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PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
With his smashing victory Sept. 16 in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT), Wise Dan underlined that he is a formidable performer on any surface.
Turbo Compressor and Casino Host, both qualifiers for the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) later this fall, will take a test spin over the Santa Anita Park course in the $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship (gr. IIT) Sept. 30.
Though he came up half a length shy in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) last time out, Game On Dude should be back in his comfort zone as he goes for a repeat in the $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 29 at Santa Anita.
Seventeen-time Grammy Award winner Tony Bennett will perform his classic hit, "The Best is Yet to Come," Nov. 3 at the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, Breeders' Cup announced Sept. 27.
Santa Anita Park will provide its fans both on-track and around the world a high-definition, digital simulcast television presentation beginning with the opening of the 2012 Autumn Meet Sept. 28.
Tom and Pete handicap two races from Belmont and Santa Anita this weekend, the Jockey Club Gold Cup and FrontRunner Stakes. watch video
Justin Phillip, Zayat Stables' First Samurai 4-year-old, is the 3-1 morning line favorite for the Sept. 29 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes (gr. I) on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.
Marketing Mix, coming off a tough loss in the Beverly D Stakes (gr. IT) last month, takes on 12 Southern California-based fillies and mares in the $250,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Sept. 29.
Executiveprivilege, undefeated in four starts for trainer Bob Baffert, makes her dirt debut in the $250,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 29 at Santa Anita Park.
The Bill Mott pair of Ron the Greek and Flat Out are the two morning line favorites.
An interesting mix of talented fillies and mares, headlined by 2012 grade I winners Include Me Out, Love Theway Youare, and Love and Pride, and will go postward in the Sept. 29 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Reddam Racing's Know More is the sole graded stakes winner in the FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita Park Sept. 29.
Point of Entry must clear his final hurdle before the Breeders' Cup in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes Sept. 29 at Belmont Park, and that hurdle could be Arlington Million winner Little Mike.
Multiple graded stakes winner Zagora heads the $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 29, while European invaders I'm a Dreamer and Nahrain are poised to challenge.
Royal Delta and It's Tricky look to recover from an Aug. 26 Personal Ensign (gr. I) upset and eye year-end honors when they meet for a fifth time Sept. 29 in the $400,000 Beldame Invitational (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
To Honor and Serve and Shackleford renew their one-turn rivalry at Belmont Park in the one-mile Kelso Handicap (gr. II) as part of "Super Saturday" Sept. 29 at Belmont.
Undefeated 2-year-old filly So Many Ways will not travel to California to run in the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, owner Maggi Moss announced Sept. 26.
Last year's Gold Cup winner will get the services of Rosario on a one-race contract.
Bill Mott will use the Sept. 29 one-mile Kelso as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Dale Romans, who is having the best year of his career as a trainer having won the Pacific Classic and Arlington Million, both $1 million races, and two other grade I races. Now Available
In a heavyweight battle between champion My Miss Aurelia and multiple grade I winner Questing through the stretch of the $971,200 Cotillion Stakes (gr. I), My Miss Aurelia prevailed by a head to remain undefeated Sept. 22.
Evan recaps the Cotillion, Gallant Bloom, Pennsylvania Derby, and more! Evan also gives you his "e-ticket" for a few Breeders' Cup races. watch video
Trainer Dale Romans, who already has established a personal record for single-season North American earnings in 2012, has multiple chances to take down additional lucrative prizes over the next two weeks at Belmont Park
Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) winner Fort Larned turned in his final serious work Sept. 23 for the upcoming $1 million TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr. I), covering five furlongs in 1:01.04.
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey expressed his pleasure with the way his Super Saturday-bound Point of Entry and Hymn Book worked on the morning of Sept. 23 at Belmont Park.
J. Paul Reddam's Handsome Mike staged a Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) shocker at Parx Racing Sept. 22, taking the $1 million event at odds of 19-1.
3yo filly remained undefeated after a hard fought win in the Cotillion over Questing. More
Dust and Diamonds, getting good at the right time, disposed of better-known rivals Musical Romance and Turbulent Descent with ease in capturing the $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) by 1 1/4 lengths at Belmont.
Trainer Dale Romans sent Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner Little Mike and stablemate Silver Max through works at Churchill Downs Sept. 22, preparing the turf contenders for upcoming starts in New York and Kentucky.
The Factor, a multiple grade I-winning son of War Front, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2013 breeding season at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. His fee will be $15,000.
Undefeated champion Awesome Feather returned from her victory in the Sept. 20 Nasty Storm stakes in fine condition, reported trainer Chad Brown, and will train up to the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita.
Undefeated Awesome Feather returned from an eight-month layoff and took a 10th straight trip to the winner's circle Sept. 20, crushing a field of lesser foes in the $85,000 Nasty Storm Stakes at Belmont Park.
The Breeders' Cup has launched Blazing Silks, Breeders' Cup Edition, an interactive social network game that allows racing fans and social gamers to train and care for Thoroughbreds.
The top three finishers from the Aug. 4 Whitney Invitational are expected to headline "Super Saturday" Sept. 29 at Belmont, along with Point of Entry, Shackleford, Royal Delta, and others.
Headed by national female sprint champion Musical Romance and multiple grade I winner Turbulent Descent, the $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) Sept. 22 at Belmont Park came up as an exceptionally tough race.
Dead-heat Travers winners are set to clash again in Saturday's Pennsylvania Derby.
Godolphin Racing will send out the favorites in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) and $1 million Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 22 at Parx Racing.
Crack turf sprinter Lakerville, winner of four of six starts including his debut at Santa Anita last year, will miss the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) at Santa Anita on Nov. 3
The Breeders' Cup announced Sept. 17 that advance ticket sales for the Nov. 2-3 World Championships at Santa Anita Park have outpaced 2008 and 2009, but that a limited number of reserved seats remain.
Trainer Bill Mott, speaking Sept. 16, confirmed Royal Delta for the Beldame Invitational (gr. I) and said To Honor and Serve could compete in the Kelso Handicap (gr. II) after the pair posted separate breezes at Belmont
Awesome Feather will look to run her record to a perfect 10-for-10 Sept. 20 at Belmont Park in the one-mile Nasty Storm overnight stakes, scheduled as third race. The race drew nine entrants, but some are expected to scratch.
Wise Dan has earned his way into the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) this fall and would be one of the favorites after his smashing win as the 1-2 choice in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 16 on the Woodbine grass course.
One thing we know about the horse they call Wise Dan: He can run on anything. read blog
After a protracted battle through the final furlong, Moonlight Cloud got the better of Farhh by a determined head to capture the Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-I) Sept. 16.
I'm Boundtoscore upset the $258,205 Summer Stakes Presented by TVG (gr. IIT) at odds of 10-1 Sept. 15 at Woodbine, earning an automatic trip to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Mark Casse won the $250,000 Natalma Stakes (gr. IIT) for the fourth time in the past seven years when his fillies Spring Venture and Spring in the Air ran first and second in the one-mile turf event at Woodbine.
It was a busy morning for top-tier workers in New York and Kentucky Sept. 15, as Ron the Greek, Flat Out, Atigun and Golden Ticket turned in upstate moves at Saratoga while Dullahan and Little Mike did the same at Churchill.
Versatile gelding Wise Dan goes for his first grade I victory on grass as the 6-5 morning line favorite in the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (gr. IT) Sept. 16 in Toronto.
Champion Big Brown could be represented by the second stakes winner of his first juvenile crop if 2-year-old Archer Hill gets the job done in the $250,000 Summer Stakes (gr. IIT) Presented by TVG at Woodbine Sept. 15.
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