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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2016

Racing Headlines

Shades of Ghostzapper seen by California Chrome in Pacific Classic

In Tuesday's features on the TwinSpires.com blog, James Scully saw shades of Ghostzapper in California Chrome's incredible performance in the Pacific Classic (G1), while Kellie Reilly reviews last week's Ebor Festival at York and discusses its implications on the Breeders' Cup this fall.

With TwinSpires.com's King of Australia contest going on, Vance Hanson gives a brief overview of his trip to the country a quarter-century ago and offers some horses to watch at Warwick Farm's next meeting, held Tuesday night U.S. time.

Shades of Ghostzapper seen by California Chrome in Pacific Classic

In Tuesday's features on the TwinSpires.com blog, James Scully saw shades of Ghostzapper in California Chrome's incredible performance in the Pacific Classic (G1), while Kellie Reilly reviews last week's Ebor Festival at York and discusses its implications on the Breeders' Cup this fall.

With TwinSpires.com's King of Australia contest going on, Vance Hanson gives a brief overview of his trip to the country a quarter-century ago and offers some horses to watch at Warwick Farm's next meeting, held Tuesday night U.S. time.

Hanson: Takeaways from the Pacific Classic, Alabama

In a recap of Saturday's racing action, Vance Hanson notes the style of California Chrome's Pacific Classic (G1) victory has become rarer in recent years in what is a historically marquee division. He also touches on how important the Zenyatta (G1) will be for Beholder's championship aspirations, and why no encore is needed in a three-year-old filly race by undefeated superstar Songbird.

Kellie Reilly previews the two divisions of the Harry F. Brubaker at Del Mar on Wednesday, noting they hold intrigue despite the scheduled scratch of classic-placed Firing Line in one of them.

Leading hurdler Bob Le Beau is a strong favorite to defend his title in Thursday's New York Turf Writers Cup (G1) at Saratoga.

Hanson: Takeaways from the Pacific Classic, Alabama

In a recap of Saturday's racing action, Vance Hanson notes the style of California Chrome's Pacific Classic (G1) victory has become rarer in recent years in what is a historically marquee division. He also touches on how important the Zenyatta (G1) will be for Beholder's championship aspirations, and why no encore is needed in a three-year-old filly race by undefeated superstar Songbird.

Kellie Reilly previews the two divisions of the Harry F. Brubaker at Del Mar on Wednesday, noting they hold intrigue despite the scheduled scratch of classic-placed Firing Line in one of them.

Leading hurdler Bob Le Beau is a strong favorite to defend his title in Thursday's New York Turf Writers Cup (G1) at Saratoga.

Features

UPCOMING STAKES

Thursday, August 25
 
NEW YORK TURF WRITERS CUP (NSA-G1), Saratoga, $150,000, 4&up, 2 3/8mT.
Riskaverse S., Saratoga, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
 
Friday, August 26
 
Albany S. (r), Saratoga, $250,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
Fleet Indian S. (r), Saratoga, $200,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8m.
Funny Cide S. (r), Saratoga, $200,000, 2yo, 6 1/2f.
Seeking the Ante S. (r), Saratoga, $200,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
West Point S. (r), Saratoga, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Yaddo S. (r), Saratoga, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Shared Belief S., Del Mar, $100,000, 3yo, 1m.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
 
Saturday, August 27
 
TRAVERS S. (G1), Saratoga, $1,250,000, 3yo, 1 1/4m.
SWORD DANCER S. (G1), Saratoga, $1,000,000, 3&up, 1 1/2mT.
PERSONAL ENSIGN S. (G1), Saratoga, $750,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
FOREGO S. (G1), Saratoga, $700,000, 3&up, 7f.
BALLERINA S. (G1), Saratoga, $500,000, 3&up, f&m, 7f.
KING'S BISHOP S. (G1), Saratoga, $500,000, 3yo, 7f.
BALLSTON SPA S. (G2), Saratoga, $400,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
PAT O'BRIEN S. (G2), Del Mar, $200,000, 3&up, 7f.
PHILIP H. ISELIN S. (G3), Monmouth Park, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
Seaway S. (Can-G3), Woodbine, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 7f.
Mystic Lake Derby, Canterbury Park, $200,000, 3yo, 1mT.
Lady Jacqueline S., Thistledown, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/4m.
Generous Portion S. (r), Del Mar, $150,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Tah Dah S. (r), Belterra Park, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Brooks Fields S., Canterbury Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1mT.
Minnesota HBPA Distaff, Canterbury Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1mT.
Pay the Man S. (r), Thistledown, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Carlos Salazar S. (r), Albuquerque Downs, $60,000, 3&up, f&m, 6 1/2f.
Evangeline Downs Prince S., Evangeline Downs, $60,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
Evangeline Downs Princess S., Evangeline Downs, $60,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Sylvia Bishop Memorial (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
 
Sunday, August 28
 
TORREY PINES S. (G3), Del Mar, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1m.
La Prevoyante S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
Smart N Fancy S., Saratoga, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2fT.
Charles Hesse III H. (r), Monmouth Park, $60,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Eleven North H. (r), Monmouth Park, $60,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
New Jersey Breeders' H. (r), Monmouth Park, $60,000, 3&up, 6f.
Muckleshoot Tribal Classic (r), Emerald Downs, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Washington Cup Filly and Mare S. (r), Emerald Downs, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Washington Cup Three-Year-Old Filly S. (r), Emerald Downs, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1m.
Washington Cup Three-Year-Old S. (r), Emerald Downs, $50,000, 3yo, 1m.
Washington Cup Two-Year-Old Colts and Geldings S. (r), Emerald Downs, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
Washington Cup Two-Year-Old Filly S. (r), Emerald Downs, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
 
Monday, August 29
 
Better Talk Now S., Saratoga, $100,000, 3yo, 1mT.
 
Wednesday, August 31
 
WITH ANTICIPATION S. (G2), Saratoga, $200,000, 2yo, 1 1/16mT.
Muskoka S. (r), Woodbine, $200,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
Simcoe S. (r), Woodbine, $200,000, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
Algoma S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Elgin S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, c&g, 1 1/16m.
Halton S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, 1mT.
Kenora S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, 6f.
Tranquility Lake S. (r), Del Mar, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB H., HST, $38,851, 3YO, F, 1 1/16M, 8-22.
7—VICTRESS, f, 3, Include--Shining Victory, by Victory Gallop. ($47,000 '14 KEESEP; C$3,500 2016 HASMAR). O-Gilker, Victoria and Robert, B-Judy B Hicks (KY), T-Robert Gilker, J-Amadeo Perez, $22,922.
5—Princess O'Prado, f, 3, Paddy O'Prado--Dancing Daisy, by More Than Ready. ($22,000 '14 KEESEP). O-Whieldon Thoroughbreds, B-Ed Few (KY), $7,770.
4—C U At Eau Claire, f, 3, Haynesfield--Sweetheart Rose, by Awesome Again. (C$38,000 '14 BRCSEP). O-Don B Danard, B-Tod Mtn Thoroughbreds (BC), $3,885.
Also Ran: Chestnut's Gold, Omi, Oma.
Winning Time: 1:46 (ft)
Margins: 3, HF, 9HF.
Odds: 9.90, 31.30, 0.50.
 
SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL DERBY TRIAL H., HST, $38,851, 3YO, 1 1/16M, 8-22.
2—OPPORTUNISTIC, g, 3, Sky Mesa--Mona Quita, by El Corredor. ($20,000 '13 KEENOV; $50,000 '14 KEESEP). O-Mark DeDomenico LLC and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc, B-Sassu, LLC, Philip Robertson & Brenda Robertson (KY), T-Troy Taylor, J-David G. Lopez, $22,145.
4—Silvertown, g, 3, Speightstown--Silver Sands, by El Prado (IRE). O-Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc, B-Paul Pompa Jr (KY), $7,770.
5—Stanz in Command, g, 3, Second in Command--Serengeti Sunrise, by Dixieland Diamond. (C$7,500 '14 BRCSEP). O-Robert Scott, B-White House Stables (BC), $3,885.
Also Ran: Crazy Prophet, Coulterberry, Dashing Don, Omega Victory.
Winning Time: 1:46 (ft)
Margins: HF, 3/4, 3/4.
Odds: 0.90, 3.00, 5.75.

Features

RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
ARLINGTON:   May 6 - Sept. 24
BELTERRA PARK:   April 29 - Oct. 8
CANTERBURY PARK:   May 20 - Sept. 17
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 7 - Dec. 29
DEL MAR:   July 15 - Sept. 5
DELAWARE PARK:   May 21 - Oct. 15
ELLIS PARK:   July 2 - Sept. 5
EMERALD DOWNS:   April 9 - Sept. 11
EVANGELINE DOWNS:   April 6 - Aug. 27
FINGER LAKES:   April 16 - Nov. 30
FORT ERIE:   May 31 - Oct. 18
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Aug. 17 - Sept. 20
GULFSTREAM PARK:   July 1 - Oct. 2
HASTINGS PARK:   April 17 - Oct. 16
INDIANA GRAND:   April 19 - Oct. 29
LAUREL PARK:   July 1 - Dec. 31
LOUISIANA DOWNS:   May 7 - Sept. 24
MONMOUTH PARK:   May 14 - Sept. 25
MOUNTAINEER:   April 16 - Nov. 26
PARX RACING:   Feb. 27 - Dec. 20
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 6 - Dec. 30
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS:   May 22 - Oct. 6
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 12 - Dec. 11
SARATOGA:   July 22 - Sept. 5
THISTLEDOWN:   April 25 - Oct. 22
WOODBINE:   April 9 - Dec. 4
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
BELMONT PARK:   Sept. 9 - Oct. 30
CHURCHILL DOWNS:   Sept. 16 - Oct. 2
KENTUCKY DOWNS:   Sept. 3 - 15
LOS ALAMITOS:   Sept. 8 - 25
MEADOWLANDS:   Sept. 28 - Oct. 19
SUFFOLK DOWNS:   Sept. 3 - 4

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

IND, 7TH, AOC, $36,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 8-23.
2—RALLA'S RALLY, f, 3, Pass Rush--Ralla, by Roar. ($7,000 '14 FTKOCT). O-Cipriano Contreras, B-Copper Cap Farm Inc (IN), T-Cipriano Contreras, J-Emmanuel Esquivel, $21,600.
8—Picante Caliente, f, 3, El Corredor--Amanda's Crown, by Crown Ambassador. ($2,000 '14 FTKFEB; $1,400 2015 ESLOCT). O-Richard B Schrag, B-Swifty Farms Inc (IN), $7,200.
10—Tornada, m, 6, High Fly--Painter, by Tinners Way. O-Zachary Short, B-Zachary Short (IN), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:10 3/5 (ft)
 
MNR, 4TH, ALW, $23,343, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7FT, 8-22.
6—GRANNY'S DRINK, m, 5, Old Fashioned--Cintarosa, by Grand Slam. ($360,000 '12 FTSAUG; $40,000 2014 KEENOV). O-James E Hunt, B-Jack Grunwald (KY), T-S. Matthew Kintz, J-Luis Raul Rivera, $14,558.
2—Fonepferesh (IRE), m, 5, Holy Roman Emperor (IRE)--Vee Gita (IRE), by Vettori (IRE). (16,000GBP 2013 GOFMAR; $170,000 2014 KEEJAN). O-Jerry Jamgotchian, B-Patrick Grogan (IRE), $5,020.
2B—Welcome Aboard, m, 6, Rock Hard Ten--Recherche, by Rahy. O-Jerry Jamgotchian, B-Gary & Mary West Stables, Inc (KY), $2,510.
Winning Time: 1:23 3/5 (fm)
 
FL, 8TH, ALW, $19,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 8-23.
6—ABOUNDING SPIRIT, f, 4, Read the Footnotes--Halle's Aptitude, by Aptitude. ($2,000 '13 FTKOCT). O-Francis J Paolangeli, B-T Scott Brawley (NY), T-Charlton Baker, J-Jaime Rodriguez, $11,700.
4—Andromeda's Child, m, 5, Andromeda's Hero--Blondie Child, by Double Sonic. O-Peter T Putriment, B-Peter Putriment (NY), $3,900.
5—Just Catty, m, 5, Catienus--Just Gabi, by Devil His Due. O-Five C's Stable, B-McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, LLC (NY), $1,950.
Winning Time: 1:39 1/5 (ft)
 
FL, 3RD, ALW, $17,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M 70Y, 8-23.
2—CRAZY LOVE, f, 3, Freud--Love Strikes, by Smart Strike. ($2,700 '14 FTMSEP). O-M Anthony Ferraro, B-Ronald W Zdrojeski & Lawrence P Coas (NY), T-M. Anthony Ferraro, J-Pedro A. Rodriguez, $10,200.
3—Zapper Girl, f, 4, Ghostzapper--Etamine, by Gone West. ($55,000 '13 KEESEP; $80,000 2014 FTMMAY). O-Kupferberg, Saul J and Max, B-Milfer Farm Inc (NY), $3,400.
5—Taken by Surprise, f, 3, Giant Surprise--Poovey, by Graeme Hall. O-Repole Stable, B-Repole Stables Inc (NY), $1,870.
Winning Time: 1:44 4/5 (ft)
 
FL, 1ST, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 8-23.
1—SPECIAL DIVIDEND, f, 3, Girolamo--Wallstreetmadness, by Rahy. ($5,000 '14 FTNAUG). O-The Elkstone Group LLC, B-Gallaghers Stud (NY), T-Chris J. Englehart, J-John R. Davila, Jr., $10,140.
2—Mary Pray for Us, f, 3, Touch Gold--Winloc's Hail Mary, by Capote. O-Script R Farm, B-Script R Farm, LLC (NY), $3,380.
4—Aquarius, f, 4, Freud--Aqualung, by Geiger Counter. O-Patricia L Moseley, B-Mrs James B Moseley (NY), $1,859.
Winning Time: 1:11 2/5 (ft)
 
MNR, 3RD, ALW, $15,552, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 8-22.
5—C V'S MONSTER MAN, g, 4, Meadow Monster--Rowdy Woman, by Fastness (IRE). O-Copperville Farm, B-Susan H Wantz (MD), T-J. Michael Baird, J-Agustin Bracho, $9,396.
6—Dolce Lusso, g, 10, Black Tie Affair (IRE)--Polish Luck, by Polish Numbers. O-Delong, Sr, Robert E and Delong, Jr, Robert E, B-Robert E DeLong Jr & Johnathan W Mah (WV), $3,240.
3—Weavers Ice Cold, g, 3, Quiet American--Gold n Eskimo, by Seeking the Gold. ($45,000 '14 KEESEP; $120,000 2015 OBSMAR). O-Loooch Racing Stables, Inc, B-KC Garrett Farm LLC (OH), $1,620.
Winning Time: 1:37 4/5 (fm)
 
MNR, 2ND, ALW, $15,552, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 8-22.
5—DON KELA, g, 5, Kela--Rowdy Woman, by Fastness (IRE). O-Copperville Farm, B-Susan H Wantz (WV), T-J. Michael Baird, J-Agustin Bracho, $9,396.
1—Proposition Joe, c, 3, Divine Park--Morganza, by Clever Trick. ($15,000 '14 FTKOCT). O-Brumley, Jerry S and Reed, Kay, B-George Waggoner Stables Inc (KY), $3,240.
3—Three Fifteen, g, 3, Proud Citizen--Paris Sky, by Skywalker. ($15,000 '14 FTKOCT). O-David Downard, B-Meg T Buckley & Mike Buckley (KY), $1,620.
Winning Time: 1:37 1/5 (fm)

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/15-8/21) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
California Chrome 5H 1 1/4m (ft) DMR 8/20 $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic S. 112
Speed Is Life 5G 1 1/16m (ft) CBY 8/21 Wally's Choice Minnesota Classic Championship S. 98
Sir Genghis 5G 1 1/16m (ft) EVD 8/20 Owner's Day Cup S. 95
Jules N Rome 4F 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/15 Saratoga Dew S. 93
Killin Me Smalls 6G 1 1/16m (ft) NP 8/20 Westerner H. 92
Langara 3G 1m (ft) ASD 8/19 Phil Kives S. 91
Sheriffa 5M 1 1/16m (ft) FL 8/15 Jack Betta Be Rite S. 91
Hero's Amor 4F 1 1/16m (ft) NP 8/20 City of Edmonton Distaff H. 90
Great Majestic 4F 1 1/16m (ft) EVD 8/20 Owners Cup Distaff S. 89
Witt Six 4G 1 1/16m (ft) ASD 8/17 R. J. Speers S. 87
Sioux Appeal 4F 1 1/16m (ft) CBY 8/21 Glitter Star Minnesota Distaff Classic Championshi 86
Cowboys Don't Cry 4G 1m (ft) GPR 8/20 Grande Prairie Mile S. 83
Prater Sixty Four 4G 1m 70y (ft) ELY 8/21 Ely H. 83
Electric Cowgirl 3F 1 1/16m (ft) ASD 8/17 One More Lady S. 82
Supreme Rush 4F 1m (ft) ASD 8/20 Distaff S. 80
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/15-8/21) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Tara's Tango 4F 6 1/2f (ft) DMR 8/17 Rancho Bernardo H. 103
Hot City Girl 4F 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 8/18 Union Avenue S. 102
Honey's Sox Appeal 3F 6f (ft) CBY 8/21 Bella Notte Minnesota Distaff Sprint Championship 89
Hold for More 4G 6f (ft) CBY 8/21 Crocrock Minnesota Sprint Championship S. 88
Mighty Brown 5G 7f (ft) ELY 8/20 White Pine Thoroughbred Feature S. 85
Brighton Star 5G 6f (ft) SWF 8/21 Bill Earll Memorial S. 77
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/15-8/21) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Tourist 5H 1m (fm) SAR 8/20 Fourstardave H. 107
Glenville Gardens 4G 7f (fm) WO 8/20 Play the King S. 103
Can'thelpbelieving (IRE) 5G 1 1/8m (fm) MTH 8/21 Cliff Hanger S. 101
Messi (GER) 6G 1 1/4m (fm) WO 8/21 Sky Classic S. 99
Midnight Storm 5H 1m (fm) DMR 8/21 Del Mar Mile H. 99
Disco Partner 4C 5 1/2f (fm) SAR 8/20 Troy S. 98
Ashleyluvssugar 5G 1 3/8m (fm) DMR 8/20 Del Mar H. Presented by The Japan Racing Associati 97
Frenzified (GB) 4F 1 3/8m (fm) DMR 8/19 CTT and TOC H. 94
John Jones 4G 6f (gd) LRL 8/20 Mister Diz S. 90
Lovable Lady 5M 6f (gd) LRL 8/20 Jameela S. 84
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/15-8/21) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Fireman Oscar 2G 6f (ft) CBY 8/21 Northern Lights Futurity 84
Shipmate 2F 6f (ft) CBY 8/21 Northern Lights Debutante S. 76
Paint My Ride 2G 5 1/2f (ft) ASD 8/19 Osiris S. 71
Escape Clause 2F 6f (ft) ASD 8/20 CTHS Sales S. 70
Ms. Wally Rose 2F 6f (ft) MD 8/20 Western Heritage S. 48
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/15-8/21) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Songbird 3F 1 1/4m (ft) SAR 8/20 Alabama S. 103
Camp Creek 3G 1 1/2m (fm) WO 8/21 Breeders' S. 96
Time and Motion 3F 1 1/8m (fm) SAR 8/21 Lake Placid S. 95
Harmonize 3F 1 1/8m (fm) DMR 8/20 Del Mar Oaks Presented by The Jockey Club 94
Unbridled Mo 3F 1 1/16m (ft) MTH 8/20 Monmouth Oaks 94
Onestaratatime 3F 1 1/16m (ft) NP 8/20 Sonoma H. 89
Ready Intaglio 3C 1 3/8m (ft) NP 8/20 Canadian Derby 88
Whipper Watson 3G 1m (ft) MD 8/20 Shortgrass Heritage S. 76
Brick of Gold 3F 1m (ft) MD 8/20 Parkland Heritage S. 65
Powerofemotion 3F 6f (ft) ELY 8/21 White Pine Racing Derby 63

North American Maiden Winners
Lookin At Lucky--Miss Sharondipity by Malibu Moon; I'MLUCKYSGIRL, f, 2, IND, Msw, 8-23, 1m, 1:38 3/5. B-Sean Curtin, Anna Curtin & Ashford Stud (KY.). $40,000 '14 KEENOV; $3,500 '15 KEESEP.
Trappe Shot--Jivin' by Grand Reward; HORSE NAME RED, f, 2, MNR, Msw, 8-22, 5f, 1:01 2/5. B-J. D. Squires/M. A. Squires (KY.). $1,500 '15 FTKOCT.
Northern Afleet--Trust n Seven (MSW$257,507), by Trust n Luck; SEVEN SEIZE, f, 3, IND, Msw, 8-23, a1mT, 1:42 2/5. B-Michael E. Lauer & Penny S. Lauer (IN.).
Singing Saint--Twine Flies by Twining; ARE YOU OK, f, 3, FE, Mcl 5000, 8-23, 5 1/2f, 1:07 . B-UnStable Racing (ON.).
Storm Victory--Leona's Darling by Regal Remark; ONE TIME, g, 3, HST, Mcl 4000, 8-22, 6 1/2f, 1:18 1/5. B-Kathy Lafontaine & Helen Klimes (BC.).
More Than Ready--A Bit of Humor by Distorted Humor; WHIM, f, 4, MNR, Msw, 8-22, 1m, 1:41 2/5. B-Fairlawn Farm (KY.). $110,000 '12 KEENOV; $190,000 '13 KEESEP.
Shore Breeze--Venasauer by Smokester; HANDSOME SEAN, g, 4, IND, Mcl 5000, 8-23, 1m, 1:41 1/5. B-John F. Haran (IL.). *Full to Breathtakingbreeze ($262,200).

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
California Chrome   DMR   1 1/4m (ft)   8/20   125.0
Songbird   SAR   1 1/4m (ft)   8/20   123.6
Hot City Girl   SAR   6 1/2f (ft)   8/18   122.1
Tara's Tango   DMR   6 1/2f (ft)   8/17   121.9
Tourist   SAR   1m (fm)   8/20   121.2
Always On My Mind   MTH   1m 70y (ft)   8/20   120.9
Glenville Gardens   WO   7f (fm)   8/20   120.9
Nonna Mela   SAR   6 1/2f (ft)   8/19   120.4
Camp Creek   WO   1 1/2m (fm)   8/21   120.3
Midnight Storm   DMR   1m (fm)   8/21   120.3
Sir Genghis   EVD   1 1/16m (ft)   8/20   120.2
Well Measured   DMR   6f (ft)   8/21   120.1
Navy Hymn   DMR   6f (ft)   8/21   120.1
Tale of Life (JPN)   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   8/19   120.1
Can'thelpbelieving (IRE)   MTH   1 1/8m (fm)   8/21   119.9

Features

UPCOMING STAKES

Thursday, August 25
 
NEW YORK TURF WRITERS CUP (NSA-G1), Saratoga, $150,000, 4&up, 2 3/8mT.
Riskaverse S., Saratoga, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
 
Friday, August 26
 
Albany S. (r), Saratoga, $250,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
Fleet Indian S. (r), Saratoga, $200,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8m.
Funny Cide S. (r), Saratoga, $200,000, 2yo, 6 1/2f.
Seeking the Ante S. (r), Saratoga, $200,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
West Point S. (r), Saratoga, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
Yaddo S. (r), Saratoga, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
Shared Belief S., Del Mar, $100,000, 3yo, 1m.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
C.T.H.S. Sales S. (r), Hastings Park, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
 
Saturday, August 27
 
TRAVERS S. (G1), Saratoga, $1,250,000, 3yo, 1 1/4m.
SWORD DANCER S. (G1), Saratoga, $1,000,000, 3&up, 1 1/2mT.
PERSONAL ENSIGN S. (G1), Saratoga, $750,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
FOREGO S. (G1), Saratoga, $700,000, 3&up, 7f.
BALLERINA S. (G1), Saratoga, $500,000, 3&up, f&m, 7f.
KING'S BISHOP S. (G1), Saratoga, $500,000, 3yo, 7f.
BALLSTON SPA S. (G2), Saratoga, $400,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT.
PAT O'BRIEN S. (G2), Del Mar, $200,000, 3&up, 7f.
PHILIP H. ISELIN S. (G3), Monmouth Park, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m.
Seaway S. (Can-G3), Woodbine, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 7f.
Mystic Lake Derby, Canterbury Park, $200,000, 3yo, 1mT.
Lady Jacqueline S., Thistledown, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/4m.
Generous Portion S. (r), Del Mar, $150,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Tah Dah S. (r), Belterra Park, $75,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Brooks Fields S., Canterbury Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1mT.
Minnesota HBPA Distaff, Canterbury Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1mT.
Pay the Man S. (r), Thistledown, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Carlos Salazar S. (r), Albuquerque Downs, $60,000, 3&up, f&m, 6 1/2f.
Evangeline Downs Prince S., Evangeline Downs, $60,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
Evangeline Downs Princess S., Evangeline Downs, $60,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Sylvia Bishop Memorial (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 3yo, f, 7f.
 
Sunday, August 28
 
TORREY PINES S. (G3), Del Mar, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1m.
La Prevoyante S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
Smart N Fancy S., Saratoga, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2fT.
Charles Hesse III H. (r), Monmouth Park, $60,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Eleven North H. (r), Monmouth Park, $60,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
New Jersey Breeders' H. (r), Monmouth Park, $60,000, 3&up, 6f.
Muckleshoot Tribal Classic (r), Emerald Downs, $50,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Washington Cup Filly and Mare S. (r), Emerald Downs, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Washington Cup Three-Year-Old Filly S. (r), Emerald Downs, $50,000, 3yo, f, 1m.
Washington Cup Three-Year-Old S. (r), Emerald Downs, $50,000, 3yo, 1m.
Washington Cup Two-Year-Old Colts and Geldings S. (r), Emerald Downs, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
Washington Cup Two-Year-Old Filly S. (r), Emerald Downs, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
 
Monday, August 29
 
Better Talk Now S., Saratoga, $100,000, 3yo, 1mT.
 
Wednesday, August 31
 
WITH ANTICIPATION S. (G2), Saratoga, $200,000, 2yo, 1 1/16mT.
Muskoka S. (r), Woodbine, $200,000, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f.
Simcoe S. (r), Woodbine, $200,000, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
Algoma S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Elgin S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, c&g, 1 1/16m.
Halton S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, 1mT.
Kenora S. (r), Woodbine, $125,000, 3&up, 6f.
Tranquility Lake S. (r), Del Mar, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m.

RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
ARLINGTON:   May 6 - Sept. 24
BELTERRA PARK:   April 29 - Oct. 8
CANTERBURY PARK:   May 20 - Sept. 17
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 7 - Dec. 29
DEL MAR:   July 15 - Sept. 5
DELAWARE PARK:   May 21 - Oct. 15
ELLIS PARK:   July 2 - Sept. 5
EMERALD DOWNS:   April 9 - Sept. 11
EVANGELINE DOWNS:   April 6 - Aug. 27
FINGER LAKES:   April 16 - Nov. 30
FORT ERIE:   May 31 - Oct. 18
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Aug. 17 - Sept. 20
GULFSTREAM PARK:   July 1 - Oct. 2
HASTINGS PARK:   April 17 - Oct. 16
INDIANA GRAND:   April 19 - Oct. 29
LAUREL PARK:   July 1 - Dec. 31
LOUISIANA DOWNS:   May 7 - Sept. 24
MONMOUTH PARK:   May 14 - Sept. 25
MOUNTAINEER:   April 16 - Nov. 26
PARX RACING:   Feb. 27 - Dec. 20
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 6 - Dec. 30
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS:   May 22 - Oct. 6
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 12 - Dec. 11
SARATOGA:   July 22 - Sept. 5
THISTLEDOWN:   April 25 - Oct. 22
WOODBINE:   April 9 - Dec. 4
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
BELMONT PARK:   Sept. 9 - Oct. 30
CHURCHILL DOWNS:   Sept. 16 - Oct. 2
KENTUCKY DOWNS:   Sept. 3 - 15
LOS ALAMITOS:   Sept. 8 - 25
MEADOWLANDS:   Sept. 28 - Oct. 19
SUFFOLK DOWNS:   Sept. 3 - 4

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Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/15-8/21) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
California Chrome 5H 1 1/4m (ft) DMR 8/20 $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic S. 112
Speed Is Life 5G 1 1/16m (ft) CBY 8/21 Wally's Choice Minnesota Classic Championship S. 98
Sir Genghis 5G 1 1/16m (ft) EVD 8/20 Owner's Day Cup S. 95
Jules N Rome 4F 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/15 Saratoga Dew S. 93
Killin Me Smalls 6G 1 1/16m (ft) NP 8/20 Westerner H. 92
Langara 3G 1m (ft) ASD 8/19 Phil Kives S. 91
Sheriffa 5M 1 1/16m (ft) FL 8/15 Jack Betta Be Rite S. 91
Hero's Amor 4F 1 1/16m (ft) NP 8/20 City of Edmonton Distaff H. 90
Great Majestic 4F 1 1/16m (ft) EVD 8/20 Owners Cup Distaff S. 89
Witt Six 4G 1 1/16m (ft) ASD 8/17 R. J. Speers S. 87
Sioux Appeal 4F 1 1/16m (ft) CBY 8/21 Glitter Star Minnesota Distaff Classic Championshi 86
Cowboys Don't Cry 4G 1m (ft) GPR 8/20 Grande Prairie Mile S. 83
Prater Sixty Four 4G 1m 70y (ft) ELY 8/21 Ely H. 83
Electric Cowgirl 3F 1 1/16m (ft) ASD 8/17 One More Lady S. 82
Supreme Rush 4F 1m (ft) ASD 8/20 Distaff S. 80
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/15-8/21) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Tara's Tango 4F 6 1/2f (ft) DMR 8/17 Rancho Bernardo H. 103
Hot City Girl 4F 6 1/2f (ft) SAR 8/18 Union Avenue S. 102
Honey's Sox Appeal 3F 6f (ft) CBY 8/21 Bella Notte Minnesota Distaff Sprint Championship 89
Hold for More 4G 6f (ft) CBY 8/21 Crocrock Minnesota Sprint Championship S. 88
Mighty Brown 5G 7f (ft) ELY 8/20 White Pine Thoroughbred Feature S. 85
Brighton Star 5G 6f (ft) SWF 8/21 Bill Earll Memorial S. 77
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/15-8/21) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Tourist 5H 1m (fm) SAR 8/20 Fourstardave H. 107
Glenville Gardens 4G 7f (fm) WO 8/20 Play the King S. 103
Can'thelpbelieving (IRE) 5G 1 1/8m (fm) MTH 8/21 Cliff Hanger S. 101
Messi (GER) 6G 1 1/4m (fm) WO 8/21 Sky Classic S. 99
Midnight Storm 5H 1m (fm) DMR 8/21 Del Mar Mile H. 99
Disco Partner 4C 5 1/2f (fm) SAR 8/20 Troy S. 98
Ashleyluvssugar 5G 1 3/8m (fm) DMR 8/20 Del Mar H. Presented by The Japan Racing Associati 97
Frenzified (GB) 4F 1 3/8m (fm) DMR 8/19 CTT and TOC H. 94
John Jones 4G 6f (gd) LRL 8/20 Mister Diz S. 90
Lovable Lady 5M 6f (gd) LRL 8/20 Jameela S. 84
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/15-8/21) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Fireman Oscar 2G 6f (ft) CBY 8/21 Northern Lights Futurity 84
Shipmate 2F 6f (ft) CBY 8/21 Northern Lights Debutante S. 76
Paint My Ride 2G 5 1/2f (ft) ASD 8/19 Osiris S. 71
Escape Clause 2F 6f (ft) ASD 8/20 CTHS Sales S. 70
Ms. Wally Rose 2F 6f (ft) MD 8/20 Western Heritage S. 48
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/15-8/21) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Songbird 3F 1 1/4m (ft) SAR 8/20 Alabama S. 103
Camp Creek 3G 1 1/2m (fm) WO 8/21 Breeders' S. 96
Time and Motion 3F 1 1/8m (fm) SAR 8/21 Lake Placid S. 95
Harmonize 3F 1 1/8m (fm) DMR 8/20 Del Mar Oaks Presented by The Jockey Club 94
Unbridled Mo 3F 1 1/16m (ft) MTH 8/20 Monmouth Oaks 94
Onestaratatime 3F 1 1/16m (ft) NP 8/20 Sonoma H. 89
Ready Intaglio 3C 1 3/8m (ft) NP 8/20 Canadian Derby 88
Whipper Watson 3G 1m (ft) MD 8/20 Shortgrass Heritage S. 76
Brick of Gold 3F 1m (ft) MD 8/20 Parkland Heritage S. 65
Powerofemotion 3F 6f (ft) ELY 8/21 White Pine Racing Derby 63

Spot Plays

SPOT PLAYS

For Wednesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Del Mar   (7th) Lieutenant Colonel, 3-1
    (8th) Sidepocket Run, 9-2
Delaware Park   (5th) Langfirst, 7-2
    (7th) Risk Reversal, 3-1
Evangeline Downs   (3rd) Tough Boss, 7-2
    (9th) Forest Henri, 6-1
Finger Lakes   (2nd) Bustin to Get Home, 5-1
    (5th) She My Trap Queen, 3-1
Gulfstream Park   (4th) Bossy Alexandra, 6-1
    (7th) Reagan's Odyssey, 5-1
Indiana Grand   (1st) Total Immersion, 7-2
    (7th) Joyous Lady, 9-2
Louisiana Downs   (2nd) Valid Prospector, 3-1
    (3rd) Missbonquiqui, 7-2
Mountaineer   (1st) Improvised Brush, 6-1
    (9th) Who's Discreet, 3-1
Penn National   (3rd) Downhill Dale, 5-1
    (4th) Flash Paws, 9-2
Presque Isle Downs   (4th) Jiggin Witit, 4-1
    (6th) Pending Asset, 7-2
Remington Park   (4th) Kinsmanor, 7-2
    (5th) From Out There, 5-1
Saratoga   (2nd) Double Dose, 3-1
    (7th) Comet Sixty Two, 7-2
Thistledown   (2nd) The Green Cougar, 7-2
    (5th) Makossa, 4-1
Woodbine   (4th) Battle Castle, 9-2
    (5th) Zlatica, 8-1

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
California Chrome   DMR   1 1/4m (ft)   8/20   125.0
Songbird   SAR   1 1/4m (ft)   8/20   123.6
Hot City Girl   SAR   6 1/2f (ft)   8/18   122.1
Tara's Tango   DMR   6 1/2f (ft)   8/17   121.9
Tourist   SAR   1m (fm)   8/20   121.2
Always On My Mind   MTH   1m 70y (ft)   8/20   120.9
Glenville Gardens   WO   7f (fm)   8/20   120.9
Nonna Mela   SAR   6 1/2f (ft)   8/19   120.4
Camp Creek   WO   1 1/2m (fm)   8/21   120.3
Midnight Storm   DMR   1m (fm)   8/21   120.3
Sir Genghis   EVD   1 1/16m (ft)   8/20   120.2
Well Measured   DMR   6f (ft)   8/21   120.1
Navy Hymn   DMR   6f (ft)   8/21   120.1
Tale of Life (JPN)   SAR   1 1/8m (ft)   8/19   120.1
Can'thelpbelieving (IRE)   MTH   1 1/8m (fm)   8/21   119.9

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Nearly everything has been migrated over to the TwinSpires.com Blog section on TwinSpires.com, including Dick Powell's Handicapping Insights and John Mucciolo's Notebooks. These features are still available, and for free like everything in the newsletters, but are just located in a different place now.

If you have any questions or comments on the new format, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for following the Edge and Journal.

HANDICAPPER'S EDGE is compiled by Bloodstock Research Information Services. This newsletter may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. Copyright 2011, Bloodstock Research Information Services. Information as to the races, race results and earnings was obtained from Equibase Company LLC and is utilized herein with the permission of the copyright owner, Equibase Company LLC.

Announcements

Help Wanted

A horse racing website is currently hiring for part-time positions as a Customer Service Representative in Lexington, Kentucky. Must be available nights and weekends. Some weekdays may also be available. Computer literacy required, horse racing knowledge and customer service experience a plus. To schedule an interview, email or send your résumé to the following: Nancy.Kanaval@brisnet.com, P.O. Box 4097, Lexington, KY 40544.