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Gleneagles to point for Breeders' Cup Classic

Trainer Aidan O'Brien announced Tuesday that his star three-year-old miler Gleneagles (Galileo) will be pointed toward the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland on October 31.

Winner of the Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1), Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1), and St James's Palace (G1) this season, Gleneagles has not started since the latter event in mid-June at Royal Ascot.

Depending on course conditions, Gleneagles is expected to race next in the September 12 Irish Champion (Ire-G1) at Leopardstown.

Kellie Reilly provides three quick thoughts on this development at the TwinSpires blog.

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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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Churchill Downs to upgrade premium seating areas for 2016 Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs has announced it will spend $18 million in the coming months on upgrades to its Turf Club and premium seating area. The project is expected to be completed in time for the opening of the 2016 Spring Meet on April 30, one week before the Kentucky Derby (G1).

Visit the TwinSpires blog for the full story and for several artists renditions of the new upgrades.

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American Pharoah to parade for his fans at Del Mar Sunday

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) will parade between races at Del Mar Sunday, with precise times and details still being ironed out.

See the TwinSpires blog for a bit of speculation about whether anything can be read into this development -- or not.

In other Pharoah-related commentary on the blog:

James Scully's five takeaways from the Travers.

Vance Hanson explains why the Travers was a race American Pharoah didn't have to lose.

Site Read takes on five others in With Anticipation

Site Read (Tizdejavu), a 21-1 longshot winner of his debut in late July for Bill Mott, will be the probable favorite for his second career start, Wednesday's $200,000 With Anticipation (G2) at Saratoga.

The 1 1/16-mile grass test for juveniles, an ostensible prep for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), has attracted five others.

For more, visit the TwinSpires blog.

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Fields coming into focus for Saratoga's Labor Day weekend stakes

Liam's Map (Unbridled's Song) in the Woodward (G1), Rachel's Valentina (Bernardini) in the Spinaway (G1), Cavorting (Bernardini) in the Prioress (G2), Ironicus (Distorted Humor) in the Bernard Baruch (G2) and Magna Light (Magna Graduate) in the Hopeful (G1) -- just a sampling of the notable names lining up for Saratoga's final weekend, featuring seven graded stakes.


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Top Speed/Class ratings


Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/24-8/30) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Point Piper 5H 1m (ft) DMR 8/26 Harry F. Brubaker S. 102
Valid 5G 1 1/8m (ft) MTH 8/30 Philip H. Iselin S. 102
Sheer Drama 5M 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/29 Personal Ensign S. 98
Catch My Drift 4F 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/24 Summer Colony S. 96
Needmore Flattery 4F 1 1/16m (ft) TDN 8/29 Pay the Man S. 90
Theogony 5M 1 1/16m (ft) WO 8/30 Belle Mahone S. 85
Brudda Clyde 6G 1m (ft) GPR 8/30 Peace Country S. 81
Blues Blaster 6H 1 5/8m (ft) FER 8/30 C. J. Hindley Humboldt County Marathon H. 71
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/24-8/30) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Private Zone 6G 7f (ft) SAR 8/29 Priority One Jets Forego S. 106
Unbridled Forever 4F 7f (ft) SAR 8/29 Ballerina S. 97
Two Brews to Go 4F 6 1/2f (ft) FE 8/25 Andy Passero Memorial Cup S. 89
Whitcomb Hill 3C 6 1/2f (ft) FE 8/25 Bob Summers Memorial Cup S. 87
Dubla Gold 8G 6f (ft) GPR 8/28 Horizon North S. 83
Sweetedge 5M 6 1/2f (ft) CLS 8/29 Columbus Maturity Matron S. 82
Smile Lee 8M 6f (gd) GPR 8/29 GP Express S. 76
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/24-8/30) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Flintshire (GB) 5H 1 1/2m (fm) SAR 8/29 Sword Dancer S. 116
Lady Shipman 3F 5 1/2f (fm) SAR 8/30 Smart N Fancy S. 103
Da Big Hoss 4C 1 5/8m (fm) SAR 8/26 John's Call S. 96
Lubash 8H 1 1/16m (fm) SAR 8/28 West Point S. 95
The Tea Cups 5M 1 1/16m (fm) SAR 8/28 Yaddo S. 94
Photo Call (IRE) 4F 1 1/8m (fm) MTH 8/29 Violet S. 92
Dacita (CHI) 4F 1 1/16m (fm) SAR 8/29 Ketel One Ballston Spa S. 91
Zeta Zody 4F 7 1/2f (fm) RP 8/28 Bob Barry Memorial S. 88
English Holiday 5M 1 1/16m (gd) FE 8/25 Molson Cup S. 76
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/24-8/30) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Sudden Surprise 2C 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 8/28 Funny Cide S. 93
She's All Ready 2F 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 8/28 Seeking the Ante S. 91
Patriotic Diamond 2F 6f (ft) DMR 8/28 Generous Portion S. 89
School Board Prez 2F 6f (ft) BTP 8/29 Kevin Goemmer Tah Dah S. 85
Zackarooney 2C 6f (ft) EVD 8/29 Evangeline Downs Star S. 80
Marquee Miss 2F 7f (ft) AP 8/29 Arlington-Washington Lassie S. 78
Flashy Appeal 2F 6f (ft) EVD 8/29 Evangeline Downs Starlet S. 70
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/24-8/30) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Runhappy 3C 7f (ft) SAR 8/29 King's Bishop S. 111
Gimme Da Lute 3C 1m (ft) DMR 8/29 El Cajon S. 105
Island Town 3G 1m 70y (ft) PRX 8/29 Smarty Jones S. 101
Keen Ice 3C 1 1/4m (ft) SAR 8/29 Travers S. 101
Stellar Wind 3F 1m (ft) DMR 8/30 Torrey Pines S. 100
Nun the Less 3C 1m (fm) CBY 8/29 Mystic Lake Derby 96
Stormy Regatta 3F 1m (fm) SAR 8/27 Riskaverse S. 94
Good Luck Gus 3C 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/28 Albany S. 91
Born in a Breeze 3C 1m (fm) WO 8/30 Vice Regent S. 90
Jc's Shooting Star 3F 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/28 Fleet Indian S. 87
Daddy Justice 3G 1m (ft) IND 8/26 Paul Tinkle ITOBA Stallion Season Colts and Geldin 83
Silverhill 3G 1m (ft) SRP 8/25 SunRay Park and Casino H. 70
Show Me Indy 3F 1m (ft) IND 8/26 ITOBA Stallion Season Fillies S. 66
Jesa Plain Jane 3F 1m (ft) ASD 8/29 North Dakota Derby 53


Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Flintshire (GB)   SAR   1 1/2m (fm)   8/29   124.6
Social Inclusion   PRX   1 1/16m (ft)   8/29   123.8
Private Zone   SAR   7f (ft)   8/29   123.6
Valid   MTH   1 1/8m (ft)   8/30   122.9
Runhappy   SAR   7f (ft)   8/29   122.9
Sheer Drama   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   8/29   122.5
Keen Ice   SAR   1 1/4m (ft)   8/29   122.5
Unbridled Forever   SAR   7f (ft)   8/29   122.0
Market Blaster   PRX   1m 70y (ft)   8/30   121.9
Patriotic Diamond   DMR   6f (ft)   8/28   121.8
Stellar Wind   DMR   1m (ft)   8/30   121.7
Freestyler   PRX   1m 70y (ft)   8/29   121.7
Pleiadian   PRX   1m 70y (ft)   8/29   121.5
Catch My Drift   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   8/24   121.4
Runs With Bulls   TDN   1m 40y (ft)   8/29   120.9

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather


For Wednesday

Charles Town   (4th) Di Colas Monkey, 3-1
    (6th) Sweet Tangena, 5-1
Del Mar   (2nd) Hurricaine Callie, 6-1
    (3rd) Downtown C.T., 8-1
Delaware Park   (2nd) Wild Woo Who, 8-1
    (4th) Tarkia, 7-2
Indiana Grand   (5th) Classicsister Jill, 8-1
    (8th) Morgan's Raider, 6-1
Louisiana Downs   (2nd) Rev Seven, 3-1
    (8th) Motormech, 3-1
Mountaineer   (2nd) Mr. Chase, 3-1
    (5th) Edwards Moon, 9-2
Penn National   (5th) Goodbyeseeulater, 3-1
    (6th) Big Royalblackjack, 9-2
Presque Isle Downs   (2nd) Estrada's Girl, 3-1
    (6th) Unforgettable Mark, 4-1
Remington Park   (3rd) I Tour, 8-1
    (6th) B B Prince of Scat, 5-1
Saratoga   (6th) Sarlef, 8-1
    (8th) Market Outlook, 3-1
Thistledown   (4th) Kid Twist, 3-1
    (7th) Game on Bro, 6-1
Woodbine   (4th) Shake Down Baby, 7-2
    (7th) Ultraflame, 7-2

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