Tonalist earns shot at Breeders' Cup Classic glory with Jockey Club Gold Cup repeat
The Christophe Clement-trained four-year-old ran 1 1/4 miles over the sloppy, sealed track in 2:02.16, just off the 2:02.12 time he recorded when winning last year's race by 1 3/4 lengths. Saturday's win in the Jockey Club Gold Cup earned the bay colt an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) on October 31 at Keeneland, a race he finished fifth in last November.
While Tonalist is considered probable for the Breeders' Cup, Nickname's (Scat Daddy) connections are still on the fence regarding sending her to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) following her 3 1/2-length score in the $400,000 Frizette S. (G1). Campaigned by LNJ Foxwoods, the Steve Asmussen pupil posted a final time of 1:37.76 in the Frizette, which is a "Win & You're In" for the Juvenile Fillies.
Earlier on the day, Takeover Target (Harlan's Holiday) prevailed by 1 3/4 lengths in the $500,000 Hill Prince S. (G3) with Jose Ortiz aboard. Conditioned by Chad Brown for Klaravich Stables Inc. and William H. Lawrence, the bay sophomore finished 1 1/8 miles over the soft inner turf of the Hill Prince in 1:51.42.
Appealing Tale wires Kelso, Honor Code rallies for third
Under Joe Talamo, Appealing Tale won by 1 1/4 lengths, while heavy favorite and Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) candidate Honor Code (A.P. Indy) made only a minor rally to get third.
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Greenpointcrusader rolls to Champagne win in slop
Greenpointcrusader (Bernardini) made a seven-wide rally in deep stretch and drew off to a handsome victory in Saturday's $500,000 Champagne (G1) at Belmont Park, thus stamping his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) later this month.
Trained by Dominick Shettino and ridden by Joe Bravo, Greenpointcrusader won by 4 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:36.25 for a mile over a sloppy track. He returned $15, while 7-5 favorite and Hopeful (G1) winner Ralis tired to seventh.
After missing in his debut by a neck, Greenpointcrusader rebounded to break his maiden by the same margin. Both races were held at Saratoga.
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Brody's Cause flies home in Breeders' Futurity upset
Albaugh Family Stable's Brody's Cause (Giant's Causeway) was sent off at 11-1 in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders' Futurity S. (G1) on Keeneland's Fall Stars Saturday program but ran like a favorite when coming with a furious rally to overtake 2-1 favorite Exaggerator (Curlin) and score by a length. Trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Corey Lanerie, the bay colt finished the 1 1/16-mile Breeders' Futurity in 1:43.27 to earn a spot in the starting gate for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) on October 31 at the Lexington, Kentucky, venue.
Earlier on the card, Two Hearts Farm LLC and Don Janes' Fioretti (Bernardini) provided an upset of her own at 17-1 in the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America S. (G2) under jockey Sophie Doyle. The Tony Hamilton-trained five-year-old claimed a berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) when finishing the six-furlong TCA in 1:10.04.
Silver Trail Stables LLC's Amelia's Wild Ride (D'wildcat) kicked off the stakes action with a 2 1/2-length score in the $150,000 Woodford S. Originally scheduled for 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf, the race lost its Grade 3 status when transferred to the muddy main track and run at the same distance in a time of 1:02.97. Amelia's Wild Ride wired the Woodford by 2 1/2 lengths with Jose Lezcano aboard for trainer Ramon Preciado.
The two Grade 1s scheduled for the turf stayed on the grass. Grand Arch (Arch) locked up a spot in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) by just lasting from The Pizza Man (English Channel) in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), while Tepin (Bernstein) is also Mile-bound after blasting her rivals in the $400,000 First Lady (G1).
Full recaps are available via the links to the TwinSpires blog.
Wild Dude rallies from far back to take Santa Anita Sprint Championship
Down by 15 lengths early, Wild Dude reeled in the leaders and held off a late bid from Kobe's Back (Flatter) to take the six-furlong dash in a time of 1:09.45 over a fast track.
It was the third graded stakes win of the year, and second Grade 1, for Wild Dude, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano and is trained by co-owner Jerry Hollendorfer.
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Kentucky Oaks winners Lovely Maria, Untapable face off in Spinster
The 1 1/8-mile Spinster is the final a "Win & You're In" Challenge race for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1), which Untapable captured last year and will be going for a title defense in this time around.
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