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Sam-Son Farms' homebred Up With the Birds closed with a rush to take the $500,000 Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT) Oct. 5 at Belmont Park, earning his first graded stakes victory for trainer Malcolm Pierce.
Admiral Kitten will take on familiar foes Stormy Len, Jack Milton, and War Dancer when he aims for his second grade I win in the $500,000 Jamaica Handicap Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
The event will introduce first-year stallion Boys At Tosconova, a grade I-winning juvenile, along with New York newcomers Courageous Cat and El Corredor.
Runner-up as the favorite in the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT), Grandeur will try to become the first 3-year-old since Bien Bien in 1992 to win the Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT) Dec. 15 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Courageous Cat, a grade I winner and millionaire son of Storm Cat, will move to Questroyal North near Stillwater, N.Y., after spending his first season at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky.
King David has a chance to prove his Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT) upset was no fluke when he joins an overflow field of 16 starters for the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) Nov. 17 at Churchill Downs.
The second time was the charm for Eldaafer in the Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) and his connections are hoping that the fourth will be, too.
Longshot King David upset the $400,000 Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT) Oct. 6 at Belmont Park, benefiting from a crawling pace set by the eventual runner-up as 8-5 favorite Dullahan finished fifth.
Donegal Racing's TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) victor Dullahan is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for the $400,000 Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT) when he faces seven other sophomores Oct. 6 at Belmont Park.
Turbo Compressor and Casino Host, both qualifiers for the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) later this fall, will take a test spin over the Santa Anita Park course in the $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship (gr. IIT) Sept. 30.
Queen'splatekitten is the 5-2 morning line favorite for what shapes up as a contentious renewal of the $100,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. IIIT), the one-mile Independence Day feature on the Monmouth Park turf.
Pender Harbour, Canada's champion 3-year-old male of 2011, will try to make it two straight when he takes on five rivals in the Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine July 1.
Ghislaine Head's Right One, who last raced over Keeneland's Polytrack, returns to grass racing when he takes on seven rivals in the June 8 Jaipur Stakes (gr. IIIT) at seven furlongs at Belmont Park.
One race before trainer Graham Motion saddles Went the Day Well in the May 19 Preakness (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course, he will send out Augustin Stables' Smart Bid, the 7-2 overnight favorite in the Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT).
Grade I winners Courageous Cat and Twirling Candy, who are standing their first year at stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., have gotten their first mares in foals.
Hailstone, a half brother to TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Court Vision, was purchased by agent Steve Young for $235,000 to top the Nov. 15 session of the Keeneland November sale.
Richard Santulli's Straight Story, at 38-1 the longest price in a 10-horse field, made his synthetic surface debut a winning one when he captured the $150,000 Autumn Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine Nov. 12.
Grade I winner Courageous Cat has been retired from racing and will enter stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Boisterous wrapped up his 4-year-old campaign on a high note Nov. 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack, coming from off the pace for a two-length victory over Bold Hawk in the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT).
After notching his first graded stakes victory with a powerful late charge one year ago, Grassy is back to defend his title in the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Aqueduct turf Nov. 5.
An audible groan went up from the table of traveling lads from France at the Breeders' Cup World Championships post-position draw when it was announced three-time Mile (gr. IT) winner had drawn the rail.
It is said that cats have nine lives. The connections of Courageous Cat are hoping that a second chance is enough. The regally bred 5-year-old will again face Goldikova in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
No trainer has won more races at Churchill Downs than Mott. read blog
A trio of Breeders' Cup contenders from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott--To Honor and Serve (Classic, gr. I), Royal Delta (Ladies' Classic, gr. I) and Courageous Cat (Mile, gr. IT)--worked Oct. 16 at Churchill.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Boots Ahead||David Jacobson||
|Chapin Beach||Mark A. Hennig||
|Courageous Cat||William I. Mott||
|Grassy||Martin F. Jones||
|Mr Sandman (GB)||H. Allen Jerkens||
|Straight Story||Alan E. Goldberg||
|Take the Points||Todd A. Pletcher||
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