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Liam's Map confirmed for Dirt Mile

Woodward (G1) winner Liam's Map (Unbridled's Song) will run in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1), trainer Todd Pletcher announced Wednesday.

The four-year-old colt had also been under consideration for the $5 million Classic at 1 1/4 miles, where he was expected to be the pacesetter, but Pletcher believes the shorter distance is a better fit for the speedster.

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Harmonize takes wide trip to Jessamine victory

Larkin Armstrong's Harmonize (Scat Daddy) got her first graded win the hard way on Wednesday at Keeneland, circling the entire 14-horse field eight wide in the $150,000 Jessamine S. (G3) to score a neck victory under jockey Junior Alvarado.

The Bill Mott-trained juvenile miss stopped the clock in 1:44.19 for 1 1/16 miles over the firm turf, and will be shortening up to just a mile next out in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). The Jessamine was the final event on the "Win & You're In" Challenge schedule this year and guarantees Harmonize a spot in the starting gate on October 30 at Keeneland.

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Sentiero Italia the one to beat in Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

A convincing winner of the Lake Placid (G2) and Sands Point (G2) in her last two outings, Seniero Italia (Medaglia d'Oro) will pursue her first Grade 1 tally when she lines up for Saturday's $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.

The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained filly tops a field of nine three-year-old fillies in the 1 1/8-mile turf affair. Joel Rosario rides.

Her rivals include Prize Exhibit (Showcasing), Her Emmynency (Successful Appeal), Olorda (Lord of England) and Blond Me (Tamayuz).

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Mr Speaker, Legendary square off in Knickerbocker

Mr Speaker (Pulpit) got the win over Legendary (Exceed and Excel) in the Commonwealth Cup (G2) at Laurel Park most recently on September 19, and on Saturday the duo will meet once again in the $200,000 Knickerbocker S. (G2) at Belmont Park.

The 1 1/8-mile inner turf contest drew a field of 11, including one main-track only entrant, and also features last-out Cliff Hanger S. (G3) hero Middleburg (Lemon Drop Kid) and 2014 Travers S. (G1) upsetter V. E. Day (English Channel).

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Franklin County pits Ageless vs. Lady Shipman

Ageless (Successful Appeal) and Lady Shipman (Midshipman), who both have Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1), top a field of nine fillies and mares in Friday's $100,000 Franklin County at Keeneland.

The 5 1/2-furlong grass sprint also features last year's winner, Free as a Bird (Hard Spun).

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Friday, October 9
Franklin County S., Keeneland, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2fT.
Saturday, October 10
QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP (G1), Keeneland, $500,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT.
KNICKERBOCKER S. (G3), Belmont Park, $200,000, 3&up, 1 1/8mT.
West Virginia Breeders' Classic (r), Charles Town, $500,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
West Virginia Cavada Breeders' Classic (r), Charles Town, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 7f.
Best of Ohio Distaff (r), Thistledown, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
Best of Ohio Endurance S. (r), Thistledown, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/4m.
Best of Ohio Sprint (r), Thistledown, $150,000, 3&up, 6f.
John W. Galbreath Memorial S. (r), Thistledown, $150,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Juvenile S. (r), Thistledown, $150,000, 2yo, 1 1/16m.
Victorian Queen S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Surfer Girl S., Santa Anita Park, $100,000, 2yo, f, 1mT.
Zuma Beach S., Santa Anita Park, $100,000, 2yo, 1mT.
Plum Pretty S. (r), Parx Racing, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
West Virginia Breeders' Classic Distaff (r), Charles Town, $70,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
West Virginia Onion Juice Breeders' Classic (r), Charles Town, $70,000, 3&up, 7f.
West Virginia Division of Tourism Breeders' Classic (r), Charles Town, $60,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
West Virginia Lottery Breeders' Classic (r), Charles Town, $60,000, 3yo, 7f.
West Virginia Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders' Classic (r), Charles Town, $60,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
West Virginia Moscarelli Memorial Breeders' Classic (r), Charles Town, $60,000, 2yo, 6 1/2f.
West Virginia Dash for Cash Breeders' Classic (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 37up, 4 1/2f.
Duchess of York S., Northlands Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Sunday, October 11
Cup and Saucer S. (r), Woodbine, $250,000, 2yo, 1 1/16mT.
Bunty Lawless S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, 1mT.
Harris Farms S. (r), Fonner Park, $100,000, 3&up, 6f.
Anoakia S., Santa Anita Park, $70,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Monday, October 12
British Columbia Premier's S. (Can-G3), Hastings Park, $100,000, 3&up, 1 3/8m.
Ballerina S. (Can-G3), Hastings Park, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
Pebbles S., Belmont Park, $200,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
Carotene S. (r), Woodbine, $150,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT.
California Flag S. (r), Santa Anita Park, $100,000, 3&up, abt 6 1/2fT.
Ascot Graduation S., Hastings Park, $75,000, 2yo, 1 1/16m.
Fantasy S., Hastings Park, $75,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m.
Governor's Cup S., Zia Park, $55,000, 2yo, 6f.
Permian Basin S., Zia Park, $55,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Harvest Gold Plate, Northlands Park, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.


Current Meetings
BELMONT PARK:   Sept. 11 - Nov. 1
BELTERRA PARK:   May 1 - Oct. 10
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 26
DELAWARE PARK:   May 16 - Oct. 17
FINGER LAKES:   May 1 - Dec. 9
FORT ERIE:   June 2 - Oct. 20
GULFSTREAM PARK WEST:   Oct. 7 - Nov. 29
HASTINGS PARK:   April 25 - Oct. 12
HAWTHORNE:   Oct. 2 - Dec. 30
INDIANA GRAND:   April 21 - Oct. 31
KEENELAND:   Oct. 2 - 31
LAUREL PARK:   Sept. 12 - Dec. 31
MEADOWLANDS:   Oct. 1 - 31
MOUNTAINEER:   March 1 - Dec. 21
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 19
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 14 - Dec. 13
RETAMA PARK:   Aug. 21 - Oct. 17
SANTA ANITA PARK:   Sept. 26 - Oct. 25
SUFFOLK DOWNS:   Oct. 3, 31
THISTLEDOWN:   April 27 - Oct. 24
WOODBINE:   April 11 - Nov. 29
Upcoming Meetings
DEL MAR:   Oct. 29 - Nov. 29
DELTA DOWNS:   Oct. 16 - March 12
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Oct. 22 - Dec. 13
MAHONING VALLEY:   Oct. 30 - Dec. 29
TURF PARADISE:   Oct. 17 - May 8

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For Thursday

Belmont Park   (2nd) Shadow River, 4-1
    (7th) Frisky Magician, 5-1
Belterra Park   (2nd) Mize the Big Cat, 9-2
    (6th) Amber Sunrise, 6-1
Charles Town   (3rd) Ninety Degrees, 7-2
    (7th) In Mid Heir, 4-1
Finger Lakes   (3rd) Caleb's a Survivor, 5-1
    (7th) Piscesbymoonlight, 4-1
Gulfstream Park West   (2nd) Fabulous Dream, 5-1
    (4th) Starship Avenger, 3-1
Indiana Grand   (2nd) Sheba's Echo, 9-2
    (4th) Twirling Cinnamon, 4-1
Keeneland   (1st) So Many Dreams, 5-1
    (6th) Calmbeforethestorm, 5-1
Meadowlands   (3rd) Breezy My Way, 6-1
    (4th) Thomas Hill, 9-2
Penn National   (4th) Quality Silver, 3-1
    (8th) Battleship Gray, 3-1
Remington Park   (5th) Harlan's Hope, 4-1
    (6th) Venus de Milo, 3-1
Santa Anita   (4th) Lacey's Rainbow, 6-1
    (8th) Reinahermosa, 3-1

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