Shared Belief records half-mile bullet work for Awesome Again
Shared Belief, a leading Horse of the Year contender following his smashing 2 3/4-length victory in the Pacific Classic, completed serious preparations for Saturday's Grade 1 Awesome Again at Santa Anita by working four furlongs in a bullet :47 3/5 at Golden Gate Fields Tuesday. It was the fastest of 14 moves at the distance.
Ricardo Gonzalez was up on the three-year-old gelding for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who saw his charge gallop out five furlongs in 1:01.
"It was a very good work," Hollendorfer said. "The track was a little faster today, so he went a little faster. He was really reaching out today."
Hollendorfer said Shared Belief would ship to Santa Anita Wednesday morning. Hall of Famer Mike Smith will ride Shared Belief in the $300,000 Awesome Again, a 1 1/8-mile race that serves as a prep for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on November 1.
Shared Belief, recipient of the Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding two-year-old of 2013, was perfect from three starts as a juvenile and is three for three this year.
After being forced to miss the Triple Crown due to a foot problem, the son of Candy Ride returned to action with an easy win over allowance rivals at Golden Gate Fields in late May. His first four starts came on synthetic tracks but Shared Belief made a seamless transition to dirt in his next outing at Los Alamitos, the Grade 2 Swaps on July 5, winning in hand by a 4 1/4-length margin. He proceeded to make short work of older foes in the August 24 Pacific Classic at Del Mar, unleashing a scintillating turn on the far turn that carried him to another convincing victory.
Entries for the Awesome Again Stakes will be taken Wednesday morning.
Shared Belief is owned in partnership by Jungle Racing (Jim and Janet Rome), Hollendorfer, KMN Racing (Kevin and Kim Nish), Jason Litt, George Todaro, and Alex Solis II. He has earned $1,372,200 in his six races.
Click here to view Shared Belief's Brisnet.com Lifetime Past Performances (report #5044).
Wise Dan works five-eighths on Keeneland turf
Clockers caught Wise Dan, with regular exercise rider Damien Rock aboard, in five furlongs around the dogs in 1:01 1/5.
"I thought he worked really good," trainer Charlie LoPresti said about the seven-year-old gelding by Wiseman's Ferry. "These cones are really far out. He galloped out good."
LoPresti said he would determine in the coming days whether Wise Dan will work again before the Shadwell Turf Mile.
"We'll just see how he comes out of this one," he said. "Maybe we'll work him on the dirt one more time."
Wise Dan has run in the Shadwell Turf Mile the past three seasons. In 2011, the gelding was fourth behind champion Gio Ponti. He won the Shadwell Turf Mile in 2012 and was second to Silver Max last year when the race was moved to the main track because of heavy rains.
In 2012-13, Wise Dan went on to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile.
A homebred racing for Mort Fink, Wise Dan has won 22 races in 30 career starts and has earned $6,952,920. He has won a record six stakes at Keeneland, including the Maker's 46 Mile in April 2013 and 2014.
This year, the gelding next won the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on May 3 and five days later underwent colic surgery. He returned to competition August 30 with a nose victory in the Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga.
Click here to view Wise Dan's Brisnet.com Lifetime Past Performances (report #5044).
Before Wise Dan's Tuesday move, two two-year-olds trained by Wesley Ward breezed in company on the turf. Grade 1 winner Sunset Glow, nominated to the $400,000 Alcibiades on October 3, covered five furlongs around the dogs in 1:02.
Hootenanny, in his first work since running second in the Prix Morny on August 24 in France, was clocked in 1:02 3/5. Hootenanny is nominated to the $250,000 Bourbon on October 5.
Santa Anita Autumn Meet opens with Eddie D. featured
Top trainers such as Bob Baffert, Jerry Hollendorfer, Peter Miller, John Sadler and Doug O'Neill figure to once again vie for leading trainer honors. Hollendorfer, who dead-heated atop the Santa Anita Spring standings with Sadler, has a deep and varied stable that is currently headed by the undefeated champion Shared Belief, who is slated to run next in the $300,000 Awesome Again on Saturday -- his final prep for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on November 1.
Recent winner of the Pacific Classic, Shared Belief will be the subject of a full color poster to be given away free of charge to the first 4,000 attendees on Friday.
The featured race on Friday's card is the Grade 3, $100,000 Eddie D., an about 6 1/2-furlong turf sprint that serves as a course-and-distance tune-up for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on November 1.
Unbridled's Note, who won the 2012 Eddie D. and finished third by a half-length in his title defense last season, is back for another go. The Steve Asmussen trainee's win two years ago came in the horse's grass debut, and the son of Unbridled's Song has subsequently won the 2013 editions of the Joe Hernandez Handicap and Daytona over the Santa Anita turf.
Unraced since February, Unbridled's Note ran second and fourth, behind the filly Mizdirection, in the past two runnings of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
Ambitious Brew, undefeated in three starts on Santa Anita's turf, was last seen in February taking the $100,000 Sensational Star for California-breds and has been working lights-out at Los Alamitos for trainer Marty Jones.
Also likely to attract support are Pure Tactics, Lil Bit O'Fun, Global Power, and the three-year-old Home Run Kitten.
First post time on opening day will be at 1 p.m. (PDT). Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.
Three Chimneys buys interest in Palace Malice, who might race again
Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys Farm have announced the sale of 50 percent of Palace Malice to Three Chimneys in a scenario that may see the multiple Grade 1 winner go back in training for 2015, but ultimately stand at stud at Three Chimneys, according to Cot Campbell, Dogwood Stable President.
"Breeders who had expressed interest were asked to submit bids on the horse to the Stoll Keenon Ogden law firm, in Lexington, on September 19. The somewhat unexpected and unique nature of the Three Chimneys offer was very enticing to us," Campbell said.
"Four straight graded stakes wins by Palace Malice in 2014 were followed with an uncharacteristic performance in the Whitney Stakes in early August. The colt, by champion Curlin out of Palace Rumor, was found to have a bone bruise in his left hind cannon bone. This eliminated the chance to race him further this year. However, Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood and Riddle felt he would heal perfectly with several months of inactivity, and could race as a five-year-old.
"Palace Malice will be examined by a panel of vets on November 15 and if he is 100 percent racing sound to the satisfaction of Three Chimneys and Dogwood, he will be shipped to Dogwood's barn in Aiken, South Carolina, and prepared for another campaign with Todd Pletcher, his trainer throughout his career. Upon retirement from racing, Three Chimneys will acquire full ownership of the horse," Campbell said.
Palace Malice would race in the name Three Chimneys Farm/Dogwood Stable, and in Dogwood colors.
"We have done business with Three Chimneys for many years, have a high regard for the outfit, and we are impressed with the fire power of the new leadership under Goncalo Torrealba. This joint ownership between Dogwood and Three Chimneys allows the owners of the four shares in Dogwood's Palace Malice partnership to take a fair bit of money off the table, and still look forward to racing a horse that has had only 17 starts, and will not have his fifth birthday until May 2," Campbell said.
"We are enthusiastic and hopeful about this collaboration with Mr. Campbell and the Palace Malice partners," Goncalo Torrealba said. "It is clear that Dogwood has done an exceptional job managing Palace Malice's career to date, and to join them on this journey is exciting. To be involved with the leading son of a two-time Horse of the Year, who demonstrated amazing versatility to win races like the Belmont Stakes and Metropolitan (Handicap), is what Three Chimneys is all about."
Breeders' Cup General Admission tickets on sale
The Breeders' Cup has announced that General Admission tickets to the 31st World Championships are now available for purchase at www.breederscup.com/tickets. The international event will be held at Santa Anita on October 31-November 1. To further encourage and excite fans, general admission tickets sold online offer lower price points than those at the gate on race days.
The Breeders' Cup has curated new entertainment and experiential programming for the track's Infield and General Admission ticket areas to further enhance the fan experience.
"We couldn't be more excited about the new programming we've implemented and the new activities for our fans," said Craig Fravel, Breeders' Cup President and CEO. "In addition to the 13 Championship races, we're utilizing the infield to provide unique experiences and entertainment options that are sure to appeal to attendees of all ages. This year's Breeders' Cup promises to be a true fusion of world class racing, luxury hospitality and live entertainment."
General Admission tickets will grant attendees access to the Breeders' Cup's first-ever Halloween Fright-Day, designed for school-aged children and their parents. Located in the infield, there will be trick-or-treating with local businesses, a petting zoo, pony rides, themed musical performances and bounce houses.
On Saturday, Infield guests will enjoy live music featuring the popular Southern California swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plus a beer garden and food truck festival with more than 25 of Los Angeles's best food trucks. Popular participating trucks include The Grilled Cheese Truck, Lobsta Truck, Komodo and Ragin Cajun. Admission to the Infield on Breeders' Cup Saturday is $10 with VIP packages available at $75.
Pricing for General Admission tickets is listed below, and all attendees will receive a complimentary official Breeders' Cup World Championships track program.
Tickets for the 31st running of the Breeders' Cup are also available in the following areas, all offering some of the best views of the track:
More details can be found by contacting the Breeders' Cup ticketing office at email@example.com or by calling 877-936-7183.
V. E. Day, Tonalist get in final Gold Cup drills
"It wasn't an ideal track, but it was good enough," Jerkens said. "I wanted to give him a work on the main track, but (breezing on the training track) was a no-brainer. I thought his breeze was good. I watched it from the eighth pole, but it looked like he was nice and steady the whole way."
Tonalist, ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, worked in company with stablemate Bluegrass Flash. It was the first workout over the training track for Tonalist, who is trained by Christophe Clement for Robert Evans.
"We had to reschedule the work twice, unfortunately, because of the weather," Clement said. "The main track was not suitable yesterday or this morning. So we went to the training track, which was a first for him. It was a little bit difficult for me to assess the work, because I've had nothing to compare it with. But, he worked fast, he worked well, he was moving well in the work, and the jockey was happy. So we're all happy."
In the Travers, V. E. Day closed from seventh and got up in the last stride to defeat his stablemate, Wicked Strong, by a nose. Tonalist was third, beaten 2 1/2 lengths. On Saturday, Wicked Strong breezed six furlongs in 1:13 over the main track.
Other Super Saturday stakes contenders on the Monday worktab were Abaco (Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl), four furlongs on yielding turf in :49 1/5; Imagining (Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic); five furlongs on yielding turf in 1:02 4/5; Micromanage (Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic), four furlongs on yielding turf in :50; Scarly Charly (Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap), five furlongs on the training track in 1:01; and Stopchargingmaria (Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame), four furlongs on the training track in :48 1/5.
Goldencents to stay home at Santa Anita for BC prep
Runner-up in the June 7 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park in his seasonal reappearance, Goldencents was again second in the July 27 Bing Crosby at Del Mar, but reverting to no-holds-barred front-running tactics in the August 24 Pat O'Brien brought out the best in the four-year-old. Goldencents rolled by 4 1/4 lengths in track-record time of 1:20.99 for seven furlongs on the Polytrack.
Plans call for Goldencents, who has amassed a bankroll of $2,434,000 from a record of 16-6-6-0, to enter stud at Spendthrift in 2015. He will stand alongside his sire, Into Mischief, at the Lexington, Kentucky, farm.
European star Kingman retired
Juddmonte's star European miler Kingman has been retired after being treated for a throat infection which ruled him out of autumn targets.
Winner of the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville August 17 in his final outing, the John Gosden trainee also scored Group 1 wins earlier this year in the Irish Two Thousand Guineas at the Curragh, St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. A close second in the Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket was the only blemish on his record.
The talented bay also lifted the Greenham Stakes at Newbury in April and captured last year's Solario Stakes at Sandown. The sophomore retires with a mark of 8-7-1-0 and $1,607,201 in earnings.
"Kingman is to be retired to Banstead Manor Stud for the 2015 stud season," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah. "The throat infection will still need on going treatment which will rule out the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and also the Breeders' Cup.
"The stud fee of the horse that has electrified European racing in 2014 will be announced by the stud when appropriate."
Gosden hailed his star pupil.
"The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes was probably going to be his final race, but it's a shame he's missing it," the trainer said. "He's a fabulous-looking horse with a great mind on him and he had this ability to change six gears at once.
"He had a turbo charge that no other horse I've trained has possessed. It's a very rare thing to see in a horse. It's hard to nominate his best performance, but I suppose it's the Sussex because it was the weirdest race I've ever seen.
"He's certainly the best colt I've ever trained."
Undrafted, Something Extra square off at Kentucky Downs
Another with strong Canadian form is Dimension, who landed the 2013 Play the King, a Grade 2 event going seven furlongs on turf. Based at the Skylight Training Center in Kentucky, the six-year-old was most recently third when defending his title in the Play the King on August 10.
Others of note are the filly To My Valentine, winner of the Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint last season; Stormy Going, runner-up in the More Than Ready Mile at Kentucky Downs September 13; multiple allowance winner Banzai Charge, who makes his stakes debut here; and Catalactic and Todge, both winners earlier this month over the Kentucky Downs course.
The $200,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon, contested over 1 5/16 miles, attracted 23 fillies and mares and was split into two divisions. The first division features Cat's Claw, heroine of the $100,000 Waya at Saratoga in early August. Most recently, the Jonathan Sheppard trainee finished sixth in the Glens Falls when caught behind a slow pace.
Customer Base looks to snap a five-race losing streak for trainer Tom Procter. A Grade 3 scorer in the Robert J. Frankel at Santa Anita last December, the five-year-old mare was most recently a half-length behind returning rival Ann of the Dance in the CTT & TOC Handicap at Del Mar over 1 3/8 miles.
Other potential contenders are Street of Gold, third by a neck in the Modesty Handicap two back and seventh in the Beverly D. last time; the Mark Casse-trained Sky High Lady, an allowance winner over this course last season; and Angegreen, twice Grade 3-placed since her importation from Italy.
The second division of the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon includes Grade 3 queen Angel Terrace, who ran third in the race last year behind Mystical Star and Preferential. Grade 3-placed Tabreed, who makes her third start of the season in this race, appears to be rounding into form at the right time, while the Neil Drysdale-trained Topic looks to rebound off a poor try against males in the Del Mar Handicap.
Auld Alliance and I O Ireland also figure to draw support.
The festivities on Wednesday at Kentucky Downs begin at noon (CDT) with an autograph session with Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, the rider of the legendary 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. Turcotte will be visiting with fans and signing autographs near the finish line from 12-1 p.m., and then continuing in the Clubhouse from 2-4 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation, with proceeds benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund (PDJF).
Post time for the first race is 1:35.
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.
One of those Cigar Street will face in the Homecoming Classic is Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's multiple Grade 2 victor Departing, who worked a half-mile in :48 4/5 Sunday morning over Churchill's fast dirt. It was the War Front gelding's final move ahead of Saturday's race.
Departing was on an upward curve last summer when dominating the West Virginia Derby and Super Derby, but the Al Stall Jr. trainee has been hit or miss since. After kicking off 2014 with a one-mile allowance score at Churchill in April, he was third in the Stephen Foster at this track and trip June 14, and exits a disappointing eighth in the August 2 Whitney at Saratoga. Robby Albarado retains the mount.
Carve, another Claiborne Farm and Dilschneider product who races for Michael Langford has been in fine form. The Brad Cox pupil has won or placed in all but one of seven starts this season. Third to the now-retired Will Take Charge in the April 12 Oaklawn Handicap, he compiled a three-race winning spree over the summer, beating Pick of the Litter in a Churchill allowance and annexing the June 28 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker and August 2 West Virginia Governor's Stakes. Carve was most recently runner-up to Bradester in the September 6 Ack Ack here, and keeps Jesus Castanon in the saddle.
Others entered in the Homecoming Classic are Call Me George (Leandro Goncalves), Perfect Title (Brian Hernandez Jr.) and the aforementioned Pick of the Litter (Julien Leparoux).
Woodbine shippers Heart to Heart and Speightsland warrant respect. Heart to Heart invades for Brian Lynch. As might be expected from an English Channel colt, he has found his true home on turf, and comes off a three-length wire job in the August 20 Better Talk Now at Saratoga. Fellow Woodbine shipper Speightsland has run two strong races since Mark Casse switched him to turf, and the son of Grade 1 winner Pool Land looks ready for a stakes breakthrough.
Centaur Stakes runner-up Captain Dixie shortens up to a more suitable distance off his fifth in the 1 5/16-mile Dueling Grounds Derby, while Stormy Pacific, second in the August 16 Straight Line over Arlington's Polytrack, is bred to prefer turf.
Joseph Allen's homebred Battlefront makes his U.S., and belated sophomore, bow after beginning his career in France. Successful in two of six starts as a two-year-old when trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, the well-bred son of War Front returns from an 11-month holiday for new trainer Ben Colebrook.
Dale Romans is double-handed with yet another War Front, Hesinfront, whose two career wins have both come over this course, and Sportscaster, a maiden winner here three starts back.
Ron Rippey Award to honor excellence in handicapping media
Rippey won the 2006 National Handicapping Championship, was a 10-time qualifier for the prestigious annual event, and a beloved regular on the contest circuit. He also wrote about racing and made picks for the Newark Star-Ledger and contributed Spotlight Selections to Brisnet.com for major race days. Rippey died August 26.
"Ron's enthusiasm for both playing the game and writing about it was infectious," DeRosa said. "He wanted to beat you, but he wanted you to have fun while he did it, which is the essence of good handicapping content."
Steve Byk, Jessica Chapel, and Paul Rolfes will serve as judges for the inaugural award, and the trio brings together a mix of media experiences:
For more information or to submit an entry, e-mail RippeyAward@Brisnet.com by September 30.
Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby saddled the winners of six races -- all juveniles -- in England Monday, taking five races at Kempton and one at Leicester. The feat equaled the Godolphin record of wins in a day. In 2009, trainer Saeed bin Suroor twice won six races in a day for the operation. "It has been a good, productive day," Appleby said. "All the winners are two-year-olds and have their futures ahead of them. I was hopeful of decent performances today from a strong team of horses and it is great that six got the job done. We will savor today and then get on with the job of producing more winners." The win streak was started with Game Show's (Dubawi) victory in the first race at Kempton and was followed by Kempton winners Strong Chemistry (Oasis Dream), Mulzamm (Cape Cross), Forest Maiden (Invincible Spirit) and Comedy Queen (Distorted Humor). Charming Thought (Oasis Dream) won at Leicester. "I hope Strong Chemistry, Forest Maiden and Charming Thought have bright futures," Appleby said. "I like Strong Chemistry and was happy with his second first time up and he triumphed impressively in a good time today. I have thought a lot of Forest Maiden for a long time and hope she will make natural progression, while Charming Thought is going forward the right way."...
Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al Thani's multiple Group 1 winner Toronado (High Chaparral) will begin his stud career next season at the English National Stud. The four-year-old captured last season's Sussex S. (Eng-G1) and added this term's Queen Anne S. (Eng-G1). He was second in last year's St James's Palace S. (Eng-G1) and this year's Sussex and Prix du Moulin (Fr-G1). The attractive bay is being pointed for the Queen Elizabeth II S. (Eng-G1) at Ascot October 18. "Myself and the senior steward, Roger Weatherby are thrilled that such a high-class horse will be retiring for the 2015 season to the National Stud and are most grateful to His Excellency Sheikh Joaan for his wonderful gesture to support the British breeding industry," said Ben Sangster, chairman of the National Stud. "This is such a tremendous opportunity for breeders, who I'm sure, will be keen to send high-quality mares to this very special horse." John Warren will be managing Toronado on Sheikh Joaan's behalf and his son Jake will be in charge of nominations. "Looking closely at both Toronado's pedigree and conformation, he is hugely exciting," Warren said. "Being by the international leading sire High Chaparral out of a mare from the Gone West line, he looks perfect for a wide range of mares, including those that descend from the Danzig line. Having the powerful build of a very fast horse and being a group-winning unbeaten two-year-old, Toronado will really appeal to the commercial market. As a European champion miler, he will also be important to owner/breeders who are aiming to breed a classic prospect."...
Thursday's $100,000 Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile over 6 1/2 furlongs at Presque Isle has attracted an overflow field of 13, including two looking to step up off their efforts in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) -- Bourbon Cowboy (Cowboy Cal) and Seraph (Kantharos). Bourbon Cowboy had been runner-up to eventual Arlington-Washington Futurity winner Recount (Limehouse) in their mutual debut before rallying to a convincing maiden score over the same Polytrack, but could do no better than fourth in their September 6 rematch. Seraph, a smart first-out winner at Indiana Downs, was sixth in his stakes and synthetic debut in the Arlington-Washington Futurity. Although that leaves his aptitude for the Presque Isle Tapeta uncertain, he was likely compromised by an awkward start as well, and is worth another chance on synthetic. Other promising types include Machination (Yes It's True), who ships in off a commanding maiden win at Monmouth for Kelly Breen; the respective top two from the September 7 Mark McDermott for state-breds here, Duff (Candy Ride) and Adventurous Fox (Canadian Frontier); locally based maiden scorer Less Than Perfect (Pleasantly Perfect), fourth in both the Swynford and Summer (Can-G2) at Woodbine; unbeaten Hazel Park invader Court's Ruling (Closing Argument); and the thrice-placed maiden Louisiana Brown (Big Brown), who has been competing in a few tough heats at both Churchill and Saratoga...
One race later on Thursday's card, the $100,000 H.B.P.A. S. features a few horses-for-the-course at Presque Isle. Defending champion Awesome Flower (Flower Alley) remained perfect here by adding the June 22 Windward Stakes, and the Mike Maker mare was last seen getting up in time in the off-the-turf Lady Canterbury July 12. Also bringing a two-for-two local mark are Star Pearl (Tapit), who topped a Graham Motion exacta over stablemate Cat's Holiday (Harlan's Holiday) in the July 13 Northern Fling two starts back, and Miss Mischief (Into Mischief), who just romped in an allowance at this mile and 70-yard trip for Dale Capuano. Rounding out the stakes triple-header is the $75,000 Mrs. Henry D. Paxson Memorial for Pennsylvania-bred two-year-old fillies. Arlington shipper Happy to Go (Saint Anddan) already has stakes form to her credit, with thirds in both the My Dear at Woodbine and the Arlington-Washington Lassie, while Chilly Start (Jump Start) boasts an unbeaten record from two starts over the track...
Los Alamitos ended its first Fall meet Sunday averaging $5,768,238 daily in total combined mutuel handle. The handle figure was a 26.6 percent increase over the comparable days a year earlier for the Barretts Race meet at Fairplex Park. The average total combined mutuel handle for the 13-day season in 2013 was $4,568,812. "We're happy," said Brad McKinzie, vice president and general manager of the Los Alamitos Racing Association. "I would have to say this meet probably outdid our expectations. We thought we'd do well, but we did better than we thought we would, especially with the racing product. All in all, it's a second step to where we want to go. This meet was a success any way you want to cut it." The average field size increased from 6.99 starters per race during the Summer Thoroughbred Festival in July to 7.73 for the Fall season. Thoroughbred racing will return to Los Alamitos in December. The 12-day season will begin December 4 and continue through December 21, with racing conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis...
Apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke made it back-to-back riding titles at Los Alamitos, wrapping up the inaugural Fall season with a Sunday double to give him the championship over runner-up Fernando Perez. The Kentucky-born and Arkansas-raised Van Dyke, who turned 20 earlier in the month, finished with 11 victories, one more than Perez. Edwin Maldonado was third with nine wins. Van Dyke, who won Sunday with Valdirone (Bertrando) in the 2ND race and Sandy's Song (First Samurai) in the 4TH, led the Summer Thoroughbred Festival in July with 12 wins, finishing four in front of closest pursuer Joe Talamo. "It's an honor to win the title here not just once, but twice," Van Dyke said. "You don't see a lot of apprentices winning titles. I want to thank my agent Sarah (Wolfe) and the owners and trainers who have put me on so many nice horses." Doug O'Neill and Mike Puype shared the training title. Each won six times, one more than five Hall of Famer Bob Baffert...
The first two-year-old in training sale of 2015 will be conducted by Barretts on February 23 at Fairplex in Pomona with the training preview scheduled for February 20. Nominations close October 24. General Manager Kim Lloyd views the earlier sale date as a positive. "We'll kick off the two-year-old sales season in the West again this year. Being first up the past three years we've had huge gains and the highest select sale average increase of 2014." The January 26 Mixed Sale and two-year-old Select Sale will be the final Barretts auctions conducted at the Fairplex facility, and according to Lloyd, at the February 23 finale "we'll be celebrating our success and ongoing commitment to provide quality service to buyers and consignors. The balance of the Barretts 2015 Sales Calendar will be conducted at Del Mar. The May Sale of two-year-olds in training will be later in the month on the 27th to insure that the new dirt track is ready for the May 25 preview. The revised schedule also includes The Paddock Sale on July 19, a Select Yearling Sale on August 12 and a Fall Sale of Yearlings and Horses of Racing Age on November 4 following the Breeders' Cup...
Longines, the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) will honor the inaugural world's best jockey at the Longines Hong Kong International Races gala dinner at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center December 12. Jockeys earn points by performing in the world's 100 highest-rated Group 1 or Grade 1 races according to the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings Committee from December 1 of last year until November 30 of this year. A win is worth 12 points, 6 points for second and 4 points for third. Jockeys Joseph O'Brien of Ireland and Belgian-born Christophe Soumillon are tied for the lead with 72 points and English reinsman Ryan Moore tracks them with 70 points. For the complete rules go to the IFHA website. "It is entirely appropriate that the accomplishments of the world's best jockeys are recognized internationally," IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet said. "Jockeys are incredible athletes and their amazing feats of skill and daring bring millions of fans to the sport around the world. The Longines World's Best Jockey award is a proud joint initiative of the IFHA and Longines, and we are very thankful to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for hosting the award ceremony."
For Tuesday or Next Raceday
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
by John Mucciolo
A single graded affair topped the week of racing at Belmont Park.
Gallant Bloom H. (G2): Chester and Mary Broman's homebred ARTEMIS AGROTERA (Roman Ruler) was last after a half-mile, began to get closer nearing the turn for home and slowly wore down the leader in posting a head victory under Rajiv Maragh. The short-priced favorite sped 6 1/2 furlongs on the fast main oval in a swift 1:15 2/5 for trainer Michael Hushion.
A total of 48 races were held at the Elmont, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 29 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 50 percent of the wins during the week. From 26 races on the main oval, five animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (19 percent), while three of the 22 races on the lawn were taken all the way on the front (14 percent).
We didn't notice a significant edge to being on the lead but staying close was often a key to success on the main oval. We wouldn't pay that close attention to the final times last week, especially in the latter portion as the main strip was producing some wicked final clockings. Expect more of the same this week as we progress toward the Super Saturday card.
All three turf wire jobs took place on the inner lawn. We saw more runners going last-to-first on the green than leading throughout, and we will give an edge to runners from off the pace here going forward, especially on the outer course.
HORSES TO WATCH
4TH -- QUEZON (Tiz Wonderful) appeared to be quite happy about this race moving to the main oval as the Robert Ribaudo trainee aired by six lengths in a fine debut showing. The juvenile filly showed speed and came home fast, leading us to believe that she will be a nice one with expected improvement.
7TH -- Conditioner Cahd Brown appeared to have unleashed a nice one when ACK NAUGHTY (Afleet Alex) rolled into contention and right on by late in a super first run. The juvenile filly got her final quarter-mile in a wicked :22 4/5 and could be a very nice one. It's also worth note that this debuter broke from the 11 post and never saved ground while off the rail throughout.
9TH -- TRENSITA (Curlin) made a big late run into the lane and fell just short in a fine race despite the defeat. The juvenile filly from the barn of Michael Matz likely will not be a maiden for long.
TWIST'N BAKE (Langfuhr) showed speed from the break and was in the hunt before tiring inside the final furlong in what we thought was a productive debut for conditioner George Weaver. The filly should progress out of this in what we thought was a pretty nice field.
7TH -- Euro import CASH FOR EVER (Teofilo) was near the back of the pack for much of her U.S. debut but put in a sustained late run to grab the place spot in a good effort under Jose Lezcano. The Eddie Kenneally trainee should be tighter and very tough next time.
8TH -- Have always been high on ARTEMIS AGROTERA and remain convinced that she is one of the top one-turn fillies in training. She raced up close winning the Ballerina (G1) last time and showed her quality and versatility in this spot, rallying from off the pace. The Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint is next and we just hope this race didn't knock too much out of her.
9TH -- Trainer Tom Albertrani doesn't win all that often with first-time starters so when FIRST DOWN (Street Sense) swept to the lead with a big move and held on late, we took notice. The well-bred two-year-old colt could turn into a nice one in defeating a field we thought was pretty strong.
STREET JERSEY (Street Cry) was bet down pretty hard at first asking and finished a decent third behind a pair of potentially nice ones. We're not accustomed to seeing a Barclay Tagg first timer get bet down like this, so we have a hunch this colt might be able to run to his pedigree somewhat.
4TH -- The Dale Romans-trained TEMPER MINT PATTY (Congrats) took command with ease prior to the turn for home and poured it on late en route to a facile 13 1/2-length stakes win under Irad Ortiz Jr. The New York-bred juvenile filly is no unbeaten from a pair of lifetime runs and earned a healthy 99 BRIS Speed number for her efforts in this dash.
7TH -- JACARANDA (Congrats), a half-sister to 2014 Florida Derby (G1) winner Constitution (Tapit), made her debut a winning one in running away from her foes late in a five-length romp for conditioner Mike Hushion. The chestnut two-year-old filly handled the muddy, sealed oval with ease and just might be a chip off the old block.
A Look Ahead
Super Saturday is upon us, with a six-pack of high-quality graded races to take place. The Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup is the topper, and will be supported by the Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl Stakes; Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic; Grade 1, $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes; Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Stakes; and the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap.
Sunday will play host to a pair of Grade 2 races on the turf for the juveniles -- $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes for the boys and the $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes for the ladies.
Top Speed/Class ratings
TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS
(through September 22, 2014)
Note: Figures are for North American-based racing
At a Glance
AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE
*all times Eastern
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