Turbulent Descent was making her debut for the Todd Pletcher shedrow on
Friday and gave her new barn, and connections, a win in the Grade 1, $500,000
Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga. With John Velazquez taking over riding duties
from regular jockey David Flores, the bay miss finished 1 1/4 lengths in front
of a game Derwin's Star to stop the clock in 1:22 for seven furlongs over the
fast main track.
One of the more fascinating of the many questions surrounding Sunday's 22nd
running of the Grade1, $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar is this: Will the
change in owner, trainer, jockey and immediate surroundings engendered by last
weekend's sale effect the performance of Richard's Kid?
Multiple Grade 1 winner and 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Game on Dude
drew post position 9 Wednesday night and was installed the 5-2 morning line
favorite to win the 22nd edition of the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic this
Sunday at Del Mar.
Although the two supporting stakes on Sunday's Pacific Classic Day program at
Del Mar drew short fields of six apiece, both Grade 2 events feature top-level
performers. Coil and Camp Victory are the most accomplished entrants in the
O'Brien Stakes on Polytrack, while Jeranimo, Mr. Commons and Norvsky are the
big names in the $200,000
Mile Handicap on turf.
Last year at Saratoga Race Course, Royal Delta bolstered her Eclipse Award
credentials with a 5 1/2-length win in the Grade 1 Alabama, and she later sewed
up champion three-year-old filly honors with a victory in the Breeders' Cup
Two T's At Two B and Candy Coded Kisses, respective winners of the Dr. Fager
and Desert Vixen divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes, will bid for
second-leg Stallion Stakes victories at Calder on Saturday when starting in the
Susan's Girl divisions, part of the 10th annual Juvenile Showcase program, a
rich day of racing dedicated entirely to two-year-olds with an estimated
$550,000 in stakes purses to be awarded.
Finding a clear path on the outside at just the right time, jockey Robert
Walsh deftly avoided trouble on Demonstrative when leader Divine Fortune fell
over the final jump in Thursday's 71st running of the Grade 1,
New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap at Saratoga, going on to win
by a length.
The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Monmouth Park officials
and a group of dedicated animal welfare advocates have joined forces to form a
non-profit association responsible for finding new homes and new careers for the
noble and deserving horses who have raced at the track.
Daily Racing Form announced the publication of a special commemorative Old Friends
magazine, which is designed to help generate public awareness of the
issue of Thoroughbred retirement and aftercare in general and financial support specifically for Old Friends.
company operates a farm based near Georgetown, Kentucky, which cares for more than
120 retired racehorses and draws nearly 20,000 visitors a year.
Owner, breeder and restaurateur Carlo Vaccarezza, a resident of Parkland,
the proprietor of Damiano restaurant in Boca Raton and Frank & Dino's in
Deerfield Beach, was still savoring the Grade 1 Arlington Million triumph by his
homebred Little Mike five days after the son of Spanish Steps, who made his
career debut at Calder in 2009, led every step of the way to capture the
internationally prestigious 10-furlong turf race.
The Group 1, £550,000 St Leger is a little more than three weeks away,
and Thought Worthy laid down his credentials for the final British classic of the
season, run over an extended 1 3/4 miles at Doncaster on
September 15, with a gutsy front-running success in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.
Frankel has confirmed his status as the best horse in the world Wednesday by
becoming the first horse in history to run to an official rating of 140 twice in
his career thanks to his seven-length victory in the Group 1 Juddmonte
International Stakes at York.
Impressive Goodwood scorer The Fugue heads a select field of seven for
Thursday's Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks at York. John Gosden's charge bounced back to
winning form in the Group 1 Nassau over 10 furlongs at the Glorious meeting, but
will be stepping back up to 1 1/2 miles for Thursday's Ebor meeting fixture.
Eleven three-year-olds are set for the 143rd edition of the "Midsummer
Derby," Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million
Stakes at Saratoga, and Grade 2 Jim Dandy hero Alpha has been installed the
5-2 favorite on the morning line. The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained colt will break
from post 6 in the 1 1/4-mile event with Ramon Dominguez.
Grade 1 winner Bodemeister was diagnosed with an injury to his left shoulder,
and upon deliberation among veterinarians and the owners, the decision was made
for him to retire to stud at WinStar Farm. Bodemeister has begun treatment and a
full recovery is expected in the coming months, but the three-year-old son of
Empire Maker would not have been able to return in time for major races at the
end of 2012.
Stall applications are now available for Oaklawn Park's 2013 live meet, which
will be the richest in the track's 109-year history with purses totaling close
to $20 million during the 56-day season. Oaklawn, which runs January 11 through
April 13, announced a record $5.7 million stakes schedule several weeks ago.
The Jockey Club on Wednesday announced the launch of "Major League Horse
Racing," an interactive game that combines the skill of fantasy sports and the
fun of social media with the excitement of horse racing, and "Thoroughbred
World," a game focused on the breeding, owning and training aspects of the
Aussie star sprinter Ortensia is among a huge field of 20 runners in the
Group 1 Nunthorpe at York on Friday. Ortensia blitzed the opposition in the
Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai back in March, and while she failed to find her
best form on her first couple of outings in Britain, she came good at Glorious
Goodwood last time in the Group 2 King George.
The awesome Frankel made a seamless transition to the about 1 1/4-mile
distance in Wednesday's Grade 1 Juddmonte International Stakes, rolling to a
facile seven-length triumph over Farhh and St Nicholas Abbey in the opening-day
of the Ebor Festival at York.
A March 27 colt from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Colonel John
brought a final bid of $220,000 from trainer Wesley Ward at Tuesday's selected
session of the 2012 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August Yearling Sale. The
Florida-bred was consigned by Beth Bayer, agent, and toured the ring as Hip No.
Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast
organization based in Lexington, Kentucky, announced Tuesday plans to expand
their extensive race coverage schedule with the debut of HRRNLive! this
Wednesday. The new show will be broadcast nationwide on XM channel 209 and
feature live coverage of races from designated tracks across the country.
HRRNLive! debuts with a four hour broadcast Wednesday through Monday from 3-7
p.m. (EDT), with analysis, live race calls and exclusive interviews.
Leading female sprinter Turbulent Descent will make her first start for new
trainer Todd Pletcher in Friday's Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina at Saratoga. The
other top draw in the seven-horse field, multiple Grade 1 queen It's Tricky,
appears likely to scratch in favor of Sunday's Grade 1 Personal Ensign at 1 1/8
The Ebor Festival, one of the highlights of the British Flat season, starts
on Wednesday, when the world's top-rated horse will be the undoubted headline
attraction. The Group 1, £725,000 Juddmonte International is the centerpiece of
the opening day, in which Frankel faces just eight rivals as he steps up to 10
furlongs for the first time.
Having shown he hadn't completely lost the touch when upsetting Saratoga's
Grade 1 A.P. Smithwick Memorial three weeks ago, Spy in the Sky will attempt to
make it a sweep of the Spa's two major hurdles in Thursday's Grade 1, $100,000
York Turf Writers Cup over 2 3/8 miles.
When Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas wins a horse race, he does something
with little fanfare that leaves a strong impression, and it was no different
Sunday when his two-year-old filly Broken Spell rallied to break her maiden in
the 5TH race on the turf at Saratoga.
Stella Perdomo's Forte Dei Marmi came up big in the Grade 2, $250,000
Classic Stakes at Woodbine Sunday, winning by three parts of a length. Jockey Alex Solis was
aboard the Roger Attfield trainee, who rallied from dead last entering the final
two furlongs to capture his first stakes win.
Taylor Said dueled with pacesetter Winning Machine throughout the stretch of
Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000
Longacres Mile Handicap at Emerald Downs before just eking out the head
victory under jockey Mario Gutierrez. Campaigned by Glen Todd's North American
Thoroughbred Racing Company, the Stephanotis gelding was sent off the 5-2 second
choice in the 10-horse field and paid $7.20, $4.60 and $3.20.
Gestut Karlshof's German-bred filly Kapitale, who finished fourth in
Saturday's Grade 1 Beverly D. as the Grade 1 Arlington Million's sister race,
will be the only European invader to remain in North America following
Saturday's International Festival of Racing.
Multiple Grade 1 star Richard's Kid, who will bid for his third title in the
Grade 1 Pacific Classic August 26, has been transferred from Bob Baffert to the
Doug O'Neill barn after being sold privately Saturday.
When Stephanie's Kitten was bottled up along the fence at the top of the
stretch in Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000
Lake Placid Stakes, backers of the even-money favorite likely suffered
flashbacks. For it was the same type of trip that resulted in her luckless
fourth in the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes on July 25. But this time, fortune
smiled on the Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred, who was able to extricate herself
and got up by a half-length.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was still aglow Sunday morning on the heels of Questing's dazzling nine-length victory in Saturday's Grade 1 Alabama
at Saratoga, which
earned the three-year-old Godolphin filly a 108 BRIS Speed figure.
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said that Point of Entry emerged from his
four-length win in Saturday's Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational in good shape
and likely will make his next start in the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf
Classic Invitational on September 29, with the Breeders' Cup Turf being a
Trainer Steve Asmussen expressed satisfaction with My Miss Aurelia's
on Sunday at Saratoga but said he'd like to give last year's champion
two-year-old filly more time between her win in the Mandy's Gold Stakes on August 8 and her next start,
making her doubtful for the Grade 1, $500,000 Test Stakes on Saturday back at