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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

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Fashion Alert tops Alcibiades on Keeneland opener

Fashion Alert looks to remain undefeated in the Alcibiades on Keeneland's opening day (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Keeneland thunders out of the starting gate for its Fall race meet on Friday with world-class racing on a new dirt track.

For the first time in its storied history Keeneland will offer a $1 million race, the Shadwell Turf Mile, on Saturday as part of the opening Fall Stars Weekend that features nine graded stakes races with purses totaling $3.6 million. Many horses bound for the Breeders' Cup on October 31-November 1 at Santa Anita will be showcased in Fall Stars stakes as the nation's most accomplished jockeys and trainers converge upon Keeneland.

Fall Stars Weekend also features the debut of Keeneland's new dirt track, which was installed over the summer. The surface comprises sand, silt and clay native to Kentucky, and features a unique drainage system to collect and discharge water away from the track. Conversion of the main track from a synthetic Polytrack surface to a dirt surface began May 19 and construction was completed on schedule in mid-August.

Fashion Alert, a Todd Pletcher trainee who captured her first two starts against stakes company in New York, will break from the rail as a field of 13 juvenile fillies go postward in the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades, the opening day feature over 1 1/16 miles.

A daughter of Old Fashioned, Fashion Alert flashed speed in both outings, taking the 5 1/2-furlong Astoria at Belmont by 4 3/4 lengths on June 14. Five weeks later, the bay dueled and then drew off to take the six-furlong Schuylerville by 1 1/2 lengths over Take Charge Brandi, who reappears here after consecutive fifth-place finishes in the Adirondack and Pocahontas.

The Alcibiades field also includes several sharp debut winners. Top Decile won by a length at Saratoga for trainer Al Stall Jr. going 6 1/2 furlongs, while Taylor S enters off a strong 3 3/4-length score at Churchill Downs for Dale Romans over the same distance. Darley, the sponsor of the Alcibiades, will be represented by homebred Innovative Idea, who won for fun by 4 1/4 lengths at Arlington at the same trip last month, but the daughter of Bernardini will need to make a successful transition from Polytrack to dirt.

Others likely to garner some support are Gap Year, a head third in her Saratoga debut for Godolphin and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin; Calamity Kate, a six-length maiden winner at Belmont in her third career start; Pangburn, runner-up in the Pocahontas at Churchill following a turf maiden win; and Naval Command, who has won three of four including the Happy Ticket on grass at Louisiana Downs.

Work All Week, the Illinois-bred hero of the Iowa Sprint Handicap in June over Grade 2 hero Delaunay, will break outside the other speed in the Grade 3, $200,000 Phoenix over six furlongs. Although beaten last time in a state-bred stakes at Arlington, Work All Week is undefeated in eight career starts on dirt.

Also entering the Phoenix on hot streaks are Rainbow Heir, who has won three in a row including the $130,000 Teddy Drone at Monmouth; Bern Identity, unbeaten in three outings this term including the $100,000 Dave's Friend at Laurel last time; and multiple stakes winner Mr. Baker, who has won four of his last five.

Completing the Phoenix field are Count Fleet Sprint Handicap winner Lemon Drop Dream, who has been unplaced in his last three starts; Grade 2-placed stakes-winning three-year-old C. Zee; Saratoga allowance scorer Eastwood; and stakes veteran Zee Bros, the trailer in last Saturday's Vosburgh at Belmont.

Both the Alcibiades and Phoenix are Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" challenge races -- the Alcibiades for the Juvenile Fillies and the Phoenix for the Sprint.

The Keeneland Fall Meet runs through October 25, with live racing Wednesday through Sunday. Gates open at 11 a.m. (EDT); post time for the first race is 1:05 p.m.

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Fashion Alert tops Alcibiades on Keeneland opener

Fashion Alert looks to remain undefeated in the Alcibiades on Keeneland's opening day (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Keeneland thunders out of the starting gate for its Fall race meet on Friday with world-class racing on a new dirt track.

For the first time in its storied history Keeneland will offer a $1 million race, the Shadwell Turf Mile, on Saturday as part of the opening Fall Stars Weekend that features nine graded stakes races with purses totaling $3.6 million. Many horses bound for the Breeders' Cup on October 31-November 1 at Santa Anita will be showcased in Fall Stars stakes as the nation's most accomplished jockeys and trainers converge upon Keeneland.

Fall Stars Weekend also features the debut of Keeneland's new dirt track, which was installed over the summer. The surface comprises sand, silt and clay native to Kentucky, and features a unique drainage system to collect and discharge water away from the track. Conversion of the main track from a synthetic Polytrack surface to a dirt surface began May 19 and construction was completed on schedule in mid-August.

Fashion Alert, a Todd Pletcher trainee who captured her first two starts against stakes company in New York, will break from the rail as a field of 13 juvenile fillies go postward in the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades, the opening day feature over 1 1/16 miles.

A daughter of Old Fashioned, Fashion Alert flashed speed in both outings, taking the 5 1/2-furlong Astoria at Belmont by 4 3/4 lengths on June 14. Five weeks later, the bay dueled and then drew off to take the six-furlong Schuylerville by 1 1/2 lengths over Take Charge Brandi, who reappears here after consecutive fifth-place finishes in the Adirondack and Pocahontas.

The Alcibiades field also includes several sharp debut winners. Top Decile won by a length at Saratoga for trainer Al Stall Jr. going 6 1/2 furlongs, while Taylor S enters off a strong 3 3/4-length score at Churchill Downs for Dale Romans over the same distance. Darley, the sponsor of the Alcibiades, will be represented by homebred Innovative Idea, who won for fun by 4 1/4 lengths at Arlington at the same trip last month, but the daughter of Bernardini will need to make a successful transition from Polytrack to dirt.

Others likely to garner some support are Gap Year, a head third in her Saratoga debut for Godolphin and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin; Calamity Kate, a six-length maiden winner at Belmont in her third career start; Pangburn, runner-up in the Pocahontas at Churchill following a turf maiden win; and Naval Command, who has won three of four including the Happy Ticket on grass at Louisiana Downs.

Work All Week, the Illinois-bred hero of the Iowa Sprint Handicap in June over Grade 2 hero Delaunay, will break outside the other speed in the Grade 3, $200,000 Phoenix over six furlongs. Although beaten last time in a state-bred stakes at Arlington, Work All Week is undefeated in eight career starts on dirt.

Also entering the Phoenix on hot streaks are Rainbow Heir, who has won three in a row including the $130,000 Teddy Drone at Monmouth; Bern Identity, unbeaten in three outings this term including the $100,000 Dave's Friend at Laurel last time; and multiple stakes winner Mr. Baker, who has won four of his last five.

Completing the Phoenix field are Count Fleet Sprint Handicap winner Lemon Drop Dream, who has been unplaced in his last three starts; Grade 2-placed stakes-winning three-year-old C. Zee; Saratoga allowance scorer Eastwood; and stakes veteran Zee Bros, the trailer in last Saturday's Vosburgh at Belmont.

Both the Alcibiades and Phoenix are Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" challenge races -- the Alcibiades for the Juvenile Fillies and the Phoenix for the Sprint.

The Keeneland Fall Meet runs through October 25, with live racing Wednesday through Sunday. Gates open at 11 a.m. (EDT); post time for the first race is 1:05 p.m.

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Itsmyluckyday to skip Breeders' Cup, point for Cigar Mile

Itsmyluckyday will get a rematch with Vyjack in the Cigar Mile (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
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.

"#Itsmyluckyday will not be racing in the #BreedersCup14," Gulfstream Park tweeted Monday morning. "Headed to Cigar Mile at Aqueduct."

Not originally nominated for the Breeders' Cup, Itsmyluckyday could have been supplemented for $100,000 according to the terms of the "Horses of Racing Age Nomination Program." That one-time fee would have made him Breeders' Cup eligible for the rest of his racing career.

But the four-year-old son of Lawyer Ron is due to enter stud at Spendthrift near Lexington, Kentucky, in 2015, so connections would have been paying just to run in this year's Breeders' Cup.

Owned by Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa, Itsmyluckyday captured last year's Holy Bull and Gulfstream Park Derby, and finished second in both the Florida Derby and Preakness, before sustaining a pelvic fracture. The dark bay was sidelined for the remainder of his sophomore campaign, but has recovered to become among the nation's top older males this season.

Itsmyluckyday has won or placed in six of seven outings in 2014, his lone unplaced effort being a tiring fourth in his comeback in the March 8 Gulfstream Park Handicap. He then reeled off three straight stakes wins in the April 26 Best of the Rest at Gulfstream, the May 24 Majestic Light and the July 6 Salvator Mile, the latter two at Monmouth.

Runner-up to Moreno in the August 2 Whitney at Saratoga, Itsmyluckyday gained revenge with a hard-fought verdict over Moreno in the August 30 Woodward back at the Spa. He was perhaps still feeling the effects of that slugfest during his third in the Kelso, where he also chased the demanding pace, and the victorious Vyjack rallied from midpack.

By venturing to the Cigar Mile, Itsmyluckyday will get a rematch with Vyjack.

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Breeding & Sales News

Flatter colt leading way at F-T Midlantic sale

Hillwood Stable acquired the top two sellers at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale at Timonium, Maryland on Monday.

Hip No. 29, a Flatter colt consigned by Northview Stallion Station (David Wade), agent, led the way at $260,000. The Maryland-bred is a son of stakes winner American Victory (Victory Gallop), a half-sister to the Grade 3-placed producer Who's Cozy (Cozzene). Both were reared by Grade 2 queen Who Did It and Run (Polish Numbers).

Also hailing from this family is Hangover Kid (Lemon Drop Kid), winner of this year's Bowling Green H. (G2), as well as Grade 3 winners Surely Royal (*Young Emperor) and Truly a Judge (Judge T C).

Hillwood also secured a Pure Prize filly for $200,000. Dark Hollow Farm, agent, consigned the Maryland-bred, who toured the ring as Hip 180.

The yearling was produced by 2004 Iowa Oaks (G3) winner He Loves Me (Not for Love), a full sister to Grade 2-placed multiple stakes winner For Kisses. Both were reared by the Grade 3-winning Palliser Bay (Frosty the Snowman).

This extended family is also responsible for Grade 1 victor M One Rifle (One Man Army).

At the conclusion of trading, 275 yearlings sold for $6,023,900, a decline of 19.4 percent from last year's sale, which grossed $7,469,900 from the sale of 275 yearlings. The average dropped 15.3 percent, from $25,847 to $21,905, while the median plunged 41.2 percent, from $17,000 to $10,000.

Full results can be found at fasig-tipton.com.

Racing Headlines

Rainbow Heir aiming to rise in Phoenix, punch ticket to BC Sprint

Rainbow Heir won't mind an off track if there's rain Friday (Aubrey Therkelsen/Equi-Photo)
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.

The four-year-old Wildcat Heir colt, a homebred racing for Everett Novak's New Farm, is trained by Ben Perkins Jr., whose 81-year-old father, Ben Perkins Sr., has been at Keeneland to oversee the colt's preparations.

Perkins, a lifelong horseman, trained Rainbow Heir's paternal grandsire, Forest Wildcat, to win the Phoenix in 1996. His son has four Keeneland stakes wins, including the 2007 Thoroughbred Club of America with the Forest Wildcat filly and another New Farm homebred, Wild Gams.

Perkins said Rainbow Heir realized he was somewhere different when he saw Keeneland's main track for the first time.

"This track has a little bit of a tint to it, a reddish tint, and boy, he just looked at it (and seemed to say), 'This don't look like Monmouth Park,'" Perkins said. "But then he walked on it, and he was fine."

On Monday, Rainbow Heir worked three furlongs in :36 with exercise rider Sabrino Ramirez aboard.

"We didn't want to go quite that fast, but he's a fast horse," Perkins said.

Rainbow Heir has won seven of 11 races, including the 2013 Jersey Shore at Monmouth, and has earned $315,210. He is coming off three consecutive wins at Monmouth, including a 12 1/2-length victory over a sloppy track on September 6 in the six-furlong New Jersey Breeders Handicap.

Now the colt is a win away from competing in the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Sprint.

"That's one of the reasons we brought him here," Perkins said. "If you win, you're in."

Perkins said Angel Serpa, who rode Rainbow Heir in his last three races, would be aboard the colt for the Phoenix. Entries for the race will be taken Tuesday.

In other Keeneland news:

Ria Antonia, winless since being awarded last year's BC Juvenile Fillies, could attempt the Spinster (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
The 2014 Fall Meet, which begins its 17-day run Friday, marks the first season of a new dirt surface on Keeneland's 1 1/16-mile main track. The track was structurally reconfigured in the summer of 2006 to widen the turns and lengthen the stretch. As a result, dirt track records prior to the 2006 Fall Meet are not comparable to times set on the new dirt surface, and a new set of track records will be established.

Opening weekend of the Fall Meet features nine graded stakes, including seven Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" races. The Fall Stars microsite allows fans to track workouts, probable fields, official entries and watch video interviews with horsemen. The site will continue to track Keeneland's Breeders' Cup-bound horses through the event on October 31 and November 1 at Santa Anita.

Opening day features the Grade 1 Alcibiades, a "Win and You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Jack Hendricks of nearby Danville, the co-owner of Alcibiades hopeful Naval Command, was bursting with pride as he looked in on three of his favorite horses at the stakes barn Monday morning at Keeneland.

"It has been a dream of mine after 45 years in the game to win a stake at Keeneland," said Hendricks, who races Naval Command in partnership with Roger Justice of Paris, Kentucky, and Pinnacle Racing Stable. "I always wanted to run in a graded stake here, but only if we had a chance. I think she will make a good showing."

Trained by Bill Kaplan, Naval Command has won three of her four starts and enters the Alcibiades off a victory in the Happy Ticket over the turf at Louisiana Downs on September 6.

"I think she is good on either surface, but I think she may be better on dirt," Hendricks said of the daughter of Midshipman. "Bill is the one who makes the decisions, but the Alcibiades was one of our goals when she started showing what she could do."

In addition to Naval Command, Hendricks and Justice own East Hall and Hendricks and Pinnacle are partners in Holiday Magic, the other two members of the Kaplan-trained trio in the Keeneland stakes barn. East Hall is slated to run in the Indiana Derby on Saturday and Holiday Magic is to start in the Indiana Oaks.

"It is going to be a busy weekend for us," said Kaplan, who is flying from Florida to Lexington Friday morning along with jockey Juan Leyva. "We will ship the two horses up to Indiana the day of the race and then come back to Keeneland and then on Sunday we are running six at Gulfstream."

Loooch Racing Stable and Christopher Dunn's Ria Antonia, winner of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, worked a half-mile in :48 before the Monday morning renovation break. Ria Antonia is nominated to Sunday's Grade 1 Spinster.

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Itsmyluckyday to skip Breeders' Cup, point for Cigar Mile

Itsmyluckyday will get a rematch with Vyjack in the Cigar Mile (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
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.

"#Itsmyluckyday will not be racing in the #BreedersCup14," Gulfstream Park tweeted Monday morning. "Headed to Cigar Mile at Aqueduct."

Not originally nominated for the Breeders' Cup, Itsmyluckyday could have been supplemented for $100,000 according to the terms of the "Horses of Racing Age Nomination Program." That one-time fee would have made him Breeders' Cup eligible for the rest of his racing career.

But the four-year-old son of Lawyer Ron is due to enter stud at Spendthrift near Lexington, Kentucky, in 2015, so connections would have been paying just to run in this year's Breeders' Cup.

Owned by Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa, Itsmyluckyday captured last year's Holy Bull and Gulfstream Park Derby, and finished second in both the Florida Derby and Preakness, before sustaining a pelvic fracture. The dark bay was sidelined for the remainder of his sophomore campaign, but has recovered to become among the nation's top older males this season.

Itsmyluckyday has won or placed in six of seven outings in 2014, his lone unplaced effort being a tiring fourth in his comeback in the March 8 Gulfstream Park Handicap. He then reeled off three straight stakes wins in the April 26 Best of the Rest at Gulfstream, the May 24 Majestic Light and the July 6 Salvator Mile, the latter two at Monmouth.

Runner-up to Moreno in the August 2 Whitney at Saratoga, Itsmyluckyday gained revenge with a hard-fought verdict over Moreno in the August 30 Woodward back at the Spa. He was perhaps still feeling the effects of that slugfest during his third in the Kelso, where he also chased the demanding pace, and the victorious Vyjack rallied from midpack.

By venturing to the Cigar Mile, Itsmyluckyday will get a rematch with Vyjack.

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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.

Overseen by Gulfstream Park consultant Bill Badgett, the project has been in the works since Gulfstream took over management of the Miami Gardens property earlier this summer. Under an agreement with Churchill Downs, Inc., that was agreed to in July to end head-to-head racing in South Florida, Gulfstream is leasing the racetrack, including 15 barns on the track's backside.

Those barns have been completely cleaned and refurbished with fresh paint, wider shedrows lined with new footing, and newly installed electrical outlets. The stalls in each barn have also been equipped with new eyehooks for buckets and stall guards as well as custom-fitted mats designed to provide comfortable, sure footing for the horses. The turf course at Gulfstream Park West has also been renovated, having been weeded, fertilized, and given additional soil. Click here for video of all the upgrades.

"We went through each stall and through the barn area. We had to replace about 230 of the feed tub holders, and we went around and put in about 350 eyehooks so people could have some place to hang their water buckets," Badgett said. "We put virtually 1,000 pounds of clay at each end of the barn for the stalls. We wanted to go the extra mile to make everybody happy, and when they shipped their horses in from other racetracks, everybody would be very comfortable."

The renovations have delighted the trainers on site, who say that the improved conditions not only boost morale in the barn but also allow them to do their jobs more efficiently. The group of supporters includes trainer Bill White, who won 15 training titles at Calder and has spent almost 30 years training in South Florida.

"The backside now has a freshness about it that was lacking previously," White said. "I came here in 1986, so I've spent now more than half my life on the backside here at Calder. I was glad about Gulfstream taking over. I'm very excited and I think a lot of other people are excited to have some new blood in here -- Gulfstream -- putting some money in, some fresh ideas, and trying to get this thing turned around."

Fellow trainer Marcus Vitali, who saddled Lochte to win the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap during last year's Championship Meet, echoed those sentiments.

"It's amazing," he said. "I've been coming back and forth between Gulfstream and Calder for the last six years, and I've never seen Calder in this condition. It's amazing what they've done to the backside. I couldn't ask for more."

Phil Combest, a longtime trainer and the president of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA), similarly expressed his pleasure about how the renovations benefit the horses.

"The horses really need to be able to lay down and relax in their stall, and it was impossible before," he said. "They were such a mess, and now, with the re-claying and the painting and everything, the horses are happier, the barns have got a better breezeway through there, and I think the help are going to be terrifically surprised when they move into their dormitory rooms."

The Gulfstream Park Fall Turf Festival is slated to begin on October 8 and will run through November 30. The 40-day boutique meet will feature 23 stakes worth a total of $1.775 million. Highlights include the $600,000 Sunshine Millions Preview Day, featuring eight $75,000 stakes races for Florida-breds, on November 8 as well as the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap and $100,000 My Charmer, both on November 22. 

"When the quality of racing improves, there's owners out there that are watching," White said. "Everybody now, whether it be through Internet, television, or whatever, they have access to know what's going on. When these owners see that the racing in South Florida is now improving, it's going to now create the opportunity for new horses and new owners to send their horses here, and being a trainer, that's good for me."

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Rainbow Heir aiming to rise in Phoenix, punch ticket to BC Sprint

Rainbow Heir won't mind an off track if there's rain Friday (Aubrey Therkelsen/Equi-Photo)
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.

The four-year-old Wildcat Heir colt, a homebred racing for Everett Novak's New Farm, is trained by Ben Perkins Jr., whose 81-year-old father, Ben Perkins Sr., has been at Keeneland to oversee the colt's preparations.

Perkins, a lifelong horseman, trained Rainbow Heir's paternal grandsire, Forest Wildcat, to win the Phoenix in 1996. His son has four Keeneland stakes wins, including the 2007 Thoroughbred Club of America with the Forest Wildcat filly and another New Farm homebred, Wild Gams.

Perkins said Rainbow Heir realized he was somewhere different when he saw Keeneland's main track for the first time.

"This track has a little bit of a tint to it, a reddish tint, and boy, he just looked at it (and seemed to say), 'This don't look like Monmouth Park,'" Perkins said. "But then he walked on it, and he was fine."

On Monday, Rainbow Heir worked three furlongs in :36 with exercise rider Sabrino Ramirez aboard.

"We didn't want to go quite that fast, but he's a fast horse," Perkins said.

Rainbow Heir has won seven of 11 races, including the 2013 Jersey Shore at Monmouth, and has earned $315,210. He is coming off three consecutive wins at Monmouth, including a 12 1/2-length victory over a sloppy track on September 6 in the six-furlong New Jersey Breeders Handicap.

Now the colt is a win away from competing in the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Sprint.

"That's one of the reasons we brought him here," Perkins said. "If you win, you're in."

Perkins said Angel Serpa, who rode Rainbow Heir in his last three races, would be aboard the colt for the Phoenix. Entries for the race will be taken Tuesday.

In other Keeneland news:

Ria Antonia, winless since being awarded last year's BC Juvenile Fillies, could attempt the Spinster (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
The 2014 Fall Meet, which begins its 17-day run Friday, marks the first season of a new dirt surface on Keeneland's 1 1/16-mile main track. The track was structurally reconfigured in the summer of 2006 to widen the turns and lengthen the stretch. As a result, dirt track records prior to the 2006 Fall Meet are not comparable to times set on the new dirt surface, and a new set of track records will be established.

Opening weekend of the Fall Meet features nine graded stakes, including seven Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" races. The Fall Stars microsite allows fans to track workouts, probable fields, official entries and watch video interviews with horsemen. The site will continue to track Keeneland's Breeders' Cup-bound horses through the event on October 31 and November 1 at Santa Anita.

Opening day features the Grade 1 Alcibiades, a "Win and You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Jack Hendricks of nearby Danville, the co-owner of Alcibiades hopeful Naval Command, was bursting with pride as he looked in on three of his favorite horses at the stakes barn Monday morning at Keeneland.

"It has been a dream of mine after 45 years in the game to win a stake at Keeneland," said Hendricks, who races Naval Command in partnership with Roger Justice of Paris, Kentucky, and Pinnacle Racing Stable. "I always wanted to run in a graded stake here, but only if we had a chance. I think she will make a good showing."

Trained by Bill Kaplan, Naval Command has won three of her four starts and enters the Alcibiades off a victory in the Happy Ticket over the turf at Louisiana Downs on September 6.

"I think she is good on either surface, but I think she may be better on dirt," Hendricks said of the daughter of Midshipman. "Bill is the one who makes the decisions, but the Alcibiades was one of our goals when she started showing what she could do."

In addition to Naval Command, Hendricks and Justice own East Hall and Hendricks and Pinnacle are partners in Holiday Magic, the other two members of the Kaplan-trained trio in the Keeneland stakes barn. East Hall is slated to run in the Indiana Derby on Saturday and Holiday Magic is to start in the Indiana Oaks.

"It is going to be a busy weekend for us," said Kaplan, who is flying from Florida to Lexington Friday morning along with jockey Juan Leyva. "We will ship the two horses up to Indiana the day of the race and then come back to Keeneland and then on Sunday we are running six at Gulfstream."

Loooch Racing Stable and Christopher Dunn's Ria Antonia, winner of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, worked a half-mile in :48 before the Monday morning renovation break. Ria Antonia is nominated to Sunday's Grade 1 Spinster.

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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.

Overseen by Gulfstream Park consultant Bill Badgett, the project has been in the works since Gulfstream took over management of the Miami Gardens property earlier this summer. Under an agreement with Churchill Downs, Inc., that was agreed to in July to end head-to-head racing in South Florida, Gulfstream is leasing the racetrack, including 15 barns on the track's backside.

Those barns have been completely cleaned and refurbished with fresh paint, wider shedrows lined with new footing, and newly installed electrical outlets. The stalls in each barn have also been equipped with new eyehooks for buckets and stall guards as well as custom-fitted mats designed to provide comfortable, sure footing for the horses. The turf course at Gulfstream Park West has also been renovated, having been weeded, fertilized, and given additional soil. Click here for video of all the upgrades.

"We went through each stall and through the barn area. We had to replace about 230 of the feed tub holders, and we went around and put in about 350 eyehooks so people could have some place to hang their water buckets," Badgett said. "We put virtually 1,000 pounds of clay at each end of the barn for the stalls. We wanted to go the extra mile to make everybody happy, and when they shipped their horses in from other racetracks, everybody would be very comfortable."

The renovations have delighted the trainers on site, who say that the improved conditions not only boost morale in the barn but also allow them to do their jobs more efficiently. The group of supporters includes trainer Bill White, who won 15 training titles at Calder and has spent almost 30 years training in South Florida.

"The backside now has a freshness about it that was lacking previously," White said. "I came here in 1986, so I've spent now more than half my life on the backside here at Calder. I was glad about Gulfstream taking over. I'm very excited and I think a lot of other people are excited to have some new blood in here -- Gulfstream -- putting some money in, some fresh ideas, and trying to get this thing turned around."

Fellow trainer Marcus Vitali, who saddled Lochte to win the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap during last year's Championship Meet, echoed those sentiments.

"It's amazing," he said. "I've been coming back and forth between Gulfstream and Calder for the last six years, and I've never seen Calder in this condition. It's amazing what they've done to the backside. I couldn't ask for more."

Phil Combest, a longtime trainer and the president of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA), similarly expressed his pleasure about how the renovations benefit the horses.

"The horses really need to be able to lay down and relax in their stall, and it was impossible before," he said. "They were such a mess, and now, with the re-claying and the painting and everything, the horses are happier, the barns have got a better breezeway through there, and I think the help are going to be terrifically surprised when they move into their dormitory rooms."

The Gulfstream Park Fall Turf Festival is slated to begin on October 8 and will run through November 30. The 40-day boutique meet will feature 23 stakes worth a total of $1.775 million. Highlights include the $600,000 Sunshine Millions Preview Day, featuring eight $75,000 stakes races for Florida-breds, on November 8 as well as the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap and $100,000 My Charmer, both on November 22. 

"When the quality of racing improves, there's owners out there that are watching," White said. "Everybody now, whether it be through Internet, television, or whatever, they have access to know what's going on. When these owners see that the racing in South Florida is now improving, it's going to now create the opportunity for new horses and new owners to send their horses here, and being a trainer, that's good for me."

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Treve team happy with Paris rainfall

Connections of Treve were pleased to see some rain fall in Paris Monday ahead of her bid to retain her Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe crown at Longchamp October 5.

The Criquette Head-Maarek-trained filly was an impressive winner of Europe's premier middle-distance prize last October when capping her undefeated three-year-old campaign. The bay has had her fair share of problems since then with a second behind Cirrus des Aigles in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp April 27 in her seasonal bow and a third to The Fugue in Ascot's Prince of Wales's June 18. However, she is reported to have done everything right since her latest run in the Prix Vermeille, when she was fourth to Baltic Baroness.

"Treve is in good form," commented Harry Herbert, manager to owners Al Shaqab Racing. "They had rain in Paris today, so the more of that the better as far as making it good or on the easier side of good, which would suit her best. There's no way I've lost faith in her. If she gets her ground and she will have needed the run last time as well -- hopefully she will go to the Arc spot on."

Al Shaqab Racing also has an equally strong contender as part-owners in the Elie Lellouche-trained Ectot, who burst into the picture with a smart performance to win the Prix Niel on his first try at 1 1/2 miles after a five-month layoff. A winner of the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud as a juvenile, the bay looks to add another win at the highest level Sunday.

"Ectot worked this morning and did it very nicely," said Herbert. "It was his last gentle piece before the weekend. I thought it was a bold move to run him over a mile and a half by Elie first time after a layoff. It said a lot about the horse. He was very impressive and will come on a lot for that run, obviously, match-fitness wise."

Gordon Lord Byron left big-race pilot Wayne Lordan perfectly satisfied after he enjoyed a post-racing workout at Roscommon in his build-up to the Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp Sunday. The Tom Hogan-trained gelding struck Group 1 gold in the Paris showpiece in 2012 and found only Moonlight Cloud too good last year.

"All Tom wanted to do was to give him a blow, there were two-year-olds in front of me and I left them off a bit," said Lordan. "When I gave him a squeeze to quicken up, he quickened up well and he pricked his ears in the last half-furlong."

The durable bay reported home third in the Boomerang Mile September 13 in his latest effort before his return to Longchamp.

Added Lordan, "I was trying not to do too much on him, just get a slight blow into him and he seems well in himself. He's won the Foret before and I'm looking forward to the ride on him."

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Treve team happy with Paris rainfall

Connections of Treve were pleased to see some rain fall in Paris Monday ahead of her bid to retain her Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe crown at Longchamp October 5.

The Criquette Head-Maarek-trained filly was an impressive winner of Europe's premier middle-distance prize last October when capping her undefeated three-year-old campaign. The bay has had her fair share of problems since then with a second behind Cirrus des Aigles in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp April 27 in her seasonal bow and a third to The Fugue in Ascot's Prince of Wales's June 18. However, she is reported to have done everything right since her latest run in the Prix Vermeille, when she was fourth to Baltic Baroness.

"Treve is in good form," commented Harry Herbert, manager to owners Al Shaqab Racing. "They had rain in Paris today, so the more of that the better as far as making it good or on the easier side of good, which would suit her best. There's no way I've lost faith in her. If she gets her ground and she will have needed the run last time as well -- hopefully she will go to the Arc spot on."

Al Shaqab Racing also has an equally strong contender as part-owners in the Elie Lellouche-trained Ectot, who burst into the picture with a smart performance to win the Prix Niel on his first try at 1 1/2 miles after a five-month layoff. A winner of the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud as a juvenile, the bay looks to add another win at the highest level Sunday.

"Ectot worked this morning and did it very nicely," said Herbert. "It was his last gentle piece before the weekend. I thought it was a bold move to run him over a mile and a half by Elie first time after a layoff. It said a lot about the horse. He was very impressive and will come on a lot for that run, obviously, match-fitness wise."

Gordon Lord Byron left big-race pilot Wayne Lordan perfectly satisfied after he enjoyed a post-racing workout at Roscommon in his build-up to the Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp Sunday. The Tom Hogan-trained gelding struck Group 1 gold in the Paris showpiece in 2012 and found only Moonlight Cloud too good last year.

"All Tom wanted to do was to give him a blow, there were two-year-olds in front of me and I left them off a bit," said Lordan. "When I gave him a squeeze to quicken up, he quickened up well and he pricked his ears in the last half-furlong."

The durable bay reported home third in the Boomerang Mile September 13 in his latest effort before his return to Longchamp.

Added Lordan, "I was trying not to do too much on him, just get a slight blow into him and he seems well in himself. He's won the Foret before and I'm looking forward to the ride on him."

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Sun Chariot attracts all-star cast

An exceptional renewal of the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes is in prospect at Newmarket's Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday as four of the 10 entries remaining at Monday's forfeit stage are already Group 1 winners while seven of them have won Pattern races this season.

Not only is this £200,000 one-mile event likely to witness a rematch between last year's first and second, Sky Lantern and Integral, it is set to be targeted by a very strong French raid with the Andre Fabre trio of Miss France, Esoterique and Fintry potentially being joined by Freddie Head's Prix Maurice de Gheest runner-up, Thawaany.

Integral won  the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket's July Course in July before disappointing when third to Esoterique and Miss France in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.

"Integral bruised her off fore foot during the Rothschild and was not sound afterwards," said Chris Richardson, managing director of her owners, Cheveley Park Stud. "That, combined with it being a messy race where the four-runner field split in two, was the reason for her not performing as we expected.

"We have given her plenty of time since then and we intentionally missed the Matron Stakes to get her ready for this. I watched her work on Saturday when she went nicely and looked to be right on target.

"She is much stronger this year and although we have huge respect for Andre Fabre, who does not come over unless he thinks that he will win, we wouldn't swap her for anything.

"Sir Michael Stoute is a master at being patient with fillies like her that need time to mature and the chances are extremely high that she may stay in training next year."

French trainers have won five of the last six runnings of the Sun Chariot and Fabre is gunning to make that six out of seven.

"All three of my fillies are intended runners," he said. "Miss France will be ridden by Maxime Guyon, Pierre-Charles Boudot will be aboard Esoterique and Mickael Barzalona will partner Fintry.

"I have saved Miss France for this race, she is fresh and in very good shape and we know from her One Thousand Guineas win that she enjoys the Rowley Mile.

"We have decided to take advantage of the weather and the good ground with Esoterique, who could afterwards go on to the Breeders' Cup or to Japan.

"She was a bit unlucky to be drawn wide in the Prix du Moulin and was left with a lot of ground to make up. She could have won as she is in the same league as the three horses that finished in front of her.

"Fintry won a Group 2 in the spring before she was affected by a virus. She needed the race at Sandown last time but was still good enough to win and is a very easy ride -- she can make the running or come from behind."

Other classy entries include a pair of recent Group 3 scorers, Kiyoshi and J Wonder, plus Etaab, who could make a quick reappearance having won the Rosemary Stakes over this course and distance on Friday.

Charlie Hills reports Kiyoshi to be on course for the Group 1 after she returned to form with victory in the Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster earlier this month.

"At present Kiyoshi is on track to run in the Sun Chariot at Newmarket on Saturday and has been pleasing us at home since her Doncaster win," the Lambourn trainer reported.

Ivawood, general favorite for next May's Two Thousand Guineas, is one of 29 horses to stand their ground for the £500,000 Tattersalls Millions Two-Year-Old Trophy at Newmarket on Saturday. Unbeaten in three starts, two of those in Group 2 company, the Richard Hannon-trained colt was last seen winning the Richmond Stakes in impressive fashion at Glorious Goodwood.

The Hannon yard is famed for its success in big sales races and has five other possibles, including Osaila, a close fifth to Cursory Glance in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien has a potential runner in The Warrior, who was third to the smart Portage at the Curragh on Sunday.

Osaila is also in the £300,000 Tattersalls Millions Two-Year-Old Fillies' Trophy on the same card, for which there are 14 confirmations. Among them is the Mick Channon-trained Malabar, who was one place in front of Osaila in the Moyglare.

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Sun Chariot attracts all-star cast

An exceptional renewal of the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes is in prospect at Newmarket's Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday as four of the 10 entries remaining at Monday's forfeit stage are already Group 1 winners while seven of them have won Pattern races this season.

Not only is this £200,000 one-mile event likely to witness a rematch between last year's first and second, Sky Lantern and Integral, it is set to be targeted by a very strong French raid with the Andre Fabre trio of Miss France, Esoterique and Fintry potentially being joined by Freddie Head's Prix Maurice de Gheest runner-up, Thawaany.

Integral won  the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket's July Course in July before disappointing when third to Esoterique and Miss France in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.

"Integral bruised her off fore foot during the Rothschild and was not sound afterwards," said Chris Richardson, managing director of her owners, Cheveley Park Stud. "That, combined with it being a messy race where the four-runner field split in two, was the reason for her not performing as we expected.

"We have given her plenty of time since then and we intentionally missed the Matron Stakes to get her ready for this. I watched her work on Saturday when she went nicely and looked to be right on target.

"She is much stronger this year and although we have huge respect for Andre Fabre, who does not come over unless he thinks that he will win, we wouldn't swap her for anything.

"Sir Michael Stoute is a master at being patient with fillies like her that need time to mature and the chances are extremely high that she may stay in training next year."

French trainers have won five of the last six runnings of the Sun Chariot and Fabre is gunning to make that six out of seven.

"All three of my fillies are intended runners," he said. "Miss France will be ridden by Maxime Guyon, Pierre-Charles Boudot will be aboard Esoterique and Mickael Barzalona will partner Fintry.

"I have saved Miss France for this race, she is fresh and in very good shape and we know from her One Thousand Guineas win that she enjoys the Rowley Mile.

"We have decided to take advantage of the weather and the good ground with Esoterique, who could afterwards go on to the Breeders' Cup or to Japan.

"She was a bit unlucky to be drawn wide in the Prix du Moulin and was left with a lot of ground to make up. She could have won as she is in the same league as the three horses that finished in front of her.

"Fintry won a Group 2 in the spring before she was affected by a virus. She needed the race at Sandown last time but was still good enough to win and is a very easy ride -- she can make the running or come from behind."

Other classy entries include a pair of recent Group 3 scorers, Kiyoshi and J Wonder, plus Etaab, who could make a quick reappearance having won the Rosemary Stakes over this course and distance on Friday.

Charlie Hills reports Kiyoshi to be on course for the Group 1 after she returned to form with victory in the Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster earlier this month.

"At present Kiyoshi is on track to run in the Sun Chariot at Newmarket on Saturday and has been pleasing us at home since her Doncaster win," the Lambourn trainer reported.

Ivawood, general favorite for next May's Two Thousand Guineas, is one of 29 horses to stand their ground for the £500,000 Tattersalls Millions Two-Year-Old Trophy at Newmarket on Saturday. Unbeaten in three starts, two of those in Group 2 company, the Richard Hannon-trained colt was last seen winning the Richmond Stakes in impressive fashion at Glorious Goodwood.

The Hannon yard is famed for its success in big sales races and has five other possibles, including Osaila, a close fifth to Cursory Glance in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien has a potential runner in The Warrior, who was third to the smart Portage at the Curragh on Sunday.

Osaila is also in the £300,000 Tattersalls Millions Two-Year-Old Fillies' Trophy on the same card, for which there are 14 confirmations. Among them is the Mick Channon-trained Malabar, who was one place in front of Osaila in the Moyglare.

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Sea the Moon to stand at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket

Sea the Moon was all the rage for the Arc after his German Derby romp (Frank Sorge/Horsephotos.com)
Sea the Moon, sensational 11-length winner of the Deutsches Derby in July, will stand at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket it was announced Monday.

In a deal brokered by Blandford Bloodstock, the early Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe favorite was undefeated until a close-up second in the Grosser Preis Von Baden and a flare-up of a recurring knee injury sent him into retirement.

A 230,000 guineas RNA at the 2012 Tattersalls October Sale and trained by Markus Klug, the Gestut Gorlsdorf homebred scored in the Union Rennen June 15 and in Frankfurt's Fruhjahrs Dreijahrigen-Preishuses May 11 prior to his Derby triumph. The imposing bay was retired earlier this month with a mark of 5-4-1-0 and $710,142 in earnings. He will stand for £15,000.

"It is with immense pleasure that we can announce that Sea the Moon is coming to Lanwades Stud for the 2015 covering season," commented Lanwades owner Kirsten Rausing. "He made such a huge impression on everybody when winning the German Derby and we feel that he will be a very popular sire indeed. He is a beautiful colt and so closely resembles the magnificent Sea the Stars who has made such an extraordinary impact at stud this year. "As he is out of a Monsun full-sister to Samum, he represents a fantastic outcross option for many European breeders."

One of his sire's two first-crop classic winners, Sea the Moon was produced by a full-sister to German Derby winners Schiaparelli and Samum and to German Oaks winner Salve Regina. German Group 1 victor Seismos is also under the second dam.

Added Blandford Bloodstock's Richard Brown, "This is a very exciting moment indeed for Miss Rausing and everyone at Lanwades Stud. Along with the many other interested farms, we have been following this beautifully bred and exceptionally talented horse for some time. So it is fantastic that the Bischoff-Lafrentz family have decided to do a deal with Lanwades. Miss Rausing will be supporting Sea the Moon with some of her best mares which will certainly be a big boost for his stud career."

"We have spent the last two weeks considering the best options for Sea the Moon and have been approached by many leading European stud farms," said Gestut Goerlsdorf's Heike Bischoff-Lafrentz. "Miss Rausing and her team at Lanwades Stud have been absolutely fantastic to deal with and it's really been a very simple decision in the end. Lanwades is a terrific stud farm and the combination of Miss Rausing's and Gestut Goerlsdorf's mares, shareholders' mares and broodmares from the marketplace will ensure that Sea the Moon has the best possible start at stud which, as the colt's breeders, was always our priority."

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In brief

Rajiv Maragh was released from the hospital Monday and could recover in time to make the Breeders' Cup, the jockey tweeted. Maragh suffered a broken right arm when involved in a spill in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), and underwent surgery Sunday morning at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. "Headed home from hospital in great shape," Maragh posted on Twitter. "In 10 days will have a follow up and a prognosis for return to riding. Fingers crossed for BC. :)," he added. Maragh is the regular rider of Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) contender Main Sequence (Aldebaran), whom he guided to a third straight Grade 1 win in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational one race prior to the Gold Cup, as well as leading Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) hopeful Artemis Agrotera (Roman Ruler). He was also scheduled to ride Imperia (Medaglia d'Oro) in Sunday's Pilgrim (G3), only to watch from the hospital as Javier Castellano picked up the mount on the winner who now likely heads to the Juvenile Turf (G1)...

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was transported by ambulance to Arcadia Methodist Hospital after being kicked in his chest by his mount prior to Sunday's 8TH race at Santa Anita. Desormeaux was aboard two-year-old filly first-time starter She's a Big Winner (Bellamy Road) when she reared and unseated him. At that point, Desormeaux got to his feet in an apparent attempt to remount the filly when she kicked him violently with a hind leg, causing him to reel backwards approximately 10 feet. Various reports on Twitter indicated that Desormeaux suffered rib fractures. Desormeaux, 42, has enjoyed a career resurgence since returning to Southern California on a full-time basis this past May. He had three wins earlier on the Sunday card and as such, is tied for second in the newly begun Autumn Meet rider standings with Martin Pedroza and Joe Talamo...

Off the heels of across-the-board gains in 2013, Monmouth Park has done it again, sporting increases in live and simulcast handle as well as attendance for the 57-day racing season which concluded on Sunday. Average attendance in 2014 was 9,296, a 3.4 percent increase over last year, when the track ran 61 live cards. Average on-track handle showed a jump of 5.6 percent to $538,540, compared with $510,106, the average in 2013. Total simulcast handle came in at an average of $4,060,081, a 3.3 percent improve over last year's $3,930,540 average. "With the strong possibility of sports betting on the near horizon, and the likelihood of casino expansion outside of Atlantic City, the future for the gaming industry and horse racing in New Jersey looks brighter than it has in quite some time," said Dennis Drazin, advisor to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and Darby Development LLC, operators of the racetrack. "In addition to our hopes of adding these new revenue streams, we are on the verge of opening a new OTB in Hillsborough, have begun building a new restaurant near Bluegrass Mini Golf and next year will complete construction of a 7,500-seat amphitheater." Paco Lopez rode an impressive 120 winners, providing the 28-year-old journeyman with his third Monmouth riding title. Lopez broke a 53-year-old record when on May 17 he rode seven winners on a single card. He equaled that record just three weeks later on June 6. Top trainer was a repeat of 2013 with Jorge Navarro collecting the trophy for leading conditioner after sending out 43 winners. White Wabbit Wacing LLC enjoyed their first owner's title, having sent out 24 winners for the meet. Thoroughbred racing in New Jersey continues at the Meadowlands for all-turf cards through November 1. The Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet will race live on Fridays and Saturdays, first post 7 p.m. (EDT).

Sea the Moon to stand at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket

Sea the Moon was all the rage for the Arc after his German Derby romp (Frank Sorge/Horsephotos.com)
Sea the Moon, sensational 11-length winner of the Deutsches Derby in July, will stand at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket it was announced Monday.

In a deal brokered by Blandford Bloodstock, the early Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe favorite was undefeated until a close-up second in the Grosser Preis Von Baden and a flare-up of a recurring knee injury sent him into retirement.

A 230,000 guineas RNA at the 2012 Tattersalls October Sale and trained by Markus Klug, the Gestut Gorlsdorf homebred scored in the Union Rennen June 15 and in Frankfurt's Fruhjahrs Dreijahrigen-Preishuses May 11 prior to his Derby triumph. The imposing bay was retired earlier this month with a mark of 5-4-1-0 and $710,142 in earnings. He will stand for £15,000.

"It is with immense pleasure that we can announce that Sea the Moon is coming to Lanwades Stud for the 2015 covering season," commented Lanwades owner Kirsten Rausing. "He made such a huge impression on everybody when winning the German Derby and we feel that he will be a very popular sire indeed. He is a beautiful colt and so closely resembles the magnificent Sea the Stars who has made such an extraordinary impact at stud this year. "As he is out of a Monsun full-sister to Samum, he represents a fantastic outcross option for many European breeders."

One of his sire's two first-crop classic winners, Sea the Moon was produced by a full-sister to German Derby winners Schiaparelli and Samum and to German Oaks winner Salve Regina. German Group 1 victor Seismos is also under the second dam.

Added Blandford Bloodstock's Richard Brown, "This is a very exciting moment indeed for Miss Rausing and everyone at Lanwades Stud. Along with the many other interested farms, we have been following this beautifully bred and exceptionally talented horse for some time. So it is fantastic that the Bischoff-Lafrentz family have decided to do a deal with Lanwades. Miss Rausing will be supporting Sea the Moon with some of her best mares which will certainly be a big boost for his stud career."

"We have spent the last two weeks considering the best options for Sea the Moon and have been approached by many leading European stud farms," said Gestut Goerlsdorf's Heike Bischoff-Lafrentz. "Miss Rausing and her team at Lanwades Stud have been absolutely fantastic to deal with and it's really been a very simple decision in the end. Lanwades is a terrific stud farm and the combination of Miss Rausing's and Gestut Goerlsdorf's mares, shareholders' mares and broodmares from the marketplace will ensure that Sea the Moon has the best possible start at stud which, as the colt's breeders, was always our priority."

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In brief

Rajiv Maragh was released from the hospital Monday and could recover in time to make the Breeders' Cup, the jockey tweeted. Maragh suffered a broken right arm when involved in a spill in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), and underwent surgery Sunday morning at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. "Headed home from hospital in great shape," Maragh posted on Twitter. "In 10 days will have a follow up and a prognosis for return to riding. Fingers crossed for BC. :)," he added. Maragh is the regular rider of Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) contender Main Sequence (Aldebaran), whom he guided to a third straight Grade 1 win in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational one race prior to the Gold Cup, as well as leading Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) hopeful Artemis Agrotera (Roman Ruler). He was also scheduled to ride Imperia (Medaglia d'Oro) in Sunday's Pilgrim (G3), only to watch from the hospital as Javier Castellano picked up the mount on the winner who now likely heads to the Juvenile Turf (G1)...

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was transported by ambulance to Arcadia Methodist Hospital after being kicked in his chest by his mount prior to Sunday's 8TH race at Santa Anita. Desormeaux was aboard two-year-old filly first-time starter She's a Big Winner (Bellamy Road) when she reared and unseated him. At that point, Desormeaux got to his feet in an apparent attempt to remount the filly when she kicked him violently with a hind leg, causing him to reel backwards approximately 10 feet. Various reports on Twitter indicated that Desormeaux suffered rib fractures. Desormeaux, 42, has enjoyed a career resurgence since returning to Southern California on a full-time basis this past May. He had three wins earlier on the Sunday card and as such, is tied for second in the newly begun Autumn Meet rider standings with Martin Pedroza and Joe Talamo...

Off the heels of across-the-board gains in 2013, Monmouth Park has done it again, sporting increases in live and simulcast handle as well as attendance for the 57-day racing season which concluded on Sunday. Average attendance in 2014 was 9,296, a 3.4 percent increase over last year, when the track ran 61 live cards. Average on-track handle showed a jump of 5.6 percent to $538,540, compared with $510,106, the average in 2013. Total simulcast handle came in at an average of $4,060,081, a 3.3 percent improve over last year's $3,930,540 average. "With the strong possibility of sports betting on the near horizon, and the likelihood of casino expansion outside of Atlantic City, the future for the gaming industry and horse racing in New Jersey looks brighter than it has in quite some time," said Dennis Drazin, advisor to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and Darby Development LLC, operators of the racetrack. "In addition to our hopes of adding these new revenue streams, we are on the verge of opening a new OTB in Hillsborough, have begun building a new restaurant near Bluegrass Mini Golf and next year will complete construction of a 7,500-seat amphitheater." Paco Lopez rode an impressive 120 winners, providing the 28-year-old journeyman with his third Monmouth riding title. Lopez broke a 53-year-old record when on May 17 he rode seven winners on a single card. He equaled that record just three weeks later on June 6. Top trainer was a repeat of 2013 with Jorge Navarro collecting the trophy for leading conditioner after sending out 43 winners. White Wabbit Wacing LLC enjoyed their first owner's title, having sent out 24 winners for the meet. Thoroughbred racing in New Jersey continues at the Meadowlands for all-turf cards through November 1. The Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet will race live on Fridays and Saturdays, first post 7 p.m. (EDT).

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

GOTTSTEIN FUTURITY, EMD, $64,350, 2YO, 1 1/16M, 9-28.
1—PRIME ENGINE, c, 2, Northern Afleet--Gravy Train's Song, by Unbridled's Song. ($54,000 '12 KEENOV; $110,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Mark DeDomenico LLC, B-Gene Tenbrink (KY), T-Michael Puhich, J-Isaias D. Enriquez, $35,393.
6—Private Boss, g, 2, Private Gold--Irene's Bonus Baby, by Free at Last. ($2,300 '13 WASAUG). O-Kelly, Delbert J, Lumm, Roy and Robbins, Mort, B-Ronald A Hagen & Nina M Hagen (WA), $12,870.
2—Val de Saire, f, 2, Harbor the Gold--Follow Your Shot, by Sir Cat. O-Vital Signs Stable (Chinn), B-Pat Chinn & Mullan Chinn (WA), $9,652.
Also Ran: Bolshoi's Bluff, Old Fashioned Grit, Trackattacker.
Winning Time: 1:44 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 5HF, 3 1/4, 3.
Odds: 1.40, 27.00, 28.20.
 
NWSS CAHILL ROAD S., EMD, $53,910, 2YO, 6F, 9-28.
1—DAYTONA BEACH, g, 2, Harbor the Gold--Hit a Star, by Ihtimam. O-Vital Signs Stable and Harwood, Jeff, B-Jeff Harwood, Doris Harwood,Mullan Chinn & Patricia Chinn (WA), T-Doris Harwood, J-David G. Lopez, $29,650.
6—Moby, g, 2, Harbor the Gold--Last Thoughts, by Doneraile Court. O-Blue Diamond Stable and Johnson, Janet, B-Bill Johnson & Janet A Johnson (WA), $10,782.
3—Eight Ball Parker, g, 2, Parker's Storm Cat--Monacas Baby, by Basket Weave. O-Bozell, Alan and Phillips, Michael J, B-Mr & Mrs Elwin F Gibson (WA), $8,087.
Also Ran: Carson's Start, Ididn'taskforthis, Gavinator, Caddy Shack Cat.
Winning Time: 1:09 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 5HF, 4HF, HD.
Odds: 1.70, 1.80, 18.60.

Features

POST PARADE

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

A unique championship showdown

by Vance Hanson

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.

The results of the 1 1/4-mile Classic have decided this Eclipse Award before. Think Sunday Silence over Easy Goer in 1989 and Tiznow over Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000.

In 2007, three horses entered the Classic with legitimate championship credentials. Curlin prevailed in the Monmouth Park slop over Street Sense and Hard Spun that day.

The 2014 Classic has the potential to go one better with four (!) major contenders for the title: Bayern, California Chrome, Shared Belief, and Tonalist. And unlike the aforementioned runnings, there doesn't appear to be an older horse in sight capable of mucking up the outcome.

It will be a situation nearly all racing fans have never witnessed before. Unless, that is, you were around and consciously aware on November 9, 1957.

On that clear Saturday afternoon, a crowd of more than 39,000 descended on Garden State Park to watch Bold Ruler, *Gallant Man, and Round Table square off for the three-year-old title in the $82,350 Trenton Handicap over 1 1/4 miles. With leading older horse Dedicate withheld due to lameness and two unimportant older horses scratched due to the improbability of earning more than a modest fourth-place check, the deck was cleared for a three-horse showdown.

Bold Ruler entered the Trenton with eight stakes wins on the year, including the Preakness and two wins against older horses in the Vosburgh Handicap and Queens County Handicap. Gallant Man's five stakes wins included the Belmont and two scores against older rivals in the Nassau County Handicap and Jockey Club Gold Cup. The California-based Round Table was going for his 11th stakes win of the season and having beaten his elders in the Hollywood Gold Cup, United Nations Handicap and Hawthorne Gold Cup.

The three were hardly strangers. Bold Ruler had defeated Gallant Man twice early in the year, in the Bahamas and Wood Memorial, but subsequently finished behind that rival in the Kentucky Derby, Belmont, and Woodward. In the Kentucky Derby, Round Table finished ahead of Bold Ruler but behind Gallant Man, to whom he had also lost in the Hibiscus to start the year.

With Gallant Man holding a head-to-head lead over the other two, the 124-pound co-highweight was favored at 7-5. The betting market was tight, however, with Bold Ruler starting at 8-5 while toting 122 pounds, and co-highweight Round Table a tick higher at 17-10.

Unfortunately, there wasn't much drama to the Trenton. Contested over a track labeled good, Bold Ruler shot out to a clear lead and set sensible fractions of :23 3/5, :47 1/5, and 1:11 1/5. Up eight lengths after six furlongs and 3 1/2 lengths after a mile in 1:36 4/5, Bold Ruler "...willingly responded to hand pressure and, being occasionally 'shown' the whip through the final three-sixteenths, continued strongly to the end," according to the Daily Racing Form trackman.

Bold Ruler sealed the championship with a 2 1/4-length victory over Gallant Man in a time of 2:01 3/5. Round Table was 8 1/2 lengths farther back.

We can all hope the Breeders' Cup Classic won't prove to be such an anti-climax. Nearly five weeks out, however, it seems likely that Shared Belief will be a strong favorite, perhaps an odds-on choice.

The undefeated gelding, who missed the Triple Crown due to lingering foot issues, has reeled off consecutive wins in the Los Alamitos Derby, Pacific Classic, and Awesome Again. If he were to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, Shared Belief will have won more stakes open to older horses than any three-year-old male champion since Secretariat swept the Marlboro Cup, Man o' War and Canadian International in 1973. Only Buckpasser, Damascus, Arts and Letters, and Key to the Mint can lay claim to the same feat in the last half-century.

California Chrome, clearly ahead in the title chase after sweeping the first two legs of the Triple Crown, has seen his stock tumble in the past couple of months. Not only has Shared Belief's rise taken the shine off California Chrome, but his sub-par sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby suggests he will have to improve dramatically to win on Breeders' Cup day.

Bayern and Tonalist are longer shots but theoretically still in the hunt for the title. Bayern obviously had everything his own way in his blowout victories in the Haskell Invitational and Pennsylvania Derby, but who's to say the spirit of Bold Ruler will not shine brightly on Bayern as he tries to take them all the way over 10 furlongs? Remember, folks, this is Santa Anita.

Tonalist, who won the Belmont and Peter Pan in the spring, kept his championship hopes alive with an impressive tally in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. East Coast-based runners have historically found it difficult reproducing their best form in California, but Tonalist is a true 1 1/4-mile horse and is arguably going better at the moment than all save Shared Belief.

This race will be unique in the annals of American championship racing. No matter the outcome, savor it and enjoy.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

SA, 9TH, AOC, $62,882, 3YO, F, 1MT, 9-28.
7—ROYAL TEMPTRESS (IRE), f, 3, Strategic Prince (GB)--Love Thirty (GB), by Mister Baileys (GB). (24,000EUR '12 GOFSPT). O-Lynda G Lail, B-K Molloy (IRE), T-Mike Puype, J-Mike E. Smith, $34,800.
5—Margot Machance (GB), f, 3, Creachadoir (IRE)--Margot Mine (IRE), by Choisir (AUS). O-Alfred Pais, B-Haras D'Ecouves (GB), $11,600.
11—Tangelo, f, 3, Square Eddie--Tangle (IRE), by Bob Back. O-Reddam Racing LLC, B-J Paul Reddam (CA), $9,048.
Winning Time: 1:34 1/5 (fm)
 
PRX, 8TH, ALW, $58,300, 3YO/UP, 1M 70YT, 9-29.
8—NIBIRU'S RETURN, g, 6, Power by Far--Jane's Speed, by Repriced. O-Peter A Double Deuce Stables LLC, B-Mrs Thomas W Baker, Jr (PA), T-Martin E. Ciresa, J-Eriluis Vaz, $37,800.
11—Personal Delivery, g, 4, Big Brown--Majestic Empress, by Empire Maker. ($100,000 '11 FTKJUL). O-Whisper Hill Farm, B-Jerry Jamgotchian (KY), $9,000.
12—Pirate's Pleasure, g, 4, Mizzen Mast--Ruby Ransom, by Red Ransom. ($60,000 '11 FTKOCT; $50,000 2013 KEENOV). O-Barbara Hopkins, B-Jamm Ltd (KY), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:41 2/5 (fm)
 
PRX, 7TH, ALW, $37,800, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 9-29.
1—SEVENTEENOHSIX, c, 4, Dance With Ravens--Dune Drive Avalon, by Holy Bull. O-S M D, Ltd, B-SMD, Ltd (PA), T-John C. Servis, J-Kendrick Carmouche, $22,200.
2—Demographic Trend, g, 4, Fairbanks--Foxy Friend, by Crafty Friend. ($50,000 '11 KEESEP; $130,000 2012 FTMMAY). O-Shooting Star Stable, B-C Kidder, N Cole, J K Griggs & LindaGriggs (PA), $7,400.
4—A Fleet Attitude, g, 4, Afleet Alex--Lucky Lefty, by Boundary. ($20,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Briardale Stable, B-Charles Zacney & TIM RITCHEY (PA), $4,070.
Winning Time: 1:41 2/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 6TH, ALW, $37,800, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 9-29.
8—WILLY D'ROCKET, g, 5, Rock Slide--Fleet Willy, by John Willy. O-Roger E Legg, B-Roger E Legg (PA), T-Kelly A. Colgan, J-Angel Suarez, $22,200.
1A—Dancing Lounge, h, 5, Theatrical (IRE)--Voodoo Lounge, by Pleasant Tap. O-Jon A Marshall, B-Jon Marshall (PA), $7,400.
2—Coquina, g, 3, Medallist--Cozy Lace, by Cozzene. O-Equivine Farm, B-Equivine Farm (PA), $4,070.
Winning Time: 1:38 1/5 (fm)
 
FL, 7TH, ALW, $19,500, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 9-29.
4—WILL GEER ROAD, h, 5, Cherokee Run--Sweet Sweet, by Honour and Glory. O-Diamond in the Sky Racing Stable, B-Stonewall Farm (NY), T-Michael S. Ferraro, J-David Michael Lopez, $11,700.
1A—Hope Still Springs, g, 5, Corinthian--Restored Hope, by He's Bad. ($110,000 '10 FTSAUG). O-Gumpster Stable LLC, B-J Stuart, P Bance, J Amling &C Noell (NY), $3,900.
3—Visionandaprayer, g, 5, Songandaprayer--Overdue Number, by Polish Numbers. O-Piedra Racing Stable, B-Tom Dushas (NY), $2,145.
Winning Time: 1:05 1/5 (ft)
 
SHW, 3RD, ALW, $19,400, 4YO/UP, 25FT, 9-27.
1—NAT GREW, g, 10, Broken Vow--Ascot Starre, by Ascot Knight. ($130,000 '05 KEESEP). O-Caves Farm, B-Runnymede Farm Inc, Catesby W Clay,Joseph C Clay & Wendy Clay (KY), T-Edward L. Graham, J-Jody Petty, $12,000.
3—Grinding Speed, g, 8, Grindstone--Cozelia, by Cozzene. ($3,200 '07 FTMOCT; $11,000 2008 FTMMAY). O-Michael Wharton, B-Alan S Kline, Mark T Kline,Mitchell A Kline & Madeline R Kline (MD), $3,600.
2—City Press (IRE), g, 8, Presenting (GB)--Phargara (IRE), by Phardante (FR). (65,000EUR 2010 TATJUN). O-Bruton Street-US, B-Mrs M Doran (IRE), $2,000.
Winning Time: 6:28 3/5 (fm)
 
FL, 8TH, ALW, $17,820, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 9-29.
2—PETER'S PROJECT, g, 4, Anasheed--Hurricane Betsy, by Quiet American. O-Diamond in the Sky Racing Stable, B-Stonewall Farm (NY), T-Michael S. Ferraro, J-David Michael Lopez, $11,700.
5—Little Jimmy, g, 4, Langfuhr--Fanlight Fanny, by Lear Fan. O-Mark Valentine, B-Mike Lauffer (KY), $3,366.
4—Sacred Ground, h, 7, Awesome Again--Moonlight Affair, by Friendly Lover. ($250,000 '08 KEESEP). O-Gumpster Stable LLC, B-Adena Springs (ON), $1,836.
Winning Time: 1:45 (ft)
 
FL, 9TH, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 9-29.
6—THE LOST TIGRESS, f, 3, Henny Hughes--Sweet Slam, by Grand Slam. O-Ferentino Farm and Baker, Charlton, B-Sugar Maple Farm, Robert C Baker &Grand Slam Farms (NY), T-Charlton Baker, J-Simon P. Husbands, $10,140.
2—Wickedness, f, 3, War Front--Bello Cielo, by Conquistador Cielo. ($170,000 '11 KEENOV; $220,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Barry K Schwartz, B-Kory Cornum (KY), $3,380.
4—Brandini, f, 4, E Dubai--Mystical Lady, by Behrens. O-Bond, Tina Marie and Portnoy, Jay, B-Song Hill Thoroughbreds LLC (NY), $1,690.
Winning Time: 1:42 (ft)

Features

DEROSA'S BLOG

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

Horse of the Year Race Down To Eight

by Ed DeRosa

The criteria voters use to determine their top 10 horses is as subjective as the ranking themselves. Some vote on accomplishment, others based on who is the most talented, some as a pure "Horse of the Year" question, and most as some combination of those three things.

Poll administrator Joan Lawrence has said that the poll should most reflect the voter's thoughts on who is most likely to win Horse of the Year when the racing season ends. It is with that question in mind that I don't rank Palace Malice in the top 8, as while he's the best main track older male to run this year, he has no chance at Horse of the Year as the eight in front of him do.

So, with one major prep weekend remaining ahead of the Breeders' Cup World Championships on October 31-November 1 at Santa Anita Park, we are down to eight horses who still have a chance at winning the gold statue.

The horses who most control their own destiny are the four Grade 1-winning three-year-olds expected for the Breeders' Cup Classic. If either of Bayern, California Chrome, Shared Belief, or Tonalist win that race then with one small possible exception discussed below, would undoubtedly be Horse of the Year and champion three-year-old male.

Interestingly, it would also mark the first time in seven years that the Classic winner goes on to win Horse of the Year, and the last time it happened -- 2007 -- was in a Classic field most celebrated as a three-year-old showdown between Derby winner Street Sense, Preakness winner Curlin, and Hard Spun, who had just defeated Street Sense in the Kentucky Cup. Curlin won to earn the first of his two Horse of the Year awards.

Next on my list are the multiple Grade 1-winning turf males Main Sequence and Wise Dan. The former has the Grade 1 edge for now, but the latter is running this weekend. If either wins out and one of the aforementioned three-year-olds falters in the Classic then the Horse of the Year could go to the champion turf male for the third consecutive year.

Either Close Hatches or Untapable would gain some Horse of the Year consideration with a Distaff win (that assumes Close Hatches wins the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes on Sunday at Keeneland Race Course), but unless the winner returns to defeat males in a race like the Clark I wouldn't back them.

Palace Malice and Palace round out my top ten as leaders of the older male and sprint divisions, respectively, but neither is a Horse of the Year candidate.

Some kooky things can happen, of course… if none of the aforementioned horses wins, then California Chrome is probably the most likely Horse of the Year with three Grade 1 wins, including the classic double of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. I wouldn't vote for him, as he'd be lacking a win against older males, but precedence certainly favors dual classic winners as a default (e.g. Charismatic in 1999), so from a who-will-win versus who-should-win standpoint he'd be my pick.

The closest vote would likely be between a Classic-winning Bayern and a Mile-winning Wise Dan. I'd vote for Bayern if that's where their seasons end, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Wise Dan in the Clark where a win would likely earn him champion older male for sure and possibly Horse of the Year to go with champion turf male if he wins the Mile (though if Main Sequence wins the Turf then maybe he gets turf male and Wise Dan can get older male and Horse of the Year with a Clark win. It would be a shame to see a multiple Grade 1-winning Turf winner denied an Eclipse Award again a la Little Mike in 2012).

I see no scenario, however, where a Classic win from either of the classic winners (California Chrome and Tonalist) or the undefeated champion Shared Belief does not result in Horse of the Year even if Wise Dan goes on to annex another Grade 1 post Breeders' Cup.

Either Close Hatches or Untapable would be fun Clark additions if Horse of the Year is in play. Racing Hall of Fame Trainer D. Wayne Lukas saddled three-year-old filly Surfside to a Clark victory in 2000 following a loss to longshot stablemate Spain in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. That win wasn't good enough for gold, but she did win champion three-year-old filly.

Here's a look at the Eclipse Award races by division:

Three-year-old male: California Chrome is the leader of the division, but any of the other three Horse of the Year candidates would usurp him with a Breeders' Cup Classic win. Otherwise, California Chrome -- even if he tanks the rest of the year -- gets the nod as a dual classic winner.

Three-year-old filly: Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable unquestionably the leader, but Alabama winner Stopchargingmaria would be hard to deny the award if she wins the Breeders' Cup Distaff. I look at the year both of these horses have had and still can't believe Oaks-Alabama winner Flute lost champion three-year-old filly to Breeders' Cup Sprint runner-up Xtra Heat.

Older male: Many horses with just the one Grade 1 win with Palace Malice best of the bunch, but the spring and early summer form has not held well, as three-year-olds have won the major late summer and early fall prizes.

Older female: Close Hatches in the driver's seat especially with a win on Sunday, but Beholder or Belle Galantey would deserve consideration with a Breeders' Cup Distaff win

Male sprinter: Likely to come down to the Breeders' Cup Sprint, but Palace leads the division on accomplishment.

Female sprinter: Likely to come down to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, but Artemis Agrotera has flashed the most brilliance to date.

Turf male: Down to Wise Dan and Main Sequence, a matchup reminiscent of 2012 when Wise Dan, Little Mike, and Point of Entry all came into the Breeders' Cup with multiple Grade 1 wins. Wise Dan won the Mile and Little Mike the Turf, and the Eclipse Awards went to Wise Dan. I expect the same to happen if Wise Dan threepeats—even if Main Sequence wins his fourth Grade 1 in the Turf.

Turf female: Euro Charline's Beverly D. is looking better and better with also rans going on to win Grade 1 races on both coasts, but only a QE2 win might not be enough to take down a Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner who already has a Grade 1.

North American Maiden Winners
Cause to Believe--Trieste Lady by Old Trieste; CADEO, f, 2, HST, Mcl 16000, 9-28, 6 1/2f, 1:20 1/5. B-Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds (BC.). C$9,000 '13 BRCSEP.
Majesticperfection--Ennui by Gone West; MOONS OVER ME, f, 2, SA, Msw, 9-28, 6f, 1:10 4/5. B-Fox-Straus KY (KY.). $15,000 '13 BESOCT; $10,000 '13 CTNAUG; $8,000 '13 KEEJAN; $85,000 2014 BESMAY.
Nobiz Like Shobiz--Lady's Revenge by Vindication; IF I EVER, g, 2, AP, Mcl 40000, 9-28, a1mT, 1:38 1/5. B-Karen Ann Clymer & Larry Harold Clymer (KY.).
Abajo--Devons Super Lady by Devon Lane; DEVONS CAT, f, 3, ZIA, Msw, 9-29, 5 1/2f, 1:06 . B-Dee Mooring (NM.). $4,000 '12 RUIJUL.
Andromeda's Hero--Vista Del Mar by Deputy Minister; VINEYARD VISTA, f, 3, FL, Mcl 5000, 9-29, 1m 40y, 1:46 2/5. B-Thomas Willmott (NY.).
Close Up--Ay Papi by Sky Mesa; AY UP PAPI, c, 3, PRX, Mcl 10000, 9-29, 6f, 1:10 4/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Carlo De Thomasi Sr. (NJ.).
Corinthian--Day of Victory by Victory Gallop; M C SQUARED, g, 3, PRX, Mcl 40000, 9-29, 1 1/16mT, 1:44 . B-Lakland Farm (KY.). $22,000 '12 KEESEP; $67,000 2013 FTMMAY.
Deputy Rummy--Silent Hayley by Unaccounted For; CRUZIN RUMMY, c, 3, MNR, Msw, 9-28, 6f, 1:15 . B-Harold L. Shotwell (WV.). *Full to Rummy's Command(MSW$302,480).
Polish Miner--Nellie Thunder by Matricule; MINERS THUNDER, g, 3, EMD, Mcl 5000, 9-28, 6 1/2f, 1:18 3/5. B-James Kiser (WA.).

Notebooks

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

OCTOBER 1, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A handful of Grade 1 races took place during the opening weekend at Santa Anita.

Awesome Again S. (G1): Jungle Racing et al's unbeaten champion SHARED BELIEF (Candy Ride) went widest of all the entire way around the oval but still gamely secured a measured, neck win for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The standout sophomore went nine panels on the fast main strip in 1:48 2/5 with Mike Smith in the silks.

Zenyatta S. (G1): Spendthrift Farm's champion BEHOLDER (Henny Hughes) took command in early stretch and held off a stubborn foe in the latter stages to post a popular score by three-parts of a length under Smith. The Richard Mandella trainee endured 1 1/16 miles on the fast main oval in 1:42.

Frontrunner S. (G1): Zayat Stable's homebred AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof the Nile) was sent to the front soon after the break and showed a big closing gear when asked in the lane, recording a fine 3 1/4-length tally for Bob Baffert. The ultra-talented juvenile colt earned his second straight Grade 1 win in completing the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41 4/5 beneath Victor Espinoza.

Chandelier S. (G1): Siena Farms' homebred ANGELA RENEE (Bernardini) tracked the early speed along the rail, deftly angled to the two path approaching the turn for home and ran clear late in posting a 1 1/2-length victory for conditioner Todd Pletcher. The juvenile filly stopped the teletimer in 1:43 2/5 for 1 1/16 miles under Rafael Bejarano.

Rodeo Drive S. (G1): Juddmonte Farms' homebred EMOLLIENT (Empire Maker) tracked early near midpack, swung out wide for the stretch drive and powered home a classy half-length winner for trainer Bill Mott. The four-year-old filly went 10 furlongs on the firm lawn in 2:00 1/5 under the guidance of Rosie Napravnik.

John Henry Turf Championship (G2): Dye and Venneri's BRIGHT THOUGHT (Hat Trick) forced the pace from the start, moved to the fore at the top of the lane and held sway in a fine closing run late to secure a three-quarters of a length tally for trainer Phil d'Amato. The Cal-bred five-year-old, who was piloted by Tyler Baze, went 10 panels on the firm lawn in an excellent 1:58 1/5.

Eddie D. S. (G3): Tarabilla Farms' HOME RUN KITTEN (Kitten's Joy) was last for the opening half-mile, swung into contention late and got up by a nose under a well-timed ride from Joe Talamo. The David Hoffmans trainee sped the about 6 1/2 furlongs on the firm downhill course in 1:11 4/5.

Track Stats

From a total of 29 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 45 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 59 percent of the wins. From 19 frays contested on the dirt oval, four animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (21 percent), while two of the 10 grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (20 percent).

Speed was good on the main oval but not dominant, especially on Sunday when horse running from off the pace may have held a slight advantage. Staying close to the tempo was still a good thing during Friday and Saturday, however, and we still would give forwardly placed runners an edge going forward.

It's too soon to say anything about the lawn, with only 10 races run upon the grass oval. This course often plays especially fairly, though.

Meet Totals

RACES:   29
DIRT:   19
TURF:   10
FAVORITES:   13 (45 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   4 (14 percent)
TURF WIRE:   2 (20 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   4 (21 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Friday (9/26)

3RD -- MEDICINE BUTTE (Old Fashioned) showed speed and hung on nearly all the way before ultimately finishing second in a fine first outing for conditioner Robertino Diodoro. We don't think this was a very strong field the juvenile filly faced, but it was a great start to her career and she should graduate in the near future.

5TH -- EXPO AND FIG (Star Dabbler) looked like a standout and lone speed on paper, and the Phil d'Amato trainee delivered with ease in a dominant maiden score. We're a bit surprised that no one claimed this speedy gelding, who should be a player right back with winners.

8TH -- INDIANAPOLIS (Medaglia d'Oro) pressed a fast early tempo, took command inside the final furlong and held on late in a fine return to the races for conditioner Bob Baffert. The talented stakes winner should build upon this one going forward, and will be stakes bound very soon once again.

Saturday (9/27)

4TH -- PUNCTUATE (Distorted Humor) was shuffled back to last after a tardy break, began to pick up momentum approaching the turn for home and proved best late in inching away to a 1 3/4-length tally under Rosie Napravnik. The Baffert-trained juvenile out of the superb Pepper's Pride could be any kind going forward after beating a field with seemingly a lot of potential.

6TH -- CALCULATOR (In Summation) ran his second straight big one in a Grade 1 race behind a horse we have a lot of respect for, so the Peter Miller charge deserves a ton of credit as the second best juvenile out west so far. The Florida-bred should not be ignored in the upcoming Breeders Cup Juvenile (G1) even though he's still a maiden.

8TH -- Baffert has FED BIZ (Giant's Causeway) in excellent form and he should be a big factor in his next outing, likely the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

9TH -- ALEXIS TANGIER (Tiznow) rallied along the rail in the stretch to post a strong score over a nice field in this downhill dash. The Mandella pupil is now unbeaten from a trio of runs on the lawn, and looks like a chip off the old block being produced from downhill supremo Cambiocorsa.

10TH -- Angela Renee ran like a seasoned runner in this mostly facile victory and though the final time was not the swiftest ever recorded here, the way she did it leads us to believe that the filly is the one to beat in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

A Look Ahead

The Saturday card boasts a trio of graded races at Santa Anita. The Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship will be accompanied by the Grade 2, $200,000 City of Hope Mile Stakes and the Grade 3, $100,000 L. A. Woman Stakes.

Features

POST PARADE

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

A unique championship showdown

by Vance Hanson

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.

The results of the 1 1/4-mile Classic have decided this Eclipse Award before. Think Sunday Silence over Easy Goer in 1989 and Tiznow over Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000.

In 2007, three horses entered the Classic with legitimate championship credentials. Curlin prevailed in the Monmouth Park slop over Street Sense and Hard Spun that day.

The 2014 Classic has the potential to go one better with four (!) major contenders for the title: Bayern, California Chrome, Shared Belief, and Tonalist. And unlike the aforementioned runnings, there doesn't appear to be an older horse in sight capable of mucking up the outcome.

It will be a situation nearly all racing fans have never witnessed before. Unless, that is, you were around and consciously aware on November 9, 1957.

On that clear Saturday afternoon, a crowd of more than 39,000 descended on Garden State Park to watch Bold Ruler, *Gallant Man, and Round Table square off for the three-year-old title in the $82,350 Trenton Handicap over 1 1/4 miles. With leading older horse Dedicate withheld due to lameness and two unimportant older horses scratched due to the improbability of earning more than a modest fourth-place check, the deck was cleared for a three-horse showdown.

Bold Ruler entered the Trenton with eight stakes wins on the year, including the Preakness and two wins against older horses in the Vosburgh Handicap and Queens County Handicap. Gallant Man's five stakes wins included the Belmont and two scores against older rivals in the Nassau County Handicap and Jockey Club Gold Cup. The California-based Round Table was going for his 11th stakes win of the season and having beaten his elders in the Hollywood Gold Cup, United Nations Handicap and Hawthorne Gold Cup.

The three were hardly strangers. Bold Ruler had defeated Gallant Man twice early in the year, in the Bahamas and Wood Memorial, but subsequently finished behind that rival in the Kentucky Derby, Belmont, and Woodward. In the Kentucky Derby, Round Table finished ahead of Bold Ruler but behind Gallant Man, to whom he had also lost in the Hibiscus to start the year.

With Gallant Man holding a head-to-head lead over the other two, the 124-pound co-highweight was favored at 7-5. The betting market was tight, however, with Bold Ruler starting at 8-5 while toting 122 pounds, and co-highweight Round Table a tick higher at 17-10.

Unfortunately, there wasn't much drama to the Trenton. Contested over a track labeled good, Bold Ruler shot out to a clear lead and set sensible fractions of :23 3/5, :47 1/5, and 1:11 1/5. Up eight lengths after six furlongs and 3 1/2 lengths after a mile in 1:36 4/5, Bold Ruler "...willingly responded to hand pressure and, being occasionally 'shown' the whip through the final three-sixteenths, continued strongly to the end," according to the Daily Racing Form trackman.

Bold Ruler sealed the championship with a 2 1/4-length victory over Gallant Man in a time of 2:01 3/5. Round Table was 8 1/2 lengths farther back.

We can all hope the Breeders' Cup Classic won't prove to be such an anti-climax. Nearly five weeks out, however, it seems likely that Shared Belief will be a strong favorite, perhaps an odds-on choice.

The undefeated gelding, who missed the Triple Crown due to lingering foot issues, has reeled off consecutive wins in the Los Alamitos Derby, Pacific Classic, and Awesome Again. If he were to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, Shared Belief will have won more stakes open to older horses than any three-year-old male champion since Secretariat swept the Marlboro Cup, Man o' War and Canadian International in 1973. Only Buckpasser, Damascus, Arts and Letters, and Key to the Mint can lay claim to the same feat in the last half-century.

California Chrome, clearly ahead in the title chase after sweeping the first two legs of the Triple Crown, has seen his stock tumble in the past couple of months. Not only has Shared Belief's rise taken the shine off California Chrome, but his sub-par sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby suggests he will have to improve dramatically to win on Breeders' Cup day.

Bayern and Tonalist are longer shots but theoretically still in the hunt for the title. Bayern obviously had everything his own way in his blowout victories in the Haskell Invitational and Pennsylvania Derby, but who's to say the spirit of Bold Ruler will not shine brightly on Bayern as he tries to take them all the way over 10 furlongs? Remember, folks, this is Santa Anita.

Tonalist, who won the Belmont and Peter Pan in the spring, kept his championship hopes alive with an impressive tally in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. East Coast-based runners have historically found it difficult reproducing their best form in California, but Tonalist is a true 1 1/4-mile horse and is arguably going better at the moment than all save Shared Belief.

This race will be unique in the annals of American championship racing. No matter the outcome, savor it and enjoy.

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/22-9/28) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Tonalist 3C 1 1/4m (ft) BEL 9/27 Jockey Club Gold Cup S. 105
Belle Gallantey 5M 1 1/8m (ft) BEL 9/27 Beldame S. 104
Cigar Street 5H 1 1/8m (ft) CD 9/27 Homecoming Classic S. 102
Shared Belief 3G 1 1/8m (ft) SA 9/27 Awesome Again S. 102
Vyjack 4G 1m (ft) BEL 9/27 Kelso H. 102
Miss Mischief 4F 1m 70y (ft) PID 9/25 H.B.P.A. S. 100
Strut the Course 4F 1 1/16m (ft) WO 9/28 Classy 'n Smart S. 98
Beholder 4F 1 1/16m (ft) SA 9/27 Zenyatta S. 97
Meadow Wise 8G 1 1/8m (ft) HP 9/27 Michigan Sire S. 90
Comeflywithanangel 6M 1 1/8m (ft) HP 9/27 Michigan Sire S. 89
Plain Ol' Willard 4G 1 1/16m (ft) TDN 9/28 Catlaunch S. 84
Justanother Bob 6G 1 1/16m (ft) LBG 9/27 B Cup Three Year Old and Up Classic S. 79
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/22-9/28) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Mico Margarita 4C 6f (ft) RP 9/28 Remington Park Sprint Cup S. 103
Private Zone 5G 6f (ft) BEL 9/27 Vosburgh S. 103
Fast N Fine Lookin 3F 6f (ft) RP 9/28 Flashy Lady S. 100
Smile Lee 7M 7f (ft) LBG 9/27 B Cup Filly and Mare S. 88
Freshside 6M a5 1/2f (ft) LBG 9/27 B Cup Fillies and Mares Sprint S. 82
Dubla Gold 7G a5 1/2f (ft) LBG 9/27 B Cup Sprint S. 79
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/22-9/28) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Stephanie's Kitten 5M 1 1/4m (fm) BEL 9/27 Flower Bowl S. 103
Greengrassofyoming 4G 1 1/8m (fm) RP 9/28 Remington Green S. 98
Angel Terrace 5M 1 5/16m (fm) KD 9/24 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon S. 96
Home Run Kitten 3C a6 1/2f (fm) SA 9/26 Eddie D S. 96
Manchurian High 6G 1 1/2m (fm) LRL 9/27 Laurel Turf Cup S. 96
Bright Thought 5R 1 1/4m (fm) SA 9/28 John Henry Turf Championship S. 95
Emollient 4F 1 1/4m (fm) SA 9/27 Rodeo Drive S. 95
Main Sequence 5G 1 1/2m (fm) BEL 9/27 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic S. 94
Dreamsgonewild 5G 6f (fm) LRL 9/27 Laurel Dash S. 92
Lilbourne Eliza (IRE) 4F 1 1/16m (fm) GP 9/27 Wasted Tears S. 91
Dimension (GB) 6G 6 1/2f (fm) KD 9/24 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash S. 90
White Rose 4F 1 5/16m (fm) KD 9/24 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon S. 89
Madame Giry 5M 6f (fm) LRL 9/27 Jameela S. 88
Medea (IRE) 5M 1 1/16m (fm) LRL 9/27 Lady Baltimore S. 88
Ridgeofstone 7M 7 1/2f (fm) RP 9/28 Ladies on the Lawn S. 81
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/22-9/28) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
American Pharoah 2R 1 1/16m (ft) SA 9/27 FrontRunner S. 99
Bayerd 2C 6f (ft) RP 9/28 Kip Deville S. 99
Plausible 2G 5 1/2f (ft) SUF 9/27 Norman Hall S. 93
Angela Renee 2F 1 1/16m (ft) SA 9/27 Chandelier S. 91
Goodoldhockeygame 2G 6f (ft) WO 9/27 Bull Page S. 91
Less Than Perfect 2C 6 1/2f (ft) PID 9/25 Fitz Dixon, Jr. Memorial Juvenile S. 89
Posse Dreamin 2C 6f (ft) MTH 9/27 Jersey Juvenile S. 86
Daytona Beach 2G 6f (ft) EMD 9/28 NWSS Cahill Road S. 85
Happy to Go 2F 6f (ft) PID 9/25 Mrs. Henry D. Paxson Memorial S. 82
Prime Engine 2C 1 1/16m (ft) EMD 9/28 Gottstein Futurity 80
Scarlet Hour 2F 5 1/2f (ft) HP 9/27 Michigan Sire S. 75
Saint Warlock 2G a6f (ft) LBG 9/27 B Cup 2 Year Olds S. 68
Equal Guard 2C 5 1/2f (ft) HP 9/27 Michigan Sire S. 56
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/22-9/28) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Tonito M. 3C 1 1/8m (ft) RP 9/28 Oklahoma Derby 100
Shanon Nicole 3F 1 1/16m (ft) RP 9/28 Remington Park Oaks 96
Alexis Tangier 3F a6 1/2f (fm) SA 9/27 Unzip Me S. 95
Zazinga 3F 1m (fm) WO 9/27 La Prevoyante S. 92
Heart to Heart 3C 1m (fm) CD 9/27 Jefferson Cup S. 89
Reno Rebel 3R 6f (ft) STK 9/27 Asparagus S. 89
Shootitinthebush 3G a6f (ft) LBG 9/27 B Cup 3 Year Olds S. 76
Al's Prayer 3G 1m 40y (ft) HP 9/27 Michigan Sire S. 74
Synfull Tale 3F 1m 40y (ft) HP 9/27 Michigan Sire S. 68
Island Rain 3F a6f (ft) LBG 9/27 B Cup 3 Year Old Fillies S. 67

Features

DEROSA'S BLOG

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

Horse of the Year Race Down To Eight

by Ed DeRosa

The criteria voters use to determine their top 10 horses is as subjective as the ranking themselves. Some vote on accomplishment, others based on who is the most talented, some as a pure "Horse of the Year" question, and most as some combination of those three things.

Poll administrator Joan Lawrence has said that the poll should most reflect the voter's thoughts on who is most likely to win Horse of the Year when the racing season ends. It is with that question in mind that I don't rank Palace Malice in the top 8, as while he's the best main track older male to run this year, he has no chance at Horse of the Year as the eight in front of him do.

So, with one major prep weekend remaining ahead of the Breeders' Cup World Championships on October 31-November 1 at Santa Anita Park, we are down to eight horses who still have a chance at winning the gold statue.

The horses who most control their own destiny are the four Grade 1-winning three-year-olds expected for the Breeders' Cup Classic. If either of Bayern, California Chrome, Shared Belief, or Tonalist win that race then with one small possible exception discussed below, would undoubtedly be Horse of the Year and champion three-year-old male.

Interestingly, it would also mark the first time in seven years that the Classic winner goes on to win Horse of the Year, and the last time it happened -- 2007 -- was in a Classic field most celebrated as a three-year-old showdown between Derby winner Street Sense, Preakness winner Curlin, and Hard Spun, who had just defeated Street Sense in the Kentucky Cup. Curlin won to earn the first of his two Horse of the Year awards.

Next on my list are the multiple Grade 1-winning turf males Main Sequence and Wise Dan. The former has the Grade 1 edge for now, but the latter is running this weekend. If either wins out and one of the aforementioned three-year-olds falters in the Classic then the Horse of the Year could go to the champion turf male for the third consecutive year.

Either Close Hatches or Untapable would gain some Horse of the Year consideration with a Distaff win (that assumes Close Hatches wins the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes on Sunday at Keeneland Race Course), but unless the winner returns to defeat males in a race like the Clark I wouldn't back them.

Palace Malice and Palace round out my top ten as leaders of the older male and sprint divisions, respectively, but neither is a Horse of the Year candidate.

Some kooky things can happen, of course… if none of the aforementioned horses wins, then California Chrome is probably the most likely Horse of the Year with three Grade 1 wins, including the classic double of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. I wouldn't vote for him, as he'd be lacking a win against older males, but precedence certainly favors dual classic winners as a default (e.g. Charismatic in 1999), so from a who-will-win versus who-should-win standpoint he'd be my pick.

The closest vote would likely be between a Classic-winning Bayern and a Mile-winning Wise Dan. I'd vote for Bayern if that's where their seasons end, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Wise Dan in the Clark where a win would likely earn him champion older male for sure and possibly Horse of the Year to go with champion turf male if he wins the Mile (though if Main Sequence wins the Turf then maybe he gets turf male and Wise Dan can get older male and Horse of the Year with a Clark win. It would be a shame to see a multiple Grade 1-winning Turf winner denied an Eclipse Award again a la Little Mike in 2012).

I see no scenario, however, where a Classic win from either of the classic winners (California Chrome and Tonalist) or the undefeated champion Shared Belief does not result in Horse of the Year even if Wise Dan goes on to annex another Grade 1 post Breeders' Cup.

Either Close Hatches or Untapable would be fun Clark additions if Horse of the Year is in play. Racing Hall of Fame Trainer D. Wayne Lukas saddled three-year-old filly Surfside to a Clark victory in 2000 following a loss to longshot stablemate Spain in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. That win wasn't good enough for gold, but she did win champion three-year-old filly.

Here's a look at the Eclipse Award races by division:

Three-year-old male: California Chrome is the leader of the division, but any of the other three Horse of the Year candidates would usurp him with a Breeders' Cup Classic win. Otherwise, California Chrome -- even if he tanks the rest of the year -- gets the nod as a dual classic winner.

Three-year-old filly: Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable unquestionably the leader, but Alabama winner Stopchargingmaria would be hard to deny the award if she wins the Breeders' Cup Distaff. I look at the year both of these horses have had and still can't believe Oaks-Alabama winner Flute lost champion three-year-old filly to Breeders' Cup Sprint runner-up Xtra Heat.

Older male: Many horses with just the one Grade 1 win with Palace Malice best of the bunch, but the spring and early summer form has not held well, as three-year-olds have won the major late summer and early fall prizes.

Older female: Close Hatches in the driver's seat especially with a win on Sunday, but Beholder or Belle Galantey would deserve consideration with a Breeders' Cup Distaff win

Male sprinter: Likely to come down to the Breeders' Cup Sprint, but Palace leads the division on accomplishment.

Female sprinter: Likely to come down to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, but Artemis Agrotera has flashed the most brilliance to date.

Turf male: Down to Wise Dan and Main Sequence, a matchup reminiscent of 2012 when Wise Dan, Little Mike, and Point of Entry all came into the Breeders' Cup with multiple Grade 1 wins. Wise Dan won the Mile and Little Mike the Turf, and the Eclipse Awards went to Wise Dan. I expect the same to happen if Wise Dan threepeats—even if Main Sequence wins his fourth Grade 1 in the Turf.

Turf female: Euro Charline's Beverly D. is looking better and better with also rans going on to win Grade 1 races on both coasts, but only a QE2 win might not be enough to take down a Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner who already has a Grade 1.

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Private Zone   BEL   6f (ft)   9/27   124.1
Tonalist   BEL   1 1/4m (ft)   9/27   124.0
Belle Gallantey   BEL   1 1/8m (ft)   9/27   123.8
Mico Margarita   RP   6f (ft)   9/28   122.6
Vyjack   BEL   1m (ft)   9/27   122.2
Beholder   SA   1 1/16m (ft)   9/27   121.3
Main Sequence   BEL   1 1/2m (fm)   9/27   121.3
Cigar Street   CD   1 1/8m (ft)   9/27   121.3
Shared Belief   SA   1 1/8m (ft)   9/27   121.1
Bright Thought   SA   1 1/4m (fm)   9/28   121.0
Angela Renee   SA   1 1/16m (ft)   9/27   120.7
American Pharoah   SA   1 1/16m (ft)   9/27   120.6
Tonito M.   RP   1 1/8m (ft)   9/28   120.5
Sioux   BEL   1m (ft)   9/28   120.5
Richard the Great   GP   6f (gd)   9/28   120.4

Features

RACING LEADERS

(through September 29, 2014)

                     

HORSES

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. California Chrome   7   5   0   0   $3,327,800
2. Tonalist   7   4   3   0   1,798,250
3. Untapable   6   5   0   0   1,708,600
4. Bayern   9   5   1   1   1,639,680
5. Wicked Strong   8   2   1   0   1,361,610
6. Close Hatches   4   4   0   0   1,315,000
7. Imperative   9   1   2   3   1,265,700
8. Palace Malice   5   4   0   0   1,195,000
9. Moreno   7   1   2   1   1,195,000
10. Shared Belief   4   4   0   0   1,101,000
                     

TRAINERS

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Todd Pletcher   791   189   134   114   $18,200,119
2. Jerry Hollendorfer   803   184   161   113   9,856,910
3. Chad Brown   417   105   70   65   9,818,831
4. Steve Asmussen   1036   240   167   152   9,751,552
5. Bob Baffert   318   74   55   43   9,362,374
6. Mark Casse   642   109   110   84   8,876,367
7. Bill Mott   535   80   82   78   9,385,385
8. Mike Maker   724   172   116   98   7,654,117
9. Graham Motion   587   114   83   86   7,251,760
10. Christophe Clement   368   73   70   62   7,213,648
                     

JOCKEYS

                     
Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Javier Castellano   1059   260   191   155   $19,845,832
2. Joel Rosario   987   174   163   146   17,256,348
3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   1083   209   183   168   14,986,295
4. John Velazquez   702   123   116   89   12,943,254
5. Jose Ortiz   903   164   148   124   11,434,974
6. Mike Smith   418   89   61   54   10,732,910
7. Rosie Napravnik   743   167   113   102   10,727,445
8. Rajiv Maragh   733   101   113   121   9,551,131
9. Jose Lezcano   691   104   113   115   9,077,185
10. Victor Espinoza   466   81   68   55   8,967,257
                     

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

Notebooks

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

OCTOBER 1, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A handful of Grade 1 races took place during the opening weekend at Santa Anita.

Awesome Again S. (G1): Jungle Racing et al's unbeaten champion SHARED BELIEF (Candy Ride) went widest of all the entire way around the oval but still gamely secured a measured, neck win for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The standout sophomore went nine panels on the fast main strip in 1:48 2/5 with Mike Smith in the silks.

Zenyatta S. (G1): Spendthrift Farm's champion BEHOLDER (Henny Hughes) took command in early stretch and held off a stubborn foe in the latter stages to post a popular score by three-parts of a length under Smith. The Richard Mandella trainee endured 1 1/16 miles on the fast main oval in 1:42.

Frontrunner S. (G1): Zayat Stable's homebred AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof the Nile) was sent to the front soon after the break and showed a big closing gear when asked in the lane, recording a fine 3 1/4-length tally for Bob Baffert. The ultra-talented juvenile colt earned his second straight Grade 1 win in completing the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41 4/5 beneath Victor Espinoza.

Chandelier S. (G1): Siena Farms' homebred ANGELA RENEE (Bernardini) tracked the early speed along the rail, deftly angled to the two path approaching the turn for home and ran clear late in posting a 1 1/2-length victory for conditioner Todd Pletcher. The juvenile filly stopped the teletimer in 1:43 2/5 for 1 1/16 miles under Rafael Bejarano.

Rodeo Drive S. (G1): Juddmonte Farms' homebred EMOLLIENT (Empire Maker) tracked early near midpack, swung out wide for the stretch drive and powered home a classy half-length winner for trainer Bill Mott. The four-year-old filly went 10 furlongs on the firm lawn in 2:00 1/5 under the guidance of Rosie Napravnik.

John Henry Turf Championship (G2): Dye and Venneri's BRIGHT THOUGHT (Hat Trick) forced the pace from the start, moved to the fore at the top of the lane and held sway in a fine closing run late to secure a three-quarters of a length tally for trainer Phil d'Amato. The Cal-bred five-year-old, who was piloted by Tyler Baze, went 10 panels on the firm lawn in an excellent 1:58 1/5.

Eddie D. S. (G3): Tarabilla Farms' HOME RUN KITTEN (Kitten's Joy) was last for the opening half-mile, swung into contention late and got up by a nose under a well-timed ride from Joe Talamo. The David Hoffmans trainee sped the about 6 1/2 furlongs on the firm downhill course in 1:11 4/5.

Track Stats

From a total of 29 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 45 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 59 percent of the wins. From 19 frays contested on the dirt oval, four animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (21 percent), while two of the 10 grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (20 percent).

Speed was good on the main oval but not dominant, especially on Sunday when horse running from off the pace may have held a slight advantage. Staying close to the tempo was still a good thing during Friday and Saturday, however, and we still would give forwardly placed runners an edge going forward.

It's too soon to say anything about the lawn, with only 10 races run upon the grass oval. This course often plays especially fairly, though.

Meet Totals

RACES:   29
DIRT:   19
TURF:   10
FAVORITES:   13 (45 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   4 (14 percent)
TURF WIRE:   2 (20 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   4 (21 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Friday (9/26)

3RD -- MEDICINE BUTTE (Old Fashioned) showed speed and hung on nearly all the way before ultimately finishing second in a fine first outing for conditioner Robertino Diodoro. We don't think this was a very strong field the juvenile filly faced, but it was a great start to her career and she should graduate in the near future.

5TH -- EXPO AND FIG (Star Dabbler) looked like a standout and lone speed on paper, and the Phil d'Amato trainee delivered with ease in a dominant maiden score. We're a bit surprised that no one claimed this speedy gelding, who should be a player right back with winners.

8TH -- INDIANAPOLIS (Medaglia d'Oro) pressed a fast early tempo, took command inside the final furlong and held on late in a fine return to the races for conditioner Bob Baffert. The talented stakes winner should build upon this one going forward, and will be stakes bound very soon once again.

Saturday (9/27)

4TH -- PUNCTUATE (Distorted Humor) was shuffled back to last after a tardy break, began to pick up momentum approaching the turn for home and proved best late in inching away to a 1 3/4-length tally under Rosie Napravnik. The Baffert-trained juvenile out of the superb Pepper's Pride could be any kind going forward after beating a field with seemingly a lot of potential.

6TH -- CALCULATOR (In Summation) ran his second straight big one in a Grade 1 race behind a horse we have a lot of respect for, so the Peter Miller charge deserves a ton of credit as the second best juvenile out west so far. The Florida-bred should not be ignored in the upcoming Breeders Cup Juvenile (G1) even though he's still a maiden.

8TH -- Baffert has FED BIZ (Giant's Causeway) in excellent form and he should be a big factor in his next outing, likely the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

9TH -- ALEXIS TANGIER (Tiznow) rallied along the rail in the stretch to post a strong score over a nice field in this downhill dash. The Mandella pupil is now unbeaten from a trio of runs on the lawn, and looks like a chip off the old block being produced from downhill supremo Cambiocorsa.

10TH -- Angela Renee ran like a seasoned runner in this mostly facile victory and though the final time was not the swiftest ever recorded here, the way she did it leads us to believe that the filly is the one to beat in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

A Look Ahead

The Saturday card boasts a trio of graded races at Santa Anita. The Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship will be accompanied by the Grade 2, $200,000 City of Hope Mile Stakes and the Grade 3, $100,000 L. A. Woman Stakes.

At a Glance
INDIANA GRAND RACE COURSE AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.00 - 1
Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 75%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta79.75
Daily Double93.92
Trifecta569.19
Pick 3544.39
Superfecta4,319.88
Pick 67,825.78
Pick 42,502.17
TRACK BIAS MEET(05/06 - 09/27)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 163 40% E Outside
6.0fDirt 264 32% E Mid/Out
1 MileDirt 123 28% E Rail/Ins
1m 70yDirt 45 22% E/P Mid/Out
Turf Sprint 53 28% E/P Rail
Turf Routes 57 19% E/P Rail/Ins
TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/21 - 09/27)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 6 67% E Rail
6.0fDirt 11 27% P Middle
1 MileDirt 11 9% E/P Rail/Ins
1m 70yDirt 1 0% P Middle
Turf Sprint 10 10% P Mid/Out
Turf Routes 1 0% S Inside
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Hammond Kim 11 5 1 2 6.28 1 18%
Amoss Thomas M. 8 4 2 1 2.76 1 32%
Cox Brad H. 2 2 0 0 0.65 2 26%
Goodman Danielle 2 2 0 0 8.30 1 17%
Jurado Luis A. 2 2 0 0 1.50 1 12%
Shorter Aaron 3 2 0 0 2.57 0 16%
Thornbury Jeffrey D. 3 2 0 1 8.97 0 13%
Sims Philip A. 4 2 0 0 8.30 1 13%
Dunn Stephen D. 5 2 0 0 7.98 1 17%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Jimenez Albin 29 8 3 2 15.57 2 16%
Santana, Jr. Ricardo 8 3 0 2 7.51 2 19%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Wisner Tracey J. 18 0 1 3 19.92 0 10%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Vergara, Jr. Octavio 10 0 2 0 39.14 0 7%
               

Features

RACING LEADERS

(through September 29, 2014)

                     

HORSES

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. California Chrome   7   5   0   0   $3,327,800
2. Tonalist   7   4   3   0   1,798,250
3. Untapable   6   5   0   0   1,708,600
4. Bayern   9   5   1   1   1,639,680
5. Wicked Strong   8   2   1   0   1,361,610
6. Close Hatches   4   4   0   0   1,315,000
7. Imperative   9   1   2   3   1,265,700
8. Palace Malice   5   4   0   0   1,195,000
9. Moreno   7   1   2   1   1,195,000
10. Shared Belief   4   4   0   0   1,101,000
                     

TRAINERS

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Todd Pletcher   791   189   134   114   $18,200,119
2. Jerry Hollendorfer   803   184   161   113   9,856,910
3. Chad Brown   417   105   70   65   9,818,831
4. Steve Asmussen   1036   240   167   152   9,751,552
5. Bob Baffert   318   74   55   43   9,362,374
6. Mark Casse   642   109   110   84   8,876,367
7. Bill Mott   535   80   82   78   9,385,385
8. Mike Maker   724   172   116   98   7,654,117
9. Graham Motion   587   114   83   86   7,251,760
10. Christophe Clement   368   73   70   62   7,213,648
                     

JOCKEYS

                     
Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Javier Castellano   1059   260   191   155   $19,845,832
2. Joel Rosario   987   174   163   146   17,256,348
3. Irad Ortiz Jr.   1083   209   183   168   14,986,295
4. John Velazquez   702   123   116   89   12,943,254
5. Jose Ortiz   903   164   148   124   11,434,974
6. Mike Smith   418   89   61   54   10,732,910
7. Rosie Napravnik   743   167   113   102   10,727,445
8. Rajiv Maragh   733   101   113   121   9,551,131
9. Jose Lezcano   691   104   113   115   9,077,185
10. Victor Espinoza   466   81   68   55   8,967,257
                     

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/22-9/28) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Tonalist 3C 1 1/4m (ft) BEL 9/27 Jockey Club Gold Cup S. 105
Belle Gallantey 5M 1 1/8m (ft) BEL 9/27 Beldame S. 104
Cigar Street 5H 1 1/8m (ft) CD 9/27 Homecoming Classic S. 102
Shared Belief 3G 1 1/8m (ft) SA 9/27 Awesome Again S. 102
Vyjack 4G 1m (ft) BEL 9/27 Kelso H. 102
Miss Mischief 4F 1m 70y (ft) PID 9/25 H.B.P.A. S. 100
Strut the Course 4F 1 1/16m (ft) WO 9/28 Classy 'n Smart S. 98
Beholder 4F 1 1/16m (ft) SA 9/27 Zenyatta S. 97
Meadow Wise 8G 1 1/8m (ft) HP 9/27 Michigan Sire S. 90
Comeflywithanangel 6M 1 1/8m (ft) HP 9/27 Michigan Sire S. 89
Plain Ol' Willard 4G 1 1/16m (ft) TDN 9/28 Catlaunch S. 84
Justanother Bob 6G 1 1/16m (ft) LBG 9/27 B Cup Three Year Old and Up Classic S. 79
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/22-9/28) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Mico Margarita 4C 6f (ft) RP 9/28 Remington Park Sprint Cup S. 103
Private Zone 5G 6f (ft) BEL 9/27 Vosburgh S. 103
Fast N Fine Lookin 3F 6f (ft) RP 9/28 Flashy Lady S. 100
Smile Lee 7M 7f (ft) LBG 9/27 B Cup Filly and Mare S. 88
Freshside 6M a5 1/2f (ft) LBG 9/27 B Cup Fillies and Mares Sprint S. 82
Dubla Gold 7G a5 1/2f (ft) LBG 9/27 B Cup Sprint S. 79
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/22-9/28) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Stephanie's Kitten 5M 1 1/4m (fm) BEL 9/27 Flower Bowl S. 103
Greengrassofyoming 4G 1 1/8m (fm) RP 9/28 Remington Green S. 98
Angel Terrace 5M 1 5/16m (fm) KD 9/24 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon S. 96
Home Run Kitten 3C a6 1/2f (fm) SA 9/26 Eddie D S. 96
Manchurian High 6G 1 1/2m (fm) LRL 9/27 Laurel Turf Cup S. 96
Bright Thought 5R 1 1/4m (fm) SA 9/28 John Henry Turf Championship S. 95
Emollient 4F 1 1/4m (fm) SA 9/27 Rodeo Drive S. 95
Main Sequence 5G 1 1/2m (fm) BEL 9/27 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic S. 94
Dreamsgonewild 5G 6f (fm) LRL 9/27 Laurel Dash S. 92
Lilbourne Eliza (IRE) 4F 1 1/16m (fm) GP 9/27 Wasted Tears S. 91
Dimension (GB) 6G 6 1/2f (fm) KD 9/24 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash S. 90
White Rose 4F 1 5/16m (fm) KD 9/24 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon S. 89
Madame Giry 5M 6f (fm) LRL 9/27 Jameela S. 88
Medea (IRE) 5M 1 1/16m (fm) LRL 9/27 Lady Baltimore S. 88
Ridgeofstone 7M 7 1/2f (fm) RP 9/28 Ladies on the Lawn S. 81
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/22-9/28) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
American Pharoah 2R 1 1/16m (ft) SA 9/27 FrontRunner S. 99
Bayerd 2C 6f (ft) RP 9/28 Kip Deville S. 99
Plausible 2G 5 1/2f (ft) SUF 9/27 Norman Hall S. 93
Angela Renee 2F 1 1/16m (ft) SA 9/27 Chandelier S. 91
Goodoldhockeygame 2G 6f (ft) WO 9/27 Bull Page S. 91
Less Than Perfect 2C 6 1/2f (ft) PID 9/25 Fitz Dixon, Jr. Memorial Juvenile S. 89
Posse Dreamin 2C 6f (ft) MTH 9/27 Jersey Juvenile S. 86
Daytona Beach 2G 6f (ft) EMD 9/28 NWSS Cahill Road S. 85
Happy to Go 2F 6f (ft) PID 9/25 Mrs. Henry D. Paxson Memorial S. 82
Prime Engine 2C 1 1/16m (ft) EMD 9/28 Gottstein Futurity 80
Scarlet Hour 2F 5 1/2f (ft) HP 9/27 Michigan Sire S. 75
Saint Warlock 2G a6f (ft) LBG 9/27 B Cup 2 Year Olds S. 68
Equal Guard 2C 5 1/2f (ft) HP 9/27 Michigan Sire S. 56
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (9/22-9/28) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Tonito M. 3C 1 1/8m (ft) RP 9/28 Oklahoma Derby 100
Shanon Nicole 3F 1 1/16m (ft) RP 9/28 Remington Park Oaks 96
Alexis Tangier 3F a6 1/2f (fm) SA 9/27 Unzip Me S. 95
Zazinga 3F 1m (fm) WO 9/27 La Prevoyante S. 92
Heart to Heart 3C 1m (fm) CD 9/27 Jefferson Cup S. 89
Reno Rebel 3R 6f (ft) STK 9/27 Asparagus S. 89
Shootitinthebush 3G a6f (ft) LBG 9/27 B Cup 3 Year Olds S. 76
Al's Prayer 3G 1m 40y (ft) HP 9/27 Michigan Sire S. 74
Synfull Tale 3F 1m 40y (ft) HP 9/27 Michigan Sire S. 68
Island Rain 3F a6f (ft) LBG 9/27 B Cup 3 Year Old Fillies S. 67

At a Glance
WOODBINE AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.26 - 1
Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 67%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exactor84.48
Daily Double66.04
Triactor564.58
Pick 3607.29
Superfecta5,812.30
Pick 46,806.60
Super High Five Jackpot88,721.65
TRACK BIAS MEET(04/12 - 09/28)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.0fDirt 108 39% E Rail/Ins
6.0fDirt 180 28% E Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 155 19% P Outside
1 1/8mDirt 18 22% S Mid/Out
Turf Sprint 72 28% E Rail
Turf Routes 85 13% P Inside
TRACK BIAS WEEK(09/22 - 09/28)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.0fDirt 4 0% E/P Middle
6.0fDirt 11 9% P Middle
1 1/16mDirt 6 33% E Outside
1 1/8mDirt 2 0% S Outside
Turf Sprint 3 33% E/P Outside
Turf Routes 5 20% S Rail/Ins
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Katryan Abraham R. 6 4 0 0 20.94 1 7%
Attard Paul 7 3 0 1 3.35 3 14%
Biamonte Ralph J. 5 2 1 0 4.17 1 23%
Nosowenko Nicholas 5 2 1 0 19.08 0 13%
Wright Michael W. 5 2 1 0 9.07 0 10%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Stein Justin 19 6 1 2 10.12 3 15%
Da Silva Eurico Rosa 18 5 6 1 5.56 3 21%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Buttigieg Paul M. 12 0 0 0 26.30 0 15%
Fairlie Scott H. 12 0 1 2 8.37 1 14%
Black Ian 11 0 1 1 23.79 1 12%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Wilson Emma-Jayne 25 0 2 6 10.94 4 12%
Olguin Gerry 12 0 1 0 16.75 0 11%
Chernetz Skye 10 0 1 0 18.57 0 9%
               

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Private Zone   BEL   6f (ft)   9/27   124.1
Tonalist   BEL   1 1/4m (ft)   9/27   124.0
Belle Gallantey   BEL   1 1/8m (ft)   9/27   123.8
Mico Margarita   RP   6f (ft)   9/28   122.6
Vyjack   BEL   1m (ft)   9/27   122.2
Beholder   SA   1 1/16m (ft)   9/27   121.3
Main Sequence   BEL   1 1/2m (fm)   9/27   121.3
Cigar Street   CD   1 1/8m (ft)   9/27   121.3
Shared Belief   SA   1 1/8m (ft)   9/27   121.1
Bright Thought   SA   1 1/4m (fm)   9/28   121.0
Angela Renee   SA   1 1/16m (ft)   9/27   120.7
American Pharoah   SA   1 1/16m (ft)   9/27   120.6
Tonito M.   RP   1 1/8m (ft)   9/28   120.5
Sioux   BEL   1m (ft)   9/28   120.5
Richard the Great   GP   6f (gd)   9/28   120.4

At a Glance

AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE

MONDAY:   Laurel Park and Remington Park
TUESDAY:   Hawthorne and Santa Anita Park
WEDNESDAY:   Indiana Downs and Woodbine
THURSDAY:   Delaware Park and Gulfstream Park
FRIDAY:   Belmont Park and Keeneland

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Tuesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Finger Lakes   (2nd) Ten Carat Rock, 5-1
    (6th) Instant Flash, 8-1
Fort Erie   (2nd) Highs and Lows, 3-1
    (7th) Northern Label, 9-2
Indiana Downs   (1st) Splinter Smith, 4-1
    (4th) Blew by Too, 7-2
Mountaineer   (1st) Lion's Code, 9-2
    (7th) Seventyseven, 6-1
Parx Racing   (5th) Had It All, 3-1
    (7th) Adelicate Miss, 4-1

Racing Highlights

For Tuesday

FINGER LAKES (1:10): $19,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m 70yds (5TH).
FORT ERIE (2:00): $18,600 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (3RD).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $34,000 alw, 3&up, 5fT (6TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $31,000 alw, 3&up, 7 1/2fT (3RD).
PARX RACING (12:25): $46,000 ocl, 3&up, 1m 70yds (8TH).

*all times Eastern

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

HIGHLIGHTS

For Tuesday

FINGER LAKES (1:10): $19,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m 70yds (5TH).
FORT ERIE (2:00): $18,600 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (3RD).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $34,000 alw, 3&up, 5fT (6TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $31,000 alw, 3&up, 7 1/2fT (3RD).
PARX RACING (12:25): $46,000 ocl, 3&up, 1m 70yds (8TH).

*all times Eastern

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