Trainer John Salzman, Sr., said he is considering the Oct. 5 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Keeneland as the final prep for the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Arlington Park for his champion filly Xtra Heat.
The Breeders' Cup Challenge, an Internet- and e-mail-based sweepstakes to promote the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, was launched Sept. 18 at ntra.com. The promotion offers participants the opportunity to win a guaranteed $10,000 grand prize for selecting the most correct winners among the eight Breeders' Cup races at Arlington Park on Oct. 26.
A potential field of eight is taking shape for Louisiana Downs' Super Derby XXIII (gr. II), to be run Sept. 21. For the first time the race will be run at 1 1/8 miles instead of the traditional classic distance of 1 1/4 miles.
Before you can find this year's Breeders' Cup Classic winner, you first have to find any horses who can come home the last quarter-mile or three-eighths in racehorse time. Then you can go on from there.
Trainer Shug McGaughey watched Saturday's Kentucky Cup "day of champions" on TVG from his Belmont Park office in New York. But his absence from Turfway Park did nothing to diminish his enthusiasm on the day after his charges, Pure Prize and Trip, accounted for the grade II, $400,000 Kentucky Cup Classic and the grade III, $200,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup Stakes.
Repent, runner-up in last month's Travers Stakes (gr. I), worked five furlongs in 1:00.65 Sunday at Belmont in preparation for the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Sept. 28.
Barr H. Inman's Delicatessa, dismissed as a longshot in early projections and sure to be overlooked in the wagering, will be making her grass debut in Saturday's Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old distaffers at 1 1/8 mile over the Arlington Park lawn.
James P. Calderazzo's very experienced Gemma's Star and Bruce Tallisman's lightly-raced Bernard's Candy appear to be the horses to beat among eight 3-year-olds entered in Saturday's $50,000 Needles Stakes at Calder Race Course.
Carson Hollow, a 3-year-old making her first start since suffering a defeat to You by a nose in Saratoga's Test (gr. I), takes on Gold Mover, one of the nation's top older female sprinters, in the $100,000 Floral Park (gr. III) Saturday at Belmont Park.
Claiborne Farm's Trip has been made the 2-1 morning line favorite for the Turfway Breeders' Cup (gr. III), to be run during the Kentucky Cup card at the northern Kentucky track Sept. 14.
Hoping to follow the success of the last two Kentucky Cup Juvenile (gr. III) winners, Point Given and Repent, eight 2-year-olds have been entered for the first two-turn graded event for juveniles of the year.
Dollar Bill, winless in stakes competition this year, but with several strong graded placings, was installed the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) to be run at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky.
Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens will flip-flop his two top fillies in this Saturday's two filly and mare stakes at Belmont Park. Jerkens will send the grade I-winning sprinter Shine Again in the 1 1/16-mile Ruffian Handicap and her younger half-sister Shiny Band, winner of the one-mile Shuvee Handicap, in the six-furlong Floral Park Handicap.
With the older horse division all but decimated following the loss of Left Bank, Street Cry, Sky Jack, Seeking Daylight, and Mizzen Mast, it was up to the 3-year-olds to pick up the slack.
In a race absent of grade I winners, Saturday's $400,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park looks to be up for grabs with grade II winner and millionaire Dollar Bill leading the list of seven possible starters. Dollar Bill, who will be reunited with jockey Pat Day, is the starting highweight at 117 pounds.
Trainer Allen Jerkens is planning an all-out weekend attack on Belmont Park when he sends out half-siblings Shine Again and Shiny Band, as well as Puzzlement, in separate stakes events. Shine Again is pointed toward Saturday's $300,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) and Shiny Band will contest Sunday's $100,000 Floral Park Handicap (gr. III). Puzzlement will start in Saturday's $150,000 Jerome Handicap (gr. II).
Trainers Richard Mandella and Mike Mitchell confirmed Saturday that they would join William Currin in an attempt to derail the Bob Baffert Express in the upcoming $250,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. II).
Champion Xtra Heat's next appearance following the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be in Fasig-Tipton's auction pavilion in November.
Amerman Racing Stables' Lido Palace can join Sword Dancer, Kelso, Forego, Slew o' Gold and Cigar as the only horses to win consecutive Woodward Stakes (gr. I).
In its 44-year history, only two horses, Majesty's Prince and Solar Splendor, have won back-to-back runnings of the 1 3/8-mile Man o' War (gr. IT). Seven-year-old gray gelding With Anticipation will try to become the third in Saturdays' turf feature.
Take Charge Lady will make her first start since May 25, and she will have to do it against tough rivals like Bella Bellucci and Imperial Gesture, part of a strong field for the $250,000 Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/8 mile for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.
A total of 21 2-year-old fillies were entered for Saturday's Natalma Stakes at Woodbine, necessitating a split into two divisions for the one mile turf stake.
The $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) on closing day Wednesday continues to shape up as a yet another Bob Baffert revue for 2-year-olds going seven furlongs on the main track.
The cavalry will be coming after Rock Opera Saturday as the field turns into the homestretch of the Del Mar Derby.
All-time New York-bred money-winner Say Florida Sandy meets old foe Impeachthepro in Friday's fall opener at Belmont Park, the $75,000 General Douglas MacArthur Handicap at seven furlongs.
A wide open field of eight 2-year-olds will battle Saturday in the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes at Arlington Park.
Headed by multiple graded stakes winner Inesperado and the Grade II-winning shipper Mr. Mellon, nine 3-year-old grass runners will head postward Saturday for the 58th running of the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. II).
With his regular rider Alex Solis in the saddle, the Bruce Headley-trained son of Java Gold stepped 5 furlongs in a snappy 57.40 workout that helped raise the early morning fog off the track Wednesday.
James B. Tafel LLC's Lakenheath, winner by a head in Monday's Arlington Matron (gr. III), came out of her victory in good order and may try Kentucky for her next trip to the post, according to trainer Gene Cilio.
Voodoo Dancer was scheduled to arrive Wednesday afternoon for her date Sunday in the $150,000 Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares 3 years old and up going 1 1/16 mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
Mr. Mellon, winner of the Arlington Park Handicap (gr. II) and trained by W. Elliott Walden, was scheduled to arrive Wednesday for Saturday's $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) at 1 1/8 mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
Street Cry, whose retirement from racing was announced Tuesday, Sept. 3, was the moderate betting favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic when wagering on NTRA's Breeders' Cup Future Bet closed Monday.
We've been warned. If it weren't for Tiznow, America's top 3-year-olds and older horses would be waving a white flag right now. While America narrowly escaped the ignominious fate of dropping back-to-back Breeders' Cup Classics to European invaders, we're not out of the woods by any means.
Orientate's romp in the Forego (gr. I) at Saratoga Sunday had an immediate impact on the Breeders' Cup Future Bet for the $1 million Sprint, where bettors made the D. Wayne Lukas trainee the 4-1 favorite.
Rock Opera, one of the leading contenders for Saturday's $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT), put in his final work for the race, going 5 furlongs on the grass Sunday in 1:03.60 today.
War Emblem remained the favorite Satuday in the Breeders' Cup Classic Future Bet at 5-1.
Millionaire Congaree leads a small but talented field of six in Monday's $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at one mile on the main track.
Jockey Frankie Dettori will ride Noverre in next Sunday's $1 million Atto Mile (gr. I) at Woodbine, it was confirmed Saturday by Godolphin Racing Manager Simon Crisford.
It was learned Saturday that Nancy Alberts' colt Magic Weisner had developed a fever and would be scratched from Monday's $500,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III).
Stanley Ersoff's Band Is Passing, the $150,000 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner in 2000, and Randy Mills' Unite's Big Red, who won it in 1998, both as 4-year-olds, return for Monday's Labor Day renewal at Calder Race course at one mile on the turf.
Jay Em Ess Stables' Miss Pickums and Edward P. Evans' With Ability will share starting highweight of 116 pounds Monday when a field of six distaffers heads postward in the 67th running of the $150,000 Arlington Matron (gr. III), the Labor Day feature at Arlington Park.
In spite of his sixth-place finish in the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 25, fans have War Emblem as the 7-2 favorite Friday, the first day of the final pool for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Future Bet.
Mariensky has been primed for the Garden City Breeders' Cup (gr. I) spot after her troubled U.S. debut, while Craigsteel would relish a soft going in the Man o' War (gr. IT). The races are Sept. 7-8.
Eight horses were entered Friday for the 23rd running of Sunday's Forego Handicap at Saratoga, including Squirtle Squirt, last year's Sprint champion, and Orientate, the East's leading male sprinter.
A field of seven is set for Monday's $500,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III) at Philadelphia Park, with Starlight Stables' Harlan's Holiday installed as the morning line 2-1 favorite.
Jay Em Ess Stable's Miss Pickums, enjoying a mid-summer turnaround at Arlington Park, is getting good just in time for Monday's Arlington Matron (gr. III).
A potentially large field is building for Monday's $125,000 Solana Beach Handicap for California-bred fillies and mares, 3 years old and up, going one mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
After nearly six months on the sidelines, Stanley Ersoff's Band Is Passing returns to the races in Monday's $150,000 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Calder.
Both the Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen first-round Florida Stallion Stakes divisions for 2-year-olds at Calder Race Course produced mild upsets of favorites and round two comes Saturday in the $125,000 Affirmed and $125,000 Susan's Girl divisions at seven furlongs.
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