4 lengths under Stewart Elliott. Owned by CJZ Racing Stable and
trained by Tony Dutrow, Golden Heart City completed six furlongs in 1:12 and
pushed her career earnings to $29,870 from a line of 2-1-0-0.
Questing can tighten an already firm grip on three-year-old filly divisional
honors with a victory Saturday in the $1 million
at Parx Racing. Elevated to Grade 1 status this year, the Cotillion will be the
first top-level race ever contested in the state of Pennsylvania, which saw
pari-mutuel Thoroughbred racing introduced in 1969 at the defunct Liberty Bell
Unbeaten champion Awesome Feather, unraced since a
facile score in the Florida Sunshine Millions Distaff in late January, will return to
the races in Thursday's $85,000
Nasty Storm Stakes
around a one-turn mile at Belmont Park.
Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire
Stormy has been retired to stud, according to reports published Monday. At
his best from a mile to nine furlongs on turf, the Tom Bush charge was last seen
finishing third to Wise Dan in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga