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California Chrome, Untapable star in Philadelphia

California Chrome became a mainstream sports star taking the first two legs of the Triple Crown (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)

The track in suburban Philadelphia which has undergone various name changes -- Keystone, Philadelphia Park, and now Parx Racing -- has become quite adept in recent years for attracting name horses.

On Saturday, the track which opened 40 years ago this November, will offer the public arguably its biggest jackpot of horseflesh in its history when dual classic winner California Chrome and leading three-year-old filly Untapable head stellar fields for the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby and Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion, respectively.

California Chrome, who became somewhat of a folk hero to racing and non-racing fans alike during his bid for the Triple Crown last spring, will be making his first start since finishing in a dead-heat for fourth in the June 7 Belmont Stakes. The California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit was virtually invincible this season leading up to the "Test of the Champion," winning five stakes including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Santa Anita Derby.

The colt's chances at a Triple Crown sweep, the first since 1978, were effectively dashed at the start of the 1 1/2-mile classic, when California Chrome stumbled and grabbed a quarter. Although in contention until the final furlong or so, the minor injury and the overall rigors of the classic campaign finally caught up with the modestly-bred chestnut owned by breeders Steve Coburn and Perry Martin.

Widely considered the leader of the division despite his summertime absence, California Chrome will attempt to regain some momentum in the championship race on Saturday. Shared Belief, last year's unbeaten juvenile champion who missed the Triple Crown due to injury, has come back with sterling performances in the Los Alamitos Derby and Pacific Classic, the latter against older horses. Shared Belief is not in the Pennsylvania Derby, but several other top three-year-olds are.

Bayern, whose 7 1/4-length tour de force in the Haskell Invitational remains one of the top efforts turned in by this year's three-year-old class, figures to be a primary target for the rail-drawn California Chrome. The son of Offlee Wild failed badly in his attempt to steal the 1 1/4-mile Travers over a less speed-friendly course last time, but should appreciate the cutback in distance. Bayern previously took on California Chrome in the May 17 Preakness, but was never in contention after a rough trip in the early stages kept him from being closer to the lead.

Bayern might be California Chrome's primary target in the Pennsylvania Derby (Carl J. Sari/Equi-Photo)

Tapiture and Candy Boy, separated by a nose in the West Virginia Derby in early August, have also whiffed in previous attempts against the favorite. Tapiture, who was 15th in the Kentucky Derby, has nonetheless carved out a successful campaign that also includes wins in the Southwest and Matt Winn, both Grade 3 events. The West Virginia Derby, despite the narrow margin of victory, was arguably his most impressive victory, though, as he was steadied trying to rally up the rail at the eighth pole, was switched outside for running room, and caught Candy Boy at the last jump.

Candy Boy, who has had a taste of both California Chrome and Shared Belief this season, kicked off 2014 with a half-length score in the Robert B. Lewis, finished a distant third in the Santa Anita Derby, and was 13th in the Kentucky Derby prior to garnering place honors in the Los Alamitos Derby and at Mountaineer.

The local prep for the Pennsylvania Derby, the Smarty Jones contested on Labor Day, has yielded two starters. Protonico, exiting a photo-finish third to subsequent Travers winner V. E. Day in a Saratoga stakes, overcame traffic to take the Smarty Jones by three-quarters over Classic Giacnroll. Those two are also joined by Noble Moon, who beat Classic Giacnroll in the Jerome at Aqueduct in early January and was most recently fourth in the seven-furlong King's Bishop at Saratoga following a layoff of more than four months.

The field is rounded out by C J's Awesome, a first-level allowance winner at Saratoga who might apply early pressure on Bayern.

Untapable, who is undefeated against her own sex in four starts this season, is so far in the driver's seat for divisional honors entering the 1 1/16-mile Cotillion. The Steve Asmussen trainee swept the Rachel Alexandra, Fair Grounds Oaks, Kentucky Oaks, and Mother Goose by an average margin of 7 3/4 lengths, which convinced her connections to roll the dice against males in the Haskell Invitational.

Untapable, shown here winning the Mother Goose, is undefeated against fillies this season (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Favored at 7-5 favorite in that Monmouth Park fixture, Untapable stumbled at the break, raced wide, and proved no threat to Bayern, who was left alone on an uncontested lead. Untapable wound up fifth, nine lengths back.

On paper, Untapable still lords over her competition, but a couple fillies could put themselves in the championship discussion if they were to upset. Stopchargingmaria, who fared poorly in her first two starts of the year, has reeled off consecutive wins in the Black-Eyed Susan, Coaching Club American Oaks, and Alabama, albeit against suspect company in generally slow times.

Sweet Reason has been a stronger one-turn performer, winning the Acorn and the Test after finishing a distant third in the nine-furlong Gazelle back in April. Heroine of the Spinaway last year and a troubled second in the Frizette, she might yet find 1 1/16 miles within her scope.

Likely to show speed in the Cotillion, thus setting the race up for all three major contenders, are Monmouth Oaks heroine Cassatt and the California-based Jojo Warrior, who enters off back-to-back wins in the Summertime Oaks and Torrey Pines.

Also of note are the multiple Grade 2-placed House Rules; Alabama and Delaware Oaks runner-up Joint Return; and Test third-placer Little Alexis.

Fast Anna, who just missed preserving his undefeated streak in the King's Bishop last out, is one of several fast three-year-olds in the Grade 3, $300,000 Gallant Bob over six furlongs. The Kathy Ritvo charge, who blew away maiden and allowance company at Gulfstream prior to his neck loss at Saratoga, will race without blinkers for the first time on Saturday.

Prudhoe Bay and Favorite Tale, one-two in last month's Jersey Shore at Monmouth Park, are the other main contenders in a field of seven.

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Wynn Las Vegas unveils future book; Yum! extends KY Derby sponsorship

Fans can get a head start on their Derby homework (Courtesy of Churchill Downs)
Wynn Las Vegas unveiled Monday its future book for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. The 141st edition of the "Run for the Roses" will be held at historic Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015.

Prominent on the list are Del Mar Futurity winner American Pharoah (40-1); Saratoga Special scorer I Spent It (50-1); Competitive Edge, who romped over I Spent It in the Hopeful, and Iroquois hero Lucky Player, both at 60-1; and the unraced duo of Jess's Dream and Cozmic One, the first foals of Horses of the Year Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, respectively, also at 60-1. Smashing Saratoga maiden winner El Kabeir (65-1), unbeaten four-time stakes scorer Wake Up Nick (75-1), Del Mar debut scorer Lord Nelson (85-1) and Belmont debut conqueror Daredevil (85-1) are likewise less than 100-1.

Also on Monday, Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) announced that Churchill Downs, its namesake racetrack, and Yum! Brands Inc., have signed a five-year agreement that extends Yum!'s role as the presenting sponsor of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby, one of America's most legendary sports and entertainment events.

This new agreement runs from the 2016 Kentucky Derby through the 2020 Kentucky Derby. The 2015 Kentucky Derby is covered under the current agreement that was signed in 2011. Under the agreement announced Monday, the race will continue to be run as the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. Terms of the extended agreement were not released.

"Our partnership over the last nine years with Yum! Brands has been positive for both companies, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky's horsemen. Churchill Downs is very pleased to continue to work with a great corporate citizen right here in our hometown," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack.

"The Kentucky Derby is a great American tradition and we look forward to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 2."

"Yum! Brands is pleased to renew our presenting sponsorship of the Kentucky Derby, the greatest two minutes in sports," said Jonathan Blum, senior vice president, Yum! Brands, Inc.

"While millions of people know and love our leading restaurant brands, they may not know Yum! Brands. The sponsorship of the Kentucky Derby allows us to build awareness of Yum!, the world's largest restaurant company."

Churchill Downs, which opened with the running of the first Kentucky Derby on May 17, 1875, is the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Inc. Yum! Brands, a Fortune 500 company that operates over 40,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories, is the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell.

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Demonstrative the top weight in Lonesome Glory

Demonstrative will be going for a fifth Grade 1 triumph in the Lonesome Glory (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Summering at Saratoga proved time well spent for the seven-year-old gelding Demonstrative, who'll be favored to continue his recent success in Thursday's Grade 1, $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap, a 2 1/2-mile hurdle over Belmont Park's inner turf.

A nose second to the ill-fated Makari in the A.P. Smithwick Memorial at Saratoga on July 31, Demonstrative rebounded to take the August 25 New York Turf Writers Cup by a half-length over returning rival Barnstorming. It was Demonstrative's second win in the Turf Writers Cup, having taken the race in 2012, and his first win of any kind since a photo-finish nod in the Iroquois at Percy Warner Park in May 2013.

The multiple Grade 1-winning son of Elusive Quality, who will carry top weight of 158 pounds, has raced over hurdles at Belmont twice previously. Fourth by 4 1/4 lengths in the 2013 Lonesome Glory, Demonstrative registered a seven-length win in the 2011 William Entenmann Memorial, which will be renewed as the first race on Thursday's Belmont program.

Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard will have a three-horse entry consisting of the aforementioned Barnstorming, 2013 divisional champion Divine Fortune, and Bluegrass Summer. While Barnstorming remains in search of his first top-level win, the venerable Divine Fortune will attempt to get back to the form that saw him win the three-mile Iroquois by 3 1/4 lengths back in May. The 11-year-old left the course prior to the ninth fence in the Smithwick last time.

Bluegrass Summer, meanwhile, steps up in class after securing minor checks in the Jonathan Kiser and Michael G. Walsh -- a pair of novice stakes at Saratoga.

All Together, runner-up last year in the New York Turf Writers Cup and Lonesome Glory, enters this race off fourth-place finishes in the Smithwick and Turf Writers Cup. The field is rounded out by For Non Stop, Spy in the Sky, and Parker's Project.

The $75,000 Entenmann Memorial, for novices over 2 1/4 miles, features a field of nine, including Schoodic and Address Unknown, the one-two finishers from the August 14 Michael G. Walsh. Syros, a five-length allowance winner at Saratoga last month, also figures to attract support.

An interesting entrant is One Giant Step, who returns to action off a three-year layoff for Sheppard. He was the distant runner-up behind Demonstrative in the 2011 edition of the race.

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Fiftyshadesofgold's the one to beat in Dogwood

Fiftyshadesofgold brings the strongest form to bear in the seven-furlong sprint (Coady Photography)
Fiftyshadesofgold puts her perfect two-for-two mark at Churchill Downs on the line in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Dogwood Stakes for sophomore fillies.

A smashing eight-length winner of last summer's Debutante beneath the Twin Spires, the Bret Calhoun trainee prevailed over Milam in the Eight Belles at this track and seven-furlong trip on May 2. Fiftyshadesofgold has performed creditably over longer, as evidenced by her distant second to Untapable in the March 29 Fair Grounds Oaks and her fourth in the June 7 Acorn.

But the Texas-bred is arguably better suited to this distance. Her only loss at seven furlongs came last time out in the prestigious Test Stakes at Saratoga, where she set a pressured pace before tiring late for fourth, beaten all of a length. Fiftyshadesofgold has fired a couple of bullets ahead of this class drop, and she looms as the one to beat with a returning Robby Albarado.

Two of her rivals are also exiting the Test -- sixth-placer Thank You Marylou, who was named by the Ramseys in honor of Marylou Whitney, and eighth Bird Maker, a Marylou Whitney homebred. Thank You Marylou has flashed talent without quite delivering on the big stage, but the equipment change  to blinkers could sharp the Michael Maker filly's focus. The Ian Wilkes-trained Bird Maker sports a two-for-three record at Churchill, reflecting a maiden score last November, a second in the Golden Rod and an 11-length allowance rout two starts back on May 25.

Milam, who came up a half-length short of upsetting Fiftyshadesofgold in the Eight Belles, has been a fairly consistent performer for Eddie Kenneally. Since her fourth to Untapable in the 1 1/16-mile Pocahontas here a year ago, the daughter of Street Sense has stuck to sprinting. She rebounded from a rare clunker in the January 4 Old Hat to crush the February 22 Pica Slew at Calder by eight lengths, and most recently finished a closing third in the June 29 Victory Ride. Corey Lanerie rode her to a Churchill allowance win last fall, and regains the mount.

Tom Amoss sends out Kiss to Remember, successful in a course-and-distance allowance on June 22. The Maggi Moss colorbearer rolled in the grassy Battle of New Orleans at Fair Grounds earlier this season, and two starts ago, she was second in the off-the-turf Indiana Grand.

Henny Jenney, the winner of the Inaugural at Presque Isle Downs May 11, has been predominantly a turf and synthetic type so far. Although she was a poor fourth in the Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies at Penn National in her only previous try on dirt, and still has something to prove on the surface, the William Connelly pupil has been training forwardly at Churchill.

Rounding out the 10-filly field are Enjoy the Family, Platinum Lady, Mizzen Miss and Honey's Ryan, who are moving up considerably in class from their last outings in allowances. 

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Toast confirmed for BC Classic; Treve still to point for Arc

Toast of New York will try to transfer his synthetic prowess to dirt at Santa Anita (Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club)
Trainer Jamie Osborne will "roll the dice" and allow Pacific Classic runner-up Toast of New York to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita November 1.

Osborne acknowledges that the colt must overcome never having raced over dirt, but remains optimistic following the U.A.E. Derby winner's effort August 24 at Del Mar. Toast of New York finished an excellent second behind Shared Belief in the 1 1/4-mile Pacific Classic, in which the venerable Game on Dude was fourth.

Should things go to plan at Santa Anita, Michael Buckley's colt will be pointed toward Meydan's Dubai World Cup in March of next year.

"That (the Breeders' Cup Classic) poses a lot of questions, but they are questions that need answering," Osborne told At The Races.

"People who know more about dirt racing than I do say he's got the physique and action of a dirt horse. We'll roll the dice and have a go.

"As a trial for (the) Breeders' Cup Classic, forgetting the surface issue, it (the Pacific Classic) was probably the best there has been. It wasn't flaky form --put it that way."

Plans are also crystallizing for star distaffers Treve and Estimate.

Treve will defend her Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe crown, trainer Criquette Head-Maarek announced Monday. The four-year-old was a close fourth, only 1 1/2 lengths behind Baltic Baroness, in Sunday's Prix Vermeille at Longchamp.

"She is fine and she hasn't lost any weight," commented Head-Maarek to Racing Post. " We'll see tomorrow and the day after when she goes out on the track, but first impressions are that she looks well. I spoke to Sheikh Joaan and for the moment there is no change in the plan."

The bay was undefeated in five starts as a sophomore including three Group 1s with scores in the Prix de Diane, Prix Vermeille and the aforementioned Arc. She went down by only a neck to Cirrus des Aigles in the Prix Ganay in her seasonal bow April 27 and was runner-up again in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot June 18.

Estimate will not run in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington, according to John Warren, bloodstock and racing advisor to The Queen.

Connections of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained mare will resist the urge to send the five-year-old to Australia for the coveted prize November 4, instead opting to stay closer to home after she impressively returned to winning ways in last Friday's Doncaster Cup. Estimate will now have one more start before retiring and beginning her career as a broodmare.

"After much consideration and in the best interest of the filly, it has been decided that Estimate will not be heading to the Melbourne Cup," Warren said in a statement. "Her final target will be either the British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot or the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp, after which she will be retired to The Royal Studs."

Last season's Gold Cup heroine may have run heroically to finish second in defense of her crown at Royal Ascot June 19, but just a month a later she returned a positive test for morphine. Estimate was one of a cluster of horses to have become embroiled in the case, with the source of the drug identified as a contaminated batch of horse feed and is still likely to be disqualified from this season's Gold Cup at a BHA hearing September 25.

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Top stars now eye British Champions Day

The Grey Gatsby, Australia, Free Eagle, Estimate, Brown Panther Sheikhzayedroad, Charm Spirit, Bow Creek and Pomology are some of the star names all set to head to British Champions Day at Ascot on October 18, the richest day in British racing.

In the latest round of their season-long rivalry The Grey Gatsby came out on top to win the Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday in dramatic style from Australia.

"We'll have to see how he comes out of this race but we would love to meet Australia again and if our horse continues in the same order we'll be looking at Ascot," trainer Kevin Ryan said. "Ryan Moore has great faith in the horse, which is very important. He believed he could win the race. We'd love to keep Ryan on him and if he can ride him at Ascot that would be an added bonus."

Australia was second and trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "I'd imagine Australia's next race will be at Ascot over ten furlongs or a mile. I'm not ruling him out of anything but I'd say the Arc is unlikely."

Trading Leather, Mukhadram and Al Kazeem, third through fifth in the Irish Champion, also have entries in the £1.3m Champion Stakes.

Free Eagle, winner of a Group 3 race at Leopardstown on Saturday by seven lengths, also has the Champion Stakes in his sights.

"We can think of what might have been, but that's life," said Dermot Weld of Free Eagle, who has only run three times. "He's come back nicely, he's a very laid back horse and it was difficult to get him fit as I wanted for today, so there should be some natural improvement in him.

"I think the Champion Stakes at Ascot is the logical target for him, and that'll be it for this year."

Sheikhzayedroad may also head for the Champion Stakes after his victory in the Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine on Sunday.

"We've got an option of the Canadian International back here on (October 19). He's also got an entry at Ascot," trainer David Simcock said. "I'll speak to his owner and decide where he is going. We'll either come back here or go to Ascot and then he'll go to Dubai and start his travels again."

Following her impressive win at Doncaster in the Doncaster Cup, the Queen's filly Estimate could also return to Ascot, the home of her most famous win, to line up in the British Champions Long Distance Cup with racing manager John Warren saying, "There are three options...but Ascot could be favorite in the sense that the Queen could see her race again."

Opposing her will be Brown Panther following his brilliant victory in the Irish St Leger to claim his first Group 1 victory.

"We'll look at running him on Champions Day," trainer Tom Dascombe said.

For the £1 million Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Charm Spirit is firmly in the mix after his brave victory over the Hannon pair of Toronado and Night of Thunder in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp on Sunday.

"I don't think we'll go to the Breeders' Cup -- we're thinking of going to Ascot on Champions Day," trainer Freddie Head said. "We might have to meet Kingman and he will have a fight."

After Bow Creek's victory in the Solonaway Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday, Charlie Johnston said: "To win it shows he is on an upward curve. A Group 1 is almost certainly the next step. The only option left in Europe is the Queen Elizabeth II and that will definitely come in for strong consideration."

Pomology, who lost her unbeaten record by just a short head in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp on Sunday, is on course for the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.

"Pomology has been forced to make it and ran a superb race even though she was a little green and looked at the rail. All being well she'll go for the Fillies and Mares race," trainer John Gosden said.

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In brief

Euro Charline will make her first start for Todd Pletcher in Keeneland's QE II (Four Footed Fotos)
Euro Charline (Myboycharlie) will have the services of Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez when she pursues a second straight Grade 1 victory on October 11 in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. Team Valor International's filly will return to the three-year-old ranks after she upstaged her elders in the Beverly D. S. (G1) at Arlington on August 16 in her U.S. debut. Ryan Moore was in the saddle that day but cannot make the return trip to the states for the QEII because of a riding commitment in England. Velazquez won the Kentucky Derby (G1) for Team Valor on Animal Kingdom and is a longtime go-to rider for Euro Charline's new trainer, Todd Pletcher, who received the filly from English-based Marco Botti after the Beverly D. Euro Charline breezed a half mile in :50 in company on the inner turf course at Belmont Park on Sunday in her first workout for Pletcher. "She has really settled in here well," Pletcher said. With the Beverly D. triumph, Euro Charline earned a "Win and You're In" ticket to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) on November 1 at Santa Anita. "We're thinking about the Breeders' Cup, but the race we're really focused on and the one we brought her over to try to win is the Queen Elizabeth," Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin said...

Trainer Clive Brittain received a considerable boon Monday by the news Rizeena (Iffraaj) is likely to stay in training as a four-year-old. This season's Coronation S. (Eng-G1) winner turned in another fine effort in Ireland this weekend when she finished an honorable second behind Fiesolana (Aussie Rules) in the Matron S. (Ire-G1) at Leopardstown. Rizeena has already had a busy year, with Brittain keen to protect his prized asset with a view to next season. "She keeps running at a high level every time she runs," commented Brittain. "We were just beaten by a good one on the day, so there are absolutely no regrets about going there. The owners are keen to have her in training again next season so why empty the tank now? We've seen that happen to a lot of good horses over the years." Rizeena still holds entries in the Sun Chariot S. (Eng-G1) at Newmarket October 4 and the Queen Elizabeth II S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot October 18, should Brittain and owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook al Maktoum opt to go to the well once again...

Al Shaqab Racing's Olympic Glory (Choisir) will stand at Haras de Bouquetot in France in 2015. A triple Group 1 winner with wins in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Fr-G1) as a juvenile, the Queen Elizabeth II S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot last October and the Lockinge S. (Eng-G1), the handsome bay will make one more start this year in either the October 5 Prix de la Foret (Fr-G1) or will defend his title in the QE II. Olympic Glory, whose record stands at 14-7-3-1, $2,059,558, will arrive at Haras de Bouquetot in November. He joins fellow Al Shaqab stallions Style Vendome and Planteur, who both completed their first season at stud, as well as Uruguayan champion Boby Di Job, who will also be standing his initial season in 2015. A stud fee will be announced later. "Olympic Glory is the most amazingly consistent horse who we have enjoyed campaigning at the highest level for the past three yeas," commented trainer Richard Hannon Jr. "He has a wonderful temperament, and physically you could not wish to see a more imposing individual."...

Jeremy, pictured at Monmouth for the 2007 Breeders' Cup, sired current juvenile Kool Kompany (Michael J. Marten/
Jeremy (Danehill Dancer) injured himself during routine exercise Sunday, and the 11-year-old stallion was put down after breaking bones in his knee recovering from surgery, according to a Monday report in Racing Post. The Sir Michael Stoute charge was purchased by the Brushwood Stable of Betty Moran for $375,000 as a Keeneland November weanling from the consignment of his breeder, Brookdale Farm. Jeremy was off the mark in October of his two-year-old year and captured the Jersey S. (Eng-G3) as a sophomore. He added the Sandown Mile S. (Eng-G2) as a four-year-old and was twice Group 1-placed in the Queen Anne S. and Sussex S. The dark bay ended his career with a 10th in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) behind Kip Deville after a tardy break and retired with a record of 16-4-6-1 and $459,538 in earnings. Jeremy originally stood at the Irish National Stud in 2008, but moved to Garryrichard Stud in Ireland as a dual-purpose sire in 2014. He is responsible for current multiple Group 2 -winning juvenile Kool Kompany, multiple Group 3 victress Yellow Rosebud and multiple stakes winner and Group 2-placed Pearl of Africa. The stallion's second dam was German highweight and Aral-Pokal (Ger-G1) victress Wind In Her Hair (Alzao), dam of Japanese Horse of the Year and supersire Deep Impact...

The Meadowlands kicks off the first of 14-all turf race cards on Thursday with 53 horses entered across the six-race program. The Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet will race on Thursdays and Fridays from September 18-26. Beginning in October the track will offer live cards on Fridays and Saturdays through November 1. First post nightly will be 7:00 p.m. (EDT), except for October 31 (Breeders' Cup Friday) and November 1 (Breeders' Cup Saturday), when post time will be 1:00 p.m. and noon, respectively. A full slate of activities and dining options will be available throughout the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet, including fireworks on September 19 following the night's live racing action; Scotch-n-Smoke on October 4 with unique scotches and hand-rolled cigars; and, the Oktoberfest Food Truck Mash-Up on October 11. On the food side, Pink, the main restaurant at the New Meadowlands will be in full swing (reservations 201-460-4079), as will The Victory Sports Bar and The Lounge. There's free parking, free admission and free seating, both inside and out at the Meadowlands. Live programs will be $2, simulcast books $4. Valet parking will be offered for $5...

The Keeneland Library Lecture Series returns September 23-24 with presentations of recent works about Thoroughbred racing. On September 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (EDT), Paul Roberts will discuss "Racecourse Architecture." The book, which Roberts wrote with Isabelle Taylor, is an exhaustive look at the history of the architecture at some of the world's greatest race courses, including Keeneland. Roberts, the director of Turnberry Consulting in London, has extensive experience as a strategic consultant to racecourses, including Saratoga and Belmont Park in New York, Ascot and York  in the United Kingdom, Flemington in Australia, and Leopardstown in Ireland. On September 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Roberts will talk about his book "The Spa: The Legendary Saratoga Race Course." The book is an architectural history of the race track, the oldest sporting venue in the U.S. Following both presentations, guests may stay for a reception and book-signing with Roberts. A limited number of copies of Racecourse Architecture and The Spa will be available for purchase. Each of the Keeneland Library Lecture Series is free, and ample parking is available...

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, Kentucky, announced Monday their array of popular programming will now be heard on new SiriusXM channels beginning this week. HRRN's trio of weekday talk shows will shift to Sirius 220 and XM 206 starting with Trainer Talk this Wednesday evening. The new channels will also be home to the network's Call In Show on Thursday nights and the Weekend Stakes Preview on Fridays. All three shows can be heard live from 6-7 p.m. (ET). On weekends, HRRN programming will air on Sirius 92 and XM 92. The network's weekend schedule features their weekly Saturday morning talk show, the Equine Forum from 8-10 a.m. along with a multitude of live race coverage throughout the year including upcoming events such as the Charles Town Oaks (G3), Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), Awesome Again S.(G1), Keeneland's Fall Stars Weekend and the Breeders' Cup World Championships. In addition to SiriusXM, listeners can tune-in to all broadcasts via live streaming provided on the HRRN website and also available on smartphones and tablets. Select HRRN shows and race broadcasts are also carried on various terrestrial affiliates across the country. A complete broadcast schedule along with a listing of affiliates can be found on the schedule page of the HRRN website. Podcasts of all talk shows are also posted on both the HRRN site and on iTunes. Also included on the new Sirius 220/XM 206 channels is the daily talk show At the Races with Steve Byk. The show airs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon with replays airing from 6-9 a.m. each day...

The Arqana Arc Sale -- consisting of 48 lots of horses in training plus eight additional Wild Card lots to be added closer to the sale -- will be held at Saint-Cloud October 4. The catalog is available at, and almost 70 percent are rated at 95 or higher, making these top candidates for the Dubai Carnival and the best meetings in Hong Kong, the United States and Australia. Highlights include Group 3 winners Citron Spirit (Invincible Spirit), Burnt Sugar (Lope De Vega) and Queen Bee (Le Havre) who will sell with an entry in the Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1).

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Trainer Stats


Trainer   Starts   Wins   Win %
James D. Christianson   23   11   48
Judi Yearout   15   7   47
Greg Tracy   94   39   41
William J. Morey, Jr.   17   7   41
Scott D. Mullins   17   7   41
J. R. Caldwell   35   14   40
Keith Nations   20   8   40
Efren Loza, Jr.   15   6   40
Vernon Obermeier   15   6   40
J. Larry Jones   33   13   39
Ron Moquett   28   11   39
William D. Cowans   36   14   39
Christi Flores   18   7   39
L. Tracy McCarthy   18   7   39
Riley Rycroft   18   7   39
Kirk Ziadie   34   13   38
Lorna M. Gray   16   6   38
Stan Seagle   16   6   38
Cathal A. Lynch   51   19   37
John A. Casey   19   7   37
Humberto P. Loma   19   7   37
Thomas Drury, Jr.   22   8   36
Rob Atras   25   9   36
Ron Faucheux   45   16   36
Steve Attard   17   6   35

Trainer/Jockey Stats


Trainer/Jockey Combo   Starts   Wins   Win %
James D. Christianson/Tori Gandia   16   9   56%
Ralph J. Biamonte/Omar Moreno   15   8   53%
Ron Moquett/Ricardo Santana, Jr.   17   9   53%
William D. Cowans/Dean A. Sarvis   19   10   53%
Ramon Preciado/Roberto Alvarado, Jr.   20   10   50%
Marcos Zulueta/Angel Castillo   16   8   50%
Tammy Domenosky/James Graham   21   10   48%
Rigoberto Velasquez/David G. Lopez   19   9   47%
Greg Tracy/Scott Williams   27   12   44%
Gustavo Delgado/Edgard J. Zayas   18   8   44%
Greg Tracy/Rico W. Walcott   43   19   44%
Jorge Navarro/Eddie Castro   25   11   44%
Dale L. Romans/Miguel Mena   16   7   44%
Shane M. Spiess/Angel Ortega Stanley   16   7   44%
Kirk Ziadie/Edgard J. Zayas   16   7   44%
J. R. Caldwell/Jareth Loveberry   19   8   42%
M. Anthony Ferraro/Jaime Rodriguez   17   7   41%
Daniel J. Lopez/Angel Serpa   17   7   41%
Keith G. Bourgeois/Joseph Walter Patin, Jr.   32   13   41%
Mike Durham/Rafael Manuel Hernandez   30   12   40%
William Delia/Ricardo Gonzalez   20   8   40%
Kiaran P. McLaughlin/Irad Ortiz, Jr.   20   8   40%
Gerald S. Bennett/Pablo Morales   15   6   40%
Jason Servis/Gabriel Saez   15   6   40%
Eurico Martens/Ruben Lara   18   7   39%

At a Glance
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.82 - 1
Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 70%
Daily Double74.53
Pick 3517.62
Pick 616,812.53
Pick 46,268.60
Pick 518,278.85
Pick 9 Jackpot26,893.87
Super High Five Jackpot15,541.47
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/02 - 09/14)
Distance #
5.0fDirt 20 50% E Mid/Out
6.0fDirt 166 42% E Rail
1 MileDirt 82 20% S Middle
1 1/16mDirt 106 25% E Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 63 35% E Rail
Turf Routes 179 19% E/P Rail/Ins
TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/08 - 09/14)
Distance #
5.0fDirt 6 50% E Inside
6.0fDirt 8 38% E Outside
1 MileDirt 6 17% S Middle
1 1/16mDirt 6 17% E/P Inside
Turf Sprint 0 0% - na
Turf Routes 3 67% E Middle
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Manley Steve 10 5 1 0 7.59 1 16%
Rivelli Larry 15 5 2 0 1.72 5 28%
Scherer Richard R. 8 4 0 1 8.85 1 15%
Goldfine Mickey A. 4 3 0 0 5.40 0 13%
Becker Scott 9 3 2 1 5.14 2 26%
Tracy, Jr. Ray E. 3 2 1 0 2.67 1 17%
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Baird E. T. 16 7 0 0 6.60 4 20%
Graham James 26 7 7 3 3.96 5 16%
Thornton Timothy 13 4 1 1 6.59 1 19%
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Yanez Moises R. 10 0 1 2 22.78 1 9%
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.65 - 1
Favorite Win%: 33%, Favorite Itm%: 77%
Daily Double64.16
Pick 3396.96
Pick 624,232.30
Pick 41,873.76
Pick 511,684.74
TRACK BIAS MEET(09/05 - 09/14)
Distance #
5.0fDirt 6 33% E/P Inside
5.5fDirt 24 42% E Outside
1 MileDirt 14 14% S Mid/Out
TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/08 - 09/14)
Distance #
5.0fDirt 5 40% E Inside
5.5fDirt 14 43% E Outside
1 MileDirt 7 0% S Mid/Out
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
O'Neill Doug F. 14 6 2 0 4.82 2 15%
Puype Mike 10 4 1 1 4.03 2 16%
Koriner Brian J. 9 3 1 2 4.99 2 14%
Powell Leonard 2 2 0 0 4.30 0 15%
D'Amato Philip 4 2 0 0 4.73 0 18%
Greely C. Beau 4 2 0 0 16.18 0 9%
Proctor Thomas F. 4 2 1 1 2.05 0 18%
Belvoir Vann 5 2 1 1 8.44 1 17%
Cerin Vladimir 5 2 1 2 2.88 2 14%
Dominguez Caesar F. 5 2 1 0 22.90 0 7%
Diodoro Robertino 6 2 1 0 2.50 2 24%
Solis Walther 6 2 1 2 10.82 0 7%
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Van Dyke Drayden 15 5 5 3 5.81 0 16%
Perez Fernando Hernandez 16 5 1 2 9.00 0 14%
Trujillo Elvis 14 4 1 2 4.48 1 14%
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Bednar Vinnie 11 0 1 0 40.01 1 15%
Orozco Irving 11 0 2 1 33.07 0 10%


MONDAY:   Monmouth Park and Remington Park
TUESDAY:   Arlington and Los Alamitos
WEDNESDAY:   Kentucky Downs and Woodbine
THURSDAY:   Delaware Park and Gulfstream Park
FRIDAY:   Belmont Park and Churchill Downs

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather


For Tuesday

Finger Lakes   (1st) Dos Pasos, 3-1
    (8th) Al's Deputy, 3-1
Fort Erie   (2nd) Joyful Cheers, 3-1
    (5th) Get A Grip, 7-2
Indiana Downs   (3rd) Take Dat Puddy Tat, 5-1
    (5th) Victor Jara, 3-1
Mountaineer   (2nd) Silent Honor, 9-2
    (5th) Shes Notable, 9-2
Parx Racing   (1st) Is She Hot, 9-2
    (6th) Bay State Justice, 7-2
Presque Isle Downs   (1st) Sprawling, 4-1
    (2nd) Little G, 5-1


For Tuesday

FINGER LAKES (1:10): $19,200 alw, 3&up, 5 1/2f (3RD).
FORT ERIE (2:00): $18,600 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (6TH); $18,600 ocl, 3&up, 5f (7TH).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $36,000 alw, 3&up, 5 1/2f (5TH); $36,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (7TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $25,600 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 7fT (3RD).
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS (5:25): $32,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (3RD).

*all times Eastern

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