Will Take Charge retired with suspensory injury
Co-owner Willis Horton, who sold a half-share in the colt to Three Chimneys late last year, sounded a similar theme.
"Will Take Charge is a horse of a lifetime, and I can't say enough about how 'hickory' he has been, starting 21 times all across the country against the stiffest competition time after time," Horton said.
Will Take Charge competed in all three legs of the Triple Crown without success. He was hampered at a crucial stage in the Kentucky Derby, where he arguably would have finished closer than eighth with a clean trip. He was subsequently a non-threatening seventh to Oxbow in the Preakness and 10th behind Palace Malice in the Belmont.
But Will Take Charge turned the corner at Saratoga. Taking the blinkers off for the first time since his career debut, he was a hard-charging runner-up to Palace Malice in the Jim Dandy.
Will Take Charge opened 2014 with two superb runner-up efforts in defeat. Reappearing in the February 9 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream, he hooked a razor-sharp Lea, who blitzed 1 1/8 miles in a track-record 1:46.86 to beat him. Will Take Charge shipped out west for the March 8 Santa Anita Handicap for a rematch with Mucho Macho Man. While he easily turned the tables on that foe, Will Take Charge ran into Game On Dude at his best, and settled for second in a stakes-record 1:58 for the 1 1/4-mile Big 'Cap.
Back at his old stomping grounds in Hot Springs, Will Take Charge ground out a workmanlike victory in the April 12 Oaklawn Handicap. He wasn't quite the same thereafter, checking in sixth behind the unheralded Moonshine Mullin in the May 2 Alysheba at Churchill, closing for second to the same rival in the June 14 Stephen Foster, and reporting home a lackluster third to Moreno in the August 2 Whitney at the Spa.
Will Take Charge was freshened in advance of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, and he had been training sharply. His last recorded work was a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at Churchill on September 10, which earned a rave review from Lukas.
"The work was excellent," Lukas said at the time. "It was one of his best on this track. I was really pleased with it."
"As we forge a new path forward at Three Chimneys," Chairman Gonçalo Borges Torrealba said, "we feel very fortunate to announce that a champion like Will Take Charge will help us write the next chapter in the farm's storied history whose foundation as a stallion operation was built on the shoulders of such towering breed changers as Seattle Slew, Dynaformer, Rahy, and the like."
A stud fee has not yet been announced.
Florida Won, Sweater Weather give Husbands Woodbine stakes double
The Mark Casse trainee swept on by and stopped the clock in 1:50 4/5 for nine Polytrack furlongs under Husbands, who was expecting a big outing from the colt making his first start on the Woodbine main track.
"I breezed him last week (on the Polytrack) and he breezed like a winner," Husbands noted. "Today, I rode him with confidence. I wasn't worried about the horses in front of him, I knew what type of horse I was sitting on. I waited until Luis (Contreras on Ami's Holiday) went and I had plenty of horse."
Kathryn Sullivan, assistant to Casse, agreed with Husbands' assessment.
"He's been traveling really well over the Poly. He's looked great and came into the race in good order," Sullivan remarked. "He got a little hot in the paddock, but that's a bit him. When I saw him going down the backside, I thought Patrick had him nice and relaxed and I was very confident."
Florida Won paid $22.30 as the 10-1 second longest shot in the seven-sophomore field. Coltimus Prime lost the war but won the battle over 3-2 favorite Ami's Holiday, holding that one to third by a half-length. Squeeze the King came next and was followed by Jose Sea View, Lunar Rover and Picozza. Freitag was withdrawn.
Bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Farm, Florida Won brought $385,000 as a Keeneland September yearling and now boasts a 2-1-2 scorecard from seven lifetime starts having banked $147,608. He began his career with trainer Bill Mott last August, running fourth at Saratoga, before moving to Casse's barn for his next outing, a third-place finish at Keeneland on April 6 of this year.
The chestnut broke his maiden at Churchill Downs on May 11, two races later ran third in the Charlie Barley at Woodbine and entered the Ontario Derby off a fifth-place effort in the Toronto Cup in late July.
Florida Won is out of the winning Grand Slam mare Grand Portege, who is a half-sister to Preakness hero Shackleford, Grade 1 queen Lady Joanne, Grade 2 diva Afleeting Lady, multiple Grade 3 victress Baghdaria and Grade 2-placed stakes winner Stephanoatsee. Being a son of Birdstone, Florida Won is bred 3x3 to Unbridled.
"Today, she broke sharp, I took her out of the race and she relaxed. I made sure I spotted them six or seven lengths. Last time, I spotted them four lengths and had no turn of foot. Today she gave me all the turn of foot I wanted."
Sweater Weather has yet to finish worse than third, sporting a 9-4-3-1, $287,384, career mark.
Saratoga Heater, Temper Mint Patty dominate in juvenile stakes at Belmont
The bay colt carved out fractions of :22 1/5 and :45 3/5 along his way to a four-length score. The 3-1 third choice covered seven furlongs over the muddy-sealed track in 1:24 3/5 and paid $8.80 to his backers.
"I thought I would be a little bit off the pace, since he came from way off the pace last time," jockey Joel Rosario said. "He was really sharp today and broke on top. I let him be happy and cruise along. He took me all the way, so it was a good race for him. It didn't seem anyone was trying to go with me, so that was good, too."
The son of Temple City grabbed $90,000 for the victory to boost his bankroll to $134,287 from a 3-2-0-0 line.
Temper Mint Patty crossed the wire in 1:23 3/5 -- almost a full second faster than the boys -- going seven furlongs over the muddy-sealed track. Sent off as the 2-1 second choice she returned $6.40 to her loyal supporters for the score.
"I thought in the first race she showed a lot of talent, but she matured before this one in just three weeks," Stanley said. "Hopefully before the first Friday in May she'll be even better. Friday (Kentucky Oaks), not Saturday."
The dark bay was entering in here off her maiden win in her racing debut on August 29 at Saratoga and now has career earnings of $133,800.
"I like (her sire) Congrats a lot; I think he's very underrated," Stanley said. "The main thing is, Becky Thomas, who consigned (Temper Mint Patty) in the two-year-old sale, had a lot of confidence in her, and she actually bought her back in the sale. I went and talked to her after, and she was high on her. She's a pretty filly, so we felt like she was worth the money. She's been a lot of fun so far."
Temper Mint Patty initially sold for $30,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred Preferred Yearlings Sale and was then purchased by her current connections for $90,000 at the Fasig-Tipton The Florida Sale.
Homecoming Classic could be stepping stone to BC Classic for Cigar Street
"I think it will be similar on Saturday," Ballis remarked. "We can go to the lead or lay off. He's won going gate-to-wire at Gulfstream and Fair Grounds, and then his other two wins he sat off, so he's versatile.
In addition to Cigar Street and Departing, who will be ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan and Robby Albarado, respectively, others entered in the Homecoming Classic are Call Me George (Leandro Goncalves), Carve (Jesus Castanon), Perfect Title (Brian Hernandez Jr.) and Pick of the Litter (Julien Leparoux).
Seven other three-year-old colts were entered Sunday for the Jefferson Cup -- Battlefront, Captain Dixie, Heart to Heart, Hesinfront, Speightsland, Sportscaster and Stormy Pacific.
Work All Week readies for Phoenix, possible BC Sprint run
Reigning Illinois Horse of the Year Work All Week put the finishing touches Sunday on preparations for his next start, and later on a possible run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint on November 1. The The Midwest Thoroughbreds homebred is set to embark for Keeneland at the end of the Arlington meet for its marquee Sprint prep.
"He's being pointed to the (Grade 3, $200,000) Phoenix (on October 3) in Kentucky," said Richard Papiese, principal of Midwest Thoroughbreds. "If he keeps working well and all goes well there, we'll look at the Breeders' Cup."
The Phoenix has a history of being conquered by some of the fastest horses around, including Breeders' Cup Sprint runner-ups Xtra Heat, an Eclipse Award winner, and Fatal Bullet, a Canadian Horse of the Year; Bet on Sunshine, third in two editions of the Breeders' Cup Sprint; and reigning dual Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who annexed the event in his sophomore year to give fans a glimpse of what was to come.
Work All Week, who has won 10 of 13 and comes off a tough beat when giving 11 pounds to the winner as the 130-pound highweight in the July 26 Addison Cammack Handicap at Arlington, has continued to train extremely well in Illinois.
After a series of moves over the Chicago oval's synthetic Polytrack, the Illinois-bred son of City Zip switched to Hawthorne's fast dirt course on Sunday morning to prepare him for Keeneland's newly installed dirt course, going five furlongs in a swift :59 3/5.
"He's working really well," Papiese said. "I expect a big race on the dirt with him. It's probably his best surface. He ships well and he doesn't care where he's at -- he runs his race. I would say right now he's training like a million dollars and I'm very happy with him and confident in his chances."
The Phoenix, which will be Work All Week's graded debut, is a Breeders' Cup Challenge Series "Win & You're In" race, allotting the winner guaranteed entry to the Sprint and a substantial travel allowance.
Fields shaping up for Belmont's Super Saturday extravaganza
In less than a week, Belmont Park will host Super Saturday, which will include six graded stakes worth a total of $3.4 million. Topping the list is the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup for three-year-olds and up.
The 1 1/4-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup is expected to attract V. E. Day, Wicked Strong and Tonalist, the respective top three finishers of the August 23 Travers at Saratoga. Also probable are Whitney winner Moreno, Suburban Handicap victor Zivo, Grade 2-scoring millionaires Last Gunfighter and Prayer for Relief, multiple Group 1-placed Big Cazanova and Grade 2-placed stakes hero Stephanoatsee. Fellow Grade 2-placed stakes winner Speak Logistics is possible.
Fillies and mares will travel 1 1/8 miles in the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame. Stopchargingmaria, victorious in the Alabama and Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga, was scratched from Saturday's Cotillion at Parx Racing against her own age group to take on older runners for the first time in the Beldame. Probables also include Delaware Handicap vixen Belle Gallantey as well as Grade 3 scorers Hot Stones and Stanwyck.
A star-studded field is expected for the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. The prospective lineup for the 1 1/2-mile turf marathon is likely to feature last year's runner-up and two-time Grade 1 king Big Blue Kitten as well as Main Sequence.
Big Blue Kitten, trained by Chad Brown for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, returned off a nine-month layoff to take the 1 1/16-mile Lure Stakes on August 2 at Saratoga and was a fast-closing second in the 1 1/8-mile Cliff Hanger at Monmouth Park. Main Sequence enters the Turf Classic off Grade 1 victories in the United Nations at Monmouth and Sword Dancer, both races having been won by Big Blue Kitten in 2013.
The field is also likely to include multiple Grade 1 winner Real Solution, whose lone win this year came in the Manhattan at Belmont; multiple Grade 2 veteran and former 1 1/2-mile world record holder Twilight Eclipse; Grade 2 scorer Hangover Kid; and Grade 3 victors Medal Count and Micromanage.
Another Brown/Ramsey horse, Stephanie's Kitten, is likely to headline the Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl at 1 1/4 miles on turf for fillies and mares.
The Kitten's Joy mare is winless in 2014 but has finished close seconds in each of her past two Grade 1 starts, the Diana at Saratoga and Beverly D. at Arlington. Stephanie's Kitten became a Grade 1 winner last season in the Just a Game at Belmont, but her season ended prematurely after a third-place run in the Diana on July 27.
The 1-2 finishers from the August 23 Ballston Spa at Saratoga are both expected to enter the Flower Bowl. Abaco, a neck winner of the Ballston Spa, will likely represent Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey while runner-up and Grade 3 vixen Strathnaver is probable for trainer Graham Motion.
Rounding out the list of probables are Grade 1 winners Alterite, also trained by Brown, and Tannery, second in this race a year ago. Either Aigue Marine or Irish Mission, both Grade 3 winners trained by Christophe Clement, is anticipated to be among the field, with the other going to Santa Anita Park's Grade 1, $300,000 Rodeo Drive.
In the Grade 1, $400,000 Vosburgh, a "Win & You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Sprint, New York-bred Palace will shoot for his third straight Grade 1 victory. Expected to line up against the Alfred G. Vanderbilt and Forego winner are Happy My Way, unraced since finishing second as the favorite in the Vanderbilt on August 2; Clearly Now, beaten favorite in the Forego; three-year-old Coup de Grace, winner of the Amsterdam who next was third as the 2-1 choice in the King's Bishop; Carter hero Dads Caps; Vosburgh defending champion Private Zone; and multiple stakes king Ribo Bobo, who will be making his Belmont debut.
Woodward winner Itsmyluckyday will be taking an unconventional route to the Breeders' Cup Classic as he heads the field for the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso at a mile. Likely to challenge the Lawyer Ron colt are Ack Ack winner Bradester, 3-2-0 in seven starts this year; last year's King's Bishop victor Capo Bastone, most recently fourth in the Forego; River Rocks, returning to graded company off a career-best 109 BRIS Speed figure last out at Saratoga; Scarly Charly, winner of a one-mile allowance in July at Belmont; and Vyjack, stretching out a furlong after finishing third in the Forego.
Miss Behaviour wires Charles Town Oaks
With Saturday night's win, she's now banked $790,000 lifetime to go along with her 11-5-4-1 career mark.
Miss Behaviour is the only registered stakes winner out of the stakes-placed Successful Appeal mare Successful Romance, and comes from the same female family as Grade 2 heroes Twilight Time and Park Avenue Ball.
Barry K. Schwartz's Jacaranda (Congrats), a juvenile half-sister to unbeaten Florida Derby (G1) winner Constitution (Tapit), drew off by five lengths in her debut in Belmont Park's 7TH race on Sunday. Trained by Michael Hushion and ridden by Jose Ortiz, the 5-1 chance was headstrong off the pace early, but grabbed command through a half-mile in :45 4/5 on the muddy, sealed track and widened her margin to the wire. Jacaranda negotiated 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:18. Bred by Vinery in Kentucky, the chestnut was a $250,000 Keeneland September yearling. She is the third registered foal, and second runner, produced by stakes-placed Baffled (Distorted Humor), who is in turn a full sister to Group 1-placed Surfer. Baffled is also a half-sister to Grade 1 victor Emcee (Unbridled's Song) and stakes scorer Spring Party (Smart Strike). Constitution was knocked off the Triple Crown trail by a hairline fracture in his right front cannon bone, but he has been working regularly toward a comeback. After posting three works in August at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Kentucky, Constitution rejoined the Todd Pletcher barn at Belmont Park, where he already has four drills to his credit...
Two-time Canadian champion Marchfield (A.P. Indy) was represented by his first winner when John C. Oxley's Field of Courage prevailed in Sunday's 1ST race at Woodbine. Eighth in the August 27 Simcoe in his unveiling at 6 1/2 furlongs, the Mark Casse pupil predictably thrived on the stretch-out to one mile and 70 yards here. The 6-5 favorite was reserved within striking position early by Patrick Husbands before pouncing in the stretch, and despite lugging in, pulled two lengths clear in a final time of 1:43 4/5 on the Polytrack. A $66,367 Ontario September yearling, Field of Courage was bred in that province by Cavendish Investing Ltd. He is out of the multiple stakes-winning and Grade 3-placed Miss Crissy (Bold n' Flashy), who is also responsible for stakes scorers Mesa Cielo (Sky Mesa) and Good Better Best (Best of the Bests) as well as stakes-placed More Miss Crissy (More Than Ready). Casse also trained Marchfield for owner/breeder Eugene Melnyk. The blueblood landed the 2007 Breeders' S., 2008 Autumn S. (Can-G2) and the 2009 Sky Classic (Can-G2) and Dominion Day H. (Can-G3), garnering Sovereign Awards as Canada's champion older male in his latter two campaigns. Out of multiple Grade 3 vixen and Canadian Broodmare of the Year Pico Teneriffe (Red Ransom), Marchfield was exported to South Africa last year. The 10-year-old stands at Moutonshoek Stud in the Western Cape, and his first South African foals are now arriving...
Salvador Hernandez's multiple Grade 3 queen La Tia (City Place) has exited her third in the September 14 Canadian (Can-G2) at Woodbine in fine fashion. After setting out for her usual spot on the lead, the five-year-old mare was pressed by 71-1 longshot Skylander Girl (Stroll) through testing fractions of :23 3/5 and :47 1/5 on the good going under new jockey Joel Rosario. Entering the sizable Woodbine stretch, she fought gamely with eventual winner Deceptive Vision (A.P. Indy) before eventually finishing behind Royal Fury (Langfuhr) in third, beaten 4 1/4 lengths. "She came back pretty good," trainer Armando De La Cerda said. "She came back home OK and has been galloping good and feels strong and happy. Joel said she was a nice filly to ride and they never stopped pressuring her, but she never gave up and has a lot of heart. It was really soft and the stretch was very long. I don't know if I would have beaten the winner but I probably could have been second." Having to race in the Canadian in lieu of a $100,000 overnight handicap the previous week which didn't fill, De La Cerda now will be forced to make some tough decisions regarding the future. "I don't think I want to run at Keeneland (in the $400,000 First Lady [G1] on October 4) -- it's too close. I think I will probably wait and train her up to the ($200,000) Goldikova (G2) at Santa Anita on Breeders' Cup weekend."...
Japan's three-pronged Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1) team, including the world's current highest-rated horse Just a Way (Heart's Cry), arrived in Chantilly Saturday, according to Racing Post. The trio were forced to travel by road from Amsterdam after their direct Tokyo to Paris flight was canceled. Just a Way, winner of this year's Dubai Duty Free (UAE-G1) and Yasuda Kinen (Jpn-G1) most recently June 8, is joined by Oka Sho (Japanese Guineas) winner Harp Star (Deep Impact), who warmed up with a victory over the third of the group, Gold Ship (Stay Gold), in the Sapporo Kinen (Jpn-G2) August 24. Just a Way is currently the joint second choice for the Arc at 7-1, while Harp Star is 8-1 and Gold Ship 16-1...
Nuovo Record (Heart's Cry) had not raced since famously upsetting Arc hopeful Harp Star (Deep Impact) in the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (Jpn-G1) May 25, but enjoyed a smooth return to the races in Sunday's Sho Rose (Jpn-G2), a prep for the October 19 Shuka Sho (Jpn-G1). Racing in fourth, about four lengths off the lead, along the fence through the opening stages, Nuovo Record responded to a few slaps of the stick to overhaul the pacesetter at the 200-meter mark and was driven out to score...
Reigning Satsuki Sho (Japanese Two Thousand Guineas) (Jpn-G1) winner Isla Bonita (Fuji Kiseki), last seen finishing second in the June 1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (Jpn-G1), launched his fall campaign Sunday with a driving score in the Asahi Hai St Lite Kinen (Jpn-G2) at Niigata. Settling one slot off the fence in a stalking position, Isla Bonita moved through a gap at the top of the lane, overhauled the pacesetter in midstretch, and held off a handful of facile closers in this trial for the October 26 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) (Jpn-G1). The classy sophomore has not finished outside the top two in eight starts to date...
After scoring by 9 1/2 lengths on debut over an extended mile at Galway July 30, Brooch (Empire Maker) was sent to Killarney to annex the Ruby S. over the same trip August 20 and continued the thread in game fashion in Sunday's Denny Cordell Fillies S. (Ire-G3) at Gowran. Second early tracking the pace, the Juddmonte homebred worked her way past Regardez (Champs Elysees) inside the last furlong and stayed on to maintain her perfect tally and provide jockey Pat Smullen with his first century. "That's wonderful. It's Pat's 100th winner of the season and my 15th Group winner this season," trainer Dermot Weld told Irish Racing Online. "She has progressed nicely through the ranks, winning her maiden then a listed race and now a Group race." Weld added that Brooch will now likely get a holiday. "I imagine that'll probably be it for the year," he said. "She always appreciates a nice ease in the ground and when I came here and walked the track I was delighted. She could develop into a Group 1 filly next year. The two English fillies she beat have been running at the top level."...
Three-year-old filly Kaldera (Sinndar) underscored her stamina in the 130th running of the Deutsches St Leger (Ger-G3) Sunday. Successful once in four juvenile starts, the bay stepped up from garnering an April 25 Fontainebleau claimer on sophomore return to annex handicap events at Saint-Cloud May 23 and Longchamp June 19. She then ran fourth in the July 8 Hamburger Stutenpreis (Ger-G3) and lined up for this stamina test coming off a first black-type score in the 14-furlong Steherpreis at Baden-Baden September 6. The nosebanded distaffer was settled in rear, with just one behind, after receiving a bump at the break here. Relegated to last of the 10 at halfway, she inched closer rounding the home turn and kept on relentlessly under continued urging in the straight to inhale Virginia Sun (Doyen) in the dying strides for a career high...
Dylan Mouth (Dylan Thomas) left well behind him a disappointing performance in the King Edward VII S. (Eng-G2) at Royal Ascot with an emphatic triumph in his comeback in Sunday's Premio Federico Tesio (Ity-G2) at Milan. The May 18 Derby Italiano (Ity-G2) winner, who was still unbeaten in his home country, faced a two-pound penalty for his classic success, but nonetheless proved much better than the 2013 Derby Italiano winner Biz the Nurse (Oratorio). Dylan Mouth stalked the pace set by his rabbit, Orpello (Orpen), and found the gap inside the last 400 meters. He ran on strongly to score by three lengths and finished with something left in the tank. Biz the Nurse ran out of speed at the crucial moment and stayed on well to snatch second over the German raider Oil Of England (Lord Of England). "Dylan Mouth was very unlucky at Royal Ascot, where he had a terrible trip," jockey Fabio Branca said. "Today he proved that he is a strong colt and stays well. The Gran Premio Del Jockey Club ([Ity-G1] October 19) is an obvious target and he will improve a lot." Dylan Mouth is the first winner out of the Group 3 winner Cottonmouth (Noverre), who enjoyed her second winner 20 minutes later at the Capannelle when her two-year-old filly Promissory Note (Rock of Gibraltar) outbattled a field of 14 newcomers...
George and Lori Hall's Pants On Fire (Jump Start) was much the best as the 4-5 favorite in Saturday night's $100,000 Wild and Wonderful S. at Charles Town. The Kelly Breen pupil captured his first race since winning the Ack Ack H. (G3) at Churchill last September. He was exiting a neck second in the Left Bank S. at Belmont earlier this month. The six-year-old horse rolled past the leader with a furlong to go and drew clear under a hand ride from jockey Paco Lopez to win by 2 /14 lengths. The dark bay crossed the wire in 1:23 3/5 for the seven-furlong test over the fast main track. Pants On Fire banked $60,000 for his sixth stakes score to boost his bankroll to $1,327,635 from a 28-9-5-5 career line...
In the last stakes race on the Charles Town card, Geeky Gorgeous (Devil His Due) captured back-to-back stakes races by coming away victorious in the $100,000 Pink Ribbon S. as the 3-5 chalk. Owned and trained by Daniel J. Lopez, the five-year-old mare was coming off a win earlier this month at Monmouth Park in the Eleven North H. for state-breds and received a 100 BRIS Speed rating. The dark bay stalked the pace, took over around the far turn and held on in the end for a 1 3/4-length victory. With Angel Serpa in the irons, she covered seven furlongs over the main track in 1:25 2/5 for her sixth stakes score. Geeky Gorgeous has a career record that stands at 21-11-3-4, $519,354...
In the 5TH race on the Charles Town card, Kristy Petty's Hear the Chatter (Mass Media) pulled off the upset in the $51,200 Henry Mercer Memorial S. for two-year-old state-breds. The John Casey charge was sent off as the 11-1 fourth choice and returned $24.40 to his supporters for the win. Hear the Chatter dueled to the front in midstretch and widened his lead late to prevail by 2 3/4 lengths. The gelding went 4 1/2 furlongs over the main track in :52 1/5 with Gerald Almodovar up. The dark bay broke his maiden at first asking over this track in July and was exiting a runner-up finish against allowance foes last month at Delaware Park. Hear the Chatter has a career mark of 3-2-1-0, $52,520...
In the companion race for juvenile fillies, James F. Miller's homebred Harlan's Destiny (Harlan's Holiday) broke her maiden as the even-money favorite in her second start in the $51,100 Rachel's Turn S. for state-breds. The Wayne Catalano trainee claimed the lead in midstretch and pulled away to a 5 1/2 score. The bay stopped the teletimer in :53 2/5 going 4 1/2 furlongs on the main track. Harlan's Destiny finished third in her racing debut at Arlington on September 4 and now has $34,070 in career earnings...
Later on the Charles Town card, Taylor Mountain Farm LLC's Greenway Court (Windsor Castle) defended his title in the $50,900 It's Only Money S. for state-breds as the 3-5 public's betting choice. The James Casey pupil wired the field by a length in :51 3/5 for the 4 1/2-furlong contest over the main track. The bay gelding grabbed $30,540 for his third stakes victory to increase his lifetime earnings to $240,530 from a line of 20-9-6-2...
Magnier, Tabor and Smith's Ol' Man River (Montjeu), currently among the favorites for next year's Derby (Eng-G1), could make his second start in the Royal Lodge S. (Eng-G2) at Newmarket September 27. He also holds an entry in the Somerville Tattersall S. (Eng-G3) there two days earlier. "Ol' Man River is a possible for the Royal Lodge, we'll know more (Monday)," trainer Aidan O'Brien said. Ol' Man River topped last year's Goffs Orby Sale, and became the second-highest priced yearling in Irish history, when fetching 2.85 million from M.V. Magnier. He earned "TDN Rising Star" status for his August 31 first-out victory at the Curragh...
Molecomb S. (Eng-G3) winner Cotai Glory (Exceed and Excel), who unseated rider George Baker while in front yards before the finish line in the Flying Childers S. (Eng-G2) at Doncaster September 12, could seek redemption for that unfortunate loss in the Prix de l'Abbaye (Fr-G1) at Longchamp October 5. Trainer Charlie Hills noted he is considering supplementing the juvenile to run against elders over five furlongs. "He's come out of Doncaster in really good form, despite what happened," Hills said. "He's absolutely thriving on his racing at present -- his homework has improved after each race. If the ground stays on the faster side of good, then I'd say we'll probably supplement him for the Abbaye just because he's in such good form."...
Fittocks Stud and Andrew Bengough's Silk Sari (Dalakhani), the five-length winner of the Park Hill S. (Eng-G2) at Doncaster Sept. 11, is likely to be supplemented for the British Champions Fillies and Mares S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot October 18. Trainer Luca Cumani noted that he is seeking a decent pace for the four-year-old filly. "There was talk after the race that she might head to France for the Prix de Royallieu ([Fr-G2] October 4), but a likely lack of pace in France -- she would have to make the running herself -- has made us think again and she'll probably head now for the Fillies and Mares on Champions Day," Cumani said. "Obviously, we run the risk back in trip of ending up in a race in which there might not be much pace, but she's exceeded expectations this year and seeing as it will be her last race we have nothing to lose."...
After suffering a broken right hand in the final race at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, jockey Jon Court is awaiting medical clearance Tuesday and hopes to return to race riding as early as Friday. "The hand's been feeling a lot better," Court said. "I've been galloping a few horses and it's been just a little sore, but hopefully I can get back on some mounts next weekend." Court, 53, said he is taking calls for next weekend, although he still is awaiting clearance from a medical examiner on Tuesday. "I have to take calls since next weekend is the last one here," he explained. "I talked to my doctor (Saturday) and asked him if I'd be good to go; he answered 'I'll see you Tuesday.'" Court is the 15th-ranked jockey in career wins at Churchill Downs with 448...
Body soreness caused jockey Francisco Torres to take off of all mounts on Sunday's Churchill Downs card due to an incident that occurred Saturday at Indiana Grand...
Happy birthday to trainer Charlie LoPresti, who celebrated No. 57 on Sunday.
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