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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014


Breeders' Cup News & Notes
Judy the Beauty blazes in five-furlong work
Trainer Wesley Ward's Judy the Beauty, winner of the Madison at Keeneland and two other stakes this season, tuned up for an expected start in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on November 1 by working five furlongs on Keeneland's main track in :57 4/5 Monday morning. more...

Baffert brigade highlights Santa Anita worktab
Defending Breeders' Cup Sprint champion Secret Circle and unbeaten stablemate Indianapolis motored six furlongs in company on Monday, firing a bullet 1:10 2/5 from the gate at Santa Anita. more...

Magician confirmed for Turf title defense
Reigning Breeders' Cup Turf champion Magician will return to Santa Anita to seek a repeat in the 1 1/2-mile prize November 1, trainer Aidan O'Brien has told Racing Post. more...

Racing Headlines
Ballydoyle accounts for seven of 13 left in Racing Post Trophy
Trainer Aidan O'Brien has won the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on seven occasions and Aloft, Giovanni Canaletto, Hans Holbein, Jacobean, Order of St George and Royal Navy Ship are all possibles at the six-day stage, in a possible field of 13, for Saturday's renewal for of the final Group 1 event of the British flat season. more...

Breeders' Cup News & Notes
Beholder spikes fever, will miss BC Distaff
Dual champion Beholder will not have the opportunity to defend her title in the Breeders' Cup Distaff on October 31 at Santa Anita Park after spiking a fever on Sunday. more...

Untapable, Big Macher sizzle ahead of BC targets
Breeders' Cup Distaff contender Untapable sizzled five furlongs in a bullet :58 3/5 on a picturesque Sunday morning at Santa Anita, tying Sprint hopeful Big Macher for the fastest of 67 drills at the distance on the fast track. more...

Undrafted drills bullet at Keeneland for BC Turf Sprint
Wes Welker's Grade 3 victor Undrafted worked a bullet five furlongs in :59 1/5 on Keeneland's fast main track Sunday after the morning renovation break. The move was the best of 27 at the distance for the day. more...

Racing Headlines
Hillstar strikes in Canadian International
Moments after early favorite Brown Panther was a last-minute scratch from Sunday's Grade 1, $892,351 Canadian International, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild's Hillstar single-handedly rescued British fortunes on the Woodbine turf. more...

Caspar Netscher rallies for Nearctic win; 'Bombshell struts her stuff in Ontario
Charles Wentworth's Caspar Netscher visited the winner's circle for the first time since returning from a subfertile stint at stud when taking the Grade 2, $279,428 Nearctic at Woodbine on Sunday. more...

White Rose noses out competition in Dowager
Jake Ballis and Rashard Lewis' White Rose prevailed by a nose over the late charging 3-1 favorite Caroline Thomas in Sunday's $125,000 Dowager Stakes at Keenland, giving the Bill Mott charge back-to-back stakes victories. more...

Taris well after Raven Run romp, but skipping BC
Trainer Todd Beattie said a next start for runaway Raven Run winner Taris was unclear, but he did know one option that was not on the board: the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on November 1. more...

Breeders' Cup News & Notes
Beholder heads Breeders' Cup worktab at Santa Anita
The countdown to the 31st Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita October 31 and November 1 intensified Saturday with a bevy of horses strutting their stuff on a pleasant, sun-kissed morning at The Great Race Place more...

California Chrome drills six furlongs at Los Alamitos
Dual classic hero California Chrome had his penultimate drill for the Classic on Saturday more...

V. E. Day likely to join Classic fray
In a change of plan, Travers hero V. E. Day will now probably ship out to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Classic, Daily Racing Form reported Saturday. more...

Breeders' Cup bound trio work at Keeneland
Three horses under consideration for the Breeders' Cup worked on Keeneland's fast main track Saturday morning. more...

Lane's End acquires interest in Tonalist
Lane's End has purchased an interest in Tonalist. more...

Graded Recaps
Taris dominates Raven Run on front end
Commonwealth New Era Racing LLC's Taris sprinted to the fore after the gates opened in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Raven Run at Keeneland and was never threatened the rest of the way more...

Racing Headlines
Effinex pulls shocker on Empire Showcase Day
There were eight stakes races for New York-breds at Belmont Park on Saturday that highlighted Empire Showcase Day. more...

Eighttofasttocatch takes Maryland Million Classic for third time
Eighttofasttocatch was the popular winner of Saturday's feature on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day, defending his title in the $150,000 Classic in wire to wire fashion at Laurel. more...

Noble Mission emulates Frankel as brave Champion
Two years ago Frankel, trained by Sir Henry Cecil, won the Group 1 Champion Stakes, and Saturday it was the turn of Noble Mission, Frankel's brother, trained by Lady Cecil, widow of the legendary trainer. more...

Spirit gets charmed run in QE II
Olivier Peslier made the perfect start to his new job as retained rider to Sheikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Thani when winning Saturday's Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes aboard Charm Spirit. more...

Madame Chiang pulls off upset on British Champions Day
Madame Chiang rediscovered the winning form that saw her land the Musidora Stakes at York in May when taking the Group 1 British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on Saturday under jockey Jim Crowley. more...

Breeders' Cup News & Notes
Peace and War out of BC Juvenile Fillies
Alcibiades heroine Peace and War will miss the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, trainer Olly Stevens' yard announced on Twitter Friday evening. more...

Goldencents sparkles in five-furlong drill
There's a change in the trainer of record, but not much else in the conditioning regimen of Goldencents as the 2013 Santa Anita Derby and Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner prepares for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita on October 31-November 1. more...

Talamo: Mile's 'a little easier' without Wise Dan
With the defection of Wise Dan, as Trevor Denman would say, "suddenly the whole picture changes" in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile on November 1. more...

Graded Recaps
Valley View earns a Sparkling Review
Edward Seltzer and Beverly Anderson's Sparkling Review was up against a field crammed with stakes veterans in Friday's Grade 3, $150,000 Valley View, but the stakes debutante made short work of them on the Keeneland turf. more...

Racing Headlines
Up With the Birds to fly to Japan Cup
Sam-Son Farm's homebred Up With the Birds, Canada's Horse of the Year for 2013, is expected to make his next start in the prestigious $5.2 million Japan Cup on November 30 at Tokyo Racecourse. more...

Contreras has confidence in War Dancer
War Dancer, a four-year-old dark bay son of War Front, looks for his first Grade 1 score in Sunday's Canadian International. more...

Breeders' Cup News & Notes
Baffert expects pace pressure for Bayern
Bob Baffert won't be surprised if Bayern is challenged early on for the lead in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic more...

Connections of Private Zone, Big Macher excited for Sprint
Martin Pedroza has never won a Breeders' Cup race. He figures his best chance comes November 1 when he rides Private Zone in the $1.5 million Sprint at six furlongs more...

Graded Recaps
Holiday Star breaks through in Sycamore
Augustin Stable's homebred Holiday Star was due for a stakes win after a couple of tough photo-finishes, and his turn finally came in Thursday's Grade 3, $100,000 Sycamore at Keeneland. more...

Racing Headlines
Clark tops Churchill Downs' fall stakes schedule
The 140th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Clark H. is the main event on a schedule of 13 stakes races that carry total purses of $2.032 million set for the 25-day fall meet at Churchill Downs Racetrack more...

Apprentice jockey Saez dies following Indiana Grand accident
Apprentice jockey Juan Saez, 17, died late Tuesday night in an Indianapolis hospital due to injuries sustained in a spill at Indiana Grand earlier in the day. more...

Miss Behaviour among 13 in Raven Run
The Grade 2, $250,000 Raven Run at Keeneland on Saturday holds the distinction of being the only graded stakes scheduled this weekend in the United States, and the seven-furlong dash for three-year-old fillies is pretty good, too. more...

Group 1 trio highlights Newmarket's Future Champions Day
Future Champions Day at Newmarket on Friday is far and away the biggest two-year-old race day in Europe with over £1.2 million in prize-money. It includes three Group 1 contests -- the Dewhurst, the Middle Park and the Fillies' Mile. more...

Brown Panther, Hillstar solid European threats in International
Brown Panther arrives for Sunday's Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine off a breathtaking score in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh. more...

Demonstrative hoping to clinch title in Grand National
Even with one major divisional race remaining in November, Demonstrative could virtually seal an Eclipse Award as the nation's top steeplechaser with a victory in Saturday's $250,000 Grand National at Far Hills, New Jersey. more...

Empire Showcase features best in New York-bred racing & more
Anchored by eight stakes races featuring the best New York-bred Thoroughbreds competing for $1.75 million in purses, Saturday's Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park will offer an array of New York-produced foods and a wide variety of outdoor activities that the entire family can enjoy more...

Eighttofasttocatch seeking third Maryland Million Classic score
The 29th Jim McKay Maryland Million attracted 124 entrants to the 11-race program which will be presented this Saturday at Laurel. First post for the $1 million day is 12:15 p.m. (EDT). more...

Breeders' Cup News & Notes
Chenoweth to perform again at Breeders' Cup
The Breeders' Cup announced Wednesday that acclaimed actress and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth will return for the 31st running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park more...

Shared Belief impresses in five-furlong work
Undefeated champion Shared Belief, who is expected to be favored in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on November 1, continued his preparation for the 1 1/4-mile race by working five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 over Golden Gate Fields' Tapeta racing surface Tuesday. more...

Racing Headlines
Wise Dan injury 'part of the ups and downs of the game'
As the rain cascaded over Keeneland's Barn 62 Tuesday morning, trainer Charlie LoPresti did not give in to the gloom that Mother Nature provided. more...

Euro Charline headed back to Europe after surgery
Beverly D. winner Euro Charline will return to trainer Marco Botti in England for a four-year-old campaign that will include a bid for the $6 million Dubai Duty Free at Meydan. more...

Dynamic Sky looking for first graded win in Canadian International
Woodbine's leading trainer, Mark Casse, and leading owner, John Oxley, will look to Dynamic Sky to deliver a win in Sunday's Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine. more...

Revolutionary retired to stud at WinStar
Multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Revolutionary has been retired and will stand the 2015 breeding season at WinStar Farm more...

$1 million Delta Downs Jackpot highlights meet
Delta Downs will begin its 42nd year of live racing on Wednesday night when it kicks off its 2014-15 Thoroughbred season more...

St Leger winner Encke dies following training accident
Trainer Charlie Appleby reported Tuesday morning the death of Encke, Godolphin's 2012 St Leger winner. more...

Breeders' Cup News & Notes
Wise Dan forced to miss BC Mile due to injury
Owner Mort Fink revealed to Breeders' Cup officials Monday that two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, winner of the past two renewals of the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita, would be forced to miss a chance to win the race for a third year in a row on November 1 due to injury. more...

American Pharoah much happier without blinkers
Bob Baffert is never one to put the cart before the horse. more...

Racing Headlines
Lord Nelson fires broadside in Speakeasy
Peachtree Stable's Lord Nelson found two-turn waters too deep in the September 27 FrontRunner, but the Bob Baffert juvenile had clear sailing when reverting to a sprint in Monday's $101,000 Speakeasy at Santa Anita. more...

Lady Lara arrives late to take Pebbles in U.S. debut
Lady Lara made her U.S. debut a winning one with an impressive stretch kick to claim the $200,000 Pebbles for three-year-old fillies, the Columbus Day feature at Belmont Park. more...

Big Blue Kitten penciled in for Canadian International
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Big Blue Kitten will certainly be one of the favorites, if not the post-time choice, for Sunday's Grade 1, C$1 million Canadian International at Woodbine. more...

Jazil dies as result of paddock accident
The 11-year-old sire Jazil, winner of the 2006 Belmont Stakes, died from injuries sustained in an accident in his paddock Saturday at Shadwell Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. more...

Submissions for Media Eclipse Awards due November 14
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), in conjunction with Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, Monday released the guidelines for the 2014 Media Eclipse Awards. more...

Breeders' Cup News & Notes
Beholder brightens up foggy morning at Santa Anita
Working under a fog so thick at Santa Anita that her trainer couldn't even see it, two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder went five furlongs in company Sunday morning in 1:02 1/5 under regular rider Mike Smith. more...

Keeneland's home to squad of BC hopefuls; Crown Queen's plans pending
Keeneland is home to a number of horses that could compete during the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on October 31-November 1. more...

Graded Recaps
Front-running La Tia just holds on in Athenia
Salvador Hernandez's homebred La Tia proved just how dangerous she can be on the front end with a gutsy, wire-to-wire decision in Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 Athenia Stakes at Belmont Park. more...

Racing Headlines
Light the City shows new dimension in Anoakia
Cheyenne Stables' Light the City led throughout in her debut maiden win, but the promising Jerry Hollendorfer juvenile showed that she's capable of picking up the pieces from off the pace in Sunday's $76,500 Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita. more...

Easter Gift returns to form; Constitution overturned in fourth
Sunday's 8TH race at Belmont Park was expected to be the comeback party for Florida Derby winner Constitution, but the hitherto unbeaten colt could do no better than fourth after succumbing to pace pressure. Victory instead went to Robert V. LaPenta's Easter Gift, who rallied from last to edge St Moose in the shadow of the wire. more...

Daring Dancer, Aurelia's Belle work ahead of possible clash in Valley View
Two fillies who scratched out of Saturday's Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup because of the soft turf conditions at Keeneland -- Daring Dancer and Aurelia's Belle -- worked on the fast main track after the break Sunday morning. more...

Strong Mandate to enter stud at Three Chimneys
Grade 1 winner Strong Mandate, whose retirement was first reported back in May, will take up stud duty in 2015 at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Kentucky. more...

Graded Recaps
Crown Queen exercises sovereignty in QE II
Besilu Stables' Crown Queen extended her winning streak to four in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland, and as racing royalty, became an apt winner of the race named for the British monarch. more...

Legendary stays perfect on Belmont turf in Knickerbocker
Legendary provided trainer Niall Saville with his first graded stakes win on Saturday when taking the Grade 3, $200,000 Knickerbocker at Belmont Park by 1 1/4 lengths. more...

Racing Headlines
Valid wins Eight Miles West in advance of Dirt Mile
Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid rallied determinedly up the rail to strike the lead in deep stretch and posted a half-length decision over stablemate Midnight Cello in Saturday's $75,000 Eight Miles West at Gulfstream Park West more...

BC Classic-bound California Chrome drills in :59 3/5
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome worked five furlongs at his Los Alamitos base Saturday morning in :59 3/5 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic. more...

Fast Anna, Little Alexis work for Breeders' Cup
Fast Anna and Little Alexis prepared for their trips to Santa Anita and the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park with quick five furlongs works that pleased both their trainers. more...

Brown Panther, Hillstar set to invade Canadian International
The Grade 1 Canadian International, contested at 1 1/2 miles over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course, is slated for October 19 at Woodbine as part of a lucrative card that includes the Grade 1, C$500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes for turf fillies and mares and the Grade 2, C$300,000 Nearctic Stakes, a six-furlong turf sprint for three-year-olds and upwards. more...

Free as a Bird flies in Franklin County
Elizabeth J. Valando's homebred Free as a Bird came with a spirited run down the center of the yielding turf in Friday's $100,000 Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland and prevailed by 1 1/2 lengths on the wire. more...

O'Neill issues response to suspension
Trainer Doug O'Neill, who just began serving a 45-day suspension announced by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Thursday, took to his website Friday to comment on his situation. more...

Crown Queen seeks fourth straight turf win in QEII
Besilu Stables' Crown Queen -- a half-sister to a multiple champion and two-time Breeders' Cup winner Royal Delta who earned more than $4.8 million -- will make her next start in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. more...

D'Amato hoping third time's the charm for Obviously in BC Mile
Dual Grade 1 hero Obviously continues to train well as he prepares to take on two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan for the third time in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita Park on November 1. more...

Meadow wins inaugural Rippey Award for Handicapping Media
Longtime handicapper and author Barry Meadow has secured the first-ever Ron Rippey Award for Handicapping Media for his piece, "Statistics and Garbage," that appeared in the Horseplayers Association of North America newsletter. more...

Brown: Minorette, Ball Dancing 'look terrific' ahead of QE II
On Thursday morning, trainer Chad Brown was at Keeneland for the first time during the Fall Meet to oversee the preparations of his horses at the Lexington, Kentucky, track, including his two three-year-old fillies entered in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup: Grade 1 winner Minorette and Grade 2 winner Ball Dancing. more...

Valid could go to BC Dirt Mile with good run in Eight Miles West
Valid looms as a solid favorite for Saturday's $90,000 Eight Miles West Stakes at Gulfstream Park West against six rivals. If the four-year-old gelding runs up to expectations in the two-turn mile, he could very well earn a trip to Southern California later this month. more...

Sherman: California Chrome is 'excellent right now'
Whether California Chrome wins the Breeders' Cup Classic or not remains to be seen, but one thing for sure: for the first time in seven races, he won't be favored. more...

The 'unconquerable' Cigar dead at 24
CIGAR, a two-time Horse of the Year and former leading money winner in North America whose 16-race win streak from 1994-96 captivated the racing world and attracted a mainstream audience to both he and the sport, has died at the age of 24. more...

Graded Recaps
Rainha Da Bateria goes last-to-first in Jessamine
Three Chimneys Farm's Rainha Da Bateria rallied from last to take Wednesday's Grade 3, $150,000 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland by 1 1/2 lengths under jockey Joel Rosario. Sent off the 3-1 second choice, the Broken Vow filly ran 1 1/16 miles on the good turf in 1:43 4/5 to return $8.20 to her backers. more...

Racing Headlines
Za Approval makes title defense in Knickerbocker
Za Approval parlayed an easy win in last year's Knickerbocker into an excellent second in the Breeders' Cup Mile, beaten less than a length by Horse of the Year Wise Dan, and his connections hope the Grade 3, $200,000 race will serve as a similar springboard this year more...

Kaplan mulling options for Indiana Derby winner East Hall; Atreides to Cigar
Trainer Bill Kaplan reported Wednesday morning at Gulfstream Park that East Hall came out of his victory in last Saturday's Grade 2 Indiana Derby in good shape. more...

Speed Seeker added to QE II field after three defections
Ontario Colleen winner Speed Seeker has been added to the roster of invitees to Saturday's $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup by Keeneland Racing Secretary Ben Huffman. more...

Euro Charline forced to miss Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup
Euro Charline, who figured to be a heavy favorite in Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland, will miss the race after developing lameness in her right hind ankle. more...

Don't Tell Sophia BC bound; Close Hatches fine
In 2010, a year after winning his first Grade 1 race with Hot Cha Cha in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, trainer Phil Sims confided that he had another good one in the barn just getting ready to start her career. more...

Sprint champion Amazombie to join Old Friends roster
Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, announced Sunday that 2011 champion male sprinter Amazombie, who was retired from racing earlier this year, will be pensioned at the Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Kentucky. more...

Silver Deputy euthanized at 29
Influential sire Silver Deputy was euthanized last Saturday due to the infirmities of old age, it was announced Monday. more...

Calder reopens as Gulfstream Park West
A new era in Florida racing begins Wednesday when the inaugural Fall Turf Festival is run at Gulfstream Park West, formerly known as Calder Race Course. more...

Graded Recaps
Don't Tell Sophia upsets Spinster
Don't Tell Sophia and jockey Joe Rocco Jr. bided their time in last during Sunday's Grade 1, $500,000 Spinster at Keeneland before coming with a strong rally in the stretch to finish 2 1/2 lengths the best at 5-1. more...

Blofeld remains undefeated in Futurity
Glencrest Farm, LLC and JSM Equine's Blofeld eventually got through on the rail and charged home to capture his stakes debut in Sunday's Grade 2, $196,200 Futurity S. at Belmont for two-year-olds. more...

Paulassilverlining wears down leaders in Matron
Vincent S. Scuderi's homebred Paulassilverlining stepped up off her maiden victory and made her first start over a dry track to win Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Matron Stakes for two-year-old fillies at Belmont. more...

Lawn Ranger surprises Bourbon
Turf Stable's Lawn Ranger outperformed his 12-1 odds in Sunday's Grade 3, $250,000 Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland, a "Win and You're In" event for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. more...

Racing Headlines
International stars in Grey; Harlanate makes another Conquest in Mazarine
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star has an ambitious name, but the promising juvenile took a step toward living up to it in Sunday's Grade 3, $138,983 Grey Stakes at Woodbine. more...

Wise Dan, Leigh Court well following Keeneland wins
"He looks like a million dollars this morning...make that 7.5 million," trainer Charlie LoPresti said Sunday morning of Wise Dan, winner of Saturday's Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile by a length over Grand Arch. more...

No Nay Never, Carpe Diem exit Keeneland scores in good order
A seven-month layoff proved to be no problem for No Nay Never on Saturday as he posted a half-length victory in the Grade 3 Woodford going at 5 1/2 furlongs on Keeneland's turf. more...

Plans in flux for Champagne winner Daredevil
Trainer Todd Pletcher reported Sunday morning that both Grade 1 Champagne winner Daredevil and Feathered, third in the Grade 1 Frizette, exited their efforts in Saturday's Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" races at Belmont Park in good order. more...

Baffert: Secret Circle 'got a lot out of' SA Sprint Championship
Secret Circle finished worse than second for the first time in his 11-race career Saturday, running third behind Hong Kong invader Rich Tapestry and Goldencents in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs. more...

Up With the Birds expected in Knickerbocker; Testa Rossi plots Pebbles comeback
A trio of turf races highlights next week's three-day Columbus Day holiday weekend at Belmont Park, with the Grade 3, $200,000 Knickerbocker on Saturday, the Grade 3, $200,000 Athenia for fillies and mares next Sunday and the $200,000 Pebbles for three-year-old fillies on Monday, October 13. more...

Graded Recaps
Wise Dan simply too good in Shadwell Turf Mile
Future Hall of Famer Wise Dan is so confident of finding a way to win, that Morton Fink's homebred champion decided to keep his legions of fans on the edge of their collective seats in Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. more...

Carpe Diem seizes Breeders' Futurity
WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables' Carpe Diem certainly lived up to his $1.6 million dollar price tag as he pulled away from the 12-horse field in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Breeders' Cup Futurity for two-year-olds at Keeneland by 6 1/4 lengths. more...

Daredevil continues to impress in Champagne
Let's Go Stable's Daredevil accelerated to the lead entering the stretch of Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne at Belmont Park and dominated to the finish line, winning handily by a 2 1/2-length margin more...

By the Moon upsets Frizette
A sloppy, sealed track was no detriment for Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon on Saturday at Belmont Park as she pulled off a 2 1/4-length victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette Stakes under jockey Jose Ortiz. more...

Leigh Court proves best in Thoroughbred Club of America
One year after suffering a tough beat on unsuitably yielding ground in the Grade 1, $400,000 First Lady, Dayatthespa basked in better conditions and turned the tables on her old foe Better Lucky in Saturday's renewal at Keeneland. more...

Rich Tapestry secures U.S. debut in Santa Anita Sprint Championship
Rich Tapestry mounted a charge from last to capture his North American debut in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, a "Win & You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Sprint back here at Santa Anita next month. more...

No Nay Never hangs on to win Woodford comebacker
Coolmore and Ice Wine Stable's No Nay Never returned from a seven-month layoff with a gutsy victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Woodford at Keeneland more...

Big Bane Theory explodes at right instant in City of Hope Mile
Mark Deveraux and Scott Gross' homebred Big Bane Theory launched a perfectly timed move to capture Saturday's Grade 2, $201,500 City of Hope Mile at Santa Anita, getting the jump on deep closer Mr. Commons and topping the exacta for their sire Artie Schiller. more...

Ring Weekend avoids upset as Hill Prince choice
Ring Weekend slogged his way through soft going to land the Grade 3, $500,000 Hill Prince by a half-length over Belmont Park's inner turf on Saturday. more...

Top Kisser keeps risin' in L.A. Woman
Tommy Town Thoroughbreds' homebred Top Kisser registered her first graded stakes victory on Saturday at Santa Anita, posting a convincing 3 3/4-length score in the Grade 3, $100,250 L.A. Woman more...

East Hall runs down Vicar's in Trouble to take Indiana Derby
H. Jack Hendricks and Roger Justice's East Hall not only overhauled Vicar's in Trouble, but survived an objection to add the Grade 2, $507,100 Indiana Derby to his resume on Saturday evening at Indiana Grand. more...

Tiz Windy flies home in Indiana Oaks
Jim Tafel LLC's homebred Tiz Windy began her move entering the final turn of Saturday evening's Grade 3, $204,400 Indiana Oaks and ran down Unbridled Forever to take the 1 1/16-mile Indiana Grand contest by 2 3/4 lengths under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. more...

Racing Headlines
Bernardini leading trainer, Amiss top jockey as Suffolk closes out 2014 meet
Trainer Jay Bernardini and jockey David Amiss both took home year-end honors for the first time while New England stalwart Monarch Stables continued their perennial dominance of the owner standings as Suffolk Downs concluded its live racing season on Saturday in what will likely be the final day of racing in the track's 79-year history. more...

Sing Praises, Holywell star in final FSS divisions
Jacks or Better Farm's homebred Sing Praises stalked the early pace in Saturday's $372,000 In Reality, the final division of the Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) at Gulfstream Park, before splitting rivals and keeping his nose in front on the wire to secure the victory. more...

Alcibiades, Phoenix winners eyeing Breeders' Cup starts
Trainer Olly Stevens admitted Saturday morning that there was "a bit of a celebration last night" in honor of Peace and War's victory in the Grade 1 Alcibiades on opening day of Keeneland's fall meet on Friday. more...

Sancal: 'It's just amazing...unbelievable' to earn first Keeneland win
Trainer Murat Sancal earned his first Keeneland victory when he sent out Grand Elmendorf to win the 10TH race on Friday, opening day of the fall meet. more...

Graded Recaps
Peace and War prevails in Alcibiades
Qatar Racing's Peace and War earned her shot at Breeders' Cup glory when taking Friday's opening day co-feature at Keeneland -- the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades -- which is a "Win & You're In" race for the Juvenile Fillies. more...

Work All Week gets job done in Phoenix
The re-conversion of Keeneland's main track to dirt from the synthetic Polytrack came at the right time for the Illinois-bred gelding Work All Week, who remained undefeated in nine starts on dirt when taking the Grade 3, $200,000 Phoenix on opening day of Keeneland's fall meet. more...

Racing Headlines
O'Neill prohibited from entering horses in Breeders' Cup
Due to the recent administrative action by the New York State Gaming Commission, Breeders' Cup Ltd. has informed trainer Doug O'Neill, and has notified the California Horse Racing Board, of the provisions of the Breeders' Cup Convicted Trainers rule. more...

Game on Dude takes up residence at Old Friends
Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, announced Friday that multiple Grade 1-winning multi-millionaire Game on Dude has been retired to the Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, Kentucky. more...

Breeders' Cup, Keeneland unveil 2015 logo
The Breeders' Cup and Keeneland on Thursday unveiled the official event logo for the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held next year at Keeneland on October 30-31, 2015. more...

In Reality features Twotwentyfive A; Holywell, Leap Year Luck in My Dear Girl
Undefeated Twotwentyfive A will have plenty of back-up in Saturday's $350,000 In Reality, the final division of the $1.4 million Florida Sire Stakes Series (FSS) at Gulfstream Park. more...

Preakness tickets on sale
The Maryland Jockey Club have announced that tickets for 2015 Preakness went on-sale Wednesday morning. more...

Itsmyluckyday to skip Breeders' Cup, point for Cigar Mile
Woodward winner Itsmyluckyday, third as the 3-5 favorite in Saturday's Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park, will not ship to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup. Rather, it was announced Monday that the Eddie Plesa Jr. trainee will aim for the November 29 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct. more...

Rainbow Heir aiming to rise in Phoenix, punch ticket to BC Sprint
Bred in New Jersey and based at Monmouth Park, the Grade 3-winning sprinter Rainbow Heir arrived at Keeneland last Friday morning to prepare for his next start in the Grade 3, $200,000 Phoenix on opening day this Friday. more...

Calder gets extensive renovations as 'Gulfstream Park West'
In preparation for the upcoming Gulfstream Park Fall Turf Festival, the facilities at Gulfstream Park West, formerly Calder Race Course, have undergone extensive renovations. more...

Graded Recaps
Imperia breaks maiden in Pilgrim
Godolphin Racing LLC's Imperia took down graded stakes competition in his second start in Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes for two-year-olds at Belmont, despite losing his racing bow last month. more...

Lady Eli catapults to win in Miss Grillo
Sheep Pond Partners' Lady Eli shot past the leaders in midstretch to capture her stakes debut in Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes for two-year-old fillies at Belmont to remain undefeated from two starts. more...

Bright Thought back to his best in John Henry
Dye and Venneri Racing's Bright Thought, who had not won since his short-lived world record in the 2013 San Luis Rey, regained his old sparkle in Sunday's Grade 2, $201,000 John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita. more...

Tonito M. earns first win outside Puerto Rico in Oklahoma Derby
M. Racing Group's Tonito M. owned five prior U.S. mainland starts heading into Sunday's Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park, and finally got that elusive first continental victory by taking the overland route. more...

Racing Headlines
Awesome Again kerfuffle results in seven-day suspension for Espinoza
Rain danced briefly and intermittently on Santa Anita Park's Clockers' Corner Sunday morning, but not enough to put a damper on the buzz of the hour, the controversial running of Saturday's Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes and the heated, in-your-face aftermath involving jockeys and owners. more...

Maragh undergoes surgery, sidelined indefinitely
Jockey Rajiv Maragh underwent surgery Sunday morning at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, to repair a broken right arm suffered when he was unseated during the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. more...

Shanon Nicole wins RP Oaks as Napravnik cleans up on Oklahoma Derby undercard
While the Oklahoma Derby was the featured event on Sunday at Remington Park, the girls also had their turn in the spotlight on the undercard. Specifically, one girl and one filly. more...

Ramseys reign again at Churchill; dead-heats for trainer, jockey titles
The second consecutive September Meet at Churchill Downs concluded its 12-date run on Sunday with encouraging results and a string of strong performances by the equine and human stars who competed during the brief racing session. more...

Clement 'thrilled' with Tonalist's Gold Cup win, BC Classic on horizon
While happy to have won the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup for the first time in his career, trainer Christophe Clement on Sunday gave all the credit to Tonalist, who defeated Zivo by 1 3/4 lengths on Saturday at Belmont Park in the 1 1/4-mile race for three-year-olds and up. more...

Wicked Strong could get rest of the year off; V.E. Day likely headed to Aqueduct
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens reported that both of his Jockey Club Gold Cup contenders -- Wicked Strong and V. E. Day -- returned from Saturday's 1 1/4-mile Belmont Park race in good order. more...

Motion: BC Turf-bound Main Sequence is 'a quirky horse'
It's on to the Breeders' Cup Turf for Main Sequence, who remained undefeated on American sod with a dramatic win in Saturday's Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park. more...

Rodriguez back to work following back-to-back wins on Super Saturday
Aqueduct-based Rudy Rodriguez was back at work Sunday morning after enjoying his best day as a trainer on Saturday at Belmont Park. more...

Brown Super Saturday runners return well, Breeders' Cup likely for many
Trainer Chad Brown sent out a fleet of runners on Super Saturday at Belmont Park, and emerged with some strong Breeders' Cup contenders. more...

Cigar Street possible for BC Classic; Departing likely to Fayette
After Cigar Street's impressive 1 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $135,500 Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs, Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott was not ready to rule out the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on November 1 as the next start for Jake Ballis and Rashard Lewis' colorbearer. more...

Trio of SA Sprint Championship contenders work over weekend
Save for the margin of a scant nose, there could be three Breeders' Cup winners running in next Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, a "Win & You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Sprint, going six furlongs. more...

Wise Dan, Close Hatches among stars expected at Keeneland
Morton Fink's two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, Juddmonte Farms' Close Hatches and a prospective First Lady field that includes five Grade 1 winners highlight a stellar lineup on tap for next weekend's Fall Stars Weekend to open the 2014 Keeneland Fall Meet. more...

English shipper Peace and War hopes to take Alcibiades route to BC
Qatar Racing's Peace and War made the trip to Keeneland from England in hopes of earning an automatic spot into the Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held at Santa Anita October 31-November 1. more...

Promising juveniles targeting quartet of stakes at Belmont
A quartet of juvenile stakes highlights next weekend's stakes action at Belmont Park, with the Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne and the Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette for fillies -- both Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" races -- on Saturday and the Grade 2, $200,000 Futurity and the Grade 2, $200,000 Matron for fillies next Sunday. more...

Graded Recaps
Shared Belief digs deep to remain unbeaten in Awesome Again
Shared Belief took the overland route and faced a stiff challenge for the first time in his seven-race career, but the three-year-old gelding found enough late to overhaul Fed Biz by a neck in Saturday's $300,500 Awesome Again at Santa Anita more...

Tonalist stars in accident-marred Jockey Club Gold Cup
Robert S. Evans' Tonalist regained some lost luster with a smart performance in Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup, rallying from well off the pace to score by 1 3/4 lengths more...

Beholder holds for Zenyatta title defense
Spendthrift Farm LLC's Beholder wired the Zenyatta 12 months ago at Santa Anita by 1 1/4 lengths, but on Saturday found herself tracking the pace in the 2014 edition of the Grade 1, $300,000 contest under jockey Mike Smith before taking command rounding the turn and pulling off a three-quarter length victory. more...

Sequence extends to three in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic
The Niarchos family's homebred Main Sequence preserved his perfect mark on the American turf by completing a Grade 1 hat trick in Saturday's $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park. more...

Stephanie's Kitten gets right trip in Flower Bowl
After a winless 2014 characterized by frustrating trips, multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Stephanie's Kitten carved out a much better passage for herself in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park, and duly booked her place in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. more...

American Pharoah toys with field in FrontRunner
Zayat Stables LLC's American Pharoah stretched out to two turns to add another dominating Grade 1 win to his short resume as he wired Saturday's Grade 1, $300,750 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita. more...

Angela Renee shines in Chandelier
Siena Farm LLC's homebred Angela Renee saved ground on the backstretch of Saturday's Grade 1, $301,750 Chandelier at Santa Anita Park, angled out rounding the turn under jockey Rafael Bejarano and held off the determined late run from 2-1 favorite Conquest Eclipse to score a 1 1/2-length victory. more...

Emollient flaunts her new blinkers in Rodeo Drive
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Emollient had been underachieving in 2014, but the addition of blinkers had the desired effect in Saturday's Grade 1, $301,750 Rodeo Drive at Santa Anita. more...

Belle Gallantey romps in Beldame
Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Gary Aisquith's Belle Gallantey utilized the same tactics that saw her score in the Delaware Handicap to wire the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Invitational by 8 1/4 lengths on Belmont Park's Super Saturday card. more...

Private Zone a narrow repeater in Vosburgh
Private Zone became just the fourth back-to-back winner of the Grade 1, $400,000 Vosburgh on Saturday with a determined victory over Carter Handicap victor Dads Caps in the six-furlong dash at Belmont Park. more...

Vyjack proves best in Kelso
Pick Six Racing's Vyjack wore down pacesetter River Rocks in deep stretch and edged away to a one-length win in Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso H. more...

Heart to Heart uncatchable in Jefferson Cup
Heart to Heart ran to expectations on Saturday at Churchill Downs with a wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 3, $110,000 Jefferson Cup, a one-mile turf race for three-year-olds. more...

Kitten hits a Home Run in Eddie D.
Tarabilla Farms Inc.'s Home Run Kitten ran down 2-1 favorite Ambitious Brew in the shadow of the wire to take Friday's opening day feature at Santa Anita Park -- the Grade 3, $101,500 Eddie D. Stakes -- by a nose under jockey Joe Talamo. more...

Racing Headlines
Cigar Street smooth in Homecoming Classic
Jake Ballis and Rashard Lewis' Cigar Street got back on track in Saturday's $135,500 Homecoming Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs. more...

Dreamsgonewild upsets Ben's Cat in Laurel Dash
In a blanket finish, Dreamsgonewild ran down the speed and held off 3-5 favorite Ben's Cat to win the $100,000 Laurel Dash, the feature on a turf stakes-laden program Saturday at Laurel. more...

Sambora to perform national anthem at BC, takes part in charity auction
The Breeders' Cup announced Friday that legendary guitarist Richie Sambora will sing and perform the national anthem for the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 1. more...

Romans trio could give trainer big day at Churchill
Trainer Dale Romans is hoping for a big Saturday at Churchill Downs as he will saddle Pick of the Litter in the $125,000 Homecoming Classic as well as Sportscaster and Hesinfront in the Grade 3, $100,000 Jefferson Cup. more...

Hardest Core gearing up for BC Turf bid
No moment was more memorable at the 2014 Arlington meet than watching the feel-good story of the year of Andrew Bentley's gelding Hardest Core cross the wire first in the Arlington Million over 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf winner Magician. more...

Breeders' Cup offers exclusive 'Taste of Napa Valley' experience
The Breeders' Cup unveiled Friday its newest premium dining experience -- Taste of Napa Valley -- set to debut at the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, on October 31-November 1. more...

Startup Nation, Partisan Politics give connections chance at another sweep
Startup Nation and Partisan Politics gave owners Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence a sweep of Saratoga's stakes for two-year-olds on turf. On Sunday at Belmont Park, the Chad Brown-trained duo will try to dominate their respective events once again. more...

Spendthrift to offer Beholder at F-T November
Beholder, the two-time Eclipse champion and back-to-back Breeders' Cup winner, will be offered for sale at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale on Monday, November 3, following her title defense in the Breeders' Cup Distaff just four days prior. more...

Block mulling Canadian International for Suntracer
Team Block's Suntracer, who ended a 14-race and nearly two-year losing streak when gutting out a nose victory over Pyrite Mountain in the Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs on September 13, has exited the race well and will now possibly shoot for the stars in his next start. more...

Presque Isle Downs wraps up meet with a trio of stakes
Clyde D. Rice's Less Than Perfect got the best of 3-2 favorite Bourbon Cowboy by 2 1/4 lengths in Thursday's $100,200 Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile Stakes under jockey Willie Martinez. The 6 1/2-furlong contest kicked off three straight stakes contests on closing day at Presque Isle Downs. more...

Harlem Rocker gets first winner in only crop
Canadian classic winner Harlem Rocker recorded his first winner, from his only small crop, when G-Team Racing Stable's Rock My Dreams captured Thursday's 6TH race at Arlington. more...

All-Star Jockeys' poker tournament to benefit Simunye Project, PDJF
Jockeys and humanitarians will come together Sunday, October 12, to benefit both The Simunye Project of South Africa and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund. more...

Grade 1 veteran Daytona takes up residence at Old Friends
Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Kentucky, announced Thursday the arrival of multiple Grade 1 winner Daytona. more...

Kentucky Downs closes out 2014 meet with stakes treble
Though two stakes were carded for Kentucky Downs' closing day on Wednesday, three ended up being run as the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon was split into two divisions. more...

Wise Dan works five-eighths on Keeneland turf
Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan worked on Keeneland's turf course Tuesday morning as he prepares for his next start in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile on October 4. more...

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. more...

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. more...

Goldencents to stay home at Santa Anita for BC prep
Multiple Grade 1 winner Goldencents will not ship to Keeneland for a turf debut against Wise Dan in the October 4 Shadwell Turf Mile, connections announced Monday. more...

Ron Rippey Award to honor excellence in handicapping media
Brisnet.com will present the first-ever award for handicapping media at the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters dinner on October 29 at The Derby in Arcadia, California. more...

Will Take Charge retired with suspensory injury
Last year's champion three-year-old colt Will Take Charge, who was expected to contest Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup en route to the Breeders' Cup Classic, has sustained a suspensory injury prompting his retirement. more...

Princess of Sylmar to sell at F-T November under Taylor Made banner
King of Prussia Stable has announced that its four-time Grade 1 winner Princess of Sylmar will be consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency and offered for sale as a broodmare prospect at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November Sale on Monday, November 3. more...

Florida Won, Sweater Weather give Husbands Woodbine stakes double
Jockey Patrick Husbands had a stellar day on Sunday at Woodbine, sweeping the two stakes contests in relatively easy fashion. more...

Saratoga Heater, Temper Mint Patty dominate in juvenile stakes at Belmont
There were two stakes races for two-year-old state-breds at Belmont on Sunday and both scorers won convincingly. more...

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. more...

Features
Handicapping Insights
There were a lot of reasons I did not like Treve (Motivator) in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris. All turned out to be wrong more...

Handicapping Keeneland
Keeneland Race Course opens its fall meeting on Friday, and -- if this The Handicapper's Edge poll is any indication the Lexington track is in for record handle on the heels of installing a new dirt surface as its main track following eight years with Polytrack more...

Post Parade
Barring unforeseen developments, the three-year-old male championship will be decided in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on November 1. more...

Horse of the Year Race Down To Eight
The criteria voters use to determine their top 10 horses is as subjective as the ranking themselves. 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 graded stakes on turf led the way at Belmont Park more...

Santa Anita Notebook
There was no graded action at The Great Race Place last week more...

 

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