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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014


Racing Headlines
Suffolk Downs faces finish line after vote
Thoroughbred racing at Suffolk Downs is likely to cease this fall after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday voted 3-1 to approve a $1.6 billion Wynn Resorts casino north of the Boston-area track. more...

California Chrome, Untapable star in Philadelphia
The track in suburban Philadelphia which has undergone various name changes -- Keystone, Philadelphia Park, and now Parx Racing -- has become quite adept in recent years for attracting name horses. more...

Wynn Las Vegas unveils future book; Yum! extends KY Derby sponsorship
Wynn Las Vegas unveiled Monday its future book for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. The 141st edition of the "Run for the Roses" will be held at historic Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015. more...

Demonstrative the top weight in Lonesome Glory
Summering at Saratoga proved time well spent for the seven-year-old gelding Demonstrative, who'll be favored to continue his recent success in Thursday's Grade 1, $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap, a 2 1/2-mile hurdle over Belmont Park's inner turf. more...

Fiftyshadesofgold's the one to beat in Dogwood
Fiftyshadesofgold puts her perfect two-for-two mark at Churchill Downs on the line in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Dogwood Stakes for sophomore fillies. more...

Top stars now eye British Champions Day
The Grey Gatsby, Australia, Free Eagle, Estimate, Brown Panther Sheikhzayedroad, Charm Spirit, Bow Creek and Pomology are some of the star names all set to head to British Champions Day at Ascot on October 18, the richest day in British racing. more...

Trade storms late in Woodbine Mile, caps big double for Simcock
Nearly two hours after stablemate Sheikhzayedroad plundered the Northern Dancer Turf, Trade Storm completed a dream day for trainer David Simcock by landing the Grade 1, $949,461 Woodbine Mile. more...

Sheikhzayedroad survives foul claim in Northern Dancer Turf
The lone European invader in Sunday's Grade 1, $282,711 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine, Sheikhzayedroad rallied up the rail to edge fellow closer Dynamic Sky and longtime leader Reporting Star. more...

Deceptive Vision proves the real deal in Canadian
Sam-Son Farm's homebred Deceptive Vision has been knocking on the door in stakes company, and the lightly-raced blueblood duly burst through with a convincing score in Sunday's Grade 2, $305,250 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine. more...

Departing breezes bullet half-mile ahead of Homecoming Classic
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire Departing breezed a half-mile in :48 Sunday over the fast dirt at Churchill Downs ahead of the September 27 Homecoming Classic. more...

Moquett maidens impress at Churchill
Owner Harry T. Rosenblum campaigned two impressive Churchill Downs maiden winners in three-year-old colt Tale of Honor on Friday and two-year-old colt Far Right on Saturday, both trained by Ron Moquett who indicated that patience had paid off for his owner. more...

Graded Recaps
Ball Dancing repels Xcellence in all-Brown finish to Sands Point
Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 Sands Point at Belmont came down to a battle between two Chad Brown-trained fillies with French formlines. more...

Sistas Stroll heads Proctor exacta in Pucker Up
Five Fillies Stable LLC's Sistas Stroll remained unbeaten on turf while making her stakes debut in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Pucker Up at Arlington more...

Annecdote has winning tale to tell in Noble Damsel
George Bolton and Peter Leidel's Annecdote made her U.S. debut a winning one in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Noble Damsel at Belmont Park more...

Suntracer rebounds in Kentucky Turf Cup
Team Block's homebred Suntracer, who failed to fire when a remote ninth in the August 16 American St Leger last out, recovered his spark to post a new career high in Saturday's Grade 3, $347,400 Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs. more...

Racing Headlines
Conquest turns Woodbine double with Harlanate, Typhoon
Conquest Stables, operated by Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell, punched two tickets to the Breeders' Cup on Saturday when its juveniles Conquest Typhoon and Conquest Harlanate respectively captured "Win & You're In" preps at Woodbine for the October 31 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita. more...

Richies Party Girl sets course record in Ladies Sprint
Three stakes races highlighted the Kentucky Turf Cup undercard at Kentucky Downs on Saturday. more...

Kingston Hill outstays Romsdal in St Leger
Kingston Hill put doubts about the trip and ground to bed as he stayed on strongly to land Saturday's Group 1 St Leger by 1 1/4 lengths at Doncaster. more...

Wigmore Hall fatally injured at Doncaster
Globetrotter Wigmore Hall, best known to North American fans for his consecutive victories in the 2011-12 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine, was euthanized Saturday after breaking down in a handicap on the St Leger undercard at Doncaster. more...

California Chrome works controlled six furlongs in 1:13 4/5
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome drilled six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 at Los Alamitos Saturday, turning in his final major move for next Saturday's Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby. more...

V.E. Day, Wicked Strong work toward Gold Cup for Jerkens
With an eye on the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup in two weeks, trainer Jimmy Jerkens had V.E. Day and Wicked Strong breeze over the Belmont Park training track on Saturday more...

Fiftyshadesofgold posts bullet work in advance of Dogwood
Fiftyshadesofgold breezed a half-mile in :47 2/5 on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Grade 3 $100,000 Dogwood Stakes on Saturday, September 20. The workout by the three-year-old My Golden Song filly was the fastest of 57 workers at the distance, leaving her trainer Bret Calhoun pleased. more...

California Chrome's travel plans set for Pennsylvania Derby
Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero California Chrome is scheduled to arrive at Parx on Tuesday at approximately 3 p.m. (EDT) for his engagement in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby next Saturday, September 20 more...

Sarah Sis headed to Keeneland
Arguably the most impressive juvenile filly maiden winner of the 2014 Arlington meet, Sarah Sis has recovered quite well from her second outing in the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie in which she was a game second to Quality Rocks. more...

Black Caviar's first foal a filly
Undefeated sprint legend Black Caviar produced her first foal, a filly by Exceed and Excel, sometime overnight Friday into Saturday in New South Wales, Australia, according to numerous reports on Twitter. more...

Sherman among NTWAB honorees
The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters will honor Art Sherman, who saddled California Chrome to become the oldest trainer to win the Kentucky Derby, innovative owner Cot Campbell, trailblazing broadcaster Charlsie Cantey and accomplished sportswriter Tom LaMarra at its 55th annual awards dinner on October 29 in Arcadia, California. more...

Will Take Charge on course for Jockey Club Gold Cup
Willis D. Horton's champion Will Take Charge has returned to Churchill Downs after spending the summer in Saratoga and his Hall of Fame conditioner D. Wayne Lukas was very pleased with his latest work. more...

Enhanced security protocols in place for Jockey Club Gold Cup
The New York State Gaming Commission and The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) Friday announced enhanced security protocols for horses running in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational on September 27 at Belmont Park. more...

Hernandez hopes to make impact at Churchill
Ranked in the Top 20 North American jockeys by wins over the last three years, Rafael Hernandez moved his tack to Kentucky last week hoping to make an impact on the local racing scene. more...

Estimate a royal victor of Doncaster Cup
Estimate won her first race since landing the 2013 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot when achieving a 1 1/4-length success Her Majesty The Queen in the Group 2 Doncaster Cup on Friday. more...

Silk Sari, Kiyoshi deliver authoritatively at Doncaster
There were smiles all round from the Cumani family after Silk Sari ran out a deeply impressive winner of Thursday's Group 2 Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster. more...

The Jockey Club denies Stud Book privileges to four
The Jockey Club announced Thursday that two people will be denied all privileges of The American Stud Book permanently and that two others will be denied all privileges of The American Stud Book for five years. more...

Times Up seeking third win in Doncaster Cup
Friday's Group 2 Doncaster Cup is the oldest still-surviving race in the English calendar. It was first run in 1766 (when George III was on the throne and Pitt the Elder was Prime Minister) at Cantley Common and moved to Town Moor 10 years later. more...

Grand Arch, Dorsett give Lynch one-two punch for Woodbine Mile
With four wins from 15 starts, accompanied by 15 top-three finishes, Grand Arch, a five-year-old gelded son of Arch, brings a strong track record of success and current form into Sunday's Grade 1, C$1 million Woodbine Mile. more...

Beckett seeking Group scores at Doncaster
Trainer Ralph Beckett will be represented in both Group contests on the second day of the St Leger Festival at Doncaster on Thursday. more...

Graded Recaps
Living the Life takes stakes debut in Presque Isle Masters
The four-year-old filly Living the Life has been doing just that since joining the Southern California-based stable of Gary Mandella following a low-key career in England. more...

Racing Headlines
Kingston Hill heads 15 remaining in St Leger
Kingston Hill continues to head the market for Saturday's renewal of the Group 1 St Leger at Doncaster, the world's oldest classic, after 15 horses stood their ground at Monday's declaration stage. more...

Summer Front back at best trip for Woodbine Mile
Waterford Stable's Summer Front, a five-year-old Kentucky-bred son of War Front, is coming to Woodbine for one reason. more...

Sports betting laws relaxed in New Jersey
The administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Monday issued an Attorney General's Directive through Acting Attorney General John Hoffman allowing sports wagering, without fear of criminal or civil liability, at New Jersey racetracks and casinos. more...

Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions to be unveiled near Santa Anita
The Arcadia Historical Society, City of Arcadia and Santa Anita Park have announced an official Grand Opening of California racing's first-ever "Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions" on Saturday, September 27, beginning at 5 p.m. (PDT) on First Ave. between Wheeler St. and Huntington Drive. more...

The Jockey Club announces T.I.P. Thoroughbred, Young Rider of the Year Awards
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Monday announced the recipients of its two non-competition awards for 2014, the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award. more...

Za Approval regains winning thread in Real Courage
Live Oak Plantation's homebred Za Approval took the field gate-to-wire as the even-money favorite in Sunday's $98,000 Real Courage Stakes at Belmont. more...

Kaigun hopes to take over Wise Dan's vacant throne in Woodbine Mile
Six-time Sovereign Award-winning trainer Mark Casse will send out two hopefuls in next Sunday's Grade 1, C$1 million Woodbine Mile -- Kaigun and Lockout. more...

Recount gets some R&R; Quality Rocks reportedly sold, transferring to Mott
Recount exited his gutsy head victory in the Saturday's Arlington-Washington Futurity well, according to his conditioner Jimmy DiVito, and now the Illinois-bred will have a little time to rest on his laurels after defeating open, graded company. more...

Pocahontas winner's name chronicles amazing journey
After her impressive gate-to-wire, 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday's Pocahontas at Churchill Downs, GSN Racing LLC's Cristina's Journey was reported by trainer Dale Romans to have exited the race in good form. more...

Graded Recaps
Lucky Player springs 11-1 upset in Iroquois
As the first race in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" scoring series, and a "Win & You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Saturday's Grade 3, $115,500 Iroquois Stakes featured several promising two-year-olds at Churchill Downs. more...

Recount grinds out victory in Arlington-Washington Futurity
Doubledown Stables, Inc's Recount returned to the track he broke his maiden to wire the field by a head in Saturday's Grade 3, $125,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington for his first stakes score. more...

Cristina's Journey wires Pocahontas
Cristina's Journey successfully stretched out to 1 1/16 miles on Saturday and led every step of the way home in Churchill Downs' Grade 2, $231,000 Pocahontas Stakes. more...

Vicar's in Trouble shows his class in Super Derby
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble towered over his foes on paper entering Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs and utterly dominated on the track, rolling to a 7 1/4-length decision beneath Rosie Napravnik. more...

Bradester fends off challengers in Ack Ack
Joseph W. Sutton's Bradester was much the best as he dug in down the stretch to prevail in Saturday's Grade3, $107,300 Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs, as the 6-5 favorite. more...

Racing Headlines
California Chrome zips six furlongs in 1:10 1/5
Kentucky Derby and Preakness star California Chrome wowed the Los Alamitos crowd with a blazing six-furlong work between races on Saturday, as the flashy chestnut continues preparations for his comeback in the September 20 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx. more...

My Afleet outduels Medal Count in Dueling Grounds Derby
Saturday's inaugural running of the $250,000 Dueling Grounds Derby lived up to its name with an epic battle between brave front runner My Afleet and 7-5 favorite Medal Count. more...

Don't Tell Sophia rallies for Locust Grove victory
Jerry Namy and trainer Philip Sims' Don't Tell Sophia ran down 16-1 longshot Frivolous in the lane of Saturday's $108,200 Locust Grove Stakes at Churchill Downs to prevail by 2 1/4 lengths under jockey Joe Rocco Jr. in her first start since the March 15 Azeri. more...

Quality 'Rocks' in Arlington-Washington Lassie
Destiny Oaks of Ocala's homebred Quality Rocks lived up to her named on Saturday when moving her record to a perfect two-for-two with a 3 1/2-length score in the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie. more...

Twotwentyfive A gives Gold FSS record with Affirmed win; Holywell upsets Susan's
Twotwentyfive A produced a late surge to overtake stablemate Sing Praises by a neck at the wire to capture Saturday's $252,000 Affirmed division of the Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park, giving owner/breeder Jacks or Better Farm and trainer Stanley Gold their respective 15th FSS successes. more...

Soi Phet bests own track record in Los Alamitos Mile romp
Soi Phet proved best by a wide margin in Saturday's $200,750 Los Alamitos Mile with jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard. The Leonard Powell-trained gelding tracked pacesetting even-money favorite Masochistic into the stretch before easily taking over and drawing off for a 7 1/4-length victory. more...

My Point Exactly, Naval Command star on Super Derby undercard
Louisiana Downs' Super Derby undercard on Saturday featured six stakes, including a pair of turf juvenile events that serve as preps for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Fillies Turf. more...

Chalk dominates Laurel Park stakes
Laurel Park offered four stakes races on Saturday's card to kick off their opening weekend. more...

Churchill unveils logos for 141st runnings of the Kentucky Derby and Oaks
Churchill Downs Racetrack on Saturday unveiled the official logos for Kentucky Derby 141 and Kentucky Oaks 141 while at the same time introducing a selection of officially licensed apparel featuring the new marks that are now available for purchase online at KentuckyDerbyStore.com. more...

Kiss Moon could return to Arlington for Pucker Up
Lost in the jubilant buzz of Arlington Million Day XXXII and the shock of Hardest Core's unexpected feel-good story come true was a race a mere half-hour later which featured a stakes performance more than worthy of note. more...

Deep bone bruise forces Palace Malice into retirement
Dogwood Stable has announced the retirement of classic winner Palace Malice. more...

Exercise rider dies in Belmont accident
Exercise rider Juan Vazquez, 39, died Friday morning following a training accident at Belmont Park. more...

Ticket gets Golden set-up in Left Bank
Magic City Thoroughbred Partners' Golden Ticket capitalized on a testing pace scenario to rally from last in Friday's $98,000 Left Bank, the feature on opening day of Belmont Park's fall championship meet. more...

Lovato dies in car accident
Horsewoman Sandra Sweet Lovato, wife of retired Eclipse Award-winning jockey Frankie Lovato Jr., died Wednesday in Norwalk, Ohio from injuries sustained from a car accident more...

Wolfson eyeing Indiana Derby or Kelso for Atreides
After reporting that undefeated Atreides has come out of his 17 1/2-length victory in last Saturday's Monarchos at Gulfstream Park in good order, trainer Marty Wolfson said that the Stonestreet Stable homebred's next start has yet to be decided. more...

Stidham mulls plans for Pirate's Trove, Helen Kathleen
Pirate's Trove has been on the radar of many Arlington fans since her raucous 12 1/4-length victory on May 31. more...

Del Mar records slight decline in handle, attendance for 75th meeting
Del Mar's Thoroughbred season raced to a finish Wednesday, nicely closing out a 36-day run that saw high-caliber racing for the 75th time alongside the blue Pacific at the popular summer playground. more...

Reneesgotzip much the best in C.E.R.F.
Lanni Family Trust's Reneesgotzip sprinted clear after the break and was never threatened in Wednesday's $103,390 C.E.R.F. at Del Mar, proving best by a 5 1/4- length decision. more...

Kentucky Downs kicks off with three lucrative stakes
Turf racing returns to Kentucky Downs on Saturday with a 10-race program featuring three stakes, including the inaugural running of the $250,000 Dueling Grounds Derby more...

Belmont fall meet highlighted by Super Saturday
With Super Saturday on September 27 serving as the centerpiece of an enhanced stakes schedule worth $11 million, Belmont Park's fall championship meet will open Friday and run for 38 days through October 26. more...

Churchill Downs opens up 12-day September Meet
Racing returns to Churchill Downs in earnest Friday night as the historic Louisville racetrack opens its second annual September Meet for an action-packed 12-date run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through September 28. more...

Thoroughbred action returns to Los Alamitos
Live daytime racing comes back to Los Alamitos September 5-21 with an 11-day Fall meeting that will be highlighted by the $200,000 Los Alamitos Mile on Saturday and a pair of premier juvenile races to be held on September 13-14. more...

A 'Complete' sense of deja vu in Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf
She's Complete had a profile eerily reminiscent of Clenor, last year's winner of the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf, and the 8-5 favorite strengthened the parallel with a rallying decision in Monday's $100,000 renewal at Del Mar. more...

Pletcher and Castellano claim Saratoga titles
Todd Pletcher and Javier Castellano repeated as the leading trainer and jockey, respectively, at Saratoga, with Michael Dubb emerging as the top owner for 2014. more...

Carpe Diem repels challenges to win going away on debut
Three races after his highly regarded stablemate Competitive Edge ran away with the Hopeful, Carpe Diem emerged as yet another Todd Pletcher juvenile to follow with a gutsy, and ultimately convincing, debut in Saratoga's 7TH race on Monday. more...

Hattaash's team happy with Washington Park near-miss
Lost in the celebration of Avanzare's exciting victory in Saturday's Washington Park Handicap and the buzz of Chris Emigh's 3,500th victory was the awesome runner-up performance of local charge Hattaash. more...

Graded Recaps
American Pharoah rules Del Mar Futurity
Zayat Stables' homebred American Pharaoh took command of Wednesday's Grade 1, $301,000 Del Mar Futurity not long after the start and never looked back en route to a 4 3/4-length romp under jockey Victor Espinoza. more...

Features
Handicapping Insights
Would we do it all over? If we knew how the Breeders' Cup was going to destroy historic, championship racing in the fall, would the industry embrace an event that has sucked the life out of two months of racing for two big days at the start of November? more...

Commentary
With the opening of Del Mar and Saratoga, the second half of the racing season is underway and the chase for Horse of the Year will be in full swing over the next six weeks more...

Post Parade
Even before California Chrome's bid for the Triple Crown was halted in last weekend's Belmont Stakes, the 12th spoiled attempt since the series was last swept in 1978, a significant and vocal segment of those within and outside the Thoroughbred industry began to publicly clamor for a change in the spacing between the three races. more...

Before They Were Famous
The contenders in Kentucky Derby 140 aren't just names on a page, program numbers, or expensive props in America's most famous horse race. more...

Notebooks
Belmont Notebook
A pair of grassy graded stakes topped the second week of racing of the fall meet at Belmont Park more...

 

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