By John W. Russell -- An essential precept for any impartial enforcement of the rules of racing is judgment, and nowhere on the American Turf has this principle been better upheld than under the keen eye and vast experience of Pete Pedersen, senior steward for the California Horse Racing Board.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Older horses have more opportunities to win a grade I race on turf than they do on dirt in the U.S.
The Europeans added to their huge day when Fantastic Light set a course record in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT). The Euros won three straight races, with Banks Hill (Mile), Johannesburg (Juvenile) and Fantastic Light.
Goodbye, Breeders' Cup. Hello, World Thoroughbred Championships. America's biggest day of racing is now the world's biggest day of racing. For the first time since its inception, racing's Greatest Show on Earth will not be dominated by American-based horses. The two largest international powerhouses--Godolphin and the Coolmore group--are not only heading to the World Thoroughbred Championships en masse, they are bringing all their heavy artillery. And this year, that means an array of European stars never before seen on one card, especially in the United States.
Horses campaigned by members of the Maktoum family have won the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) three times. This year, the Maktoums and their runners are back in force. But it's not yet clear which powerful combination of horses the family will send to the post in the $2-million Turf.
Plans may be changing for Sakhee, who wasn't coming to the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I), but after a scintillating run in the Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) he may indeed head to New York.
Light Dancer and Voodoo Dancer made it a dancers' double Monday as the fillies took the first and second divisions, respectively, of the Lake George Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga.
Breeders' Cup Turf notes for Tuesday, Oct. 31.
LOUISVILLE, KY - Following is the daily report on the horses running in the Breeders' Cup Turf, the seventh race of the Breeders' Cup Championship to be run Saturday, Nov. 4, at Churchill Downs. Note: The Breeders' Cup Turf and the Breeders' Cup Classic are legs eight and nine, respectively, of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship.
Two of Godolphin Racing's Breeders' Cup contenders took a spin on the Churchill Downs turf course Saturday morning. Muhtathir and Diktat, both entered in the $1 million Mile, were workmates in an easy six-furlong breeze.
But a national division once boasting the potential of Royal Anthem, Dark Moondancer, Chester House, and Bienamado now finds itself pining for a star, and with no local standout or foreign phenomenon to brandish. This year's running of the Turf is totally up for grabs.
By Tim McCarthy, Thoroughbred Sports Network -- There are many graded turf stakes races carded across the country on Columbus Day weekend, and after the sun sets on Monday, some prime picks for the championship day's grassy events are likely to be discovered.
Gary A. Tanaka's Snow Polina rallied from just off the pace to upset 3-5 favorite Happyanunoit by a length in the $500,000 Beverly D Stakes (gr. IT) Saturday at Arlington International.
Affirmed Success, racing on turf for the first time Tuesday in anticipation of a possible start in the Breeders' Cup Mile, drew off through the stretch run to win the $113,800 Poker Handicap.
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