Handicapping

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  • Aptly-named Times Up wins for retiring Dunlop

    Trainer John Dunlop, who announced Thursday that he will be retiring at the end of the season, saddled the winner of Friday's Group 2 Doncaster Cup -- who was somewhat ironically named Times Up.

  • Turf juveniles aim for BC bids in Summer, Natalma

    Woodbine kicks off a terrific weekend of turf stakes with a pair of Grade 2 events for Breeders' Cup-aspiring two-year-olds on Saturday. The C$250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/summer12.htm">Summer Stakes</a> is a &quot;Win and You're In&quot; event for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, while its companion race, the C$250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/natalma12.htm">Natalma Stakes</a>, offers a berth to the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Each is contested at a mile.

  • Musical Romance to join strong cast in Gallant Bloom

    Trainer Bill Kaplan confirmed Friday that 2011 champion female sprinter Musical Romance will make her next start at Belmont Park in the Grade 2, $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap on September 22. The Gallant Bloom is run at 6 1/2 furlongs.

  • Arlington Park reveals 'The Eliminator' handicapping contest

    Arlington Park and all Illinois Trackside Off-Track Betting locations will unveil their new handicapping contest, &quot;The Eliminator,&quot; on September 22. The contest allows players to earn a share of a $250 weekly prize, move on to subsequent rounds and eventually to the November 10 finals where the grand prize will be $1,000.

  • Jockey Club reports smaller decrease in foals born

    The Jockey Club on Friday reported that 2,620 stallions covered 39,838 mares in North America during 2011, according to statistics compiled through September 10, 2012. These breedings have resulted in 22,500 live foals of 2012 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of September 10, 2012.

  • John Dunlop to retire at season's end

    John Dunlop, one of Britain's longest-serving and most respected trainers, has announced that he will retire at the end of the season. Doncaster Racecourse will make a presentation to Dunlop Friday to mark his achievements at the home of the final classic, the Group 1 St Leger.

  • Camelot could make additional history for O'Brien in St Leger

    Apart from Camelot's attempt to become the 16th colt to win the English Triple Crown and the first since Nijinsky in 1970, the Group 1 St Leger could produce a statistic unique in Turf history. Victory in Saturday's race would make Aidan O'Brien the first trainer to win all five British classics in a single season.

  • The English Triple Crown in focus

    The English Triple Crown comprises the Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas over Newmarket's straight mile in early May, the Group 1 Derby over Epsom's switchback 1 1/2 miles in June and the Group 1 St Leger over Doncaster's sweeping extended 1 3/4 miles in September. To win all three a horse must own speed, stamina, soundness and durability as well as class.

  • Handicapping Insights

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS</font></b></i>

  • Wild Coco drives to victory in Park Hill

    Rider Tom Queally praised his mount Wild Coco's battling qualities after she powered through the field to overhaul clear leader Estimate in the straight and win Thursday's Group 2 Park Hill Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Pataky Kid has rich legacy to live up to

    As one of Chicago's oldest stakes races, the tradition-rich Arlington-Washington Futurity was first run more than 80 years ago and -- as its name implies -- it is a hopeful harbinger of things to come for any horse fortunate enough to win it.

  • Trinniberg, Musical Romance work at Calder

    Grade 2 winner Trinniberg returned to the Calder work tab Wednesday morning to put forth his first morning move since a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga, drilling a half-mile bullet in :47 over a track listed as wet-fast.

  • Classic winner Samitar highlights Garden City

    Samitar didn't have the easiest of trips when falling a neck short in the Grade 2 Lake George in her U.S. debut. The Irish classic winner will have an opportunity to make amends when she faces six other three-year-old fillies in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gardencity12">Garden City</a> over nine furlongs on the inner turf at Belmont Park.

  • Belmont Notebook

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">BELMONT NOTEBOOK </font></b> </i>

  • Rahystrada faces seven in Kentucky Turf Cup title defense

    Rahystrada will return to Kentucky Downs in good form Saturday, dead-heating for third in the Grade 1 Arlington Million most recently, and figures to be a strong favorite as he goes for a second straight victory in the Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kyturfcup12"> Kentucky Turf Cup</a>. The multiple Grade 3-winning millionaire posted a 3 3/4-length score last year in the 1 1/2-mile affair over the undulating, European-style turf course.

  • Park Hill, Sceptre top second day of St Leger Festival

    The highlight on day two of the St Leger Festival, Ladies Day Thursday, is the Group 2 £80,000 Park Hill Stakes over an extended mile and six furlongs. The contest, sometimes referred to as the 'fillies' St Leger,' will see nine runners go to post headed by Sir Henry Cecil's impressive Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes scorer Wild Coco. The four-year-old will clash again with The Queen's Royal Ascot heroine Estimate and Hazel Lavery, trained by Charlie Hills, who were third and ninth, respectively, in the Lillie Langtry.

  • Zayat issues encouraging update on Paynter

    Grade 1 Haskell Invitational hero Paynter appears to be getting the upper hand in his battle against laminitis, owner <a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/jazz3162">Ahmed Zayat</a> reported in an encouraging series of tweets on Monday. The star three-year-old has been hospitalized since August 26, initially with a critical case of colitis, followed by the complication of laminitis, but he has been making a remarkable recovery.

  • Cityscape sets sights on Woodbine Mile

    Juddmonte Farms' Cityscape, a British-bred son of Selkirk, will try to give his owner a second win in the Woodbine Mile when he goes postward Sunday in the Grade 1, C$1 million Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' event.&nbsp;

  • Keeneland September set to start with a bang

    Buyers from across the United States and around the world will converge upon Keeneland for the opening of its prestigious September Yearling Sale on Monday.

  • Gold Edge could face rematch with La Song at Keeneland

    Dolphus Morrison's Gold Edge, heroine of Saturday's Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie at Chicago's northwest suburban oval, came out of her race in good order and was doing well Sunday morning, according to trainer Lon Wiggins.

  • Samitar tops Garden City probables

    Samitar, winner of the Group 1 Irish One Thousand Guineas, was previously trained by Mick Channon, who sent the filly out for her North American debut in the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes on July 25 at Saratoga, a race Brown watched with interest. The three-year-old Rock of Gibraltar filly endured an eventful trip and was third in a blanket finish where less than 1 1/2 lengths separated the top six.

  • Dreaming of Julia gallops by 16 1/4 lengths

    Stonestreet Stables' homebred Dreaming of Julia romped by an eye-popping 16 1/4 lengths in Sunday's $83,300 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/meadowstar12.pdf">Meadow Star Stakes</a> at Belmont Park, serving up a ferocious case of what-might-have-been. Exactly one week ago, the smashing debut winner had been withdrawn from last Sunday's Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga, where her entrymate Teen Pauline could do no better than a tiring third. The unambiguous result of the Meadow Star begs the question of how Dreaming of Julia would have handled the Spinaway.

  • Alvarado sidelined with fractured clavicle

    Jockey Junior Alvarado was released from North Shore University Hospital late Saturday evening with a non-displaced fracture of his right clavicle, according to the jockey advocate for&nbsp;the New York Racing Association (NYRA).

  • Groupie Doll returns a winner in Presque Isle Downs Master

    Groupie Doll entered Saturday's Grade 2, $400,600 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/pidmasters12.pdf"> Presque Isle Downs Master</a> off a more than four-month break, having last been seen taking the Grade 1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on May 5. That didn't stop the Bowman's Band filly from running down It's Me Mom in the lane and pulling away for a 3 3/4-length score under jockey Rajiv Maragh.

  • Delaunay holds Gantry to take Temperence Hill

    Delaunay took Saturday's $50,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/temperencehill12.pdf">Temperence Hill</a> at Louisiana Downs gate-to-wire, holding off the heavy 1-5 post time favorite and Grade 2 winner Gantry. The race was one of five stakes on the undercard of the Grade 2 Super Derby.

  • Wise Dan ready to run in Woodbine Mile

    Grade 1 hero Wise Dan will arrive at Woodbine on Friday morning ready to run in the Grade 1, $1-million Woodbine Mile on September 16 over the E.P Taylor Turf Course.

  • Air Support gets up late in Bowling Green

    Stuart Janney III's homebred Air Support found his best stride late in Saturday's Grade 2, $196,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/bowlinggreen12.pdf"> Bowling Green Stakes</a>, overhauling pacesetter Bombaguia for a head decision in the opening-day feature at Belmont Park. The Shug McGaughey-trained colt returned to the win column after dropping his first five outings this season, adding the Bowling Green to victories in the Grade 2 Virginia Derby and Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes last year.

  • Snow Fairy defeats Nathaniel, St Nicholas Abbey in Irish Champion

    Anamoine Ltd's sensational five-year-old mare Snow Fairy defeated favored Nathaniel by 1 1/4 lengths, with St Nicholas Abbey third, in Saturday's 1 1/2-mile, Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. In the process, the Intikhab mare earned an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Turf through the Breeders' Cup Challenge series.

  • Moyglare Stud tops quartet of Curragh group stakes

    Sendmylovetorose came out of the bottom of the barrel at just <font face="Times New Roman">?</font>5,000 at the sales and was lucky to escape serious injury in the stalls at Royal Ascot, but she has proven herself worthy of pole position at the top table by hard graft and Sunday's Group 1 Moyglare Stud at The Curragh could be her crowning glory.

  • Pataky Kid proves the man of Arlington-Washington Futurity

    Former Arlington Park mainstay Garrett Gomez made a winning return to his old stomping grounds Saturday when guiding Swifty Farms' Pataky Kid to a convincing score in the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/awf12.pdf"> Arlington-Washington Futurity</a>.

  • Gold Edge narrowly claims Arlington-Washington Lassie

    Dolphus Morrison's homebred Gold Edge won Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/awl12.pdf"> Arlington-Washington Lassie</a> as a surprising 10-1 chance despite having won the one-mile race's local prep, the seven-furlong Lisa M, as an 8-5 favorite five weeks earlier.

  • Bourbon Courage rallies for Super Derby score

    Bourbon Lane Stable and Wayne Lynn's Bourbon Courage bided his time in the rear of Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/superderby12.pdf">Super Derby</a> at Louisiana Downs before coming with a four-wide rally rounding the second turn and drawing off for a five-length victory under jockey Leandro Goncalves. The Kellyn Gorder-trained sophomore was making only his sixth career start in the 1 1/8-mile contest, and stopped the clock in 1:51 2/5 on the fast main track.

  • Feel So Good makes Korean history with maiden-claiming win at Calder

    At first glance, Thursday's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/feelsogood9-6-12.pdf"> 3RD-race</a> triumph by the David Braddy-trained Feel So Good appeared to be little more than a non-descript midweek maiden-claiming victory at Calder, but the tremors that emanated from that win were felt from south Florida to east Asia as the gelding made Korean racing history by becoming the first Korean-bred horse to win a race outside its homeland.

  • Known Contender gives Court eventful first career victory

    Apprentice jockey Aaron Court earned his first career win on Saturday at Turfway Park, riding Known Contender to a 9 1/4-length score in the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/aaroncourt1stwin9-8-12.pdf"> 2ND race</a>. The ride was the 22nd of his nascent career. He also has one third-place finish, earned at Ellis Park.

  • Juvenile sings a winning 'Tune' to join the New York Watch

    Trainer Chad Brown initially thought Noble Tune was destined for the dirt before the colt posted a pair of &quot;exceptional&quot; breezes on Saratoga's Oklahoma turf course, and on&nbsp;Labor Day&nbsp;at the Spa the great-grandson of champion Serena's Song made it clear that he prefers the grass by unleashing a strong turn of foot to take his debut in the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/nobletunemdn9-3-12.pdf">1ST race</a> by 3 1/2-lengths.

  • Ramseys named top owner, breeder at TOBA Awards Dinner

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey took home a pair of major awards, National Owner of the Year and National Breeder of the Year, at Friday evening's Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's (TOBA's) 27th Annual National Awards Dinner at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

  • Monmouth Feature

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">MONMOUTH FEATURE</font></b></i>

  • Ortensia heads 15-strong field in Haydock Sprint Cup

    The Group 1 Sprint Cup is the highlight of the Flat season at Haydock Park, and the 2012 renewal, which takes place on Saturday, promises to be the most cosmopolitan ever with representatives from Australia, France and Ireland as well as a strong British-trained presence among the 15-strong field.

  • West Point rematch set for Cole; Gitchee Goomie, Hessonite meet yet again

    The stalwarts of the New York-bred turf divisions will head postward on Sunday as Belmont Park hosts the $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ashleytcole12.html"> Ashley T. Cole</a> and $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/johnhettinger12.html"> John Hettinger</a>. Both races will be contested at 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf, with the John Hettinger restricted to fillies and mares.

  • Handicapping Insights

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS</font></b></i>

  • Bejarano, Miller honored as leading jockey, trainer at Del Mar

    At mid-season, pursuit of Del Mar's 2012 riding championship was a three-way battle among Rafael Bejarano, Garrett Gomez and Joe Talamo. A short time later, with a burst of victories, Bejarano was alone and in control atop the standings en route to his second Del Mar title and first since 2008.

  • Del Mar Notebook

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">DEL MAR NOTEBOOK </font></b> </i>

  • Rolling Fog scores in Del Mar Futurity

    Arnold Zetcher LLC's Rolling Fog tracked in second throughout Wednesday's Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/delmarfuturity12.pdf"> Del Mar Futurity</a> on the track's closing day before gaining command in the lane and holding off the late-running, 6-5 favorite Know More by 1 1/4 lengths on the wire.