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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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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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In brief

Owner Mike Repole has announced that multiple Grade 1 winner Stopchargingmaria (Tale of the Cat), will be offered for sale at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale on November 3. The winner of this year's Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and Alabama S. (G1) will be offered as a racing/broodmare prospect by Taylor Made Sales Agency on behalf of Repole Stable. "We are thrilled to offer Stopchargingmaria on behalf of Repole Stables this November. Stopcharginmaria's credentials speak for themselves. Her pedigree, race record and conformation makes her the ultimate package. She is a filly that has excelled at all levels of racing and her best is yet to come," said Taylor Made's Jacob West. Stopchargingmaria's impressive two-year-old campaign included a 5 1/2 lengths victory in her debut at Saratoga, followed by wins in the Demoiselle S. (G2) and a dominating score in the Tempted S. (G3). She also placed in the Frizette S. (G1) and Spinaway S. (G1). This year, Stopchargingmaria also won the Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2) and finished second in the Beldame S. (G1) last Saturday...

Mountaineer Juvenile winner Hashtag Bourbon (Super Saver) completed his major work for Saturday's $500,000 Breeders' Futurity (G1) by working a bullet half-mile in :47 1/5 Monday morning over a fast Keeneland main track. "He worked great yesterday, and I couldn't keep his feet on the ground this morning," trainer Kellyn Gorder said Tuesday about the two-year-old colt. "That was his third work here and Julien (Leparoux) has worked him each time." Hashtag Bourbon goes into the Breeders' Futurity off a third-place finish in the Iroquois S. (G3) on Sept. 6 at Churchill Downs going 1 1/16 miles. "He broke well that day, which he had not done in his first two starts," Gorder said. "He had the one hole and he was a little keen and he wound up with horses all around him and (jockey) Brian (Hernandez Jr.) had nowhere to go. It wasn't Brian's fault. He couldn't take back and get out. He was finally able to push out at the eighth pole, but he had too much to do."...

Team Valor International has nominated two stories for the 2014 Stan Bergstein Writing Award, a month before the publication deadline for candidates to be considered. Ray Paulick's piece on the impetus for new rules to combat cheating at Ruidoso Downs is the Paulick Report publisher's third nomination this year and is a fitting candidate for an award named after Bergstein, who wrote tough, informed commentaries for Daily Racing Form and many other publications.  In his analysis of the crackdown by Ruidoso Chairman R.D. Hubbard, Paulick mixes in new information, including an allegation from a rival conditioner that banned Quarter Horse trainers Roberto and Alejandro Sanchez secretly trained JM Miracle leading up to his victory in the $2.6-million All American Futurity. The owner of a training center where JM Miracle prepared for the race denied that the Sanchez brothers trained the horse. The full story is here. Team Valor also nominated a recently submitted commentary from last spring by Joe Clancy of ThisIsHorseRacing.com in the wake of PETA's release of undercover video footage of the Steve Asmussen stable. In a call for reform, Clancy wrote "The public wants to know the horses are OK, or as OK as possible. The public wants to know the sport is populated by participants who care. The public wants to have faith that cheaters will be caught and penalized, and that jerks will be marginalized. The public wants to believe racing is a noble pursuit, fairly governed by an even-handed entity." Team Valor has nominated nine stories so far for the third annual Bergstein Award, which is open to stories about horse racing from a North American publication or website between November 2, 2013 and a deadline of November 1, 2014. Writers and editors may submit stories for consideration for the award to Jeff Lowe at jeff@teamvalor.com...

Stonestreet Farm owner Barbara R. Banke and prominent horseman Ben Haggin have been chosen as the newest members of Keeneland's Advisory Board of Directors. Banke and Haggin will begin their service at the Advisory Board meeting held this fall. The Keeneland board meets semi-annually during the track's April and October race meetings and represents a cross section of individuals vital to the Thoroughbred industry, as well as the entire community. "Barbara and Ben bring a wealth of business and industry experience to the board, and we thank them for agreeing to serve," Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. Banke, together with her husband, the late Jess Jackson, established Stonestreet Farm near Versailles, Kentucky, in 2005. A leading commercial breeding operation, Stonestreet Farm has to date produced the winners of 20 graded stakes and have campaigned Horses of the Year Curlin and Rachel Alexandra. Haggin, the fourth generation of his family to serve Keeneland, is managing partner of Woodford Racing. Haggin has experience in nearly every facet of the Thoroughbred industry, having worked for Mill Ridge Farm, Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally, Equibase and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

In brief

Owner Mike Repole has announced that multiple Grade 1 winner Stopchargingmaria (Tale of the Cat), will be offered for sale at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale on November 3. The winner of this year's Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and Alabama S. (G1) will be offered as a racing/broodmare prospect by Taylor Made Sales Agency on behalf of Repole Stable. "We are thrilled to offer Stopchargingmaria on behalf of Repole Stables this November. Stopcharginmaria's credentials speak for themselves. Her pedigree, race record and conformation makes her the ultimate package. She is a filly that has excelled at all levels of racing and her best is yet to come," said Taylor Made's Jacob West. Stopchargingmaria's impressive two-year-old campaign included a 5 1/2 lengths victory in her debut at Saratoga, followed by wins in the Demoiselle S. (G2) and a dominating score in the Tempted S. (G3). She also placed in the Frizette S. (G1) and Spinaway S. (G1). This year, Stopchargingmaria also won the Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2) and finished second in the Beldame S. (G1) last Saturday...

Mountaineer Juvenile winner Hashtag Bourbon (Super Saver) completed his major work for Saturday's $500,000 Breeders' Futurity (G1) by working a bullet half-mile in :47 1/5 Monday morning over a fast Keeneland main track. "He worked great yesterday, and I couldn't keep his feet on the ground this morning," trainer Kellyn Gorder said Tuesday about the two-year-old colt. "That was his third work here and Julien (Leparoux) has worked him each time." Hashtag Bourbon goes into the Breeders' Futurity off a third-place finish in the Iroquois S. (G3) on Sept. 6 at Churchill Downs going 1 1/16 miles. "He broke well that day, which he had not done in his first two starts," Gorder said. "He had the one hole and he was a little keen and he wound up with horses all around him and (jockey) Brian (Hernandez Jr.) had nowhere to go. It wasn't Brian's fault. He couldn't take back and get out. He was finally able to push out at the eighth pole, but he had too much to do."...

Team Valor International has nominated two stories for the 2014 Stan Bergstein Writing Award, a month before the publication deadline for candidates to be considered. Ray Paulick's piece on the impetus for new rules to combat cheating at Ruidoso Downs is the Paulick Report publisher's third nomination this year and is a fitting candidate for an award named after Bergstein, who wrote tough, informed commentaries for Daily Racing Form and many other publications.  In his analysis of the crackdown by Ruidoso Chairman R.D. Hubbard, Paulick mixes in new information, including an allegation from a rival conditioner that banned Quarter Horse trainers Roberto and Alejandro Sanchez secretly trained JM Miracle leading up to his victory in the $2.6-million All American Futurity. The owner of a training center where JM Miracle prepared for the race denied that the Sanchez brothers trained the horse. The full story is here. Team Valor also nominated a recently submitted commentary from last spring by Joe Clancy of ThisIsHorseRacing.com in the wake of PETA's release of undercover video footage of the Steve Asmussen stable. In a call for reform, Clancy wrote "The public wants to know the horses are OK, or as OK as possible. The public wants to know the sport is populated by participants who care. The public wants to have faith that cheaters will be caught and penalized, and that jerks will be marginalized. The public wants to believe racing is a noble pursuit, fairly governed by an even-handed entity." Team Valor has nominated nine stories so far for the third annual Bergstein Award, which is open to stories about horse racing from a North American publication or website between November 2, 2013 and a deadline of November 1, 2014. Writers and editors may submit stories for consideration for the award to Jeff Lowe at jeff@teamvalor.com...

Stonestreet Farm owner Barbara R. Banke and prominent horseman Ben Haggin have been chosen as the newest members of Keeneland's Advisory Board of Directors. Banke and Haggin will begin their service at the Advisory Board meeting held this fall. The Keeneland board meets semi-annually during the track's April and October race meetings and represents a cross section of individuals vital to the Thoroughbred industry, as well as the entire community. "Barbara and Ben bring a wealth of business and industry experience to the board, and we thank them for agreeing to serve," Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. Banke, together with her husband, the late Jess Jackson, established Stonestreet Farm near Versailles, Kentucky, in 2005. A leading commercial breeding operation, Stonestreet Farm has to date produced the winners of 20 graded stakes and have campaigned Horses of the Year Curlin and Rachel Alexandra. Haggin, the fourth generation of his family to serve Keeneland, is managing partner of Woodford Racing. Haggin has experience in nearly every facet of the Thoroughbred industry, having worked for Mill Ridge Farm, Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally, Equibase and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

CHAVES COUNTY S., ZIA, $55,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 9-29.
5—MOLLY'S HONOUR, f, 4, Etesaal--Honour Shaker, by Honour and Glory. O-Joey Keith Davis, B-Bradford Thoroughbred Farm (TX), T-Chris A. Hartman, J-Enrique Portillo Gomez, $33,000.
4—Lady Haddassah, m, 5, Whywhywhy--Baby Lexi, by Storm Boot. O-Ulwelling, Al and Bill, B-Zayat Stables, LLC (FL), $12,100.
1—Belleofthebeach, f, 3, Master Command--Belle's Home, by Came Home. ($20,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Teed Off Stable LLC, B-Calvin Crain (KY), $5,500.
Also Ran: Quinichette, African Rose, Dont Ask Ghost.
Winning Time: 1:37 3/5 (ft)
Margins: 1HF, 9, 1.
Odds: 1.30, 2.50, 2.50.

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WOODBINE:   High 5 -- $36,952

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

PRX, 8TH, AOC, $59,540, 3YO/UP, A1M 70YT, 9-30.
11—ZIPPED CODE, c, 4, City Zip--Control Premium, by Mt. Livermore. ($17,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Robert Tresente, B-Jon A Marshall (PA), T-Patricia Farro, J-Jose Delgadillo, $38,640.
1—Hobo Ridge, g, 7, Tiger Ridge--Allen's Ms, by Allen's Prospect. O-M-Z Racing Partnership, B-William Crigler & Dennis Myers (FL), $9,200.
4—Breitling Flyer, c, 3, Ghostzapper--Starbuster, by Housebuster. ($14,000 '11 KEENOV; $45,000 '12 OBSAUG). O-Rontos Racing Stable Corp, B-Bathen Thoroughbreds, LLC & Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC (FL), $5,060.
Winning Time: 1:40 4/5 (gd)
 
IND, 6TH, ALW, $34,000, 3YO/UP, 5FT, 9-30.
6—REFLECTOR, c, 3, Ready's Image--Passionate Dancer, by Cat Thief. ($20,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Preston Stables LLC, B-John T L Jones Jr (TX), T-Pavel Matejka, J-Lori A. Wydick, $20,400.
4—Discreet Treat, g, 4, Discreet Cat--Garden City, by Carson City. ($35,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Gibler, Lou, Johnson, Marvin A and Widman, Larry A, B-Dr Ted Folkerth (KY), $6,800.
3—Joedini, c, 3, Bernardini--Melissa Jo, by Fusaichi Pegasus. ($170,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Jerry Namy, B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY), $3,400.
Winning Time: :58 2/5 (fm)
 
ZIA, 8TH, ALW, $33,670, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 9-30.
5—RENEWED VOWS, f, 3, Attila's Storm--Vows Kept, by Broken Vow. O-R D Hubbard, B-R D Hubbard (NM), T-Bart G. Hone, J-Irwin J. Rosendo, $20,100.
4—Unofficial Winner, f, 3, Attila's Storm--Icy Hollywood, by Gone Hollywood. ($45,000 '12 RUIJUL). O-Brooks, Joe Dee, Lewis, Lee R, Rushing, Ted, Taylor, Dale and Bryant, Scott, B-R D Hubbard (NM), $7,370.
7—Vinton Row, m, 5, Pro Prado--Ace in the Hole, by Caracal. O-Johnny Black, B-John Black (NM), $3,350.
Winning Time: 1:04 2/5 (ft)
 
MNR, 2ND, ALW, $31,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7 1/2FT, 9-29.
6—MAID ON A MISSION, m, 5, Strategic Mission--She's Imperial, by Imperial Falcon. ($1,500 '10 FTKFEB). O-Tommy Ray Mills, B-University of Kentucky (KY), T-Tommy Ray Mills, J-Luis M. Quinones, $18,600.
3—Fur Lined, m, 8, Trust n Luck--Mittens, by Storm Boot. ($20,000 2013 FTKJU2). O-Amalia B Cox, B-William M Backer (VA), $6,200.
4—Ecstatic Miss, f, 4, Consolidator--Fighting Words, by Lord at War (ARG). ($25,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Jack Cannon, B-Ricky G Smith (KY), $3,100.
Winning Time: 1:28 2/5 (fm)
 
ZIA, 6TH, ALW, $25,000, 2YO, F, 5 1/2F, 9-30.
6—A WILD NOTION, f, 2, Notional--Non Sibi, by Wild Deputy. O-Jim Jorgensen, B-Columbiana Farm (KY), T-H. Ray Ashford, Jr., J-Dusty Ryder Shepherd, $15,000.
5—Rousanne, f, 2, Desert Party--Auntie Soph, by Valiant Nature. ($15,000 '13 FTKJUL; $37,000 2014 BESMAR; $50,000 2014 FTKJU2). O-Teed Off Stable LLC, B-Dr & Mrs Stuart E Brown II (KY), $5,500.
3—Katelynn's the One, f, 2, Elijah's Song--Diamond Siphon, by Siphon (BRZ). ($2,700 '13 TEXAUG). O-Sarah Delany, B-James E Helzer (OK), $2,500.
Winning Time: 1:05 1/5 (ft)
 
FL, 5TH, ALW, $19,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M 70Y, 9-30.
1—ALWAYSINSTILETTOS, f, 3, Bandini--Always Belong, by Belong to Me. O-Langpap Stables, B-Dennis Petrisak & Deborah Petrisak (NY), T-M. Anthony Ferraro, J-Pedro A. Rodriguez, $11,700.
3—My Honey Laurie, m, 7, Mayakovsky--Nice Touch, by Pleasant Tap. ($1,000 '07 NYBOCT). O-Lima Horse Racing LLC, B-Philip Birsh (NY), $3,900.
2—Sparks Will Fly, m, 5, Langfuhr--Sparkling Blue, by Smoke Glacken. O-Donna Bireta, B-Sienna Farms LLC (NY), $1,950.
Winning Time: 1:44 1/5 (ft)
 
FL, 2ND, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 9-30.
3—CARL'S BIRTHDAY, c, 3, Utopia (JPN)--Danielle's Jewel, by Valid Appeal. O-Stephanie S Berge, B-Harald S Berge & Stephanie S Berge (NY), T-Paul W. Barrow, J-Simon P. Husbands, $10,140.
1—Ugga, g, 4, Prime Timber--Maeve the Rave, by Belong to Me. O-Paul W Barrow, B-Andiamo Farm & Sez Who Thoroughbreds (NY), $3,380.
4—Have Another Look, g, 3, Graeme Hall--First Look, by Montbrook. O-Lenora Black, B-Briggs & Cromartie Bloodstock Agency & Lenora Black (NY), $1,690.
Winning Time: 1:05 4/5 (ft)

Features

DEROSA'S BLOG

OCTOBER 1, 2014

Handicapping Keeneland

by Ed DeRosa

Keeneland returns to dirt after an eight-year absence (Keeneland Photo)

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

It's easy to forecast record handle based on those poll results because any increase would result in a record considering last year's fall meeting is the current high water mark.

The track might have a tough go toward a record on opening day, however, as field size for the eight main track races is down 13.1 percent, and a weather forecast that portends an "off" track doesn't help either.

Bruno De Julio will write later this week about main track observations (his Santa Anita thoughts ahead of its opening was fantastic), and I'll definitely pepper his thoughts into my mix, but my main handicapping ammunition will come from a report I made using ALL-WAYS based on the strength of certain Brisnet.com Ultimate Past Performances handicapping factors on other dirt tracks.

The idea is that the database of information at dirt tracks where similar horses as the ones at Keeneland run will yield better clues about the outcome of Friday's races than would using Polytrack stats from the past eight years or dirt track information from before 2006.

The four tracks I chose are Belterra Park, Churchill Downs, Indiana Downs, and Saratoga Race Course. Belterra because -- like Keeneland -- it's a new track this year and the others because their range of class matches what we'll find at Keeneland.

There were no real surprises regarding what factors point out more winners relative to their odds: the best last-out Brisnet.com Speed Rating, Prime Power, and an ALL-Ways-exclusive figure called Comprehensive Rating are three strong indicators.

If armed with nothing but the Brisnet.com Ultimate Race Summary, I'd feel confident playing the top horses in either the Speed Rating or Prime Power categories at the right price, but ALL-WAYS takes things a step further and weighs these factors separately and against each other and handicaps the race accordingly with cardinal picks (e.g. who will win) as well as a fair odds line.

The ALL-WAYS report will not be my gospel when handicapping Keeneland opening weekend, but it will be a solid epistle to guide my thoughts. I'll certainly consult the Predicteform pace-adjusted performance figures with form-cycle analysis for positive (or negative) patterns, and Bruno With The Works will also help identify who's ready to fire (or not).

We'll be back later in the week with actual picks for the opening weekend cards, including direct looks at the ALL-Ways reports my dirt profile generates.

North American Maiden Winners
E Dubai--Optimistic Jordan by Freud; CROSSING JORDAN, f, 2, PRX, Msw, 9-30, 6f, 1:12 . B-Patrick A. Everard & Elizabeth Everard (PA.).
Kitten's Joy--Granny Broughton by Sky Mesa; BROUGHTON KITTEN, c, 2, IND, Msw, 9-30, 1mT, 1:41 1/5. B-Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey (KY.).
Lantana Mob--Sister Crimson by Sky Classic; OUTRAGEOUS JUSTICE, g, 2, IND, Moc 15000, 9-30, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-Justice Farm & Greg Justice (IN.).
Sharp Humor--Hot Cocoa by Smoke Glacken; EL GUERO GUANTERO, c, 2, PRX, Msw, 9-30, 5 1/2f, 1:04 3/5. B-Wayne Morris & Juanita Morris (KY.). $15,000 '13 FTKFEB; $60,000 '13 KEESEP; $30,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Thesaurus--Darlin Jamie by Evansville Slew; DARLENE'S DELIGHT, f, 2, IND, Moc 15000, 9-30, 6f, 1:14 1/5. B-Robert A Ray (IN.).
Circular Quay--Crowninshield by Aldebaran; ENGLAND, g, 3, PRX, Mcl 15000, 9-30, 5f, :58 . B-Brent Fernung & Crystal Fernung (FL.). $11,500 2013 OBSJUN.
Gauteng--Odakota by Indian Charlie; SONNY BENONI, g, 3, FE, Mcl 7500, 9-30, 5 1/2f, 1:07 1/5. B-Bru-Mel Stables Co. (ON.).   ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
Lesters Boy--Sapello Swank by Valet Man; SAPELLO STRONGMAN, g, 3, ZIA, Msw, 9-29, 5 1/2f, 1:04 2/5. B-Gallegos Del Norte Racing (NM.).
Sightseeing--Lynx of Gold by Forest Wildcat; BAU BAI GOLD, f, 4, FX, Msw, 9-28, 2 1/8mT, 4:03 . B-Damchu Stables, LLC (PA.).
Marquetry--Red Devilette by Oh Say; MARQ YOUR BIBLE, g, 5, FX, Msw, 9-28, 2 1/8mT, 4:03 . B-Lisa Calhoun & Gordon Calhoun (VA.).
Quiet American--Here's Kitty by Kitwood; LEAVE IT IN VEGAS, m, 5, MNR, Msw, 9-29, 1m, 1:44 2/5. B-Lois Hawkins & Jim Hawkins (KY.).
Powerscourt (GB)--Margery Dawe by Slew O' Gold; WICKLOW, g, 6, FX, Mcl 15000, 9-28, 2 1/8mT, 4:05 2/5. B-Jane H. Brooks (KY.).

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.

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.

DEROSA'S BLOG

OCTOBER 1, 2014

Handicapping Keeneland

by Ed DeRosa

Keeneland returns to dirt after an eight-year absence (Keeneland Photo)

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

It's easy to forecast record handle based on those poll results because any increase would result in a record considering last year's fall meeting is the current high water mark.

The track might have a tough go toward a record on opening day, however, as field size for the eight main track races is down 13.1 percent, and a weather forecast that portends an "off" track doesn't help either.

Bruno De Julio will write later this week about main track observations (his Santa Anita thoughts ahead of its opening was fantastic), and I'll definitely pepper his thoughts into my mix, but my main handicapping ammunition will come from a report I made using ALL-WAYS based on the strength of certain Brisnet.com Ultimate Past Performances handicapping factors on other dirt tracks.

The idea is that the database of information at dirt tracks where similar horses as the ones at Keeneland run will yield better clues about the outcome of Friday's races than would using Polytrack stats from the past eight years or dirt track information from before 2006.

The four tracks I chose are Belterra Park, Churchill Downs, Indiana Downs, and Saratoga Race Course. Belterra because -- like Keeneland -- it's a new track this year and the others because their range of class matches what we'll find at Keeneland.

There were no real surprises regarding what factors point out more winners relative to their odds: the best last-out Brisnet.com Speed Rating, Prime Power, and an ALL-Ways-exclusive figure called Comprehensive Rating are three strong indicators.

If armed with nothing but the Brisnet.com Ultimate Race Summary, I'd feel confident playing the top horses in either the Speed Rating or Prime Power categories at the right price, but ALL-WAYS takes things a step further and weighs these factors separately and against each other and handicaps the race accordingly with cardinal picks (e.g. who will win) as well as a fair odds line.

The ALL-WAYS report will not be my gospel when handicapping Keeneland opening weekend, but it will be a solid epistle to guide my thoughts. I'll certainly consult the Predicteform pace-adjusted performance figures with form-cycle analysis for positive (or negative) patterns, and Bruno With The Works will also help identify who's ready to fire (or not).

We'll be back later in the week with actual picks for the opening weekend cards, including direct looks at the ALL-Ways reports my dirt profile generates.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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%
               

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

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
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%
               

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

Racing Highlights

For Wednesday

BELMONT PARK (12:50): $77,000 ocl, 3&up, 1 1/16m (8TH).
DELAWARE PARK (1:15): $31,000 ocl, 2yo, 5 1/2f (8TH).
INDIANA (2:05): $85,000 Hillsdale, 2yo, 6f (3RD); $85,000 Indiana Stallion, 2yo, f, 6f (5TH); $85,000 Crown Ambassador, 2yo, 6f (6TH); $85,000 City of Anderson, 2yo, f, 6f (8TH).
LAUREL PARK (1:10): $47,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2fT (8TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $25,600 ocl, 3&up, 6f (7TH).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $29,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m70yd (1ST).
REMINGTON PARK (8:00): $31,000 alw, 3&up, 1m (8TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $22,500 alw, 3&up, 1m40yd (7TH).

*all times Eastern

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Wednesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Belmont Park   (3rd) Puca, 3-1
    (9th) Classic Aussie, 7-2
Charles Town   (3rd) Crowned with Gold, 4-1
    (8th) Super Magic, 5-1
Delaware Park   (4th) Rubicon River, 9-2
    (6th) She's My Afleet, 3-1
Indiana   (4th) Hazards of Love, 3-1
    (9th) Actium, 9-2
Laurel Park   (5th) Grecian Star, 7-2
    (8th) Perfect Measure, 4-1
Mountaineer   (2nd) Forester Queen, 5-1
    (6th) Prince Zurs, 3-1
Penn National   (3rd) Repentless Lady, 4-1
    (6th) Sir J.J., 3-1
Remington Park   (4th) Blitzer, 4-1
    (9th) Johnie's Slew, 3-1
Thistledown   (1st) Street Warrior, 3-1
    (2nd) Mr. C's Legacy, 9-2
Woodbine   (4th) Ultimate Blue, 7-2
    (6th) More Than Special, 3-1

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.

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

HIGHLIGHTS

For Wednesday

BELMONT PARK (12:50): $77,000 ocl, 3&up, 1 1/16m (8TH).
DELAWARE PARK (1:15): $31,000 ocl, 2yo, 5 1/2f (8TH).
INDIANA (2:05): $85,000 Hillsdale, 2yo, 6f (3RD); $85,000 Indiana Stallion, 2yo, f, 6f (5TH); $85,000 Crown Ambassador, 2yo, 6f (6TH); $85,000 City of Anderson, 2yo, f, 6f (8TH).
LAUREL PARK (1:10): $47,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2fT (8TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $25,600 ocl, 3&up, 6f (7TH).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $29,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m70yd (1ST).
REMINGTON PARK (8:00): $31,000 alw, 3&up, 1m (8TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $22,500 alw, 3&up, 1m40yd (7TH).

*all times Eastern

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.