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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2015

Racing Headlines

Full fields entered for Affirmed, Susan's Girl divisions of Florida Sire Stakes

Both the $300,000 Affirmed and $300,000 Susan's Girl divisions of the Florida Sire Stakes series (FSS) drew full fields of 12 runners to go seven furlongs on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The contests are the second legs of this year's series, and features the top four from the first legs.

Dream of Me (High Cotton) proved best in the Dr. Fager division on August 8 over Mr. Kisses (Big Drama), and faces that same rival in the Affirmed as well as Brighton Lane (Hear No Evil), Li'l Meatball (Graeme Hall), Fellowship (Awesome of Course) and Danbury (Kantharos), who finished in that order behind him in the Dr. Fager.

It's High Time (Gone Astray) upset the Desert Vixen division by 3 1/4 lengths at 10-1, getting the best of Silent Prayer (Brooks 'n Down), 1-5 favorite Ballet Diva (Hear No Evil) and High End Queen (High Cotton) on that occasion. Those three will all be looking to turn the tables in the Susan's Girl.

Four other stakes will take place at Gulfstream on Saturday as well -- the $150,000 FSS Jewel Princess, $150,000 FSS Prized, $75,000 The Vid S. and $75,000 Wasted Tears S.

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Liam's Map looks to shake loose for good in the Woodward

Liam's Map (Unbridled's Song), nipped in the final strides by Honor Code (A.P. Indy) after setting a rapid pace in last month's Whitney (G1), will attempt to take down Saturday's $600,000 Woodward (G1) at Saratoga in similar fashion. The flashy gray is one of four Woodward entries trained by Todd Pletcher.

Other leading contenders include Alysheba (G2) victor Protonico (Giant's Causeway), Suburban H. (G2) upsetter Effinex (Mineshaft), and Grade 1 veteran Wicked Strong (Hard Spun).

Visit the TwinSpires blog for a preview of the Woodward as well as the Saranac (G3) and Glens Falls (G3).

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Spinaway, Del Mar Debutante offer coast-to-coast juvenile action

Rachel's Valentina (Bernardini) and Pretty N Cool (Scat Daddy) will each take one step closer to the October 31 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) when starting on Saturday in Grade 1 contests.

The $350,000 Spinaway S. (G1), a "Win & You're In" contest for the Juvenile Fillies, will feature Rachel's Valentina in her second career start. The daughter of Horse of the Rachel Alexandra captured her maiden debut by two lengths on August 2 and gets John Velazquez back in the saddle at Saratoga.

Sorrento S. (G2) heroine Pretty N Cool will face some familiar rivals in the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (G1) as the top four from the Sorrento line up in the seven-furlong event.

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Azar earns first career score in With Anticipation

Alto Racing LLC's Azar (Scat Daddy) entered Wednesday's $200,000 With Anticipation S. (G2) at Saratoga 0-for-two in his career, but quickly added a first score to his resume with jockey John Velazquez aboard.

The Todd Pletcher trainee bided his time on the inside while fellow maiden Next Shares (Archarcharch) led the way. That 15-1 shot was still in command in the lane, but Velazquez suddenly angled Azar off the hedge and the two-year-old dark bay took off. He easily ran down Next Shares to be three parts of a length best on the wire while completing 1 1/16 miles over the firm Saratoga turf in 1:41.68.

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Kentucky Downs features three stakes on lucrative opening-day program

Kentucky Downs kicks off its five-day session Saturday with a strong card that features a trio of $300,000 stakes races and $1.585 million in purses. The stakes action consists of the More Than Ready Mile, Calumet Farm Juvenile and Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies, and the turf-only track near Franklin, Kentucky will also offer a pair of $125,000 allowances and a trio of $120,000 maiden races.

The other racing dates are September 10, 12, 16 and 19, and total purses are a record $7.5 million. The $600,000 Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) on September 12 highlights the stakes schedule.

Top draws on the opening-day program include Undrafted (Purim), who will make his first start since winning the prestigious Diamond Jubilee (G1) at Royal Ascot on June 20. Joel Rosario rides the Wesley Ward-trained gelding.

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P.G. Johnson attracts field of six

Much like its counterpart for males the previous day, the $200,000 With Anticipation (G2), Thursday's $100,000 P.G. Johnson for juvenile fillies at Saratoga has only attracted a field of six to go 1 1/16 miles on the Mellon Turf.

Thrilled (Uncle Mo) and Harmonize (Scat Daddy), separated by a nose in an August 9 maiden over the same distance on the inner turf, will vie for favoritism, with Harmonize a threat to go wire to wire from post 1. Also exiting that maiden is Ava's Kitten (Kitten's Joy), who was third as the favorite in that race.

Others expected to attract support are Seaside Schiller (Artie Schiller), a debut winner for Michael Matz at Belmont in mid-July, and the Graham Motion-trained Finn's Girl (Bernardini), who romped by more than three lengths in her Delaware Park debut in early August.

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Features

UPCOMING STAKES

Click here for the monthly September Calendar

Thursday, September 3
 
P.G. Johnson S., Saratoga, $100,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT.
 
Friday, September 4
 
I'm Smokin S. (r), Del Mar, $150,000, 2yo, 6f.
Evan Shipman S. (r), Saratoga, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
Bird of Pay S., Northlands Park, $50,000, 2yo, 6 1/2f.
 
Saturday, September 5
 
WOODWARD S. (G1), Saratoga, $600,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
SPINAWAY S. (G1), Saratoga, $350,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
DEL MAR DEBUTANTE (G1), Del Mar, $300,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
SARANAC S. (G3), Saratoga, $300,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT.
GLENS FALLS H. (G3), Saratoga, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 3/8mT.
BOILING SPRINGS S. (G3), Monmouth Park, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT.
Florida Sire S. (Affirmed Division) (r), Gulfstream Park, $300,000, 2yo, 7f.
Florida Sire S. (Susan's Girl Division) (r), Gulfstream Park, $300,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
Kentucky Downs Juvenile, Kentucky Downs, $300,000, 2yo, 7fT.
Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies, Kentucky Downs, $300,000, 2yo, f, 7fT.
More Than Ready Mile, Kentucky Downs, $300,000, 3&up, 1mT.
Florida Sire S. (Jewell Princess Division) (r), Gulfstream Park, $150,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
Florida Sire S. (Prized Division) (r), Gulfstream Park, $150,000, 3yo, 1mT.
Swynford S., Woodbine, $125,000, 2yo, 7f.
Del Mar Juvenile Turf, Del Mar, $100,000, 2yo, 1mT.
Mrs. Penny S. (r), Parx Racing, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Bayou's Lassie S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
Hear No Evil S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3yo, 1mT.
The Vid S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Wasted Tears S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Speed to Spare S., Northlands Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1 3/8m.
Banjo Picker Sprint S. (r), Parx Racing, $75,000, 3&up, 6f.
Dr. Teresa Garafalo Memorial (r), Parx Racing, $75,000, 3yo, f, 6f.
Marshall Jenney H. (r), Parx Racing, $75,000, 3&up, 5fT.
Roanoke S. (r), Parx Racing, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Governor's Buckeye Cup (r), Thistledown, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/4m.
Birdcatcher S., Northlands Park, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
 
Sunday, September 6
 
PRIORESS S. (G2), Saratoga, $300,000, 3yo, f, 6f.
DEL MAR DERBY (G2), Del Mar, $250,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT.
YELLOW RIBBON H. (G2), Del Mar, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Presque Isle Mile S., Presque Isle Downs, $200,000, 3&up, 1m.
Sapling S., Monmouth Park, $100,000, 2yo, 1m.
C.E.R.F. S. (r), Del Mar, $80,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
Northern Lights Debutante S. (r), Canterbury Park, $80,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Northern Lights Futurity S. (r), Canterbury Park, $80,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
Sorority S., Monmouth Park, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Mark McDermott S. (r), Presque Isle Downs, $75,000, 2yo, 6f.
Bella Notte Minnesota Distaff Sprint (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
Crocrock Minnesota Sprint (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, 6f.
Glitter Star Minnesota Distaff Classic (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Wally's Choice Minnesota Classic (r), Canterbury Park, $60,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
 
Monday, September 7
 
DEL MAR FUTURITY (G1), Del Mar, $300,000, 3yo, 7f.
HOPEFUL S. (G1), Saratoga, $350,000, 2yo, 7f.
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS MASTERS (G2), Presque Isle Downs, $400,000, 3&up, f&m, 6 1/2f.
TURF MONSTER H. (G3), Parx Racing, $300,000, 3&up, 5fT.
BERNARD BARUCH H. (G2), Saratoga, $250,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
GREENWOOD CUP (G3), Parx Racing, $200,000, 3&up, 1 1/2m.
Turf Amazon H., Parx Racing, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 5fT.
Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf, Del Mar, $100,000, 2yo, f, 1mT.
Ruidoso Downs Championship, Ruidoso Downs, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Pirate's Bounty S. (r), Del Mar, $80,000, 3&up, 6f.
Hard Worker S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 5fT.
Lighthouse S., Monmouth Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Cliff Guilliams H., Ellis Park, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Rolling Green S., Golden Gate Fields, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 1 1/16m.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m.
 
Wednesday, September 9
 
Centaur S., Indiana Downs, $200,000, 3yo, 1mT.
Indiana Grand S., Indiana Downs, $200,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
A.J. Foyt S. (r), Indiana Downs, $85,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Florence Henderson S. (r), Indiana Downs, $85,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.

RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
ARLINGTON:   May 1 - Sept. 26
BELTERRA PARK:   May 1 - Oct. 10
CANTERBURY PARK:   May 15 - Sept. 12
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 26
DEL MAR:   July 16 - Sept. 7
DELAWARE PARK:   May 16 - Oct. 17
ELLIS PARK:   July 3 - Sept. 7
EMERALD DOWNS:   April 18 - Sept. 27
FINGER LAKES:   May 1 - Dec. 9
FORT ERIE:   June 2 - Oct. 20
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Aug. 21 - Sept. 7
GULFSTREAM PARK:   July 3 - Oct. 4
HASTINGS PARK:   April 25 - Oct. 12
INDIANA GRAND:   April 21 - Oct. 31
KENTUCKY DOWNS:   Sept. 5-19
LOUISIANA DOWNS:   May 1 - Sept. 19
MONMOUTH PARK:   May 9 - Sept. 27
MOUNTAINEER:   March 1 - Dec. 21
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 19
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS:   May 17 - Oct. 1
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 14 - Dec. 13
RETAMA PARK:   Aug. 21 - Oct. 17
SARATOGA:   July 24 - Sept. 7
SUFFOLK DOWNS:   Sept. 5
THISTLEDOWN:   April 27 - Oct. 24
WOODBINE:   April 11 - Nov. 29
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
BELMONT PARK:   Sept. 11 - Nov. 1
CHURCHILL DOWNS:   Sept. 11-27
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Sept. 24 - Oct. 4
LAUREL PARK:   Sept. 12 - Dec. 31
LOS ALAMITOS:   Sept. 10-25
SANTA ANITA PARK:   Sept. 26 - Oct. 25

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Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Thursday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Canterbury Park   (5th) Prince Demidoff, 6-1
    (7th) Sammy's Mineshaft, 7-2
Charles Town   (3rd) Danielle Deer, 9-2
    (7th) Morning Muse, 3-1
Del Mar   (2nd) Fantastic Mizz, 7-2
    (5th) Moonlight Meeting, 7-2
Golden Gate Fields   (2nd) Spectacular Cat, 4-1
    (4th) Houdini's Magic, 8-1
Gulfstream Park   (6th) Joyous Affair, 3-1
    (9th) Beautiful Sin, 7-2
Louisiana Downs   (1st) Blue Choice, 6-1
    (5th) Fleeting Image, 7-2
Penn National   (6th) Buffalo, 7-2
    (7th) Cat Nip Ally, 4-1
Presque Isle Downs   (1st) Bold Senator, 3-1
    (7th) Cayo Hueso, 4-1
Remington Park   (1st) Gins and Giggles, 3-1
    (7th) Sassy Songbird, 6-1
Saratoga   (2nd) Do a Legger, 6-1
    (8th) John's Island, 8-1

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