Five group I race supported the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct. 2 at Chantilly, and Paul Jacobs' Limato gave a standout performance in the day's final race, the Prix de la Foret, to stamp himself possible for the Breeders' Cup.
Four-year-old filly Found, last year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner, led a sensational 1-2-3 finish for trainer Aidan O'Brien when taking the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), Europe's premier race, Oct. 2 at Chantilly.
After finishing fourth in her grade I debut in the Del Mar Debutante, Noted and Quoted found success in her second try at the top level with a half-length victory in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
In close to a carbon copy of their previous meeting, Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind again got the measure of Beholder in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Entered off her first graded stakes win in her previous effort, Avenge successfully jumped up to the grade I level with a front-running victory in the $302,415 Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
California Chrome’s winning margin in the $300,000 Awesome Again (gr. I) was 2 1/4 lengths over Dortmund, but anyone who watched knows better.
Gormley made his stakes debut a winning effort, scoring a front-running win in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
The scratch of sprint division leader A. P. Indian and the muddy track conditions Oct. 1 at Belmont Park left the door wide open in the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) and 7-year-old Joking came right on through for his first top-level triumph.
Tom's Ready roared past last year's male sprint champ Runhappy to win the one-turn mile Ack Ack Stakes (gr. III) Oct. 1 at Churchill Downs. The son of More Than Ready got the trip in 1:34.86.
Jockey Jose Ortiz took 9-1 shot Ectot gate to wire to post a stunning upset over 1-5 favorite Flintshire in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.
Coolmore and partners' Alice Springs fought off a determined Always Smile inside the final furlong and posted her third group I victory of the year in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes Oct. 1 at Newmarket.
One day in, and four races down, the Southern California jockey colony had only positive comments about Santa Anita Park's brand-new turf course with just more than a month to go until the Breeders' Cup.
Two-thirds of Ambitious Brew's victories entering racing Sept. 30 came on Santa Anita Park's unique downhill turf course and the Pamela Ziebarth homebred thrived again during the trip Friday in the first of two Eddie D. Stakes (gr. IIIT) divisions.
Future plans are on hold for Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), Preakness (gr. I), and Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Exaggerator, who finished seventh in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 24.
Robert Masterson’s champion turf female Tepin, continues to march toward the Breeders’ Cup as the 5-year-old mare worked a half-mile in :49.01 Sept. 30 over the turf at Saratoga Race Course. The move was the fastest of 24 on the day’s tab at the Spa.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more impressive performance in a losing effort than what Metaboss did Aug. 20 in the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT).
Managing the sloppy conditions expected for five graded stakes Oct. 1 at Belmont Park.
Last year's TwinSpires.com Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) winner Wavell Avenue will try to bounce back from a sixth-place finish in the Ballerina (gr. I) in the $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) Oct. 1 at Belmont Park.
Santa Anita Park has developed and installed a state-of-the-art video surveillance system that enables close monitoring of the track's entire stable area on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week basis.
The budding rivalry between champions Beholder and Stellar Wind will see its third round Oct. 1 in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Art Sherman was a swirling mixture of exasperation and confidence when he learned of California Chrome's draw for the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
All eyes will be on American Cleopatra, the full sister to American Pharoah, as she takes a second shot to win a grade I in the Chandelier Stakes.
After securing the first graded stakes win of her career in her previous start, Avenge will try a grade I stakes for the first time in the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
After extending his win streak to three straight races and securing his first grade I score in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I), Klimt will try two turns for the first time in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Green Lantern Stables' homebred A. P. Indian will be sent after his fourth graded stakes sprint win on the NYRA circuit in the Oct. 1 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Flintshire will try for his fourth straight graded stakes win and third grade I win this season in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.
Runhappy makes his long awaited 2016 bow Oct. 1 in Churchill Downs' one-turn mile Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III). The race shares the bill with the $175,000 Lukas Classic featuring grade I winners Bradester and Noble Bird.
With the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) on the 6 1/2-furlong downhill course at Santa Anita coming up in early November, plenty of connections with top turf sprinters see the wisdom in prepping on the unique course in the Eddie D. (gr. IIIT).
Texas Chrome's victory Sept. 25 in the grade III, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park may have punched his ticket to the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
Two of racing's biggest stars—California Chrome and Beholder—will make their final starts before the Breeders' Cup on the Oct. 1 Santa Anita Park card as they take advantage of the opportunity to prep at the site of this year's World Championships.
Chris McCarron calls for a national uniform medication policy as the Honor Guest at the Thoroughbred Club of America's testimonial dinner Sept. 25 at Keeneland.
Connect was in fine fettle Sept. 25, the day after his Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) victory at Parx Racing and trainer Chad Brown said the Breeders' Cup will be considered along with several other races.
California Chrome, North America's all-time leading money earner, arrived by van at Santa Anita Park Sept. 25 to begin final preparations for the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1.
James McIngvale's champion sprint male Runhappy worked five furlongs in :58 1/5 Sept. 25 at Keeneland in preparation for his 2016 debut in Churchill Downs' Oct. 1 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III).
The champion filly toyed with fellow grade I winners Carina Mia and Cathryn Sophia Sept. 24 at Parx Racing, then built her win streak to 11 with a clear victory under a hand ride from Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.
Robert Masterson's brilliant mare Tepin, the reigning champion turf female, headlines the list of horses nominated to Keeneland's Fall Stars Weekend Oct. 7-9, opening weekend of the Lexington track's fall meet.
With the slightest morning chill Southern California would allow in late September, Los Alamitos Race Course's resident star logged his final timed workout for the upcoming Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I).
The fields are shaping up for Belmont Park's first of two "Super Saturdays" cards Oct. 1, leading up to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park.
After Beholder's last timed workout in preparation for the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I), just more than a week out from the Oct. 1 race, trainer Richard Mandella said she is ready to take on Stellar Wind in a rematch of champions.
Owner Joe Ragsdale reports his winner of the Sept. 19 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (gr. II), will likely make her next start in Keeneland's Thoroughbred Cup of America Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 8.
The homebred son of Kitten's Joy ran first for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, then was acquired by Calumet Farm at the end of his championship year and made three starts for that outfit in 2016. He will stand at Calumet.
Part of what Servis is counting on headed into in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) is the fact Songbird has yet to hook a rival who offers what his Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I)-winning charge, Cathryn Sophia, brings to the table.
Victor Espinoza, regular rider of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, said the 5-year-old California-bred has never been doing better as he prepares for a start in the Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
OwnerView seeks nominations for the New Owner of the Year Award to be presented at the Thoroughbred Owner Conference Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at Santa Anita.
Trainer Wesley Ward believes his unbeaten juvenile filly Lady Aurelia just might run of the best race of her young career in the Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) Sept. 24 at Newmarket.
Live Oak Plantation's homebred maiden Victory to Victory struck from off a hot early pace and posted her first career win in the $250,000 Natalma Stakes, run as grade I event for the first time Sept. 18 at Woodbine.
Good Samaritan completed a strong last-to-first rally for a clear victory in the $200,000 Summer Stakes (Can-IIT) for 2-year-olds Sept. 18 at Woodbine.
Following an 8 3/4-length victory in the Iroquois Presented by TwinSpires.com (gr. III) at Churchill Downs Sept. 17, Not This Time will go straight to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 5, according to trainer Dale Romans.
- By Myra Lewyn
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Northeast Region, West Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird logged her final serious work at Santa Anita Park Sept. 18 before her Sept. 19 flight east, where she is scheduled to start in the Sept. 24 Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) at Parx Racing.
In her first start back from a victory at Royal Ascot in June, Tepin held off all challengers for about a half-length score in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes (Can-IT) Sept. 17 at Woodbine.
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