Claire Novak recaps the news of the day, including works from American Gal, Holy Lute, and Mongolian Saturday, and the first Europeans on track, including Turf contender Ulysses. Also, I'm a Chatterbox, and the daily California Chrome report.
The 2016 edition of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) will be a competitive race loaded with talented runners including last year’s winner Mongolian Saturday.
Mongolian Saturday, the 4-1 favorite, won Keeneland's 5 1/2-furlong Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 8; his first score since last year's TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
Mongolian Saturday, a surprise winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) at Keeneland, makes his first start of the year in the U.S. in the Oct. 8 Woodford Stakes (gr. IIIT) in Lexington.
Luke Morris, who leads Britain in wins in 2016, has been booked to ride U.S.-trained Mongolian Saturday in the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) Saturday, July 9 at Newmarket.
Japanese miler Maurice and Australian sprint star Chautauqua took top honors at Sha Tin Racecourse May 1 in a rare shutout for the local team in two group I events in Hong Kong.
Mongolian Saturday, winner of the 2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), drew the 2 post in a tough international field for Sunday's Chairman's Sprint Prize (HK-I) at Sha Tin Racecourse In Hong Kong.
It was a day for rising stars in Hong Kong as all three returning winners from last year's Longines Hong Kong International Races bowed to promising youngsters on the Dec. 13 program that featured four group I races.
Three of last year's winners are back for another try in the Dec. 13 Longines International Races in Hong Kong, an event enlivened this year by two U.S. runners including Breeders' Cup winner Mongolian Saturday.
U.S. horses Mongolian Saturday and Green Mask are both good to go for the Dec. 13 Longines Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) at Sha Tin Racecourse, according to their trainers.
Sheikh Abdullah Almaddah's Green Mask has been dealt a setback in his preparations for the Dec. 13 Longines Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) after foot bruising was detected following a Dec. 7 workout at Sha Tin Racecourse.
Mongolian Saturday and Green Mask, the respective winner and third-place finisher in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), put in their final works Dec. 7 in preparation for the Longines Hong Kong Sprint.
A total of 33 international group I winners, including Twinspires Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) victor Mongolian Saturday, are among the 56 entries for the Longines Hong Kong International Races Dec. 12 at Sha Tin.
Mongolian Stables' Mongolian Saturday breezed a half-mile clockwise over Gulfstream Park's main track Nov. 27 in anticipation of his next assignment in the Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I).
Mongolian Saturday proved a colorful winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, as native Mongolian garb filled the winner's circle and showed the event off as a truly international event.
Mongolian Saturday, runner-up in the Woodford Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. IIIT), breezed three furlongs in :37 2/5 at Keeneland Race Course Oct. 20 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
Most challengers in the 14-horse field have faced and beaten each other throughout 2015.
Pure Sensation and Mongolian Saturday battled throughout the $300,000 Turf Monster Handicap, with Pure Sensation narrowly prevailing in a pulsating finish Sept. 7 at Parx Racing.
After finishing second to Ben's Cat in the previous two editions of the five-furlong turf race at Parx Racing, Tightend Touchdown would not be denied Saturday, July 11, edging longshot Mongolian Saturday by a nose.
Undrafted, a close third in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) last time out, is among 13 turf sprinters entered for the $125,000 Shakertown (gr. IIIT) April 4 a Keeneland Race Course.
Team Valor International's Speechify won his second stakes in a row when he rallied from just off the pace to take the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 27 at Gulfstream Park.
Speechify may not eat like other horses, but he proved he can run with them, romping to victory in his stakes debut Nov. 16 at Gulfstream Park West in the $75,000 Kenny Noe Jr.
The 8 3/4-length winner of the Oak Hall at Evangeline Downs in his last start headlines a field of nine including last year's 1-2 finishers, Scatman and Jasizzle, and eight-time stakes winner Delaunay.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Hanshin Cup Stakes, Sheepshead Bay Stakes, and Majestic Light Stakes. read blog
William Stiriz's 5-year-old gelding Hogy will have his work cut out for him when he attempts to defend his title in the Hanshin Cup (gr. III) at Arlington Park against 13 capable challengers.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Believe in Kitten||Wayne M. Catalano||
|Dakota Mac||Hugh H. Robertson||
|Mongolian Saturday||Enebish Ganbat||
|Muppet Man||James P. DiVito||
|Next Speaker||Frank Lucarelli||
|Pataky Kid||Stephen D. Dunn||
|Pitch N Roll||Ron G. Potts||
|Positively||Patrick B. Byrne||
|Ruler of Love||Joan Scott||
|Take It Like a Man||Jonas Gibson||
|Treasury Bill||Louie J. Roussel, III||
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